Coming up on News 7-
They got it. Astronauts successfully pluck a satellite from space.
A possible break in the murder case of a 72 year old man.
We begin a series of reports on Northwest Roanoke.
And for the first time in nearly 50 years Charles Shulz is taking a break
News 7 is next.
Two spacewalking astronauts have captured- a slowly spinning satellite.
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Center;
The satellite has been spinning out of control- The astronauts will now move
the 3- thousand pound satellite into the shuttle's cargo bay.
Also tonight, Joe Dashiell takes a look at Northwest Roanoke- as he begins a
special series of reports.
SUPER=03-San Diego/File Tape;
Say good bye to Peanuts- at least for awhile-
Charles Schultz is taking a five week leave to celebrate his 75th birthday.
Newspspaers will make do with re-runs.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Two shuttle Astronauts tonight literally reached out and grabbed a
The crew is still in the middle of the spacewalk- These pictures are from
just about an hour ago.
The satellite's been spinning in space since last week.
The Astronauts were anchored by foot restraints- They waited patiently until
the satllite tilted just the right way- The with the magic of zero gravity- the
two men brought in the 3-thousand pound satellite.
The satelite malfunctioned when it was released three days ago-
Lynchburg investigators may have their first break in the unsolved stabbing
death of an elderly man last week.
72- year- old Samuel J. York was killed in his apartment one week ago.
Since then, several witnesses have reported seeing 27- year- old Kenneth
Lloyd Lawson driving the victim's car.
IN Q=Naturally we're
((INVEST. DANNY VIAR/LYNCHBURG POLICE: NATURALLY WE'RE INTERESTED BECAUSE HE
HAS THE VICTIM'S VEHICLE, AND DEFINITELY WE WANT TO TALK TO ANYBODY THAT KNOWS
THE VICTIM OR HAS HAD RECENT CONTACT WITH HIM AROUND THE TIME OF HIS DEATH. THE
CAR AND THE INDIVIDUAL, MR. LAWSON, HAVE BEEN ENTERED INTO THE NATIONAL
COMPUTER, SHOWING THAT THE VEHICLE IS STOLEN AND THAT WE HAVE A WARRANT ON FILE
FOR HIM FOR AUTO THEFT.))
SUPER=01-Invest. Danny Viar/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=for auto theft.
Viar says anyone who sees the car or Lawson should call the Lynchburg
A fatal car crash in Pittsylvania County has state police doing an in-depth
Police will not say why they are paying special attention to this
A 16-year old female passenger died at the scene.
The young man who was driving is in the hospital ...
He apparently veered off Route 726 --hitting a sign and a phone box before
the car overturned.
Police say there is no indication of drugs or alcohol.
Some people who put new windows in their home hadn't thought about it until
a telemarketer called with a convincing sales pitch.
Keith Humphry has the story of a Botetourt County couple who found the deal
was more than they bargained for.
IN Q=Vera and Norvell
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Vera Anderson/Homeowner; :08
SUPER=01-Fran Stephanz/Better Business Bureau; 1:08
SUPER=01-Joe Casanova/Pacesetter Sales Manager; 1:30
SUPER=01-Helen Watts/Pacesetter Customer; 2:06
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
(( Vera and Norvell Anderson bought their home in 1970.
However, they hadn't gotten around to putting in real windows until the
Pacesetter salesman called.
SOT 5:55:20 Vera Anderson
((THEY WERE JUST STORM- -THE STORM WINDOW CASINGS. So, you really needed some
windows? YES. But, you didn't need them this bad? NO, NOT FOR NO $27,000.))
$27,306. That's the bottom line- -including interest and fees- -of the
10-year contract they signed with Pacesetter in February, 1996.
Even before Pacesetter tacked on finance charges, the Andersons paid about
a thousand dollars a window... what typically goes for about 300-dollars
[second time she says it is better]
((THEY PREY ON POOR PEOPLE AND ELDERLY PEOPLE. AND YOU GET DUPED INTO BUYING
SOMETHING, THEN YOU'RE PAYING DOUBLE FOR IT.))
The Andersons are paying 15-and-a-half percent interest on the 13 windows
and doors they bought.
Pacesetter also sold them credit life insurance and credit health
insurance. That added another 22-hundred dollars to the deal.
But the insurance didn't help Vera Anderson when she got sick and had to
IN Q=They said
((THEY SAID IT WAS A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION.))
SOT 14:17:50 Fran Stephens
((YOU'RE NOT REQUIRED BY LAW TO TAKE CREDIT LIFE OR CREDIT DISABILITY, Having
once signed up, though, what do you do? YOU CAN CANCEL THAT. ))
That would permanently reduce the monthly payment.
Pacesetter agreed to cancel the insurance premiums after NEWS 7 started
looking the story of a rural African- American couple who bought a set of
windows that are worth more than their home.
15:04:20 joe casanova
((YOU'RE COMING AT THIS STRICTLY AS A CONSUMER.
OK. Why is that not fair?
BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING ON ONE CASE, SIR. WE'VE BEEN IN THIS STATE FOR 11 YEARS
NOW. WE HAVE MANY MANY MANY SATISFIED CUSTOMERS.))
The Pacesetter salesman told the Andersons they'd get a break on their
windows, if they recommended him to the neighbors.
((ONE NEIGHBOR DID WIND UP GETTING STORM DOORS, AND HE'S NOT HAPPY EITHER.))
A different Pacesetter salesman called on Charlie and Helen Watts... just
down the road from the Andersons.
She says they told the Pacesetter salesmen they weren't interested, didn't
want to hear their salespitch.
((THEY WANT TO COME AND SHOW THEIR PRODUCT ANYWAY.))
In addition to the high-pressure sales approach, Pacesetter placed a lien
on the property, a home assessed at just $17,200.
SOT 5:59:10 Anderson
((IF YOU'RE A COUPLE OF DAYS LATE, THEY CAN TAKE YOUR HOUSE. ))
((THEY'RE THREATENING TO DO IT EVERYTIME I'M LATE WITH A PAYMENT.))
Pacesetter confirms there have been collection efforts, when the Andersons
fell behind in their payments-- after Vera got sick and Norvell was laid off.
But nobody wants to foreclose on a house that's worth less than the face of
((THAT'S NOT PACESETTER POLICY. WE WILL NOT TAKE ANYBODY'S HOME.))
After we started working on this story, the company told the Andersons that
Pacesetter will temporarily reduce their monthly payment by 52-dollars a month.
In the meantime, the total amount hasn't changed. It's just "delaying the
inevitable," says Vera Anderson.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.
(Toss to Robin)
Still to come on News 7, President Clinton wants the U-N to inspect Saddam
and one of the Iowa septuplets suffers a setback today.
President Clinton says U-N weapons inspectors should be allowed to visit
Saddam Hussein's palaces.
But Iraqi officials say the inspectors have no right to
go into so-called presidential sites.
((THERE ARE 78 SUCH PALACES IN IRAQ. MANY OF THEM ARE HUGE COMPOUNDS, SOME OF
THEM ACTUALLY ENCOMPASS MORE LAND THAN WASHINGTON D.C. DOES.))
BUTT TO 15:01:06
((BILL RICHARDSON/U.S. AMBASSADOR TO U.N.: WHAT ARE THEY HIDING? WE THINK THERE
SHOULD BE FULL ACCESS TO THESE SITES.))
SUPER=01-Bill Richardson/U.S. Ambassador to U.N.; 12 QUICK!!
OUT Q=to these sites."
President Clinton says if the inspectors want to visit those sites -- they
The latest troubles in the Asian ecomony do affect Americans.
That's the word from President Clinton after one of Japan's largest brokerage
houses went belly up-
((WE SELL ABOUT ONE THIRD OF OUR EXPORTS TO ASIA. WE NEED TO TAKE THIS VERY
SERIOULSY WE NEED TO WORK VERY HARD AT IT NOT AT ALL CASUAL.))
OUT Q=not at all casual."
In America, three million jobs depend on exports to Asia.
The President and other leaders are considering a rescue plan that could be
the biggest bailout in history.
One of the McCoy septuplets- Joel McCoy- went back on a respirator today.
But doctors say that's not unusual.
((THAT'S NO SURPRISE AT ALL FOR A BABY HIS SIZE, HIS AGE. WE'RE NOT DISCOURAGED
IN THE SLIGHTEST ABOUT THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Shaw/Neonatalogist;
OUT Q=about that.
Only one of the babies- Kenneth has been able to breathe on his own.
Doctors say the babies continue to face real risks.
((WE'RE MOST CONCERNED OVER THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS AS THE BABIES BEGIN TO TAKE
FEEDING THAT'S A NEW TEST FOR ALL OF THEM.))
OUT Q=FOR ALL OF THEM."
Mother Bobbi McCoy returned home over the weekend-
The septuplets won't go home for eight weeks.
Today the townspeople added seven new lights to the community Christmas Tree-
one for each of the world's only living septuplets.
Tracey Outlaw was working as a nude dancer when she accepted money from
patrons at a former Wythe County strip bar.
But were Outlaw's actions at Harmony Hall in July obscene?
It's a question Judge Danny Bird was unable to answer today because Wythe
County has NOT defined what constitutes obscenity.
In the end, the judge agreed to dismiss all the charges against Outlaw
pending good behavior.
The judge also agreed to dismiss charges against Harmony Hall manager, Bobby
He's accused of allowing alcohol inside the strip bar without the proper
Two obscenity related charges were dismissed before court began.
IN Q=I certainly
((ROBBIE JENKINS/CAVINESS' ATTORNEY:I CERTAINLY DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY PROOF
BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT OR CHARGE THAT WAS LEFT AGAINST MY CLIENT, WHICH WAS
THE ALCOHOL CHARGE, THEY JUST DIDN'T HAVE ANY PROOF THERE WERE FOOD OR
BEVERAGES SOLD AND HE SHOULD'VE DISMISSED IT, BUT HE TOOK IT UNDER ADVISEMENT
AND WE'RE SATISFIED WITH THAT DECISION. ))
SUPER=01-Robbie Jenkins/Caviness' Attorney; :00
OUT Q=that decision.
The judge also agreed to dismiss the alcohol related charges against three
other Harmony Hall employees-- pending a year's good behavior.
The years haven't been kind to Northwest Roanoke. On some streets, vacant
lots and dilapidated houses outnumber the occupied.
Still, residents haven't lost faith... as Joe Dashiell reports in the
first part of our series, "Northwest Passages."
IN Q=I was sinking
SUPER=01-Michael Hicks/Chorus Director; :23
SUPER=04-Roanoke Public Library; :35
SUPER=01-William Taborn/Northwest Roanoke Resident; 1:01
SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Harrison Museum Director; 1:30
OUT Q=over me... Amen. JD News 7
((OPENS ON NAT SOUND OF CHOIR 06:56:42
IN Q=I was sinking
((I WAS SINKING, DEEP IN SIN.))
OUT Q=deep in sin.
On Monday nights, members of the Loudon Avenue Christian Church rattle the
The male chorus that started with a handful of volunteer voices a year
ago, is now fifteen strong.
MORE NAT SOUND OF CHOIR 06:57:23
IN Q=God's not dead
((GOD'S NOT DEAD. HE'S STILL ALIVE.))
OUT Q=still alive.
SOT MICHAEL HICKS 07:32:11
IN Q=These guys here
((THESE GUYS HERE ARE GUYS THAT SAY THEY CAN'T SING, SO WITH THE POWER OF GOD,
WE ALLOWED THEIR VOICES TO SING OUT.))
OUT Q=voices to sing out.
Northwest neighborhoods are among the city's oldest... and William Taborn
has called the area home for more than 80 years.
IN Q=When I first moved up here
((WHEN I FIRST MOVED UP HERE IT HAD DIRT ROADS, AND WHEN THE CARS PASSED BY YOU
COULD SEE NOTHING BUT DUST AND MUD. ))
OUT Q=nothing but dust and mud.
Taborn lives in the house his father built in 1927. A founding member of
the Hunton Lifesaving Crew, a Scout Leader for more than 30 years, he misses
the sense of security and community the neighborhood once offered.
SOT WILLIAM TABORN 15:07:23
IN Q=you could go out
OUT Q=nobody would bother you.
As longtime residents have died or moved away, homes have fallen into
disrepair. Vacant lots have multiplied, and neighborhoods have become breeding
grounds for crime.
SOT ALETHA BOLDEN 14:30:43
IN Q=A neighborhood
(( ALETHA BOLDEN/HARRISON MUSEUM DIRECTOR: A NEIGHBORHOOD LIKE ANY OTHER
NEIGHBORHOOD WITH PEOPLE LIVING, LOVING AND LEARNING. AND HELPING EACH OTHER.
YOU'VE GOT YOUR GOOD AND YOU'VE GOT YOUR BAD AND YOU GOT YOUR UGLY, BUT WE
FOCUS ON THE GOOD.))
OUT Q=focus on the good.
NAT SOUND OF MALE CHORUS SINGING 07:23:33
IN Q=I feel him in my hands
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
After this break we'll tell you why Charles Shulz is temporarily tired of
working for "Peanuts",
and Santa Claus makes an early trip to Appalachia.
IN Q=It means everything..
OUT Q=from Santa Claus
Last year, some male cadets at the Citadel were investigated for alleged
hazing of female cadets.
Now the accusations involve possible sexual assault.
State investigators are looking into allegations of a sexual encounter
between a male upperclassmen and a female underclassmen.
Friday, the man resigned.
At the Citadel, any sexual activity between cadets is against the rules.
School President John Grinalds says state investigators tell him the case is
being investigated as a possible sexual assault.
An effort to stream line daycare regulations drew fire at a public hearing in
The Child Day-Care Council is rewriting some of the regulations.
The new rules place more restrictions on health and safety issues, but they
are less specific about daily educational activities.
And some daycare providers are unhappy about lower educational requirements
for program supervisors.
IN Q=my children
MARTI CARL/DAYCARE PROVIDER; MY CHILDREN, YOUR CHILDREN, AND ALL OF THE
CHILDREN IN THE COMMONWEALTH DESERVE THE BEST CHILD CARE THAT IS AVAILABLE. AND
IF THESE PROPOSALS ARE ALLOWED TO FO THROUGH AS IS, THEN OUR BEST WILL NO-WHERE
BE GOOD ENOUGH.))
SHARON JONES/CHILD DAY-CARE COUNCIL; I DON'T LOOK ATH THEM AS BEING RELAXED, I
LOOK AT THEM BEING BROADENED SO THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY FUNCTION EFFECTIVELY FOR
ALL THE GROUPS THAT HAVE COME UNDER LICENSED CARE.
SUPER=01-Marti Carl/Daycare Provider;
SUPER=01-Sharon Jones/Child Day-Care Council;
OUT Q=licensed care.
The council will use the input from tonight's public hearing to fine-tune
the new regulations.
There will be another public-comment period before the council takes action
In nearly 50 years Charlie Brown never pitched a no hitter
Snoopy never shot down the Red Baron and Charles Schulz never took a break-
This Wednesday the Peanuts Creator begins a five week leave to mark his 75th
During his hiatus, the 26 hundred newspapers that run Peanuts will have to
make do with re-runs of old strips.
SUPER=330-Mostly Clear/Winds Diminish/20-24/Mostly Sunny/Wind SW-10/53-55;
SUPER=331-Clear And/Cold/19-24/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-10/52-56;
SUPER=332-Clear And/Rather Cold/16-19/Mostly Sunny/Light Winds/50-54;
SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/And Cold/18-22/Mostly Sunny/Light Winds/50-53;
SUPER=334-Clear And/Cold/18-22/Mostly Sunny/Wind SW-10/50-54;
and finally word this morning that Scottie Pippen wants to traded in the
next couple of days or weeks at the most.
Pippen says he would like to play for the Lakers or Suns. but definitely not
He hasn't played this year after having foot surgery.
The Radford University men's basketball team picked up an easy win last night
against Elon a team that will be an official Big South member in 1999.
RU beats the Fighting Christians
SUPER=03-Radford/Elon vs. Radford; :00
Head coach Ron Bradley and the Highlanders basically had their way on the
offensive end of the floor last night.
Corey Redd with the assist to fellow senior Kevin Robinson, as K-Rob knocks
in the jumper.
Reed would keep dishing out the passes as he feeds Ryan Charles, the 6-10
sophomore on this play for the layin. Charles had 16.
Then watch the nice ball movement - Reed to Chibi Johnson to Leslie Ballard
who had a career high 26 points.
Radford gets its first win of the year 86-to-59 over 0-and-3 Elon.
The Duke Blue Devils are in Hawaii playing the Maui Classic this week, and
today they went up against giant killer Chaminade.
SUPER=03-Lahaina, Hawaii/ESPN; :00
Coach K, Mike Krzyzewski got a little neck wear before the game and his
Devils went out and took care of business in a hurry.
Freshman Elton Brand had 23 for the Devils and number of others chipped as
Duke wins 106-to-70, and moves on to play Missouri in the semi-finals.
A couple of UVa athletes picked up some nice recognition last night.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Last Week; :00
On the basketball front, 6-8 senior Norman Nolan was named the ACC's player
of the week for his performances in three games last week.
Nolan averaged 20 points & 13 rebounds with double-doubles in each game.
WIPE TO PINNACLE BOARD
Still to come, last night I had the pleasure of spending some time with one
of the Roanoke Valley's brightest
stars, Tiki Barber. When we return we'll chat with the New York Giants
rookie about his first eventful season in the NFL.
The UVa football team is preparing for what is shaping up to be its most
important game in recent years.
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As Steve Mason reports even a win might not get UVa a bowl bid.
WIPE TO ENG FROM PINNACLE
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :24
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/November 15; :40
SUPER=01-Patrick Kerney/UVa Defensive End; :54
SUPER=01-Bryan Owen/UVa Receiver; 1:02
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Captain; 1:24
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS.
Last night in Raljon, Maryland Tiki Barber continued to get his education as
a rookie in the NFL.
And as his first season draws to a close, the little Giants has certainly
proven himself to be a quick learner.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Raljon, MD/Last Night; :00
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Giants Rookie Running Back; :20
SUPER=03-Tampa, FL; 1:30
OUT Q=...PART OF IT ALL."
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Super=X5045 (starts FX)
Santa Claus made an early appearance in the mountains of Southwest
Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.
SUPER=75-Santa Train Video;
Saying his reindeer weren't ready for the trip, Santa used a C-S-X train
for his annual journey into the Appalachian mountains.
For the past 55 years, the train has delivered toys, food and clothing to
the needy in the area.
More than 15 tons of gifts were delivered this weekend.
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