Straight Ahead on News 7-
A judge decides the Case of Louise Woodward- We'll have a live report-
Goodyear union workers said no to Sundays- Now the company says no to hiring
new workers and no to expansion.
More clouds than sun over the next few days with some sprinkles tossed in as
well. More on the forecast in a few minutes.
Plus a look at drugs both legal and illegal...
and the growing popularity of alternate medicine... tonight on Health Check.
British au pair Louise Woodward will go free.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Just moments ago, a judge in Massachusetts sentenced Louise Woodward to time
so after nine months behind bars Louise Woodward is set free.
This morning the judge reduced Woodward's second degree murder conviction to
invountary manslaughter- for the death of 8 month old Matthew Eappen.
Liz Mullen has more from Cambridge.
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SUPER=01-Judge Hiller Zobel/Middlesex Superior Court;
SUPER=01-Louise Woodward/Defendant; QUICK
SUPER=01-Barry Scheck/Defense Attorney;
I THINK WE SHOULD BRING THIS TO A COMPASSIONATE CLOSE.... I SENTENCE
HER TO 279-DAYS IN JAIL....
And so, Louise Woodward is free-- after a harrowing trial -- following the
death of 8-month old Matthew Eappen.
JUDGE HILLER ZOBEL/MIDDLESEX SUPERIOR COURT: I DO NOT DENIGRATE THE DEATH OF
Judge Hiller Zobel began the day by reducing the jury's second-degree murder
conviction to involuntary manslaughter...in a suprisingly candid and
empathetic 16-page outline. in doing so.... he opened the door to a reduction
in Woodward's sentence. Up until the bitter end the prosecution maintained
the 19-year old au pair is a killer who should not be set free....
But in the eye of the storm-- a seemingly shell-shocked Louise Woodward
quietly addressed the judge....
LOUISE WOODWARD/DEFENDANT: I MAINTAIN MY INNOCENCE.
Outside the courthouse, elated Louise Woodward supporters cheered her defense
team as they left the building following the sentencing.
BARRY SCHECK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY:))
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Iraq did NOT shoot down a United Nations U-2 spy plane as Saddam Huseein had
President Bill Clinton says that's good news- but Iraq is still barring
Americans from U-N inspection teams.
And no progress was reported as Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz met
with the U-N Secretary General.
((TARIQ AZIZ/IRAQ'S DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER: THE UNITED STATES DOESN'T AGREE TO
LIFT SANCTIONS UNLESS THE LEADERSHIP OF IRAZ IS CHANGED. THAT IS WELL KNOW
DECIDED POLICE OF THE UNITED STATES.))
SUPER=01-Tariq Aziz/Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister;
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U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan says he holds out hope that Iraq may ease
its stand in the next few days.
Goodyear -- Danville's largest employer, is no longer hiring.
Union members had their say last week when the majority refused to work on
Now they're suffering the consequences.
IN Q=Currently the plant
((KORI REED/GOODYEAR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER: CURRENTLY THE PLANT IS UNDER A
HIRING FREEZE AND WE'RE LOOKING AT ALL THE LABOR ACROSS THE PLANT TO MAKE SURE
WE STAY COMPETITIVE AT THIS POINT.))
SUPER=01-Kori Reed/Goodyear Communications Manager;
OUT Q=at this point
Employees say they expect layoffs-- although managers would not comment.
Goodyear says without a seven-day schedule, it can not make enough tires in
So instead the plant in Topeka, Kansas, which DOES operate continuously,
was awarded 15-million dollars to expand.
In a statement Goodyear vice president H-Clay Orme said:
"We were hoping to be able to invest heavily in our Danville, Virginia
plant, but a union vote there on continuos operations failed. Now, we're
exploring all options globally for supply points."
Two tire machines are also being moved out of the Danville plant.
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There will be several firsts accomplished by Virginia's future first lady
And a parade in Montgomery County today celebrates the successes of Riner
Tonight on Health Check-- Illegal drug use is on the decline-- while the
number of patients using alternative medicine is on the rise.
Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE, right after this break.
State Police and local authorities in Floyd are trying to find out who's
responsible for a weekend vandalism spree.
Several residents along New Town Road found their property splattered with
orange paint when they woke up Sunday morning.
Overnight, somebody apparently drove through the predominantly black
neighborhood, targeting cars and a church.
Residents say this is NOT the first time vandals hit their neighborhood.
IN Q=whether it's a racial thing
((HARRY JOHNSON: WHETHER IT'S A RACIAL THING OR NOT, I'M NOT SURE. BUT WE DO
KNOW THE PROBLEM'S GETTING OUT OF HAND. AND WE FEEL THAT THERE'S A GREAT
POSSIBILITY THAT SOMEONE DEFINITELY COULD GET HURT. ))
OUT Q=could get hurt.
Authorities say they aren't sure whether this was an isolated event, or if
it's linked to other reports of vandalism over the last year.
Lynchburg police were called in to break up a religious rally on the grounds
of a high school this morning. (----------------)
About one hundred protesters, most of them Liberty University students,
converged on the campus of E.C. Glass High School.
Although many carried anti-abortion signs, the group's stated mission was
-quote- "to put God back in school."
IN Q=And our parents
((JOHN REYES/PROTEST ORGANIZER: AND OUR PARENTS' GENERATION AND WE ARE
APOLOGIZING TO THE STUDENTS FOR ALLOWING JESUS AND GOD TO BE KICKED OUT OF
SCHOOL IN 1960, AND FOR OUR APATHY IN THIS NATION TO ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO
DICTATE TO THE CHURCH WHAT CAN AND CANNOT BE SAID IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM.))
SUPER=01-John Reyes/Protest Organizer; :00
OUT Q=our school system.
School officials say they had "no" advance warning of the event.
IN Q=We need to
((CHIEF CHARLES BENNETT/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WE NEED TO HAVE A SAFE AND ORDERLY
ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE STUDENTS CAN COME IN TO SCHOOL AND CAN LEARN AND NOT BE
DISTURBED BY ANY TYPE OF DEMONSTRATION, WHATEVER THE PARTICULAR ISSUE MIGHT
SUPER=01-Col. Charles Bennett/Lynchburg Police Chief; :00
OUT Q=issue might be.
Bennett says organizers may be cited for not obtaining the proper permits
Roxane Gilmore is putting the first in first lady.
Virginia's future first spouse will apparently be the first to hold a paying
job outside the home -- or in this case, the mansion.
Mrs. Gilmore is just a dissertation shy of being "Doctor" Gilmore.
She teaches classical history at Randolph Macon College just north of
IN Q=I'm also an
((ROXANE GILMORE/FUTURE FIRST LADY: I'M ALSO AN INDIVIDUAL AND HAVE WORKED
VERY HARD IN MY CAREER AND WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE IT. I THINK JIM AND I HAVE
HAD A GREAT PARTNERSHIP OVER THE YEARS WHERE EACH OF US HAS RESPECTED THE
OTHER'S GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS.))
SUPER=01-Roxane Gilmore/Future First Lady;
OUT Q=goals and aspirations.
Governor- elect Gilmore calls his wife "a great intellect."
She has the highest education of any modern first lady.
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The holidays are right around the corner-- and of course that usually means
heavy traditional meals... but it doesn't have to be that way.
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Eating more goes hand and hand with many holidays-- so to stay healthy you
usually want to avoid all the fat and calories.
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Patrick Evans is in the Hometown Kitchen with Don Mankie of Lewis Gale with
some tips on eating healthier during the coming months.
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The Virginia Cavaliers continue pursuing a post-season bid.
Steve Mason has the story from Charlottesville.
And millions of dollars and Americans are turning to alternative medicine.
But is it a scam?
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Good Afternoon, I'm Keith Humphry, let's fast-forward to what we're
working on for NEWS-7 at SIX.
You've seen him in films and television, but tonight John Amos will be on
a stage in Covington, presenting a play he wrote himself.
Amos starred in the television show "Good Times."
He was nominated for an emmy for his role in "Roots."
His film credits include "Coming to America" and "Die Hard Two."
But in "Halley's Comet," Amos plays an 87- year- old man with a lifetime of
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((JOHN AMOS/ACTOR: TO HIM THE COMET IS LIKE AN OLD FRIEND, BUT IT'S ALSO
SOMEONE WHO'S COMING TO FILL OUT A REPORT CARD ON THE HUMAN CONDITION AND TO
TAKE THIS REPORT CARD, IN THE WORDS OF THE OLD MAN, BACK TO THE HEADMASTER.))
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John Amos is appearing tonight at Covington High School...
We'll hear more from him--
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along with the first part of our series about fathers, custody cases and their
children...-Dads from a Distance...
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Only on NEWS-7 at SIX-- in about 40-minutes.
Lots of stuff, thanks Keith.
Topping Health Check tonight--
Congress has passed a bill to streamline the approval of drugs and medical
devices through the Food and Drug Administration.
The measure is a combination of separate bipartisan bills.
Reformers hope the bill will get medicine and medical devices to doctors
and patients faster-- as well as expand access to potentially life-saving
The legislation is awaiting President Clinton's signature.
There's a downward trend when it comes to illegal drug use in the U-S.
In 1995, Americans spent more than 57-billion dollars on cocaine, marijuana
and other illicit drugs.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy reports that figure
is actually lower than previous years--
In 1988 Americans spent 91-billion dollars on illegal drugs.
Six billion dollars is how much Americans spend on vitamins and minerals each
A new poll finds that 35-percent of Amerians take vitamins every day--
And 42-percent of those who take vitamins say they make a major difference in
their health. Most of us know about the common vitamins--
but what about a lesser known one such as Selenium--
It's crucial for proper functioning of the heart muscle.
There's evidence selenium can help the body fight cancer too.
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((VERY FEW PEOPLE.... HAVE SELENIUM IN IT.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Emily Senay/Medical Correspondent;
OUT Q=have selenium in it
One out of three people relies on alternative medicine.
Herbs and vitamins have become a 13-billion dollar over-the-counter
For some, cold castor oil- one of nature's oldest remedies brings more
relief from a stomach infection than any medical doctor.
((SHANNON ANAYA/NATUROPATHIC PATIENT: NOBODY HAD EVER TOLD ME WHAT MY
PROBLEM WAS...THEY COULDN'T TELL ME...THEY JUST SAID IT WAS IN MY HEAD))
((WE ACKNOWLEDGE AND SUPPORT WHAT WE CALL THE VITAL FORCE IN THE PERSON, AND
WE HAVE THESE NATURAL THINGS THAT WE DO TO HELP SUPPORT AND NOT SUPPRESS
SUPER=01-Shannon Anaya/Naturopathic Patient; :00
SUPER=01-Stephen Sporn/Naturopathic Physician; :06
OUT Q=not symptoms
Some alternatives stand out... such as Saint John's Wort...a popular way to
In most cases, there's no scientific study to prove whether alternatives
work better, or at all.
((DR. TIM GORSKI/ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE OPPONENT: I THINK THE AMERICAN PUBLIC
IS BEING SOLD A BILL OF GOODS ON THIS ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE BUSINESS, NO
QUESTION ABOUT IT.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Tim Gorksi/Alternative Medicine Opponent;
OUT Q=questions about it
Some medical doctors question why you'd want to take the alternate medicine.
They say if you get plenty of nutrients in your diet, why would you pay for
it in a pill.
The needle treatment acupuncture has been used by some cultures for more than
two thousand years.
Now a team of U-S experts says in many cases it really can be good for you.
A panel of scientists say there is clear evidence that needle acupuncture
can help treat surgical and dental pain-- even relieve nausea.
But it adds there's less evidence that acupuncture is good for things like
tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome.
The panel selected by the National Institutes of Health found the ancient
Chinese needle treatment is effective for relieving surgical pain and nausea
More health insurance companies are expected to begin covering acupuncture
treatments... which cost much less than drugs or surgery.
Time now for the Two Minute SPorts Ticker--
Here's Mike with a report from UVA media day.
The Monday night ticker begins as usual this time of year in Charlottesville.
Virginia meets the Wolfpack of N.C. State for the 46th time this Saturday
down in Raleigh in a game that is shaping up to be a real old offensive
Steve Mason tells us why.
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SUPER=01-Bryan Owen/2 Touchdown Catches Saturday; :38
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/Maryland vs. N.C. State; :47
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS.
The NFL's San Francisco 49ers are back in the Monday Night spotlight tonight
as they look to improve their NFC best record to 9-and-1 against the Eagles.
SUPER=03-Raljon, MD/Yesterday; :00
Yesterday, the Redskins whipped the Detroit Lions 30 to 7 at the Jack as they
tuned up for next week's NFC East showdown against Dallas.
The Skins defense did a great job for Danville native Herman Moore, holding
the all-pro receiver to just 5 catches for 36 yards.
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((HERMAN MOORE/DETROIT LIONS RECEIVER:))
SUPER=01-Herman Moore/Detroit Lions Receiver; :00
OUT Q=...BLESSED WITH."
More from Herman Moore coming up tonight six, plus we will also check in with
another blast from the past, former Hokie great Cyrus Lawrence, who was back in
Blacksburg this past weekend.
Hope to see you then.
Have a good night everybody.
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Teachers, students and parents were honored today for their work in helping a
Montgomery County elementary school receive national recognition.
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A parade was held in honor of Riner Elementary school's National Blue
It's an award for Excellence in Education.
The school is one of only about 260 selected for recognition.
School officials consider it a huge honor since there are 85- thousand
elementary and middle schools across the country.
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((CHERYL AKERS/RINER ELEMENTARY TEACHER: WE WORKED AS A TEAM, THE WHOLE SCHOOL
WORKED TOGETHER, AND THAT IN ITSELF CREATED A BOND THAT WE NEVER WOULD HAVE HAD
OTHERWISE, SO ITS JUST A WONDERFUL FEELING. ))
SUPER=01-Cheryl Akers/Riner Elementary Teacher; :00
OUT Q=wonderful feeling.
Teachers and staff thank the community for its support.
They say-- even residents who don't have children are always volunteering