Next on News 7-
A hostage situation at a Denver post office-
A Dublin plant closes its doors- making this a tough holiday for some
And Woody Allen ties the knot with his former lover's adopted daughter.
A cold rain in tonight's forecast-- but tomorrow, it'll feel like Christmas
in May for some of us.
The warm numbers are coming up.
A new study finds adding a cheeseburger to your diet may not be heart
healthy--but it can be good for your brain.
And--relief for children suffering from ear infections.
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Trouble again at a post office- This time a man is holding hostages at a
Denver post office.
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Police say the suspect is holidng at least three people inside the postal
The man was apparently fired from the postal service more than a year ago for
threatening a supervisor- but police won't say what the gunman is demanding
Dave Fehling is following the case and has the latest from Denver.
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SUPER=01-Dennis Cribari/Police Spokesman;
((A tense hostage situation at a giant post office complex in Denver. A fired
postal worker is holding at least three hostages at gunpoint. The drama
unfolding live on Denver television.
Dennis Cribari/Police Spokesperson: ABOUT 7:15 THIS MORNING WE GOT A CALL ON
AN EX POSTAL EMPLOYEE WITH A SHOT GUN WHO TOOK SEVERAL HOSTAGES. WE BELIEVE
THEY ARE ISOLATED IN A SUPERVISOR'S OFFICE WITHIN THE COMPLEX. NO SHOTS HAVE
BEEN FIRED. NO INJURIES ARE REPORTED AT THIS TIME..
Police say the guman was fired 18 months ago for threatening a supervisor.
He apparently entered the postal facility, about the size of a dozen football
fields, through a loading dock area. The building was immediately evacuated,
but some areas re-opened after police isolated the office where the gunman was
Postal service employees say they're concerned for those still held
WOMAN - I WAS IN THE PRIORITY UNIT, AND THE GUNMAN WAS ON THE EAST DOCK, OVER
ON THE DOCK. REPORTER OFF CAM - DID YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENED?
WOMAN - NO, I HAD JUST STARTED MY TOUR AT SEVEN, AND THEN THEY TOLD
EVERYBODY TO EVACUATE THE BUILDING.
MAN - THEY JUST SAID THEY DIDN'T KNOW HOW LONG THIS WAS GOING TO KEEP GOING
ON, AND THEY'D ALLOW EVERYBODY TO GO HOME, FOR THE SAFETY FACTOR. REPORTER
OFF CAM - WAS IT SCARY IN THERE? MAN - YEAH, AND I FEEL BAD FOR THE PEOPLE
BEING HELD HOSTAGE. I HOPE EVERYTHING WORKS OUT OK))
toss back to studio
Terry Nichols' defense lawyers were back in court today- asking the judge to
eliminate the death penalty option-
But Judge Richard Match refused to do so.
Jurors will begin the penalty phase of the trial on Monday-
The lawyer who defended Timothy McVeigh says it's unlikely jurors will
sentence Nichols to death.
((STEPHEN JONES/ATTORNEY: IT ONLY TAKES ONE JUROR TO KEEP HIM FROM GETTING
DEATH PENALTY BASED UPON TODAY'S VERDICT I THINK WE CAN SAFELY ASSUME THAT
THERE'S MORE THAN ONE JUROR WHO WILL NOT GIVE THE DEATH PENALTY.))
OUT Q=give the death penalty."
Jurors convicted Nichols yesterday of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter
in the Oklahoma City bombing.
They knew it was coming.
But workers at Dublin Garment Factory are having a tough time tonight,
dealing with what they say feels like a death in the family.
After more than 40-years of business, Dublin Garment Factory closed its doors
One hundred-50 people lost their jobs.
Many had spent their entire careers sewing clothes at the factory.
And they're having trouble walking away -- especially at this time of year.
IN Q=we've had
((YVONNE NUCKOLS/29-YEAR EMPLOYEE: WE'VE HAD SOME PEOPLE HERE WHERE BOTH
HUSBAND AND WIFE WORKED HERE. SO BOTH OF THEM ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS AT THE
SAME TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Yvonne Nuckols/29 Year Employee;
OUT Q=same time
Plant manager Ken Langston says he'll miss the workers he considered family.
They knitted him a special good-bye gift.
IN Q=Before they
((KEN LANGSTON/PLANT MANAGER: BEFORE THEY LEFT THEY SEWED SOME SCRAPS TOGETHER
AND MAD ME A SWEATSHIRT AND THEY SENT IT THROUGH THE WHOLE FACTORY AND THEY HAD
SIGNED IT. IT'LL BE ONE OF MY MOST PRIZED POSSESSIONS IN LIFE. ))
SUPER=01-Ken Langston/Plant Manager;
OUT Q=in life laughter
Langston said the plant could not compete with cheap foreign labor.
Dublin city officials are trying to bring a new business into the factory.
The nation's largest Internet access provider is expected to announce plans
to build a huge headquarters in Virginia -- bringing three thousand jobs to the
WorldCom subsidiary U-U-Net wants to make Loudoun County the hub for much of
the computer world's online traffic.
U-U-Net provides the cable and electronic infrastructure for the Microsoft
network out of offices in Fairfax.
It's about to take over that task for CompuServe and America Online -- the
nation's largest commercial on-line service, and another Virginia business.
Governor George Allen says he's "absolutely thrilled" about the pending
Emergency crews in Amherst County were busy this morning, trying to contain
an oil spill after a fuel truck crashed near a bridge.
The tanker overturned on Dixie Airport Road around eleven spilling nearly
300 gallons of fuel oil into a nearby creek.
Emergency crews were able to contain the spill before it traveled very far
IN Q=We put down
((CLAUDE ESPOSITO/MONELISON V.F.D.: WE PUT DOWN SOME BOOMS AND ANYTHING WE
COULD DO TO SLOW IT DOWN AND GIVE THE GUYS AT TWIN BRIDGES TIME TO SET UP A
DIKE DOWN THERE.))
SUPER=01-Claude Esposito/Monelison Volunteer Fire Dept.; :00
OUT Q=dike down there.
Police say the truck driver had swerved to avoid another car that had
crossed the center line.
A private contractor was called in to clean up the spill.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Virginia Tech responds to an appeals court ruling that a former student has
the right to sue two football players for rape.
And a little later in the newscast-- the Hill City is on the losing end of a
venture designed to bring a sports complex to the region....
Eating too much fat is bad for you--but a new study raises the question, can
certain kinds of fat actually help prevent a heart attack or stroke? That
report on Health Check
Also coming up-- Steve reveals the N-F-L coach of the year honors..
Stick around for the Two Minute Ticker-- when we come back.
Virginia Tech officials do NOT appear overly concerned by a federal appeals
court decision involving an alleged rape case.
Yesterday-- a divided three judge panel sent Christy Brzonkala's case back
to Roanoke federal court.
Brzonkala is the former Virginia Tech student who alleged she was raped by
two former Tech football players.
The judges' ruling states that Brzonkala does have the right to sue Virginia
Tech under Title Nine.
Brzonkala claims Tech created a hostile environment to women by NOT acting
more vigorously on her rape complaint.
((DAVE NUTTER/VT SPOKESMAN: AGAIN, IF IT DOES GO TO TRIAL WE BELIEVE ONCE THE
FACTS ARE FULLY ON THE TABLE IT WILL SHOW THAT VIRGINIA TECH ACTED CORRECTLY
AND WITH DILIGENCE TOWARD ALL PARTIES.))
SUPER=01-Dave Nutter/Virginia Tech Spokesman; :00
OUT Q=all parties.
The judges' ruling also states Brzonkala has the right to sue former
football players-- Tony Morrison and James Crawford-- under the 1994 Violence
Against Women Act.
A grand jury will hear charges against a Bedford County teen accused of
taking part in a gang- related beating last summer.
In August, the sheriff's department announced it had broken up a loose-knit
gang that had terrorized the Stewartsville community.
Seventeen-year old Andrew Murray is charged with beating Richard Collins as
part of a gang initiation.
Collins refused to cooperate with police, but Murray's co-defendant..
19-year old Jerry Beckner admitted to the attack.
Beckner is serving a three-month jail term.
Murray could stand trial as an adult if he's indicted on malicious wounding
The group charged with creating a multi- million dollar sports complex in
Lynchburg has given up the idea and disbanded.
The Sports Capital of Virginia Authority was formed last year to drum up
private support for the venture.
But authority members say opposition from neighbors and a lack of city
funding has doomed their efforts.
IN Q=There's so many
((JEFF DOWNIN/LYNCHBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: THERE'S SO MANY PULLS ON THE CITY
RIGHT NOW FOR MONEY, SO MANY NEEDS EVEN IN THE RECREATION AREA FOR FUNDS TO
RENOVATE EXISTING FACILITIES AND SO FORTH, THAT THERE JUST WASN'T ENOUGH MONEY
TO GO AROUND AND WE DISAGREE WITH THE CITY ON THAT DECISION, BUT THAT'S WHERE
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I WAS TOLD THAT THIS WAS GOING TO BE A SPORTS
COMPLEX THAT WASN'T GOING TO COST THE CITY A THING, THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE
SUPPORTED BY LOCAL FUNDS, BY BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRY AND INDIVIDUALS AND THE
CITY WAS NOT GOING TO HAVE TO FUND IT.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Downin/Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :21
OUT Q=have to fund it.
The city HAS committed more than a million dollars to build more youth
soccer fields and renovate existing recreation facilities.
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Tornados touched down in Alabama, leaving several residents homeless at
SUPER=03-Dale Co. AL;
Two tornados ripped through the rural area, hurting five people and
destroying their homes.
Injuries were NOT life-threatening, ranging from punctured lungs to broken
The American Red Cross says it will provide meals and hotel rooms for the
A series of tornadoes have downed trees and power lines throughout
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health music under
The Hokies share their holiday wish list with Steve Mason in tonight's Two
A new report shows certain types of fat can reduce the risk of stroke.
But critics say no matter what the new study says, saturated fat kills people
by promoting heart disease, the nation's number-one cause of death.
Strokes don't come close.
IN Q=Fat intake
((DR. MATTHEW GILLMAN:FAT INTAKE MAY ACTUALLY HAVE DIFFERENT EFFECTS ON THE
BLOOD VESSELS IN THE BRAIN THAN IN THE HEART))
OUT Q=in the heart
Here's a look ahead to NEWS-7 at SIX.
Virginia Republicans are just a few chess moves away from total dominance of
IN Q=If we continue
((SCOTT LEAKE/JOINT REPUBLICAN CAUCUS: IF WE CONTINUE TO WIN THESE SPECIAL
ELECTIONS ONE AFTER ANOTHER AFTER ANOTHER, THAT'S JUST REAFFIRMATION OF WHAT
THE VOTERS EXPRESSED ON THE REGULAR ELECTION DAY IN NOVEMBER.))
SUPER=01-Scott Leake/Joint Republican Caucus;
OUT Q=in November.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, Ellen Qualls looks into some of the
unconventional tactics in the battle for power.
That's at the top of the hour.
A new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association reports men
who eat more saturated fat are less likely to suffer a stroke.
The study found for every three percent increase in total dietary fat, the
risk of stroke decreased 15-percent.
IN Q=We're learning
((DR .MATTHEW GILLMAN/AUTHOR OF STUDY: WE'RE LEARNING MORE AND MORE ABOUT
TYPES OF FATS AND THE MONOLITHIC RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT LOSING TOTAL FAT MIGHT
NOT BE AS IMPORTANT TODAY AS IT WAS A FEW YEARS AGO))
SUPER=01-Dr. Matthew Gillman/Author of Study;
OUT Q=years ago.
Before ordering the extra-large fries, health experts aren't giving up their
garden salad and fat-free dressing without a fight.
Even the study's author says Americans should continue to limit fats in their
Saturated and monosaturated fats are found in meats, vegetables, dairy
products and canola, nut and olive oils.
Winter is the time of year when many children suffer from ear infections--and
for some it's a problem that keeps croppy up.
In those cases of repeated infections doctors say there is an answer to
provide permanent relief--ear tubes.
For many parents, it may seem as if their children have been on antibiotics
since birth to treat common ear infections...
But doctors say drugs can't always solve the problem.
IN Q=Major concern
SUPER=01-Dr. Kenny Chan/Children's Hospital;
OUT Q=appropriate option.
IN Q=Major Concern
((DR KENNY CHAN/CHILDRENS HOSPITAL:MAJOR CONCERN IS HEARING LOSS AND HEARING
LOSS LEADING TO POTENTIAL SPEECH AND LANGUAGE ISSUES))
OUT Q= issues
Ear drainage tubes are the most routine childhood operation.
Doctors say the tube helps alleviate pressure in the middle ear--and in turn
keep germs and fluid from building up.09:39:16-09:39:26
The tubes are very small and inserted into the ear drum during the operation.
For some patients the tube is too small or doesn't drain effectively--so a
next step is a fake ear tube.09:39:36-09:39:53
Once the procedure is complete the tube will remain in place for about 9
months--then it falls out on it's own--and the ear drum heals over.
The surgery only takes a few minutes, but it's only recommended for repeated
infections or fluid buildup that doesn't go away after four months.
((DR. KENNY CHAN:WHEN A SURGEON RECOMMENDS TUBE PLACEMENT- ITS A GOOD IDEA TO
GO BACK TO THE PEDIATRICIAN OR FAMILY DOCTOR AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THIS IS AN
OUT Q=option. ))
The majority of patients see results just weeks after surgery.
But before recommending tubes- doctors suggest preventative antibiotics.
they're usually prescribed in low dosages taken nightly for several months.
When children do have to take medication...over the counter remedies often
substitute a visit to the doctor.
For a common cold--the drug store aisles are packed with products guaranteed
to treat every sick child's symptoms.
On average, children get about 6 to 8 colds a year--and parents often turn to
non-prescription drugs--but do they work?
IN Q=The thing
((DR. KEITH BATTEN/CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL:THE THING ABOUT COLD MEDICINES IS NO
STUDY HAS EVER SHOWN THAT THEY DO ANY GOOD -TRULY- IT'S MOSTLY TREATING PARENTS
WHO OBVIOUSLY WHO LIKE TO DO SOMETHING FOR THEIR CHILD))
SUPER=01-Dr. Keith Batten/Children's Hospital;
OUT Q=for their child
Doctors say the younger the child--the higher risk of side effects from
They say the best advice is to stay away from using cold medicine--
But if you do use them--avoid those with multiple ingredients for many
Time now for sports-- The hokies are hoping for a big present under their
What are they asking for? Here's Steve with tonight's Ticker.
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Christmas Eve ticker.
SS=new york giants
lets start on the gridiron. Today; New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel
was named Associated Press NFL coach of the year.
SUPER=03-Raljon, MD/Giants vs. Redskins; :00
In his first year; Fassell lead New York to a last to first place turn
around as the team finished 10-5 and 1; good enough to win the NFC East
Fassell, who got some help from rookies like Tiki Barber, generated 20 votes
from the 48 national sports reporters who voted.
The AP also named Tampa Bay running back Warrick Dunn the offensive rookie
of the year. The former Florida State standout rushed for 978 yards, four
touchdowns and caught three TD passes for the playoff bound Buccaneers.
IN Q="I'm just
((WARRICK DUNN/AP OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:))
SUPER=01-Warrick Dunn/AP Offensive Rookie of the Year; :00
OUT Q=....and blessed"
The Virginia tech football team is taking a break and will return to
Blacksburg Christmas night before leaving for Jacksonville on the 26th. But
before the team skipped town; we had a chance to asked players and the coach
what they hoped to find under the tree.
IN Q="this time
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
((PIERSON PRIOLEAU/VA. TECH ROVER:))
((GENNARO DINAPOLI/VA. TECH OFFENSIVE GUARD:))
((TODD WASHINGTON/VA. TECH CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Pierson Prioleau/Virginia Tech Rover; :19
SUPER=01-Gennaro DiNapoli/Virginia Tech Offensive Guard; :24
SUPER=01-Todd Washington/Virginia Tech Center; :34
OUT Q=...play hard"
That'sa wrap for this Christmas Eve ticker; coming up at six; Express coach
frank Anzalone reveals his Santa wish list; plus we will have more on gator
Bowl preparations. Merry Christmas everyone.
Actor-Director Woody Allen has made it official- marrying his companion
The 62 year old married 27 year old Soon Yi in Venice.
Close friends and family attended the wedding-
((WOODY ALLEN/ACTOR-DIRECTOR : I AM TOO TO SAY VERY HAPPY TO BE IN VENICE.
REPORTER: IS IT TRUE YOU MARRIED SOON YI? WOODY ALLEN: I HAVE NO COMMENTS.))
OUT Q=have no comments."
Soon Yi is the adopted daughter of Allen's former lover- actress Mia Farrow.
The affair between Allen and Soon-Yi became public in 1992, when Farrow
found nude pictures of her adopted daughter, then 21, in Allen's apartment.
(TOSS TO ANDREW)