Coming up next on News 7 at six...
A mobile home fire killed a Goodview man this morning.
And controversial performer Marilyn Manson comes to Richmond.
In sports, The Bulls win one in Atlanta the Avalanche goes extra innings
last night in salem.
And Mark Martin is the winner of the Winston 500 stock car race at
It felt like a March afternoon-- and it'll feel like March overnight.
The forecast for tonight includes a frost warning... But expect a winner for
The Forecast Details ahead.
A smoldering fire took the life of a Goodview man this morning.
Investigators say 35-year-old Raymond Darrell Brinkley died in the fire that
destroyed his mobile home.
A friend noticed the heavy smoke when he stopped by to pick Brinkley up for
That was around 8-30.
IN Q=he went to a
((GARY FARIBAULT/BEDFORD CO SHERIFF'S DEPT.: HE WENT TO A NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE AND
CALLED 911. TWO NEIGHBORS ASSISTED HIM AND TOOK THE DOOR DOWN TO GET THE
VICTIM OUT OF THE HOUSE BUT HE WAS DECEASED AT THAT TIME.))
SUPER=01-Gary Faribault/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q= AT THAT TIME
Brinkley was found by the front door.
Investigators say the preliminary investigation shows the fire may have
started in the livingroom by the T-V.
They say the amount of smoke and soot indicates it could have smoldered for
a couple of hours.
Brinkley was the only one home at the time of the fire.
Now for the hard part.
Virginia Democrats have known for five years who'd be their candidate for
governor THIS year.
Today, in Richmond they formally nominated Don Beyer, L.F. Payne, and Bill
Dolan as their statewide ticket.
That ticket must now define itself for Virginia voters.
Double Boxes=Eric and Ellen/Starlink
Ellen Qualls is at Richmond Centre.
What are Democrats saying in 1997?
Well, Eric, since Mary Sue Terry went down in flames in 1993...this party's
been salivating over Don Beyer as the antidote to the headache George Allen's
popular tenure has caused them. So the irony is that a week ago, Don Beyer
was the candidate of change.
Then Republican Jim Gilmore unveiled a dramatic tax cut plan that's put
Democrats in almost a position of defending the status quo.
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IN Q=Are you ready?
SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; :56
OUT Q=tax cut ticket.
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((DON BEYER: ARE YOU READY? WELL I'M READY!))
The newly-minted ticket of Beyer, Payne, and Dolan isn't completely united
on what it's for.
But the candidates say it's NOT for coddling polluters, ridiculing school
teachers, politicizing government service, and attacking a woman's right to
choose an abortion.
sot tape ONE 11:23:42
((BILL DOLAN: IT IS TIME WE HAD AN ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO SPENT LESS TIME
LOOKING OUT FOR THE SMITHFIELDS AND MORE TIME LOOKING OUT FOR THE SMITHS.))
sot tape 12:13:59
((L.F. PAYNE: BUT LET ME BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS. I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT
EXPENSIVE NEW GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT IS BRINGING PEOPLE
But what Democrats are really talking about is how wrong-headed they think
Jim Gilmore's BILLION dollar tax cut is.
sot tape two 13:01:57
((DON BEYER: IT WILL HANDCUFF VIRGINIA'S ABILITY TO DEAL WITH THE FUTURE. AND
IT'S A DECLARATION OF WAR ON PUBLIC EDUCATION.))
((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: IT SEEMS TO ME JIM GILMORE HAS DEFINED
THE NATURE OF THIS CAMPAIGN. DON BEYER'S TAKEN UP THE CHALLENGE. AND WHAT WE
REALLY NOW SEE ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT IDEAS AND VERY DIFFERENT VISIONS OF WHERE
VIRGINIA OUGHT TO BE MOVING.))
sot tape TWO 13:05:20
((DON BEYER: VIRGINIA'S FUTURE IS MY BUSINESS.))
sot tape TWO
((DON BEYER: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES.))
So the celebration's over and Beyer, Payne, and Dolan are a done deal.
Now the party activists are positively giddy about the chance to put the
candidate they feel just oozes charm up against the billion dollar tax cut
The only mystery left is who Republicans will choose to run against Bill
Dolan for attorney general.
Double Boxes=Eric and Ellen/Starlink
That four way contest will be decided by primary election one month from
Nearly 44 years after the end of the Korean War the fight continues for
Family members of soldiers missing in action are battling governments for
information on their relatives.
This week family members traveled to New York to meet with a delegation from
They say the United States government lied at the end of the war when it
told them all of the P-O-W's were dead.
But in recent years they contend evidence to the contrary has surfaced.
IN Q=there have been
((DONNA KNOX/KOREAN WAR-COLD WAR FAMILY ASSN OF THE MISSING: THERE HAVE BEEN
FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE COMING FORWARD, RUSSIAN GENERALS, FORMER KGB,
CZECHOSLOVAKIA GENERALS, THAT HAVE ADMITTED THERE WAS A PROGRAM TO TRANSFER
AMERICAN POWS ESPECIALLY THE AIR FORCE OUT OF NORTH KOREA TO CHINA AND THE
SUPER=01-Donna Knox/Korean War-Cold War Family Assn;
OUT Q=AND THE SOVIET UNION
Knox's father, Air Force Lieutenant Harold Downes, was shot down two months
before she was born.
She says the loss and uncertainty is something you never get over.
IN Q=not that i
((NOW THAT I KNOW THAT SOME MEN WERE KEPT BACK ALIVE AND THAT HE FITS THE
PROFILE IT ADDS A WHOLE NEW HORROR TO IT BECAUSE HE COULD HAVE BEEN ALIVE ALL
THESE YEARS SUFFERING, FEELING ABANDONED WONDERING WHEY WE DIDN'T COME TO GET
OUT Q=COME TO GET HIM
Knox says this is a political and economic issue.
And that the U-S government should demand information on these missing men
before doing business with the Chinese and Russian governments.
In a dramatic contrast to just a few years ago, there were lots of smiles at
this year's shareholders meeting at Tultex.
Len Besthoff had a one- on- one interview with the C-E-O of one of our
area's largest employers to learn how it emerged from some tough times.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Week;
SUPER=01-Chuck Davies/Tultex CEO; :23
OUT Q=LB News-7.
(( Tultex C-E-O Chuck Davies will be one of the first to tell you that things
are looking up for the activewear company.
A few years ago it was fending off a fierce union campaign and shareholders
angry about slack sales.
IN Q=Well the
((CHUCK DAVIES/TULTEX CEO: WELL THE BOTTOM LINE DOES LOOK HEALTHIER.))
OUT Q=bottom line does look healthier.
IN Q=One of
((One of the biggest reasons behind Tultex's improved performance is the fact
that the company has gone way beyond just selling things like sweatshirts.))
IN Q=In the early
((DAVIES: IN THE EARLY 90'S EVERY PRODUCT THAT WE TOOK TO MARKET WE MADE AND
ABOUT EVERY ONE OF THOSE WAS A SYNTHETIC COTTON SWEATSHIRT. TODAY THAT'S A
LITTLE MORE THAN A THIRD OF OUR BUSINESS.))
OUT Q=our business.
The calculated gamble to broaden the Tultex line actually began in 1992 when
it got into tee- shirts.
That and investments in high end activewear such as Discus Athletic, Logo
Athletic licensed apparel, and Track Gear race wear have begun to pay off.
IN Q=It was
((DAVIES: IT WAS DEFINITELY THE RIGHT THING TO MAKE THAT INVESTMENT. IT WAS
DIFFICULT TO DO. WHEN TIMES ARE BAD IT'S ALWAYS EASY TO CUT MARKETING BUDGETS
AND SAY WELL, TIMES ARE TOUGH WE'RE NOT GONNA SPEND THAT MONEY.))
OUT Q=that money.
For a while the company, which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange, was
earmarked as a vulnerable takeover target...but Davies doubts that's true
((DAVIES: IT'S OUR JOB AS MANAGEMENT TO CREATE VALUE FOR SHAREHOLDERS. AND IF
THAT'S SOMETHING THAT COMES TO PASS, THEN THAT'S PART OF CREATING THAT VALUE.
I DON'T ANTICIPATE THAT, AND AGAIN I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING THE GOBBLER.))
OUT Q=the gobbler.
And what about the relationship between Tultex and the union now in place?
IN Q=It seemed
((DAVIES: IT SEEMED LIKE THEY WERE WILLING TO MOVE ON, SO WE TRIED TO TOO.
AND WE TOLD THEM, YOU GUYS ARE NOW RESPONSIBLE FOR US, WITH, FOR THESE JOBS,
AND UNLESS WE WORK TOGETHER WE WON'T BE SUCCESSFUL. AND SO FAR THAT SEEMS TO
HAVE WORKED PRETTY WELL.))
OUT Q=pretty well.
All this has helped Tultex stock rebound from a historical low.
But Davies admits Tultex still has a long way to go, especially since the
company has not restored the shareholder dividend it suspended a few years ago.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
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Still to come on News 7 at Six--
area politicians come together to try and keep 120 jobs in the Valley,
And we'll hear from some educators who say parents shouldn't be afraid of the
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Local officials in the Roanoke Valley are joining forces to try and get
U-S Airways to reconsider its decision to close an aircraft maintenance
The airline's decision Thursday will eliminate 120 jobs locally.
In a letter to U-S Airways Chairman Stephen Wolf, Mayor David Bowers and
Supervisors Chairman Bob Johnson expressed their "extreme disappointment" with
They're asking for an opportunity to meet with airline officials to discuss
any assistance local governments can provide to keep the maintenance hangar
Getting onto the internet is going to get easier for millions of school
That story tops this week's edition of WebWatch.
IN Q=The Federal Communications
SUPER=01-Aaron Bland/Fishburn Park Elementary School; 1:03 QUICK!!
(( The Federal Communications Commission approved a play that will bring low
cost internet access to more than 100-thousand public and private schools.
They'll get up to 90 percent discounts.
They'll pay for the plan by raising the federal monthly charge on telephone
If you're getting your boat ready for a summer on the lake, you might want
to cruise over the thewww.boatus.com Boat Owners Association page and click
on their free on-line boating safety course.
Look at the diagrams and answer multiple choice questions... do you know
what kind of life preserver will keep an unconscious person floating on his
If you score at least 80 percent, you get a boating safety certificate.
Got exams coming up? Need a little extra edge? Hypno-net gives you step by
step instructions on how to hypnotize yourself, and get in a mindset for
success... but be advised... once you're hypnotized, it'll try to sell you a 20
Now here's this week's kids' site...
IN Q=the white house
((AARON BLAND/FISHBURN PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL; THE WHITE HOUSE. WHAT DO YOU
LIKE ABOUT WHITE HOUSE?
IT GOT SOCKS THE CAT.
WHAT DOES SOCKS DO?
SUPER=01-Aaron Bland/Fishburn Park Elementary School
OUT Q=socks do? talk
The first cat talks about the president and vice president and other items
of white house interest... including a list of white house pets.
To meet Socks, or visit any of the other pages we're listed, stop at the
wdbj web site at www-dot-wdbj7-dot com.))
If you're a parent, and everything you learn about the internet comes from
the national news... you may be a little afraid of it.
But there is much more to internet than pornography and abductions.
This week On Record, we spoke with three educators whose kids are on line,
and the president of an internet service provider who also has a ten year old
IN Q=we have a great time
((DOYLE EDGERTON/REV.NET; WE HAVE A GREAT TIME TOGETHER ON THE INTERNET, WE
SIT DOWN AND GO THROUGH THE WORLD WIDE WEB AND SEND E-MAIL TO PEOPLE AND WE
HAVE A LOT OF FUN WITH IT AND I THINK THE IMPORTANT KEY WORD IS WE DO IT
OUT Q=do it together
We'll also do a little web browsing, and show you a few of the kid-friendly
sites out there.
That's On Record, tomorrow morning at 11.
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Stay with us, when we return,
we'll head to the Explore park, where native american heritage is coming to
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A member of the road crew for shock rock group Marilyn Manson died yesterday
morning at the site of last night's concert in Washington D-C.
Thirty-year old Sean McGann was apparently trying to repel down a wall at the
D-C Armory when he fell.
Police suspect McGann was drinking at the time of accident.
Last night's concert went on as scheduled.
The band dedicated the performance to McGann.
Tonight the controversial band appears in Richmond.
Critics of the group say the five member band combines an obscene stage show
with a message of satanism.
City officials in Richmond tried to cancel the show, but relented when
threatened with a lawsuit.
We'll have a live report from that show tonight on News 7 at 11.
Native American history is alive at Virginia's Explore Park all weekend, as
many tribes gather for a first annual pow wow.
IN Q=nat sot dancing
A tribal beat sounded over the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Native Americans in full dance regalia performed for the crowd and the
chance at seven thousand dollars in prize money.
A drum contest, teepee village and Indian foods rounded out the event.
The pow wow continues tonight with a bon fire.
If you missed it today the Indian Arts Festival and Pow Wow is happening
tomorrow as well.
The proceeds of the event go to the Explore Park and the Monacan effort to
buy back BEAR Mountain in Amherst county.
And coming up, The Winston 500 was finally run at Talladega today highlights
from Major League Baseball.
And the Chicago Bulls go one up on the Atlanta Hawks in their N-B-A playoff
For the second week in a row, Mark Martin made a trip to victory lane.
This afternoon at Talladega Martin held off Dale Earnhardt to win the Winston
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A smooth start at the superspeedway and pole sitter John Andretti led the
field on the first three laps.
While he was leading, several cars were bunched together side by side on
the straight away.
But Earnhardt made his move passing Andretti on the back stretch to take
his first lead of the race his teammate Mike Skinner moved to second. Earnhardt
led 61 of the first 98 laps.
South Boston's Ward Burton was running 8-th but he had engine problems
that forced him to the pits.
Jeff Burton made his move and he was the leader of the race with just over 70
laps to go to the checkered flag.
Rusty Wallace crossed the line on a pit stop he was held for 10 seconds
ending his chances at winning.
But Martin moved to the front and he was able to hole off Earnhardt to win
the race, his second win in a row.
IN Q="No fluke
((MARK MARTIN/WINSTON 500 WINNER: ))
((DALE EARNHARDT/FINISHED SECOND: ))
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Winston 500 Winner; :00
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Finished Second; :13
OUT Q=......do with em."
Bobby Labonte was third, John Andretti fourth and Jeff Gordon fifth.
The Chicago Bulls went into the Omni this afternoon and beat the Atlanta
Hawks to take a 2 games to 1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/NBC SPORTS; :
Hawks coach Lenny Wilkins watching the action from the bench.
Mookie Blaylock comes up big with this three pointer and the Hawks took a 4
point lead in the first quarter.
With Dennis Rodman on the bench Brian Williams goes to the hoop and scores
off the glass but the Bulls trailed by five.
Chicago's Tony Kukoc hit six straight points as the Bulls closed in on the
lead in the second quarter.
Atlanta stopped the rally when Dikembe Mutombo goes to the board hard for
the follow up jam.
The Bulls opened it up in the SUPER=32-Chicago/100/Atlanta/80/; fourth
quarter and led by as many as 12 and Chicago wins it 100 to 80.
Mike Blowers singled in the top of the 11-th scoring the winning run as the
Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 3 to 2.
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Oriole Manager Davey Johnson taking a low profile today.
In the top of the first, Joey Cora takes this Scott Kamanecki pitch deep
over the right field wall for a solo homer and the Mariners took the 1 to
Kamanecki then settled in to record SUPER=35-Seattle/3/Baltimore/2/;six
strike outs during the early innings of the game but it was not enough as the
Mariners win it in 11 3 to 2.
Cecil Fielder's R-B-I single drove in the go ahead run as the Yankees beat
the Kansas City Royals 5 to 2.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/MSG; :
Yankee manager Joe Torre still angry over last night's loss and he was
ejected before the game started.
In the top of the first, Chili Davis hits a single up the middle scoring
Bell from second and the Royals took the 1 to nothing lead.
In the bottom of the second, Paul O'Neil takes this pitch deep over the
right field wall for a solo homer but the Yankees still trailed 2 to 1.
Then in the sixth, Fielder hits a SUPER=35-New York/5/Kansas
City/2/;high chopper up the middle with the score tied Bernie Williams scores
to make it 3 to 2 and the Yankees win it 5 to 2.
Last Night over at Salem Memorial Stadium the Avalanche went extra innings
in a 4 to 3 win over Prince William.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Cannons; :
Another cool evening at the ball park tonight.
But Salem warmed up the crowd with this play. In the top of the second
Prince William's Armando Amanza hits a line drive to right field Chad Gambill
makes the diving catch and the game was scoreless.
Then in the bottom of the second Ben Petrick hits this two run homer deep
over the right field wall and the Avalanche took the 2 to nothing lead.
The Cannons got on the board in SUPER=37-Salem/4/Prince William/3/;
the top of the fifth. Mike Matrey hits this sacrifice fly to left field a
runner tags at third and scores to make it 2 to 1 but Salem wins it 4 to 3 in
The Avalanche host the Cannons again tonight. Game time is 7-Oclock.
A tough day for the Roanoke College Men's and women's lacrosse teams.
In Chestertown, Maryland, Washington College beat the Roanoke Men 14 to 9
and John's Hopkins defeated the women 15 to 7.
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