Next on News 7 at Five-
A firebombing at an Illinois Courthouse- we'll have a live report.
A man convicted of killing his family in Amherst County is set to die
Plus it's back to earth for Columbia -after a disappointing flight.
There was a nip in the air today. Clear skies mean great comet watching but
cold temperatures as well.
On Health Check-- An area business says it's trying to ensure that patients
aren't overbilled for their care--
Now, Medical Recovery Service is picketing Lewis Gale Clinic for not
cooperating in that effort.
Some scary moments at an Illinois Courthouse- a man walks into court and
throws a firebomb toward the Judge's bench.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The judge ducked. Jurors, lawyers and others ran out of the court house.
Fire broke out but amazingly no one was seriously hurt.
Sally (Shul-zee) Schulze is in Urbana, Illinois with details.
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SUPER=01-Laura Workman/Court Reporter;
((Smoke billowed high into the sky over the champaign county courthouse. and on
the ground, pure panic.
The entire courthouse was evacuated. Roads were blocked off and everyone just
tried to figure out what happened.
LAURA WORKMAN/COURT REPORTER:
Witnesses say a man wearing a hood walked right into the third floor
courtroom, lit a firebomb and hurled it towards the judge.
KENNY HUMPHRIES/WITNESS: HE THREW IT AND HE WAS OUT THE DOOR THAT
JOHN GADAU/ATTORNEY: I COULD SEE IT WAS FLAMING... LOOKED LIKE
Nine years after an Amherst County jury sentenced him to die, convicted
killer Douglas Buchanan (byoo-cannon) is scheduled to be executed tonight.
Buchanan was 19 when he shot and stabbed to death his father, stepmother and
two stepbrothers in their Naola home in September of 1987.
After a six-day trial the following April, Buchanan received the death
penalty for his crimes.
Commonwealth's attorney Ed Meeks prosecuted the case. He says justice was
IN Q=Of course
((ED MEEKS/PROSECUTOR: OF COURSE IT'S A SERIOUS, SERIOUS MATTER. SOMETIMES YOU
HAVE TO BALANCE THOUGH, THAT WHEN THERE'S A CAPITAL CASE, THERE HAS BEEN A
TRAGIC, TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE. AND I THINK YOU HAVE TO BALANCE THOSE THINGS
AGAINST THE SEVERITY OF THE PUNISHMENT.))
SUPER=01-Ed Meeks/Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=of the punishment.
Buchanan's lawyers have said they will "not" ask Governor Allen for clemency
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Ellen Qualls is at Greensville Correctional Center tonight, where Douglas
Buchanan is scheduled to die by lethal injection in just four hours.
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A woman who was trapped in her car for an hour after an accident is clinging
State police say this Ford Thunderbird was headed south on Route 11 in
Pulaski County when it ran off the road, went sideways into the median and
struck a tree.
((S.L. CHUMLEY/VA STATE POLICE: THE TREE WAS EMBEDDED IN THE DRIVER'S DOOR AND
THE CAR WAS WRAPPED AROUND THE TREE. ))
SUPER=01-S.L. Chumley/Va. State Police;
OUT Q=around the tree.
A doctor who was driving by stopped and performed an emergency tracheotomy
at the scene as rescuers worked to free the woman.
She was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she's in critical
Police have not released her name.
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Franklin County breeder Valery Green may have lost dozens of pets, but she
wins a round in court today-- the story next on NEWS-7 at FIVE...
Plus-- 12-days earlier than scheduled, the shuttle Columbia makes a routine
Coming up-- growing girls.
When it comes to puberty and the body's changes, some researchers are
calling for a change in our expectations and ideas about just what's normal.
He's not pulling a rabbit out of his hat, but Patrick is studying magic.
A live report with a magician will appear a little later on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
Courtrooms have not been kind to former animal breeder Valery Green.
But that trend may be changing.
A few weeks ago, a puppy was found inside a fence at her home.
The discovery came after a judge told her she could no longer own any dogs
But this morning, Green's son told the court that HE fenced- in the dog...
without his mother's knowledge.
That testimony didn't convince prosecutors, but apparently it was enough to
sway the judge... and clear Green of contempt charges.
IN Q=We don't
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: WE DON'T BELIEVE
BRANDON GREEN DID THE THINGS THAT HE TESTIFIED TO BUT IT'S BEEN DETERMINED AND
THAT'S THE END OF THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Commonwealth's Atty.;
OUT Q=end of that
It's been nearly a month since that same judge ruled that Green had
mistreated her hundred- plus dogs and cats.
Nearly all of them have been placed in new homes.
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Tobacco companies are winning the battle to keep the Liggett Group from
releasing secret documents.
A judge today extended his order sealing the papers, after tobacco industry
lawyers argued that Liggett has a financial incentive for making the material
The judge said he would continue his injunction because the documents could
do lasting harm to big tobacco.
Liggett recently agreed to release the documents to states that are suing
The Shuttle Columbia is back on the ground- 12-days early.
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The mission was cut short because of a power problem.
Scientists were able to conduct some experiments- but not all they had
One of those scientists is Virginia Tech grad Roger Crouch-
The crew will try to get their experiments scheduled on another mission.
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The art of Magic has delighted audiences for years...
And budding magicians can check out the latest tricks of the trade.
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From Houdini to David Copperfield, magicians have always intrigued the
young, and young-at-heart, but where do they get those wonderful tricks?
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Patrick Evans, a man who says he knows how to make an audience disappear,
tells us about a magic shop at Towers Shopping Center.
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In tonight's Two Minute TIcker-- Dale Earnhardt is down on the farm-- Mike
has the full story--
When you see this condition in someone, you might think they've been
But Rosacea is not about alcohol, it's a skin condition causing chronic
redness of the face.
IN Q=There's 13 million
((DR. ROBINSON: THERE'S 13 MILLION KNOWN CASES OF ROSACEA IN THE UNITED
STATES. THERE'S PROBABLY MANY MORE PEOPLE WHO DON'T ACTUALLY KNOW THAT THEY
HAVE ROSACEA AND ATTRIBUTE IT TO AN ALLERGY, COSMETIC OR EVEN SOMETHING
THEY'VE EATEN ))
OUT Q=they've eaten.
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Lewis Gale Clinic is getting some attention this week--
The staff of Medical Recovery Service-- a business that analyzes
patients medical bills for accuracy-- is picketing the facility.
Pat Palmer's company takes a cut, if it's able to spot billing errors and
get money back to the patient.
But, Palmer says Lewis Gale Clinic is making the job difficult-- and being
IN Q=The main
((PAT PALMER/MEDICAL RECOVERY SERVICE: THE MAIN GOAL FOR ALL OF US IS THAT THE
PATIENT IS ONLY PAYING WHAT THEY ARE LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE TO PAY,
THAT THE INSURANCE IS DOING EVERYTHING THEY ARE OBLIGATED TO DO AND THAT THE
FACILITIES ARE NOT OVERCHARGING. ))
SUPER=01-Pat Palmer/Medical Recovery Service; :
OUT Q=not over-charging.
Palmer says her staff will be out picketing all week.
Lewis Gale Clinic declined to comment on the situation today.
A new wrinkle in obesity research.
University of Wisconsin scientists report that in some cases obesity MAY be
linked to a family of viruses.
Earlier research has shown this in animals-- now, evidence of this same
virus called A-D 36 has turned up in about 15 percent of obese people-- but in
none of the lean people tested.
There's often concern there might be a medical problem, if a young girl
starts developing into a woman at too early an age.
But a new study in the journal "Pediatrics" suggests that it may be our
idea of what is normal that is in fact wrong.
IN Q=Pediatricians looked
OUT Q=so wide.
Pediatricians looked at more than 17-thousand girls and found that though
their periods started on average, at age 12, secondary sexual characteristics
developed much earlier.
The mean age for normal breast development was "eight-point-eight-seven"
years for African American girls, and "nine-point-nine-six" years of age in
The study also suggests that racial
differences can be important.
At age EIGHT, while only 14.7 percent have breasts or body hair
development, 48-percent or better of African American girls already have such
developments, so parents shouldn't necessarily compare their daughter's
development to the girl's down the block-- since the age range is so wide.))
Also, the experts say you may want to consider talking to your daughters a
bit sooner about puberty, rather than later.
Rosacea (Ro-Zay-Shuh) is a skin condition that just affects the face.
It's a chronic redness, it usually appears after age 30.
Even President Clinton has the condition-- which has become fodder for
He's certainly not alone-- some 13 million people have it, though many
don't realize it.
IN Q=I just thought
(( ROBIN KORNSTEIN/ROSACEA PATIENT: I JUST THOUGHT YOU KNOW, I GET EMBARRASSED
EASILY, I GET BRIGHT RED. I DIDN'T REALLY THINK IT WAS A PROBLEM. I DIDN'T
REALLY KNOW, I WAS LIKE SHOCKED TO FIND OUT THAT I HAD A SKIN CONDITION. ))
SUPER=01-Robin Kornstein/Rosacea Patient; :10 QUICK!!!!
OUT Q=a skin condition.
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The precise cause is unknown, but Rosacea often begins with a chronic
redness of the face, that looks like a blush or sunburn.
Later, pimples may appear-- at this stage oral antibiotics are often
used...as well as prescription creams or gels.
Rosacea can also cause swelling of the nose-- known as Rhinophyma
It's the real cause of comedian W.C. Fields' bulbous, red nose.
IN Q=W.C. Fields
((DR. BRUCE ROBINSON/DERMATOLOGIST: W.C. FIELDS WAS PROBABLY THE POSTER PERSON
FOR RHINOPHYMA AND ROSACEA. I THINK THAT THE ASSOCIATED STIGMATISM OF
ALCOHOLISM ASSOCIATED WITH ROSACEA MAKES PEOPLE FEEL VERY UNCOMFORTABLE
SUPER=01-Dr. Bruce Robinson/Dermatologist; :
OUT Q=discussing this.
Good point-- as even teetotalers can get Rhinophyma from Rosacea if the
condition isn't treated.
Time now for sports--the Shaq (SHACK) is back on the court--
And golfers are practicing on the links for the Masters-- here's Mike with
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Welcome everybody to the two minute sports ticker and the biggest week in
golf for most folks.
The best players in the world have arrived at Augusta National for this
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Most of the fans and players will be chasing Nick Faldo the defending champ
and last year's runner-up Greg Norman.
But Tiger Woods and his parents are at Augusta for the first time as a pro.
And right now everyone is just concentrating on not losing to the course
((TOM WATSON/FORMER MASTERS CHAMP:))
SUPER=01-Tom Watson/Former Masters Champ; :00
OUT Q=...TOM WATSON."
Catch the tournament all weekend long right here on Your Hometown station.
The Chicago Bulls wrapped up home court advantage throughout the playoffs
last night with the a 128-to-102 win over the Sixers.
But there is good news tonight for those of you Bulls' haters.
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The Shaq daddy is back!
The Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal who has been sidelined with a knee injured since
______ is back on the practice floor.
And I think you'll agree that Shaq definitely hasn't lost a step or his
sense of humor.
Shaq and his peers in the NBA will have their work cut out trying to dethrone
Michael and the Bulls.
Recently Patrick Ewing, Kevin Garnett and others posed in New York for this
TV Guide cover that hits the newsstands soon.
Dale Earnhardt has been doing some posing of his own lately in a brand new
commercial for one of NASCAR's biggest sponsors, Busch Beer.
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OUT Q=FASTER TRACTOR
The commercial was shot on Earnhardt's farm where he often goes to unwind in
his free time.
IN Q="We farm...
((DALE EARNHARDT/SEVEN TIME CHAMPION:))
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OUT Q=...OF IT."
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More sports coming up at six tonight including a look at Radford University's
pro prospect from Glenvar.
Hard throwing Jason Anderson.
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
Sunshine and a dream- built an American Success.
It is the Holland America Bulb Farm- with fields and fields of flowers.
Benno Dobbe came from Holland with his family in 1981.
The first year sales were 50 thousand dollars- this year they've reached
((BENNO DOBBE/HOLLAND AMERICA FARM OWNER: WE WANTED TO FULFILL SOME DREAMS. TO
BE HONEST IT REACHED OUT A LITTLE FURTHER THAN OUR EXPECTATIONS. QUITE A BIT
SUPER=01-Benno Dobbe/Holland America Farm Owner;
OUT Q=quite a bit further."
One year ago, Dobbe's farm was flooded- but he's made a comeback.
This is peak season with one million flowers going out a week.
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(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
This just in to NEWS-7 -- the State Attorney General's office has confirmed
the U-S Supreme COurt-- has issued a stay in the Douglas Buchanan (byoo-cannon)
He was scheduled to die tonight at nine o'clock...
MOre on this last minute decision tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
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