Next on News 7-
A jury rules in the civil case of Martin Luther King, Junior. The story from Memphis.
We'll check out what some entrepreneurs have in common.
And a long-lost composition by Beethoven- is auctioned off.
News 7 is next.
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((WHAT THE JURY RULED CHANGED HISTORY TODAY.))
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A historic ruling surrounding the assassination of Martin Luther King.
Martin Luther King Junior was a victim of a conspiracy- not a lone gunman.
That's what a Tennessee jury has found in a civil suit brought by the King Family against a retired Memphis businessman.
Jennifer Jones has the latest from Memphis.
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[OUT Q=Jennifer Jones, CBS News, Charlotte;]
((DID LOYD JOYERS PARTICIPATE IN A CONSPIRACY TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER
KING, YOUR ANSWER IS YES.
A JURY HAS FINALLY SPOKEN-- RULING THAT THERE WAS A CONSPIRACY TO
ASSASSINATE THE LEGENDARY CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER.
WILLIAM PEPPER/KING FAMILY ATTORNEY THE SUIT STEMS FROM COMMENTS MADE BY LOYD JOWERS-- A RETIRED MEMPHIS
BUSINESSMAN -- WHO-- 6-YEARS AGO-- CLAIMED HE PAID SOMEONE TO KILL THE
REVEREND.... BUT THAT THE HITMAN WAS NOT JAMES EARL RAY.
RAY CONFESSED TO THE CRIME-- BUT THEN SPENT THE REST OF HIS LIFE
CLAIMING HE WAS INNOCENT.
THE CONSPIRACY THEORY HAS BEEN TALKED ABOUT SINCE THE DAY THE REVEREND MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR WAS MURDERED IN MEMPHIS IN 19-68. FINALLY TODAY...VINDICATION FOR HIS FAMILY.
DEXTER KING/MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S SON
THE KING FAMILY ASKED FOR AND RECEIVED ONLY ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS IN DAMAGES, CONTENT THAT NEW INTEREST WILL SPUR ANOTHER INVESTIGATION INTO THE SHOOTING.
JENNIFER JONES, CBS NEWS CHARLOTTE.))
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With his company's future very much in doubt ... Tultex C-E-O Randy Rollins is doing his best to put a positive spin on the story.
Rollins says he regrets the apparel company had to file for Chapter-11 bankruptcy last week.
But he doubts management could have done anything else to help Tultex make money.
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((RANDY ROLLINS: THIS IS AN INDUSTRY ISSUE. AND I CAN'T IDENTIFY A MISTAKE THAT, IF IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE DIFFERENTLY, WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN A DIFFERENT OUTCOME, UNFORTUNATELY.))
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Rollins says the entire industry is competing against cheap foreign imports.
Now ... Tultex will do almost all of its manufacturing in Mexico ... as the company tries to pull itself out of bankruptcy.
It just laid off 26-hundred workers.
None of the company's officers is taking a pay cut.
Jean tosses to Robin in Weather Center
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After a three year hiatus-peace talks between Israel and Syria will resume next week.
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((TODAY'S STEP IS A SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGH FOR IT WILL ALLOW THEM TO DEAL WITH EACH OTHER FACE TO FACE. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET THERE.))
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The breakthrough came after meetings between Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and President Assad in Syria, then with Prime Minister Barak in Israel.
Clinton believes both sides want to end 50 years of tensions and sometimes war.
President Clinton is threatening a multi-million dollar lawsuit against gun makers.
The suit would seek more accountability in the way gun makers deal with dealers, safety design changes in guns and an end to what the President says are irresponsible marketing practices-
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((ANDREW CUOMO/HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY: 30-THOUSAND FATALITIES PER YEAR BY GUNS. 100 DEATHS PER DAY BY GUNS. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE.))
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Virginia's Republican Governor -- a national spokesman for the N-R-A -- says the Democratic President is wrong.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I DO THINK THAT WE WANT PEOPLE TO BE SAFE OUT THERE. AND I THINK THAT THAT MEANS WE HAVE TO PLACE THE EMPHASIS ON WRONGDOERS. PEOPLE WHO WOULD COMMIT CRIMES WITH GUNS, AND THAT'S WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO.))
[OUT Q=ought to do.]
Governor Gilmore says he thinks the President is trying get through the courts or at the negotiating table what he can't get through Congress.
If you're looking for the point of origin for some of the area's successful businesses - look no further than a Roanoke College classroom.
Kate Weidaw has the story of one class where the academics have a proven record of translating to real-world success.
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[SUPER=01-Stephanie Green/Roanoke College Senior;:24]
[SUPER=01-Cathy Johnson Hartman/Heartland Bread Company;:58]
[SUPER=01-Al Pollard/Co-Owner Corned Beef & Co.;1:16]
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Stephanie Green and her policy project group members are presenting what could be the next seafood restaurant in the Valley, called the Backfin bar and grill -- complete with its own logo of a happy crab.
The group spent a semester finding a place for the restaurant, creating a financial policy, and developing a theme for the restaurant -- and that's just to name a few things.
((STEPHANIE GREEN/ROANOKE COLLEGE SENIOR: EVERYTHING WE DO IS IN A GROUP SO YOU REALLY LEARN HOW TO WORK TOGETHER AND GET ALONG.))
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: FOR OVER 30 YEARS STUDENTS AT ROANOKE COLLEGE HAVE BEEN DEVELOPING NEW BUSINESSES, HUNDREDS OF IDEAS HAVE COME OUT OF HERE BUT ONLY A FEW HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL. HEARTLAND BREAD COMPANY IS ONE OF THEM.))
Cathy Johnson Hartman is a graduate of Roanoke College and also co-owner of Heartland Bread Company.
She used the marketing plan and financial structure from her project in the class to create the business four years ago.
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((CATHY JOHNSON HARTMAN/HEARTLAND BREAD COMPANY: I USED THAT WHEN I HELPED MY HUSBAND AND SISTER AND BROTHER IN LAW PUT TOGETHER A PROPOSAL FOR A BREAD STORE.))
Across town one of Roanoke's most well known night spots is Corned Beef and Company --another successful business that came from an idea developed in the business policy class.
((AL POLLARD/CO-OWNER CORNED BEEF AND COMPANY: I GUESS THE SECRET TO OUR SUCCESS WAS STARTING OUT REAL SMALL AND GRADUALLY GROWING THE BUSINESS AS WE WENT ALONG AND THE DEMAND WAS THERE.))
In 1985 Corned Beef and Company was nothing more than a food court. It was such a success it lead to a small restaurant, and then through the years, expanded into what it is today-- four buildings combined into one establishment.
Pollard and Hartman both agree that Roanoke College's business policy class was just a stepping stone to help them get where they are today -- along with hard work and long hours. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))
For the curious who want to see what 7-million dollars can do for the Governor's Mansion -
Bob Vila's about to show viewers.
Virginia's Executive Mansion is featured in 13 segments of the home-improvement guru's syndicated show "Home Again."
The first program featuring the mansion airs this weekend.
[take internet shots]
Vila has also included a sneak peek at the multi-million dollar make-over on his web-site, at Bob Vila - dot - com.
A challenge from one mayor to another - as Virginia Tech and Florida State prepare for the big Sugar Bowl faceoff.
We'll tell you what's at stake - just ahead.
And all the Hokie hype is bringing back memories from a perfect season past.
The story coming up.
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((THIS IS DENISE ALLEN IN THE NEWS 7 SPORTS DEPARTMENT...TONIGHT AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS AND COACHES ARE HONORED AT THE ANNUAL FRIDAY FOOTBALL EXTRA AWARDS BANQUET. THE BLUE DEVILS COME TO BLACKSBURG AND MAKE THE CASSELL THEIR OWN. AND CHARLES BARKLEY'S SEASON AND CAREER ARE SHORTENED. THOSE STORIES LATER IN SPORTS.))
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The race to find tickets to the Sugar Bowl is on.
And depending on the location of the seat, tickets are going for anywhere from 250- to nearly a thousand dollars over the internet.
Police Chief Bill Brown says selling or buying scalped tickets, either in person or over the internet, is NOT illegal in Blacksburg.
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((BILL BROWN/BLACKSBURG POLICE CHIEF: WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY COMPLAINTS WHATSOEVER, FOR EXAMPLE, DURING THE MIAMI GAME WE HAD PEOPLE ALL ALONG MAIN STREET AND ALL THE STREETS WITH SIGNS NEEDING TICKETS SO TO SPEAK AND THEN WE'D SEE PEOPLE WITH SIGNS SELLING TICKETS, SO TO SPEAK, AND IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE WAS REALLY HAPPY WITH WHAT WAS GOING ON. ))
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Scalping is NOT illegal in the state of Virginia-- unless an individual town or city passes an ordinance-- as Roanoke did.
Blacksburg's Mayor has confidence in the Virginia Tech Hokies-- as they prepare to take on Florida State in the Sugar Bowl.
Today Roger Hedgepeth called up Tallahassee's Mayor to issue him a challenge.
Hedgepeth wants the losing team's city council members to wear the winning team's jerseys at one of their meetings.
But Tallahassee's mayor upped the ante.
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((SCOTT MADDOX/TALLAHASEE MAYOR: I'M SO CONFIDENT IN THE SEMINOLES IF MY TEAM LOSES I'LL GET YOUR TEAM'S LOGO TATTOOED ON MY LEFT HINDQUARTERS.
ROGER HEDGEPETH/BLACKSBURG MAYOR: YEAH, I THINK WE'RE ALL ENDOWED WITH AN APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF FLESH.))
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Both men were joking....
But they did agree on the challenge involving the jerseys.... and to send the winning team's city a basket of local goods.
As the Virginia Tech football team prepares to battle Florida State in the Sugar Bowl, some fans are looking back to the school's last undefeated season.... 1954.
Tonight, so is Joe Dashiell.
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[SUPER=01-Dickie Beard/'54 Halfback; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Don Divers/'54 Fullback; 1:19]
[SUPER=01-George Preas/'54 Tackle; 1:53 QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Bill Cranwell/'54 Quarterback; 2:02]
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((In 1954, Virginia Tech was coming off a five and five season, but after a strong spring practice expectations were high.
[IN Q=We opened with NC State]
((BILLY KERFOOT: WE OPENED WITH NC STATE. AND WE PLAYED A GOOD GAME AGAINST THEM AND THEN THE NEXT GAME WAS AGAINST WAKE FOREST. WAKE FOREST I THINK THE WEEK BEFORE HAD BEATEN MARYLAND AND WE BEAT WAKE FOREST 28 TO NOTHING. SO THEN WE KNEW WE WERE ON THE WAY.))
[OUT Q=so then we were on the way.]
But what started out with such promise almost came to an early end when senior quarterback Johnny Dean was injured.
[IN Q=Well, Johnny breaks his leg]
((JACK PRATER: WELL JOHNNY BREAKS HIS LEG IN THE RICHMOND GAME OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THIRD GAME. AND YOUNG BILLY CRANWELL SOPHOMORE TOOK OVER, DIDN'T WAVER, FALTER OR ANYTHING.))
[OUT Q=or anything.]
The team wasn't very big... Cranwell weighed in at just 165 pounds... but the players were fast and smart.
On the way to an 8 - 0 and 1 season, The team would beat all four ACC opponents... including Clemson in Death Valley.
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((JACK PRATER: WE PLAYED CLEMSON IN 101- DEGREE WEATHER DOWN THERE. YOU TALK ABOUT HOT.))
((DICKIE BEARD: SOME OF THE BOYS ON THE SIDELINE GOT SUNBURNED IT WAS SO WARM. AND PLAYING BOTH WAYS WE WERE GLAD THE GAME GOT OVER.))
[OUT Q=glad the game got over.]
They were prepared for conditions like that... Coach Frank Moseley was a disciple of Bear Bryant, and a strong disciplinarian.
[IN Q=We did have eight seniors]
((DON DIVERS: WE DID HAVE EIGHT SENIORS WHO HAD BEEN THROUGH HELL. MOSELEY, WHEN HE GOT THERE, THERE WERE 90-SOME BALL PLAYERS. FOUR YEARS LATER THERE WERE NINE LEFT.))
[OUT Q=there were nine left.]
One of the nine was George Preas, the tackle who went on to play eleven seasons with the Baltimore Colts.
He credits Frank Moseley with the conditioning and coaching that helped him succeed in the NFL.
Today, he lives with Parkinson's Disease but hasn't lost his passion for Tech football.
[IN Q=Mosely he made a team out of us]
((GEORGE PREAS: MOSELY, HE MADE A TEAM OUT OF US. HE HAD US RUNNING EVERY DAY, HITTING AFTER PRACTICE.))
((HE THOUGHT WE COULD GO ON AND WIN IT, AND HE WAS RIGHT.))
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By all accounts it was a close-knit group, one in which the seniors encouraged the younger players.
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((BILL CRANWELL: THERE WASN'T A PRACTICE THAT WENT BY WHEN JOHNNY DEAN AND I CHANGED PLACES THAT HE DIDN'T STOP ME, SHAKE MY HANDS, PAT ME ON THE BACK, TELL ME WHAT A GOOD JOB I WAS DOING AND SAY "GO ON KID." AND THAT HAPPENED IN THE GAMES TOO AND IT GOT TO THE POINT WHERE THE ENTIRE TEAM WAS DOING THAT.))
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Members of the '54 squad have kept up with one another, and the fortunes of their football team. And many of them will be in New Orleans when Virginia Tech vies for the national championship on January fourth.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
She's never even seen the Lynchburg Hillcats play - but today a New Yorker decides she has a million dollars to spare for their stadium.
The story, coming up.
Plus - a leaky roof brings the world a piece of music history.
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Professional baseball in Lynchburg got a major boost today from a woman who's never even see the local minor league team play.
Developer Ann Merritt Hutchinson donated one million dollars towards the renovation of 60- year- old City Stadium.
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((ANN HUTCHINSON/MILLION DOLLAR DONOR: THE INSTITUTION OF BASEBALL HAS ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN FOR PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR MANY PEOPLE TO MAKE A MARK ON THE AMERICAN CULTURE, WHO WOULD NOT OTHERWISE HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Ann Hutchinson/Million Dollar Donor]
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Hutchinson is a Campbell County native who now lives in New York.
The ballpark will be renamed "Merritt Hutchinson Stadium" when it opens in 2001.
The holiday spirit lights up the Nation's Capitol.
((one, go. cheers!))
President Clinton flipped the switch lighting the national tree- The Colorado Blue Spruce is 40 feet tall-
Then it was time for some music from the Urban National Choir.
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((ALL THE INFANTS..... PEACE....))
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Coming up, The W-D-B-J sports department held its Friday Football Extra Banquet tonight and Charles Barkley's season ends in Philadelphia.
But first our Extra point.
Mike Tyson may return to the ring next month.
A boxing source says a contract for a bout between Tyson and British Commonwealth champion Julius Francis is all but signed.
The fight would be held in Manchester, England January 29-th.
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WDBJ-7's Friday Football Extra awards banquet kicked off at the Wyndham Hotel last night.
Steve Mason holds the envelopes.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Shaver/WDBJ Vice President; :44]
[SUPER=01-Ben Foutz/FFE Group 3A Coach of the Year; 1:18]
[SUPER=01-Winfred Beale/FFE Overall Coach of the Year; 1:35]
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((The Wyndham Hotel grand ball room was filled with those who made up Christmas present and future. But a touch of Christmas past was perhaps the most special part of the Friday Football Extra banquet. The annual WDBJ-7 scholar athlete of the year award was renamed in Noel C. Taylor's honor. And it was only fitting that his grandson Sean Law presented the award to William Fleming co-captain and honor student Daniel Bliley
The Friday Football Extra players of the week were on hand for a prime rib dinner and a meaty awards ceremony filled with tons of goodies. Floyd County's Winfred Beale was selected Single A coach of the year.
Salem's Willis White collected the Group 2A coach of the year honor. His Spartans won their third state championship in four years. The triple A coach of the year went to Cave Spring head coach Ben Foutz whose team reached the regional semi-finals in his first year.
The overall coach of the year had so many solid candidates, but Floyd's Win Beale captured the award.
Salem's perfect 14 and OH season earned the Spartans the team of the year award.
Brookville won it's first ever state championship and the Bees Tarik Ghriri was the recipient of the Lee Cook Lineman of the Year Award. His humility was never more evident than in his initial response to the news.))
The Lady Blue Devils of Duke scored a big win last night in Blacksburg beating Virginia Tech 70 to 61.
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The Lady Hokies huddle before the game's tip off at the Cassell.
Duke's Peppi Brown catches the ball at the top of the key and blows by the Tech defender for the tough two.
Then Tech comes back and goes to Sarah Hicks who nails the three pointer on the wing.
But the Lady Blue Devils would hold off the rally going inside to Peppi Brown for the easy layup and Duke beats Virginia Tech 70 to 61.
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Virginia Tech defensive end Corey Moore has received yet another national honor.
Tonight in Houston, Texas, Moore picked up the Lombardi Award which goes to college football's top lineman.
It's his second honor of the week after taking the Nagurski Award Monday.
He beats out Florida State nose guard Corey Simon and linebacker
LaVar Arrington and defensive end Courtney Brown of Penn State.
Still to come, Charles Barkley went to Philadelphia for his last regular season game
in the "City of Brotherly Love," now it may have been the last game of his career.
More after the break.
Charles Barkley's career may end where it started, in Philadelphia.
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Last night Barkley returned for his final game in Philly and the 16 year veteran suffered a season ending knee injury.
76-er team doctor Jack McPhilemy says Barkley ruptured tendons in his left knee when he fell to the floor while attempting to block a shot.
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[OUT Q=....career threatening."]
Before the season started Barkley announced that this would be his last. And McPhilemy says after talking with his wife and mother Barkley said it was all over.
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In college basketball, the West Virginia Mountaineers were looking for an upset in Knoxville tonight.
But the 16th ranked Volunteers gave West Virginia more than it could handle.
Marcus Haislip went nine for nine and scored 22 points for Tennessee.
The seven and oh Volunteers took a 53-22 half time lead and never looked back.
In the end it was a forty point difference. Tennessee 95, West Virginia 54.
A grand find in a family attic has made music history.
An original work of sheet music - by none other than Ludwig Van Beethoven - sold for over a quarter million dollars at an auction in London.
It's the most anyone's ever paid for a single sheet of the Viennese master's work.
The one-minute string quartet had apparently never been performed - until the auction.
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A British family had stored the composition in an attic... but decided to put it on the auction block for money to fix a leaky roof.
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