Coming up on News 7-
A Pittsylvania County sailor killed aboard the U-S-S Cole is buried with full military honors.
The Roanoke Regional Airport gets a lesson in disaster training.
17- human skulls are discovered in an ancient pyramid.
Plus, a nail biting victory for the Hokies.
News 7 is next.
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(( HE LOVED HIS FAMILY, THEY WERE LIKE HIS NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.))
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After losing his life aboard the USS Cole, Timothy Lamont Saunders is finally laid to rest.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Funerals were held today for two of the victims of the October 12th terrorist attack.
In Maryland, hundreds attended services for 19-year-old Craig Wibberley.
Closer to home-- a crowd of more than 500- stood by as Timothy Saunders received full military honors.
Kelli Thompson has more from Pittsylvania County.
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Hundreds of family and friends filed into the modest Baptist church in Kentuck to remember a special life that ended in tragedy.
Timothy Saunders lost his life at sea just a few short weeks ago. Family members spoke of his accomplishments BEFORE his Navy career including his stardom as a football player, track star and wrestler at Dan River High School.
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((KELLI THOMPSON/REPORTING: TIMOTHY SAUNDERS WAS BORN IN RINGOLD. HE ATTENDED KENTUCK MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE. HE WAS DESCRIBED AS BEING ONE OF THE MOST TOGETHER FAMILY MEN ANYONE HAS EVER KNOWN.))
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Saunders was married and the father of two young daughters.
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((HE WAS A PERSON THAT HAD A SENSE OF HUMOR AND AND HE LOVED HIS FAMILY, HE WAS COMMITTED TO THE NAVY AND LOVED THE NAVY, AND WAS A GOOD HARD WORKER AS WELL.))
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((HE WAS JUST EXCITED ABOUT LIFE, HE MADE SURE EVERYONE WAS HAPPY. IF THERE WAS SOMETHING GOING ON BETWEEN THE FAMILY, WE CAN COUNT ON TIM TO TRY AND MAKE AMENDS. THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS I AM GONNA MISS ABOUT HIM.))
[OUT Q=miss most about him.]
Letters of comfort from friends and church groups across the state were read during the service as an act of comfort for Saunders loved ones.
Later at the grave site... the husband and father of two was laid to rest with full military honors.
Family and friends then stood silent as the military paid its last respects to a man loved by so many.
Kelli Thompson, News 7, Pittsylvania County.
The U-S Ambassador to Yemen is praising the cooperation that's taken place between Yemen and the United States.
The two countries have been working together to find those responsible for the explosion that killed 17 on the USS Cole.
Officials say two suicide bombers in a small boat packed with explosives pulled up to the Cole as it was refueling.
Investigators are focusing on two men who rented an apartment in Aden where officials say they found bomb-making material.
They say the timing of the incident will play a crucial role in the investigation.
The bombing happened an hour after the ship arrived at the port for refueling.
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A mock alert at the Roanoke Regional Airport today brought out fire and rescue workers from throughout the Roanoke Valley.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires certified airports to run a full scale disaster exercise every three years.
This morning, the F-A-A control tower issued a mock alert that a fictional 50-passenger jet broke up and caught fire while attempting to land at the airport.
Volunteers played the roles of victims, giving rescue workers at the scene - and at local hospitals - experience with a mass casualty incident like a plane crash.
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((JACQUELINE SHUCK/AIRPORT COMMISSION EXECUTIVE DIR.: THEY'RE ALL THEN BEING TRANSPORTED TO LEWIS GALE, THE VETS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL OR CARRILLION WHERE THEY'LL GO THROUGH AN EXERCISE IN TREATING THESE FAKE VICTIMS.))
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Immediately following the exercise, representatives of all participating agencies met to critique and evaluate the drill.
A man underwent surgery last night after he was reportedly shot while driving in Roanoke.
Police say the victim had two bullet holes in his car after driving near Lincoln Terrace in Northwest.
The man, from Northern Virginia, was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial for surgery - after apparently driving himself to Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital. He had been shot in both calves.
There is no word on his condition.
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Roanoke's Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization broke ground on its latest project today.
The seven-million dollar McCray Court Senior Living Center will include 68 rooms for low income senior citizens.
Local and State representatives were on hand for the groundbreaking, and to salute the progress the N-N-E-O has made in reviving the Louden-Gilmer neighborhood.
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((LYNDA ROBB: ITS A COMBINATION OF WONDERFUL NEIGHBORHOOD INVOLVEMENT AND PHILENTHROPIC GROUPS LIKE TAP AND LIKE "READING IS FUNDAMENTAL" GETTING INVOLVED AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMING IN AS A PARTNER.))
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The groundbreaking was a part of the N-N-E-O's fourth annual neighborhood and community tour.
A little bit of Hollywood is in the Roanoke Valley this weekend to entertain and educate ..
The Starz 2000 convention - which brings together fans of science fiction - is being held at Glenvar High School.
Tonight, a dinner was held to raise money for the organization "Victims of Violence No More."
The group helps educate women about domestic violence.
Tonight's guest speaker was Denise Brown, who's sister was murdered six years ago.
Brown's sister, Nicole, was married to O-J Simpson.
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((DENISE BROWN: I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT AND I WAS SO NAIVE TO THIS DIRTY LITTLE SECRET THAT EVERYBODY CALLS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. I FIGURE WE'VE GOTTA EDUCATE COMMUNITIES, WE GOTTA EDUCATE PEOPLE...THERE IS A CYCLE AND THAT WOMEN ARE MURDERED EVERY DAY.))
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Starz 2000 continues tomorrow at Glenvar High School.
The doors open at nine A-M.
Next on News 7 .. The Virginia Military Institute is campaigning for a few good bucks.
The details are just ahead...
But first, hundreds pound the pavement and get their hearts racing for a good cause ..
We'll tell you where money raised by their efforts will go, when News 7 at 11 continues.
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A Stuart woman died after she apparently lost control of her car last night.
State Police say 70-year-old Francis Dalton Motley struck an embankment, flipped several times, and was thrown from her Oldsmobile off of Route 103 in Patrick County.
Police say Motley was not wearing a seat belt.
The crash occurred around 10-15 - she was pronounced dead at the scene 25 minutes later.
Two people were airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital today after the car they were riding in collided with a tractor-trailer.
The accident happned on Route 220 in Franklin County around noon today.
State police say a Star Transportation Truck carrying furniture struck a car and overturned, closing down the right lane of the road for several hours.
The two passengers in the car were taken to the hospital - their names and the extent of their injuries have NOT been released.
Virginia Military Institute today kicked off its most ambitious capital fundraising campaign ever.
The military college wants to raise 175- million dollars and is well on its way.
School officials say V-M-I already has commitments for 109- million dollars.
V-M-I has the largest endowment per student than any other public college in the country.
That's according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
V-M-I's total endowment was 263- million dollars in 1999.
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More than one-thousand volunteers laced up their tennis shoes and hit the streets of Salem today ..
They were raising money for the American Heart Association.
Teams, families and individuals walked the three mile course in an effort to fight heart disease and stroke...and to provide community health information.
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((ITS AN IMPORTANT CAUSE BECAUSE THERES MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THAT NEED SOME HELP - ONGOING HELP - AND WE THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY.))
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((OUR FAMILY HAS 3 PEOPLE WHO DIED OF HEART ATTACKS AND SO WE WANTED TO REMEMBER THEM AND YOU KNOW ITS ALWAYS GOOD TO GET A LITTLE EXERCISE.))
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The Roanoke Valley Heart walk was sponsored by Carilion Health Systems and Trigon Blue Cross-Blue Shield.
Still ahead on News 7 .. A haunted hotel has room on its guest list for you!
We'll tell you how you can check in ..
And a spooky find in Mexico .. More than a dozen human skulls are unearthed.
Find out what Archeaologists have learned from their discovery - after the break.
A team of Russian and Norwegian divers are below the Barents Sea.
They're trying to retrieve the bodies of 118- Russian sailors who died in the Kursk nuclear submarine.
So far, the divers have cut two holes in the outer hull of the sunken sub.
A navy spokesman says cutting into the thicker inner hull will probably take place Tuesday.
But meteorologists have warned that the seas could grow rough next week, complicating the salvage effort.
Russian officials have not determined the cause of the accident.
Archaeologists have discovered 17- human skulls in an ancient Mexican pyramid.
The skulls were found in Teotihuacan (Tee'-oh-tea-wha-con)... which is about 30 miles north of Mexico City and was once the largest religious center in Mexico.
The two-thousand-year-old skulls were found inside the Pyramid of the Moon.
Scholars say this discovery may prove human sacrifices were decapitated here around the time of Christ.
An international team of archaeologists from Arizona State University uncovered the skulls.
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Are you looking for a "spook"tacular way to celebrate Halloween??
How about checking in to a haunted hotel or digging up some ghost stories in an old cemetary?
Shannon Young tells you where to go for a frightfully fun time in this week's "Time Off."
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((Welcome to room 606 at Roanoke's Patrick Henry Hotel.
The room looks empty but legend has it the spirit of one of the hotel's early residents lives here.
Daisy, as the ghost is known, is said to occasionally make herself visible to guests.
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((The lights came on and Daisy appeared through the wall to this woman who, of course, ran out in terror and found a security guard. And when they got back to the room the door had been bolted from inside.))
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The Patrick Henry Hotel is just one of the stops on the Haunted Haunts tour offered by the History Museum and Historical Society of Western Virginia.
The two and a half hour bus tour is hosted by historical interpreters who'll introduce you to some of Roanoke's most well-known ghost stories set in some of the city's most famous places.
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((The Hotel Roanoke has a ghost named Ava Scott who was a lady from Florida who'd come up and spend spring and summers here. When she died her daughter said one of her last wishes was to have her ashes scattered on the lawn at the hotel because she loved it so much.))
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[IN Q=So they scattered...]
((So they scattered her ashes and a grounds person went out to do some mowing. Before the chief engineer could stop him he apparently hit the ashes and they flew up in a cloud around a magnolia tree. They say Ava's been there ever since.))
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You'll also stop by the Old City Cemetery where you could catch a glimpse of one of the graveyard's regular visitors - "the woman in white."
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((She was a victim of the influenza epidemic that swept across America in 1918 and claimed a lot of victims in the Roanoke Valley. She's a young Southern belle who, according to legend, is weeping because she had to leave her four children behind.))
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((If you do plan to spend Halloween exploring Roanoke's haunted history, by all means, bring an open mind. But don't bring your kids. Organizers say this event is for a mature audience only.))
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[IN Q=This is not...]
((This is not a tour for kids. Some of the stories are pretty creepy. They can sometimes involve deaths, you know? It's not light fare for children, necessarily. We really do encourage kids to stay home.))
[OUT Q=kids to stay home.]
But what about the ghosts?
Are they invited?
And has anybody on the tour ever seen one?
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((Basically, if you're going to take the Haunted Haunts Tour it's not necessary to be a true believer in the paranormal. Just be open to the possibility that there are some things out there that defy rational explanation.))
[OUT Q=defy rational explanation.]
[IN Q=I haven't heard...]
((I haven't heard anybody say that any sightings have taken place during the tour but, boy, that would be way cool.))
[OUT Q=would be way cool.]
The tour takes place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 27th and 28th.
Your chance to glimpse a ghost is by reservation only.
Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke.))
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The Virginia Tech Hokies have broken the jinx at the Carrier Dome. Tech gets a 22 to 14 win over Syracuse.
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The Hokies fell behind early. Then with 2 minutes remaining in the first quarter the Orangemen struck again Troy Nunes goes to the air and hits Maurice Jackson the pass play covers 78 yards and the Hokies fell behind 14 to 3 at the half.
Tech came back in the second half Nunes slips while dropping back to pass the ball is intercepted by Willie Pile who returns it to the Syracuse 5 yard line in the third quarter.
Vick pulls out on the option and pitches to Lee Suggs who scores on the short run Tech missed the two point conversion and trailed 14 to 9.
The Hokies closed the gap moments later in the third when Suggs bulls over from the one yard line to make it 15 to 14 with 2 minutes left in the third.
The Tech D held Syracuse on 4-th and 7 then Vick takes the snap and he races down the sideline for a 55 yard T-D run and the Hokies hold on for the 22 to 14 Big East win.
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Florida State took advantage of several Virginia turnovers and the 6-th ranked Seminoles beat the Cavaliers 37 to 3.
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The turnovers began on U-V-A's first possession.
Walk on center Ryan Childress of Shawsville snaps the ball over quarterback Bryson Spinners head and the Seminoles recovered the ball at the Virginia one yard line.
On the very next play from scrimmage William McCray bulled over from the one and the Noles led 7 to nothing.
Florida State led 13 to nothing on two field goals then Chris Weinke goes to the air and hits Marvin Minnis on this 30 yard T-D pass play and the Seminoles led 20 to nothing in the second quarter.
The Seminoles led 27 to nothing at the half before Virginia's David Green booted this 37 yard field goal to make it 27 to 3 in the third.
Weinke and Minnis would hook up on another score in the fourth quarter this one covering 58 yards and the Seminoles beat Virginia 37 to 3.
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Ferrum is number one in the nation in yards allowed by the defense.
And the defense saved the day today as the Pathers get the 10-to-7 Homecoming win.
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Injured running back Kodi Smith was crowded king this afternoon. He and Homecoming Queen Nicole Kyle were honored at midfield surrounded by their court.
On the field, the special teams stepped up to the challenge blocking Frostburg State's attempt at three points and it's tied at zero in the first quarter.
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Brandon Woods' 31 yard field goal gave the Panthers their only score of the half, but Ferrum picks up the 10 to seven win
over Frostburg State.
Ferrum honored its first Academic All America at half time as well today.
Elizabeth Adams graduated in 2000 with a finance and marketing degree. During her four years as a Panthers she made all A's and one B.
She played women's soccer for four years, tennis for three and women's basketball for one.
V-M-I broke a 16 game losing streak this afternoon in Lexington.
Quarterback Joe Gibson returned after missing three games and he threw two touchdown passes and Matt Maxey booted two field goals as the Keydets beat Charleston Southern 40 to 7.
V-M-I is now 1 and 7 overall and 0 and 5 in the Southern Conference.
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Santa Moss had a big day as 4-th ranked Miami made a trip to Philadelphia to take on Temple.
Moss rushed for 241 all purpose yards 71 of those yards came on this punt return for a touchdown as the Hurricanes routed the Owls 45 to 17.
And here are the rest of the college scores.
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The Subway series began tonight in New York, The Mets and the Yankees battling in game one of the World Series.
The Mets took a 3 to 2 through 7 and now lead the game 3 to 2 in the 8-th inning.
Robert Pressley led second round qualifying at the Rock today. He will startt 26-th in tomorrows Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400.
Dale Earnhardt will start 27-th Elliott Sadler 39-th but Stacy Compton failed to make the field.
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The Busch cars were at the Rock today for the Sam's Club 200.
The race came down to a one lap shootout between Jeff Green and Jeff Burton.
Green jumped to the outside on the restart and he holds off Burton for the win. The victory was Green's sixth this season and all he has to do to clinch the Busch Series championship is start the October 29-th race at memphis.
Jason Keller was third, Todd Bodine fourth and Ward Burton fifth.
The Roanoke Express was on the road for a second straight game. Tonight Roanoke was in Greenville and the Express wins the East Coast Hockey League match up 2 to 1.
The United States has a big lead after today's foursomes in the President's Cup in Gainesville, Virginia.
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The U-S team went up 4 to 1 in today's matches and lead the competition 14 to 6.
The Americans need 16 and a half points to win back the trophy they lost two years ago in Australia. 12 points are available in tomorrow's final singles matches.
Hal Sutton and Jim Furyk set the tone of the day hammering Greg Norman and Michael Campbell 6 and 5.
Heavyweight boxer Andrew Golota is in a Chicago hospital under observation for a concussion.
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In his bout last night with Mike Tyson Golota quit before the start of the third round. He complained that Tyson used an illegal head butt causing a cut over his left eye. Golota was treated at a hospital in Michigan for the cut but complained of nausea after returning home to Chicago.