Coming up on News 7-
The birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior takes on extra significance in Danville.
We'll tell you why you may want to think twice before heading to the D-M-V this week.
Plus, it was a speedo baptism and a speedy one at that in Russia today.
Also, a host of school cancellations and delays to pass along.
News 7 is next.
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((DONNA WADELL/DANVILLE RESIDENT: WE JUST WANT THE PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE.))
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Danville residents take to the streets for Martin Luther King Day, and this year, their dream includes changes in the police department.
Allegations of police brutality continue to ignite a fierce debate in Danville.
Tonight, more than a hundred came out for a candlelight vigil and protest.
As Justin McLeod tells us, some marchers feel the solution is for the city to appoint an African American police chief.
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What you see here is a familar scene here in Danville these days, as the black community takes to the streets to protest.
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They call it the stop the killing march.
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((WILLIAM AVON KEEN/VIRGINIA SCLC PRESIDENT: WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF POLICE BRUTALITY AND WE STILL HEAR THE WORDS OF DR. KING ECHOING WHEN HE CAME TO THE CITY ABOUT THE BRUTISH POLICE DEPARTMENT WE HAVE HERE.))
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One example they say is the Rennie Hunt case.
Back in May, officers shot and killed Hunt after he reportedly took his girlfriend hostage.
What officers thought was a knife turned out to be a screwdriver.
And although an investigation cleared the officers of any wrong doing many African Americans are still angry.
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((ANTHONY FITZGERALD/DANVILLE RESIDENT: THEY NEED TO BE CLEANED OUT AND CLEANED THROUGH FROM BOTTOM TO TOP, CHANGED NEED TO BE MADE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO THE TOP.))
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Some would also like to see the city appoint a citizen's advisory committee to investigate future cases involving African Americans and the Danville Police Department.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: CHIEF NEAL MORRIS IS OUT OF THE OFFICE UNTIL FRIDAY AND COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT. BUT HE HAS REPEATEDLY DENIED IN THE PAST ANY ALLEGATIONS OF POLICE BRUTALITY AND HAS VOICED HIS DETERMINATION TO WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY. THAT COMMITTMENT HOWEVER IS ABOUT TO CHANGE. CHIEF MORRIS PLANS TO RETIRE AT THE END OF MAY.))
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Many in the black community say Morris' retirement is a perfect opportunity to appoint a African American police chief here in Danville.
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((TODD YEATTS/CITY SPOKESPERSON: THE POLICE CHIEF IS THE POLICE CHIEF FOR THE COMMUNITY AND THAT IS OBVIOUSLY VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CITY MANAGER TO GET SOMEONE WHO CONNECTS WITH THE COMMUNITY.))
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It is a community judging by this march that is currently still divided.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Danville.
Other communities also paused today to remember Dr. King's many contributions.
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((NAT SOUND OF MUSIC-- WE SHALL OVERCOME.))
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This afternoon, the Montgomery County, Radford City, Floyd County branch of the N-double-A-C-P sponsored a special service at Schaeffer Memorial Baptist Church in Christiansburg.
More than 200- people attended the event, including 60- young people, for an afternoon of reflection, fellowship and music.
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((I THINK IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORT TO HAVE EVENTS LIKE THIS TO RECOGNIZE A MAN WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR FREEDOM AND TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL PEOPLE ARE CREATED OR TREATED EQUALLY AND THAT PEOPLE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THEIR TALENTS TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS AND TO EARN AN EDUCATION.))
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The celebration of Dr. King's life is an annual event for the chapter.
But organizers hope to hold the get together at a larger facility next year.
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State Police are trying to determine what caused an accident that backed up traffic on Interstate- 81.
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A state trooper says 45- year- old Jamie Haines was traveling north- on Interstate 81, shortly after noon, when she ran off the right side of the road, and behind a guardrail.
She then struck a large pole that holds a sign near the exit to 581- south.
Haines was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial where she's listed in fair condition.
Officials say they don't think speed was a factor, but the cause of the accident is being investigated.
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If you need to visit a DMV office this coming week, don't be surprised if the wait is even longer than usual.
Many people remember what it was like November 30th, after offices were closed several days for Thanksgiving.
Well this time, they were closed Friday for Lee-Jackson Day, and they'll be closed tomorrow for the Martin Luther King holiday.
The offices are already closed Wednesdays to save money, so D-M-V officials predict Tuesday could be very, very busy.
They suggest coming in later in the week, or if possible, doing your business on-line.
The state legislature will consider a bill this week that would allow police to stop you for not wearing a seat belt.
Right now, you can be ticketed for not buckling up only if you are pulled over for something else.
Governor Warner backs efforts to toughen the law, arguing it would save lives, but many lawmakers from both parties think the bill amounts to too much government meddling in private lives.
The House of Delegates Transportation Committee is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday.
Whether you're in a car, or anywhere else, it won't be long now before your cell phone could one day save your life.
Currently, when you make an emergency call on your cell phone, most 9-1-1 dispatchers can only track you to the nearest cell tower.
But newer technology will help pinpoint the exact location of certain cell phone users.
The City of Danville recently received the new mapping system and is currently getting it up and running.
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((DOUG YOUNG/DANVILLE EMERGENCY SERVICES DIRECTOR: SO IF YOU CALL AND YOU'RE FROM OUT OF TOWN OR IF YOU GOING FOR EXAMPLE INTERSTATE 81 OR HIGHWAY 29 AND YOU'RE JUST NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA, A 9-1-1 DISPATCHER WILL BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THAT MAP AND TELL US EXACTLY WHERE YOU'RE AT.))
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Pittsylvania and Henry County already have the new mapping system.
The problem is most if not all cell phones currently do not have a G-P-S chip in order to use the technology.
The F-C-C has mandated that all cell phone providers have the chip in place for 95-percent of their customer base by 2005.
Enough of the mobile classrooms. Still ahead, an area school district happily dedicates its middle school.
And when anti-war protestors get too close to the White House, police move in.
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((Hey everybody..Travis Wells back in the News 7 Sports Office. Coming up later, the Bucs don't stop here, but they do stop the Eagles, the silver and black is back in the big game and the Dazzle tries to outshine the Groove. Plus ACC hoops men's and women's style on the way in just a few.))
More than a dozen people were arrested today during anti-war protests in the nation's capital.
Meanwhile, time is running out for Iraq.
Aleen Sirgany brings us the latest.
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LOOKING TO FILL IN WHAT THEY CALL "GAPS" IN IRAQ'S WEAPON'S DISCLOSURE
DECLARATION....THE TOP U-N INSPECTORS ARE BACK IN BAGHDAD.
SOT: MOHAMED ELBARADEI/CHIEF UN NUCLEAR AGENCY (13:23:58)
"WE CAME HERE ASKING THEM FOR A CHANGE OF HEART, FOR A PROACTIVE
AFTER MEETING WITH IRAQI OFFICIALS, ELBARADEI SAID PROGRESS IS BEING
MADE, BUT HE ALSO ADMITTED TIME IS RUNNING OUT. THE INSPECTORS NOW HAVE
A WEEK BEFORE THEY REPORT TO THE U-N SECURity COUNCIL.
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"BASICALLY WE HAVE SAID IF YOU HAVE ANY DOCUMENTS, COME FORWARD WITH IT.
DO NOT WAIT FOR US TO ASK FOR IT."
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IN WASHINGTON...A SECOND DAY OF ANTI-WAR PROTESTS TURNED UGLY. EVEN
THOUGH THE CROWD WAS MUCH SMALLER THAN SATURDAY, ABOUT A DOZEN
DEMONSTRATORS WERE ARRESTED FOR GETTING TOO CLOSE TO THE WHITE HOUSE.
AND WHILE POLICE DEALT WITH THE PROTESTERS... TOP U-S POLICY OFFICIALS
WERE MAKING THE ROUNDS ON THE SUNDAY TALK SHOWS. THE HOT TOPIC OF THE
DAY: THE POSSIBILITY OF EXILE FOR SADDAM HUSSEIN.
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"I'D BE DELIGHTED IF SADDAM HUSSEIN THREW IN THE TOWEL AND SAID THE
GAMES UP, THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAS CAUGHT ME AND I'LL JUST LEAVE."
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"THE CHALLENGE BEFORE US THEN WOULD BE TO SEE WHETHER OR NOT THAT NEW
REGIME WOULD COMMIT ITSELF TO ELIMINATING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION."
The 'middle' part of the Craig County Middle- High School was dedicated earlier today.
The new wing will house grades 6- through- 8, but a short walk down a hall takes you to the high school.
The elementary school is also located on the campus.
School administrators say the new facility will enhance educational opportunities for all students.
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((DALLAS HELEMS/CRAIG CO. SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: IT GIVES US MODERN UP TO DATE SCIENCE CLASS ROOMS. IT GIVES US A MUCH LARGER, MODERN MEDIA CENTER. THE AUXILIARY GYM, WE NEEDED MORE SPACE FOR PRACTICE AND GAMES AND WHATNOT. THAT WILL DEFINITELY GIVE US MORE FLEXIBILITY THERE.))
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Helems says middle school classrooms had been housed in mobile units and students needed something more permanent.
Construction on the project took a little over a year and cost nearly 6- million dollars.
Virginia's Museum of Natural History in Martinsville will begin the new week under new leadership.
Stephen Pike's last day on the job as director was Thursday.
He left to take a similar job in Memphis, Tennesse.
Judy Winston will take over as interim director until a permanent one can be found.
The changes come as the museum gets ready to break ground on a new 15 million dollar facility on Starling Avenue next to the Y-M-C-A.
The museum also recently learned that Governor Warner wants to place the museum's administration under the Richmond-based Science Museum of Virginia.
Funerals of the rich and famous. Just ahead, Virginia Profiles meets a man who has "undertaken" many interesting duties.
And cold as it is around here, it's much chillier in Russia, but hey, the water's just fine for a baptism.
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Even in a recession, there's one business that never loses customers.
Just ask Tom Hornbaker. He is an experienced funeral director who now lives and works in Roanoke, but most of his career was spent in Washington, DCTERMS.
And it was there that Hornbaker helped many of the nation's most famous families.
Joe Dashiell has his story in this week's Virginia Profile.
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((Tom Hornbaker has worked as a funeral director for more than forty years and his experience shows.
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((FOR INSTANCE WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT HERE ARE METAL CASKETS AND METAL CASKETS COME IN DIFFERENT CATEGORIES.))
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Now employed at Oakey's Funeral Service in Roanoke, Hornbaker relocated to western Virginia with his wife 20 months ago.
But for 33 years, he worked for Joseph Gawler's Sons Funeral Service in Washington, DCTERMS.
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((TOM HORNBAKER: MY MAIN FUNCTION IN REGARDS TO THE EISENHOWER SERVICE I WAS A NEW EMPLOYEE AT GAWLER'S AT THAT TIME, OUR MAIN INVOLVEMENT WAS SIMPLY THAT OF FLOWERS.))
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The funeral of President Dwight Eisenhower was the first of many high-profile assignments.
And as his responsibilities grew, he participated in the funerals of many others including football coach Vince Lombardi, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
In 1994, he served as a pall-bearer when the casket of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was brought to Arlington National Cemetery.
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((JACKIE'S DESIRE WAS THAT THERE BE NO MILITARY INVOLVEMENT WITH HER SERVICE AT ALL. AND OUR COMPANY WAS ASKED TO BE THE PALLBEARERS, WHICH I HAD THE DISTINCTION OF SERVING AS ONE OF THOSE GENTLEMEN TAKING CARE OF HER CASKET. DO YOU CONSIDER THAT AN HONOR? VERY MUCH SO. FOR A FORMER FIRST LADY. SURE.))
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Hornbaker says he enjoys his work at Oakey's and though the families he helps today may not have the public profile of those he worked with in Washington, he says the goal remains the same.
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((THE ACHIEVEMENT STILL IS TO HELP A FAMILY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AT THEIR TIME OF LOSS.))
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Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Those hoping to "break" into the world of pool got the chance to rack up their skills this weekend.
The United States Professional Pool Players Association held a clinic at "Guys and Dolls" on Williamson Road in Roanoke.
18 players from around the region took part in the two day event.
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((PHIL MULLER/CLINIC ORGANIZER: MOST PLAYERS HERE ARE INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCE PLAYERS AND THEY'RE LOOKING TO IMPROVE THEIR GAME TO THE NEXT LEVEL.))
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They learned the secrets of the trade from three pros including one who is ranked in the top ten in the world and is the 2001 world champion.
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((MIKA IMMONEN/PROFESSIONAL POOL PLAYER: WHEN WE SHARE OUR KNOWLEDGE WE AND TONY ROLLAS, AND CHARLIE WILLIAMS WE ACTUALLY LEARN A LOT FROM EACH OTHER BECAUSE WE'RE LOOKING AT EACH OTHER'S DIAGRAMS AND WE'RE FIGURING OUT SOME SHOTS THAT WE DIDN'T REALIZE BEFORE THE CLINIC SO EVERYONE IS LEARNING.))
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The owner of Guys and Dolls hopes to hold similar clinics in the future possibly several times a year.
Some Russian Orthodox Christians plunged into a "pool" of a different sort today.
And it wasn't holy water, but rather holy ice they used to wash away their sins.
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Onlookers clung to their fur coats as worshippers stripped down to their bathing suits to take an icy dip.
They were marking the Orthodox day of Epiphany, in honor of the baptism of Jesus Christ.
And although the Bible says Jesus was baptized in the warm waters of the River Jordan, these worshippers made do with the frozen Moscow River.
Russia has seen temperatures as low as 22 degrees below zero this winter.
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Tonight in sports, we'll set the table for Super Bowl Thirty-Seven, the Dazzle looks for its 7th consecutive win, plus ACC hoops from both the men and women, but first in tonight's extra point,
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we head down under where Lindsey Davenport was knocked off by Justine Henin at the Australian Open. Henin won a three set marathon 7-5, 5-7, and 9-7 to advance to the quarterfinals.
Venus Williams didn't have much trouble with Nicole Pratt. Williams stayed on course for a fourth straight Grand Slam final against sister Serena by beating Pratt 6-3, and 6-2.
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The Bucs and the Eagles sported the top two scoring defenses in the NFL this season. But this afternoon in the NFC championship game it was Tampa Bay's newfound offense that stole the show.
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The final game in Veterans Stadium didn't go as planned for Eagles fans.
Although, the start was pretty good for Donovan McNabb and company. Deuce Staley exposes the Tampa 'D' by scooting right up the gut for the 20 yard score and a 7-nothing lead in the first quarter.
But Mike Alstott rumbled in from a yard out just a short time later giving the Buccaneers their first lead of the game at 10-7.
Then it was Johnson and Johnson time. Brad goes 9 yards to Keyshawn in the endzone to make it 17-10 Tampa at halftime.
Roanoke's Ronde Barber put this one on ice in the second half by picking off McNabb and scampering 92 yards to the house. The Bucs shock the Eagles 27 to 10 advancing to the first Super Bowl in franchise history.
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In the AFC title match, the Raiders brawled with the Titans on the left coast.
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Thirty seven year old Rich Gannon wasted no time in getting the silver and black on the board.
Gannon went three yards to Jerry Porter to put the Raiders on top 7-nothing. Gannon threw 3 TD passes on the day.
But Steve McNair was a warrior all year and today was no different. McNair ran it in for a nine yard touchdown in the second quarter. The Titans still trailed by a TD 24-17 at halftime.
Gannon was up to his old tricks later. He runs pretty good for an old man. Gannon finds the endzone for a 10 point lead in the fourth quarter.
Zack Crockett added this 7 yard rush into the zone and the Raiders just win baby. They head to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1984 beating Tennessee 41 to 24.
Last night in Fayetteville, the Roanoke Dazzle rallied from a 23 point deficit to win its sixth straight game. The comeback trail was a familiar place again this afternoon for Roanoke as Kent Davison's club played host to the Greenville Groove.
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Former Virginia Cavalier Donald Hand was in the house for the Groove, and he was doing his thang early on.
Hand rings up a long three ball to put the visitors on top 7 to 1.
The Dazzle then turns to Gabe Muoneke who finds himself open and puts down the 15 foot jumper.
Mouneke who had an NBDL record 38 points last night, tallied just 8 this afternoon.
With just 30 seconds left in the first quarter, Terrence Shannon plays above the rim for the big slam. Shannon blew up with 34 points, but the Groove held off the Dazzle 95 to 94, ending Roanoke's win streak.
After starting the conference slate at oh and four for the first time in school history, Debbie Ryan and the Virginia Lady Cavs have quietly put together a two game ACC winning streak.
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Maryland visited U-Hall this afternoon and quickly jumped out to a 10 point lead.
But Anna Prillaman shot the Lady Cavs back in it with long range bombs like this one. The game was tied at 34 by halftime.
In the second half, check out LaTonya Blue as she comes up with the loose ball and drops a dime for Brandi Teamer who scores down low. Teamer finished with 13 points for Virginia.
Cherisse Graham was the story though. Graham slashes to the bucket for two on her way to a 25 point day including a perfect 11 of 11 from the charity stripe.
Virginia pulled away. Blue added a double double and UVA knocked off Maryland by a final of 69 to 58.
On the men's side 19th ranked Wake Forest welcomed the Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech to Tobacco Road.
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The Demon Deacs were unbeaten at home coming in, and Georgia Tech couldn't change the trend.
Josh Howard was full of offense for Wake. Howard lets a 3 fly in the first half and Wake Forest led early 8 to 5.
B-J Elder kept the Yellow Jackets close with this tough move along the baseline. Elder got the hard earned bucket but Wake led 39-36 at intermission.
Howard kept on coming in the second half. He pumped in 30 points, grabbed 6 boards and played some
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defense to boot. Wake Forest improves to 12 and one by beating Georgia Tech 73 to 66.
The Roanoke Express picked up its third straight win tonight at Reading. Jason Jaffray scored twice and tallied two assists. The Express and the Royals were tied at 5 after regulation. Following a scoreless overtime period, Roanok
e won the shootout 4-1 to take the game by a final of 6-5.