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Coming up on News 7-
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A vigil in memory of a Roanoke shooting victim evolves into a fight.
A software tester is accused of killing seven of his co-workers in Massachusetts.
The Russian Space Station is charged up again and communicating.
And the President-elect takes a break between cabinet post announcements.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


News 7 is next.

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A vigil tonight for an 18-year-old man killed on Christmas Eve - held outside the same Roanoke convenience store where he was shot - begins peacefully until emotions run high.
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry in for Jean Jadhon.[Roanoke-Shooting]


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Friends gathered to remember (Rico) Reaco Hilton tonight, just hours after police issued an arrest warrant for the teenager's suspected killer. But within minutes, a prayerful vigil turned into a parking lot brawl.
[2-SHOT TOSS= Keith & Tina/Newsdesk;]

Tina Tenret attended the vigil on Melrose Avenue tonight. What happened, Tina? Well -- Keith, it began quietly, a celebration of Reaco's life -- as visitors said.
[LIVE= Tina /FULL]
[SUPER=@Tina1;]

But the mix of emotion, alcohol, and talk of another, possibly related shooting, got some people riled up, and scuffles broke out. ((ROLLCUE:...and scuffles broke out))
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[SUPER=01-LaToya Minnis/Victim's Friend;]
[SUPER=01-Ricardo Hilton/Victim's Brother;]
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[OUT Q=tighter together]

(( This was no organized ceremony, just 50 or so of Reaco Hilton's friends huddled outside the Stop & Save in Northwest Roanoke, where their friend was shot.
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[SOT 21:22:59]

((LATOYA MINNIS/VICTIM'S FRIEND: HE WAS ALWAYS SMILING, HE WAS ALWAYS CHILLING, JUST HAVING A GOOD TIME. HE WASN'T ABOUT NO TROUBLE.))
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[OUT Q=no trouble]

They brought flowers, balloons, and lots of liquor -- to commemorate the good times they shared over cards and dice.
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((NAT SOT ALCOHOL FLOWING. WE GOING TO DO IT LIKE THIS, YO, WE'RE GOING TO DO IT LIKE THIS. KISSES CARDS))
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Reaco's brother says Reaco had argued with his killer the week before he was shot ... but that no one knew the man. So he says police are wrong to say a shooting the next day was in retaliation. He says his friends would not go after a guy they did not know.
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[IN Q=We out here]

((RICARDO HILTON/VICTIM'S BROTHER: WE OUT HERE... OR NOTHING LIKE THAT. BUTT BUTT BUTT WE ALL A FAMILY AT A TIME LIKE THIS. WE ALL COME TOGETHER, IT JUST MAKES US TIGHTER TOGETHER.))
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[OUT Q=TIGHTER TOGETHER]))
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[LIVE= Tina /FULL]

But only minutes later, others in the crowd started pushing each other and fighting. We turned the camera off and put it near the ground to prevent it from exciting people, but one man thought we were still rolling, hit the camera and broke part of it.
[2-SHOT TOSS= Keith & Tina/Newsroom;]

Keith, as we left, Reaco's brother blamed the brawl on the mix of grief and alcohol. [KEITH QUESTION: And who was the man who police think killed Reaco Hilton?] His name is Bernard Walker, Keith, and when I checked about 15 minutes ago, police still had not found him.

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It may have been because the I-R-S planned to garnish his wages.
Whatever the motive, police in Wakefield, Massachusetts say a man killed seven co-workers this morning.
Peg Rusconi has details.
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[SUPER=01-John McEvoy/Assistant District Attorney; :14]
[SUPER=01-Martha Coakley/Middlesex Co. District Attorney; :26]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Pecjo/Edgewater Technology Employee]
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(( An employee of an internet consulting firm went to the office on the day after Christmas and shot and killed seven of his fellow co-workers. Then, police say, 42 year old Michael McDermott went to the building lobby.

SOT: Asst. District Atty. John McEvoy

Mr. McDermott was heavily armed with three weapons, ...a shotgun, an AK 47 and a handgun.
Wakefield police were able to subdue Mr. McDermott, wrestled him to the ground,place him into custody and disarm him.

SOT: Martha Coakley/Middlesex County District Attorney
(re: motive and IRS)



SOT McEvoy There are no other shooters. There are seven dead and one

shooter.

SOT Nancy Pecjo, Edgewater Technology employee

I'm distraught cause I know all these people. 15:16:32 rem 812

SOT: Dick Elliott (this man heard about shootings on radio and drove

over...use your discretion in the identifier) What a tragedy, right after Christmas.
Peg Rusconi, for CBS News, Wakefield, Mass.))

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An early morning fight in Roanoke involving a group of girls ends in murder.
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22- year old Monique Swain was stabbed in the street outside her apartment shortly after midnight.
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Family members say she died while shielding her younger sister, (Mar-key-ta) Marquita, from another girl wielding a butcher knife. The girls' mother says Marquita is feeling a lot of emotions, including guilt, over the incident.
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((SONJA SWAIN/VICTIMS MOTHER: SHE'S NOT TAKING IT VERY WELL. SHE'S TAKING IT TOO CALM AND I KNOW THAT'S NOT GOOD. ))
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[vo-nat] A 17- year old girl has been charged with murder. Family members say the girl was jealous because Marquita Swain had begun dating the girl's ex-boyfriend.
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It's been nearly two weeks since seven inmates escaped from a Texas prison.
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They're still at large and apparently still together.
They're wanted for killing a police officer in a sporting goods store holdup.
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[IN Q=Our fear]

((OUR FEAR ALL ALONG HAS BEEN THERE WOULD BE ADDITIONAL VICTIMS. THEY ARE VERY DANGEROUS. THEY ARE EXTRMEMELY DANGEROUS. THEY'RE ARMED.))
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[OUT Q=they're armed.]
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Investigators say they're surprised the men have apparently stuck together since the December 13th jailbreak.
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Advances in science, coupled with increasing skepticism from judges, have led to a decrease in executions in Virginia.
The number of executions fell from 14 last year to 8 this year...
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D-N-A evidence helped clear death-row inmate Earl Washington Junior of a 1982 rape and murder. Governor Gilmore pardoned Washington in October.
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In the past two years, state and federal courts have sent back eight cases for additional hearings or new trials... NO executions are scheduled so far for next year - and only two of the 30 death row inmates are near the end of their appeals. [Toss-2-Robin] Jean tosses to Robin in Weather Center

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What once was lost, now is found. It turns out the Mir space station - missing for more than 20 hours - wasn't really missing it all. It's batteries had "merely" died.
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Russia's Mission Control chief says the 140-ton vessel's batteries had somehow lost nearly all their power - which meant Mir didn't have enough energy left to communicate. Mir's batteries are now being recharged through solar panels. That loss of contact had lead to fears the station would come crashing down to Earth after dangerously spinning out of control. It was the latest in a series of mishaps for the 15-year-old Mir. The Russian government plans on bringing it down in February.
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[Bush]


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Jenna Bush- -one of the President elect's twin daughters- -was released from the hospital today- -after undergoing an emergency appendectomy Christmas Day
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George W. Bush went ahead with plans to spend two days in Florida - saying he was comfortable that Jenna was recovering nicely.
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((AND SHE'S FEELING PRETTY GOOD LAST NIGHT...GREAT THIS MORNING. AND MAYBE SHE'LL BE ABLE TO JOIN US IN FLORIDA. IF NOT, SHE CAN CLEAN OUT HER ROOM))
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[OUT Q=out her room.]
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The President-elect is on a tight schedule.
Bush has so-far named seven people to his cabinet - but still has eight vacancies to fill including Secretary of Defense.
He planned to spend a few days with his brother and parents in Florida, play some golf and be in Washington by Thursday.
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Up next...She says Roanoke is poised for change - and she isn't afraid to debate... Hear from Darlene Burcham as she reflects on her first year in city hall.
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And the tobacco industry could be changing - if the Federal Government takes the advice of a report commissioned by President Clinton. Details coming up after the break.
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((HELLO EVERYONE. THIS IS DENISE ALLEN IN THE NEWS 7 SPORTS DEPARTMENT THE HIGH SCHOOL HOLIDAY TOURNEMENT SEASON HAS BEGUN. THE HOKIES ARRIVE IN JACKSONVILLE AND GET A LOOK AT THE PRIZE AT STAKE. AND MICHAEL VICK AND "LITTLE VICK" WILL BE BEHIND THE CENTERS OF VIRGINIA TECH AND CLEMSON IN THE GATOR BOWL. THOSE STORIES AND MUCH MORE LATER IN SPORTS.))



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A report ordered by President Clinton and due out next month says the federal government should have more control over the tobacco industry.
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The report is also expected to recommend the Food and Drug Administration regulate the manufacturing, sale and marketing of cigarettes. The commission that drafted the report recommends all domestic tobacco be inspected by the U-S Department of Agriculture. Only tobacco sold at auction is currently inspected, graded and priced according to a federal system.
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[Lewis-Gale]


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Two doctors are being sued by the Lewis Gale Clinic for violating the "no compete clause" in their contracts.
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Dr. Preston Waldrop and Dr. Gregory D. (Ree-bul) Riebel both left the clinic in November and opened Virginia Orthopedics in Salem.
Their lawyer says the doctors' contract with the clinic is not enforceable because "the no compete clause in the contract" is too broad and has already expired.
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[IN Q=My clients simply want]

((MIKE URBANSKI/DOCTORS LAWYER:MY CLIENTS SIMPLY WANT TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR PATIENTS, THIS AGREEMENT IS COMPLETELY UNREASONABLE AND IT'S NOT LIMITED BY ANY BOUNDS THAT ANY COURT OF VIRGINIA HAS EVER ENFORCED))
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[OUT Q=has ever enforced.]
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Urbanski's hopeful they case will get thrown out of court.
The Lewis Gale Clinic says that current clinic physicians are simply asking their former colleagues to honor the contract that they all voluntarily signed for the overall good of the organization.
The case is scheduled to be heard in Salem circuit court on January 11th.
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Mike Urbanski believes no matter what the judge decides, this case will most likely end up in the Virginia Supreme Court.



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Its been nearly a year since Darlene Burcham took over as Roanoke city manager. Since then, she's faced a number of substantial challenges .. How is she weathering the storm? Burcham talks with Joe Dashiell about her first year in city hall.
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(([OPENS ON BURCHAM BITE 99-44 01:54:00]
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((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: IT'S A GOOD FEELING TO BE SO WELL RECEIVED BY A COMMUNITY AND FOR SO MANY PEOPLE TO SEEM SO EXCITED ABOUT HAVING A NEW CITY MANAGER ABOUT HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY THAN THEY'VE BEEN DONE IN THE PAST.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=they've done in the past.]


In early January, Darlene Burcham was enjoying a warm welcome... getting to know the city and the citizens she'd been hired to lead.
Almost 12 months later, Burcham says she still feels the community's "warmth and friendliness."
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((I HAVE NOT FELT THAT I WAS A STRANGER FROM THE VERY FIRST DAY THAT I'VE BEEN HERE.)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=that I've been here]


That's not to say her first months have passed without challenge or controversy.
On issues such as the proposed biomedical institute and the future of Victory Stadium... she has faced substantial opposition, but Burcham says she's not afraid of the public debate.
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[IN Q=I think it's healthy]

((I THINK IT'S HEALTHY TO HAVE DISAGREEMENT AND IN FACT IT WOULD BE A PRETTY DULL WORLD IF SOMEONE ALWAYS AGREED WITH YOU. AND I HAVE SEEN EVERY DISCUSSION THAT WE'VE HAD AS A COMMUNITY AS BEING RESPECTFUL IN ITS DEMEANOR AND HAVING VERY VALID OPINIONS COMING FROM THE POSITIONS THEY COME FROM.)) [RUNS:19]
[OUT Q=from the positions they come from.]


At a recent council meeting, Burcham said she had found Roanoke poised for change... [NAT SOUND OF MEETING]
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Victory Stadium for example, is the type of issue she says the city must confront if it hopes to remain competitive and continue to grow.
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[IN Q=My sense is]

((MY SENSE IS THAT PEOPLE REALIZE THAT IN ORDER FOR ROANOKE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE FUTURE AS IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST, THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO STAY IN THE REAL WORLD AND STAY COMPETITIVE.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=and stay competitive.]


Burcham says she has tried to be decisive... and instill a sense of urgency in the way city government responds to citizens' concerns.
Her first year has flown, and Burcham says she hopes to keep up that pace.
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[IN Q=I just hope that feeling lasts]

((I JUST HOPE THAT FEELING LASTS BECAUSE AS I SAID AT THE BEGINNING WHEN I CAME, I THINK WE'RE POISED FOR GREATNESS. I DON'T THINK THOSE CHOICES COME VERY OFTEN. AND I THINK YOU HAVE TO WORK QUICKLY WHILE THE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY IS STILL OPEN.))
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[OUT Q=while the opportunity is still open.]


Burcham says she's most proud of citizen involvement...in the comprehensive planning process, and even controversial issues such as Washington Park.
As she looks toward her second year as Roanoke's City Manager, Burcham promises many more opportunities to continue that dialogue.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
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Next on News 7 - retailers hope post-Christmas discounts will make their cash registers jingle...
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And a legend of the screen and stage is remembered tonight.. Jason Robards - dead at age 78. We'll be right back.
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[Robards]


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Actor Jason Robards died today.
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The veteran stage and screen who won back-to-back Oscars for ``All the President's Men'' and ``Julia.''


He started out as a stage actor in the 1950s, gaining critical acclaim for his performances in Eugene O'Neill plays, including ``The Iceman Cometh'' and ``Long Day's Journey Into Night.''
Modern movie audiences knew Robards for his portrayal of Bradlee in the story of the Watergate scandal. He also appeared in last year's Oscar darkhorse ``Magnolia,'' portraying the dying father of Tom Cruise's character.
Robards was married four times, including once to Lauren Bacall and had six children.
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Jason Robards was 78[Returns]


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If it didn't fit, today was the day to take it back.
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Customers flocked to Valley View Mall today, making exchanges for gifts that didn't suit their fancy - and cashing in on the after-Christmas sales. Store managers say sales WERE up today, despite a somewhat lackluster holiday shopping season. Returns at local malls were minimal - with most folks opting to swap gifts for a different size or color. If you chose to forgo the hustle and bustle but still want to take advantage of the sales, don't fret - most stores are extending their bargains though the week.
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You might think anyone who wants to go for a swim this time of the year might be a little off their rocker... At least these folks are doing it for a good cause....
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The Penguin Club went for their annual swim in Lake Erie this afternoon.. They might have been freezing their buns off, but the penguins were doing it for a noble cause .. All of the money made by the shivering swimmers will go to help children with Cerebral Palsy. The Penguin Club has been enjoying these winter dips for 25 years.
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Coming up in sports, the Hokies arrive in Jacksonville, Georgia hires Florida State Offensive Coordinator Mark Richt and high school hoops tops our sportscast.
But first our Extra Point.
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[SUPER=76-PGA; :]


He's done it again.
Tiger Woods is The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.
Woods and Michael Jordan are the only athletes to win the award three times.
And Woods is the sixth athlete to win the award in consecutive years.
Woods won nine golf tournaments this year, including three straight majors, and completed golf's career Grand Slam.


Runnerup in the balloting is two-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.
Third place in the voting goes to St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner
Here are the scores.
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[S-Tourney]


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The day after Christmas marks the beginning of high school holiday tournament action.
Our crew traveled to Low Moor tonight for a game in the Rotary Christmas Tournament.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Low Moor/Rockbridge vs. Parry McCluer;]


Parry McCluer and nearby rival Rockbridge met at Dabney Lancaster Community College and the Fighting Blues would come away the victors.
We pick up the action in the second half, Rockbridge's George Taylor makes the steal then finishes at the other end with the 'J.'
The Wildcats' Dauvon Otey drains another jumper as he steps inside the three point line and lets it loose.
Parry McCLuer's AJ Morris intercepts the pass and gets it down court to Josh Lowder for the easy score.
[super=33-Rockbridge/40/Parry McCluer/54;]


The Blues' Lowder pitches to the back door to Adam McNeil for the reverse lay-up and Parry McCluer beats Rockbridge County 54-40.
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The Hokies and Tiger are in Jacksonville, Florida, preparing for the Gator Bowl.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jacksonville/Yesterday;]


But the focus yesterday afternoon wasn't just football, food was involved as well.
The teams and coaches gathered at Dave and Busters.
The Gator Bowl trophy stood as a reminder of the New Year's Day contest.
Tommy Bowden says this bowl game is a good step for his Clemson Tigers.
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When the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers meet in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day, two similiar quarterbacks will take the field.
Mike Stevens compares Tech's Michael Vick and the man they call "Little Vick" - Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler.
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[SUPER=@mike2; :27]
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(( Ask Michael Vick if he's excited about playing against Woodrow Dantzler and comparing notes and he perks up immediately. ((MICHAEL VICK:)) But Dantzler and his coach aren't so quick to buy into the Vick comparison. Woodrow seems put off by all the Vick talk, and Tommy Bowden simply doesn't think his man is in Vick's league. ((WOODROW DANTZLER:)) ((TOMMY BOWDEN:)) ((CORY BIRD:)) And don't forget to join your Hometown Station for another Tech 2000 half hour special, Saturday night December 30th f

rom Jacksonville at seven. Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))[S-Richt]


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One of the top contenders for the UVA head coaching job has found other employment.
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Georgia has named Florida State offensive coordinator Mark Richt the Bulldogs' new coach.
This afternoon's press conference made it official.
Richt had been a top contender for George Welsh's replacement at Virginia, but he decided to leave his mother and in-laws in Talahassee to become a Bulldog.
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He replaces fired coach Jim Donnan. Donnan's squad just
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beat Virginia 37-14 in the Oahu Bowl on Christmas Eve.
Donnan leaves the Bulldogs with 40 and 19 record, and finished this season eight and four.
Richt has been an assistant at Florida State for 15 years and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1994.
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Joe Gilliam Junior passed away just four days before his 50th birthday.
He was one of the first black quarterbacks in the NFL.
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He was dead on arrival at a Nashville hospital late last night. Family members say it appears to have been a heart attack.
Gilliam's life and career both had extreem highs and lows.
He started for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1974.
His drug addiction, in part, led to his benching and eventually destroyed his career.
He had been sober for three years before his death and had opened up a youth football camp in Nashville.
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The Hornets had the league's longest current winning streak at six games heading into tonight's clash with Cleveland.
Charlotte is on top of the Central Division at 19-and-9, two and a-half games ahead of the Cavaliers. Cleveland had dropped three straight to fall to 15-and-10.
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The Cavs didn't make good guests, Chris Mihms gets the ball down low, makes the spin and uses the glass to give Cleveland the 59-57 lead.
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But that lead evaporated and the game went into ovetime. Charlotte used the extra minutes to pull away for the 115-to-110 win.

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