The Pope visits Bethlehem and offers words of comfort to Palestian exiles.
And a van slips into reverse and hits several children at a North Carolina middle school.
News 7 at noon is next.
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For Pope John Paul, another stop today on his visit that's retracing some of the footsteps of Jesus.
He held mass in Bethlehem and visited thousands of Palestinian refugees living in virtual exile.
Lisa Hughes reports the Palestinians see the pope's visit as a beacon of hope that they may one day have their own country.
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((ON THIS SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND VISITED A SITE NEVER MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE, HARDLY KNOWN BEYOND THE MIDDLE EAST-- DHEISHEH, THE LARGEST PALESTINIAN REFUGEE CAMP ON THE WEST BANK.
(SOT, POPE, I HOPE AND I PRAY THAT MY VISIT WILL BRING SOME COMFORT IN YOUR DIFFICULT SITUATION.)
(SOT, POPE PRAYING WITH REFUGEES)
REFUGEES BEGAN FLEEING TO DHEISHEH DURING THE 1948 CONFLICT BETWEEN
PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS. NOW THERE ARE 10-THOUSAND PEOPLE HERE WHO DREAM OF GOING HOME.
(SOT, NO NAME, WE HOPE THIS VISIT WILL CHANGE SOMETHING FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE CAMP)
(HUGHES STANDUP BRIDGE: THIS GATE USED TO BE THE ONLY WAY IN OUR OUT OF
DHEISHEH. IT'S ONLY BEEN IN THE PAST TEN YEARS THAT ISRAELI SOLDIERS HAVE PULLED OUT AND THE GATE'S COME DOWN. BUT IT STILL STANDS AS A SYMBOL OF SUFFERING.)
WHILE ISRAELI LEADERS HAVE SAID LITTLE ABOUT THE POPE'S TRIP TO DHEISHEH, REFUGEES SEE IT AND HIS MEETING WITH PRESIDENT YASSER ARAFAT AS TACIT RECOGNITION OF THEIR DEMAND FOR STATEHOOD.
(SOT, ABDALLUAH AL-ZIGHARI, PALESTINIAN REFUGEE, "WE BELIEVE THAT WE WILL NOT COME BACK TO OUR HOMELAND IMMEDIATELY. BU
T WE BELIEVE THIS KIND OF VISIT WILL HAVE SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT FOR US.")
UPON ARRIVING IN BETHLEHEM, THE POPE KISSED WEST BANK SOIL. HE CELEBRATED MASS IN MANGER SQUARE, TEMPORARILY INTERRUPTED BY A MUSLIM CALL TO NOON PRAYER...
...A SYMBOLIC MEETING OF RELIGIONS AND CULTURES. HOURS LATER, HE PRAYED IN THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY AT THE SITE WHERE THE BIBLE SAYS JESUS WAS BORN. THE TRIP FULFILLS A PAPAL, DREAM OF RETRACING JESUS' STEPS FROM BIRTH TO DEATH TO RESURRECTION. LISA HUGHES, CBS NEWS, JERUSALEM.))
Seven children were injured this morning when a van plowed into them at their middle school in North Carolina.
Officials say the driver accidentally shifted into reverse after dropping off students for class.
The vehicle shot backwards at a high rate of speed-- racing across the school grounds and striking the children.
The children and van driver were taken to the hospital, some of the students were seriously injured.
The four day hostage drama in a Baltimore suburb is over.
It ended just after eleven last night when police shot and killed murder suspect Joseph Palczynski.
He'd been holding three people, including the mother of his former girlfriend, hostage since Friday.
Cathy Moss reports.
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((The end came quickly for Joseph Palczynski. After two of his three hostages escaped, a SWAT team moved into position outside the house. The final crucial minutes were caught on tape by one of the few residents who stayed in their home.
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Police killed him right then and there. None of the hostages was hurt. They'd been held captive since Friday night when Palczynski -- wanted for 4 murders -- stormed into their house. He was also wanted for the
kidnapping of his girlfriend whose mother was one of the hostages. The girlfriend later escaped. Two days into the siege, on Sunday, Palczyski left this message on a local TV reporter's answering machine.
((play full - answering machine))
SWAT teams surrounded the home for days while hostage negotiators, never revealing his demands, used bullhorns and talked to him on the phone. The sealed-off community held its breath, hoping for a peaceful end. Last night, that end came, but violently. After the gunfire, the remaining hostage, a 12-year old boy, was led out to safety.
((SOT, BILL TOOHEY, SPOKESMAN, BALTIMORE COUNTY POLICE))))
A mistrial has been declared in a Lynchburg murder case stemming from a fatal shooting last summer.
Morris Anthony was gunned down inside this home on Stuart Street last July.
Norman Douglas White is charged with his murder... police say White broke into the house and shot Anthony several times in front of a mother and her two children.
The five- man, seven- woman jury deliberated a little over three hours last night and this morning before telling the judge it could "not" reach a unanimous verdict.
No new trial date has been set.
The battle for control of the national Reform Party is being fought in Lynchburg today.
Testimony is underway in federal court on who actually controls the party and its two and a half million dollars in federal funding.
Pat Choate took over as party chairman last month after a raucous meeting in Nashville that saw John Gargan (GAR-gin) ousted as the party head.
Gargan and former treasurer Ron Young have refused to turn over the party's federal funds... they claim the Nashville meeting was held illegally and they are still in control.
Some college students may not like what their student fees are used for-- but the U-S Supreme Court says there's nothing they can do about it.
The justices unanimously say public colleges and universities CAN use money from mandatory student activities fees to pay for campus groups that engage in political speech -- including speech that some students might object to.
Also in Washington today, the Senate unanimously voted to stop taking away social security benefits from people who continue to work into their late sixties.
The House will take up the measure again.
The bill will boost the income of about 800-thousand workers by thousands of dollars.
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Still ahead on News 7 at noon, US-Airways is facing a possible shutdown this weekend.
We'll have the latest.
And the environment and nuclear weapons headline President Clinton's day in India.
First let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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President Clinton is calling for more cooperation with India on protecting the earth's resources.
The famed Taj Mahal was the backdrop for his speech today.
The President and daughter Chelsea toured it earlier in the day.
He noted that pollution has begun to damage the 17th century monument.
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President Clinton announced that India the U-S will establish a joint panel to study ways to produce cleaner energy.
Meantime, President Clinton got a chilly response when he asked Indian officials to stop their nuclear activity.
He warned Parliament against a nuclear buildup and against escalating aggression with neighboring Pakistan.
Flight attendats are set strike at midnight Saturday if they can't reach an agreement with U-S Airways.
The nation's sixth largest air carrier says rather then deal with walkouts, it will shutdown.
Kate Weidaw tells us what impact it could have on Roanoke.
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((Lines boarding US Airways flights could diminish this weekend if the airline closes its gates until flight attendants reach a contract agreement.
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Heather Cooper is just one of hundreds of flight attendants waiting to hear what's in store for her weekend.
((HEATHER COOPER/US AIRWAYS FLIGHT ATTENDANTS: WE'RE JUST NOT SURE IF THEY ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO RUN OUR FLIGHTS OR ARE WE JUST GOING TO BE SHUT DOWN AS WELL AND WE DON'T KNOW IF WE'LL GET PAID OR NOT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.))
But local travel agents say if you're concerned about getting to your destination this weekend - don't book with a different airline unless you want to pay a hefty fee.
((CAROL HANEY/TRAVEL AGENT: SO IF YOU ELECTED TO CHANGE YOURSELF TO A DIFFERENT CARRIER TOMORROW IT WOULD BE AN ADDITIONAL COST. THEY WOULD NOT ABSORB THE COST YET.))
You have to wait for US Airways to officially announce a shut down before they change your flight to a different airline free of charge.
But that doesn't sit well with ticket holders who want a hassle- free trip this weekend or in the near future.
((JEANNIE YETZ/PASSENGER: IN FACT WE WE'RE CONCERNED WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO GET BACK TODAY.))
The best advice is to be flexible, because if the shut down occurs...
((HEATHER COOPER/FLIGHT ATTENDANT: IT'S GOING TO BE A MESS IF IT HAPPENS THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF PEOPLE STRANDED.))
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: IF YOU ARE FLYING ON A US AIRWAYS EXPRESS JET THEN THE SHUT DOWN SHOULD NOT AFFECT YOU FLIGHT.
HOWEVER YOU SHOULD CALL THE RESERVATION DESK TO SEE IF YOUR FLIGHT IS AFFECTED. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
Two teachers from Radford city schools face criminal charges for offenses allegedly committed on school grounds.
James Anthony Dehart (DEE-hart) ... head wrestling coach at John Dalton Intermediate School ... was indicted yesterday.
He's charged with stealing Ritalin and Adderall from the school. Both are prescription drugs used to treat learning disabilities.
Carroll Purcell, a gym teacher at Radford High School, was charged with attempted assault and battery of a 14-year-old female student.
An Appomattox woman won't go on trial after pleading guilty to second degree murder.
30-year old Sandra Olivarri had been charged with shooting her husband Nick to death and dumping his body along a roadside in September, 1998.
Olivarri's trial was scheduled for next week, but prosecutors reached a plea agreement after talking with the victim's family.
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((DEBORAH DRINKARD/VICTIM'S SISTER: WE DECIDED THAT THIS WOULD BE THE BEST TO KEEP THE FAMILY FROM GOING THROUGH ANY MORE TORTURE OF THIS NOT TAKING TO TRIAL, AND THE MAXIMUM ON THIS IS FORTY YEARS, SO WE FEEL COMFORTABLE.. AND NOW WE WILL HAVE HER IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT SHE'S USED TO.))
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[OUT Q=she's used to.]
Olivarri could receive up to 44 years in prison when she's sentenced in June.
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News 7 at Six is on the web.
Find out how to see it when we return.
And a popular diabetes drug is being pulled off the shelves.
It's all still ahead on News 7 at noon.
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The Food and Drug Administration has ordered Rezulin..the popular diabetes drug pulled from the shelves.
This after it was linked to more than sixty deaths.
Several researchers studying the drug found it was toxic to the liver.
The F-D-A conducted it's own tests and reached the same conclusion.
The agency is recommending anyone currently on the drug to get in touch with their doctor immediately.
A hospital in Roanoke is the only one in Southwest Virginia with a child life specialist who caters to kids.
Janice Zack's job is to play with children as part of the healing process.
In other hospitals -- doctors and nurses may not have the time.
Children often express their fears through playing because they do not know how to verbalize them.
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((FOR THE CHILD, IT'S NICE TO HAVE SOMEONE THAT'S THERE JUST FOR THEM AT FIRST.
I THINK ONCE WE HAVE TRUST WE CAN HELP THAT CHILD HAVE A SPEEDIER RECOVERY.))
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Victoria Woffenden had her appendix removed, and play is the only thing that got her out of bed.
Now she's not afraid to come back to the hospital.
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((IT'D BE GOOD TO TELL OTHER KIDS SO THEY WON'T BE SO SCARED.))
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It costs Carilion about 45 thousand dollars a year to offer this program, which is common in large hospitals around the country.
Television stations around the world are using new technology to reach a wider audience.
And News 7 is joining the list of broadcasters who are now delivering their programs on the world wide web.
News 7 at Six will appear on the webcasting site of Rev-net, a local internet service provider.
In addition, the site's media archive will include a week's worth of newscasts, available on demand.
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If you'd like to watch streaming video of News 7 at 6, there are two ways to get there.
You can go directly to WREV-dot-net, or log onto our home page at WDBJ-7-dot com.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 87 points.
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Still to come in sports, March madness makes a stop in Richmond, the N-B-A season is winding down,
and a Roanoke College basketball standout receives a post season honor.
Patrick returns with details.
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N-C-A-A Division three season is over, but the honors haven't stopped for Roanoke College.
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Senior Paris Butler has been named to the G-T-E District Three All-Academic team.
The point guard averaged nearly 12 points a game and set school records for three pointers made--81 and attempted a record 180.
Butler has a three-point-6-7 grade point average and has been accepted to several medical schools, including the University of Virginia.
For those basketball fans looking for some March madness close to home, you can find it right in Richmond.
Virginia Commonwealth University is hosting the women's N-C-A-A East region semi-finals and finals this weekend.
Top ranked U-Conn will face Oklahoma and Louisiana State will play Duke on Saturday...the winners will play Monday night.
About 15-hundred tickets remain and school officials say about 75 percent of ticket requests have come from U-Conn fans.
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The N-B-A season is winding down and teams are jockeying for playoff positions.
Three teams have secured post season berths, the Lakers and Portland in the west and Indiana in the east.
The Pacers clinched that spot last night with a 95 - 91 win over the Knicks in the Conseco Field House.
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New York carried a lead late in the fourth quarter as Latrel Sprewell moves through the paint for two of his 17 points on the night.
But Indiana mounted a comeback. Austin Croshere sinks the long jumper to tie it at 91.
Rik Smits had 20 last night and puts the Pacers ahead. Indiana hangs on for the 95-91 win and a guaranteed playoff spot.
Three drivers raced around the Martinsville Speedway in preparation for the Goody's 500 on April 9th.
Rusty Wallace, Jeremy Mayfield and Jerry Nadeau each spent the blustery day working on their qualifying and race setups.
Rusty owned Martinsville in the mid-90s when he won four straight spring events at the speedway.
The fact that he even scheduled a two day test at one of his best tracks is evidence that he is anxious again be the Martinsville Master.
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Wallace got around the track in a timely manner and he also got to the track in a hurry yesterday, flying his six passenger Bell 407 helicopter up from Mooresville.
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The N-H-L has suspended New Jersey's Scott Niedermayer for 10 games.
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The suspension is for hitting Florida's Peter Worrell over the helmet with his stick.
Niedermayer will miss the rest of the regular season and the Devils' first
playoff game. The suspension will cost him more than 150-thousand dollars.
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Last night, the Rangers needed a win over Florida to move back into contention for an Eastern Conference playoff spot.
But New York couldn't take care of business. The Panthers come back from a
three to one deficit and Mike Sillinger gets the game winner. Florida four, Rangers three.