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Next on News 7 at 5, a message reportedly from Sadam Hussein calls on Iraqis to "martyr" themselves. We'll have the latest.
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Plus we will have more on the life of a local Marine who was killed in Iraq.
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Our breezy weather today is a sign of warmer readings to come. Much closer to 80 than 60 on Wednesday. Details just ahead.

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Also a plane from Tokyo is quarantined after passengers take ill.
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Demonstrators protest outside the Supreme Court as the justices hear an important affirmative action case.
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Plus the search for a basketball coach will continue at Virginia Tech.
News 7 is next.

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U-S officials are again asking: where is Saddam Hussein? The Iraqi leader did not show up to read a statement on Iraqi T-V today. Instead an Iraqi official read the statement.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Donald Rumsfeld says the coalition will settle for nothing less than the unconditional surrender of Iraq.
He's denying rumors that the U-S is in peace negotiations.
Also today coalition forces are closing the circle on Baghdad- That according to Rumsefld who would not reveal when the assault on Baghdad will come.
And then there is the question of Saddam Hussein: is he alive, injured or has he been killed.
Chris Lawrences joins us live from Kuwait with more.
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((With warplanes turning more of Baghdad into rubble. The Iraqi people were promised they would hear from their leader on live TV. He never turned up. Instead, the Information Minister read a statement said to be from Saddam which calls for a holy war against the coalition. Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf, Iraqi Information Minister Fight them for they are evil people US soldiers are fighting Street-to-street...with militants loyal to Saddam. But some local residents have helped the Marines guiding them to Iraqi headquarters. And bombs continue to pound the positions of the Republican Guard. Donald Rumsfeld/Secretary of Defense.
Two hours north of Baghdad U-S planes are targeting a military base in Kifri. While further south Iraqi fighters were killed as they charged into American checkpoints.
Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, Central Command The blood is on the hands of the regime for their decisions and willingness to use the population this way. Checkpoints are a tough issue right after American troops shot and killed seven Iraqi women and children. One embedded journalist reports that soldiers did not give enough warning but commanders say they responded to what they believed to be a legitimate threat. ))

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The parents of a Botetourt County Marine who died in Iraq say he was doing what he loved.
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23-year-old Michael Lalush was killed in a helicopter crash in southern Iraq Sunday.
He was a sergeant and a crew chief who repaired Huey helicopters for the Marines.
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His parents live in Botetourt County. In an off-camera interview, they told News-7 that being a Marine was their son's proudest achievement.
They say Lalush's body will be brought to the United States later this week. He'll be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Lalush moved to western Virginia as a teenager, but quickly adjusted to life at Lord Botetourt High School.
He was remembered there today as a good student who knew where he was headed.
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Lalush graduated from the school in 1997, having decided as a junior to join the Marine Corps.
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Shop teacher Bill Kohler remembers him from the wood technology class that Lalush joined after transferring to the school.
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Though most of the students, and many of the faculty members did not know Lalush, Lord Botetourt principal Alan Brenner says his death has affected the school in a personal way.
The young marine was honored this morning during the pledge of allegiance and a moment of silence. The school plans other recognitions.
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A Lynchburg teenager has agreed to testify against four other men charged with the beating death of Ronald Brooks Junior last year.
In exchange, 19-year-old Quinten Lamont Mosley (MOZE-lee) will have his own murder charge reduced to voluntary manslaughter.
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Mosley and four others are accused of savagely beating Brooks in the 100 block of Jackson Street June 11th.
Police weren't even looking for Mosley when he turned himself in and confessed to kicking Brooks once in the shoulder.
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Prosecutors say Brooks had gone to the area to buy drugs.
Mosley will be sentenced after he testifies against the other four defendants.
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Up next on the newscast, the Supreme Court looks at the subject of Afirmative Action.
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And reports of passengers with symptoms of a respiratory disease leads an American airport to quarantine a flight from Japan.
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An American Airlines flight from Tokyo was quarantined on the airport tarmac today in San Jose, California.
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Five people on the flight reported symptoms that may be associated with a deadly new illness.
The sick included two crew members. All complained of the flu-like symptoms associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome.
Three people were taken to the hospital.
Health officials say the rest will be allowed to go on their way -- but they'll be told to watch for symptoms.
Some fellow passengers believe the whole incident may have been an overreaction.
A couple from Oregon says the three who were taken away had shown no signs of being sick.
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64 people have died from SARS across the globe. While most of the cases are in the Far East, there are 69 suspected cases in 26 states here in the U-S.
Christy Feig has more.
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The debate over Affirmative Action makes its way to the U-S Supreme Court.
For the first time since outlawing quotas decades ago, the high court is considering an affirmative action case involving higher education. Jennifer Miller has more.
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A character actor best known for his work on "Evening Shade" and "Sesame Street" has died.
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Michael Jeter's body was found Sunday in his Hollywood Hills home.
He won an Emmy for his work on the television series ``Evening Shade,'' where he played shrimpy assistant football coach Herman Styles.
His favorite role was on ``Sesame Street,'' where he played the kindly Mr. Noodle.
Jeter was H-I-V-positive. He apparently died of natural causes. An autopsy is planned.
He was 50 years old.
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Don't go anyway. There's more News 7 at 5 to come.
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[VO] After this break, we'll tell you why one man is trying to take a local town back to the stone ages.
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A small town in Rockbridge County is hosting some oversized guests.
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Yesterday, six dinosaur-replicas appeared in near a handful of businesses in Glasgow. The life-sized monsters are the work of local creator Mark Cline, the man behind such attractions as the Natural Bridge Haunted Monster Museum. His wife says it's no accident that April first was chosen as the first full day of display but that there's a serious mission behind the prank.
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Glasgow's Town Manager says he didn't know anything about the dinosaurs until they appeared yesterday but that it's okay with him if they remain. The dinosaurs will stay put for at least two weeks.
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Another contestant is thrown off the "American Idol" show. We'll tell you why a little bit later.
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Plus in Sports, a candidate for Virginia Tech's basketball job backs out of his visit to the campus.
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On Wall Street today, stocks gained ground as bargain hunters went to work following four straight days of losses.
Alexis Christoforous has more in today's Marketwatch.
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Good afternoon everybody.
It appears that the Virginia Tech basketball job is still up for grabs tonight. Rhode Island coach Jim Baron was scheduled to be on campus in Blacksburg today to check tour the campus, instead he's still in Kingston, Rhode Island.
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Sources tell us that Baron's agent Rob Ades (A-dees) is in Rhode Island meeting with the school's athletic director and president in hopes of hammering out a 10 year, $5 million dollar deal. If those kind of numbers don't materialize and Rhode Island can't persuade him to stay - Baron, his wife and two sons may still visit the Tech campus tomorrow. But it may be time to shift to plan C.
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The Martinsville Speedway has made several improvements to the track in recent years to keep up with the changing times. Clay Campbell and company haven't stopped yet as Travis Wells explains from the track.
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The Roanoke College softball team is holding strong as the 13th ranked team in the country in Division III.
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The Maroons are 16 and 3 overall and a solid 5 and 1 in the ODAC, a conference that is extremely tough this season.
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Roanoke is playing a doubleheader with Guilford at this hour at the Moyer Complex. Much more sports at the top fo the hour. Take care everybody and great night. [go to break]

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Another contestant has been fired from the "American Idol" television show.
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Corey Clark was thrown off after the Smoking Gun website revealed he was arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his teenaged sister. He was also charged with resisting arrest for allegedly fighting with the cops.
Fox has issued a statement saying it had not known about Clark's arrest.
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The network says Clark's name was spelled wrong in a police report and, that's why it failed to show up on a background check.
Fox has also thrown off three other contestants this season for things that were missed during background checks.

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A Virginia man has claimed last week's 62-point-four MILLION-dollar Powerball jackpot.
Fifty-year-old Hobert L. Parnell of Rocky Gap was introduced this afternoon during a West Virginia Lottery Commission news conference.
A spokeswoman says Parnell works in Bluefield, WEST Virginia where the ticket was bought.
He decided to be paid in a lump sum of a little over 24-point-five MILLION dollars.
Although West Virginia sells only about three percent of all Powerball tickets, it has had three winning jackpots in the last year.
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