A cross burning- -followed by K-K-K and white power graffiti at a WHITE
church in Floyd County.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at Six, we'll tell you what may be behind this latest
incident of church vandalism.
And we'll take you inside Virginia's newest prison- -before the worst of
the state's incorrigible inmates arrive.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason continues our week long reports leading up the
to Tech game, tonight he has news concerning Al Clark, who has cartilage damage
in his left knee.
Plus, it's also a big night
for both universities on the hardwood, as the UVa women host BOnnie
Hendrickson and her Lady Hokies tonight at University Hall in Charlottesville.
After a chilly start. temperatures moved up quickly today. It will be the
same story tomorrow.
Someone burned a cross at a WHITE church in Floyd County last weekend.
This latest incident- -mimicking the Ku Klux Klan- -may have been prompted
by the fact that the pastor is a white Irish-American and his wife is from the
It's not the first time the Indian Valley Presbyterian Church has been
The pastor discovered graffiti painted on the walls beneath the wheel-
chair ramp six or eight weeks ago.
IN Q=And I'd noticed
SUPER=01-Diarmuid O'Hara/Pastor; :00
SUPER=01-Ann O'Hara/Pastor's Wife; 1:11
OUT Q=I'm always nervous.
((AND I'D NOTICED LETTERS RIGHT ON THE WALL THERE, LETTERS ABOUT THREE FEET
HIGH: "KKK." THEN ON THAT WALL OVER THERE "WHITE POWER," AND THEN "666."))
Members of the congregation painted over the damage and put up some lattice
work to prevent it from happening again.
A week ago Sunday they arrived for church to find the lights shot out by
((I HAD A FEELING IT MUST BE KIDS WHO ARE DOING THIS ))
ONE: ...because it was teenagers at Floyd County High School who're suspected
in the vandalism at a Black church on New Town Road.
And, two, because the cross was set ablaze BEHIND the Indian Valley
church... not out front in the way of a public statement.
((MY FEELING IS SORT OF A FEELING OF ADVENTURE, YOU KNOW... MAYBE WE'RE GOING
TO START FIND OUT WHO IS DOING ALL THIS. ))
O'Hara is an intern- -serving as a pastor for two churches in Floyd County
before he returns to Union Theological Seminary in Richmond.
He and his wife, Ann, have been here since July with their three children.
SHE says she hasn't been able to sleep since the latest incident.
((EVERY TIME A CAR GOES BY OR SLOWS DOWN, I GET UP. I'M ALWAYS NERVOUS.))
OUT Q=I'm always nervous.))
Authorities say they not sure if there's a connection between the vandalism
of the two churches.
Dan River High School students are leaning on crisis teams and each other
Their classmate, 16-year-old Ruth Cardwell, died yesterday in an auto
Fellow student Anton Reese was driving.
The hospital has not released his condition.
IN Q=I think of myself
((CLARISSA KNIGHT/PRINCIPAL: I THINK OF MYSELF AS THE MOTHER OF THESE CHILDREN.
THEY CALL ME MOTHER CAT AROUND HERE. LAST NIGHT WAS VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME.
BUT I DID HAVE THE SUPPORT OF MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I NEEDED LAST NIGHT TO
GRIEVE, SO TODAY I COULD BE STRONG FOR MY CHILDREN.))
OUT Q= for my children
Students huddled in the cafeteria today for counseling.
IN Q=They're sad
((DIANNE DONOHOE/SCHOOL NURSE: THEY'RE SAD. THEY'RE ANGRY. THEY'RE SHOCKED.
AND THEY'RE ALSO SHARING FUNNY TIDBITS ABOUT THE LIFE OF THIS PERSON. IN OTHER
WORDS, THEY'RE FINDING JOY IN THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH HER, THEIR RELATIONSHIP
SUPER=01-Dianne Donohoe/School Nurse;
OUT Q=relationship with her
Students say now, they want to help the victims' families.
New York exports trainloads of its trash to a huge landfill in Southside's
Right next door, Virginia's just now putting the finishing touches on two
prisons to hold the state's most despised criminals.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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SUPER=01-John Taylor/Sussex I Warden; :12
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Sussex Co.
(( This is one version of a near death experience.
The men on Virginia's death row will still die in the death chamber at
But they'll do much of their last living here at Sussex I.
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((THEY ARE THE WORST. THEY'VE COMMITTED THE WORST CRIMES AND THEY'VE BEEN GIVEN
THE ULTIMATE PENALTY. AS INMATES, THEY AREN'T NECESSARILY MISBEHAVING IN THE
Sussex I -- and II, next door -- are Virginia's fanciest new maximum
security prisons, with a combined price tag of more than 142- million dollars.
The REAL trouble-makers will go to the so-called super-max prisons still
being built in Wise County.
But Sussex I is as high-tech as they come.
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((IT SIMPLY SLIDES SHUT. AND THEN SLIDES OPEN WITH A PNEUMATIC MECHANISM. SO
IT'S A PSSSSSSSSS.))
The first indoor control rooms with windows that open specifically for guns
to shoot through.
Taller outer perimeter fences and taut wire detection fences inside.
Cat walks and gun turrets centrally located.
And a layout that keeps inmates grouped in small, manageable teams in eight
separate pods, in two separate buildings, and in nine enclosed recreation
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((PEOPLE GENERALLY RESPOND BETTER AND DIFFERENTLY WITH PEOPLE THEY KNOW RATHER
THAN WITH STRANGERS.))
The new death row has 88 cells.
But Virginia only has 44 death row inmates now.
Is it bad planning?
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((SINCE MAY OF THIS YEAR, FIVE CONVICTED MURDERERS HAVE SO ENRAGED JUDGES AND
JURIES WITH THE HEINOUSNESS OF THEIR CRIMES THAT THEY'VE WON DEATH SENTENCES.
AMONG THEM, EARL BRAMBLETT OF VINTON AND PERCY WALTON OF DANVILLE.))
Eleven hundred inmates arrive in February.
But no matter how nice the digs, it's only those on death row who'll be in
no hurry to leave.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Sussex Co.))
The horses of Roanoke's mounted police patrol are getting a new home.
As Scott Goldberg reports, the thoroughbreds are moving into a historic area
of the city's industrial park.
SUPER=01-George Kegley/Retired Journalist; :09
SUPER=01-A.J. Wright/Mounted Patrol Officer; :24
SUPER=01-Doug Chittum/Economic Development Administrator; 1:05
OUT Q=News 7
(( For the last 150 years things have been relatively quiet around George
IN Q=Yeah its just a little
((GEORGE KEGLEY: YEAH, IT'S JUST A LITTLE POCKET OF HISTORY OUT HERE THAT HAS
ESCAPED ATTENTION UNTIL NOW.))
OUT Q=UNTIL NOW
Suddenly the back yard where horses grazed before the Civil War is Roanoke's
latest target for development.
But a new home for police horses is the sort of development most folks can
IN Q=When they're
((A.J. WRIGHT/MOUNTED PATROL OFFICER: WHEN THEY'RE IN A STALL THEY'RE A LITTLE
CRAMPED. THEY GET OUT HERE AND THEY CAN KICK UP THEIR HEELS.))
OUT Q=their heels
horse shots and/or map shot
The plan is to headquarter Roanoke's mounted police in an undeveloped section
of the city's industrial park.
It happens to be the same piece of land where historians believe they found
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Yelverton Oliver's buried remains.
Dead since 18-51, Oliver was a horse trainer who used lived in what is now
IN Q=He and his father
((GEORGE KEGLEY: HE AND HIS FATHER BOTH OWNED HORSES, SO IT'S APPROPRIATE THAT
A HORSE STABLE COMES BACK ON WHAT WAS ONCE OLIVER LAND.))
The Olivers' old stomping grounds were next in line for industrial
But the city thought a horse stable would look better than a factory.
Down the road, the city wants to build a child-care center and renovate a cabin
where families can brush up on Roanoke history.
IN Q=we wanted
((DOUG CHITTUM/EC. DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATOR: WE WANTED TO DEVELOP THAT PARK
IN A SENSITIVE WAY THAT WOULD BE A REAL ASSET NOT ONLY FOR THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE
A LIVING IN THE PARK BUT THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.))
OUT Q=a whole
Downtown Roanoke Incorporated says it will pay for the 150-thousand dollar
But the group is counting on help from donations...and sales of official
Roanoke mounted police merchandise.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Stay with us, Blacksburg High Schools students are working hard to
contribute their two cents worth to the needy,
and we'll visit the offices of the Roanoke Tribune as it documents the decline
and rebuilding of Roanoke's Northwest neighborhoods.
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The problems are apparent... but so are new indications of change.
Joe Dashiell explains, in part two of our series, Northwest Passages.
IN Q=Opens on Nat Sound
SUPER=10-Claudia Whitworth/Roanoke Tribune/1977; :25
SUPER=01-Al Holland Sr./Northwest Roanoke Resident; :47
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Total Action Against Poverty; 1:06
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((OPENS ON NAT SOT AT TRIBUNE OFFICE
As the pick- up load of papers arrives, neighborhood children, volunteers,
and Tribune employees spring into action.
In an hour they fold the papers and prepare them for mailing. It's a
Wednesday tradition at a Roanoke institution.
DISSOLVE TO OLD FILM FOOTAGE
For almost sixty years, the Tribune has chronicled life in the Valley's
African American community, most of that time from an office on Henry Street
that was demolished in the early 80s.
SOT CLAUDIA WHITWORTH 1977 00:03:34
IN Q=Most of the editorials
((CLAUDI WHITWORTH/ROANOKE TRIBUNE: MOST OF THE EDITORIALS ARE MORE GEARED TO
PROVOKE THOUGHT THAN TO TAKE ISSUES OR SIDES WITH ISSUES BECAUSE WE FEEL
THERE'S PLENTY OF THAT BEING DONE, BUT IF WE CAN JUST PROVOKE PEOPLE TO THINK A
LOT OF THE ISSUES WOULDN'T EVEN BE THERE.))
OUT Q=wouldn't even be there.
Today, the neighborhood's most pressing problems are as obvious as the
gaping holes in some city blocks.
IN Q=Some of the people
((SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT FIRST ESTABLISHED THIS NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE EITHER GONE
ON TO RETIREMENT OR THEY'VE GONE ON TO THEIR REWARD. AND WE'VE SEEN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD DETERIORATE IN A FAST MOVEMENT.))
OUT Q=in a fast movement.
Buildings have fallen into disrepair. In one section, there are as many
vacant lots as single family homes.
IN Q=It's a sure sign
((MARTIN JEFFREY/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY:IT'S A SURE SIGN OF A
DETERIORATING NEIGHBORHOOD. AT THE VERY LEAST. AT THE MOST IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY
FOR CRIME. IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR BLIGHT. IT'S A LACK OF OPPORTUNITY FOR HOME
OUT Q=for home ownership
And yet, there are also some encouraging signs. Two new drugstores now
under construction, Henry Street redevelopment moving forward again, and a new
panel examining the problems of Roanoke's inner city neighborhoods.
IN Q=There's been a total lack
((CLAUDIA WHITWORTH/ROANOKE TRIBUNE PUBLISHER: THERE'S BEEN A TOTAL LACK OF
TRUST BETWEEN THE RESIDENTS AND CITY GOVERNMENT AND BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND IT'S
JUST REALLY BEEN A NO-TRUST NO WIN SITUATION. AND WE'RE HOPING WE CAN BUILD
OUT Q=can build that.
Claudia Whitworth says she's optimistic, as optimistic as she has ever
been, that new attitudes will mean better days for Northwest Roanoke and its
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
On Wall Street today, the stock market needed a rally to overcome another
bad session on the Asian markets.
TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE
The DOW was up 41 points to close at 78-hundred-9.
NASDAQ finished two points higher.
For the first time in forty years, a Lynchburg man has been appointed to a
federal judgeship for Western Virginia.
Former appeals court judge Norman K. Moon was sworn in this afternoon.
Moon has spent more than twenty years as a trial judge and chief judge of
Virginia's Court of Appeals.
He credits both of Virginia's U-S Senators with pushing his nomination
through the Senate.
IN Q=Senator Robb
((HON. NORMAN K. MOON/NEW U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE: SENATOR ROBB HAS PROBABLY
THE BEST SUCCESS OF ANY OTHER SENATOR IN THE COUNTRY IN GETTING THE PERSONS
THAT HE NOMINATES, THAT HE RECOMMENDS, THROUGH THE SENATE BECAUSE HE WORKS SO
WELL WITH THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY.))
SUPER=01-Norman K. Moon/New U.S. District Court Judge; :00
OUT Q=the Republican majority.
Moon also had the backing of Governor George Allen and the Lynchburg Bar
He becomes Lynchburg's first federal judge since Alfred Barksdale.
You don't think of pennies as the most sought after coins-- unless you're a
student at Blacksburg high school.
A recent penny drive at the school raised 18- hundred dollars for the
Montgomery County Christmas store.
Students in the school's automotive classes even searched through cars used
to practice on for class-- looking for pennies.
IN Q=We found
((TAFT DURR/BHS SENIOR:WE FOUND SOME UNDERNEATH THE SEATS, THE BACK SEATS, THE
FLOOR, UNDERNEATH THE FLOOR MATS, AND STUFF, AND THEN, ABOVE AND BEYOND THAT, A
BUNCH OF PEOPLE BROUGHT IN PENNIES OUT OF THEIR HOUSES THAT WE HAD SAVED UP AND
ALL THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Taft Durr/BHS Senior; :00
OUT Q=all that.
The students also put together 220- food baskets that include everything to
make a complete Thanksgiving dinner.
The students also donated more than 600- books for children.
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Virginia women's basketball team hosts
the Lady Hokies tonight at University Hall.
Boston College gives former UVa assistant Tom O'Brien a vote of confidence.
And Tech quarterback Al Clark has torn cartilage in his left knee, but he
still plan to play Saturday against UVa.
Steve Mason with the status of the Hokies in a moment.
Unlike Virginia; The Virginia Tech Hokies are headed to a bowl regardless
of the outcome of this Saturday's game in Charlottesville.
SS=FULL SCREEN-COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
The Status of quarterback Al Clark is in question. We begin our second
edition of Countdown to Kickoff with with Clark's condition and the Hokies
thoughts on UVa and their latest thoughts on the bowl scenario.
(PLEASE B-ROLL BOARD A FEW SECONDS OVER STAND UP)
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :26
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Afternoon; :35
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/Saturday; :52
SUPER=01-Marcus Parker/Va. Tech Fullback; 1:04
SUPER=01-Gennaro DiNapoli/Va. Tech Right Guard; 1:13
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
(( Clark came out to practice today after an MRI this morning. The 5:15
results confirmed that Clark has torn cartilege in his left knee; but;
according to team physician Duane Lagan; he will play Saturday; his mobility is
not restricted and there is no risk of permanent damage.
Tech's Alliance Bowl hopes were injured at Pitt. But having to depend on
the outcomes of this weekend's games involving Pitt, West Virginia, Miami, and
Syracuse as well as they're own has not been a motivational blow.
The Hokies are two and Oh o their last two visits to Charlotesvile. IN
Blacksburg, Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
The Tech-UVa rivalry actually gets started tonight in Charlottesville at 7:30
as the talented women's basketball teams from both school get together.
UVa is off to an 3-and-0 start
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Friday; :00
while the Lady Hokies are coming off an impressive opening night blowout win
of East Carolina.
Tech has been pointing to this game since the preseason, and as a result the
battles in practice have been brutal.
IN Q="We're in ...
((BONNIE HENRICKSON/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...FOR US."
We will have highlights of the game for you tonight on News 7 at 11.
The Washington Redskins are trying to regain some normalcy in the nation's
capital after Sunday night's tie in which two of their players lost their heads
and their cool.
But while Gus Frerotte and Michael Westbrook certainly made a couple of
boneheaded moves, a bigger concern for
SUPER=03-Raljon, MD/Sunday Night; :00
this team has to be its running game, or lack there of.
The Redskins rushed for just 82 yards against the Giants.
And if you take away this 29 yard run by Terry Allen, they had just 53 yards
on 31 carries.
Yet somehow, this team is still in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs.
((DARRELL GREEN/REDSKINS CAPTAIN:))
SUPER=01-Darrell Green/Redskins Captain; :00
One of those NFC teams, the Rams will be in Raljon this Sunday.
And while Boston College won't have a say in the final Big East standings
this weekend, their improvement on the field this year
is enough to convince the university that first year head coach Tom O'Brien
is the man for the job.
The former UVa assistant led his team to a 4-and-7 mark this year and today
he was given a contract extension through the year 2002.
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(toss to Jean)
Don't call them actors-- and definitely don't tell them it's fake.
The wrestlers of the World Wrestling Federation invade Roanoke tonight-- and
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Jean Jadhon, a big fan, will be nowhere near the Roanoke Civic Center.
That's right Keith.
But on News 7 at 11 tonight we'll have the story.
Fans are already gathering for tonight's event.
And the wrestlers are getting motivated to put on a show.
IN Q=A LOT OF PAIN
((MARK HENRY: A LOT OF PAIN, WE WANT TO SEE SOME PEOPLE FLYING, WE WANT TO SEE
SOME BIG THREE HUNDRED POUND GUYS JUMPING AND RUNNING, AND HOPPING OVER EACH
OTHER, AND TRYING TO KNOCK EACHOTHER OUT. ))
OUT Q=each other out.
We'll have the story, and more tonight on News 7 at 11. Keith?
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