Ceremonies around the nation are honoring the victims of September 11th.
We'll have a look at what's being done at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and here at home.
And a bill before Congress should make it easier for victims of identity theft to fix up their finances.
A beautiful day across the area with comfortable temperatures will it continue. I'll let you know in your forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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Family members and friends mark second anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
It's a date our nation will never forget.
All around the country, people are marking September 11th in their own way.
But no gathering is larger than in New York Ctiy.
An estimated 15-thousand mourners went back to Ground Zero, where nearly 28-hundred people lost their lives two years ago.
Construction on a new tower halted for the day, as more than 200 children took turns reading the names of each World Trade Center victim.
The reading of names was interrupted by moments of silence, marking the time two planes hit the towers.
Drew Levinson is at Ground Zero with details on today's memorial services.
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The names echoed through the empty hole where the two towers once stood.
Each, representing a son or daughter or mother or father.
"I LOVE YOU DADDY...WE MISS YOU."
Two years after terrorists slammed jets into the World Trade Center....
the wounds still run deep here...the pain still etched across the faces.
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Today ground zero was filled with thousands of family members.
For many, who have yet have their loved ones identified--this was their
way to be near them again.
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"WE COME HERE TO REMEMBER WITH SORROW....WITH PRIDE AND GO FORWARD."
Four times the morning was interuptted with silence--the times when the
planes hit the towers and the times they fell.
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Perhaps this American flag best represented the feeling in New York
Like the hearts and souls of so many here--it too has a gaping hole
ripped through it's middle...both it and the memories will be preserved.
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President Bush and other Washington dignitaries are marking the day with their own tributes to the victims.
The anniversary is particularly tough for employees at the Pentagon, who remember the events of September 11th all too well.
Teri Okita has that story.
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TRACK: ALL OVER THE NATIONS CAPITOL, A DAY TO TAKE PAUSE. PRESIDENT
BUSH LED A MOMENT OF SILENCE OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE AT EXACTLY 8:46
TO COMMEMORATE WHEN THE FIRST PLANE HIT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER.
COLIN POWELL LED ANOTHER AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT.
TRACK: AND LESS THAN AN HOUR LATER, AT 9:37, ANOTHER MOMENT OF
REMEMBRANCE AT THE PENTAGON WHERE TWO YEARS EARLIER, A UNITED AIRLINES
JET CRASHED INTO THE BUILDING. NEAR THE POINT OF IMPACT, PENTAGON
EMPLOYEES DEDICATED A STAINED GLASS WINDOW IN MEMORY OF THE
184-VICTIMS WHO WERE KILLED THERE.
ANOTHER TRIBUTE TO THE DEAD LIES JUST A SHORT WAYS AWAY.
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STANDUP BRIDGE: Those who died at the Pentagon now have a special place
here at Arlington National Cemetery. Theyre buried alongside Americas
war dead a fitting memorial for their ultimate sacrifice.
TRACK: DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD WHO HELPED PULL VICTIMS FROM
THE PENTAGON CRASH SITE HELPED LAY A WREATH AT THE MASS GRAVE.
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Let this day always be a reminder to our nation as to why we fight ...
and win the war on terror.
TRACK: FLAGS FLY AT HALF-STAFF ACROSS WASHINGTON AND THROUGHOUT THE
DAY, OFFICIALS WILL HOLD MORE MEMORIALS AND MOMENTS OF SILENCE
We remember lives lost. We remember the heroic deeds.
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(to come) TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, THE PENTAGON.
Many people locally took some time out of their day to remember those who lost their lives two years ago.
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At this hour Roanoke College is holding a ceremony to mark the events of September 11th. Jennifer Wishon joins us from Salem with more.
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The stabbing death of a top government official in Sweden is sending shock waves through a nation that prides itself on being safe.
Sweden's foreign minister Anna Lindh died in the hospital this morning... a day after being stabbed repeatedly by a mystery attacker.
At the time, she was shopping in an upscale department store.
Lindh did not have bodyguards, as is normally the tradition in Sweden and other Nordic countries.
She'd been touted as a future prime minister and was a leading proponent of the Euro currency.
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Coming up next on the newscast, there could be more problems at the proposed site for Roanoke's new stadium.
Also computers users learn someone has left another Window open to internet hackers.
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Crews working at the future site of Roanoke's new stadium-amphitheater complex have unearthed another storage drum.
It was found Tuesday afternoon.
The city says it's following established procedures to test and dispose of the drum and its unidentified contents.
Last month five 55-gallon drums were uncovered at the site near the Public Works Service Center.
The material from those barrels was tested and determined to be non-hazardous.
Some Montgomery County parents say they weren't surprised by Tuesday's school bus accident.
Police say Joan Moses was driving a bus full of kids on McCoy Road, when she crashed into the back of a pickup truck.
Two children and the driver of the truck, Frank Harrison were hurt.
The pickup truck driver was charged in the crash, but many parents say their children have complained about the bus driver's bad driving.
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Court documents show Moses has had at least four traffic violations in the last THREE years, including speeding and following too close.
School superintendent Fred Morton says he can't address Moses' driving history, but that he was unaware of any complaints.
Moses has been placed on leave while school officials investigate.
She didn't respond when NEWS 7 called her about this story.
Legislation approved by The House of Representatives would give consumers access to free credit reports -- and help them fight identity theft.
The government says it's a problem that affects nearly 10 million Americans a year -- at a cost of more than 50 BILLION dollars to consumers and businesses.
The bill would allow victims of identity theft to clear up problems with a single phone call to a credit bureau.
The measure now goes on to the Senate for approval.
Microsoft says new flaws discovered in its Windows software leave it vulnerable to Internet attacks.
Outside experts say the problems are nearly identical to the ones exposed by the Blaster worm last month.
Company officials are offering a free patch they say will fix the flaw.
Customers can go to Microsoft's website to download it.
A local lawmaker says he wants to help Virginia avert a problem by bringing malpractice insurance reform to the Old Dominion.
Last night Lynchburg state senator Steve Newman chaired a summit at Virginia Baptist Hospital.
Dozens of doctors, employers, attorneys and insurance agents talked about what to do about the problem.
Some local physicians say they're seeing more doctors retire or refuse to enter specialized fields because of the rising costs of malpractice insurance.
Newman says consumers are suffering as well.
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Newman says he hopes to avoid crises like those in other states where doctors have staged strikes and walkouts in protest of insurance rates.
He also downplays the importance of the issue to his re-election campaign.
Finance reports show that more than fifty doctors and medical groups have donated over 27-thousand dollars to his campaign since last summer.
Newman says most of those donors have given to his previous campaigns and that last night's summit was "not" about politics.
Newman is opposed by Democrat Bob Clarke in the 23rd District state senate race.
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Coming up next, some telemarketers would like to hang up on a newspaper columnist.
Also we'll tell you why the Wright Brothers were flying around a NASCAR track.
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It's normal to see race cars seen flying around the Charlotte Motor Speedway... but Wednesday morning, it was something more historic.
A replica of the Wright Brothers' original plane took flight around the track.
The aircraft was designed and constructed at Utah State University.
The aircraft honors the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
The plane took 4-thousand hours to design and 6-thousand hours to build.
Students and faculty designed and built the Flyer using space-age materials, as if Orville and Wilbur Wright were designing their plane today.
It will be featured at an auto show at the Speedway this week.
A newspaper column by writer Dave Barry has telemarketers refusing to answer their phones.
The American Teleservices Association was targeted by Barry in his August 31st column.
He urged readers to call the A-T-A and tell them what you think about telemarketers.
Thousands have done so, forcing the association to stop answering its phones.
Callers now hear a recording, which says that due to "overwhelming positive response to recent media events, we are unable to take your call at this time.''
Its director says the added calls will be costly to his group because of toll charges and staffing issues.
For his part, Barry says he feels quote ``just terrible, especially if they were eating or anything.''
We believe he was being sarcastic.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 51 points. The NASDAQ has gained eight.
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A former Hokie is back with the same team that released him a year ago. We'll have the details up next in Sports.
And unbeaten Roanoke College keeps kicking in the wins with a team of freshman.
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Buddy Brown, the head football coach at Tunstall high school for almost two decades has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated.
His arrest came back on August 14th, according to court records.
Those documents also indicate that Brown refused to take a breathalyzer or blood test at the time of the arrest.
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He has continued to coach the Tunstall team while waiting for his hearing next month in Danville General district court.
Brown, who has taught driver's education at the school, will lead his team against Gretna this Friday night.
The Roanoke College men's soccer team is unbeaten, unscored upon and at this point unsure why it isn't ranked higher in the nation.
Here's Steve Mason with more from the Elizabeth campus.
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((Go figure. The Maroons beat two opponents last week yet dropped from 10th to 11th in the NCAA Division III national poll.
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One thing Allison has been able to figure out is how to win with a team whose make up is half freshman. Of course it helps to have former Blacksburg star Harper Thorsen in net. The goalie transferred in from Division I Radford and in four games, the Maroons have yet to allow a goal.
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Striker Elliott Stallings played with Thorsen under Shelly Blumenthal at Blacksburg and leads an offense that is averaging nearly five goals a game.))
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Former Hokie Antonio Freeman is back in Green Bay.
Freeman signed a one year deal with the Pack yesterday just a little over a year after Green Bay got rid of him.
He's the Packers' fifth all-time leading pass-catcher, but a bit surprised to be back with the Pack.
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Freeman, who's now 31, rejected offers from the Jaguars and the Panthers earlier this summer.
Between 1995 and 2001 - Freeman and Brett Favre hooked up for 57 touchdowns.
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