The man accused of killing a Pittsylvania County sheriff's deputy goes before a judge...
And a decades-old murder involving a Kennedy relative will soon be in the hands of the jury.
Hazy sunshine across the area with slightly cooler temperatures... but the heat's back on tomorrow....I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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The trial of Kennedy relative Michael Skakel is coming to a close.
The 27-year-old murder case in Connecticut will soon be decided by a jury.
Soon Michael Skakel's case will be in the hands of the jury.
He's charged with killing his neighbor Martha Moxley in 1975, when they were both 15.
Closing arguments are underway.
Jamie Colby says they may be the deciding factor in a trial that's been largely circumstantial.
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[IN Q=The key]
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[SUPER=01-Mark Furhman/Author, "Murder In Greenwich"; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Jamie Colby/Reporting; 1:26]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Norwalk, CT.]
((The key players appeared confident as they arrived to deliver closing
arguments in the Michael Skakel murder trial. With no smoking gun.. no
eye witnesses.. the evidence is mostly circumstantial. And the power to
sway the jury may lie in the words these attorneys' deliver today.
Over the last month jurors have heard testimony from dozens of witnesses
, including relatives of the Kennedy clan .. people who worked for
Skakel's family...and former classmates of the accused.
Skakel, now 41 is charged with the beating death of Martha Moxley with
a golf club when both were 15-year-old neighbors in a wealthy Greenwich
community. The club was matched to a set owned by Skakel's mother.
Skakel is a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy.
Prosecutors hope to convince the jury of Skakel's guilt based on
statements or admissions he made over the years...to classmates, a
hairdresser, a family chauffeur, a childhood friend and an author.
SOT: Mark Furhman/Author, "Murder in Greenwich"
"I think they've presented a case that shows Michael Skakel is guilty
and Mickey Sherman has not provided a defense that has challenged where
the murder weapon came from, (edit) or all these confessions."
Skakel's defense attorney Mickey Sherman....argues that the pieces don't
fit. They say Skakel was at a cousin's home when Moxley was killed. They
deny Skakel confessed and say he was bullied and pressured by fellow
students in attempts to get him to confess.
Standup: Judges ruling.))
The man accused of shooting to death a Pittsylvania County sheriff's deputy last month was back in court this morning.
23-year-old Roy Inge Junior is charged with the murder of Deputy Frankie Betterton during a traffic stop on May 17th.
Inge told a district court judge this morning he has no money or assets he can use to hire his own attorney.
Inge will be given a court-appointed attorney instead.
He remains held without bond.
A four-year-old boy is dead after being run over by his father's pickup truck.
It happened last night in Chatham. State police say Brian Papola ran out in front of the truck as his father drove it across the family's front lawn.
The pickup ran into the boy, who died an hour later.
No charges have been filed.
U-S troops say they found NO al-Qaida or Taliban fighters during a sweep in eastern Afghanistan.
But in a separate incident, troops shot and killed a man after he pointed an assault rifle at them.
More than 100 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division blew up four cave complexes near the Pakistani border, after searching for intelligence information.
The troops are there trying to prevent Taliban and Al-Qaida forces from crossing the border into Pakistan -- or returning to Afghanistan to regroup.
An explosion in Colombia has killed nine people -- seven of them children.
The suspected guerilla attack comes amidst worsening violence in Colombia.
In two months, (Al-VAR-O OO-ree-BAY) Alvaro Uribe takes over as president, with a tough agenda against the guerillas.
Sunday's attack happened in the province where Uribe was governor.
A few hours earlier, six people were killed in a local bar in another suspected guerilla attack.
A palace fire hasn't dampened enthusiasm for tonight's star-studded tribute to Britain's Queen Elizabeth.
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Outside Buckingham Palace, the Queen kicked off a national music festival to celebrate cultural diversity.
The songs, and a Jubilee parade, are part of a four-day celebration of the Queen's 50 years on the throne.
Fire officials are still investigating the cause of a blaze that broke out last night in an attic at Buckingham Palace.
The palace was evacuated for the first time since World War Two.
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The grand old Grandin is about to get a makeover. Still ahead, what's in store when renovations begin.
And even federal protection can't protect wildlife from wild weather. We'll show you local efforts to step in when storms bring down the house.
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Some unusual city-dwellers are getting plenty of help .. after rough weekend weather literally uprooted their lives.
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These Yellow-crown NIGHT-Herons have been living in the back yard of a Roanoke family's home for about four years now.
The birds are federally protected, but became homeless when the tree that housed their nests was uprooted during Saturday's storm.
About a dozen nests were crushed when the tree fell, killing at least ten of the birds, but a few fledglings were rescued.
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((PAMELA IRWIN/FOUND BIRDS: IT'S WEIRD THAT IT HAPPENED TO US, THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF RETIRED PEOPLE ON THE STREET THAT WE LIVE ON AND IT HAPPENED RIGHT BEHIND OUR HOUSE AND WE'RE ANIMAL LOVERS SO WE COULDN'T JUST NOT DO ANYTHING.))
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[OUT Q=not do anything]
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The Irwins took about a dozen birds to Doctor Lucky Garvin in Roanoke, who volunteers for the Wildlife Care Alliance.
The birds were treated and are now in stable condition.
They'll be taken care of at a wildlife center in Waynesboro.
Roanoke City public pools are set to open this weekend .. and they will remain open through the summer, even if more severe water restrictions must be ordered.
The city filled the pools much earlier this year because of partial water restrictions in Roanoke.
Once Carvin's Cove hits 26 feet below the spillway, full mandatory water restrictions will go into effect.
That will mean city residents will not be allowed to fill their outdoor pools.
However, the city's pools will remain open.
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[IN Q=We would love to]
((LAURIE WOOD/PARKS AND RECREATION DEPT.: WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE OUR 30,000 CHILDREN IN THE CITY OF ROANOKE ENJOY THEIR SUMMER AND SO WE'VE DECIDED THE POOLS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO THEM EVEN IF THE OWN CITY RESIDENTS AREN'T ALLOWED TO FILL THEIR OWN POOLS AT LEAST THERE IS SOME MAJOR ACTIVITY FOR THE CHILDREN THIS SUMMER.))
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The city is helping conserve water by closing each of the two pools for one day a week.
The Fallon Park pool will be closed on Tuesdays and Washington Park Pool will close on Wednesdays.
The pools officially open for the season next Saturday.
Restoration work is scheduled to begin this week at the Grandin Theater.
And if all goes according to plans, the Roanoke landmark should be open again this fall.
Justin McLeod shows us what to expect when the work is all done.
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[SUPER=01-Ann Trinkle/Grandin Theatre Foundation; 1:15]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Rke]
((((NAT SOUND OF UNLOCKING THE DOOR TO THE GRANDIN))
It won't be long now before the doors here to the Grandin Theatre re-open for good.
[IN Q=Everybody who's participated]
((ANN TRINKLE/GRANDIN THEATRE FOUNDATION: EVERYBODY WHO'S PARTICIPATED IN OUR CAMPAIGN IS LIKE WHEN IS IT GOING TO OPEN WHEN IS IT GOING TO OPEN.))
[OUT Q=going to open]
It should open by September after some major renovations.
That work begins this week.
[IN Q=We're going to]
((RICHARD RIFE/ARCHITECT: WE'RE GOING TO BE REMOVING THE SEATS STARTING NEXT WEDNESDAY AND TAKE ALL SEATS OUT OF THE BUILDING.))
[OUT Q=of the building]
They'll be replaced with new seats that are wider and have more leg room.
New projectors and a digital sound system will also be installed.
Workers will also restore the gargoyles in the main theater and then add lighting so you can actually see them during the movie.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: WHEN THE GRANDIN RE-OPENS THE CONCESSION STAND HERE IN THE LOBBY WILL REMAIN THE SAME AT LEAST FOR NOW. BUT FUTURE PLANS CALL FOR TEARING DOWN THIS WALL THAT YOU SEE HERE. BEHIND IT IS THIS SCREENING ROOM WHICH THEY PLAN TO REPLACE WITH THE CONCESSION STAND.))
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((NAT SOUND OF RICHARD SHOWING AND TALKING ABOUT THE RENOVATIONS))
But all this work costs money.
So far, the Grandin Theatre Foundation has raised nearly a million dollars.
Most of that money is coming through the star campaign.
For a thousand dollars, your name will be featured out front in the theater's walk of fame.
[IN Q=Richard Riff and his]
((ANN TRINKLE: RICHARD RIFE AND HIS ARCHITECTS HAVE DESIGNED A REALLY WONDERFUL DESIGN FOR THE STATS TO BE LAID OUT ON THE SIDEWALK AND I THINK EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE HAPPY AND EXCITED ABOUT THAT.))
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They'll be even more excited when the old popcorn machine is humming again, the seats are filled, and the film projector rolls again.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
The foundation has already sold more than 400 stars.
It hopes to reach 500 by the end of the summer.
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The stock market hopes to rebound from a downward May. Still ahead, we'll see where it's heading so far.
And no jesting .. you might see jousting .. we'll get out the shining armor and take you to "Knight School".
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The Age of Chivalry may not be entirely over after all.
It certainly looks alive and well near Sarasota, Florida, where reporter Ken Suarez shows us a different kind of
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[OUT Q=for each good day, as a real-life knight.]
(( YOUNG MEN LIKE EX-HOCKEY PLAYER KEVIN COBLE, COME HERE TO LIVE
OUT A FANTASY, ONE THAT MANY HAVE HAD SINCE CHILDHOOD.
THEY ARE SPURRED ON BY THE ROMANCE OF AN AGE LONG GONE.
(SOT - COBLE "It's something I got enthralled with, enamored with, and
said I can do that.")
IT'S SOMETHING ONLY A FEW DOZEN PEOPLE IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY CAN
THIS IS KNIGHT SCHOOL, WHERE A MAN AND HIS HORSE ARE TRANSFORMED
TO BATTLE ON THE SIDE OF GOOD OR EVIL...
(NAT SOT - "Prepare to ride on and go. Let it roll ... ")
HERE AT THEIR HOME BASE IN SARASOTA, THEY PRACTICE WHAT THEY'LL
PERFORM AT DOZENS OF RENAISSANCE FESTIVALS FROM LARGO TO LOS ANGELES.
BUT THEY ARE MORE THAN PROFESSIONAL SHOWMEN.
(NAT SOT - "When we get out there and we joust it's a sport for us, we
do a show for the people but it's a sport for us..")
AND A TOUGH ONE WHERE THE WINNER GETS SOMETHING MORE VALUABLE
THAN MONEY, HE GETS BRAGGIN' RIGHTS..
IN THE MOVIE 'A KNIGHT'S TALE', THE LANCES WERE SCORED, HOLLOW
TIPPED, AND FILLED WITH SPAGHETTI SO THEY WOULD SHATTER ON CONTACT..
(STANDUP - SUAREZ "The lances they use here are real, ten feet of
solid wood. How'd you like this coming at you?")
THE JOUSTS ARE REAL TOO, NOT CHOREOGRAPHED, LIKE OTHER SHOWS..
(SOT - COBLE "My first couple of months I had bruises up one arm and
down the other and across the chest.")
TWO DECADES AGO, KELLY BAILEY FORMED THE TOURING TROUPE AND NOW
(SOT - BAILEY "We're pretty democratic about allowing anybody that
shows up with a interest to give it a stab at it.")
IT'S NOT FOR EVERYONE, YOU HAVE TO BE IN GREAT SHAPE, LIKE YOUR
CITY BOUNCER JASON HUGHES AND WILLING TO KEEP GOING NO MATTER HOW HARD
(SOT - MOS "I fall off a horse a couple of times a weekend so what's
one more out there?")
THIS IS A TOURNAMENT DRIVEN BY TESTOSTERONE, A YOUNG MAN'S GAME.
WHERE PASSING YEARS ARE THE REAL ENEMY..
KEVIN IS THIRTY-THREE, AND KNOWS THESE MEDIEVAL MOMENTS WON'T GO
ON FOREVER ... SO HE IS THANKFUL FOR EACH GOOD DAY..
AS A REAL LIFE KNIGHT.
That was Ken Suarez reporting.
By the way, you're supposed to be a good rider to joust .. but Kevin Coble says he stretched the truth a bit and told them he rode "well," even though he'd only been on a couple of trail rides before.
On Wall Street at Noon,
the Dow was DOWN 87 points .. Nasdaq DOWN 31 points.
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Coming up after this break... we'll track down NASCAR rookie Jimmie Johnson after his win in Dover over the weekend...
And Tom Clancy is back on top of the list. Still ahead, we'll run down the hottest weekend movies.
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The Western Conference finals of the Lakers and the Kings came down to an overtime for a berth to the NBA finals...
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Kobe Bryant and the Lakers found themselves down by a point after Mike Bibby buries this jumper with under two minutes to go. Bibby scored ten of the last 12 points for the Kings in regulation.
L-A had a chance to win it with time winding down, but Shaquille O'Neal doesn't come close with this shot attempt, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra session, Shaq didn't miss as the Lakers win Game 7 and the series, beating Sacramento 112 to 106.
Things were also heating up on the track yesterday, as Rookie Jimmie Johnson picked up his second win in 16- Winston Cup starts at the M-B-N-A Platinum 400.
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The one-two winning combination from the Coca-Cola 600, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth could only hope to duplicate their performance yesterday.
The race would get ugly on this yellow flag when Todd (Bo-DYNE) Bodine and his former teammate Joe (NEEM-uh-check) Nemechek get together to bring out a caution.
Johnson would overpower Ricky Rudd on lap 363 ... and he goes the final 92 laps on one set of tires to win the MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover International Speedway.
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[SUPER=01-Jimmie Johnson/Winner of MBNA Platinum 400; :00]
[OUT Q=.....this is cool"]
Bill Elliott was second, Jeff Burton third, rookie Ryan Newman fourth and Dale Jarrett fifth. Stacy Compton was 24th.
Over at the diamond at Salem Memorial - The Avalanche would improve its record to 32 and 24 on the season with a win over Winston-Salem.
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The Avalanche played host to the last place team in the Carolina League's southern Division: the Warthogs.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Av's Cory Sullivan drives this one off the wall in center and he goes for a double.
[SUPER=37-Salem/9/Winston-Salem/6;] Sullivan would steal third ... and then Justin Lincoln brings him in on a sacrif
ice fly to straight-away center ... 4-1 Avalanche.
Still in the fifth, Greg Catalanotte lops the ball down the first base line .. that lands just fair, and that plates Brad (HOP) Hawpe.
5-1 Avs and Salem wins it 9-6.
In college baseball- the N-C-double-A tournament field was narrowed to from 64 down to 16 teams after this weekend's action...
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One of the teams headed to next week's super regionals is the Clemson Tigers.
Former Cave Spring lefthander Tyler Lumsden threw 5 strong innings for the Tigers. Lumsden scattered 6 hits, allowing just one run, and struck out 4 batters.
His teammates provided plenty of offense. The Tigers pounded out 21 hits, including three homers and they eliminate East Carolina by a final score of 21 to 1. Lumsden set the tone for Clemson from the start.
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[IN Q="Tyler stepped up for us..]
[SUPER=01-Jack Leggett/Clemson Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...confidence all the time."]
Roanoke native and Stanford senior tennis star- K-J Hippensteel- is one of only three tennis players in Stanford tennis history to be named an All-American all four years in college.
Hippensteel achieved All-American status for a fourth time after finishing this season number two in the country.
He is now recovering from a back injury.
KJ injured his back while beating Jennifer Capriati's brother, who is number one at Arizona.
Hippensteel graduates on Fathers Day and will turn pro shortly thereafter.
KJ is also a two time academic All-American and has been named the PAC 10 men's tennis player of the year.
Finally, author Tom Clancy does it again. The film version of his book "The Sum of All Fears" topped the weekend box office.
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Ben Affleck's nuclear showdown easily led the way ... the sum of all tickets sold was 31 million dollars.
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of the Cimarron/10.7;]
"Star Wars Episode Two -- Attack of the Clones" was second.
"Spider Man" came in third, followed by "Undercover Brother" and "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron."
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