History is in the making at this hour--
Hong Kong is once again under China's rule.
After hours of parades, drills, and other pomp and circumstance, the
British formally relinquished power of the colony.
Meanwhile, just over the border four thousand troops of the People's
Liberation Army sat, preparing to enter the city in a matter of hours.
It's a military gesture considered inappropriate by both the British and
IN Q=Hopefully these leaders
((MADELINE ALBRIGHT/SECRETARY OF STATE: HOPEFULLY THESE LEADERS WILL REALIZE
THAT THE HONG KONG OF TOMORROW MUST LOOK LIKE THE HONG KONG OF TODAY AND THAT
IS A HONG KONG THAT IS FREE AND A HONG KONG IN WHICH PERSONAL FREEDOMS EXIST
AND WILL NOT BE SQUEEZED OUT.))
SUPER=01-Madeline Albright/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=not be squeezed out
It has been more than a century- and- a- half since China had control over
China lost power back in 18-42.
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The large opium trade on the Kowloon Peninsula sparked the First Opium War
in Hong Kong between China and Britain. The war ended with the signing of
the Treaty of Nanking, giving the British power over Hong Kong.
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Britain made more demands on China by the century's end, in particular a 99
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and today in 19-97 the Chinese take back control.
And joining us now is political scientist Dr. Douglas Borer, a professor at
Dr. Borer thank you for joining us.
SUPER=01-Douglas Borer/Virginia Tech Professor;
((How does this handover affect us in this region?))
((Do we have a large Asian population here in Southwest Virginia?))
((What are your thoughts on the amount of Chinese troops sent into Hong Kong?))
((We have a number of residents in the military here in Virginia, do you think
they could possibly be deployed?))
((The Joint Declaration, agreed upon back in 1984 both China and England, says
Hong Kong will remain a separate region until 2047. Do you think China will
honor that agreement?))
((How smooth, do you think, this transition will be?))
Dr. Borer, thank you for joining us today and sharing your thoughts.
Closer, to home, the tax cut plans passed by both the House and the Senate
don't pass muster with the President.
IN Q=The bills contain
((THE BILLS CONTAIN MANY GOOD ELEMENTS, BUT I DO NOT BELIEVE THEY REPRESENT THE
BEST UP TO CUT TAXES, NOR ARE THEY CONSISTENT WITH THE BALANCED BUDGET
OUT Q=budget agreement
******Kimberly on cart******
This morning Clinton told reporters at the White House that neither tax cut
plan does enough to make college education accessible.
He also said the proposals do NOT provide enough tax relief to the middle
Clinton also warned the plans include what he calls "time bomb" cuts that
could "explode the deficit."
So, he offered his own plan that includes 35 billion dollars in tax cuts
IN Q=My proposal
((MY PROPOSAL WILL GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE A HOPE SCHOLARSHIP TAX CREDIT WORTH UP TO
1500 DOLLARS IN THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF COLLEGE. IT GIVES TAX CUTS TO PAY FOR
FOUR YEARS OF COLLEGE. ))
OUT Q=of college (double out)
The President's plan also includes a 500- dollar tax credit for every child
He also wants tax incentives for businesses that hire people off welfare.
The director of the Salem V- A Hospital spoke today about allegations that
have prompted a lengthy leave from the facility.
Doctor John Presley says he has become the target of a campaign by the
Veterans Administration's acting director to fire him.
Presley says two investigations into his conduct have attempted to trump up
charges of sexual harassment against him.
IN Q=My position
((DR. JOHN PRESLEY/SUSPENDED VA HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATOR: ))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Presley/Suspended VA Hospital Administrator;
OUT Q=think I have.
Presley has written a letter to President Clinton, asking the White House to
look into this matter.
For years Presley has served as the V-A's "troubleshooter", moving to
various hospitals, including Salem, to clear up longstanding problems.
Coming up on News-7 at Five and Six, we'll bring you responses from local
veterans, hospital employees, and the V-A.
Taking a bite out of Evander Holyfield's ear may be the last straw for boxer
Nevada boxing officials are planning an emergency meeting to discuss Tyson's
SUPER=03-Las Vegas, NV;
Tyson was hoping to take Holyfield's W-B-A heavyweight title away from him
during Saturday night's brawl.
Instead, Tyson was disqualified in the third round.
IN Q=He kept going
((MIKE TYSON: HE KEPT GOING DOWN AND COMING UP AND CHARGED INTO ME, AND NO ONE
WARNED HIM. ))
((EVANDER HOLYFIELD: HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: IT WAS THE EASY WAY TO GET OUT OF
THE FIGHT, TO FOUL.
SUPER=01-Evander Holyfield/Heavyweight Champion;
OUT Q=to foul
When the Nevada Athletic Commission meets, it could vote to withhold up to
10- percent of Tyson's 30- million dollar purse.
Police arrested a Henry County man for killing a woman and leaving her at
the end of a street.
Thirty-six- year- old Marshall Junior Martin faces charges of first degree
Martin was already in jail on a previous assault and battery charge when
police arrested him Saturday night.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape;
Police say Martin knew 37- year- old Stephanie Parler of Chatham who was
found dead of a gunshot wound last week.
They say they know who drove the victim and suspect to the scene, but they
are not arresting the man.
Two people were killed and nine others injured in a mountain- climbing
accident near Anchorage, Alaska.
SUPER=03-Near Anchorage, AK;
Authorities say the accident happened after a group of college students from
the University of Alaska reached mountain's peak.
The climbers were roped together while they descended a steep slope.
One of them apparently slipped and started a domino- effect-- pulling the
whole group down the mountain.
It was only the second field outing for the climbing class.
A hospital in Danville has found a new way for patients to pay their medical
Tina Tenret explains.
IN Q= Patients without
SUPER=01-Monroe Patterson/Service Credit Program Dir.; :19
SUPER=01-Sandra Tate/Former Patient; :46
OUT Q=News 7, Danville
((Many patients who come to hospitals for treatment leave with huge bills
because they lack medical insurance.
But, the Service Credit Program at Danville Regional Medical Center is
helping them pay off their debt.
Here uninsured patients can pay off their bills by earning six dollars an
hour for yard work, filing, data entry or retail.
IN Q=I think
((MONROE PATTERSON/PROGRAM DIRECTOR: I THINK THIS REGION HAS A HIGH PERCENTAGE
OF WORK ETHICS. PEOPLE ARE REALLY COMMITTED AND WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING
ABOUT THE DEBTS THEY INCUR.))
OUT Q=debts they incur
Patterson pioneered the program two years ago.
Patients build their own schedules but Patterson says they also build job
Sandra Tate volunteered for eighteen months after she was hospitalized for a
She then turned her experience into a full-time job.
IN Q=When it was
((SANDRA TATE/FORMER PATIENT: WHEN IT WAS ALMOST TIME FOR MY PROGRAM TO END I
THOUGHT, WELL IT'S BEEN SUCH A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE, ME WORKING UP THERE IN THE
HOSPITAL AND MEETING SO MANY PEOPLE I WOULD LOVE TO MAYBE GET A JOB OUT OF
OUT Q=out of it
People in this program never see a paycheck for their work.
Instead the money is applied directly to their debt.
But the payoff could be big...
After eighteen months of steady work, all remaining debt is forgiven.
Tina Tenret, News 7, Danville))
Driving without your headlights in bad weather can get you a ticket.
That's just one of the new laws that goes into effect tomorrow.
Another requires all new tickets printed by the state lottery include a
toll-free phone number for counseling for gambling addicts.
A third new law raises the fine for speeding in school zones and passing a
stopped school bus to 250 dollars.
It was a night of magic at Tanglewood Holiday Inn in Roanoke.
More than 60 people were dealt into the card game called "Magic--The
The collectible card game is based on the fantasy world of wizards, goblins
It is the most popular game, out- selling Monopoly and Uno.
Developed in 19-93 enthusiasts say it's fun because it requires the strategy
of chess, the bluffing skills of poker and some role playing aspects.
IN Q=THE POINT OF THE
((PETE HOEFLING/STAR CITY COMICS: THE POINT OF THE GAME IS TO DEFEAT YOUR
OPPONENT JUST AS IN CHESS. THERE'S A COUPLE OF WAYS OF DOING THAT THE MOST
COMMON TWO ARE TO EITHER CREATE A SITUATION WHERE YOUR OPPONENT IS UNABLE TO
DRAW A CARD OUT OF THE LIBRARY WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT IS REQUIRED EVERY TURN
OR REDUCE YOUR OPPONENT'S LIFE TOTAL FROM 20 DOWN TO ZERO.))
SUPER=01-Pete Hoefling/Star City Comics;
OUT Q=DOWN TO ZERO
The game has been translated into nine different languages.
Each card features original art and text which describes the card's power
and rules for the play of the card.
SUPER=330-Mostly Cloudy/Showers Possible/65-68/Cloudy/Showers & Storms/80-83;
SUPER=331-Mostly Cloudy/Showers Possible/66-70/Cloudy/Showers & Storms/81-85;
SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Showers Possible/62-65/Cloudy/Showers & Storms/78-81;
SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/Showers Possible/62-65/Cloudy/Showers & Storms/78-81;
SUPER=334-Mostly Cloudy/Showers Possible/61-64/Cloudy/Showers & Storms/78-80;
Getting credit can be like asking which came first the chicken or the egg,
because to get it, you often need a credit record.
Len Besthoff has a possible solution in this week's edition of Common Sense.
IN Q=As a
SUPER=01-Gary Collins/J.C. Bradford & Co.; :13
OUT Q=the newsdesk.
IN Q=As a
((As a consumer, establishing your own credit is a very important thing to do.
Gary Collins with J-C Bradford and Company here in Martinsville has an
interesting approach to developing a credit rating.))
OUT Q=credit rating.
IN Q=One thing
((GARY COLLINS/STOCKBROKER-J.C. BRADFORD & CO.: ONE THING THAT I'VE FOUND THAT
PEOPLE CAN DO, OR YOUNG PEOPLE OR YOUNG ADULTS CAN DO TO ESTABLISH A CREDIT
RATING, IS SIMPLY GO TO A BANK OR THEIR LENDING INSTITUTION AND TAKE OUT A
THOUSAND DOLLAR NOTE. BORROW THE MONEY FOR THIRTY TO SIXTY TO NINETY DAYS. AT
THAT POINT IN TIME, IMMEDIATELY, GO TO THE BANK'S SAVINGS ACCOUNT, AND PUT IT
IN A BANK SAVINGS ACCOUNT. SO BASICALLY YOU'RE FLOATING THE MONEY FOR THIRTY
TO SIXTY TO NINETY DAYS, AND THEN AT THAT POINT IN TIME, SAY AT THE NINETY DAY
PERIOD, YOU GO PAY THE NOTE OFF. YOU WILL HAVE SOME MORE INTEREST THAT YOU'LL
HAVE TO PAY ON IT, BUT IMMEDIATELY YOU'VE ESTABLISHED A CREDIT RATING THAT
COMPANIES CAN REFER BACK TO.))
OUT Q=back to.
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. ))
A pair of three-time champions advanced to the fourth round of men's singles
Top seed Pete Sampras steamrolled Byron Black 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 and eighth seed
Boris Becker straight-setted Mark Petchey 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.
It was a come-from-behind victory for France's Sandrine Testud (SAN-dreen
TEHS-tood) who defeated Monica Seles today in the third round at Wimbledon.
Seles was winning five-three in the third set, but couldn't sustain the
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The Durham Bulls got even with Salem yesterday afternoon beating the
Avalanche 6 to 3 in game two of a three game set at Memorial Stadium.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Bulls; :
This fly ball single to right field scores Forry Wells and Salem led the
game 1 to nothing.
But the Bulls rallied in the top of the third. Pascual Matos sends this
pitch over the left field wall inside the foul pole and the game was tied at
Then in the fourth, Brian Rust hits SUPER=37-Durham/6/Salem/3/;a double
off the wall in left field scoring two runs to make it 3 to 1 and the Bulls go
on to win it 6 to 3.
Greg Norman is celebrating his first
tournament win since March of 1996. (----------------)
SUPER=03-Olympia Fields, IL/NBC Sports; :
Marsh had seven bogeys to finish the round with a 74. However, he manages
to make this long par putt at 14 to remain even.
Marsh and Bland went to 18 at even par then he taps in for par to win the
tournament at 280 even par. Marsh is the first Senior Open winner not to break
par since Jack Nicklaus in 19-91.
Blue Hills pro Billy King shot a 75 yesterday for a total of 295, 15 over
TAPE#net (edit of S7-8)
On the Busch Grand National circuit, Mike McLaughlin won the Lysol 200 at
Watkins Glen yesterday afternoon.
SUPER=03-Watkins Glen, NY/TNN; :
Joe Nemechek had the strong car early in the race and he would lead the
field with Terry Labonte running a strong second.
McLaughlin took the lead with 22 laps and held off his teammate Todd Bodine
to win the Lysol 200 his third Busch win this season.
IN Q="Todd's tough
((MIKE MCLAUGHLIN/LYSOL 200 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Mike McLaughlin/Lysol 200 Winner; :00
OUT Q=............engine buddy."
Virginia Military Institute is opening its doors to its new female cadets
today as the school kicks off its summer school program for incoming rats.
We'll have more on this story tonight on News 7 at five and six.
All eyes are on the skies in Battle Creek, Michigan this week.
SUPER=03-Battle Creek, MI;
The Team U-S Nationals and Air Show is running through Saturday.
The event attracts pilots from all over the world.
So far, Mother Nature is cooperating with all of the scheduled balloon
The adventurous balloonists compete to perform tasks by throwing down
markers from the air.
They try to come as close as they can to hitting an "X" mark on the ground.
The air show is expected to draw more than a million spectators.