Coming up next on News 7 at 11...
Police blow up a suspected bomb at the Roanoke UPS hub.
Danville Soldiers returning in Bosnia have to wait for their homecoming.
And mourners in India pay their final respects to Mother Theresa.
News 7 at 11 is next.
A package with the words "letter bomb" written on it caused quite a scare at
a local UPS plant.
A company manager called police after another employee found it.
The worker then took the package to Roanoke City police waiting outside who
called in state police bomb technicians.
They blew up the package and it DID NOT have explosives in it.
It appears the package was sent from out of state.
Roanoke City police are continuing to investigate.
A 25-year old memo is causing some problems for John Hager, the Republican
candidate for lieutenant governor.
use file from P-Hager, 597-34; E-Hager, 97-35
In 1972, Hager was working for American Tobacco and he wrote about
ways to raise the nicotine levels in cigarettes.
The memo came up again during Hager's pretrial testimony this summer in a
Pennsylvania lawsuit against cigarette makers.
Hager says the memo answered a
He also says that American Tobacco didn't control nicotine levels in its
In an article about the memo in the Richmond-Times Dispatch, Hager responded
through his spokesman by saying -- quote "I feel like I've been raped."
From heads of state to the poorest of the poor, they paid a final tribute to
Mother Teresa in India today.
So many people came out to mourn, police had to use force to keep them back.
Reporter David Crabtree shows us the view from the street.
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SUPER=01-Jon Gomes/Mourner; 1:21
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Elton John's remake of Candle in the Wind is expected to top the charts by
The CD's went on sale at midnight last night in London.
Most major record chains sold out by noon.
The proceeds go to Princess Diana's charities... the British Government has
even waived its right to the sales tax.
SOT 15:22:34 (first 2)
IN Q=It makes you cry
((SHOPPER; IT MAKES YOU CRY, ITS WONDERFUL, IT'S REAL NICE, IT'S LOVELY.
SHOPPER; I WANT TO GIVE TO THE CONTRIBUTION, I'M SORRY, STILL UPSET, AND IT'S
MY OWN LITTLE TOKEN.
AMERICAN SHOPPER; THEY'RE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS BACK IN THE UNITED STATES. WE FELT
IT WOULD BE SOMETHING GOOD ADN THE CONTRIBUTIONS ARE GOING TO A VERY GOOD
OUT Q=very good cause
The CD's go on sale in the United States next week.
Soldiers who served in Bosnia are finally on their way home to Danville
tonight following earlier delays.
Many of their loved ones were waiting in Danville for the homecoming, but
were disappointed by last minute changes.
IN Q=nat sound
((nat sound of band playing))
At least five hundred people waited for hours under a hot sun to welcome
home the troops.
The crowd ranged from family members to police chiefs to congressmen.
Some brought signs, others family pets.
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But at Fort Benning, the soldiers were stuck with a military plane that
The Danville national guard unit went to Atlanta on buses and flew to
IN Q=Feeling relieved
((KRISTEN WILES: FEELING RELIEVED THEY WON'T BE GETTING ON A PLANE WITH
SOMETHING WRONG WITH IT BUT IRRITATED IT TOOK THIS LONG TO BE TOLD WHAT WAS
SUPER=01-Kristen Wiles/Soldier's Wife; RUNS=:09
OUT Q= home pretty soon
An awards ceremony for the soldiers will be held tomorrow afternoon at the
National Guard Armory in Danville.
A federal grant is paving the way for nearly two dozen new jobs in Pulaski
Congressman Rick Boucher and local dignitaries were on hand for the
Aeromotive Systems Incorporated is leasing a shell building from the town
of Dublin-- which was renovated using federal funds.
The company makes parts for trucks at the Volvo G-M plant in Dublin. It's is
planning to hire 20-workers.
IN Q=That is
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D-NINTH DISTRICT: THAT IS A REFLECTION OF THE TREMENDOUS
GROWTH THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE AT THE VOLVO G-M PLANT ITSELF, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY
IT IS A REFLECTION OF THE DEDICATION AND COMMITTMENT OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS
TOWN TO PROGRESS, BEING ABLE TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE, MAKING SURE THAT A PLAN IS
IN PLACE THAT WILL BRING PROSPERITY, EFFICIENT MUNICIPAL SERVICES AND ECONOMIC
GROWTH TO THE TOWN'S RESIDENTS.))
OUT Q=town's residents.
A company spokesman says the jobs will pay about seven dollars an hour.
Residents of Day and Marshall Avenues are fighting crime with trash or the
lack of it.
During the past few years, neighbors have picked up tons of trash and in the
process reduced the crime rate.
This is Block Pride Five.
Residents with the help of Roanoke City get together to clean up the
community and plant trees.
Members of the Day and Marshall Neighborhood Association sponsored the
semi-annual event that helped reduce crime by a record 45-percent.
IN Q=you can accomplish
((CHRIS MUSE/BLOCK PRIDE FIVE: YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS VERY QUICKLY. ALL YOU
NEED TO DO IS GET PEOPLE TOGETHER, GET PEOPLE TO CARE AND GET THEM TO START.
JUST REACH DOWN AND PICK UP THE TRASH, MOW THE LAWNS AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR
SUPER=01-Chris Muse/Block Pride Five;
OUT Q=OF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Chris Muse says the best part of the event is that it brings the
In the future they hope it evolves into a festival.
Not an inch of dirt was disturbed for the "ground breaking" of Virginia
Tech's new Advanced Communications and Information Technology Center.
But those in attendance did get a peak INSIDE the 25 million dollar
The video was created in the engineering multi-media lab.
The simulation took audience members down hallways and into the classrooms
of the new center.
IN Q=IS A REPRESENTATION
((LARRY HINCKER/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS: IS A REPRESENTATION OF THE NEW BUILDING
WITHOUT ACTUALLY SEEING THE BUILDING. IT WAS MADE BY ENTERING A LOT OF POINTS
OF DATA SO WE CAN LOOK AT THE BUILDING IN 360 DEGREES.))
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/University Relations;
OUT Q=in 360 degrees
The new 150-thousand square foot building will allow faculty to teach
students in virtual-reality rooms and explore new forms of Internet-based
The country is too connected to the Internet -- that according to a
More on that and other on-line news in this week's WebWatch.
IN Q=The commission says
The commission says the nation's power, water, finance and emergency systems
are relying more on connections like the Internet, and failure could cause
It recommends increasing the nation's finacial committment to protecting
Internet infrastructure to a billion dollars over the next 7 years.
Internet fraud is increasing. The National Consumer League says complaints
to its Fraud Watch site have tripled over the past year.
The biggest problems, undelivered on-line services, merchandise that never
arrives, and pyramid schemes.
The Fraud-Watch site contains a list of ways you can protect yourself.
The Roanoke Regional Airport is on-line.
It's new web page includes a flight schedule, and links to the various
airlines that use the terminal.
If you're a race-fan, the NASCAR page is an absolute MUST.
The official site contains qualifying and final results for all the races.
You can keep track of the points standings...
And find out more about your favorite driver.
To visit all these sites, rev up your keyboard and race to the WebWatch page
on the WDBJ website, at WWW-dot-WDBJ7-dot-com.))
Woody Harrelson is known for getting in trouble in the name of causes he
supports, but yesterday he was arrested for another reason.
After a protest rally in Houston, Harrelson got in a car without putting on
Police stopped him and he refused to sign the ticket.
He was taken to jail, but decided to pay the 95 dollar fine to avoid an
Harrelson said he considered it a crime without a victim.
IN Q=so we wanted
((WOODY HARRELSON/ACTOR; SO WE WANTED TO GO BEFORE A MAGISTRATE AND SEE IF WE
COULD WORK THAT OUT, UNFORTUNATELY THAT WOULD BE TOMORROW AND THEY SAY THE
FIFTH FLOOR ISN'T MUCH FUN SO I CHICKENED OUT I GUESS. ))
OUT Q=I guess
Harrelson left the jail with his seatbelt firmly in place.
When you think of gold mining, pictures of the old west probably come to
But maybe you should be thinking about a stream in rural Southwest Virginia.
Denise Allen explains.
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SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Van Wimmer/Roanoke Valley Mineral & Gem Soc.; :07
SUPER=01-Tom Wurtz/Roanoke Valley Mineral & Gem Soc.; :42
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=nat sot
These people are prospecting along the Little River in Floyd County.
IN Q=WE'RE LOOKING FOR
((VAN WIMMER/ROANOKE VALLEY MINERAL AND GEM SOCIETY: WE'RE LOOKING FOR GASPER
WHICH IS A STONE THAT YOU CAN POLISH AND MAKE JEWELRY OUT OF AND SOME OF THE
PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR GOLD.))
OUT Q=FOR GOLD
Actually that's gold-dust.
Southwest Virginia is a good place to look for semi-precious stones and
Precious stones are more likely found out west.
IN Q=A DIAMOND
((A DIAMOND IS FACETED, THAT'S A STONE WITH ANGLES ON IT AND A SEMI-PRECIOUS IS
A STONE YOU CAN POLISH.))
OUT Q=YOU CAN POLISH
IN Q=SOUND OF PERSON MOVING ROCKS
Members of the Roanoke Valley Mineral and Gem Society use the stones for
artwork and jewelry.
Most of this prospecting is done on public property.
IN Q=as long as
((TOM WURTZ/ROANOKE VALLEY MINERAL AND GEM SOCIETY: AS LON AS YOU DON'T USE
ANY KIND OF MACHINERY LIKE A BULLDOZER OR A BACK HOE. HAND HELD TOOLS LIKE A
GOLD PAN, A SCREEN, OR A SHOVEL.))
OUT Q=OR A SHOVEL
IN Q=BUT YOU CAN'T
((BUT YOU CAN'T FIND ENOUGH BY THAT METHOD TO MAKE A LIVING AT IT. ALTHOUGH
THERE ARE PEOPLE IN ROANOKE COUNTY MAKING A LIVING HUNTING GOLD AND WHEN THEY
FIND A GOOD SPOT THEY USUALLY DON'T SHARE IT WITH ANYBODY.))
OUT Q=IT WITH ANYBODY
But for most of the members of the Mineral and Gem Society wealth is not the
reason for the prospecting.
It's a hobby like any other.
IN Q=I JUST LIKE
((I JUST LIKE BEING OUT SIDE. YOU KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE TRIED HUNTING. IT'S
ABOUT TIME THEY TRIED GOLD MINING.))
OUT Q=TRIED GOLD MINING
These people have.
And what they've found is...some of what glitters IS gold.
Denise Allen News 7.))
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The Virginia Cavaliers struggled today but managed to beat Richmond 26 to 7
at Scott Stadium.
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U-V-A came into today's game hoping to crush the Spiders and pick up its
first victory of the season.
Early in the first quarter Richmond would go to the ground attack on this
carry Jasper Pendergrass would have the ball striped and U-V-A's Andreas
Karelis recovers on the Spider 35 yard line.
Several Plays later Aaron Brooks hands the ball to Thomas Jones he leaps
over the goal line for the two yard touchdown and Virginia led 17 to nothing.
With five seconds left in the first SUPER=36-Virginia/26/Richmond/7/;half
Brooks attempts this 38 yard pass to Germaine Crowell who catches the ball in
the end zone but can't hold on as the Cavaliers win it 26 to 7.
In Lexington this afternoon, Second Ranked William and Mary rallied in the
second half to beat V-M-I 41 to 12.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Keydets vs Indians; :
The VMI Coaching staff was hoping to get the Keydets their first win of the
season by scalping the Tribe.
V-M-I's defense would be tough in the first quarter as Keydet defensive end
Jordan Clark breaks through the line and Sack Tribe quarterback for a 9 yard
VMI would end the first quarter with their first score of the day. Al
Lester hands off to Avi Hopkins who scoots in on the 9 yard run The Keydets led
12 to 3.
The Tribe would strike back early SUPER=36-VMI/12/William & Mary/41/;in
the second quarter as Mike Cook hooks up with David Conklin who takes it in 44
yards for the score to make it 12 to 10 and The Tribe wins it 41 to 12.
Purdue upsets Notre Dame this afternoon.
And former U-V-A assistant coach Tom O'Brian got his first win as a head
coach today as Boston College upset West Virginia.
For all the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0101-/VMI/12/j/Wm. & Mary/41////Richmond/7/j/Virginia/26///;
SUPER=0101-j/Virginia Tech#22/31//Syracuse/3///j/Clinch Valley/7//Ferrum/0///;
SUPER=0101-/E. Tenn. St/27/j/JMU/32///j/Gettysburg/33//Hampden-Sydney/7///;
SUPER=0101-j/Liberty/17//W. Carolina/10///j/Hampton U./49//Howard U./21///;
SUPER=0101-j/Catholic/35//Bridgewater/0////Wash. & Jeff./10/j/Emory &
SUPER=0101-/W & L/28/j/Johns Hopkins/34///j/Florida A & M/41//Norfolk
SUPER=0101-/Wake Forest/24/j/E. Carolina/25////Maryland/7/j/Florida
SUPER=0101-/Duke/20/j/Northwestern/24////West Va./24/j/Boston College/31///;
SUPER=0101-j/Washington#3/36//San Diego St./3///j/Nebraska#7/38//C.
SUPER=0101-j/Iowa#18/54//Tulsa/16////Kansas St.#20/23//Ohio U./13/4//;
SUPER=0101-/Colorado St.#25/21//Utah State/10/3//;
OUT Q=....last score."
At Victory Stadium this afternoon, Roanoke Catholic upped its record to 3
and 0 with a 19 to 9 win over Virginia Episcopal.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Catholic vs Virginia Episcopal; :
Head coach John Cooke talking to the Celtics during a time out.
Catholic would get on the board in the first quarter when Eugene Leftwich
takes the handoff and scores from in close the extra point missed 6 to nothing
Catholic added another touchdown in the second quarter this time tailback
Tony Reed scores off tackle to make it 12 to nothing after a missed extra
The Catholic defense made a big SUPER=36-Roanoke Catholic/19/Va.
Episcopal/12/;play in the first half The Bishops were on the 12 yard line but
Terron Reed comes up with the sack and Catholic beats Episcopal 19 to 12.
Ken Oxendine ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns as Virginia Tech routed
Syracuse this afternoon 31 to 3.
Steve Mason has this report.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Hokies vs Orangemen; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :11
SUPER=01-Al Clark/Virginia Tech Quarterback; :29
SUPER=01-Shawn Scales/Virginia Tech Receiver; 1:06
SUPER=01-Ken Oxendine/Scored 2 Touchdowns; 1:24
SUPER=01-Danny Wheel/Virginia Defensive End; 1:42
SUPER=36-Virginia Tech/31/Syracuse/3/; 1:48
OUT Q=......NEWS 7 SPORTS."
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And coming up, We'll check in with the scores from Major League Baseball
And the Orioles beat the Yankees to pad their lead in the American League
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Mike Mussina threw a three hitter to lead Baltimore over New york 6 to 1 at
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/FOX SPORTS; :
Eric Davis relaxing in the dugout this afternoon.
The Orioles got on the board in the bottom of the first. Roberto Alomar
hits this shot to right center field for a double scoring a run to make it 1 to
Baltimore got homers from B.J. SUPER=35-Baltimore/6/New York/1/;Surhoff,
Jerome Walton and this two run shot over the right field wall from Rafael
Palmerio in the first and The Orioles beat the Yankees 6 to 1.
For the rest of the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0091-j/Oakland/4//Detroit/2///j/Kansas City/3//Anaheim/1//10 Innings/;
SUPER=0092-/Montreal/6/j/New York/9//11 Innings//Pittsburgh/1/j/Chicago/4///;
SUPER=0092-j/San Diego/8//St. Louis/3///;
OUT Q=....last score."
In just over a month, The Roanoke Express will open its 1997-98 East Coast
Hockey League Season.
Today at the Roanoke Civic Center the Express held Hockey-Fest 97 its first
annual Roller Hockey tournament.
Some of the Express players were on hand for autographs and skating tips for
The event's main purpose is to promote the Express and hockey in general.
IN Q="it tells...
((PIERRE PAIEMENT/EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER: ))
SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Express General Manager; :
OUT Q=........exciting hockey."
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Finally tonight for our video of the day, we're throwing it to the dogs.
Sixteen dogs and their owners competed today for the title of Top Dog in
this year's frisbee world championships.
It's an annual event where dog lovers and their "best friends" are judged on
showmanship, leaping ability, degree of difficulty and execution.
Melissa Heeter and her dog Ariel Asah of Georgia were the champions of the
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Heeter is the first woman to ever win the event.
Finalists are picked from more than one hundred and twenty five community