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The woman we've told you about with all those pets will have to give them
Plus a visitor from Pennsylvania is killed in Danville.
And the debate over black english in school makes it to Washington.
Temperatures will drop quickly this evening, and a cold rain is on the way
The forecast ahead.
Today's big medical news-- the country's medical experts tackle the
debate over just when women should start planning their mammography screenings.
The Franklin County animal breeder charged with neglecting her pets, will
not be allowed to keep them.
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Goood Evening I'm Jean Jadhon.
The Franklin County breeder accused of neglecting and mistreating her
animals is no longer allowed to own dogs or cats.
This afternoon, a General District Court judge took more than a hundred
animals away from Valery Green... and awarded them to the Humane Society.
Witnesses testified that the animals were not kept after and that feces was
strewn across her home and yard.
Green says she'll appeal the decision.
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OUT Q=a lot of money
The Humane Society can not put any of the animals up for adoption until the
appeal is heard.
Green is expected to appear in CIRCUIT court in two weeks... where she'll
face criminal animal cruelty charges.
A Pennsylvania man looking for work was shot and killed last night in
19-year old Derrick Lavar Crawford died quickly from a gunshot wound to the
It happened around 10 at an apartment on Ferry Road.
Police say Crawford was staying in Danville with a cousin while job hunting.
Authorities say two black males were seen running from the area, but do not
have any suspects.
This is the second murder in Danville in less than two weeks.
A battle is shaping up over a proposed change to Virginia's Constitution.
It would simply guarantee parents the right to direct the upbringing and
education of their children.
Opponents are concerned the wording would open schools and child protective
services up to legal challenge by angry parents.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT IS NOT MY INTENT TO, NOR ANYBODY WHO'S PROPOSING THIS
TO HAVE ANY SORT OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY INCLUDING ABUSE OF CHILDREN TO BE SOMEHOW
SANCTIONED BY THIS.))
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Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer says he thinks most senators oppose the
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT WON'T PASS THOUGH. BECAUSE I THINK
EVERYONE IS AFRAID THAT THERE WILL BE SOME TELEVISION AD IN SOME CAMPAIGN THAT
SAYS, YOU KNOW, "JOHN DOE VOTED AGAINST PARENTS' RIGHTS TO BE INVOLVED IN THEIR
CHILDREN'S UPBRINGING." YOU CAN DEMAGOGUE IT AND SOUND BITE REAL EASILY. BUT
YOU STILL HAVE TO LOOK DEEPER AND SAY WHAT'S THE WISE LAW HERE?))
OUT Q=law here.
In fact, in a Senate vote today on when it would be considered, 22 of 40
senators sided with the bill's sponsor.
Martinsville's Roscoe Reynolds was one of two Democratic defectors in an
otherwise party line vote.
The sparks are flying in Washington over ebonics- or slang in school.
Oakland California school officials are defending a decision to train teachers
in Black English.
((CAROLYN GETRIDGE/OAKLAND SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: OUR CURRENT EDUCATION
PRACTICE SYSTEM WILL NOT PREPARE MANY AFRICAN AMERICANS AND OTHER MINORITY
STUDENTS TO PERFORM AT HIGH LEVELS OF ACHIEVEMENT.))
SUPER=01-Carolyn Getridge/Oakland School Superintendent;
OUT Q=OF ACHIEVEMENT."
Opponents say students of all races should conform to standard english in
((AMOS BROWN: WE SPEAK THAT BROKEN LANGUAGE AT HOME. MARTIN LUTHER KING SPOKE
IT AT HOME AND AT MOREHOUSE, BUT WHENEVER HE WENT TO HARVARD OR TO YALE OR
PRINCETON YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT HE TALKED SO MUCH HE COULD TALK THE HORNS OFF A
SUPER=01-Amos Brown/Nat'l Baptist Convention;
OUT Q=off a billygoat."
The senate panel is trying to determine if integrating ebonics into
education helps or hurts the ability to learn standard english.
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Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- The jury was supposed to get the Simpson
case today, but lawyers are still delivering their closing arguments.
And the president called her a "remarkable American" -- today the first
female Secretary of State is sworn in.
Depression commonly occurs during pregnancy-- but is it reasonable to take
anti-depressants without risking developmental problems for your baby?
That's one topic, on Health Check.
Patrick is checking out one place to watch the Superbowl on Sunday--
His live report from Hooters, when we come back.
Madeleine Albright made history today-
becoming the first female Secretary of State-
Albright says America is strong but warned we must still work on ties with
((MADELEINE ALBRIGHT/SECRETARY OF STATE: IF WE ARE COMPLACENT OR TIMID OR
UNWILLING TO LOOK BEYOND OUR BORDERS OUR CITIZENS WILL NOT PROSPER AND THE
FRAMWORK OF AMERICAN LEADERSHIP AND FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN SECURITY COULD
CRUMBLE WITH THE 21ST CENTURY SPEED.))
SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=21ST CENTURY SPEED."
Albright is the highest ranking women ever to hold a position in a
Don't believe the evidence- That's the plea from defense attorneys in the
O-J Simpson case.
The're going through physical evidence piece by piece.
Lawyers told the jury most of it was either tainted by police or doesn't
point to Simpson as the killer.
It's part of the defense closing arguments-
The jury was supposed to get the case today, but defense lawyers said they
will need the full day to finish their closing arguments.
The three eastern railroads involved in a bidding war are at least talking
C-S-X and Conrail responded to an invitation from Norfolk Southern and
prodding from federal regulators.
Last fall C-S-X and Conrail announced their merger plans.
That prompted a counteroffer from N-S and a subsequent stalemate.
N-S fears a combination between it's cross- state rival and Conrail will cut
it out of the northeastern rail markets Conrail dominates.
N-S has roughly 35 hundred employees in this area.
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It generated a little controversy, and now it's part of our community--
we're talking about the restaurant Hooters-- That's where we find Patrick
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The Superbowl is coming up this weekend, and that means parties--lots of
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The new Hooters restaurant is gearing up for a big crowd, and Patrick Evans
is there to see what special plans they have for the big game.
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In tonight's two Minute ticker-- superbowl hype continues...
On Health Check-- Some encouraging findings to report-- in AIDS treatment.
Plus-- a controversial announcement today from the government-- with the
National Cancer Institute taking a stance on when women should start getting
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((THE CURRENT DATA DO NOT SUPPORT MAMMOGRAPHIC SCREENING FOR WOMEN IN THEIR
OUT Q=in their forties.
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Everyone agrees that women in their fifties should get regular
mammograms-- because they save lives.
But there's been a great deal of controversy over whether women in their
FORTIES should have mammography screening.
So the National Cancer Institute convened a panel of experts to review all
the scientific data.
The panel could not make an across the board recommendation for screening
women in their forties-- and instead, recommended that women educate
themselves-- and make their own decisions.
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((DR, LEON GORDIS/JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY: WE BELIEVE THAT THE BEST
RECOMMENDATION THAT WE CAN MAKE IS TO PROVIDE WOMEN WITH THE BEST AND HIGHEST
QUALITY INFORMATION ABOUT
ABOUT THE POTENTIAL RISKS AND BENEFITS OF MAMMOGRAPHIC SCREENING IN THE 40'S
SO THAT WOMEN IN THAT AGE GROUP CAN TAKE THAT INFORMATION
AND WITH THE AID OF A PHYSICIAN OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
OR OTHER COUNSELOR, CONSIDER HOW THESE
HOW THE INFORMATION ON RISK AND BENEFIT, TRANSLATE FOR THEMSELVES. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Leon Gordis/Johns Hopkins University; :
OUT Q=for themselves.
The outcome does little to put this controversy to rest.
And the American Cancer Society continues to maintain that women in their
forties should have mammograms.
The panel is also recommending that if a woman does chose to be screened by
mammography in her forties-- then third party payers should cover the costs--
as should health maintenance organizations.
Women who have had to take anti-depressants during pregnancy and are worried
about potential side effects can rest easy.
At least according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine-- that
finds no harm to children whose mothers took prozac during pregnancy.
The researchers also report: no link to any behavioral or physical
abnormalities was found even if women took antidepressants during the early
part of pregnancy.
People suffering with depression often go untreated.
That's according to a panel of experts reporting in the Journal of the
American Medical Association.
15 percent of men and 24 percent of women will suffer from depression at
some time in their lives-- but the disease is often unrecognized by patients
The panel faults inadequate insurance coverage and barriers put up by
managed care organizations-- in keeping many patients from getting proper
While it's nothing concrete-- there's more hopeful news in the fight against
It's the most significant sign to date that the AIDS drugs known as
protease inhibitors may actually eliminate the AIDS virus in human tissue.
Renowned AIDS researcher David Ho conducted five biopsies on AIDS patients
who started taking protease inhibitors shortly after they were infected.
At a conference last night, Ho announced that ALL the samples had NO
detectable levels of HIV in lymph tissue from the large intestine and semen.
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((DR. ANTHONY FAUCI/NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: I LOOK UPON THIS AS ANOTHER
STEP IN THE DIRECTION OF TRYING TO COMPLETELY SUPPRESS OR GET RID OF THE
VIRUS. YOU DON'T TALK ABOUT CURES UNTIL YEARS FROM NOW.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Anthony Fauci/National Institutes of Health; :
OUT Q= from now.
But protease inhibitors are not miracle drugs-- some patients have already
lost their response to them.
And scientists have yet to determine if the virus still lurks in the brain
or other lymph tissues.
Still, the announcement caps a year of good news, in the fight against
Health officials in Virginia are warning that the number of cases of
whooping cough in the state was the highest in 26 years.
There were 102 cases of the children's disease reported last year--
compared with 31 cases in 1995.
Whooping cough is an airborne disease and can be transmitted by sneezing
At first, it resembles a cold-- but severe coughing, vomiting and
exhaustion can develop.
Parents need to make sure their children's vaccination schedule is up to
What's the best way to treat bad breath?
A group of researchers from the University of California School of Dentistry
intend to find out.
They're launching the first scientific research into cures for bad
breath--- which afflicts 25 million Americans.
As part of their research they're looking into claims that certain
mouthwashes can cure bad breath.
Problems in the nasal passages, respiratory tract, lungs and
gastrointestinal tract can all be causes of bad breath.
Let's turn now to sports-- where the Virginia Cavaliers are back on the
winning track with a big win in the A-C-C last night.
MIke Stevens has highlights as well as a local connection to the Superbowl.
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Welcome everybody to the Thursday evening two minute sports ticker.
It has been another busy day in New Orleans for the Patriots and Packers.
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For starters, both teams worked out this morning for about two hours at their
respective practice sites in town.
Drew Bledsoe and Brett Favre also made a joint appearance for the Miller Lite
most Valuable player announcement.
Not surprisingly, Favre walked away with the trophy.
And while that was taking place, Emory & Henry student Harold Lester was
hanging out with Joe Namath and Franco Harris.
The Glade Spring, Virginia native is one of six finalists trying to win Super
Bowl tickets for life.
He beat out more than a million others to make it to New Orleans, but he
failed to open the right turnstile to win the grand prize.
But he is still thrilled to be in New Orleans for the week and headed to
Sunday's game free of charge.
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((HAROLD LESTER/EMORY & HENRY STUDENT:))
SUPER=01-Harold Lester/Emory & Henry Student; :00
OUT Q=...true for me."
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And in one late racing note, Indy car driver Davy Jones crashed during
practice today at the Disney World Speedway.
His condition was originally listed as critical, but has just been updated to
SERIOUS with head injuries.
The Virginia Cavaliers got back in groove last night with a 68-to-64 win
over Georgia Tech.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Yellow Jackets vs. Cavaliers;
Harold Deane was back in the house following his one game suspension not
being enrolled enough academic hours at this start of this semester.
The Cavs were hot out of blocks as Courtney Alexander nails the jumper for
the early lead, but he would later leave the game after re-injuring his ankle.
Then watch the ball movement as Deane hits Roanoker Curtis Staples, who in
turn goes inside for Norman Nolan for the jam. He finishes with 16.
But the Jackets hung on like velcro. Kevin Morris kicks to Matt Harpring
who spots up for the 3. Harpring knocked in 29 on the night.
Gary Saunders then hits this double clutch J on the baseline and Tech
trailed by just 3.
Then off the turnover, Eddie Elisma pushes it ahead to Kevin Morris who
finds Harpring for the hoop and the harm.
But Virginia kept its poise. Harold Deane scores 3 of his 13 points
as Virginia moves to 3 and 4 in the ACC with the 68-64 win.
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Tonight night at eight, you can catch the ACC game of the week as second
ranked Clemson hosts fourth ranked Wake Forest right here on Your Hometown
And Roy Stanley is at Liberty University for tonight's showdown between the
Flames and Virginia Tech Hokies.
Highlights at 10 and 11pm.
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More News 7 at five with Jean Jadhon is coming your way right after this
Have a great night everybody.
take a break
A new species of dinosaur extinct for about 120-million years was discovered
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The first pieces of the 26-foot long creature were unearthed from clay
cliffs off England's southern coast as long ago as 1978--
But now there are enough fossil bones to form a complete skeleton.
The dinosaur has been named Neo-Venator Suh-lar-ee.
It is the first European member of a "super family" of upright standing
The skeleton is 70 percent complete and in unusually good condition.It'll be
on display in a new dinosaur museum.
Tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX..
It's not unusual finding a Bible in a motel room.
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But Keith, in this case it's a Bible college.
Jean, the Breckbill Bible College is now in its second semester in Wythe
The school purchased the old Gateway Motel at Graham Forge and moved from
Pennsylvania, where it trained students in Christian education for 40 years.
Thirteen students moved with it and are living on campus, in what were once
Now it's actively seeking local residential AND commuter students.
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Tracy Altizer got a campus tour this week and will have more on the story on
News-7 at Six.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
join Connie Stevens for the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7
Primetime-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Thanks for watching, GOodnight.