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Coming up on News 7-
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Mother nature dumps another barrel of snow in our area, making travel difficult for some on the roads. It's not Daytona, but hundreds of local volunteers celebrate another victory race to help those in need. And roll out the red carpet... it's Oscar night in Great Britain.
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[ANCHOR=Myranda]

News 7 is next.

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((IT'S BEEN A NASTY TRIP.))
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A winter storm blows through the viewing area dumping several inches of snow and leaving some roads dangerously slick.
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[ANCHOR=Myranda]
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

[220-Ax]


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The snowy weather caused massive headaches on Route 2-20 South of Roanoke.
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In Franklin County, traffic south and nouthbound was blocked between Rocky Mount and Boone's Mill this evening. State Police say two tractor trailers collided on slick roads, and it took hours to clean up the mess. Traffic on the highway is moving at times, but is still very slow going.
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.;]

Other drivers also had trouble, with multiple fender-benders being reported and some cars sliding off roads. Police say they saw a large number of accidents but few injuries in Franklin and Henry Counties once the snow started to fall.
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The storm moved into the area quickly dumping inches of snow on many unsuspecting motorists.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Myranda/ Jenn PATIO CAM;]

News 7's Jennifer Wishon joins us from outside our studios. Jenn - what's it like out there now? Myranda, snow has stopped falling here in Roanoke,
[LIVE=Jenn/FULL]
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but it's caused many problems for motorists. Many people found themselves stranded along Route 220 for hours, while local police responded to a flood of calls.
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((((Nats of wrecker)) This was a common scene along the Route 220 corridor. Slushy roads were misleading and caught many motorists by surprise. Joe Williams left Union Hall for Radford just as the storm hit. He thought he was in the clear until he hit a wall of traffic on his way home.
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((JOE WILLIAMS))
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Williams, along with hundreds of others waited for hour in traffic while state police worked to clear dozens of fender benders. Officials say the biggest concentration of accidents Sunday evening occurred along 220 in Franklin and Henry Counties.
Scott Young has to be at work at 4 AM and tried to make the best of being stranded.
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((SCOTT YOUNG))
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V- Dot took advantage of no traffic and cleared snow traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. ((quick nats))))
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V-Dot is reporting most roads in the area as mostly to completely covered in snow.
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[TAKE VDOT FS] To check road conditions in your area you can call V-Dot's highway helpline at 1-800-367-ROAD. [TAKE WEB FS] Of course a number of schools are already closed for tomorrow and for a complete list anytime log onto our website at WDBJ7.com.
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Brent Watts is standing by in the News 7 weather center - Brent it appears the worst is over.


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Yesterday police ... today American soldiers were the target in Iraq.
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Gunmen opened fire on a U-S convoy and one vehicle burst into flames, but no troops were hurt.
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The attack follows yesterday's deadly raid on a police station. At least 25 were killed when scores of gunmen stormed the buildings and freed dozens of prisoners. The U-S led government says the attack may have been coordinated by Al-Qaida.
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((PAUL BREMER/US ADMINISTRATOR FOR IRAQ--THERE WERE FOREIGNERS APPARENTLY INVOLVED. WE'RE STILL LOOKING INTO THAT TO FIND OUT WHAT THE IMPLICATIONS ARE))
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Today, Iraqi police did capture one of Saddam Hussein's senior leaders, and number 41 on the most wanted list.
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[Campaign-Dem]


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Democratic candidates for president faced off in Wisconsin tonight in another debate. They opened fire on President Bush concerning the war, education and jobs ... but also found opportunities to jab at each other as well. Jennifer Miller has more.
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((WITH THE RACE NOW DOWN TO FIVE, THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES HAD MORE TIME TO SPEAK IN SUNDAY NIGHT'S DEBATE. AND THEY WASTED LITTLE TIME BEFORE ATTACKING PRESIDENT BUSH.

(SOT: SEN. JOHN KERRY/D-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE) - 18:33:01

"I think this president rushed to war. I don't believe he had a plan for winning the peace."

(SOT: DEAN)Already Fonted

"I think George Bush has some nerve attacking anybody about special interests."
DURING THE 90-MINUTE DEBATE, THE PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS ALSO SPELLED OUT THEIR PLANS FOR FIXING THE ECONOMY AND RESTORING JOBS -- TWO ISSUES IMPORTANT TO WISCONSIN VOTERS AS THEY HEAD TO THE POLLS THIS TUESDAY.

(SOT: SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE)

"Voters of Wisconsin deserve to know this will be something I will take very seriously. I will stand up and fight every way I know how to protect these jobs."
THE CANDIDATES TOUCHED ON EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE. BUT THE DISCUSSION HEATED UP WHEN IT TURNED TO IRAQ. SEVERAL OF THE THEM ACCUSED PRESIDENT BUSH OF LYING ABOUT THE REASONS FOR GOING TO WAR.

(SOT: DENNIS KUCINICH/D-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE) -- 19:23:52

"I think that this administration knew full well that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11."

(SOT: SHARPTON) Already Fonted

"If he didn't know he was lying AND WAS LYING that's even worse."

(STANDUP BRIDGE)

OF THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES, HOWARD DEAN HAS THE MOST AT STAKE. HE ONCE SAID HE HAD TO WIN IN TUESDAY'S WISCONSIN PRIMARY. NOW AIDES ARE TELLING HIM TO GET OUT OF THE RACE IF HE DOESN'T.

(SOT: DEAN) - 19:50:10

"I intend to win the nomination."
BUT THE FORMER VERMONT GOVERNOR SHOWED NO SIGNS OF GIVING UP. AND SENATOR EDWARDS -- WHO ALSO NEEDS TO DO WELL HERE -- HAD A MESSAGE FOR HIS TOP RIVAL.

(SOT: EDWARDS) - 19:22:45

"Not so fast, John Kerry. We're going to have an election here in Wisconsin this Tuesday."
AN ELECTION KERRY HOPES TO WIN...JUST LIKE HE HAS THE 14 OUT OF THE 16 DEMOCRATIC CONTEST. JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS, MILWAUKEE))



[Gillette]


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The race for Lynchburg's Ward One city council seat is about to turn into a three-person contest.
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Incumbent Julian Adams announced last month he would seek re-election this spring.
Last week, Marie Martin.. the wife of local car dealer Jim Martin.. confirmed to News 7 she will also be running for the post.
Now local BIOETHICIST Michael Gillette confirms he'll announce his candidacy this week.
All four Ward seats are up for election in May.
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Up ahead on the newscast, viewers go to the defense of a veterinarian in Franklin County,
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also, just a few weeks before the Oscars, the United Kingdom dishes out their big movie awards. We'll have the winners a little later in the newscast.
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((Hey, everybody. Travis Wells here in the News7 Sports Office. Coming up later, Junior follows in his father's footsteps at Daytona. We'll shoot with the NBA stars on the left coast. Number one goes down on Tobacco Road, and Daly gets back in the win column. All that and more on the way in sports.))
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In Alleghany County, both lanes of route 220 were closed this morning after a rock slide.
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Authorities say it happened around six o-clock, covering both lanes of 220 and the railroad tracks just west of Iron Gate.
Officials say one car was hit, but the driver was not seriously injured.
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Pulaski's newest employer is finally up and running.
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65 workers officially started this week at Global Contact Services.
The telemarketing firm is based out of the old A-E-P building downtown.
Company officials say they plan to hire even more people for a possible second shift.
For more information, contact the Virginia Employment Commission.
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[Rescue-Mission]


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Each year, hundreds of homeless men and women in the Roanoke Valley seek shelter and warm meals at the Rescue Mission. Today the people who run the facility gathered in the winner's circle. Jennifer Wishon explains.
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((Hundreds gathered to celebrate a year long race in Roanoke. 3600 volunteers qualified with more than 34,000 hours of service. It was an event to honor hard work in a place with a kitchen that sometimes feels more like the Martinsville speedway.

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((IT'S A HECTIC, AROMATIC, FAST PACED AND SOMETIMES CRAZY PLACE.))
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Staff at the Rescue Mission held a service Sunday
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((MUSIC: TO RUN THE GOOD RACE FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, KEEP THE FAITH.))
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to honor the thousands of volunteers who've Run the Good Race and made a difference in the lives of men and women with nowhere to turn.
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((LEE CLARK: WHEN YOU CONSIDER ALL THE HEALTH CARE THAT'S PROVIDED AND MANY OF THE RESOURCES THAT ARE PROVIDED HERE BY VOLUNTEERS IT'S PROBABLY UPWARDS OF A HALF A MILLION DOLLARS OR MORE OF VALUE THAT'S PROVIDED BY OUR VOLUNTEERS EACH AND EVERY YEAR.))
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Volunteers like Stuart Bain who first took the mission on as a client, but soon became a volunteer and stopped sending a bill. Now he spends many late nights tinkering with the computer system - for fun.
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((STUART BAIN/VOLUNTEER: IT'S A LOT OF FUN, IN SOME WAYS ALMOST CONSIDER THIS OUR LITTLE LAB BECAUSE WE GET TO TRY STUFF HERE THAT WE COULDN'T DO IN A NORMAL BUSINESS.))
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A business that has come a long way during its 50 years of operation and has no plans of slowing down.
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((HARRY DAVIS: WE'VE BROKEN GROUND ON THE NEW WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S SHELTER AND THAT'S AN EXCITING NEW PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE. WE'RE HOPING WE CAN GET IT UP JUST AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THERE'S SUCH A NEED HERE IN THE VALLEY THERE'S NOT A PROGRAM LIKE IT ANYWHERE.))
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((JENNIFER WISHON/JWISHON@WDBJ7.COM: THE MISSION HAS HAD PLENTY TO CELEBRATE OVER THE PAST YEAR, BUT MANY CHALLENGES STILL LIE AHEAD. STAFF SAY THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING TO THE MISSION CONTINUES TO RISE INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF VETERANS - ESPECIALLY MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED IN THE GULF WAR, BUT NO MATTER WHAT STAFF SAY THEY'LL CONTINUE TO RUN THE GOOD RACE, FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT AND KEEP THE FAITH. JENNIFER WISHON, NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
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Still to come on the newscast, a federal grant could mean some spring cleaning in Rocky Mount...
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and even though spring is still months away, folks at the Roanoke Civic Center were still dreaming about warmer weather.
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[Feedback]


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A state investigation of a Franklin County veterinarian was once again the main topic in our viewer mail.
Here's News-7's Feedback with assignment editor Joe McKean
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((Most of the folks who wrote to us say the board of veterinary medicine's allegations against Dr. Richard Flint are all bark and no bite.
One of his Roanoke clients (Linda Shelton) wrote: "Doctors do make mistakes, just like people. If my dog was not well in body and not getting any better after 6 months of treatment I would wonder and have to get a second opinion like people do and find another vet...People need to use common sense. Dr. Flint is not God. I have never found Noah's Ark to be unclean or "filthy" as they have put it. I don't understand that comment at all. I've been there since they opened at different times and different days; never have I seen filth."
"I have never had a situation to occur that I didn't think Dr. Flint didn't care for my animals in a correct and timely manner. My visits to his clinic have ranged from routine vaccinations to emergency surgery. He saved my dog's life. I'll never be able to repay him for that," noted a client from Ferrum (Kimberly Nichols).
And there was this comment (David and Lori Hurt) "Dr. Flint has been the veterinarian to our pets for the past 25 years. We can scarcely believe the allegations that are being presented against him While we feel sorry for the person who lost their dog to a car injury we realize that veterinary science and medical science as a whole are not perfect and negative outcomes are a fact of life."
A headline in our 6pm newscast referring to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry caught the ear of a viewer from Christiansburg (Darrell Shomaker): "I'm a loyal, lifelong fan of News 7 and your legendary anchor Keith Humphry, but I nearly threw my hat when Mr. Humphry recently remarked that Senator John Kerry would be "ratcheting up the rhetoric" during his February 9th visit to Roanoke...Now I don't believe for a minute that any member of News 7's team meant to insult Senator Kerry, but I do believe that over the past few years the term "rhetoric" has taken on a more derogatory meaning in American politics, so perhaps we all should exercise greater care when using the word."
If you have any rhetorical flourishes you'd like to share with other viewers, send them to us by mail...fax...or email.
Joe McKean, News-7.))





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Life at home may soon be "a more pleasant experience" for some Rocky Mount residents.
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About 35-homes in the Needmore neighborhood will get some retouching, as part of an improvement project for low-income housing. Officials say most of the houses in the area were built in the early 1900s, and are in dire need of improvements.

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((LARA BURLESON/ASST. TOWN MANAGER: WE WILL BE LOOKING AT THINGS LIKE THE MAJOR SYSTEM OF THE HOUSE. THE FOUNDATION, THE WALLS, THE ROOFS, THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, THE HEATING SYSTEM, AND MAKE CERTAIN THAT THEY ARE SOUND THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS PROJECT IS TO CREAT SAFE, SOUND AND ENERGY EFFICIENT TO THE EXTENT THAT WE CAN, HOUSING FOR THESE FOLKS.))
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In addtion to the improvements, the town also hope to provide residents with better fire protection, by widening Goodview Avenue and adding another fire hydrant. Officials say funding for the project is through a one million dollar federal grant. Work is scheduled to begin next month.
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[Boat-Show]


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For boat seekers looking forward to some "fun in the sun" this summer, the Roanoke Civic Center was their destination this weekend.
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The Southwest Virginia Boat Show wrapped up today. Vendors provided everything from docks to speed boats. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was also on hand to remind boaters that safety comes first. Officials say the most important thing a boater can do is wear a life vest.
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((MICHAEL KUJATH/U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY: WHEN YOU READ AN ARTICLE ABOUT SOMEONE HAVING A BOATING ACCIDENT, THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HAVE A VEST ON, THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T DIE AND IT'S THAT SIMPLE.))
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Kujath (Coo- JAY') says life jackets aren't always bulky, and had examples of the many different styles available. He also says it's important to remember that accidents can happen in any type of vessel - from canoes to fishing boats.
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Coming up, Junior proves that he's a chip off the old block, Duke falls on Tobacco Road, and the NBA stars come out in LA, but first tonight's extra point,
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[SUPER=03-La Jolla, CA; :00]


John Daly is back in the winner's circle for the first time in nine years. Daly earned his 5th Tour title at the Buick Invitational, winning a three way playoff by putting this 100 foot bunker shot to within three inches of the cup. It wasn't over though until Chris Riley burned the edges with his birdie putt. Daly takes home 810 thousand dollars for his efforts.
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Following his first win in the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. got a phone call from President Bush congratulating him on the win. It was a fitting end to a day that had begun nearly four hours earlier with the president at the World Center of Racing.
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Bush became the third sitting chief executive to attend a race at Daytona today giving the drivers the command to start their engines.
So much for the engine alliance between Roush and Yates, as first Mark Martin and then Jeff Burton blew up in the early laps.
A little later, Rusty Wallace got pinched by Jamie McMurray. Rusty had nowhere to go, taking out Jeff Green and Ken Schrader as well.
There was plenty more where that came from. Just 29 laps from the halfway point, the big one wreck occurred as Michael Waltrip got sandwiched between rookies Johnny Sauter and Brian Vickers. Waltrip got the worst of things rolling several times and ending up on his roof. It took crews several minutes to free him from the car but he was o-k.
Dale, Jr. shot past Tony Stewart in the closing laps and held on for the checkers six years to the day that his late father won his only Daytona 500.
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The NBA All-Star Game took center stage in Hollywood tonight. The East was out to make amends for last season's double overtime loss to the West.
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[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/TNT; :00]


To LA we go where Yao Ming signed an endorsement deal with Mickey D's this week. Ming makes like a Big Mac on this play with the right stuff for the West.
The East came right back. Allen Iverson off the board for Vince Carter and another jami-jam. Ashton Kuchar liked it.
[SUPER=32-East/132/West/136/;]

Tracy McGrady then feeds himself for two more. The West won it 136 to 132 over the West.
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After two straight Big East wins, Seth Greenberg's Virginia Tech Hokies traveled to Rutgers today where the Scarlet Knights pummeled Tech at the RAC. Rutgers led 45-19 at the break and cruised to an 85-52 win. Bryant Matthews led the Hokies with 22 points. Tech plays at Villanova Wednesday night.


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The ACC race isn't over just yet. Tonight North Carolina State ended top ranked Duke's 18 game winning streak and drew to within a game of the Blue Devils in the standings in the process.
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J-J Redick did his part for the Devils by scoring 28 points including 4 triples, but Duke trailed 36-26 at halftime.
In the second half, Julius Hodge went to work for the Pack, finishing with the left hand off the window. He had 18 along with Marcus Melvin.
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Ilian Evtimov tallied 15 and State pulled the upset 78-74.
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[S-Wake]


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Elsewhere, Wake battled Cincinnati and the Demon Deacs took control late in the first half of this one. Chris Paul throws it up for Trent Strickland for the jam. Wake led by 5 at the half.
Paul did some scoring of his own. Check out the jets right here to the rack. The frosh made his first six shots on his way to a career high 30 points.
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Eric Williams finished things off with another dunk. Wake won it over the Bearcats 91 to 85.
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[S-Terps]


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At the Dean Dome, Carolina shot 55 percent today against Maryland. Sophomore Rashad McCants poured in 25 points for the Heels who knocked off the Terps 97 to 86 to gain some space
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in the ACC's middle pack.
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Oscar night may still be a few days away, but some of this year's nominees are already taking home the big trophy.
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At least in London, where they hosted the British version of the Oscars, the Baftas. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King was nominated in 12 categories and walked away with four awards, including best picture. Some of tonight's other big winners were Renee Zellwegger who won best supporting actress for her role in Cold Mountai(------------) n, and Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannson, who won best actor and actress for Lost In Translation.