Coming up on News 7-
Will Yen Sir-ing go on trial again? We'll tell you why the answer may be
More pink slips go at Yokohma Tire.
Also, find out what evidence will be heard in the O-J Simpson trial.
and it could be the oldest complete American movie. We'll show you.
News 7 is next.
Convicted Killer Jens Soering is trying to get another trial.
His lawyers will try to show that there's a possibility someone else may
have committed the crime.
O-J Simpson says he WILL take the stand in his civil trial.
((O.J. SIMPSON: IT'S REALLY FUNNY. WE'LL HE HAVE TO TAKE THE STAND? YOU CAN'T
KEEP ME OFF THE STAND. ))
OUT Q=OFF THE STAND."
Plus how to prevent your church from becomming a target of arson. We'll
find out what these folks are doing.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Among those who were questioned about the murders of a wealthy Bedford
County couple in 1985: a couple of drifters from Lynchburg.
IF William Shifflett and Robert Louis Albright WERE ever suspects in the
Haysom case, the county prosecutor never told the man who's serving two LIFE
terms for it.
Because of that, (Yenz SIR-ing's) Jen Soering's case is heading for another
hearing in December- -in the same courtroom where he was convicted six years
The Supreme Court sent the case back to Bedford, so the judge can hear the
story of two murder suspects the defense team did not know about when (Sir-ing)
Soering was tried.
IN Q=They were found
((GAIL MARSHALL: THEY WERE FOUND WITH THE KNIFE THAT'S CONSISTENT WITH THIS
WEAPON THAT THE FORENSIC PEOPLE FOR THE COMMONWEALTH HELD WAS THE TYPE OF
KNIFE. THEY SECRETED IT, WHEN THEY WERE STOPPED. THEY APPARENTLY WERE FURTIVE
ABOUT IT, AND THEN A FEW DAYS LATER THEY STABBED SOMEONE AND WERE CONVICTED FOR
THAT STABBING IN THE CITY OF ROANOKE.))
SUPER=01-Gail Marshall/Soering's Attorney
OUT Q=city of Roanoke.
Marshall wants fingerprints to compare with the UN-identified prints found
in the Haysom home.
She also wants to know the suspects' blood type and whether, in fact, they
were ever questioned about the Haysom case.
(Sir-ing) Soering himself will be back for the hearing on December 9th.
Yokohama is announcing layoffs again--
80 more jobs will be phased out over the next few weeks.
It's the second round of layoffs in just two months.
44 workers were let go in August.
Company officials say it's necessary for the tire manufacturer to stay
competitive in a slow market.
Marketing Vice President Dan Hunter says he hopes the action will be on a
short term basis to meet the market conditions now.
He says at this point, no additional layoffs are planned.
Meanwhile, local union leaders say they were expecting the announcement--
but did not know how many people would be let go.
Following these layoffs, there will be close to 925 people employed at
the Salem plant.
The rash of fires that destroyed numerous black churches throughout the
South appears to be dwindling.
But a Danville civil rights organization doesn't want the issue to go
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :28
SUPER=01-Bill Fuller/Danville Commonwealth's Atty.;:55
SUPER=01-Rev. William Avon Keen/Danville SCLC President; 1:14
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference are determined to
prevent what's happened around the country from hitting home.
The organization sponsored a leadership summit in Danville-- inviting local
church, legal and business leaders.
The meeting was upbeat-- combining prayer and fellowship with music.
But behind the Sunday like atmosphere-- the message was clear.
IN Q=I don't
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:I DON'T KNOW OF ANYTHING THAT IS A MORE
DASTARDLY ACT THAN THE BURNING OF A CHURCH AND WE WANT TO BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN
THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY AND THIS
CITY, IN PARTICULAR, TO INSURE THAT THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN HERE. ))
OUT Q=happen here.
Morris says his officers are keeping a closer eye on local churches.
But he and Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Fuller encouraged the crowd to help
by reporting any suspicious behavior.
IN Q=A lot of
((BILL FULLER/DANVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.:A LOT OF MURDERS TAKE PLACE IN THE
HEAT OF PASSION AND THINGS LIKE THAT BUT TO JUST DO SOME PREMEDITATED ACT LIKE
THAT IS ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE.))
The SCLC began planning for the conference several months ago.
This gave the organization time to get the community involved.
IN Q=We were
((REV. WILLIAM AVON KEEN/DANVILLE SCLC PRESIDENT:WE WERE VERY PLEASED WITH THE
INTRODUCTION OF SCLC YOUTH AND WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. THEY SHOW US THE NEED FOR
HOUSES OF WORSHIP TO EDUCATE AND TO KEEP THE SPIRITUAL DREAM ALIVE IN THE
OUT Q=the community.
Members of the Jewish and Islamic faith also took part in the leadership
summit. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
U-S officials say there will be full brigade of American forces in Kuwait
later this week
SUPER=03-Fort Hood, TX;
An Army force of five thousand will be in place to protect the nation in
case Iraq attacks.
((WILLIAM PERRY/DEFENSE SECRETARY: IF WE HAVE A CRISIS WE CAN WITHIN A FEW DAYS
HAE THIS HEAVY ARMOERED BRIGARDE OPERATIONAL AND READY TO GO.))
SUPER=01-William Perry/Defense Secretary;
OUT Q=and ready to go."
Perry is just back from weekend meetings with several leaders.
He says the coaltion is strong- and says reports about its demise are
O-J Simpson's civil trial begins tomorrow-
Today the judge made some critical rulings on just what will and won't be
allowed as evidence.
Elizabeth Kaledin has the latest.
SUPER=01-Robert Pugsley/Legal Analyst; 14
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Kaledin/CBS News; 1:01
OUT Q=Santa Monica."
((Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki says he will limit testimony regarding a police
frameup of Simpson. He has ordered Simpson's lawyers to come up with written
proof of a conspiracy by Monday, or forget about using it as a defense.
PROF. ROBERT PUGSLEY/LEGAL ANALYST: SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY:
In one victory for Simpson's team, Judge Fujisaki said he will allow the taped
testimony of forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee.
The plaintiffs are hoping to build their case on a foundation of what they say
is a long history of domestic abuse. They want the jury to hear 911 tapes of
Nicole Brown Simpson calling the police, and testimony from friends and family
that she thought Simpson would one day kill her.
Simpson, who was advised by his lawyers not take the stand in his criminal
trial, now says he is eager to be heard.
O.J. SIMPSON/JUNE 28: I CAN'T WAIT. I CAN'T WAIT.
ELIZABETH KALEDIN/CBS NEWS: DEALING WITH SIMPSON'S TESTIMONY TAKING ABOUT 2
WEEKS, AS LONG AS IT'LL TAKE TO SELECT A JURY, WHICH BEGINS TOMORROW. ELIZABETH
KALEDIN, CBS NEWS, SANTA MONICA.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, violence strikes Penn State University,
and as a bipartisan commission says NO to Perot, Virginians may be preparing an
election day surprise for President Clinton.
Robin in WX CENTER
MUSIC UP FULL
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Police have no motive after a woman fired five shots on the Penn State
SUPER=03-State College, PA;
killing one student and injuring another seriously.
Police say 19 year old Jillian Robbins fired a high powered rifle on one of
the busiet parts of campus.
Robbins is not a student, but she was wrestled to the ground by one while
she was changing amunition clips.
Police say Robbins tried to stab the student with a knife, but wounded
herself in the leg instead.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll
It's a Virginia tradition to vote for the Republican Presidential
But the latest News-7 Mason Dixon Poll indicates this November may be an
Figures show Bill Clinton running neck and neck with Bob Dole.
44-percent of Virginia voters favor Dole, while 43-percent support the
Coming in a VERY distant third is Reform party candidate Ross Perot, with
If Clinton comes out on top-- he would become the first Democratic
Presidential candidate to carry Virginia since Lyndon Johnson's win in 1964.
Meanwhile there's more bad news for Ross Perot.
Perot says he will have to sue to get in on the Presidential Debates.
That after the Commission on Presidential Debates recommended Perot be
It says the Reform Party candidate doesn't have a chance at winning so he
should not take part.
A Roanoke program for ex- offenders has lost a round in circuit court.
A judge in Richmond rejected Virginia Cares' challenge to a budget veto
that cost the agency 600-thousand dollars in state funding.
Virginia Cares provides services to state inmates as they're released from
Earlier this year the General Assembly earmarked one-point-six million
dollars for the program.
A veto by Governor Allen ultimately cost the agency more than a third of
its funding, and a judge has now refused to overturn that decision.
IN Q=We're disappointed in the decision
((BILL HOPKINS JR./ROANOKE ATTORNEY: WE'RE DISAPPOINTED IN THE DECISION. THE
JUDGE HAS LEFT OPEN THE POSSIBILITY OF AMENDING THE PLEADING TO CURE WHAT HE
CITES AS A DEFICIENCY IN OUR CASE. WE'RE WEIGHING OUR OPTIONS WHETHER WE WANT
TO DO THAT AT THIS POINT, AND WE'RE WEIGHING OUR OPTIONS WHETHER WE WANT TO
TAKE AN APPEAL.))
SUPER=01-Bill Hopkins Jr./Roanoke Attorney;
OUT Q=take an appeal.
Virginia Cares has eighteen sites in the state serving 30 prisons.
Officials say it's now likely that some of those locations will close.
Just when it looked like the Boones Mill water project was down the drain
town officials plugged the hole.
The town came up short on cash in efforts to replace its 55-year old water
It happened despite a 400-thousand dollar state grant.
But officials were able to get their hands on an additional grant worth 125-
IN Q=We submitted
((BONNIE NEWLON/FRANKLIN COUNTY ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR: WE SUBMITTED MONEY TO
THE R.A.C.D. FARMER'S HOME TO HELP US PAY FOR THE COST OF THE TANK. AND BY
DOING THAT, THE COMMUNITY BLOCK GRANT FOLKS DECIDED THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO WORK
WITH US AND ALLOW US TO SHIFT THE BUDGET AROUND SO WE COULD USE ALL THEIR FUNDS
FOR THE WATER LINE. ))
SUPER=01-Bonnie Newlon/Franklin Co. Asst. Administrator;
OUT Q=the water line
Newlon says if the extra money wasn't granted, the project would have likely
been put on hold.
Soft Music Under
Still to come on the newscast, Governor Allen promises students tougher
and we'll tell you why one man's discovery in his basement could prove the
old adage, "silence is golden."
MUSIC UP FULL
The fiancee of a former kennel operator in Pulaski County has pled guilty to
five counts of cruelty to animals.
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Last June;
Annette Jenkins let Terry Weaver set up the Solid Rock Kennel at her home.
Both disappeared in June, leaving about 30 dogs and cats tied up or caged
without food and water.
Tipton Ridge Veterinary Clinic has treated and boarded the animals since,
and adopted out all but six.
Jenkins turned herself in and pled guilty yesterday.
The judge suspended her 12-month sentence on the condition she repay the
Weaver, who's also charged, is still at large.
Governor Allen says Virginia's public school students will face tougher
academics this year.
Today, he visited a school in western Virginia where he says high
expectations and rigorous standards are paying off.
Allen spoke to students at Cave Spring High School in Roanoke County this
He says tougher standards of learning will improve performance in the
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THAT'S ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND HISTORIC CHANGES
GOING ON IN VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS NOW. WE'RE FOCUSED ON THE BASICS. WE HAVE
MEASURABLE STANDARDS AND THERE IS GOING TO BE ACCOUNTABILITY FINALLY IN OUR
OUT Q=in our schools.
Allen says new testing at the end of the third, fifth, eighth and eleventh
grades will insure students are learning basic skills.
Flood victims in North Carolina are still running to higher ground.
Hurricane Fran's aftermath is getting worse instead of better.
Dams released an overflow of water at Falls Lake in Raleigh, North
The excess water flowed into the Neuse River causing additional flooding
Nearly four-hundred homes had to be evacuated.
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The Atlanta Braves have decided not to activate Dave Justice for the
The Braves say his shoulder is still not 100 percent.
This all but assures a postseason roster spot for rookie Andruw Jones.
Area basketball fans got an early season treat last night as Lord Botetourt
hosted William Byrd in a rematch of last year's Group Two-A state championship
SUPER=03-Daleville/Terriers vs. Cavaliers; :00
To Daleville we go where Richard Thrasher and his Lady Terriers came into a
hostile environment and fed off the crowd early.
Andrea Gay makes the nice drive to the hoop, she gets fouled on the play but
still converts the layin and the free throw.
Byrd would also play tough inside as Brandy Allen gets the offensive rebound
and puts it in as Byrd stays in control.
Botetourt would have to play catch up all night long as Katrina Elliott
passes to sara moore, who gets it to Sarah Hicks for the hoops.
SUPER=33-William Byrd/54/Lord Botetourt/39;
But Byrd pulls off the upset last night beating the defending state champs
More bad news for the Cavaliers last night as Sarah Hicks sprained an ankle
and will likely miss Thursday night's game with Blacksburg.
Head coach David Wheat says HIcks will see a doctor and have x-rays later
today to determine the extent of the injury.
HOMETOWN HOOPS FULL SCREEN
And don't forget Steve Mason will have this week's edition of Hometown Hoops
Weekly tonight on News 7 at 5 and 11.
By the way, Northside beat Christiansburg last night 57-to-36.
WIPE TO ENG#
SUPER=03-St. Louis; :00
In another item from the world of women's hoops, yesterday in St. Louis
Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee said she's leaving the heptathlon to
play for the Richmond Rage in the all new, all women's American Basketball
She was a four year starter on the women's team at UCLA!
The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees were supposed to open their
pivotal three game series to help decide the AL east champion last night but
instead they've been sitting around in the rain.
After Baltimore batted in the top of the first, the game was delayed over
It was been officially postponed, but no makeup has been announced.
The Cleveland Indians are the first team to clinch a division pennant.
Last night they beat the Whitesox
SUPER=03-Cleveland, OH/White Sox vs. Indians; :00
This marks the first time in franchise history that Cleveland has won back to
Kevin Seitzer carried the team last night with a grand slam in a five run
The Indians also got a four hit game from Manny Ramirez.
Again, the Indians clinch the Central with a 9-to-4 win.
Before last night's games the Pirates Jim Leyland announced that he will not
be back in 1997 as the team's manager.
Leyland says he plans to keep managing and the Pirates have given him
permission to talk to other clubs.
IN Q="IF AT THE...
((JIM LEYLAND/WILL RESIGN AFTER THE SEASON:))
SUPER=01-Jim Leyland/Will Resign After The Season; :00
OUT Q=...OR NOT."
WDBJ-7 is getting set for another big Saturday of college football action.
And this week's party again involves the Virginia Cavaliers, who will be
making their second straight appearance here on your Hometown Station.
The Cavs travel to Wake Forest for a Noon kickoff.
Virginia has beaten Wake Forest 12 years in a row.
pinnacle page on tennessee/florida
And right after the Cavaliers and Demon Deacons finish up down in
Winston-Salem, keep it right here on WDBJ as SEC rivals Florida and Tennessee
hook up in Knoxville in a 3:30 kickoff.
wipe to eng#
The largest crowd in college football history will be rocking Neyland stadium
which now seats more than 102 thousand fans.
Those fans can may also set a record for the loudest and rowdiest decibel
readings in history when the Gators come to town.
IN Q="They're not...
((PHIL FULMER/TENNESSEE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Phil Fulmer/Tennessee Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...GO DOWN THERE."
Still to come, more football news as Steve Mason checks in from Blacksburg
Where everyone is working hard to get things in shape for this Saturday's
home opener with Rutgers.
With two successful road kills now in the bag, the Virginia Tech Hokies
have their sights set on this Saturday's home opener with Rutgers.
Steve Mason has more on the Scarlet Knights and last week's win over BC.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Chestnut Hill, MA/Hokies vs. Eagles; :11
SUPER=01-Cornelius White/5 Receptions, 103 Yards Sat.; :23
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/2 Sacks, 12 Tackles vs. Eagles; :48
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; 1:30
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
The Winston Cup warriors roll into Martinsville this week for the Hanes 500,
and a couple of drivers will be a little light
in the wallet.
NASCAR today broke bad on Jimmy Spencer for trying to punch Wally Dallenbach
and then breaking away from NASCAR officials Spencer was fined $10 thousand
Also, Kyle Petty was fined $5 thousand and Michael Waltrip $2 thousand for
their feud that took place after Sunday's race.
The film world is celebrating an extraordinary discovery announced today.
A former projectionist came forward with a crystal clear copy of the earliest
known feature film- 1912's Richard the third.
David Browning has more on the Lost Picture Show.
OUT Q=CBS News Hollywood
((THERE ARE WINDOWS TO A LOST WORLD, SILENT MOVIES. HERE IN HOLLYWOOD, FANS
STILL OUT TO SEE THEM, DRAWN TO THE COMEDY OF CHAPLIN, THE ALLURE OF LOUISE
BUT 90% OF ALL SILENT MOVIES ARE GONE. PRECIOUS COPIES WERE EITHER LOST OR
CRUMBLED AWAY YEARS AGO. THIS FILM---BIRTH OF A NATION FROM 1915 HAD BEEN
THOUGHT TO BE THE OLDEST SURVIVING AMERICAN FEATURE.
UNTIL TODAY. WHEN THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCED SOMETHING THAT'S LIKE
THE HOLY GRAIL TO SILENT FILM BUFFS. THE DISCOVERY OF A MOVIE FROM 1912--THE
OLDEST AMERICAN FEATURE FIULM IN EXISTENCE.
ITS A FILM OF SHAKESPEARE'S RICHARD THE THIRD SHOT IN WESCHESTER COUNTY
NY. COMPLETE WITH A CAST OF HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS. SOME SCENES IN
PRIMITIVE COLOR, ACTUALLY HAND PAINTED FRAME BY FRAME. A DISCOVERY LIKE THIS
IS RARE ENOUGH BUT IN THIS CASE THE FILM I(S SUCH A CLEAR SHARP COPY
ARCHIVISTS WERE ASTONISHED
SOT JEAN PICKER FIRSTENBERG, AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE
WHERE HAS RICHARD THE THIRD BEEN ALL THESE YEARS? IN THE BASEMENT AT BILL
BUFFUM'S HOUSE IN PORTLAND, OR THAT'S WHERE. HE'S A SILENT FILM COLLECTOR WHO
KNEW HE HAD A RARITY BUT DIDN'T KNOW JUST HOW RARE.
NOW WITH BILL BUFFUM'S RICHARD THE THIRD SAFELY STYORED AWAY AT THE AFI'S
ARCHIVES, FILM HISTORIANS HOPE THAT OTHER LOST TREASURE WILL TURN UP. SO CHECK
THE BASEMENT. YOU COULD MAKE MOTION PICTURE HISTORY.))