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A tragic day for the NASA family. Coming up on NEWS 7 at six... the latest on today's loss of space shuttle "Columbia" and its crew of seven.
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Plus, a Virginia Tech professor offers insight into what may have happened.


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Tonight on News 7 Sports, Virginia looks to solve its road woes at Georgia Tech, plus
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this former Cavalier is starting to make some noise for the Roanoke Dazzle.
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Plenty of sunshine and much warmer temperatures on tap for the second half of your weekend. The forecast plus the February Almanac coming up. [Video-Open]
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Flags in our region are lowered to half staff to honor the astronaunts killed in today's shuttle disaster.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.


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President Bush is calling this morning's loss of shuttle "Columbia" a national tragedy-- while praising its crew as fallen heroes. Tonight-- we have local reaction as well as the latest on the investigation. We begin now with Elizabeth Sanchez who is at Mission Control in Houston.
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Amateur videotape captured the disaster.....as Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart, 200-thousand feet above Texas. The aging aircraft was re-entering the atmosphere, headed to Florida's Kennedy Space Center. But NASA lost communication with the crew, just 15 minutes before its expected landing...

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"Debris was seen falling from skies above texas...the columbia is lost...there are no survivors."
The shuttle carried six Americans and Israel's first astronaut....they were on their way home from a successful, 16 day scientific mission. NASA says the first sign of trouble came with a loss of temperature sensors in the left wing. But experts caution, it could be months...or more...to find the exact cause.

SOT - BILL READDY/NASA ASTRONAUT

"We must find what happened and fix it and move on...and we can't let their sacrifice be in vain."

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Investigators are focused on fields of debris, reported across a wide area of north and east Texas. Residents found chunks of wax-like material - and other possible pieces of the shuttle -- right outside their homes.

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"It just was layin' in the yard, didn't know what it was, so I said we better call 9-1-1."
NASA is warning residents not to touch anything they find, as it could be toxic. Investigators are asking witnesses for any video or photos of the explosion ...as they begin a painstaking mission of their own -- to determine what went so terribly wrong.

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THAT BROKE LOOSE, HITTING THE LEFT WING, ON TAKE OFF. JUST ONE ELEMENT OF THE INVESTIGATION.) ))


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Now that we have an idea WHAT happened, the question then becomes WHY did it happen? A Virginia Tech professor who is familiar with the design of the space shuttle is offering some insight. [TAKE NEWS 7 AT 6 IN BAM]
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Justin McLeod talked with him and he joins us now with more. Justin?
Teresa, Rakesh Kapania (KA-Pan-ee-a) says a number of things could have gone wrong.
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Everything from cracks in the shuttle, the speed it was going at, or even some sort of explosion.
He is of course speculating but one thing he is certain of, it won't be easy to determine exactly what happened.
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Rakesh Kapania should know.
He specializes in aerospace design at Virginia Tech.
He knows enough about the shuttle to believe NASA will get to the bottom of what happened but says past shuttle disasters may not offer much insight.
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((RAKESH KAPANIA/AREOSPACE PROFESSOR: IT'S SO HARD TO BECAUSE VERY FEW FAILURES THAT WE HAVE DEALT WITH HAVE HAD HAPPENED THAT KIND OF ALTITUDE , 200,000 FEET, OUR KNOWLEDGE MAY NOT BE AS HIGH ABOUT STUDYING FAILURES AT THAT ALTITUDE SO WE WILL LEARN QUITE A FEW THINGS FROM THIS FAILURE BUT IT STILL CAME AS A SURPRISE.))
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Many feel that sense of surprise.
Shortly after the news broke, Virginia Tech's cadet corps lowered the flag on campus to half staff.
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((CHRIS CALLAWAY/VT CADET CORPS: LOWERING THE FLAG IS A MEMORIAL WHO HAVE DIED. IT IS A VISIBLE SIGN OF THE SACRIFICE THEY'VE MADE AND USUALLY ONLY DONE FOR PRESIDENT'S WHO HAVE DIED, SENATORS, CONGRESSMEN, IMPORTANT GOVERNMENTAL OFFICIALS WHO HAVE DIED.))
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One of those who died in the Columbia disaster was David Brown who is an Arlington Virginia native.
He was a graduate of Yorktown High School and the College of William and Mary.
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Teresa, The House of Delegates unanimously passed a resolution this afternoon honoring Brown.

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An apparent dispute over a woman ended in a murder suicide this morning in Roanoke.
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Police say 26-year old James Richard Wilson of Salem was visiting a woman at a house on Oakland Avenue just after three this morning when they heard gunshots outside. Wilson went to check it out and found the woman's former boyfriend outside with a gun.
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Police say the woman's former boyfriend shot Wilson and then shot himself.
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((SUE STEPHENSON/NEIGHBOR: I JUST KNEW SOMEBODY ON THIS BLOCK WAS IN BIG TROUBLE, I JUST KNEW THAT SOMEONE WAS DEAD AND I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT SHOT BECAUSE IT WAS THE LOUDEST GUNSHOT I BELIEVE I'VE HEARD.))
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Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have identified the shooter as 29 year old Brian Scott Nicely of Southwest Roanoke.
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A Rocky Mount man is in critical condition after police say he was severely beaten. Police found the 44- year old victim lying on the ground at the intersection of 17th Street and Orange Avenue in Roanoke early this morning. Authorities have arrested a father and his 14- year old son in connection with the crime. Police say the three had been fighting. But their names and the name of the victim have not been released.

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Still to come on the newscast, a West Virginia resort comes to terms with hundreds of its workers on a new contract.
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and some students from the area do their part to help out the cash-strapped D-Day memorial.
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The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets took time out today to honor our nation's veterans.
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The Corps presented a check for nine-thousand dollars to the national D-Day Memorial in Bedford. About 100- members of the Corps raised the money as a service project.
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(( WE SENT CADETS OUT TO THREE OF OUR HOME FOOTBALL GAMES, JUST SENT THEM OUT AROUND THE PARKING LOTS, AROUND THE TAIL GATES, SO REALLY INSTEAD OF THANKING US, YOU GUYS SHOULD BE THANKING THE HOKIE FANS WHO WERE MORE THAN GENEROUS WITH THEIR MONEY. ))
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The money will be used to purchase plaques bearing the names of the American and allied soldiers killed on D-Day.
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(( IT SHOWS NOT ONLY THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE D-DAY MEMORIAL BUT THEIR COMMITMENT TO HONORING OUR VETERANS AND HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS.))
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[vo-nat] The Memorial actually received more than 9- thousand dollars today. A Virginia Tech graduate found out about the corps' donation and wanted the memorial to receive an even 10-thousand dollars so they made up the difference.
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The Greenbrier and the union representing more than a thousand of its workers have reached a tentative contract.
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The agreement between the two was reached early this morning. A union official said details of the agreement would not be made public until after the proposal is presented to union members on Wednesday. The union represents about 13- hundred employees at the White Sulphur Springs resort.
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The Virginia Cavaliers have struggled mightily on the road this season with a record of 2 and 5 away from U-Hall and oh & three in the ACC. This afternoon the Wahoos traveled to Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets had won 5 of the last 6 against Pete Gillen and company.
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Virginia got off to a decent enough start leading by seven at one point in the first half.
Travis Watson did his thing for the Cavs down low, scoring the deuce off the window.
But the Ramblin' Wreck finished the first twenty minutes with a flurry. Chris Bosh threw down the big jam. Tech led 38-28 at the break, leaving Gillen looking for answers.
The home team blew it open in the second half. Marvin Lewis got free with the stepback and stroked the triple.
Later, Jarrett Jack goes right down the lane taking advantage of the matador 'd' by the Cavs, who trailed by 17.

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Todd Billet tried to shoot his boys back in it, but Tech cruises past Virginia 80 to 60.
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The Virginia Tech men battle Providence tonight on the road in a 7-30 tip. This afternoon, the Lady Hokies battled PC at the Cassell, and Bonnie Henrickson's crew made short work of the Friars, winning 80 to 56. Ieva Kublina scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, going over 1,000 points for her career at Tech. Erin Gibson chipped in with 15 points and 7 boards.
Tonight in women's hoop, top ranked Duke takes on number 2 UConn in Durham.

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The Roanoke Dazzle is right back in the mix in the NBDL standings just past the halfway point of the season. Jamal Robinson had been in an 8 for 30 shooting slump prior to Wednesday's game with Greenville, but Robinson broke out in a big way against the Groove, scoring 20 points on 9 of 17 shooting.
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The Dazzle welcomed Mikki Moore back to the team this week after Moore spent 10 days with the Boston Celtics, but Kent Davison has lost Gabe Muoneke to a European league. Muoneke was averaging 25 points a contest in 8 games for the Dazzle.
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The Dazzle returns to the court tomorrow at Columbus.

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January brought its share of snowy weather and cold temperatures. And though the groundhogs might have their predictions, Metorologist Leo Hirsbrunner brings us HIS thoughts in the February Almanac.
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