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A Massachusetts company claims to have cloned the first human embryo....
Families make their final pilgrimage to a popular Montgomery County Christmas tree farm...
Plus, Ellen Qualls takes a look at gubernatorial elections-- past and present...
News 7 is next.
[IN Q = THERE'S ]
((THERE'S HUNDREDS DEAD HERE AND I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY AMERICANS ARE DEAD.))
[out q= i'm not sure.]
An American soldier is caught in the crossfire-- as hundreds of Osama bin Laden's supporters stage a riot in a northern alliance prison.
[GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 AT 11]
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
[GRAPHIC=Op. Enduring Freedom]
The Pentagon says no Americans were killed in the uprising...
But reports say hundreds of pro-Taliban prisoners of war were killed as soldiers worked to restore order.
Jim Acosta has more on the uprising and search for bin Laden.
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[IN Q=Waves of ]
[SUPER=141-Dr. Abdullah Abdullah/Northern Alliance Foreign Minister; :43]
[SUPER=141-Michael Huggins/World Food Program; 1:04]
[SUPER=141-Jim Acosta/CBS News; 1:18]
[OUT Q=CBS News.]
nats file of Chinook
WAVES OF U-S CHINOOK HELICOPTERS -- LIKE THESE SEEN HERE -- ARE SAID TO
BE STREAMING INTO THE TALIBAN'S LAST SOUTHERN REFUGE -- KANDAHAR --
CARRYING GROUND TROOPS AND ARMORED VEHICLES.
U-S FORCES BELIEVE OSAMA BIN LADEN COULD BE HIDING IN KANDAHAR --
PROTECTED BY THOUSANDS OF HIS NON-AFGHAN FOLLOWERS.
nats of prison uprising
BIN-LADEN LOYALISTS TRIED TO BLAST THEIR WAY OUT OF A PRISON NEAR THE
CITY OF MAZAR-E-SHARIF on sunday -- FIRING ON NORTHERN ALLIANCE SOLDIERS.
U-S AIRCRAFT FLEW IN TO QUASH THE UPRISING.
"There are hundreds of dead here at least. I don't know how many
Americans are dead. I think one was killed, I'm not sure."
nats of Kunduz
THOSE P-O-W'S WERE CAPTURED IN THE BATTLE OVER KUNDUZ -- WHICH IS NOW
SAID TO BE IN NORTHERN ALLIANCE HANDS.
THE ALLIANCE SAYS IT'S A MATTER OF DAYS BEFORE THE TALIBAN LOSES ALL
CONTROL OVER AFGHANISTAN.
SOT: DR. ABDULLAH ABDULLAH/NORTHERN ALLIANCE FOREIGN MINISTER: (from
face the nation) "The beginning of the end has already started, they
(the taliban) are only contained in a small area, in southern
(nats of hospital)
THE FIGHTING IS TAKING ITS TOLL.
THE WOUNDED ARE PILING UP IN THIS WAR HOSPITAL NEAR KUNDUZ.
(NATS OF man using a pulley, to bring food across a river, UN planes -
sacks of flour, food)
BUT THE VICTORIES ON THE BATTLEFIELD ARE OPENING UP FOOD LINES TO
SOT: MICHAEL HUGGINS, WORLD FOOD PROGRAM (11:08:30) "Many of the people
have come here from extremely remote locations, walking up to three days
to receive their rations."
HUMANITARIAN WORKERS ARE RUSHING TO REACH ISOLATED VILLAGES WITH ENOUGH
FOOD TO CARRY THOSE PEOPLE THROUGH THE FIERCE WINTER THAT'S COMING.))
A Massachusettes research company says it's cloned the first human embryo.
[VO-NAT 20:27:10 ]
Advanced Cell Technology says its work is aimed at producing
genetically matched replacement cells for patients with a wide range of diseases.
[in q= I think the medical ]
((MICHAEL WEST/ADVANCED CELL TECHNOLOGY CEO: I THINK THE MEDICAL APPLICATIONS COULD BE SO DRAMATIC AND THEY'RE SO COMPLELLING THAT FRANKLY WE DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT NOR DO WE HAVE ANY INTEREST IN CLOINING OF A HUMAN BEING.))
[super=01-Michael West/Advanced Cell Technology CEO; ]
[OUT Q= OF A HUMAN BEING.]
But some lawmakers worry about the implications.
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[IN Q=All of us are ]
((ALL OF US ARE INTERESTED IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH BECAUSE WE BENEFIT
FROM IT, BUT THIS IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE, WE BETTER BE CAREFUL.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Richard Shelby/(R) Alabama; ]
[OUT Q= we better be careful.]
Several states, including California, have banned human cloning.
Congress is considering a similar measure.
The Halifax County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in a Thanksgiving day murder at an American Legion post.
Deputies arrested 23 year old Allen Fallen, 29 year old Eric Shawn Edmonds, and 20 year old Wendell Williams.
The three, who're from South Boston, are accused of killing Thomas Jackson.
Deputies are still looking for another suspect, Quindell Williams.
The investigation is continuing, and police say additional arrests are expected.
Thanks to this weekend's rain, the fire danger in our region has gone from extreme to low.
Virginia's Department of Forestry says any amount helps but this weekend's rain only soaked the surface of the soil.
Several days of rain are needed before we are completely out of the woods.
After all, we are still more than 14 inches below normal rainfall for this year.
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[IN Q=What we got strictly]
((CHRIS THOMSEN/REGIONAL RESOURCE FORESTER: WHAT WE GOT IS STRICTLY A SURFACE WETNESS. THE BURNING BAN REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL JUNE 30TH AND AGAIN ITS GOING TO TAKE SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL OR SNOWFALL BEFORE THE EVENT CHANGES AND HIGH WINDS, WARMER TEMPERATURES WE COULD BE RIGHT BACK IN THE SAME SITUATION BUT AGAIN WE'RE HOPING FOR A CLIMATIC CHANGE AND THE WEATHER FORECAST AT LEAST FOR THE COMING WEEK IS LOOKING PRETTY FAVORABLE.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Thomsen/Regional Resource Forester]
[OUT Q=looking pretty favorable]
Forestry officials will decide tomorrow whether it's safe to send National Guard troops home who were called up to help battle the fires.
Since January first, the Department of Forestry has seen more than 23-hundred woodland fires which have burned more than 18-thousand acres.
The holiday weekend is quickly drawing to a close....
This year-- Triple-A predicted 87-percent would travel by car rather than an airplane this Thanksgiving.
Even so, long lines and some delays greeted passengers at Roanoke Regional Airport today.
They also saw an increased security prescence as National Guardsmen continue to patrol the airport.
Many travelers admitted to feeling uneasy flying home this Thanksgiving.
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[SOT 10:47; 14:13]
[IN Q=A little bit awkward]
((KATI DRZEWIANOWKSI/TRAVELER: A LITTLE BIT AWKWARD, A LOT OF SECURITY MEASURES THAT HAVE GONE UP AND ITS JUST A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS AT FIRST BUT IT JUST WHAT HAPPENS I GUESS.))
((MIKE ANGELLO/TRAVELER: ID'S SHOWN MULTIPLE TIMES WHERE AS IT ONLY ONCE BEFORE. AS FAR, I HAD TO PATTED DOWN A COUPLE OF TIMES IN DALLAS FORT WORTH AND THATS JUST NOT SOMETHING I AM USED TO.))
[SUPER=01-Kati Drzewianowski/Traveler; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Agnello/Traveler; :11]
[OUT Q=I am used to]
Airport officials had hoped to re-open the short-term parking lot but the F-A-A has not approved the plan yet.
No word yet on when that parking lot may re-open.
All good things must come to an end.
Each year, thousands travel to a Mongtomery County tree farm to pick and cut their own Christmas tree.
But this will be its last.
Justin McLeod tells us why.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of chain saw]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :07]
[SUPER=07-Rocky West; :16 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=07-Jay West; :19 (HOT CHANGE)]
[SUPER=01-Ricky Bailey/Larsen's Friend; :37]
[SUPER=07-Dale Hemberger; 1:12]
[SUPER=07-Mary Hemberger; 1:26]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Montgomery County]
((((NAT SOUND OF CHAIN SAW))
It's a familiar sound every Christmas here at Larsen's tree farm in Riner.
But soon the chainsaw's will become silent.
The farm is closing for good.
[SOT 14:14:57; 14:16:58]
[IN Q=I almost cried]
((ROCKY WEST: I ALMOST CRIED AND MY HUSBAND SAID NO CRYING, SO I'M TRYING NOT TO.))
((JAY WEST: I'D LIKE FOR HIM TO HAVE IT A FEW YEARS OPEN TO COME GET A TREE, BUT OTHER THAN THAT, THIS IS WHAT HE WANTED.))
[OUT Q=what we wanted]
He, is owner Bill Larsen.
For more than twenty five years, he opened his tree farm to the public.
But last year would be his last, he died in February of cancer.
[IN Q=The main thing]
((RICKY BAILEY/BILL'S FRIEND: THE MAIN THING HE LOVED THE CUSTOMERS. HE LOVED THIS TIME OF THE YEAR AND HAVING ALL THE PEOPLE HERE. THAT'S WHY HE WANTED TO PEOPLE TO HAVE ONE LAST CHANCE TO COME BACK.))
[OUT Q=to come back]
And so they will.
The tree farm will be open every weekend until December 23rd.
[IN Q=This maybe the last year]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THIS MAYBE THE LAST YEAR YOU CAN COME AND CUT YOUR OWN TREE HERE AT LARSEN'S TREE FARM BUT THIS PLACE WILL ACTUALLY BE AROUND FOR SEVERAL YEARS TO COME. THAT'S BECAUSE BEFORE HE DIED, BILL LARSEN MADE HIS WISHES VERY CLEAR, HE WANTED THIS PLACE TO BE COME A NATURE PRESERVE.))
[OUT Q=come a nature preserve]
((NAT SOUND OF GEESE))
All 57 acres will become just that within the next ten years.
[IN Q=The idea that it]
((DALE HEMBERGER: THE IDEA THAT IT WILL BECOME A NATURAL FOREST IS REALLY NEAT AND WHAT YOU WOULD REALLY WANT I THINK.))
[OUT Q=want I think]
But many admit they'll miss a tradition that for some goes back several years.
[IN Q=Its as closest]
((MARY HEMBERGER: ITS AS CLOSEST TO A NATURAL SETTING TO CUTTING A TREE THAT YOU'RE GOING TO GET IN A URBAN ENVIRONMENT.))
[OUT Q=urban environment]
Its an environment everyone will miss but one that will be here for many years to come.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Montgomery County.))
Still ahead, after today the N-F-C East is up for grabs. The Redskins knock off the Eagles, and the Giants get pounded by the Raiders... Roy Stanley will have highlights...
but before that, an airplane crash in Switzerland is hitting closer to home. We'll have details, stay with us.
An american singer is one of 24 people who died in a plane crash yesterday in Switzerland.
A German record company says Melanie Thornton of Atlanta was NOT among the nine survivors.
Thornton was flying to Zurich for radio and television appearances to promote her new single.
Workers have recovered the flight recorders from the burned Crossair jetliner.
It crashed a few miles short of the runway last night near Zurich.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Feedback]
A complaint about using a nickname for Thanksgiving tops our viewer mail this week.
Here's Feedback with assignment editor Joe McKean.
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[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :05]
[People eating Thanksgiving dinner]
Some people may refer to Thanksgiving as "Turkey Day". But that offends a couple of viewers in Bath County. (Bill and Dana Hodges).
"It is totally disgusting to hear the news media refer to Thanksgiving as Turkey Day. What kind of message are you sending to your listeners? Those responsible for such an irritating, unpatriotic and irresponsible comment should be required to participate in an inservice to remind them what Thanksgiving really stands for, and what sacrifices our forefathers made so we can live in a free country, a country that is willing to fight for its freedom."
A viewer in Coleman Falls (J.L. Gregory) is unhappy about what he's seeing and NOT seeing on WDBJ-7.
"For several months I have complained about CBS losing the NASCAR racing coverage contract for the next seven seaons....someone thought that the program "Survivor" was more important than a presidential address during a time of war...Then, to cap things off I was watching the Early Show when an exclusive interview with the father of Mohammad Atta was announced. I considered this timing to be a slap in the face to all the veterans and terrorist victims in the United States during a time that is reserved to salute our veterans. I hope that the programming of Channel Seven will soon improve as well as the decisions of CBS. It would be a shame to lose one of our most senior local television stations."
Send your comments to us by US mail...fax...or e-mail.
Joe McKean, News-7.
Still ahead on News 7 at 11... It used to be as easy as signing your name.
As a new man prepares to go to work in the Virginia Governor's office, we'll see how the changing of the guard has changed over the last 400 years.
For nearly four hundred years now, Virginia governors have had different ways to make their presence known in Richmond.
The early inaugurations were simple, but that has given way to more extravagance.
So as Virginia gears up for its next inauguration, the Library of Virginia decided to look back.
Ellen Qualls has more on the glitz and glamour.
[IN Q=Every four years, the new governor]
[SUPER=01-Brent Tarter/Library of Virginia; :00]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(([sot tape 16:07:38 ]
((BRENT TARTER/LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA: EVERY FOUR YEARS, THE NEW GOVERNOR COMES TO TOWN AND STAYS IN A HOTEL. ON THE MORNING OF HIS INAUGURATION, THE OLD GOVERNOR GETS IN A CAR AND GOES TO THE HOTEL AND PICKS HIM UP. THEY HAVE A BIG PARADE THROUGH THE CITY. THEY END UP AT THE CAPITOL.))
That's the way we do it now.
Library of Virginia researcher Brent Tarter is asked a barrage of questions every four years, inspiring him to find some new facts this time.
Like, this isn't how Virginia's always done it.
Before the end of the 19th century:
[sot tape 16:08:19 ]
((BRENT TARTER/LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA: NEW GOVERNOR CAME TO TOWN, SIGNED AN OATH OF OFFICE, AND WENT TO WORK. THERE WAS NO CEREMONY, NO PARADE, NO NOTHING. DIDN'T EVEN GET MENTIONED IN THE NEWSPAPER.))
The first inaugural speech was a whopper, at more than 45 minutes in length.
That was Governor William "Extra Billy" Smith's speech in 1864.
This is a rare early outdoor ceremony -- Frederick Holliday in 1878.
They didn't do parades like James Price's in 1934, until the 1890s.
The first ball was in 1886... a tradition begun by Fitzhugh Lee, but NOT done again until groovy 1970, when Linwood Holton became Virginia's first modern Republican governor.
The Library can't explain the significance of the V-8 cans.
The first broadcast on radio and amplified for the crowd was Harry Flood Byrd's in 1926.
In 1946, new Governor Colgate Darden actually drove his own car home to Norfolk.
Amidst all the pomp and circumstance, there have been such human moments, one observed wryly in 1982 by Chuck Robb.
[sot tape OLD STOCK ONE 1:17:36 ]
((THEN WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND ON THE BIBLE, RIGHT HAND RAISED ... CHUCK ROBB: LEFT HAND? HAHAHAHA.))
[runs= 06 ]
The inauguration of Doug Wilder in 1990 was an all-new spectacle.
Crowds that had numbered at 10 or 15 thousand in years past swelled to 30 thousand.
[sot tape 16:11:49 ]
((BRENT TARTER/LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA: I THINK WILDER'S WAS BY THE FAR THE MOST WIDELY ATTENDED INAUGURATION. IT WAS AN HISTORIC EVENT. THAT FIRST CAN NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.))
[runs= 08 ]
The election of the grandson of slaves made Virginia unique among American states as the only still to elect an African-American governor.
[sot tape 98-1 20:08 ]
((GOV. DOUG WILDER: SO THAT I CAN SAY TO YOU TODAY THAT I AM A SON OF VIRGINIA! THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.))
After 12 years of Democratic rule, Republican George Allen set a revolutionary tone -- making his inauguration not only the coldest recorded temperature in Virginia inaugural history... but pretty cold in tone.
[sot tape 94-3 31:33 ]
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: UNDER THE HEAVY GRIMY BOOT OF EXCESSIVE TAXATION AND SPENDING AND REGULATION... applause...YOU'RE NOT CHEERING FOR THE HEAVY GRIMY BOOT, YOU'RE WANTING TO GET IT OFF YOUR NECK, I UNDERSTAND.))
[sot tape 16:11:32 ]
((BRENT TARTER/LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA: SO FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER, GEORGE ALLEN HAD THE FIRST HOE-DOWN. AND PROBABLY THE FIRST GOVERNOR TO WEAR FORMAL ATTIRE AND COWBOY BOOTS AT THE SAME TIME.))
[runs= 09 ]
Four years ago, Jim Gilmore stuck with the excessive taxation theme, with another direct appeal to pocketbooks of the people.
[sot tape 98-1 20:53]
((GILMORE: WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DECIDE HOW WE SPEND OUR OWN MONEY!))
[sot tape 16:12:43 ]
((BRENT TARTER/LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA: IN THE COLONIAL PERIOD HE WAS A CREATURE OF THE CROWN. HE SWORE AN OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE KING OR THE QUEEN. SINCE 1776, THE GOVERNOR HAS SWORN AN ALLEGIANCE TO THE CONSTITUTION AND TO THE PEOPLE. AND THE SUBSTANCE OF THAT HAS NOT CHANGED. IT'S AN OATH OF OFFICE TO DO RIGHT.))
Mark Robert Warner takes his oath January 12th -- the first Virginia governor elected in a new millenium.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The Washington Redskins won their fifth game in a row yesterday beating N-F-C East leader Philadelphia 13 to 3 to move to within one game of the Eagles in the East.
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/FOX SPORTS; :]
Skin running back Stephen Davis suffered back spasms in the first quarter but returned to the game.
His replacement at running back Ki Jana Carter looks to be stopped in the back field but he takes it 5 yards for the score and the Skins took a 7 to nothing lead.
Washington led 10 to nothing at the half then in the third Eagles kicker David Akers booted the 49 yard field goal and the Eagles cut the lead to 7.
The Redskins controlled the fourth quarter and Brett Conway's 32 yard field goal late in the quarter gave Washington the 13 to 3 win.
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[IN Q="Defensively we...]
[SUPER=01-Marty Shottenheimer/Redskins Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=....4-th down stops."]
The Redskins are the first team in history to win 5 straight games after losing their first five.
Tiki Barber rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown but the Oakland Raiders beat the Giants 28 to 10.
[SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ/CBS SPORTS; :]
The Giants offense getting its plays together.
But Oakland got a quick jump. Rich Gannon throws the screen to Charlie Garner he takes it 21 yards for the score 14 to 3 Raiders.
Still in the second quarter Gannon goes over the middle and hits Tim Brown in the end zone for the score and a 21 to 3 lead.
[SUPER=32-Oakland/28/N.Y. Giants/10/; :]
Tiki would score the Giants only touchdown on this 12 yard run in the third but the Raiders win it 28 to 10.
The 5 and 6 Giants have lost 5 of their last seven.
The Atlanta Falcon defense made two big stands and the Falcons hold on for a 10 to 7 win over the Carolina Panthers.
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/FOX SPORTS; :]
Wesley Walls leads the team onto the field.
In the second quarter the Panthers have a 4-th and goal but running back Richard Huntley is stuffed by the Falcons Keith Brooking.
Atlanta comes back on offense Bob Christian goes out on the sweep untouched for a 4 yard T-D run and the Falcons lead 10 to nothing.
Panther quarterback Chris Weinke drops back to pass but runs it in from 12 yards out but the Panthers trailed 10 to 7.
With time running out and the Panthers facing a 4-th and one Chris Weinke's sneak attempt is stuffed and the Falcons hold on for the 10 to 7 win.
That's it for sports, have a great day everybody.
The Chiefs knocked off the Seahawks and Cleveland shuts out Cincinnati.
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN/CBS SPORTS; :]
The Steelers and Titans knocked heads in Tennessee this afternoon.
Pittsburgh cornerback Chad Scott intercepted 2 passes and he returned this one 45 yards for a touchdown as Pittsburgh beats Tennessee.
And here are the rest of the N-F-L scores.
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[SUPER=0100-/Seattle/7/j/Kansas City/19///j/San Francisco/40//Indianapolis/21///;]
[SUPER=0100-/New Orleans/17/j/New England/34///j/Oakland/28//N.Y. Giants/10///;]
[OUT Q=....last score."]
Over in Ferrum yesterday, The Panthers took on ODAC member Lynchburg College.
[SUPER=03-Ferrum/Ferrum vs Lynchburg; :]
The Panthers take the floor for the opening tipoff.
Lynchburg's Jessie Prentice gets the pass to Jared Hale and he hits the three pointer giving the Hornets the lead.
The Panthers come back Jeroy Dillard passes to William Jennings he hits the turn around jumper for 2.
The Hornets come back Ashby Tarkenton takes the pass and he hits the three pointer from way back.
The Panthers keep it behind the line this time Steaphan Johnson works it to Dillard and he will knock down the trey for 3 of his 18 points and Ferrum goes on to win it 71 to 62.
The Roanoke Dazzle led by as many as 23 but had to hold on for a 70 to 62 win over Asheville.
[SUPER=03-Asheville, NC/FOX SPORTS; :]
The Dazzle huddle around head coach Kent Davison.
Roanoke's Marshall Phllips takes it to the hoop and hits the jump hook the Dazzle led 25 to 13.
Phillips had the hot hand this time he hits the three pointer and the lead was 14.
Asheville's Jason Hart in uniform for the first time hits the jumper cutting the lead to 12.
Roanoke's Skip Youngbllod then takes it inside for the easy duece and the Dazzle wins it 70 to 62.
Vince Carter and Dell Curry led Toronto to a 107 to 88 win over the Philadelphia 76-ers
[SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada/NBA; :]
It's the Sixers first loss since Allen Iverson joined the lineup.
Iverson had 18 points and 8 assists here he hits the three pointer for 2 of those 18 points in the game.
But Carter took control on this play he takes the ball baseline and hits the running jumper for 2 of his 30 points.
Curry scored 18 but on this play he throws it up for Carter who puts it down and the Raptors beat the Sixers 107 to 88.
In Hockey, The Hurricanes took on the lightning in Raleigh.
And Tampa bay picks up its first road win in more than a month in a 4 to nothing win over Carolina.
And here's a look at scores from the N-B-A, N-H-L and College scores.
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[SUPER=0096-/Indiana/88/j/Seattle/99////New Jersey/73//Golden St./88/4//;]
[SUPER=0098-/Greensboro/53/j/Wash. & Lee/56////Lynchburg/62/j/Ferrum/71///;]
[SUPER=0098-/Wash. & Lee/49/j/Swarthmore/64//Women/;]
[OUT Q=...last score."]
Greg Norman won all the money in the Skins Game yesterday.
[SUPER=03-Indian Wells, CA/ABC SPORTS; :]
A new format put all the money on the 18-th hole in the second day of the event.
Norman's birdie putt on the 17-th hole cost Jesper Parnevik 650-thousand dollars.
Then he made a par putt at the 18-th giving him a total of 1-million dollars making him the biggest winner in the 19 year history of the event.
Tiger Woods, Colin Montgomery and Parnevik all went home empty handed.
The Redskins win their fifth straight, more later on Mornin'.