The Big East battle heads to court--
Virginia Tech and four other Big East schools have filed a lawsuit in efforts to keep Miami and Boston College from leaving for the A-C-C.
The latest, coming up.
And a man is behind bars in Henry County for misleading authorities investigating the Short family murders.
Enjoy the sunshine while you can. Another round of rain moves in overnight. I'll let you know how much can we expect coming up in the forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Virginia Tech and four other schools in the Big East are fighting for survival. They are suing the A-C-C, Miami, and the Boston College in an effort to keep the Big East alive.
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The schools filed their lawsuit today to prevent Miami and Boston College from jumping to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in Hartford, Connecticut, says Miami and Boston College professed loyalty to their conference while secretly taking part in an expansion plan that would ruin the Big East.
The lawsuit contends that the other schools went ahead with expensive renovations and upgrades under the assumption they would be part of a healthy conference for years to come.
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((RICHARD BLUMENTHAL/CONNECTICUT ATTORNEY GENERAL; THIS LAWSUIT IS ABOUT A BACKROOM CONSPIRACY, BORN IN SECRECY, FOUNDED IN GREED, CARRIED OUT THROUGH CALCULATED DECEIT IT'S A SAD STORY IN THE HISTORY OF COLLEGE ATHLETICS.))
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According to the lawsuit, the Big East could lose MILLIONS of dollars in revenue from bowl games, the lucrative Bowl Championship Series and from T-V deals.
Syracuse is part of the potential A-C-C expansion but was not included in the lawsuit because plaintiffs said they found no evidence the school made promises to stay in the Big East.
The A-C-C did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.
As we mentioned earlier, Virginia Tech is one of the five universities that filed the lawsuit.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens joins us now to tell us what officials there are saying about it.
Kimberly, Virginia Tech released a statement just moments ago.
Outlining the reasons behind the lawsuit.
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It says the Big East universities filed the lawsuit as a last resort to protect the academic and athletic programs now in jeopardy because Miami, Boston College and the A-C-C, put their own economic self-interest before the broader public interest served by the Big East universities.
It goes on to say that the suit seeks hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to prevent Miami and Boston College from joining the A-C-C.
The release also goes into how schools like Virginia Tech relied on Miami and B-C's committment to the Big East, investing millions of dollars into projects like the Lane Stadium expansion, now put on hold...at least construction.
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Kimberly, we will hear more from Tech during a press conference today at two.
Authorities in Henry County have arrested a man accused of giving them misleading information in the murders of the Short family.
Police say 44 year old Curtis Lee Eanes of Collinsville knowingly gave investigators a false statement implicating another man.
Eanes is being held in the Henry County Jail.
He is the second person charged with giving misleading information to Short investigators.
Nine year old Jennifer Short and her parents were murdered last year.
No one has been charged in the crime.
Accused killer Scott Peterson is back in court today, as his defense team tries to get rid of the wiretaps on his phone.
The judge will also hear arguments on whether to impose a gag order.
Manuel Gallegus has more from Modesto, California.
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[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News;]
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(LOCATOR: MODESTO, CA)
SCOTT PETERSONS PRIVATE PHONE CONVERSATIONS.INFORMATION LEAKS AND NEW
ALLEGED EVIDENCE ABOUT LACI PETERSONS REAL KILLERS THOSE ARE THE
ISSUES BEFORE THE JUDGE TODAY
ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS, INVESTIGATORS INTERCEPTED MORE THAN
38-HUNDRED PHONE CALLS IN THE PETERSON CASE IN A 30 DAY PERIOD.
69 OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS WERE BETWEEN SCOTT PETERSON AND HIS ORIGINAL
THE DEFENSE CONTENDS THE WIRETAPS AMOUNT TO GRAVE PROSECUTORIAL
MISCONDUCT AND THEY WANT SANCTIONS INCLUDING REMOVING THE STANISLAUS
COUNTY D.A.S OFFICE FROM THE CASE.
PROSECUTORS SAY THEY HAVE NOT LISTENED TO THE LAWYER CALLS, AND WILL NOT
USE THEM AS EVIDENCE AGAINST PETERSON. BUT THEY SAY THEY MAY USE CALLS
THAT SCOTT PETERSON HAD WITH REPORTERS
BECAUSE OF ALL THE MEDIA INTEREST IN THIS CASE. AND BECAUSE OF LEAKS OF
SEALED INFORMATION, THE JUDGE SAYS HE MAY IMPOSE A GAG ORDER.
PROSECUTORS WANT A LIMITED GAG ORDER BUT PETERSONS DEFENSE TEAM SAYS A
GAG ORDER COULD PREVENT THEM FROM PUBLICALLY CORRECTING MISINFORMATION.
THE LAWYER FOR AMBER FREY, PETERSONS FORMER GIRLFRIEND, ALSO OPPOSES
THE GAG ORDER.
AS FOR OTHER SUSPECTS IN THE CASE, PETERSONS DEFENSE TEAM IS SET TO
MEET PRIVATELY WITH THE JUDGE TO DISCUSS THEIR INVESTIGATION. THEY HAVE
SUGGESTED THAT OTHER SUSPECTS COULD STILL BE OUT THEREBUT PROSECUTORS
SAY IT WAS PETERSON WHO KILLED HIS WIFE LACI AND HE MAY FACE THE DEATH
A Boy Scout who spent the night trapped inside a cave in New Mexico is now free.
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Rescuers emerged from the cave this morning, using a rope to pull a gurney carrying 14-year-old Reilly Walker.
Reilly had fallen off a ledge and into the cave yesterday while hiking with his troop.
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((JAMES WILLIAMSON/SCOUT LEADER: I WENT AND SAW THE INJURIES AND I CLIMBED MY WAY BACK OUT AND FOUND THE OTHER BOYS WHERE MY BACKPACK WAS AND GOT MY FIRST AID KIT, CLIMBED BACK THROUGH AND FOUND THE INJURED BOY. ))
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Emergency officials had worried that Reilly had broken his leg in the 15-foot drop.
But they say he managed to escape the ordeal with only minor injuries.
It was a tough rescue.
Crews had to make their way through a mile-and-a-half of tight spaces to get him out.
Efforts to bring stadium lights to athletic fields at Hidden Valley High School is still generating a lot of opposition AND support.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[SUPER=01-Phil Anderson/Supports Lights; :13]
[SUPER=01-Allen Wilkerson/Opposes Lights; :35 QUICK!!!]
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[SUPER=01-Cheryl Shepherd/Supports Lights; 1:11]
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About one hundred people crowded into the Hidden Valley Auditorium for this neighborhood meeting.
The majority are in favor of lightning the soccer field.
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((PHIL ANDERSON/SUPPORTS LIGHTS: IT ALLOWS OUR BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER TEAMS VARSITY AND JV TO COMPETE ON AN EQUAL FOOTING WITH EVERY OTHER SCHOOL IN THE COUNTY AND EVERY OTHER SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT.))
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Right now, soccer games at Hidden Valley have to begin at 4:30 long before it gets dark.
Supporters believe the lights would solve a lot of problems.
But some nearby residents believe the lights would bring more noise and traffic to the neighborhood.
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((ALLEN WILKERSON/OPPOSES LIGHTS: IT DISRUPTS YOUR PRIVACY AND IT DISRUPTS THE WAY OF LIFE THAT YOU HAVE.))
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Opponents also point out the school board promised years ago not to light the fields here at Hidden Valley.
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((SUE ANGLIN/OPPOSES LIGHTS: WHAT YOU'RE TEACHING THE KIDS IS THAT A PROMISE IS A PROMISE IS GOOD FOR TODAY BUT IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE KEPT IN THE FUTURE.))
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The lights would be installed on four 70 foot poles and will have shielding on them to limit glare.
The school board also says the lights most likely would be off no later than nine o'clock.
One neighbor believes the plan can work.
[IN Q=For the time]
((CHERYL SHEPHERD/SUPPORTS LIGHTS: FOR THE TIME THAT THIS THE SOCCER FIELD WOULD BE LIGHTED OR THAT THE CROWDS WOULD BE THERE, I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE A PROBLEM.))
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The school board will have the final say and will most likely vote on this issue at its July meeting.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke County.))
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Coming up next on the newscast, the latest unemployment numbers are out and they are not encouraging.
Also tomorrow will be a big day in the world of horse racing.
After the break, we'll see what it's taken to get an unusual group of owners this close to the Triple Crown.
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If you're looking for work, you're not alone.
The nation's unemployment rate has risen to its highest level in nine years, up to six-point-one percent last month.
The industries seeing most of the job losses include manufacturing, transportation and government.
But areas like construction, education and health services are seeing hiring increases.
Tomorrow the horse racing world could have a new member in its royal family.
Funny Cide could become the first Triple Crown winner in decades.
As Lee Cowan tells us, the trip there has taken much more than a quick trip around the track.
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[SUPER=01-Jon P. Constance/Funny Cide Part-Owner;]
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[SUPER=01-Harold Cring/Funny Cide Part-Owner;]
[SUPER=01-Jack Knowlton/Funny Cide Part-Owner;]
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The 'sport of kings' has a new royal family this year, but this
time, the darlings of the track --
(NAT/SOT J.P. CONSTANCE AT BARBEQUE 03:05:44)
"Oh! That's good!"
are more blue collar than blue blood.
(SOT/MARK PHILLIPS, PART OWNER, FUNNY CIDE 02:11:02)
"We do represent probably 90 percent of the class that's out there, ya
know, it's the working class."
Case in point; Mark's a math teacher.
Jon's an optician.
Harold is a contractor.
All together, they make up the "Sacket Six" -- a group of high
school buddies from tiny Sackets Harbor New York -- who had a few too
many beers one night, and decided to buy a racehorse.
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"Lee: None of you really knew anything about thoroughbred racing, right?
Absolutely not! (laughs) No. We learned it all. You can a buy a book ya
know on that. Harold's got just about every one! (laughs)
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"At the time, they all thought it was a pretty funny idea -- but 8 years
later -- a funny thing happened on the way to the track: they found a
bargain named 'Funny Cide.'
"...funny cide has won the 129th kentucky derby..."
When their unheralded gelding wowed the world in the Kentucky
Derby, even The Sackett Six was stunned -- they couldn't even find the
(MARK PHILLIPS 02:15:13) We started down saying, we got a winner. And
everybody else said, well, we bet on Funny Cide too, we got a winner,
and we said no, you don't understand, we're OWNERS, we ARE winners, we
gotta get there!
Two weeks later, they were back in the money, when Funny Cide won the
Preakness --- crossing the finish line nearly all by himself.
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"He turned around and looked at me with those pretty brown eyes, and
said, you ain't seen nothing yet!" (laughs)."
Their $75-thousand dollar investment could now be worth millions --
and is just one win away from from the coveted Triple Crown. No horse
has won that, in 25 years.
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"I think we're in a good spot, we wouldn't trade places with anybody."
Why would they? They are the little guys who have been made giants by
a horse with a grateful heart and even faster feet.
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"We're never going to get another horse like this. (edit 02:24:50) I
mean, how could anybody be having as much fun as we're having?
There might be one -- be he's too busy winning to notice. Lee
Cowan, CBS News Sackets Harbor, New York.))
Some local racers are preparing for a big race that uses a different kind of horsepower.
For the vintage vehicles competing, the Great Race is a grueling 14 day journey through 14 states.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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[SUPER=01-David Metzler/Navigator; :41]
[SUPER=01-Brian Rorrer/Crew Chief; :47]
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((Mike Metzler enjoys the attention when he takes his 1929 Ford Model A Speedster out for a spin. If he's one of a kind on the open roads of western Virginia, he'll have plenty of company later this month when he joins the field for the Great Race 2003.
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((WE WILL LEAVE DETROIT AND ZIG ZAG TO TEXAS AND THEN ZIG ZAG UP TO TENNESSEE AND THEN FINISH AT THE DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY FOR THE PEPSI 400.))
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The competitors will cover four thousand miles in fourteen days...
And for the team from Floyd County it will be a family affair.
Metzler's 16- year- old son David will sit alongside as the navigator.
Brother in Law Brian Rorrer will drive the chase truck.
(( IVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO IT EVER SINCE HE STARTED TELLING ME ABOUT IT AND PREPARING FOR IT.))
((I THINK WE'RE IN FOR A FUN TIME. IT'S GOING TO BE HARD AT TIMES I THINK, KNOWING THE MIDWEST I KNOW WE'RE GOING TO HIT SOME WEATHER, SO I'M THANKFUL I'LL BE IN THE CHASE VEHICLE NOT THE OPEN VEHICLE.))
[OUT Q=not the open vehicle.]
Team Metzler secured a sponsor in CTI Balloons, an Illinois company that paid the five thousand dollar entry fee.
And Metzler says an understanding wife and supportive family have made it possible to pursue this dream.
He hopes to do well, but in an endurance race for car and driver, he says he'll be happy just to cross the finish line on July 4th.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
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Coming up on News 7 at Noon--
Was there water on Mars?
NASA's embarking on a new mission to find out.
And THIS fish tale might inspire children to bid their pet fish "Bon Voyage.."
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They're going on another mission to Mars.
NASA has announced it's launching two new and improved robotic explorers to look for evidence of water, and possibly even past life on the Red Planet.
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((JOY CRISP/PROJECT SCIENTIST: IT'S LOOKING FOR THE EVIDENCE OF PAST WATER, OK , SO IT'S NOT
THAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR PUDDLES OF WATER WHICH WOULD NOT BE STABLE TODAY IN OUR ENVIRONMENT, ON MARS, BUT TO LOOK FOR CLUES IN THE ROCKS. ))
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[OUT Q=clues in the rocks.]
It's an ambitious venture.
NASA hopes to provide the world with spectacular new images of Mars next year, ones that'll surpass those it got in 19-97 when the first robotic rover captured pictures of the landscape.
The first launch is scheduled for Sunday.
The other happens in another couple of weeks.
Here's something you can add to the "don't try this at home" file.
Children who have seen the box office hit``Finding Nemo'' might be tempted to flush their own pet fish down the drain to send it safely into the ocean, just like in the movie.
Not likely says a company that makes equipment to process sewage.
The J-W-C Environmental Company says that while drain pipes do eventually lead to the ocean, its contents go through shredding machines.
The company adds that in reality, "no one would ever find Nemo," and in case a fish could survive the deadly machines, he'd probably still die from the chlorine.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 115 points. The NASDAQ has gained 13.
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Coming up next on the newscast, there is a big upset at the French Open.
Also a Former Virginia Tech quarterback has his N-F-L comeback cut short.
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Former Hokie and 49ers - Jim Druckenmiller was released yesterday by the Indianapolis Colts
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- ending his comeback attempt after a three year lay-off.
He hasn't played a game in the NFL since 1998 and hasn't thrown a pass since 1997.
He was trying to earn a roster spot as the Colt's third quarterback.
He's ranked fourth in his age group in the state, and has won his conference title for four consecutive years.
Now North Cross sophomore Preston Lemon is taking on an international challenge.
The 16 year old has also beaten the top players in the valley, like Patrick Henry's Brock Newton.
Today he flies to Gothenburg (goat-en-berg) Sweden for three weeks of European tournament tennis against international competition.
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[OUT Q=.....to find out"]
Lemon recently competed in the U.S. National tennis Open in Marietta, Georgia.
He has been nicknamed "little KJ" after former Stanford star and now professional player K-J Hippensteel.
Preston has dreams similar to his idol's.
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[OUT Q=.......really like to play college tennis" (DOUBLE OUT)]
Serena Williams has been knocked out of the French Open right before the finals.
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Serena was upset in the semi-finals by Justine Henin- Hardenne 6-2, 4-6 and 7-5.
Justine was down 2-4 at one point in the third set before rallying to break Williams' serve three straight times.
She also beat Williams in April at a tournament in Charleston, South Carolina.
Henin- Hardenne will face Kim Clijsters (KLY'-sturs) in the finals.
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