Germany will play a role in building a new power- sharing government in Afghanistan.
More on that, and the latest on the fighting in Afghanistan, coming up.
And a local judge's son appears in court today on drug charges.
Cool weather has returned to the region...and it continues to be on the dry side...I'll have your hometown forecast
News 7 at noon is next.
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Today marks the first big step toward a future government in Afghanistan.
And an ultimatum for those still supporting Osama bin Laden.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The northern alliance has accepted the U-N's invitation to attend power-sharing talks next week in Germany with other Afghan factions-- which isn't expected to include the Taliban.
Meanwhile, more U-S troops will be helping those already on the ground in Afghanistan.
Their role will be to back up anti- Taliban fighters trying to smoke out Osama bin Laden.
His supporters are already being told to give up the remaining Taliban stronghold, or else face assault.
Jim Acosta is in Washington with the latest.
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(nats/men carrying caskets)
AWAY FROM THE BATTLE-FIELDS..DEATH STILL HOLDS A TIGHT GRIP ON
AFGHANISTAN. TODAY THE CASKETS CARRYING THE BODIES OF FOUR WESTERN
JOURNALISTS WERE BROUGHT TO A HOSPITAL NEAR JALALABAD -- ONE DAY AFTER
THEY WERE AMBUSHED AND EXECUTED -- REPORTEDLY BY TALIBAN SOLDIERS --
DURING A CONVOY TO THE CAPITAL KABUL. TWO OF THE JOURNALISTS WORKED FOR
THE REUTERS NEWS AGENCY.
SOT: Geert Linnebank/Reuters Editor-in-Chief
"We're devastated. Reuters newsrooms around the world are in mourning."
CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT RANDALL PINKSTON HAD PLANNED TO RIDE IN THAT
ILL-FATED CARAVAN BUT STAYED BEHIND DUE TO EQUIPMENT PROBLEMS.
SOT: Randall Pinkston/CBS NEWS
"The cars that were attacked apparently broke away from the convoy and
left the rest of the vehicles behind. Can't say whether it would have
made any difference. But certainly there is some strength and safety in
(nats/ guns, etc.)
MEANWHILE THE NUMBER OF U-S GROUND TROOPS IS REPORTEDLY ON THE RISE.
NOW IT'S THE MARINES TURN -- WITH AS MANY AS 16 HUNDRED MEN AND WOMEN
JOINING THE MANHUNT FOR BIN LADEN -- IN WHAT'S DESCRIBED AS THE LARGEST
BUILD-UP SINCE THE WAR BEGAN.
SOT: Donald Rumsfeld/U.S. Defense Secretary: "
AMERICA'S CHIEF MILITARY ALLY ON THE GROUND -- THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE HAS
AGREED TO TALKS ON CREATING A BROAD-BASED POST-TALIBAN GOVERNMENT. AFTER
FEARS THE ALLIANCE WOULD NOT RELINQUISH ITS CONTROL OVER HALF OF THE
WAR-TORN COUNTRY. AND THE ALLIANCE IS ON A ROLL, JUST ISSUING AN
ULTIMATUM TO THE TALIBAN TO SURRENDER ITS REMAINING NORTHERN MAINSTAY
KUNDUZ... OR DIE.
The government of Chile says a letter sent there from Switzerland is tainted with anthrax.
If confirmed, it would be the first case of the deadly bacteria in mail outside the U-S, since the current scare began.
The letter was sent under the name of an American company, and was received last week.
The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is testing a sample of the powder found in the letter.
Meanwhile, there have been false anthrax alarms worldwide, including cases in Kenya and the Bahamas.
The son of a local Circuit Judge was in court today on drug charges.
Ryan Strickland was allegedly caught with three and a third ounces of marijuana at a Roanoke Motel last September.
City police testified at today's preliminary hearing that drug dogs discovered the pot in the trunk of Strickland's car, then noticed more dope on the coffee table in the room he'd rented.
One of the officers indicated Strickland tried to hide the bag of pot under a speaker box, when he went to open the trunk.
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[IN Q=Picked the speaker]
((PICKED THE SPEAKER BOX UP, PUT THE BAG UNDERNEATH THE SPEAKER BOX, PUT THE SPEAKER BOX ON TOP OF IT, LEAVING PART OF THE BAG EXPOSED.))
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[OUT Q=leaving part of the bag exposed.]
Officer Bower said he found three plastic bags of marijuana inside the blue "GAP" bag.
This is Strickland's first offense as an adult. He turned 18 last December.
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[IN Q=Ryan you know]
((RYAN, YOU KNOW WHY WE'RE HERE. ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL WOULDN'T GET THIS ATTENTION. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT? I CAN'T COMMENT... ANY OF THAT RIGHT NOW.))
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Ryan Strickland's mother, Judge Diane Strickland, has been a leading advocate of the "Drug Court" program, a means to keep first-time drug offenders out of jail.
The judge, a substitute judge from Charlottesville, certified the charge today of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
With some of the busiest travel days of the year upon us, Roanoke Regional Airport is offering tips to make your vacation more enjoyable.
Officials suggest you become familiar with increased security measures so you'll know what to expect when you arrive at the terminal.
Be aware that you, your luggage, or your vehicle may be searched.
And leave sharp objects, including knives, scissors and blades at home.
Limit carry-on baggage to one piece and a personal item, like a purse or laptop computer.
And, if you're taking gifts, wrap them at your destination, so they won't have to be unwrapped to be searched.
We'll have more on the way changes to security will affect air travel this holiday season coming up tonight on News 7 at 6.
One of the latest weapons airports are using to fight terrorism is "Face recognition cameras."
They were used at the Super Bowl this year...and they'll also be in place for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Sandra Hughes reports.
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Nats-"Please stop... Look forward... "thank you"
IN JUST A FLASH...THIS HIGH TECH CAMERA SNAPS A PICTURE AND COMPARES
THE IMAGE TO A LIST OF KNOWN OR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS COMPILED BY LAW
NATS UP So how much time does it actually take? "A Second, two
ALL AS PASSENGERS PASS THROUGH THE AIRPORT SECURITY CHECK-POINT IN
Sot: Ron Cadle/ Pelco 50806 This is to make people feel more safer and
also to check the passengers to make sure that none of the bad guys get
through"(cover with surveillance photo of Atta.) Sandra: If this
equipment had been in the airports/ when Mohammad Atta went through ?
"It would have caught him.."
IT'S CALLED "FACIAL RECOGNITION"....THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF HIGH
TECH GADGETS THAT IDENTIFY PEOPLE THROUGH DISTINCTIVE BODY FEATURES.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
Sot: Cadle/ it is looking at those pivotal physical points, your eyes,
your nose structure, your facial structure, and this golden oval area"
A MATCH SETS OFF AN ALARM: ( bin laden) FRESNO IS THE FIRST TO HAVE IT.
SAN FRANCISCO, OAKLAND AND BOSTON'S LOGAN AIRPORT, WHERE TWO OF THE
ILL-FATED FLIGHTS ORIGINATED, ARE NEXT.
O.C. WHETHER THE AIRLINES AND THE F.A.A. ENDORSE FACIAL RECOGNITION
TECHNOLOGY IS UP IN THE AIR. THE FAA SAYS THE IDEA IS STILL EXPERIMENTAL
AND THAT INDIVIDUAL AIRPORTS AND AIRLINES MUST DECIDE IF IT'S A COST
FOR FRESNO'S ONE SECURITY CHECK-POINT THE TECHNOLOGY COST ABOUT 60
THOUSAND DOLLARS. THERE ARE NO ESTIMATES ON THE COST IN MAJOR AIRPORTS.
SOT: Has any passenger come up and said I find this intrusive?? No,
none, Not one..
PART OF THE ATTITUDE CHANGE SINCE SEPTEMBER 11TH. BUT PRIVACY EXPERTS
ARE EXPRESSING ALARM.
(SOT: Chris Hoofnagle/ Electronic Privacy Information Center ) "It's
difficult to convey to the public the idea that privacy is a standard of
life issue. And it's also difficult to get your personal data back once
it's out there."
AND WHILE THERE ARE CONCERNS ABOUT THE RARE FALSE POSITIVE THAT
COULD INCONVENIENCE A PASSENGER... JITTERY AMERICANS SEEM WILLING TO PUT
UP WITH THAT..AND EVEN TRADE SOME OF THEIR PRIVACY IN EXCHANGE FOR MORE
SECURITY. FOR THE ES SH CBS NEWS FRESNO.
Adding insult to injury, the financially-strapped United Airlines now faces a possible mechanics' strike.
The mechanics have rejected a government offer for binding arbitration, and are moving closer to striking.
The standoff between United and its mechanics union has lasted
nearly two years.
Now, a 30-day countdown to a strike begins later this week.
The clock runs out the week before Christmas.
President Bush could use his power and step in, if no contract is reached by that time..
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((BOB AMUNDSEN/INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS: WE WOULD HOPE THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T DO THAT WE THINK THAT BOTH PARTIES
WILL BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE AN AGREEMENT QUICKER AND THIS IS A PROCESS WE'VE DONE THOUSANDS OF TIMES BEFORE.))
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[OUT Q=thousands of times before.]
Meanwhile, United says it doesn't expect any disruption to flight schedules as a result of the conflict.
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Public schools could be the big winners as Microsoft settles some of its anti-trust cases. We'll details on that after this quick break.
Also, a jury convicts a local father and daughter of helping people cheat on their income tax forms.
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A jury has found an Amherst County man and his daughter guilty of conspiring to cheat the I-R-S out of nearly two million dollars in taxes.
Prosecutors say Danny and Brandi Jordan helped hundreds of people file fraudulent tax returns by claiming business expenses they didn't incur.
Those people would then pay the Jordans thirty percent of their refund.
It's a system Jordan still maintains is legal.
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((CRAIG TILLER/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: HIS CASE WAS THAT EVEN IF IT'S NOT ALLOWABLE, IF IT TURNED OUT THAT HIS CONCLUSION WAS WRONG, HE CERTAINLY GENUINELY BELIEVED IT AND HAS SOME SUBSTANTIAL REASONS FOR BELIEVING THAT AND SO HE WAS ACTING IN GOOD FAITH.. AND HAD NO INTENTION TO DEFRAUD ANYBODY OR STEAL ANYTHING FROM ANYBODY.))
((JOE MOTT/ASST. U.S. ATTORNEY: IT WAS A SCAM BASICALLY, THERE WAS NO SUBSTANCE TO THE DEDUCTIONS THAT WERE GOING ON THE TAXPAYER'S RETURN, AND NOTHING OBJECTIVE ABOUT IT. IT WAS JUST A NUMBER THAT DAN JORDAN AND BRANDI JORDAN INVENTED TO PUT ON THESE RETURNS.))
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The jury found both Jordans guilty on all 22 counts in the indictment.
They'll be sentenced in March.
Roanoke City Council has cleared the way for construction of a new football stadium and amphitheater. Yesterday, council agreed to buy the land needed for the project.
Back in May, Council approved the plan to replace Victory Stadium with a new facility near the Civic Center.
The city already owns most of the 21 acres needed.
Officials believe the multipurpose facility can be designed and constructed within the next three years.
Council member Alvin Hudson raised questions about the 275- thousand dollar purchase price... which is well over the parcel's assessed value.
But city officials say the property is the only land the city will have to purchase for the new stadium.
Also yesterday, City Council committed a half million dollars over six years to support the Grandin Theatre.
By coming up with 100- thousand dollars immediately, and 80- thousand dollars a year for five years after that, the city will enable the Grandin Theatre foundation to acquire the property.
But the decision was NOT unanimous.
Mayor Ralph Smith said he supports the renovation, but believes the foundation is paying too much for the property
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[IN Q=We have an institution that has developed a 60- thousand]
((REV. NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: WE HAVE AN INSTITUTION THAT HAS DEVELOPED A 60-THOUSAND MEMBER CONSTITUENCY. IT HAS IN PLACE RELATIONSHIPS WITH FILM DISTRIBUTORS THAT ARE GOING TO BE KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS OPERATION, HAS EQUIPMENT ON THE PREMISES FOR THE PURPOSES OF BEING A MOVIE THEATRE, SO WE'RE JUST NOT ACQUIRING REAL ESTATE. WE'RE ACQUIRING THE BUSINESS, ITS CLIENTELE, ITS REPUTATION AND ITS ASSETS.))
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[OUT Q=its reputation and its assets.]
The city's contribution is a dollar for dollar matching grant, so supporters of the Grandin must raise an equal amount from other sources.
Public schools emerge the big winner as Microsoft reportedly settles scores of private anti-trust cases.
"The Wall Street Journal" reports Microsoft has tentatively agreed to a five- year project to provide software and computers to more than 14- thousand of the poorest schools in the U-S.
The billion- dollar settlement is intended to answer claims that Microsoft abused its market power by overcharging millions of computer buyers.
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Still to come on the newscast, local homeowners are warned about the dangers caused by our lack of rain,
and this is NOT the latest way to motivate people working out on a treadmill. We'll tell you WHAT it is, after sports.
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The dry weather has fire officials cautioning homeowners.
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Several homes were threatened by a forest fire in the Poage's Mill area of Roanoke County.
So officials are offering these tips to keep families safe in the event of a brush fire.
They say mulch should be kept several inches away from your home...
They also say yards should be free from tree limbs, pine needles and leaves.
Fire officials say gutters and roofs should also be clear of debris.
They also urge people to remove tree limbs that extend over their roof because fire can spread quickly.
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[IN Q=A lot quicker]
((STEVE POFF/ROANOKE CO. BATTALION CHIEF; A LOT QUICKER THAN MOST PEOPLE THINK AND I THINK THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE WHO'VE NEVER BEEN EXPOSED TO REAL DRY CONDITIONS THE WAY THE FUELS ARE ON THE GROUND RIGHT NOW WHEN WIND COMES ALONG IT WILL JUST MOVE VERY QUICKLY AND YOUR CHANCE OF OUTRUNNING IT OR BEING ABLE TO....ARE ALMOST NILL.))
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[OUT Q=almost nill.]
Fire officials also say it couldn't hurt to keep a water hose in your yard.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 70 points.
The Nasdaq has lost 33 points.
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Still to come on the newscast, the honors continue to pile up for a Virginia Tech Hokie.
Also the Tech women are sending an early-season message, as they take on a nationally ranked team.
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The Vikings dominated the Giants in Monday Night Football.
Randy Moss led the way with ten catches for 171 yards and three touchdowns, as Minnesota downed New York 28 to 16.
Tiki Barber scored for the Giants with a touchdown run in the first half.
The Virginia Tech women's basketball team may be getting some quick answers to some early season questions.
The Lady Hokies have opened with two victories .. the latest over a team ranked in the top 25.
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The Montgomery County Christmas store helps many families in the New River Valley, and last night they held a toy drive before the game.
Senior Sarah Hicks continues to lead by example, as she turns Nicole Jones' pass into a three pointer.
It's 32-to-27, Tech in the second half.
Old Dominion's Sharon Francis would answer that bomb with a three of her own.
The Monarchs cut the lead down to two points.
But back come the Hokies, as Emily Lipton gets the rock to Chrystal Starling.
Chrystal had a game high 20 points for the Hokies.
The Monarchs kept chopping away, as Lucienne Berthieu makes the lay-in.
Old Dominion takes a one point lead on Tech.
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But the Hokies would not be denied.
Starling and Jones work it inside as the Lady Hokies beat 16th- ranked ODU 68-to-62.
Virginia Tech linebacker Ben Taylor was rewarded for some big play at Charlottesville by being named Big East defensive player of the week.
Taylor, who is a finalist for the prestigious Butkus Award, matched his career high 18 tackles against UVa last Saturday.
He also had a quarterback sack, a quarterback hurry, and he forced a fumble.
For the season, Taylor leads the Hokies with 109 tackles and four and a half quarterback sacks.
The Hokies are off this week before hosting number one Miami on December 1st.
The Hurricanes are back on top of the college football polls.
But they're still second behind Nebraska in this week's Bowl Championship Series rankings that were released yesterday afternoon.
Miami closed the gap on Nebraska just a bit, but more importantly, widened its lead over third place Oklahoma.
And finally today--
Here's a story for your "now I've seen it all file"-----
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It's not the latest craze in reptile fitness.
It's actually a scientific experiment that may shed some light on how dinosaurs used to breathe, AND whether they were fast or slow movers.
Scientists at the University of Utah are studying the role that the pelvis plays in the breathing patterns of alligators-- SMALL alligators, since they're the easiest to handle.
Researchers would also like to study birds the same way-- but they keep flying off the treadmill...
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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