Up next on News 7 at six, one person is airlifted to the hospital after a
head-on collision in Moneta.
And should a VMI initiation ritual be treated as a criminal act?
In Sports, Rusty Wallace made a trip to Victory Lane at Daytona Scores and
Highlights from college hoops.
And in the Atlantic 10 Virginia Tech comes up short on the Road at Temple
losing to the Owls by 7.
A collective sigh of relief across virginia, as the sun graced us with its
presence today. More sunshine on tap for tomorrow. A fly in the ointment
arrives by midweek.
Two people badly injured in a traffic accident last night are in stable
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A truck swerved into oncoming traffic and smashed into a car along Route
6-55 around 9-30 last night.
45-year old Herman Otis Smith of Huddleston, Virginia was thrown from the
truck and suffered severe head injuries.
Rescuers airlifted him to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The driver of the car 39-year old Kristen Newman also of Huddleston was
taken by ambulance to the same hospital.
State police say charges in the accident are pending.
Government prosecutors have one more day's worth of evidence to put on in
the trial of Roanoke's so-called "crime family."
Keith Humphry looks ahead to week-FIVE of the trial.
IN Q=This is what
SUPER=10-Joe Abbott//1985; :09
SUPER=03-Salem/April 2, 1994;
SUPER=10-Ahmad Thiab/Defendant/March 15, 1997;
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7, Roanoke.
This is what the Abeds have been waiting for, they say: a chance to tell
their side of the story... to respond to the terrible tales their accusers have
been telling the jury.
IN Q=He just went a
((HE JUST WENT A LITTLE BIT TOO FAST, TOO FAR AND TOO BIG.))
OUT Q=too big.
That was a different context, but Abbott is eager to testify in federal
Once the government rests its case- -on Monday or Tuesday- -Abbott and his
lawyer will have to decide whether to risk a rigorous cross examination.
Mixer's fire: 94-16
The prosecution will wrap up its case with more on the financial status of
Mixer's Restaurant at the time of the fire.
((I LOST MY PLACE. IT WAS A FINANCIAL DISASTER.))
Co-owner Ahmad Thiab is charged with insurance fraud.
He has lived in this country for 12 years. He made arrangements to return
when he learned he'd been indicted 11 months ago.
IN Q=I'm here to
((I'M HERE TO PROVE MY INNOCENCE. I'M INNOCENT OF THIS. I HAVE NO CONNECTION
WITH THE FIRE. I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE FIRE.))
SUPER=01-Ahmad Thiab/Arson Suspect
OUT Q=important to me.
Doctor Thiab may or may NOT actually get to tell his story directly to the
Though he told us almost a year ago that he returned to the United States,
ready to answer any question that would prove his innocence- -under American
law, he's not required to prove anything. The government has the burden of
proving Thiab is guilty.
Thiab's lawyer won't say whether he intends to put the Iraqi native on the
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.
VMI may have a case of hazing on its hands.
Three seniors were suspended for beating six freshmen at the Virginia
Military Institute with a coat hanger and belt last fall.
The beatings were part of initiation rituals.
Now the family of one of the victims wants the incident treated as a
Officials at the school are now deciding whether they should have contacted
police and reported the cases as hazings.
Civil Rights will be the issue when the 4-th U-S Circuit Court of Appeals
addresses the Christy Brzonkala lawsuit.
In December, a three- judge panel reinstated her lawsuit against Virginia
Tech and two football players.
Now the appeals court will reconsider whether Brzonkala should be allowed to
sue under the Violence Against Women Act which makes gender motivated crimes a
civil rights issue.
Brzonkala says Tony Morrison and James Crawford raped her in 19-94 and that
Tech protected the players because they were members of the football team.
Valentine's Day is six days from now--and we have some distinctive gift
ideas coming your way.
Gifts including java and gift certificates are putting a new spin on the old
That's coming up in a few minutes, but first let's check in with Andrew
Freiden standing by in the weather center.
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Laid-off General Electric workers say their jobs were shipped to other
And, for a psychic hotline, the future looks bleak.
Scott Goldberg has those stories in this week's News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=Some of the
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OUT Q=I'm Scott Goldberg
((Some of the workers laid off from General Electric are speaking out.
They said they would still have jobs if G-E didn't send so much work to
countries with cheap labor.
G-E responded: the company only outsources when it can not "perform work in
Salem on a cost-competitive basis."
Norfolk Southern said its business suffered only minor scrapes and bruises in
the wake of this week's train derailment.
Of the hundreds of trains that roll into Roanoke every day, the company said
only five or six pass over this route in Glasgow.
Not a very good prognosis for Columbia H-C-A.
The health-care giant that owns five hospitals in our area expects to lose
more than one-and-a-quarter billion dollars this year.
The company cites record costs -- including money spent to defend itself
against charges of defrauding Medicare.
The man holding the baseball is Michael Lasky.
He's the founder of the Psychic Friends Network.
He paid 500-thousand dollars for that ball.
This week, the Psychic Friends Network filed for bankruptcy.
Use slo-mo video
Industry watchers said Lasky should have seen it coming.
Dow Jones Pre Pro
For the second week in a row, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained more
than 200-points, finishing at 81-89.
The Nasdaq picked up 75.
That does it for this week's Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
With less than a week to go, gift ideas for Valentine's Day may not come so
Traditional gifts usually include flowers, candy and cards of course.
But David Johnson has some alternative ideas for those seeking to be a
little more creative.
IN Q=Roses and Valentine's
SUPER=01-Elaine Vaughn/"Love Baskets" Owner; :16
SUPER=01-Andy Reaser/Mill Mountain Coffee And Tea; :48
OUT Q=DJO, News7.
((Roses and Valentines cards are common place this time of year, but there
are gifts that can set loved ones apart from the rest.
Gift certificates for a theraputic massage or for a manicure or peticure--
even a basket filled with one's favorite things.
IN Q=WELL THE NICE
((ELAINE VAUGHN/"LOVE BASKETS" OWNER; WELL THE NICE THING ABOUT GIFT BASKETS IS
THAT YOU CAN PUT ALMOST ANYTHING YOU WANT TO IN THESE. FROM CHOCOLATES TO
FIRESIDE BASKETS TO A ROMANTIC FIRESIDE BASKET. SOMETHING WITH CHOCOLATES IN
THERE AND YOUR CHAMPAGNES AND YOUR DIFFERENT WINE BISCUITS AND THINGS. SO
THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO.))
OUT Q=YOU CAN DO.
Another idea is dining out or having the ingredients for a gourmet meal for
two put into a basket.
Those who enjoy a hot cup of java after the meal-- or anytime-- can sample a
blend by local merchants.
IN Q=COUPLES COME
((ANDY REASER/MILL MOUNTAIN COFFEE AND TEA; COUPLES COME IN HERE ALL THE TIME
AND SOMETIMES THEY COME IN ON DATES. WE JUST THOUGHT WE'D GIVE THEM SOMETHING
SPECIAL TO HAVE ON THIS SPECIAL DAY.))
OUT Q=SPECIAL DAY.
IN Q=ONE THING
((ELAINE VAUGHN; ONE THING IS A GREAT COFFEE TO PUT IN THERE AND TO RELAX IN
YOUR JACUZZI WITH A CUP OF COFFEE OR A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE.))
OUT Q=OF CHAMPAGNE.
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; OF COURSE THERE ARE DOZENS OF OTHER IDEAS. BUT
PUTTING YOUR SIGNATURE ON A VALENTINE'S GIFT CAN BE AS INDIVIDUAL AS YOU ARE.
DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
Most people think of fighting fires as a man's job.
But, for the last ten years a Danville woman has been working to change that
Here's Christy Hubley with this week's Virginia Profile.
SUPER=01-Shelby Irving/Firefighter; :09
SUPER=01-Ray Earp/Engineer; :42
OUT Q=Christy Hubley News 7.
(( Meet Shelby Irving.
She's a firefighter and an EMT for the Danville Fire Station.
And how she got the job is an interesting story.
IN Q=Actually a friend
((SHELBY IRVING/FIREFIGHTER: ACTUALLY A FRIEND PRETTY MUCH CHALLENGED ME. AND
SHE SAID I DON'T THINK YOU CAN DO IT. AND I SAID I CAN DO IT IF I WANT TO.))
OUT Q=if I want to.
When she joined the fire station ten years ago, she was the only woman among
dozens of men.
IN Q=I don't think I
((SHELBY IRVING: I DON'T THINK I HAD TO PROVE MYSELF BECAUSE YOU KNOW EVERYTIME
WE GO OUT I DO GIVE 100% AND I THINK THEY SAW THAT AND THEY WERE PRETTY MUCH
LIKE-YEAH, SHELBY, SHE CAN HANDLE HER OWN. A COUPLE OF THEM SAID WELL, I'LL
FIGHT A FIRE WITH HER ANYDAY.))
OUT Q=with her anyday.
IN Q=You can depend on Shelby
((RAY EARP/ENGINEER: YOU CAN DEPEND ON SHELBY. SHE'S TRUST-WORTHY. YOU DON'T
HAVE TO TELL HER TWICE. SHE TAKES A LOT OF INITIATIVE ON HER OWN. SHE'S ONE OF
THE FAMILY. SHE'S LIKE A SISTER TO US.))
OUT Q=sister to us.
When Shelby's not at the fire station, you might find her at the gym.
((WHISTLE. OTHER WAY. REVERSE.))
She's an assistant coach for the women's basketball and softball teams at
Shelby encourages these girls to give it their all.. on the court and off.
IN Q=I enjoy just doing things
((SHELBY IRVING: I JUST ENJOY DOING THINGS WITH THEM. LEARNING FROM THEM AND
THEY LEARN FROM ME. IT'S JUST A GREAT THING TO DO.))
OUT Q=great thing to do.
And that's not all this wonder woman does.
She's an organizer of the National Night Out campaign.. teaching the
community about crime and safety.
And she helps her church.. Jones Chapel.. with its payroll and budget.
How does she do it all?
Sometimes even she doesn't know.
IN Q=That's my life kind of
((SHELBY IRVING: THAT'S MY LIFE KIND OF. I DON'T KNOW IF I'M HERE TO SERVE
OTHERS OR WHAT. BUT I LOVE IT. I LOVE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. I LOVE AVERETT. I
LOVE MY CHURCH AND ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT I DO. IT'S VERY EXCITING. THERE'S
ALWAYS SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO.))
OUT Q=look forward to.
With this week's Virginia Profile.. Christy Hubley, News 7.))
A Blacksburg artist is teaching local residents how to reach their "inner
Peyton Petty learned the "Sacred Art of Play" nine years ago in Boston.
It involves using buttons, seeds, marbles and other materials to help people
improve their creativity.
IN Q=AS YOU PLAY
((PEYTON PETTY/"PLAY" EXPERT; AS YOU PLAY WITH THEM, YOU HAVE NO AGENDA.
THERE'S NO END PRODUCT IN MIND. IT'S A TOTALLY PROCESS- ORIENTED TYPE OF THING.
AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT YOU GET INVOLVED WITH PATTERNS.))
SUPER=01-Peyton Petty/"Play" Expert;
OUT Q=WITH PATTERNS.
Petty says the more comfortable PLAYING becomes, the more relaxed a person
She says over time, a body of work emerges from the patterns.
IN Q=I STARTED OUT
((PETTY; I STARTED OUT VERY PRODUCT- ORIENTED. THIS PROCESS- ORIENTED BUSINESS
IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME COMING OUT OF THE BUSINESS WORLD. THIS HAS GOTTEN ME
INTO PROCESS ART. IT'S GOTTEN ME INTO ALMOST MEDITATIVE KIND OF WORK.))
OUT Q=OF WORK.
Petty says PLAYING can also improve other aspects of a person's life.
It led the former financial product manager to her new career-- story
Blacksburg is one of four places worldwide where "play" workshops are
Straight ahead when the news continues--New Year's festivities ended a
little more than a month ago for most of us--
but many Chinese were out celebrating last night.
They ushered in the year of the Tiger.
We'll have more highlights from the events coming up in a few minutes.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Feedback
In last week's Feedback, we asked for comments on coverage of the White
House sex scandal.
Assignment Editor Joe McKean tells us what some of you thought.
IN Q=Judging from the
OUT Q=JM, News-7.
use shots of Clinton and Lewinsky from Saturday's national feeds
Judging from the mail, many of our viewers would be happy to see the media
pay less attention to the controversy surrounding President Clinton over his
relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
"I think this young lady is less than truthful. She and the other persons
involved in this matter should be required to refund the public funds utilized
in Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's office. Perhaps this way, these matters would not
be announced in the future."
Another wrote: "I think the media and its coverage is a cancer feeding upon
itself. To date this is a case of 'he said/she said'. I don't want your
opinions, your suppositions or your interpretation. I want only the
facts--hard, cold, documented facts--not allegations, Until someone provides
documented proof, leave this story alone."
Here's how to share your views with us on the news of the day:
Our mailing address is News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
Email should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, if you prefer a moderated chat room, check out our web site at
Joe McKean, News-7.
If you live by a Chinese calendar, then yesterday was the day to celebrate
Members of the Roanoke Sister-City Li-Jiang (LEE-JAING), China delegation
hosted an annual benefit last night in honor of the holiday.
IN Q=THIS IS THE
((PEARL FU; THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE TIGER FOR THE CHINESE. EVERY YEAR WE DO A
BIG WONDERFUL CELEBRATION TO RAISE SOME FUNDS FOR THE SISTER-CITY, LI-JIANG,
SUPER=01-Pearl Fu/New Year's Party Coordinator;
OUT Q=Li-Jiang, China.
Authentic rituals, music, and dances were performed and they held an auction
to raise money for a trip to Li-Jiang (LEE-JAING), China.
One of the items sold was a chinese painting.
IN Q=MY WIFE AND I
((ED EWING/DONATED THE PAINTING; MY WIFE AND I DECIDED TO CONTRIBUTE IT TO
LI-JIANG, ROANOKE'S SISTER CITY UNIT, TO HELP THEIR AUCTION AND THAT'S HOW IT
GOT TO BE HERE.))
((VOICE OF PEARL FU; reads it in chinese...WHICH MEANS IT WAS PAINTED IN 1970
AND IT WAS FOR THE PREMIER PRODUCTION AT CHANNEL SEVEN AND BY DOCTOR ET CHUN
SUPER=01-Ed Ewing/Donated The Painting; :09
OUT Q=ET CHUN XIU.
The trip to the East will take place in May and will be the first for a
Roanoke delegation of the Sister-Cities program.
Flooding will be less of a problem
in most areas tomorrow but construction may hold up your commute.
Here's Stacey Martin with this week's edition of Road Report.
IN Q=Lane closures are
OUT Q=I'm Stacey Martin.
((In Roanoke County lane closures are again scheduled for Interstate 5-81
this week near the Wood Haven bridge as crews continue making repairs.
Also, in Botetourt County, crews are beginning construction on a bridge over
Mill Creek along Route 6-12.
And, that area is closed to traffic.
In Grayson County a portion of Route 7-11 located between Route 6-01 and
Route 8-44 will be shut down starting tomorrow morning at 7.
It will reopen Wednesday night after 5.
And, some good news in Smyth County. Crews are finished working on the Route
That's it for this week's edition of Road Report. I'm Stacey Martin.))
And coming up, Georgia Tech takes North Carolina to two overtimes before
falling to the second ranked Tar Heels.
And Rusty Wallace wins a wild finish in the Bud Shootout at Daytona this
So far Speedweeks at Daytona has been reserved for brothers only. Yesterday
bobby and Terry labonte captured the front row for the Daytona 500 and today
Rusty and Kenny Wallace finished 1 and 2 in the Bud Shootout.
Mike Stevens has more on a wild day at the track.
IN Q=First audio
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SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Bud Shootout Winner; :43
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Finished 14-th; :49
SUPER=01-Kenny Wallace/Finished Second; 1:17
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OUT Q=........news 7 sports."
Virginia Tech had Temple on the ropes this afternoon but the Owls came on
strong late in the second half to beat the Hokies 60 to 53.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/FOX SPORTS; :
Bobby Hussey and his Hokies giving the Owls all they could handle in the
Temple fell behind early but Quincy Wadley's three pointer cut the Hokie
lead to three points.
Eddie Lucas spots up behind the line and nails this three pointer and the
Hokies would take an 11 to 5 lead.
Tech led by one at the half but the Owls rallied in the second half Lynard
Stewart taking it inside for the easy hoop to make it 42 to 41 Temple.
Russ Wheeler stepped up down the stretch here he takes it in and scores off
the glass but the Hokies still trailed by one.
The Owls survived back to back three SUPER=33-Temple/60/Tech/53/;by the
Hokies and Temple holds on to beat Tech by a score of 60 to 53.
Georgia Tech came close to derailing North Carolina's ride to the top of the
A-P college basketball poll.
But Shammond Williams scored 32 including a couple of three pointers in the
second over time to lead the Tar Heels to the 107 to 100 win.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/JP-RAYCOM; :
Former Yellow Jacket star Mark Price in the stands watching the game.
And his team came through on this play Michael Maddox hits the three
pointer to send the game into the first overtime tied at 80 to 80.
Carolina took control early in the second overtime when Williams drives to
the hole and scores th basket to make it 94 to 92.
But the Yellow Jackets come right back Matt Harpring working hard inside
and getting the offensive and put back to make it a one point Tar Heel lead.
Williams put the nail in the coffin SUPER=33-UNC#2/107/Georgia
Tech/100/;with just over a minute left in the game when he hits the three
pointer and Carolina wins it 107 to 100 in double Overtime.
In other A-C-C action, Duke made a trip up Tobacco road to take on N.C.
For that and all of this afternoons scores lets check the boards.
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You may be familiar with a commercial that urges consumers to "kiss a little
Well, it seems some couples have taken that advice to heart.
Smoochers across the country are puckering up in hopes of setting a new
world record this weekend.
And they're looking for a chance to kiss-off in New York.
We'll have that story plus more latest news, weather and sports coming up
tonight on News 7 at Eleven.
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