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It's a real-life lesson in the law for a 14- year- old Florida boy on trial for murder.
Closing arguments are under way in the first- degree murder trial of Nathaniel Brazill.
And another bank is attempting to woo Wachovia...it's offering nearly 15- BILLION dollars.
Sunny and dry today but we could see some rain tomorrow...I'll have your forecast.....
News 7 at noon is straight ahead.
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Florida prosecutors say teacher Barry Grunow was excited about the last day of school-- never expecting it to ALSO be the last day of his life....
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Prosecutors have begun their closing arguments in the murder trial of a 14- year- old Florida boy.
Nathaniel Brazill maintains that the shooting that took the life of his English teacher was an ACCIDENT.
Jennifer Jones is in West Palm Beach with an update.
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(( Over and over during closing arguments..the prosecution
demonstrated how Nathanial Brazill loaded the weapon and took
aim...firing the shot that killed his English teacher Barry Grunow
Nat sot - (this is how he did it)
Narr: The lead prosecutor telling jurors what Brazill did last May at
Lakeworth Middle School was not accident - but a deliberate act of
SOT: Marc Shiner/Prosecution Attorney.
Narr: Throughout the trial - attorneys for the 14 year old boy argued
that Brazill never intended to kill anyone . And never planned for the
gun to fire.
SOTt: Robert Udell/Defense Attorney/ or Brazill's Defense Attorney
Narr: Sunday.. Brazill got a visit in jail from his mother on Mother's
day. Today she is near him again.. as her son sits in court watching
attorneys present arguments that will ultimately decide his fate.
Standup: (TO COME:....The prosecution is pushing for first degree
murder conviction...which means life in prison with no chance of parole.)
First Union's takeover of Wachovia may have hit a roadblock.
Another bank is making an unsolicited bid for Wachovia.
SunTrust is offering 14-point-7 BILLION dollars for the bank.
First Union is trying to buy the North Carolina- based Wachovia for twelve and a half BILLION dollars.
The bidding war for Wachovia comes after it agreed last month to be purchased by First Union. That deal that would create the nation's fourth biggest banking company.
SunTrust officials say that if their deal to buy Wachovia goes through, they would cut about four thousand jobs. First Union had planned to cut seven thousand.
Seriously ill people who use marijuana for medical purposes will not get any relief from the Supreme Court.
In an eight to nothing decision, the court has ruled that the federal law that makes pot illegal applies to everyone.
There is no exception for medical marijuana users.
Many AIDS and cancer patients have said the drug helps them deal with pain and nausea.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his opinion that marijuana has no currently accepted medical use.
Meanwhile the pharmacuetical companies that make the drugs to treat H-I-V infection are coming under fire.
Some activists say the companies' ads that portray AIDS patients as active and robust are not only misleading, they're dangerous.
John Blackstone has more.
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((NARR: The ads portray vigorous, energetic people enjoying an active,
carefree lifestyle. But the ads are selling drugs to those infected
with HIV the virus that causes AIDS and they may be delivering a
SOT: Jeff Getty, SURVIVE AIDS: THE ADS ARE LEADING A LOT OF GAY MEN TO
BELIEVE THAT HAVING HIV AND AIDS IS NOT A PROBLEM IS NOT A BIG DEAL
With HIV infection rates on the rise again in big cities like San
Francisco and New York, AIDS activists are concerned the ads are
contributing to the myth that AIDS is curable. The truth is the
miracle drugs that are keeping people alive usually make them feel
miserable causing ailments from nausea and diarrhea to liver failure.
Jonathon Pon, who takes a daily dose of 30 HIV medications says the ads
are a lie.
SOT: Pon: MANY PEOPLE REFER TO THEM AS COCKTAILS AND REST ASSURED THIS
IS NOTHING SHORT OF ORAL CHEMOTHERAPY SIX SECONDS
COVER WITH AD
SOT: Pon: IN MY CASE I WOULDN'T BE HIKING TO THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN I
WOULD ALWAYS WANT TO KNOW WITHIN TEN FEET WHERE THE NEAREST RESTROOM WAS
The concerns led aids activists like Jeff Getty with Survive AIDS to
ask the Food and Drug Administration to evaluate the ads.
SOT: Getty THEY ARE SELLING HIV MEDICINE LIKE IT WAS COLD REMEDIES LIKE
IT WAS SINUS MEDICINE THEY ARE GLAMORIZING HIV
The FDA has now ordered eight drug companies to include information
about the side effects of the drugs and the danger of HIV
SOT: Nancy Ostrove, FDA: these ads need to fairly portray the product
and it is important for people to understand that these products are not
cures that they don't prevent transmission and in general they need to
be used in combination with other products
NARR: Merck pharmanceutical which ran the rock climbing ads said in a
statement to CBS News
GRAPHIC: We did want to portray that the challenges of HIV could be
managed and that they could be overcome.
The drug companies have been given 90 days to rework their advertising.
But Jeff Getty worries the damage may be done if the ads encouraged any
of those at risk to take chances in the belief that AIDS is no longer a
Jb cbs news sf))
The transformation of the Lincoln Terrace Public Housing project is now well under way. And so is the effort to transform the lives of residents.
Renovation and new construction is creating a community of single family homes, duplexes, and small cottages for senior citizens.
Today, the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority also recognized the first 39 families who have signed contracts to participate in a new program that will help them find jobs and move beyond public assistance.
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[SUPER=01-Valerie Clay/Lincoln Terrace Resident; :07]
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The 41- million dollar, four year project is now at the halfway point. A total of 155 apartments will be renovated, and 60 new units will be constructed.
Roanoke's Festival in the Park is trying some new things this year.
Replacing the river raft competition is a land yacht race, a take on bed racing.
Another new event will take some muscle, too.
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((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE OUR FIRST ANNUAL STRONGMAN CHALLENGE. IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT EVENT. WE EVEN HAVE ONE MAN WHO COMPETED IN THE WORLD'S STRONGEST MAN COMPETITION. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE 40 COMPETITORS PULLING SUCH THINGS AS 29 THOUSAND POUND TRUCKS.))
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[OUT Q=29-thousand pound trucks.]
The concert acts will include the Marshall Tucker Band, and Junior Brown.
Festival in the Park gets underway Friday, May 25th.
You need a festival button to get into the events. The buttons are five dollars in advance, ten dollars at the gate.
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Still to come on the newscast, the Supreme Court is asked to grant a new trial in the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building,
also if you're getting sticker shock just from filling up your car at the gas station, we'll show you a car that can get up to 70 miles to the gallon.
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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is calling today's Israeli shoot-out a "dirty operation".
Five Palestinian officers were killed..
The Israeli army says troops fired at what they considered "suspicious figures".
Yesterday, Israeli helicopters attacked Palestinian security compounds near Arafat's office and several other points in the Gaza Strip.
10 Palestinian armored vehicles were destroyed.
Flying shrapnel from the attack injured four people.
Attorneys for Terry Nichols want the Supreme Court to grant him a new trial.
They say the F-B-I's failure to hand over documents to convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh's attorneys is enough reason to re- consider Nichols' appeal.
Just last month, the court rejected Nichols' request for a new trial.
Meanwhile, McVeigh's attorneys say he's weighing his options, which might include a request for a stay of execution.
Attorney General John Ashcroft has already delayed McVeigh's execution until June 11th.
It's still too early to predict the outcome of the mid-term elections in the Philippines.
But a radio station's exit poll shows the opposition party is doing well.
Today's elections are for half the Senate, the entire House and thousands of federal and local offices.
The races are also viewed as a referendum on the government of President Gloria (uh-ROY'-oh) Arroyo.
Rival Joseph Estrada was ousted from office four months ago amidst a corruption scandal.
Estrada was charged with pocketing 82- million dollars from kickbacks during two-and-a-half- years in office.
Oil companies say they are producing more gasoline than at any time since the 1970's. Still the federal government predicts the price of regular gasoline will range between a dollar fifty and a dollar seventy five a gallon this summer.
That's about five percent more than last summer's record high.
If those prices are too high for you, you may want to check out the cars in our next story. As Anthony Mason tells us, they get up to 70 miles to a gallon of gas.
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(( HATE THOSE HIGH GAS PRICES? HOW'D YOU LIKE A CAR THAT GETS...
(Honda dealer natpop): "61 miles per gallon. 70 miles per gallon
(NARR:) NO KIDDING. THEY'RE CALLED HYBRIDS...
(Honda dealer natpop) "This is our gasoline, electric hybrid car..."
(NARR:) THEY RUN ON GAS AND ELECTRICITY. HONDA & TOYOTA WILL SELL ABOUT
20,000 OF THEM IN THE U.S. THIS YEAR. ANTHONY HEIDENREICH PAID $21,000
FOR HIS NEW HONDA HYBRID. HE'S ALREADY DRIVEN 500 MILES AND HE'S STILL
ON HIS FIRST TANK OF GAS.
(sot Anthony Heidenreich/Gas-Hybrid Car Owner) "I'm sure the gas
stations aren't happy, but...(laughs)"
(NARR:) MARYLAND CONGRESSWOMAN CONNIE MORELLA LOVES HER NEW TOYOTA
(Morella/driving natpop) "It has a lot of zip..."
(NARR:) BUT DON'T BE IN A RUSH TO BUY ONE:
(sot Morella) "I waited 5 months which is the standard waiting period
(NARR:) IT'S STILL A TINY SEGMENT OF THE AUTO MARKET. BUT CAR & DRIVER'S
CSABA CSERE SAYS THERE'S A REASON HYBRIDS ARE HOT.
(sot Csaba Csere/Car and Driver Magazine) "The idea of getting
something for nothing... The idea of having an efficient functional car
that will really stretch a gallon of gasoline, it appeals to
environmentalists and cheapskates alike."
(NARR) HYBRIDS COMBINE ELECTRIC MOTORS AND GASOLINE ENGINES...
(sot Csere) "And that's what makes the hybrid work. You get the little
engine for the fuel economy. You get the electric motor for the extra
(Ed DeMarseilles natpop) "This is where the batteries are located..."
(NARR) AND DEALER ED DEMARSEILLES SAYS EVERY TIME YOU APPLY THE
BRAKES, YOU'RE ACTUALLY RECHARGING THE BATTERY:
(sot Ed DeMarseilles/Curtiss Ryan Honda) "So this car never has to be
charged. It's not like you have to take it out and plug it in at night."
(NARR:) THE HYBRIDS SUCCESS HAS CAUGHT DETROIT BY SURPRISE. BUT EVEN
THE BIG THREE NOW PLAN TO OFFER HYBRID SUV'S BY 2003.
(sot Csere) "If the cost of this technology goes down and the price of
gas goes up, you bet we're going to see more of these."
(NARR) A BATTERY POWERED ANSWER TO THE ENERGY CRISIS. ANTHONY MASON,
CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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Up next on the newscast, we'll visit a wedding that is taking the bridge and groom to new heights of happiness,
also we'll see a thrill seeker who just about got an unwanted jolt of excitement.
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A Dutch paraglider is happy to be back on the ground today.
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Onno Bergsma was dangling by a thread above a New Zealand park.
But that wasn't the worst part--
Bergsma was dangerously close to a 330- thousand- volt cable.
Rescuers quickly cut off the power, causing a black-out in hundreds of homes.
Bergsma managed to cut himself free, giving rescuers a better shot at their target.
Afterwards, Bergsma told reporters he'd been afraid of getting electrocuted.
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((ONNO BERGSMA/DUTCH TOURIST: , FOR A SECOND. AFTER I'D SEEN THE ONE LINE ABOVE IT, THAT WAS
EARTH AND I SAW THE OTHER LINES."))
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The Dutchman was stranded in the air for nearly two hours--
Meanwhile, a Pennsylvania couple ALSO went to great heights--
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They tied the knot in a hot air balloon over Niagara Falls.
Michael and Peggi Cowden say they didn't plan to get married 400 feet into the air, the idea just came to them while they were heading to a wedding chapel.
The Great Balloon Company in upstate New York just started offering rides to tourists last week.
They jumped at the chance to help the Cowdens with their un-usual nuptials...
[WXPRO/FULL] ROANOKE STATS
On Wall Street at Noon,
, the Dow was DOWN 33 points. Nasdaq has lost nearly three points.
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Still to come in Sports -
The Eastern Conference is all tied up -
And Roanoke College does it again.. The softball team made it to the championships. We'll have details after the break.
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Chip Ganassi (gah-NA'-see) now has four cars that have qualified for the May 27th Indianapolis 500. Rookies Bruno
Junqueira and Nicolas Minassian became part of the 33-car field yesterday, one day after teammates Tony Stewart and Jimmy Vassar qualified.
The Roanoke College softball team did it again -
The Maroons earned a spot in the Division Three National Championship round for the second straight year by beating Salisbury State yesterday 7 to 3.
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It was a sunny day at the Moyers Sports Complex, the site for the Atlantic Regional championship game.
Roanoke's Marcie Poff hits a shot to right field for a double, bringing home Rachel Capozzi and advancing Mary Thomas to third base and in scoring position.
Then Crystal Hileman hits this double to right field.
Thomas crosses the plate from third base, followed by Marcie Poff and the Maroons led 6 to 1.
The Sea Gulls would get on the board when Rosie Aley hits this shot to left field, scoring a run but Roanoke wins it 7 to 3 to capture the Atlantic Regional championship.
The Eastern Conference playoff series is all tied up between Charlotte and Milwaukee.
Jamal Mashburn scored 31 to lead Charlotte to the 85 to 78 win.
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George Karl, waiting for the second half to begin.
The Bucks trailed at the half, but Ray Allen passes it to Tim Thomas for the lay- in, cutting the lead, 50 to 49.
But the Hornets would come right back when Mashburn pulls up and hits the jumper to make it 52 to 49.
Milwaukee's Ray Allen then faces up and hits the jumper, but the Bucks still trailed by 3.
The game was tied early in the fourth quarter, but Mashburn's turn- around jumper gave Charlotte a 2 point lead.
Then the Hornets' Baron Davis hits the three- pointer, and Charlotte holds on for the 85 to 78 win.
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The sixers beat the raptors. More later on Mornin'.
The Eastern Conference semi final between Philadelphia and Toronto is also tied at 2 games apiece.
Allen Iverson threw down 30 points as the Sixers beat the Raptors 84 to 79.
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Vince Carter warming up for the game's start.
As usual, Iverson came out firing. He throws down this jumper for 2 of his 30 points, giving the Sixers the lead.
But Carter answered going in to the hoop for the reverse layup, and the Raptors went on top.
Carter scored 25.
But it was Iverson who got the last word, giving the Sixers the lead for good in the fourth quarter and Philly wins it 84 to 79.
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The Sixers did lose Roanoke's George Lynch for the remainder of the Playoffs. Lynch broke his foot late in the third after stepping on the foot of Toronto's Alvin Williams.
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