[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[3:01]
[IN=My husband would want me here.....]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT=I'm very proude of the years I had with him.]
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[VO-NAT]


Six fallen firefighters are honored in Massachusetts.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a Russian Diplomat expelled for allegedly spying.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
[SS=None]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Fireman-Service]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#None]
[GRAPHIC=News-7 at noon]


Thousand of mourners, including President Clinton, are gathered in Worcester (WUR'-stur), Massachusetts for a memorial service honoring the six fire fighters killed in the line of duty.
They were trying to put out a warehouse fire.
Only two of the bodies have been recovered from the burned-out building.
Schools, city offices and many businesses are closed.
Meanwhile, the state's governor has signed a bill that doubles that cap on death benefits for Worcester fire fighters.
Lee Cowan reports from Worcester.
[Live=Cowan Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting;]
[SUPER=05-Worcester, MA;]
( ad lib)

[****ROLLED FROM NEWSPATH****]
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Worcester, MA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Martin Pierce/Boston Fire Commissioner;]
[SUPER=01-Raymond Mariano/Worcester Mayor]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=]

(((LOCATOR: WORCESTER, MA) (NATS, PARADE) IT TOOK MORE THAN AN HOUR FOR THE THOUSANDS OF MOURNERS TO SLOWLY MAKE THEIR WAY TOWARDS THE CENTRUM ARENA, THE ONLY PLACE BIG ENOUGH IN THIS SMALL TOWN TO CELEBRATE THE LIVES OF SIX OF ITS HEROS.
(SOT, MARTIN PIERCE, BOSTON FIRE COMMISSIONER, "It's a very sad day... some small way".) AN ENTIRE COMMUNNITY LINED TH

E ROUTE. AND AS THE SOMBER PROCESSION MADE ITS WAY AST THE FIRE HOUSES OF THE SIX WHO WERE LOST, THERE WERE SALUTES AND QUIET PRAYERS. REMEMBERED TODAY ARE THOMAS SPENCER, JAMES LYONS, PAUL BROTHERTON, TIMOTHY JACKSON, JERRY LUCEY AND JOSEPH MCGUIRK, THE SIX VICTIMS OF THE NATION'S DEADLIEST BUILDING FIRE IN MORE THAN 20 YEARS. (NATS, PROCESSION OR CEREMONY) THE MAYOR HAS DECLARED A DAY OF MOURNING. SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED WITH CHILDREN REQUIRED TO EITHER ATTEND THE SERVICE OR WATCH IT ON TV. TOMORROW, THEY'LL WRITE AN ESSAY ON WHAT THEY SAW AND WHAT THEY HEARD, AND WHAT BEING A HERO REALLY ME
ANS. (SOT, RAYMOND MARIANO, WORCESTER MAYOR) (NATS, DIGGING AT SCENE OF RFIRE) JUST BLOCKS FROM THE SITE OF THE MEMORIA

L, THE SEARCH FOR THE VICTIMS CONTINUES IN A BUILDING STILL SMOLDERING NEARLY A WEEK AFTER THE BLAZE. WITH JUST TWO BODIES RECOVERED SO FAR, FOUR OF THE FIREFIGHTERS ARE STILL ENTOMBED IN THE RUBBLE. POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A HOMELESS COUPLE AND CHARGED THEM WITH SIX COUNTS OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER. IT'S BELIEVED THEY KNOCKED OVER A CANDLE AND FLED T E ABANDONED BUILDING WITHOUT EVER REPORTING THE FIRE. ))


[Live=Cowan Full/Newspath]
[SUPER=05-Worcester, MA;]
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[Clinton-Russia]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Bill Clinton]


Before President Clinton left for Massachusetts he commented about the current Cold War chill between the U-S and Russia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Beijing, China]

[10;06:49]
A very frail looking Yeltsin arrived in China today, just three days after being released from the hospital.
[SUPER=03-Alkhan-Yurt, Chechnya;]

[10;09:07]
The Russian president is seeking support for Russia's military campaign in Chechnya.
Stunned by criticism from President Clinton, Yeltsin reminded Mr. Clinton that Russia still has a nuclear weapons arsenal.
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[SOT]

[10:08;22-10:09:00]
[IN Q=lets focus on what the...]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=say so.]
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[VO-NAT]

[BACK TO YELTSIN]
Meantime, Yeltsin is refusing comment on the expulsion of one of its diplomats from the U-S.
An American official says the diplomat was caught trying to use a listening device in a sensitive area of the State Department.
He has ten days to leave.
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[Johnson]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=12]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-39 TC1:24:53]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A card game that turned into a fight and eventually ended in a fatal stabbing brought a second-degree murder case to court this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Francis Johnson turned himself in the day after the incident last month in Roanoke.
He admitted stabbing 34-year old Donald Harris after Harris said something to Johnson's girlfriend.
The 46-year old defendant told police Harris liked to "rassle" and that Harris intimidated him.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:27:45]
[IN Q=And then he]

((AND THEN HE WALKS UP ON ME, THEN HE GRABS ME. I HAD A KNIFE IN MY POCKET. I HIT HIM. I CUT HIM.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Edmonson/Roanoke Police Detective]
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=I cut him.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-November 10]


Harris took off running. A trail of blood on the sidewalk showed he ran more than 600 feet before he collapsed and died.
Though Johnson's lawyer said the stabbing was justified in self-defense, Judge Julian Raney sent the case on for the next grand jury to consider.
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[Graham-Execution]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=VA Death Penalty]


A man who claims he wasn't the killer faces execution tonight for a 1993 robbery-murder in Richmond.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN PHOTO]
Andre Graham is to die by injection for killing 20-year-old Sheryl Stack.
He also shot the woman's boyfriend, who survived.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


Graham claims another man who was executed in January for an unrelated double slaying killed Stack.
He has filed a clemency petition with Governor Gilmore.

[Stapleton-Resignation]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


The state Superintendent of Public Instruction is expected to resign today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape]


The Washington Post says Paul Stapleton is stepping down for personal reasons.
Governor Gilmore appointed Stapleton in March 19-98 to head the department that oversees public school divisions throughout Virginia.
At the time, Stapleton had been superintendent in Charlotte County for eleven years.
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[Gilmore-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=VA Budget]


Governor Gilmore wants to give a two-point four percent pay raise to state employees and hire 700 new public school teachers.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Gilmore will propose raises for about 70-thousand employees in the first year of his 2000-2002 budget.
For public schools, Gilmore would hire 719 elementary reading teachers and middle school math teachers.
The governor will present his budget recommendations to the General Assembly's money committees on December 17th.


[Cuba-protest]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Some 300-thousand people are planning to protests in the streets of Havana today for the return of six-year-old Elian Gonzalez.
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[VO-NAT]

[10:14:55]
The young boy has been the focus of a political tug of war since he was found clinging to an inner tube off Florida two weeks ago.
[SUPER=03-Havanna, Cuba/Last Night;]

[10:17:41]
In a statement read last night during another demonstration, Cuba's Fidel Castro said the protests will continue until the child is home.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=NAT chanting]
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[VO-NAT]

[FILE VIDEO OF ELIAN'S FATHER]
Elian's father is expected to meet with U-S immigration officials today in Havanna.
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[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Virginia's governor's mansion is getting some national attention beginning this weekend.
Find out why when News-7 at Noon Returns.
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[VO-NAT ]


And get a look at the statue that causing controversy in England.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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

[King-conspiracy]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Martin Luther King]


A lone gunman was not responsible for the death of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Memphis, TN;]

[3:40:01]
That's the finding of a jury in Memphis, Tennessee, which decided there was a conspiracy involving King's death.
The slain leader's family filed a wrongful death suit against retired businessman Loyd Jowers.
Six years ago, Jowers claimed he paid someone other than James Earl Ray to kill King.
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[SOT]

[3:40:01]
[IN Q=The significance]
[SUPER=01-Dexter King/Martin Luther King Jr.'s Son;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=and ultimately healing.]
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[VO-NAT]


Ray initially confessed to King's murder but later recanted.
He died last year of liver disease.
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[Diana-statue]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Princess Diana]


A controversial statue of the late Princess Diana went is on display in Liverpool.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Liverpool, UK;]

[10:27:19]
The statue portrays Diana as the Virgin Mary.
The figure is part of a new exhibition aimed at demonstrating how religious practice and devotion have found outlets in pop culture.
Some church leaders have already voiced their concerns, though others admit there is a certain relevance.
(//////SOT////)
[in=]

(( JAMES JONES, BISHOP OF LIVERPOOL: YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER IS THAT WHEN SHE DIED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE CAME ONTO THE STREETS AND CREATED THEIR OWN SHRINES. SO THIS DOES REFLECT THAT PUBLIC REACTION))
[SUPER=01-James Jones/Bishop of Liverpool;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT=REFLECT THAT PULBIC REACTION.]
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[VO-NAT]

[shot of painting of Leo and Elvis]
Film star Leonardo di Caprio is also featured in the exhibition, along with Elvis Presley.
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[Roanoke-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


Roanoke city police say a 35-year- old woman was killed in an early morning accident.
The single- vehicle crash happened just before two on Salem Turnpike.
Police say she was speeding, ran off the road, and hit a telephone pole.
The woman was the only person in the vehicle, and was NOT wearing a seat belt.
Police are withholding the victim's name until her family is notified.

[E-Rollins-Tultex]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-38 1:43:43]
[GRAPHIC=Tultex - Chpt. 11]


Days after filing for bankruptcy and cutting 11-hundred jobs, Tultex C-E-O Randy Rollins says he had no other choice.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville]


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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[SOT 6:03]
[IN Q=this is an]

((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.))
[SUPER=01-Randolph Rollins/Tultex CEO;]
[RUNS=11]
[OUT Q=UNFORTUNATELY]
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[VO-NAT]


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.
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[Business-Class]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Roanoke College program is translating classroom ideas into real-world businesses.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


For more than 30 years, students in Roanoke College's Business Policy class have been developing new businesses.
Some of them-- like Heartland Bread Company-- have been enourmously successful.
Cathy Johnson used the marketing plan and financial structure from her project in the class to create the business four years ago.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I used that]

((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.))
[SUPER=01-Cathy Johnson Hartman/Heartland Bread Company; ]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=for a bread store]
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[VO-NAT]


Corned Beef and Company is another of the success stories.
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[E-Gun-Lawsuit]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-45 1:00:46]
[GRAPHIC=LAWSUIT]


The government 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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[VO-NAT]


Virginia's Republican Governor -- a national spokesman for the N-R-A -- says the Democratic President is wrong.
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[SOT 12:27:32]
[IN Q=I do think]

((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.))
[SUPER=@Gilmore;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=ought to do.]
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[TALENT=Melanie]
[SS=none]


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.

[E-Gov-Mansion]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=99-50 43:26]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Bob Vila's about to put the Virginia Governor's Mansion in the national home-improvement spotlight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/April]


The mansion is featured in 13 segments of the home-improvement show "Home Again."
The first program featuring the mansion airs this weekend.
Vila has also included a sneak peek at the multi-million dollar make-over on his web-site, at Bob Vila - dot - com.

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[nutcracker]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It's a holiday tradition, and the Roanoke Symphony couldn't celebrate the season without it.
Of course I'm referring to the Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky's great Christmas Ballet, and with me is David Wiley, Music Director and Conductor of the Roanoke Symphony to tell us more about this year's performance plans.
(adlib interview with David wiley)
[SUPER=01-David Wiley/Roanoke Symphony Conductor;]



(Dave Will Call for Video)
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape]
[RUNS=:40]
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[Patrick Live]
[SUPER=16-343-9127/Symphony Box Office;]
(adlib into Weather numbers)



[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
[GRAPHIC=stocks]


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 92 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, Redskin Michael Westbrook's comments following last weekend's loss to Detroit could put a dent in his wallet,
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[VO-NAT ]

and the Lady Blue Devils conquer the Cassell, netting the victory over the Lady Hokies.
Patrick has highlights, next.
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[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]



[Westbrook-Fine]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=sp-51]
[GRAPHIC=NFL]


The N-F-L may fine Washington Redskins receiver Michael Westbrook for accusing an official of family favoritism.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/Sunday]


Westbrook accused line judge Byron Boston of making calls against the Skins on Sunday to benefit N-F-C rival Arizona Cardinals.
Boston's son David plays for Arizona.
Westbrook said Monday that Boston was a "twelfth man on the field" for Detroit in the Lion's win over the Skins last weekend.
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[S-Lombardi]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=SP-51 tc 1:14:33]
[GRAPHIC=NCAA Football]


Virginia Tech defensive end Corey Moore has received yet another national honor.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape;]


Last night 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.
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[S-Women]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-56 (35:38)]
[GRAPHIC=VT Basketball]


The Lady Blue Devils of Duke made it to the national championship game last season, but lost to Purdue.
Now, the team is trying to repeat its successful season.
Last night, the kids from Cameron scored a big win in Blacksburg beating Virginia Tech 70 to 61.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Hokies vs. Blue Devils; :]


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.
[SUPER=33-Duke/70/Virginia Tech/61/;]


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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[S-Barkley]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-47 (1:21:26)]
[GRAPHIC=NBA LOGO]


A twist of fate for Houston Rockets forward Charles Barkley-- his 16 year professional basketball career began and came to an end in Philadelphia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :]


Last night, Sir Charles suffered a season ending injury against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Barkley ruptured a tendon in his left knee while trying to block a Tyrone Hill shot in the first quarter.
The Round Mound of Rebound announced his retirement back in October, and says now his career is over.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=I am a little...]

((CHARLES BARKLEY/HOUSTON ROCKETS FORWARD: I AM A LITTLE SAD. I CRIED A LITTLE BIT, BUT I'VE GOT TOO MANY GOOD MEMORIES TO LET TONIGHT END ON A BAD NOTE.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Barkley/Houston Rockets Forward; :]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=on a bad note]
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[VO-NAT]


Doctors say Barkley will need surgery to repair the tendons which tore away from his kneecap.
He could face up to six months of rehab. (-------------)