A large tent erected in the center of the Virginia Tech campus is drawing its share of attention-- both positive and negative.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us live from our Blacksburg newsroom to explain.
Melanie, the tent was erected as a place to hold a dinner this evening in honor of those who've donated large amounts of money to the campus.
Students don't have a problem with that-- what some object to is the fact alcohol will be served.
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((ANNE YUSSUF/FRESHMAN: THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE OUR ROLE MODELS AND THEY'RE THE ONES WHO ALWAYS SEND OUT THE RULES AND STUFF AND THEY'RE THE HEAD OF THE RULES...AND THEN WHEN THEY SIT THERE AND DRINK AND STUFF THEY'RE REALLY SENDING MIXED MESSAGES. ))
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For months now, Virginia Tech and other campuses around the state have been trying to establish ways to crack down on binge drinking among students.
For that reason-- many students feel its wrong to erect a tent in the center of Tech's drill field where alcohol will be served from an open bar.
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((PATRICIA BUCHANAN/JUNIOR:IT SEEMS KIND OF UNFAIR TO ME BECAUSE IT'S JUST LIKE THE THE HOKIE CLUB, THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE THE UNIVERSITY MONEY LIKE MORE MONEY THAN US STUDENTS CAN EFFORT TO GIVE, GET TO DRINK ON CAMPUS THAT'S JUST NOT RIGHT. ))
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((PAUL TORGERSEN/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: WHEN WE BRING PEOPLE IN FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, I THINK THERE'S AN EXPECTATION THERE THAT WHEN THEY SIT WITH DINNER, THEY'LL HAVE A GLASS OF WINE. AND I FIND NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. I HAVE A GLASS OF WINE MYSELF, ON OCCASION, WITH DINNER. MODERATE DRINKING IS SOMETHING WE HAVE NO OBJECTIONS TO.
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Tech's (SWAH-RAY) soiree is a celebration of the school's most successful fund-raising campaign ever.
At a press conference this morning, Tech announced that donors gave the university a record 337-million dollars last year.
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((PAUL TORGERSON/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: WELL OVER HALF OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE SERIOUS FINANCIAL NEEDS. AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO SUPPLEMENT FACULTY SALARIES, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO ADD LABORATORIES, BUILDING CONSTRUCTION. IT'S GOING TO BE A BETTER UNIVERSITY.))
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Stacey Smith is one Tech student who benefited from donors' generosity.
She won a scholarship that paid for a trip to Costa Rica.
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((STACEY SMITH/TECH STUDENT: OTHERWISE I WOULD'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO GO TO COSTA RICA. IT FUNDED THIS EXPERIENCE ABROAD IN WHICH I WAS ABLE TO TAKE THE BIOLOGY AND SPANISH I'VE LEARNED IN THE CLASSROOM AND APPLY IT TO REAL-WORLD APPLICATION IN LATIN AMERICA. ))
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Tech's president said the success of year's drive sets a new standard for raising money.
U-V-A's Board of Visitors heard from the school's Vice-President of Health Sciences at their annual meeting today.
School officials said they made written contact with the mother involved in the latest mix-up at the Medical Center.
They are not releasing her name, though.
We'll have more on this story tonight on News-7 at Five and Six.
The crisis in the Balkans continues today.
NATO allies have sent U-S special envoy Richard Holbrooke back to Belgrade with a final ultimatum for Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
Mark Phillips reports.
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((Richard Holbrooke is in Belgrade for his forth attempt to convince
Serbian President Slobodan Milosovic of NATOs serious intent.
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The American and other western embassies in Belgrade have been sending
families and non-essential personel out of the country. And newspapers
are publishing lists of air raid shelters
The Serbs are being warned that attack will not be merely a slap on the
wrist. The first targets are likely to be the air defense systems --
modified old Soviet missiles but still dangerous.
The NATO forces are ready -- more than 400 planes are available -- the
bulk of them American. But NATO's front is not entirely unified and
there is still a serious Russian objection to the use of force.
For their part, the Kosovo Liberation Army which has been fighting for
independence from the Serbs, has announced that it will exercise `self
restraint' -- not exactly a cease fire, but a response to the UN call
for and end to the conflict.
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Essentially, the Nato demand is that all Serb forces return to the
positions they held before their anti-Albanian operations began last
spring, that refugees be allowed to return to their homes and that the
whole process be verified. Milosevic, for his part, has continued to
view Kosovo as an internal Yugoslav matter. He has one last chance, it
seems, to change his mind. MP, CBSN, London.))
Congress is temporarily putting impeachment aside to work on bills to keep the U-S government operating for the rest of the year.
With the threat of a government shutdown looming at midnight, lawmakers are expected to pass a stopgap measure.
Yesterday the full house voted to begin the impeachment process, but it won't start until after the November elections.
Thirty-one Democrats voted with the Republican Majority.
(( REP. HENRY HYDE/R-CHAIRMAN, JUDICIARY COMMITTEE:IT'S A VICTORY FOR THE PROCESS, IT'S A VICTORY FOR THE CONSTITUTION. THE
CONSTITUTION HAS PROVIDED FOR CIRCUMSTANCES LIKE THIS. OUR FOUNDING
FATHER AND FRAMERS DID AND WE FIND OURSELVES AT THIS TIME CONFRONTED
WITH A SITUATION THAT NEEDS RESOLUTION, SO THE PROCESS IS WORKING... ))
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Mr. Clinton is now only the third U-S President to face an impeachment inquiry.
((CLINTON:IT IS NOT IN MY HANDS, IT IS IN THE HANDS OF CONGRESS, AND THE PEOPLE OF
THIS COUNTRY. ULTIMATELY IT IS IN THE HANDS OF GOD, THERE IS NOTHING I
CAN DO. ))
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Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp and Vernon Jordan could be called to testify before at impeachment hearings.
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More on that when news-7 at Noon continues.
And testing may being next week on the land where Roanoke County hopes to build the new south county high school.
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Opponents of the controversial Home Depot development in Roanoke County are taking their case to court.
Late yesterday, the Cave Spring Citizens Group and three individuals filed a bill of complaint against the Board of Supervisors.
They're challenging the board's vote on September 8th.
That was the meeting in which the supervisors reversed an earlier decision, and rezoned the site on route 419.
Opponents say the rezoning was unlawful and they lay out eleven counts in their lawsuit.
They contend the supervisors violated their own rules and the county's zoning ordinance, and failed to give adequate notice. They also maintain that chairman Bob Johnson had a conflict of interest and should not have voted.
The supervisors are scheduled to take up the issue again on Tuesday with a public hearing and another vote.
County officials received a copy of the complaint, but say they haven't had time to review it or respond.[Caldwe
Willie Caldwell is a free man today.
It took a jury a little more than an hour to find Caldwell not guilty of murder.
Relatives of Kevin Jones, the man killed during a scuffle with Caldwell were disappointed.
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((IT HAPPENS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY ALL THE TIME. AND THESE BUMS ARE ALLOWED TO WALK FREE AND KILL SOMEONE ELSE.))
((THIS MAN WALKING FREE WILL KILL SOMEBODY ELSE. I'M TELLING YOU, IT WILL HAPPEN. AND YOU ALL WILL SEE.))
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Few clues surfaced during the trial about the suspicious fire at a rooming house where Caldwell lived.
That blaze began just hours after Kevin Jones was killed and killed six people.
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With an option on the Woods End property now in hand, Roanoke County school officials say the next round of testing on the high school site could begin next week.
School officials signed the agreement on Tuesday after weeks of negotiation.
It allows them to begin the testing that will ultimately determine whether the site is suitable for construction of the new school.
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((BILL IRVIN/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: RIGHT I THINK WE FEEL COMFORTABLE THAT WE CAN BUILD ON THAT SITE, BUT THIS WILL GIVE US ALL THE DETAILED INFORMATION THAT BOTH WE AND THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NEED, ONCE WE GET BACK ON THE PROPERTY WHICH WE UNDERSTAND WILL BE SOMETIME NEXT WEEK.))
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The Woods End property off Farmington Drive is the site school board members favor for construction of the new south county high school.
They say they're hopeful the second phase of testing will also resolve some of the reservations the supervisors have raised.
Franklin County adults can now get free computer training thanks to a federal grant.
Franklin County won a 225-thousand-dollar federal grant, enough money to buy 126 mobile computers.
They will be installed in 15 community centers so adults throughout the county can learn the Internet and keyboard skills.
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((BETTY BLAIR/PROJECT MANAGER: THEN WE HAVE THE CHECKOUT SYSTEM WHICH ONCE AN ADULT HAS BEEN THROUGH THE TRAINING, THEY'LL BE ELIGIBLE TO CHECK A COMPUTER OUT, TAKE IT HOME AND BECAUSE OF OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH CABLEVISION, THEY'LL BE ABLE TO PLUG IT INTO A PHONE LINE AND ACCESS THE INTERNET IMMEDIATELY.))
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Franklin County officials hope that by training adults, they can draw new computer industries to the area.
Adults can register for the free training at any county school.
The town of Blacksburg has completed its search for a new town manager.
Gary Huff has agreed to take the job.
He's currently the deputy town manager of Leesburg.
Huff is taking over for Ron Secrist, who left to manage the town of Boulder, Colorado.
He was selected out of a pool of roughly 130- applicants.[Glenn]
It's a case of all dressed up but with no SPACE to go for John Glenn this afternoon.
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Glenn and the six other ``Discovery'' astronauts dressed up in orange pressure suits and went to the launch pad for a full dress-rehearsal.
The crew will be crawling into Discovery and simulating the final few hours before countdown.
Glenn's real blast off is set for October 29th.
World Champioship wrestling rolls into the Roanoke Civic Center early next month.
The event will be televised nationally.
And this morning hundreds of fans stood in line for hours to grab their tickets.
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Joe Dashiell is at the box office this afternoon.
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Some area students were following in the footsteps of a professional dancer.
The fourth and fifth graders at Westside Elementary School of the Arts yesterday learned about hip-hop dancing from Theresa Howard--a former member of the Dance Theater of Harlem.
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((THERESA HOWARD: WHEN I DON'T HAVE CHILDREN IN MY LIFE -- LIFE GETS HEAVY. BUT, WHEN I'M TEACHING -- THEY'RE LIKE THE ULTIMATE POSSIBILITIES AND THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT. WHERE EVER I TRY TO REACH OUT TO THE CHILDREN AND PULL THEM IN.))
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Howard spent about three months as a resident artist at Hollins University.
After yesterday's class she headed to New York to perform in the show -- "Harlem Nutcracker".
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Kevin Brown helped out his own cause in Atlanta yesterday.
The Padres ace collected two singles and scored a run while holding the potent Braves lineup to only three hits.
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Pick it up in the sixth.
Quilvio Veras singles off Tom Glavine- Chris Gomez comes around third and easily beats Andruw Jones' throw from center.
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Top of the ninth, Brown scores the Padres' second run coming home on Steve Finleys grounder, and San Diego goes on to win the game 3 to nothing.
The series now shifts to the west coast, with the Braves down two games to none.
Virginia Tech is 5- and- oh for the first time in thirty-one years, after last night's victory over Boston College.
It was the story of a game where neither team could get a grip-- of the football.
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Just a minute and a half into the game, Pierson Prioleau (PRAY-LOW) intercepts the Scott Mutryn (MEW-TRIN) pass and returns it 85 yards. Tech goes up 7-nothing.
But it came down to the slippery football, as both squads struggled with turnovers.
The Hokies made it 14 to nothing in the third, when Andre Davis set up a short Lamont Pegues (PEEGES) touchdown with a blocked punt off the toe of Jason Malecki.
But the Hokies had smoking defense too. They made a stand
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at the goal line- stopping B-C on four downs inside the three.
The 15th ranked Hokies stay undefeated with the
17-to-nothing win over BC.
Friday means high school football time, and it's week seven of Friday Football Extra.
Here's all seventeen matchups.
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A cluster of media often greets Kenneth Starr outside his McLean, Virginia home, but today was a surprise.
The special prosecutor was faced with a pack of Puritans right out of the history books.
But intead of a Bible; the leader was holding a copy of the Starr report. The puritan protestors were actors assembled by filmmaker Michael Moore.
The tongue-in-cheek protest is typical of the stunts used by Moore in his popular films against big corporations.
Moore will use Friday's video in an upcoming television program.