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Coming up on News 7 -
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A shooting in Roanoke tonight.. a suspect is on the loose.
Developments in the case of that missing North Dakota college woman- police make an arrest.
It's unusual and only a few colleges are doing it across the country. Now one local school may join in.
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[Talent=Jean]


News 7 at Eleven is next.

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A shooting sends one man to the hospital and has police searching for a suspect.
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[Roanoke-Shooting]


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Police say it started as an argument between acquaintances tonight.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Officers say the two men were arguing in the 26-hundred block of Florida Avenue around 8 o-clock.
One man fired several shots at the other, though police have not yet said how many times the victim was hit.
He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, but there's no word on his identity or condition.
Police say they are searching for a suspect.
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[missing-Student]


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Police in North Dakota have arrested a man for the disappearance of a college student, though they haven't said they've found the woman.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Grand Forks, ND]


Police say a Alfonso Rodriguez, Junior faces a kidnapping charge in the disappearance of Dru Sjodin (shoh-DEEN').

Sjodin has been missing since November 22nd, when she left her job at a mall in Grand Forks.
Police say a search for Sjodin is ongoing, but no further information will be released until a press briefing tomorrow morning.
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[Ferrum-Calendar]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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College students often complain they have to take too many courses, too many tests, and write too many papers.
Ferrum College now wants to do something to alleivate the problem.
So why then are many students against it? [***NEWS 7 @ 11 in Monitor]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Justin /BAM;]


Justin McLeod is here to tells all about it. Justin?
Jean, at first glance it would seem like a change students would go for.
[LIVE= JUustin /FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@justin1]


But already some are giving it a failing grade.
What Ferrum is proposing is so drastic only a few colleges in the country do it this way.
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[SUPER=01-Richard Sours/Academic Dean of Ferrum College; :32]
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((((NAT SOUND OF TYPING))
Students here at Ferrum College typically take five courses a semester.
But soon their workload could be getting smaller by taking fewer classes.
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((RYAN WALKER/FERRUM COLLEGE STUDENT: I DON'T LIKE IT AT ALL.)) [Runs02]
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What Ryan Walker dislikes is a proposed calendar change.
The college is thinking about splitting its 15 week semesters into a three week and a 12 week block.
How it works is students would complete one course in just three weeks and then take a normal schedule for the remaining twelve.
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[IN Q=We're always looking]

((RICHARD SOURS/ACAEMDIC DEAN OF FERRUM COLLEGE: WE'RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO ENHANCE THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE TO ENRICH, TO ENLARGE, TO INTENSIFY, TO GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITIES THEY'RE NOT HAVING.)) [Runs09]
[OUT Q=they're not having]


Opportunities that would include more time to take field trips, internships, and programs abroad.
It would also allow students to concentrate fully on one subject for a short period of time.
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[IN Q=It's stressful trying]

((SANDY SOUTHARD/FERRUM COLLEGE STUDENT: IT'S STRESSFUL TRYING TO DEAL WITH ANY AMOUNT OF WORK BUT TO DEAL WITH ONE CLASS AT ONE TIME I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT.)) [Runs06]
[OUT Q=would be great]


Not everyone agrees.
With a three week course, students have concerns over attendance and consquences of dropping a class if they're failing.
Then there's issue of taking a single course three to four hours a day five days a week.
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((RYAN WALKER/FERRUM COLLEGE STUDENT: IT'S GOING TO BE A LOT HARDER FOR STUDENTS LIKE ME THAT HAVE LEARNING DISABLITIES OR ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER TO PAY ATTENTION FOR THREE HOURS A DAY.)) [Runs08]
[OUT Q=three hours a day]))
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College officials stress no decision has been made. Right now, they're taking input from faculty and students.
Within a few weeks, an administrative council made up of the president and several vice presidents will make a final decision.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Justin /BAM;]


Jean, the plan was to implement the change this fall but there is already talk that could be delayed.

[City-Council]


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Local lawmakers say they will take methadone clinic concerns to Richmond.
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Delegates-Elect William Fralin and Onzlee Ware, and Senator John Edwards met with members of Roanoke City Council and the city school board this morning.
The lawmakers have heard from many of their constituents and say they will introduce or support legislation that would offer localities more protection.
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((WILLIAM FRALIN: IT'S ONE OF THE TOP THINGS ON THE MINDS OF CITIZENS OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY. THEREFORE IT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT OUGHT TO BE ON THE MINDS OF LEGISLATORS.)) ((ONZLEE WARE: I'M ALL FOR TREATMENT AS I'M SURE EVERYBODY IS, BUT I THINK IT'S AN ISSUE THAT'S GOING TO BE ONGOING UNTIL WE FIND A SOLUTION AS TO WHERE IS THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO LOCATE THE METHADONE CLINICS.))
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[OUT Q=to locate the methadone clinics.]
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Fralin and Senator Brandon Bell plan to introduce legislation that would restrict the location of methadone clinics near schools.
Another proposal would give local governments more notice, when a proposed clinic seeks a state license.

[King-Bridge]


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Roanoke officials are turning to another committee as the city considers the best way to memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King.
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The city is moving forward with plans to replace the First Street Bridge, and name the structure in honor of the civil rights leader.
A new 30- member committee will meet for the first time tomorrow, to consider the design elements of the King memorial.
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[Shabazz]


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A man who admits to killing a Roanoke woman and her two children will never be let out of prison.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Askia Shabazz (shuh-BAZ) today pled guilty to four counts of capital murder and one count of arson in the deaths of Alice Jackson and her two young boys in May of last year.
[SUPER=04-May 2002;]

Shabazz admits to strangling and smothering the 25-year old Jackson before setting her Hurt Park apartnment on fire. The children died of smoke inhalation. Before being sentenced Shabazz apologized to his victims and their family.
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[IN Q=I know my apology in reality doesn't...]

((ASKIA SHABAZZ/DEFENDENT: I KNOW MY APOLOGY IN REALITY DOESN'T CHANGE ANYTHING BUT IT IS SINCERE AND RIGHT NOW I'M READY TO FACE MY PUNISHMENT.))
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[OUT Q=ready to face my punishment.]
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By pleading guilty Shabazz avoided the death penalty, a punishment prosecutors say some members of Jackson's family faavored.
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[IN Q=They've suffered a great loss...]

((JOHN MCNEIL/PROSECUTOR: THEY'VE SUFFERED A GREAT LOSS AND WANTED TO SEE A GREAT PUNISHMENT, AT THE VERY LEAST THAT HE'D NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY AGAIN..))
[SUPER=01-John McNeil/Prosecutor;]
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[OUT Q=never see the light of day again.]
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[VO-NAT :06]

Judge Clifford Weckstein sentenced Shabazz to five life sentences, four of which offer no possibility of parole.
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[Overdose-Death]


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A Salem teenager charged in a methadone overdose death worked out a plea agreement today.
The prosecutor dropped a felony homicide charge and another count against 15-year-old Kenneth Jacob Shelton.
Shelton pled no contest to illegal distribution of methadone in the death of 18-year-old Joey Lawrence last May.
The prosecutor says he wasn't sure he could have gotten a murder conviction under state law.
Shelton will be sentenced in February, as a juvenile.

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Health care in Central Virginia is about to get an 80-million dollar shot in the arm.
That story when News 7 returns.
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Plus Cincinnati's mayor defends six officers involved in a violent arrest that ended up with the suspect dead.
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[Sports-preview]


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[OUT Q=...THE BIG 7."]

(( Hey folks Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as Bryant Matthews hits for a career high 36 in Tech's win tonight. Steve Mason checks in with the unbeaten UVa men's squad. The Dazzle has the league's first player of the week. KJ is one of three finalists for the Walker award. And VMI has an academic all-American tonight on the Big 7.))

[Sniper-Search]


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There have been eleven shootings since May on Interstate 270, a beltway that circles Columbus, Ohio.
Today authorities held a press conference but it seems they have no real leads.
Elizabeth Sanchez reports.
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[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Sanchez/CBS News; :53]
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[OUT Q=Elizabeth Sanchez CBS News, Columbus Ohio;]

((IT'S BACK TO WORK AFTER A HOLIDAY WEEKEND. AND A STRING OF SHOOTING ALONG THIS FIVE MILE STRETCH OF INTERSTATE 270...HAVEN'T SCARED MANY OHIO COMMUTERS AWAY. DESPITE INCREASED HIGHWAY PATROLS...IT'S A TEST OF COURAGE EVERY TIME THEY TURN ONTO THIS MAJOR THOROUGHFARE AROUND COLUMBUS. SO FAR THERE ARE NO SUSPECTS..... IN WHAT APPEAR TO BE RANDOM SHOOTINGS...AT RANDOM CARS AND TRUCKS. CHIEF STEVE MARTIN, FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE."we are looking at all aspects of this investigation..all ages...all race groups ...all genders and we are trying not to leave anything unturned." ONLY ONE PERSON HAS BEEN HIT....62 YEAR OLD GAIL KNISLEY WAS HOT DEATH WHILE RIDING IN A CAR WITH A FRIEND. THE BULLET THAT KILLED KNISLEY CAME FROM THE SAME GUN AS ONE OTHER SHOOTING.CHIEF MARTIN we do have a positive match. The Franklin County sheriff's office has contacted law enforcement in other cities with similar unsolved shootings to compare the cases, so far they haven't come up with any matches. Elizabeth Sanchez/CBS News, Columbus Ohio.))

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Cincinnati's mayor says police officers were doing their job when they hit a man they were trying to arrest.
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The man, Nathanial Jones later died.
A coroners report shows Jones had traces of PCP and Cocaine in his system and an enlarged heart-
[SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Police Video;]


Two officers try to arrest the 350 pound man- he's ordered to put his hands behind numerous times but refuses.
Four more officers show up before the man is restrained.
Cincinnati's mayor says the part of the tape that people don't see shows Jones assaulting the officers.
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((CHARLIE LUKEN/CINCINNATI MAYOR: THEY ARE TRAINED TO GET CONTROL OF THE SITUATION AS I LOOK AT THE TAPE YOU CAN SEE THE OFFICERS MAKING A CONSCIOUS EFFORT NOT TO HIT THE MAN IN THE HEAD AND TO HIT HIM ON THE LEGS ETC. THEY ARE TRYING TO GAIN CONTROL OF A VERY LARGE MAN WHO IS COMING AFTER TWO CINCINNATI POLICE OFFICERS.))
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Police have shown photos of the officers injuries-
The six officers are on administrative leave.
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[Iraq]


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A U-S general says it's hard to tell if the dual ambushes in northern Iraq yesterday reflect changing tactics by insurgents.
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[SUPER=03-Samarra, Iraq;]

But one Army captain whose tank was hit by a grenade says the guerrilla attacks have grown from ``hit and run'' to what he called ``the first well-coordinated one.''
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[IN Q=there are a limited number;]

((DONALD RUMSFELD/DEFENSE SECRETARY THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DETERMINED TO KILL INNOCENT MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO ARE CONNECTED TO THE COALITION, WHO ARE COALITION PARTICIPANTS OR WHO ARE INNOCENT IRAQIS, AND THAT'S TAKING PLACE))
[SUPER=01-Donald Rumsfeld/Secretary of Defense;]
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[OUT Q=and that's taking place;]
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The month of November was the deadliest yet for Coalition forces. 74 Americans and dozens of international troops were killed.
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[Centra-Health]


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Major expansion plans are in the works for Lynchburg General Hospital.. to the tune of more than 80 million dollars.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Centra Health wants to build a new, five-story patient care tower near the existing front entrance of the hospital.
It also plans to construct a new cancer treatment center on the site of the city's old Human Services building.
Officials say it's all due to a growing demand for health care.
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[SOT 12:40:20]
[IN Q=We've also got]

((BILL VARNER/CENTRA HEALTH VP: WE'VE ALSO GOT AN OLDER THAN AVERAGE POPULATION IN THIS AREA, AND THE SENIOR POPULATION TENDS TO USE HEALTH CARE AT A RATE HIGHER THAN THE POPULATION THAT'S A LITTLE YOUNGER AND SO OUR PROJECTIONS SUGGEST THAT OUR IN-PATIENT DEMAND WILL CONTINUE TO GROW IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Varner/Centra Health VP]
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[OUT Q=the foreseeable future.]
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If the state approves the plans, construction should get underway by next fall.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
[WRITER=dse]
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Still ahead on News 7, what went right and what went wrong when Hurricane Isabel hit Virginia.
Plus, you're not supposed to touch things at many museums.
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[VO-NAT]


This one lets you eat them.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The grasshopper]

((THE GRASSHOPPER LEGS WERE SCRATCHY, SO IT SORT OF SCRATCHED MY THROAT.))
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[OUT Q=scratched my throat]
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Why workers at say eating insects can teach you a lot about the world when we return.
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[Commercial]

[Isabel-hearings]


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The 2003 hurricane season officially ended yesterday but one storm is still on the minds of state legislators.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The Senate and House Commerce and Labor Committees held a public hearing today on the state's response to Hurricane Isabel.
One state agency reported that communication breakdowns and ice shortages were a major problem.
Clean drinking water was also an issue.
Lawmakers are seeking to learn from the mistakes made with Hurricane Isabel so that the state can better prepare for future disasters.
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[SOT 16:10:43]
[IN Q=WE FOUND OUT THAT A LOT OF PLACES]

((VIRGINIA HEALTH COMMISSIONER ROBERT STROUBE: WE FOUND OUT THAT A LOT OF PLACES HAD DONE SOME EMERGENCY PLANNING BUT THEY REALLY HADN'T EXERCISED IT THAT WAS THE CASE WITH PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AS WELL AS HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES. DELEGATE PRESTON BRYANT/R-LYNCHBURG:THERE ARE CERTAINLY ALOT OF LESSONS TO BE LEARNED ESPECIALLY IN THE COMMUNICATIONS AREA BETWEEN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, THE STATE GOVERNMENT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. HOPEFULLY WE CAN CLEAN UP SOME OF THAT AND KNOW NOT TO REPEAT THE SAME MISTAKES AGAIN.))
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[OUT Q=KNOW NOT TO REPEAT THE SAME MISTAKES AGAIN.]
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33 people in Virginia died as a result of Hurricane Isabel.
Nearly two million households lost electricity.
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[WX-Almanac]


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Now that December is here, one thing is right around the corner. Not Christmas, but Winter. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has more on what we can expect for our last month of 2003.
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The Tech men win another one at home, KJ is a finalist for the Walker award. VMI gets an academic all-American, while the Dazzle has player of the week. But first tonight's Extra Point-
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[SUPER=04-NASCAR; :00]

The Earnhardt autopsy photo battle is finally over. Nearly three years after his death at Daytona, a student run newspaper at the University of Florida was still battling to have access to the photos. But today the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the Independent Florida Alligator newspaper. The papers had challenged the constitutionality of a Florida law that was passed after his death - barring public access to such pictures.
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[SUPER=0097-j/Patrick Co./79//Floyd Co./64//Boys/j/Vandalia, NC/61//Westover Christian/59//Girls/;]
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[S-Hokies]


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The Tech men hosted Morgan State tonight in front of 55 hundred and 80 fans at the Cassell.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Morgan St. vs. Hokies; :00]

After getting worn down at UVa of Friday night, Seth Greenberg and company tried to pace themselves a little better tonight. But the visiting Bears would play well - Ronald Timus gets his own rebound and hits the short jumper for two. Morgan State led by 6 at one point. The Hokies would get a big effort from Jamon Gordon, who led the way with 7 steals. He starts the break and Bryant Matthews finishes it with the hoop and harm. Matthews had a career high 36 points. Morgan State would keep coming as Reggie Winkfield bottoms out the jumper for the Bears.
[super=33-Morgan State/66/Virginia Tech/76/Tech Now 3-and-1;]

But Tech would improve to 3 and 1 as Gordon hits the baseline jumper. He had 12 points, 6 assists, 8 rebounds and those 7 steals. Tech wins it 76 to 66.
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[S-UVA]


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The UVa men's basketball team hosts Minnesota in the ACC-Big East challenge on Wednesday night.

Steve Mason says being successful this season has been weighing heavily on the players' minds in more ways than one.
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[SUPER=01-Elton Brown/12 Points, 4.3 Rebounds a Game; :48]
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[OUT Q=...News 7 sports"]
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((Just three games in to their season and the Cavaliers are all business, especially in the fitness and weight room departments. ((TODD BILLET/UVA GUARD:))
One p layer who has shaped up more than any other is six foot 9 junior Elton Brown. ((PETE GILLEN/UVA HEAD BASKETBALL COACH:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((ELTON BROWN/AVERAGING 12 POINTS A GAME:))
Brown is averaging close to 25 minutes a game, a significant jump from last season. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))

[S-NBDL]


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The Roanoke Dazzle is off to a fast start - unbeaten in its first three games of the season.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Sunday; :00]

And today Kent Davison's team was rewarded for its early success. George Williams, a six-eight forward from the University of Houston is the NBDL's player of the week. He averaged 16 points, and 10 rebounds in the first three games of the season and shot 67 percent from the floor. The Dazzle is home both Friday and Saturday night this week.
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[S-Jones]


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Kevin Jones may not say for several weeks whether or not he's coming back to Tech for his senior season or bolting to the NFL. But wherever he is next year, he could have a big trophy by his side.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/This Season; :00]

This afternoon, kJ was named one of 3 finalists for the Doak Walker award. He rushed for 20 TDs and a school record 1494 yards this year. His competition now comes from Michigan's Chris Perry and Kansas State's Darren Sproles. The winner will be announced February 12th.
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[S-VMI]


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VMI senior kicker Matt Sharpe has been named a second team academic all-American.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/This Season; :00]

Sharpe set a school record with 17 field goals this season. His 179 points his 2nd all-time. He also is some kind of a student with a 3 point 9 grade point average. His major is computer science, he has minors in French, Math and Writing and he is a Rhodes and Marshall scholarship finalist.
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[S-Auburn]


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Not surprisingly UVa has picked up several of the ACC player of the week honors in football for the team's efforts against the Hokies.
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Matt Schaub, who let his Mom borrow his helmet right before the seniors took the field at Scott Stadium, is the co-offensive back of the week. He completed 32 of 46 passes for 358 yards and two TDs against the Hokies. The offensive lineman of the week - is Heath Miller. The "Hoss from Honaker" had 13 catches for 145 yards. He has 66 catches on the season.
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In one other college note - TCU has turned down an invitation to play in the GMAC Bowl on December 18th. The Horned Frogs are 11-and-1 but have decided to skip the game because it conflicts with their final exam schedule. TCU's athletic director, is former VMI AD Eric Hyman.

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The state semi-finals are this coming Saturday in high school football.
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One of the guys who hopes to make plenty of noise is William Campbell's Cedric Peerman. Today, he was named Region B's player of the year. He rushed for just under 2000 yards and over 40 TDs this season.
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Next time you want a snack, How about trying a bug?
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They're crispy, crunchy and edible.
At the Royal BC Museum in Canada visitors can try everything from meal worms, to fried scorpian tales, to ants and grasshoppers.
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((I THINK THE SCORPIAN TALE WAS PROBABLY THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY TASTE TREATS TODAY BUT I THINK IT WOULD'VE WASHED DOWN BETTER WITH A GLASS OF CHARDONAY.)) [NO SUPER]
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[OUT Q=of chardonny.]
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While insects aren't exactly hot dogs, they are a staple in many parts of the world.
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((IT IS SO COMMON ACROSS THE REST OF THE WORLD AND WE ARE THE ONES THAT ARE SORT OF STRANGE IN THAT WE DON'T EAT BUGS. I THINK WE EAT BUGS AND WE DON'T KNOW IT THOUGH. OFTEN IN OUR PRODUCE WE EAT THEM AND SOME STORIES SAY WE PROBABLY EAT 500 IN A LIFETIME. )) [NO SUPER]
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At least one chef hopes insect cuisine will catch on. He's penned a book for people brave enough to try cooking bugs at home.
He says even though bugs are not available at the local supermarket they are at your local pet store. (---------)