If you like swapping music over the Internet, you'll be affected by a ruling expected later today in a California appellate court.
The court's deciding whether or not to shut down Napster.
And after nearly two DECADES behind bars, death row inmate Earl Washington, Junior is on his way to becoming a free man.
Now that the bulk of our winter weather has cleared out... looks like we have a cold and drizzly Monday... our weather details are coming up.
News 7 at noon is straight ahead.
Today could be the SWAN song for music- swapping service Napster...
As they wait for a court ruling, Napster fans are busy downloading as many tunes as they can...
A federal appeals court in California is expected to decide later today whether to shut down the Internet music- swapping service.
Record companies complain that computer users are able to use Napster to download music for free, instead of having to pay for it.
On the eve of court ruling, just ONE of Napster's servers listed more than two-point-two- million song files shared among nearly 13- thousand users.
That number of songs would take more than 17 YEARS to listen to, if played back to back.
We'll have more on how Napster works tonight on News 7 at 6.[Submarine]
Still no sign of the nine people missing from Friday's collision between a U-S submarine and a Japanese fishing boat.
Coast Guard crews plan to search through this afternoon.
26- people were rescued, Coast Guard officials believe the remaining nine may be INSIDE the sunken vessel.
Meanwhile, the families of those still missing want the Coast Guard to raise the ship.
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U-S National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice spoke about the incident on the "Early Show" today.
She promises a complete investigation.
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Rice adds that U-S officials, including President Bush, have issued apologies to the Japanese.
A former death row inmate has been released from prison.
Earl Washington, Junior was released from Greenville Correctional Center this morning after serving 18 years in prison.
That includes nine-and-a-half years on death row for a murder he did not commit.
Washington confessed to the 1982 rape and murder of a Culpeper woman even though no fingerprints or biological evidence tied him to the crime.
D-N-A tests cleared him of the crimes.
Washington will be taken to a group home in Virginia Beach today because he still has six months of parole to serve on an unrelated assault conviction.
We'll have more on this story tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.
Authorities are trying to gather more information in an apparent hit and run accident.
State Police say it appears 50-year-old Reggie James Hodges was hit by a vehicle.
Some people discovered Hodges lying in the middle of Route 40 in Franklin County Saturday night.
Police want to hear from anyone who may know something about a truck seen to the side of the road near where Hodges was found.
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It's described as a dark-colored pickup with a passenger side headlight out.
A man was driving the vehicle.
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If you have any information you can call State Police at 1-800- 542 - 5959...
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or call the Franklin County Sheriff's Department at 540- 483 -3000.
Plagiarism is on the rise at Virginia Tech and the internet could be to blame.
The 75 year old honor code may be revised after the university saw code violations increase in the last seven years from 1-hundred cases per year to 6-hundred.
Kate Weidaw talked with some students to see what they think about the honor code.
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((Virginia Tech is serious when it comes to education. That's why it makes students sign an honor pledge when they're admitted to the university.
((BENJI LAYMAN/FRESHMAN: THE HONOR CODE DOES MAKE YOU THINK IT SCARES YOU.))
But according to the school the honor code is not making everyone think twice before plagiarizing.
((WENDY SPRIGGS/JUNIOR: IT DOES CAUSE PROBLEMS BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE SIGNING IT KNOWING IN THEIR HEAD THEY SHOULDN'T DO IT BUT THAT CAN MAKE YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING MORE.))
In the last seven years the student run Honor System Review Board has been handling SIX times more cases. The board feels the internet is the reason.
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((BENJI LAYMAN/FRESHMAN: THERE'S SUCH A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME TO DO YOUR STUFF THAT YOU CAN GO ON THE INTERNET LOOK UP YOUR BOOK FIND A REPORT PRINT IT OUT.))
But some students say the internet is also one of the best research tools available.
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Now the university is thinking about making some changes to the 75 year old honor pledge. One suggestion is making students sign the pledge everytime they take an exam or submit a major paper. But most students say regardless of the honor pledge - if someone wants to cheat he or she is going to do it. Kate Weidaw News 7 Blacksburg.))
It may sound like science fiction, but it's an actual NASA mission.
After a year of orbiting an asteroid, dubbed "Eros", scientists will attempt to LAND on it.
Their goal is to get the closest images yet of an asteroid, as the spacecraft descends.
The spacecraft is about the size of a compact car and was launched five years ago.
It's already traveled two- billion miles to study the asteroid hurtling through space.
By comparison, the asteroid is about the size of a small island.
Today's maneuver will occur nearly 200- million miles from Earth-- a landing has never before been attempted that far away.
U-S House Speaker Dennis Hastert is said to be in good condition and is resting in a suburban Chicago hospital.
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Hastert underwent emergency surgery overnight to remove kidney stones.
An aide says Hastert checked himself into the hospital after experiencing abdominal pains for several days.
Doctors say he's in excellent overall health and should make a full recovery.
Tobacco still has friends in Washington.
That's what two lawmakers told hundreds of tobacco farmers in South Boston this weekend.
At the two-thousand one Tobacco Conference and Trade Show - freshman Senator George Allen assured growers he will continue to support the tobacco industry in Washington.
Congressman Virgil Goode also attended Saturday's conference... He too says tobacco farmers can count on him for support.
The maximum security facility near Big Stone Gap may house more out of state inmates.
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Connecticut's prison chief says his state is out of room to keep its prisoners... so Connecticut will probably keep sending inmates to Wallens Ridge State Prison.
Connecticut's Commission on Human Rights criticized the prison in a report released last week.
Two of that state's inmates have died at Wallens Ridge under questionable circumstances.
150 Connecticut inmates are currently being held at Wallens Ridge.
The Carilion Cancer Center in Roanoke is getting some help from the Miss Virginia Pageant.
Yesterday afternoon, Miss Virginia Krystal Jenkins and Miss Virginia Teen Kathleen Lighthiser presented Carilion with a check for one thousand dollars.
Pageant organizers helped raise the money during last year's Miss Virginia pageant in Roanoke.
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Yesterday event was also a send off for Krystal Jenkins.
She leaves Wednesday for the Miss U-S-A pageant in Indiana.
Viewers are still voicing their opinions on a local high school's mascot.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has more in this edition of Feedback.
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((The controversy over the Indian mascot at Blacksburg High School continues, with opponents keeping the pressure on Montgomery school board members to ban it.
A viewer in Moneta (Glenn Perry) who says he's part Native American calls it a "tempest in a teepee."
"Do we not have the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves...How about the Chiefs of Washington? Where is the outcry over these teams and mascots? As an Indian, I find these symbols to be only positive for my culture."
The sports department's coverage of a regional wrestling match brought praise from a viewer (Jason Lotts) in Radford.
"I'm glad that a member of the media has finally realized wrestling is an important sport in Virginia. Wrestling receives so little coverage until the state tournament and even then it only gets a 1/4 page in a newspaper and a 15 or 30 second bleep on the news report."
Here's how to get your comments on issues in the news on the air:
Our mailing address...fax number and e-mail address.
And our web site has an online forum.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Hannible devoured the competition at the weekend box office.
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The grisly ``Hannibal,'' sequel to ``The Silence of the Lambs,'' debuted with a colossal 58 million dollars in its first three days.
Only two other movies, ``The Lost World: Jurassic Park'' and ``Star Wars: Episode One _ The Phantom Menace,'' grossed more in their first three-day weekends.
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The Wedding Planner slipped to number 2. Saving Silverman opened at number 3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Cast Away wrap up this week's top 5.
You might think that New York City would be a tough place to own a dog.
But if you have the money, your pet can live like a king in his own "pooch palace".
Stephen Clark reports.
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Narr: Whoever coined the phrase "it's a dog's life" - had probably just
left "Bisquits and Bath" ...a place dedicated to pampering your pet.
Sot:Sandi Zuchret/Bisquits and Bath owner
It's a nice social center for people who love animals.
Narr: To understand bisquits and bath..first you have to understand
Manhattan...which can be dummed up in four workds "small apartments, no
Allyson Kanney/dog owner
I came from Florida and my friends are like - Allyson - I can't believe
you are doing this..but you have an option in Florida - you can let them
out the back door.
Narr: Bisquits and Bath, appropriately located on the posh east side of
manhattan - is kind of like that backyard that's missing in the city.
There are acres of grass on the five floors - upon which you can wrestle
with your boxer. And while it's a dog eat dog world just beyond the
window...at Bisquits and Bath - it's just dog sniff dog.
Just in case your dog gets a case of puppy love - there's a gazebo,
perfect for a wedding. Or for a coordinated corgi there's the agility
course...complete with professional dog trainer Andrea Arden.
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I think the average do's life is pretty good in Manhattan - not only
does the owner spend a lot of time with their pet because they live in a
small space - but they also do all they can to make sure their pets life
standup: Stephen Clark on camera:
This place has everything a pampered pooch could want - like poochi
sushi - by the way did I mention the pool.
Narr: It's a 30 foot lap pool for your lap dog.
Nat sot/We even have a special ozone which neutralizes the chlorine and
it's a heated pool.
Narr: If your retriever catches a cold..there's a vet on duty. All this
for 750 dollars a year..and for a little extra there's even doggie day
care and overnight kenneling.
Kim Keleher/Dog Owner
He has a blast...he won't even know that I'm gone.
Narr: and by the way - that worried looking cat is up for
adoption...he's not on the menu. In New York..Stephen Clark for CBS NEWS.