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Legal steps are taken against photographers who pursued Princess Diana before
Another fatal shooting at a U-S Post office
Plus one week after the Mill Mountain star is re-lit- vandals trash the park.
Showers are lining up along the mountains today but will die down quickly.
More on the forecast in a few minutes.
Improving access to health care in rural areas of southwest virginia.
One tool-- physician assistants-- we'll tell you about a new federal grant.
A Paris judge today places seven photographers are under FORMAL
investigation for involuntary manslaughter and failing to help crash victims.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The investigation is in connection with the deaths of Princess Diana, her
companion Dodi Al Fayed and the driver- Henri Paul.
The action is one step short of actually being charged under French law.
Liz Mullen is in London with the latest.
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(( One by one ---the seven photographers who allegedly chased Princess Diana's
car through the streets of Paris... faced a french judge... and took a step
closer to being charged with involuntary homicide and failing to help at the
scene of an accident. Eyewitness accounts of the moments immediately
following the crash-- are chilling.
JACK FIRESTONE/WITNESS: THERE WAS SUCH A DEEP INTEREST THAT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS
HAD. THEY WERE DOING THESE CLOSEUPS--SNAPPING AS MANY PHOTOGRAPHS AS THEY
COULD-- FROM EVERY CONCEIVABLE ANGLE.
ROBIN FIRESTONE/WITNESS: AS I WAS TURNING AROUND-- I SAW A WOMAN WITH BLOND
HAIR SLUMPED OVER-- WITH HER FACE TURNED -- AND I SAID TO MY HUSBAND AND MY SON
"OH MY GOD-- THERE'S A WOMAN IN THE CAR... AND SHE MUST BE DEAD."
The paparazzi who faced the french judge were placed under formal
investigation. This does not necessarily mean that they are charged with any
crime-- but it does mean-- that the investigation continues.
In London, mourning intensifies-- as the country prepares to bury its beloved
There are lines everywhere... to sign condolence books... to leave flowers
and-- to file through St. James Palace to leave messages of love to Diana--
whose body is lying in a private chapel there-- awaiting burial on saturday.
The invitation-only funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey with nearly
2-thousand paying tribute to Diana. the White House confirms First Lady
Hillary Rodham Clinton will attend the service.))
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As attention focuses on the paparazzi photographers under investigation,
members of the press across the world are feeling the heat.
Washington and Lee journalism ethics professor Lou Hodges say that's not
Hodges says the photographers who pursue celebrities are NOT journalists,
but opportunists, trying to take advantage of big money offered by tabloid
magazines and television shows.
IN Q=The public almost
((LOU HODGES/JOURNALISM ETHICS PROFESSOR; THE PUBLIC ALMOST NEVER MAKES THE
DISTINCTION. IT IS JOURNALIST THAT ARE BLAMED FOR THE MISCONDUCT OF JOURNALIST
MANAGERS, PEOPLE WHO OWN THE STATIONS AND PEOPLE WHO MANAGE FROM THE BUSINESS
SIDE OF IT. SO YES PEOPLE IN JOURNALISM WILL BE CRITICIZED, I THINK WRONGLY.))
SUPER=01-Lou Hodges/Journalism Ethics Professor;
OUT Q=I think wrongly
Hodges says he doesn't expect Parliament or congress to pass any legislation
restricting the press as a result of the accident.
Gunfire erupts at a South Miami Beach post office this afternoon-
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A post office worker apparently opened fire shooting two women-
The gunmen then took off and fatally shot himself in the face outside.
((ALL OF A SUDDEN EVERYONE IN THE POST OFFICE STARTED SCREAMING AND GOING HE'S
GOT A GUN! HE'S GOT A GUN! GET OUT OF HERE. RUN! RUN!))
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Witnesses say a woman was complaining loudly that workers were too slow.
((IT'S UNCLEAR AT THIS PIONT WHETHER THE TWO VICTIMS WERE RELATED TO THIS
INDIVIDUAL WHETHER HE WAS IN SOME TYPE OF ARGUMENT IS UNCLEAR AT THIS POINT.))
SUPER=01-Bobby Hernandez/Miami Beach Police;
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The two women are in critical conditon.
Three Martinsville brothers charged with murder at a Blacksburg hangout
remain behind bars tonight in the Montgomery County jail.
Twenty-four year old Leon Scales and his twin brothers 23-year old Terry and
Kerry Scales were arraigned this morning in general district court.
The suspects were appointed public defenders and face charges of first degree
murder, malicious wounding and a firearms charge.
The trio was arrested Sunday after allegedly killing a Florida man and
wounding a man from Mississippi.
A bond hearing is set for tomorrow morning.
Just one week after the re-lighting of the Mill Mountain star, vandals
damaged the mountain-top park.
Someone broke the cast iron sign at the base of the Star off it's pedastal.
A new wooden sign near one of the walkways was also damaged.
Vandals also took a picnic table and threw it off the new overlook.
City officials don't have a damage estimate yet.
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Danville's police chief says he isn't stepping down, despite that request
from a civil rights group.
So who's to blame for the cargo crash on board the limping space station Mir?
Russian officials issue their report.
On Health Check-- the latest today in treating Muscular Dystrophy--
Some good news in gene therapy-- as well as research funding.
Also coming up-- we head to Rockbridge County for a fundraiser where some
NASCAR drivers are helping out...
Steve Mason has a live report- stay tuned to NEWS-7 at FIVE.
The Danville police chief is ignoring calls for his resignation-- saying
they come from a convicted felon.
Reverend Thomas Motley leads a civil rights group in Danville called
Christians Policing against Corruption.
Motley is asking Chief Neal Morris to resign,
after a white police officer-- Dewey Hancock Junior shot and killed a black
shoplifting suspect last week during a scuffle.
The Chief points to Motley's record-- which includes two felony drug
convictions from 1981 in Henrico County.
IN Q=I can understand
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: I CAN UNDERSTAND A CONVICTED FELON AND
ADMITTED LIAR THAT WOULD CALL FOR A POLICE CHIEF TO RESIGN THAT DOESN'T KNUCKLE
DOWN AND RUN WHEN HE SEES HIM COMING, BUT I'M NOT GOING TO BOW TO SOMEBODY LIKE
OUT Q=somebody like him
Morris says Motley should wait to hear the results of a state police
Meantime, another Danville civil rights group has scheduled a news
Nothing's stopping them now.
Members of the State Board of Education say they WILL vote Thursday on a new
set of standards for accrediting schools.
That's despite passionate pleas today from a legislative Commission on the
Future of Public Education.
IN Q=It became
((DEL. TED BENNETT/D-HALIFAX CO.: IT BECAME FAIRLY CLEAR TO ME HALFWAY THROUGH
THE MEETING THAT THOSE THREE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD HAD MADE UP THEIR MIND THAT
THEY SIMPLY WEREN'T GOING TO RETRACT.))
((CHERI YECKE/STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: WE THINK WE OWE IT TO THE KIDS, TO THE
SCHOOL DIVISIONS, TO THE EDUCATORS TO MOVE AHEAD. THEY HAVE BEEN WAITING ON
MAKING DECISIONS ON STAFFING PATTERNS, CURRICULUM, TEXTBOOKS. THEY HAVE BEEN
WAITING, EVERYONE IS EXPECTING THE VOTE THIS WEEK. SO I DON'T SEE ANY POINT IN
SUPER=01-Cheri Yecke/Va. Board of Education; :09
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Board members pointed out today that any school that can't pass 70- percent
of its students on the new statewide tests has ten years to correct the problem
before it loses accreditation.
Governor George Allen is expected to announce "significant" new funds
tomorrow for helping schools that don't make the grade under the new S-O-As.
Democrat Don Beyer, who's making education the heart of his gubernatorial
campaign, toured a focus school in Danville this morning.
Beyer shook hands and signed notebooks at the Langston Focus Center...a new
branch of G-W High School.
Courses revolve around particular themes, such as business, technology or
The goal is to make classes more exciting, in a city where the number of
poor students is rising-- and a third of all students drop out.
IN Q=This is another
((DON BEYER/(D) CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: THIS IS ANOTHER VERY INNOVATIVE WAY TO
TRY TO KEEP KIDS, REALLY ENGAGING THEM AND GIVING THEM A REASON TO WANT TO COME
TO SCHOOL EVERYDAY.))
Beyer says his opponent,
Republican Jim Gilmore, would transfer public school money to private and
But a Gilmore spokesman says that's just another Beyer lie, that Gilmore
supports focus schools as one of many education options.
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For many of us the summer vacation season is over...
but a little later on NEWS-7 at FIVE we head to the Boardwalk of Atlantic City
where 51- women are prepping for the upcoming Miss America pageant.
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Russian officials are blaming two of their own for the collision that
severely damaged the space station Mir.
But there's confusion tonight over the report- that blames Russian
Cosmonauts for Mir's crash with a cargo ship.
Tonight a space official says the finding isn't final and it could be
overruled. A Russian TV anchor calls the report strange.
The cosmonauts recently returned to earth from Mir after a trouble filled six
They blame run-down equipment on the problem plagued Mir-
If found at fault, the two cosmonauts could be fined for the collison.
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Will Dale Earnhardt make it to Rockbridge County for a fundraiser after
falling asleep at the wheel in Sunday's race? The story tonight in the two
On Health Check-- just how drunk is legally drunk?
We'll look at blood alcohol content-- and this weekend's fatal crash in
There's more NEWS-7 at FIVE in a moment, first a look ahead to NEWS-7 at
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We'll continue our series "G Is For Growth" which is focusing on the
problems in the Bedford County school system..
..with a look at what students were walking into as they headed back to class
Bedford County still has the lowest per- pupil spending rate in Virginia..
and some question whether the county is doing enough for education.
IN Q=The school system
((JOHN KENT/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THE SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS BEEN
UNDERFUNDED WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT IN TERMS OF THE STATE SINCE WE HAVE THE LOWEST
PER PUPIL EXPENDITURE IN THE STATE. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IN
TERMS OF FUNDS AVAILABLE IN BEDFORD COUNTY, I THINK THE SCHOOL SYSTEM'S BEEN
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OUT Q=been treated fairly.
County officials hope a new centralized accounting system will eliminate
some of the mystery over how the school system spends its money.
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G is for Growth-- only on NEWS-7 at Six.
We've been hearing that the driver of the car Princess Diana was riding in
this weekend-- was more than four times France's legal drinking limit.
But just how much is that?
France has one of the strictest driving laws in Europe-- stricter than most
states in this country.
But the French and the Americans measure alcohol content in the blood
It's been reported that the driver of the car had a blood alcohol content
of one-point-87 grams of alcohol per liter of blood.
In American terms-- that translates into a blood alcohol level of MORE THAN
((DR. BOB HOFFMAN/EMERGENCY ROOM PHYSICIAN: THE AVERAGE 170 TO 180 POUND MAN
WOULD HAVE TO DRINK SIX GLASSES OF WINE, A SIX PACK OF BEER OR SIX SHOTS OF
SUPER=01-Dr. Bob Hoffman/Emergency Room Physician;
OUT Q=of hard liquor."
In Virginia, point-oh-eight is classified as drunk driving.
At the level of blood alcohol that Diana's driver tested for-- the chances
of a crash are 600 times greater than if he hadn't been drinking.
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A sizable check today for the College of Health Sciences Physician
It's a federal grant worth more than 390-thousands dollars--- from the
Department of Health and Human Services.
It will provide for training more physician assistants-- especially in
IN Q=A licensed
((CONGRESSMAN RICK BOUCHER/9TH DISTRICT: A LICENSED PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT CAN
PROVIDE UP TO 80-PERCENT OF THE HEALTH CARE SERVICES PROVIDED BY MEDICAL
DOCTORS/ ACCORDINGLY, THE USE OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS CAN INCREASE ACCESS TO
PRIMARY CARE SERVICES, PROMOTE COST SAVINGS AND IMPROVE MEDICAL PRACTICE
OUT Q=practice efficiency.
The grant is aimed at helping rural, medically under-served areas find ways
to offer primary care services.
IN Q=About 85-percent
((HARRY NICKENS/ COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES: THERE IS A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP IF
YOU WILL, BETWEEN THE SUCCESS OF OUR PROGRAMS TO THE QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE
THAT'S BEING DELIVERED TO THE WESTERN PART OF VIRGINIA. ))
SUPER=01-Harry Nickens/College of Health Sciences President; :
OUT Q=part of Virginia.
Duties of the physician assistant commonly include taking medical
histories, performing physical exams, ordering and interpreting lab tests-- as
well as diagnosis and treating illnesses and assisting in surgery.
The charter class enters the Physician Assistant Program this fall-- and
graduates in two years.
The program won't be fully accredited until that class graduates.
A new gene therapy technique for tracking muscle cells shows that attempts
to treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy may work better than doctors thought.
The therapy involves injecting immature muscle cells from healthy donors --
which will then incorporate their D-N-A into the patient's diseased cells.
The trial method could help perfect other gene therapy techniques in
treatments against cancer and heart disease.
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((FOR THIS LABOR DAY, ROLL EM!))
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Meantime, the traditional Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy telethon-- hosted by
Jerry Lewis-- raised a record amount of money this weekend.
The 21-hour long program raised more than 50 million dollars in pledges.
Lewis says the money will accelerate research and help the Muscular
Dystrophy Association maintain medical services for people afflicted with
TIme now for sports--a former TEch football player was in court today on
drunk driving charges.
Plus Rick Mast has enlisted some friends for a Rockbridge County
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Welcome folks to the Tuesday ticker that gets started this afternoon with a
This was supposed to be the night Dale Earnhardt dropped in on Rockbridge
County for a two hour meet the fans autograph session with Rick Mast to benefit
the Rockbridge Area free clinic.
But as you know by now, Earnhardt brushed the wall on the first lap of this
past Sunday's race at Darlington and dropped out with double vision, dizziness
and memory-loss-like symptoms.
He got out of the hospital last night even though doctors are still baffled
by his behavior.
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Steve Mason is at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington where fans are
wondering if Earnhardt will make it to town tonight.
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DOUBLE BOXES MIKE/STEVE
In one other serious note tonight, former Virginia Tech great Bruce Smith was
convicted of drunken driving today in Virginia Beach.
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Bruce was given a 30 day suspended jail term and fined $250 dollars.
The judge also suspended his license for a one year and 90 days.
Three months of that suspension comes from his refusal to take a breath test.
Smith was arrested on July 27th after police found him slumped over the wheel
of his car.
His attorneys plan to appeal the conviction.
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NFL injury news and details of another upset at the US Open coming your way
Take care everybody.
take a break
In just 11 days, the new Miss America will be crowned in Atlantic City
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The 51 hopefuls posed for pictures on the Jersey shore boardwalk in front of
crowds of gawking onlookers.
Besides the traditional crown, the winner gets a 40 thousand dollar
This year the pageant could be memorable-- contestants have the option of
wearing either a bikini or one piece swimsuit.
And following an eight year absence, the District of Columbia will once
again be participating.
In 1989 the national organization yanked the district's franchise-- amid
rumors of misappropriated funds and biased judges.