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The investigation continues into last night's police chase in Lynchburg that
left two people dead.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Steve/Microwave
Steve Smallshaw joins us live.. Steve what new information can you give us?
Melanie, police are still in the early stages of their investigation, and
have NOT yet released the victims' names..
Authorities do agree that this was a tragedy that didn't need to happen.
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SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :08
OUT Q=all the facts are in.
(( Around 11:30 last night, Lynchburg police say this blue Olds Achieva struck
another car on Memorial Avenue, and left the scene.
IN Q=And that
((COL. CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE: AND THAT SUBSEQUENT TO THAT ACCIDENT,
DAMAGE WAS DONE TO THE VEHICLE, IT WAS DRAGGING PIECES OF BODY OF THE CAR. THIS
WAS OBSERVED BY A LYNCHBURG OFFICER.))
OUT Q=Lynchburg officer.
The officer attempted to pull the car over, but the driver sped off.
Less than one minute and one mile later, the chase ended in this curve on
Route 29 Business in Madison Heights.
The car struck the guardrail and its two occupants, a man and woman, were
thrown from the vehicle and killed instantly.
The question now is whether police acted properly.
IN Q=The officer
((COL. BENNETT: THE OFFICER DID NOT ONLY WHAT HE SHOULD HAVE DONE PROCEDURALLY,
BUT WHAT HE WAS DUTY- BOUND TO DO, WHICH WAS OBVIOUSLY TO ATTEMPT TO STOP A
VEHICLE THAT WAS ENDANGERING OTHERS ON THE HIGHWAY. OBVIOUSLY THAT FINAL
DETERMINATION WILL BE MADE AFTER ALL THE FACTS ARE IN.))
OUT Q=facts are in.))
Again, the names of the victims are still being withheld.. Lynchburg
authorities also have not yet named the officer who was involved in that
Double Boxes=Melanie and Steve/Microwave
The investigation into his actions could take some time to complete.
Nine people were killed today and nineteen injured when a bomb exploded on a
tourist bus outside a popular Cairo museum.
No group has claimed responsibility but authorities suspect its the work of
Kimberly Dozier has more.
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OUT Q=KIMBERLY DOZIER, CBS NEWS, LONDON.
A MORNING OUTING TURNED INTO A TOURIST'S NIGHTMARE, LEAVING NINE DEAD,
INCLUDING A NUMBER OF GERMAN TOURISTS, AND MORE THAN A DOZEN FOREIGN AND
EGYPTIAN BYSTANDERS INJURED.
AT LEAST THREE GUNMEN RUSHED UP TO THIS PARKED BUS, APPARENTLY PARTLY FULL OF
TOURISTS, OUTSIDE THE WORLD-FAMOUS EGYPTIAN MUSEUM, IN DOWNTOWN CAIRO'S
BUSIEST CENTRAL SQUARE.
THE SQUARE IS USUALLY BRISTLING WITH SECURITY.
EYEWITNESSES SAY THERE WAS GUNFIRE, AND SOME SORT OF FIREBOMB OR GRENADE
LOBBED AT THE BUS. IT ERUPTED INTO FLAMES. ONE WITNESS REPORTS SEEING THREE
CHARRED BODIES INSIDE.
TOURISTS IN THE MUSEUM COURTYARD, NEXT TO THE PARKING LOT, RAN IN ALL
DIRECTIONS, POLICE ON THE SCENE ARRESTED TWO SUSPECTS, AND SEALED OFF THE
MUSEUM TO CHECK FOR FURTHER ATTACKERS. THERE ARE REPORTS THAT AT LEAST ONE
GUNMEN GOT AWAY.
THE INCIDENT BEARS ALL THE HALLMARKS OF ISLAMIC MILITANT ATTACKS. THE
GOVERNMENT HAS WAGED A FIVE YEAR BATTLE AGAINST MILITANTS. WHO WANT TO REPLACE
THE SECULAR STATE WITH A STRICT ISLAMIC ONE.
THE MILITANTS HAVE FOUND THE BEST WAY TO STRIKE BACK AND HIT THE HEADLINES, IS
BY HITTING ONE OF EGYPT'S TOP MONEY EARNERS: TOURISM.
KIMBERLY DOZIER, CBS NEWS, LONDON.))
Clashes have erupted outside an Arab neighborhood where eleven Jewish
settlers have refused to move out.
Despite protest from Palestinian students, the settlers say they won't leave
until the government recognizes their right to live there.
Yasser Arafat rejects the proposed compromise.
The Israeli Supreme Court is expected to rule today whether the government
can force them to leave.
Admitted Hitman Mario Benjamin Murphy was put to death last night.
The Mexican citizen was put to death by lethal injection at 9:09.
Murphy laughed and said he forgave his executioners as he drifted off.
Murphy took part in a murder for hire scheme in Virginia Beach in 19-89.
But Virginia Beach authorities apparently didn't realize he was a Mexican
citizen, and did NOT notify the Mexican consulate of his arrest.
That's in violation of an international treaty--
The mexican government and even the Southern Baptist Convention missionaries
pleaded for Murphy's life.
A number of people in Narrows could soon be out of work.
The mayor of Narrows estimates at least half of the town's labor force works
at what everybody there has always called the Celanese plant.
Union leaders at the plant say Celco alerted them that a cost-cutting move
could affect as many as 500 jobs.
Right now Celco has about 13-hundred hourly employees.
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IN Q=500 jobs
((DONALD RICHARDSON/NARROWS MAYOR: 500 JOBS LOST IN GILES COUNTY WOULD BE
DEVASTATING TO US. THAT'S REALLY A TREMENDOUS LOSS.))
SUPER=01-Donald Richardson/Narrows Mayor;
OUT Q=tremendous loss.
Celco makes the material used in cigarette filters and yarn for synthetic
John McQuail, a Human Resources Coordinator with the company, says the 500
jobs estimate is a ballpark figure.
McQuail says if hourly workers go along with the restructuring program those
effected will have job security at least through the year 2000.
The union at Celco must still vote on the proposal.
Additional charges have been filed against an Auburn High School teacher's
Last week-- Sheriff's officials charged 25- year- old John Breedlove with
having consensual sex with a 13- year- old student.
On Tuesday-- four additional charges were added to the case.
The latest charges involve two other young girls.
Breedlove is accused of having consensual sex with one of the girls last
school year-- and asking for oral sex from the other.
The police official in charge of investigating the slayings of three
Spotsylvania County girls says it's
"unlikely" a man jailed in Prince William County is the killer.
Thirty-nine- year- old Michael Alan Jett is in jail on charges of abduction,
sexual battery and attempted sodomy.
Authorities looking into the deaths of 16- year- old Sofia Silva,
15- year- old Kristen Lisk and her 12- year- old sister, Kati say they have
information suggesting Jett may NOT be the killer.
The White House is following up on President Clinton's tobacco announcement.
Vice President Gore today is hosting a roundtable on the President's
proposed changes to the tobacco deal.
Among those attending, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.
Gore and Koop were with the President yesterday when backed away from
endorsing the 368 billion dollar settlement, instead he wants to boost
cigarette prices by a-dollar-50 per pack, if teen smoking does NOT decline fast
Those who earn their living from tobacco were a bit worried by the proposed
Some say it will hurt tobacco growers and their communities.
Others say merchants are already doing their part to stop teen smoking and
high prices won't work.
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((JEFF RUSSELL/THE TOBACCO COMPANY;IT'LL DO NOTHING BUT INCREASE THE RATE OF
CRIME TO GET CIGARETTES FOR WHOEVER NEEDS THEM
HARRY LEA/WAREHOUSE OWNER; THE TOBACCO FOLKS OUGHT TO SHUT THE WHOLE INDUSTRY
DOWN AND SAY WE'RE GOING ON STRIKE AND WE'RE GOING TO SIT DOWN AND NOT DO
ANYTHING UNTIL PEOPLE COME TO THEIR SENSES AND SEE THAT TOBACCO IS NOT THE
GREATEST SOCIAL ILL IN THE UNITED STATES.))
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SUPER=01-Harry Lea/Warehouse Owner; :07
OUT Q=in the United States
The President's stance on the settlement means congress won't act on any
tobacco legislation this year.
Tobacco is just one of the drugs some parents are looking out for.
A group in Vinton wants to make sure they're ready to handle their
They're making sure they know how to spot the warning signs of drug use.
Stacey Martin has more.
IN Q=They say weed
SUPER=01-Dustin Bailey/Teenager; :00
SUPER=01-Patricia Harris/Parent; :24
OUT Q=SM, News 7, Vinton.
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IN Q=They say weed
((DUSTIN BAILEY/TEENAGER: THEY SAY WEED IS NOT ADDICTIVE BUT IT REALLY IS HARD
TO COME DOWN OFF OF IT.))
OUT Q=off of it.
Dustin is speaking from experience. He used to smoke marijuana and has been
clean now for almost two and a half months.
Where did he and other teens buy drugs locally? What drugs are they buying
and what are the warning signs of drug use? That's what parents here wanted to
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IN Q=Half of us
((PATRICIA HARRIS/PARENT: HALF OF US PARENTS DON'T KNOW WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE,
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. WE DON'T KNOW THE PARAPHERNALIA THAT'S USED AND CHANGES
IT'S GOING TO CREATE IN OUR CHILDREN.))
OUT Q=in our children.
The group viewed drug pipes, weights and rolling paper confiscated during
And, talked with police about signs to look for if drug abuse is suspected.
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IN Q=One of the
((CHIEF RICK FOUTZ: VINTON POLICE DEPT. ONE OF THE MAJOR SYMPTOMS IS ATTITUDE
CHANGES, MOOD SWINGS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE.))
OUT Q=of that nature.
This session won't be the last.
Now the parents plan to meet about other issues affecting teenagers like
alcoholism and cults.
So, they can stay up to speed on the dangers their children face.
Stacey Martin, News 7 Vinton.))
And parents of some younger children may have heard of an offer from a
leading baby food maker.
The misleading information is apparently being filtered through the
Internet, fax machines and even fliers.
As Teresa Hamilton reports, it involves Gerber Products.
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SUPER=01-Lisa Hackney/Parent; :18
SUPER=01-Bruce Bradbery/Blacksburg Police Dept.; :55
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
Lisa Hackney knew the offer sounded too good to be true-- and she was right.
When her husband brought home a flier last week claiming "Gerber Products"
was sending savings bonds to children, born between 1985 and 1997, she
contacted the company and Better Business Bureau.
IN Q=Gerber foods
((LISA HACKNEY/PARENT: GERBER FOODS TOLD ME THEY DON'T KNOW HOW THE RUMOR GOT
STARTED BUT IT IS CIRCULATING EVERYWHERE AND THAT THERE IS IN FACT NO 500-
DOLLAR SAVINGS BOND FOR CHILDREN.))
OUT Q=for children.
A Gerber spokesman says the baby food giant is not involved in any
settlement-- involving reimbursements.
Hackney was most disturbed because the flier asks parents to send their
child's birth certificate and social security card to a post office box.
And, while officials don't believe there's any criminal intent behind the
misinformation, police caution people against sending such information by
((BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPT.:MONEY IS WHAT MAKES THE WORLD GO
ROUND, AND WHEN SOMEONE SEES DOLLAR SIGNS, UNFORTUNATELY, A LOT OF TIMES,
THEY'RE BLINDED TO ANYTHING ELSE AND GO AHEAD AND SEND THE INFORMATION IN.))
OUT Q=information in.
Gerber officials believe the rumors got started when someone wrongly
connected the company to a lawsuit involving three makers of infant formula.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
A Gerber spokesman says Postal officials are returning all letters sent to
the Minneapolis post office box listed on the flier.
America's roads can be dangerous places and tonight "48 Hours" takes a
closer look the risks.
Parents face even more worry as their children reach the driving age.
"48 Hours" spoke with a father who has good reason to fear for his teen.
He is Roanoke's Traffic Court Judge and he hears cases of "road rage" almost
"48 Hours" airs tonight at 10 pm on W-D-B-J 7.
On the day the U.S. Air Force is celebrating its 50th anniversary, ALL
services have been ordered to ground their training flights for 24 hours and
to review safety procedures.
Defense Secretary William Cohen ordered the unprecedented move yesterday as
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struggles to explain five air accidents in four days.
Still the White House and Pentagon insist there is no pattern to these
With the "Mir" space station spinning from one crisis to another, NASA
managers are on Capitol Hill today testifying whether the aging Russian craft
is safe enough for U-S astronauts.
The space station had a fire in February, then a collision with
a cargo ship and the main computer has repeatedly failed.
Even so, NASA officials say
Mir is safe.
Next week NASA plans to launch the shuttle Atlantis to Mir to replace
astronaut Michael Foale with David Wolf.
The newest war hero being honored with a statue in Richmond amy surprise
A statue of a riderless horse -- to commemorate the horses and mules that
never made it home from the Civil War -- donated by Virginia philanthropist
IN Q=Well he felt
((JIM KELLY/VA. HISTORICAL SOCIETY: WELL HE FELT THAT THE HORSES OF THE CIVIL
WAR REALLY WERE UNSUNG HEROES. SURE THERE WERE A FEW OF THEM LIKE TRAVELLER,
LITTLE SORREL, THAT PEOPLE HAVE HEARD OF AND ARE FAMOUS. BUT WE THINK AT LEAST
A MILLION AND A HALF HORSES AND MULES DIED IN THE CIVIL WAR. WHICH IS TWO AND
A HALF OR THREE TIMES AS MANY MEN WHO DIED IN THE WAR.))
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OUT Q=in the war.
The famous and not-so-famous horses are in the Virginia Historical Society
Secretariat was born in Virginia.
Stonewall Jackson's horse Little Sorrel seen at V-M-I.
The exhibit runs through December.
Reporters have already descended on Stanford University in California, for
today's arrival of freshman Chelsea
The first family heads to northern California this evening.
Hillary Clinton is pleading with the media to show some restraint in
reporting on Chelsea's college life.
Chelsea starts orientation at Stanford tomorrow.
After beating the Mets last night 10-to-2, the Atlanta Braves clinched a
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Ryan Klesko broke the game wide open in the first inning with a grand slam
as the Braves scored nine runs in the first.
The Slam is the Braves' 12th of the season.
The Braves are now the first major league team to make six straight
The 10-to-2 win reduces the Braves SUPER=35-New York/2/Atlanta/10;
magic number to clinch the East to six.
Greg Maddux got his 19th win of the year.
The St. Louis Cardinals clubbed the Cubs yesterday as Mark McGwire continued
his pursuit of Roger Maris's homerun record.
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McGwire, who already has locked up back to back 50 homerun seasons, hit his
53rd homerun of the season to right center field.
McGwire's 53 homers are the most by major leaguer in 36 years. SUPER=35-St.
He is now 8 homers shy of Maris' record with 11 games to play.
His 19th homer since joining the Cards gave St. Louis an 12-to-9 win last
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After being drafted out of Tennessee to the Redskins, then traded to the
Saints, quarterback Heath Shuler got an unusual vote of confidence last night.
Head coach Mike Ditka announced that Shuler will remain the team's starting
This despite the fact that Shuler has no touchdown passes and 8 interceptions
through the first three weeks of the season.
And we've had a lot of calls this week wondering if we are carrying this
Saturday's Tennessee-Florida game from the Swamp in Gainesville.
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The answer is YES!
You can catch the Gators and the Vols Saturday at 3:30 right here on W-D-B-J,
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And Tennessee not only has to overcome the history of four straight losses,
but they also have to overcome the Sports Illustrated jinx with Peyton
Manning's caricature on the cover this week.
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The Tennesee-Florida matchup will be right after the first game of the day,
between Penn State and Louisville.
That one kicks off at Noon right here on Your Hometown Station.
Who's going to make the donuts now?
The man known for saying "Time to make the donuts" on numerous ads for
Dunkin Donuts is turning in his spatula.
Mike Vale, also known as Fred the Baker, is retiring after 15 years and more
than 80 commercials.
Appropriately coffee and donuts were handed out at his going away party.