Next on News 7 at Five-
Fire breaks out at a Salem landmark.
An American charged with spying on the Russians is coming home for Christmas.
And lighting the first candle as Hannukah begins around the world.
Cloudy skies are rolling in, and a cold rain is slated to fall tomorrow.
I'll have the outlook for our entire Christmas Holiday coming up.
Protecting pets from the dangers of the holiday season..on health check--
Plus- Halitosis sufferers are getting some refreshing news.
(Jean ad lib)
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Governor- elect Jim Gilmore scores a triple in his first Cabinet
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Good afternoon, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Governor- elect Jim Gilmore has made his first Cabinet level picks, and
underscored a theme of inclusiveness.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with the latest.
(ROLL Q= qualified for the job.)
IN Q=The great
((THE GREAT ENJOYMENT...EXPERIENCED.))
He did more than that however, in naming an African- American: current
Deputy Attorney General Claude Allen as Health and Human Resources Secretary, a
woman: current deputy Transportation Secretary Shirley Ybarra as
Transportation Secretary... and a Democrat: Prince William Delegate David
Brickley to head up the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
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Fire severely damaged a Salem Landmark.
At about 2:30 fire fighters arrived at the old McVitty Carriage House to
see smoke billowing from the roof.
Fire officials say the second floor of the building was rennovated into an
One person was taken to Lewis Gale Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
His identity and condition are not being released yet.
There is no word as to what caused the blaze.
The carriage house is located near the Ridgewood Farms community.
Authorities say a fire that left a Lynchburg family homeless ten days ago
was apparently deliberately set.
The blaze at the College Hill apartments started in the kitchen, but
investigators have ruled out the stove as a possible cause.
They're now interviewing witnesses and neighbors in hopes of finding a
IN Q=All last week
((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: ALL LAST WEEK WE WERE AT THE SCENE,
INVESTIGATING THAT FIRE. THROUGH A PROCESS OF ELIMINATION WE FIND THERE WAS NO
ACCIDENTAL IGNITION SOURCE TO ACCOUNT FOR THE FIRE. THEREFORE WE HAVE CONCLUDED
THAT THIS FIRE WAS INCENDIARY IN NATURE, THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING TO TRY
TO DETERMINE WHAT PERSON OR PERSONS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE STARTING OF THIS
SUPER=01-John Jennings/Lynchburg Fire Marshal; :00
OUT Q=of this fire.
Firefighter Robert Ore was honored last week for saving 3-year old Tiana
Hubbard from that fire.
Hubbard suffered burns during her escape, but has since been released from
An American who's been charged with spying in Russia is being allowed to
return home for Christmas.
An agreemeent was apparently worked out between Richard Bliss, his employer
and Russia's security services- but no word on the terms of the release.
SUPER=03-Longview, WA; quick!
Family members say they're prayers have been answered.
((ROBERT BLISS/FATHER: JUBILATION. MY LORD THIS IS THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESDENT
ANY MOTHER OR FATHER COULD EVER HOPE FOR. THERE'S NO WORDS TO SAY IT.))
OUT Q=no words to say it."
The 29 year old telecommunications engineer was charged with espionage- He
was in Russia working for a San Diego company.
Bliss claims he's innnocent.
Some celebrities used to making people laugh instead- shed tears today.
Funeral services for Chris Farley were held in his hometown of Madison,
Family, friends and celebrities attended- including Chris Rock, Tom Arnold
and Dan Ackroyd.
One school friend had this to say.
((THE BEST THING TO SAY IS HE'S GOT A LOT OF SUPPORT, A HECK OF A LOT OF
FRIENDS. THERE'S NO BETTER EVIDENCE THAN WHAT'S GOING ON TODAY.))
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33 year old Farley was found dead in his Chicago apartment last Thurdsay.
No official word on the cause of death.
(Pie- Lambda Fi) Pi Lambda Phi is no longer a fraternity at Roanoke College-
The school has decided to withdraw recognition of the frat after drug and
alcohol violations were discovered in October.
The action was recommended by a review panel appointed by the college
The fraternity will be able to re-charter in the 2000-2001 academic year.
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Christiansburg residents are celebrating the power of the people-- They get to
keep their local post office.
And tonight marks the beginning of Hanukkah-- the Festival of Lights....
We'll tell you what its all about when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns.
On Health Check -- a new clinic is helping patients deal with offensive
odors-- we're talking about bad breath.
Also coming up-- Kudos in Covington for its turf.
That story and the Two Minute Ticker are straight ahead.
The historic Christiansburg post office will remain a vital part of
downtown...thanks to its neighbors.
Supporters have been fighting to keep the facility open--
They say the new post office, adjacent to the New River Valley Mall, is
inconvenient, especially for downtown businesses.
Yesterday-- the Chamber of Commerce and other local officials received word
that they won their battle.
((GREG SCULL/CHRISTIANSBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRES.:DEFINITELY A LOT OF
ELATION GOING ON ABOUT IT, EVERYBODY WAS CALLING BACK AND FORTH, IT'S A GOOD
WIN FOR US. WHAT ELSE CAN YOU, IT'S WHAT WE WANTED AND PRETTY MUCH WHAT WE
SUPER=01-Greg Scull/Chamber of Commerce Pres.; :00
OUT Q=what we got.
Several key points-- such as the level of services provided at the downtown
facility are still being worked out.
Tonight at sundown, Jews around the world begin celebrating the Festival of
In Jerusalem, they lit the menorah at the (ka-NESS-it)-- Knesset which is
Israel's parliament building.
The eight-day holiday commemorates the victory of Jewish rebels over the
Greeks in the first century.
Jews celebrate the event by lighting a candle each night for eight nights.
Traditionally, potato pancakes-- called (lott-keys) Latkes are eaten and
gifts are exchanged.
Tonight's Chanukah candle-lighting kicks off Israel's yearlong celebrations
marking its 50th anniversary this spring.
Leaders in more than 30 nations are expected to join in, including
So whether its for Hanukkah or Christmas- Retailers say they're having a
slightly better holiday season than they did last year.
You may have noticed, mall traffic has not been as heavy as usual.
One reason: many shoppers decided to make their holiday purchases on the
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Scott Goldberg has been monitoring the online industry.
Scott, is internet shopping taking business away from other retailers?
It's hard to say, Jean.
There's no doubt a record number of people are shopping online this season.
Still many people are staying away from the Internet-- saying it isn't safe.
The truth is, shopping online is a lot like other kinds of shopping -- you
can lose a lot of money if you don't watch what you're doing.
The big difference is you don't have to leave your desk.
That means you don't see who takes your money.
And that's why so many people worry they are more likely to get scammed if
they shop online.
((IRENE LEECH/VIRGINIA TECH PROFESSOR: CROOKS ARE GOING TO HANG OUT ANYWHERE
THERE IS COMMERCE. FRAUD HAS GROWN, BUT SO HAS USE OF THE INTERNET.))
((IF YOU REMEMBER IN THE MIDST OF THE INTERNET BEING EASY TO USE, USE THE SAME
SAFEGUARDS YOU USE ANYWHERE ELSE SHOPPING, THAT WILL HELP A WHOLE LOT.))
SUPER=01-Irene Leech/Virginia Tech Professor;
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Smart shoppers will buy only from online companies they recognize.
And they'll be sure they are are purchasing from secure websites.
Most browsers tell you if the site you're looking at is safe for online
Of course shopping online means you're not getting out.
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And there IS something to be said for physically visiting the place where you
spend your money.
The woman hurt when a Thanksgivng Day Parade balloon went out of control is
now out of a coma-
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That's acccording to the woman's attorney.
The accident happened at the Macy's day parade.
High winds caused the balloon to topple a lamp-post on top of 34-year old
Just moments before the lamppost struck her, Caronna had handed her
eight-month old son to her husband.
The New York City woman is apparently starting to make eye contact and follow
She's listed in serious condition.
The variety of Christmas cards can be baffling--
but how many of them are painted in our region? A visit with a local artist
and card creator, as NEWS-7 at FIVE continues.
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Covington High School has scored big this year with a group that loves
Casey Field won this year's award for best high school field, from the
Sports Turf Managers Association.
It's highly competitive-- the group gives just one award each year to a high
Covington recreation director Allen Dressler says he'll pick up the citation
at the group's convention next month in Orlando, Florida.
One of the presenters will be George Toma, the noted N-F-L groundskeeper.
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Getting ready for the Gator Bowl-- the countdown is on-- Steve has a preview
of the UNC-Tech game coming up in the Two Minute Sports Ticker.
Tonight on Health Check--
Holiday decorations that can be hazardous to household pets.
Veterinarians say cats are attracted to bright shiny tinsel, but eating it
could be life-threatening.
IN Q=Sometimes cats
((DR. KENT ROBERTS/VET:SOMETIMES CATS WILL PLAY WITH TINSEL, GET IT IN THEIR
MOUTHS AND IF THEY SWALLOW IT, IT CAN CAUSE SEVERE DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS))
OUT Q=digestive problems.
There's more NEWS-7 at Five in a moment-- first a look ahead to NEWS-7 at
Former Virginia Tech student Chrsity Brzonkala is back in the news--
Today the fourth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond reinstated her
Brzonkala claims two Tech football players raped her.
Judge Jackson Kiser originally dismissed the lawsuit against the two men-
More on today's ruling and the day's news in about 40-mintues on NEWS-7 at
Getting in the holiday spirit can include putting up decorations--but it can
present health problems for some of our best friends.
By taking a few precautions your pets can be protected from getting sick or
injured over the holidays.
The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has some
helpful reminders on how to keep your pets safe.
Veterinarians say young pets especially want to swallow the Christmas decor.
SUPER=01-Dr. Kent Roberts/Veterinarian; :00 (QUICK)!!!
OUT Q=about cats in.
((DR. KENT ROBERTS/VET:PUPPIES, YOUNG DOGS ARE MUCH MORE LIABLE TO TRY AND MAKE
A TOY OUT OF AN ORNAMENT OR THE ELECTRIC LIGHTS ON A TREE AND IF THEY CHEW INTO
THE ELECTRIC CORD THEY CAN HAVE SEVERE BURNS IN THE MOUTH OR THEY CAN EVEN BE
Pet-owners are advised to keep ornaments out of reach--they can shatter into
jagged pieces of glass and cut the animal's mouth.
And when decking the halls--Doctor Roberts says stay away from holly berries.
((DR. KENT ROBERTS/VET:MISTLETOE IS PROBABLY NUMBER ONE, HOLLY BERRIES VERY
OFTEN POINSETTIAS ARE ONLY MILDLY TOXIC, WE CONSIDER THOSE RELATIVELY SAFE.))
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And the biggest plant in the house should be off limits to Fido and Fluffy.
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((DR. KENT ROBERTS/VET:THE WATER IN THE TREE STAND AROUND THE BASE OF THE TREE
CAN HAVE CERTAIN TURPENTINE-LIKE PRODUCTS THAT CAN BE TOXIC, PARTICULARLY TO
CATS, THAT'S THE ONE WE WORRY MOST ABOUT CATS IN))
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The cold weather can also pose health problems--cats and dogs are attracted
to the sweet smell and taste of antifreeze--but if ingested it can cause
massive kidney damage and death.
One in five poeple worry a lot about it, most of us worry a little bit, we're
talking about bad breath.
For some people, bad breath is a chronic problem.
But relief may be waiting just across
the border at the bad breath clinic in British Columbia.
There they've found there's a scientific explanation and solution to bad
IN Q=it's a social
SUPER=01-Dr. Don Brunette/University Of British Columbia; :00 quick
SUPER=01-Dr. Ken Yaegaki/Oral Malodour Clinic; :37
OUT Q=produce sulfur gas.
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((IT'S A SOCIAL PROBLEM...PEOPLE ACT VERY NEGATIVELY TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE BAD
OUT Q=BAD BREATH
The dental department at the University of British Columbia recently opened a
bad breath clinic.
Its complete with an oral surgeon who regularly takes a wiff of some of the
worst smells man has to offer.
OUT Q=LIKE THIS
This is serious business to this doctor.
He ran two bad breath clinics in Japan--he saw a thousand patients.
Using both his nose and a gas chromatigraph, he can check your breath for
sulfur compounds that stink, and he often finds the source of the bad breath is
tooth decay gum disease , or a heavy coating of dead cells on the tongue.
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((THOSE DEAD CELLS, DIGESTING MICROORGANISMS, GERMS...PRODUCE SULFUR GAS. ))
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Brushing your tongue can fix that, but what about eating certain foods like
There's apparently not an easy fix for that...the doctor jokes if you're
afraid of eating garlic, then just say no to garlic...
Moving along now to sports-- U-V-A and Tech played hosts on the hardwoods
Here's Steve with highlights, and a look ahead to the Gator Bowl.
The January first Toyota Gator Bowl between Virginia Tech and 7th ranked
North Carolina is the first meeting between the two powers since 1946. But the
Tarheels feel they know the Hokies well; especially on defense.
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((JEFF SATURDAY/UNC CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Saturday/UNC Center; :00
OUT Q=...we're gonna take"
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The Tech defense will contend with a UNC offense that averaged nearly 28
points and 378 yards per game.
IN Q="They got
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
((PIERSON PRIOLEAU/VA. TECH ROVER:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Pierson Prioleau/Virginia Tech Rover; :14
OUT Q=...balanced attack"
Virginia was one of four local college mens basketball teams in action on
the hard wood last night.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Keydets vs. Cavaliers; :00
Just over 4 thousand were in attendance at University hall to watch the
Cavaliers beat VMI 92-55.
Curtis Staples led all scorers with 23. Norman Nolan was right behind Curt
with 19 points on the night.
VMI tried to stay close with outside shooting; but the Keydets hit only 7
of 29 three point shots.
UVa was 10 of 17 from behind the arc and also dominated the inside game.
Colin Decharme gets two of his 9. The Cavs held a 45 to 30 edge in rebounding.
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Virginia tech blew a number of chances in a 55-52 loss to 23rd ranked West
Virginia last night at the Castle. Freshman Rolan Roberts lead all Tech scorers
with 14 points.
The Hokies were 18 of 57 from the field and 2 of 13 from behind the arc.
Tech did hold an advantage in rebounding; but could not stop West Virginia's
Damian Owens; who scored 18.
We will continue our gator Bowl coverage at six with another edition of
Journey to Jacksonville. See ya then.
Selecting the right assortment of Christmas cards to send to family and
friends is an annual tradition for many.
Unless you know Barbara Capps of Christiansburg.
This year-- Capps' daughter had several of her Santa water colors and
pastels transformed into Christmas cards.
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((BARBARA CAPPS/ARTIST:I LOVE DOING THEM BUT I'M PRETTY VERSATILE. I DO A
LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING. AND I'M WORKING ON THE MYTHOLOGICAL GODDESSES, WHICH
I'LL START ON AGAIN AT THE END OF THE YEAR AND PROBABLY WORK ON THOSE ALL
SUPER=01-Barbara Capps/Artist; :00
OUT Q=all year.
Capps' sister, Dodi Simmons, is one of her biggest fans.
Capps studio, where she creates her works and teaches classes, is located in
Simmons says its tough work selecting a favorite Christmas drawing.
IN Q=That is
((DODI SIMMONS/CAPP'S SISTER: THAT IS REALLY HARD TO COME UP WITH I THINK THE
ONE WITH THE VILLAGE UNDER IT, I REALLY LIKE THAT, BUT THEY'RE ALL JUST SO
SUPER=01-Dodi Simmons/Capps' Sister; :00
OUT Q=so beautiful.
Capps is already working on next year's creations-- which she calls "Fantasy