Next on News 7-
Congress considers a national apology for slavery- but should Virginia do
Southern Baptists say NO to Disney and ABC.
Plus a car flips over on 220 in Roanoke.
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect through this evening across the
majority of the viewing area. I'll have a look at the doppler radar with all
Today on Health Check--
The government wants exercise equipment makers to take the fat out of
their sales claims.
It's cracking down on companies that promise amazing results with little
IN Q=No single piece
((NO SINGLE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IS GOING TO DO IT ALL FOR YOU. ))
OUT Q=all for you.
IN Q=The healing process
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP; THE HEALING PROCESS HAS NEVER BEEN ALLOWED TO
BEGIN IN THE COUNTRY BECAUSE AMERICA AS A COUNTRY, VIRGINIA AS A STATE, HAVE
NEVER ACKNOWLEDGED THE WRONG... ))
OUT Q=the wrong
An N-double-A-C-P leader says the the state should apologize for slavery.
The House of Representatives is still considering a national apology to
African Americans for slavery.
President Clinton says he'll consider approving it.
But one African American leader in Roanoke says Virginia should have
something to say as well.
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Eric Earnhart is in our newsroom with more.
Jean, Roanoke N-double-A-C-P leader Martin Jefferies calls it simple
Christian values... he says you do something wrong, you say you're sorry.
And he says the State of Virginia has something to be sorry about... adding
that the legacy of slavery is still with us.
IN Q=who gets hired
((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP; WHO GETS HIRED, WHO GETS FIRED, WHAT SCHOOL
KIDS GO TO, AND WHAT OTHER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO THEM BASED ON THEIR
COLOR, UNOFFICIALLY. I'D LIKE TO SEE THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES, IN THIS ELECTION
YEAR, THAT QUESTION POSED TO THEM. VIRGINIA AS ONE OF THE INITIATORS OF THIS
INSTITUTION, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? WE OUGHT TO APOLOGIZE.
DON BEYER/(D)CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR; I THINK WE SHOULD LOOK FIRST TO THE
LEADERSHIP THAT COMES FROM THE PRESIDENT AND IF THAT'S IN FACT THE PUBLIC
POLICY THAT'S PURSUED WE CAN ALWAYS ENDORSE IT.))
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP;
OUT Q=can always endorse it
Beyer said he felt a national apology wouldn't hurt anything, and he wasn't
opposed to it.
Virginia's legislative delegation in Washington is split on the issue...
with Chuck Robb and Rick Boucher approving the concept...
Senator John Warner says he doesn't think the bill looks forward... Virgil
Goode says he waiting to hear from the people of the fifth district before
issuing an opinion.
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Southern Baptists are saying no to Mickey Mouse-
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They've voted to boycott Disney theme parks and subsidiaries such as ABC-
Many object to Disney's policy of giving health benefits to partners of gay
employees and the so called Gay Days at its theme parks.
((WILEY DRAKE/BUENA PARK, CALIFORNIA: IT'S HARD FOR US TO FISH AND WIN FOLKS TO
JESUS WHEN DISNEYLAND IS PUSHING THE HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLE AS NORMAL.))
((MARTIN KNOX/GREEN BAY, WI: I SPEAK AGAINST THIS BECAUSE I THINK THERE ARE
BETTER WAYS TO COMMUNICATE GRACE AND TRUTH OF JESUS CHRIST TO HOMOSEXUALS IN
AMERICA THAN BOYCOTTING COMPANIES.))
SUPER=01-Wiley Drake/Buena Park, CA; 00
SUPER=01-Martin Knox/Green Bay, WI; 09
OUT Q=than boycotting companies."
The vote came at the Southern Baptist convention in Dallas.
A judge ordered the man accused of murdering two CIA employees held without
(Meer eye-MAHL KAHN'-see) Mir Aimal Kansi was arrested in Afghanistan- He
was returned to the Washington area late last night.
Today the 39 year old was in a Fairfax court- where prosecutors say they'll
ask for the death penalty.
((IT'S A CAPITAL INDICTMENT. AS IS TYPICAL IN TRYING CAPITAL CASES THE DEATH
PENALTY IS A POSSIBILITY IN THIS CASE.))
SUPER=01-Robert Horan Jr./Fairfax Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=in this case."
SUPER=03-Washington DC/January 1993;
Kansi is accused of gunning down two CIA agents in Washington in January of
1993- three others were also hurt.
O-J Simpson's Heisman trophy is now in the hands of California authorities.
A sheriff's spokesman says it was
delivered by someone who works for the Brown family attorney.
Simpson won the trophy in 1968 as a college football player.
The victim's families consider the trophy one of Simpson's assets that
might be sold to satisfy the civil judgement against him.
The trophy is valued at 400-thousand dollars.
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Another homeowner finds himself in a confrontation with burglars in his
house. That story is just ahead on News 7.
Plus it could soon cost you more to fly in and out of Roanoke Regional
On Health Check-- It's not a favorite food of most Americans-- because of
it's bland, even beany taste.
But doctors say, for a healthy diet-- why not take up SOY?
Stay with us--there's more News 7 at Five on the way.
The search is still on for a suspect in a Henry County burglary attempt.
Police maintain residents in the area are in no danger.
But how far should you go to protect yourself when someone breaks into your
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Tina Tenret is in our Danville newsroom, trying to find some answers.
Les Hussey came home on Monday to find two masked and armed men in his
house. He turned and walked back to his truck ... to get his gun.
IN Q=I knew I had
SUPER=01-David Grimes/Pittsylvania Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=as was necessary
IN Q=I knew
((LES HUSSEY/HOMEOWNER: I KNEW I HAD GUNS IN THE HOUSE AND THAT'S WHAT MOST
PEOPLE COME FOR. THEY COME TO GET THE GUNS -- AND SO AT THAT POINT I FELT THE
BEST THING TO DO WAS TO ARM MYSELF IN CASE THERE WAS A CONFRONTATION.))
One of the intruders fired at him and missed.
Hussey shot back.
No charges have been filed against Hussey.
Danville, one night later. These burglars are not armed, but they beat up
the homeowner, who does not use a weapon.
IN Q=Oh yeah
((WILLIAM LEWIS/HOMEOWNER: OH YEAH, THREW MY ARMS UP, KNOCKED THE SKIN OFF OF
THEM, I WAS WRESTLING WITH ONE OF THEM TRYING TO HOLD HIM BUT I COULDN'T.))
OUT Q=I couldn't
So when can one fight back -- with a weapon?
IN Q=In a self-defense case
((DAVID GRIMES/PITTSYLVANIA CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: IN A SELF DEFENSE
CASE, DID THE PERSON REASONABLY FEAR DEATH OR SERIOUS BODILY HARM OR INJURY,
AND DID THE PERSON USE ONLY SO MUCH FORCE AS WAS NECESSARY? ))
OUT Q=was necessary
According to David Grimes, a court would be hard-pressed to charge a person
for defending his home or family.
And Grimes says if someone were to come into his home, he would reach for
the phone... and his gun.
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Also police are now asking for the public's help in finding the suspect in
the Henry County attempted burglary--they believe someone picked up the suspect
between noon and three on Monday, on the 220 bypass. The driver dropped the
man off at a gas station on 220 southbound---Martinsville State Police want the
driver to get in touch with them.
Former Carroll County administrator Billy Mitchell pled guilty today to
fraud and money laundering.
The hearing was held in federal court in Abingdon this morning.
Mitchell admitted taking more than 400-thousand dollars from the county and
its industrial development authority.
He also pled guilty to filing a false income tax return.
Mitchell will be sentenced in September.
He's also facing state charges in the case.
An early afternoon accident blocked two lanes heading southbound on 2-20
just before the 419 Tanglewood exit.
Apparently a buick Le Sabre rammed into a concrete barrier and flipped over.
The driver was trapped inside the car for about 20 minutes before rescue
workers were able to get him out.
Traffic was limited to one lane while the accident was cleared.
The condition of the driver is unknown at this time.
Passengers at Roanoke Regional Airport may help foot the bill for
improvements at Woodrum Field through a proposed ticket surcharge.
Today, the Regional Airport Commission voted to hire a consultant who will
help win approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The money must be spent on specific capital improvements, and the maximum
fee would be three dollars per passenger.
At current levels, that would generate about one million dollars a year.
Airport officials say the charge will help the airport remain
self-sufficient and protect against the loss of federal funds.
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They're the next generation of women leaders, learning about the importance
of being involved in the community.
We'll have that story for you next on News 7.
and Pulaski's minor league Rangers are set to take the field for tonight's
season opener, but there's one item you won't be buying at the concession
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The "Pulaski Rangers" are just hours away from throwing out the first pitch
at Calfee Park.
The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce held a luncheon today honoring
players, coaches and staff.
Many in Pulaski are excited by the Appalachian League team, but some
residents who live near the ballfield don't want beer sold inside the park.
A hearing will be held by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board before a
decision is made.
IN Q=I don't
((ROBERT PEOPLES/LOCAL RESIDENT:I DON'T DRINK, BUT IF SOMEONE ELSE WANTS TO
DRINK, IT'S THEIR BUSINESS, BUT I THINK IF THEY'RE GOING TO DO IT, INSTEAD OF
COMING OUT HERE IN PUBLIC, THEY OUGHT TO DO IT A HOME, YOU KNOW COMING OUT IN
PUBLIC, DRINKING, ENDANGERING OTHER PEOPLE, GOING BACK TO YOUR HOME OR TO THEIR
HOME, IT'S NOT WORTH IT. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Peoples/Local Resident; :00
OUT Q=worth it.
The President of Pulaski Baseball Incorporated declined to comment.
A hearing date has not been set.
Over the years, the Boys State and Girls State conventions have become a
"must" stop for politicians on the campaign trail.
Lieutenant governor Don Beyer's schedule had him crisscrossing the state
today, but he found time for stops in both Lynchburg and Farmville.
Beyer says he tries to give a slightly different speech at each event.
IN Q=The points are
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: THE POINTS ARE THE SAME ABOUT LEADERSHIP, THAT LEADERSHIP
IS VISION AND IT'S AGENDA AND IT'S A WILLINGNESS TO ASK FOR SACRIFICE. BUT THE
CONTEXT IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BECAUSE I THINK THE WOMEN NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
THE STRONG WOMEN IN HISTORY AND STRONG WOMEN IN MY LIFE, AND IN THEIR LIVES.))
OUT Q=in their lives.
This marks the 51st anniversary of Girls State.
Hundreds of rising high school seniors are learning about government and
civic involvement during their week- long stay at Longwood College.
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Still to come on News 7 at FIVE--a local state championship high school
team will soon be looking for a new coach. Steve Mason has news of a surprise
resignation coming up in sports.
Millions of people are dangerously obese-- putting them at high risk for
heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Many can now be helped with new medications-- but experts are worried,
patients often don't understand the possible side effects.
IN Q=It wasn't
((IT WASN'T TOO LONG AFTER THAT THAT I COULDN'T BREATHE. HARDLY AT ALL. ))
OUT Q=hardly at all.
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There's more NEWS-7 at FIVE in just a moment, but here's a look ahead to
what else is coming up on NEWS-7 at SIX.
The ultimate bubble gum has met its match.
Jamie Marraccini considers himself the world's foremost authority on gum...
and probably the only purveyor of it as an art form.
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IN Q=I wasn't
((JAMIE MARRACCINI/GUM ARTIST: I WASN'T SEARCHING FOR A DESIGN THAT WAS GONNA
MAKE PEOPLE GO "WOW, THAT'S BEAUTIFUL. I WAS TRYING TO HIGHLIGHT THE GUM SO
THAT PEOPLE WOULD SAY "WOW I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT'S ALL BUBBLEGUM."))
SUPER=01-Jamie Marraccini/Gum Artist;
OUT Q=all bubblegum.
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We're chomping at the bit to show you more on NEWS 7 at SIX...
Researchers are raising a caution flag about popular weight control
products in the U-S-- among them, obesity drugs.
About 200 million prescriptions for the drug REDUX are written each year.
Some researchers want to make sure the recipients do understand the risks
with Redux and Fen-Phen.
IN Q=You have to say
((DR. CAROL SEMRAD/ GASTROENTEROLOGIST COLUMBIA-PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL: YOU HAVE
TO SAY THIS IS A MAJOR DRUG--THERE ARE SOME SERIOUS, POTENTIALLY
FATAL SIDE EFFECTS AND THAT HAS TO BE UP-FRONT AND UNDERSTOOD VERY CLEARLY BY
THE PATIENT-- THAT THIS IS NOT AN INSIGNIFICANT RISK.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Carol Semrad/Gastroenterologist; :
OUT Q=insignificant risk.
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Fen-Phen and Redux can cause side effects-- fatigue, dry mouth, insomnia
and diarrhea-- side effects most patients can cope with.
But one side effect is irreversible-- and Primary Pulmonary Hypertension--
can even be fatal.
THe chances of developing P-P-H are small. Fewer than 50 cases per million
Those odds have some experts agreeing-- the risk of sometimes worth
taking, in the right patient.
IN Q=I think for some
(( DR. MARC BESSLER/ SURGEON, COLUMBIA-PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL: I THINK FOR SOME
PATIENTS, IT IS VERY, VERY CLEAR THAT THE RISK OF THEIR OBESITY IS TREMENDOUSLY
GREATER THAN THE RISK OF TREATMENT BEING OFFERED TO THEM.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Marc Bessler/Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital; :
OUT Q=offered to them.
Researchers say it's hard to know if doctors are over-- or even
under-prescribing these drugs-- because there are no known studies-- just
The Federal Trade Commission has been watching the infomercials --
When it comes to exercise equipment-- the F-T-C now wants to see lean facts
that companies can back up.
IN Q=The abflex NAT SOUND
((THE ABFLEX ZEROS IN ON THOSE HARD TO TARGET ABDOMINAL MUSCLES SO IT CAN GIVE
YOU A FIRM, FLAT STOMACH AND A SLIM SEXY WAISTLINE IN JUST THREE MINUTES A
LESLEY FAIR: THERE IS NO MIRACLE THAT'S GOING TO, IN THREE MINUTES, TURN A FAT
STOMACH INTO A FLAT STOMACH.))
SUPER=01-Lesley Fair/Federal Trade Commission; :11
OUT Q=into a flat stomach.
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART***
This week, Marketers of the Abflex abdominal exerciser, Cross Walk
treadmill and Lifecycle exercise bikes settled Federal Trade Commission
allegations that their advertising made exaggerated claims-- often about weight
IN Q=The commission
(( LESLEY FAIR:VERY OFTEN PRODUCTS ADVERTISING 1000 OR 1300 CALORIES BURNED AN
HOUR WERE EXAGGERATED CLAIMS, WE BELIEVE.))
SUPER=01-Lesley Fair/ :
OUT Q=we believe.
All the infomercials and companies the F-T-C cited say they don't think
their ads are deceptive-- and insist they didn't violate the law.
We often hear about what NOT to eat--
Here's what some doctors suggest we dive into instead-- Soy.
It's not a favorite food of most Americans-- because of it's bland, even
But it may be worth trying, if you're interested in a healthy diet.
IN Q=Instead of saying
((DR. ROBERT RUSSELL/TUFTS UNIVERSITY: INSTEAD OF SAYING, WELL YOU CAN'T EAT
THIS OR YOU CAN'T EAT THAT, WE'RE SAYING, WELL ACTUALLY YOU CAN EAT THIS AND IT
MAY BE VERY GOOD FOR YOU. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Russell/Tufts University; :
OUT Q=good for you.
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For people with high cholesterol, soy may be just what the doctor
A recent analysis of 38 studies suggests that when soy protein is
substituted for animal protein in the diet, total cholesterol and L-D-L
cholesterol -- that's bad cholesterol -- and triglycerides are all lowered
while H-D-L, or good cholesterol, remains the same.
IN Q=Most cholesterol
(( DR. RUSSELL:MOST CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DRUGS AND DIETARY REGIMENS LOWER GOOD
CHOLESTEROL AS WELL AS BAD CHOLESTEROL. THE ADVANTAGE OF SOY IS THAT IT
DOESN'T SEEM TO DO THAT. ))
OUT Q=to do that.
To get a benefit, try eating about 30 grams of soy a day-- which translates
into 2 cups of soy milk or about 4 ounces of tofu.
And take heart--
Food scientists are now working on new soy foods that taste better than
what's currently available-- without eliminating the benefits.
In sports, some matinee madness this afternoon in the big leagues.
and he's won a state championship--but now a local high school coach is
calling it quits. Here's Steve Mason with more.
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Good afternoon everyone, lets start our one hundred and 20 second ticker
with some late breaking baseball news.
William Byrd's Rodney Spradlin resigned as the Terriers head coach late
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Spradlin lead the Terriers to the group 2A state championship June 10th in
a 6-3 win over Tabb. It's Byrd's first ever baseball state title. In 5 years as
head coach; Spradlin went 94-22 and 1 with three trips to the state tourney. He
offers a few reasons for his resignation.
((RODNEY SPRADLIN/RESIGNS AS WILLIAM BYRD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Rodney Spradlin/Resigns as William Byrd Coach; :00
OUT Q=...state championship"
The 30 year old Spradlin, who played at Byrd from 1981 through 84, will
take next year off and then re-evaluate.
OUT Q=...next level
Spradlin has expressed interests in coaching at the college level. He says
he might look into the Roanoke College baseball job IF the new program becomes
a varsity sport in 1999.
No replacement has been named at Byrd as of yet; but assistant and one time
head coach Gary Walthall has been mentioned.
Matinee madness all over the major leagues today as six interleague games
hit the diamond. In games that are over; the Yankees beat the Mets, Detroit
topped Florida and Minnesota was a winner over Pittsburgh.
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One other baseball note. Pitcher Dennis Martinez announced his retirement
today. The 42 year old was ineffective in 9 starts with the Seattle mariners
this season going 1 and 5 with a 7.71 ERA. He finishes his career witha 241 and
187 record and Denny is one of only seven pitchers to win 100 games in both
Coming up at six, more on Rodney Spradlin's situation, plus we will check
out today's baseball action.
The Internet is becoming a bigger part of many classroom lessons.
A two day class offered at Virginia Western Community College is showing
teachers how to design their own home pages.
Meg Claiborne is a teacher at Burlington Elementary. She's creating a page
where students can access math problems.
IN Q= This is where
((MEG CLIBORNE/BURLINGTON ELEMENTARY: THIS IS WHERE THE WORLD IS GOING AND IT'S
NOT JUST READING, WRITING, AND ARITHMETIC ANYMORE. IF THE KIDS DON'T KNOW HOW
TO USE THE COMPUTER THEN THEY'RE GOING TO BE BEHIND WHEN THEY GET OUT OF SCHOOL
SUPER=01-Meg Cliborne/Burlington Elementary;
OUT Q= out of school
William Byrd High School teacher Danny Thompson says the days of just
memorizing information are over.
IN Q=They need to
((DANNY THOMPSON/WILLIAM BYRD HIGH SCHOOL: THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO GO FIND THE
INFORMATION AND DO RESEARCH AND THEN APPLY THAT INFORMATION ))
SUPER=01-Danny Thompson/William Byrd High School;
OUT Q=that information
The class costs 50-dollars and is offered throughout the year.