President Clinton meantime, turns his attention to Social Security.
Earlier today he opened a White House conference on Social Security reform by appealing for bipartisan cooperation, but didn't offer any plan of his own.
CLINTON:ALREADY SOME HAVE PREDICTED WE ARE SIMPLY INCAPABLE OF DOING THIS IN
WASHINGTON. I AM DETERMINED TO PROVE THEM WRONG. I HOPE EVERY ONE OF
YOU ARE DETERMINED TO DO SO AS WELL." ))
[OUT Q=TO DO AS WELL.]
Republicans have demanded that the president offer specifics before they'll move forward on the issue.
The President is now on his way to Tennessee to attend the funeral of former Senator Albert Gore senior, father of Vice President Al Gore.
After reporting a serious setback yesterday, the doctor for Joe DiMaggio now says the baseball legends condition has improved dramatically today.
Yesterday]his doctor said DiMaggio's lung infection had returned.
There also have been some conflicting reports that the 84 year old Hall of famer is in a coma and on a ventilator.
DiMaggio has been hospitalized in Hollywood, Florida since undergoing surgery for lung cancer October 14th.
Roanoke's chief prosecutor says police did nothing criminally wrong when they pepper sprayed a drug suspect.
Derrick Poindexter eventually died in custody.
Don Caldwell has completed his review of the incident.
((BUT I DON'T SEE ANY INCONSISTENCIES IN EITHER THE FACTS OR THE INVESTIGATION OF THIS CASE.))
[IN Q=But I don't see]
[SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Roanoke Commonwealth's Atty.]
[OUT Q=of this case.]
Poindexter died of acute cocaine poisoning less than an hour after trying to swallow a rock of crack cocaine.
Officer M-L Pendleton used pepper spray on Poindexter to get him to spit out the crack.
Caldwell met with Derek Poindexter's family yesterday and found they've hired a lawyer.
Another indictment was handed down yesterday to the Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard accused of buring a cross in Carroll County.
Barry Black's case gained attention when he drafted an African-American lawyer to defend him.
Richmond attorney David Baugh says everyone has a right to express his opinion -- even if it's controversial.
If Black is convicted on cross-burning charges, he could serve five years in prison.
A hearing in January will test the constitutionality of Virginia's cross-burning law.
The E-P-A says there is no evidence of groundwater contaimintion around a potentially dangerous Superfund site in Lynchburg.
Barrels of paint and other chemicals are still stored in the Allen-Morrison sign plant on Rutherford Street.
They were discovered months after the company went out of business and its owners left town.
Despite the potential for fire, federal authorities say the city has the situation well in hand.
[IN Q=There are]
((CHRIS WAGNER/EPA ON- SITE COORDINATOR: THERE ARE, LIKE I SAID, SOM FLAMMABLE MATERIALS ON THE SITE AND THEY HAVE BEEN PUT IN ANOTHER CONTAINER, BUT THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT DOES HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN IN PLACE WHEREBY THEY WOULD BE PROTECTING EXPOSURES IN THE COMMUNITY RATHER THAN TRYING TO SAVE THE BUILDING.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Wagner/EPA On-Site Coordinator; :00]
[OUT Q=save the building.]
Wagner says soil samples will be taken next month.
Enjoy those low prices at the pump while they last.
Sources say some Arab oil minister have agreed to cut oil production in an effort to boost depressed prices.
Ministers from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council are meeting this week.
They're also expected to ask other OPEC nations to join them, as
well as non-OPEC member Mexico.
Officials close to the talks say they don't how much production will be cut, but it won't begin until March.
It's a day of surprises for Iraq.
At least nine U-N vans inpsectors went into the field today, the day chief U-N weapons inpector Richard Butler said a series of surpise visits would begin.
The Iraqis in the past have tried to block such inspections.
Butler says after the inspections are finished late this week or
early next week, he will prepare a report on whether Iraq has kept
its promise to cooperate.
Virginia's Community Colleges are getting more popular.
Enrollment at Virginia Western increased eight percent last year... and it's already up 2 percent this year.
Eric Earnhart has more.
[IN Q=The increase comes]
[SUPER=01-Towanda Penn/Community College Student; :15]
[SUPER=01-La Sandra Liggins/Community College Student; :41 ]
[SUPER=01-Mark Emick/Virginia Western Comm. College; 1:00]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]
((The increase comes from two directions... High School students moving up to the next level, and workers coming back for more education.
Towanda Penn ended up here after she was downsized out of a 23 year career.
[SOT 05:30:57 ]
[IN Q=I found a job a]
((TOWANDA PENN/COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT; I FOUND A JOB A MONTH AGO SO I AM WORKING NOW AND THEY SAID I HAD EXPERIENCE BUT I NEEDED SOME CREDENTIALS.))
[OUT Q=some credentials]
Years ago, driving past a community college you might see a few lights on, a few cars here and there, but look at all the activity here tonight, and look at all the cars packed into this parking lot.
One of those cars belongs to La Sandra Liggins, who used to think college was boring, but community college helped her find her focus.
[IN Q=I just came]
((LA SANDRA LIGGINS/COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT; I JUST CAME BACK BECAUSE I WANT TO TAKE MY LIFE AND BETTER MY LIFE AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN. AND MAKE MYSELF BETTER. ))
[OUT Q=make myself better]
So many people want to make their lives better in fact, Virginia Western is full.
Another BIG enrollment jump is expected in 2005.
[IN Q=we have to]
((MARK EMICK/VIRGINIA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE; WE HAVE TO REALLY TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT COMMUNITY SITES LOCATED IN AND AROUND THE COLLEGE, WHERE WE CAN EXPAND OUR DELIVERY.))
[OUT Q=expand our delivery]
Emick says adding off-campus sites will make it possible to help more students in places where that help is needed most.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
Starting in January, Roanoke Valley parents will get FREE advice on dealing with the health and education of their children.
"Virginia's Informed Parent" magazine, or V-I-P will be hitting the shelves at some local grocery stores.
Publisher Chris Roncone says it'll be a helpful guide featuring articles by child experts, although he admits he's NOT one...
[SOT 10:17:57 ]
[IN Q=I've been asked]
((CHRIS RONCONE/EDITOR-PUBLISHER: I'VE BEEN ASKED, WELL, YOU DON'T HAVE CHILDREN, YOU'RE NOT A PSYCHOLOGIST OR ANYTHING, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? WHAT BETTER WAY TO LEARN HOW TO BE A BETTER PARENT BEFORE YOU BECOME A PARENT? I THINK, IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SCREW ANYTHING UP, IT'S HAVING A CHILD. SO, THIS IS HOW I'M DOING MY RESEARCH.))
[OUT Q=doing my research]
Roncone says the free, bi-monthly magazine includes a teachers' forum to help kids with homework problems.
Free space is also donated to advertise local, non- profit organizations.
The electricity is flowing between the first two parts of the international space station this afternoon, thanks to a couple of spacewalking astronauts.
(( "HEY JERRY, HOW YA DOING??"
"I'M JUST HANGING AROUND BUILDING A SPACE STATION.." ))
[OUT Q=BUILDING A SPACE STATION.]
Floating some 242 miles above the earth, Astronauts Jerry Ross and Jim Newman made some 40 electrical connections between the first two pieces of the new space station.
But last night space walk was only the beginning.
Over the next 5 years there will be some 160 walks, including two more on this mission.
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Tampa Bay played a Monday night game at home for the first time in fifteen years, and the team celebrated the occasion by sacking Green Bay's Brett Favre eight times on the way to a 24- 22 victory.
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Green Bay has had its trouble on Monday nights, and the Bucs took advantage with a hot first half. Here, Trent Dilfer hits Jacquez Green on a pass and the former Florida Gator goes 64 yards for the score. 7-to-3 Bucs.
Later in the first half, Dilfer hits another
[super=30-Tampa Bay/24/Green Bay/22;]
receiver - Bert Emanuel. He too turns on the speed and makes it a 14-to-3 game.
The Bucs hang on to beat the Packers 24 to 22.
In some leftovers from Saturday's state high school football championships it seems like the division five game is getting its share of attention.
Hampton won the game 35-to-0, but for the second straight year in this classification, players from both teams were ejected after the Crabbers taunting and extra antics got the best of the opposition.
Amherst County's Kerry McPherson comes up swinging on this play. He and a Hampton player were ejected from the game, as was Amherst County assistant coach Brad Bailey.
The Amherst bench drew three straight unsportsmanlike conduct penalities during the incident.
VHSL boy's program director Larry Johnson said yesterday the league is looking into the incident, and that he's concerned that a "pattern" exists whenever Hampton plays-- whether or not the Crabbers are the instigators.
Hampton coach Mike Smith says he thinks the problem is that the teams from western Virginia like Fleming last year and Amherst just aren't used to getting whipped.
You've probably heard of the six million dollar man, well how about the six million dollar WEDDING GOWN.
An Italian bride tied the knot yesterday in a dress dripping in diamonds and valued at 6 million.
She says some of the diamonds will be donated to an AIDS charity.
The diamonds were supplied by the bridegroom's brother-in-law, a gem dealer.
Those not being sold or donated were returned to him.