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03/29/06

News-7 at 6


JEAN 2-SHOT JEAN 2-SHOT

Some murder cases are never solved.
Some just take longer than others.
KEITH 2-SHOT KEITH 2-SHOT

A cold hit on a cold case. It seems
improbable.

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VO-NAT




*CG locator Roanoke

Try telling that to the man they call
"Joe" Crowder.

This morning, 19 years- -almost to the
day- -after he broke into Bertha
Sommardahl's Roanoke apartment, Crowder
was found guilty of killing his 87-year
old victim.

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INQ=


*CG locator Roanoke
April 1, 1987
:06
*CG 2line Donald Caldwell
Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney
:30
*CG standup Keith Humphry
khumphry@wdbj7.com
:42
*CG 2line Gracie Crowder
Defendant's Mother
:55
*CG 2line Tina Perry
"Joe" Crowder's Sister
1:02



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OQ=promised anything in return. <<



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INQ= AT THAT POINT IN TIME, THE POLICE HAD


NO SUSPECTS.

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OQ= It was the Spring of 1987, before


they'd perfected D-N-A. Police
preserved all the evidence, of course.

And late last year the state lab scored
a hit on a new D-N-A sample... material
Thomas Lee Crowder, Jr. had provided
when he was booked on a drug
paraphernalia charge.

The evidence in the murder case was
gruesome. The victim had been stabbed
in the head and neck 6 to 8 times with
a pair of scissors.

SOT FULL SOT FULL 11:16:45



INQ= THE ACTUAL TIPS OF THE SCISSORS THAT


WERE FOUND ON THE BED ACTUALLY EMBEDDED
INTO HER SKULL.

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OQ= And there was an indication of possible


sexual assault.

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INQ= Police say Crowder admitted to having


been in Mrs. Sommerdahl's apartment,
though he says he doesn't remember any
sexual contact. His family doesn't
believe any of this. His mother says
it's out of character for him.

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INQ= I KNOW MY SON. HE'S A VERY


COMPASSIONATE PERSON, AND HE WILL WALK
AWAY FROM TROUBLE.

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OQ=



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INQ= THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. IT JUST CAN'T


BELIEVE IT.

And yet I think most people hearing you
say that would say, "Well, it's DNA.
You know, we all watch CSI and Cold
Case. ...AND LAW AND ORDER AND ALL
THAT. I KNOW, AND I LOVE IT. But in
this case you don't buy it? NO. NO.
THAT IS NOT MY BROTHER.

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OQ= Short of having an eye-witness, the


prosecutor says it doesn't get much
more certain than this: a bloody palm
print, a confession and a DNA match.

SOT FULL SOT FULL 11:53



INQ= THE ODDS OF IT BEING SOMEONE ELSE ARE


MORE THAN 6 BILLION TO ONE.

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OQ=



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INQ= I'M NOT COMPREHENDING THIS AT ALL.


THIS IS VERY DUMBFOUNDING TO ME RIGHT
NOW.


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OQ= Sommardahl's family quickly left the


courtroom without speaking to
reporters.

Crowder had entered a plea of "no
contest" without any having been
promised anything in return.

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KEITH ON CAM KEITH ON CAM

GRAPHIC=No Contest He'll be sentenced in June.


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JEAN ON CAM JEAN ON CAM

GRAPHIC=NONE A Christiansburg man is under


arrest for having sexually explicit
online "chats" with a person he thought
was a 14 year-old girl.

It turns out it was State Police
investigator.

DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Holly/Micro DOUBLE BOXES



New River Valley Bureau Reporter Holly
Pietrzak explains how this guy was
caught.

Holly...

Jean, State Police say this crime
was committed online.

LIVE=Jean & Holly/Micro LIVE FULL

*CG live Holly Pietrzak

hollyp@wdbj7.com The dangerous part, police say, Blacksburg is that this guy tried to meet an
underage girl for sex.

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INQ=Crimes in online




*CG locator Christiansburg
:08





< rooms...it's a problem that Virginia
State Police are trying to crack down
on.

The latest arrest in our
area...came Monday.

Police say 36 year-old David
Jonathan Walls of Griggs Street in
Christiansburg had two sexually
explicit conversations with a someone
he thought was a 14 year-old girl from
Chesterfield County ....when it was
actually police.

INSERT GFX OF SEARCH WARRANT

According to a search warrant ...he
even...."sent live stream video during
which he was nude."

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Walls is charged with using a
communication device to entice a child
and attempted indecent liberties with a
child.

He faces both of those charges in
Chesterfield and Henrico Counties
because that is where the investigator
was located when chatting online with
Walls.

He is being held in a Henrico
County Jail.>>

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OQ=Henrico County Jail





LIVE=Holly/Full/Micro LIVE FULL

*CG liveloc Blacksburg

The two charges Walls is facing
are felonies.

DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Holly/Micro DOUBLE BOXES



Jean, in the Commonwealth of
Virginia ...anytime a communication
device is used to try to entice a
child....it's a felony offense.
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JEAN ON CAM JEAN ON CAM

GRAPHIC=Ward A teenager who called himself "Mad


Max" and terrorized a Campbell County

neighborhood last year has pleaded
guilty to more charges.

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VO-NAT 18-year--old Shay William Ward was


arrested last May in connection with a
string of burglaries in the Leesville
Road area.

*CG locator Campbell Co. He pleaded guilty today to seven May charges including burglary, robbery and
abduction.

He'll be sentenced in June.

Ward is already awaiting
sentencing for raping and robbing an
elderly Lynchburg woman last May.

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KEITH ON CAM KEITH ON CAM

GRAPHIC=NONE If you've been in trouble in the


past and think you've skirted the law,
Roanoke Police say they haven't
forgotten.

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*CG locator Roanoke

The Police Department launched

Operation "Inked" today.

If you have an outstanding
summons or warrant, your name or
picture has been posted in the Roanoke
Times and on the Police Department's
web site.

The list consists of more than
39-hundred names, and 12 photographs.

So far, the Operation has gone
better than expected.

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INQ=We have nine




*CG 2line Lt. Danny Brabham
Roanoke Police Department 2:23 DANNY BRABHAM/LIEUTENANT WE HAVE
NINE TEAMS OUR IN THE FIELD MAKING
ARRESTS OR ATTEMPTING SERVICE AND BY
7:30, ONE OF THE TEAMS HAD ALREADY
EIGHT ARRESTS. 2:32

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OQ=already eight arrests





VO-NAT VO-NAT



The list of people who have
turned themselves in or been caught has
grown throughout the day.

It now stands at more than 150.

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JEAN ON CAM JEAN ON CAM

GRAPHIC=Campaign 2006 The race for Roanoke City Council


took an unusual turn today, as the two
Republican candidates took aim at the
Roanoke Times.

This afternoon, Mark McConnel and
Stuart Revercomb criticized the paper's
endorsement process, and its news
coverage.

CAMPAIGN 2006 inMOnitor DOUBLE BOXES



DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Joe/BAM Joe Dashiell has more on their


complaints and the newspaper's
response. Joe what are the candidates
saying?

LIVE=Joe Full/BAM LIVE FULL

*CG standup Joe Dashiell
jdashiell@wdbj7.com Jean, McConnel and Revercomb say
it's a foregone conclusion that the
Roanoke Times will endorse the
independent ticket of Gwen Mason,
David Trinkle and Alfred Dowe.

Today, the Republican candidates

also read from an e-mail they say shows
the bias of a newspaper reporter who
has been covering the campaign.

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INQ=


*CG locator Roanoke
:00


*CG 2line Mark McConnel

(R) Roanoke City Council Candidate


:18
*CG 2line Stuart Revercomb

(R) Roanoke City Council Candidate


:50





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OQ=I think that tells it all. <

to discuss tax relief and spending
cuts, but Mark McConnel and Stuart
Revercomb lead off with criticism of
the Roanoke Times.

They described the newspaper's
endorsement process as a public
charade, and said they will not
participate in interviews by the
paper's editorial board.

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INQ=We don't MARK MCCONNEL/(R) CITY COUNCIL


CANDIDATE: WE DON'T WANT TO BE A PART
OF THAT BECAUSE IF THEY ARE
INTERVIEWING WITH A FOREGONE CONCLUSION
THEN WE'RE JUST LENDING CREDIBILITY TO
THAT SYSTEM.

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OQ=lending credibility to that system. The Republicans also charged that


the paper's editorial bias is reflected
in its news coverage, and they produced
an email from reporter Todd Jackson to
Mayor Nelson Harris.

Obtained through a freedom of
information request, the email relayed
allegations that Victory Stadium
supporter Brian Wishneff had leveled
against other members of council.

Revercomb read Jackson's email...

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INQ=I wanted to make STUART REVERCOMB/(R) CITY COUNCIL


CANDIDATE: I WANTED TO MAKE YOU AWARE,
SO THAT YOU CAN PREPARE ACCORDINGLY. I
WANT TO MAKE YOU AWARE SO THAT YOU CAN
PREPARE ACCORDINGLY. IF YOU NEED TO
CALL ME AFTER HOURS, CALL ME AT HOME OR
ON MY CELL. I THINK THAT TELLS IT ALL.

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OQ=I think that tells it all.



LIVE=Joe Full/BAM LIVE FULL




In a telephone interview, Roanoke
Times Editor Mike Riley said the email
is one small part of an ongoing
conversation between a reporter and one
of his many sources.

Riley said the newspaper had
reviewed the matter and found no merit
in the allegation. As always Riley
said, the Roanoke Times will continue
to report on the campaign fairly and
accurately.

DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Joe/BAM DOUBLE BOXES



Jean, as for the criticism of the
endorsement process, Editorial Page
Editor Tommy Denton said Revercomb and
McConnel are entitled to their opinion,
but Denton said they're incorrect.

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KEITH ON CAM KEITH ON CAM

GRAPHIC=NONE Many cancer patients in our area are


breathing a little easier tonight, now

that Oncology and Hematology Associates
of Southwest Virginia has reached a new
contract with Anthem.

ENG#=4 VO-NAT
VO-NAT




*CG locator Salem
File Tape This means thousands of cancer
patients won't have to worry about
whether their doctor is in the Anthem
network AND possibly paying more, if
they weren't.

The new agreement will last through
the end of 2007.

Oncology and Hematology Associates
represents 17 physicians from 10
medical facilities throughout the
region.

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JEAN ON CAM JEAN ON CAM

GRAPHIC=VA Budget The gap between competing


transportation plans in the General
Assembly closed slightly today.

The Senate dropped its call for
a tax on home sales and reduced a
proposed increase in the gas tax.


The new structure reduced the
plan's pricetag to 747 million dollars,
which is closer to a proposal in the
House of Delegates

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*CG locator Richmond

While the House and Senate
try to hammer out a budget, members
also remembered Delegate Harry Parrish,
who died yesterday.

Virginia flags are flying at
half staff across the commonwealth, in
honor of the House Finance Committee
chairman.

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INQ=He was




*CG 2line Sen. Charles Colgan Sen. Charles Colgan/(D) Manassas; HE
(D) Manassas WAS JUST A TRUE VIRGINIA GENTLEMAN.



HE SERVED 55-YEARS IN PUBLIC OFFICE.
*CG 2line Sen. Janet Howell Sen. Janet Howell/(D) Reston

(D) Reston HE WAS TRULY AN AGREEABLE KIND OF


PERSON. AND WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH OF
THAT NOW.
*CG 2line Sen. William Wampler Sen. William Wampler/(R) Bristol;

(R) Bristol VERY FEW TIMES DOES A PERSON THE LIKES



OF HARRY PARRISH WALK THIS EARTH.

VERY POSITIVE THINGS HE LEAVES FOR US.
AND, I WOULD HOPE WE DO HIS MEMORY
HONOR FOR FOLLOWING IN HIS FOOTSTEPS.

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OQ=FOLLOWING IN HIS FOOTSTEPS.





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Parrish will be buried in
Manassas on Saturday. He was 84 years
old.

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KEITH 2-Shot KEITH 2-Shot

Still ahead, how a racial
threat at Virginia Tech involved a
freshman from another Virginia
university.

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*CG tease DRIVE-BY
JEAN ON VO JEAN ON VO

Plus another arrest in a
drive-by shooting.

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With all the controversy in the
Roanoke County school system, what do
teachers think?

Still ahead, what a survey
found.

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VO-NAT VO-NAT


KEITH ON VO KEITH ON VO *CG tease BACK TO CLASS

Plus some Franklin County
students are heading back to the
classrooms now that they've been
declared chemical free.
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KEITH 2-SHOT KEITH 2-SHOT

It's been a difficult few months
in the Roanoke County school system.
JEAN 2-SHOT JEAN 2-SHOT

Controversy over slow-moving
athletic field improvements and the
leadership of superintendent Linda
Weber have dominated the headlines.
JEAN ON CAM JEAN ON CAM

GRAPHIC=NONE And as parents spoke out, they

EDUCATION 7 ANIMATION also voiced a desire to see results of
a survey...

News7 @ 6 in Monitor DOUBLE BOXES



DOUBLE BOXES=JEan & Natasha/Newsroom Natasha Ryan joins us live with


results from that survey of teachers
about their job and their bosses.
Natasha?

LIVE=NAtasha Full/NEwsroom LIVE FULL

*CG standup Natasha Ryan
nryan@wdbj7.com Jean as most are probably aware,
Superintendent Dr. Linda Weber has

taken a 60-day sabbatical. And it's
important to say, this survey was done
a year ago, before Weber decided to
take a leave of absence.

ENG#=1 VO NAT


VO NAT In the survey, teachers were asked
if they're satisfied with their jobs,
81 percent said yes.

When asked about their
relationships with their principals,
that too was a positive response.

But when it came to confidence in
the leadership of the central office,
which included Weber, less than half
had faith.

Something the system credits to a
lack of knowledge about the central
office and what everyone's roles are...

LIVE=Natasha Full/NEwsroom LIVE FULL



Another big concern was retaliation
for expressing opinions, we'll have
more on that tonight at eleven

DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Natasha/NEwsroom (DOUBLE BOXES)



Jean, we'll also hear from the
Chairman of the School Board, Mike
Stovall...and his interpretation of the
results.

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JEAN on GFX JEAN ON GFX

Roanoke County Schools have posted 85
pages of survey results on line. You
can find the link at wdbj7-dot-com.
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JEAN ON CAM JEAN ON CAM

GRAPHIC=NONE Things are starting to get back


to normal at one Franklin County
elementary school.

ENG#=2 VO-NAT
VO-NAT




*CG locator Franklin Co.
Last Week Tomorrow, students at Dudley
Elementary will be allowed back into
two classrooms that were closed during
a recent pesticide scare.

Some students became sick after

an exterminator applied the pesticide,
malathion, near the rooms to get rid of
ants.

But, the department of
agriculture ruled the school was safe.

School officials say the rooms
have been thoroughly cleaned.

They say they also notified
parents about the reopening.

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KEITH ON CAM KEITH ON CAM

GRAPHIC=Shooting Lynchburg Police have arrested


another man in connection with a
drive-by shooting.

ENG#=3 VO-NAT
VO-NAT




*CG locator Lynchburg
Monday Police arrested 22-year-old
Melvin Devon Abbitt of Lynchburg and
charged him with malicious wounding and
possession of a firearm by a convicted
felon.

Police say Abbitt and two
teenagers were involved in a shooting
outside the Greenfield Market on

Florida Avenue on Monday.

18-year-old Nymar Jerome Thomas
was shot in the leg, but his injuries
were not considered life threatening.

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KEITH ON CAM KEITH ON CAM

GRAPHIC=NONE Virginia Tech police say they've


solved a campus hate crime.

A student from James Madison
University admitted he wrote racists
threats on the door of a Tech student's
dorm room.

ENG#=4 VO-NAT
VO-NAT




*CG locator Blacksburg

J-M-U Freshman Karl Harris says
he and three others were visiting a
friend at Slusher Hall.

Harris admitted to harassing a
female student, whose parents are from
Bangladesh, for half an hour.

Harris then says he wrote "you
deserve to be lynched" on her front
door.

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INQ=Absolutley we




*CG 2line Debra Duncan
VT Police Chief DEBRA DUNCAN:

12:51:00 ABSOLUTELY WE TAKE IT
SERIOUSLY WE WILL NOT TOLERATE OR
CONDONE ANY TYPE OF INAPPROPRIATE
BEHAVIOR AND WE WILL INVESTIGATE IT
VIGOROUSLY AS WE HAVE IN THIS CASE. :59

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OQ=in this case.





VO-NAT VO-NAT



Duncan says she turned over the
case to the US-Attorney's office.
KEITH ON CAM KEITH ON CAM

GRAPHIC=NONE Harris signed an agreement


admitting to the crime.

The charges will be dropped next
year if Harris stays out of trouble and
goes through treatment.

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MIKE ON CAM MIKE ON CAM

GRAPHIC=None Coming up tonight in sports -


we'll tell you how you can eat your
supper with JJ.

Plus, Mason Mania continues to
build,

ENG#=3 VO-NAT
VO-NAT




*CG tease STUDY HALL

and one of Friday Football
Extra's all-time greats - Vic Hall is
looking to make his mark this year at
UVa but not at quarterback.

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GRAPHIC=REDICK J.J. Redick's schedule for the


next two months between now the NBA
draft is jam packed with everything

from graduation to trying out for the
olympic team.

But on April 19th, he'll be back
in the Roanoke Valley for one night,
and on that evening you can have dinner
with him.

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*CG locator Salem
This Afternoon This afternoon at the Salem Civic :00 Center eight of the valley's sports
leaders gathered to announce that
Redick will return home next month for
a special recognition dinner.

The Duke all-American will be
honored in Richmond that afternoon and
then spend that evening at the Salem
Civic Center where all three of the
valley's local governments will honor
Redick for his endless string of
achievements.

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Play by Play Publisher
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*CG 2line Dick Williams
Organizing Committee Member
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GRAPHIC=HOLD JJ The event is open to the public.



400 tickets are available.

The are $25 bucks a piece, and
can only be purchased at Member One
credit Union branches.

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GRAPHIC=Final Four One Woman actually brought a


Slipper to symbolize George Mason's run
in the N-C-A-A Tournament to the
Patriots win over Connecticut.

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*CG locator Washington DC
Sunday And the Slipper still fits as

George Mason carries the banner for all
the so-called mid-Majors into the Final
Four as well as the Commonwealth of
Virginia.
*CG locator Fairfax The George Mason Statue on the
school's Campus has gotten into the
spirit of March Madness with a new
out-fit.

The Patriots will take on Florida
in the Final Four on Saturday Night and
sit just 2 wins away from winning the
National Championship.

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*CG 2line Lamar Butler
George Mason Senior


*CG 2line Jim Larranaga
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And the only place you can catch
the Final Four is right here on WDBJ
this weekend. Saturday the coverage
from CBS Sports begins at 3pm, the
Mason-Florida game tips-off at 6:07 and
LSU and UCLA follow at around 8:47
right here on Your Hometown Hoops
Station.

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GRAPHIC=JAMES JOHNSON And keep an eye out for George


Mason assistant coach James Johnson.
He'll be on the sideline tonight and he
is a Ferrum grad who played for the
Panthers from 1990 through 1993.

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GRAPHIC=UVA The University of Virginia opened


up Spring Practice today in
Charlottesville. They did so without
Ahmad Brook, Vince Redd, and Tony

Franklin who were kicked off the team
by Head Coach Al Groh Yesterday.

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*CG locator Charlottesville
August 2005 Someone who did take part in
Spring drills is Vic Hall. The Former
Gretna Hawks star has switched sides of
the ball, During Practice to begin his
Freshman Season, Hall was working with
the Quarterbacks and preparing for a
Red-shirt year. This Spring he will be
in the Defensive Backfield.

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*CG 2line Al Groh
3-5 in the ACC Last Season



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GRAPHIC=NASCAR And don't forget about the Kroger


Night with the drivers tomorrow night
at the Salem Civic Center - with
autographs and auction and all in the
name of charity. Get your tickets at
the Salem Civic Center.

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