A same-sex harassment case that could have enormous implications for
American business is being argued before the U-S Supreme Court today.
The case involves a Louisiana
oil rig worker who says he was sexually harassed by several men on his rig,
including his male supervisor.
The justices will consider whether the federal law banning on the job sexual
harassment applies when the harasser and victim are of the same sex.
Civil rights and gay rights groups are watching the case closely.
In Boston today, a judge declined to hear an appeal in the British au pair
She instead sent the case to the state Supreme Court.
Prosecutors want to send Louise Woodward back to prison.
Last month, Judge Hiller Zobel reduced her second degree murder conviction
to manslaughter and set her free for time served.
It could be in your local supermarket before the end of next year, meat
zapped by bacteria-killing radiation.
The Food and Drug Administration says the process works and is safe.
But as Herb Weisbaum explains, that
doesn't mean the meat will be a hit with shoppers.
SUPER=01-Mike Osterholm/Minnesota Dept. of Public Health; :19
SUPER=01-J. Patrick Boyle/American Meat Institute; :37
SUPER=01-Suzanne Kiner/Brianne's Mother; :45 QUICK
SUPER=01-Herb Weisbaum/Reporting; 1:21
OUT Q=cbs news, seattle
Irradiation uses gamma rays to kill e-coli, salmonella, and other
disease-causing organisms. It does not make the meat radioactive. It does
not damage the nutritional quality of the food. And health experts say, the
process IS safe.
MIKE OSTERHOLM/Minnesota Dept. Of Public Health: WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE NAY-SAYERS
AROUND ANY NEW TECHNOLOGY. THIS ONE
HOWEVER HAS BEEN MORE RESEARCHED THAN ANY OTHER FOOD SAFETY TECHNOLOGY IN THE
HISTORY OF HUMAN KIND. (: 11)
For shoppers, the question is, can meat producers, who lobbied hard for
irradiation, convince shoppers to buy irradiated beef?
J. Patrick Boyle/American Meat Institute: THE PRODUCT THAT IS PROCESSED WITH
IRRADIATION WILL BE LABELLED AS SUCH,
SO THE CONSUMER KNOWS WHICH PRODUCT HAS BEEN TREATED THIS WAY AND THEY CAN
MAKE AN INFORMED CHOICE. (:10)
Suzanne JUST DON'T THINK IRRADIATION IS THE ANSWER. (:04)
Suzanne Kiner is still a skeptic. She became active in food safety issues 5
years ago... when a hamburger tainted with e-coli nearly killed her daughter
SUZANNE KINER/Brianne's Mother: I'M AFRAID IT'LL BE LOOKED AT AS A CURE ALL.
THAT, "GO AHEAD, HAVE
CONTAMINATION IN THE MEAT, BUT WE'LL TAKE CARE OF IT WITH IRRADIATION AT THE
END OF THE LINE. (:11)
And that's one thing everyone agrees on... irradiation is not a substitute for
TAG: AND EVEN WHEN IRRADIATED MEAT BECOMES AVAILABLE... COOKS WILL STILL HAVE
TO ASSUME IT COULD BE CONTAMINATED WITH HARMFUL BACTERIA... REMEMBERING TO
HANDLE THE MEAT AND COOK IT PROPERLY.))
Another successful mission for NASA.
Two astronauts aboard Columbia tested out a three- million dollar remote
controlled camera today during a five hour spacewalk.
The beach ball sized device propelled itself high above the shuttle's cargo
bay, beaming back these pictures of the outside of Columbia.
NASA hopes the camera will eventually be used to inspect hard to reach
outside areas of the planned international space station.
In Canada today, some 120 nations signed a treaty that outlaws land mines.
The U-S is among the countries not signing the agreement.
U-S officials say they have problems with the treaty, but they share the
goal of ridding the world of deadly land mines.
Still a U-S delegation was on hand for the signing.
Senator Patrick Leahy (Lay-hee) of Vermont says he's convinced the U.S. will
((THAT THERE IS LEGITIMATE EXCUSE FOR NO SIGNING THE TREAT, EXCUSES YES, BUT
NOT ONE THAT CAN STAND IN THE LIGHT OF DAY. ))
SUPER=01-Sen. Patrick Leahy/(D) Vermont;
OUT Q=LIGHT OF DAY.
The treaty will go into effect six months after 40 nations ratify it in
GRAPHIC=American Red cross
The American Red Cross is warning residents NOT to give money to solicitors
who go door to door claiming to be from the agency.
Last Thursday a fire left about 60 Danville families homeless.
Since then people have been canvasing neighborhoods, asking for money in the
name of the Red Cross.
Officials say it's a scam.
The Red Cross does NOT solicit money door to door.
Contributions CAN be made at its Main Street office in Danville.
The Internet summit against smut continues in Washington D-C today.
Yesterday Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte spoke.
Goodlatte told the group of Internet providers it needs to give parents "the
tools" to regulate what children see online.
And he called on the industry to teach parents how to use those tools.
IN Q=we are all in this
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE: WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.... PARENTS WILL NOT BE
SECURE UNTIL THEY FEEL THEIR CHILDREN ARE SAFE FROM THOSE WHO SEEK TO PREY UPON
OUT Q= prey upon them
Goodlatte called on Internet providers to use a rating system that warns
parents of websites containing pornography.
A suspect in a Franklin County murder case is now facing federal drug
charges, and a charge of threatening an undercover informant.
In an affidavit filed with a federal magistrate, an undercover state police
officer says Donald Spencer is suspected of transporting thousands of pounds of
The government also has a tape of Spencer making threats against an
Spencer was arrested Friday.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./June 1996;
Spencer is a suspect in the murder of Jeffrey Norris in June of last year.
Norris was found shot to death at a mobile home in the Henry section of the
Four people in Roanoke could be thrown in jail for a single drink of
All four have been arrested repeatedly in the last 18 months for public
drunkeness or alcohol consumption.
Prosecutors say other approaches have failed to keep them off the street, so
they asked a judge for INTER-DICTION orders.
IN Q=The only other option we had
((MARY BLANEY/PROSECUTOR: THE ONLY OTHER OPTION WE HAD WAS TO CHARGE THEM WITH
DRUNK IN PUBLIC, WHICH CARRIES NO JAIL TIME AND THAT WAS NOT WORKING. THIS WAS
AN EXPERIMENT AND WE'RE GOING TO WAIT AND SEE HOW IT GOES.))
OUT Q=wait and see how it goes.
The judge declared three men and one woman habitual offenders. A fifth did
not show up in court.
Each could face up to a year in jail for the buying, possessing or
consuming intoxicating beverages.
The trial continues today into the incident that left Roanoke Parks and Rec
Director John Coates without the tip of his right ring finger.
Coates had reserved a racquetball court at the Y-M-C-A.
He started to open the door, but there was a handball game underway inside.
Andy Hudick slammed the door shut from the inside.
The tip of Coates' finger was severed.
His partner testified yesterday that Hudick continued slamming the door
again and again.
IN Q=I heard
((I HEARD, AT LEAST SIX TIMES- -IT SOUNDED LIKE A SHOTGUN GOING OFF, BUT THEN
THE MAN SLAMMED THE DOOR AS HARD AS YOU COULD HUMANLY SLAM A DOOR AS HARD AS
POSSIBLE, SIX TO SEVEN TIMES.))
SUPER=01-Vic Garber/Coates' Racquetball Partner
OUT Q=to 7 times.
Everyone agrees it was the FIRST slam of the door that did the damage.
Hudick's defense is that he acted instinctively, reacting to the door
opening in the middle of a game.
A jury will decide by the end of the week whether Hudick must pay damages.
The debate over charter schools made its way to the Roanoke County Board of
Supervisors meeting yesterday.
The board argued over including a statement of opposition to charter schools
in its recommendations to local legislators.
Board Chairman Bob Johnson left no doubt where he stands.
IN Q=I think sometimes
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: I THINK SOMETIMES WHEN CONCEPTS ARE REDUCED
TO REALITY THEY TURN TO NIGHTMARES AND THIS IS ONE I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT WILL BE
A NIGHTMARE FOR US. AND THERE'S AN OLD ADAGE IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT.
WELL ROANOKE COUNTY SCHOOLS AIN'T BROKE.))
((LEE EDDY/WINDSOR HILLS SUPERVISOR: I THINK WE DO HAVE A GOOD SCHOOL SYSTEM IN
ROANOKE COUNTY, BUT I THINK ALL GOOD THINGS CAN BE MADE BETTER. AND ALMOST 30
STATES IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE ADOPTED A CHARTER SCHOOL PROGRAM AND IT IS HARD TO
SAY THOSE 30 STATES ARE ALL WRONG AND VIRGINIA IS RIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/Supervisors Chairman; :00
OUT Q=Virginia is right.
Vinton Supervisor Harry Nickens was absent from the day's meeting, so board
members postponed a vote on the legislative package until the next meeting.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City seal
The future of Roanoke's Victory Stadium is on the line.
At Monday night's city Council meeting members considered the cost of fixing
up the place.
They asked the city manager's office to give them a list of options.
IN Q=one of the council
((ANGELITA PLEMMER/ROANOKE SPOKESPERSON; ONE OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS SUGGESTED
THAT WE CONSIDER TURNING THE STADIUM INTO A YEAR-ROUND SPORTS FACILITY AND
BUILDING A NEW STADIUM AT ONE OF THE HIGH SCHOOLS, ANOTHER SUGGESTION WAS, DO
WE EVEN NEED TO BE IN THE STADIUM BUSINESS AS A MUNICIPALITY SO WE REALLY ARE
TRYING TO LOOK AT A BROAD SPECTRUM IN TERMS OF OPTIONS THAT WE HAVE.))
SUPER=01-Angelita Plemmer/Roanoke Spokesperson;
OUT Q=that we have
City workers will make some minor repairs at the stadium while council
members consider its long-term future.
One Chatham man is doing some recycling of his own...not with aluminum cans
or newspaper, but with leaves.
Tina Tenret has the story of a practise that is filling his yard.
IN Q=Step onto
SUPER=07-Langhorne Jones, Jr.; :21
OUT Q=TT, News7, Chatham
(( Step onto Langhorne Jones Junior's farm and he'll tell you he never throws
Not even leaves.
In fact, he collects leaves from all over Chatham -- the town dumps them
here several times a day.
This ten foot pile will double in size this fall, then shrink to about a
foot high a couple years down the road.
It's all about recycling.
IN Q=We have to turn em
((LANGHORNE JONES, JUNIOR: WE HAVE TO TURN 'EM .. AND DECOMPOSE.))
OUT Q=and decompose
IN Q=These raw leaves
((LANGHORNE JONES, JUNIOR: THESE RAW LEAVES... SNOW DOESN'T LIKE THAT.))
OUT Q=doesn't like that
IN Q=In the morning
((IN THE MORNING... TO CATCH ON FIRE))
OUT Q=to catch on fire
A year melts the leaves into heavy, moist mud.
IN Q=The temperature's on this
((LANGHORNE JONES, JUNIOR: THE TEMPERATURE ON THIS ... A LITTLE TOO WARM FOR
OUT Q=for earthworms
Too warm for critters, perhaps, but give it a year and flowers will just eat
this dirt up.
That's when it becomes a hands-on job for Jones.
He'll move the soil into the barn to dry, then shovel it into a screen for
SOT 14:50:55??? Lynn up to you.
IN Q=nat sound
((NAT SOUND OF SCREEN))
The larger chunks fall to the left, the finer flakes to the right.
Four years later, Jones strikes pay dirt -- enough fertilizer for all.
Tina Tenret, NEws7, Chatham))
A nine- year- old girl is following in the family tradition.
Andrew Freiden has the story of how Victoria Falls made her family proud.
IN Q=victoria doesn't
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Michael Falls/Victoria's Father; :28
SUPER=01-Kara Falls/Victoria's Sister; :48 (Quick)
SUPER=01-Victoria Falls/Bear Hunter; :52 (Quick)
SUPER=01-Mason Falls/Victoria's Grandfather; 1:07
OUT Q=AF, News 7, Botetourt County
(( Victoria doesn't spend her spare time like most girls her age.
She spends it bear hunting with her dad.
Michael Falls doesn't have any sons-- but he says his daughter does just
((MICHAEL FALLS: PROBABLY BETTER THAN MOST SONS WOULD DO. ))
Victoria learned to shoot a couple of years ago-- but she's been going on
bear hunting trips as long as she can remember.
And this summer, Michael and his friends decided Victoria should get a shot
at a bear.
((MICHAEL FALLS: THE DOGS RUN IT UP A TREE-- YOU GO UP THE MOUNTAIN HUNTING
WITH YOUR DOGS, AND HOPEFULLY THEY PUT IT UP A TREE, THEN YOU LET SOMEONE KNOCK
IT OUT, IF IT'S A BIG ENOUGH BEAR TO TAKE. ))
Victoria took over on Monday registering her first kill.
Kara Falls isn't letting her older sister rob the limelight.
((KARA FALLS: I MIGHT KILL ONE WHEN I'M EIGHT. ))
((VICTORIA FALLS: I WAS REAL EXCITED, AND REAL PROUD OF MY DOGS.))
Their grandfather remembers hunting with his grandfather when he was a boy.
He says when Victoria grows up and starts to date-- it'll take a special man
to win her heart.
((MASON FALLS: I THINK HE'LL HAVE TO TAKE HER IN THE MOUNTAINS. WITH A PACK
OF DOGS IF HE DON'T WANT TO GO HUNTING IN THE MOUNTAINS, I DON'T BELIEVE SHE'LL
GO WITH HIM. ))
((ANDREW FREIDEN/REPORTER: THE FALLS FAMILY MAY COME ACROSS 20 BEAR OR SO IN AN
AVERAGE YEAR, AND THEY'LL ONLY KILL TWO OR THREE. THAT'S BECAUSE THEY WANT TO
PRESERVE THIS TRADITION FOR YEARS TO COME. ANDREW FREIDEN, NEWS 7, BOTETOURT
New Yorkers are getting into the holiday spirit.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
In New York City, hundreds of people gathered to watch the 65th annual tree
lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center.
The 74-foot Norway Spruce features 26-thousand lights.
Bill Cosby did the honors as he threw on the switch.
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SUPER=333-Chance of/Light Rain/34-38/Morning Clouds/Partly Sunny/47-50;
SUPER=334-Light Rain/Likely/38-42/Cloudy/Some Showers/42-45;
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Wal Mart is coming to Covington.
It's been years since a major retailer moved in.
IN Q=with a city
((JIM CRAWFORD/COVINGTON MAYOR: WITH A CITY OF 7000 PEOPLE...WE WERE DEVASTATED
SEVERAL YEARS AGO WHEN RETAIL BUSINESSES DECLINED. WE LOST MANY STORES THROUGH
THE YEARS, SO IT'S PRETTY EXCITING ))
SUPER=01-Jim Crawford/Covington Mayor;
OUT Q=pretty exciting.
Covington hopes to build a new shopping center around the Wal Mart.
Developers say the building should be ready to open by July.
Starting things off on the girls high school hardwood,
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Halifax Co. vs. Fleming; :00
William Fleming hosted Halifax County in a non-district game last night.
The Comets Pam Jones works the boards and gets this putback in traffic for
But this one was all Fleming.
Renita Walker with the long pass to Tonia Brown, who knocks in the jumper to
put the Colonels on top.
SUPER=33-Halifax Co./26/Wm. Fleming/71;
Then it's Walker with the assist to Kiann Trent for two more. The Lady
Colonels roll to the 71-to-26 win.
The Franklin County girls beat Amherst last night 57-to-44.
Heritage is having to do some unique preparation as it gets ready for
Saturday's Division Four title game at Spotsylvania.
Quarterback Alex Lucy broke the thumb on his throwing hand in the fourth
quarter of the Pioneers' win over Lee County last Saturday.
As a result, he will only play defense this Saturday wearing a soft cast.
Senior Micah James will step in and take over as the Pioneers' starting
quarterback against the Knights.
James has played quarterback in just two games this season.
And a game note for you, the William Fleming Colonels got the official word
yesterday that their Division Five football title game with Hampton will be
played at Norfolk State University this Saturday at one.
Monday, there was some concern the game could be moved to the Crabber's home
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
News 7 Sports has learned that Patrick Henry's James Hickenbotham has been
left off the all-Northwest Region football team.
SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00
Despite rushing for more than 22 hundred yards and leading the RVD in
scoring, Hickenbotham did not get one of the two running backs spots on the
postseason all-star team.
Fleming's Lee Suggs and Pulaski's Craig Hodge are the backs on the squad,
which will be released later this week.
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
The Danville Braves have a new chief.
SUPER=03-Richmond/August 1993; :00
Former Virginia Tech slugger Franklin Stubbs is the team's new manager.
Stubbs played 10 seasons in the big leagues and won a world title with the
Dodgers in 88.
Last season he was the Braves hitting instructor.
Her paintings may be a bit abstract, but she's not quite Picasso.
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;
Carol is a 29- year- old Asian elephant at the San Diego Zoo.
She's taking to the canvas to create her rendition of a montage of mums for
the Wild Animal Park's second annual mum festival.
When the pachyderm finishes an artwork, her trainer helps her sign the
masterpieces and display them to the zoo visitors.