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HOLIDAY WEEKEND, YOU'RE PAYING THE PRICE AT THE PUMPS-- THE HIGHEST ITS BEEN IN
THEY'VE BEEN ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE FROM THE SALEM V-A, NOW THE DIRECTOR
AND HIS ASSOCIATE ARE TEMPORARILY REASSIGNED TO OTHER FACILITIES. ))
OUT Q=TO OTHER FACILITIES.
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It's FRIDAY, March 28th, our Top Story
IN Q=You can go
((YOU CAN GO FROM THE HUMAN KINGDOM INTNO THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM AND TO NOT NEED
TO RETURN AGAIN. ))
OUT Q=return again.
More revelations tonight, after the mass suicide in suburban San Diego.
Good Evening, you're watching News 7 PRIMETIME on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens
Their leader, Marshall Applewhite, preached celibacy-- now, we learn of
what appears to be another gruesome pursuit of the group's ideals.
Lee Cowan has the latest from Rancho Santa Fe.
IN Q=As the medical
SUPER=01-Dr. Brian Blackbourne/Medical Examiner; :14
SUPER=04-Police Video; :27
SUPER=01-Jerry Lipscomb/San Diego Sheriff's Dept.; :33
SUPER=01-Louise Winant/Cult Leader's Sister; :51
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:45
OUT Q=L.C. CBS News Rancho Sante Fe.
As the medical examiner continues the gruesome task of 39 autopsies,
bizzare details of the suicide cult are emerging.
Some male members, including the leader, had been castrated in apparent
pursuit of the group's androgynous immortality.
DR. BRIAN BLACKBOURNE, MEDICAL EXAMINER:
And as officials tried to comprehend the almost incomprehensible, everything
seems to be confirming what everyone believes.
JERRY LIPSCOMB, SAN DIEGO SHERIFF'S DEPT. "WE HAVE 39 SUICIDES".
Nationwide, family of the cult members reacted in shock and disbelief to
the news of the deaths of loved ones.
LOUISE WINANT, CULT LEADER'S SISTER:
In Lincoln Heights, Ohio, the family of cult member yYvonne McCurdy-Hill
stood quietly on the porch as their minister spoke for them.
Their last contact with the 39-year old woman was in august.
Their minister asked for prayers, and the neighbors wondered how a local
girl could end up where she did.
Yvonne was one of the 39 members of heaven's gate, ranging in age from 27
to 72, found identically dressed and covered in purple.
They all had a neatly packed bag next to their bed.
They apparently thought life on earth was coming to an end...and a u-f-o
would deliver them to heaven.
The process of identifying the rest of the 39 cult members will continue all
weekend long, and probably will be wrapped up by Sunday.
Family members are being told to go ahead and make funeral arrangements.
But according to the medical examiner, at this point, few if any family members
plan to come here to identify
and reclaim any of the bodies.
Lee Cowan, CBS News, Rancho Santa Fe.))
Long before Heaven's Gate cult leader Marshall Applewhite was directing his
followers, he was wandering the campus of a Virginia school.
Richmond's Union Theological Seminary was puzzling today over the news that
it had educated Applewhite for a few months in 1952.
IN Q=He had
((HAL TODD/UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY: HE HAD HAD SUCH LITTLE CONNECTION WITH
THE SEMINARY THAT NOBODY KNEW HIM OR KNEW OF HIM OR WOULD HAVE ASSOCIATED HIM
WITH THE SEMINARY UNTIL THAT FACT WAS UNCOVERED I BELIEVE IN AN INTERVIEW
YESTERDAY. SO EVERYBODY WAS SURPRISED ABOUT IT. BUT IT DIDN'T GO MUCH BEYOND
THAT BECAUSE HIS CONNECTION WITH US WAS REALLY PRETTY SHORT.))
SUPER=01-Hal Todd/Union Theological Seminary;
OUT Q=pretty short.
The school concludes that at some point Applewhite requested his name be
removed from the alumni list.
IN Q=This is
((CHARLES LINDNER/MIKHAIL MARKHASEV'S ATTORNEY: THIS IS A VERY DELICATE CASE, A
VERY DIFFICULT CASE. ))
SUPER=01-Charles Lindner/Mikhail Markhasev's Atty.; :
OUT Q=difficult case.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles; :
18-year-old Mihkail Markasev's attorney talked to reporters today--
His client pleaded innocent in the shooting of Ennis Cosby-- killed during
an attempted robbery.
Markhasev will appear in court again in a few weeks, when a preleminary
hearing will be scheduled.
The Department of Veteran's Affairs has temporarily reassigned the two top
officials at the Salem V-A Medical Center.
It says Director-- Dr. John Presley will assume a position in Atlanta.
Associate director, William (Della-mayter) Delamater will be stationed in
Both men were placed on administrative leave earlier this month, following a
preliminary investigation into what the hospital calls "issues of concern.'
Investigators aren't saying exactly what those concerns are.
The reassignments take effect Monday and will not exceed 30 days.
Dr. Rajiv Jain will continue as acting director in Salem.
A northern Virginia school board member was told he could NOT take a course
on moral character at religious broadcaster Pat Robertson's Regent University
to fulfill his board training requirement.
Now the state board has opened the door to any training requests... at the
discretion of the local board.
Board member Cheri (SHERRY YEK-ee) Yecke says she's concerned the board
hasn't gone far enough to stop the "tyranny" of majority viewpoints on local
((CHERI YECKE/VA. BOARD OF EDUCATION: IT SURE STRUCK ME AS STRANGE THAT REGENT
UNIVERSITY'S COURSE WAS--THEY WERE TOLD THEY COULD NOT ATTEND THIS PARTICULAR
COURSE. NOW IF THE CASE IS THAT THEY ONLY DO ALLOW VIRGINIA SCHOOL BOARDS
ASSOCIATION COURSES TO COUNT AS CREDIT, THAN IT WOULD NOT BE SEEN AS BIAS
AGAINST REGENT. BUT THE FACT THAT A VALUE JUDGMENT WAS MADE IN THE
CORRESPONDENCE, SAYING THAT THIS IS NOT WORTH OUR MONEY, DID CONCERN ME.))
SUPER=01-Cheri Yecke/Va. Board of Education; :00
OUT Q=concern me.
The board rescinded a 1989 policy that the Virginia School Boards
Association should have the monopoly on training local members.
The board is dominated by Governor George Allen's appointees.
13 months ago, Suffolk Republican Robert Nelms was caught exposing himself
to an undercover police officer in a Richmond park.
Now, Nelms has decided to stop exposing himself to the rigors of the
campaign trail in the wake of the scandal.
Nelms says he will NOT seek re-election this fall after three terms in the
House of Delegates.
Nelms pleaded GUILTY to indecent exposure ... but maintains he was just
urinating in public.
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Imagine recycling without having to sort your cans, paper and
plastic...that's a reality in the New River Valley.
And make a return trip with us to the Waltons Museum in Nelson County...
go to break
GRAPHIC=gas prices up
Triple-A says drivers across the country are seeing higher gas prices this
The average price for a gallon of gas nationwide is the highest it's been in
In advance of the holiday, self- serve, regular unleaded gas is going for an
average of a dollar- 27- a- gallon.
IN Q=I don't
((JOYCE BRADFORD/AAA OF VIRGINIA: I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S ANY SIGN OF WHAT'S TO
COME. YOU KNOW IF IT WILL GET MUCH HIGHER FOR THE REST OF THE TRAVEL SEASON. IT
DOESN'T SEEM TO BE STOPPING PEOPLE THOUGH. WE'RE DOING GREAT BUSINESS HERE AND
I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE OFF NEXT WEEK.))
SUPER=01-Joyce Bradford/AAA of Virginia;
OUT Q=next week.
In Virginia and the southeast, motorists are actually paying at least five
cents LESS than the national average.
Montgomery County residents who recycle no longer have to sort their paper,
plastic and aluminum.
Now the Recycling Center will do it for you.
A new 48-thousand square foot facility in Christiansburg processes and sorts
80 tons of recyclable materials a day.
Officials began putting the plant to use this afternoon right after the
IN Q=Montgomery County
((RANDALL BOWLING/MONTGOMERY CO. SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY: MONTGOMERY COUNTY HAS
ALWAYS BEEN A LEADER ACROSS THE STATE IN RECYCLING AND WE'RE VERY PLEASED TO BE
ONE OF THE FIRST LOCALITIES IN THE STATE TO HAVE A FACILITY SUCH AS THIS, A
STATE OF THE ART FACILITY.))
SUPER=01-Randall Bowling/Montgomery Co. Solid Waste Auth.;
OUT Q=state of the art facility.
The Authority says a month's worth of recycling at the plant SAVES two days
of space at a landfill.
The Virginia General Assembly paid tribute earlier this year to Artie Levin
for his devotion to physical fitness and his commitment to the Roanoke Valley.
Today, local lawmakers brought the honor home to his family.
"Mr. Fitness" was a fixture on Roanoke television for more than 25 years.
Even in retirement he was a tireless advocate for healthful living.
Today, Delegates Vic Thomas and Chip Woodrum and Senator John Edwards
presented a memorial resolution to Levin's daughter.
IN Q=I think that he may
((CINDY LEVIN GOLDSTEIN/ARTIE LEVIN'S DAUGHTER: I THINK THAT HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN
SLIGHTLY EMBARRASSED, BUT AT THE SAME TIME HE WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY PLEASED AND
CERTAINLY THAT IT WAS STATEWIDE.))
SUPER=01-Cindy Levin Goldstein/Artie Levin's Daughter;
OUT Q=that it was statewide.
Artie Levin's family donated his bicycles to the Virginia Museum of
An annual weekend of fitness activity is being planned in his honor.
One of America's favorite television families returns to the CBS airwaves
Sunday night, with the broadcast of a "Waltons" Easter special.
As Steve Smallshaw reports a Virginia museum dedicated to the T-V show has
bounced back from its rocky beginning.
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SUPER=04-January 1995; :00
SUPER=01-Dee Davis-Wells/Museum Director; :37
SUPER=01-Becky Fogg-Cummings/Walton's Mountain Museum; :46
OUT Q=News7, Nelson County.
(( It was a decidedly un-Walton-like moment.
SOT 1:19:14 (stock tape)
IN Q=I keep hearing
((JIM HAMNER: WITHOUT MY MOTHER AND MY FATHER THIS NEVER WOULD HAVE HAPPENED. I
WANT ALL OF YOU TO KNOW THAT.))
OUT Q=to know that.
For a t-v show based on memories, this was one everyone wants to forget.
A bitter feud between Waltons creator Earl Hamner and Waltons museum
director Bill Luhrs almost closed down the Nelson County landmark two years
But a month into their 1997 tourist season, things are back to normal.
The museum's new director has a year's experience under her belt, and the
Hamner family appears satisfied.
IN Q=That's all been
((DEE DAVIS-WELLS/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: THAT'S ALL BEEN TAKEN CARE OF AND WE HOPE
IT'S WATER OVER THE DAM NOW. AND AS I SAY, I AM REALLY PLEASED THAT WE WERE
ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER.))
OUT Q=work together.
IN Q=Well I'm not
((BECKY FOGG-CUMMINGS/WALTON'S MOUNTAIN MUSEUM: WELL, I'M NOT SURE THEY WERE
PROBLEMS AS MUCH AS GROWING PAINS, AND WE HOPE THE GROWING PAINS WILL BE.. IT'S
JUST LIKE A FAMILY AND THAT'S WHAT THIS TOWN IS, IS A BIG FAMILY.))
OUT Q=a big family.
((So having survived its own version of "Family Feud", officials say the
Walton's Mountain Museum is right back on track. It's expected to attract
another 40- thousand people this year, which, in economic terms, is a big boost
for Schuyler and Nelson County.))
OUT Q=Nelson County.
Museum profits are funneled back into programs that benefit the Schuyler
And like the Waltons, that makes for one big happy family again.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Nelson County.))
Today is Good Friday...a day of observances for many Christians throughout
Pope John Paul the Second led the traditional "Way of the Cross"
procession through Rome tonight.
The procession symbolizes Jesus Christ's suffering leading up to his
The Pope carried the wooden cross for the first and final stage of the
They are a hallmark of the Washington D-C landscape-- and when in bloom, a
sign that spring is in fact here.
This is the peak period for the capitol's Cherry Blossoms--
Weather permitting, the snowy petals by the Potomac may last well into
toss to Robin
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Each year, three-million children are reportedly abused.
And that's something Laura Clark wants people to know.
The 25-year-old Alaskan ROLLERBLADED across the country to spread the word.
IN Q=It's a threatening subject
((LAURA CLARK/ROLLERBLADER: IT'S A THREATENING SUBJECT THAT NOBODY WANTS TO
TALK ABOUT- SEXUAL ABUSE, EMOTIONAL ABUSE, AND NEGLECT, SO I HAD TO THINK OF
SOMETHING REALLY CRAZY TO GET PEOPLE'S ATTENTION TO THE SUBJECT MATTER))
OUT Q=the subject matter.
She's received attention- a lot of it.
Clark began her trek January fourth in Los Angeles, and ended right here in
the Roanoke Valley.
A survivor of child abuse, she's been sharing her experience along the way.
IN Q=The best thing
((LAURA CLARK: THE BEST THING OF THE TRIP WHICH FAR OUTWEIGHS ANY NEGATIVE
ASPECT OF THE TRIP WAS THE FACT THAT I GOT TO TALK WITH YOUTH ALONG THE WAY ALL
ACROSS AMERICA, AND LET THEM KNOW THAT THERE'S A LIFE AFTER THE HORROR THAT
THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH.))
OUT Q=been through.
When Clark's not rollerblading she works with humpback whales in Alaska.
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Our video of the day is enough to give you a stomach ache--
SUPER=75-Columbus, OH; :
unless you really like White Castle hamburgers, by the fistfull.
Some Ohio high school band students began their spring break with a
hamburger eating contest.
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OUT Q=right here come on NAT SOUND
In the end-- two students tied for the cash pot.
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toss to Sports
Tonight on this Friday night edition of Primetime sports here on WEFC,
highlights from the Roundhouse, plus ODU beats Stanford in the women's final
four, and Steve Mason relives his glory days.
But first, earlier today Wake Forest's Tim Duncan was named the Associated
Press's college player of the year. He also is a unanimous all-american.
And Minnesota head coach Clem Haskins, who has the Gophers in their first
Final Four, was named the A.P.'s
Now your scores.
GO TO SCORES
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TAKE A BREAK
The Roanoke Express opened the final weekend of the regular season tonight
with hopes to nailing down third place in the East.
Earlier today the Express added 19 year old Canadian defenseman Chris Wismer
to the lineup.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Ice Caps vs. Express; :00
But just before the start of tonight's game, it was goalie Dave Gagnon in the
spotlight. He was given the team MVP award by the Express Boosters Club.
Both teams played a little tight in the first period, and the first goal of
the night would come on a wicked shot from blue line by the Ice Caps Cory
Karlander. It's one to nothing Caps after a period.
But Roanoke came back in the second.
Dan Thompkins digs the puck off the board to Dave Stewart. Stewie fires one
from the right side it misses, but Jeff Jablonski puts in the rebound and
then picks up the puck. It's his 50th goal of the year.
He would get the hat trick and lead Roanoke to a 3-to-2 win over Raleigh.
The Mens' final four tips off late tomorrow afternoon out in Indianapolis,
but tonight it was Lady's Night in Cincinnati.
Riverfront Coliseum was sold out for tonight national semi-finals as Old
Dominion took on Stanford in the opener.
This was not a game for the weak at heart. Behind the shooting of Kate
Starbird, who hit the 20 point mark before halftime Stanford led by 15 in the
But ODU got it down to seven at the break and then took the lead 2 minutes
into the second half on Clariss Machanguan inside power hoop.
Stanford appeared to have the game in hand with under 2 minutes to go on
Jamila Wideman's drive off the left side that gets foul and a hoop.
But the game went to overtime, and this time Wideman's shot at the buzzer
would not fall.
ODU wins it 83-to-82 to advance to Sunday's title game against the winner of
the Tennessee-Notre Dame now taking place.
One of the most intense rivalries in any sport in the Commonwealth renews
itself tomorrow as Washington & Lee hosts Roanoke.
It's a battle of two nationally ranked powers that has former Roanoke
All-American goalie Steve Mason chomping at the bit.
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SUPER=03-Salem/1991 Season; :07(QUICK)
SUPER=01-Jim Stagnitta/W & L Head Lacrosse Coach; :35
SUPER=04-1994 Game - Generals Win; :42
SUPER=04-1996 Game - Maroons Win; :53
SUPER=03-Salem/This Season; :59
SUPER=01-Bill Pilat/Roanoke Head Lacrosse Coach; 1:07
OUT Q=....thanks man"
((Only one team from the ODAC has made the NCAA show since I can remember;
and it has been the regular season champ and only the regular season champ. So,
a post season berth will most likely come down to the outcome of this game
tomorrow in Lexington.
Roanoke has one small advantage in that it has already played 3 teams
ranked in the top 6 in the country and beaten then # 2 ranked Ohio Wesleyan.
((BILL PILAT/ROANOKE HEAD LACROSSE COACH:TRADITIONALLY AT ROANOKE WE PLAY THE
BEST TEAMS WE CAN GET ON OUR SCHEDULE EVERY YEAR AND THAT CAN ONLY HELP YOU IN
TOUGH GAMES AND OUR GUYS WANT TO PLAY THE BEST COMPETITION IN THE COUNTRY SO,
THEY DON'T FEAR THE BEST; THEY WANT TO PLAY THE BEST, SO WE WANT TO PLAY
The Generals are 6 and OH, Roanoke 3- 2. Watch first team All-American Maroon
defenseman Chris Davin against # 11 General All-American attackman Ande
((THEY HAVE ONE OF THE TOP ATTACKMAN IN THE COUNTRY AND WE HAVE THE TOP
DEFENSEMAN IN THE COUNTRY AND THAT'S GONNA ONE HECK OF A MATCH UP:TO WATCH FOR
LACROSSE FANS AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN NEUTRALIZE HIM.HE'S A GREAT PLAYER, WE JUST
HOPE WE CAN KEEP HIM DOWN.))
One last thing, Mike, can you check and see if I have any eligibility left?))
That's all for us tonight on NEWS-7 Primetime, have a nice