Up next on News 7--
A big OOPS from Virginia lawmakers results in a court challenge.
And, Oscar-winning actor Marlon Brando dies at the age of 80.
We'll take a look back at his life and career.
The holiday weekend has arrived what will mother nature do to celebrate. I'll let you know in your weekend forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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A law that even lawmakers call a mistake WILL face a challenge in the courts.
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Business groups are making a last-ditch effort today to correct a costly legislative mistake.
At 12:30, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and several business owners are filing a court injunction to block the so-called day of rest law.
The law became effective yesterday and has some unintended consequences.
In an effort to clean up the state code, the General Assembly inadvertently gave workers the right to take Sundays off.
Business groups say the law could end up costing employers millions of dollars.
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((HUGH KEOGH/VIRGINIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: THERE IS THE IMMEDIATE CONCERN ON THE EXISTING COMPANIES OF VIRGINIA THAT THE DISRUPTION TO THEIR PRODUCTION PROCESS, THEIR COMMERCIAL PROCESS IS SUCH THAT THEY CAN'T DO BUSINESS IN A REASONABLE, RESPONSIBLE, PROFITABLE WAY BECAUSE THEY CAN'T CONTROL THEIR EMPLOYEE BASE, THEY CAN'T SCHEDULE.))
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[OUT Q=THEIR EMPLOYEE BASE, THEY CAN'T SCHEDULE.]
The Attorney General's Office says only a special session can fix the problem.
But Chamber officials say they are "optimistic" about their chances in court.
A man considered by many to be the greatest actor of all time has passed away.
An attorney for Marlon Brando says the 80 year old actor died yesterday in a Los Angeles hospital.
He would not reveal a cause of death, noting that Brando was a very private man.
Elizabeth Sanchez takes a look back an American originial.
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IT WAS A STYLE OF ACTING NEVER BEFORE EXPERIENCED BY THE AMERICAN PUBLIC
- AND THEY LOVED IT - AND HIM. ONLY 23, MARLON BRANDOS RAW
PORTRAYAL OF THE TENNESSE WILLIAMS CHARACTER- IN A STREETCAR NAMED
DESIRE - WAS SO BRUTALLY HONEST, ONE HAD THE FEELING BRANDO WASNT
PERFORMING, HE WAS STANLEY KOWALSKI:
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FROM THEN ON, AUDIENCES WOULD EXPECT THE SAME REALISM FROM OTHER
PERFORMERS. BUT FEW COULD COPY BRANDOS PURE, PASSIONATE BRAND OF
AT 31 HE WAS THE YOUNGEST PERSON EVER TO RECEIVE THE ACADAMY AWARD FOR
HIS PERFORMANCE AS TERRY MALLOY - A SLACK-WITTED, BUT DECENT EX- BOXER
IN ON THE WATERFRONT.
NATSND ON THE WATERFRONT
(BUT?) FROM THE BEGINNING, BRANDO WAS CRITICAL OF HOLLYWOOD:
HIS AMBIVILANCE TURNED TO DISDAIN AS THE INDUSTRY CHANGED WITH THE
TIMES. BRANDO MADE FEW MOVIES WORTH NOTING, INSTEAD USING HIS CELEBRITY
STATUS TO FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS. BUT THEN HOLLYWOOD MADE HIMS A DEAL
HE COULDNT REFUSE:
HIS INTERPETATION OF MOB CHIEFTAN, DON CORLEONEE EARNED HIM HIS SECOND
OSCAR IN 1972 FOR THE GODFATHER, HE REFUSED TO SHOW UP IN ORDER TO
CALL ATTENTION TO THE PLIGHT OF NATIVE AMERICANS. (NAT - I hope)
IN HIS LATER YEARS, BRANDO BECAME AN ECCENTRIC RECLUSE, FORCED INTO THE
LIMELIGHT A NUMBER OF TIMES BECAUSE OF PERSONAL TRAGEDIES: HE EMERGED
OCCASSIONALLY FOR HIGH PAYING ROLES, FEW OF WHICH WERE REMARKABLE.
ULTIMATELY MARLON BRANDO WAS NEVER ABLE TO PLAY THE ONE ROLE THE PUBLIC
WANTED: THAT OF A CINEMATIC IDOL. FOR HIM IT WAS JUST AN ACT - ONE
WHICH TO DATE, NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO IMITATE.
NATSND (APOCOLYPSE NOW) THE HORROR
For more than two years it served as Bedford County's temporary courthouse.. now an empty shell building has some new tenants.
Two Salem businesses-- East Coast Fabricators and Rhino Coat-- will move into the building in the Bedford Center for Business this fall.
Both are owned by the same person who wants to expand the businesses and bring them under one roof.
The building also will be home to Central Virginia Community College's newest satellite campus.
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((SUE MONTGOMERY/BEDFORD CO. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: WE'RE VERY EXCITED BECAUSE NOT ONLY WILL WE HAVE EDUCATION AND TRAINING HERE, BUT WE'LL HAVE A BUSINESS WHO MAY NEED SOME OF THAT EDUCATION AND TRAINING BECAUSE THEY WILL BE GROWING THEIR WORKFORCE WHILE THEY'RE HERE.))
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C-V-C-C plans to start offering classes in Bedford by next January.
The two businesses that are relocating will bring about 15 new jobs to the area.
The nation's jobless rate held steady for the third straight month-- even though employers are adding jobs at a slower pace than expected.
The government reports that the unemployment rate stayed at five-point-six percent last month, while 112- thousand new jobs were created.
That's less than half the 250- thousand jobs that analysts had expected.
The future of Victory Stadium is still up in the air, but that hasn't stopped the city of Roanoke from making some much needed repairs.
Justin McLeod reports.
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[SUPER=01-Robyn Schon/Roanoke Civic Center Spokesperson; :25]
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((((NAT SOUND OF OPENING BATHROOM DOOR))
When people enter the bathrooms here at Victory Stadium they usually leave angry.
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((ROBYN SCHON/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER SPOKESPERSON: BATHROOMS ARE PROBABLY THE LARGEST COMPLAINT BECAUSE THEY ARE SO OUTDATED.))
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Outdated because they are more than forty years old.
Soap and paper towel dispensers usually don't work and guys have always had to use a trough like urinal.
Many have wondered why the city has done so little for so long.
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((ROBYN SCHON/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER SPOKESPERSON: MORE THAN ANYTHING IT IS THE BUDGET. WE DON'T HAVE A HUGE BUDGET TO WORK WITH VICTORY STADIUM BECAUSE THAT WE HAVE ARE NOT HUGE MONEY MAKERS.))
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But the Civic Center which runs operations at Victory Stadium realized improvements needed to be made.
((NAT SOUND OF URINAL FLUSHING))
Workers recently installed urinals in the men's room on the west side.
They are also new dispensers and toliet seats in most of the bathrooms.
Crews also painted all the outside walls and concession stands.
The city concedes this is only a band aid and agrees the stadium needs major renovations.
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((ROBYN SCHON: WE'VE GOT CRUMBLING CONCRETE AND I MEAN THERE'S A LAUNDRY LIST A HALF MILE LONG THAT NEED TO BE DONE TO IT. RIGHT NOW, THAT WILL JUST HAVE TO BE DETERMINED AS MOVE FORWARD WITH THE NEW STADIUM AMPHITHEATER PROJECT AS TO HOW MUCH TIME AND ENERGY WE CAN PUT INTO VICTORY STADIUM.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE FUTURE OF VICTORY STADIUM WILL BE UP TO CITY COUNCIL. BRIAN WISHNEFF WHO LED THE FIGHT TO SAVE THE STADIUM AND WAS RECENTLY ELECTED TO COUNCIL SAYS HE PLANS TO BRING THE ISSUE UP POSSIBLY AT TUESDAY'S MEETING. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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Still to come on the newscast, Iraqi militants release some of their hostages.
Plus terrorist attacks AND a strong earthquake shake things up in Turkey.
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There's word out of Pakistan today that Iraqi militants have freed a kidnapped Pakistani driver who was being held hostage.
Today Iraqi insurgents also released two Turkish hostages after
their company reportedly promised to stop working with the U-S
And Saddam Hussein is back behind bars after having his day in court.
Teri Okita brings us up to date from Baghdad.
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USING IMPROVISED ROCKET LAUNCHERS....INSURGENTS TOOK AIM AT HOTELS USED
BY WESTERNERS THIS MORNING IN BAGHDAD. BUT THIS TIME...THEIR PLAN
BACKFIRED. ONE VEHICLE USED IN THE ATTACK FLIPPED OVER WHEN A ROCKET
WAS FIRED, THE OTHER WENT UP IN FLAMES.
SOT: CAPTAIN MAYO/U.S. ARMY (no other name available)
"At some point during the attack evidently the ordinates exploded,
causing the vehicle to appear as it does behind me."
ONE ROCKET DID HIT THE SHERATON HOTEL CAUSING ONLY MINOR DAMAGE, ANOTHER
MISSED THE HOTEL COMPLETELY. OFFICIALS SAY ONE MAN WAS INJURED.
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DAMAGE WAS MUCH WORSE IN THIS BAGHDAD NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE A ROCKET
SLAMMED INTO A RESIDENTIAL HOME. A YOUNG CHILD WAS AMONG SEVERAL PEOPLE
INJURED. BUT TWO MORE U.S. MARINES DIED IN THE LAST TWO DAYS IN ATTACKS
IN THE VOLATILE ANBAR PROVINCE.
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TODAY'S ATTACKS FOLLOW SADDAM HUSSEIN'S COURT APPEARANCE THURSDAY...IT
WAS A DAY MANY IRAQIS WAITED A LONG TIME TO WITNESS.
(LOCATOR: SADR CITY)
(NATZ FULL IRAQIS CHANTING..."EXECUTE SADDAM")
AT FRIDAY PRAYERS IN SADR CITY...THESE FOLLOWERS OF THE REBEL SHIITE
CLERIC MUQTADA AL-SADR CALLED FOR SADDAM'S EXECUTION.
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There's no specific threat, but federal officials still recommend staying vigilant this holiday weekend.
The F-B-I has issued a nationwide bulletin, calling for stepped-up surveillance to head off possible terrorist activity.
Meanwhile, a group claiming to have links to al- Qaida is warning that Osama bin Laden's 90-day truce with Europe ends in two weeks.
A statement published in an Arabic newspaper says European countries that DON'T pull their troops out of Iraq by then will face unspecified consequences.
Kurdish rebels say they're NOT responsible for today's deadly bombing of a local governor's convoy in eastern Turkey.
The governor initially said five people were killed, but officials later lowered the death toll to three.
The governor was not hurt, but his car was heavily damaged.
Turkey's foreign minister says his country will not tolerate terrorism.
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In the northeastern region of Turkey, an earthquake hit early today, killing 19 and injuring more than two dozen others.
Officials in Istanbul say the quake measured five- point- one on the Richter Scale.
There will be no jail time for Audrey Seiler, the Wisconsin college student who faked her own kidnapping.
But her sentence DOES include paying police nine-thousand dollars for the time they spent looking for her.
Cynthia Bowers reports.
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SCRIPT nats "All rise" (TIGHT ON AUDREY) Three months after alleging she was abducted at knifepoint, University of Wis
consin student Audrey Seiler (TIGHT ON JUDGE) finally got her day in court. (SOT Audrey Seiler) "I PLEAD GUILTY YOUR H
ONOR" (COURT SHOTS) where she herself was the defendant. (MISSING POSTER) charged with leading law enforcement on a week long wild goose chase across the city of madison. (HELICOPTER NATS AND SEARCH VIDEO) Police spent days searching: first for her, and then the wooded area where she was found. (COMPOSITE SKETCH) They were looking for a kidnapper, one that simply didn't exist. (SURVIELANCE VIDEO) Prior to her "disappearance" Seiler was seen leaving her apartment in the middle of the night. But police concluded Seiler concocted her story (COPS HOLDING UP ITEMS) after she was captured
on videotape buying the items used in her kidnapping. (SOT NOBLE WRAY// Madison Police Department//April 2, 2004) TH
AT RESULTED IN AUDREY ADMITTING, IN FACT, THAT SHE HAD NOT BEEN ABDUCTED AT HER APARTMENT AT ALL. (FRIENDS AND FAMILY SEARCH VIDEO AND POLICE) The judge admonished her for a tale that triggered an investigation that included federal auth
orities and brought concerned friends and family all the way from her hometown in Minnesota and cost Madison upwards of
60 thousand dollars. (SOT AUDREY SEILER) "THE WORDS I AM SORRY ARE NOT ENOUGH TO EXPRESS THE MEANINGS AND FEELINGS I
WISH TO CONVEY. 5 (BUTT TO SOT 21.20) I WAS IN A STATE OF SEVERE DEPRESSION THAT CAUSED ME TO THINK IRRATIONALLY. 6 (T
IGHT ON AUDREY IN COURT) The judge sentenced seiler to three years probation and continued psychiatric counseling. Court records blame Seiler's emotional problems and an attempt to gain attention from her boyfriend as motivation for her tall tale...(SCENICS OF MADISON OR STAY IN COURT) one likely to be retold for years to come.Cynthia Bowers, CBS News Chicago. ))
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Coming up next, we'll see if we can get Leo to improve on the holiday forecast,
Then a little bit later, we'll see how a little monster is trying to make a big impression at a local race track.
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You might call it "Weird Science"--
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A new exhibit called "Body Worlds" just opened at the California Science Center in L-A.
More than 200 human specimens, including hands and legs, provide a real anatomy lesson.
Scientists say the main point of the exhibit is education.
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((DR. GUNTHER VON HAGENS/CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER: I THINK THAT EVERYONE WHO WALKS THROUGH THIS EXHIBIT WILL GET, UM, A, A REAL SENSE OF WONDER AND AWE ABOUT OUR OWN BODIES.))
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Von Hagens says the exhibit shows what can happen to your body if you smoke or have bad eating habits.
Scientists used a process called plastination to make the organs retain their lifelike appearance.
And in case you were wondering, the Science Center says all of the bodies were from donors who explicitly agreed to be part of an educational exhibit.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 39 points. The NASDAQ was lost 10.
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Up next in sports, Jeff Gordon leads the pack heading into this weekend's Nextel Cup race.
And the ACC made its expansion official, but one of its most prominent coaches might jump into the big league.
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On the same day the ACC officially welcomed Tech and Miami to the conference - the league might also lose its marquee coach.
Mike Krzyzewski, who has been at Duke for 24 seasons, is involved in serious discussions to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
His boss at Duke held a news conference yesterday to talk about the chances that "Coach K" might leave Durham.
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Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak met with Coach K in North Carolina.
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The Nextel Cup stars are in Daytona for their traditional Fourth of July bash.
Last night they qualified under the lights for Saturday night's Pepsi 400.
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Jeff Gordon, who won last week in California on the road course, kept his hot streak alive as he got out early in time trials and won the pole for the primetime race, with a lap at 188 point 659 miles an hour.
It's Gordon's third straight pole.
Here's the starting lineup that has 4 Hendrick cars in the top 10.
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[SUPER=0107-6. Joe Nemechek//7. Scott Riggs//8. Ward Burton//9. Elliott Sadler//10. Greg Biffle//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Terry Labonte//12. Kevin Harvick//13. Brendan Gaughan//14. Ryan Newman//15. Brian Vickers/;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Bobby Labonte//17. Jeremy Mayfield//18. Tony Stewart//19. John Andretti//20. Jimmie Johnson//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Kerry Earnhardt//22. Mark Martin//23. Sterling Marlin//24. Dave Blaney//25. Casey Mears//;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Robby Gordon//27. Jeff Burton//28. Rusty Wallace//29. Bobby Hamilton, Jr.//30. Ken Schrader//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Jeff Green//32. Kasey Kahne//33. Jamie McMurray//34. Kyle Petty//35. Bill Elliott//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Kurt Busch//37. Matt Kenseth//38. Scott Wimmer//39. Ricky Craven/Prov/40. Jimmy Spencer/Prov/;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Mike Wallace/Prov/42. Larry Gunselman/Prov/43. Kirk Shelmerdine/Prov/;]
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Most kids going to this Friday's truck show at the Motor Mile Speedway will be in the stands watching.
But one group of kids from Forest will be trying to make a MONSTER impression.
Intern reporter Pete Woody has more.
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(( 11-year-old Cory Johnson used to race mini-cup cars at the Motor Mile Speedway. When that program was eliminated, he turned his attention to something else: building a mini-monster truck from the ground up with his 8-year-old brother Eric.
Cory: I'm always designing things....
Eric: I sanded 24/7, the only time I stopped was for lunch...
Cory and Eric's father, Steve Johnson, was also instrumental during the 6 month project, overseeing the construction of the 6-foot high truck, which is called Kid Legal.
Steve: when cory quit racing mini-cups, he got the idea...
Standup: teamwork was most rewarding part of project
Cory and Eric will be showing off their mini monster during a fan appreciation portion of Friday night's pre-race activities at the Motor Mile Speedway. In Forest, Pete Woody, News 7 Sports.))
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