Coming up on News 7 at Six--
area U-P-S workers are back on the job, but will customers return as well?
We'll have a live report.
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In sports, our Friday Football Extra pre season scouting reports take us to
Danville, the best golfers in the Valley compete at Ole Monterey,
and the latest on the violent encounter in Redskins camp between Michael
Westbrook and Stephen Davis.
Heavy rains in southern Virginia and now cooler air on the way. Your
complete 5 day forecast is coming up.
Today is the first day United Parcel Service workers are making pick-ups and
Double Boxes=Jean and Tonya/Microwave
Tonya Flory is live at the UPS hub in Roanoke.
Tonya, after more than two weeks of picketing, how are UPS employees doing
back on the job?
ad lib...no bad feelings along their routes today...
(Rollcue:"but everyone involved says even though Teamsters demands are being
met...in a situation like this no one really comes out on top.")
IN Q=Nobody wins
SUPER=01-Donald Thaxton/UPS Driver; :00
SUPER=01-Warren King/Southwest Division Manager; :07 quick
SUPER=01-Stephanie Hicks/UPS Customer; :28 quick
OUT Q=we missed you, we did
IN Q=Nobody wins
((DONALD THAXTON/UPS DRIVER:NOBODY WINS ON A STRIKE, BUT WE GOT A LOT OF THINGS
WE WERE ASKING FOR SO YAY IN THAT SENSE WE WON))
OUT Q=we won.
((WARREN KING/SUPERVISOR:I THINK OUR CUSTOMERS LOST BY US NOT BEING ABLE TO
SERVE THEM, I THINK THE EMPLOYEES LOST BY BEING PULLED OUT ON STRIKE WHICH I
FEEL IS UN-NECESSARY AND THE COMPANY LOST A LOT OF IT'S CUSTOMERS CONFIDENCE,
SO THERE'S NO REAL WINNERS.))
OUT Q=real winners
UPS management says it is the big businesses that will turn away from the
delivery service. Small business will just be happy for the end of the
strike...and the return of their UPS guys...
IN Q=But we love
((STEPHANIE HICKS/UPS CUSTOMER:BUT WE LOVE STEVE AND WE ARE GLAD TO HAVE HIM
OUT Q=him back.
The company says morale between union and management is good and now the
challenge is getting 100-percent of the customers back.
IN Q=I know it
((DONALD THAXTON/UPS DRIVER:I KNOW IT TURNED A LOT OF PEOPLE AGAINST UPS, BUT
WE'RE A GOOD SERVICE AND I HOPE WE CAN GET THEM ALL BACK))
OUT Q=all back
Not all customers are as forgiving, local mail order giant Orvis ships
25-percent of it's packages UPS--now company officials say they will only give
half of that business back to UPS--the remainder will stay with the post
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Post office business up...
Tonya, are all 600 Roanoke employees back on the job?
Four men have quit so far but 30 women have made it through the toughest day
at Virginia Military Institute.
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Keith Humphry is there to tell us how they fared.
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SUPER=02-Jen Jolin/VMI Rat;
SUPER=01-Jennifer Buettner/Texas A & M Exchange Student;
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OUT Q=deposited them here overnight
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Lynchburg authorities do not suspect foul play in the deaths of an elderly
husband and wife who died within minutes of each other last night.
Police say 92- year- old Lloyd Smith found his 84- year- old wife in the
bathroom of their Clayton Avenue home.
Augusta Smith apparently had died of natural causes.
Her husband went next door to ask a neighbor for help, but fell down outside
the house, hitting his head on the driveway.
That's where the neighbor found him around 7:15 this morning.
An autopsy will be performed tomorrow, but police believe Smith died from
the head injury.
A search for a robbery suspect in Amherst County turned up empty this
Deputies got a tip that a man wanted on robbery charges in (faw-KEER)
Fauquier County was at his sister's home in Monroe.
When they arrived, however, the suspect fled into the nearby woods.
Police spent several hours stopping cars and searching the area with no
The suspect is 20-year old Charles E. Thomas.. described by police as a
white male, about 5 feet 5 inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes.
He was wearing a white t-shirt and boxers when he was last seen.
Anyone with information should call the Amherst County sheriff's department.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Residents of one rural county are defending their community's reputation
following a murder that's getting national attention. That story is next on
News 7 at Six.
and a new approach for helping children who have learning problems--a
different kind of computer game.
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Virginia's Attorney General calls the decapitation murder of a black man in
Grayson County "one of the most wantonly vile, depraved, and horribly inhumane
acts one can imagine."
And he's concerned the nation will think southwest Virginians are
"backwards" and "racist."
But Attorney General Richard Cullen says there's a good reason why Grayson
County authorities have NOT labelled the murder a hate crime.
IN Q=They want
((RICHARD CULLEN/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THEY WANT THIS GUY IF HE'S CONVICTED TO
GET THE DEATH PENALTY. AND THEY'RE MAKING SURE THAT THEY DON'T SAY ANYTHING
THAT WOULD TAKE AWAY FROM THAT. So-- WHAT I'M SAYING IS THAT I THINK THERE
ARE DUAL MOTIVATIONS HERE. THIS MAN WAS KILLED, IN MY VIEW, BECAUSE THEY
WANTED TO ROB HIM. AND ALSO RACISM PLAYED A ROLE IN THEIR ULTIMATE DECISION.))
OUT Q=ultimate decision.
So by focusing on a racist motivation, authorities would actually weaken the
robbery case needed to get a death sentence instead of life in prison.
Cullen has written to Attorney General Janet Reno asking her to continue the
federal civil rights probe -- but AFTER the state prosecutes its two suspects.
There's little doubt Grayson County residents are stunned by the brutal
nature of the killing.
Many are also concerned about the negative publicity focused on the county
because of the racial allegations surrounding the crime.
Teresa Hamilton explains.
IN Q=When I
SUPER=03-Grayson Co.; :15
SUPER=01-Ervin Phipps/Grayson Co. Resident; :24
SUPER=01-Margaret Reeves/Grayson Co. Resident; 1:13
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Grayson Co.
IN Q=When I
((ERVIN PHIPPS/GRAYSON CO. RESIDENT: WHEN I THINK ABOUT IT, IT RUNS COLD CHILLS
OUT Q=over me.
Ervin Phipps is still struggling with his friend's murder.
Garnett "G-P" Johnson was the only black man at a drinking party-- when he
was doused with gasoline, burned and later decapitated.
At least one witness told reporters she heard someone say "we're going to
take G-P out there and put him on that white cross and burn him".
IN Q=I think
((ERVIN PHIPPS/GRAYSON CO. RESIDENT:I THINK IT WAS RACIAL BECAUSE HE WAS THE
ONLY BLACK THERE AMONG ALL THE WHITE FRIENDS, SUPPOSED TO BE FRIENDS, I MEAN, I
CAN'T SEE IT ANY OTHER WAY. ))
OUT Q=other way.
The state-N-double-A-C-P is also convinced the crime was racially motivated.
Two white men-- raised outside Grayson County-- are charged with Johnson's
But Phipps, who grew up here, believes the alleged events surrounding his
friend's death are isolated- that racism is NOT rampant.
IN Q=In the years
((ERVIN PHIPPS/GRAYSON CO. RESIDENT:IN THE YEARS THAT I'VE LIVED HERE, I'VE
KNOWN NOTHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN. ))
OUT Q=to happen.
About 16- thousand people live in Grayson County, approximately 96- percent
Margaret Reeves was born in Elk Creek, 66- years ago.
IN Q=I can't
((MARGARET REEVES/GRAYSON CO. RESIDENT: I CAN'T SAY NOTHING ABOUT ELK CREEK
CAUSE EVERYBODY WAS JUST SWEET AND NICE, THE WHITE PEOPLE AND THE BLACK FOLKS,
GOT ALONG, I NEVER DID HAVE ANY TROUBLE WHEN I LIVED OVER THERE. ))
OUT Q=over there.
Few people we approached were willing to talk publicly, but off camera, the
comments were pretty much the same, Grayson County is a beautiful place to live
and raise a family.
Residents upset over the publicity point to Grayson's crime rate-- murders,
they say, are rare-- on average-- less than one a year.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Grayson County.))
For the second time in a month, First Union has cut a deal with a Virginia
In July it bought Signet.
Now it's creating the largest retail brokerage in the Southeast.
The Charlotte bank has bought Wheat First Butcher Singer, a Richmond
The two companies don't anticipate any major changes in employment,
including the half dozen Wheat First locations in our area.
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IN Q=This is
((MARC ROSE/WHEAT FIRST BUTCHER SINGER: THIS IS NOT A COST CUTTING DEAL. AND
SO WE EXPECT THAT HOPEFULLY WE'LL GROW AND OPEN UP MORE OFFICES AND REALLY TAKE
THIS BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL.))
SUPER=01-Marc Rose/Wheat First Butcher Singer;
OUT Q=next level.
Wheat First will still have separate offices, just under the new name "Wheat
First Union will pay 471-million dollars, in the form of stock, to complete
Stocks closed higher today, putting on a final hour burst of speed for the
third straight session.
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The Dow gained 103 points to finish at eight thousand 21.
NASDAQ was UP 28 points, two points shy of a record.
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Up to ten percent of all children have language impairments-- trouble
distinguishing and responding to certain elements of speech.
Connie Stevens reports, in Roanoke County there's now a high-tech way to
help these kids.
IN Q=Sometimes it manifests
SUPER=01-Aditi Silverstein/Innovative Therapies; :00
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :16
SUPER=04-Scientific Learning Corporation; :31
SUPER=01-Paul Walker/Fast ForWord Student; :47
OUT Q=CS. News 7.
((ADITI SILVERSTEIN/INNOVATIVE THERAPIES: SOMETIMES IT MANIFESTS IN A
PROCESSING DIFFICULTY WHERE YOU ASK A CHILD A QUESTION AND YOU KNOW THEY HEARD
YOU, BUT THEY DON'T ANSWER OR YOU ASK THEM AN INSTRUCTION TO DO SOMETHING, THEY
DON'T REMEMBER ALL PARTS OF IT. ))
OUT Q=all parts of it.
Aditi Silverstein wants to stop the far-reaching consequences of
language-learning impairments in their tracks-- problems speaking, reading and
Her weapon-- a computer program called Fast For Word-- a sort-of aerobic
workout for the brain.
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OUT Q=NAT SOUND
Fast For Word uses slowed-down processed speech.
Despite the repetitive actions, these games grab kids' attention-- they're
rewarded with high scores.
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IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q= NAT SOUND
IN Q=The really fun
((PAUL WALKER: THE REALLY FUN GAME IS THE ONE WITH THE FARM AND I HAD TO CATCH
THE ANIMALS AND I HAD A LOT OF POINTS. ))
OUT Q=a lot of points.
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OUT Q=NAT SOUND
Silverstein says she's seen kids make gains of up to two years in
language-learning skills-- in just six-to-eight weeks.
IN Q=So these
((ADITI SILVERSTEIN: SO THESE CHILDREN ARE NOW TALKING MORE.THEY ARE
UNDERSTANDING MORE, ONE MOTHER TOLD ME HER CHILD FOR THE FIRST TIME-- AN EIGHT
YEAR OLD-- GOT A JOKE AND LAUGHED AT IT, THEY'RE FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS, MANY OF
THE CHILDREN ARE DOING MUCH BETTER WITH THEIR READING SKILLS. ))
OUT Q=reading skills.
This program will not replace speech therapy-- but may bring better,
faster, results for both teacher and student.
Connie Stevens, News 7.
The reskins punish wide receiver Michael Westbrook for punching a teammate
in practice, the Rockies cut a former Salem Avalanche rehab patient,
and our Friday Football Extra cameras spotlight Ed martin and his G.W.
GRAPHIC=Redskins training camp
The Washington Redskins have issued their initial punishment on wide
Receiver Michael Westbrook for his violent outburst yesterday at training camp.
During a normal training camp practice all was going well until Westbrook
jumped on running back Stephen Davis and punched him repeatedly in the face.
Coach Norv Turner quickly kicked Westbrook out of practice.
Westbrook WILL NOT make the trip to Miami for tomorrow nights exhibition
game with the Dolphins. Turner made the announcement today after the morning
Our preseason high school football roundup continues tonight as we check in
with the George Washington Eagles.
Ed Martin's team is coming off another stellar year in which it made it all
the way to the Division 6 championship game.
But gone from that team are all-american Tyrone Robertson and several other
IN Q="Well we lost...
SUPER=01-Ed Martin/G.W. Danville Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...THIS YEAR."
The Eagles are ready to showcase their 1997 team this Friday night at the
high school in their annual six team Jamboree that gets underway at four and
runs until nine o'clock.
IN Q="We have...
OUT Q=...GOOD JAMBOREE."
WIPE TO BOARD FULL SCREEN
And don't forget, our Friday Football Extra pre-season special kicks off at
11:35 this Friday night. Be sure to tune in to your Hometown station for our
1997 Friday Football Extra debut.
The Salem Avalanche is back on the memorial Stadium diamond tonight against
the Lynchburg Hillcats.
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Colorado Rockies pitcher Billy Swift, who rehabbed with the Salem Avalanche
last August, has been released by the Major League organization. Swift was 14
and 10 but was often injured and on the DL.
PGA rookie Chip Sullivan is back on tour this week at the Greater Vancouver
Chip spent about the last two weeks here in Roanoke playing in a pro-am at
Hanging Rock and visiting with family and friends; but it's back to work.
((CHIP SULLIVAN/PGA ROOKIE:))
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OUT Q=...on the weekend"
The valley's biggest high school golf tournament, the McLelland Metro
Classic, wrapped up late this afternoon over at Ole Monterey, but not before
producing a nail biting finish.
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North Cross's Brandon LaCroix strolled up to the 16th green with what
appeared to be a comfortable two shot lead on Patrick Henry's Lee Taylor.
But Taylor amazingly made up those two shots and one more, with two birdies
an par to win the individual title.
The key was this approach shot on 18, that set up the eventual birdie putt
for the win.
IN Q="I hit it...
((LEE TAYLOR/MCLELLAND METRO WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Lee Taylor/McLelland Metro Winner; :00
OUT Q=...LUCKY THERE."
Taylor shot a 68 today to go with yesterday's 71 at the Water's Edge.
Patrick Henry also won the team title.
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That's News 7 at Six.
Coming up later tonight--- Elvis fans take note-- a new restaurant near
Smith Mountain Lake pays homage to the King.
In just its second day of operation-- the owners of the Graceland Cafe and
Starlite Lounge say they've been swamped with more Elvis fans than they can
and sports tonight on News 7 at 11.
We'll join the fray tonight, plus we'll have all the latest news, weather,