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Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs this evening issued the death penalty for a Christiansburg man he convicted of capital murder.
52-year old James Reid was sentenced to death for beating and stabbing 90-year old Annie Lester.
He was convicted in December.
Reid opted for a bench trial rather than a jury in hopes of avoiding the death penalty.
His attorneys had hoped to convince the judge Reid was a heavy drinker incapable of controlling his behavior.
Reid was also sentenced to ten years each on robbery and attempted rape charges.
The jury got the Abed case today.
After reviewing the evidence for two and a half hours, juror went home for the weekend around six o'clock.
Nine men- -including Joe Abbott of Roanoke and his brother, Abed Jamil, from Arlington have been on trial in federal court in Roanoke for the past six weeks.
They're accused of operating a family-run criminal enterprise... maintaining control through a pattern of arson, robbery, threats, intimidation and actual violence.
It's one last chance for peace-
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is in Baghdad- hoping to find a solution to the Iraqi standoff.
((KOFI ANNAN/U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL: AS SECRETARY GENERAL I HAVE AN OBLIGATION, A POLITICAL OBLIGATION AND A MORAL OBLIGATION TO TRY AND REDUCE INTERNATIONAL TENSIONS.))
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Annan will meet with Iraqi leaders tomorrow.
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More U-S troops are on the way to the the Persian Gulf.
200 soldiers left Fort Stewart, Georgia today aboard cargo flights.
Meanwhile the State Departement is authorizing all Americans working in Kuwait, Israel and the West bank to leave if they want.
((JAMES RUBIN/STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN: THE SECRETARY MADE THIS DECISIONA S PRECUATIONARY MEASURE IN RESPONSE TO INDIVIDUAL CONCERNS.))
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In Minneapolis, the U-S ambassador to the United Nations was interupted by demonstrators.
((PROTESTORS: HANDS OFF IRAQ! HANDS OFF IRAQ! BILL RICHARDSON/U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N. : YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE OTHER SIDE.))
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Richardson ended up saluting the demonstrators for expressing their opinions- but said "On the Iraq policy they are wrong."
Material Grade Anthrax can kill thousands of people- but is that what two suspects were planning on testing near Las Vegas? Or was it an animal vaccine?
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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((FBI Agents are still trying to determine if Larry Wayne
Harris and William Leavitt were in possession of the deadly germ anthrax.
and if they were planning a terrorist plot to unleash it.
Harris, an ohio resident, is a self styled expert on germ warfare.
HE'S NOT A TERRORIST, BECAUSE HE'S INNOCENT.
Leavitt is a nevada businessman.
LAOMNDE MILLS/LEAVITT'S ATTORNEY:
THIS IS NOT A RADICAL, THIS IS NOT SOME SORT OF CONSPIRACY. THIS IS NOT AN
ANTI GOVERNMENT GUY.
The men were arrested after they alledgedly tried to arrange a lab test of the substance Wednesday night.
Their car was sealed in plastic, and hauled off.
The FBI is testing the material inside the vehicle, to see if it is indeed the
germ warfare agent.
The two men claim it's not that at all, but rather a harmless vaccine to treat livestock.
MILLS: THE KIND OF ANTHRAX VACCINE THAT YOU GIVE TO ANIMALS, AND THAT'S ALL IT IS.
DREW LEVINSON/CBS NEWS:
HARRIS AND LEAVITT REMAIN LOCKED UP BEHIND BARS WAITING FOR MONDAY'S HEARING
BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY LIKE THE FBI, THERE ARE AWAING THE RESULTS OF LAB TESTS
TO FIND OUT IF WHAT THEY HAD WAS A DEADLY GERM FOR A SIMPLE ANIMAL VACCINE.
DREW LEVINSON CBS NEWS LAS VEGAS.))
A Florida jury reaches a verdict in the murder case of Lawrence Singleton.
((WE THE JURY FIND AS FOLLOWS THE DEFENDANT IS GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AS CHARGED.))
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Singleton killed prostitute Roxanne Hayes in his home.
The killing came a decade after his notoriety for being paroled in the
mutilation and rape of a 15-year-old California girl.
Singleton cut off her arms and left her for dead, though she
She is expected to testify at the penalty phase.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
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A group of local students makes a public show of support for their embattled principal. We'll have that in just a moment,
and then we'll see how a local group wants to dance its way all the way to the Olympics.
Lab results are complete on the palm and fingerprints taken from two white men accused of burning and decapitating a black man in Grayson County.
Prints were taken last week from
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Emmett Cressell, Junior who's set for trial March 23rd.
They were also taken from capital murder suspect-- Louis Ceparano.
Both are accused of killing Garnett "G-P" Johnson during a late night drinking party, last summer.
Investigators were trying to determine if either of the men's prints matched a partial palm print found on Johnson's checkbook.
According to court documents-- authorities were UNable to make a match with either suspect.
Governor Jim Gilmore suffered a setback yesterday as the General Assembly amended his plan to cut the car tax.
Now democrats are ready to exploit it.
Ellen Qualls has the fallout from yesterday's defection by Senate Republicans.
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((GOVERNOR JIM GILMORE: WE'RE VERY PLEASED ABOUT THIS PORTION OF IT BUT WE HAVE MUCH MORE TO DO.))
He may be pleased -- but with his own party in the Senate handing him a 15- instead of 20-thousand dollar per car cap-- and several conditions on the cut -- Gilmore's lost a battle-- and Democrats know it.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: WE SAID THE COST WAS GROSSLY UNDERESTIMATED AND IT HAD TO BE SCALED BACK. AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY WAS A SIGNIFICANT SURGERY.))
((GOVERNOR JIM GILMORE: NOW IT'S TIME FOR THE HOUSE TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE, PASS A CAR TAX CUT, AND WE'RE GONNA CONTINUE TO ENHANCE IT FOR THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.))
Gilmore needs at least Republican Senator John Chichester's plan approved.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: YOU KNOW I WOULD NEVER TELL YOU HOW I WAS GONNA VOTE ON A SENATE BILL BECAUSE IF I DID THEN SENATOR CHICHESTER WOULD KNOW THAT THERE'S NO USE TO US HAVE A DIALOGUE.))
The House has two money committees. Finance will decide on the tax plans.
Appropriations decides how to spend the money.
So the Democrats on Appropriations, with the help of some Republicans, wrote into the spending plan a car tax cut, a food tax cut, AND school construction and repair money.
The state's handed over school construction money to localities only once in 50 years.
But the idea polls well with voters sick of crumbling schools, and it could be a wedge to deny Jim Gilmore a complete repeal of the car tax.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.
Some William Byrd high school students defended their principal today.
About 70 students rallied with homemade signs-- saying principal Bob Patterson was right to call police on a student who kicked a classmate last week.
Police then charged 16-year-old Joseph Grissom with assault and battery and locked him in a Lynchburg detention facility for four days.
His parents- and the girl he kicked -- say Patterson overreacted and should resign.
But these students say the principal was just doing his job.
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((ASHLEY CRAIN/STUDENT: HE'S BEEN HERE FOR 30 YEARS. HE'S EARNED MORE THAN OUR RESPECT. HE'S EARNED OUR HONOR AND HE'S EARNED OUR LOVE. HE'S ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR US AND EVEN THROUGH THIS HE'S HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE AND HE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE WE CAN TALK TO.))
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The principal was out of town -- A hearing for Joseph Grissom is slated for March.
There's not a very high demand for the fiber made at the Celanese plant in Narrows.
That's why the company said some of the 400 workers temporarily laid off last year are still out of a job.
The union that represents those workers held a rally outside its headquarters this afternoon.
Picketers demanded answers from the Celanese plant.
They said the company is hiring outside contractors instead of recalling laid-off union members.
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((GARY ROBERTSON/PRESIDENT, UNITE LOCAL 2024: WE STRONGLY BELIEVE THERE'S WORK AT THE PLANT THAT OUR MEMBERS WOULD BE PERFORMING BUT THEY ARE CHOOSING TO USE CONTRACTORS. ))
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A spokesman for the Celanese plant said there ARE contractors working there.
But he said they are NOT doing union jobs, and the company is "going the extra mile" to communicate with the union.
One year after he was appointed to replace the late Junius Haskins, Lynchburg city councilman Ed Barksdale isn't ready to leave just yet.
Barksdale must be elected to serve the final two years of Haskins' term.
Like his fellow Independents, Barksdale took exception to Mayor Jim Whitaker's speech this week that praised city council's conservative majority for its leadership.
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((ED BARKSDALE/CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: REGARDLESS OF SOME OF THE STATEMENTS YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD EARLIER ON THIS WEEK, IT TOOK THE ENTIRE CITY COUNCIL TO CARRY OUT THE IMPROVEMENTS OF THE WAY OF LIFE IN THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG. IF YOU NOTICE THAT WE VOTE ON THE BOARD OVER HERE, OUR VOTES ARE SEVEN TO ZERO, NOT FOUR TO ZERO.))
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Three at-large posts are also up for grabs in May.
Stay with us, up next, workers at a wedding store have to take cover to avoid an avalanche of brides,
and from Nagano, we'll take a look back at tonight's record setting figure skating results.
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A bargain basement sale of expensive wedding dresses led to a human stampede today.
Future brides descended on Filene's department store in downtown Boston like a plague of locusts.
The brides flew through the doors as soon as the store opened, grabbing wedding gowns from the racks and trying them on for size.
By the time those at the end of the line made it into the stores, all the racks were empty.
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With the Winter Olympics almost over, many people are turning their attention to the two thousand summer Olympics especially members of the US Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association.
Stacey Martin explains.
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(((Ballroom dancing may seem like a far cry from the ice skating and ice dancing at Nagano but it will soon have one thing in common with them--they'll all be Olympic sports--an idea these ballroom dancers expect will have its share of nay-sayers.)
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((KEN WOODEN/BALLROOM DANCER:IT'S A REAL SPORT BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO DANCE SOME OF THE FAST DANCES HAVE TO HAVE A LOT OF ENDURANCE AND TRAINING AND THESE PEOPLE, THEY'RE FOUND THAT BALLROOM DANCING IS JUST AS VIGOROUS AND REQUIRES JUST AS MUCH ENDURANCE AS A LOT OF THE SPORTS LIKE RUNNING AND TRACK AND THINGS LIKE THAT.))
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Ballroom dancing or Dance Sport will make its debut at the summer Olympics after the year 2000--featuring dance leagues simlar to this one but with more experience and a somewhat more competitive nature.
Members are hoping to attract younger dancers to the sport to compete in the Olympic games.
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((NORMA SHAPIRO/BALLROOM DANCER: WE NEED A MUCH YOUNGER GROUP PARTICIPATING BECAUSE OF THE OLYMPIC POSSIBILITIES COMING UP IN A COUPLE OF YEARS. SO, THIS GROUP USABDO WHICH IS THE UNITED STATES AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCERS ASSOCIATION HAS A VERY ACTIVE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGES.))
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Members say the Olympic debut is part of an effort to change the image of ballroom dancing and attract a younger crowd to cha-cha-cha and keep the tradition going.
Stacey Martin, News 7.
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Another jam packed night of local highlights as we hit the ice with the Express, go inside the Careydome for the finals in the Roanoke Valley and Blue Ridge, and get a piece of the Rock with Rick Mast, the pole winner at Rockingham.
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But first a somber note in tonight's extra point. Salem's Willis Waldron the man responsible for establishing the Challenger series baseball division in the valley for physically challenged youngsters died yesterday from complications resulting from a battle with pneumonia.
Less than a month ago he was inducted into the Salem-Roanoke Valley baseball hall of fame.
Mr. Waldron was 69.
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Still to come tonight we'll shift gears and head down to the Rock where the home boy put on
a show today. Rick Mast blisters the field to win the pole for Sunday's Goodwrench 400 and then threatens to ride shotgun on the field.
The Roanoke Valley district boy's championship matchup last night at the Salem Civic Center featured Fleming battling Cave Spring for the fourth time this season.
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The Colonels had won the previous three meetings between the two, but could they make it four in a row?
The Knights make life miserable for Fleming from the start as Cory Paxton bottoms out the triple to shoot Cave in front by 3.
Fleming weathered that storm and more with Michael King spinning and scoring on the turnaround and Fleming is in front by five.
This time William Hankins picks up the loose ball - and goes the distance for the jam and Fleming is on top by seven.
But Cave would mount a furious come back with Mark Snodgrass firing up the trey
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to lead Cave Spring to the RVD tourney title with the 62-to-50 win.
The win for Cave Spring snaps a string of 25 straight losses to the Colonels.
And it's the first time ever that Cave has won the RVD tournament title.
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The girl's championship was also a showdown between Fleming and Cave Spring as the Knights and Colonels got the tripleheader started at 5:30.
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Linda Long was feeling good early on as her team jumped out to a 9-to-3 lead.
Amber Neil makes the nice inside pass to Lauren Carr, who turns and knocks in the shot for the Lady Knights.
Neil would then dish the rock to Lindsay Cannon, the North Carolina bound volleyball star, and she gets the points for a 7 point Cave lead.
But back comes Fleming. Number 12 Shaunary Walker pulls up at the top of the key and drains the long lefthander jumper for 3 points.
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from the corner.
But it's not enough as Cave Spring wins the RVD girls title 39-to-38,
and the Knights will host a regional game next week.
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The final game of the night at the Salem Civic Center was for the Blue Ridge tournament title,
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as Bob Trear's Blacksburg Indians looked to knock off regular season champ Salem.
And the Indians were looking good from the start as Brandon Ragsdale dishes the ball to Matt Maher and Blacksburg leads by 2.
But clear the dance floor because here comes Sammy Lazzaro and he's going coast to coast for the bank and the bucket to tie the game.
Blacksburg's Pat Curren would get the Indians back on top with this driving shot.
But the Spartans' defense took over.
Trey Shiflett with the deuce as Salem wins 62-to-45. Now here's the complete tournament scoreboard.
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The Roanoke Express was in the round house last night trying to expand on its four game win streak.
And the Chesapeake Icebreakers came
in hoping to make some gains in the
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Northeast Division by derailing the Express.
But in the first period the Icebreakers push the puck right to Cory Peterson and it's one nothing Roanoke on the room service delivery.
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This is the sixth meeting between these to teams and Roanoke's Travis Smith wants to make sure Billy Pierce remembers this visit.
But the check can't stop the "Peake" as Roanoke loses 4-to-3 in a shootout in front of nearly 8000 fans.
The Express now hits the road for two straight road games at Wheeling and Johnstown before returning home next Tuesday for a make up game with Johnstown.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference mens basketball banquet took place last night at the Salem Civic Center.
The first annual Kurt Axe Player of the year award was presented in memory of the former Randolph-Macon player who died in a car accident this summer. His parents were in atttendence.
Eastern Mennonite guard Carey Keyes won the award afetr leading the Royals in scoring and assists.
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((CAREY KEYES/1998 ODAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR:))
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Our own Steve Mason served as master of ceremonies for the banquet and watched a Royal sweep unfold. Eastern Mennonite coach Tom Baker won the coach of the year award..
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((TOM BAKER/1998 ODAC COACH OF THE YEAR:))
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The Winston Cup stars rolled into Rockingham today and Rick Mast not only got a piece of the Rock, but he took the whole boulder.
Roy Stanley has more on his big day that included winning the pole and promoting a new firearm.
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Tara Lipinski has become the youngest Olympic figure skating champion in history.
Lipinski won the freestyle gold medal today.
Michelle Kwan won the silver.
Jonathan reports from Nagano.
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((There was no doubt she would do wella silver, most everyone thoughtbut 15
year-old Tara Lipinski zoomed past her rival, Michelle Kwanachieving her
wildest Olympic dream.
SOUND-UP: LIPINSKI SCREAMING FROM RESULTS.
Lipinski had not only won the goldshe had made historybecoming the youngest
Olympic figure skating champion evereven younger than Sonja Henie was in 1928.
SOUND-UP: LIPINSKI RECEIVING MEDAL.
It was a moment Lipinski had fantasized about since she was five years old,
while watching the 1988 winter games in Calgary.
(SOT, TARA LIPINSKI, GOLD MEDALIST, 08:03:50, "When you skate so well I can do
anything. BUTT TO: 08:04:08, "It was like a dream come true? More than a dream
come true, everything come true. It's been great.")
SOUND-UP: KWAN SKATING.
Michelle Kwan was the favorite heading into the final round of the Ladies'
Singlesher performance was lyricalbut failed to capture the moment.
She skated to silver.
(SOT, MICHELLE KWAN, SILVER MEDALIST, 08:10:30, "You never get what you want,
exactly and skating well.")
The one-two win for the U-S is the first in more than 40 years. Lipinski
becomes the sixth American to win the top prize.
The bronze went to Lu Chen from Chinathat's two in a row for her.
SOUND-UP: AMERICAN ANTHEM.
At only 15, one has to wonder what Lipinski can possibly do for an encore.
Knowing her, she's probably already thinking about the next games in 2002.