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Coming up on News 7-
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A car bomb injures 54 in Israel.
An exotic and endangered animal is missing from a Salem home.
Fire rips through part of the Snowshoe ski resort.
And highlights from Virginia Tech's big win in the Gator Bowl and words on Michael Vick's future.
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News 7 is next.

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Sirens ring in the New Year in the Middle East .. At least 54 people are hurt when a car bomb explodes in the heart of an Israeli city.
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Good evening, I'm Meredyth Censullo in for Jean Jadhon.

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No one has claimed responsibility for today's bombing .. Meanwhile, President Clinton plans to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat tomorrow - in what could be his last chance at brokering a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians before he leaves office.. But Israel has already threatened retaliation for today's attack .. Robert Berger reports.
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(( There were three powerful explosions, one after the other. It happened in the early evening when the streets were packed in Netanya, a coastal town about 20 miles north of Tel Aviv. The explosions shattered windows in nearby shops and apartments and blew apart vehicles on one of the busiest streets in the city. Police believe the bomb was detonated in a parked car. Ambulances, firefighters and police rushed to the scene and cared for the wounded. The attack put further strain on a peace process already on the verge of collapse...But many here are breathing a sigh of relief. One police official said the fact that no Israelis were killed...is a miracle. Robert Berger, CBS News, Jerusalem ))

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A house explosion in a suburb of Washington D-C killed two people and damaged 12 nearby homes.
The blast in Silver Spring, Maryland, leveled the home and shock waves were felt for miles around.
Twelve adjacent houses were left uninhabitable because of roof and window damage.
No word on a cause.


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Snow and ice are causing problems for a few schools in the viewing area.
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[TAKE SCHOOLWATCH FULL]
In Grayson County-- Mount Rogers Elementary School will be closed tomorrow.
All Smyth County schools will be closed.
Tazewell County schools will operate on a two hour delay.
And Washington County schools will be closed tomorrow.
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A Salem woman has lost her pet, part of an exotic and endangered species.
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Charisma is a kinkajou (KINK-A-CHEW)-- native to the South American rain forests. Vickie Snavely paid a Texas zookeeper two-thousand-dollars for her eight years ago. This weekend the animal escaped from her custom-built room near the Hanging Rock golf course in Salem.
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Charisma is used to tropical temperatures, so her owner's afraid the animal died in the weekend's wind chill. But she says Charisma answers to her name and hopes someone will find her.
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Charisma likes honey, bananas, and beer.
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Roanoke police are still talking to witnesses in the fatal shooting of a 14- year- old girl last night.
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It happened inside a residence at the Westwood Village apartment complex in Northwest Roanoke around 9:30.
Authorities say the victim was in her home with a 16- year- old male friend when she was shot once in the chest.


She died later at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The teenage boy was questioned by police and then released into his mother's custody.
No charges have been filed.
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A warehouse owned by the Snowshoe Resort went up in flames today.
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No one was hurt. But the fire did an estimated one million dollars damage.
It broke out just before five this morning.
A spokesman for the ski resort says firefighters were on the scene a few minutes after the smoke alarm went off.
But it took about four hours to bring the fire under control, because of the strong winds and bitter cold.
The cause has yet to be determined.
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The next time you fill up at the gas station - you may want to think twice about pumping without paying ..
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Starting today, a judge can take away your driver's license, if you fill up in Virginia and don't pay.
Repeat offenders automatically lose their driving privileges for 30 days.
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January 1st is more than just New Year's Day for African- Americans.. it's also the day they celebrate freedom.
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The Emancipation Proclamation took effect 138 years ago today, the first step towards freedom for American slaves.
Roanoke's minority community marked the occasion with its annual Jubilee Day celeberation at Jerusalem Baptist Church.
Black leaders say while great strides have been made in the area of civil rights, there's still work to be done.

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((BRENDA HALE/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT: EVEN A LITTLE ACCOMPLISHMENT IS A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT BECAUSE THAT'S ONE STEP CLOSER TO REALIZING THE DREAM OF EQUALITY. AND WE BELIEVE IN DIVERSITY, DIVERSITY MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER, IT'S A GOOD THING TO BE DIVERSE.))
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The N-double-A-C-P also honored Martin Jeffrey and Aletha Bolden as Citizens of the Year.
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The biggest news stories of 2000-- we'll take a look back next on News 7.
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And a cargo ship full of illegal immigrants runs aground.
Some have been rescued, others are still missing.
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((HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY, STEVE MASON HERE TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A BIG TIME PARTY IN JACKSONVILLE AS THE HOKIES WIN THE GATOR BOWL, HIGHLIGHTS FROM FOUR OTHER BOWL GAMES INCLUDING A DANDY AT THE ROSE BOWL IN PASADENA AND BIG LOU BRINGS THE GAMECOCKS BACK FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE SEC AND THE NBA ALSO WORKED THIS HOLIDAY, THE INFO IN SPORTS.))

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Virginia had its fair share of headlines over the past year-- with some even international notice.
Here's Joe McKean with the top ten stories for the year 2-thousand as chosen by the News 7 staff.
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((At number ten on our list, the special grand jury report on the Vinton police department. The document unsealed for a few hours in February provided details on the allegations that led to the resignations of Chief Ricky Foutz and Lt. Bill Brown.
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Both men have sued the town.
This was the year the city of Roanoke was chosen as the location for a proposed biomedical institute, developed by Carilion Health Systems, UVA and Virginia Tech. The site is prone to flooding. And owners of some businesses were upset they'll be forced out.
2000 is also the year that saw the end of the strike at Rubatex in Bedford.
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Union workers were back on the job in June, after nine months on the picket lines, but without a new contract.
The city of Lexington lost a historic landmark this year. The Presbyterian Church where Stonewall Jackson once prayed caught fire, gutting the interior, toppling the steeple as firefighters fought the flames.
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It turned out that workers using a hot iron to remove paint started the fire by accident.
Virginia Republicans had much to celebrate this year. Former governor George Allen handily defeated incumbent Chuck Robb in the US Senate race. The GOP now owns every statewide office in the Commonwealth.
Norfolk Southern cast aside hundreds of workers this year, announcing in June that it would close the east end car shops in Roanoke in August.
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More layoffs and buyouts followed throughout the fall and winter, as the railroad tried to trim its work force and maintain profits.
At the end of August, Lexington suffered another tragedy. A small plane crashed in the heart of the city.
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Both men on board died. No one on the ground was hurt.
An accident at the New River Castings plant in Radford is one of our top three stories of the year. An explosion in March killed three workers. State officials accused the foundry's owner, Intermet, of several safety violations and proposed fines of more than 800-thousand dollars.
The killing of Radford high school student Tara Munsey also hit the New River Valley hard. Her body was discovered in a remote area of Pulaski County a few weeks after she disappeared from her job at a fast food restaurant.
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Jeffrey Alan Thomas is set to stand trial in February for her murder.
Another violent crime that brought Roanoke attention throughout the world is our top story of the year, the shootings at the Backstreet Cafe in September.
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Ronald Edward Gay is accused of killing one customer at the gay bar and wounding six others in an incident that led to calls for tougher hate crime laws.
And those were some of the events that marked the last year of the twentieth century in the commonwealth of Virginia.
Joe McKean, News-7.))

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A cargo ship carrying illegal immigrants to Greece sank off the southern coast of Turkey today.
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83 people were onboard the ship when it suffered a mechanical failure, drifted into some rocks and spilt in two. At least six people drowned, dozens more are feared dead .. Survivors say many of the illegal immigrants were locked in the cargo area located in the sunken half of the ship. 32 people were rescued, but search efforts were called off this afternoon due to strong winds and high seas.
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Lots of Tech fans travelled to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl-- lots more watched it from home.
We'll hear from some of them later on News 7.
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And Portland's New Year's celebration turns violent.
Find out why next.
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Confusion over New Years Eve festivities leads to rioting in downtown Portland, Oregon.
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Police say the trouble began around midnight when about a thousand people gathered in Portland's Pioneer Square in hopes of seeing fireworks .. But the city hadn't planned any. Police say that angered the crowd, and mobs of young people attacked officers, smashed store windows, looted businesses and overturned anything not nailed down. Nearly one-hundred police officers in riot gear brought the crowd under control .. Eight people were arrested.
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We head into this evening with temperatures well below normal again. And as Jacey Birch reports in our January Almanac, expect more cold weather in the near future.
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Highlights from Tech's Gator Bowl win, plus highlights from four other new years day bowl games,
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But first your extra point. Denver running back Mike Anderson has been named the offensive rookie of the year by The Associated Press. The halfback rushed for 15-hundred yards and 15 touchdowns
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Virginia Tech completed a two year run with 22 wins and only 2 losses yesterday by whipping Clemson 41-20 in the Toyota Gator Bowl.
Mike Stevens and photographer Greg Moore have the highlights from All-tel Stadium in Jacksonville.
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Washington beat Purdue 34-24 in the Rose Bowl.
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Trailing 14 nothing in the second quarter, Drew Brees comes alive, here he rockets the ball to Vinny Sutherland on a 5 yard TD pass. 14-7 is your score. With 12 minutes left in the third, Brees hooks up with Sutherland again, a 24 yard touchdown toss in the third quarter, Washington led 20-17 after three.
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Elstrom comes down with it. 27-17 Huskies with 12 minutes left in the game.
Willie Hurst makes it 34-17 Washington with 7:25 to play on the run right up the gut.
Purdue's Sedrick Brown takes a block from Brees and scores on a 4th and 1. But Washington wins the Rose Bowl 34-24.

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On to the Citrus Bowl and the war between Michigan and Auburn, a lovely site
The Wolverines draw first blood on the flea flicker. Drew Henson is gonna get the ball to Anthony Thomas for a 31 yard touchdown catch, it would be 7-nothing Michigan.
The Tigers claw back. Ben Leard with the touchdown connection to Clifton Robinson, it goes for 22 yards and now the count is 14-7 Auburn in the second.
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Thomas's 11 yard TD run before the half put Michigan up 21-14 and Thomas becomes the Wolverines all time leading rusher with 4, 401 career yards.
His wife gets the ball.
Auburn outscores Michigan 14-10 in the second half but it was not enough as the Wolverines win the Citrus Bowl 31-28.
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The Cotton Bowl would match Tennessee against Kansas State in a game that would produce 56 points.
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KU quarterback Jonathan Beasley decided to do the work himself, keeping the ball and running it in from 14 yards out. 7-nothing.
In the second quarter, UT's Casey Clausen hits David Martin on a 17 yard touchdown connection to open the second quarter and we are tied at 7.
Beasley then finds Jamie Morgan on a 56 yard TD bomb, he out runs the defenders to score and KU goes back up by 7.
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Tennessee's defense would step up as Jabari Greer intercepts Beasley at the UT 18 yard line and he is gonna take it the wrest of the way, a 78 yard interception returned for a touchdown, 21-14 Kansas State still out in front.
But KU would score two third quarter touchdowns to beat Tennessee 35-21 in the Cotton Bowl.
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South Carolina took on Ohio State in the Outback Bowl. The GameCocks were winless in 1999 and a win over the Buckeyes would mark the biggest turn around in SEC history.
Ironically, the biggest factor in the game was a player snubbed in recruiting by Ohio State. Ohio native Ryan Brewer had a career day. His seven yard touchdown run here put South Carolina up 9-nothing in the third quarter.
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te/7;]makes it 17-7 on the screen pass from Phillip Petty to Brewer, a 28 yard TD completion.
Brewer ices the win in the fourth quarter, taking the pitch and going right. He scores from two yards out and South Carolina downs Ohio State 24-7 in the Outback Bowl.
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Two NBA games tipped off today. In the nightcap, the Portland Trailblazers lead the Charlotte Hornets 48-37 at the half.
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In the other game, Minnesota and Houston went head to head.
The Timberwolves had a season-high 35 assists during a 106-to-96 victory over the [SUPER=32-Minnesota/106/Houston/96

;]Rockets. Kevin Garnett scored 21 points for the Wolves. Terrell Brandon and Wally Szczerbiak each added 19 in a solid supporting effort. Steve Francis added 20 points for the Rockets.
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One lone Clemson fan braved the crowd at a Virginia Tech Alumni gathering for today's Gator Bowl.
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Amid all the maroon and orange stood the owner of a Domino's Pizza franchise, bravely cheering for the underdog.
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[***MEREDYTH ON CART***] About 30 of the nearly six-thousand Virginia Tech Alumni Association members in Roanoke turned out to watch this game together. It was a small but enthusiastic crowd.
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This guy usually watches from the field -- he works on the chain crew at Tech games.
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