Coming up on News 7-
More details released of that mass suicide in California- one of the cult
members was related to a Star Trek Actor.
plus the leader studied in Virginia for awhile.
Also tonight- golf ball size hail in the midwest- tonight.
Robin will have details plus our weekend forecast.
News 7 is next.
The United Nations security council has approved a multinational force for
The force would stay in the country for at least three months.
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More bizaree details about the mass suicides in California.
A coroner now says some of the men were castrated- long before the 39 men
and women killed themselves.
Bottles and cans everywhere at this Montgomery County plant. It's leading
the way in Recycling.
The facility can sort 80 tons of materials a day.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
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Their leaders preached celibacy- and some members of the Heaven's Gate Cult
took drastic steps to ensure that.
A coroner says some of the men had been castrated.
Lee Cowan reports as this bizarre case begins to unfold.
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((The San Diego County Medical Examiner says he's finished more than 20
And all point to the same conclusion...that members of the heaven's gate cult
"did" in fact commit suicide.
JERRY LIPSCOMB/SAN DIEGO SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT:
But officials have also released bizarre details about the cult lead by
The group not only shunned sex, but some males in the group, including the
leader known as "Doe", had been castrated.
Perhaps in pursuit of some ideal of androgynous immortality.
DR. BRIAN BLACKBOURNE/MEDICAL EXAMINER:
Officials say the cult members apparently sedated themselves in groups, then
put bags over their heads and died peacefully.
Their bodies arranged in ritual fashion, arms at their sides, face and chest
draped in purple shrouds.
They apparently believed their deaths would allow them to reach a spaceship
trailing the Hale-Bopp comet.
Families of all but a few of the dead have been notified.
One of the dead includes the brother of Nichelle Nichols, the actress who
played Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek series.
Most of the grieving relatives expressed shock at the suicides.
LOUISE WINANT/CULT LEADER'S SISTER))
Decades before leading the Heaven's Gate cult to mass suicide- its leader
Marshall Applewhite led a quiet life at a Virginia school.
Officials at Richmond's Union Theological Seminary say the man followers
called "Do" (DOE) had been a student in 1952... but made almost NO impression.
IN Q=There were
((HAL TODD/UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY: THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE WHO KNEW HIM BUT
ONE CLASS MATE DIDN'T REALLY REMEMBER HIM. OR DIDN'T REMEMBER HIM VERY WELL.
SO NO, HE WAS REALLY NOT HERE VERY LONG. HE WAS PROBABLY HERE FIVE, SIX MONTHS
AT THE MOST I GUESS.))
SUPER=01-Hal Todd/Union Theological Seminary;
OUT Q=I guess.
Applewhite tried to erase any memory of his earthly travels in Virginia,
asking at one point to be removed from the school's alumni roster.
The U-N Security Council has agreed to send a multinational force to
The force will stay for at least three months. It's mission will be to
protect the delivery of humanitarian aid.
Twenty-five-hundred troops will be used in the first phase of the effort.
No word yet on what U-S troops, if any, will take part.
An 18-year old Ukrainian immigrant has pleaded innocent to killing Bill
But Mikhail (MAHR-ka-sev) Markhasev did not appear in court.
((TODAY THERE ARE IMPORTANT REASONS WE DON'T WANT OUR CLIENT PHOTOGRAPHERS.))
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Ennis Cosby was killed during an attempted robbery in January.
It's called "uploading", and the practice has the nation's largest health
care provider under the microscope.
Uploading is when hospitals receive larger payments from Medicare by
inflating the seriousness of the illnesses they treat.
Some Columbia H-C-A facilities in Texas may have engaged in this activity,
prompting a raid last week in which federal agents confiscated truckloads of
The company's chief executive appears unfazed by the inquiry.
SOT COLUMBIA HCA CEO TAPE 12:04:31
IN Q=I believe
((RICK SCOTT/COLUMBIA HCA CEO: I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE THE BEST COMPLIANCE
PROGRAMS, WE HAVE MORE MEASUREMENT THAN ANYBODY IN THE INDUSTRY, AND SO YOU
KNOW, I'M COMFORTABLE, YOU KNOW, THAT WE'RE GONNA DO THE RIGHT THINGS.))
SUPER=01-Rick Scott/Columbia HCA CEO;
OUT Q=right things.
There are NO indications that the numerous Columbia H-C-A hospitals and
medical centers in our area are subjects of the investigation.
However, an article in the New York Times today reports that the federal
investigation may be more widespread, with witnesses also being interviewed in
Florida, Illinois, and Nevada.
The Department of Veteran's Affairs has taken the investigation into the
Salem V-A Medical Center a step further by temporarily reassigning its top two
Officials say Salem Director, Dr. John Presley will be assigned a position
in Atlanta, Georgia.
Associate director, William (Della-meyter) Delamater will be stationed in
Both men were placed on administrative leave earlier this month after V-A
officials completed a preliminary investigation into what the hospital calls
"issues of concern.'
But investigators aren't saying exactly what those concerns are.
The reassignments take effect March 31st and will not exceed 30 days.
Dr. Rajiv (RA-heeve) Jain (Jane) will remain as Salem's acting director.
Police are still looking for the man who robbed a Danville bank at gunpoint
A white male entered the NationsBank on Riverside Drive around two armed
with a handgun.
Witnesses say the man was NOT wearing a ski mask.
He's described as 5 foot six or seven, weighing 180-to 200 pounds, with a
beard and mustache.
He was wearing a black leather jacket and a biker style cap.
Police say the man fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, police move in to seize O-J Simpson's
possessions, but some items are missing,
and a protest in Belgium becomes ugly as laid off workers turn violent.
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Moving vans pulled up to O-J Simspon's estate-
but the movers could not find a few items they were looking for- His Heisman
trophy and a hall of fame ring.
Movers were there to haul away Simpson's belongings- including his golf
clubs and other personal items.
The seizure is to begin collection of the 33 and half million dollars-
Simpson owes after a civil judgement.
The items include footballs, helmets, artwork, and home decorations-
Those are on Fred Goldman's list- made to prevent Simpson from selling his
possessions for money.
Insurance records total the items at nearly 500-thousand-dollars.
A steel workers rally turned ugly in Belgium-
1000 workers from a bankrupt steel factory- held an impromptu rally but it
turned into a clash.
Police first tried to chase off the workers with water cannons and tear
gas-but that did not work.
Some workers tried to shut down the road between Brussels and Paris- using
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Protestors wrecked several police vehicles.
25 people were hurt- one seriously.
This is one of several protests since the company declared bankruptcy in
Authorities have arrested arrested a Roanoke man in connection with a
suspicious house fire last month in Roanoke.
The blaze broke out during the early morning hours of February 12th in the
21- hundred block of Melrose Avenue.
No one was living in the house... but the fire spread to the home next door
where someone was sleeping.
Police have charged 30- year- old Steven Anthony Marrs with arson.
Authorities say additional charges might be filed.
The Republican lawmaker who got caught exposing himself in a city park is
returning to private life.
Suffolk Delegate Robert Nelms says he will NOT run for a fourth term.
Nelms pled GUILTY last year to indecent exposure in a Richmond park that's
known for illicit sexual activity.
He still maintains he was just urinating in public.
One of America's favorite families returns to T-V Sunday night when CBS will
air a "Walton's Easter Reunion".
In Nelson County, there's been another reunion of sorts... one that brought
an end to the struggle for control of the Walton's Mountain Museum.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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OUT Q=News7, Nelson County.
(( It was a decidedly un-Walton-like moment.
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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.))
Soft Music Under
Coming up next a little later in our newscast, students in Lynchburg see the
benefits of their hard labor,
and we'll tell what led this woman to skate across the country.
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Bottles and cans everywhere at one place in Montgomery County-
It's a brand NEW facility meant to recycle the OLD.
Machines at the plant can sort, bale and process up to 80 tons of materials a
This makes recycling easier for residents, who no longer have to separate
paper, plastic and cans.
IN Q=Everybody can
((RANDALL BOWLING/MONTGOMERY CO. SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY: EVERYBODY CAN COMINGLE
ALL THEIR CONTAINERS FROM FROM THE HOUSEHOLD, SUCH AS YOUR DETERGENT BOTTLES,
YOUR SODA BOTTLES, YOUR AHH, FOOD CANS, YOUR MILK JUGS))
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OUT Q=your milk jugs
Officials say using the facility for just one month will save two days' worth
of landfill space.
She has crossed the country on skates- and today she arrived in the Roanoke
Valley to explain why.
Laura Clark rollerbladed from Los Angeles to Salem to raise awareness about
IN Q=It's a threatening
((LAURA CLARK/ROLLERBLADER: IT'S A THREATENING SUBJECT THAT NOBODY WANTS TO
TALK ABOUT: SEXUAL ABUSE, PHYSICAL ABUSE, EMOTIONAL ABUSE, AND NEGLECT, SO I
HAD TO THINK OF SOMETHING REALLY CRAZY TO GET PEOPLE'S ATTENTION TO THE SUBJECT
OUT Q=the subject matter.
The 25-year-old began skating January fourth, and completed the last leg of
her journey today.
Clark herself is a survivor of child sexual abuse and says she's doing this
for the young victims.
IN Q=They've been through
((LAURA CLARK: THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF NEGATIVE THINGS BUT WHEN THEY HEAR
FUNNY STORIES AND INTERESTING STORIES LIKE THE SKATING THING IT KIND-OF BREAKS
DOWN THEIR BARRIERS AND THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT THINGS.))
OUT Q=talk about things.
When she's not skating Clark spends half the year working with whales in
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The Express rides Jablonski's hat trick to a win over Raleigh, ODU goes to
overtime to beat Stanford, and Bill Elliott was hunting for more than Easter
eggs today at the Martinsville Speedway.
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But first, the final four members at the men's national semi-final party at
the RCA Dome worked out this afternoon in front of more than 50 thousand fans.
Carolina-Arizona and Kentucky-Minnesota will get it on tomorrow right here on
Game times coming up for you but first tonight ECHL scoreboard.
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.
And there goal scoring leader all season long, Jeff Jablonski would not
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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 Express took care of business tonight but they needed some help from
Charlotte to move ahead of Richmond.
Unfortunately, the Renegades beat the Checkers 4-to-3 in overtime.
Round House Wrap Up Full Screen
Steve Mason has more on what's been happening with the Express this week. in
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((class was in session at the Round House this week as Express play by play
announcer Mitch Peacock instructed local elementary students on the finer
points of hockey.
Jeff Cowan most likely won't be on the playoff roster, either will Wayne
Strachan, even though Manitoba's playoff chances are dwindling. Eric Landry?))
The Mens' final four gets most of the attention, but there was no avoiding
the women's game tonight as they opened their final four.
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 Machanaguan 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 that is late in the second half.
It's always fun when the Final Four men's coaches get together before the
Someone always unleashes a wicked comment or two.
Today it was no-nonsense Minnesota head coach Clem Haskins who had the gem of
the day talking about athletes in general.
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((CLEM HASKINS/MINNESOTA HEAD COACH:))
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OUT Q=...BELIEVE IN THAT."
Don't forget you catch both of tomorrow's great games right here on WDBJ-7
starting at 4pm with the pregame show.
Then it's Carolina-Arizona and Kentucky-Minnesota.
WIPE TO ENG!!!
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 Mr. Haskins was named the A.P.'s coach of the year.
In one other note from the college ranks, it appears Ron Bradley will be
staying at Radford University afterall.
He met with Indiana State officials on Wednesday to discuss their head
coaching vacancy, but today the Sycamores gave the job to Royce Waltman.
And the University of Richmond today hired John
Beilein of Canisius College to lead the struggling Spider
Still to come tonight, the Winston Cup cars are technically off this week.
But you would have never known it by checking out the action at the
Martinsville Speedway earlier today.
The Winston Cup cars are off this weekend for their traditional easter break.
Next weekthey head to Texas.
A number of drivers have spent part of this off-week in Martinsville
preparing for the April 20th Goody's Headache Powder 500.
Today six cars dodged a few rain showers to give the track a workout, with
Bill Elliott leading the way.
Despite all of his success, Elliott has never won at Martinsville.
((BILL ELLIOTT/MCDONALDS FORD DRIVER:))
((RICKY CRAVEN/BUD CHEVY DRIVER:))
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SUPER=01-Ricky Craven/Budweiser Chevy Driver; :19
OUT Q=...same reason."
Artie Levin was a Roanoke institution, a fixture on local television for
more than 25 years.
He was also a tireless supporter of the Roanoke Valley until his death last
Today he was honored for his commitment to the community.
Levin arrived in Roanoke as a flight instructor, but was best-known for his
morning exercise programs.
Earlier this year, the General Assembly paid tribute to Levin,
and today Delegates Vic Thomas and Chip Woodrum, and Senator John Edwards
presented a memorial resolution to his daughter.
IN Q=I considered him
((DEL. VIC THOMAS/D- ROANOKE: I CONSIDERED HIM A VERY GOOD FRIEND AND I THINK
THIS IS ONE SMALL WAY WE COULD, THE ELECTED OFFICIALS IN OUR PART OF THE STATE,
COULD HONOR HIM.))
OUT Q=could honor him.
Artie Levin's bicycles and other memorabilia have been donated to the
Virginia Museum of Transportation.
And friends are now planning an annual weekend of fitness events in his
They opted to spend spring break in Lynchburg instead of "Lauderdale", but
dozens of college students got their reward today.
Three low-income families received keys to their new homes, compliments of
Habitat for Humanity's first "Collegiate Challenge".
More than two hundred student volunteers spent the month of March building
the homes in Lynchburg's College Hill neighborhood.
They were thanked for their work this afternoon.
IN Q=The college students
((JOANNE ANDREWS/NEW HOMEOWNER: THE COLLEGE STUDENTS WERE GREAT, THEY WERE
WONDERFUL, YOU KNOW TO SPEND THEIR WEEK HERE WORKING ON HOMES. INSTEAD OF GOING
SOMEWHERE ON VACATION THEY CAME HERE TO HELP ME BUILDING MY HOUSE AND THAT
MEANS A LOT TO ME.))
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The new homeowners also were required to work a specific number of hours
building their houses.
Lynchburg's Habitat chapter has constructed more than 130 new homes in its