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Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning.......
Danville police need your help finding the man responsible for pushing a woman out of a moving car.
And a fire claims the lives of three college students at the University of Mississippi....one of whom is presumed to be from Martinsville.
We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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Two of the victims of a fraternity house fire at the University of Mississippi have been identified, but there is still no word on a missing student from Martinsville.
More than 20 agents from the Burueau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating the deadly blaze.
It was first reported about 4:30 yesterday morning.
20 people got out of Alpha Tau (Towl) Omega house safely. Three apparently did not.
Sophomore Howard Stone, a graduate of Martinsville High School, is missing and presumed dead.
The two other victims were from Atlanta and Mississppi.
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[IN Q=We're so ]
((SAM LOVE/OLE MISS SOPHOMORE; WE'RE SO SHOCKED, SADDENED THAT THREE GUYS HAD PASSED AWAY. THREE GUYS THAT I KNEW MAKES IT REALLY HARD.))
[SUPER=01-Sam Love/Ole Miss Sophomore;]
[OUT Q=it really hard]
A university official said the fraternity house had undergone a routine fire inspection last week before students moved in for the school year.
At that time, inspectors noted a lack of fire extinguishers and doors blocked with mattresses.
A-T-F agents say there was a fire in this same fraternity house in 1999, but the cause was never determined.
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Before going to Ole Miss, Howard attended Martinsville High School.
There, he excelled in several sports as well as in the classroom.
Justin McLeod spent some time talking to those who knew him well.
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[SUPER=01-Pete Scouras/High School Soccer Coach; :21]
[SUPER=01-Troy Wells/High School Basketball Coach; :41]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Fitzgibbons/Martinsville High School Principal; :59]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF THE SCRIMMAGE))
At Friday night's scrimmage game between Martinsville and Salem, many were trying to make sense of what happened to Howard Stone.
[IN Q=It's just a tragedy]
((PETE SCOURAS: IT'S JUST A TRAGEDY, IT'S UNBELIEVABLE WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT, IT'S A SHOCKING THING TO HEAR ABOUT.))
[OUT Q=to hear about]
Especially to Pete Scouras.
He coached Howard in soccer.
[IN Q=Howard was a good]
((PETE SCOURAS/SOCCER COACH: HOWARD WAS A GOOD SOCCER PLAYER. NUMBER ONE HE WAS A GOOD PERSON, ALL AROUND GOOD PERSON.))
[OUT Q=all around good person]
We heard similar things when we talked to Howard's high school basketball coach.
[IN Q=Howard was kind of]
((TROY WELLS/BASKETBALL COACH: HOWARD WAS KIND OF QUIET BUT HE ALWAYS HAD A WRY SENSE OF HUMOR.))
[OUT Q=SENSE OF HUMOR]
But his coach says he was also very dedicated.
[IN Q=Usually around]
((TROY WELLS/BASKETBALL COACH: USUALLY AROUND CHRISTMAS TIME YOU GET SOME INCLEMENT WEATHER IN JANUARY AND DECEMBER AND THOSE WINTER MONTHS AND HOWARD LIVED OUT LITTLE WAYS FROM THE CITY OF MARTINSVILLE AND YOU COULD ALWAYS COUNT ON HOWARD BE AT PRACTICE WHATEVER IT TOOK TO BE AT PRACTICE HOWARD WAS GOING TO BE THERE.))
[OUT Q=going to be there]
Howard showed similar determination in the classroom.
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[IN Q=I tell you Howard]
((THOMAS FITZGIBBONS/MARTINSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: I TELL YOU HOWARD WAS ONE OF THOSE KIDS WHO WAS AN OUTSTANDING STUDENT, RECEIVED TOP HONORS AT GRADUATION AND SO ON.))
[OUT Q=AND SO ON]
[IN Q=Howard without]
((PETE SCOURAS: HOWARD WITHOUT WHAT WE KNOWS WHAT HE CAN DO HIS ABILITIES WE DONT KNOW WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED. WE'LL NEVER KNOW NOW BUT IT'S SHAME BECAUSE I'M SURE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SOMETHING VERY NICE, VERY GOOD.))
[OUT Q=very nice, very good]
[IN Q=Stone was a ]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: STONE WAS A SOPHOMORE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI, MAJORING IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. HE WAS THE YOUNGEST OF THREE CHILDREN, AND WAS THE SON OF CIRCUIT JUDGE CHARLES STONE. JUSTIN McLEOD,NEWS 7.))))
A woman was injured after being pushed out of a moving car.
Danville Police responded to the area of West Main Street and Edgewood Drive around 10:30 last night and found the 39 year old woman lying in the median.
The woman, who has not been named, reported that she was arguing with 64 year old Lawrence Luther London of Pelham, North Carolina.
London apparently began to strike the woman in the face and then pushed her from the car.
She was taken to the hospital, but refused treatment and left.
Police are looking for London who now faces an attempted malicious wounding charge.
[Take FS Danville Crimestoppers]
Anyone with information is asked to call Danville Crimestoppers at (434) 793-0000.
Danville police also need help finding an inmate who escaped from custody.
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Michael Dean Turner was on work detail yesterday morning near the Market Garden baseball field on Henry Street when he ran off.
Turner was being held for drug related offenses and larceny.
If you have any information, call the Danville Police Department.
There is a possible cash reward of up to one-thousand dollars.
The GOP has spared no expense when it comes to the Republican National Convention next week.
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It's high tech all the way . The is the first time at a political convention that a hydraulic stage has been used. The Republicans are hoping to razzle and dazzle --including dropping 20-thousand balloons.--
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[IN Q=We've been working]
((WE'VE BEEN WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK, AND WE WILL BE COMPLETE. WE WILL BE READY FOR THAT GAVEL TO COME DOWN FOR OUR MORNING SESSION ON MONDAY))
[SUPER=01-Rori Smith/Republican National Convention]
[OUT Q=morning session on Modany]
With the convention only days away -- protesters are already in high gear. Around 5-thousand cyclists at one point completely blocked lower Broadway last night. 2-hundred were arrested. Those taken into custody say they're upset with the Republicans and especially President Bush.
A victory demonstration in Greece today -- not over the Olympics --but U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell's decision not to visit Athens.
Members of the Greek Community party and other groups say Powel's decision to cancel his trip is a victory for the people. They are opposed to the U-S policy in Iraq and the lack of progress on a peace solution in the Middle East.
The State Department says the cancellation was not related to anti-U-S protests but Powell actually had other obligations.
A Baghdad neighborhood is the target of recent attacks in Iraq.
This time Guerillas fired a barrage of mortar rounds killing two civilians who were washing their cars near the former Iraqi Olympic Committee building. Six other people were also injured in that attacks.
Meanwhile in Sadr (Saw- dur) City -- U-S forces are demanding people to stay in their homes as they battle against militants in the city.
Gunmen loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr (mook-TAH-duh ehl-SAW-dur) have fired rocket propelled grenades and assault rifles against U-S and Iraqi forces patrolling the area.
The government is warning that veterans hospitals could become al Qaida targets.
That's from a bulletin released by the F-B-I yesterday - which says the hospitals could make attractive alternatives to more heavily guarded military facilities.
Officials at the V-A Hospital in Salem say they remain alert, but don't believe there's any immediate threat to that facility.
In a statement released yesterday, Veterans Affairs officials say the F-B-I bulletin serves as a warning and does NOT identify a credible threat.
Still the hospital IS working with the Department of Homeland Security and local law enforcement to make sure patients stay safe.
Salem Police are also keeping an eye on the facility.
Since 9-11, police say they've been keeping close watch over ALL government facilities in their jurisdiction.
They're still a few months away from raising the first curtain, but construction is on schedule at Lynchburg's new Academy of Fine Arts.
Crews have been transforming the area behind the old Academy of Music theater into a new studio theater and classroom space.
The six million dollar project is on pace to be completed this fall ... with a grand opening set for New Year's Eve.
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[IN Q=We will be]
((JEAN MEEKS/ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS: WE WILL BE OPEN AND READY FOR FULL PROGRAMMING BY THE FIRST OF THE YEAR, WHICH MEANS ART CLASSES INCLUDED BY THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. WE WILL BE OFFERING DANCE CLASSES, COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES AT RIVERVIEWS FOR THE FALL.))
[SUPER=01-Jean Meeks/Academy of Fine Arts]
[OUT Q=for the fall.]
Shows are already in the works for the 450-seat studio theater.
Restoration of the historic Academy of Music is expected to be completed by 2007.
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Some Roanoke high school sudents will soon be keeping bankers hours.
The student government at Community High School recently voted unanimously to adopt a 9 to 5 school day.
Administrators say the "work model" will give the 32-students time to do all their school work at school.
When the final bell rings they'll go home without having to worry about homework.
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[SOT 1:31 - 1:43]
[IN Q=What we've tried to do is build...]
[SUPER=01-Linda Thornton/Community High School;]
((LINDA THORNTON/COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL: WHAT WE'VE TRIED TO DO IS BUILD IN TIME FOR EVERY STUDENT, TIME FOR LUNCH, TIME TO GO TO THE Y, AND TIME FOR SOME SCHOOL WORK.))
[OUT Q=and time for some school work.]
While student council liked the idea some other students were skeptical.
But one student says most of the student body is focused on learning and appreciates the opportunity to spend more time doing so.
Community High Schoolers will start the school year September 7th.
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