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Coming up on News 7-
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A new search in the case of Jennifer Short. Details ahead.
Police now say Elizabeth Smart had difficulty getting away from her captors.
Plus Christopher Reeve makes progress. We'll have details.
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[Talent=Jean]


And a CBS primetime actress dies suddenly.
News 7 at Eleven is next.

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Seven months after Jennifer Short and her parents were murdered, deputies are still searching for their killer.


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Today, a North Carolina streambed was their focus.
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The murders of Michael, Mary and Jennifer Short last August captured national attention.
The case has since faded from the headlines, but not from the minds of investigators in Virginia and North Carolina. [***SHORT FAMILY IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Justin/Pulpit]


Justin McLeod is here to tell us about today's new search.
Jean, several investigators from Henry County and Rockingham County North Carolina are still actively working this case.
[LIVE=Justin Full/Pulpit]
[SUPER=@justin1;]


Today the investigation took them to a creek near (Maya-Dan) Mayodan.
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Officers with metal detectors searched the streambed and banks off Janet Road.
They wouldn't say what they were looking for... only that they hope dilligence, patience and perhaps a little luck will ultimately lead to an arrest.
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Henry County Sheriff Frank Cassell says a man questioned early on in the case is still a person of interest.
More than a hundred pieces of evidence taken from Garry Bowman's van are at the crime lab in Roanoke, but it could take six months to a year to complete all the testing.
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Bowman is not the only focus of the investigation. Sheriff Cassel says there are other people that investigators are checking into.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Justin/Pulpit]


Jean, the sheriff says new leads in the case have dwindled, but the department is still asking anyone who may have information to call them.

[Smart]


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Now for the latest on another high-profile missing child case.
Salt Lake City's police chief says Elizabeth Smart had difficulty getting away from her captors- because they gained influence over her.
He would not elaborate though on what he calls that psychological impact
Meanwhile Elizabeth's father says his daughter has grown up-
Jennifer Miller is in Salt Lake City with more.
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(( In Salt Lake City, Ed Smart said today his teenage daughter Elizabeth, who vanished from their home last June, returned yesterday as a "YOUNG WOMAN."
Between these two dates.. are nine months of puzzling, troubling questions begging answers. Jennifer Miller has the latest. Package: NEWLY TAKEN PHOTOGRAPHS SHOW THE PICTURE OF HAPPINESS THAT HAS NOT BEEN SEEN IN ELIZABETH SMARTS HOME SINCE SHE WAS TAKEN LAST JUNE.
Ed Smart/Elizabeths Father: Elizabeth is happy, she is well, and we are so happy to have her back in our arms. HER FIRST NIGHT BACK HOME, ELIZABETH PICKED UP HER OLD HARP AND WATCHED HER FAVORITE MOVIE. ONE PART OF HER PAST SHE IS NOT RELIVING, IS HER ABDUCTION. Ed Smart/Elizabeths Father: I think what is going to come out is going to come out. And I dont have it in me to try to make things harder than it is for her. POLICE FOUND ELIZABETH WEDNESDAY AT THIS INTERSECTION JUST 20 MINUES SOUTH OF HER SALT LAKE CITY HOME. SHE WAS DISGUISED IN A WIG AND VEIL AND WALKING WITH BRIAN DAVID MITCHELL AND HIS WIFE, WANDA ELAINE BARZEE. ELIZABETH TOLD POLICE SHE WAS MITCHELLS DAUGHTER. THE SELF-PROCLAIMED PROPHET AND HIS WIFE WERE AMONG SALT LAKES HOMELESS EATING AT FOOD BANKS. POLICE DID NOT CONNECT HIM THE ELIZABETHS DISAPPERANCE UNTIL OCTOBER WHEN HER YOUNGER SISTER SAID SHE THOUGHT MITCHELL WAS THE ABDUCTOR. NOT WANTING TO GO ON A YOUNG GIRLS HUNCH, POLICE WAITED TO DISTRIBUTE MITCHELS SKETCH UNTIL MARCH. Chief Rick Dinse/Salt Lake City Police: In hindsight is 20/20 vision. That decision by the investigators, I think each one of them would say I wish we would have gone public with that sooner. POLICE SAY MITCHELL HAD TAKEN ELIZABETH AS FAR WEST AS SAN DIEGO, BUT MUCH OF HER TIME WAS SPENT IN UTAH. HER FIRST TWO MONTHS MISSING. SHE CAMPED WITH HER CAPTORS IN THE HILLS BEHIND HER HOME. Jennifer Miller/CBS News.))

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It's been more than six months since the Bedford County school board made the controversial decision to renovate rather than build a new Jefferson Forest High School
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Tonight, the school board met with architects to discuss the cost involved in renovating the school.
Right now, the proposed budget stands at 24-point-six million dollars.
The current renovation plan calls for many changes including building a new academic building, expanding classrooms and the cafeteria, as well as moving the library and administrative offices.
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((JIM BLEVINS/SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S TIME TO MOVE THE PROJECT FORWARD. AND SO NOT EVERYBODY IS GETTING WHAT THEY WANT. WE'RE HOPING EVERYBODY CAN SEE THAT THERE'S BEEN SOME COMPROMISES MADE AND THIS RENOVATION PLAN WOULD BE FOLLOWING THE SAME RENOVATIONS WITH WHAT WE DID WITH LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL.))
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Several citizens spoke at tonight's meeting voicing their concerns that the renovation project is taking too long.


The board is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget for renovations at a special meeting on April 17th.
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County leaders hope to begin construction by March of next year.


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Wind caused some troubles in the region tonight.
About 140 American Electric Power customers were without electricity for about a hour an a half tonight- Wind blew two lines together.
Power is back on.
A-E-P says considering the windy night most people fared well. Fewer than 30 customers in the region are without power tonight.

[L'burg-Accident]


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Police have identified the woman killed in a two-car crash on the Lynchburg Expressway this afternoon.
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It happened just before three in the southbound lanes near Graves Mill Road.
Authorities say Anita Kumar (KU-mar) of Lynchburg was headed north in a Toyota when she swerved across the median and hit a southbound car head-on.
24- year- old Francis Howell was riding in the passenger seat a Mitsubishi and died at the scene. Her husband, 31-year old Tony Howell was driving the car and is being treated at UVA's medical center.
(Ku-mar) Kumar was taken to Lynchburg General with minor injuries. Officials say they're still investigating the accident and ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call Lynchburg Police.
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[Speedway-Collapse]


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Three years ago a walkway collapsed at the Lowes Motor Speedway near Charlotte, injuring more than 100 people.
Today, testimony wrapped up in a 27-million dollar lawsuit from a Nelson County couple caught in the collapse.
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Marty and Cindy Taylor are seeking damages from the track and from Tindall Corporation, a company based in South Carolina that built the bridge.
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The walkway collapsed in May 2000 as fans left The Winston, NASCAR's all-star race.
Investigators have said a grout used in building the structure was improperly mixed, leading to the corrosion of steel cables that held the bridge together.
Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments in the case Monday.
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[Safety-Patrols]


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Safety patrols that help stranded motorists on Interstate 81 are facing the budget axe. Today, the Virginia Department of Transportation announced a 50 percent cut in the program.
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V-DOT began the safety service patrols on Interstate 81 in 1999.
They help thousands of drivers every year, and state transportation officials say the decision to cut the popular program was a last resort.
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((THE GOOD NEWS IS WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAVE A SAFETY SERVICE PATROL IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY, BUT THE BAD NEWS IS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CUT BACK THE HOURS.))
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The cuts will not cause lay-offs, but the patrols are now working reduced hours and covering fewer miles. On July first, service will be reduced from five days a week to Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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[Reeve]


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Christopher Reeve is now able to do some things he hasn't been able to do in eight years.
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He can now breathe without a respirator for up to two hours-
That after he underwent an experimental treatment electrically stimulating his diaphragm.
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((CHRISTOPHER REEVE/ACTOR: ALL YOU COULD HEAR WAS ME BREATHING THROUGH MY NOSE. REGULAR RHYTHMIC BREATHING THROUGH MY NOSE. I HADN'T HEARD THAT SOUND IN EIGHT YEARS IT MEANT A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT.))
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During the technique a surgeon makes several small incisions on the patients abdomen and runs wire to four electrodes on the diaphragm.
Electrical currents make the diaphragm contract and pull air into the lungs.
The device will help the diaphragm regain strength and eventually he may be able to wean himself off the respirator.
Doctors say Reeve will also be able to talk above a whisper and he's already smelling things he's missed the last eight years like oranges, peppermint and the smell of coffee.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Some Virginia Tech students say they won't be silent until the school's new affirmative action policy is reversed.
That's still ahead, plus the American military noose around Iraq tightens.
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[Sports-preview]


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(( Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as the VHSL state basketball tournament opens with a bang and a buzzer beater. Highlights from the Vines Center are on the way, plus we'll get you inside the coliseum for today's activities in Greensboro, and the Hokies hit their stride in front of the NFL scouts today right here on the Big 7.)

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President Bush says disarming Saddam Hussein is part of the War on Terror- and he's still hoping the U-N Security Council will pass a new resolution authorizing military action.
But it apparently won't happen before Monday.
That leaves a quarter million U-S troops in posiition near Iraq- waiting it out. Chris Lawrence has more.
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((AS IRAQ CELEBRATED A RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY -- U.N. LEADERS DISCUSSED THE COUNTRY'S FUTURE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THE SECURITY COUNCIL PUT OFF A VOTE ON A NEW RESOLUTION AGAIN. THE U.S. WANTED A VOTE THIS WEEK ... BUT IS NOW WILLING TO GIVE IT MORE TIME. JOHN NEGROPONTE/U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N.: "We did not intend to put it to a vote tomorrow, but it could be put to a vote any time thereafter." STILL ON THE TABLE -- A BRITISH PROPOSAL WITH CONDITIONS SADDAM HUSSEIN MUST MEET. FRANCE AND GERMANY HAVE ALREADY REJECTED THE PLAN SAYING IT BASICALLY AUTHORIZES WAR. IN ITS NEWSPAPERS IRAQ PLAYED UP THE DIPLOMACY GRIDLOCK -- AND MADE ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO COMPLY WITH U.N. DEMANDS. BAGHDAD PROMISED TO HAND OVER A REPORT ON V-X NERVE GAS FRIDAY ...FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER ONE ON ANTHRAX. CHRIS LAWRENCE/KUWAIT: "Saddam says he destroyed all his chemical and biological weapons ... but people living and working here in Kuwait aren't taking any chances." IN KUWAIT CITY, A SCUD ATTACK DRILL TESTED CHEMICAL EXPERTS FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND U-S. CAPT. ERIC DENT/U.S. ARMY: "Our task force and Kuwaiti civil defense has put the people of Kuwait in good stead should this unfortunate incident ever occur." U.S. TROOPS ARE ALSO GETTING READY. THEY'VE MOVED CLOSER TO THE IRAQI BORDER -- AND HAVE ASKED KUWAITIS TO CLEAR SAND BERMS FOR A POSSIBLE INVASION. AND WITH THE AMERICANS AND IRAQIS NOW WITHIN SHOOTING RANGE -- U.S. FORCES ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO KEEP THEIR EDGE. CHRIS LAWRENCE, CBS NEWS, KUWAIT.))

[Blake]


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Actor Robert Blake will stand trial for murder, but in the meantime he's going home.
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Blake looked stunned as the judge announced he'd be released on bail, but he'll still have restrictions.
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((JUDGE LLOYD NASH: I'M ORDERING THAT MR BLAKE BE CONFINED TO ONE RESIDENCE AND THAT HE HAVE ELECTRONIC MONITORING ))


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Blake is charged with the murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. She was found shot to death in Blake's car outside a Los Angeles restaurant. Blake maintains his innocence, but today the judge said the actor had the opportunity and motive to kill his wife. Bakley's family now worries Blake will try to delay justice.
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((ERIC DUBIN/BAKLEY FAMILY ATTORNEY: THERE'S GONNA BE AN ARRAY OF HEALTH ISSUES THAT SUDDENLY BEFALL MR.BLAKE PUSHING THIS TRIAL BACK TO POSSIBLY NEVER.))
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Blake's handyman and bodyguard is also charged with one count of conspiracy.
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[Tech-Protest]


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More than 300-Virginia Tech students and faculty rallied in protest today over the school's decision to cut affirmative action.
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Tech's board of visitors recently changed its discrimination policy, so that the school would no longer consider race and gender as factors in admissions, hiring or financial aid. The board also removed sexual orientation from the policy. Many protesters say not only are they upset over the decision, but also by the way it was made.
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((TOBY QUARANTA/STUDENT; ANY PUBLIC DISCUSSION 27:01 NO KNOWLEDGE OF THIS RESOLUTION WAS SENT TO THE ADMINISTRATION, THEY WERE SNEAKY AND THEY DID SOMETHING WRONG 27:07))
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But, not everyone opposes the board's decision.
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((ERIK RODGERS/STUDENT; I FEEL I CAN'T EVEN HAVE AN OPINION WITHOUT BEING DEEMED A RACIST AT THIS POINT 12:46 AND I THINK IT HELPS TO FOSTER RACISM IN THE FUTURE 12:49))
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University officials told protestors they are working feverishly on the issue.
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[React-protest]


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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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Governor Mark Warner says he is extremely concerned about the decision and criticized the Board of Visitors for acting without public input.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine is accusing Attorney General Jerry Kilgore of improperly influencing the trustees with warnings of potential liability.
Kilgore says he was just doing his job.
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Kilgore says race and gender-based preferences are not the only ways to achieve diverse student bodies.
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State Troopers prepare for a checmical or biological terror attack.
We'll show you next on News 7.
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Plus more on the sudden death of a CBS primetime star.
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[Thigpen-Obit]


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You may not know her name, but you probably know her face.
Actress Lynne Thigpen has died suddenly at her los Angeles home.
She played countless roles- the most recent as Ella Farmer on the CBS drama "The District"
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((FIFTEEN YEARS I INTRODUCED COMPUTERS TO THIS DEPARTMENT. CHIEF: AND THESE ARE CURRENT: LAST WEEK I'M DOING MY JOB CHIEF. WITH BACKUP.))
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Production on the District shut down today.suspended.
Thigpen won a Tony award for her role in An American Daughter.
She's also known for her work as the chief in the PBS Series "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" where she would encourage young sleuths in her charge with the catchphrase: Good Work Gumshoes.
The cause of death is not immediately known.
Thigpen was 54-years old.
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[Gas-Masks]


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Federal money is helping Virginia State Police prepare for a possible terrorist attack.
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This week, all sworn personnel are being outfitted with a gas mask designed to filter out chemical and biological agents. Today was the third day of a local training exercise in which officers were given their mask and taught how it works.


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((SGT. BOB ROSS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: IT'S A SOFT RUBBER MASK. THEY HAVE TO HAVE IT PROPERLY POSITIONED IN ORDER FOR THAT SEAL TO BE TIGHT ON IT. THEY THEY COVER THE OUTLET WITH THEIR HAND AND THEY CHECK FOR SUCTION IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THERE'S NO LEAKAGE IN IT.))
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Then, they plunge into a room filled with tear gas. Trainers say it's immediately obvious if the seal isn't perfect.
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((SGT. C. DANIEL JESSEE/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: FEELS LIKE LITTLE BEE STINGS EVERYWHERE. THERE'S A BURNING SENSATION WITH IT.))
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The masks were paid for by a federal grant. Sergeant Ross says the same grant will provide troopers with a new, light-weight, military-style rifle.
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[S-Extra]


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Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - Highlights from the state basketball tourney in Lynchburg. We'll check in with the News 7 sports team at the ACC tournament in Greensboro. Plus, see how the Tech guys looked in front of the NFL scouts today. Now the scores.
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[S-Cave]


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The Group Two A state semi-finals opened last night with Brunswick eliminating Greensville County 67-to-52. Then Cave Spring and Graham hit the hardwood at LU.
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The G-Men came in with the best record in the tournament with 22 wins and just one loss. And the Knights would come out red hot taking a double digit lead in the first half. Andrew Davison hits a three ball. He would also score every Cave point in overtime. Graham's star Ahmad Bradshaw came back with a three of his own. He had 21 points and he had Graham in position to win in regulation. Alex Lemmer drives and scores and the G-men are back in control.
[SUPER=33-Graham/48/Cave Spring/55;]

But Trumbower hit a three to get the game to overtime and Cave Spring comes back to win it 55-to-48 in overtime.
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[S-Radford]


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Yesterday afternoon the Vines Center played host to the Group A semi-finals - one of which had great local flavor.
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George Wythe took on Radford in a rematch of their region C title game that the Maroons won. Radford's big man Terrell Dobbins will open things up for the Bobcats as he knocks in this hoop in the first half. He had 10. Radford again, the other big man Todd Woods bangs in a jumper. Woods would finish with 15 points. George Wythe's Lamar Davis will then bring the Maroons right back into it as gets two of his 9 on the jumper. Seth Gibson also would score nine for the Maroons. But GW had to play from behind all day long.
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Darris Nichols scores a game high 30 points as the Bobcats beat George Wythe 67-to-59.
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[S-Altavista]


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The Bobcats will now play Nandua for the Group A title on Saturday at one.
Nandua beat Altavista at the buzzer yesterday afternoon.
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The Colonels came in hoping to avenge a loss to this same team a year ago. But B.A. Walker would cause the team more problems yesterday afternoon as he gets free inside and converts. He tossed in 37. Kenny Hunt would bring the Colonels right back as he knocks down the five foot jumper in tight on the drive. Hunt scored 27. Altavista's A.B. Hubbard then fired in this long three with 10 seconds to go. And the Colonels are looking good. But with two seconds to go - reserve A.J. Custis drops in the baseline jumper. His only shot of the game is the winner.
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Nandua ends Altavista's season in the 57-to-56 thriller.
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The ACC tournament heats up today with four quarterfinal games. The nightcap features 3 seed Duke against 6 seed Virginia. Steve Mason and Travis Wells have Thursday's ACC notebook.
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[SUPER=01-Todd Billet/UVa Junior Guard; :19]
[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/UVa Head Coach; :40]
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[SUPER=@travis1; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Dean Keener/Ga. Tech Assistant Coach; 1:26]
[SUPER=01-Dave Dickerson/Maryland Assistant Coach; 1:38]
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Last night in the play-in game Clemson fell apart in the second half and lost to Florida State.
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Things looked so good for the Tigers as they led at the halftime break by 8 and seemed to be in control. But Clemson was ice cold the first 10 minutes of the second half and FSU took control. Tim Pickett had 22 and the Seminoles beat Clemson 72-to-61.
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[go to pinnacle 12998] That means the Noles play Wake Forest at Noon today here on WDBJ-7. Right after that game it's N.C. State and Georgia Tech.
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[go to pinnacle 12999] Then the night session today has Maryland and North Carolina at 7, followed by Duke and UVa at 9:30. All games right here on WDBJ-7.
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26 NFL scouts set up shop in Blacksburg this afternoon to test the talent.
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Lee Suggs was the center of attention at Rector Field House today and he was clocked at four point 4 seconds in the 40 yard dash. However, his former backfield mate was also wowing the scouts. Keith Burnell participated in the events, the same man that replaced Suggs after his knee injury nearly two seasons ago. And Suggs was happy to have him back.
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[SUPER=01-Lee Suggs/Ran 4.46 Forty Yard Dash; :00]
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Burnell rushed for nearly 1-thousand yards and nine TD's as a Delaware Blue Hen last season, and he also gives his former teammate credit for his drive to succeed.
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