Coming up on News-7 at 6,
Recent college graduates from our area are ready to take the world by storm...
But they're finding a drought in the job market.
And a former major leaguer returns to the ballfield where all began ... becoming the first Virginia Tech baseball player to have his jersey number retired.
Tonight on News 7 Sports - A Red Wing win, big league highlights, state AAU hoops in the valley, plus another tribute to Roy Stanley.
Plus, Johnny Benson will not race tonight in Richmond due to a broken rib he suffered last night.
A day of light rain showers minus severe storms... but this cooler weather may be leaving as quick as it came. We'll help you plan the remainder of your weekend in a few minutes.
Stay right there, News 7 at 6 is next.
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((SARAH WILSON: I'VE APPLIED FOR JOBS. I THINK WE ALL HAVE BUT NOTHING'S REALLY TURNING OUT RIGHT NOW.))
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A day of celebration is also a day of worry for the class of 2002.
Good evening, I'm Marya Jones. Teresa Hamilton has the evening off.
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College graduates donned caps and gowns along with umbrellas at several commencements held in our region today.
U.S. Senator George Allen addressed more than 15-hundred graduates at Radford University this morning.
The events of September 11th and how the world has changed since then were a major theme of the Senator's speech.
He also urged the graduates to work to improve their lives and the lives of others.
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((SENATOR GEORGE ALLEN: MOST OF THE WORLD DOES NOT ENJOY OUR FREEDOMS. THEY DON'T HAVE OUR COMPUTERS, THE INTERNET, THE HOUSING AND ONLY ONE PERCENT OF THE WORLD IS EVEN A GRADUATE FROM A UNIVERSITY SO THEY ARE IN POSITIONS TO HELP OUT OTHERS.))
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Many college grads fear they may need help of their own.
Due to the economy, some worry they're facing the toughest job hunt in years.
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((JULIE GRANDEL/RADFORD UNIVERSITY GRADUATE: IT'S DEFINETELY A DOWN TIME RIGHT NOW AND BEING A RECENT GRADUATE IT'S NOT AN EASY THING NOT KNOWING WHAT YOU'RE DOING IN THE WORLD AND TRYING TO GET A JOB AT THE SAME TIME ITS A LITTLE NERVE-WRACKING.))
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A recent report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers says college hiring nationwide will be down 20 percent from last year.
Roanoke College also held commencement exercises today.
The threat of rain forced the college to hand out diplomas at the beginning rather than the end as is the usual tradition.
Successful Wall Street investor and Roanoke College alumnus John (MOLE-HAIR-en) Mulheren was this year's commencement speaker.
He told the graduates not to worry about getting a job, saying everyone will get one and success is enjoying what you do.
His son Sandy was among the 312 fellow graduates who received diplomas today.
Ferrum College's Board of Trustees is considering a proposal this weekend that could replace it's historic farm museum with a grocery store.
A major grocery chain has expressed interest in moving to the spot now occupied by the Blue Ridge Institute Farm Museum.
The museum allows visitors to experience life on an old homestead.
Three years ago, the school's Board of Trustees created a controversial plan to sell or lease half of the college's land to developers.
The grocery store -- said to be Food Lion -- is the first to show interest.
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((BEV FITZPATRICK/FERRUM COLLEGE: THERE'S A PASTORAL SETTING, SO WHAT THE TRUSTEES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DECIDE IS ... ARE THEY GOING TO ALLOW DEVELOPMENT AND IF SO, ARE THEY GOING TO MAKE RESTRICTIONS THAT ALLOW US TO MAINTAIN A SENSE OF CAMPUS.))
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The college's land use plan calls for a golf course, a medical facility, shops and subdivisions.
Ferrum's Board of Trustees met yesterday and today in Charlottesville.
No word yet on whether it plans to pursue the food store.
The search for victims continues after flooding in far Southwest Virginia and West Virginia.
Rescue workers resumed their search along Knox Creek in Buchanan County this morning for people swept away in
severe flooding there this week.
One person is known dead, another feared dead and two others are unaccounted for.
Governor Warner is seeking disaster aid for ten Virginia communities hit hard by the flooding.
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Meanwhile in West Virginia, police and National Guard officers recovered the body of a 14-month-old girl lodged under a bridge at
Superior in McDowell County.
Five people have died in West Virginia since flash floods hit the area Thursday.
A baseball legend scored a major victory today.
Former baseball player and major league manager Johnny Oates had his jersey number retired today at Virginia Tech.
Justin McLeod has more on his career and what it is happening to him off the field that could be his toughest opponent.
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After several decades in baseball, baseball great Johnny Oates returned this weekend to where it all began.
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And what a honor it is.
Johnny Oates became the first Virigina Tech baseball player to have his number retired.
Classmate and fellow coach Frank Beamer says it couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy.
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((FRANK BEAMER/VT FOOTBALL COACH: JOHNNY OATES IS NOT ONLY A GREAT BASEBALL PLAYER HE'S BEEN A GREAT MANAGER AND ALL THOSE THINGS BUT HE'S JUST A GREAT PERSON.))
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His greatness began in 1966 when he batted .410 as a catcher for the Virginia Tech baseball team.
Those stats earned Oates a place in both the Tech and Salem Roanoke baseball hall of fames.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: JOHNNY OATES SPENT NEARLY 35 YEARS IN THE GAME OF BASEBALL, 11 ACTUALLY PLAYING THE GAME, THE LAST SEVERAL COACHING. HE RETIRED A YEAR AGO THIS WEEKEND NOT BECAUSE HE WANTED TO BUT BECAUSE HE HAD TO.))
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He resigned as manager of the Texas Rangers after discovering he had a brain tumor.
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((JOHNNY OATES: WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT LIVING A DAY AT A TIME. I THINK I FOUND OUT WHAT IT REALLY MEANS A DAY AT A TIME.))
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Time Oates now spends a lot with his family and playing golf.
He says he doesn't miss baseball that much.
But future hall of fame hopefuls say the game of baseball definetely misses him.
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((JASON BUSH/VT BASEBALL PLAYER: HE WAS HERE AND MADE IT ALL THE WAY, GOT TO MANAGE IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES, JUST SHOWS YOU IF YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO ANYTHING YOU CAN GET IT.))
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It is that field of dreams that is now cemented in center field for good.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Blacksburg.))
Still ahead on News 7 at 6, it was of one of the area's best kept secrets for decades... We'll take a tour of the Greenbrier's hidden rooms...
and many people at today's chili festival were probably begging for water -- just not in the form of rain... We'll have more on that, but first, let's check in with Jacey in the Weathercenter...
It wasn't too chilly for chili in downtown Roanoke today.
More than twenty thousand people turned out for the 23rd annual Virginia State Championship Chili Cook Off.
Visitors got the chance to sample different chili recipes from more than forty groups, including one from WDBJ-7.
Money raised from the event helps fund programs at the Greenvale School in Roanoke.
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((SANDRA CARROLL/ORGANIZER: ALL THE MONEY GO TOWARDS TO THE GREENVALE SCHOOL'S CHILDREN SCHOLARSHIP FUND. THIS PROVIDES TUTITION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FAMILIES THAT HAVE SLIDING FEE SCALE SO THAT DAYCARE IS AFFORDABLE TO THIS YOUNG WORKING FAMILIES.))
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The first place winner took home a thousand dollars.
That group will now compete in the international championship to be held later this year in Reno, Nevada.
The public also got the chance to vote for its favorite chili recipe.
Another Roanoke School will soon be able to enjoy the fruits of its labor.
The 22nd annual Strawberry Festival took place today in Elmwood Park.
More than ten thousand people came out for strawberry shortcake, ice cream sundaes and live entertainment.
The two day festival is a fundraiser every year for Community School in Roanoke.
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((LAURIE BECK/FESTIVAL ORGANIZER: MONEY ALL GOES TOWARDS HELPING COMMUNITY SCHOOL. WE GET NEW FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN, STRENGTHEN OUR FACILITIES, MAKE THEM BETTER, NEW MATERIALS, SCHOLARSHIPS TUTITION ASSISTANCE.))
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This event raised more than fifty thousand dollars last year.
Nearly 200 volunteers helped clean and slice the berries, as well as bake the more than 11-thousand shortcakes.
All that work usually begins a month before the festival.
Still ahead on News 7 at 6, Johnny Benson will be watching tonight's race in Richmond after suffering a broken rib... Mike Stevens will have more in sports...
but before that, for decades this secret place COULD have been the seat of government... We'll have that story and more coming up.
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Ten years ago this month the Washington Post broke a story that uncovered a secret at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.
The secret was a bunker underneath the hotel designed to house Congress in the event of nuclear war.
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young takes us 65-feet underground for a look at "Project Greek Island".
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((LYNN SWANN/THE GREENBRIER: THIS 25-TON BLAST DOOR IS AT THE WEST TUNNEL ENTRANCE TO THE BUNKER FACILITY. THE HINGES ON THIS DOOR WEIGH 15-HUNDRED POUNDS EACH ALLOWING IT TO BE OPENED AND CLOSED WITH ONLY 50-POUNDS OF PRESSURE. THE DOOR IS OF STEEL FRAME CONSTRUCTION WITH FILLED CONCRETE.))
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Home sweet home, it's not.
But the 112-thousand square foot concrete bunker underneath the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia could have been a temporary home to the members of Congress and their support staff in case of nuclear emergency.
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((LINDA WALLS/THE GREENBRIER: THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT ONE THOUSAND PERSONS STAYING HERE SO, OF COURSE, THERE HAD TO BE PROVISIONS FOR THEM. WE HAVE SAMPLES OF THE TYPES OF OF FOOD THAT WERE HERE. THE FOOD WAS ACTUALLY STACKED FROM FLOOR TO CEILING. THERE WERE ENOUGH PROVISIONS TO SUSTAIN THE FACILITY FOR ABOUT 60-DAYS.))
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After a detour through a decontaminating shower, the bunker-bound would have been issued fatigues or overalls, under garments, shoes and toiletries, and then ushered to one of 18-dormitories.
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((LINDA WALLS: THE BEDS WOULD HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED ACCORDING TO SENIORITY. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WOULD HAVE BEEN IN HERE TOGETHER ALTHOUGH THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WOULD HAVE BEEN SEPERATED.))
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It's own power plant would have kept the 112-thousand square foot bunker self-sufficient.
The latest in technology would have allowed contact with the outside world and other relocation facilities.
For years, the covert operation of "Project Greek Island" sat at the ready.
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((ROBERT CONTE/THE GREENBRIER: IT WAS SECRET FOR WELL OVER 30-YEARS, THE CONSTRUCTION WAS DONE IN A CLASSIFIED MANNER IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN ADDITION TO A WING. AND THEN, AS IT WENT ON IT WAS MAINTAINED IN SECRECY.))
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Until May 1992 when the Washington Post ran an article uncovering the bunker and its purpose.
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((ROBERT CONTE: TO ME, ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING MOMENTS OF MY LIFE WAS WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE GREENBRIER TOLD US ABOUT THE ARTICLE. YOU COULD HAVE KNOCKED ME OVER AT THAT MOMENT.))
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The news compromised the operation and the government eventually broke its lease with the Greennbrier.
But the massive model of efficiency still stands as an example of government preparedness.
Since Christmas 1995, the hideaway Conte calls a concrete-box has been open for tours.
Shannon Young, News 7, White Sulphur Springs.))
Reservations are required for bunker tours.
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Coming up on this Saturday night edition of News 7 sports, the Richmond race tonight will go on without Johnny Benson.
We'll check on an area AAU state hoop tournament and another Red Wings win.
Plus, another local little league organization honors the dean of sportscasters - Roy Stanley.
The Winston Cup cars are still planning to race in Richmond tonight under the lights, although I must tell you the conditions in Richmond have been identical to the chilly, misty weather we have experienced here in the Roanoke Valley today.
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If they race, Johnny Benson will be watching and not driving.
Last night in the Busch race he was involved in a crash and broke a right rib.
He is still in the hospital in Richmond and will remain their tonight.
Joe Nemechek will take his place in the Valvoline Pontiac.
Several basketball courts in the Roanoke Valley are busy this weekend as 24 teams from across the Commonwealth shoot for a shot at the National A-A-U Basketball Tournament.
The Division II, A-A-U State Tournament is underway at four sites in Roanoke.
The tournament includes three divisions and a players from ages 13-to-15.
The Division II tournament is a new addition to the A-A-U system this year. It gives teams with less talent than those in Division I a chance to compete on the national level.
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The tournament runs through tommorow at William Fleming, Ruffner, Breckenridge, and Roanoke Catholic.
It has been just under a month since Roy Stanley's passing and folks are still expressing their sympathy and taking time to honor my dear friend.
Last Saturday the Cave Spring American Leaguers paused to honor Roy with a moment of silence,
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and this morning on the other side of Route 419, the Cave Spring National League made Roy a part of its Hometown Heroes ceremony.
Roanoke County fireman Craig Sellers from Company 3 and Roanoke County policeman Frank Wilkins were recognized as heroes in the Community.
And the League asked me to represent Roy's family and accept his own hero's plaque honoring him for 30 years of Community Youth Support.
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Corbett and his group of volunteers recently were honored themselves when they were named host of a very special event later this summer.
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The Virginia Tech Baseball team is winding its way toward the Big East Baseball Tournament at the end of this month.
The 23-and-21 Hokies are hosting Connecticut this weekend, including an doubleheader this afternoon at English Field in Blacksburg.
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Former Oriole Manager Johnny Oates -- had his jersey retired before the game and then settled in to watch some of this one between the Hokies and Huskies.
In the top of the second, U-Conn's Mike Leonard smacks a base hit into center field as the Huskies try to get something going.
But Hokie pitcher Joe Saunders ended the threat with this strikeout. Tech wins game one 6-to-3...while in game two, Tech wins 7-to-1.
Oates' former team the Baltimore Orioles was in action this afternoon at Camden Yards against the Royals.
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The Orioles beat KC by a run on Friday night and then ripped the Royals wide open this afternoon by posting a 10-to-nothing win.
Melvin Mora and Marty Cordova each hit three run homers. The Orioles are at the 500 mark for the first time since the opening week of the season.
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In New York, the Yankees blew a five to nothing lead and lost to the Mariners 9-to-5.
The Ms got four runs in the top of the ninth including this one off Ruben Sierra's excuse me hit.
Marianno Rivera is too slow getting off the mound and the Yanks lose it.
And the Indians beat the Rangers this afternoon 3-to-nothing.
Omar Vizquel homered in the 6th, and Jim Thome and Ricky Gutierrez also
had R-B-I's as the Indians scored more the two runs for the first
time in seven games.
In the NHL Playoffs this afternoon, the Detroit Red Wings have pushed their advantage to to two game to none thanks to today's 3-to-2 win over the Blues.
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The Redwings started fast as thier collection of all-stars let Steve Yzerman opend the scoring just three minutes into the game.
Then Brett Hull put a hurting on his former team with his fifth goal of the postseason. It's 2-to-nothing in the first period.
Luc Robitaille would get the eventual game winner as he scores off of the power play.
Game three is Tuesday night in St. Louis.