Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
The body of a young boy was recovered from the Roanoke River in Wasena park
16 people were hospitalized in Chicago after an overloaded balcony
And fans commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of the King.
News 7 at 11 is next.
A young boy is dead after drowning in the Roanoke River at Wasena Park.
According to Roanoke City Police
three rafters saw a youngtser in the water having trouble and tried to reach
him but lost sight of him.
The incident happened near the Low Water Bridge portion of the river.
The rafters called the police and a deputy with the sheriff's office later
found the boy's body under several feet of water at about eight-thirty this
Police estimate the boy was between nine and 12 years old and they are
unsure of his identity at this time.
An all you can drink beer party ended in Chicago, when a second story
balcony crashed to the ground.
At least 16 people were hurt when the wooden structure collapsed, two are
in serious condition.
There were 200 people at the party.
Police and witnesses say at least 40 people and 4 beer kegs were on the
balcony when it gave way.
IN Q=the porch is
((MIKE MCDOLE/BATTALION CHIEF; THE PORCH ON THE SECOND FLOOR, IT'S A THREE
STORY BUILDING AND THE PORCH ON THE SECOND FLOOR CAME ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE
GROUND. AND THE PORCH LOOKED IN REAL GOOD SHAPE SO THEY REALLY MUST HAVE HAD IT
PEARL FRANZ/WITNESS; IT WAS LIKE A BIG CRASH, LIKE, ALL OF A SUDDEN I LOOKED
DOWN CAUSE I WAS ON THE FLOOR ABOVE IT AND I LOOKED DOWN AND EVERYONE WAS
FALLING, IT WAS HORRIBLE...
SUPER=01-Mike McDole/Battalion Chief;
SUPER=01-Pearl Franz/Witness; :14
OUT Q=it was horrible
Several of the party-goers were under age, but police say they don't plan to
file any charges.
Negotiators for UPS and the Teamsters stayed behind closed doors in
Washington today, with no word on progress or the lack of it.
Meanwhile Teamsters rallied with the Reverend Jesse Jackson at his Operation
Push Headquarters in Chicago.
IN Q=we're marching
((REV. JESSE JACKSON/OPERATION PUSH; WE'RE MARCHING FOR A FAIR DEAL, WE WANT
PROFITS FOR THE OWNERS, SECURITY FOR THE WORKERS, AND SERVICE FOR THE
CUSTOMERS, IT MUST BE WIN WIN WIN.))
SUPER=01-Jesse Jackson/Operation Push;
OUT Q=win win win
SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK;
But friction continues in some places, where striking workers are losing
IN Q=we the employees
((UPS WORKER; WE THE EMPLOYEES OF UPS -SLASH- MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL
BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, DEMAND OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO VOTE ON THE MOST
CURRENT UPS PROPOSAL, THAT'S ALL WE WANT HERE.))
OUT Q=we want here
One South Carolina teamster didn't want to put her wedding on hold, so she
got married on the picket line, so all her striking co-workers could attend.
General Motors has averted a strike that threatened to cripple its North
This morning the company and the United Auto Workers tentatively agreed on
a new contract for 52 hundred workers in two Detroit-area plants.
One of the plants supplies transmissions to almost all of the country's
North American plants.
Workers will vote on the proposed contract within ten days.
GRAPHIC=Veterans Administration Seal
The Director of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center was fired amid sexual
John Presley got his pink slip yesterday.
V-A officials say an investigation found evidence of repeated incidents of
sexual harassment of female employees.
Presley's family says the allegations are false.
Presley plans to appeal the firing to a board governing federal employees.
Presley has been on reassignment in Atlanta since April awaiting the outcome
of the investigation.
The ex-boyfriend of a former Miss Virginia was convicted of maliciously
injuring her..this according to published reports.
use file from 96-25, Aliff; 96-16, Hawkins
Lisa Aliff won the title of Miss Virginia in 1983.
In December of 1996, she and former boyfriend Michael Carter apparently had
a confrontation at Aliff's home in Salem.
Carter may get as much as eleven years in prison and may have to pay up to
20 thousand dollars in fines.
Female cadets may be a novelty on post at Virginia Military Institute.
But today the first corp of cadets to admit women welcomed its 24th co-ed
Denise Allen has more from Virginia Tech.
IN Q=Faye Bradfish is
SUPER=01-Cadet Faye Bradfish/Virginia Tech Freshman; :16 QUICK!!
SUPER=01-Cadet Andrea Phelps/Virginia Tech Senior; :21
OUT Q=News 7
((Faye Bradfish is part of the 24th co-ed cadet class at Virginia Tech.
The Tech corp admitted women two years before the military academies and was
the first of the nation's 10 college military corps to admit women.
IN Q=WHAT IS IT
((what is it about the military part that attracted you?))
OUT Q=that attracted you
IN Q=YEAH THE
((FAYE BRADFISH/VIRGINIA TECH FRESHMAN: YEAH THE REGIMENTATION, THE MORE
OUT Q=MORE STRUCTURE
IN Q=WE HAVE TO
((ANDREA PHELPS/VIRGINIA TECH SENIOR: WE HAVE TO BE UP EARLY. WE HAVE TO GO
TO CLASSES, ROOM INSPECTIONS, UNIFORM INSPECTIONS AND GO TO SCHOOL.))
OUT Q=GO TO SCHOOL
125 of the nearly 700 cadets facing the barber this weekend are women--a
higher percentage of women cadets than any other college.
The men and women live and train side by side.
IN Q=I DON'T REALLY KNOW
((BRADFISH: I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. I'VE BEEN GETTING IN SHAPE
ENOUGH. I'LL FIND OUT AS THE WEEK GOES ON.))
OUT Q=WEEK GOES ON
IN Q= i've gotten a lot
((PHELPS: I'VE GOTTEN A LOT OF LEADERSHIP OUT OF HERE. I'M ABOUT TO BE THE
NAVAL BATTALION COMMANDER AT VIRGINIA TECH. I WOULD HAVE NEVER HAD THE
KNOW-HOW TO GO ABOUT THAT. AFTER THREE YEARS HERE I'M READY TO DO IT.))
OUT Q=READY TO DO IT
About 80-percent of this freshman class will seek commissions in one of the
four branches of the military.
Tech's success in bringing women into a military setting attracted the
attention of The Virginia Military Institute.
V-M-I officials spent several days at Tech last year to learn how to develop
a co-ed program.
Female cadets arrive at V-M-I on Monday.
Faye Bradfish dons her uniform tonight.
Denise Allen News 7.))
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SUPER=83-Down 1.76 feet/Down 0.45 foot;Lake levels
Credit reports are no longer available on the Internet.
One of the nation's largest credit reporting companies offered the reports
earlier this week for 8 dollars.
But, it ended the service because of technical problems.
More in this week's edition of WebWatch.
IN Q=Experian, formerly known
SUPER=01-Det. Michael Menz/Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force; :32
Experian, formerly known as TRW, began offering on-line credit reports a few
Type in some personal information, charge 8 dollars to your credit card, and
you could get your credit history within seconds.
But the company says a flood of request overloaded the system, causing some
reports to go to the wrong people...
The site is now temporarily off-line... but even when it was working, people
who deal with internet crime were concerned.
IN Q=when I was asking
((DET. MICHAEL MENZ/HI-TECH CRIMES TASK FORCE; WHEN I WAS ASKING TO SEE ABOUT
GETTING MY CREDIT REPORT, IT WAS ASKING FOR MY NAME, MY SOCIAL SECURITY AND MY
DATE OF BIRTH. SOME OF THAT INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ANYWHERE, YOU CAN GET THAT
BY PULLING MAIL OUT OF SOMEBODY'S MAILBOX.))
OUT Q=somebody's mailbox
Experion says the site will be back up as soon as they fix the problems.
If you want a Virginia vanity license plate, but don't know if the name or
phrase is already taken, you can find out on the DMV's website.
Type in the name, and the site will tell you if it's already taken.
If it IS available, you can see how it will look with the different license
You can even reserve it with your car's title and vehicle identification
The links to these sites are on the WebWatch page on the WDBJ website at
Cosmonauts who spent six month on the damaged Russian space station Mir are
answering their critics.
SUPER=03-Star City, Russia;
Cosmonauts Vasily Tsibliyev and Alexander Lazutkin were blamed for causing
Many, including Russian president Boris Yeltsin blamed the collision with a
supply ship that damaged the station on "human error."
The cosmonauts say Mir's troubles were caused by government budget cuts, and
parts that were either unavailable or too expensive.
One cosmonaut said Russia has a long tradition of looking for scapegoats.
Drug sweeps often result in scores of arrests.
In fact, more than 90 indictments came out of a recent operation in Roanoke.
These investigations take months to put together.
And in Roanoke most of these drug sweeps take place in the northeast or
northwest sections of the city.
IN Q=IN ROANOKE
((DON CALDWELL/ROANOKE PROSECUTOR: IN ROANOKE CITY THAT TENDS TO BE WHERE OUR
HEAVIEST CONCENTRATION OF CRACK COCAINE SALES TAKES PLACE AND CONSEQUENTLY WE
RECEIVE THE MOST COMPLAINTS FROM THAT AREA. REV. CARL TINSLEY: PEOPLE GET TO
WHERE THEY CAN'T CONTROL THE URGE FOR DRUGS. THEY NEED HELP AND IF WE DON'T
HELP THEM WE ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE TO PERPETUATE AND SOON THEY'RE BEYOND
SUPER=07-Rev. Carl Tinsley; :13
OUT Q=THEY'RE BEYOND HELP
Panel members discuss the effectiveness of law enforcement in fighting the
war on drugs and offer some ideas for solutions to the drug problem--that's
tomorrow morning at 11 during On Record.
GRAPHIC=Mill Mountain Zoo
There's a new cat-house on top of Mill Mountain.
The best view of the valley belongs to Boris the snow leopard.
This weekend he moved into his new house at the Mill Mountain Zoo.
But, he isn't ready to call his new digs home yet.
Zoo keepers say it'll take a while for the cat to get comfortable.
For instance his old home had a concrete floor, now he's adapting to a
carpet of dirt and grass.
And then there's the new rock, built by a North Carolina artist, to give
Boris a cliff to climb.
IN Q=they're going
((BETH POFF/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: THEY'RE GOING TO GET A BETTER LOOK AT BORIS.
IT GIVES YOU MORE OF A FEEL HOW YOU MIGHT SEE THE CAT OUT IN THE WILD.
PARTICULARLY THIS WINTER WHEN THERE'S SNOW IN THE EXHIBIT AND ON THE ROCK CLIFF
AND HE'S GOING TO BE UP THERE LIKE HE'S IN THE HIMALAYAN AREA. THAT'S WHAT WE
HOPE TO RE-CREATE.))
SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Mill Mountain Zoo;
OUT Q=HOPE TO RECREATE
It took two years to complete the project.
Poff says the expanded habitat will enable the zoo to get involved in a snow
leopard breeding program.
She says very few of these cats remain in the wild and there are only about
200 in captivity.
SUPER=330-Fair/& Muggy/70-76/Sunny- Very/Hot & Humid/93-97;
SUPER=331-Fair/& Muggy/73-77/Heat Advisory/Mostly Sunny/95-100;
SUPER=332-Storms Possible/Then Mostly Clear/68-72/Partly Sunny/Storms
SUPER=333-Fair/& Muggy/68-72/Partly Sunny/Hot & Humid/87-91;
SUPER=334-Storms Possible/Then Partly Cloudy/65-70/Partly Sunny/Storms
The Salem Avalanche took the field tonight against Durham riding a three
game winning streak.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Bulls; :
Mugsy doing his Elvis thing for the fans at Memorial Stadium this evening.
The Avalanche got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Chad Gambill
hits a sacrifice fly to left field Forry Wells tags at third to score 1 to
But the Bulls rallied in the fifth. Derek Foote hits a line drive down the
right field line scoring a runner from second and the score was tied at 1 to 1.
Still in the fifth, Ed Cordero gets SUPER=37-Salem/1/Durham/6/;all of
this pitch sending it over the left field wall for a two run homer Durham led 3
to 1 and Durham wins it 6 to 1.
Fred McGriff hit a two run homer to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 5 to 3 win
over the St. Louis Cardinals.
SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/FOX SPORTS; :
Braves manager Bobby Cox with a birds eye view of the game.
He didn't like this. In the bottom of the first, Ray Lankford gets all of
this Maddux pitch and sends it over the left centerfield wall for a three run
homer and a 3 to nothing lead.
But the Braves came back trailing 3 to 2 Fred McGriff sends this shot over
the left centerfield wall for a two run homer and the Braves took the 4 to 3
In the 8-th Jeff Blauser hits a SUPER=35-Atlanta/5/St. Louis/3/;line
drive single to right field scoring Michael Tucker and the Braves beat the
Cardinals 5 to 3.
Reliver John Wetteland picked up a win against his old club today as Texas
beat New York 8 to 5 in 10 innings.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/FOX SPORTS; :
Darryl Strawberry in the dugout after being activated last night.
The Rangers led 5 to 4 until the Bottom of the 8-th. That's when Chad
Curtis hits this solo homer over the left field wall to tie the score at 5 to
Then in the top of the 10-th SUPER=35-Texas/7/New York/5/;Domingo Cedeno
strokes this single to right field scoring Juan Gonzalez Texas led 6 to 5 and
the Rangers beat the Yankees 7 to 5 in 10.
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/WOIO; :
In Cleveland, The Indians hosted the Blue Jays.
Matt Williams and Marquis Grissom each homered in a six run seventh inning
to lead Cleveland to an 8 to 4 win.
For all of the scores lets go to the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0092-/Cincinnati/0//Los Angeles/0/1///Chicago/1//San Diego/0/3//;
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, Former Tech Receiver Antonio Freeman has a big day in Toronto
rain wiped out second round qualifying at Michigan.
And Davis Love the third and Justin Leonard are tied after the rain delayed
third round of the P-G-A championship.
After an hour and a half rain Delay, Davis Love the third birdied the 18-th
hole to force a tie for the lead with Justin Leonard after the third round of
the P-G-A championship.
SUPER=03-Mamaroneck, NY/CBS SPORTS; :
Leonard and Love were tied for the lead at 6 under when play was suspended.
Leonard shot a course record 65 to finish the round at seven under par.
Love was the leader throughout most of the round today he finished with a 66
putting him also at 7 under with one round left to play.
Second round leader Lee Janzen and tom Kite are at even Par while Tiger
Woods, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and three others are tied at one over.
Rain hit the Michigan International Raceway this morning washing out the
second round of Winston Cup qualifying for tomorrow's Devilbiss 400
SUPER=03-Brooklyn, MI/espn2; :00
That means the field had to stand on their times from yesterday first round
of qualifying and Darrell Waltrip will start in the 26-th position with a speed
of 181 point 132.
Ricky Rudd is 27-th with a speed of 181 point 087 and here's the rest of the
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-26. Darrell Waltrip/181.182/27. Ricky Rudd//28. Dale Earnhardt//29.
Robby Gordon//30. Joe Nemechek//;
SUPER=0107-31. Michael Waltrip//32. Lance Hooper//33. Kyle Petty//34. Mike
Skinner//35. Bobby Hamilton//;
SUPER=0107-36. Gary Bradberry//37. Brett Bodine//38. Hut Stricklin//39. Jimmy
Spencer//40. Ward Burton//;
SUPER=0107-41. Kenny Wallace//42. Lake Speed//43. Rusty Wallace//;
OUT Q=.....LAST CAR.
For the first time in several years; Virginia heads into this season with
more offensive experience than defensive.
But Steve Mason says the big question is; will all these attacking weapons
on the roster fire correctly.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Winston-Salem,NC/Cavaliers vs. Demon Deacons; :08
SUPER=01-Thomas Jones/UVa Tailback; :15
SUPER=04-Cavaliers vs. Wolfpack; :25
SUPER=01-Germane Crowell/UVa Wide Receiver; :34
SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; :43
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL/1996 Carquest Bowl; 1:29
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; 1:36
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Five starters are back from last season's offense; There will be some new
faces; leading rusher Tiki barber's number has already been handed down and
Thomas Jones has come inot focus as the heir apparent.
A new quartertback also steps in; but Aaron brooks and his receivers aren't
as reserved as Jones when talking about some new offensive strategies going in
If for no other reason than the quarterback controversy between Tim Sherman
and Brooks is over.
Welsh can no allow Brooks to zero in on the mental side of quarterbacking;
which should catch up to his wide array of physical weapons.
That should not be a problem. Both starting receivers from a year ago;
Bryan Owen and Crowell are back. In Charlottesville; Steve Masaon new 7
The Redskins were in Atlanta this evening for a game against the Falcons.
And Washington wins another N-F-L exhibition game beating the Falcons 35 to 31.
SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada/NBC SPORTS; :
In Toronto, The Packer fans were out in full force as Green Bay took on the
In the first quarter, Quarterback Brett Favre hooks up with Former Tech
receiver Antonio Freeman on this 18 yard touchdown pass the Packers led 7 to
The Packer defense was on top of its game on this play in the first quarter
Reggie White gets through for the sack on Bills quarterback Todd Collins.
In the second quarter, Favre goes SUPER=30-Green Bay/35/Buffalo/3/;to the
air again this time hitting Freeman on the 4 yard T-D pass and the Packers beat
the Bills 35 to 3.
Thousands are gathered in Memphis this weekend to mourn 20 years without the
man they call "the king," and to celebrate the music he left behind.
Lee Cowan has more from Memphis. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=A full moon
SUPER=01-Adrian Blackhurst/Elvis Fan
SUPER=01-Brian Blackhurst/Elvis Fan
OUT Q=CBS News, Memphis
And, here in Roanoke Elvis fans remembered the king with a late-night vigil.
The gathering is an annual event attracting long-time fans of the King and
Although it's been 20 years, some find it hard to believe he's gone.
SOT 09.05.12 - 09.05.18
IN Q=I'm here celebrating
((MITCH SHEETZ/ELVIS IMPERSONATOR: I'M HERE CELEBRATING THE DISSAPPEARANCE OF
ELVIS PRESLEY. YOU THINK HE'S STILL ALIVE? YES, I DO.))
SUPER=01-Mitch Sheetz/Elvis Impersonator;
OUT Q=Yes, I do.
The gathering took place at the Mini-Graceland, a small replica of Presley's
estate in Tennessee.
It was built for local fans of the king not able to travel to Memphis,
Tennessee to enjoy the real mansion.