Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
Still no word on what sent 17 people at Crossroads mall to the hospital
UPS and the Teamsters head back to the bargaining table.
And an is an alternative to the diet aid Phen-Fen safer?
News 7 at 11 is next.
Good evening... emergency workers still have no idea what sent 17 people
from Crossroads Mall to the hospital today.
Employees in the lower portion of the mall were evacuated this afternoon
after people complained of nausea and headaches.
UPS and the Teamsters union will resume talks tomorrow, but UPS maintains it
won't change it's last contract offer.
And there's a new alternative to the diet aid Fen-Phen on the market.
Sellers say HERBAL Phen-Fen is less likely to cause dangerous side-effects.
More on those stories tonight on News 7 at 11.
Emergency Medical Crews still have no indication as to what sent 17 people
from Crossroads Mall to the hospital this afternoon in Roanoke.
Employees from the lower portion of Crossroads were evacuated at around 3 P-M
after about a dozen people complained of nausea, scratchy throats, headaches
and watery eyes.
E-M-S workers say they are dumb founded as to what caused the symptoms.
IN Q=We ran
((DEP.CHIEF WINSTON SIMMONS/ROANOKE FIRE EMS:WE RAN EIGHT DIFFERENT SERIES OF
TESTS. we tested things like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, FREON, WE EVEN
TESTED FOR PEPPER SPRAY, THOUGHT YOU KNOW SOME KIDS MIGHT HAVE BEEN PLAYING AND
SPRAYED SOME PEPPER SPRAY, WE'VE LOOKED FOR CLEANING FLUIDS, ANY TYPE OF THING
THAT COULD CAUSE SPILLAGE...CAME UP NEGATIVE))
SUPER=01-Winston Simmons/Roanoke Fire EMS;
The investigation ended and the mall area was sealed off at around 7 this
evening...it should reopen at six tomorrow morning.
The two children reported missing last night have been found alive and
After being left alone for over an hour in the car, 11 year old Latisha
Wright drove the family station wagon from Roanoke County all the way to
PATRICIA Wright, allegedly left her daughter and the girl's seven year old
cousin in the car with the motor running.
When Wright came out of Cory Everson's Aerobic and Fitness Center on Route
419, the car was gone.
Fearing the girls might have been abducted, she went to police.
Apparently her 5-foot-two, 120 pound daughter had grown tired of waiting
and simply drove off... headed for a relative's home in Lynchburg.
At home today, the 33-year old employee of Hanover Direct would not come to
the door- -sending someone else to shoo us away.
IN Q=Go away
((GO AWAY. SHE HAS ENOUGH TROUBLE AS IT IS, AFTER WHAT HER DAUGHTER HAS DONE.
NO THANK YOU. ))
OUT Q=no, thank you.
Patricia Wright has been charged with two misdemeanors- -allowing children
to be in need of services.
Eleven- year old Latisha Wright has not been charged.
Police say she actually stopped to buy gas once she got to Lynchburg last
night. She paid for it in cash- -money she got from her mother's purse that
police say was left in the car with the two girls.
UPS and the teamsters will be back at the bargaining table tomorrow, but
it's unclear what they'll be talking about.
UPS says it will not budge on what it calls it's final contract offer, and a
Teamster's spokesman says the union isn't especially optimistic.
Tensions mounted on the picket lines in some parts of the country today.
In Massachusetts, striking workers clashed with police for the third day in a
And one of the nation's largest unions threw it's weight behind the walkout.
IN Q=to say to
((JOHN SWEENEY/AFL-CIO PRESIDENT; TO SAY TO RON CAREY AND THE COURAGES
TEAMSTERS UNION....YOU ARE NOT ALONE.))
SUPER=01-John Sweeney/AFL-CIO President;
OUT Q=not alone
Labor Secretary Alexis Herman says she and President Clinton feel the
country will be better off if the strike ends quickly.
The President is resisting pressure to step in and end the walkout.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
The grim task of recovering bodies continues in Guam tonight.
Airforce officials say the wreckage is still too hot to recover some of the
victims of the Korean Air crash.
One survivor says he's haunted by the cries of children he heard, but
IN Q=help me
((HONG HYUN SEONG/SURVIVOR; HELP ME, HELP ME, BUT I CAN'T GO THAT SIDE, TOO
MUCH SMOKE BURNING THROUGH THE AIRPLANE ))
OUT Q=through the airplane
Investigators are expected to look at the rainy weather conditions, and the
fact that part of the airport's landing system, the part that leads planes to
the runway, was out of service that night.
IN Q=we don't want to
((REAR ADMIRAL MARTIN JANCZAK/RESCUE OPERATION COMMANDER; WE DON'T WANT TO
SPECULATE NOW. IT'S A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY, A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT AND THAT'S WHERE WE
NEED TO LEAVE IT NOW UNTIL THE EXPERTS COME IN.))
SUPER=01-Rear Adm. Martin Janczak/Rescue Operations Commander;
OUT Q=experts come in
The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder arrived in Washington
D-C today where they will be analyzed by the National Transportation Safety
The Medical Community has been showing support for a new weight loss
treatment called Fen-Phen.
But a recent announcement says the drug treatment may be causing heart and
So some people are turning to what they believe is the herbal equivalent of
Andrew Freiden has the story.
IN Q=the sign on the side
SUPER=01-Maggie Dauost/Lifestyles Weight Management; :13
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Good/Roanoke Co-op; :30
OUT Q=news7, roanoke
((The sign on the side of Brambleton Avenue touts the wonders of Herbal
But what exactly is it?
((MAGGIE DAOUST/LIFESTYLES WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: IT'S MADE UP UP ST. JOHNS WORT,
AND EPHEDRINE. And why does it work? FOR ONE THING THE EPHEDRINE IS GOING TO
GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF ENERGY TO BURN OFF FAT, AND ALSO THE ST JOHNS WORT
WILL GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WELL BEING.))
((ELIZABETH GOOD/ROANOKE CO-OP: THE EFFECT THAT HERBAL PHEN-FEN HAS ON THE BODY
IS SIMILAR TO THE EFFECT THAT PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET FROM THE PHARMACEUTICAL
FEN-PHEN, BUT IT HAS LESS SIDE EFFECTS.))
The two treatments sound exactly the same-- but the spelling of the words
gives a clue that something is amiss.
((DR. E.B. NOLAND/LEWIS GALE INTERNIST: THEY'RE NOT THE SAME THING, EXCEPT FOR
MAYBE THE STIMULANT PORTIONS-- THOSE THINGS SHOULD BE MEDICALLY MONITORED. IF
YOU ARE TAKING SOMETHING THAT AFFECTS THE APPETITE, YOU ARE AFFECTING SOMETHING
IN THE BODY, AND THERE ARE OTHER VITAL SIGNS THAT MIGHT BE AFFECTED. ))
Elizabeth Good says she encourages her customers to seek medical advice
before using HERBAL Phen Fen.
And Dr. Noland says it's OK to use-- but only under medical supervision.
And he says you're not getting a safer version of the Fen Phen drug
combination-- you are getting a different thing altogether.
Andrew Freiden, News 7, Roanoke.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next people suing tobacco companies were armed with some potent
and a drug resistant parasite has some parents scratching their hands in search
of an answer.
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People with lawsuits pending against tobacco companies have a new weapon in
their legal arsenal.
A Florida appeals court forced R-J Reynolds to releasing secret documents
that lawyers say could show tobacco companies were trying to cover something
The documents, some 30 years old, recommend for example that the industry
downplay any link between smoking and health, and prepare for possible
government testing of carbon monoxide levels.
An R-J Reynolds lawyer says the recommendations were NOT part of company
policy, and contain nothing that wasn't already known by the scientific
Her children's bouts with parasites have led a Virginia woman to take a
major pharmaceutical company to court.
Debbie Duke says that's nothing compared to the hundreds of head lice she's
struggled to eradicate from her home this year.
Ellen Qualls reports on how Virginians are battling the so-called "super
IN Q=This is one of
SUPER=03-Henrico Co.; :00 OVER BITE!
SUPER=01-Debbie Duke/Henrico Co. Parent; :26
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( sot 14:48:44
((THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST FRUSTRATING THINGS I'VE EVER DEALT WITH.))
Millions of people know what Debbie Duke's talking about.
The battle to eradicate head lice in their children.
A slew of expensive treatments are on the market.
But when two of Duke's well-groomed children had an almost ongoing battle
with head lice for the past year -- she turned to scientific research into
so-called "super lice" that can't be beat back by the drug companies, despite
((DEBBIE DUKE: AND I KNEW THAT THIS WAS A PROBLEM. THAT THERE WAS A RESISTANT
Enter Virginia's new attorney general -- who's asked for an FDA probe.
((RICHARD CULLEN/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: IF OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS DON'T WORK,
THEN THE FDA MUST TAKE A LOOK AT IT, AND I'M CONFIDENT THEY WILL. SO I DON'T
WANT TO SAY WHAT I'M GONNA DO IF THEY DON'T DO IT, BECAUSE I'LL BE SHOCKED IF
((DEBBIE DUKE/HENRICO CO. PARENT: THE DRUG COMPANIES ARE LYING, AND THEY'RE
HIDING BEHIND THE FACT THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT USING THE PRODUCT CORRECTLY. AND
THAT THEY ARE BEING REINVESTED. WHEN THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, IT DOESN'T
MATTER WHAT YOU DO, THE PRODUCT DOESN'T WORK.))
So Duke's contacted others through the National Perdiculosis Association to
initiate a class action lawsuit against Warner Lambert, the maker of Nix.
The drug companies won't concede the super lice theory.
Warner Lambert says it's investigating and it's sympathetic.
But its products may not be being used properly or children may be
re-infested in the school or at home.
((DEBBIE DUKE: THEY'RE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE FACT THAT FOLKS AREN'T STEPPING
FORWARD BECAUSE THEY'RE EMBARRASSED THAT THEY HAVE LICE.))
And she's NOT just being nitpicky when she says that.
She'll see them in court.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Henrico County.
Don Beyer says the State Board of Education is considering changes in the
name of local choice, that will ultimately harm the state's students.
The Democratic candidate for Governor brought his campaign to Roanoke for
the start of a four- day swing through western Virginia.
He's urging the Board to reject proposals that would allow local school
systems to eliminate family life education, and choose between reading
specialists and elementary guidance counselors.
IN Q=Virginia's parents
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: VIRGINIA'S PARENTS WANT THEIR
KIDS TO HAVE THE OPTION OF FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION. ANY PARENT WHO DOESN'T WANT
IT CAN ALWAYS PULL THEM OUT. LESS THAN TWO PERCENT DO. WE DON'T WANT TO CREATE
THIS FALSE CHOICE BETWEEN GIVING THEM GOOD STRONG READING SPECIALISTS AND
GIVING THEM ELEMENTARY GUIDANCE COUNSELORS. WE'VE HAD THEM SIDE BY SIDE. IT
WORKS VERY WELL. IT'S NOT THE TIME TO ABANDON THEM.))
OUT Q=not the time to abandon them.
Beyer also says new accreditation guidelines should include more remedial
instruction for students who fail Standards of Learning tests.
Beyer's plan to give a tax credit to the average car owner won't help
Virginians who earn so little they don't pay income taxes... or so much he
won't let them qualify.
But now Jim Gilmore's saying Beyer's plan leaves a majority of the state's
senior citizens out in the cold.
IN Q=Under Don Beyer's
((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: UNDER DON BEYER'S ALLEGED TAX PLAN,
442-THOUSAND-907 VIRGINIA SENIOR CITIZENS WOULD BE EXCLUDED FROM TAX RELIEF
BECAUSE THEY EITHER MAKE TOO MUCH MONEY OR TOO LITTLE MONEY UNDER HIS PLAN.
61- PERCENT OF VIRGINIA'S SENIOR CITIZENS WOULD GET NOTHING.))
OUT Q=get nothing.
A Beyer spokeswoman says Don Beyer's NOT yet seen a number out of the
Gilmore campaign with which he agrees.
She also says 100- percent of Virginia's seniors would get a break if Beyer
eliminated the tax on non-prescription drugs... something Gilmore has opposed.
Stay with us, in just a moment Andrew will have a look at tomorrow's weather,
and we'll see who won tonight's Drum and Bugle competition in Salem.
MUSIC UP FULL
The landscape is changing in one of the biggest rivalries of the computer
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs announced today that Microsoft will invest 150
million dollars in the company.
The news brought gasps and boos from the crowd gathered at this week's
MacWorld Expo in Boston.
IN Q=microsoft will be
((STEVE JOBS/APPLE CO-FOUNDER; MICROSOFT WILL BE PART OF THE GAME WITH US AS WE
RESTORE THIS COMPANY BACK TO HEALTH. WE HAVE TO LET GO OF THIS NOTION THAT FOR
APPLE TO WIN, MICROSOFT HAS TO LOSE.
BILL GATES/MICROSOFT CEO; WE'RE PLEASED TO BE SUPPORTING APPLE, WE THINK IT'S
GOING TO BE FUN))
SUPER=01-Steve Jobs/Apple Co-Founder;
SUPER=01-Bill Gates/Microsoft CEO; :10
OUT Q=going to be fun
The agreement brings patent cross licensing...a new Microsoft Office release
for Macs...and an alliance to promote Microsoft's internet explorer web
The Summer Music Games of Southwest Virginia were in full swing tonight at
the Salem football stadium.
Groups of 90 member drum corps put on a show that packs an audience.
Tonya Flory reports, these performer don't miss a beat.
IN Q=Sixteen to
SUPER=01-Kevin Sandburg/Blue Devils Tuba Player; ;20
SUPER=01-Pete Emmons/Blue Devils Asst. Director; :35 Quick
SUPER=01-Mary Loritsch/Summer Music Games; :46
OUT Q=News 7
((16-21 year old men and women spend their summer vacation sleeping on
gymnasium floors, traveling nearly 15-thousand miles over 21 states and
rehearsing for up to 12 hours a day and they pay to do it...but these dedicated
performers say it's all worth it.
IN Q=Sometimes you
((KEVIN SANDBURG/BLUE DEVILS TUBA PLAYER:SOMETIMES YOU LOVE EM AND SOMETIMES
YOU HATE EM BUT IN THE END YOU ALWAYS GOT TO PULL TOGETHER AND DO WHAT YOU
GOTTA DO WHICH IS PERFORM WITH THE 128 OTHER KIDS ON THE FIELD))
OUT Q=on the field
Some of the instruments weigh 70-80 pounds so it also takes a lot of physical
dexterity and dedication.
IN Q=Their life
((Pete EMMONS:THEIR LIFE IS BASICALLY EATING, SLEEPING AND DRINKING DRUM
OUT Q=drum corps
But in the end, the results are spectacular, some say its like a small
IN Q=Each corps
((MARY LORITSCH:EACH CORPS IS UNIQUE IN THE MUSIC THEY PLAY AND HOW THEY WISH
THEY'RE ACCOMPANIMENTS TO TAKE PLACE ON THE FIELD SO IT'S QUITE A LITTLE SHOW
OR A PERFORMANCE. YOU'RE LIBEL TO HEAR JAZZ, GOSPEL, ROCK AND ROLL, WHATEVER.))
The sights are just as amazing as the sounds because each move is in precise
sync with every other member.
Add another dimension to what it takes to be a participant and maybe the most
IN Q=you rehearse it
((KEVIN SANDBURG:YOU REHEARSE IT SO MUCH THAT WHEN YOU GET ON THE PERFORMANCE
FIELD IT LIKE GOING ON AUTOMATIC PILOT. YOU JUST DO WHAT YOU GOT TO DO AND
HOPEFULLY EVERYONE IS DOING WHAT THEY KNOW HOW TO DO SO YOU'RE ALL THERE))
OUT Q=all there
The performers are selected from the cream of the crop...
IN Q=These are
((MARY LORITSCH:THESE ARE THE MUSICIANS OF THE FUTURE. THEY WILL BE YOUR
SYMPHONIC PLAYERS, YOUR BAND DIRECTORS IN HIGH SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES AND THE
PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM AS WELL AS YOUR CONTEMPORARY PLAYERS))
OUT Q=Contemporary players
Whether they take home a trophy or not, they all say they've made lasting
friendships which may be the more rewarding of the two...TF, News 7.))
The winner of tonight's Drum and Bugle Corps competition was the Blue Devil
Drum and Bugle Corps of Concord, California.
The Blue Devils are the defending D-C-I National Champions.
IN Q=Music UP FULL
OUT Q=Music Out.
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The University of Tennessee Chattanooga named Henry Dickerson the school's
new head basketball coach yesterday.
He's been an assistant for the past eight seasons under Mack McCarthy, who
abruptly quit six days ago.
The Dallas Cowboys are apparently as serious about cleaning up their
tarnished image as they would like you to think.
Last night team owner Jerry Jones.
SUPER=03-Austin, TX; :00
fined head coach Barry Switzer $75 thousand dollars for his arrest on a gun
charge on Monday of this week.
IN Q="This is...
((JERRY JONES/COWBOYS OWNER:))
SUPER=01-Jerry Jones/Cowboys Owner; :00
OUT Q=...FOR BARRY."
Jones says he knows the incident was an honest mistake, but add that's no
Switzer wasn't the only one having his troubles yesterday.
The NFL suspended running back Bam Morris for the first four games of the
Morris is guilty of violating the league's substance abuse policy for the
second time in two years.
The Baltimore Ravens leading rusher last season has been in the league's
substance abuse program since pleading guilty to a marijuana possession charge
Morris is eligible to return to the Ravens' roster on September 22nd.
He will be permitted to play again September 28th, when the Ravens travel to
GRAPHIC=NCAA COLLEGE FB
Practice is just beginning for many college around the country, but in
Starkville, Mississippi their are more important matters to deal with at this
Tuesday night Mississippi State senior running back Keffer McGee died in an
apparent drowning accident.
The incident occurred in an apartment complex pool around 11pm.
An autopsy yesterday revealed that no foul play was involved.
McGee, one of the top backs in the SEC, was 22.
In the major leagues last night, the Braves hosted the Cards and big Mark
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Cardinals vs. Braves; :00
He was one half of the marquee matchup pitting himself against Greg Maddux.
Mcgwire would strike out twice and go 1-for-4.
Neither figured in the final outcome like Danny Bautista, who broke a 3-all
tie in the bottom of the ninth inning with this solo blast to deep straight
away center field.
The Braves win their 72nd game of the year 4-to-3.
wipe to eng#
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Giants vs. Cubs - WGN; :00
Meanwhile at Wrigley field this afternoon, the Cubs hosted the Giants.
In the top of the second, San Francisco's Glen Allen Hill started the victory
party for the Giants with this solo homer to left center.
The Giants win 7-to-4, to stay in first in the NL West by 2 full games over
Our preseason high school football previews continue tonight as we travel
down to Buena Vista and check in on the Fighting Blues of Parry McCluer.
SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :00
Last season, head coach Charlie Wheeler took a overachieving bunch of players
and came from the back of the pack to win the Pioneer district.
IN Q="We had...
((CHARLIE WHEELER/PARRY MCCLUER HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Charlie Wheeler/Parry McCluer Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...FOR US."
Duplicating that feat will not be an easy task for the 37 members of this
Wheeler will have to deal with tough squads at James River, Bath County and
Covington within the district and at the same time find a way to replenish his
own team that was wiped out by graduation.
IN Q="It's a rebuilding...
OUT Q=...FOR US."
More football coming up tonight as we head up to Blacksburg
as Frank Beamer welcomes a speedy freshman class to campus for its first
The National Hockey League's new expansion franchise in Nashville named its
first ever head coach yesterday.
SUPER=03-Nashville, TN; :00
Barry Trotz takes over the team, after earning his stripes in the minor
Trotz comes to Nashville after serving as the head coach and
director of hockey operations for the AHL's Portland Pirates
He began his career as scout for the Washington Caps.
37 first year Hokies went through their first day of drills today in
Steve Mason and photographer denis Brown have more on their first workout.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-James Lomax/Va. Tech Freshman Tight End; :14
SUPER=01-Cam Jackson/Va. Tech Freshman Safety; :20(QUICK)
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :28
SUPER=01-Chad Beasley/Va. Tech Freshman Defensive End; 1:36
OUT Q=....news 7 sports"