Up next on News 7--
Home Shopping Network is pulling out of Salem- eliminating more than 200 jobs.
A local judge passes away,
And, was it just a rumor?
The latest on reports of singer Bobby Brown's command performance in a Roanoke courtroom.
Stay with us News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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A local Judge is dead after some recent health problems.
Judge George Honts died this morning just before eleven o'clock after suffering what friends say was a brain hemorrage.
The Judge announced in January he would step down from the bench after suffered what doctors initially thought was a brain aneurism.
Last week he went to the hospital to repair a blocked artery.
He died this morning at Lewis -Gale Medical Center.
No word on arrangements.
We'll have more on this developing story tonight on News 7 at five and six.
The Home Shopping Network this morning announced plans to move part of its Salem fulfillment center to Piney Flats, Tennessee.
Meanwhile, the jewelry unit will move to the company's Roanoke County facility.
The television retailer employs 450 people in Salem- half of which will be transferred to the county facility.
Remaining employees will be offered jobs in Tennessee or reassigned to open positions in Roanoke County.
Home Shopping Network also plans to set up an "Outplacement Job Resource Center" to help re- train workers.
Tonight on News 7 we'll hear from the company and what local leaders have to say about the announcement.
R & B Singer Bobby Brown has a date in court tomorrow, but it won't be in Roanoke.
This morning, authorities in Georgia confirmed they made a mistake when they said the singer was due to appear at a wednesday hearing in western Virginia.
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Brown was released from jail yesterday, after serving most of a 60- day sentence for violating the terms of his probation on a drunken driving charge.
In a correction issued this morning, the Dekalb County Sheriff's Office said Brown was released early so he could appear in Norfolk County Probate and Family Court in Masschusetts.
David Wells, the clerk of Roanoke's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court says his staff was inundated with phone calls from the news media, and other curious callers this morning.
But Wells and the Roanoke Sheriff's Department quickly determined that Bobby Brown was NOT expected in Roanoke.[Ho
Meanwhile, Bobby Brown's wife is dealing with her own troubles--
Whitney Houston is putting her music career on hold while she battles drug addiction.
The Grammy winner's been in a rehab facility for about a week.
Last May, her spiritual advisor accompanied Houston and her family to Israel for a religious retreat.
He blames the pressures of show business for the singer's problems.
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((PRINCE ASIEL BEN ISRAEL/HOUSTON'S SPIRITUAL ADVISOR:YOU KNOW WHEN YOU GOT THE DEMANDS OF THE PRESS AND THE DEMANDS OF YOUR PUBLIC YOU'RE TRYING TO TAKE A PILL TO STAY UP AND ONE TO LAY DOWN I THINK IT'S THAT KIND OF LIFESTYLE.
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[OUT Q=kind of lifestyle.]
Israel says he believes Houston's spirituality and concern among her family and friends helped her decide to seek help.
A federal panel investigating the 9-11 attacks is taking shots at both the Clinton and Bush administrations.
As Teri Okita reports, several Washington heavyweights are defending their actions in the days, months and even YEARS leading up to September 11th, 2001.
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[SUPER=01-Bob Kerry/911 Commission Member;]
[SUPER=01-Colin Powell/U. S. Secretary of State;]
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TRACK: THERES ENOUGH BLAME TO GO AROUND WHEN IT COMES TO STOPPING AL
QAEDA. A FEDERAL COMMISSION INVESTIGATING THE 9-11 TERRORIST ATTACKS
FINDS BOTH THE CLINTON AND BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS AT FAULT FOR IGNORING
WARNING SIGNS THAT A MASSIVE ATTACK WAS IMMINENT. TODAY, MEMBERS OF
BOTH ADMINISTRATIONS DEFENDED THEIR POSITIONS.
(Super: Madeline Albright/Clinton Secretary of State)
SOT: Things were very different before 9-11, and we were mostly accused
TRACK: THE BIPARTISAN COMMISSION SAYS THAT, AS EARLY AS 1995, THE
CLINTON ADMINISTRATION KNEW OF OSAMA BIN LADENS THREAT BUT, OVER THE
YEARS, DECLINED COVERT MILITARY ACTION AGAINST AL QAEDA IN FAVOR OF
DIPLOMACY THROUGH THE SUDANESE, SAUDIS, AND TALIBAN.
(Super: Bob Kerry/9-11 Commission)
SOT: What the hell does that say to Al Qaeda? They know, beginning in
1993, that there going to be limited, if any use of military and they
were free to do whatever they wanted.
TRACK: THE REPORTS SAYS, TIME AND AGAIN, DIPLOMACY FAILED LEAVING BIN
LADEN FREE TO SET UP BASE IN AFGHANISTAN. IT ALSO FINDS THE BUSH
ADMINISTRATIONS FAILURES PICK UP WHERE THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATIONS
LEFT OFF. THE REPORT SAYS, EVEN WITH INCREASING INTELLIGENCE CHATTER
AND URGENT WARNINGS IN EARLY 2001 TO ELIMINATE AL QAEDA TARGETS, BUSH
OFFICIALS DRAGGED THEIR FEET.
POSS: SOT IF POWELL TESTIFIES IN TIME (Super: Colin Powell/Secretary of
TRACK: THE HEARING COMES ON THE HEELS OF AN EXPLOSIVE ACCUSATIONS BY
THE FORMER HEAD OF BOTH MR. BUSHS AND MR. CLINTONS COUNTER-TERRORISM
TEAMS. RICHARD CLARKE CHARGES THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION NOT ONLY
IGNORED AL QAEDA THREATS BEFORE 9-11, BUT THEN USED THE ATTACKS TO LINK
THE TERRORIST GROUP TO SADDAM HUSSEIN.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: Clarke will testify tomorrow, but the commission says it will
not make any FINAL judgments about his allegations or any others until
it has reviewed all the evidence. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
The terrorist bombings in Spain apparently weren't as deadly as first reported.
Authorities have lowered the death toll to 190, after earlier saying more than 200 had died in the train bombings.
They say there were errors in identifying some of the bodies.
Meanwhile, a Spanish judge sent four men back to jail today and freed a fifth suspect, as authorities investigated possible links between the attacks and al Qaida.
So far, no formal charges have been filed.
An explosion was heard near Gaza City today, but authorities don't yet know what caused it.
The sounds of gunfire were also heard in Israel.
Following the assassination of the spiritual leader of Hamas, the entire region is on high alert.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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Vowing to strike back at Israel--Palestinians are again taking to the
streets--angrily denouncing the deadly attack on Hamas Leader Ahmed
(SOT ZAKARIA MUHAMMAD/PALESTINIAN RESIDENT)
"IT IS NOT EASY TO SEE A CRIPPLED MAN ON A WHEELCHAIR TO BE KILLED,
HUNTED BY JETS."
Yesterday Israeli gunships fired missiles at Yassin killing him and
seven others as they left a mosque in Gaza City.
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(SOT MOSHE YAALON/ISRAEL CHIEF OF STAFF)
" YASSIN WAS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR MULTIPLE TERROR ATTACKS RESULTING
IN THE DEATHS OF BOTH ISRAELI AND FOREIGN CIVILIANS AND SECURITY
Now Israel says all Palestinian militant leaders are "in its sights.
Security sources say Israel's defense minister and his security chiefs
have decided to kill the entire Hamas leadership, without waiting for
another terror attack.
Hamas has threatened revenge against Israel and has hinted it may go
after the U-S for backing the Jewish State.
It was Yassin who founded Hamas in 1987. His mission was to destroy
Israel and replace it with an Islamic state
Though most Israelis are pleased he is dead, some suggest the continous
attacks and counter-attacks are doing little to solve the problem.
(SOT AHARON/ISRAELI RESISIDENT)
"SOMEONE HAVE TO STOP THE KILLING BETWEEN THE JEWS AND THE PALESTINIANS
AND WE TRIED ALL THE WORST WAYS AND WE HAVE TO START THINKING HOW WE ARE
DOING SOME PEACE WAYS TO STOP THIS KILLING."
With all this death--comes birth in the Middle East
Since Ahmed Yassin was killed yesterday six Palestinian babies have been
named Yassin . For the Palestinian People his name lives on. Drew
Levinson, CBS News.
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It was a canine to the rescue as police work to stop a robber in Roanoke. That story's coming up after the break -
and Russia's "Peter, the Great" may need to be rescued itself, as officials fear the nuclear-powered ship may be just knots away from being blown away.
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The head of the Russian navy is worried that a nuclear- powered ship could explode.
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He's ordered the flagship, "Peter the Great" into
dock, saying it was in such poor shape that it could blow up at any time.
The warning comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin
was due to meet with top brass in Moscow about conditions for servicemen.
Crew members have two weeks to repair the problems, which were found during an inspection of the ship last week.
Just last year, "Peter the Great" was declared the fleet's model ship.
The quick actions of Roanoke police officers and their dog stopped a robber who was targeting shoppers in the Valley View mall parking lot yesterday.
Police say the man robbed two people as they were getting out of their car near Belk around Noon.
Apparently just moments before the robbery, the suspect tried to rob several other people, and one of them called police.
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((J.D. DICKINSON/ROANOKE POLICE:WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED WE SURROUNDED HIM, OFFICER BUCHE' AND HIS DOG FARGO ON ONE SIDE AND MYSELF AND OFFICER HERNON ON THE OTHER CAUGHT THE SUSPECT IN THE MIDDLE 5106))
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The suspect, 24-year-old Anthony Wilder, Junior of Roanoke was taken to the hospital after being bitten in the thigh.
Officers recovered a small semi-automatic handgun and the money he allegedly stole.
Wilder now faces several charges, including robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of felony.
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Coming up, warmer weather is on the way - we'll take a look at the forecast coming up -
and these cheerleaders turned a deaf ear to criticism, and proved they had the spirit to make it to a national competition.
We'll hear their story, after the break
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This time of year, cheerleaders across the country strut their stuff in all sorts of competitions.
Last weekend, a contest featured a performance from a very special squad with NO special consideration.
The cheerleading team from the California School for the Deaf earned its way into the prestigious U-S-A Spirit Nationals.
Melinda Murphy has their story.
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nats of any normal regular game with cheerleaders
IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE ALL THIS EXCITEMENT WITHOUT THE SCREAMS OF
CHEERLEADERS AND THE ROAR OF THE CROWD.
nats of silent cheerleaders
BUT THIS IS HOW IT SOUNDS TO THESE HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS. MOST ARE
nats of them cheering
THEIR CHEERS MAY BE SILENT, BUT THEIR MESSAGE IS LOUD AND CLEAR.
erin: we want to prove to people that we can do it. Deaf people can do
anything except hear. So why would something like cheerleading stop you?"
AND NOT JUST DO IT, BUT DO IT WELL ...
(quick nat break of cheerleader flying in practice)
THEY BUILD THE CROWD'S EXCITEMENT BY SIGNING WORDS LIKE "DEFENSE", USING
WRITTEN SIGNS AND EVEN LEADING YELLS.
WHILE THE SCHOOL'S CHEERLEADERS HAVE WON REGIONAL TROPHIES IN THE PAST,
THE CURRENT SQUAD HAS ACCOMPLISHED WHAT NO OTHER DEAF SCHOOL HAS EVER
ACCOMPLISHED BEFORE-QUALIFY FOR THE UNITED SPIRIT ASSOCIATION'S NATIONAL
coach: they were jumping up and down and screaming and i cried like a
BUT THE ROAD TO NATIONALS HASN'T BEEN AN EASY ONE.
Erin: hearing kids can learn the musical piece and they follow the beat
of the music. And we don't have that. But we do have two or three hard
of hearing kids on our team. they sort of follow the music and they know
the rhythm. And then we follow them at first.
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AND.... ON SATURDAY NIGHT....THEIR DREAM BECAME A REALITY WHEN THE
CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF COMPETED WITH THE BEST OF THE BEST AT THE
USA SPIRIT NATIONALS.
nats of other teams practicing
THE WARM UP WAS A LITTLE ROUGH...
BUT WHEN IT WAS THEIR TURN TO TAKE THE STAGE...
nats of performance
THEY NAILED THEIR ROUTINE AND THEY KNEW IT.
IN THE END, THERE WOULD BE NO TROPHY FOR THEM...BUT STILL.... A HUGE
(SOT LEALA HOLCOMB- thru interpreter) "It's a big honor. We did well and we showed that deaf can do it. I'm really prou
d of my team and what we have done."
That was Melinda Murphy reporting.
Without changes, Medicare may go bust in 15 years.
That's according to reports coming out today.
A source familiar with the report says trustees moved the go broke date up by seven years .
The program's cost is swelling because of new prescription drug benefits.
On Wall Street at Noon, both the Dow and Nasdaq were down 8 points.
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Up next in sports, the Hokies hope to become a part of the sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament.
And a special group of basketball players trotted into town last night to entertain the audience with its hoopla.
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The women's NCAA March Madness resumes tonight, as number one- seeded Penn State takes on eighth seeded Virginia Tech, with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line.
Steve Mason talked with both teams yesterday inside Cassell Coliseum.
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The Men's madness resumes on Thursday night here on WDBJ-7.
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The U-Conn Huskies take on the Vanderbilt Commodores in the opening game - while the night game on Thursday will feature Wake Forest and number one seed St. Joe's.
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On Friday, fans will get a chance to see Kentucky killer - U-A-B take on Kansas in the early game that will be followed by Duke and Illinois.
JMU is, of cours,e not in the NCAA tournament, but the Dukes are in the market for a coach.
This past weekend - Larry Eustachy was on campus in Harrisonburg.
He's the former Iowa State coach who lost his job after pictures of him partying with coeds showed up on the internet.
The ODAC men's and women's tournaments couldn't do it.
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The just completed NCAA division three final four couldn't pull it off, either.
But the world famous Harlem Globetrotters sold out at the Salem Civic Center last night.
The Trotters have been traveling the globe since 1927 with their entertaining brand of roundball - and they are in the final weeks of a brutal 220 date tour of North America.
In the team's nearly 80 years of performing to more than 120 million fans - little has changed.
The act that young fans saw last night in Salem is basically the same one their parents saw 30 years ago.
But the Trotters' attendance and merchandise sales are up significantly this year - and part of that can be attributed to the fact that little has changed.
It's still basic, good, clean fun.
By the way, the Trotters will be part of the Final Four weekend festivities in San Antonio on Friday night, April 2nd.
And finally today--
Ohio Congressman and long- shot Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich poked a little fun at himself last night.
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Kucinich appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman.
His determination to stay in the Democratic race earned him his own Top Ten List.
The topic-- "Ways Dennis Kucinich can still be President of the United States.
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[IN Q=Keep doing what I'm doing...]
((DENNIS KUCINICH/DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: KEEP DOING WHAT I'M DOING _ I'M WINNING, RIGHT? CONSTITUTION IS AMENDED STATING PRESIDENTS MUST BE 35 OR
OLDER, A NATURAL-BORN CITIZEN AND NAMED ``DENNIS.'' ))
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Other Democrats who've read similar lists include former candidates Dick Gephardt, Howard Dean and John Edwards.
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