Next on News 7 at 5, at least eight people are dead and many more injured as two U-S Embassies are bombed in Africa.
and authorities make an arrest after another string of fires strike a Salem apartment complex.
Looking for a chance of showers by Saturday. Not a great chance...but better than recent days.
In Health News, relief could be on the way to arthritis sufferers.
and researchers find that fewer elderly people in America are dying from heart disease.
Stay tuned, News 7 is next.
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Bomb blasts at two U-S embassies in East Africa leaves scenes of death and devastation as rescue workers rush to help survivors.
Medical supplies are on their way to Nairobi and Tanzania, scenes of the car bombings aimed at U.S. embassies that have left at least 67 people dead, including eight Americans.
Officials also report six missing and 14 hospitalized.
President Clinton is vowing those responsible will be brought to justice, but so far no one knows who did it or why.
We go now live to Jonathan Freed in Washington for more on this story.
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Salem police say they have arrested the person who has terrorized the Willow River Apartment complex in Salem.
Three fires broke out there today, bring the total to six in just the last two weeks.
Invesitgators considered five of the fires suspicious.
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Scott Goldberg is at the Salem Fire Department.
Police do have a suspect in custody?
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The family of an infant killed this weekend blame the courts.
11-month-old Olivia Forrest died of severe head injuries and strangulation.
Her father Richard Forrest is in jail in Virginia Beach, charged with her murder.
In May, a judge took the baby from her grandmother -- and awarded custody to her father instead.
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((JOYCE DICKENS/BABY'S GRANDMOTHER: THEY TOOK HER OUT OF A GOOD HOME, A GOOD STABLE ENVIRONMENT, AND GAVE IT TO SOMEONE LIKE THAT WHICH TURNED AROUND AND KILLED HER.))
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The family says Ellen Weinman, a substitute judge at the time, did not spend enough time considering the evidence.
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((BRENDA BLOOMER/BABY'S AUNT: THEY JUST SAID HE'S THE BIOLOGICAL FATHER, SEND HER DOWN THERE WITH HIM, EVEN KNOWING HE HAD SHAKEN HIS OTEHR CHILDREN BEFORE AND HAD A VIOLENT SHORT TEMPER.))
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In July -- Judge David Melesco refused to give custody of the baby to her mother until she could prove she had a stable job and home.
Both judges are on vacation and could not comment on the case.
The baby's funeral is scheduled for Sunday.
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The federal government brings its legal battle against the national census to a Roanoke courtroom. We'll have the story next.
And the man accused of burning and beheading a former Marine in grayson County was in Court today. We'll tell you what happened when we return.
Another pre-trial hearing was held today for capital murder suspect Emmett Cressell, Junior-- as his upcoming trial date draws closer.
Cressell's the second man accused of burning and beheading Garnett "G-P" Johnson in Grayson County, last summer.
Today his attorneys asked the judge to limit the number of uniformed officers who'll be guarding the courtroom once their client goes on trial, in October.
The judge said he would take the request under consideration.
Cressell's private investigator also sat in during today's hearing.
Michael Stovall has been working on the case for a couple of weeks now.
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((MICHAEL STOVALL/PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR:OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SAY WHAT THEY SAY THEY'RE GOING TO SAY AND ARE GOING TO DO WHAT THEY SAY THEY'RE GOING TO DO, AND THAT LINE....IS JUST TO INVESTIGATE FOR HIM. ))
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A number of other issues were also addressed in court.
We'll have more on that-- tonight on NEWS 7 at six.
The method of counting heads in America is in question.
Attornies from all over the country came to the federal courthouse in Roanoke today to argue for and against a change in the way the CENSUS is conducted.
The Clinton Administration proposes using a statistical estimate- -rather than an actual head count.
A group from Atlanta says that's UN-constitutional.
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As Glavin points out the CENSUS is used not only in proportioning politcal power in America... billions of dollars in federal aid are doled out every year, based on census numbers.
Investors looking to buy some prime Nelson County property at a bargain-basement price walked away disappointed today.
500 acres of undeveloped land owned by the Wintergreen Development company were on the auction block as part of a bank foreclosure.
Wachovia Bank ended up taking over all the property for about 2- point- 3 million dollars.
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((RUSSELL OTIS/WINTERGREEN PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOC'N: I THINK SOMEONE WILL END UP WITH THIS AT SOME TIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND LIKELY THAT ANY CHANGES WE SEE ARE GOING TO BE MINOR. MOST OF THE ZONING IS ALREADY IN PLACE, THERE'S A MASTER PLAN FOR THE ENTIRE PROPERTY. THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH THAT COULD CHANGE, AND NOTHING VERY FRIGHTENING, WE EXPECT BUSINESS AS USUAL.))
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Wintergreen Development is a separate company from the Wintergreen RESORT, which officials say is financially healthy.
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Patrick Evans is enjoying life on the Road this Friday. He's standing by at the big Truck rodeo in Lexington.
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Truckstops and trucks just naturally go together, but today that's more true than usual.
Patrick Evans joins us from Lexington, where the Lee-Hi Truck Plaza is offering a truck Rodeo and Beauty contest.
Patrick, did you enter a truck?
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Coming up a little later, we'll have an update on the man trying to parachute his way into the record books, and in Health Check
we'll tell you about a new drug that is helping arthritis sufferers fight the crippling disease.
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DISEASE. I AM STILL YOUNG--I HAVE A LOT OF YEARS AHEAD OF ME." ))
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A new drug is slowing the crippling effects of rheumatoid arthritis.
While Arava is not a cure, patients given the drug show a 60 to 70 percent improvement in combating the crippling disease.
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((DR. SCHIFF/DENVER ARTHRITIS CENTER
"ARAVA CAN NOT ONLY MAKE THE PATIENT FEEL BETTER LIKE SOME
PREVIOUS MEDICATIONS, BUT HOPEFULLY SLOW THE BONE AND CARTILEGE OR
DESTRUCTIVE CRIPPLING CHANGES OF R-A."))
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Rheumatoid Arthritis develops when a person's immune system becomes hyperactive, triggering joints to painfully swell and become stiff.
Hands and feet become deformed.
It mostly attacks younger women who face a lifetime of disability.
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"WITHIN 5 YEARS, 50% OF RHEUMATOIDS ARE WORK DISABLED. SO,
THAT'S A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF A YOUNG PERSON'S LIFE IN WHICH THEY
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Arava works by calming the immune system. There are some side effects such as stomach discomfort and reversible hair loss, but many sufferers feel that's a small price to pay.
Doctors believe another drug may hold even more promise. Enbrel goes before the Food and Drug administration for approval next month.
And within the next year a new class of so-called Super Aspirins will hit the market.
They promise to relieve arthritis pain without the serious side effects of current medications.[5-heart]
Fewer elderly people are dying of heart failure.
The Centers for Disease Control says the number of deaths caused by heart (------------)
failure dropped eight percent between 1988 and 1995.
African Americans aged 65 years and older showed the most improvements.
Health officials say improved blood pressure treatments and better access to medical care are responsible for the decline.
The string of antibacterial products on the market claim to kill germs, but new research shows what it doesn't kill, it only makes stronger.
Researchers at Boston's Tufts University Medical School warn that those products may be contributing to the spread of drug-resistant bacteria.
Germs can mutate into tougher super-strains if they're repeatedly exposed to, but not killed by, antibacterial agents.
The study warns there could be similar results from the increasing number of everyday antibacterial products.
Sanitation experts advise only using those soaps and cleaning agents when someone in the household is sick.
It's time for today's two minute sports ticker. Roy Stanley is standing by with NASCAR qualifying from Watkins Gle
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Thank You Tonya and Good afternoon everybody welcome to the two minute ticker.
The Winston cup drivers continue to chase Jeff Gordon. This afternoon at Watkins Glen Gordon captured his sixth Bud Pole of the season. His Chevrolet turned in a speed of 120 point 331 and will start on the pole for Sunday's Bud at The Glen.
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Ron Fellows will start second and Ricky Rudd third. South Boston's Jeff Burton will start in the fourth position.
Several cars had some problems handling the road course Bill Elliot was one he spins out and Elliott failed to make the top 25.
But here's the rest of today's qualifiers.
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[SUPER=0107-6. Rusty Wallace//7. Mark Martin//8. Jerry Nadeau//9. Ernie Irvan//10. Dale Jarrett//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Geoff Bodine//12. Terry Labonte//13. Sterling Marlin//14. Bobby Hamilton//15. Ted Musgrave//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Ken Schrader//17. John Andretti//18. Kenny Irwin//19. Kenny Wallace//20. Tom Hubert//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Johnny Benson//22. Dale Earnhardt//23. Mike Skinner//24. Robert Pressley//25. Ward Burton//;]
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Freshman football players arrived on campus at Virginia Tech today.
Friday Football Extra fans will recognize Lee Suggs' name on the roster.
The former William Fleming star runningback is now a Hokie.
Coach Frank Beamer says it's one of the school's best recruiting classes ever.
But he says his squad isn't a contender yet.
Coach says it'll take a season of hard work to pull this team together.
He says the kicking game and defense look good, but the offense is definitely inexperienced.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/VA Tech Head Football Coach;]
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The rest of the team arrives next week.
The Roanoke Wrath's season is on the line this weekend. tonight at Victory Stadium the Wrath will face the Northern Virginia Royals. The Wrath can control their on deistiny if they earn a three point win in regulation or overtime against the Royals.
Roanoke needs the win because the South Carolina Shamrocks are one point up for the fourth and final playoff spot.
The Wrath travels to south Carolina tomorrow to take on the Shamrocks.
More sports coming up at six and Tonya will be back in just a moment.
Thousands have descended on Galax-- for the city's most anticipated event of the year.
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It's time once again for the annual Galax Fiddler's Convention.
This is the 63rd year for the event which draws musicians from across the county.
Each with their own reason for making the trip.
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((DAVE PORTER/NORTH CAROLINA MUSICIAN:THE MAIN THING IS JUST BEING HERE AND BEING PART OF THE MUSIC, TO KEEP IT GOING, BECAUSE IT DOESN'T GET AS MUCH EXPOSURE AS SOME OF THE OTHER MUSIC STYLES BUT FOR SOME REASON BLUEGRASS HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITH US AND HOPEFULLY ALWAYS WILL AS LONG AS WE KEEP COMING HERE TO GALAX. ))
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The fiddler's convention continues through Saturday night.
A Texas man has successfully jumped his way into the record books.
Jeff Kimbrell made history by jumping out of an airplane 390 times in just 24 hours.
A support team on the ground packed chutes and kept the plane fueled with the efficency of an assembly line.
Finally after the last jump, the celebration and the tears began.
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Kimbrell averaged over 16 jumps an hour.
His pilot also set a record for the most consecutive flights.
The skydiver says it was all worth the exhaustion and sore ankles even though he really doesn't know why he did it.