Coming up on News 7-
A memorial is held in honor of Curtis Grooms-- one of the victims of last Sunday's explosion in Radford.
A minute by minute account of the shooting inside Columbine High school is released to the public.
And-- officials say don't look for gas prices to dip anytime soon.
News 7 is next.
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New details of what really happened inside Columbine High school.
Good evening I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Today's edition of the Denver Post reveals Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold acted alone.
According to the report... investigators have not found evidence that anyone else knew of their deadly plans.
Lee Cowan reports.
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((It was the school shooting that capped off a terrible season of violence
in school yards all across the country.
Two teenage gunmen had enough time and enough amunition to kill 12 of
their classmates and one teacher, before finally ending it all with a
bullet for themselves.
Now, after a year-long investigation into the Columbine massacre,
Colorado detectives say they've ruled out one outstanding myth: that the
two teens -- Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold -- had an accomplice.
A report published Sunday in the Denver Post quotes sources that confirm
Police acounted for every bullet fired, every victim shot, and by whom.
The conclusion: the two killers were the only ones repsonsible.
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The report is based on thousands of interviews and pieces of evidence
gathered since the attack last April. But some of the victim's families
are outraged it was leaked to the media before they had a chance to
review it in private.
COWAN ON CAM:
"For those same families, the report serves as little comfort -- but at
least it is ONE answer to a crime, they say, that still leaves so many
questions. Lee Cowan, CBS Nes, Washington."
The National Rifle Association this morning took aim at President Clinton.
Last week, the President met with G-O-P congressional leaders to find a
compromise on new gun control legislation.
The NRA has fought hard
against elements of the legislation.
Today-- one member accused the President of using gun violence as a political football.
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((WAYNE LAPIERRE/NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION: I'VE COME TO BELIEVE HE NEEDS A CERTAIN LEVEL OF VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. HE'S
WILLING TO ACCEPT A CERTAIN LEVEL OF KILLING TO FURTHER HIS POLITICAL
PRESIDENT CLINTON: ALL THIS SORT OF WOUNDED RHETORIC BY THE NRA, GIVEN HOW RUTHLESSLY BRUTAL THEY WERE TO MEMBERS WHO WERE BRAVE ENOUGH TO VOTE FOR THE BRADY BILL AND THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN IS A ...
THESE CROCODILE TEARS, I DON'T THINK IT WILL WASH WITH THE VOTERS."))
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The N-R-A also accused the President of being lax on enforcing gun laws already on the books.
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Authorities are continuing their investigation at New River Castings in Radford.
The focus now is to determine if the company violated any federal safety regulations.
Curtis Grooms was one of the three people killed in the explosion last Sunday.
Today a memorial was held in his honor.
Joy Sutton has the story.
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(( Leaning on each other for comfort -- dozens gathered to remember Curtis Grooms -- the man they called Jack Spade inside the wrestling ring.
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((JOHN BUCHANAN/FRIEND: JACK SPADE WAS ONE OF THE BEST AND WE'RE GOING TO MISS HIM GREATLY))
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Grooms wife Michelle say Boogies Wrestling Camp in Shawsville was one of her husband's favorite places to go.
She says he loved to wrestle -- and that's why he was here last Sunday training.
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((MICHELLE GROOMS: HE COULD COME OUT AND THE CROWD WOULD BE DEAD AND HE WOULD LIVEN IT RIGHT UP. EVERYBODY WANTED TO REACH OUT AND TOUCH HIS HAND))
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((NAT SOT: ON THIS DAY WE REMEMBER A FELLOW WRESTLER AND CLASSMATE WHO PASSED THROUGH HEAVEN'S GATE))
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Grooms graduated from the camp in 19-98 -- and to these wrestlers he was family -- and a man they admired.
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((JOHN BRUMBERG/VICTIM'S FRIEND:HE MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS A PART. I FELT LIKE REALLY NERVOUS MY FIRST DAY. HE KIND OF BROUGHT ME IN AND SAID DO NOT WORRY ABOUT IT JUST BE CALM COOL AND COLLECTIVE))
This Sunday, while the wrestlers gathered inside the ring -- they give Curtis -- Jack Spade his final bell.
They say although Curtis is gone -- his memory and legacy inside the ring live on.
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((JIMMY VALIANT: THIS WAS CURTIS' DREAM, TO BECOME A PROCESSIONAL WRESTLER AND HE WAS LIVING OUT THAT DREAM))
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Joy Sutton, News 7, Shawsville))
Investigators say the have pinned down the type of gas that led to the explosion -- and plan to release that information this week.
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It's an unprecedented moment in the history of the Catholic church.
Today Pope John Paul asked God's forgiveness for the sins of Catholics through the ages--- including wrongs inflict
ed on Jews, women and minorities.
But some critics say it's not enough.
Israel's chief rabbi says he's "deeply frustrated'' that John Paul didn't bring up the Holocaust.
There are still few answers surrounding the death of a newborn found in a dumpster in Blacksburg.
The baby boy was discovered yesterday morning wrapped in several plastic shopping bags.
Police discovered the newborn after tending to a woman at the same apartment complex who appeared to have given birth.
The baby's mother has NOT been charged.
An autopsy was inconclusive as to how the baby died or if he was born alive.
Right now, police are awaiting the results of lab tests to answer that question.
Animal rights activists are urging college students to drink beer over milk.
This week "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" will unveil its new nationwide campaign called "Got Beer?" -- a spin off of the dairy industries "Got Milk" campaign.
The Norfolk based organization says the dairy industry is cruel to cows and calves.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is urging PETA to pull the campaign for fear it will encourage underage drinking.
If you're hoping there will be a dip in gas prices sometime soon, think again.
We'll tell you why gas prices are soaring yet AGAIN.
Plus... if you want to become a police officer but wonder what the training would be like -- we'll show you how the internet can give you a first hand look. Stick around.
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In the past two weeks gasoline prices have soared a record 12 cents per gallon -- that's according to a national survey.
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The average cost at the pump is around one dollar and 59 cents per gallon.
Prices are higher in the west because there has been a shorter supply of gasoline due to refinery problems last year.
Officials say don't look for a dip in prices anytime soon -- warmer weather is on the way and that means there will be a higher demand for gas.
Lonnie Weeks is scheduled for execution later this week and it appears the only person who can spare his life is Governor Gilmore.
Weeks is a 27 year old North Carolina man, convicted for the shooting death of a police officer 7 years ago.
It was in 19-93 that Weeks was pulled over on Interstate 95 in Dale City.
A jury found him guilty of fatally shooting a Virginia State Trooper six times.
The Supreme Court stayed his execution last September .. but has since ruled it can go forward.
Only a clemency ruling from Governor Gilmore can stop the execution this time.
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Former Governor George Allen is starting his statewide tour to kick off his candidacy for the U.S Senate.
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Just last month Allen made a stop in Roanoke on behalf of the Bush Presidential campaign.
Today Allen started his campaigning in Abingdon.
He has four stops scheduled tomorrow, including a morning rally in Roanoke.
It is scheduled for 8-30 at the airport's Piedmont-Hawthorne Terminal.
Allen is a Republican, challenging Democrat Chuck Robb.
If you ever wondered what it would take to become a police officer... all you have to do is log onto your computer to find out.
In this week's Webwatch Joe Dashiell shows us how the Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy's website allows you to follow a class of recuits from orientation to graduation.
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((The Cardinal Academy is one of ten regional criminal justice training programs in Virginia. The center in Salem serves 1200 police officers and deputies in 36 law enforcement agencies.
The Academy has a comprehensive website with information on its courses, and links to other interesting law enforcement sites, but the spotlight is focused directly on the officers in training.
Director Richard Schumaker says the Academy wanted to give friends and family members who live outside the Roanoke Valley a way to follow the progress of each class... but he's heard from others who've made those updates one of the most popular features on the website.
You can find a link to the Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy, on our home page. Go to WDBJ7 dot com and click on the Webwatch Icon.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Still ahead on News 7, if you think you know all there is about cowboys and Indians, a new board game will test your knowledge.
And why are these folks walking on fire in their bare feet? The story when we return.
A Bedford County man has lived the life of a cowboy and is now sharing his love for the Old West with the general public.
In this week's Virginia Profile Steve Smallshaw tells us how a board game brings to life one mans adventures in the West.
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(( Like many young boys, David Goode essentially grew up wanting to be a cowboy.
While majoring in history in college,
Goode spent a summer vacation working at a dude ranch out west.. it was his first taste of that part of the country and he never forgot it.
((DAVID GOODE/BOARD GAME INVENTOR: I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT, AS I SAID IT WAS ALMOST LIKE COMING HOME, IT FELT LIKE THAT.))
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After five years of teaching English, Goode traded in his books and blackboard for a saddle and spurs.. working at dude ranches and hunting camps all throughout the western U-S.
It was during a game of Trivial Pursuit one night that he got an idea for his own board game based on facts about the Old West.
((GOODE: SO I WENT TO THE LOCAL LIBRARY THERE IN SALMON, IDAHO AND CHECKED OUT SOME BOOKS.. AND SO I GOT THIS INFORMATION BASICALLY FROM JUST READING BOOKS AND JUST TURNING IT INTO QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.))
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And so was born "Gunfighters and Trailblazers".. a game filled with 22- hundred bits of trivia about cowboys, Indians and folklore of the Old West.
It's not exactly a true board game.. players instead make their way across what looks like a rolled up map.
((GOODE: I CHOSE THIS BECAUSE I WANTED IT TO LOOK LIKE AN OLD MAP, WESTERN MAP, DONE ON RAWHIDE, DRAWN ON RAWHIDE.))
[OUT Q=drawn on rawhide.]
Players pick a route they want to travel: the Oregon Trail, the stagecoach route or a cattle drive, and then answer questions about anything from saloons to immigrants.
The game's been a good seller at tourist ranches and museum gift shops out west.
((GOODE: IT'S ALL BEEN POSITIVE REALLY, THEY'VE ENJOYED THE GAME VERY MUCH. MOST OF MY MARKET REALLY IS OUT WEST, SO FAR BECAUSE THOSE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE WEST, THEY HAVE A LOVE OF THE WEST THEMSELVES, AND THEY KNOW A LOT OF THIS HISTORY THEMSELVES.))
[OUT Q=history themselves.]
But Goode says anyone will find the game interesting.. he's had a thousand produced and hopes a major retailer will get interested as well.
Until then, Goode is content to work horses back in his hometown.. while always keeping one eye looking west.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
If you'd like to order "Gunfighters and Trailblazers", you can do so by e-mailing David Goode at "email@example.com".
Hundreds gathered just North of Tokyo this morning to perform a rare and ancient ritual.
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It involves walking on fire with bare feet.
Every spring... they tackle the ancient ritual which involves adults as well as children.
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Third ranked Duke is the number one seed in the N-C-A-A East Bracket. The Blue Devils win the A-C-C tournament title beating Maryland 81 to 68.
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The two teams traded basket for basket in the first half.
Duke's Chris Carrawell takes it inside for the jam and a 27 to 21 Blue Devil Lead.
And when Carlos Boozer scored two of his 21 the Duke lead was 33 to 29.
But the Terps came back Jaun Dixon scores the layup and Maryland trailed by one at the half.
The Terps went down by six to open the second half but Terence Morris scores inside and the lead was cut to four.
But Jason Williams hit two key three pointers in the second half and the Blue Devils win it 81 to 68.
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Michigan State holds down the number one seed in the Midwest. The Spartans win the Big 10 beating Illinois 76 to 71.
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The Spartan Band working the crowd.
A.J. Granger pulls up at the key and hits the three pointer to make it 13 to 10 Spartans.
But Illinois comes right back Cleotis Brown comes up with the steal and jams it home Illinois led 16 to 15.
Then Mateen Cleaves gets out on the break after the steal and scores and Michigan wins it 76 to 71.
Arkansas is headed to the big show after beating Auburn 75 to 67 to claim the S-E-C tournament championship.
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Nolan Richardson on the Arkansas sideline.
Brandon Dean pulls up and nails the three pointer and the Razorbacks led 13 to 12.
But Auburn would come right back Jay Heard takes it to the hoop drawing the foul and giving Auburn a four point lead.
Then Dean would take over the game here he scores on the Jam and the Razorbacks win it 75 to 67.
The other top seeds in the N-C-Double-A tournament are Stanford in the South and Arizona in the west.
The Virginia Cavaliers were left out of the field of 64. But A-C-C member North Carolina was picked as the 8-th seed in the South.
The Cavaliers beat the Tar Heels twice this season and will host Georgetown in a first round N-I-T game March 15-th at 7 in University Hall.
Carolina gets in with an 18 and 13 record UVA is 19 and 11.
The other A-C-C team in the field is Maryland the third seed in the Midwest.
Liberty, Old Dominion and the Lady Cavaliers of Virginia are in the N-C-Double-A women's tournament.
The Lady Cavaliers are a numer 4 seed in the Mideast. Old Dominion is a number 4 seed in the Midwest. Virginia will host 2 first round games March 17-th and 19-th.
Meantime, The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech will play in the Women's N-I-T.
Tech will host a first round game against Georgia State.
Alonzo Mourning scored 35 as the Heat beat the Pacers 105 to 96 ending Indiana's record 25 game home win streak.
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Pat Riley getting his heat into the game.
Indiana's Jalen Rose gets it in the corner and he nails the three pointer in the first quarter.
But the Heat runs the floor and Tim Hardaway leaves it behind to Mourning who throws down the jam for a three point lead.
Miami led by 16 in the fourth but the Pacer's Austin Croshere takes it to the hoop on the power move cutting the lead to five.
Mourning would finish the game with 35 as the Heat gets the 105 to 96 victory.
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In Hockey, The Carolina Hurricanes won for the fourth time in five games today.
Jeff O'Neill had two goals as the Canes beat Atlanta 5 to 1. And here are the rest of tonights scores.
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Dale Earnhardt crossed the finish line less than 2 feet ahead of Bobby Labonte to win the Cracker Barrel 500.
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Dale Earnhardt, Junior led early in the race but he hits the wall and has to take his car to the pits. He overshot his area because he had no brakes.
Then Jeff Burton took over the lead but he apparently blew a tire and hit the wall while he was leading the race and Burton was through for the day.
Dale Earnhardt senior was coming on strong and he was running in second place behind his teammate Mike Skinner.
Dale Jarrett had some problems in the pits when he hit Stacy Compton Jarrettt was running 23-rd later in the race.
Skinner would lead over 100 laps and he crossed the line as the leader at the halfway point of the race.
Then Tony Stewart gets loose at the top of the track he slides into traffic and gets hit by Robert Pressley. Rusty Wallace and Stacy Compton also got together bringing out the caution.
Skinner was in control but his car blew an engine with just under 20 laps left in the race.
Earnhardt would lead on the re-start and he and Bobby Labonte would run side by side but Earnhardt crosses the line first by the nose of the car winning the Cracker Barrell 500.
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Bobby Labonte was second Mark Martin third and Steve Park fourth.
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Dudley Hart won the Honda Classic today.
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An Aerial view of the T-P-C at Heron Bay.
Hart birdied the final four holes to finish with a 7 under par 65 and a one shot victory. Hart's late string of birdies allowed him to erase a three shot deficit and finish at 19 under par.
Kevin Wentworth and J.P. Hayes tied for second.
Hubert Green birdied 4 of the last five holes to win the Audi Senior Classic. He shot a 10 under par 62.
and Annika Sorenstam birdied the second playoff hole to edge Pat Hurst at the L-P-G-A's Tuscon Open.
Steve Sabo scored in the first round of a shootout to lead the Roanoke Express to a 5 to 4 win over Greensboro.
Roanoke tied the game with 11 seconds left in the third. The Express is 5-0 and 1 in it's last six games.