Up next on News 7 at 6, the VA fires the director of the Salem hospital over
sexual harassment charges.
And as VMI prepares to accept it's first female cadets, the first Corp of
Cadets to admit women, Virginia Tech, accepts it's 24th freshman class.
In sports, A tight third round at the P-G-A championship and Braves and
Cardinals hooked up this afternoon.
And Steve Mason checks in with a report on the Virginia offense and defense
in the pre season.
An Excessive Heat Advisory is up for Lynchburg and Southside-- but if you
live elsewhere, It's very hot for you too.
The steamy details are coming up.
GRAPHIC=Veterans Administration Seal
The Director of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center got his pink slip
John Presley was fired amid sexual harassment allegations.
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.
It took many hours to complete it...
but yesterday morning Goodyear officials reached a shaky deal with union
members in Danville.
The deadline was yesterday at noon for this six-year local contract...
a rather uneventful close compared to the two week walkout that surrounded
national negotiations in May.
Both sides refuse to comment on the new local contract until it's ratified.
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
A company has to pay a state fine for misapplying weedkillers that spread to
a farm near Covington.
The state says Bluestone Farms was wrong to let herbicides drift from their
corn fields to some private homes.
The chemicals damaged trees, and were applied close to a couple of wells.
The state didn't say how much the fines will be. The company CAN appeal the
According to published reports the ex-boyfriend of a former Miss Virginia
has been convicted of maliciously injuring her.
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.
Your credit history is on-line... or at least it was.
One of the country's largest credit reporting companies began offering
on-line credit histories for 8 dollars this week, but technical problems shut
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
It's been 100 days since Jim Gilmore released his personal tax forms and Don
Beyer said he would do the same.
And NO surprise: the Republicans are counting.
IN Q=Why won't Don
((RANDY FORBES/REPUBLICAN PARTY OF VA.: WHY WON'T DON RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS?
IS HE HIDING SOMETHING? DOES HE PAY TAXES? IS HE JUST BUYING TIME TO HIDE
SUPER=01-Randy Forbes/Republican Party of Va.;
OUT Q=the truth?
The Republican Party of Virginia gave Beyer an H&R Block gift
certificate...and shared a celebratory cake to mark the occasion.
A spokeswoman for Beyer says his accountants are still working on separating
his earnings out of his family's car dealership.
Spokeswoman Page Boinest (BOY-nest) says it speaks volumes about the
Republicans that they're eating cake over a NON-issue, while Beyer is out
talking about things of importance to Virginians.
SUPER=82-0.36''/minus 1.73''/20.24''/minus 5.32'';
SUPER=83-Down 1.76 feet/Down 0.45 foot;Lake levels
On Monday female cadets will arrive on post at Virginia Military Institute
for the first time in the history of the school.
But today Virginia Tech welcomes women soldiers just as it's done for the
past 24 years.
Denise Allen has more on the first corp of cadets to admit women.
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.))
Cybermotion has landed a deal to sell its robotic security systems to Lucent
The Roanoke company adds this contract may be just the tip of the iceberg.
To help get it on the fast track, Cybermotion has armed itself with a new
marketing approach developed by an ad agency just down the street.
Len Besthoff explains.
IN Q=Robots that can
SUPER=01-John Holland/Cybermotion Founder; :17
SUPER=01-Bill Thomasson/Exec. VP The Packett Group; 1:05
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Robots that can do a better and cheaper job than conventional security
Cybermotion of Roanoke thought its concept would catch on quickly,
especially after landing an account at a big pharmaceutical company.
SOT TAPE ONE 5:47:27
((JOHN HOLLAND/CYBERMOTION FOUNDER: OPTIMISTICALLY WE THOUGHT WE'D DO A GOOD
JOB FOR THEM AND THEN IN A YEAR OR SO THE PARADE WOULD BEAT A PATH TO OUR DOOR
AS IT WERE, AND OF COURSE IT WAS HARDER THAN THAT.))
OUT Q=than that.
But nearly a decade after going into business, Cybermotion's believes it's
finally on the verge of substantial growth.
The robot maker has increased its size, its employment, and most
importantly, its sales.
SOT TAPE ONE 5:49:06
IN Q=Because of
((JOHN HOLLAND/CYBERMOTION FOUNDER: BECAUSE OF THE ACCEPTANCE THAT WE'VE BEEN
SEEING WE THOUGHT IT'S TIME TO GET A REALLY PROFESSIONAL ADVERTISING FIRM IN,
TO LOOK AT THIS THING, BECAUSE THAT'S NOT OUR BUSINESS.))
OUT Q=our business.
The company has hired a local firm to come up with a large scale campaign to
take it to the next level.
The Packett Group admits the robots aren't easy to market, but it determined
Cybermotion needs to downplay the idea that its product replaces humans...with
a pitch like this.
SOT TAPE ONE 5:40:38
IN Q=Well, you
((BILL THOMASSON/EXEC. VP THE PACKETT GROUP: WELL YOU KNOW RIGHT NOW YOU'VE
GOT THE SAME SENSORS AND THE SAME DETECTION GOING ON RIGHT NOW ALL OVER YOUR
BUILDING. REALLY WHAT CYBERMOTION HAS DONE HAS TAKEN THAT AND PUT IT ONTO A
MOBILE PLATFORM. SO DON'T THINK OF IT AS A ROBOT.))
OUT Q=a robot.
SOT TAPE 2 06:20:28
IN Q=Now this
((Now this advertising push is the first step in a long path for Cybermotion
and its robots. If the campaign does prove successful, the company hopes
within three years to sell its stock to the public. Len Besthoff, News-7.))
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
Drug raids make big news.
Vice officers often net dozens 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
The tenant of the new penthouse on Mill Mountain moved in this morning.
Boris the snow leopard has the best view of the valley from his new house at
the mountain-top zoo.
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.
And coming up, Highlights from the P-G-A championship Rain wipes out second
round qualifying at Michigan.
And the Braves pick up a big win on the road against the St. Louis
Play was suspended at a little after five this afternoon in the third round
of the P-G-A championship at Winged Foot.
SUPER=03-Mamaroneck, NY/CBS SPORTS; :
Tiger Woods twice had his score under par here he knocks in the birdie putt
at 16 to go to 2 under but he finished the round at 1 over par.
Justin Leonard made a move today he would tie Davis Love the Third with
this birdie putt at the 15-th hole with three left to play.
Love would answer that when he rolled in this birdie putt at the 11-th hole
to push his score to six under par.
Love and Leonard were tied at six under par. Love at the 14-th hole and
Leonard at 17.
Last night in Salem, The Avalanche upped its win streak to three games by
beating the Durham Bulls. But the victory didn't help the team in the
Standings. Salem remains four games behind Southern Division leading Kinston.
SUPER=03-Salem/Avalanche vs Bulls; :
Mugsy had the Bulls running before the game started.
In the top of the second Mark Derosa fires this shot to right field
scoring a run and the Bulls took a one to nothing lead in the inning.
Salem would get on the board in the bottom of the third when Tal Light hits
SUPER=37-Salem/7/Durham/3/;this shot to the centerfielder who can't hold the
ball Garrett Newbart scores to tie it and Salem wins it by a score of 7 to 3.
Salem is at home again tonight hosting Durham.
Braves pitcher Greg Maddux improved his record to 16 and 3 as the Braves
beat St. Louis 5 to 3.
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.
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
SUPER=330-Fair/& Muggy/70-76/Sunny- Very/Hot & Humid/93-97;
SUPER=331-Fair/& Muggy/75-80/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