Up next on News 7 at eleven-
A store owner is injured tonight in Danville. We'll have the latest.
Plus a car accident injures a news employee in Southside.
People rallied with a message tonight at Virginia Tech.
And could this be the next Dale Earnhardt? We'll meet one of the fastest 13
News 7 at eleven is next.
Congress passed a measure to ban late term abortions.
This would ban "partial birth abortion" unless the mother's life is
President Clinton says he will veto the measure.
A local business' reputation may need cleaning up.
Professional Car Care hopes to renew faith in its car wash business.
Many customers say they paid for services they never got.
And of course most seventh graders can't drive, but tonight we'll tell you
about a thirteen year old speed racer.
Join us for news 7 at eleven.
The owner of a Danville Convenience store is hospitalized tonight after a
fight at his store.
It happened around nine- thirty inside the North Main Heights Convenience
Police say someone struck the owner with a stick or some other type of
Danville police aren't sure what led up to the incident. The person
responsible fled the scene.
One man was arrested at the scene-- but the charge was apparently
The apparent altercation wasn't the only emergency police at the scene had
Minutes after authorities arrived-- a freelance photographer videotaping the
crime scene was hit by a car.
Witnesses say the photographer was standing in the road when he was struck
by a car traveling South.
Authorities have not released the cameraman's identity or his condition.
Since abortion was legalized by the Supreme Court twenty years ago, it has
not successfully been challenged, until now.
Congress passed a bill tonight to make one type of abortion illegal.
Kent Jarrell has the story.
IN Q=Abortion opponents consider
SUPER=01-Rep. Helen Chenoweth/(R) Idaho;
SUPER=01-Rep. Pat Schroeder/(D) Colorado;
SUPER=01-Maureen Malloy/Nat'l Right To Life Comm.;
SUPER=01-Kent Jarrell/CBS News;
OUT Q=CBS News Washington.
((Abortion opponents consider this a victory...
Partial Birth Abortions...a rare technique where the brain is suctioned out
before delivery...would be illegal unless there is no other way to save the
REP. CHENOWETH (R) IDAHO
PARTIAL BIRTH IS COLD BLOODED MURDER, PREMEDITATED MURDER.
REP. SCHROEDER (D) CO
THERE ARE 1.5 MILLION ABORTIONS A YEAR IN THE US...450 ARE PARTIAL BIRTH
PROCEDURES...CHOSEN BY SOME MOTHERS WHO DISCOVER SERIOUS BIRTH DEFECTS
TAMMY WATTS HAD A PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION.
OUR WHOLE GOAL WAS TO STOP HER SUFFERING WE WANTED OUR DAUGHTER TO HAVE DEATH
Abortion foes say they will use partial birth abortions to change minds.
MAUREEN MALLOY/NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE
...PART OF AN EDUCATION EFFORT...
President Clinton has said he has studied and prayed and is ready to veto the
bill. Abortion will be a dividing issue again in another Presidential
campaign. Kent Jarrell for CBS News Washington.))
wipe wipe wipe wipe
Meanwhile in the Senate a vote the President will welcome-
Senators passed a measure that would allow the president to veto individual
items in spending bills.
The house will vote tomorrow and it's likely the president will sign it.
The line item veto is called a major shift in power from Congress to the
A lawsuit against Virginia Tech and two of its football players over
alleged sexual assault has again raised the issue of violence against women.
Tonight, the Tech campus hosted a rally and march-- protesting such acts.
Kimberly McBroom attended the Take Back the Night rally.
Kim, was the woman who's suing Tech, Christy Brzonkala's name mentioned at
Well Jean, the organizers of the event said that the rally wasn't taking a
stance on the Brzonkala case--
They say that tonight was about women and men alike taking a stance against
violence for themselves.
IN Q=Nat sound
SUPER=01-Susan Anderson/Take Back the Night Coord.;
OUT Q=definitely be served
((TAKE BACK THE NIGHT, TAKE BACK THE NIGHT...singing ))
The night was filled with singing and chanting for a safer world-- free of
abuse and assaults.
((SUSAN ANDERSON/TAKE BACK THE NIGHT COORDINATOR: WE BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A
PROBLEM WITH VIOLENCE AND THE MARCH IS TO EMPOWER WOMEN TO ENERGIZE WOMEN AND
TO GIVE PEOPLE PRACTICAL, SMALL THINGS THAT THEY CAN DO TO PROMOTE CHANGE EVERY
DAY OF THEIR LIVES. ))
Things like fighting back at not only physical abuse-- but verbal abuse and
Anderson says it's also crucial for women to be more involved in the issues
((CATHERINE BERNARD: I GUESS I JUST CAME HERE TO AFFIRM TO MYSELF AND TO
EVERYBODY ELSE THAT, "HEY, IT'S OKAY TO STAND UP FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS. IT'S OKAY
TO BE WITH OTHER WOMEN IN SUPPORT OF OUR IDEAS THAT WOMEN ARE PEOPLE TOO. ))
While Christy Brzonkala's lawsuit against Tech didn't surface at the
rally-- her story was on the minds of some who were there.
((HEATHER WOSOOGH: I'M NOT EXACTLY SURE WHERE I STAND, BUT I THINK THAT A LOT
OF INJUSTICE WAS DONE AND JUSTICE SHOULD DEFINITELY BE SERVED. ))
Now Jean, this is Tech's seventh annual Take Back the Night March.
And those who were there say that they did take back THIS night-- but
they'll have to keep raising their voices and joining together before violence
against women will ever end.
It sounded like a sonic boom.
That's how workers described an explosion that ripped through an Indiana
Three people were killed- Eight others hurt.
((LEE SPITKA/WORKER: ALL OF A SUDDEN A BIG EXPLOSION AND I TURNED AROUND AND
THE WHOLE CEILING AND EVERYTHING WAS CAVING IN. IT JUST HAPPENED SO FAST.))
((PAT KING/INDIANA STATE POLICE: THEY IMMEDIATELY SOUGHT TO GET TO THE PEOPLE
THAT THEY COULD GET TO THE INJRUED OUT. IT'S SUPRISING THAT IT WASN'T MORE
SUPER=01-Lee Spitka/Worker; 00
SUPER=01-Pat King/Indiana State Police; :09
OUT Q=MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED."
Federal agents arrived on the scene late today to begin investigating.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, a patient of a local spine surgeon says the
doctor's operation made his condition worse,
and the NEW owner of a car wash business says she wants to clean up her
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Some people that bought coupons for hand carwashes say they feel like
they've been taken to the cleaners.
They believe the car wash company left them high and dry.
The NEW owner says that isn't the case.
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=For a while
SUPER=07-Joan Young; :39
SUPER=07-Paul Ripley; :46
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Monday; :54 (QUICK!!)
SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Yesterday; 1:04 (QUICK!!)
SUPER=01-Jennifer Farmer/Professional Car Services; 1:17
OUT Q=Scott Prince, News 7
(( For a while it looked like this vehicle and a number of others would never
But the new owner of this car washing company says SHE'S clean, and soon
vehicles will be, as well.
The business is now called Professional Car Care Services, formerly VIP
VIP telemarketers had been offering these certificates for twenty dollars a
piece, promising customers that someone would come to their home or business
and perform a hand wash and wax on their vehicle.
But a News- 7 investigation found that a number of unsatisfied customers
complained to the Better Business Bureau about VIP.
Customers say they paid up front, but in a number of cases, folks believed
they got doused with empty promises.
end stand up
IN Q=They never
((JOAN YOUNG: THEY NEVER WOULD RETURN MY CALL AND MOST OF THE TIME, THE
RECORDING SAID THE MESSAGE TAPE WAS FULL. I TRIED TO REACH THEM FOR WEEKS. ))
BUTT BUTT BUTT
IN Q=There was no
((PAUL RIPLEY: THERE WAS NO SHOW HERE TO WASH MY TRUCK AND WAX IT AND I TRIED
REPEATED CALLS BACK AND THE TAPE KEPT SAYING THE MESSAGE TAPE WAS FULL. ))
OUT Q=tape was full
Earlier this week, we went to VIP's headquarters to get some answers from
Stephanie Peters... who according to city records still owned the company.
All we found was a locked office.
Then we went to her home, where we were told the business had been sold to
Radford resident, Jennifer Farmer.
Farmer is well aware that there are plenty of vehicles that were never
cleaned, but says she has every intention of making good on the past promises.
IN Q=I'm going
((JENNIFER FARMER/PROFESSIONAL CAR CARE SERVICES: I'M GOING TO MAKE EVERYTHING
RIGHT. IT'S GOING TO TAKE ME A FEW WEEKS BECAUSE WE'VE GOT A LOT OF CARS WE'VE
GOT TO GET DONE. BUT IT WILL BE DONE. ))
The customers we talked to weren't very sympathetic toward VIP, or as it's
now called, Professional Car Services.
Even though it looks as if vehicles will now be cleaned, some say the hard
feelings toward the company will never wash away.
Scott Prince, News 7.))
Former Virginia Spine Center Surgeon Dr. Eric Korsh spent his first day in
court today-- in the midst of some 50 medical negligence complaints.
While others have been settled out of court, today marked the first case to
make it to trial.
The plaintiff, Pat Brunson of Floyd County, claims Dr. Korsh told him his
back was so badly hurt, that without spinal fusion surgery he'd be paralyzed.
Brunson says he was told he'd be 99-percent pain free, with full mobility
following the surgery.
That was not the case, though says Brunson.
He claims he's now hurting worse than ever, following surgery with the
The trial today brought spectators-- interested in how this case would
affect their own cases against Korsh.
IN Q=Lots of
((CAROL FIELDER/FORMER PATIENT: LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE HAD THEIR SCREWS REMOVED. A
LOT. THE DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE. SOME ARE BETTER WITHOUT THE SCREWS. SOME ARE NOT
ANY BETTER. NOBODY IS AS GOOD AS THEY WERE BEFORE THE SCREWS WERE PUT IN. ))
SUPER=01-Carol Fielder/Former Patient; :
OUT Q=were put in.
Korsh's attorneys say their client provided reasonable and appropriate care
to Brunson-- and all of the patients at the Virginia Spine Center.
As the trial continues, the defense plans to show videotapes of Brunson
working on his property, which they say shows him doing all the things he now
says he can't do.
In most businesses time means money, and that's also true for law
Steve Smallshaw tells us how one local sheriff's department is using high
technology to save both.
IN Q=The life of
SUPER=01-John Price/Lynchburg Sheriff's Deputy; :09
SUPER=01-Lawrence Simpson/Lynchburg Sheriff; 1:08
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.
(( The life of a sheriff's deputy is a busy one...from serving court papers to
keeping track of prisoners, time can be a valuable commodity.
SOT 2:37:48 (3)
IN Q=We've got to
((JOHN PRICE/LYNCHBURG SHERIFF'S DEPUTY: WE'VE GOT TO UTILIZE SOME KIND OF
TECHNOLOGY TO HELP US GET THAT JOB DONE, BECAUSE THE AMOUNT OF TIME WE HAVE TO
DO IT JUST GETS SMALLER ALL THE TIME.))
OUT Q=all the time.
That's why the Lynchburg sheriff's office has gone high-tech.
It's newest improvement is a computerized booking system: a suspect is
brought in, fingerprinted and photographed and the essential information is
stored in the department's computer.
Not only does it produce foolproof ID bands for a prisoner's wrist, the
system can put together a photo lineup of pictures based on physical
IN Q=We've seen times
((PRICE: WE'VE SEEN TIMES WHEN WE NEEDED A PICTURE OF AN INDIVIDUAL AND HAD TO
WAIT TWO WEEKS TO GET IT PREVIOUSLY. WE CAN GENERATE THAT PICTURE WITHIN THREE
MINUTES NOW AND HAVE A COLOR PHOTO TO SHOW TO A VICTIM OR SOMEBODY WHO NEEDS TO
IDENTIFY A PERSON.))
OUT Q=identify a person.
Computers are also becoming standard issue in the deputies' patrol cars.
With this laptop an officer can record each warrant and subpoena they serve,
then transfer that information to the main computer.
A process that used to take more than an hour is now done in seconds.
IN Q=Everything is
((LAWRENCE SIMPSON/LYNCHBURG SHERIFF: EVERYTHING IS TIME SAVING NOWADAYS, WITH
THE AMOUNT OF CUTBACKS IN PERSONNEL I GUESS WE HAVE TO LOOK FOR INNOVATIVE WAYS
TO OVERCOME THAT.))
OUT Q=overcome that.
IN Q=And technology
((And technology marches on. In a few months, the sheriff's office will add a
computerized fingerprinting system...instead of the old messy ink pad, a
computer will scan a suspect's prints and immediately enter them into a
nationwide data bank. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up a little later in the newscast,
we'll meet a young racer who's on the move. He's not old enough for a driver's
license but he's still one of the fastest things on four wheels.
MUSIC UP FULL
A large union rally outside Tanglewood Mall did not stop traffic late this
afternoon, but it definitely got people's attention.
Rubber and tire workers from places like Danville, Bedford, and Salem held
the rally outside the Firestone Tire Center.
They're urging people to boycott its products.
They say the company's parent, Bridgestone-Firestone, is trying to break the
union which went on strike against the company in 1994.
IN Q=They've come
((TONY HENSLEY/BRIDGESTONE-FIRESTONE WORKER: THEY'VE COME OUT WITH THIS 17
PIECE CONCESSION PACKAGE, TAKING AWAY FROM OUR RETIREES, TAKING AWAY FROM OUR
PEOPLE THEIR SENIORITY RIGHTS, THEIR VACATION, THEIR HOLIDAYS.))
SUPER=01-Tony Hensley/Bridgestone-Firestone Worker;
OUT Q=their holidays.
The tire workers union never settled its dispute with Bridgestone-Firestone.
It says many of its members had to return to work in 1995 to keep the
company from de-certifying its union. No one at Bridgestone-Firestone
could be reached for comment.
Henry County and Christiansburg shoppers welcomed WalMart to town with open
arms and open wallets today.
The discount giant has had a presence in both areas for some time.
But this morning WalMart opened brand-new SuperCenters in the two
The quarter mile long stores sell groceries in addition to the general
merchandise found in a standard size WalMart.
IN Q=I saw many
((JENNIFER WARREN/WALMART CUSTOMER: I SAW MANY DIFFERENT THINGS BECAUSE IT'S
LIKE A FOOD SECTION AND LIKE A CLOTHING SECTION AND IT'S JUST GREAT.))
((BEATRICE PENN/WALMART CUSTOMER: IT WAS NICE. EVERYTHING WAS DONE REAL NICE,
I THINK. Think you'll be coming back? PENN: OH YEAH, WE LOVE WALMART.
EVERYBODY COMES TO WALMART. WE'LL BE COMING BACK.))
SUPER=01-Jennifer Warren/WalMart Customer; :00
SUPER=01-Beatrice Penn/WalMart Customer; :06
OUT Q=coming back.
Wal-Mart will open nearly 200 of these monster-size stores across the U-S
this year ALONE.
Within the next few years we'll have more than half a dozen Super Centers in
If you haven't seen the Comet Hyakutake (Hi-you-takee) yet
take a look at these pictures.
NASA released the most detailed images so far.
The ten mile chunk of ice, dust and gases lights up the sky some 9 million
miles from earth.
These pictures were taken by the Hubble telescope through a red filter
which shows the best view of the comet's structure.
(HI-you-takee) is the brightest comet to pass the Earth in 20 years.
The Express falls to the Checkers, Magic Johnson holds a reunion with pat
Riley and Frank Beamer talks about the Hokies..but first the numbers.
Chyron in motion
IN Q=first score
OUT Q=last score
We start in the ice box where the Roanoke Express was shut out last night
3 to nothing by the Charlotte Checkers at Independence Arena in game one of the
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Express vs. Checkers; :00
The offensive minded Checkers got two goals and an assist from Darrell
Norin. All of Charlotte's goals came on the power play. Norin tallied both of
his goals in the second period after a scoreless first.
The game would get physical. Roanoke defenseman Wade Gibson comes out on
the short end of this brawl as he is taken to the ice.
The Checkers Norin was a one man wrecking crew as he wracked up 3 points
on the night. Here he blows the shot past Express goalie Matt DelGuidice. He
got some help from Roanoke's Tim Hanley as the shot is deflected off him.
DelGuidice recorded 32 saves on the night but Charlotte outshot Roanoke 35 to
26. Nick vetucci recorded 26 saves.
The Los Angeles Lakers continued to storm through the sunshine state last
night as Magic Johnson's boys cooled Pat Riley's Heat.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Lakers vs. Heat; :00
The game served as a reunion for Magic and his former laker coach Pat
Riley. Riley presented Magic with a check for 20 thousand dollars for the Magic
Johnson Foundation. The two SUPER=32-Los Angeles/106/Miami/=95;
embraced and then battled each other.
Irvin got came out on top. He scored 27 points on the night and hit all 15
of his free throws.
Alonzo Mourning led the Heat with 19 points but missed some crucial shots
from the charity stripe. Lakers win 106 to 95.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Raptors vs. Sixers;
In other NBA action. Clarence Wetherspoon's 28 points and Jerry
Stackhouse's 26 points added up to the 76ers win over the Toronto raptors.
The 103-94 win snaps Philadelphia's 8 game losing streak. Stackhouse was simply
unstoppable, but he did have a supporting cast.
Vernon Maxwell chipped in 11.
Virginia tech Spring football practice is in full swing down in
Blacksburg. The Hokies are coming off a top 10 national ranking and a Sugar
Bowl win. With that comes pressure that the Hokies feel they can deal with.
IN Q=I think
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=Real pressure there
Key leaders on the team will be quarterback Jim Druckenmiller and all
american Cornell Brown. The Hokies have experienced some injuries. Center Bill
Conaty is currently on crutches with an injured leg.
IN Q=That's a tough loss
OUT Q=next fall
The Spring game will be played April 20th at 3pm at Lane Stadium. Practice
continues for three more weeks and the attitude is positive.
IN Q=our goal
OUT Q=year end year out.
The Roanoke Rush announced yesterday that head coach Denie Marie is
Marie is leaving the second year franchise to pursue collegiate coaching
Under Marie, the Rush went 8 and 4 during the regular season and then 1 and
1 in the playoffs.
Veteran NFL receiver Don Beebe was cut by the Carolina Panthers but will
now play for the Green Bay Packers.
One other NFL note, Washington Redskin center John Gesek has told the
Washington Post that a neck injury might end his career, # 75 has a bulging
disk and has been advised to retire.
Still to come, Highlights from two kinds of courts. Another high ranking
player is sent packing in the Lipton's,
and a Rick Pitino clone invades Gator Country as Florida's new basketball
The University of Florida has a new head basketball coach. Thirty year old
Billy Donovan has left Marshall University to join the Gators.
Donovan played under Rick Pitino at Providence so expect the Gators to run
and gun under their new coach. (/////SOT/////)
((BILLY DONOVAN/FLORIDA BASKETBALL COACH:))
SUPER=01-Billy Donovan/Florida Basketball Coach; :00
OUT Q=...in this style."
GRAPHIC=News 7 sports
On to the other courts...the asphault courts where quarterfinal action at
the Lipton championships resumed today.
SUPER=03-Key Biscayne, FL;
Jim Courier played and lost in his match today. Frenchman Arnaud Boetsch,
the 15th seed, disposed of Courier in three sets 7-6, 2-6 and 7-5. Boetsch
handed Courier 20 break point chances but JIm only capitalized on 4. The
frenchman advance to the semi finals.
One seventh grader is considered Rockbridge County's very own speed racer.
He may be young but he can't wait to rev up his engines at the Winston Cup.
Ron Jones reports.
IN Q=In the racing
SUPER=04-File Tape; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Pearce/Father; :31
SUPER=01-Hunter Pearce/Race Car Driver; :52
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
EDITOR: FILE OF RACING
((In the racing world Dale Earnhardt, Darryl Waltrip, and Ernie Ervin are
considered super stars...the elite!
WIPE INTO TODAY'S STUFF:
And in Rockbridge County 13 year old Hunter Pearce is a star in the making.
This seventh grader is already considered an accomplished veteran among his
peers and the racing world.
Driving his motor karts throughout the southeast he has racked up more than
75 trophies and plaques... along with two national championships.
((BILL PEARCE/HUNTER'S FATHER: ONE THING THAT MAKES ME SO PROUD IS WHERE HE
STARTED IN 92 TO WHERE HE'S AT TODAY. FIRST RACE HE'D EVER RACED TO WATCH
HIM...THAT RACE, COMPARED TO WHERE HE IS NOW RACING AGAINST NATIONAL
COMPETITION. PEOPLE FROM CANADA, NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, TEXAS. ALL OVER THE
COUNTRY RACING AGAINST THE TOP QUALITY DRIVERS.))
Hunter says the key to winning is expectation.
((HUNTER PEARCE/KART DRIVER: I LIKE TO TELL MYSELF I'M GOING TO WIN. I'M
CAPABLE OF A WIN. I TRY TO TELL MYSELF THAT YOU KNOW. MY DAD AND ME WE JUST
GO OUT AND TRY TO WIN EVERY TIME.))
Hunter and his 70- mile- per- hour kart also raced against Richard Petty's
grandchildren... he beat them soundly.
He wants to take on Dale Earnhardt someday.
However, his dad says for now his next big step is this super truck... when
he's old enough.
As for the karts, Hunter is still looking for sponsors.
racing world go round... and round. Ron Jones, News Seven.))
He's learned, just like the big leagues, it still takes money to make the