Coming up next on News 7 at 6... A plane with bad landing gear skids a
thousand feet at the Lynchburg Airport.
And no matter what beat you march to... the first annual Roanoke Valley
Drum show will snare your attention.
In sports, It's Tiger Woods at the Masters. We'll check in at the Bristol
International Raceway today.
And the Virginia Cavaliers held a spring scrimmage in a soggy rainy day in
We needed the rain and we got it-- more than an inch fell in Lynchburg.
We may see more showers tonight, but then the sky will dry out for the
remainder of the weekend.
The forecast details ahead.
GRAPHIC=Pope John Paul
Good evening I'm Eric Earnhart.
An attempt to assassinate Pope John Paul the second was averted in Bosnia
Just hours before the pope's scheduled arrival in Sarajevo, police found
plastic explosives and detonators hidden under a bridge on the pope's route
from the airport to the city.
The explosives were removed safely, and a short time later, the pope
arrived at the airport in his official plane.
During a welcoming ceremony, the pope urged the spiritual rebuilding of
minds and hearts to heal the wounds of war.
A contingent 46 National Guard troops from Danville are currently serving in
Bosnia as part of Operation Joint Endeavor.
A Lynchburg man and his two passengers were not injured in a rough noontime
landing at Lynchburg Regional Airport today.
After a three and a half hour flight from Winter Haven, Florida pilot
Holcomb Hughes Senior was attempting to put down his single engine plane when
the landing gear malfunctioned.
The plane, a 19-57 Beech Bonanza, skidded one thousand feet on the runway.
Hughes and his passengers, Ashby Sydnor and Grace Sydnor of Lynchburg,
were not injured.
The plane sustained between five and 15 thousand dollars in damage.
The Environment '97 conference on the VMI campus was designed to bring
corporations together to share and discuss technologies that might make them
more environmentally- friendly.
But their summit was met with a protest from a group of concerned citizens.
The Coalition for Virginia's Environment is accusing these companies of
"green washing"... or pretending to be concerned about the environment for
IN Q=Their records
((JASON HALBERT/COALITION FOR VIRGINIA'S ENVIRONMENT: THEIR RECORDS SHOW THAT
THEY'RE NOT GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL CITIZENS. THEY'RE CONSISTENTLY FIGHTING
ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND CONSISTENTLY POLLUTING VIRGINIA'S ENVIRONMENT. SO WE'RE
CONCERNED ABOUT VIRGINIA'S COMMUNITIES AND SPECIFICALLY THE ENVIRONMENT IN
BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
((CAPTAIN RONALD ERCHUL/VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE: WE ARE ALL IN A SENSE
POLLUTERS. THE IDEA IS HOW WISELY DO WE MANAGE OUR WASTE AND HOW EFFICIENT DO
WE USE OUR RESOURCES. THIS IS CRITICAL IF WE'RE GOING TO INCREASE THE STANDARD
OF LIVING OF ALL THE PEOPLE IN VIRGINIA AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. ))
SUPER=01-Jason Halbert/Coalition for Virginia's Environment;
SUPER=01-Capt. Ronald Erchul/VMI; :18
OUT Q=in the world
Erchul said he couldn't understand why the the C- V- E protested outside.
He says they were certainly welcomed inside to discuss pollution problems.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore says he has placed
his tobacco holdings in a blind trust and will leave them there
throughout his term if his bid for governor is successful.
Republican Gilmore's holdings in Philip Morris Company stock have made him an
easy target for Democrats.
Last month, he flew to New York for a fund-raiser at which Philip Morris
raised 50-thousand dollars for his campaign.
Democrats say the trust doesn't change the fact Gilmore still has a conflict
of interest by owning the stock while deciding state stances on
Gilmore says his rulings on tobacco matters have been made
on behalf of farmers and others who work in tobacco, the state's
largest cash crop.
A traffic stop yielded more than expected last night for the Bedford County
Around 11 p-m members of the Crime Suppression Team pulled over a Jeep
Cherokee along route four-60, near the Roanoke and Bedford County line. The
driver gave officers permission to search the vehicle.
They found a nine millimeter semiautomatic handgun and 400 dollars worth of
crack cocaine, which was described as packaged and ready for sale. Also
seized--50 dollars worth each of L-S-D and marijuana.
19 year old Jeremy Lester of New Castle and a 17 year old passenger were
both charged with possession with intent to distribute. The unidentified 17
year old was also charged with possession of a firearm with a controlled
Losing weight can be a major challenge, but often it's even harder keeping
the pounds off.
But members of the group TOPS, or Take Off Pounds Sensibly, believe they
have found the answer.
IN Q=I was taking
((PAUL WARE/TOPS MEMBER: I WAS TAKING AROUND 17 PILLS A DAY, HEART PILLS, BLOOD
PRESSURE PILLS AND MY WEIGHT LOSS HAS DROPPED IT OFF TO LIKE THREE PILLS A DAY.
BEFORE, I WAS OUT OF WORK APPROXIMATELY 16 MONTHS. I COULD NOT WORK. THE DOCTOR
PUT ME OUT OF WORK. THIS COMING LABOR DAY. I'VE BEEN BACK AT WORK TWO YEARS AND
MY HEALTH HAS BEEN GREAT.))
SUPER=01-Paul Ware/TOPS Member;
OUT Q=health has been great.
Yorktown resident Paul Ware lost 69 pounds in a year.
This weekend he is in the Roanoke Valley along with eight hundred other
TOPS members for a two- day state convention.
Members say the group has given the support and motivation to lose weight
and keep it off.
IN Q=It takes the desire to lose
((MILDRED MATTER/STATE COORDINATOR: IT TAKES THE DESIRE TO LOSE WEIGHT MORE
THAN ANYTHING ELSE. YOU'VE GOT TO WANT TO LOSE THAT WEIGHT MORE THAN YOU WANT
ANYTHING ELSE, MORE THAN YOU WANT A CANDY BAR, MORE THAN YOU WANT A PIECE OF
((JUDY OLIVER/AREA CAPTAIN: JUST KNOWING THAT WE HAVE GROUPS MEETING EACH WEEK,
KNOWING THAT YOU HAVE TO FACE THOSE SCALES EACH WEEK, YOU KNOW THAT YOU'RE
GOING TO STICK TO YOUR DIET.))
SUPER=01-Mildred Matter/State Coordinator; :00
SUPER=01-Judy Oliver/Area Captain; :13
OUT Q=stick to your diet.
TOPS is a non-profit weight loss support group with more than 11- thousand
You can reach the group by calling 1- 800- 932- 8677.
Former state public safety secretary Jerry Kilgore has joined a crowded
field running for the Republican nomination for attorney general.
Kilgore officially filed his petitions yesterday.
Three other candidates for the G-O-P nomination already have filed -- state
Senator Ken Stolle of Virginia Beach -- state Senator Mark Earley of Chesapeake
and Fairfax attorney Gil Davis.
The winner of the June 10th primary faces Arlington lawyer Bill Dolan in the
November general election.
Dolan is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up, will the rest of this weekend be a washout?
Andrew Frieden will let us know in just a few minutes.
and it was a drummer's delight in Salem today.
We'll find out why when we return.
MUSIC UP FULL
They clog landfills and are frequently illegally dumped, but for the past
couple of days in the Roanoke Valley, it's been easy to dispose of your old
The soggy weather did not slow down the final Tire Amnesty Day.
15-thousand tires were dropped off today at designated sites, raising the
two day total to nearly 25-thousand.
Officials originally expected about 10-thousand tires over the two day
Residents of Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Vinton were able to retire up
to 25 tires without charge.
The event was organized by the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority and paid
for by the state.
Officials say they hope to do it again sometime in the future.
When some people talk drumsticks and rolls they're not necessarily thinking
That was certainly evident at the First Annual Roanoke Valley Drum Show,
held at the Salem Civic Center.
Vendors displayed vintage, custom and modern drums for percussion
enthusiasts to try out or buy.
The special guest of the event was William Ludwig Junior, whose father
founded the Ludwig Drum Company.
Ludwig travels the world telling the history of percussion at drum shows.
IN Q=THERE'S NOTHING THAT
((WILLIAM LUDWIG, JR/LUDWIG DRUM CO.: THERE'S NOTHING THAT TRAVELS FURTHER
THAN A DRUM. THE HUMAN VOICE SIMPLY CAN'T SHOUT CHARGE OR ATTACK OR RETREAT OF
LEFT FLANK MARCH OR RIGHT FLANK MARCH, BUT A DRUM SIGNAL PASSED DOWN THE LINE
FOR A MILE WILL TURN AN ENTIRE ARMY IN A NEW DIRECTION.))
SUPER=01-William Ludwig, Jr./Ludwig Drum Co.;
OUT Q=IN A NEW DIRECTION
IN Q=nat sot drumming
Ludwig says it was drums like these that were used during war times.
He says during the Civil War 64-thousand Eagle Drums were made for the union
He says it's hard to imagine a marching contingent of any kind without
IN Q=there's 55-thousand
((THERE'S 55-THOUSAND HIGH SCHOOLS IN OUR COUNTRY AND ABOUT FOUR THOUSAND
UNIVERSITIES ALL WITH BANDS AND THEY NEED CADENCE TO STAY IN STEP. YOU CAN'T
MOVE A 100 PIECE BAND FROM HER TO THERE WITHOUT A DRUM SETTING THE CADENCE.))
OUT Q=SETTING THE CADENCE
Organizers hope to make the Roanoke Valley Drum Show an annual event.
And coming up, U-V-A held its spring football game this afternoon the field
is set at Bristol for tomorrows Food City 500
And Tiger Woods continues to lead the Masters golf tournament at the
The course was a little soft today because of an overnight rain but Tiger
Woods picked up where he left off yesterday and still leads the Masters golf
SUPER=03-Augusta, GA; :
Veteran Tom Kite a man you haven't heard much of lately made a move today
Kite knocks down this birdie putt at the 15-th hole to go three under par.
Kite shot 66 to finish at 4 under par.
But all eyes on the course were again on Tiger.
And you can see why. Woods has dominated the par 5 holes all week long at
Augusta. At the 8-th hole Woods was putting for eagle again and the shot just
comes up a little short. Tiger birdied the hole and parred 9 to shoot a 32 on
the front and go to 12 under par.
Woods finished the round with a birdie at 18 to shoot 65 and he has a 9
shot lead at 15 under par.
Constantino Rocca is in second place at six under par after shooting 70.
The Virginia football team played their annual spring football game under
rainy conditions at Scott Stadium today.
The White team beat the Blue. Steve Mason has more from Charlottesville.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Germane Crowell/UVa Wide Receiver; :30
SUPER=34-White Team/27/Blue Team/21; :42
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Strong Safety; 1:06
OUT Q=..News 7 sports"
((Water poured into the draining system at David A Harrison Field as the
skies opened up for the close of Virginia's spring football season. The number
of Wahoo die hards was down this year due to the weather, but those in
attendance did witness a good show.
Despite the absence of veteran receiver Brian Owen, who sat out the game
with an injured hamstring; the UVa offense showed signs of improvement. Aaron
brooks; the air apparent to the starters throne, threw for 73 yards in the
((GERMANE CROWELL/UVA WIDE RECEIVER:))
The white team or defensive unit, led 4-nothing until this field goal
by Rafael Garcia's replacement Whitney Magers to close the gap to 4-3 in the
In the second quarter; back up quarterback David Rivers hand off to Kirby
Mack went for a touchdown, but the blue offense could not stop the defense.
Tony Dingle waltzes in to sack Brooks and the White goes on to beat the
White 27-21 in a solid effort from a somewhat young defense.
Football may have been the focus today in Charlottesville, but earlier this
week, UVa basketball was the hot topic
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Night; :00
as Virginia athletic director Terry Holland dropped into Lynchburg to serve
as guest speaker for the area's Hall of Fame banquet.
Holland had this to say about a contract extension for hoop coach Jeff Jones.
IN Q="Coach Jones...
((TERRY HOLLAND/UVA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Terry Holland/UVa Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...OF VIRGINIA."
The Winston Cup Cars roll into Bristol Tomorrow for the Food City 500 at
The seventh race of the cup season is sold out and Bristol owner Bruton
Smith is expanding seat capacity from 118 thousand to 130 for the August
Goody's Headache Powder 500.
((BRUTON SMITH/BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY OWNER:))
SUPER=01-Bruton Smith/Bristol Motor Speedway Owner; :00
OUT Q=...of what we see"
Smith has also asked his construction crew to add 30 new VIP suites.
OUT Q=.....a little quicker"
Rain cancelled today's final round of qualifying for the Winston Cup Cars
so the final positions were determined by how the drivers did in the first
round and some had to take provisional.
Here's the final 22 positions.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-26. John Andretti/121.228/27. David Green//28. Mike Skinner//29.
Dale Earnhardt//30. Ed Berrier//;
SUPER=0107-31. Lake Speed//32. Jeremy Mayfield//33. Johnny Benson//34. Bobby
Hamilton//35. Ward Burton//;
SUPER=0107-36. Derrike Cope//37. Gary Bradberry//38. Ernie Irvan//39. Michael
Waltrip/Provisional/40. Jack Sprague/Provisional/;
SUPER=0107-41. Morgan Shepherd/Provisional/42. Dave Marcis/Provisional/43.
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
Seattle scored four runs in the tenth to beat the Boston Red Sox this
afternoon 5 to 1.
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/KIRO; :
Red Sox fans wearing the new White Red Sox caps.
In the top of the third Alex Rodgiquez hits this R-B-I double off the green
monster in left field a run scores and the game was tied at one to one.
Seattle's Jeff Fassero strikes out Tim Naehring for the 20-th batter
retired in a row he allowed 2 hits and four base runners in nine.
Seattle scored the go ahead run SUPER=35-Seattle/5/Boston/1/;when Red Sox
Pitcher Jim Corsi throws wildly to third after a bunt that allowed a run to
score and the Mariners win it 5 to 1 in 10.
SUPER=330-Rain Possible/Before Midnight/45-50/Partly Sunny/Breezy/61-65;
SUPER=331-Rain Possible/Before Midnight/45-50/Partly Sunny/Breezy/65-69;
SUPER=333-Cloudy/Rain Possible/43-47/Partly Cloudy/Breezy/58-62;
SUPER=334-Cloudy/Shower Possible/40-45/Cloudy/Showers Possible/48-52;