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    Moscow: Ukraine talks must back cease-fire now

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    Diplomats at a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine must push for an immediate, unconditional cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists, Russia's foreign minister said... More>>

    What's News Today, Monday, September 1st

    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.

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    Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

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    Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. More>>

    Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US

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    Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say. More>>

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    Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

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    Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men... More>>

    US judge blocks enforcement of new La abortion law

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    A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion... More>>

    The Virginian closing

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    The Virginian, which is one of the largest low income housing developments in Lynchburg, closed today. More>>

    49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

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    San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said. More>>

    Roanoke child death investigation

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     Police and fire crews are investigating the death of a child in Roanoke. More>>

    Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

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    An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the... More>>

    Cuba cracks down on goods in flyers' luggage

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    A carload of burly nephews and grandsons greeted Martha and Alfredo Gonzalez when they stepped out of Havana's international airport into the blazing heat of an August afternoon. More>>

    Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

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    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold... More>>

    Aftershocks follow 5.1 Alaska earthquake

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    Aftershocks continue to rattle interior Alaska after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake Saturday night. More>>

    Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

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    A spokesman for the National Transportation Board says all five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died. More>>

    Sweet Briar College student confesses to 'White Only', 'Colored' signs

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    A student at Sweet Briar College confessed to putting "hurtful signs" on doors of students and a water cooler.
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    Ukraine: rebels fire on border guard vessel

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. More>>

    Sam clears waivers, meets with Fisher

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    Michael Sam was probably never an ideal fit with the St. Louis Rams and it had absolutely nothing to do with his sexual orientation. More>>

    Joan Rivers' daughter: I'm keeping fingers crossed

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    Joan Rivers' loved ones said Sunday that they remain hopeful about her recovery three days after she went into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. More>>

    Henry County pursuit ends in deadly accident

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    One man is dead following an accident last night in Henry County. More>>

    Ferguson's flashpoint sparks national outrage

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    They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united... More>>

    Small earthquake hits CA, near site of earlier 6.0 quake

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    The earthquake was located near the site of last week's earthquake.

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    Afghanistan crash kills 23

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    A van slammed into a fuel tanker in western Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 23 people in the latest horrific accident in a country with poorly maintained roads and often reckless driving. More>>

    Airstrikes and aid provide relief for Iraqi town

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    Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain dropped food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said... More>>

    Vehicle hits electric fence, catches fire in Roanoke County Video included

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    Roanoke County Police are investigating after a teen was seriously hurt in a crash Saturday. More>>

    Feds: Plane with unconscious pilot goes into ocean

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    A pilot lost consciousness and the plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital, scrambling fighter jets that stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed Saturday. More>>

    Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

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    Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen... More>>

    Feds: Plane with unconscious pilot goes into ocean

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    A pilot lost consciousness and the plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital, scrambling fighter jets that stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed Saturday into the... More>>

    EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

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    Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia's increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders on Sunday stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away. More>>

    Lincoln Terrace neighborhood reunion Video included

    Downtown Roanoke is getting more businesses in including restaurants and shops. Downtown Roanoke is getting more businesses in including restaurants and shops.
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    People who lived in the Lincoln Terrace a neighborhood in Roanoke gathered to catch up with those who may have moved out.
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    Virginia Tech adds Hokie Village to home games

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    Virginia Tech has new activities for home games this year. The Corp of Cadets fired cannons for the crowd Saturday afternoon in the new Hokie Village. More>>

    Sam cut from Rams, but may still have NFL future

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    Not long after Michael Sam waved to an adoring crowd at Missouri's season opener, he looked down at his cell phone. More>>

    Trapped miners rescued in Nicaragua; 5 remain

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    Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing... More>>

    People rally at Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man

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    Some 200 people held signs and chanted Saturday outside a Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police. More>>

    One man dead, Another injured in fork lift accident in Christiansburg Video included

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    One man is dead and another is seriously injured following a fork lift accident in Christiansburg earlier today. More>>

    Roanoke County police investigating crash, driver charged with DUI

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    Roanoke County police are investigating after a car went into a house early Saturday morning. More>>

    Ferguson slowly starting to make comeback

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    The unmistakable signs of healing are beginning to dot Ferguson, even the small area of this St. Louis-area suburb that was the center of attention for three weeks. But those in the community know they've got a long... More>>

    Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains

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    As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter. More>>

    Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

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    The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria. More>>

    Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

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    An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip's battered and neglected housing stock... More>>

    Virginia Western Boots2Books race raises money for Veterans

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    Roanoke (WSLS) - More than 100 people gathered Saturday morning for a 5K race benefiting the Virginia Western Educational Foundation's Veterans Assistance Fund. TheBoots2Books race was hosted by the Virginia Western Armed Forces Student Association and started on the campus of Virginia Western Community College.“Despite the supports and funding available to veterans as they return to college and prepare for the workforce, many still find themselves needing help,” said Matthew Jones, president... More>>

    Your Week in Viral Videos: Little girl in awe of space shuttle

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    Millions of people were inspired by the space shuttle, and it continues to do that, even though it hasn't flown in more than three years.

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    Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

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    A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production and send it to Africa, while crowds celebrated in the streets Saturday after... More>>

    Atlantic City losing 2 casinos, 5K jobs in 3 days

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    A time few could imagine during the glory days of casino gambling has arrived in Atlantic City, where two casinos and more than 5,000 jobs will be lost this weekend. More>>

    Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan

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    A suicide bomber in a truck blew himself up at an intelligence headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least two people and setting off an intense firefight with security forces, officials said. More>>

    Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show brings thousands to Hillsville

    Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show
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    Hillsville normally has about 3,000 people in town limits, but Labor Day weekend, it will host more than 100 times that many. More>>

    Roanoke, Rocky Mount entertainment venues successful Video included

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    If you are looking for entertainment there are a lot of options. Thousands of people have been in the newly remodeled Elmwood Park since it opened in October and the Harvester.
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    Rescuers race to reach trapped miners in Nicaragua

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    Rescuers in Nicaragua raced Friday to reach at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a landslide, including 20 who have been located and have managed to communicate with emergency crews. More>>

    Virginia Tech investigates 3 sexual assault allegations

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    Virginia Tech's Deputy Title IX officer is investigating at least three allegations of sexual assault. More>>

    3/4 of students stay home after "Purge" rumors spread on social media Video included

    Online 'Purge' threat stating 'all crime is legal' Online 'Purge' threat stating 'all crime is legal'
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    Of the 1,494 students enrolled at Danville High School, only 425 came to school Friday.In total, 2,615 students stayed home from school in the Danville school district. More>>

    Blacksburg Police make arrest in Social House vandalism Video included

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    Blacksburg Police make an arrest in the vandalism of Blacksburg Social House, just hours after it was discovered.

     

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    Roanoke group works to bring state of the art medical care to Dominican Republic communities Video included

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    Solid Rock International is committed to seeing change for people who need medical care in San Juan. More>>

    Ferrum College students pack meals for Stop Hunger Now Video included

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    More than 600 Ferrum College freshman and transfer students joined together with churches and Boy Scouts to pack meals for people in Third World countries.
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    Prosecutor wraps up closing arguments in McDonnell corruption trial

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    The prosecutor has wrapped up closing arguments in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. More>>

    Second person of interest identified and located in connection with shooting

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    The Lynchburg Police Department has identified a second person of interest in a deadly shooting that happened earlier this week. Police officers are looking for 25-year-old Edwin Ramon Gray of Lynchburg. More>>

    Identity of pilot killed in Augusta Co. Crash is released

    Identity of pilot killed in Augusta Co. Crash is released

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    Augusta County (WSLS) - According to Col. James Keefe, 104th Fighter Wing Commander, following the fatal crash of a 104th Fighter Wing F-15C aircraft in the mountains near Deerfield Valley, Va. the family has asked that the unit share with the public the name of the pilot who was fatally injured Wednesday. "On behalf of the family of our fallen pilot and with a sense of profound sadness, I am sad to share that Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr., was killed tragically in Wednesday's F-15 cra... More>>

    Deadly Pulaski County accident under investigation

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    One man is dead after a single vehicle accident in Pulaski County. The crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of Wysor Road in Draper. More>>

    UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

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    The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in... More>>

    Virginia Living Magazine names Jefferson College of Health Sciences as a top Health & Medicine college Video included

    Dr. Nathinel Bishop in front of new JCHS sign that was  put up this week Dr. Nathinel Bishop in front of new JCHS sign that was put up this week
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    Jefferson College of Health Sciences has transitioned from being primarily an associate degree school to a college that offers baccalaureate and masters degrees for students. More>>

    Roanoke police investigate hit and run on Tazwell Avenue

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    Roanoke City Police are investigating a hit and run crash at the corner of Tazwell Avenue and 12th Street Friday morning. One person was hurt. More>>

    Roanoke Police ramping up enforcement for Labor Day Video included

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    Police across the Roanoke Valley will have extra officers out this weekend looking for signs of drinking and driving. More>>

    UPDATE: 2 Roanoke CVS pharmacies receive bomb threats

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    Roanoke County police say an incident on Williamson Road has the northbound lanes near Plantation Road closed right now. All southbound lanes are currently open. More>>

    Rasoul drafting bill to change BPOL tax for Virginia businesses Video included

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    A local delegate is looking to change a well known tax that's been a thorn in the side of Virginia businesses. Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) is planning to present a bill to the General Assembly that would offer a compromise on the BPOL tax. More>>

    Comedian Michael Winslow stops by WSLS 10 Today Video included

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    The "Man of 10,000 Sound Effects" Michael Winslow stopped by the set of WSLS 10 Today on Friday for a live interview. He's performing in downtown Roanoke Friday and Saturday. More>>

    Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in New York City

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    Joan Rivers remained in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. More>>

    Labor Day leads to road closures and traffic delays

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    WSLS-- On this last holiday weekend of the summer, several road closures will be taking place across our region for local events. Here's a look at some of the big ones to keep in mind:Downtown Roanoke: Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. road closures will be in place for the Labor Day Parade. Parts of Jefferson Street, Albermarle Avenue, Elm Avenue, Franklin Road, Campbell Avenue and Williamson Road will all be closed.Angels of Assisi Block Party: Campbell Avenue will be closed between 4th Stree... More>>

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    • China anti-dissent playbook may fail in Hong Kong

      China anti-dissent playbook may fail in Hong Kong

      Monday, September 1 2014 7:11 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:11:19 GMT
      China's Communist leaders have pulled out their usual playbook to suppress resistance to their plans to tightly limit the first direct election of Hong Kong's leader, but are likely to find that the results...
      China's Communist leaders have pulled out their usual playbook to suppress resistance to their plans to tightly limit the first direct election of Hong Kong's leader, but are likely to find that the results are...
    • Moscow: Ukraine talks must back cease-fire now

      Moscow: Ukraine talks must back cease-fire now

      Monday, September 1 2014 7:11 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:11:14 GMT
      With a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine about to start, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on the participants to push for a cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and...
      Diplomats at a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine must push for an immediate, unconditional cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists, Russia's foreign minister said...
    • UN diplomats examine Islamic State alleged crimes

      UN diplomats examine Islamic State alleged crimes

      Monday, September 1 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:00:39 GMT
      The U.N.'s top human rights body is being asked to investigate the alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.
      Iraq's government asked the U.N.'s top human rights body Monday to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western...
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    • Hokie Newcomers Make Waves Early

      Hokie Newcomers Make Waves Early

      Sunday, August 31 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:36:52 GMT
      Associated PressBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech entered its season opener with 32 players on the dress squad who never had played in a collegiate game for the Hokies, including 17 true freshmen and a starting quarterback who transferred in over the summer.Considering what transpired on the field, head coach Frank Beamer came out of the game feeling rather positive about his team's potential for this season.Behind...
      Associated PressBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech entered its season opener with 32 players on the dress squad who never had played in a collegiate game for the Hokies, including 17 true freshmen and a starting quarterback who transferred in over the summer.Considering what transpired on the field, head coach Frank Beamer came out of the game feeling rather positive about his team's potential for this season.Behind...
    • Brewer and Hokies win opener vs. William and Mary

      Brewer and Hokies win opener vs. William and Mary

      Saturday, August 30 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:53:49 GMT
      JIMMY ROBERTSONAssociated PressBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Michael Brewer threw for 251 yards with two touchdown passes, and Virginia Tech beat William Mary 34-9 in the season-opener for both teams on Saturday.Brewer, a transfer from Texas Tech, completed 23 of 30 passes, including touchdown passes of 13 yards to Isaiah Ford and 8 yards to Bucky Hodges.Virginia Tech pulled away by scoring on three straight drives and four...
      JIMMY ROBERTSONAssociated PressBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Michael Brewer threw for 251 yards with two touchdown passes, and Virginia Tech beat William Mary 34-9 in the season-opener for both teams on Saturday.Brewer, a transfer from Texas Tech, completed 23 of 30 passes, including touchdown passes of 13 yards to Isaiah Ford and 8 yards to Bucky Hodges.Virginia Tech pulled away by scoring on three straight drives and four...
    • North Cross looks strong against VES

      North Cross looks strong against VES

      Saturday, August 30 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:00:03 GMT
      WSLS's 1st and 10 extended over in to Saturday during week one of the high school football season. North Cross hosted Virginia Episcopal in a game dominated by the Raiders. The Raiders defense was hungry all game long, and the Bishops quaretback Paddy Cotter didn't have much time to get things done in the pocket. The raiders showed off many of their offensive threats, with Maurice Garrison, Dre Colston, Justin Wright ...
      WSLS's 1st and 10 extended over in to Saturday during week one of the high school football season. North Cross hosted Virginia Episcopal in a game dominated by the Raiders. The Raiders defense was hungry all game long, and the Bishops quaretback Paddy Cotter didn't have much time to get things done in the pocket. The raiders showed off many of their offensive threats, with Maurice Garrison, Dre Colston, Justin Wright ...
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