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An amazing feat is taking place- in outer space.
More students are heading to college- community college that is.
And this mail was headed to the North Pole but we'll tell you where it ended up.
And the warm spell is coming to an end.
News 7 is next.
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This is the scene tonight high above the earth as two spacewalking astronauts work on the international space station.
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It's a crucial, construction job.
Two astronauts are making history with a spacewalk aimed at bringing the space station to life.
The amazing work is going on miles above the earth- as Maureen Maher explains.
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((Hey Jerry, how ya doing??
I'm just hanging around building a space station.
FLOATING SOME 242 MILES ABOVE THE EARTH, ASTRONAUT JERRY ROSS PERCHED AT
THE END OF ENDEAVOR'S ROBOTIC ARM..
AND CREWMATE JIM NEWMAN SPENT THE BETTER PART OF MONDAY NIGHT BRINGING
THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO LIFE...
Sure is a beautiful piece of
Lugging cables across the sky, the two men made some 40 connections
between the U-S node Unity and the Russian module Zarya...
nats... of preparing to power up.
Then the moment that would transform the two modules into one functioning element of the space station
Mission control in Moscow powering up Unity's computers by way of Zarya.
Nats. of confirmation that it was powered up.
MAUREEN MAHER/CBS NEWS: AFTER 15 YEARS OF DELAYS, THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IS
NOW OPERATIONAL - BUT TONIGHT'S SPACE WALK WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING...
OVER THE NEXT 5 YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION THERE WILL BE SOME 160 WALKS, INCLUDING TWO MORE ON
THIS MISSION. MAUREEN MAHER, CBS NEWS.))
Roanoke's chief prosecutor has completed his review of the pepper spray death of a drug suspect.
Don Caldwell found NO evidence of criminal wrong-doing on the part of police.
Caldwell met with Derek Poindexter's family today to outline his conclusions and found they've already hired a lawyer.
((BUT I DON'T SEE ANY INCONSISTENCIES IN EITHER THE FACTS OR THE INVESTIGATION OF THIS CASE.))
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Poindexter died of acute cocaine poisoning.
He tried to swallow a rock of crack cocaine while in police custody.
Officer M-L Pendleton used pepper spray on Poindexter to get him to spit out the crack.
Less than an hour later the suspect was dead.
A team of state educators is in Lynchburg tonight, trying to determine whether black students and teachers are being unfairly treated in the city's school system.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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(( The charges are that black students are more likely to be suspended than whites.. and are LESS likely to be placed in advanced classes.. and black teachers are rarely hired or promoted. Whether that's true or not, many parents are convinced the unseen demon of racism lurks inside the Lynchburg city schools.
It's left many parents wondering where they've gone wrong.
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((MICHELLE HAMPTON/PARENT: I WAS TO THE POINT OF GIVING MY CHILD UP JUST THE OTHER DAY BECAUSE I THOUGHT SOMETHING WAS WRONG WITH ME RAISING HIM.))
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So the review team is taking two days to sit down with parents, students and teachers and hear their concerns with an objective ear.
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((THOMAS SHORTT/D-O-E REVIEW TEAM: WE'RE JUST TAKING INFORMATION AND WE'LL BE GETTING LOTS OF INFORMATION OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS AND WE'LL GO BACK AND PUT ALL THAT TOGETHER AND THEN WE'LL MAKE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS, IF THAT'S NECESSARY, AND THAT'S WHAT WE SEE WE NEED TO DO.))
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But the citizens committee says recommendations and new policies are not the only answer.
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((DANNETTE MCCAIN/CONCERNED CITIZENS COMMITTEE: IF THE POLICY IS WELL- WRITTEN BUT IT'S NOT BEING IMPLEMENTED FAIRLY ACROSS THE BOARD, THEN NO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE SATISFIED UNTIL THE SCHOOL BOARD CAN MAKE SOME ASSURANCES THAT FAIRNESS WILL BE WHAT HAPPENS IN LYNCHBURG CITY SCHOOLS.))
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[IN Q=Changes, if any]
((Changes, if any, won't come until AFTER the review team has finished its evaluation and submits any recommendations to the school board. That final report isn't expected until mid- January. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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More people than ever before are attending Virginia's Community Colleges.
Enrollment at Virginia Western increased 8 percent last year... it's aready up 2 percent this school year.
Eric Earnhart has details.
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((The increase comes from two directions... High School students moving up to the next level, and workers coming back for more education.
Towanda Penn ended up here after she was downsized out of a 23 year career.
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((TOWANDA PENN/COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT; I FOUND A JOB A MONTH AGO SO I AM WORKING NOW AND THEY SAID I HAD EXPERIENCE BUT I NEEDED SOME CREDENTIALS.))
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Years ago, driving past a community college you might see a few lights on, a few cars here and there, but look at all the activity here tonight, and look at all the cars packed into this parking lot.
One of those cars belongs to La Sandra Liggins, who used to think college was boring, but community college helped her find her focus.
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((LA SANDRA LIGGINS/COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT; I JUST CAME BACK BECAUSE I WANT TO TAKE MY LIFE AND BETTER MY LIFE AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN. AND MAKE MYSELF BETTER. ))
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So many people want to make their lives better in fact, Virginia Western is full.
Another BIG enrollment jump is expected in 2005.
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((MARK EMICK/VIRGINIA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE; WE HAVE TO REALLY TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT COMMUNITY SITES LOCATED IN AND AROUND THE COLLEGE, WHERE WE CAN EXPAND OUR DELIVERY.))
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Emick says adding off-campus sites will make it possible to help more students in places where that help is needed most.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
Authorities are blaming the deant of an infant on her mother.
Twenty-seven year old Crystal D. Johnson was charged with felony neglect in a two-count indictment today.
Prosecutor Alice (EE-kurch) Ekirch says Johnson's little girl tested cocaine positive at birth.
The mother is not charged in that regard.
PRINCESS Johnson died in May of severe dehydration, 23 days after she was born.
An indictment was handed down today to the the Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard accused of buring a cross in Carroll County.
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Barry Black's case gained attention when he drafted an African-American lawyer to defend him.
Richmond attorney David Baugh says everyone has a right to express his opinion -- even if it's controversial.
If Black is convicted on cross-burning charges, he could serve five years in prison.
A hearing in January will test the constitutionality of Virginia's cross-burning law.
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The White House will begin defending the President tomorrow- calling 14 witnesses at impeachment hearings.
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((WE'RE GOING TO PRESNET OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS A VERY SERIOUS CASE OVER WHY ALLEGATTIONS AS RAISED DO NOT MEET THE CONSTITUTIONAL STANDARD FOR IMPEACHMENT.))
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After the witnesses the House Judiciary Committee gets ready to vote on impeachment at the end of the week.
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President Clinton's been spared another independent counsel investigation.
Attorney General Janet Reno won't seek an independent counsel to look into the President's campaign fundraising.
Some Republicans say Reno is failing to do her duty.
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Philip Morris has released new Tobacco Ads- but these are meant to curb teen smoking.
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((SO YOU WANT TO....... not on trial here.))
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Philip Morris says it wants to prevent kids from starting to smoke- but critics say the ads don't show any of the devastating effects that smoking can cause.
The first ads hit the airwaves today.
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Giles County is among 13 localities for which Governor Gilmore is requesting Federal Emergency assistance.
The Governor sent a letter to U-S Secretary of Agriculture Daniel Glickman requesting assistance for farmers whose crops were extensively damaged by the recent drought.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still ahead, the Governor sets his sights on improving the quality of your water.
And Lynchburg is left to deal with the hazardous material one company left behind after closing up shop.
The story coming up.
Lynchburg residents living near a potentially dangerous E-P-A Superfund site got an update today on their situation.
Barrels of paint and other chemicals are still stored in the Allen-Morrison sign plant on Rutherford Street.
They were discovered months after the company went out of business and its owners left town.
Despite the potential for fire, federal authorities say the city has the situation well in hand.
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((CHRIS WAGNER/EPA ON- SITE COORDINATOR: THERE ARE, LIKE I SAID, SOM FLAMMABLE MATERIALS ON THE SITE AND THEY HAVE BEEN PUT IN ANOTHER CONTAINER, BUT THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT DOES HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN IN PLACE WHEREBY THEY WOULD BE PROTECTING EXPOSURES IN THE COMMUNITY RATHER THAN TRYING TO SAVE THE BUILDING.))
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Wagner says soil samples will be taken next month, but there is "no" evidence of any groundwater contamination.
Governor Gilmore wants 48-million dollars set aside to improve water quality in the state.
He has earmarked over 11 million to address sewer overflow problems in Lynchburg and Richmond.
During heavy rains the combined sewer systems of those cities can over flow into the James River.
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Franklin County may confine old trailers to mobile home parks.
This new law would restrict only pre-1976 mobile homes that do not meet federal health and safety standards.
It comes in response to homeowners who complain rundown mobile homes bring down their property values.
The Franklin County planning commission will discuss this issue tomorrow night.
Henry County investigators continue their search for the cause of a fire that killed two people.
This house in the 200-block of Wingfield Orchard Road caught fire early Sunday morning.
Family members say 52-year old William Barker and his wife 50-year old Bonnie were the victims.
Officials stayed on the scene long after the blaze was extinguished.
Martinsville Sheriff's deputies, Henry County firefighters and Alcohol, Tobacco and Fire agents worked together.
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((RODNEY HOWELL/FIRE MARSHALL; WE'RE STILL IN THE PRELIMINARY STAGES. WE HAVE A LOT OF DEBRIS IN THERE BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE FIRST FLOOR, ROOF AND ATTIC THAT HAS FALLEN DOWN TO THE BASEMENT.))
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The couple's son was the only person to make it out alive.
According to officials, Jeff Barker says he saw flames in his basement bedroom, went upstairs to wake his parents and went next door for help.
When firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames.
Up next, Star City officials hope the Governor will give back funding he took away last year.
And later on News 7, Santa's elves aren't the only ones hard at work this holiday season.
We'll show you a few of the folks who are answering Saint Nick's mail.
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Roanoke officials are looking to Richmond for help with the planned Higher Education Center.
And they're hoping Governor Gilmore will find the funding he took away last year.
The plan to renovate the old Norfolk and Western Office Building still needs about three and a half million dollars.
Gilmore reduced state funding for the project last year to help pay for the car tax cut, but backers are hopeful that he'll restore the funding this year.
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D- ROANOKE: WE'LL FIND OUT ON THE 18TH OF DECEMBER WHEN THE GOVERNOR ISSUES HIS RECOMMENDATIONS. IF THE GOVERNOR DOES NOT AWARD THREE POINT SIX MILLION TO THE CITY FOR THE HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER, THEN I'M HOEPFUL WE CAN GO AHEAD AND PUT IT IN AS AN AMMENDMENT. BUT WE JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE. BUT I'M OPTIMISTIC BECAUSE THE CLIMATE IS VERY GOOD THIS YEAR.))
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Roanoke is also joining the call for school construction money, and for help implementing the standards of learning in city classrooms.
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Billy King tees it up at the Roanoke Valley sports club tonight.
We'll check some girls' hoops, some footbrawl involving Amherst and Hampton and here from the Hokies who have some thoughts on Alabama.
But first in tonight's extra point,
Joe DiMaggio has taken a serious turn for the worst.
According to his doctor, the Yankee Clipper's outlook has dimmed over the past 72 hours.
DiMaggio had a malignant tumor removed from his right lung October 14th.
His lung infection has returned and he's being treated with antibiotics.
His blood pressure is being maintained with medications as well.
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Billy King is back in the Roanoke Valley, fresh off his first year on the PGA's Seniors Tour.
We caught up with the Blue Hills golf pro at the Roanoke Valley Sports Club.
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King just finished qualifying school where he missed the cut by two shots, but he says the Seniors Tour hasn't seen the last of him.
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((BILLY KING/35 PGA SENIORS EVENTS: I'M ELIGIBLE FOR THE PGA SENIOR OPEN AND THE FORD SENIORS PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP. I'M GOING TO PLAY SOME MONDAY QUALIFIERS. I STILL THINK I CAN PLAY WITH THOSE GUYS. I JUST KEEP TRYING.))
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King earned more than 153-thousand dollars this year.
You can hear more about King's experiences on the tour on News Seven Sunday Morning.
That's coming up this weekend at 8.
In girls high school hoops, we have a private school battle as Roanoke valley Christian played host to the Carlisle Chiefs.
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The Lady Eagles were looking to get a victory in their first Conference game of the season.
But, Carlisle strikes first when Mary Jeanette lays in two of her team high 19 points and the Chiefs go up early.
It would not last long as Lauren Mckee would get her own board on this play and stick it back up and in to put the Lady Eagles up 4.
Carlisle tries not to let this game get away, Nicole Collins makes good on the three from the left side.
But, this night belonged to the Lady Eagles as
Tiffany Dobbs knocks down the jump shot and she would score a game high 20 to lead her team to a 69-to-40 victory over Carlisle.
In some leftovers from Saturday's state high school football championships it seems like the division five game is getting its share of attention.
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Hampton won the game 35-to-0, but for the second straight year in this classification, players from both teams were ejected after the Crabbers taunting and extra antics got the best of the opposition.
Amherst County's Kerry McPherson comes up swinging on this play. He and a Hampton player were ejected from the game, as was Amherst County assistant coach Brad Bailey.
The Amherst bench drew three straight unsportsmanlike conduct penalities during the incident.
Yesterday I spoke with the VHSL boy's program director Larry Johnson. He says the league is looking into the incident, and that he is concerned that a "pattern" exists whenever Hampton plays whether or not the Crabbers are the instigators.
Hampton coach Mike Smith says he thinks the problem is that the teams from western Virginia like Fleming last year and Amherst just aren't used to getting whipped.
The NFL has its share of problems of a different kind of late.
A rash of questionable officiating has led the NFL to give the owners a chance to vote in instant replay in time for this year's playoffs!
It's a rash proposal but it just might pass.
More football when we return from commercial break here at News 7.
We'll see what the Hokies think about playing the Crimson Tide in Music City later this month.
The Virginia Tech Hokies will have a chance to wrap up another nine win season in the Music City Bowl on December 29th.
All they need to do so is a win over Alabama. (/////SOT/////)
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The Virginia Cavaliers are likely to experience a little deja vu when they roll into the Georgia Dome to battle the Bulldogs.
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In 1995, the Cavs needed this Petey Allen kickoff return with 57 seconds to play to beat Georgia 34-to-27.
The 83 yard return gave the Cavs a nine win season.
At least 20 thousand UVa fans are expected for the game.
New South Carolina Head Football Coach Lou Holtz has hired his son as offensive coordinator.
Skip Holtz resigned his position as head coach at Connecticut tonight.
This season Skip lead U-Conn to a school-record 10 wins before losing in the division 1-Double-A playoffs.
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In tonight's video of the day, Santa has found some unlikely helpers.
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They are not elves -- but rather workers at the General Electric plant in Schenectady, New York.
The plant's zip code is 1-2-3-4-5... a commonly used zip code for letters heading to the north pole.
Members of a special employee committee read the letters and write back to the children.
They have answered more than one thousand letters since the program began and try to help by sending gifts to help needy families.
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The NFL put the battle of the Bays in the spotlight last night as Tampa Bay welcomed Green Bay to Florida for the Monday night version of Baywatch.
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Green Bay has had its trouble on Monday nights and this evening the Bucs often lethargic offense came alive in the first half Trent Dilfer hits Jacquez Green on a slant pattern and the former Florida Gator goes 64 yards for the score. 7-to-3 Bucs.
Later in the first half, Dilfer will hit another
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speedster - Bert Emanuel. He too turns on the speed and makes it a 14-to-3 game.
The Bucs hang on to it _24__ to _22__.