Nine years later, justice may be closer in the downing of Pan Am Flight
SUPER=03-The Hague, Netherlands;
The World Court today said it has the authority to settle a legal fight
holding up the trial of two Libyans suspected in the bombing that killed 270.
Both the U-S and Britian want to try the two suspects, but Libya has been
The ruling is seen as a victory for relatives of the victims.
(( JIM SWIRE, LOCKERBIE VICTIMS' RELATIVES ACTIVIST:I THINK
TODAY'S JUDGEMENT WILL ACCELERATE THE PROCESS OF SETTING UP AN INTERNATIONAL
CRIMINAL COURT WHICH OUR GROUP WOULD LIKE TO SEE AND WE CONTINUE TO BACK WHAT
HAS BEEN ON THE TABLE SINCE 1994. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Swire/Victims' Relatives Activist;
OUT Q=SINCE January 1994.
Meantime, many air travelers with Pan Am tickets are going to find
themselves stranded at the airport if they try to fly today.
Pan Am started shutting down just after midnight, after its two
main airline units filed for bankruptcy yesterday.
Investigators reportedly have found more evidence linking an Alabama
bombing suspect to two attacks in Atlanta.
Today's "New York Times" says steel plates found at the Birmingham scene
match plates from the Olympic Park bombing and another blast at an Atlanta
They all come from a batch of metal found in the search of a factory that
employed a friend of suspect Eric Rudolph.
The search for Rudolph continues, he is believed to be hiding in a heavily
wooded area of Western North Carolina.
A 21- year- old university student has become the youngest person known to
have committed suicide with the help of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, accodring to
Roosevelt Dawson -- paralyzed and unable to breathe on this own -- committed
suicide in Michigan last night.
Dawson had been unable to use his arms and legs and needed a ventilator to
breathe since a viral infection attacked his spinal cord more than a year ago.
((GEOFFREY FIEGER:RICHRD HE WISHED TO END HIS SUFFERING BY GOING TO SLEEP AND
HIS LAST WORDS TO HIS MOTHER WERE, I LOVE YOU, ILOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU. ))
SUPER=01-Geoffrey Fieger/Kevorkian's Attorney;
OUT Q=I love you, I love you, I love you.-NOTE TRIPLE OUT
Dawson is also the first African American to die with Kevorkian's help.
The U-N Security Council is meeting again today to decide what to do if Iraq
violates its weapons inspection agreement.
A final decision isn't expected until next week.
That means U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan's upcoming trip to Washington is
now on hold.
He was scheduled to meet with President Clinton and senior officials Monday.
U-N Weapons inspectors are back on the job in Baghdad today.
Two engineers from Virginia Tech could be of help in the Iraqi conflict.
They developed a fiber-optic sensing device that detects trace amounts of
chemicals in a few seconds.
The device can be used by the military to detect poisonous biological agents
in combat situations.
The research prototype still needs to be modified for field use.
During the Persian Gulf War in 1991, many chemicals went undetected, mostly
because of limited technology.
The manager of a Roanoke beauty supply shop has been arrested for secretly
videotaping women in the restroom.
34- year- old Paul Aronson says his supervisors have forbidden him to
IN Q=But you can't
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: BUT YOU CAN'T DENY YOU PUT THE CAMERA THERE? PAUL
ARONSON/B&H SUPPLY SHOP: NO I CAN'T DENY THAT, NO.))
SUPER=01-Paul Aronson/B&H Supply Shop; QUICK!!
OUT Q=can't deny that, no
Police say Aronson describes himself as a video enthusiast, making editing
and producing his own tapes.
A fellow employee at B-and-H Supply Shop found the camera in the women's
Police say the tape shows Aronson aiming the camera toward the toilet, then
a female customer using the bathroom.
Police seized several tapes from Aronson's home -- and released him on a
thousand dollars bond.
Life in prison is the sentence one Roanoke man will pay after a jury found
him guilty of murder.
29- year- old Troy Weeks was convicted of killing 39- year- old Lenwood
Alston in Alston's apartment on Day Avenue last September.
Alston was found dead, lying in a pool of blood in the hallway.
A fingerprint matching the defendant's was found in the building. The
reason Weeks killed Alston is unclear.
Jens Soering attorneys went before the state supreme court yesterday.
They say prosecutors withheld evidence important to his defense.
Soering was convicted of murdering Derek and Nancy Haysom, the parents of
his girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom.
But his attorney says prosecutors failed to reveal that two men who were
stopped by police within a week of the murders, later committed a brutal
killing in Roanoke.
IN Q=These individuals proved
((GAIL STARLING MARSHALL/SOERING'S LAWYER: THESE INDIVIDUALS PROVED BY THEIR
STABBING OF ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL 26 TIMES, THEY'RE CAPABLE OF HAND TO HAND COMBAT
AND OF DESTROYING ANOTHER LIFE IN SUCH A FRENZIED WAY, IN A VERY SIMILAR WAY IN
WHICH MR. AND MRS. HAYSOM WERE SO BRUTALLY ATTACKED.))
((JOHN MCLEES/ASST. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THE BES THING THAT CAN BE SAID ABOUT THEM
FROM SOERING'S STANDPOINT IS THAT ON AN EVENING BETWEEN FOUR AND SIX DAYS AFTER
THE HAYSOM MURDERS THEY WERE KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN IN THE SAME COUNTY THAT THE
SUPER=01-Gail Starling Marshall/Soering's Lawyer; :00
SUPER=01-John McLees/Assistant Attorney General; :13
OUT Q=that the murders occurred.
The Justices also heard from attorneys representing Ben Lilly. He was
sentenced to death for the 19-95 murder of Virginia Tech student Alexander
His lawyers argued there were errors during the trial. Among them a claim
that certain jurors should have been disqualified.E-Hughes
Charges against a Lynchburg man were dropped after prosecutors decided he
acted in self defense when he shot and killed a man last month.
32- year- old Aubrey Hughes was accused of shooting to death Terrence
Johnson during an altercation January 18th.
Hughes told police Johnson shot HIM first, but his only apparent injury was
a cut on his nose.
Police realized that cut was actually a gunshot wound when the bullet FELL
OUT of Hughes' nose a few days later as he sat in jail.
A bill with an unusual nickname made it through the House.
"The blob" is eating away at Governor Jim Gilmore's car tax cut.
Fifty Democrats, 12 Republicans, and one Independent in the House of
Delegates voted for it.
The bill is called the blob because it calls for an unspecified degree of a
car tax cut AND a food tax cut -- plus it provides historic state money for
IN Q=It's been
((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: IT'S BEEN REFERRED TO AFFECTIONATELY AS
BLOB, OR BLOB II, OR SON OF BLOB, OR I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE CURRENT NAME IS.
BUT I'M GONNA ASK THAT YOU REJECT THIS AMENDMENT.))
SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R) Virginia Beach;
So the blob takes cuts to Gilmore's plan even further than the Senate.
But it allows Democrats to say they voted for car tax relief, and
Republicans like Allen Dudley and Tommy Baker to say they also voted for food
IN Q=We've said
((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: WE'VE SAID ALL ALONG WE WERE IN FAVOR OF
GENERAL, EQUITABLE TAX RELIEF. AND WE VOTED THAT WAY WHEN WE VOTED FOR THIS
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: WE'LL HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT AND FIGURE OUT
A NEW STRATEGY. WE'VE LOST THIS ROUND, BUT IT WAS VERY, VERY CLOSE AND I THINK
YOU'LL SEE THIS BILL COME BACK.))
OUT Q=come back.
There was NO comment from the Governor's office last night.
He can still push for his car tax bill to be revived.
Capital police had to escort Al Bedrosian out of a Senate committe meeting
Bedrosian lost a squeaker election as a Republican to Democratic Delegate
Dick Cranwell in November.
Yesterday, he went to Richmond to speak out against sex education in front
of a Senate committee.
But the committee's Republican chairwoman allowed NO members of the public
Bedrosian objected to having driven four hours and NOT getting to
TAPE#net (edit of 98-11)
It was a meeting, and not crops or livestock attracting the attention of
farmers in Pittsylvania County last night.
The Board of Supervisors held a special meeting.
The revisions passed last night basically state the more animals a farmer
has, the more land he must have to raise them, and the farther away they must
be from neighboring properties.
Some say the changes don't go far enough.
They say large hog farms need to be much farther away from neighboring
properties or there will be serious environmental problems.
IN Q= Then you have the possibility
((KAREN MAUTE/CONCERNED RESIDENT: THEN YOU HAVE THE POSSIBILITY AND POTENTIAL
OF HAVING A LAGOON THAT'S FULL OF PIG MANURE AND URINE WITHIN 300 FEET OF
SUPER=01-Karen Maute/Concerned Resident;
OUT Q=feet of somebody's house.
The livestock ordinance now goes to the county's Planning Commission for
A robbery investigation in takes an unusual turn.
Charges against Jeremy Wayne Akers were refiled after investigators learned
the alleged victim is alive and well-- after all.
Last week-- prosecutors dropped the case because they thought 88- year- old
Willie Battle was dead.
Battle was robbed at this Shawsville laundromat, last fall.
Sheriff Doug Marrs says a court clerk was the one who mistakenly told one of
his deputies and the commonwealth attorney Battle was dead.
But he says-- the clerk can not remember who relayed the misinformation to
IN Q=I guess
((DOUG MARRS/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF:I GUESS IT JUST SHOWS THAT WE HAVE HUMAN
ERRORS THAT OCCUR, IT'S SAD. ))
SUPER=01-Doug Marrs/Montgomery Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=it's sad.
Marrs says the whole situation could have been avoided had Battle appeared in
court last week for a scheduled hearing.
The state Supreme Court today refused to reinstate a defamation lawsuit
filed by a Virginia Tech administrator when a student newspaper identified her
with an uncomplimentary title.
Yeagle is assistant to the vice president for student affairs.
In a majority ruling, Justice Elizabeth B- Lacy acknowledged the
phrase was quote "disgusting, offensive and in extremely bad taste."
But Lacy said the phrase did NOT reflect Yeagle's conduct.
The first family is in Utah this afternoon for a weekend skiing trip.
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT;
President Clinton arrived in snowy Salt Lake City last night.
The ski trip is also a birthday celebration for Chelsea who turned 18
However, the President doesn't plan to do any skiing.
Fourteen years ago he took a fall and injured his knees on the slopes and
hasn't skied since.
Wednesday night's Grammy awards spotlighted today's best musicians and a
very daring performance artist from New York City.
His name is Michael Portnoy. And during legendary singer Bob Dylan's
performance, he began gyrating with the words "Soy Bomb" painted on his bare
The world was left to wonder what exactly did Portnoy mean?
IN Q=Soy is a dense
((MICHAEL PORTNOY/SOY IS A DENSE NUTRITIOUS LIFE ENERGY AND BOMB IS AN
EXPLOSION. THIS IS WHAT ART SHOULD BE - A DENSE EXPLOSION OF LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Michael Portnoy/"Soy Bomb" Dancer
OUT Q=explosion of life.
Portnoy was hired along with several other people to sit BEHIND Dylan during
the performance and was to be paid 200 dollars, which he will now NOT be paid.
TAPE#net (edit of BB98-3)
The Cave Spring Boys faced top ranked G.W. Danville as the Northwest Region
tournament opened last night.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Eagles vs Knights;
The Eagles Charles Stephens goes to the board for the tip in; two of his
game high 20 points.
Cave Spring's Wally Kern gets the steal and layup.
Then Cave's Corey Paxton scores two of his 14 points drawing the foul.
But Danville's Marcus Cunningham SUPER=33-G.W. Danville/65/Cave
Spring/55/;goes to corner for this J; 2 of his 19 as the Eagles beat the
Knights 65 to 55.
TAPE#net (edit of S8-1)
It's back to the state tournament for the ladies of Cave Spring after a
close win over William Fleming.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Knights vs Colonels; :
Fleming led by 4 at the half, but the Knights hit a 6 to nothing run and it
was tied at 22.
Cave Spring took a 2 point lead but Fleming's Tonia (Tow-NEE-ah) Brown hits
the jumper to tie it again.
The Knights' Aaron Smailes hits the jumper.
Fleming fell behind by five, but SUPER=33-Cave Spring/45/William
Fleming/37/;Brown hits this three pointer, but Cave Spring holds on for the 45
to 37 win.
IN Q="I think...
((LINDA LONG/CAVE SPRING HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Linda Long/Cave Spring Head Coach; :
OUT Q=..........got it done."
TAPE#=net (edit of S8-3)
Also returning to state's will be Liberty in the Group 2-A after a victory
over Dan River last night.
SUPER=03-Rustburg/Region III Semifinals; :00
Liberty's Robert Carson finds Rodney Morris under the iron.
Morris makes the shot and draws the foul.
Dan River's Darrell Lanier shakes and bakes his way through the lane for the
easy lay up.
The Minutemen's Brandon Mills then connects with all state performer Peanut
Arrington for another effortless Liberty hoop.
Liberty advances to the region III championship with the 83-79 win.
IN region C quarterfinal action; Parry McCluer's season came to an end last
night. The Fighting Blues lost to John Battle 70-63 at Northwood high school in
In the other Region C final four game; Glenvar was a winner; beating Bland 68
TAPE#net (edit of BB98-2)
Randolph-Macon dominated Washington & Lee 78-49 in their ODAC opener.
SUPER=03-Salem/Marlins vs. Maroons; :
Roanoke was fighting to stay alive in the other quarterfinal.
Megan Herrigan catches the pass and hits the turn around jumper for the
Then Samantha Green gets the hoop to make it 31 to 28 Marlins.
Virginia Wesleyan's defense pushed SUPER=33-Virginia
Wesleyan/70/Roanoke/74/;the Maroons outside Toree Morris with the three
pointer, Roanoke goes on to win the game 74 to 70.
It's been 18 years---
but a new Rolls Royce is to be unveiled today at the company's northwest
England factory. The company has been around for 90 years, but the new model
is only the NINTH motor car in Rolls Royce history.
The development of the new Rolls has been top secret. The new car will take
20 hours to roll off the production line -- it moves at a speed on only
point-zero-one miles per hour.