California authorities are trying to find family of the cult members who
killed themselves as more details emerge about the group and its leaders.
And police apprehend a suspect following a one hour standoff in southwest
Clouds with the possibility of showers moving in today, but by Easter
Sunday, we'll see sunshine again. I'll have your complete forecast, as well as
a look at who won the N-I-T finals last night at Madison Square Garden.
NEWS 7 at a Noon is next.
In California, investigators are combing through books, videos and the
Internet looking for more information about the Heaven's Gate Cult.
The bodies of 39 cult members were discovered Wednesday inside a million
dollar mansion near San Diego.
They apparently killed themselves by with a lethal mixture of phenobarbital
The group's leader has been identified as one of the victims.
Marshall Applewhite promised celestial bliss to hundreds of followers back
in the 70's.
Jennifer Sabih joins us with the latest.
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SUPER=05-Rancho Santa Fe, CA;
SUPER=01-Dick Joslyn/Former Cult Member;
SUPER=01-Don Crist/San Diego Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=back to you.
AUTHORITIES HAVE IDENTIFIED CULT LEADER MARSHALL APPLEWHITE AS ONE OF THE 39
PEOPLE WHO TOOK THEIR OWN LIVES. FOR 20 YEARS, APPLEWHITE BELIEVED THAT
HUMANS WERE DESTINED FOR A BETTER LIFE OUTSIDE THEIR OWN BODIES, A MIXTURE OF
CHRISTIANITY AND UFO WORSHIP THAT AMASSED A SIGNIFICANT FOLLOWING. HE AND HIS
PARTNER, BONNIE LU NETTLES, BECAME KNOWN AS "DO" AND "TI" (PRON: TEE) WITHIN
THE HEAVEN'S GATE CULT.
(SOT, DICK JOSLYN, FORMER CULT MEMBER, 8:07:50, "THEY WERE ARTICULATE, LOVING
DICK JOSLYN LEFT THE CULT 7 YEARS AGO, AND TOLD CBS THIS MORNING THAT THE
GROUP IS MISUNDERSTOOD.
(SOT, JOSLYN, 8:13:20, "EVERYONE WANTS A BETTER LIFE... ")
A BETTER LIFE THROUGH JOURNEYS INTO SPACE WAS A COMMON THEME, AS
RICK SINGER DISCOVERED. HE IS A SCREENWRITER APPROACHED BY HEAVEN'S GATE TO
MAKE A STORY, CALLED "BEYOND HUMAN", INTO A SCREENPLAY.
(SUPER: FROM WORLD WIDE PANTS)
(SOT, RICK SINGER, SCREENWRITER, 01:08: 25, "IT WAS MOSTLY ABOUT VISITATIONS
BUTT TO 01:11:06, "THE CONCEPT THAT SOLD ME... AS FAR AS EVOLUTION.")
SAN DIEGO COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVE IDENTIFIED ALL 39 MEMBERS, AND ARE WORKING
TO NOTIFY THE FAMILIES. AMONG THE CONFIRMED VICTIMS IS A 72-YEAR OLD
GRANDMOTHER FROM COLORADO. TODAY, POLICE WILL CONTINUE PIECING TOGETHER WHAT
HAPPENED IN THE MILLION-DOLLAR MANSION.
(SOT, SGT. DON CRIST, SAN DIEGO SHERIFF'S DEPT., 08:04:24, "WE'LL START
LOOKING... CONVINCED TO COMMIT SUICIDE.")
(SABIH STANDUP CLOSE: BUT FROM ALL ACCOUNTS, IT WASN'T SO MUCH A MATTER OF
CONVINCING, AS IT WAS BELIEVING. JENNIFER SABIH, FOR CBS NEWS, BACK TO YOU.))
An hour long standoff in Roanoke last night ended peacefully.
Police surrounded a home in the 500 block of Elm Avenue and diverted
traffic, after they received a report that shots had been fired.
A negotiator spoke with Ernie Henderson by phone, and ultimately persuaded
him to surrender.
The stand- off ended when the 27- year- old walked out the back door of the
house and was taken into custody.
A Marine platoon commander and his platoon sergeant could be booted out of
the service over a 19-91 hazing ritual.
The incident involved pounding gold wings into the chests of
The "blood pinning," as it was called, was caught on videotape.
The base commander at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, is recommending that the
two soldiers be discharged from the Marine Corps.
A total of eleven Marines have been disciplined over the incident.
Christian pilgrims walked through Jerusalem's Old City today, retracing the
path Jesus took to his crucifixion.
Some carried wooden crosses, others sang hymns, all under the watchful eyes
of Israeli riot police.
This year's Good Friday observances come at a time of growing tension
between Israel and the Palestinians.
Meantime, in the Philippines, some communities marked Good Friday in a
Those being nailed to wooden crosses, were seeking divine favors or
forgiveness of sins.
Questions about campaign fundraising are moving from Washington to Richmond.
The attorney general is taking the tobacco side in a legal battle with the
federal government, so a contribution from Philip Morris is drawing attention.
Republican candidate for governor Jim Gilmore flew to New York last week on
a Philip Morris corporate jet.
There he raked in 50- thousand dollars in campaign donations at a company
fundraiser -- including 20-thousand from Philip Morris itself.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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OUT Q=NEWS 7, rICHMOND
(( In meetings with Virginia reporters when he got back, Gilmore said he had
NO plans to withdraw Virginia's friend of the court brief on behalf of the
tobacco companies against the FDA regulations on teen smoking.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I THINK AT BEST HE'S GUILTY OF BAD JUDGMENT AND AT
WORST, HE'S GUILTY OF GROSS IMPROPRIETY.))
Well that comes from a man who accepted 10- thousand dollars from Philip
Morris in 1996.
((BEYER: I'M NOT IN THE POSITION OF ENFORCING VIRGINIA'S TOBACCO LAWS.
REMEMBER THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS ACTUALLY .. AGAINST THE FDA REGULATIONS.))
Beyer's likely running mate L.F. Payne also accepted 10- thousand dollars
But Republican George Allen admitted Gilmore's donation didn't come at the
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT....DISCLOSED. WHICH
MEANS EVERYONE CAN HAVE ALL THEIR POT SHOTS AND COMMENTS ABOUT IT.))
We tried to get Jim Gilmore in front of our cameras ... but he did NOT make
himself available by our deadline.
A spokesman called Don Beyer a hypocrite for taking tobacco money in the
past and making this an issue.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer wants to make sure Virginians know when a sex
offender moves into their community.
Beyer has already won "two strikes and you're out" laws and a sex offender
registry in Virginia in recent years.
But yesterday, at a Richmond schoolyard, he proposed a three level procedure
that mandates that some convicted rapists and molesters be introduced to the
town they're moving into at a public meeting.
He's NOT worried things will get ugly.
IN Q=But they
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: BUT THEY ))
OUT Q=children again.
The American Civil Liberties Union calls it a novel idea that fits into a
new trend of "public shaming."
((KENT WILLIS/VA ACLU: EVERYONE CARES ABOUT FAMILIES...IN THE FIRST PLACE.))
SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Virginia ACLU;
OUT Q=first place.
Beyer says the average repeat child molester has victimized 117 children.
Up to 50 jobs will be eliminated when a Wytheville company reorganizes.
D-S-M Engineering Plastics Products is making the move to stay competitive.
The company used to be called Polymer Corporation- Now it's phasing out
several product lines.
It's also shifting some of its manufacturing between its plants in
Wytheville and Reading, Pennsylvania.
The layoffs will take effect throughout the second half of the year.
D-S-M currently employs about 130 people in Wytheville.
Authorities have arrested a Roanoke man who THEY believe is responsible for
a February fire that destroyed two houses.
30- year- old Steven Anthony Marrs was taken into custody earlier this week
and charged with arson.
The blaze all but leveled this vacant house in the 21- hundred block of
The fire quickly spread to the occupied home next door.
Firefighters were able to save a third house from going up in flames.
No one was injured.
The plan to open a private casino at the Greenbrier resort is a step closer
to becoming reality.
A committee in the West Virginia legislature gave its approval to a local
While the state politicians were debating the issue in Charleston
yesterday, Joe Dashiell has been sampling opinions on the streets of White
IN Q=In Greenbrier Co.
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SUPER=01-Jeff McCormick/Union Official; :19 quick
SUPER=01-G.P. Parker/White Sulphur Springs Mayor; :25 quick
SUPER=01-Clifford Holley/Greenbrier Co. Resident; :34 quick
SUPER=01-Pat Cooper/Greenbrier Co. Resident; :47
SUPER=01-Tina Sheppard/Greenbrier Co. Resident; :59 quick
OUT Q=JD News 7 White Sulphur Springs
((In Greenbrier County, legalized gambling means the West Virginia State
Lottery or Friday night bingo, but soon those games of chance may not be the
only game in town.
The Greenbrier hopes to open a Monte Carlo style casino for overnight
guests in the space that formerly served as a cold war bunker for members of
IN Q=With more guests
((JEFF MCCORMICK/UNION OFFICIAL: WITH MORE GUESTS BEING AT THE HOTEL, WE'RE
LOOKING AT MANY MORE JOBS BEING UP THERE IN THE WINTERTIME FOR OUR EMPLOYEES.))
((G.P. PARKER/WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS MAYOR: IF A PERSON CAN AFFORD TO STAY AT
THE GREENBRIER, MAYBE THEY CAN AFFORD TO LOSE A LITTLE MONEY.))
OUT Q=lose a little money.
Still, on the Streets of White Sulphur Springs, support is far from
IN Q=I don't think it should
((CLIFFORD HOLLEY/GREENBRIER CO. RESIDENT: I DON'T THINK IT SHOULD GO IN. WHY
NOT? PROBABLY RUIN THE COMMUNITY.))
OUT Q=ruin the community.
How the prospect of gambling plays in the barber's chair, or the church pew
is important, since the issue is ultimately headed for a local referendum.
IN Q=You don't want any more
((PAT COOPER: YOU DON'T WANT ANY MORE DRUGS... MORE PEOPLE TO THE AREA.))
((TINA SHEPPARD: I KNOW THERE'S A LOT THAT'S GOING TO BE DEAD SET AGAINST IT,
SO IT'S GOING TO BE A BATTLE. I'M PRETTY SURE OF THAT.))
OUT Q=pretty sure of that.
In the meantime, all eyes are on Charleston where a final vote in the
legislature is expected by the end of next week.
Joe Dashiell News 7 White Sulphur Springs))
Staffing changes at Liberty High School are upsetting Bedford County
students and parents.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Night;
About a hundred people turned out for a school board meeting last night at
Body Camp Elementary School.
Five of them spoke out in support of chemistry teacher Tim Overstreet, who
is one of three Liberty staff members who reportedly will not be offered a
teaching contract next year.
IN Q=It has been said
SUPER=01-Penny Witt/Parent; :00
SUPER=01-Tabby Wood/Liberty H.S. Student; :16
SUPER=01-Karen Toms/Parent; :32
OUT Q=students to learn.
The school board did "not" take any action on Overstreet's contract during
an executive session last night.
Superintendent John Kent says he has not met with Overstreet and could not
comment on the situation.
The Franklin County animal breeder who lost her business because of animal
neglect will be back in court next month.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./March 11;
Just a few weeks after a judge said Valery Green could no longer own any
pets, animal control officers found a puppy inside a fenced in portion of her
Green lost custody of her 120 dogs and cats after a Franklin County judge
ruled she mistreated them.
Authorities have issued a "show- cause" warrant against her and she's
scheduled to appear in court April 8th.
If Green is found in contempt... she could face a stiff fine, or jail time.
Forget the hassle of sorting paper, glass and plastic-- Montgomery County
residents can now throw all their recycling in one container.
Today was the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of a new 48- thousand- square-
foot recycling processing facility.
It can sort up to 80 tons of recyclable material a day-- which saves two
days-worth of valuable landfill space each month.
The machine is the only one of its kind in the state of Virginia.
Driving on area highways may be more pleasurable, thanks to some high school
volunteers and a program called "America's Treeways."
Hundreds of redbud and willow oak trees were planted yesterday along several
major roadways in Appomattox, Campbell and Pittsylvania Counties.
It's all part of a joint effort between V-DOT and the National Tree Trust
aimed at beautifying the state's highways.
Since 19-91, the Tree Trust has helped plant nearly five million trees in 48
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The 19-97 N-I-T is history.
Last night the Big 10 got the best of the A-C-C as Michigan stopped Florida
State in the finals.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/ESPN; :00
Michigan center Robert Traylor had a career high 26 points and 13 rebounds
scoring on an array of power moves in the paint.
But F-S-U came back from an 18 point halftime deficit thanks to the shooting
of James Collins, who scored a team high 20.
But Maurice Taylor threw down this alleyoop to put the game away as Michigan
wins the first ever meeting between these two teams 82-to-73 to capture the
The highly successful Lord Botetourt chose a familiar face to head their
girls' hoops program.
Yesterday afternoon, Chuck Pound was given the keys to run the girls team as
its new head coach.
Pound is also the Cavaliers head baseball coach and a longtime basketball
assistant at the school.
SUPER=03-Bristol/November 23, 1996; :00
He replaces David Wheat who resigned after leading the Lady Cavaliers to back
to back state championships.
Pound hopes the experience garnered from those championships pays off for the
((CHUCK POUND/NEW BOTETOURT GIRLS COACH:))
SUPER=01-Chuck Pound/New Botetourt Girls Coach; :00
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The Virginia Tech Hokies completed a two day, two game sweep of Radford
yesterday at Dedmon Center Park.
SUPER=03-Radford/Hokies vs. Highlanders; :00
Former Franklin County star Chad Foutz registered four R-B-I's on the day on
three hits. His one bagger here in the second plated Gray Hodges and gave the
Hokies a 2-nothing lead.
Still in the second, Eric Shifflet crushes a 3 run homer to center that
scores Randy Martin and Foutz; 5-nothing Tech.
Radford got on the board in the 3rd. Chris Whiting grounds out but Brad
Hoffman crosses the plate; 6-1 Tech and the Hokies cruise to the 11-2 victory.
Tech is now 13 and 12 on the season. R-U falls to 12 and 15.
And finally as we take you into the holiday weekend, here's a behind the
scenes look at the making of a popular Easter candy.
Thousands of peeps have been rolling off the assembly line at a Candy Plant
in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
To make PEEPS, workers mix up a super saturated sugar solution and pump them
out onto a bed of sugar.
Peeps that don't make the cut, get blown off and recycled.