[1-News-Head]

[TALENT=Keith]

News 7 is up next as we measure the impact of 300 people laid off at Lane Furniture.
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[VO-NAT]


And we'll explain why a sheriff's deputy is hugging rather than handcuffing a man she'd known about for 30 years but had never met before.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Tonight on News 7 sports, it's time to meet the man expected to take the place of Corey Moore and John Engelberger. Women golfers at Hunting Hills swinging in linen and lace today.
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[VO-NAT]

And the Roanoke Wrath soccer team has a new head coach.
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[WX-Head]
[TALENT=Robin]
[SS=None]


Looking for the wet stuff tonight and tomorrow morning. Then some drying for mid week. The complete weather forecast coming up.

[Video-Open]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=Video Open]



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[IN Q=I feel I've wasted my time here.]
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[OUT Q=time here]
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[VO-NAT]


Employees at a Campbell County furniture company learn they'll soon be out of work.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=News7at6]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Lane-Furniture]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#99-58 TC1:49:48]
[GRAPHIC=Layoffs]


Lane Furniture is downsizing and laying-off more than 300 employees.
The news came yesterday, but employees were told about their jobs today.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Surae/Microwave]


Surae Chinn has been talking to folks in Altavista and has reaction.
[Live=Surae Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Surae1;]
[SUPER=05-Altavista;]
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(Rollcue:find other work.)
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Randy Douglas/Lane Furniture Employee;]
[SUPER=01-Ray Conley/Lane Furniture Employee;]
[SUPER=01-J. R. Rudy Burgess/Altavista Mayor;]
[RUNS=:43]
[OUT Q=In the future.]



[Live=Surae Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Altavista;]
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[Double Boxes=Keith and Surae/Microwave]
(Question: Is the company doing anything to help those laid-off employees?)



[Intermet]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-03 TC1:38:22]
[GRAPHIC=New River Casting]


There are signs that New River Castings' parent company is taking steps toward rebuilding the plant.
A letter sent recently to Radford's Mayor from Intermet C-E-O John Doddridge says:
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[VO-NAT]


"Thanks for expeditiously arranging all of the right people from the community and state to help get the ball rolling on the rebuild of the New River plant."
[SUPER=03-Radford/March;]


Radford Council members say that Intermet has made NO commitment to reconstruct the plant, destroyed in a March 5th explosion.
But the company submitted permit applications late last week with the Department of Environmental Quality that would help pave the way toward rebuilding.
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[Missing-Man]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=00-04 TC1:38:46]
[GRAPHIC=None]


He disappeared from a busy parking lot in broad daylight.. but apparently no one saw anything that might help police find Bedford resident James Walker.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


Walker was last seen near the Peaksview Shopping Center around 9:15 Friday morning.
Volunteers searched the nearby woods over the weekend, and police continue to be on the lookout.. but Walker's family is worried.
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[SOT 1:14:07]
[IN Q=I've got very]

((BOBBY WALKER/MISSING MAN'S SON: I'VE GOT VERY LITTLE SLEEP, JUST WONDERING WHERE YOUR DAD IS. IT'S HARD EVEN TO THINK ABOUT.. YOUR DAD'S GONE, HERE ONE DAY AND GONE THE NEXT AND NOBODY'S SEEN HIM OR HEARD FROM HIM, ANYTHING LIKE THAT.))
((LT. TONY SULLIVAN/BEDFORD CITY POLICE: THE PEOPLE IN THIS CITY ARE REALLY GOOD ABOUT CALLING WHEN SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS IS GOING ON. UNLESS IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY DISCREET THAT WENT ON THAT DIDN'T AROUSE SUSPICION THAT NOBODY THOUGHT TO CALL ABOUT AND THOSE CHANCES ARE SORT OF SLIM.))
[SUPER=01-Bobby Walker/Missing Man's Son; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Tony Sullivan/Bedford City Police; :18]
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[OUT Q=sort of slim.]
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[TAKE Description PINNACLE]
Walker is 6-feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds.
He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black t-shirt. [BEDFORD POLICE FS]
Anyone with information should call the Bedford city police.
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[Vietnam-POW]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-60 TC1:34:42]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Tens of thousands of Americans wore bracelets- -a generation ago- -bearing the names of Vietnam prisoners of war.

A little girl in this area wore her bracelet faithfully for three years, but never met the man... until today.
Tina Tenret was there to witness the embrace.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=When sheriff's deputy]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-C. J. Dickerson/Sheriff's Deputy; :21 quick!!]
[SUPER=01-Paul Galanti/Vietnam War POW; :35]
[SUPER=@Tina2; 1:07]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Botetourt County]
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[SOT 54:44]
[IN Q=C.J. Dickerson]

((C.J. DICKERSON. I NEVER HUGGED A SHERIFF BEFORE. SO NICE TO MEET YOU.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=SO NICE TO MEET YOU]

When sheriff's deputy C-J Dickerson was just a girl, she wore a bracelet with this name: Paul Galanti. He was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Now, 30 years later, they meet.
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[SOT 4:16]
[IN Q=It all went full circle]

((IT ALL WENT FULL CIRCLE. IT WAS JUST THE GREATEST THING. HE'S SUCH A WONDERFUL MAN.)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=WONDERFUL MAN]

Galanti was a Navy pilot in 1966 when his plane was shot down. The North Vietnamese held him captive for nearly seven years.
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[SOT 7:13]
[IN Q=It was long]

((IT WAS LONG AND BORING FOR THE MOST PART, INTERRUPTED BY EPISODES OF TORTURE AND REALLY VICIOUS TREATMENT.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=VICIOUS TREATMENT]

But knowing an American was wearing his bracelet ....
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[SOT 9:55]
[IN Q=It may]

((IT MAY HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST MORALE BOOST WE HAD WHEN WE WERE OVER THERE. WE KNEW WE WEREN'T GOING TO GET LEFT OVER THERE THAT THE GOVERNMENT WASN'T GOING TO STOP BEFORE WE GOT OUT.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=BEFORE WE GOT OUT]
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[SOT 12:06]
[IN Q=And to all]

((AND TO ALL MY FRIENDS HERE AT LORD BOTETOURT HIGH SCHOOL, I GIVE YOU MY FRIEND AND MY MENTOR PAUL E. GALANTI. APPLAUSE)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=APPLAUSE]

Now, Galanti is a motivational speaker. He led the Virginia presidential campaign for John McCain -- a fellow prisoner at Hanoi. He also headed up the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation. He helps run an internet company and is building a subdivision for the elderly in Richmond. But this grown up girl still remembers his homecoming -- Richmond, 1973.
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[SOT 3:50]
[IN Q=I believe]

((I BELIEVE HE WAS ON THE LAST PLANE TO COME IN AND ALMOST TOWARDS THE END CLOSE TO THE LAST ONE GETTING OFF. I DON'T RECALL IT BUT MY PARENTS TELL ME I JAMMED MY FINGERS ON THE TV SCREEN TRYING TO REACH FOR HIM.)) [RUNS:15]
[OUT Q=reach for him]

Now -- C-J Dickerson's vision of the man she supported -- finally falls within reach. Tina Tenret News7 Botetourt County ))

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=NONE]


They brought traffic on Interstate 81 to a standstill last summer, now more sinkholes are starting to open up.
Find out where when News 7 at Six returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And the greatest Show on Earth walks into town.
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[Internet-Taxation]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-02 TC1:37:20]
[GRAPHIC=The Internet]


To tax or NOT to tax the Internet.
That was the question for Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore's Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce.
It may come as NO surprise that "no car tax" Jim Gilmore said NO to "e-taxes" too.
But on the eve of Gilmore presenting the report to Congress, Ellen Qualls has the tale of two Virginia businesses.


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[SOT]
[IN Q=eGO Travel]
[SUPER=03-Richmond; :00]
[SUPER=01-Keith West/eGOtravel.com; :18]
[SUPER=01-Boo Smythe/Fountain Books; :55]
[SUPER=@Gilmore; 1:13 ]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; 1:37 ]
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[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]

(( eGO Travel is a success story by any measure.
Since two brothers started it in their parents' garage in 1995-- it's grown to eight employees, running a website getting a half a million hits a year.
In Doug Wilder's old law offices in historic Church Hill, Keith West plans to hire 12 more people this year.
[sot 09:05:25]

((KEITH WEST/eGOtravel.com: WE STARTED IN '95, WHEN PEOPLE WEREN'T PAYING ANY ATTENTION TO THE INTERNET. SO THAT GAVE US THE CHANCE, THE WINDOW, FOR TWO PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING.)) [runs:11]
A federal moratorium on Internet taxes helped.
Enter Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore-- given a 19 member commission and the task of telling Congress what to do.
In network interviews, he's previewing the report: permanently ban taxes on Internet access and extend the moratorium on new e-commerce sales taxes.
Little Fountain Books in Richmond's Shockoe Slip says NO fair.
[sot 12:31:00]

((BOO SMYTHE/FOUNTAIN BOOKS: MY POSITION IS... INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES... LEVEL FIELD WITH THE TAX... I WOULD URGE THE GOVERNOR TO CONSIDER THE SMALL RETAIL BUSINESSES.)) [runs:20 ]

[sot 11:37:31]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WELL MY RESPONSE WOULD BE, AFTER VERY CAREFUL STUDY, IS THAT RETAIL PEOPLE REALLY HAVE BIG ADVANTAGES...ON THE INTERNET.)) [runs:22 ]
Gilmore's techno-speak solution for bricks and mortar retailers?
Become "clicks and mortar"-- open your own website.
He takes the pitch to Capitol Hill next.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))


[81-Sinkhole]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=81 Sinkhole]


V-Dot crews have been busy fixing sinkholes on Interstate 81 in Augusta County.
The latest one opened up about 15 miles south of Staunton.
It took all day to fill-in the hole in the median.
Crews fixed three other sinkholes yesterday, all within two miles of the latest one.

[Wolfe-Plea]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-59 TC1:29:52]
[GRAPHIC=LEgal Scales]


A Wytheville man pled guilty today to first degree murder in the beating death of another man.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wytheville;]


23-year-old Jason Wolfe entered the plea today in Wythe County Circuit Court.
He was arrested in August and charged with killing 24-year-old Michael Alderman.
Police say Wolfe caught Alderman in bed with his wife and killed him with several blows to the head.
Wolfe is scheduled to be sentenced in June.
He could get anywhere from 20 years to life in prison.
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[Bomb-Threat]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Bomb Threat Charges]


A 13-year old girl will be placed on probation, but she'll also be subject to electronic monitoring for making bomb-threats.
The girl and her 17 year old co-defendant were convicted last month of making threatening calls to Lynchburg schools.
The 17 year old was sentenced to juvenile detention.

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=NONE]


It was a mixed day on Wall Street, thanks to another bad day for technology stocks. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW gained 101-points, while NASDAQ lost 132 points.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index lost a quarter of a point.
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[Circus-Walk]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-01 TC1:37:26]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It wasn't cars that were bumper to bumper in downtown Roanoke, this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus paraded its performing animals from their train to the Civic Center.
It's the 129th Edition of "The Greatest Show on Earth", which presents its first Roanoke performance tomorrow night.
The circus stays in town through Sunday.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, the Wrath soccer team has a new head coach. We check at Tech's spring practice and meet the man expected to step up as a freshman on the defensive line this coming fall.
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[VO-NAT]

Plus, these women golfers in Roanoke County today were decked out in outfits, you'd be hard pressed to find in any pro shop. I'll tell you what the dubs are all about in a moment.
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[S-Avalanche]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-60 tc 1:07:08]
[GRAPHIC=avalanche/hillcats]


The Salem Avalanche is looking to start its season opening home stand with two consecutive wins.
Salem faces Lynchburg again tonight at Salem Memorial Field.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night;]


The Avs stole a victory from the Hillcats with two runs in the sixth inning. The three to two win puts Salem at three and two on the young season.
More than three thousand people watched the home opener. Manager Alan Cockrell says this team has the talent to draw fans into the stands.
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[SUPER=00-Alan Cockrell/Avalanche Manager;]
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
[ss=mlb]
In the majors, Boston beat Minnesota 13 to four and Detroit won its first game in Coamerica Park five to two over S

eattle.
The Yankees-Rangers game in New York has been postponed because of bad weather.

[S-Trade]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-55 20146TC]
[GRAPHIC=NFL DRAFT]

The NFL draft is set for this coming weekend and today the pre-draft positioning continued as Keyshawn Johnson was traded.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NFL; :00]

The Skins had hoped to possibility get him, but instead he was traded this afternoon to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two first round draft picks. The trade is contingent on the Bucs finding a way to sign Johnson to a long term contract.
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[S-Spring]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-68 20TC]
[GRAPHIC=NFL DRAFT]

This coming weekend in the NFL draft, both of Virginia Tech's defensive ends from last season, John Engelberger and Corey are expected to be picked up.
[GRAPHIC=TECH FB]

Several other Tech defenders from last year's team could also get the call from the pros.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]

The Hokies lost 8 starters off of last season's defensive team, but no one is panicking about filling those holes. Largely because redshirt freshman, Nathaniel Adibi, from Phoebus high school in Hampton is expected to hold down on the of the end spots. He says this year's defense will be better than last year's in at least one category.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I THINK WE...]
[SUPER=01-Nathaniel Adibi/Tech Freshman Defensive End; :00]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=...LASY YEAR.]
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[VO-NAT CON'T]

At six-three and nearly 245 pounds the only thing Adibi lacks right now is more experience.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="I should develop...]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :16]
[RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q=...WE'RE COUNTING ON."]
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[S-Wrath]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-63]
[GRAPHIC=Wrath]


The Roanoke Wrath begins it's fourth season Saturday at Victory Stadium against the Charlotte Eagles.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]


The Wrath finished 10 and 8 last season in the USL's D-III Pro League and missed the playoffs in 99 after making the post season in 98. The primary challenge for first year coach Dave Patterson will be getting the Wrath back to the post season.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="one]
[SUPER=01-Dave Patterson/First Year Wrath Head Coach; :00]

((DAVE PATTERSON/WRATH HEAD COACH:ONE OF THE THINGS I'D LIKE TO BELIEVE THIS TEAM IS GONNA DO IS WE'RE GONNA BE VERY ORGANIZED AND WE'RE GONNA DEFEND WELL. WHICH IS SOMETHING WE REALLY HAVE TO WORK ON. SO TO SEE THE CREATIVENESS AND THE ABILITY TOT SCORE AT THE OTHER END AT THAT, THAT'S NICE, THAT'S ENCOURAGING FOR ME.))
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[OUT Q=....encouraging for me"]
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[S-Women]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-58 15130tc]
[GRAPHIC=GOLF]

Earlier this month we turned our clocks forward an hour, but today the members of the women's golf association at Hunting Hills decided to turn back the clock one hundred years.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Hunting Hills Country Club; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sue Wiseman/Women's Golf Vice-President; :17]
[SUPER=01-Lita Hunt/Hunting Hills Golfer; :45]
[SUPER=01-Marilyn Donato/Women's Golf President; :57]
[RUNS=1:25]
[OUT Q=...LITTLE STRIPPING HA HA HA!!]

((The ladies linksters were dressed to kill in more ways at one as they quickly proved that it is possible to mix linen with titanium. ((NAT SOUND OF SWING)) ((SUE WISEMAN:)) Needless to say the members took the dress for success theme to heart. Some created their outfits with a round of imagination and some help from and thrift shops and the costume division of Roanoke opera. But no one got into the swing of things more than Lita Hunt. ((LITA HUNT:)) ((MARILYN DONATO:)) Despite initial appearances, the outfits were nearly as restrictive as they appeared to be. But these 21st century women weren't taking any chances.)) ((SUE WISEMAN:))