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((SGT. CHRISTOPHER STONE/U.S. ARMY "THEY TREATED US VERY HUMANLY, VERY RESPECTFUL AND VERY DIGNIFIED."))
[OUT=RESPECTFUL AND VERY DIGNIFIED.]
A happy reunion in Germany for three former P-O-W's and their families.
And a day of of mixed emotions for Columbine High students as they return to classes for the first time
since two classmates went on a shooting rampage.
News 7 at noon is next.
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NATO officials aren't confirming a report today that their warplanes mistakenly hit a bus heading from Kosovo to Montenegro.
Serb media reports the bus was filled with women and children.
Meantime, 3 U.S. servicemen released from Yugoslavia over the weekend have been reunited with their famililes at an air force base in Germany.
Earlier in the day they were examined by doctors and more details are emerging about the soldiers conditions.
Lisa Hughes joins us from Washington with the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Jamie Shea/NATO Spokesman;]
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(((LOCATOR: LANDSTUHL, GERMANY)
(NATSOT FROM MONDAY AM APPEARANCE)
THE THREE SOLDIERS APPEARED WELL RESTED ON THEIR FIRST FULL DAY OF FREEDOM. THEY CAME OUT WAVING TO CROWDS OF WELL WISHERS AFTER A PRIVATE REUNION WITH THEIR FAMILIES.
NATSOT (OR YESTERDAY SOUND---FREE AT LAST)
STAFF SGTS CHRISTOPHER STONE...AND ANDREW RAMIREZ AND SPECIALIST STEVEN GONZALEZ SPENT MORE THAN A MONTH IN SERB CAPTIVITY. THE MEN ARE FREE, THANKS IN NO SMALL PART TO THE DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS OF THE REVEREND JESSE JACKSON.
JACKSON CONVINCED YUGOSLAV PRESIDENT SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC TO FREE THE
MEN, EVEN WHILE NATO BOMBS CONTINUE FALLING ON YUGOSLAVIA.
NATSOT OF BOMBINGS
AND THE ALLIES SAY THEY WILL BE NO HALT IN THE AIR STRIKES. NATO IS NOW TARGETING YUGOSLAV POWER PLANTS.
(SOT, JAMIE SHEA/NATO SPOKESMAN)
WE HAVE OUR FINGER ON THE LIGHT SWITCH IN YUGOSLAVIA.WHENEVER WE WANT
(LOCATOR: THE WHITE HOUSE)
PRESIDENT CLINTON WELCOMED THE JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER TO WASHINGTON THIS MORNING. HE MEETS WITH FORMER RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER VIKTOR CHERNOMYRDIN THIS AFTERNOON. RUSSIA'S BEEN TRYING TO NEGOTIATE AN END
TO THE CONFLICT. CHERNOMYRDIN WILL DELIVER A LETTER FROM BORIS YELTSIN...A LETTER EXPECTED TO OUTLINE YET ANOTHER PEACE PLAN.
HUGHES Stand up...The Reverend Jesse Jackson will also deliver a letter to the President today. It comes from Slobodan Milosevic and Jackson says it includes a genuine offer of peace. But unless the offer also
allows for an armed, international peacekeeping force, NATO says it won't be enough. LIS HUGHES CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.))
The soldiers are sure to recieve hero's welcomes as they return to the U-S.
But, readjusting to life back home may not be that easy.
Robert Gray served in the Korean War and was held in captivity for 34 months.
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[IN Q=to be a prisoner]
((ROBERT GRAY/FORMER PRISONER OF WAR: TO BE A PRISONER OF WAR..FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES..IT'S LIKE YOUR DEAD YOU DON'T EXIST.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Gray/Former Prisoner of War;]
[OUT Q=you don't exist]
Gray says once he was released and returned to the U-S he adjusted to life at home just fine.
But, he says that wasn't the case for many of his fellow prisoners of wars.
He says family and friends should be understanding..and try to avoid references to the past.
A psychologist with the Salem Veteran's Medical Center says about half of P-O-W's experience post traumatic symptoms.
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[IN Q=They have episodes]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Delmare Short/Psychiatrist;]
[OUT Q=in the daytime]
Doctor Short says it could take months or even years for signs of problems to show up.
It's an anxious back-to-school day for the nearly 2-thousand students of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.
Almost two weeks after the shootings that left 13 people dead, students are going back to classes at another, nearby school.
Bobbi Harley reports.
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(((LOCATOR: LITTLETON, CO)
WHILE SOME STUDENTS SAY THEY ARE SCARED,
SOT, " ("I DON'T FEEL SAFE ANYMORE)
THEY ALSO SAY THEY'RE READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND TO AS NORMAL A LIFE AS IS POSSIBLE.
SOT (I'M KIND OF EXCITED TO SEE OLD FRIENDS AND TEACHERS)
BUT SIMPLE LOGISTICS WILL MAKE THEIR RETURN TO CLASSES ANYTHING BUT NORMAL: THEIR OWN SCHOOL IS IN NEED OF REPAIR FOLLOWING THE DEADLY APRIL 20TH RAMPAGE. SO COLUMBINE STUDENTS WILL FINISH OUT THE YEAR AT A NEARBY HIGH SCHOOL - WITH THE CLASSES STARTING AFTER LUNCH, SINCE CHATFIELD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE ATTENDING IN THE MORNING.
LOGISTICS ASIDE, STUDENTS HAVE A MUCH MORE COMPLICATED JOURNEY AHEAD,
TRYING TO DEAL WITH WHAT HAPPENED AT THEIR SCHOOL JUST UNDER TWO WEEKS
SUNDAY'S MEMORIAL SERVICE AT AN OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER REMEMBERED THOSE
YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WON'T BE RETURNING WITH THE ALMOST TWO THOUSAND OTHERS.))
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Still ahead on News-7 at Noon,
We'll take a ride on the Roanoke Valley's first bike trail system at the Explore Park.
And it's a great afternoon to get out and use it-- let's check in with Patrick.
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A church retreat turned tragic on a mountain highway in New Mexico.
Police say six girls returning to Texas from the outing were killed yesterday when a camper being towed by a pickup truck sideswiped their bus.
The camper also rammed into another truck, killing its driver.
The girls, ages 12 to 17, reportedly died instantly.
Officials say six other people remain hospitalized from the accident, three in critical condition.
Still no word yet on the condition of a man who had to be airlifted to the hospital following a wreck, near Christiansburg.
It happened at about 7 last night.
Montgomery County deputies say several people were riding four-wheel ATVs.
One of the riders lost control and the vehicle rolled over him.
Lifeguard 10 transported the 37-year old man to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
All the bad news from around the world the last few weeks sent Eric Earnhart searching for some peace and quiet for this week's Web Watch.
Here's what he found.
[IN Q=the worldwide meditation center.]
[OUT Q=EE, News-7]
The worldwide meditation center has an instruction page helping first timers learn the ropes of relaxation.
If you already spend hours staring at a tiny glowing screen, you're halfway there.
The World Community for Christian Meditation has helpful meditation postures and instruction from a Christian perspective.
Interlude, an internet retreat, is sponsored by the Cybermonks... it includes a thought of the day, and meditation of the week.
If you need a little visual help, meditation-online-dot-com has a series of peaceful images... right-click on the picture and view it full screen.
The tranquility page of art and poetry was created by a woman who says thoughts of angels helped her escape years of depression.
And if you're looking for a real short cut... you might be interested in a company called Mindwaves, which makes "instant meditation goggles".... including interchangeable colored lenses for viewing the world the way you want to.
Finally we discovered a site created by a woman known by the nickname "Panther".... A dancing turtle... a golden sunset, romantic poetry, and a steel-drum band.... She says she just wants to help people relax a little. We don't know who she is... but we like her style.
For links to these sites, click on WebWatch, on the wdbj website at WDBJ&-dot-com.))
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The "Outback Mountain Bike Trail System" at the Virginia Explore Park is officially open.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; ]
A dedication ceremony was held for the trail yesterday which was sponsored by Subaru.
The trail is a first of its kind in Roanoke...and it's 11 and half kilometers long.
Roanoke Valley Greenway Coordinator Liz Belcher says that more trails need to be opened in Virginia.
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[IN Q=We would lik to see]
((LIZ BELCHER/ROANOKE VALLEY GREENWAY: WE LIKE TO SEE GREENWAYS AND TRAILS PROMOTED..AS QUALITY OF LIFE AS WELL AS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.WE COULD HAVE PEOPLE COMING TO VIRGINIA TO RIDE TRAILS.))
[SUPER=01-Liz Belcher/Greenway Coordinator;]
[OUT Q=to ride trials.]
Belcher said Virginia has more than 9,000 miles of Greenway trails so far.
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The Tony nominations are out-- find out what plays are in the running for the big award.
And the movie isn't out yet, but the toys are.
And toy stores hope the force is with them.
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A play Tennessee Williams wrote more than 60 years ago is up for a Tony.
"Not About Nightingales, " was nominated this morning for best play.
The prison drama will compete against "Side Man," the story of a jazz musician and his family, and two foreign plays, "Closer" and "The Lonesome West."
A revue celebrating the dances of the late Bobb Fosse is up for best musical.
The 53rd annual Tony Awards will be handed out June sixth.
Star War fans are lining up, not for tickets, but toys.
The new Star Wars "Phantom Menace" toys went on sale at midnight.
Herb Weisbaum went to F-A-O Schwarz in New York City where sales appear to be out of this world.
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[SUPER=01-Herb Weisbaum/Reporting; :00]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY; HOT CHANGE]
[SUPER=01-Jeannie Cacciatore/New York; :36]
[SUPER=01-Jeremiah Knight/Los Angeles; :43]
[SUPER=01-Phyllis Calzan/Los Angeles; :49]
[SUPER=01-Megan Papier/Lake Placid, NY; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-John Eyler/F. A. O. Schwarz; 1:29]
[OUT Q=New York City]
(( WEISBAUM ON CAM
The mass merchandizing of the new Star Wars movie is now underway.. and if the experts are right.. sales are going to be galactic! Experts say before the year is out Star Wars fans will gobble up more than a billion dollars worth of toys, games and clothing.
It all started last night. Fans of the "Force" started lining up outside toy stores across the country... waiting to get their first crack at all the
Star Wars stuff which would go on sale at midnight. This was the scene at the flagship FAO Schwarz Toy store in Manhattan... where hundreds of tourists and locals lined up to go shopping in the middle of the
Soundbites of fans on line
Super: Jeannie Cacciatore/New York
I have an 8 year old, a 6 year old nephew and a 4 year old daughter and I'm gonna buy it for them, save the receipt and I think it's exciting. (:04)
Super: Jeremiah Knight/Los Angeles
I'm a huge Star Wars fan. I can't believe this is happening to us while we're here. This is awesome. (:05)
Super: Phyllis Calzan/Los Angeles
Q: AND WHAT ABOUT TOMORROW'S BIG MEETING? Ya know what, the meeting is just gonna have to wait. We're gonna have to sleep through it becuase we are excited to be here and we're gonna be here
all night buying toys. (:09)
Super:Meagen Papier/Lake Placid, NY
Q: DO YOU FEEL AT ALL FOOLISH STANDING OUTSIDE A TOY STORE AT MIDNIGHT WAITING TO GET TOYS? Extremely, extremely foolish but its beter than sitting at a bar. (:09)
The doors opened just a few minutes after midnight... and the first eager shoppers made their way into the store...and headed up the escalator to the the Star Wars boutique. Racing around from one display to another... they bought action figures, hand puppets, T-shirts, lightsabers and
FAO CEO, John Eyler was all smiles as he watched all the eager shoppers.
SUPER: John Eyler, CEO FAO Schwarz
There is my generation who loved it, our kids who grew up with it and now their kids who are gonna be introduced to it and when you get a triple generational all focused and loving the same property, it's
gonna be an incredible success. (:12)))
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 98 points.
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Coming up in sports--
Tragedy strikes the N-H-L in the middle of the playoff season--
And Jeff Gordon sped his way to yet another victory this season on Sunday afternoon--
This and more after the break.
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North Carolina state police say they have reason to believe Hurricanes defenseman Steve Chiasson ((CHAY-suhn)) was drinking before he died early this morning in a car accident.
Officials say Chiasson died when his pickup truck ran off a road in north Raleigh just after four o'clock, and he was thrown from the cab .
He was reportedly driving home after last night's loss to Boston that eliminated Carolina from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
At a newsconference this morning, Chaisson was remembered as a skilled player and loving father.
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[IN Q=this is a tragedy]
[SUPER=01-Jim Rutherford/Hurricanes General Manager;]
[OUT Q=and his children.]
The Canadian-born defenseman played in the N-H-L for more than ten years.
Steve Chiasson was 32 years old.
Don't count the Rainbow Warriors out of the Winston Cup Points race just yet-- after Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag in the California 500.
[SUPER=03-Fontana, CA/ABC Sports; :]
Gordon was on the move early. Here he takes the lead from Bobby Labonte after 13 laps.
But South Boston's Jeff Burton was going strong. He would pass Gordon for the lead with just under 200 laps remaining.
Rusty Wallace was running a strong fifth. Battery problems plagued the car, but he managed to hang on to the fifth position just before the halfway point.
Moments later, Ricky Rudd would have some trouble. He steers into the grass-- that brings out the caution flag.
Last weeks' winner Dale Earnhardt was trying not to fall a lap down, but lost that battle.
Then defending champ Mark Martin went to the garage area after blowing his engine with just under 50 laps to go.
Gordon took the lead near the end of the race and he takes the checkered flag at the California 500.
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[IN Q="this is...]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/California 500 Winner; :00]
[OUT Q=....tell you that."]
Jeff Burton was second, Bobby Labonte third, Tony Stewart fourth and Dale Jarrett fifth.
The Orioles are a step closer to double-digits in the win column.
Mike Mussina improved to 4 and 1 yesterday, as Baltimore beat Minnesota by six.
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/MSC; :]
Ray Miller had a rare reason to smile during the game.
Here's why.. Albert Belle sends this bullet over the left field wall for a solo homer to make it 2 to nothing Orioles in the third.
The Orioles would make it 3- zip in the fourth. Rich Amiral doubles to score Jeff Conine from second.
Then Mussina makes his move-- striking out Juan Guzman. The Orioles go on to win 6- nothing.
And even though a day off might do the struggling O's some good, they welcome the Cuban national team to Camden Yards tonight.
This is the second game between the Cuban team and Baltimore in the goodwill series. Baltimore won the first meeting on March 28th in Havana three-to-two in 11 innings.
This is the first time a Cuban team has played a major league team in the United States.
And--the Comeback Kid isn't coming back this time---
John Elway led the Denver Broncos to 148 wins in his career--a National Football League record. And yesterday Elway officially retired from the N-F-L .
[SUPER=03-Denver, CO; :]
Elway spent 16 season with the Broncos-- taking home the Superbowl title the past two years.
In an emotional speech, the comeback kid says he can no longer endure the physcial side of the game.
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[IN Q="As I said...]
[SUPER=01-John Elway/Retires From Football; :]
[OUT Q=....in anymore."]
Elway is the only quarterback to retire after winning a Superbowl. Now, the only game in town for Elway is his family.
[IN Q="The Family...]
[OUT Q=...Around them.]
Along with Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky, Elway becomes the third sports-legend to retire in the past four month