This is the scene in L-A after a city bus is hijacked-
A Roanoke woman says someone poisoned her dog- she wants to find who did it.
and the battle over your social security money- should you be able to invest it yourself?
Plus one "love story" actor diagnosed with Leukemia.
News 7 is next.
A Los Angeles city bus is hijacked- it turns into a wild chase that ends with deadly results.
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It may seem like a scene out of the movie, Speed, but this was very real.
A city bus was hijacked. When it was over, one person was dead and six others injured.
Teri Okita has details.
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((A deadly outcome to the latest high speed chase through the streets of Los Angeles.
This time it involved a hijacked transit bus.
For more than a dozen city blocks, police chased the bus...
It all ended when the bus broadsided a minivan, killing a woman passenger, and then crashed into a parked United Parcel Service van.
All three vehicles then careened into a half-dozen cars in a parking lot.
Sgt. John Pasquariello/Los Angeles Police Dept.:
The pursuit began when a police officer saw a man shooting near downtown. As detectives attempted to arrest him, he jumped on the city bus and hijacked it....holding a gun to the driver's head the entire time.
After the crash, the suspect fled around a corner and tried to hijack another car. But he was tackled by a half dozen police officers.
Police are continuing their investigation into this deadly mishap on the streets of Southern California.
Teri Okita, CBS News, Los Angeles.))
Do School administrators have the right to censor the school newspaper?
That's at the heart of a debate at Danville's GW high school.
The newspaper wants to print articles dealing with sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, and interracial dating.
The articles contains students names.
The school board wants the editors to change the names because of worries that the district could be held liable.
The Supreme Court has ruled school districts can censor school newspapers in some situations.
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((DAVID HOFFMAN/AVERETT COLLEGE JOURNALISM PROFESSOR: STUDENT NEWSPAPERS CAN BE CENSORED ONLY WHEN THE MATERIAL HAS NO VALID EDUCATION PURPOSE. THAT'S KIND OF A FINE LINE HERE, AS TO WHAT I UNDERSTAND WITH THE ISSUE REGARDING THE CHATTERBOX.))
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Superintendent Andy Overstreet believes the issue has been resolved and says the magazine could go to print as early as Friday.
However, students and their parents still plan to voice their concerns at tomorrow night's school board meeting.
A Roanoke woman is on a crusade to find out who poisoned her puppy.
She's offering a reward for information leading to the poisoner's arrest.
Marya Jones has details.
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(( Two weeks ago, Kathleen Fowler came home and found her brand new puppy, Bernie, dead in the yard.
At first, she and animal control officers suspected the 6-month old lab/chow mix had choked.
But after Fowler had the dog autopsied at Virginia Tech's vet school, she discovered it had been poisoned with insecticide.
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((KATHLEEN FOWLER: IT LEADS ME TO WONDER WHAT'S WRONG WITH PEOPLE? THIS IS THE ONLY WAY THEY THINK THEY CAN HANDLE IT? THEY'RE JUST PUPPIES. HE WAS JUST A BABY.))
Fowler's two other dogs, who were also out in the yard, were unharmed.
Roanoke animal control officers say there have been no other cases of pet poisonings reported in the area, although last fall, several dogs died after ingesting antifreeze in a nearby Memorial neighborhood.
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((KATHLEEN FOWLER: I WANT TO KNOW WHO DID IT. I WANT THEM PROSECUTED.))
Fowler is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.
In the meantime, she says, she'll keep her other dogs indoors.
Marya Jones, News-7, Roanoke.))
Charitable organizations in the New River Valley were loosing thousands of dollars in the late 90's, and they did not even know it.
Rick Poff, the man they entrusted with keeping track of their donations was siphoning off HUNDREDS of thousands of dollars for his own use.
The list includes New River Community Action, Habitat for Humanity, the Pulaski Free Clinic, the "Y" and the Emergency Needs Task Force.
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((WE FELT GOOD ABOUT ALL THE MONEY WE RAISED, BECAUSE IT WENT RIGHT TO THE PEOPLE THAT NEEDED IT THE MOST.))
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Rick Poff admitted in court today to taking a total of 270- thousand dollars. The government puts the amount at 636-thousand.
Poff submitted a list of things- -such as diamond rings- -he could sell to make restitution. The total was 101-thousand dollars.
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It's the biggest drug roundup Wythe County has seen in years.
Officers were out early this morning, surprising suspects at home, serving some 2-hundred indictments and making more than 50-arrests.
A number of charges include distribution and possession of crack cocaine and oxycontin.
Area law enforcement agencies say they've been working on building strong cases, some against notorious dealers, for over a year.
Hollins University has dropped charges against two students who protested in the nude yesterday.
Chris Chappel and Annliv Young were charged with indecent exposure, for appearing in public wearing only red paint.
Chappel and Young were two of about ten Hollins students who decided to bare their essentials to make a point during a campus demonstration.
Could you do a better job of investing your social security money than the government?
President Bush thinks many Americans could.
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((PRESIDENT BUSH: TODAY YOUNGER WORKERS WHO PAY INTO SOCIAL SECURITY MIGHT AS WELL BE SAVING THEIR MONEY IN THEIR MATTRESSES. THAT'S HOW LOW THE RETURNS ARE ON THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS.))
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And with that the president outlined his proposal to reform social security.
The President says:
It's crucial to preserve the benefits of current retirees- and those nearing retirement.
To return the system to sound financial footing- and to offer personal savings accounts to younger workers.
Some democratic leaders say not so fast-
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((REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT/D- MISSOURI: IT IS A HUGE FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE TO PRIVATIZE IT AND ALLOW PEOPLE TO INVEST ON THEIR OWN.))
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((SEN. TOM DASCHLE/D- MINORITY LEADER: WHAT IT MEANS IS YOU ARE GOING TO PUT YOUR RETIREMENT FUNDS AT RISK.))
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President Bush formed a committee- of seven republicans and seven democrats-- all favor partial privatization of social security.
Changes are in works for the dedication of the Bedford D-Day memorial.
Find out who organizers are trying to accomodate next on News 7.
And later, a family of ducks moves from high-rise to high seas.
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((ALRIGHT EVERYBODY, STEVE MASON WITH YOUR BIG 7 SPORTS TONIGHT. PH AND FRANKLIN COUNTY SQUARE OFF IN SOCCER WHILE SALEM AND CAVE SPRING BATTLE IN LACROSSE. ARE THE RAPTORS INVINCE-ABLE TONIGHT AGAINST THE KNICKS? TERRY HOLLAND STEPS DOWN AS UVA'S ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND VIRGINIA BASEBALL MIGHT SUFFER COMEBACKS ONE DAY SOON, ALL OF THIS IN SPORTS.))
Changes are in the works for the big D-Day celebration in Bedford June 6th.
Organizers are pushing back the start time for the ceremony to accomodate what's expected to be a huge contingent of out- of- town visitors.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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Try, try again.
The Republican leadership of Virginia's House of Delegates has given up on passing a whole state budget.
They say state pay raises, college building projects, and certain school, museum, and Medicaid funding are too important to risk losing in a budget battle with the Senate.
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((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/R-FAIRFAX: SO WE ARE GOING TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. WE INTEND TO INTRODUCE NINE SEPARATE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS IN THE AREAS OF GREATEST IMMEDIATE NEED.))
((SPEAKER VANCE WILKINS/R-AMHERST: OH I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO THAT. THAT'S WHY WE'RE STILL BACK DOWN HERE THRASHING AWAY AT IT. SO IF WE DIDN'T THINK IT WAS IMPORTANT, WE WOULDN'T BE BACK HERE TODAY. THAT'S FOR SURE. WITH ANOTHER PROPOSAL.))
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State Senator Ken Stolle (STAH-lee) says "cherrypicking" parts of the state budget is a bad idea... and NOT something he expects the Senate to support.
A group of local young people is being praised for setting a good example.
One dozen students in grades six through twelve were honored at a special Kiwanis luncheon today for being "young heroes".
The kids were chosen for their accomplishments, inspirational attitudes and triumph over adversity.
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((CHIP CLARK/"YOUNG HERO": DEALING WITH PALSY AND DIABETES AND LEARNING TO JUST DEAL WITH LIFE, DEAL WITH CIRCUMSTANCES AND LEARN TO DEAL WITH THAT IN A POSITIVE WAY.))
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Guest speaker at the luncheon was Geraldine Barber who raised twin boys, Ronde and Tiki, to become professional football players.
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((GERALDINE BARBER/MOTHER OF RONDE AND TIKI: THE MAJORITY OF YOUNG PEOPLE, ALL THEY WANT IS TIME AND SOME RESPECT AND SOME ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT TIMES ARE DIFFERENT, THEY'RE FACING DIFFERENT CHALLENGES THAN WE AS PARENTS FACED A FEW YEARS BACK.))
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This afternoon the 12 "young heroes" and their families were treated to a field trip at Virginia's Explore Park.
They topped the day off with an awards banquet this evening.
Ever tried to move a one-ton piece of machinery by hand?
That's what Emergency crews from around the state are doing as they train here in the Roanoke Valley.
And it's not training, it's the real thing for crews in Minnesota as a tornado touches down.
Those stories when we return.
Model Niki Taylor remains in critical condition tonight at an Atlanta hospital- Jennifer Jones has the latest-
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((HER FACE HAS GRACED HUNDREDS OF MAGAZINE COVERS. HER SMILE -- SEEN ON THE MOST FASHIONABLE RUNWAYS. BUT NOW 26-YEAR OLD SUPERMODEL, NIKI TAYLOR, IS FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE -- AFTER BARELY SURVIVING A CAR CRASH IN ATLANTA. DOCTORS SAY IT WILL BE WEEKS BEFORE THEY KNOW IF TAYLOR WILL FULLY RECOVER.
MARY EATON/TAYLOR'S AUNT:
"The doctor as he said it's still hour to hour, day to day she's in very critical condition, but at least today she's acknowledging a little more of her surroundings."
THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED EARLY SUNDAY, AS TAYLOR WAS RIDING IN HER FRIEND'S
AUTOMOBILE IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA. POLICE SAY THE CAR SWERVED OFF THE ROAD AND SLAMMED INTO A TELEPHONE POLE ... AFTER THE DRIVER APPARENTLY LOOKED
DOWN AT HIS RINGING CELL PHONE. TAYLOR WAS WEARING A SEATBELT AND APPEARED TO BE OKAY. BUT SHE SOON BEGAN EXPERIENCING SEVERE ABDOMINAL PAIN. DOCTORS SAY HER LIVER WAS BADLY DAMAGED.
JENNIFER JONES: SINCE THE ACCIDENT, TAYLOR'S FAMILY HAS BEEN AT HER BEDSIDE HERE IN ATLANTA. IT WAS JUST A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN THE FAMILY HAD TO DEAL WITH ANOTHER TRAGEDY. THEN IT WAS THE DEATH OF TAYLOR'S YOUNGER SISTER.
17-YEAR KRISSY TAYLOR WAS ALSO A PROMISING MODEL ... WHEN SHE DIED SUDDENLY OF ASTHMA RELATED PROBEM...1995.
"It's like deja vu and it's tragic. It's very difficult for us. And we're just praying because we don't want to lose another child."
NIKKI'S FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY ARE NOT ABOUT TO LET HER GO.
BRANDON LEWIS/TAYLOR'S FRIEND:
"she's very strong and she's got a great spirit. And I feel that will definitely carry her through."
TAYLOR WAS PLANNING TO RETURN HOME TO FORT LAUDERDALE THIS WEEK ... TO SEE HER 6-YEAR OLD TWIN BOYS. JJ. ATLANTA.))
Actor Ryan O'Neal is being treated for Cancer-
His agent says the ``Love Story'' star was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
The 60-year-old O'Neal is undergoing treatments in the Los Angeles area.
She says the type of leukemia O'Neal has is ``treatable'' and not life threatening.
She adds that O'Neal is ``doing great.''
Hundreds of rescue personnel are getting prepared to face almost any situation.
Rescue Teams from around the state are training in advanced water, entrapment, and ropes rescues.
Nearly 150 fire and E-M-S personel have participated in the training this year.
Participants say the obstacle course remains one of the most mentally and physically draining exercises. This year, teams had to load a one-ton piece of farm machinery onto a trailer they built, and haul it down and back up a steep hill.
Training wraps up tomorrow.
When you think of tornados, you don't often think of Minnesota-
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But that's what hit the town of Glenville last night-
And one brave person caught the twister on tape.
The tornado leveled stores, destroyed homes and trees and power lines were ripped from the ground.
Damage is estamated at 2- million dollars.
No serious injuries reported.
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High school sports highlights tonight from Franklin County, Patrick Henry, Salem and Cave Spring as well as NBA and NHL playoff action,
But first our extra point. North Carolina sophomore guard Joseph Forte, who shared ACC player of the year honors with Shane Battier, is leaning torwards going to the NBA. He has yet to announce his intentions for next season. He has until May 13th to decide, the deadline.One scout says he could be a lottery pick.
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We start with soccer. Franklin County and Patrick Henry would battle in a Roanoke Valley District match last night.
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Victory Stadium served as the spot where the RVD teams would meet and a great night for a game.
In the first half, Franklin County's Paul Cook fights through a few defenders and then passes to Bradley Cobbs, who is gonna beat Patriots goalie Charlie Patterson for the 1-nothing lead.
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PH ties the game up about 10 minutes later when Nick Surace finds himself open, takes the shot, but Eagles goalie Matt Hubbard deflects the ball. However Zach Hayes is there for the put back. 1-1 and PH wins 2-1.
Salem and Cave Spring are big time lacrosse rivals and they would fight it out last night.
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The game faced off at Salem High School and it would be close early.
In the first quarter, Jonathan Wing drives from behind the cage and feeds Ben Goodpasture who rips rope from in close, Goodpasture, a good guy and so is his brother, know him well, we are buds. 2-nothing Salem.
The Knights come back. Sloane West gives to Travis Miller who fakes a few defenders and scores to make it 2-1.
Then, Salem's Jimmy Vaughn has a one on one with Patrick Reed and scores, a tough shot and the Spartans win 14-8.
The Toronto Raptors trailed the New York Knicks 2-1 in their best of five Eastern Conference playoff series and were in need of a win last night to stay alive.
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Vince Carter was like tyrannosaurus rex scoring 17 first half points for Toronto. He hurt the Knicks form the perimeter and was also deadly when he got to the basket with several big slams. He had 32 total.
New York got some help from sixth man Glen Rice who snaps the nylon with this trey, part of his 11 point first half. He had 19
Chris Childs also had a decent night, scoring 10 first half points and Toronto wins 100-93.
The road to the Stanley Cup continued tonight. We focus on game four between Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
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The Penguins lead the series 2-1 and would get a shocker to start this one, a minute and a half after face off, Jean Pierre Dumont rips rope to make it 1-zip Sabres.
Then, on the power play, Pittsburgh's Martin Straka takes the pass from Mario Lemeaux [SUPER=31-Buffalo/5/Pittsburg
h/2;]and buries it, 1-1.
Buffalo answers with the short handed goal off the wood of Curtis Brown and the Sabres win it 5-2.
The Tech/UVa baseball series that wrapped up Tuesday night could be the last.
Mike Stevens explains why Baseball and some other UVa sports could experience cut backs.
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(( Imagine UVa playing baseball in the ODAC against W & L and Bridgewater. It sounds ridiculous, but it could happen.
A Virginia task force has recommended that UVa downgrade six athletic programs, including baseball. That means no scholarships. And for many it also means no chance to compete.
In fact, a lot is already being said. A grass roots booster club with the purpose of saving UVa baseball has been organized. Already the group is faxing, mailing and spreading the word.
((MIKE STEVENS: The group letter condemning the cuts lists 10 reasons why baseball should not lose scholarships. Some are typical fan responses like Thomas Jefferson would want it to continue.
But others are valid like the most talented high school players will bypass UVa to get scholarships elsewhere. And cutting baseball make little sense when the teams Grade Point average is among the highest of any UVa sport.))
The other schools in the ACC and the Hokies are hoping the same thing.
The UVa board of visitors next meets in June. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
University of Virginia athletic director Terry Holland will leave his position effective June first. In a statement released
yesterday Holland said "It became apparent to me more than a year ago, when the stadium project was winding down, that overseeing a major fundraising project and managing the hands on needs of the athletic department were not compatible, at least in terms of my expectations and abilities."
It was six years ago that Holland walked through the doors at University Hall to become UVa's athletic Director.
In the last three years, the UVa athletics has had it's highest Sears Cup rankings and several teams have competed at the national championship level.
Holland will remain at UVa as a special assistant to president John Casteen. His duties will include planning for a facility to replace University Hall and marketing Uva sports.
Senior Associate A.D. Craig Littlepage will serve as interim director while UVa conducts a national search.
And from the "it's too cute to pass up" file-
A momentous day for a family of ducks- that live in the city of Portland- adopting a planter at a high rise for their home.
The adult ducks return every year to raise a new broode.
And every year- it's a big day when the ducklings leave the nest for the first time to take a swim in the nearby river.
Today was the day- as the ducks- as they say... take to the water.