Next on News 7 at Five-
The latest on the TEch student who fell to her death from her dorm room
Plus a high speed chase that sped through the New River Valley and into
Our first shot at winter precipitation arrives tomorrow night late with cold
rain and snow. More on that coming up.
Tonight on Health Check--
A small farming community in Iowa is in the spotlight-- as the world awaits
the arrival of septuplets.
The Virginia Tech student who plunged eight stories to her death out her
dorm window WAS legally drunk.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Virginia Tech officials say 18- year old Mindy Somers of Arlington had a
blood alcohol content nearly THREE times the legal limit.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from our Blacksburg Newsroom with an update.
Jean, armed with this latest piece of information-- SUPER=@teresa1;
Virginia Tech officials now say, without a doubt, Somers' death was an
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SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Virginia Tech Public Relations; :00 quick
OUT Q=memory of her.
((LARRY HINCKER/VT PUBLIC RELATIONS:THE POLICE HAVE CONCLUDED THEIR PART OF THE
INVESTIGATION AND TURNED OVER THE REMAINING INVESTIGATION TO THE ABC BOARD. ))
OUT Q=ABC board.
ABC officials are trying to determine WHO sold or provided the underage
woman with alcohol Halloween night.
Officials say the five foot four, 105- pound Somers, had been partying with
friends-- prior to somehow slipping through the eighth floor window of her room
at Slusher Tower in the early morning hours of November first.
More than a week later-- an assortment of flowers mark the site where Somers
fell-- and died from massive chest and abdominal injuries.
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((SHE WAS STRUCK FOR, BY TRAGEDY, BY THAT WE'RE ALL MOURNFUL BUT BECAUSE
ALCOHOL WAS INVOLVED WE SHOULDN'T LET THAT MAR OUR MEMORY OF HER. ))
OUT Q=of her.
Somers was scheduled to appear in court this week for allegedly trying to
purchase alcohol with a fake ID.
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(Teresa-- have you spoken with Somers parents?)
Police chased a stolen Pennsylvania car from Christiansburg all the way to
highway 220 in Roanoke this morning.
The white Dodge hit speeds above one hundred on the interstate, and then
sped through Salem and Southwest Roanoke.
State police forced the car to stop on 220 with a rolling roadblock.
The driver, Heather Worthington and her husband John were arrested.
The chase began when the couple stopped at the Christiansburg police
department and asked for financial help from a charity fund.
((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
STOLEN, AND THEY GOT SCARED WHILE WE WERE HAVING TO WAIT AND THEY HIGH-TAILED
IT OUT OF THERE IN CHRISTIANSBURG AND THIS IS WHERE WE'VE ENDED UP))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Kim Albert/Christiansburg Police Department;
OUT Q=ended up
Police say before the chase, Heather Worthington said she needed to get
medicine for her husband.
After his arrest, he was taken to the hospital, apparently suffering from
some kind of respiratory problem.
Heather is charged with possession of a stolen car, speeding and failure to
John is charged as an accessory.
He's also wanted in Pennsylvania on fraud and bad check charges.
British Au-Pair Louise Woodward and her parents are in seclusion in a Boston
but in a statement released today, Woodward says she is enormously releived
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.
Iraq's not backing down-
Today Iraqi officials again turned away United Nations weapons inspectors-
The question NOW--will the U-N take action?
U-S and British diplomats drafted a Security Council resolution that would
keep sanctions against Iraq in effect.
((BILL RICHARDSON/U.S. AMBASSADOR TO U.N.: THEY LOVE TO DELAY THEY LIKE TO BE
IN A STATE OF DENIAL THAT NOTHING TOUGH IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND I THINK YOU'VE
GONNA SES SOME ACTION ON PART OF THE UNITED SECURITY COUNCIL.))
SUPER=01-Bill Richardson/U.S. Ambassador to UN;
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The resolution stops short of threatening military action.
A vote is expected tomorrow.
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What are Governor Allen's plans once he leaves office? We'll fill you in
when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns...
And on this Veterans Day, the National D-Day Memorial is becoming a
reality-- today they forged ahead with the ground breaking.
Also coming up U-V-A's quarterback is named the A-C-C player of the week...
Details in tonight's Ticker-- stay close.
The earth moved in Bedford today to make way for a monument and education
center to memorialize the D-Day invasion.
A big crowd of veterans and public office holders took part in the
groundbreaking ceremony near Bedford Elementary School.
Though the REQUISITE "spade-fulls" of dirt were turned, work on the project
has been underway for some time.
Many of the dignitaries paid tribute to Bedford's "A" Company ... a unit
that suffered disproportionately high casualties in the liberation of France.
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((COL. ROBERT DOUGHTY/WEST POINT HISTORY PROFESSOR: THE BRAVE MEN WHO LANDED
ON THE COAST OF FRANCE ON D-DAY ALSO UNDERSTOOD THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE
OPERATION IN WHICH THEY WERE PARTICIPATING. THEY KNEW, AS HITLER SAID, THAT THE
WHOLE OUTCOME OF THE WAR DEPENDED ON THEIR SUCCESSFULLY SEIZING AND HOLDING
THOSE SANDY BEACHES.))
SUPER=01-Col. Robert Doughty/West Point History Professor
OUT Q=sandy beaches
There aren't many D-Day veterans still alive in this area.
An 86-year old Irish vet who landed on JUNO Beach was among the invited
guests at today's ground-breaking. We'll hear from him tonight on NEWS 7 at
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At Arlington National Cemetery, the President placed a wreath at the Tomb of
And praised the soldiers who gave us our freedom.
((IN A WORLD CONSTANT WITH CHANGE AND UNCERTAINTY, AMERICA IS FREE, SECURE AND
PROSPEROUS BECAUSE OF THE GIFT OF YOUR SERVICE.))
OUT Q=GIFT OF YOUR SERVICE."
President Clinton went on to say it's better to prevent wars than to wage
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A woman who has fought to recognize victims of Agent Orange carried her
campaign to Washington D-C.
The group she started presented the first of a new medal, the silver rose.
Mary Elizabeth Marchand (mar-SHON) set out to win the purple heart for her
father, Frank Davis of Vinton, a veteran of three wars who died in march from
But victims of Agent Orange, a defoliant sprayed in Vietnam by U-S forces,
are not eligible for the honor.
Marchand hopes to change that, but until then, the Silver Rose Association
is recognizing veterans on its own.
IN Q=By getting a medal approved
((MARY ELIZABETH MARCHAND/SILVER ROSE ASSOCIATION: BY GETTING A MEDAL APPROVED
OR BY DOING IT PRIVATELY LIKE WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW , WE'RE CALLING ATTENTION
TO IT. WE'RE GETTING THE RIGHTS OF THESE MEN ESTABLISHED.))
SUPER=01-Mary Elizabeth Marchand/Silver Rose Association;
OUT Q=of these men established.
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The first two silver rose medals were awarded today, to Marchand's father
and to Lieutenant Elmo Zumwalt the Third, who died from cancer in 1988.
Starting January 17th he'll be out of politics, but Governor George Allen
has already lined up a new job.
Allen recently signed on with the Richmond law firm of McGuire, Woods,
Battle and Boothe, where he'll specialize in business law.
IN Q=Also what I
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: ALSO WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE MCGUIRE WOODS FIRM IS THEY'RE
LOOKING TO EXPAND. THEY LIKE THE IDEA OF BEING MORE INNOVATIVE, MOVING TO ADAPT
TO THE CHALLENGES NOW AND THE BEST OPPORTUNITIES ARE IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE AS
WELL AS EXPANSION OF DOMESTIC. SO I LIKE BEING WITH FOLKS WHO WANT TO
OUT Q=want to improve.
Allen would NOT discuss whether he plans to re-enter the political arena in
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Food and fundraising go hand in hand for the March of Dimes...
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The March of Dimes has come up with a creative way to feed the gourmet in
you, and to raise money for the work the organization does.
Patrick Evans fills us in on the planned Chef's Auction Thursday.
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Todd Wolfson/Donaldson Brown Chef; :24
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Football is still going strong, but tonight is the beginning of the ACC
basketball season. Mike has that story in tonight's Ticker.
Next on health Check, sco-liosis occurs in three percent of children but the
most severe cases are in adolescent girls.
Back braces usually help, but some patients are now relying on surgery.
((BRIDGET TAYLOR/SCOLIOSIS PATIENT: MY SPINE WAS PUSHING MY RIBS OUT SO I
BASICALLY HAD LIKE A HUMP ON MY BACK. ))
OUT Q=ON MY BACK.
Good Afternoon, I'm Keith Humphry-- tonight on News-7 at Six...
Few fathers are favored in child custody awards--
and many believe it's because there's an established bias against them in the
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((BARRY CARTER/FATHERS AUTONOMOUS: I SPENT WELL OVER 20 THOUSAND IN LEGAL FEES,
ABOUT FIVE THOUSAND IN COUNSELORS AND THE LIST GOES ON. YOU REALIZE NOT TO BE
SO GENEROUS WITH THE MONEY AFTER A WHILE BECAUSE YOU JUST CAN'T AFFORD IT AND
YOU REALIZE YOU'RE FIGHTING A LOSING BATTLE.))
SUPER=01-Barry Carter/Fathers Autonomous;
OUT Q=a losing battle.
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Tonight on News 7 at Six we'll look into whether there's a legal bias
against fathers in part two of our series Dads from a Distance.
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It's coming up in 40-minutes...see you then.
We'll check it out, thanks.
Lowering your cholesterol may also lower your mental edge-
According to research from the University of Pittsburgh, cholesterol
lowering drugs may slightly reduce dexterity and attention.
Those types of medications have reduced the risk of dying from heart
But some other studies suggest people taking them are more likely to die in
tragedies such as car accidents and suicides.
Even if the medications truly impair mental performance, experts say the
benefits are still likely to outweigh the risks.
Two drugs women rely on to treat osteoporosis can also help men.
Men's bones can be weakened by steroids used to treat arthritis and sometimes
Fossamax significantly increased bone mass in the hips and spines of men and
women taking steroids for arthritis.
Didronel (Did-roe-nell) had the same effect.
Osteporosis is common in women past menopause... but it can also be
brought on by steroids.
Many people who suffer from sco-liosis-- a curvature of the spine, can make
corrections with a brace, but surgery is being done in more extreme cases to
alleveiate the pain.
This x-ray shows the spine prior to surgery-- the condition progressed so
far, Bridget Taylor faced the possibility of her organs being crushed.
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((BRIDGET TAYLOR/SCOLIOSIS PATIENT: I HAD BACK SPASMS AT NIGHT REAL SHARP
PAINS, I WOULD BE UP LIKE 2-3 HOURS. MY MOM AND DAD WOULD HAVE TO PUT ICE ON
IT AND RUB IT, I'D JUST HAVE SEVERE BACK SPASMS. ))
((DOCTOR: A NORMAL SPINE IS STRAIGHT, THIS MODEL IT DEMONSTRATES THE TYPICAL
CURVE PATTERN WHICH IS CURVING TO THE RIGHT, AND THEN A LEFT LUMBAR. ))
SUPER=01-Bridget Taylor/Scoliosis Patient; :00
OUT Q=LEFT LUMBAR.
Idiopathic scoliosis occurs in three percent of all children but it usually
only progresses to severe stages in adolescent girls.
Though the cause is not known, most cases of scoliosis are detected through
school screening programs.
Body braces are effective--
But for a small number of patients, the curve worsens, making surgery the
The operation calls for surgeons to place two 12-inch stainless steel rods
in the spine to push it straight.
IN Q=SO WE CAN
((DR. SCOTT MUBAREK/PEDIATRIC ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON: SO WE CAN CHANGE A CURVE
THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS TO A MUCH STRAIGHTER, CAN'T MAKE IT NORMAL, BUT YOU CAN
STRAIGHTEN IT CONSIDERABLY. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Scott Mubarek/Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon:
OUT Q= IT CONSIDERABLY
In the past patients had to spend six to nine months in a body cast
Thanks to modern surgerical techniques, patients are usually walking in
three days, and most of them can resume full activities including sports.
All eyes are on Iowa this week as the baby watch continues...
Twenty-nine year old Bobbi (McCoy) McCaughy is in a Des Moines hospital,
where doctors are closely watching her and her 7 babies.
So far, they seem to be in good shape, although septuplets are a risky
Maureen (ma-HER) Maher has the story.
SUPER=03-Carlisle, IA; :00
SUPER=01-Bob Staley/Co-Worker; :10
SUPER=03-Des Moines, IA; :25
SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/Reporting; :58
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Des Moines.
((Carlisle, Iowa... a typical small farming community that in just 2 weeks has
transformed into a national media center of sorts...
BOB STALEY/CO-WORKER: WE KNEW FOR A LONG TIME, IT SEEMED THAT EVERYBODY
AROUN HERE KNEW, BUT THEY DID A REALLY GOOD JOB OF KEEPING IT A SECRET."
But with the news that Bobbi McCaughy was pregnant with septuplets came
throngs of reporters who have since been camped outside of Iowa Methodist
Medical Center where the 29 year old mother woman awaits the birth of her
babies - who are all said to be over 2 lbs and in good health... At the car
dealship where husband Kenny works, co-workers are learning to cope with all
of the attention with a little bit of humor.
STALEY: WELL IT'S DEFINATELY GOING TO PUT THE TOWN ON THE MAP
JANE JOHNSON/NEIGHBOR: IT'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF WORK...
In the weeks and months to come in the McCaughy's 2 bdrooom home, friends and
family say it is hard work that the couple will not have to do alone...))
Turning now to sports-- college basketball tips off tonight in the
The Tuesday begins with of all things some basketball news tonight.
The 1997-98 college basketball season tips off tonight in the Jersey
Meadowlands with North Carolina State taking on the Georgia Bulldogs in the
Coaches vs. Cancer benefit Classic.
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The Wolfpack would like to build on the success it enjoyed last season when
the team made it all the way to the ACC championship game and the second round
of the NIT.
If State is to build on that success, it must rely on a number of freshmen.
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((HERB SENDEK/N.C. STATE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Herb Sendek/N.C. State Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...NATIONALLY RANKED GEORGIA."
The Virginia Cavaliers are busy preparing for their crucial ACC showdown with
N.C. State this weekend, and today the team got a blast of good news
as quarterback Aaron Brooks was named the ACC's offensive player of the week.
The junior from Newport News completed 19 of 26 passes for 308 yards and four
TD's. plus rushed for 40 more yards as the Cavs beat Georgia Tech 35-to-31.
His 348 yards of total offense is a career high.
Brooks and the Cavaliers received a visit from former Virginia Tech
athletic Director Dave Braine this past weekend.
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As you might recall, Braine is in his first year as Georgia tech's new
athletic director. Braine turned Virginia Tech's athletic program around during
his 9 and a half years in Blacksburg and his diligent work ethic has not slowed
((DAVE BRAINE/GEORGIA TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Georgia Tech Athletic Director; :00
OUT Q=...be very good
Coming up at six, Steve Mason will have much more with Dave Braine and we'll
also hear from the Orioles new manager Ray Miller, plus have details of a big
league trade today that sends Moises Alou to the Astros.
Also, the National League Cy Young award winner will be announced just after
six this evening.
Join me for all that and more in just over a half hour.
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
SUPER=03-Stony Point, NY;
This 74-foot tree has begun its journey to New York City's Rockefeller
The Norway Spruce was cut down this morning at the home of a carpenter and
The Christmas Tree is taking a different mode of transportation this year.
Instead of hitting the highway, the tree was loaded onto a barge, it will
then float down the Hudson River to the Big Apple where it will be trucked to
the site later this week.
The family who donated the tree will be given a replacement tree along with
some other perks.