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The President of Washington and Lee succumbs to cancer.

We'll start with a live report from Lexington tonight
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And the judge figures former police officer Fred Pledge's shake-downs amounted to robbery. We'll outline details of the sentencing hearing.
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Tonight on the Big 7, the Vick banner auction is underway. The Express signs another player and makes history in the process.
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And Todd Bodine kicks the field in qualifying this afternoon at Pocono.
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The clouds will hang tough through the weekend dropping our temperatures...I'll have your forecast....
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News 7 is next.
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Washington and Lee University mourns the loss of its president, as friends and co-workers remember a man who oversaw great change at a school known for it's tradition.
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
Shannon Young is off tonight.

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The school's 22-nd president died early this morning.
John Elrod passed away after a three year battle with cancer.
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Richard Lesko is on the Lexington campus tonight with more.
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[Pledge]


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Former Roanoke police officer Fred Pledge was handcuffed in court this afternoon... led away to begin serving an eight year- sentence.
He admitted "crossing the line" by accepting bribes from drug dealers on the streets of Northwest Roanoke.
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(( Pledge portrayed himself as a "community police officer" who often tried to help young African men by sending them on their way rather than arresting them.
He also confiscated cash and drugs from suspects, anything from a "dime bag" to a kilo of coke.
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Attorney Lawrence also concedes Officer Pledge had a duty to turn it in.
The government called it extortion. The prosecutor said it amounted to robbery- -because of the threat of force from an armed officer... making the sentence much more severe.
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One of Pledge's spiritual counselors got up in court- -as Pledge was being led away- -objecting to his friend serving ANY time.
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The evangelist said we ALL have fallen short in the eyes of God.
The 30-year old former patrolman was nevertheless immediately taken into custody to begin serving a sentence of 97-months in prison.

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Former Tech punter Jimmy Kibble has already completed HIS jail time.
A judge in Manassas set Kibble free today, after he served one month for having consensual sexual contact with two high students where he coached.
The original sentence was six months, but attorneys agreed to time served, plus 500 hours of community service.

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A Henry County man faces a manslaughter charge after an physical argument proved fatal.
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The Sheriff's Department charged 38 year old David Lee Massey with voluntary manslaughter, for the death of 46 year old Jeffrey Ramsey.
Investigators say Ramsey died several days after an argument between the two at his home on July 7th.
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An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be internal injuries from blunt impacts to the lower chest and upper abdomen.

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Virginia Democrats say the new House and Senate Districts are "bizarre" and discriminatory.
Republicans say they're perfectly legal.
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The answer will be decided in Salem Circuit Court.
That's where Democrats filed the lawsuit accusing the Republican majority of gerrymandering.
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Attorneys for the Governor and legislators named in the lawsuit fought to move the case to Richmond.
But Judge Richard Pattisall denied their request, saying that "irreparable harm outweighs convenience."
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((FRANK FERGUSON/DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL: IT'S APPROPRIATE THERE BECAUSE THE LAW SAYS ITS PREFERRED THAT IT BE THERE AND THAT STATUTE IS IN THE CODE OF VIRGINIA AND THAT'S WHAT WE RELIED UPON. ))
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The judge also said that the Governor and Republican legislators COULD be named in the lawsuit... and that only the Attorney General was immune.
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It's the trickle-down slow-down.
Virginia's furniture companies are hurting and so are the Virginia companies that supply them.
We'll get to the bottom of that next on News 7 at Six.
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And a big addition to the big screen is underway in Southside.
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Call it a crash course in corporate life saving.
With Virginia's furniture-making business facing slowdowns and even shutdowns .. the companies that supply products or services to the furniture makers face their own challenges to remain healthy.
Business Reporter Jennifer Miele has been looking at the industry all week. Tonight, she tells us how Cooper Wood Products, despite some recent layoffs, is one supplier looking to "Turn the Tables" by heading in new directions.
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(( ((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: YESTERDAY WE SHOWED YOU THE ECONOMIC IMPACT THAT THE CLOSING OF LANE FURNITURE WILL HAVE ON ALTAVISTA -- BUT WHAT ABOUT THE EFFECT IT WILL HAVE ON COMPANIES THAT DEPEND ON LANE TO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS. AS YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE, COOPER WOOD PRODUCTS IS TURNING SOME TABLES OF ITS OWN.)) [RUNS15]
THIS is Cooper Wood Products... makers of wood components like doors, mirrors, and of course, furniture parts for bedroom and dining room suites.
The Franklin County manufacturer has a long list of customers, like Hooker, Bassett, and Kincaid.
President Mike Harman says Lane furniture is also on that list. When Lane closes, Cooper wood will lose a very important customer.
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[7:58:57] ((THE TREND IN THE INDUSTRY IS A GROWING NUMBER OF IMPORTS, PARTICULARLY FORM CHINA, THAT'S HAD AN IMPACT ON OUR INDUSTRY, PARTICULARLY THE CASE GOODS SIDE OF THE BUSINESS.)) [RUNS10]
Case goods -- that means wood products like dining room furniture and bedroom suites, the kind Cooper has turned out for customers like Lane. Chinese manufacturers are able to crank them out by the thousands for a fraction of the cost as those made in the US.
That's why Cooper is looking for other ways to survive in a business going through major changes.
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Customers like Bath and Body Works custom order... and Cooper Wood gives them exactly what they want, in half the time it would take a Chinese company to deliver. That speed can keep domestic manufacturers remain in business.
And Harman says for those furniture makers that CAN stay in business, the region's workforce has the skills and work ethic to help them prosper.
People like Kenny Young, who has worked for 25 years at Cooper.
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Harman says furniture manufacturing remains the backbone of Franklin County.
That's why Cooper Wood hopes the company, and its workers, can lay new framework for a long and successful future. Jennifer Miele News 7, Franklin Co.))

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A mixed end to the week on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW dropped 39-points.
NASDAQ gained seven.
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"I think we have enough gun laws."
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That was Mark Warner in the first debate for governor on July 14th.
Less than a week later, he told a Washington Post reporter he would sign a bill banning guns in recreation centers.

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((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: UNTIL THIS YEAR, HE WAS A CONVENTIONAL LIBERAL DEMOCRAT, IN FAVOR OF GUN CONTROL. HE'D NEVER INDICATED ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY. NOW THAT HE'S RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR, NOW THAT HE HAS TO RUN UP THE VOTE IN RURAL AREAS, THEN HE'S BECOMING MORE CONSERVATIVE. IT'S CALLED POLITICS. AND IT HAPPENS TO EVERY CANDIDATE, EVERY TIME THEY RUN FOR HIGH OFFICE.))
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Warner's seeming flip-flop on the gun issue follows by a few weeks a reversal by Republican Mark Earley on the issue of vouchers for private and religious schools.
Larry Sabato says both candidates are smart to get the position changes out of the way during the summer -- when fewer voters are paying attention.
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[Earley]


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Mark Earley made a stop in Roanoke today.
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He took a lunch break on Roanoke's City Market.
His visit comes on the heels of Roanoke County's bailout of Explore Park earlier this week.
The county gave the park 300-thousand dollars to fill the void left by the state budget impasse.
Earley thinks local governments and the state must continue to work together to maintain the park.
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Earley said Explore Park will continue to be an important tourism draw in this part of Virginia.
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What's been rumored for months became official today.
Danville is getting a new state of the art movie theater.
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Georgia Theatre Company plans to build a 14-screen stadium movie theater.
The facility will be located on Highway 58 between the Big-K and the Robertson Street Bridge.
The company hopes to begin construction this September and finish by Spring 2002.
Right now, Danville has just three movie theaters, the largest offers four screens.
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, qualifying results from Pocono, plus an update on the Vick auction and
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we'll get caught up with former UVa star Patrick Kerney - who is trying to hang on to his starting job this season with the Falcons.
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The Cup cars are in the Pocono Mountains this weekend for the Pennsylvania 500.
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Qualifying was on tap this afternoon. Rick Mast showed up today to drive the Eel River Racing Duke's Mayonnaise machine. Mast's normal team was skipping this race, so Rick jumped in the car and just barely got it in the race. Here's the starting grid.
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Andy Hillenburg and Carl Long failed to qualify.

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The two one of a kind 6 foot by 8 foot banners that are personally autographed by Michael Vick went up for auction on Ebay
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today. The proceeds from the sale of the banners which will remain on the auction block until August 6th will benefit the university's general scholarship fund. The bids for the banners are already in the $600 range after just a few hours on line. You can check them out searching for Michael Vick banners at ebay.
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Mike Vick isn't the only first round pick from a state school in the Falcons camp. 1998 UVa grad Patrick Kerney is trying to prove that he too belongs. Steve Mason has more.
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((When it comes to the Falcons defensive lineman, Patrick Kerney is always first. First in sprints, the first one to the next drill and usually the first one to execute a rushing technique correctly. But he has hardly forgotten his team's 4 and 12 season where his defense finished last in the NFC. ((:)) Kerney enters this season at his biggest, nearly 280 pounds. New defensive coordinator Don Blackmon, head coach Dan Reeves Ray Buchanan, the Falcons top defensive player all support and encourage Atlanta's 1999 first round draft pick. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:))
The heat from the media started early in training camp as Atlanta radio stations asked Kerney how he was going to find more sacks this year. Kerney knows this season will be different because he has changed. ((:)) Kerney did register a career best 81 tackles last season. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))

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Not surprisingly, Bridgewater has been picked to win the ODAC football title this year. The coaches got together today picked the Eagles first with Emory & Henry second, Hampden-Sydney 5th and W & L 6th. Bridgewater is in all of the preseason national top 25 polls.

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Roanoke Express head coach Perry Florio announced the team has signed its first ever Eskimo. Today the team inked center/right wing Terence Tootoo. The five foot eight, 185 pound Tootoo is from the Arctic Coast of Hudson Bay in Northern Canada. He played in the Maniime tracking him down this summer because he was on a whaling trip with his dad. toba junior hockey league last season where he accumulated 174 penalty minutes in 51 games. Coach Florio had a tought t