Thu 05-DEC-2013 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Jennifer Reading. And I'm Keith McGilvery. The world is mourning the death of Nelson Mandela. The former South African president is being remembered for a lifetime of fighting for justice -- and a legacy of a racially diverse South African government. Danielle Nottingham reports.
NATS SINGING SOUTH AFRICANS GATHERED IN THE PREDAWN DARKNESS TO SING THE PRAISES OF THEIR FORMER PRESIDENT, NELSON MANDELA, WHO DIED JUST HOURS EARLIER AT THE AGE OF 95. (SOT - President Jacob Zuma) "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost their father." AFTER 27 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CRIMES AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT, MANDELA WAS FREED IN 1990. IN 1994, HE BECAME THE COUNTRY'S FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT. (SOT - Clinton) He-- built a genuine multi-racial democracy in South Africa. When he could have had a one party state and shut everybody else out. When he could have had the politics of resentment he chose the politics of inclusion. YEARS LATER, MANDELA BECAME FRIENDS WITH AMERICA'S FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT. (SOT - Obama) "we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth. He no longer belongs to us -- he belongs to the ages." (STANDUP BRIDGE:) THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL ATTEND THE STATE FUNERAL FOR NELSON MANDELA IN SOUTH AFRICA, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE HELD IN ABOUT 10 DAYS. AT THE UNITED NATIONS, THE SECURITY COUNCIL STOOD FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE. (SOT - Ban Ki-Moon) "Let us continue each day to be inspired by Nelson Mandela's lifelong example to keep working for a better and more just world." A TRIBUTE TO A MAN WHO REALLY DID CHANGE THE WORLD. DANIELLE NOTTINGHAM, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.
Reaction to Nelson Mandella's death is coming in tonight from Vermont's congressional delegation. Senator Patrick Leahy met with the former president a number of times and he shared his memories of the human rights leader.
((Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont :48 "I sat with him and said Mr. President, you were locked up for decades, totally unjustly, why aren't you bitter? He said to me, he said Patrick, because I was locked up I was able to lead my nation out of apartheid, I am not bitter, I exhalt.)) Senator Bernie Sanders shared a statement with us tonight as well. He says, quote, "Nelson Mandela was one of the outstanding leaders of the 20th century. I am deeply saddened by his passing."
New details about a missing New Hampshire girl. WBZ -- the CBS affiliate in Boston -- is reporting that sources are telling them that -- missing teenager 15-year old Abigail Hernandez of North Conway -- has been in contact with her mother. Hernandez was last seen two months ago walking home from school. According to an FBI release -- Hernandez has not been found. The New Hampshire Attorney General's office plans to hold a press conference tomorrow.
Burlington police are looking for two Massachusetts men connected to an assault and robbery in the city's South End. Police say Tuesday afternoon the men forced their way into an apartment on Marble Avenue. Allegedly hitting the man -- who lived there -- with a bat and a gun -- before stealing his cell phone and laptop. The men fled the scene in a black car -- with Massachusetts plates. Police later found that vehicle -- and the gun -- abandoned at a South Burlington condo complex. Investigators say the victim knew his alleged attackers -- and have identified them as 30-year-old Bryan Frazier and 33-year-old Rashad Sabree. If you have any information on their whereabouts -- call Burlington police.
A welfare check turned dangerous for Brattleboro police. This morning officers were called to a home on Valley Street -- to check on a 39-year-old woman. While on the scene -- police say the woman -- grabbed a large kitchen knife and threatened to kill herself. Police used force -- including physical blows and a baton strike -- to subdue her. The woman was taken to the hospital. The officers were not injured. No criminal charges were filed.
Is a plea deal in the works for a suspected arsonist accused of setting a Burlington church ablaze? The College Street Congregational Church was torched back in October. And 32 year old Alaiksandr Bychkou was arrested for the crime. The Belarusian national denied arson charges in court. He was held for lack of 250-thousand dollars bail -- as he awaits trial. But today prosecutors confirmed QUOTE "very preliminary discussions are taking place" between the defense and the state about a potential resolution in the case. A status conference is scheduled for next week -- and prosecutors say if a deal is reached by then -- it will be presented to the judge.
Prosecutors say he has no marketable skills -- other than committing fraud. Now they're are calling for stiffer probation penalties for a Vermont publisher who swindled retirees out of their life savings. Last April Peter Campbell-Copp pleaded guilty to more than a dozen felony charges involving fraudulent financial schemes. Prosecutors say the Manchester man preyed on the elderly and disabled -- collecting their money -- but never publishing their books. Police say he even stole 28-thousand dollars from another victim to pay for his lawyer. In October -- Campbell-Copp was released from jail -- on the condition he not publish books. But prosecutors say that's not enough to keep the public protected. They want the the court to ban him from using the internet -- and from soliciting money.
A Vermont mom and her kids are homeless tonight after fire destroyed their house. Officials say the blaze broke out this afternoon -- on Ladd Road in Concord -- just before four. When fire crews arrived on the scene -- the home was completely engulfed in flames -- and the roof had collapsed. The family was not home -- and no one was injured. The cause of that fire is still under investigation -- but it is not considered suspicious.
Dan is here. A warm night out there.
New regulations mean changes for Vermont's maple syrup. Beginning next year, Vermonters will no longer be buying syrup categorized by letter grades. Melissa Howell is here to explain. Melissa? Keith -- Changes in the maple industry here in Vermont come after the state decided to explore new ways to compete with other producers of maple syrup. Some producers say it will take some getting used to.
For years, Vermonters have described their favorite maple syrup with a letter grade -- or as Vermont Fancy. ((NATS)) But beginning next year, those grading rules will change. Producers will begin labeling Vermont syrup by description, a system The Vermont Department of Agriculture says will allow Vermont to compete in the global market. ((Henry Marckres/Agriculture Agency maple Specialist 00:45:06 "it was felt by the International Maple Syrup Industry that consumers that aren't familiar with the syrup really weren't sure what they were buying." 00:45:14)) Under the old grading rules, the five grades have been - Fancy, Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber, Grade B And Grade C But starting January 1st the syrup will be graded by color and taste - The 5 varities will include Golden Color/Delicate Taste, Amber Color/Rich Taste, Dark Color/Robust Taste, Very Dark Color/Strong Taste And Processing Grade. ((Henry Marckres/Agriculture Agency maple Specialist 00:46:08 "Most of the producers have come to understand that in order to compete in order to compete in the global market, we have to be on the same footing as everywhere else." 00:46:15)) The state began discussions to change the Vermont Syrup regulations in 2001 -- last year, the legislature passed a joint resolution supporting the new rules. The Department of Agriculture came up with the descriptions after giving out unmarked samples of syrup, and compiling a list of the words people used to describe the taste of each grade. But for maple syrup producers, the new grades will take some time to get used to. ((Burr Morse/Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works 01:00:33 "Our job will be a little harder, because we're going to have to use all these words attached, descriptive words." 01:00:40)) STANDUP ((Melissa Howell 01:08:48 "with the new maple syrup regulations kicking in next year, one of the main concerns for some local producers is with the name change will also come a change in Vermont tradition." 01:08:57)) ((Burr Morse/maple Syrup Producer Morse Farm 00:57:07 "They have great motives but the maple consumer, whether they're Vermonters, from the West Coast or any other place in the world, they're kind of set in their ways." 00:57:21)) But the Department of Agriculture hopes producers will focus on other ways of keeping Vermont's maple syrup identity unique by focusing more on Vermont's maple syrup density requirements. ((Henry Marckres/Agriculture Agency maple Specialist 00:50:50 "Our minimum level is higher than any other state or products and we think that producers should market that because the higher the sugar content, the more flavor you'll have." 00:51:01))
Other maple syrup producers throughout the U-S and Canada currently use a similar system to describe their syrup by color and taste... Producers here in Vermont will have until January of 2015 to fully implement the new grading rules. Keith
Dozens of Vermont nurses are headed to the Phillipines to help victims of a deadly storm. Last month -- a typhoon tore across the eastern Philippines -- killing thousands and displacing hundreds of thousands. Today the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals announced its first team of three nurses will fly out Sunday. The union raised more than 3-thousand dollars for the trip. Leaders say health care workers are hard-wired to respond to a need like this. A total of 50 nurses have signed up to volunteer.
Attention Target shoppers! Could the big box store be making its way to Burlington's Town Center Mall? And Burton's designing the uniforms for part of the USA Olympic team -- so why's the company heading overseas to have them made? (( Abner Fernandez, "WHAT?! What happened to those American jobs?We need those jobs over here.)) Molly Smith is looking for answers. Plus these kids traveled nearly 100 miles to ring in the holiday season at the Vermont State House. (:57-1:01 "we've been working really hard to get here.")) We'll take you to the capital tree lighting when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.
New details about plans for overhauling and expanding the Burlington Town Center Mall. The downtown property is being bought by a New York investment group. Mall officials indicated last month that the new owners have big plans -- to rehab both the interior and exterior of the property. A memo from the developers to the city details some of those ideas -- including adding another anchor store, like LL Bean or Target. Other ideas include a hotel, restaurants, and public use of the mall's roof tops.
It's almost time for the Winter Olympics -- and the American Snowboard team will be sporting some Vermont style. But as Molly Smith found out -- some are questioning where the Burton uniforms were made.
It looks like something you'd find on your grandmother's sofa -- but thanks to the magic of Burton it's cool again. This is what the US Snowboarding team will wear when they compete in Sochi Russia for the 2014 Olympic games. The coat was inspired by an antique quilt -- and an old flag. The company says it was going after a sense of Americana with it's patchwork design. (( " I like it! It look like something out of martha Stewart," Abner Fernandez.)) They want the American snow boarders to stand out -- with a more laid back, yet respectful look to represent the United States. And it seems to be going over well with fans on the slopes at Stowe. (( Matt Diamond, "I like it, and it has the American flag on the sleeve. That's important.)) (( Sean Kates "It's like a quilt, but it's not in your face with vibrant colors.")) But one thing that is drawing criticism is the fact that the US Team uniforms were made overseas -- fabricated in Japan -- and sewn in Taiwan using fabric that was made in Italy and Vietnam. (( Abner Fernandez, "WHAT?! What happened to those American jobs?We need those jobs over here.)) ((Sean Kates, "I dont like that as much. It should be made in Vermont.")) ((Ian Lorberfeld, "It's kind of messed up that our olympic team will be represented by another country.")) Senator Bernie Sanders has championed Made in America products -- leading the charge to make sure items sold at the Smithsonian in Washington -- are made here. He had this to say about Burton's uniforms: "Vermonters are proud that Burton designed the uniforms for U.S. Olympic snowboarders right here in Vermont. But the U.S. Olympic Committee must be held responsible for making certain that uniforms worn by American athletes are made in America. " - Sanders Burton says the design and comfort are key for these uniforms -- and they went with materials they know work. "To achieve this level of performance and function, Burton turned to its best, long-standing and most trusted technical partners around the world to produce the uniforms, to ensure that our high technical and design standards were met." - Burton The real test will come in February -- when the team takes to the half pipe -- and maybe a hint of gold will really make the design pop. ((Abner Fernadez, "we can wear overalls and get gold")) Molly Smith channel 3 news Burlington.
This year's capital Christmas tree has some impressive stats. And as Kristin Carlson shows us one group of kids traveled nearly one hundred miles to help Montpelier light up.
((nats)) It's a sure sign the holiday season is here. The statehouse Christmas tree is ready to be lit. This year it's a tall and narrow balsam fir. And it's one of the tallest trees ever.... topping off at about 40 feet -- 5 feet taller then last year's tree. It was donated by a retired Christmas Tree grower in Waitsfield. ((Dennis Bache/Donated Tree: )) ((nats signing)) A holiday tradition -- accompanied with song. The Kurn Hattin school choir made the 95 mile trip up from Wesminster to perform. It's a year round residential home for 105 kids with difficult lives -- they can be homeless - living in poverty or abused. The goal of the school -- let kids be kids -- and learn and grow in a safe place. ((bite from student?)) With that -- it was time for the Governor to flip the switch - with a little help. And light up the Vermont night. ((nats)) A bright show. Spreading smiles -- and making the season pop. ((bite from student)) ((bite from student)) KC, CH3 Montpelier.
Middlebury has one of the most successful athletic departments in all of Division Three sports. Over the next two days, the Panthers women's soccer team has a chance to add to that championship legacy. The Middlebury women making their first ever appearance in the NCAA Final Four, which begins with the national semifinals tomorrow in San Antonio. The Panthers will take on Trinity of Texas in the late semi tomorrow afternoon at 2:30pm at Toyota Field. The winner will face either Williams Smith or Capital for the national championship Saturday at 2:30pm. It's already been a banner year for Middlebury...a program best 17 wins and the NESCAC title. Up next ...a shot at history.
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NHL...to Montreal... first meeting of the season between the Bruins and Habs...a scary moment less than five minutes in... Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk hits the boards at an odd angle off the hit from Max Pacioretty... Pacioretty gets a penalty for boarding ...Boychuk stays on the ice for ten minutes before being taken off the ice on a stretcher. He was immediately taken to an area hospital, but did show movement in his extremities before leaving the arena... --- once play resumed... Boston takes a 1-0 lead on a Gregory Campbell goal late in the first... --- but Montreal answers with two in the second ...with Pacioretty netting the go-ahead goal late in the period... Carey Price shuts the door in the third, making 16 of his 32 saves as Montreal wins 2-1 to move into first place in the Atlantic Division.
As an assistant athletic trainer for the team, Ludlow native Brad Pearson was an integral part of the Red Sox run to the World Series. With the championship won and the parade over, Pearson is back home for the holidays and our Scott Fleishman caught up with him. ((TRT: 1:54 ... OC: "CHANNEL THREE SPORTS.")) (((It's show and tell at the Pearson House. These items aren't dirt cheap. In fact, they're priceless momentos of an incredible season.))) ((("It was a lot of fun to be around I can tell you that."))) (((And like the players who won the world series, there was a lot of pressure on assistant Trainer Brad Pearson and the rest of the Sox medical staff during the playoffs.))) (((Brad Pearson/"I don't care if I have to stay three hours after the game and do treatments on somebody to get the swelling down or get him feeling better, he needs to be out there and we're willing to do whatever it takes to help them get out there."))) (((Pearson was in the Organization for the 04 and 07 titles, working his way through the minor leagues, but for this one he was front and center.))) ((("Being in the Dugout everyday and getting to know these guys on such a personal level, really contributing to this thing that's bigger than yourself, that's probably the most special of all."))) (((Irene and Dennis Pearson/"It's something that you dream about when you're a child and my son's actually doing it and he's brining everyone else along for the ride. You couldn't ask for anything more."))) (((Scott Fleishman/"Brad's schedule is a little lighter in the offseason which enables him to sneak up to his cabin in Ludlow during the Holidays where he is the focal point of family gatherings."))) ((("Everybody kept saying, is Brad coming? When is Brad coming. Many of them were wearing their championship T-shirts. Kids were there and they were excited."))) ((("Everybody works hard and has a lot going on in their lives, so it's nice to hear from them, but it always comes back to the Red Sox, they want to know and I'm willing to tell them."))) (((Brad Person's also showing them. He's certainly found the sweet spot. In Ludlow, Scott Fleishman, Channel 3 Sports.)))
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