Coming up on News 7-
The Taliban may be considering laying down its weapons.
We'll have the details.
Plus, the most recent anthrax death has investigators stumped.
And, the Dazzle tries to jazz up fans.
News 7 is next.
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[SOT at top]
[IN Q=We do feel it's important at this time...]
((WE DO FEEL IT'S IMPORTANT AT THIS TIME TO REMIND ALL THE WARRING FACTIONS OF THESE INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED PRINCIPLES.))
[OUT Q=these internationally accepted principles.]
It's been said all's fair in love and war.
But United Nations officials are concerned the war on terrorism is becoming bloodier than it needs to be.
Even as word spreads of a possible Taliban surrender there are fears anti-Taliban forces are using the opportunity to engage in revenge killings.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
Jean is off tonight.
The time for surrender is apparently near..
Top Taliban officials say forces in Afghanistan will lay down their weapons before the weekend is over.
If they do give up, it's unclear what will happen to Osama bin Laden's fighters there.
The fall of Kunduz (KUHN'-dooz) could yield some of bin Laden's aides and top Taliban officials
Some in the northern alliance say they'll face trial -- others say death.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Jim/Newspath]
Jim Acosta is live in Washington DC with more.
[***ROLLED FROM NEWSPATH***]
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[IN Q=American pilots sent a missile...]
[SUPER=01-Abdullah Abdullah/Northern Alliance Foreign Minister; 28]
[OUT Q=DROP THEIR WEAPONS, ON SUNDAY.]
((AMERICAN PILOTS SENT A MISSILE WITH A MESSAGE... 'HAPPY THANKSGIVING OSAMA BIN LADEN.'
BUT IT MISSED THE INTENDED TARGET.
U-S COMMANDERS SAY BIN LADEN IS STILL ON THE RUN.
(nats - taliban)
SOME 15-THOUSAND BIN LADEN LOYALISTS ARE STANDING THEIR GROUND... REFUSING TO GIVE UP THE LAST NORTHERN AFGHAN CITY OF KUNDUZ.
(Nats - bombs)
SO B-52 BOMBERS CONTINUE TO STRIKE FOREIGN FIGHTERS, AS THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE NEGOTIATES A SURRENDER.
SOT: Abdullah Abdullah, Northern Alliance Foreign Minister
We hope that negotiations will work but if they don't we'll have to go for a military option."
(nats - missles)
THAT MILITARY OPTION EXERCISED WITH EACH ROCKET FIRED, IN THE VILLAGE OF MAIDAN SHAHR.
BULLETS SENT TALIBAN FIGHTERS SCRAMBLING FOR COVER AND LOCAL RESIDENTS
HEADING FOR THE HILLS.
(nats - fighters climbing)
NORTHERN ALLIANCE SOLDIERS ARE CLIMBING THE COUNTRYSIDE, FIGHTING FOR POSITIONS -- TO TAKE OUT THE ENEMY.
(nats - protests)
IN NEIGHBORING PAKISTAN, A CROWD OF ANTI-AMERICAN PROTESTERS MARCHED IN
THE STREETS, PARADING PORTRAITS OF BIN LADEN.
TURNOUT AT DEMONSTRATIONS HAS DWINDLED, MATCHING THE EROSION OF THE
TALIBAN'S POWER, ON THE BATTLEFIELD.
(nats - tanks)
AT NIGHTFALL, OPPOSITION FORCES MOVED CLOSER TO KUNDUZ, PREPARING FOR AN EXPECTED SURRENDER OF TALIBAN FIGHTERS.
REBEL COMMANDERS SAY TALIBAN TROOPS ARE PLANNING TO DROP THEIR WEAPONS,
(adlib toss back)
Officials in Connecticut want to know whether any recent anthrax deaths in that state have gone unnoticed.
They're asking hospitals to review the deaths of patients who had pneumonia or flu-like symptoms following September eleventh.
The request comes after the death of Oxford resident Ottilie (oh-TIL'-ee) Lundgren Wednesday.
The 94-year-old woman is the fifth person to die of anthrax.
Investigators who started their search at area post offices are still trying to figure out how she got
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[IN Q=It's good news that we've not found...]
((GOV. JOHN ROWLAND/CONNECTICUT; ITS GOOD NEWS THAT WE'VE NOT FOUND ANY PROBLEMS AT THE TWO MAIL FACILITIES. ITS GOOD NEWS FOR THE EMPLOYEES AND OTHER PERSONNEL. THE BAD NEWS IS FROM AN INVESTIGATIVE STANDPOINT WE STILL ARE FRUSTRATED AT NOT FINDING OUT THE SOURCE OF THE ANTHRAX.))
[SUPER=01-Gov. John Rowland/Connecticut;]
[OUT Q=the source of the anthrax.]
Governor Rowland is urging the public not to panic.
He says ``everybody should go about their business.''
Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg is another step closer to becoming the city's sixth historic district.
A recent poll of 380 property owners along the Avenue show they support the move by a vote of 115 to 67... nearly a third of them did not respond to the survey.
Preservationists have been pushing to designate a three-mile stretch of Rivermont as a historic district.
Supporters say it would help prevent older buildings from being torn down or radically altered and would also boost overall property values.
Opponents say historic districts infringe on property owners' basic rights.
City council is expected to discuss the survey results at its work session next Tuesday.
Council could vote on the district sometime next year.
Lynchburg is also looking to disentangle itself from a lawsuit the Reverend Jerry Falwell filed against the state of Virginia.
Falwell is challenging a centuries-old part of the state constitution that prohibits churches from incorporating and from owning more than 15 acres of land.
The laws were originally created to keep churches from becoming too powerful.. only Virginia and West Virginia still have them on the books.
Lynchburg currently limits church property to 50 acres or less.. next week city council will decide whether to do away with the ordinance in order to have the city dropped as a defendant in Falwell's lawsuit.
A hearing on the suit has not been scheduled.
[GRAPHIC=I-81 Deadly Accident]
Troopers say speed apparently caused the crash that killed three foreign students and injured another on Interstate 81 last night.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Last Night;]
Two men and a woman were passengers in a 2002 Ford Explorer that crashed on southbound I-81 near the Arcadia exit in Botetourt County.
They were thrown from the S-U-V as it went airborne and rolled several times into the opposite lanes just before 11 o'clock.
The 28-year-old driver is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The three killed were believed to be students at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina and were from the People's Republic of China.
Charges are pending.
Nearly three thousand fans came out for the Roanoke Dazzle game tonight.
Those numbers are by no means a slam dunk.
But team officials have a game plan to change that.
Justin McLeod shows how the team plans to win the fans over.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of dance squad cheering]
[SUPER=01-Stuart Light/Dazzle Fan; :09]
[SUPER=01-Donna Daniels/Dazzle Team President; :29]
[SUPER=01-Tamara Johnson/Dazzle Fan; 1:22 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Letitia Smith/Dazzle Fan; 1:26 (QUICK)]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF DANCE SQUAD CHEERING))
The enthusiasm is definitely there for the Dazzle but are the fans there to see it?
[IN Q=I wouldn't expect to be a packed]
((STUART LIGHT/FAN: I WOULDN'T EXPECT IT TO BE A PACKED HOUSE RIGHT OFF THE BAT, ROANOKE DAZZLE, WHO'S EVER HEARD OF THEM.))
[OUT Q=heard of them]
Not many it seems.
The Civic Center can accommodate more than 7500 fans.
But the largest crowd so far for a Dazzle home game is just under three thousand.
Team officials hope word of mouth will change that.
[IN Q=When people leave this arena]
((DONNA DANIELS/TEAM PRESIDENT: WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE THIS ARENA THEY'RE JUST SO EXCITED AND HAPPY AND WE KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO GO HOME AND TELL THEIR FRIENDS AND THEIR FAMILY TO COME OUT AND WATCH A DAZZLE GAME.))
[OUT Q=watch a Dazzle game]
Promotions will also help.
At this game, each fan received a free Britney Spears poster.
To attract a younger crowd.
[IN Q=From here the team]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: FROM HERE THE TEAM HITS THE ROAD FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. TEAM OFFICIALS WILL USE THAT TIME TO REEVALUATE WHAT'S WORKING AND WHAT'S NOT. AND IN THE COMING MONTHS, THEY PLAN TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE FANS BY CONDUCTING FAN SURVEYS.))
[OUT Q=conducting fan surveys]
((NAT SOUND OF FANS CHEERING))
Team officials believe fan involvement is the key to a winning season.
The dance squad performs throughout the game, not just at half-time.
Free give-aways and contests are constant.
And if you like to be pampered, you can check out the courtside club where someone will wait on you hand and foot.
Fans like these extras but believe one simple thing will make everyone happy.
[SOT 47:35; 45:58]
[IN Q=In the future, we'll see]
((TAMARA JOHNSON/DAZZLE FAN: IN THE FUTURE, WE'LL SEE MORE PEOPLE COME OUT IF WE HAVE A WINNING SEASON.))
((LETITIA SMITH/FAN: ONCE THE TEAM STARTS WINNING A LOT MORE THAT A LOT MORE PEOPLE WILL COME OUT.))
[OUT Q=people will come out]
Its a game plan both team officials and fans can agree on.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
We knew it would be a big day for shoppers... but one area mall says it was a record!
We'll brave Black Friday when News 7 returns.
Plus it can be a traumatic part of childhood, but new research could make cavities a thing of the past.
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[IN Q="Hey sports fans...]
[OUT Q=....in sports."]
((Hey sports fans I'm Roy Stanley and here's what's happening tonight the high football regional finals kicked off tonight James Madison ends its season with a win over Liberty, Colorado scored the most points ever scored on Nebraska in a win over the Cornhuskers Jeff Gordon and Robby Gordon hook up in the New Hampshire 400.
All that and more coming up in sports.))
For generations, cavities have been part of life: an occupational hazard of childhood.
But that could be changing.
[SUPER=03-Red Bank, NJ]
Contrary to popular belief cavities are
not caused only by sugar... they are the result of a bacterial infection.
That's why the newest technology to fight them is a vaccine.
But unlike traditional vaccines that require a shot in the arm... this one is a nasal spray.
And while many dentists welcome the technology... they say don't throw your child's toothbrush just yet.
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[IN Q=We don't want to]
((BILL LIEBERMAN/PEDIATRIC DENTIST; WE DON'T WANT TO MISLEAD ANYBODY INTO THINKING THAT IT'S AROUND THE CORNER AND THEY CAN AVOID TAKING CARE OF THEIR CHILDREN'S TEETH BECAUSE NEXT WEEK THERE'S GOING TO BE A VACCINE FOR THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Lieberman/Pediatric Dentist; :03]
[OUT Q=vaccine for them.]
The vaccine has been safely and successfully tested in young adults.
Researchers hope to begin clinical trials on one year olds soon.
An accidental gunshot rang out at a Texas airport this afternoon, causing some jitters but no injuries.
A man checking his hunting rifle at the Delta Airlines Ticket Counter was showing the ticket agent that the gun was not loaded when it accidentally fired.
The bullet went through a window and landed in a planter.
No one was injured and airport operations weren't interrupted.
Officials have decided not to file charges against the man.
Recession or no recession, holiday shoppers hit area malls in full force today.
Gifts flying off the shelves this year include anything bearing red, white, and blue... women's flag pins and men's flag ties for example.
Tanglewood Mall reported a steady stream of shoppers today.
The crowds picked up toward the afternoon when shoppers got tired of long lines at Valley View.
That mall saw a record number of shoppers thanks to dozens of new storefronts.
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[IN Q=Valley View is]
((LAURA STANLEY: VALLEY VIEW IS THE BUSIEST MALL I'VE BEEN INTO TODAY. TANGLEWOOD WAS STILL PACKED BUT VALLEY VIEW HAS ALL THE STORES EVERYONE WANTS TO CLOTHS FROM LIKE ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH AND AREOPOSTALE AND EVERYTHING.))
[SUPER=01-Laura Stanley/Holiday Shopper]
[OUT Q=and everthing.]
Valley View Mall also added valet parking.
The two dollars charged to park each car benefits the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge.
The unprecedented popularity of the "O Brother Where Art thou" soundtrack tunred 2001 into a banner year for bluegrass.
Joe Dashiell reports on a bluegrass revival that's taken the music mainstream.
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[IN Q=Ferrum resident]
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN/Country Music Assoc. - CBS; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dan Tyminski/Alison Krauss and Union Station; :17]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./November 3; :32]
[SUPER=01-Del McCoury/The Del McCoury Band; :42]
[SUPER=01-Chris Thile/Nickel Creek; :1:10]
[OUT Q=JD News 7]
((Ferrum resident Dan Tyminski has been riding the bluegrass boom since the O Brother soundtrack was released late last year.
[NAT SOUND OF CMA PERFORMANCE]
[IN Q=It's a record that was recorded]
((IT'S A RECORD THAT WAS RECORDED WITH A BUNCH OF PEOPLE, WITH NO HEADPHONES, NO OVERDUBS, NO STUDIO TRICKERY, NO HIDDEN EFFECTS, NO SECRETS, IT IS COMPLETELY HONEST. IT'S A GROUP OF GUYS STANDING IN A HALF CIRCLE PLAYING AROUND ONE MICROPHONE.))
[OUT Q=playing around a microphone.]
Members of the Del McCoury band aren't featured on the "O Brother" soundtrack, but their popularity has never been greater, playing to younger, more diverse audiences.
[SOT MCCOURY 48:08]
[IN Q=It seems this music]
((IT SEEMS THIS MUSIC HAS MORE OF A CROSS SECTION OF PEOPLE THAN ANY FORM OF MUSIC AND I'VE NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY. THERE ARE A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE, TOO, NOWADAYS THAT ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN THIS MUSIC ENOUGH TO TRY TO LEARN TO PLAY IT.))
[OUT Q=to learn to play it.]
Perhaps no band better represents the future of bluegrass than the group Nickel Creek.
[NAT SOUND OF BAND AT CMA]
Mandolin player, Chris Thile, says he isn't surprised by the "O Brother" bandwagon.
[SOT THILE 44:11]
[IN Q=A song like Man of Constant Sorrow]
((A SONG LIKE MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW TRANSCENDS ANY KIND OF RADIO BOUNDARIES, AND IT DOESN'T NEED ANY KIND OF RADIO AIRPLAY FOR PEOPLE TO GO, THAT'S REAL. THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO LISTEN TO.))
[OUT Q=what I want to listen to.]
And if these musicians have anything to do with it... bluegrass music they'll want to listen to, for years to come.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
It took four hours and a lot of grit to break this world's record.
Still ahead on News 7, meet the man who got 171 piercings today.
And it's easy to tell what this family thinks about Osama Bin Laden.
But the state of Ohio wants them to say it some other way.
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[Web Address Announce]
Ohio calls it an expression of hate... against one of the world's most hated men.
Ralph Pittman wanted to display his dislike for Osama Bin Laden by sporting the vanity plates "Bye Bin" and "Die Bin" on his two cars.
And although the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles issued the plates, it's now revoking the "Die Bin" plate.
Pittman and his family say the state's action is a lock on their freedom.
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[IN Q=Our president has said]
((RALPH PITTMAN; OUR PRESIDENT HAS SAID HIMSELF WE WANT HIM DEAD OR ALIVE. I MEAN, I'VE WATCHED HIS SPEECH ON TV AND THAT'S JUST SAYING EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID. WE'RE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WE SHOULD BE ALLOWED SAYING WHAT WE WANT BECAUSE WE HAVE THE RIGHT OF SPEECH.))
[SUPER=01-Ralph Pittman; :01]
[OUT Q=right of speech.]
Pittman plans to appeal the decision to Ohio's governor and says if it's necessary, he'll take the case all the way to President Bush himself.
Tree experts say even with recent dry conditions there are plenty of evergreens to choose from this Christmas.
Supply is unaffected by the dry-spell according to Lacie's Garden Center Owner Todd Walters.
Walters says trees take years to mature and were planted long before the dry conditions.
He says the only difference may be a small change in quality because the trees are under "drought stress."
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[IN Q=you can see]
((TODD WALTERS/LACIE'S GARDEN CENTER OWNER; YOU CAN SEE THE COLOR OF THIS TREE ITS STILL GOT A GOOD COLOR IT MAY DROP ITS INNER NEEDLES A LITTLE SOONER BUT THE TREE QUALITY IS STILL THERE IT'S JUST IMPORTANT TO GET THE TREE IN WATER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Walters/Lacie's Garden Center Owner; ]
[OUT Q=AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.]
Walters says companies that buy from local growers provide quality trees because they're cut only days before being put up for sale.
This was regional championship Friday and the Group Three A, division six, Northwest regional crown was decided way up in Woodbridge where GW Danville had to battle talented CD Hylton.
[SUPER=03-Woodbridge/G.W. Danville vs. C. D. Hylton; :00]
The Eagles had to cut short their Thanksgiving to make the trek to northern Virginia.
The George Washington defenders did their best to keep things from getting completely out of hand. The Bulldogs are going to the air and the endzone, but Donald Lyons picks of the pass. The Eagles keep it close early.
[SUPER=36-G.W. Danville/0/C. D. Hylton/35;]
But C.D. Hylton was just too tough. The Bulldogs' defense gets its own interception. Ben Harrison takes the pick all the way back for the score. CD Hylton ends Danville's season with a 35-to-nothing win.
The Big game was up in Pulaski County tonight as the Cougars took on Blue Ridge District rival Salem.
And Pulaski wins the game 40 to 14 and here's a look and some of other high school scores.
[IN Q="First score.....]
[OUT Q=...last score.:]
[SUPER=55-Grundy/14/Graham/45/GW Danville/0/C. D. Hylton/35/Floyd Co./17/Chilhowie/14;]
[SUPER=55-Salem/13/Pulaski Co./40/Deep Creek/41/Kellam/3/Hampton/15/Phoebus/46;]
[SUPER=55-Highland Springs/28/PH-Ashland/34/Thomas Dale/15/Varina/14/Mount Vernon/21/James Madison/6;]
[SUPER=55-Harrisonburg/21/Ft. Defiance/7/Magna Vista/16/Marion/22/Wm. Campbell/33/Strasburg/35;]
[SUPER=55-Gate City/Sat/Powell Valley/1:30/Appalachia/Sat/St. Paul/1:30/Galax/Sat/Bath Co./1:00;]
[SUPER=55-Madison/Sat/Buffalo Gap/1:30/Sussex Central/Sat/Mathews/1:30/Essex/Sat/Washington & Lee/1:30;]
Liberty University and James Madison weren't supposed to play each other this year because of the September 11th terrorist attacks. But the Dukes and Flames wrapped up their seasons today in Lynchburg.
Liberty's defense held the Dukes scoreless through the first half..
L-U was without its senior quarterback Biff Parsons who had a sprained wrist..
It was also a homecoming of sorts for former Liberty HIGH SCHOOL star Robert Carson playing his final game in a Dukes uniform..
After an exchange of turnovers, the Flames would strike first.. J.K. Scott finds Travis Burns.. Burns with the nice move to get free, 26 yards for the score and it's 7-nothing Liberty..
J-M-U would answer, the handoff goes to number 20, Rondell Bradley, he finds a hole and he's gone.. 65 yards to tie it up at 7 midway through the third quarter..
Ken Karcher on the sidelines, wondering how to motivate his troops..
J-M-U with the ball again, Mike Connelly would call his own number six times on this drive, the last one would be good for a 15- yard score, Dukes on top 14-7..
Less than a minute left, Liberty with a first and goal, Scott looking to loft it up for Daniel Thomas in the end zone but Quentin Collins picks it off.. J-M-U holds on for just its second win of the season.. Liberty finishes at 3-and-8.
Nebraska's national title hopes may have faded today. 14-th ranked Colorado scored the most points ever scored on Nebraska in a 62 to 36 win over the Huskers.
[SUPER=03-Boulder, CO/ABC SPORTS; :]
The Buffaloes were up 35 to 3 early in the second quarter.
Bobby Purify gets the party started when he takes the handoff and scores on the 39 yard run to make it 7 to nothing. Purify rushed for 154 yards.
But Colorado's Chris Brown ran for 198 yards and a school record six touchdowns in the 62 to 36 win. Colorado will face either Texas or Oklahoma in the conference title game.
[GRAPHIC=STAGG BOWL ]
The road to the Stagg Bowl begins tomorrow afternoon for unbeaten Bridgewater College.
The Eagles host Trinity University from San Antonio in a rematch of last year's postseason shootout that the Eagles lost in overtime.
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[SUPER=01-Devon Cruz/Bridgewater Tailback; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael Clark/Bridgewater Head Coach; :15]
[SUPER=01-Marcus Richardson/Bridgewater Wide Receiver;:]
[OUT Q=....last year so."]
Tomorrow's game kicks-off at Noon at Jopson Field.
Robby Gordon literally pushed his way to his first Winston Cup win taking the checkered flag in the New Hampshire 300.
[SUPER=03-Loudon, NH/TNT SPORTS; :]
Tires became a concern when the weather in New Hampshire was much warmer than expected.
But Points champion Jeff Gordon had no problems with tires. He cruised all day leading 257 of the 300 laps.
Then with 17 laps to go and the cars bumper to bumper Robby Gordon hit Jeff in the rear causing him to spin and hit Mike Wallace in the number 12 car.
Gordon was just a little bit upset and he retaliates by hitting Robby in the rear while the cars were running under the caution flag.
Robby would hold on and take the checkered flag for his first Winston Cup win but Jeff was not to happy about the incident that probably cost him the race.
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[IN Q="I was mad......]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Finished 16th; :00]
[SUPER=01-Robby Gordon/New Hampshire 300 Winner; :16]
[OUT Q=......him cleaned."]
Sterling Marlin was second, Bobby Labonte third, Matt Kenseth fourth and Tony Stewart fifth.
The Roanoke Dazzle was back at the Roanoke Civic Center tonight for a game against Fayetteville.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Dazzle vs Patriots; :]
3-thousand fans showed up as former N-B-A star Tiny Archibald brought his Patriots to Roanoke.
Fayetteville got a good start Greg Stempin to Terrell McIntyre who goes back to Stempin for the layup.
Roanoke then works its big men. Artie Griffin tosses it inside to Lorenzo Coleman for the easy layup.
[SUPER=34-Roanoke/86/Fayetteville/85/2 Overtimes; :]
Then moments later Griffin goes to Thomas Hamilton who throws down the jam and the Dazzle wins it 86 to 85 in 2 overtimes.
The Roanoke Express blew a lead in the third period tonight and Toledo downs the Express 5 to 3.
Roanoke led 3 to 2 after 2 but Toledo scored three straight goals in the third period to get the win.
The Express travels to Dayton tomorrow night.
It's a painful record to break, but one college student's done it.
21 year-old Matt Brown now holds the Guiness record for the most body piercings in one day.
Brown endured hours of pain in front of a huge crowd to finish with 171 new piercings... beating the old record by 81.
And he did it all without anesthetic.