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Coming up on News 7-
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Rain and lightening prove to be too much... forcing the cancellation of Virginia Tech's first game of the season.
Fire threatens to destroy the world's second tallest free- standing structure.
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Plus, details on a small plane crash in Carroll County.
News 7 is next.

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The Hokie 2000 football season starts with a rumble and a bang.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.[Game-Canceled]


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Fifty-six thousand people jammed Lane Stadium in Blacksburg tonight, to see the man Sports Illustrated calls "Mr. Electric" light up the scoreboard.
But Michael Vick never got to play a down.
Right at kickoff time, Mother Nature unleashed some electricity of her own.
The result was a rare case of a college football game being canceled because of weather.
Mike Stevens was there when the fireworks began.
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[Toss-2-Robin] Teresa tosses to Leo in the weather center.

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It was bumper to bumper traffic as thousands of Hokie fans fought to make it to the stands of Lane Stadium - before the storms rolled in. Jennifer Miele shows us the fans who hit the road, and how they held up.
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(( Flags were flying high as Hokie fans headed for Blacksburg.
The only thing standing between them and the game..... Traffic. [NAT SOUND] ((GO HOKIES!)) [RUNS02]
But each fan was willing to battle the traffic to get there.
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((I'D SIT OUT HERE ALL DAY IF I HAD TO.)) [RUNS05]
A single lane one mile off of interstate 81 is where traffic began to back-up.
Once fans reached the bottleneck, they still had to travel three miles until they reached the stadium. That's why some fans were spotted heading to the game four hours before kick-off.
All lights in town began flashing yellow at 5:00 to help speed-up the traffic.
The only delay came at the intersection of Route 114 and North Franklin Road. A censor was not on the correct cycle, but V-DOT fixed the problem just after 5.
State police say the new exit designed to help the flow of traffic wasn't even used.
No matter what kind of traffic delays, nothing stopped these Hokie fans.
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((I LEFT FOUR DAYS AGO... WE CAME ALL THE WAY FROM NOME ALASKA.)) [RUNS06]
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Jennifer Miele, News 7, Blacksburg.))
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Meanwhile, the demand for Virginia Tech products is going through the roof, and unlicensed merchandise is hitting the streets.
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Virginia Tech police are on the lookout for local vendors who are selling phony Hokie products.
Tech police say they'll be patrolling parking lots looking for violations.
Violators will be asked to leave, and the public is encouraged to report violations to the police.
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Merchandise is considered phony if it sold bearing the university's logo without the schools approval.
Legitimate merchandise has to have a collegiate licensed product sticker or hang tag on it.


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The family of a Vinton man who committed suicide blames the Department of Veteran's Affairs. Relatives of Jack Ellis have filed a 60-million dollar wrongful death complaint against the agency. In 19-97, Ellis went to the V-A Medical Center in Salem after being diagnosed with lung cancer. In March, 1998, a doctor told him his Alzheimer's disease was going to get worse. It was the first time Alzheimer's had been mentioned. Ellis shot himself the next day. His family claims he killed himself because he was mistakenly told he had the disease.








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Fire damaged what used to be a Roanoke "hot spot" this morning.
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Fire crews were called to the former "Scooches" nightclub around 8 after motorists reported seeing smoke pouring from the building's second floor. Firefighters found a small blaze, and quickly put it out. Damages haven't been estimated, because plans are in the works to demolish the building to make way for a parking lot.
The fire department is calling the fire suspicious.
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The world's second- tallest freestanding structure continues to burn tonight.
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The (Ah-stan-keeno) Ostankino television tower in Russia is nearly 18- hundred feet tall.
It caught fire today knocking out most T-V service to Moscow.
No injuries have been reported.
But four people are trapped in an elevator about half-way up the tower.
Firefighters are still trying to figure out how to put out the flames.
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Next on News 7 - A pilot crashes his plane 50 feet from a Carroll County runway ..
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And a new book about former President Richard Nixon has his family steamed. We'll tell you why, after the break.
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A pilot was injured in a small plane crash last night in Carroll County. Freddie Wolf Jones of Galax had just taken off from the Twin County Airport when the engine in his ultralight plane failed. He crashed 50 yards shy of the runway.
Jones was taken to the hospital with a broken back. No one else was on the plane.


[Crime-Stats]


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The Justice Department is reporting the biggest one- year drop in violent crime in 26- years.
Lee Cowan has more.
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From inner cities -- to rural neighborhoods -- the nation is becoming a safer place to live.
Today's Justice Depmartment report shows a dramatic 10 percent drop in violent crime from the year before... the largest single decrease the government has ever recorded.

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"The drops in crime that we've seen have been extensive and across the board, we've seen them in virtually every portion of the population."
COWAN ON CAM 13:02:08 "The statistics are not an anomaly. In fact, the Justice Department has recorded a steady decline in violent crime for the last SIX years in a row -- a trend that has done just as much for actual safety as it has for peace of mind."

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"I've seen it right in front of my eyes. It's getting better and better and better."


(graphics) But, since 1993 -- there have been drops in every major type

of crime measured. Rape down 40 percent -- robbery down 38 percent -- assault down 41 percent -- but nobody knows exactly WHY.

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"In the 60's and 70's we were studying why crime was increasing. And now, thank goodness, we're studying why crime is DECREASING."

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There are MORE people spending MORE time in jail -- incarceration rates have jumped some 300 percent in the last decade.
But a better economy, lower drug use, and even community policing are being credited as well.

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"We're getting out there, we're communicating more with people, we're learning MORE about their problems, so that we can be pro active or prevent crime."

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But amid the good news is one disturbing reality. There were still nearly 29 million violent crimes committed last year. Crime rates may be going down...but not going away. Lee Cowan CBS News Washington.))


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AIDS is the leading cause of death in Africa.
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While touring Nigeria today... President Clinton urged citizens there to break the silence about the disease.
Clinton say otherwise... the country risks losing hard-fought democratic and economic gains.
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((AIDS CAN ROB A COUNTRY OF ITS FUTURE. I KNOW YOU ARE NOT GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN TO NIGERIA. I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS IS NOT JUST NIGERIA'S FIGHT OR AFRICA'S FIGHT. IT'S AMERICA'S FIGHT AND THE WORLD'S FIGHT TOO.))
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The White House is offering more than 20 million dollars in U-S aid to fight disease in Africa.
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A new book on Richard Nixon claims the former president used mood altering drugs and beat his wife.
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The book, "The Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon" was written by an Irish journalist and hits bookstands tomorrow. The author alleges Nixon used prescription drugs that altered his mental status and had other serious side effects. Another charge is that he beat his wife, Pat. The author relied on second-hand accounts-- such as a Nixon aid who said his wife threatened to leave him over it. The Nixon family called that accusation false.
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Still ahead on News 7 - a "Survivor" cast member sets up camp in Virginia ..
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And a game of "cops and robbers" takes over Franklin County. We'll give you the reason behind the "shoot 'em up..." News 7 will be right back.
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An old-fashioned stand-off in Franklin County today pitted cowboy against cowboy...
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The Single Action Shooting Society gives want-to-be gunslingers the opportunity to catch a few bank robbers.
Cowboy Action Shooting has been alive and well since 1994, and participants say it's a safe and fun way to be a hero.
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The Roanoke Rifle and Revolver Club and its members dress in cowboy AND cowgirl costumes.
They even manage to russle-up some interest in the next generation of shooters.
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[TC:06:01:00] ((LESLIE RYDER: MY DAD, HE TALKED ME INTO IT, I'VE BEEN AROUND GUNS SINCE I WAS SEVEN. I WATCHED HIM DO IT AND THEN I DECIDED TO START SHOOTING WITH HIM.))
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If you're interested in becoming a living legend, contact the Roanoke Rifle and Revolver Club.
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The history of the South is sprinkled with tributes to war heroes. But one memorial pays homage to a man whose bravery never led him to a battlefield. In this week's Time Off - Shannon Young takes us to Lynchburg's Pest House to learn about Dr. John Terrell.
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((While many young men took up weapons to fight in the Civil War, a young Quaker doctor chose to wield a sharp intellect and bottomless courage to battle a different enemy: disease.
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((Lynchburg, like any other little town, had a House of Pestilence that was where people from the community were quarantined when they had horrible diseases that they had no idea how to control.))
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Jane White works for the Southern Memorial Association as the acting director of Lynchburg's Old City Cemetery. Her efforts have helped recreate Lynchburg's so-called Pest House and the office of Dr. John Terrell, a cutting edge physician who put his own life at risk to treat those the community had given up for dead.
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((It was always near the graveyard so that they could just take you right next door and bury you. Most everyone died when they were put in the Pest House.))
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While history is vague about the number of patients who passed through the Pest House, records do show Dr. Terrell treated hundreds if not thousands of soldiers for smallpox. Out back, the Confederate section of the cemetery holds the 99 who succumbed to the disease.
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((We know that a lot more would have died had it not been for our Dr. Terrell, who's our young hero.))
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((He was just a very, very smart, up-to-date, young doctor who was very, very brave and did a lot of things through his medical career.))
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The Pest House shows visitors how the Quaker physician used sand to eliminate odors, black paint to ease patients eyes, and herbs to aid diet and treatment. His recreated office sports many of his tools of the trade, from an operating table that bends at both ends to the grisly instruments of amputation. Just down the hill visitors can peruse the Cemetery Center and Mourning Museum to learn about the customs associated with death. Displays include a mummification casket, jewelry made of human hair and even photos of some of the deceased, most of whom were African American.
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((Everything here in the cemetery is to interpret the lives of these common folks buried here. We have a wonderful, diverse history that's never been told and we just think these people are so interesting.))
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As are the rest of the grounds. Visitors can wander through shrub, butterfly and scatter gardens admiring antique roses, and an array of plants and animals... all of which help bring a memorial to the dead to life. Shannon Young, News 7, Lynchburg.))



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One of Survivor's most popular finalists received a hero's welcome last night.
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Rudy (Bahsh) Boesch is a retired Navy SEAL from Virginia Beach.
Last night, he was greeted by fans at the Norfolk airport.
He'd been in Los Angeles for a reunion with his fellow Survivor castaways.
The 72 year old is scheduled to make more appearances across the country.
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As Mike Stevens told us earlier in the newscast, The weather wiped out tonights B-C-A bowl game between Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg and there's some question whether it will be made up.
Mike has more from Blacksburg.
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In other college football, Southern California beat Penn State today 29 to 5.
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Lets go to the Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands.
In the first quarter the Trojan defense makes the big play. Frank Strong blocks this punt and Sandy Fletcher recovers the ball and takes it to the end zone for the score and a 7 to nothing Trojan lead.
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Then in the second quarter, Troy Polamalou intercepts this Rashard Casey pass and returns it 45 yards to the zone to make it 20 to 3 Trojans and Southern Cal wins it 29 to 5.
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The Salem Avalanche wrapped up a three game set with Myrtle Beach beating the Pelicans 12 to 4.
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This little guy having a good time at the game.
The Avalanche jumped on the Pelicans in the bottom of the first Kevin Burford hits this two run homer over the right field wall to make the score 2 to nothing Avalanche.
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Then later in the game Choo Freeman gets all of this pitch for a three run homer over the centerfield wall to make it 8 to 2 Avalanche and Salem holds on to win it 12 to 4.
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St. Louis won its first season series against Atlanta in six years today beating the Braves 7 to 2.
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The game was delayed for over 2-hours because of rain.
Atlanta came out hot, In the bottom of the third John Burkett hits a single to the right side of the field scoring Reggie Sanders and giving the Braves the 1 to nothing lead.
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Then in the top of the seventh Placido Polanco hits this double to left centerfield scoring Ray Lankford and Mike Matheny and the Cardinals win the game 7 to 2.
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Baltimore's Jay Spurgeon won his first start in the Majors as the Orioles edged Tampa Bay 3 to 2.
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Cal Ripken, Who the Orioles expect to work his way back in the lineup real soon, warming up before the game.
In the top of the second Aubrey Huff belts this two run homer over the centerfield wall scoring Steve Cox and giving the Devil Rays a 2 to nothing lead.
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The Orioles answered in the bottom of the fifth Melvin Mora gets all of this pitch sending it over the left field wall for a 2 run homer to tie it at 2 and Baltimore beats Tampa Bay 3 to 2.
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The Yankees were In Oakland this afternoon for a game with the A's.
New York rallied with three runs in the eighth to beat Oakland 7 to 5 Bernie Williams hitting the fielder's choice giving New York the lead. And here are tonight's scores.
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[S-Tiger]


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All Tiger Woods had to do was beat Darkness to win the N-E-C Invitational and he did winning by 11 Shots.
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Tiger would play his final two holes in near darkness and watch this shot to the 18-th green land within a couple of feet setting up a birdie at the final hole.
Tiger then rolled in the birdie putt to finish with a final round 3 under par 67 for a total of 259, 21 under par.
It was his lowest 72 hole score as a professional and it broke the Firestone Country club record of 262 set by Jose Maria Olazabal 10 years ago.
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Phillip Price of Wales tied Justin Leonard for second place.

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