12:00-01

NOON-HEADLINES

TALENT=Melanie
SS=None
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VO-NAT


The battle continues in Philadelphia over Conrail.
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And another case of legionnaires disease is reported, but this time its in Central Virginia.
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TALENT=Patrick
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No big changes in store as the jet continues to funnel in the cloud cover across the region. I'll have the latest from the News 7 Weather Center, and the sports of the day.
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TALENT=Melanie
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Rail-Merger


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#96-
GRAPHIC=Rail Merger


The bitter legal battle between Norfolk Southern and Conrail has entered its second day in a Philadelphia courtroom.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape;


N-S is trying to convince a federal judge to temporarily delay a merger between Conrail and C-S-X. N-S says the deal prevents other offers from being heard.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA;


The parade of men in dark suits and cart loads of documents going into the courthouse is evidence that a lot of testimony is going to be heard today, leading to speculation that the hearing may go on another day.
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N-S wrapped up its presentation by mid morning but C-S-X has yet to state its case.
N-S is one of the largest employers in our area. It values Conrail because of its strong northeastern presence.

Philadelphia


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=rail merger


Len Besthoff is in Philadelphia covering the hearing and he joins us now live via phone.
Len can you bring us up to date on what's been argued in the courtroom this morning? Fullscreen
(Len's response)
Talent=Melanie


And judging by what you've heard in the courtroom today and yesterday, is there a feeling that Norfolk Southern has made a strong case against the proposed C-S-X-Conrail merger? Fullscreen
(Len's response)
Talent=Melanie


What recourse does N-S have if today's ruling is against the company and in favor of C-S-X?

Lilly


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-98
GRAPHIC=legal scales


Family members took the stand on behalf of MARK Lilly today.
His sentence will likely be handed down later this afternoon.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Christiansburg;


Yesterday he pleaded guilty to a variety of charges, including first degree murder.
The convictions stem from the death of Virginia Tech student Alexander DeFilippis.
Lilly and a third co-defendant, Gary Barker, both confessed to police and named Lilly's brother BEN as the shooter.
MARK Lilly faces a maximum of three life terms plus 22 years in prison.
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Legionnaires


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=legionnaire


A case of Legionnaire's disease has been confirmed in central Virginia -- but authorities say they don't believe there's a link to a recent outbreak in the New River Valley.
The newest victim is at Lynchburg General Hospital.
No information is available about him, at his family's request.
The source of the New River Valley outbreak was pinpointed last week as a hot tub at a building supply store in Christiansburg.
16 cases were diagnosed in that outbreak, including one death.

Pulaski-Fatal


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-77
GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident


A brother and sister died yesterday in a car accident yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.;


State police say 18- year- old Christopher Yonce stopped his vehicle in a crossover on route 11.
He and his 15- year- old sister Stephanie Yonce were killed when he pulled into the path of a northbound pickup truck.
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((SGT. M.B. DOWDY/VA STATE POLICE: WHEN THE TRUCK GOT FAIRLY CLOSE TO HIM, APPARENTLY THE GUY DIDN'T SEE HIM AND PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF THE PICKUP. THE PICKUP STRUCK THE CAR, DROVE IT INTO THE DITCH HERE AND THE PICKUP WENT OFF OVER HERE INTO THE PARKING LOT. ))
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VO-NAT


Pulaski County school officials expressed sorrow over the accident, and assembled counselors to help students cope with the loss.
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((JAMES KELLY/PCHS PRINCIPAL: PEOPLE ARE MOSTLY IN A KIND OF A STATE OF SHOCK. WE DO HAVE A CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAM THAT'S BEEN PUT INTO EFFECT. WE'VE HAD EXTRA COUNSELORS AND SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS AND PEOPLE AVAILABLE TO MEET WITH KIDS AND WITH ADULTS AS NECESSARY. ))
SUPER=01-James Kelly/PCHS Principal;
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VO-NAT


The driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries.
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UN


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


The U-S is using its veto -- to demand new leadership at the U-N.
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VO-NAT
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update window 11:30
The United States today vetoed the re-election of Boutros Boutros-Ghali for another term as secretary-general.
The Security Council vote, behind closed doors, was 14 to one.
Senior U-S officials say replacing Boutros-Ghali is the only way to persuade the Republican controlled Congress to pay the one and a-half billion dollars the U-S owes the world body.
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Clinton


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=clinton, bill


President Clinton is down under, where he plans to mix business with pleasure.
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SUPER=03-Sydney, Australia;
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After receiving a 21-gun salute Mr. Clinton met with Australian Prime Minister John Howard.
He's also expected to visit the Great Barrier Reef, and try to work in a round of golf.
The stop is the first of a nine-day tour of Asia.
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WIPE/WIPE/WIPE

RWANDA


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=WIPE/WIPE/WIPE
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Zaire/Rwanda Border;

10:09:43
Meantime, President Clinton has scaled back plans to send a large military force to aid relief efforts in Zaire.
He is considering sending a smaller contingent, in addition to 140 million dollars to help refugees.
Administration officials say the plans changed because of the massive return of refugees to Rwanda.
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POPE


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


Pope John Paul is taking a trip to Cuba.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Vatican City;

7:00:31
The Vatican says he accepted an invitation offered today during a historic visit from Fidel Castro.
The Pope wants greater freedom for Cuba's catholics.
Official say the visit is likely to take place sometime next year.
Cuba is the only Latin American country the Pope has never visited.
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HARD MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Melanie


When the newscast continues,
Chaos reigned UNDER the English Channel.
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VO-NAT


And,
Big changes may be underway at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and other Carilion facilities.
But first, let's check in with Patrick...
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Talent=Patrick

Wx-Tease music up full comm1

Radiation


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=none


The federal government is set to compensate victims and relatives of Cold War-era radiation experiments.
An Energy Department official says an announcement is expected later today.
The official says the government will pay almost five million dollars to settle 12 of 18 claims.

CHUNNEL


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


A trip from France to England via the chunnel turned into a near death trap.
Several people were overcome with smoke when a fire broke out in the middle of the chunnel.
It's the worst accident since the fifteen mile long tunnel beneath the English Channel opened two years ago.
Mark Phillips has the story.
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SUPER=01-Bill Welsh/Firefighter; :56
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(( Fire was always the biggest fear for the operators of the tunnel and the elaborate rescue plans that had been drawn up were - it turns out -- necessary. The fire broke out about ten miles into the trip on a truck being carried on a freight train travelling from France to England. Of the thirty-four people on board -- eight had to be treated for smoke inhalation -- two of them, including a pregnant woman, four more seriously injured than the others -- but all are said to be out of danger now. truck driver: "FIRE ALARMS WERE GOING AND SUDDENLY THE HOLE PLACE FILLED WITH SMOKE."
There are actually three tunnels in the so-called chunnel... two rail lines and an emergency tunnel that runs between them.
The injured evacuated into the emergency passage and then brought back to the French side on a passenger train running in the unaffected tunnel. The fire spread to other heavy goods or HGV vehicles and a combined French-English fire fighting operation took all night to finally put the blaze out.
BILL WELSH/FIREFIGHTER:"THERE WAS AT LEAST 6 HGV VEHICLES WELL ALIGHT, SO YOU CAN IMAGING ALL THE TIRES, ALL THE TARPAULINS, ALL THE HYDRAULIC FLUID ALL BURNIN', GIVIN' OFF DAWK, FICK, DENSE, SMOKE."
Elaborate safety measures had been built into the tunnel and there are supposed to be strict controls on what sort of goods are allowed to use the facility.
But the investigation that has already begun will be asking questions as to how this fire began, and how it spread. The tunnel meanwhile was closed this morning. Limited operation in the unaffected link are expected to begin later today, but the tunnel where the fire took place is expected to be out of service for weeks or months. MP, CBSN, London.))


Carilion


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#96-83
GRAPHIC=Carilion


Carilion Health System employees got a visit from the country's largest union of health care workers.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Representatives of the Service Employees International Union are back in Roanoke for their third visit in six weeks.
They hope to organize nurses and other employees at Carilion facilities.
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((DENNIS O'CONNELL/SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION: WE'RE VERY STRONG. WE'RE HOPING WE'LL HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE AS FAR AS JOINING THE CAMPAIGN AND THEN WHAT WE WILL DO IS DEMAND RECOGNITION FROM THE HOSPITAL AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL GET A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT.))
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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Representatives of at least one other union have also been meeting with Carilion employees in recent weeks.

spy


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=none


The breaking of the Harold Nicholson spy case, appears to be just one of many espionage cases under investigation.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Washington DC;


C-I-A and F-B-I officials say a number of cases involving the C-I-A and other agencies are currently being probed.
Forty-six-year-old Harold Nicholson is the highest-ranking C-I-A officer to face espionage charges.
He's accused of selling the names of new C-I-A trainees to the Russians for 120-thousand dollars.
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((JOHN DEUTCH/CIA DIRECTOR: "I THINK THAT THIS CASE ILLUSTRATES THAT THE RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE SERVICES REMAIN VERY ACTIVE IN TARGETING, NOT ONLY THE CIA, BUT OTHER US NATIONAL SECURITY ORGANIZATIONS." ))
SUPER=01-John Deutch/CIA Director;
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OUT Q=security organizations.
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VO-NAT


Nicholson has been charged with spying for Moscow since 19-94.
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Hibbs


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-82
GRAPHIC=legal scales


The trial is under way for a 20- year- old man charged in the abduction and murder of a Wythe County teenager.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Wytheville/File Tape;


Jason Hibbs is accused in the death of 17- year- old Ricky Lee Coleman.
Authorities say Coleman got drunk and destructive at Hibbs home last January, so Hibbs punched him out.
Hibbs and two other friends allegedly drove Coleman to a remote road, and dumped him over a creek bank, where he died of exposure.
Defense attorney Lee Chitwood told the jury it was "a decision born in a haze of alcohol, motivated by childish and irrational fears."
Hibbs is expected to testify.
His co-defendants, Eric Ball and Eric Wimmer are scheduled for trial later.
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SOFT MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Melanie


Still to come on the newscast,
A historic lift off from the kennedy Space Center,
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VO-NAT


And,
The Roanoke Star is a hot topic-- we'll find out if it will continue to be a reminder of drunk driving deaths.
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Star


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#96-88
GRAPHIC=Hold seal


Roanoke City Council last night discussed where the Mill Mountain Star figured into its campaign against drunk driving.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Twice since September first, the star has burned red for 24 hours following an alcohol- related traffic fatality.
Council agreed to extend the program through the holiday season.
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((BRENDA ALTMAN/MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING: WE HAVE SOMETHING IN THIS AREA THAT WE CAN BE VERY PROUD OF. AND I REALIZE THAT PEOPLE IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY ARE VERY PROUD OF THE STAR, BUT WE CAN BE THE FIRST REGIONAL SYMBOL ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY TO SAY WE CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS. WE CARE ABOUT OUR INDIVIDUALS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF A HUMAN LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Brenda Altman/Mothers Against Drunk Driving;
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ANCHOR=Melanie
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City council did not make a permanent decision. The issue will come up again next year, after the Mill Mountain Development Committee offers a recommendation on the Star to City Council.

Heart-starters


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=none


American Airlines is adding a major piece of equipment to its first aid kit.
Its plans will soon carry portable defibrillators to help revive people who suffer a heart attack in the sky.
The machines deliver an electric shock to the heart.
The U-S government approved the use of the equipment in the air just this month.

Campbell-Supes


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-87
GRAPHIC=D-Day Memorial


Financing for the national D-Day memorial is starting to pick up steam.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Rustburg;


The eight- million dollar complex will be located in the city of Bedford, which lost 21 native sons on the beaches of Normandy.
Organizers have been making the rounds of area localities, trying to drum up financial support for the project.
They got an oral commitment from the Campbell County board of supervisors.
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((RICHARD BURROW/D-DAY MEMORIAL EXEC. DIRECTOR: CERTAINLY THE REGION THAT THE MEMORIAL IS LOCATED IN WILL HAVE BENEFITS OF THE MEMORIAL, ANY NATIONAL MEMORIAL, BEING HERE. BUT THE REAL PURPOSE IS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE THAT WERE THERE FOR THIS EVENT.))
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VO-NAT


One- fourth of the eight million dollar price tag has been raised so far.
The foundation hopes to dedicate the memorial on June 6th, 19-99, the 55th anniversary of D-Day.
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Shuttle


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=mel
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=columbia


A historic liftoff today from the Kennedy Space Center.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Ctr.;


Shortly before three o'clock America's oldest shuttle, Columbia, is set to carry the nation's oldest astronaut, Story Musgrave into orbit.
The 61- year- old will make a record-tying sixth trip into space.
The 16 day mission for Musgrave and Columbia's four other astronauts includes two spacewalks, and the launching of two satellites.
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WEATHER
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SUPER=301-54/58/SE 6mph/29.89f/80/1913/16/1891;

Forecasts
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SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/Wind: NW 10/38-42/Mostly Cloudy/Wind: NW 5-10/50-54;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Wind: NW 5-10/40-44/Mostly Cloudy/Wind: NW 5-10/52-56;
SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Wind: Calm/40-44/Cloudy/Rain Possible/50-54;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Wind: NW 5-10/34-38/Mostly Cloudy/Wind: NW 5-10/46-50;
SUPER=334-Cloudy/Showers Possible/30-34/Cloudy/Rain Possible/48-52;
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Stocks


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE# none
GRAPHIC=stocks


Stocks are pushing back into record territory.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 35 points.
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SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Melanie


Still to come on the newscast,
One of college football's most glamorized programs is losing its coach at the end of the season.
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VO-NAT


And,
The Cowboys can't get to the end zone-- but they do come away with a Monday night win.
Stick around.
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Monday-Football


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=afr
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=nfl


This week's Monday night matchup really put the FOOT in FOOTBALL.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/ABC Sports;


Cowboys kicker Chris Boniol (BONE-yole)tied an N-F-L record with 7 field goals for all of Dallas's 21 points.
The Cowboys defense dominated. The Green Bay Packers did not score any points until the fourth quarter.
SUPER=30-Dallas/21/Green Bay/6/;


The score was 18-6 Cowboys until the final seconds, when Boniol hits the record tying field goal.
Cowboys win 21-6.
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Holtz


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#FB96-4
GRAPHIC=holtz


The suspense concerning Lou Holtz's future as Notre Dame's head football coach is over.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=04-NCAA; :00


He has resigned and his resignation takes effect at the end of the season.
The Fighting Irish coach gave no reason for the resignation.
Already Northwestern's Gary Barnett has surfaced as the top candidate to succeed Holtz.
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((GARY BARNETT/NORTHWESTERN HEAD COACH:))
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Holtz got his head coaching start at William & Mary back in 19-69.
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Caps


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-23
GRAPHIC=WASHINGTON CAPS


The Washington Caps have climbed above the 500 mark on the season thanks to their ability to win on the road last night against the Eastern Conference leading the Florida Panthers.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Miami/Capitals vs. Panthers; :00


The Caps got off to a fast start and never looked back as Todd Krygier
(Kree-gur) takes Peter Bondra's assist and beats John Vanbiesbrouck
(Van-Bees-brook) at the 6:02 mark of the first period.


Chris Simon, who had two goals in the game would score the next one as he takes another Bondra assist and converts from in front, as the Caps win the game 4-to-2, but lose the fight.
Take a look at the best right SUPER=31-Washington/4/Florida/2;

uppercut you'll ever see in hockey.
The Panthers Paul Laus nails Craig Feruby with the wicked shot to the chin.
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Bruins


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-24
GRAPHIC=NHL


Also, last night the Boston Bruins won their third straight game by doubling up the San Jose Sharks 4-to-2.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Sharks vs. Bruins; :00


Sandy Moger would ignite the Bruins last night with two goals and an assist
as the Bruins stay perfect SUPER=31-San Jose/2/Boston/4;

against San Jose. (-------------) The Sharks have yet to win in 10 meetings with Boston.