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Coming up on News 7-
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The seeds of change sprouted in a local school with the growth of an already well-known poinsettia program. Plus, Roanoke County says those opposed to a new regional jail have more time to consider the project than they think.
And, some homeowners are Rockin' around more than the Christmas tree, much to their neighbors chargrin.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]

News 7 is next.

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When one southside community uprooted its students, some feared it would kill a nationally recognized program.
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((DEBORAH BARKER: CONSOLIDATION HAS TAKEN OUR CHILDREN FROM THE DARK AGES IN TERMS OF HORTICULTURE PRODUCTION TO THE FUTURE.))
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[Henry-School]


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It's been several months since Henry County closed five schools and consolidated several others.
While some said it would cause problems, others said it would create new opportunities. [***CHRISTMAS BONUS GRAPHIC IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Justin /BAM;]


Justin McLeod is here to tell us whether that was the case. Justin?
Shannon, for some students everything is coming up roses.
[LIVE= Justin /FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@justin1]


Henry County is known for its horticulture program and since consolidation the program has doubled and this year it has grown a nice Christmas bonus.
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[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kenzie Smith/Magna Vista H. S. Sophomore; :12 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Katelyn Cox/Magna Vista H. S. Senior; :29]
[SUPER=01-Deborah Barker/Horticulture Teacher; :46 (QUICK)]
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((((NAT SOUND OF TEACHER TALKING AT 50:32 "DO THEY HAVE A PRICE I THINK THOSE ARE ALREADY PRICED"))
This may look like your typical floral shop. ((QUICK NAT SOUND OF WRAPPING AT 46:22))
But it's actually a classroom at Magna Vista High School and this time of year it's a busy place.
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((KENZIE SMITH/MAGNA VISTA SOPHOMORE: IT'S CRAZY. YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE SO EXCITED THEY WANT TO BUY EVERYTHING.)) [Runs04]
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It's been this way for 25 years.
Every Christmas, Henry County's horticulture program grows and then sells poinsettia's. ((QUICK NAT SOUND OF CASH REGISTER))
Nearly two thousand plants are sold every year.
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[IN Q=This year's crop]

((KATELYN COX/MAGNA VISTA SENIOR: THIS YEAR'S CROP IS PRETTY GOOD. IT'S BETTER THAN AVERAGE I WOULD SAY BECAUSE WE'VE HAD BETTER GROWING CONDITIONS THAN WE HAD AT LAUREL PARK.)) [Runs08]
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This year the program moved to Magna Vista when the two schools consolidated.
To help keep the program alive, the school system purchased a brand new 275-thousand dollar greenhouse.
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((DEBORAH BARKER/HORTICULTURE TEACHER: THIS FACILITY IS PROBABLY SECOND TO NONE IN THE COUNTRY FOR HIGH SCHOOL FACILITY.)) [Runs04]
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Here's why.
The greenhouse has an automated irrigation system, as well as computerized temperature and light controls.
But what's most impressive is the plants themselves.
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[IN Q=What's exciting for]

((DEBORAH BARKER/HORTICULURE TEACHER: WHAT'S EXCITING FOR ME AS A TEACHER IS WE'VE BEEN BE ABLE TO GO FROM FIVE SELECTIONS OF POINSETTIA'S TO 44, WE WENT FROM THREE COLORS TO THIRTEEN, WE WENT FROM ONE POT SIZE TO FOUR POT SIZES.)) [Runs10]
[OUT Q=four pot sizes]


And that's not the only thing that's grown.
The number of students in the program has doubled and those who once feared consolidation now embrace it.
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((KENZIE SMITH/MAGNA VISTA SOPHOMORE: THE KIDS HAVE BEEN REALLY WELCOMING AND NOW WE FEEL JUST LIKE WE DID AT LAUREL PARK, IT'S LIKE HOME.))
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Proceeds from the poinsettia sale are used to run the program.
The plants are now on sale at Magna Vista and run from seven to fifteen dollars.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Justin /BAM;]


Shannon, here's something you may not know it takes five months to grow a poinsettia.


[County-Jail]


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While critics say Roanoke County is moving too quickly on plans for a regional jail, county leaders say they're just getting started on a process that will give the public opportunities for input.
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Two locations along West River Road are at the top of the list of prospective sites. Supervisors plan to vote on securing options on the property next week.
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The proposal has generated strong opposition from residents who say they have not had enough time to consider it, but county leaders say the process is in the early stages.
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((PAUL MAHONEY/ROANOKE COUNTY ATTORNEY: YES THERE WILL BE MANY MANY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FUTURE FOR CITIZENS TO SPEAK AND FOR CITIZENS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BROADER PROCESS. AND SECURING AN OPTION IS MERELY THE FIRST STEP IN A VERY LENGTHY PROCESS.))
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Despite suspicions to the contrary, officials insist site selection for the regional jail is not a "done deal".
They say they will also consider a half-dozen sites that residents suggested at Tuesday's community meeting.
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[Iraq]


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American muscle in Iraq will be expanded by nearly 12-thousand troops in advance of January elections. The Pentagon says 15-hundred additional troops will be sent to Iraq and more than 10-thousand already in country will have their tour extended. Jennifer Donelan has more.
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[SUPER=01-John Negroponte/U. S. Ambassador to Iraq; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Donelan/CBS News; 1:19]
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((U.S. COMMANDERS MADE THE CALL...AMERICAN TOURS OF DUTY IN IRAQ WILL BE EXTENDED AND MORE TROOPS ARE ON THEIR WAY IN. AT STAKE? IRAQ'S NATIONAL ELECTIONS IN JANUARY. MORE THAN 10 THOUSAND U.S. SOLDIERS WHO THOUGHT THEY'D SOON BE GOING HOME WILL HAVE TO STAY IN IRAQ...A FEW MONTHS LONGER THEN EXPECTED...MANY WILL HAVE TO FIGHT UNTIL MARCH.
AND AT FORT BRAGG NORTH CAROLINA, 1500 MEN AND WOMEN OF THE 82nd AIRBORNE BATTALION HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO PACK THEIR BAGS AND HEAD TO THE BATTLEFIELD KNOWING THEIR FAMILIES WILL WORRY.
THE MOVE BY THE PENTAGON WEDNESDAY TO BOLSTER TROOPS FROM 138 TO 150 THOUSAND SOLDIERS - THE MOST EVER IN IRAQ - CAME AS NO SURPRISE.
Nats fighting
INSURGENTS BENT UPON DISRUPTING THE ELECTIONS CONTINUE TO FIGHT. INSIDE THESE COFFINS...IRAQI CHILDREN...3 OF THEM KILLED WHEN AN ENEMY MORTAR HIT THEIR HOME WEDNESDAY.
DESPITE MAJOR MILITARY OFFENSIVES IN REBEL CONTROLLED CITIES SECURITY IS STILL A MAJOR CONCERN. IN FALLUJA AND RAMADI...NO ONE HAS BEEN REGISTERED TO VOTE YET. STILL U.S. OFFICIALS ARE OPTIMISTIC.
Sot: John Negroponte/U.S. Ambassador "If elections were held today, we believe, we could do it in 15 of the 18 provinces." TIGHT SECURITY, SOME IRAQI VOTERS HAVE EXPRESSED, COULD MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH ON ELECTION DAY. Standup - Jennifer Donelan "As troops try to put down the insurgency...convincing the Iraqi people the United States isn't there to occupy their land...and election day will be safe...is becoming the most difficult battle of all. Jennifer Donelan, CBS News, Washington" ))

[Connaughton]


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A Northern Virginia supervisor hopes to take his message of efficient government to Richmond next year. Sean Connaughton (kuh-NAW-tun) has been chairman of the Prince William County board of Supervisors.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; ]

Today, he announced his run for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor. He says he wants to change the way the state addresses the budget, reform government spending and promote job growth in Southwest Virginia and Southside.
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[IN Q=If there's ever a time...]

((SEAN CONNAUGHTON/(R) CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR; IF THERE'S EVER A TIME WHEN WE NEED SOMEONE WHO'S GOING TO BE IN STATE GOVERNMENT THAT'S GOING TO END UP NOT BEING AFRAID TO LEAD, WHO'S GOING TO END UP MAKING SIGNIFICANT REFORMS TO HOW THE STATE OPERATES, IT'S NOW, AND I BELIEVE I CAN PROVIDE THAT KIND OF EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP.))
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Connaughton will face State Senator Bill Bolling, Delegate Joe May, and attorney Gilbert Davis in a primary for the nomination in June.

[Kaine-Farmer]


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Current Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine says his grandparents help him understand the needs of Rural Virginia. They made a living farming sheep and grain. Kaine spoke to members of the state Farm Bureau by video teleconference today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Goochland Co.;]

He told members he'd like to see the estate tax repealed and about his efforts to create a Secretary of Agriculture in Virginia. The likely Democratic nominee for governor, Kaine says he appreciates the power of the rural vote, and if elected, will work to improve every corner of the state.
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[IN Q=Clearly rural voters]

((TIM KAINE/VIRGINIA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: CLEARLY RURAL VOTERS ARE IMPORTANT BECAUSE RURAL VIRGINIA IS IMPORTANT. I MEAN WE CAN'T JUST HAVE A STATE WHERE A COUPLE PARTS OF THE STATE ARE DOING WELL AND WE DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE REST. IT'S A COMMONWEALTH. COMMONWEALTH MEANS WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER AND ALL PARTS OF THE STATE NEED TO DO WELL.))
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[SUPER=03-Hot Springs/Monday;]

Members heard from likely Republican nominee Attorney General Jerry Kilgore earlier in the week.
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[Tease1]
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Should Scott Peterson live or die?
Jurors consider that question when News 7 returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And what do you drink after a work out?
A Virginia Tech study may change your mind.
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[Sports-preview]


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((Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports office as the ACC Challenge gets interesting tonight for UVa and Wake Forest. Botetourt and Hidden Valley open up the girls high school season with a barn burner in Daleville. The Hokies get ready for what are known as the No-Name Canes, and Ole Miss fires its head coach. Right here on the Big 7.))
[Peterson]

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Laci Peterson's mother reduced many in the courtroom to tears yesterday during the penalty phase of the Scott Peterson trial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Redwood City, CA;]

Today Scott's family and friends got their turn to tell the jury why it should spare his life. First up was Scott's dad- Lee Peterson- who spoke for hours about their family life in an effort to humanize Scott and portray him as a well-liked, good man.
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[IN Q=Right now]

((DEAN JOHNSON/LEGAL ANALYST; RIGHT NOW THIS JURY SEES SCOTT PETERSON AS WHAT THEY SAW IN THE GUILT PHASE: A PERSON WHO LIED TO AMBER FREY, LIED TO THE POLICE, LIED TO HIS RELATIVES. HID THE FACT THAT LACI WAS DEAD FOR 116 DAYS. THEY NEED TO SEE ANOTHER SIDE OF SCOTT IF THERE IS TO BE ANY PRAYER OF THIS DEFENSE TEAM SAVING HIS LIFE.))
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Peterson's attorney told jurors that life in prison without parole is a horrible existence. He asked them to be patient because holding a man's life in their hands is an incredible burden.
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[Blake]


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Another high profile trial is about to begin. A jury of seven men and five women was sworn in today for the Robert Blake trial. Opening statements are set to begin Monday. The actor is accused of killing his wife three and a half years ago. She was found shot to death in their car. Blake is free on one and a half million dollars bail, but is confined to his home.
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[McCormick]


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Lynchburg's long-time school superintendent is stepping down and taking a similar job in North Carolina.
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James McCormick will leave in January to take over the school system in Lee County, near Raleigh.
He says he's proud of his record in the Hill City over the last 14 years ... and that his new job will bring with it new challenges.
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[SOT 17:06:22]
[IN Q=This community has]

((JAMES MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THIS COMMUNITY HAS ACCOMPLISHED A LOT EDUCATIONALLY. MY OPPORTUNITIES IN LEE COUNTY WILL BE TO CONSTRUCT SCHOOLS, TO RE-CRAFT THE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM, HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM OF STUDIES.))
[SUPER=01-James McCormick/Lynchburg School Superintendent]
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McCormick's last day will be January 2nd.
Current deputy superintendent Paul McKendrick will likely take over on an interim basis while the school board searches for a replacement.
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[Tech-Study]


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What you drink after weight training could make a difference in building lean muscle mass.
That was the result of a Virginia Tech study.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


Professor Janet Walberg Rankin found that those who consumed milk instead of a sports drink after working out had twice the amount of lean muscle mass.
She says the difference is that milk contains protein while sports drinks are filled with carbs.
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[SOT12:44:06]
[IN Q=It is suggestive this may be valuable]

((JANET WALBERG RANKIN/VIRGINIA TECH PROFESSOR; IT IS SUGGESTIVE THIS MAY BE VALUABLE FOR RESISTANCE TRAINERS TO CONSUME SOMETHING WITH PROTEIN AFTER THEIR WORKOUT))
[SUPER=01-Janet Walberg Rankin/Virginia Tech Professor]
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[OUT Q=after their workout]
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But sports drinks also have benefits. Rankin says they are best for getting energy and preventing dehydration.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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The study was funded by the National Dairy Council and appears in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Can chemistry make a winning sports team?
Still ahead on News 7, a local professor says yes.
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Plus dozens of decorators put their holiday best... on dozens of trees.
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[Commercial]

[Hotel-Trees]


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Need some decorating ideas for the holidays? Why not head to the Hotel Roanoke for a little inspiration.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Dozens of the region's top designers trimmed 24 Christmas trees in everything from ornate ribbons to elaborate jewelry. Each hopes to take home top honors in the hotel's 5th Annual Fashions for Evergreens competition. The trees are available for viewing 24 hours a day at the Hotel Roanoke. And you can vote for YOUR favorite in the Hotel gift shop.
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[Lotsa-Lights]


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A holiday display in Arizona is also drawing attention but not for being elegant. The owners of this home in Scottsdale have put together a light and music display that is so outrageous neighbors have actually filed police reports. They say the house's lights and loud music are disturbing, not to mention the traffic the spectacle draws. But other neighbors don't mind the show and say it's kind of exciting.
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[WX-Almanac]


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December blew in with 50mph winds. Things are starting to quiet down this evening and it's pretty chilly outside. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner says that is typical for this month. Here is our December almanac.
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The Tech-Miami hype rolls on tonight, plus high school basketball season begins with a big time girls game in Botetourt. But first tonight's Extra Point -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Oxford, MS; :00]

Ole Miss coach David Cutcliffe was fired today after his first losing season in six years with the Rebels. Ole Miss officials informed Cutcliffe of the decision early today and Cutcliffe met with the team before this afternoon news conference. Cutcliffe was 44-29 in six seasons at Ole Miss, 25-23 in the Southeastern Conference, and just a season removed from going 10-3 and finishing tied for first in the SEC West with Eli Manning at quarterback.
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[SUPER=0099-j/Carroll Co./67//Patrick Co./54///j/Brookville/70//William Campbell/23///;]
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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We begin tonight on the high school hardwood. The football season is winding down and basketball is cranking up. Tonight's the two marquee girls teams in the area squared off in their season openers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Daleville/Titans vs. Cavaliers; :00]

Chuck Pound and his Lord Botetourt Cavaliers knew that starting the season against Steve Buchanan and the new-look Hidden Valley Titans would be a tall task in more ways than one. Hidden Valley would come to play as Elizabeth Shaw intercepts the LB pass and heads down the court. She will get the hoop and the harm for the Titans. The Cavaliers would stay on top early as Chelsea Wampler storms the paint, throws up the short jumper, and get a friendly bounce for the bucket. But back come the Titans - the newest member of the team - Northside transfer Emery Wallace will tie things up with this long jumper on the side. Her counterpart Nicci Moats would fire back with a bomb of her own from three point land. It hits nothing but net.
[SUPER=33-Hidden Valley/54/Lord Botetourt/45;]

Lord Botetourt opens the season losing to Hidden Valley 54-to-45.
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[S-UVa]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The unbeaten UVa men's basketball team played its first game since getting ranked in the top 25 this week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/espn2; :00]

The Cavs took on a fired of Northwetsern team in the ACC-Big Ten challenge in Chicago. The Cavs knew they would have to be patient tonight and Roanoke's own J.R. Reynolds was that and more as he takes the rock to the hole with the nice reverse layin in traffic. The Cavs also used their muscle inside as Elton
[SUPER=33-Virginia #24/48/Northwestern/44;]

Brown pounded away on the smaller Wildcats. UVA wins it 48 to 44.
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[S-Wake]


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The ACC wrapped up the title in this preseason ACC-Big Ten Challenge,
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Champaign, IL/ESPN; :00]

but not before taking a major hit tonight. Number one ranked Wake Forest was upset, upended and hammered by number three Illinois 91-to-73. Wake was held to just 39 percent shooting for the
[SUPER=33-Wake Forest #1/73/Illinois #3/91;]

game, and at one point the Illini led by 32 points. Wake loses it 91-to-73.
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[S-Canes]


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The Miami Hurricanes have played some very un-Miami like football this season. Teams have run on the Canes, and there have times when they have been anything, but intimidating. But in thier final two games against UVa and especially against Wake Forest they have looked very much like the old Miami - cocky, fast and talented.
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And be sure to join News 7 sports with pregame reports from Miami both Friday night when the Hokies arrive and then Saturday on News 7 Morning from 8- 9am.

[S-Peach]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The loser of Saturday's game is still sitting pretty with an open invitation to play Florida in the Peach Bowl. The Atlanta based bowl would love to have either the Hokies or the Canes.
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Coach Frank Beamer is 6 and 7 against Miami. The Canes have won five national titles, but the Hokies have carved out a place for themselves going to 12 straight post season games.
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[OUT Q=......very fortunate"]
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[Chemistry]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-43 TC42:14]
[GRAPHIC=VT/MIAMI]
[ENG#=1]

Virginia Tech's in a big game this weekend, so if you're grasping for a reason for the team to win... well, here's one.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

Coach Beamer has often said this team has the right chemistry. A Tech chemistry professor set out to prove it today. Joseph Merola (meh-roll-la) says chemistry is an exact science. He says elements have to be in the right place at the right time with the right amount of guidance.
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[SOT: 2:46:00 to :58]
[IN Q=the chemistry]

((JOSEPH MEROLA: THE CHEMISTRY IS RIGHT. WE'VE GOT THE RIGHT PLAYERS, WE'VE GOT IN THE RIGHT SPOT. WE'VE GOT THEM ALL PLAYING TOGETHER AS A TEAM. NOT A BUNCH OF LOSE ATOMS RUNNING AROUND. THAT'S WHY THE CHEMISTRY IS RIGHT FOR VA TECH FOOTBALL.))
[SUPER=01-Joseph Merola/VT Chemistry Professor;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=VA Tech football.]
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[VO-NAT]

Merola showed us several experiments to prove that chemistry really does make a difference. For instance this balloon needs just the right catalyst to create a spark... just like the Hokies need the same for a spark on the field.
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