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A major announcement tonight from Florida's Secretary of State-
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Three LA police officers are convicted of corruption.
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Florida's Secretary of State denies the scattered counties request to submit hand recounts of ballots-
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((KATHERINE HARRIS: I'VE DECIDED IT IS MY DUTY UNDER FLORIDA LAW TO EXECUTE MY DISCRETION IN DENYING THESE REQUESTED AMENDMENTS.))
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Katherine Harris says the state's vote count will be official when overseas absentee ballots are added to the totals by midnight Friday.
But will it be over then? Not likely. Democrats are vowing to go to court-
Lee Cowan is attempting to make sense of it all and has more from Austin.
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(( It was a decision many expected -- but given the timing, still came as a shock.
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"...deny the votes to be counted by hand..."
By itself -- it would have been a blow to the Gore campaign -- but it came just hours after the Vice President had made the hand recount a central part of a proposed deal.
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"I propose this evening a way to settle this matter with finality and justice in a period of days, not weeks."
In a two pronged approach -- the Vice President HAD offered to back down from any legal challenges -- as long as the Bush camp would accept the hand recount as part of the final Florida tally.
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"If this happens, I will abide by the result, I will take no legal action to challenge the result, and I will not support any legal action to challenge the result."
But with the Florida Secretary of State's ruling paving the way, George W. Bush could only decline the Vice President's offer -- saying FLORIDA LAW should dicate the election, not a POLITICAL DEAL.
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we have the responsibility...mold public opinion.
Nevertheless, he DID agree to accept the Vice President's invitation to meet face to face after all is said and done.
"But with so many lawsuits already launched -- it may have been too late for a deal anyway. As one legal expert put it -- that ship has already sailed -- it's hard to bring it back now. The day ended as it began,
with no clear resolution in sight. Lee Cowan, CBS News Austin."))
Volunteers in Nelson County are not giving up their search for a missing plane that may have crashed there last week.
Air and ground crews combed a 12- square mile area around Diggs Mountain for the second day today with no success.
They're looking for a single engine Piper that disappeared from radar Thursday night while flying from Maryland to Greenville, South Carolina.
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((MASSIE SAUNDERS/SEARCH VOLUNTEER: IT'S LIKE YOU'RE.. STANDING RIGHT HERE.))
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Residents near Shipman reported hearing a low- flying plane Thursday night.
The search will resume tomorrow morning and will concentrate on an area near (Cab-ull) abell Mountain.
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The U-S Supreme Court overturned a Danville man's death sentence because justices said his court-appointed attorney screwed up the case.
Terry Williams was sentenced to die because he confessed to killing Harris Stone in 1986.
But his attorney never told the jury that Williams suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome and is border-line mentally retarded.
He also did not call Williams' longtime friend as a witness or mention that Williams was a model prisoner.
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((BRUCE ELLIOTT/DEFENSE ATTY: TERRY WILLIAMS HAD A NAME FOR DOING A GOOD JOB WHETHER HE WAS COOKING, WHETHER HE WAS SCRUBBING THE FLOORS, WHETHER HE WAS DELIVERING MAIL, WHATEVER HE WAS DOING. HE HAD A GOOD OUTLOOK ON LIFE AND WAS DOING THE BEST HE COULD.))
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Williams was sentenced to life in prison yesterday.
Attorneys nationwide say this proves that federal courts will overrule state court decision if a defendant's rights have been trampled.
The trial for the man accused of murdering Radford teen Tara Munsey has been pushed back two-and-a-half months.
Jeffrey Allen Thomas is charged with capital murder in the 16-year-old's murder during what is called a rape or ATTEMPTED rape last January.
Today, a Pulaski County judge continued Thomas' trial until February 16th.
Defense attorneys requested the delay because they're still awaiting THEIR expert's evaluation of D-N-A evidence in the case.
The trial WAS set to start at the end of this month.
The man considered the founder of the gay rights movement arrived in Roanoke this evening.
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Jennifer Miele caught up with Frank Kameny tonight, Jen.
Jean, Frank Kameny is speaking tomorrow night at the Williamson Road Church of the Brethern to the group P-FLAG. That stands for parents, families and friends of Lesbians and Gays.
But this isn't the first time Kameny has gotten attention in Roanoke.
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(( Frank Kameny is a Harvard Ph.D., a former front line army soldier, and self-desginated paralegal. His sexuality got him fired, and fired up.
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((FRANK KAMENY: I DECIDED SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE, SO I FOUNDED THE GAY MOVEMENT LOCALLY, AND NATIONALLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.))
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He's outraged by Virginia's law that prohibits sodomy.
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((FRANK KAMENY: 93 PERCENT OF ALL ADULTS, NOT JUST GAY ADULTS, ALL ADULTS ENGAGE IN ORAL SEX. SO THERE ALL CRIMINALS IN VIRGINIA.))
Last year, Kameny decided to intervene in 18 Roanoke cases involving sodomy solicitation in city parks.
((FRANK KAMENY: I WROTE LETTERS TO THE TWO ATTORNEYS THAT HANDLED THE CASES, AND THE CHIEF OF POLICE IN ROANOKE, AND THE COMMON WEALTH'S ATTORNEY, AND SOLICITED THEM TO ENGAGE IN SODOMY WITH ME.))
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((I'M STILL WAITING TO BE PROSECUTED.))
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Kameny says the real Wasena Park was very different than his mental picture. He expected a much more wooded area.
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((FRANK KAMENY: WITH POLICEMAN LURKING BEHIND EVERY TREE.))
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Kameny says he was shocked by the September shooting at the Backstreet Cafe. The supposed "hate crime" left one man dead, and Ronald Gay behind bars.
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((FRANK KAMENY: YOU FIND THAT HIS MOTIVES STEMMED OUT OF EXACTLY THE KINDS OF STIGMATIZATION, AND HATRED AND RIDICULE BECAUSE OF HIS NAME.))
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Kameny will address Hollins University students tomorrow.
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His message, "Gay is Good." Jean.
Police will now fight crime from two offices on the north side of Roanoke.
That's still ahead on News 7.
And a year after a man tried to stab rocker George Harrison, a British jury makes a decision.
A decision Harrison's not happy with.
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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office with props for the Ferrum Panthers football team. The Express continues to wheel and deal at this the midpoint of the week.
The Cave Spring Knight and JJ Redick are in the Hometown Hoops Weekly spotlight and the Billy Hicks is making plans fo
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The man who stabbed former Beatle George Harrison has been acquitted of attempted murder charges.
Michael Abram has been found innocent on grounds of insanity-
He was charged after an attack on Harrison and his wife in the couple's mansion last year.
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Psychiatrists say Abram believed he was possessed by the former Beatle.
Abram's mother says her son had psychological problems- He though Paul McCartney was a witch.
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((HE WENT ON TO GEORGE HARRISON. HE SAID PAUL MCCARTNEY IS THE WITCH BUT GEORGE HARRISON IS THE BOSS.))
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Abram has been ordered held indefinitely in a mental hospital, but Harrisons' family is upset with the ruling- They say they'll never forget the attack.
Three Los Angeles police officers could be going to prison for one to four years.
A jury today found three LA- officers guilty of conspiring to frame gang members, falsifying reports and perjury.
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The defendants were accused of manufacturing evidence against gang members in the L-A area.
The issue was not only whether the officers planted evidence-- but if they wrote false police reports and testified falsely as well.
Jurors found two Sergeants guilty of conspiring to obstruct justice by framing gang members and filing a false report.
A third officer was also found guilty of conspiracy as well as perjury.
A fourth officer was acquitted.
Community policing is branching out on the north side of Roanoke thanks to two new offices.
A small crowd of Northwest Roanoke residents turned out this morning to help the mayor, a couple of city council members and the police chief dedicate the new branch on Lafayette Boulevard.
The building was donated by Vernice Law whose late husband practiced medicine there for dozens of his 60-years of service in Roanoke.
His son says Maynard Law would have been proud to see the way the building's being used.
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((MICHAEL LAW/SON OF OWNER; IT IS THE CONTINUATION OF A DREAM THAT MY FATHER HAD. HE DEARLY LOVED THIS COMMUNITY AND WANTED TO GIVE BACK A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY.))
((JOE GASKINS/ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF; IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR POLICE AND THE COMMUNITY TO COME CLOSER AND WORK TOGETHER. AND IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS FROM THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE OUT HERE THAT THERE'S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF SUPPORT IN THIS COMMUNITY.))
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Another branch was dedicated yesterday.
That office is located in the old Sears building on Williamson Road.
Both offices are open Monday through Friday.
A federal judge today ordered Martinsville Attorney Rickey Young not to pursue the civil case he filed against one of his principal accusers.
Young sued Accountant Deborah Akers in Henry County Circuit Court for one million dollars.
Young claimed her testimony before the federal grand jury amounted to slander.
But Judge James Jones put the civil matter on hold, until after the criminal tax evasion charges against Young are heard in his court in January.
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((THE POWER OF THE FEDERAL COURT. THAT'S WHAT I'M UP AGAINST. THAT'S WHAT I'M TELLING YOU. THEY SPEND TONS OF MONEY. THE JUDGE ISSUED A RULING.))
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Akers has filed her own counter-claim for 1-million, 350-thousand dollars. She denies his allegations and accuses HIM of defamation, breach of contract, and filing a frivolous lawsuit.
Akers' lawyer says she never advised Young not to file a tax return. "No one in his right mind would do that," says attorney Eric Monday.
Parents of three young boys hope a bone marrow drive tomorrow will save their lives.
Find out how you can help when News 7 returns.
And for more than a dozen people-- a fun day at the amusement park is stopped dead in its tracks.
More than a dozen people had to be rescued from a roller coaster after it stopped in its tracks.
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The cars got stuck sideways in a turn.
Firefighters used a cherry-picker to get the riders out-- no one was hurt.
It happened at the Castle's and Coasters Amusement Park in Phoenix.
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Smoke in the cabin of a United Airlines jet- forced the plane to make an emergency landing.
Flight 809 was on a flight from San Francisco to Osaka Japan when it had to turn back.
The jet landed safety in Seattle. No one was hurt. An overheated hot-plate caused the smoke.
Roanoke's 19-million dollar higher education center was officially dedicated this afternoon.
Representatives of the 16 educational agencies and universities that make up the Center were all on hand .. along with a number of city and state leaders ..
Senator John Edwards first proposed turning Roanoke's former
Norfolk and Western General Office Building into a higher education facility five years ago.
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((SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS: THE ROANOKE VALLEY IS ONE OF THE HARDEST COMMUNITIES IN VIRGINIA THAT DOES NOT HAVE A FOUR YEAR PUBLIC COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY...THIS GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE 3RD OR 4TH YEAR COLLEGE, GRADUATION LEVEL PROGRAMS AND WORKFORCE TRAINING PROGRAM.))
The higher education center is tailored to non-traditional and older students.
Four months after taking office, Narrows' mayor has ended her battles with town council by resigning.
George Ann Johnson's announcement surprised many council members at this week's meeting.
Johnson, a portrait artist and seven-year resident of Narrows, was the town's first woman mayor.
She won the job by a one-hundred-vote margin and vowed to run the town more efficiently.
The friction started when she sought to end after-hours use of town equipment by employees.
Council also voted to deny her a key to the town hall.
The vice mayor will assume the job on November 30th.
Organizers of a bone marrow drive in Radford are hoping for a large turnout.
The drive is dedicated to three little boys in the New River Valley.
The Red Cross is hoping to find a match for nine month old Henry Moore.
They're also hoping to find a bone marrow match for six year old James Stewart whose aggressive form of leukemia is in remission.
The drive is also dedicated to another six year old boy from Fairlawn.
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((MALCOLM POWELL/SICKLE CELL ANEMIA PATIENT: WHEN SICKLE CELL MAKES ME FEEL BAD I HAVE TO LAY DOWN AND WATCH TV.
RENEE POWELL/MALCOLM'S MOTHER: MALCOLM IS A VERY INTELLIGENT LITTLE BOY, FULL OF LOVE, FULL OF CARE, HE LOVES BEING AROUND PEOPLE AND PEOPLE LOVE HIM. THIS IS HIS ONLY CHANCE FOR SURVIVAL.))
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Malcolm needs a bone marrow transplant but it must come from a newborn's umbilical cord and placenta.
The other two children can be matched only with adults.
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If you're interested in being tested, the marrow drive is tomorrow at Radford University from nine to three pm.
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Ferrum football gets honored, Beamer waits for more jack for his assistants.
The Express makes another personnel move and Steve Mason is in the house with Hometown Hoops Weekly.
But first, he Baseball Writers of American today named Oakland's Jason Giambi the junior circuit's most valuable player.
Giambi received 28 first place votes for 317 points. Chicago's Frank Thomas was second and Alex Rodriguez of Seattle was third.
Giambi finished the season with 43 homers, 137 r-b-i-s and a 333 batting average.
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Still no change on the Frank Beamer front this morning.
But the sooner the situation is resolved the better off Tech will be.
Longtime college football analyst Beano Cook now says he thinks Beamer will go to Alabama.
Folks, Beamer is not going to Alabama. He wants to stay at Tech. He simply wants to be compensated fairly in relation to what Tommy Bowden and Tommy Tuberville are now making.
They are the newest members of college coaching's millionaire's club.
But more than money for himself, Beamer want's raises for his assistants.
Many of the key members of Beamer's staff had a chance to take jobs for more money both last year, but they elected to stay put in Blacksburg.
Longevity and stability are big at Tech.
And with the upcoming retirement of Lavell Edwards and Don Nehlen, Beamer has one of the longest tenures at one school of any coach in the land.
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There is talk this morning in Alabama, that Miami's Butch Davis will be offered one point four Million to consider taking over the Tide.
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You can take a look at why Frank Beamer would not want to coach this team this Saturday at 3:30 as we bring you Iron Bowl 2000 - Bama vs. Auburn on WDBJ.
The Ferrum College Panthers, who just missed making the division three playoffs, dominate this year's Atlantic central football conference postseason all-conference team.
Dave Davis's club, which had the number one ranked defense in the nation this year, grabbed 16 places on the all-star team including 10 on defense.
Tone Dancy was named the defensive player of the year.
Locals like Jamie Dunn from Rocky Mount, Tim Boothe from Byrd, Nat Hodges from Franklin County and Phil Hairston from Fieldale-Collinsville put Ferrum on the map this season.
The Roanoke Express has acquired it's fifth new player this week and folks its just Thursday morning.
Right wing Kevin McDonald joins Roanoke from the Florida Everblades.
In turn, the Express sends right winger Colin Anderson in exchange for McDonald.
Anderson becomes the third Express player to be sent to another team this week.
Also, the Express is moving it's offices from Starkey Road to downtown Roanoke. The Express office will now be on Campbell avenue in the building previously occupied by A.G. Edwards stockbrokers
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While the girls' single A and double A seasons are winding down with regional semi-final night set for tomorrow evening, the boys are just getting started.
In tonight's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly, Steve Mason takes a pre-season look at the Cave Spring boys' basketball team.
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((Not only is he talented, but he hustles. Redick is first is team sprints just about every time. So what improvements has the junior made to h is game?
Redick, a first team triple A all state pre-season selection, averaged around 23 points a game last season and knows his jersey might as well be a bullseye.
The Knights have the most aggressive schedule in school history. Oak Hill, Gonzaga and Mount Airy are just three of six phat Foes Cave Spring will face this season, all they play all but Oak Hill before mid January.
9 of Hicks's 13 players are multiple sport stars and he returns three starters. Season goals are being set. Ignoring the hype, the Knights say, won't be hard, they just think back to their 75-54 loss 1999 Northwest regional season ending loss to G.W.Danville.
Cave Spring hosts it's seventh annual midnight madness this Friday beginning at 9:30 pm. Steve Mason Hometown Hoops Weekly.))
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News 7 sports has learned that Hicks will be the athletic director at the new South Roanoke County high school when it opens in 2002.
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Sources say that Hicks will coach the Cave Spring boys basketball team for two more years and then step down and assume the athletic directors position at the new school.
Hicks is following this plan in order to coach Duke bound J.J. Redick and fellow junior Daniel Payne to the end of their high school careers.
Hicks is a Roanoke College graduate. He has been the head boys basketball coach at Cave Spring high school since 1996.
The VMI Keydets have signed 7 baseball players during the early signing period.
The best of the 7 just might be pitcher Jeff Demara from Great Bridge high school in Chesapeake.
He struck out 62 batters last year.
The most interesting signing is another pitcher named Travis Mumaw from Central high school in Woodstock. He's a six
foot five inch lefty.