[This appears in a local Chicago television news broadcast, the day after Steve is stabbed in the park.]
An attractive Hispanic woman in her 30s sits behind a news desk, the broadcast has just returned from a commercial break.
"A local researcher was hospitalized last night after being injured during an attempted mugging ... Action news reporter Sheila Rosman has the story ... "
The display cuts away to another attractive woman, this one fair with light brown hair, perhaps in her 20s. She stands in what appears to be a park clearing.
"Thank you, Maria. I'm standing in one of the many park areas on the campus of the University of Chicago. Normally a place of study and recreation, last night this area became the setting for an act of terrifying violence. A female freshman, returning from a local bar, was abruptly assaulted by a young man she had met there. 19-year-old Sarah Jameson, a native of Los Angeles, tells her story.
The display cuts away again, this time to show a young woman with dark brown hair and green eyes. She is beautiful, but has a haunted expression.
"I was so scared. He seemed like a nice guy at first, you know? But then I started getting a little concerned, and I guess that was what set him off."
The display cuts back to the reporter, Sheila, in the park, stepping over towards a copse of trees.
"Sarah Jameson tried to excuse herself from her escort, a young man calling himself 'Jackson', when he suddenly turned on her. Grabbing her wrist, he dragged Sarah into this area, presumably trying to avoid being seen. Sarah says she was convinced that he then produced a knife and threatened her with it."
The display cuts back to Sarah. "I tried to get away, but then he pulled out a knife, a switchblade. He ... he held it to my throat ... I thought I was going to die."
The voice of Sheila, the reporter, is heard. "Things might have ended very differently for Sarah. However, at that same moment, her luck suddenly improved."
Sarah gives a shaky smile. "He had the knife at my throat, but then suddenly I heard what sounded like someone coming."
Sheila's voice, again. "Sarah had attended a course on self-defense previously, which may well have saved her life that night."
"I remembered what they showed us, about protecting yourself." Sarah says. "I still don't know how I did it, but I stomped on his foot, and elbowed him in the stomach." She smiles again. "Then I screamed my head off and ran like hell. I feel, and I thought he was going to get me, but then I heard ... well, it sounded like dogs, snarling and attacking." Sarah shrugs, a bit nervously. "Maybe I cracked a little, I don't know."
The display shifts back to Sheila in the park. "Sarah's sudden turn of luck took the form of two men, both professors at the University, who happened to be walking through the park at the time. They saw Sarah being pursued and intervened. Sarah's attacker was driven off, but only after reportedly stabbing one of the two men. Sarah Jameson's two would-be rescuers have been identified as University of Chicago professors Stephen Sandvoss and Ioan Gruffudd."
Pictures of Steve and Ioan appear next to Sheila on the screen. "Professor Sandvoss was rushed to a local emergency room last night after being stabbed in the abdomen. He was kept overnight for observation, but is expected to make a full recovery and be released tomorrow. Professor Sandvoss teaches physics and is well-respected in the scientific research community. He recently came into the public eye due to his prominent connection with the controversial Large Hadron Collider project in Switzerland."
The screen shifts to show previous footage of Steve, apparently from an interview.
"I'm very excited to be a part of this new project. I know that it has had it's criticisms, but I believe that it is a shining example of the human spirit, of our love of exploration and the pursuit of knowledge. We are fortunate to live in an era where such investigations into the very nature of the universe have become possible."
Sheila's voice his heard, and the display shifts to show Ioan, apparently in the hospital. "I had an opportunity earlier to speak with Professor Gruffudd about the attack."
Ioan looks tired, his hair dark hair unruly thanks to an evening in a hospital chair and his hands. His appearance would be a shock to anyone who knew just how meticulous he normally was, a clear sign that the event had affected him. His black glasses are sliding down his nose, because he'd removed his contacts at some point at the hospital. "I'm sure he'll be fine. It was a brave thing he did. A iawn hurtyn , hurtyn beth. Dduw bendithia 'i. I hope the person who did this is found. It would be a shame if this event let a potential serial killer get away."
The image shifts to Sheila in the park again. "Professor Sandvoss is primarily a researcher, but he does teach as well, and is considered one of the more popular instructors by many of the students. The attack itself has generated a wave of shock and fear across the campus. I spoke earlier with one of Professor Sandvoss' students, sophomore Zac Efron, who talked about how the news of the attack affected him.
The display changes to display Zac, standing in a similar park area. Zac chews on his thumbnail, looking like he could use some sleep. "Professor Sandvoss is an awesome teacher. I... ah.. can't believe that anyone would want to hurt him.... or anyone for that matter." He stops, shrugging. "I hope he'll be ok. I really do."
Now an image of students walking on campus is shown. "That sentiment would seem to describe the general reaction amongst the student body. Although fortunately Sarah Jameson made it through her ordeal with only bruises and a sprained ankle, it will be some time before she, or any student on this campus, truly feels safe again. Sheila Rosman, Action news, reporting."
The display shifts back to Maria in the newsroom. "Thank you, Sheila, for that report." A police sketch of a young, brown haired male appears on screen next to Maria. "Authorities are seeking the assailant, 'Jackson', and have produced this sketch based on witness reports. He is described as a white male in his 20s with brown hair and eyes, approximately 6' in height and athletic build. If you think you have seen this man, do not attempt to apprehend him yourself. Police are considering him armed and extremely dangerous."
The display shifts to a different camera. "After the break, the Chicago Cubs extend General Manager Jim Hendry's contract, Tom Weston gives us the inside scoop on the new deal."
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