12:00-01

Chemical-Fire

ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tha
TAPE#97-
GRAPHIC=fire


A thick cloud of black smoke containing toxic fumes continues to hover over a warehouse in Smyth County.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Teresa/Starlink


Teresa Hamilton joins us from the site in Atkins with the latest.
Live=Teresa Full/Starlink
SUPER=@teresa1;
SUPER=06-Smyth Co.;
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SUPER=01-Chris Slemp/Marion Rescue Squad; :00 QUICK
SUPER=03-Atkins;:11
SUPER=01-Curtis Bailey/Virginia State Police;:28
SUPER=01-Charles Harrington/Smyth Co. Emergency Services; :56
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Live=Teresa Full/Starlink
SUPER=06-Smyth Co.;
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Double Boxes=Melanie and Teresa/Starlink
(QUESTION:What are officials planning to do about the fire?)


VMI


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=VMI


The first woman has dropped out at Virginia Military Institute.
Last night, one of the new female recruits in the class of 2001 decided to quit.
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SUPER=03-Lexington;
RUNS=:04
OUT Q=(cadre screaming at rats)
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VO-NAT

from 97-61
The attrition rate is typically about five percent during the first week of this intense rat line training.
It's designed to test the cadets' physical, mental and emotional endurance.
Six men have also quit this week.
The Institute won't identify the female who dropped out or provide any other details.
V-M-I says on average one quarter of the cadets drop out in a typical year.

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Citadel


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#NET
GRAPHIC=THE citadel


In South Carolina, no charges will be filed in the alleged hazing of two female cadets at the Citadel.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


Prosecutors say the state's anti-hazing law does NOT apply because the corp of cadets is not a student fraternity or sorority.
Kim Messer and Jeanie Mentavlos joined the formerly all-male military school's cadet corps last August but dropped out
SUPER=03-Charleston, SC;

in January, saying they're clothes had been set on fire by male cadets.
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IN Q=

(( DAVID SCHWACKE/PROSECUTOR: BASED UPON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THAT REPORT, THE STATE FEELS, FIRST...THAT THERE IS INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE OF A CRIMINAL INTENT IN THE COURSE OF THE CONDUCT COMPLAINED OF...TO BE ABLE TO PRESENT A CASE TO A CHARLESTON GRAND JURY. ))
SUPER=01-David Schwacke/Prosecutor;
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=charleston Grand jury.
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VO-NAT


Fourteen male cadets either were punished or left the school as a result of the accusations.
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TOBACCO-SUIT


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=mel
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=TOBACCO UNDER FIRE


A startling admission from the head of tobacco maker Philip Morris.
It came during a deposition today in Florida.
C-E-O Geoffrey Bible was asked if Philip Morris would agree that about 100-thousand Americans have died from smoking-related diseases.
He responded they might have.
The questioning came in connection with Florida's suit against the tobacco industry, in an effort to recover billions of dollars in costs of smoking-related illnesses.

Train-ax


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


Two people are dead and two others injured after a runaway train struck a freight train overnight in Fort Worth, Texas.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX;


Authorities say say an unmanned Union Pacific train somehow began rolling down an active track, hitting another Union Pacific freight train head-on.
The crash also sparked a huge fire when both trains leaked diesel fuel.
The blaze is now out, but emergency officials believe the two bodies are still in the wreckage.
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WIPE/WIPE/WIPE

NH-SHOOTING


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=MEL
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=WIPE/WIPE/WIPE
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Colebrook, NH;

7:06:56
In New Hampshire last night, police used blasting caps to torch a barn belonging to a man who killed four people in a shooting rampage on Tuesday.
The gunman, Carl Drega, died in a shootout with police.
Police say Drega's home and property were booby trapped with secret tunnels filled with hundreds of pounds of explosives, the same type used in the Oklahoma City bombing.
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E-UPS


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=tfl
TAPE#97-60
GRAPHIC=UPS strike


Some local United Parcel Service may be off the picket line, but that does NOT mean all UPS employees are back at work.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


While 185-thousand employees went on strike more than two weeks ago.. not all returned to work.
U-P-S management in Roanoke says about half of the 600 workers began delivering packages yesterday.
Company officials say they hope to hire back more workers as business picks up.
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SOT 11:07:22
IN Q=Well certainly

((WARREN KING/SOUTHWEST DIVISION MANAGER:WELL CERTAINLY THEY'RE STILL EMPLOYEES OF UNITED PARCEL SERVICE. WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE WORK FOR THEM RIGHT NOW AND AS THE WORK COMES BACK, WE HOPE TO GET THEM ALL BACK))
SUPER=01-Warren King/Southwest Division Manager;
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=all back.
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VO-NAT


Some local businesses like Orvis are staying with the Post Office for half of what used to be shipped by U-P-S.
Postmaster Billy Martin says priority mail and regular mail remain up 50-percent, and express mail is still up 70-percent since the strike ended.
The operations manager for clothing retailer J-Crew in Lynchburg says the strike could have been a catastrophe if it had lasted much longer or taken place during the holiday season.
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Mir


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


The planning and practice are over.
Tomorrow the crew on board the space station Mir will attempt a crucial repair mission.
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VO-NAT


The cosmonauts will venture into a dark, decompressed module ruptured by a collision with a cargo ship in June.
Russia announced yesterday it will retire the space station in 19-98.
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E-Cullen


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-52
GRAPHIC=Cullen


A federal civil rights probe into the decapitation murder of a black man in Grayson County has the backing of Virginia's Attorney General Richard Cullen.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


But Cullen says there's a good reason why Grayson County authorities have NOT labelled the murder a hate crime.
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SOT 05:16:12
IN Q=They want

((RICHARD CULLEN/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: THEY WANT THIS GUY IF HE'S CONVICTED TO GET THE DEATH PENALTY. AND THEY'RE MAKING SURE THAT THEY DON'T SAY ANYTHING THAT WOULD TAKE AWAY FROM THAT. So-- WHAT I'M SAYING IS THAT I THINK THERE ARE DUAL MOTIVATIONS HERE. THIS MAN WAS KILLED, IN MY VIEW, BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO ROB HIM. AND ALSO RACISM PLAYED A ROLE IN THEIR ULTIMATE DECISION.))
SUPER=@Cullen;
RUNS=:24
OUT Q=ultimate decision.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE
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VO-NAT


By focusing on a racist motivation, authorities would actually weaken the robbery case needed to get a death sentence.
Cullen wrote to U-S Attorney General Janet Reno asking her to continue the federal probe -- but AFTER the state prosecution is over.
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Grayson-Murder


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=THa
TAPE#net (edit of 97-46)
GRAPHIC=murder investigation


The Grayson County case is generating a lot of publicity.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Grayson Co.;


But some local residents are concerned the crime has given the nation the wrong idea about the place they call "home".
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IN Q=When I

((ERVIN PHIPPS/GRAYSON CO. RESIDENT: WHEN I THINK ABOUT IT, IT RUNS COLD CHILLS OVER ME.))
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SUPER=01-Ervin Phipps/Grayson Co. Resident;
OUT Q=over me.
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VO-NAT


Garnett "G-P" Johnson was the only black man at a drinking party-- when he was doused with gasoline, burned and later decapitated.
The state-N-double-A-C-P is convinced the crime was racially motivated.
Two white men-- raised outside Grayson County-- are charged with Johnson's murder.
But Phipps says racism is NOT rampant.
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IN Q=In the years

((ERVIN PHIPPS/GRAYSON CO. RESIDENT:IN THE YEARS THAT I'VE LIVED HERE, I'VE KNOWN NOTHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN. ))
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=to happen.
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VO-NAT


About 16- thousand people live in Grayson County, approximately 96- percent are white.
Margaret Reeves was born in Elk Creek, 66- years ago.
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IN Q=I can't

((MARGARET REEVES/GRAYSON CO. RESIDENT: I CAN'T SAY NOTHING ABOUT ELK CREEK CAUSE EVERYBODY WAS JUST SWEET AND NICE, THE WHITE PEOPLE AND THE BLACK FOLKS, GOT ALONG, I NEVER DID HAVE ANY TROUBLE WHEN I LIVED OVER THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Margaret Reeves/Grayson Co. Resident;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=over there.
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VO-NAT


Residents upset over the publicity point to Grayson's crime rate-- murders, they say, are rare-- on average-- less than one a year.
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car-chase


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=afr
TAPE#97-65
GRAPHIC=NONE


A routine traffic stop early this morning turned into a chase through the streets of Roanoke.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning


Police say they tried to stop Jimmy Johnson Deel Junior on Interstate 5-81.
He apparently made it to Wasena Avenue near Memorial Bridge, at times reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour.
When he turned onto Wasena Avenue he lost control, jumped the curb, and hit another vehicle.
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SOT 33:24
IN Q=pulled up to

((JASON LUNDY/EYEWITNESS: PULLED UP TO THE GAS PUMPS, HEARD SIRENS, LOOKED AROUND SAW A PICKUP TRUCK COMING UP THE STREET, SKIDDED SIDEWAYS, POPPED THE CURB, HIT THAT GUY'S AWNING. ))
SUPER=01-Jason Lundy/Witness;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=guy's awning.
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VO-NAT


Police say the suspect then tried to flee on foot, but officers apprehended him about a block away.
No one was injured in the crash.
Johnson is charged with two hit and runs, reckless driving and alluding police.
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E-Amherst-Found


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=abr
TAPE#97-54
GRAPHIC=NONE


A phone tip and dogs helped end a day-long search for a robbery suspect.
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VO-NAT


Amherst County Sheriff's deputies arrested 20- year- old Charles E. Thomas-
He's charged with robbery in (Fa-KEER) Fauquier County.
SUPER=03-Amherst Co.;


Thomas was captured less than a mile from his sister's home in Monroe.
A resident near the area spotted a man fitting the suspect's description and called police.
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TEACHERS-VIOLENCE


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=AFR
TAPE#net k
GRAPHIC=roanoke city seal


Roanoke's School Board nominated a committee to study violence in schools.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


But the Roanoke Education Association is NOT happy.
The teacher's group called a press conference yesterday to say the school board didn't nominate enough of its members for the committee.
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SOT 16:14:56
IN Q=THE ONLY THING

((ESTHER CIRASUNDA/ROANOKE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: THE ONLY THING THAT WE CAN DO, IS MAKE SURE THAT THROUGH OUR REPRESENTATION ON THE COMMITTEE, THAT WE DO INFORM THEM OF WHAT THE TEACHER'S SURVEY RESULTS SHOWED, AND THE MAIN ISSUE, THAT TEACHERS ARE NOT BEING SUPPORTED BY ADMINISTRATORS. ))
SUPER=01-Esther Cirasunda/Roanoke Education Association;
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OUT Q=by administrators.
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VO-NAT


The 25 person committee is made up of eight teachers and the R-E-A says that's not enough representation.
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College-Housing


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=housing


Some students at Virginia Commonwealth University may feel more like tourists than students.
V-C-U officials say applications were up this year and 250 more students showed up than expected-- so they're putting them up in hotels.
This isn't expected to be a permanent solution, but a few students could be there all semester.

S-Center-Square


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-47
GRAPHIC=None


Two new cultural groups will join the ranks of those operating out of Center in the Square.
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VO-NAT


Opera Roanoke and the Roanoke Ballet Theatre will maintain their offices in the Jefferson Center.
But they will soon receive the same benefits as the five groups that occupy Center in the Square.
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The Western Virginia Foundation for the Arts and Sciences has agreed to pick up their rent and other basic expenses.
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IN Q=It really means that

((JENEFER DAVIES-MANSFIELD/ROANOKE BALLET THEATRE: IT REALLY MEANS THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, WE WILL HAVE FINANCIAL AND THEREBY ARTISTIC INDEPENDENCE.)) ((WILLIAM KRAUSE/OPERA ROANOKE: WE'RE VERY PLEASED AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO A BRIGHT FUTURE WITH THE FOUNDATION. WE'LL DO OUR BEST TO ADVANCE THEIR MISSION AND SUPPORT THE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS HERE.))
SUPER=01-Jenefer Davies-Mansfield/Roanoke Ballet Theatre; :00
SUPER=01-William Krause/Opera Roanoke; :09
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OUT Q=other organizations here.
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VO-NAT


Officials with Center in the Square say the addition of two more organizations will not take money away from the existing tenants.
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Mill-Star


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net97-14
GRAPHIC=roanoke city


Roanoke's Mill Mountain is all shined up and ready for relighting tomorrow night.
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VO-NAT

97-14, 4/23, Mill-Star
SUPER=03-Roanoke/April;


The star has been dark this summer as it underwent renovation.
Frustrated over the length of time it's taken to complete the job, city officials have decided to go ahead and hold the relighting ceremony.
The almost fifty- year- old star has new neon lights and wiring.
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E-ELVIS-CAFE


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Noon
WRITER=AFR
TAPE#97-59
GRAPHIC=NONE


If you're an Elvis fan there's a local restaurant for you.
Andrew Freiden has a report on the Graceland Cafe and Starlite Lounge in Burnt Chimney.
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SUPER=03-Burnt Chimney; :05
SUPER=01-Diana Holland/Cafe Co-Owner; :54
SUPER=01-Karen Jones/Cafe Co-Owner; 1:02
SUPER=@Andrew1; 1:12 (QUICK MOVE OFF ME)
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OUT Q=news 7, burnt chimney

(( Karen Jones and her friend Diana Holland wanted to be center stage.
So they convinced their family and friends to help them open a restaurant.
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((DIANA HOLLAND. EVERYBODY IN THIS TOWN KNOWS ME AS THE ELVIS LADY. THEY ALL THINK I'M CRAZY. ))
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Their adoration for the King made the Elvis Theme a perfect fit.
AS far as Diana and Karen know, there's only one other Graceland cafe around. It's in Graceland, and it's owned by Priscilla Presley.
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((KAREN JONES/CO-OWNER: IF YOU'RE FROM THIS TOWN, YOU PROBABLY COULDN'T AFFORD HER PLACE...))
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When they came up with the menu, they made sure you don't have to go to memphis to eat like the king.
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((KAREN: RIGHT NOW WE GOT LOVE ME TENDER STEAKS, WE GOT YOU AIN'T NOTHING BUT A HOT DOG THAT'S BEEN POPULAR, AND ALSO... ))
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Elvis's personal favorite... and the house special-- fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
The food isn't the only thing here that keeps Elvis's memory alive....
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((do you believe that he's dead. NOT EVER, NOT EVER, I THINK HE HAD TO GO INTO A PROTECTION TYPE SITUATION. ))
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SOT 19:48:21

((When you sit down and you think that he's gone or hidden, do you get all shook up? I BELIEVE LIKE MY PARTNER, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT HE'S GONE. ))
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SOT 20:14:33

((ANDREW FREIDEN/REPORTER: ELVIS FANS OF ALL AGES CAN EAT JUST ABOUT ANYTHING THEY WANT HERE AT THE GRACELAND CAFE. ELVIS'S LITTLE TEDDY BEARS, THOUGH, HAVE TO STICK TO THE BASICS. ANDREW FREIDEN, NEWS 7, BURNT CHIMNEY ))
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WEATHER
SUPER=300-77/52/West 7mph/29.89s/105/1983/51/1981;
SUPER=301-77/56/Southwest 8mph/29.88s/101/1983/52/1918;

Forecasts
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Golf


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S7-15
GRAPHIC=McLelland Classic


The highly touted McLelland Metro Classic high school golf tournament saved the best for last yesterday at Ole Monterey.
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VO-NAT eng#
SUPER=03-Roanoke/McLelland Classic Round 2; :00


North Cross's Brandon LaCroix strolled up to the 16th green with what appeared to be a comfortable two shot lead on Patrick Henry's Lee Taylor.
But Taylor amazingly made up those two shots and one more, with two birdies and par to win the individual title.
The key was this approach shot on 18, that set up the eventual birdie putt for the win.
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IN Q="I hit it...

((LEE TAYLOR/MCLELLAND METRO WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Lee Taylor/McLelland Metro Winner; :00
RUNS=:23
OUT Q=...LUCKY THERE."
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ANCHOR=Patrick
SS=HOLD MCLELLAND


Taylor shot a 68 yesterday to go with Tuesday's 71 at the Water's Edge.
Patrick Henry also won the team title.

Lamar


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=CP97-1
GRAPHIC=Panthers


The National Football League has slapped Carolina Panther linebacker Lamar Lathon with a 20 thousand dollar fine...
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VO-NAT #eng
SUPER=04-NFL; :00


for nailing Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Rich Gannon in the face mask last week.
Lathon charged in from Gannon's left side and lunged head first at Gannon. The league says that violates the helmet to helmet policy. Gannon was left woozy and spitting blood.
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Westbrook


ANCHOR=Patrick
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=aje
TAPE#net edit of RS97-1
GRAPHIC=Redskins


Washington Redskins receiver Michael Westbrook must pay ten-thousand dollars for punching teammate Stephen Davis at practice earlier this week.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Ashburn;


That's according to unidentified sources in "The Washington Post."
Westbrook also won't make the trip to Miami today for a preseason game against the Dolphins.
Coach Norv Turner says he expects the receiver to play against the Carolina Panthers in the season opener on August 31st.
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ANCHOR=Patrick
SS=hold


Redskins defensive end Rich Owens won't be playing in Miami tonight, either.
Owens has suffered from a pinched nerve in his neck and shoulder area most of the preseason.

Bullet-fashion


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


Bullet-proof clothing is in vogue in Bogota, Colombia.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Bogota, Colombia;

7:40;02
By all accounts Colombia is one of the most violent nations in the world.. so many residents are wearing clothes made of bullet-proof fabric over suede and other fine fabrics.
And many manufacturers don't cut corners on quality.
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