Up next on News 7 at 11...
Fire breaks out on the top of Mill Mountain, near the zoo...
The White House takes another shot at the independent counsel's report.
And the Northwest Airlines strike is officially over.
Plus we'll tell you how to join the search for aliens on the web... next on News 7.
Fire scorched part of Mill Mountain today.
Authorities responded to a call for help from a resident who spotted smoke and fire on the mountain.
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((BATTALION CHIEF THOMAS TYREE/ROANOKE FIRE DEPT.; PROBABLY HAD AN AREA OF 100 BY 100. WE GOT THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL IN APPROXIMATELY TWO HOURS. WE'RE IN MOP UP RIGHT NOW. IT WAS PROBABLY AN ACCIDENTAL DISREGARD OF SMOKING MATERIAL OF SOME TYPE. WE'RE NOT SURE BUT IT'S BEING INVESTIGATED.))
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Fire trucks from all over the Valley responded to the blaze.
There were no reports of injuries.
The fire was contained to a forest area, so there was no damage to the Mill Mountain Zoo or Star overlook areas.
The president's lawyers launched another attack on Ken Starr's report today, while Congress considers its next move.
Lee Cowan has details.
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((As the salacious details of Ken Starr's report to Congress sink in on
Capitol Hill, they are coming out on the Internet for everyone to read.
SOT MIKE ELSEN/MINNEAPOLIS: I THINK HE'S LOST A LOT OF CREDIBILITY IN
THE WORLD. I THINK HE'S LOST HIS POWER TO BE ABLE TO LEAD US, AND I
THINK HE SHOULD PROBABLY BE REPLACED.
That's exactly why the White House spent the wee hours of the morning
preparing a detailed defense. Point by point, the President's legal
team took issue with Ken Starr's characterization of impeachable
offenses. In short, it concludes: "The document is at bottom
overreaching in an extravagant effort to find a case where there is
During a campaign swing in Oregon, Vice President Al Gore agreed, even
as the polls showed a more mixed reaction from Americans.
SOT MIAMI (MOS NO SUPER)
HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING TO HARM THE GOVERNMENT, HE HARMED HIS FAMILY,
HARMED HIMSELF, HARMED US BY LYING TO US, BUT HE DIDN'T HURT THE
Since the first family's appearance just hours after the report was
released, they haven't been seen. There was only the President's
tired-sounding voice on the radio, trying to turn attention from his
personal life to his official one.
CLINTON RADIO SOT
IT'S BEEN AN EXHAUSTING AND DIFFICULT WEEK HERE IN THE CAPITOL, NOT ONLY
FOR ME, BUT FOR MANY OTHERS. BUT AS I TOLD MY CABINET ON THURSDAY, WE
CANNOT LOSE SIGHT OF OUR PRIMARY MISSION.
REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS/D. MD:
I THINK THIS PRESIDENT HAS DECIDED THAT HE IS GOING TO FOCUS IN ON THE
PROBLEMS OF AMERICANS, THE DAY TO DAY PROBLEMS. THAT'S WHAT GOT HIM
HERE, AND THAT'S WHAT WILL KEEP HIM HERE.
Those on the Judiciary Committee are spending the weekend doing a lot of
reading, not just of the public portion of Starr's report, but the
thousands of pages of background material still under lock and key.
SOT REP. HENRY HYDE/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT TO READ AND DIGEST AND TO
PUT INTO PERSPECTIVE. I'M MAKING AN EFFORT NOT TO JUMP TO ANY
CONCLUSIONS UNTIL WE HAVE EVERYTHING IN CONTEXT.
LEE COWAN STANDUP
MOST ON THE HILL SAY THEY WEREN'T NECESSARILY SURPRISED BY ANYTHING IN
THE REPORT. IN FACT, SOME DEMOCRATS ADMIT THEY WERE PLEASANTLY
SURPRISED THERE WEREN'T ANY NEW ALLEGATIONS. BUT THIS IS JUST THE
BEGINNING. THE BEGINNING OF WHAT, REMAINS THE QUESTIONS. LEE COWAN,
CBS NEWS, CAPITOL HILL.))
Now that the Starr Report has been released to the public what do people think of it?
And, what do they think President Clinton should do?
David Johnson got answers to those questions earlier today.
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((One day after Kenneth Starr's report is made public, most people say it's just a matter of time before the President is out of office.
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((DAVID TANGEMAN; THE RIGHT THING TO DO WOULD BE FOR HIM TO RESIGN. I THINK HE'S LOST HIS CREDIBILITY AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE CAN DO TO GET THAT BACK. BUT FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY, I THINK HE SHOULD RESIGN.))
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((RANDY WHITE; I DON'T LIKE IT. I THINK WE SHOULD GET HIM OUT OF THERE. IF ANY BIG CEO GET CAUGHT IN THAT KIND OF A MESS, HE'D BE OUT. AND WE'VE HAD PRESIDENTS DO LESS THAN THAT AND GET IN TROUBLE FOR IT SO.))
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((VIRGIL GOODE; I'VE HEARD FROM MANY CONSTITUENTS. THE MAJORITY BY FAR DISAGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT. MANY WANT HIM TO RESIGN. SOME HAVE SAID HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED.))
But there are those who say the President is not the only one to blame. That the report is filled with more than information than the public needs to know.
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((TERRI TANGEMAN; I BELIEVE THAT IF CONGRESS DECIDES TO IMPEACH HIM, THAT THAT SHOULD BE THEIR DECISION. THAT WE DON'T NEED TO KNOW ALL OF THE DETAILS IN THE REPORT. I THINK KENNETH STARR WENT OVERBOARD, THAT HE DIDN'T USE ANY INTEGRITY IN WRITING THE REPORT.))
But either way, Roanoke's own member of the House Judiciary Committee says it's too early to determine the outcome.
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((BOB GOODLATTE/SIXTH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN; I'M EFFECTIVELY SITTING AS A JUROR IN THE MATTER. AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE WHOLE PROCESS IS FAIR AND THAT WE GIVE THE MATTER AN INDEPENDENT AND FULL REVIEW.))
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(( THERE WERE THOSE WHO SUGGESTED THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS THE VICTIM OF A WITCH HUNT HEADED UP BY KENNETH STARR.
THOSE PEOPLE SAY CLINTON HAS WAITED TOO LATE TO COME CLEAN, THAT IT WILL PROBABLY COST HIM HIS JOB, AND THAT THE COUNTRY WILL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES.
DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7.))
WDBJ's internet site has Starr's report and the latest White House rebuttal.
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You can reach us on the world-wide-web at WDBJ-7-dot-com.
Once there, our home page has the complete report.
Once again, we are at WDBJ7-dot-com.
Northwest Airlines will be flying again soon.
Leaders of the striking pilots union approved a new four year contract today, ending the 2 week walkout.
The pilots got a 12 percent pay hike.
Northwest says it'll take a few days to get their flight schedule back on track.
The Roanoke area was under a code-red ozone health advisory today--according to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
The maximum Air Quality Index for ground level ozone reached 108 today--well above healthy readings of 99 or below.
The DEQ advised elderly people and children to cut down on outside activities.
It also discouraged people from taking too many car trips.
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Still ahead--a man apparently fell to his death at a hospital in Roanoke..
And, students in one Virginia Tech dorm are behind bars in an effort to cut down on alcohol-related accidents.
We'll explain when the news continues.
A man from Roanoke apparently jumped to his death today at Roanoke Community Hospital.
It happened around 12:30 this afternoon.
A hospital official said 47-year old Freddy Elroy Smith apparently jumped from the top of the parking lot tower.
Smith later died from his injuries.
The official said Smith was not a patient or employee at the hospital.
Roanoke police are investigating the incident.
Henry County police have arrested a man in connection with severe injuries on a baby boy.
The one-month old baby was taken to the hospital about two weeks ago and was listed in critical condition.
Yesterday, authorities arrested James Daryl Meeks--charging him with felony child abuse.
The infant was released from the hospital Thursday into the care of the local social services department.
Virginia Tech officials have already put out the word against underage and binge drinking on campus.
Now, they're trying to improve student safety, for those who break the rules.
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Officials have spent 18-thousand dollars to put up bars over windows in Slusher Tower.
Last year Melinda Somers died after falling from an eighth story window in that dorm.
To prevent similar accidents, officials also put up warning signs near windows in other dorms.
Congress DID take up other issues this week besides the independent counsel's investigation of President Clinton.
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The Senate tried to consider campaign finance reform, but ended up killing it for this session.
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The key vote came Thursday. The Senate voted 52 to 48 to end debate on Senator John McCain's campaign spending amendment.
But that fell eight votes short of what was needed to end the Republican filibuster of the bill.
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Virginia Democrat Chuck Robb voted with the majority.
Republican John Warner voted AGAINST cutting off debate.
Up next--a group based in California wants your help in finding little green men.
And, officials at a local nursing home say nature is the best medicine for some of its patients.
More when the news continues.
A Fincastle nursing home held an open house today-- to show off the latest in plant and animal patient therapy.
Workers at "Brian Center Nursing Care" have installed a "Garden Center" in the courtyard and a "Wildlife Viewing Area" in the backyard.
Residents can roll their wheelchairs up to the garden and dig around.
They can also go up to the fence and watch animals in their natural habitat.
Officials say since most of the residents were raised in a hunting and farming environment, it has a therapeutic appeal to it.
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((MARGARET SPRINGER/BRIAN CENTER ADMINISTRATOR; WE FEEL THAT IT IS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO GET THEM OUTDOORS. IT'S A WAY THAT THEY CAN SHARE AN IDEA WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND WE CAN ALL SHARE AS A COMMUNITY WITH RESIDENTS AND FAMILIES.))
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Since the viewing area opened, residents have seen foxes, deer, wild turkeys, and even a black bear.
The Starr Report isn't the only big story on the web, There are home runs, and the search for aliens.
More in this week's webwatch.
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The home run race continues... and if you miss the games, you can keep up with the action on the official Major League Baseball website.
The site has video clips of Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa's hits and homes from the previous day.
And the video archive of the St. Louis Cardinals is back on-line. They had to shut it down after McGuire broke the record because the traffic was so heavy... The archive contains, not one or two, but EVERY homer McGuire hit this season... including the big 62
The folks at SETI, the search for extra terrestial intelligence, want you to help them find aliens...
Starting next year, the Berkeley-based group will ask home computer users to download special software that will analyze the vast amounts of data collected by the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico... The software will run when you're not using your computer, so it won't be wasting it's time running those silly screen savers...
Though when we tried to visit the Seti@home website, it wasn't working yet, meaning it hasn't been completed...or it's mysteriously dissappeared....
And don't forget we have links to the Independent Counsel's report and latest White House response on the WDBJ webpage.
And for the rest of today's sites, click on WebWatch, at WDBJ&-dot-com....))
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Aaron Brooks passed for 225 yards and two touchdowns as Virginia beat Maryland 31 to 19 in the Cavaliers A-C-C opener.
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((The Cavaliers rolled into Scott Stadium for their first home game of the season.
U-V-A would score the first touchdown in the contest in the second quarter when Tyree Foreman takes it in from the two to make it 7 to 3 Cavs.
Virginia would add one more touchdown before the break when Aaron Brooks connects with Kevin Coffey on this 29 yard pass play ending the first half 17 to 3 Cavaliers.
Maryland would cut the Cavaliers lead down to 7 early in the third quarter when Harold Westley takes the handoff and rambles 30 yards for the score to make it 17 to 10
U-V-A would pick up the pace as Brooks goes to the air and hits Foreman on this 28 yard touchdown pass to give the Cavaliers a 14 point lead.
Then with just over 3 minutes left in the game the Cavaliers would seal their win with this Thomas Jones 21 yard run as Virginia beats Maryland 31 to 19.))
Shane Graham booted 3 field goals including a 53 yarder and Al Clark ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as the Hokies routed Clemson 37 to nothing.
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Clemson with its traditional run into Death Valley.
But the Hokies took a 7 to nothing lead on Clarks 1 yard run then later in the second quarter he scores on this 10 yard run and the Hokies led 17 to Nothing.
The Tech defense had four interceptions and this sack of Brandon Streeter holding the Tiger rushing game to 32 yards on 31 attempts.
Tech scored 31 points in the second quarter. Clark puts it into the air and hits Ricky Hall on the 56 yard touchdown pass play and the Hokies led 23 to nothing.
Lamont Pegues would cap the first half scoring by
taking it in from the one and Tech wins it 37 to nothing.
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The Generals of Washington and Lee opened their season at Wilson field in Lexington yesterday afternoon against Johns Hopkins.
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Hall of Fame ceremonies kicked off the Generals home opener.
W & L took the early 3 to nothing lead but Johns Hopkins rallies in the second quarter when quarterback Wayne Roccia hits Justin Bellochia for the touchdown to make it 6 to 3.
The Blue Jays would make it 14 to 3 still in the second quarter and Roccia goes to the air again and hits Sam Skinner on the score to make it 21 to 3.
Washington and Lee would add a score in the second
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quarter Christian Batcheller pitches to Chad Chastian who turns the corner and scores but Hopkins wins it 43 to 23.
Virginia Tech routs Clemson. More on that when we return.
V-M-I loses at William and Mary this afternoon. Penn State coach Joe Paterno gets his 300-th win.
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And in Raleigh today N.C. State took on second ranked Florida State.
And the Wolfpack pulls off the upset handing the Seminoles only their second loss since joining the A-C-C.
Now, Here's the rest of the scores.
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And coming up, The Winston Cup drivers were in Richmond tonight for the Exide Batteries 400 scores and highlights from Major League Baseball.
And Lindsay Davenport is the 1998 U-S open champion after a straight set win over Martina Hingis.
Jeff Burton would hold off Jeff Gordon at the line to win the Exide Batteries 400 at the Richmond International Speedway.
Rick Mast had problems early in the race he blew an oil line causing smoke to come into the car and bringing out the caution on lap 17.
Rusty Wallace started on the pole and he would lead the first 73 laps of the race.
Points leader Jeff Gordon worked his way to the front but he loses the lead to Jeff Burton after running up on traffic. Burton lead at the halfway point.
Kyle Petty's car locks up and the accelerate sticks he hits the wall bringing out the fifth caution of the night.
Burton and Gordon would race bumper to bumper over the final 10 laps with Burton taking the checkered flag winning the Exide Batteries 400.
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Mark Martin was third, Ken Schrader fourth and John Andretti fifth.
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And, don't forget later this afternoon--, The NFL Today is coming your way featuring Kansas City taking on Jacksonsville at 1 p-m followed by the U.S Open Finals at 4 p-m.
N-F-L back on CBS--the way it should be.
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
Lindsay Davenport had played 25 grand slams without a win until today.
Davenport beating defending champion Martina Hingis in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.
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Davenport had beaten Hingis three times this season.
And she took care of business from the start winning the first set 6-3 taking only 37 minutes to put Hingis down a set.
Davenport was in danger of losing the second set despite leading at one point 4-2. But she pulled it together to score the straight set win and a consideration for the number one spot in women's tennis.
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Mark McGwire set a National League record with his 152-nd walk today but Big Mac is still at 62 home runs.
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In Chicago, Sammy Sosa and the Cubs hosting Milwaukee.
And Sosa would go deep sending this pitch over the left field wall for his 60-th homer, two behind McGwire as the Cubs come from behind to beat the Brewers.
Now, for all the scores lets go to the boards.
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After a lengthy delay, Buchanan's annual parade finally got underway today.
The event celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department.
Firefighters honored past and present members for their hard work and dedication.
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((FREDDIE MARTIN/BUCHANAN FIRE CHIEF; THE DEPARTMENT'S BEEN HERE A 100 YEARS AND WE'VE HAD A LOT OF DEDICATED MEMBERS THAT'S GONE OUT OF THE FIRE DEPARMTMENT. THAT ARE DECEASED AND THEY HAVE MADE THIS FIRE DEPARTMENT WHAT IT IS TODAY. AND WE'RE JUST CARRYING ON THE TRADITION OF WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE DEPARTMENT.))
((RANDY SINK/BUCHANAN FIRE PRESIDENT; WE HAD A MEMBER THAT DIED THIS YEAR THAT HAD 76 YEARS SERVICE WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE STARTED WHEN HE WAS 16. HE WAS 92 WHEN HE DIED.))
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Some officials credit this fire department with setting the standard for others around the state.
The parade was supposed to take place July Fourth.
But, it was postponed when firefighters were called out to respond to the accident along I-81, that killed seven people including Whitney Rogers and Kevin Chittum.