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NOON-HEADLINES

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A Montgomery grand jury makes a decision in the Christy Brzonkala case,
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and boxer Mike Tyson is accused of sexual assault.
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Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.

Brzonkala


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#96-17
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It appears the two Virginia Tech football players accused of raping Christy Brzonkala will NOT face criminal charges.
After considering the results of a state police investigation this morning, a grand jury in Montgomery County decided not to indict Tony Morrison and James Crawford.
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Brzonkala, a former Tech student, claims Morrison and Crawford raped her when she visited their dorm room.
Crawford has denied having sex with Brzonkala.
Morrison has said that whatever happened between THEM was consensual.
Brzonkala's attorney, Eileen Wagner says she hopes the serious and professional way in which the investigation was conducted will encourage other women to report rapes.
Brzonkala still has an eight million dollar civil suit pending against both players and Virginia Tech.
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Mike-Tyson


ANCHOR=Melanie
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Chicago police today are investigating a woman's complaint of sexual assault aginst boxer Mike Tyson.
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The attorney for a 25-year-old beautician says his client maintains Tyson attacked her in a Chicago nightclub.
Club employees say he was never alone with the woman.
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4;04:24 (( BRANDI PHILLIPS/WAITRESS:HE WAS IN OUR VIP ROOM FOR A WHILE BUT WHEN HE GOT READY TO COME DOWN HE CAME DOW INTO THE CROWD. A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE RUSHING HIM WANTING AUTOGRAPHS AND ALL KINDS OF STUFF, HE STAYED ABOUT AN HOUR OR TWO. ))
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The former world heavyweight champion is currently on probation after serving time for a rape conviction.
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LGH-Shooting


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TAPE#96-18
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Salem Police are still trying to figure out what compelled an elderly man to commit apparent murder - suicide at Lewis Gale Hospital.
Len Besthoff has more on yesterday's shooting.
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(( It was just another routine day at a rehabilitation unit at Lewis Gale Hospital, until two shots rang out in room 402.
There a staffer found Miriam Neutze of Lexington, and her husband Frank, both 71, both with bullet wounds to the head.
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((JEFF DUDLEY/SALEM DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF: A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION INTO THIS MATTER HAS DETERMINED THAT THE MALE SUBJECT SHOT THE FEMALE SUBJECT, AND THEN TURNED THE GUN ON HIMSELF.))
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The shots from Frank Neutze's 38 caliber revolver killed his wife immediately, he died an hour later.
Neutze was visiting his wheelchair bound wife, who had been in the hospital since late January for treatment of a heart condition and other health problems that were not life threatening.
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((BILL DOWNEY/LEWIS GALE HOSPITAL PRESIDENT: IT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT HE WAS A REGULAR VISITOR. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES, WHAT OCCURRENCE, BUT THIS WAS A ROUTINE VISIT.))
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Police spent most of the day searching for a motive in this apparent murder suicide.
At this point they won't say it was pre-meditated, but did find a note left in the hospital room.
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((JEFF DUDLEY/SALEM DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF: THERE WAS A NOTE LEFT ON THE WINDOWSILL OF THE ROOM, GIVING INFORMATION TO THE DAUGHTER'S PHONE NUMBER, BOTH AT WORK AND AT HOME.))
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Police say an initial check of the couple's history has no indication of any domestic trouble.
They add that the incident was confined to the patient's room, and no hospital employees witnessed the shooting.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))

Neighbor-Neutzes


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Friends and neighbors of the couple say they think it may have been a mercy killing.
Kimberly McBroom has that story.
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(( After moving from New Jersey, this was home to Frank and Miriam Neutze for nearly a decade.
Neighbors say Frank, a former attorney, played golf and often worked in his yard.
Miriam, who was known as "Betty" to her friends-- was active in the community.
But last year, Miriam suffered an aneurysm, had surgery, and was confined to a wheelchair.
And with her illness-- came Frank's depression.
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((JILL STOCKWELL/NEIGHBOR: I JUST KNOW HE WAS VERY UNHAPPY AND IT WAS SO PAINFUL FOR HIM TO SEE HER, AND I COULD SEE IT IN HIM EVERY DAY, AND IT WAS GETTING WORSE. ))
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Those who knew her say Miriam was kind and generous-- often leaving gift baskets at her neighbors' homes.
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((ANNE BABB/NEIGHBOR: SHE WROTE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL NOTES TO YOU-- I MEAN, WE'D HAVE A NEIGHBORHOOD PARTY AND SHE'D WRITE, "WHAT A WONDERFUL PARTY, YOU WERE SO KIND, YOU WERE SO WONDERFUL-- SHE JUST WENT ON AND ON. ))
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The Neutze's have three daughters--
Neighbors describe them as a "loving family."
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((STOCKWELL: I JUST KNOW THAT FRANK AND BETTY WENT TOGETHER. I KNOW THEY WERE AS ONE, AND ONE COULDN'T BE WITHOUT THE OTHER. ))
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Standup here
According to neighbors, Miriam may have eventually had to enter a nursing home because of her condition.
And they believe Frank feared his wife would never have been able to come home.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))

Hospital-Security


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Meantime, hospital officials are addressing security concerns.
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Hospital president Bill Downey said Lewis Gale currently has security guards working around the clock-- plus 24 hour surveillance cameras.
But visiting hours for the rehabilitation unit are not strictly enforced... plus, Downey says, there was no way of knowing that Frank Neutze (NEWTS) posed any threat to his wife.
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((BILL DOWNEY/LEWIS GALE HOSPITAL: I THINK AS YOU LOOK AT THE ISSUE AT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SOCIETY AND SOME OF THE THINGS HAPPENING AROUND US, IT WAS AN UNAVOIDABLE TRAGEDY. ))
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Officials from other local hospitals say they'll make a case study out of this incident... possibly enabling them to avoid similar situations.
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The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is already studying the feasibility of metal detectors at hospital entrances.
OSHA says the study is in response to recent threats on health care workers.

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Still to come on News 7 --
President Clinton delivers the eulogy at Ron Brown's funeral today,
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and the evacuation of Americans out of Liberia's capital city continues, despite the end to four days of fighting.
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LIBERIA


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On the West Coast of Africa a ceasefire appears to be holding this afternoon in war-torn Liberia.
But after four days of heavy fighting...the State Department has decided to evacuate American citizens.
Mark Phillips has more.
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((The evacuation has been underway since yesterday... helicopters being used to transport people from the U.S. Embassy compound in the Liberian capital of Monrovia to Freetown in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
But the U.S. buildup in Freetown has stretched facilities to the limit and the evacuees are being moved on to Dakar in Senegal.
This latest outbreak of violence is another of Liberia's frequent upheavals.

Founded by freed American Slaves in 1847, it has been notoriously unstable.
This latest outbreak came after government troops tried to arrest the leader of one of the local factions - - Roosevelt Johnson, seen here in the suit.
The U.S. military has been here before -- in fact three times in the past decade.
Fighting between at least seven rebel groups has claimed one-hundred-and-fifty thousand lives. And the current fighting seems likely to add to the toll.
VOICE OF DUDLEY SIMS -- U.S. EMBASSY SPOKESMAN) "CHAOS, CONFUSION, THE USE OF HEAVY WEAPONS INCLUDING MORTARS, RPGS AND HEAVY ARMS. IT WAS TERRIBLE, CHAOTIC, LOTS OF LOOTING AND BURNING.
Mark Phillips, CBS News, London.))

Brown


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Commerce Secretary Ron Brown will be buried today at Arlington National cemetery.
President Clinton will deliver the eulogy.
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Last night, hundreds of Brown's friends and colleagues remembered him at a memorial service.
Brown and 34 others were killed last week in a plane crash in Croatia.
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Nelms


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WRITER=cro
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A Richmond judge today dismissed an indecent exposure charge against a state legislator, but the case is NOT over.
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The judge agreed to dismiss the charge because Delegate Robert Nelms was served the warrant during the General Assembly session.
The state constitution bars lawmakers from being taken into custody during legislative sessions.
The prosecutor agreed to the dismissal, but said afterward she will ask a grand jury to indict Nelms.
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The Republican lawmaker was arrested February 15th in a city park.
He says he did nothing wrong and was stopped by a police officer while he was relieving himself.

Jones


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An inmate who sent the Botetourt County sheriff a letter threatening to rape and mutilate his family wanted a response, and he got it.
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Inmate Jason Jones pleaded guilty yesterday to sending the letter to Sheriff Reed Kelly.
He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in June.
According to the sheriff, Jones said his fellow inmates in the Botetourt County Jail told him Kelly never read letters from inmates.
Jones told investigators he wanted to see if that was true.
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Regional-Jail


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Bedford County gets the nod from Lynchburg City Council to rejoin the Blue Ridge Regional Jail project.
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At first, council last night decided to table the decision, but members reconvened and voted unamiously to accept the county.
Bedford needs the approval of the other four participating localities before it can rejoin the project.
The panel also heard from more than a dozen different non- profit agencies, that hope to get a piece of the city's block grant money.
They included organizers of Lynchburg's midnight basketball league, which hopes to start play this summer.
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((BLANCHE VALENTINE/ORGANIZER: MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL GETS KIDS OFF THE STREET BY OFFERING LATENIGHT BASKETBALL, MANDATORY EDUCATION, COUNSELING, MENTORING, AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT.))
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The city has about one million dollars in grant money available...but more than two million dollars in requests.
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When News 7 continues, a new treatment for patients suffering from emphysema,
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the sky, not the age, is the limit for a pilot in California as she sets out to break a record.
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Lungshaving


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More than a million people suffer from emphysema-- a chronic lung disease that can force patients to live on oxygen, or even undergo lung transplant surgery.
But now there's another option for treatment-- with "Lung Volume Reduction Surgery"-- or Lungshaving.
Connie Stevens has more from the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center-- and one warning, this report does contain graphic medical video.
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((DR. JONATHON TRUWIT/UVA PULMONOLOGIST: EMPHYSEMA IS A DISEASE RELATED MOSTLY TO SMOKING. THE LUNG TISSUE BECOMES LARGER, AND STRETCHES. THE AIRWAYS BECOME FLOPPY SO PATIENTS HAVE DIFFICULTY GETTING AIR OUT, SO IF YOU WOULD TAKE A DEEP BREATHE IN, AND THEN TRY TO BREATHE NORMALLY BUT AT THE VERY HIGH LUNG LEVEL. THAT'S HOW PATIENTS FEEL WHO HAVE EMPHYSEMA AND THEY DO THIS ALL THE TIME. ))
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((EVELYN CALDWELL/LUNGSHAVING PATIENT: I'VE BEEN ON CONSTANT USE OF OXYGEN WITH A GENERATOR. I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GO OUT IN THE CAR WITHOUT OXYGEN ATTACHED. I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING BUT JUST KIND OF BE HOMEBOUND. ))
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And that's what led Evelyn Caldwell to this program.
She just underwent "lungshaving" about a week earlier-- and now she's exercising for 20- minutes at a stretch-- without oxygen.
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((DR. JONATHON TRUWIT: THE LUNGSHAVING IS EFFORT TO TAKE OUT WORST PORTION OF LUNG, STILL LEAVE A DISEASED LUNG BEHIND, STILL EMPHASEMATIST BUT THE HOPE IS INSTEAD OF LOOKING LIKE THE MICHELIN MAN INSIDE BECAUSE THEY'LL BE LESS INFLATED SO THE DIAPHRAGM WILL WORK BETTER.... ))
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And that means patients will breathe easier, and be able to exercise more.
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((WHAT WE'RE ABOUT TO DO IS THE STAPLER IS LITERALLY SHAVING THEM OFF.))
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Still, the surgery does come with risks-- out of 32 patients who've been operated on, there has been one death.
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((DR. TRUWIT: WE DON'T KNOW HOW LONG OUR IMPROVEMENT WILL LAST AND PATIENTS MAY COME TO LUNG TRANSPLANTS THREE, FIVE, SEVEN YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, SO THIS WILL NOT REPLACE TRANSPLANTS. ))
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To determine if they are candidates for the procedure, patients also have to undergo six weeks of rehabilitation.
That's even BEFORE the surgery.
If they're selected, they can expect to get right to work, the day after their operation.
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((EVELYN CALDWELL: WHEN I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL A YEAR AGO I STAYED IN BED FOR NINE DAYS. WHEN I GOT OUT OF BED AND COULDN'T WALK. SO YOU SEE GETTING UP-- EARLY AMBULATION IS A REAL KEY IS A REAL KEY TO THIS SURGERY AND EACH DAY YOU GAIN A LITTLE MORE STRENGTH AND YOU'RE ABLE TO WALK AROUND THE ROOM AND DO ANYTHING FOR YOURSELF.))
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For information about who is a candidate for this procedure, call the University of Virginia at 1-804-924-2804.
Connie Stevens, News 7.))
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GIRL-PILOT


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A California girl has begun her quest to become the youngest pilot to fly across America.
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Seven-year-old Jessica Dubroff took off this morning from Half Moon Bay airport in Northern California.
She's accompanied by her father and a flight instructor.
The four-foot-two-inch student pilot plans to guide her Cessna four-seater across the Sierra Nevada and the Rockies to Cheyenne, Wyoming, on the first leg of her flight.
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Disney


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Former studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg is suing the Walt Disney Company for 250 Million dollars.
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Katzenberg claims the Burbank-based entertainment giant owes him a portion of the profits he helped generate through such animated hits as "Aladdin" and "The Lion King."
Katzenberg says during his tenure, Disney Studio revenue rose from 245 million dollars to four-point-eight billion.
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Katzenberg resigned in 19-94 after Disney Chairman Michael Eisner failed to promote him to studio president.
He now works with director Steven Spielberg and record producer David Geffen in the new Dreamworks studio.

State-Tuition


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Virginia's public colleges and universities are expected to drop down on the nation's most-expensive list, thanks to increased state funding.
The State Council of Higher Education says Virginia is poised to drop from second place to fifth place in rankings of colleges with the highest tuition.
That's pending Governor Allen's approval of a two-year state budget that would give colleges millions in additional money and more staff positions.
Virginia undergraduates also would be guaranteed a two-year tuition freeze.

Stocks


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Stocks are making their way through a mixed session on Wall Street.
Analysts say there's a concern about higher interest rates, but also an outlook for a stronger economy.
At noon the Dow was UP three points.
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Stick around -
Wake Forest's head basketball coaches makes a satisfying announcement,
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and Virginia Tech and Radford meet for a chilly night of baseball in Danville.
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Wake


ANCHOR=Melanie
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We'll start with college basketball news that's sure to thrill Wake Forest fans.
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Head coach Dave Odom said last night he has decided not pursue the N.C. State job and will stay at Wake Forest.
In fact, the three time A-C-C coach of the year has signed a contract extension with the Deacons.
Also, he said he believes star Tim Duncan will return for his senior season.
Odom says Duncan has already enrolled in Fall classes for next year.
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Danville


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NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
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The Virginia Tech and Radford baseball game was played last night, but not in the New River Valley.
The two schools hooked up on a chilly night in Danville.
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Radford's Chris Whiting singles up the middle and plates Mike Lombardi for a 1-to-nothing lead.
The Highlanders add another run in the fourth as Chad Gordon singles to right field.
Chris Carr scrambles home SUPER=34-Radford/==8/Virginia Tech/==3;

for a two-nothing lead, and the HIghlanders hang on to beat the Hokies by a score of eight to three.
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Avalanche


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=noon
WRITER=Mike
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The Salem Avalanche first home stand of the season has left fans out in the cold.
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After Monday's rainy, cold opening night, colder temperatures and high winds forced the Avalanche to postpone last night's game and send home the few fans who had come to brave the cold.
The Blue Rocks and Avalanche will play a doubleheader tonight to make the game up.
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Lynchburg at Frederick was also postponed last night. They'll play tonight.

Wrap


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WRITER=jmc
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Today on Health Check-- an update on the F-D-A's consideration of the diet pill dexfenfluramine.
Some researchers are worried the appetite depressant is being rushed through the system.
Join us for the story, plus all the latest news, sports and weather-- on News 7 at FIVE. That's it for News 7 at Noon. Bye. Then be sure to tune in for News 7 at SIX.