The court martial of a Marine pilot involved in the Italian cable car accident is underway.
And the White House doesn't like it but people magazine has no apologies for making Chelsea Clinton next weeks cover girl.
News 7 at noon is next.
Jury selection has begun in North Carolina for the military trial of a Marine pilot accused in last year's Italian ski cable car disaster.
Captain Richard Ashby faces 20 counts of involuntary manslaughter and could face more than 200 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
Prosecutors say the jet was flying too low and too fast, and that the cable would not have been hit if Ashby had followed flight rules.
Ashby's lawyers say,the cable wasn't marked on his charts.
((RICHARD ASHBY/PILOT:IN THE COURSE OF THAT ACCIDENT, 20 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES. WE MAKE IT BACK SAFELY THEN WE ARE MARKED... BRANDED AS KILLERS, MARKED AS ASSASSINS, RAMBOS. ))
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[OUT Q=Assassins, rambos.]
Attorneys began questioning potential jurors at Camp Lejeune this morning.
Opening arguments are scheduled for Monday.
The U.S. Senate resumes the impeachment trial of President Clinton this afternoon.
Votes are expected today on whether videotaped depositions will be released, and on the nagging question of witnesses.
Lee Cowan has the latest from washington.
[SUPER=02-Sen. Joseph Liberman/(D) Connecticut;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Kay Hutchinson/(R) Texas]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Henry Hyde/(R) Impeachment Manager]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Maxine Waters/(D) California]
[OUT Q=CBS News Washington.]
((ON THE DAY THE PRESIDENT'S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL WAS SET TO RESUME,
HE SPENT THE MORNING PRAYING WITH SOME OF THE VERY PEOPLE WHO WILL
DECIDE HIS FATE.
VOICE OF SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN//D-CT "Lord, may I say - hear his prayer."
GUIDANCE AND WISDOM WERE TALKED ABOUT A LOT THIS MORNING -
SOMETHING BOTH SIDES ARE HOPING WILL PREVAIL LATER THIS AFTERNOON.
THE ISSUE OF WITNESSES WILL BE THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS WHEN
THE SENATE RECONVENES.
DEBATE WILL LIKELY BEGIN ON WHETHER TO ENTER ANY OF THIS WEEK'S
DEPOSITIONS INTO THE PUBLIC RECORD.
BUT THE LIKLIHOOD THAT MONICA LEWINSKY, VERNON JORDAN OR SIDNEY
BLUMENTHAL WOULD BE CALLED BEFORE THE SENATE IN PERSON, SEEMED TO BE
DWINDLING AS THE WEEK WORE ON.
(( SUPER: SEN. KAY BAILEY HUTCHINSON//R-TX ))
(( SOT AT 15:29:25 ))
'I would not say - them on the floor."
PROSECUTORS WEREN'T GIVING UP ON THE IDEA, BUT SEEMED RESIGNED TO
THE FACT THAT THEY WOULD PROBABLY LOSE.
(( SUPER: REP. HENRY HYDE//HOSUE MANAGER ))
"I haven't received a world of encouragement, but I'm ever hopeful."
DEMOCRATS HELD THE LINE - ESPECIALLY OVER CALLING MONICA
LEWINSKY - OUTRAGE NOW EVEN SPILLING BEYOND THE SENATE CHAMBER.
: REP. MAXINE WATERS//D-CA'Stop it now - this young woman.".))
As the trial of the President moves slowly toward a close, a painful reminder for the White House today of how disruptive the past year has been, not just for the President and the nation, but also for the first family.
Bill Plante reports.
[SUPER=01-Bill Plante/Reporting; 1:09]
[OUT Q=cbs news the White House]
((THE NEW PEOPLE MAGAZINE HAS DAUGHTER CHELSEA ON THE COVER - AND HAS THE
FIRST LADY HOPPING MAD.
THE STORY BREAKS NO NEWS, INSTEAD FOCUSING ON THE CLOSE BOND BETWEEN
CHELSEA CLINTON AND HER MOTHER AS BOTH HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH THE PUBLIC
EMBARASSMENT OF THE PRESIDENT'S BEHAVIOR. IT SAYS THE FAMILY IS STILL
WHAT UPSETS THE WHITE HOUSE IS THAT THE ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED AT ALL.
FOR SIX YEARS, THERE'S BEEN AN UNOFFICIAL HANDS OFF POLICY WHERE CHELSEA
AND THE PRESS HAVE BEEN CONCERNED - ALLOWING HER THE PRIVACY TO GROW UP
IN THE FISHBOWL THAT IS THE WHITE HOUSE.
PEOPLE MAGAZINE'S MANAGING EDITOR DEFENDED THE DECISION TO PUBLISH THE
SOT-AUDIO ONLY...(people mag editor)
VALID JOURNALISTIC SUBJECT....
vo: THE WHITE HOUSE RESPONDED LAST NIGHT A STATEMENT SAYING:
1"We deeply regret and are profoundly saddened by the decision of
People magazine to print a cover story featuring our daughter Chelsea.."
2 "Unfortunately, despite personal appeals with respect to her privacy
and her security from her parents, people magazine has chosen to run the
PLANTE ON CAM TAG:
CHELSEA CLINTON IS A PRE-MED STUDENT THESE DAYS AT STAMFORD UNIVERSITY.
SHE WOULD SOME DAY TO BE A PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGIST.
THE FIRST FAMILY REMAINS VERY PROTECTIVE OF HER PRIVACY...AND IS
PROBABLY AS UPSET ABOUT THE TIMING OF THIS COVER STORY AS ANYTHIGN
ELSE...COMING AS IT DOES JUST AS THE SENATE IS ABOUT TO PASS JUDGEMENT
ON THE PRESIDENT.
BILL PLANTE, CBS NEWS THE WHITE HOUSE.))
There are reports of more violence in Kosovo, even as the Yugoslav government decides whether to join
At least five people are dead including a Serb police officer.
About an hour ago, the Yugoslav parliament voted to send a delegation to this weekend's peace talks in France.
The Kosovo rebels have already agreed to attend.
NATO threatened air strikes if the Serbs refused to attend the internationally-mediated conference.
So far about 2-thousand people have been killed in Kosovo since the fighting erupted 11 months ago.
Quick action on the part of the Danville Fire Department helped rescue a child from a burning house overnight.
The blaze at 236 Gray Street began around two o'clock this morning.
Firefighters found the child and rushed him away from the flames.
The young victim was taken to the Danville Regional Medical Center for treatment.
His name and condition have not been released.
The fire was contained to an upstairs bedroom and was quickly extinguished.
The blaze is under investigation.
Virginia's already rosy revenue forecast is looking even better-- by a hundred Million dollars.
That's the word from the Gilmore administration and House budget writers.
Louisa Delegate Earl Dickinson says at least 20 Million will come from state income taxes paid by Lotto winners who take their jackpots in a lump sum instead of annuity.
One Appropriations Committee member says the extra money should allow the legislature to increase spending for education and begin implementing the food tax cut.
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
If you logged onto the Victoria's Secret webcast last night, consider your self lucky.
A lot of people couldn't.
More on their problems next on News-7 at Noon
And Southern Virginia College's hopes to see its fledgling sports program take off.
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Victoria's Secret, the world famous women's lingerie and sleepwear company, launched it's Spring fashion show LIVE on the Internet last night.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
But an unexpectedly high volume of people trying to log onto it caused computers to fail.
Some on-line viewers of the 14 minute fashion show reported problems with video and sound quality which was said to be sluggish and often jagged at times.
Last night show was one of the first large-scale live video events produced by a corporation to promote its products.
Two Covington business women have lost their legal battle concerning plans to build a new federal prison in the city.
City officials decided to close Court Street to make room for the new facility.
But, Susan Brown and her mother claimed closing the street hurt business at their corner jewelry store.
[SOT 13.34.20 - 13.34.31]
[IN Q=We are very]
((SUSAN BROWN: WE ARE VERY DISSAPPOINTED. THE WHOLE PROCESS HAS DESTROYED MOM'S BUSINESS HERE. YOU CAN TAKE A LOOK OUTSIDE. THE ENTIRE ROADWAY HAS BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM HER. SHE'S BEEN FORCED OUT OF HER HOME. ))
[OUT Q=out of her home.]
A judge, however, ruled in the city's favor claiming the women have no jurisdiction over the street.
[SOT 13.20.39 - 13.30.48]
[IN Q=We feel like it's]
((JIM CARWFORD/COVINGTON'S MAYOR: WE FEEL LIKE IT'S ANOTHER HURDLE IN OUR FAVOR TO GET THE PROJECT MOVING FORWARD. WE'RE FACING SOME CONSIDERABLE DEADLINES HERE SO ANYTHING THAT'S A OBSTRUCTION FOR US IS A REAL PROBLEM.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Crawford/Covington Mayor;]
[OUT Q=a real problem.]
The women say they are not giving up their efforts just yet.
A tiny school in Buena Vista is shaking up college basketball in the area.
Southern Virginia College has fewer than 300 students.
But their basketball team is proving they can play with the big guys.
Eric Earnhart has more.
[IN Q=Their Gymnasium]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Parks/Sophomore; :17]
[SUPER=01-Dick Speas/Athletic Director; :59]
[SUPER=01-Pat Higley/Head Coach; 1:17]
[OUT Q=EE. News 7]
((Their gymnasium isn't much bigger than a good size living room, they share space with the Spirit Squad... half court drills only here.
The Scholarships are small, the budget smaller, they buy their own shoes...
But they play, because they love the game.
[SOT 06:22:19 ]
[IN Q=all of us do]
((KEVIN PARKS/SOPHOMORE; ALL OF US DO, AND WE CAME HERE PRIMARILY FOR BASKETBALL, JUST FOR THE OPPORTUNITY PLAY AND I THINK WE HAVE A GREAT SENSE OF BROTHERHOOD ON THE TEAM AND WE'RE GETTING BETTER AND BETTER.))
[OUT Q=better and better]
So like a band of nomads, the Knights play when and where they can, on this night, they're headed to VMI's Cameron Hall... Three cars hold the team and their gear, but can't contain their spirit.
(([natsot in cars]))
But once they hit the court, it's serious business.
(([natsot in huddle]))
They're up against Millersville University, a team with expensive uniforms, matching shoes, and a bus the size of Rhode Island.
[IN Q=we come into]
((DICK SPEAS/ATHLETIC DIRECTOR; WE COME INTO A SETTING LIKE THIS AND IT'S KIND OF LIKE HOOSIERS... YOU LOOK AROUND AND SAY "BOY YOU COULD PUT A LOT OF HAY IN THIS BUILDING"))
[OUT Q=in this building]
But all the expensive gear can't buy the Millersville Marauders a rebound, the Knights clear the boards over and over again, and the score is close in the final minutes of the half.
[IN Q=make it strong]
((PAT HIGLEY/HEAD COACH; MAKE IT STRONG, HUBBIT, MAKE IT STRONG, LET'S TAKE IT RIGHT NOW, TAKE IT AWAY RIGHT NOW FROM 'EM, COME ON ))
[OUT Q=come on]
Southern Virginia wants to build this team into a major program... an N-C-Double-A program... there's a lot riding on these few shoulders... but they don't seem to mind the pressure... and at the end of the half, hit the locker room ahead by two.
But whether they win or lose in the end, they're already won... another measure of respect.
In Lexington, Eric Earnhart, News 7))
In the end the Knights lost by ten points, but if they win five of their last six games, they can finish with a winning season.
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
Punxsutawney Phil was alive and well on Groundhog's day--
But Canada's most famous groundhog was not so lucky.
More on Willy's mysterious passing-- when News-7 at Noon continues.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
Punxsutawney Phil made news in America on Tuesday with his prediction of an early spring, but Canada's 22 year old groundhog is making news for a different reason.
You see, Canadians who gathered to watch Wiarton Willy were shocked to learn he had suddenly died.
Then, adding insult to fatal injury... he was falsely laid to rest.
Lorne Matalon explains.
[SUPER=03-Wiarton, Canada; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Walker/Festival Organizer; :35]
[SUPER=01-Lorne Matalon/Reporting; 1:10]
[OUT Q=Wiarton, Ontario]
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 40 points.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Still ahead in sports, a former Ferrum College star strikes gold in the major leagues.
Plus, things are looking up in Charlottesville.
Pete (Gil-ins)Gillen's squad picked up it's third A-C-C win in a row against Wake Forest.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
Less than a year after being hit in the head with a line drive, former Ferrum College star Billy Wagner is getting one of the largest raises in baseball history.
Wagner- who made 280- thousand dollars last year-- has signed a new deal with the Houston Astros worth ten-point-three million dollars over the next three seasons.
The 27- year old is going into his third full year in the majors. He led all National League relief pitchers last year with fourteen- point- six strikeouts per nine innings, and was seventh in the N-L with 30 saves.
Just a week after their impressive victory over Maryland, the Demon Deacons received a "wake" up call from the Cavaliers.
But U-V-A had to come from behind. In the first half, Willie Dersch pulls up and hits this three pointer to give Virginia the two point lead.
The Cavs would go up by four, before Wake's Robert O'Kelly hits the trey to make it 31- 27.
But Donald Hand took over. He pulls down the offensive rebound and scores to tie the game at 31 at the half, and he didn't take a break. Hand would score the Cavs first nine points of the second half for a seven point lead.
Dersch was hot from behind the arc. He gets this three pointer
to fall, and Virginia gets the 64- 54 win over Wake Forest.
Virginia Tech was in Pittsburgh last night, taking on Duquesne. And the Hokies escaped with the one- point win, 59 to 58.
[GRAPHIC=Nat'l Signing Day]
The nation's top high school football players picked up their pens yesterday, and inked their collegiate letters of intent.
Twenty-two players signed with the Virginia Cavaliers, including former P-H star (Duh-VAWN) Devon "Boo" Battle.
The Cavs will also have the services of Jefferson Forest standout Jerton Evans.
Evans follows in the footsteps of Forest grad Anthony Poindexter-- who helped sway him away from Virginia Tech.
[IN Q="He opened...]
[SUPER=01-Jerton Evans/Signed With UVa;]
[OUT Q=...talked it over."]
[GRAPHIC=Nat'l Signing Day]
But the Hokies won't be lost without Evans.
Several All-Americans will be headed to Tech next season.
[SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00]
That list includes Joe Simington out of Martinsville High School.
At 6-4, 200 pounds, Simington led the Bulldogs to the state semi-finals.
Simington played tight end and defensive end for Martinsville. He's one of four big players from the state to sign with the Hokies.
[IN Q="We are...]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=...like our success."]
Franklin County lineman Jacob Gibson also signed with Tech-- as did Warwick High School wide receiver Andrae Harrison.
To add to that list, the Hokies picked up Norfold tight end Keith Wells, and defensive end Nathaniel (ah-dee-bee) Adibi out of Hampton.
VMI will not release its list of signees until later in the week.
But two Hargrave Miltary Academy players did sign with the Keydets yesterday.
Quarterback Brent Barth and defensive back Justin Sayko are among those headed to Lexington next year.
Cave Spring set a new Roanoke Valley District swim record in the 200- meter- medley at the Gator Aquatic Center.
Cave Spring, Pulaski County and Patrick Henry each had 40 swimmers on their rosters for the district meet last night.
And Cave Spring got the sweep-- winning both the boys and girls titles. P-H finished second in both, and the Cougars(------------)
came in third.