Today on News 7 at 5, a man once sentenced to die for murdering a Virginia Tech student is able to avoid the death penalty. We'll have the latest on Benjamin Lilly.
and the Federal Goverment releases its plan to break up computer giant Microsoft.
Showers will gradually taper off, and skies should clear abit. Look for improved conditions over the weekend, I'll be along shortly with that forecast.
In medical news, a local hospital is hit with a lawsuit accusing it of inadequate security,
and then in sports, we'll tell you why Frank Beamer wants to make sure Virginia Tech's annual Maroon and White game doesn't leave anyone black and blue.
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((I JUST WANT HIM EVERY DAY TO THINK OF WHAT HE DID TO OUR FAMILY. I'M SURE HE DOESN'T SINCE HE HAS NO REMORSE. ))
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A plea agreement today will spare Benjamin Lilly's life.
IT was a crime most remember- a Virginia tech student taken from outside a convenience store- and shot to death.
Ben Lilly who was once sentenced to die for that murder- now makes a Plea Agreement- he will spend the rest of his life in prision.
32-year-old Lilly entered a guilty plea today in the 1995 shooting death of Alexander DeFilippis.
His case was sent back for a new trial in Montgomery County by the U-S Supreme Court last year.
Today, the victim's family said they were pleased that they didn't have to sit through another trial.
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[SUPER=01-Bernadette Falcon/Victim's Aunt; :00]
[SUPER=01-Helen Lilly/Lilly's Mother; :14]
((BERNADETTE FALCON/VICTIM'S AUNT: HIS DEATH SENTENCE IS THERE ANYWAY. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF WHEN AND WHERE. IT'S NOT GOING TO BE A SET TIME LIKE HAD HE BEEN GIVEN THE DEATH PENALTY. IN THE LONG RUN, IT'S THE SAME END. ))
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((HELEN LILLY/LILLY'S MOTHER:I KNOW THIS IS NOT A GREAT LIFE THAT HE'LL BE SPENDING LOCKED UP BUT I GUESS IT'S BETTER THAN LOSING YOUR LIFE AND MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE DEFILIPPIS FAMILY. ))
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Lilly will spend life in prison without parole.
On News 7 at 6, find out why Ben Lilly's attorneys say Lilly is NOT saying he's sorry for killing Alexander DeFilippis.
A hard knock for Microsoft.
The Government is asking the court to break Microsoft into two companies.
Just moments ago, Microsoft's Founder Bill Gates reacted saying- the proposed breakup would do great damage to the company -- and have a ''chilling effect on innovation in the high-tech industry.''
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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[SUPER=01-Erick Gustafson/Citizens for a Sound Economy;]
[Super=01-Ralph Nader/Consumer Advocate;]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News;]
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((SHOULD MICROSOFT, ONE OF THE WORLDS LARGEST COMPUTER COMPANIES, BE
FORCED TO SPLIT INTO TWO SEPARATE COMPETING COMPANIES?
THATS WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO DO.
THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND 19 STATES SUCCESSFULLY SUED MICROSOFT FOR
TODAY, THE GOVERNMENT LAYED OUT FOR A JUDGE THE GROUNDWORK FOR A
THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES THAT ONE COMPANY SELL WINDOWS THE SYSTEM THAT
RUNS MOST OF THE WORLDS COMPUTERS.
THE OTHER WOULD HANDLE SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS LIKE WORD AND EXCEL AND
RUN MICROSOFTS INTERNET EXPLORER.
MICROSOFT CHAIRMAN BILL GATES SAYS ANY BREAK-UP OF THE COMPANY HE
FOUNDED 25 YEARS AGO WOULD HURT CONSUMERS.
SOME CONSUMER GROUPS AGREE.
-SOT- ERICK GUSTAFSON, CITIZENS FOR A SOUND ECONOMY
its bad for consumers because it puts regulation ahead of innovation,
and it puts government lawyers ahead of entrepreneurs.
BUT OTHER CONSUMER ADVOCATES SAY THE BREAK-UP WOULD SPUR COMPETITION.
-RALPH NADER- CONSUMER ADVOCATE 12;02;56
a break up of Microsoft into several companies will unleash natural
competitive forces with a minimum of regulation.
THE TWO MICROSOFT COMPANIES WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO RECOMBINE FOR TEN YEARS
IN ADDITION TO THE GOVERNMENTS LAWSUIT, MICROSOFT FACES MORE THAN 100
PRIVATE ANTI-TRUST SUITS.
MICROSOFT INSISTS NO LAWS WERE BROKEN AND WILL APPEAL.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.))
The Department of Social Services will rule next week whether to shut down a Botetourt County school for delinquent boys.
The new headmaster, Gene Lee, is hoping they'll give him a chance.
He says the school's Board of Directors recently ousted Colonel Gene Nervo -- after Social Services found student injuries were not documented, children did not get their medicine, and the bunkhouse was a mess.
Lee says he's changed all that and hired a decorator to fix the bunkhouses.
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((OBVIOUSLY WE'VE GOT PROBLEMS. .. CUSTOM MADE DRAPES PUT IN.))
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Lee says a new education center will be ready in two weeks -- with a computer center and library, gym, weightroom and workshops.
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((WE HAVE KIDS HERE ... WE'RE EXCITED.))
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The Department of Social Services has not renewed this school's license since it expired four months ago and says it's still under investigation.
An accident in Montgomery County this morning sent three people to the hospital.
Police say a Suburban rearended a Toyota Rav-4 in the eastbound lanes of Route 460 near Elliston.
Helen Foutz was airlifted by Lifeguard 10 to Roanoke Memorial hospital. Her injuries are not life threatening.
The other two people were taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital with minor injuries.
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A supermarket chain is closing a local store. We'll tell you where it is after this break,
and the political fallout from last week's raid on Elian Gonzalez' home continues as two Miami officials lose their jobs.
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New pictures are released of Elian Gonzalez- with his father-
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The two are seen playing ball- hugging- and smiling.
While the family re-unites- there's poltiical fallout in Miami.
Mayor Joe (Ca-ROY-oh) Carollo fired the city manager- apprarently because he refused to fire the Police Chief.
He didn't have to though. The chief announced his retirement today-
The Mayor is apparently upset that the chief did not tip him off to the exact time of Saturday's raid.
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((I WAS BOUND BY LAW BUT EVEN IF THERE HADN'T BEEN A LAW THERE'S NO WAY I WOULD HAVE LET HIM KNOW ABOUT IT. CHEERS.))
[SUPER=01-William O'Brien/Former Miami Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=ABOUT IT. CHEERS.]
O'Brien says if word got out of the raid- it would have put everyone involved at a greater risk.
About one in five Virginians has yet to file state income taxes-- due by midnight on Monday.
The Virginia Department of Taxation says all is going well at its processing center in Richmond.
That's partly because 48 percent more Virginians have filed electronically this year over last, according to the department's most recent statistics.
That takes human error out of the equation.
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((DIANE DELOACH/VIRGINIA DEPT. OF TAXATION: WE DON'T SEE IT. OBVIOUSLY WE CAN FULLY GET THE INFORMATION IF THERE'S A PROBLEM, IF THERE'S AN ERROR, IF THERE'S A GLITCH. WE CAN GO IN THERE AND LOOK AT WHAT WAS PUT UP THERE MATHWISE. BUT YOU KNOW THAT'S PROBABLY WHY IT'S MORE ACCURATE ACTUALLY. ))
[SUPER=01-Diane Lee DeLoach/Virginia Dept. of Taxation;]
[OUT Q=accurate actually.]
A small percentage of Virginians just phoned it in this year.
A new "tele-file" pilot project was tested, letting participants do their entire return in a matter of minutes over an automated telephone system.
Winn-Dixie has started to tell its employees which stores are going to close.
The company announced last week it would shut more than a hundred supermarkets across the country.
One is the new Marketplace on Plantation Road in Roanoke County.
The manager says that store is scheduled to close June fifth.
If you're out and looking for breakfast tomorrw, at ANY POINT during the day, may I suggest the Kiwanis Pancake all day breakfast event.
With me from their location at Tanglewood mall is Eric Danielson, who has served as chief cook and bottle washer for this event.
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Coming up in just a moment, Patrick will be back with the detailed forecast for the weekend,
Then a little later we'll tell you about a natural bug killer that has some exterminators green with envy.
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Coming up today
in Medical News, a new pill under testing could someday save Multiple Sclerosis patients from a lot of pain.
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A woman who was attacked by a patient at Lynchburg General Hospital two years ago is suing Centra Health Corporation.
Melanie Curnutte (ker-NOOT) blames the hospital's inadequate security for the attack outside the emergency room in April of 1998.
John Major Haygood admitted he abducted Curnutte at knife point. He's serving a three- year prison term.
Curnutte cites severe physical and emotional injuries and is asking for one-point-five million dollars in damages.
Some patients with Multiple Sclerosis may someday be able to do away with painful daily injections.
A new drug under clinical trials would allow them to take a pill instead. April Nelson has more.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. William Stuart/Neurologist; :57]
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the start of the weekend for many of you out there.
We begin tonight's Ticker out in Fontana, California - the site of this week's NASCAR Busch and Winston Cup action.
Jeff Green won the pole for Saturday's Busch Grand National event last night.
Qualifying for the cup cars
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doesn't get underway until 5:30 eastern time this afternoon.
The crews have been busy this afternoon and this morning making final preparations for qualifying.
Jerry Nadeau will go out first, Jeff Gordon will be second, followed by Ward Burton.
Dale Jarrett will be one of the last cars on the track. He goes out 38th.
The Virginia Tech football team is all set to close out its month long spring practice tomorrow afternoon with the annual Maroon and White game at Lane Stadium.
After just finishing up the greatest season in school history there is a lot of anticipation concerning what the year 2000 will bring in Blacksburg.
But there also is a little anxiety concerning keeping people well.
All-American Michael Vick has been off limits all spring long, and he will remain so tomorrow. No player will be allowed to hit him.
But there will be plenty of hitting elsewhere even though there's always a chance someone will get hurt.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...part of it."]
Tomorrow's game will consist of four eight minute quarters. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster will coach the white team, while the Maroon team will be in the hands of offensive coordinator Ricky Bustle.
The NBA playoffs continue tonight as the Hornets and Sixers shift their best of five game eastern conference showdown to Philadelphia.
Last night the Bucks got even with the Pacers on Indiana's home court.
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The Pacers lost game two and their center Rik Smits.
He has been suspended by the league for game number three for throwing this elbow into the neck of Bucks' center Ervin Johnson last night.
The seven foot four inch Smits said he was trying to box out Johnson and admits that his elbow got a little high.
Johnson said he didn't think the elbow was a cheap shot and that it was just part of the game.
The league will not fine Smits and he will be allowed back for game four next Monday.
Coming up at six, Roy Stanley checks in from day two of the Cosmo track meet where wet conditions are making things a little difficult on the thinclads.
Have a safe weekend everybody, Jean will be right back.
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Mangers of a California flower conservatory have found a unique way to deal with what bugs them.
The Conservatory of Flowers is using a natural exterminator to get rid of their roaches.
Manuel Ramos has more.
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[SUPER=01-George Marcoupolas/Director of Conservatory; :39]
[SUPER=01-Jameson/Friends of Park and Rec.; :56]
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This is not your "leapin" or "lounge" lizard.
"this is Ralph and he is going to eat lots and lots of Cockroaches.."
Geckos and Green Eh-noles are ridding the Conservatory of Flowers of
...ohoh...got him...(roach being eaten)
The Conservatory has a pest problem. Australian roaches..more than a
1000 of them...are eating the rare plants that have been here since the
But the Conservatory has a policy against using pesticides. Someone
suggested bringing in lizards.
Lizards are nature's way of controlling cockroaches. And now the
(George Marcoupolas/Director of Conservatory)
"I think it's ingenious.. We did give them our roaches in our aquarium.
And they did eat them. So I think it has a chance."
Twenty lizards will be released into the Conservatory. And they will
start clearing away the cockroaches when they come out at night.
(Jameson/Friends of Park and Rec.)
"How much can they eat? My understanding is up to 10 times they're
weight. They are hungry. They are voracious little things."
There's more bad news for the bugs. The lizards are expected to mate and
multiply. They will be allowed to stay in the Conservatory forever
chomping on as many cockroaches as they can catch.
I'm Manuel Ramos in San Francisco.