A drowning victim is pulled from the waters of Smith Mountain Lake.
And the explosion in Oklahoma City two years ago is remembered with silence.
In sports, the Modifieds took center stage at Martinsville this afternoon.
and three players from state schools go in the first round of the N-F-L
draft. We'll tell you who they are in a moment..
A great day for spending time outdoors today-- Blue skies and just a few
AND, tomorrow is shaping up in a very similar fashion.
All the details coming up in weather.
Two years ago today, the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building sent
shockwaves across the country.
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Survivors of the blast were part of the crowd at a memorial service today.
People gathered at the site of the blast, and stood in silence for 168
seconds... one second for each person who died.
As the name of each victim was ready, family members came forward and placed
tokens of remembrance on the fence that surrounds the remains of the building.
Other family members are in Denver, for the trial of bombing suspect Timothy
They held their own ceremony, ringing a church bell 168 times to remember
A search that was delayed by high winds and rough water finally began this
morning on Smith Mountain Lake.
Several hours later, divers recovered the body of a Roanoke County man who
drowned yesterday morning.
The Scruggs Dive Team conducted the search with the help of a high- tech
sonar device brought in from Gloucester (GLAW-ster).
Authorities have identified the victim as 48- year- old Gary Christopher
Marshall, a disabled vietnam veteran who loved to fish.
IN Q=They're diving in water
((KARL MARTIN/DEPT. OF GAME & INLAND FISHERIES: THEY'RE DIVING IN WATER FROM 30
TO 80 FEET DEEP AND WE'RE RUNNING INTO TREE STUMPS AND TREES, SO WE'RE NOT IN
THE BEST DIVING CONDITIONS AND THIS MAKES IT TREACHEROUS FOR THE DIVERS AND
AGAIN WE'RE GOING SLOW.))
SUPER=01-Karl Martin/Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries;
OUT Q=and again we're going slow.
Yesterday's high winds and rough waters were the likely cause of the
The small boat capsized and sank about sixty yards from shore.
Two men attempted to save the fisherman, but were unsuccessful.
Divers recovered Marshall's body this afternoon in about 45 feet of water
near the spot where he disappeared.
The brush fires in Craig County have been contained, and are no longer a
threat to the area.
Sixteen acres of forest were damaged, but the fire did not spread to any
buildings, and no one was injured.
High winds hampered efforts to contain the fire yesterday.
That was not a problem today but there is concern low humidity could
re-ignite hot spots.
The fire crews spent today watering down problem areas and mopping up.
Firefighters have now left the scene but remain on call until tomorrow
Investigators at the scene are still looking for the cause of the fires.
A former Virginia Tech football player has pleaded no contest to a charge of
Brian Edmonds was charged for his part in a campus fight last August. A
Tech track team member was seriously injured in the brawl.
According to published reports Edmonds yesterday entered the no contest plea
and was sentenced to two days in jail.
Edmonds is also facing an allegation of rape--he and teammate James Crawford
are being sued by a woman who claims the pair raped her after a party last
Both Edmonds and Crawford deny the allegation.
The Civil War still stirs strong feelings for many Virginians.
When Governor George Allen proclaimed April Confederate History Month, civil
rights groups were outraged while others celebrated.
Denise Allen has more on the debate.
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SUPER=01-Robert Barbour/Sons of Confederates;00
SUPER=01-Rev. Carl Tinsley/NAACP;18
SUPER=01-Rev. Charles Green/NAACP;53
SUPER=01-Wayne Byrd/Heritage Preservation Assn;1:11
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=CIVIL WAR HISTORY
((ROBERT BARBOUR/SONS OF CONFEDERATES: CIVIL WAR HISTORY DOES NOT TEACH THE
TRUTH IT TEACHES ABOUT THE WAR. BUT IT DOESN'T TEACH THE POLITICS THAT WENT
INTO THE WAR. IT DOESN'T TEACH THE THINGS THAT COME OUT OF RECONSTRUCTION
AFTER THE WAR.))
OUT Q=AFTER THE WAR
IN Q=THE SOUTH LOST
((REV. CARL TINSLEY/NAACP: THE SOUTH LOST THE WAR, BUT THEY'VE NEVER FORGIVEN
THIS COUNTRY FOR WHAT THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH AND AS A RESULT WE HAVE ALWAYS
BEEN DEMEANED AND LOOKED DOWN ON IN A WAY THAT YOU ARE THE CAUSE OF OUR
OUT Q=OF OUR FIGHTING.
At issue is a proclamation Governor George Allen signed earlier this month.
His proclamation sites Confederate history as "a source of pride, honor, and
respect for millions of Americans," but makes NO mention of slavery.
The N-double-A-C-P and Southern Christian Leadership Conference calls it a
"slap in the face."
IN Q=WHEN THAT WAS
((REV. CHARLES GREEN/NAACP: WHEN THAT WAS GOING ON BLACKS WERE NOT CONSIDERED
HUMAN BEINGS. THEY WERE CONSIDERED PROPERTY. THERE WAS NO MENTION OF BLACK
OUT Q=OF BLACK SOLDIERS
IN Q=FOR THE NAACP
((WAYNE BYRD/HISTORIC PRESERVATION ASSN: FOR THE NAACP TO ATTACK US AND OUR
HERITAGE AND TO SAY IT'S WRONG, IT'S RACIST. YOU CANNOT SHOW CONFEDERATE
SYMBOLS IN THE SCHOOL WITHOUT BEING SENT HOME, WITHOUT THEM BEING OFFENDED.
THEY ACT AS IF ANYTHING THEY'VE DONE HAS NOT OFFENDED US OR ANYONE ELSE.))
OUT Q=OR ANYONE ELSE
You can here more on the debate during On Record tomorrow morning at 11.
Denise Allen News 7.))
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Still to come on News 7 at six, a few local kids spend some time learning
more about Mother Earth...
...and we'll bring you a new segment here on News 7--featuring the hottest
spots on the web.
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GRAPHIC=Welfare In Virginia
On October first, welfare reform will take effect here in the Roanoke
And today, members of local churches came together to consider their
Sponsored by Roanoke Area Ministries, the conference brought more than 200
people to Second Presbyterian Church.
While many in the audience fear the impact of welfare reform, speakers
argued they must remain involved in the process.
IN Q=Welfare reform will need change
((WELFARE REFORM WILL NEED CHANGE. THAT'S OBVIOUS. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS HAVE A
GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO ADDRESS WELFARE REFORM NOW, TO BECOME KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT
THE PROCESS. AND ONCE WE'VE DONE THAT WE'LL KNOW WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T
WORK. WE CAN GO BACK TO OUR LEGISLATORS WITH CREDIBILITY AND SAY THIS IS WHAT
NEEDS TO BE CHANGED. THIS IS HOW IT CAN BE IMPROVED.))
SUPER=01-David Nova/RAM Board President;
OUT Q=can be improved.
SS=Welfare in Virginia
Roanoke Valley churches are also organizing a weekend of prayer that will
take place just before the implementation of welfare reform in October.
Roanoke police suspect a local lingerie club is really a front for
According to published reports customers at "Shooters 44" paid for a private
screening of the latest in lingerie wear--complete with live female models.
More services including sex were apparently available upon request after the
The report claims a woman alerted police after her daughter answered an ad
for models in the Roanoke Times.
Police arrested a man working at Shooters and charged him with felony
pandering, and two women on prostitution charges.
Charles McNeff, president of Shooters 44, denies the allegations and says
nothing illegal happened at the club.
Police are continuing to investigate the matter and more arrests are
Mill Mountain played a starring role in Roanoke's Earth Day celebration.
IN Q=I just think it's great
((I JUST THINK IT'S GREAT THAT THEY'VE DONE THIS AND THERE ARE SPECIAL THINGS
FOR THE KIDS, BECAUSE WE'RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SPECIAL THINGS FOR THE KIDS TO
DO, SO IT'S FUN TO COME OUT AND SEE WHAT THEY'VE GOT.))
OUT Q=what they've got.
The festivities brought the Kinder family and many others to the top of the
mountain... for environmental exhibits, a children's theater performance, and
And for those who hope to prevent development on the mountain, it was an
appropriate place to observe earth day.
IN Q=Earth day i guess started
((BETTY FIELD/ADVOCATE FOR MILL MOUNTAIN: EARTH DAY I GUESS STARTED 20 YEARS
AGO AND IT'S WONDERFUL. PEOPLE WALKING ON THE EARTH HERE TODAY CAN FEEL THE
ENERGY OF THE MOUNTAIN AND IT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR THEIR SPIRITUAL HEALTH.))
SUPER=01-Betty Field/Advocate for Mill Mountain;
OUT Q=for their spiritual health.
The earth day celebration ended about an hour ago, but a conservation
festival at Mill Mountain Zoo will continue tomorrow.
**NOTE ANCHOR TAG
Germany is accusing Compuserv of allowing pornography into the country, and
they've filed charges against the company's German CEO.
More on that and other on-line news in this week's edition of News 7
IN Q=Prosecutors in Germany
(( Prosecutors in Germany say Compuserve violated their child protection laws
by allowing pornographic material, including child pornography, to reach their
They say Compuserv could have blocked the images... Compuserve says the
charges are groundless.
Netscape is joining the world of "push" technology. The company is about to
release a new browser component called Netcaster.
Netcaster will connect the user to continuously updated news, sports and
other information services...
Push Technology is already used by Web-based information services such as
NASA says it's two comet watch pages are a huge hit.
The sites, which feature a viewing schedule, thousands of pictures, and near
real-time images of comet Hale-Bopp are recording more than a million hits a
You can hit them at www.jpl.nasa.gov/comet and
If you're looking for an on-line challenge, PlaySite lets you go head to
head with other on-line users, playing chess, checkers and backgammon.
Join in the fun at www.playsite.com...There's no charge, you can play as a
guest, or register and become a ranked player.
You WILL need a Java-enabled browser... either Netscape 3.0 or better, or
Microsoft Internet Explorer.
For links to these sites, and much more, browse over the WDBJ-7 homepage at
For the latest on-line news and features, you can catch Web Watch right
here, every Saturday at Six, on News 7.
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Coming up next on News 7 at six, a local bass fishing tournament gets underway
at Smith Mountain Lake
...and nets a few dollars for the area's special athletes. We'll have that
story and more when News 7 returns.
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These days lots of athletes are shying away from the position of role
but Virginia Tech players didn't wrestle with the issue.
Members from many teams were kicking around at a Kids Festival in Blacksburg
Children could play baseball, soccer, and basketball with their college
And if sports isn't your game, there were plenty of other opportunities to
GRAPHIC=Smith Mountain Lake
Anglers in search of big bass, hauled in some impressive numbers for
SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake;
The Star City Bassmasters launched their second annual tournament today
from Waterwheel Marina.
The event raises money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, and ultimately
for Special Olympics.
IN Q=The weather
SUPER=01-Rick Moorer/Star City Bassmasters;
OUT Q=large fish.
SS=Smith Mountain Lake
Organizers expected today's event to bring in more than two thousand
dollars for Special Olympics.
And coming up, a couple of Wahoos and a Hokie go in the first round of the
And the Modifieds were in the spotlight at the Martinsville Speedway this
The first pick in the N-F-L draft was no surprise as the St. Louis Rams
went for Ohio State's Orlando Pace.
Pace is the first offensive lineman taken number one in the Draft in 29
The next four picks were on the defensive side of the ball.
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Virginia Linebacker James Farrior was the ninth pick in the first round by
the New York Jets.
Farrior was a three year starter with 381 career tackles and 6 and a half
sacks last season.
The San Francisco 49-ers took Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller with the
26-th pick in the first round.
Druckenmiller was all Big East in 96 and he threw 35 touchdown passes in
starting the last two seasons.
And defensive end Jon Harris of Virginia was chosen by Philadelphia with
the 25-th pick in the first round.
The Ravens took Jamie Sharper with the 34-th pick in the second round and
the Giants took Tiki barber with the 36-th pick.
In Blacksburg, The Hokies held their annual Maroon and White game this
Several Hundred fans turned out to watch the Spring Game.
The Maroon team started with a bang Kenny Oxendine caps off a 9 play 65
yard drive with a one yard touchdown run up the middle for a 7 to nothing lead.
In the second quarter, Andre Kendrick takes the Clark Handoff going up the
middle from the nine to score to make it 14 to nothing Maroon at the half.
The Maroon continued to dominate in the second half as Lamont Pegues caps
an 8 play 75 yard drive with this one yard T-D run to make it 21 to nothing.
The Maroon defense then got on the board in the fourth quarter as tackle
SUPER=36-Maroon/35/White/0/;Carl Bradley scoops up the fumble and scrambles
42 yards for the touchdown and the Maroon wins 35 to nothing.
IN Q="I think
((AL CLARK/VIRGINIA TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Al Clark/Virginia Tech Quarterback; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :12
OUT Q=.......fairly well.
The Modified's took center stage at Martinsville today in the Goody's
Headache Powder 200.
Mike Stefanik had the dominate car early in the race and he was the leader
on lap 94 of the 200 lap race.
Then moments later on lap 107 several cars got sideways in turn two
bringing out the seventh caution of the day.
But Mike Ewanitsko took over the lead and he covered the field winning the
Goody's Headache Powder 200 on the Modifieds return to Martinsville in the
IN Q="I was
((MIKE EWANITSKO/GOODY'S HEADACHE POWDER 200 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Mike Ewanitsko/Goody's 200 Winner; :
OUT Q=......In victory lane."
And don't forget tonight at 7 50 years of Thunder a special on the 50-th
anniversary of the Martinsville Speedway right here on your hometown station.
Reports in Indianapolis say that Pacer head coach Larry Brown will probably
resign after the teams final game tomorrow.
The Indianapolis Star and News says brown has asked Pacers president Donnie
Walsh to let him out of the remaining two years on his contract.
If it happens Brown may not be out of work long. Because reports in Boston
say the Celtics have asked the pacers for permission to talk to Brown about
their coaching job.
M.L. Carr currently the Celtics head coach. Brown coached the Pacers to
the Eastern Conference finals in 1994 and 1995.
The Chicago Cubs have lost another one. This afternoon the Mets beat the
Cubs 6 to 3.
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The Cubs hoping to break a season opening 12 game losing streak.
In the first, John Olerud hits a double to left field scoring Lance Johnson
and the Mets took the one to nothing lead.
New York led 2 to nothing then in the sixth Todd Hundley hits a shot to
left field to score Olerud and the Mets were cruising 3 to nothing.
Chicago tied the game at 3 to 3 in SUPER=35-New York/6/Chicago/3/;the
seventh with one swing of the bat. Dave Clark hitting this two run homer over
the right field wall but the Mets win it 6 to 3.
The Salem Avalanche came from behind last night and beat the Kinston
Indians 7 to 4.
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The cold night kept many fans away from the stadium but those in attendance
were wrapped up in blankets.
In the second inning, with runners on second and third catcher Heath Hayes
hits a sac fly to right field scoring Darren Stumburger and the Indians led 1
Salem trailed 2 to nothing in the second but got on the board when Justin
Drizos hits a shot past the second baseman to score David Feuerstein from third
to make it 2 to 1 Kinston.
Kinston came right back in the fourth inning with runners on second
SUPER=37-Kinston/4/Salem/7/;and third Marcos Scutaro hits a single to right
field scoring two more runs Kinston led 4 to 1 But Salem wins it 7 to 4.
The Avalanche plays game two of a three game set with the Indians at
Memorial Stadium tonight game time is 7-o'clock.
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