Coming up next on News 7, a family mourns a loved one killed in an accident in Blacksburg. The only survivor of th
e accident is charged with D-U-I.
and what will be the word from Washington--will Norfolk Southern
get the green light for its plan to split up Conrail?
Cold, dry air is replaced by a wet spell. Mid 70's and rain on the way.
In medical news -- a new medication for heart patients is being recalled.
And dermatologists are DEVELOPING a new way to show patients what the sun does to their skin.
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Friends gather to remember the victims of yesterday's fatal motorcycle accident in Blacksburg.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The accident claimed the lives of two Blacksburg men whose motorcycle crashed head-on into a pick-up truck.
The truck driver was later charged with D-U-I.
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Teresa Hamilton has been following the story and joins us from our Blacksburg newsroom.
Jean-- Blacksburg police are continuing to collect evidence and talk with witnesses.
The one thing they still haven't figured out is why the motorcycle and truck were both in the middle of the road.
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((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF:IT WAS ALMOST AS IF, THE, UPON IMPACT, THE MOTORCYCLE, JUST EXPLODED, LITERALLY, ABOUT A THOUSAND PIECES OF DEBRIS. ))
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Blacksburg police say yesterday's accident was one of the worst in recent memory.
It happened around six PM on Meadowbrook Drive.
21- year old Michael Dove died at the scene.
His 21- year old friend, Michael Perry, died at the hospital.
Police say the driver of the truck, 23- year old John Claude Love, fled the scene and was arrested a short time later.
And, while, police say, his blood alcohol content was under the legal limit-- he was charged with driving under the influence and felony hit and run.
Two large crosses mark the accident scene.
Candles were also placed there by Michael Perry's fraternity friends.
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((DAVE CATARIOUS/PERRY'S FRIEND:JUST TO, YEAH, JUST TO SAY BYE AND TO SAY WE'RE MISSING HIM. ))
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John Claude Love told police he was driving in the middle of the road to avoid a second motorcyle-- but police have NOT confirmed his story.
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Christopher Lee Fisher pleaded NO contest in Montgomery County circuit court today to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence.
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Fisher was driving a pick-up truck that collided with a car last May, near Shawsville.
A seven year old girl riding in the back of the truck was thrown onto the road and killed.
Fisher also pleaded no contest to possession of marijuana.
A pre-sentence report was ordered by the judge.
Fisher faces eleven years in prison
when sentenced in August.
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Trial got underway in federal court today in the case of a Roanoke City Police officer accused of choking a man to death during an arrest five years ago.
By all accounts Officer J-M Donaldson used a "choke hold" to subdue Eric Scott Lee. The 20-year old short-order cook died of asphyxiation.
The city Commonwealth's Attorney ruled it "excusable homicide."
Lee's wife sued the city and three police officers for 3-quarters of a million dollars.
The case against two other officers was dropped as it went to trial this morning, leaving only Officer Donaldson as a defendant.
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It's been called a milestone in shaping the country's transportation network, and today it got the government's blessing.
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The Surface Transportation Board approved Norfolk Southern and C-S-X's plan to jointly take over Conrail.
Under the deal N-S and C-S-X will split up the Philadelphia-based railroad, bringing competition to an area that's been served by one train.
Regulators say breaking up the Conrail monopoly is clearly in the public interest. An oversight panel will watch the railroad's progress for the next five years to make sure the takeover runs smoothly.
Firefighters thought they had brush fires under control in Florida- but tonight a new blaze is burning- this one in Brevard County covers 100 acres.
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Over the weekend, fires in five Florida counties destroyed more
than 50 homes and burned seven-thousand acres.
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State officials haven't yet added up all the losses -- but one official says there is more than one million dollars in damage in one county alone.
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Neighbors have been concerned since the disappearance of a Campbell County couple over the Memorial Day holiday--now the couple has been found. We will have that story coming up on News 7 at Five.
And one of Hollywood's leading men is taking a leadership role with the National Rifle Association.
On Healthcheck, Doctor Jack Kevorkian's latest assisted suicide has repercussions--he's offering the patient's kidneys for transplant.
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Also this is the time of year when you'll find plenty of fresh vegetables at the Roanoke downtown market.
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Patrick Evans will join us with some ideas on cooking healthy.
Drugs are not just one nation's problem- but a world problem.
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That was the message President Clinton delivered to the United Nations.
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((DRUGS ARE EVERY NATIONS PROBLEM AND EVERY NATION MUST ACT TO FIGHT THEM ON THE STREETS, AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE AND AROUND THE WORLD.))
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The United States will set up an International Program to exchange
information in the war on drugs.
The National Institute for Drug Abuse will begin using the Internet to share
research on drug treatment and prevention on a worldwide basis.
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A sixth person has died as a result of last month's suspicious apartment fire in Roanoke.
Willie Jones was critically injured with burns over 60 percent of his body in the May 18-th blaze.
He died over the weekend at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Jones had jumped from a third-story window to escape the fire.
Authorities had to use fingerprints and dental records to identify the bodies of five others who were found in the rubble after the blaze.
The fire is considered suspicious because of how quickly it spread.
A Campbell County family missing since Memorial Day has turned up.. in their native India.
Sheriff's authorities say 42-year old Jagjeet Singh (jag-JEET SING), his wife and their three daughters flew to India two weeks ago.
They left behind their house, convenience store and dozens of worried friends and neighbors.
Police "don't" know why the family left the United States.
One of Lynchburg's historic riverfront buildings has been spared the wrecking ball.. at least for the time being.
Developer Steve Conner bought the 150- year- old Piedmont Mills building last month, with plans to tear it down and salvage the old timbers inside.
But instead, Conner agreed to sell it to Roanoke restauranteur Spanky Macher (MAHK-er).
Now Macher wants Lynchburg to help him find the money and the partners to renovate the building.
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((SPANKY MACHER/DEVELOPER: I'M NOT GOING TO DO THIS ALONE. EITHER THEY'RE GOING TO HELP OR I'M GOING TO TEAR IT DOWN. I'M GOING TO GIVE 'EM ABOUT SIX MONTHS, AND IF I DON'T SEE ANY ACTIVITY IN SIX MONTHS, AFTER WE CLEAN IT UP, TAKE OUT SOME OF THE MOTORS, THE MAN-LIFTS, SOME OF THE THINGS WE'RE NOT GOING TO NEED INSIDE, IF THEY DON'T STEP UP TO THE PLATE, I'M GOING TO TEAR IT DOWN.))
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Macher estimates it could cost as much as one million dollars to overhaul the old mill.
Charlton Heston parted the sea as Moses on the Big Screen.
Now he's hoping to work miracles for the National Rifle Association.
The actor is the new president of the NRA-
He was voted in by the group's board of directors just days
after attacking President Clinton as someone untrustworthy with "our daughters and our guns.
((CHARLTON HESTON/NRA PRESIDENT: I DON'T LIKE FEDERAL MANDATES ON ANYTHING... ON WHAT YOU READ, ON WHAT CHURCH YOU GO TO, ON WHAT SCHOOL YOU GO TO. CERTAINLY ON YOUR RIGHT TO OWN A FIREARM.))
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Heston hopes his familiar face who will improve the
image of the organization and it's more than two and half million members.
Cooking with fresh vegetables is a tasty way to make sure you're family is eating healthy.
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Summertime cooking can be especially healthy if you take advantage of all the fresh fruits and vegetables available at this time of year.
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Patrick Evans is on the market with some fresh ideas for cooking up light, tasty summertime fare.
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Can the Utah Jazz come back from yesterday's poor performance against the Chicago Bulls? Steve Mason has the latest on the N-B-A finals, coming up in sports.
On health check -- experts say human medical testing leaves the volunteers vulnerable.
And a new high tech surgery using a robot is a doctor's right arm.
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((DR. STEVE ROTHENBERG/PEDIATRIC SURGEON:THE ROBOTIC ARM IS VOICE ACTIVATED SO IT LISTENS TO MY VOICE AND THEN GOES EXACTLY WHERE I WANT IT TO GO.))
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If you take the heart drug Posicor, it's time to talk to your doctor.
Roche Laboratories is taking the medication off the market.
It says the drug causes potentially dangerous interactions with more
than 25 other medications ranging from antihistamines to
But the Food and Drug Administration is warning patients who
take Posicor for high blood pressure or chronic angina not to stop
taking it immediately.
Health officials say a sudden stoppage can be risky, so it's urging patients to talk to doctors about alternative therapy.
Posicor has been on the market for just a year.
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The phone has been ringing at the office of Dr. Jack Kevorkian's attorney.
Kevorkian says he has kidneys available for donation. They came
from the body of a man whose death he attended.
Kevorkian said last year that he planned to donate the organs
from a person whose suicide he assisted.
He said such a donation would be the next phase in his assisted suicide campaign that began in 1990.
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Doctors have a new surgical assistant in the operating room.
Robots are being used for some pediatric patients.
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5-year old McKenzie has a condition where stomach acid comes up her
foodpipe and into her lungs-- burning them and causing pneumonia.
She had surgery to correct the problem--performed by Dr. Steve Rothenberg--and his robot.
Through a scope and several small incisions--the robot's arm moves the camera taking cues from the doctor.
Each voice command moves the camera just 3 millimeters.
So exact..the robot can be used with babies as small as 2 pounds.
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((DR. STEVE ROTHENBERG/PLASTIC SURGEON:EACH SURGEON THAT USES IT MAKES THEIR OWN VOICE CARD. SO THE ARM RESPONDS ONLY TO MY VOICE DURING THE CASE AND OTHERS CAN TALK IN THE ROOM.. AND IT WON'T AFFECT IT, IT WON'T MOVE.))
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The new procedure is less invasive allowing the patient to go home the day after the surgery.
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The robotic arm is the first step in technology that will one day
allow entire surgeries to be done by a robot.
The government is investigating the safety practices of human medical testing.
Hundreds of thousands of patients volunteer every year to become guinea pigs.
The Department of Health and Human Services plans to issue a report on the procedure for protecting human research subjects.
H-H-S points to the speed of medical research and drug companies' race to create new products as contributing to the problem.
The government doesn't claim widespread abuses of human subjects.
But officials say the system is in enough trouble to be a
serious national issue.
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Doctors have a new weapon in the fight against skin cancer that may help shock sun worshippers into staying in the shade.
Even if you don't get a dark tan.. dermatologists say the sun's dangerous U-V rays are causing damage.
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It's as simple as two snap shots, once with a normal light and once with an ultra violet filter.
The second picture shows the sun damage just below the surface
of the skin.
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((DR. ROGER CEILLEY/AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY:MOST PEOPLE ARE SHOCKED BECAUSE THEY DON'T REALIZE WHAT THE EFFECT OF THE SUN. THE ADVANTAGE OF THIS TECHNOLOGY IS THAT IT SHOWS US VERY
EFFECTIVELY WHAT ALREADY HAPPENED))
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To find skin with no sun damage you have to go to an 18-month-old baby.
Even the photo of this 17-year-old has serious damage.
The government reports one million new cases of skin cancer will be
diagnosed this year.
In sports, the N-B-A finals are moving to Chicago, where the Utah Jazz need to rebound from the Game Three blowout.
while the Washington Capitals are going for the Stanley Cup. Here's Steve Mason with more.
Good afternoon, lets start our ticker on the ice where the Stanley Cup
finals are set to face off tomorrow night. It's the Washington Capitals against the Detroit Red Wings.
It's a tale of two teams. The Capitals are making the first run at the cup in the teams 24 year history. Washington opens the series on the road as underdogs to the Red Wings. But the Caps do have perhaps the hottest goalie in the league in Olie the goalie.
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The Red Wings are beginning the last leg of their Stanley Cup title defense.
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On to the NBA where Utah is singing the Blues instead of Jazz today.
The Bulls stampeded Utah last night 96-to-54 in game three of the NBA Championship series.
The defending champions now lead the series 2-to-1.
In game three the Bulls put together a near perfect effort both on defense and offense.
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((MICHAEL JORDAN/CHICAGO BULLS: IN GAME ONE WE PLAYED DEFENSE WELL WE JUST DIDN'T EXECUTE ON THE CLOSING MINUTES. I THINK THAT'S AN AREA WE'VE IMPROVED. NOW THEY HAVE TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO OVERCOME OUR DEFENSIVE PRESSURE.
KARL MALONE/UTAH JAZZ: A LOSS LIKE THIS CAN GET YOUR ATTENTION TO EXECUTE. OUR PLAYS WORK. WHEN WE RUN THEM. IF A GAME LIKE THIS CAN'T GET YOU MOTIVATED NOTHING ELSE WILL.))
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Game four is Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago.
Coming up at six, Ronde and Tiki Barber are participating in voluntary cam with the Giants and the Bucs, plus the Panthers Kevin Green talks about being back in Carolina. See ya then.
History was made at this year's Tony Awards. For the first time ever
two women won awards for directing.
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Rosie O'Donnell hosted the program, which honors the best both on Broadway and off.
"The Lion King" took home six Tonys, including Best Musical, beating "Ragtime" in that category.
"Art," a comedy about friendship, won only one award but it was a big one--Best Play of 1998.
As for the two women who made history-- Garry Hynes won for directing "The Beauty
Queen of Leeane" and Julie Taymor won for "The Lion King."
"Cabaret" garnered two of the more high profile awards--Best Actress in a Musical for Natasha Richardson and Best Actor for Alan Cumming.