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Movie-Review

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Dead Presidents is a powerful movie about the broken promises of the Vietnam War and the way that war ruined lives.
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This ambitious little film tells the story of Anthony, a young black man from the Bronx played by Lorenz Tate.
His first employer in high school is Kirby--Keith David--the neighborhood numbers runner.
In the late sixties, Anthony joins the Marines and ends up in an elite recon unit in Vietnam.
The war scenes are intense and horrific and bring terror and paranoia to vivid life.
When Anthony returns to the Bronx, the world has changed. He can't find work, his friends are on drugs or on the dole.
In desperation, he and a group from the old neighborhood set out to rob an armored car taking old money to Washington DC to be incinerated. Things go wrong and the heist ends tragically.
Dead Presidents has a lot to offer. Good perspective on the war and its effects on a black veteran from what many considered a 'white man's war'.
This movie gets a "B". The film tries to do too much, take on too many issues, and cover too much territory.

7McCombie


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A manhunt for an armed suspect who allegedly shot at a Campbell County Sheriff's deputy and abducted a store clerk has ended in a shootout with police in Henrico County.
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Authorities say it all began yesterday when 31- year- old Brad McCombie broke into a home and stole several guns.
Then Police say, McCombie robbed the "Buzz- In Market" on Waterlick Road at gunpoint.
A Campbell County deputy happened to drive by just seconds later.
He recognized McCombie's car and followed him to the end of Robert Drive.
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((SHERIFF ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL COUNTY: THE CAR STOPPED, MCCOMBIE GOT OUT AND HE FIRED SEVERAL SHOTS AT THE DEPUTY. THE DEPUTY WAS STILL IN THE CAR AT THAT POINT, HE BACKED HIS CAR UP, MCCOMBIE GOT OUT AND RAN.))
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McCombie missed the deputy.
About twenty police officers and several tracking dogs then began searching the Timberlake Road area.
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7Clerk-Abduction


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Shortly after that incident Police arrived at the Stop In Food Mart on Campbell Avenue and discovered the store had been ransacked and the Clerk was missing.
Police say McCombie forced the Clerk to go with him to Henrico County.
Once in Henrico County he reportedly let the clerk go.
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But McCombie was then pursued by Henrico County authorities and a shootout ensued.
McCombie was shot and killed after he reportedly shot a Henrico County Sheriff's deputy.
There is no word yet on the condition of the officer.

7Wheeler


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A teenager charged with the murder of a Whythe County Sherrif's deputy will be charged as an adult.
Tracy Altizer reports.
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(( Christopher Shawn Wheeler has been held at the Christiansburg Juvenile Detention Center since allegedly shooting Deputy Cliff Dicker in the head last December.
His attorneys argued the juvenile system is where he should stay.
Defense psychologists testified Wheeler is a product of a chaotic environment in which family members introduced him to drugs, alcohol, guns and sex by age 11.
His lawyers say he deserves a shot at rehabilitation through the therapy, education and structure juvenile detention can provide. ((JONATHAN VENZIE/DEFENSE LAWYER: I THINK ANYBODY DESERVES NOT A SECOND CHANCE BUT A FIRST CHANCE TO LEARN AND GET IT RIGHT. HE'S NEVER HAD THAT CHANCE. HE'S BEEN IN THE SYSTEM NOW FOR A YEAR AND HIS BEHAVIOR SHOWS THAT HE KNOWS AND CAN ADAPT TO THAT ENVIRONMENT. ))
But Wheeler's teacher at the detention center testified she's overheard Wheeler make numerous disturbing comments about guns, drugs, even assassinating people.
She says he bragged to another student that he "did a cop in the head."
Prosecutors argued it's not in the interest of public safety to keep Wheeler in a system which would have to set him free at age 21. ((KEITH BLANKENSHIP/WYTHE CO. ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR: I THINK PUBLIC SAFETY DOES HAVE TO BE THE COMMONWEALTH'S CONCERN AND I THINK THE COMMONWEALTH ALSO HAS TO BE CONCERNED WITH THE VICTIMS. WE FOCUS A LOT ON THE DEFENDANT AND HIS ALLEGED PROBLEMS, BUT WE HAVE TO ALSO REMEMBER THAT WE'VE GOT A MURDERED WYTHE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY. ))
The judge granted the motion to transfer the case to circuit court.
Wheeler's lawyers say they'll appeal. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
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7Tommy-Helms


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Meantime, prosecutors in Henry County want a teenaged murder suspect tried as an adult.
Tommy Helms is accused of KILLING 15- year- old Lavina Scales.
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The 16-year-old Bassett boy faced a judge yesterday.
Helms is charged with FIRST degree murder in the shooting.
Last Wednesday, Scale's body was found on the road side in the hills of Henry County.
Helms turned himself in to police Monday and confessed to the shooting.
They say he was armed with two handguns and shot her eight times in the head.
A judge will decide later IF he is to be tried as an adult.
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7weather


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Turning now to weather,
Today is going to be a rainy one with temperatures in the 50s.
Tonight will be cool with LOWS in the 50.

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An armed robbery and hostage drama that began in Campbell County has ended in HENRICO County with a shootout.
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Authorities say it all began yesterday when 31- year- old Brad McCombie broke into a home and stole several guns.
Police say, McCombie then robbed the "Buzz- In Market" on Waterlick Road at gunpoint.
A Campbell County deputy happened to drive by just seconds later.
He recognized McCombie's car and followed him to the end of Robert Drive.
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((SHERIFF ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL COUNTY: THE CAR STOPPED, MCCOMBIE GOT OUT AND HE FIRED SEVERAL SHOTS AT THE DEPUTY. THE DEPUTY WAS STILL IN THE CAR AT THAT POINT, HE BACKED HIS CAR UP, MCCOMBIE GOT OUT AND RAN.))
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McCombie MISSED the deputy.
About twenty police officers and several tracking dogs then began searching the Timberlake Road area.
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55Clerk-Abduction


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Shortly after that incident police arrived at the Stop In Food Mart on Campbell Avenue and discovered the store had been ransacked and the clerk was missing.
Police say McCombie forced the clerk to go with him to Henrico County.
Once in Henrico County he reportedly let the clerk go.
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McCombie was then pursued by Henrico County authorities and a shootout ensued.
McCombie was shot and killed after he reportedly shot a Henrico County law officer.
The officer was shot three times and is hospitilized in stable condition.

55WYTHE-Teen


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A Wythe County judge has decided that a 16-year-old orphan should be tried as an adult for allegedly killing a sheriff's deputy who came to take the boy to a juvenile detention center.
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Christopher Wheeler allegedly shot and killed Deputy Clifford Dicker last January when Dicker tried to take Wheeler into custody for allegedly stealing a car.
After an eight-hour hearing yesterday in Juvenile Court the Judge transferred Wheeler's case to Circuit Court.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Keith Blankenship says he'll ask a grand jury to indict Wheeler on a capital murder charge.
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55Danville-Body


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A decomposed body found in Danville last weekend is that of a young black female.
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The skeleton was found Saturday evening behind Motley's Warehouse on Piney Forest Road.
Assistant Chief Medical Examiner David Oxley says the young woman's body had been there for weeks, possibly even months.
Oxley says he still needs to clean and examine the bones which could help authorities determine the woman's identity and cause of death.
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55Cranwell-Averill


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In political news abortion opponents who support a parental notification law say Dick Cranwell is no ally.
Yesterday, they charged him with trying to deceive voters.
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Anne Kincaid and others at the Vinton news conference support legislation requiring parental notice when a minor seeks an abortion.
Since 1992, they claim Cranwell has tried to weaken legislation in committee, and proposed his own bill that was riddled with loopholes.
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((ANNE KINCAID/FAMILY FOUNDATION: NO FOLKS, THIS IS A BILL TO PROTECT TEENS AND PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF PARENTS. IT CAN'T BE A BOGUS BILL AND THAT'S WHAT THIS IS.)) ((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: I WOULD PREFER PURE PARENTAL NOTIFICATION, BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN WHAT WE HAVE TODAY, WHICH IS NOTHING.))
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Cranwell says he's voted seven times for some form of parental notice and insists he has been a voice of moderation in the debate over abortion rights.
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55weather


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Turning now to weather,
Today is going to be drizzly and foggy with highs in the upper 50s.
Tonight, more rain and drizzle with patches of fog. Lows will be in the LOWS 50s.
Tomorrow morning, expect fog and drizzle.
It'll be warmer with highs in the upper 60s.
A chance of showers remains in the forecast through the end of the week.

8Henrico-Shooting


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A suspect in a Campbell County armed robbery and abduction is dead in a Richmond suburb this morning.
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Henrico County police say 31- year old Brad McCumbie was shot and killed in a gun battle with a police officer.
The Henrico officer was shot three times, and is listed in stable condition.
Police say the officer spotted McCumbie after a Campbell County convenience store clerk who he allegedly abducted was released off Interestate 64 in the Richmond area.
The clerk was unhurt.
Police say the Henrico officer may have been saved by a bullet proof vest.
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8McCombie


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Authorities say it all began yesterday when McCombie broke into a home and stole several guns.
Then police say, McCombie robbed the "Buzz- In Market" on Waterlick Road at gunpoint.
A Campbell County deputy happened to drive by just seconds later.
He recognized McCombie's car and then began pursueing him.
McCombie got away from the officer after he fired several shots at him.
The officer was not injured.
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Shortly after that incident Police arrived at the Stop In Food Mart on Campbell Avenue and discovered the store had been ransacked and the Clerk was missing.
Police say McCombie forced the Clerk to go with him to Henrico County.
Once in Henrico County he reportedly let the clerk go and shortly after that the shoot out occurred.
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8Mason-Dixon


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With election day less than a week away, Governor Allen hopes the republicans can win control of the General Assembly.
It would be a first in Virginia history.
According to the latest NEWS 7 - Roanoke Times poll, THAT could be a reality.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( It's what pollsters call a statistical dead heat.
The margin of error is three and a half percent -- and the numbers are closer than that.
There are undecideds.
But the measure of comfort for the GOP is that every time the question's asked, Republicans are slightly on top.
Who would voters like to see have control of the General Assembly?
Statewide, 47- percent say Republicans.
44- percent say Democrats.
Nine percent say they're not sure.
In a gender breakdown, 52- percent of men want a Republican legislature.
Only 42- percent of women feel that way.
Along racial lines, 56- percent of white voters favor Republican control -- compared to two-percent of black voters.
Of course, voters aren't picking a party, they're picking a person.
But looking at individual races-- in the State Senate, the numbers go 46- percent Republican, 41- percent Democrat, and 13- percent still not sure.
In the House of Delegates it's closer.
45- percent favor Republicans.
42- percent favor Democrats.
And again, 13- percent are unsure.
Top Republican George Allen has increased his favorable job performance rating one point, to 54, over the last three months.
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Virginians have a new "single most important issue."
And it may favor Republicans.
For the first time under the Allen Administration, taxes and government spending top the list of voter concerns at 27- percent.
That's still in that statistical dead heat with education -- at 24% -- which Democrats claim is their issue.
So pay attention on Tuesday.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
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8weather


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Turning now to weather,
Today will be drizzly and foggy with highs in the upper 50s.
Tonight, more rain and drizzle with patches of fog. Temperatures will be in the LOW 50s.