Next on news 7 at 5, people locally and across the nation pause to remember the veterans who protected their freedom.
and five people are dead following a helicopter crash last night near the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
More thunderstorms today though not as widespread or severe. A check of your cookout radar picture in a moment.[m
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In Health news, some doctors say antibacterial soaps could cause more harm than good
and a new drug shows some promise in the fight against skin cancer...still doctors say cover up when you're in the sun.
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Remembering those who paid the Price for Freedom on this Memorial Day.
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Around the nation, tributes to the men andwomen who gave their lives for our freedom.
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At Arlington National Cemetery President Clinton laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns-
He said the tombstones at Arlington are a monument to America's greatness- and he said two bodies believed to be Americans are on the way home from Korea.
((EARLY THIS MORNING AT TWO O'CLOCK THE REMAINS OF TWO SOLDIERS BELIEVED TO BE AMERICANS WERE REPARTIRATED TO THE UNITED NATIONS COMMAND HONOR GUARD AT PANMUNJOM ON THE DMZ THEY ARE COMING HOME THIS MEMORIAL DAY.))
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The President also called the exhumation of a Vietnam veteran's remains, from
the Tomb of the Unknowns, the right course of action. The remains will be tested to determine whether they are those of First Lt. Michael J. Blassie.
Locally many people took time out to remember those who died serving their country. At Roanoke's Lee Plaza...
some family members remembered their loved ones with flowers and prayers.
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((JOE GRANT/VETERAN-VIETNAM; DOWN HERE TO PAY HOMAGE TO SOME OF THE FELLOWS AND GALS WHO PUT THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE AND GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND THAT WAS THEIR LIFE FOR OUR COUNTRY. IT ALLOWS US TO KEEP IT FREE AND ALLOW US TO ASSEMBLE LIKE THIS TODAY AND TO ENJOY THE FREEDOM THAT WE ALL HAVE.))
((BRENDA HALE; TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MY FALLEN COMMRADES WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY SO WELL AND TO REMEMBER WHAT SERVING IN THE MILITARY IS ALL ABOUT))
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The ceremony included the singing of the National Athem, a prayer for peace and the placing of a wreath at the memorial.
A helicopter taking passengers from Sunday's race in Charlotte- crashed killing all five people abaord.
The chopper hit a power line and then crashed onto U-S 74 in Monroe, North Carolina early this morning.
Investigators don't think weather was a factor-
But they're not sure why the helicopter was flying so low when it
hit a high-tension wire and crashed.
The chopper should have been flying at 500 feet- more than three times the height of the power line.
The pilot was taking the passengers to the Monroe Airport from the race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. All four passengers were from Charlotte.
An argument over a game of horseshoes turned deadly in Amherst County last night.
Witnesses say 29-year old Kenneth Branham of Monroe shot and killed 43 year old Richard Eubank of Amherst last night.
Police say Branham also wounded two other men, Bobby Beverly and Ricky McDaniel.
Beverly is in critical condition at Lynchburg General Hospital.
McDaniel was treated and released.
Kenneth Branham is in the Amherst County Jail on a 100 thousand-dollar bond.[5-SML]
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People flocked to Smith Mountain Lake this holiday weekend -- only to be greeted by three days of rain.
Probably the only folks more disappointed were the owners of boating businesses who were counting on increased holiday sales.
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Tina Tenret was there when the sun finally broke through today.
Jean, people were busy at the lake -- some too busy to talk to a television reporter.
After all, they had been cooped up inside all weekend, and they were determined to cram some boating fun into their last hours at the lake.
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Families traveled for miles to spend a long weekend at the lake.
But only today, when it was almost time to go home, did the sun come out at last.
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((BRANDON KINCER: I'M GOING TO GO SWIM AND PLAY IN THE SAND. PROBABLY BUILD A SANDCASTLE.))
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Visitors welcomed the warm weather -- a chance to finally launch their boats after three days of rain.
The sun also brought a ray of hope to marinas.
They lost thousands of dollars this weekend because almost no one rented boats in the rain.
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((YOU CAN'T FIND A HOTEL ROOM ANYWHERE. THE ROADS ARE PACKED. YOU'D THINK WE WOULD BE BUSY BUT PEOPLE COME ALL THE WAY UP HERE AND IF IT'S HORRIBLE WEATHER THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BOAT.))
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Even today -- many of the boats were still not being rented.
Marina owners say by the time the sun came out, visitors were probably on their way home.
So the lake stayed calm by holiday standards.
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((WES STURGILL: IT'S NOT NEARLY AS BUSY AS I EXPECTED IT TO BE. USUALLY WHEN YOU COME OUT HERE THE WAVES AND THE BOATS ARE SO BAD YOU CAN'T EVEN GET OUT AND RIDE AND ENJOY EM -- BUT THIS YEAR WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME.))
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The other people having a good time this weekend -- store owners at the lake.
After all, when it rained -- many visitors went shopping.
One store owner said she saw a record number of people coming through this year.
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Federal Agents are still investigating a church bombing that injured 33 people last night in Illinois. We'll have more on that in a moment.
and we'll meet a collector from the Valley who's hobby reminds him daily of the veteran's who fought for America.
Federal agents now say it was a bomb that exploded at an Illinois church-
The blast tore a hole in the side of the church during services yesterday-
33 people were injured-mostly teenagers.
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms spent hours sifting through broken glass and twisted metal- to figure out what happened.
((THE MATERIAL THAT WE DID RECOVER GIVES US THE PICTURE THAT WE DO HAVE AN EXPLOSION DEVICE, WE DO HAVE A BOMB.))
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Investigators don't yet know a motive- Still no suspects in the bombing.
A five year old boy is in good condition after he was run over by a truck last night in Danville.
Jerrick Blackstock was riding in the back of a Chevy pickup truck.
Police say Larnell Hampton was backing the truck out of a driveway on Robin Hood Drive when the child fell out.
Hampton apparently backed over the child.
He's charged with driving under the influence.
The year 2000 is fast approaching-- are you ready for it?
Better yet, is your computer ready?
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You may already know about the so-called millenium bug.
It's caused by computer codes that don't recognize dates with the year 2000.
Many businesses and governments are getting help from programmers trained to fix the glitch.
But computer experts say those that don't act now could wind up in serious trouble.
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The Software Factory in South Boston specializes in Year-2000 remediation.
The high-tech company held its grand opening last week.
Over time, Memorial day has become recognized as the start of the summer season. But as Steve Pardon reports there are people hoping the true meaning of the holiday will never be lost.
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[SUPER=01-Russell Robinson/WWII Bomber Pilot; :57]
[SUPER=01-Bill Overstreet/WWII Fighter Pilot; 1:11]
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((Over 50 years ago these uniforms were helping write history in the skies over Europe. Now they belong to Matt McKeever and his collection of air combat memorabilia. He has everything from model planes to medals and photographs. He says World War Two pilots were like new age cowboys, and he collects anything that had to do with their lives.
(after 1:02:02) (Matt McKeever/Collector)IN THIS CASE, WITH COWBOYS OF THE SKY, IF YOU WERE WANTING TO COLLECT, WANTING
TO HAVE AS PART OF YOUR COLLECTION IS THE LEATHER JACKET, THATS LIKE THE TRADEMARK OF THE FIGHTER PILOT (1:02:22)
McKeever has two of the treasured momento's, but unlike many collectors he is fortunate enough to know the men who wore them. Retired bomber pilot Russell Robinson and x-fighter pilot Bill Overstreet, both Roanoke natives, say they've parted with their personal items so future generations might remember the sacrifices they made.
(50:45) (Russell Robinson/WWII Bomber Pilot)I DON'T THINK MOST PEOPLE REALIZE WHAT THE COUNTRY WENT THROUGH. I DON'T T
HINK THEY REALIZE WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE. CAUSE WARS NEVER STOP...AND A LOT OF US WORRY ABOUT THAT. I KNOW I DO.
(after 58:05) (Bill Overstreet/WWII Fighter Pilot)MY GROUP HAD 75% LOSS-EITHER SHOT DOWN, PRISONER OR DIED. THATS A TR
EMENDOUS LOSS, A LOT OF PEOPLE. AND IT WOULD BE NICE IF THE PUBLIC DID REMEMBER.
McKeever says his friendship with these men has been more important than their gifts. It has also given him a sense of responsibility in his collection.
(48:18) I GUESS I'M THE STORY TELLER THATS HERE TO LET MY GENERATION AND FUTURE GENERATIONS KNOW WHAT HAPPENED BY USING
THE AUDIO/VISUAL EFFECTS OF MY DISPLAY TO TEACH THEM WHAT HAPPENED 50 YEARS AGO AND HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS.
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A billboard is causing Los Angeles drivers to put on the brakes. We'll show you why a little later.
and we'll see how one couple is getting off to a fiery start as a restaurant burns in the middle of their wedding reception.
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Steve Mason is standing by with Sports and news of some big moves in the Winston Cup points race.
But first in Health Check..
with the start of vacation season, dermatologists want to remind people to protect themselves from the sun.
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((ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS WILL GET SOME FORM OF SKIN CANCER IN THEIR LIFETIME. AND THERE ARE MORE SKIN CANCERS EACH YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES THAN ALL THE OTHER CANCERS COMBINED. ))
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Many people used their day off to catch some sun.
But as the cases of skin cancer increase, dermatologists want to make sure you remember to protect yourself from the sun.
Dr. Emily Senay has more.
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(( WHETHER YOU LIKE THE SUN OR NOT ... YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD THAT SKIN
CANCER IS ON THE RISE. THIS YEAR ONE MILLION PEOPLE WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH
SKIN CANCER ... 40-THOUSAND WILL GET THE MOST DEADLY FORM ... MELANOMA. BUT
YOU STILL WANT TO GO TO THE BEACH ... YOU STILL WANT TO ENJOY THE SUN ... HOW
CAN YOU DO IT SAFELY? THAT'S A QUESTION MANY PEOPLE ARE ASKING ESPECIALLY
SINCE A RECENT STUDY MADE HEADLINES SAYING THAT SUNSCREEN MIGHT NOT PROVIDE
PROTECTION AGAINST SKIN CANCER ... WE SPOKE WITH DERMATOLOGIST BRUCE KATZ
ABOUT THE SUNSCREEN CONTROVERSY.
SOT DR. BRUCE KATZ/DERMATOLOGIST/154055:
"THE STUDY THAT CAME OUT ABOUT THE ISSUE OF SUNSCREEN PROTECTION ... MOST
DERMATOLOGISTS BELIEVE WAS A FLAWED STUDY. AND WE STILL RECOMMEND THAT ALL OF
OUR PATIENTS AND EVERYONE GENERALLY ... WEAR SUNSCREENS TO PROTECT
TRACK: SUNSCREENS CAN PREVENT SUNBURNS ... AND REPEATED SUNBURNS ARE ONE OF
THE RISK FACTORS FOR SKIN CANCER. THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY SAYS
PEOPLE SHOULD NOT STOP USING SUNSCREEN AS PROTECTION AGAINST SUNBURNS.
SUNSCREEN WITH AN SPF OF XX OR OVER SHOULD BE WORN IN THE SUN ... ESPECIALLY
BY THOSE WITH FAIR SKIN ... THOSE AT THE GREATEST RISK FOR SKIN CANCER.
BUT SUNSCREEN GIVES MANY PEOPLE A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY ... SUN-BATHING FOR
HOURS.... Dr. Emily Senay, CBS News))[5-Treatment]
There is some good news today for people afflicted with skin cancer.
A drug recently approved by the F-D-A has been successful in treating advanced stages of melanoma.
Proleukin (PRO-LEW-KIN) works by stimulating the body's own natural defenses against the disease.
If you use antibacterial soaps and detergents, you may be doing more harm than good.
That's according to some experts who say popular antibacterial products may create a much bigger problem when it comes to infection.
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(( DR. RANDY ECKERT/PATHOLOGIST: YOU MAY BE ACTUALLY SELECTING FOR
A POPULATION OF ORGANISMS THAT THEN BECOME RESISTANT TO THOSE SOAPS AND COULD
POTENTIALLY MAKE YOU SICKER.))
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Eckert says even with anitbacterial soap, you leave some bacteria on your hands.
So the concern is with these products becoming so popular, some strains of bacteria will become stronger and more resistant.
Eckert says the antibacterial products are also a waste of money.
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((IF YOU USE AN ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP, IT REALLY DOESN'T DO MUCH
MORE THAN SIMPLY A GOOD CLEANING WITH SOAP AND WATER.))
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The Food and Drug Administration is studying antibacterial products.
It has not determined if they are safe or effective.
Good afternoon everyone, hope you are having a greta memorial day! Lets start with some cycling.
the Saturn Festival Cup weekend wrapped up today as cyclist took over the streets of downtown Roanoke. Dede Demet won the Cardinal Bicycle Professional Women's race.
The Saturn Cup was the featured event as nearly 80 pro riders in category 1 and 2 competed for 41 hundred dollars in prize money.
Cyclist made 45 laps around the 1 kilometer course that ran on Jefferson, Church, Franklin and a few other downtown streets. Riders had a chance to win individual prize money on various sprints or Premes throughout the race.
Radford native and 1990 Pulaski County high school graduate Scottie Weiss led during the early stages of the race but would later crash.
The finish came down to three riders and John Lieswyn edged out one of Saturn's top guns; Norm Alvis for the win and a check for 528 dollars.
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Jeff Gordon's third career win at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-cola 600 last night propelled the wonder boy into the Winston Cup Points lead. jeremy mayfield, who finished 19th, slips to second.
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Gordon and his crew chief Ray Evernham redeemed themselves from empty gas tanks and missed practices with a perfectly calculated four tire change on the race's final pit stop. Most other drives took only 2. Gordon passes Rusty Wallace to record his 32nd career winston Cup victory. He's now 27 points a head of mayfield. Gordon has now won three races this season.
Dale Earnhardt finished 39th after Randy Lajoie forced him into the wall.
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One major league baseball note. Mark McGuire crushed his 25th homerun of the season today, a towering shot against the Colorado Rockies. But Colorado leads it 6-1 in tthe ninth.
In other scores, san francisco beat Cincinnati 3-1, and in the AL, it was Cleveland over Detroit 7-4 and the Blue Ja
ys edged Boston 7-5. More sports at six, but there is more news 7 at five to come.[5-Billboard]
Usually where there's smoke, there's fire, but that's not the case in Los Angeles...
where a huge new billboard is creating a stir.
From the highway, this sign looks exactly like a fire has burned away the center of a building leaving only blue sky showing through a gaping hole.
If you look closely enough you can even see a painted fireman fighting the fake fire.
Police aren't too thrilled with the sign. Besides having motorists driven to distraction, an officer says they have had several calls from people thinking the fire was real.
The fire was definitely real at the reception of a newlywed New Jersey couple.
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The bride cut the cake and the guests raced for the exits as flames and smoke poured through a popular riverfront restaurant Saturday.
Teryn and Jason Pleva were having their wedding reception at the time.
Despite the interuption, the couple says this has to be a good omen.
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[OUT Q=good life together.]
All 500 guests and workers escaped unharmed.
While many of the wedding gifts were destroyed, the Plevas say at least they have an interesting story to tell their future children.