Coming up on News 7--
More strain on U-S-- China relations.
Two U-S based students are convicted of spying in China.
And fire breaks out just outside a Danville bank branch.
Stay tuned-- News 7 at noon is next.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell is in Japan, but he has CHINA on his mind.
Powell is expected to ask the Chinese why they convicted two U-S based scholars of spying.
Officials say the U-S is angry about the guilty verdict and 10- year sentence for one Chinese student.
Barry Petersen has more.
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[SUPER=01-Colin Powell/U. S. Secretary of State; :09]
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[OUT Q=Peters0n, CBS News, Tokyo.]
(Powell walking in)
The trial of Gao Zhan (Gow John) has become an important focus for
Secretary of State Colin Powell, stopping in Japan on his first official
OUR COMMITMENT TO HUMAN RIGHTS IS SOLID AND FIRM AND WILL NOT BE PUT AT
THE EXPENSE OF ECONOMIC INTERESTS OR SECURITY INTERESTS.
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Gao is the second academic tried for espionage this month. She is a
researcher at the American University in Washington, DCTERMS.
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A week and a half ago... a one-day trial convicted American Li
Shaomin...he will be deported.
There is also concern about China's continued crackdown against the
religious movement Falun Gong...hundreds of followers have allegedly
been killed...others beaten or tortured.
(Powell news conf)
To Powell...these are not the actions of civilized state.
THERE ARE EXPECTATIONS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY THAT PEOPLE WILL
BE ALLOWED TO LIVE IN PEACE AND FREEDOM IF YOUR NATION WANTS TO BE A
PART OF AN OVERALL INTERNATIONAL ORDER, COMMITTED TO PEACE AND FREEDOM
AND DEMOCRACY AND THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS.
(STANDUP) POWELL ARRIVES IN BEIJING THIS WEEKEND AND IS PROMISING TO
DELIVER AN EARFUL TO TOP OFFICIALS THERE ON THE ISSUE OF GAO ZHAN'S
TRIAL, ON THE BIGGER ISSUE OF HUMAN RIGHTS..AND ON THE BOTTOM LINE ISSUE
OF HOW CHINA MUST CHANGE ITS WAYS. BP, CBS NEWS, TOKYO
President Bush had lunch with U-S troops in Kosovo today.
He told them he hopes to get them back home soon.
Richard Roth reports.
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The President's here for his first on-scene briefing on how US and Nato
policies' being played out in the Balkans, and to thank the Americfan
troops serving here who implement it.
He told some of the 5400 american GIs stationed in Kosovo that America's
role here is essential politiclaly and militarily and that the US will
stand with its NATO allies when decisions are made about troops in the
EACH AND EVERY DAY YOUR WORK IS IMPORTANT TO THE WORK IN THE REGION AND
TO THE PEACE THAT NATO IS COMMITTED TO BUILDING HERE.. AMERICAN ALLIED
FORCES CAME INTO BOSNIA AND KOSOVO, WE CAME IN TOGETHER AND WE WILL
Earlier Mr. Bush was briefed on what's become a crucial role for
American troops - trying to stop the flow of men and weapons. through
Kosovo, to neighboring macedonia, where a ceasefire brokered by nato
threatens to unravel.
Tetovo, Macedonia, yesterday
Just yesterday ethnic insurgents battled Macedonian government forces
in what the white house says wass the worst fighting since the ceasefire
was agreed to earlier this month.. The White House says cutting off
supply lines that fuel this fighting is now the biggest challenge facing
It's part of the new burden of the Balkans that the White House had not
anticipated, and the ticket out of here depends on more than just the
Embattled Lucent Technologies is cutting up to 20-thousand more jobs as it attempts to find a way toward
The announcement comes as the communications equipment maker reports a quarterly loss of three and a-quarter BILLION dollars.
Lucent has already cut its work force by 19-thousand jobs since January.
With the latest announced job cuts, Lucent will have targeted a-third of its workforce for elimination this year.
Meanwhile, no change in the news regarding the nation's economy.
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is testifying before a Senate Banking Committee today.
Greenspan is once again indicating there could be another cut in interest rates.
Wall Street is listening closely to Greenspan's comments in hopes of gaining some insight into how the Fed views
Police in Roanoke are looking for the driver responsible for hitting a child with a car.
Police say a ten year old boy was hit on Day Avenue around five thirty yesterday.
But the driver did not stop.
Police are searching for a small brown or gold colored car.
The child was taken to a Roanoke hospital but a police spokesperson did NOT know the boy's name or condition.
Connecticut inmates at Wallens Ridge State Prison are moving to another Virginia prison.
The prisoners will be moving to the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarrett, joining the 350 Connecticut inmates already there.
The Connecticut Department of Correction says having its inmates at one prison will save the state money, and make it easier for relatives to visit inmates in a group.
Connecticut inmates have been housed at Wallens Ridge since it opened two years ago.
A close call for a bank in downtown Danville this morning.
A fire broke out just after ten A-M in the bushes at the Branch Banking and Trust Company on Main Street.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire before it reached a nearby ATM machine.
Firefighters believe a cigarette butt could have ignited the fire, since conditions are very dry in the area.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon - Money is flowing toward improving Lynchburg's Riverfront.
And Nelson Mandela is diagnosed with prostate cancer. We'll have more on these stories after the break.
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Former South African President Nelson Mandela is diagnosed with prostate cancer.
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But Mandela's foundation says the disease is NOT life- threatening.
You see him here singing and dancing with children last weekend, as he celebrated his 83rd birthday.
Officials say the Nobel Peace Prize winner will undergo seven weeks of therapy to treat the microscopic cancer found in his prostate.
But Mandela won't require chemotherapy or surgery.
Officials say Mandela plans to keep up his normal, active schedule.
Virginia Tech is hosting a group of high school students from a Texas charter school this week.
The program, funded by university grants, allows minority juniors and seniors to experience courses on a collegiate level.
Eight teens who attend the Yes, College Prep in Houston are spending 10-days at Tech learning various science disciplines.
Today they are in the chemistry lab conducting experiments.
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((MELANIE SINGLETON/PROGRAM PARTICIPANT; WERE DOING LIKE SECOND YEAR COLLEGE STUFF AND ITS A REALLY GOOD EXPERIENCE BECAUSE NOW I FEEL LIKE I'M WELL EQUIPPED TO PERFORM WELL IN A COLLEGE ENVIRONMENT.
KAY CASTAGNOLI/VIRGINIA TECH RESEARCH ASSOCIATE; THESE STUDENTS ARE REALLY THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE CREATIVE WHO ARE THINKING WHO ARE ACHIEVERS FUNDAMENTALLY THEIR ACHIEVERS AND THEY'LL GO FORWARD.))
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[SUPER=01-Kay Castignoli/Virginia Tech Researcher;]
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Upcoming studies include geology, veterinarian medicine and philosophy.
Virginia Tech is among a number of schools across the nation hosting educational enhancement programs for minority students.
Emergency crews in Danville probably feel like they have been down this road before.
That's because too many streets in the city have similar names.
So the city wants to do some re-naming to end the confusion.
Danville Bureau Chief Justin McLeod has more.
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Every second counts in an emergency.
But sometimes seconds turns into minutes when emergency crews have trouble finding where they need to be.
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((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.))
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The problem mainly deals with street names that are similar.
For example, Danville has a Melrose Drive, a Melrose Place, and a Melrose Street.
Some streets are one with two different names. (Seminole and Forestdale)
Then there's the house numbers that are out of sequence.
On this road, house numbers go from the 800's to 900's, back to 800's.
[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.))
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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 the name change the green light.
[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 INCONVIENCE 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.))
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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 called.
And the postal service will continue to deliver the mail to both addresses.
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((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.))
[OUT Q=to do all of it]
And it could take longer, even years for the city to pave the way for all the name changes.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Danville.))
It's taken years of planning, but a businessman in Lynchburg is about to bring some big changes to the riverfront area.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( Hal Craddock likes being first.
Five years ago, Craddock took a chance on converting an old brewery into office space along the Lynchburg riverfront.. today it's packed with tenants and looking to expand.
Now Craddock has his sights set on two old warehouses across the street.
((THE BUILDING ON TOP OF THE HILL IS WHERE WE'LL HAVE THE 29- ROOM HOTEL.))
The buildings will form the basis of the Bluffwalk Center.. a nine million dollar project that calls for a conference center, restaurants and microbrewery.
What's now a weed-choked driveway strewn with debris will be the entrance to the city's first luxury hotel.
When it's completed, Craddock figures the Bluffwalk will become the centerpiece of a revitalized riverfront.
((CRADDOCK: SWE ARE BEGINNING TO BUILD QUALITY THINGS DOWNTOWN.. THE RESTAURANTS THAT ARE OPENING UP, I JUST THINK IT'S A DIFFERENT ATMOSPHERE. I'M GETTING A LOT MORE INQUIRIES FROM DEVELOPERS WHO REALLY WANT TO DO THINGS IN LYNCHBURG.))
[OUT Q=in Lynchburg.]
Craddock already has about 21 believers of his own who are anteing up at least 75- thousand apiece to get the project started.
With another four million in federal grants and loans headed his way, Craddock says it's time to start moving.
((CRADDOCK: AND LIKE I SAID,W EHAVE THE MONEY WE NEED, WE WANT TO SELL THE REST OF THE INVESTMENTS, SO ALL OF YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT HAVE BEEN WAITING, IT'S TIME TO JUMP ON BOARD. BUT IT'S REALLY LOOKING GREAT.))
[OUT Q=looking great.]
Once the financing is complete, work on the Bluffwalk project should get underway this fall.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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Coming up - A meteor shower lit up the sky over the northeast last night
And Mount Etna is spewing up problems for local residents. We'll have details right after the break.
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Hundreds of residents may have to flee their homes soon after more eruptions around Italy's Mount Etna.
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Etna is Europe's largest active volcano.
It's been spewing lava for nearly two weeks, and civil defense officials say the eruptions are getting worse.
They say they don't know how much longer the man- made embankments can contain the lava flow.
The volcano is threatening the livelihood and the future of nearby residents.
Tourism has also fallen off, and crops have been damaged.
Mount Etna's last major eruption was in 19-92.
A streak of light was visible from Virginia to New York last night.
A spokesman for the U-S Naval Observatory says the light was probably a natural phenomenon known as a fireball, where the Earth collides with a space rock.
There are reports of meteor showers from all over the Northeast.
Some Pennsylvania residents were eager to share what they saw.
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((I SAW DIFFERENT LIGHTS, LIKE WHITE BLUE GREEN THEN A BIG COMET
KIND OF THING WITH A BIG TAIL COMING DOWN TOWARD THE SUN. ))
[OUT Q=what's going on.]
The sightings prompted a flurry of calls to emergency centers throughout the region.
[WXPRO/FULL] ROANOKE STATS
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOWN was down 100 points.
Nasdaq has dropped 13.
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Coming up in Sports -
The Avs try to make it a clean sweep -
And a former Virgina Tech football star is inspired by his recovery from alcoholism. We'll have details after the break.
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Salem tried to sweep its series with Frederick last night.
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Fans got a chance to test their arm strength and check out their velocity at the Oscar Meyer interactive booth.
Salem would test the Keys in the first inning, as John Lindsey rips this one off the wall in left field.
Choo Freeman will score on the play and it's 1-to-nothing Salem.
Frederick would answer that with Mason Tucker smacking one right up the middle.
Michael Diaz will skate home, and the game is all knotted up in the third.
Salem scored five more times as Seth Taylor's bloop to center drives in Dan Phillips.
But Frederick gets 10 runs to knock Salem down a notch.
The final - Frederick 10 and Salem 6.
Salem is home tonight before hitting the road for 8 straight days.
In the major leagues yesterday -
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The Baltimore Orioles got "play ball" at Camden Yards for the third straight day.
The red hot Angels were the guests of the Orioles.
They certainly made themselves at home as Troy Glaus hits a towering, bases- loaded double into the right field corner.
Three runs come home.
The Angels get an easy win, beating Baltimore 9-to-4. Anaheim, has won 7 of its last 8.
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In the Twin Cities, the Twins took on the Mariners as Seattle looked to complete a four- game sweep.
Ichiro Suzuki get the eventual game- winning hit in Seattle's 3-to-2 win over the Twins.
He bounces one up the middle and plates Carlos Guillen in the 5th.
The Twins did keep it close, though.
Watch the play in center field, as Tory Hunter chases down Bret Boone's blast and makes the grab.
The M's win it 3-to-2.
A former Virginia Tech football player says he's found a unique way to deal with his alcoholism.
Tommy Edwards says a canvas and a paint brush are helping to restore his world.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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(([vids of Radford football]
He had a life many young men only dream of having.
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Tommy Edwards was an All American football star at Radford High School. He went on to become a tail back for Virginia Tech and broke a scoring record his freshman year. But all those triumphs didn't bring him happiness.
((TOMMY EDWARDS: WHEN I WAS AT TECH I BECAME SUICIDAL AND WAS JUST EXTREMELY DOWN.))
[BUTT, BUTT, BUTT]
((TOMMY EDWARDS: I SPENT THE MAJORITY OF MY WAKING HOURS EITHER AT THE BAR OR ASLEEP LOCKED IN MY BEDROOM.))
Alcohol was taking over his life.
Behind the lights, cameras, and screaming fans on the football field his coaches tried to mask his depression and drinking problem.
((TOMMY EDWARDS: THE COACHING STAFF WAS SENDING ME TO DOCTORS AND THOSE DOCTORS WITHOUT EVEN ASKING ANY QUESTIONS WOULD PRESCRIBE ME ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND SLEEPING PILLS AND THAT IN ITSELF ABOUT DID ME IN.))
The only answer Edwards saw to escape his problems was to leave college and his fledging football career.
((TOMMY EDWARDS: EVERY TIME I TURNED AROUND PEOPLE TOLD ME MY DECISIONS WERE WRONG AND THAT I WAS A FOUL FOR GIVING UP THE CHANCE TO MAKE MILLIONS.))
[ground shot of him with camera turning toward painting]
He turned to Alcoholics Anonymous but after two years he felt he needed a different kind of therapy.
((TOMMY EDWARDS: I ALWAYS HAD TROUBLE COMMUNICATING WITH PEOPLE AND REALLY TRYING TO GET MY VOICE OUT SO I DREW AND PAINTED.))
The colors and images that went onto the canvas helped him during times of insomnia.
((TOMMY EDWARDS: IN THE PERIODS OF TIME WHEN I FELT SO DISCOMBOBULATED AND DISJOINTED I FELT LIKE I WAS GOING TO PULL MY HAIR OUT I'D GRAB A PAINT BRUSH AND PAINT ON A CANVAS AND GO AT IT.))
While expressing his feelings through art helped him start a sober life...
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((TOMMY EDWARDS: THE TREE HERE REPRESENTS THE HUMAN SOUL.))
he now sees a brighter future off the football field knowing every day he is recovering from a disease that almost took his life. Kate Weidaw News7 Floyd.))
Tommy Edwards' art work is on display and up for sale at the Presidio Art Gallery in Floyd through August 12-th.
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