Coming up on News 7 -
Should "the morning after pill" be available on campus? A decision to take it away brings students out in protest.
Plus Beamer ball but not on the football field.
And a man found stuck in an air duct with no clothes on. We'll have details.
News 7 at eleven is Next.
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((48:17 THE OLDEST CHURCH IN DUBLIN IT MEANS A LOT TO THESE PEOPLE MEANS A LOT TO ME. IT'S JUST AWFUL 4822))
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A Dublin community is in shock after a local church catches fire for the second time this month.
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Investigators are now looking into the cause of TWO fires at the Dublin United Methodist church.
The second happened earlier today, just three weeks after the first.
As New River Valley Bureau Chief Myranda Stephens tells us, many people in the community say they want some answers.
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[SUPER=01-Freda Hubble/Former Church Member; :10]
[SUPER=01-Bob Brouse/Church Member; :19]
[SUPER=01-Mary Trueheart/Lives Nearby; :32]
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((Residents in the area stood by in shock as they watched firefighters battle yet another blaze at the Dublin United Methodist Church.
((FREDA: IT'S VERY EMOTIONAL TO SEE THIS AND TO GO THROUGH IT ONCE AND THINK EVERYTHING'S OKAY AND NOW TO HAPPEN AGAIN ONLY IT'S A LOT WORSE 57))
((EVERYBODY'S JUST SHOOK UP AND THIS IS MUCH WORSE THIS TIME THAN THE LAST TIME 4737))
Officials say the fire started around four Monday afternoon, in the oldest section of the church, the same area that caught fire earlier this month.
((WHEN WE GOT DOWN HERE THE FLAMES WAS SHOOTING OUT OF THE TOP OF IT AND FIRE TRUCKS WERE COMING ON AS WE WERE COMING TOO 5033))
It took firefighters more than two hours to put out the blaze, but officials say it may be some time before they can determine what started it or if the fires were connected.
Residents, however, are already calling it suspicious.
((MOSTLY PEOPLE SAYING THAT SOMEONE STARTED IT AND WANTED TO FINISH IT 4407))
(( SOMEONE SICK THEY WOULD HAVE TO 4446THIS CHURCH IS A COMMIUNITY CHURCH HELPS EVERYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY I JUST CAN'T SEE ANYONE TRYING TO DO ANY HARM TO THE CHURCH 4453))
Myranda Stephens, News 7, Dublin.))
The Dublin United Methodist church is one of that oldest in the area, built back in the late 1800s.
A Radford native who has spent his entire adult life working in the federal judicial system is in line to become the newest federal Judge in western Virginia.
Glen Conrad was nominated by President Bush today to the U-S District bench.
Judge Conrad worked briefly as a federal probation officer in Abingdon before being named a U-S Magistrate in 1976. He spent three years in Charlottesville, and has been THE federal magistrate judge in Roanoke since 1981.
Once he's confirmed by the Senate, Judge Conrad will fill the position created when Judge James Turk assumed senior status last year.
One person who achieved senior status long ago as a state senator is no longer serving but he is clearly not forgotten.
Shawsville Democrat Madison Marye retired last summer after serving the 39th Senate district for nearly thirty years.
Tonight a reception at the Art Museum of Western Virginia honored Marye's years of service.
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((MADISON MARYE/RETIRING SENATOR: I MISS BEING ABLE TO STAND UP AND HAVE AN AUDIENCE TO VOICE MY OPINION, BULLY PULPIT JUST TALKING TO MYSELF DOESN'T HELP VERY MUCH SOMETIMES.))
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Marye says he is disappointed that several races including the one to replace Senator Bo Trumbo currently have no Democratic candidates.
Lt. Governor Tim Kaine who was on hand for tonight's reception says there's nothing to worry about it.
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((LT. GOV. TIM KAINE: THERE ARE A COUPLE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED. I KNOW THE GOVERNOR HAS BEEN DILIGENT IN TALKING WITH POTENTIAL CANDIDATES. REDISTRICTING TENDS TO MAKE DISTRICTS PRETTY MUCH ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, BUT WE'LL HAVE A VIGOROUS CAMPAIGN FOR BO'S DISTRICT I AM SURE.))
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Marye says if he knew Bo Trumbo was retiring he would have considered running for Trumbo's seat but says he has no regrets about retiring.
It may have happened hundreds of miles away.
But now a memorial in the Roanoke Valley honors the victims of the 9-11 attacks and the heroic acts that day.
Justin McLeod tells us all about it.
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[SUPER=01-Katie Blackburn/Attendee; :34]
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On a warm bright afternoon, hundreds gathered in Salem to remember America's darkest hour.
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((FLETCHER SMOAK/OLD VIRGINIA BRICK COMPANY: THESE PEOPLE THOUGHT I THINK COULD BREAK OUR SPIRIT MAYBE AND DRAG US INTO SOMETHING CONFLICT, BUT THEY WERE DEAD WRONG.))
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And this memorial proves it.
Old Virginia Brick Company has memorialized the events of 9/11 with twin beams from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.
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Monday afternoon, the community came together to dedicate the memorial.
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((KATIE BLACKBURN: IT WASN'T JUST IN NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON D.C., IT AFFECTED THE WHOLE COUNTRY. PEOPLE'S LIVES WERE LOST AND WE TO REMEMBER THEM HERE JUST AS EVERYWHERE ELSE.))
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And it won't be hard to miss.
The memorial is located on West Main Street in Salem.
The steel beams stand 36 feet tall and on them is a 60 foot flagpole topped with a gold covered eagle.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IN FRONT OF THE MEMORIAL THERE'S THIS PLAQUE WHICH LISTS THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO DIED ON SEPTEMBER 11TH INCLUDING THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, THE PENTAGON, AND THE PLANE THAT CRASHED INTO THE PENNSYLVANIA FIELD. ALSO INCLUDED ON IT IS THE AMOUNT OF FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL WHO DIED THAT DAY TRYING TO RESCUE LIVES.))
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One of those rescuers came all the way from New York to recount his story of survival.
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((CPT. RICHARD RONTANZ/NEW YORK CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT: WHEN YOU START WAKING UP AND YEAH IT WAS HEART WARMING ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU WORK WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, AND IT'S ALL JUST ONE BIG FAMILY.))
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A family that now includes the Roanoke Valley thanks to this memorial.
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It is open to the public each day from dawn until dusk.
It is a place where the public can reflect (SHOT OF GLASSES) and remember America's darkest day but also it's finest hour.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Salem.))
After weeks of military control, Americans and Iraqis have a clear timetable for setting up a new government.
300 Iraqi leaders agreed today to meet in one month-- that's when they will try to set up a road map for a temporary government.
U-S officials say that government could be set up days later.
But the main concern is still restoring basic services to the Iraqi people.
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(( LT. GEN. JAY GARNER/CIVIL ADMINISTRATOR FOR IRAQ; WE HAVE TO HAVE SECURITY AND WE ARE TRYING TO PUT SECURITY THROUGHOUT IRAQ AS WE SPEAK.))
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Some delegates said Shiite Muslim groups, and other groups weren't adequately represented.
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((WE REFUSE ANY ANY GOVERNMENT THAT'S BY THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION.))
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Ever since U-S forces took Baghdad three weeks ago, members of opposition groups that were banned by Saddam's government have been streaming back, hoping to play a role in creating the new leadership.
Speaking to a largely Arab-American audience in Michigan today- President Bush promised Iraq will be democratic.
The President said the U-S will bring prosperity as it rebuilds the former enemy.
He said America pledged to rid Iraq of an oppressive regime and we kept our word.
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((PRESIDENT BUSH: AMERICA NOW PLEDGES TO HELP IRAQ BUILD A PROSPEROUS AND PEACEFUL NATION AND WE WILL KEEP OUR WORD AGAIN. APPLAUSE.))
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The President also said it's time to lift economic sanctions against Iraq calling them pointless. His speech was broadcast throughout the Arab world.
Usually on this date in Iraq, there is a big birthday party.
Today is Saddam Hussein's birthday, but there is no celebration this year.
When his regime came tumbling down so too did plans for the dictators annual birthday party- a celebration forced upon Iraqis for nearly a quarter century.
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Until now the Iraqi government forced its citizens to bake cakes and pay homage to Saddam. One man said his friends were thrown in jail or even worse-just because they didn't honor Saddam on his birthday.
Controversy on two Virginia college campuses-- one over prayer, another over a pill.
We'll explain next on News 7.
And fire flares through a marsh and comes dangerously close to some homes.
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(( Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as JJ Redick has his name cleared in Durham.
Some more Hokies and Hoos sign NFL free agent contracts.
Kevin Jones is a Playboy all-American.
Plus, some high school sports get there due tonight.
And the Avs return home for the first of 7 straight home games tonight on the Big 7.))
Organized prayer at the start of the evening meal at V-M-I is STILL un-Constitutional.
That's the decision today from a federal appeals court.
The ruling upholds last year's injunction against Virginia Military Institute and its Superintendent.
General Josiah Bunting reinstated the "supper prayer" in 1995 to "build solidarity and bring the corps together as a family."
"In this context" though, the Court of Appeals said, "V-M-I's cadets are plainly coerced into participating in a religious exercise."
General Bunting had said the prayer was voluntary and cadets were free not to take part.
But a footnote to today's 28-page published opinion said religious objectors run the risk of alienating themselves from the V-M-I community by not participating.
A controversial vote on the morning after pill brought protest today at James Madison University.
Students demonstrated against a recent decision ending the distribution of emergency contraceptives at a university health center.
Students gathered on campus, and then walked to the office of Mark Obenshain, a Harrisonburg attorney and a member of the JMU Board of Visitors.
Protest organizers hope the board will reconsider.
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((LEVAR STONEY/STUDENT GOVERNMENT PRESIDENT: THIS PAST WEEK WE HAD OUR LARGEST PETITION DRIVE EVER. OVER 20 PERCENT OF THE CAMPUS SHOWED UP TO SIGN A PETITION. THAT'S MORE THAT ACTUALLY SHOW UP TO STUDENT ELECTIONS. SO THIS IS DEFINITELY A CONCERN TO MANY STUDENTS HERE AT JMU BECAUSE IT'S A SERVICE THAT MANY OF THEM USE.))
((MARK OBENSHAIN/JMU BOARD MEMBER: WE'RE GOING TO MAKE DECISIONS UPON WHICH STUDENTS ARE NOT ALWAYS GOING TO AGREE WITH, AND I'VE RECEIVED GREAT SUPPORT IN THE COMMUNITY, GREAT SUPPORT FROM STUDENTS, GREAT SUPPORT FROM PARENTS FOR THE DECISION OF THE BOARD AND THERE ARE CLEARLY DIFFERENT OPINIONS ON THE ISSUE.))
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Obenshain met with two student leaders for about 45 minutes, but told reporters he stands by the board's decision.
A man walked into a bank this noon- -no mask- -no visible weapon- -and demanded money.
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A bank surveillance camera recorded the incident on videotape. And the authorities released a copy of the tape this evening.
Bank employees said the man stood about 5-7 to 5-8 and weighed 230 to 250 pounds, wore a dark navy blue wind breaker and dark denim pants.
It happened at F-N-B Southwest- -across from Crossroads Mall on Hershberger Road around 12:15 this afternoon.
Police said the robber took the cash and ran, making his get- away on foot.
Prosecutors call teenage sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo a calculating killer who repeatedly laughed while detailing the string of killings.
Today in court detectives testified about Malvo's confession, but as Aleen Sirgany reports, Malvo's attorney's say that confession should be thrown out.
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((Sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo WAS read his rights before confessing to some of the shootings that terrorized the Washington DC area last fall.
(Super: Courtroom Art by William Hennessey, Jr.)
Detective June Boyle testified the alleged teen murderer was told numerous times that he had the right to remain silent and have an
attorney present during questioning, but waived those rights SAYING IF I DON'T WANT TO ANSWER, I WONT.
Poss Prosecutor Sot:TBD
Malvo's lawyers maintain the confession should be thrown out, arguing Salvo made it clear to detectives that he didn't want to talk about the
shooting without an attorney present.
Poss Defense Sot:TBD
But Malvo signed a waiver to his Miranda rights with an "X"and went on to describe the October 14th shooting of FBI analyst Linda Franklin in the parking lot of a Home Depot. Boyle testified that Malvo "was laughing. I asked where he shot her. He laughed and pointed at his
Prosecutors do not dispute that Salvo, who was 17 at the time of the interrogation, asked police, ``Do I get to see my attorneys?'' and ``My attorneys told me not to say anything to the cops until they got there.''
But they say those statements fall far short of a clear demand for a lawyer.
MALVO IS SCHEDULED TO GO on TRIAL IN NOVEMBER. IF CONVICTED HE COULD BE SENTENCED TO DEATH.
He AND FELLOW SUSPECT 42 YEAR OLD JOHN ALLEN MUHAMMAD HAVE BEEN LINKED TO 20 SHOOTINGS INCLUDING 13 DEATHS IN VIRGINIA, and others in MARYLAND, WASHINGTON, GEORGIA , LOUISIANA AND ALABAMA. Aleen Sigany, CBS News, Fairfax County, Virginia.))
Extremely dry conditions are helping fuel a fast moving marsh fire east of Cleveland.
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The fire destroyed about 50 acres of grass, six feet tall, in the first two hours.
Wind is also feeding the fire as it tears right through the marsh- sending black some hundreds of feet in the air.
The fire is dangerously close to some homes. It's expected the fire will go out sometime tonight when it runs out of vegetation to burn.
He was trying to steal from a clothing store, but ended up needing clothes himself.
That's next on News 7.
And later, Frank Beamer and others trade in football for the fairways, all for charity.
One man tried a different approach to shop-lifting, but got stuck in the process.
Firefighters pulled a man out of the air duct of a Dayton, Ohio clothing store today.
The man emerged wearing nothing but a pair of socks.
The store-owner said the man told him he had been stuck for awhile and wanted a drink of water.
The man told rescuers some people had removed his clothes, told him to steal things, and then threw him into the duct.
The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
It was not clear what possible charges, if any, would be filed against the man.
It did not take much to get hundreds of people to take their clothes off in London.
It is all in the name of art.
Hundreds of men and women bared all to pose for artist Spencer Tunick- a New York photographer who has already created various mass-nude artworks around the world.
Usually his models are outdoors, but this time they posed in a London department store.
Tunick laid down the rules- no socks and no laughing.
The artist composes the models into sculptural shapes and bizarre formations.
He calls his works a celebration of the human body.
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Some more local college players sign NFL free agent deals.
Kevin Jones is ready rub elbows with Hugh Hefner.
JJ gets his name cleared in the Duke dorm dope flap.
And high school baseball and lacrosse are coming up.
But first tonight's Extra Point -
San Antonio's Gregg Popovich has been named the NBA's coach of the year.
Popovich is the first Spurs' coach to win the award.
San Antonio matched Dallas with a league-best 60 wins.
The Spurs also won their third straight division title.
Game five of his team's series with the Suns is tomorrow night.
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The Salem Avalanche opened up a 7 game home stand tonight as the Kinston Indians headed up from North Carolina for three nights of fun.
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The Diamond girls were giving out schedule magnets and hugs before tonight's game.
In the first frame - Kinston scheduled a big night as Rodney Choy Foo bangs one off the right field wall. The double will drive in a run to make it one to nothing.
But Kinston wasn't content with just one in the first.
Brian Jenkins drops one into right field. Choy Foo will hustle around from second and beat the throw to the plate. It's 5-to-nothing before Salem gets three outs.
The Av's Trevor Mote lifts a sacrifice fly to center field.
Brandon Caraway tags on the play and scores.
Caraway later hit a 2 run homer in the 11th as Salem comes back for the 8-to-6 win.
The top team in the northern division - the Lynchburg Hillcats won again tonight beating up on Myrtle Beach 8-to-4
You have to make hay while the sun is shining and this afternoon
Bassett traveled to Glenvar for a make up baseball contest.
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A perfect day to grab the lawn chair and walk on out to the field.
In the top of the first, the Bengals' Drew Ramsey doubles to right field and that allows Ramon Cartwright to score from second base for a 1-nothing.
Bassett goes up by two runs on the two bagger to center field off the bat of Nick Jeromeda. The hit gives Ramsey a chance to cross home plate.
Glenvar comes back and starts with a creative play. Cam Pickle steals second and then Nate Parks steals home on the double theft for those tricky Highlanders.
[SUPER=34-Bassett/4/Glenvar/8;]Then, Shane Spikes connects on a single right up the middle and Pickle comes on dow
n to tie the game at 2 a piece.
Cody Kidd bunts up the first baseline and Spikes comes home on the bases loaded infield hit. Glenvar beats Bassett 8-to-4.
High school lacrosse this afternoon in Salem as the Spartans entertained Rockbridge County.
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Salem knew that it would take a solid effort to beat the high scoring Wildcats who at least have shown themselves to be human this season.
The Spartans work the fast break to perfection early in the first quarter as Zack Price finishes with this shot that finds the back of the net. 1-to-nothing Salem.
Rockbridge would answer with its top gun - Jessie Ford - starts behind the net, end up in front of it, and without missing a shot he scores to tie the game.
And the Wildcats barely escape with a 6-to-5 win.
Four UVa players signed free agent NFL contracts today.
Linebacker Merrill Robertson signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Arlen Harris was picked up by the St. Louis Rams
And wide receiver James Johnson signed with the Washington Redskins.
And Jerton Evans, the Renaissance man from Jefferson Forest high school in Forest has signed a free agent deal with the Buffalo Bills where he will join Angelo Crowell.
Five players with Tech ties were signed as free agents by NFL clubs today.
Offensive lineman Anthony Davis was picked up by the Tampa Bay Bucs.
He'll be joined on the defending Super Bowl champion Bucs by cornerback Ronyell Whitaker.
Grant Noel - who worked out for the scouts during the combine at Tech was signed today by the Baltimore Ravens.
Another guy - who has worked extremely hard to get a chance in the league - Shawn Witten was signed today by the Jets.
And former Hokie Keith Burnell gets a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers.
Virginia Tech's Kevin Jones has accepted an invitation to be a member of the 2003 Playboy preseason all-america team.
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Jones will be flown out to Phoenix in May to participate in a photo shoot with the other all-American picks from around the nation.
The rising junior from Chester, Pennsylvania has rushed for 18 hundred and 28 yards and 14 TDs in his first two seasons at Tech.
Last year Lee Suggs received this same honor.
Duke basketball star J.J. Redick has been cleared of any wrongdoing in dorm room marijuana incident - according to his dad - Ken Redick.
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Redick, two Duke soccer players and two other students were found in a room in the Blackwell dormitory on April 1st where police say there was a very strong smell of marijuana.
The police searched the room and did not find any drugs, but did find a homemade bong.
Neither Redick nor any of the other students were charged at the time, instead police referred them to the office of the Dean of Students.
The case has now been resolved administratively and JJ will not be punished by the school.
According to sources close to the situation, Redick was in the room checking email from a professor pertaining to a meeting he was supposed to have with the teacher the following day. Redick was not in the room participating in any illegal activities.
Ken Redick says "J.J. made an error in judgment, which was being in a room where someone was smoking marijuana. He recognizes that he made an error by not just getting up and leaving."
His father went on to say "the thing J.J. struggles with is that sometimes he just wants to be just another kid, he wants to be somebody without a face and without a name. I keep telling him he's not like everybody else and with that comes greater responsibilities."
Redick is scheduled to speak to the Roanoke Valley Sports Club May 19th at the Salem Civic Center.