[1-News-Head]

[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

When he pulled the trigger at a gay bar 10-months ago Ronald Gay sealed his fate.
We'll tell you how he'll be punished.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Plus, one southside city plays the name game, but nobody's laughing.
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[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Tonight on News 7 Sports, Michael Vick takes us inside his training camp for a peak at how he relaxes off the field. The Commonwealth Games golf event opens today at Hanging Rock.
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[VO-NAT]

And Express goalie Dave Gagnon is retiring from hockey.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Leo]
[SS=None]


The heat and humidity will be on the increase..which will help trigger some scattered showers and thunderstorms over the next few days....I'll have your forecast...
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
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[SOT 11:54:45]
[IN Q=and now he's going]

((AND NOW HE'S GOING TO JAIL FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. MAY IT BE HELL FOR HIM IN THERE.))
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=Hell for him in there.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


A victim of last year's shooting in a Roanoke gay bar reacts to the sentence.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Gunman Ronald Gay gets multiple life terms in prison.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Ronald-Gay]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=01-38 tc35:18]

[***ANCHOR TAG***]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Ten months ago- -exactly- -Ronald Gay walked into a gay bar downtown and shot seven people.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Four of the victims were critically injured. Danny Overstreet died almost immediately.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Ronald Gay was arrested]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=04-September 23, 2000; :06]
[SUPER=01-Evan Stuart Nelson/Forensic Psychologist; :14]
[SUPER=01-Kathy Caldwell/Shooting Victim; :44 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Page Webb/Shooting Victim; 1:31]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=in there until the day he dies.]

(( Ronald Gay was arrested within minutes. It's been the subject of much speculation and debate since... why a man named Gay killed a Gay man during a homophobic shooting spree at the Backstreet Cafe.
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[SOT 1:55:50]
[IN Q=He has a sense that Mr. Overstreet]

[RUNS09]
[OUT Q=he WAS the devil.]


When he pled guilty in May, Gay said he was on a mission from God to kill homosexuals.
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[SOT 1:56:35]
[IN Q=I think what he was trying]

[RUNS15]
[OUT Q=God's will is crazy.]
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[SOT 11:54:35 -Eller's outside fieldtape]
[IN Q=God has nothing]

[RUNS04]
[OUT Q=that's his excuse.]


The psychologist says Gay is clearly mentally ill, but that Gay knows what he did is illegal.
He had told police he'd been thinking all day about killing "fags." And yet, somehow the exact motive remains murky.
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[SOT -pre-pro captioned bite]
[IN Q=Sir, I have]

[RUNS12]
[OUT Q=actions I took.]


With that Judge Clifford Weckstein sentenced Gay to four consecutive life terms, making it highly unlikely he'd ever qualify for parole.
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[SOT 12:06:45]
[IN Q=I just don't feel]

[RUNS12]
[OUT Q=day he dies.]))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=Gay Sentencing]


Even if he qualified for geriatric release, Gay faces 15 years probation also imposed today.

[South-Boston]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]


A South Boston murder suspect has turned himself into police.
22 year old Lawrence Maurice Watson was wanted for first degree murder in the death of Kimberly Ann Martin.
Officers found her dead on her couch early Friday morning.
Police are still not saying how she died.
They're waiting for an autopsy report that could take several weeks.

[Eggleston]


[ANCHOR=SHannon]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Moneta woman faces involuntary manslaughter charges after a domestic dispute last week.
Police say Sandra Eggleston hit 56- year- old Jimmie English in the chest during an argument, knocking her to the ground.
An autopsy showed that blow caused English's heart to stop beating.
Eggleston remains free on bond.

[Meth-Lab]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-21 TC1:50:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Authorities say they've shut down a major meth lab in Halifax County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.; :10]


South Boston Police arrested Thomas Cole Junior Sunday after officers observed two suspicious vehicles on the side of Dan River Church Road.
Inside the car, police found weapons and ingredients used to make methamphetamines.
Sheriff's Deputies then raided Cole's home on Mountain Road in Halifax County and found what they believe is a meth lab.
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[SOT 16:29:26]
[IN Q=His organization is widespread]

((D.J OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF: HIS ORGANIZATION IS WIDESPREAD. IT COVERS SEVERAL STATES AND THATS PART OF THE REASON ITS TAKEN AS LONG AS IT HAS TO BRING IT TO THIS POINT AND TIME.))
[SUPER=01-D. J. Oakes/Halifax Co. Sheriff]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=this point and time]
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[VO-NAT]


Cole's been under investigation for more than five years.
The D-E-A has been called in to identify and dispose of the various chemicals used in the manufacturing process.
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[Street-Change]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#01-22 TC39:00]
[GRAPHIC=None]


If you've ever wondered what's in a name, just ask emergency crews in Danville.
They'll tell you it could one day mean the difference between life and death.
That's why the city wants to change some street names and numbers.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Justin/Danville Bureau]


Justin McLeod is in Downtown Danville tonight. Justin, what's the problem?
[Live=Justin Full/Danville Bureau]
[SUPER=@justin1;]
[SUPER=05-Danville;]


Keith, Danville has a Chatham Court, Chatham Drive, and a Chatham Avenue.
As you might imagine, that can sometimes lead to a lot of confusion for emergency crews.
But as we found out, the solution can also cause some confusion of its own.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Nat sound of fire engine]
[SUPER=01-Doug Young/Emergency Services Dept.; :12]
[SUPER=01-B. G. Lewis/Danville Fire Chief; :40]
[SUPER=01-Rachel Alston/Resident; 1:24]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=gave us a year, a year to do all of it]

((((NAT SOUND OF FIRE ENGINE LEAVING WITH SIRENS ON))
Every second counts in an emergency.
But seconds turns into minutes when emergency crews have trouble finding where they need to be.
[SOT 5:57:01]
[IN Q=Public safety is the main drive in this]

((DOUG YOUNG/EMERGENCY SERVICES DEPT: PUBLIC SAFETY IS THE MAIN DRIVE IN THIS PROJECT. GETTING THERE QUICKER, BEING MORE EFFICIENT IN THE CARE FOR THE PEOPLE THATS CALLING FOR HELP.)) [Runs10]
[OUT Q=thats calling for help]


The main problem is similar street names
For example, Danville has a Melrose Drive and a Melrose Ave.
Some streets are one with two different names. (Seminole and Forestdale)
Then there are the house numbers that are out of sequence.
On this road, house numbers go from 900's to 800's, back to the 900's.
[SOT 6:04:02]
[IN Q=Meanwhile, while we were]

((B.G. LEWIS/DANVILLE FIRE CHIEF: MEANWHILE, WHILE WE WERE LOOKING, COULDN'T FIND THE NUMBER THE PEOPLE RETURNED THE CALL TO THE 911 CENTER AND SAID THE FIRE TRUCK JUST PAST OUR HOUSE.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=past our house]

So about a year ago, the city began the process of changing street names. They contacted residents and held public hearings. But City officials quickly learned not everyone would give a name change the green light.
[SOT :00:07:07]
[IN Q=The city's plan involves]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE CITY'S PLAN INVOLVES MORE THAN CHANGING A STREET SIGN. IT ALSO CAN BE A MAJOR INCONVENIENCE FOR THE RESIDENTS. MAIL ADDRESSES HAVE TO BE CHANGED, NEW CHECKS HAVE TO BE PRINTED, AND IN SOME CASES NEW HOUSE NUMBERS HAVE TO BE PUT UP.)) [Runs14]
[OUT Q=to be put up]


The city understands the confusion and opposition.
To help ease it, the city allows residents to give input on what the new street name should be.
And the postal service will continue to deliver the mail to both addresses.
[SOT :00:05:12]
[IN Q=We had to change all our business]

((RACHEL ALSTON/RESIDENT: WE HAD TO CHANGE ALL OUR BUSINESS MAIL, NOTIFY DIFFERENT PEOPLE OF MAIL COMING IN AND GOING OUT. THEY GAVE US A YEAR, A YEAR TO DO ALL OF IT.)) [Runs10]
[OUT Q=to do all of it]))
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[Live=Justin Full/Danville Bureau]
[SUPER=05-Danville;]


The city right now is concentrating its efforts in the northern part of the city and then plan to work its way down.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Justin/Danville Bureau]


As for how long this may take Keith, city officials say it could be several years before all the changes are complete.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[SS=NONE]


Layoffs, plant closings, sagging earnings... Thousands of Southwest Virginia furniture workers are bearing the brunt of tough economic times.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


We'll begin our week-long look at the troubled industry next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


And we'll check out the view along Lynchburg's riverfront...
A view that could soon change in a big way.
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[SETUP-Furniture]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-29 TC42:25]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


It's all happened in the past 12 months.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


More than fifteen hundred furniture manufacturing employees in Southwest Virginia have lost their jobs.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Altavista]


The announcement that Lane Furniture will close its facilities in Rocky Mount and Altavista came late last month.
[SUPER=@file]


Last week, Stanley Furniture reported its sales were down almost 30 percent, and
Bassett Furniture says it expects second quarter sales to decline 15 to 18 percent.
The slowdown has also forced retailers like Heilig Meyers to reorganize and close dozens of stores.
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[Furniture]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=01-26 tc:54:07]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


But the news is not all bad.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Some funiture companies are turning the tables and still doing quite well.
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=Turning the Tables]


Business reporter Jennifer Miele takes a close look at the industry this week. Today she explains why some companies are sinking, while others are swimming.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=You might not think]
[SUPER=@jennifer1; :00]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :15]
[SUPER=01-Fred Lamb/Virginia Tech Wood Science; :52]
[SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/File Tape; 1:11]
[RUNS=2:07]
[OUT Q=JM News 7.]

(( ((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: YOU MIGHT NOT THINK OF FURNITURE MANUFACTURING AS HI-TECH, BUT AS YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE, THE COMPANIES WHO HAVE INVESTED IN THE LATEST EQUIPMENT ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE POSITIONED THEMSELVES TO COMPETE WITH FOREIGN MANUFACTURERS.)) [RUNS12]
Virginia Tech Wood Science professor Fred Lamb says he isn't picky about furniture, even if it's wood.
Lamb is like most Americans who pick much of their furniture out of a catalog.
Lamb says generic products like bedroom suites and kitchen tables can be made for roughly half the cost overseas... mainly because labor and wood there are so much cheaper.
But products like upholstered sofas are the kind of thing you custom order depending on what color you want or type of fabric.
So if you custom order from Southeast Asia you'll have to wait about three months, but if you custom order from a manufacturer in the US, you get the couch in about a week.
[SOT]

[TC:00:06:48] ((FRED LAMB: IN WOOD, AS ALL OTHER INDUSTRIES, THIS IS AN INTERNATIONALIZATION OF THE INDUSTRY, AND WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE WILL NOT DO AS WELL AS SOMEONE ELSE, SO YOU CONCENTRATE ON WHERE YOUR STRENGTHS ARE.))
[RUNS10]
Lamb compares the recent financial success of Rowe furniture and the demise of Lane to Pittsburgh steel manufacturing and the Detroit auto industry.
[SOT]

[tc:00:02:18] ((IMPORTS COMING IN FROM OVERSEAS ALONG WITH OLDER PLANTS WHERE THERE WAS NOT ANY INVESTING IN THE TECHNOLOGY.)) [BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT]

[VIDEO OF DETRIOT] [tc:00:02:46] ((WHEN THE IMPORTS STARTED COMING IN, THE FIRST REACTION WAS NOBODY IS GOING TO BUY THOSE. THAT CHANGED VERY QUICKLY TO HOW DO WE COMPETE?)) [RUNS15]
Lamb says that may be the question Lane Furniture for to ask. It's about to uproot from Altavista and Rocky Mount.
Much like Pittsburgh, Lane never reassessed its manufacturing lines or upgraded their facilities.
Compare that to Detroit, or in this case, Rowe, and you find both were more willing to invest and were prepared to compete with foreign competition. [STAND UP] ((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: FURNITURE EXPERTS ALSO ADMIT THAT A SLOWING ECONOMY HAS CONTRIBUTED TO AN INDUSTRY SLOWDOWN... FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN YOU'RE SHORT ON CASH YOU'RE MORE LIKELY TO PUT OFF BUYING A NEW SOFA. WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT FURNITURE RETAIL TOMORROW. JENNIFER MIELE, NEWS 7.)) [RUNS15] ))

[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Wall Street sank lower today as investors digested the latest earnings and profit warnings. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
[RUNS=:30]
[SUPER=x5000;]
[SUPER=440-y/152.23/10424.42/y/40.81/1988.56;]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


The DOW dropped 152 points.
NASDAQ fell 41.
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[Campbell-Wreck]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-24 TC1:09:16]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


State police are still looking for the driver involved in a hit- and- run crash.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-shot]


One person was injured in the Campbell County accident last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./Last Night]


This Suzuki Sidekick was stopped at a light on Timberlake Road when it was rear- ended by a Toyota pick up truck that witnesses say had been speeding.
The crash crumpled the rear of the Suzuki, injuring 22- year- old Brian Keith North of Forest.
The truck continued on and hit a telephone pole, snapping it in half.. the driver fled the scene.
North was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital.
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[Morris]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-25 TC1:26:01]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]

The Republican Party gained another contender for the House of Delegates today.
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[VO-NAT :20.5]
[SUPER=403-Giles Co.;]

Morgan Morris made stops in the newly formed 6th District to announce his candidacy to represent the area. Wytheville businessman Billy Ashworth is also seeking the G-O-P nomination. Morris, born in Danville but raised and living in Pulaski County, is a newcomer to politics. He has built a career in the telephone industry.
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[SOT 14:17:45]
[IN Q=I FEEL LIKE]

((MORGAN MORRIS/(R) 6TH DISTRICT HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE; I FEEL LIKE WITH MY INFLUENCE IN THIS INDUSTRY, WE CAN BRING GOOD PAYING JOBS TO THIS REGION.))
[SUPER=401-Morgan Morris/(R) House of Delegates Candidate;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=JOBS TO THIS REGION]
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[VO-NAT]

The new 6th District includes parts of Pulaski, Giles, Bland, Wythe and Tazewell Counties.
[SUPER=404-1999]

Democrat Benny Keister currently lives in the 7th District but says he will move into the 6th to run and represent his Pulaski County base.
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[Bluffwalk]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-23 TC1:11:14]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The man behind one of Lynchburg's biggest downtown revitalization projects says he's just about ready to move forward.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


For several years, Hal Craddock has been lining up investors and grant money to transform these riverfront warehouses into a nine- million dollar hotel and conference center.
The Bluffwalk Center would feature restaurants, office space and a microbrewery.. right next to the city's first luxury hotel.
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[SOT 9:50:09]
[IN Q=I've always felt]

((HAL CRADDOCK/ARCHITECT: I'VE ALWAYS FELT LYNCHBURG NEEDED AN ALTERNATIVE HOTEL EXPERIENCE TO THE FLAGGED, NATIONAL BRANDS, WHICH ARE ALL GOOD HOTELS. I THINK LYNCHBURG NEEDS A GREAT HOTEL AS WELL, SORT OF LIKE THE HOTEL ROANOKE OR THE JEFFERSON IN RICHMOND.. THIS IS ALL OF THAT ON A SMALLER SCALE.))
[SUPER=01-Hal Craddock/Bluffwalk Architect]
[RUNS=19]
[OUT Q=a smaller scale.]
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[VO-NAT]


Craddock says federal grant and loan money should be finalized within a month and renovations could start this fall.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]

Coming up tonight on the Big 7, Express goalie Dave Gagnon is calling it quits. Plus, we'll check on Commonwealth Games golf and
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[VO-NAT]

and play some video game with Michael Vick and his longtime friend former UVa star Ahmad Hawkins.
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[S-Gagnon]


[ANCHOR=mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-103 15:52]
[GRAPHIC=Express]

Roanoke Express goalie Dave Gagnon is retiring from the game. Gagnon, his wife Stephanie and four children are moving back home to Southern Ontario where Dave has taken a marketing job. Gags played six seasons with the Express.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="first audio]
[SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Retires from Hockey; :00]
[RUNS=:33]
[OUT Q=..pretty much done chasing the game around"]
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[S-Common]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-105 tc 26:23]
[GRAPHIC=commonwealth games]


Junior golfers hit the links today looking for gold.
The Commonwealth Games Tournament got underway at the Hanging Rock Golf Club.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


84 golfers are taking part in the two day event.
A whole new class of quality young players is on the scene as high school graduation has sent many golfers from our area into the college ranks.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=you're seeing]
[SUPER=01-Billy McBride/Hanging Rock Head Professional; :00]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=back into golf]
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
[GRAPHIC=hold]


The tournament wraps up tomorrow.

[S-Salem]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=sp-104 tc 17:05]
[GRAPHIC=Avalanche]


Salem takes a three game winning streak into tonight's game with Frederick.
The Avalanche is in second place in the Southern Division, trying to earn the wildcard entry into post season play.
It would be the first second season for Salem since 1988.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=it would be]
[SUPER=01-Dave Collins/Avalanche Manager;]
[RUNS=17]
[OUT Q=good things happen]
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[S-Room]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-102 34:25]
[GRAPHIC=Falcons]


Michael Vick is a millionaire living out a dream in the NFL. But with money and success comes intense pressure. Steve Mason says Mike has found at least one true friend at training camp to lean on.
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[SOT]
[IN Q="first audio]
[SUPER=03-Greenville, SC/Falcons Training Camp; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Falcons Top Draft Pick; :19]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :39]
[SUPER=01-Ahmad Hawkins/Falcons Rookie Defensive Back; :44]
[RUNS=2:06]
[OUT Q=News 7 sports"]
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((When Mike overthrows a reciever, forgets a snap count or makes a mistake on a read, he doesn't go to a fellow quarterback or his coach for positive reinforcement, That's former Virginia defensive back Ahmad Hawkins job. The two are joined at the hip in camp and the fact they were bitter college rivals is a thing of the past. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) ((:))
The football video games give Vick and Hawkins a break from play books and practice. Both are in their early 20's and the joking back and forth allows them the chance to act like kids in the grown up, high pressured business called the NFL. They're in different situations. Vick has a 7 year 62 million dollar contract while Ahmad is fighting to make the team. But Growing up together knocks down any berriers. ((:)) ((:))
Ahmad whipped Michael at Madden on this day, on the field, the odds are in Vick's favor thanks to not only talent but humility and hunger as well. ((:)) ((:)) sports.)) The Falcons must trim their roster to 65 August 28th and then cut it to 53 by September second. Steve Mason news 7