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Next on News 7.

A Roanoke man is arrested for soliciting sex over the Internet.
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And-- Paul Torgersen delivers his last commencement speech as President of Virginia Tech.
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((HE'S AN EXCELLENT SPEAKER AND WE'RE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE HIM ESPECIALLY SINCE HE IS LEAVING US IN JANUARY))
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Students at Virginia Tech chose President Paul Torgersen to deliver parting words of wisdom to today's class of graduates.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton

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More than 23- hundred students received diplomas today.
And the decision to have Paul Torgersen deliver today's commencement address was a unanimous one among those graduating.
Joy Sutton has more.
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This is the last time Virginia Tech's President Paul Torgersen will graduate students from the university.
Over the years more than 60-thousand students have received diplomas with his signature.
And that's why students of the fall class of 19-99 felt it only befitting -- to have him as this years commencement speaker.
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((nat sound of torgersen speech))
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((KELLY GILLIS/GRADUATE; THERE WOULD BE NO OTHER CHOICE. HE'S AN EXCELLENT PRESIDENT AND WE WERE LUCKY TO HAVE HAD HIM WHILE WE WERE HERE))
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Torgersen has had a 33 year career at the University -- 6 of those as president.
He started as the head of the Department of Engineering, later became the Dean of the College of Engineering -- and eventually president.
And Torgersen says it's great to retire at a time when the university is doing so well -- and the Hokies are making history.
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((PAUL TORGERSEN/TECH'S PRESIDENT:IT'S EXHILARATING, ABSOLUTELY EXHILARATING. IT'S GREAT TO BE A PART OF THIS UNIVERSITY AND IT'S A REAL PRIVILEDGE TO CLOSE ON SUCH A HIGH NOTE))
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((JOY SUTTON/REPORTER: THIS IS ALSO A SPECIAL DAY FOR SOME TECH FOOTBALL PLAYERS WHO ALSO GRADUATED, BUT THESE HOKIES STILL HAVE ONE MORE BIG DAY TO GO BEFORE IT'S ALL OVER))
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((DAVID MEYER/HOKIE: THE THREE OF US GOT THIS DEGREE IN THREE AND A HALF YEARS AND WE'RE REAL PROUD OF THAT, BUT THE SUGAR BOWL IS WHAT WE'RE REALLY THRILLED ABOUT AND READY TO GO FOR))
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((ANTHONY MIDGET/HOKIE; I'M JUST HAPPY I GOT THIS DEGREE. COME JANUARY 4TH I'M GOING TO BE JUST AS EXCITED TO GO OUT AND WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO END MY CAREER))
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And one Hokie says that he has had more anxiety over graduation than playing in the Sugar Bowl.
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((IKE CHARLTON: MORE NERVOUS TODAY. JANUARY 4TH WE WON'T BE NERVOUS WE'LL BE READY TO PLAY))
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For Torgersen and these graduates it's the end of an era - the beginning of a Millennium -- and the Sugar Bowl will top it off.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Blacksburg.))

















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Authorities have charged a Roanoke man with attempting to solicit sex from a minor over the Internet.
Graham Stuart Olson is charged with two felonies in connection with the Bedford County Internet sex sting.
Olson, who was absent without leave from the Navy, is being held without bond while investigators and Navy officials work out custody details.


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A Danville woman will serve time behind bars for starving her dog to death.
A judge on Thursday sentenced 36- year old Wendy Fitzgerald to ten days in jail.
Fitzgerald was also fined 250- dollars and ordered to pay 45- dollars to the Danville Humane Society for tests on the dog.



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Peter Pan wasn't the only one flying this afternoon in Roanoke.
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Six year old Elizabeth Hill and seven year old Will Claytor won a raffle contest at Mill Mountain Theater to have this magical experience.
Elizabeth and Will say it was a lot of fun -- and they weren't afraid to fly.
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((ELIZABETH HILL: I GOT USE TO IT AND IT WAS NOT TOO MUCH))
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((WILL CLAYTOR: I FELT LIKE I WAS REALLY HIGH UP AND I COULD SEE ALL THE SEATS AND STUFF))
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Theater officials say this was a Christmas gift for the children and a chance to let the community know the theater also caters to young people.
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((ABOUT 43 PERCENT OF OUR AUDIENCE LAST YEAR WERE PEOPLE WHO WERE UNDER 18 THAT WAS BOTH IN EDUCATIONAL CLASSES AND IN PERFORMERS, CHILDREN WHO ACT ON OUR STAGE AND CHILDREN WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE))
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Peter Pan is currently playing at the Mill Mountain Theater and will run until December 23rd.

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Still ahead on News 7, the sounds of the Metropolitan Opera have returned to a local radio station.
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And 36 hours down, six more to go on Operation Toy Storm at Tanglewood Mall, an update on the toy drive after the break.
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Authorities say there's been a fatal stabbing at the D-C corrections complex in Lorton.
Officials will say nothing more, pending notification of next of kin.
The Fairfax County fire department received a call from Lorton asking for an ambulance about 12-40 this afternoon.





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If you tuned into W-V-T-F today you may have noticed the station is once again playing Metropolitan Opera.
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On Monday, the station dropped the lineup which resulted in several complaints.
The Met began its 60th season of radio broadcasts two weeks ago, and longtime listeners said they were astounded by the station's decision.
W-V-T-F's manager was NOT available to comment on why the station decided to switch back.
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You have until midnight to get to Tanglewood Mall - if you want to drop off a gift to help a needy child this holiday season.
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The United States Marine Corp is hoping to get enough toys to fill three trucks.
This afternoon, many people were in the holiday spirit dropping off a variety of toys.
It's all part of the Toys for Tots program.
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(( I KNOW THAT A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IS GOING TO BE MADE BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE BRINGING OUT TOYS AND THE CHILDREN THAT ARE LESS FORTUNATE ARE GOING TO BE FORTUNATE THIS YEAR. THANKS TO EVERYONE'S COOPERATION AND HELP ))
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Folks from all over the area have been lending a helping hand.
Tech. Sergeant Dwayne Anderson with the U.S. Air Force was driving from Florida to Baltimore when he heard about the toy drive on the radio -- and decided to stop by.
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((A DETOUR TO HELP THE MARINES OUT. IT'S A WORTHY CAUSE AND THE MARINES ARE ALWAYS A LITTLE GLAD TO ACCEPT A LITTLE HELP FROM THE AIR FORCE AND WE'RE ALWAYS GLAD TO LEND A HAND))
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The toy drive will allow several children to get the hottest toys of the season including Pokemon.
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If you think vacationing in a cabin is for the rugged.
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Then coming up we'll take you to Love, Virginia where the cabins at a local retreat are for romantic getaways.
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With a location set in Love, Virginia, it's no wonder many couples come to Royal Oaks Cabins for a romantic getaway.
Kimberly McBroom takes us to the Nelson County vacation spot for the last "Time Off" of the millennium.
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((Spending the weekend in a cabin used to mean "roughing it"....
But that's not the case at Royal Oaks.
The owners say it's a misconception they often have to clear up when people make inquiries over the phone.
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((JOHN TIPTON/ROYAL OAKS CABINS: TELL US ABOUT YOUR CABINS...AND I TELL THEM-- JACUZZIS, FIREPLACES, KITCHENS, AND SO FORTH. "WELL DOES IT HAVE AN INDOOR BATH? DOES IT HAVE PLUMBING?" YOU KNOW, PEOPLE GET ALL KINDS OF IDEAS WHEN YOU MENTION CABINS. WE'VE GONE AWAY FROM THE RUSTIC. PEOPLE WANT TO BE COMFORTABLE.)) [RUNS:22]
And there's plenty of comfort to go around....
Five of the 10 units have jacuzzi hot tubs.
All units include fireplaces and kitchens...but you do have to bring your own food.
The Tiptons eventually plan to open a small restaurant inside the country store, where guests go to sign in.
The cabins come in a variety of styles and layouts.
A few single units are designed for vacationing couples.
But this cabin also features two twin-sized beds, in case you're travelling with children or other relatives.
Cabin number 10 is the show- stopper, with three bedrooms and a large living area.
The owners say most of the visitors come from the Carolinas or from Northern Virginia...but they've had tourists from as far away as France and Germany.
They anticipate a busy winter season...but say the cabins are desirable at any time of year.
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((JOHN TIPTON/ROYAL OAKS CABINS: OF COURSE, IN OCTOBER THE FALL FOLIAGE IS GORGEOUS. BUT THE SPRING AND SUMMER ARE ALSO BEAUTIFUL. WE MISSED ALL THE HEAT LAST YEAR. AVERAGE TEMPERATURES UP HERE PROBABLY DON'T RISE BEYOND 78, 79 DEGREES AT THE HOTTEST POINT.)) [RUNS:17]
Tipton says it's a good idea to reserve early, anywhere from four to six weeks in advance.
Nightly rates start at 85- dollars.
The owners say if you don't fall in love with the scenic surroundings of the cabins here in Love, Virginia, you'll probably fall MORE in love with the person you bring here...
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((JOHN TIPTON/ROYAL OAKS CABINS: COME TO LOVE. STAY IN LOVE. LEAVE IN LOVE.)) [RUNS:02]
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Nelson County.))
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The Chiefs and Steelers play today while the Skins talk about breaking the Colts
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and Virginia running back Thomas Jones visits with some Charlottesville elementary school children while preparing for the Micron PC bowl.
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Pacific Lutheran is 1 for 1 in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl while the Rowan Profs were denied the coveted Division III football championship in their fifth try in the 90's.
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Today, the two powers met in a 1pm kick off at Salem Stadium in the D-III title game.
The Lutes get on the board first when quarterback Chad Johnson makes the perfect pass over the middle to Todd McDevitt on a 32 yard touchdown pass with 12:53 left in the opening quarter.
The, Rowan QB, Mike Warker connects with his top receiver, Taman Bryant on a 50 yard bomb that sets up a one yard TD plunge by the Profs to tie it up.
[SUPER=34-Pacific Lutheran/42/Rowan/13;] But pacific Lutheran had to much firepower, McDevitt hauls in an other tou

chdown pass to open the third quarter, that put the game away as Pacific Lutheran wins the Stagg Bowl, beating Rowan 42-13.
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A pair of NFL games kicked off today. The 49ers and the Carolina Panthers are playing in Charlotte. Right now, Carolina leads 24-17 in the third quarter.
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At Arrowhead Kansas City and Pittsburgh got together. In the first quarter, The Steelers Mike Tomzak hooks up with Troy Edwards on a 12 yard TD completion for the games first points.
But Elvis Gerbac would then find tight end Tony Gonzales [SUPER=30-Kansas City/35/Pittsburgh/19;]on a 15 yard scorin

g strike, the first of Gonzales's two touchdown receptions on the day.
K.C.'s defense came through as Donny Edwards picks off the Tomzak pass and scores from 28 yards out in the second quarter to make it 14-10 and the Chiefs roll 35-19.
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The Washington Redskins will get one of their stiffest tests of the year tomorrow when they travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE!!!!!!!!!]
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[PINNACLE 7503] Don't forget, tomorrow on Your Hometown Station you can catch an NFL double dip. At 1pm, The Charges take on the struggling Dolphins and then at 4, the Jets and the Cowboys battle.
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The Virginia football team is preparing for it's showdown with Illinois in the MicronPC.com Bowl December 30th. [graphic-thomas jones]
But work outs have hardly stopped Thomas Jones from being
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a great role model. UVa's all-time leading rusher thrilled kids from Meriwether Lewis school recently. TJ was presented with a citizenship award for being an outstanding person.
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The Big maroon boys basketball tournament was again the top attraction in Vinton today.
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Glenvar coach Rick Crotts had his game face on before his team's battle with Floyd County in a three rivers match up.

In the first quarter, The Highlanders go on an early run, capped off by Keith Haynes elbow jumper to put Glenavr up by six.
Haynes would do more damage, this time he goes inside and scores with the power lay up.
[SUPER=33-Glenvar/ /Floyd County/ ;]Floyd would answer. Aaron Summers slices through the middle and rips rope with t

he pull up J to.
Then, Levy Cox dives for the loose ball, Summers gets the steal and the stat, but Glenavr wins it ___to___.

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The Roanoke College men's basketball team is off for the Holidays. And this year the players can enjoy their Christmas break with a near perfect record and the top spot in the ODAC standings.
Roy Stanley has more.
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((This time last year, The Maroons were not able to celebrate the holiday with much spirit.
When Christmas came around, The Maroons were 1 and 6 and not in the mood for the celebration.)) ((JASON STRICKLAND/MAROONS FORWARD:)) ((But when the Maroons returned from Christmas break they posted a strong second half finish.
Over the final 17 games last year, Roanoke posted an 11 and 6 record. That confidence has carried over to this season. Roanoke is 7 and 1 including a perfect 4 and 0 record in the conference.)) ((PAGE MOIR/MAROONS HEAD COACH:)) ((ALEX PHILLIPS/MAROONS CENTER:)) ((The Maroons return to action at the Bast Center January fourth and fifth for the Domino's Lewis Gale Classic.
Roy Stanley News & sports.))
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