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Coming up on News 7-
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A judge drops the criminal case against Kobe. The reason why coming up.
Here they go again in Florida... half a million Floridians are told to evacuate. The latest on where Frances is headed.
And the latest on possible drug testing in some local schools...
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News 7 at Eleven is next.

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Kobe Bryant is off the hook on criminal rape charges. A judge throws the case out.
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((TODAY JUSTICE IS SADLY INTERRUPTED.))
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[Kobe]


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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Rape charges against N-B-A star Kobe Bryant are dropped and the criminal case against him is over.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Eagle, CO]


A district judge threw out the case under a deal that means the charges can not be re-filed.
Prosecutors said they had a strong case and they wanted to take it trial.
But, they said they had to ask that the charges be dropped because the victim could no longer take part.
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[SOT 20:46:30]
[IN Q=The victim]

((MARK HURLBERT/EAGLE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY: THE VICTIM HAS NOTIFIED US AFTER MUCH OF HER OWN LABORING, SHE DOES NOT WANT TO PROCEED WITH THIS TRIAL. FOR THAT REASON AND THAT REASON ONLY I HAVE ASKED TO DISMISS THE CASE.))
[SUPER=01-Mark Hurlbert/Eagle Co. District Attorney]
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[OUT Q=DISMISS THE CASE.]
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The woman's attorney said his client is upset over a series of courthouse mistakes including the release of her name and medical history.
The judge admitted mistakes and took full responsibility.
Bryant still faces the accuser's civil suit.
It seeks unspecified damages.
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[ANCHOR=JEan]
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In a statement late tonight, Bryant apologized to the victim. He said he does not question her motives. Bryant says he believes the encounter was consensual, but now recognizes that she did not and does not view the incident the same way.

[Frances-Preps]


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Florida and Georgia are both under a state of emergency as Hurricane Frances heads toward the U-S coast.
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[SUPER=03-Brevard Co., FL;]

Orders were issued today for half-a-million Florida residents to begin evacuating tomorrow afternoon. State emergency officials are taking action- while residents who plan to brave the storm are preparing the best they can.
Generators, water and emergency supplies are being snatched off store shelves as forecasters warn the storm is due near Florida's coast late Friday or early Saturday.
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((RAY ASHTON/EMERGENCY OPERATIONS DIRECTOR; WHAT'S SO IMPORTANT AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THAT THE PUBLIC REALLY BE AWARE OF THE MAGNITUDE OF THIS STORM AND THE DAMAGE THAT IT CAN DO.))
[SUPER=01-Ray Ashton/Emergency Operations Director;]
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If Frances should head toward South Carolina- officials there have a plan to get residents to safety quicker. Eastbound lanes on Interstate 26 would be reversed so that all lanes would be headed away from the coast.
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According to the National Hurricane Center record books, which date to 1871, two category-4 storms have never struck the U-S in the same year.

[Storm-Cleanup]


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Eastern Virginia is hoping Frances stays far away.
Today a seventh victim of Monday night's flash flooding was found south of Richmond.
And, Governor Warner has requested federal disaster assistance.
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The floodwaters are gone, but state and local officials are still tallying the damage.
Gaston dumped more than a foot of rain on the Richmond area washing out roads and bridges.
A large sinkhole near Shockoe Bottom swallowed cars and threatened a nearby home.
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The storm also spawned a number of tornadoes. The National Weather Service has conducted storm damage surveys, and now confirms that ten tornadoes touched down from Richmond to the Tidewater area.

[Drug-Testing]


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The new school year rasies old questions about random drug testing in Roanoke County Schools.
Many are wondering will a final decision ever be made on this controversial issue. [***DRUG TESTING IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=JEan & Justin /BAM;]


Justin McLeod studied it and joins us now with an answer. Justin, has the idea been dropped?
Jean, the school system says absoultely not.
[LIVE= Justin /FULL BAM]
[SUPER=@justin1]


But a vote on this issue is probably still months away leaving many parents and students to ask, what's taking so long?
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[SUPER=01-Chris Hutto/Hidden Valley H. S. Senior; :09]
[SUPER=01-Judd Carte/Hidden Valley H. S. Senior; :26]
[SUPER=01-Andrea Bidanset/Hidden Valley H. S. Senior; :31]
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[SUPER=01-Jill Harris/Hidden Valley H. S. Senior; 1:13]
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[OUT Q=AND STICK WITH IT]

((((NAT SOUND OF TACKLE AT 19:34:36))
Before hitting the field this fall, many students in Roanoke County thought they would have to first take a drug test.
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((CHRIS HUTTO/HIDDEN VALLEY H.S. SENIOR: EVERYBODY WAS MAKING A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT BUT FOR SOME REASON THE SUMMER CAME ALONG AND NOBODY TALKED ABOUT IT ANYMORE.)) ((JILL HARRIS/HIDDEN VALLEY H.S. SENIOR: I HAVEN'T HEARD A WORD ABOUT IT.)) [Runs08]
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Not since last March when four public forums were held throughout the county.
It was controversial then and still is seven months later.
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((JUDD CARTE/HIDDEN VALLEY H.S. SENIOR: YEAH AT EVERY SCHOOL YOU CAN HAVE A DRUG TEST. IF NO ONE HAS ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT IT, IT SHOULDN'T BE A BIG DEAL.)) ((ANDREA BIDANSET/HIDDEN VALLEY H.S. SENIOR: UNLESS YOU HAVE A REASON TO SUSPECT THAT SOMEONE IS DOING DRUGS YOU DON'T NEED TO DO A BLANKET TESTING OF EVERYONE AND IT'S KINDA OF WASTE OF MONEY.)) [Runs12]
[OUT Q=WASTE OF MONEY]


These same issues came up at the public forums.
How do you pay for it? Who do you test and what do you test for?
A coalition made up of community members must first answer these questions before the school board can take any action.
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[IN Q=They are looking]

((LINDA WEBER/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THEY ARE LOOKING TO GET A FEEL FROM THE COMMUNITY BEING REALLY INTERESTED IN THIS BEFORE THEY GO FORWARD.)) [Runs06]
[OUT Q=they go forward]


But what's taking so long?
A final report is still months from being completed and the coalition acknowledges it needs to do a better job of educating the public. ((QUICK NAT SOUND OF TACKLING))
As Roanoke County continues to tackle with this issue (shot of tackling) many students are left to wonder what's the game plan.
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((JILL HARRIS/HIDDEN VALLEY H.S. SENIOR: I THINK THEY SHOULD GET BACK ON TOP OF IT PERSONALLY, I THINK IT'S A GREAT IDEA AND SHOULD HAPPEN.)) ((ANDREA BIDANSET/HIDDEN VALLEY H.S. SENIOR: THEY SHOULD MAKE A DECISION AND STICK WITH IT.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=AND STICK WITH IT]))
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[LIVE= Justin /FULL BAM]


The Superintendent says the school board will most likely vote on this issue sometime this school year.
But before the vote, there will be several public hearings.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Justin /BAM;]


Jean, students we talked to say drugs are not necessarily a problem among their classmates, but alcohol is.

[Vaughan-Closing]


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More than 200 people will lose their jobs when Vaughan Furniture closes its plant in Patrick County.
The company made the announcement today, citing increased competition from makers of imported bedroom furniture.

Employees will receive severance and employment counseling. They are also eligible for federal assistance with health insurance premiums.
When the Patrick County facility closes, the company will operate two plants and a distribution center in Galax.

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A serious accident heightens calls for safety improvements on Route 220.
Still ahead, why VDOT says it's not as easy as flipping a switch.
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((REPUBLICANS GO ON THE ATTACK AS VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY STEPS UP TO THE PODIUM. PLUS MR. BUSH GETS A BOOST FROM AN UNUSUAL ALLY. I'M TERI OKITA AT THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION. STORY COMING UP.))
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((Hey, everybody. Travis Wells here in the News 7 Sports Office. Coming up later, the Avalanche pays tribute to Willis White but can't pick up a win. Bryan Randall and Wali Lundy are in the mix for some high honors, and Deion gets back in the NFL groove. Plus, Serena moves on at the US Open. All that and more on the way in sports.))
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Vice President Dick Cheney is in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention tonight.
While President Bush gets an endorsement from New York City's firefighters.
Teri Okita is at Madison Square Garden with more.
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((TRACK: MR. BUSH'S DECISIVENESS AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IS THE CENTERPIECE OF HIS CAMPAIGN AND VICE-PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY HIT THAT MESSAGE HOME IN HIS SPEECH TONIGHT.
SOT: Cheney talking about Bush as a leader

TRACK: HE SAYS THE NATION HAS REACHED A DEFINING MOMENT ONE THAT CALLS FOR RESOLVE RATHER THAN THE INDECISION OF DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER, JOHN KERRY.
SOT: Cheney on Kerry

TRACK: THE PRESIDENT LISTENED TO MR. CHENEY'S SPEECH FROM HIS HOTEL ROOM IN NEW YORK CITY. EARLIER, HE CHATTED UP FIREFIGHTERS FROM QUEENS REMINISCENT OF HIS VISIT TO GROUND ZERO. THE TIMING IS NO ACCIDENT MEANT TO REMIND VOTERS OF THE PRESIDENTS LEADERSHIP AFTER 9-11.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)

STANDUP BRIDGE: There's no disagreement between the President and his running mate when it comes to the war on terror, but the two do differ on the controversial issue of same-sex unions. Mr. Bush wants a constitutional amendment banning them. The Vice-President who has a gay daughter thinks states should decide.
SOT: delegate on same-sex unions & republican position
SOT: delegate

TRACK: ONE MAN FAMILIAR WITH DISSENTING OPINIONS DEMOCRATIC SENATOR ZELL MILLER. ONCE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT HIS PARTY'S CONVENTION IN 1992, MILLER WHO DEMOCRATS HAVE NICKNAMED ZIGZAG IS NOW CONSIDERED A TURNCOAT FOR ADDRESSING THIS YEARS G-O-P CONVENTION.
(Super: Sen. Zell Miller/D-Georgia)
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TRACK: REPUBLICANS HOPE THE UNDECIDEDS ARE LISTENING. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, AT THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION. ))



[Boones-Mill]


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An accident earlier this week in Boones Mill has prompted calls for safety improvements.
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Phil Randolph and his neighbor Brenda McManaway (Mack-man-uh-way) say they've been trying for years to get a traffic light installed at Route-220 and Bethlehem Road.
[SUPER=04-Monday;]

And Monday's crash crash involving several teenagers only renewed their efforts. Now, after years of petitioning, the two may finally get what they want.
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: IT'S CAREFULLY STUDIED, IT'S NOT JUST A MATTER OF FUNDING OR A MATTER OF DRAWING UP CONSTRUCTION PLANS BUT IT NEEDS TO BE AN APPROPRIATE TREATMENT AN APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC CONTROL FOR THE SITUATION NOW WE THINK THAT IT IS. ))
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But, V-Dot says it's not sure WHEN the signal will be installed. Officials say they still need to draw up plans and acquire a right of way before construction can begin.
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What caused a deadly fraternity house fire?
Still ahead, investigators say they're making progress.
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And what's being done to prevent blazes on college campuses in our area.
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[Fire-Update]


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Investigators find some answers in a fatal fraternity house fire that killed a student from Martinsville.
Officials now say the fire at the University of Mississippi may have been electrical.
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The fire swept through a fraternity house early Friday morning, killing three students, including sophomore, Howard Stone, from Martinsville.
A university spokesman says the fire had "multiple points of origin" corresponding with electrical outlets in a basement bedroom.
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[Fraternity-Safety]


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According to the U-S Fire Administration there are about 150 fraternity and sorority house fires each year.
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Virginia Tech officials say they take the threat of fire seriously. The 17 fraternity and sorority houses on the campus are inspected once a year by the state Fire Marshall and twice more by university fire officials.
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((EDWARD SPENCER/VA TECH STUDENT AFFAIRS: I THINK THE BIGGER CHALLENGE IS WITH THE OFF CAMPUS GROUP BECAUSE THEY ARE TYPICALLY PRIVATE HOUSES THAT ARE OWNED BY HOUSE CORPORATIONS OR SOMETIMES RENTED FRATERNITY AND HOUSE CORPORATIONS. THEY ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE REGULAR INSPECTIONS THAT OUR ON CAMPUS HOUSES ARE.))
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Less than half of Virginia Tech's sorority and fraternity houses are on campus. But some of those buildings are voluntarily signed up for inspections with the town of Blacksburg. Tech officials say they wish more houses would get fire code inspections.
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[Almanac]


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With tropical season going full bore, school back in session and leaves already changing color at the higher elevations, can fall be far behind? Leo has more in our September almanac.
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Coming up, we'll tell you if the Danville Braves wrapped up the Appy League title, Willis White gets honored by the Avalanche, plus Bryan Randall and Wali Lundy reap some early season respect, but first our extra point,
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[SUPER=03-Pulaski/2002 Season; :00]


Motor Mile Speedway late model stock points leader Frank Deiny, Jr. will have a teammate this weekend. Deiny will field a second car for 19 year old Brianne Cronrath. She's the only woman to compete at the track this season, recording 1 top ten finish in four starts. Brianne will have an all female pit crew for this weekend's Collision Plus 200.

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The Salem Avalanche is out of playoff contention, but tonight's game with the Wilmington Blue Rocks at Salem Memorial Stadium was special nonetheless. The team honored longtime Salem High School football coach
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[SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00]


Willis White with his own bobblehead. The first one thousand fans thru the gates received the dolls tonight as Coach White looked on after throwing out the first pitch.
The Avs tried to put on a show for White. We pick it up in the 5th, when the bases were juiced for Josh Anderson.
Anderson worked the count for a walk, plating Gavin Wright for a 2-nothing lead.
Still in the 5th, Wade Robinson smacked this deep homerun over the centerfield wall. The solo homer made it 3-oh Avalanche.
[SUPER=37-Wilmington/6/Salem/5/;]


Salem extended the lead just a few batters later. Ryan Kochen raps a base knock over third, scoring Renaldo Ruiz. But the Blue Rocks scored 6 runs over the final 3 innings to win it 6 to 5.
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[S-Appy]


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The Danville Braves will have to wait another night to try to clinch their first Appalachian League baseball championship. The D-Braves led Greeneville 2-nothing thru 7 innings in tonight's game two, but the Astros rallied for a run in the bottom of the 8th and then tacked on 2 more in the bottom of the ninth to win 3-2. The best of 3 is now tied at a game apiece with the rubber match set for tomorrow night at Greeneville, Tennessee's Pioneer Park.

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Tech quarterback Bryan Randall is up for some post season hardware.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Landover, MD/Saturday Night; :00]


The Hokies senior signal caller is a nominee for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award along with 21 other quarterbacks from across the country. Randall accounted for 235 yards of offense in the Hokies eleven point loss to USC on Saturday night. Randall is also a candidate for the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien trophies.
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[S-Lundy]


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Randall isn't the only one getting noticed. Virginia's Wali Lundy has been named to the Doak Walker Watch list. That award goes to the nation's top running back.
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville; :00]


Lundy rushed for 929 yards as a sophomore, which was fourth in the ACC, and he led the conference in touchdowns with 14.
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Deion Sanders has passed his physical, and today he stepped on the practice field for the first time in a Baltimore Ravens uniform. The 7 time Pro Bowl defensive back signed a one year incentive laden contract. Today was just like old times for Prime Time.
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[OUT Q=absorb as much as I could."]
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[S-Rookies]


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Nextel Cup drivers race in the Pop Secret 500 at the California Speedway Sunday as the Chase for the Championship continues.
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[SUPER=04-Nascar; :00]


The rookie race is pretty much over. That belongs to Kasey Kahne right now. He is 11th in overall points with eight top five finishes.
Next is Brian Vickers with three top 10's.
Scott Wimmer is third and both are just trying to chase Kasey.
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[S-Hockey]


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Tickets for the October ninth United Hockey League exhibition game at the Roanoke Civic Center went on sale this morning. As of this afternoon, around 80 tickets had been sold.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond/UHL Riverdogs File; :00]

The Civic Center has also sold 46 of the season ticket deposit packages at 25 dollars each. The deposit deal is a way to gauge fan interest. The game will feature the Richmond Riverdogs and the Missouri River Otters.
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[S-Tennis]


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We finish up at the US Open where 3rd seeded Serena Williams advanced today past unseeded Lindsey Lee Waters.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/USA; :00]


Waters is the only mom playing in this year's Open.
She hung around for awhile, but Williams, the 1999 and 2002 US Open champ, advanced to the third round with a straight sets victory, 6-4 and 6-3.
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[TOSS TO BREAK]

[Cement]


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People do all kinds of crazy things all the time.. Here's a good example.
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[SUPER=03-Budapest, Hungary;]


A man who is dubbed Hungary's Houdini... was encased in a four ton concrete block and lowered by crane into the Danube River.
He described it as a frightening nightmare.... but within fifteen minutes, David Merlini was out of the block.
How he did it.. he isn't saying and few people actually witnessed him getting free.
Merlini says the weight of the concrete made it hard to breath.
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