Tonight in sports, the Virginia Tech women finally crack the top 25.
UVa fans are experiencing a little Peach Bowl deja vu.
The VHSL is checking out the end of the Hampton-Amherst game.
And Frank Beamer and the Hokies are ready to Alabama.
We'll hear from some of the Tech players tonight in sports.
We've wrapped up the last day of really warm weather. A return to more seasonable numbers highlights the Extended Forecast.
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Charges of racism and discrimination in the Lynchburg school system have brought a state review team to town to try to find some solutions.
Steve Smallshaw is in Lynchburg tonight.. Steve what do they hope to accomplish?
Keith, minority parents and local school officials have been talking about these concerns for months but have gotten nowhere.. so there's hope that an unbiased, outside review team can help them find some common ground.
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[SUPER=01-Thomas Shortt/Review Team Member; :35]
[SUPER=01-Dannette McCain/Concerned Citizens Committee; :52]
[OUT Q=Lynchburg city schools.]
(( 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.
[IN Q=I was to]
((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.))
[OUT Q=raising him.]
So the review team is taking two days to sit down with parents, students and teachers and hear their concerns with an objective ear.
[IN Q=We're just taking]
((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.))
[OUT Q=need to do.]
But the citizens committee says recommendations and new policies are not the only answer.
[IN Q=If the policy]
((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.))
[OUT Q=Lynchburg city schools.]))
The public will get another chance to speak out tonight.. there's a public forum scheduled for 7 at the Lynchburg public library.
A report from the review team is not expected until mid- January. Keith?[Poindexter]
Pepper spray was not a factor- -certainly not the cause- -of Derek Poindexter's death.
That's the city prosecutor's opinion.
Don Caldwell has concluded his review of the October 24th incident with the opinion that city police officers did nothing wrong.
He says they did not violate departmental policy. AND he says there's no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Caldwell points out Poindexter had a heart condition and a criminal history of drug use.
[IN Q=I just think]
((I JUST THINK THAT FOR WHATEVER REASON, MR. POINDEXTER WAS- -FOR LACK OF A BETTER PHRASE- -JUST PLAYING CHEMICAL ROULETTE IN HIS CONTINUED USE OF COCAINE.))
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[OUT Q=use of cocaine.]
Officer M-L Pendleton used pepper spray to get Poindexter to spit out the crack cocaine Poindexter was trying to swallow.
The medical examiner said Poindexter died of a massive cocaine overdose.
The Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard accused of buring a cross in Carroll County was indicted today.
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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.
A Roanoke woman has been charged in the death of her own baby.
Twenty- seven year old Crystal D. Johnson was named in a two- count indictment today for felony neglect.
Prosecutor Alice Ekirch (EE-kurch) says the 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.
Princess was not Crystal Johnson's first child. The others were not living with her.[Henry-Fire]
A Henry County man lost his sister and brother-in-law in a weekend fire.
Invesatigators have been working around the clock to find out what happened.
David Johnson has more.
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((Sidney Nash had a lifelong bond between he and his sister, Bonnie Barker.
Now that bond has been broken and Nash has to go forward without her.
He says it won't be easy.
[IN Q=IT WILL BE]
((IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT BECAUSE BONNIE AND I WERE AS CLOSE AS THE PHONE.))
[OUT Q=THE PHONE.]
Barker and her husband, William Barker died in an early Sunday morning blaze.
That's when their Wingfield Orchard Road home was gutted by fire.
Friends speak fondly of a family that had seen hard times during the 90's.
An accident left William Barker a quadreplegic seven years ago.
[IN Q=HE HAD A CAR]
((HE HAD A CAR ACCIDENT AND HIT A TREE. IT BROKE HIS NECK. BUT HE NEVER GAVE UP. WHEN HE GOT OUT OF THE HOSPITAL, HE HAD A NOVELTY SHOP IN HIS HOUSE AND HE MADE THINGS FOR PEOPLE AND HE WAS WELL THOUGHT OF.))
[OUT Q=THOUGHT OF.]
According to investigators, the difference in whether the couple got out alive could have been a smoke detector.
The home was not equipped with one, an apparent downfall of several homeowners in the Henry County community over the past year.
[IN Q=WE'VE HAD 13]
((WE'VE HAD 13 FIRE DEATHS IN 13 MONTHS. BY FAR THE VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED IF THEY WOULD HAVE HAD A PROPERLY WORKING SMOKE DETECTOR.
I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE DON'T HAVE THEM AS CHEAP AS THEY ARE.))
[OUT Q=THEY ARE.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; OFFICIALS SAY THE FIRE'S POINT OF ORIGIN WAS IN THE BASEMENT, JUST BEYOND THIS DOORWAY IN THE NORTHEND OF THE HOME. BUT THEY'VE NOT YET DETERMINED WHAT STARTED THE BLAZE. THEY SUSPECT THE CLUES AND EVIDENCE THAT WILL HELP SOLVE THAT MYSTERY LIES WITHIN THESE PILES OF DEBRIS. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, HENRY COUNTY.))
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Still ahead on News 7 at 6, the U-S Supreme Court refuses to hear the the case of a man who murdered his neighbors in Southside 2 years ago.
And one locality wants to keep older mobile homes from cropping up outside of mobile home parks.
The story, coming up.
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Franklin County officials may force people who own pre-1976 mobile homes to stay in mobile home parks.
Tina Tenret has both sides of the story.
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[SUPER=01-Tim Krawczel/Franklin Co. Planning Director; 1:03]
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((Steve Bebout (BEE-Bowt) owns a double-wide, so he has nothing against mobile homes.
But lately he's seen dilapidated, abandoned, even burned-out trailers cropping up in his neighborhood.
He wants the county to take action.
[IN Q=One effect is increased]
((STEVE BEBOUT/MOBILE HOME OWNER: DEVALUING NEIGHBOR'S PROPERTY, THAT'S PROBABLY THE BIGGEST SINGLE FACTOR IS JUST DEVALUATION. CRIME RATE, HOW MANY TIMES LAW ENFORCEMENT'S REQUIRED TO COME OUT THIS WAY WHEN THEY NEVER HAD TO BEFORE.))
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[IN Q=The county cannot]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THE COUNTY CANNOT OUTLAW JUST ANY MOBILE HOME, JUST BECAUSE IT'S RUNDOWN OR IN POOR SHAPE. BUT THEY CAN CRACK DOWN ON THOSE BUILT BEFORE 1976 BECAUSE THEY DO NOT MEET FEDERAL HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS.))
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County planners say many older trailers sit in mobile home parks at Smith Mountain Lake.
They worry that if a developer bought this park, then these mobile homes would scatter into county neighborhoods.
So they may confine pre-1976 trailers to mobile home parks only.
[IN Q=That's the issue]
((TIM KRAWCZEL/FRANKLIN CO. PLANNING DIRECTOR: THAT'S THE ISSUE. ON ONE SIDE PROTECTING THE NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING. ON THE OTHER SIDE, PROTECTING THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE ALREADY SITUATED IN THE COUNTY FOR SOME STABILITY, THAT THERE ARE MINIMUM PROPERTY STANDARDS.))
[OUT Q=minimum property standards]
Calvin Stamper and Candy Campbell share this 1968 mobile home.
They do not want to be unfairly restricted.
[IN Q=I can understand]
((I CAN UNDERSTAND IF I HAD A NICE HOME THAT I WOULDN'T LIKE IT BUT AT THE SAME TIME IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD IT YOU HAVE TO LIVE WHERE YOU HAVE TO LIVE. IF THEY LOOK AT IT THAT WAY THEY SHOULD ALSO LOOK AT THE WAY THEY KEEP THEIR HOME. IF THEY KEEP IT UP AND KEEP IT LOOKING NICE I THINK IT SHOULDN'T MATTER.))
[OUT Q=IT SHOULDN'T MATTER]
They will discuss the issue tomorrow night.
Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County. ))
Lynchburg officials are defending their decision "not" to tell residents about a potentially dangerous E-P-A Superfund site in their neighborhood.
Barrels of paints, solvents and other chemicals were found in the old Allen- Morrison sign company, months after it went out of business.
The city knew of the potential fire hazard for eight months but never told nearby residents.
[IN Q=If you publicize]
((CHARLES CHURCH/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: IF YOU PUBLICIZE A POTENTIAL RISK, THEN YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT VANDALIZE OR CAUSE FURTHER DAMAGE, AND WE FELT THAT LESS PUBLICITY AT THAT SITUATION WAS BETTER BECAUSE WE DIDN'T KNOW THE EXACT CONTENTS OR THE NATURE OF THE CONTENTS ON THE PROPERTY.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Church/Lynchburg City Manager; :00]
[OUT Q=on the property.]
The E-P-A is now working to clean up the site.
There is "no" evidence of any groundwater contamination.
The nation's highest court will NOT hear the appeal of a death row inmate from Danville.
The U-S Supreme Court today declined Percy Levar Walton's appeal without comment.
Walton pled guilty to killing three of his neighbors in the Cabin Creek Condominiums in November 1996.
All three victims-- including an elderly couple-- were shot in the head and wrapped in sheets.
Walton's execution date has not been set.
Police in Danville have NOT made any arrests in the two murders that happened over the weekend.
64-year old Silas Moody Carter was found dead in his Claiborne Street home Saturday morning.
His body was found by friends who were checking in on him.
29-year old Garfield Maragh (MAR-AWE) of Philadelphia was found dead in the West End Apartment Complex.
Police say he was shot in the head Saturday night.
Autopsies on both victims are scheduled for tomorrow.
Roanoke officials are hoping a 700- million dollar state surplus will mean more money for local projects.
Today, funding for education topped the wish list that lawmakers will carry to Richmond.
The plan to create a Higher Education Center in the old Norfolk and Western Office Building still lacks about three and a half million dollars.
Though Governor Gilmore cut funding for the center last year, city officials are hopeful his budget will include the project this year.
[IN Q=But now the economy]
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/ D- ROANOKE: BUT NOW THE ECONOMY IS DOING BETTER THAN WE EXPECTED. THE SURPLUS IS MUCH BETTER THAN WE THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE, SO I'M OPTIMISTIC THAT WE CAN GET THE CAPITAL FUNDING THAT WE NEED FOR THE CITY OF ROANOKE.))
[OUT Q=for the city of Roanoke.]
City Council and the School Board are also asking the state for more help with school connstruction and with the cost of implementing the standards of learning.
The Governor will reveal his budget priorities on December 18th.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Hokies talk about playing the Crimson Tide of Alabama.
UVa flashes back to the 95 Peach Bowl as it prepares for this year's date with Georgia.
The Tech women finally crack the top 25.
And we'll take a look at one of the sights you may not have seen in Saturday's Virginia High School League playoffs.
And here's a shock - Hampton was involved.
While most of the attention in this part of the state was focused on the Salem Spartans as they completed a perfect 14-and-0 season, there were plenty of fireworks both good and bad in the division five title game at Norfolk State between Amherst County and Hampton.
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Hampton won the game 35-to-nothing, 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.
After getting ridden out of bounds Amherst County's Kerry McPherson comes up swinging. 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.
This afternoon I spoke with VHSL boy's program director Larry Johnson. He says the league is looking into the incident and the fact that Hampton was involved in such a situation for the second straight year.
Johnson says the league 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 Virginia Tech Hokies have never been able to beat Alabama in football, but there are a lot of Tech fans out their who are excited about the opportunity to change all of that in this year's Music City Bowl.
The Hokies play the Crimson Tide on December 29th and the players are excited about the opportunity.
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[SUPER=01-Anthony Midget/Va. Tech Cornerback; :20]
[SUPER=01-Marcus Gildersleeve/Va. Tech Receiver; :31]
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The Virginia Cavaliers are fired up about their return date with thte Georgia Bulldogs in this year's Chick-Fil-A peach bowl.
Virginia is expected to take over 20 thousand fans to the New Year's game.
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In 1995, the Cavs needed this Petey Hunter 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 also rocked the Georgia Dome that night.
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UVa may have an new advantage in this game.
This afternoon the Bulldogs lost their offensive line coach Chris Scelfo (SEHL-FO).
He is now the new head coach at Tulane University.
He will step in immediately and coach the Green Wave in the LIberty Bowl against BYU.
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The Lady Hokies are six and oh and now ranked 22nd in the Associated Press Top 25.
The Virginia Cavaliers are ranked 21st. Tech beat U-V-A 81-65 last Monday.
Tech also beat a 10th ranked Duke team during this six and oh run.
[IN Q=I really]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Henrickson/Va Tech Head Coach;]
[OUT Q=breeds confidence]
Virginia Tech has yet to break into the USA-ESPN Coached Poll.
The Hokies return to the court Wednesday at East Carolina.
Conference play begins Saturday, when Tech host Duquesne.
And Roanoke's representative on the PGA senior Tour Billy King is the guest speaker at tonight's of the Roanoke Valley sports club.
We'll hear from the King of Blue Hills tonight at 11.
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School is a popular place in Virginia these days, especially at Virginia Western Community College.
Jean Jadhon is here to tell us more.
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Keith, community college enrollment is at an all time high this year,
Virginia Western is leading the pack.
((MARK EMICK/VA. WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE; THE 1997-98 ACADEMIC YEAR WE SAW TREMENDOUS GROWTH, WE WERE RUNNING ABOUT 8 PERCENT WHICH WAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST INCREASES IN THE STATE))
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[OUT Q=in the state]
And the increase is expected to continue... problem is, Virginia Western is out of space.
Tonight at 11, we'll tell you what they plan to do about the next enrollment jump on the horizon.
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