Investigators are going public with evidence in the bombings of an abortion
clinic and a gay nightclub in Atlanta.
The tobacco industry and politicians are once again making headlines in
Widespread cloud cover and a few scattered showers today--
Temperatures will hang back in the upper 60s to near 70.
But then a return to spring weather tomorrow.
More about that, coming up.
Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.
The F-B-I has made some critical evidence public as it tries to solve three
bombings in Atlanta.
Investigators today released letters claiming responsiblity for the bombings
at an abortion clinic and a gay nightclub earlier this year.
The agents are hoping someone will recognize the handwriting or the
Among the clues: the author refers to homosexuals as "sodomites."
IN Q=we are releasing
OUT Q=for these brutal crimes.
In addition, officials are making another plea for any photos or
videos taken at Atlanta's Centennial Park near the time of the Olympic bombing.
Investigators showed an enhanced video frame that shows the outline of an
individual sitting on the bench where the bomb exploded.
There hoping some else might have a better picture of the same area.
They also released two sketches of individuals that might be connected to
A leading candidate for the nation's top military job met this morning with
Defense Secretary William Cohen.
The Pentagon is keeping quiet about what was discussed
SUPER=03-Andrews AFB, MD/Yesterday;
but there's speculation that Air Force General Joseph Ralston will take his
name out of the running for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
His candidacy has been clouded by an admitted adulterous affair he
had in the 19-80's.
And sources say Ralston does NOT want to face tough Senate confirmation
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SUPER=01-Sen. Olympia Snowe/(R) Maine;
OUT Q=GIVEN PAST EVENTS.
Cohen originally defended Ralston, saying the affair should NOT
disqualify Ralston for the job.
Some Pentagon officials reportedly suggest that the current chairman --
General John Shalikashvili, might be persuaded to stay in his post for another
That report appears in today's "New York Times."
The Pope is making an emotional homecoming today in his native
city of Krakow.
It's part of an eleven-day tour of his homeland that has been both very
public and very private.
Today he visited his parents' graves.
And yesterday one and a half million people attended an outdoor mass.
The 77- year- old pontiff warned Poles not lose their identity and values
during the transition from a communist state to a free market economy.
Students at a local elementary school are learning a valuable lesson about
This morning, students at Falling Branch Elementary school in Christiansburg
planted trees and bushes in memory of seven- year- old Samantha Rentch.
The little girl was killed a couple of weeks ago when she was thrown from
the back of a pick- up truck.
Her mother, Treca (Teresa), says Samantha had been riding in the cab just
minutes before she climbed into the back of the truck.
IN Q=I love
((TRECA RENTCH/SAMANTHA'S MOTHER:I LOVE MY DAUGHTER, I MISS MY DAUGHTER, I WISH
THIS WOULD'VE NEVER HAPPENED, HOWEVER, I DO APPRECIATE WHAT THEY'VE DONE,
SAMANTHA LOVED SCHOOL. ))
SUPER=01-Treca Rentch/Samantha's Mother; :00
OUT Q=loved school.
Students have been learning about the danger associated with riding in the
back of a truck.
They've also drafted a letter to send to lawmakers expressing their
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
Some possible trouble for a the G-O-P candidate for lieutenant governor.
John Hager was named indirectly in memos on the nicotine content in
use file tape from Bus-Tour, 95-70; & 5-Bus-Tour, 595-24;
But Hager says he did NOT deal with nicotine research, although he
was routinely sent copies of company documents.
Hagar is a tobacco industry consultant and a retired senior executive with
the American Tobacco Company.
He says he's under scrutiny because he's running for statewide office.
Hagar and L-F- Payne, his democratic challenger for lieutenant governor
have ties to the tobacco industry. Payne is a former Fifth District
Representative who defended the industry when he was in Congress.
Less than 24 hours of campaigning left for candidates in the Republican
primary for attorney general.
use file tape from P-Gil-Davis, 597-27; or P-Gil-Davis, 597-22;
Gil Davis -- a Fairfax lawyer -- talked to voters at the Fairfax County fair
Davis is best known as Paula Jones' attorney. Jones is suing President
Clinton for sexual harassment.
use file tape from 97-13, E-Stolle; 597-12, P-Stolle;
State Senator Kenneth Stolle spoke at a rally at a Fraternal Order of Police
use file tape 97-25, P-Earley; 97-28, AG-Debate;
About 75 Henrico Republicans heard from state Senator Mark Earley of
Chesapeake and former Secretary of Public Safety Jerry Kilgore of Gate City.
Fewer than ten percent of Virginia's more than three-million registered
voters are expected to turn out.
The winner will oppose Democrat Bill Dolan in the November general election.
In Roanoke, a local primary may overshadow the G-O-P attorney general
97-39, 6/2/97, Audits
The contest is for the Democrat's nomination for commissioner of revenue.
Local Republican chairman Ralph Smith said many Republicans may skip their
own contest to cast a ballot in the commissioner's race.
Whoever wins between incumbent Marsha Compton Fielder and challenger Sherman
Holland will face the G-O-P candidate.
So far, Businessman Guy Byrd is the only Republican to announce his
The attempt to save the life of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh has
resumed in Denver.
The defense will try to humanize McVeigh when they call relatives and friends
to the witness stand including McVeigh's father.
Last week the prosecution wrapped up its case that McVeigh should receive
the death penalty.
The jury should get the case this week.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
Meantime, the jury that convicted Jesse Timmendequas (tih-MEHN'-deh-kwah) of
killing Megan Kanka begins
considering the death penalty today.
The seven- year- old's death prompted "Megan's Law", which allows community
notification when a sex offender is released from prison.
Timmendequas's own family says they want the twice convicted child molester
A furlough hearing is scheduled today for the man who tried to assassinate
President Reagan in 19-81.
A Federal judge in Washington, DC, will be hearing Hinckley's request to
take furloughs from St. Elizabeth hospital so he can visit his father.
Hinckley was confined at the medical facility after he was found incompetent
to stand trial for the Reagan assassination attempt.
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A 19- year- old high school graduate faces possible murder charges after
giving birth in a rest room at her prom.
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Authorities say the New Jersey woman dumped the baby in a trash can and
returned to the dance floor.
Prosecutors say they'll wait for autopsy results on the infant to be
released later today before deciding whether to charge her with murder.
It's a joint effort.
and both Virginia's Explore Park and Marine Reserves unit are benefiting.
Denise Allen explains.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Ted Adams/U.S. Marines; :15
SUPER=01-Steve Meeks/Park Maintenance Coordinator; :44
SUPER=01-Daniel Young/Park Maintenance Technician; 1:09
OUT Q=News 7.
SOT nat sound of dozers
This construction crew is Bravo company, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion.
The Marine Reserves unit has been using the Explore Park as a training
ground for several months.
IN Q=THE MARINES WHO
((CAPTAIN TED ADAMS/U.S. MARINES: THE MARINES WHO ARE STUDENTS, SALESMEN IN
THEIR CIVILIAN LIVES GET A CHANCE TO GET OUT HERE AND GET ON THE EQUIPMENT AND
DO THE THINGS THEY NEED TO BECOME PROFICIENT.))
OUT Q=TO BECOME PROFICIENT
During a military operation, Bravo company is responsible for building
things, working with explosives and punching in new roads.
At the Explore Park this clearing will eventually be a parking lot and
IN Q=NOW FOR US WE
((NOW FOR US WE COULD SAY WE'RE IN BOSNIA OR KOREA IN THE MOUNTAINS AND WE'RE
CLEARING A HELICOPTER LANDING PAD.))
OUT Q=LANDING PAD
IN Q=WE HAD NO
((STEVE MEEKS/PARK MAINTENANCE COOR.: WE HAD NO WAY TO CLEAR IT NOBODY COME IN
TO OFFER TO DONATE TO CLEAR IT SO THEY SAVED US.))
OUT Q=THEY SAVED US
Both the Marines and park officials say this is a win-win situation.
The Marines get a place to train and the park gets thousands of dollars of
work done just for the price of fuel.
SOT nat sot of hammering
The marine reserves are honing their construction skills while building this
picnic pavilion for the park.
IN Q=WE WAS ABLE
((DANIEL YOUNG/PARK TECHNICIAN: WE WAS ABLE TO GET THE CONTRIBUTIONS TO
PURCHASE THE MATERIALS BUT NO LABOR. THEY'RE IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING IT
OUT Q=GETTING IT BUILT
This partnership between Explore and the Marine Reserves is just one of 4
like it in the country.
Capt. Adams says they're working on similar projects which he says will
continue to benefit the marines as well as the Roanoke Valley.
Denise Allen News 7.))
An international competition could NOT daunt a group of students from
Crystal Spring Elementary.
The students got back in town last night after competing in the Odyssey of
the Mind Competition in College Park, Maryland.
They presented three projects at the competition last week.
use file tape from E-OM-Competition, 97-23;
Students were given science problems to solve using limited materials and
One of their projects included the construction of a 35 gram wooden stand
that can support up to 665 pounds.
Crystal Spring students placed fourth in the competition that attracted
youngsters from across the United States and foreign countries.
The group of 10-year olds went up against many students two grades ahead of
The President of Virginia's Board of Education has come under criticism
because her three sons attend private schools.
Michelle Easton is heading Virginia's effort to overhaul public school
The board is to conduct a preliminary vote on the
overhaul in two days.
Easton's critics contend that where she sends her own kids shows her
hostility to public schools.
But Easton said she should be given credit for caring about the quality of
public schools even though she does NOT have a personal stake.
The Board of Education's preliminary vote this week on revising public
school standards will include a
proposal by Governor Allen to remove the requirement for Family Life Education,
generally known as sex education.
The board also is considering adding charter schools in the new standards.
The General Assembly has opposed charter schools.
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Virginia's richest people were showcased in the magazine Virginia Business.
The candy-making Mars family of McLean is still number one.
It's the ninth year in a row for Forrest Mars Junior, John Mars and
Jaqueline Mars Vogel.
Their fortune is estimated at 12-billion dollars.
The wealthiest individual on the list is telecommunications and media mogul
John Kluge of Charlottesville.
The magazine estimated his net worth at ten-billion dollars.
Last year's losing Senate candidate, Mark Warner, is on the list at 37th,
with 130-million dollars.
A local photographer is bringing the world to Roanoke.
Bob Hale is showing his works at the Harrison Museum of African American
Since 19-52 Hale has been taking pictures of the urban experience.
For most of his adult life he's used a bicycle for transportation.
Hale says not having a car makes it easier to stop and take pictures.
He hopes visitors to the museum will take the time to notice the intricate
details of his photographs.
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((BOB HALE/PHOTOGRAPHER: SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO LOOK IF IT'S PEOPLE, THE EYES,
FACIAL EXPRESSIONS. CLOTHES CAN TELL WHAT ERA WE'RE IN AND WHAT'S IN THE
OUT Q=IN THE BACKGROUND
Hale says it's all these odds and ends that make a picture interesting.
His exhibit will be at the Harrison Museum in Roanoke until November first.
The Roanoke Valley Resource Authority was giving away furniture yesterday,
Four times a year citizens are encouraged to "Take it or Leave it."
That is drop off furniture, working appliances, kitchen items--you name it.
The items are then given away the same day to anyone who wants them.
W. Guthrie picked up some furniture.
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((W. GUTHRIE: THERE'S A LOT OF NEEDY PEOPLE OUT HERE AND I RUN ACROSS A WHOLE
LOT OF THEM AND SOME OF THE STUFF I FIX UP AND GIVE TO THEM.))
OUT Q=GIVE TO THEM
The object of "Take It Or Leave It" is to keep big items out of the
Organizers say this is just another type of recycling.
They're hoping the program catches on in the Roanoke Valley.
The free market occurs four times a year--twice in both the fall and spring
at the Tinker Creek Transfer Station.
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SUPER=333-Partly/Cloudy/50-55/Mostly Sunny/& Pleasant/80-84;
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Teaching children about fiscal responsibility is NO easy task.
Len Besthoff has some tips in this week's edition of Common Sense.
IN Q=How do
SUPER=01-Gary Collins/J.C. Bradford & Co.; :10
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
((How do you teach your child the value of money? Well Gary Collins of J-C
Bradford and Company here in Martinsville has some tips for you.))
OUT Q=tips for you.
IN Q=You can
((GARY COLLINS/STOCKBROKER-J.C. BRADFORD & CO.: YOU CAN GO TO A TOY STORE AND
SAY OKAY, LITTLE JOHNNY YOU HAVE A DOLLAR- 99, YOU CAN ONLY BUY SOMETHING THAT
HAS A DOLLAR- 99 WRITTEN ON IT OR LESS. AND SHOWING THEM THAT THEY CAN'T BUY
THE BIGGER ITEMS. BY DOING THIS, AT SOME POINT IN TIME, THEY'LL SAY, OKAY I'LL
FOREGO THE CHEAPER ITEM, TO GO A FOR A MORE EXPENSIVE ITEM YOU KNOW AND THEY'LL
HAVE A SAVING PROCESS INSTILLED, AND THEN THAT WAY IT WILL BE GOOD FOR FUTURE
COLLEGE SAVINGS, OR FOR CARS OR FOR CLOTHING OR FOR BIG TICKET ITEM PURCHASES.
THEY'LL ALREADY HAVE THAT CONCEPT IN PLACE INSTEAD OF GOING UP TO MOM AND DAD
AND SAYING GIMME, GIMME, GIMME.))
OUT Q=gimme, gimme, gimme.
IN Q=I'm Len
(( I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it
back to the newsdesk. ))
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There's no clear leader in the N-B-A finals.
Yesterday the Utah Jazz tied the series at two a piece by beating the
Chicago Bulls 78 to 73.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/NBC Sports; :
Greg Foster gets the ball under the basket for the jam to make it 65 to 61
But Michael Jordan hit two jumpers to tie the game.
Then with two minutes left in the game Jordan gets out on the break for the
dunk and the Bulls led 71 to 66.
But the Jazz came right back.
John Stockton throws the ball up court to Karl Malone for the layup and the
lead and Utah wins it 78 to 73.
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The checkered flag at the Pocono 500 went to Jeff Gordon for his sixth win
of the season.
SUPER=03-Pocono, PA/TNN Sports; :
South Boston's Ward Burton moved to the front of the field.
On lap 57 Bobby Labonte slides down the track sideways bringing out the
second caution of the day.
Ward Burton led 60 laps of the race but on lap 142 he blew an engine.
But Jeff Gordon took the lead and held it winning the Pocono 500 ahead of
Jeff Burton who finished second.
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((JEFF GORDON/WINS POCONO 500: ))
((JEFF BURTON/FINISHED SECOND: ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Wins Pocono 500; :00
SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Finished Second; :
OUT Q=.....adjust it."
Dale Jarrett finished third Mark Martin fourth and Jeremy Mayfield fifth.
GRAPHIC=Hall of Fame
It took a sudden death playoff but Botetourt's Ryan Ketron is the 19-97
men's Hall of Fame champion.
Ketron, Ryan Fox and Barry Graham finished the third round tied at 220.
But Ketron chipped in from 45 feet on the first playoff hole for an eagle to
win the tournament.
Ketron shot a 70 in yesterday's final round at Blue Hills.
IN Q="It's a...
((RYAN KETRON/HALL OF FAME WINNER: IT'S A WONDERFUL FEELING, YOU KNOW. IT'S
BEEN THREE OR FOUR YEARS SINCE I'VE BEEN CLOSE TO THE WINNER'S CIRCLE AND
FINALLY I GOT BACK IN IT. SO IT REALLY FEELS GREAT.))
SUPER=01-Ryan Ketron/Hall of Fame Winner; :00
OUT Q=........FEELS GREAT."
Dot Bolling won her second straight Hall of Fame golf tournament yesterday
at the Blue Hills Golf Club.
Bolling was declared the winner last year after rain washed out the final
round but this year she shot a 79 for a total of 155 and a three stroke win
over Kathy Hull.
IN Q="Kathy had...
((DOT BOLLING/HALL OF FAME CHAMPION: ))
SUPER=01-Dot Bolling/Hall of Fame Champion; :00
OUT Q=..........good player."
The first American umpire in Japan has struck out.
Mike DiMuro is headed home after being poked in the chest by a batter he had
tossed from a game.
From the beginning, DiMuro had it tough.
In America the umpire's word is
In Japan, an umpire sometimes reverses a call out of respect to a the
coach who is older and wiser-- or a high profile player.
((I HOPE THAT IF ANYTHING COMES OUT OF THIS, WHAT COMES OUT IS THAT NO
PHYSICAL ASSAULTS WILL BE TOLERATED ON UMPIRES AND THEY'LL BE ABLE TO DO
THEIR JOB SAFELY. ))
SUPER=01-Mike DiMuro/American Umpire;
OUT Q=their job safely.
DiMuro says it boils down to a lack of respect.