K-B is all set to make work that fell through for e-toys.
A visit to toyland tops NEWS 7 at Six.
And what if fat lipo-suctioned out of our own bodies was just as valuable as embryonic stem cells? Some serious research going on at U-V-a.
Tonight on the Big 7, Bruce Smith is injured in training camp.
Lee Suggs is primed for his debut on the world wide web.
And Cave Spring's Ben Foutz bounces back on the field in more ways that one today.
Each day this week, it got a little hotter. The bank thermometers around the region had a field day. But the trend looks more comfortable. We will check that out in weather coming up.
News 7 is next.
An early Christmas present for Southside.
Hundreds of jobs are on their way, thanks to a toy retailer.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm KEtih Humphry.
It's official, KB toys will take over the old e-toys distribution center in Blairs.
Today's announcement means nearly two hundred full-time jobs and several hundred temporary ones.
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As Jennifer Miele reports its good news for an economy that's recently seen a lot of bad news.
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(( E-toys brought so much promise to Southside.
Just ask Lynn Williams.
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((LYNN: IT WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL PLACE TO WORK. I CRIED WHEN I FOUND OUT THEY WEREN'T GOING TO MAKE IT.))
E-toys officially closed its Blairs facility on Friday.
And Lynn is already back on the job.
This time for K-B.
County leaders say it was a smart move.
After all, employees are already trained and state-of-the art equipment is already in place.
It also helps when you have money to play with.
The state gave K-B a 250-thousand dollar state grant...money made possible from the tobacco settelment.
((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING:KB ISN'T PLAYING AROUND WITH THIS PLACE, IN FACT THEY WANT TO START SHIPPING NEXT MONTH, AND MOVE FIVE MILLION TOYS OUT THE DOOR BY DECEMBER. TO DO THAT, THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO HIRE. THERE WILL BE A JOB FAIR HERE NEXT WENDESDAY AND THURSDAY ALL DAY.))
((LYNN WILLIAMS: WE LEARNED A LOT THROUGH E-TOYS. AND WE'RE GETTINGA SECOND CHANCE. WE'RE DETERMINED TO MAKE IT WORK.))
K-B will hire nearly a thousand temporary workers during the busy Christmas season.
((MICHAEL WAGNER:WE'LL HAVE HOURLY ASSOCIATES, WE'LL ALSO HAVE A LOT OF COMPUTER AND TECH PEOPLE DOWN HERE, SO IT'S A WIDE GAMIT OF JOBS.))
And by the new year, nearly all internet orders will be shipped from Blairs.
For employees like Lynn, all that work is ALL play.
Jennifer Miele, News 7, Pittsylvania County.))
A Pulaski County man went fishing and drowned today.
Authorities pulled the body of Kenneth Akers Junior out of the New River around 11:30 this morning.
He'd been fishing near Byllesby (Bills-bee) Dam in Carroll County.
The dam had to be shut down to lower the water level so the body could be recovered.
It took divers took a couple of hours to find the victim.
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((BEN HODGE/VICTIM'S GREAT UNCLE; HE COME DOWN HERE AND FISHED SEVERAL TIMES BUT AS FAR AS I KNOW THE BOY COULDN'T SWIM. ))
((GLEN HYATT/TWIN CO. DIVING TEAM; JUST LOOKING AT IT FROM THE EDGE IT DOESN'T LOOK THAT DEEP BUT THERE ARE ROCK LEDGES ALL ALONG THROUGH THERE AND AS YOU WALK OUT YOU'LL STEP IN A HOLE WAY OVER YOUR HEAD, WE WENT IN AS FAR AS 10-12 FEET.))
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[OUT Q=WE WENT IN AS FAR AS 10-12 FEET.]
The 20-year old drowning victim was married, had two children with another on the way.
Authorities arrested the victim's father at the scene for threatening and disorderly behavior.
All that we've heard of about what happened on July 10th in Roanoke seems to say it was a drug deal that escalated into robbery and homicide.
But the man who survived a pistol whipping and the murder of his best friend near the Z-Mart in Roanoke last month says it was not what it appears...
despite Ben Chastang's conviction in Salem today on a second offense of marijuana possession.
The prosecutor in the murder case has said there's direct evidence cocaine was involved.
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In the latest pot possession case, Salem Prosecutor Fred King said Ben Chastang signed for marijuana mailed to his home last year from Montana. Chastang pled guilty without admitting he committed a crime. Under the plea agreement he'll do his time on weekends.
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[IN Q=The next 5 weekends]
((THE NEXT FIVE WEEKENDS WOULD BE BETTER THAN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING. You don't want to talk about how you would up with a pound of pot at your house? NOT AT ALL. You're not a drug dealer? NO, SIR.))
[OUT Q=dealer? No, Sir.]
Chastang turns 20 Sunday. He won't have to begin serving his time until NEXT weekend... a total of 10 days in jail and a 25-hundred dollar fine.
President Bush takes to the airwaves tonight to announce his long-awaited position on federal funding for stem cell research on human embryos.
CBS News is reporting the president will allow "some federal funding for some kinds of embryonic stem cell research."
It's one of the thorniest ethical debates in America today.
But while a Norfolk clinic draws fire for its embryo research ... one doctor at the University of Virginia says he has an avenue of research we can all live with.
Or in this case without.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Charlottesville.]
(( Human fat.
America truly is the land of plenty.
Imagine a world where our least desirable qualities could be converted into stem cells that prevent disease and save lives.
Dr. Adam Katz has.
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((DR. ADAM KATZ/U.VA. RESEARCHER: WITH OBESITY AND OVERWEIGHT THE EPIDEMIC PROBLEM THAT IT IS TODAY IN OUR COUNTRY, AND EVEN GLOBALLY, I MEAN IT'S TRULY A POTENTIAL RESOURCE THAT IS AKIN TO OIL OR SAND.))
Katz has only been at the University of Virginia for a few weeks -- but hopes to have a full-fledged stem cell research clinic up and running within the year, doing leading edge research, fueled by a non-controversial, abundant source: fat liposuctioned off our own bodies ...for the good of science, of course.
It's a heavy concept.
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((DR. ADAM KATZ/U.VA. RESEARCHER: WE GET LOTS OF JOKES AND LOTS OF VOLUNTEERS. AND TO ME THAT'S, I LIKE THE JOKING... WHY THIS IS APPEALING TO THE INDIVIDUAL PERSON AND THE PATIENT.))
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Cosmetic benefits aside, stem cells from fat have only been found in petri dishes -- so human success stories are a long way off.
And Katz thinks all avenues of research should be pursued.
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((DR. ADAM KATZ/U.VA. RESEARCHER: WHILE I FEEL AND WORK WITH FAT CELLS, AND THINK THAT FAT MAY BE A VERY APPEALING SOURCE OF CELLS FOR MULTIPLE REASONS, THEY CERTAINLY HAVEN'T BEEN PROVEN TO BE THE BEST CELL, OR THE ONLY CELL THAT SHOULD BE USED.))
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But if works, the question may NOT have to be when does human life begin... but when's swimsuit season?
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Charlottesville.))
So-called "Stealth cruisers" are coming to a highway near you.
We'll explain when News 7 at Six returns.
Fifty-six years ago today, an atomic bomb devestated Nagasaki Japan.
Next on News 7, meet a local veteran who was one of the first Americans to enter the city.
Fifty six years ago today, a U-S plane dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.
Thousands observed the anniversary today in Nagasaki's Peace Park, but it also stirred memories here in the Roanoke Valley.
This morning, Joe Dashiell spoke with Bob Sams, a World War II veteran who was aboard the first ship to visit Nagasaki following the attack.
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[IN Q=And when we first heard]
((AND WHEN WE FIRST HEARD OF THIS BOMB, WE JUST THOUGHT IT WAS A LARGE CONVENTIONAL BOMB.))
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Bob Sams soon discovered it wasn't a conventional bomb, when his ship delivered occupation troops to Nagasaki.
The so-called "Fat Man" bomb killed as many as 70- thousand people... three days after the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
Sams and his shipmates weren't prepared for the devastation they found there.
[IN Q=It was unbelievable]
((IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE THAT YOU COULD SEE AS FAR AS YOU COULD SEE FOR A MILE, NOTHING. THE FOOTERS OF BUILDING, TREES BURNED AND STRUCTURES OF STEEL, BURNED LIKE A MATCHSTICK.))
[OUT Q=burned like a matchstick.]
Just out of high school Sams was 17 when he enlisted. He was a gunner aboard the USS Cambria, a Navy ship with a Coast Guard crew.
By the time he arrived in Nagasaki he had participated in seven invasions... and today, he remains convinced the atomic bomb saved his life.
[IN Q=There's no question.]
((THERE'S NO QUESTION. I DON'T HAVE ANY DOUBTS THAT HARRY TRUMAN MADE THE RIGHT DECISION.))
[OUT Q=made the right decision.]
Today Sams has skin problems that may be related to radiation exposure... but he feels fortunate to have served in the Pacific during World War II and fortunate to have survived.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))
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State police are adding another weapon to patrol Virginia's highways.
It's a new marked car known as a "slick top'' because it has no easy-to-spot emergency lights or antennae.
It still bears the familiar State Police markings on its sides, but the cruiser's flashing lights are hidden in the side mirrors and inside the passenger compartment.
Slick Tops are already are in service along Interstate 81 in Staunton and Wytheville.
A fire in New Castle heavily damaged one house.
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Firefighters arrived at this home on Penn Avenue shortly before eleven this morning.
Flames were confined to just one room, but smoke and heat damage made the house a total loss.
No one was home at the time of the blaze.
Fire officials say the blaze may have started from an electrical short.
Wall Street bounced back from some early morning losses.
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The DOW ended up gaining five points.
NASDAQ fell three.
Call it the mid-summer Fall Classic.
Hundreds of the best young baseball players from around the South will be in central Virginia for the Dixie World Series next week.
Steve Smallshaw takes us out to the ballparks.
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(( Starting Sunday, central Virginia becomes the center of the Dixie World Series universe.
For the first time in 41 years, twenty four teams from Texas to Virginia will determine their champion right here in the Old Dominion.
((THE INFIELDS ARE GRASSED AND WE SOWED THEM LAST FALL..))
The games will be played on fields in Bedford and Madison Heights, where volunteers have spent the past 15 months replacing grass, rebuilding mounds and putting up fences.
Neither locality could host an event like this on their own.. together, they've stepped up to the plate.
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((This will be the first time ever two separate localities have hosted the Dixie World Series, and officials will be watching closely to see just how well Amherst and Bedford do. Their performance could very well determine whether the World Series returns to central Virginia in the future.))
[OUT Q=in the future.]
((RONNIE ADAMS/MADISON HEIGHTS YOUTH BASEBALL: THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS THAT'S HAPPENED IN AMHERST COUNTY IN A LONG TIME. OF COURSE, NELSON COUNTY WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH JUST THE OTHER WEEK WITH CAMP JEEP WHICH BROUGHT A LOT, BUT WE'RE GOING TO BRING A LOT OF PEOPLE TO THE AREA.))
[OUT Q=to the area.]
People who will stay in local hotels, eat in local restaurants and visit local attractions.
It's costing the host teams about a hundred thousand dollars each to put this event on.. they figure it's money well- spent.
((ANDY DOOLEY/BEDFORD PARKS & REC: WITH WHAT WE TAKE IN FROM THE SALE OF SOUVENIRS, THE ADMISSION TO GET INTO THE PARK AND OUR CONCESSIONS WILL BASICALLY BE PROFIT FOR US.))
[OUT Q=profit for us.]
The first pitch comes Monday night.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports, both of the Redskins' starting defensive ends are hurt in practice today.
Ben Foutz bounces back on the Cave Spring sideline this morning.
And Lee Suggs took it to the house last season, now he's coming to a computer in your house.
Details are straight ahead.
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The Washington Redskins, who got rid of most of their quality depth in the off-season may start paying the piper this weekend when they open the preseason against Kansas City.
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In this morning's practice in Carlisle, Pennsylvania Bruce Smith collided with 318 pound offensive guard Mookie Moore.
The two staggered briefly before Bruce walked away with his right shoulder in pain.
The initial exam shows there are no broken bones and no sign of a separation. An MRI exam is possible in a day or so when the swelling goes down.
Moments later fellow defensive end Marco Coleman also was hurt re-injuring his back.
Leadership begins at the top, And Cave Spring head coach Ben Foutz is a prime example.
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[OUT Q=.....our speed."]
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24 hours after having emergency surgery to remove a bulging disk from his back, Foutz was back on the sideline leading the Knights afternoon practice.
There was some concern from his wife, But the doctors gave Foutz the O-K to return to practice and other than a little limp he seemed to be fine.
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Foutz has 60 players in uniform and 22 of those are Seniors. Defense is a major focal point during the pre season but Foutz and his staff are also keying in on the fundamentals.
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Tech's Lee Suggs led the nation in scoring last season, and this year he may lead the world wide web in visits.
Steve Mason has the latest on one of Roanoke's favorite son.
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((Coming soon to a computer near you.....Lee Suggs like you've never seen him before.
((NAT SOUND-BILL ROTH))
The Lee Suggs web page will be released in a couple of days. Fans can log on and surf Sugg's stats, his profile, and download news stories, including a pair from your hometown station that highlight Lee's accomplishments on and off the field.
Virginia Tech is obviously pushing Suggs in the Heisman race. Lee matches all of the hype with his trademark humility.
Suggs increasing production last season prompted Tech sports information assistant director Bryan Johnston and Tech computer programmer Damian Salas to begin work on a The web site long before Vick announced he was leaving for the NFL. Michael's webpage was popular with women. One female even sent Vick pictures of her in lingerie, Tech officials quickly discarded them. Lee might have to deal with a humorous situation just like that.
The website will be unveiled this Saturday, August 11th a day that was strategically chosen by Virginia Tech.))
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Again, the page launches on Saturday and you can link directly to it by going to WDBJ7.com and clicking on the web watch icon.