(( HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
A CLOSE FRIEND OF CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER ROSA PARKS WAS KILLED-- AND SEVERAL
OTHER PEOPLE INJURED IN A BUS ACCIDENT IN SUSSEX COUNTY THIS MORNING.
A JUDGE WHO CUT OFF CONTACT BETWEEN SHARON BOTTOMS' YOUNG SON AND BOTTOMS'
PARTNER APRIL WADE WAS WRONG.
THAT'S THE RULING TODAY FROM THE VIRGINIA COURT OF APPEALS.
IT'S TUESDAY JULY 29TH--
OUR TOP STORY--
THE FORMER PASTOR AT OUR LADY OF NAZARETH CATHOLIC CHURCH IS FACING A
OUT Q=a lawsuit.
Good Evening, you're watching News-7 Primetime. I'm Connie Stevens.
A Roanoke County man has renewed his complaint against a local priest- -the
former pastor at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church.
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Father Kenneth Stofft left the church more than a year ago, tearfully
admitting to the congregation that he had an alcohol problem.
Last month a parishioner filed a civil suit arising from an incident at the
church two years ago.
Robert A. Stone, the Third says he went to Our Lady of Nazareth for
counseling, but that Father Stofft was drunk, continued drinking and that he
propositioned Stone during the counseling session.
County police brought charges against the priest, but a judge dismissed the
CRIMINAL case in 1995.
Father Rolo Castillo at Our Lady of Nazareth says- -as far as he knows-
-the civil suit has not been served on the church or the Catholic Diocese in
Stone is asking for more than a million dollars.
His Richmond lawyer says he's meeting with church officials to try to work
out a settlement.
Less than two hours remain in the current contract between management,
Yokohama Tire and union workers.
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Andrew Freiden is at the hotel in Roanoke County where negotiations continue
at this hour.
Andrew, any idea if they're close to a deal?
(roll cue: "...that hasn't happened yet.")
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(questions: So what happens if the clock strikes midnight without an
Many people in limbo tonight.
We'll hear more from you in an hour, with the very latest-- over on News 7
at ELEVEN on WDBJ-7.
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A harrowing ride for students on a black-history tour.
Their charter bus plunged off Interstate 95, into the Nottaway River in
34 were injured, including the driver.
A 25-year-old chaperone of the group, Adissi Foulke, was killed.
Foulke was also a close friend of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
Parks made the trip to Richmond today, to claim his body.
IN Q=I just felt like
((ROSA PARKS/CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER: I FELT LIKE I NEEDED TO BE HERE BECAUSE
MAYBE I CAN BE OF SOME ASSISTANCE TO THE OTHER YOUNGSTERS TO HELP THEM GET
SUPER=01-Rosa Parks/Civil Rights Pioneer; :
OUT Q=get themselves together.
The tour was sponsored by the Pathways to Freedom Foundation, a civil
rights group founded by Parks.
The bus was carrying 29 youngsters, the driver, and five chaperones.
The Virginia Court of Appeals has overturned a ruling that Sharon Bottoms'
female partner should be barred from visiting Bottoms' son.
Today, the court ruled that a Henrico County judge erred when he cut off
contact between Bottoms' son, Tyler, and April Wade solely based on the fact
that Wade is a lesbian.
Bottoms' mother-- Kay, won custody of the child, and asked the court not to
allow Wade any visitation.
The appeals court said NOT just sexual orientation -- should be considered
when deciding what's best for the child.
The case will return to Henrico County for more hearings.
Search dogs and divers are looking for 20 people still missing, after a wall
of water roared through Fort Collins, Colorado-- killing at least five people.
((NAT SOUND WATER. WE'LL GET YOU JUST HANG ON.))
OUT Q=just hang on."
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This was the scene last night when the flash flooding hit-
This man hung onto a tree until rescuers reached him.
He's alright tonight, though many others are still missing.
The wall of water smashed into town- taking mobile homes and cars with it.
Colorado's Governor returned from a conference in Las Vegas to inspect the
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He was executed in Virginia... Thursday Joseph O'Dell will be buried at his
birthplace, Palermo, Italy.
And from the Roanoke Valley to L-A with a few short stops in between, a
local is making a name for himself on the CBS soap opera the Bold and the
go to break
A Campbell County deputy arrested earlier this month on a peeping Tom charge
has been fired from his job.
26- year- old Timothy Eric Bradley is accused of peeping through a
neighbor's window in the Lighthouse apartment complex July 10th.
Bradley was arrested and suspended with pay while an internal investigation
Sheriff Robert Maxey says he fired Bradley after an administrative hearing
Bradley was a county jailer for the last four years.
The peeping charge carries a maximum twelve months in jail and a 25- hundred
Italian officials say the body of executed killer Joseph O'Dell will be
buried in the city of Palermo Thursday.
O'Dell was executed last week for raping and murdering a Virginia Beach
woman in 1985.
His case prompted a media campaign in Italy against the death penalty and
drew the attention of the Pope, Mother Theresa and Italian lawmakers.
The body will be buried in Palermo's oldest cemetery-- the resting place
of victims of the Sicilian Mafia and assassinated mobsters.
A twisting stretch of highway in Bedford County might be safer in the future.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board is giving the O-K for a four million
dollar project on Hardy Road.
The Virginia Department of Transportation will straighten and widen route
Construction is expected to get underway by early 1999.
State transportation officials say it's benefits extend beyond the safety
IN Q=If we widen
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT:IF WE WIDEN IT OUT AND STRAIGHTEN IT A LITTLE BIT THAN THE
EASE OF MOVEMENT IS GREATLY IMPROVED OUT THERE. SO WHAT WE'D CALL THE
EFFICIENCY OF THE ROAD WOULD BE IMPROVED))
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Va. Department of Transportation;
OUT Q=be improved.
The well used corridor between Bedford, Roanoke, Vinton and Smith Mountain
Lake is one of the most heavily traveled smaller roads.
Up to 7-thousand vehicles a day travel the route.
Staunton River High School's new high tech library moved closer to
completion-- using some old-fashioned work.
An assembly line of students, teachers, and citizens transferred books into
the school's new library today, stack by stack.
The new media center is actually the school's old cafeteria, after some
IN Q=The new library
((BARBARA PLOTNER/LIBRARIAN: THE NEW LIBRARY IS MORE THAN TWICE THE SIZE OF
THE ONE WE'RE IN NOW, HAS LOTS MORE SHELF SPACE, AND WE'RE ALSO GOING TO HAVE
LOTS MORE COMPUTERS. AND SO, WE'RE GOING TO BE SET UP AND HAVE A REAL, TRUE
MULTI- MEDIA CENTER. ))
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Volunteers were hoping to complete the transfer of all eleven- THOUSAND
They said they were thankful the big move was made TODAY, instead of during
yesterday's sweltering heat.
He says he's thinking about following in the footsteps of Forrest Gump...by
walking across the country. In Martinsville, Billy Rose is well
known...but most people don't know his name.
Tonya (TONE-YAH) Flory pounded the pavement with this power walker.
IN Q=I have walked
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SUPER=01-Sheila Martin/Rocky Mount Resident; :33
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IN Q=I have walked
((BILLY ROSE:I HAVE WALKED FROM HERE TO WINSTON-SALEM NORTH CAROLINA IN TWELVE
HOURS, I WALKED FROM HERE TO ROANOKE TWICE IN FIVE HOURS, I TIME MYSELF, I WALK
FROM HERE TO ROCKY MOUNT SIX TIMES IN FOUR HOURS))
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And at 42 years old, Billy Rose has covered every inch of Martinsville on
foot...now no one in town calls him stranger, but he has earned a nickname...
((SHEILA MARTIN/ROCKY MOUNT:SPEEDY,YES.EVERYBODY IN TOWN KNOWS HIM? YES,
EVERYBODY KNOWS HIM))
OUT Q=knows him
IN Q=Everytime I get
((EVERYTIME I GET ON THE ROAD THEY ALWAYS HOLLERING SPEEDY. SPEEDY HURRY UP,
YOU'RE OUTRUNNING MY CAR.))
OUT Q=my car
IN Q=I walked so
((I HAVE WALKED SO HARD, THAT I HAVE WALKED OUT OF MY SHOES.))
OUT Q=my shoes
and the tennis shoe industry has nothing to worry about as long as Billy's
IN Q=I wear out
((I WEAR OUT A PAIR OF SHOES A MONTH.))
OUT Q=a month
even though he smokes cigarettes
IN Q=I got strong
((I GOT STRONG LEGS,I GOT A STRONG HEART. DOCTOR SAID I HAVE THE BEST HEART OF
ANY HUMAN BEING.))
OUT Q=human being
but, this past time does have it's drawbacks...
IN Q=It's dangerous,
((IT'S DANGEROUS,I'VE BEEN HIT BY A CAR TWICE))
OUT Q=car twice
and he's been robbed at gunpoint while taking a walk, but Billy believes it's
still safer than riding in a car...
IN Q=A guy offered
((A GUY OFFERED ME A RIDE ONE DAY GOING THROUGH COLLINSVILLE AND I SAID NO
THANK YOU, I'M IN A HURRY.))
OUT Q=in a hurry.
So if you see Speedy charging down the road, don't offer him a ride, but do
beep the horn and wave hello...TF,News 7.))
Most actors who head to Los Angeles to get their big break never make it.
SUPER=04-"The Bold and the Beautiful"
But William Byrd graduate Rob (GEV-rik-in) Gevrekian landed a role on "The
Bold and the Beautiful" in just over a year.
His first episode aired today.
Rob's father says the phone has been ringing off the hook all afternoon.
((BOB GEVREKIAN/ACTOR'S FATHER: FAMILY, FRIENDS, FRIENDS OF HIS, FRIENDS OF
OURS, FRIENDS OF THEIR'S, EVEN THE DENTIST. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Gevrekian/Actor's Father;
OUT Q=THE DENTIST
Rob's mother says a lot of people say her son is a "hunk."
But she still remembers him dancing in recitals as a kid.
IN Q=I DON'T THINK
((CAROLYN GEVREKIAN/ACTOR'S MOTHER: I DON'T THINK OF HIM AS A SEXY HUNK. HE'S
JUST MY BABY-- BUT HE'S A VERY TALENTED BOY))
SUPER=01-Carolyn Gevrekian/Actor's Mother;
OUT Q=TALENTED BOY
Rob has taped four episodes of the soap opera.
You can catch his next appearance Thursday, over on WDBJ-7.
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Researchers may be a step closer to understanding anemia and other
Two teams of scientists in the U-S say they've discovered a protein --
responsible for the absorption of iron... as well as zinc, lead, and other
The studies are reported in the journals "Nature" and "Nature Genetics."
Good news for the estimated two million Americans who take the blood-
thinning medicine Coumadin (KOO-muh-din).
A less expensive, generic form of the drug is now available.
(WARF-UH-RIN) Warfarin is made by Barr Laboratories, which is building a
production plant in Bedford County.
Coumadin's maker-- DuPont Merck-- had fought to keep Warfarin off the
market, including here in Virginia.
It's still up to the state Board of Pharmacy to decide whether to require
pharmacists to contact a patient's doctor before selling the generic drug.
IN Q=There are a
((JERRY PRICE/BARR LABS V.P.: THERE ARE A FEW STATES WHERE THE LEGISLATIVE
ACTION HAS BEEN FORWARDED TO THE STATE BOARDS OF PHARMACY, BUT THE COMPANY IS
CONFIDENT THAT WE'RE GOING TO DO WELL ONCE THE STATE BOARDS OF PHARMACY REVIEW
THEM BECAUSE OF THE TECHNICAL ISSUES, AND THEY'RE BETTER EQUIPPED TO REVIEW
THEM THAN LEGISLATORS.))
SUPER=01-Jerry Price/Barr Labs Vice President; :00
OUT Q=than legislators.
Barr Labs is one of ten American companies that makes generic equivalents of
They can sell for as much 30 to 40 percent less than the cost of brand name
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Some post office workers in Lynchburg were looking a little "raggedy" today,
but it was all in good fun... and it's our video pick this Tuesday.
Employees at the Rivermont station dressed up as Raggedy Ann dolls to help
celebrate the Postal Service's latest stamp issue.
"Classic American Dolls" is a 15- stamp set that showcases rare and unusual
dolls from American history.
The Old and New Doll Club of Central Virginia helped decorate the office for
IN Q=I think a
((SHELBY MAZZONE/DOLL COLLECTOR: I THINK A LOT OF TIMES DOLL COLLECTORS ARE
FORGOTTEN, BUT DOLL COLLECTING IS A VERY LARGE HOBBY RIGHT NOW, IT'S SECOND
ONLY TO COIN COLLECTING.))
((CHARLOTTE MASON/POSTAL EMPLOYEE: WE DECIDED WE WANTED TO HAVE FUN SO WE
FIGURED THIS WOULD BE ONE DAY TO DRESS UP AND ENJOY OUR JOBS A LITTLE BIT
SUPER=75-Shelby Mazzone/Doll Collector; :00
SUPER=75-Charlotte Mason/Postal Employee; :10
OUT Q=little bit more.
Except for a few strange looks, Mason says customers enjoyed her new
uniform... and it helped sell a few extra stamps as well.
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In primetime sports tonight, Avalanche highlights, a possible Express
signing, and a word from Cornell Brown,
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But first a boxing note. In an news conference today; rather a hype
conference; promoters announced that on October 4th, Lennox Lewis will meet
Andrew Golota as lewis defends his WBC heavyweight title. Lennox will bank 7
mil while Andrew takes home 2. some other digits to show you at this time.
WIPE TO SCORES
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in Game 2/;
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The worlds best golfers, fans and family gathered today to bid farewell to a
man whose life became a legend; Golfer Ben Hogan.
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Today's service was held just miles from the Colonial Country Club in
Fort Worth, Texas, a course named Hogans alley in honor of his 5 PGA victories
Friends like Byron Nelson, Tommy Bolt and Hot Springs own Sam Snead attended
the service to pay respects to the finest shotmaker in the history of golf.
((SAM SNEAD/MOST PGA WINS IN HISTORY WITH 81:))
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OUT Q=...as he did"
Itt would be a repeat performance for the Avalanche as Salem lost to
Kinston 6 to 2 for the second consecutive tonight.
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The Av's Vincente Garcia and his teammates appeared loose before tonight's
game at Memorial Stadium.
Things tightened up quickly. In the top of the second; Kinston's Rafael
Gross hits a grounder to short that brings in a run and the Indians were out in
front 2 to 1.
On to the top of the third. Kinston's Junior Betancer goes all the way to
the wall in right center; the SUPER=34-Kinston/6/Salem/2;
base hit plates Mark Budzinski, who slides in safe and Kinston lead by 2.
The lead would grow. In the top of the sixth; Tim Jorgenson brings in a
pair of runs on the two bagger to left and the Indians down Salem by 4.
The Baltimore Ravens received a big scare in training camp today as
starting linebacker Ray lewis was injured.
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Lewis suffered a neck injury during drills. The team physician says that
ther was no damage to the spinal cord or primary nerves. Leiws was flown by
state police chopper to shock trauma Center.
Doctors believe that Lewis could be released as soon as tommorow. The injury
occurred when Lewis
and fullback Kenyon Cotton banged helmets.
Lewis's injury coupled with the fact that Ravens draft pick and Linebacker
Peter Bouleware is still holiding out
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means there is still room at linebacker for former Va. Tech all American
Cornell Brown to start at that position. Sourse in Baltimore said today that
Brown is still a starter.
((CORNELL BROWN/RAVENS LINEBACKER:))
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OUT Q=...learn something from them"
NFC West power San Francisco might have Jim Druckenmiller in camp soon.
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Sources say the niners are extremely close to signing quarterback Steve
Young to a new contract. Young has been the NFL's top passer five of the last
six years. His new contract could free up salary room for Druckenmiller.
In other NFC West news; Carolina panther defensive end Gerald Williams;
wearing number 98 here, has decided to retire at the end of this upcoming
season after 12 years in the league. He turns 34 in September. He has also
played for the Steelers.
That's it for News 7 PRIMETIME.
Thanks for watching-- we'll see you tomorrow.
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