Up next on News 7 at 11...
Day one of the Northwest Pilots strike... planes are grounded and nobody's talking.
A Cuban plane carrying nearly 100 people crashed into a soccer field in Ecuador.
And tributes to Princess Diana pile up as the anniversary of her death approaches.
News 7 at 11 is next.
Northwest Airlines and its pilots still aren't talking.
The strike began at midnight last night, and no one knows when negotiations might resume.
Drew Levinson has more.
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((FOR AN AIRLINE THAT HAS SOMETIMES BEEN DOGGED BY DELAYS, THE DEPARTURE
OF THE 62-HUNDRED NORTHWEST PILOTS CAME RIGHT ON SCHEDULE.
(SOT MARK STURGILL/STRIKING PILOT)
"We knew it was going to go to the wire and again we think the
elected representatives made the right decision in turning this offer
THE WALKOUT IS ABOUT MONEY AND SECURITY. THE PILOTS SAY THEY MADE
CONCESSIONS WHEN TIMES WERE BAD, AND NOW THAT PROFITS ARE SOARING, THEY
DESERVE MORE. NORTHWEST SAYS ITS OFFER IS FAIR.
(SOT JAY JENNINGS - NORTHWEST AIRLINES)
"They were looking for an industry leading contract and that's what
we thought we gave them."
AT THE AIRLINES' THREE MAJOR HUBS, DETROIT, MINNEAPOLIS, AND
MEMPHIS, NORTHWEST CARRIES ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF ALL AIR PASSENGERS.
"I don't like it but hey, I wanna get out of here."
THAT'S THE SENTIMENT OF PASSENGERS STUCK IN AIRPORTS THIS WEEKEND.
(SOT KANEKA RAINEY/STRANDED)
"Stranded in the airport in Detroit." (shrugs shoulders)
(STANDUP DREW LEVINSON/CBS NEWS DETROIT)
"Detroit's metro airport is one of the top ten busiest in the
country. This is Detroit's airport today, less than 24 hours after the
strike began. About the only people here on the concourse are the
people who work here."
THE GATES ARE QUIET, THE WAITING AREAS ARE EMPTY, THE MONITORS ARE
BLANK. OUTSIDE THE NORMALLY BUSY TARMAC IS STILL. FOR NOW, NORTHWEST'S
BIG JETS ARE GOING NOWHERE.
AND UNLIKE THE AMERICAN AIRLINES PILOTS' STRIKE, PRESIDENT CLINTON
IS KEEPING HIS HANDS OUT OF THIS ONE FOR NOW, SAYING THE TWO SIDES
SHOULD SOLVE THEIR OWN PROBLEMS.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, DETROIT.))
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At least 76 people were killed in a plane crash in Ecuador.
The Russian-made plane was carrying 90 people when it crashed during takeoff in the city of Quito.
Witnesses say it lost altitude and clipped the top of a auto body shop and then crashed into a soccer field.
A local radio report says four people were killed on the ground.
The plane was a Cuban commercial aircraft en route to Havana.
Monday marks the first anniversary of Princess Diana's death.
Flowers and other tributes are already piling up in Paris, at the place where Diana and Dodi Fayed were killed.
Candle-light vigils will be held above the underpass where the accident occurred.
In England, people are also leaving memorial bouquets at Kensington palace, Diana's former home.
Despite all the media attention, a public opinion poll found that only six percent of Britons plan to observe the anniversary.
The dismissal of six former VMI cadets was upheld today by the school's Board of Visitors.
Last school year VMI's honor court dismissed six cadets connected with beating incidents involving a freshmen.
The cadets had challenged the earlier decision citing midnight interrogations.
Officials said the Board unanimously voted "to affirm the honor court convictions of all six cadets".
There's no word yet from the cadets as to what they will do next.
Up next--motorcyclists lend their support to help riders on horseback.
And, car drivers and truckers get a lesson in giving each other a brake on the roadways.
More when the news continues.
According to experts, overseas markets are weakening Virginia's beef industry.
Local cattlemen are already
earning less money for their beef.
Experts say the number of cattle
is rising and there are too many on the market.
Crumbling foreign economies make the matter even worse.
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((RANDY BLACH/CATTLE-FAX: WHEN THE JAPANESE YEN, FOR EXAMPLE, HAS DROPPED THE WAY IT HAS RELATIVE TO THE DOLLAR, THEIR BUYING POWER HAS BEEN SLASHED SO WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO EXPORT LESS PRODUCT THAN WE OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE, NOT ONLY TO JAPAN BUT KOREA TAIWAN AND OTHER MAJOR EXPORT CENTERS.))
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C-W Pratt has found ways to cut his costs on Echo Ridge Farm.
He uses a SOLAR water pump and transforms old tires into water troughs.
He's environmentally savvy too -- building fences so cows will not pollute the creek.
He says by breeding superior cows, farmers can fatten their profits.
Experts say when cattlemen breed FEWER cows, they will see prices rise.
A local group that helps disabled children by giving them horseback rides, recently got some help itself from riders of a different sort.
David Johnson explains.
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(( The Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group-- or HOGS, as they're called, regularly holds fundraisers for children.
This time it was for the fourth annual Roanoke Valley Therapeutic Riding Program "Ride for Life".
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((ROBERT JOHNSON/"HOG" EVENTS COORDINATOR; WE BEING A BUNCH OF BIKERS, WE ALWAYS TRY TO GET TOGETHER AND HELP OUT LOCAL CHARITIES. THIS IS ONE OF THE LOCAL CHARITIES AND WE ARE ONE OF THEIR BIGGEST CONTRIBUTORS AND FUNDRAISERS.))
Lorrie McCloskey, a volunteer with the riding program, says a one hour riding session helps to improve balance, coordination and confidence.
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((LORRIE MCCLOSKEY/ROANOKE VALLEY THERAPUTIC RIDING PROGRAM; WE PRIMARILY HAVE CHILDREN, BUT WE DO SERVE SOME ADULTS AS WELL. WE HAVE SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES, SPINA BIFIDA, CEREBRAL PALSY, DOWN'S SYNDROME, JUST A VERY WIDE RANGE OF NEEDS FOR THESE PEOPLE. THEY ARE ABLE TO COME AND HAVE RIDING LESSONS.))
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Members of the motorcylce club raised money in a variety of ways including selling T-Shirts and baked goods.
They also raffled off an imported eagle woodcarving.
Theie goal was ten thousand dollars.
All of the money raised will go to pay for the care of the animals and to meet the special needs of riders.
David Johnson, News7.))
Teaching truck drivers and motorists how to share the road was the idea behind today's 14th annual "Truck Safety Rodeo".
It was held at the Salem Civic Center and sponsored by the Safety Council of Southwest Virginia.
It's one of several around the country that offers tractor trailer drivers a chance to show-off and sharpen their skills.
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((TIM FITZGERALD/SAFETY COUNCIL DIRECTOR; THIS COURSE IS SET UP TO HELP THEM PARK, BACK UP TO THE LOADING DOCK, MAKE WIDE TURNS AND ALSO SO THEY CAN STOP IN A CERTAIN AREA. A LOT OF TIMES A DRIVER GETS OUT AND THE AREA'S TIGHT. CARS WILL PARK RIGHT UP AGAINST THEM OR THEY'LL PULL UP CLOSE TO THEM AND THESE GUYS HAVE TO MANEUVER THESE LARGE VEHICLES. AND THIS IS WHERE THEY PRACTICE.))
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A "No-Zone" demonstration was also on display, showing motorists how truckers can lose sight of vehicles due to blind spots.
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((WILLIAM WILBOURNE/EPES TRANSPORT SYSTEM, INC.; THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS NOT AWARE THAT WE HAVE THESE BLIND SPOTS. EVERYTHING THAT YOU DRIVE ON THE ROAD HAS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF BLIND SPOTS. SOME ARE JUST BIGGER THAN OTHERS.))
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The rodeo started early this morning and ended around four.
Members of the "Roanoke Valley Mopar Club" strutted their stuff today at the group's car show--
outside of Valley View Mall.
Car enthusiasts had a wide variety of cars to look at including Dodge Challengers, Roadsters and a few DeSotas.
Race cars including street rods were also on display as well as muscle cars.
Some cars even suggested that "Wiley Coyote" had no chance against the "Road Runner".
Still ahead--we'll show you pictures on the internet of Hurricane Bonnie when it first came ashore.
And, area stores and restaurants help a local organization turn leftovers into second helpings for the area's neediest people.
More when the news continues.
Old bakery items or leftovers at a restaurant may not tempt your tastebuds-- but they're just what the Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank needs.
Kim McBroom has more.
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((For years, Kroger has been in partnership with the Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank-- donating everything from bread to canned goods.
[SOT tape 1 9:52:28]
((CHUCK FISHER/KROGER: SAY, WHEN YOU'RE CASE-CUTTING. OFTENTIMES, YOU'LL CUT THE OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. YOU DON'T CUT THE LINER. BUT YOU CUT THE OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE WOULDN'T PUT ON THE SHELF TO SELL THE CUSTOMER. BUT THE PRODUCT INSIDE'S STILL PERFECTLY GOOD. ))
Food Lion is another food bank contributor.
And management says since the stores don't keep records of what's donated, they don't receive any sort of tax write-offs.
[SOT TAPE 1 10:08:44]
((JOSTINA THOMAS/FOOD LION STORE MGR.: WE'RE NOT GETTING ANYTHING IN RETURN. BUT WE ARE GETTING THE SATISFACTION OF HELPING THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED.))
Second Harvest started its Prepared and Perishable Food Program after noticing a decline in the amount of food donated from national manufacturers.
The program's yielded a half- million pounds of food in the last two years, but the NEED continues to rise beyond that.
And that's causing food bank officials to actively pursue both grocery stores and local restaurants.
[SOT tape 1 10:16:05]
((PAM IRVINE/SECOND HARVEST EXEC. DIR.: THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND A MANUFACTURER THAT MAY HAVE A TRUCK- LOAD OF PRODUCTS THAT THEY HAVE TO DUMP. BUT THEY WILL UNDERSTAND A RESTAURANT AS THEY'RE EATING. THEY'LL SEE THIS FOOD AND GO, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THIS THAT'S LEFT OVER?))
Pizza Hut became the FIRST prepared food donor in Southwest Virginia, often giving away surplus pizzas made by new cooks honing their skills.
[SOT stand up here 11:16:07 tape 4]
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: MEANWHILE, SOME FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS LIKE RALLY'S HAVE ITEMS MADE TO ORDER, WHICH CUTS DOWN ON WASTE. BUT THEY SAY THE FOOD THAT IS THROWN AWAY IS DONE SO FOR HEALTH REASONS.))
[SOT tape 4 11:01:16 ]
((LARE MITCHUM/RALLY'S GENERAL MANAGER: RATHER THAN FOOD, WE DONATE A LOT OF CUPS AND NAPKINS AND MOSTLY CONDOMENT ITEMS. THAT WAY, WE DON'T RUN INTO ANY PROBLEMS WITH BACTERIA OR TRANSFER OF FOOD. ))
However, Mitchum says he WOULD feel comfortable donating chili made from leftover hamburger meat.
While there ARE strict guidelines to follow, food bank officials say restaurateurs shouldn't worry about being generous-- because the Good Samaritan Act protects food donors from any liability.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
Surfing in the middle of a hurricane may be a little dangerous... unless of course you're surfing on the web...
Here's this week's edition of WebWatch.
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[SUPER=03-Morehead City, NC/Wednesday; :00]
When Bonnie hit the east coast, the eye's of the internet were watching...
The parkinglot cam at East Carolina University in Greenville is a popular site with bad weather blows in, this time offering streaming video of the storms progress.
Things also looked rough on the Inlet Cam, looking out from the North Carolina Coast.
At the same time, webcams in Florida were pretty clear... While the overcast skies in Ocean City Maryland warned that trouble may be on the way.
The Wrightsville Beach website will take you back in time, with images showing you hour by hour what it was like when Bonnie came through...
Things are getting back to normal at the beach, though the live webcam looks like it's seen better days.
You can also find all the hurricane information you need on the News 7 weather website... from tracking maps to evacuation routes.
For links to all these sites, including webcams along the east coast you can use to watch the NEXT hurricane blow through, click on the WebWatch on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ7-dot-com. ))
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Eddie Ferrell, one of the most popular employees in the Virginia Tech athletic department, was found dead just outside of Blacksburg last night.
Authorities found him in the Craig Creek Road area of Montgomery County.
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Ferrell served as the Hokies' head trainer for nearly 25 years - working under Charlie Coffey, Jimmy Sharpe, Bill Dooley and Frank Beamer.
His quick wit and biting sense of humor made him a favorite with his co-workers, and especially the players he took care of in the training room.
Ferrell missed part of last season while being treated for what doctors called exhaustion and depression.
Just last month he was given a new job as assistant athletic director for student life.
Ferrell is survived by his wife and four children.
His oldest son William was a receiver for the Hokies, and his son Daniel is a graduate assistant coach at Tech this season.
Eddie Ferrell was 55 years old.
The Salem Avalanche ended a 4 game series with Lynchburg last night beating the Hillcats 3 to 1.
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A real big crowd for the last Saturday of the Avalanche home season.
In the first inning, Salem's Bryan Warner belts this pitch to left field Doug Livingstone rounds the bases and slides into home to make it 1 to nothing Avalanche.
Then in the fourth inning Lynchburg's Morgan Walker takes this pitch over the centerfield wall for a solo homer and the score was tied at 1 to 1.
Salem would break the tie in the sixth, Bryan
Anthony hits it over the second baseman's head into centefield scoring a run and the Avalanche holds on for the 3 to 1 win.
Mark McGwire had only one bat yesterday afternoon as the Cardinals hosted the Braves at Busch Stadium..
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In his first at bat against the Braves yesterday, McGwire was upset on getting called out on a close 3 and 2 pitch on the inside part of the plate. He argued the call and was eventually thrown out of the game by the home plate umpire.
Cardinal Manager Tony LaRussa was also thrown out of the game.
It was McGwire's first ejection since joining the Cardinals in July of 1997.
The game was tied 3 to 3 after five. Then in the
top of the sixth Andrew Jones hits this double scoring Ryan Klesko and the Braves hold on for the 4 to 3 win.
Tom McKnight is in the finals of the U.S Amateur Golf Championship. More when we return.
Bernie Williams drove in four runs and Ken Griffey Junior hit his 45-th homer this afternoon as the Yankees beat Seattle 11 to 6.
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New York built up an early lead then in the bottom of the fourth the Yankees hit the long ball. Darryl Strawberry sends this pitch over the right field wall for a solo homer and the Yankees led 8 to nothing.
Still in the fourth, Shortstop Derek Jeter hits his 17-th homer of the season a two run shot into the right field bleachers and the Yankees took the 11 to nothing lead.
Griffey would answer the Yankee homers in the top
of the sixth. This solo shot over the right field wall but the Yankees go on to win the game 11 to 6.
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Albert Belle signing autographs in Chicago today.
Meantime, Ivan Rodriguez hit this three run homer in the sixth inning to lead the Rangers to a 5 to 3 win over the White Sox.
Now, Here's the rest of the scores.
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And coming up in sports, Nebraska opens the college football season with a win the Rising Star Sports Camp is set to open this Monday.
And Tom McKnight of Galax will play in the 36 hole final of the U.S. Amateur Golf tournament.
The College Football season kicked off yesterday. Colorado beats Michigan State 23 to 16.
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In Lincoln, Nebraski opened the Frank Solich era in the Eddie Robinson Classic.
On the Cornhuskers first play from scrimmage quarterback Bobby Newcombe hooks up with Sheldon Jackson in this 46 yard touchdown and Nebraska took the early 7 to nothing lead.
The Cornhusker 56 to 27 win overshadowed the
performance of Louisiana Tech receiver Troy Edwards. He set a N-C-A-A single game record with 400 yards receiving.
Billy King shot a 74 yesterday in the second round of the Bank of Boston Classic. King is at 145 one over par and tied for 48-th place.
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Meantime, Tom McKnight of Galax has advanced to the finals of the U.S. Amateur championship in Rochester, New York.
McKnight, who operates a chain of gas stations and convenience stores in Galax, upset Sergio Garcia of Spain yesterday afternoon. McKnight will play Hank Kuehne in today's 36 hole final.
David Duvall has a one shot lead after three rounds of the World Series of golf. He is at 9 under par after shooting a 66.
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All the paperwork and most of the construction is done and the Rising Star Sports and Adventure Camp is ready to open.
Everyone was invited to see the sports-slash-daycare center at today's open house.
The camp offers an after school program for school age children and evening sports camps for kids of all ages.
The counselors all have college degrees and have played sports in college.
The camp sits on 65 acres so indoor activities aren't the only things on the agenda.
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A bus will pick up the children at school and bring them to the facility.
The Rising Star Sports and Adventure Camp opens Monday.
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When Kris Cantu takes the ice for the Roanoke Express this season it won't be the same Cantu that scored 30 goals in 52 games.
Kris has added 20 pounds of muscle during the off season.
He signed with the Express yesterday after talking with team officials all summer.
G-M Tony Mancuso says it was some times difficult getting in touch with Kris because he was always working on his game.
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((KRIS CANTU/EXPRESS SIGNEE: I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH A PERSONAL TRAINER AND WHAT HE'S BEEN WORKING ON IS PACKING WEIGHT ON MY UPPER BODY. THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH AND THAT'S WHAT EVERYBODY HAS TOLD ME IN THE HIGHER LEAGUES. BASICALLY I'VE WORKED ON THAT THIS YEAR AND I'VE GOTTEN A LOT STRONGER AND I'VE ADDED 20 POUNDS AND I'M UP TO 192. HOPEFULLY THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT AND I'LL GET A GOOD CRACK AT IT THIS YEAR.))
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Cantu and the rest of the Express take to the ice October 15th at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Meantime, A couple of sports figures are on the comeback.
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In Connecticut, Steffi Graf won the Pilot Pen championship. Graf beat Jana Novotna in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. Its Graf's first title in more than a year after knee surgery in June of 1997.
And George Karl is back in the N-B-A. The former Seattle coach was named as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks replacing fired Chris Ford.
Karl gets a 4 year deal.
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.