Today on News 7, a U-S Supreme Court decision on harassment could have implications on a local case,
and it wasn't part of the act as a wrestling star falls to his death before a packed auditorium and a national television audience.
Getting ready for some cooler weather this week. Breezy 70's on the way.
New labels on sun blocks are helping screen out the best protection.
And the funds are getting low for a drug program on which many Hill City residents rely.
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Investigators look for answer as they try to explain why professional wrestler Owen Hart plunged to his death in front of a live audience.
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The world of professional wrestling is more theater than athletics- but it was no put-on last night in kansas city when an accident claimed the life of a WWF star Owen Hart.
Maureen Maher reports.
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33 year old - Wrestler Owen Hart died in an arena where stunts often
(SOT; Jim Ross, Ringside Commentator) "It's not part of the
entertainment tonight. It's real. As real as can be."
The stunt called for Hart, known in the wrestling world as The Blue
Blazer, to be lowered on a wire to the ring in Kansas City's Kemper
Arena. But somehow the cable on Hart became disconnected, causing the
wrestler to fall fifty feet to his death, while 14-thousands fans looked
(SOT/FAN) "All of a sudden I saw him fall. I thought it was some kind
of a stunt, but when he hit the rope I knew something was wrong."
(SOT/FAN) "He hit face first and then kind of bounced and rolled over."
In a profession known for it's melodramatic antics - the World Wrestling
Federation showed remarkable restraint in refusing to broadcast either
the fall, or the futile efforts of paramedics to revive Hart.
The sport has grown in popularity over the last few years, but even
former wrestler turned politician Jesse "The Body" Ventura says some of
the matches have gone too far.
Jesse Ventura/Governor, Minnesota: I'm not surprised with the way they are doing wrestling these days.."
But only moments before his death - Hart, hyped up the sport to young
Owen Hart, The Blue Blazer: I always tell little wrestlers to
take their vitamins, say their prayers and drink their milk."
Following the accident, the show went on, but the WWF has promised a
full investigation into a stunt that brought death to an athlete in a
sport that until now seemed to defy it.
Maureen Maher, CBS News, Chicago.))
A Roanoke County home was heavily damaged this afternoon by fire.
Firefighters arrived at this house on the 5100 block of Fox Ridge Road in the Hunting Hills Community a little after 3:30.
No one was inside the house.
At this time the fire chief is saying the fire apparently started in the mulch in the front of the house.
There is no fire damage inside the house, just extensive smoke and water damage.
It's a case that could affect schools and universities across the nation.
The Supreme Court ruled 5 to four that educators must stop students from sexually harassing other students.
The ruling came after the family of a fifth grader sued a Georgia School district saying teachers did not do anything to stop students from harassing the girl.
Today the court decided the school district could be held financially responsible if school authorities who could have helped stop the harassment were deliberately indifferent to the situation.
The lawsuit is being sent back to a lower court for more study.
Meanwhile, the lawyer representing Christy Brzonkala says today's Supreme Court ruling could have an impact on her client's case against Virginia Tech.
Brzonkala sued the university and the two football players she accused of raping her.
Today, Richmond lawyer Eileen Wagner said she was encouraged by the majority opinion AND the court's dissent.
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((THE SUPREME COURT HAS DEFINED A VERY, VERY NARROW PATH. IT'S ALMOST A RAZOR'S EDGE, BUT IT IS AN OPEN PATH. AND I'M INTERPRETING THAT AS A GREEN LIGHT TO GO FORWARD WITH THE NEXT STEP IN THE LITIGATION AGAINST VIRGINIA TECH., WHICH WOULD BE TO FILE AN AMENDED COMPLAINT AND GET THE MATTER ON TRACK AGAIN.))
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Meanwhile, Virginia Tech officials say they DO NOT believe today's ruling will have a major impact on the Brzonkala case. Tech spokesman Dave Nutter says the ruling was narrowly defined, with few parallels to Brzonkala's allegations .[(toss to R)]
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll see how the state is doing in its fight against Y-2-k,
and things are returning to normal as students return to classes at Georgia High School for the first time since last week's shooting.
On Health Check, some Lynchburg residents may have trouble getting emergency medications as a popular program is running out money.
We'll have that and much more. Stay with us.
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It was back to school today at Heritage High School after last week's shootings.
Cathy Moss was there.
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((They say they wanted good day before this school year ends. and today
almost all the returning students arrived by bus at heritage high ready
to face their school again. they received hugs from teachers, and signed
yearbooks, all to help each other cope.
KATY HINESLEY, STUDENT
"THE PEOPLE.. ...SHOCK."
Katy Hinesly wasn't at heritage on Thursday when TJ Solomon allegedly
brought weapons to school and opened fire. but she and her friends say most students aren't angry at the suspected shooter, they pity and could
even forgive him.
"HE'S GOT GUILT.. ...COMFORT."
Six students are recuperating from gunshot wounds... remarkably 4 of
them were back in school. cecil brinkley, the assistant principal who
disarmed the suicidal gunman says the students may have gotten thweir
wish of one last good day.
CECIL BRINKLEY, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
"WE HAD NO EMOTIONAL OUTBURSTS.. ....NORMALLY DO."
Meanwhile Solomon remains in custody in a local youth detention center and faces multiple felsonies. he could still be charged as an adult
later this week.))
Virginia is 97- percent "Y2K compliant."
That means 97-percent of the critical functions performed by various state agencies are believed to be fail safe for January first, 2000.
But Virginia's Secretary of Technology admitted today that some agencies say they will NOT be completely ready by a July first deadline.
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((DON UPSON/VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF TECHNOLOGY: WE HAVE AN INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY, AND I THINK IT'S A COMPANY THAT'S WORKING WITH YOU, IS COMING IN AND AUDITING THE DATA THAT HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO MAKE SURE, AND TESTING THE SYSTEMS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE COMPLIANT.))
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The state kicked off a campaign today to help make sure all state workers are ready for the Year 2000 at work... and in their personal lives.
A local high school is gearing up for an Odyssey of the Mind competition. Patrick Evans introduces to a team that's made up of all females.
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A group of students at Cave Spring High School has been hard at work building a new car, and now they're about to drive into fierce competition, but not NASCAR style.
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Patrick Evans reports on this all-girl Odyssey of the Mind Team about to take the next step in competition.
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Today in Sports, the Salem Avalanche and the Lynchburg Hillcats catch a little early sunshine.
On health check -- the federal government has a new way to look at sunscreens.
Plus a local nurse sues the makers of a common hospital product that may be making her sick.
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(( MY THROAT FELT LIKE IT WAS CLOSING, I WAS GASPING, COUGHING.))
A Vinton woman has become the first person in Western Virginia to file a claim against the makers of latex gloves used in the health-care industry.
Lisa Williams was a nurse for 14 years.
On an average day, she says, she might have gone through 100 pairs of gloves... until one day she suddenly began to have a severe allergic reaction.
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((LISA WILLIAMS/ALLERGY SUFFERER: YOU COME IN ONE DAY WITH A CLEAR COMPLEXION AND BY THE END OF THE DAY, IT'S CRESTING THROUGH HERE AND THEN BOTH EYES. THEN IT'S TOTALLY THE WHOLE FACE AFTER THAT.))
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She didn't know what it was, at first.
Finally, a year ago she was diagnosed: allergic to latex.
The lawsuit asks for an unspecified amount in damages.
The glove manufacturers have not had time to respond to the complaint filed Friday.
The lives of many elderly and low- income residents could be in danger if a popular prescription drug program runs out of money next month.
More people than ever are taking advantage of the Community Prescription Program since it moved into the Johnson Health Center in January.
The program helps poor people buy emergency medications while they wait to qualify for a drug company's indigent list.
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((LINDSEY EDWARDS/PROGRAM DIRECTOR: THEY ARE LIFE- THREATENING ILLNESSES. THE MAJORITY THAT WE SEE ARE ELDERLY WHO SUFFER FROM CHRONIC ILLNESSES-- DIABETES, HEART-- I MEAN, IT'S AN ONGOING PROBLEM AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE AN ONGOING PROBLEM.))
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The Prescription program operates on an annual budget of 20- thousand dollars.. it has just 45- hundred dollars to last the rest of the year.
New sunscreen labeling regulations will help Americans choose the best products this summer.
The Food and Drug Administration designed new regulations to streamline labeling to all sunscreen products, including make-up and prohibit the use of misleading terms such as sunblock, waterproof, and all-day protection.
There will also be a new sun protection factor -- SPF -- category of 30 plus.
And instead of five different sun protection categories, a simpler labeling system of minimum, moderate, or high protection will be used.
Sunscreens will carry a Sun Alert statement saying that limiting sun exposure, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreens may reduce the risks of skin aging, skin cancer, and other harmful effects of the sun.
Manufacturers of sunscreens have 24 months to comply with the new labeling regulations.
The influence of western culture is being blamed on a sudden rise in eating disorders in Fiji.
Big has always been beautiful in Fiji. For centuries the island nation's ideal body shape has been on the large side for both men and women.
But now as inhabitants watch more American television, dress sizes have shrunk.
Where dieting was a previously unknown concept, new research shows a five fold increase in eating disorders in Fiji school children.
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((ANNE BECKER-REPORT AUTHOR; WHEN WE COMPARED THE NUMBER OF ADOLESCENTS IN FIJI WHO SAID THEY HAD BEEN ON A DIET IN THE LAST FOUR WEEKS, IT WAS HIGHER THAN STUDY'S SHOW IN MASSACHUSETTS.))
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The research shows three quarters of the children feel overweight and one in six shows symptoms of bulimia.
Becker found that 84 percent of the village women in one of her studies were either overweight or obese.
Fiji only has one television channel which shows mostly American, Australian and British programs.
Today in Sports, the Avalance and the Hillcats play a matinee.
here is Mike Stevens with that and news from the Hokies.[S5-AVS]
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Monday ticker which begins on the baseball diamond.
The Salem Avalanche opened it's three game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats this morning at Salem Memorial Stadium.
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Today was Blue Ridge Thunder Safe Surfin Day as area police and the Avalanche teamed up to promote internet safety for kids.
We pick up the action in the bottom of the second, Salem trailing 3-nothing. Jeremy Jackson is gonna hit into an infield ground out, but Miguel Correa scores from third.
Then, in the bottom of the fourth, Salem's' Todd Sears sends this pitch over the left-center field wall for his second homer of the season. The solo shot closed the Hillcats advantage to a run, 3-2.
[SUPER=37-Lynchburg/9/Salem/3; ]But Lynchburg would build it's cushion in the top of the fifth. Steve Matcuk's pitc
h gets by the Salem catcher allowing Kory DeHann to come in from third, making the count 4-2 Cats.
Salem gets another run on a double play ball, but Lynchburg opens the series with the 9-to-3 win. More on the safe surfing day at six.
The NCAA baseball tournament pairings were announced this afternoon and the Virginia Tech Hokies nt only got a good draw but they also were placed at a desirable venue.
The Hokies, who have won 17 out of their last 18 games will play Richmond in their opening game Friday in Winston-Salem.
Tech beat Richmond during the regular season, but the newly crowned A-10 champs are more excited about playing close to home.
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And don't forget that coming up this Saturday night News 7 Sports will have yet another NASCAR 99 half hour racing special for you.
Join us at seven o'clock Saturday for a preview of the Coca-Cola 600 coming your way Memorial Day weekend.
I'll be back at six. Have a safe night everybody.
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For all the hype, the Star Wars prequel has disappointed at the box office.
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That is if you can call making a 102 MILLION dollars in five days disappointing.
The Phantom Menace did not break the THREE day record set two years ago by THE LOST WORLD.
The Star Wars prequel brought in 62 million dollars in its first 72 hours. That falls 10 million dollars short of the Lost World's debut.
Some movie analysts say the latest films' numbers are disappointing. They expected it to gross 140 million dollars in five days.
Other films did surprisingly well over the weekend.
The Mummy came in second with 13 million dollars.
Entrapment and The Matrix came in third and fourth.[Close-ID]