Straight ahead on News 7 at Five:
A Pennsylvania town mourns the loss of 11 young people killed in a fire.
A rescue call turns fatal after a helicopter crash in California.
And Roanoke's new top cop takes the oath of office.
A system passing through tonight may throw a few sprinkles or snow showers at us. We will check that out on radar in just a few moments.[medical-head]
In medical news --
Doctors at Johns Hopkins are looking into new therapies for a life threating and mysterious disease.
And the F-D-A says a substitute for blood is safe and effective in critical care situations.
News 7 at Five is next.[Video-Open]
[IN Q=According to the best]
((ACCORDING TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY. SO HELP ME GOD. SO HELP ME GOD. CONGRATULATIONS CHIEF.))
[OUT Q=congratulations, chief]
A day of firsts for both Roanoke and new police chief Joe Gaskins.
Joe Gaskins is Roanoke's 21st police chief, and the first African-American to serve as the city's top cop.
Tonight he's on the job.
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Joe Dashiell reports on the arrival of the new chief... and the reaction of city officials who favored another finalist for the job.
Jean, Mayor David Bowers and Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell publicly backed Lieutenant David Clayton, but with Gaskins now on the job... they say he has their complete support.
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[SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Roanoke Commonwealth's Atty.; :24]
[SUPER=01-Joe Gaskins/Roanoke Police Chief; :42]
[OUT Q=build on that]
((Bowers was among the first to welcome Gaskins as he arrived for his swearing-in ceremony. Caldwell was also close by as Gaskins recited the oath of office to a packed courtroom.
Both men say they look forward to working with the new chief.
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[IN Q=Joe Gaskins is bright]
[OUT Q=historic moment for Roanoke.]
[SOT CALDWELL 00:16:27]
[IN Q=My criticism was not]
[OUT Q=do well by Roanoke City.]
Gaskins says he believes he has the support of top officials,. and is ready to get to work.
[IN Q=I simply want to get]
((JOE GASKINS/ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: I SIMPLY WANT TO GET TO KNOW THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON HERE, AND BUILD ON THE SUCCESSES. SEE WHAT KIND OF POLICING THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO SEE AND BUILD ON THAT.))
[OUT Q=build on that.]))
Meanwhile, the local president of the N-Double-A- C- P is hailing today's ceremony as historic... We'll hear more from Martin Jeffrey at six o'clock.
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And Jean, he believes Gaskins appointment has much broader significance in the effort to improve race relations
in the city.[5-Cabin-Fire]
A Spring break getaway turned deadly in Pennsylvania.
[SUPER=03-Miles Township, PA;]
Eleven young people were killed when fire ripped through a two story cabin in Miles Township.
It happened early Sunday morning. Most of the victims were local high school and college students on a spring
((SGT. STEVEN BYRON/PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE: IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THIS WAS A FAMILY TYPE AFFAIR THAT STARTED YEARS AGO. THESE KIDS HAD BEEN COMING TO THIS CABIN DURING THEIR SPRING BREAK SINCE THEY WERE SOPHOMORES IN HIGH SCHOOL.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Steven Byron/Pennsylvania State Police;]
[OUT Q=in high school.]
Investigators say there was no sign of alcohol involved.
They say it appears the students were all sleeping when the fire broke out.
Still no definite cause. but investigators believe a gas heater may be to blame.
A rescue helicopter carrying a child to the hospital crashed in Los Angeles-
[SUPER=03-Griffith Park, CA;]
The L-A City chopper with five crew members and the 11-year old girl aboard lost control and crashed into trees near a park.
The rescue chopper was on its way back from the scene of an auto accident- rushing the girl to the Childrens hospital.
The girl, two paramedics and a crew member perished in the crash.
The pilot and another crew member are in serious condition- with broken bones and head injuries.
The cause of the crash has not been determined.
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Does a Supreme Court decision threaten Virginia's effort to ban partial birth abortions?
That story is up next on News 7 at Five.
Also a large crowd causes some problems for President Clinton on the first stop of his trip to Africa.
In medical news, it's being hailed as a major breakthrough--a possible blood substitute now being used on animals.
It's Oscar night--and one party in Roanoke is using the theme as a fundraiser.
Patrick Evans will have a live preview coming up.
Comm Break#1 [5-Clinton-Africa]
President Clinton kicked off his six nation tour of Africa today with a speech at Independence Square in Ghana.
The President left the stage after the speech to shake hands with some of the estimated one million people who had come to see him.
There was a frightening moment as the crowd surged forward. Mr. Clinton yelled for the mob to back up, apparently concerned that several people in front would be crushed against barricades.
Security guards attempted to beat back the crowd with wooden canes and belts.
A major shake-up in Russia this morning.
President Boris Yelstin- back on
the job for just a week- sacked his entire government.
Yeltsin had just returned to the Kremlin after a week at home to treat a heavy cold.
He dismissed the entire Russian Federation Government and announced he will form a new government.
President Clinton reacted from Africa.
((WE HOPE THE GENERAL DIRECTION OF POLICY WILL BE UNAFFECTED BY THIS AND I HAVE NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT ANYTHING DIFFERENT WILL OCCUR IN A WAY THAT IS AT ALL ADVERSE TO THE PARTNERSHIP WE'VE BEEN BUILDING WITH RUSSIA.))
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Yeltsin dismissed Prime Minister Viktor (Cheerno-mir-don)- his loyal ally on the job for more than five years.
Yeltsin says it will allow (Cheer-no-mir-don) Chernomyrdin to concentrate on the 2000 presidential election.
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The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to re- instate an Ohio law that bans partial birth abortions.
But Virginia legislators who helped craft a similar measure say THEIR bill should survive any legal challenge.
State senator Steve Newman says the Ohio law only prohibited killing a fetus by removing its brain.
Newman's bill, which passed the General Assembly this month, specifically bans late- term abortions.
[IN Q=We believe that]
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: WE BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL WILL BE A FIRST IMPRESSION TO THE COURT, THEY'VE NEVER SEEN A LAW LIKE THIS IN THE FOURTH CIRCUIT BEOFRE. THE OHIO BILL WILL HAVE NO IMPACT ON OUR BILL WHATSOEVER, BECAUSE IT'S SO FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT, AND I'M HOPING IT WILL COME OUT UNSCATHED.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg]
[OUT Q=come out unscathed.]
Governor Jim Gilmore is expected to sign the measure into law.
The group Second Harvest says hundreds of people in southwest Virginia go to bed hungry each night.
Second Harvest released its national report on hunger today.
The regional portion of the study found nearly 60 percent of those who seek help from the Food Bank do not have high school diplomas.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte says it's further proof that education is the key to being self- sufficient.
[IN Q=The percentage]
((THE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE RECEIVING FOOD FROM FOOD BANKS THAT DO NOT HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IS A HIGHER PERCENTAGE IN THIS AREA THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE.))
[OUT Q= NATIONAL AVERAGE.]
Second Harvest officials found the majority of recipients have jobs, but are struggling to make ends meet.
[IN Q= Poverty and]
[SUPER=01-Sr. Christine Vladimiroff/Second Harvest President; :]
((POVERTY AND HUNGER IN SMALL TOWNS AND RURAL AREAS IS MORE HIDDEN. MANY OF THE HUNGRY LIVE CLOSER THAN MANY IN MIDDLE AMERICAN FAMILIES MIGHT REALIZE.))
[OUT Q= might realize.]
Kraft Foods donated 37 thousand 500 dollars to the food bank for fresh produce items.
Parties are part of the fun on Oscar night... both in Hollywood and here in Roanoke.
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Want to party in style tonight for the Academy Awards, but don't have time to hit the West Coast?
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Patrick Evans tells us of the big East Coast bash, right here in Roanoke where you can party like the stars AND raise money for Festival in the Park.
[SUPER=01-Jack Nicholson/Movie Star;]
[SUPER=01-Diane Strickler/Festival in the Park;]
[SUPER=01-Wendy Schultz/Festival in the Park;]
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Have the Roanoke Express lost a key player as they prepare to battle for the division title? Mike Stevens has the latest in the Two Minute Ticker.
In tonight's health check report --
The government has approved a blood substitute to treat anemia in dogs.
It's still in clinical trials for use on humans, but doctors say the product has the potential to revolutionize the practice of medicine.
[IN Q=We are]
((WE ARE USING IT FOR ALL SORTS OF THINGS SO EVENTUALLY IT WILL BE APPROVED BY F-D-A AS WELL))
[OUT Q=as well]
Good afternoon. I'm Keith Humphry.
Folks in Henry and Pittsylvania Counties reported tornados touched down Friday afternoon.
But take a look at what happened just over the Virginia state line.
This is Stoneville, North Carolina.
A twister whipped right through the center of town Friday afternoon.
Two people were killed.
Homes and businesses were destroyed.
Disaster teams are now trying to help people recover from the losses.
[IN Q=They wouldn't let us]
((VICKIE MARTIN/TORNADO VICTIM: THEY WOULDN'T LET US IN FRIDAY NIGHT TO GO BACK IN AND GET OUR CLOTHES. WE HAD TO WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT DAY. AND THEN IT'S JUST BEEN ONE DAY AT A TIME.. REALLY ONE HOUR AT A TIME.. TO SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO NEXT.))
[SUPER=01-Vickie Martin/Tornado Victim;]
[OUT Q=what you can do next.]
Christy Hubley was in Stoneville today.
She'll show us more of the devastation and tell us what folks there are doing to get back on their feet.
That story and more coming up tonight on News-7 at Six.
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The world's first blood substitute, used right now for treatment of canine anemia, has received the government's stamp of approval.
The Food and Drug Administration okayed oxyglobin, the first ever oxygen therapeutic.
Researchers are now working on an oxygen therapeutic for humans which is in advanced clinical trials.
Oxyglobin is a sterile, ready to use, intravenous solution made of ultra purified hemoglobin.
[IN Q=Commonly dogs]
((DR. VIRGINIA RENTKO/VETERINARIAN:COMMONLY DOGS MAY HAVE DISCOLORATION OF THEIR MUCUS MEMBRANES...THEY MAY FEEL NAUSIOUS, SO THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE VERY MILD.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Virginia Rentko/Veterinarian; ]
[OUT Q=very mild.]
Although it will not replace blood banks, oxyglobin does offer advantages over donated blood.
[IN Q=What it will do]
((DR. C.EVERETT KOOP/FORMER SURGEON GENERAL:WHAT IT WILL DO IS IT WILL MAKE BLOOD BANKS MORE EFFICIENT. TODAY WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR BLOOD TO THE BLOOD BANK THEY OUT IT IN LINE, THE NEXT FRESH BLOOD GOES BEHIND YOURS SO WHEN YOUR BLOOD GETS TO SOMEBODY IT MAY BE QUITE OLD.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. C. Everett Koop/Former Surgeon General; ]
[OUT Q=quite old]
Oxyglobin can be stored at room temperature for up to two years.
It also does not require blood-typing or cross matching for use.
Long Q-T Syndrome is a rare heart disorder that can be fatal if it's not detected early and treated appropriately.
23 year old Mark Ferris is a student at Randolph-Macon College.
He has suffered from Long Q-T Syndrome since childhood.
[IN Q=The last episode I had]
[SUPER=01-Mark Ferris/Long QT Patient;]
[OUT Q=thought I was dead]
[**Tonya on ENG**]
Doctors at Johns Hopkins diagnosed him with Long Q-T, a condition that kills three to four thousand people each year without warning.
[IN Q=Long QT]
((DR. GORDON TOMASELLI/JOHNS HOPKINS:LONG Q-T SYNDROME IS AN INHERITED ABNORMALITY OF THE HEART RYTHM TRAGICALLY THE ONLY SYMPTOM MAY BE SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Gordon Tomaselli/Johns Hopkins]
[OUT Q=cardiac death]
[**Tonya on ENG**]
This is an E-K-G of someone with Long Q-T.
You can see the heart rhythm suddenly turns erratic.
That can cause heart palpitations, lightheadedness, fainting and sometimes sudden death.
There is no cure for Long Q-T, but it can be managed with medication or an implanted defibrillator or pacemaker.
[IN Q=It's located]
((MARK :IT'S LOCATED RIGHT HERE IN MY CHEST I'D SAY IT'S A LITTLE BIGGER THAN A SILVER DOLLAR.))
[OUT Q=silver dollar]
Long Q-T is genetic, but no one else in Mark's family has it.
Sudden bursts of activity can trigger the arrhythmia, so Mark has had to give up football and lacrosse.
But he says those are small sacrifices for staying healthy.
A new study shows the average waiting time for illegal drugs users to seek help is seven years.
The British Association reports that many addicts start by smoking marijuana at the age of 15.
By the time the addicts went for help ... the most commonly used drugs were heroin and other opiates.
The researchers believe that such information could help in the treatment of drug addiction.
In sports, it looks like the Roanoke Express is going to try and clinch the divisional title without one of its best scorers.
Mike Stevens has more in the Two Minute Ticker.
Good afternoon everyone; welcome to your Monday ticker. Lets start on the ice.
The Express can wrap up the Northeast Division title tomorrow night with a win over Richmond. But; at this time, Roanoke will have to do it without Chris Cantu.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00]
Cantu's name slate has been removed from his locker and his bags were packed this afternoon. The Express rookie of the year is the team's third leading scorer.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
((PETE BREARLEY/EXPRESS FORWARD:))
[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Pete Brearley/Express Forward; :05]
[OUT Q=...sure on"]
He's still on the team roster. Sources say Cantu and Anzalone had a falling out and the Left winger left the team. Team officials will not confirm if he will return to the team or not. The Express can wrap up the division, clinch home ice in the first two rounds of the playoffs and tie for the Northern conference lead with a win over Richmond.
((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/ECHL LEADER IN GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE:))
[SUPER=01-Daniel Berthiaume/ECHL Goals Against Leader; :00]
[OUT Q=...our fans"]
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The road to the final four continues tonight for the eight women's teams that are still alive in their tournament.
The big game tonight has unbeaten Tennessee taking on ACC champion North Carolina.
In all three ACC teams are still alive as Duke and N.C. State hope to also make it to the final four in
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/1994; :00]
Also, from the UVa coaching front, News 7 sports has learned tonight that Terry Holland has received permission to talk with Melvin Watkins, the head coach at UNC Charlotte about possibly replacing Jeff Jones.
Current George Washington head coach Mike Jarvis interviewed for the post yesterday.
Most Virginia alumni who I have spoken with seem to think it will be much now to attract a big time coach than it was 8 years ago with Holland left for Davidson.
Coming up at six the latest on Hampton star Ronald Curry plus more on the Cantu situation with the Express and even some women's college lacrosse highlights.
Hope to see you at six. Take care everybody.
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They've been camping out in Los Angeles--
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most of the 11-hundred bleacher seats in front of the Shrine Auditorium are already filled, with fans hoping to get a glimpse of their favorite star at tonight's Academy Awards.
More than 500 security guards are on hand to keep the peace, and the stars themselves are weighing in with their favorites.
[IN Q=Everything about]
[SUPER=07-Courtney Thorne-Smith; :05]
[SUPER=07-Beau Bridges; :09]
[SUPER=07-Shirley MacLaine; :12]
[OUT Q=Gloria Stuart]
The blockbuster "Titanic" could set the record for most Oscars won-- the mark is currently held by "Ben Hur", which won 11 in 1959.