Coming up on News 7-
A standoff ends tonight-
A gunman holding children in a Dallas suburb surrenders.
Comedian Chris Farley is found dead in a Chicago apartment.
Plus fire roars through a Florida condominium.
And a boy is killed in a skiing accident at Snowshoe mountain.
News 7 is next.
Talks are back on with a gunman in Texas.
Most of the hostages were released but the man is still holding his son and
Earlier today the gunmen was upset after seeing a girl he released on T-V.
But he is now communicating with police.
One of the most beloved of the Saturday Night Live
graduates.. Chris Farley was found dead in Chicago. Farley was 33.
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A nine year old skiier died after apparently hitting a tree at Snowshoe
The boy was on a ski trip with his family from Florida.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
A hostage situation in Suburban Dallas ended just moments ago.
The remaining two children have been released- and the gunman is in custody.
Jonathan Freed is standing by live in Plano Texas with the latest.
SUPER=01-Chief Bruce Glasscock/Plano Police Dept;
OUT Q= NOW BACK TO YOU
American soldiers will stay in Bosnia longer than planned.
President Clinton announced today an opened-ended committment to keep troops
He said June 1998 deadline for withdrawal was a mistake,
((NOW SOME SAY A LASTING PEACE IN BOSNIA IS NOT POSSIBLE AND THEREFORE WE
SHOULD END OUR EFFORTS NOW IN JUNE OR ALLOW THE COUNTRY TO BE PARTIONED ALONG
ETHNIC LINES. I BELIEVE THEY'RE PROFOUNDLY WRONG.))
OUT Q=profoundly wrong."
Congressional critics want a clear plan on when U-S troops will leave Bosnia.
When Sgt. Frank Davilla (Da-Villa) left Bosnia for Roanoke last week, he was
still a bachelor.
He returns Monday, a married man.
Today turned out to be the perfect day for Sgt. Davilla and his girlfriend,
Tracey to tie the knot.
Frank is on a two week leave.
IN Q=OUR MISSION
((SGT. FRANK DAVILLA/1ST BATALLION 115TH INFANTRY: OUR MISSION SPECIFICLY IS
TO PROTECT THE BRIDGE.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Frank Davilla/1st Batallion 115th Infantry;
OUT Q=THE BRIDGE
Tracey and Frank have been together for five years.
IN Q=I'VE KINDA BEEN
((TRACEY DAVILLA/NEWLYWED: I'VE KINDA BEEN THROUGH THIS WITH HIM BEFORE. THIS
TIME IS A LITTLE EASIER BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT IT'S NOT AS HARD. JUST
WORK. KEEP MYSELF BUSY.))
OUT Q=KEEP MYSELF BUSY
The honeymoom will have to wait until Frank returns home in late May.
The Davillas are planning a trip to Disney World and then a stop in Puerto
Rico to visit Frank's mom.
He was the loveable actor who made so many people laugh.
Comedian Chris Farely died today in Chicago at age 33-
But the cause of his death isn't known.
Liz mullen reports.
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SUPER=01-Charna Halpern/Second City Director;
SUPER=04-Tommy Boy-Paramount Pictures; SUPER=03-Washington DC/1995;
OUT Q=CBS News, New York."
((FARLEY TO LETTERMAN: DID YA EVER HAVE PAIN IN YOUR ARM AND CHEST?
It is not yet known what killed comedian Chris Farley who was found dead in a
Chicago apartment late in the afternoon.
But Farley's fans know his slapstick comedy will be sorely missed.
Charna Halpern is a director at Second City in Chicago.. where Farley got his
CHARNA HALPERN/SECOND CITY, DIRECTOR EVERYBODY WHO KNEW CHRIS
Details are few at this point.. but the Cook County Medical Examiner has
confirmed that Farley's body was found in a luxury high-rise apartment
building in downtown Chicago.
Chris Farley was one of the lucky Saturday Night live alums.. able to parlay
his physical humor into a successful movie career. After spending four season's
on Saturday Night Live. he and his popular sidekick, David Spade, went on to
star in the movie "Tommy Boy" together. Later Farley starred in
"Black Sheep", "Beverley Hills Ninja" and "Airheads."
In 1995, Farley entertained political heavyweights in Washington with his
imitation of Newt Gingrich:
The circumstances surrounding Farley's death are still a mystery. An autopsy
will be performed tomorrow.
Liz Mullen, CBS News, New York.))
City officials are no closer to identifying the GOBS of goo and tar they
found at the Public Works Service center this week.
But there's MORE of it.
Seven containers were un-earthed Tuesday.
FORTY-THREE containers have turned up.
Excavation was completed last night at the Service Center.
That's where they keep and repair city vehicles, but the city attorney
wouldn't say whether these substances could have come from the garage.
SOT 14:39:25 Dibling
IN Q=We're not prepared
((WE'RE NOT PREPARED TO IDENTIFY NOR ARE WE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHO PLACED THIS
MATERIAL ON CITY PROPERTY OR HOW IT GOT THERE OR WHEN IT GOT THERE.))
SUPER=01-Wil Dibling/Roanoke City Attorney
OUT Q=it got there.(double out)
Dibling says it's possible the containers were there when the city bought
the property 23 years ago. He CAN'T say HOW long it's been there.
Officials at Snowshoe Mountain ski resort say a 9-year old skier died after
hitting a tree this morning.
The victim was on vacation from Jacksonville Florida- but his name is being
withheld until relatives are notified.
The boy was skiing with his father and sister but was not in their sight
when the accident happened.
The death is the first at Snowshoe this year and the fourth in
the resort's 24 years of operation.
*******Toss to Patrick*********
Still to come on the newscast, Lynchburg honors a group of heroic
and from Southside, we'll meet a pilot who had to take on the government after
he refused to stay grounded.
Condo-Fire ***VIDEO OF THE DAY***
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Super=X5045 (starts FX)
Flames ripped through a condominium
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complex in Oakland Park, Florida-
The blaze broke out midday -engulfing the building.
Flames could been seen from miles away in nearby Fort Lauderdale.
The fire started in a kitchen in the top floor unit- within an hour the
roof was gone and the floors were giving way.
City officials say it's amazing that no one was hurt.
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One week ago, he rescued a three- year- old girl from her burning apartment,
and today a Lynchburg firefighter was honored for his work.
Robert Ore was recognized by the Lynchburg fire department and its
lifesaving crew for his heroics last Friday night.
Ore was part of a crew that responded to a fire at the College Hill
He says he was just doing his job.
IN Q=That's the biggest
((ROBERT ORE/LYNCHBURG FIREFIGHTER: THAT'S THE BIGGEST REWARD. THE PLAQUES ARE
NICE, THE RECOGNITION IS NICE, BUT THE BIG REWARD IS KNOWING THAT THERE'S A
LITTLE THREE- YEAR- OLD GIRL, TYANA HUBBARD, THAT'S GOING TO BE AT HOME WITH
HER FAMILY THIS YEAR FOR CHRISTMAS.))
SUPER=01-Robert Ore/Lynchburg Firefighter; :00
OUT Q=this year for Christmas.
The city also honored four firefighters who saved a family from their
burning home on Otey Street in November.
For one Danville dreamer -- the sky's the limit.
When the government told this pilot he could never fly again, Charles Scott
dared to change the rules.
Tina Tenret takes us up in the air with him.
IN Q=What we're going to do
SUPER=01-Charles Scott/Diabetic Pilot; :26
OUT Q=TT, News7, Danville
((WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO...))
((Charles Scott counts on these wings to carry him past the clouds.
The government denied him 15 years of flying and he's not about to lose
When Scott was 29 a doctor diagnosed him with diabetes -- and his flying
career crashed with a thud.
IN Q=After being
((CHARLES SCOTT/PILOT: AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED YOU GET A COUPLE OF SHOCKS. ONE,
YOU REALIZE YOUR HEALTH IS NO LONGER PERFECT. YOU'VE LOST YOUR JOB AND I'D
LOST MY HOBBY.))
OUT Q=lost my hobby
After writing countless letters to congressmen and lobbyists, Scott changed
the federal rulebook -- now diabetics can fly.
He checks his blood sugar level before, during, and after every flight --
carries sugary snacks just in case.
He still savors the taste of victory.
IN Q=It was super
((IT WAS SUPER. IT WAS LIKE BEING ABLE TO WALK AGAIN. I SYMPATHIZE WITH
ANYONE IN A WHEEL CHAIR. IT WAS LIKE BEING ABLE TO STAND UP AND WALK AGAIN.))
OUT Q=walk again
IN Q=It really is like
((IT REALLY IS LIKE SITTING IN GOD'S HAND. YOU GET TO GO UP. THE PRETTIEST
SITE I THINK I HAVE EVER SEEN IS TO LOOK AT THE EARTH FROM 51,000 FEET. IT'S
OUT Q=absolutely gorgeous
The win is bittersweet -- Scott can no longer fly commercially.
That means he cannot earn money as a pilot or as an instructor.
But for Scott, that's just another hurdle to leap.
Tina Tenret, News7, Danville))
It's our ongoing quest to find out what exactly is a charter school.
Virginia lawmakers just might approve them over the next few months.
Tonight, Ellen Qualls wraps up her look at one charter school in North
IN Q=Rocky Mount, North
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Rob Barrow/Charter School Student; :07
SUPER=01-Cheryl Ellis/Charter School Teacher; :37
SUPER=01-Travis Twiford/Nash-Rocky Mount Superintendent; 1:03
SUPER=01-Tiffani Wallace/Charter School Student; 1:25
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7.
(( Rocky Mount, North Carolina's three month old Charter Public School is off
to a good start.
sot TAPE TWO 12:07:34
((ROB BARROW/CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENT: I LOVE IT. IT'S-- Why? THE WAY WE
LEARN. AND THE WAY THAT IF SOMEBODY MAKES TROUBLE, THEY CAN GET RID OF THEM.
In fact, one criticism is that charter schools will cherry pick the best
behaved and the brightest... or segregate by race or ethnicity.
But this school has a 60-40 racial split.
It may be cherry-picking the best parents out of the system though.
sot tape three 21:44:30
((CHERYL ELLIS/CHARTER SCHOOL TEACHER: SO WHEN I CAME HERE AND I WAS HEARING
"THE PARENTS REALLY WANT TO BE INVOLVED," AND I WAS THINKING "YEAH I KNOW,
PARENTS REALLY LIKE TO BE INVOLVED, BUT LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THESE PARENTS.
WE HAD FOUR GRAND OPENINGS IN TWO WEEKS.))
sot tape three 12:45:07
((CHERYL ELLIS/CHARTER SCHOOL TEACHER: 350 PARENTS CAME TO THE FOURTH GRAND
OPENING IN TWO WEEKS. THEY'RE SERIOUS.))
The local Superintendent fought the school's startup as harmful to the
existing schools -- but now he says he's neutral.
sot TWIFORD TAPE 13;29:24
((TRAVIS TWIFORD/NASH-ROCKY MOUNT SUPERINTENDENT: TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, AS A
PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR, I'M A LITTLE BIT JEALOUS. BECAUSE THEY'RE GIVEN
FREEDOM TO NOT BE CONSTRAINED BY STATE REGULATIONS. AND I FEEL LIKE THE PUBLIC
SCHOOLS SHOULD HAVE THAT SAME OPPORTUNITY.))
He predicts parents will eventually teacher-shop, picking the regular school
or the charter school based on that year's teacher.
sot tape two 12:03:34
((TIFFANI WALLACE/CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENT: IT'S GREAT. What do you like about
it? THE TEACHERS. THE STUFF THAT WE LEARN. AND HOW WE LEARN IT.))
It is money that both sides in the debate say is the biggest stumbling
sot TWIFORD TAPE 13:29:47
((TRAVIS TWIFORD/NASH-ROCKY MOUNT SUPERINTENDENT: THERE'S IN OUR SITUATION IN
EXCESS OF TWO MILLION DOLLARS OF LOCAL AND STATE MONEY THAT'S LEAVING OUR
BUDGETS AND GOING INTO THE CHARTER SCHOOL BUDGETS.))
Still, the charter school gets NO capital funds.
It retro-fitted an old JC Penney store.
So far, its library is empty.
A loan pool from the state would help.
But without money, there are fewer strings -- more room for innovation.
sot TWIFORD TAPE 13:49:07
((TRAVIS TWIFORD/NASH-ROCKY MOUNT SUPERINTENDENT: SO I THINK THAT THEY CAN
CAUSE CHANGE FASTER THAN WE CAN. AND THAT'S WHY I SAID "I SURE WISH THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY WOULD TAKE THE SHACKLES OFF OF US.))
Charter schools haven't been around long enough for independent evaluations
That leaves other states to decide if they're willing to wait.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
Stay with us. There's more News 7 to come. Up next...
we'll tell you what you can do to insure many happy returns when it comes to
exchanging those holiday gifts.
Refunds and exchanges are common place after the Christmas holiday--
but it's less common to find a shopper with a receipt.
Store Managers for major retailers including J-C Penney say they're prepared
for those situations and often give refunds.
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IN Q=We can't guarantee
((MARY CATHERINE ROONEY/J.C. PENNEY STORE MGR.: WE CAN'T GUARANTEE FOR EVERY
LITTLE THING THAT WE'LL GIVE THE CASH BACK, WE DO HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS
OUR MERCHANDISE AND THAT WE CAN IDENTIFY IT AS SUCH.))
SUPER=01-Mary Catherine Rooney/J.C. Penney Store Mgr.
OUT Q=it as such.
Rooney also said J.C. Penney requires identification such as a driver's
But, other stores, such as Belk take refunds and exchanges on a case by case
basis for months after the holidays are through.
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IN Q=It generally is
((TOM TYREE/BELK STORE MGR.: IT GENERALLY IS A BUSY EXCHANGE PERIOD BETWEEN
CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR'S SO WE GIVE STRAGGLERS ALL THE WAY UP TO
SUPER=01-Tom Tyree/Belk Store Mgr.
OUT Q=up to February.
Most store managers also said when giving gifts it's best to leave the part
of the tag that has the bar code.
That way, they can scan it and verify whether the item came from their
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The Florida Marlins trade another key player from their World Series
championship team. Virginia Tech is gearing up toward the Gator Bowl match up
against North Carolina.
And Tiger Woods, The P-G-A player of the year, is taking on a new challenge.
SUPER=03-Windemere, FL/CBS SPORTS; :
Tiger will tee it up against Ken Griffey Junior, Winston Cup points champion
Jeff Gordon and Chris O'Donnell in a C-B-S sports special Tiger and Friends at
The program will be broadcast on C-B-S on Christmas day from Isleworth
Country Club in Windemere, Florida.
Now here's tonight's scores.
WIPE TO MOTION
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SUPER=0103-/Boston/2//Philadelphia/2//Tie In Overtime//New Jersey/4//St.
OUT Q=......last score."
GRAPHIC=High School Hoops
William Fleming and G.W. Danville hit the hardwood last night at the
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Colonels vs Eagles; :
Colonel head coach Roland Lovelace giving his team a pep talk before the
Danville's Jerian Younger would hit several baskets early in the first
including this short jumper down low as Danville took a 9 to 0 lead.
Fleming comes back Scott Byrd pulls up to the free throw line and hits this
jumper to cut the lead to 8.
G.W.'s Charles Stephens drives the baseline with this nice spin move and
hits the short jumper to give the Eagles a 10 point lead.
Fleming guard Derrick Turner gets SUPER=33-William Fleming/37/G.W.
Danville/73/;the in bounds pass and goes coast to coast for the layup but
Danville goes on to win it 73 to 37.
In other scores, James River beats Shawsville 54 to 28. In girls basketball
Patrick Henry beat E.C. Glass 48 to 40 in two overtimes.
And a big trade in the N-B-A involving the Philadelphia 76-ers and Detroit
Jerry Stackhouse was the third player chosen in the 1995 draft and the
Sixers felt as though they had a polayer to build around.
Yesterday the Sixers traded Stackhouse and his former North Carolina
teammate Eric Montros to the Detroit Pistons for Center Theo Ratliff, Guard
Aaron McKie and future draft picks.
Stackhouse, who left Carolina after his Sophmore year, was averaging 16
points a game.
Chicago's Scottie Pippen is at least three weeks from being ready to practice
after recovering from October foot surgery.
But when an 8 year old at the Bulls annual party for underprivileged
children asked Pippen if he would be back with the Bulls he smiled and said
Pippen has requested to be traded and several teams have expressed interest
in the Bulls Star.
A new player will suit up tonight for the Roanoke Express. More Later on
And coming up, Virginia Tech will return to practice tomorrow to begin
preparing for the Gator Bowl. The Marlins trade another key player.
And Roanoke Express fans will meet the new kid on the block when the
Express takes on Chesapeake at the Roundhouse tomorrow night.
GRAPHIC=Tech/UNC Gator Bowl
Virginia Tech returns to practice tomorrow in pads and helmets to begin
preparing for the 53rd Gator Bowl.
SS=FULL SCREEN TECH/UNC JOURNEY TO JACKSONVILLE
Steve Mason says; a late season skid has these football players focussed
more than ever on ringing in the new year on a positive note.
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SUPER=03-Charlottesville/November 29th; :00
SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/November 22nd; :07
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :12
SUPER=01-Gennaro DiNapoli/Virginia Tech Offensive Guard; :25
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Tech vs. Miami of Ohio; :36
SUPER=01-Pierson Prioleau/Virginia Tech Rover; 1:01
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
((Over the last three seasons; the Hokies had handled the November nerves
well; posting a 10 and OH record. That streak was broken by back to back losses
to West Virginia and Virginia.
While deep threat Shawn Scales was lost before the season's midpoint; his
absence hurt most against the final two teams who ganged up on the running
But now that a full recovery for the Gator Bowl weighs in Scales's favor and
Al Clark's surgically repaired knee continues to heal, the Hokies have new
motivation for erasing an irregular finish to their regular season schedule.
The Express battles Northeast Division rival Chesapeake tonight at the
Round House. Fans will get their first look at rookie John Tripp.
The 6'2" 220 pound right winger is in Roanoke for 10 games from AHL
affiliate Saint John.
IN Q="our goal
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...return to saint john"
The Calgary Flames; Roanoke's NHL affiliate, have high expectations for the
20 year old; who played junior hockey last year. He should help the Express.
((JOHN TRIPP/EXPRESS RIGHT WINGER:))
SUPER=01-John Tripp/Express Right Winger; :00
OUT Q=...help the team"
The Florida Marlins continue to trade away the players that led the team to
the World Series championship this season.
Yesterday the Marlins traded relief pitcher Dennis cook to the New York Mets
for a pair of Minor league players.
Cook is the sixth key player the Marlins have traded since the team won the
Cook was 1 and 2 in the regular season however, in the post season he was 2
and 0 in nine shutout innings with 10 strikeouts.
That's it for Sports. Have a happy Holiday everybody.
In a couple of Months the Winston Cup drivers will make their way to Daytona
to open the NASCAR season.
Darrell Waltrip will make the trip without his crew chief Jeff Hammond.
Hammond was released today after spending the year as Waltrips crew chief.
Hammond has been Waltrips crew chief off and on since 1982. They combined
to win 43 Cup races and two points titles.