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The Vietnam War's Unknown Soldier may soon be identified.
Defense Secretary William Cohen presided over a ceremony this morning as the remains were removed from the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetary.
They will undergo a sophisticated form of D-N-A testing to try to determine the soldier's identity.
A C-B-S News investigation has revealed that the soldier is probably that of Air Force pilot, Michael Blassie.
Lee Cowan is at Arlington with more.
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[SUPER=01-William Cohen/Secretary of Defense;]
IT WAS A BRIEF CEREMONY NO ONE EVER THOUGHT WOULD HAPPEN HERE. AMERICA'S MOST
HALLOWED WAR MEMORIAL IS NOW, ONE SHORT.
(( SUPER: WILLIAM COHEN//SECRETARY OF DEFENSE )) (( SOT ))
THE REMAINS OF ONE OF THE UNKNOWNS WERE REMOVED FOR TESTING OVERNIGHT.
THAT TESTING WILL BE DONE AT THE WALTER REED ARMY
MEDICAL CENTER OUTSIDE WASHINGTON.
IF TESTS PROVE POSITIVE, THEY WILL NEVER RETURN TO THE GROUND
WHERE THEY LAID FOR ALMOST 14 YEARS.
THE UNKNOWN WILL HAVE A NAME.
(( COHEN SOT ))
THE FAMILY OF AIR FORCE LT. MICHAEL BLASSIE ATTENDED TODAY'S
CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE HAS GIVEN THEM REASON TO BELIEVE THE
REMAINS ARE HIS.
TO PROVE IT, THE MILITARY WILL USE A CUTTING -EDGE FORM OF DNA
TESTING, NOT AVAILABLE WHEN THE REMAINS WERE INTERRED BACK IN 1984.
THE SAME PROCESS HAS ALREADY BEEN USED TO IDENTIFY MORE THAN 90
OTHER PREVIOUSLY UNIDENTIFIED MILITARY PERSONNEL.
THE WHOLE PROCESS COULD TAKE SEVERAL MONTHS.
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
"If the identification is successful, it is unclear whether another set of
remains would replace Blassie's in the Tomb of the Unknown, although the
military admits it still has more remains than names. Lee Cowan, CBS News,
President Clinton today saluted the fliers who saved west Berlin from communism in the the Berlin Airlift.
He's was the featured
speaker at ceremonies in Germany honoring the airlift's 50th anniversary.
U-S, British and French pilots flew in enough supplies so the city could survive a Soviet blockade.
Between June of 19-48 and May of 19-49 a quarter of a million flights were made around the clock.
((BUT THE MOST PRECIOUS CARGO DID NOT...A SYMPHONY OF FREEDOM ))
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President Clinton and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl also unveiled a new U-S aircraft with the name Spirit of Berlin.
Immigration agents are cracking down on illegal aliens working in the Carroll County area.
Some 30 illegal immigrants were taken into custody yesterday following a two year investigation.
Galax officials feared there was a link between the illegal aliens and crime.
I-N-S officials were searching for about 20 illegal immigrants wanted on various criminal charges.
So far only two were located, about 25 men were arrested for not having proper green cards.
Some residents and local business owners are critical of the operation.
((HAZEL KYLE:THEY HAVE COME IN HERE, THEY'RE TAKING THESE PEOPLE FOR NO REASON, THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS, I MEAN, THEY COME IN HERE MAKE AN HONEST DAYS WORKS , THEY WORK FOR THESE PEOPLE DOWN HERE, WHO LOAD THEM UP AND TAKE THEM AWAY. ))
[OUT Q=take them away.]
INS officials are also in town to audit the employment records of several local businesses to make sure officials are hiring workers in a legal fashion.
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Several vehicles were involved in a traffic accident during rush hour this morning in Salem.
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((MELVIN LUTZ/SALEM POLICE DEPT.: THERE WAS A DUMP TRUCK TRAVELING EAST ON TURNPIKE, CAME DOWN BY CARTER EQUIPMENT. AT THE TOP OF THE HILL, THE TRUCK LOST ITS BRAKES.))
[SUPER=01-Melvin Lutz/Salem Police Department;]
[OUT Q=lost its brakes]
Witnesses told police the dump truck's driver apparently swerved into the opposite lane to pass traffic.
Authorities say when the truck approached a stoplight, it then crossed into the left lane to avoid the stopped cars.
Instead, the driver hit a couple of vehicles, then travelled across Route 4-19 and struck a car broadside, pushing it over a bank.
Police say there were some injuries, but none appear serious.
Charges are still pending.
A car wreck in Botetourt County claimed the lives of a Tennessee couple and their 4-year-old grand-daughter yesterday.
Authorities say Leroy and Sharon Luttenberger, along with their grandchild Amanda Mellon, ran off the southbound lane of Interstate 81 near the Cloverdale Exit.
The car nose dived onto the railroad tracks below and flipped over.
The victims were all residents of Knoxville, Tennessee.
State Police say Leroy Luttenberger was driving the car at the time of the accident.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
The Director of the C-I-A goes before a Senate Panel today to explain why U-S intelligence didn't know in advance about India's nuclear testing.
Now comes word India's arch- rival and nieghbor, Pakistan, is preparing to conduct it's own underground nuclear test.
``The New York Times'' quotes U-S officials who say it could take place as early as Sunday.
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India is facing unprecedented economic and political pressure for its five nuclear tests this week.
So far that country's Prime Minister has declined to comment on a wave of Western sanctions.
For the third day in a row Indonesia's capital is being rocked by violence.
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Jakarta has been paralyzed by
fires and looting, and unconfirmed reports say a dozen people have been killed or are missing.
Protestors are demanding politcal reform as Indonesia faces its worst economic crisis in decades.
Indonesia's government has sent armored personnel carriers into the streets.
Some fleeing the city describe it as a war zone.
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Clashes between Palestian protesters and Israeli police have left at least six Palestians dead and close to 200 injured.
The violence erupted as hundreds of thousands of Palestinians marched in remembrance of their uprooting after Israel's creation 50 years ago.
Amid hopes of putting the Mid East peace process back on track, Secretary of state madeleine Albright and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet today in Washington.
The two met for 90 minutes yesterday.
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Mixed opinions in Henry County on the judge who gave Sharon Alley custody of her baby just months before the child was murdered.
Alley had lost custody of her infant daughter and older son after she was accused of cracking the baby's skull last fall.
But Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Susan Deatherage returned the children to Alley a couple of months ago.
Last Sunday on Mother's Day, the baby was stabbed to death,
and Alley is charged with the slaying.
A worker with "Prevent Child Abuse in Virginia" says Deatherage made a bad call.
But Henry County prosecutor Bob Bushnell says the judge must have seen evidence that returning the child would be safe.
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The honor court, hazing, and alcohol were all on the mind of VMI's superintendent this morning.
Josiah Bunting addressed the Institute's board of visitors at its quarterly meeting.
He fired back at the cadets currently challenging honor court rulings in federal court.
[IN Q=Let me publicly state]
((JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT: LET ME PUBLICLY SAY AND ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUES STATE THAT WE SHALL NEVER CONFER A VMI DIPLOMA ON A VMI GRADUATE FOUND GUILTY BY THE HONOR COURT UNLESS THAT DECISION IS REVERSED ON APPEAL BY A MEMBER OF OUR OWN FAMILY, NAMELY THE BOARD OF VISITORS.))
[SUPER=01-Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent]
[OUT Q=Board of Visitors.]
Bunting said that if there's an upperclassman who doesn't know that they are NOT to hit rats, "they must be deaf and blind."
And he called alcohol abuse "the scourge of the current generation."
VMI's graduation is this Saturday, completing a year that saw the admission of women for the first time.
A Lynchburg man awaiting over 2 years of jail time in a drug conspiracy case has been sentenced to another 57 months behind bars.
James Stephen Vames was convicted of selling cocaine while out on bond.
A federal judge yesterday ordered Vames to serve his two terms consecutively.
Prosecutors say Vames admitted using drugs again because it was his last chance to party before heading to jail.
A federal judge in Roanoke is putting the brakes on a possible strike by railroad unions in connection with the impending approval of the proposed Conrail merger.
The U-S Surface Transportation Board is expected to rule June 8th on the plan by Norfolk Southern and C-S-X to buy and carve up Conrail.
Judge James Turk ruled yesterday that rail unions cannot strike for a year.
The ruling is intended to stop the unions from trying to block the Conrail takeover if they don't like some of the terms imposed by federal regulators.
The Virginia Cavaliers were in top form yesterday as they faced off with top-seeded Florida State in the ACC baseball tournament.
Problem is, it just wasn't enough.
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Virginia, which won its play in game with Maryland Tuesday night took on the Seminoles in the second game of the day.
UVa would cross the plate first, as Mark Rueffert singles to right field in the top of the second and drives in a sliding Hunter Wyant. It's one to nothing Virginia.
But Florida State would come back slowly on the Cavs, building their own advantage and eventually taking the 4-to-1 win.
FSU pitcher Chris Chavez, was the real deal as he tossed a complete game five hitter and retired 23 of the last 25 batters he faced.
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((DENNIS WOMACK/UVA HEAD COACH:))
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[OUT Q=...big base hit."]
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Wake Forest beat the Wolf Pack 9-to-1 in a mild upset.
A new National League record last night as the Atlanta Braves homered in their 25th consecutive game.
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Ryan Klesko got the historic blast in the sixth inning. The two run shot to right field helped the Braves beat the Cards 10-to-2.
The '41 Yankees and the '94 Tigers are the only otehr teams to hit 25 straight dingers.
On the NBA hardwood last night, Larry Bird got his coach of the year honor before the game.
And then his Pacers went out and beat the Knicks to take their series 4 games to one.
Mark Jackson the former Knicks was unstoppable with 22 points 14 reboudns and 13 assists.
Indiana moves on to the Eastern Conference Final.
From the baseball diamond to the softball diamond, James River downed Parry McCluer to capture the Pioneer District tournament championship.
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The Lady Fighting Blues came into the title game with a perfect 9 and OH district record and a Pioneer regular season crown under their belts.
James River would score the first earned runs of the season on Blues pitcher Liz Olmo in their first at bat!. Pam Burrell with a sacrifice fly to right field that brings in Julie Fireball for a 1 to nothing Lady Knights lead.
Then; James Rivers Amy Wheeler connects on this infield grounder. She is out at first but Miranda Schechterly is go
nna come on home from third for a 2-oh [SUPER=34-James River/4/Parry McCluer/1;]lady Knights advantage.
Parry McCluer's Nicki Barger closes the gap with this shot down the third baseline. Ashley Beverly scores to make it 3-1; still in favor of James River.
Burrell registers yet another RBI on a two bagger that plates Sara Marshal all the way from second. James River and head coach John Shotwell celebrate as they win another district tournament title with a 4-1 victory.
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Parry McCluer's Earl Downs was named the Pioneer coach of the year after leading the Fighting Blues through a perfect regular season and his catcher Lindsey Coleman was selected the district's player of the year.
Cave Spring shut out Franklin County to take the Roanoke Valley District Tournament title yesterday.
First, the Eagles stall a Cave Spring scoring opportunity as Megan Conklin and Missy Carter turn the double play to end the third inning and keep the game scoreless.
Eagle Stephanie Burgess then comes up to bat in the top of the fourth inning. Her single appears to score a run but the umpires rule that runner Amil Davis was hit by the ball. She's out and the game is stil scoreless.
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Cave Spring would later get two runs in the bottom of the fourth. It was all they would need. As the Lady Knights beat the Lady Eagles 2-0 in the R-V-D Tournament.
Both teams advance to the regionals later in the month.