The spotlight falls on the OTHER college in Lexington.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, W-and-L suspends ten for a "hell night" initiation rite.
We're LIVE from Lexington in a moment.
And the Wilderness Academy is cited by the State Education Department for failure to report cases of child abuse or neglect.
Tonight in sports, qualifying is running behind in Texas, the Avalanche is looking ahead in Salem, Roy Stanley talks with Pete Gillen, another man with his eye on the future.
And the future is now for the Roanoke Express as the team skates into Huntington for game number two.
Our weather story may be a bit bumpy tonight with showers and possible thunderstorms later this evening. Details
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There are new allegations of hazing in Lexington, but this time it's Washington and Lee University in the spotlight.
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Joe Dashiell reports from Lexington tonight with more on the incident and the suspensions that have followed.
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A Bedford County teen who allegedly spiked a friend's soft drink with the date rape drug G-H-B is now facing two felony charges.
The incident happened at Staunton River High School a week ago.
The 17- year- old male who drank the G-H-B went into cardiac arrest.. he has since recovered.
The other boy has been charged with distributing a drug without a license and adulterating another person's food or drink.
Prosecutor Randy Krantz hopes to transfer the case to circuit court and try the teen as an adult.
Smoke detectors may just be the cheapest life insurance you can buy.
But only if they work.
Firefighters urge you to change the batteries in your smoke detectors this weekend when you adjust your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.
Also, make sure you have a smoke detector on each floor of your home and one outside the bedroom.
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Henry County's fire marshal says there were NO working smoke detectors in the home of the Via family last November.
Six people died in a blaze ignited by a wood stove.
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((WESLEY BROOKS/RIDGEWAY FIRE CHIEF: THE SMOKE DETECTORS TO US ARE THE SAME AS THE SEATBELTS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT YOU KNOW. IT'S NOT A GUARANTEE THAT IT'S GOING TO SAVE YOUR LIFE BUT YOU STAND A BETTER CHANCE WITH THEM THAN YOU DO WITHOUT THEM.))
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[OUT Q=you do without them.]
Henry County has declared Sunday "Smoke Detector Awareness Day."
The Bassett Volunteer Fire Department will be handing out smoke detectors from 1-until-5.
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Truck drivers have some safety tips for sharing the highways with the big rigs. That story is still to come on News 7 at Six.
And a controversial highway is well under construction--we'll get an update on the Smart Road.
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A Botetourt County school for troubled boys has gotten a long list of complaints from the State Department of Education.
The report maintains there is NO evidence the school provides protection, guidance or supervision to its young residents.
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Tina Tenret obtained a copy of the report -- Tina what can you tell us?
Keith -- the Education Department says the Wilderness Academy is not reporting cases of child abuse or neglect to the state. The headmaster says he recently fired a teacher for hitting a student but says he let the state know a day late.
He says since then, many of the problems have been cleaned up.
We did our own surprise inspection.
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[SUPER=01-Gene Nervo/Wilderness Academy Headmaster; :]
((How many teenaged boys keep their rooms looking like this?
Colonel Gene Nervo the headmaster is satisfied, but the Education Department is not.
Inspectors say mattresses were missing, sheets were dirty, and food was left lying on the floor.
Nervo says linen is changed weekly and showed us where the extras are kept.
But the Education Department also found fault in the kitchen, saying it was NOT clear whether dishes were fully cleaned.
They saw cobwebs in the pantry -- we found coffee grounds and a new resident climbing the walls.
The Education Department also found fault in the bathrooms -- saying there was a major leak in the staff bathroom -- the floors were caving in -- and a rubber bath mat had been nailed to the door.
Nervo says now everything works.
He says he tries his best to repair the holes students punch in the walls, sweep muddy hallways and keep the six-thousand-dollar carpets clean -- but he says there's only so much you can do with 17 teenage boys.
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((YOU'VE SEEN HOW MUCH WE'VE DONE .. EVER.))
The Botetourt Co. Sheriff says there was a riot out at the Wilderness Academy in February -- and the state wants to know why it never heard about this. Nervo says he did not know he needed to tell the state -- and he thinks staff members should NOT have called the sheriff.
He says he has since fired the staff members in charge that night.
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The Education Department says parents or social agencies should be notified within 24 hours of serious incide
nts, and that's not happening at the Wilderness Academy.[Smart-Road]
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Whether you like it or not, progress on the five- point seven mile "Smart Road" is speeding along.
By this summer-- nearly a mile of the road will be ready for research purposes.
Here's Teresa Hamilton and photographer Mark Hollandsworth with a progress report.
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Heavy machinery began moving mounds of dirt and rock last summer, preparing this stretch of road to serve as a test bed for transportation research.
((NATURAL SOUND OF CATERPILLAR MOVING MOVING DIRT. ))
The first phase of the project, adjacent to Federal Mogul, is nearly a a mile in length, and is expected to be complete by June.
Further up-- construction crews have already installed the pillars that will support a bridge over Jennelle Road.
Workers are also blasting rock in an area that will one day include much of the "Smart Road's" rain and snow making towers.
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((RAY PETHTEL/CENTER FOR TRANS. RESEARCH: IT'S ABOUT TWO- POINT THREE MILLION CUBIC METERS OF ROCK AND DIRT THAT HAS TO BE MOVED, SO WHAT YOU'LL SEE WHEN IT'S FINISHED WILL BE THE ROCK LINING, BASICALLY A CANYON HERE RATHER THAN A HILL. ))
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Ray Pethtel is Associate Director of the Center for Transportation Research.
And while he's satisfied with the Smart Road as it stands-- he's focusing on the future.
He's working to convince investors to build a two mile high speed rail system test track-- adjacent to the "Smart Road".
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((THE PRIVATE PARTNERS HAVE NOW COMMITTED SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DEMONSTRATION TRACK, THIS PAST SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WE WERE AUTHORIZED A SEVEN MILLION DOLLAR LOAN AND CONGRESSMAN BOUCHER HAS INCLUDED TWO MILLION FOR THE DEMONSTRATION IN THE FEDERAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BILL. ))
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If investors decide to build the Maglev project-- Pethtel says preliminary work could begin as early as this summer.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Blacksburg.))[Truck-Safety]
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Just like cars- -only more so, tractor trailers have a blind spot--an area where the truck driver cannot see the vehicles behind or beside them.
At Roanoke's Northside High School, truck drivers stressed the need to give tractor trailers plenty of room on the road.
Students climbed aboard an 80-thousand pound truck to see just how big these rigs are.
Darrell Quarles encourages young drivers to stay out of "No- Zones"-- blind spots to the truck's right, left and rear.
((YOU'RE IN A BLIND SPOT, THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR YOU TO BECOME A CASUALTY. NOT BECAUSE WE WANT TO, AND NOT BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO BE SAFE ON THE ROAD, BUT BECAUSE WE JUST CANNOT SEE THE MOTORIST.))
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Today's program is part of a statewide effort to reduce highway truck and car accidents.
It was a record day on Wall Street.
For a little while, anyway.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed the nine-thousand mark for the first time this morning.
When it happened, trading stopped, and the New York Stock Exchange erupted in applause.
But just as soon as the Dow broke nine thousand, it fell back below the milestone.
Analysts said today's activity is a reminder of how strong the economy is.
But they said investors shouldn't get caught up thinking about these thousand-point landmarks.
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The Dow spent much of the day trading above nine thousand.
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At the closing bell it was off three points, however, at 89- hundred-83.
NASDAQ gained two points.
They've had to forfeit football games.. two coaches have been fired... the campus has served as a battleground in the debates over abortion and racism.
All in all, it's been a LONG year for students and teachers at Lynchburg's E.C. Glass High School.
But things took a turn for the better today.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Emma Funk/Student; :31]
[SUPER=01-Peter Trice/Student; :40]
[SUPER=01-Susan Morrison/Principal; :55]
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At least for one day all the criticism and the controversy were nowhere to be found.
Instead, a wave of blue and white washed up on the sidewalk in front of E.C. Glass High School.
Students, parents and teachers joined together for a different kind of rally than what E.C. Glass is used to.
These messages were POSITIVE.. and the enthusiasm was tangible.
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((SALLY VON OESON/PARENT: WE ARE PROUD OF THIS SCHOOL AND I THINK THIS SHOWS IT, AND IT'S GOOD TO SEE SOMETHING POSITIVE BECAUSE IT'S A WONDERFUL SCHOOL.))
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((EMMA FUNK/STUDENT: A LOT OF KIDS HAVE BEEN REALLY DOWN ABOUT EVERYTHING GOING ON BUT I THINK WITH THE TEACHERS AND STUFF DOING THIS, I THINK IT'S BROUGHT A LOT OF US TOGETHER AND IT'S HELPED US OUT A LOT.))
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((PETER TRICE/STUDENT: IT'S JUST BEEN CRAZY. NOW IT'S JUST THE TIME.. IT'S OUR TIME TO SHINE.))
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An afternoon pep rally put the polish on the day.
The idea was to restore some pride to the student body.
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((SUSAN MORRISON/PRINCIPAL: BUT WHAT WE TRY TO DO IS TRY TO THINK ABOUT THE GOOD THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING AND TRY TO PUT THAT OUT THERE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, SO THE KIDS CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT COMING TO E.C. GLASS.))
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Things will calm down next week, but administrators hope these few days of blowing off steam will help get them through to June.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[Sports Tease]
Coming up tonight in sports, Roy Stanley talks with Pete Gillen about the challenge of putting come life back into University Hall.
It's game two for the Express and Blizzard, they're attempting to qualify in Texas,
and they're a week away from their home opener in Salem. We'll see what's up with the Avalanche right after this.
The Winston Cup Stars and Busch Grand National drivers are at the Texas Motor Speedway today qualifying for this weekend's doubleheader.
Emporia native Elliott Sadler won the pole for tomorrow's Coke 300 Busch event.
The cup time trials are just underway with only about ten cars having made their runs.
Dale Jarrett is on the pole right now. Fords hold down the top five sports at this time.
We'll have a complete rundown tonight at 11 and
You can watch the Busch race tomorrow at 2 right here on WDBJ-7 and then catch the Cup event Sunday at 2, also right here on Your Hometown station.
Game two of the Kelly Cup playoffs between the Roanoke Express and the Huntington Blizzard faces off tonight in Huntington.
The Express leads the best of five series 1-nothing after Tuesday night's 4-1 win. Roanoke beat the Blizzard by 5 goals on their last visit to Huntington; a place where the Express is 1 and 1 this season.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:WE EXPECT IT TO BE A VERY DIFFICULT GAME. BUT IT'S NOT A TOUGH BUILDING TO PLAY IN. THEY PLAY WELL THERE AND THEY'RE VERY, VERY GOOD THERE WHEN THEY GET ON THE POWER PLAY. SO WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO PLAY VERY STRONG, GET GOOD GOALTENDING AND PLAY MORE DISCIPLINE.))
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A week from tonight, the Salem Avalanche will open its 1998 Carolina League season at home at Salem Memorial against Winston-Salem on Easter weekend.
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This afternoon workers continued sprucing up the diamond. The team has a number of interesting promotions in store for fans throughout the season, but what it really wants is a winner on the field.
And with this being the final year for the Rockies in Salem under their current agreement they just might get one.
((DAVE OSTER/AVALANCHE GENERAL MANAGER:))
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[OUT Q=....LOOK ELSEWHERE."]
This season the team will be giving away gloves, bats , hats and there also will be a redneck night in July.[S-Sprin
The Virginia Cavaliers will have their annual spring football game tomorrow at Scott Stadium Harrison Field.
The Cavaliers finished last season with a 7 and 4 record. Virginia has had only 8 practices leading up to Saturday's game but Head coach George Welsh like's what's he's seen so far.
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[OUT Q=.....Next week."]
The game kicks off tomorrow afternoon at 1:30[S-UVA]
Pete Gillen officially took over as the Virginia head basketball coach yesterday. He addressed the program and he even talked about improving facilities which the University is preparing to do in the future.
Roy Stanley has more.
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[SUPER=01-Terry Holland/UVA Athletic Director; 1:09]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS.]
((The last time Gillen was at University Hall was 20 years ago when he was an assistant at V-M-I.
Gillen was informed yesterday about the lack of student support at the Cavalier games. The same type of situation that he faced when he took over at Providence.))
((PETE GILLEN/UVA HEAD COACH: ))
((It's no secret that the Cavaliers could use a new basketball facility. Gillen was impressed with his first look at the arena but he also knows the importance of first class facilities when it comes to recruiting.))
((TERRY HOLLAND/UVA ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: ))
((Gillen met with the team yesterday afternoon and planned to hit the road recruiting. Roy Stanley News 7 Sports.))
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