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A popular S-U-V is under fire today... reports say a defect could cause crashes.
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From sea to shining sea, America celebrates her independence.
Highlight from across the country are coming up on News 7 at Five.
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Once again, nature tries to outdo the fireworks with her own show in the sky. Details coming up.

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In healthcheck, find out how you can protect your skin by simply changing the color of your clothes.
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And just two days after implanting the first-ever self-contained artificial heart in a dying man... doctors say they're hopeful he might one day leave the hospital on his own.
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And an Independence Day celebration for American tennis star Andre Agassi.
News 7 at Five is next.

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From drums and bugles.. to people clad in stars and stripes.
America celebrates her Independence.
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Good evening...

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With the cookouts and beach trips.. it's easy sometimes to forget what the 4th of July is really all about....
But look around the nation today- and it's clear many are celebrating American independence.
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((225 years of independence for America.... In the Nation's capital... song helped praise the nation... along with a glimpse of the Declaration of independence.
It was raised from its floor vault to the display case-
It's the last time the historic document along with the bill or rights.. will be on display for awhile- because the rotunda where they're housed is undergoing renovations.
The national archives says the declaration has faded because of poor preservation techniques of the 19th century.

He has refused... right to represent in the legislature.
And while some dressed in period garb and recited words from the day.... others reminded us never to take our freedom for granted
U-N secretary general Kofi Annan... accepted Philadelphia's medal of ..... and said Independence Day in America inspires other nations to strive for freedom. THROUGH LIBERTY IS SECURE ACROSS HE NATION AND MANY OTHERS IT REMAINS A DREAM FOR TOO MANY FELLOW MEN AND WOMEN.))
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More coming up on local celebrations- and where you can see the fireworks tonight.

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At Poplar Forest today... it was a birthday party, a celebration of independence and a solemn anniversary of death ...all in one.
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This is not only the day we celebrate our independence from Great Britain, it is the 175th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's death.
Fittingly enough, Jefferson died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the declaration that declared the colonies free.
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A small cannon was fired to mark the moment of Jefferson's death at 12:50 this afternoon.
The grounds of Jefferson's summer house were filed with 21st century visitors this Fourth of July.
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Preparations are underway at Victory Stadium for this evening's music and fireworks show.
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But getting ready for tonight's "Music for Americans" concert has been a challenge.
A storm rolled through around 3-30, putting a damper on preparations.
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The heavy rain cleared up in about 15 minutes and crews are again hard at work.
The live music begins at eight tonight with fireworks between nine and nine-thirty.
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As long as Mother Nature cooperates, Independence Day will end with a bang in most places.
Here's a list of places where you can see tonight's fireworks. [LIVE PATRIOTIC MUSIC UNDER]


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While lots of people will be watching community-sponsored fireworks tonight, some folks will be setting off their own.
If you are, Steve Pardon has some safety suggestions from the experts.
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Life starts to imitate art for one of the stars of the hit show "The Sopranos."
Find out why the teen who plays A-J Soprano was arrested this morning.
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And the federal government could launch an investigation of Jeep Grand Cherokees... after complaints that they vehicles sometimes automatically shift into reverse.
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More problems with a sport utility vehicle.
This time it is the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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Federal Authorities are reportedly beginning a probe after complaints that the vehicles may suddenly switch into reverse.
Apparently there have been at least 48 complaints involving 1995 to 1999 Grand Cherokees.
Reports say the incidents have led to 32 crashes and 14 injuries.. but no deaths have been reported.
Most of the alleged crashes happened while the vehicle was idling with the gear-shift in the park position.
A spokesman for the car makers says the company is cooperating with the investigation. [30 plus pad]
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He plays a member of a mob family on T-V.
Now one of the Soprano's Actors is in trouble with the law for real.
Kendra Farn has more from New York.
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[NON STANDARD OUTCUE!!] (( Robert Iler, a teen actor who plays "Anthony Soprano Junior" on the HBO program "The Sopranos," was been arrested on robbery and drug possession charges in New York City Wednesday.
The 16-year-old, who lives in Manhattan, was arrested early Wednesday with three other teen-agers after they allegedly demanded money from two boys and robbed them of about forty-dollars on Manhattan's Upper East Side just after midnight.
The victims, one of whom may have been visiting from Brazil, flagged down a police cruiser and drove around the area until identifying Iler and the other three suspects in nearby John Jay Park. All four were held on a robbery charge. Iler also was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said he was to be booked on the charges later Wednesday.))

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Business is booming for a new chapter of the Boys and Girls Club.
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Organizers at the New River Valley location say enrollment in their summer program has tripled over the last two months. With some 120-kids, five days a week are filled with activities and learning. The N-R-V Boys and Girls Club first opened it's doors in February with an after school program.
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Organizers are looking to expand and reach kids in Giles and Pulaski Counties. They say they're always looking for volunteers.
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Still ahead on News 7 at Five, an Independence Day battle at Wimbledon for American Andre Agassi.
Roy Stanley will have highlights.
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And an American tradition takes on some International flavor this morning.
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Her father owns a high-tech Roanoke communications company- she wants to drive a racecar.
Still ahead on News 7, find out how the Kopstein family is mixing business and pleasure at South Boston Speedway.


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And we all know sunscreen protects your skin... but new research says so does the color of your clothes.
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Saving your skin from the suns harmful rays could be as easy as wearing a blue shirt.
That is what some researchers at New York City's medical school recently discovered.
And that's not all.
Terisa Estacio has more.
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((The hot temperatures of summer drive many to seek the cool waters of a pool. But swimming under the suns harmful rays can take its toll, causing sunburns,
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TRACK; Here's why. Researchers at New York University medical school conducted a study looking at the best ways to protect against ultraviolet or UV rays. One study focused on white cotton t-shirts with a UV protection factor or UVPF of 5.
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After five washings, the researchers documented the UV coverage soared by 50 percent- shrinkage allowed less light.
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n.) That raised the shirts UVPF a whopping 407 percent. Add dark blue dye into the mix and the shirts protection factor skyrocketed 544 percent. Dermatologist William Doubleday explains:
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TRACK: Regardless, Experts warn just pulling on a shirt is not enough.
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TRACK; So, to minimize the RED, slather on the white sunscreen and wear that blue shirt, it cant hurt-plus it is that time of year to show off your patriotism. TE. CBS News, Houston))

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Doctors say they're pleased with the progress of a man who's received the first self-contained artificial heart.
In fact, they're hopeful the man will have a productive, ''long-term life."
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Doctors at Jewish Hospital in Louisville had said earlier they expect the artificial heart to extend the man's life by only a month -- and that they're not sure how long it will last.
But today, they said it's possible that the man will be able to leave the hospital someday
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Doctors planned to begin removing the unidentified patient from a ventilator today.
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It was "almost" a NASCAR race that a Roanoke County woman hopes she'll soon forget.
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25-year-old Renee Kopstein was ready to take the wheel for the first time in last night's Goody's Dash race in South Boston, but a "fuel pump leak" threw her for a curve.
Even though her racing career is off to a slow start, Renee says she'll refuel for a fresh start in two weeks in South Carolina.
Renee's father sponsored her car -- he's the CEO of a Roanoke County Fiber Optic Company.
Renee says he's not the only one who thinks she can win.
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Tonight at six, Jennifer Miele will tell you how the wheel's started spinning for Renee Kopstein.
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Thank you Jean and good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Fourth of July 2 minute Ticker.
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American Andre Agassi has moved into the Men's Semifinals at Wimbledon.
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Agassi's lady Steffi Graf checking the action as Nicolas Escude (ehs-koo-Day') gets a message on his thigh before taking the court.
Agassi would drop the first set but rally to win the next three. He completed the match 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and for the third straight year he will face Patrick Rafter in the Semis. Rafter won his match in straight sets.
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Goran Ivanisevic also advanced to the final four. The three time Wimbledon runner up beat Marat Safin in four sets.

The women's semi finals are tomorrow. Defending champion Venus Williams takes on 1999 winner Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Captiati continues her comeback story with a match against Justine Henin.

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Anthony Drakeford has been a familiar site to football fans in Southwest Virginia for some time.
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He suited up first for Ferrum, then the Roanoke Rush and now he's number one for the Steam.
One of the older players on the squad, coach Steven Jerry says he brings stability to the team.
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When he's not practicing to make the big play, Anthony is working at Planned Parenthood as the coordinator for community education.
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The Steam's next game is in Florida against the Firecats Saturday night.
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Highlights from Major League Baseball coming up at six and Jean will be back in a moment.

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America's birthday had a bit of a Japanese influence on Coney Island this morning.
22-year-old Takeru Koayashi swept the annual Nathan's hot dog eating contest today.
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Nathan's bestowed Koayashi with the Mustard Yellow International Belt after he ingested a remarkable 50 hotdogs and buns in 12 minutes, making him the clear victor.
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Nathan's has held the contest since 1916, always at the original Coney Island hot dog stand and always on July 4th.
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This contest is not for tourists though.
Participants must pass a stringent qualification process, resulting in eleven regional champs and four international champs eating their hearts out for a place in the history books.