Coming up on News 7-
A bonfire burns at Hollins College tonight- as students burn away the things
they say hold women back.
Check out this car chase. It sped through several towns today ending in
and Robin says Snow may be in the forecast tomorrow night after midnight.
News 7 is next.
A high speed chase today started in Christiansburg and ended in Roanoke.
The White dodge sped down streets eluding police- but in the end the car
was stopped. The couple arrested.
A bonfire tonight at Hollins college- but this wasn't to cheer on a school
team. It's part of rally to build women's strength- and burn the things that
they say hold women back.
Also word today that the tech student who fell to her death out a dorm
window was legally drunk.
Plus we may see some snow tomorrow night ater midnight.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
A high speed chase started in the New River Valley- and ended in Roanoke.
It started when a Pennsylvania couple driving a stolen car decided to stop at
the Christiansburg police department and ask for financial help.
Eric Earnhart has the story.
IN Q=The white Dodge Intrepid
SUPER=03-Christiansburg; :21 QUICK!
SUPER=01-Sgt. Kim Albert/Christiansburg Police Department; :28
SUPER=01-Sgt. T.S. Jones/Roanoke Police Department; :44
OUT Q=EE., News 7
(( The white Dodge Intrepid sped down Brandon Avenue, weaving in and out of
traffic... police cars following closely behind...
Meanwhile, state police anticipate its next move, maneuvering ahead of it
in a rolling road block on route 220, bringing the car to a stop at the
Franklin Road Bridge, and ending the chase that began at the Christiansburg
Police department, where a man and woman stopped and asked for help from a
IN Q=They got scared
((SGT. KIM ALBERT/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT; THEY GOT SCARED WHILE THEY
WERE HAVING TO WAIT BECAUSE WE RAN A CHECK ON THE LICENSE TAG AND IT CAME BACK
OUT Q=came back stolen
Police say 25 year old Heather Worthington and her husband of two months
,John, jumped back into the stolen car, driving more than 100 miles an hour in
I-81, and winding their way through Salem.
IN Q=as it entered
((SGT. T.S. JONES/ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT; AS IT ENTERED INTO ROANOKE CITY,
OUR OFFICERS ENGAGED AND WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF STATE POLICE AND CHRISTIANSBURG
P.D. STATE POLICE PERFORMED A ROLLING ROADBLOCK... ))
OUT Q=rolling roadblock
"you ever had shortness of breath or any problem before?"
After they were stopped, John Worthington complained of breathing
problems... and seemed to pass out.
Police say, before the chase began, his wife said she needed to get to a
drug store to get medicine for him.
Heather Worthington was charged with driving a stolen car, speeding and
failing to stop for police.
Her husband was taken to the hospital where he was treated and
released...he's charged as an accessory. Police say he's also wanted on fraud
and bad check charges in Pennsylvania.
Both are being held without bond.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
18-year old Mindy Somers' death WAS an accident.
That's the opinion of Virginia
Tech officials who've concluded alcohol contributed to the young woman's
fall from an eighth story window.
Somers died from massive chest and abdominal injuries after she rolled out
of bed and slipped through the window of her college dorm.
The 105-pound sophomore from Arlington was discovered the morning of
An autopsy found Somers to have a blood alcohol content nearly three times
the legal limit.
Police say MOTORISTS with a Blood Alchol of point two one are generally
impaired, although each case is different.
((JOHN NOEL/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: NORMALLY FROM MY EXPERIENCE A PERSON WITH A
.21 WOULD SHOW A DECREASED REACTION TIME, THEY WOULD ALSO SHOW A STRONG ODOR OF
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE ABOUT THEIR BREATH, SLURRED SPEECH, GLASSY READ EYES AND
VERY UNSTEADY ABOUT THEIR FEET. ))
SUPER=01-John Noel/Virginia State Police; :00
OUT Q=about their feet.
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is investigating who sold or
provided Somers with alcohol.
It was billed as a night for women to "burn the silence."
A bonfire at Hollins College tonight grabbed a lot of attention.
Andrew Freiden was at the school, and he joins us live in the newsroom.
Jean, some were worried that tonight's bonfire would be a book burning--
But it turned out to be a night for students to set fire to personal demons.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co; :00
SUPER=01-Jessica Groulx/Women's Collective Co-Chair; :21
SUPER=01-Holly Turner/Women's Collective Co-Chair;:55
SUPER=07-Kelly Polyakov; 1:11
SUPER=01-Jil Howland/Hollins Student; 1:22
OUT Q=everything you feel
((TO BE JUST AS STRONG AND SUCCESSFULL AS MEN, REGARDLESS OF HOW WE LOOK.
The Women's Collective is a feminist group at Hollins--
its co chairs came up with a way for their classmates to undergo a healing
process-- for women who've been abused, and who have had other upsetting things
((JESSICA GROULX/WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE: AS A SYMBOL OF GETTING RID OF THESE
THINGS, THEY ARE GOING TO PUT THEM IN THE FIRE, AND LET THEM GO. WE'RE ALL JUST
GOING TO BE TOGETHER IN THAT. ))
((HOLLY TURNER/WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE: I'LL BE BURNING TWO ADS-- CURVES WITHOUT
SURGERY. I DON'T FEEL WOMEN SHOULD HAVE TO BE LARGE CHESTED TO BE FEMININE,
THE SECOND IS COVERED WITH AN ADD I FEEL TO HAVE UNHEALTHY ANOREXIC MODELS.))
The fliers for the fire stoked the flames of controversy at Hollins.
The ads said women could bring books to burn if they wanted.
That's when college administrators took notice.
((HOLLY TURNER/WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE: IN THE FORUM LAST NIGHT WE WERE ASKED IF WE
WOULD HAVE THE BONFIRE, AND JUST NOT ALLOW BOOKS TO BE BURNED, AND I SAID NO,
BECAUSE WE HAD ALREADY SENT THE FLIERS OUT THAT SAID BOOKS.))
NO books burned-
But some onlookers showed up to shed a different light on the event.
((KELLY POLYAKOV: YOU COULD HEAR SOME OF THINGS THEY WERE SAYING WERE HATEFUL,
AND THE BURNING OF IDEAS AND PEOPLE LIKE THE POPE AND ARISTOTLE-- IT'S
(( JIL HOWLAND/HOLLINS STUDENT: THEY NEED TO GROW UP. IN THE REAL WORLD, NO
ONE'S GOING TO CATER TO EVERYTHING YOU FEEL.))
Jean-- the organizers of tonight's event say it was an unconditional
A dispute over vinyl siding took more than an hour to resolve tonight before
Lynchburg city council.
Steve Smallshaw tells us the issue goes to the heart of how the city's
historical districts are interpreted.
IN Q=Joseph Davids
SUPER=01-Frances Calhoun/Property Owner; :20
SUPER=01-Walter Snead/Davids' Attorney; :34
SUPER=01-Joseph Davids/Homeowner; :53
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( Joseph Davids says when he bought this dilapidated house over a year ago, he
did not know it sat in one of Lynchburg's historic districts.
After Davids put new vinyl siding on the home, the architectural review
board told him he couldn't do that because it destroyed the historical
integrity of the neighborhood.
Davids appealed that decision to city council.
IN Q=If he is
((FRANCES CALHOUN/PROPERTY OWNER: IF HE IS ALLOWED .. RESTORING THESE
OUT Q=restoring these properties.
IN Q=This house may
((WALTER SNEAD/DAVIDS' ATTORNEY: THIS HOUSE MAY BE OLD.. HISTORICALLY
OUT Q=historically significant.
While some council members applauded Davids for renovating an old home,
others claim he should have known what the restrictions were.
The vote was 6 to 1 to uphold the review board's decision.
IN Q=I will leave
((JOSEPH DAVIDS/HOMEOWNER: I WILL LEAVE THE HOUSE. I WILL LEAVE THE HOUSE AND I
WILL LEAVE LYNCHBURG. THE HOUSE WILL SIT AND ROT.))
OUT Q=sit and rot.
IN Q=That may not
((That may not be his last resort though. A movement is underway by some
property owners to secede from the Diamond Hill Historic District.. and Davids'
attorney says court action is always another option. Steve Smallshaw, News7,
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
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When we return, we'll have part two of our look at the impact of custody
battles on fathers,
and the world hears from the British au pair who was convicted of manslaughter.
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British Au-Pair Louise Woodward is in a Boston hotel-
in seclusion with her parents-
The media is camped outside but so far reporters have not spotted Woodward.
She did release a statement today- saying she is enormously relieved to be
out of jail.
And she says she'll fight to clear her name.
Woodward also went on to say she did not kill or harm Matthew Eappen and she
hopes to some day convince his parents that she did nothing wrong.
Woodwards' attorneys say while the family is happy at the reduced charge
there is no celebrating yet-
((EVEN THOUGH SHE'S OUT OF PRISON TO THEM THEY'RE STILL NOT HOME AND THAT STILL
NOT RIGHT SHE'S STILL CONVICTED SO THERE WAS NO BIG PARTY. ))
SUPER=01-Andrew Good/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=NO BIG PARTY."
Woodward's attorneys say they believe she is innocent.
((LOUISE BASICALLY SAID I DIDN'T DO THIS AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO
MATTHEW AND THAT'S NO THE STANDARD STORY WE GET FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE ACCUSED OF
CHILD ABUSE. THEY USUALLY HAVE SOME EXPLANATION FOR THE INJURIES AND THE LIKE
AND SHE HAD NONE.))
OUT Q=and she had none."
Woodward must stay in Massachusetts until the appeals are complete.
After serving 279 days Louise Woodward is free-
The judge set aside the jury's finding of second degree murder and found her
guilty of a lesser charge of Manslaughter.
Prosecutors say they're outraged.
((MARTHA COAXLEY/PROSECUTOR: AND I THINK EVERYONDAY WHO HEARD THAT SENTENCE
AGREEST HAT DOES NOT GIVE THE PROPER AMOUNT OF TIME AND THAT TRIVIALIZES HIS
OWN FINDING THAT SHE WAS GUILTY OF KILLING THIS CHILD BUT BOY MAYBE SHE HAD A
BAD DAY SO WE'LL LET HER GO NOW AND I THINK PEOPLE ARE OUTRAGED I THINK IT'S A
TOTAL DISAPPROPRIATE SENTENCE GIVEN HIS FINDING.))
OUT Q=GIVEN HIS FINDING."
Prosecutors will appeal the judge's decision.
GRAPHIC=Dads From a Distance
After a divorce, many fathers find that despite their best efforts they
become less of a presence in their childrens' lives.
According to one fathers' group, only ten percent of men are awarded sole
custody of their children.
Take Fullscreen Dads From a Distance
Some fathers say the legal system used to determine custody needs to change.
Stacey Martin has more.
IN Q=Courts are taking
SUPER=01-Murray Steinberg/Family Resolution Council Pres.; :00
SUPER=01-Cindy Ewing/Virginia Fatherhood Initiative; :46
SUPER=01-George Martin/Father; 1:07
SUPER=01-Ellen Weinman/Lawyer; 1:31
OUT Q=with their youngsters
SOT 14.01.36 - 14.01.52
IN Q=Courts are taking
((MURRAY STEINBERG/PRES. FAMILY RESOLUTION COUNCIL: COURTS ARE TAKING FATHERS'
RIGHTS AND PRIVLEGES AWAY AT THE RATE OF CLOSE TO 400 EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE
WEEK, CLOSE TO 400 FATHERS LOSE EITHER THEIR PARENTAL RIGHTS OR PART OF THEM.
THEY TERMINATE OR RESTRICT THE FATHER'S RIGHTS.))
OUT Q=the father's rights.
Before the early 80's many custody cases were influenced by the Tender Years
Doctrine which generally favored mothers in custody cases if the child was six
years of age or younger.
In 1983 laws regarding custody were made more neutral towards gender in
Today custody cases are guided by the legal concept of "What's in the best
interest of the child."
But, even with the changes in the law, some still complain fathers aren't
given equal consideration.
SOT 13.43.49 - 13.43.58 (tape 2)
IN Q=I think it
((CINDY EWING/VIRGINIA FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE: I THINK IT IS PRETTY MUCH
ACCEPTED THAT IT EXISTS. MANY FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS WILL TELL YOU THAT THE BIAS
IS THERE. THEY KNOW THEY HAVE TO WORK HARDER IF THEY'RE REPRESENTING THE
OUT Q=representing the father.
Many fathers argue that joint custody should be the norm, not the
exception,in custody cases, so as to allow both parents an equal role in their
SOT 13.09.07 - 13.09.23 (tpae 6)
IN Q=If the courts
((GEORGE MARTIN/FATHER: IF THE COURTS WOULD JUST SAY, HERE'S THE CHILD, HERE'S
THE TIME, SPLIT IT DOWN THE MIDDLE THEN EVERYBODY KNOWS WHERE WE'RE COMING
FROM, THAT'S ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID. IF I WAS A DEADBEAT THEN FINE, GIVE
THE CHILD TO HER MOTHER, THAT'S OK. IF SHE WAS A DEADBEAT GIVE THE CHILD TO
OUT Q=child to me.
But, some critics argue at the heart of many fathers' complaints is their
dissatisfaction with increasing child support payments.
SOT 10.35.57 - 10.36.11 (tape 5)
IN Q=Child support awards
((ELLEN WEINMAN/LAWYER: CHILD SUPPORT AWARDS INCREASED AND SO SOME OF THE
PEOPLE IN THE FATHERS RIGHTS GROUPS WHO ARE COMPLAINING WHAT THEIR REAL BEEF IS
IS THAT ThEY DON'T LIKE THE FACT THAT THEY'RE PAYING CHILD SUPPORT.))
OUT Q=paying child support.
SOT 00.06.50 - 00.07.10
IN Q=Some fathers say
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: SOME FATHERS SAY THEY'RE AWARE OF THE IMPACT THEY
HAVE ON THEIR CHILDREN'S LIVES AND THEY WANT TO BECOME MORE INVOLVED BUT IT'S
HARD SQUEEZING EXTRA MINUTES OUT OF LIMITED VISITATION SCHEDULES. TOMORROW ON
PART THREE OF DADS OF DISTANCE WE'LL TALK ABOUT WAYS FATHERS CAN GET THE MOST
OUT OF THE TIME THEY SPEND WITH THEIR YOUNGSTERS.))
OUT Q=with their youngsters.))
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Coming up next on the newscast, thousands of layoffs are coming to Kodak,
and Bedford commemorates Veteran's Day by breaking ground on a National D-Day
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United Nations weapons inspectors tried again in Iraq today-
and again they were turned away.
Now its up to the U-N to decide what to do-
The security council will vote on a resolution that would slap a travel ban
on Iraqi officials and keep santions in place against Iraq.
((WE BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO SEND AN UNMISTAKABLE MESSAGE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF
SUPER=01-Bill Richardson/U.S. Ambassador to U.N.;
OUT Q=of Iraq."
Iraq's deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz shows no sign of budging.
((TARIQ AZIZ/DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF IRAQ: IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CHANGE OON THE
PART OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL THEN YOU CAN NOT EXPECT A CHANGE ON THE POSITION
SUPER=01-Tariq Aziz/Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister;
OUT Q=poisition of Iraq."
The draft resolution also threatens unspecified further measures if Iraq's
policy doesn't change.
The first clods of earth were officially turned today at the site of the
NATIONAL D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
The ceremonial ground breaking came about a week after an army of earth-
movers invaded the site above Bedford Elementary School.
((WE'RE ON OUR WAY NOW. YOU KNOW. IT'S BEEN A STRUGGLE FOR MANY YEARS, BUT WE
CAN SEE THE END NOW. IT IS HIGHLY APPROPRIATE THAT THE NATIONAL D-DAY MEMORIAL
SHOULD FIND ITS HOME HERE IN BEDFORD, VIRGINIA.))
SUPER=01-Bob Slaughter/D-Day Veteran; :00
OUT Q=Bedford, Virginia
SUPER=03-Normandy, France/June 6, 1944
The first wave of troops on the beach at Normandy included a national guard
unit principally made up of men from Bedford.
IN Q=At the
((AT THE NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETARY AND MEMORIAL LOCATED ON THE HEIGHTS
OVERLOOKING OMAHA BEACH, 11 SONS OF BEDFORD ARE BURIED ALONG WITH 9,386 OTHER
AMERICAN WAR DEAD OF THE NORMANDY CAMPAIGN. ))
SUPER=01-Col. Robert Doughty/West Point
OUT Q=Normandy campaign.
When the memorial is dedicated in 1999, it'll cover about ten acres.
The Eastman Kodak Company is eliminating 10 percnet of it's workforce- ten
thousand jobs worldwide.
SUPER=03-Rochester, NY/File Tape;
Kodak says it's an effort to cut costs and revive sales-
Kodak is the world's largest photo company- It's suffered a "loss in
revenue" due mainly to increased competition from the Fuji Photo film company.
Kodak employs 95 thousand workers worldwide.
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Girls postseason volleyball, and roundball action coming up plus a rundown of
the regional semi-final football games and their starting times.
But first in tonight's Extra Point.
The National Hockey League has suspended Washington Caps star Chris Simon for
three games for the racial slur he hurled at Edmonton's Mike Grier.
The two met today and talked things out.
((CHRIS SIMON/SUSPENDED FOR 3 GAMES:))
((MIKE GRIER/EDMONTON FORWARD:))
SUPER=75-Chris Simon/Suspended For 3 Games; :00
SUPER=75-Mike Grier/Edmonton Forward; :14
OUT Q=...MOVE ON."
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WIPE TO BOARDS
Lakers/118//Dallas/96//Clippers & Grizzlies - LATE/
SUPER=0098-/Georgia #19/45/j/N.C. State/47///j/Temple #24/68//Auburn/42///;
OUT Q=........last score."
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The Tuesday night sports isn't over just yet.
When we return, we will check in with Steve Mason
who checks in with Dave Braine, to see how he's doing in his new job at
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The Cave Spring volleyball team advanced to the Group 3A state semifinals
last night after beating Park View Sterling 15-3, 15-2 and 15-10 on the Knights
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Patriots vs. Knights; :00
Penny Williams had her Lady Knights fired up for their state quarterfinal
match up with the visiting Patriots.
Cave Spring owned the first game. Watch Kim Amos serve up the near ace as
the Lady Knights shoot for a shutout.
On the defensive side; Jenny Lemker and Lindsay Cannon show some touch.
Cave takes the first game 15-3.
Lemker can also spike the ball. Here she gives the lady Knights a 5-nothing
advantage ion game two with the kill. Cave Spring improves to 21 and OH and
advances tot the state semi's in Mechanicsville Friday night at 8:30.
GRAPHIC=REGION C HOOPS
Girl's hoops began the regional process in Region-C last night.
SUPER=03-Buena Vista/Floyd Co. vs. Parry McCluer; :00
Blues' Boss Mark Melton was all business for this battle.
And so were his girls. Nikki Barger drives the length of the floor and pulls
up for the short jumper off the glass.
But the postseason princess, Julie Sowers were continue were hot play as she
swishes the bomb for two of her 21 points.
But watch the Blues work the court in transition. Lindsey Coleman fields the
outlet pass and makes an awesome spin move in the paint for the bucket.
But Floyd would prevail thanks to efforts like this - Karen Pursifull to
SUPER=33-Floyd Co./66/Parry McCluer/41;
Michele Quesenberry to Jill Quesenberry, who gets two of her game high 27 as
Floyd wins it 66-to-41.
Floyd next plays in the semi-finals on Thursday night in Hillsville.
GRAPHIC=region C hoops
Glenvar played host to Rural Retreat in another Region C match up. The Lady
Highlanders would dominate; pulling out the 60 to 39 victory.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Indians vs. Highlanders; :00
Former Glenvar coach Dennis layman was on hand to watch his old team play.
Late in the fourth period. Glenvar's Katrina Williams; who scored 28
despite a stomach virus, dishes to Bonnie Willet. She nails the shot.
Then; the Lady Highlanders Liz Wilburn takes matters into her own hands with a
jumper. Glenvar advances to the region semi finals Thursday at Carroll County
high school and will meet Fort Chiswell; a 43-25 winner over Bath County.
IN Q="I thought
((BRYAN HARVEY/GLENVAR HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bryan Harvey/Glenvar Head Coach; ;00
OUT Q=...when we needed it"
The first round of the high school football playoffs are set for this Friday
Here's a rundown of the regional semi-final games involving area schools.
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It's been over four months since Dave Braine left one Tech for another.
Steve Mason caught up with the Georgia Tech athletic director over the
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Yellow Jackets vs. Cavaliers; :00
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Georgia Tech Athletic Director; :13
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/January 8, 1988; :26
SUPER=01-Terry Holland/Virginia Athletic Director; 1:12
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/October 22, 1996; 1:30
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Saturday's Charlottesville trip was much different from Dave Braine's
last. He was a Hokie two years ago. Now the Yellow Jacket A.D. is adjusting to
some other major changes.
Nearly a decade ago; Braine seized an opportunity some might not have
welcomed when he took over a Virginia Tech program in disarray. He turned it
At Georgia Tech; he plans to add to the program's 16 sports and raise money
for new athletic facilities; goals that were achieved in Blacksburg.
Braine and UVa A.D. Terry Holland have a history that dates back long before
their coaching days and the commonwealth cup.
A family man whose ties to Blacksburg have never been stronger.
As far as a bowl trip; the Yellow Jackets will need a braine behind them.
Georgia tech must win two of their final three games to qualify. Steve mason
news 7 sports.))