Next on News 7--
The investigation continues in the police officer shootings Christmas Day.
Tourists visit the gravesite of JonBenet Ramsey on the anniversary of her
And Seinfeld is calling it quits after almost a decade.
Sunny skies give way to clouds, rain and snow tonight and tomorrow.
Details on a wet weekend snowfall coming up.
And it's that time of year--
when blood donations are at a critical low...an update on Health Check.
Stick around NEWS-7 at FIVE is just 90 seconds away.
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It's a day of healing just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina after last
night's shootout killed a police officer, a 17-year old and wounded another
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at Five, I'm Tonya Flory.
The Christmas shooting happened in Davidson, North Carolina just before six
As investigators try to sort out the details, residents of the
predominantly black neighborhood shouted racial slurs about whites.
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Twenty-six-year-old Officer Mark Swaney was killed in the encounter with
16-year old Damon Kerns, and 54-year-old Officer Charles McLean was wounded.
Authorities say the officers tried to break up a fight between Kearns and
another person when Kearns pulled out a gun and started shooting.
The suspect's relatives are surprised the confrontation ever took place.
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SUPER=01-Garfield Carr/Victim's Relative
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Meantime, the Davidson community met today to mend ties with police and
A dispute over a card game landed one man in jail, another in the hospital
after a stabbing in Lynchburg.
Emergency crews were called to the 11- hundred block of Eleventh Street
around 2 p-m.
They found 24- year- old Samuel Lambert in the street, with a stab wound in
his left shoulder.
Lambert was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where he's still being
Police arrested 27- year- old Calvin Cox just a block away and recovered a
steak knife apparently used in the stabbing.
Cox has been charged with malicious wounding.
The American accused of spying on Russia is home for the holidays--but that
may be as long as he's allowed stay in the United States.
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Richard Bliss arrived in San Diego last night from Moscow greeted by friends
and family members.
Last month, the 29-year-old field technician was arrested on espionage
He was installing a cell phone system in that country for the San Diego-based
Bliss is hopeful that Russian officials will not force him to return January
tenth to face spying charges--
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((RICHARD BLISS:THE HARDEST DAYS MOMENTS WERE THE 11 DAYS I WAS INCARCERATED. I
WASN'T ALLOWED TO SPEAK WITH ANYBODY FROM THE OUTSIDE, I WASN'T AWARE OF WHAT
WAS GOING ON EXPECT THE PROCESSES THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THE
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Bliss said that he was not mistreated.
He says his gut feeling is that he will not be forced back to Russia although
authorities haven't commented on his future.
One year after six-year old beauty queen Jon-Benet Ramsey was found dead in
her Boulder, Colorado home--police continue to search for a suspect and
residents continue to mourn.
SUPER=03-Boulder, Co/File Tape; A couple dozen people held candles and sang
a Christmas carol during a brief vigil last night in memory of JonBenet
Ramsey--another is planned tonight.
Her beaten and strangled body was found in the basement of her home
Police have questioned her parents and say they remain the focus of the
So far no charges have been brought against them -- or anyone else.
For those who didn't receive everything on their Christmas list there's
actually still hope. And for those who are need of exchanging-- you aren't
DOUBLE BOXES Tonya/Tina
Tina Tenret joins us from Roanoke's Valley View Mall with a report on the
crowds- and the sales.
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double boxes Tonya/Tina
(question: are extended mall hours still in effect?)
(toss to robin)
(toss to Andrew)
(Andrew Freiden is next)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
They've been off the job for about two weeks, now union workers at Pulaski's
Hoover Colors are talking with management...
And a little later-- Princess Diana is being remembered by a Roanoke woman--
along with many motorists.
Also coming up- its been the number one sitcom of the decade, but they're
calling it quits in May...we'll fill you in when NEWS-7 at Five returns.
Hoover Color's hourly employees are expected to vote tomorrow on the
company's latest offer.
Nearly 30- hourly workers at the Pulaski County plant are on strike.
Today a federal mediator met with both sides to work on a compromise.
Workers were upset with the company's original offer because they said it
did NOT include a retirement plan and would increase insurance costs.
They were also dissatisfied with Hoover Color's proposed absentee policy.
The Pulaski County plant makes the color used in Crayola crayons and other
For the past several months Franklin County animal control officers have
been pulling double duty.
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The two officers have been responsible for cleaning and operating the
shelter ever since a judge pulled trustees from the county jail off that work
The officers say their other work has piled up.
But in the New Year, the inmates will resume their duties.
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((CLAUDE WEBSTER/EMERGENCY SERVICES DIRECTOR: THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS
AGREED WE WOULD HIRE A FULLTIME SHELTER OPERATOR IN ORDER TO BE THERE TO
SUPERVISE THE INMATES.))
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This decision addresses the citizens' concerns about the inmates' contact
with the public.
Webster says bringing a full-time operator and the inmates back on board
will help make the shelter more accessible to the public.
The old Troutville High school has sat vacant for several years, but now
there's debate concerning what to do with the 70-year old Botetourt County
don't know what they want to do with the school, except that they want it to
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((JEWELL TYNDALL/TROUTVILLE MAYOR; IT'S A LANDMARK IN OUR TOWN. THE MAJORITY OF
CITIZENS IN THIS TOWN GRADUATED FROM THIS SCHOOL. I'VE HAD RELATIVES GRADUATE
FROM THIS SCHOOL. WE'RE VERY CLOSE TO THE SCHOOL. ))
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Botetourt County Supervisor Bill Loope says razing the building is an
option, but he'd rather see the property renovated.
An auctioneer recently made an offer to purchase and rennovate the building.
((BRENT WITT/REBEL YELL AUCTION CO.; GEOGRAPHICALLY, IT WOULD WELL SUIT WHAT
OUR NEEDS ARE, BUT ALSO IT WOULD SAVE THIS BUILDING AND I DO THINK IT NEEDS TO
BE SAVED. WHETHER MY COMPANY CAN SAVE IT OR WHOEVER MAY CHOOSE TO SAVE IT. I DO
THINK THAT IT NEEDS TO BE SAVED. ))
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Witt's initial proposal was rejected-- the Board of Supervisors will
consider his new request at its January meeting.
We didn't have a White Christmas, but it could be a white weekend?
Andrew has the forecast in a moment--
And why is the decade's most popular sitcom calling it a wrap at the end of
this season? We'll tell you about Seinfeld-- stick around.
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The death of Princess Diana ranks at the top of the Associated Press's big
stories of the year.
But a Roanoke woman was so moved by the event that she's commissioned a
tribute to the late princess-- a tribute that draws mixed reactions.
Page Childress did NOT return calls to NEWS 7 about her Diana wall mural.
But she's shelled out 25- hundred dollars to immortalize the princess on the
side of a Richmond nightspot -- next to a cigarette billboard, just beneath an
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((WELL IF SHE'S GOT THE MONEY AND WANTS TO PUT IT UP THAT'S FINE WITH ME.))
((I THINK IT'S GREAT. I THINK IT'S A GOOD TRIBUTE TO A GOOD LADY.))
((WELL SHE'S A NATIONAL PUBLIC FIGURE. NOT JUST OVER IN ENGLAND. I MEAN THE
WHOLE WORLD'S AWARE OF PRINCESS DIANA. SO I THINK IT'S A NICE THING TO DO.))
((YEAH. LOOKS GOOD. Think it's tasteful? YEAH IT LOOKS LIKE A LITTLE
TRIBUTE. YOU KNOW? SOMETHING FITTING. IT'S IN A GOOD SPOT ALSO. YEAH.
LOOKS GOOD. YOU KNOW WHO DID IT?))
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Richmond mural artist Ed Trask -- whose work is seen around Richmond -- did
And just like the details on this burrito restaurant's sign, Trask took some
artistic liberty with Princess Diana.
Take a close look at the crown.
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((I LIKE IT. Are those skulls on the crown? YEAH. Does that bother you? YEAH.
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Childress reportedly put the mural in Richmond because it's her hometown.
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The Roanoke Express has a long haul ahead-- Mike fills us in on the teams
schedule in tonight's Ticker.
Next on Health Check- the world's only set of living septuplets, the demise
of some diet drugs--
And Hello Dolly...a first in cloning-- we'll look back at the year in
(( THE FACT ....IN THE FUTURE.))
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There's more NEWS-7 at Five in a moment-- first a look ahead to NEWS-7 at
Grand Forks, North Dakota is still recovering-- eight months after flood
waters paralyzed the area.
Tonight-- we'll introduce you to a couple who decided to make a fresh start
John and Linda Sachs (sax) lost almost everything when the "Red River of the
North" overflowed its banks.
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((LINDA SACHS: THERE WERE HOMES THAT WERE OFF OF THEIR FOUNDATIONS, BRAND NEW
CARS TIPPED ON THEIR SIDES, CAMPERS, TRAILERS, BOATS, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO
DESCRIBE IT BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE BETTER IF IT WOULD BE A FIRE BECAUSE ALL
YOU WOULD HAVE LEFT IS ASHES, YOU COULDN'T SEE THE DESTRUCTION, AS BAD.))
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At six-- we'll hear more from the Sachs-- including what brought them to
Teresa Hamilton has their story in about 40-minutes on NEWS-7 at SIX.
Topping tonight's Health Check report-- For the American Red Cross, the
holidays usually bring a slowdown in donations of blood.
This year is no exception, and officials have issued an urgent appeal.
Today, the Red Cross held blood drives at five locations in the region.
But the agency lost two collection days at Christmas and will be closed
again on New Year's Day.
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((BETH HENDRICKS/AMERICAN RED CROSS: WE ALWAYS HAVE TROUBLE AROUND THE HOLIDAY
MEETING THE NEED. WE KNOW THAT IT'S GOING TO BE A MORE DIFFICULT TIME FOR US TO
COLLECT AND WE ALSO KNOW THAT RIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S WE'RE GOING
TO SEE AN INCREASE IN USAGE. A LOT OF PEOPLE PUT OFF THAT ELECTIVE SURGERY
UNTIL AFTER THE HOLIDAYS.))
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The Red Cross will be holding blood drives around the region next week.
For locations and times, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.
It was a big -- yet very mixed year in medicine.
As researchers made great strides towards fighting AIDS and cloning animals,
they also discovered problems with two very popular diet pills.
Liz Mullen takes a look back.
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SUPER=01-Don McIver/AIDS Patient; 1:00
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((It started with the death of Mary Linen... a young woman who simply wanted to
lose weight for her upcoming wedding. she took the popular drug combination
"fen-phen"... and developed primary pulmonary hypertension-- a dangerous
narrowing of the blood vessels in the lungs.
From there... doctors and researchers linked pondimin-- or fenfluramine--part
of the fen-phen combination and another diet drug, "redux" to a heart
valve misfunction... and the cases mounted... forcing the Food and Drug
Administration to make a move.
DR. MICHAEL FREEDMAN/ACTING FDA COMMISSIONER: THIS CAUSED ENOUGH CONCERN FOR
US TO PRESENT THIS INFORMATION TO THE DRUG COMPANIES AND TO REQUEST A
WITHDRAWAL OF THESE PRODUCTS FROM THE AMERICAN MARKET TODAY.
It wasn't long before a new diet drug -- called meridia-- was approved and
trying to fill the void... but not without side effects like an increase in
blood pressure and insomnia.
On the AIDS front... encouraging words about a potential way to --if not
cure--- at least manage the disease with a new drug combination...
DON MCIVER/AIDS PATIENT: I CAN RUN 2 AND A HALF MILES WITHOUT PROBLEMS. I CAN
LIFT WEIGHTS WITHOUT PROBLEMS. REALLY-- MY LIFE IS BACK TO WHERE IT WAS
10-YEARS AGO BEFORE I EVER TESTED POSITIVE.
AZT, 3tc and the protease inhibitor indinovir reduced virus levels to
undetectable amounts in 80-percent of patients.
While that news -- raised hopes in this country... the world health
organization put a damper on hopes elsewhere.... by announcing a new sobering
statistic... 30-million AIDS cases worlwide.... two-thirds in sub-saharan
Perhaps the most controversial bleat ever uttered...came this year-- from
Dolly the sheep... the world's first cloned animal. Word of her creation and
later others like "Polly" stirred an ethical debate that isn't likely to end
for a long time...
Liz/Mullen Reporting: There was heated discussion -too- over -mammography- in
After behind the scenes wrangling... the American Cancer Society and the
National Cancer Institute agreed to recommend annual screening for women in
their 40s as well as those in their 50s.
HI! YOU SMILING?
The cries and yawns of seven tiny babies may have been the medical world's
shining moment... the McCaughey septuplets... seven healthy preemies... the
first living set in the world... still have some doctors shaking their heads
That's a look at the year in medicine. i'm Liz Mullen, CBS News, New York.))
Why do we age? A new study suggests a simple "mistake" in cell division
could be to blame.
Two scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say aging may
happen when circular bits of D-N-A accumulate within the nuclei of cells.
This buildup clogs normal cellular machinery.
The researchers did their study on brewer's yeast cells. But they say they
believe the same process occurs in humans.
If that's the case, they say there may be a way to slow down the aging
Their findings appear in the journal "Cell."
Let's turn now to sports-- where the Roanoke Express is fueling up for a
busy schedule-- Fresh from a few days off, here's Mike Stevens.
Welcome folks to the after Christmas two minute ticker, that includes hockey
and football news is not returnable even with a receipt.
It's been a good year so far for the Roanoke Express, but the team is about
to find out just how tough it really is.
Starting tonight, Roanoke plays three games in three nights, and over the
next 10 days the club will be on the ice for eight games.
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((MICHAEL W. SMITH/EXPRESS ))
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OUT Q=...READY TO PLAY."
The murderer's row stretch of games begins tonight with the Huntington
Blizard skating into the Roundhouse for a 7:30 faceoff.
Roanoke lost to the Blizzard earlier this month on December second.
In that game the Express let Huntington convert 2 out of three power play
((JEFF LODER/EXPRESS ))
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OUT Q=...IN THE GAME."
News 7 sports has learned that defenseman Regan Stocco has signed a
professional contract with a team in Italy and is no longer with the Express.
In 15 games he had 3 points and missed 7 contests with a hip flexer. This is
Stocco's second trip overseas. He played in Austria last year.
The National Football League's postseason honors continue to roll in this
This afternoon Barry Sanders was named the league's offensive player of the
year after rushing for two thousand and 53 yards during the regular season.
Sanders and Lions take on Tampa Bay Sunday in the playoffs.
Also, this afternoon Frank Beamer and the Hokies arrived in Jacksonville and
immediately stepped on the practice field at private high school named the
We'll hear from Frank Beamer tonight at six.
Plus, coming up at six highlights from the NationsBank Holiday Hoops
tournament at the Salem Civic Center.
Already today Cave Spring has beaten Parry McCluer 77-to-54.
Have a happy Holiday weekend everybody.
go to break
His show has been credited for keeping NBC in first place on Thursday
nights...but now actor-comedian Jerry Seinfeld says he's pulling the plug on
his sitcom at the end of this season.
Seinfeld says he wants to end the show gracefully and on top.
Now in its ninth season the highly rated show has given America a look at
the wacky lives of Jerry and three dysfunctional friends in New YOrk city.
Self-described as a show about "nothing" the program has been a major profit
maker for NBC.
Not only does the network lose its second-strongest show on Thursday nights,
it loses more than 200 million dollars a year in profits. The show's finale
is expected to air in May.