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Today on News 7 at 5, civil rights leaders in Danville call for an investigation into a recent shooting death involving members of the police force,
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[VO] and the manager of a Roanoke night club says authorities had no reason to raid the business last night.
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The holiday weekend still looks rather mild with some passing showers, especially Monday. Details just ahead.

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Also today, an explosion destroys part of a California apartment house.
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We will see why one local researcher believes cigarette smoke may slow down the progression of Parkinson's Disease.
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Plus we will see how some mid-sized cars fared in the latest low speed crash tests.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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More questions are being raised in the shooting death of a Danville man by police two weeks ago... as black leaders wonder if race played a part in Rennie Hunt's death.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon...





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In the past 13 years, Danville police officers have shot and killed four people in the line of duty.
The facts and circumstances of each shooting vary with ONE exception: the officers doing the shooting were white, all the suspects were black.
Now black leaders there say its time they got some answers.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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((Nearly two weeks after 67 year old Rennie Hunt died inside his home on Danville's North Main Street, his family and friends wonder whether Hunt's death could have been prevented.
The state police are investigation whether authorities acted properly when they shot and killed Hunt after a three hour hostage standoff.
Black leaders rallied Friday to urge police to involve the community in that investigation. ((REV. WILLIAM KEEN/DANVILLE SCLC PRESIDENT: THE POLICE INVESTIGATING THE POLICE ALWAYS RAISES A QUESTION. SO WE ARE GOING BACK TO THE SAME OLD AGE ISSUE THAT MAY BE RAISED AGAIN...SHOULD WE REQUEST CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD TO BE ESTABLISHED.)) Police Chief Neal Morris says every shooting is a concern to his department and that outside investigators have cleared his officers in every single case.
Morris denies race has played any role now or in the past. ((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: EVERY SHOOTING THAT WE'VE HAD, RACE HAS NOT BEEN A MOTIVATING FACTOR, HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT, AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THAT IN ANY FASHION ANYWHERE.)) ((REV. KEEN: IT'S SOME KIND OF QUESTION HOVERING OVER OUR HEADS: WHY ARE ALL OF THESE SHOOTINGS BEING PERPETRATED BY WHITE POLICE OFFICERS ON AFRICAN AMERICANS.))
It could be several weeks before state police finish their investigation. Their report will then be sent to an independent prosecutor for review. Steve Smallshaw News 7 Danville.))

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Roanoke Police- -with the help of a dozen other federal state and local law enforcement agencies- -raided a strip club on Patterson Avenue late last night.
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It's been known as the Black Angus since it was a steak house in the 1960's. It's a men's club now. Authorities claim it has become a haven for drugs, that it features nude dancing ...in violation of the city code... and sells alcohol without a license.
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((THERE ARE NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES SOLD HERE OR ANY OTHER KIND OF BEVERAGES SOLD HERE. THE SODA POP IS PAID FOR BY THE MEMBERS AND PROVIDED FOR THEM WHENEVER THEY REQUEST IT. EVERY CLUB HAS ENTERTAINMENT, A LIVE BAND OR DANCER. Keith Humphry/NEWS 7: And your point is the club members chose the entertainment? THAT'S CORRECT.))
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Though employees of the club were questioned- -along with the 15 or 20 club members inside at the time of the raid- -police made just two arrests... for simple possession of marijuana. They anticipate more charges will follow. Owner Billy Hill wasn't at the club during the raid. He said: "All I know is we've done nothing wrong." He says the club remains open for business.
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A big explosion and fire at an apartment complex in California...
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Tonight still no word on whether anyone was seriously hurt-
This is the scene at the complex in Encino- in the San Fernando Valley.
Several apartments were heavily damaged in the blast.
More than 100 firefighters and a dozen ambulances are at the scene.
A fire spokesman says one side of the building looks like a bomb was dropped on it.
No information on what caused the explosion.
The F-B-I has sent agents to the site- but it says there is no indication that there is any link to terrorism.


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The U-S Department of Transportation has issued a new warning against possible terrorist attacks on rail and transit systems across the nation.
It's asking all transit system operator to remain on high alert.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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((The department of transportation says terrorists may now have their sights set on America's railroads--everything from passenger and freight trains to subway and commuter lines. The warning did not mention specific cities, but a source said such attacks would likely involve explosives.
NICKI MCDONALD/NEW YORKER "It's really scary for me, but it's not gonna stop me from takin' the subway - I can't afford a cab."
SANDY HOCHBERG/NEW YORKER "I just wanna go on with normal life, I don't wanna let terrorists stop me, or determine what I do." While it says it has no evidence, the FBI is also warning about a possible attack by scuba divers--saying terrorists could invade using the cover of water.
This adds to the growing list of warnings US officials have issued over the past week--the statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn bridge were possible targets. IN THIS POST 9-11 WORLD AMERICANS REMAIN ON GUARD--WORRIED ABOUT NEW ATTACKS. BUT THE FBI HAS ANOTHER CONCERN AND IT DEALS WITH A POSSIBLE COMMUNICATIONS BREAKDOWN BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11TH. Minneapolis FBI agent Coleen Rowley claims months before the attacks, officials at the FBI's Washington headquarters blocked the investigation of terror suspect Zacarias Moussaoui. Rowley claims agents from her office became so frustrated, they notified the CIA. FBI Director Robert Mueller has ordered a full investigation into the allegations surrounding the 20th hijacker. Charges, that add to a growing list of possible intelligence failures leading up to that fateful day in September. Drew Levinson, CBS News, New York.))

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Still to come on the newscast, a Virginia Tech professor examines a possible link between cigarette smoke and Parkinson's disease,
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[VO] Also animal control officers in California have to use force after a moutain lion stakes out someone's back yard.
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In health check tonight,
Researchers at Virginia Tech are hoping to develop a drug to slow down the progression of Parkinson's disease.

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As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton found part of their research focus on the compounds found in cigarette smoke.
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Jean,
They are hoping to improve the quality of life for those with Parkinson's disease.
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So that they don't continue to deteriorate and loose the ability to control their movements.
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Chemistry Professor Neal Castagnoli has spent the past 15 years of his career trying to find a way to help the millions who suffer with Parkinson's disease.
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Parkinson's disease is caused by a significant loss of neurons in the brain that produce a chemical responsible for movement.
Castongnoli hopes to find a way to protect those neurons. One focus of his research is on the compounds found in cigarette smoke.
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So by isolating the compounds found in tobacco smoke he hopes find some answers.
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((I'M OPTIMISTIC THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE SOME USEFUL BREAKTHROUGHS IN DRUG THERAPY. CURE? YOU'VE GOT TO GO TO THE STEM CELL APPROACH THAT'S WHERE WE HAVE THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITY FOR A DRAMATIC IMPACT ON NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASE)) [RUNS18]
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Many with the disease including Michael J. Fox and Mohammed Ali are hopeful Congress will increase funding to help find a cure.
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Jean,

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Animal control officers were forced to shoot and kill a mountain lion that got lost in a residential neighborhood near Los Angeles.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
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THE VIDEO IS A LITTLE SHAKY BUT THAT'S THE HEAD OF A MOUNTAIN LION POKING THE THROUGH THE BACKYARD FENCE OF A SUBURBAN LOS ANGELES HOME. THE BIG CAT APPARENTLY WANDERED DOWN FROM THE SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAIN FOOTHILLS

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POLICE OFFICERS, AND ANIMAL CONTROL MOVED IN AND ON AN EARLY MORNING IN THIS USUALLY QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD, IT WAS QUITE A SHOW.
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THE ANIMAL, WHICH APPEARED SICK, WAS KILLED.
MOUNTAIN LIONS HAVE BEEN SPOTTED IN THE SUBURBS ALONG THE FOOTHILLS BEFORE. AND OFFICERS PREDICT THAT WITH THE DRY, DROUGHT LIKE HILLSIDE CONDITIONS, MORE WILD ANIMALS WILL COME DOWN LOOKING FOR FOOD. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.))

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How much damage would your car have if you were in a slow speed crash?
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A new study shows some fender benders are worse than others- when it comes to your pocketbook.
The worst overall performer was the Jaguar X-type-
The cars were all mid size vehicles tested at five miles an hour- hitting a pole.
The Saab 9-5, Lexus IS-300, Volvu 560 and Hyundai XG350 all sustained excessive damage ranging in price from 500 to 2-thousand dollars.
The 2002 Toyota Camry and Lexus E-S 300 performed reasonably well-
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent research group- it conducted the tests.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Patrick Evans will be there for the kickoff of this year's Festival in the Park.


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Festival in the Park kicks-off tonight with the traditional concert at Victory Stadium, and it promises to be a big crowd pleaser.
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Patrick Evans is on hand, and will be helping to introduce tonight's performers--who can we expect to grace the stage tonight, Patrick?
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Coming up a little later, we'll see how Salem is celebrating its bicentennial,
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[VO] But first in sports, Steve Mason will tell us why things could get a little Looney at this Sunday's Race in Charlotte.

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On Wall Street today, the major stock markets dropped sharply before the long weekend. Ed Crane has the numbers..
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Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your end of the week ticker. Roanoke Steam quarterback Chris Sanders has been picked up by the Tennessee Titans.
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Sanders, who joined the Steam in week three, will be rejoining the Titans, the team that drafted him last season, this Monday in mini camp in Nashville.
In three games for the Steam, Sanders led Roanoke to three victories while throwing 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions with a 58 percent completion rate and 600 yards through the air. He is expected to compete for the Titans third quarterback position.
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Memorial day weekend is annually one of the biggest racing weekends of the year with the Coke 600 in Charlotte and the Indianapolis 500.
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The Virginia International Raceway adds to the racing. The Halifax County track is hosting an amateur motorcycle race this weekend. The event began on Thursday and runs through Sunday. Over 300 motorcyles will take to the three mile track to race in several different divisions.
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The Lowes Motor Speedway is all busniess as Winston Cup drivers prepare for the Coke 600.
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But Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Joe Nemechek and several other drivers did have some fun during Charlotte race week as they unveiled the Cevy Monte Carlo Looney Tunes paint schemes for the Richmond Race in September on their cars that paraded in downtown Charlotte.
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The Berglund Festival Soccer Tournament brings 94 teams from five states to the valley this weekend for two days of competition. The local stock of talent will be a little down because many of the top players and their high school teams are still playing in district tournaments, but that opens doors for other athletes.
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That's it for the ticker, coming up at six, Mike Stevens takes a look at the Busch Series in our continuing reports from Lowe's Motor Speedway, see ya then everybody.

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The City of Salem is celebrating a birthday.
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Staring with Salem After Five tonight, the City's holding a series of special events in honor of its bicentennial. Noon tomorrow will find downtown overrun by a parade complete with some special entries.
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Other events include a party in the park featuring live bands for adults and kids, a food court, carnival games and rides. The Avalanche will get involved Monday when the team rolls back prices to the 19-fifties. Then, next Tuesday, the public's invited to the City Council meeting where members will be decked out in period costume.
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