Much of the world is celebrating Easter.
Hundreds of worshipers from around the world traveled to Jersualem for Easter mass.
This acient church is deep in the old city of Jerusalem is thought to have been built over the place where the body of Christ was laid to rest after his crucifixion.
Pope John Paul the Second performed Easter service despite his failing health.
Thousands joined him in Saint Peter's Square.
The Pope's message on human rights takes on added significance after his visits to Cuba and Nigeria.
An apartment fire in Roanoke last night set one man on fire --and sent him running from the building for help.
The blaze broke out around eight-thirty at a two story garage apartment building, at the corner of Ninth Street and Morehead Avenue in southeast Roanoke.
The fire apparently started in an upstairs apartment.
The man who caught fire was first taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
He was listed in stable but serious condition and was flown to U-V-A Hospital last night.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Community support continues to flood in for two women burned from their home earlier this week.
Gertrude Jumper and her daughter, Emma Jones managed to escape from their home, that went up in flames Tuesday night.
People began offering clothes and food to them last Wednesday.
And, since then a Valley Metro bus driver started a collection for the family.
[IN Q=I TALKED WITH]
((WENDELL POFF/VALLEY METRO; I TALKED WITH ONE OF THE FIRE MARSHALLS AND HE TOLD ME THAT SHE LOST JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING SHE HAD.))
[SUPER=01-Wendell Poff/Valley Metro Bus Driver;]
[OUT Q=everything she had.]
Jumper is a regular customer on Poff's route and has ridden the city bus longer than she can remember.
The bus driver says he began the collection by asking his fellow workers to pitch in.
[IN Q=THEN SOME OF]
((POFF; THEN SOME OF THE PUBLIC HEARD ABOUT IT. IT'S JUST GONE RIGHT ON. IT'S BEEN WONDERFUL. IT'S BEEN MORE THAN I EVER EXPECTED.))
[OUT Q=EVER EXPECTED.]
The 103-year old retired domestic worker was overwhelmed by the gesture.
[IN Q=I THINK IT'S]
((GERTRUDE JUMPER/FIRE VICTIM; I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL. I JUST APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT PEOPLE GIVE ME BECAUSE IF THERE WAS EVER A PERSON WHO NEEDED IT, IT'S ME. Laughter))
[SUPER=01-Gertrude Jumper/Fire Victim;]
[OUT Q=IT'S ME. Laughter.]
The local Red Cross is pitching in, too.
It is picking up the tab for Jumper and her family to stay at a nearby hotel.
The family's home was badly burned after someone set fire to an abandoned house next door.
Less than a week to go until an estimated 30-thousand people pack Victory Stadium to listen to the Dave Matthews Band.
It's the first stop in the band's world tour.
Organizers are already preparing for the thousands of people they expect to attend.
David Johnson has more.
[IN Q=The stadium has]
[SUPER=01-Shauna Lee Hudson/Special Events Coordinator; :07]
[SUPER=01-Larry Dowdy/K92-Radio; :40]
[OUT Q=DJO, NEWS 7.]
((The stadium has gone through a major facelift from the lighting to the field.
[IN Q=A LOT OF]
((SHAUNA LEE HUDSON/SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR; A LOT OF PAINTING HAS BEEN DONE, SEATS HAVE BEEN REPLACED. THE BATHROOMS HAVE BEEN REFURBISHED. EVERYTHING'S BEING REFURBISHED. ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE THINGS TO LOOK AT IS THE GRASS. WE'VE GOT NEW SOD DOWN AND A NEW IRRIGATION SYSTEM IS UNDERNEATH THAT. WE WERE GOING TO DO THAT ANYWAY. BUT IT'S NICE THAT IT'S IN PLACE FOR THIS EVENT.))
The group generating so much attention is the Dave Matthews Band.
Radio stations are offering promotions to keep up with the high demand for concert tickets.
[IN Q=WE DID AN]
((LARRY DOWDY/K92-RADIO; WE DID AN ENTIRE WEEKEND GIVING AWAY DAVE MATTHEWS CONCERT TICKETS AND EVERYBODY JUST KEEPS CALLING AND CALLING. SO THE WEEK OF THE SHOW, AS WE GET CLOSER TO CONCERT DAY, WE'RE GOING TO BE GIVING AWAY MORE TICKETS.))
[OUT Q=MORE TICKETS.]
An A-B-C license has been acquired for vendors to sell beer and there will be a six beer limit per person.
There will be 100 port-a-potties close by for comfort.
And while officials don't anticipate any trouble, they're not taking any chances.
400-security personnel will be patroling the grounds.
Parking won't be permitted nearby but there will be 100-shuttle buses running to and from five designated areas, including the Roanoke Civic Center and Downtown.
The last time the city had so much to tackle was back in the 1950's.
[IN Q=THE FOOTBALL]
((HUDSON; THE FOOTBALL GAMES THAT WERE PLAYED HERE, THE CROWDS WERE LARGE BUT NOTHING THIS LARGE.))
[OUT Q=THIS LARGE.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; ONE OF THE LARGEST OF THOSE CROWDS WAS ON NOVEMBER 26, 1942 WHEN THE STADIUM WAS DEDICATED DURING A FOOTBALL GAME BETWEEN VIRGINIA TECH AND VMI. 22-THOUSAND-500 PEOPLE SAW THAT GAME. BUT OFFICIALS SAY THAT NUMBER WILL PALE IN COMPARISON TO WHAT'S EXPECTED HERE ON APRIL 18TH. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
We'll have more on the concert preparations next weekend on News-7 Saturday morning.
(Toss to Andrew)[Heart-Port]
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Earlier this week, we told you about a new surgery for heart patients being performed in Roanoke.
Tonya Flory takes an in depth look at port access -- the operation changing the way heart surgery is performed.
[IN Q=It's the latest...]
[SUPER=01-William Carter/Heart Port Patient; :18]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Joseph Baker/Cardiothorasic Surgeon; :38]
[SUPER=01-Janice Carter/Patient's Wife; :56]
[OUT Q=Health Check.]
(( It's the latest trend in surgery -- minimally invasive procedures are replacing standard open chest surgery in certain cases.
A surgical team at Roanoke Memorial Hospital is now performing the operation that allows patients like 61-year old William Carter to recover in half the time.
[IN Q=Midnight Friday]
((WILLIAM CARTER/HEART PORT PATIENT:MIDNIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT THEY HAD ME ON THE SIDE OF THE BED, HAD ME ON MY FEET SATURDAY, I WALKED THE HALLS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AND I WENT HOME ON MONDAY. I'M STILL WALKING AND GOING AND OFF OF PAIN MEDICINE, I FEEL WONDERFUL.))
[OUT Q=I feel wonderful.]
So far, about a dozen port-access surgeries have been performed at Roanoke Memorial.
All have been successful.
[IN Q=Because the incision]
((DR. JOSEPH BAKER/CARDIOTHORASIC SURGEON:BECAUSE THE INCISION IS SMALLER AND BECAUSE WE DON'T SPLIT THE BREASTBONE, PATIENTS CAN GET BACK TO FULL ACTIVITY IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.))
[OUT Q=of time.]
Despite the advantages, Carter's family did have some reservations since he was one of the first to undergo this fledgling operation.
[TAPE 2 SOT 00:02:16]
[IN Q=Yes I did]
((JANICE CARTER/PATIENT'S WIFE:YES I DID AT THE BEGINNING, BUT AFTER HE MADE UP HIS MIND I WAS WILLING TO GO ALONG WITH WHAT HE DECIDED TO DO.))
[OUT Q=to do.]
Instead of cracking open the chest and bones, surgeons make a three to four inch incision directly under the breast.
They then work through small openings or ports in the chest wall between the ribs.
But this technique is not for all cardiac patients.
Doctors say only patients with coronary artery and valvular heart disease are candidates for the port access procedure.
And when given the option between traditional heart surgery or the new method -- most opt for the more cosmetically pleasing result.
[IN Q=There's no question]
((DR. JOSEPH BAKER/CARDIOTHORASIC SURGEON:THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE PATIENTS LIKE THE INCISIONS BETTER IN WOMEN IT'S ALMOST COMPLETELY HIDDEN AND IN MEN IT'S A COSMETICALLY VERY ACCEPTABLE INCISION.))
[OUT Q=acceptable incision.]
[IN Q=I've got a]
((WILLIAM CARTER/HEART PORT PATIENT:I'VE GOT A SMALL INCISION RIGHT HERE ABOUT FOUR INCHES LONG RUNNING THIS WAY AND A COUPLE OF LITTLE HOLES WHERE THEY HAD DRAIN TUBES IN ME AND THEY'VE HEALED OVER.))
[OUT Q=healed over]
Carter is still in recovery, but other than being a little weak, he says he's better than ever and ready to live a longer, healthier life.
Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check. ))
There are now about 100 centers in the world offering the surgery.
Doctors from other hospitals are learning the techniques at Roanoke Memorial.
[ANCHOR=Denise 2 shot]
[***No Music Under]
Here's a look at today's top stories.
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Christians around the world are celebrating Easter this morning.
Hundreds of Christians traveled to Jerusalem for services and thousands more celebrated mass with the Pope.
A fire in Southeast Roanoke last night sent left one man badly burned and in the hospital.
The fire broke out around eight-30 at the corner Ninth Street and Morehead Avenue.
And community support is rolling in for two women who lost their home to a fire earlier this week.
Valley Metro drivers have been collecting money for 103-year old Gertrude Jumper and her daughter Emma Jones.
[ANCHOR=Denise 2 SHOT]
And that's what's making news on this Sunday April 12-th.
(toss to Andrew for Newsreel)
(Toss to Andrew for Newsreel)
The boys of summer are back at area ballparks.
But for Salem's minor-leaugue team, it's been a long time since they rounded the bases to a winning season.
David Seidel takes us back in Virginia Newsreel.
[SUPER=03-Salem/September, 1987; :08]
[SUPER=01-Steve Demeter/Buccaneers Manager; :41]
[SUPER=01-Tony Chance/Buccaneers Player; :58]
[OUT Q=Seidel, News-7]
(([Nat hit 02:59]
The last time Salem had a winning season, they were known as the Buccaneers and the year was 1987-- the same year they won the Carolina League championship.
They took on the Kinston Indians in a best of five series to take the title.
The Bucs took the first game 6 to 4 combining powerful hitting and strong pitching from Bill Sampen.
Salem exploded in Game 2 of the series.
Two homers and two picture-perfect hit and run plays gave the Buccaneers the 7 to 1 win.
[IN Q=Things did work]
((STEVE DEMETER/BUCCANEERS MANAGER; THINGS DID WORK PRETTY WELL. YOU CALL THE PLAYS AND IF THE PLAYERS EXECUTE YOU LOOK GOOD AND IF THEY DON'T THEN IT'S THE WRONG PLAY. BUT WE'VE BEEN GOOD AT ALL THOSE THINGS, THE EXECUTION, THIS YEAR.))
[OUT Q=this year]
With the win, Salem had three chances to win one more game.
[IN Q=Going into]
((TONY CHANCE/BUCCANEERS PLAYER; GOING INTO THEIR BALLPARK, IT'S A LITTLE BIGGER THAN OURS. THE BALL'S A LITTLE HARDER TO SEE. WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO STICK OUR NOSES IN THERE AND GO GET EM.))
[OUT Q=go get em]
Salem took the next game and the title in Kinston, winning 5 to 2 behind the pitching of Mike Walker.
[IN Q=Sweep, Sweep]
((SWEEP, SWEEP, SWEEP.))
The Buccaneers are gone now, but the losing record is still there.
Salem hasn't finished above the 500 mark since the 87 season.
That's Virignia Newsreel, I'm David Seidel, News-7.))
The Roanoke needed an overtime to get the play off win last night, but now the Express is just one game away from getting another step closer to the Kelly Cup.
Roanoke leads the best of five playoff series with the Hampton Roads Admirals 2 games to none.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Admirals]
An express fan watching the team warm up before the face off with the Admirals.
And the Admirals would get the first score when Dominique Maltais hits this slap shot and it gets by Express Goalie Dave Gagnon and Hampton went on top by a score of 1 to nothing.
But the Express would come back with a score in the second period. Wayne Strachan gets out on the
break away and score the goal to tie it at 1 to 1.
And Roanoke wins it in overtime 3 to 2.
To the National Hockey League, it was a night at the fights in Calgary.
Rocky Thompson and Bill Huard (U-erd) fight it out and this one was a close one.
The Oilers take the board first, Todd Marchant with the powerplay goal in the opening period.
But the Flames keep firing away at Edmonton and finally take the match five to four.
Back in the states, the Los Angles Lakers and Golden State were hammering one out on the hardwood.
Shaq, stirring it up in the paint, sinks the two and the Lakers have the early lead.
O'Neal in the paint again this time he whips up a quick dish. Mario Bennett with the jam and the Lakers beat the Warriors 96-to-84.
It's hard to mask the beauty of nature, even in times of war.
Steve Mason found that out while travelling to the Sudan and Uganda in Africa.
In the second part of his report, he takes us on safari.
[IN Q=A beautiful African]
[SUPER=01-Steve Zegarski/Safari Participant; :29]
[SUPER=01-Quigg Lawrence/Safari Team; :47]
[SUPER=01-Courtney Mauzy/Safari Team; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-George Atube/Safari Guide; 1:39]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Tull/Safari Team; 2:10]
[OUT Q=..News 7"]
((A beautiful African sunset greeted the mission's team members as they entered Northern Uganda's Mutchinson Falls National Park. This national preserve encompasses 3,864 square kilometers. No street lights or rush hour traffic; but that didn't mean the roads weren't busy. Thompson Gazelles blended into the landscape but no one missed the giraffes; the highlight of the land tour.
An unforgettable tour of the Nile River began with a rather close encounter with a Hippopotomis that was hardly camera shy.
Approximately 18 hundred hippos live in the park; one of the largest herds on the 6,700 kilometer Nile. The two story touring boat kept the safari at a safe distance from the powerful beasts.
((GEORGE ATUBE/SAFARI GUIDE:))
Not even the 850 crock's in the park could prevent one traveler from a cat nap that quickly came to an end when two large elephants were spotted near rivers edge. The preserve is named after perhaps its most magnificent sight; Mutchisin falls.
650 species of birds inhabit the park. and it was no wonder after the Safari; each participant felt like they too were on cloud nine. In Uganda, Steve Mason, News 7.))
People all around the world, the nation and Virginia are celebrating this Easter.
[Double Boxes=Denise and David/Microwave]
David Johnson joins us live from Natural Bridge where the 52-nd consecutive Sunrise Service has just taken place.
( ad lib)
(Rollcue:of Jesus Christ)
The Crowd Started to form at dusk as people came from near and far to enjoy church services at one of the world's seven natural wonders.
[SUPER=01-Linda Hall/Hanover Co.; ]
[Outcue=Today and Everyday]
Once they arrived people made the trek from the entrance down the path under the bridge and toward the grounds.
The service was just getting warmed up before theguest speaker's address.
[SUPER=01-Loyd Ogilvie/U.S. Senate Chaplain; :07]
[OUT Q=Wonderful Easter Morning]
( ad lib)
[Double Boxes=Denise and David/Microwave]
A Lynchburg man is in critical condition this morning after being shot yesterday afternoon.
Jesse Alvin Gray was shot in the chest around 2 p-m at one-thousand four Pinehurst Street in Lynchburg.
According to police the shooting took place after an argument.
Houston D. Haskins owns the home where the shooting occurred.
However, police would NOT confirm that he was Gray's attacker.
Charges have yet to be filed in the case.
A birthday cookout in North Carolina turned deadly yesterday.
[SUPER=03-Nash Co., NC;]
Three family members were killed and three other people were hospitalized when a man opened fire on dozens of his family members.
The man, Keith Lamont Powell, apparently fired a rifle into the crowd then fled the scene.
Police later found Powell dead in his car - a victim of carbon monoxide
A motive for the shooting has not been released.
Police say the mother of a Florida prisoner is the master mind behind his escape.
[SUPER=03-Miami-Dade Co., FL;]
The daring breakout started when an 18-wheeler barrelled through four prison fences, someone firing on guards all the way.
31-year-old Jay Siegler escaped during the confusion.
[IN Q=THEY GOT TO]
((DET. RUDY ESPINOSA/MIAMI-DADE POLICE: THEY GOT TO THE FENCE, APPARENTLY IT WAS PRE-PLANNED WHERE JAY SEIGLER WAS STANDING THAT'S WHEN THE EXCAPE TOOK PLACE.))
[SUPER=01-Det. Rudy Espinosa/Miami-Dade Police;]
[OUT Q=ESCAPE TOOK PLACE]
Authorities say 51-year-old Sandra Siegler, the prisoner's mother was waiting in a vehicle outside the gate.
She is now behind bars, her son was last seen at this shopping mall.
A local historian wants to draw national attention to Rocky Mount by making it an historic district.
She says the town's boundries are full of historic treasures.
Tina Tenret has more.
[IN Q=Rocky Mount]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00]
[SUPER=01-Anne Stuart Beckett/Architectural Historian; :30]
[SUPER=01-Anne Carter Lee/Resident; 1:04]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret, News7]
((Rocky Mount is the seat of Franklin County.
Its massive two-story courthouse was built about 80 years ago by a Roanoke architect.
Just down Main Street looms Virgil Goode's law office, the oldest commercial building in town.
Still trading feed and seed is the former Farmer's Exchange.
And, the 1874 Trinity Episcopal Church is a community cornerstone.
These buildings could soon be part of a national historic district.
[IN Q=Really there are ]
((ANNE STUART BECKETT/ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN: REALLY THERE ARE NO DISADVANTAGES WITH PUTTING A BUILDING OR DISTRICT ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER. YOU CAN STILL DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO THE BUILDING, YOU CAN PAINT IT, YOU CAN ADD TO IT, YOU CAN TEAR IT DOWN.))
[OUT Q=tear it down]
In fact, old buildings like the railroad depot that are being restored get hefty tax breaks -- IF they are part of an historic district.
That discount would also apply to historic homes.
Anne Carter Lee's house was built in 1812 -- she thinks an historic district would not only welcome outsiders, but also tie neighborhoods together.
[IN Q=One thing that's]
((ANNE CARTER LEE: ONE THING THAT'S PARTICULARLY NICE ABOUT ROCKY MOUNT IS YOU DON'T LIVE IN CULTURAL GHETTOS. I'M NOT SAYING THERE ISN'T PREJUDICE AND PLENTY OF DIFFICULTIES BUT PEOPLE CAN'T LIVE IN A CULTURAL GHETTO BECAUSE IT'S NOT BIG ENOUGH. PEOPLE KNOW EACH OTHER.))
[OUT Q=KNOW EACH OTHER]
[IN Q=If all goes well]
((IF ALL GOES WELL, ROCKY MOUNT COULD KNOW BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR WHETHER IT'S MADE IT ONTO THE NATIONAL REGISTER. BUT FIRST -- TOWN COUNCIL MEMBERS MUST DECIDE WHETHER TO EVEN APPLY. THAT HAPPENS MONDAY NIGHT. TINA TENRET, NEWS7.))
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7]))
Technology now aids the survival of babies so small they often suffer devastating disablilities. But some parents don't want doctors to save their children.
In fact, some have filed Wrongful LIFE lawsuits when their wishes are not followed.
That's one of the stories you can catch tonight on 60-Minutes.
Here's Lesley Stahl.
[IN Q=Knowing that]
[OUT Q=of their daughter.]
You can see that story and more tonight on your Hometown Station.
That's 60-Minutes at Seven O-Clock.[EggOpen]
She lives in a white house.. her home is on White House Road, and tomorrow a Bedford County artist will be GOING to the White House in Washington, D.C.
Steve Smallshaw tells us why this year's Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn has a special Bedford County connection..
It's all in this week's "Virginia Profile".
[OUT Q=stop animation]
[IN Q=Susan Loy]
[SUPER=01-Susan Loy/Artist; :21]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.]
(( Susan Loy calls it "literary calligraphy".. an art form she developed about twenty years ago.
A favorite quote or text is shaped into a circular form, then surrounded by decorative artwork and design.
Loy says her work mostly lends itself to the description of flowers..
it can take weeks, sometimes months to find exactly the right quotation she's looking for.
[IN Q=When I go]
((SUSAN LOY/ARTIST: WHEN I GO OUT, ALL MY WORK IS LOOKING FOR THESE TEXTS, I ALMOST ALWAYS FIND THEM AND I ALMOST ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THEM AND THAT'S THE MAGIC OF ART.))
[OUT Q=magic of art.]
Tucked away on this quiet farm near Moneta, Loy works in her upstairs studio, while next door three full- time employees are kept busy matting, framing and shipping her prints around the world.
Her art is beginning to turn some heads.
A year ago, the Virginia Egg Council asked Loy to create the state egg for the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House.
She did so well, they commissioned her to design the program cover for THIS year's event.
Her Easter creation features quotes from several authors including Mark Twain and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Each has a special tie to the Easter holiday, but it was a verse from a Kate Chopin work that especially caught her eye.
[IN Q=She looked]
((SUSAN LOY: "SHE LOOKED WITH PLEASED CURIOSITY TOWARDS THE GROUPS OF MEN AND MAIDENS WHO WERE GAILY MATCHING THEIR EASTER EGGS UNDER THE SHADE OF THE CHINABERRY TREE. MUCH PLEASED, THEN SHE BENT HER PRETTY HEAD OVER THE HAT AND WAS EVIDENTLY PUZZLED TO MAKE A SELECTION AMONG SO MANY THAT WERE SO BEAUTIFUL". AND THAT'S WHAT REALLY MADE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH IT BECAUSE IT ALSO CONVEYS THE BOUNTY OF AMERICA AND FOR THIS OCCASION IT SEEMED JUST PERFECT.))
[OUT Q=seemed just perfect.]
Loy will be in Washington tomorrow, getting ideas for the POSTER she'll create for the 1999 Easter Egg Roll.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
[TAPE#=sports extra TC 05:49]
When you think of soccer powerhouses, Blacksburg and the William Byrd boys team come to mind.
Actually the LADY Terriers are establishing themselves as the team to be beat.
They're the defending district and regional champions and the program is only four years old.
[IN Q=about FOUR YEARS]
[SUPER=01-Judy Leacock/Wm. Byrd Soccer Mom;]
[SUPER=01-Alyssa Leacock/Wm. Byrd Soccer Player;]
[SUPER=01-Shawn Duff/Wm. Byrd Girls Soccer Coach;]
[OUT Q=Very rewarding, very rewarding]
[IN Q=ABOUT FOUR YEARS ]
[OUT Q=REST WERE CUT]
[IN Q=I WAS KIND]
[OUT Q=WHAT TO DO]
That cut was not a dead end, but a beginning--the beginning of girls soccer at William Byrd.
A club team was started and after two years of meetings with the school board a varsity program was finally approved.
[IN Q=we started]
[OUT Q=in the paper]
Fundraisers pay for the team's uniforms, field maintenance, lights and then there's the one hundred dollars per game for the referees.
The county pays for the coach. Shawn Duff worked with Byrd's very successful boys team.
[IN Q=i wanted]
[OUT Q=i had hoped]
Three years later the girls are defending their district and regional titles.
Coach Duff says he has four seniors who are the heart and soul of this team and dedicated parents who made this opportunity possible for him and the players.
[IN Q=to watch]
[OUT Q=very rewarding very rewarding]))
Girls soccer is growing, but they're still aren't enough Double-A teams for a state championship.
Coach Duff says that should change within the next two years.
It's a sure sign of spring-- the annual Cherry Blossom parade
[IN Q=Nat Marching Band]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; ]
[OUT Q=nat band]
About 100-thousand people gathered on the mall to watch the festivities.
Eleven marching bands and 90 different groups from across the country took part in the parade.
Spirits didn't seem dampened by the fact that the cherry blosoms peaked about a week ago.
Don't forget about News-7 Mornin.
Here's Steve Pardon with a look ahead.
[IN Q=I'm Steve]
[OUT Q=tomorrow at 6 am.]