After weeks in Israeli jails, an area peace activist is home tonight.
That story tops News 7 at Six.
And all across the Commonwealth, Virginians remember the servicemen and women who died for their country.
Tonight on the Big 7 - Memorial Day baseball from the big leagues - an Indy win that is upheld, and another lacrosse title for Syracuse.
And Pete Sampras must have a cookout to get to tonight - he is ousted in round one of the French Open.
Strong thunderstorms move through the region as weak frontal boundary stalls out nearby. We'll look at the latest doppler images and check out the entire forecast coming up....
News 7 at Six is next.
[IN Q=It's great to see my family again]
[OUT Q=Palestine in the way that I did.]
Peace activist Nathan Musselman arrives in western Virginia, after three and a half weeks in Israeli prisons.
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Keith and Shannon are off tonight.
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Musselman was detained with other activists May 2nd during the stand-off at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
As he returned to Roanoke this afternoon, Musselman said he has no regrets about his involvement... but disappointment with the way he left the middle east.
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Joe Dashiell was at the airport... as family and friends welcomed him home.
Jean, it was an emotional reunion...
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a reunion that came after more three weeks of uncertainty for Musselman and his supporters here at home.
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[IN Q=Nathan Musselman's return]
[SUPER=01-Nathan Musselman/Peace Activist; :20]
[SUPER=01-Neal Musselman/Father; :52]
[SUPER=01-Karin Musselman/Mother; 1:07]
[OUT Q=that he was actually coming home.]
((Nathan Musselman's return to Roanoke brought tears from his parents... and applause from his friends who had waited anxioulsy for news of his release.
A year and half since he last set foot in western Virginia and after 24 days in Israeli prisons, Musselman was happy to be here... but says he also carries a sense of personal loss.
[IN Q=I don't have any regrets]
[OUT Q=very sad for me.]
Musselman remains highly critical of the Israeli occupation, but says his agenda was to promote non-violent alternatives to the conflict there.
His parents support his goals, but today were simply relieved to have have him home.
[IN Q=We went through a lot of periods]
[OUT Q=it was a day to day thing.]
[IN Q=Neither one of us]
[OUT Q=that he was actually coming home.]))
[LIVE= JoeD /FULL Pulpit]
The Musselmans say they were frustrated with the mixed signals they received from the Israeli government and the U.S. Embassy.
[DOUBLE BOXES=JEan & JoeD /Pulpit;]
But Jean, the family says it is grateful for the help of Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, and Senators John Warner and George Allen, who they say were sensitive and supportive and kept them informed throughout the ordeal.
Among the many Memorial Day ceremonies held across Southwest and Central Virginia today, one in Roanoke took on added meaning this year.
Roanoke native Daniel McArthur Young was killed at the Pentagon during the September 11th attacks.
His family and dozens of Veterans gathered in Lee Plaza to pay respects.
As Jennifer Miele reports, today's service brought out feelings that some weren't aware they had.
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[IN Q=Nat sound]
[SUPER=01-Felicia Young/Young's Widow;:20]
[OUT Q=JM News 7 Roanoke.]
(([NAT SOUND OF TAPS]
Taps has an entirely new meaning for the family of Roanoke native Donald McArthur Young.
They lost him in attack on the Pentagon.
But the music brings his memory to mind and tears to their eyes.
((HE WAS A GOOD MAN, A GOOD HUSBAND. IT'S JUST HARD. I'M TAKING IT ONE DAY AT A TIME.))
Some say the mood at today's memorial day ceremony in Roanoke was unlike that of any before.
The terrorist attacks sparked new feelings of patriotism in America's youth, and a sense of self importance in our Veterans.
((WE REALLY DO HAVE A GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE GROWN UP WITHOUT THOSE KINDS OF EXPERIENCES AND IT HAS BEEN A WAKE UP CALL TO YOUNGER GENERATIONS TO RECOGNIZE OUR FREEDOM ISN'T FREE AND WE CAN'T TAKE SECURITY FOR GRANTED.))
Young was a high school football star at William Fleming High School.
He rose to the rank of Chief Information Specialist in the Navy.
Young was a week away from turning 42 when he died, and just three days away from taking vacation with his wife.
In honor of Young's 20 years of service to the Navy, the city presented his widow with a key to Roanoke.
((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING:DONALD YOUNG'S NAME NOW APPEARS ON THE WAR MEMORIAL WALL OF HONOR. COMMUNITY LEADERS SAY HIS NAME IS WORTHY OF REMEMBRANCE BECAUSE ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY AND ALL OF THOSE TO COME, BECAUSE HE DIED SO THAT WE MAY BE FREE. JENNIFER MIELE, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
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The events of September 11th were on the minds of many gathered this morning at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond.
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[IN Q=I think the]
((PAT O'HARE/KOREAN WAR VETERAN; I THINK THE GULF WAR STARTED THIS COMEBACK IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT A COMEBACK. BUT 9-11 HAS JUST HEAPED ON TOP OF IT, BECAUSE THEY HIT MY HOME))
[SUPER=01-Pat O'Hare/Korean War Veteran; ]
[OUT Q=hit my home.]
Virginia was the second state targeted by terrorists when they attacked nearly nine months ago.
Hundreds gathered at Victory Stadium this Memorial Day to create a human flag.
Here's a picture of it...
Q-99 D-J's Dick Daniels and David Page got a call from a viewer who came up with the idea.
For the last month, the station put the word out to show up.
Six hundred people held up either a red, white or blue piece of poster board to create the giant flag.
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[IN Q=A listener from]
((DICK DANIELS: A LISTENER FROM MARTINSVILLE CALLED US WITH THE IDEA AFTER SEPTEMBER 11TH. WE WEREN'T ABLE TO GET IT TOGETHER BUT WE HAD THE IDEA IN OUR FILE CABINET AND DECIDED MEMORIAL DAY WHAT A PERFECT DAY.))
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((DAVID PAGE: GETTING ACTUAL POSTER BOARD TOGETHER PUTTING TOGETHER AN ACTUAL GRID TOOK TIME A LOT OF PLANNING AND COORDINATION.))
[SUPER=01-Dick Daniels/Q-99 D. J.; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Page/Q-99 D. J.; :14]
Daniels and Page say the symbolic significance of the flag has renewed itself since the September 11th attacks.
Though they are pleased with the turnout, they don't plan to make this an annual event.
Families dealing with mental illness have a new place to turn in the New River Valley.
That's next on News 7 at Six.
And from Landfill to Links... we'll hear more about the plan to develop an old area garbage dump into a golf course.
Some community services in the New River Valley have a new home.
Last week, an open house highlighted the brand new location for adult and family services.
The Radford facility houses four-programs for people with mental illness.
Services include a clubhouse and resource center as well as medical and psychiatric care.
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[IN Q=each of]
((DENNIS CROPPER/ADULT & FAMILY SERVICES DIRECTOR; EACH OF THESE PROGRAMS HAD BEEN IN SEPARATE FACILITIES IN VERY INADEQUATE SPACE, VERY CRAMPED, OLD SPACE OLD EQUIPMENT WE HAD TO FIND SOME WAY OF GETTING THEM SPACE THAT WOULD HELP SERVICE THE CLIENTS TO MEET THEIR NEEDS BETTER. ))
[SUPER=01-Dennis Cropper/Adult & Family Services Director;]
[OUT Q=NEEDS BETTER.]
Cropper says the centralization of services helps save money.
The building started welcoming clients in April. The open house is in celebration of Mental Health Month.
Thirty acres of unused land in Roanoke could be turned into a state of the art golfing facility.
The Scott Robertson Memorial Fund approached the city with the idea of building a clubhouse, driving range, teaching area and several golf holes at the East Gate Park.
The plans do not include changing the existing park amenities... which will still be open to the public.
These include a playground, rest rooms and a basketball court.
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((GARY HEGNER/PARKS AND GROUNDS SUPERINTENDENT - WE'RE HOPING IT WILL BE OPEN TO THE YOUNGER MORE UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS THAT DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY GOLF AT SOME POINT. THERE WILL BE A FEE FOR OLDER ADULTS THAT CAN AFFORD TO PLAY. AND THEN SOME SORT OF BREAK FOR SENIOR CITIZENS.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Hegner/Parks and Grounds Superintendent]
[OUT Q=for senior citizens]
The plans for the golfing facility have not been set in stone... but Roanoke's planning commission unanimously approved the proposal.
The Stock Market was closed today in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
Still ahead, the story of the Man Who Moved the Mountain- moves into the spotlight.
We'll explain when News 7 returns.
The Reverend Bob Childress is well- known in western Virginia, for the six stone churches his congregations built in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick Counties. He was the subject of the book, "The Man Who Moved a Mountain."
More than 45-years after Childress' death, a new play is bringing the story to a new audience. and Joe Dashiell reports it is making a fresh impact on the communities where he lived.
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[IN Q=OPENS ON NAT SOUND OF PLAY]
[SUPER=01-Fred Brim/Clark's Creek Church; 1:05]
[SUPER=01-Joseph Maiolo/Playwright; 2:04]
[SUPER=01-Michael Patton/"Bob Childress"; 2:26 QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Jo Burke/Director; 2:30 QUICK!]
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(( Long before "The Man Who Moved a Mountain" reached the stage of the June Bug Center in April, all eight performances were sold out.
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[IN Q=Just so you'll know]
((JUST SO YOU'LL KNOW THIS IS NOT MY IDEA. MY FRIENDS THEY'VE BEEN URGING ME FOR YEARS TO WRITE THE STORY OF MY LIFE. I TRIED TO TELL THEM THAT LIFE IS IN THE LIVING NOT IN THE TELLING.))
[OUT Q=not in the telling.]
An adaptation of Richard Davids' book, the production tells the story of Bob Childress, from his rabble rousing youth, to his religious awakening, and his return to Buffalo Mountain as a Presbyterian Minister.
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[IN Q=It has landed, landed landed]
((IT HAS LANDED, LANDED, LANDED, REVEREND CHILDRESS. IT HAS LANDED, LANDED, LANDED REVEREND CHILDRESS.))
[OUT Q=Reverend Childress.]
Deacon Fred Brim and other members of Clark's Creek Progressive Primitive Baptist Church were there on opening night, invited to sing during intermission.
Brim and other members of the congregation met Childress fifty three years ago, when he visited their Patrick County church and invited the choir to sing in his.
[SOT FRED BRIM]
[IN Q=Do you know what he was doing]
((FRED BRIM: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HE WAS DOING, BECAUSE HE WAS A CHRISTIAN MAN. HE WAS A MAN THAT FEARED GOD. AND HE SAID LOOK, IT'S TIME FOR US TO PUT AWAY OUR COLOR, PUT IT AWAY AND LET'S SERVE GOD TOGETHER. AND FROM THAT DAY ON WE HAD A WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIP.))
[OUT Q=had a wonderful relationship.]
The production was also a personal milestone for playwright Joseph Maiolo. Born in West Virginia, and raised in
the coalfields of southwestVirginia, the Minnesota college professor acquired the rights to the story.
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He has spent more than a decade working toward a feature film and a documentary, but the play he wrote with colleague Tom Isbell was the first to make it into production.
[SOT JOE MAIOLO SPEAKING TO CAST MEMBERS 01:12:26]
[IN Q=YOU ARE MY FIRST FAMILY]
((YOU ARE MY FIRST FAMILY. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, OR WHOEVER PLAYS, OR ANYTHING ELSE IN ANY OF THESE ENDEAVORS, YOU ARE THE ONES THAT CREATED IT AND IT'S MY FIRST PLAY.))
[OUT Q=and it's my first play.]
Members of the Childress family, including three of Bob Childress' children were also in the audience... son Brian joined the actors on stage for one of their final curtain calls.
[SOT OF ACTOR & DIRECTOR]
[IN Q=There were a lot]
((MICHAEL PATTON/"BOB CHILDRESS": THERE WERE A LOT OF THE CHILDRESS FAMILY HERE AND THEY SEEMED TO BE PLEASED, SO THAT WAS A WONDERFUL FEELING. AND OUR DIRECTOR'S HAPPY, SO THAT'S THE GREATEST THING.))
((JO BURKE/DIRECTOR: IT WAS VERY GOOD. I'M VERY PLEASED WITH IT. VERY PROUD OF EVERYBODY. AND VERY GRATEFUL.))
[OUT Q=and very grateful.]
The show was presented by the Jacksonville Center, located in a former dairy barn on the outskirts of Floyd, the building awaits major renovations and new life as a creative arts center.
And if organizers have their way, the world premiere won't be the final performance here.
[NAT SOUND OF PLAY]
They hope to build an amphitheater and bring the show back as an outdoor drama, that would continue to tell the story of "The Man Who Moved a Mountain," for many years to come.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Floyd))
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - big league Memorial day highlights, notes from the Avs as they return home, a look at the national lacrosse championship -
And the Indy Racing League's Spiderman climbs the walls today hoping that his Indy 500 victory will not be overturned.
What would Memorial day be without some big league baseball.
The Braves hosted the Montreal Expos today at Turner Field in a battle of red, white and blue clad teams.
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As you would expect there was plenty of patriotic color and plenty of hotdogs for everyone.
Bobby Cox wore his red, white and blue hat, while this man obviously was the subject of a cruel practical joke.
Tom Glavine was no joke against Montreal.
He improved his record this season to 8-and-2 as he struck out eight Montreal batters and tossed a complete game five hitter.
It's his 22nd career win against the Expos.
Atlanta wins the game five to nothing.
Also this afternoon the Marlins have beaten the Mets 5-to-3.
And Detroit knocked off Cleveland 4-to-1.
The Salem Avalanche returns home tonight to battle the Wilmington Blue Rocks as the team begins a seven night home stand.
Two new players will be in uniform tonight. Pitchers Brian Brantley and Chuck Crowder have joined the team. Brantley is from Chesapeake and played at ODU.
Tonight's game against the Blue Rocks gets underway at 7:05 and do not leave early tonight.
Fireworks are scheduled for the postgame to celebrate the Salem Bicentennial.
The NCAA men's lacrosse championship was decided this afternoon as Syracuse avenged last year's loss to Princeton with a heart stopping 13-to-12 win.
This marks the third straight year that Princeton and Syracuse have played for the national title.
Syracuse was after its seventh national title and the Cuse would take a 13-to-12 lead on the Tigers late in the fourth quarter.
Princeton then really gave the game away.
Watch them make the game harder than it has to be as Brad Dumont misfires on the behind the head shot that would have tied the game.
Then Princeton had the ball for the final shot, but they were dazed and confused and never even got a shot on goal.
Their coach is stunned, Syracuse is thrilled claiming its second national title in the last three years with the 13-to-12 win.
And California captured the NCAA softball title this afternoon as the Golden Bears beat Arizona 6-to-nothing in Oklahoma City.
Wildcats senior star Jennie Finch gave up all six runs.
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The Indy Racing League has certified the results of yesterday's Indy 500 - thus rejected the protest of second place finisher Paul Tracy.
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Unlike NASCAR - IRL drivers cannot pass for position under the caution as they head back to the start - finish line.
Tracy thought he had passes Castroneves before the light came out, but after review the IRL has decided there is no conclusive evidence to support his claim.
Helio Castroneves officially gets his second straight Indy 500 win.
Venus Williams won today at the French Open but a fellow American on the men's side was not as lucky.
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Pete Sampras lost his first round match today in Paris losing to a player he was previously unbeaten against - Italy's Andrea Gaudenzi.
Sampras lost in four sets.
He was the 12th seed going into the only Grand Slam event he has never won.
If there was any question that Sampras is in the twilight of his career consider that he has now played in 28 straight tournaments without a title.
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Roanoke Steam quarterback Chris Sanders left for Nashville yesterday. The NFL Tennessee Titans are giving their former draft pick another chance to make the team.
Sanders was cut by Tennessee after a couple of preseason games last year. Sanders has proved to be a quick study, tossing 10 TD passes with no interceptions in three games with Roanoke's Arena football2 team, which he says has given him what he needs to make it at the ultimate football level.
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[SUPER=01-Chris Sanders/Tennessee Titans Quarterback; :00]
[OUT Q=......four or five thousand snaps"]
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The Steam, which is now 4 and 4, is on the road the next three weeks. The team's next home game is not until Saturda
y June 22nd against Carolina.