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Close to 70 are feared dead and thousands injured in two huge car bomb attacks today aimed at the U-S embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Several Americans reportedly are among the dead and the U-S ambassador to Kenya was slightly injured.
At least one suspect has been arrested.
The State Department calls the bombings "terrorist attacks" and this morning President Clinton condemned the attacks.
Jonathan Freed joins us from Washington with the latest.
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[SUPER=03-Dar es Salaam, Tanzania;]
[OUT Q=back to you]
THE EXPLOSIONS WERE WELL-TIMED AND OBVIOUSLY PLANNED TO CAUSE MANY
DEATHS. IN NAIROBI, A HUGE PILE OF CONCRETE AND TWISTED METAL IS ALL
THAT'S LEFT OF THE 4-STORY UFUNDI COOPERATIVE BUILDING, RIGHT NEXT DOOR
TO THE U.S. EMBASSY. MANY DEAD AND INJURED ARE BELIEVED TO BE STILL
INSIDE THE RUBBLE. SOME OF THE VICTIMS WERE PASSENGERS ON A BUS THAT
HAPPENED BY AT EXACTLY THE WRONG MOMENT. A CRATER IN THE STREET PROVIDES
THE TELLTALE EVIDENCE OF A CAR BOMB. THE U.S. AMBASSADOR TO KENYA,
PRUDENCE BUSHNELL, WAS SAID TO HAVE SUFFERED A CUT LIP, BUT IS OTHERWISE
(LOCATOR: DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA)
(NATSOT, STREET SCENE)
AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME, ANOTHER SUSPECTED CAR BOMB BLEW UP IN THE
PARKING LOT OF THE U.S. EMBASSY IN NEIGHBORING TANZAZNIA. NEARLY
TWO-THIRDS OF THE BUILDING WAS DESTROYED. WITNESSES SAY VICTIMS WERE
LITERALLY BLOWN APART BY THE BLAST. BUT IT APPEARS NO AMERICANS WERE
KILLED THERE. THE U.S. AMBASSADOR TO TANZANIA, CHARLES STITH, IN THE
GRAY SUIT, WAS SEEN SURVEYING THE DEVASTATION.
(LOCATOR: THE WHITE HOUSE)
AT A MORNING BILL SIGNING AT THE WHITE HOUSE, PRESIDENT CLINTON
CONDEMNED WHAT APPEARS TO BE A COORDINATED, TERRORIST ATTACK ON AMERICAN
(SOT, CLINTON, THIS MORNING)
MARINE GUARDS HAVE SEALED OFF BOTH SITES, AS THE SEARCH FOR DEAD AND
INJURED CONTINUES. EAST AFRICA IS NOT KNOWN AS A HOTBED OF TERRORIST
ACTIVITY, AND THE UNITED STATES HAS GOOD RELATIONS WITH THE GOVERNMENTS
OF BOTH COUNTRIES.
BACK TO YOU IN THE STUDIO.))[lewinsky]
Monica Lewinsky has set the stage for President Clinton's grand jury testimony August 17th.
The former White House intern spent several hours before the grand jury yesterday.
A legal source says Lewinsky described sexual encounters with President Clinton inside the White House.
The source says Lewinsky said she and the President discussed how they could conceal their relationship.
But she says Mr. Clinton never instructed her to lie under oath.
President Clinton denied a sexual relationship in his sworn testimony in the Paula Jones lawsuit.
[TAPE#net-M; from tape 98-49]
A resignation last night from Staunton River High School's principal -- following a week of convtroversy surrounding students and unfair grading.
Questions were raised last week when some students received certificates of completion even though they had not completed enough work.
Principal James Phares (Ferris) is not accepting the blame but decided to step down to help the school get back on track.
[IN Q=It's controversial]
JAMES PHARES/STAUNTON RIVER PRINCIPAL: IT'S CONTROVERSIAL AND I'M SORRY IT OCCURRED... BUT I'M NOT GOING TO APOLOGIZE FOR MY TENURE AT STAUNTON RIVER.
JAMES BLEVINS/BEDFORD SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: I'M NOT SURE THIS WILL LAY ANY CONTROVERSY TO REST. I THINK THIS WILL EASE PARENTS' MINDS WHO HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT STAUNTON RIVER HIGH SCHOOL. ))
[SUPER=01-James Phares/Staunton River Principal;]
[SUPER=01-James Blevins/Bedford Schools Superintendent; :11]
[OUT Q=CONCERNS ABOUT sTAUNTON RIVER HS.]
A state auditor will investigate and see what changes need to be made to make sure students don't get credit for work they don't do.
Roanoke County has settled a lawsuit filed in connection with a fatal school bus accident.
The insurance carrier for the county school board has agreed to pay 125- thousand dollars to the family of Shayla Worley.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./March 27, 1995]
The kindergarten student was run over by a school bus in front of her home three years ago.
The agreement reached after a day of mediation settles an 8- million dollar wrongful death lawsuit the family filed against the county and the bus driver.
The attorney for the county says the settlement saved the children on the bus from having to testify in court, and avoided the expense of taking the case to trial.
Blacksburg authorities have requested an autopsy on the body of a man found in a wrecked van yesterday.
The body of 48- year old Jerry Wayne Jones was found inside the van on Farmview Road, around eight o'clock last night.
Authorities say Jones apparently veered off the side of the road, through a yard and down a ravine before coming to a halt.
[IN Q=Right now]
((BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPT.: RIGHT NOW, IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE ANY FOUL PLAY, RIGHT NOW IT SIMPLY LOOKS LIKE A MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITY, WE WILL CONTINUE OUR INVESTIGATION, IF THERE IS ONE, AN AUTOPSY BY THE MEDICAL EXAMINER, THEN IT SHOULD GIVE US A LOT OF INFORMATION. ))
[SUPER=01-Bruce Bradbery/Blacksburg Police Dept.; :00]
[OUT Q=of information.]
Police say a neighbor actually spotted the van a couple of hours earlier.
But did NOT contact police because they thought the person may have been cutting brush.
Teens and Crime have Governor Gilmore's attention.
Yesterday, he met with the members of his NEW Partnership Commission, the group studying drugs, gangs and juvenile violence.
And he handed out some marching orders, saying the commission needs to find practical ways to make schools and neighborhoods safer.
[IN Q=And the communities]
[OUT Q=where they belong.]
Three of the 33 members on the panel are from the Roanoke Valley: Salem delegate Morgan Griffith, Roanoke commonwealth's attorney Don Caldwell, and U.S. attorney Bob Crouch.
The governor set this up two days after the incident at Richmond's Armstrong high school earlier this summer.
A teenager opened fire inside the building, wounding a teacher and a teacher's aide.
Despite the cippling G-M strike the nation's unemployment rate was unchanged last month.
The Labor department says it held steady at four and a half percent.
However, U-S employers reported a net gain in jobs of only 66-thousand, the weakest month in two and a-half years.
[TAPE#=98-62; TC 4:53:05]
Staff changes at the Roanoke Times provoked a walk-out.
An entire department of employees left when managers merged Customer Service and Sales last month.
One man was so upset he took his own life.
Tina Tenret has details.
[IN Q=For years]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kathy Fisher/Former Employee; :17]
[SUPER=01-Cindy Poff/Former Employee; :51]
[SUPER=01-Karen Walrond/Former Employee; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Ruby Booze/Former Employee; 2:09]
[SUPER=01-Rick Beason/Management Consultant; 2:29]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret, News7, Roanoke]
(( For years, if you had questions about the paper, you could call the Customer Service Department of the Roanoke Times.
And these women would give you answers.
Then the Times told them to get a college degree -- or leave.
[IN Q=It hurt]
((KATHY FISHER/FORMER EMPLOYEE: IT HURT. IT HURT. TO THINK ALL THIS HARD WORK AFTER ALL THESE YEARS JUST DIDN'T MEAN ANYTHING TO THEM. BECAUSE IF YOU CONSIDER ALL OF US TOGETHER WE HAD OVER 100 SOMETHING YEARS OF EXPERIENCE.))
[OUT Q=years of experience]
Edna Parrish worked at the Times for 41 years.
Suddenly she was told to sell subscriptions -- at least two per hour.
She and her colleagues had to take a college course every semester.
And their schedules would frequently change.
Memos from managers said they wanted to sell more newspapers -- while providing excellent service.
[IN Q=We all were]
((CINDY POFF/FORMER EMPLOYEE: WE ALL WERE DOING EXCELLENT JOBS. NO ONE HAD EVER SAID ANYTHING DIFFERENT THAT WE WEREN'T.))
[OUT Q=we weren't]
All seven full-time employees in customer service retired early, or quit with six months severence pay.
[IN Q=It was a]
((KAREN WALROND/FORMER EMPLOYEE: IT WAS A HARD DECISION BUT THEY MADE THE DECISION FOR ME WHEN THEY MADE THESE HOURS. I MEAN THE HOURS WERE JUST IMPOSSIBLE FOR A FAMILY, A MOTHER TO WORK.))
[OUT Q=MOTHER TO WORK]
One man had worked there 33 years.
We're not using his name to protect his family.
He lay down on his own burial plot in Botetourt County and shot himself.
His suicide note mentions personal problems, but says as long as he had a job he could go on.
But he wrote, the Roanoke Times had no place for him anymore.
[IN Q=He was there]
((CINDY POFF/FORMER EMPLOYEE: HE WAS THERE IN THE BLIZZARD. HE SPENT THE NIGHT THERE. HE WAS THERE THROUGH EVERYTHING. THAT WAS HIS LIFE AND WE WERE HIS FAMILY.))
[OUT Q=GET IN]
Employees held their own memorial service on the roof of the Roanoke Times, after his family asked that there there be NO Roanoke Times obituary or presence at the funeral.
Do his former colleagues blame the paper for his death?
((CHORUS: YES. RUBY BOOZE/FORMER EMPLOYEE: BECAUSE HE EXPRESSED TO MANAGEMENT HOW HE FELT THAT WAS HIS LIFELINE. I VERY MUCH BLAME THEM.))
[OUT Q=BLAME THEM]
Newspaper officals would not discuss the issue.
So we showed the internal memos and the severance contract to an outside consultant.
[IN Q=It says]
((RICK BEASON/MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT: IT SAYS THE COMPANY NEVER MEANT TO CARRY PEOPLE, TO RETAIN THEM IN JOBS THEY DID NOT PERFORM WELL. WE ALL KNOW IT'S HAPPENED IN THE PAST, BUT MUST NOT HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE.
... MAYBE SOME OF THE REASON THE EMPLOYEES ARE MORE HURT THAN YOU HEAR FROM SOME OF THE OTHER COMPANIES IS BECAUSE THE ROANOKE TIMES HAS TRIED TO TAKE CARE OF THEM. AND THAT IT IS A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM.))
[OUT Q=SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM]
Beason points out the Roanoke Times offered to pay for school, gave employees a month to make a decision, and suggested they ask an attorney to protect them in a settlement.
[IN Q=They're going]
((THEY'RE GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES OVER WHAT OTHER COMPANIES WOULD DO.))
[OUT Q=WOULD DO]
Still, staff members say this building is full of hostility, distrust and fear -- no one knows when or where the ax will fall next.
They say some employees in the printing department have already been told they will lose their jobs this year, replaced by computers.
((THAT'S PART OF LIFE IN THE BUSINESS WORLD IN THE 90'S. YOU COULD BE NEXT.))
[OUT Q=COULD BE NEXT]
[IN Q=You have to keep up]
((YOU HAVE TO KEEP UP AND YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO MAKE CHANGES.))
[IN Q=Times Vice President]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: ROANOKE TIMES VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER WENDY ZOMPARELLI SAYS THE STORY WE'RE DOING IS UNFAIR. SHE SAYS WE WOULD NOT DO IT ON ANY OTHER COMPANY. BUT BEYOND THAT, SHE REFUSED TO COMMENT. TINA TENRET NEWS7 ROANOKE.))
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke]))
The Spring radio ratings are out, and it appears that country music is still in the hearts and on the radios of most listeners in the Roanoke area.
W-Y-Y-D keeps its title as the most listened-to station in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market.
Coming in a close second place is adult contemporary station W-S-L-Q, better known as Q-99.
Rock station W-R-O-V takes third place.
Next is W-X-L-K, or K-92 -- the hip-hop and pop station.
And rounding out the top five is W-P-V-R.
The ratings are put out by Arbitron.