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Also today, an infomercial endorsement gets a former major leaguer sued. We'll have the details.
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and school officials in Lynchburg say an anatomy text book needs to be censored before it gets to the students.
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Firestone makes the tires. Now Congress wants some answers.
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Today both Ford and Firestone answer questions on Capitol Hill.

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The biggest question: Why did Ford and Firestone wait so long to take action?
Lee Cowan is live on Capitol Hill with the latest.
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(( It was a day of contrition on Capitol Hill -- as Firestone and Ford took the hot seat before BOTH houses of Congress. MASATOSHI ONO, CEO BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE: "I come before you to apologize..."

It did little to quell the anger from legislators who say both companies knew of a potential problem with millions of Firestone tires long before evidence suggested they were linked to nearly 90 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

They point to a series of Ford memos which show the auto giant knew about tread separations problems at LEAST THREE years ago -- first in the Middle East -- then in Thailand/Malaysia, and finally in Venuzuela.
Potential dangers Ford kept to itself.
HELEN PETRAUSKA, FORD SPOKESWOMAN "Did someone at Ford notify NHTSA regarding this problem that they had? A: we did not.. Q: yes or no? No!"
But Ford says it DID do everything in its power to find out what that problem was -- even brining tires from overseas to test in this country.
But Ford says when it approached Firestone about the potential probem, Firestone blamed consumers, not the tires themselves. JACQUES NASSER, CEO FORD:
But it wasn't just Ford and Firestone that fell under the hammer of blame -- Government regulators were criticized too -- for not acting fast enough to prevent a disaster.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration admitted it HAD received consumer complaints about the tires, but said it wasn't enough to launch in independant investigation.))

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A doctor is supposed to help patients, but it was a doctor who took the lives of his patients in New York.
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The former doctor admitted to fatally poisoning three patients-
Today a judge sentenced Michael SWango to life in prison without parole.
But SWango's bizarre crime spree was not just in New York State.
He's also been imprisoned for giving patients lethal injections where he worked in Illinois- and he was convicted of lacing co-workers coffee and donuts with ant poison.
Swango is also accused of poisoning patients when he worked in Africa.
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Swango showed no emotion when the judge read the life sentence.
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It's being called the worse case of elder neglect in the Martinville- Henry County area-
It was last November when 75-year old Elizabeth Stolbun was found in her Martinville home dying.
Her husband and her son have been charged with abuse and neglect.
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The trial of her husband, Paul, began today. Surae Chinn was in the courtroom she joins us from our Danville Newsroom.
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Jean, this trial is still going on at this hour.
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Just before it all began this morning, 80 year old Paul Stolbun slowly made his way to the courtroom. He sat through the trial with a Russian interpreter.
Witness after witness testified to Elizabeth's condition when they found her. They said she was filthy, covered in bed sores -- ulcers so severe you could see her bone. She was also covered with bruises and soaked in urine.
The prosecution provided evidence that Stolbun deprived his wife of food, water and medication.
The defense attorney Pat Sharp paints a different picture of Mr. Stolbun...a Russian native who struggled with cultural and language barriers. The defense says Elizabeth didn't want the care. She wanted to die at home. They say Paul was a victim who lost his wife and was trapped in honoring her wishes.
Robert Haley, the social services attorney was there when they found Elizabeth in November.
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The trial is expected to continue tomorrow.
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[question] Surae, the defendant's son is also charged, where is he?
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Authorities say the son, Peter Stolbun appears to be on the loose. They have been unable to locate him for months and they fear he has fled to South America.

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Investigators hope a search warrant will help determine the cause of a suspicious house fire in Bedford County.
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Anthony David Dooley suffered third degree burns when his home caught fire shortly before midnight... in the Montvale section of the county.
Dooley and Davis Welch told investigators they were watching television together last night when they heard an explosion and ran from the house.
This afternoon, investigators returned to the home with a search warrant after they found what appeared to be an M- sixteen military rifle, in the rubble.
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((LT. RICKY GARDNER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: AT THIS TIME IN THE INVESTIGATION, WE'RE NOT EXACTLY SURE WHAT CAUSED THE EXPLOSION THAT BOTH MEN SAID THEY HEARD, MR. WELCH WAS NOT INJURED. ))
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According to the search warrant... investigators returned to the home to look for other military- style automatic weapons, ammunition and other related items.
We do not know if anything else was found.
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The Lynchburg School Board has decided a picture of a woman's genitals is too graphic for high school juniors and seniors.
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So this picture will be ripped out or covered in the new advanced biology textbook. 200 copies have already been ordered for juniors and seniors.
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((TRACEY SHAW/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: VARIOUS MEMBERS OF THE BOARD RECEIVED COMMENTS FROM A NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY EXPRESSING CONCERN OVER THE EXPLICIT NATURE OF THAT DIAGRAM.))
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There are clinical diagrams of both men and women, but this is the only picture in the book that labels a woman's external sexual organs. Harry Smith voted AGAINST removing the picture because he says, kids are missing out.
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Tonight on News7 at Six, find out what else on the page would also be ripped out.
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Still to come on the newscast, labor relations get worse for a local company as it accuses its union workers of unfair labor practices. We'll have the details next,
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and we'll see what happens when things become too real-too fast as an emergency drill goes bad.
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The two men running for President are criss-crossing the Midwest today looking for votes. As Drew Levinson reports, while Al Gore detailed his economic plan, George W. Bush continued to question the vice president's credibilty over the debates.
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Armed with a 69-thousand word blueprint, Al Gore unveiled his economic agenda.
The Vice President set 10 goals, including reducing poverty, raising family incomes by a third, and cutting the gap between what men and women earn.
Calling for common sense, Gore announced a new reserve fund of 300 billion dollars in case theres a surplus.

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WHEN IT WAS POLITICALLY CONVENIENT, GORE SAID HED DEBATE ANYTIME, ANYPLACE, ANYWHERE.
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Gore says before he accepts other debates Bush must first agree to those sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

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IN THE END WHO ACTUALLY WINS THIS DEBATE OVER THE DEBATES WILL BE DECIDED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT WILL BE UP TO THE VOTERS TO DETERMINE WHOS DUCKING WHOM.
MEANWHILE BOTH MEN CONTINUE TO CAMPAIGN HARD HERE IN THE MIDWEST-THESE ARE THE CRUCIAL SWING STATES THAT BOTH MEN COVET.
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An emergency drill in Taiwan- turned into a real emergency
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when a police helicopter went out of control and plunged into a river-
The drill was broadcast live on television in Taiwan-
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The helicopter's co-pilot is in coma- four other crew members are injured. Officials say engine failure may be to blame.
Taiwans premier says today's crash highlights the nation's need to improve its rescue operations
The government was criticized after rescue workers failed to save four workers from a flash flood in July.
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More labor relations complaints at Bedford's Rubatex plant, and this time they're about the union.
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Rubatex has filed 14 complaints against local 240 for behavior before, during and after their nine month strike.


The company says the union encouraged members to harass replacement workers and company supervisors who worked during the strike, canceled bargaining sessions, and refused to involve a federal mediator in resolving disputes.
Steel Worker representatives from Pittsburgh deny those charges.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Jacey Birch will take to the dance floor.
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This weekend... you can dance the night away for a good cause.
The United States Amateur Ballroom Dancer's Association is hosting a charity ball to benefit the Community Hospital Children's Center.
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Jacey Birch is live in Salem to tell us all about the dance benefit.
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Coming up today in Sports, Mike Stevens will have some major league highlights from this afternoon,
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Former baseball player Steve Garvey is being sued for promoting a diet drug.
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Garvey hosted an infomercial for the Enforma System.
But the Federal Trade Commission contends the weight loss ad is deceptive.
In the spots, Garvey claimed users could lose weight without dieting or exercising regardless of how much they ate.

The F-T-C filed suit against the former Dodger last month. It contends the ads made false and unsubstantiated claims about Enforma.
Meanwhile the maker of the diet drug has already settled an F-T-C suit by returning ten million dollars to customers.
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The two minute sports ticker is ticking down to tomorrow night's much anticipated battle between Virginia Tech and East Carolina.
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The Hokies remain five and half point favorites for the national cable telecast,
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but East Carolina is the real deal. And for that matter, so are both coaches. Frank Beamer and Steve Logan share the same attorney and the same classy persona on and off the field.
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The Mets fall a game and a half behind Atlanta after this afternoon's loss to Cincinnati.
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New York jumped out to a three to nothing lead when Matt Franco powers this one over the right field wall, a three run homer.
Ken Griffey Junior muscles one out of the park as well, his 38th on the season and it's three-one Mets in the first.
But the Reds come back to tie it when Shawn Casey goes over the right field wall and Cincinnati goes on to beat the Mets 11 to eight.
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The US Open entered its ninth day.
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This afternoon in men's action ninth-seed Lleyton Hewitt of Australia met France's Arnaud Clement (ahr-NOH' kleh-MAW' ).
Hewitt beat Clement 6-2,6-4,6-2.
In the women's quarterfinals Russian Elena Dementieva(deh-men-tee-AY'-vah) upset number 10 Anke Huber.
18 year old Dementieva won 6-1,3-6,6-3.
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The bigger names will be in action during the evening session.
Second seed Lindsay Davenport faces fifth seed Serena Williams and men's fourth seed Pete Sampras takes on Richard Krajicek.
Tonight at six a health update on two local athletes, Stacy Compton and Anthony Poindexter.

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If you have an older car in need of repair, you have probably wondered if it's worth the effort and money. Our Marketwatch reporter Ray Martin has some things you may want to consider before you make that decision.
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(( The median age for a car on the road today is 8.3 years, up from 5.9 years in 1979. If your car is aging it's inevitable that you'll hear those dreaded words: auto repairs.
It used to be that when a high-mileage car needed repairs, you were better off getting rid of the clunker and buying another.
But automobiles built in the last decade are more reliable, safer and outlast their counterparts built in the 70's and 80's. Today, it's not unheard of to keep a car over 100,000 or even 150,000 miles.
Drivers of older cars avoid car payments and save money on insurance costs. Of course, the big unknown is the repair expense of the older car.
Another benefit to keeping an older car longer is that it loses its value more slowly.
It's important to get an assessment of the value of the car before you make costly repairs.
Before sinking more money into your oldie but goodie, make sure it's safe, reliable and get an estimate from a qualified mechanic before you agree to the repairs.
I'm Ray Martin From the News Room at MarketWatch Dot Com. ))

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