Coming up on News 7 at 6 ..
Legal briefs, not Florida ballots, are being passed around today .. We'll have the latest in the ongoing battle for the White House.
The National D-Day Memorial is closed to the public. A live report is coming up.
And furry, finned and feathered fans of Santa pose for a photo-op.
In sports, The Giants move a step closer to the N-F-L playoffs the Philadelphia Eagles are in.
And we'll here more from Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke the 2000 Heisman Trophy winner.
Some early freezing rain led to some slick roads this morning but now things are fairly dry and temperatures will warm up tomorrow...I'll have your forecast coming up....
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They're pitching tents in the nation's capitol hoping to get in on the tomorrow's Supreme Court recount hearing.
Meanwhile, lawyers for Al Gore and George Bush are preparing to pitch their arguements to the high court yet again.
Good Evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Attorneys for the Vice-President and Governor Bush filed their briefs with the U-S Supreme Court just a short time ago.
Tomorrow, the justices will hear arguements for the second time in the disputed Florida presidential election.
Teri Okita has the latest from Washington.
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((AVID TRIAL WATCHERS ARE ONCE AGAIN PITCHING TENTS -- AND LAYING DOWN SLEEPING BAGS -- OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT. IT'S THEIR BEST CHANCE FOR A FRONT ROW SEAT DURING TOMORROW MORNING'S HISTORIC SHOWDOWN.
THAT'S WHEN THE NINE JUSTICES ARE EXPECTED TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS
INVOLVING THOUSANDS OF DISPUTED FLORIDA BALLOTS. THE GORE CAMPAIGN WANTS THEM MANUALLY COUNTED. BUT THE BUSH TEAM QUESTIONS THE FAIRNESS AND ACCURACY OF THE HAND COUNTS.
JAMES BAKER/BUSH CAMPAIGN ADVISOR:
IN A DIVIDED 5-TO-4 RULING, THE HIGH COURT STOPPED THE FLORIDA HAND
COUNTS YESTERDAY -- JUST HOURS AFTER THEY BEGAN. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT, JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA SAID BUSH HAD A GOOD CHANCE OF PREVAILING ON THIS ISSUE.
GORE ATTORNEY, DAVID BOIES, SAYS THE CASE IS NOW AN UPHILL CLIMB.
DAVID BOIES/GORE ATTORNEY:"IF THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT DECISION IS REVERSED AND THE UNITED STATES
SUPREME COURT SAYS NO MORE VOTES ARE GOING TO BE COUNTED, THEN THAT'S
THE END OF IT."
DESPITE THE ODDS, VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE APPEARED UPBEAT TODAY AFTER
ATTENDING CHURCH IN WASHINGTON... AND GEORGE W. BUSH WAS ALSO ALL SMILES AFTER ARRIVING BACK AT THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION IN AUSTIN.
Today was the last day the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford was open to the public.
Officials have to close it down so construction on the memorial can be finished by June 6th, for the dedication ceremony.
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Kate Weidaw is at the memorial tonight with more.
((ROLLCUE:...had to come.))
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A manhunt for a 19-year-old who escaped police custody Friday ended in the teen's death.
Now a spokesman for the Virginia State Police says David Owen Sensabaugh shot himself in the head.
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Deputies tracked Sensabaugh to an area near Lexington Friday afternoon .. Sensabaugh reportedly fired a handgun at deputies, who returned fire.
Autopsy results, released yesterday, determined Sensabaugh was killed by a contact gunshot wound to his head.
A sergeant with the Virginia State Police says interviews, along with the autopsy report, reveals Sensabaugh inflicted the fatal wound on himself.
Investigators hope to identify a man found dead inside a Roanoke apartment.
A caller notified Roanoke police around midnight that a body had been found in an apartment at Lincoln Terrace.
The apartment, at the intersection of Gandy and Liberty, was vacant due to renovations.
Police say the man did NOT have any identification.
The body was sent to the medical examiner to determine the cause of death.[DUI-Checkpoint]
Roanoke City Police handed out three D-U-I's during their first sobriety checkpoint of the holiday season.
Officers stopped about 300 cars on the 31-hundred block of Franklin Road Southwest between Beechwood and Avenham last night.
In addition to the D-U-I's, police report they made 6 drug charges and handed out 38-tickets for various other offenses.
One person was arrested for being a habitual offender.
The police department says the site was chosen because of alcohol-related traffic crashes and drunk driving arrests in that area.
Next on News 7 .. An amusement park developer might want a recount when it comes to the number of Presidential heads he has ..
An update on Buena Vista's stately statues is still ahead.
And an old-fashioned "shoot-em-up" rustles up some greenbacks for a good cause.
That's coming up after the break...
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The developer of a presidential theme park is hoping to open his York County park to tourists this spring.
Everette Newman's park will feature 18- foot tall busts of all the U-S presidents.
He hopes to begin construction next month saying the park will be an outdoor museum.
But critics have fought the park saying it will siphon tourists from real historical attractions such as Colonial Williamsburg.
Three of the giant busts are currently on display in Buena Vista.
Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor are being housed there until they're transferred to the park.
A Pittsylvania County military school may be out of luck.
The former president of the First National Bank of Keystone willed part of his shares of stock in the bank to Hargrave Military Academy, which he attended.
But the Bluefield, West Virginia bank where J Knox McConnell was president until his death in 1997, went under.
Hargrave has sued for the money.
But the F-D-I-C says the school is not entitled to it.
Playing the part of a cowboy isn't just for kids.
This morning about a dozen men put on their cowboy costumes and gathered at the Blue Ridge Shooter's Club.
The idea of the charity shoot out is to make up scenarios from old westerns and play it out.
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Several charity shoot-outs take place several times during the year to raise money for the South River Volunteer Fire Department.
The Club has raised more then 3-thousand dollars this year.
Still ahead on News 7 at 6 .. Home sweet home for one Franklin County family is a below-ground bungalow!
We'll give you a tour after the break ..
And what's on man's best friend's Christmas wish list this year?
Santa decides who's been naughty or nice a little later in the newscast.
We'll be right back!
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A Franklin County couple are living out their dreams in a unique setting.
Steve and Gigi Helms built part of their home 15- feet below ground.
But that's not all that sets this one of a kind home apart from others.
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(( Steve and Gigi Helms are used to friends and family stopping by to tour their Franklin County home... a house as unique for its wide variety of wood as the fact it's partially underground.
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((DO YOU EVER GET CLAUSTROPHOBIC? STEVE HELMS/CIVIL ENGINEER: NO, NEVER. I LOVE IT.))
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Steve is a civil engineer and has had a hand in every aspect of the house which he designed and started building 20- years ago.
Steve even gathered the rocks for the living room fireplace which took him three months to complete.
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((IT'S REALLY A LOT OF WORK IN THAT, IT'S TWO DUMP TRUCKS OF ROCK IN THERE, PROBABLY FIVE OR SIX LOADS OF FILL ROCK OR SCRAP ROCK))
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Although the majority of the house is below ground... the living room and kitchen are NOT.
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((YOU HAVE YOUR KITCHEN ON THAT SIDE, THAT'S ALL BLACK WALNUT.))
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The house also includes a unique staircase... which is strong enough to support a walkway leading to an oak loft above the living room.
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((I WANTED AN UPSTAIRS IN THE HOUSE AND SOMETHING TO MAKE IT A LITTLE BIGGER, SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT, A CONVERSATION PIECE, OF COURSE, EVERYTHING IN HERE IS A CONVERSATION PIECE.))
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Especially the rest of the house... which is 15- feet underground.
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((RIGHT HERE IS MY DEN ALL BUILT OUT OF BRAZILIAN PINE. ))
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What makes the house truly unique, though, are the stories behind each room.
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((AS A KID MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS WE USED TO STAY THERE A LOT, THEY DIDN'T HAVE AN INDOOR BATH, THEY HAD A JOHNNY HOUSE AND I ALWAYS SAID IF I GET A HOUSE OF MY OWN, I'M GOING TO PUT ME A JOHNNY HOUSE IN IT, SO THIS IS MY JOHNNY HOUSE.))
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The master bedroom is also a conversation piece... built to resemble a log cabin.
In here, you'll also find another kind of wood.
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((THIS HERE IS CYPRUS, CAME FROM THE SWAMPS OF NORTH CAROLINA.))
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Explaining the uniqueness of their home has sometimes been a challenge for the Helms... who take it all in stride.
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I TELL THEM I HAVE TO GO HOME AND CUT THE ROOF AND MOW THE ROOF. AND PLANT FLOWERS ON THE ROOF.
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And, you can expect even more jokes. The Helms plan to build a gazebo on the roof in the near future.))
And coming up in sports, Florida State's Chris Weinke is the 2000 Heisman Trophy winner the Chiefs beat the Panthers.
And the New York Giants are a game closer to making the N-F-L playoffs.
Six years ago Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke was a minor league first baseman today he's the Heisman Trophy winner.
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Last night in New York, Weinke edged out Oklahoma quarterback Josh Heupel in the closest Heisman race since 1989.
Weinke led the nation with a school record 4-thousand 167 passing yards. He threw 33 touchdown pases with 11 interceptions. At 28 Weinke is the oldest Heisman Trophy winner receiving 1-thousand 628 votes justt 76 more than Heupel.
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Purdue quarterback Drew Brees finished third ahead of T-C-U running back LaDainian Tomlinson.
Gator Bowl officials project over 21-thousand Hokies fans will attend the game in Jacksonville, Florida on January first 2001.
As of Friday, The Virginia Tech ticket office announced that ticket sales made through its office have exceeded 17-thousand 500.
Gator Bowl officials also sand that as of Friday only 92-hundred tickets remain in the 76-thousand seat Alltel Stadium.
The New York Giants moved a step closer to the playoffs today beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 30 to 10.
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Jim Fassell and the Giants looking to add to their three point lead.
After being stoped on the one, the Giants come right back on their next possession this time Collins hands off to Tiki Barber and he takes it in from the 3 yard line and New York led 13 to nothing.
Pittsburgh moved the ball into Giant territory and Kris Brown nailed this 32 yard field goal to make the score 13 to 3 at the half.
Tiki would set up the Giants touchdown to open the third taking the inside pitch and carrying it 23 yards to the Pittsburgh 14 yard line.
Kerry Collins goes to the air and hits Ike Hillard on the 9 yard touchdown pass and the Giants win it 30 to 10.
Todd Peterson's 33 yard field goal late in the fourth quarter lifted the Kansas City Chiefs to a 15 to 14 win over Carolina.
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The Panthers took the early lead in the second quarter when Chris Hetherington bulls over from the one yard line to make it 7 to nothing.
Carolina would add to that lead in the third when Steve Beurlein goes to ther air and hits Kris Mangum on the 15 yard T-D pass to make it 14 to 3 Panthers.
The Chiefs fell behind 14 to 6 than Elvis Grbac goes to the air and hits Tony Gonzalez on the 7 yard T-D pass play and the Chiefs beat the Panthers 15 to 14.
The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys are beginning the third quarter and Dallas leads the game 12 to 7.
Plenty of action in the N-F-L this afternoon lets check the finals and third quarter scores.
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Last night, The Roanoke Express slipped by the Johnstown Chiefs 3 to 2. Well this afternoon the two teams are at it again.
The score was tied at 1 to 1 in the first period and now Roanoke leads the game 3 to 1 in the third.
We'll have highlights from this afternoon's game tonight on News 7 at 11.
The Philadelphia Flyers are looking for a new head coach.
Today the Flyers fired Craig Ramsay and named assistant Bill barber as the new head coach. General Manager Bob Clarke said the Flyers had become an easy team to play against and he doesn't find that acceptable.
Entering tonight's game against the Islanders, Philadelphia is in fourth place in the N-H-L's Atlantic Division with a 12-12 and 4 record.
Last year, Ramsay led the Flyers to within a victory of the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Parents just love picture of their little ones perched upon Santa's lap, sharing their Christmas wish list ..
And its no different for the devoted parents of these four-legged friends.
Santa Claus took some time out of his busy schedule this weekend to stop by "Petsmart" and pose with man's best friend.
The money raised from the furry photo-op goes to help homeless pets.
The Feline Education Rescue Adoption League and Circle of Friends Greyhound Adoptions will receive the proceeds from Petsmart.
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