Up next on News 7 at 11...
Rock and roll and record crowds fill Roanoke's Victory Stadium.
A rough ride sends more than a dozen airline passengers to the hospital.
And a group of neo-nazis find they're not welcome in Minnesota.
News 7 at 11 is next.[Dave-Matthews]
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The Dave Matthews Band rocked Roanoke earlier this afternoon--kicking off its world tour at Victory Stadium.
David Johnson was at the concert and has this report.
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This band has been performing together since 1991.
Fans say the group's musical style continues to evolve and get better.
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((RYAN ABELMAN; IT'S A BIT OF FOLK WITH SOME ROCK. HE BLENDS VIOLINS AND SAXOPHONES AND FLUTES. HE HAS JUST A GREAT SOUND. HIS VOICE IS VERY UNIQUE.))
((TIA DIXON; IT'S MUSIC FOR EVERYBODY. YOU CAN'T CATEGORIZE IT AS FOLK OR POP. IT'S MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE.))
The group started an international tour here in Roanoke.
About 30-thousand people made it to the initial concert date.
This was the first of many concert tour stops for several fans.
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((MANDY BROWN; WE MIGHT GO TO NEW ORLEANS. I THINK IT'S APRIL 27TH. AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE HIM IN CINNCINATI JUNE 2ND.))
((PAT DOBMER; LOOK AT AL THESE PEOPLE. ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE HERE FOR THIS. 30-THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE HERE ALL FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC. ALL FOR THE LOVE OF THIS BAND.))
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Before this concert, the record crowd was 22 thousand 500 people, who showed up for a Virginia Tech-VMI football game.
Today's crowd estimates top that figure by 7,000.
David Johnson, News 7.[Concert-Perimeters]
The most anticipated concert event in recent Roanoke history went fairly smoothly, say local police.
And for those who didn't have a ticket to the show, having Dave Matthews in town was a chance to turn a little profit.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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((DAVE MATTHEWS? YES, MA'AM, GO STRAIGHT AHEAD, OVER TO THE RIGHT, SHUTTLE BUSES WILL PICK YOU UP AT THE FLAGS AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE AUDITORIUM. THANK YOU.))
For thousands of people the day started in line at shuttle bus locations like the Roanoke Civic Center.
It was here where concert- goers got their first advice on what to expect once they got to the stadium.
((OFFICER L.R. BURKE/ROANOKE P.D.: POCKETBOOKS ARE FINE, BACKPACKS YOU CANNOT HAVE, ALL RIGHT. THE PROMOTER IS THE ONE WHO MAKES THIS DECISION.))
Whereas most people only had music on their mind, others had dollar signs in their eyes.
If you didn't have a ticket, people like Ken Jones were willing to help you out.
Not surprisingly, Jones is a business major at Virginia Tech.
((KEN JONES/TICKET SELLER: I JUST TRY TO GET 'EM AS CHEAP AS I CAN, HALF PRICE OR WHATEVER. Reporter: THEN SELL THEM FOR AS MUCH AS YOU CAN? JONES: WELL, I DON'T SELL 'EM FOR ABOVE COST. Reporter: YOU DON'T SELL THEM FOR ABOVE COST? THAT'S SCALPING? JONES: YEAH, THAT'S SCALPING.))
Scalping of course, can get you in trouble with the law..
But if you owned parking space near the stadium, you could set your own rate.
((WHITT HALL/PARKING ENTREPRENEUR: TEN BUCKS, THEY SAY IS CHEAP. THEY'D PAY PROBABLY TWENTY BUCKS IF WE ASKED THEM TO. YEAH, YOU CAN THROW A ROCK TO THE STADIUM FROM HERE, SO THIS IS AS CLOSE AS YOU CAN GET.))
((KATIE FINK/PARKING ENTREPRENEUR: WE JUST DECIDED TO TAKE SOME POSTERS AND TRY TO DRAW 'EM IN. FIGURED, YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE LAST LOT, THIS IS AS CLOSE AS YOU'RE GOING TO GET WITH ALL THE STREET CLOSINGS.))
Even with roads blocked off, the neighborhoods close to Victory Stadium haven't seen many problems.
A simple sign kept unwanted vehicles out of area lots.. and
not having a ticket to the show didn't stop some people from still having a good time.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Roanoke.[Pitts-Murder]
In other news today--one man is dead, following a shooting last night in Pittsylvania County.
Deputies say it happened just before 10 in the Keeling community of Pittsylvania County.
Franklin L. Gardner of Keeling was shot in the chest and died at the scene.
Another man, 22-year old Earlie Henry Boles, Junior of Keeling, was wounded.
Police arrested 38-year old David Barry von-Eime (Ime) and charged him with murder and assault.
Heavy rain is causing more problems in the Nashville area.
Residents there are working to clean up the damage left by Thursday's tornados.
But today 80 of the State's 95 counties were under a flash flood watch.
Forecasters aren't expecting a break in the weather until Monday at the earliest.
Federal damage assessment teams are on the scene trying to wrap up their count by tomorrow.
State officials say a total of 9 twisters touched down in West and Middle Tennessee on Thursday.
Straight ahead--a championship golfer has plans to build a golf course in Southwest Virginia.
And, a rally turns ugly as neo-nazis and protestors square-off.
More--when the news continues.
A planned golf course in Alleghany and Bath Counties has put economic development on par for the region.
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Championship golfer Sam Snead announced plans to build a signature golf course in Douthat State Park.
It would be one of up to 12 golf courses built in Virginia as part of the Sam Snead Golf Trail.
The trail would also include a golf school.
It will cost as much as five million dollars and bring 60 new jobs to the area.
Regional economic developers have been trying to bring a golf course to the area for 10 years.
They say the trail will boost tourism and bring more national attention to Virginia's communities.
A neo-nazi rally in Minnesota took a violent turn today when a crowd of anti-racism demonstrators attacked.
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The National Socialist Movement staged a protest when a hotel refused to honor its meeting reservations.
But they clashed with the anti-racism group, which started yelling, then spitting, and then attacked.
The Nazi group ran to their car, defending themselves with flagpoles.
They finally escaped with smashed windows and shattered headlights.
Police say one member of each group was arrested in connection with the violence.
More than 30 people were hurt when a jumbo jet hit turbulence while approaching New York's JFK airport.
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It happened about 30 minutes before the plane's scheduled landing, over the Atlantic Ocean.
Passengers say the plane suddenly dropped, bouncing them off the ceiling.
((LEA DEL-PERCIO/PASSENGER; THE PLANE IT JUST DROPPED AND I HIT MY HEAD ON THE CEILING. PEOPLE HIT THEIR HEADS ON THE CEILING, OXYGEN MASKS WERE CUTTING PEOPLE'S FACES, 'CAUSE WHEN THEY CAME DOWN, ONE OF THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS WENT INTO SHOCK.))
((MARK MARINO/HOSPITAL SPOKESPERSON; WE'RE CURRENTLY TREATING 18 PATIENTS FROM THE INCIDENT AT JFK, ALL THE PATIENTS ARE STABLE, ONE IS IN SERIOUS CONDITION, BEING TREATED BY THE TRUAMA TEAM NOW, BEING EVALUATED AND PROBABLY GOING TO CAT SCAN RELATIVELY SOON.))
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The plane made a safe landing.
Ambulances were waiting at the airport to take the injured passengers to the hospital.
A group of roller coaster riders had a terrifying trip in Illinois.
23 people were in a train of cars that got stuck upside down on the Demon roller coaster at the Six Flags Great America amusement park.
They were stuck on the tracks for more than two hours while firefighters worked to resuce them.
At least four people were hurt.
Park officials don't know why it happened, they're investigating.
President Clinton is in Chile this weekend, for the second annual Summit of the Americas.
The President joined leaders from every country in North and South America, except Cuba, trying to address the problems that still plague struggling nations.
((PRESIDENT CLINTON; POVERTY THROUGHOUT THE HEMISPHERE IS STILL TOO HIGH, INCOME DISPARITY IS STILL TO GREAT, CIVIL SOCIETY TOO FRAGIL, JUSTICE SYSTEMS TOO WEAK.))
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They agreed on a 3 year, 45 billion dollar loan program.
The program will be used to help reduce poverty, improve health services, help small businesses and improve education.
Straight ahead on News 7 --
high above Victory Stadium, people gathered on Mill Mountain to celebrate Earth Day.
The festivites included face-painting and puppet shows.
More, when the news continues.
If you want to make the big bucks--try becoming an Internet worker.
And, if you didn't catch Dave Matthews in concert, you can check the web for tour information.
More in this week's WebWatch.
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Internet commerce is cooking... A Commerce Department survey says the information industry is growing at twice the rate of the overall economy, employing more than 7 million workers, some earning among the highest wages in nation.
Internet-2 is speeding our way.
This week Vice President Al Gore announced three high tech companies will donate millions of dollars and thousands of miles of fiber optic cable to create a second internet capable of sending an entire encyclopedia in a second.
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((THESE RESEARCH PROJECTS WILL HELP DEVELOP THE TECHNOLOGY FOR A INTERNET THAT IS FASTER, MORE DEPENDABLE AND CAN CONNECT BILLIONS OF COMPUTERS TOGETHER.))
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Cheap long distance rates will continue for a while for customers of businesses routing calls through the internet. The FCC is considering forcing the companies to pay the same fees regular phone companies pay... but says it doesn't have enough information yet.
Need a laugh? Try YukYuk-dot-com, a creation of cartoonist Chad Frick.
Join Beetle-boy on a quest for his missing rolly polly, or play air guitar with Heavy Melvin... you'll need shockwave software for this one.
If you missed the Dave Matthews Band, you can catch the tour on the web.
check out the photo album, and find out more about the new concert date in Virginia Beach.
The WDBJ website has something new... free classified ads... And while you're here, click on the webwatch page to find links to all these sites... That's WDBJ-7-dot-com.))
The Dave Matthews Band concert wasn't the only event in town today.
Earth Day also got underway earlier this afternoon near Mill Mountain zoo.
This is the eighth year the nationwide event was also celebrated here in Roanoke.
Youngsters were treated to puppet shows explaining the dangers of littering.
And, adults sampled healthy and organic foods--and a relaxing massage.
Event organizers said numbers were a bit low this year, but they hope to attract more people next year.
We can learn a lot from baby bears--at least that's what some researchers at Virginia Tech think.
Andrew Freiden has more.
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(( The captive Alleghany Bear Study is popular with the public due to the cuddly bear cubs that reside here.
((MICHAEL VAUGHAN: I WOULDN'T CALL IT A CELEBRITY, BUT OUR WORK DOES GET A LOT OF ATTENTION ))
The living breathing teddy bears keep a captive audience.
((WERE THOSE BEARS CUTE? Nods yes. ))
((are these little cubs just like little teddy bears? YES, BUT THEY HAVE MOUTHS AND HANDS))
((MICHAEL VAUGHAN: YOU CAN SEE THEY'RE NOISY TOO. THEY LOOK CUTE, OH, YES, THEY CAN SCRATCH AND BITE.))
Michael Vaughan and his research team often have visitors observing their study.
The big viewing times are every ten days-- when it's time to weigh and measure the bear cubs.
Charles Teske is a bear hunter-- he was eager to learn more about the bear study.
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((CHARLES TESKE: MOST TRUE BEAR HUNTERS JUST WANT TO KEEP THE BEARS THERE TO TREE ANOTHER DAY THEY'RE NOT INTERESTED IN HARVESTING THEM.))
He has seen and photographed dozens of bears-- but he'd never been on the receiving end of a bear hug.
((CHARLES TESKE: I FIGURED THEY WERE CUTE, THESE THAT THEY HAVE HERE ARE REALLY NICE BEARS, THEY'RE REALLY CUTE. ESPECIALLY THIS ONE. ))
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Pro soccer is back. The Wrath opened the season last night against Western Massachusets in a USISL D-3 Professional league contest.
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The Wrath's new mascot; Flame was on hand at Rivers Edge.
Roanoke's hottest foot is attached to that guy; Mike Fisher, a former UVa All-American and national college player of the year. Fisher scored Roanoke's first goal; a penalty kick in the first half. 1-nothing Wrath.
The Pioneers evened the count about 10 minutes later on Mike Butler's goal.
The Wrath kept the pressure on and ________wins it __to___.
Yesterday, Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning became the first player selected in 1998 NFL draft.
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Manning will trade in his orange and white for blue and white; playing for the Indianpolis Colts.
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quarterback Ryan leif was the second overall pick; he goes to the San Diego Chargers.
Heisman winner and Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson was the fourth pick; he goes to Oakland.
Uva's Germane Crowell was selected by detroit in the second round; 20th pick and 50th overall.
The remaining rounds are today. No Va. tech players have been selected at this time.[S-Tech]
In College football; Ricky Hall ran back a punt 50 yards for a score while John Engleberger and Cory Moore recorder 4 sacks apiece in yesterday's annual Virginia Tech spring game,
The 'no tackle rule' was in effect on Maroon quartberback Al Clark, who's recovering from a knee injury.
So the White Defense 'touch sacks' resulted in two safeties.
The defense has ruled practice all spring and yesterday was no different and the white team beats the maroon 10-to-nothing.
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Pro-Bowler and Former VA Tech great Bruce Smith was back in Blacksburg for the game.
He help hand out spring practice awards and says he's impressed with how much the program has improved.
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The AAU state 16 and under boys basketball tournament held court again today.
William Fleming high school was the site for Joe Gaither's Hawks game against the Powhatan Squiers. Watch Roanoke's Jonathan Smith turn the steal into two points. The hawks lead 32-14 in the first half.
The hawks advanced with a 78-48 win in a strong AAU field.
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In racing; Lynchburg's Stacey Compton won his first truck pole today for tomorrow's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Trucks 150 at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 127. 596 miles per hour to edge Jack Sprague and Mi
Second round qualifying for tomorrow's Goody's 500 at martinsville couldn't beat the rain. Drives had to stand on their times; so here's a look at the second half of the field.
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Racing enthusiasts in Salem still found a way to get their daily racing fix today.
The salem Civic center held the first annual NASCAR fan appreciation day. the NASCAR 50th addition race car was on display.
Terry labonte's Kellogs Chevy and Dale Earnhardt's show car were parked for all to see.
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Many fans tried their hand at the bayer Computerized race track; controlling the cars from a wheel above the speedway.
The first chevrolet tto have ever run at Daytona was also on display.
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More sports still left on the menu tonight; including a look at Kidfest 98 at Virginia Tech,
and feast your eyes on this...Roanoke College lacrosse!!! coming your way after a short break.
The Virginia Tech Men's and Women's Tennis Teams are looking for a three-peat in the Atlantic 10 Tennis Championships.
Tech has dominated the event since joining the A-10.
The Hokies are hosting the championship tournament this weekend.
Nine all conference women tennis players are in action this weekend--five of those are Hokies.
The Tech men have two all conference performers on the court.
The tournament concludes tomorrow.
The Roanoke men's lacrosse got a scare before beating Greensboro at Alumin Field in salem this afteroon.
A little wet for Roanoke College alumni weekend but the diehards didn't mind.
Bill Pilat and his Maroons put on a show for the alums. In the second quarter; Roanoke gives a clinic in fast break offense as Bill Siciliano finshes. 8-1 Noke in the 1st half.
G-boro would answer on a man up opportunity. Rick sand walks in and gets one by Roanoke goalie Evan Kaplo. [SUPER=
But kaplo made 5 fourth quarter saves as the maroons win 10-9 and improve to 8 and 4 on the season.
Finally; it was a day for the future of sports in Blacksburg yesterday as athletes from several Tech Sports came out for Kid Fest '98.
The interactive festival allows young fans to test their football throwing ability.
Fans of all ages had the opportunity to grab autographs.
Some even learned a new sport like lacrosse.
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For football players it's a chance to shed the uniform, pick up a mic, and try their hand at interviewing.
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(-------------) This event allows the athletes to mix it up with their fans.