Next on News 7 at 5, a local man loses his life in a house fire.
and O-J Simpson says he will appeal his civil court loss. He says the 33 and a-half million Dollar judgment was just too much.
A Pulaski County family is heading into new territory in the medical arena of heart transplant surgery.
The Y-M-C-A stands for Young Men's Christian Association, but you don't have to be young in age as long as your young at heart. We'll introduce you to the oldest living member of the Y.
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An early morning fire in the town of Rocky Mount has claimed a life.
Firefighters responded to the home on Trail Drive around two in the morning. They contained the flames to the kitchen.
But 26- year- old Craig Edward Jones was apparently overcome by smoke, and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Authorities believe the cause of the fire was accidental, starting near an electric stove in the kitchen.
Diebold (DEE-BOLD) Incorporated in Danville has eliminated a quarter of its workforce.
No one at the Southside plant would comment-- but a corporate spokesperson in Ohio says poor business conditions are to blame.
46-(Dee-bold) Diebold workers found out yesterday they would not have a job today.
Diebold manufactures automated teller machines.
The Danville plant employed 173-people before this week's cut back. Diebold says it is eliminating 600-jobs company wide.
More job losses are possible at the Danville plant if business conditions get worse.
Air Force Lieutenant Michael Blassie is finally home.
His remains buried for years in the Tomb of the Unknowns- are now with his family in St. Louis.
Vince Gonzales has more.
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[SUPER=01-Judy Cozad/Sister; :43]
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[OUT Q=Scott Air Force Base.]
(( 26 years after he died in Vietnam, the Unknown Soldier has come home. As his family watched, the remains of Air Force pilot Michael Blassie were slowly carried across the tarmac of Scott Air Force Base by
an honor guard.
Blassie was shot down in 1972, A CBS News investigation found he was then wrongfully buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns for 14 years. His family is happy to have him home, but they still want to know how this could have happened.
PAT BLASSIE/SISTER : KNOWING WHAT HAPPENED TO MICHAEL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. WE KNOW WHERE HE IS. WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM AND
NOW HE'S COMING HOME.
JUDY COZAD/SISTER : NOW WE KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED AND WE'RE JUST
GLAD TO BE BRINGING HIM BACK HOME.
MICHAEL BLASSIE WILL BE BURIED WITH FULL MILITARY HONORS ON SATURDAY.
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WILLIAM COHEN IS EXPECTED TO ATTEND AS ARE MANY
PEOPLE WHO KNEW MICHAEL WHEN HE WAS ALIVE AND NEVER FORGOT HIM.
Retired Air Force Colonel Emanuel Cassimatus recruited Blassie for the Air Force Academy.
COL. EMANUEL CASSIMATUS (RET.)/U.S. AIR FORCE
JUST A GREAT ALL-AMERICAN KID. WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT GOING TO THE
ACADEMY, HIS EYES WOULD LIGHT UP AND HE WOULD JUMP UP AND DOWN IN JOY.
HE WANTED THAT MORE THAN ANYTHING IN HIS LIFE. HE WANTED TO BE A PILOT."
Blassie's family says he believed in what he was doing in Vietnam
and he died a hero in that war, long over. Finally, the overdue hero is
home. Vince Gonzales, CBS News, Scott Air Force Base.))
O-J Simpson is appealing the multi-million dollar civil judgement reached against him.
Simpson says 33 and half million dollars is just too much.
((O.J. SIMPSON: I DON'T HAVE 33 MILLION DOLLARS TO PAY. WE KNEW THAT WAS EXCESSIVE CERTAINLY AGAINST THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA LAW. YOU CAN ONLY BE SUED FOR WHAT YOU'RE WORTH. AT THE TIME MY WORTH WAS NOTHING... RIGHT? BUT I DO BELIEVE IN THE LONG RUN IN OUR COUNTRY THE LEGAL SYSTEM WILL STOP FORWARD AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT.))
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((FRED GOLDMAN/VICTIM'S FATHER: HIM WALKING FREE. BREATHING FRESH AIR EVERYDAY. HAVING AN INCOME OF 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH. HE CONSIDERS THAT UNJUST, GIVE ME A BREAK.))
[SUPER-01-Fred Goldman/Victim's Father; 21]
[OUT Q=give me a break.]
Simpson was ordered to pay for the wrongful deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
But his lawyers say the multi-million dollar judgement should be reversed-
Simpson's team will apparently argue that the judge should not have admitted evidence of prior domestic abuse.
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One of the nation's favorite sweet treats is going to cost more. We'll tell you why in a moment,
but first, Marine pilots involved in last years Gondola crash in Italy could face criminal prosecution.
In Health News, we'll learn the benefits of exercise from a man who has been a member of the Y-M-C-A for 90 years.
and Andrew Freiden will check in on the last days of the Salem Fair.
A U-S marine pilot and navigator will face manslaughter charges for an Italian gondola accident.
39-year old Captain Richard Ashby and 30 year old Captain Joseph Schwitzer will face military trials.
A marine general determined today there is enough evidence for a court martial.
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The trial stems from a February accident in Italy.
The marine fighter jet severed cables sending a gondola full of skiiers to the ground. 20 people were killed in the crash.
Military prosecutors said the plane was flying too low and too fast during a training mission.
You may have to pay more for ice cream this summer.
Cows produce less milk in this heat, creating a shortage.
That means farmers will charge twenty cents more per gallon in August, plus eleven cents more in September.
Consumers will then pay more for milk, cheese, butter and other dairy products.
[IN Q=I don't like]
((I DON'T LIKE TO PAY MORE BUT AS WITH EVERYTHING IN THE GROCERY STORE, EVERYTHING IS GOING UP AND MY CHILDREN REALLY LIKE DAIRY PRODUCTS SO WE'LL CONTINUE TO BUY THEM.))
[OUT Q=to buy them]
But farmers say shoppers should be worried.
They say if milk prices don't go up even more -- dairy farmers will go out of business and supermarket shelves will be empty.
[IN Q=We're just going]
((WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO BE COMPENSATED ... START GOING UP.))
[SUPER=01-Melvin Montgomery/Dairy Farmer;]
[OUT Q=start going up]
Farmers say even after these price increases, they still will not earn as much as they did twenty years ago.
It has less cholesterol than beef, chicken or even turkey.. and thanks to one enterprising farmer, buffalo meat is beginning to find a niche in the Bedford County marketplace.
A doctor told Gary Collins to take it easy after Collins suffered a heart attack seven years ago.
So Collins and his fiancee, Michelle Boblett, have taken up buffalo farming.
They bought their first animals five years ago, and now 27 bison roam their farm near Thaxton.
Collins takes his buffalo to a processor for slaughter, then sells the meat to friends, neighbors and anyone looking for a healthy alternative to beef.
[IN Q=Folks that haven't]
((GARY COLLINS/BUFFALO FARMER: FOLKS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO EAT RED MEAT FOR SO LONG FIND OUT ABOUT THE BUFFALO. HAD A LADY CALL ME JUST YESTERDAY AND SHE SAID `MY HUSBAND HAD A HEART ATTACK JUST A YEAR AGO, AND HASN'T HAD A BITE OF RED MEAT'. SHE SAID `I HEARD ABOUT THE BUFFALO, WHEN CAN YOU SELL US SOME BUFFALO MEAT?'))
[SUPER=01-Gary Collins/Buffalo Farmer; :00]
[OUT Q=some buffalo meat?]
Buffalo meat sells for about five dollars a pound.
Collins says they're also easier to care for than beef cattle.
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If you haven't made the Salem Fair yet, you better hurry. Andrew Freiden is standing by to let us know what you can expect.
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There is only one weekend left in the Salem Fair.
That's where we find Andrew Freiden,
... checking out all the old attractions, and sampling the acts that haven't been to town before.
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Coming up a little later on the newscast, we'll meet a North Carolina man who likes to take walks with his pet fish.
next on health check --
We'll introduce you to a man who's almost and century old, but still making a splash everyday at the gym.
And a young patient at Roanoke Community Hosptial is breaking new ground when it comes to transplant surgery.
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[IN Q=She's two year]
((DR. JOELLE MILLER/PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGIST:SHE'S TWO YEARS OLD AND SHE'S HAD A TERRIFIC MEDICAL LIFE, SHE'S HAD ALL SORTS OF DIFFICULTIES, A LIFE FROUGHT WITH MEDICAL PROBLEMS, SHE HAS TO JUMP OVER ONE HURDLE AFTER THE NEXT.))
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A Pulaski County family is waiting and praying for a heart transplant for their baby.
The organ donor registry isn't the only problem.
They're facing uncharted territory in transplants because of her unique situation and high risk status.
Karen and Steve LaPlante are wishing by Courntey's 2nd birthday, August 18th she'll receive the greatest gift of all.
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[IN Q=Since she]
[SUPER=01-Karen LaPlante/Patient's Mother; :19]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Joelle Miller/Pediatric Cardiologist; :38]
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((COURTNEY'S NOSE YAY, THE DOGGIE'S EYES, COURTNEY'S EYES))
[OUT Q=Courtney's eyes]
Her heart may be weak, but her will to live is strong, she's overcome numerous operations in her short life.
To look at Courtney LaPlante you'd never know this happy baby was battling serious illness.
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[IN Q=Since she had]
((KAREN LAPLANTE/PATIENT'S MOTHER:SINCE SHE HAD 38 BLOOD PRODUCTS AFTER SURGERY AND SHE ALSO HAD TISSUE FROM ANOTHER INFANT THAT HAD DIED TRANSPLANTED IN HER AT HER ORIGINAL SURGERY, ALL THESE THINGS HAVE PUT ANTIGENS IN HER BODY THAT SHE HAS SO MANY ANTIBODIES THAT IF YOU PUT A HEALTHY HEART IN HER TODAY SHE WOULD ATTACK IT AND REJECT IT RIGHT THERE IN THE OR.))
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((DR. JOELLE MILLER/PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGIST:SHE'S NOW ON THE TRANSPLANT LIST, BUT IF AN ORGAN BECOMES AVAILABLE FOR HER, THEY'LL REFUSE IT. SHE'S SHADED. SO ONCE HER ANTIBODIES GO DOWN, THEY'LL UNSHADE HER SO WHEN A HEART COME UP TO HER, SHE'LL BE ABLE TO GET IT.))
[OUT Q=to get it.]
Courtney was born with severe congenital heart disease.
She communicates mainly through sign language because she's been fed through her stomach and her face muscles haven't developed fully.
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((READ, THAT'S READ))
[OUT Q=that's read]
Equipped with her books and toys this hospital room is her home away from home.
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[IN Q=We spent]
((KAREN LAPLANTE/PATIENT'S MOTHER:WE SPENT 66 DAYS THERE THE FIRST TIME, WE SPENT 31 HERE, SO IT'S 97 DAYS BEFORE WE EVER WENT HOME, SO I'VE SEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH KIDS WITH HEART DEFECT AND A LOT OF THEM ARE REALLY ANGRY. THEY'RE ANGRY AT THE DOCTORS, AT GOD AT EVERYBODY, WELL YOU CAN'T CHANGE IT, IF YOU'RE GOING TO SPEND YOUR TIME BEING ANGRY IT'S WASTED TIME YOU COULD SPENT WITH YOUR CHILD.))
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The LaPlante's say they are grateful for all the blood and tissue donations Courtney has received.
Doctor Miller says six weeks is the average waiting time for a heart donor.
The high hopes scientists had for the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen have dimmed a little.
A previous American study found the drug could reduce cases of breast cancer in women by 45 percent.
However British doctors say so far Tamoxifen has not shown the same results in their study.
It's found no evidence the drug could prevent breast cancer in high risk patients.
Whoever said 93 is too old to still workout.
Well, one Roanoke man proves it isn't.
He's keeping in shape and breaking world records at the same time.
Wallace "Rip" Bishop is the longest continuing member of the YMCA in the nation.
Bishop started participating at the "Y" in 1910 when he was just six years old.
Now 88 years later, he's still a faithful member.
[IN Q=It's been my]
((WALLACE 'RIP BISHOP/YMCA MEMBER: ITS BEEN MY SECOND HOME I RECKONED YOU WOULD CALL IT. I COME DOWN HERE WHEN I COULDN'T GO NOWHERE ELSE. BETWEEN THE YMCA AND THE CHURCH THAT WAS MY TWO HOMES.))
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[OUT Q= my two homes]
He says a lot has changed since the YMCA was located on Church Avenue and Second Street.
For him, the biggest differece is the heated swimming pool.
That's important since his workout usually includes swimming a couple of laps.
So far, he's racked up about 500 miles in the pool and he adds to that everyday.
Many at the "Y" say he's a role model for everyone.
In Sports, the Winston Cup cars are A ' SMOKIN' up north.
here is Mike Stevens with that and news of the Commonweatlth Games.[S5-Qualify]
Welcome everybody to your Friday night and the start of the weekend.
After getting smoked out of their Daytona date, the Winston Cup cars rolled into New Hampshire today looking for some good weather to qualify for this weekend's Jiffy Lube 300.
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They didn't exactly get what they were hoping for as rain dumped on the track about 10 minute before first round time trials were to begin at four.
The rains did finally let up around 4:30 but it has taken awhile to dry the trakc as it usually does.
They still hope to get qualifying wrapped up by sunset this evening.
Baseball kicked off a weekend of activities in the valley as the Commonwealth games began a couple of days of preliminary sports before the bulk of the gsames being next Friday.
This afternoon at Memorial Stadium 60 kids making up four teams from all across the state opened three days of baseball.
Later this week they will compete for the gold but today the players had a chance to showcase their skills
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More than 16 college coaches and 50 pro scouts watched the players go through various drills. The group includes underclassmen and the information gathered today could benefit the players in the future.
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Tomorrow you can catch more action in baseball, cross country, 3D archery and shooting.
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And finally, Lee Shirley made a little state am history today by winning her third straight women's title at the Homestead.
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She beat Richmond's Catalina Durall by one hole to take the championship flight.
The only other person to win three straight titles is current LPGA pro Donna Andrews.
By the way this was the final year for the women's state am at the Cascades. Next year it heads east before returning in the year 2000. Jean will be right back with more New 7 at five in a moment. Have a safe weekend everybody.
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One man in North Carolina has a fish tale you may not believe.
It's not the fish that got away --
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it's the large mouth bass that stayed around.
Lewis Robinette says the 16 inch bass comes when he calls it and will even eat worms right out of his hand.
[IN Q=Look up here]
((LOOK UP HERE AT WHAT I GOT. FISH LIKE THAT OUT IN THE WILD WILL RUN FROM YOU OR BE SPOOKED WHEN THEY HEAR YOUR VOICE OR SEE YOU.))
[OUT Q=or see you]
He found the fish two weeks ago and began feeding it. He says he doesn't have a name for the bass -- he just calls him "fish".
Robinette would never dream of hurting the fish, but he is afraid his new friend's luck may run out soon since a lake is located just downstream.
[IN Q=First heavy rain]
((FIRST HEAVY RAIN WE GET HE'LL BE WASHED DOWN THE CREEK AND BE OUT IN THE LAKE AND HE'LL BE ON SOME FISHERMAN'S HOOK.))
[OUT Q=some fisherman's hook.]
Until then Robinette will continue feeding his visitor and enjoy the company.