What's in the water at Smith Mountain Lake and who should test it?
It's a question dividing lake residents.
A Lynchburg magician is taking on the FOX-television network.
And D-Day veterans rubbed elbows with the stars.
Keith Humphry will check in from Los Angeles.
Tonight in sports, Dot Bolling extends her lead at the women's city-county, the new sports and adventure camp is nearing completion and getting some big time backing.
And this man, Tim Floyd is set to take over as the Bulls' new head coach.
His college team last year won 12 games and lost 18.
Javier Cruz has apparently returned to Colombia rather than face sentencing here.
Federal authorities say the cocaine trafficker and government informant has made a foolish choice.
No one's heard from Cruz since a telephone call in June, so they weren't expecting him at the hearing.
They now believe he is back in Colombia, where a prison term may be the least of his worries.
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[IN Q=There are a lot of bad things]
((JOE MOTT/ASST. U.S. ATTORNEY: THERE ARE A LOT OF BAD THINGS THAT COULD HAPPEN TO HIM IN COLOMBIA CONSIDERING WHAT HE'S DONE IN THE UNITED STATES, AGAINST THE PEOPLE HE'S COOPERATED AGAINST IN THE UNITED STATES.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Mott/Asst. U.S. Attorney;]
[OUT Q=in the United States.]
Attorney Bill Cleaveland says he believes a series of newspaper articles on the investigation had a lot to do with Cruz's decision to flee.
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[IN Q=And I was particularly disappointed]
((BILL CLEAVELAND/CRUZ'S ATTORNEY: AND I WAS PARTICULARLY DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE IT CAUSED A LOT OF DIFFICULTY FOR ME AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF MR. CRUZ AND IT CAUSED A LOT OF TROUBLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT IN CONCLUDING THIS CASE. OF COURSE THIS IS MY OWN PERCEPTION, BUT MY PERCEPTION IS THAT IT WASN'T NECESSARY. ASIDE FROM THE FACT THAT I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS ACCURATE.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Cleaveland/Cruz's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=didn't think it was accurate.]
Roanoke Times Managing Editor Rich Martin says the paper stands by its stories.
He says the reporting was responsible and fair, and served to inform citizens about an important public safety issue.
A woman died this afternoon after flipping her car on Interstate 81, near Christiansburg.
State police say the driver was thrown from the vehicle after she apparently lost control, hit a rock embankment and flipped several times.
It happened around four near mile marker one-19.
Witnesses reportedly told police the woman appeared to be driving at a high rate of speed.
It was also raining at the time.
No one else was injured.
A thunderstorm that rolled through the New River Valley this afternoon brought much needed relief from the heat wave that's gripping much of the south.
Meanwhile-- experts are keeping their fingers crossed that extended relief arrives in a few days.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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[SUPER=01-Stephen Keighton/Meteorologist; :19]
[SUPER=01-Gary Larrowe/VA Cooperative Extension Service; :48]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Blacksburg.]
(( With temperatures hovering in the mid 90's--- the pool, rather than a construction site, is the place to be.
Meteorologists say such intense heat is NOT uncommon for this time of year-- but, they say, it IS unusual to see above average temperatures for this many days.
[IN Q=It's really]
((STEPHEN KEIGHTON/METEOROLOGIST: IT'S REALLY HARD TO SAY IF THERE'S ANY PARTICULAR CAUSE FOR THAT-- WHETHER IT'S EL NINO OR LA NINO, IT'S HARD TO SAY, WE'RE IN A TRANSITION PERIOD RIGHT NOW, BETWEEN THE TWO, AND THERE HAVEN'T BEEN ANY GOOD CORRELATION STUDIES WITH THOSE TRANSITION PERIODS.))
[OUT Q=transition periods.]
Meteorologists expect the heat wave to dissipate in a few days-- as a new weather pattern rolls in.
In the meantime-- experts caution against trimming your lawn-- saying it may kill the grass and promote weed growth.
They also advise against watering your yard--unless you do so every day.
[IN Q=If you]
((GARY LARROWE/VA. COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE: IF YOU JUST GO OUT AND JUST SPORADICALLY WATER, THEN YOU DON'T, THEN YOU WATER SOME MORE, YOU'RE CAUSING MORE DAMAGE THAN GOOD, IT TAKES ABOUT 27, 000 GALLONS PER ACRES TO PUT ON ONE INCH OF WATER AND THAT'S TYPICALLY IN A GOOD RAINFALL, SO REALLY WHAT HAPPENS IS YOU'RE DEFEATING THE PURPOSE. ))
[OUT Q=the purpose.]
All of this advice may not be needed, after all, if more sudden thunderstorms, like this one today, creep into the picture.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Blacksburg.))
Tobacco farmers could be in trouble if this hot weather doesn't let up soon.
C-D Bryant says he's praying for cooler temperatures and some rain.
He says he started irrigating his tobacco fields much earlier than normal and is running out of water.
He says some of the plants are ready to be harvested but it's just too hot to pull the primings-- or bottom leaves.
The 100- degree temperatures we're experiencing are actually baking the tobacco.
[IN Q=Tobacco of course can]
((C.D. BRYANT/TOBACCO FARMER: TOBACCO OF COURSE CAN WITHSTAND MORE HEAT THAN ANY CROP THAT I KNOW OF BUT WHAT HAPPENS IT TAKES THE OIL OUT OF THE PLANT WHICH MAKES FOR A GOOD LEAF THAT WE WANT TO TAKE TO THE FLOOR. SO IT'S MORE OR LESS COOKING IT IN THE FIELD.))
[SUPER=01-C.D. Bryant/Tobacco Farmer;]
[OUT Q=it in the field.]
Despite the dry, hot weather, Bryant says his crop will eventually mature.
But it might happen much later in the year and put the tobacco at risk of frost.
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A local magician has some tricks for Fox T-V -- including a lawsuit.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Six.
And the movie "Saving Private Ryan" was released last night in Los Angeles -- we'll hear from the movie's director
and a local D-Day vet a little later.
First let's check in with Patrick for the weather.
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[GRAPHIC=Smith Mt. Lake]
Human feces have been found in Smith Mountain Lake.
But one lake official's plan to fix the problem could cost her job.
Tina Tenret has the story.
[IN Q=The Bradleys]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Cybil Bradley/Lake Resident; :11]
[SUPER=01-Bill Berry/Tourism Committee; 1:11]
[OUT Q=Bedford County]
(( The Bradleys looked out their backyard recently to enjoy the lakefront view.
Raw sewage floated toward them.
[IN Q=It was like]
((CYBIL BRADLEY/LAKE RESIDENT: IT WAS LIKE LITTLE PIECES LIKE YOU'D PUT DIRT IN SOIL, HOW IT LOOKS LIKE THAT, EXCEPT IT WAS BROWN AND COVERED SO MUCH OF THE LAKE.))
[OUT Q=so much of the lake]
The health department says it WAS human feces but their tests failed to show that.
Hilde Hussa of the lake's Policy Advisory Board suggests hiring a full time professional to test the lake water.
She praises Ferrum College volunteers, but says no one's testing near the sewage plant construction site.
And the health department says boats still dump sewage.
At a recent Bedford Supervisors meeting, Hussa said more needs to be done to protect the lake.
[IN Q=We all know]
((HILDE HUSSA/POLICY ADVISORY BOARD: WE ALL KNOW HOW MUCH THAT RESOURCE IS BEING USED AND THE THOUSANDS OF JET SKIS AND THE GALLONS OF UNBURNED FUEL THAT GO INTO THAT WATER AND WE COULD GO ON AND ON AND ON. BUT WHO KNOWS WHERE WE ARE IN THE CONDITION OF THAT WATER? NO ONE REALLY KNOWS.))
But tourism officials say they DO know the water's clean.
They say Hussa is giving the lake a dirty image.
[IN Q=The controversy]
((BILL BERRY/TOURISM COMMITTEE: THE CONTROVERSY IS NOT OVER, DO WE NEED MORE TESTING, BUT HOW YOU PORTRAY THE LAKE. IT'S PORTRAYED BY THE TEST RESULTS AND THAT'S THE FACTS THAT SHOULD BE PRESENTED AND THEY'RE EXCELLENT. WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL BODY OF WATER.))
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[IN Q=In the wake]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: IN THE WAKE OF THE CONTROVERSY, THE POLICY ADVISORY BOARD IS HOLDING A PRIVATE MEETING TOMORROW AFTERNOON TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF HILDE HUSSA'S JOB. ONE BOARD MEMBER SAYS HE EXPECTS A BLOWUP. TINA TENRET, NEWS-7 BEDFORD COUNTY.))
[OUT Q=Bedford County]))
"Saving Private Ryan" premiered last night in Hollywood.
The new motion picture opens with the landing on Omaha Beach during World War Two.
Keith Humphry attended the event, along with Roanoke D-Day veteran Bob Slaughter, who was the guest of the producer-director himself.
[IN Q=Slaughter came to LA]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles/Last Night; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bob Slaughter/Roanoke D-Day Veteran; :15]
[SUPER=01-Steven Spielberg/"Saving Private Ryan" Director; :29]
[SUPER=01-Stephen Ambrose/Historian; :40]
[SUPER=04-Courtesy: Paramount Pictures; :49]
[OUT Q=News-7, Los Angeles.]
A down day on Wall Street today.
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The Dow dropped 61 points to close at 91 hundred 29.
NASDAQ lost 9 points.
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[Dana/Dimon/Dominion Resources/First Union/First VA]
[General Electric/Kroger/Nationsbank/Norfolk Southern/Optical Cable]
[phillip morris/roanoke electric steel/trigon/wachovia/walmart]
They can't just make the network disappear, so instead two Lynchburg magicians are suing FOX t-v for exposing magic's best- kept secrets.
Kevin and Cindy Spencer say three FOX t-v specials that revealed how dozens of tricks are performed have hurt magicians around the world.
So they're suing for twenty million dollars, but Kevin Spencer says it's not about the money.
[IN Q=I certainly would]
((KEVIN SPENCER/ILLUSIONIST: I CERTAINLY WOULD LOVE TO RECOUP MY INVESTMENT IN THESE PROPS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY I WOULD LIKE FOR THEM TO SAY `WE WERE WRONG AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THIS ANYMORE'. AND THAT THERE IS SOME HONOR TO THIS ART FORM THAT HAS EXISTED FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE RESPECTED THAT CODE OF SILENCE.))
[SUPER=01-Kevin Spencer/Illusionist; :00]
[OUT Q=code of silence.]
Local FOX affiliate WJPR- WFXR is also named in the Spencer's lawsuit.
Two other suits have been filed nationally, and Spencer expects more to follow.
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Bulls are set to hire a new coach and he is not Michael's choice.
Dot Bolling continues her dominance at the women's city county, we'll check out the Avalanche camp,
and get an update on the soon to be completed sports and adventure camp out on 220.
The Chicago Bulls dynasty could be over.
Tomorrow, the team will announce that Tim Floyd is taking over as head coach. And it will be not be a popular move.
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Floyd resigned today as head coach at Iowa State, and then boarded a private plane for Chicago where upon his arrival he was whisked away to the United Center, the Bulls' home.
His team at Iowa State last season was just 12 & 18.
His hiring should accelerate Michael Jordan's retirement.
Last week Michael had this to say about playing for Floyd.
[IN Q="No I don't...]
[SUPER=10-Michael Jordan/Bulls Guard/Last Thursday; :00]
[OUT Q=...MAKES MY STANCE."]
Dennis Rodman calls Floyd's hiring a joke.[S-Golf]
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[GRAPHIC=Women City County]
Dot Bolling has commanding 15 shot lead in the Roanoke City County Golf Championship.
Dot shot a 72 today at Hanging Rock for a two day total of 142.
Marilyn Bussey is tied for second with Judy Knight with a 157.
[IN Q=I thought]
[SUPER=01-Dot Bolling/Second Round Leader;]
[OUT Q=the ball to the hole]
[GRAPHIC=City County golf]
The final are tomorrow at the Botetourt County Club.
Also at Hanging Rock Irene Rogers had a hole in one on number 12. Her second.[S-Camp]
[GRAPHIC=Rising star camp]
The Rising Star Sports and Adventure camp down 220 south, is nearing completion. Steve Mason says the complex is already generating a great deal of interest.
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chris Pollock/Rising Star Owner; :16]
[SUPER=01-Bimbo Coles/Golden State Warriors Guard; 1:15]
[SUPER=01-Tim Christian/Express right Winger; 1:31]
[OUT Q=news 7sports"]
((It began with the clearing of land to make room for an indoor complex and two athletic fields. Four months later the fields are nearing completion and the 150 by 100 foot multi purpose arena has a roof.
Workers have been on site during the week and some Saturdays in order to stay on schedule. The game field will be 120 by 80 yards with a smaller practice field next to it. Upon completion, kids 6 to 16 will have a chance to play a variety of sports.
Roanoke Express players Tim Christian, and goalies Daniel berthiaume and Dave Gagnon will conduct a roller hockey clinic September 19th.
The various sports camps and clinics will run from 2 to 6 during the school week. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
Learning the game of baseball while having fun that's the goal of the Salem Avalanche baseball camp.
For the past two days, More than 80 kids have been at Salem Memorial Stadium for the camp that ends tomorrow afternoon.
The ages range from 7 to 14 and the major focus is to get kids interested in baseball.
[IN Q="We're trying to...]
[SUPER=01-Rick Griffin/Camp Director; :]
[OUT Q=...to the camp."]
The pro ball park and the instruction from several Avalanche players gives the kids an unforgettable experience.
Avalanche pitcher Jake Kenady had one of the youngest groups in the camp.
[IN Q="You want to...]
[SUPER=01-Jake Kenady/Avalanche Pitcher; :]
[OUT Q=...need to learn."]
And finally in the big leagues this afternoon the Yankees brokw out of their recent funk today with a 13-to-2 win over the Tigers.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/Tigers vs. Yankees; :00]
The Yanks pounded out 12 hits including this three run homer by Chuck Knoblauch.
The former Twin has hit six homers since the all-star break.
Yanks win it 13-to-2.