A Washington postal worker is battling a case of anthrax, while more than two- thousand other postal employes undergo testing for exposure.
In Afghanistan, the Taliban claims U-S forces have bombed a hospital and killed more than 100 civilians.
And several people are injured when an explosion rips through a public housing building in Richmond.
Warm dry weather will continue through Wednesday and then some big changes....I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at noon is coming up, right after the break.
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Taliban leaders are again claiming that the war on terrorism is claiming more civilian lives.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The Pentagon is dismissing the latest claim from the Taliban--
They say more than 100 people were killed when U-S and British planes struck a hospital in western Afghanistan.
As the war continues in Afghanistan, the war here on the homefront is against Anthrax.
In Washington D-C, more than 22-hundred postal workers are undergoing tests for exposure to anthrax.
That after an employee at a D-C post office came down with the inhaled form of the disease.
Doctors say he's in serious but stable condition today.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest on the anthrax investigation, and U-S war efforts.
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THE 57 YEAR OLD MAN WHO WORKED HERE AT BRENTWOOD, WASHINGTON D.CS MAIN
MAIL FACILITY, CONTINUES TO FIGHT FOR HIS LIFE AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED
WITH PULMONARY ANTHRAX. HEALTH OFFICALS ARENT SURE IF THE WORKER
CONTRACTED THE BACTERIA HERE OR AT A MAIL FACILTY IN BALTIMORE. BOTH
REMAIN CLOSED TODAY.
(SOT)JOHN WEAVER/CHIEF POSTAL INSPECTORTC7:32:10
We have not found the specific piece of mail he handled, or if
something broke open on a belt. Thats all under investigation right
OFFICIALS SAY FIVE OTHER POSTAL WORKERS FROM BRENTWOOD ARE ALSO
HOSPITIZED WITH ANTHRAX SYMPTOMS AND THOUSANDS OF POSTAL WORKERS ARE
BEING TESTED. STOPPING SHORT OF CALLING THE SITUATION A CRISIS, D.C
HEALTH OFFICALS ADMIT THIS IS A CODE CRITICAL SITUATION.
(SOT)DR. IVAN WALKS/DIRECTOR, WASHINGTON D.C HEALTH DEPT.TC6:
We are getting information out early, were getting out real time with
the media, were working with the fed emergency dept, and right now we
have a lot of people getting very good care.
IN AFGHANISTAN TODAY,U. S JET CONTINUE TO TARGET FRONT LINE POSITIONS OF
THE TALIBAN NORTH OF KABUL.
THE TALIBAN SAYS U-S WARPLANES BOMBED A HOSPITAL IN KABUL KILLING UP TO
A HUNDRED PEOPLE. THE PENTAGON SAYS IT CANT IMMEDIATELY CONFIRM OR
DENY. BUT THE PENTAGON SAYS IT "CAN" DENY A TALIBAN REPORT THAT THEY
SHOT DOWN A U-S HELICOPTER. THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT HAS NOT LOST
ANY CHOPPERS IN AFGHANISTAN.
A Palestinian man opened fire today in a Jerusalem shopping district.
Police say four people were hurt.
Israeli police say a soldier shot and killed the gunman.
Today's incident follows a weekend of violence in the Middle East.
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Israeli tanks and soldiers entered six of the eight
Palestinian-controlled West Bank towns.
Four Palestinians were killed yesterday-- including a ten-year-old girl.
The Israeli attacks were in response to last week's assassination of an Israeli cabinet minister.
But Palestinian leaders have outlawed the radical group that claimed responsibility for the assassination.
Six people were injured when an explosion ripped through a public housing apartment building in Richmond last night.
Fire officials say a gas leak was reported at the complex just before nine last night.
Utility crews were shutting off the service to the area when the blast tore through the six unit building.
Three adults and three children were injured.
A crime committed 13 years ago has become an issue in the race for Roanoke County's Commissioner of Revenue position.
Justin McLeod has more.
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Craig Kingery is the Republican candidate seeking to become Roanoke County's next Commissioner of Revenue.
He's currently the treasurer of the county's Republican party.
He's also a practicing C-P-A.
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Kingery is also asking voters to forgive a mistake.
While working as a store clerk 13 years ago, Kingery helped his cousin steal some items from a department store.
He was 20 at the time and entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor.
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Nancy Horn is Kingery's opponent in the election.
The Democratic candidate says she only makes Kingery's past an issue when asked by voters or the media.
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Horn says she would rather talk about her own record.
One that includes being Chief Deputy in the county's revenue office for the past nine years.
She's also been secretary-treasurer of her own corporation for twenty two years.
But, unlike her opponent, she is not a C-P-A.
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Just how important that issue of who is a CPA and a candidate's past will be determined when voters head to the polls in a matter of weeks.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll see how one of the nation's best known fighting units is getting ready for war,
and we'll see what federal authorities have learned about the Anthrax cases in Washington, New York and Florida.
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Investigators who are searching for clues in the anthrax mailings are learning more about the known cases in New York, Florida, and Washington, D-C.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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((The question still vexing public health officials is just how virulent
is the strain of anthrax linked to so many different illnesses.
So far -- investigators believe the spores found in New York,
Washington, and Florida all came from the same batch -- a batch first
thought to be manufactured specifically to be inhaled.
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"We were told, it was a very strong form of anthrax -- a very potent
form clearly produced by someone who knew what he or she was doing. "
But then just four days later -- the government announced the bacteria
was not all that special.
(SOT/TOM RIDGE, DIRECTOR OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY)
"The tests show that these strains have not, quote, unquote, been
So how did so many different people come in contact with the same
anthrax -- and yet be affected so differently.
(SOT/DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, NIH)
"I think the confusion is that people say, well, this type of an
envelope should only give cutaneous, or this one should only give
inhalation. Not so, the microbe is the same." "It just depends on the
circumstances of how that person is exposed, and the amount and size of
the spore to which they were exposed."
What the latest infection suggests is that whatever strain is out there
-- crude or not -- it is small enough to be inhaled -- which makes it
that much more dangerous.
So what does that do to the investigation? Some say, it may narrow it.
(SOT/DR. STEVEN OSTROFF, CDC)
"We're seeing all of these at the same time, with the same strain of the
bug would at least suggest to me that they'll all coming from the same
But experts disagree on where that place is...
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It does mean that someone, at a minumum, is providing expert hands-on
advice as to how to do it. "There is no reason for people in the United
States, or frankly for anywhere else to be making this quality of
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"If there is any comfort in all of this -- the two most recent cases of
inhaled anthrax are so far, responding well to antibiotics -- and
while that is no less scary -- it shows that if caught early, even the
most dangerous exposure to THIS strain of the bacteria is survivable.))
One of the best known fighting units in the U-S military is the 101st Airborne Division's Screaming Eagles.
They are preparing for the possibility of fighting in Afghanistan.
The Early Show's Julie Chen visited with them recently, as they waited for the order to go to war.
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IT'S DAWN....AND SOLDIERS FROM THE THIRD BRIGADE OF THE 101ST AIRBORNE
DIVISION ATTACK THE OBSTACLE COURSE.. (:08)
"Get your feet up..."
STAFF SGT CHAD GORE IS WATCHING HIS SQUAD CAREFULLY.. (:03)
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"We've always trained them like war could be around the corner
anyday//but more of them now more than ever are taking things a lot more
IF THE 101ST AIRBORNE IS CALLED INTO ACTION...THE 3,000 SOLDIERS OF
THIRD BRIGADE WOULD LEAD THE WAY. (:08)
"We have to be ready within 36 hours after notification to be wheels up"
COLONEL FRANK WIERCINSKI (WERE-SIN-SKI) IS THEIR COMMANDER. HE ADMITS
SEPTEMBER 11TH SHOOK THE RANKS. (:06)
"Once we wiped off that shake...and understood what happened..we had
THERE'S BEEN A RUSH AT FT. CAMPBELL TO FINALIZE WILLS...AND A SPIKE IN
THE NUMBER OF WEDDINGS... (07)
..THE 101ST IS A PRIME CANDIDATE FOR ACTION BECAUSE OF ITS ABILITY TO
PENETRATE DEEPS INTO ENEMY TERRITORY WITH TROOP-CARRYING HELICOPTERS..
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"This is the blackhawk helicopter..it's the workhorse of the 101st
Airborne. It's job is to get soldiers to the fight fast."
BLACKHAWK PILOTS REGULARLY TRAIN IN SIMULATORS TO FLY IN THE KIND OF
CONDITIONS THEY WOULD ENCOUNTER IN AFGHANISTAN. (:07)
"We've always trained for the capabilitity to go to desert terrain,
mountain terrain..or water operations."
SPEED AND MOBILITY ARE CRITICAL. AND IF THAT'S NOT ENOUGH..THE
DIVISION'S APACHE GUNSHIPS PROVIDE DEVASTATING FIREPOWER. (:09)
"Put your heads down!"
BUT SOLDIERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN WAR. AND THESE SOLDIERS..LIKE THE
THOUSANDS WHO FOUGHT WITH THE 101ST IN THE PAST..ARE FOR THE MOST
PART...VERY YOUNG. (:11)
(Pvt Brandon Ross)
"I'm scared..everybody is scared.."
(Sgt James Coroy)
"We are as determined as those terrorist pilots that flew those planes
into the World Trade center."
"Only a fool wants to go into combat//but when your family and your way
of life is threatened..you have to be prepared to do that..and that's
what we raised our hand to do." ))
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A well known jet is making a quick return to the skies. We'll have the details after this break.
Also we'll see how musicians in Nashville gathered together yesterday to raise money for the victims of the terrorist attacks.
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A British Airways Concorde has completed its first trans-Atlantic flight in more than a year.
The flight left Heathrow Airport earlier today with 100 British Airways employees on board.
There were no paying passengers aboard the plane. It arrived in New York just after 9-30 this morning.
The plane will return to London later today.
Concorde jets were grounded last year after a fatal crash near Paris.
British Airways and Air France -- the only other airline to operate Concordes -- plan to resume regular passenger flights early next month.
Once again, musicians are lending their talents to raise money for relief efforts in New York and Washington.
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Last night, Nashville paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the September 11th terrorist attacks, with the "Country Freedom Concert."
Several artists belted out patriotic and religious tunes-- and of course, plenty of classic country hits.
The three-hour televised event featured Trisha Yearwood, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride and about a dozen other top name performers.
The concert was also heard on more than 700 radio stations around the world.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 60 points.
Nasdaq has gained 18 points.
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Still to come ... Dale Earnhardt Junior proves his win at Daytona was not a fix ..
and .. it took a 36 yard field goal to end the game and the streak as the Redskins gain their first victory.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks are headed to the World Series.
And they did it faster than any other expansion team, beating Atlanta last night 3 to 2.
Pinch-hitter (ee-ROO'-be-ihl) Erubiel Durazo hit a tiebreaking,
two-run homer in the fifth inning off Tom Glavine.
Durazo was filling in for Mark Grace, who left the game with a tight hamstring.
In just their fourth year of existence, the Diamondbacks take the National League Championship Series, 4-to-1.
Game one of the World Series is Saturday night, against either the New York Yankees or Seattle Mariners.
A ninth-inning play puts the New York Yankees within just one victory of their fourth straight trip to the World Series.
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After Seattle's Bret Boone broke up a scoreless game with an
eighth-inning homer off Ramiro Mendoza, Bernie Williams tied the
game with a home run off Seattle's Arthur Rhodes.
But the play of the night came when rookie Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
The Yankees beat Seattle 3 to 1.
They lead the best-of-seven American League
Championship Series, 3 games-to-1.
Game five is tonight at Yankee Stadium.
Washington comes back from 2 touchdowns down in the fourth quarter to gain their first win of the season in overtime against Carolina.
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The Panthers got the jump in the first quarter.
Chris Weinke goes to the air and hits tight end Wesley Walls on the 2 yard T-D pass.
Carolina took the 7 to nothing lead.
Washington's defense would pick off 2 Weinke passes in the first half.
This one came at a good time, as the Panthers were inside the Redskins' 5 yard line.
Then in the second half, Weinke hands off to Tim Biakabutuka.
He runs through the Redskin defense for the 10 yard T-D to make it 14 to nothing in the 4th quarter.
But the Redskin defense would come up big again.
This time Levar Arrington picks off the Weinke pass.
He takes it 67 yards for the touchdown,and the Skins cut the lead to 14 to 7.
The Washington offense would finally get it into the end zone.
On this play, Tony Banks hits Rod Gardner.
The play covers 85 yards and the game was tied at 14 to 14 with 7 minutes left.
AFter Brett Conway's field goal in overtime, Washington wins it 17 to 14.
Yesterdat's Winston Cup race at Talladega turned into a shootout at the end.
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Dale Earnhardt, Junior would make his move and take over the lead just 15 laps into the 500 mile race.
As is the norm for restrictor plate racing the cars remained close together around the 2 and a half mile oval.
Tony Stewart decided to stay in the back of the field he was running 37-th at this point in the race.
Then just past the halfway mark Todd Bodine gets tapped in the rear he hits the wall hard bringing out the caution. Elliott Sadler and Casey Atwood also got involved in the crash.
With less than 2 laps to go 30 cars were still on the lead lap then leader Bobby Labonte gets loose in the middle of a pack and crashes collecting 16 cars all the drivers were alright.
Earnhardt Junior then held off Tony Stewart to win the E-A Sports 500 and he also won the 1 million dollar bonus.
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Stewart was second followed by Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Bobby Hamilton.
Roanoke was a cheery place to be yesterday.
19- cheerleading squads took part in the annual Cheerleading Olympics held at Victory Stadium.
Cheerleaders aged 6 to 14 had six minutes to perform a chant, a cheer, and a dance routine.
The one dollar admission fee helps to fund youth athletic programs put on by Roanoke's Parks and Recreation Department.
Before the event, the Roanoke Dazzle interactive squad made its first public appearance.
It's known as the Star City Squad.
The team will perform at all Dazzle home games beginning in November.
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