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Coming up on News 7-
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R-U being heard? Some Radford University faculty say they're not.
Maybe really is a choice on the ballot in one election.
Plus punishment for the counselors involved in 4-H camp fighting.
And one legendary musician may be singing farewell to the stage.
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News 7 at Eleven is next.

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[VO-NAT]


Kobe Bryant's preliminary hearing is over for the day.
A detective testifies that Bryant's accuser said a flirtatious encounter quickly turned ugly.
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[ANCHOR =Jean]
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[Bryant]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Kobe Bryant's accuser apparently told investigators the NBA star attacked her from behind, grabbed her by the neck and raped her, despite repeated protests.
As Drew Levinson reports, prosecutors are trying to show they have enough evidence to go to trial.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Eagle, CO; :00]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Cohen/CBS News Legal Analyst; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-David Cornwell/Sports Attorney; 1:12]
[SUPER=@Levinson1; 1:21]
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[OUT Q=Eagle, Colorado.]

((KOBE BRYANT LEFT THE EAGLE, COLORADO COURTROOM AFTER A DAY OF LISTENING TO SORDID ALLEGATIONS ... AND LOOKING AT GRAPHIC EVIDENCE LAID OUT BY THE PROSECUTION. ACCORDING TO THE TESTIMONY OF AN EAGLE COUNTY DETECTIVE, A 19-YEAR OLD RESORT WORKER TOLD INVESTIGATORS THE NBA STAR RAPED HER DESPITE REPEATED PROTESTS ... AND HE ASKED HER SEVERAL TIMES -QUOTE- "YOU'RE NOT GOING TO TELL ANYONE, RIGHT?" THE WOMAN SAID SHE JOINED BRYANT ON A TOUR OF THE POSH MOUNTAIN RESORT HOURS EARLIER -- AND THE TWO BEGAN FLIRTING. THE 19-YEAR-OLD SAID SHE WENT TO BRYANT'S SUITE -- AND AFTER SOME CONVERSATION -- SHOWED HIM A TATTOO ON HER BACK. SHE SAID THEY ENGAGED IN SOME KISSING, BUT WHEN SHE TRIED TO LEAVE ... BRYANT GRABBED HER BY THE NECK ... PULLED UP HER SKIRT ... AND RAPED HER AGAINST A CHAIR. THE WOMAN SAID SHE TOLD BRYANT "NO" AT LEAST TWICE ... BEFORE BURSTING INTO TEARS. THE PROSECUTION ALSO PRESENTED PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING HER INJURIES. LEGAL EXPERTS SAY BRYANT'S ATTORNEYS TOOK A RISKY MOVE BY NOT WAIVING THURSDAY'S HEARING -- AND KEEPING THE PROSECUTION'S CASE UNDER WRAPS UNTIL TRIAL. ANDREW COHEN/ cbs news legal analyst: "It's a devastating picture of conduct on behalf of Kobe Bryant. There's no other way to say it." BRYANT MAINTAINS THE SEX WAS CONSENSUAL -- AND DEFENSE LAWYERS INTEND TO GO AFTER THE CREDIBILITY OF THE ACCUSER. DAVID CORNWELL, SPORTS ATTORNEY: "Credibility is always an issue in any case, but specifically in this case it is really the only issue remaining to be tried ... who is to be believed."))

[RU-Meeting]


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Some members of the Radford University faculty are fed up and now they are doing something about it.
Today, the faculty senate passed a resolution criticizing the University President. [***NEWS 7 @ 11 GRAPHIC***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=JEan & Justin /BAM;]


Justin McLeod is here now to tell us all about it. Justin?
Jean, there was plenty of debate and the vote was far from unanimous.
[LIVE= Justin /FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@justin1]


Some call the measure pointless and confrontational, others say it fails to go far enough.
In the end however after several proposed changes and two different votes, the resolution passed.
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[SUPER=03-Radford; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Kovarik/RU Faculty Member; :13]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Hayes/RU Faculty Member; :19]
[SUPER=01-James Lollar/RU Faculty Senate President; :44]
[SUPER=01-Martin Aylesworth/RU Faculty Member; :55 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Stephan Cassaday/RU Board of Visitors Member; 1:24]
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((((NAT SOUND OF THE VOTE))
Long before the vote, faculty members gathered one last time to for a heated debate.
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[IN Q=Frequently we have]

((BILL KOVARIK/FACULTY MEMBER: FREQUENTLY WE HAVE HAD THE RUG PULLED OUT FROM UNDER US BY THE ADMINISTRATION.)) ((CHUCK HAYES/FACULTY MEMBER: WE ARE IN THE MIST OF SENDING THE WRONG MESSAGE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND THEREFORE TO RICHMOND.)) [Runs11]
[OUT Q=therefore to Richmond]


At issue is the administration at Radford University.
Some believe president Douglas Covington makes important decisions without input from the faculty.
That prompted the faculty senate to pass a resolution 28 to 15 criticizing Covington's style of governance.
[SOT 5:10:24]
[IN Q=What I would expect]

((JAMES LOLLAR/FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT: WHAT I WOULD EXPECT IS THAT THIS WOULD LIE A FOUNDATION TO BEGIN A DIALOGUE.)) [Runs06]
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A dialogue some faculty members say is not needed.
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[IN Q=I personally believe]

((MARTIN AYLESWORTH/FACULTY MEMBER: I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THE FACULTY ARE VERY VERY INVOLVED IN THE DECISION MAKING AT RADFORD.)) [Runs05]
[OUT Q=making at Radford]


What President Covington thinks about this we don't know since he declined to comment through a spokesperson.
He did however put out a letter Wednesday detailing his accomplishments.
He also addressed his critics saying he would not be distracted from the important business at the university.
After the faculty vote, one member of the Board of Visitors vowed there would be better relations between the faculty and the administration.
[SOT 5:06:14]
[IN Q=We hear what they]

((STEPHAN CASSADY/BOARD OF VISITOR MEMBER: WE HEAR WHAT THEY ARE SAYING AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS GROUP REPRESENTS THE FACULTY, IT IS AN ELECTED BODY AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE FACULTY IS ATTENDED TO.)) [Runs08]
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Cassady goes on to say President Covington has the vote of confidence from the Board of Visitors and he expects that to remain in the future.
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Jean, we should mention this vote was not binding and therefore was more symbolic than anything else.

[Southern-Virginia]


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It's another school year, and another record enrollment at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista.
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[VO-NAT - 03-32 TC58:22]
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The school announced today its enrollment for this school year reached 576 students, an 18 percent increase from last year. The students hail from 48 states, and 10 foreign countries. The school also achieved a 30 percent increase in the number of applications. Southern Virginia has announced plans to double in size within the next 7 years.
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[Sexual-predators]


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Virginia now has the funds to civilly commit sexual predators.
But is there enough money to keep the growing number of them off the street.
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[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Since July, the Attorney General's Office has sought to commit eleven sexual criminals under the newly funded program.
This week a convicted pedophile in Hanover County became the first sex offender sent to the new treatment facility in Petersburg.
The A-C-L-U says there may not be enough money to properly handle the growing number of cases.
But the chief patron of the bill says the program is working just fine.
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[IN Q=THEY WERE REALLY TALKING ABOUT]

((KENT WILLIS/ACLU OF VA: THEY WERE REALLY TALKING ABOUT ONE, TWO OR THREE PEOPLE OVER THE NEXT YEAR NOW ALL OF SUDDEN THERE ARE ELEVEN. ONE THING THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GRAPPLE NOW WITH IS THE COST OF DOING THIS. DELEGATE MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: THESE PEOPLE DON'T AGE OUT. AND IF WE LET HIM OUT ON THE STREET HE WOULD DO IT AGAIN. WE JUST PROTECTED SOME UNKNOWN CHILD OUT THERE WE'LL NEVER KNOW WHO IT IS AND THANK GOD WE WON'T.))
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[VO-NAT]


Griffith says the program is sufficiently funded.
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[Warner-Emick]


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Governor Warner made a stop in Roanoke this evening to throw his support behind the Emick brothers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Warner says both Mark and Steve Emick have the kind of professional experience the senate and house of delegates need.
But he says they also understand the limits of Virginia's current budget.
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[IN Q=You continue to have]

((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: YOU CONTINUE TO HAVE PEOPLE THAT LIKE TO MAKE SOUNDBITE PROMISES THAT DON'T ADD UP. IN THE REAL WORLD YOU'VE GOTTA END UP HAVING A BUDGET BALANCE. YOU CAN'T CONTINUE TO GO OUT AND SAY MORE MONEY FOR EDUCATION, MORE MONEY FOR ROADS, MORE MONEY FOR JOB TRAINING AND AT THE SAME TIME SAY I WANT TO CUT YOUR TAXES. THE TWO JUST DON'T ADD UP.))
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[VO-NAT]

Mark Emick is a life long educator with experience Warner thinks would benefit the students of Southwest Virginia. He's running against incumbent Delegate Morgan Griffith in the 8th District. His brother Steve Emick is running against Republican Brandon Bell in the 22nd Senate District. Steve Emick is a retired architectural engineer with Norfolk and Western. Warner says he would bring valuable information about Virginia's infrastructure to the Senate.
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[Maybee]


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The upcoming election in Boone, Iowa has more on the ballot than yes or no -- Maybee is an option too.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Boone, IA;]

George Maybee is the current mayor running for re-election. There's also a school bond issue to vote yes or no. And then there's John Slight-- also running for mayor. Maybe Slight will win, or maybe there's a slight chance Maybee will win again -- either way, people in town are talking. With another month to look at the signs, residents should have an idea on how to vote.
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More space, more students and more programs... that's the hope at one area college.
We'll explain when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus Lynchburg breaks ground and starts rolling on a new skatepark.
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[Sports-preview]


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[Skate-Park]


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Lynchburg will soon be able to take its name off the list of major cities that do NOT have a skateboard park for its young people to enjoy.
Steve Smallshaw tells us a local civic organization is ready to help get the project rolling.
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(( They didn't actually move any dirt at this groundbreaking but organizers have already moved mountains to get Lynchburg's first skatepark project off the ground.
For years, skating and boarding enthusiasts have been forced to ply their craft in back alleys and empty parking lots.. that's about to change.
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Thanks to a 100-thousand dollar donation from Lynchburg's two Rotary clubs, the Riverfront Skatepark will soon be under construction.
For its hundred grand, Rotary gets the naming rights and a perfect way to celebrate its centennial in 2005.
[SOT 17:33:40-:48//:59-:09]

((NANCY YOUNG/NOON ROTARY CLUB: THE TWO ROTARY CLUBS IN LYNCHBURG HAVE ALWAYS BEEN LOOKING AND HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PAST IN SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS IN THE COMMUNITY. AND WE LIKE TO ALSO BE INVOLVED IN PROJECTS THAT ARE SERVING YOUTH AND REVITALIZING OUR COMMUNITY AND THE SKATEBOARD PARK JUST MET ALL OF OUR NEEDS.))
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[OUT Q=all of our needs.]


The skatepark will sit on city-donated land along the riverfront.. in the shadow of the Amazement Square children's museum which will oversee its operation.
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((MORT SAJADIAN/AMAZEMENT SQUARE: THE LOGISTICS OF BEING ON THE RIVERFRONT AS PART OF THE COMPLEX THAT WE HAVE MASTER-PLANNED FOR THE RIVERFRONT AREA, THAT JUST WORKS PERFECTLY AND OF COURSE THE WHOLE COMBINATION OF THESE DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS COMING TOGETHER, PART OF THE BIG PLAN FOR DOWNTOWN, ALL PERFECT, ALL PERFECT.))
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((CRAIG CASSELL/SKATEBOARDER: IT'S COME TOGETHER AT THE RIGHT TIME, HE RIGHT PEOPLE AT THE RIGHT TIME. YOU HAVE THE DEMAND HERE FOR THE PARK AND IT'S GOING TO BE AN AWESOME SIGHT TO SEE IT COME UP.))
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[OUT Q=see it come up.]


Volunteers will start cleaning up and staking out the area this month.. construction should be finished by next summer.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))

[4H-Fights]


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Four teen counselors who staged fights between 4-H campers got off with community service and a stern lecture from the judge.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount;]


Joe Cocke (Cox) -- the only adult charged in the case -- was sentenced to 40 hours' service.
Three younger counselors he was supposed to help supervise entered "no contest" pleas to misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./July;]


Two of them will serve 100 hours' community service; the third will serve 40 hours.
They're not being identified because they're under 18.
More than a dozen campers said counslors forced them out of their bunks at night to fight and charged other campers to watch.
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[SOT 23:09]
[IN Q=I was not aware]

((JOE COCKE: I WAS NOT AWARE. I DIDN'T FIND OUT UNTIL A COUPLE OF DAYS AFTER I GOT BACK FROM CAMP AND I GOT PHONE CALLS LIKE WE HAVE A SITUATION AND I'M LIKE "OK". ))
[SUPER=01-Joe Cocke/Former 4H Counselor;]
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[OUT Q=and I'm like OK.]
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[VO-NAT]


Prosecutors say campers' parents did not want to see the counselors punished harshly.
Their records will be wiped clean if they stay out of legal trouble for the next two years.
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[Health-Sciences]


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Carilion's plan to transform Community hospital into an educational center will benefit one local college.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Officials with the Jefferson College of Health Sciences say moving to the hospital will mean more space and make it possible to double the student body.
This comes at time when health care workers are in great demand.
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[SOT15:03:21, tape 1 **cover part of bite if possible]
[IN Q=All the health care statistics]

((CAROL SEAVOR/JEFFERSON COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES PRES. :ALL THE HEALTH CARE STATISTICS PROVIDE US DOCUMENTATION THAT THOSE NUMBER CAN BE IMMEDIATELY USED IN THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF THE WAY HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY IS GROWING AND BECAUSE OF THE SHORTAGES WE'RE EXPERIENCING))
[SUPER=01-Carol Seavor/Jefferson College of Health Sciences Pres.]
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[OUT Q=we're experiencing]
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Seavor says the move may also make it possible to expand the faculty and start offering Master's programs.
It will be at least three years before the school relocates. Carilion must still get its plan approved by the state.


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[Tease2]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[WRITER=dse]
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Some area high school students open their hearts for a classmate in need.
That's still ahead on News 7.
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((NAT MUSIC))
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Plus Luciano Pavarotti is taking his music in a new direction... and may be calling it quits.
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[Commercial]


[Pavarotti]


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Opera Legend Luciano Pavarotti may be singing his last tunes in public.
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[VO-NAT 07]
[SUPER=03-London, England;]


The tenor says he's coming up on 70 years old and thinks it's time to retire in two years.
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[SOT 1:27 ]
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((LUCIANO PAVAROTTI: I BEGIN IN 1961 I THINK IT'S TIME.))
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Pavaratti says he wants to retire while he's still in fine voice.
You can hear that voice on his first ever pop album- after a 40 year career in classical opera.
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((NAT SOUND MUSIC))
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[vo-nat]
The new album includes a performance alongside guitar veteran Jeff Beck.
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(played with Eric Clapton in Yardbirds.... played with Cream)



[S-Extra]


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Express glove dropping, goal scoring exhibition highlights, Tech receiver Ernest Wilford talks about how last season's Syracuse game changed his career, but first our extra point.
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[VO-NAT]

The Winston Cup cars qualified will qualify under the lights tonight in Charlotte. Ward Burton decided his future today. The South Boston native inked a deal to drive the NetZero Pontiac next season.
In other signing news today, Dale Earnhardt, Junior finally signed on the dotted line on his contract with DEI. The deal will keep him in the fold for the next five years. [go to scores]
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[S-Qualify]


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Winston Cup drivers went through Bud Pole qualifying for Saturday night's UAW-GM 500 at Lowes Motor Speedway tonight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC/SPEED; :00]


And less than a week after winning his eighth race of the season, Ryan Newman won his eighth pole of the season, turning the 1,5 mile track at a speed of 186.657 miles an hour which is a new track record. Now the starting grid.
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[SUPER=0107-16. Dale Jarrett//17. Kurt Busch//18. Kenny Wallace//19. Jamie McMurray//20. Brian Vickers//;]
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[SUPER=0107-31. Christian Fittipaldi//32. Jeremy Mayfield//33. Sterling Marlin//34. Dave Blaney//35. Tony Raines//;]
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Ken Schrader and Hermie Sadler did not make the field. In Busch qualifying, Kevin Harvick won the pole for the Busch Series Little Trees 300 tomorrow at Lowes Motor Speedway.

[S-Express]


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The Roanoke Express opened the exhibition season tonight against the Greenville Grrowl.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Grrowl vs. Express; :00]


The Express hit the ice at the cozy confines of the Ice Station and Roanoke would score first.
In the opening period, Tom Kotsopulos comes around the goal and is gonna rip rope from in close to make it 1-nothing Express.
[SUPER=34-Greenville/5/Roanoke/4;]Greenville ties it up on Matt Demarski's tally in the first period as well but th

e Express breaks the 1-1 tie.
The gloves drop here as two players get into it. The Express has been fighting immigration. Several players have yet to cross the Canadian border. The delay is due to the strike. The Grrowl wins 5-4 in a shootout.
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[OUT Q=by Sunday"]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN/Mighty Ducks vs. Predators;]


In Express related news, Jordin Tootoo, the brother of Terrence who died last season, lived out his brothers dream when he became the first Inuit to ever play in an NHL game. Tootoo's Predators beat Anaheim 3-1.
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Blue Jackets vs. Thrashers;]


The Atlanta Thrashers wore Dan Snyder's number on their jerseys. He was the player who died this week from injuries in a car accident. His Thrashers beat Columbus 2-1 and former Express star Jeff Cowan walked off the ice proud.
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[S-Cowan]


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We recently caught up with Jeff Cowan who is in his fifth NHL season.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond/September 27; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Cowan/Scored 8 Points for Thrashers Last Season; :25]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/1996-97 Season; 1:22]
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((Not only was he a teammate, but Cowan played on the fourth line with Snyder. Cowan, Snyder, Thrashers NHL all star Danny Heatley, who was the driver of the car that was involved in the accident and the other Thrasher players practiced just two days before the accident at the Richmond Coliseum for a preseason exhibition game. But even before the tragedy, Cowan had an incredible appreciation for life and a humble, thankful attitude. ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:))
The left wing and the Express finishes 38-26 and 6, fourth in the division and fell to Hampton Roads three games to one in the first round of the playoffs and Cowan learned lots of hockey in just one season. He was also educated in true fan support.)) ((:))

[S-Ernest]


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One major bright spot in Tech's triple overtime loss to Syracuse last year was Ernest Wilford. He racked up a school record 279 receiving yards in what turned out to bea turning point in his career.
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[SUPER=01-Ernest Wilford/279 Yards & 4 TDs Last Year vs. SU; :00]
[SUPER=03-Syracuse, NY/Last Season; :11]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/504 Yards Passing vs. SU Last Year; :25]
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[Byrd-Transplant]


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Local students are sending their love to a classmate in need of a new heart.
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[VO-NAT :17]

Andrew Spradling is staying at the Mayo Clinic, awaiting a heart transplant. His mother says the 15-year old was born with his heart on the wrong side of his body.
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When his classmates learned of his situation they threw themselves into raising money for his medical expenses.
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[IN Q=He was a freshman.]

((CAROL LYN WEBSTER/TEACHER: HE WAS A FRESHMAN. THE SENIORS ARE THE ONES WHO'VE REALLY TAKEN HOLD OF GETTING PEOPLE INVOLVED. MOST OF THEM DIDN'T KNOW THIS CHILD. HE DID NOT START THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH US.))
[SUPER=01-Carol Lyn Webster/William Byrd Teacher;]
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[OUT Q=did not start the school year with us.]
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[VO NAT :20] Since last Monday, the students have raised close to 25-hundred dollars. New York Pizza has joined the effort, donating up to 5-thousand dollars worth of gift certificates for students to sell. Webster says insurance will pay for all but 30-thousand dollars of Andrew's operation. William Byrd students hope to raise at least 10-thousand. (------------)