Coming up on News 7-
New information on why a plane crashed in New York-
After several bad accidents on one stretch of 81... changes are on the way.
This tire dumps been around for more than a decade... but cleanup may be on the way.
News 7 is Next.
Music played in the streets of Kabul... something forbidden by the Taliban.
Razors came out.. beards required under Taliban law came off... and after years undercover... some women shed their veils.
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[IN Q=People are ]
((PEOPLE HERE ARE VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS SITUATION.))
[OUT Q=about this situation.]
The United Front rode in on a wave of victory...
and U-S special forces are on the ground...
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[IN Q=The military ]
((THE MILITARY STRATEGY AIMED AT DEFEATING THE TABLIBAN IS CLEARLY SUCCEEDING.))
[OUT Q=IS CLEARLY SUCCEEDING.]
[SS=News 7 at Eleven]
While the victory celebrations go on Kabul.... American fighter jets are prowling the skies in the south.... They're seeking convoys of Taliban fighters retreating toward Kandahar.. their last major stronghold.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Jennifer /Newspath;]
Jennifer Miller is following the latest developments and has the latest live from Washington.
[LIVE=Jennifer /FULL Newspath]
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[SUPER=03-Kabul, Afghanistan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Donald Rumsfeld/Defense Secretary; :55]
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((THIS TALIBAN SOLDIER IS ALREADY DEAD, BUT IT WONT STOP THIS CROWD IN KABUL FROM BEATING HIM. ITS A SHOW OF POWER THAT MANY SAY HAS GONE TOO FAR.
Bush: We will continue to work with the Northern Alliance commanders to make sure they respect the human rights of the people that they're liberating.
AND LIBERATION IS EXACTLY WHAT THE PEOPLE IN KABUL HAVE WAITED FOR SO LONG. THE TALIBAN'S RETREAT FROM AFGHANISTAN'S CAPITOL CITY BROUGHT MUSIC TO EVERYONE'S EARS, LITERALLY.
CITIZENS DID WHAT THEY COULDN'T do FOR YEARS: MEN SHAVED OFF THEIR BEARDS, WOMEN UNVEILED THEIR FACES, CHILDREN FLEW KITES.
PEOPLE IS VERY HAPPY ABOUT THE SITUATION
BUT THE HUNT GOES ON FOR THE MAN WHO STARTED IT ALL OSAMA BIN LADAN.
MILITARY SOURCES SAY THE CHANCES OF FINDING HIM SOONER THAN LATER ARE
Donald RUMSFELD/Defense Secretary: TO THE EXTENT THAT THERE ARE MORE OPPONENTS OF THE AL QAEDA AND THE TALIBAN IN MORE PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ONE WOULD THINK THAT MORE INFORMATION WILL ULTIMATELY BECOME AVAILABLE.))
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The cockpit voice recorder from the jetliner that crashed in New York indicates the plane ran into turbulence- from the wake of a jumbo jet that had just taken off.
Investigators say the recorder shows the pilots struggled to control the plane after a rattling was heard....
As Gretchen Carlson reports, investigators don't know yet what the rattling was.
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[SUPER=01-George Black, Jr./National Transportation Safety Board; :30]
[SUPER=01-Gretchen Carlson/Reporting; 1:32]
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((With one complete day of work now behind them, investigators are still trying to figure out how American Airlines flight 587 crashed after take-off in Queens.
The key piece of evidence: the flight data recorder has been found and National Transportation Safety Board officials are now analyzing the tape inside.
They're also re-examining the cockpit voice recorder that describes the final moments on the plane. Investigators say the tape reveals the pilots were struggling for control before it went down.
(SOT - 16:56:13) George Black Jr. - NTSB
At 107 seconds after the start of the take off roll, an air frame rattling noise was heard.
Investigators say there are two rattles on the tape and that the Captain makes a comment about encountering what he believes to be turbulence from the jet in front of them. Then, trouble.
(SOT) George Black Jr. - NTSB
There are several comments suggesting loss of control of the aircraft at 127 seconds after the take-off roll initiation. And the cockpit voice recording ends at 144 seconds after the start of the take-off roll.
Whatever happened, something caused the Airbus A-300 to begin breaking up in the air. Both engines fell off before the plane hit the ground. And a half-mile from where they fell, the planes tail came down
Some reports had suggested a flock of birds may have contributed to the crash but investigators are now discounting that theory.
(SOT - 16:58:03) George Black Jr. - NTSB
Theres no evidence on initial inspection of the engines of any kind of foreign object damage, including a bird.
(STAND-UP CLOSE) Gretchen Carlson Reporting
So the question remains what happened. Clues could come from the flight data recorder: like whether there really was an engine problem and what went wrong first. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, New York.))
The downturn in the national economy is hitting home in western Virginia.
Tonight, members of the Roanoke City School board were told to expect a budget shortfall of more than 800- thousand dollars.
Falling "sales tax revenues" are to blame for more than half of that gap.
And in Roanoke County, first quarter revenues are falling below estimates. Tonight supervisors said they're anticipating a revenue shortfall of 381- thousand dollars for the year.
They believe they can absorb the difference without major budget cuts, but say they will continue to keep a close eye on county finances.
The long awaited clean-up of an illegal tire dump may soon be under way in Roanoke County.
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The state estimates there are two point eight million tires on the property off Starlight Drive. Enforcement efforts over the last 14 years have been unsuccessful.
But today, the Roanoke County Supervisors approved an agreement with the property owner and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
The owner will provide access. The county will develop a plan. And the state will provide one- point four million dollars to begin removing and disposing the tires.
The forest fire that burned more than 200 acres in Roanoke County apparently began along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Investigators aren't sure HOW it started. It could have been a cigarette, or even arson. But they believe they know the point of origin... a ditch line on the north side of the parkway.
Today, state and local officials praised firefighters who battled the blaze under difficult conditions, and they thanked citizens and businesses that donated food and provided other assistance.
Almost three years ago-- one of the worst accidents ever on a stretch of Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County.
Tonight-- residents got a look at plans to make the Buffalo Creek Bridges safer.
Teresa Hamilton shows us how V-DOT wants to make it happen.
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[SUPER=01-Carol Smith/Rockbridge Co. Resident; :20]
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[SUPER=01-Terry Secker/Rockbridge Co. Resident; 1:05 ]
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((THAT WON'T INTERFERE WITH THESE BRIDGES?))
[OUT Q= WITH THESE BRIDGES.]
V-DOT officials were on hand... along with detailed maps to give residents an overview of the proposed changes for Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County.
One of the projects involves constructing new "three lane" bridges over Buffalo Creek--- in both directions.
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((I'M ORIGINALLY FROM THE NORTH, NEW JERSEY, SO I'M FAMILIAR WITH THREE LANE SITUATIONS, AND THEY WORK VERY WELL, EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY, SO IF SOMETHING DOES HAPPEN YOU HAVE THE ROOM TO MOVE AROUND INSTEAD OF COMING TO A DEAD STOP.))
The new bridges will also be nine feet higher than the existing ones...
All in an effort to prevent accidents-- such as the one in January of '99 in which four people died in an icy pile-up...
Other accidents have also occurred over Buffalo Creek.
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((ANYTIME WE HAVE ACCIDENT DATA WE TRY TO ANALYZE IT AND SEE WHAT ARE ISSUES THAT MAY BE THERE THAT NEED TO BE CORRECTED.))
[OUT Q= THOSE ISSUES.]
Two other projects have also been proposed....
V-DOT wants to replace the existing bridges over the Maury River.
Plans also call for adding two more lanes for trucks traveling North of the Buffalo Creek bridge.
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((I THINK THIS HAS BEEN LONG OVERDUE... THE TRAFFIC ON THE HIGHWAY IS SUCH NOW THAT IT'S JUST SIMPLY DANGEROUS DRIVE 81 AND TWO LANES ARE INSUFFICIENT.))
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((THE PRICE TAG FOR ALL THREE PROJECTS IS 57- MILLION DOLLARS WITH WORK BEGINNING AS EARLY AS NEXT SEPTEMBER. ))
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Construction is expected to take several years.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Lexington.))
Meanwhile in Richmond, a year long legislative audit says state money for roads does not go to the right place.
A Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission report says it's time to abandon the 20 year old formula, and start giving money to roads based on how much they will be used -- NOT by what region of the state they're in.
A Fairfax delegate heads the Commisison that requested the study.
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((DEL. VINCE CALLAHAN/R-FAIRFAX: WHENEVER YOU CHANGE THE FORMULA, SOMEBODY'S GOING TO GAIN, AND CONVERSELY SOMEBODY'S GOING TO LOSE. NOW THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO BE CONTROVERSIAL.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Vince Callahan/(R) Fairfax;]
[OUT Q=what's going to be controversial.]
The study also finds 40 percent of bridges maintained by the state are in need of repair.
20 percent of pavement around the state is rated as "deficient."
V-DOT says those percentages are lower than they've ever been.
Nerves frazzled by the September 11th attacks are blamed for a bomb threat in the Hill City.
That's next on News 7.
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And the national Christmas tree is on the way.
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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports office as girls' high school regional open across the region. Highlights and score are coming up along with a final dash of paper in the Lombardi mix.
The Big Unit hits the trifecta in Cy Young winnings.
And Tech-UVa hype hits its stride tonight.
Only on the Big 7.))
A gay rights activist says he was in fear for his life when he threatened to blow up the Reverend Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Bill Connelly says he was merely reacting to remarks Falwell made, blaming the September 11th terrorist attacks in part on gays and lesbians.
Connelly says Falwell's rhetoric makes life difficult for Lynchburg's gay community.
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((BILL CONNELLY/GAY RIGHTS ACTIVIST: I SAID IF ANYONE HURTS ME BECAUSE OF WHAT FALWELL SAID THAT I WAS GOING TO SUE THOMAS ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH FOR RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. I WAS SUPPOSEDLY TALKING TO A LEGAL DEPARTMENT, THAT'S WHAT I'D ASKED FOR AND THEN I SAID 'IF THAT DOESN'T WORK MAYBE I'LL TRY A BOMB', WHICH I SHOULDN'T HAVE SAID.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Connelly/Gay Rights Activist]
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Connelly pleaded no contest today to two counts of making a threatening phone call.
He was given a suspended sentence and ordered to stay away from the church and Liberty University.
The Red Cross is on a mission to educate Americans about weapons of mass destruction.
The agency's director of disaster preparedness today addressed a group of donors in Roanoke.
Walt Mikols (Michaels) says he wants citizens to know how to take care of themselves if tragedy, like that of September 11th, strikes again.
Mikols says the disaster helped the agency shift from being reactive to proactive.
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[IN Q=It brought to focus all the things...]
((WALT MIKOLS/RED CROSS: IT BROUGHT TO FOCUS ALL THE THINGS WE'VE BEEN SAYING AND PREACHING AND WRITING ABOUT. IT GAVE US, NOW, THE LANDSCAPE FOR FUTURE TRAINING AND PREPAREDNESS ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.))
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[OUT Q=throughout the United States.]
Mikols says all donations to the September 11th Liberty Fund will be used in relation to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Other donations * without* a specified purpose will go towards general disaster relief.
Another lawsuit against Optical Cable owner Bob Kopstein... Scott and Stringfellow brokerage firm is accusing him of fraud.
S and S says Kopstein never told the firm he'd set up loan accounts at different brokerage firms across the country...the suit calls it a --quote--"secret scheme" to speculate on the stock market.
If S and S knew about the accounts it would not have loaned Kopstein money, or would have demanded different collateral.
Kopstein sold millions of Optical Cable shares to pay off loans, and still owes several brokerage firms millions of dollars.
Kopstein did not respond to our request for a comment today.
A setback for Comedian Paula Poundstone...
[SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA]
She was arrested today for a probation violation in California, led away in handcuffs and put in jail.
The judge let her out though.. saying the comic
suffered a relapse involving drugs or medications during rehab-
Poundstone was sentenced to five years probation after pleading no contest to child abuse.
Still ahead on News 7, meet a local sculptor turning wood into wildlife.
And she teamed up with a dog named Magic to help put Old Navy on the map.
Remembering Carrie Donovan when we come back
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You probably knew her from the Old Navy television commercials...
the woman in oversized glasses singing the praises of discount fashion.
Carrie Donovan died yesterday at the age of 73.
She was once a powerful figure in the world of fashion, working as an editor for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and the New York Times Magazine.
Although she was a journalist for 30 years, she never mastered the typewriter, preferring to write all her reports by hand.
A Wytheville wood sculptor is bringing nature inside.
Tommy Stowe has been transforming blocks of wood into wildlife for 25-years.
The North Carolina native recently turned his hobby into a profession by opening a studio in Wytheville.
Stowe's carved birds, decoys and even the Virginia Tech Hokie bird- now his talent's in churches.
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((TOMMY STOWE/WOOD SCULPTOR; KNOWING YOU CAN ENHANCE AN AREA WHERE PEOPLE CAN WORSHIP MEANS SOMETHING TO ME, AND THE FACT THAT IT WILL CONTINUE LONG AFTER I'M GONE.))
[SUPER=01-Tommy Stowe/Wood Sculptor;]
[OUT Q=LONG AFTER I'M GONE.]
Stowe uses oak for sculptures used in houses of worship.
He says this centerpiece of his studio, a duck in flight, took 7-hundred hours to complete.
The nation's Christmas tree is on the way to Washington.
Giant cranes brought he 74- foot White spruce down in Michigan.
The tree will have 6-thousand ornaments.
It'll be lit December 11th on the Capitol lawn.
The tree has been dubbed the "Tree of Hope..." it was given that name even before September 11th.
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7 - the opening night of the girls' regional basketball action.
Highlights and scores are on the way.
Plus, the Tech-UVa verbage is heating up with 73rd meeting drawing closer.
[SUPER=04-This Season; :00]
But first in tonight's Extra Point - UNC defensive end Julius Peppers is doing his best to put the Tarheels on the national football map.
Today Peppers was named one of four finalist for the Lombardi Award - which is given annually to the nation's top lineman.
Syracuse defensive end Dwight Freeney also is a finalist along with Rocky Calmus and Alex Brown.
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Don't be surprised if the Group Two A state champ in girls' hoops this fall comes out of Region 3.
Last night's first round regional games were more like state semi-finals.
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In Daleville last night, Chuck Pound and his Blue Ridge tournament champion Cavs of Lord Botetourt hosted talented Heritage.
Meredith Miller would get the Cavs on the board first as she nails the baseline jumper for LB.
Heritage's Tekia Butler would counter that with a turnaround jumper to give the Pioneers the lead. Butler had 20 points last night.
The Cavs would hang around though with Kristen Graham hitting on the run to tighten things up.
But Monica Dawson was too much for the Cavs. She scores 27 to go with Butler's 20 as Heritage moves on with the 59-to-45 win.
William Fleming will get a shot at stopping Heritage, but last night the Blue Ridge regular season champs hooked up with Nelson County.
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Head coach Cynthia Brown was anxious to get her team back on the court and continue marching in the postseason.
In the second half Nelson's Krystal Vest drives hard to the hoop and hits for two as she attempts to cut into Fleming double digit lead.
But this one was all Fleming as India Mierez takes the rock inside and scores off the glass.
Fleming keeps cooking as Tiana Saunders hits from just inside the three point line. The Colonel lead expands to 50-to-14.
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The Colonels' Kelly Dawson will then get into the act.
She drains the longer jumper. Fleming wins in a breeze 54-to-18.
Elsewhere in region three tonight - Appomattox beat Amherst County by 10 and Northside topped Jefferson Forest 44-to-36.
In Region Four tonight, Lee defeated Grundy 48-to-33 while ...Bassett topped Abingdon 62-to-51.
While the Region C action this evening saw Glenvar crush James River 84-to-37. Craig County beat Ft. Chiswell 45-to-37. Radford eliminated George Wythe 62-to-45 and Galax topped Northwood 66-to-49.
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In recent years the home field advantage hasn't meant much in the Tech - UVa series.
In fact since 1992 - the visiting team has won 6 of those 9 games.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/6 & 8 Against Virginia; :23]
[SUPER=01-Al Groh/UVa Head Coach; :47]
[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/2000 Sugar Bowl; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Alvin Pearman/UVa Freshman Tailback; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Angelo Crowell/UVa Linebacker; 1:30]
[SUPER=01-Ben Taylor/VT Senior Linebacker; 1:47]
[SUPER=01-Jake Houseright/VT Senior Linebacker; 2:14]
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(( Frank Beamer got the best of George Welsh on his last trek across Afton Mountain back in 1999 - but overall Beamer has a losing record in games against UVa. Both he and his nemesis Al Groh are graduates of their respective universities and each knows how important winning is to the alumni of his respective alma mater.
Groh hasn't experienced this showdown as a head coach before, so you'll have to excuse for not knowing the Commonwealth Cup has been given to the state champ for the past six seasons.
Tech's success on the national level in the recent past has without question irritated UVa fans and players alike.
The Hokies have a number of injuries to deal with this week including a shoulder problem that is plaguing senior fullback Jarrett Ferguson. But the plan right now is for everyone to play.))
In one other UVa note, the Cavaliers game with Penn State that was postponed by the events of September 11th and pushed back until December 1st, is now officially sold out. The game with the Nittany Lions kicks off at Noon at Scott Stadium.