Coming up on News 7 at 5, a state committee hears residents claim racism in Lynchburg schools.
And as the House gets ready for the final leg of impeachment inquiries, Janet Reno readies a response on campaign fund-raising.
More temperature records fell today. We'll show you where and talk about the changes-- temperatures are getting re
ady to take a tumble.[Medical-Head]
Medical researchers are urging patients to add another exam to the doctor's visit.
And guess who's advertising about the dangers of teenage smoking?
[IN Q=I feel my]
((MICHELLE HAMPTON/PARENT: I FEEL MY SON DON'T HAVE A CHANCE, AND I FEEL IF YOU ALL CAN'T HELP ME, WHERE DO I GET HELP?))
[SUPER=01-Michelle Hampton/Parent; :00]
[OUT Q=where do I get help?]
Lynchburg parents speak out today, asking state officials to do something about alleged racism in the city school system.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Those parents claim black students are more likely to be suspended than whites.. and they're LESS likely to be placed in advanced classes.
The state Department of Education is investigating those claims.. Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom, Steve how are they doing that?
By going directly to the source, Jean.. a D-O-E review team is spending two days here talking with students, parents, teachers and concerned citizens.. trying to find out if these claims of discrimination have any basis.
[IN Q=Whether it's]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Johnson/Parent; :13]
[SUPER=01-Danny McCain/Citizens Committee Chairman; :36]
[OUT Q=this type of behavior.]
(( Whether it's real or perceived, the racism problem is dividing Lynchburg's school community.
Black parents say teachers are too quick to label minority students as slow learners or troublemakers.
[IN Q=But that's the]
((LISA JOHNSON/PARENT: BUT THAT'S THE CLASSIFICATION THEY GET AS BLACK KIDS IN SCHOOL, AND IT'S NOT FAIR. I WILL FIGHT TO THE END FOR MY CHILDREN, BECAUSE I AM SINGLE AND THEY WILL GET THEIR EDUCATION.))
[OUT Q=get their education.]
Johnson and dozens of others are trying to convince the review team that Lynchburg's school system has some serious problems.
Black students are disciplined more often than whites, they say, and black teachers are rarely hired or promoted.
[IN Q=We are ready]
((DANNY MCCAIN/CITIZENS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: WE ARE READY TO MAKE SOME SERIOUS DECISIONS HERE IN LYNCHBURG. WE ARE NOT GOING TO STAND BACK, AND I THINK YOU KNOW THAT, AND ACCEPT THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR.))
[OUT Q=type of behavior. ]))
That review team has spent the day in public and private meetings with parents, teachers and students.
They're going to take all this information back to Richmond and issue a report with their findings and any possible
recommendations sometime in January. Jean?[5-Poindexter]
The city prosecutor met with the family of Derek Poindexter today.
Don Caldwell let them know he did NOT find any evidence of criminal wrong-doing on the part of Roanoke police.
Poindexter died at the jail six weeks ago, after Officer M-L Pendleton pepper sprayed the drug suspect to get him to spit out crack cocaine.
Caldwell points out Poindexter had been arrested with a crack pipe in his possession before.
((HE HAS KNOWN FOR SOME TIME THAT THE CONTINUED USE OF COCAINE WITH HIS PARTICULAR MEDICAL CONDITION WAS POTENTIALLY LETHAL.))
[IN Q=He has known]
[SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Roanoke Commonwealth's Atty]
[OUT Q=potentially lethal.]
Poindexter's family has contacted an attorney who sat in on today's meeting with Caldwell. The family has not responded to our calls.
The U-S Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of a Danville man who is on death row for killing three people.
The high court declined Percy Levar Walton's appeal today without comment.
Walton pleaded guilty last year to three counts of capital murder.
He admitted to robbing and killing three neighbors--including an elderly couple-- in the Cabin Creek Condominiums in November 1996.
All three victims were shot in the head and wrapped in sheets.
No execution date has been set for Walton.
A Martinsville man is mourning the loss of his sister and her husband, after the couple is killed in a house fire.
The fire happened early Sunday morning at 282 Wingfield Orchard Road.
Siney Nash says the people who died in the blaze were his sister, 50-year old Bonnie Barker and her 52-year old husband William Barker.
[IN Q=WE WERE]
((SIDNEY NASH/VICTIM'S BROTHER; WE WERE PRACTICALLY INSEPERABLE. WE WERE ALWAYS THERE WHEN WE NEEDED EACH OTHER.))
[SUPER=01-Sidney Nash/Victim's Brother;]
[OUT Q=EACH OTHER.]
Officials say the only survivor of the fire was Jeff Barker, the couple's son.
According to authorities on the scene, Barker says he saw flames in his basement bedroom, went upstairs to wake his parents, then ran next door to call for help.
By the time firefighters arrived, the house was fully engulfed.
Investigators have worked around the clock trying to determine what started the fire.
Attorney General Janet Reno is
expected to reject another independent counsel probe of President
Clinton's campaign fundraising.
She's expected to follow the advice of her top aides and
They've already issued a strong recommendation against
seeking an independent counsel probe.
Meantime, the White House plans to defend the President by
calling 14 witnesses before the impeachment hearings tomorrow and
The Administration revealed its defense strategy this
afternoon, as the House Judiciary Committee gets ready to vote on
impeachment at the end of this week.
Freed has the latest.
[SUPER=01-Joe Lockhart/White House Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Henry Hyde/Judiciary Comm. Chairman;]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Freed/CBS News;]
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President Clinton put aside any possible impeachment concerns today to call for a crackdown on waste and abuse in Medicare .. including an attack on drug
He says his plan would save two billion dollars by fighting wasteful practices.
These include padding drug prices and billing for services that were not delivered.
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Coming up on News 7, the space shuttle astronauts get ready for some serious construction work.
And one of baseball's best-loved players ever takes a serious turn for the worse. We'll have the latest on "Joltin' Joe."
Two Astronauts from the Space shuttle Endeavor are starting a six hour spacewalk.
They'll hook power cables to the international space station.
The first two elements of the Internatonal Space Station have been docked.
Now the Endeavor crew turns its attention to bringing the ISS to life.
The two astrnouats have very specific gear- beginning with their space suits.
((IT FILLS UP WITH OXYGEN AND KEEPS YOU ALIVE. IT'S ALSO A VERY GOOD INSULATOR..LOOK AT ALL THIS ALUMINUM MYLAR.))
[SUPER=01-Phil West/NASA Engineer]
[OUT Q=ALUMINUM MYLAR.]
The two astronauts will make some 40 electrical and data connections that will link (Zar-ia) and Unity together.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin left the hospital for a trip to the Kremlin to show his nation who's the boss.
It was classic Yeltsin. He made a suprise
visit at the Kremlin, fires his chief of staff and a bunch of assistants- and then goes back into the hospital.
No one seems to know how much longer Yeltsin will remain in the hospital. He has had several heart attacks and major heart surgery.
Yeltsin says he will remain in office until his term expries in the year 2-thousand.
One of baseball's all-time greats Joe DiMaggio has suffered
a serious setback ... in his recovery from lung cancer surgery.
[CBS 3:00 NAT]
Doctors say Joe DiMaggio has taken a significant
and serious turn for the worse. His lung infection has returned and the "Yankee Clipper" has developed a fever.
DiMaggio has been in and out of intensive care since since
entering the hospital on October 12.
He underwent surgery two days later.
Fog is blamed for a series of accidents along an Arizona Interstate.
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Take a look at the pileups on I-10 just south of Phoenix.
At least thirty cars and tractor trailers were involved- over a three mile stretch.
Eight people were injured in the accidents- five of them seriously.
A spokesperson for the Department of Safety says the visibility was down to zero at the time of the crash.
Is it possible you're getting too much iron? Still ahead, learn why many doctors think it's a good idea to get tested.
Later, meet a North Carolina couple dedicating their lives to saving exotic birds .. more than one hundred of them, and counting.
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Tech gets ready for its meeting with 'Bama. Still ahead in sports, Mike Stevens has reaction to the match-up.
Today on health check --
The nation's largest tobacco maker has a new ad campaign with a NO smoking message.
But critics say the commercial aimed at teens may backfire.
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[IN Q=Presumably it will]
((BILL NOVELLI/CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO FREE KIDS: PRESUMABLY IT WILL BE A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AT FIRST BLUSH YOU
MIGHT SAY WELL IT COULDN'T HURT. BUT ACTUALLY THERE ARE TIMES WHEN ADVERTISING CAN HURT.))
[OUT Q=can hurt]
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Tobacco giant Philip Morris is buying lots of TV time ... to warn children about smoking.
The campaign begins today, but as Russ Mitchell reports, some critics wonder if Philip Morris actually has another motive in mind.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Novelli/Tobacco Critic; :23]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Lippert/Adweek Magazine; :31]
[SUPER=01-Russ Mitchell/CBS News; 1:15]
[OUT Q="...CBS News, Washington."]
((PHILIP MORRIS.. THE NATION'S LARGEST MANUFACTURER OF CIGARETTES.. IS
LAUNCHING A 100 MILLION DOLLAR AD CAMPAIGN AIMED AT KIDS.. THE MESSAGE?
IT'S NOT COOL TO SMOKE..
"I don't need to smoke to prove myself. My coolness is not on trial
WITH YOUTH SMOKING ON THE RISE.. THE TOBACCO GIANT SAY IT WANTED TO ACT
QUICKLY PREVENT MORE KIDS FROM STARTING TO SMOKE. TOBACCO CRITICS HAVE
[SOT BILL NOVELLI/CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO FREE KIDS]
"I think there are several agendas here.. i think they want to look
reformed.. i think the whole tobacco industry wants to look socially
[ ADWEEK MAGAZINE]
"They've seen it hundreds of times and they've not even going to listen
to the message but they might see Philip Morris on television and that's
the first time Philip Morris got a smoking message on television in the
last 30 years.
LIPPERT IS AN ADVERTISING CRITIC FOR ADWEEK MAGAZINE.
TOBACCO CRITICS LIKE LIPPERT ARGUE THAT CIGARETTE SMOKING IS LETHAL AND
MESSAGES THAT SOFT PEDAL THAT REALITY CAN BE AS HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH
AS THE CIGARETTES THEMSELVES.
"Certainly these ads don't show anyone smoking from a hole in his neck..
they don't show you lungs after 30 yrs of smoking.. they don't show you
grizzzled smokers and their skin and their teeth and all the other probs
associated with smoking even if you havent gotten lung caner. They
don't get anywhere near to the problem."
PHIILIP MORRIS TOUTS THE FACT THAT THIS YEAR IT WILL BE SPENDING ABOUT
THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY ON ITS ANTI SMOKING ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN AS
IT'LL SPEND PROMOTING ITS BEST SELLING MARLBORO BRAND. FEW CAN QUARREL
WITH THE SIZE OF THE EFFORT BUT IT'LL BE YEARS BEFORE IT'S CLEAR WHETHER
A 100 MILLION DOLLAR AD BLITZ REDUCES SMOKING.. OR ULTIMATELY LIGHTS UP
A WHOLE NEW GENERATION.
RUSS MITCHELL, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON))
Have you had your iron checked lately?
Doctors are recommending routine blood tests for excess iron.
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Researchers claim billions of dollars would be saved in health care costs if more patients were checked for a disorder that causes too much iron to be absorbed in the body.
This abnormality can lead to diabetes, liver damage, chronic fatigue, and heart disease.
A new drug will allow thyroid patients to remain on their medication ... even during crucial examinations.
Thyroid cancer requires the removal of a small gland at the base of the neck.
Patients must also be checked regularly to make sure the cancer has not returned.
But that made patients miserable because they had to stop taking their thyroid hormone several weeks before testing --throwing off their
Now the F-D-A has approved a new drug called thyrogen.. which allows
patients to be tested while taking their thyroid treatment.
Welcome folks to a brand new work week and the Monday Ticker.
Let's start things off up in Blacksburg where the Virginia Tech Hokies are starting to begin their preparations for the December 29th Music City Bowl.
The Hokies found out yesterday that they will be playing Alabama.
It's a matchup the Tech defense is looking forward to facing.
[IN Q="Well, I think...]
[SUPER=01-Corey Moore/Va. Tech Defensive End; :00]
[SUPER-01-Anthony Midget/Va. Tech Cornerback; :20]
[OUT Q=...bowl game."]
The Virginia Cavaliers found out yesterday they will be bowling with Georgia for the second time this decade in the Peach Bowl.
The UVa faithful are looking to gobble up over 20 thousand tickets for that game.
It will be the battle of the Bays tonight in Monday night football as Tampa Bay takes on Green Bay.
In one other note from the league, Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell will miss at least this weekend's game with Tennessee after spraining his ankle yesterday against the Lions.
His status is officially "out indefinitely."[S5-Stuff]
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The Tech women are finally receiving some national recognition.
The Associated Press has the six and oh Hokies ranked 22nd.
That's right behind the four and two UVA squad Tech beat last Monday.
[IN Q=We think]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/Virginia Tech Head Coach;]
[OUT Q=in the right direction]
The Hokies haven't cracked the USA-ESPN Coaches poll, basically they're 26th in that poll.
Tech's next game is Wednesday at East Carolina.
And the Hokies start A-10 conference play against Duquesne at home on Saturday.
Jean will be back with more News 7 at Five after this.[5-Bird-Hospital]
A very special hospital near Charlotte, North Carolina will draw some big attention next month.
A couple set up the facility to nurse tropical birds back to health.
As Edward Lawrence from station W-B-T-V tells us, National Geographic will tell their story to the world.
[SUPER=03-Kannapolis, NC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mary Bradford/Bird Lover; :32]
[SUPER=01-John Bradford/Bird Lover; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Edward Lawrence/WBTV; 1:18]
[OUT Q="...It's just happened."]
((Most people would not appreciate a jungle near home.
Mary Bradford and her husband John are not most people.
The bradfords run the nations first non-profit parrot refuge.
There are 139 birds from exotic places like Africa and South America.
This mothers love runs so deep, she and her husband help sick birds.
As well as handicapped birds.
Bradford couldn't dream of killing any of these children.
That's why this couple travels nationwide to save these birds.
It's just happened.))
That was Edward Lawrence reporting. You may also be interested to know the Bradfords take their birds around to schools and nursing homes in their area.[Close-ID]