President clinton says Saddam Hussein should not be encouraged by the
questions his national security team faced during a town meeting yesterday.
The debate was over possible use of military force against Iraq if a
diplomatic solution is not reached.
Byron Pitts has the latest.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;:16
SUPER=01-Kofi Annan/U-N Secretary General;:29
OUT Q=CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.
This morning as he left the White House. President Clinton put his own spin on
yesterday's Town meeting when his top advisors were bombarded with jeers and
tough questions about the threat of US military force against IRAQ
SOT/ PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON
'WELL I THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD OLD FASHIONED AMERICAN DEBATE."
Meantime UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is in route to Baghdad for
a face to face with Saddam Hussein. An 11th hour effort at diplomacy. even
as more US troops and hardware arrive in the Persian Gulf.
/KOFI ANNAN, UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL
'OBVIOUSLY WHEN I MEET HIM, I WILL HAVE TO EXPLAIN THE SITUATION VERY CLEARLY.
I'LL GET HIME TO UNDERSTAND THAT IF IS IN HIS INTEREST AND IN THE INTEREST OF
THE IRAQI PEOPLE TO AGREE TO IMPLEMENT SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS."
'WE HOPE THE SECRETARY'S MISSING . PREPARED TO ACT."
BYRON PITTS STANDUP))
A bomb attack on a U-S company in Greece is suspected to be a protest
against the U-S threat on Iraq.
Early this morning a time- bomb exploded outside a General Motors building
in Athens causing heavy damage, but no casualties.
The Athens police chief says the bomb was planted outside of the back door
of the G-M building.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Virginia Senator Chuck Robb isn't hiding his feeling about the situation in
Robb's calling for the United States to lift its 23- year- old ban on
assassinating foreign leaders.
The Senator says he's NOT advocating Saddam Hussein's assassination.
He merely wants to make Saddam "more receptive" to allowing access to U-N
Robb says lifting the assassination ban would deprive Saddam of some peace
A team of White House lawyers is at the federal courthouse in Washington
this afternoon, along with top Clinton adviser Bruce Lindsey.
White House officials have said President Clinton may invoke his executive
privilege to limit the questioning of Lindsey by the grand jury investigating
the Monica Lewinsky case.
But if he does he'll do it without the help of the Justice Department.
((JANET RENO: WITH THE AGREEMENT OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT....INCLUDING ANY
QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE. ))
SUPER=01-Janet Reno/U.S. Attorney General;
OUT Q=of privilege
Lindsey, who has known Clinton since childhood and is perhaps his closest
adviser, spent about five hours before the grand jury yesterday answering
questions about the president's relationship with Lewinsky.
Deliberations are expected to begin today in the case against Joe Abbott and
In closing arguments, attorneys reviewed the testimony from 189 witnesses
and the more than 400 pieces of evidence.
Prosecutor Julie Dudley said the family has promoted a climate of fear for
seven years, through armed robbery, arson, burglary and fraud.S-Annie's-Bill
Annie Leftwich, may have lived a terrible life, but the four- year- old's
legacy is now making its way through the General Assembly.
The House of Delegates approved "Annie's Bill" yesterday on a vote of 93 to
The bill would make torturing a child to death a capital crime.
The Dickenson County girl died after months of repeated abuse by her mother
and stepfather who were tried in Montgomery County.
When the four- year- old died she was gagged and bound to her urine- soaked
baby bed in a cramped utility room with wild squirrels.
The child's parents were each sentenced to the maximum 50- years in prison.
It now goes to the state Senate.Grayson-Murder
Last week a judge postponed the trial of one of the white men charged with
burning and beheading a black man in Grayson County.
Now tere's a request to delay the second suspect's trial.
Louis Ceparano's attorney asked to postpone Ceparano's capital murder trial,
now scheduled for April first.
The issue is whether Ceparano was too drunk to have intended to kill Garnett
Johnson last summer, so his lawyer wants a toxicologist to evaluate alcohol's
effect on his client.
Team U-S-A has its first double medalist at the Nagano Olympics.
Speedskater Chris Witty won the silver today in the woman's One-thousand
Earlier this week she won the bronze in the 15-hundred.
IN Q=this one's
((CHRIS WITTY/SILVER MEDALIST:THIS ONE'S A LITTLE SHINIER THAN THE LAST ONE,
IT'S NOT COLOR I WANTED I guess" ))
SUPER=01-Chris Witty/Silver Medalist, Speed Skating;
OUT Q=i wanted, I guess.
American figure skaters Michelle Kwan and Tara Lipinski are back on the ice
today practicing for tomorrow's showdown in the free skate competition.
They're both poised for gold and silver after near perfect performances in
yesterday's short program.
But Nicole Bobek is out of medal contention after missing a jump in her
And as the top U-S gold medal contenters set their sights on the finals one
local youngsters is just beginning the long journey toward the goal of Olympic
David Johnson reports.
IN Q=CORAL WOOD
SUPER=01-Coral Wood/Future Figure Skater; :07
SUPER=01-Fran Wood/Coral's Mom; :28
OUT Q=Djo, News 7.
(( Coral Wood idolizes this year's U-S national champion, Michelle Kwan.
IN Q=SHE'S REALLY GOOD
((CORAL WOOD/FUTURE FIGURE SKATER; SHE'S REALLY GOOD AND SHE DOES A LOT OF GOOD
STUFF THAT I LIKE.))
OUT Q=I LIKE.
The youngster first learned to skate just months ago.
The seven year old was taught by her champion, her dad, who once aspired to
Now Coral's parents live vicariously through their daughter.
IN Q=HE'S A GREAT
((FRAN WOOD/CORAL'S MOM; HE'S A GREAT ICE SKATER, A GREAT FIGURE SKATER. LAST
YEAR, WE DECIDED SHE WAS OLD ENOUGH TO TRY IT. SO WE TOOK HER ON THE ICE AND
SHE TOOK OFF AND SHE HAS STUCK WITH IT. SHE EXPRESSED ENOUGH INTEREST IN IT
THAT WE FELT LIKE SHE SHOULD HAVE LESSONS.))
OUT Q=HAVE LESSONS.
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; CORAL TOOK TO THE ICE LIKE A FISH TO WATER. AFTER
JUST SEVEN LESSONS, THE FORT LEWIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT SAYS IT MAY NOT BE
LONG BEFORE SHE SKATES COMPETITIVELY.))
IN Q=I REALLY
((I REALLY DON'T KNOW. I GUESS NEXT YEAR OR SOMETHING.))
OUT Q=OR SOMETHING.
Coral says she already has her eyes on the prize, an olympic gold medal.
IN Q=WE WOULD
((WE WOULD CERTAINLY SUPPORT HER IF THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT SHE FELT STRONGLY
ENOUGH TO PURSUE. I THINK WE KNOW THAT IT'S SACRIFICE, BUT IF SHE FOUND THAT
THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT SHE WANTED TO DO, WE WOULD BE BEHIND HER 100-PERCENT.))
OUT Q=HER 100-PERCENT
DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
GRAPHIC=News 7 poll
Election night may have been much longer had Don Beyer introduced a plan to
eliminate the food tax.
The latest NEWS 7/Mason-Dixon poll results are in.
Stacked up head to head, 45-percent say they favor repealing the car tax.
37-percent favor repealing the sales tax on food.
18-percent say neither, or they're not sure.
But the breakdown along gender lines is interesting.
52-percent of men favor repealing the car tax, versus 30-percent who'd get
rid of the food tax.
Only 38-percent of women would repeal the car tax.
44-percent picked the food tax cut.
The Governor has the positive spin.
IN Q=If you
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: IF YOU LOOK AT THE ELECTION, YOU WILL SEE THERE WAS NO
GENDER GAP IN THE ELECTION. SO I THINK THE WORKING WOMEN OF THIS STATE
DEFINITELY WANT TO SEE TAX RELIEF. AND LET'S FACE IT, WE WOULDN'T BE TALKING
ABOUT TAX RELIEF AT ALL IF I HADN'T RUN ON A PROGRAM OF TAX RELIEF.))
OUT Q=tax relief.
But if state revenues decline and paying for the car tax cut requires new
only 30-percent of those polled would pay higher sales or income taxes to
make that happen.
And only 14-percent would agree to higher local property taxes to pay for
the car tax cut.
Violence in Roanoke County schools is not being tolerated.
William Byrd High School principal Bob Patterson says he was following
procedure when he called police after 16- year- old Joseph Grissom kicked
IN Q=When Joseph
((BOB PATTERSON/WILLIAM BYRD PRINCIPAL: WHEN JOSEPH DID KICK THE YOUNG LADY, HE
DID DO BODILY INJURY. SHE WAS IN REAL SEVERE PAIN WHEN SHE CAME IN HERE AND
SHE WAS REAL UPSET ABOUT IT. AND THAT'S WHY WE PROCEEDED AS WE DID. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Patterson/William Byrd Principal;
OUT Q=proceeded as we did
Patterson says he determined the incident was an assault, and so he turned
the matter over to police.
He says the situation was complicated when the boy was transported to a
LYNCHBURG detention facility because his parents could not be reached.
Meantime, Grissom's father says they were NOT contacted.
He's been protesting outside the school all week, demanding the removal of
The smallest police force in Virginia to be accredited by the state is in
The 15 sworn officers in Lexington serve about 7,000 people, but the
majority of those residents are students at Washington and Lee University and
The department's been trying for the honor since January of 19-96 and was
approved after changing some department policies and passing a recent review.
SOT 12.04.29 - 12.04.42
IN Q=This is the
((CHIEF BRUCE BEARD/LEXINGTON POLICE DEPT.:THIS IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY CAREER.
I'VE BEEN HERE WITH THE LEXINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR 28 YEARS AND I'VE BEEN
CHIEF OF POLICE FOR 11 YEARS AND I'M VERY HAPPY THAT WE WERE ABLE TO COMPLETE
SUPER=01-Chief Bruce Beard/Lexington Police Dept.
OUT Q=complete this task.
Chief Beard says accreditation will standardize department operations and
improve the department's standing in the community.
City Council will honor the police force at tonight's
Meadowbrook nursing home will continue to receive Medicaid and Medicare
reimbursement for ONE month. (----------------)
Federal officials say the Shawsville facility lost its eligibility Sunday
after failing a third survey.
However-- payment will continue for 30- days while new management tries to
An official with the nursing home says there are NO plans to close.
One vote could have made the difference as the House of Delegates batted
around a bill involving Virginia sports.
A bill that would have mandated jail time for anyone who battered a referee,
coach, or umpire went down on a 48 to 49 vote.
IN Q=We are
((DEL. JACK REID/R-HENRICO CO.: WE ARE GOING TO START LOSING PEOPLE WHO ARE
WILLING TO CALL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES, HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL GAMES, HIGH
SCHOOL WRESTLING MATCHES IN THIS STATE, IF WE DON'T TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT
((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: HOW ABOUT TEACHERS? HOW ABOUT STATE JUDGES?
HOW ABOUT LAWYERS? HOW ABOUT DOCTORS? AND I GUESS HOW ABOUT THE AVERAGE
CITIZEN WALKING UP AND DOWN THE STREET? WHY AREN'T THEY JUST AS IMPORTANT AS A
SUPER=01-Del. Jack Reid/(R) Henrico Co.; :00
OUT Q=a referee?
There is NO similar bill in the Senate, so the measure appears to be dead
for the year.
The arts council is still basking in the glow of yesterday's announcment.
The Elfun group -- the community-service wing of General Electric -- gave a
20-THOUSAND dollar check to the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge.
It's the biggest corporate donation ever given to the arts council.
IN Q=it's very
((SUSAN JENNINGS/BLUE RIDGE ARTS COUNCIL: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE AS ONE
SPEAKER SAID, WHEN SCHOOLS CUT BUDGETS, THE ART BUDGET IS THE FIRST THING TO
GO. BUT YET RESEARCH ACROSS THE COUNTRY SHOWS ART EDUCATION BUILDS SELF
ESTEEM, INCREASES TEST SCORES, INCREASES COMMUNITY SERVICE.))
SUPER=01-Susan Jennings/Arts Council of the Blue Ridge;
OUT Q=community service
G-E said the gift shows the company is a dedicated corporate citizen.
The Elfun group supports a number of education, art and environmental
Lake Moomaw should be a bit lower today after the Army Corps of Engineers
spent much of yesterday eliminating extra water.
The lake level is up because of all the rain we've had, so the Corps
increased the flow at Gathright Dam yesterday morning, and in the afternoon.
The increased flow continued through the night, officials say they don't
expect any serious flooding.
TAPE#net (edit of TB98-1)
The Tech Hokies beat first place Dayton Flyers by a single point.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Dayton vs. Va. Tech; :00
Watch the move of the year by Tech freshman Jenis Grindstaff, who spins and
splits the defense to score inside.
Dayton's Andy Metzler battled heavy traffic for the basket.
The Hokies Brendan Dunlop would then create some space off the dribble and he
gets the nice roll on the short jump shot.
The Flyers would try to push the tempo as Edwin Young scores.
But this was the Hokies' night.
Russ Wheeler scores from the top of the key, and Tech beats the Dayton Flyers
TAPE#net (edit of VB98-1)
It wasn't a good night in Raleigh for U-V-A as the Cavs lost to N-C State.
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/Fox Sports South; :00
The Cavs came out strong and took a 10-to-2 lead.
But State would take a 33 to 26 halftime lead and continue to build on that
in the second half as Curtis Staples had all kinds of trouble.
Norman Nolan would do his best to keep the Cavs alive. He ended the game
But State would blow this one wide open in the final 10 minutes to post a
The boys Roanoke Valley District tournament semi-finals tipped off over at
the Salem Civic center last night.
SUPER=03-Salem/Cougars vs. Colonels; :00
In the first half, Cougar guard Drew Viers makes the bullet pass to a
cutting Dorian Hendricks, who finds the hoop.
Fleming comes right back. Jermaine Hardy dishes to Derrick Turner who steps
up and snaps the nylon with the J.
The Turner highlight reel rolled on. SUPER=33-William Fleming/82/Pulaski
He grabs the ball from Danny McKittrick and goes coast to coast.
Cougar Robert Rogers with the nice second effort; but Fleming wins 82-74.
wipe wipe wipeCave
TAPE#=net (edit of BB98-3)
GRAPHIC=WIPE WIPE WIPE
VO-NAT WIPE to #eng
SUPER=04-Knights vs. Patriots; :00
The Colonels will meet cave Spring in the Championship.
P-H's Johnathan Helms gives to Mike Perry and he does the rest - nailing the
But the Knights would not Cave in. Ricky Dierker misses the shot but Jesse
Seamon collects the rebound and scores on the put back.
P-H went inside. Boo Battle gets the entry pass from Johnson and
SUPER=33-Cave Spring/73/Patrick Henry/57;
finishes. Battle scored a game high 27 points.
The Knights Cory Paxton then blows past Helms for two of his 9 and Cave
Spring reaches the finals with the 73-57 victory.