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Coming up on News 7-
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Yet another shooting- this one near Manassas- Is it the work of a serial sniper? We'll have a live report. Candles are lit in Roanoke- remembering those killed by domestic violence.
And the balloons went up just fine- but coming down was a different story-
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News 7 at Eleven is next.

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Yet another reported shooting in the Washington D-C area- this one near Manassas- and this one at a gas station.
These are pictures from the scene-
From what we can tell the shooting happened at about nine- tonight at a Sunoco gas station along a busy road in Prince William County.
Police onfirm one man is dead.
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[MD-Sniper]


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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The fear tonight is that this latest shooting could be the work of a serial sniper- but at this point police officers just don't have enough information.
Six people have already been killed by a sniper ... and police are tracking down more clues in the serial shootings.

Sources say a Tarot card and a shell casing were found outside the school where a 13 year old was shot-
The car says "Dear Policeman, I am God.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Stacy/Newspath]


Stacy Case is following this story- she's just arrived at the scene near Manassas and joins us with the latest.
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((HAS THE SERIAL SNIPER STRUCK AGAIN? TONIGHT, A MAN WAS SHOT TO DEATH AT A SUNOCO GAS STATION IN MANASSAS, VIRGINIA ... JUST OUTSIDE WASHINGTON D.C. POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING WHETHER THAT SHOOTING IS LINKED TO THE RECENT STRING OF ATTACKS. EARLIER TODAY IN KENSINGTON, MARYLAND ... A ROUTINE POLICE CALL ALARMED RESIDENTS ALREADY ON EDGE. AUTHORITIES SAY A NEIGHBOR REPORTED HEARING SHOTS FIRED INSIDE THE HOME. ONCE INSIDE, POLICE FOUND WEAPONS IN PLAIN SIGHT. THE UNIDENTIFIED MAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. CHIEF CHARLES MOOSE/ MONTGOMERY CO POLICE "No one else was there. No one was harmed." TRACK: MEANTIME, INVESTIGATORS ARE EXPLORING THE MEANING BEHIND A CALLING CARD, POSSIBLY LEFT BEHIND BY THE SNIPER. SOURCES TOLD CBS AFFILIATE WUSA IN WASHINGTON, D-C THAT THE SNIPER LEFT BEHIND A FORTUNE TELLING CARD LIKE THIS NEAR THE SITE OF MONDAY'S SHOOTING. IT'S THE DEATH CARD. ON IT, A TAUNTING MESSAGE READS "DEAR POLICEMAN I AM GOD." FORENSICS EXPERTS SAY PREVIOUS SERIAL KILLERS HAVE LEFT MESSAGES TOO. MICHEAL WELNER, MD/ FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIST / NYU MEDICAL CENTER he wants the public to focus on his power and his ability to control the situation. N. G. BERRILL/ FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGIST "He's saying ha ha ha you guys don't know anything about me.." WEDNESDAY, POLICE WERE SEEN RETRACING THEIR STEPS LOOKING FOR ANY MISSED MESSAGES FROM THE KILLER.
NAT SOT: -- NO SUPER-- TOO QUICK BILL PINTZ / GUN SHOP OWNER FROM EVENING NEWS

They've been here several times. AND INVESTIGATORS ARE FREQUENTING ALL THE GUN SHOPS IN THE AREA, CHECKING PURCHASE FORMS AND TRACKING THE SALE OF HIGH-POWERED RIFLES.))
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[Domestic-Violence]


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It's hard to believe but so far, nearly a dozen people have died in Roanoke this year as the result of domestic violence.
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That's according to the TAP Women's Resource Center, which organized a candlelight vigil to remember those who died as part of Domestic Violence Awareness month. According to the center-- since January, eight people have lost their lives to domestic abuse in Roanoke, including one woman who was pregnant.
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((ELLEN BROWN/TAP WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER; WE DO WORK WITH THE SURVIVORS AND PEOPLE WHO MANGE TO GET AWAY AND BE SAFE AND HAVE A HEALTHY LIFE BUT WE FEEL THAT WE SHOULD ALWAYS HONOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T GET THAT CHANCE, YOU KNOW WHERE THEY HAD A SITUATION WHERE THEY DIDN'T HAVE TIME AND THEY WERE KILLED.))
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Counselors and victims of domestic violence attended tonight's vigil, as well as people who've lost loved ones to abuse.
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[General-Assembly]


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Democrats in the House and Senate want to shorten next year's legislative session and work weekends to save some money.
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The proposal would save the cash-strapped state about three-million dollars.
The leaders also recommend putting an end to out-of-state travel and reducing the number of pages working for the General Assembly.
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The state is struggling with a budget shortfall approaching two-billion dollars.
Governor Mark Warner is scheduled to announce deep cuts in his administration and layoffs statewide in a televised address on Tuesday.

[Johnson]


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A new man is officially in charge of the Commonwealth's prison system.
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[TAKE FULLSCREEN] Governor Warner is appointing Gene Johnson as Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections. Johnson has been acting Director since September 17th. His 36-years of experience in the corrections department included work as a warden and regional administrator in prisons around the state and as a deputy director.
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Also appointed today ... Maurice Jones as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services.

[Bowman]


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He's not a suspect, but he's the "best lead" in a triple-murder investigation- that's according to authorities.
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Garrison Bowman is being held in Yellowknife, Canada, on an immigration violation and faces deportation after a hearing Friday morning.
Tomorrow morning, four investigators from Henry County and Rockingham County, North Carolina, will fly there to interview him.
Canadian immigration officials say the fact that he's being sought for questioning in the murders of Jennifer Short and her parents will have no bearing on whether he stays or is sent home... though it's likely he'll be tried on a drunk driving charge there first.
Local investigators also want to search Bowman's van, though it's not clear if they'll be able to bring any items
back to the U-S for analysis.
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[Longshoremen]


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The cranes are revving up at this hour- as dock workers head back to the job- but many are not too happy about it.


The workers went back to their jobs just a couple of hours ago- with ships lined up at every port- it could take two months just to catch up.
Manuel Gallegus is on the West Coast where the work is underway.
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((SIX OCLOCK AND DOCKWORKERS ACROSS THE WEST COAST WERE BACK ON THE JOB. ALTHOUGH THEY'RE NOT HAPPY THAT IT CAME BY FEDERAL COURT ORDER. RAMON PONCE DE LEON, I.L.W. UNION LOCAL PRESIDENT Were not happy with the presidential order to come an invoke taft Hartley act, moving an injunction against American workers and taking favor to foreign capital. IN SAN PEDRO IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, JOB ASSIGNMENTS WERE CALLED OUT AT THE LONGSHOREMEN HIRING HALL AUCTIONEER STYLE AND THERES PLENTY OF WORK TO BE DONE. CONTAINERS FILLED WITH FOOD, ELECTRONICS, CAR PARTS AND CLOTHING HAVE BEEN ANCHORED OFF SHORE FOR DAYS. WESLEY BRUNSON, EVERGREEN SHIPPING: Theres probably 15-thousand containers out in the harbor waiting to come in and be discharged. We have about 3200 containers here on the ground waiting to be picked up by importers. Manuel Gallegus, San Pedro, California: The shipping companies plan to run shifts around the clock, 7 days a week to clear out all of the cargo. But even at that pace, it may take two months before they catch-up. AND THAT'S ASSUMING THE UNION WORKS AT FULL CAPACITY. SHIPPING COMPANIES ACCUSED THE DOCKWORKERS OF WORKING AT A SLOWER PACE TO PRESSURE THEM-THAT'S WHAT LED TO THE WORK STOPPAGE IN THE FIRST PLACE. BUT DOCKWORKERS TELL A DIFFERENT STORY THEY SAY THEY NEED TO BE MORE CAREFUL BECAUSE THEIR WORKPLACE CAN BE DANGEROUS WITH INJURIES COMMON ESPECIALLY NOW WHEN THEY'RE SO BACKED UP. REGARDLESS, FOR NOW TRUCK DRIVERS ARE ROLLING AGAIN, TUGBOATS ARE HEADING OUT TO SEA BUT THIS 80-DAY COOLING OFF PERIOD MAY NOT SETTLE ANYTHING. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS SAN PEDRO.))


[Soulforce]


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Organizers and police are preparing for every contingency when Lynchburg hosts its first "gay pride" festival later this month.
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The event is being sponsored by the gay rights group Soulforce, whose founder Mel White moved to Lynchburg last month.
White has invited the Reverend Jerry Falwell and his supporters to a picnic on October 27th to discuss their differences.
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((MEL WHITE: WE'RE HOPING THAT JERRY AND 200 OF HIS PEOPLE WILL SIT DOWN WITH US, GAYS, GAY-AMERICAN CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS AND TALK TO US AND HEAR OUR STORIES AND BECOME MORE SENSITIZED TO THE FACT THAT WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT US ON TELEVISION LEADS TO SUFFERING AND DEATH AND RIOTS IN INDIA AND WE NEED HIM TO KNOW THAT.))
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The anti-gay Reverend Fred Phelps has indicated his group will picket the Soulforce event.
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An unusual drug-smuggling case comes to a surprising end.
That's next on News 7.
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Plus Mountain Lake Hotel has a new plan to recharge its namesake.
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[Sports-preview]


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((Hey, folks, Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as the NHL opens up another season tonight. Steve Mason checks in from Blacksburg with a transplanted sister act from Richmond in this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly. Plus, Travis Wells takes us inside today's test session at Martinsville where the good ole boys had some company from

Japan - tonight on the Big 7.))[Yosemite-Murders]


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A California jury says the man convicted of murdering three Yosemite National Park tourists in 1999 SHOULD be put to death.
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Cary Stayner was found guilty of killing Carole Sund, her 15-year-old daughter Juli and their 16-year-old friend from Argentina. According to Stayner's confession, when he saw the three women in their room at the rustic lodge where he worked, he saw "easy prey'' to fulfill a longtime sexual fantasy that had turned violent. Attorneys argued that he was insane, but jurors disagreed. A judge could still reduce the sentence to prison time.
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[Wuornos-Execution]


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A woman is put to death in Florida today- more than a decade after she murdered six men along central Florida's highways while working as a prostitute.
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Serial Killer Aileen (War-nos) Wuornos was known for her courtroom outbursts.. shouting at the jurors and at one point the judge.
The 46- year old was pronounced dead from lethal injection at 9:47 this morning.
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((IT WAS ONE BREATH AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED SHE SHOULD HAVE SUFFERED MORE. I'M GLAD IT IS OVER. JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED.))
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Wuornos took 17 minutes to die She did not take a sedative and did not ask for a chaplain for spiritual counseling.

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[Fulcher]


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A guilty plea today in a bizarre federal drug case. This means the man who oversaw the marijuana concession at Bland Prison in the 1990's will serve no more than 10 years in prison.
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Michael Fulcher pled guilty to conspiracy and money laundering, rather than go to trial again next month. Though a federal jury found Fulcher guilty in 1999 of running a "continuing criminal enterprise" inside Bland Prison, that conviction was thrown out by judge Jackson Kiser. Now the government has agreed to drop that charge. The "criminal enterprise" charge alone carries a minimum mandatory THIRTY YEARS in prison. Today's plea agreement calls for a range of punishment between five and ten years, the exact amount of time to be decided by Judge Kiser later. Fulcher's mother, Ethel, will not have to serve any time under the deal struck today. This puts to rest an unusual defense, where the 45-year old one-time government informant claimed he was still working for the D-E-A inside the prison. After the trial D-E-A Agent Don Lincoln came forward and said Fulcher might have had good reason to believe that.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The agreement reached today means Agent Lincoln won't have to testify against the government.
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Still ahead on News 7, a Virginia scientist gets an early morning wake-up call... to learn he's a Nobel Prize Winner.
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And later, some rough landings at a balloon festival.
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[Nobel-prize]


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A Virginia Commonwealth University professor is a Nobel prize winner today.
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85-year-old John Fenn says he was awakened at 5-30 this morning by the Royal Academy of Sciences.
The call was to tell him he's one of three recipients of this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Fenn was honored for inventing a technique to accurately weigh large biological molecules.
His research could help in the early diagnosis of cancer.
The prize comes with one million dollars.
Fenn says he feels like he won the lottery.
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Fenn is not the only Virginian winner today.
George Mason University professor Vernon Smith was awarded a Nobel prize in Economic Sciences.
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[Ferrum-College]


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On Friday, Jennifer Braaten (BRAHT-ehn) will be inaugurated as the tenth President of Ferrum College.
Today in Roanoke, she said she hopes to build upon the school's rich history and "legacy of service."


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Braaten has been on the job for three months, and today she told members of the Roanoke Kiwanis Club she's excited about the challenges and opportunities she will face at Ferrum.
As students educate themselves and choose their professions, Braaten said she believes it's important to deal with basic issues of character, values and ethics.
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((JENNIFER BRAATEN: NOW MORE THAN EVER CHARACTER COUNTS, WE KNOW THAT. NOW MORE THAN EVER PEOPLE NEED TO BE ABLE TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS BASED ON ETHICS.))
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Braaten says she also hopes to strengthen Ferrum's connection to the community. Today she invited members of the Kiwanis Club to take an active role in Ferrum's programs.
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[Mountain-Lake]


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If you want a job done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself.
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[SUPER=03-Giles Co.;]


That's essentially what the owners of Mountain Lake are doing to restore the lake's water level.
Right now, it's at 50-percent, due to the lack of rain.
But, officials say they have come up with a way to use the water from a nearby pond drain to refill it.
The idea came from a retired biology professor at Virginia Tech, who has researched the lake for over 30-years.
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((BRUCE PARKER/VA TECH PROF. OF BIOLOGY EMERITUS; IF THEY DRILLED A RELATIVELY SHALLOW WELL, THEY COULD BE ESSENTIALLY TAPPING THE WATER SOURCE THAT'S NATURALLY COMING OUT OF THE LAKE AND SIMPLY PIPING IT BACK INTO THE LAKE 56:19))
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Officials say if all goes as planned, they could begin drilling as early as next week.
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[S-Extra]


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The NHL opens up another regular season, Steve Mason is in the house with Hometown Hoops Weekly, while Travis Wells is at the Martinsville Speedway. But first a homecoming
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[SUPER=03-Detroit, MI; :00]

in Detroit. Alan Trammell - who played 20 years in the Detroit Tigers infield as an all-star shortstop - was hired today as the team's new manager. He has his work cut out him - he is the Tigers' fifth manager in the last seven years.
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[S-NHL]


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The National Hockey League opened up its 2002-2003 season tonight with three games. Dallas and Colorado skated to a 1-all tie.
The Rangers beat Carolina 4-to-1 as Mark Messier scored twice.
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[SUPER=03-Los Angeles/NHL; :00]

While he proving he can still play - his former teammate Wayne Gretsky was in Los Angeles - the place that Gretsky popularized hockey when folks said it just could not be done in tinseltown. Tonight, before the Kings' game with the Coyotes his number 99 jersey was retired by the team. The NHL retired it league wide in 2000.
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[S-Arca]


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Another ARCA event at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, and unfortunately another death. This afternoon during practice for the series' final race of the season - Eric Martin was killed in a crash.
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[go to pinnacle 1003] Martin's car was sitting still in the tri-oval after spinning when another driver Deborah Renshaw T-boned his car slamming into the driver's-side door area. Emergency workers covered Martin's car with a tarp minutes after the accident.
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Martin was a rookie in the Automobile Racing Club of America series from Hixson, Tennessee just outside of Chattanooga. He is survived by his wife and two children. Former Cup star Ernie Irvan witnessed the crash.
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[S-Testing]


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A number of Cup drivers were in Martinsville today testing for next weekend's Old Dominion 500. Travis Wells attempts to "corner" the competitors tonight.
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((Last month, the turns at the Martinsville Speedway were smoothed down in an effort to improve the track's grip. Today during testing, the change got mixed reviews from the drivers. Bobby Hamilton: Jeff Green: Travis: Hideo Fukuyama:
The language barrier has been a unique challenge for Fukuyama, his spotters and crew chief, Madison Heights native Teddy Brown. Teddy Brown:
Team owner Travis Carter plans on entering the 47 year old Fukuyama in next month's race at Rockingham, followed by a full schedule in 2003. At the Martinsville Speedway, Travis Wells, News 7 Sports.))

[S-Hoops]


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Steve Mason will never be mistaken for Whoopi Goldberg - but he does know a solid "Sister Act" when he sees one.

Here's Mase with this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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((City slickers they are not. Blacksburg's Brittney and Leslee Anderson did move from Richmond to Blacksburg because their mother got an attractive job opportunity at Virginia Tech. But in meeting high school athletes who have been uprooted and relocated in unfamiliar territory, one finds two young ladies who will be making waves in big time college basketball. But these two have some more immediate goals.))
((Last year, the sisters played in the triple A state semifinals for Richmond power Meadowbrook. Brittney, number 32, and younger sister Leslee, number 21 were huge contributors. They are banking on that experience and their hunger to help Blacksburg win its first state title since 1992. ((:)) ((:))
But on the court experience is just the beginning to their maturity. I the last five years the sisters and their family have moved from Texas to Richmond and now to Blacksburg. ((:)) Combined, they are averaging nearly 40 points a game and while the scoreboard continues to light up, when it comes to team chemistry and spreading playing time around, there have been a few dim moments. ((:)) ((:)) The team is gelling together. Blacksburg is 13 and OH and beating teams by an average of roughly 30 points a game. With mom working at Virginia Tech and head basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson already recruiting the elder sister, staying in Blacksburg to play college ball for both is very realistic. ((:)) ((:))
Lesslee has one more year of high school while Tech, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Alabama and Richmond are recruiting Britney. Steve Mason Hometown hoops weekly.))


[Balloons]


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The balloons may have floated up gracefully- at today's Albuquerque International Balloon Festival- but the landing was anything but that.
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Four balloons either became entangled in power lines or knocked over a power pole during landing.
No one was hurt- but some nearby residents were without power.
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