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The late news is full of stuff on NEWS 7 tonight.
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Twisters across the south leave a broad swath of death and destruction.
Former prisoners of war win some rock-solid recognition in Salem.
A small plane bounces off the runway and ends up hanging by a wheel off a power line.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


And the express picks a good night to play one of it's best games of the season.[Newsbreak]


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Good Evening.
The attorneys in Grayson County's high- profile murder case have agreed not to talk about it.
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At a motions hearing for those accused of killing G-P Johnson- -the lawyers imposed a gag order upon themselves- -and the judge endorsed it, as a good idea.
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Prisoners of War have their own monument in Salem now. They dedicated the stone marker at the V-A Hospital this afternoon.
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And the city of Roanoke has hired a lawyer and a P-R firm to deal with barrels full of hazardous waste found at the Public Works department yard.
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More news at 11.[Tornado]


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They're still searching tonight- -planning to stay at it through the night- -near Birmingham, Alabama- -hoping to find survivors and victims of LAST night's tornadoes.
A 9-month-old baby WAS found alive earlier- -giving rescue workers hope of finding others.
The death toll from tornadoes in the South now stands at 38... 32 of those around Birmingham.
The storm damaged or destroyed more than 400 homes in Alabama.
Sixty thousand people are without power in parts of Georgia. It could take days to gets the lights back on.
President Clinton has declared parts of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi disaster areas.
Byron Pitts has the latest. [****take from NEWSPATH****]
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[SUPER=05-Birmingham, AL;][Confederate-Month]



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He calls it "the right thing to do."
Governor Jim Gilmore's put his own stamp on "Confederate History Month" in Virginia.
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But the Governor's carefully- worded proclamation has drawn fire from Confederate supporters themselves.
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((WAYNE BYRD/HERITAGE PRESERVATION ASSOC.: GOVERNOR GILMORE SAYS YOUR PEOPLE ARE HONORABLE AND I RECOGNIZE THAT, BUT-- YOU HAVE SOME SKELETONS IN YOUR CLOSET THAT I NEED TO BRING FORTH AND SHOW TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA TO MAKE IT ACCEPTABLE. NO SIR, I DON'T LIKE IT.))
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Gilmore's proclamation calls the Civil War "a tragic, heroic...struggle for deeply held beliefs," but it also condemns slavery.
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((I THINK IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO IN APRIL TO RECOGNIZE CONFEDERATE HISTORY MONTH AND THE HERITAGE THAT WE HAVE AS VIRGINIANS, BUT THE PROCLAMATION IS INCLUSIVE OF EVERYONE, TALKS ABOUT THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR.))
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Even with the slavery language, the N-double-A-C-P is NOT crazy about the proclamation either.
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((LINDA BYRD-HARDEN/VA. NAACP: THE GOVERNOR HAD TO LEARN A VERY DIFFICULT LESSON AND THAT'S THAT YOU CAN'T STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD ON RACE RELATIONS.))
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The Sons of Confederate Veterans actually requested the proclamation -- as it has annually in recent years.
State Commander Collin Pulley says he'll accept the proclamation-- but he'd like the wording on slavery left out nex

t year.[POW-Memorial]


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A monument to prisoners of war has found a home in Salem.
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The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Ex- Prisoners of War dedicated the memorial this afternoon.
It stands outside of the V-A Medical Center, and pays tribute to those who sacrificed their own freedom to protect the nation's.
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((ROBERT GRAY/FORMER PRISONER OF WAR: FORMER PRISONERS OF WAR, WE CAN ENJOY SOME OF THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE. THOSE MEN GAVE EVERYTHING THEY HAD. WHEN YOU GIVE YOUR LIFE, YOU'VE GOT NO MORE. THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS TO ME THAT WE ARE TRYING TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO GAVE EVERYTHING THEY HAD THAT I MIGHT BE HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN CEREMONIES LIKE THIS))
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The group has been working for ten years to honor former P-O-Ws with a monument. The V-A Medical Center has assume

d responsibility for its care and maintenance.[No-Wake]


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A policy board at Smith Mountain Lake says boaters should NOT have to idle through a busy cove.
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Residents want no-wake buoys at the mouth of Becky's Creek, so boaters do not speed through the cove.
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Buoys currently force boats to idle near Shoreline Marina, at the end of the cove.
The board agreed to move them to midway through the cove, but residents say that's even more dangerous -- they say that would force jet-skiiers to turn around at a shallow, narrow, crowded point.
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((DICK HACH/COVE RESIDENT: THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE LAST OCTOBER. I HAVE PUT HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF HOURS INTO THIS AND I THINK IT'S TOTALLY WRONG THE POSITION THAT YOU'RE TAKING.))
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The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries must give its okay before the buoys are moved.
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A single- engine plane dangled upside down by one wheel for almost four hours in Seattle today.
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[v/o-NAT]
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Local pilot Mike Warren was coming in for a landing at Seattle's Boeing Field.
He actually touched down, then suddenly took off again, veered left and hit a set of power lines.
And there he stayed, 60-feet above a highway hanging by a thread- -it seemed.
A Fire Department cherry picker managed to pluck the pilot from the plane.
A crane later lowered the Cessna to the ground.
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Keith tosses to Robin in the Chromakey

[Tease1]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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In Roanoke,
City Council candidates shared their views on the cleanup of a local hazardous waste site.
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[VO-NAT]


And some local students are joining NASA for a rocket launch...with the help of the computer age.
That's coming up on News 7 at 11.
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[Abduction]


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North Carolina police say a man awaiting sentencing in Danville for sexually assaulting a young girl has "struck again"... this time in Charlotte.
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41- year- old Robin Martin was arrested yesterday by authorities in North Carolina.
They say he lured a 12- year- old girl away from her church, raped her, and left her bound and gagged on the side of the road.
In September, Martin was found guilty by a Danville jury of sexual battery and indecent exposure.
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That case involved an eight- year- old girl.
Danville City Police won't comment on Martin's arrest.

The Commonwealth's Attorney isn't returning phone calls.[Grayson-Murder]


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Attorneys associated with Grayson County's most highly publicized murder case are lowering their profile.
Both sides have voluntarily agreed to NO longer grant interviews with the press.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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(( The manner in which Garnett G-P Johnson was murdered continues to generate publicity.
The former Marine was burned alive and later decapitated.
Louis Ceparano and Emmett Cressell, Junior are charged with murder but both have attorneys who've taken different positions toward the press.
For the most part-- coverage has focused on Cressell who's attorneys have voluntarily cast their client in a positive light.
To level the playing field, Ceparano's attorneys, who've essentially avoided the press asked for a gag order.
Jeff Dorsey and Mark Claytor have agreed to the conditions as long as Ceparano's attorneys also adhere to the order-- which they did.
Judge Colin Campbell indicated he supports the measure but has NOT decided whether he'll move Ceparano's trial out of Grayson County.
Residents have their own opinion.
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((LEMAN ASHBROOK/GRAYSON CO. RESIDENT: I BELIEVE HE WOULD GET A BETTER TRIAL OUT OF THIS COUNTY DUE TO ALL THE CONTROVERSY THAT'S GOING ON. I JUST THINK WHAT'S THE USE TO MOVE IT, IT HAPPENED, I MEAN IT HAPPENED HERE I THINK IT OUGHT TO BE DONE HERE. )) [RUNS:12]
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Another matter was also addressed in court--
Cressell has agreed to testify against Ceparano.
But Commonwealth's attorney J-D Bolt says despite what many may think there's NO deal guaranteeing Cressell leniency.

Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))[Anderson]


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A Martinsville woman allegedly admitted to killing an elderly Roanoke County man last fall.
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Barbara Anderson's accused of beating James Beane to death last fall, at his home near Cave Spring Corner.
Police found Anderson at the house and arrested her for the murder.
A police officer testified today that at one point Anderson told him: "take me to jail, arrest me, because I did it."
Anderson's hearing has been delayed several times for psychiatric examinations.
The case was sent to the June grand jury.

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Roanoke council candidates disagree on the way the city is handling the cleanup of a hazardous waste site.
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The city hired an outside attorney and a public relations firm to help deal with the discovery of some barrels buried at the public works yard.
At a candidates forum tonight, incumbents Bill White, Nelson Harris and Jack Parrott said the expenses are justified, because this involves complex legal and environmental issues.
Alvin Hudson agreed, although he said he thinks the city has a habit of hiring consultants a bit too often.
Challengers Bill Bestpitch, Joe Nash and Chris Muse could see not see the need for the P-R firm. They said all the city has to do is tell the truth.
The debate was sponsored by Williamson Road business and civic groups.

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A busines owner and former mayor are two of eight candidates in Clifton Forge running for only three seats on city council.
Stacey Martin spoke with Kenneth Yeagley (YEAH-GLEE) and Johnny Wright and has this report.
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They're making stumps out of trees and clearing the brush to make way for a new four-lane bridge leading into Clifton Forge.
Supervising the work is Kenneth-Yeagley--owner of Alleghany Utility Construction and a candidate for city council who believes his "PROGRESSIVE" approach to business is the kind of leadership the city needs.
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Yeagley, like other candidates, believes the city's dire financial situation needs the most attention. But, he sees reverting back to town status as a step back--
A view that's NOT shared by former mayor Johnny Wright.
Now, city council CANDIDATE Wright feels with limited finances the city has few alternatives.
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((JOHNNY WRIGHT/CANDIDATE, CLIFTON FORGE CITY COUNCIL: WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO OPERATE THAT WAY. WEWOULDN'T DO OUR OWN BUDGETS THAT WAY AT HOME. WE'D DO WITHOUT THINGS WHEN WE CAN. AND I THINK WE NEED TO LOOK AT THOSE THINGS THAT WAY.)) [RUNS11]
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Wright also favors improving education by building a new elementary school within city limits.
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((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: DORSEY HUFFMAN WAS THE ONLY CANDIDATE TO REFUSE OUR REQUEST FOR AN INTERVIEW. TOMORROW WE'LL HEAR FROM THE REMAINING TWO CANDIDATES AND GET THEIR THOUGHTS ON REVERSION, EDUCATION AND THE FUTURE OF CLIFTON FORGE. SM, NEWS 7.)) [RUNS12]

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W-2's from employers are essential to filling out your tax forms, but accountants stress double checking the forms with your pay stubs.
Any errors should be reported immediately to your employer, so the necessary correction can be sent to the I-R-S.
And if you're looking to your retirement with an I-R-A, keep in mind the new Roth I-R-A's won't have any bearing on the tax return that's due next week. You can roll over an existing I-R-A into a Roth, now- -but it won't affect your t

axes until next year.[Tease2]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Roanoke's new police chief did his part to help the Express rack up another victory....
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[VO-NAT]


and
they're not quitting their day jobs...
but we'll tell you why some familiar faces donned aprons tonight to wait tables at a local restaurant.
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[Moonlink]


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Botetourt County high school students are helping NASA scientists explore the moon.
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Twenty-four mission members are launching a satellite into orbit -- they navigate online, guided by NASA representatives.
It's a replica of NASA's voyage earlier this year, and students will gather real data.
They're hoping to surprise the experts with new metals or sources of water.
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((STEVE DUNN/STUDENT: FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TO ACTUALLY LOOK AT WHAT THE MOON IS MADE OF I THINK THAT'S EXTREMELY INTERESTING AND A VERY GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME.))
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These two-person teams spent weeks studying the moon and learning the various crew positions.
They say they not only learned to work together -- but some hope to work for NASA.
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[CELEBRITIES]


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Big Brothers/Big Sisters got a big boost from some locally famous folks,
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and even some infamous ones like our own Patrick Evans.
He, along with local politicians, radio, and other TV personalities were waiting tables during lunch AND dinner at Big Lick Publick House.
All tips, and a portion of all proceeds, went to Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
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((IT HELPS US TO CREATE AWARENESS AND HELSP US RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS AND ALSO IT HELPS US TO RIASE SOME FUND SO THAT WE CAN FIND THAT VOLUNTEER TO HELP THE CHILD.))
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Along with Patrick Evans, News 7's Steve Pardon hustled tips today to help the cause.
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Highlights and postgame from the Roundhouse as Roanoke sinks the Admirals.
We'll hear from all three of the areas Carolina League clubs as they open their seasons tomorrow night.
WCW highlights are on the way, along with some swings from the Masters.
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[VO-NAT]


The activities at Augusta began at nine this morning with the traditional ceremonial tee shots from three real Masters.
Gene Sarazan teeed off first. He had honors because he is an amazing 96 years old.
Then Byron Nelson stepped to the tee box and hit a respectable drive.
Then came Slammin Sammy Snead who came out of his hospital bed yesterday, stepped up and hit a 235 yard drive right down the middle. Snead is only 85.
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The Roanoke Express played one of its best games of the season last night.
Steve Mason has more on their second round playoff victory over Hampon Roads.
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A battle between two number 1's and in net. On this night; the older statesman would show the younster a save or 2 as Dave Gagnon stopped all 29 shots he faced. ((DUANE HARMER:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((DAVE GAGNON:)) with Gags at his best; three goals from the Express offense was more than enough. Tim Christian opened the scoring in the seocnd period; collecting another Dave Sttewart looose cannon for a 1-nothing Express lead. ((TIM CHRISTIAN:))
Roanoke kept Hampton Roads sniper Victor Jervais in check as the Express finished the night perfect on penalty kills. The only loss of the night. playoff leading scorer Mike peron re injured his shoulder. ((MIKE PERON:))
But other players are stepping up. Travis Smith's goal with 10 minutes left in the game was his second of the playoffs; equaling his entire goal output of the regular season. ((TRAVIS:))
gAME TWO FACES OFF SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7:35 AT THE rOUND hOUSE. s.m NEWS 7 SPORTS.))

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The Carolina League season opens tonight for the area's three teams.
The Salem Avalanche opens a seven game homestand tonight as Winston Salem comes to town.
Fans can expect to see some decent in the yard this year.
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((DAVE OSTER/AVALANCHE GENERAL MANAGER:))
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Carolina league baseball is returning to Danville as the 97s open their season tonight against the Prince William Cannons.
The 97s arrived in Danville on Wednesday night after a very successful spring in Orlando, Florida.
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If the Avalanche and the 97's are to have big years they will first have to take care of the Lynchburg Hillcats.
The defending Carolina League champs met the media today in the Hill City.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]


Several players from last years team are back in the Hill City manager Jeff Richardson says the team came on in the final weeks of spring training.
And he said the strong pitching staff should make the Hillcats a legitimate contender for another Carolina League Championship.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The Hillcats open their season tomorrow night on the road at Kinston.[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Right after this quick break we'll turn our attention to the NFL and check in with the retiring Marcus Allen.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus, we'll head down to the Florida State campus in Tallahassee for tonight's WCW action.

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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-9]
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One of the NFL's greatest and most durable runing backs ever retired from the league this afternoon.
Marcus Allen who scored a record 123 touchdowns and played in 222 games in his 16 year career called it quits in an emotional newsconference.
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((MARCUS ALLEN/RETIRES AFTER 16 SEASONS:))
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Marcus is coming to CBS as a game analyst this Fall.

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And finally tonight, we head to Tallahassee to a sold out Leon County Civic Center where the WCW took up residence tonight.
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Among the interesting moves and matches of the evening. The Crippler Chris Benoit beat NWO member Konnan with the submission crossface hold.
Also, check out Kidman with the back flip splash off the top rope to beat Psychosis.
And the New World Order took yet another hit as its spokesman Eric Bischoff got suplexed on the floor by Rick Steiner. Don't forget WCW on WDBJ Saturday at Noon.

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Steve Mason already gave us the higlights of the Express game....but in tonight's video of the day we'll look at how the game started...
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Roanoke's new Chief of Police Joe Gaskins threw out the opening puck in front of a crowd of more than two-thousand people.
Gaskins has been living up to his promise to get to know the city.
Last week he waited tables at Applebee's as part of a funraiser.
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