[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A gas line fire closes streets and cuts power in downtown Danville.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And President Clinton gets ready to unveil his Medicare reforms, and they're guaranteed to be controversial.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Gas-Main]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#99-27 TC11:07]
[GRAPHIC=News-7 at noon]


A gas leak and a resulting fireball caused major headaches for residents and motorists in Danville this morning.


[Double Boxes=Melanie and Steve/Danville Bureau]


Steve Smallshaw is in downtown Danville.. Steve what's the situation there now?
[Live=Steve Full/Danville Bureau]
[SUPER=@ssm1;]
[SUPER=05-Danville;]


Things are pretty much back to normal Melanie.. although it was touch and go there for a few minutes as emergency crews battled a stubborn fire that grew bigger as the morning went on.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The call came]
[SUPER=03-Danville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Doug Young/Director of Emergency Services; ]
[SUPER=01-B. G. Lewis/Danville Fire Chief; ]
[RUNS=1:16]
[OUT Q=and why it happened.]

(( The call came in around 7:45 this morning.. a motorist called 9-1-1 to report a major fire in this wooded section near the West Main Street and Memorial Avenue in downtown Danville.
That's where officials say a regulator on a gas main had malfunctioned and began leaking natural gas into the atmosphere.. and somehow a spark ignited the leaking gas, creating a fireball of flames.
[SOT 15:25:02]

(( WE DIDN'T TRY TO PUT THE FIRE OUT.. ..SOME OTHER CAPACITY.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=other capacity.]
[SOT 15:20:41]

((DOUG YOUNG: WE DON'T KNOW WHAT CAUSED IT.. ..SEEING WHAT CAUSED IT.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=what caused it.]


While crews worked to contain the flames, the fire began spreading and crews were forced to move back for fear of a larger explosion.
About a half dozen homes on nearby Country Club Drive and Country Club Parkway were evacuated as a precautionary measure.. and traffic was re-routed around the area.
Officials with the Danville Gas and Electric department eventually were able to locate the leak and shut the gas off.
[SOT 15:25:52]

((CHIEF LEWIS: IT TOOK THE GAS DEPARTMENT.. WHY IT HAPPENED.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q= why it happened.]))
[Live=Steve Full/Danville Bureau]
[SUPER=05-Danville;]
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[Double Boxes=MElanie and Steve/Danville Bureau]



[Roanoke-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=99-13 TC2:02:18]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Fire investigators are looking into a morning blaze at the Brightwood Manor Apartments in Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The fire broke out in the kitchen of a vacant apartment just after ten.
The blaze did not spread beyond that apartment.
Authorities say the origin of the fire is suspicious.
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[NAACP]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-23 TC54:48]
[GRAPHIC=Lee Mural]


The U-S Department of Justice may come to Richmond to try to mediate the dispute over the Robert E. Lee mural.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


That's according to the Virginia N-double-A-C-P.
The group says it was contacted by the Justice Department, and also reported death threats that have been made against Richmond City Council member Sa'ad El-Amin.
[SUPER=03-Richmond/June 2;]


It was El-Amin who demanded the removal of a mural of the Confederate General from the city's new Canal Walk.
El-Amin says he's prepared if someone follows through on the threats.
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[SOT 09:26:42]
[IN Q=Everybody know]

((SA'AD EL-AMIN/RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL: EVERYBODY KNOW THAT IF YOU WALK UP ON ME WRONG, YOU GOT A PROBLEM. CAUSE I'M NOT A SHRINKING VIOLET AS YOU MAY KNOW. AND YOU GOT TO GIVE SOME TO GET SOME. SO I'M LETTING FOLK KNOW THAT. AND SO IF YOU WANT ME, I'M HERE. BUT YOU BETTER BRING YOUR STUFF.))
[SUPER=01-Sa'ad El-Amin/Richmond City Council;]
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[OUT Q=your stuff.]
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[TALENT=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


A 19-member mural committee is still considering whether to put the Lee mural back up... or replace it with a depiction of Lee surrendering at Appomattox.
The N-double-A-C-P supports keeping Lee out of the floodwall display.

[City-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#99-18 TC55:54]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City]


The school year that just ended was a challenging one for students, teachers, and administrators in the city of Roanoke.
But School Superintendent Wayne Harris says it was also an encouraging one... with measurable improvements in student achievement.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and JoeD/Microwave]


Harris delivered his state of the schools address this morning to members of the school board, and Joe Dashiell was there.
[Live=JoeD Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@joe1;]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]


Melanie... it WAS a challenging year, with the pressure to improve on the disappointing results of the first Standards of Learning Tests, and then the disruption that folllowed the tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado.
But Wayne Harris says he believes the school system and the community met the challenge.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm convinced]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent; :00]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :13]
[RUNS=:52]
[OUT Q=24 of the 29 schools.]
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[IN Q=I'm convinced]

((WAYNE HARRIS:ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: I'M CONVINCED THAT WHEN WE ARE FACED WITH A GREAT CHALLENGE, PEOPLE RISE TO THE OCCASION AND I THINK THAT'S EVIDENCED BY WHAT HAPPENED IN ROANOKE CITY.))
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[OUT Q=in Roanoke city.]


The 98-99 school year is one that parents, students and teachers won't soon forget... with the bomb threats, evacuations and heightened concern for student safety that followed the Colorado shootings.
But for the most part, Harris says that everyone remained calm and handled the concerns in a professional and appropriate manner.
The second round of testing on the Standards of Learning also provided some anxious moments for students, parents, teachers and administrators, but the latest results have shown significant improvement.
[SOT 14:31]
[IN Q=We've got an area]

((WE'VE GOT AN AREA THAT WE NEED TO DEAL WITH AND THAT'S MATHEMATICS AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL AND SOME HISTORY ISSUES, BUT BY AND LARGE WE SHOWED IMPROVEMENT IN 24 OF THE 29 SCHOOLS.))
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[OUT Q=24 of the 29 schools.] ))
[Live=joeD Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Roanoke;]


There are areas that need some attention... especially those five schools that did not show substantial improvements on the SOL tests.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and JoeD/Microwave]


But Melanie, the school system is working on that problem

[Medicare]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Medicare]


President Clinton today gives his prescription for a healthier Medicare.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]


The President arrived back in Washington last night after a busy day in the northeast.
Among Mr. Clinton's proposals is picking up half the cost of pescription drugs for senior citizens.
They would pay 24 dollars a month for the benefit.
Monthly medicare premiums would also be hiked to 44 dollars.
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[in=]

[yesterday's 10-newspath] [10:29:14] ((THE STEPS I WILL PROPOSE TO USE THE SURPLUS WILL INCREASE MEDICARE'S SOLVENCY AT LEAST 25 YEARS. ))
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[OUT=AT LEAST 25 YEARS.]
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[V0-NAT]
The Clinton administration hopes to keep medicare solvent by using budget surpluses.. and by changing the way the agency does business with health care providers.
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[Ocalan]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Kurdish rebels are vowing that today's death sentence for Abdullah Ocalan will NOT go unanswered.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Imrali Island, Turkey;]


Ocalan has been ordered to hang for leading a 15 year fight for Kurdish independence.
When Ocalan was captured earlier this year, riots broke out in many European cities.
Ocalan's rebels faxed out a statement today saying "Turkey should correct its decision while there is still time."
Turkish police have stepped up security.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The search for a suspected serial killer heads south of the border.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the Federal Aviation Administration begins looking into last night's plane crash in Bedford County.
First let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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[Talent=Patrick]

[Wx-Tease] [Weatherpro] [music up full] [comm1]

[Plane-Crash]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-24 TC44:25]
[GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Private]


F-A-A officials are probing last night's plane crash in Bedford County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Night]


This single- engine Cessna flew out of Roanoke and was headed to the New London airport for routine maintenance when it had problems landing at about 9-30.
The pilot.. Richard William Stehr (stare).. said he was making a second approach when a tailwind apparently pushed the plane off the runway.
The propeller then hit the ground and the plane flipped over.
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[SOT 14:20:11]
[IN Q=Apparently there]

((SGT. BOBBY RATLIFF/VA STATE POLICE: APPARENTLY THERE WAS SOME STRANGE WINDS UP HERE TONIGHT. I'M NOT SURE WHAT WAS GOING ON, BUT WE'VE HAD SOME SURROUNDING STORMS BUT NO RAIN IN THIS AREA AS FAR AS I KNOW, APPARENTLY THE WINDS WERE A FACTOR IN WHAT HAPPENED HERE TONIGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Bobby Ratliff/State Police; :00]
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[OUT Q=happened here tonight.]
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[VO-NAT]


The pilot and his passenger, John Mark Surprenant , walked away from the crash.
The plane was towed from the site and F-A-A investigators are at the crash site this afternoon.
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[Franklin-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Accident]


One man was killed in a single vehicle accident in Franklin County
It happened on Snow Creek Road just after eleven last night.
State police say Melvin T. Woods Junior veered off the road, hit a fence and flipped several times.
Woods was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

[kfor-weapons]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Serbia Peace Plan]


Close to 4-thousand Kosovo Liberation Army rebels have shown up at NATO drop-off points in Kosovo today -- to hand over their weapons in compliance with the NATO agreement to disarm.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Kosovo;]

[4:22:28]
But, one alliance official says so far fewer than 600 weapons have been turned over.
Rebels have 30 days to turn all of them in.
[SUPER=@file;]

[10:10;21]
Meantime, NATO is responding to reports that its bombs inflicted less damage than first reported.
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[SOT]

[10:10:21]
[IN Q=]

((THE ONLY THING I CAN TELL IS THAT IT WAS ENOUGH, IT WAS SUFFICIENT TO OBTAIN WHAT WE WANTED, WHICH IS THAT MILOSEVIC AGREED TO WITHDRAW ALL THE TROOPS. AND THAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED, AND THEREFORE I AM HAPPY WITH THE WAY THE CAMPAIGN HAS GONE, BECAUSE WE ACHIEVED OUR OBJECTIVES."))
[SUPER=01-Javier Solana/NATO Secretary General;]
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[OUT Q=achieved our objectives.]
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[VO-NAT]

[10:08:10]
In western Kosovo, the burning and looting of Orthodox churches and the homes of Serb civilians continued today.
Despite NATO assurances and pleas by the Serbian Orthodox clergy for Serbs to remain in the area, thousands are fleeing.
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[Serial-killer]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Ramirez]


Another sighting of suspected rail-riding serial killer Rafael Resendez-Ramirez.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@File;]

[4:22:28]
This time, police in a northern Mexico town say he was there only two weeks ago -- before they knew he was wanted by the F-B-I.
His wife lives in the town.
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[SOT]

[yesterday's newspath 10:04:20]
[IN Q=]

((WE HAVE EVERYBODY ON BOARD WORKING WITH US, THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE AS WELL, AND WE'RE GOING TO KEEP TRYING TO STRATEGIZE OUR INVESTIGATION IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS WHERE WE THINK HE MIGHT BE, AND USE THAT INFORMATION THAT WE'VE GOTTEN TO TRY TO HELP US APPREHEND HIM." ))
[SUPER=01-Don K. Clark/FBI;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=apprehend him.]
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[VO-NAT]


Meantime, federal investigators are refusing to play the name game with Ramirez.
They now know Ramirez is one of over two dozen names the suspect uses.
But, investigators are opting to leave that name on his wanted posters.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Next on News-7 at Noon, a teenage boy's search for his father takes him from central America to Central Park.
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[VO-NAT ]


And it was a big night in Hollywood for the premiere of what's expected to be a summer blockbuster film.
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[COMM BREAK #2]


[Honduras-boy]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A thirteen year old boy left his hurricane ravaged village in Honduras and traveled 3-thousand miles to New York City on a desperate search for his father.
He has yet to locate his father but for now he's been adopted by the City.
John Slattery reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-New York, NY; :00]
[SUPER=01-Capt. Thomas Kelly/NYPD Detective; :11]
[SUPER=01-Jose Basora/Livery Driver; 1:11]
[SUPER=01-John Slattery/Reporting; 1:26]
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[OUT Q=cbs new york.]



[wild-west]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


It was a wild wild night in Hollywood in celebration of the new movie--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Hollywood, CA;]


"The Wild Wild West."
Will Smith, other stars and lots of fans showed up for the premiere.
The Sci-Fi western stars Smith and Kevin Kline as the two best hired guns in the west, contracted to save the president from an evil inventor.
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[SOT]

[4:37:15-25]
[IN Q=A STRANGE HIBIRD OF...]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Kline/Actor;]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=GREEK TRAGEDY.]
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[VO-NAT]


The movie opens for the rest of us tomorrow.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
[GRAPHIC=stocks]


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 34 points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports-- Another soggy day at Wimbledon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And the Petty's have been going full speed for 50 years and are now celebrating an anniversary...as well as life.

We'll explain when News-7 at Noon returns.
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[COMM BREAK #3]


[S-Tennis]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-35]
[GRAPHIC=WIMBLEDON]


For the second straight day, rain is falling at Wimbledon.. holding up the start of play.
Yesterday-- known as "Super Monday" at Wimbledon-- ended up being soggy Monday at the All England tennis club.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England; :00]


Rain wiped out all but five matches yesterday in single's. In fact, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Patrick Rafter and Tim Henman had their matches postponed.
The only man lucky enough to play and complete his match was Andre Agassi.
The French Open champ advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-7. 7-6. 6-1 and 6-4 win over Wayne Arthurs.
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[S-Petty]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-31]
[GRAPHIC=PETTY'S 50TH]


The Petty's keep on truckin' through the 50th year in NASCAR racing.
Richard Petty's truck and car swept the weekend events at Martinsville back in April.
But the King was probably just as thrilled yesterday when he was released from the hospital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Level Cross, NC/April; :00]


This past week, Richard was left at home in Level Cross by himself while the rest of the Petty clan spent a few days at the beach.
He was cooking dinner for himself one night when he collapsed. Petty was taken to Moses Cone Hospital where he spent several days in intensive care.
Petty has long suffered from stomach problems and again bleeding ulcers forced him to lose a substansial amount of blood last week.
Petty had 40 percent of his stomach removed back in 1978.
Doctors says he should have a successful recovery. He's back home resting in Level Cross.
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[S-Stars]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-36]
[GRAPHIC=All-Stars football clinic]


The All Stars Clinic of the Roanoke Valley is tackling another year of bringing out the Stars in area kids...
Steve Mason has more on the camp Tiki and Ronde Barber lend their time and talent to each summer.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/New York Giant Running Back; :17]
[SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/Tampa Bay Defensive Back; :29]
[SUPER=01-Trent Cundiff/Football Camper; :45]
[SUPER=@Steve1; :57]
[SUPER=01-Richard Goodpasture/All-Stars Football Clinic Founder; 1:13]
[SUPER=01-Walt Derey/All-Stars Football Clinic Founder; 1:27]
[RUNS=1:47]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports"]
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((Ronde....and Tiki Barber's NFL careers are about rushing yards, inteceptions staying in tip top shape and lifting weights, but they are spending this week just lifting others. ((tiki:)) ((:))
Getting back on your feet is what this camp is partly about, and it's amazing how much faster bumps and bruises goes away with a little encouragement. ((:)) ((:)) ((:))
Top coaches from Salem, Lord Botetourt, Cave Spring and Northside gave these 6 to 8 year olds as much football sofistication as they could handle..and then a water break under a tent where they can dream with some stars whose achievements are worth reaching for. ((:)) The camp runs Tuesday, Wedneaday and Friday, and there is still space available. Steve Mason, News 7 sports. ))