An entire community came out to support family members of the six people
killed in a house fire in Henry County.
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It was a standing room only crowd in the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Bassett.
Everyone was there to say good bye.
75-year-old Garnet Via, Senior, 72-year-old Alice Gravely Via, and 33-year
old Jerri Via were three of the six people who died in a house fire Wednesday
The others included 9-year-old India Manns, 6-year-old Johntea Manns and
four year-old DeAngelo Terry.
Students at Campbell Court Elementary wrote letters about their friendships
with the young victims.
The community and family members are still in shock.
IN Q= THIS COMMUNITY HAS BEEN
((DOROTHY MENEFEE/VICTIMS' FRIEND: THIS COMMUNITY HAS BEEN SHATTERED BY THIS
TRAGEDY. THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT CAMPBELL COURT BUT I SAY NOT ONLY THE BABIES
IT HAS SHATTERED BUT THE ADULTS.))
SUPER=01-Dorothy Menefee/Victims' Friend;
OUT Q=BUT THE ADULTS
IN Q=AND THEY WERE
((AND THEY WERE LOVELY WONDERFUL PEOPLE. YOU WERE BLESSED TO KNOW SUCH PEOPLE.
THIS COMMUNITY IS GOING TO MISS THEM. I HAVE MISSED THEM ALREADY.))
OUT Q=MISSED THEM ALREADY
Fire officials say a woodstove caused the fatal blaze.
There was no smoke detector in the house.
The victims apparently died of smoke inhalation.
Two Louisiana brothers are biking across the country in an effort to save
their younger brother's life.
Shareef Cousin (KOO-zin) is the youngest inmate on death row.
Ellis Cropper and Lawrence Cousin (KOO-zin) say Shareef brother was wrongly
convicted of murder.
At the time Shareef was 16.
Now Ellis and Lawrence are riding to raise awareness.
They started the journey in New England, and from Roanoke they'll travel
through at least four states before ending up in New Orleans.
IN Q=WE HAVE FACTS
((ELLIS CROPPER: WE HAVE FACTS HE'S BEEN WRONGLY CONVICTED OF A MURDER AND SO
WE'RE BUILDING UP PUBLICITY BECAUSE IT'S THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA THAT MAKE A
DIFFERENCE. SO I WANT THE PEOPLE TO SEE WHAT KINDS OF THINGS HAPPEN.))
((LAWRENCE COUSIN: IN AMERICA YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN
GUILTY. BUT MY YOUNGER BROTHER WAS GUILTY AND HAD TO PROVE HIMSELF INNOCENT.
WE WANT TO NOT ONLY STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING TO HIM BUT OTHERS ACROSS RACE
SUPER=07-Ellis Cropper; :00
SUPER=07-Lawrence Cousin; :14
OUT Q=ACROSS RACE LINES
They will arrive in New Orleans, December fourth.
That's when their brother's case goes before the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Shareef Cousin was convicted of robbing and killing a 25-year-old white man.
A witness identified Shareef as the gunman.
United Nations weapons inspectors had double the workload today as they
entered Iraq for the first time in about three weeks.
The standoff ended earlier this week after Russian officials convinced
Saddam Hussein to end the ban against American inspectors.
Seventy-five inspectors--among them four Americans--returned to Baghdad
The team not only searched weapons sites, but also tried to uncover weapons
the Iraqis may have moved or hidden during the conflict.
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IN Q=We are going
((UNSCOM INSPECTOR: Can you tell us what sort of reception do you expect today.
WE EXPECT A NORMAL RECEPTION. Which re are you going? THE USUAL RECEPTION WE
GET WHEN WE'RE OUT ON INSPECTION. In the past that hasn't been a very welcoming
one. Do you expect it to be better today? WE EXPECT IT TO BE BETTER TODAY.))
OUT Q=be better today.
As part of the resolution that ended the standoff, Russia agreed to help
ease economic sanctions imposed against Iraq at the end of the Gulf War.
Russian officials also agreed to push for changes in the weapons inspection
But, a United Nations commission rejected Russia's proposal.
U-N Ambassador Bill Richardson said there's now little chance that sanctions
against Iraq will be lifted.
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SUPER=83-Down 2.66 feet/Down 7.98 feet;Lake levels
Microsoft is gaining ground in the web-browser wars, though its success
helped spark a government anti-trust lawsuit.
More in this week's WebWatch.
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Microsoft doubled its share of the web browser market, with the Internet
Explorer's market share jumping from 20 to 40 percent.
Its success comes at Netscape's expense, which falls from 73 percent down to
Analysts say Microsoft's share will continue to grow, as the company
continues bundling Explorer in with Windows software packages.
If you're having credit problems, free, anonymous help is available online
from Credit Counseling Centers of America.
The non-profit site has tips for people in financial trouble...
You can fill out a budget worksheet, then call a counselor who can help put
you on the road to financial recovery... all without giving your name.
The prestigious Pulitzer Prize will now be available to online journalists.
The Pulitzer board made the decision at its annual meeting.
Newspapers can apply for the prize by submitting a CD-rom with the entry.
The move is considered a big step in the recognition of online journalism.
Links to these sites are posted on the WebWatch page, on the WDBJ website, at
The University of Virginia has the keys to the past locked up in the
The Special Collections section of the library contains thousands of
original diaries and manuscripts.
Denise Allen spent some time there while researching her series a Woman's
SUPER=01-James Robertson/Civil War Scholar; QUICK!! :44
SUPER=01-Ed Ayers/Civil War Scholar; :48
OUT Q=News 7
In this maze of stacks you'll find original manuscripts of Edgar Allen Poe,
documents dating back to the Revolutionary War and the Burwell Family papers.
Many of the collections in this section of the library are just that diaries
and business papers of Virginia Families.
The Burwells were a Virginia family.
In their are papers documenting land sales dating back to the 17-hundreds.
But for our story, the focus was on the diaries from the Burwell women
living at a Bedford Plantation during the Civil War.
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IN Q=IT'S EASIER TO FALL
((JAMES ROBERTSON/CIVIL WAR SCHOLAR: IT'S EASIER TO FALL VICTIM TO THE
'SCARLET O'HARA SYNDROME,' AS I CALL IT, IN WHICH WE PICTURE SOUTHERN WOMEN IN
DRESSES AND HOOP SKIRTS AND HAVING GRAND OLD TIMES, BUT NOTHING COULD BE
FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH.))
OUT Q=FROM THE TRUTH
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IN Q=YOU TOUCH THE
((ED AYERS/CIVIL WAR SCHOLAR: YOU TOUCH THE PAST IN A WAY THAT YOU CAN'T BY
READING THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. THAT SEEMS SO HIGH
BLOWN AND SO GREAT THAT YOU FEEL YOU FADE INTO INSIGNIFICANCE BUT HERE YOU GO
THIS IS WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO HAVE A CHILD IN 1862 AND IT FEELS THE SAME WAY
TODAY. IT MAKES THE PAST LIVE.))
OUT Q=THE PAST LIVE
(2ND DIARY WENDY)
"Avenel was an ideal home in the 50's, before the war clouds began to gather,
and the servants were as proud of its fame for hospitality as the master and
mistress....Rosa Burwell (Burrell) Todd"
The past comes a live again during On Record--as the Burwell women recount
life on the plantation during the Civil War.
That's tomorrow morning at 11.
Denise Allen News 7.))
One of Princess Diana's dresses auctioned-off in June was briefly on display
in the star city last night.
It's a hand-beaded, gold and white dress Diana wore to a fundraiser for the
The dress was the major attraction at an event to raise funds and awareness
for the American Lung Association of Virginia.
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IN Q=The main difference
((TONI FERGUSON/AMER. LUNG ASSN. OF VA: THE MAIN DIFFERENCE WE HOPE IS THAT
PEOPLE WILL REALIZE WE'RE HERE; THAT WE'RE DOING THINGS IN THE COMMUNITY FOR
EVERYBODY NOT JUST CHILDREN BUT FOR ADULTS AS WELL AND ANYBODY WHO HAS LUNG
SUPER=01-Toni Ferguson/Amer. Lung Assn. of VA;
OUT Q=has lung disease.
The gathering was the First Annual Christmas Seal Gala benefiting the state
chapter of the American Lung Association.
Fontaine and Philip Minor of Richmond bought the dress and tiara at an
auction in June.
And coming up, Glenvar wins the Group A girls state championship the Hokies
battled the Panthers in Pittsburgh.
And we'll have scores and highlights from this afternoon's high school
football regional championships.
The Single and double A girls state basketball championships held court at
Virginia High In Bristol this afternoon.
Steve Mason recaps a Roanoke Valley Sweep as William byrd and glenvar bring
home state championships.
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Bristol/Group A State Championship; :00
SUPER=01-Erika Hale/Scored 18 Points For Glenvar; :36
SUPER=01-Katrina Williams/Scored 24 Points For Glenvar; :56
SUPER=01-Bryan Harvey/Glenvar Head Coach; 1:26
SUPER=04-Group Two A State Championship; 1:38
SUPER=34-William Byrd/57/Turner Ashby/54/; 2:01
SUPER=01-Brandy Allen/30 Points 11 Rebounds; 2:36
SUPER=01-Richard Thrasher/William Byrd Head Coach; 2:42
OUT Q=........news 7 sports."
The William Fleming Colonels have advanced to the state Semi finals. this
afternoon the Colonels beat Culpeper County 20 to 13 in the Division 5
Northwest Region championship.
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The Colonels were fired up for the regional championship game.
Culpeper jumped out to the quick lead when Paul Hutchinson hauls in the
play action pass from Fred Caperton and the Blue Devils were on top 7 to
nothing early in the first quarter.
But the Colonel defense would tighten up Devon Turner forces Caperton out
of the pocket and Derrick Turner makes the interception in the end zone ending
Fleming would pick off 5 passes on SUPER=36-William
Fleming/20/Culpeper/13/;this play Caperton throws to his wide out he slips and
William Hankins makes the interception and returns it 30 yards and Fleming
scores 20 in the second half to win it 20 to 13.
In Forest this afternoon, Brookville and Jefferson Forest played for the
Region Three Division four championship.
SUPER=03-Forest/Cavaliers vs Bees; :
The rain last night left the field a little muddy at kickoff this afternoon.
In the first quarter the Cavaliers get off to the quick start with a
reverse and Joey Fitzgerald ends up with the ball and scores to make it 7 to
The Bees tried to get it going in the first half when Jason Brown goes to
the air and hits Payton Townes, Junior who makes the nice catch.
Jefferson Forest would score on the SUPER=36-Jefferson
Forest/27/Brookville/0/;short run when Jay Chapman takes the handoff and
scores to make it 13 to nothing and Jefferson Forest wins it 27 to Nothing.
The Radford Bobcats were on the road this afternoon for the Region C
division 2 championship at Patrick Henry Glade Spring.
And Radford wins the championship Beating Glade Spring 20 to 7.
The Virginia Tech Hokies saw their Big East Alliance Bowl hopes slip away
this afternoon on the Road in Pittsburgh.
Tech led 9 to nothing in the first quarter but Pittsburgh scored 15
unanswered points in the second half and the Panthers beat the Hokies this
afternoon 30 to 23.
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