Next on News 7 at Five-
Another Tech Football player is cleared in a campus brawl.
A nationwide manhunt is on for two brothers.
Plus one man has a chance to sink a shot for two million bucks.
The second day of spring brings us lovely weather, but the weekend will be
just a bit different. I'll have all the latest weather details.
On Health Check-- scientists may have found a key to unlocking the
mystery of colon cancer.
That story, plus we're considering natural remedies today-- with some
alternative approaches to keeping yourself healthy.
NOT guilty...the verdict for Michael Hawkes, the third Virginia Tech
football player to stand trial for a campus brawl.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Michael Hawkes was charged with assault and battery in the beating of Tech
track athlete Hilliard Sumner.
Sumner identified Hawkes as the man who tackled him in downtown Blacksburg.
But Hawkes and several other players testified he was standing back from the
SUPER=04-January 27; Earlier Sumner accused another man, Greg Melvin, but
later asked to drop the charge, saying Melvin WASN'T involved.
Judge Ray Grubbs said he admired that honest stance, but it may have hurt
((AT THE SAME TIME, IT'S THAT SAME STANCE, EVEN WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS
THAT IN MY MIND CANNOT COMPLETELY OVERCOME ALL THE INCONSISTENCIES IN THE
WITNESSES' TESTIMONY. ))
SUPER=01-Hon. Ray Grubbs/Circuit Court Judge;
OUT Q=the witnesses' testimony.
Monday Grubbs also acquitted Angelo Harrison in the beating.
Two more football players, Tyron Edmond and Brian Edmonds are set for trial
Meanwhile Brian Edmonds and his teammate James Crawford have dropped their
extortion and defamation suit against the woman who says they raped her.
Crawford withdrew from the suit last month.
Edmonds decided to abandon it yesterday, fearing it would hurt his chances
in the N-F-L draft if he's forced to give depositions now.
A lawyer representing the players, Matt Pethybridge says he expects to
refile in June, after the draft is over.
The chief federal judge in Roanoke is expected to decide tonight whether to
let Joe Abbott out of jail.
The 53-year old reputed crime boss was named... earlier this month... in a
12-count racketeering indictment.
The Government says Abbott is the head of an organized scheme of arson,
threats and extortion.
Wednesday, a magistrate set bond for Abbott at 250-thousand dollars.
But the prosecutor- -fearing for the safety of past and potential
witnesses- -appealed the decision to a district JUDGE.
The government wants Abbott and his alleged co-conspirators held withOUT
Judge Jackson Kiser has heard a couple of hours of evidence this afternoon,
but hasn't made a ruling yet.
Authorities are on a nationwide search to find two men who shot at Ohio
SUPER=03-Wilmington, OH/February 15;
Remember this scene caught on tape.
Now a 60 thousand dollar reward is being offered for information leading to
the arrest of the two brothers involved.
Chevie O'Brien Kehoe and his brother Cheyne Kehoe were involved in two
shootouts with police after a traffic stop last month.
((WE HAVE SOME VERY VALUABLE LEADS, BUT THIS IS ANOTHER EFFORT IN MAYBE
SPEEDING UP THE CAPTURE OF THE KEHOES.))
SUPER=01-Theodore Jackson/FBI Special Agent;
OUT Q=OF THE KEHOES."
The suspects are also wanted for questioning in the murder of a family.
An agreement between President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin-
The two agreed there won't be nuclear weapons in any new NATO countries.
But Russia still opposes bringing Eastern European nations into the
((WE ARE BUILDING A NEW NATO JUST AS THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE ARE BUILDING A NEW
RUSSIA. I'M DETERMINED THAT RUSSIA WILL BECOME A RESPECTED PARTNER WITH NATO IN
MAKING THE FUTURE FOR ALL OF EUROPE PEACEFUL AND SECURE.))
OUT Q=peaceful and secure."
Clinton and Yeltsin say the two day summit was a success-
The leaders also agreed on a new push for arms control and closer economic
HARD MUSIC UNDER
What prompted two fraternity houses to ban alcohol? The story coming up on
NEWS-7 at FIVE.
And crews are preparing the track for the upcoming racing season at Victory
Studies have found that drinking tea can lower your risk of stroke and
Now, another reason to turn the kettle on-- with a possible link to healthy
Also coming up-- big news for civil war buffs.
Plans for the National Museum of the Civil War were detailed today-- stick
Danny Taylor says he believes auto racing can succeed at Victory Stadium.
He's cut a three- year deal with the city to bring motor sports back to
This morning, paving crews were laying asphalt at the ends of the stadium.
Taylor says a guard rail and an eight foot fence are on the way, and a new
scoreboard will soon be installed on the roof of the armory.
IN Q=We're trying to get this
((DANNY TAYLOR/RACING PROMOTER: WE'RE TRYING TO GET THIS AS SIMILAR, AS CLOSE
TO BOWMAN GRAY STADIUM WHICH IS WINSTON'S OLDEST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL RACING
FACILITY, THAT HAS A VERY SIMILAR SITUATION HERE IN ROANOKE. AND YEAH, WE'LL BE
SUCCESSFUL AS LONG AS WE CAN GET IS AS CLOSE TO THAT, BECAUSE THE DEMAND IS
SUPER=01-Danny Taylor/Racing Promoter;
OUT Q=the demand is here.
Taylor plans to run 20 races at the Victory Stadium Speedway this year, the
first one is scheduled for Friday April 4th.
The face of fraternity life is about to change.
Sigma Nu and (Pie) Phi Delta Theta have become the first in the country to
ban alcohol from fraternity houses.
Sigma Nu has already done away with keg parties.
During the next three years the plan is to phase out all alcohol functions.
IN Q=In other words
((DAVID GLASSMAN/ASST. EX. DIR. SIGMA NU FRATERNITY: IN OTHER WORDS THERE ARE
STILL PEOPLE GETTING A LESS THAN BENEFICIAL EXPERIENCE. I THINK THE PHYSICAL
STATE OF OUR CHAPTER HOUSES AND THE PRESENCE OF ALCOHOL LED TO THEIR
((LAMAR VILLERE/PHI DELTA THETA: IT'S DESIGNED TO LOOK LIKE FRATERNITIES ARE
DIFFERENT ON PAPER. IT'S PROBABLY MOSTLY AN INSURANCE THING.))
SUPER=01-David Glassman/Sigma Nu Asst. Exec. Dir.; :00
SUPER=01-Lamar Villere/Phi Delta Theta; :15
OUT Q=AN INSURANCE THING
Fraternity leaders say this policy will provide a better environment to
They also say it's time for fraternities to get back to their community
Civil war enthusiasts can now officially start drooling.
A 40-million dollar privately- funded National Museum of the Civil War
Soldier will open. Plans were unveiled today near Petersburg.
The world class, state of the art museum will be the latest addition to the
two year old Pamp-lin Park Civil War Site.
It's where Union forces broke through Confederate defenses in the final week
of the war.
And a new exhibit called "A Land Worth Fighting For" opens tomorrow.
It shows why Confederate soldiers fought and died to preserve a lifestyle
that included slavery and the plantation house economy.
IN Q=I think it's
((I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO STUDY HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PEOPLE OF THE
TIME AND NOT JUDGE PEOPLE OF THE PAST BY OUR OWN STANDARDS.))
SUPER=01-Wilson Greene/Pamplin Park Civil War Site;
Meanwhile, just up the road in Richmond, the Virginia Historical Society is
hosting "Back of the Big House."
It's a harsh look at plantation life from the slaves' point of view.
IN Q=Well the
((WELL THE EXHIBIT WAS ORGANIZED BY THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. AND YET, WHEN IT
WAS SET UP THERE, THEY TOOK IT DOWN WITHIN A FEW HOURS MOSTLY BECAUSE SOME OF
THE EMPLOYEES OBJECTED TO IT -- AFRICAN AMERICAN EMPLOYEES.))
SUPER=01-Jim Kelly/Va. Historical Society;
"Back of the Big House" is in Richmond until April 19th.
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Caring for the body inside and out, from brewing a soothing bath, to making
sure you're getting the proper nutrients... Patrick will have it all from the
IN Q=next on
OUT Q=after this break
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
The National Weather Service is making big cuts.
SUPER=Coral Gables, FL;
200 jobs will go- some at the National Hurricane center- where ten positions
will be lost.
((JOE FRIDAY/NAT'L WEATHER SERVICE: WITH RESPECT TO THE HURRICANE FORECASTS, I
DON'T BELIEVE THERE WILL BE ANY NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE IN THE ACCURACY OF THE
SUPER=01-Joe Friday/Nat'l Weather Service;
OUT Q=HURRICANE FORECAST."
But reports on developing tropical storms in the Caribbean and halfway into
the Atlantic may not be as frequent.
((INSTEAD OF FOUR TIMES A DAY, TWO TIMES A DAY, INSTEAD OF TWO, ONCE A DAY.))
OUT Q=once a day."
The Southern headquarters in Texas will also close-
The cuts are meant to save money.
But some emergency officials say the public will suffer.
3 shot toss
SUPER=330-Increasing/Clouds/45-49/Partly Sunny/& Windy/60-64;
SUPER=331-Increasing/Clouds/45-49/Partly Sunny/& Windy/60-64;
SUPER=332-A Few/Clouds/44-48/Partly Cloudy/Windy & Cooler/50-54;
SUPER=333-Increasing/Clouds/43-47/Cloudy/Breezy & Cool/45-49;
SUPER=334-A Few/Sprinkles/40-44/Partly Cloudy/Windy & Cooler/44-48;
health music under
In tonight's Two Minute Ticker...Mike has qualifying results from the
A look at health care, the natural way--
From man's best friend's role in lowering blood pressure.
To preventing falls in older adults.
Tai Chi can improve stability, balance, awareness and overall health.
IN Q=I think it's
((MARJAN SWANTEK/TAI CHI STUDENT: I THINK IT'S ALL INTERCONNECTED REALLY: YOUR
FOCUS, YOUR BALANCE, YOUR
AWARENESS, WHERE YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU'RE DOING. AND IT GETS YOU OFF TO A GOOD
OUT Q=good start.
health bump next
Researchers may be closing in on an explanation for colon cancer.
A study at Johns Hopkins University finds that high levels of a protein
called beta-CATENIN (Cat-tuh-nin) may help disrupt genes and start a process
that leads to cancer.
A North Carolina researcher says the finding could amount to a "smoking gun"
explaining why normal colon cells turn cancerous.
Many people enjoy a hot cup of tea for its' soothing powers-- but now
researchers are discovering those tiny leaves may do more than relieve stress.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH; :
A team of researchers has discovered that green tea just may be a natural
protector against sun damage.
Instead of brewing it up to drink, it's being applied to the skin.
But they don't rule out that DRINKING green tea offers the same benefits.
IN Q=People can ingest
((DR. KEVIN COOPER.SKIN DISEASE RESEARCH CENTER: PEOPLE CAN INGEST TEAS
ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO HAVE
HAVE HIGH U-V EXPOSURE, IT MAY ALLOW EVEN SOME PROTECTION IN THOSE AREAS WHERE
YOU CAN'T GET THE CREAMS FOR SUNSCREEN. YOU CAN'T PUT IT ON YOUR EYELIDS FOR
SUPER=01-Dr. Kevin Cooper/Skin Disease Research Center; :
OUT Q=for instance
Researchers are also looking at other types of teas to see if they offer
the same protection against the sun.
Many people prefer an all-natural approach when it comes to home remedies,
and HERBAL remedies certainly fall into that category.
Patrick Evans recently paid a visit to a new store in Roanoke, specializing
in herbal products.
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Michael Robinson/"Herb Cellar" Owner; :19
SUPER=01-Gwen Orman/Herbalist; :54
OUT Q=I get my eyes checked.
We should caution you that most herbal remedies have NOT been clinically
tested, and should be used with care.
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or nursing, you should
avoid herbal remedies.
And do your homework-- research herbs before you take them, so you can make
educated decisions on their usage.
And while we're on the topic of self-care-- we'll remind you again about
the benefits of Tai Chi.
A recent study by the National Institute on Aging found Tai Chi is the
best exercise program to help prevent older people from falling.
An important finding--
Those over age 65 have a one in three chance of falling at least once in
the coming year.
IN Q=Tai Chi necessitates
(( EDWARD HANANIA/TAI CHI MASTER: TAI CHI NECESSITATES PERFECT BALANCE AT ALL
TIMES. HOWEVER BALANCE IS MORE THAN JUST STRUCTURAL ALIGNMENT. IT ENTERS INTO
EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIFE.
YET IT'S THROUGH THE PHYSICAL WHERE WE GAIN THE CONFIDENCE TO BE ABLE TO
ATTAIN SUCH BALANCE. ))
SUPER=01-Edward Hanania/Tai Chi Master; :
OUT Q=attain such balance.
That study was conducted by eight medical facilities including Harvard,
Yale and the Centers for Disease Control.
And keep an eye open-- in our area, you can find many organizations
sponsoring Tai Chi classes.
Just how much more evidence do we need-- to prove loving your dog can lower
your blood pressure.
The latest in a string of studies comes from State University of New York
They found that single women who owned dogs or cats had significantly
lower blood pressure than those living alone without pets.
The study included 100 women, half in their 70-s, half in their 20-s.
There's a catch though-- if the women didn't love their pets, the animals
didn't have the beneficial effect.
Time now for sports-- and a big weekend for basketball fans...
Of course Mike has details, but he's also taking us to the track--
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Welcome everybody to the start of the weekend for most folks and the start of
a big basketball weekend.
But we begin tonight with news that John Nemechek, a NASCAR Super Truck
driver has died in a MIami hospital.
He suffered a severe brain injury last Sunday and never came out of a coma.
John Nemechek was 27.
As is often the case, despite any tragedy, NASCAR presses on. And this
afternoon the drivers did just that taking part in qualifying for Sunday's
Transouth 400 in Darlington.
SUPER=03-Darlington, SC/ESPN2; :00
Mark Martin went out early in time trials and set the pace holding the pole
for a while.
But when point leader Dale Jarrett rolled his Thunderbird out, Martin got
knocked off his perch as DJ went out blistered the track with a lap at 171
point 095 miles an hour to win the pole.
IN Q="I had a...
((DALE JARRETT/TRANSOUTH 400 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/TranSouth 400 Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=...ABOUT THAT."
As for the locals, Jeff Burton had the best day qualifying sixth, older
brother Ward who won the pole last Spring was 44th fastest.
Rick Mast wasn't much better checking in at 41st. Michael Waltrip just
missed the top 25 at 26, and Earnhardt continues to struggle. He was 39th.
Now let's look at the top 25.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Dale Jarrett/171.095/2. Ricky Craven//3. Bobby Labonte//4. Geoff
Bodine//5. Mark Martin//;
SUPER=0107-6. Jeff Burton//7. Mike Wallace//8. Ernie Irvan//9. Sterling
Marlin//10. Jeff Gordon//;
SUPER=0107-11. Lake Speed//12. Terry Labonte//13. Ken Schrader//14. Gary
Bradberry//15. Rusty Wallace//;
SUPER=0107-16. Ricky Rudd//17. Bill Elliott//18. Jeremy Mayfield//19. Dave
Marcis//20. Tedd Musgrave//;
SUPER=0107-21. David Green//22. Morgan Shepherd//23. Greg Sacks//24. Derrike
Cope//25. Jimmy Spencer//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
The N-C-A-A weekend action begins tonight over at the Salem Civic Center
as play begins in the Division Three Final Four.
The Nebraska Wesleyan Plainsmen is one of the hottest teams in the
Wesleyan has a six game winning streak including four straight in the
IN Q="I'm hoping...
((TODD RARIDON/NEBRASKA WESLEYAN HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Todd Raridon/Nebraska Wesleyan Head Coach; :
OUT Q=......full court."
Alvernia and Illinois Wesleyan will open the tournament at six and Nebraska
Wesleyan and Williams will play at eight in the nightcap.
Plenty of good seats are still available at the Civic Center Box Office.
And if you can't make it to Salem, you can catch the Division One
tournament as it continues tonight right here on WDBJ.
At 7:30 Kansas takes on Arizona, and the night game will pit North Carolina
SS=two minute ticker
Much more sports coming up for you tonight at 6.
Have a safe weekend everybody.
take a break
We've all seen the highlights of basketball games determined by a last
second shot at the buzzer.
For one man, the payoff for sinking a basket is two million dollars.
David Dais (day-us) was selected from three-thousand entries to make a shot
at halftime of a Knicks - Nets game.
He's practicing shooting from the three-point arc, even half court and
beyond-- with the help of his basketball coach.
The 21-year old computer tech student says the roaring crowd won't
Where he gets to shoot the rock from won't be announced until 24-hours
before the event.
But Davis says he's faced bigger challenges--
In 1991 he was sitting on his front step when a stray bullet hit him in the
It's been several years since the Lynchburg Foundry shut down, but its old
office building is getting a new lease on life.
True to its name, the Renaissance Center marks a rebirth for one of
Lynchburg's empty riverfront buildings.
It's all the brainchild of Claude Gunn, who sees this as an extension of his
prison ministry program.
Gunn wants to provide more business and job training opportunities for
Lynchburg's minority residents.
He's got lots of ideas and lots of space to do it in.
We'll tell you more about the project at 6.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
Join Connie Stevens for the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7
Primetime-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
have a nice evening, Goodnight