Coming up on News 7--
Conclusive information on what exactly killed Dale Earnhardt.
A Florida newspaper reports the the results of NASCAR's investigation into the fatal crash.
And those in the political and scientific worlds weigh in on President Bush's decision on stem cell research.
The heatwave is slowly coming to an end as a cold front heads our way...I'll have your weekend forecast....
Stay with us-- News 7 at noon is next.
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A source close to the investigation says NASCAR was wrong to blame a broken seat belt for the death of Dale Earnhardt.
A Florida newspaper says NASCAR's investigation of Dale Earnhardt's fatal wreck shows that it was not a broken seat belt that killed him.
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The Orlando Sentinel says the report concludes Earnhardt died of a sudden head whip, when his car hit the wall on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in February.
That would confirm the findings of the court- appointed expert who reviewed the autopsy findings.
NASCAR president Mike Helton and chairman Bill France, Junior have declined to comment to the Sentinel.
The racing organization's report will be released August 21st in Atlanta.
The Sentinel says the NASCAR report has claimed Winston Cup cars are NOT safe enough in crashes.
It found race cars don't have enough crush resistance in the front ends to adequately
protect drivers on impact.
The Pentagon says U-S and British warplanes have safely returned following today's large- scale air strike against Iraq.
About 20 allied planes, along with 30 support aircraft bombed three sites in southern Iraq.
The action was in response to increased efforts by Iraqi air defenses to shot down allied pilots.
It was the largest allied strike against Iraq since February.
Victims of a suicide bombing are laid to rest in Israel.
One of them, a pregnant woman from New Jersey.
Meanwhile, Israel is seeking revenge for yesterday's bombing inside the crowded restaurant.
Kimberly Dozier reports.
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Narr: It's normally Jerusalem's day of prayer.. it became a day of
funerals for the victims of a suicide bomber.
This one is for 15-year-old Michal Raziel;.
In another, a family of five was buried - in another, a young American
woman a teacher , six months pregnant.
sot : Alan Hayman/Father of victim.
Fifteen Israelis died, when a Palestinian militant walked into this
crowded pizza restaurant Thursday during the lunch time rush.
Israel retaliated just hours later - hitting this Palestinian security
post in the West Bank. They also took over Orient house -- Yasser
Arafat's main offices in Jerusalem - planting the Israeli flag to show
the Palestinians how easy it is for Israel to strip their authority
Sot:Dore Gold/ Israeli Government spokesperson
'Violence will not move the pales one inch closer to any political
Palestinians counter, it also won't lead Israel any closer to peace.
sot:Ziad Abu Zayyad/Palestinian minister for Jerusalem.
'Israel is giving a very negative signal to the PA at a time when all of
us need a light, a need to hope.'
Hope, kept several paces behind grief. .. and both sides braced for more
of the same.
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Mixed reviews for President Bush's middle-ground approach to federally - funded embryonic stem cell research.
Teri Okita has the latest from Washington.
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TRACK: AFTER MAKING WHAT MANY CALLED HIS TOUGHEST DECISION YET,
PRESIDENT BUSH IS LEARNING QUICKLY THAT YOU CANT PLEASE EVERYBODY.
SOT: (bush) I have concluded that we should allow federal funds to be
used for research on these existing stem cell lines, where the life and
death decision has already been made. (:10)
TRACK: IN TRYING TO FIND A COMPROMISE TO THE DEBATE, THE PRESIDENT SAID
ONLY 60-EXISTING STEM CELL LINES COULD BE USED. NO NEW EMBRYOS..WILL BE
MADE AVAILABE..TO scientist using federal funds. SUPPORTERS OF THE
RESEARCH ARE PLEASED SOME PROGRESS WILL BE MADE BUT WARN THE
RESTRICTIONS COULD SEVERELY LIMIT THEIR WORK.
(Super: Mary Tyler Moore/Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Chairwoman)
SOT: We need to know what restrictions are going to be placed. We need
to know where they come from, how viable are they? (:08)
TRACK: AND MANY SCIENTISTS SAY THEYRE UNAWARE OF 60-STEM CELL LINES IN
EXISTANCE. IT TURNS OUT, MOST ARE LOCATED INTERNATIONALLY AND IN PRIVATE
LABS. BUT IF SUPPORTERS ARE DISAPPOINTED, THE OTHER SIDE IS NO HAPPIER.
OPPONENTS OF THE RESEARCH SAY BUSH HAS RENEGED ON HIS CAMPAIGN PROMISE
TO BAN WORK WITH EMBRYOS. THEY SAY THE TRADE-OFF IS MORALLY UNACCEPTABLE.
(Super: Sen. Sam Brownback/R-Kansas)
SOT: This is taxpayer dollars. Were paying for research on embryos that
somebody destroyed to develop these lines. And thats the area of
TRACK: ANALYSTS BELIEVE THE PRESIDENTS MIDDLE-OF-THE-ROAD APPROACH
COULD HURT HIM POLITICALLY.
(Super: Craig Crawford/Political Analyst)
SOT: I think, in the end hes alienated some of the harder line
conservatives on this issue.
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STANDUP: But the White House says the presidents decision is
consistent with what hes said in the past and doesnt cross any moral
lines. What opponents and supporters do agree on is that this is
merely the beginning, not the end, of this ethical debate. Teri Okita,
CBS News, Washington.
President Bush's decision could make a big difference in the lives of a Christiansburg couple.
William Boyd and his wife hope that stem cell research will one day find a cure for his paralysis.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[SUPER=01-Cricket Boyd/Stem Cell Research Supporter; :38]
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Nothing but tears of joy as family and friends gathered at their home to hear the President's decision.
It may be limited but Boyd believes allowing some federal funding for stem cell research is a step in the right direction.
He hopes to be part of an experimental trial to have stem cells injected into his back bone to help correct a spinal cord injury.))
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((WILLIAM BOYD/STEM CELL RESEARCH SUPPORTER: IT MEANS MAYBE SOMEDAY DOWN THE LINE I'LL BE ABLE TO WALK AGAIN AND I WILL BE ABLE AND I'LL BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THIS PRISON I'M IN RIGHT NOW.))
((CRICKET BOYD/STEM CELL RESEARCH SUPPORTER: I THINK SOMEDAY THEY MAY COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT HE IS NOT ABLE TO WALK FULLY LIKE YOU AND I CAN BUT MAYBE WITH A LITTLE ASSISTANCE, BRACES, BUT YEAH HE WILL WALK.))
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE BOYD'S REALIZE STEM CELL RESEARCH IS NOT A PROVEN SCIENCE. BUT THEY SAY THEY'RE WILLING TO TAKE THE RISK, AFTER ALL, ITS THE MOST PROMISING NEWS THEY'VE HAD SINCE HIS ACCIDENT. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7, BLACKSBURG.))))
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Still to come on the newscast, a local veteran remembers the devastion surrounding Nagasaki, Japan following the atomic bomb blast. We'll have his story next.
Also we will see how Germany is marking the 40th anniversary of the Berlin wall.
Now, let's turn to Leo, who's going to HOPEFULLY cool us off in his forecast.
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For two months, police have infiltrated Miami Beach's nightclubs and rave parties--
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The investigation has resulted in what could be the largest "Special K" bust in the nation's history.
Last night, the D-E-A raided an apartment, arrested two men, and seized 110- pounds of the drug (KEHT-ah-meen) Ketamine, also known as Special-K.
Ketamine is a controlled animal anesthetic used by veterinarians.
It's similar to the drug P-C-P and can cause hallucinations or a dream-like state.
It's also blamed for respiratory problems and high blood pressure.
This coming Monday marks the 40th anniversary of construction of the Berlin Wall.
It was the STRUCTURAL symbol of the Cold War.
Berlin was split in two -- East and West-- as a barrier between communism and capitalism.
Families were separated and lives were turned upside down.
The Wall came down after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989.
It's now a magnet for tourists interested in discovering the last relics of Cold War history.
Meanwile it has been fifty six years since a U-S plane dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.
The anniversary has stirred the memories of a local veteran.
Bob Sams was on board the first ship to visit Nagasaki following the attack.
Joe Dashiell has his story.
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((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.
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((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.))
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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.
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((THERE'S NO QUESTION. I DON'T HAVE ANY DOUBTS THAT HARRY TRUMAN MADE THE RIGHT DECISION.))
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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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Still to come on the newscast, Leo will join us with our detailed forecast,
and Shazam! One of the military's most famous and longest serving privates finally gets a promotion.
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Surprise, surprise, surprise!!
After 35 years as a Private First Class, Gomer Pyle is finally getting a promotion.
During a ceremony in Hawaii, the U-S Marine Corps promoted the T-V character played by Jim Nabors to Lance Corporal.
The commandant of the Marine corps, General James Jones officiated.
The 71- year- old veteran actor originated the character of Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" in 1960.
Four years later, Nabors was given his own show, as the good- hearted but thick- headed Gomer Pyle who joined the Marines.
This week's heatwave probably kept a lot of people out of their gardens. It may have been too hot to tend your tomatoes, but in this week's edition of Growin' It, I had the chance to visit a man who is always as cool as a cucumber.
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[WXPRO/FULL] ROANOKE STATS
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 15 points.
Nasdaq has lost 31 points.
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Coming up on News 7 at Noon -
producers are hoping moviegoers are hungry for another piece of the 'Pie'. We'll serve up all the details after the break.
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Lee Suggs is hoping he can score big on the world wide web this season.
Steve Mason has the latest on Tech's soon-to-be "Cyber Suggs."
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((Coming soon to a computer near you.....Lee Suggs like you've never seen him before.
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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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The page launches Saturday and you can link directly to it at WDBJ7.com. Just click on the web watch icon.
Express head coach Perry Floria is still piecing together his team for the upcoming season.
Yesterday he got a big piece of the puzzle in place, signing defenseman Travis Smith to come back for his 5th season in Roanoke.
Smith played in 66 games last season.
The movie American Pie was a surprise success.
Now producers are hoping audiences have an appetite for one more slice.
American Pie 2 opens today.
Chris Lawrence takes us behind the scenes of the film people might be talking about the rest of the summer.
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((American Pie 2 finds the same gang of characters out of high school and
a year into college life.
Times change and things are different. The problem is: I dont want
them to be.
But some things never change: like Stifflers charm and consideration.
Youre just trying to get me drunk. Meredith, would I do that? My
names Chrissy. Chrissy, yeah ..beautiful name. Like it matters.
This time around, hapless loser-in-love Jim juggles three love interests
..and only two of them are women.
Now dont freak out. Im gonna do something to push your threshold.
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Whos the better kisser ..Alyson or Sean William Scott? Oh, boy!
You dont touch, we dont touch. You got to kiss! Yeah! Ohhhhhh.
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Sean and I didnt really kiss. It was kind of a gag kiss. Hes lying!
They had to have like a hose turned on them! You didnt really enjoy it?
I didnt really ..well, maybe a little.
And if the first film got close to the threshold of good taste ..this
time the cast may be ready to tear it down.
Ohh Yeah! The Stiffmeisters coming back to Big Harbor!
Chris Lawrence CBS News Hollywood.))
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