Here's what you'll see tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
The parents thought their kids were asleep.
Instead, they were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in the back of the
family pickup truck.
And remembering the men and women who fought for their country on this
Now that a cold front has slipped through the area, a drier forecast will be
on the way.
Tonight on Health Check-- alcohol and good health--they never used to go
but researchers now are finding that drinking spirits in moderation can
actually be protective.
Stick around-- all this and the Two Minute Ticker, in 90-seconds on NEWS-7
((WHAT WE FOUND WERE THREE SMALL CHILDREN IN THE BACK OF SMALL MINI PICKUP
TRUCK WITH THE CAMPER ON THE BACK.))
OUT Q=on the back.
The children were dead- all killed by carbon monoxide poisoning.
GRAPHIC=News7 at five
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
It was supposed to be a routine trip home from a holiday weekend.
The family was on its was from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
But when the parents checked on their sleeping children they would not wake
((GREG WEST/LA FIRE BATTALION CHIEF: ALL THREE CHILDREN WERE IN CARDIAC ARREST,
THEY WERE PULSELESS AND NOT BREATHING.))
SUPER=01-Greg West/L.A. Fire Battallion Chief;
OUT Q=AND NOT BREATHING.
The children were rushed to the hospital- but it was too late-
Six- year old Natalie, three- year old Kimberly and 22 month old Kevin are
The childrens' uncle says the parents are in shock.
((THE KIDS MOM SAY I CAN'T BELIEVE MY KIDS NOT THERE. I CAN'T BELIEVE.))
OUT Q=I can't believe."
Los Angeles police are checking out the truck to find out if an exhaust leak
caused the tragedy.
Authorities are checking out a skydiving plane that crashed to the ground
in South Florida.
An amateur photographer caught the scene- a small plane spiraling to the
SUPER=03-South Miami, FL/Yesterday;
On board, five skydivers and a pilot.
Also in the skies- another parachutist- a 43 year old woman who was suited
up when the plane developed problems.
((ROBERT SUAREZ/METRO DADE FIRE: SHE WAS READY TO JUMP FOR SOME REASON THE
PLANE STARTED TO GO OUT OF CONTROL SHE COULDN'T HOLD ON AND JUST BAILED OUT.))
SUPER=01-Robert Suarez/Metro Dade Fire;
OUT Q=and just bailed out."
One man saw it all, from the ground.
((WE WERE HERE FOR A PICNIC AND AIRPLANE RIDE AND HAVING A PICNIC. WHEN WE
TURNED AROUND WE SAW THIS AIRPLANE SPINNING IT LOOKED LIKE JUST A REGULAR SPIN
AND WE SAW A PARACHUTER LEAVE THE PLANE AS IT WAS SPINNING AND THEN THE PLANE
HIT THE GROUND.))
OUT Q=the ground."
The parachutist landed safely. Five other skydivers and the pilot were
THE National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
Around the nation and here at home people are observing Memorial Day.
((LEFT WHEEL, HUT.. MARCHING NAT SOUND.))
OUT Q=marching nat sound."
President Clinton spent part of this Memorial Day at Arlington National
He spoke of the sacrifices so many servicemen made for our freedom.
((IF YOU LOOK AT ALL THE GRAVESTONES HERE YOU WILL SEE THEY HAVE NOT DIED IN
VAIN. WHEN YOU SEE WHAT WE ENJOY TODAY AND THAT WE STAND AT THE PINNACLE OF OUR
POWER OUR SUCCESS AND OUR INFLUENCE AS A NATION.))
OUT Q=influence as a nation."
The President also laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
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More than a half century ago, they helped restore democracy to the
Philippine Islands, and today 30-local veterans got their official "thank you".
Brigadier General (Ta-Goompay Nana-Diego) Tagumpay Nanadiego presented the
Philippine Liberation medals during a Memorial Day service in Roanoke.
More than 20-thousand Americans died in the eleven months it took to defeat
the Japanese in the South Pacific.
IN Q=Today's presentation
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- ROANOKE: TODAY'S PRESENTATION OF THE PHILIPPINE
LIBERATION MEDAL MARKS AN IMPORTANT RECOGNITION OF ONE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT
AND BLOODY CHAPTER IN OUR NATION'S MILITARY HISTORY.))
((GEN. TAGUMPAY NANADIEGO: THIS IS OUR SMALL WAY OF THANKING THE VETERANS WHO
ARE HERE TODAY FOR THEIR ROLE IN THE LIBERATION OF THE PHILIPPINES IN RESTORING
DEMOCRACY AND PEACE IN MY COUNTRY.))
SUPER=01-Gen. Tagumpay Nanadiego/Philippine General; :12
OUT Q=peace in my country.
Following the services, a Marine Corps color guard fired a salute, and
veterans laid a wreath at the War Memorial in Lee Plaza.
Tornadoes and thunderstorms overnight left two people dead and spun a wide
trail of damage from Texas to the East Coast.
Both deaths were in western Pennsylvania, where record rains
fell and mudslides blocked roads.
SUPER=03-Argonia, KS/Amateur Video;
Tornadoes struck a wide area of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas,
destroying several homes and blowing empty rail cars off their
Check out this home video from Argonia, Kansas as a storm passed nearby.
The funnel cloud did touch down, however little damage was reported and
there were no injuries.
The storms did produce heavy rain and marble-sized hail.
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An update on a man in search of his children, he says were victims of a
And it's more than just a charity golf tournament-- in fact, not only does
it help citizens find affordable housing, now the push is on to fund shelters
for the homeless.
Also coming up-- another washout at Indy-- Mike has the scoop when NEWS-7 at
A man from Max Meadows whose children have allegedly been the victims of
International Parental Kidnapping is still trying to track them down.
At this point he's been unsuccessful.
Walter Benda hasn't seen his daughters (MAR-ee) Mari and (Eh-mah) Ema since
the spring of 1995.
He says his wife got involved with a cult...took the children to her native
Japan... and then changed their names.
This past weekend, Benda, and dozens of others, picketed six different
embassies in Washington.
He's also formed his own parents group in Japan.
IN Q=I have
((WALTER BENDA: I HAVE STARTED AN ORGANIZATION IN JAPAN CALLED CHILDREN'S
RIGHTS COUNCIL JAPAN. THERE ARE ABOUT 2 DOZEN MEMBERS OF THAT. MOST OF THEM ARE
PARENTS WHO ARE BEING DENIED ACCESS TO THEIR CHILDREN IN JAPAN. MOST OF THESE
CASES INVOLVE INTERNATIONAL PARENTAL KIDNAPPING. ))
OUT Q=parental kidnapping
Benda has been to Japanese District Court numerous times in the past two
years hoping to reclaim his children.
But he's run into a number of stumbling blocks.
He's not fluent in the Japanese language... and was not given the
opportunity to have a lawyer represent him in court.
Nearly 96-thousand families have benefitted from the Virginia Housing
But for the past four years it's also helped take care of the state's
Corporate sponsors organized by V-H-D-A are chipping in some 40- thousand
dollars this year to two New River Valley shelters.
IN Q=The housing
((PAT BROWN/NRV WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER: THE HOUSING PROBLEMS ARE JUST
TREMENDOUS. AND THE FACT THAT A STATE ORGANIZATION LIKE VHDA WOULD SEE THESE
PROBLEMS OF THE HOMELESS, AND ACTUALLY WORK SO HARD ON SPARE TIME KIND OF
THINGS TO RAISE MONIES FOR NON-PROFITS, IT'S JUST TREMENDOUS.))
SUPER=01-Pat Brown/NRV Women's Resource Center;
OUT Q=just tremendous.
The charity tournament's NOT just a fund-raiser, but also an awareness
raiser for the bankers and homebuilders who help sponsor it.
((AMANDA GRIFFETH/MONTGOMERY CO. COMMUNITY SHELTER: WE NEED SOME LOWER COST
RENTAL UNITS THAT ARE AWAY FROM THE COLLEGES SO THEY'RE LITERALLY NOT SCARFED
UP BY ALL THE COLLEGE STUDENTS.))
((THERE ARE A LOT OF PLACES THAT IF YOU HAVE ANY KIND OF PROBLEMS WITH YOUR
CREDIT RECORD, OR YOU'RE NOT EMPLOYED AT THE TIME, YOU CANNOT GET IN, YOU
CANNOT GET A LEASE.))
SUPER=01-Amanda Griffeth/Montgomery Co. Community Shelter;
OUT Q=a lease.
The shelters hope the tournament helped change some attitudes.
The list of incoming female cadets at Virginia Military Institute keeps
growing, with a couple more from right here in the Commonwealth.
Two high school seniors from Fairfax County have been accepted and plan to
attend the formerly male-only school.
Eighteen-year old Alexis Abrams and 17-year old Amanda Kaufman are expected
to join the other women who will attend VMI in the fall.
The new students will be on the Lexington post in mid-August.
Teaching could be the career of the future...
that according to the Department of Education.
It estimates that two million new teachers will be needed within the next
Increasing student enrollment throughout the country, along with the
pending retirements of baby-boom era educators, are spurring recruiting efforts
in many school districts.
Most big-city school districts are particularly looking for minorities,
special education teachers, and those certified in science and math.
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Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE...we all know how pesky mosquitos can be,
so what does a cool spring mean for them? The answer and the back to work
forecast when we come back.
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
The mild winter we had may have created a perfect environment for
But ento-mologists say the cool and dry spring we've experienced has kept
the irritating insects from breeding in great numbers.
Mosquito experts say the mosquitoes generally thrive in April and May but
that hasn't happened this year.
But he also says the amount of standing water left over from winter will
be a big factor in the size of the hordes this summer.
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SUPER=331-Mostly Cloudy/Wind NE-10/50-52/Partly Sunny/Wind NE-10/67-69;
SUPER=332-Chance Of/Sprinkles/49-52/Partly Cloudy/Wind NE-10/62-65;
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health music under
In tonight's Two Minute ticker--slick conditions did not stop hundreds of
cyclists competing in the Saturn Festival Bike Cup...Mike Stevens was at the
race and has a full report. (----------------)
But first on Health Check-- they're credited for saving lives, but Intensive
Care Units are fighting bugs of their own-- the story when we come back.
Good Afternoon. I'm Keith Humphry.
On this Memorial Day, we'll hear from men who wear the Purple Heart... and
about a man who never got one.
Navy Corpsman Frank Davis died from exposure to Agent Orange.
The Military doesn't recognize a chemical defoliant that American forces
used in the jungles of Southeast Asia as a reason to award the Purple Heart.
Many of those wounded in combat don't either.
IN Q=Like them
((LIKE THEM, MY FATHER WAS ALSO WOUNDED IN BATTLE, OR HE WAS POISONED BY HIS
OWN COUNTRY WHILE FOLLOWING HIS ORDERS....))
SUPER=01-Frank Davis, Jr./Son of U.S. Navy Corpsman;
OUT Q=his orders.
We'll hear more from Chief Davis's family on NEWS 7 at Six...
double boxes Jean/Keith
AND from those opposed to awarding Davis the Purple Heart.
Quite a story-- We'll see you at six.
Intensive care units can save lives.
BUT-- bugs are lurking in many I-C-U's that are getting harder and harder
to kill because they can fight off the antibiotics meant to kill them.
A new study by the Centers for Disease Control is the first of it's kind to
show just how big the problem is.
The most common bugs such as staphylococcus were much more likely to be
resistant to drugs if found in the I-C-U, as opposed to other parts of the
The researchers say that bacteria learn how to outsmart the drugs...and
that there are fewer and fewer drugs available that can kill the bugs.
Drinking to your health?
Many recent studies have suggested tipping a glass or two may be good for
But moderation is the key that peole often forget- Here's Health Check's
IN Q=It looks like
SUPER=01-Dr. Ralph Sacco/Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center; :05
SUPER=03-New York; :25
SUPER=01-Dr. Holly Andersen/NY Hospital-Cornell Med. Center; :30
SUPER=01-Dr. David Lewis/Alcoholism & Drug Depend. Council; 1:14
SUPER=01-Dr. Kent Robertshaw/St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital; 1:36
OUT Q=CS Health Check.
IN Q=It looks like
(( DR. RALPH SACCO/ NEUROLOGIST, COLUMBIA-PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CTR: IT LOOKS
LIKE DRINKING A LITTLE BIT CAN ACTUALLY BE PROTECTIVE-- THAT IS, DRINKING SOME
ALCOHOL MAY ACTUALLY REDUCE THE RISK OF STROKE BY ALMOST A HALF.))
OUT Q=by almost a half.
It's the latest research to show a potential positive of drinking.
Reducing ischemic stroke risk -- or blockages in the brain's arteries--
isn't the only possible advantage to sipping a cocktail.
Decreasing one's chances of
getting coronary artery disease is another-- and the focus of much research
including the Framingham Heart Study.
IN Q=They found
(( DR. HOLLY ANDERSEN/NEW YORK HOSPITAL-CORNELL MEDICAL CTR./CARDIOLOGIST: THEY
FOUND THAT BOTH MEN AND WOMEN WHO CONSUMED A GLASS OR TWO OF ALCOHOL A DAY HAD
ABOUT A TWENTY-TO-THIRTY PERCENT REDUCTION IN THE RISK OF DEVELOPING HEART
OUT Q=developing heart disease.
The key though is the amount of alcohol you drink.
The federal government recommends 12-ounces of beer, 5-ounces of wine or one
and a half ounces of hard liquor... No more than two per day for men and
only one for women....
Post-menopausal women, men over the age of 40 and seniors are the ones who
may benefit most from a casual drink-- but no more than a casual drink.
Any more, and you may be crossing the fine line between the prevention and
the promotion of disease.
Because despite all the studies, few experts would go so far as to say
alcohol is health food.
IN Q=Would we
(( DR.DAVID LEWIS/INTERNIST/NATL. COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM & DRUG DEPENDENCE:
WOULD WE PRESCRIBE ALCOHOL AS A HEALTH FOOD? WOULD WE RECOMMEND PEOPLE DRINK
1-3 TIMES A WEEK TO PREVENT CARDIO-VASCULAR DISEASE? I DON'T THINK WE'RE AT
THAT STAGE YET. I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE TO GENERALLY MAKE THAT
OUT Q=that recommendation.
While this physician doesn't think people are writing their own
prescriptions and drinking more, because of the studies-- others in the medical
community are taking a tougher stance.
IN Q=This kind of
((DR. KENT ROBERTSHAW/SMITHERS ALCOHOLISM TREATMENT AND TRAINING CENTER/ST.
THIS KIND OF DATA IS DANGEROUS BECAUSE EVERY ALCOHOLIC'S WISH IS TO BE QUOTE
UN-QUOTE 'NORMAL' AND DRINK EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE LIKE OTHER PEOPLE. THEY CAN'T
DRINK EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE LIKE OTHER PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=like other people (2X)
But it may be that for those who can-- and that's MOST drinkers, the medical
research is an added plus.
One that people probably don't consider until AFTER popping the cork.
Connie Stevens, Health Check.))
The loss of smell experienced by many people with Parkinson's Disease is
helping doctors uncover the cause of the disease.
British doctors say that up to 90 percent of Parkinson's patients have an
impaired ability to smell as a result of damage to the olfactory bulb or smell
center in the brain.
They say that smell tests might help diagnose patients early in the
Parkisons' affects one percent of the population and causes neurological
Researchers at Eastern Virginia Medical School will ask state lawmakers to
introduce a bill next year requiring (----------------)
that all newborn babies have hearing tests.
The researchers have tested new technology they say could provide
affordable, accurate hearing tests.
Time now for sports, where the rain postponed the Indy 500 AGAIN, but it
didn't seem to bother most of the cyclists in Roanoke-- here's Mike Stevens.
GRAPHIC=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the special Memorial Day edition of
the Two Minute Ticker.
Let's get things started this afternoon in downtown Roanoke where hundreds of
cyclists took part in the day long "Saturn Festival Cup" bike races.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Women's 30 Lap Pro Event; :00
SUPER=01-Sandra Kolb/Women's Pro Event Winner; :27
SUPER=04-Men's 45 Lap Pro Event; :40
SUPER=01-Mark McCormack/Men's Pro Event Winner; 1:00
OUT Q=...IN CYCLING."
((The rain held off for the two professional cycling events in the middle of
the day, although several puddles still made things interesting for the
In the women's 30 lap event 10 riders emerged from the start on CHurch avenue
and made their way around the tight course.
The final lap produced a mad dash for the finish line, with Maryland's Sandra
Kolb, a full time tri-athlete, hitting the stripe first for her first Saturn
((SANDRA KOLB/WOMEN'S PRO EVENT WINNER:))
The men's 45 lap race featured the biggest field ever for the Saturn Cup as
58 cyclists tried to stay out of each other's way.
Team Saturn riders Mark McCormack and Bart Bowen set the early pace by
breaking away from the pack on several occassions.
They crossed the line hand in hand, with McCormack getting the victory, by
half a wheel.))
((MARK MCCORMACK/MEN'S PRO EVENT EVENT WINNER:))
The rain spared the bikes, but pelted Indy for the second straight day.
SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/ABC; :00
Just before 3:30 eastern time this afternoon, the race stewards at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway made the call to postpone the race until tomorrow
This year's delay is the first postponement in 11 years.
The fans did get to see 15 laps worth of racing today before the rain
arrived, plus they witnessed a three car crash on the pace lap.
SUPER=03-Concord, NC/This Morning;
Rain also played havoc with the Winston Cup cars last night in Charlotte.
Jeff Gordon finally was declared the winner of the rain shortened Coca-Cola
600 around one o'clock this morning.
By winning, Gordon's keeps alive his hopes of winning the Winston Million.
Rusty Wallace was second, with Mark Martin third, Bill Elliott fourth, and Jeff
And in the big leagues this afternoon, Boston beat Milwaukee 3-to-2, Detroit
______ Anaheim, the Yankees _______ Baltimore, and Chicago
________ Pittsburgh in games that are already over.
Much more coming your way tonight at six, have a safe Memorial day evening
go to break
Rain fell on Festival in the Park this weekend, but the Roanoke event was
far from a washout.
Gray skies and scattered showers greeted the crowds at Elmwood Park today.
But the rain was brief, and the clouds provided relief from the hot sun.
Food Vendors on Bullit Avenue also said they were pleased with the
IN Q=Today, we thought
((ROBIN BRADT/FESTIVAL VENDOR: TODAY WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT OF
DOWNFALL WITH THE WEATHER, THE BEGINNING OF THE MORNING, BUT THE SUN'S TRYING
TO COME OUT AND THE PEOPLE ARE OUT. WE'RE STILL CONDUCTING BUSINESS AS
SUPER=01-Robin Bradt/Festival Food Vendor
OUT Q=business as normal.
Tonight, the Festival focus returns to Victory Stadium, where the WJJS Star
Party begins at six.
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(toss to Jean)
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
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