Coming up on News 7-
A Roanoke man files suit against the UVA Medical Center- We'll have his story.
A terrorist attack on Israel comes on the first day of the Mideast Peace Summit.
Two congressional candidates face off in a debate.
And a preview of Mark McGwire's appearace with David Letterman.
News 7 is next.
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((DR. ROBERT CANTRELL/UVA HEALTH SYSTEMS CEO; I WOULD BE VERY SURPRISED IF THAT HAPPENED, THE PHYSICIANS AND NURSES HERE DO NOT DISCRIMINATE.))
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UVA Medical Center officials reject a Roanoke man's claims that discrimination led to his fiancee's death.
Recent problems at the University of Virginia Medical Center have alarmed a Roanoke man whose fiance died there four years ago.
Carl Creech says he sees a pattern of discrimination. Hospital officials say that's impossible.
Eric Earnhart is in the newsroom with details...
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That's right Jean, Creech is suing the hospital for malpractice, and he believes if his fiance had been financially well off, Hospital officials would never have allowed an inexperienced doctor to touch her.
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((Carl Creech is still in mourning, 4 years after the death of his fiancee, Barbara Lynn Ross, and her unborn twins.
He says they died after a first year resident at UVA put a tube in her neck, and damaged a vein.
He believes the quality of her care was affected by the fact that they were unmarried, not wealthy, and had no insurance. Recent problems at the hospital re-inforced his concerns.
((CARL CREECH/VICTIM'S FIANCE; IF I HAD A SIX FIGURE SALARY, SHE'D HAVE BEEN IN A SUIT, SHE'D HAVE A SPECIALIST AND SHE'D BE ALIVE TODAY, I GUARANTEE IT.))
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But hospital officials say income has NO impact on the quality of care given here, they say it's not possible.
Hospital CEO Dr. Robert Cantrell says doctors and nurses don't know their patients socio-economic background, and if they did, it wouldn't matter.
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((DR. ROBERT CANTRELL/UVA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CEO; PHYSICIANS TAKE AN OATH, THE HIPPOCRATIC OATH, TO TAKE CARE OF SICK PEOPLE, AND IT DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THEIR SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS, AND IF SOMEIS SICK OR INJURED WE TRY TO HELP THEM THE BEST WE CAN.))
[OUT Q=best we can]
He adds, with the many levels of supervision here, he can't imagine a discrimination problem developing without his knowlege.
We asked if Hospital officials used to be equally certain that a baby switch could not happen here...
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((DR. ROBERT CANTRELL/UVA HOSPITAL SYSTEMS CEO; WE STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED, WE KNOW THAT THE BABIES WERE SWITCHED, WE KNOW THAT IT OCCURRED HERE, BUT WE'RE STILL NOT CERTAIN WHAT HAPPENED.))
[OUT Q=how it happened]
Carl Creech says he won't rest until the hospital makes changes.
[IN Q=I've got to fight]
((CARL CREECH/VICIM'S FIANCE; I'VE GOT TO FIGHT THESE PEOPLE, IF YOU LAY BACK AND LET THEM WALK OVER YOU, IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN. IT'S GOING TO KEEP HAPPENING UNTIL SOMEONE STANDS UP TO THEM AND TELLS THEM THIS AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN ANYMORE.))
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Because of the lawsuit, Hospital officials can't comment specifically on Creech's case.
As for the baby switching case, they're still waiting for the results of two state investigations, and an overall review of the hospital by a University committee.
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The U-S Supreme Court has declined to stop Wednesday's scheduled execution of Ronald Lee Fitzgerald.
Pittsylvania County's prosecutor says what Fitzgerald did was the worst criminal event in county history.
Fitzgerald admits killing two men and raping two teenage girls in a seven-hour spree in 1993.
He says he "did it," and his mind "was just gone" at the time.
The 29-year old man is described as borderline retarded.
He tried to kill himself just outside the courthouse, but the gun misfired in his mouth.
Fitzgerald says he now believes the execution scheduled for Wednesday is just the way he was meant to go.
A salvage worker in Danville sustained life-threatening injuries today when he fell from a three-story building.
Juan (Con-treras) Contreras was on a clean-up job at an old Dan River Mills building on River Street.
He was dumping a wheelbarrow full of debris out of a window when something caught his arm.
Contreras fell out of the window to the ground below.
He broke his pelvis in several places and is in serious condition at Duke University Medical Center.
A Danville man is paralyzed from the neck down after being shot last night in Halifax County.
Wallace McCain was found lying in the middle of Carlbrook Road in South Boston.
Authorities have an arrest warrent out for Clinton Miller.
They believe he stole 50-dollars from McCain, shot him in the neck, and left him to die.
McCain is in serious condition at Duke University Medical Center.
A supermarket with a big presence around Roanoke is about to become the biggest supermarket in the country.
Kroger is merging with Fred Meyer, a group of grocery stores based in Portland, Oregon.
The deal will build a supermarket giant, with predicted annual sales of 43-billion dollars.
Kroger will keep its name and operate more than two-thousand stores in 31 states.[National]
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Talks between Palestinian and Isreali leaders ended late tonight in Maryland-
Those involved say a bloody terrorist attack on Israel today will not hinder the talks - They will continue tomorrow.
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((DAVID BARILLAN/NETANYAHU ADVISOR: I DON'T THINK WHAT HAPPENED TODAY WILL BE CAUSE FOR COLLAPSE BUT THE POSSIBLIITLY OF NOTHING WILL COME FROM THIS SESSION HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE. NOTHING IS GUARANTEED.))
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At least 500 people are dead after an explosion in Nigeria.
Hundreds of people had converged on the small town of Jesse over the weekend - drawn by rumors of spilled gasoline- free for the taking.
Hundreds were killed when the fuel erupted into a ball of fire.
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Several fires atop Vail Mountain in Colorado- have destroyed a ski patrol building and a shelter for skiiers.
One of the ski lodges- called the Two Elk was also damaged.
Efforts to dowse the flames were complicated by a lack of water on top of the mountain-
Arson is suspected.
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Videotaped testimony of Bill Gates is being used to help launch the federal anti-trust case against Microsoft.
Government lawyers are trying to show that Gates was behind a meeting with rival Netscape to divide the market for Internet Software.
The Government contends that after Netscape rejected the offer, Microsoft used its dominance to smother the market for Netscape's competing software.
Microsoft denies the charge.
((WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT OUR CASE IN THIS FEDERAL COURT OF LAW. WE BELIEVE FACTS And THE LAW ARE ON OUR SIDE.))
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For the second time in two weeks, there's good news coming from the Highlands.
In Alleghany County today, Congressman Bob Goodlatte and other federal officials gave local authorities a check for one million, 25-thousand dollars.
It's grant that goes to areas the government deems "economically distressed."
Former Governor George Allen, who was campaigning with Goodlatte today, said Alleghany developers are working hard to pull the area out of its ecomonic hard times.
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((FORMER VA. GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: THE PEOPLE HERE ARE CREATIVE, INNOVATIVE, THEY'RE LOOKING AT WAYS TO IMPROVE. THEY WERE VERY AGGRESSIVE IN TRYING TO GET LKM INDUSTRIES INTO THIS AREA.))
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L-K-M is the Massachusetts company that announced last week it's moving to the Highlands.
They officially broke ground on that project today.
When it opens next spring, L-K-M plans to hire 125-people.
When the news returns, biologists think they know the silent killer of deer across the state.
And they may not equal in size to other ambassadors, but these kids are making a BIG difference for their countries.
Some sounds from Africa coming up.
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((Hey Jean, it's just another manic Monday back in the sports office! I'll have the new Associated Press top 10 football and basketball polls. We'll meet one of the stars of the boy's state golf tournament who is a girl, plus Peanut Arrington decides he'llplay his college hoops at RU. All that plus, UVA and Tech notes tonight in sports. ))
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries believes it's nailed down what's causing the deaths of dozens of deer statewide.
Wildlife biologists say the white-tailed deer are suffering from Deer Hemorrhagic Disease -- a common infectious disease usually found this time of year.
Similar outbreaks have been reported across other portions of the Southeast.
Officials state that the viral disease poses no threat to humans or domestic pets.
The State Board of Education is one week away from setting passing scores for Virginia's new Standards of Learning tests.
In a decade, those scores will determine which schools keep state accreditation.
So now, some help from the Governor's wife.
First Lady Roxane Gilmore unveiled her new Commonwealth of Knowledge web site today.
It's designed for teachers to share lesson plans and teaching hints for the three year old Standards of Learning.
[IN Q=Perhaps that's]
((ROXANE GILMORE/FIRST LADY OF VIRGINIA: PERHAPS THAT'S NOT THEIR AREA OF STRENGTH. OR THEY'RE LOOKING FOR A NEW WAY.
THE WAY THEY TRIED DIDN'T WORK. DID SOMEBODY ELSE HAVE ANOTHER IDEA FOR IMPLEMENTING THAT S-O-L? THEY CAN GO TO THIS SITE AND FIND WHAT OTHER TEACHERS HAVE FOUND SUCCESSFUL IN THE CLASSROOM.))
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The only problem?
The state's still NOT sure how many schools have access to the Internet.
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If you have access at home, you can look at the new site. Just call up our own home page at WDBJ7-dot-COM. We have a link that takes you right there.
Some musically talented children from Africa are singing to raise money and awareness of the plight of their countries.
David Johnson caught up with the "African Children's Choir" when it performed in Roanoke over the weekend.
He has their story.
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((ANNET NAKKU/SUDAN NATIVE; I LIKE BEING IN THE CHOIR BECAUSE WE GO TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT PLACES AND IT IS FUN TO GO TO DIFFERENT PLACES.))
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Annet is one of about 30 children in this choir.
They are disadvantaged children from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Southern Sudan.
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((SHARI MORIN/TOUR DIRECTOR; MANY OF THEM COME FROM POVERTY SITUATIONS, HOMELESS, SOME OF THEM WITHOUT PARENTS. MOST OF THEM.))
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Some are the survivors of an ongoing civil war between Christians and Muslims.
The children serve as ambassadors of their countries.
And their sponsors use that opportunity to make money by selling goods from their countries and the choir's recordings.
[IN Q=THE OFFERINGS GO]
((MORIN; THE OFFERINNGS GO TO KEEPING US GOING. AND THE REST OF THE MONEY GOES TO AFRICA TO WHERE THE KIDS ARE FROM. FOR THOSE IN FAMINE, IT'S FOR PROVIDING FOOD AND RELIEF FOR THEM. AND THEN ALSO BUILDING AND MAINTAINING SCHOOLS THAT WE HAVE THERE.))
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[IN Q=THEN THEY ARE]
((JAMES TEIRA/CHOIR DIRECTOR; THEN THEY ARE HELPING THEIR COUNTRYMEN. SO OKAY, IN A SENSE THEY'RE HELPING UGANDA, KENYA OR RWANDA. SO THAT IS GOOD AND I'M GLAD TO BE A PART OF IT.))
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The group performed over the weekend at the Vinton Baptist Church.
The pastor said it's an opportunity for local people to find out what's going on outside their area.
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((REV. CHRIS MONROE/VINTON BAPTIST CHURCH; THROUGH MISSIONS, WE EXPAND OUR AWARENESS OF CULTURES AND THE HAPPENINGS AND CURRENT EVENTS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THE OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.))
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Directors think it's amazing to see the children perform as they do, particularly considering what and who they left behind is all they think about.
David Johnson, News7.))
it's taken months, but Bob Goodlatte and David Bowers FINALLY square off face-to-face in their race to represent Virginia's 6th district.
The story's coming up.
They're vying for the same seat... and today they shared the same stage.
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The two candidates running for Virginia's Sixth District Congressional seat faced off in Rockingham County for what may be their only debate before election day.
Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Roanoke Mayor David Bowers squared off at Turner Ashby High School.
[IN Q=Oh we had a very spirited debate]
((DAVID BOWERS/D- CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: OH WE HAD A VERY SPIRITED DEBATE BETWEEN TWO GOOD MEN, BUT I THINK IF THE PEOPLE WILL LOOK AT THE ISSUES AND THAT'S WHAT THIS DEBATE IS ALL ABOUT. IF THEY'LL TAKE A LOOK AT HOW WE STAND ON THE ISSUES, THEN I'LL WIN THIS ELECTION AND I WILL BE THEIR NEXT CONGRESSMAN.))
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- SIXTH DISTRICT: BUT I ALSO THINK THERE'S A CLEAR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHICH OF US STANDS FOR LIMITED GOVERNMENT, INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY AND FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM AND I BELIEVE I'M THAT CANDIDATE.))
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There are no more debates on the schedule, but the candidates have at least one joint appearance planned this week in Roanoke.
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The new top 10 polls are tonight, we'll check on the state golf action, hear from RU bound Peanut Arrington, and check the pulse of the Cavs and Hokies.
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But first, Mike Tyson can box and bite again.
The Nevada Athletic Commission granted him a new license by a 4-to-1 vote today.
It's been 15 months since he lost the right to fight.
The Commission members warned him this is his last chance.
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The NFL's week long festivities that began last Thursday night with the Lions beating the Packers, ended last night with the Jets taking on the Patriots.
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Bill Parcells and the Pats were looking to take out Jets early. Drew Bledsoe's TD pass over the middle to Lovett Purnell put New England on top 14-to-7 in the second.
But Vinny Testverde threw two short TD passes to his
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main tight end Kyle Brady and another one to Dedric Ward as the Jets win it 24 to 14.
The new Associated Press top 10 high school football polls are out, and again the rest of the state refuses to give Amherst County any respect.
In the Group Three A ranks Varina is number one again, and Amherst is just number 8 despite its 8-and-0 record.
Folks, the Lancers are off this week, but in their poast four games they have outscored their opponents 240-to-27.
Salem remains number one in Group Two a with Martinsville second and Heritage 10th.
Powell Valley is still the number one squad in Group A. Giles sneaks in the pole in the 10 spot.
The girl's basketball polls are basically the same from last week in many respects.
In the double-a ranks, unbeaten William Byrd is stil on top with a 16-and-0 record.
Bassett is 5th, Salem 7th and Northside 10th.
In the single-a ranks, Northwood is number one, Shawsville comes in again in the four spot, and PH Glade Spring is 6th.
Don't forget about Steve Mason and HOmetoen Hoops Weekly every Wednesday at 5 & 11.
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Becky Poindexter may seem like the odd person out on the links in Martinsville this week at the state golf tournament.
She's the only girl on the Martinsville Bulldogs' golf team.
But Poindexter is also coming off a medal winning performance at regionals.
And doesn't mind Golfing against the guys at the Double-A Championships.
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The William Byrd Terriers are looking for a repeat, but at the end of the first day the Terriers are sixth.
Martinsville is second behind Sherando. And Lord Botetourt is third.
William Byrd's coach says this is a challenging course.
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The tournament wraps up today at the Forest Park Country Club in Martinsville.
At the Group-Three A state tournament that is being held in Chesapeake at the Greenbrier Country Club, Cave Spring is tied for first with host Great Bridge high school.
Patrick Henry's team is in second 8 shots back.
The individual leader right now is Alam Pearce of GW Danville. He shot a 73 yesterday.
The two day event wraps up today.
From the course to the courts, former all-state hoopster Peanut Arrington picked his college today.
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the former point guard from Liberty high school in Bedford has decided that he wants to play his college ball for RU.
Peanut graduated in 1997, and started this year at Hargrave Military.
He likely will enroll at RU for the second semester and then redshirt this season.
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Still to come tonight the state's big two came up empty on Saturday. I'll tell you what the Temple loss cost Tech, plus
Steve Mason talks with the Cavaliers about what it takes to get make a yellow jacket sting feel better.
UVa is trying to get over its own gut-wrenching setback to Ga. Tech.
And Steve Mason says with NC State up next, they better get over it a hurry.
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[SUPER=01-Patrick Kerney/UVa Defensive End; :46]
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And finally tonight--as the World Series gets under way everyone's favorite slugger is paying a visit to the Man of Late Night Laughs.
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Mark McGwire appears on the late show with David Letterman tonight.
And the talk-show host wasn't the only one getting in jabs.
[IN Q=Well I got this]
((I GOT THIS FUNNY CALL AND SOMEONE SAID DAVID LETTERMAN WHO HAS THIS SHOW, HE'S BEEN HAVING THIS SHOW FOR A FEW YEARS WANTED TO SEE ME.
Dave's kind of funny.
WELL, I HEARD HE IS. I THINK I SAW HIM WHEN I WAS IN DIAPERS WHEN HE WAS IN L.A. WHEN HE FIRST STARTED OUT.))
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The show might be funny... but McGwire's visit had a serious motive.
He's promoting awareness of sexual abuse.
A Public Service Announcement featuring McGwire will air during World Series play tomorrow.
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