Among the millions of Americans with their eyes on the sky today... students at Blue Mountain School- -who've got a vested interest in the space flight.
Also up on NEWS 7, the dirt on hazardous wastes unearthed at the old Singer Furniture Plant- -where there could be more....
Tonight on the Big 7, we'll talk with Tiki Barber about the ups and downs of his sophomore campaign in the NFL.
Plus, can Tech stop famous Amos?
And the Express is all set for a weekend road swing starting tomorrow.
A grand day for fall foliage. Skies conditions change locally and Mitch is now just a tropical storm. More on the weather coming up.
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From students in local classrooms, to seniors at retirement centers, John Glenn's second historic launch seems to be capturing our interest in space to a degree we rarely see any more.
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Glenn lifted off with six crewmates aboard the space shuttle "Discovery" about four hours ago.
Glenn became the first American to go into orbit in 1962. Now, at age 77, he is the OLDEST person ever to go into space.
There's no question that students in Floyd County are fired up over the Shuttle mission.
They designed experiments that are flying with John Glenn and the rest of the Discovery crew.
Today, Joe Dashiell joined them for the launch.
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((For the students of Blue Mountain School, a year-long wait came down to a few anxious moments.
[IN Q=Five, four, three]
They were excited by John Glenn's return to space, but also by their role in this historic mission.
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((IT'S KIND OF NEAT THAT WE, A SMALL SCHOOL COULD ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS.))
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Kim Bartel is now an eighth grader at Floyd County High School, but last year she was a student at Blue Mountain... helping to design the experiments that will measure the effects of microgravity and extreme temperature changes on ordinary materials.
[IN Q=I was thinking]
((LAUREL GRAEFE: 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 OUR EXPERIMENTS ON THE SHUTTLE AND WATCH IT TAKE OFF.))
((KINDLE BASON: I CAN'T WAIT TO GET OUR EXPERIMENTS BACK TO SEE IF WE FIND OUT SOMETHING THAT MAYBE HASN'T BEEN DISCOVERED BEFORE.))
[OUT Q=discovered before.]
They'll get that chance early next year, when NASA returns the experiments for the students' analysis.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Floyd County))[Elderly-Shuttle]
On the other end of the spectrum, senior citizens are also following this shuttle mission closely.
At the Valley View Retirement Center in Lynchburg, a number of residents gathered to watch fellow senior citizen John Glenn return to space.
Many say the launch brought back memories of Glenn's first trip into space 36 years ago.
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((DRUCILLA MOULTRIE/VALLEY VIEW RESIDENT: YOU'RE CONCERNED, BUT WITH THE TECHNOLOGY IN THIS DAY AND TIME YOU MAY NOT BE QUITE AS CONCERNED, YOU FEEL IT'S SAFER.))
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[OUT Q=feel it's safer.]
Residents also say Glenn's trip shows that senior citizens still have something to contribute.
[IN Q=Nobody in this]
((JACK FREESE/FORMER FBI AGENT: NOBODY IN THIS PLACE IS ELDERLY. WE'RE ALL MATURE. WE USE THE WORD MATURE AROUND HERE RATHER THAN ELDERLY AND I THINK THAT'S THE WAY TO STAY YOUNG, TO REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE ONLY AS OLD AS YOU WANT TO BE.))
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Freese says America needs more heroes like John Glenn.
The clean-up at the old Singer Furniture plant may have just begun.
Thirteen drums of hazardous waste turned up just beneath the soil surface last June.
They were on land purchased by Star City Lumber.
A dozer was cutting into the hillside, when it struck barrels full of lacquer thinner.
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((IT'S NOT ANYTHING YOU CAN TAKE TO THE CITY DUMP OR PUT IN YOUR LOCAL GARBAGE, OBVIOUSLY. WE KNEW WE HAD A PROBLEM.))
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Star City spent nearly 37-thousand dollars removing and properly disposing of contaminated soil.
The Lumber Company is using Singer to recover its costs.
The State D-E-Q has signed off on the clean-up, but there's 26 acres left.
Morgan says it looked about like this when Star City bought the property in June.
Rusted drums still litter the Singer landscape.
[IN Q=You know as]
((YOU KNOW AS FAR AS WE KNOW WE'RE CLEAN OF ANY ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS AS THIS POINT. THE REST OF THE PROPERTY OF REMAINING 28 ACRES I HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF.))
[OUT Q=knowledge of]
Singer sold all the machinery in the plant, but Morgan wonders about the hydraulic fluid that leaked into the pits below.
And across Hollins Road- -lies Tinker Creek within reach of ground water.
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How hard is it to find an unbiased jury in the Grayson murder case? Just ahead, a live report from Independence.
And later on News 7, another look at John Glenn's space flight, through the eyes of an Alleghany man who's still helping the world "get the picture".
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Emmett Cressel Junior's defense attorneys today renewed their request to have their client's trial moved out of Grayson County.
Cressell is the second defendant to stand trial for burning and beheading a black man in Elk Creek in July of 97.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from outside the Grayson County courthouse with the latest.
Teresa, why do Cressell's attorneys want the trial moved?
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A Roanoke man who killed his girlfriend six months ago pled guilty today.
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.
The deadly July 4th accident involving one of the "Switched at Birth" families has led to a million-dollar lawsuit.
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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, who was driving the car, claiming he was negligent.
Kevin Chittum was the father of one of the girls switched at Birth at the U-V-A Medical Center.
Wall Street "took off" along with John Glenn today.
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The Dow "rocketed" 123 points upward to 84-95. NASDAQ rose almost 20 points.
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Tonight we continue our profile of congressional candidates, with a look at the 9th district incumbent.
He's not flashy, but he's popular among voters.
And as Scott Goldberg reports, that's what has kept
Rick Boucher in office since 19-82.
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(( In a chamber filled with representatives eager to have their voices heard, Rick Boucher stays remarkably quiet.
The eight-term Congressman shies away from most high-profile debates, preferring to do his work behind the scenes.
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((BOUCHER: IT'S VERY DIFFICULT BOTH TO BE OUTSPOKEN ON THE FLOOR AND BE EFFECTIVE IN COMMITTEE BECAUSE TIME SIMPLY DOESN'T PERMIT THAT. SO I TEND TO BE A WORKHORSE RATHER THAN A SHOW HORSE.))
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Since Boucher's first election in 19-82, that low-key approach has played well in the conservative ninth district.
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They like him in rural areas, where Boucher has brought home federal money, paying for new jobs and better technology.
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[IN Q=when the]
((BOUCHER: WHEN THE TIME COMES THAT COMPANIES LEAVE THE CITIES, WE WANT THIS AREA TO STAND OUT AND BE RECOGNIZED AS AN AREA COMMITTED TO THE USE OF THAT TECHNOLOGY.))
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But this year, Boucher's challenger isn't talking about economic development.
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Joe Barta is talking about those hot-button issues like abortion and President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.
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Barta has criticized his opponent's role in the impeachment proceedings, where Boucher wrote the Democrat's proposal for a speedy inquiry.
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((BOUCHER: THE NATIONAL INTEREST REQUIRES THAT WE INVESTIGATE THIS MATTER THOROUGHLY AND COMPLETELY, AS THE RESOLUTION I INTRODUCED REQUIRES, BUT THAT WE GET IT BEHIND US AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN.))
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Barta said it was an odd time for Boucher to step into the spotlight.
But Tom Morris, an expert on Virginia politics, said it only helped Boucher when his constituents saw their Congressman showcased on the national stage.
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((TOM MORRIS: IT'S BEEN A NET GAIN FOR HIM TO HAVE BEEN A SPOKESMAN ON THIS ISSUE.))
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG: FOR HIS PART, BOUCHER SAID HE'D RATHER LEGISLATE THAN INVESTIGATE. IT'S THAT LET'S-GET-BACK-TO-BUSINESS ATTITUDE THAT DEMOCRATS BELIEVE MAKE HIM A CREDIBLE SPOKESMAN. IT'S THAT SAME ATTITUDE THAT HAS KEPT VOTERS VOTING FOR HIM FOR 16 YEARS. SCOTT GOLDBERG, NEWS-7.))
Cross Creek Apparel in Floyd County will be shutting down earlier than first announced.
The sewing plant was due to close in December.
But the parent company now says the 160 employees will be out of work as of next week.
The closing date was moved up, because there isn't enough work to keep it running.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Express comes off its 12 day break and turns into road warriors.
We'll hear from Amos Zereoue and Corey Moore, two guys who are certain to butt heads Saturday in Blacksburg.
And Steve Mason talks with Tiki Barber about his up and down sophomore season in the NFL with the Giants.
After a 12 day break, the Express faces off against the Richmond Renegades tomorrow night on the road.
The Express practiced at the Ice Station this morning. The 2 and 1 team is anxious to start hitting an opponent.
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[OUT Q=...game action"]
Daniel Berthiaume, 2 and OH this season, will start tomorrow, while Dave Gagnon will get the nod Saturday against Huntington, now that his fractured right index finger has healed.
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[OUT Q=...ready to play"]
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The Giants play the winless Redskins Sunday.
Tiki Barber's season has also been tough. During his bye week, Steve Mason found him at UVa's youth day.
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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.))
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No Tiki, but lenty of other football is on the way this weekend. Saturday at 3pm, WDBJ has the Florida - Georgia SEC battle from the swamp in Gainesville.
And on Sunday, right after the NFL Today the Buffalo Bills take on the Miami Dolphins at one right here on Your Hometown station.
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Saturday's noon kick off in Blacksburg pits Virginia Tech's Big East leading defense against the conference's top passing offense owned by West Virginia.
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The Mountaineers rushing attack is lead by Amos Zereoue who, registered his third hundred yard rushing performance of the season against Miami. He knows his fourth will be hard earned against a swarming defense.
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[SUPER=01-Corey Moore/Has Nine Sacks This Season; :14]
[OUT Q=...The Key."]
And finally tonight there are conflicting reports concerning the possible banning of Androstenedione by major league baseball.
The muscle building supplement that is banned by the NFL and the NCAA is legal in baseball.
In fact, it is used and endorsed by homerun king Mark McGwire.
Newspaper reports today say the substance will be banned next year.
But Commissioner Bud Selig says he hasn't even considered the issue yet.
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The man who gave the world the most memorable images of space travel never got to ride a rocket.
He watched today's launch from a friend's home -- near Clifton Forge.
Tina Tenret has more.
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Remember this shot?
And this one?
How bout this one?
They were all brought to you by Richard Murphy of Clifton Forge.
A former NASA photographer, he designed cameras still used in space launches today.
[IN Q=I know you all]
((I KNOW YOU ALL HAVE SEEN THAT FAMOUS SHOT ... THAT'S THE CAMERAS.))
[OUT Q=THAT'S THE CAMERAS]
Murphy mounted the cameras that captured this hero's face.
He also created John Glenn's personal space camera.
He stripped down an Argus C-3 found in a drug store, then made it Glenn-proof, so to speak.
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((JOHN GLENN'S NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE OFF HIS GLOVES AND MESS AROUND WITH FILM ... 72 EXPOSURES.))
[OUT Q=72 EXPOSURES]
Murphy sifts through shots snapped with his cameras.
Edward White, the first American to walk in space, taken by a fellow astronaut.
The Gemini spacecraft at liftoff.
Murphy invented cameras that would not melt even under the engines.
Some take 18-thousand-pictures per second.
[IN Q=The reason]
((THE REASON FOR THAT WAS TO CHECK EXPLOSION COMPONENTS TO SEE WHERE THE PIECES WENT WHEN IT BLEW UP.))
[OUT Q=WHEN IT BLEW UP]
So this pioneer watched Glenn's return to space, knowing that long after the thrill of the launch, the magic would be captured forever.
That's Richard Murphy's legacy.
Tina Tenret News7 Alleghany County.
Murphy had a personal invitation to today's launch from John Glenn
He had to turn it down -- he's suffering from the flu.[Close]
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