Coming up next on News 7 at 5, some Lynchburg residents are upset after Big Brothers and Big Sisters allows homosexuals to serve.
and we'll hear from local residents who escaped yesterday's Cruise ship fire off Florida.
The Heat Index broke the century mark today, and high temperatures we're rivaling that number. More of the same in the forecast, details coming up.
In medical news --can extended family leave mean a healthier newborn? A new study says yes.
And the hot summer days are contributing to health problems for asthmatics. We'll tell you how to breathe easier.
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One day after a Carnival Cruise ship catches fire investigators try to figure out what sparked the blaze.
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Carnival Cruise lines says a welder may have started the fire--
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But the federal investigation is just getting started.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into not only how the fire started but why the Ecstasy's on board fire fighting equipment was unable to put it out.
And if it wasn't equipment problems, could it have been a language problem?
((ROBERT FRANCIS/NTSB CHAIRMAN: THEY HAVE SOMETHING LIKE 35 NATIONALITIES REPRESENTED ON CREW OF THIS SHIP. IS THE LINGUISTIC CAPABILITY THERE SO THAT PEOPLE CAN COMMUNICATE? ))
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It took coast guard fire boats more than two hours to get the blaze under control- something the head of Carnival Cruise lines says is NOT an issue.
((BOB DICKINSON/CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES: IT WA A FIRE THAT WOULD HAVE BURNED ITSELF OUT NO LOSS OF LIFE NO GREAT DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. SO IT WAS NOT A VERY SEVERE FIRE.))
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While fire doors keep the blaze confined to the stern, home video showed smoke pouring through the cabin areas and hanging above the upper decks.
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It was a nerve-wracking night for Elizabeth Whitlock of Roanoke.
Her two children, Tim and Chrissy, were on the ship with their grandmother.
All got off the ship safely, but Whitlock says Tim's cabin was dangerously close to the fire.
((ELIZABETH WHITLOCK/PARENT; HE WAS IN HIS ROOM WHEN THE FIRE BROKE OUT, HE AND 3 OTHER BOYS WERE IN THE ROOM AND STARTED SMELLING SMOKE, AND THEN SAW THE SMOKE COME THROUGH THE AIR CONDITIONING VENTS INTO THE ROOM, SO THEY WENT OUT INTO THE HALLWAY, WHICH WAS FILLED WITH SMOKE AND THEY WEREN'T EXACTLY SURE WHERE TO GO.))
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Meanwhile in Miami, passenger Joan Trent of Covington was trying to let her mother know she was okay.
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((JOANN TRENT/PASSENGER; THEY JUST SAID THEY WERE HAVING A LITTLE PROBLEM AND EVERYTHING WAS UNDER CONTROL AND REMAIN CALM AND GO TO THE STATION YOU WERE ORDERED TO GO TO.))
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Carnival is offering passenger refunds, and a free cruise to make up for the mishap.
A decision to allow gay men and women to serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters is sparking debate in Lynchburg.
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Steve Smallshaw joins us live... Steve, what effect has the new policy had on the local chapter?
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Jean, the Big Brothers program here says it's only doing what every other chapter in Virginia has done..
..and that's to come up with a policy that does not discriminate against ANYONE, gay or straight, who wants to volunteer.
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(( The decision last April only affirmed what has been a un- written policy for years.. Big Brothers- Big Sisters of central Virginia does not let a person's sexual orientation prohibit them from volunteering as a child's mentor.
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((MIKE DALY/BIG BROTHERS DIRECTOR: I DO THINK THERE'S SOME MISUNDERSTANDING. AND AGAIN, WE JUST WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT IT IS A NON- DISCRIMINATION POLICY. WE ARE NOT TRYING TO PROMOTE HOMOSEXUALITY OR INDICATE ANY APPROVAL OF THAT LIFESTYLE, BUT WE FEEL THAT WE CANNOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANYONE.))
[OUT Q=against anyone.]
But the decision to allow gays has struck a nerve in Lynchburg.
First, the Reverend Jerry Falwell.. who last year called for a boycott against advertisers on the t-v show "Ellen", says Liberty University will develop its OWN Big Brothers program.. rather than let its students take part in the local chapter.
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR: WE THINK THAT IS JUST OUTRAGEOUS, WE HAVE NOT MADE A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT. WE HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE LARGEST PROVIDERS OF WORKERS, OUR STUDENTS DO THEIR CHRISTIAN SERVICE AND COMMUNITY SERVICE THROUGH BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS. WE THINK THEY'VE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE.))
[OUT Q=a terrible mistake.]))
Big Brothers director Mike Daly says background checks are done on all applicants and if a prospective volunteer informs the agency they are gay.. THAT information is passed along to clients as well.
Parents can then decide whether they want a gay person to serve as their child's mentor. Jean?[5-Lesbian-Mother]
The same Henrico County court that took lesbian mother Sharon Bottoms' son away from her has granted custody to ANOTHER lesbian mother.
Bottoms brought a national spotlight to Virginia when custody of her son was awarded to her mother in 1993.
The mother who won custody this month wants to remain anonymous-- after an appeals court chastised Bottoms for seeking publicity.
The attorney for "Karen C.," as she's identified, says it all came down to a different judge.
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((SUSANNE SHILLING/ATTORNEY FOR "KAREN C." ATTORNEY: THE CHALLENGE WAS TO HELP THE COURT SORT OF ISOLATE THE UNDERLYING ISSUE WHICH HAD TO DO WITH HER SEXUALITY, AND TO RECOGNIZE THAT BUT FOR THAT ONE ISSUE, SHE WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL MOTHER, AND THAT THE OTHER FACTORS FAR OUTWEIGHED THAT ONE ISSUE. IT STARTED OUT WITH THE JUDGE, SAYING YOU ONLY HAVE ONE ISSUE THAT KEEPS YOU FROM RULING IN HER FAVOR. AND A LOT WILL DEPEND ON HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT ONE ISSUE.))
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So far, the father has NOT appealed the July 8th custody decision in "Karen C.'s" case.[(toss to R)]
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The Stock market takes a hit after the Nation's chief economist says the Federal Reserve will fight inflation,
and we'll head to Los Angeles with a group of local veterans as they relive D-Day through Steven Spielberg's new film, "Saving Private Ryan."
Are interest rates on the way up?
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan did not come out and say that-
but he did say he would move swiftly against any sign of inflation.
((ALAN GREENSPAN/FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN: IT WOULD NOT BE PRUDENT TO ASSUME THAT EVEN STRONGLY RISING PRODUCTIVITY BY ITSELF CAN ENSURE A NON INFLATIONARY FUTURE.))
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 105 points after today's comments.
Steven Spielberg's new film "Saving Private Ryan" opens tonight in Los Angeles.
The movie about the D-Day invasion has special meaning for one local veteran.
Bob Slaughter spearheaded the movement that brought the National D-Day Memorial to Bedford County.
Last week he gave us a glimpse of what the monument will look like and tonight Slaughter is in California for the movie's premiere.
Keith Humphry has more from Los Angeles.
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((THIS IS GOING TO BE THE OVERLORD PLAZA.))
Slaughter recently took us on a tour of the D-Day memorial site.
It has grown from a 20-acre, 5-million dollar project to a 12 million dollar complex on 88 acres on the second highest spot in town.
((IT STARTED SMALL AND HERE IT IS. IT'S ONE OF THE GRANDEST. IT'S ONE OF THE GRANDEST MEMORIALS ANYWHERE.))
It's hard to picture something grand emerging from all these rocks.
This is a scale model of what it's going to look like... a work in progress.
As the architect says, a visit to the site of the Memorial is like walking on the moon- -NOW, but HE can already visualize it.
((WHEN I WALKED ON THAT SITE, I WAS... THE SCALE REALLY IMPRESSED ME. I'LL TELL YOU THE OPENNESS REALLY HAS A LOT TO DO WITH IT.))
The Overlord Arch Slaughter mentioned is the centerpiece of the memorial. The granite structure will stand 44-feet, six inches high.
((THE ARCH FRAMES THE PEAKS OF OTTER. IT'S A GORGEOUS VIEW. ))
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((BUT IT'S GOING TO BE A MAGNIFICENT MEMORIAL. ))
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["See you on the beach"]
Slaughter has already seen "Saving Private Ryan," at a private showing in New York.
He pronounced it accurate in most every detail... says it captures the terror of the invasion.
He says people NEED to see this movie- -though it's not easy to watch.
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((IT'S A GRUESOME, GRAPHIC FILM THAT KEEPS COMING AT.
I MEAN YOU DON'T GET VERY MUCH RESPITE WHILE YOU'RE WATCHING IT. IT'LL GRIP YA AND WON'T LET GO. ))
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Andrew Freiden is out learning about history-- and also a little about food at Virginia's Explore Park.
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((Andrew Freiden: This historic Tavern was built in Botetourt County back in the late 1700's. We're going to take a look inside, and sample some of the food, when News 7 at Five continues.))
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Virginia's Explore Park has a new tenant-- for the past three months, the Brugh (BREW) Tavern restaurant has been serving up food and hospitality.
We sent Andrew Freiden to check it out.
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The women's professional bowling tour is coming to the area. We'll have the details in a few moments.
Coming up next on health check --
Summer camps are typically associated with rigorous outdoor activities, (----------------)
but for children with asthma, the heat can be a dangerous health problem.
The American Lung Association is trying to educate children on how to stay healthy and still enjoy their vacation.
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((TONI FERGUSON/AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION:RATHER THAN HAVE A LOT OF OUT ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE, THE MAJORITY OF THEM WILL BE INSIDE IN THE AIR CONDITIONING AND WE'RE JUST GOING TO DO A COUPLE OF ACTIVITIES SUCH AS SWIMMING WHERE THEY CAN BE COOL IN THE POOL OUTSIDE.))
Last year about 60,000 American children were injured seriously enough on trampolines to require a visit to the emergency room.
Source: UCLA Wellness Letter[Six-Preview]
Good afternoon, I'm Teresa Hamilton live in Blacksburg with a preview of one of the stories you'll see tonight on NEWS 7 at six.
V-DOT officials are hosting a series of meetings this week throughout Southwest Virginia.
The second session is underway at this hour...
The meetings deal with the state's plan to widen a portion of Interstate 81 through the New River Valley on to Natural Bridge.
This afternoon's meeting is being held at the Blacksburg Inn on Route 460 and will continue through seven PM.
It's an opportunity for residents to gather information as well as voice their opinion.
A gene already linked to hereditary colon cancer may also be responsible for the type that does not run in families.
The gene is suppose to prevent D-N-A cells from being damaged.
But when the gene is defective, it seems to trigger colon cancer.
Doctors hope the findings will help them develop a cure.
Parents who stay at home after the birth of their child may improve the child's chance of survival.
A North Carolina study examined child mortality rates and parental leave polices in nine European countries.
It found the longer parents stayed at home, the less likely the chances their babies would die prematurely.
Doctors suggest the lengthy time off may give the parents more time to take care of their children's health, as well as to protect them from accidents.
The hot, humid weather is creating more health problems for those with asthma.
The first camp of its kind in Pearisburg is helping children cope with the condition, one breath at a time.
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[SUPER=01-Toni Ferguson/American Lung Association; :20]
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These children are trying to beat their asthma.
They've got a leg up on the problem, because they've learned how to handle it.
The American Lung Association of Southwest Virginia is teaching them ways of dealing with asthma in the heat.
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((TONI FERGUSON/AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION:FIND A COOL, AIR CONDITIONED PLACE. IF YOU DO HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE AND PARTICIPATE IN SOME ACTIVITY, PRE-MEDICATE YOURSELF IF YOU ARE ON MEDICATIONS.))
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On a day like this the campers stay mostly inside, but even with the mercury rising, the children don't let their condition put limitations on the fun.
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((CAYLIN MURRAY/CAMPER:WE LEARNED THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE CONTROL OF OUR ASTHMA, WE CAN'T JUST LET IT TAKE CONTROL OF US.))
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((NATHANIEL HELM/CAMPER:TEACHES ME TO JUST HAVE FUN.))
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((TONI FERGUSON/AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION: STATISTICS HAVE PROVEN THAT WITH THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION'S ASTHMA CAMP THAT CHILDREN HAVE AN 86 PERCENT LESS ABSENTEEISM RATE FOR SCHOOL THE FOLLOWING YEAR AND A 90-PERCENT LESS HOSPITAL VISITATION FOR EMERGENCY ASTHMA EPISODES.))
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The camp is free for asthmatic children ages five to 12.
A doctor from Giles County was also on hand to answer questions from the children and their parents.
In Sports, some of the area's best women golfers are competing in Roanoke.
Here's Mike Stevens with that and some news from the N-F-L.[S5-Golf]
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Thank you ladies, we're going to start off the ticker on the links.
Where the women are vying for The Roanoke City County Golf Championship.
Hidden Valley's Dot Bolling is leading after the first round.
Bolling is going for her fourth straight title and shot a 70 today.
Marilyn Bussey and Brenda King-Harvey are tied for second with a 74.
King-Harvey says the heat didn't play that big of a role in her game.
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The participants are broken up into two flights.
Sixteen year old Jennifer Fowlkes is the youngest in the tournament and she's playing in the second flight with a 12 handicap.
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The three day tournament continues tomorrow when the women tee off at Hanging Rock and then they finish up at Botetourt on Thursday.
The Mark McGwire is a late night affair this week because he and his Cardinals are playing on the West coast.
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Last night in San Diego, Big Mac led the Cardinals to a 13-to-one drubbing of the NL West leading Padres.
This homer in the top of the fifth last night is his 43rd of the season.
It traveled 458 feet before landing in the second deck.
McGwire went four for four last night.
He's hitting 450 against the Padres this year.
The NFL training camp continue to open across the country and most everywhere that means they are opening in sweltering heat.
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At the Rams' camp rookie Grant Wistrom, the former Nebraska end who gave Tech fits in the Orange Bowl lost eight pounds in this morning's workout.
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The temperature was a little cooler for the Lions and former UVa receiver Germane Crowell today in Pontiac.
Bobby Ross says the practice improved, as well.
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More football news at six conerning an eare camp for youth plus, we'll talk with former Tech star Bimbo Coles about the NBA lockout.
Takes care everybody.
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Danville will be getting some airtime on ESPN.
Why, you ask?
The world's top female bowlers are competing this week in the Southern Virginia Open.
They're knocking down pins at the Country Club Lanes in Danville.
The finals-- set for Thursday night-- will air on ESPN next week.
Today's field of 60-bowlers will be narrowed to 24 then down to five.
Kim Adler of Las Vegas Nevada is the current leader.
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((KIM ADLER/PRO BOWLER: WE'RE NOT THAT FAR ALONG YET SO THAT I CAN SAY WELL I FEEL REALLY GOOD BECAUSE IT'S SO EARLY IN THE TOURNAMENT. I'D LIKE TO BE ON TOP GOING INTO THE TV SHOW WHICH IS IN A COUPLE OF DAYS.))
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[OUT Q=a couple of days.]
Tonight at six, we'll introduce you to a Martinsville woman who hopes to someday strike it rich on the pro-bowling circuit.