A chemical leak shut down a trade show at the Salem Civic center last night.
The Salem Fire Department says more than a thousand people were evacuated because of a strong ammonia smell.
A few people inside had to be treated on the scene by rescue workers.
Most of them were there attending the Roanoke Regional Home Builders Show.
Fire officials say they think the smell came from a leak from an air conditioning unit in the basement.
Civic center organizers say the show will continue today at noon.
Democratic and Republican legislators from Southwest and Southside Virginia gathered at Northside Middle School yesterday.
Both sides say its time to lend a helping hand to school districts.
David Johnson has more.
[IN Q=WE'RE REALLY PLEASED]
[SUPER=01-Deanna Gordon/Roanoke Co. Schools Supt.; :01]
[OUT Q=DJO, NEWS 7.]
[IN Q=WE'RE REALLY PLEASED]
((((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT; WE'RE REALLY PLEASED TO SEE ALL THE LEGISLATORS FROM WESTERN AND SOUTHSIDE IN THE VALLEY OF VIRGINIA HERE TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION FUNDING FOR THE SCHOOLS IN OUR AREA.))
[OUT Q=IN OUR AREA.]
For the first time ever, school districts will get financial assistance from the state for construction needs.
But the specifics of the plan still require fine tuning.
Some delegates say it's vitally important that legislators understand that this part of the state lacks construction funding more so than any other.
[IN Q=THE 110-MILLION DOLLARS]
((DICK CRANWELL/VINTON DELEGATE; THE 110-MILLION DOLLARS IS JUST A START IN WHAT WE NEED TO DO. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THAT IS HOW THE MONEY IS DISTRIBUTED.))
[OUT Q=IS DISTRIBUTED.]
Roanoke County recently had its facility needs
spelled out by a blue ribbon committee-- to the tune of about 120-million dollars.
The General Assembly's present formula would appropriate about 550-thousand dollars a year to the county-- money school officials say gives them something to work with.
[IN Q=FIVE-HUNDRED THOUSAND]
((FIVE-HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ON AN ANNUAL BASIS WOULD BE THE BONDING POWER TO REPAY FIVE-MILLION DOLLARS. SO IT DOES BECOME A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY IF IT TURNS OUT TO BE A RENEWABLE STREAM OF MONEY.))
[OUT Q=STREAM OF MONEY.]
Others warn that the funding may come with some strings attached-- that the powers in Richmond may spell out how the money will be spent.
[IN Q=YOU'VE ALWAYS GOT]
((MORGAN GRIFFITH/SALEM DELEGATE; YOU'VE ALWAYS GOT TO KEEP AN EYE ON WHAT THE LEGISLATURE'S DOING. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT MIGHT SLIP BY WHEN YOU'RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION. BUT THIS IS A GOOD PROPOSAL WE'RE WORKING ON. WE'VE GOT 110-MILLION DOLLARS IN THE BUDGET. WE JUST HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THE FUNDING FORMULA.))
[OUT Q=FUNDING FORMULA.]
((STATE LEGISLATORS SAY THE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION FUNDING ISSUE WILL ACT AS A COUNTER BALANCE TO THE GOVERNOR'S CAR TAX CUT. DETAILS OF THAT PLAN WILL BE WORKED OUT AT AN APRIL 22ND SPECIAL SESSION. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
[DJO, NEWS 7.]))[Session-Recall]
State legislators may have to head back to Richmond sooner than they think.
Democratic Leader Dick Cranwell says Governor Gilmore may call them back early to make final decisions on the car tax cut and school construction.
That would preempt plans for the special session scheduled to convene April 22-nd.
Funeral processions rolled through Jonesboro, Arkansas, yesterday for the second day.
Hundreds turned out as the town said goodbye to students, Stephanie Johnson, Brittney Varner and teacher Shannon Wright.
The day before the town buried the two other victims of last week's school shooting.
Residents have mobilized to raise money for the victims and their families.
The two accused killers, 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson and 11-year-old Drew Golden remain in jail.
Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park reopened yesterday.
More than 50-thousand people turned out for the ceremony which included performances by Georgia native Ray Charles.
The park was closed after a bombing during the 1996 summer Olympic Games.
The park now contains a memorial to Alice Hawthorne, the woman who was killed in the bombing.
The act of domestic terrorism still remains unsolved.
Folks in Henry County are lending a helping hand to those hit by last week's tornado.
People used wood chippers, tree splitters and chain saws-- clearing a path for people surrounded by debris.
Some homes were badly damaged by the tornado.
Still-- county officials say it wasn't as bad as the damage done in Stoneville, North Carolina.
[IN Q=WITH THE DAMAGE]
((PAULA BURNETTE/HENRY CO. SUPERVISOR; WITH THE DAMAGE THAT TOWN HAD SUFFERED AND THE LOSS OF LIFE. I MEAN, IT WAS BAD ENOUGH SEEING THE DEBRIS AND DESTRUCTION LEFT HERE. FORTUNATELY WE WERE JUST HIT IN RURAL AREAS.))
[SUPER=01-Paula Burnette/Henry Co. Supervisor;]
[OUT Q=IN RURAL AREAS.]
One of the churches got a helping hand from members of the Penn Forest Wesleyan Church--its sister-congregation in Roanoke.
[IN Q=WE NEVER WOULD]
((PASTOR DALE REYNOLDS/AIKEN SUMMIT WESLEYAN CHURCH; WE NEVER WOULD HAVE GOTTEN DONE WHAT WE GOT DONE WITHOUT THEM TODAY. THEY JUST JUMPED IN AND OF COURSE THEY ARE THE ONES WHO BROUGHT THE EQUIPMENT. THE CHIPPER AT LEAST AND THEN A LOT OF CHAIN SAWS. AND OF COURSE FURNISHED THE MANPOWER FOR THOSE THINGS.))
[SUPER=01-Pastor Dale Reynolds/Aiken Summit Wesleyan Church;]
[OUT Q=FOR THOSE THINGS.]
Officials estimate it will take at least another couple of weeks to fully recover from the storm.
Sixteen million Americans have diabetes -- and nearly a third don't even know it.
Local Health departments are urging everyone to get tested.
News 7's Tonya Flory has some new guidelines recommended to catch the disease early.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health District Dir.; :00]
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[IN Q=One of the]
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT DIRECTOR:WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE THAT DIABETES CAN BE A SILENT DISEASE -- CAN BE A KILLER.))
[OUT Q=a killer]
Every minute at least one person is diagnosed with diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association is now recommending everyone age 45 and over take a blood sugar test.
And people at high risk should consider being tested even earlier.
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[IN Q=High risk]
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT DIRECTOR:HIGH RISKS FOR DIABETES INCLUDE THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE AGE 45 OR OLDER. THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE PART OF HIGH RISK ETHNIC GROUPS SUCH AS AFRICAN AMERICANS, SUCH AS ASIAN, PACIFIC ISLANDERS, ASIAN AMERICANS, AMERICANS INDIANS, SPANIARD AND LATINOS.))
[OUT Q=in this country.]
Other high risk groups include those who are overweight, people with high blood pressure, pregnant women, and those with a family history of the disease.
Diabetes can have obvious symptoms, but most people don't notice any signs.
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[IN Q=Symptoms include]
((THE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE THINGS LIKE EXCESSIVE THIRST, UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT LOSS, EXCESSIVE URINATION, EXCESSIVE HUNGER, SORES THAT MAY NOT HEAL, SORE OR A BOIL THAT MAY NOT HEAL. WOMEN MAY HAVE INCREASED VAGINAL YEAST INFECTIONS. FATIGUE, TIREDNESS.))
Diabetes kills over 180-thousand Americans a year.
And studies are showing the more normal level of blood sugar diabetics have the better the chances are of preventing damage to the arteries, eyes, kidneys or heart.
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[IN Q=The sooner]
((THE SOONER YOU DIAGNOSE DIABETES THE BETTER OFF IT IS. A LOT OF THESE OLDER INDIVIDUALS WHO DEVELOP DIABETES MAY HAVE HAD SYMPTOMS FOR SEVEN TO TEN YEARS BEFORE THEY GO IN AND GET DIAGONSED FOR DIABETES. ))
[OUT Q=for diabetes]
And the sooner it's detected, the sooner treatment can begin. Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check.))[HEADLINES]
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[***No Music Under]
Here's a look at today's top stories.
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More than a thousand people were evacuated from the Salem Civic Center last night after a chemical leak during a trade show.
No one was seriously injured. Civic center organizers say the building will reopen today at noon.
The man charged with the December robbery the Southwest Virginia Savings Bank in Roanoke has pleaded guilty in federal court.
Dedric Lee Wiley stole nearly two-thousand dollars, but was caught by the F-B-I a few days later.
Yesterday marked the re-opening of Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park.
The park has been closed since a bomb exploded there during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
It now includes a memorial to Alice Hawthorne- the only person killed in the bombing.
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And that's what's making news on this Sunday March 29-th.
(toss to Andrew for Newsreel)
(Toss to Andrew for Newsreel)
Kathleen Willey has been in the news a lot lately, saying she was sexually harrassed by President Clinton.
But this is not the first time the Willey family has been in the spotlight.
David Seidel has more in Virginia Newsreel.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Madison Marye/1986; 1:17]
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((Long before Kathleen Willey shook up national politics, the Willey family was running Virginia politics.
Her father in law, Ed Willey Senior was once called the most powerful man in the Commonwealth.
[IN Q=I told Marshall 00:47]
((SEN. ED WILLEY/1981; I TOLD MARSHALL COLEMAN IF HE GOT TO BE GOVERNOR, I WOULDN'T GO TO THE THIRD FLOOR, HE'D HAVE TO COME SEE ME ON THE FIRST FLOOR.))
[OUT Q=the first floor]
[IN Q=Is there any 10:13]
((IS THERE ANY OTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION? ANY QUESTIONS? ANYBODY GOT ANY ANSWERS?))
[OUT Q=any answers]
Willey represented the city of Richmond in the state Senate for 34 years.
As head of the powerful Senate finance committee, he kept a tight rein on the state budget.
He worked through the terms of nine governors, often at odds with them, but also sitting at their right hand.
In 1982, Willey suffered a heart attack during a meeting of the finance committee.
With the help of a pacemaker, he returned to the capitol for the next General Assmebly session.
A stroke ended his career and his life in July 1986.
[IN Q=it's certainly going]
((SEN. MADISON MARYE/1986; IT'S CERTAINLY GOING TO BE A GREAT CHANGE IN THE SENATE OF VIRGINIA. I THINK HE'S BEEN A GUIDING LIGHT THERE FOR A LONG LONG TIME. WE'RE GOING TO MISS HIM. WE NEED HOM NOW. ))
[OUT Q=need him now]
That's Virginia Newsreel, I'm David Seidel, News-7. ))
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In the N-B-A, the Utah Jazz extended it's winning streak to five by ending the Lakers five game win streak.
[SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/NBA-FOX-RM;]
Karl Malone led the way with 31 points passing MOSES Malone to move into fourth place on the N-B-A All-time scoring list with 27-thousand-440 points.
John Stockton added 13 points and the Jazz beat the Lakers 106-to-91.
From the hard wood to the ice, look at this check by Coyote Jeremy Roenick on New Jersey's Lyle Oldelein.
THe Devils aren't intimidated, Jason Arnott getting the goal here and go on to blank Phoenix 3-to-0.
New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur made 26 saves and recorded his 10th shutout this year.
The Washington Capitals took advantage of power play situations, Brian Bellows putting in the rebound here.
Bellows again in the right place at the right time scoring his second power play goal of the night and the Caps beat Vancouver 3-to-2.
Washington State outlaws SPAM, and Nike says stop sending us your old smelly sneakers!
Those stories and more in this week's WebWatch.
Here's Eric Earnhart.
[IN Q=This week]
[SUPER=03-Jerusalem, Israel; :45]
(( This week Washington's governer signed a bill making it illegal to send a Washington resident un-solicited, or junk e-mail, often called spam.
The new law says spam costs money and invades people's privacy, and can't be effectively blocked.
Illegal spammers face a minimum 500 dollar fine.
An e-mail hoax has hoards of people sending their old sneakers to Nike, expecting new ones.
The bogus chain-letter says Nike is offering the deal in an effort to recycle old shoes..
Nike says they do recycle old shoes into playgrounds, but they're not giving new ones in return.
If YOU sent your old shoes in, Nike says you can have them back.
An Israeli hacker accused of breaking into the Pentagon's computer system isn't cooperating with police anymore
The 18 year old, called "The Analyzer", feels the authorities are coming down too hard on him. Some of his other alleged victims say they plan to sue him for causing thousands of dollars in damage to their computer systems.
Speaking of spying... who's looking at you? Microsofts Terra-server is an interesting new site under development. It will offer Russian Satelite images, and survey maps of various locations...
Most of the links don't work yet, but you can look at some satellite images... Here's a bird's eye view of Alcatraz...
The picks of the week page includes a nice shot of downtown Baghdad.
For links to all these sites, visit the WebWatchpage on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ7-dot-com.))[Hospital-Killings]
A confessed killer is free because the police say they don't have any evidence of a crime.
Respiratory care worker, Efren Saldivar, says he killed 40 to 50 patients during an eight year period while working at a California hospital.
He told police he disagreed with keeping terminally ill patients alive.
But investigators aren't sure if he's telling the truth.
[IN Q=all these patients]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Rick Young/Glendale Police Department;]
[OUT Q=untimely death]
Saldivar's family says the allegations are ridiculous.
Investigators may now exhume some of the former patients' bodies to perform toxicology tests to see if the paralyzing drug Saldivar says he used is present.
Three people are dead after a two-vehicle accident in Tazewell County early this morning.
The accident happened about two a-m on Route 460 in Cedar Bluff.
Details are still unclear at this time, but state police have confirmed that there are two survivors. They were taken to a hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Police are not releasing the names of the victims.[11-220-Ax]
A tractor-trailer accident in Botetourt County yesterday afternoon caused problems for drivers on U-S 2-20.
Police say the truck overturned along Route 2-20 in Gala.
Two people were injured and airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Authorities aren't releasing the names of the injured.
Police are still trying to determine what caused the accident.
The man arrested for robbing a Northwest Roanoke bank in December has pleaded guilty in federal court.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 12, 1997;]
Dedric Lee Wiley was arrested after robbing the Southwest Virginia Savings Bank on Hershberger Road.
He got away with nearly two-thousand dollars in cash.
He was caught a few days later after the F-B-I got a tip that he was at his girlfriends house trying to clean dye off the money.
Wiley was released from prison just a month before the robbery.[11-Douthat-Search]
About 200 people gathered at a state park yesterday to search for a lost hiker.
A 62-year old man was hiking along a Douthat State Park trail with his wife when the two became separated around 6:30 Friday evening.
Rescuers from Bath and Alleghany County joined local residents in searching for him.
The man was finally found unharmed about 11:30 yesterday morning almost a mile outside the park's limits.
The paralyzed play golf, the blind use computers.
When disabilities stand in the way of progress for some people, they use their brains and technology to overcome them.
That's one of the stories you'll see on 60-Minutes.
Here's Lesley Stahl.
[IN Q=You could call]
[OUT Q=become more able]
You can see that story tonight on 60-Minutes.
Tune in at Seven O'Clock here on your Hometown Station.[CarrollOpen]
Life is too short concentrate on material things...
It's a philosophy one local couple took to heart when they traded promising careers in Los Angeles for a struggling cherry orchard in Carroll County.
Teresa Hamilton has their inspiring story in the latest installment of our special series "Virginia Profiles".
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[SUPER=03-Carroll Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Wanda Urbanska/Author; :37]
[SUPER=01-Frank Levering/Author; 1:24]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Carroll Co.]
(( Carroll County is where you'll find the south's largest cherry orchard,tucked away, along the North Carolina border.
It's a peaceful place-- that Frank Levering has grown to cherish-- as a third generation farmer.
[IN Q=I often]
((FRANK LEVERING/AUTHOR:I OFTEN FEEL LIKE I'M SPEAKING TO MY GRANDFATHER, I'M COMMUNICATING WITH HIM WHEN I'M WORKING, BECAUSE HE WAS WALKING THESE SAME HILLS. ))
[OUT Q=same hills.]
Although Frank grew up here--
His attachment to the family orchard didn't become apparent until roughly ten years ago, while living life in the fast lane in Los Angeles, with his wife, Wanda Urbanska.
[IN Q=I was a ]
((WANDA URBANSKA/AUTHOR:I WAS A NEWSPAPER REPORTER AND FRANK WAS A SCREENWRITER AND SO WE WERE VERY MUCH WORK ORIENTED DIDN'T HAVE TIME FOR COMMUNITY OR A LOT OF TIME FOR OUR MARRIAGE REALLY, WERE WERE JUST VERY WORK DRIVEN. ))
[OUT Q=work driven.]
The Leverings would eventually break from that pattern in the mid 1980's.
When Frank's father suffered a heart attack-- the couple helped out-- and began to realize the South was where they belonged.
These days-- the Leverings are just as busy-- writing, working the orchard and running their own press, yet it's different.
[IN Q=Here it is]
((WANDA URBANSKA/AUTHOR: HERE IT IS MORE OF A LIFE BY CHOICE, WE CERTAINLY, IN THIS AREA, WHILE WE'RE VERY BUSY, IT'S A BUSYNESS THAT WE'VE CHOSEN TO DO AND WE TAKE TIME TO DO- COMMUNITY WORK AND VOLUNTEER WORK, THAT WE NEVER DID IN THE CITY. ))
[OUT Q=in the city.]
[IN Q=I was]
((FRANK LEVERING/AUTHOR:I WAS A LITTLE BIT OUT OF SHAPE WHEN, I'D BEEN SITTING BEHIND A COMPUTER, AND A TYPEWRITER IN HOLLYWOOD WRITING SCREENPLAYS AND HAD TO GET BACK INTO SHAPE, SO THAT WAS HARD, BUT I THINK, EVENTUALLY, BOTH OF US FELT THIS WAS JUST TOO WONDERFUL OF A PLACE TO BE. ))
[OUT Q=to be.]
Frank and Wanda decided to put their story on paper-- writing a book about their lifestyle transformation and quest for values.
[IN Q=It was ]
((WANDA URBANSKA/AUTHOR:IT WAS 1988, NOBODY WAS TALKING ABOUT SIMPLE LIVING, IT WAS VERY MUCH THE YUPPIE, FAST PACED, LIFE OF THE 1980'S AND THEN FRANK AND I WROTE THE BOOK TOGETHER , IT WAS PUBLISHED IN 1992, AND SINCE THEN "SIMPLE LIVING" HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MAJOR SOCIAL TRENDS OF THE 1990'S.))
[OUT Q=the 1990's.]
Frank and Wanda went on to write another book, as well, titled" Moving to a Small Town"...
Frank would also published a book of poems.
((FRANK LEVERING/AUTHOR:PEOPLE THINK OF POETRY AS SOMETHING WOMEN DO, BUT SOME OF THE GREATEST POETS OF ALL TIME, HAVE BEEN MALE POETS, IF YOU GO BACK TO WALT WHITMAN, FOR EXAMPLE, OR JUST A LOT OF T. S. ELLIOTT. ))
The Leverings quest for happiness has taken them down yet another path-- that of parenthood-- with the arrival of their son, Henry, eight months ago-- which has become their latest and perhaps most challenging role, to date.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Carroll County.))[SPORTS-EXTRA]
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The Cave Spring Lady Knights are hoping to have a repeat of last year's stellar softball season.
That means another Roanoke Valley District Title.
[IN Q=But this is a new]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Friday; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lynn Saunders/Cave Spring Head Coach; :09]
[SUPER=01-Lindsay Lowe/Cave Spring Junior; :44]
[SUPER=01-Kerry Fair/Cave Spring Senior; 1:09]
[OUT Q=hard as we can]
((But this is a new Cave Spring team.
Gone are nine seniors who led the Lady Knights to regionals last season.
[IN Q=WE'RE A YOUNG]
((LYNN SAUNDERS/CAVE SPRING HEAD COACH: WE'RE A YOUNG TEAM THIS YEAR, BUT WE'RE JUST AS STRONG OR STRONGER THAN LAST YEAR.))
[OUT Q=THAN LAST YEAR]
A strong feeder system made up of a good Junior Varsity team and well coached recreational league have given Coach Lynn Saunders confidence in this young team.
[IN Q=THIS YEAR]
((THIS YEAR WE'RE BLESSED WITH FOUR PITCHERS. BATS, THEY WORK HARD AT THE BATS AND THEY WILL BE A STRONG HITTING TEAM.))
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[IN Q=PITCHERS AND CATCHERS]
((LINDSAY LOWE/CAVE SPRING JUNIOR: PITCHERS AND CATCHERS HAD A CLINIC EVERY SUNDAY THROUGH THE RECREATIONAL LEAGUE AND WE'VE HAD OPEN GYM SINCE MID-JANUARY AND WE'VE WORKED REALLY HARD.))
[OUT Q=REALLY HARD]
But there still are some bastions of experience on this team.
And they plan to help the younger players along.
Senior Kerry Fair leads by experience, she had nine strikeouts in the Knights first outting.
[IN Q=we've just]
((KERRY FAIR/CAVE SPRING SENIOR: WE'VE JUST GOT TO KEEP UP THE HARD WORK. WE'RE GOING TO GET BEHIND IN SOME GAMES BUT WE JUST HAVE TO KEEP PLAYING. WE ALWAYS PLAY LIKE WE'RE DOWN BY A COUPLE SO WE JUST PLAYING AS HARD AS WE CAN.))
[OUT Q=has hard as we can]
The Lady Knights won their first game of the season Friday afternoon, beating Pulaski County 13-to-0. [Mornin-Prom
Don't forget to check out News-7 Mornin as you head to work tomorrow morning.
Here's Steve Pardon with a look ahead.
[IN Q=I'm Steve]
[OUT Q=tomorrow at 6 am.]
This is one time when the term hard-headed is a compliment.
John Evans reckons he can balance almost anything on this head, and he has the world's records to prove it.
At one time or another, he's balanced a phone booth, ten barrels of beer, 350 champagne glasses, even a 14-foot canoe with a woman seated inside it.
He earned a place in the Guiness Book of Records for balancing 100-bricks -- a whopping 407 pounds --on his head for(------------) 14-minutes.