A fire in South Korea kills 23 children
and Danville City Manager, Ray Griffin, Jr. resigns.
News 7 at noon is next.
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Danville City Manager Ray Griffin, Junior resigned this morning.... after coming under fire from members of City Council.
Griffin declined an on-camera interview, but says he was "shocked and surprised" by City Council members' vote of "no confidence" in him.
That vote and a request for his resignation were made in a private executive session on June 10th.
Griffin did release a statement about his resignation:
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"I THINK I LEAVE SOME VERY GOOD THINGS IN PLACE THAT WILL SERVE THE CITY WELL, SUCH AS THE DEBT REDUCTION PLAN, MOVING WITH THE REORGANIZATION OF UTILITIES UNDER A GENERAL MANAGER AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S RECENT ACCREDITATION. I'M VERY PROUD OF EACH OF THOSE."
-Ray Griffin, Jr./Danville City Manager
Griffin said he will remain City Manager until the end of the year.
But at a news conference this morning, Danville mayor Ruby Archie said Griffin's resignation takes effect as of Ju
ly 2nd, this Friday. And she said they're now looking for a new city manager.[Lottery-Winner]
After winning last weekend's Virginia Lotto drawing, he's going to take the money and run....
Ronald Yancey of Covington decided to take the cash option prize.
This morning, lottery officials presented Yancey and his family with a 10-point-8-million- dollar check, the second- largest cash option ever awarded.
He says it all still hasn't sunk in yet...but he does have some plans for the money.
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((RONALD YANCEY/LOTTO WINNER: WELL, WE'RE GOING TO HELP OUR CHURCH OUT AND A FEW PEOPLE WE KNOW AND THE REST OF IT'S GOING TO BE INVESTED.))
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Yancey bought the winning ticket at the Sentry Food Mart in Staunton.
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The Federal Reserve is expected to try to cool off the red-hot U-S economy today by raising interest rates.
Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress two weeks ago that pre-emptive actions now could lessen the need for more drastic actions later.
Some analysts say the expected quarter percentage point increase
will have little impact on borrowing costs for consumers.
Fed critics say the central bank is being too hasty.
A fast moving fire today at a summer camp in South Korea killed nearly two dozen children.
Bruce Dunning reports.
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More than 400 children were supposed to be enjoying a seaside vacation.
But last night fire broke out as they slept in the summer camp
At dawn, when firemen began searching the ruined building, they found 23
small bodies. One counselor said she had seen sparks and then flames.
Counselors were able to resuce most of the children.
One mother collapsed with grief when she learned her child was dead.
Another anxious couple found their daughter in a hospital bed... alive
Police are still investigating but already South Korean media are asking
how this brand-new summer camp was allowed to operate. The bunkhouse
was built of shipping containers stacked up and bolted together. By the
time fire crews arrived, the upper two storeys were engulfed in flames.
Much of the jerry-built structure collapsed and toxic gas from the
containers apparently suffocated most of the sleeping victims. BD,
In southwestern Japan, Flooding and landslides set off by pouring rain have left at least 18 people dead and 19 missing.
The rains destroyed more than 35 homes and flooded some 5-thousand.
And it's not over yet - more wet weather is in the forecast.
Meantime rescuers continue searching for victims.
You may have more privledges than you realize if you belong to a neighborhood association.
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Lawyers from Northern Virginia were at Smith Mountain Lake last night -- saying the General Assembly has passed new laws to protect homeowners.
As long as they ask, association members must be notified of board meetings in writing and have access to the information packet in advance.
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((THERE IS A PERCEPTION AND IT MAY NOT BE AN ACCURATE ONE BUT THERE IS A PERCEPTION BY MANY IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT ASSOCIATION BOARDS OF DIRECTORS ARE BEHAVING IN MORE OF AN EXCLUSIVE MANNER THAN AN OPEN MANNER.))
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BUT -- you still cannot get confidential information -- like your neighbor's record of paying dues.
A U-S District judge has agreed to block 2 new garbage laws from taking effect tomorrow.
Lawyers for the state are expected to go to a federal appeals court today in Richmond over the new laws.
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The measures restrict dumping out-of-state garbage at Virginia landfills.
Trash hauler Waste Management contends the laws violate the Constitution's commerce clause.
But the state argues the company is concerned only about making money, not potential environmental hazards that endanger the public.
Investigators may have some new leads, as they search for suspected serial killer Rafeal Resendez - Ramirez.
His wife reportedly has given police 100 pieces of jewelry and other items.
Authorities want to know if the items came from the homes of the victims.
Ramirez is wanted in connection with at least eight murders in three states.
All of the victims were killed near railroad tracks.
It could be one of the final chapters of Kenneth Starr's Whitewater probe.
Former Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell
pleaded guilty today to a felony charge -- for concealing the legal work he did on a fraudulent Arkansas land deal from federal investigators.
Under the plea agreement, prosecutors recommended no jail time.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is a former law partner of Hubbell's --
and did some of the work on the Arkansas land deal in question.
Meantime, the 25 year old law that created independent counsels to investigate top government officials expires at midnight.
A thirteen year old boy's tale of his journey from Central America to the Big Apple to find his father--captured the hearts of many.
But his own family now says his heartwrenching story was all a lie.
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Edwin Sabillon told New York authorities he walked and hitched hiked from Honduras after his mother was killed by Hurricane Mitch.
But his grandmother says the boy's mother is very much alive in Honduras and his father died last year of aids.
Edwin's tall tale fooled everyone even the mayor of New York City.
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Edwin had been living with an aunt in Florida.
He's now staying with a foster family in New York City.
A concert featuring R and B singer R. Kelly turns violent in Miami.
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One person was shot and seven others stabbed when a fight broke out last night near a concession stand inside the Miami Arena.
One concession worker says it was triggered by one man talking to another man's date.
Authorities say the injured are all men ranging from 18 to 29.
Two remain in the hospital in stable condition.
When Hull's Drive-in theater didn't re-open in Rockbridge County this summer, a lot of people were upset.
Now they're leading a campaign to get the projectors rolling again.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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(( This quiet piece of Rockbridge County property holds a lifetime of memories, entertaining families every summer since 1951...
Hull's Drive-in became a family tradition... famous for it's buttered popcorn... and an atmosphere where everyone felt welcome.
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((PEGGY PAYNE/HULL'S ANGELS; YOU PULL IN YOUR PICKUP TRUCK AND BRING ALL YOUR PILLOWS AND STUFF AND IT'S COMFORTABLE AND CHEAP AND THE FOOD IS GREAT.
SO LOSING IT WOULD BE LOSING A LOT.
DATE NIGHT, I'LL HAVE NO SOCIAL LIFE THIS SUMMER, PLEASE FEEL SORRY FOR ME))
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DRIVE-INS LIKE THIS ARE VANISHING ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, OFTEN BECAUSE OF DEVELOPMENT, PROPERTY LIKE THIS IS SIMPLY TOO VALUABLE TO LEAVE SITTING IDLE DURING THE DAY.
Enter Hull's Angels... and an approach they say no one's ever tried before... Since drive-in's don't make much money... Why not buy the business, take over the lease and operate it as a non-profit organization... About 50 people are now working to make that happen.
Christy Park says Rockbride young people need a place to go at night.
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((CHRISTY PARK/HULL'S ANGELS;AT NIGHT IT IS NICE TO HAVE OPTION, IT'S NICE TO GO BE WITH AS MANY FRIENDS AS POSSIBLE AND ENJOY THE DRIVE IN.))
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((R.J. OGREN/SPOKESMAN; I THINK WE CAN RAISE THE MONEY, WE'VE GOT AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THIS, WE'VE GOTTEN MORE AND MORE PEOPLE CALLING THIS PAST WEEK WANTING TO JOIN, WE HAVE INTEREST FROM PEOPLE AS FAR AWAY AS WASHINGTON DC NOW.))
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The theater is eligible to be registered as an historic site next year... Hull's Angels hope it will remain a piece of "living" history.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
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The Avalanche hit the road on a winning streak after it's last home game for more than two weeks.
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And the fun isn't just in the winning if you're a fan, it's also in the eating.
While fans stuffed their faces, Potomac jumped out to an early lead as Chris Martine drops this shot into rightfield and Jason Lee scores. It's two-nothing Cannons in the second.
It look as if the Avalanche would get on the board when Brian Keck knock this one into centerfield, Doug Livingston rounds third and tries to beat the throw to the plate. You make the call, the ump says out.
But Salem does come back as Miguel Correa powers this one to the wall, two runs score and the Avalanche beats Potomac three to two.
The Roanoke Wrath receives news that leaves them with mixed feelings.
Troy Washington was promoted to the A-League Raleigh Capital Express. The Wrath hates to see him leave, but is excited for him at the same time.
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Last night folks got excited at the River's Edge complex, as two girl's soccer teams from Denmark stopped over in Roanoke for some exhibition action against the Roanoke Stars. The Danish girls are traveling around the east coast, and are on their way to DC to see the US women in the world cup on Thursday.
Washington DC hosts the NBA draft later today.
Bimbo Coles was shipped from Golden State to Atlanta.
The Warriors send Bimbo, forward Duane Ferrell and the 10th overall pick in tomorrow's draft to the Hawks in exchange for Mookie Blaylock and one of the Hawks four first round picks tomorrow.
This will be Bimbo's third team. He played with Miami before Golden State.
Hakeem Olajuan is a wanted man... The Raptors were trying to work out a deal with him on Tuesday.
The Raptors offered Doug Christie, Kevin Willis and two first round draft picks for the dream. Houston said NO.
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The rain finally subdued and the competition is on...
After two days of rain forced all but five fourth round matches to be postponed, play resumed this morning at Wimbledon under partly cloudy skies.
Five Time champ Steffi Graff moved into the quarterfinals in short order.
The second seed won both games against Belgium's Kim Clijster (KLEH'-stur) to complete a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
Tim Henman and Jim Courier are scheduled to resume their fourth round match... which Henman leads two sets to one and 4-3 in the fourth.
Pete Sampras and Venus Williams are also scheduled for today's play.