Up next on News 7 at 11...
A top Republican says Ken Starr's time is up.
Domestic problems apparently led to a murder suicide in Pulaski.
And we'll meet the scientists who study wood.
The Senate Majority leader is calling on Kenneth Starr to end his investigation, one way, or another.
Republican Trent Lott says the Independent Counsel's time is up.
[IN Q=I think the record]
((SEN. TRENT LOTT/MAJORITY LEADER; I THINK THE RECORD SHOULD REFLECT THAT HE HAS INDICED SOME PEOPLE AND SOME PEOPLE HAVE GONE TO JAIL, HE'S GOT PROBABLY A BETTER RECORD THAN ANY INDEPENDENT COUNSEL, IF YOU CALL THAT A RECORD YOU WANT TO REFER TO , BUT AT THAT SAME TIME I THINK HE OUGHT TO WRAP IT UP, SHOW US WHAT HE'S GOT, INDICT, CONVICT PEOPLE, OR IF HE DOESN'T, CLOSE IT OUT.))
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Meanwhile Monica Lewinsky's attorney William Ginnsburg is telling the press to keep their distance, after lashing out at photographers yesterday.
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Today he told reporters in California he's had it.
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((WILLIAM GINSBURG/LEWINSKY ATTORNEY; I'M PEAKED, I'M ANGRY, AND I'M NOT PLEASED WITH THE PRESS AT ALL SO RIGHT NOW FELLOWS, YOU CONTROL YOURSELVES, YOU CONTROL YOUR COLLEGUES, AND CALL WASHINGTON AND TELL THEM THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, BECAUSE I'M NOT GOING TO BE COOPERATIVE FOR A WHILE, AND GET OUT OF MY WAY.))
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Ginsburg said he's tried to be professional and accessible, but he's had enough.
The father of the man who gunned down four fellow employees at the Conecticut State Lottery headquarters apologized to the families of the victims today.
Matthew Beck's father says his son's act was monstrous, but he was not a monster.
Flags across the state flew at half staff in memory of the victims today.
Residents are still in shock.
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((CATHY PISTRITTO/NEWINGTON RESIDENT; YOU CAN'T IMAGINE SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING SO CLOSE TO HOME AND AS I TELL MY SONS, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHEN YOU GET UP AND LEAVE IN THE MORNING HOW DRASTICALLY YOUR LIFE CAN CHANGE SOMEDAY.))
[SUPER=01-Cathy Pistritto/Newington Resident; ]
[OUT Q=change someday]
Beck had reportedly complained to newspapers that the lottery was cheating people to bring in more money.
He had just returned from a leave of absense for job related stress.
According to police, a domestic dispute turned deadly last night in Pulaski leaving two people shot to death.
It happened around 7- 30 inside a couple's upstairs apartment at 429- second street.
Authorities say it appears 26- year old Charles David Harrison shot his wife once before turning the gun on himself.
Tonya Hall Harrison died a short time later from a gunshot wound to the head.
Police say the couple had been arguing and Tonya was actually in the process of moving out with help from her mother.
[IN Q=Our experience]
((HERB COOLEY/PULASKI POLICE CHIEF: OUR EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN EXTENSIVE I THINK WITH THIS COUPLE, WE'VE HAD I KNOW OF A CALL, A SIMILAR CALL, CERTAINLY NOT THIS VIOLENT, BUT A CALL, I KNOW IN NOVEMBER AND SEVERAL CALLS IN THE PAST SO I KNOW THIS WAS AN ONGOING DOMESTIC SITUATION. ))
[SUPER=01-Herb Cooley/Pulaski Police Chief; :00]
[OUT Q=domestic situation.]
Tonya Harrison's two young children were outside the couple's apartment when the gunshots were fired.
A 61-year old Roanoke woman ended her life, with the help of Dr. Jack Kevorkian--this according to the Oakland County, Michigan medical examiner's office.
But, one local doctor says it didn't have to end that way for Patricia Graham.
David Johnson reports.
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Dr. Jack Kevorkian apparently delivered Patricia Graham's body to the Southern Michigan hospital emergency room. An attached note read she suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Carilion officials say this incident should serve as a notice that society has to heighten its awareness of alternatives to physician-assisted suicide.
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((CHARLES HITE/CARILION BIOMEDICAL ETHICS DIRECTOR; THAT WE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB IN TRAINING AND EDUCATING PEOPLE ABOUT PAIN MANAGEMENT. ABOUT HOSPICE CARE, ABOUT COMFORT CARE IN GENERAL. THAT WE NEED TO SUPPORT THESE PEOPLE MORE. AND THAT THERE'S A REAL DANGER IF WE DON'T DO THAT.))
[OUT Q=DO THAT.]
The medical examiner's office noted that Graham died of poisoning by lethal injection.
Hite says the community has to do more to make pain management and comfort care more affordable.
[IN Q=THE DISENFRANCHISED]
((THE DISENFRANCHISED WILL BE THE ONES THAT HAVE PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE BECAUSE THEIR LIVES ARE SEEN AS, SOMEHOW, MORE EXPENDABLE OR THERE JUST ISN'T ENOUGH EFFORT MADE TO GIVE THEM ALTERNATIVES.))
Hite says what Kevorkian allegedly did for Graham differs from what most states recognize as a patient's right to refuse treatment, in which the patient basically dies of natural causes.
In either case, such decisions ethically require a long-term doctor-patient relationship and a second medical opinion about the patient's condition.
Hite recommends, at the least, that there should be some standards or guidelines in place to prevent physicians from making independent decisions.
David Johnson, News 7.
When we return we'll tell you about one group's efforts to make sure a national resource isn't wasted.
A Virginia Tech research group is trying to preserve wood.
And, they've come up with a system for using the resource more efficiently.
We'll explain when the news continues.
A newly formed college coalition is trying to make sure abusive student athletes don't get special treatment.
The group is the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes and one of its founders is Christy Brzonkala, a student at Virginia Tech who accused two football players of raping her in 1994.
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The co-founder is Kathy Redmond. She was awarded 50-thousand dollars by the University of Nebraska after she accused one of its football players of rape.
[IN Q=It is time]
((KATHY REDMOND/COALITION CO-FOUNDER: IT IS TIME THAT PEOPLE ALERT THEMSELVES TO THE FACT THAT SOME OF THOSE SPORTS HEROES DO HAVE A DARK SIDE. THEY DO HAVE CRIMINAL TENDENCIES AND SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE WHEN THEY ACT ON THEM.))
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[OUT Q=they act on them.]
The group's goal is to make sure athletes are treated the same as anyone else accused of a serious crime, and to act as an advocate for victims of violent athletes.
Microsoft's Bill Gates was under fire this week during Senate hearings.
And, you can find out more about Saint Patrick and the day that's named after him by surfing the web.
More in this week's webwatch.
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((Bill Gates said "it was fun". The head of the microsoft empire was grilled by Senators and rivals from Sun and Netscape this week... here's a sample.))
((KOHL; CLEARLY A MONOPOLY, PROBABLY A LEGAL ONE, YET YOU REFUSE TO CONCEED IT.))
((BILL GATES/MICROSOFT CHAIRMAN; I DON'T THINK IT'S A FAIRLY UNUSUAL THING, WHEN YOU REFER A CUSTOMER TO SOMEONE, YOU ASK THEM NOT TO SWITCH THEM TO THE COMPETITORS PRODUCT.))
((SCOTT MCNEALY/SUN MICROSYSTEMS; WHAT WE WANT IS ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS THAT ARE ALREADY ON THE BOOKS, AND IN THIS CASE, THE ANTI-TRUST LAWS.))
(( Whatever browser you use, fire it up and head over to the Emerald Isle for St. Patricks day.
At Ireland's Eyes, you can learn more about the country, the holiday, and St. Patrick himself.
If you want the gift of gab, kiss the virtual blarney stone, wipe the screen when your done.
And then head for the kitchen to try some of these traditional irish recipes.
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To find all these sites, visit the webwatch page on the wdbj website at wdbj7-dot-com.))
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Wood is a renewable resource, and the material of choice for fine furniture manufacturers.
One research group at Virginia Tech wants to make sure the resource isn't wasted.
Here's this week's edition of Eye on Virginia.
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[SUPER=01-Earl Kline/Tech Forest Products Professor; :00]
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[SUPER=01-Brian Bond/Tech Graduate Student; 1:11]
[SUPER=01-Paul LaCosse/Tech Graduate Student; 1:47]
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((EARL KLINE: IT GIVES THE WARMTH THAT'S OFTEN VERY DIFFICULT TO MANUFACTURE IN A MANMADE USING STEEL OR PLASTICS. ))
Wood has certain characteristics that place it in high demand--
The 'character' of wood is pleasing to the eye, But that character causes problems .
((EARL KLINE: IT MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT TO BE CONSISTENT WITH IT, AND GET THE MOST VALUE OUT OF IT IN A MANUFACTURING PROCESS, WITH HIGH SPEED PRODUCTIONS. ))
Back in 1988, Earl Kline set out to solve that problem-- He and his researchers wanted to find a way to best use each piece of lumber.
((BRIAN BOND: WE CAN USE LESS TREES, PROCESS LESS LUMBER, FOR THE SAME PRODUCT. ))
It's becoming harder and harder for furniture manufacturers to find top quality hardwood.
So Virginia Tech Researchers set out to create a system that uses wood more efficiently.
((EARL KLINE: IN OTHER WORDS, WE WANT TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF A PIECE OF LUMBER. WE WANT TO USE THAT AS EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE.))
Kline came up with this solution:
Each piece of wood gets scanned three different ways.
One normal camera-- takes a visual image of each board.
A laser beam scans the texture of the board's surface,
And an X-ray looks INSIDE the board for hidden defects.
All that information is fed into a computer that then tells the operator how the board should be cut to avoid any defects.
((BRIAN BOND: WE'RE THE ONLY GROUP THAT HAS TAKEN THE SEVERAL DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGIES AND PUT THEM TOGETHER IN THE US FOR A MULTI SENSOR SYSTEM. ))
The system works so well its XRAYS picked up one board that was full of buckshot. A defect that would not have been caught by a human inspector.
And could have wreaked havoc on a saw blade.
The computer program that runs this system is called TENORS.
((EE GUY: THE NAME WAS GIVEN TO US BECAUSE WE HAVE THREE TECHNOLOGIES. LASER, COLOR AND XRAY. AND SIMILAR TO THE THREE SINGING TENORS, OUR MACHINE MAKES BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. ))
And that beautiful music may someday be playing in a Furniture factory near you.))
The project is funded by grants from the Center for Innovative Technology and the USDA Forest Products department.
Straight ahead on the newscast--we'll take you to the grand opening of the WDBJ-7 weather gallery.
The interactive science displays featured funnel clouds, twisters and tornados.
The exhibits also helped to explain some basic scientific questions like, why is the sky blue?
We'll have that story coming up when the news continues.
The WDBJ-7 weather gallery was up and running today as people gathered to celebrate its grand opening.
But, if you weren't able to make it in person we have some highlights for you thanks to photographer Ken Kilinski.
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[SUPER=01-Ken Schutz/Executive Director; :18 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Greg Gruenig/Exhibit Technician; :48 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Judy Hensley/Director of Exhibits; 1:27 QUICK!!]
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((HI, THIS IS LOCAL NEWS ON CHANNEL 7. ))
((I WAS WONDERING IF THAT WAS HOW YOU DID IT, BUT YOU'RE POINTING SOMEWHERE, BUT YOU'RE NOT POINTING IN THE SAME SPACE.))
((KEN SHUTZ: IT'S BEEN OUTSTANDING...IT'S SO INTERACTIVE, THEY CAN ACTUALLY SEE IT, GET INSIDE THE FUNNEL CLOUDS. THAT EXCITEMENT ACTUALLY STARTS THE LEARNING PROCESS ))
((NAT SOUND OF GIRL IN TORNADO ))
((IN PERSON IT'S NOT REAL NEAT, -QUESTION- REAL TORNADOS...I'VE SEEN A TWISTER. ))
((GREG GRUENIG: THIS IS THE SECOND INFALLING CLOUD...35 TORNADOS, THE INFALLING CLOUD IS QUITE NEW. ))
((UP HERE, YOU CAN SEE, WE GOT SOME FLOODS IN CALIFORNIA ))
((I THINK THEY'RE ALL PRETTY NEAT, I KIND OF LIKE BLUE SKY MYSELF. IT EXPLAINS TWO THINGS AT ONCE. WHY THE SKY IS BLUE AND WHY THE SUN IS YELLOW...IT'S ALL RIGHT THERE ON THAT TABLETOP. ))
((THE KNOB CONTROLS A SMALL HEATER IN THE WATER TANK. GO TRY THE KNOB ))
((ARE THEY LEARNING THINGS? PROBABLY NOT, THEY ARE JUST EXPERIENCE IT....THEY'LL COME BACK AND TAKE SOME TIME WITH EACH EXHIBIT, THEY WILL LEARN. ))
((DO YOU THINK THE KIDS WILL LEARN THINGS? THE TWO AREN'T MUTUALLY EXLUSIVE...IT GETS THEIR ATTENTION....THE SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS BEHIND WEATHER. ))
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The Roanoke Express opened the gate at the Roundhouse last night for the rough and tough Renegades of Richmond.
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The Hometown fans were excited about their first place Express.
Roanoke would get on the board first when Chris Lipsett breaks free and scores the goal to make it 1 to nothing in the first period.
The Express then gets a break as J.F. Trembley is in the right spot to knock in the bouncing puck to extend the Roanoke lead.
After two quick Renegade goals in [SUPER=38-Roanoke/5/Richmond/2/;]the second Period, Kris Cantu picks up the puck
behind the net and beats the goalie to make it 3 to 2 and Roanoke goes on to win it 5 to 2.
Magna Vista is headed to the State Semi Finals in Norfolk.
The Warriors routed Gretna last night 84 to 51.
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Magna Vista beat Gretna in a game at the beginning of the season.
But the Hawks would take an early two point lead when Juwon Waller gets the inbound pass to jay patrick who hits the shot from the corner.
The Warriors would strike back as Jerry Hodge dishes the pass inside to Landa Martin who turns around and hits the basket for two of his 15 points.
Gretna would get back into the action as Patrick gets the ball inside to Marcus Clements who hits the jumper for a one point lead.
Then Magna Vista's Keyode Rogers [SUPER=33-Magna Vista/84/Gretna/51/;]with the fancy moves on this basket and the W
arriors go on to win it 84 to 51.
G.W. of Danville has advanced to the State semi finals next weekend at the Scope in Norfolk.
Charles Stephens scored 23 as the Eagles beat West Potomac 74 to 61.
In girls Group 3-A action, Cave Springs's season ended yesterday. The Lady Knights lost to James Madison 56 to 34.
Lindsay led the Knights with 13 and Cave Spring finishes at 18 and 6.
North Carolina and Duke will play again this time for the A-C-C- Championship. We'll have that in our next sports segment.
And coming up, Duke and North Carolina will play again this time for the A-C-C tournament championship.
And Steve Mason will talk with Florida State head coach Steve Robinson and one of his high school coaches.
Top ranked Duke will play North Carolina in the A-C-C championship game.
William Avery put back his own missed shot as the Blue Devils beat Clemson 66 to 64.
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Clemson's Rick Barnes checking the action in the first half.
The Tigers push it outside Terrell McIntyre pulls up and hits the three pointer for a four point lead.
Moments later Clemson takes it inside to Harold Jamison who throws down the jam keeping the lead at four.
Duke tighten's its defense Trajan Langdon comes up with this steal and Layup and the Blue Devils trailed by one.
Duke was down by 4 at the half but [SUPER=33-Duke/66/Clemson/64/;]
William Avery takes it to the hoop in the closing seconds of the game and puts back his miss as Duke Beats Clemson 66 to 64.
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((MIKE KRZYZEWSKI/DUKE HEAD COACH: ))
[SUPER=01-Mike Krzyzewski/Duke Head Coach; :00]
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North Carolina's Shammond Williams hit 25 points as the Tar Heels beat Maryland 83 to 73 in Overtime.
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Gary Williams watches as his team leads in the first half.
Rodney Elliott hits the jumper and the Terps led by 8, 21 to 13 in the first half.
The Terps then get the ball inside to Ekezie for the easy score and Maryland led by seven points.
But Williams steps up and hits the three pointer and the Tar Heels went in at the half trailing by four.
Williams scored 7 points in [SUPER=33-North Carolina/83/Maryland/73/;]overtime as Carolina advances to the champion
ship game with the 83 to 73 overtime win.
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((SHAMMOND WILLIAMS/SCORED 25 POINTS: ))
[SUPER=01-Shammond Williams/Scored 25 Points; :]
[OUT Q=....of regulation."]
And, that's a wrap fromthe News 7 Sports Department.
Since his hiring in July Steve Robinson turned the Florida State basketball program into a winner with players he did not recruit.
Steve Mason checks in with this story on the Roanoke native who led the Seminoles to their most regular season wins since 1992.
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[SUPER=01-Troy Wells/Martinsville Head Coach; :32]
[SUPER=01-Steve Robinson/Florida State Head Coach; :40]
[SUPER=01-LaMarr Greer/Florida State Senior Guard; 1:34]
[OUT Q=...News 7 sports"]
((Perhaps more amazing than his basketball mind is the somewhat round, red and extremely large object in his chest.
Some of that heart's character originated from Martinsville coach Troy Wells; who helped develop Steve into a fine person and player during his tenure as an assistant at Fleming in the late 70's. and in the midst of national exposure and his own FSU basketball show; Robinson still goes to the well for his motivational practice plan philosophies
It is of little surprise that Florida State players can find that kind of support in Mr. Robinson's neighborhood.
Robinson's disappointment for his players and his program over Florida State's first round loss should soon turn to excitement. He has 9 players returning next year. Steve Mason, News 7 sports"))
Second ranked Kansas and third ranked Arizona won today.
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/NCAA; :]
And in Atlanta, seventh ranked Kentucky advanced to the championship of the S-E-C.
The Wildcats turned a 28 point halftime lead into a 99 to 74 win over Arkansas. Now, for the rest of the college scores lets check the boards.
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A baby whale that washed up on a California shore may soon get a chance to find the family she lost.
Marine biologists rescued "JJ" the grey whale when she was barely a week old and gave her a place to stay at Sea World.
She quickly became the main attraction as scientists nursed her back to health with daily feedings of a specially-made forumla.
After a year-long effort, the scientists say she's ready to return to the deep blue sea.
They've scheduled her release for March 26th, in time for the annual migration grey whales make from California to Alaska.
Biologists hope JJ will find her family among the crowd.
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