[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Two Kurdish protests in Europe end peacefully with dozens of arrests.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And the Pentagon calls the deployment of American warplanes to Europe a clear signal that ``time is running out'' for Serb leaders to accept a peace deal on Kosovo.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Kurds]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=News-7 at Noon]


Turkish authorities today released more triumphant video of captured Kurdish Rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Turkey;]

[7:04:36]
The video shows Ocalan standing handcuffed in front of two Turkish flags.
Ocalan is to be tried for treason for his part in a 14-year uprising by the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party which has cost close to 30-thousand lives.
[SUPER=01-London, United Kingdom;]


Meanwhile, Kurdish groups in London and Vienna have peacefully ended their three day occupation of public buildings.
In London, more than 70 protesters had occupied the embassy, holding a caretaker hostage, for more than two days.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((KURDISH PROTESTOR:EVERYONE SAYS THAT HE KILLED 30-THOUSAND PEOPLE, THAT IS WHAT IS SAID IN TURKEY. THERE ARE ALWAYS TWO SIDES TO A COIN SO TURKEY SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO COURT WITH ITS ACTIONS.))
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=as well]
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[VO-NAT]


The protestors will face criminal charges under Britain's Prevention of Terrorism Act.
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[kosovo]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The clock is ticking down to air strikes over Kosovo.
The United States is sending 51 U-S warplanes to Europe to keep up the pressure on Serb leaders to approve a peace plan for Kosovo.
Meanwhile, NATO forces in bases close to Kosovo are already preparing for conflict.
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[SUPER=03-Macedonia;]
[RUNS=:04]
[OUT=(rocket firing)]
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[VO-NAT]


German NATO troops today launched a new reconnaissance rocket.
It flew over Kosovo for 30 minutes before landing back in Macedonia.
Its cameras have the capacity to record information on Serb troop movements.
NATO has threatened air strikes if the Serbs don't cut a peace deal with separtist Albanians by this weekend.
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[Clinton]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


President Clinton is in New Hampshire today.. to discuss taxes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[10:00:00]
The president is proposing a one-thousand dollar tax credit for families dealing with long-term care, and up to 500-dollars for stay-at-home parents taking care of very young children.
Yesterday he tried to move his Social Security agenda forward.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Should our priority...]

((PRESIDENT CLINTON:SHOULD OUR PRIORITY BE TO SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND HAVE TARGETED TAX RERLIEF TO HELP FAMILES...WHO NEED.))
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=or that need more]
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[VO-NAT]

[4:20;53]
Meanwhile, G-O-P leaders continue a series of town hall meetings this month.. to shore up support for their own tax-cut plan.
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[Bedford-Death]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Bedford Baby Death]


ONE YEAR after a 14-month-old girl she'd been caring for died in her home, a Bedford County babysitter faces manslaughter charges.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


The day it happened, Sonja Hickson told police the little girl had fallen over backwards in her chair and struck her head on the floor.
But the severity of the girl's injuries made authorities suspicious and yesterday they arrested Hickson.
Neighbor Colton Edmonds used to play there.. he and his mother were shocked to hear of Hickson's arrest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Me and my]

((COLTON EDMONDS/NEIGHBOR; ME AND MY LITTLE BROTHER WOULD GO UP THERE AND EAT LUNCH WITH THEM SOMETIMES, PLAY AROUND AND WATCH THE KIDS OUT THERE RIDING BIKES, NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS OUT OF ANY OF THEM OR HER))
[SUPER=01-Colton Edmonds/Neighbor]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=them or her.]
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[VO-NAT]


Hickson is free on bond.
Authorities say it's possible the charge could be upgraded from voluntary manslaughter to murder.
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[Danville-Chase]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


The investigation into a weekend murder in Danville turned into a police chase and suicide last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/Last Night]


Police say Kenneth Thomas Bailey the Second was spotted in Pittslyvania County driving a car stolen from the murder victim's mother.
Police chased him into Danville where he crashed head-on into another car at the corner of Piney Forest Road and Franklin Turnpike.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=when he was approached]

((CHIEF MORRIS: WHEN HE WAS APPROACHED BY AN OFF DUTY DEPUTY WHO THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A SIMPLE HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT, HE PUT THE GUN TO HIS HEAD AND SHOT HIMSELF.))
[SUPER=01-T. Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=shot himself]
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[VO-NAT]


The driver who was hit by Bailey during the police pursuit is Katherine Tosh.
She has been discharged from Danville Regional Medical Center.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The Star City Diner is open for business again-- and workers they'll keep it open.
That's one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And just a day after Calvin Klein began a controversial new advertising campaign, the billboards are coming down.

More on that in a moment, but first let's check in with Patrick.
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[Talent=Patrick]

[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro] [music up full] [comm1]

[Klein-controversy]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Critics have come between Calvin and his new underwear line for children.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Calvin Klein has decided to pull his newest ad campaign one day after a huge billboard was unveiled in New York's Time square.
It depicted children in their new Calvin Klein underwear.
Critics argued the company went too far and called for a boycott of Klein products.
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[E-Star-City]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-8 12:33]
[GRAPHIC=Star City Reopens]


The Star City Diner is back in business, after inspectors confirmed the Roanoke restaurant has corrected health code violations.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The restaurant was closed Friday after inspectors found roaches, rotten food and other problems.
While the latest inspection revealed some minor concerns, health officials say the restaurant has corrected the most serious violations.
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[SOT 26:54]
[IN Q=All the food is in good condition]

((KAREN CHAPLES/ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SUPERVISOR: ALL THE FOOD IS IN GOOD CONDITION. THE TEMPERATURES ARE GOOD. ALL THE CRITICAL VIOLATIONS ARE UNDER CONTROL. WE WILL LET THEM REOPEN.))
[SUPER=01-Karen Chaples/Environmental Health Supervisor;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=let them reopen.]
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[VO-NAT]


Restaurant employees have worked hard to bring the restaurant into compliance, and they're hopeful they can address the health inspectors' concerns on a continuing basis.
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[SOT 30:40]
[IN Q=Not only to keep it open]

((LAURA BRUBAKER/RESTAURANT MANAGER: NOT ONLY TO KEEP IT OPEN, BUT TAKE IT TO A HIGHER LEVEL WHERE IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FOR A LONG TIME. WE PLAN ON TAKING IT THERE, KEEPING IT THERE, BUILDING OUR BUSINESS AND JUST GETTING THINGS WHERE THEY NEED TO BE.))
[SUPER=01-Laura Brubaker/Restaurant Manager;]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=getting things where they need to be.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=hold]


The Health Department is promising UN-ANNOUNCED inspections to insure that the restaurant remains in compliance, and officials are moving forward with a hearing in mid-march that could still revoke the restaurant's food permit.

[E-Food-Tax]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-5 18:01]
[GRAPHIC=Food Tax]


A bill to cut the sales tax on groceries by two cents is on its way to the governor.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]


The House of Delegates voted 99 to nothing yesterday to cut the first "half cent" of the four-and-a-half cent tax in January.
Two cents would be fully phased out by April 2003.
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[TALENT=Melanie]
[SS=Hold!!!!!]


It is the Governor's plan, so he will surely sign the bill.
Southwest Virginia Democrats made a last ditch effort to eliminate the entire tax -- but were rebuffed by House Republicans.

[E-Radford-Arsenal]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#=99-4 41:10]
[GRAPHIC=Radford Arsenal Layoffs]


Layoffs are on the way to the Radford Arsenal
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.]


It's expected that about 90-people will lose their jobs at the end of the work week.
50-of the layoffs are the result of the Arsenal losing out on a contract to a Canadian company.
Those workers make powder for tank ammunition.
The remaining 40-layoffs are NOT connected to the contract.
Arsenal officials say those layoffs had been in the works for sometime.
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[E-Rockbridge-Arson]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=98-77 TC1:53:30]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Two more Fairfield firefighters are in trouble with the law.
Officials with the Rockbridge County Sheriff's Department charged them with a misdemeanor following an incident during a fundraising drive last year.
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[SOT 11.26.21 - 11.26.30]
[IN Q=Some of the firemen]

((ROY DAY/ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY SHERIFF: SOME OF THE FIREMEN WENT TO THE GUY'S HOUSE ASKING HIM FOR A DONATION AND HE TURNED THEM DOWN AND THEY STARTED TRASHING THE GUY'S YARD. AND, THERE'S NO EXCUSE FOR THAT--NONE WHAT SO EVER.))
[SUPER=01-Roy Day/Rockbridge Co. Sheriff;]
[RUNS=09]
[OUT Q=none what so ever.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-March 19;]


Last Friday the fire chief's son Matt Wilmer and another juvenile were also charged with setting fire to (Ur-lean) Erline Ritche's barn last year.
The charges come about a year after Wilmer was convicted of burning down another barn in the area.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=none]


If convicted the two could receive up to one year in jail.
Fairfield Fire Chief Stephen Wilmer could not be reached for comment.

[Baker]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Tommy Baker]


Pulaski County Republican Tommy Baker has served in the House of Delegates since 1990.
Now, sources close to Baker say he will NOT seek re-election this fall.
Baker is NOT commenting publicly.
But he did tell Republicans this week he's interested in a judicial opening on the Virginia Court of Appeals.
In a chamber evenly divided along party lines, the balance of power could be affected if Baker steps down. [TAKE VO HERE]

[E-Harrison]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=99-1 36:34]
[GRAPHIC=None]



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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

Fenton "Spike" Harrison says he hasn't finished what he helped start, so yesterday the Democrat announced he's running for re-election. Harrison wants to help Roanoke County continue to make strides in economic development, regional cooperation and school construction. He represents the Catawba District on the County's board of supervisors.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]

Harrison will be challenged in November by republican Joe "Butch" Church.
[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Just one day to go until the big Elton John concert-- get a sneak peak at the stage next on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And take a peak at this rare bunch-- sheep quadruplets.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]


[Elton-Watch]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Elton John]


Elton's not in town yet, but his stage is ready.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Roadies came to town a day early because this is a new arena for them and this is a new show.
They say Elton has only performed in this intimate piano-only setting once before... and he liked it, so he decided to try it again here.
Even in the best of circumstances, this concert presents a challenge-- how do you transform a hockey arena, into an intimate evening with Elton?
The key is in the lighting--
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[SOT]
[IN Q=a lot of our]

((LIGHT DESIGNER; A LOT OF OUR INTERPRETATIONS OF WHAT THE MUSIC SOUNDS LIKE, WE TRY TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THAT SOUND, AND A LOT OF TIMES WE'LL ACTUALLY TAKE IT LITERALLY, IF THE LYRIC SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT BLUE, ALL OF A SUDDEN THINGS WILL GO A LITTLE BIT BLUE AND GIVE YOU THAT SENSATION.))
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=that sensation.]
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[VO-NAT]


Since it's a one man, one piano show, you may be wondering what happens if disaster strikes, and something goes wrong with the piano?
Elton John has a spare piano, it's stored in an undisclosed location, and in the event of an extreme emergency , it will be airlifted to Roanoke.
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[E-Concert-Raffle]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=99-11 TC02:31]
[GRAPHIC=Elton John]

A Roanoke organization made more than four-hundred dollars yesterday on a pair of Elton John concert tickets.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

But the Harley Davidson Owners Group didn't scalp the tickets--they held a raffle. The money raised will go to a worthy cause. However, the group fell short of its five-thousand dollar goal.
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[SOT=02:16:44]
[IN Q=WE THOUGHT WITHIN]

((KEN LUPER/HARLEY DAVIDSON OWNERS GROUP; WE THOUGHT WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION......BUT FOR SOME REASON IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=01-Ken Luper/Harley Davidson Owners Group;]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.]
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[VO-NAT]

Susan Lipes was the big winner. Before yesterday, she wasn't able to get tickets to the show.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The money from the raffle will be split between the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the American Cancer Society and the Rescue Mission.

[Sheep-quads]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


What's cuter than one baby lamb? How about four.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Sebastopol, CA;]

[4:42:28]
A sheep at a California ranch gave his owner a big suprise, she gave birth to quadruplets.
Sheep farmers say while it's not unheard of, quads born to sheep are very rare.
Researchers say the odds are one in five-thousand.
The quads are reported to be in excellent health.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
[GRAPHIC=stocks]


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 43 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, spring training may be underway in Florida and Arizona,
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[VO-NAT]


but that hasn't stopped major league teams from making some of the year's biggest deals.
Coming up, we'll tell you about one Blue Jay who will soon be taking a bite out of the Big Apple.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]


[Clemens]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=MLB]


A big pitching trade is in the works.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file]


The associated press has learned the Blue Jays will send Roger Clemens to the Yankees in return for David Wells.


Clemens has won the Cy Young award five times--
Last year, Wells threw a perfect game.
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[SS=HOLD]


The Blue Jays also get reliever Graeme Lloyd and infielder Homer Bush.


[Garth]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=MLB]


It seems the Padres are looking for some new talent.
It's just the TYPE of talent that has San Diego fans talking.
County music star Garth Brooks has been invited to this year's training camp as a non- roster player.
The switch- hitting utility player worked out with the Padres for two days LAST YEAR, making one appearance as a pinch runner.
Brooks and the Padres deny any type of publicity stunt, even though the singer IS promoting a new baseball- related children's charity.
Padres manager Bruce Bochy says he thinks the 37- year old rookie will bring "a lot of enthusiasm and hard work into camp," but adds that Brooks has no chance of making the major league squad.

[Radford]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-40]
[GRAPHIC=BIG SOUTH]


The two hottest teams in the Big South conference hooked up last night in Radford. In the end, the Highlanders stopped Winthrop's 12 game winning streak.
Mike Stevens has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Radford/Winthrop vs. Radford; :00]
[SUPER=01-Gregg Marshall/Winthrop Head Coach; :24]
[SUPER=01-Ron Bradley/Radford Head Coach; :35]
[SUPER=01-Leslie Ballard/16 Points For Radford; :49]
[SUPER=01-Correy Watkins/Hit 4 out of 5 Shots; 1:18]
[SUPER=@mike1; 1:32]
[RUNS=1:42]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports."]
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[UVA]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-32]
[GRAPHIC=ACC LOGO]


The Duke Blue Devils clinched their sixth A-C-C title of the nineties last night, with an 85- 59 win over Florida State.
Meantime, in South Carolina, the Cavaliers and the Tigers were just trying to stay out of the basement.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Clemson, SC/JP-RAYCOM;]


Virginia freshman Chris Williams would give the Cavs their first lead of the game with this three pointer.
But the Tigers were strong on the boards. Tom Wideman takes it to the hoop for the easy layup. Clemson was up 22- 15.
Clemson's other big man-- Harold Jamison-- would take over in the second half.
[SUPER=33-Clemson/88/Virginia/65/;]


Here he gets two of his game- high 13 and the Tigers go on to win this one 88 to 65.
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[GW]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-37]
[GRAPHIC=High School Hoops]


In high school tournament action, G-W Danville picked up a big win over rival E.C. Glass.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/G. W. vs E. C. Glass; :]


G-W's Anthony Wiles starts off the action, passing to Jerian Younger for the jam and the lead.
But Glass comes back. J-R Honderson picks up the loose ball and hits the jumper from just inside the arc.
[SUPER=33-G. W. Danville/68/E. C. Glass/53/;]


Then Danville's Wiles and Glass's John Baker scramble for the loose ball. Patrick Ferguson picks it up but it ends up in the hands of Wiles, who hits the lay-up and the Eagles win it 68 to 53.
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[wipe wipe wipe]

[Surfers]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=net- take from 4:34:23]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The world's most dangerous surfing spot is playing host to it's first- ever surfing contest.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Half Moon Bay, CA;]


A cross stands watch over California's Half Moon Bay-- acting as a reminder of how deadly the crashing waters can be.
Twenty of the world's top surfers are taking part in the tournament.
They'll be judged on their four best rides, in terms of style, length of ride, and size of the wave.
Wipe outs spoiled the fun for many-- losing your balance on one of these waves is like jumping from a fourth- story (------------) window and then having the building fall on you.