On the late NEWS on NEWS 7
Many of the President's men concede Clinton's been evasive, misleading, even maddening... but not guilty of perjury, they insist.
We'll get a prediction from former Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry, speaking at U-V-a tonight.
And we'll hear from the Michigan man wanted for selling pot in Martinsville 24 years ago.
News 7 at 11 coming straight ahead.
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Eleven hours of impeachment testimony has come to a close ... for today.
One by one, throughout the day...lawyers, professors and former government officials told the House Judiciary Committee that the president's conduct was reprehensible and sinful, but not impeachable.
Jonathan Freed sums up day-one of the Defense of the President in this LIVE report from Capitol Hill.
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[SUPER=01-Rep. Maxine Waters/(D) California]
[SUPER=01-Greg Craig/Special Counsel to the President]
[super=01-Rep. Bob Inglis/(R) South Carolina]
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LOCATOR: WASHINGTON D.C.
THE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS PUSHED INTO THE NIGHT...FED THROUGHOUT THE DAY
BY LEGAL SCHOLARS, HISTORIANS...EVEN FORMER MEMBERS OF THE JUDICIARY
COMMITTEE FROM THE WATERGATE ERA...ALL OF THEM DEFENSE WITNESSES WITH A
COMMON GOAL: SAVE THE CLINTON PRESIDENCY. IT GAVE COMMITTEE DEMOCRATS A
(SOT: Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA)
743 Clearly these actions are not impeachable..
739 If we use the standard of Watergate, can we really count on this
process to protect us when it's necessary?
THE WITNESSES argued that while the President of the United States had
behaved poorly, even sinfully, MR. CLINTON'S actions were not worthy of
(SOT: Greg Craig/Special Counsel to the President)
"I'm willing to concede that in the Jones deposition the President's
testimony was evasive, incomplete misleading and even maddening.
But it was not perjury."
THE REPUBLICANS WANTED TO HEAR THE FACTS OF THE CASE REBUTTED...AND WERE
FRUSTRATED THAT THE WHITE HOUSE STILL WASN'T GETTING TO THAT.
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(Inglis SOT:" It seems to me that you are relying on these
technicalities. Now Mr. Craig, did he lie to the American people when he
said that I never had sex with that woman did he lie?"
Craig SOT: "He certainly misled and deceived...(Inglis interrupts.."Now
did he lie?") To the American people he misled them and did not tell the
LATE TUESDAY, THE WHITE HOUSE RELEASED DETAILS OF ITS DEFENSE IN A
DOCUMENT OF SOME 200 PAGES...ASSERTING AGAIN THAT THIS IS NO
WATERGATE...INSISTING THAT MONICA LEWINSKY DENIED THAT ANYONE ASKED HER
TO LIE...AND CONCLUDING WITH ANOTHER APOLOGY BY THE PRESIDENT.
STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS):))
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The man who had to face the media most during what may be America's most embarrassing presidential scandal made some predictions tonight in Charlottesville.
Former Clinton press secretary Mike McCurry spoke at the University of Virginia.
Ellen Qualls was there.
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The family of Derek Poindexter still believes police may be responsible for his death, even though the medical examiner says it was cocaine, and not pepper spray that killed him during his arrest in October.
Eric Earnhart spoke to family members at a vigil tonight.
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Keith they say WHATEVER happened during Poindexter's arrest is the police officers' fault... if THE ARREST ITSELF was wrong.
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((This is not the way Carrie Dulin expected to mark her son's 35th birthday. A candle light vigil, remembering his death.
A death the medical examiner and commonwealth's attorney say was caused by one thing only... a cocaine overdose.
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((CARRIE DULIN/POINDEXTER'S MOTHER; I HAVE NO COMMENT ON WHAT THE MEDICAL EXAMINER SAID, I HAVE NO COMMENT ON WHAT THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY SAID, MY CONCERN IS, WAS MY SON SERVED JUSTICE ))
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Family members seem to be focusing, NOT on what KILLED poindexter, but what started the whole incident... a traffic stop.
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((BENJAMIN POINDEXTER/POINDEXTER'S BROTHER; IT SHOULD BE WHETHER OR NOT THERE WAS A JUST, ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP, A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP WOULD HAVE BEEN THE DRIVER OF THE CAR BEING PULLED OUT OF THE CAR BEING PULLED OUT INITIALLY, AND THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN.))
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((CARRIE DULIN/POINDEXTER'S MOTHER; WHY WAS DEREK EVER ASKED TO GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE, HE WASN'T DRIVING.))
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N-double-ACP president Martin Jefferies questions the accuracy of the medical examiner's report.
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((MARTIN JEFFERY/NAACP; I THINK AT THE VERY LEAST, THERE'S A RELUCTANCE ON THE PART OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE THAT DEREK POINDEXTER, EVEN IN POLICE CUSTODY, HAD HIS CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTED, THERE'S A RELUCTANCE ON THEIR PART TO INCRIMINATE THEMSELVES AND POSSIBLY OTHERS.))
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Commonwealth's attorney Don Caldwell says he has no problem with the medical examiner's report... and adds there are clear indications that Poindexter used cocaine in the past, knowing he had a heart condition.
As for the traffic stop, Caldwell's report says the car was stopped for driving without headlights. Poindexter was asked to get out of the car when an officer saw what he believed to be crack cocaine, on the floorboard on his side of the car.
A fugitive from Martinsville will have to come back to Virginia to face the music, more than two decades after he escaped.
A judge in Michigan has ordered the extradition of Alfred Martin.
Martin was convicted 24-years ago of selling 10-dollars worth of marijuana. He was sentenced to serve one year at the city farm.
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((I DIDN'T DO WHAT THEY SAID I DID IN THE FIRST PLACE. I DIDN'T DO IT.))
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Martin walked away from the prison farm the day after he was locked up.
He ended up in Michigan with his own business and three children.
The Michigan judge has granted a 24-hour stay of the extradition so Martin's attorneys can appeal.
Recreation efforts in Lynchburg got a financial boost tonight from city council.
Council voted to appropriate 300- thousand dollars for design work on improvements to City Stadium.
Officials say updating the old ballpark will help keep minor league baseball in the Hill City.
[IN Q=Professional baseball]
((CALVIN FALWELL/LYNCHBURG BASEBALL CORP.: PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL HAS BEEN IN LYNCHBURG SINCE 1902, ONE OF THE OLDEST CITIES IN THE COUNTRY AND WE JUST WANT TO CONTINUE IT HERE. WE THINK IT MEANS A LOT TO THE COMMUNITY AND THE YOUNG PEOPLE IT MEANS A LOT TO THEM AND WE JUST WANT TO DO OUR BEST TO KEEP IT.. IT'S BEEN IN THE CAROLINA LEAGUE SINCE 1966.. SO WE JUST WANT TO KEEP BASEBALL IN LYNCHBURG.))
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Council tonight also finalized a 500- thousand dollar appropriation to Lynchburg United Soccer.
The group is trying to raise money to build a new multi- field soccer complex for central Virginia.
Halifax County says it won't allow any new hog farms to open there until new livestock regulations are hashed out.
The Board of Supervisors voted to adopt a moratorium on new hog operations.
The ban could remain in effect for several months.
A concerned citizens group wants the county to guarantee that waste created by hog farms will not affect water quality.
Farmers say they are environmentally friendly, and current regulations are tough enough.
A series of public hearings on the hog issue will be scheduled before there's a final vote.
Coca-Cola is trying to milk thousands of dollars in taxes from local governments.
The soft-drink company took on Botetourt County in court today -- suing for 13-thousand-dollars in back taxes.
Coke says its vending machines are part of the manufacturing process, so they should be exempt from personal property taxes.
But county officials say turning phosphoric acid, carbon dioxide, water and sweetener into a drink is NOT manufacturing.
[IN Q=The degree]
((BUCK HEARTWELL/BOTETOURT CO. ATTORNEY: THE DEGREE OF SOPHISTICATION IN MIXING AND BLENDING THE SOFT DRINK IS INCREDIBLE. BUT THE DEGREE OF SOPHISTICATION IS NOT THE LYNCHPIN. THE LYNCHPIN IS, IS THERE A SUBSTANTIAL TRANSFORMATION INTO AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SUBSTANCE?
BUTT BUTT BUTT
FRENCH SLAUGHTER/COKE'S ATTORNEY: THOSE ELEMENTS, NONE OF WHICH WITH THE EXCEPTION OF WATER, ARE BEVERAGES, THROUGH THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS, TAKE THOSE RAW MATERIALS .... AND TURN THEM INTO A SERIES OF CONSUMER PRODUCTS THAT ARE THE MOST RECOGNIZED, THE MOST DISTINCTIVE ... CONSUMER PRODUCT IN THE WORLD TODAY.))
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The Botetourt County judge is not expected to rule for several weeks.
Coca Cola also has lawsuits pending in Roanoke, Roanoke county, Buena Vista, Covington, and Alleghany County.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
When News-7 returns, the investigation is finished concerning charges of racism within the halls of Lynchburg schools.
And fire prevention takes the forefront in Henry County, after a year of deadly blazes.
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(( Welcome folks to your Tuesday night here at News 7 Sports. The Express welcomed Peoria to town tonight.
Leslie Ballard throws in a career high 35 for the Radford Highlanders against VCU.
We'll go to court in the high school ranks in the valley and get caught up with VMI's Matt Matheny.
Later on the Big 7.))
A state Department of Education review team has wrapped up its visit to the Lynchburg city school system.
The five- member panel was in town this week to investigate claims of racism in the city schools.
Months of meetings between school officials and a concerned citizens committee produced few results.
School officials hope having an independent investigation will make the difference.
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((ELLEN NYGAARD/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WE HAD FELT THAT WE WERE AT A STALEMATE WITH SOME OF OUR CITIZEN GROUPS AND WE REALLY WANTED TO MOVE FORWARD SO WE LOOK AT THIS AS THE NEUTRAL PERSON COMING IN AND THE EXPERTS WHO CAN HELP US LOOK AT ALL PARTS OF OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM AND COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER AND MAYBE WITH SOME REALLY GOOD IDEAS AS TO HOW WE CAN MOVE FORWARD.))
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[OUT Q=can move forward.]
The review team expects to issue its findings by late January.
Autopsies on the victims of two suspicious deaths in Danville have confirmed both men were murdered.
A medical examiner says a blow to the head and a skull fracture are what killed Silas Moody Carter.
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And Garfield Maragh of Philadelphia suffered a gunshot to the head.
A medical examiner says the shot was NOT self-inflicted.
Danville police have not made any arrests in either case.
There have been more than a dozen fire-related deaths in Henry County over the past year.
The most recent one in the Pleasant Grove community claimed the lives of two people.
Fire officials say the difference between life and death for fire victims like Willaim and Bonnie Barker might have been a smoke detector.
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((RODNEY HOWELL/HENRY CO. FIRE MARSHALL; THE FIRE CHIEFS DEFINITELY RECOGNIZE THE NEED WAS THERE. THERE HAVE BEEN 13-FIRE DEATHS IN THE LAST 13-MONTHS. A LOT OF THESE COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED IF THEY WOULD HAVE HAD AN OPERATING SMOKE DETECTOR, AND IN ONE INSTANCE IF THEY WOULD HAVE HAD ONE PROPERLY LOCATED, I BELIEVE IT WOULD HAVE SAVED SOME LIVES.))
[SUPER=01-Rodney Howell/Henry Co. Fire Marshall; :00]
[OUT Q=SOME LIVES.]
Fire officials will begin their annual Fire Prevention Program by the first of the year.
It will include free smoke detectors and fire inspections for Henry County homeowners.
Investigators have not determined what started the latest fatal fire.
And the cause of a Collinsville church fire has been deemed undetermined due to the size of the structure and the damage done.
Up next on News 7 at 11,
a century-old building that once was an eyesore could soon heat up night-life in the Star City.
A look, when we return.
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It used to be ugly, orange and one of the most recognizable pieces of downtown Roanoke.
It might soon be the city's hottest nightspot.
The man who bought the old American Chemical building wants to turn it into an entertainment center, featuring an upscale restaurant and a sports bar.
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The building is more than a hundred years old.
A Vinton man bought it, painted it and put in new windows.
But Calvin Powers said the place still needs a lot of work.
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((POWERS: IT NEEDS TO BE REMODELED COMPLETELY INSIDE. THE OUTSIDE IS PRACTIALY FINISHED UP, INCLUDING A PARKING LOT THAT HOLDS ABOUT A HUNDRED CARS NOW.))
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Powers said one thing that makes the building unique is:
It's supported entirely by wooden beams and not steel.
He expects to have it leased within a year.
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Bobby Knight coached his 1000th career game last night as his 11th ranked Hoosiers tried to stop 5th ranked Kentucky. Heshimu Evans led the Cats with 22 points on shots like this reverse jam.
But Indiana sent the game to overtime on Dane Fife's three pointer with under two seconds to play.
But Kentucky prevails to win it 70-to-61 in overtime and ruin the General's night.
The Express improved to 12-6 and 1 last night, holding off the surging Peoria Rivermen at the Round House.
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Roanoke took the ice not knowing what to expect since this was the first meeting between the two.
We pick it up in the third period tied at one. Watch Express center Mike Peron muscle his way in and notch his 6th goal of the season to make it 2-1 Roanoke.
[SUPER=34-Roanoke/4/Peoria/3;]Peoria would come back to tie it, scoring two goals within about ten seconds of each
Then, with under two minutes to play in the game, Cantu buries the game winner from the left side, the Express win 4-3.
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The Radford Highlanders were home last night in the Dedmon Dome trying to bounce back from Saturday loss to Duquesne without injured star Ryan Charles, who hurt his knee on Saturday.
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VCU was the opponent last night as first year Rams' boss Mack McCarthy came in two games under 500.
But the Rams Garland Ragler gets the party started with the nice reverse spin in the lane off the left side. VCU has the early lead.
Rian Everett, the RU point man would then answer that with a sweet drive, a cross over dribble and a left handed score off the window.
But this night belonged to Leslie Ballard, who takes the Jon Belt pass and scores on the fade away jumper. Ballard finished with 35.
And with Charles out, Big South freshman of the week Andrey Savtchenko went to work inside. he had
11 points and 15 rebounds.
But Ballard was the BOMB - as he throws in 9 three pointers and RU crushed VCU 86-to-62
UVa beat Liberty tonight 95-to-70 as Chris Williams scored 34 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Donald Hand added 22 and Willie Dersch 17.
Delawn Grandison led the Flames with 17.
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In high school basketball, Roanoke County rivals Cave Spring and William Byrd went toe to toe on the hardwood and the ball just seemed to bounce the Knights way.
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Cave Spring coach Billy Hicks had a lot to celebrate tonight.
Justin Shirley finds Jess Seamon on the baseline, the basket is good for the Knights.
Byrd turns to its muscle, Curt Hetherington underneath tries to chip away at the Cave Spring lead.
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But this was the Knights' night and they cruise to the 59-48 win over the Terriers.
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On the other side of Roanoke County, Northside welcomed Bedford County rival Jefferson Forest.
The Vikings' Timmy Folks with the rebound and the put back gives Northside the early lead.
Jefferson Forest on the break, Shaun Redgate trailing behind is in the right place and gets the points for the Cavaliers.
But the Vikings win this battle 67-to-46 over Jefferson Forest.
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Elsewhere tonight, Lord Botetourt beat James River by 42, PH beat Halifax to stay unbeaten, Rockbridge nipped Parry McCluer by 2, Liberty shattered Glass, Grayson beat Radford by 1, Narrows and Chilhowie both won, and the franklin Co. girls beat Halifax 94-to-45.
UVa has sold 21 thousand tickets for the New Year's eve Peach Bowl game with Georgia.
The Cavs sold over 18 thousand in Charlottesville and the rest directly from the Peach Bowl office in Atlanta.
The 21 thousand is a school record.
We'll never know if Tech could sell that many for the Music City Bowl.
Vanderbilt stadium only holds 41 thousand and Nashville has sold all of its tickets, the University of Alabama has sold all of its tickets and Tech only has 200 tickets left of its allotted 12 thousand.
Those 200 go on sale at nine tomorrow morning at the Tech box office.
Still to come more hoopla is on the way as the NBA shoots itself in the foot one more time.
And Steve Mason profiles VMI senior sharp shooter Matt Matheny.
Right after this break.
It seems like just yesterday that Matt Matheny was lighting up area high schools on Tuesday nights.
But Steve Mason tells us the former Cave Spring standout is now a senior at VMI.
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((Matheny's transformation from a Cave Spring forward to a force against any college power seemed complete in a season high 17 point effort against ACC power Wake Forest. Matt is VMI's second leading scorer who has earned the go to guy role.
Matheny's growth also applies to his physical stature and his chissled 22 year old physique hasn't gone unoticed.
Matheny is shooting 51 percent from the field, 36 percent from behind the arc, but his impact cannot be judged by statistics alone.
The Keydets will chase their third straight win Thursday night. In Lexington, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
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The NBA season is jeopardy, virtually no one cares, and today the league cancelled the February all-star game.
It's madness that even makes Dennis Rodman sound sane.
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