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A Virginia Tech student dies after falling from his dorm window.
Hundreds of gay activists are met by protesters in Lynchburg today.
Investigators may have found the cause of Thursday's massive fire in Roanoke.
And, a bittersweet night in Salem for fans of the Statler Brothers.
News 7 is next.
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Gay activists rally in Lynchburg today to announce a permanent presence in Central Virginia.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Lynchburg had never seen anything like it before.
Hundreds of gays and lesbians gathered in Riverside Park for the Hill City's first-ever gay pride festival.
But as Steve Smallshaw reports, not everyone was rolling out the welcome mat.
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[SUPER=01-Mel White/Soulforce President; :52]
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(( [SOT 13:08:36]
((AND I'M PROUD OF BEING A GAY MAN. THAT'S WHAT TODAY IS ALL ABOUT, IT IS A CELEBRATION.))
It was a day for pride and proselytizing.
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((GOD HATES HOMOSEXUALITY! HE SAYS IT'S SIN!))
About 200 gay men and women from around the country gathered for Soulforce's first gay pride event in Lynchburg.
They heard speakers, listened to music and shared information all while doing their best to ignore protesters who were doing THEIR best to disrupt things.
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((GOD HAS GIVEN YOU OVER TO THIS TO SHAME YOU.. TO SAY COME TO YOUR SENSES))
Soulforce is here, organizers say, to show Lynchburg residents that homosexuals are people too: they are family, friends and neighbors.
((REV. ROGER ZIMMERMAN/FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH: WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEEK TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS AS GOD HAS CREATED THEM. AND WE WILL SEEK TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS AND NOT JUDGE OUR NEIGHBORS AND NOT SET UP BARRIERS.))
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((MEL WHITE/SOULFORCE: WE BELIEVE THAT THE PEOPLE OF LYNCHBURG WILL COME AROUND AND KNOW THAT GAYS ARE JUST AS GOOD A NEIGHBOR AS ANYBODY.))
[OUT Q=as anybody.]
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((REPENT OR PERISH!))
But their presence drew about forty anti-gay activists who say they have the Bible on their side.
((REV. RICHARD KNODEL/ANTI-GAY ACTIVIST: WE'RE OUT HERE TRYING TO SPEAK THE WORD OF CHRIST, TRYING TO CHALLENGE THESE PEOPLE AND REALLY TRYING TO INVITE THEM TO THE GOSPEL AND TRYING TO INVITE THEM TO CHRIST BECAUSE THERE ARE BROKEN PEOPLE HERE, VERY BROKEN, AND PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY DEPRESSED, BUT AS LONG AS THEY'RE CAUGHT UP IN THIS DELUSION, THEY'LL NEVER FIND THEIR WAY OUT OF THE LABYRINTH OF THEIR PROBLEMS.))
[OUT Q=of their problems.]
On Sunday, both sides take their message to the sidewalks in front of Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Organizers also plan to make the gay pride rally an annual event in the Hill City.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
A Virginia Tech freshman fell to his death this evening.
Tech officials say Ryan Evans fell from his dorm window on the seventh floor of Lee Hall around five- forty.
Evans was a freshman business major from Stafford, Virginia.
Virginia Tech police say neither alcohol nor foul play are suspected.
Investigators are closer to determining the cause of that massive warehouse fire in downtown Roanoke this week.
The fire broke out just before two Thursday afternoon in the 300 block of Salem Avenue, next to the Transportation Museum.
This morning, demolition crews came in and knocked down the back wall.
Crews then pulled out chunks of debris and extinguished the fire which was going strong in the basement.
Fire investigators then entered the building to try to determine the cause.
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((MARLAN MORRIS/FIRE MARSHALL: THERE ARE A NUMBER POSSIBILITIES. WE ARE LOOKING AT THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ELECTRICAL MALFUNCTION OR JUST DON'T KNOW FOR SURE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE OTHERS WERE NOT IN THE BUILDING THAT MAY HAVE BEEN BUSY WITH SOME PROCESS THAT COULD HAVE SOMEHOW CAUSED THE FIRE.))
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Investigators believe the fire started in the basement in back of the building.
Demolition crews will be back on Monday to knock down the remaining walls.
Salem Avenue will remain closed until at least Monday between third and fourth Street but the sidewalk will remain open.
As the sniper investigation deepens, the motive for the murders is still in question.
But messages left as the shooting scenes-- could hold some clues.
Jennifer Miller has more from Rockville, Maryland.
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((LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCES ARE REVEALING MORE ABOUT THE WRITTEN MESSAGES
LEFT BEHIND AT SOME OF THE SNIPER SHOOTINGS.
THE AUTHOR MIGHT HAVE BORROWED PHRASES FROM THE FIVE PERCENT NATION, A
MOVEMENT THAT TEACHES, THE BLACK MAN IS GOD -- AND IS OFTEN SYMBOLIZED
BY FIVE STARS.
IN THIS NOTE, THERE ARE STRIKING SIMILARITIES.
INVESTIGATORS SEEMED TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE GROUP'S PHRASES, AS
THEY TRIED TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE KILLER.
CG: LAST WEDNESDAY (CHIEF MOOSE SPEAKING) "Our word is our bond..."
'WORD IS BOND' ..IS A FIVE PERCENTER PHRASE, COMMONLY USED IN HIP-HOP
INVESTIGATORS WON'T SAY WHETHER THEY ARE LOOKING INTO A CONNECTION.
SATURDAY, THE INVESTIGATION WENT DEEPER.
WHILE SUSPECTS JOHN ALLEN MUHAMMAD AND JOHN LEE MALVO SAT BEHIND
(nats...osbourne, cop car)
.....THE FBI ZEROED IN ON A THIRD MAN.
NATHANIEL OSBOURNE WAS NAMED A MATERIAL WITNESS, HE CO-OWNED THE CAR
POLICE SAY WAS USED IN THE SHOOTING SPREE.
INVESTIGATORS WILL LIKELY QUESTION HIM ABOUT A HOLE IN THE TRUNK, THEY
SAY MIGHT HAVE GIVEN THE HIDING SNIPER A LINE OF SIGHT, TO FIRE ON 13
MARYLAND BUS DRIVER CONRAD JOHNSON WAS THE LAST TO DIE....
(nats - funeral..) LOCATOR: SILVER SPRING, MD
THE FAMILY MAN, WHO LOVED BASKETBALL, WAS REMEMBERED SATURDAY AT A
POIGNANT FUNERAL, WHERE - SOME OF THE SAME OFFICERS WHO TRIED TO FIND
HIS KILLER -- PAID THEIR RESPECTS.
SUNDAY OSBOURNE IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN COURT ON A MATERIAL WITNESS
WARRANT. PROSECUTORS WHO WANT TO MORE ABOUT THE CAR TURNED KILLING
MACHINE WILL LIKELY REQUEST HE BE DETAINED FOR QUESTIONING.
JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS, ROCKVILLE, MD.))
A man wanted in connection with a Campbell County bank robbery is behind bars.
32- year old Kevin Vaden Williams is now in police custody.
He's accused of robbing the B-B and T bank on Timberlake Road on Wednesday.
Authorities say several people recognized Williams from a security camera photo released to the media on Wednesday.
A controversial plan to move a historic farm museum at Ferrum College may be shelved.
A large grocery store has expressed interest in building on the spot now occupied by the Blue Ridge Institute Farm Museum.
Justin McLeod headed out to the annual Folklife Festival to see what the college plans to do next.
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((((NAT SOUND OF FOLK MUSIC AROUND 17:45:00))
Once a year, regional traditions come alive here on the campus of Ferrum College.
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF CHAIN SAW SCULPTURE AT 17:52:12))
It's all part of the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.
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((STEPHANIE YOUNG: I LOVE IT. I COME EVER YEAR.))
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So do a lot of people.
Each year the festival attracts more than 15-thousand people.
One popular exhibit always is the Blue Ridge Institute Farm Museum.
It's future however has been in doubt.
The school has considered moving the museum to another location to make way for a grocery store.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: LAST MAY, THE COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MET AND DECIDED TO PUT OFF THE VOTE AT LEAST FOR NOW. THEY FIRST WANTED TO SCHOOL'S NEW PRESIDENT TO COME ON BOARD AND GIVE HER OPINIONS. AND IT APPEARS SHE HAS DONE EXACTLY THAT.))
[OUT Q=done exactly that]
((NAT SOUND OF COLLEGE PRESIDENT TALKING TO STUDENTS))
Jennifer Braaten became president of Ferrum in July.
She says her decision is based on input from the college and the community.
[IN Q=I don't see any]
((JENNIFER BRAATEN/COLLEGE PRESIDENT: I DON'T SEE ANYIMMEDIATE FUTURE CHANGES AT ALL. THIS IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF WHO WE ARE AS FERRUM COLLEGE AND THAT SENSE PRESERVING THE LEGACY, THE TRADITION, JUST THAT'S JUST A REAL ASSET TO OUR CAMPUS SO I DON'T SEE IT MOVING WE'RE HAPPY WITH IT HERE.))
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Also happy with it here is the student body.
Many came to Ferrum because of its rural setting.
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((PHILLIP COPLEY/FERRUM STUDENT: IT WOULD RUIN THE SCENERY. IT WOULD RUIN THE LANDSCAPE. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS I CHOSE TO COME HERE TO FERRUM.))
[OUT Q=here to Ferrum]
For now it appears the museum is staying put and will continue to be a fixture at the annual folklife festival.
But the Board of Trustees will have the final say, and they're scheduled to vote on the proposal November first.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Franklin County.))
Still to come on News 7 at 11, could a former Vice President replace Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone's name on the b
and dozens of hostages are killed while the siege at a Russian theater comes to a bloody end.
The seige at a Russian theater came to an end today.
Early this morning-- Russian special forces stormed the theater freeing hundreds of hostages.
Elizabeth Sanchez has more.
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Nat gunfire and explosives:
The sound of gunfire and explosives filled Moscow's night sky ....
signaling the end of a theater siege. After pumping gas into the
theater, Russian officials say special forces stormed in. They say they
had no choice but to attack the gunmen after they killed two hostages
just before dawn. The Chechen rebels took over the theater on Wednesday
night and threatened to kill all hostages unless Russia ended its war in
Chechnya. Authorities say all of the Chechen rebels were captured or
killed in the raid. On Russian television you could see the bodies of
the dead including the leader of the rebels. Some of the hostage takers
died with bombs strapped to their bodies. Dozens of hostages died in
the raid as well. Russian officials say the American hostages are alive,
but that has not been confirmed by the state department or other
independent sources. And so far, the Americans have not been located.
Alexander Vershbow: The United States Ambassador to Russia: This
hostage taking was clearly a terrorist act. The United States condemns
terrorism in the strongest possible terms wherever it occurs. There can
be no justification for kidnapping and killing innocent civilians.
12:53:20 - 12:53:36
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited freed hostages in the hospital.
Some suffered from gas poisoning.
Putin apologized for not being able to save all of the hostages.
Elizabeth Sanchez, CBS news.
The bodies have been recovered..
But the investigation into the cause of the crash which took the life of Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone will be more
difficult than previously thought.
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Officials say the plane did not have a voice recorder or flight data recorder.
Investigators have also been able to determine the plane was not aligned to the runway when it crashed yesterday killing Wellstone and seven others.
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((THERE IS EVIDENCE OF AN INTENSE POST CRASH FIRE. THE FUSELAGE IS DESTROYED. THE COCKPIT IS GONE. THE LEFT WING IS BADLY BURNED. THE RIGHT WING IS QUITE DAMAGED. THE TAIL IS ABOUT TWO THIRDS INTACT. ))
[OUT Q=two thirds intact.]
Minnesota Democrats are hoping former Vice President Walter Mondale will replace Wellstone in the upcoming Senate elec
Still to come on News 7 at 11, the Bedford Sheriff's office hopes a state grant will rev up their efforts to catch drunk drivers.
and they've toured the world for nearly 40 years now, but now the Statler Brothers say they are officially retired. We'll have more from tonight's final concert, coming up.
According to the numbers, more than 5-thousand developmentally disabled Virginians are looking for a place to call home.
In Lynchburg, the United Methodists are doing their part to make that dream come true.
Ground was broken today for "Heart Havens", a residential home for mentally retarded adults whose families can no longer care for them.
The facility is located next to Heritage United Methodist Church on Leesville Road and will eventually house five disabled residents.
Organizers raised more than 300-thousand dollars in less than a year to get construction under way.
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((JOE WILLS/LYNCHBURG U.M.M. PRESIDENT: WE HAVE 175 THOUSAND ON DEPOSIT. SO WE FEEL LIKE WE'VE GOT MORE THAN ENOUGH TO BUILD A HOME AND PROBABLY OPERATE IT FOR THREE TO SIX MONTHS.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Wills/Lynchburg United Methodist Men]
[OUT Q=three to six months.]
Heart Havens operates nine other homes around the state.
The facility, which will be non-denominational, should be finished by next March.
Sometimes being among the worst can make you the best.
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That's the case in Bedford County where the sheriff's department picked up a check for 15-thousand dollars this week to help combat driving and boating under the influence.
The money comes from the Department of Motor Vehicles.. Bedford was chosen in part because it has seen a high number of fatal drunk driving accidents in recent years.
The money will help pay for traffic enforcement like D-U-I checkpoints over the next twelve months.
A legendary country act from our area called it quits this evening after nearly 40 years of touring.
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The Statler Brothers played Salem tonight as the last stop on their "Farewell Tour."
The group announced in January that they were retiring from touring after tonight's show.
The band is retiring to spend more time at their homes near Staunton, after forming the band in 1964.
But, the music will live on. Harold and Don Reid's sons, Langdon and Wil have recently signed a record deal with Scream Records.
Their band, called Grandstaff, is expected to release their first album in February.
For the second straight week - the third ranked Hokies did just enough to get by.
Mike Stevens and photographer Greg Moore have the story of Tech's 20-to-10 victory over Temple.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :50]
[SUPER=01-Lee Suggs/47 Yards on 19 Carries; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Doug Easlick/Virginia Tech Fullback; 1:34]
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In its recent six game winning streak, the Virginia Cavaliers have made a habit of falling behind early only to come back in the second half. Today at Georgia Tech, Al Groh and company hoped they could get off to a good start for a change.
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Groh wasn't happy though and here's why.
Tennessee transfer A-J Suggs has all day to throw before hitting Gary Watkins in the endzone and the Ramblin' Wreck led it 23 to nothing at halftime.
Here we go again. Matt Schaub fires to Jason Snelling for 12 yards and a score and it was 23 to 7.
Schaub added this 8 yard touchdown run on the draw play with two minutes left. The two point conversion
was good and Virginia was within 8, but that's as close as the Hoos would get. Ga. Tech hangs on to win it 23 to 15. The home team has now won 7 straight in the series.
The VMI Keydets went after their third straight win this afternoon in a game that was a preview of what's to come next season when VMI enters the Big South Conference.
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Ken Karcher, the former backup to John Elway in Denver brought his Liberty Flames to Lexington this afternoon.
But it wasn't a fun trip over the mountain. The Keydets lit up the scoreboard plenty in the first half. Check out Sean Mizzer as he takes the handoff and busts loose for a 45 yard gain just before the half down to the Liberty 14 yard line.
Three plays later, Joey Gibson throws a strike to Pedro Garcia in the endzone and VMI led it 28 to 7 at halftime.
The Flames try to get back in it in the second half. William Haith reads Gibson like a book and he takes the pick back the other way, 65 yards to the house and Liberty trailed by just two scores at 28-14.
T.J.Snelling then put this one on ice for VMI. Snelling walks in for the touchdown. He rushed for 125 yards and the Keydets move
to five and four on the season beating up on Liberty 38 to 14.
Just up the street from Alumni Field, Washington and Lee picked up its third win of the season, beating Sewanee.
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Today's contest marked the 52nd meeting between the two schools.
Sean McGarvey got the Generals party started, hooking up with Jon Brimer on this 20 yard touchdown pass and W & L led 6-nothing after the first quarter.
A little later, McGarvey puts it up again, this time for Dyllan Rankin. The play goes for 21 yards and a score making it an 18 to nothing lead. McGarvey threw for 301 yards and three TD's.
The two point conversion to Patrick Neuman was good and Washington and Lee goes on to beat Sewanee
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by a final of 26 to 14.
[WIPE to ENG!!]
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The biggest game in the top 25 today saw Notre Dame stay unbeaten as the Irish took care of Florida State
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behind 185 yards passing and two touchdowns from Carlyle Holiday. Notre Dame also forced four Seminole turnovers in a 34 to 24 win.
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In Morgantown, Miami pulled away late to beat West Virginia 40 to 23. Ken Dorsey threw for a career high 422 yards and the Canes extended the nation's longest winning streak to 29 games.
Jamie McMurray got his first Winston Cup win two weeks ago in Charotte. And although he did things backwards, he also now owns a Busch Series victory.
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McMurray led just the final lap of today's Aaron's 312 in Atlanta taking the lead when defending race winner Joe Nemechek ran out of gas coming to the white flag. McMurray goes to victory lane in his 66th series start.
Game Six of the World Series is still ongoing as we speak. The Giants are trying to close out the Angels and right now San Fran leads Anaheim 5 to 4 in the 8th inning. Shawon Dunston and Barry Bonds have each homered as the Giants close in on their first World Series title since 1954. Scott Spezio has a dinger for the Angels as does Darin Erstad.