Up next on News 7 at Six... Roanoke is bracing for the band.... getting ready for a major concert at Victory Stadium.
And a 103 year old fire victim says she's overwhelmed by the help she's getting.[Sports-Head]
In Sports, The Orioles were in Detroit for an afternoon game The Express returns to the Roundhouse tonight.
And the Salem Avalanche opened their season last night with a loss to Winston Sale
A Big time cool-down tonight with just about everyone hitting the freezing mark.
We turn around quickly though-- Warm numbers are on tap for tomorrow.[Matthews-Preview]
The Dave Matthews Band is a week away from Roanoke.
The group kicks off it's 98 tour next Saturday.
A record crowd is expected at Victory Staduim.
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That's where David Johnson is tonight, to tell us how the city is getting ready for this unprecedented event, David?
Eric, I'm standing in this stadium, which has a seating capacity of about 25-thousand and where next Saturday, officials will try to squeeze an estimated 30-thousand people in here.
It won't be easy, but organizers are trying to make sure everything is done right.
[Rollcue: a comfortable fit.]
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[SUPER=01-Larry Dowdy/K92-Radio; :40]
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((The stadium has gone through a major facelift from the lighting to the field.
[IN Q=A LOT OF]
((SHAUNA LEE HUDSON/SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR; A LOT OF PAINTING HAS BEEN DONE, SEATS HAVE BEEN REPLACED. THE BATHROOMS HAVE BEEN REFURBISHED. EVERYTHING'S BEING REFURBISHED. ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE THINGS TO LOOK AT IS THE GRASS. WE'VE GOT NEW SOD DOWN AND A NEW IRRIGATION SYSTEM IS UNDERNEATH THAT. WE WERE GOING TO DO THAT ANYWAY. BUT IT'S NICE THAT IT'S IN PLACE FOR THIS EVENT.))
The group generating so much attention is the Dave Matthews Band.
Radio stations are offering promotions to keep up with the high demand for concert tickets.
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((LARRY DOWDY/K92-RADIO; WE DID AN ENTIRE WEEKEND GIVING AWAY DAVE MATTHEWS CONCERT TICKETS AND EVERYBODY JUST KEEPS CALLING AND CALLING. SO THE WEEK OF THE SHOW, AS WE GET CLOSER TO CONCERT DAY, WE'RE GOING TO BE GIVING AWAY MORE TICKETS.))
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An A-B-C license has been acquired for vendors to sell beer and there will be a six beer limit per person.
There will be 100 port-a-potties close by for comfort.
And while officials don't anticipate any trouble, they're not taking any chances.
400-security personnel will be patroling the grounds.
Parking won't be permitted nearby but there will be 100-shuttle buses running to and from five designated areas, including the Roanoke Civic Center and Downtown.
The last time the city had so much to tackle was back in the 1950's.
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((HUDSON; THE FOOTBALL GAMES THAT WERE PLAYED HERE, THE CROWDS WERE LARGE BUT NOTHING THIS LARGE.))
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The largest of those games took place November 26th, 1942 when the stadium dedicated during a Virginia Tech-VMI game. 22, 500 saw Tech win 22-to-6.
But park officials say that's nothing compared to what's coming next Saturday.[Fuller]
Lynchburg Police finally have a suspect in custody for a five month old murder.
David Johnson was killed in a Lynchburg shooting last November.
Yesterday, 18-year old Ernest Fuller was arrested and charged with murder.
Police also charged Fuller with two counts of assualt and battery.
The prosecution of six V-M-I cadets will go on as scheduled, after a federal court refused to intervene in the case.
Three freshmen and three seniors, accused of lying about a hazing incident, were scheduled for trial before the school's honor court last week.
The cadets were hoping for an injunction from the Fourth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals.
But the three-judge panel rejected their motion without comment yesterday.
Under the V-M-I honor code, a cadet found guilty of lying can be expelled.[Duff]
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A Lynchburg man surprised prosecutors yesterday, and pled guilty to stalking News 7 Anchor Melanie Moon.
David Duff was due in court on a bond revocation hearing, after allegedly writing a letter to another female news anchor, Frances Scott, of W-J-P-R.
He pled guilty to the stalking charge, a misdemeanor which carries a maximum six month jail sentence.
Duff remains free on bond. He will be sentenced in May.[Tease#1]
When the news continues we'll tell you how some fraternities plan to cut down on student drinking.
And, our own Steve Mason shows us the
sights, sounds and beauty of Africa.
That's straight ahead on News 7.
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Some national fraternities are
banning alcohol at their social events.
Statistics from a Columbia University survey show that at least 80-percent of college students who drink, are involved in criminal activity or become victims of it.
According to the state's Secretary of Health and Human Resources, five national fraternities have joined in an effort to go dry by the year 2000.
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((BOB METCALF/HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES SECRETARY; IN FACT, THEY SAY 10 TO 15 YEARS, IF PRESENT TRENDS KEEP UP, THAT FRATERNITY WILL NOT BE AROUND THEN. YOU HAVE FEWER STUDENTS APPLYING TO GET INTO FRATERNITIES. THEY SEEM TO BE GETTING THE PEOPLE THAT ARE ALCOHOL ABUSERS AND THAT SORT OF THING. SO THEY WANT TO PUT A STOP TO IT.))
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Metcalf says those organizations committed to going dry are concerned about the liability issues.
Seven Virginia students have died in alcohol-related incidents since September.
Last month Attorney General Mark Earley appointed a task force on alcoholic drinking by college students.
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Workers at Goodyear in Danville were on the job today--marking the beginning of their new operating schedule that includes working seven days week.
The new schedule took effect with today's morning shift.
Union workers reluctantly agreed in December to move to a continuous operation, rather than risk losing jobs.
Union representatives say the company still has to hire about 150-workers to meet production requirements.
There's no word from the company when those positions will be filled.
Amid the problems in the war-torn nations of Africa, there is also beauty.
That's what members of Roanoke County's Church of the Holy Spirit found during a mission to help people in Sudan and Uganda
Steve Mason wraps up his coverage of the trip, and takes us on a safari.
[IN Q=A beautiful African]
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((A beautiful African sunset greeted the mission's team members as they entered Northern Uganda's Mutchinson Falls National Park. This national preserve encompasses 3,864 square kilometers. No street lights or rush hour traffic; but that didn't mean the roads weren't busy. Thompson Gazelles blended into the landscape but no one missed the giraffes; the highlight of the land tour.
An unforgettable tour of the Nile River began with a rather close encounter with a Hippopotomis that was hardly camera shy.
Approximately 18 hundred hippos live in the park; one of the largest herds on the 6,700 kilometer Nile. The two story touring boat kept the safari at a safe distance from the powerful beasts.
((GEORGE ATUBE/SAFARI GUIDE:))
Not even the 850 crock's in the park could prevent one traveler from a cat nap that quickly came to an end when two large elephants were spotted near rivers edge. The preserve is named after perhaps its most magnificent sight; Mutchisin falls.
650 species of birds inhabit the park. and it was no wonder after the Safari; each participant felt like they too were on cloud nine. In Uganda, Steve Mason, News 7.))
And coming up in sports, Highlights from this afternoon's baseball action Virginia Tech's Al Clark gets ready next weekends spring football game.
And the Roanoke Express returns to the ice tonight against Hampton Roads in the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Fred Couples and David Duval started the day tied at 5 under par at the Masters golf tournament.
And Couples remains the leader after today's third round.
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A beautiful spring day as the golfers teed it up for the third round.
Jack Nicklaus made his move today he rolls in this long par putt at the 18-th hole to finish with a 2 under par 70 putting him at 1 under for the event.
Phil Mickelson also made a move he rolls in this birdie putt at 14 to go to 6 under par Mickleson finished at 4 under par.
But Couples answered Mickelson's birdie with an eagle on the 13-th hole to take over the lead at 6 under par after a 71.
Amateur Matt Kuchar of Georgia Tech shot a 68 today to finish at 216 even par for the tournament.[S-Express]
The Roanoke Express will hit the ice at the Roundhouse tonight for game two of the second round Kelly Cup Playoffs against Hampton.
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The Express beat the Admirals on Thursday night and a win tonight would give Roanoke a 2 to nothing lead in the best of five playoff series.
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[SUPER=01-Wayne Strachan/5 Points in Playoffs; :11]
[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :23]
[OUT Q=.....choice do I have."]
The Express and Admirals face it off tonight at 7:35 at the Roundhouse. [S-Avalanche]
The Salem Avalanche opened their season on a down note last night as Winston Salem came from behind to beat Salem 10 to 9.
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The Express mascot Loco crashed the party tonight during warmups.
The Avalanche warmed up their bats in the first as Rod Bair hits this shot to the second baseman for the fielders choice scoring a run to make it 1 to nothing.
The Avalanche continued to turn up the heat as Blake Barthol fires this shot over the left centerfield wall for the two run homer and a 3 to nothing lead.
Salem would put more points on the board early in the second when Doug Livingston gets this grounder and Blake Anderson scores from third as they lead by four.
Rod Bair fires this sacrifice fly [SUPER=37-Salem/9/Winston Salem/10/;]to right field scoring Juan Sosa as Winston
Salem goes on to win the game 10 to 9.
The Two teams face each other again tonight at 7 Oclock.[S-Orioles]
The Baltimore Orioles hit the road this afternoon for another weekend set with the Detroit Tigers in Mowtown.
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A couple of young fans enjoying some cotton candy at the ball park.
The Orioles got on the board in the top of the first when Joe Carter hits this line drive to right field scoring Jeffery Hammonds to make it 1 to nothing Baltimore.
Still in the first, Cal Ripken hits the high chopper
to third for the fielders choice scoring a run and Baltimore wins the game 2 to nothing.
It's been a bad start for the defending champion Florida Marlins this season. Florida had dropped 9 straight heading into today's game at Pittsburgh.
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The Marlins got on the board first in the top of the first when Mark Kotsay hits this double down the right field line with the bases loaded scoring two to make it 2 to nothing.
But the Pirates come back in their half of the inning Kevin Young hitting this shot over the left field line for a two run homer to make it 2 to 2.
Young comes back in the fifth hitting this double
down the left field line scoring two more runs to make it 4 to 2 Pirates and ___ wins it six to six.
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