In Baltimore today, hearings are underway into the cause of the crash of
T-W-A Flight 800.
Last month, the F-B-I concluded there was no evidence of a criminal act.
Attention now centers on the explosive vapors inside the center fuel tank.
Byron Pitts has more.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD; :03
SUPER=01-Jim Hall/NTSB Chairman; :48
SUPER=01-Joe Lychner/Victim's Husband; 1:04
OUT Q= CBS News, Baltimore.
THERE WILL NO NO CONCLUSIONS MADE AT THIS WEEK'S HEARING...NO EXACT CAUSE
OFFERED. BUT RATHER A PUBLIC AIRING OF THE NTSB'S 30-MILLION DOLLAR
INVESTIGATION THUS FAR. THE MOUNTAIN OF DOCUMENTS LAID OUT FOR THE PUBLIC TO
WITH THE HELP OF THE CIA THE FBI RULED OUT A MISSILE ATTACK OR BOMB. BUT FOR
NOW WHAT CAUSED TWA FLIGHT 800 TO EXPLODE AND KILL ALL 230 PEOPLE ON BOARD
REMAINS A MYSTERY.
WITH NEARLY ALL THE PIECES OF THE AIRCRAFT RECOVERED FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN,
THE LEADING THEORY AT THIS POINT
..THE EXPLOSION IN THE CENTER FUEL TANK MAY HAVE BEEN SPARKED BY A SURGE OF
HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTRICITY WHICH WAS TRANSMITTED THRU DAMAGED LOW VOLTAGE WIRING
AND THE FUEL TANK'S FUEL MEASURING RODS.
THE NTSB WANTS THE ANSWER AND SO TOO DO THE VICTIM'S FAMILIES.
hearing all week..no conclusion for some time. Byron Pitts, CBS news
In Japan today, Vice President Gore pledged more U-S flexibility in
negotiations for a global warming agreement.
That promise has given momentum to the meeting of 150 nations at the Global
European nations have been pushing the U-S for sharper cuts in the reduction
of greenhouse emissions.
Gore said while he's optimistic, a great deal more still needs to be done.
((VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE: IN ORDER TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT, OR SEND AN AGREEMENT
TO THE SENATE WE MUST HAVE MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION BY KEY DEVELOPING
COUNTRIES.. HOW YOU GET THAT PARTICIPATION HAS BEEN UNDER DISCUSSION HERE. ))
OUT Q= UNDER DISCUSSION HERE.
Some U-S Business representatives are not so pleased with Gore's comments.
They say deeper cuts would place more of a burden on the American economy.
The vandalism of three Franklin County churches did not prevent
congregations from attending worship services this weekend.
The churches were spray-painted with offensive slogans and satanic symbols.
David Johnson has more. (/////SOT/////)
IN Q=WHILE THERE ARE...
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Kevin Bowman/Fairmont Baptist Church; :24
SUPER=01-Rev. Bill Bare/Gogginsville United Methodist; :50
SUPER=01-Fred Jamison/Sheriff's Dept.; 1:01
SUPER=19-David Johnson; 1:30
OUT Q=News 7 Franklin County.
(( While there are few signs of the ill-effects now, sometime Thursday night,
these churches were vandalized by five youths.
They smashed and shot-out windows and smeared Satanic symbols and racist
and anti-religious markings on the structures.
Total damage, nearly 30-thousand dollars.
But the buildings were cleaned up relatively quickly, thanks to help from
members of the churches, and other congregations.
IN Q=WELL, I THINK...
(( KEVIN BOWMAN/FAIRMONT BAPTIST CHURCH: WELL, I THINK IT'S UNFORTUNATE WHAT
HAS HAPPENED. I THINK THE RESULT IS THAT WE'VE BEEN DRAWN CLOSER TOGETHER AS A
WHOLE WITH OUR AREA CHURCHES AS WELL. WE ARE PRAYING FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE. WE
HOPE THEY LEARN AS A RESULT FROM ALL OF THIS. ))
OUT Q=...ALL OF THIS.
Inside this building, the furniture was destroyed and the Christmas tree
overturned, in addition to the exterior damage.
Investigators aren't sure of what sparked the incident, but they don't
believe it was racially-motivated.
IN Q=I THINK THAT...
((REVEREND BILL BARE/GOGGINSVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH; I THINK THAT THEY
PROBABLY WENT FOR A JOY RIDE AND IT ENDED UP IN VANDALISM. ))
OUT Q=...IN VANDALISM.
The crimes were solved almost as quickly as the churches were restored.
IN Q=WE'VE BEEN LUCKY...
(( INV. FRED JAMISON/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.; WE'VE BEEN LUCKY IN CLEARING
THIS ONE REAL QUICK. I THINK IN THIS TYPE OF CRIME, I THINK WE WILL CONTINUE TO
CLEAR THEM QUICKLY IN FRANKLIN COUNTY BECAUSE WE HAVE GOOD COMMUNITY
COOPERATION AND THE DEPARTMENT USUALLY PULLS TOGETHER REAL WELL IN THIS TYPE OF
OUT Q=...TYPE OF CASE.
And a day after all five suspects confessed, one of the accused went to this
church offering to make restitution.
IN Q=I WAS REALLY TOUCHED...
(( I WAS REALLY TOUCHED BY THAT. HER FATHER CAME IN FIRST AND THEN SHE SAID SHE
WAS SORRY; ))
OUT Q=...SHE WAS SORRY.
DAVID JOHNSON NEWS 7 REPORTER;
THE COMMUNITY SAYS THE THREE BOYS AND TWO GIRLS DID MORE HARM TO THEMSELVES
THAN TO THE CHURCHES. EACH HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY,
SOMETHING THAT WILL REMAIN ON THEIR RECORD. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, FRANKLIN
Pete Tinsley says he acted in self-defense when he shot another man in
Tinsley is accused of murdering Rick Knobel (noble).
This morning he went on trial at the Roanoke County Circuit Courthouse.
The shooting happened at Tinsley's home on Bent Mountain after a night of
There's no argument Tinsley shot and killed Knobel-- but this morning,
defense attorney Tom Blaylock, said Tinsley was protecting himself from a man
with a violent reputation.
Two of Switzerland's biggest banks have announced a mega merger.
Union Bank of Switzerland and the Swiss Bank Corporation are joining forces
in a deal that will create the world's second largest bank.
The new bank will be called U-B-S United Bank of Switzerland.
It will have assets of about 600 billion dollars.
A week of what Governor- elect Jim Gilmore calls "fancy inaugural balls" and
"fun parties" will lead up to his being sworn into office on January 17th.
Gilmore's announcing his plans for inaugural events in every region with a
four city spin around the state today.
IN Q=So in honor
((SO IN HONOR OF THIS RICH HERITAGE AND THE CULTURAL EVENTS, WE'RE GONNA DO
THINGS AT SUCH HISTORICAL SITES AS GUNSTON HALL IN FAIRFAX, RALEIGH TAVERN IN
WILLIAMSBURG, ST. JOHN'S CHURCH IN RICHMOND, AND THE ROTUNDA AT THE UNIVERSITY
OUT Q=of Virginia.
A ball at the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon is the only southwest
Meantime, Governor George Allen may be eyeing a seat on Capitol Hill.
For two years, reporters have asked Allen if he plans to run for the U-S
This weekend Allen hinted he may run.
He told Republicans that his supporters have been encouraging him to start
focusing on the 2000 campaign or beyond.
2000 is the year Democrat Chuck Robb is up for re- election.
Still, Allen says he has NOT made a final decision.
Some administration insiders have suggested he'd run for governor again in
2001 -- but many Republicans are already encouraging Attorney General- elect
Mark Earley to make that bid.
State Democrats rallied over the weekend to put the Republican sweep behind
them and look to the future.
Senator Robb told his fellow Democrats it would be foolish to fight the car
tax cut proposed by Gilmore.
Robb credited the G-O-P for running a "tactically brilliant" campaign and
said Democrats need to learn from it.
Despite a campaign of safety, the numbers show drivers are still taking to
the road after drinking.
Drunk driving arrests are up 17 percent this year compared to last year.
And, police say the number of fatal accidents on Virginia's highways is
981 have died so far this year-- 116 more than last year.
Two people were hospitalized after an accident on Greenridge Road in Roanoke
It happened near the intersection of Cove Road.
The car overturned, throwing one person out of the vehicle.
Another person had to be cut out of the car with the jaws of life.
Investigators say speed may have been a factor in the crash.
The identity of the victims has not been released and no charges have been
filed at this time.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Feedback
One News 7 viewer thought our story about a nine- year- old bear hunter sent
the wrong message.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with this week's Feedback.
IN Q=The Falls family
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Tuesday; :01
((The Falls family of Botetourt County was mighty proud of nine-year-old
Victoria, for shooting and killing a bear on a hunting trip.
But a viewer from Radford says seeing the story definitely did NOT make her
"Children who are encouraged to be brave and express themselves freely with
pencil, paintbrush, raw hands in the dirt, creativity and originality reap
their rewards in self worth and inner strength, not with gun in hand and a dead
animal at their feet. (There's a difference between marksmanship and killing.)
Has this little girl ever achieved any previous recognition (scholastic,
community service, art, athletics?) Three schoolchildren have been just shot to
death, others seriously wounded by a 14 year old. We grieve and question each
child/gun tragedy. Another innocent animal has been sacrificed for
Is the Guinness Book beckoning? An NRA poster child? Endorsements? Triggers
Another holiday season of beauty, bright lights and colors and still praying
for peace on earth. A little girl with a gun and a dead bear does not paint a
Virginia, is there still a Santa Claus?"
We're a lot easier to reach at News-7 than our friend at the North Pole.
Letters go to News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke Virginia, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
Our email address is email@example.com.
And to reach our moderated online forum, go to our web page, wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
About 16-thousand people are taking advantage of Virginia's pre-paid college
The program was promoted as a way to make college accessible for all
Records show the majority of those who signed up are white and affluent.
Only five percent of participants earn less than 30-thousand dollars a year.
86 percent of signers are white, while blacks make up six percent.
The tuition program allows state residents to pay tuition at
current rates for newborns to ninth graders.
Volunteers and donations are needed to help preserve part of Bedford's
That's what members of the Wharton Memorial Foundation are saying.
Denise Allen has the story.
IN Q=The Wharton House
SUPER=01-Fred Duis/Wharton Memorial Foundation; :10
SUPER=01-Claire Robertson/Wharton Memorial Foundation; :58
OUT Q=News 7.
(( The Wharton House is part of Bedford's beginnings.
It may not look like much now, but when the restoration is complete it will
IN Q=WE'RE TALKING
((FRED DUIS/WHARTON MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: WE'RE TALKING TO A RETAIL BUSINESS
NOW A SELLER OF COLLECTIBLES WHO'S EXCITED ABOUT COMING IN THE FIRST FLOOR HERE
AND THERE ARE OTHER POSSIBILITIES TO IN THE WAY OF EATERIES.))
OUT Q=IN THE WAY OF EATERIES
John Wharton's home sits in an historic district.
It was built in 1847 with cyprus and has hard pine floors--materials not
There are other unique features as well.
IN Q=THIS IS AN
((DUIS: THIS IS AN AREA OFF THE BASEMENT OF THE HOUSE. IT'S BELOW GRADE
THEREFORE IT WOULD BE SLIGHTLY WARMER.))
OUT Q=SLIGHTLY WARMER
IN Q=WE THINK IT
((WE THINK IT WAS AN ORANGERY OR AN AREA THAT WAS WELL LIT IN WHICH THEY COULD
KEEP HERBS AND OTHER FOODS THEY USED IN THE WINTER.))
OUT Q=IN THE WINTER
The Wharton family also helped build the church next door and the brick
house on the other side as well.
In fact some of Louise Wharton's garden still remains.
IN Q=THE GARDEN CLUB
((CLAIRE ROBERTSON/WHARTON MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: THE GARDEN CLUB HELPED
PRESERVE IT OVER THE YEARS. SHE WAS AN AVID WILDFLOWER COLLECTOR AND SHE
PLANTED THESE BEAUTIFUL PECAN TREES AND BOXWOODS WE USED IN THE MAZE.))
OUT Q=IN THE MAZE
Robertson and Du-is believe some of these boxwoods are nearly 75 years old.
The hope is to create a public garden which joins the three Wharton
buildings with the new public library--connecting the past with the present to
shape the future.
Denise Allen News 7.))
SUPER=301-37/57/South 9mph/30.13f/74/1980/ 8/1882;
SUPER=330-Snow & Sleet/Possible/28-32/Sleet Snow Rain/Mixture/35-38;
SUPER=331-Snow & Sleet/Possible/30-33/Sleet Snow Rain/Mixture/38-42;
SUPER=332-Snow/Possible/26-30/Snow Rain/or Sleet Likely/30-34;
SUPER=333-Snow & Sleet/Possible/25-28/Sleet Snow Rain/Mixture/35-38;
SUPER=334-Rain Snow/Mix/28-32/Mostly/Cold Rain/34-38;
Buying gifts for others may not be the only reason to take to the malls this
Scott Goldberg has more in this week's edition of Common Sense.
SUPER=01-Ken Gassman/Davenport and Co.; :15
OUT Q=Scott Goldberg
"CS Standup" at 18:55:33
((When you hit the malls this week, look around you.
If you see a lot of shoppers flocking to a particular type of store, think
Retail analyst Ken Gassman says it's easy for investors to take advantage of
holiday shopping trends.
IN Q=this is the year
((THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE DEPARTMENT STORE RETAILERS. THE NOVEMBER NUMBERS
SHOW THAT. WHEN THE NOVEMBER SALES NUMBERS CAME THROUGH IT WAS CLEAR THE
DEPARTMENT STORES WERE THE WINNERS. MAY COMPANY, DAYTON HUDSON PROFITS, THEY
WERE ALL UP IN THE 3,4,5 PERCENT RANGE CONSISTENTLY. THE MASS MARKET RETAILERS
ON THE OTHER HAND, THE SEARS, WOOLWORTH'S, PENNY'S, THEY WERE EITHER FLAT TO
DOWN, SO IT'S NOT A GOOD YEAR FOR THEM. ))
OUT Q=good year for them
"CS Standup" at 18:57:13
One thing to watch out for:
Computer prices have gone down.
So even though more people are buying computers this year,
stores selling computers aren't necessarily seeing big profits.
That's this week's Common Sense.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
TAPE#net (edit of RS97-1)
Jeff Hostetler made three touchdowns and passed for 226 yards to lead
Washington to a 38 to 28 win over Arizona.
SUPER=03-Phoenix, AZ/FOX Sports;
Brian Mitchell gets the first one as he takes the punt and goes right up the
middle to score from 63 yards out and the Redskins led 7 to nothing.
Hostetler threw the first of his three touchdowns to Larry Bowie.
Arizona would stay close when quarterback Jake Plummer goes to the air and
hits Robert Moore on the 5 yard touchdown pass to make it 17 to 7 Skins in the
Chris Dishman had two interceptions SUPER=30-Washington/38/Arizona/28/; in
the game this one he returned 29 yards for a touchdown and the Redskins beat
the Cardinals 38 to 28.
The Virginia Tech Hokies will spend the Holiday playing in another bowl game
The 7 and 4 Hokies will play 10 and 1 North Carolina from the A-C-C January
first in the Gator Bowl.
Virginia will not play in the post season this year the Cavaliers lost a
spot in the Independence bowl which took L-S-U in a match up against Notre
SS=News 7 sports
But the A-C-C sends Georgia Tech to the Carquest Bowl. The Yellow Jackets
will face Big East representative West Virginia.
And Clemson will put its 7 and 4 record on the line against Auburn in the
Peach Bowl in Atlanta.
Two more big east teams will go bowling this season. Syracuse at 9 and 3
will play Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
TAPE#net (edit of S7-8)
Ferrum College was the host of the first annual Rotary Classic Basketball
tournament at Franklin County High School.
And the Panthers lost in the championship game to Goucher 63 to 56.
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/Panthers vs Gophers; :
The Panthers trailed at the half then Al Davis gets the ball and scores the
But the Gophers come right back Bakari Ward almost loses his balance, but
hits the three pointer.
Ferrum goes to Patrick Brooks who hits the fade away to keep the game close.
The Panthers made a run late in the SUPER=33-Goucher/63/Ferrum/56/;second
half Marcus Toney takes it to the hole for the layup and the foul but Ferrum
comes up short 63 to 56.
In Washington, the Kennedy Center has honored five men and woman for their
contributions to the worlds of film, dance and music.
The 20th annual awards go to
actor Charleton Heston, ballet dancer Edward Villella (vih-LEH'-luh), actress
Lauren Bacall, singer, song writer Bob Dylan and soprano Jessye Norman.
President Clinton and the winners broke tradition by coming to the stage
after the show.
The event will be broadcast on C-B-S December 26th.