Is Air Jordan saying goodbye to the courts?
And Hustler publisher Larry Flynt stirs up a new scandal in Congress.
A nice warm-up and some melting of all that lingering ice is likely today.
Temperatures are expected to climb into the low 50s this afternoon.
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We are just two days away from the start of first impeachment trial in more than 130 years.
Yesterday White House lawyers denied each and every charge against the president.
But House prosecutors say the evidence of perjury and obstruction of justice is overwhelming.
Meantime, there more fallout from the impeachment proceedings.
Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt is calling Georgia Republican Bob Barr a hypocrite for pursuing President Clinton while he has own misdeeds.
Barr is one of the 13 House managers in the impeachment trial.
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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((IN A PRESS CONFERENCE THAT WAS AS WELL-ATTENDED AS ANY PRESIDENTIAL
FUNCTION, HUSTLER MAGAZINE PUBLISHER LARRY FLYNT ANNOUNCED THE FIRST
RESULTS OF HIS INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE PRIVATE LIVES OF CONGRESS.
-LARRY FLYNT, PUBLISHER 8;09
"I didn't start this, ken starr and henry hyde got into the mud first.I
just decided to jump in there with them."
FLYNT'S FIRST TARGET, GEORGIA REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN BOB BARR. AN
OUTSPOKEN CRITIC OF PRESIDENT CLINTON'S PERSONAL BEHAVIOR, FLYNT'S
PAYED INVESTIGATION FOUND THAT BARR HAD AN EXTRA MARITAL AFFAIR, AND
THAT HIS PREVIOUS WIFE HAD AN ABORTION.
"I just want to expose him for what he is I want the american people to know that one of the prosecutors in the senate that is leading the
charge for the house, is bob barr, who is a hypocrite."
FLYNT , WHO SAYS HE VOTED FOR CLINTON BUT HAS NEVER MET HIM, PLACED AN
AD IN THE WASHINGTON POST, OFFERING A MILLION DOLLARS TO ANYONE WITH
THE BARR INFORMATION CAME FROM BARR'S EX-WIFE GAIL. FLYNT CLAIMS HE HAS EIGHT OTHER INVESTIGATIONS PENDING.
--SOT-"is bob barr the big fish you told us about.. no we got another
one bigger than him."
FLYNT SAYS EVERYONE WHO IS BEING INVESTIGATED PROBABLY KNOWS THEY
ARE.THERE'S BEEN NO WORD FROM CONGRESSMAN BARR.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.))
Congressman Barr has now issued a statement, saying he's deepyly saddened by the allegations, which he denies.
Guilty verdicts in Rockbridge County, where five teenagers were accused of helping firefighters light a series of fires.
They were charged after a 19-month police investigation.
The teen-agers -- will be sentenced this spring.
They could spend time in a detention center or be asked to perform community service.
The adults, who have not yet gone to court, could face time in jail if they're convicted.
Add six outlet stores to Pluma's cost-cutting plan.
One of those stores is in Chatham.
Pluma used its outlets to get rid of irregularly-sewn clothing and close-outs.
The company said closing the Chatham outlet won't have any significant impact on personnel.
Last week Pluma announced it is cutting 24-hundred jobs at sewing plants in Rocky Mount and Eden, North Carolina.
There's more than popcorn cooking at an old Roanoke movie theater.
The "Star City Cinema Grill" opens at Crossroads Mall by the end of this month and it's exactly what it sounds like.
A theater with a full dinner menu, alcoholic beverages and table service.
Three-50 will get you in to see the movies, two dollars for the early shows.
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((DEBBIE STEELE/CO-OWNER & PRESIDENT; SATURDAY AND SUNDAY THERE WILL BE MATINEES FOR KIDS. THEN ON THE WEEKENDS AND EVENINGS THERE WILL BE MORE OF AN ADULT ORIENTED THINGS. YOU HAVE TO BE 18 OR BE WITH SOMEONE 18.))
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The facility will also serve as a sports bar, of sorts.
Cinema Grill owners expect to open for business between January 22 and 29th.
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It was the CUSTOMERS' turn to "go postal" yesterday.
One after another they were being turned away from the Post Office, patrons in search of one-cent stamps.
By the time they got to the South Roanoke station, a lot of these people had already been all over town.
[IN Q=Then I went]
((THEN I WENT TO THE DOWNTOWN POST OFFICE WHICH HAD STAMPS, 25 PEOPLE IN LINE. I'VE BEEN THERE TWICE. TWO PEOPLE WORKING. NO SPECIAL LINE FOR ONE-CENT STAMPS.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Hyams/Postal Patron]
[OUT Q=1-cent stamps.]
The rate went up ONE penny Sunday.
Thirty-THREE cent stamps- -in the form of generic "H-series" stamps WERE available... but that doesn't appease those who've already applied thirty-TWO cent stamps to an envelope.
The postal service simply underestimated the demand.
[IN Q=Yeah, sold about]
((YEAH, SOLD ABOUT 40,000 PENNY STAMPS IN THREE DAYS TIME, ABOUT TWO TO THREE TIMES THE AMOUNT I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO SELL.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Ingram/U. S. Postal Service]
[OUT Q=going to sell.]
They expect to have more one-cent stamps today.
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In sports, Cave Spring gets a victory on the floor, but has to forfeit the game.
Denise Allen has details.
Good Morning Denise.
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It looks like His Airness is saying goodbye to basketball.
Michael Jordan, regarded by many as the greatest player in N-B-A history, reportedly will announce his retirement tomorrow.
It would be his second retirement from the N-B-A in 5 years.
His agent says any talk of Jordan's retiring is speculation.
The Chicago Bulls have declined to comment on the reported retirement of the man who has led them to 6 N-B-A championships in the 90's.
Some of the top names in the music industry came out last night to celebrate their talents at the 26th annual American Music Awards.
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Will Smith was big winner at the awards ceremony.
He went home three trophies, for male soul/r-and-b artist, as well as soul/r-and-b album and pop/rock album for ``Big Willie Style.''
Celine Dion won for female pop/rock artist, while Eric Clapton won for male pop/rock artist.
Garth Brooks won for best Country Album.
And Billy Joel was honored with the Award of Merit for his contributions to music.
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The pop group In Sync won the award for best New Artist.
No allegations of bribery or kickbacks at THESE Olympics.. just a hundred special athletes working to overcome varying degrees of mental disability.
The 30th annual Special Olympics got underway with the lighting of the torch yesterday afternoon in Nelson County.
For some it was their first time on the slopes, but there were "no" discouraged faces.
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((STEPHANIE LOVELACE/TRAINER: ATTITUDE AND THE VOLUNTEERS WHO WORK WITH THE KIDS, GIVE THEM ENCOURAGEMENT. I'VE BEEN DOING THIS NOW FOR 20 YEARS, NOT WITH THIS GROUP.. THIS IS MY THIRD YEAR WITH THIS GROUP.. AND THE KIDS ARE REALLY EXCITED. A LOT OF THEM NEVER GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME OUT AND DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND THEY'RE REALLY EXCITED.))
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Athletes will compete today in slalom and giant slalom events.
More than twenty Roanoke- area athletes are taking part in this year's winter games.
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In medical news, many blood banks are in desperate need of donors.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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(( AMERICA IS IN A BLOOD SUPPLY CRISIS.
HARSH JANUARY WEATHER HAS PUSHED THE USUAL POST HOLIDAY BLOOD
SHORTAGE TO EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS.
SOME HOSPITALS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO POSTPONE ELECTIVE SURGERIES WITH
MANY BLOOD BANKS CARRYING LESS THAN A ONE-DAY SUPPLY.
OFFICIALS HAVE MADE AN URGENT CALL FOR DONORS TO RESPOND TO THE
BLOOD TYPES 0-NEGATIVE AND 0-POSITIVE ARE IN THE MOST DEMAND BECAUSE
THEY'RE THE MOST COMMON.
AN UNLIKELY COMEBACK IS BEING MADE BY THALIDOMIDE.
THE DRUG THAT WAS BANNED A GENERATION AGO AFTER IT LED TO THOUSANDS OF
DEFORMED BABIES IS NOW EXPECTED TO POST MILLIONS IN SALES THIS YEAR.
THALIDOMIDE WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR TO TREAT LEPROSY, HOWEVER MANY
DOCTORS ARE USING IT TO BATTLE DEADLY FORMS OF CANCER AND AIDS.. EVEN
THOUGH TESTS HAVE YET TO PROVE IT WORKS.
THERE'S NOW DATA TO BACK UP A CONNECTION MANY HAVE ALREADY MADE.
PARENTAL DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE RESULTS IN CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT.
A NEW STUDY BY THE NATIONAL CENTER ON ADDICTION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
SAYS IMPROVED TREATMENT FOR ADDICTED PARENTS WOULD MEAN LESS SEPARATION
OF KIDS FROM THEIR FAMILIES.
THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS,
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
House managers are giving a preview of Thursday's opening arguments in President Clinton's impeachment trail.
In a brief filed yesterday, prosecutors say if Clinton isn't convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice, only felons and traitors would be eligible for impeachment.
The recent winter weather has revived the ski business in Virginia.
After a slow start resorts like Wintergreen say their now back in business.
All of its 18 slopes are open.
The N-B-A, reeling from its lockout, may have to live without Michael Jordan.
A league source says the Chicago Bulls star, regarded by many as the greatest player in league history, is expected to announce his retirement tomorrow.
And that's what's making news on this Tuesday January 12-th.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
T-minus two days and counting as Washington and the nation braces for President Clinton's impeachment trial.
Monday was a paper pushing day.. the president's defense team issued its first official response.. denying all allegations against the president.
House G-O-P leaders replied with a fifty-five page document outlining their case to remove the President from office.
Jonathan Freed Reports.
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(( PRESIDENT WITH VISITING PRESIDENT OF ARGENTINA.
While Mr. Clinton was keeping it official with the visiting President of Argentina, his lawyers were filing the official reply to the summons for the impeachment trial in the Senate.
The reply offers the first formal sketch of the President's defense
strategy for the trial. Among other things, the President's team argues that the charges in the articles of impeachment do not meet the standard of high crimes and misdemeanors needed for removal from office.
And the articles are called unconstitutionally vague.
The White House is insisting on moving the process along as quickly as
JOE LOCKHART/WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
WE'D LIKE TO GET DONE HERE IS TO HAVE THIS DONE IN AN EXPEDITIOUS
WAY...AND ONE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO RELY ON THE RECORD, WHICH WE WILL
But the lead prosecutor is insisting that the President is trying to
have it both ways...saying that if Mr. Clinton agrees that the facts
support a penalty like censure...then why contest them in the context of the trial.
REP. HENRY HYDE/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIR/R-IL: THEY ARE READY TO
CENSURE THE PRESIDENT IN THE MOST STRONG TERMS, BASED ON THE SAME FACTS, SO ALL THEY DO IS CRITICIZE THE PROCESS, OR THEY SAY, GIVEN THE FACTS, THEY DON'T RISE TO THE LEVEL OF AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE.
Meanwhile, two Democratic Senators are concerned that significant parts
of the trial will be conducted in secret. They want the public's help
to change the Senate's rules.
SEN. TOM HARKIN/D-IA: AMERICANS MUST WRITE...FAX...EMAIL...
STAND-UP JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS.))
The state Education Department says boys at a Botetourt County boarding school must stop playing a dangerous game.
A student at the Wilderness Leadership Academy says he was almost sexually assaulted with a broomstick.
He says he was playing Pass Out-- he held his breath while a classmate punched him in the stomach so he passed out.
He came to, just as a fellow student was trying to sexually assault him.
The Education Department wants a written guarantee from school officials that boys will not play that game again.
But other than that, the school is improving facilities and pamphlets.
It must undergo a three-day review later this month in order to regain its license.
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It's been decades since Franklin County High School's football team has had a winning season.
But now the school board is making massive changes in hopes the Eagles will soar.
Tina Tenret has more.
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((The Franklin County School Board wants to kick this team's losing streak.
From now on, football skills will be taught in kindergarten.
The middle school will have its own football coach.
High school athletes must sign a contract to weight-train.
And parents are expected to review past game films with the team.
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((JERRY LITTLE/FOOTBALL COACH: THERE'S A LOT OF FRUSTRATION. IT'S TRYING TO INSTILL IN YOUR KIDS THAT YOU CAN BE SUCCESSFUL, YOU CAN PLAY ON THE SAME FIELDS AS THESE OTHER TEAMS.))
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But some critics would rather start over from scratch: can the coach, they say, and hire one from a winning team like Salem or Pulaski.
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((B.A. DAVIS III/RETIRED JUDGE: I'D GET IN TOUCH WITH JOE HICKS OF PULASKI, I'D GET IN TOUCH WITH WILLIS WHITE AT SALEM AND ASK EM TO COME OVER HERE, REVIEW OUR PROGRAM, TELL US WHAT'S NEEDED, AND WHAT WE'RE DOING WRONG.))
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The school board is requiring the coach to make monthly progress reports -- the next one's in February.
Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County.))
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After tackling the high school football team, Franklin County school board members drafted plans for four new schools.
The school board is considering two options to deal with overcrowding.
Both plans call for a new elementary school between Boones Mill and Burnt Chimney.
They would also turn the current middle school into a second high school and build two new middle schools.
The big difference is one plan would keep sixth graders in middle school -- the other would drop them down to the elementary schools.
Franklin County parents will receive a written survey for their opinion.
The county supervisors will have the final say on which option is chosen.
If it seems like something's missing from this morning's newscast, it's not your imagination.
For the first time in more than a week, there are no school delays or closings.
Students are hitting the books again after what became an extended Christmas vacation.
Many kids got an extra week off thanks to last week's combination of sleet, snow and freezing rain-- which made travel hazardous.
Blacksburg Middle school principal Gary McCoy says some students are wondering how the missed days will affect upcoming exams but overall seemed glad to be back.
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((GARY MCCOY/BLACKSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL:I THINK THE KIDS CAME IN A LITTLE SLEEPY THIS MORNING BUT AFTER THAT PICKED UP... AND WERE GLAD TO BE BACK. ))
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[OUT Q=to be back.]
Students in Montgomery and Giles counties will get out later at the end of the school year to make up for the lost days.
Wythe County will remain on schedule.
Pulaski County has not decided what it plans to do.
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It's another day for patrolling the no-flone zone over northern Iraq.
Yesterday's flights led to two seperate incidents.
American fighter jets fired on Iraqi air defense sites after determining that they were about to be targeted by suface to air missiles.
Kimberly Dozier reports from Baghdad.
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((Another game of "cat and mouse" between US warplanes and Iraq in the
NO-FLY ZONES. US officials say their aircraft fired at TWO Iraqi
surface-to-air missile batteries, after being TARGETTED by Iraqi radar
in the NORTHERN no-fly zone.
It's the FIFTH incident since last month's air strikes, and part of
Iraq's CONTINUING campaign to DEFY U-S and British patrols of the no-fly zones, ANALYSTS say, to gain popular Arab support.
SOT Mohammed Said El Sahaf, Iraqi Foreign Minister
"They are coming to our region and aggressing against our country. When
we resist them we are not provoking anything. Their presence here is
It comes as US Defense Secretary William Cohen warned Iraq that ANY
THREAT to its neighbors...could trigger FURTHER US attacks.
Members of Iraq's National Assembly over the weekend urged their
president to WITHDRAW recognition of the Kuwaiti border.
SOT Iraq Foreign Minister Mohammed Said El Sahaf
"It is a very justified position. (cutaway) They are participating in
the aggression against Iraq."
THAT prompted KUWAIT to put some of its TROOPS on FULL ALERT.
Meanwhile, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz also BLASTED a Saudi
Arabian diplomatic initiative to LIFT the UN embargo on FOOD and
MEDICINE, calling it INSINCERE. The Saudi official news agency, over the weekend, urged Iraqis to OVERTHROW Saddam Hussein.
DOZIER STANDUP: While the Senate trial keeps the White House otherwise
occupied, Iraq's strategy seems to be do dryumup popular Arab support
with its continued defiance of the no-fly zones, then use that support
to embarrass Gulf States into siding with Baghdad, thereby turning Arab
brotherhood into the one weapon American cannot defeat. KD, CBS News,
For a while, Mother Nature refused to cooperate.
But Virginia's ski resorts are happy to report that business is all "downhill" once again.
Unseasonably warm weather in early December kept both snow and the skiers off the slopes at places like the Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County.
But the recent cold snap has helped put everyone back in business.
Wintergreen officials say it's all part of operating a ski resort in the South.
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((DAN ZUNKER/WINTERGREEN RESORT: WE HAD SOME WARM WEATHER THAT ACTUALLY BACKED US UP ABOUT A WEEK, BUT WE WERE SAYING AT THAT POINT AND WE'RE SAYING NOW, IF THAT WAS OUR JANUARY THAW, WE'LL TAKE IT. WE'LL TAKE IT AT THE BEGINNING OF DECEMBER RATHER THAN THE MIDDLE OF JANUARY WHERE IT TEND TO INTERRUPT OUR MOMENTUM. RIGHT NOW WE'VE GOT A LOT OF SKIERS UP HERE, THE WEATHER'S GREAT, THE CONDITIONS ARE PERFECT. SO WE'RE WELCOMING PEOPLE UP HERE AND IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE ANYTHING'S GOING TO SLOW DOWN, IT LOOKS LIKE THE WEATHER'S GOING TO CONTINUE LIKE THIS FOR A WHILE.))
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Zunker says all 19 of Wintergreen's slopes are open with a four to five foot base.
And snowboarders are starting to outnumber skiers on some of the slopes.
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In sports, the E-C-H-L and the Roanoke police investigate charges against Hampton Roads coach John Brophy.
Denise Allen has details.
Good Morning Denise.
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[OUT Q=day everyone.]
Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
Franklin County is searching for ways to deal with school overcrowding.
The two plans under consideration both include a new elementary school, two new middle schools and turning the current middle school into a second high school.
Franklin County parents will get a written survey on the issue.
The parents of Franklin County football players will be taking a more active role in the program.
It's part of a new plan to turn around the team's losing tradition.
Parents will be expected to review film, players will sign contracts to weight train and football basics will be taught at the elementary and middle school levels.
Coach Jerry Little will also make monthly progress reports.
After a slow start, business is heading downhill again at Virginia's ski resorts.
The recent cold weather has put slopes back in operation.
The Wintergreen ski resort in Nelson County, for example, is now in full operation.
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