Coming up on News 7-
Fire at a discotechque kills at least 60 people.
We'll hear from John Glenn from aboard the shuttle-
Plus these local kids have a tie to the shuttle.
and we'll talk Tiki BArber.
Plus the Governor bans burning in the state.
News 7 is next.
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Astronaut John Glenn is high above the earth tonight- aboard Space shuttle Discovery.
Just how does the 77 year old feel?
John Glenn spoke from the Shuttle.
Lee Cowan is at Kennedy Space Center with the latest on this historic voyage.
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WITH A DEAFENING ROAR AND A SHUDDER INSIDE - JOHN GLENN'S
FELLOW ASTRONAUTS GAVE A RE-ASSURING PAT AS DISCOVERY GAVE A HERO
ANOTHER RIDE OF HIS LIFE.
ONCE IN ORBIT, HE COULDN'T WAIT TO TELL SOMEONE ABOUT THE
VIEW HE'S WANTED TO SEE AGAIN FOR SOME 36 YEARS -- AND NASA COULDN'T
WAIT TO HEAR IT.
"Glad you're enjoying the show --- and I feel fine."
BEFORE THE NIGHT WAS OUT, GLENN HAD SPENT NEARLY TWICE AS MUCH
TIME IN SPACE AS HE DID THE LAST TIME AROUND, AND THERE IS STILL A LONG
WAY TO GO.
IF THERE WERE ANY JITTERY NERVES FROM DISCOVERY'S CREW, YOU
COULDN'T TELL IT FROM THE SMILES ON THEIR FACES.
AS THE CREW MADE THEIR WAY TO THE LAUNCH PAD, EVEN THE HEAVENS
SEEMED TO BECKON WITH CLEAR BLUE SKIES.
A SHORT WHILE LATER, DISCOVERY BECAME A PART OF THEM _.
VOICE OF SCOTT CARPENTER : Godspeed John Glenn.
_RIDING A TAIL OF FIRE INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS - AND JOHN GLENN
INTO THE HEARTS OF BOTH YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE.
BUT AS PERFECT AS IT ALL SEEMED, NASA DISCOVERED SHORTLY AFTER
THE LAUNCH THAT SOMETHING HAD GONE WRONG.
JUST AS THE MAIN ENGINES HAD FIRED WITH A TREMENDOUS SHUDDER,
A PANEL ON THE SHUTTLE FELL OFF, STRIKING ONE OF THE ENGINE NOZELS AS
DISCOVERY PULLED AWAY FROM THE PAD.
DONALD MCMONAGLE/NASA: If that panel did come off - what we know today.
WITHOUT ANY OTHER SERIOUS PROBLEMS, THE ASTRONAUTS ALL SEEMED
IN GOOD SPIRITS - ESPECIALLY ONE, WHO CAN'T SEEM TO WIPE THE SMILE OFF
"Let the record show --- move it yet.))
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John Glenn's flight is being viewed as a sign to many older Americans that it's time to start reaching for higher ground.
Stacey Martin caught up with some seniors earlier this evening and has their thoughts on this historic flight.
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((Bob Hall remembers space flight in its infancy in 1968 when he worked in Chrysler Corporation's Space Division.
So, John Glenn's flight has a special significance for him as a former engineer and as a retirement-aged American.
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((BOB HALL/FORMER ENGINEER: I THINK IT'S SIGNIFICANT. IT'S THE BEGINNING OF GATHERING DATA ABOUT THE HUMAN BODY--PARTICULARLY THE ELDERLY. AND, IT COULD LEAD TO SOMETHING THAT COULD STILL AFFECT ME--HAVE SOME BENEFITS FOR ME.))
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Once a week he and other local seniors get together for some ballroom and line-dancing.
It's a pastime that keeps them fit--but they're hoping Glenn's flight will highlight the contributions many seniors still have to make.
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((RUTH HODGES:RETIREMENT AGE DOESN'T MATTER AS LONG AS YOU FEEL LIKE DOING SOMETHING DO IT--WHETHER IT'S GOING TO THE MOON OR OUT INTO SPACE OR TAKING DANCING LESSONS. (LAUGHTER..) ))
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((WALT ROBINS: MORE POWER TO HIM BECAUSE THERE'S MANY OF US SENIORS THEY'RE READY TO PUT OUT TO THE PASTURE AND WE'RE NOT READY TO BE PUT OUT IN THE PASTURE. WE CAN STILL PERFORM.))
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An official with the area's League of Older Americans says Glenn's flight also signals a change in the current job market-- where seniors are gradually being recognized and rewarded for the benefits that come with aging.
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((STACY PARKS/LEAGUE OF OLDER AMERICANS:PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT SENIOR CITIZENS BECAUSE OF THEIR DEPENDABILITY, THEIR EXPERIENCE.))
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In fact Jean, Stacy Parks told me that LOA hosted a job fair for seniors not to long ago.
And, they were very encouraged by the companies who expressed confidence in their clients and hired a lot of them on the spot.))
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Half of the students of a Floyd County school were in Florida for the launch. The other half gathered around a TV set today, as the shuttle headed for space.
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Blue Mountain School was one of only ten in the country that contributed experiments to the shuttle mission.
Today, students were excited by John Glenn's return to space, but also by their own role in this historic mission.
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((LAUREL GRAEFE/STUDENT: I WAS THINKING HOW JOHN GLENN WAS GOING UP AND THAT IT'S JUST LIKE A REALLY GREAT PLEASURE AND GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR US TO PUT SOMETHING, OUR EXPERIMENT, ON THE SHUTTLE AND WATCH IT TAKE OFF.))
((KINDLE BASON/STUDENT: I CAN'T WAIT TO GET OUR EXPERIMENTS BACK TO SEE IF WE FIND OUT SOMETHING THAT MAYBE HASN'T BEEN DISCOVERED BEFORE.))
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The students will get that chance early next year... when NASA returns the experiments to the school.
At least 60 people are dead and 100 more seriously injured after fire ripped through a discotheque in Sweden tonight.
The nightclub in (GY'-ta-bohr) was jammed with hundreds of young people when the blaze raced through the building.[S
The folks who had to clean up several hundred gallons of hazardous waste un-earthed in Roanoke last June have- -so far-- been stuck with the bill.
Star City Lumber says it cost nearly 37-thousand dollars to remove and properly dispose of all the contaminated soil.
The Company bought part of the old Singer Furniture Plant in May. Co-owner Dick Morgan says they hadn't counted on finding 13 barrels of petroleum products buried behind the lumber kilns once used by Singer Furniture.
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((MOST OF THEM- -EXCEPT, FOR I THINK, TWO OR THREE- -WERE INTACT AND HAD, FROM WHAT WE COULD TELL, LACQUER THINNER, FINISHING MATERIAL THAT WAS ACTUALLY USED IN FINISHING OF THE FURNITURE.))
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Morgan and his partner filed suit in federal court this week, hoping to recoup the cost of the clean-up.
There's no telling how many more drums of waste may be left over from Singer's operations... or how close it may come to polluting Tinker Creek which is just across the road from the plant.
A deadly July 4th crash on Interstate 81 has led to a million-dollar lawsuit involving one of the "Switched at Birth" families.
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Six people died when a car crossed the median on Interstate 81, right into an oncoming fuel truck.
Now, the truck driver's sons have filed suit against Kevin Chittum's estate. They are claiming that Chittum who was the driver of the car, was negligent.
Kevin Chittum was the father of one of the girls switched at Birth at the U-V-A Medical Center.
Concerns about the dry conditions in state forests have led to more burning restrictions--this time the order comes from the Governor.
Jim Gilmore is banning all open burning beginning Friday.
Starting tomorrow it'll be illegal for anyone to burn anything within 300 feet of flammable materials, forest lands or fields.
The ban will stay in effect until the dry conditions improve.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
When the news returns, defense attorneys in the case of a man who was burned and beheaded say it's too hard to find an unbiased jury close to home.
And a sentence is handed down for the teen who gave birth at her high school prom.
The story still to come.
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((Hey Jean, this is Mike Stevens with news of a hardwood tremor tonight in Salem as Byrd is knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten.
We'll talk with Tiki, hear from the Express and tell you about a huge rugby event coming to the valley this weekend.
It's all coming up tonight in sports.))[Cressell]
Emmett Cressell Junior's attorneys want their client's trial moved out of Grayson County. Today, they renewed their change of venue request.
They believe the jury pool is skewed, because so many of the potential jurors have been dismissed for the same reason -- they've already formed an opinion about the case through media reports.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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There was a guilty plea today from a Roanoke man who killed his girlfriend six months ago.
David Lee Mason now admits killing Michelle Saunders April 15th.
She was shot in the head outside her apartment at Lee-Hi Manor.
Mason was scheduled to go on trial next month, but he walked into a Roanoke courtroom today and pled guilty to first degree murder.
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The teenager who gave birth to a baby at her high school prom- was sentenced to fifteen years in prison.
Melissa Drexler killed her newborn in a bathroom stall and then went back to her prom to dance.
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((MELISSA DREXLER/DEFENDANT: I'M REALLY TRULY SORRY FOR WHAT I'VE DONE. OK?))
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Drexler's attorney said she was in denial-
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((SHE WANTED ALL THE THINGS THAT ALL HIGH SCHOOL KIDS IN AMERICA ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THEIR SENIOR YEAR. THAT'S WHAT WAS PARAMOUNT IN HER MIND.))
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Under a plea agreement- Drexler could be released in about three years.
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Healthy women with a high risk of breast cancer will now be able to take the drug tamoxifen to PREVENT cancer.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the use today.
Tamoxifen becomes the first medicine ever approved to help prevent breast cancer.
It can have serious side effects though - including potential risk for uterine cancer and blood clots in the legs and lungs.
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Actor Tom Cruise and wife Nicole Kidman beat a London tabloid lie winning a reported six figures in libel damages.
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((TOM CRUISE/ACTOR: THIS IS FINAL RECOURSE AGAINST THOSE THAT HAVE PRINTED VICOUS LIES ABOUT ME AND MY FAMILY. I INTEND TO PROTECT MY FAMILY.))
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The Express on Sunday paper alleged the couple's marriage was a cover for the couple's mutual interest in the same sex- that Cruise was sterile and that the couple adopted their children on a whim.
The publication's attorney admitted the allegations were false.
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Later in our newscast -- if you've never seen a 14-foot-squirrel... you'll want to catch our VIdeo of the Day.
And a local man played a key role in bringing you the up-close-and-personal shots from today's shuttle launch.
Details to come.
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If you watched the shuttle take off today it was thanks in part to a Clifton Forge man.
Richard Murphy designed many cameras still used in space launches today.
For example, the melt-proof variety mounted under rocket engines.
He even created John Glenn's personal space camera for his first go-round, modeled after an old Argus C-3.
His mental image of the man?
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((RICHARD MURPHY/RETIRED NASA PHOTOGRAPHER: HE EPITOMIZED THE WORD GENTLEMAN ... TREATED EVERYONE WITH RESPECT.))
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Murphy has original pictures taken in space with the cameras he invented.
He says the snapshots and his memories of those days are priceless.
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Roanoke College wrapped up its home volleyball season at the Bast Center last night.
Blair Calvert, Heather Perry and Kathryn Anthony came to Roanoke College from North Cross.
While Kristie Aasheim spent her high school days at Northside.
The four area spikers played their last home game as Maroons last night.
Roanoke won the match with Sweet Briar.
We begin this morning in Salem where the Lady Spartans pulled off a mini-upset by handing William Byrd its first loss of the season.
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Both teams came into the contest ranked in the top ten in the state, Byrd was number one and 18 and 0.
The Terriers played like top dogs as times. Stehanie Parnell with the good "D" and J.J. McKinney gets the assist to Andrea Gay. It's 13-to-9 Terriers.
But Salem's intensity was equal to Byrd's. Michele Hamilton intercepts the pass and takes it all the way for 2 of her game high 25 points. She also had 8 boards.
Byrd would manage to push its advantage to as much as seven on this Whitney Yates jump shot.
But the Lindseys stepped up and took over. Lindsey Carroll to Lindsey Stratton. Salem upends Byrd 54-to-52.
Also, Katrina Williams scored 18 as Glenvar beat Shawsville 48-to-41.
Blacksburg beat Christiansburg by 32.
Craig County beat James River.
And Ft. Chiswell topped Rocky Gap 77-to-35 to finish the regular season 12-and-0 in the Mountain Empire.
The high school football season hits the double digit barrier tonight with week number ten.
Here's where Friday Football Extra's road warriors will be setting up shop.
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The Redskins host the Giants this Sunday as Washington looks for its first win of the year, and Tiki Barber looks to get back in the mix for New York.
Steve Mason has more on his rollercoaster season.
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((Tiki Barber's brief Friday Football Extra Family reunion involved taking a snap shot with Alleghany quarterback Shannon Johnson, part of youth day that gave both former FFE players of the week a good feeling on an afternoon made for signing and seizing up the Cavaliers.
Tiki's NFL reception this season has been anything but warm. He high stepped his way into the 1998-99 campaign as the starter at running back. But some Giant offensive line problems and Tiki's lack of production relegated him to third down receiving back.
Barber's early season pass dropping problems seem to be behind him. Since week two, he's averaged nearly seven yards per catch in the 20 receptions he's made while looking for more work. Tiki hoping to get time as a return man. The Giants battle the Redskins in DC this Sunday. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
Still to come tonight we'll preview this weekend's big rugby event in the valley that will bring more than 15 hundred competitors to Green Hill Park.
Plus, after taking a 12 day hiatus the Roanoke Express hits the road tomorrow night in Richmond.
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If you can't tickets for the Tech-West Virginia game this Saturday, you might want to consider checking out the 24th annual Ed and Sandy Lee Cup.
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26 college and club rugby teams featuring both men and women will take part in the two days of competition.
The event, which is being held at Green Hill Park in western Roanoke County, is itself competing for spectators.
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It costs absolutetly nothing to watch the rugby this weekend, and this is a good chance to come out an support your favorite college.
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After taking nearly 2 weeks off, the Express hits the floor of the freezer tonight in Richmond.
The Express practiced at the Ice Station yesterday morning. The 2 and 1 team is anxious to get back ina game situation.
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Daniel Berthiaume, 2 and OH this season, will start today, while Dave Gagnon will get the nod tomorrow against Huntington, now that his fractured right index finger has healed.
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When cleaning up trees after powerful storms, most people may just cut them up for firewood... but one artist decided to be more creative.
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Ed Arnold had an 80 year old cottonwood tree lying in his yard after a bad wind storm, now he has a 14 foot tall squirrel.
An artist from Reese, Michigan carved the masterpiece in about 40 hours using only a chainsaw.
Arnold loves his showpiece that, as you may imagine, catches the eyes of many passers by.
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