Candidates turn to the Internet. The story tonight.
The leading city manager candidate says no. The story tonight.
Today on News 7 at 5, a big development in the Star City's search for a manager.
And a guilty plea in connection with a fire that claimed 6 lives last year.
The cold air is heading straight for us! Details on a blustery weekend just ahead.
A difficult surgery to remove a brain tumor from a hard to reach place is complete -- we'll tell you how it went in health check.
Plus -- a ceremonious opening for a new VA clinic in Danville.
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((THEY BOUGHT $1 WORTH OF GASOLINE AND PUT IT IN A RED JUG. ))
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How they went about planning the deadliest arson in Roanoke history. It all comes out in court, as one man confesses and points the finger at another.
Michael "Jay" Clements drove the arsonist to the site, knew the fire was going to be set. He and another man even helped buy the gasoline. But Clements says HE did NOT light the match.
Even so, the only person charged in the fire at 502-Church Avenue pled guilty this morning, rather than face seven life terms in prison.
He agreed- -only yesterday- -to give police his account of the incident.
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((AS A RESULT OF PURCHASING THIS GASOLINE, THEY WENT BACK TO THE VICINITY OF 502 CHURCH AVENUE, WHERE THE THIRD PERSON, ACCORDING TO MR. CLEMENT'S STATEMENT, THEN LEFT THE VEHICLE WITH THE GASOLINE WITH THE PURPOSE OF BURNING THE BUILDING.))
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The rooming house burned quickly. All but one person died IN the fire, and he died later at the U-V-a burn center.
All six counts of murder against Clements were dropped today, and he was sentenced to 25 years in prison, on the condition that he continue to cooperate with police and testify against anyone who may be charged as a result.
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A major development today in Roanoke's search for a new city manager.
The man who was city council's favorite candidate for the job said he WON'T take it.
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Scott Goldberg talked to him today and has more this afternoon from our newsroom.
Jean ... we learned today that one of two candidates on the short list for city manager has dropped out of the picture.
Though city council has been very careful not to reveal the candidates' names ...
We confirmed that Pat Salerno ... the man considered to be the front-runner ... will not accept the position.
Salerno is the current city manager of Sunrise, Florida.
That's a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and has blossomed under Salerno.
He got the credit for building a major hockey arena there.
He wouldn't tell us why negotiations with Roanoke fell apart.
The two parties had been at odds over his salary.
This leaves one current candidate for the job -- a woman who is assistant city manager in another Virginia city.
Tonight at six, more on Pat Salerno and why Roanoke city council members liked his resume.
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Police in California are trying to figure out why a van crashed overnight.
The van was carrying 14 members of a church group when it slid across the road- and rolled over several times.
Seven people were killed in the crash.
The crash happened about 210 miles north of Los Angeles on Highway 101.
Only a few of the passengers were wearing their seat belts.
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All lanes of Interstate 81 are open again
after an accident tied up traffic in Botetourt County this morning.
A northbound truck carrying tomatoes overturned near Mile Marker 162-- that's near the Buchanan exit.
No one was hurt.
A Roanoke man drowned last night at Smith Mountain Lake.
Investigators say 48- year- old Richard Malcom Gans apparently fell into the water while trying to board his boat at Parkway Marina.
Friends heard the splash, but they were about 50 yards away, and were unable to pull him from the water.
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A meeting to tone down the fight between gay activists and conservative Christians isn't expected to bring peace to Lynchburg.
Details to come.
And the KKK plans to rally in the streets of Manhattan.
New York City says not with the white hooded masks.
What do the courts say?
On Health Check, a new health care option for military veterans in Southside.
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And it's not art for art's sake.
A new study shows the arts can really help kids make the grade.
Stay with us.
Tomorrow's meeting between gay minister Mel White and the Reverend Jerry Falwell is once again focusing national attention on the city of Lynchburg.
Four separate groups have permits to hold protests outside Thomas Road Baptist Church where the meeting will take place.
Lynchburg police say they'll be out in force to ensure that public safety is not jeopardized.
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((MAJOR JACK LEWIS/LYNCHBURG POLICE DEPT.: WE ALSO WANT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE COMING TO ASSEMBLE AND MEET TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT, TO HONOR THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS, BUT PEOPLE'S FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS ARE BALANCED AGAINST PUBLIC SAFETY AND ALSO RIGHT UP AGAINST WHERE SOMEBODY ELSE'S RIGHTS START, SO WE WANT THIS TO BE AN ORDERLY OCCURRENCE.))
((BOB KUNST/ORAL MAJORITY PRESIDENT: I DON'T EXPECT ANY PROBLEMS AND I WOULD INVITE THE WHOLE LYNCHBURG COMMUNITY TO COME AND JOIN ME, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT TIME, IT'S US FIGHTING THE DEVIL AND WE EXPECT TO WIN.))
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Falwell and White are meeting to talk about toning down their criticism of each other in order to reduce anti- gay and anti- Christian violence.
The Ku Klux Klan will march tomorrow morning in New York City- but they won't be allowed to wear those white hooded masks.
A federal appeals court made the ruling today- Bobbi Harley has more.
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(( NO MASKS OR NO MARCH -- THAT'S WHAT A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT TOLD
THE KU KLUX KLAN ABOUT THE GROUP'S PLANS TO RALLY IN MANHATTAN
THE RULING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE KLAN'S ANTI-MINORITY,
anti-Semitic MESSAGE - AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH AN 1845 STATE LAW
THAT PROHIBITS WEARING MASKS DURING A PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION.
MICHAEL HESS/NEW YORK CITY ATTORNEY - The
city has a predominant interest in avoiding violence and not
encouraging violence which is encouraged when people wear masks and
are not responsible for their actions and their speech.
NEW YORK CITY CALLED THE RULING A VICTORY -- COMING JUST A DAY
AFTER A LOWER COURT DECIDED TO LET THE RALLY TAKE PLACE, MASKS AND
BOBBI HARLEY/NEW YORK - - The Klan argues
wearing masks is not only part of its tradition, but for their own protection, and beyond that, it's their first amendment right to do
NORMAN SIEGEL/AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION: We
believe that there exists a first amendment right to anonymous political activity.
THE KLAN CAN APPEAL THE DECISION TO THE U-S SUPREME COURT - OR
IT CAN APPLY TO RALLY WITH HOODS AND ROBES, BUT NO MASKS.
THE GROUP'S NEW YORK LEADER HAS SAID THIS DEMONSTRATION WOULD
NOT BE ABOUT HATE, BUT INSTEAD, WHITE PRIDE.
REV. JAMES SHELEY/KKK GRAND WIZARD/THURSDAY NIGHT - 20:00:29
We are trying to promote the Klan in a more positive light and to
promote us as a white civil rights organization.
SOMETHING THEY FEEL THEY NEED TO DO WITHOUT THE REST OF THE
WORLD KNOWING JUST WHO THEY ARE.
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The Virginia Supreme Court will NOT let the new voter I-D program proceed this election day.
In a 6-to-1 ruling, the state high court refused to lift a Richmond judge's injunction of the program -- without any further comment.
That means ten pilot localities -- including the city of Roanoke and Henry and Bedford County will NOT require the new I-Ds at the polls in a week-and-a-half.
Add Franklin County to the growing list of localities observing Halloween on Saturday, October 30-th.
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You can find the complete list on our home page at WDBJ7.com
Straight ahead - why Bach and Van Gogh could bring out the Einstein in your child.
Plus - Patrick Evans speaks with a local author who's just released her second novel.
A new study shows students get a leg up in subjects like math and science, when they have access to art and music.
As Vince Gonzales reports, the arts apparently have the biggest impact on students from low-income backgrounds.
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Coming up in sports, qualifying results from Rockingham and tonight's FFE lineup.
Just ahead on health check --
We'll have an update on a rare and risky brain surgery to remove a tumor.
And Southside military veterans declare a victory as their health care moves a little closer to home.
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((JAMES GILES/DANVILLE VIETNAM VETERAN: TO BE ABLE TO COME HERE, NOT JUST FOR ME, BUT ALL RESIDENTS IN THIS COMMUNITY.
IT'LL HELP EVERYBODY A GREAT DEAL.))
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Military veterans in Southside don't have to drive all the way to Salem to see a doctor anymore.
The Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center is bringing an outpatient clinic to Danville.
The clinic comes in response to the large number of veterans with medical needs in the area.
About eighteen-hundred service-connected veterans in Southside are eligible.
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((DR. STEPHEN LEMONS/DIR. SALEM VA MEDICAL CTR.: AS THEY'VE GOTTEN OLDER AND MORE DISABLED, IT'S BEEN A HARDSHIP FOR THEM TO HAVE TO MAKE THAT ROUNDTRIP WHENEVER THEY NEED CARE. :12 WE'RE TRYING TO BE SENSITIVE TO THAT.))
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((JAMES GILES/DANVILLE VIETNAM VETERAN: THAT'S GOING TO BE EXCELLENT FOR ME BECAUSE IT'S 80-SOME MILES EACH WAY, SO IT GETS KIND OF ROUGH DRIVING IT QUITE A BIT. ))
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Veterans will also be able to seek care at clinics in Axton and ... SOON in Martinsville.
Now an update on a story we brought you Wednesday.
Wanda Ruiz is a single mother of three who had a rare brain tumor that extended from behind her eyes to the base of her throat.
Yesterday, she underwent a dangerous surgery to remove the tumor.
Lisa Cooley has the latest.
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Welcome everybody to the end of the traditional end of the work week two minute sports ticker.
We begin tonight at the "Rock" where the Winston Cup drivers got in first round time trials this afternoon.
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Points leader Dale Jarrett went out fairly early in the round and ended up earning a very respectable third starting spot.
Jeff Gordon went out late and he ended up grabbing the four spot right beside Jarrett on the outside of row two.
But no one had anything for Mark Martin in the Valvoline Ford. He earned his first pole of the season with a new track qualifying record lap of 157 point 383 miles an hour.
Last week's winner, Dale Earnhardt had another horrible qualifying effort as he ended up 37th.
However, the worst time of the day was posted by Grit's Stacy Compton - making his debut in the WCW Melling Ford.
Here's the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-6. Jeff Burton//7. Ricky Craven//8. Tony Stewart//9. Geoffrey Bodine//10. Ken Schrader//;]
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[SUPER=0107-16. Rick Mast//17. Matt Kenseth//18. John Andretti//19. Kenny Irwin//20. Ted Musgrave//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Johnny Benson//22. Michael Waltrip//23. Sterling Marlin//24. David Green//25. Rusty Wallace//;]
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The Florida State felony fiasco is over and all-american receiver Peter Warrick has been cleared to play this Saturday against Clemson.
Warrick pleaded guilty this morning in Tallahassee to a first-degree misdemeanor. The judge decided not to give him any jail time - but he will have to pay court costs and serve a year on probation for trying to buy $420 worth of clothing for $21.
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Tonight marks week nine of the high school football season. Here's is where you can see the Friday Football Extra crew hanging out tonight.
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And don't forget this coming Saturday, we have an awesome football doubleheader for you. Two of Tech's upcoming opponents BC and Miami will play at Noon, and then after that game it's the tussle in Tuscaloosa as Tennessee takes on Alabama in the SEC.
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Then Sunday, the NFL features the Broncos and Patriots battling at one right before the Bills take on the Seahawks.
Coming up News 7 at six - a preview of tomorrow's VMI-William & Mary game, plus we'll take a look at Tiki Barber's soap opera debut today on the Guiding Light.
Have a safe weekend everybody.
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Local author Barbara Dickinson can write just about anything, from children's books to cookbooks, and in between-- a novel or two.
With her second novel out just recently, she joins us today to tell us more about the adventure that started with "A Rebellious House" and continues in "Small House, Large World".
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