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The Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan says Afghan civilians were killed in the U-S- British attack on
Ahead-- local reaction, including a small protest in Blacksburg.
And-- four people are killed in a head on collision in Pittsylvania County.
News 7 is next.
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[IN Q=What took place today]
((WHAT TOOK PLACE TODAY AND WHAT WILL BE TAKING PLACE IN THE PERIOD AHEAD IS A PART OF THE MEASURED AND BROAD AND SUSTAINED EFFORT THAT THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED SHORTLY AFTER THE ATTACKS ON SEPTEMBER 11TH. ))
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The President orders air strikes against the Taliban-- nearly a month after terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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The Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan says Afghan civilians were killed in the attacks.
He's refusing to say how many people died, but called the attacks
Here at home-- the F-B-I is urging law enforcement agencies nationwide to move to their highest level of alert.
Authorities are concerned about the possibility of additional terrorist attacks-- but they say they have no specific threats.
Manuel Gallegus has more from Washington.
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[SUPER=141-Donald Rumsfeld/Defense Secretary;]
[SUPER=141-Tony Blair/British Prime Minister;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
((U.S. WARPLANES TOOK OFF IN THE DARKNESS -- WHILE TOMAHAWK MISSILES
LAUNCHED FROM THE SEA.
ALL TARGETING AFGHANISTAN, DURING THE FIRST NIGHT OF MILITARY STRIKES
AGAINST THE TALIBAN GOVERNMENT, AND THE TERRORISTS IT HARBORS.
(SOT: PRESIDENT BUSH)
"The battle is now joined on many fronts. We will not waver. We will not
tire. We will not falter, and will not fail."
THE AIR RAIDS COULD BE SEEN OVER THE CAPITAL OF KABUL. BUT MANY OF THE
STRIKES WERE CENTERED AROUND THE CITY OF KANDAHAR, WHERE THE TALIBAN
RULERS ARE BASED. DEFENSE SECRETARY RUMSFELD SAYS HE'S NOT EXPECTING
(SOT: DONALD RUMSFELD/DEFENSE SECRETARY) - 15:02:20
"The fact is in this battle against terrorism there is no silver bullet.
There is no single thing that is going to suddenly make that threat
OVER 40 COUNTRIES HAVE PLEDGED THEIR SUPPORT -- INCLUDING BRITAIN --
WHICH IS NOW ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE MILITARY ATTACKS.
(SOT: TONY BLAIR/BRITISH PRIME MINISTER)
NAT - OSAMA BIN LADEN
OSAMA BIN LADEN FIRED BACK WITH WORDS. APPEARING ON A VIDEOTAPE
APPARENTLY RECORDED BEFORE THE ATTACKS, BIN LADEN CALLED AMERICANS
SINNERS AND ACCUSED THE U.S. OF CONDUCTING A WAR AGAINST ISLAM.
(SOT: OSAMA BIN LADEN)
"These incidents divide the whole world into two parts. One is the
hypocritical part. The other part is the muslim part.
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Not everyone agrees with today's attacks on Afghanstan.
About fifteen anti-war demonstrators protested today on North Main Street in Blacksburg.
They say they support punishing the terrorists but want it done in a way that doesn't hurt the Afghanie people.
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[IN Q=What we see is these]
((BEN DEVANE/PROTESTOR: WHAT WE SEE IS THAT THESE ATTACKS ARE DIRECTED NOT AGAINST OSAMA BIN LADEN, THE PEOPLE WHO COMMITTED THESE ATROCITIES ON SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2001 BUT RATHER AFGAHNI CIVILIANS WHO REALLY DON'T HAVE A CHOICE IN THE MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE WHAT SORT OF HORRIBLE GOVERNMENT GOVERNS OVER THEM.))
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Several Naval Academy cadets passing by stopped to debate the issue with the protestors.
The demonstrators plan to continue protesting at different times throughout the week.
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Support for the military action seems to overwhelm the opposition.
As Justin McLeod found out residents here are cheering and exercising caution.
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[IN Q=(NATSOT) We hit the streets]
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[SUPER=147-Kenneth Oakes; :19]
[SUPER=147-Dave McIver; :28]
[SUPER=147-Mary Bastian; :43]
[SUPER=147-Frank Austin; :57]
[SUPER=147-Andrea Oakes; 1:15]
[SUPER=149-Justin McLeod/jmcleod*wdbj7.com; 1:25]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF DOWNTOWN ROANOKE))
We hit the streets of downtown Roanoke and many people we talked to say its about time.
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[IN Q=Its been nearly a month]
((KURT BASTIAN: ITS BEEN NEARLY A MONTH AND EVERYONE'S BEEN ITCHING TO SEE SOMETHING DONE.))
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But many more say they understand why the U.S. waited so long to strike.
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[IN Q=I think a lot of people]
((KENNETH OAKES: I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WANTED THE REACTION TO HAPPEN LIKE OVERNIGHT BUT WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH THE MID-EAST THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS YOU NEED TO GET IN LINE BEFORE YOU CAN ATTACK SOMEONE.))
((DAVE McIVER: I THINK EVERYBODY WANTED IT INSTANT AND I'M SURPRISED IT HAPPENED THIS SOON.))
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And now that its happened, some fear what's next.
After all, governmental officials have warned of future terrorist attacks here in the U.S.
[IN Q=It does make me nervous]
((MARY BASTIAN: IT DOES MAKE ME NERVOUS AND I THINK THAT MORE THINGS ARE PROBABLY GOING TO BE DONE.))
[OUT Q=going to be done]
Thats why many say the U.S needs to stop the enemy before that can happen.
However, they realize victory won't come overnight.
[IN Q=You're not going to be]
((FRANK AUSTIN: YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE LOOKING AT A LOT OF VIOLENCE. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE MASSIVE AMOUNT OF TROOPS GOING IN LIKE YOU HAD IN THE PAST. YOU'RE DEALING WITH A DIFFERENT KIND OF ENEMY. THEY BELIEVE IN FEAR RATHER THAN USING WEAPONS. FEAR IS A HARD ENEMY TO BEAT.))
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And its a fear that may be difficult to explain to our children.
[IN Q=I explain to them]
((ANDREA OAKES: I EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT I FEEL LIKE WE ARE IN A TYPE OF WAR, HOWEVER, ITS NOT A FULL BLOWN WAR. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS REACTING TO TERRORISM.))
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Its a reaction everyone realizes could take months, even years.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
Tonight's scheduled debate between Republican Mark Earley and Democrat Mark Warner was a no go.
In light of today's military actions in Afghanistan, the debate did NOT happen tonight, but organizers are still hopeful it can be rescheduled.
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Political analyst Larry Sabato, who was to moderate the debate, said quote -"We firmly believe that it is crucial for the citizens of Virginia to see the gubernatorial candidates in this forum, but we feel that it is necessary to postpone it to a later date in light of today's military efforts.
The Warner campaign is already proposing that a joint lunchtime appearance already scheduled in Norfolk this coming Thursday be turned into the makeup debate.
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[SUPER=401-Mo Elleithee/Warner Campaign Press Secretary;]
((We have proposed making that the final debate and are inviting the statewide press corps to come on, to come on board and televise it so Virginians can see these two candidates side by side again.))
[OUTQ=two candidates side-by-side again.]
Meanwhile, the president of the Virginia Capital Correspondents Association, News 7's Ellen Qualls says ... quote-
"the substitution of the lunchtime event in Norfolk doesn't meet the criteria for a statewide audience. We hope that the Warner campaign will work with us to reschedule a new date."
The Earley campaign has said it will debate anytime anywhere.[Voting]
Time is running out if you plan to register to vote in next month's elections.
Virginians have until 5 o'clock Tuesday to register to vote for the state's next governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and 100 members of the House of Delegates.
Many local races are also on the ballot.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.
Traffic is finally back to normal after an afternoon accident caused a major backup on I-81.
The accident happened just after three o'clock on the northbound side of I-81 at the Ironto exit.
State Police say traffic had slowed down when a tractor trailer hit another tractor trailer causing it to hit a jeep.
A hazmat crew was called in to clean up 150 gallons of diesel fuel.
The left lane remained closed for more than five hours, causing a backup of more than fifteen miles.
An accident last night in Pittsylvania County leaves two young children and two others dead.
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The accident happened on Route 640 near Java just after eight o'clock.
State Police say 26 year Anthony Davis was driving a 95 Hyundai when he lost control, swerved into the left lane and hit a 98 Dodge Ram Truck head-on.
All four passengers in the Hyundai died, including a six year old boy and a three year old girl.
None were wearing seatbelts.
The driver of the Dodge Ram is in stable condition at a Roanoke Hospital.
Up ahead on News 7 at 11, we'll introduce you to local woman who is tossing her books aside and picking up a weapon...
and nearly a year after the terrorist bombing of the U-S-S Cole, Norfolk prepares to remember its lost sailors. Stay with us...
An annual event in Roanoke saw a decline in turnout today...
Only about a 100 people turned out for Respect Life Sunday.
It's an abortion protest that is held nationwide on the first Sunday of October ever year.
In Roanoke, protesters silently lined the sidewalk on the corner of Orange Avenue and Williamson Road holding signs.
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((LOU PATRICK/ORGANIZER: I THINK THEY ESTIMATE TRAFFIC IS ABOUT 2-THOUSAND VEHICLES A HOUR SO THIS IS PROBABLY THE BUSIEST SPOT IN THE AREA TO EXPOSE OUR SIGNS TO AND MESSAGE.))
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Normally the protest attracts about 250 people in Roanoke.
Organizers attribute the lower than expected turnout to today's bombings in Afghanistan.
It's been nearly a year now-- since the bombing of the U-S-S Cole in Yemen.
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17 crews members were killed in the bombing-- including Pittsylvania County native Timothy Saunders.
This Friday will mark the one year anniversary of the terrorist attack.
To remember the victims-- a memorial will be dedicated at the Norfolk Naval Station.
The memorial will feature a ten foot tall monolith encircled by 17 granite slabs.
[Feedback, October 7]
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Military action in Afghanistan has many suporters.
But many people don't want to tolerate any act of war.
Both opinions are highlighted in this weeks' viewer mail.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with this week's Feedback.
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((viewer from Hurt (Ronald E. Frustaglia) is wondering whether war on Afghanistan is the right answer to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. "Inevitably, war will kill and injure innocent civilians who had nothing to do with the attacks of September 11th. Most are already suffering from extreme oppression and poverty, especially in Afghanistan. A US-led war will only give the people who committed these crimes what they wanted...The US must not sacrifice its core values in the process of defending the nation from acts of terror. Rather, the way that the US responds should demonstrate the nation's enduring commitment to freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law."
Another viewer watching stories about protesters sent in this letter (Randy M. Fellows/Henry)
"These terrorists have entered the door of freedom and will not stop at anything to destroy our peace of mind. I wonder what these people would have said if one of their family members had perished in one of the attacks. These Peace Protesters want peace and for the United States to stay out of the region...It appalls me to see people that are so gullible think that all we have to do is turn our backs and walk away and nothing else will happen."
Your comments on issues in the news and our news coverage may be sent to PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007, to 343-7269, or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Still to come, 73 for Barry Bonds, and loss number four for the Redskins, Roy Stanly will have details...
and a local woman is packing her duffel bags, and leaving college life behind all because Uncle Sam wants her. Stay with us. We'll have that and more ahead on News 7 at 11.
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A local student is putting college life on the back burner for now and is heeding her country's call.
She's a young woman from Roanoke College and she's packing her duffel bags in preparation for war.
Steve Mason has her story.
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[SUPER=141-Sirena LaBrake/Roanoke College Senior; :40]
[SUPER=141-Julie Mazer/Roanoke College Field Hockey Coach; :49]
[SUPER=141-Emily Horton/Roanoke College Teammate; 1:26]
[SUPER=150-Steve Mason/smason*wdbj7.com; 2:03]
[OUT Q=..Steve Mason News 7"]
((Sirena LaBrake looks and acts like most college seniors. She hangs out with her friends, studies hard and plays field hockey for the Maroons, but get to know her and you will find more than you ever bargained for.
Her father and mother were both in the military. She wanted to serve her country and help pay for college so Sirena joined the army back in 1999. LaBrake, along with her friends, teammate, coaches and school, quickly gained a better understanding of serving and sacrificing for their country September 11th.
Sirena will serve as a military police officer at Fort Ustis in the Virginia Beach area. She could be there anywhere from 4 to 6 months or up to a year. She hopes to return to Roanoke College next fall, finish up her senior year and, take advantage of an NCAA rule that grants her a fifth year of field hockey eligibility. She's second on the team in scoring but her value extends far beyond the field.
((NAT SOUND PRAYER:))
Her roommates and friends are praying hard for her but nothing makes her approaching departure any easier, although her roommates are helping her pack. No spring break bathing suits or suntan lotions here, just army fatigues and boots.
So, packed and ready for the call, Sirena enjoys her final days with friends, she even likes the grueling practices, after all she scored 298 out of a possible 300 in an Army fitness test which includes push ups sit ups and a short distance run. Knowing she could leave any day now, her teammates decided to scribbled her number 21 onto their cleats.
Job recruiters searching the country's big universities and major computer labs might want to visit a Roanoke College field hockey practice. There they will find someone dedicated to her teammates, friends and country. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
Barry Bonds has raised the Major League Baseball home run record to another level.
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Yesterday in San Francisco Bonds hit his 73-rd home run of the season in the first inning off Dodger pitcher Dennis Springer.
Bonds finished the season with a 328 batting average, a career high 137 runs batted in and a sluging percentage of 863 breaking the all time mark of 847 set by Babe Ruth in 1920.
It could have been Bond's final game as a giant because he becomes a free agent at the end of the World Series.
San Diego's Ricky Henderson reached another milestone in his major league career.
[SUPER=03-San Diego, CA/KWGN; :]
In the first inning of the Padres game with Colorado, Henderson hit this pop fly off of John Thompson that drops into right field for a base hit.
The double was Henderson's 3-thousandth hit. He becomes the 25-th member of the 3-thousand hit club
The Houston Astros are champions of the National League's Central Division.
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The Astros wrapped up the title yesterday in St. Louis.
In the top of the second, Houston's Richard Hidalgo hits this 2 run homer over the left field wall giving the Astros a 2 to nothing lead.
The the Astros called on former Ferrum Star Billy Wagner in the ninth he gets Eli Marrero to ground out ending the game with the Astros on top 9 to 2.
The Astros have home field advantage and open the playoffs tomorrow against Atlanta.
Sterling Marlin wins at the Lowes Motor Speedway, more later on Mornin.
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Meantime, Sammy Sosa ended the regular season on a positive note.
In the bottom of the 8-th Sosa blasted this solo homer giving him 64 on the season. It's the third straight year Sosa has topped the 60 home run mark in his career.
But the Pirates beat the Cubs and here are today's scores.
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Sterling Marlin scored the third win of the season for Dodge taking the checkered flag winning the UAW GM 500.
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Rusty Wallace had problems and he went down a lap early in the race.
But Sterling Marlin was strong in his Dodge. he passed Tony Stewart to take over the lead after 97 laps in the race.
Then later in the race Dave Blaney hits the wall bringing out the caution after several of the cars in the front went in for gas and tires.
Tony Stewart, who led several laps early in the race, went back to the front and he was the leader at the halfway mark.
Points leader Jeff Gordon never got his car up to speed he was two laps down at this point in the race chasing Marlin and trying to get his lap back.
Then with over 40 laps to go the leaders made their final pit stops under green.
And on the restart it was Marlin who took off like a bullett he led the final 30 laps taking the checkered flag winning the UAW GM 500 at the Lowes Motor Speedway.
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Stewart was second followed by Ward Burton, Dale Earnhardt Junior and Jeff Burton.
Washington turned it over 5 times and the New York Giants took advantage beating the Redskins yesterday 23 to 9.
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Neither team scored a touchdown in the first half and when Washington's Brett Conway booted this 55 yard field goal the score was tied at 6 to 6 with 11 minutes left in the second quarter.
Then after a 9 to 9 tie in the third the Giants finally got it in the end zone. Kerry Collins rolls out and goes to the air hitting Dan Campbell on this one yard touchdown pass play to make it 16 to 9 Giants in the fourth quarter.
The Giant defense came up with a big play in the fourth, Jason Seahorn intercepts this Tony Banks pass, his second pick of the day, and he returns this one 30 yards for the touchdown and the Giants win it 23 to 9.
The Baltimore Ravens held Tennessee to just 5 first downs in the first half and went on to win the game 26 to 7.
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Leading 7 to nothing, Raven Quarterback Elvis Grbac goes to the air and hits Qadry Ismail on the 77 yard touchdown pass play and the Ravens took the 14 to nothing lead in the second quarter.
Baltimore would add to its lead just before the half when Matt Stover booted the short field goal to make it 17 to nothing Ravens.
The Titans got on the board in the fourth quarter when Donald Mitchell blocks this punt then scoops it up and scores from 28 yards out but the Ravens hold on to win it 26 to 7.
That's it for sports, have a great day everybody!
The Cleveland Browns beat San Diego 20 to 16 today for their first three game win streak since coming back into the N-F-L in 1999.
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Meantime, Michael Vick got his chance to play today.
Chris Chandler went down with a concussion and Vick took over in the second half. On this play Phillip Daniels hits Vick forcing a fumble Brian Urlacher picks up the ball and returns it 90 yards for the score as the Bears beat the Falcons.
And here are the N-F-L scores.
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