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[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A Georgia High School is the sight of another teen shooting.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


It comes as President Clinton heads to Colorado on the one month anniversary of the Columbine shooting.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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News 7 at noon is next.

[school-shooting]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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On the one month anniversary of the school massacre in Colorado, there has been another school shooting, this time in Georgia.
It happened this morning in Conyers, a suburb of Atlanta.
A teen gunman fired several shots into a crowd of students outside Heritage High school, and then surrendered to an assistant principal.
Six students were injured.
The student is reported to be a sophomore at the school.
Just hours after shooting, the Senate approved tighter restrictions on some firearms transactions.
The amendment would require background checks on all firearms dealings at pawn shops and at gun shows.
For the latest on the Georgia shootings we go to Brad Sattin.
[LIVE=Sattin Full/Newsapth]
[SUPER=01-Brad Sattin/Reporting;]
[SUPER=05-Conyers, GA;]
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[SUPER=01-Cynthia Garcia/Student;]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Wigington/Rockland Co. Sheriff;]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]
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((AUTHORITIES SAY A HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE FIRED INTO A CROWD MINUTES BEFORE CLASSES WERE TO BEGIN AT HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL.
(SOT, CYNTHIA GARCIA, STUDENT)

SIX STUDENTS WERE HIT IN A COMMON AREA NEAR THE CAFETERIA. THEY WERE RUSHED TO AREA HOSPITALS, BUT THEIR INJURIES DO NOT APPEAR TO BE LIFE-THREATENING. POLICE QUICKLY SEALED OFF THE SCHOOL AND TOOK THE SHOOTER INTO CUSTODY. AT LEAST ONE WEAPON-- A 22 CALIBER RIFLE WAS RECOVERED.
(SOT TO COME)

TODAY'S INCIDENT COMES EXACTLY ONE MONTH AFTER THE COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING IN COLORADO.. WHERE TWO STUDENTS KILLED 13 PEOPLE BEFORE TAKING THEIR OWN LIVES.
(LOCATOR: THE WHITE HOUSE)

BEFORE LEAVING FOR A VISIT TO LITTLETON TODAY, PRESIDENT CLINTON SAID HE WAS TROUBLED BY THIS MORNING'S EVENTS.
(SOT, CLINTON)

UPBrad Sattin/Conyers, GA))
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[Columbine]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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On the anniversary of the Columbine massacre President Clinton is paying a visit to Littleton Colorado.
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[SUPER=03-Littleton, CO/April 20;]

[stock]
This was the scene one month ago when two young gunman walked into their high school and began shooting, killing 12 students, a teacher and themselves.
The family of one of the victims talked about shootings today. [9;01;10]
Craig Scott's sister and friend were among the dead.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=EVERYONE'S BEEN...]

((CRAIG SCOTT:EVERYONE'S BEEN..WHEN I'VE BEEN BACK. DARYL SCOTT:I HAVEN'T SPENT A LOT OF TIME THINKING ABOUT LEGISLATION, IT GOES BACK TO PARTENING...REAL ISSUES OF THE HEART.))
[SUPER=01-Craig Scott/Brother of Shooting Victim; :00]
[SUPER=01-Daryl Scott/Father of Shooting Victim; :06]
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[OUT Q=issues of the heart.]
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[VO-NAT]


Craig and his father will be speaking with the president today during a private meeting with students and their families.
The President will also address the Columbine High School community.
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[Right-to-die]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
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[WRITER=mel]
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A daughter's wish to end her own life-- could mean murder charges for her mother.
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[VO-NAT]

[4:05:39]
Forty-two year old Georgette Smith died yesterday in Florida, after being taken off life support.
[SUPER=03-Orlando, FL;]


She was left paralyzed after her mother allegedly shot her in the neck, after overhearing her talking about sending the mother to a nursing home.
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(( CANDACE SMITH/SMITH'S DAUGHTER; I CAN COMPLETEL UNDERSTAND HOW SHE WOULDN'T WNAT TO LIVE NOT BEING ABLE TO DO NOTHING BUT LOOK IN HER EYES.))
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[OUT Q=look in her eyes.]
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[VO-NAT]


Prosecutors have said they plan to charge her 68-year old mother, Shirley Egan with murder.
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[Kosovo]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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It could be the latest NATO misfire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Belgrade, Yugoslavia;]

[4:01:34]
Yugoslav television says a serb hospital was struck by missiles overnight.
At least three people were killed, and parts of the building were destroyed.
The injured had to be taken to other hopsitals. [7:03:43]
Meanwhile, Russia's envoy to the Kosovo conflict, Victor Chernomyrdin, says President Milosevic has accepted the principles of a Kosovo peace plan, but demands that the U-N take part in negotiations.
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[E-Roanoke-Soldier]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=99-18 19:37]
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The assignment is Albania for one Roanoke soldier.
And from the looks of things there,
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Albania/U. S. Army Video]

her biggest enemy may be mud.
The Army distributed video from the base near Tirana (Ti-RAH-na), in western Albania.
The soldiers are supporting Apache attack helicopters and artillery rocket systems to be deployed against Serbia.


Specialist Christel Key of Roanoke is among the American troops on this muddy mission
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[OUT Q=...all the mud."]
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[VO-NAT]


Specialist Key is a cook for the Fifth Corps, which has helped build this camp from what was an empty field a month ago.
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[WV-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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A Lynchburg truck driver was killed this morning when her rig hit another tractor trailer on Interstate 64 in West Virginia.
Thirty-one-year-old Theresa Ann Phillips was heading eastbound down Sandstone Mountain when she pulled onto a truck escape ramp.
The Raleigh County Sheriff's Department says her flatbed truck hit a tractor-trailer which had pulled onto the escape ramp shortly before.
The other driver was not injured, because he walked away from his truck before the collision.

[Crackdown]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The state police crackdown on Virignia's interstates is working.
That's the word from state transportation officials who report a dramatic decrease in the number of deaths on the road.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/April 25;]


The commisioner of the D-M-V says the increased patrols are"absolutely having a positive impact."
As of Wednesday, 260 people had died this year in crashes on Virginia highways.
That's down from 298 traffic deaths in Virginia at the same time last year
That's a 13 percent drop.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


It may sound like something out of Star Wars-- but a new bionic hand is helping an eleven year old girl lead an active life.
That's the next story on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And say goodbye to Towers Cinema.
But first, let's say hello to Patrick Evans.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[Bionic-arm]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Prosthetic hands have been able to do only one thing--open and close.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wall Township, NJ;]


But in a little laboratory in new Jersey.. a bionic device called the t.a.p. hand..which stands for tendon activated pneumonic hand is being developed.
And eleven year old Melissa Del Pozzo is testing it out.
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[10:36:23-27]
[SUPER=01-Melissa Del Pozzo/Bionic Hand Recipient;]
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[OUT Q=MOVE THE FINGERS.]
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[VO-NAT]


Eventually the hand will have a cover that looks very much like an actual hand.
It will be made out of silicone and painted to match her skintone.
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[Towers-Cinema]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The walls are tumbling down at an old Roanoke movie theater.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Crews started wrecking the Towers Cinema building today.
The project's going to take a week.
During that time, 23rd street will be closed to traffic.
The road runs between the old cinema and Towers mall, from Colonial to Brandon, and will close Monday morning.
It won't reopen until Friday.
The theater will be replaced by two buildings with room for 18 different retailers.
That new shopping area should open in the fall.
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[E-Missing-Woman]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=99-21 16:00]
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The reward is up to 50-thousand dollars for the safe return of a missing Pittsylvania County woman.
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[VO-NAT]


Thirty-seven year old Patty Jo Pulley disappeared almost five days ago.
[SUPER=03-Caswell Co., NC/Tuesday]


Her truck was found Saturday across the state line in North Carolina.
Police are continuing to search the area for Pulley, but so far they say they've uncovered few leads.
There's also a 10-thousand dollar reward for information on her whereabouts.
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[E-Drowning-Follow]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=THa]
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She will always conside Jimmy Gilmore a hero.
The Blacksburg high school student who nearly drowned in the New River spoke publicly about the man who lost his life trying to save her.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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[SUPER=07-Jennie Preston; :30]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. D. W. Bolejack/Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Dept.; 1:11]
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[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.]

(( 18- year old Jennie Preston and her friends never knew Jimmy Gilmore or his friends, prior to hanging out Monday afternoon at McCoy Falls.
But it's unlikely she'll ever forget any of them.
She says they were all sitting on the edge of the water talking when several people suggested venturing out to the falls.
When Preston mentioned she couldn't swim-- she says Gilmore offered to give her a piggyback.
But once they entered the river Gilmore slipped.
At first, nothing seemed wrong as the two looked for her sandal.
[sot 13:23:40]
[in q=It was ]

((JENNIE PRESTON: IT WAS ONLY UP TO MY KNEES AND IT JUST CAME AND IT TOOK ME AWAY AND THE RAPIDS WAS GOING SO FAST AND HE HAD HIS ARMS OUT TRYING TO GET ME BUT I WAS GOING SO FAST AND THEN OUR HANDS WERE JUST THIS FAR APART, WE COULD ALMOST TOUCH, AND I WAS JUST GOING SO FAST AND A HUGE WAVE CAME OVER.))
[OUT Q=came over.]

[runs 20]
In a matter of seconds-- Preston and Gilmore had completely separated.
And, while several men would eventually pull Preston out of the river.
It was too late for bystanders to reach Gilmore-- who friends say was good swimmer.
Sgt. David Bolejack says folks need to realize the danger.
[sot 13:43:35]
[in q=Any water]

((SGT. D. W. BOLEJACK/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF'S DPT.: ANY BODY OF WATER YOU HAVE TO RESPECT IT AND BE AWARE THAT SINK HOLES CAN BE A HAZARD, BE AWARE OF THE WATER YOU'RE IN.))
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It's a lesson-- Preston says she hopes everyone takes to heart.
A memorial fund has been established for Jimmy Gilmore-- at the First National Bank of Christiansburg.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))

[E-BV-Taxes]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=sta]
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Buena Vista homeowners are getting a break on their taxes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista;]


Beginning July first real estate taxes will fall from 92 to 89 cents.
The tax is applied towards every 100 dollars of assessed value.
The decrease equals out to a three point three percent reduction across-the-board.
Most of the revenue collected from the tax will go towards funding of the city's flood protection projects and its new high school.
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[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Did you think about camping with a red panda or a tiger?
Next on News-7 at Noon, we'll tell you how you can do just that right here in Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT ]


And we'll go to the Indy 500-- of tortoise racing.
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[COMM BREAK #2]


[Zoo-Overnight]


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When selecting a site for a summer camp-out, most people would rather not pitch their tent in the middle of a bunch of wild animals.
But that's exactly what they'll be doing on Mill Mountain this summer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


A number of animals are at their best in the dark.
So from April through October, parents and children can bring a tent, camp out with the night creatures, and learn a few things.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=we talk a lot]

(( DAVID JOBE/PROGRAM SPECIALISTS; WE TALK A LOT ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS AND THE ANIMALS THAT ARE OUT DURING THE NIGHT, THE KIDS COME UP AND THEY DO CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES RELATED TO WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE AFTER DARK. THE SENSES THAT YOU NEED AND THE ADAPTATIONS THAT YOU NEED IN ORDER TO SURVIVE DURING THE NIGHT))
[SUPER=01-David Jobe/Program Specialist;]
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[OUT Q=during the night.]
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[VO-NAT]


Jobe himself is developing some new nocturnal habits, hosting an animal chat on AOL every Wednesday night at seven o'clock.
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[Tortoise-Indy]


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[WRITER=mel]
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Never mind the Indianapolis 500...the "real" race is at the Indianapolis zoo.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN;]


The 18th Annual Zoo-opoplis 500 began with the drop of the green flag...quickly taking the lead...Lynn St. James...blowing her competition...A.J. Foyt...off at the line....but suddenly Lynn hits the wall...and spins out of control...forcing A.J. to back down....but this is a lady turtle with a mission...as she spins toward the infield...she gets her grip on the pavement...gains control and puts the pedal down and taking the checkered flag...her prize...the traditional large head of lettuce.
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[Stocks]


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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 26 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And still ahead in sports--
The Lynchburg Hillcats tie up their three game series with the Avalanche.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the N-C-double-A Division-Two Softball tournament gets underway in Salem.
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[Hillcats]


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The Avalanche and Hillcats will wrap up their three game series tonight at City Stadium.
Last night, Lynchburg evened the score at one game a piece.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Avalanche vs. Hillcats; :00]


The force was defintely with the Hillcats last night as the ball boys decked out in some extraterestrial garb.
The force was also with the Lynchburg bats. In the bottom of the second Eddy Furniss leads off the inning with a single up the middle. He would later come in with the first run of the game.
In that same frame, Kory DeHan singles into right field and drives in two runs as the Hillcats take a 3-to-nothing lead on the Avalanche.
The next batter would slap another one into right. Freddie May's single plates yet another run and it's four to nothing Hillcats.
In the top of the fourth, Salem Miguel Correa hits a sharp grounder to third, but
[SUPER=37-Salem/1/Lynchburg/5;]

Tim Jorgenson is on the money with the backhand grab and putout. Lynchburg takes game two of the series 5-to-1.
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[NCAA]


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[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
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The best teams in division two softball are going at it in Salem this afternoon.
The Division Two national championship began just a few minutes ago at the Moyer Sports Complex.
But as Roy Stanley reports, yesterday was all about fun.
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[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :05]
[SUPER=@Roy2; :15]
[SUPER=01-Scott Whitlock/Kennesaw State Head Coach; :25]
[SUPER=01-Julie Eggert/All American First Baseman; :44]
[SUPER=01-Rick Bertagnolli/California Head Coach; 1:08]
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[OUT Q=....news 7 sports."]
((NAT SOT))

((The afternoon barbecue allows the teams to have fun and Clown around.
But when the 8 team tournament opens tomorrow at the Moyers Sports Complex the fun is over.
Kennesaw State won back to back titles in 1995 and 96. And Head Coach Scott Whitlock remebers the title that was won in Salem.)) ((SCOTT WHITLOCK/KENNESAW STATE HEAD COACH:)) ((JULIE EGGERT/ALL AMERICAN FIRST BASEMAN:)) ((And that will be necessary for Kennesaw to claim its third championship in the 90'S.
California of Pennsylvania is the two time defending division two champion.
The team started off slow but picked up the pace to earn a shot at a three peat.)) ((RICK BERTAGNOLLI/CALIFORNIA HEAD COACH:)) ((ROY STANDUP:))
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[UVa]


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[GRAPHIC=ACC]


The Virginia Cavaliers, the 7th seed in the ACC baseball tournament almost pulled off an upset yesterday in their opening round ACC tournament game.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Durham, NC/Wake Forest vs. Virginia; :00]


Dennis Womack's Cavs took on second seeded Wake Forest, the top hitting team in the conference, and had the Deacons on the ropes.
In the fifth, John Hendricks pitch gets past catcher Andrew Riepe and Dan Smith scores from third to make it 2-all. The Cavs would go up 3-to-2
[super=34-Wake Forest/4/Virginia/3;]


Before Reipe redeemed himself in the 8th with a double to right to compete the Wake comeback as they win it 4-to-3 and drop UVa to the loser's brocket.
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[Malone]


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[GRAPHIC=NBA PLAYOFFS]


From the NBA playoff front, Karl Malone didn't get called for a foul Tuesday night when he drove to the hoop in the first half, in fact he was fouled.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/TNT; :00]


But today the NBA fined him $10,000 bucks for throwing a flagrant elbow into Brian Grant's chin on the play in game one last night in Salt Lake City.
Grant got up but the Blazers only scored 5 points in the fourth quarter.
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[Extra]


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He may be out of the playoff hunt, but he earned a big honor in the process.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL; :00]


The Miami Heat's Alonzo Mourning was named the NBA's defensive player of the year yesterday.
"Zo" averaged four blocks a game as the led the Heat to the Atlantic Division title. (--------------) He got 75 percent of the votes cast, easily edging Dikembe Mutombo.