Coming up next on News 7...
A Virginia Tech football player is convicted of assault.
After just two weeks on the market, Chevrolet pulls it latest sports car off
And the Discover Stars on Ice come to the Valley, but without their leader.
We'll see part of the show, plus hear how Scott Hamilton is doing with his
News 7 is next.
Good evening...the verdict is in on a Virginia Tech football player.
Tyron Edmond was found guilty for taking part in the mob attack of a track
athlete last August.
He faces two days in jail.
They've only been on sale for a couple of weeks but the 1997 Corvette is
The cars have a defect that could cause drivers to lose control.
And Kristi Yamaguchi, Ekaterina Gordeava and Paul Wylie skated into the
Roanoke Civic Center tonight.
More on their performance tonight on News 7 at 11.
A campus brawl gets a Virginia Tech football player two days in the
Montgomery County jail.
That after a student, Jonathan Nelson was beaten in a mob attack allegedly
involving several football players last August.
Nelson identified Tyron Edmond as one of the people who punched him.
Edmond told police he hit Nelson with his fist.
But on the witness stand he said he did not mean "hit" in the literal sense.
((TYRON EDMOND/TECH FOOTBALL PLAYER: IF I'M WALKING AND I BUMP INTO SOMEONE,
"OH EXCUSE ME, I DIDN'T MEAN TO HIT YOU." YOU KNOW, JUST LIKE THAT. I MEAN I
PLAY FOOTBALL, I JUST SAY HIT ANY TIME I HAVE CONTACT WITH SOMEBODY. ))
SUPER=01-Tyron Edmond/Tech Football Player;
OUT Q=contact with somebody.
Edmond says he really only nudged Nelson to keep Nelson from falling on him.
But judge Ray Grubbs found Edmond guilty.
Grubbs has dismissed charges against one former player and two current
players. Four more still await trial.
Three white Chicago teens are accused of beating a 13 year old black teen-
in what police are calling a vicious hate crime.
The teens are charged with attempted murder- fter police say they pulled a
13 year old black teen from his bike, slammed his head into a building and kept
One of Lenard Clark's friends was with him during the attack.
((CLEE NICHOLSON/VICTIM'S FRIEND: WE WERENT' SAYING NOTHING TO THEM CAUSE WE
WAS OVER THERE AND CAUSE WE WAS BLACK.))
((WILLIAM WASHINGTON/STUDENT: I THINK IT WAS AN UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT FOR THE
YOUNG MAN. I'M NOT SURE EVERYONE IN BRIDGEPORT IS LIKE THAT. I MEAN IT WAS AN
SUPER=01-Clee Nicholson/Victim's Friend;
SUPER=01-William Washington/Student; 06
OUT Q=UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT (DOUBLE OUT!)
Clark was found in an alley Friday night near Comiskey Park. He is still
unconscious today in serious condition.
Protestors took to the streets outside the New York Stock exchange-
They're marching against the high price of AIDS drugs.
Protestors blew whistles, beat drums, carried signs and chanted as they
marched down Broadway.
((EDWARD ZOLD/ACT-UP: THE PURPOSE OF THIS MARCH IS TO SHOW THE AMERICAN PUBLIC
THAT THEY'RE GETTING RIPPED OFF BY THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY AND TO SHOW THE
PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY WE WON'T ALLOW BUSINESS AS USUAL WHILE THEY MAKE MONEY
ON THE BACKS OF PEOPLE WITH AIDS.))
OUT Q=people with AIDS."
Today's rally marks the tenth anniversary of ACT-UP. That's the AIDS
Coalition to Unleash Power.
Some 55 protesters were arrested after they sat down in the street and
Students should be able to pray in school- and religious symbols should be
allowed on public property.
Those are just two items in a new Religious Freedom Amendment.
Supporters unveiled the measure today.
((RALPH REED/CHRISTIAN COALITION: WHEN A 15 YAR OLD IN TENNESSEE IN THE BIBLE
BELT IS GIVEN AN F THAT IS SUSTAINED BY THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND BECAUSE
SHE WROTE AN ESSAY ABOUT JESUS CRHIST THEN SADLY THERE IS A WAR GOING ON
AGAINST RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN AMERICA.))
SUPER=01-Ralph Reed/Christian Coalition;
OUT Q=freedom in America."
The measure calls for reversing the separation of Church and State.
((BARRY LYNN/OPPOSES AMENDMENT: STUDENTS ALREADY HAVE THE RIGHT TO PRAY
INDIVIDUALLY OR IN GROUPS TO DISCUSS RELIGIOUS VEIW WITH THEIR PEERS.))
((DAVID HARRIS/AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS: THE AMENDMENT WILL NOT INCREASE FREE
SPEECH. IT WILL NOT MAKE US A MORE REVERANT PEOPLE.))
SUPER=01-Barry Lynn/Am. for Sep. of Church & State; :
SUPER=01-David Harris/American Jewish Congress; 06
OUT Q=reverant people."
Opponents say the Amendment could be used to favor the practice of
Christianity in public schools.
The battle over parental notification may NOT be over.
it appeared the 18 year battle over parental notification for teenage
Governor George Allen made it the law of the land starting July first.
But now the Democrat running for governor says he might water it down if
IN Q=I've also
((I'VE ALSO THOUGHT AND HAD A CHANCE TO VOTE ONE TIME THAT AS WE BEGIN PARENTAL
NOTIFICATION WE SHOULD BEGIN WITH 16- YEAR OLDS AND YOUNGER. NOW THE LAW WILL
GO INTO EFFECT JULY FIRST WITH 17 YEAR OLDS AND YOUNGER. I'LL SUPPORT THAT LAW
AND WE'LL SEE HOW IT WORKS. But you're willing to change that law? I'M ALSO
WILLING TO SEE WHAT THE CONSEQUENCE OF THE LAW IS IN REAL LIFE. LET'S SEE IF
THERE ARE HORROR STORIES. LET'S SEE WHAT IMPACT THAT IT ACTUALLY HAS ON
OUT Q=teenage pregnancy.
Republican Jim Gilmore's hinting that, if elected, he'd like to see FURTHER
restrictions on abortion.
IN Q=I believe
((I BELIEVE THERE ARE TOO MANY ABORTIONS IN VIRGINIA NOW. MY VIEWS ON THIS IN
OPPOSITION TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF ABORTIONS IS CLEAR. AND I THINK WE OUGHT TO
LOOK AT THESE VARIOUS REGULATIONS AND SEE WHAT POSITIVE STEPS WE CAN MAKE IN A
OUT Q=reasonable way.
No specifics yet from Gilmore on what those steps might be.
Chevrolet is recalling all its new Corvettes just two weeks after they hit
General Motors says the sports car has a defect that could cause drivers to
The problem is with a metal rear suspension that controls the angle of the
So far G-M says there are no reports of accidents caused by the defect.
Roanoke emergency personnel assumed the worst after getting a call that a
truck lost its brakes and toppled onto another vehicle this afternoon.
The accident happened near the Walmart on route 220 in Roanoke.
In all, the delivery truck hit three cars while swerving through a red
The driver said he was going down a hill leading into the plaza, when he
lost control of the vehicle.
Richard Spencer has been charged with driving with defective brakes.
Several people were hurt but their injuries are not life threatening.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7, a nationwide search is on for two children feared
and it was both poetry in motion and skating on thin Ice as the Discover stars
make an appearance in Roanoke.
MUSIC UP FULL
We've been high and dry for the past several days-- but we have to say
goodbye to the clear days and nights for a while.
A well organized system is headed our way, and will bring rain showers
beginning late in the afternoon tomorrow.
So as you wake up-- just cloudy skies to contend with...
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A nationwide search is on for two little girls and the three men who may
have kidnapped them.
Authorities say the group was last seen in Gainseville,, Florida.
Six year old Jessica Hainer and her nine year old sister Teresa-
disappeared last Friday.
They had just been were dropped off from a school bus.
FBI agents say an off duty police officer in Gainesville Florida
unkonwingly spoke with the group at a car wash over the weekend.
Most experts agree it's one of the best ways to fight breast cancer.
Because of that, the American Cancer Society is toughening its own
recommendations, and urging all women in their forties to have yearly
IN Q=A few
((DR. ALAN HENRY/BREAST CARE CENTER OF THE BLUE RIDGE: A FEW YEARS AGO, MAY
CANCERS WERE ONLY DETECTABLE AFTER THE VERY LATE STAGES. NOW WE CAN DETECT
CANCERS AS EARLY AS TWO TO THREE MILLIMETERS IN SIZE, WHEN THEY'RE NOT PALPABLE
AT ALL. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Alan Henry/Breast Care Center;
OUT Q=at all
This new recommendation conflicts with information released by the National
Cancer Institute in January.
That organization did NOT advise all women between 40 and 50 to seek
But the N-C-I is expected to follow suit this week and agree with the
American Cancer Society.
She was a teacher, raised four kids and then became the Governor of the Lone
Now former Texas politician Ann Richards wants women to know they have more
opportunities than ever.
IN Q=Women should get
((ANN RICHARDS/FORMER TEXAS GOVERNOR: WOMEN SHOULD GET OVER THE BUSINESS OF
ALWAYS BEING THE GIVERS AND THE CARETAKERS- WOMEN HAVE GOT TO ACCEPT THE FACT
THAT MAKING A LIVING, PUTTING MONEY IN THE BANK, BECOMING FINANCIALLY AND
ECONOMICALLY SECURE, SHOULD BE ONE OF THEIR NUMBER-ONE GOALS.))
SUPER=01-Ann Richards/Former Texas Governor
OUT Q=their number-one goals.
Richard visited Roanoke College today.
She says women who want to make a career out of public service should donate
their time to a political campaign, focus on their education, and travel.
Richards was the governor of Texas from 19-90 until 19-94.
The Harrison Museum of African American Culture is spreading out.
And a new building promises more room for a growing collection.
Today, museum officials and supporters dedicated the new annex on
The building will provide more space, and proper conditions for the
museum's artifacts and memorabilia.
IN Q=Not only will it add
((ALETHA BOLDEN/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: NOT ONLY WILL IT BE ADDED STORAGE SPACE, BUT
IT WILL ALSO BE ADDED WORK SPACE FOR OUR CURATOR. SHE'LL BE ABLE TO SPRAWL
THINGS OUT AND WORK ON A LARGER SCALE. WE'VE HAD TO TURN SOME THINGS AWAY, BUT
HOPEFULLY NOW THAT WE HAVE A LARGER BUILDING, A QUALITY CONTROLLED BUILDING,
WE'LL BE ABLE TO ACCEPT A LOT OF MEMORABILIA THAT'S STILL OUT THERE.))
SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Museum Director;
OUT Q=still out there.
The annex was built with public and private grants on a lot donated by
Central Fidelity Bank.
The building still needs shelving and equipment, and officials are hoping
to secure more grants and contributions to cover the cost.
Officials at Bedford's City-County museum also want to expand their exhibits
and make them more accessible to tourists.
Steve Smallshaw reports paying for the project will take fund-raising of
IN Q=They've been drawn
SUPER=01-Ellen Wandrei/Museum Director; :25
OUT Q=News7, Bedford.
(( They've been drawn by artifacts ranging from 12- thousand year old
arrowheads to World War Two uniforms... and there's even more here that
visitors CAN'T see.
((I HAVE SEVERAL BOTTLES FROM WAVERLY BOTTLING COMPANY, THEY WERE BOTTLED RIGHT
HERE ON DEPOT STREET.))
Crammed into the third floor of this building are hundreds of pieces of
county history that the museum doesn't have room to display.
IN Q=Because we have
((ELLEN WANDREI/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: BECAUSE WE HAVE MANY ITEMS FROM BEDFORD THAT
NOBODY GETS TO SEE FROM THE COUNTY. ALL THESE FARM TOOLS THAT WERE MADE IN THE
COUNTY, AND NO ONE OTHER THAN THE PERSON WHO DONATED THEM, PROBABLY DOESN'T
KNOW THEY'RE HERE.))
OUT Q=they're here.
Renovating the third floor is a costly proposition, but officials hope to
raise enough money to match a state historic grant to make it possible.
But even if the room is opened up, that's no guarantee tour- goers will get
to see it.
Wandrei estimates close to 60 percent of their visitors are over the age of
50.. making it up the stairs to the third floor is difficult if not impossible
So the grant also would pay to install an elevator on the back of the
building, making the entire museum handicapped accessible.
IN Q=These people
((WANDREI: THESE PEOPLE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN OUR COLLECTION,
AND THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO SEE THE ITEMS THAT WE HAVE ON DISPLAY.))
OUT Q=have on display.
Fund-raising should begin over the next few months.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.)
Soft Music Under
Coming up a little later in the newscast,
we'll see who's taking home the Oscars on Hollywood's big night.
MUSIC UP FULL
It has been the kind of night that could make even the English Patient feel
At tonight's Academy Awards presentation that film is leading the way with
six awards awards including Best Supporting Actress.
Jennifer Sabih has the early results.
SUPER=04-Clips Courtesy A.M.P.A.S. 1997;:23
SUPER=01-Cuba Gooding, Jr/Best Supporting Actor; :31
SUPER=01-Jennifer Sabih/CBS News; 1:14
OUT Q=Los Angeles
SUPER=330-Increasing/Clouds/34-38/Mostly Cloudy/Showers Late/51-55;
SUPER=331-Increasing/Clouds/34-38/Mostly Cloudy/Showers Late/53-57;
SUPER=332-Partly/Cloudy/30-34/Mostly Cloudy/Rain Late/54-58;
SUPER=333-Increasing/Clouds/34-38/Mostly Cloudy/Showers Late/50-53;
SUPER=334-Increasing/Clouds/36-40/Cloudy & Breezy/Rain Late/60-64;
Art Lawrence hits the jackpot tonight, Old Dominion advances in the NCAA
Tony Morrison will not be playing for the Hokies this season.
And the ODAC has a new commissioner.
SUPER=03-E. Rutherford, NJ; :00
But first there was only one game in the NBA. That one at the Meadowlands
where the crowd noise is fake and so is the team.
The Lakers get 23 from Nick Van Exel as they improve their record to
10-and-10 since losing Shaq to injury.
Let's check the final of this game and the rest of your score.
GO TO SCORES
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SUPER=0096-j/L.A. Lakers/109//New Jersey/84////;
SUPER=0098-/G. Washington/52/j/Notre Dame/62//NCAA East Women/j/Old
Dominion/53//Florida/51//NCAA Mideast Women/;
Women//Stanford///Georgia///NCAA West Women - 11:30pm/;
TAKE A BREAK
The Associated Press Group-A all-state basketball team was announced last
night and it not only has good bit of local flavor, but an artist.
SUPER=04-1996-97 Season; :00
Glenvar's Art Lawrence who took a team that started the season 3-and-9 all
the way to the state semi-finals was named Group A coach of the year.
And the man who knocked his Highlanders out of the state tournament heads up
the first team. Travis Cantrell of Floyd earns first team all-state honors.
Glenvar's Josh Williamson, the Highlanders leading scorer. earned second team
The women's NCAA elite eight was on the floor last night at regional sites
around the country.
In the East, Notre Dame beat George Washington 62-to-52, while Tennessee beat
U-Conn 91 to 81.
SUPER=03-W. Lafayette, IN/ESPN; :00
They are headed to the final four along with Old Dominion. Tonight in West
Lafayette Indiana in the Mideast final, the Lady Monarchs found themselves in
front of Florida 53-to-39 with 6:35 to play.
But ODU failed to score the rest of the way, and Florida almost forced
overtime on this shot that just bounces off the rim.
ODU survives to win it 53-to-51.
The road to the final four is about to produce a national championship for
one lucky college team.
After two weeks of elimination, the 64 team men's bracket has been whittled
down to just four schools.
pinnacle board 18088
This coming Saturday you can catch the national semi-finals live from the RCA
dome in Indianapolis right here on WDBJ.
The pregame activities get started at four. Then at 5:42 Carolina and Arizona
tip off the first game with Kentucky and Minnesota following in the night cap
Clemson's Rick Barnes has been courted heavily by Tennessee in the past week
but, last night he decided to stay put in the ACC with
a Tiger team that won 23 games this past season.
Barnes has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at Clemson
through the year 2004.
His new contract will also give him a significant salary increase. Barnes
will now make $668 thousand bucks a year.
The Hokies opened their first full week of Spring workouts this afternoon.
Steve Mason has more on some of the new Hokies and word that a veteran
returning starter is not coming back as expected.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach;
SUPER=01-Shawn Scales/Virginia Tech Flanker;
SUPER=01-Loren Johnson/Virginia Tech Cornerback;
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Al Clark, is not talking to the media at this time, preferring to talk to his
teammates and earn the starting job at quarterback.
The marquee matchup in the NHL last night pitted the Penguins against the
Rangers in the 15th career meeting between Gretzky
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00
and Lemieux. Mario, who is retiring at the end of the season got less than a
going away present from the Rangers.
He had to watch Gretzky set up the game winning goal and then score and
empty netter as New York rides Mike Richter's shutout to a 3-to-nothing win
over the Pens.
go to tease
And still to come tonight we'll check in on a changing of the guard
in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference as Brad Bankston is named the
league's new commissioner.
The Old Dominion Athletic conference introduced a young commissioner this
afternoon at a newsconference at the Salem Civic Center.
Brad Bankston, the league's assistant commissioner since 1995, takes over for
the retiring Dan Wooldridge - the league's first and only other commissioner
for the past 21 years.
SUPER=01-Dan Wooldridge/Retiring ODAC Commissioner; :00
SUPER=01-Brad Bankston/New ODAC Commissioner; :12
OUT Q=...21ST CENTURY."
Big names in skating graced the ice at the Roanoke Civic Center tonight.
It's the Discover Stars on Ice Tour.
SUPER=01-Ekaterina Gordeeva/Olympic Gold Medalist;
OUT Q=nat sound of skating.
((There's so much gold on the ice- it glittered. Olympic Gold that is.
1992 gold medalist Kristi Yamagucchi wowed the crowd- and led an all star
including Ekaterina Gordeeva-
Gold medalists Torvill and Dean also skated into the crowds hearts-
so did silver medalist Paul Wylie. these blades on ice kept the crowd alive
with plenty of jumps- spins
JEAN JADHON: WHILE THE ICE IS FILLED WITH OLYMPIC MEDALISTS, THERE IS ONE
SKATER NOTICEABLY ABSENT- 1984 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST SCOTT HAMILTON.
Hamilton left the tour just last week- after being diagnosed with testicular
He's now in Cleveland undergoing treatment- Friend and fellow skater
Gordeeva took a moment out of practice to talk with us.
EKATERINA GORDEEVA/OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST: THIS IS THE WORSTEST THING WE HAD
THIS TOUR IS THAT WE MISS HIM. SCOTT RIGHT NOW.
Hamilton is the skater who always has a smile on his face- even during this
YOU KNOW SCOTT IS ALWAYS JOKING. HE WAS JOKING YESTERDAY ON THE PHONE HE IS IN
A GOOD MOOD. HE'S GONNA TAKE REST WE ALL PRAY WITH HIM ALL OUR STRENGTH.
Meanwhile the show goes on with Hamilton on the skaters minds- his
positive outlook and smiles seen on the skaters' faces.
nat sound of skaters.))