Coming up on News 7-
A Roanoke woman is apparently the latest to die at the hand of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
The verdicts are in in the case of Joe Abbott and the Abed family.
Plus the movie's unsinkable but the necklace is UNTHINKABLE for most people with a 3 million dollar price tag.
News 7 is next.
The latest person to die at the hand of Dr. Jack Kevorkian is apparently from Roanoke.
Kevorkian dropped the body off at a Suburban detroit hospital with a note attached.
According to the note the woman is 61 year old Patricia Graham who suffered from Rheumotod athritis.
The Medical Examiner says the cause of death was lethal inejction.
A jury finds Joe Abbott guilty of Racketeering and consipracy-
Four others were also convicted today, but another three were found NOT guilty.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
Dr Jack Kevorkian has apparently struck again- but this time he helped a Roanoke woman die.
News-7 spoke with the Medical Examiner's office in Oakland County, Michigan tonight.
It says Kevorkian left a note with the body saying the woman was 61 year old Patricia Graham of Roanoke.
Kevorkian apparently drove up to the emergency room at a hospital in Southfield Michigan and dropped off Graham's body- with the note attached.
The Medical Examiners' office says the woman died from poisoning by lethal injection.
Kevorkian's note indicated the woman suffered from rheumatoid arthritis.
Just a few hours earlier Kevorkian [SUPER=@file;]
left a body of a 42 year old Boston area man at another hospital. He suffered from fibro-myalgia- a non-fatal but painful muscle disorder.
The medical examiner will do additional testing on both bodies to determine how long both had to live and whether their conditions were in fact terminal.
He may... or may not.. be the "Godfather" of organized crime in Roanoke.
But a federal jury today found Joe Abbott guilty of racketeering and conspiracy.
Though his son and three nephews were convicted along with him, three others were found NOT guilty.
Keith Humphry has the verdict.
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((GOD BLESS AMERICA.))
Riyadh Gibriel was one of those acquitted, obviously.
The Saudi-born U-S citizen was one of the owners of Mixers restaurant and Lounge in Salem.
The place was destroyed in a spectacular blaze .... a clear case of arson. The owners filed an insurance claim- -went to court- -but never got a cent.
The jury did not find enough evidence to convict any of the seven men charged with setting the Mixers fire.
((I AM STILL VERY BITTER. IT WAS AN UNFAIR ACCUSATION IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE GOVERNMENT KNOWS FOR A FACT THAT WE ARE NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THE ABED FAMILY.))
Abed Jamil Abdeljalil was found NOT guilty on all counts, as well.
He was released from the city jail within an hour of the verdict to the cheers and applause of family members.
The 50-year old courthouse maintenance man from Fairfax had been locked up since his arrest a year ago.
((I DON'T KNOW WHY THE GOVERNMENT, THEY CAN BELIEVE A CRIMINAL LIKE ROBERT KHATIB.))
Rather than rejoice, Abdeljalil was ready to retry the case and put one of his principle accusers on trial.
((I CAN PROVE HE IS A CRIMINAL.))
Khatib is Abdeljalil's cousin and ex-brother-in-law.
Joe Abbott was found to be part of the racketeering enterprise- -but was not convicted on eight remaining counts- -including the Corner Store arson.
As Abbott's lawyer points out- -the jury didn't buy the notion that the Abed's set fire to the apartment house next door to silence two people who might have seen them burn the store earlier in the day.
((THEY COMPLETELY REJECTED EVERYTHING THAT THE STAR WITNESSES OF THE GOVERNMENT TESTIFIED TO AND THEY STUCK WITH WHAT THE COULD SEE AND FEEL AND ESSENTIALLY OR HAVE A PICTURE OF.))
The prosecutor says the convictions will take some dangerous people out a circulation for a long time.
((I THINK OVERALL IT WAS A VERY SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTION, LIKE I JUST SAID MOST OF THEM ARE FACING MANDATORY 35 YEARS TO LIFE WITHOUT POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T GET A SENTENCE LIKE THAT FOR KILLING SEVERAL PEOPLE.))
After getting the judge to pose for pictures with them, jurors left the courthouse impressed by their eight-week ordeal.
((I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT NOBODY ON THAT JURY WILL EVER LOOK AT A JUDGE'S DECISION, A JURY'S DECISION OR A FIRE OR ANYTHING THE SAME AGAIN. EVERY ONE OF US HAS BEEN CHANGED POSITIVELY BY THIS EXPERIENCE.))
Those convicted will be sentenced later.
Keith Humphry News 7.))
A Connecticut lottery worker who gunned down four co-workers had just returned to work from a stress-related disability.
As Liz Mullen reports the Connecticut lottery's chief executive was one of the victims.
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((This time-- as is the case most times, officials can't really explain why a disgruntled worker for the Conneticut lottery decided to take revenge.
GOVERNOR JOHN ROWLAND/CT:
WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? I DON'T THINK I'LL EVER HAVE AN ANSWER.
Connecticut Officials say Matthew Beck was an accountant with a grievance.
He returned to work after a medical leave for job-related stress-- just a week ago, but a complaint he had with his job remained unsettled.
JOHN CONNELLY/CT PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSIONER: HE HAD GRIEVED THAT HE WAS GETTING WORK OUTSIDE OF HIS JOB CLASSIFICATION.
This morning, Matthew Beck reported for work as usual then walked over to
the lottery's executive row and started shooting.
He killed a vice president, Chief Financial Officer and a director before
looking for the lottery's president --Otho Brown.
SHANNON O'NEIL/WITNESS--LOTTERY EMPLOYEE: I WAS RUNNING. MR. BROWN WAS ABOUT 200-FEET AHEAD OF ME. THE SECURITY GUARD TOLD EVERYONE TO RUN IN THE WOODS. MR. BROWN WAS LOOKING TOWARDS WHERE I WAS
AND I ASSUME HE SAW THE PERSON WITH THE GUN AND HE RAN FORWARD. I'M SAYING
THAT MR. BROWN IS A HERO IN MY EYES.
Beck eventually caught up with brown in a parking lot and killed him before
turning the gun on himself.
THE SUSPECT APPARENTLY DID NOT JUST KNOW HIS VICTIMS HE HUNTED THEM DOWN.Liz Mullen, CBS News, Newington, Connecticut.))
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A new procedure could mean fewer visits to the dentist. We'll have that story in a moment,
but first, the General Assembly takes sides in the case of four Pulaski County students who were suspended for handing out vitamins.
Four Pulaski County elementary students were suspended from school for passing out and taking vitamins.
Today the School Superintendent says he defends the suspension.
The students go to Snowville elementary.
A source close to the case says they were each suspended from three to five days.
Superintendent Bill Asbury says the discipline was appropriate.
He say the school system has a strict policy that forbids students from possessing over the counter medication.
Asbury says vitamins are included.
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((BILL ASBURY/PULASKI CO. SUPERINTENDENT:THE CALLS WE'VE BEEN RECEIVING ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THE ACTIONS OF THE PRINCIPAL AND THE SCHOOL BOARD, AND THE POSTURE THAT WE'VE TAKEN TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR CHILDREN. ))
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Asbury says the policy is clear-- that students who bring substances to school will be suspended.
He says officials NEVER considered expelling the children.
One Virginia Senator was amused to hear about the Pulaski vitamins.
He says school boards have run amok since they changed their student codes of conduct in 1993.
((SEN. DICK SASLAW/D-SPRINGFIELD: UNFORTUNATELY, KIDS ARE BEING SUSPENDED FOR ADVIL, FOR BUYING A BAG -- A KID BROUGHT A BAG OF PARSLEY TO SCHOOL AND THEY SAID IT COULD HAVE LOOKED LIKE A BAG OF MARIJUANA. HE GOT THROWN OUT AND EVEN HAD TO CHANGE SCHOOLS. THE GIRL THAT HAD THE ADVIL, SHE AND HER PARENTS WERE TOLD THEY HAD TO GO TO DRUG COUNSELING. AND NOW I FIND OUT THAT SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SUSPENDED IN PULASKI FOR BRINGING A BOTTLE OF VITAMINS TO SCHOOL.))
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Saslaw has a bill that's passed the Senate and goes before a House committee Monday.
It would direct school boards to allow "mere possession of medically necessary, non-prescription drugs, with the permission of parents."
But under the bill, students could NOT give those drugs to other students.
Most of us dred going to the dentist for a tooth repair.
But what if you could get a ceramic filling or crown in a single office visit and with no lab work?
It's happening in about 300-dental practices in the U-S.
Christy Hubley shows us one of them in Martinsville.
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Carrie Eanes is back at the dentist to have a loose filling repaired.
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((CARRIE EANES/PATIENT: DURING THE CLEANING PROCESS HE FOUND OUT ONE OF MY FILLINGS WAS ABOUT TO COME OUT SO HE SUGGESTED DOING AN INLAY BECAUSE IT WAS A LOT STRONGER THAN A FILLING IT WOULD LAST LONGER.))
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Carrie is getting a white ceramic filling made by the CEREC-2.
It's a camera, computer, and milling machine.
This high-technology, first used by the military, is now being used by dentists.
Doctor George Stermer removes the old silver filling.. then takes a 3-D picture of the tooth.
The image can be manipulated in the computer.
Then the milling machine goes to work on a small ceramic block.
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((AND THAT STARTS SQUIRTING WATER AND THAT KEEPS IT COOL WHILE ITS WORKING SO IT DOESN'T OVERHEAT.))
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Doctor Stermer cements the small ceramic filling into place.
He says it will stay put much longer than the standard silver filling.
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((DR. GEORGE STERMER/DENTIST: IT'S MUCH MORE LASTING. IT'S MORE DURABLE. IT'S STRONGER. IT HELPS TO BOND THE TOOTH TOGETHER AS OPPOSED TO THE OLD SILVER FILLINGS HAT TEND TO WEAKEN THE TOOTH FROM CONTRACTION EXPANSION.))
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The entire procedure takes about an hour and eliminates the need for temporaries, return visitis, and lab work.
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((CHRISTY HUBLEY/NEWS 7: A FILLING USING THE CEREC TECHNOLOGY DOES COST MORE THAN A NORMAL FILLING. DOCTOR STERMER TELLS US IT'S COMPARABLE TO THE COST OF A CROWN. ASK YOUR DENTIST IF THIS PROCEDURE MIGHT BE RIGHT FOR YOU. CHRISTY HUBLEY, NEWS 7, MARTINSVILLE))
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The world's best-known quintuplets have accepted a multi-million-dollar offer.
The government of Ontario will pay the three surviving Dionne
quintuplets two-point-eight million dollars- It's for the
exploitation they endured as children.
The sisters are now 63 and live in poverty in Montreal.
They were the first quintuplets on record to survive more than a few days. They became wards of the province, and were put on display at a site called Quintland, which was like a theme park.
The sisters earned millions in endorsements but say they never saw any of the money.
Up next on the newscast, we'll see why local movie fans continue to put their money down to see Titanic,
and for those willing to put down a lot of money, we'll show you one jeweler's three million dollar tribute to the movie.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet continue to rule at the box office.
Their film Titanic has averaged over 20 million dollars for the last 11 weeks.
A lot of that money comes from people returning to see their new favorite again and again.
And their spending doesn't end at the theater.
Stacey Martin has more.
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(( It's been full steam ahead for Titanic since it first set sail for local theatres late last year. Now with nearly a billion dollars in ticket sales worldwide, the movie is showing no signs of losing steam.
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((MICHAEL BROWN: I SAW IT THREE TIMES AND I'LL SEE IT AGAIN TOMORROW. I JUST THINK IT'S A FABULOUS STORY. THE LOVE STORY; THE MUSIC IS WONDERFUL AND THE STORY LINE IS ABBSOLUTELY WONDERFUL. IT'S A GREAT STORY.))
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((SUSAN SINGLETON:I THOUGHT THAT THE TITANIC WAS THE GONE WITH THE WIND OF OUR GENERATION AND I REALLY THINK THAT IT'S GOING TO BE HERE TO STAY FOR A REAL LONG TIME.))
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Keepsakes from the movie are shining bright as well--riding a wave of success that's put the movie soundtrack at number one at record stores for about nine weeks.
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((STACI ALLS:IT'S MOSTLY INSTRUMENTAL STUFF. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WOULD NORMALLY SELL LIKE THIS BUT IT'S GOING STRONG.))
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The album took the top spot on the list by bumping Celine Dion's album to number two.
Ironically her album hit number one based on the popularity of her Titanic theme "My Heart Will Go On" which is a popular request at local radio stations including K92.
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: TITANIC HAS BROKEN A RECORD AS THE HIGHEST GROSSING MOVIE IN HOLLYWOOD'S HISTORY AND WORLD WIDE TICKET SALES HAVE REACHED 9-14 MILLION. BUT, IT HAS 60 MILLION TO GO CATCH THAT RECORD, WHICH BELONGS TO STAR WARS. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7.))
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The BILLION dollars Titanic has made across the world makes three MILLION dollars seem paltry.
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But it can still make a pretty nice necklace.
A London jeweler has created a real life version of the Heart of the Sea necklace that plays an important part in the blockbuster motion picture.
The necklace consists of a 170-carat blue sapphire surrounded by 107 diamonds.
Titanic star and Academy Award nominee Kate Winslet may wear the necklace to the Oscars.
The jewelers plan to auction off the necklace in Beverly Hills in two weeks.
All proceeds will go to Princess Diana's memorial fund and an AIDS charity.
Weather is taking a new shape in downtown Roanoke as the Science Musuem of Western Virginia gets set to take the wraps off a tremendous new gallery. It's fun to look at and highly educational.
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High school state hoops highlights involving Glenvar and Liberty.
The ACC semi-final field is all set.
Andretti and Park have a very different day in Atlanta, and Roy Stanley checks in from the state wrestling championships in Salem.
But first in tonight's Extra Point, Casey Martin is holding up well under the pressure at the Austin Open NIKE event this week.
Despite this errant shot, he fired his second straight 3 under par round and is just three shots off the lead.
Now the scoreboard.
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The state basketball tournament opened last night as the quarterfinal round began at different sites around the state, including the Dedmon Center
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on the Radford University campus, where Glenvar battled Haysi in the first of Single-A games in the Dome.
The Highlanders do a good job of working the ball around, and Chris Evans does a nice job of knocking in the triple.
Glenvar did a decent job inside as well, with nice passes like this bullet feed from Donnie Wimmer to Josh Ward underneath for 2.
The Haysi Tigers would keep it tight throughout as Kory Bostic hits this short jump shot in the paint.
The Highlanders high flying Bryan Fasnacht would then turn up the running game BUT Glenvar loses 51 to 50 as Haysi advances to the semi-finals next week at the Norfolk Scope.
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John Battle also advances with a 54-to-46 win over Powell Valley.
Group 2A Liberty's bid for a state title three-peat is a live. Last night the Minutemen disposed of Graham 91-57 in the quarterfinals.
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Marks Hanks began the second half with a 40-20 advantage.
Robert Carson finds Peanut Arrington, who scores 2 of his game high 25. But Carson aggravates his right knee which he initially hurt during football.
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((ROBERT CARSON/THREE YEAR LIBERTY STARTER:))
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The G-men never gave up despite a huge deficit. Wesley lambert finds jeremy Gibson on the interior for the slam.
Liberty's pressure was intense. [SUPER=33-Liberty/91/Graham/57;]
Kelly Garrett steals the rock and takes it all the way in for the fast break basket.
Garrett hooks up with Rodney Morris for two of his 10 as Liberty advances to it's 4th straight final four.
((MARK HANKS/101-7 OVER LAST 4 YEARS:))
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Yesterday was quarterfinal day in the ACC, as the conference played three contests to determine which three teams would join Duke in today's final four at the Greensboro Coliseum.
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It looked like it would be Wake Forest as Dave Odom's Deacons led by as many as 11 in the first half.
But the Tigers clawed their way back and turned the tight game into a blowout after intermission.
Greg Buckner scored 21 points and Terrell McIntyre added 19 points and this assist as Clemson outscored Wake 43-to-16 in the second half to win going away 75-to-56
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In the opening quarterfinal game of the day yesterday, Maryland beat Georgia Tech 83-to-65 as Laron Profit scored 19 points.
The Terps held Matt Harpring to just 8 of 30 shooting as they advance to meet North Carolina.
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The Tarheels turned a three point first half lead into a 27 point win over N.C. State.
Antawn Jamison led the way with 25 points and everyone played and contributed as the Heels win it 73-to-46.
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Time trials in Atlanta for Sunday's Primestar 500 took a back seat to an untimely crash in practice.
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Rookie of the year candidate, Steve Park, driving the Dale Earnhardt owned Pennzoil Chevrolet was exiting turn four when his car slammed into the outside wall.
The car hit the outside wall two more times before it headed left through the trioval. The puddles of rain slowed it a bit in the grass, but the car still crashed into the pit wall.
It took 15 minutes to cut Park out of the car. He has a broken femur in his right leg and is being treated at Baptist Hospital.
Here's your top 25.
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[SUPER=107-6. Mark Martin//7. Robert Pressley//8. Terry Labonte//9. Jeff Gordon//10. Jeff Burton//;]
[SUPER=107-11. Jimmy Spencer//12. Wally Dallenbach//13. Lake Speed//14. Bobby Labonte//15. Johnny Benson//;]
[SUPER=107-16. Mike Skinner//17. Ward Burton//18. Geoff Bodine//19. Derrike Cope//20. Gary Bradberry;]
[SUPER=107-21. Joe Nemechek//22. Rusty Wallace//23. Ricky Rudd//24. Kenny Wallace//25. Rick Mast//;]
Todd Bodine's outside pole run is outstanding considering he failed to qualify for any of the first three races this year.
Earnhardt was 30th and Elliott 31st.
And here are the times for today's ACC final four.
Maryland and North Carolina get the semi-finals started at 1:30, then Duke and Clemson finish up the festivities in the final game of the day at 3:30 right here on WDBJ-7.
Still to come tonight we'll go to the mat with out own Roy Stanley
as he checks in from the state wrestling tournaments at the Salem Civic Center with the story of Botetourt wrestler who is turning heads and flipping opponents.
Day one of the Group A and Two A state wrestling tournaments is over at the the Salem Civic Center.
And tonight Roy Stanley says one local wrestler is trying to make the most of his final weekend on the high school mat.
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((The civic center floor was full of wrestlers warming up for this weekends event.
And right in the middle was Botetourt wrestler Matt Hall.
Forget that Hall, who competes at 140 pounds, has no legs he's one of the top competitors in the Blue Ridge District.))
((RORY BENSON/BOTETOURT HEAD COACH: ))
((MATT HALL/140 POUND WRESTLER: ))
((KEVIN DRESSER/CHRISTIANSBURG HEAD COACH: ))
((Hall is 24 and 7 this year. And four of his losses were to the same guy.
But Hall a two time runner up in the regionals, has directed all his energy to this years state tournament and he has a legitimate shot at placing a goal he set at the beginning of the season.))
((ROY STANDUP: ))