Fire broke out at Danville's City jail tonight-
It started in the laundry- when cleaning rags caught fire in a dryer.
The inmates were moved out- while firefighters put the blaze out.
Some researchers now say sunscreen may not protect against deadly skin
((I'D SAY IT'S NOT SAFE TO RELY ON SUNSCREENS TO PROTECTR ONESELF FROM SKIN
SUPER=01-Marianne Berwick/Sloan-Kettering Researcher;
OUT Q=from skin cancer."
We'll tell you what the American Cancer society is saying.
Gusty winds and passing thunderstomrs highlight the forecast through
tonight- Join us for News 7 after the olympics.
Danville authorities evacuated the city's jail after it caught fire this
The fire started shortly after six tonight in the jail's laundry.
Cleaning rags apparently caught fire in a dryer.
The flames spread through the building's duct work.
Fire fighters were able to extinguish the blaze quickly, but heavy smoke
forced deputies to evacuate almost 80 prisoners.
Several female inmates were moved to the courthouse.
About 70 males were taken to the outside recreational area located on the
The inmates were eventually allowed back into their cells once the smoke
It appears U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan will make a personal mission to
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Annan has won the backing of five permanent security council members for
Meanwhile President Clinton says the military is ready to
carry out an air strike on Iraq-
((LET THERE BE NO DOUBT WE ARE PREAPRED TO ACT BUT SADDAM HUSSEIN COULD END
THIS CRISIS TOMORROW.))
OUT Q=this crisis tomorrow.
Clinton says a military operaton can not destroy all the weapons of mass
destruction but it will leave Saddam Huseein worse off than he is now.
She was once an honor student with dreams of becomming an astronaut.
SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX;
Instead Diane Zamora will spend at least 40 years behind bars.
A jury found her guilty of capital murder in the death of her romantic
rival- 16 year old Adrienne Jones.
Prosecutors say Zamora ordered her fiance David Graham to kill Jones-
Today the victims' brother spoke.
((SCOTT JONES/VICTIM'S BROTHER: MY SISTER WAS VERY GREAT. SHE MEANT A LOT TO ME
AND WHEN SHE DIED SOMETHING WAS RIPPED OUT OF MY HEART THAT WILL NEVER BE
SUPER=01-Scott Jones/Victim's Brother;
OUT Q=never be replaced."
Prosecutors say testing showed Zamora is a sociopath- They're pleased with
((SHE'S A SOCIOPATH. SHE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO REACTION AND GROWN MEN WERE CRYIGN
IN THIS COURTROOM WHEN THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT ADRIENNE. SHE SAT THERE
OUT Q=SAT THERE STONEFACED."
Both Zamora and Graham gave similar stories police.
They say they drove Jones to an isolated lake- Zamora hit the girl with a
barbell and Graham shot her as she tried to escape.
Zamora was sentenced of life in prison and could be eligible for parole when
she is almost 60
David Graham will be tried later this year.
Recent conflicts on the Roanoke City School Board have prompted an appeal to
Today, a parent encouraged council not to reappoint school board member
Concerns about the budget have left Davis at odds with other members of
the school board.
Kathryn Glassbrenner says she believes the controversy is keeping the
board from dealing with more important issues.
IN Q=It's not personal
((KATHRYN GLASSBRENNER/PARENT: IT'S NOT PERSONAL. I DON'T KNOW MR. DAVIS. I'M
SIMPLY A PARENT, A VOLUNTEER IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. I WANT TO SEE OUR SCHOOL
BOARD GO FORWARD IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. I WANT THEM TO DO
THEIR WORK AND I DON'T FEEL THAT THEY CAN ANY LONGER CONTINUE TO DO THAT WITH
MR. DAVIS OPERATING AS HE HAS BEEN.))
OUT Q=operating as he has been.
Davis hasn't announced whether he will seek another term on the school
board, but says he is only trying to insure that all of the city's school
children have the best opportunities.
Three men who led an anti-abortion rally at E-C Glass High School last fall
were convicted of trespassing and given jail time today.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/November 10; :00
Operation Rescue director Flip Benham brought more than one hundred Liberty
University students to the campus November 10th.
School officials say the group refused to leave and some demonstrators
accosted students INSIDE the high school.
E-C Glass sophomore Lauren Alexander was one of those students who was
approached.. She agreed with today's verdict.
IN Q=I wasn't
((LAUREN ALEXANDER/E.C. GLASS STUDENT: I WASN'T NECESSARILY THINKING IT WAS
GOING TO BE AS HARSH AS IT WAS, BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS FAIR AS FAR AS WHEN THEY
ASKED THEM TO LEAVE AND THEY DIDN'T. I GUESS THAT'S THE LAWFUL WAY TO HANDLE
SUPER=01-Lauren Alexander/E.C. Glass Student;
OUT Q=to handle it.
But defense attorneys say they'll appeal.
They can't believe this case was prosecuted at the circuit court level.
IN Q=I've never seen
((BRUCE GREEN/OPERATION RESCUE ATTORNEY: I'VE NEVER SEEN SUCH A HEAVY- HANDED
TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A MISDEMEANOR TRESPASS
OFFENSE. IT'S MOST UNUSUAL.))
((FLIP BENHAM/OPERATION RESCUE DIRECTOR: I CAN GUARANTEE THAT THEY DON'T DO
THAT FOR DRUG ABUSERS, THIEVES, ANYTHING ELSE. BUT APPARENTLY WHAT MR. REYES
DID WAS BRING THE GOSPEL IN AND RAPIDLY THAT IS BECOMING THE MOST DANGEROUS
THING IN THIS COUNTRY TO DO AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH OUR COUNTRY.))
SUPER=01-Bruce Green/Operation Rescue Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Rev. Flip Benham/Operation Rescue Director; :15
OUT Q=with our country.
All three defendants remain free on bond.
They have 60 days to file an appeal.
With a deadline of tonight, Virginia's House of Delegates has said yes to a
ban on so-called partial birth abortions.
A similar measure has already passed the Senate and is favored by the
The House also fought long and hard on informed consent for abortions.
Just minutes ago, the Delegates passed a bill that would require women who
want abortions to wait 24 hours and receive information from the state.
The bill's supporters cited women who say they regretted having abortions.
Opponents call the bill an insult to women's intelligence.
They're spending big bucks tonight at the State Capitol.
It's all in theory at this point, but a car tax cut, a food tax cut, and a
school construction package have all won preliminary approvals.
A deadlocked House tax committee gave up its fight tonight in the face of a
deadline and NO agreement.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=But Senate
SUPER=01-Del. Jay DeBoer/(D) Petersburg; :43
SUPER=01-Sen. Emmett Hanger/(R) Augusta Co.; :54
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
But Senate Finance was a little more generous.
Both a car tax cut AND a food tax cut bill got out of committee.
Bo Trumbo considered the Governor's position against the food tax cut-- and
voted for BOTH.
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: HE'S GOT HIS CAMPAIGN PROMISES TO UPHOLD AND
KEEP GOING ON, AND CONTINUING TO PRESS ON. AND I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT. BY THE
SAME TOKEN, WE AS LEGISLATORS HAVE TO LOOK AT WHERE WE STAND AND WHAT FOLKS
WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH.))
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE CAN BE REASONABLE WITH THIS. AND WE ARE WITH MEMBERS
OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE WHO ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH US. BUT IT CANNOT
BECOME A SUBTERFUGE FOR STOPPING A GENUINE AND HONEST TAX RELIEF FOR THE PEOPLE
OF VIRGINIA THROUGH THE ELIMINATION OF THE CAR TAX.))
((DEL. JAY DEBOER/D-PETERSBURG: TO ME IT FEELS LIKE, GIVE ME WHAT I WANT OR
I'LL PULL THE TRIGGER. THAT'S WHAT IT FEELS LIKE.))
Of greater interest to many: a new state song.
The Senate finally said yes to a committee to review songs.
sot 15:13:26 LONNIE
((SEN. EMMETT HANGER/R-AUGUSTA CO.: BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT TO A CERTAIN
EXTENT IS FUN. THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA ARE A FUN PEOPLE.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7, the government is concerned about patient care at a
local nursing home,
and on the other end of the spectrum, we'll tell you why some doctors and
parents are concerned about the health problems facing today's teenagers.
Both sides have finished presenting their evidence in the racketeering
trial of Joe Abbott and eight other men.
Abbott's sister was one of the final witnesses for the defense today.
Nancy Khatib attacked the credibility of her ex-husband who had testified
for the prosecution.
ROBERT Khatib indicated he had no idea why his cousins- -the Abeds- -would
want to harm him or his business.
His EX-wife suggests he was just trying to get back at Abed for interfering
with his marriage.
IN Q=And he always
((AND HE ALWAYS PROTECT ME FROM ANYTHING. I MEAN YOU KNOW WE'RE VERY CLOSE. SO
EVERY TIME I CALL HIM AND I TELL HIM THAT BOB BEAT ME UP, HE ALWAYS- -OKAY BOB
ACCUSED ABED FOR INTERFERING, BUT BOB KNEW THAT I WAS TALKING TO ABED AND
ABED'S TELLING ME TO LEAVE, "LEAVE HIM, IF YOU WANT. I'M BEHIND YOU 100%."))
SUPER=01-Nancy Abed Khatib/Robert's Ex-wife
OUT Q=one hundred percent
The government wrapped up the evidence by re-calling Corner Store owner
He disputed a defense expert who suggested that the fire at the store could
have started in the electrical outlet used to power the Coke machine.
KIRK testified the Coke machine was plugged into a receptacle that was
"four or five feet" off the floor and to one side of the drink machine.
That would be too far from the point of origin to have started the fire.
The attorneys will begin closing arguments tomorrow afternoon.
A Montgomery County nursing home has LOST its medicare and medicaid
Federal officials say the Meadowbrook nursing home in Shawsville lost its
eligibility Sunday after it failed a third series of tests.
"Quality of care" is one area of concern.
The long term care facility has 93 patients-- 70 are covered by Medicaid or
A nursing home official last week said the facility plans to work with a
management team to help correct the situation.
An entire segment of society is falling through the cracks when it comes to
getting medical attention.
America's teenagers are in bad shape -- statistics show an increase in
suicide rates, drug and alcohol use, and overall physical condition.
Take Generation RX full
News 7's Tonya Flory takes a look at a population whose health is declining.
IN Q=Christy Fagg started
SUPER=01-Christy Fagg/18 year-old; :11
SUPER=01-Josh Skiles/16-year old; :27
SUPER=01-Dr. Luthur Beazley/Pediatrician; :45
SUPER=01-Dina Hackley-Hunt/Health Educator; 1:02
SUPER=01-Timothy Barbour/16-year old; 1:22
SUPER=01-Dr. Richard Claytor/Psychiatrist; 1:28
OUT Q=News 7.
(( Christy Fagg started experiencing a drop in grades and an incredible
amount a stress in her 18-year old life.
At first she refused to see a doctor, but at the urging of her parents she
finally gave in.
IN Q=There's a lot
((CHRISTY FAGG/18-YEARS OLD:THERE'S A LOT OF PRESSURE ABOUT COLLEGES AND
GETTING YOUR APPLICATIONS IN AND PRESSURE ABOUT DRUGS AND SEX AND ALCOHOL AND
ALL THAT STUFF THERE'S A LOT OF PEER PRESSURE.))
OUT Q=peer pressure
but not everyone gives in...
IN Q=All my
((JOSH SKILES/16-YEAR OLD:ALL MY FRIENDS SMOKE I'M THE ONLY PERSON THAT DOESN'T
SMOKE OUT OF ALL MY FRIENDS AND THATS KIND OF WEIRD.))
OUT Q=kind of weird
At a time when adolescents are striving for independence they tend to rebel
against parents and society, but how can a parent tell if it's just a phase or
their teen needs professional help?
IN Q=Their bodies
((DR. LUTHUR BEAZLEY/PEDIATRICIAN:THEIR BODIES, THEIR SCHOOLING, EVERYTHING
CHANGES IMMEDIATELY AT ONCE AND IT KIND OF LEAVES THEM ADRIFT AND UNFORTUNATELY
IT'S PROBABLY THE MOST COMMON TIME TO BEGIN TO NOT ACCESS HEALTH CARE.))
OUT Q=access health care
But they do begin to experiment with drugs, alcohol and unprotected sex.
IN Q=Everyone is real
((DINA HACKLEY-HUNT/HEALTH EDUCATOR:EVERYONE IS REAL CONCERNED ABOUT OUR TEEN
PREGNANCY RATE, BABIES ARE NOT THE PROBLEM, I TELL THEM I LOVE BABIES, BABIES
ARE GREAT, BUT IT'S THE UNPROTECTED SEX THAT IS THE ISSUE THAT SCARES ME LIKE
IT'S NEVER SCARED ME BEFORE.))
OUT Q=scared me before.
And teenagers feel like they have no one to turn to when it comes to talking
about those tough issues.
IN Q=There are
((TIMOTHY BARBOUR/16-YEAR OLD:THERE ARE LITTLE KID DOCTORS AND OLDER PEOPLE
OUT Q=people doctors
IN Q=I think
((DR. RICHARD CLAYTOR/PSYCHIATRIST:I THINK SOME OF THAT MIGHT HAVE TO DO WITH
THE ADOLESCENT IMPRESSION THAT THEY ARE IN SOME WAYS INVULNERABLE THEY'RE GOING
TO LIVE FOREVER THEY DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SOME OF THESE THINGS, I THINK
SOME OF IT MAY BE LACK OF EDUCATION THOUGH...TRY AND DEAL WITH IT AND COPE WITH
IT ON THEIR OWN THEY MAY NOT FEEL THAT THEY HAVE ANYONE TO GO TO OR THEY MAY BE
EMBARRASSED ABOUT WHAT IT IS THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT.))
OUT Q=to talk about.
Doctors say getting adolescents to talk about mbarrassing problems is the
hardest part of treating them.
Tonya Flory, News 7.))
The past year has been a prosperous one for Lynchburg, but does the city
council's Republican majority deserve all the credit?
Mayor Jim Whitaker delivered his annual "state of the city" speech tonight
before a packed city council chambers.
In what many considered to be a highly partisan speech, Whitaker thanked
local and state Republicans for getting things done.
IN Q=Now that our
((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: NOW THAT OUR AREA LEGISLATORS, THE STATE
ADMINISTRATION AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAVE CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP, IT IS
MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO MAINTAIN AND STRENGTHEN A SIMILAR CITY COUNCIL
MAJORITY SO AS TO CONTINUE OUR GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH RICHMOND.))
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Mayor; :00
OUT Q=relationship with Richmond.
The three Independent- slash- Democrats on council say they were surprised
by the tone of the mayor's speech, but noted this IS an election year.
Stay with us, alumni of a former Christiansburg high school want to restore
the school for future use,
and a new study could change the way you think about sunscreen.
Nearly three years ago, plans were announced to renovate the first high
school for African-Americans in Southwest Virginia.
The Christiansburg Institute opened during the reconstruction era and closed
100- years later in 1966.
Tonight, some of the school's alumni said they want to carry the institute's
legacy into the new century.
IN Q=WE HOPE TO
((MARY MILLS/ALUMNI ASSOC. VICE PRESIDENT; WE HOPE TO HAVE A ROOM OF COMPUTERS
THAT PEOPLE OF ALL EDUCATIONAL LEVELS CAN COME IN AND USE THOSE. WE HOPE TO
HAVE A THEATER FOR THE ARTS. WE HOPE TO HAVE A TECHNICAL LIBRARY.))
SUPER=01-Mary Mills/Alumni Assoc. Vice President;
Virginia Tech is working with the Institute's Alumni to raise the two million
dollars needed to restore the building.
Some researchers think sunscreen may not protect against deadly forms of
skin cancer after all.
One Researcher is challenging two decades of popular belief-
((MARIANNE BERWICK/SLOAN-KETTERING RESEARCHER: SUNSCREENS PROTECT AGAINST
SUNBURN BUT WE HAVE NO EVIDENCE THAT SUNBURN LEADS TO SKIN CANCER OR THAT
SUNSCREENS PREVENT SKIN CANCER.))
SUPER=01-Marianne Berwick/Sloan-Kettering Researcher;
OUT Q=prevent skin cancer.
Berwick believes the biggest risk is a genetic pre-disposition to melanoma.
People with red or blonde hair- light skin that burns easily, a larger
number of moles and a family history of melanoma should limit their exposure to
the sun- even if they're using sunscreen.
Berwick's sentiment worries some because sunscreens do appear to help
prevent other types of skin cancer.
((DR. MICHAEL THUN/AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: REALLY WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO IS
PREVENT CANCERS OF ALL KINDS AND YOU'RE TRYING TO USE ALL THE TOOLS THAT YOU
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Thun/American Cancer Society;
OUT Q=that you have."
Several dermatologists also agree sunscreens should be used.
But Melanoma cases have risen dramatically over the last 25
years- even as sunscreen use became more common.
SUPER=330-Scattered Showers/Wind SW-15mph/43-47/Mostly Cloudy/& Breezy/54-58;
SUPER=331-Scattered Showers/Thunderstorms/43-47/Breezy, With/Variable
SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Showers Possible/43-47/Mostly Cloudy/Showers
SUPER=333-Showers Possible/Windy On Ridges/43-47/Mostly Cloudy/Wind
SUPER=334-Showers Likely/Thunderstorms/40-45/Breezy With/Showers
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue hits the streets this week and for the
first time ever it includes men!
Celebrity couples are featured throughout the issue with Herschel and Cindy
Walker, Denny and Jennifer Neagle of the Braves.
The Cowboys Daryl Johnston and his wife Diane, and Marita and Reggie Miller.
There are more, but if I show anymore I'm certain to get a lot of negative
While the Express came into last night's non divisional game against Raleigh
riding a three game win streak
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Icecaps vs. Express; :00
Roanoke had something to prove; having lost two straight at home. This was the
fifth meeting of the season between the two teams with the series notted at 2
Tied at 1 in the second; Chris Lipsett gets things started with this top
shelfer at the 11:19 mark of the period. His 22nd goal was assisted by Duane
Harmer and Tim Christian.
Lipsett would score his 23rd goal of the season. He makes it 3-1 on this break
away at the 13:08 mark of the second on the assist from Michael Smith.
J.F. tremblay feeds Kris Cantu, who registers his 24th goal for the Express
and Roanoke improves to 31-16 and 5 with a 4-2 win.
The Roanoke Valley district play-in game to determine the semi-final matchups
for later today night was held last night on a neutral site.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Pulaski Co. vs. Franklin Co.; :00
Cave Spring high school served as the host site for last night's game
between Pulaski County and Franklin Co.
The Eagles would soar high in this one in the early going as Jim Dillon
nails the three pointer to Franklin County a three point advantage.
Pulaski's Dorian Hendricks would bring the Cougars back as he takes the
pass, hits the layin, scores and draws the foul.
But back come the Eagles as Jason Sawyers dishes the rock to Jamie Tuck, who
launches the trey as Franklin Co. takes a five point lead.
SUPER=33-Pulaski Co./81/Franklin Co./69;
The Cougars would go up top to try and change the outcome with the Robert
Rogers alleyoop slam, and do just that winning it
The Franklin County girls were also in action tonight as they battled Patrick
Henry in the play-in game on the lady's side.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Patrick Henry vs.Franklin Co.; :00
The Lady Eagles were big favorites coming into this one, but it was PH that
came out with the hot hand.
Keeda Hale to Tanisha Durham, who nails the short jumper for the two point PH
Franklin County countered that with some aggressive defense as Allison
Conklin makes the steal and goes in for the score. But PH still led by 2.
This time Erika Harley gets the pass inside and scores in traffic to extend
the lead to four.
But the Lady Eagles just wore down the Pats, as Karly Arrington goes coast
SUPER=33-Franklin Co./69/Patrick Henry/38;
to coast for the layin. And the Eagles move on to the semi-finals with the
GRAPHIC=blue ridge tourney
Over in the Blue Ridge District; Lord Botetourt played host to Alleghany
in one of four quarterfinal tip offs.
SUPER=03-Daleville/Mountaineers vs. Cavaliers; :00
The Mountaineers were poised on the Cavaliers home turf and it showed late
in the first half.
We pick up the action with a mad scramble for the loose ball. Watch
Alleghany's graham Clark collect the rock and drive to the iron for the basket.
The cavs answer. Chad Hutchins deflects the Alleghany pass and then comes
down with the ball. he's gonna go coast to coast for the break away lay up.
24-17 LB with 2:10 left in the half.
Then; Brad Hutchins does the honors on his own; taking the ball to the hole for
two on the strong move.
But seconds before intermission; Shawn Moss finds Clark for the hoop and
the harm. Alleghany advances with the 64-62 win.
Still to come tonight, more news from the hardwater
as Steve Mason checks in with the Express in tonight's edition of Roundhouse
As you saw earlier in the Newscast the Express beat Raleigh tonight 4-to-2.
SS=round house wrap up full-----18099
Steve Mason has more on a team that has learned to win big on the road as
well as at home in this edition of RoundHouse Wrap Up.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :17
SUPER=01-Kris Cantu/Express Forward; :40
SUPER=03-Nagano, Japan/USA vs. Canada-CBS; 1:27
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman; 1:37
OUT Q=...Round House Wrap Up"
Three UVa football players and a former player have been arrested and charged
with using a stolen credit card.
The players who face the felony charges are T.J. Williams, Ben Moore, and
Michael Greene - all freshmen.
The former player Terrence Dendy a walk-on is charged with both stealing the
card and using it.
Police say they took the card from another student's purse and ran up $732
worth of charges at Fashion Square Mall.
They have a March 12th court date set.