While on the job, a Roanoke City employee comes close to losing his life...
It was an unusual accident involving a garbage truck that injured a 61-year-old sanitation worker...
Reed Preston Cotton Senior was picking up trash this morning on Cedarhurst Avenue- when he was pinned by the garbage truck.
Officials believe the truck started to drift and when Cotton tried to reach the brake, the truck ran into a utility pole.
A woman living nearby heard the accident and called police.
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[IN Q= I SAW SOMEONE]
(( I SAW SOMEONE WAS IN THE TRUCK WEDGED BETWEEN THE DOOR AND THE TELEPHONE HE WAS WEDGED INSIDE THE TRUCK THE DOOR WAS WEDGED AGAINST THE TELEPHONE POLE. ))
[OUT Q=THE TELEPHONE POLE]
Rescue crews had to back the vehicle up to remove him.
Cotton was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
In Lynchburg- a police officer doing his job- was attacked by a police dog- without warning.
It happened at the city's training grounds in Campbell County.
Authorities say Officer Rick Ruggieri (roo-JER-ee) was taking the dog out of its kennel for some exercise when the dog bit him on his hands and face.
A firearms instructor who was nearby then shot and killed the dog.
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[IN Q=The dog has]
((MAJOR JACK LEWIS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THE DOG HAS BEEN HERE FOR SEVERAL DAYS.. WE'VE COME OUT AND EXERCISED THE DOG PREVIOUSLY AND FED THE DOG AND SOMETHING CAUSED THE DOG TO REACT.. AND I CAN'T GIVE YOU THE ANSWERS TO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Major Jack Lewis/Lynchburg Police]
[OUT Q=answers to that.]
Ruggieri was "not" the dog's regular handler.
His injuries required stitches, but he's out of the hospital.
Another military accident off the Hawaiin coast-
This one last night- Two Army Helicopters crashed while on a training mission.
Six soldiers are dead- and another eleven are injured.
The choppers were flying in a group- on a "night training" missing.
The crash comes just four days after a Navy sub crashed into a commercial fishing vessel- off of Oahu- killing nine people.
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President Bush today offered a prayer for those killed and hurt in the chopper crash. He spoke to the armed forces in Norfolk-
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((JUST THIS MORNING WE ARE REMINDED OF THE RISK OF DUTY AND THE SACRIFICES YOU MAKE.))
[OUT Q=YOU MAKE]
Bush told the crowd he will lead the way to better pay and improved housing for the military.
While he wants to improve the military- Bush says his first order of business he says is a full and complete review of the military.
And Bush looked in on some high tech equipment- This is not a video game.
It's a simulated missile attack-
The "R" word keeps coming up when people talk about the economy- but the nation's main money man- Alan Greenspan-
says the economy is not in a recession.
And he says George W. Bush's proposed tax cut could help.
Stephen Clark has more.
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[SUPER=03-Washington DC; quick!]
[SUPER=01-Alan Greenspan/Federal Reserve Chairman;]
[SUPER=01-Paul O'Neill/Tresury Secretary;]
[SUPER=01-Stephen Clark/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=for CBS News.]
LIKE THE GROUNDHOG OF LEGEND, FED CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN CAME TO
CAPITOL HILL AND SAW HIS SHADOW.
Alan Greenspan/ Fed Chairman: The prospects for sustaining strong advances for productivity
in the years ahead remain favorable.
IN HIS SEMI-ANNUAL MONETARY POLICY REPORT TO CONGRESS, THE FED CHAIRMAN SAID ITS PICKING UP NOW .. BUT ADMITTED THE ECONOMY WAS CLOSE TO
"STALLING OUT" AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.
HE BLAMED IT ON BUSINESSES' EFFORT TO CUT BACK QUICKLY ON PRODUCTION IN
THE FACE OF FALLING SALES.
HE ALSO EXPLAINED WHY HE FAILED TO FORECAST THE STALL:
Our economic models have never been particularly successful in capturing a process driven in part by nonrational behavior.
GREENSPAN EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT WHAT WE'RE IN NOW IS SIMPLY A
'RE-BALANCING" OF THE ECONOMY, AND NOT A RECESSION.
Greenspan: We are not in a recession? At the moment were not. and the
likelihood of it is a very, very, very low
probability..I dont want to give probabilities..
SENATE DEMOCRATS WERE UNABLE TO SHAKE GREENSPAN FROM HIS OPINION THAT A TAX CUT NOW COULD HELP STEER OFF A RECESSION.
MEANWHILE TREASURY SECRETARY PAUL O'NEAL...TALKING TO THE HOUSE
LAWMAKERS WHO WILL DECIDE THE TAX BILL--ECHOED GREENSPAN'S OPINION.
Paul O'Neill/ Treasury Secretary:
It sems to me the burden of proof is if we're going to do it why not now...why not immediately.
While the future of President Bush's tax plan is still in debate-- one thing analysts seem to agree on-- alan greenspan sent a signal on
capitol hill that he is prepared to cut interest rates again to revive the sputtering economy. in washington, Stephen Clark for CBS News.))
The controversy over his high priced office sends President Clinton packing. We'll tell you where he wants to move after this break.
and the Academy Award nominations are out. We'll see who is up for this year's Oscar in just a moment.
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Officials say more than 70 people were killed in El Salvador's second earthquake in a month.
Landslides have blocked major highways and collapsed more than 200 homes.
Panicked residents took to the streets during the six-point-one quake.
Exactly a month ago, a more powerful quake killed 800 people and left hundred of thousands of people homeless.
Former President Bill Clinton says the controversy over the high price of his proposed Manhattan office has led him to reconsider.
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Now he is looking for space in the heart of Harlem.
Clinton says the move will bring economic opportunities to the neighborhood. It will also bring people from different races and backgrounds together.
The Manhattan office would run taxpayers about 800 thousand dollars a year. The Harlem location is priced at 200 thousand dollars.
"The Gladiator" is taking on the `Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." While it sounds like a big Hollywood blockbuster, it's really just the fight for the Best Picture Oscar. The nominations were announced this morning.
Gladiator got 12, Crouching Tiger was on its heels with ten. Chris Lawrence has more.
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[SUPER=01-Chris Lawrence/CBS News;1:13]
[OUT Q=Chris Lawrence CBS News Hollywood.]
((Russell Crowe couldn't hide from all the attention he received for his
off-screen affair with Meg Ryan ..but his role as the Gladiator
conquered the box office and academy.
"My name is xxxxx Maximus."
Crowe's category includes Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Geoffrey Rush and
(NAT CAST AWAY)
But Cast Away won't find its way to the podium for Best Picture. Up for
that prize are Gladiator, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Crouching Tiger
Hidden Dragon and Chocolat, which earned a Best Actress nomination for
Juliet Binoche. She was excited about it ..even hopeful ..until Binoche
found out Julia Roberts is in the same category.
(NAT EARLY SHOW)
"Well I know who's going to...Ha-ha-ha-ha!"
In fact, Roberts is considered the biggest lock to win.
(SOT ERIN BROCKOVICH)
"Is that so?"
Director Steven Soderberg directed Brockovich ..and Traffic.. and was
nominated for both. First time that's happened in more than 60 years.
"So now that you have what you want, let's talk about what I want."
Another first timer for Traffic: Benicio Del Toro up for Best Supporting
Could the next oscar winning film be made in Southside?
Hollywood is looking into shooting several movies in the Dan River Region.
You may remember Oprah Winfrey's "Amy and Isabelle" was filmed in Danville last fall.
Since that time, four movie companies have expressed interest in shooting projects in the River City.
Danville's Chamber of Commerce believes the area offers several perfect locations.
[IN Q=They enjoy our]
((MARGARET McMANN/DANVILLE'S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: THEY ENJOY OUR HISTORIC DISTRICT, OUR WAREHOUSE DISTRICT, LOVE OUR RIVER, OUR BRIDGES AND ONE THING THEY SAID WE HAVE SUCH GOOD OUTER LYING LANDS OF THE FARMLANDS, THE WETLANDS, AND THE STILL.))
[SUPER=01-Margaret McMann/Danville's Chamber of Commerce]
[OUT Q=and the still]
McMann says specifically four movie companies are thinking of shooting projects in Danville.
One is a project for the big screen, the other three are tv movie specials.
As for Amy and Isabelle, that movie will make its debut on March 4th.
The country's largest drug company has halted clinical trials of a painkiller after a study suggested it causes tumors in mice.
Pfizer says it still expects the drug pregabalin to gain federal approval.
There's no evidence it causes tumors in humans.
24 hundred people have been testing the drug.
Those who don't respond to usual treatments may be allowed back on pregabalin.
It was hailed for its pain-killing power of morphine without the side effects.
Pfizer hopes it could help 39 million Americans who suffer chronic pain -- and generate as much as 700 million dollars in annual sales.
The U-S Department of Agriculture is concerned about a popular diet plan.
The Atkins Diet encourages people to eat high protein, low carbohydrate foods. While many people have used it to lose weight, the U-S-D-A says it's not healthy.
Bonnie Kay has more.
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[SUPER=01-Bonnie Kay/CBS News; :08]
[SUPER=01-Richie Maldone/Former Atkins Dieter; :24 QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Therese Franzese/Nutritionist; 1:25]
[OUT Q=Bonnie Kay for CBS News.]
Bacon, eggs, ground beef, cheese, mixed nuts protein shakes and protein
bars are all part of the high protein, low carbohydrate (Optional font:
Bonnie Kay) Atkin s Diet. It s as popular as it is controversial.
Narr:Actor Richie Maldone tried the Atkins Diet. It failed to give him
what he wanted.
SOT /Optional font: Richie Maldone/Actor
01:19:30:22 Well basically what I wanted to do was get down to the
leanest I could possibly be with the most endurance and the least body
Narr: A pretty fit guy who wanted to slim down for new his role as a
tough wise guy in the HBO hit series Sopranos , he thought this would
be a quick fix.
Sot Richie Maldone
01:27:17:18 I was eating five hamburgers a day without buns, and steak,
and then chicken, and hamsteaks, I mean it was too much.
Narr: Like many who try the Atkins diet ..Richie did lose weight-about
ten pounds in two months. But he also lost energy.
Sot Richie Maldone
01:28:03:13 I was feeling tired and dizzy and after the first month I
was having trouble sleeping. 01:28:08:18
Narr: Too tired to exercise, he quit the diet and all the weight came
right back ..the minute he went back to eating carbohydrates.
Nats :02 Therese counseling Rich at Sunrise Wellness Center
Narr: He turned to nutritionist Therese Franzese for help. She put him
on a balanced diet, slowly adding carbohydrates. He regained his
energy, and lost those ten pounds again-but this time he kept it off.
Sot Therese Franzese/Nutritionist, Sunrise Wellness Center, Long Beach,
01:13:54:04 If you don t get enough carbohydrates in the diet you re
going to end up zapping your glycogen stores and not being able to do
any kind of cardiovascular exercise.
Narr: High fat, high protein diets can be tough on your heart and
kidneys. And cutting out carbs is difficult to maintain over the long
haul. It s a short term solution which can backfire in the long run.
Bonnie Kaye for CBS News.))
When looking for an interesting website to help those people struggling with Valentine's Day, we decided to ask our friend Jeeves for some suggestions.
He has advice for you to make tomorrow a special day for your significant other.
If you want help in writing a sweet Valentine, preparing a romantic breakfast in bed, or even trying your hand at the Love Calculator, try our website of the day.
You can find it through a link to our page at WDBJ7-dot-com.
A vintage caboose made a final run this morning from Roanoke to its new home in New Castle.
This morning, crews from Abbott Rigging and Lynchburg Crane lifted the caboose from a siding off Patterson Avenue and placed it on a trailer.
Craig County resident Don Caldwell says he has dreamed of owning a caboose for years.
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[IN Q=The anticipation is something]
((DON CALDWELL: THE ANTICIPATION IS SOMETHING THAT MAKES IT MUCH SWEETER WHEN YOU FINALLY GET IT. THIS IS CHRISTMAS, BIRTHDAY, EVERYTHING ROLLED INTO ONE.))
[SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Caboose Owner;]
[OUT Q=everything rolled into one.]
Caldwell plans to write a book, and says he will use the restored caboose as his office.