The target of a leatherwear protest is bemused by the demonstration .
And get ready for a ghetto burger. The name smacks of a low rent neighborhood- -to some- -something a little extra to others. We'll drop in on "Send a Chef" and let you decide.
Tonight on News 7 Sports, we'll check in with the Cavs and Zags and get their thoughts on UVa's one point loss from earlier today.
Tech's Dave Meyer signs on the with the Steam.
And the Radford high school Bobcats have advanced to the Group A state basketball championship game.
Drying out as we head into the weekend. Trying to warm up as well. Details coming up.
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An anti leather demonstration in downtown Roanoke leads to police making an arrest.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
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The animals rights group known as "N-R-V Care" protested outside the Leatherhous on Campbell Avenue.
While demonstrators held signs challenging customers intent on buying leather, the owner was actually glad they were there.
Kate Weidaw went inside to find out.
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[SUPER=01-Andy Cohen/Leatherhous Owner;:00]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Deaton/Leather Advocate;:40]
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((ANDY COHEN/LEATHERHOUS OWNER: IT'S ALL ACTUALLY KIND OF HILARIOUS WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT.))
It doesn't bother Andy Cohen when he looks at the protesters outside his shop carrying signs saying leather equals murder.
((ANDY COHEN: ALL THE PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD THESE COLLEGE STUDENTS DON'T HAVE ANYTHING BETTER TO DO THEN DRIVE TO ROANOKE ON A RAINY DAY.))
One protester decided to make his statement by sitting down in the doorway. Cohen called the police.
((NAT SOUND POLICE TALKING TO PROTESTER.))
Police hand cuffed the protester and had to drag him to the car. The rest of the anti-leather demonstrators stayed on the curb. But not everyone in this group is against leather.
((JEFF DEATON: I WANT TO REPRESENT THE 99.9% OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T AGREE WITH THIS NONSENSE.))
Jeff Deaton likes to bring his own signs to these demonstrations.
((JEFF DEATON: I THINK IT'S INSULTING TO HAVE A SIGN THAT SAYS LEATHER EQUALS MURDER IT'S LIKE CALLING ANYONE WHO WEARS LEATHER SUSPENDERS OR HAS A LEATHER WALLET THAT THEY ARE A MURDERER, IT'S ABSURD.))
Deaton even gets thumbs up by drivers passing by .... others stop to say they wear anything made of leather too.
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: YOU MIGHT THINK THESE PROTESTERS WOULD KEEP CUSTOMERS FROM COMING INTO THE STORE BUT IN FACT THEY ACTUALLY BRING IN MORE BUSINESS.))
((ANDY COHEN: WHEN THEY SEE THE PROTESTERS OUT THERE THEY COME IN AND WANT TO BUY SOMETHING JUST TO UPSET THEM.))
So Cohen says bring on the anti-leather protesters because leather is part of America's history and it's not going away.
((ANDY COHEN: LEATHER IS JUST A STAPLE OF SOCIETY WHERE WOULD DANIEL BOONE BE WITHOUT ANY LEATHER HE'D BE NAKED.))
Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))
A jury spared the life of a Martinsville man this afternoon.
Michael Hairston was convicted yesterday of capital murder and first degree murder in the shooting deaths of Evonne Hairston and her teenage daughter Melveena.
Prosecutors had asked for the death penalty.
Jurors took about two hours to decide on a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Those annoying junk e-mails you see in your mailbox day after day may soon be a thing of the past.
That is if Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Rick Boucher get their way with SPAM.
They've introduced the Anti-Spamming Act of 2001.
The new law would crack down on senders of unwanted and unsolicited e-mails.
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((CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE: WE HAVE WAYS FOR PEOPLE TO GET OUT OF TELEPHONE SOLICITATION, FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT TO RECEIVE CALLS, OR NOT RECEIVE FAXES. BUT WE DON'T HAVE A WAY FOR THESE FOLKS WHO SEND UNWANTED SOLICITED SPAM AND SO THIS LEGISLATION WOULD CRACK DOWN ON THAT.))
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The Anti-Spamming Act makes it a criminal offense to use another individual's e-mail address to send unsolicited e-mail.
Offenders would be subject to a 15 thousand dollar fine.
For now, Congressman Goodlatte recommends you send an e-mail back to someone who sends you Spam, asking them to take you off the list server.
Or, he says, you can contact your Internet Service Provider to make them aware of the problem.
They claim they're the purveyors of fine southern cuisine.
But their Richmond area neighbors don't share their taste: specifically the "Home of the Ghetto Burger" on the sign.
Now the controversy's selling ghetto burgers as fast as they can grill 'em.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( Frank Pitchford is serving up ghetto burgers with both hands these days.
But the ghetto part is not a sales gimmick... it comes from his mother's cast iron skillet 40 years ago.
((FRANK PITCHFORD/GHETTO BURGER CHEF: IT REMINDS ME OF WHEN I WAS GROWING UP IN HARD TIMES, ALSO, AND IT REMINDS ME OF WHERE I CAME FROM. And why is that good? 23:23 THAT'S GOOD BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE, WHEN THEY GET A LITTLE AHEAD IN LIFE, OR ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING IN LIFE, THEY FORGET WHERE THEY COME FROM. BUT I DON'T HAVE TO FORGET, BECAUSE I HAVE THAT FRIENDLY REMINDER EVERY DAY, ORDERING A GHETTO BURGER. 23:35--12))
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((THE COMPANY ITSELF DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE. IT'S ACTUALLY CALLED SEND-A-CHEF. AND IT FEATURES A MULTICULTURAL MENU THAT FEATURES MEATBALLS IN BROWN SHERRY SAUCE, THE BLACKENED BURGER, AND THE CORDON BLEU BURGER. BUT IT'S THE GHETTO BURGER ON THE SIGN.))
And that's what the problem is for several of Send-A-Chef's neighbors, including the local supervisor on Henrico County's Board.
They don't want a billboard labeling their neighborhood a ghetto, no matter what's served up inside.
((MAJOR RICHARDSON/DINER: WE ALWAYS HAVE FELT LIKE THE GHETTO WAS NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF. THAT'S WHERE YOU WANT TO GET FROM, NOT GO TO, SO ANYTHING WITH THAT NAME TO IT IS JUST NOT... But the food's good? FOOD IS GOOD. FOOD IS GOOD, YES. laughs))
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((SAM RICHARDSON/DINER: IT'S LOW CLASS, IT'S A PUT DOWN. I DON'T LIKE IT. ))
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((GHETTO, NO MAYO. THAT'S WHAT THAT IS BABY. THAT WHAT THAT IS, BABY. YES IT IS. I JUST FIXED THAT.))
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((KALELAH BRAXTON/DINER: UM, GHETTO. GHETTO. IT'S LIKE I GUESS SUPPOSED TO BE UNDER CLASS, UNDER-- YOU KNOW, LOWER LIVING OR WHATEVER.))
So the burger rush is a mix of people who want to say they had the now famous ghetto burger... and people who say ghetto's an okay word, maybe even a positive.
((CHRIS BROWN/DINER: IT'S JUST THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT YOU JUST GREW UP IN, YOU KNOW? I MEAN, THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU, YOU KNOW? YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND STUFF LIKE THAT. THAT'S ALL.))
Some diners even see the supersized sandwich as an edible allegory for the ghetto itself: over the top, too much, extra.
((JOYCE THOMS/DINER: Extra? EXTRA EVERYTHING.))
((ADINA BRAXTON/DINER: THERE'S EXTRA EVERYTHING GOING ON IN THE GHETTO. THERE'S EXTRA MONEY GOING ON IN THE GHETTO, A LOT OF MONEY IN THE GHETTO, A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE GHETTO, A LOT OF BULL**** GOING ON IN THE GHETTO. EVERYTHING. A LOT OF EXTRA **** GOING ON IN THE GHETTO.))
((SHARA MARSHALL/DINER: IT DOESN'T BOTHER ME AT ALL. I THINK IT'S A GOOD NAME. KEEP IT. And what does ghetto mean to you? RIGHT NOW IT'S A BURGER.))
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((LEGS AND THIGHS, GHETTO BURGER, POTATO SALAD.))
Frank Pitchford says he's keeping the name and keeping the sign ... and keeping the burgers coming.
Ellen Qualls, News7, Henrico Co.))
Auto parts giant Advance Auto is getting even bigger.
That's one story still ahead on News 7 at Six.
And next, find out what a local cyclist and Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong have in common.
Rob Leonard overcame cancer, but the Franklin County resident isn't giving up the fight.
Fourteen months after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, Leonard's cancer is in remission.
An avid cyclist, he's preparing to ride with Lance Armstrong in a charity event organized by the Tour de France champion after his own bout with cancer. And he's spreading the word about early detection.
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((ROB LEONARD/CANCER SURVIVOR: IN ANYTHING WE PUT OUT WE TRY TO EMPHASIZE THAT AS WELL, THAT WE'RE NOT ONLY INTO CURING AND RESEARCH, BUT WE WANT PEOPLE TO BE AWARE THAT IT AFFECTS EVERYBODY'S LIFE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY. AND NOBODY'S EXEMPT.))
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Leonard and friends organized a volleyball tournament last summer that raised five thousand dollars for the American Cancer Society.
And this weekend, a bike- a- thon at Boones Mill Elementary School will benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
With the help of the PTO, cub scouts, local businesses and other supporters, Leonard hopes to raise more money for the fight against cancer.
The Boones Mill event is open to the public and scheduled from one to four on Sunday afternoon.
Roanoke-based Advance Auto Parts is driving hard to get a bigger piece of the auto parts market.
The company bought 51 Carport stores in Alabama and Mississippi, and is now the largest retail auto parts chain in Alabama.
Advance Auto now owns more than 17-hundred stores in 37 states.
This latest transaction will be complete in April.
Stocks have closed out the worst week ever for the Dow Jones industrial average.
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The DOW dropped another 204 points today, down 821 points for the week.
NASDAQ lost 50.
Lynchburg's budget crunch has put the brakes on the city's plan to help build a skateboard park for local skating enthusiasts.
Supporters have been pushing for the park for years as a means of giving kids a safe place to gather and practice their sport.
The city had agreed to pay half the cost of building a skate park, but a 50-thousand dollar allotment was cut from the budget this week.
Skaters say they're disappointed, but the need is still there.
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((CRAIG CASSELL/SKATING THE 7 HILLS: I FEEL THIS IS NEEDED. THIS IS 2001 HERE, THE 'X' GAMES ARE STARTING TO GENERATE THE DIFFERENT TYPE OF ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES. THE YOUTH AREN'T GOING TOWARDS FOOTBALL AND BASEBALL, THEY'RE GOING TOWARDS MORE EXTREME SPORTS. IT'S JUST THE DIRECTION OF THE YOUTH NOWADAYS.))
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Cassell says two other groups are still trying to raise funds for a skate park on their own.
Roanoke Valley officials have high hopes that emergency response time will be a little shorter these days thanks to 32 new E-M-S recruits.
The first class of the Regional Recruit School graduated today.
Recruits were trained in firefighter and emergency medical techniques.
10 will work for Roanoke City, and the other 22 for the county.
Battalion Chief Crosby Grindle says the teamwork exhibited by the trainees exemplified regional cooperation between the two jurisdictions.
Folks in downtown Roanoke are finding an international treat in the windows of Studio On The Square.
The artwork is part of an exhibit that comes all the way from Lithuania and Belarus.
There are more than thirty pieces in the gallery, and they are for sale.
The studio typically displays regional and local works, but organizers are very impressed with the new international pieces.
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((SUNNYE KISER/ASSISTANT MANAGER; IT IS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT TO SEE FROM ARTWORK FROM THESE DEPRESSED, ECONOMICALLY DEPRESSED AREAS BECAUSE IT'S VERY COLORFUL, VERY BRIGHT, FUN, NICE WORK.))
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[OUT Q=fun, nice work.]
The pieces vary in size, color and price.
The studio's holding an open house tonight beginning at six.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, everything from the Daytona 500 champ coming to race in our backyard to a final four high school win by the Radford Bobcats.
And we'll hear from the principles from today's one point UVa loss against Gonzaga.
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The road to the final four hit a road block for several teams today. Tennessee, Wake Forest and Oklahoma were upset along with Virginia. The South Region's 12th seed Gonzaga beat the 5th seeded Cavaliers 86-85.
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The Zags were led by guard Dan Dickau who scored a team high 29 points. Dickau was 6 for 9 from three point range and his marksmanship led to a 48-42 halftime lead.
Gonzaga led by as much as 13 down the stretch but Roger Mason scored three of his game and career high 30 to pull UVa to within a basket, 82-80 with just over three minutes left.
Mason hit this three to make it 85-84 UVa and it looked like the Wahoos would pull it out.
[SUPER=34-Gonzaga/86/Virginia/85;]J.C. Mathis missed the front end of a a 1 and 1 with 21 seconds left.
Gonzaga's Casey Calvary hits the game winner with 9 seconds left, Mason's final shot misses and Gonzaga ends UVa's season with the 86-85 win.
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[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/UVa Head Coach; :17]
[SUPER=01-Mark Few/Gonzaga Head Coach; :28]
[SUPER=01-Donald Hand/Scored 14 Points; :36]
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Tonight the Madness continues with Penn State-Providence contest followed up by Carolina and Princeton as action in the South and Midwest region continues here on WDBJ-7.
The Radford Bobcats have advanced to the group A state basketball finals.
Radford beats George Mason today 83 to 63.
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The Bobcats, making their first appearance in the semi-finals since moving to Group A.
Senior center Preston Simms put the Bobcats on his shoulders early. He scored 10 points in the first quarter giving the Bobcats the early lead.
But George Mason's leading scorer Kenny Wilson would keep the Mustangs close with two of his 6 first quarter points.
Radford's Shane Nichols then stepped up he drives to the hoop for the score and the Bobcats led at the half.
But the Bobcats pulled away to open the second half and Radford advances to the championship with the 83 to 63 win. Radford will play council for the Single A state title tomorrow night at 7.
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Tonight Martinsville and Heritage will try to advance in their respective Group Two A semi-finals that tip off at 7 and 9 this evening.
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The New River Valley Speedway doesn't open up its 2001 race season until April 7th, but already race fans all over this part of the state are looking ahead to May.
News 7 Sports has learned that Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will be racing at the track on Saturday night May 12th. And Waltrip is bringing along some of his friends.
Waltrip's teammate at Dale Earnhardt Incorporated, Steve Park, the winner this year at Rockingham also will drive that night
along with veteran Kenny Wallace. The former Busch Grand National series rookie of the year will race Waltrip, Park and
Ernie Irvan in a 30 lap shootout in Late Model Stock cars.
Irvan won 15 races, 22 poles and $11 million dollars before injuries forced him to retire.
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Besides racing the drivers also will do a 90 minute autograph session for fans.
Tickets for the night will be $18 dollars for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.
The Roanoke Steam opens its second season next month on April 7th.
Today, the team signed its second former Tech quarterback.
Dave Meyer, who is now living in the Star City, finalized an open ended deal with the Steam that will allow him to both play for the Arena 2 team, and leave should be have an opportunity to play in either the NFL or the CFL.
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