Could the fate of the Presidency end up in the Supreme court? We'll have the latest on the Florida recount today on news 7 at five.
And volunteers in Nelson County continue to search for a plane that's been missing since last week.
Heading for a very cold night. Temperatures slip into the 20s easily this evening.
Also today, a Roanoke neighborhood welcomes a new police precinct,
and we'll put faces on more of the young patients who are in desperate need of bone marrow transplants.
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Both presidential candidates are knocking on the courts door- This presidential election could ultimately be decided in the U-S Supreme Court.
The Federal appeals court in Altanta will decide if George W. Bush should be able to put a stop tht emanual recounts.
In Tallashassee- both sides are asking the state Supreme court to decide whether the recounting is legal.
Drew Levinson brings us up to date from Tallahassee.
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[SUPER=701-David Boies/Gore Legal Advisor;]
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Narr: Some of the legal wrangling over the Florida vote has moved north
... to Georgia.
A federal appeals court in Atlanta will hear George Bushs request to
stop the hand counts in Florida. A federal judge in Miami has already
denied the suit.
Fast Sot: Dick Cheyney. "we look forward to quick and speedy resolution."
On the state level - both Bush and Al Gore agree on something. They
want the Florida Supreme court to rule if counties can go ahead with the
manual recount. And they want firm guidance on what consitutes a
legitimate vote .
David Boies/Gore Legal advisor
This isn't reading anybody's mind, it is looking at the ballot itself
for objective evidence of what the voter intended to do.
A Palm Beach judge this morning ruled that a punch card ballot does NOT
have to be punched all the way through to count.
All this comes as Palm Beach and Broward counties met Secretary of State
Kathryn Harris deadline to explain why they should be able to file late
Harris can use her discretion in accepting the votes. Although she has
been directed not to arbitrarily exclude any ballots. But Harris has
gone to court to stop the recount all together.
Broward began its recount today, Palm Beach is expected to start up
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Two full days of searching and still no sign of a missing plane in Nelson County.
The single engine piper had one person on board. It disappeared from radar last Thursday- as it flew over the Diggs Mountain section of the county.
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That's where authorities have conducted air and ground searches the past two days. Steve Smallshaw is here to bring us up to date on what's happening.
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[SUPER=01-Massie Saunders/Search Volunteer;]
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A Danville man has escaped the death penalty in an extraordinary case that made it all the way to the U-S Supreme Court.
Terry Williams was sentenced to die in 1986 for killing Harris Stone with a gardening tool because he confessed to the crime.
But Williams' attorney never told the jury that Williams was borderline mentally retarded with fetal alcohol syndrome.
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((BRIAN POWERS/DEFENSE ATTY: PEOPLE WITH FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME ARE NOTORIOUSLY BAD REPORTERS OF EVENTS. THE CONFESSIONS OF PEOPLE WITH FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME ARE NOTORIOUSLY UNRELIABLE.))
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Williams' attorney also never told the jury Williams had grown up with abusive and alcoholic parents.
He did not ask Bruce Elliott -- who's been Williams' friend for 20 years -- to testify.
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((BRUCE ELLIOTT/FRIEND: I'VE SEEN THE SIDE OF TERRY THAT HAS CARED ABOUT HIS WIFE, THAT HAS CARED ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER, THAT HAS SENT ME CHRISTMAS CARDS AND SENT NOTES TO MY CHILDREN.))
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The Supreme Court gave Williams a new sentencing and he got life in prison instead of death.
Legal associations nationwide say this shows federal courts will help people with terrible attorneys, even if it means overriding state courts.
The capital murder trial of defendant Jeffrey Allen Thomas has been pushed back to next year.
Thomas is accused of killing Radford teen Tara Munsey during a rape or ATTEMPTED rape in January.
A Pulaski County judge today continued Thomas' trial until February 16th at the request of his attorneys.
They say they're still awaiting an expert evaluation of D-N-A test results in the case.
The trial WAS set to start at the end of this month.
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A mayor in our part of the state has abruptly resigned. We'll have that story after this break,
and there's more trouble for the Los Angeles police department as three officers are convicted on corruption charges.
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Three of four Los Angeles policemen accused of framing gang members were found guilty today.
Teri Okita reports on the latest problems for the L-A department.
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(( AFTER 18-HOURS OF DELIBERATING, JURORS RETURNED A MIXED
VERDICT IN THE CASE OF FOUR LOS ANGELES POLICE OFFICERS CHARGED WITH
CORRUPTION. THE OFFICERS SAT, STONE-FACED, AS THE VERDICT WAS READ:
SARGEANTS BRIAN LIDDY AND EDWARD ORTIZ WERE FOUND GUILTY OF CONSPIRING
TO FRAME GANG MEMBERS AND FILING A FALSE REPORT. OFFICER MICHAEL
BUCHANAN WAS ALSO FOUND GUILTY OF CONSPIRACY, AS WELL AS PERJURY.
OFFICER PAUL HARPER WAS ACQUITTED OF ALL CHARGES.
THE DEFENDANTS WERE ACCUSED OF MANUFACTURING EVIDENCE AGAINST GANG
MEMBERS IN ONE INCIDENT, LIDDY AND BUCHANAN SAID THEY WERE INJURED
WHEN A TRUCK, DRIVEN BY A GANG MEMBER, HIT THEM. PROSECUTORS SAID THEY
MADE UP THAT STORY IN ORDER TO FRAME HIM AND MAKE AN ARREST.
ITS BEEN A WEEK SINCE CLOSING ARGUMENTS ENDED AND OVER THE PAST FEW
DAYS, THE SEVEN WOMEN AND FIVE MEN ON THE JURY HAD ASKED TO RE-HEAR
TESTIMONY FROM A HANDFUL OF THE WITNESSES.
THIS CASE STEMS FROM AN ON-GOING L-A-P-D INTERNAL INVESTIGATION OF
WIDESPREAD CORRUPTION THAT INCLUDES DOZENS OF OFFICERS WORKING
WITHIN AN ANTI-GANG UNIT IN THE RAMPART DIVISION. DETAILS OF THE
CORRUPTION WERE LEAKED FROM FORMER OFFICER, RAFAEL PEREZ WHO AGREED TO
TURN STATES WITNESS AFTER HE WAS CAUGHT STEALING DRUGS FROM AN EVIDENCE
ROOM. AS THE SCANDAL UNFOLDED, MORE THAN 100-CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS WERE
DISMISSED ... BASED ON THE SWORN TESTIMONY OF PEREZ. NOW, THE THREE
CONVICTED OFFICERS FACE BETWEEN ONE AND FOUR YEARS IN PRISON. TERI
OKITA, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.
A bone marrow drive at Radford University tomorrow could end up saving someone's life.
No one knows this better than the parents of three local children.
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Teresa Hamilton is here with more.
Jean, the parents of Henry Moore are still searching for a perfect bone marrow match for their nine month old son.
But they've dedicated tomorrow's drive to two other children--- who're also suffering.
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[SUPER=01-Malcolm Powell/Sickle Cell Anemia Patient; :11 ]
[SUPER=01-Renee Powell/Malcolm's Mother; :26 ]
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Malcolm Powell of Fairlawn has sickle cell anemia and has suffered more in his six years than most people do in a lifetime.
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((MALCOLM POWELL/SICKLE CELL ANEMIA SUFFERER: WHEN SICKLE CELL MAKES ME FEEL BAD I HAVE TO LAY DOWN AND WATCH TV.))
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Malcolm has had three strokes.... a fourth could paralyze or kill him.
His mother, Renee, also has the disease.
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((RENEE POWELL/MALCOLM'S MOTHER: HE'S MY ONLY SON AND I LOVE HIM A WHOLE LOT AND I HATE TO SEE HIM SUFFER.))
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Malcolm needs a bone marrow transplant but it must come from an umbilical cord.
Powell says most parents don't realize donating their newborn's cord and placenta could save another child's life.
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((RENEE POWELL/MALCOLM'S MOTHER: IF HE DOESN'T HAVE THIS BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT HE PROBABLY WON'T SURVIVE.))
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Six year old James Stewart of Radford knows what Malcolm's been through.
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Two years ago, James was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia.
Today James is in remission... but the disease has a 50 percent recurrence rate which is why he needs to find a match as a precaution.
In the meantime... his family makes the most of everyday.
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James' marrow could come from anyone.
If you're interested in being tested, the Bone Marrow Drive at Radford University is from nine to three at Heth and Waldron Halls.
Jean... there is money set aside for 200 or so students to be tested free of charge.
Narrows' embattled town mayor has offered her resignation, only four months after taking office.
George Ann Johnson surprised her fellow town council members at this week's meeting by announcing she could no longer work with them.
Johnson, a portrait artist and seven year resident of Narrows, was the town's first woman mayor.
The friction began when she sought to change some policies regarding after-hours use of town equipment.
Council also voted to deny her a key to town hall.
The vice mayor will take over until the next election.
Coming up next on the newscast, Robin Reed will have our chilly forecast.
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Today in Sports, Steve Mason will have a look at local high school basketball in this week's Hometown Hoops Weekly,
And on we'll see how the American Cancer Society is using the internet to help people quit smoking.
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Tomorrow is the Great American Smokeout.
That's the day the American Cancer Society wants all cigarette smokers to quit at least for the day.
The Society believes if smokers can prove to themselves that they can quit for a day, it would encourage them to quit all together.
The A-C-S' website site has plenty of practical advice to help smokers deal with the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
In addition to helping smokers quit, the A-C-S says it wants to use the Smokeout to encourage teenagers not to START smoking.
Another great source to help young people understand the effects of cigarettes on their health is THE-TRUTH-dot com.
It is a no holds barred, sometimes graphic display about the dangers of tobacco.
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So if you or someone you love is looking for more information about quitting smoking, you can find the American Cancer Society Website through a link to our website at WDBJ-7-dot-com.
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It's time now for sports and this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly. Today Steve Mason takes a pre-season look at the Cave Spring boys basketball team.
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[SUPER=01-Daniel Payne/Cave Spring Point Guard; 1:39]
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((Not only is he talented, but he hustles. Redick is first is team sprints just about every time. So what improvements has the junior made to h is game?
Redick, a first team triple A all state pre-season selection, averaged around 23 points a game last season and knows his jersey might as well be a bullseye.
The Knights have the most aggressive schedule in school history. Oak Hill, Gonzaga and Mount Airy are just three of six phat Foes Cave Spring will face this season, all they play all but Oak Hill before mid January.
9 of Hicks's 13 players are multiple sport stars and he returns three starters. Season goals are being set. Ignoring the hype, the Knights say, won't be hard, they just think back to their 75-54 loss 1999 Northwest regional season ending loss to G.W.Danville.
Cave Spring hosts it's seventh annual midnight madness this Friday beginning at 9:30 pm. Steve Mason Hometown Hoops Weekly.))
The man who stabbed former Beatle George Harrison has been aquitted of attempted murder charges.
Michael Abram has been found innocent on grounds of insanity-
He was charged after an attack on Harrison and his wife in the couple's mansion last year.
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Psychiastrists say Abram believed he was possessed by the former Beatle.
Abram's mother says her son had psychological problems- He though Paul McCartney was a witch.
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((HE WENT ON TO GEORGE HARRISON. HE SAID PUAL MCCARTNEY IS THE WITCH BUT GEORGE HARRISON IS THE BOSS.))
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Abram has been ordered held indefihitely in a mental hospital, but Harrisons' family is upset with the ruling.
The couples son read a statement saying the family can never forget Abram was full of hate and violence- when he broke into their home.
Police in Roanoke hope two new offices will help cut down on crime.
A small crowd of Northwest Roanoke residents turned out this morning to help the mayor, a couple city council members and the police chief dedicate the new branch on Lafeyette Boulevard.
The building was donated by Vernice Law whose late husband practiced medicine there for dozens of his 60-years of service in Roanoke.
His son says Maynard Law would have been proud to see the way the building's being used.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Law/Son of Owner;]
[SUPER=01-Joe Gaskins/Roanoke Police Chief;]
((It is the continuatioon of a dream that my father had. He dearly loved this community and wanted to give back a part of this community.))
((It is an opportunity for police and the community to come closer and work together. And it's pretty obvious from the number of people out here that there's a tremendous amount of support in this community.))
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Another branch was dedicated yesterday.
That office is located in the old Sears building in Williamson Road.
Both offices are open Monday through Friday.