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Violent protests are overshadowing politics in Los Angeles, and it's only the SECOND day of the Democratic National Convention.
And time is running out for the Russian sailors trapped aboard a sunken submarine.
We'll have the latest on rescue efforts.
We're starting to warm up today and feel some of those seasonable temperatures we should expect from mid-August and there's good news in our tropical forecast as well. Our weather forecast is coming up.
Hope you'll stay tuned for News 7 at noon.
Protesters were anything but "politically correct" during a clash with police outside the Democratic National Convention.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
While national politics is mainly in the spotlight of Hollywood this week, Presidential candidate Al Gore is spending today in the midwest.
En route to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angles, Gore is stopping in Michigan for a symbolic passing of the Presidential baton.
Meanwhile, on just the second day of the convention, there have already been some problems.
Yesterday, violence among protesters dampened the mood outside the convention hall.
Teri Okita joins us now from Los Angeles with an update on the convention.
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[SUPER=201-David Kalish/L.A.P.D. Spokesman;]
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[SUPER=201-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
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Locator: Los Angeles, CA, Last Night
(nats Rage Against The Machine)
The biggest show in Los Angeles last night may not have been inside the
convention center but outside.
Hundreds of rowdy protestors energized by the anarchist rock band
Rage Against the Machine stormed the streets. Police dressed in
riot gear and armed with rubber bullets and pepper spray fought back
SOT: DAVID KALISH, LAPD SPOKESMAN ( 01:53:59)
We believe we used a great amount of restraint. Our response was
strategic measured and appropriate.
A very different scene inside the convention center WHERE President
Clinton WON OVER THE PARTISIAN CROWD, ONCE AGAIN.
You remember, our Republican friends said then they would not be held
responsible for our economic policies, I hope the American people take
them at their word.
Narr: As the first family left the convention hall....the police
presence was everywhere. At least ten people were arrested and four
injured. The crowd slowly dispersed....and two hours later the area was
Locator: St. Louis, MO
Vice-President Al Gore and running mate Joseph Lieberman were not in Los
Angeles. They watched the convention from St. Louis where, earlier in
the day, they campaigned at a rally near the citys famed arch.
Gore SOT: (19:
Im running for President because I want to fight for you.
A desperate rescue mission is underway in the Barrents Sea.
That's where 116 Russian sailors are trapped in a disabled submarine, almost 500 feet underwater.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Paul Beaver/Jane's Defense Weekly]
[SUPER=01-Pavel Felgenhauer/Russian Military Expert]
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High winds and 12 foot seas above the Artic Circle are making an
already difficult rescue mission nearly impossible.
Time is running out. With it's nuclear reactors shut down, experts
agree the crew of 116 Russian sailors have used about half of their
available oxygen supply -- and may only last another four to five days
They have been trapped aboard the behemoth nuclear submarine Kursk
since Saturday, when either an explosion in one of its torpedo tubes,
or a collision sent it nearly 500 feet to the bottom.
The Russian Navy now has more than 15 rescue ships on the scene,
and has sent diving bells to the stricken sub to supply it with
electricity and oxygen. If it works, that would buy rescuers some more
time, but it does not help the ultimate situation of getting the crew out
Deep Sea submersibles are now the only option -- but getting one of
them to the submarine and establishing an air-tight lock on one of its
hatches seems more and more unlikely.
(SOT/PAUL BEAVER, JANE'S DEFENSE WEEKLY)
"The submarine is on the bottom, it's at 60 degrees off its axis -- pick
up off the escape hatches."
The Russian Navy has asked for little if any help. Its Northern
Fleet is the elite of the Russian Armed forces and some experts believe
pride may be getting in the way.
(SOT/PAVEL FELGENHAUER, RUSSIAN MILITARY EXPERT)
"Right now, of course, the Russian Navy are in a frantic mood -- sunk
like a stone."
(COWAN ON CAM)
"Once the rescue operation gets underway, Russian officials say it could
take as long as four hours just to get the sub linked up with the
stricken vessel. They would have to do that delicate maneuver at least
four times in order to bring everyone to the surface alive. Lee Cowan,
CBS News, Washington."))
It's moving day for the first tenants of the Roanoke Higher Education Center.
Most of the renovations to the former Norfolk and Western headquarters building are complete, and this morning, Virginia Tech and Radford University were moving equipment into their classrooms.
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((SEN JOHN EDWARDS/D- ROANOKE: THIS IS A RED LETTER DAY FOR THE HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER. WE'RE JUST DELIGHTED, AND EVERYTHING'S WORKING ACCORDING TO SCHEDULE. IN FACT, I UNDERSTAND THREE OF THE UNIVERSITIES WILL BE HOLDING THEIR COURSES BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH. IN FACT, NEXT WEEK. AND WE ARE JUST DELIGHTED THAT THINGS ARE MOVING ALONG AS WELL AS THEY ARE.))
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The College of Health Sciences will move in this afternoon. Its students will be the first to use the Higher Ed Center facilities when their classes start on Thursday.
Celanese and union negotiators are going back to the bargaining table Thursday.
Last week, union members at the plant voted down Celco's second contract offer by a margin of almost two-to-one.
Both sides hope the mediated session Thursday will resolve the two-month contract dispute.
Union members are pushing for better pensions and less mandatory overtime.
A Radford man convicted of plotting to kill a judge will receive a new sentence.
In April, 21-year-old Derrick Chapman was sentenced to 30 years for conspiring with a friend to murder Montgomery County Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs.
Chapman's family said the sentence was unfair because his co-conspirator, Christopher DeMoranville, got 3 years' probation.
In September, a new jury will give Chapman a new sentence.
That's because Judge Howe Brown said he erred in NOT letting Chapman testify during his sentencing.
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((CALVIN CHAPMAN/DERRICK CHAPMAN'S DAD: I HOPE THAT SOMETHING GOOD COMES OUT OF THIS... BUT WE NEVER THOUGHT THIS THING WAS GOING TO TRIAL AND YOU SEE WHERE WE'RE AT NOW. BUT WE'RE HOPING AND PRAYING THAT EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT THIS TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Calvin Chapman/Derrick Chapman's Father;]
[OUT Q=work out this time.]
Chapman's attorneys still contend that Christopher DeMoranville masterminded the murder plan.
A feud has erupted between local tattoo artists over advertising on the internet.
The owner of Alex's New Tattoo has filed a 250-thousand dollar lawsuit in federal court.
Joe Hegarty wants to use the name of his business as the address for a website.
But it turns out that another tattoo firm has the rights to the name right now.
Hegarty says Danny Fowler registered "alex's new tattoo-dot-com" with an Internet agency last year.
These two have tangled before. Fowler sued Hegarty three years ago in circuit court over the use of the name. That
case was dismissed. [Carroll-Schools]
Carroll County school kids will begin classes one week later than expected.
Five elementary schools in the county are still under construction. Parents convinced the school board to delay the start date for safety reasons.
The first day for all students has been pushed back from this Thursday, August 17, to next Thursday, the 24th.
A light rail train crashed at the Baltimore- Washington International Airport this morning, injuring 21 people.
No word yet on how many people were on the train at the time.
One person is said to be seriously injured.
Officials say it appears the train was going too fast, and could
not stop at the station.
It ended up going through a barrier at the
end of the line.
This morning's crash, however, did NOT affect air traffic at B-W-I.
British Airways is suspending its Concorde flights.
The airline says it grounded the flights after British and French officials say they planned to revoke the plane's air worthiness certification.
The company didn't offer any other specific information.
An Air France Concorde crash last month near Paris killed 113
British Airways suspended Concorde flights following the crash,
but only for one day.
A local foundation wants to find ways to improve Southside's economy.
The group calls itself the "Future of the Piedmont Foundation."
Organizers say Danville and Pittsylvania County are facing an economic crisis.
The organization hired a consultant to research ways to improve job opportunities, increase the population and education.
[IN Q=We hope that]
((LINWOOD WRIGHT/FOUNDATION PRES.: WE HOPE THAT THE POPULOUS OF THE CITY AND THE COUNTY WILL RECOGNIZE THE OPPORTUNITY THAT IS IN FRONT OF US AND WE WILL SET OUT A CONCENTRATED AND I MIGHT SAY A PASSIONATE EFFORT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=01-Linwood Wright/Foundation President; :00]
[OUT Q=make it happen.]
The report is called "Learning, Working, Winning." The full report will be released in the next two days.
Virginia's new "sunshine office" up and running.
It's a place you can get information and advice on how to keep tabs on your state and local governments.
A legislative commission headed up by Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum recommended the new Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council Office.
Its new director has some basic goals.
[IN Q=When somebody calls]
((MARIA EVERETT/VIRGINIA FOI COUNCIL DIRECTOR: WHEN SOMEBODY CALLS, WHEN THEY HANG UP THE PHONE, THEY THINK GOVERNMENT WORKS FOR ME. THEY GET A POSITIVE IMPRESSION OF GOVERNMENT. AND SO I THINK IF PEOPLE JUST CALL ME AND ASK THEIR QUESTIONS OF HOW DO I GET THIS, WHETHER IT'S AN ACCESS TO A MEETING QUESTION OR CAN I RECORD A MEETING... THE AVAILABILITY OF THIS OFFICE. AND WE'RE WORKING ON DEVELOPING A WEBSITE.))
[SUPER=01-Maria Everett/Virginia FOI Council Director;]
[OUT Q=a website.]
Everett conducted an "F-O-I-A" road show at community colleges last year.
From that, she decided there are NO "bad actors" working for Virginia government ... just public employees who don't understand the law, or fear for their jobs if they give the public controversial information.
Until the sunshine office gets its website up and running,
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you can find out more about the law through the Virginia Coalition for Open Government link from the politics page on our website, W-D-B-J- -7-dot-COM.
Two young men from Vinton will receive awards for their heroism from town mayor Don Davis tonight.
The College of Health Sciences students are studying to be paramedics ..
They put their knowledge to work back in June when they saved a New York man's life.
Meredyth Censullo has their story.
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[SUPER=07-David Hess; :39]
[OUT Q=News7, Vinton.]
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((YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE DAMAGE TO HIS LEGS- THE EXTENT OF HIS INJURIES.))
19-year old David Hess and 21-year-old Jason Hartman are looking at pictures of their vacation to Daytona in June.
Pictures that don't show them having fun - but saving a life after witnessing a horrible accident.
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((JASON HARTMAN: THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED 25-35 FEET IN FRONT OF ME - MY FIRST INSTINCT WHEN THE CAR ACTUALLY HIT - I WAS JUST LIKE, THAT PERSON'S DEAD - THERE WAS NO WAY ANYONE COULD SURVIVE THAT...))
The two Vinton Rescue Squad volunteers stopped to help 37-year-old Micheal Herberger.
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((DAVID HESS: I RAN BACK TO MY VEHICLE, RAN BACK TO MIKE'S VEHICLE WITH MY EMT KIT, PROBABLY LESS THAN A MINUTE .. MIKE HAD STOPPED BREATHING.))
They resuscitated Mike within minutes..
An ambulance arrived a half-hour later .. If David and Jason hadn't stopped, Mike would probably have died.
This weekend, Mike and his family paid tribute to the two young men who hope to one day be paramedics.
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((JASON HARTMAN: HE COULDN'T THANK US ENOUGH - THAT WE SAVED HIS LIFE))
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((BUT, LIKE I TOLD HIM, WE DO IT ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS - ITS WHAT WE'RE THERE FOR.))
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((DAVID HESS: I'M NOT GONNA SAY I'M SOMEBODY SPECIAL, I'M JUST ANOTHER PERSON OUT THERE IN THE WORLD THAT JUST HAPPENED TO BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME.))
But THIS time was the first time they've saved a life.
Something they hope they'll do EVERY time.
Meredyth Censullo, News7, Vinton))