City officials wrestle with allowing "extreme" wrestling in public parks.
And a Central Virginia school re-opens as a museum to equality in education.
Tonight on News 7 sports - The Avalanche wins big in the afternoon.
We'll hear from a number of former UVa football stars including Tiki and Poindexter.
And Frank Beamer says Grant Noel will be his number one quarterback heading into the fall.
Tomorrow will turn out to be an interesting weather day. Sun, clouds and passing showers are all in the mix. Details and our Monday WeatherSchool coming up.
News 7 is next.
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((WANDA REED/CITY LEADER: WE CERTAINLY DO NOT CONDONE VIOLENCE.))
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Backyard wrestling comes to a Roanoke park.
Forcing city leaders to tackle an issue they've never been faced with.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm Keith Humphry.
The teens came together yesterday at a city park where they put on a show that's left some shaking their heads.
Roanoke officials say one of the teens and a parent did secure a permit to assemble at the park but say they were not completely truthful.
It's a point that could now alter city policy.
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Teresa Hamilton is here now with more on that.
City leaders say they asked if there would be any violence and say they were told NO.
But the video we shot yesterday tells a different story and may be difficult for some to watch.
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[SUPER=01-Wanda Reed/Acting Dir. of Roanoke Parks & Rec.]
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Valiant/Wrestling Teacher; ]
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(( The video we're showing you was shot Sunday afternoon at Fallon park in Roanoke.
It was there the teens were putting on what they call an extreme wrestling show.
Some of the participants were thrown onto beds of thumbtacks and barbed wire.
Two others slashed their foreheads in a move called blading.
City leaders say the teens did nothing wrong in assembling at the park but say those applying for the permit said the event would not be violent.
((CERTAINLY KNOWING WHAT WE DO TODAY ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE EVENT WE CERTAINLY WOULD REQUIRE INSURANCE IN SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT BUT WE'RE HOPING THAT THIS TYPE OF EVENT DOES NOT OCCUR AGAIN IN THE CITY.))
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City leaders say THEY have not decided if they will ban such activities in the future because the park is a public place but say they are looking at their options.
If local wrestling legend Jimmy Valiant had his way the entire sport would be banned.
The Boogie Woogie man who runs his own wrestling school near Shawsville says there's no place for such activity in the sport of wrestling.
((WE DID WHAT YOU CALL OLD SCHOOL .....NOTHING EXTREME ABOUT IT.))
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The teenagers of course differ with that opinion-- yesterday they told us they were just having fun.
Teresa Hamilton, News 7.
Virginia House Speaker Vance Wilkins is telling state delegates to plan for a three day special session, starting Thursday night.
Majority Leader Morgan Griffith tells NEWS 7 the topic is budget- related.
But Speaker Wilkins says NO agreement on the state budget has been reached yet.
Meanwhile, Governor Jim Gilmore has signed off on the Republican redistricting plans for the state House and Senate.
The Governor headed off on a European trade mission Saturday-- but made NO changes to the district maps the General Assembly approved last week.
The U-S Justice Department must still approve them, because of Virginia's past history of racism.
Virginia Democrats are still threatening a court challenge of the plans.
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You were right. And you are NOT alone.
That's what the white leaders in Prince Edward County said today, as they helped swing open the doors to the Robert R. Moton School to the world.
It's the 50th anniversary at what many are calling the actual birthplace of the American civil rights movement.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SUPER=01-John Stokes/1951 Moton School Student; :49 ]
[SUPER=01-Juan Williams/"Eyes on the Prize" Author; 1:10 ]
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It's time to talk about the good that was done 50 years ago, they're saying in Farmville, when 450 black students walked out of the Robert R. Moton High School in the first, peaceful, and eventually effective protest of the Civil Rights movement.
The students from 1951 were there for the anniversary, to talk about their legacy, with each other and their white neighbors.
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((GEN. SAMUEL WILSON/MOTON MUSEUM PRESIDENT: WE KNOW THE STORY WELL. BUT THE REST OF THE WORLD DOES NOT.))
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The first chapter of the story is of an orderly walkout and boycott of a school that was separate, but in NO ways equal to that of white students.
Organizer Barbara Johns died in 1991.
But her fellow student leader John Stokes said the plan was so secret, unified and well organized, it has one historical equal.
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((JOHN STOKES: I WOULD EQUATE THIS PLAN TO THE MANHATTAN PROJECT...BLEW EVERYBODY'S MIND. HAHAHAHA.))
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((JUAN WILLIAMS/"EYES ON THE PRIZE" AUTHOR: SO SOME SAID TAKE WHAT YOU CAN GET. BUT THERE WAS BARBARA JOHNS... MORE THAN TARPAPER SHACKS.))
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((WALK. WALK. WALK. WALK. WITH YOUR MIND ON FREEDOM.))
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So the survivors of the 1951 protest led another.
Re-creating the walk that put their case before a Supreme Court to strike down segregation in American schools.
The walk that closed all public schools in Prince Edward for five years out of racist fear.
The walk that puts the newly opened Moton Museum in the spotlight finally as a birthplace for civil rights.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Farmville.))
Delta reaches an agreement with its pilots, but that could be bad news for Comair pilots.
Find out how when News 7 at Six returns.
And what goes up, must come down, hopefully still in one piece.
Virginia Tech students get a sometimes messy lesson in engineering.
When you put your mind to it, you can do just about anything.
That's the message behind a unique project in one Henry County school.
News 7's Danville Bureau Chief Justin McLeod says students had thought it was "mission impossible." Instead it's became "mission accomplished."
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[SUPER=01-Shawn Mullins/Student; :13]
[SUPER=01-Joey Poole/Student; :34]
[SUPER=01-Brandon Flippins/Student; :49]
[SUPER=01-Ron Shealer/Teacher; 1:05]
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((((NAT SOUND OF TEACHER GIVING INSTRUCTIONS))
Ron Shealer gave his eighth grade students here at Bassett Middle school one tough assignment-- build and operate their own submarines.
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((DUSTY HYLTON/STUDENT: I'D FIGURED IT WOULD BE HARD.))
((SHAWN MULLINS/STUDENT: I WAS THINKING HOW ON EARTH ARE WE GOING TO GET A SUBMARINE TO FLOAT.))
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The students would first have to hit the books before hitting the water.
Each had to do research on how a submarine works and what it takes to build one.
They constructed their subs using simple tubes and soda bottles.
Then came the hard part....getting them to float.
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((JOEY POOLE/STUDENT: WE USED TWO BOTTLES AND IT DIDN'T BALANCE SO WE JUST DECIDED TO GO WITH ONE BOTTLE STANDING UP.))
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((NAT SOUND OF WATER TANK.))
The students test their submarines in this 500 gallon water tank.
The subs are equipped with propellers and a remote control....as well as their own unique features.
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((BRANDON FLIPPIN/STUDENT: WE'VE GOT LITTLE PEOPLE ON OUR SUBMARINE. MAKE IT MORE REALISTIC I GUESS.))
[OUT Q=realistic I guess]
Along the way, these students learn about buoyancy, hydraulics, and problem solving.
Their teacher believes these lessons have sunk in and have propelled (shot of propeller) these kids to make waves.
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[IN Q=As soon as school]
((RON SHEALER/TEACHER: AS SOON AS SCHOOL OPENS I HAVE 5 OR 6 KIDS HERE WORKING ON THEIR SUBS. ITS BEEN A REAL INTENSIVE PROJECT AND THEY'RE REALLY INTO IT.))
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THIS PROJECT IS ABOUT TO GO WORLDWIDE, ON THE WORLDWIDE WEB THAT IS. THE STUDENTS EVENTUALLY PLAN TO INSTALL A CAMERA ON THE SUBMARINES AND BROADCAST THE PICTURES ON THE INTERENET SO OTHER SCHOOLS CAN USE IT AS A LEARNING TOOL. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7, HENRY COUNTY.))
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Comair is again talking with its striking pilots, but a settlement could still be a way off.
Analysts say a recent agreement tentatively reached between Comair's parent company, Delta Airlines, and its pilots' union may not bode well for Comair pilots.
One expert says the company may feel like it has given in to the major pilots and hold back when it comes to pilots further down the line.
Comair normally serves 95 U-S cities, including Roanoke, Charlottesville and Richmond.
Company and union negotiators are set to meet Wednesday through Friday.
The meeting will be the first since March 25th.
Technology stocks led a retreat on Wall Street today.
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The DOW lost 48 points.
NASDAQ dropped 104.
Roanoke residents will be discussing money tonight... mainly how the city will be spending it.
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Jennifer Miele will be at Roanoke City's budget meeting tonight at Roanoke Civic Center.
Jen, what's on the agenda?
Well, Keith and Shannon,
this is the public's chance to give council some input on how exactly they think money should be spent in the upcoming year.
I suspect there will be some debate over the possible consolidation of fire stations.
The Roanoke Firefighters Association is criticizing a plan to close five stations and build two new ones.
If the stations DO close, no jobs would be lost as a result.
City Council isn't blowing smoke about a plan to increase the cigarette tax. If the plan goes through, cigarettes prices will go up ten cents a pack.
And then there's the lodging tax.... the plan is to raise that by one percent in hopes that visitors will bare the tax burden, not Roanoke residents.
Revenues generated will go to improvement of city sidewalks, and pay raises for city employees.
We'll be at the meeting, and will bring you a full report tonight on News 7 at 11.
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Montgomery County is celebrating it's 225th Birthday.
In honor of the milestone, the County courthouse is holding an open house today.
Besides conducting routine business at the building, citizens are treated to food and refreshments as well as the opportunity to talk with members of the Board of Supervisors.
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((RHEA EBBERT/MONTGOMERY COUNTY RESIDENT; WELL ANYTIME THEY HAVE A CELEBRATION AND THINGS AND PEOPLE GET INVOLVED THEN IT'S GOOD. BOBBY PARKER/COUNTY SPOKESMAN; EVERYDAY IS REALLY OPEN HOUSE AT THE COURTHOUSE, THIS IS A CITIZEN BUILDING AND THE CITIZEN'S BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED HERE, SO EVERYDAY CITIZENS ARE WELCOME ))
[SUPER=01-Rhea Ebbert/Montgomery County Resident;]
[SUPER=01-Robert Parker/County Spokesman;]
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The open house continues until 7 tonight, when the supervisors' meeting starts.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, lots of news concerning Tech quarterbacks both old and new.
Plus, afternoon Avalanche highlights, a word from Tiki Barber
and Steve Mason checks in with some of Tiki's former teammates who were back in Charlottesville this past weekend helping out new coach Al Groh.
Virginia Tech closed out spring practice on Saturday and this afternoon head coach Frank Beamer announced that Grant Noel will be the team's starting quarterback heading into the Fall.
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During a conference call this afternoon, Beamer said he and the coaches felt like Noel did a good job overall this spring, but noted that he needs to improve his accuracy.
Beamer says Noel will stay at Tech this summer and work both sessions on improving his game.
All three of the incoming freshmen quarterbacks including Bryan Randall also will be in school this summer and have a chance to battle for the backup job.
Also, former Hokie Dave Meyer will be heading to the NFL, afterall.
Meyer was impressive during the pre-draft workouts in Blacksburg, and today he signed a rookie free agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts. He will leave for mini-camp on Thursday.
UVa grad Kevin Coffey, the lanky wide receiver signed a free agent deal today with the Carolina Panthers.
The UVa Football team wrapped up spring ball Saturday under new coach Al Groh. While the future is the focus, the past is playing a role in the present. Steve Mason explains.
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[SUPER=01-Al Groh/UVa Head Coach; :13]
[SUPER=01-Jamie Sharper/Ravens 3rd Leading Tackler; :36]
[SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/Ravens Safety; :57]
[OUT Q=..News 7 sports"]
((At the end of the spring game, Al Groh had a team meeting on the field that was closed to the media. Groh had UVa alumni like Super Bowl champion Baltimore Raven Jamie Sharper and Carolina Panther receiver Patrick Jeffers talk to the team.
Sharper has alot to smile and talk about after signing a five year, 22 million dollar contract earlier this month with the Ravens.
Poindexter also commented on UVa's poor showing in this year's NFL draft. Tight end Bill Baber was the first UVa player selected and he was taken in the fourth round.
Former UVa and Patrick Henry standout Shannon Taylor was a low draft pick a few years ago, we will have more on his status with the San Diego Chargers in the coming weeks, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
Not every former UVa player who is now in the NFL made it back to Charlottesville for old home week this past weekend.
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Tiki Barber, spent the past weekend moonlighting at the NFL draft as a behind the scenes reporter for NFL films.
He also took time to talk to us about how good things happen to good people.
He and Ronde recently signed new 6 year contracts totalling $38 million dollars.
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[SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/N.Y. Giants Running Back; :02]
[OUT Q=...in that wholeheartedly."]
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Avalanche officials say it's too early tell it their experiment works. Salem scheduled five mid-week afternoon games because cold weather last season led to bad attendance.
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About 500 fans showed up for today's one o'clock start time and witnessed 12 Avalanche hits.
In the second, Garrett Atkins finds the corner of right field. It's a three-bagger for him. Greg Catalanotte scores and the game is tied at two.
The very next batter, Matt Holiday finds almost the same spot to bring Atkins home and Salem takes the three-two advantage.
Catalanotte has hit in 12 straight games, he rocks this B.R. Cook pitch over the scoreboard and the Avs beat the Cannons 10 to seven.
Local business, Acterna, closed its plant and brought all of its 130 employees to the ballpark for the afternoon game.
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[SUPER=01-Bonnie Allen/Acterna Operations Director; :00]
[SUPER=01-Stan Macko/Salem Asst. GM; :08]
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The NBA playoffs were the last thing on Marcus Camby's mind this morning.
The Knicks star's mother and sisters were held hostage in their home for nearly eight hours.
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28 year old Troy Crooms held the women at knife-point and demanded to speak to Camby.
Police arrived at the home aroud 3:30 this morning to find Crooms holding a knife to the throat of Camby's sister, Monica.
Camby's mother was released shortly after the police arrived, sister Mia escaped through a window.
Crooms surrendered and no one was seriously injured.
The Duke Blue Devils will have their main man back for another season.
This afternoon, Althea Williams said that her son, star point guard Jason Williams will be back at Duke for his junior season.
She says he should be close to having his degree finished after another season.
Many believe Williams could be the first pick in the June NBA draft if he turned pro early.
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At Virginia Tech today, the drill field turns into a launching pad...
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Teams of engineering students compete with self-made egg launchers.
The goal is to get a container holding an egg as far as possible, without it breaking.
Some students used sand to cushion the fall while others saw their eggs break, before they could even launch.
Each team got three chances and at a cost of 80-dollars, this air pressure cannon had the most power.
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((PATRICK JEFFREY/VT ENGINEERING STUDENT; WE JUST PUMP IT UP WITH AIR, WE HAVE TWO VALVES THAT RELEASE AND THEY PUSH THE AIR FLOW THROUGH THE CHAMBER AND IT PUSHES THE BALL OUT THE OTHER END. ))
[SUPER=01-Patrick Jeffrey/VT Engineering Student; :03]
[OUT Q=THE OTHER END]
Winners were chosen for maximum distance, class favorite and an overall grand prize.