The first women enter the barracks at Virginia Military Institute.
And U-P-S officials and striking Teamsters are back at the bargaining table.
Lingering clouds and spotty showers as a cold front moves through the
But the front'll leave behind milder temperatures for the rest of the
The work week outlook is coming up.
News 7 at noon is next.
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The historic day has arrived in Lexington for some 30 women who are taking
their places in a new class of freshmen cadets at the Virginia Military
Double Boxes=Melanie and Keith/Microwave
Keith Humphrey is on post at VMI
this afternoon. A big day isn't it Keith?
(Keith ad libs)
(Rollcue: in the life of VMI )
SUPER=02-Mjr. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent;
SUPER=02-Jen Jolin/VMI Class of 2001;
OUT Q=I won't have it here.
500 recent high school graduates.
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The women cadets are getting most of the attention today.
But, as Denise Allen explains they're not the only newcomers on campus.
IN Q=They're already arriving
SUPER=01-Col. Mike Strickler/VMI Spokesperson; :13
SUPER=01-Henry James/VMI Junior; 1:04
OUT Q=News 7
(( They're already arriving...no not the first female V-M-I cadets....it's
Col. Mike Strickler expects nearly 1-50 newspeople on post to greet the
school's first female students.
IN Q=WE'LL PROBABLY
((COL. MIKE STRICKLER/VMI SPOKESPERSON: WE'LL PROBABLY HAVE 60 OUTLETS HERE.
TELEVISION WISE WE'LL HAVE 18 TO 20 SATELLITE TRUCKS WILL BE HERE SO IT WILL BE
KIND OF A FRENZY.))
OUT Q=KIND OF A FRENZY
Strickler and his staff have been preparing for this frenzy since February.
But the school has been preparing for the first female cadets for more than
IN Q=the biggest renovation
((STRICKLER: THE BIGGEST RENOVATION PROGRAM WAS IN OUR PHYSICAL EDUCATION
BUILDING. THEY HAD TO KNOCK DOWN HALL WAYS AND MAKE OTHER SHOWERS AND DRESSING
FACILITIES. THAT WAS ABOUT TWO MILLION DOLLARS WE GOT FROM THE STATE.))
OUT Q=FROM THE STATE
More lights were also added around the parade grounds, but the barracks
didn't change much.
Besides women's restrooms, the only other change is shades on the
windows--to be used only when the cadet is changing.
But upperclassmen admit the atmosphere is different.
IN Q=I EXPECT THEM
((HENRY JAMES/VMI JUNIOR: I EXPECT THEM TO BE NERVOUS WITH THE GIRLS AROUND.
IT'S KIND OF DIFFERENT WHEN YOU WALK OUT OF YOUR ROOM AND YOU'RE NOT USED TO
SEEING A FEMALE STANDING THERE.))
OUT Q=FEMALE STANDING THERE
But Henry James says the cadets are ready to welcome the first co-ed class.
He says school officials have a plan and the upperclassmen are ready to
IN Q=DO LIKE WE
((HENRY JAMES: DO LIKE WE NORMALLY DO. WE'RE NOT CHANGING ANYTHING.
EVERYTHING'S GOING JUST FINE. JUST CAUSE THERE'S FEMALES HERE THINGS ARE NOT
GOING TO BE DIFFERENT. EVERYTHING IS JUST FINE.))
OUT Q=IS JUST FINE
Mike Strickler says there is pressure not to repeat the Citadel's mistakes.
But he says they've had time to prepare 31 good female candidates which
should help the school's integration program succeed.
And he says he's looking forward to the quieter days ahead--when the media
Denise Allen News 7.))
Though one tradition is coming to an end today, some are hoping to pick up
where VMI left off.
A group of alumni has decided to start their own all male Christian military
The group plans to start what it calls the Southern Military Institute by
the year 2004.
Start up costs would be about 100 million dollars.
Organizers are looking at a possible location in northern Alabama.
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U-P-S management and Teamsters are back at the bargaining table this
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
The marathon session ended around midnight last night with a teamsters
official sounding pessimistic on whether any progress had been made.
In an interview yesterday, U-P-S President James Kelly renewed his plan to
lay off fifteen thousand strikers and hire replacement workers.
While Teamsters President Ron Carey called that a threat.
IN Q="The last thing
SUPER=01-James Kelly/UPS President and CEO; :00
SUPER=01-Ron Carey/Teamsters President; :07
OUT Q=and regulations."
With the strike entering its third week, the packages continue to pile up.
Despite efforts by other companies to handle the extra volume, many
businesses are losing money.
U-P-S is losing about 300 million dollars.
And workers walking the picket line are making only fifty dollars per week as
the strike drags on.
The U-S Postal service added another day of deliveries to its schedule to
meet the demand due to the U-P-S strike.
The strike has translated into big business for the U-S Postal Service.
So to keep the packages from piling up postal workers are now delivering on
Two carriers out of each office work the extra day on a rotating basis.
IN Q=I THINK IT
((CINDY ASHBY/MAIL CARRIER: I THINK IT CAME AS QUITE A SURPRISE. IT'S BEEN A
REAL SHOCK FOR ME HOW MANY WE'VE HAD. IT'S A LOT MORE THAN THE CHRISTMAS RUSH
EVEN. I THINK WE'RE DOING PRETTY GOOD SO FAR. HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE ABLE TO KEEP
UP WITH IT.))
SUPER=01-Cindy Ashby/Mail Carrier;
OUT Q=KEEP UP WITH IT
Officials say they expect the volume of packages to stay high even after the
Some mail order companies have already committed their future business to
U-S Postal Service.
Two New York City police officers accused of torturing a Haitian immigrant
will be formally charged today with assault and sexual abuse.
Last week Abner Louima (loo-EE'-mah)
was allegedly sodomized with the handle of a toilet plunger inside a Brookyln
As many as five other officers may also face charges.
Meantime, at least two officers have come forward as witnesses to the
A "Swat" team of top U-S government inspectors is descending on the Hudson
Food Plant in Columbus, Nebraska.
The experts will try to trace the source of E- Coli (ee KOH'-ly) bacteria
found in hamburger patties produced at the plant.
One-point-two million pounds of the meat has been recalled.
A preliminary report on what caused the breakout of bacteria is expected
A second request has been made for the F-B-I to investigate a Grayson County
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference wants the F-B-I to investigate
the murder of Garnett Paul Johnson as a hate crime.
The Reverend Curtis Harris of Hopewell is the president of the S-C-L-C's
He says the decision was made after officials visited Elk Creek on Thursday
Louis James Ceparano was charged with capital murder after Johnson's burned
body was found near Ceparano's home.
Another suspect Emmett Cressel Junior also faces first degree murder and
robbery charges in the case.
More serious problems for the Mir space station.
Russian officials say the spacecraft's main computer failed today, but they
say it doesn't threaten the lives of the two Russians and one American on
The failure caused Mir to lose its orientation to the sun, and forced the
crew to shut off some central systems.
It also means another delay in fixing damage caused by a collision with a
cargo craft in June.
Fog in Florida prevented the shuttle Discovery from landing this morning.
So astronauts will spend a 12th day in orbit.
Their mission included releasing a satellite that gathered information on
the Earth's ozone layer.
They retrieved the satelite on Saturday.
The Y-W-C-A of the Roanoke Valley is searching for women survivors of breast
and cervical cancer.
The "Y" is kicking off a new program, "Encore Plus" for women in recovery--
It's all part of a national program offering support, and rehabilitative
exercise-- in the pool, and on dry land.
IN Q=If you've had
((SALLY GRAVELY/YWCA: IF YOU'VE HAD SURGERY,THE RANGE OF MOTION HAS BECOME
LIMITED. SO BY TAKING PART IN THE EXERCISES THEY'LL HAVE A CHANCE TO INCREASE
THAT RANGE OF MOTION. THE EXERCISES ARE NOT AEROBIC IN ANY FORM OR FASHION.
THEY'RE JUST DESIGNED TO HELP THEM REGAIN THE ABILITY THEY MAY HAVE LOST. ))
SUPER=01-Sally Gravely/YWCA; :
OUT Q=MAY HAVE LOST.
"Encore Plus" will also form a support group for patients.
The fee is set on a sliding scale.
Having to sort through old photographs or search for artifacts is
painstaking work for some.
But, it's welcome work for those interested in preserving historic sites
like the American Theatre.
The Roanoke Valley Museum of Theatre History is located on the second floor
of the Jefferson Center.
Though it only occupies a couple of rooms, the museum is crowded with
memorabilia from the stage and the silver screen.
IN Q=And we have an old chair there
((NITA WILLIS/MUSEUM OF THEATRE HISTORY PRESIDENT: AND WE HAVE AN OLD CHAIR
THERE FROM THE RIALTO THEATER AND I WAS TELLING THE STORY THAT WHEN THE
SHOWTIMERS BOUGHT THEM FOR THE LAB THEATER, WE SPENT A WEEK OR SO AND GOT 20
POUNDS OF CHEWING GUM OFF THE BOTTOM OF THE CHAIRS. AND ONE MAN SAID I LEFT A
LOT OF IT THERE. DID YOU SAVE IT FOR ME?))
SUPER=01-Nita Willis/Museum President;
OUT Q=save it for me?
The Museum of Theater History recently published a tribute to the American
Theater, Roanoke's movie palace which was demolished in 1973.
The museum is also holding a membership meeting and an open house Monday
afternoon at 2:30 in the Jefferson Center's Fitzpatrick Hall.
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The state's banking industry has been the target of the latest takeover
In choosing between the banks that remain, however, some experts say your
investment style should factor into your choice.
Len Besthoff has more in this week's edition of Common Sense.
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SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Edward Jones Inc.; :19
OUT Q=Back to the Newsdesk.
IN Q=A wave
((A wave of mergers has left just two independent major banks in the state of
Virginia, and the question is, is it a good time to invest in those stocks?
Ben Hartman with Edward Jones weighs in with his opinion.))
OUT Q=his opinion.
The banks we're talking about include Crestar, based in Richmond, and First
Virginia Bank, of Falls Church.
IN Q=Our philosophy
((BEN HARTMAN/EDWARD JONES INC.: OUR PHILOSOPHY IS TO BUY GOOD QUALITY
INVESTMENTS, WHICH INCLUDE STOCKS IN THE FINANCIAL SECTOR. THE FINANCIAL
SECTOR HAS LED THE BULL MARKET OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS AND CONTINUES TO DO SO
THIS YEAR. WE AT EDWARD JONES LIKE THE FINANCIAL SECTOR. IN TERMS OF
INVESTMENTS. AS FAR AS THESE TWO SPECIFIC COMPANIES, OUR RECOMMENDATION AT
EDWARD JONES IS TO BUY QUALITY STOCKS AND HOLD THEM FOR THE LONG PERIOD. AS
FAR AS THE SPECULATION PLAY, OUR PHILOSOPHY AT EDWARD JONES IS NOT SO MUCH
TOWARDS THE SPECULATIVE SIDE OF INVESTING, BUT MORE TOWARD BUYING QUALITY
INVESTMENTS AND HOLDING THEM FOR THE LONG TERM.))
OUT Q=long term.
IN Q=I'm Len
(( I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it
back to the newsdesk.
Mark Martin took the checkered flag yesterday at the (Da Vill biss)
Devilbiss 400 after trailing the leaders by two laps.
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Pole sitter Johnny Benson dropped back and Mark Martin took the lead with
182 laps left in the race.
The competition was tight all over the track.
Bill Elliott, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon race together, trying to get to
They were running in the top 10 at the time.
Rusty Wallace started last, but he worked his way to the front-- running
14-th at this point of the race.
Then Martin ran into trouble.
The left rear tire on his car went flat, sending him to the pits.
He would go 2 laps down after leading 70 of the first 85 laps.
Jeff Burton led the race.
But after 100 laps, the caution came out because of a drizzle over the
It happened again on lap 124.
Ted Musgrave, who had a fast car all day, took the lead on the restart with
41 laps to go.
Wally Dallenbach's car stalled, bringing out the caution on lap 163.
Martin took the lead-- passing Jeff Gordon with 31 laps to go.
He cruises to victory coming from two laps down because of a flat tire.
IN Q=First audio
((MARK MARTIN/DEVILBISS 400 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Mark Martin/DeVilbiss 400 Winner; :
OUT Q=...........out of control."
Gordon was second, Musgrave third, Ernie Irvan fourth and Dale Jarrett
Jeff Burton finished 8-th.
The Salem Avalanche battled the Durham Bulls last night to wrap-up a
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A nice crowd came out to watch the Avalanche take on the Bulls.
In the top of the fourth, Ed Cordeo hits this high chopper to third base.
Brian Rust scores from third and the Bulls led 2 to nothing.
The Avalance rallied.
In the bottom of the fifth, Chad Gambill hits a grounder to shortstop for a
Tal Light scores from third to make it 3 to 1.
Moments later, Salvador Duverge hits SUPER=37-Salem/2/Durham/4/;a fly ball
and the Bulls' left- fielder makes a diving catch.
But Ben Petrick tags at third to score.
Salem trailed 3 to 2, and Durham wins the game 4 to 2.
Davis Love has won his first major tournament on the P-G-A tour in 12 years.
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Love and Justin Leonard started the day tied at seven under par. Leonard
had an up and down round, but he shot a 71 to finish 5 shots back in second
place, at 6 under par.
Love played steadily throughout his final round, and he was on his way after
this birdie putt at the 8-th hole to go to 10 under par.
Love birdied the final hole for a final round 66-- putting him at 11 under
par for the tournament, and erasing memories of the majors he gave away
throughout his career.
IN Q="I know...
((DAVIS LOVE III/PGA CHAMPION: ))
SUPER=01-Davis Love, III/PGA Champion; :
OUT Q=.....all my life."
Jeff Maggert will also remember his round yesterday. He tied the course
record, shooting a 5 under par 65 to finish in third place at four under. His
round earned him a spot on the Ryder Cup Team.
Here's a question for you, how many tap-dancers does it take to get into
the Guiness Book of World
The answer--six-thousand 6-hundred and seventy six.
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OUT Q=(nats of tap dancing)
That's the number of tap dancers here that performed a routine yesterday in
front of Macy's in New York City.
The tappers beat last year's record of six-thousand six-hundred fifty-four
This was Macy's 19th year as sponsor of Tap-O-Mania.