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Coming up on News 7 -
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President Bush says Saddam has 48 hours- Highlights and local reaction.
No heat or hot water. The furnace is off, but the residents are fired up.
And who says you have to be cute to win. This contest awards the ugliest pooch the prize.
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News 7 at Eleven is next.

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((PRESIDENT BUSH: SADDAM HUSSEIN AND HIS SONS MUST LEAVE IRAQ WITHIN 48 HOURS. THEIR REFUSAL TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN MILITARY CONFLICT COMMENCING AT A TIME OF OUR CHOOSING. ALL FOREIGN NATIONALS INCLUDING JOURNALISTS AND INSPECTORS SHOULD LEAVE IRAQ IMMEDIATELY.))
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[Bush-Iraq]


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The President also announced the nation's terror alert is back to its second highest stage- amid fears that war in Iraq could cause terrorist attacks in the United States.
Officials are calling for increased security around the nation- including at seaports, airports and nuclear power plants.
Officials say there will also be tighter safeguards over the nation's food supply.
[WASHINGTON DOUBLE BOXES=JEan & Aleen /Newspath;]


Aleen Sirgany is following these developments. She joins us live from Washington with more.
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((With war looming in just days, President Bush tonight delivered Saddam Hussein one last ultimatum. Bush: Saddam hussein and his sons must leave in 48 hours... In a primetime address from the White House, the President braced Americans for war -- telling the country and the world the Iraqi leader has NOT disarmed and the United States is now ready to invade. Bush: The US has the soverign authority ... Mister Bush also expressed disappointment with the United Nations, and what he called the world's body's lack of action in the showdown with Saddam. Bush: The un security council has not lived up to its responsibilities. And THE PRESIDENT also spoke directly to the Iraqi people ASSURING THEM THE U.S WILL DO WHAT IT CAN TO HELP THEM. Bush: Many Iraqis can hear me tonight ... not against you... prosperous and free.... AS THE U.S BRACES FOR WAR, SECURITY HAS BEEN BEEFED UP AT AIRPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND THE RISK OF A TERRORIST ATTACK HAS NOW BEEN RAISED FROM ELEVATED TO HIGH. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBSNEWS,WASHINGTON. NOW BACK TO YOU.))
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[Speech-Reaction]


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This evening, we found reaction to the president's speech is mixed. Some say Saddam Hussein has been given ample time to disarm and needs to be ousted, while others say President Bush is moving too quickly. [*** IRAQ IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Teresa /NEwsroom Pod;]

Teresa Hamilton talked to some folks this evening and is in the newsroom now with more on their thoughts.
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Jean, some we spoke with are in complete support of the president, but others contend the President doesn't understand just what's at stake.
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(( Here in the Pine Room at the Hotel Roanoke customers listened intently as President Bush issued a deadline for Saddam Hussein to vacate Iraq. For some we spoke with-- the President's message and deadline were right on target.
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((TRACY BROADNAX: I THINK AT THIS POINT WE HAVE NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE BUT TO GO TO WAR.)) [butt butt butt] ((WE'RE JUST PRAYERFUL THAT WE DON'T LOSE AS MANY AS WE CAN, HOPEFULLY, WE CAN LIMIT IT BUT WE JUST DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER CHOICE AT THIS TIME.)) [RUNS15]
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((DALE MATUSEVICH: I WISH WE DIDN'T HAVE TO AND YOU KNOW I PRAY FOR ALL THE FOLKS OVER THERE THAT WILL BE GOING AND FIGHTING FOR EVERYTHING BUT YOU KNOW I THINK THEY'RE FIGHTING FOR THE FREEDOM OF NOT ONLY THE US BUT ALSO FOR THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ ALSO. )) [RUNS15]
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But Sue Rice isn't nearly as supportive of the President's decision making.
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((SUE RICE: I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE USED MORE DIPLOMATIC MEANS, I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE USED MORE A PHILOSOPHY OF CONTAINING AND WE COULD HAVE CUT OFF A LOT OF THINGS.)) [RUNS10]
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Rice also says she wasn't surprised by the President's 48 hour deadline for Saddam and his sons to voluntarily leave Iraq.
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((I THINK HE'S BACKED HIS SELF INTO A POSITION WHERE HE HAS TO TAKE A STANCE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER AND THAT'S UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE I THINK IF HE'D STARTED OUT USING MORE CREATIVE FORCES, THAT HE WOULDN'T BE IN THIS POSITION NOW. )) [RUNS10]
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The people we spoke with tonight seemed to have made up their minds and were sticking with their opinions.
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Jean, we found they were either very supportive of the President or found fault in the way he's handling the situation.

[Warner]


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Governor Mark Warner says he will support the troops if President Bush calls for military action against Iraq.
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The governor says Virginia's first responsibility is to the young men and women in combat should the U-S declare war.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: I HAD BEEN HOPEFUL AS I THINK MOST AMERICANS ARE THAT WE COULD HAVE GARNERED MORE INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR OUR EFFORT. BECAUSE IT WILL NOT ONLY BE THE QUESTION OF THE WAR BUT THE RECONSTRUCTION OF IRAQ. BUT SHOULD THE PRESIDENT TAKE US TO WAR I'M GOING TO JOIN EVERY OTHER AMERICAN IN BEING VERY SUPPORTIVE OF OUR TROOPS IN THEIR EFFORT.))
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The governor says if fighting begins, he remains hopeful that it will be a short war.
Warner also says that a war will likely harm the state economically because so many military personnel are stationed in Virginia.
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[Gulf-Veterans]


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Veterans of the last war say they expect this one to be more drawn-out and more dangerous.
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Chuck Hedge was 19 when he was sent to the Gulf in 1990.
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He was part of a Roanoke-based group of Marine reservists sent to disarm landmines in Kuwait.
They were all surprised by how fast Saddam's army surrendered.
Four months later, the reservists were back in Roanoke for a heroes' welcome.
Hedge says this time, he expects the battle to be longer and tougher.
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((CHUCK HEDGE: THAT'S GOING TO BE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE. YOU'RE KNOCKING THEM OUT OF THEIR HOUSE NOW INSTEAD OF THEIR NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE AND IT'S THEIR LAND AND THEIR HOMES AND THEY'RE GOING TO FIGHT HARD.))
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Salem Police Chief Jim Bryant helped lead the reserve unit into Kuwait... and brought all his men home safely.
He says this time, troops could face additional dangers of urban warfare and chemical and biological weapons from Saddam Hussein's army.
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((JIM BRYANT/GULF WAR VETERAN; DEBATE'S NOT GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. HE NEEDS TO DISARM, HE NEEDS TO SHOW THAT HE'S DISARMED AND IF HE DOESN'T DO IT, WE NEED TO GO IN AND TAKE OUT THE PROBLEM.))
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Members of Company B's 4th Combat Engineer Battalion had their 10 year reunion two years ago and say they remain close.

[29th-Division]


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They helped liberate France during World War Two.
Now some vets are upset with that nation.
A proclamation from the 29th Division Association states the group's members cannot understand why France would not stand with its old allies at the United Nations.
Representative Bob Goodlatte shared the proclamation with the French Ambassador and President Bush.

[POW's]


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As President Bush prepares for another war in Iraq, hundreds of prisoners from the war between Iraq and Iran are headed home.
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400 Iraqi soldiers were returned at a border crossing in western Iran as part of a prisoner exchange agreement.
Iraqi officials watched as emotional relatives greeted each other.
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Iran and Iraq said last week that they would swap more than 12-hundred prisoners starting today.
The two countries have swapped nearly 100-thousand soldiers since the war ended in 1988, but the fate of thousands more listed as missing in action remains a source of tension.
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[Tech-Policy]


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Reconsider or face legal consequences.
That's the message Student organizations at Virginia Tech are sending to the university's board of visitors.
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Virginia Tech's Student Government Association says it's started a petition encouraging the board to revisit the affirmative action issue and have it heard in an open forum.
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((15:00 AND THIS IS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE ONE, SECTION TWO, PARAGRAPH ONE THAT ALLOWS THREE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD TO AGREE TO CALL ANOTHER MEETING. THAT'S ALL IT TAKES IS JUST THREE TO SAY WE NEED TO REVISIT THIS ISSUE 15:10))
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During a closed meeting LAST Monday, the board voted to eliminate affirmative action from its admissions and hiring processes. Board of visitors rector, John (Rock-uh-vitch) Rocovich says the board was just trying to do the right thing... and that it treats people fairly according to state laws. Rocovich says the board would only revisit the issue if those laws were changed.
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14 Americans may now be infected by a mystery illness slowly spreading around the world.
We'll have the latest when News 7 returns.
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Plus, no heat and no hot water could soon mean no tenants at an area apartment building.
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[Sports-preview]


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(( Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as the Express looks to keep it winning ways in tact on home on this St. Patrick's Day. Todd Bodine and Jamie McMurray play tag at Darlington this afternoon. Steve Mason checks JJ's pulse now that the postseason is in full swing. Plus, the Liberty women are ready to roll, and these Express fans are ready to eat tonight on the Big 7.))

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A legal battle over a Pulaski apartment building has many residents' blood boiling, even though their water and apartments are cold. New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens explains.
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[RUNS :03] ((IT MAKES A MAN HOT, MAKES ANYBODY HOT 4604)) It's actually what's NOT hot that's making residents at the Wallace Apartments steaming mad.
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[RUNS :03] ((OH, IT'LL TURN ON BUT IT AIN'T GO GET HOT 4934)) The nearly dozen who live in the building have been without heat or hot water for nearly a week. The owner, Ima Wallace, says she didn't pay the gas bill because she didn't receive everyone's rent. But, to people like Ernest and Callie Edwards, who PAID their rent, that's not an excuse.
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[RUNS 15] (( I'VE ALWAYS DONE WHAT I'M SUPPOSED TO AS A TENANT AND AS A LANDLADY SHE SHOULD DO WHAT SHE HAS SAID IN THE CONTRACT 5322)) Wallace's attorney says both his client and the residents are victims of a legal battle. He says the new owner, Holly Radcliff told the tenants that they had to move out by the end of the month, so some refused to pay their rent. Radcliff denies saying that, and says she's NOT the owner until April anyway, so the problem is not in her hands. In the meantime, many of the residents have moved out or say they will.
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[RUNS:07] (( I HAVE FOUND SOMEWHERE BUT I CAN'T GET IT UNTIL WE GET OUR CHECK TO PAY THE DEPOSIT AND OUR RENT 58:58)) Which means the Edwards will just have to deal with the cold...at least until the first of the month. Myranda Stephens, News 7, Pulaski.))

[Drug-Bust]


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Virginia State Police say a recent drug bust is a reminder that Interstate 95 isn't the only Virginia highway used for smuggling.
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Officials say this tractor-trailer was traveling north on Interstate 81 near Troutville Saturday night when the driver attempted to avoid the weigh scales by cutting across the median. Police pulled the truck over and searched it after finding several safety violations and almost 17-thousand dollars in cash. The trailer was not just carrying tomatoes, but also 480-pounds of marijuana.
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74-year old Manuel Corey and his son, 43-year old Ralph Corey, both of Rhode Island, are charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute and Illegal Transportation of Narcotics into the Commonwealth.

[Bland-Farm]


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After the discovery of 60-dead cattle on a Bland County farm, officials are stepping in to take care of the remaining animals.
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The bodies were found scattered on the Thompson Farm last week. Farmers are required to bury or burn dead animals. Officials say the 160 remaining cattle are in bad shape and that the County will provide medical care and food. Animal cruelty charges may be brought against the farm's owner. Deputies are investigating the possibility of malnourishment. The owner says they died from eating rhododendron. There are lab tests pending.
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[Mystery-Illness]


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The Centers for Disease Control is examining 14 people in the United States who have symptoms of a mysterious illness that has claimed nine victims.
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In Canada, two members of a family have died and seven others are sick.
And a doctor quarantined in Germany after a flight from New York has gotten worse.
The illness, known as "severe acute respiratory syndrome" or SARS, has affected more than 150 people.
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((DR DAVID HEYMANN, WORLD HEALTH ORG-THE QUESTION IS IS IT INFLUENZA OR A NEW DISEASE WHICH WE DON'T KNOW; OR IS IT A DISEASE THAT WE KNOW BUT HAS MUTATED INTO A MORE VIRULENT FORM))
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Doctors have not confirmed it, but now believe the illness is caused by a virus.
They say close contact is how the illness is spread.
In Asia, doctors are taking precautions when treating patients... especially after one doctor came down with SARS.

The World Health Organization issued a global warning about the illness this week... it's biggest warning in more than a decade.
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A legendery name in the catalog business files for bankruptcy.
That's next on News 7.
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Plus if you're looking for a beauty contest, you're barking up the wrong tree.
We'll take you to the Ugly Dog Show.
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[Commercial]

[Spiegel]


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One of the nation's biggest catalog retailers files for chapter 11 today.
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Spiegel Incorporated filed for bankruptcy protection after missing performance targets tied to its credit card business.
The catalog retailer said low sales, and higher than expected write offs are to blame.
Spiegel is also the parent of retail chain Eddie Bauer.
Spiegel shares lost more than 10 percent on the news today.
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[Oscar-Jewelry]


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If diamonds are a girls best friend, the Oscars are the place for girls.
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The evening will sparkle with diamonds.
Famous jeweler Harry Winston will once again provide that sparkle.
The jewels include a 200 thousand dollar yellow and white diamond bracelet, a 350- thousand dollar diamond necklace.
30 carat Art Deco inspired diamond drop earrings and a 21 carat diamond pear shaped solitaire ring worth 650 thousand dollars.
75-million dollars in Jewelry which will be loaned to the actors and actresses-
Actors nominated for awards have first pick.
Most of the jewelry is returned afterwards.
But some actors do buy the baubles-particularly those who win on the big night.
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[S-Extra]


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Coming up - March Madness news and notes, plus another wild day at Darlington and a chat with JJ Redick.
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First in tonight's Extra Point - the Express was definitely in the St. Patrick's Day spirit. These days were lucky enough to take part in the green jello eating contest between periods. Fans also got a discount for wearing green. The highlights are straight ahead.
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[S-Express]


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The Roanoke Express one of the hottest teams in the Northeast hosted one of the one properties in the Northwest - Peoria last night at the Roundhouse.
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The Express broke out special St. Patty's Day jersey loaded with Shamrocks, but what they really needed were some four leaf clovers. 4:14 into the game - Peoria gets the first tally of the evening as Bret DeCecco (DE-CHECK-OH) turns the Trevor Baker assist into the goal in tight. Still in the first Chad Mazurak and Shawn Limpright assist on the goal by Frank Novock. It's a power play score and were tied at one after one. But Peoria would get one early in the second and another later in
[SUPER=38-Peoria/3/Roanoke/1;]

the game. Lauri Kinos with the wicked one timer. Peoria skates past Roanoke 3-to-1.
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[S-Race]


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The Busch race at Darlington was rained out on Saturday - today they ran it - and wrecked it.
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On the final lap of the race, Jamie McMurray in the orange car, passes Todd Bodine for the lead, but Bodine gets loose trying to battle back. He slams into McMurray, spins him out and straightens himself just enough to slide across the finish line just ahead of a stunned McMurray. The second amazing Darlington finish in as many days.
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It almost was a great day for Grit native Stacy Compton. The driver of the Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet rolled the dice and didn't pit with 25 laps to go. His plan almost worked. He held McMurray and Bodine off until the last two laps of the race.
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[S-NCAA]


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The NCAA postseason party is still set for Hometown Station at this hour. The situation in Iraq could change all of that, but
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[GO TO PINNACLE THUR. AFTERNOON] Right now the game plan is for coverage from CBS Sports to begin here on WDBJ-7 at 12:10. N.C. State opens the event, and U-Conn will close the afternoon session against BYU.
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[GO TO PINNACLE THUR. NIGHT] The night session features J.J. Redick and Duke against Colorado State. There will be bonus coverage of the other games when warranted.
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[S-Redick]


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When Duke battles Colorado State on Thursday night - you can bet the Rams will have their eyes on JJ Redick.
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Steve Mason get us up to the date on the star of the ACC title game in this week's Atlantic Coast Connection.
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((While J.J. Redick celebrated his first ACC tournament title, he has endured one net loss in his first conference season, fatigue. ((:))
J.J.'s explosion in the finals earned him praise from his coach, but Redick has paid a price for his nationally recognized talents. Defenses aren't the only ones watching his every move ((:)) ACC coaches know Redick as more than a shooter who made a team high 89 treys and hit 41 percent of them. ((:)) ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:))
Redick plans on taking a month off after the season before hopefully trying out for USA basketball. Steve Mason for your WDBJ-7 Atlantic Coast Connection.))

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The Women's NCAA Tournament gets underway on Saturday.
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And the Liberty Women will put the nation's second longest winning streak on the line in Norfolk against 4th seeded Vanderbilt. The Flames have won 22 straight, and the meeting with the Commodores marks the 6th consecutive time that Liberty has played an SEC team in the tournament.
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[OUT Q=with them pretty well."]
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE 12998] The Flames found out yesterday that their game on Saturday will tip-off at 1pm in Norfolk.
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[wipe to pinnacle 12997] The Virginia Tech women will have an early breakfast for their 11am tip in West Lafayette, Indiana against Ga. Tech.
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[wipe to pinnacle 12999] The Virginia women also play on Saturday at one. Their regional is in Knoxville.
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[Ugly-Dogs]


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Hundreds competed in a beauty pageant in California, but most of the contestants were real dogs.
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Actually they were all dogs and this isn't a beauty contest. It's the eighth annual "Ugly Dog Show."
The event featured many pooches strutting their stuff and showing they could sink their teeth into this competition.

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((LEANNE FOURNIER/HAUS' OWNER: EVERYONE TELLS ME YOU'VE GOT TO GET HIM INTO SOME TYPE OF CONTEST. HE'S HYSTERICAL. I'M SO USED TO IT. I JUST LOOK AT HIM ALL THE TIME.))
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[OUT Q=ALL THE TIME.]
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Actually there are several categories in this competition including Cutest Puppy, Most Beautiful, Best Mutt and of course the coveted Ugliest Dog honor. (--------------)