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Coming up on News 7-
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The Roanoke Civic Center is trading parking space for exhibit space. We'll tell you about new construction. Plus, a trench collapses in Appomattox, trapping a local man. And there's major competition a the mini-golf course.
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News 7 is next.

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Some big changes are about to come to the Roanoke Civic Center.
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[SOT 17:56]
[IN Q=It means it's]

((ROBIN SCHON: IT MEANS IT'S OFF THE DESK AND IN THE ACTION AND WE'RE JUST EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE.))
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[OUT Q=about the future]
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Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.

[Civic-Center]


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This hasn't been a great year for the Roanoke Civic Center.
First, there was the controversy over expanded alcohol sales, then it lost the Roanoke Express, and most recently it's been criticized for the cleanup of Victory Stadium. [TAKE CIVIC CENTER GRAPHIC IN BAM]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon/Justin @ PULPIT;]


But as Justin McLeod discovered things are beginning to lookup for the Civic Center. Justin, how so?
Shannon, the Civic Center is about to get bigger and better.
[LIVE=Justin/FULL]
[SUPER=@justin1; ]


The second phase of its expansion project began this week and although it will bring more opportunities to the city it will also cause some headaches.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Robyn Schon/Roanoke Civic Center Spokesperson; :34]
[SUPER=01-Mina Boyd/Director of Civic Facilities; 1:10]
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[OUT Q=ECONOMIC IMPACT BY HAVING THIS]

((((NAT SOUND OF TRADE SHOW))
When a large trade show comes to the Roanoke Civic Center it often has to be in the coliseum AND the exhibit hall.
[SOT 18:47]
[IN Q=The current one is]

((ROBYN SCHON/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER SPOKESPERSON: THE CURRENT ONE IS TOO SMALL. IT'S FUNCTIONAL IN SO MANY WAYS BUT POSSIBLY IN 1970 WHEN THE PLACE WAS BUILT.))
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[OUT Q=PLACE WAS BUILT]


That's about to change.
Phase two of the Civic Center's expansion plan is underway.
Workers have started building a new cooling tower.
Next month, they'll start on a new 75-thousand square foot facility which will house the exhibit hall.
It will be located behind the civic center facing 581.
[SOT 18:34]
[IN Q=It's going to look]

((ROBYN SCHON/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER SPOKESPERSON: IT'S GOING TO LOOK PHENOMENAL. THE DRAWINGS DON'T EVEN DO IT JUSTICE. WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT.))
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[OUT Q=EXCITED ABOUT IT]


The new hall will quadruple the civic center's exhibit space.
It will include concession areas on both sides, a new kitchen, and more importantly put all shows under one roof.
The project will cost 14 million dollars and take nearly two years to complete.
Construction however is expected to create problems, mainly with parking.
[SOT 6:06]
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((MINA BOYD/DIRECTOR OF CIVIC FACILITIES: WE WILL LOSE A WHOLE PARKING LOT.))
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[OUT Q=a whole parking lot]


More than three hundred fewer spaces to be exact.
The city realizes this will cause inconveniences but point out the end result will benefit everyone.
[SOT 7:27]
[IN Q=The more we have]

((MINA BOYD/DIRECTOR OF CIVIC FACILITIES: THE MORE WE HAVE TO OFFER THE MORE WE IMPROVE THE ECONOMIC ISSUES WITHIN THE CITY SO WE WILL HAVE A TREMENDOUS ECONOMIC IMPACT BY HAVING THIS.))
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[OUT Q=by having this]))
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The economic impact may include more than two million dollars in tax benefits AND an increase in attendance by more than 100-thousand people a year.
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Shannon, next up for the Civic Center is plans to replace all the seats in the coliseum within the next two years.

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An Appomattox County man is lucky to be alive after being trapped in a trench collapse earlier this evening.

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Emergency crews were called to a home on Route 609 around six, where a newly-installed septic system had collapsed.
The victim had been standing on top of the system at the time, and was buried in more than three feet of dirt.
Rescuers were able to stabilize the situation and get him oxygen while trench rescue experts from Lynchburg were called to the scene.
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[SOT 15:18:00]
[IN Q=Most of the]

((WALT BAILEY/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: MOST OF THE TIME A TRENCH RESCUE BECOMES A FATALITY, AND IT BECOMES A RECOVERY. WE'RE EXTREMELY LUCKY AND THIS GENTLEMAN IS EXTREMELY LUCKY THAT HE DID SURVIVE THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Walt Bailey/Lynchburg Fire Dept.]
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[OUT Q=did survive this.]
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It took about an hour to free the man, whose name has not been released.
He was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
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An accident slowed traffic on Bent Mountain Road in Roanoke County this evening.
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The wreck happened shortly after 8 o'clock tonight. Police say the driver of this pickup truck lost control and flipped over in a sharp curve. The driver was treated at the scene. The wreck has since been cleaned up, and the road has reopened.
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[Campaign]


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President Bush is scoffing at John Kerry's goose-hunting trip.
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[SUPER=03-Boardman, OH;]

The Democrat, who donned a camouflage jacket and carried a 12-gauge shotgun, said he bagged a goose early this morning. The real aim of the two-hour hunting trip in Ohio, was to win the support of voters who still have doubts about him. The photo-op was designed to underscore Kerry's contention that gun controls won't deny weapons to hunters.
[SUPER=03-Downington, PA;]

While campaigning in Pennsylvania, President Bush updated his catch-phrase to say Kerry can "even run in camo, but he cannot hide.'' During the rally, Bush vowed to protect the right of Americans to bear arms.
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[Absentee-Ballots]


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The NAACP thinks directions for sending absentee ballots are confusing voters.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

The group says some voters believe they have to send their ballot in through a commercial mail carrier as opposed to the U-S Postal Service.
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[SOT 22:45:18]
[IN Q=We don't want anyone]

((KING SALIM KHALFANI/VIRGINIA NAACP: WE DON'T WANT ANYONE AFRAID THAT THEY HAVE TO SPEND ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO SEND IN THEIR ABSENTEE BALLOT BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE TO GO UPS, FED EX OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, PARTICULARLY FOR STUDENTS, THAT CAN CREATE A HARDSHIP AND THEY MAY DECIDE NOT TO SEND IN THEIR BALLOT.))
[SUPER=01-King Salim Khalfani/Virginia NAACP Executive Director; : ]
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[OUT Q=send in their ballot]
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Absentee ballots CAN be mailed through the U-S Postal Service. Officials with the State Board of Elections say they'll consider rewording the directions when they're reprinted in 2005.
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So far more than 150- thousand Virginians have applied to cast absentee ballots.

[Ornstein]


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Expect a nail biter for weeks after this year's election- IF the race is close.
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Political Analyst Norman Ornstein predicts lawsuits in several states.
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[SOT 15:05:24]
[IN Q=The disputes]

((NORMAN ORNSTEIN/AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE: THE DISPUTES WILL NOT BE BEGIN UNTIL WEEKS AFTER THE ELECTION. IT'LL TAKE MUCH LONGER TO COUNT ALL VOTES AND WITH THE HELP AMERICAN ACT, PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO VOTE REGISTERED VOTERS AND WE ADJUDICATE AFTERWARDS.))
[SUPER=01-Norman Ornstein/American Enterprise Institute;]
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[OUT Q=we adjudicate afterwards.]
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Ornstein says the fact that there are so many different types of voting machines and no paper trail to record votes- can also cause disputes.
Ornstein was in Roanoke tonight speaking at Hollins University.

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There were long lines in the New River Valley today at two flu shot clinics.
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[SUPER=03-Radford;]

Hundreds tried to get in line at the Krogers in Radford and Christiansburg this morning. Each store only had 120 shots to give out. Both stores were expecting a crowd and even had chairs for everyone. Those who got to the store early say they expected a long line, didn't really mind the wait and were thrilled to get the shot.
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[SOT: 11:07:00 ; 2:46:00 ]
[IN Q= the doctor's]
[SUPER=01-Judy Alley/Fort Chiswell Resident;]
[SUPER=01-Mary Morhead/Dublin Resident;]

((JUDY ALLEY:THE DOCTOR'S OFFICES AT FORT CHISWELL DOESN'T HAVE ANY FLU VACCINE AND I BROUGHT MY MOTHER AND FATHER... AND YOU CAME ALL THE WAY... ALL THE WAY.. BEEN DONE HERE SINCE 7:30. MARY MORHEAD: YES, IM VERY HAPPY. I'M GOING TO GO HOME AND CALL DOCTOR BARRETT AND TELL HIM I GOT IT. LAUGHS :50.))
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[OUT Q=got it... laughs.]
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There will be two clinics in Blacksburg tomorrow. The first at the Kroger on University City Blvd at 9 in the morning. The second is at the Kroger on South Main Street at 3:00.
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Still ahead on the newscast, The highest ranking officer charged in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal learns his punishment.
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and also, several groups of hikers are rescued after being stranded in a deadly blizzard.
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[Sports-Preview]


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(( Hey folks Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as Martinsville is revving up for a Subway 500 weekend. The Barbers are strutting their stuff in this week's ACC Connection with Steve Mason. Plus, DeAngelo is ready to get back on the field, and we'll check out the schedule for week 8 of Friday Football Extra right here on the Big 7.))

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Rangers at Yosemite National Park have completed a daring rescue of two climbers from a snowy mountain.
Several groups got stuck in the Sierra after a deadly blizzard dumped early-season snow on parts of California and Nevada. Teri Okita reports.
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[IN Q=The whirl of the helicopter...]
[SUPER=03-Near Fresno, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Shana McCarthy/Rescued Hiker; :14]
[SUPER=01-John Baumgarner/Rescued Hiker; :35]
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((THE WHIRL OF THE HELICOPTER COULDNT HAVE BEEN A MORE WELCOME SITE FOR THE MOTHER OF SHANA MCCARTHY WHO GAVE HER A WARM HUG AFTER SEVERAL COLD DAYS IN THE WILDERNESS.
(Super: Shana McCarthy/Rescued Hiker)
SOT: We were hoping that everyone we told would remember and wishing that we had changed our plans.

TRACK: 24-YEAR-OLD MCCARTHY AND HER 28-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND ALONG WITH THEIR DOG KNEW THEY WERE STUCK, SO THEY STAYED PUT AT THEIR CAMPSITE AFTER THE STORM. THEY SURVIVED BY RATIONING FOOD AND WATER AND ADVISE OTHERS TO BE MORE PREPARED.
(Super: John Baumgarner/Rescued Hiker)
SOT: We were not as cautious as we should have been because it was a short, little weekend trip.
(Super: Lt. Toby Rein/Fresno Co. Sheriffs Dept.)
SOT: You need to check the weather conditions in the area where youre going to be located. I mean, thats extremely imp

ortant. And with the internet today, thats not hard to do. TRACK: RESCUERS ALSO BATTLED STRONG WINDS AND DEEP SNOW TO FIND EIGHT OTHER HIKERS IN THE SIERRA, INCLUDING TWO FATHER-AND-SON PAIRS FROM A NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WINEMAKING FAMILY MISSING SINCE SUNDAY. NATSD: Love you so much ... we prayed everyday.
(Super: Paul Bargetto/Rescued Hiker)
SOT: I appreciate everyone's prayers and support. It just feels good to be home.

TRACK: IN THE YOSEMITE VALLEY, OTHERS WERENT SO LUCKY. CREWS DID RESCUE SEVERAL HIKERS THURSDAY, BUT THE FROZEN BODIES OF TWO JAPANESE CLIMBERS WERE SPOTTED ON THE MOUNTAINSIDE BY A HELICOPTER TEAM. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS.))


[Frederick]


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An Army reservist from Buckingham will spend eight years in prison for abusing inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.
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Staff Sergeant Ivan Frederick was sentenced today. He is the highest ranking officer charged in the Iraqi abuse scandal.
Yesterday, Frederick pled guilty to eight counts of abusing and humiliating the prisoners. Officials also ordered a reduction in rank, forfeiture of pay and a dishonorable discharge.
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Some local kids learn geography one pen-pal at a time. That story is still to come on News 7 at 11.
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and also, it's a safe bet that this nest doesn't come standard with any other Beemer.
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[Working-Poor]


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A local group is helping make sure working families have food on the table and clothes on their back.
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[SUPER=03-Vinton]

The Carpenter's Foundation is trying to help these folks locally. More than six-million people are classified by the U.S. Department of Labor as the "working poor." Those are people who work, but whose incomes are below the poverty line.
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[IN Q=Honestly, we come...]

((MELISSA STONE/RECEIVING AID: HONESTLY, WE COME DOWN TO A DECISION- AM I GOING TO PAY MY RENT OR AM I GOING TO FEED MY CHILDREN. HONESTLY- COMES DOWN TO THAT DECISION A LOT OF TIMES.)) ((BOYD HEADLY, CARPENTER'S FOUNDATION: EVERY WEDNESDAY WE TRY TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE HELPING THEMSELVES, PEOPLE WHO NORMALLY FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS OF SOCIETY. THEY'RE TRYING HARD, BUT SOMETIMES THEY HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION BETWEEN GROCERIES, OR MEDICINE OR RENT.))
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The group-which does not receive any state or county aid- will host an auction to raise money Saturday morning in Troutville. Doors open at nine o'clock and the auction begins at ten.
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[Postal-Project]


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Students at a Roanoke County elementary school are receiving an unusual geography lesson, as greetings pour in from around the country.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Postcards cover the wall in Susan Bisset's (BIH-sits) classroom at Cave Spring Elementary.
In the last six weeks, students in her global studies class have received more than 650 from friends and family around the U.S.
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[IN Q=I was amazed because]

((EMILY MEYERS: I WAS AMAZED BECAUSE I KNEW THAT MY GRANDPARENTS WERE GOING ON A TRIP AND I SAID MOM CAN WE ASK GRANDMA AND GRANDDAD IF THEY CAN SEND US SOME POSTCARDS?)) ((ALEXANDER PETTYGROVE: IT'S JUST BEEN REALLY FUN TO GET MAIL FROM SO MANY PEOPLE.))
[SUPER=01-Emily Meyers/Cave Spring Elementary Student; :00]
[SUPER=01-Alexander Pettygrove/Cave Spring Elementary Student; :13]
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[OUT Q=from so many people.]
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The students aren't soliciting any more postcards, but more arrive in the mail every day.
Now they're writing letters to a class in Alaska that contributed to their colorful collection.
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[Mini-Golf]


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None of the big names in golf were there, but even Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh may have struggled against these guys.
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[SUPER=03-Hastings, United Kingdom]

It's the international miniature golf championships. Nearly 50 people took part in the two-day competition in which the ball has to be hit through, under, over or around a variety of obstacles. Tim "the Ace Man" Davies won the tournament, and pocketed about a thousand dollars, most of which he had already spent over the previous weeks practicing the course.
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This week's ACC Connection, along with the week 8 schedule for Friday Football Extra is on the way along with some prerace prep from Martinsville. But first tonight's Extra Point -
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[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/2004 Pre-Season; :00]


De Angelo Hall, is listed as probable for the Falcons' game this weekend with the Chiefs. It will be his first regular season action as a pro after sustaining a small fracture on his hip during the preseason.
Hall was the 8th overall pick in the April draft.
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We begin tonight somewhere we haven't been in months - the Big East.
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Tonight, in Morgantown the 14th ranked Mountaineers looked to maintain their top spot in the conference as they hosted Syracuse. Rasheed Marshall and Chris Henry hooked up for two first half TDs, and the Syracuse special teams were
[super=35-Syracuse/6/West Virginia #14/27;]

an absolute disaster as WVU improves to 6-and-1 with the 27 to 6 win.
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Games with playoff implications dot the Week 8 schedule of high school football. Here's the complete schedule of games in our area with the home teams listed on the bottom of each matchup.
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The ACC Connection has set up this week in the Barbers Shop. [WIPE TO ACC CONNECTION FULL SCREEN]
Steve Mason tells us how Ronde and Tiki Barber are still doing the little things that bring success.
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[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/Giants vs. Eagles; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/817 All Purpose Yards, 4 TD's This Season; :18]
[SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ; :36]
[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/Buccaneers vs. Saints; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/33 Tackles, 2 Def. TD's This Season; 1:19]
[SUPER=@Steve1; 1:30]
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[OUT Q=...for your WDBJ-7 ACC Connection"]
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((Tiki leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage and his 577 yards rushing is fourth in the league, impressive considering the Giants have had a bye week. After fumbling nine time in 2003, the Giants all time leading yard gainer has not coughed up the ball once this season. ((:)) Tiki, whose Giants are 4 and 1, worked throughout training camp on securing the ball and now holds it closer to his chest and positions it at a 45 degree angle. Barber is under 11 hundred yards away from becoming the Giants all time leading rusher, not bad for a player who entered the league as a third down back. ((:))
Ronde's Buccaneers might be struggling through this season, but he is making offenses suffer. The only player with more touchdowns than Barber's two defensive scores is a quarterback and as he draws closer to leaving his 30's his formula for success remains the same. ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:WHILE THE TWINS CONTINUE MAKING STRONG NAMES FOR THEMSELVES ON THE FIELD, THEIR INDIVIDUAL IDENTITIES ARE A PROBLEM WHEN THEIR YOUNG FAMILIES GET TOGETHER. EACH BARBER HAS TWO CHILDREN AND WHEN RONDE AND TIKI WALK INTO THE ROOM AT THE SAME TIME, DOUBLE TAKES AND CONFUSION PREOCUPY THEIR KIDS FOR AT LEAST A FEW MINUTES.)) ((:)) ((:)) Voters should not have ANY trouble separating the Barbers from other NFL players as pro bowl ballotting begins this week. Steve Mason for your WDBJ7 ACC Connection.))




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The much anticpated Martinsville race weekend open tomorrow with MW Windows Pole day at the track. Travis Wells has more on what we can expect on the newly surfaced oval this weekend.
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[SUPER=@travis1; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Third in Nextel Cup Points; :16]
[SUPER=01-Kurt Busch/Nextel Cup Points Leader; :46]
[SUPER=01-Jeremy Mayfield/10th in Nextel Cup Points; 1:05]
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((Travis: More than half of the Nextel Cup contenders tested here at the Martinsville Speedway in preparation for the Subway 500 to get a grip on the track's new surface, and to find out what impact it might have on the racing.
Jeff: Kurt: Jeremy:
One thing is certain with the new asphalt and concrete. Tony Stewart's track record of 19.85 seconds at 95.37 miles an hour will be in serious jeopardy when time trials get underway Friday just after 3. Travis Wells, News 7 Sports.))

[Bee-Nest]


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It's the big buzz in Texas, as bees take nest building to a whole new level.
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[SUPER=03-Smith Co., TX; ]

This abandoned B-M-W is really buzzing, but not down the highway. Instead, it has become home to a massive wasp nest that has taken years to build.
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[SOT 14:29:06:01]
[IN Q=This is the]

((Eric Artmire/Bee-Wasp Specialist: THIS IS THE BIGGEST NEST, BIGGEST COLONY OF STINGING INSECTS I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE))
[SUPER=01-Eric Artmire/Bee-Wasp Specialist]
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A couple in Tyler, Texas discovered the nest while walking their dog. They say they noticed a swarm of bees around this car.
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[SOT 14:29:29:27]

((MICHAEL AND SANDY BUZBEE/DISCOVERERS: IT'S KINDA OF AMAZING AND ITS KINDA OF DISGUSTING AT THE SAME TIME. ))
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[VO-NAT]

As if this story wasn't bizarre enough, the couple who found the nest, their last name is Buzbee. Researchers say this type of nest is unusual, and it is made-up of multiple colonies built up over the years. (------------)