Up next on News 7 at Six,
The head of the United Nations reaches an agreement with Saddam Hussein, and a Ferrum College professor says he knows how he did it.
And they're still cleaning up, up on Bent Mountain...[Sports-Head]
And coming up, We'll check in at Rockingham and the Goodwrench 400 Roanoke College and Hampden-Sydney hooked up in the ODAC semi finals this afternoon.
And Duke goes over the century mark in a big win over the Bruins of U-C-L-A.
Get ready for another southern storm. Heavy Rain for Some of us-- heavy wet snow for others. The Winter Storm Watches go up tonight.
The United Nations says the Secretary General's mission to Iraq is a success.
A U.N. spokesman says Kofi Annan and Saddam Hussein reached an agreement during a three hour meeting in Baghdad today, resolving all the major issues involved in opening so-called "presidential sites" to U.N. weapons inspectors.
The White House says it's too soon to comment on the deal, and there are many serious questions that must be answered.
The agreement will now be presented to the U.N. Security Council.
CBS News will have more on the situation in 30 minutes.
The fact that Annan was able to successfully negotiate with someone like Saddam doesn't surprise one political scientist from Ferrum College.
David Johnson has more.
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((There's word that Kofi Annan and Saddam Hussein have now reached an agreement, possibly ending a tense week with talk of U-S led military strikes against Iraq.
But, Dr. Frederic Torimiro says he's not surprised by the news given the U-N chief's ability to come to terms with just about anyone.
Tormiro met and dined with the leader a few months ago.
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((FREDERIC TORIMIRO/FERRUM COLLEGE PROFESSOR; MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF EXPOSURE TO KOFI ANNAN AT LEAST ALLOWS ME TO ARRIVE AT A CONCLUSION THAT HE HAS THE KIND OF TEMPERMENT THAT WOULD ALLOW SADDAM HUSSEIN TO ACTUALLY LISTEN TO HIM.))
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The International Relations professor says Annan most recently displayed his political negotiation skills during the Bosian issue.
The U-N Secretary General realized the role of peace-keeping forces in that situation was to remain neutral and not be the aggressor.
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((MOST PEOPLE FELT THAT THIS WAS A HERCULEAN TASK. IT WAS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT AND THAT IT MIGHT NOT BE SUCCESSFUL. BUT I THINK TO THE SURPRISE OF MOST PEOPLE, IT WAS SUCCESSFUL. AND WHEN HE CAME BACK, I THINK HE CAME BACK WITH GREATER RESPECT FROM THAT INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. THAT HE IS SOMEONE WHO CAN TRULY MANAGE CONFLICT.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; PROFESSOR TORIMIRO SAYS IT MAY BE FAIR TO ATTRIBUTE THE U-N CHIEF'S WELL DEVELOPED INTERPERSONAL SKILL TO HIS AMERICAN EDUCATION.
ANNAN RECEIVED HIS UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE AT MCALLISTER, A SMALL PRIVATE MINNESOTA COLLEGE-- AND HIS MASTERS FROM M-I-
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((I THINK KOFI ANNAN IS BOTH AN INTELLECTUAL AND A PRACTITIONER AND THAT HE'S BEEN ABLE TO BALANCE THE TWO. THAT HE HAS THE INTELLECT TO UNDERSTAND AND COMPREHEND THE COMPLEXITY OF THE ISSUES ON THE GLOBAL SCENE AND HAS THE PRACTICAL ACCUMAN TO ACTUALLY DEAL WITH THOSE ISSUES.))
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A U-N spokesman expects the 15 members of the Security Council to approve the agreement.
If that holds true Annan and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz will likely sign it Monday morning.
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Prosecutors have struck a plea-bargain with a Bedford motorist who hit and killed a biker in July.
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Johnny Calvin Scott pled guilty to a hit and run charge.
He was driving home one July evening when he ran into Howard Lee Johnson of Thaxton along U-S 4-60.
Scott didn't stop and later told police he didn't know what he hit.
Scott and the Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney made the agreement Friday.
With that agreement, prosecutors dropped charges of manslaughter and driving violations.
The ice on Bent Mountain is gone, but evidence of the damage left behind is just about everywhere.
That elevated part of Roanoke County was hit two weeks ago by an ice storm that snapped tree branches and some trees at the roots.
Residents like Louise Jones are in the midst of trying to recover from the damaging freeze.
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[SUPER=01-Louise Jones/Bent Mountain Resident; WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE UP HERE WHO ARE GOING TO FIND IT DIFFICULT TO C
LEAR UP THIS MESS. WHAT WE WOULD HOPE TO GET THE COUNTY TO HELP US WITH IS TO BRING A REGULAR COLLECTIONS-- FOR AT LEAST A TWO MONTH PERIOD. IT'S GOING TO TAKE US THAT LONG TO CLEAN UP.]
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Jones says it took about a year to recover from similar storms which hit in 1993 and '96.
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[NOW THIS HAS HIT US. THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LIVED ON THIS MOUNTAIN FOR 70- OR MORE YEARS HAVE SAID THIS IS THE WORST STORM THEY HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.]
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Jones and others plan to take up the issue with Supervisors this week.
The jury in the Abed case is due back in federal court first thing tomorrow to resume deliberations.
Jurors spent two and a half hours Friday... picking a foreman, perhaps reviewing instructions and some of the evidence ...before retiring for the weekend.
The trial now goes into its seventh week- -the longest criminal case ever tried in the western district of Virginia.
Joe Abbott- -the alleged Godfather of crime in Roanoke- -is just one of the nine defendants- -six of them members o
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Straight ahead on News 7 at Six, the town of Blacksburg has reason to celebrate in 1998 as it turns 200 years old.
We'll check in on the festivities going on this week when the news continues.
But, first let's get a check on the weather with Andrew Freiden in the weather center.
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More bad news in the textile industry.
And the Roanoke area's biggest employer gives a big gift to the arts.
Scott Goldberg recaps those and the rest of the week's top business stories in the News-7 business review.
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((In Martinsville, 19-97 turned out to be the worst year ever for the city's biggest employer.
Tultex lost 8-point-5 million dollars in the fourth quarter, 4-point-8 million for the year.
It's another blow to the textile industry that's been socked by a sagging demand for knit products.
In Salem, it's a gift worth more than 20-thousand dollars.
General Electric's Elfun society, the company's philanthropic wing, gave the money to the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge.
The donation will help set up after-school art programs for at-risk children.
Also in Salem, it's a contract worth 12-million dollars for R. Frazier.
The company that buys and sells used computers will refurbish 140-thousand units, then ship them to classrooms in the Netherlands.
In Narrows, what was supposed to be a three-week layoff has gone nearly three months for 40-workers at the Celco celanese plant.
The company says stiff global competition is the reason some workers have not been called back.
It's an anniversary for the organization that brought the likes of R-R Donnelley to Southwest Virginia.
The Roanoke Valley Economic Development Partnership is celebrating 15-years of adding investments, jobs and businesses to the region's economy.
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On Wall Street, another record week.
The Dow Jones Industrials picked up 44 points to finish at 84-14.
The Nasdaq gained 18 points.
That's the Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Do what you love, and success will follow.
That's the advice Hollins College graduates are giving to current students.
This week a panel of successful businesswomen held a symposium at the school.
They told students that 19-98 is a great time to be a young woman entering the business world.
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((I THINK THAT WOMEN HAVE ABSOLUTELY THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES THAT MEN DO. I FOUND THAT IN MY OWN SITUATION AS I WORKED WITHIN MICRO AGE THAT IT REALLY DIDN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHETHER YOU WERE A MAN OR A WOMAN.))
((SHELBY RICHARDSON: I WANT TO TEACH HIGH SCHOOL -- HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY. BUT LISTENING TO ALL THESE WOMEN WHO GRADUATED FROM HOLLINS TELL ME HOW EASY IT IS TO GO OUT ON YOUR OWN OR TO WORK YOUR WAY UP IN BUSINESS REALLY MAKES ME FEEL INSPIRED TO GET OUT INTO BUSINESS INSTEAD OF TEACHING ))
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This week Hollins announced it will offer a business major for the first time this fall.
The town of Blacksburg marks its 200th birthday this year and celebrations have been underway since January.
Teresa Hamilton takes a look at the festivities and the events yet to come in this week's edition of Virginia Profiles.
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((THERE'S AN OLD LICENSE PLATE, A PILL BOX AND A BRICK THAT CAME OUT OF ONE OF THE PAVERS ON NORTH MAIN STREET. ))
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Those items-- plus this antique cash register-- dating back to the early 1900's-- are just some of the items you'll
find-- in the old Blacksburg Town Hall--- on Jackson Street.
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((BONNIE SVRCEK/ASSISTANT TOWN MANAGER: WHAT WE THINK HAPPENED IS THESE FOLKS HAD ACCOUNTS WITH THE BROWN BROTHERS STORE AND THEY WOULD COME IN, YOU WOULD LOOK UP THEIR ACCOUNT NUMBER AND IF THEIR ACCOUNT NUMBER, SAY 146, WHICH HAPPENS TO BE THE VIP INFIRMARY, YOU WOULD THEN GO IN HERE, AND LOOK UNDER 146 AND SEE THE TICKETS FROM THE PURCHASES PROBLEM FROM THE MONTH. ))
[OUT Q=from the month.]
The historical items on hand are actually in the minority--
The old town hall is mainly filled with commercial items-- each marked in a special way-- in honor of the town's 200-th anniversary.
Organizers have actually been planning for the BIG event-- for two and a half years.
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((ROGER HEDGEPETH/BLACKSBURG MAYOR: ONE OF MY WORRIES EARLY ON WAS NOT THAT WE WOULD HAVE A LACK OF IDEAS BUT IT WAS THE OTHER WAY AROUND, THE BRAINSTORMING JUST LEAD TO AN ENORMOUS NUMBER OF IDEAS AND EVENTUALLY WE HAD TO CIRCLE THE WAGONS AND DETERMINE HOW MUCH WE COULD DO THROUGH THE YEAR 1998. ))
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One of the most memorable events-- so far-- took place last month when town council members dressed as their founding fathers did back in 1798-- when the town by an Act of the General Assembly.
Virginia Tech helped with the costumes and has been actively involved in planning the year's events.
After all- Blacksburg wouldn't be what it is today-- WITHOUT the university.
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((DR. PETER WALLENSTEIN/VT PROFESSOR:IF YOU LOOK BACK IN TIME, THE TRAIN CAME TO BLACKSBURG, LARGELY A FUNCTION OF TECH BEING HERE IN THIS CENTURY, THE TELEGRAPH, IF YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A TRAIN, YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE TELEGRAPH, THE COMING OF ELECTRICITY AND WATER SUPPLY, I MEAN, VERY MUCH IT'S THE TWO INSTITUTION, THE TOWN AND THE SCHOOL WORKING TOGETHER. ))
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Next weekend-- Virginia Tech and the town team up for a large party at Squires Student Center-- complete with 16 birthday cakes.
The next BIG series of events are scheduled in April-- with an emphasis on the arts.
For more information and details on other upcoming events-- contact the town of Blacksburg.
Teresa Hamilton NEWS 7.))
When the news continues we'll take you over to a Roanoke elementary school as it celebrates Black History Month.
The celebration is a tradition at this time of year featuring food, fun and dancing.
We'll have that story and more coming your way when the news continues.
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The Roanoke Academy Northwest Elementary school was the site of the 10th annual Black History celebration today.
Gospel music, skits, a fashion show and a food tasting were just some of the items on the agenda at the event.
This year's theme was A DECADE OF CELEBRATION, reflected on how the program has evolved since its inception in 1988.
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[SUPER=01-Valerie Crouse/Black History Committee Chair; IT'S REALLY GROWING. WE'RE RECOGNIZING DIVERSITY, CELEBRATING O
UR DIFFERENCES IN OUR ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS, AND LEARNING TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER.]
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The program focuses on educating the public about African-American contributions and blacks, including the Tuskeegee Airmen and The Buffalo Soldiers, whose accomplishments until recently were not widely known.
And coming, Highlights from the ODAC semi finals Duke wins big at Home.
And Jeff Gordon holds off the fords to win the Goodwrench 400 at Rockingham.
Jeff Gordon took his time and he held off a string of fords to win this afternoon's Goodwrench 400 at The Rock.
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Rick Mast took off like a bullet from his pole spot and he and he was the leader after 30 laps but on lap 52 Johnny Benson made a move passing Mast to take the lead.
Jeff Gordon had handling problems but he move into the top 10 and here he was running in a group of cars after a pit stop.
The first caution of the day came out on lap 77 when Robert Pressley hits the wall and slides down to the inside of the track.
Then two cautions later on lap 157 Mark Martin had worked his way to the front with Ricky Craven running second.
Mast was running up front when he had a left front tire go down forcing him to pit and ending his shot at the win Mast finished 12-th.
Jeremy Mayfield made the move of the day as he passed Geoff Bodine and Rusty Wallace on the inside to take the lead, the 22-nd lead change of the day.
Dale Earnhardt failed to get up to speed but here he taps Mayfield in the rear and moves by him on the inside, Earnhardt finished 17-th.
But Gordon put the smoke on the fords at the end of the race and he pulled away winning the Goodwrench
400 in front of 6 Ford Taurses.
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((JEFF GORDON/GOODWRENCH 400 WINNER: ))
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Rusty Wallace was second, Mark Martin third, Jimmy spencer fourth and Geoff Bodine fifth.[S-Warren]
One of the finest football players ever to wear a Ferrum uniform was back on campus today.
No one will ever wear Chris Warren's number 22 again.
The former Ferrum star and N-F-L Pro-Bowler had his college jersey retired.
While he was a Panther, Chris set records for most season and career points scored, total season and career touchdowns and many many more.
He played for Ferrum in '88 and '89, then was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks.
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((CHRIS WARREN/JERSEY RETIRED: IT'S A BIG OCCASION. I'M JUST GLAD I CAN SHARE IT WITH MY FAMILY. THEY'RE THE REASON I'M HERE BECAUSE OF THE VALUES THEY INSTILLED. FAMILY IS IMPORTANT. I THINK IT'S A REFLECTION OF MY SUCCESS.))
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Chris says he's happy the school officials think enough of him as a person to give him this honor.
In addition to Chris Warren's visit the Ferrum basketball team gave Panther fans something else to cheer about.
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Ferrum took it right to the Shipbuilders Blue Cook to Marcus Tomey for the three. Tomey led all scorers with 24.
Tomey makes the highlights on both ends of the court, the steal here.
Cook can't convert the bucket but Michael Hunter is there for the tip-in.
Now it time for Newport News Apprentice to get on the board...Eric Turner to Derrick Vincent. Vincent drives to the charity-stripe and sinks the 'j'.
Off the inbound pass Michael Hunter and the Panthers dunk the Builders 77-to-63.
Roanoke College had a semi final date with Hampden-Sydney in this afternoon's semi finals of the ODAC Tournament.
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The Maroons in the huddle leading the Tigers in the second half of the game.
Hampden-Sydney's David Hobbs drives the baseline and scores over the Maroon defense as the Tigers start a comeback.
Roanoke answers at the other end Dewayne Bullock takes it coast to coast uses the pump fake scores the basket and draws the foul.
The Tigers work the ball getting it [SUPER=33-Roanoke/67/Hampden-Sydney/85/;]to T.J. Grimes who hits the baby jumpe
r at the side of the lane and The Tigers go on to win the game 85 to 67.
Duke went out of the A-C-C this afternoon for a home game with the Bruins of U-C-L-A.
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The Blue Devils huddle at mid court to set up a play after a free throw.
The Bruins trailed by 24 at the half but Chris Johnson hits this jumper to make the score 57 to 35.
Duke with a big hustle play Steve Wojokowski picks up this lose ball and hits the jumper and the Blue Devils led 59 to 35.
U-C-L-A keeps it outside on this play Toby Bailey hits the three pointer but the Bruins still trailed by 21.
The Blue Devils come back down the [SUPER=33-Duke#2/120/UCLA#12/84/;]floor and get it to Trajan Langdon who hits th
e jumper and Duke beats U-C-L-A 120 to 84.
The Knicks held Houston to just 8 fourth quarter points and New York beats the Rockets this afternoon at the Garden 92 to 74.
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Hakeem Olajuwon and his teammate Clyde Drexler before the tip off.
The score was tied at the half but Matt Maloney passes it inside to Kevin Willis for the jam and the Rockets led 55 to 53.
But the Knicks rallied Charles Oakley with the pass to Chris Mills for the Layup to tie the score at 60 to 60 in the third.
John Starks led a Knicks fourth [SUPER=32-New York/92/Houston/74/;]quarter charge by scoring 13 of his 24 points in
the period as the Knicks beat the Rockets 92 to 74.
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The U-S Women's Hockey Team captured the gold in Nagano making the most of their Olympic debut--and you can soon find them making another appearance along your grocery aisle.
General Mills announced that the history-making team will be on the Wheatie's box within the next couple of weeks.
The box is said to be a collector's item.
And coming up tonight on News-7 at eleven we'll have the rest of that story--
plus all the weekend's news, weather and sports. We hope you'll join us.