To censor or not.... the free speech issue in a high school magazine.
Plus the Survivor winner is picked- We'll have reaction.
And one real survivor- a local woman who beats the odds and is now graduating college.
and Tom Cruise is filing suit against a porn star-
News 7 is next.
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[IN Q=I know from past experience]
((RUBY ARCHIE/FORMER MAYOR: I KNOW FROM PAST EXPERIENCE WHAT MRS. HARRIS AND HER CHATTERBOX STUDENTS CAN DO SO I SAY GIVE THEM A BREAK.))
[OUT Q=give them a break]
A fired up crowd turns up in Danville to support the high school newspaper.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at Eleven]
Students of GW's Chatterbox take their case to the school board.
At issue is whether the school board can censor the paper to protect the district from liability.
As Danville Bureau Chief Justin McLeod reports there was a lot of talk but very few solutions.
[IN Q=Nat sound of woman talking at the podium]
[SUPER=01-Kelly Baker/Student; :24]
[SUPER=01-Thomson Silvers/Newspaper Editor; :46]
[SUPER=01-Jackie Wilson/Parent; 1:03]
[OUT Q=News 7, Danville]
((((NAT SOUND OF WOMAN TALKING AT THE PODIUM))
One by one, parents, teachers, and students denounced the school board for what they believe is censorship of the school newspaper.
[IN Q=The supression of truth]
((KATERINE LEMONS/TEACHER: THE SUPRESSION OF TRUTH IS MORALLY UNREHENSIBLE.))
[OUT Q=morally unrehensible]
The controversy started about a month ago when the Chatter Box wanted to print articles dealing with sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, and interacial dating.
Some of the articles contained real names.
[IN Q=It personally offends me]
((KELLY BAKER/STUDENT: IT PERSONALLY OFFENDS ME THAT YOU'VE ASKED FOR THE NAMES ON THE ARTICLE OF INTERACIAL DATING TO BE CHANGED. I AM NOT ASHAMED ON WHO I AM DATING. IN FACT, I AM PROUD OF IT.))
[OUT Q=I am proud of it]
The school board asked that real names not be used because of worries the district could be held liable.
Board members also wanted to print a letter in the magazine saying they have the power to censor the newspaper but weren't going to do that in this case.
[IN Q=Quite simply the letter is illegal]
((THOMSON SILVERS/STUDENT: QUITE SIMPLY PUT THE LETTER IS ILLEGAL. NO PERSON OR GROUP CAN BE REQUIRED TO PRINT AN ITEM THEY DON'T SEE AND DON'T AGREE WITH.))
[OUT Q=don't agree with]
The school board argues it can censor the paper since the Chatterbox is part of the curriculum.
The Supreme Court does give school districts powers to censor under certain conditions.
[IN Q=And this issue has never]
((JACKIE WILSON/PARENT: AND THIS ISSUE HAS NEVER BEEN AN ISSUE BEFORE. AND THIS IS WHY I RAISE THE QUESTION, WHY IS THIS AN ISSUE NOW. I THINK IT IS REALLY SILLY. I THINK YOU HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO THAN BE CONCERNED WITH THAT.))
[OUT Q=concerned with that]
After more than a hour of debate, the school board agreed to allow the paper to go to print on Friday as long as their letter is printed.
The students must now decide whether to comply or continue to fight.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Danville. ))
[GRAPHIC=Patrick Drug Bust]
Patrick County Deputies and federal agents destroyed a methamphetamine lab at a home near Stuart today.
Sheriff David Hubbard says authorities also seized parts of a moonshine still and drug paraphernalia.
The owner of the property has not been charged until officials get the results of tests on the seized items.
Radford police and the F-B-I are investigating an afternoon bank robbery.
Detectives say the Wachovia on Norwood Street was robbed around 3:15.
The suspect is described as a white male wearing jeans, an orange shirt and a white baseball hat.
He made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Eight days after a massive fire tore through the historic heart of Longwood College, two student dorms were opened back up.
Frantic freshman and their families had just four hours to get everything they owned out.
NO smoke or water damage was discovered in the first two dorms.
The only mess, students say, was caused by their hasty departure.
[IN Q=My mom followed me all]
[sot tape 14;41;44]
((MY MOM FOLLOWED ME ALL THE WAY UP, AND THEN I WAS JUST LIKE CAN YOU PLEASE GET OUT IN THE HALLWAY WHILE I GET MY THINGS TOGETHER.))
((NICOLE HARRIS/LONGWOOD FRESHMAN: ONE OF MY TEACHERS ACTUALLY GAVE WHAT HE CALLS A "FIRE CURVE." .... ANTHROPOLOGY, I WAS DEPENDING ON THE FINAL AND STUFF.))
[no super on first bite!]
[SUPER=01-Nicole Harris/Longwood Freshman; :08!!!!]
[OUT Q=on the final and stuff.]
Longwood gave up on its final two weeks of classes.
Arson has been ruled out.
But so far, NO cause for the devastating fire has been determined.
Forestry officials announce today they're extending the fire season for an additional two weeks.
That's because of the recent spell of dry weather.
A blaze that started in Giles County yesterday burned more than 75-acres and took crews 24-continuous hours to fully contain.
Forestry officials say lightning strikes started the fire and drought conditions fueled it.
Fire fighters will now be on alert for brush fires until the middle of May, two weeks later than usual.
It's heat that has folks worried in California since residents may have to go without air conditioning and fans for part of the summer.
Word tonight from Washington that Californians can expect more rolling blackouts this summer.
Also today President Bush today ordered all federal agencies in California to cut power use.
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((WELL I THINK ANY FORM OF DEMAND REDUCTION IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AGAIN, WE HAVE A SUPPLY DEMAND IMBALANCE. THERE'S TOO MUCH DEMAND FOR TOO LITTLE SUPPLY.))
[SUPER=01-Alex Makler/Calpine Corporation;]
[OUT Q=FOR TOO LITTLE SUPPLY.]
California's senior energy advisor says power companies need to do more to ease the crisis.
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((RICHARD SKLAR/CA ENERGY ADVISOR: THE PRIVATE SECTOR'S BEEN ROLLING IN THE DOUGH. THEY'VE BEEN PULLING GOLD IN. THEY WALK THROUGH AN OPEN BARD DOOR WE CREATED IN THE GOVERNMENT AND THEY SCOOPED UP THE FAMILY JEWELS.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Sklar/CA Energy Advisor;]
[OUT Q=THE FAMILY JEWELS]
Bush's order would place thermostats at 78 degrees and shut down escalators during peak demand. It will also force the U-S military to reduce peak usage-
Up until tonight the question was.. would it be Tina, Colby or Keith?
They survived crocodiles, floods and food shortages.. But Tonight it came down to just one vote- Tina beat out Colby to become "THE SURVIVOR."
Manuel Gallegus has more on the Survivor finale-
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((In the end, only a few people in the world knew who was the final Survivor.
Thats because the final votes were counted live on CBS.
Even the final two contestants had no idea which castaway would win.
(SOT: In Survivor tradition, one vote: and the winner is...)
It was a stunning victory for Tina Wesson.
The nurse and mother of two from Knoxville, Tennessee, whos now Americas newest millionaire.
Earlier, three became two in the final immunity challenge-- when the tribal council eliminated Keith, the chef who couldnt cook rice to anyones satisfaction.
It pitted proud Texas Colby Donaldson versus Wesson.
They spent their last day in the Outback preparing mentally and emotionally--for the fateful and final tribal council.
And after 42 days, 16 contestants, and a dead pig-- it was Tinas sweetness that outlasted Colbys brute strength and determination to become the winner of Survivor: The Australian Outback.
(SOT: Winner from town meeting)
Survivor fans gathered all across the viewing area tonight to watch the final episode.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean and KAte /Microwave;]
We find Kate Weidaw tonight at Awful Arthur's at Towers Mall where WDBJ-7 sponsored a Survivor party.
[LIVE=Kate /FULL Microwave]
((ROLLCUE:...here's what they had to say.))
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[OUT Q=what people will do for money.]
((I THINK COLBY BECAUSE STAMINA WISE HE IS WAY ABOVE EVERYONE ELSE.))
((EVERYBODY THINKS TINA'S GOING TO WIN BUT EVERYBODY LIKES COLBY.))
((I WANTED ELIZABETH TO WIN BUT I GUESS I'LL HAVE TO GO WITH COLBY.))
((I THINK COLBY WILL WIN BUT I WANT TINA, GIRL POWER.))
((I THINK THE MOST MEMORABLE IS WHEN THE GUY FELL IN THE FIRE.))
((JUST TO SEE WHO THEY'RE GOING TO VOTE OFF AND HOW THE GAME IS GOING TO PAY OUT THAT'S WHY I WATCH IT.))
((IT'S JUST AMAZING WHAT PEOPLE WILL DO FOR MONEY.))
[LIVE=KAte /FULL Microwave]
[DOUBLE BOXES=JEan and KAte /Microwave;]
Bus drivers are the newest weapon against drivers who break the law-- and cops say it's working.
More on that when News 7 returns.
And a student is caught on tape firing a shot at a teacher... now he has his day in court.
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[IN Q=first audio]
[OUT Q=THE BIG 7"]
((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office with the latest on the area's only real dynasty. Plus, we'll get our kicks with the Blue Ridge girls.
The Avalanche returns to town and opens a seven game home stand.
Roy Stanley checks in with the Rural Retreat baseball bashers.
And that meeting with Bill Simpson and NASCAR needed a safety today. Details on the Big 7.))
Frame by frame... a jury in Florida watched- as video was shown of a teenager shooting his teacher.
Jennifer Jones has more from the trial of Nathaniel Brazil-
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[SUPER=04-Surveillance Video; :00]
[SUPER=02-Grant Fredericks/Forensic Video Analyst; :21]
[SUPER=01-John James/Math Teacher; :45]
[SUPER=01-Brandon Spann/Former Lake Worth Student; 1:07]
[Super=01-Jennifer Jones/Reporting; 1:35]
[OUT Q=West Palm Beach.]
((THESE IMAGES FROM SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS AT LAKE WORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL ARE THE JURY'S FIRST CHANCE TO SEE THE ACTIONS OF A YOUNG MALE NOW IDENTIFIED AS NATHANIEL BRAZILL.... ON THE DAY OF THE MAY 26TH SCHOOL SHOOTING.
THIS PROSECUTION WITNESS DESCRIBED THE SEQUENCE OF IMAGES ... TESTIFYING
HOW THE BOY GOES DOWN THE HALLWAY AND TAKES AIM. GRANT FREDERICKS/FORENSIC VIDEO ANALYST:
"We see that the person is stepping back and the arms are coming down.
This person is now collapsed to the floor."
THE PERSON IS BRAZILL'S ENGLISH TEACHER BARRY GRUNOW. AS THE TEEN IS LEAVING, HE TAKES AIM AGAIN. THIS TIME AT ANOTHER TEACHER AND A STUDENT, BUT HE NEVER FIRES. THE TEEN-AGE BOY ONLY UTTERS A FEW WORDS.
JOHN JAMES/MATH TEACHER:
"I heard this sound saying don't bother me Mr James"
AS JURORS LISTENED TO A SECOND DAY OF TESTIMONY, BRAZIL, CHARGED AS AN ADULT FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER ... SAT ACROSS THE COURTROOM .. NEATLY DRESSED AND APPEARING WELL-MANNERED.
BUT ON THE DAY OF THE SHOOTING, ONE WITNESS SAW A VERY DIFFERENT BRAZIL WHO APPROACHED HIM ON THE STREET AND ASKED FOR A GUN.
BRANDON SPANN/FORMER LAKE WORTH STUDENT:
"He said he was going to f--- up the school. Did you ask him why he said that? Yes. What did he say? He said he got sus
pended for throwing water balloons."
BUT WITH EACH WITNESS DURING CROSS EXAMINATION, BRAZILL'S ATTORNEY TRIED TO SHOW THAT THE TEEN NEVER INTENDED TO KILL MR. GRUNOW.
ROBERT UDELL/DEFENSE LAWYER:
AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTING, BRAZIL WAS ONLY THIRTEEN.
A CONVICTION OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER WOULD MEAN LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE. BUT THE JURY WILL BE ASKED TO CONSIDER LESSER CHARGES OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER. JJ, CBS NEWS, WEST PALM BEACH.))
Roanoke Police say a program designed to keep school kids safe on the bus appears to be working.
In February school bus drivers started writing down the license plate numbers of cars that failed to stop when the buses' red lights went on.
Police then send a warning letter to the car's owner.
The program not only increases awareness but helps police pinpoint problem areas.
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[IN Q=I get these complaints in...]
((SGT. RANDY SCOTT/ROANOKE POLICE: I GET THESE COMPLAINT IN, I'M LOOKING FOR LOCATIONS AND TIMES AND WHEN I SEE A PATTERN DEVELOP, AND I'VE SEEN A COUPLE OF 'EM, I'LL HAVE PEOPLE GO OUT AND TRY TO BE IN THAT AREA AT THAT TIME SO THAT WE'VE GOT OFFICERS THERE IN UNIFORM SO THAT WHEN THE INCIDENT HAPPENS THEY'RE GONNA BE ISSUING SUMMONS RATHER THAN A LETTER COMING IN THE MAIL A WEEK OR SO LATER.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Randy Scott/Roanoke City Police Department;]
[OUT Q=in the mail a week or so later.]
So far, Sgt. Scott says he's sent out 45-warnings but has seen no repeat offenders.
A Danville woman is under arrest after leading police on a chase early this morning.
It ended when the woman crashed her vehicle into a house, and a passenger died.
Police say 41 year old Alice (Shane-ee) Shaney was driving on the wrong side of the road around 2:30 this morning.
Officers pursued her down several streets.
A few minutes later, Police say Shaney ran a stop light and crashed into a home on West Gay Street.
The passenger, Ola Mae Johnson, died of an apparent heart attack.
Alice Shaney has been charged with driving while intoxicated.
Former Beatle George Harrison is recuperating in Italy after surgery for lung cancer.
Doctors at the Mayo clinic in Minnesota operated to remove a growth from one of Harrison's lungs-
[graphic from pkg]
Doctors say the operation was successful. George has made an excellent recovery. He is in the best of spirits and on top form.
Harrison had another brush with cancer in the nineties which he blamed on smoking. At that time he underwent radiation therapy to treat a lump found on his throat.
Harrison is now relaxing in Italy- He said although all things must pass away- he has no plans to right now.
The family of supermodel Niki Taylor says the 26-year old is doing well, but is still in critical condition.
Taylor suffered injuries in a car accident Sunday.
The model had more surgery today for internal injuries. Doctors say she suffered liver damage and possibly lung damage.
Mega star Tom Cruise is cruising into court, denying the charges that he had a love affair with a porn star.
Cruise is suing porn star Chad Slater for telling a French magazine that he had an ongoing affair with Cruise during his marriage with Nicole Kidman.
Slater says that Kidman found out, and that's the reason for their recent split up.
Cruise is asking for 100 Million dollars and says he is not and never has been gay.
He also denies even knowning Slater.
A half a dozen state troopers, and a sheriff's deputy were all over a Florida highway today in hot pursuit....of an Emu.
[SUPER=03-St. Lucie Co., FL;]
This Emu was on the lam, and after a grueling hour-long chase, it was finally caught.
The long legged bird made it through moving traffic several times and just barely missed the grasp of many who were out to catch it.
Once it finally was caught, a bulldozer had to come lift the large animal to get it in a truck so it could be taken to the vet.
Unfortunately, the chase was too much for the Emu.
The bird later died from the stress.
One of the region's top elected leaders is NOT endorsing one of his colleagues from Roanoke.
Instead he's backing a Richmond area candidate for Attorney General.
House minority leader and Vinton delegate Dick Cranwell announced his support for Henrico County Delegate Don McEachin.
The endorsement bypasses Roanoke State Senator John Edwards, who is also seeking the nomination.
[SOT - TC-1:55:41]
[IN Q=It's awfully humbling...]
((DON MCEACHIN/(D) CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL; IT'S AWFULLY HUMBLING BECAUSE I DO UNDERSTAND THE ISSUE HE HAD TO WRESTLE WITH TO MAKE THIS DECISION IN ORDER TO MAKE AN ENDORSEMENT. THIS IS A FAMILY DISCUSSION. IT'S TOUGH TO MAKE DECISIONS BETWEEN FAMILY MEMBERS.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Don McEachin/(D) Attorney General Cand.;]
[OUT Q=between family members.]
Edwards supporters held their own rally in Roanoke later in the day. His backers say Edwards has collected more than 5-hundred endorsements from elected officials, as well as Democratic and community leaders.
Democrats pick their candidate June 12-th.
Getting through college is tough.
Getting through college and recovering from a devestating car crash is even harder.
That's exactly what Roanoke College senior Carrie Krug has done.
We'll hear her inspiring story next.
It takes four years of hard work to graduate from college.
But for one Roanoke College senior graduating on Saturday will mean over coming physical challenges.
Kate Weidaw has her story.
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[SUPER=01-Carrie Krug/Roanoke College Senior; :14]
[OUT Q=kw news7 Salem]
(( When Carrie Krug left Roanoke College after her freshman year, she came close to never coming back. Krug was driving to her home in New Windsor Maryland when she got into a terrible accident.
((CARRIE KRUG: I DON'T REMEMBER THE ACCIDENT AT ALL BUT WITNESSES SAY THAT I GRADUALLY CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND THEN I HIT A TRACTOR TRAILER HEAD ON.))
Doctors thought Krug wouldn't live. She had several broken bones, the right side of her face was shattered and the most severe injury was brain trauma. Doctors told her she would be in the hospital for at least a year.
((CARRIE KRUG: I ENDED UP BEING IN THE CRITICAL HOSPITAL FOR TWO WEEKS AND THEN THE REHAB HOSPITAL FOR TWO WEEKS.))
Over the summer Krug went to physical, occupational, and speech therapy. That's when her career goal to become a social worker took a sharp turn.
((CARRIE KRUG: JUST SEEING HOW MY THERAPIST HELPED ME AND I COULDN'T WALK AT FIRST THEY JUST HELPED ME PHYSICALLY SO MUCH AND EMOTIONALLY JUST BY HOW WE CONNECTED AND I THOUGHT THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO DO.))
Surprisingly Krug was able to return to Roanoke College on time for her sophomore year.
On Saturday, she'll graduate with a degree in International Relations .. but she hasn't forgotten her new goal.
Come next Spring, Krug will begin pursing her physical therapy degree. Then she'll help others recover and re-start their lives, as she did nearly three years ago.
((CARRIE KRUG: I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO SOMETHING WHERE I WAS HELPING SOMEONE.))
Kate Weidaw , News7 Salem.))
The Avalanche return home tonight.
Craig Littlepage hopes to the UVa athletic director's office his personal home.
Roy Stanley steps in the box and takes some cuts at Rural Retreat.
And the Salem girls soccer team rolls to another win.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Blacksburg vs. Northside; :00]
But first in tonight's Extra Point - no one rolls to wins like the Blacksburg boys' soccer team.
Tonight Blacksburg won its 61st straight game and its 75th
straight game without a loss.
Tonight's 4-to-nothing win means Blacksburg is now 10-and-0 on the season. The Indians have outscored their opponents this year by a combined 69-to-2.
All other numbers pale in comparison.
[GO TO SCORES]
[WIPE TO MOTION]
[SUPER=0092-/Colorado/5/j/Philadelphia/7///j/Los Angeles/8//Cincinnati/6//Deion 0 for 5/;]
[SUPER=0092-/San Francisco/3/j/Pittsburgh/4///j/Milwaukee/5//Atlanta/0//3 Late Games/;]
[SUPER=0091-j/Cleveland/9//Kansas City/4///j/New York/7//Baltimore/5///;]
[SUPER=0091-/Toronto/2/j/Oakland/3//Final In 15 Innngs/j/Detroit/9//Texas/4//2 Late Games/;]
[SUPER=0103-/Dallas/1/j/St. Louis/4//Blues Win Series//New Jersey/1//Toronto/3//Series Tied at 2-to-2/;]
[OUT Q=....last score."]
[go to break]
The Salem Avalanche returned home last night at Salem Memorial and opened up a four game series with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Wilmington vs. Salem; :00]
After a seven day absence from their home yard, fans were anxious to get a peek at the team on Thirsty Thursday.
In the top of the second Salem pitcher Cory Vance gets a little wild, and the Blue Rocks get an unearned freebie to take a one to nothing lead.
The very next batter Willy Ruiz hits grounder to second and another run trots home from third on the fielder's choice.
But the Avs would rally to take this one 8-to-6. They are home through next Wednesday night.
The regular season front runners in the Blue Ridge district picked up another win last night as Salem Beat Rockbridge County.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Rockbridge Co. vs. Salem; :00]
A perfect night in Salem as slight breeze was blowing and the Spartans were scoring.
Salem's Ariel Thompson sneaks inside and she will pass to Krista Wilson for the quick score and it's one to nothing.
Thompson would again get free. This time she slices through the defense and banks one in on her own as the scores reaches 2-to-nothing.
Kassie Houff also had a huge night for the Spartans as she outduels the defense, uses her speed and scores.
Salem wins it 8-to-nothing.
The Rural Retreat baseball team has been as stingy as any this season when it comes to giving up runs.
Roy Stanley has more on the Indians formula for success.
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[IN Q="At this...]
[SUPER=03-Rural Retreat; :00]
[SUPER=01-James Smith/Rural Retreat Pitcher; :14]
[SUPER=01-Dyer Jackson/Rural Retreat Head Coach; :42]
[SUPER=01-Eric Callahan/Rural Retreat Pitcher; :52]
[OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."]
((At this point in the season, The Indians are 9 and 3 overall and 5 and 2 in the Hogohegee district.
That winning record is O-K but the Indians are not satisfied.))
((JAMES SMITH/RURAL RETREAT PITCHER:))
((Smith and Eric Callahan have dominated opposing batters from the mound. Between the two they have an E-R-A of point 6 and each have 51 strikeouts.
The defense has been shaky at times and despite having 5 players that hit over 380, The Indians have struggled at the plate.))
((DYER JACKSON/RURAL RETREAT HEAD COACH:))
((ERIC CALLAHAN/RURAL RETREAT PITCHER:))
((But this team that's played together since the age of 9 is confident it will all fall into place when the district tournament rolls around.))
Terry Holland announced Wednesday that he stepping down as UVa's athletic director.
Yesterday, his interim successor who hopes to be his permanent replacement, said he's known for the past 12 months Terry was ready to move on to another challenge.
Craig Littlepage spoke on a conference call from Charlottesville yesterday afternoon and said Holland has been delegating more and more duties to him for over a year. He also says in NO way was Terry forced out of the athletic department.
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[OUT Q=...PLAYS OUT."]
Today was the day that Bill Simpson, the manufacturer of the seat belts in Dale Earnhardt's car, was supposed to meet with NASCAR officials and take a positive step forward.
[SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :00]
Simpson arrived at NASCAR headquarters and then waited 15 minutes in the lobby before being told that he not didn't have an appointment, and that lawyers didn't want to the men to talk.
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[IN Q=we did...]
[SUPER=01-John Griffin/NASCAR Public Relations; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Simpson/Simpson Racing Products; 15 quick]
[OUT Q=...SAY ABOUT NOTHING."]
Simpson is still demanding an apology from NASCAR.