Next on News 7-
Gun shots could re-write history in the Martin Luther King case.
A new diet drug is nearing approval-
Plus one Roanoke man struggles to recover after fire damages his business.
And this woman finds garbage worth a million bucks- while cleaning her car.
News 7 is next.
Gun shots are ringing out that could rewrite history-
Criminalists are firing the rifle linked to the assasination of Martin
Luther King Junior.
((NAT SOUND OF GUN SHOT))
OUT Q=GUN SHOT NAT SOUND."
SUPER=03-South Kingston, RI;
A team of criminal experts pulled the trigger on James Earl Ray's hunting
rifle- firing it into hundreds of gallons water.
The testing will help determine if the bullet used to kill King matches the
Ray claims he was set up and that he did not fire the fatal shot.
King's son agrees.
((MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., III;AFTER TWO SETS OF TESTS ARE DONE, I'M CONVINCED
IT'S GOING TO SHOW THAT THE GUN WAS NOT THE GUN THAT FIRED THE BULLET THAT
KILLED MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR.))
SUPER=07-Martin Luther King III;
OUT Q=Martin Luther King Junior."
New technology may detect grooves in the bullets that were not seen before.
If there's not a match, it might be enough to get James Earl Ray a new
((ROBERT HATHAWAY/CRIMINALIST: THERE ARE THREE POSSIBLE ANSWERS HERE.
POSITIVELY THIS BULLET CAME FROM THE GUN. NO IT DID NOT OR INCONCLUSIVE.
THERE'S NO WAY ANYONE'S WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS GONNA KNOW IT TIL WE DO THAT
OUT Q=WE DO THAT EXAMINATION."
Test results should be known sometime next month.
Prosecutors could wrap up their case in the Oklahoma City Bombing trial by
One witness told the court how the axle from the Ryder Truck that exploded
came close to hitting the car he was in with his wife.
The man also identified pictures showing a Ryder truck in the left hand
corner- moments before the bombing.
It's the same truck Prosecutors say Tim McVeigh loaded with explosives.
A woman described how the blast left her unconscious and buried on the ninth
She struggled to hold back tears when talking about the people she knew who
never made it out.
A new drug is nearing approval that could help millions Americans lose
(Zee-nical) Xenical works in the intestines- preventing the absorption of
thirty percent of the fat you eat.
((CHARLES LUCAS, M.D./XENICAL TRIAL DOCTOR: SO AS A RESULT OF THAT PEOPLE LOSE
ABOUT 500 CALORIES A DAY. IN TERMS OF FAT, ON AN AVERAGE DIET AND THAT 500
CALORIES A DAY LEADS TO ABOUT ONE POUND OF WEIGHT LOSS PER WEEK.))
SUPER=01-Charles Lucas, M.D./Xenical Trial Doctor;
OUT Q=loss per week."
Side effects can include diarrhea- and the drugs maker says Xenical is no
magical pill. You still have to diet and exercise.
Ten year old Reggie Hutchins is having a hard time figuring out why someone
would shoot him.
The fourth grader was gunned down inside the doorway of his Danville home
about a month ago.
Teresa Hamilton reports-- Reggie may be too young to understand but his
mother believes she knows why.
IN Q=I guess
SUPER=01-Carolyn Hutchins/Reggie's Mother; :12
SUPER=07-Reggie Hutchins; :36 QUICK
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
IN Q=I guess
((CAROLYN HUTCHINS/REGGIE'S MOTHER: I GUESS WE JUST TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME.))
OUT Q=at a time.
It's been nearly a month since Carolyn Hutchins' ten year old son was shot
twice-- once in the chest and once in the stomach.
((CAROLYN HUTCHINS/REGGIE'S MOTHER: ACTUALLY THE PERSON HAD OPENED THE STORM
DOOR ALREADY AND WHEN REGGIE OPENED THE BIG DOOR, THE SHOTS WERE FIRED, AND MY
HUSBAND SAYS HE JUMPED UP AND REGGIE TOLD ME THE SHOTS ACTUALLY KNOCKED HIM
BACK IN THE FLOOR. ))
OUT Q=in the floor.
Reggie spent three weeks in critical care before returning home-- with the
dozens of balloons and cards that once filled his hospital room.
IN Q=How does
((REPORTER SPEAKS:HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL TO KNOW SO MANY PEOPLE CARE?
REGGIE HUTCHINS:HAPPY. ))
Reggie doesn't like talking about what happened or why.
But his mother is speaking out.
She says her husband made it clear they did NOT want drug dealers around
IN Q=We've never
((CAROLYN HUTCHINS/REGGIE'S MOTHER:WE'VE NEVER HAD ANYTHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN
WHAT OTHER REASON WOULD THERE BE. ))
OUT Q=there be.
Danville police are still investigating-- but do NOT have a suspect.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Danville.))
Remember that Bedford County boy who had a Rush Limbaugh book taken away
from him in school?
Today his father loses his first round in court.
A teacher said the book "The Way Things Ought to Be" was too advanced for
nine year old Jason Gardner, and refused to let him read it in class.
Gardner's father sued, claiming his son's First Amendment rights were
But a judge today said he'll probably dismiss that part of the lawsuit.
Gardner still claims there have been other incidents where teachers have
engaged in "viewpoint discrimination".
IN Q=I think he's
((JOHN PYLE/GARDNER ATTORNEY: I THINK HE'S GOING TO ALLOW THE AMENDMENT. THE
AMENDMENT TALKS ABOUT NEW INCIDENTS THAT HAVE OCCURRED THIS YEAR, WHICH I THINK
SHOWS THERE'S AN ONGOING PROBLEM AT THE SCHOOL AND WE'RE REALLY PLEASED ABOUT
((PAUL LACY/SCHOOL SYSTEM ATTORNEY: THESE ALLEGATIONS RELATING TO THE INCIDENTS
IN THE FIFTH GRADE ARE JUST THAT, THEY'RE ALLEGATIONS, THEY HAVEN'T BEEN
PROVEN, THEY'RE JUST BALD ALLEGATIONS, WHICH WE CATEGORICALLY DENY.))
SUPER=01-John Pyle/Gardner's Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Lacy/School System Attorney; :11
OUT Q=we categorically deny.
The alleged incidents involve teachers asking Jason Gardner to remove an
Oliver North bumper sticker from his book bag and an anti-Bill Clinton patch
from his shirt.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, we'll hear from some teachers who are concerned
about the state's new standards of learning,
and we'll see why a prominent Roanoker is pressing to come back from Monday's
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MUSIC UP FULL
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Monday afternoon, fire damaged the offices of Leisure Publishing.
At first glance, the damage did not appear extensive,
But now, the owner of the business that publishes the Roanoker magazine is
struggling to recover.
Andrew Freiden reports.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Monday; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :07
SUPER=01-Richard Wells/Publisher; :15
OUT Q=Roanoke Co.
(( The fire started on the top floor, and didn't reach the main level.
And it looked like the publishing company would be back in business soon.
But inspections Tuesday morning revealed a different story-- the smoke
damage was extensive.
((NAT SOUND OF SAWING/HAMMERING ))
((RICHARD WELLS/OWNER: WE'RE HAVING TO GUT 1500-2000 SQUARE FEET OF THE
BUILDING, IT'S LIKE WE'RE STARTING OVER. ))
The company's Art department wasn't damaged, but right upstairs, it's a
((IT'S A HUGE HASSLE-- WE'RE NOT REALLY ABLE TO CONDUCT BUSINESS AS USUAL.
SOME OF OUR PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO WORK OUT THEIR HOMES-- WE HAVE MOVED OTHER
PEOPLE INTO THIS PART OF THE BUILDING WHICH WAS RELATIVELY UNAFFECTED.))
A conference room has been turned into a makeshift office...
((IT'S VERY HARD, AS YOU CAN SEE WALKING AROUND HERE. TO GO ON BUSINESS AS
USUAL, I DIDN'T SEE THAT MONDAY AFTERNOON, BUT NOW WE'RE LIVING IN A
CONSTRUCTION ZONE AND MY CONTRACTOR SAYS HE MAY BE HERE A MONTH. ))
Despite the mess and disorganization, Wells says upcoming projects will make
it to press, just a few days later than normal.
Andrew Freiden, News7 Roanoke county.))
Virginia's first statewide candidate to use a wheelchair gets a national
Today, Republican John Hager made his disability a campaign issue with the
Justin Dart has advised five presidents on disability policy.
He's a chief architect of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
SOT HAGER TWO13:44:47
IN Q=Being a person
((JUSTIN DART/NATIONAL DISABLED ADVOCATE: BEING A PERSON WITH A VISIBLE
DISABILITY, WHEN HE BECOMES LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, IT SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE
WORLD: WE CAN NOT ONLY PARTICIPATE. WE CAN LEAD.))
SOT HAGER TWO 13:37:10
IN Q=Job training
((JOHN HAGER: JOB TRAINING AND THE OVERALL ATTITUDINAL BARRIERS ARE THE
BIGGEST BARRIERS OF ALL. SO IF WE CAN CHANGE PEOPLE'S ATTITUDE OF ACCEPTANCE
AND IMPROVE THE JOB TRAINING WE CAN TURN PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS INTO PRODUCTIVE
CITIZENS -- MANY OF WHOM WANT TO HAVE A CHANCE BUT HAVEN'T REALLY HAD AN
SUPER=01-Justin Dart/National Disabled Advocate; :00
OUT Q=an opportunity.
Hager developed polio in 1973 and has used a wheelchair since.
GRAPHIC=Raising the bar
Starting next fall, public school students across Virginia will have to
adhere to new Standards of Learning in class.
But teachers say some students may not be able to meet the higher
expectations.. and if those students fail, who shoulders the blame?
TAKE FULLSCREEN RAISING THE BAR
Steve Smallshaw has part three of our series "Raising the Bar.. Virginia's
SUPER=01-Carol Wright/Music Teacher; :19
SUPER=01-Bonnye Newton/Math Teacher; :47
SUPER=01-Marie Waller/History Teacher; 1:04
SUPER=01-Jim McCormick/Lynchburg School Superintendent; 1:56
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
((natsot singing 3:03:08
Not everyone is singing the praises of Virginia's new Standards of
Learning.. at least not yet.
With the new emphasis on the basics, teachers like Carol Wright worry that
fine arts electives such as chorus may get drowned out.
IN Q=So we're concerned
((CAROL WRIGHT/MUSIC TEACHER: SO WE'RE CONCERNED THAT THE STANDARDS OF LEARNING
MAY CAUSE CROWDING IN STUDENT SCHEDULES SO THAT THEY CANNOT GET THE ELECTIVES
THAT THEY ARE NOW PRESENTLY ABLE TO TAKE.))
OUT Q=able to take.
((WHEN YOU DIVIDE WHICH WAY DOES THE DECIMAL POINT MOVE? THREE PLACES TO THE
It's not that teachers don't support higher standards for education.. they
But they don't want to sacrifice the how and why of learning for simple yes
and no.. turning out students who are merely good at taking tests.
IN Q=I can see
((BONNYE NEWTON/MATH TEACHER: I CAN SEE HOW A SITUATION COULD VERY EASILY ARISE
THAT TEACHERS FEEL PRESSURED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE STUDENTS ARE TEST-WISE, THAT
THEY KNOW THE INFORMATION AND BASICALLY HOW TO PERFORM THE TESTS THAT ARE BEING
ASKED ON THE TEST.))
OUT Q=on the test.
IN Q=And I think
((MARIE WALLER/HISTORY TEACHER: AND I THINK WE START AT THE BASICS, EVERYBODY'S
AT THE BASICS AND THEN WE TRY TO MOVE UP. AND WE CAN, WE'LL DO MORE THAN JUST
TEACHING TO THAT TEST IN THE CLASSROOM.))
OUT Q=the classroom.
The trouble is many children haven't mastered the required basics.. they're
the ones the teachers fear will start to fail or drop out.
The concern goes beyond the student's academic well- being... too many
failures could reflect badly on the teacher and the school system.
IN Q=There are still
((BONNYE NEWTON: THERE ARE STILL SITUATIONS THAT I THINK ARE IMPOSSIBLE, AND IT
MAKES ME HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF CONCERN TO THINK THAT MY NAME OR MY SCHOOL IS
GOING TO BE NOT PERCEIVED AS A GOOD SCHOOL AND A WORTHY SCHOOL BECAUSE CHILDREN
CAN'T PASS JUST A CATEGORICAL TEST.))
OUT Q=a categorical test.
Administrators say SOL test results WILL play a part in teacher evaluations,
but are far from being the ONLY measure of classroom success.
IN Q=It's not to
((DR. JIM MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S NOT TO SAY THAT WE'RE
GOING TO GO OUT AND SAY YOUR STUDENTS SCORED AT SUCH AND SUCH A PERCENTILE,
YOU'RE A BAD TEACHER. IT IS GOING TO SUGGEST THOUGH THAT MAYBE WE'RE MISSING
SOMETHING IN OUR INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM, IF OUR STUDENTS ARE SCORING LOWER MAYBE
THAN WE THINK THEY ARE ABLE TO SCORE.))
OUT Q=able to score.
IN Q=For now
((Teachers say the big question is WHEN students will be tested on what they've
learned.. that same year, or a few years later when they're ready to graduate.
Until they know what to expect, most educators aren't ready to give Standards
of Learning a passing grade. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
Marcia Clark says her team gave jurors in the O-J Simpson case enough
evidence to convict- ten times over.
Clark prosecuted the double murder case.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
She told CBS News jurors could not see behind Simpson's celebrity status.
But Clark says she wishes Simpson would take responsibility- and admit his
((MARCIA CLARK/PROSECUTOR: I IMAGINE IN SOME WAY EVEN THOUGH HE'S NOT BEHIND
BARS HE IS PAYING. LIFE IS NOT THE SAME FOR HIM. I KNOW MANY HAVE SAID IT'S NOT
ENOUGH AND HE SHOULD BE BEHIND BARS. MURDERERS SHOULD BE, BUT HE IS PAYING IN A
WAY AND I DO BELIEVE IN THE ULTIMATE JUSTICE. THAT WILL HAPPEN.))
SUPER=01-Marcia Clark/O.J. Simpson Prosecutor;
OUT Q=that will happen.
Clark is promoting her book "Without A Doubt."
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, we'll meet a young boxer who's fought some of
his toughest battles outside the ring,
and we'll tell you why a South Carolina woman is glad she said yes to the
question- "Would you like fries with that?"
MUSIC UP FULL
AT LEAST 30 women will be among class of 2001 at Virginia Military
Last year the Superintendent said it would take a core element of about 30
young ladies to make co-education work at V-M-I.
Thirty women have sent in their money to hold a position in the ranks... and
there could be more.
Sixty-four were accepted. And the formerly all-male Institute is still
accepting deposits- -even additional applications.
The 30 who've signed up, so far, represent a dozen states- -by far the most
from Virginia- -as well as other countries such as Taiwan and Russia.
Strength, determination and toughness.
Not bad traits if you're a boxer.
But one "Ring King" has utilized those characteristics in life, as well.
Scott Prince has his story.
IN Q=He's barely
SUPER=04-Courtesy: VMI; :13
SUPER=01-Andy Nguyen/Collegiate Boxing Champion; :18
SUPER=04-File Tape; :28
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Lexington
((He's barely 5 feet tall and weighs a meager 112 pounds... but don't make
((PUNCHING THE PUNCHING BAG. ))
VMI senior Andy Nguyen is the National Collegiate Boxing champion in his
weight class... winning the title just four years after he first slipped on a
pair of gloves.
IN Q=When coach
((ANDY NGUYEN/COLLEGIATE BOXING CHAMPION: WHEN COACH ASKED ME TO BOX MY RAT
YEAR I SAID, 'NO WAY. I CAN'T BOX." ))
OUT Q=I can't box
Those are pretty surprising comments... considering Andy's been a FIGHTER
for most of his life.
When he was just six years old living in Saigon, his parents... fearful of
communist rule... sent him to America.
He hasn't seen them since.
And once he arrived in this country he found himself up against the ropes
IN Q=I was
((NGUYEN: I WAS ABUSED WHEN I WAS A CHILD TOO AND THAT HELPED ME TO GROW UP A
BUTT! BUTT! BUTT!
((NGUYEN: THAT KIND OF PUTS PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT LIFE IS AND WHAT YOU WANT IT TO
OUT Q=want it to be
Andy could have thrown in the towel at that point... but he didn't.
He went on to live with a family in Richmond, where he flourished in school.
Now he's set to receive his degree in biology and in a few weeks he'll join
the Air Force.
Clearly, by rolling with the punches of life, Andy Nguyen has proven himself
a winner both in and out of the ring.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Lexington.))
Andy (WHEN) Nguyen will get a chance to reunite with his natural family in
the coming months.
Once he finishes up his Air Force training he'll be stationed in South
Korea... placing him within traveling distance of his native Saigon.
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The Miami Heat is still alive. But just barely, watch the bottom right of
your screen, as P.J. Brown picks up Charlie Ward and body slams him to the
court on the box out.
SUPER=32-New York/81/Miami/96/Knicks Lead 3-to-2;
Three players were ejected, but Miami won the game.
Tuesday night Salem and Lynchburg gave into mother nature before they even
threw a pitch.
Last night the Hillcats and Avalanche are trying to put up more of a
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Avalanche vs. Hillcats;
Birthday boy, Lynchburg GM, Paul Sunwall threw out the ceremonial first
pitch on his 50th birthday.
Salem tried to spoil the party. Chad Gambill gets the base knock up the
middle and Garrett Neubart scores for a 1-zip Avalanche lead after one.
The visitors tacked on another run in the 2nd, with Elvis Pena at the
plate. Elvis proves he's no hound dog, lining a shot into center plating David
But the 'Cats didn't whimper. Lynchburg loaded the bases for Nilsson
Antigua in the 4th and Antigua delivers SUPER=37-Salem/3/Lynchburg/6;
with the grounder through the right side of the infield for 2 RBI's and a 2-all
game. Lynchburg wins it 6 to 3.
Salem is hoping for some good weather through next Monday as the city gets
set to host the NCAA division two national softball championship.
8 teams from all over the country are in town and ready to begin play at the
Moyer complex today.
All of the schools got in some practice on the Moyer diamonds as they dodged
the showers to loosen up.
Longwood College and the city of Salem are co-hosting the 5 day event.
Last night the teams had a chance to unwind, eat a good meal and socialize at
the championship banquet at the Salem Civic Center sponsored by your Hometown
IN Q="Things are...
((LINDA WOOSTER/NCAA SOFTBALL CO-CHAIR:))
SUPER=01-Linda Wooster/NCAA Softball Co-Chair; :00
OUT Q=...START TOMORROW."
WDBJ's own Steve Mason served as emcee for the event.
The Miami Heat has managed to stay alive in the NBA playoffs and force a game
six in their Eastern conference semi-final with New York.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/TNT; ;00
Down three games to one, the Heat desperately needed a win to stay alive.
But this is not how you get ahead.
Larry Johnson to Charlie Ward, to the old man Buck Williams! And the former
Maryland Terrapins dunks all over Alonzo Mourning.
John Crotty would come off the bench and try to ignite the Heat with a
hesitation drive that gets him an open layin.
But Pat Ewing answered that with a
SUPER=32-New York/81/Miami/96/Knicks Lead 3-to-2;
two handed jam, but the Heat is able to win game five 96-to-81. Game six is
The NCAA east regional golf championship begins tomorrow in Hot Springs.
Roy Stanley and photographer Dennis Brown dropped in at Cascades today to
give us a tournament preview.
IN Q="23 Teams...
SUPER=03-Hot Springs; :00
SUPER=01-Jay Hardwick/Virginia Tech Golf Coach; :20
SUPER=01-John Rollins/VCU Golfer; :40
SUPER=01-Mike Morayhan/Virginia Golf Coach; :52
SUPER=01-Fred Warren/East Tennessee St. Golf Coach; 1:13
OUT Q=.......news 7 sports."
((23 teams are competing in the N-C-Double-A's east region as the Cascades golf
course in Hot Springs.
The Clemson tigers are the highest ranked team in the region at number four
but several other teams are ranked in the top 10.
And the East has consistently sent strong teams to the nationals.))
((JAY HARDWICK/VIRGINIA TECH GOLF COACH: ))
((V-C-U, James Madison and Virginia are the three state teams competing for the
All three teams have experience playing on the Cascades course.))
((JOHN ROLLINS/VCU GOLFER: ))
((MIKE MORAYHAN/VIRGINIA GOLF COACH: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
((FRED WARNER/EAST TENNESSEE ST. HEAD COACH: ))
((The teams practiced in a steady rain the tournament opens on Thursday.
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
Still to come tonight on News 7 sports, the Roanoke Valley is ready to get
with a new soccer team this summer.
We'll check out the new Roanoke Wrath right after this.
The Riverdawgs were officially replaced yesterday by the Roanoke Wrath, a
team with new owners, new uniforms and a new home field.
The Wrath principles met the media in the Patrick Henry Hotel lobby.
9 owners make up Roanoke Pro Soccer Incorporated. The Wrath will play this
season at Victory Stadium. That, low ticket prices a new look, and other
factors should help the new franchise succeed.
IN Q="this year
((GRAYSON PRILLIMAN/ROANOKE WRATH PLAYER-COACH:))
((STEVE HOLT/ROANOKE WRATH PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Grayson Prilliman/Roanoke Wrath Player-Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Holt/Roanoke Wrath President; :13
SUPER=01-Lang Wedemeyer/Roanoke Wrath Midfielder; :28
A South Carolina woman almost threw out a million dollars this weekend.
Gloria Jean Brown of Beaufort was cleaning out her car when she found an
empty french fry box that was worth a cool million.
She had found the winning piece in McDonald's Monopoly game.
Brown doesn't remember buying the fries, she's just glad she didn't toss the
box without looking at it.
She will get 50-thousand dollars a year for the next 20 years.
She's currently unemployment and says she may use the money to start her own