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Coming up on News 7-
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New information tonight about the embezzlement case against Henry County's administrator--
A man who could've faced murder charges for a fatal accident goes free- because of a technicality.
And these four legged friends are wheeling along with some help.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]


News 7 is next.

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A man accused of killing a Smith Mountain Lake woman while driving under the influence is off the hook for now ...
in part, because of a technicality.
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[Fitzgerald]


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When Ellen Marie Schenker was killed in a head-on collision back in November, state police said it was because a drunk driver hit her.
That WOULD have made it William Fitzgerald's THIRD drunk driving arrest in 10 years -- allowing prosecutors to charge him with felony murder.
As Marya Jones reports, Schenker's family watched Fitzgerald go free today ... in part, because of a judge's omission.
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(( William Fitzgerald wheeled out of court a free man, after a judge dismissed murder and drunk driving charges against him.
Judge George Jones said that because Roanoke County judge George Harris convicted him of a previous drunk driving offense, but did NOT mark a box on paper saying he was guilty, the charges of murder during a THIRD D-U-I could NOT stand.
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((DAVID NIXON: THE GENERAL DISTRICT JUDGE DID NOT MARK IT AS A CONVICTION AND AS LONG AS IT'S NOT MARKED AS A CONVICTION, IT CAN NOT BE COUNTED AGAINST HIM.)) [RUNS:06]
On November 2nd, state police say Fitzgerald stuck Ellen Marie Schenker head on ... killing her and injuring her son Tommy.
The accident happened just seven hours after he was released from jail for drunk driving.
State police found alcohol in his car.
Witnesses today said his blood alcohol level was .01 -- well below the legal limit of .08.
His attorneys say the wreck was the result of improper medication.
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((DAVID NIXON: WE THINK THAT WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS CASE IS HE MERELY PASSED OUT, HE FAINTED AT THE WHEEL DUE TO THE LIBRIUM HE WAS PRESCRIBED BY A DOCTOR.)) [RUNS:09]
Schenker's husband and sons left the hearing disheartened.
Ron Schenker says: "I'm in total disgust that the man is now walking free that killed my wife because a judge didn't check a box that said he was convicted.... Courts work on technicalities and guilty people go free." [SU 46:40 - :53] ((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: THOUGH PROSECUTORS SAY THE JUDGE'S DECISION RULES OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SEEKING A MURDER OR DUI CHARGE, THEY WOULD NOT RULE OUT THE POSSIBILITY THAT THEY MIGHT SEEK A GRAND JURY INDICTMENT ON OTHER CHARGES LATER ON. MJNT, ROCKY MOUNT.)) [RUNS:13]))

[Clower]


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New information tonight about the embezzlement case involving Henry County administrator Sid Clower. Sources close to the investigation say Clower used some of the money he allegedly embezzled to pay child support for an illegitimate child. The court today ordered a D-N-A sample taken from Clower-- Source say this is to confirm Clower is indeed the child's father. Sources also tell NEWS 7 that the child's mother was instrumental in initiating the criminal investigation.
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At a bond hearing in Patrick County this morning, the prosecution said Clower set up a blind mailbox to which Public Service Authority checks were sent.
From there, they allege Clower deposited those checks into his own bank account.
The state has four witnesses ready to testify against him in a July trial.
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((DON CALDWELL/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: IF I'M WRONG THEN I APOLOGIZE, EVERYBODY WILL HAVE A GOOD LAUGH AND WE'LL GO HOME. BUT IT APPEARS TO BE A RELATIVELY UNSOPHISTICATED SCHEME.))
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Clower arrived at his bond hearing with his arm in a sling... an injury he suffered when police tackled him last week as he threatened to commit suicide with a handgun.
His defense attorney claims his mood is quite different now.
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((SCOTT AUSTIN/DEFESNE ATTORNEY: HE'S UPBEAT HE'S DOING VERY WELL. HE'S MOTIVATED READY TO GET GOING ON THAT TO PROVE THESE ALLEGATIONS ARE FALSE.))
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Clower is under house arrest tonight, out of jail on 100 thousand dollars bond. Because Clower was such an influential manager in Henry County, a change of venue is possible.


[Flood-Aid]


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Nine Southwest Virginia communities ravaged by last month's floods will be getting federal disaster assistance.
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President Bush has granted a major disaster declaration for these counties: Dickinson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise as well as the city of Norton.
The declaration makes grants and loans available for eligible residents and businesses- it'll cover uninsured losses and pay for repairs.
It also makes housing assistance available.
The federal government will also help pay for efforts to prevent future flood damage.
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[MIddle-East]


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Israel bore down harder in the West Bank today .. occupying more Palestinian towns-
At least a dozen Palestinians and one Israeli soldier were killed.
Israel still enjoys firm U.S. support .. but there is a growing chorus of protest from much of the rest of the world: EGYPT cut most of its diplomatic contacts with the Israeli government.
Teri Okita has the latest.
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((ISRAEL WIDENED ITS MILITARY ASSAULT WEDNESDAY, BY ROLLING TANKS INTO NABLUS -- THE LARGEST CITY IN THE WEST BANK. THERE, ISRAELI TROOPS AND ARMED PALESTINIANS ENGAGED IN HEAVY FIGHTING... AS THEY HAVE BEEN FOR TWO STRAIGHT DAYS IN THE HOLY TOWN OF BETHLEHEM. ISRAELI HELICOPTERS TRIED TO WARD OFF POSSIBLE MISSILE ATTACKS, WHILE HUNDREDS OF PALESTINIANS REMAINED HOLED UP IN THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY-- ONE OF CHRISTIANITY'S MOST SACRED SITES. RAANAN GISSEN, ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN: They return to their old practice of trying to use churches and holy sites in Bethlehem as a refuge and as bases from which they can attack our forces. CLERGYMEN -- OFFERING TO HELP END THE STANDOFF -- WERE TURNED AWAY AT AN ISRAELI CHECKPOINT. ANGLICAN BISHOP/NO NAME GIVEN: "We are here to make peace." WITH NEARLY ALL OF THE MAJOR WEST BANK TOWNS NO LONGER UNDER PALESTINIAN CONTROL, ISRAELI SOLDIERS PATROLLED DESERTED STREETS -- AND ENFORCED STRICT CURFEWS. AHMED KOREI/PALESTINIAN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL: -- "What we are facing is the most brutal terror that is state organized terror from the Israeli side." SHOWING A SLIGHT CHANGE IN POLICY, THE WHITE HOUSE SAID PRESIDENT BUSH WOULD BE OPEN TO DISCUSSING A MIDEAST PEACE DEAL ... WHETHER OR NOT A CEASEFIRE WAS REACHED. ARI FLEISCHER/WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: "The President remains committed to both a political solution and to a dimunition of the violence." MEANWHILE, TENSIONS HEATED UP AROUND THE REGION ... AND EGYPT ANNOUNCED IT WAS SUSPENDING MOST OF ITS DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH ISRAEL. STANDUP: FACED WITH MOUNTING PRESSURE TO INTERVENE, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL SAYS HE'S NOW CONSIDERING WHETHER TO MEET WITH ISRAELI AND ARAB LEADERS DURING A TRIP TO EUROPE NEXT WEEK. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))


[Meningitis]


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A Virginia Tech freshman is in critical condition with bacterial meningitis at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
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Health officials say 18-year-old Rayna Dubose is receiving aggressive treatment.
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Tech students experiencing meningitis symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, high fever and body aches are encouraged to seek treatment. But officials say the chances of the infection spreading are low....
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((DR. TOM RYAN/VT MEDICAL DIRECTOR; IT'S SPREAD BY SECRETION FROM THE NOSE AND THROAT SO IT REALLY TAKES FAIRLY CLOSE AND INTIMATE CONTACT TO BE EXPOSED TO THOSE SECRETIONS SO PEOPLE WHO HAVE CASUAL CONTACT FRIENDS CLASSMATES....SAYING HELLO ARE NOT AT ANY INCREASED RISK AT ALL.))
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Officials say people who have been in close contact with DuBose are being treated with antibiotics.
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[Redistricting]


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A Salem judge issued the final order today on his ruling that the state's 2001 redistricting plan was racially gerrymandered.
That formality allows Democrats and Republicans to begin their appeals to the state Supreme Court.
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Judge Richard Pattisall's final decree and judgment wraps up his involvement in a Democratic lawsuit challenging the Republican-drawn re-apportionment of House of Delegates and state Senate districts.
Pattisall found the re-alignment unconstitutionally packed election precincts dominated by Democratic-leaning black voters together into bizarrely shaped, far-flung districts.
His initial decision touched off weeks of partisan conflict and intrigues at the highest levels of state government.
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[Kizer-School]


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The fate of Lynchburg's smallest elementary school has been sealed.
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Last night the school board 7-to-2 to close Elizabeth Kizer Elementary at the end of the school year.
Board members said the school system will save several hundred thousand dollars by closing the school and laying off 17 teachers citywide.
The city's schools are facing a 750-thousand dollar budget shortfall this year.
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Parents, students and teachers have been fighting against the closure for years.
The issue first came up in 1999 when school officials discussed closing Kizer or combining its students with those at Dearington Elementary.
The school's principal and president of the Parent-Teacher Organization declined to comment on the closure today.

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A new twist in the abuse scandal withing the Catholic church. Now an alleged victim is suing the Pope.
That's next on News 7.
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Plus yesterday town residents cast their votes.
Tonight we have results of the balloting to throw a former "stripper turned mayor" out of office.
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[Sports-Preview]


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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as hit the diamonds at the Moyer Complex and try to keep from freezing. The Hokies battled UVa tonight, and earlier today Roanoke College hooked up with Bridgewater. The Avalanche got in its first workout while it was still nice outside, We'll give you the lowdown on the RU coaching situation, and Maryland lands on the cover of SI tonight on the Big 7.))

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Amid on-going allegations of sexual wrong-doing in the Catholic Church another suit was filed today... but this one charges the Pope and the Vatican of conspiring to cover-up pedophile priests.
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One of the plaintiffs, 28-year-old Rick Gomez, says he was sexually abused 17 years ago by a brother who eventually became a priest.
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((RICK GOMEZ/PLANTIFF: ALTHOUGH I FELT THAT WHAT WAS HAPPENING WAS WRONG. IT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG. UM, THESE WERE THE PEOPLE I LOOKED UP TO AND THAT I RESPECTED.))
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The lawsuit claims that the Catholic Church hid abusive clergymen from the law by quietly moving them to other parishes. So far, no one has ever successfully sued the Vatican in a sex abuse lawsuit.
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[Dog-Attack]


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The jury did not get to hear the 9-11 tapes when they convicted a San Francisco husband and wife in the dog mauling death of a neighbor ...Dianne Whipple.
But the police have now released those tapes... Manuel Gallegus reports
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((AS DIANE WHIPPLE WAS BEING ATTACKED, AN ELDERLY NEIGHBOR WHO LIVED ACROSS THE HALL CALLED 9-1-1 ..
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We have two dogs rampaging out in the hall on the 6th floor. And I think they have -even their owner cannot control them. They are huge. OK, the owner knows the dogs are in the hallway? I think theyre attacking the owner too. THE WOMAN SAID SHE WAS TOO SCARED TO HELP. Please hurry, I hear her screaming and I dont dare open the door. These dogs are ferocious. ANOTHER CALLER, TWO FLOORS DOWN, ALSO HEARD WHIPPLES SCREAMS FOR HELP.
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Im going to go up and see what the hell is going on. I wouldnt, I wouldnt, I wouldnt go up there cause you never know what you might get into. BY THE TIME POLICE OFFICERS ARRIVED 6 MINUTES AFTER THE FIRST PHONE CALL, WHIPPLE HAD BEEN BITTEN 77 TIMES. -QUICK NAT TRIAL- guilty THE DOGS OWNERS, MARJORIE KNOLLER AND ROBERT NOEL NOW FACE PRISON TIME FOR THE FATAL ATTACK. LAST MONTH, KNOLLER WAS CONVICTED OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND MANSLAUGHTER, NOEL, MANSLAUGHTER. THE 9-1-1 TAPES WERE NOT PLAYED DURING THEIR TRIAL, BECAUSE THEY WERE CONSIDERED HEARSAY. KNOLLER AND NOEL WILL BE SENTENCED IN SAN FRANCISCO MAY 10TH. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS.))

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A tense standoff in Christiansburg today: a neighborhood was evacuated when a man threatened to kill himself. Police say 43-year-old Kelly Walter Poe shot himself inside a trailer at the Dogwood Mobile Home Park.
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At around noon today police surrounded the area and evacuated 20-families when told about the suicide threat. Officials say, when negotiations with Poe were unsuccessful, a tactical team used tear gas to enter the residence. Poe was found with a fatal gunshot wound. The police department says none of the officers fired a shot. Residents were able to return home at around 2:45.
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Still ahead on News 7, we'll check out the future of movie theaters... complete with assigned seats and built in restaurants.
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And see how some ingenuity can give injured dogs a new lease on life.
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[Stripper]


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One mayor used to be a stripper. Now she's been stripped of her office.
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We told you last night about the Georgetown, Colorado Mayor who was accused of exposing herself in a bar- creating a hostile work environment and feuding with town officials.
Voters went to the polls in a recall election and voted Koleen Brooks out of office.
A female police dispatcher- Lynn Granger was elected to take over as mayor-
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((KOLEEN BROOKS/VOTED OUT OF OFFICE: MAYBE THEY NEEDED A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHANGE AND IF LYNN GRANGER SUPPORTS THAT FOR THE NEXT YEAR OF IF THEY'RE LET DOWN OVER THE NEXT YEAR, I'LL STILL BE THERE ON THE CAMPAIGN ON THE COMMITTEES AND GOING INTO DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT.))
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Zoning changes were the stated reason for the recall but people said they were also angry about Brooks' actions, allegedly baring her breasts in a bar and telling reporters she smoked marijuana.
She also faces criminal charges in connection with a false police report that she filed claiming she was attacked


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[Dog-Wheelchair]


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What's a dog to do when he's injured his legs?
The answer may be the same as it is for humans.
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[SUPER=03-Bangkok, Thailand;]


A vet in Thailand designs "pet wheel chairs" to get the pets and strays back on their paws.
In the past, paralyzed dogs were put down or left to struggle on city streets.
But now some dogs are fitted with wheels-
Each dog is brought into the clinic and measured so the wheel chair can be made to suit their size and shape.
The devices cost between 23 and 92 dollars- but most dog owners say it's worth it so their pooch can have a better quality of life.
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[S-Extra]


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Chilly softball highlights from the Moyer features Tech, UVa, Roanoke and Bridgewater. Plus, coaching news from RU and much, much more.
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But first in tonight's Extra Point - the Maryland Terrapins have landed on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated that hit newsstands across the country today. The cover featuring senior MVP Juan Dixon proclaims Mighty Maryland and warns "fear the turtle."
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[S-Express]


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The Roanoke Express has evened up its best of five series with the mighty Trenton Titans at a game apiece. Last night in Trenton - the Express got the game to the third period tied at zero-zero. Roanoke then exploded for four goals in the final 20 minutes. Mike Peron, Pete Gardiner, Rick Kowalsky and Chad Mazurak each scored. Game 3 is Friday night at the Roundhouse, game four is Sunday afternoon, also at the Roanoke Civic Center.

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We now head to the Moyer complex where UVa and Tech hooked up in a twin bill last night with UVa winning the opener 3-to-2 and snapping Tech's 13 game winning streak.
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[SUPER=03-Salem/Virginia vs. Va. Tech; :00]

But the time the nightcap rolled around there was a serious "nip" in the air not to mention an unpredictable wind. In the first inning, Tech gets on the board with Clarisa Crowell blooping one into shallow center field. The hit will plate Amy Voorhees from second. The Hokies lead it 1-to-nothing. UVa would fail to make any noise until the third when Ruby Rojas hits one to shallow left field. It will be enough to score Valerie Sevilla. We're now tied at one-all. Rojas would try to squeeze out another base but the Hokies get her in a pickle and tag her out. Things stayed tied until the 8th. Voorhees is at the plate and she smacks one right down the first
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base line. It heads into right field and Tiffany Hurt hustles home for the game winner as Tech beats Virginia 2-to-1 in the nightcap.
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[S-Roanoke]


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The Moyer Complex also hosted a red-hot Division Three doubleheader yesterday as Roanoke College hooked up with ODAC rival Bridgewater College.
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[SUPER=03-Salem/Eagles vs. Maroons; :00]

The Roanoke softball team came into today's game against the Eagles ranked fourth in the nation. Roanoke's Crystal Hileman is on first when this play begins but she ends up in the dugout. The throw to second goes into the outfield and she will score on the error all the way from second giving the Maroons a 10 to 5 lead at the bottom of the fourth. The Eagles answer back in big way with this two-run homer just over the center field fence by Junior Kameron Tucker. Bridgewater is starting to smell an upset. But some solid defense stopped the Bridgewater rally when Mary Thomas stopped a rocket from Kristin Pardue and turned the double play. Later in the game, freshman Kim Rowe pops one to right field. She will round the bases and end up at third, putting the Maroons in good scoring position.
[SUPER=34-Bridgewater/7/Roanoke/15;]


Rachel Capozzi then drives in her teammate to make the score 11-7, and the Maroons go on to win game one 15-to-7.
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Roanoke would also take the nightcap 8-to-5 to improve to 23 and 3 on the season.

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The Salem Avalanche practiced at Salem Memorial Stadium today. First year manager Stu Cole thinks this team will be powerful the plate when it opens the season on Friday.
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Of course to win a championship a team must have strong pitching as well and the Avs feel the rotation will be solid.
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[S-Radford]


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Radford University is making good progress when it comes to filling both its men's and women's head basketball coaching vacancies. News 7 Sports has learned last night that one of the jobs has been filled the other is close to being finalized. On the women's we can tell you that Jeri Porter will be named the Highlanders women's basketball coach this afternoon.
She comes from the University of North Alabama where school officials told me last night that she tendered her resignation yesterday. She is a former coach of the year in the Gulf South Conference. She also has tremendous local ties. She was a star player and an assistant coach at Liberty University, where she is a member of the school's hall of fame. As for the men,
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/This Season; :00]

Dave Dickerson, the top assistant on the national champion Maryland Terrapins is one of four finalists for the men's job. Dickerson has been at Maryland for 6 years, and is considered a tremendous recruiter. He is a former assistant coach at Radford, as well.
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The other finalists include former Highlander Chris Hawkins, who for the past two years has been coaching at the University of Buffalo. He was on campus yesterday. Byron Samuels, who served on the RU staff this season went through the interview process Tuesday. And today Mike Sutton will be on campus. Sutton is in his 5th season at Kentucky as Tubby Smith's right hand man. Radford hopes to have the men's coaching situation finalized by next Thursday.

[S-Hicks]


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Tech's Sarah Hicks will a shot at playing in the WNBA. The former Lord Botetourt star has been invited to Chicago next week for the 2002 WNBA pre draft camp.
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WNBA coaches will evaluate Hicks and the other players attending. Hicks was a third team All-Big East selection for the Hokies this season. She completed her college career with one thousand, 92 points and a school record 157 three pointers. She averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds over four years.
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Roanoke Catholic's JR Reynolds again had a big hand in the United States win at the Albert Schweitzer games in Mannheim, Germany yesterday. Despite battling a cold, JR scored 16 points as the US beat Australia 88-to-82. The United States is now in the quarterfinals against Israel.

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The Washington and Lee lacrosse team improved its record to 7-and-2 last night with an 11-to-3 win over rival VMI. Matt Fink led the Generals with 5 goals.

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If you feel like you go to the movies only to wait in long lines, get a bad seat, and be distracted by people coming in late.... one Hollywood theater is the place for you.
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The Arclight Hollywood is trying to give patrons the total movie experience... Including pitch-black walls so your eye stays on the screen. And you don't have to be first in line to get a good seat... because they're already assigned.
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((JIM PLANNETTE/MOVIE FAN: I'M VERY PARTICULAR ABOUT WHERE I SIT AND SO UH, I WAS ABLE TO SIT EXACTLY WHERE I WANT TO SIT.))
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The theater has an in-house restaurant, bar and movie-paraphernalia shop. And, no more fighting over the armrest with the person next to you because the armrests at Arclight are double-wide. You also won't be distracted by late-comers because no tickets are sold after the show starts. (------------)