Coming up next on News 7-
A charge of Racial Taunting at a Cave Spring High School basketball game.
Another small plane emergency in the Hill City.
Plus Au-Pair Louise Woodward is back in court.
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From the frying pan to the freezer! Well maybe not that dramatic but a cold northwest wind arrives later tonight.[medical-head]
The Roanoke woman who reportedly took her life with the help of Dr. Jack Kevorkian suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. Tonight on Healthcheck we'll explain what the condition is and what pain relief is available to patients.
Also when the pressure gets too much for your kids, some experts recommend meditation as a stress reliever.
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[IN Q=We want a public apology]
((JEFF ARTIS: WE WANT A PUBLIC APOLOGY FROM THE CAVE SPRING ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT, ALSO THE CAVE SPRING SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION, THE ROANOKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR THE ACTIONS THAT TOOK PLACE DURING THIS GAME.))
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A charge of racial taunting after a recent high school basketball game.
The local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is calling for an investigation following a racial incident at a high school basketball game.
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Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with more on the incident and the response of school officials.
Jean, this occured a couple of weeks ago, when William Fleming and Cave Spring High Schools met in the championship game of the Roanoke Valley District Tournament.
[IN Q=By all means]
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[OUT Q=would have done that.]
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((JEFF ARTIS/SCLC VICE PRESIDENT: BY ALL MEANS, WE ARE NOT SAYING THE ENTIRE CAVE SPRING PEOPLE, ALL THOSE PEOPLE OUT THERE ARE RACIST, BUT THOSE PEOPLE WHO DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE RACIAL SLURS AND THE TAUNTS KNOW WHO DID PARTICIPATE IN THE RACIAL TAUNTS AND THE SLURS AND IT'S TIME FOR THEM TO COME FORWARD TO MAKE SURE JUSTICE IS DONE.))
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[OUT Q=make sure justice is done.]
Members of the SCLC gathered outside of William Fleming High School to press their complaints.
During the February 20th game, they say a group of Cave Spring fans sitting at one end of the floor taunted Wiliam Fleming players with racist language and at least one offensive sign.
Cave Spring Principal Martha Cobble says she wasn't aware of the problem while the game was being played.
[IN Q=The information was brought]
((THE INFORMATION WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION AT THE END OF THE GAME BY THREE TEACHERS WHO WERE CONCERNED. I SHARED WITH THEM THAT I WISH THEY HAD BROUGHT IT TO MY ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY, BECAUSE I COULD HAVE TAKEN IMMEDIATE ACTION. AND I WOULD HAVE DONE THAT.))
[OUT Q=and I would have done that.]))
Cobble says she investigated the incident and disciplined four or five students for displaying an inappropriate sign.
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And Jean, a few days after the game, she sent a letter to school officials apologizing to the adminsitration, facu
lty, students and community of William Fleming.[5-grayson-Murder]
A Grayson County judge has pushed back the date of Louis Ceparano's murder trial to June 10th. Defense lawyers say they need more time to prepare.
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Ceparano is one of two white men accused of burning and beheading a black man after a night of drinking last summer.
Ceparano's lawyers also asked the court to appoint a toxicologist as an expert defense witness.
The attorneys said Ceparano was too drunk to know what he was doing the night Garnett G-P Johnson was murdered.
While being drunk is not a legal defense against murder, Ceparano's lawyers say a toxicologist could help them prove their client was not in the right frame of mind to commit a premeditated murder.
Judge Colin Campbell said he will issue a statement when he decides if he will allow the expert's testimony.
The fate of British au pair
Louise Woodward is now in the hands of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.
The justices today heard arguments from defense attorneys-
They want want Woodward
cleared in the killing of 8 month old Matthew Eappen.
Prosecutors asked that she be sent back to prison.
In an exclusive interview obtained for Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel, Woodward says she's happy to settle for the status quo if it would mean she could go back to England.
((LOUISE WOODWARD: I JUST HOPE THAT THEY WON'T YOU KNOW REINSTATE THE SECOND DEGREE AND THAT THEY'LL LEAVE IT ALONE AND LET ME GO HOME.))
[OUT Q=and let me go home.]
It could be several months though before Woodward learns her fate.
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With his mother crying in court, a New Jersey teen pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his newborn son.
As part of a plea agreement, Brian Peterson agreed to testify against his high school sweetheart Amy Grossberg.
Their child was found in a Delaware Motel trash bin- wrapped in plastic in 1996.
Peterson has apparently said the baby showed no signs of life when it was born and he believed it was dead. According to Peterson Grossberg told him quote "Get rid of it."
Grossberg is also charged in the baby's death.
Stormy weather is again plaguing parts of the nation-
This time it is the Southeast- A storm dumped several inches of rain on Alabama- where five people have died.
Flooding is also blamed for the death of an 20 month old baby swept away after his mother's car crashed into a Georgia creek.
((YOU COULD SEE IT SHE WAS SCREAMING FROM THE OTHER SIDE. SOMEBODY GET MY BABY PLEASE THERE WAS NOTHING FOR ANYBODY TO DO.))
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No deaths were reported in Central Florida but quite a bit of damage where tornadoes hit today.
In the Midwest a late Winter storm brought high winds and more than six inches of snow.
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Time to check in with Meterologist Robin Reed.[tease#1]
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A state task force on underage binge drinking is beginning its work.
We'll have that story coming up on News 7 at Five.
Also another small plane emergency landing in the Hill City.
We'll show you how a pilot managed to stay cool after an engine failed.
In medical news, teenagers have plenty of stress in their lives--we'll tell you why meditation, not medication, might be the answer.
Plus the government will conduct an intensive study of health care for the elderly.
Do you think woks are for gourment chefs? Patrick Evans says think again.
He'll have some help cooking up some healthy dishes, stay with us.
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For the second time in a week, engine problems forced a private plane to make an emergency landing in Lynchburg.
This A-60 Aerostar was passing over Lynchburg around noon when its left engine failed.
The pilot shut it down and was able to land the aircraft safely.
Officials say the plane just had an oil change but the caps were not properly secured, and that allowed the oil to drain from the engine.
No one on board was injured.
Lowering the drinking age in Virginia is NO longer part of the solution.
Attorney General Mark Earley took that idea off the table today at the first meeting of a state task force on college drinking.
But groups of parents, students, doctors, and school officials broke off for their first work sessions today.
They heard from Colonel Jeffrey (LEH-vee) Levy --
whose son was killed last Halloween in a drunk driving accident near Radford University.
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((COL. JEFFREY LEVY: DRUNKENESS AND BINGE DRINKING -- SINCE WE HAVE A DEFINITION OF BINGE DRINKING -- WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. AND IN THE EVENT THAT A STUDENT IS SEEN OR CAN BE PROVEN THAT HE'S DRUNK, PARTICIPATING IN BINGE DRINKING, THAT THAT STUDENT IS GOING TO HAVE TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY.))
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[OUT Q=accept responsibility.]
Colonel Levy says he'd recommend suspension the second time a student is found drunk on campus.
The Roanoke Valley Governor's School may increase tuition by more than one thousand dollars.
The school wants to double in size -- adding laboratories and more students.
To pay for the two-point-eight million dollar expansion, the governor's school will charge an extra eleven-hundred dollars in tuition per student.
Current tuition is almost three thousand dollars.
The change would be effective starting in the year 2000.
But first, school boards in Roanoke, Bedford, Salem, Botetourt, Franklin and Craig must agree to pay the extra money for students who are accepted.
The governor's school has a special advanced curriculum of science, math and technology.
Wok cooking is a wonderful way to enjoy full-flavored foods with less fat and fewer calories than other "traditional" pan-frying methods.
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Today we find Patrick Evans in the WDBJ kitchen with some good ideas for great meals both fast and healthy from your own wok.
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They finally got the rain-delayed Primestar 500 race in-- Mike Stevens will tell us who the winner is today in Atlanta, coming up in the Two Minute Ticker.
Just ahead on health check --
A Roanoke woman who apparently took her life in an assisted suicide by Doctor Jack Kevorkian suffered from a demobilizing stiffness and swelling of the joints.
Rheumatologists says it's extremely rare that patients have such severe destruction of the joints that they are in constant pain.
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((DR. WILLIAM BLAYLOCK/RHEUMATOLOGIST:MOST OF THE PATIENTS WITH R.A. IN SPITE OF BEING IN A LOT OF PAIN THEY LEARN TO TOLERATE THAT PAIN.))
[OUT Q=that pain]
Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry.
On News 7 at SIX tonight, we'll take you to Pulaski County, where the "Flintstone" vitamin caper reared its head again today.
That's what School Superintendent Bill Asbury is calling an incident last week involving four students and a bottle of vitamins.
The children, including nine year old Scott Boyd, were suspended from Snowville Elementary School for eating and distributing vitamins at school.
Scott's father says the punishment was too severe.
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[OUT Q=too far.]
But superintendent Ashbury says the school has a strict policy that prohibits bringing over the counter medication to class.
We'll hear more from both sides tonight on News 7 at Six.
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The Roanoke woman who committed suicide last week with the help of Dr. Jack Kevorkian suffered from rheumatoid arthritis.
The illness which plagued 61 year old Patricia Graham is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints.
Right now doctors are treating rheumatoid arthritis with drugs to combat the inflammation, but new treatments are being tested.
It can be a progressive disease causing severe destruction of joints and major disability.
There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but the pain can be lessened.
Rheumatologists say it's very rare that patients have such severe arthritis that they cannot tolerate the pain.
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((DR. WILLIAM BLAYLOCK/RHEUMATOLOGIST:THERE IS A THING THAT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A RHEUMATOID PERSONALITY, THEY LEARN TO TOLERATE THIS PAIN, THEY STILL HAVE A GOOD OUTLOOK ON LIFE, THEY STILL ENJOY LIFE SO IT WOULD BE CONSIDERING TAKING THEIR LIFE.))
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[OUT Q=considering taking their life.]
Dr. Blaylock believes arthritis patients who are depressed and potential suicide threats should be evaluated by a psychiatrist.
Starting today, Medicare gets a long, hard look by a new commission created by the president and Congress.
The commission has one year's time to come up with a plan to
maintain and strengthen Medicare -- the government health program
The panel's co-chairman Republican Congressman Bill Thomas says
President Clinton's idea of expanding Medicare should not be
considered until the commission finishes its work.
The president wants to allow Americans between 55 and 64 years
old to buy into Medicare if they cannot find affordable private
Many adults meditate to relieve stress.
But some doctors say children should be taught too.
Meditation is already being used to treat everything from migraines to asthma in kids. Erin Perveiler used to get headaches every day, but now she relaxes to the sound of waves, and the headaches have almost disappeared.
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((DR. KENNETH LOFLAND/PAIN AND REHABILITATION CLINIC OF CHICAGO: SHE'S LOWERING HER HEART RATE. SHE'S LOWERING HER BLOOD PRESSURE, HER MUSCLE
TENSION, HER BREATHING IS MORE RELAXED.))
[OUT Q=more relaxed.]
This Chicago clinic also now teaches meditation to healthy children to handle stress. Experts have long known its much easier to teach children to meditate than adults,and when you teach a child that child has a skill for life.
In sports, rain delayed the Primestar 500 race this weekend in Atlanta.
But they were able to get the race in today, and the winner is a familiar face. Here's Mike Stevens with more.
Welcome everybody to the Monday Ticker. March Madness isn't only reserved for college basketball today.
Thanks to a persistent rain in Atlanta over the weekend, the Winston Cup cars had to wait until today to run their scheduled Primestar 500 event.
Today they would also have to dodge some rain and
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the walls. Mike Skinner brings out the second caution of the day as his Lowes' Chevy get to know the concrete.
Skinner was taken to Baptist hospital. He should be OK.
Late in the race with 212 laps in the book, Derrike Cope outdid Skinner as he whacked the outside wall with the driver's of his Pontiac.
It took over 15 minutes to get him out of the car. He was taken to Baptist hospital. No word at this hour on his condition.
Not everyone made a point of testing the strength of their roll cages. Rookie Kenny Irwin was the man most of the race as he led the most laps in the Havoline Ford.
He was joined at the front for a good part of the race by his teammate Dale Jarrett.
In fact Fords dominated nearly the entire race. But in the end it was the Pontiac of Bobby Labonte that would continue its dominance at the track.
Labonte wins the race, and he has now won 3 out of the last four Cup events at Atlanta.
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All Fords round out the top five with Jarrett, Mayfield, Wallace and Irwin finishing 2 through 5.
Rusty Wallace now leads the point race by 49 points over his teammate Jeremy Mayfield.
Earnhardt who was ___ today is in third in the points race 87 back.[S5-NCAA]
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The complete schedule of NCAA tournament games coming up on Your Hometown Station later this week is not yet complete at CBS headquarters in New York, but I can tell you that our coverage will begin Thursday at 12:10 with the Navy-North Carolina game.
And we now know that the Radford-Duke game will be played Friday night at 10 o'clock right here on WDBJ-7
Meanwhile, on the women's side, the 28 and oh Liberty Flames are fuming over their placement in the N-C-Double-A women's tournament.
Liberty is a 16th seed and faces number one and undefeated Tennessee in the opening round of the tournament.
Coach Rick Reeves says his team was visibly upset when the pairings were announced.
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[OUT Q=very disappointing]
This is Liberty's second straight N-C-Double-A tournament appearance.
Three years ago the Flames were 5-and-22.
We'll have more on the Lady Flames, the Tech women and the Radford men coming up tonight at six.
See you then everybody.
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It's been a favorite of graffitti artists and thrillseekers for years, but Lynchburg is finally putting a city landmark to rest.
Crews started tearing down the old V-E-S water tower today.
For decades, members of the senior class at Virginia Episcopal School have sneaked out to paint the tower before Homecoming weekend.
School officials say they'll miss the tradition, but NOT the danger involved.
[IN Q=We've had a]
((PHIL GARMEY/VES HEADMASTER: WE'VE HAD A HARD TIME WALKING THE LINE BETWEEN KNOWING THAT THEY WOULD GO DO IT ANYWAY AND TAKING A HARD LINE AGAINST IT AND TRYING TO FIND ALTERNATIVES FOR THEM. WE CAN FORBID THEM FROM DOING ANYTHING BUT IF THEY DECIDE THEY'RE GOING TO DO IT, THEY'LL DO IT.))
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[OUT Q=they'll do it.]
The tower has not been used for years.
Demolition should be completed by Wednesday.