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The death of a Pulaski County football player is still a mystery.
16-year-old Danny Lee Cook, Junior died last night after playing against
William Fleming High School.
Roanoke Police confiscated the game tapes.
Both investigators and commonwealth's attorney, Don Caldwell, viewed them.
Caldwell, a high school official, determined the play was routine.
Cook was playing defense and after what looks like a normal play he fell to
He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Preliminary autopsy results were inconclusive.
But Dr. David Oxley says he has ruled out congenital heart problems and any
other health ailment.
It could be weeks before lab results are known.
The shockwave that is sounding through Pulaski County is shaking the William
Fleming High School community as well.
As Denise Allen reports, the death of Danny Lee Cook has left everyone with
IN Q=This is William
SUPER=01-Terrie Bigler/Guidance Counselor; :07
SUPER=01-Rob Ransom/William Fleming Athletic Trainer; :13
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :27
OUT Q=News 7
((This is William Fleming's homecoming weekend, but instead of planning a
party the staff and students are dealing with life.
IN Q=personally i had
((TERRIE BIGLER/GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: PERSONALLY I HAD NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT THIS.
YOU JUST NEVER EXPECT IT TO HAPPEN.))
OUT Q=EXPECT IT TO HAPPEN
IN Q=THEY WENT FROM
((ROB RANSOM/WILLIAM FLEMING ATHLETIC TRAINER: THEY WENT FROM LAST NIGHT BEING
AS ELATED AND EMOTIONALLY HIGH AS THEY CAN BE TO LITERALLY WITH IN MINUTES
CRASHING DOWN TO THE BOTTOM WHEN THEY HEARD THE NEWS.))
OUT Q=HEARD THE NEWS
Danny Cook collapsed on the playing field and was transported to the
William Fleming beat Pulaski County.
But it was after the game everyone learned of Cook's death.
IN Q=it's always
((RANSOM: IT'S ALWAYS A TIME OF REFLECTION AND WHAT COULD I HAVE DONE? IS
THERE ANYTHING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE DIFFERENTLY BY ANYBODY?))
OUT Q=BY ANY BODY
IN Q=AND REALIZE
((BIGLER: AND REALIZE THIS IS A FACT OF LIFE THAT WE ALL HAVE TO DEAL WITH AT
SOMETIME. THE KIDS USUALLY I FIND HERE SEEK OUT THE ADULTS.))
OUT Q=OUT THE ADULTS
STAND UP ON SU TAPE 19:58:05
DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: COUNSELORS SAY THE BEST WAY TO HELP CHILDREN WHO HAVE
SUFFERED THIS TYPE OF LOSS IS TO LISTEN THEY SAY TALKING ABOUT IT IS THE
FIRST STEP IN A GRIEVING PROCESS WHICH OFTEN TAKES YEARS TO COMPLETE.
DENISE ALLEN NEWS 7.))
Cook's death has been especially hard for those who knew him best.
Teresa Hamilton brings us reaction from Pulaski County.
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SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Asbury/Pulaski Schools Superintendent; :22
SUPER=01-Joel Hicks/Pulaski Football Coach; :42
SUPER=01-Carl Lindstrom/Pulaski High Principal; 1:02
OUT Q=NEWS 7, Pulaski Co.
It will, clearly, take time for Pulaski County to come to terms with Lee
Cook's sudden death.
By all accounts-- Cook was a popular and well liked student-- on the field
This afternoon-- an emotional coach Joel Hicks and administrators found it
difficult to put their grief into words.
IN Q=It's not
((BILL ASBURY/PULASKI CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT:IT'S NOT ABOUT BEING A FOOTBALL
PLAYER, IT'S NOT ABOUT ANY OF THOSE THINGS, IT'S ABOUT ONE OF OUR CHILDREN AND
WE'VE LOST A WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN. ))
OUT Q=young man.
It's an opinion shared by Coach Hicks and principal Carl Lindstrom.
Both viewed tapes of last night's game-- but say nothing stood out.
IN Q=I took
((JOEL HICKS/:I TOOK THE FILM BACK, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN PLAYS, TRIED TO
WATCH HIM, TO SEE IF I SAW ANYTHING THAT MIGHT MAKE YOU THINK HE WAS SICK-- OR
MAKE YOU THINK STAGGERING OR ANYTHING THAT, THAT, AND HE WAS ALERT EVERY PLAY,
YOU KNOW, COMING OUT OF THE HUDDLE, CLAPPING HIS HANDS.
CARL LINDSTROM/PULASKI HIGH PRINCIPAL:IT WAS A GOOD CLEAN FOOTBALL GAME,
THERE'S NOT ANYTHING FOR ANYONE TO FEEL BAD ABOUT OTHER THAN THIS TERRIBLE
OUT Q=terrible tragedy.
A state band competition was held here today. Administrators say it was
simply too late to cancel. Pulaski did participate but did so in Cook's memory.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Pulaski County.))
Football games got underway once again at Victory stadium earlier today but
the death of Lee Cook was on the minds of many players and fans.
NAT SOUND TEAM CHEER
It was homecoming for Roanoke Catholic, as the Celtics took on the
Massanutten Military Academy.
Before the pre-game warm-ups, coaches talked to the players about last
IN Q=We're padded up
((JOHN COOKE/ROANOKE CATHOLIC HEAD COACH: WE'RE PADDED UP, IT'S A CONTACT SPORT
AND THERE'S ALWAYS A CHANCE FOR AN INJURY. BUT THERE'S ALSO A CHANCE FOR INJURY
WHEN YOU'RE NOT IN PADS AND GOING THROUGH YOUR EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES.))
SUPER=01-John Cooke/Roanoke Catholic Head Coach;
OUT Q=everyday activities.
Players, coaches and fans prayed for Lee Cook before the game started.
The players also wore black crosses on their helmets, and the cheerleaders
had one on their arms, in his memory.
And as they played, a bouquet of flowers left by some William Fleming
players lay in the grass in the end zone.
3D fly by
Regional 3D Forecast
Toss back to anchor
A brush fire in California that scorched more than 5-thousand acres earlier
in the week continues to burn even after firefighters thought they'd put it
SUPER=03-Orange Co., CA
It was in Black Star Canyon in Orange County.
The latest fire, which broke out about 11:30 a.m. torched more than 200
acres so far.
Six air tankers, two helicopters, and 26 engines were called in to fight the
About 185 firefighters were expected to work through the night.
An attorney wants information from a newspaper's website--presenting a new
legal battle concerning the Internet.
And, you may be wanted by the "Music bot" if you have music on your web page
but didn't pay the licensing fee.
More on this week's edition of WebWatch.
IN Q=An attorney
OUT Q=EE, News 7
An attorney for a murder suspect has subpoened Internet records from the
Ventura County Star, asking for unpublished e-mail, and demographic information
about the web-site users.
The paper's on-line version published extensive reports on the trial of a
another defendent in the murder case and solicited reader responses.
An attorney for the murder suspect says since the website goes beyond the
newspaper's circulation area, it could contaminate jury pools in other areas.
If you use music on your web page, Broadcast Media Incorperated, or BMI, may
The music licensing agency is using a program called "Music Bot" to search
the web and make sure sites using or selling music are paying the proper
This is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and you can increase your awareness at
the Washington Radiology Associates website.
The site has information about mamograms, including answers to frequently
You can also learn about a new way to perform biopsies, without surgery.
If you love old westerns... you don't have to wait for the late late late
Westerns-dot-com has six old time western's on it's web site, which you can
watch, commercial free, with Microsoft's NetShow... including the first episode
of the Lone Ranger.
You can also check out biographies of the stars... did you know Tonto's real
name was... Harold Smith?
To saddle up and ride, mosey on over to the WebWatch page... on the WDBJ
website at WWW-dot-WDBJ7-dot-com.))
They called themselves the "Peanut Brigade," and they were back together
again in Atlanta today.
Former President Jimmy Carter, his wife Roslyn, and his Vice President,
Walter Mondale were reunited with campaign workers who helped them get elected.
For many, it's the first time they've seen each other in 20 years.
IN Q=and it's fun
((JIMMY AND ROSLYN CARTER; AND IT'S FUN, IT'S FUN TO SEE EVERYBODY AGAIN. IT'S
JUST BEEN REALLY WONDERFUL. I'VE HAD MORE LOVE AND HANDSHAKES AND KISSES
TONIGHT THAN I'VE HAD IN A LONG TIME, IT'S BEEN GREAT. ))
OUT Q=it's been great
It wasn't all fun and games, the group also met at the Carter center to
discuss world issues, and the future of the country.
The town John Denver called home for more than 20 years said goodbye.
Fans and friends in Aspen held a memorial service today.
Reporter Mike Hooker has more.
OUT Q=music their shared
The country remembered the women who served this nation in conflicts from
World War I to the Persian Gulf War--
by dedicating the first Washington monument to women veterans and soldiers.
Spectators watched the unveiling of the memorial wall and a commemorative
postage stamp collection.
The memorial also has a computer database, a fountain and reflecting pool.
The cost--21 million dollars.
A couple of weeks ago American Electric Power came out with a new preferred
plan for its high voltage power line.
But, the plan has its critics.
Residents of the Norris Run Community of Montgomery county are mobilizing
If built, they say the new route would devastate their community.
IN Q=IT IMPACTS ALL OF US.
((JOYCE SMITH/NORRIS RUN RESIDENT: IT IMPACTS ALL OF US, DUE TO OUR STREAMS,
OUR WELLS, OUR PONDS, PEOPLE THAT ARE FARMING IN THE COMMUNITY. HOMES THAT
WILL BE LOST. THE VISUAL EFFECT OF THE POWER LINE ON A VIRTUALLY MOUNTAINSIDE
THAT HAS BEEN UNDISTURBED FOR YEARS. ))
SUPER=01-Joyce Smith/Norris Run Resident;
OUT Q=UNDISTURBED FOR YEARS.
A-E-P officials say the line is necessary because in a few years the company
will not be able to support the demand for electricity.
IN Q=THE RESIDENTIAL
((WILLIAM DOUGHERTY THE RESIDENTIAL GROUP IS A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THAT
OVERALL SALES, IN FACT THE LOCAL SERVICE AREAS PEAK DEMAND IS APPROX 2,500
MEGAWATTS OF POWER. AND THAT'S A LOT OF POWER. BUT THEY SELL THAT MUCH IN
SURPLUS POWER ALREADY. ))
SUPER=01-William Dougherty/Norris Run Resident;
OUT Q=surplus power already.
To learn more about this issue, tune in to On Record tomorrow morning at 11.
SUPER=330-Clouds/& Some Drizzle/47-50/Variable/Clouds/62-66;
SUPER=331-Clouds/& Light Rain/46-50/Variable/Clouds/62-66;
SUPER=332-Cloudy/Some Light Rain/45-50/Morning Clouds/Then Partly Sunny/60-64;
SUPER=334-Clouds/& Some Showers/45-50/Turning/Partly Sunny/60-65;
The Virginia Cavaliers beat Duke 13 tot 10 this afternoon in
Charlottesville for their third straight ACC win.
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Blue Devils vs. Cavaliers; :00
The Wahoos took the game's first lead in the opening quarter when
quarterback Aaron Brooks hooked up with wide receiver Germane Crowell on a 31
yard touchdown completion. 7-nothing Virginia.
After both teams traded field SUPER=34-Virginia/13/Duke/10;
goals; Duke tied the game when fullback Lay Marshall scored from 8 yards out.
10-10 in the fourth quarter.
But; with just a few minutes left in the game; former patrick Henry standout
Chris Combs; now a Duke defensive tackle, was called for an unsportsmanlike
((CHRIS COMBS/DUKE DEFENSIVE TACKLE:))
SUPER=01-Chris Combs/Duke Defensive Tackle; :00
OUT Q=...feel bad about it"
That play gave UVa a fresh set of downs and the Cavs convert a 29 yard
John Allen Roberts field goal. UVa committed five turnovers but still pulls out
the ugly win.
((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH:))
ANTHONY POINDEXTER/UVA SAFETY: ))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Safety; :24
OUT Q=...it showed"
The Cavaliers will need to play better next week when third ranked Florida
State comes to town.
SUPER=03-Tallahassee, FL/ABC SPORTS; :
Bobby Bowdens Seminoles outgained Georgia tech 587 to 144.
18 of the Yards came on this Thad Busby to Damian Harrell touchdown play in
the third quarter giving the Noles a SUPER=36-Florida St./38/Georgia
Tech/0/;7 to nothing lead. And Florida State beats the Yellow Jackets this
afternoon 38 to nothing.
A fourth quarter rally allowed Top ranked Penn State to come from 12 points
down and beat Minnesota 16 to 15.
SUPER=03-State College, PA/SPCH; :
Head coach Joe Paterno walks the sideline as his Nittany Lions trail the
Gophers in the fourth.
Penn State got a break Thomas Hammer fumbles the pitch and Penn State
recovers the ball in good field position setting up the winning score.
Penn State goes to Tailback Curtis SUPER=36-Penn
State/16/Minnesota/15/;Enis he turns the corner and scores from 10 Yards out
and Penn State slips by Minnesota 16 to 15.
SUPER=03-Auburn, AL/CBS SPORTS; :
Seventh ranked Florida was at Auburn today taking on the War Eagles.
And Jacquez Green passed for one ran for a touchdown and caught a T-D pass
from back up Noah Brindise in a 24 to 10 win over Auburn.
Now, here's the rest of the scores.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0101-/Emory & Henry/20/j/Rand.-Macon/27////JMU/27/j/Delaware/49///;
SUPER=0101-j/Hampton/9//Norfolk St./2////Hamp.-Sydney/7/j/W & L/29///;
SUPER=0101-/Maryland/17/j/Wake Forest/35////Georgia Tech/0//Florida
SUPER=0101-/N.C. State/7/j/North Carolina#4/20////Rutgers/35/j/Army/37///;
SUPER=0101-j/Penn St.#1/16//Minnesota/15///j/Nebraska#2/29//Texas Tech/0///;
SUPER=0101-/Texas A&M#14/17/j/Kansas St.#20/36///j/UCLA#17/34//Oregon
OUT Q=....last score."
Down at Victory Stadium this afternoon it was homecoming for the Celtics of
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Catholic vs Massanutten; :
The Celtics celebrated homecoming this afternoon by retiring the jersey of
former running back P.J. Moyer.
Catholic's ground game was good for a score in the first quarter. Tony Reed
takes the handoff from his brother Terron Reed who takes over the left side for
The Celtics faked the extra point SUPER=36-Roanoke
Catholic/25/Massanutten/13/; and scored the two point conversion but it was
called back because of a penalty but Catholic goes on to win the game 25 to 13.
The Roanoke Express was back at the roundhouse tonight taking on the Pee Dee
Pride former known as the Knoxville cherokees.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Pride; :
Its the first time the Pride has ever played in the Roundhouse.
And the Express would break a 1 to 1 tie in the second period when Chris
Cantu picks up lose puck and scores to make it 2 to 1 Express.
then about one minute later the Pride comes right back as Peter Geronazzo
fires the wrist shot for a goal to tie it at 2.
Cantu would pick up his second goal SUPER=38-Roanoke/7/Pee Dee/5/;of the
goal as he cuts in front of the net and uses the one hand slap to score making
it 3 to 2 and Roanoke wins it 7 to 5.
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/WKBD; :
In Motown this afternoon, Scotty Bowman's Red Wings hosted the Carolina
It was two to nothing wings after two then in the third period Darren
McCarty slides the slap shot into the net off his stick to lead Detroit to the
4 to 2 win.
Lets check the rest of the scores.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0103-/Tampa Bay/0/j/New Jersey/5///j/Dallas/5//Toronto/4///;
SUPER=0103-/N.Y. Rangers/3//St. Louis/2/3///Boston/0//Calgary/0/1//;
OUT Q=....last score.
The World Series opened at Pro Player Stadium tonight as the Marlins hosted
the Cleveland Indians.
Cleveland led 1 to nothing in the first but back to back homers by Moises
Alou and Charles Johnson gave the Marlins the lead in the fourth.
The Marlins go on to win the game 7 to 4.
For our Extra Point tonight lets turn back the tables 20 years ago and look
at one of the most amazing feats in World Series History.
On this day in 1977 Reggie Jackson received the name Mr. October when he
hit 3 home runs off 3 different Dodger pitchers on three pitches.
IN Q="What was...
((REGGIE JACKSON: ))
SUPER=07-Reggie Jackson; :
OUT Q=...of the game."
43 cars hit the track at Martinsville this afternoon before rain postponed
qualifying for tomorrow's Taco Bell 300.
Randy Landreth Junior is on the pole after a speed of 88 Point 992 miles per
again tomorrow morning at 9.
72 cars were sitting on pit road when time trials were halted. They'll try