Next on News 7-
Word of layoffs at G-E in Salem- Just what's going on? Len Besthoff will
fill us in.
A man who fought crime in Roanoke County for decades has passed away-
Plus a guilty plea from 12 year old Malcolm Shabazz- the grandson of
Smooth sailing as we approach the weekend, we're looking for sunshine
tomorrow, and some cool temperatures overnight. I'll tell you all about it.
If so many people are on diets-- counting fat grams and eating low-fat
Why is America tipping the scales?
On Health Check, some expert advice on what's going wrong.
Just one day after the union ratified a three year contract, a temporary
shutdown appears to be on the horizon at Salem's General Electric Drive Systems
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
It's a day of confusion for employees at the G-E plant in Salem.
At one point, workers thought a lay-off was coming.
Now that's been put on hold-
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according to what they're telling Len Besthoff tonight.
Len, take us through this from the beginning.
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IN Q=we don't
SUPER=01-Carol Hadley/GE Employee;
SUPER=01-Kyle Gravely/GE Employee;
OUT Q=three year contract.
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(questions: So, what's the company saying? )
Stronger T-V ratings are soon coming to your living room.
The new system expands on the old- using letters to alert parents to
violence, sexual content, strong language and suggestive dialogue.
((TODAY AMERICA'S PARENTS HAVE WON BACK THEIR LIVING ROOMS.))
OUT Q=THEIR LIVING ROOMS."
A-B-C, C-B-S, Fox and the major cable networks have signed on,
but N-B-C has not- saying it doesn't like government involvement in deciding
what people watch.
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Joe-Camel is riding into the sunset.
R-J Reynolds announced today it is dropping the cartoon character.
((DONNA SHALALA/HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY: I'M VERY PLEASED TO SAY
GOODBYE. BYE. BYE. IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT SYMBOLIC ACT TO SEND THE MESSAGE WE
DON'T WANT OUR CHILDREN TO SMOKE.))
SUPER=01-Donna Shalala/Health & Human Services Secretary;
OUT Q= children to smoke."
Joe Camel is being replaced with new ads next month that feature a more
The move comes after last month's deal that would prohibit cartoon figures
in tobacco ads-
The deal must still be approved by Congress.
Betty Shabazz's grandson pleaded guilty to the juvenile equivalent of
second-degree manslaughter and arson for the fire that killed her.
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12-year old Malcolm Shabazz was in court today.
The June first fire broke out at his grandmother's Yonkers, New York
The widow of Malcolm-X suffered third degree burns. She died three weeks
The boy is due back in court next week for sentencing.
The maximum sentence is 18 months in detention, which could then be
reevaluated on a yearly basis until he turns 18.
The man who served as Roanoke County Sheriff for 20 years has died.
State Trooper O-S Foster first ran for the job in 1967-- he was elected five
Foster was a competitive Republican politician. He devoted much of his
career in law enforcement upgrading requirements for his deputies and enhancing
their public image.
IN Q=My personal
((O.S. FOSTER/ROANOKE CO. SHERIFF/MAY 16, 1972: MY PERSONAL OPINION IS THAT THE
LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN HAS GREATER RESPECT FOR POLICE OFFICERS THAN IT EVER HAS IN
THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. BY THE SAME TOKEN, I THINK THE RADICAL AND THE
CRIMINAL ELEMENT PROBABLY HAS LESS RESPECT THAN IT'S EVER HAD. ))
SUPER=10-O.S. Foster/Roanoke Co. Sheriff/May 16, 1972;
OUT Q=it's ever had.
Foster retired ten years ago, after county voters rejected a referendum to
transform the Sheriff's Office into an independent police department.
O-S Foster died yesterday-- he was 68.
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If you have a gambling problem, turn over your lottery ticket for help...
Coming up on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- is anyone taking advantage of the assistance?
But first-- nearly a year after TWA flight 800 exploded, there are still NO
Some 58 million Americans are now obese-- one out of every three is
Might the age of the super-size be to blame?
Watch Health Check.
Also coming up-- are Japanese Beetles bugging you?
That's the topic of this week's Growin It-- a little later on NEWS-7 at
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It's one year this month that TWA flight 800 exploded-
Today investigators say they still don't know a cause- but they have ruled
out some possibilities-
SUPER=03-Off Long Island/July 1996;
The FBI says there is no credible evidence the crash was a result of
criminal activity- or friendly fire.
((JAMES KALLSTROM/FBI: FLIGHT 800 WAS DEFINITELY NOT BROUGHT DOWN BY FRIENDLY
FIRE. THAT IS NO MISSILE OR ANY OTHER ACTION BY THE MILITARY AND NAVAL FORCES
OF THE UNITED STATES CAUSED THIS TRAGEDY.))
OUT Q=caused this tragedy."
Kallstrom says months of testing and research are still needed before there
will be an answer.
All 230 people were killed when Flight 800 went down shortly after takeoff.
U-S forces provided transportation for today's successful capture of three
accused war criminals in Bosnia.
A fourth suspect was shot and killed.
Meanwhile some soldiers from Danville told their families they knew the
situation there was heating up.
When David Jones was home on leave last month, he told his father there was
more going on in Bosnia, than most people on U-S soil realize.
Bobby Jones says hearing about today's shooting makes him want to cry.
SUPER=01-Bobby Jones/Father of Soldier;
OUT Q=catching hell.
Major Tom Wilkinson of the National Guard doesn't believe the Danville
troops were involved in the incident.
But Jones says his son's job has been delivering mail and supplies to
British troops, stationed near the shootout.
Six Virginians have already called.
The new General Assembly-mandated gambling hotline is just now starting to
go out on lottery tickets.
But the Texas Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling that fields the
calls says the first callers heard about it through the media.
IN Q=The Texas Council
((ED SCARBOROUGH/VIRGINIA LOTTERY: THE TEXAS COUNCIL REALLY DOES IT VERY WELL.
AND THEY'RE ALSO PROVEN BECAUSE THEY'RE DOING IT FOR TEXAS AND THEY'RE DOING
IT FOR MICHIGAN AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. I THINK, GETTING BACK TO THAT ISSUE
OF BEING ABLE TO TALK TO SOMEBODY, THAT REALLY IS THE CRUX OF IT. BECAUSE THEY
PROVIDE THE ACTIVE LISTENING SKILLS.))
SUPER=01-Ed Scarborough/Virginia Lottery;
OUT Q=listening skills.
The first callers already have a big complaint.
There are only five Gamblers Anonymous groups in Virginia that hotline
workers can recommend.
And a note from the hotline, the number on your ticket is NOT a winning
Montgomery County's newest deputy won't be costing the department too much
Sheriff Doug Marrs is using a "dummy" dressed in a deputy's uniform to crack
down on speeding.
He says speeding is the biggest complaint his office receives.
This was the mannequin deputy's first day on the job.
He spent the afternoon running radar just outside Christiansburg.
IN Q=I want
((DOUG MARRS/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF:I WANT THE PEOPLE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY TO
REALIZE THAT EVEN THOUGHT THEY SEE THE DEPUTY AND CAN START RECOGNIZING THE
DUMMY DEPUTY, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THERE WON'T BE ANOTHER DEPUTY DOWN THE
ROAD A LITTLE FURTHER SOMEWHERE. ))
SUPER=01-Doug Marrs/Montgomery Co. Sheriff; :00
Sheriff Marrs says the concept has been used for a number of years in other
states and appears to be working.
The "dummy" deputy cost about 300- dollars.
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Japanese Beetles- They're out in force, eating at your garden....
Next on Growin It, Patrick fills us in on how to deal with this pesky
problem... stick around.
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Garden pests can be difficult to deal, but none more so than the dreaded
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Joining me today from Virginia Tech is entomologist Eric Day to tell us
more about controlling this beast.
(Eric, thanks for joining us. Are the beetles later this year than usual?
Why is that?
What do they attack most frequently, and how damaging can they be?
What can you do to stop them?
Aside from traps, are there effective pesticides?)
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SUPER=331-Clear/& Cool/58-62/Sunny/& Pleasant/84-88;
SUPER=332-Clear/Morning Fog/54-58/Sunny/& Pleasant/81-85;
SUPER=333-Clear/& Cool/50-54/Sunny/& Pleasant/76-80;
SUPER=334-Clear/but Foggy/54-58/Sunny/& Mild/80-83;
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In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Mike has the latest on sports trading
Plus on Health Check-- it's a disease the medical community is still
Body Dysmorphic Disorder--
As we hear from one expert-- the lack of understanding may be compounded,
because so many patients just don't want to discuss it.
IN Q=It's very hard
((IT'S VERY HARD TO LOOK SOMEONE STRAIGHT IN THE EYE AND SAY I FEEL LIKE
KILLING MYSELF BECAUSE OF MY HAIRLINE. OR I LOST MY JOB OR I LOST MY WIFE,
BECAUSE MY CHIN IS TOO BIG. IT'S VERY HARD FOR PEOPLE TO BRING THEMSELVES TO DO
OUT Q=to do that.
Good Evening, I'm Keith Humphry, here's a look at what else you'll see
tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
Fifteen high school students from around the country are in Lynchburg this
month for a summer program called "Modern Science and Human Values".
They're learning how scientific advancements are influencing issues such as
cloning and assisted suicide. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=We'll be talking
((DR. ANN FABIRKIEWICZ/RMWC CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR: WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT DOLLY
AND WHY THEY MADE THE SHEEP AND HOW THEY MADE THE SHEEP AND WHERE THAT COULD
LEAD, MAYBE NEXT.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Ann Fabirkiewicz/RMWC Chemistry Professor; :00
OUT Q=lead maybe next.
The students also are getting college credit for their work.
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Join me for more about a different kind of summer course...tonight on News7
Thanks Keith...now let's hear from Connie Stevens with tonight's HEalth
A rising star with the Boston ballet has died suddenly, and her efforts to
stay thin may be the cause.
Heidi Guenther was 22 and stood five-three.
She weighed about 100 pounds at her death.
The Boston Ballet acknowledges it told the dancer to lose weight last
year-- but denies its standards are extreme-- and says it told Guenther
recently to try to gain some weight.
Tests are underway to determine the cause of death-- but officials say the
dancer's push to lose weight, and a possible eating disorder, are suspected
Body Dysmorphic Disorder-- or B-D-D is a mental illness that affects more
than two million Americans, in varying degrees.
People with B-D-D are convinced they have an embarrassing physical
problem-- no matter how often they're reassured by others that the problem just
IN Q=The thing that
((DR. DAVID BRUNSTETTER/LEWIS GALE CLINIC PSYCHIATRIST: THE THING THAT
SEPARATES IT FROM HAVING A BAD HAIR DAY, IS THAT THESE FOLKS ARE DEVASTATED BY
IT, THEY REALLY THINK THAT THEY ARE QUITE GROTESQUE, THEY THINK THEY ARE EVEN
MISSHAPEN. IT DEVASTATES THEIR LIVES, THEY THINK ABOUT IT ALL DAY LONG. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. David Brunstetter/Lewis Gale Clinic Psychiatrist; :
OUT Q=all day long.
Research is currently underway, on just who B-D-D most often affects-- but
it's believed men and women may suffer equally.
Many patients may turn to plastic surgery-- which does not provide relief.
Rather, treatment may include a combination of behavior therapy and
While we're on the topic of the body beautiful, let's take a few minutes
and consider that right now a third of Americans are overweight-- compared with
just 25-percent a decade ago.
How is it then, that so many people are counting their fat grams, and we
see fat-free and so-called "light" products all over the grocery store shelves?
If so many people are on diets-- how can the country be gaining so much
With us in the studio today, Dr. Blackford Noland, an internist with Lewis
Gale Clinic-- has some ideas.
SUPER=01-Dr. Blackford Noland/Internist;
Time now to change gears-- and turn to the Ticker....here's the very lean,
but certainly not mean...Mike Stevens
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Welcome folks to your Thursday ticker that gets started tonight with some bad
fans of the Washington Redskins, and in particular Terry Allen.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/Last Season; :00
Allen is free on a $68 hundred dollar bond tonight after being charged with
driving under the influence and fleeing police in Georgia.
The Walton County Sheriff's Office says the 29 year old running back
was clocked at 133 miles in his Ferrari before crashing the car into a tree
Redskins officials declined to comment, except to say they're glad Allen
wasn't seriously injured.
The team opens training camp late next week.
Major League baseball is back in the groove tonight after taking a three day
break for the all-star game.
The big game tonight is in New York
where Japanese pitcher Hideki Irabu is set to make his much anticipated major
league debut when the Yankees host the Tigers.
Irabu is known as the "Nolan Ryan of Japan." He signed with the Yankees for
$13 million dollars for four seasons.
More than 200 media members are expected for the game including a large
contingent of Japanese reporters.
Now the rush will start as trading card companies fight each other to see
which can can produce and market the first Irabu card.
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
The Topps company might win the race, but right now the folks who work for
that company are more excited about their new "Gallery Collection of Stars."
Topps hired renowned pop artist Peter Max to add his touches to the
photographs of 10 big league stars.
The finished product is a striking deviation from the usual card.
In other words, it's about time baseball caught up with Peter Max.
IN Q="When I started...
SUPER=01-Peter Max/Artist; :00
OUT Q=...LIKE PETER MAX."
Locally, some of the new NFL rookie cards are creating some excitement with
collectors and casual fans alike.
"Sports Line" in Daleville is one of many cards shops in the area featuring
the first year cards of Jim Druckenmiller, Tiki Barber and several others.
IN Q="I think the...
((TOM SHELTON/SPORTSLINE CARD SHOP OWNER:))
SUPER=01-Tom Shelton/Sports Line Card Shop Owner; :00
OUT Q=...IN THIS AREA."
Much more on the new cards of area stars coming up tonight at six.
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Also, don't forget the Avalanche and Hillcats will be battling once again
tonight at City Stadium in Lynchburg.
Game time is set for seven o'clock.
Have a great night everybody.
take a break
Earlier this week, we had a report on the smart highway and the future of
Tonight we leave you with a look back at vacation travel.
Check out this recreational vehicle-- it is more than 80-years old.
It's equipped with a bedroom that can accommodate two.
The antique R-V is a 1916 Telescoper, attached to a Ford Model T.
It has an oven heated by the engine.
IN Q=no matter
((DAVID WOODWORTH/RV ENTHUSIAST: NO MATTER WHERE I AM, I'M ALWAYS AT HOME, AND
FOR THAT YOU CAN'T BEAT A VACATION IN AN R-V.))
SUPER=01-David Woodworth/RV Enthusiast;
OUT Q=IN AN R-V.
Woodworth and his "home" are traveling the U-S to promote recreational
That's NEWS-7 at FIVE...
For more news later tonight--full screen
Join Connie Stevens over on WEFC, for NEWS-7 Primetime-- tonight at 10.
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 at FIVE...good night.