Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Capital murder suspect Earl Bramblett's psychiatric history is about to be
And it takes more than brute strength to conquer the challenges facing men
AND women headed for V-M-I next week.
Tonight on News 7 sports Steve Mason checks in from UVa's football media day,
the Scott Robertson Memorial is showcasing some international players this week
at the Roanoke Country Club,
and one group of fighters helps another today as area firemen give the
Roanoke City Boxing association a $3000 donation.
Clouds and showers will linger into the overnight forecast. I have the
latest from the News 7 Weather Center.
We may soon know some of Earl Bramblett's deepest secrets.
In May, Bramblett was found competent to stand trial for the murders of a
Vinton family of four.
But the press and public were not allowed to hear what was behind that
Judge Roy Willet closed the hearing after Bramblett's lawyers argued the
testimony of three psychologists should remain secret.
Willet said it was necessary to protect Bramblett's right to a fair trial.
Now the state Court of Appeals says Willet's ruling violated the first
The court said the public has a right to know what goes on in competency
hearings, because they can sometimes delay a trial indefinitely.
Neither the Commonwealth's attorney's office nor Bramblett's defense team
had a comment on the ruling.
The court documents will remain sealed until Judge Willet orders them
A fire sprinkler designed for quick response in residential buildings is the
focus of a Consumer Products Safety Commission probe.
The sprinkler, called the Omega, failed to operated one- third of the time-
There are several different kinds of sprinkler heads used in buildings.
The Omega can be identified by a wide chrome ring, and a distinctive
three-tiered heat collector in the center.
The owner of Magic City Sprinkler in Roanoke says he doesn't think the
Omega is widely used in this area.
((CHARLES MCGHEE/MAGIC CITY SPRINKLER; IT'S A SPECIALTY SPRINKLER TO BEGIN
WITH, IN OTHER WORDS ITS A SPECIAL, QUICK RESPONSE FIRE SPRINKLER, I GUESS IT'S
BEEN IN EXISTENCE MAYBE TEN YEARS. ))
SUPER=01-Charles McGhee/Magic City Sprinkler;
OUT Q=maybe ten years
The Pennsylvania company that makes the sprinkler, Central Sprinkler
Corporation, says the problem is caused by improper installation.
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But they are offering to test and fix them if necessary.
You can contact the company by calling 1-800-523-6512 during regular
The future of an historic Lynchburg building gutted by fire last month
remains up in the air.
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The John Marshall Lodge on Church Street went up in flames more than three
weeks ago, taking with it three local businesses.
One of them-- Dawson Ford Garbee Real Estate-- has been working furiously to
stay in business.
The company has relocated to temporary quarters on Old Forest Road while its
new building is constructed next door.
That should be ready in about six weeks.
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((REPORTER: FOR THE MOST PART, DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE PUT THE FIRE BEHIND YOU?
WAYNE RAMSEY/DAWSON FORD GARBEE: I'VE TRIED AS BEST I COULD. I'M TIRED OF
HAVING TO SMELL THE REMNANTS OF IT. I MEAN THAT'S SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED LAST
MONTH. THIS IS AUGUST NOW, AND WE'VE GOT THE REST OF OUR SUMMER SALES.))
SUPER=01-Wayne Ramsey/Dawson Ford Garbee; :03
OUT Q=our summer sales.
Ramsey says the company has "not" seen any loss of business because of the
Meanwhile, the Lynchburg fire marshal's office has said it appears the
entire lodge building will have to be torn down.
Members of the Masonic Temple are hoping to rebuild, but no final decision
has been reached.
Paying the bill for college is often a challenge, but today it got a little
easier for some Roanoke- area students.
Total Action against Poverty awarded eight- thousand dollars in scholarships
to 14 students.
All of them were participants in Project Discovery- -a program that helps
low- income students.
Shana Waller got the largest scholarship of 17-hundred dollars.
She credits the program for her success.
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((SHANA Waller/SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: I'M READY TO GO..I REALLY WANT IT..AND I'M
READY TO GO TO SCHOOL AND EXPERIENCE COLLEGE LIFE AND HOPEFULLY HELP SOME OTHER
LIVES IN THE PROCESS ))
SUPER=01-Shana Waller/Scholarship Winner;
OUT Q=other lives in the process
As part of the program, students visited several colleges and learned about
admission procedures and financial aid.
IN Q=We do everything humanly possible
((TED EDLICH/EXEC. DIRECTOR TAP: WE DO EVERYTHING HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO OVERCOME
THE BARRIERS THAT MANY LOW-INCOME KIDS HAVE TO A HIGHER EDUCATION.))
SUPER=01-Ted Edlich/TAP Exec. Director;
OUT Q=to a higher education
Project Discovery has been helping students in Roanoke Valley and Alleghany
County for the past 15 years.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
V-M-I will welcome its first female cadets next week--and the staff has
taken to a wilderness setting to get ready.
We'll tell you why, coming up on News 7 at Six.
Also from community volunteers to inmates, they're all pitching into clean
up one of this area's most prized natural resources.
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Deep in the woods of Craig County at Wilderness Adventure, Virginia Military
Institute faculty and staff are facing some demanding challenges.
Through physical, mental and spiritual programs they're preparing for the
first year the institution will allow women cadets on campus.
Tonya Flory explains, male or female...it's a team effort.
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IN Q=You're bonding
((JULIANNE FULTZ:YOU'RE BONDING TOGETHER MUCH LIKE THE CLASSES THE CADETS BOND
TOGETHER. THEY HAVE EACH OTHER TO LEAN ON WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH, I HAVE MY
COLLEAGUES TO LEAN ON AS WELL TO PULL FOR ME AND ROOT FOR ME, PULL BEHIND ME))
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Fledging members of the V-M-I faculty along with a few veterans are getting a
leg up on the school year.
Women have always been in administrative positions, but this year female cadets
will be entering the classrooms.
Julianne Fultz has no military background herself, but she says she was drawn
in by the schools tradition and history...and that part of her job will not
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((JULIANNE FULTZ:I'M HERE FOR BOTH THE MALE AND FEMALES. THERE'S A LOT OF
MISCONCEPTIONS HERE WITH THE NEW WOMEN STAFF. THAT THEY'RE JUST BEING HIRED FOR
THE WOMEN AND WE'RE NOT, WE'RE HERE FOR ALL THE CADETS))
OUT Q=all the cadets
And though they may falter at times, the lessons learned on the ropes can be
transferred in to the classroom...
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((ALAN FARRELL:WHEN THE ARENA IS LEVEL, WOMEN DO AS WELL AS MEN, AND IT
SUGGESTS THAT THESE PEOPLE HERE AT WILDERNESS ADVENTURE HAVE CONSTRUCTED THE
CHALLENGES IN SUCH A WAY THAT RAW STRENGTH, OR WHATEVER ADVANTAGE MEN AMY HAVE
HAS DISAPPEARED FROM THE SYSTEM))
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The private camp training is another initiative V-M-I is taking to make this
year a positive experience for all students.
IN Q=I have studied
((JULIANNE FULTZ:I HAVE STUDIED SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WENT ON AT OTHER
MILITARY INSTITUTIONS AND VMI HAS DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB TO MAKE THIS A SMOOTH
TRANSITION AND THIS IS PART OF IT ALSO))
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As the class of 2001 blaze a trail for future cadets...V-M-I leaders are
clearing a path of their own to lend them support..tf, News 7.))
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And News 7 will have special coverage for you on Monday--
that's the day the first women cadets report to Virginia Military Institute.
News 7 at 5 and News 7 at 6 will be live from Lexington on that day,
with coverage of the cadets' first day, what they can expect on the rat line,
and more of how V-M-I has prepared for the assimilation of women.
Pittsylvania County has taken further steps to shoo away a hog farm.
A North Carolina company called G-I-S wants to build a 10-thousand-hog farm
But Pittsylvania County has taken back its seal of approval.... after
okaying the first sketch of the farm in April.
County administrator George Supensky says since then, G-I-S has not provided
details on buildings, waste lagoons, and nutrient management.
He has now revoked the county certificate for G-I-S, which could make it
more difficult for the company to get a state permit.
G-I-S spokesman Scott Jackson says he's disappointed but has NOT yet decided
whether to build the farm.
Alternative medicine is growing in popularity around the country.
In Roanoke the Health and Wellness Center is providing holistic approaches to
IN Q=When I was going
((BONNIE MURDOCK: WHEN I WAS GOING TO THE MEDICAL DOCTOR THEY WERE GIVING ME
MEDICINE THAT WAS CAUSING ME TO HAVE A REACTION TO THE MEDICINE.. SO THIS IS
DEFINITELY A COMPLETE TURN AROUND..AND I DON'T HAVE ANY REACTION TO THIS ))
OUT Q=any reaction to this
For Murdock alternative medicine has helped her to alleviate chronic shoulder
Occupational Therapist Cindy Hodges uses myofascial release and muscle energy
as a treatment.
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((CINDY HODGES/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: I WAS USING MYOFASCIAL RELEASE WHICH IS
A DEEP TISSUE WORK TO HELP LOOSEN UP CONNECTIVE TISSUE THAT MAYBE TIGHTENED
DOWN FROM AN INJURY))
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OUT Q= down from an injury
And Murdock says it really works.
A typical session lasts 30 minutes to an hour.
The cost is 25-dollars per half hour.
The Health and Wellness Center also uses non-medical treatments such as
hypnosis, music therapy, chiropractic-acupuncture and hand therapy.
Stocks took a wild ride today.
Analysts say the dramatic swings are caused by mixed signals
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The Dow finished the session DOWN 33 points.
NASDAQ was up seven points.
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A clean- up operation underway at Claytor Lake is an example of what
volunteers and county officials can accomplish working together.
They're striving to keep the lake beautiful for future generations to enjoy.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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(( Claytor Lake is one of Virginia's most prized possessions-- but trees and
other debris that clog the lake-- are an eyesore and a safety hazard.
IN Q=The property
((RONNIE POWERS/"FRIENDS OF CLAYTOR LAKE BD. MEMBER: THE PROPERTY VALUES ARE
IMPACTED, OF COURSE, BUT IT'S ACTUALLY THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE LAKE, IF THIS
WERE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE THAT LITTLE RECESS WOULD FILL UP, IT'D BE TRASH, IT'D
BE UNSAFE, IT'D BE DANGEROUS AND THEN THE REST OF THE LAKE WOULD BE IMPACTED.
OUT Q=be impacted.
Ronnie Powers is a member of "Friends of Claytor Lake"-- the group that's
devised a plan to keep the lake clean.
Nat Sound of Chain Saw
For the past two years-- members have been working with various COUNTY
agencies to clear out trash and other debris-- using special equipment and
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((RONNIE POWERS/"FRIENDS OF CLAYTOR LAKE" BD. MEMBER: IT'S ONE OF THE KEY
FACTORS IN MAKING THIS THING WORK, AS ECONOMICALLY AS IT DOES, THEY GIVE US A
DAY, AND EACH DAY THAT THEY WORK HERE, THEY GET A DAY OFF OF THEIR SENTENCE.))
OUT Q=their sentence.
It's a tough job-- but believe it or not-- it's easier than it was last
year-- when the inmates didn't have access to a generator and conveyor belt--
donated by American Electric Power.
IN Q=You'd be
((STAN CRIGGER/PULASKI CO. EMERGENCY SERVICES COOR.:YOU'D BE SURPRISED WHAT'S
OUT THERE AND WHAT BECOMES AVAILABLE, THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF INTEREST FROM
THE LAKE POINT OF VIEW, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO GIVE OF THEIR MEANS AND
HELP SO IT COULD WORK FOR OTHER JURISDICTIONS, I'M SURE. ))
OUT Q=i'm sure.
Last year-- 450 tons of debris were removed from the lake, but with the
improved system, they hope to double that amount.
"Friends of Claytor Lake" is also involved in other projects-- like water
monitoring and boat safety.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Pulaski County.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Boxing, Golf and a little baseball plus, Steve
Mason visited with the Virginia football team today where some coaches and
players are hard at work... (/////SOT/////)
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The Virginia Cavaliers begin the 1997 season unranked and relatively
Steve Mason was in Charlottesville today for UVa's annual football media
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SUPER=01-Thomas Jones/UVa Sophomore Tailback; 1:32
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The Roanoke City Boxing Association received a nice gift today and also
announced its first annual Boxing & Barbecue extravaganza.
The gift is a 3-thousand dollar contribution from the Roanoke City Fire
The check was presented to officials of the boxing club by Richard Sarver,
President of the Fire Fighters Association.
((RICHARD SARVER/PRES. ROANOKE FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: ))
((JIM TROUT/CHAIRMAN OF ROANOKE CITY BOXING ASSOCIATION: ))
SUPER=01-Richard Sarver/Roanoke Firefighters Assn. Pres.; :
SUPER=01-Jim Trout/Chairman of Roanoke Boxing Assn.; :10
OUT Q=.......boxing program."
The donation highlighted the upcoming Boxing and Barbecue that will be held
at the National Guard Armory this Saturday.
The event will feature a catered barbecue meal from 3 Lil Pigs and 12 live
amateur Olympic style boxing matches against clubs around the state and region.
The barbecue will begin at 7 Saturday and boxing begins at 8.
The Scott Robertson golf tournament is in the second round at the Roanoke
This year's event features some of the top juniors in the country and it
has a big international flavor, as well.
This year's field includes golfers from 33 states and six foreign countries.
Scotland is represented by the British junior champion David Ingles and
Miller is playing in the tournament for the first time, and he's found the
Roanoke Country Club course a lot different from those in his native land.
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((ROSS MILLER/GLASGOW, SCOTLAND: ))
SUPER=01-Ross Miller/Glasgow, Scotland Golfer; :
OUT Q=.........it's trickier."
The girls' leader after two rounds in the 13 and 14 age group is Jennifer
Selfinger. Laura Myerscough leads the 15-to-18 year old age group.
The boy's groups are still out on the course at this time.
The Yankees came into today's action with the Royals five and a half games
back in the East behind the front running Orioles.
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Rain at Yankee stadium delayed the game for an hour and a half, but once
Hideki Irabu got on the hill he was impressive in his return.
Here he strikes out Chili Davis to end the first inning.
Paul O'Neill provided much of the offense today with an RBI single in the
first and this solo homer to
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As the Yankees beat the Royals 9-to-3 as Irabu gets his third win of the
The Roanoke Rush announced this afternoon that two of its players have been
lost for the season.
Marion Johnson and Kaheen Sandridge were seriously injured in a car accident
on Interstate 81 near Natural Bridge around five o'clock last night.
Johnson suffered a cracked vertebrae and Sandridge a broken ankle.
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Most people think of poetry as just the written word.
But across the country, some people are finding a new way to express the
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Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom-- telling us about "Poetry Slams."
Keith-- a Poetry Slam is when poets actually get up in front of their peers,
...and recite their work aloud.
Organizers of a Poetry Slam in Roanoke say it takes poetry out of the
classroom, and brings it back to the people.
They even declare a winner-- who'se determined by Olympic style judging.
Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight
on News 7 at 11--Keith?
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