Coming up on News 7-
Hundreds turn out as a historic movie theatre bids a final farewell...
President Bush marks the two month anniversary of the terrorist attacks...
Members of the National Guard get a new assignment...
And, a close call for folks in the path of Southside's Ward Burton.
News 7 is next.
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((JOHN SHELOR: FOR ROANOKE IN GENERAL THERE'S JUST GOING TO BE A VOID HERE BECAUSE YOU CAN'T FIND WHAT THE GRANDIN OFFERS ANYWHERE ELSE.))
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A night at the movies turns into a tear jerker as hundreds come out to say goodbye to a piece of Roanoke history.
Good Evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton. [Grandin]
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The Grandin theater closed to rave reviews tonight.
Competition from mega movie plexes and hard economic times is forcing the theater to shut its doors.
But as Justin McLeod explains a sequel is already in the works.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of film projector]
[SUPER=07-Barbara Pugh; :11 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=07-Lance Hedrick; :15]
[SUPER=01-Joan Baker Washburn/Grandin Theater Foundation; 1:14]
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((((NAT SOUND OF FILM PROJECTOR))
The projector rolls the film...
((NAT SOUND OF POPCORN MACHINE; TAPE 1: 43:08))
The machine pops the popcorn.
((NAT SOUND OF CROWD))
And the crowds show up one last time.
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[IN Q=We go at least once]
((BARBARA PUGH: WE GO AT LEAST ONCE OR TWICE WEEK FOR ABOUT 18 YEARS.))
((LANCE HEDRICK: ITS A REALLY COOL THEATER AND I THINK EVERYBODY WHO HAS EVER SEEN A MOVIE HERE REALLY ENJOYS IT.))
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((SHOT OF SOMEONE BUYING TICKETS; TAPE 1: 45:47))
After all, the Grandin was a place where you could still see a movie for less than six bucks and a bag of popcorn cost you just two dollars.
It was also a place where everything could go wrong and often did.
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((ROBBIE WOOD: FILM BREAKING, OLD BATHROOMS, JUST EVERYTHING.))
[OUT Q=just everything]
Now everything is changing as the Grandin fades to black.
More than six hundred people showed up Sunday night to see the last film which appropriatly was the "Last Picture Show."
Many here hope the Grandin Theater Foundation will put this classic movie house back in business.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD: IT WILL TAKE MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS TO UPGRADE AND RE-OPEN THE THEATER. THE FOUNDATION HOPES TO RAISE ABOUT 750-THOUSAND DOLLARS OF THEIR OWN MONEY WITH ANOTHER 500-THOUSAND COMING FROM THE CITY. THEY HAVE UNTIL THE END OF MAY TO RAISE THE NECESSARY FUNDS.))
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In the meantime, the foundation will take its fight to city hall.
Hundreds have already signed this petition asking the city of Roanoke to pitch in.
[IN Q=There are people here]
((JOAN BAKER WASHBURN/GRANDIN THEATRE FOUNDATION: THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT SAW THEIR FIRST MOVIE HERE WHEN THEY WERE FIVE YEARS OLD SO THOSE PEOPLE ARE RALLYING TO OUR SUPPORT AND WE WANT FOR CITY COUNCIL TO KNOW HOW MUCH SUPPORT THERE IS.))
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Its an all effort to make sure the Grandin sees a happy ending.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))[Osama]
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A British newspaper is reporting that Osama bin Laden has admitted his Al Qaeda group carried out the September 11th terrorist attacks.
In a new video not intended for public release... bin Laden says "If avenging the killing of our people is terrorism, then history should be a witness that we are terrorists.
He goes on to say... "The Twin Towers were legitimate targets... and that the pilots who hijacked the planes were "blessed by Allah".
The London Daily Telegraph obtained a copy of the video, which will be the centerpiece of Britain and America's new evidence against Bin Laden, to be released on Wednesday.
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It's been two months now since the terrorist attacks.
Today-- President Bush urged Americans to reflect on the sacrifices of the military.
Bush attended a Veterans Day breakfast in New York and also visited Ground Zero.
Drew Levinson has the latest on the President's visit and the war in Afghanistan.
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[SUPER=141-Donald Rumsfeld/Defense Secretary; 1:23]
[SUPER=141-Drew Levinson/CBS News; 1:30]
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(( ON THIS VETERAN'S DAY -- AMERICA'S LEADERS TOUCHED TWO PARTS OF THE
COUNTRY HIT HARDEST BY THE TERRORIST ATTACKS.
PRESIDENT BUSH WAS BACK IN NEW YORK CITY.
VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY...AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY.
(nats - taps)
...BOTH MEN, PAYING TRIBUTE TO SOLDIERS OF THE PAST, AND HEROES OF
(CHENEY BITE 15:18:13 "Now Americans must fight again. In this new
century, war has come to us.")
TWO MONTHS AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACKS, AMERICA CONTINUES TO HEAL.
THE PRESIDENT AGAIN VISITED GROUND ZERO ON SUNDAY, SIGNING HARD HATS
OF RESCUE WORKERS, AND ENCOURAGING VOLUNTEERS TO KEEP UP THE TASK.
(Nats - UN flags)
IN A SYMBOL OF THE 'INTERNATIONAL IMPACT' OF THE DISASTER -- FLAGS
FROM 86 COUNTRIES WERE PARADED AROUND THE SITE.
(Nats - bombing)
IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN, ANTI-TALIBAN FORCES HAVE PICKED UP THE PACE
UNITED FRONT COMMANDERS CLAIM TO NOW OCCUPY 'HALF OF THE COUNTRY.'
(8:55:42 "Al Queda - and the taliban, have made a serious mistake - and
because our military is brave - and prepared - and courageous, they will
pay a serious price.")
TO OSAMA BIN LADEN'S CLAIMS, THAT HE HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS..
..THE U.S SAYS THAT'S DOUBTFUL.
(DONALD RUMSFELD/DEFENSE SECRETARY 15:08:21 "You can be certain that if
we had very good information as to the location of a chemical or
biological development area that we would do something about it.")
SPEAKING TO A PAKISTANI NEWSPAPER REPORTER--BIN LADEN SAID HE HAD
NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ANTHRAX ATTACKS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND HE
DECLARED HE WOULD NEVER ALLOW HIMSELF TO BE CAPTURED.
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
Fire officials say there is good news on the forest fire that has scorched hundreds of acres in the area.
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Officials say state and federal crews will remain at the Bent Mountain fire tonight... and possibly for several more days.
But Roanoke County relieved all of its crews at 5:30 this evening.
Another bit of good news...
Officials say less acreage has burned than they originally thought.
Yesterday-- estimates were that more than 250 acres had burned since early Friday morning.
Officials now say just 210- acres has been charred.
Beginning tomorrow, 100 National Guard personnel will help fire crews with mop-up operations.
The soldiers were trained in Roanoke today and will deploy to Guard armories in Gate City, Richlands, Roanoke and Wood
stock until needed.[Energy-Choice]
From Wise County to near Charlottesville, residents of 31 southwest and southside Virginia localities will soon be choosing who provides their power.
The State Corporation Commission kicks off a multi- year, multi- media ad campaign today.
In January, energy consumers in southwest, southside, northern Virginia, and the Eastern Shore will be making that choice.
It's phase one of a two year deregulation process for the electricity industry in the Commonwealth.
Roanoke was host to a spirited musical demonstration this weekend.
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More than one- hundred people participated in the third annual Roanoke Bluegrass weekend.
The event at the Hotel Roanoke attracted bluegrass musicians from all over the country including England.
It was an opportunity for musicians to learn and fine tune their skills by learning from some of the best bluegrass performers in the country.
Up ahead on News 7 at Eleven, many local communities held Veterans Day celebrations this weekend,
plus, we'll take a look at one local school where the young and the old are sharing what patriotism means to them. We'll have that and more coming up... in just a few minutes.
With the attacks two months ago still fresh in many minds... Veteran's Day took on a whole new meaning this year.
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Several hundred people attended a ceremony at the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Salem.
The featured speaker was Lieutenant Governor John Hager.
In his remarks, Hager thanked veterans of past wars and asked Americans to remember the men and women who are embarked on a new mission.
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((LT. JOHN HAGER: WE HAVE A LOT TO HONOR AND WE HAVE A LOT TO BE EXCITED BECAUES THOSE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY WHO SERVED TODAY WHO ARE OVER IN THE MIDDLE EAST ARE THE REASON WE'RE ABLE TO BE HERE TODAY AND TO BE OUTSIDE AND FREE.))
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After the ceremony, the center dedicated a new wandergarden for Alzheimer's patients.
The garden will provide a safe, non-institutional setting for patients who want to socialize or exercise.
Some parents are finding discussing the attacks with their children is easier than they thought.
In this week's Virginia Profile, Jennifer Miele take us to Green Valley Elementary School in Roanoke County, where the young have very quickly come to appreciate history.
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[SUPER=01-Robert Gray/Korean War Veteran;:28]
[SUPER=01-Cameron McKinley/Green Valley Student;1:14]
[SUPER=01-James McKinley/Gulf War Veteran;1:31]
[SUPER=01-Lucille Wolfrey/Green Valley Elementary Principal;1:52]
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((ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.))
It may be that the students at Green Valley Elementary School don't fully understand what happened on September 11th.
But make no mistake, they do appreciate a hero.
((ROBERT GRAY/KOREAN WAR VETERAN: I SPENT MOST OF MY TIME AS A PRISONER AT WAR IN THIS AREA HERE ALONG THE RIVER.))
Robert Gray is a Korean War veteran.
He was one of dozens of vets honored by Green Valley.
((ROBERT GRAY/KOREAN WAR VETERAN: WE MUST GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN AND KNOW BECAUSE WE WILL DEPEND ON THEM IN THE FUTURE.))
((UNITED STATES MARINES.))
The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard were each saluted with a special song.
((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: THIS IS A WALL OF THANKS. IT'S A LIST OF STUDENT FAMILY MEMBERS WHO SEVERED IN THE ARMED FORCES. SOME LIVED, SOME HAVE PASSED AND SOME WERE HERE TODAY.))
Lieutenant Colonel James McKinley is one of them.
His son Cameron is a 5th grader who already wants to follow in Dad's footsteps.
((CAMERON MCKINLEY: I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO FIGHT FOR MY COUNTRY.))
As an Air force pilot, McKinley served in the Gulf War, and is now in the Marine Corps reserves.
He's striving to teach his son to ask questions... there's only one answer he can't provide.
((LT. COL. JAMES MCKINLEY: THEY REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. WILL I GO? I DON'T KNOW IT JUST DEPENDS.))
Like all Green Valley parents, McKinley doesn't have all the answers.
But a tribute like this one makes it clear why our Armed Forces are worth celebrating.
((OFF WE GO))
((PRINCIPAL: I AM SO PROUD OF THIS STUDENT BODY THEY ARE SO WONDERFUL.))
Pride was in abundance... some with years of experience, and some newly found.
((CAMERON MCKINLEY: THE RED IS FOR THE BLOOD AND THE BLUE IF FOR VICTORY.))
((PRINCIPAL: WE SEE A LOT OF FLAGS BEING WORN ON SHIRTS THAT WE DID NOT SEE IN THE PAST.))
((ROBERT GRAY: WITHOUT THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY THERE IS NO TOMORROW.))
If this is the future, the future looks bright.
Jennifer Miele, News 7, Roanoke County. ))
Still to come on News 7 at 11, Michael Vick makes his first start for the Falcons, and Green Bay takes a bite out of the Bears...
and also, Bill Elliott gets his first win in 7 years in the Pennzoil 400. Roy Stanley will have the highlights coming up...
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Thousands of kids got their kicks in Salem this weekend...
More than four thousand players turned out for the 11th annual First Virginia Fall Soccer Classic.
215- teams from all over Virginia and several surrounding states competed in the two day tournament.
The event, sponsored by the Roanoke Valley Youth Soccer Club crowned 10 girl champions and 16 boy champions.
The local economy also came out a winner.
The tournmanent typically brings in more than two million dollars to the area.
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Out viewer mail this week concentrated on a presidential speech and Jerry Falwell's latest legal battle in the area.
Here's Feedback, with assignment editor Joe McKean.
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((The White House didn't ask for live coverage of the president's address in Atlanta last Thursday night, so only one broadcast network did.
That crew sharp comments from many viewers, including a woman in Roanoke: (Martha Spencer).
"We are at war--both in Afghanistan and here in America. Nothing can be more important than to show our support for the people fighting for our protection and freedoms. While I will continue to watch Channel 7 for local news, I will turn to (other outlets) for national events."
A viewer from Lynch Station (Richard Protz) took a more facetious tone.
"Thank you for not interrupting regular programming to broadcast the President's address to the nation. "Reality TV Survivor" is far more important than anything the President of the United States might have to say to the people. I know those with cable can watch it, but many people do not have cable."
The lawsuit Lynchburg evangelist Jerry Falwell has filed over limits on tax-exempt property brought this from a Roanoke viewer (Herb Detweiler):
"Since Mr. Falwell wants to get rid of archaic laws that stand in the way of his religious empire, I'm sure he wouldn't object to getting rid of the archaic laws which attempt to dictate what consenting adults, even married ones, may do for pleasure in the privacy of their own homes."
Let us know your thoughts on issues in the news, by mail, fax or e-mail.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
After yesterday's 7 to 3 loss to Charlotte, Roanoke Express head coach Perry Florio says he will challenge the team during this weeks practice.
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Trailing 7 to 2, The Express scored in the third. Terrance Tooto works around the back of the goal and shoots he misses but Pete Gardner is there for the rebound and goal but Roanoke trailed 7 to 3.
The Checkers didn't like the goal and as play continued Charlotte's Wes Jarvis gave Tooto the forearm causing a fight to break out but when it was over the Checkers walked away with the 7 to 3 win.
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[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=....in the room."]
The Express hits the road for a game at Trenton on Wednesday before returning to the Roundhouse for games next Friday and Saturday.
Michael Vick made his first pro start yesterday and he would combine with Doug Johnson in leading the Falcons to a 20 to 13 win over Dallas.
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Vick directed the Falcons first scoring drive he hits Alge Crumpler on the 9 yard scoring play Crumpler dives and gets the ball over the cone for the 7 to 3 Falcon lead.
A Vick fumble led to this Cowboy score. Ryan Leaf goes to the air and hits Jackie Harris on the 9 yard T-D pass play Dallas led 13 to 7.
The Falcons put it away when Johnson rolls out and hits Brian Kozlowski on the 1 yard T-D pass play and the Falcons win it 20 to 13.
The magic finally ran out for the Chicago Bears. Brett Favre threw 2 touchdown passes to lead Green Bay to a 20 to 12 win over the Bears and a tie for the lead in the N-F-C Central.
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Favre takes a break from the action for a drink of water.
Then he went to work. In the second quarter he throws the deep pass to Bill Schroeder for a 41 yard touchdown and the Packers led 10 to 6.
Then in the third quarter Favre puts it up top for his favorite receiver Antonio
Freeman on the 9 yard touchdown pass play and the Packers hold on for the 20 to 12 win ending Chicago's six game winning streak
Bill Elliott wins the Pennzoil 400 more later on Mornin'.
The Bucs and Steelers win on field goals and Tiki Barber rushed for 118 yards on 17 carries as the Giants beat Arizona.
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After missing 3 weeks with a bruised right knee, Marshall Faulk returned to the Rams offense.
Faulk rushed for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns he had this run for 71 yards on the sweep the longest of his career and he scored in a 57 yarder as the Rams downed the Panthers 48 to 14.
And here are tonight's scores.
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The Bridgewater Eagles received a first round bye in the N-C-Double-A Division three football playoffs.
The ODAC champion was seeded number one in its region.
Bridgewater will play on Saturday November 24-th against the winner of the Trinity Mary Hardin Baylor contest.
Bill Elliott scored his first win in 7 years and the first for Ray Evernham as team owner taking the checkered flag in the Pennzoil 400 at Homestead, Florida.
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Jeff Gordon was working his way to the front he passes Casey Atwood, who started on the outside up front, Atwood would take his car to the pit area.
But Tony Stewart was strong he worked his way from the 20th spot and he was the leader after 81 laps.
Then while exiting pit road Ward Burton and Atwood collide sending Burton into the pit position of Ricky Rudd. Several members of Robert Yates racing were injured. Bobby Burrell was the most serious he suffered a head injury and was transported to a local hospital in serious condition.
Kevin Harvick made his move and he was the leader just past the halfway mark of the race.
Then with 50 laps to go Stacy Compton gets lose and crashes bringing out the caution.
But it was Bill Elliott's day he passed his teammate Casey Atwood with 4 laps to go and he wins the Pennzoil 400, his first Winston cup victory for Dodge and Ray Evernham.
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Michael Waltrip was second, Atwood third, Jeff Burton fourth and Sterling Marlin fifth.
Jeff Gordon finished 28-th but all but clinched the Winston Cup points title. All he has to do to win his fourth championship is start the last 2 races.
The Roanoke College men's soccer team was eliminated in yesterday's third round of the N-C-Double-A Division three tournament.
Greensboro scored on a header with 38 minutes to play and held on to beat the Maroons 1 to nothing.
Roanoke finishes the season 18 and 3 overall.
That's it for sports, have a great day everybody.
For the first time in 11 and a half years, Michael Jordan is part of a four game losing Streak. The Wizards lost to Seattle today 99 to 84.
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Jordan looked pretty confident during pre game warmups.
But the face changed after on this play Gary Payton with the spin move goes past Jordan for the layup and the Sonics led 43 to 41.
Jordan missed his first 14 shots he finished the game missing 21 of 26 shots and he scored a season low 16 points.
Gary Payton put the Wizards away in the fourth with the three pointer. Payton scored 32 points in the 99 to 84 win.
In the N-H-L, The Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers skated to a 1 to 1 tie.
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In St. Paul, Minnesota hosted Vancouver.
Markus Naslund had a goal and an assist as Vancouver blanked Minnesota 5 to nothing.
For the N-H-L and N-B-A scores lets check the boards.
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[SUPER=0096-/Toronto/70//Denver/75/4///Orlando/53//L. A. Lakers/59/3//;]
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Greg Norman and the late Payne Stewart are among the six new members of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Norman won the British open twice among his 75 victories around the world.
Among Stewart's 18 victories were 3 major championships. He won his second U-S open in June of 1999 but died four months later in a plane crash.