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One area compnay cuts half it's workforce.
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Loud college students.. angry neighbors. The problems not really new.. but now one city is cracking down.
A pharmacist is accused of diluting cancer drugs.
Plus kermit the frog.. leaps online..... so does J-R's cowboy hat.
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[Anchor=Jean]


News 7 is next.
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It's almost time for students to return to Lynchburg College... Something some neighbors say they're not looking forward to.
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[ANCHOR=JEan]
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Good evening...

[L'burg-College]


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Residents living near Lynchburg College say they're willing to wait a little longer to see whether the school can bring some of its rowdier students under control.
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The college has several hundred students living off campus.. neighbors have complained about students being loud, drinking and trash problems for years.
At a neighborhood meeting tonight, residents said they're willing to give the school one year to bring the students in line.
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((BEVIN ALEXANDER/NEIGHBORHOOD SPOKESMAN: AS SOON AS I SEE THEM LOSE INTEREST, I WILL BE FOMENTING THE RIOT AS RAPID AS ANYBODY ELSE. BUT I THINK DURING THIS NEXT YEAR IT IS INCUMBENT ON US TO MAKE OUR POSITION CLEAR AND TO GIVE THE COLLEGE SUPPORT FROM US.))
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City officials told the group they're cracking down on code violations in student rental housing.
They also urged residents to report any problems to the police.
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[Rubatex]


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Bad economic news for the city of Bedford... Rubatex says it plans to lay off more than half its workforce.
It's a devastating blow for the company that was once Bedford's largest employer.
Marya Jones reports.
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(( In October, Rubatex will cut back its Bedford workforce from 272 to 120 workers ... eliminating its extrusion and laminate operations.
Losing the jobs means losing a major source of revenue for the city.
But City Manager Craig Meadows says Bedford planned for it.
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((CRAIG MEADOWS/BEDFORD CITY MANAGER: YOU ALWAYS HOPE FOR THE BEST AND PLAN FOR THE WORST. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE AN OPERATION HERE IN BEDFORD, BUT AS FAR AS OTHER REVENUES, AS FAR AS UTILITIES, WE HAD ALREADY ANTICIPATED THE POTENTIAL OF THIS HAPPENING.)) [RUNS:14]
Rubatex says the layoffs are a step toward bouncing back from bankruptcy, which the company blames in part on a nine-month strike by employees.
A spokesman for Rubatex's parent company says: "The company is committed to Bedford, and we continue to invest in our slab sheet and mixing operations there."
But city officials are less certain of the company's future.
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((CRAIG MEADOWS/BEDFORD CITY MANAGER: I AM CONCERNED THAT GOING DOWN TO THAT SMALL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WITH ALL THE FACILITIES THEY HAVE HERE. MY STRONG SUSPICION IS THAT THEY'LL PROBABLY HAVE A LOT OF THOSE FACILITIES ON THE MARKET. BUT BEYOND THAT, WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING FROM RUBATEX OFFICIALS AS TO WHAT THE FUTURE WOULD BE HERE.)) [RUNS:20]
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[SU 6:14 - :34] ((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: RUBATEX STILL OWES THE CITY 170-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN UTILITY BILLS THAT IT WILL PROBABLY NEVER GET. BUT IT DOES EXPECT TO GET BACK 270-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BACK TAXES. CITY LEADERS SAY THE ECONOMY HERE OTHERWISE IS STRONG AND A LOT OF COMPANIES ARE DOING WELL. THEY HOPE THAT THE PEOPLE LAID OFF TODAY WILL FIND JOBS AT SOME OF THEM. MJ, NEWS-7, BEDFORD.)) [RUNS:20]))

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More bad news for Bedford County today.. officials with Metals USA confirm the company is closing its Forest Manufacturing plant within the next two months.
The move would affect about 30-employees.
The plant is being consolidated with a facility in North Carolina.
Metals USA employs 47- hundred people nationwide.
Its stock recently hit a 52- week low of 1.50 a shaare.

[Diluted-Drugs]


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A pharmacist is being held without bond tonight in Missouri accused of watering down cancer drugs to save money.
Cynthia Bowers has the story.
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((Kansas City pharmacist Robert Courtney was taken into custody today, CHARGED with diluting chemotherapy drugs, but federal officials say what he DID, in essence, was rob cancer patients of a fighting chance to live. CHRIS WHITLEY US ATTORNEY'S OFFICE: IT CHILLS THE SPINE TO THINK THAT THIS SORT OF THING WAS GOING ON. This all started when a salesman for Eli Lilly, which makes the cancer fighting drug Gemzar, noticed a discrepancy between the amount the Research Medical Tower Pharmacy ordered and the amount it sold to a local doctor. Investigators set up a sting, and when they ran tests on IV bags of Gemzar and another drug Taxol they were floored. CHRIS WHITLEY US ATTORNEY'S OFFICE: SOMETHING LIKE WE MOVED QUICKLY TO FIND WHO MIGHT BE HURT A bag that was supposed to contain 300 milligrams of Taxol was found to have only 83 milligrams, and in the worst case a bag labelled 2400 milligrams revealed no traces of Gemzar. Money might be the motive. One treatment of Gemzar cost patients more than a thousand dollars, the lab says what they got was worth less a quarter of that. These chemotherapy drugs are usually used to fight the most deadly forms of the disease including advanced breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. Doctors say diluting these drugs to any degree could be more dangerous than not giving them at all. Dr. William Gradishar Oncologist, Northwestern Medical Center: We're robbing the patient of the potential for an anti tumor effect but still putting them at risk for the side effects.
The FBI is now racing the clock to track down what they fear could be hundreds of people who got diluted doses. The pharmaceutical industry says cases like this are extremely rare, and points out faith between pharmacists and patients is paramount. Susan Winckler American Pharmaceutical Assn.: It's why you should take as much care in choosing your pharmacist as you do in choosing doctor. Robert Courtney's family says there's an EXPLANATION, but the FBI says there is no EXCUSE-- treatment wasn't the only thing taken from cancer patients, precious time as well. Cynthia Bowers CBS News, Chicago.))

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Meanwhile In Philadelphia a mistake by a hospital lab is blamed for the death of two patients.
Authorities say the lab at St. Agnes Medical Center used the wrong form of a chemical in a routine test-
As a result hundreds of patients got wrong doses of a blood thinner.. and two of them died.
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((ST. AGNES CAME OVER ON JULY 30TH AND ADMITTED THAT IT WAS THEIR FAULT THAT MY HUSBAND DIED AND THE DRUG OVERDOSE OF CUMADIN. IF THEY DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE DRUG THEY SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN SOMEONE IN WHO KNEW HOW TO PAY ATTENTION TO IT.))
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The health department has given the lab ten days to fix the problems or it may have to stop performing clincial diagnostic testing.

[Blevins]


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The man who sexually assaulted a woman in a Roanoke parking garage last January will spend the rest of his life in prison.
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Lawrence Blevins abducted and beat the victim almost unconscious.
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If it had not been for Keith Weltens she probably would have died. He foiled the attack and was honored by City Council in March.
Weltens sensed something was wrong as he drove past the victim's car in the parking garage, got her away from Blevins and to the hospital in time to save her.
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Blevins had been convicted of aggravated sexual battery of an 11 year old girl in 1983, served 17 years of a 20-year prison term. He got out less than a month before he abducted the 56-year old Roanoke County victim in this case.
The jury tonight sentenced Blevins to life in prison for abduction, plus 40-years for malicious wounding and a sexual offense.

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Only the most dedicated blues fans would probably recognize his name, but a former Lynchburg musician is getting his due in his hometown.
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Singer- guitarist Luke Jordan died in 1952.. he was one of just a few black Virginians who recorded music in the 1920's, including his best- known song "Pick Poor Robin Clean".
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Jordan's place in local music history is now being honored with a V-DOT historical marker along the Lynchburg riverfront.
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((JAN RAMSEY/JAMES RIVER BLUES SOCIETY: BUT BACK IN THE '20'S WHEN HE PLAYED, THE STREET CORNER WAS A VERY POPULAR VENUE SO TO SPEAK.. WAREHOUSES WERE PROBABLY DOWN HERE IN THAT ERA AND THAT'S PROBABLY WHERE HE MADE MOST OF HIS MONEY, PLAYING FOR PEOPLE, PLAYING FOR A NICKEL A SONG OR PLAYING ON STREET CORNER FOR LOOSE CHANGE.))
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The James River Blues Society raised 12- hundred dollars to erect the marker.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Still to come on News 7 -- A new museum is right 'on track' for the Star City -
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And this history museum isn't staying in the past - it's jumping into cyberspace. We'll show you how to check it out coming up.
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[Sports-Preview]


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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office with highlights of another win by the Avalanche. The Hokies less than stellar workout didn't exactly qualify as Beamer Ball. The Skins toss Sage into the starter's role for Friday. We'll get caught up with Dave Kadela at Falcons' camp and tell you about a big honor for UVa's Roger Mason

junior. Tonight on the Big 7.))[Pulaski-Theatre]


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Improving the quality of life and the economy of downtown Pulaski. That's what some people hope to accomplish with a project they say has something for everyone. Teresa Hamilton has more.
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(( These downtown buildings may be empty now, but the nonprofit group "Friends of Pulaski Theatre Civic Centre" is planning to breathe new life into this downtown area.
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((RANDY ELEY/PULASKI THEATRE CIVIC CENTRE PRESIDENT: I THINK IT WILL MAKE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES IN TERMS OF ENTERTAINMENT AND REASONS TO COLLECT IN DOWNTOWN ON EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS.)) [RUNS10]
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Randy Eley is president of the group which plans to transform this corner of downtown Pulaski into a theater and civic centre-- a place for live stage productions, movies, speakers and music.
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((RANDY ELEY: IT WILL BE A FUN PLACE-- EVERYTHING FROM BLUEGRASS AND BACH TO BEETHOVEN AND WE'LL HAVE PLAYS AND WE'LL BRING BACK THE MOVIE HOUSE PORTION AS WELL. IT'S GOING TO BE SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY IN THE CIVIC CENTRE.)) [RUNS10]
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So far, the group has raised about a half million dollars .. without a public campaign .. money that's allowed them to purchas some buildings and lease others. But there's still a ways to go.
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((PAUL BLEVINS/FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR: WE HAVE A GOAL OF A MILLION TO A MILLION FIVE AND AGAIN WE'RE WORKING ON THAT VOLUNTEER STRUCTURE AND WE HOPE TO HAVE THAT IN PLACE BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.)) [RUNS10]
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The group is also planning for its first production-- a variety type show that's tentatively scheduled for November.

[take stand up] ((TERESA HAMILTON/REPORTING: THE GROUP WILL OFFICIALLY BEGIN FUNDRAISING SEPTEMBER SIXTH-- WITH A RECEPTION FOR THE PUBLIC AT NEW RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE. TERESA HAMILTON, NEWS 7, PULASKI.)) [runs15]
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Plans for a new museum dedicated to the work of photographer O. Winston Link are coming together.
The groups involved have scheduled a news conference later this week, and it appears likely they will announce an agreement to make it happen here in Roanoke.
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Supporters of the project were negotiating with Link before his death in January, and the talks have continued with representatives of his estate.
Link's railroad photographs are considered among the finest black and white images of the 20th century. The tribute to his work would share a renovated Norfolk and Western passenger station with the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Questions about the future of the vintage steam locomotive 12-18 complicated the talks at times, but it now appears the pieces are falling into place.
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More details are expected on Friday.
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Virginia Tech wants Hokie fans to "think big."
We'll explain why when News 7 returns.
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And later we'll check in on the Dixie Youth League World Series.
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[WEB-ADDRESS]
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[Web Address Announce] [Pinnacle 4885ess]

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Can you think of a big and creative was to display your Hokie pride? If so you may be a contender in Virginia Tech's new logo contest.
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The University announced "crazy for the hokies" today. Its challenge- to reproduce one of Tech's four logos in the most outlandish, creative, biggest manner possible. Logos include the shield, the word Hokie, VT, or the Hokie bird. The deadline to submit photos is November First.
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((LOCKE WHITE/TECH LICENSING DEPT.; IT'S IN IT FOR ANY PERSON STUDENT OR ORGANIZATION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IT WOULD MAKE A GREAT PROJECT FOR THEM.))
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The large shrubbery VT logo on Tech's campus is one example of thinking big. The top three winners will be revealed on the Jumbotron during half time at the Tech vs Miami game in December.
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[Smithsonian]


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Kermit the Frog is riding the information highway -
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The loveable puppet is just one of hundreds of artifacts from the Smithsonian Institute is putting online. It's the Institute's way of bringing some of the museums favorite items to the public - without the public having to visit the museum.
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((SPENCER CREW/AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM DIRECTOR; THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING THINGS WEVE DONE AT THE MUSEUM IN A LONG TIME, WEVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR WAYS OF SHARING THE COLLECTIONS WITH THE PUBLIC AND THIS IS SORT OF FITS IN PERFECTLY AND MAKES IT EXCITING AND INTERESTING AS WELL.))
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So if you want to cut the rug with the 'King of Swing' or take a peek at J -R's Cowboy hat -
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[TAKE WEB ADDRESS FULL SCREEN] you can visit the Smithsonian's web site by visiting the webwatch section of our homepage at wdbj7.com.
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[Dixie-League]


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A World Series of sorts is underway in Bedford this week.
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Dixie Youth championship baseball teams from 11 states are vying for the championship title.
These young sluggers range in age from 9 to 12 and compete in two divisions.
Of 18 teams, four are from Virginia.
Bedford and Madison Heights are hosting the games... and Amherst and Appommatox are also playing.
They attract a huge following.
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((MARTY FILOGAMO/DIXIE YOUTH DEPUTY COMMISSIONER: WITH THE TEAMS, THERE'S ALSO A FOLLOWING WHICH IS GRANDPARENTS, FRIENDS, AUNTS, UNCLES, LIKE THAT. YOU'D BE SURPRISED HOW MANY GOOD BASEBALL FANS AROUND THE AREA LIKE TO COME TO A PLACE LIKE THIS BECAUSE THIS IS BASEBALL AT ITS FINEST.))
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[OUT Q=baseball at its finest.]
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Championship titles will be awarded in the Triple-A and Double-A divisions on Friday or Saturday.
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[S-Extra]


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The Avs win again, Beamer lets his team know there is no room for slackers on his team. The Skins are scrambling with Sage. And we'll check in with former Tech star Dave Kadela in Falcons' camp.
But first in tonight's Extra Point -
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UVa's Roger Mason Junior has been named to the 12 man final roster for the USA team in the World University Games. The six foot five inch Mason will be a junior this coming season. He and his teammates leave for China this Saturday. He will have two Terrapins as teammates in Lonnie Baxter and Juan Dixon. Now the scores.
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[S-Avs]


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The Salem Avalanche continues to not only stay in contention but stay in control of that elusive playoff spot in the southern division. Last night Salem beat Potomac 9-to-4.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]

This was Smokey Bear reading challenge night at Salem Memorial as kids of all ages picked up some goodies from the forestry department. Potomac would make things interesting in the top of the fifth when Jamie Pogue crashed this solo homer out of the yard to tie the game up at 1-run all.
[super=37-Potomac/4/Salem/9;]

But it basically was all Salem the rest of the way. In the bottom of the frame Javier Colina gets the rbi single to center. The Avs erupt in the late innings to take the 9-to-4 win.
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[S-Tech]


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The Virginia Tech football team is ranked in the top 10 in every preseason poll in the nation this summer. But Frank Beamer remembers what it was like to be 2-and-9.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Yesterday Morning;:00]

And for that reason he will not put up with any type of lackadaisical play from his kids this preseason. Yesterday in practice the defense was working, but the offense was loafing and the big boss man was less than thrilled with what he was seeing.
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[S-Redskins]


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Jeff George threw footballs for the first time in 11 days this afternoon at Redskins' Camp, but he no where near ready to play.
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[VO-NAT]
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So, with Todd Husak and George injured and out for this Friday night's preseason game at home against the Falcons, rookie Sage Rosenfels has been named the team's starting quarterback basically by default.
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Schottenheimer and the Redskins still plan to bring recently cut Cowboy, Tony Banks for a tryout. Bruce Smith was back in practice but only as a spectator. He won't be back on the field until the final preseason game on August 30th due his banged up shoulder.
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[S-Kadela]


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Friday night's game with Atlanta will also give some Falcons a chance to shine. Steve Mason recently talked with former Virginia Tech lineman Dave Kadela at Atlanta's training camp.
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((The Falcons offense was rated 15th in the NFC, last in the division a season ago and Chris Chandler was sacked 40 times. Stats that open the door for players like Dave Kadela. ((DAN REEVES/FALCONS HEAD COACH:)) ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:)) While Buffy, who was one of the Big East Conference's and Tech's top swimmers, could not attend Falcons training camp, her father and mother live a half hour from Furman University in Spartanburg, South Carolina and were there. Buffy was on the phone with mom a good bit getting updates on husband to be. ((:))
The Falcons discovered Kadela after watching hours of tape of his quarterback at Tech. ((MICHAEL VICK:)) ((:))
The Falcons make first cuts August 28th. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))

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The Roanoke Dazzle, the Star City's NBDL Team, announced its schedule for the team's inaugural season yesterday afternoon.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 4714] The Dazzle has 26 home dates with the season opener set for Sunday night November 18th. The team hopes to bring a festive atmosphere to the Civic Center and to that end games are scheduled for the afternoon of Christmas Day and Valentine's Day night. By the way, the Christmas game will be the Dazzle's first on TV.
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The Roanoke Express got another player for the upcoming season. Rookie Bret DeCecco (DE-CHECK-OH) signed yesterday, but will attend training camp with the Hampton Roads Admirals in the AHL. In his four seasons in the Canadian Junior Leagues, DeCecco has averaged nearly 40 goals a year.