Coming up next on the newscast, the music world mourns the loss of one of the Beatles. George Harrison dies at age 5
and Governor Gilmore says he is stepping down as head of the national Republican Party. Others say he was fired.
The light rain showers are now heading out of the area as some sunshine will return...I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at noon is next.
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[IN Q=Singing: My sweet love.]
[OUT Q=Singing: I really want to see you.]
[MARYA ON CART]
Fans and friends mourn the death of George Harrison, known to millions as the "quiet Beetle."
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[IN Q=He's a lovely man...]
[OUT Q=with the Beatles.]
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Good afternoon. I'm Marya Jones.
George Harrison's legendary guitar will "gently weep" no more.
The Beatle's lead guitarist lost his long battle with cancer yesterday.
Harrison passed away in the Los Angeles home of a friend, with his wife and son by his side.
Today, world leaders, the Beatles themselves, and fans from Abby Road to Strawberry Fields are mourning and remembering the star.
Manuel Gallegus joins us now from Los Angeles with more.
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[IN Q=NATS music: My sweet love.]
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[OUT Q=back to you.]
(NAT: "MY SWEET LOVE...I REALLY WANT TO SEE YOU...")
...MUSIC FANS AROUND THE WORLD ... ARE HUMMING AND SINGING BEATLES SONGS
THIS MORNING.... IN HONOR OF GEORGE HARRISON.
WORD OF HIS DEATH FROM CANCER CAME EARLY THIS MORNING. HE DIED AT A
FRIEND'S HOME IN LOS ANGELES...WITH HIS WIFE AND SON AT HIS SIDE.
SOT: PAUL MCCARTNEY/MUSICIAN
I am very sad-- devastated. We've known he's been ill for a long time--
just very sad to hear that he's past on.
PAUL MCCARTNEY MET HARRISON WHEN THEY WERE TEENAGERS IN LIVERPOOL
HE SAYS HE WILL SPEND THE DAY REMEMBERING A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES OF HIS
FRIEND-WHO FIRST REVEALED HE HAD THROAT CANCER IN 98.
08:37:43 Great sense of humor. I was lucky enough to see him a few weeks
ago and he was laughing and joking. Very brave man-- and I am just
privileged to have known him-- and I love him like he's my brother.
ALL ACROSS AMERICA, FANS FELT LIKE THEY KNEW GEORGE HARRISON.
EVEN THOUGH HE WAS DUBBED "THE QUIET BEATLE"-- HE AND THE REST OF THE
FAB FOUR IMMEDIATELY BECAME A PART OF OUR CULTURE. IT WAS GEORGE-- ROCK
HISTORIANS SAY -- WHO KEPT THE BEATLES FOCUSED ON THE MUSIC NOT MONEY.
SOT: JOE BENSON/ROCK HISTORIAN/DJ
(GEORGE MADE THEM FOCUS BACK ON THE MUSIC.)
(LOCATOR: NEW YORK CITY)
STRAWBERRY FIELDS IN NEW YORK'S CENTRAL PARK... FANS HAVE BEEN GATHERING
AND SINGING SINCE BEFORE DAWN.
AND HERE IN HOLLYWOOD ON THE BEATTLES STAR, CANDLES AND PICTURES ALREADY
MARK HIS PASSING...
Jim Gilmore has decided to take off his other hat.
The Virginia governor is resigning as chairman of the Republican Party.
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President Bush picked Gilmore to head the GOP national committee last year, during the tumultuous days of the Florida recount.
In a statement released this morning, Gilmore says he'll leave the job in January because he needs to spend more time with his wife and family.
A Gilmore spokesman says the governor was away from home for 107 nights in the past year.
And he said the demands on Gilmore's time would be even greater if he continued as party chairman.
Gilmore has contacted some law firms in Washington and Richmond, and plans to return to private practice once his term as governor ends.
Some Republican sources indicate the White House was unhappy with Gilmore's performance. The GOP lost both races
for governor this year, in Gilmore's own state and in New Jersey.[Afghanistan-Attack]
The war in Afghanistan is converging on the last Taliban stronghold of Kandahar.
But Taliban commanders are saying they won't give the city up without a fight.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest.
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[IN Q=In Kandahar,]
[SUPER=01-Donald Rumsfeld/U. S. Defense Secretary;]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.]
((IN KANDAHAR, THE BATTLE IS BECOMING MORE INTENSE AS ANTI-TALIBAN FORCES
CLOSE IN ON THE LAST REMAINING TALIBAN STRONGHOLD. TRIBAL LEADERS SAY
THEY'VE CAPTURED AT LEAST 80 TALIBAN FIGHTERS ... AND THERE ARE REPORTS
THAT U-S AIR RAIDS ON THE CITY ARE AMONG THE FIERCEST SINCE THE WAR
BEGAN 55 DAYS AGO.
(SOT, DONALD RUMSFELD, DEFENSE SECRETARY, "The Taliban can no longer
move freely around the country.....")
THE TALIBANS SPIRITUAL LEADER, MULLAH MOHAMMAD OMAR, IS GIVING TALIBAN
TROOPS AN ORDER FIGHT UNTIL THEIR LAST BREATH. BUT ANTI-TALIBAN
FORCES HAVE THE SAME INTENTION... AND "THEY" HAVE THE SUPPORT OF OVER
ONE-THOUSAND U-S TROOPS ALREADY ON THE GROUND.. WITH MORE TO COME.
(SOT, RUNSFELD, "As the size of the Taliban real estate diminishes, the
danger to coalition forces may actually be increasing".)
IN AN EMOTIONAL DISPLAY, MARINES RAISED TWO FLAGS AT A KANDAHAR AIRSTRIP
THAT ONCE WAS OCCUPIED BY THE TALIBAN. ONE OF THE FLAGS ONCE FLEW OVER
WRECKAGE OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. ITS NOW COVERED WITH WORDS OF
REVENGE... AND SUPPORT FOR THE TROOPS NOW FIGHTING THE BATTLE.
(LOCATOR: BONN, GERMANY)
IN BONN, GERMANY, U-N SPONSORED TALKS ON A POST-WAR GOVERNMENT IN
AFGHANISTAN HAVE HIT A SNAG, WITH THE WALKOUTS OF TWO MAJOR VOICES. A
MEMBER OF THE COUNTRY'S LARGEST ETHNIC GROUP SAYS THEY'RE NOT BEING WELL
REPRESENTED. AND THE LEADER OF THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE DOESN'T AGREE WITH
A PLAN FOR AN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY FORCE IN THE COUNTRY. AS, CBS
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Construction is set to begin on The Roanoke Times's new printing press.
A host of Roanoke community and business leaders turned out this morning to celebrate the paper's 115th anniversary and to break ground on a 31-point-6 million dollar construction project.
The 52-thousand square foot building will include a state of the art print production facility that'll be the first of its kind in the country.
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[IN Q=Most newspaper presses have two...]
[SUPER=01-Wendy Zomparelli/The Roanoke Times Publisher;]
((WENDY ZOMPARELLI/PUBLISHER, THE ROANOKE TIMES: MOST NEWSPAPER PRESSES HAVE TWO PLATES THAT GO AROUND A CYLINDER AND ROTATE AND PRINT COPIES...THIS PARTICULAR PRESS USES ONLY ONE PLATE AROUND AND IT GOES REALLY FAST. WE PRODUCE ABOUT 40-THOUSAND COPIES AN HOUR ON OUR EXISTING PRESS. WITH THE NEW PRESS WE'LL BE ABLE TO PRINT ABOUT 80-THOUSAND COPIES AN HOUR.))
[OUT Q=about 80-thousand copies an hour.]
A glass and brick front will allow passersby to watch the press in action.
The Roanoke Times hopes to start using the press in June 2003.
Parts of the South are getting hit with heavy rain and ice.
Two deaths in Tennessee and Mississippi are being attributed to flooded roads.
Louisiana and Arkansas have also had their fair share.
Portions of northeast Louisiana received between eight and ten inches of rain since Monday.
Schools there had to be closed on account of the unyielding rain.
In parts of Arkansas and Louisiana, power is out... and roads, homes and businesses are flooded.
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Still to come today, the latest space shuttle mission is postponed to next week at the earliest.
and closer to home, the children at one local elementary school aren't the only ones who think school stinks. Now their parents want to know if a strong odor poses a health threat.
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A strange odor at Lee Waid Elementary School in Rocky Mount has some parents concerned. They are afraid it could pose a health risk to their children.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[SUPER=01-Jan Stonneman/Parent; 1:15]
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More than fifty concerned parents turned out for a meeting at Lee Waid Elementary school Thursday night.
To determine the source of a strange odor in the school.
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((LISA LEVISY/PARENT: ITS JUST A REALLY STRONG ODOR. ITS TIMES ITS OVERWHELMING.))
[OUT Q=its overwhelming]
So overwhelming some kids have developed headaches or become nauseous.
At times, the problem has forced school administrators to move kids out of affected classrooms.
Four weeks ago, maintenance workers determined the problem is probably coming from this bathroom.
[IN Q=We entered some tunnels]
((STEVE OAKES/FACILITIES DIRECTOR: WE ENTERED SOME TUNNELS BENEATH THE SCHOOL AND FOUND SOME LEAKING SEWAGE AND CONDENSATE PIPES.))
[OUT Q=condescend pipes]
So school officials closed off the bathroom and prepared to fix the pipes.
But then another problem popped up, workers discovered pipes leading to the sewage line are covered in absestos.
[IN Q=The Franklin County Board]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS RECENTLY ALLOCATED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE ABSESTOS. THAT WORK BEGAN LAST WEEK AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED SOMETIME NEXT WEEK. FROM THERE WORKERS WILL ADD THEN NEW PIPING AND SCHOOL OFFICIALS HOPE THAT WILL TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM FOR GOOD.))
[OUT Q=problem for good]
School officials told parents the work should be completed by January first.
But many parents still have more questions than answers.
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((JAN STONNEMAN/PARENT: I THINK MY CONCERN IS THE AIR THAT MY SON IS BREATHING HERE IN THE SCHOOL SAFE. AND IF NOT, ARE THEY GOING TO DO SOME AIR TESTING.))
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The Health Department has determined the odor is no health risk.
Even so, administrators have agreed to conduct more air testing and then share those results with parents.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Franklin County.))
The state Board of Medicine is challenging a Roanoke-area doctor's professional conduct.
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The Board alleges Dr. Joan Resk obtains TWO blood and serum profiles on most new patients. She admitted to the Health Professions' investigator that that costs about 860-dollars.
A doctor of osteopathy in the Clearbrook area for about three years, Dr. Resk's license is now listed on the state Health Professions web site as subject to disciplinary proceedings.
Citing the records of one un-named patient, the report says Resk prescribed chromium, zinc and magnesium supplements and a "Zoloft starter kit" without noting the strength, dosage or quantity. Under follow up, she'd written: "Take care of yourself, or suffer the consequences."
Dr. Resk will get to tell her side at a public hearing that had been set for next month but was postponed at her lawyer's request.
Airports are cracking down on overseas airlines that don't provide advance passenger lists.
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Foreign airlines that don't cooperate will face tough Customs inspections when they land in the U-S.
Passengers on a Saudi Air flight that landed at J-F-K airport in New York found out first hand.
They had to wait in line and have their bags thoroughly inspected.
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[OUT Q=who is coming in assists us.]
Among the 58 airlines NOT providing Customs with advance passenger information are Saudi Arabian Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines and Air China.
Though domestic airlines were used in the terrorist attacks, they are NOT required to provide Customs with passenger lists.
It looks like the space shuttle "Endeavor's mission to the international space station will be postponed until next week.
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Mission Control says its looking at a launch Tuesday night.
The Endeavor can't dock at the space station until an improperly-parked Russian cargo ship is removed.
Station astronauts are planning a spacewalk to correct the problem.
They'll have to remove a piece of debris that's preventing the two modules from latching together.
The Endeavor's mission WAS scheduled to leave yesterday.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we will see what some Parris Island drill instructors say it takes to turn female recruits into top notch marines.
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It is some of the toughest training in the U-S Military. The U-S Marine Corps puts its recruits through a grueling 12 week regimen AND it's the only branch of the military to train women separately.
Reporter Steve Irvin went to Parris Island, South Carolina to witness some of that training first hand.
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[SUPER=01-Sgt. Eileen Taipe/Drill Instructor; 1:58]
[OUT Q=rest of their lives.]
( (NATSOT- "Lights. Let's go, get out get out of the racks, get out your
money valuable bags today...")
IT'S WAKE UP TIME FOR PLATOON 4048, AT THE ALL-FEMALE FOURTH
BATALLION AT PARRIS ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA.
(NATSOT- "Three two... online ma'am, online ma'am... recruits at
AT FIVE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING...RECRUITS HAVE SECONDS TO STAND
AT ATTENTION, AND CALL ROLE.
(SOT- "Platoon 4048 count off, one two three four five six seven eight
nine ten eleven twelve...")
BY TRAINING DAY 27, THESE WOMEN KNOW THE ROUTINE.
(SOT- "Teamwork...Go... discipline...Dressing by the numbers...")
TWENTY SECONDS TO PUT ON SOCKS...
TEN SECONDS TO PUT ON TROUSERS...FALL BEHIND, AND YOU'LL BE
(NATSOT- "quarterdecking...down, up, down up, ok push ups A punishment
you won't soon forget...")
(NATS- "marching to chow Recruits are in formation, marching to chow,
before the first bugle call of revelee sounds...")
(NATS- "revelee natsot a full hour before the sun rises over the South
Carolina Low country.
(NATSOT- "Parris Island is the only base where Marines make female
Marines. It's the only branch of the military where women train
THE PROGRAM IS THE SAME, BUT DRILL INSTRUCTORS WILL TELL YOU,
PSYCHOLOGICALLY, TRAINING WOMEN IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALLGAME. WOMEN
THEY SAY, ARE MORE EMOTIONAL, MORE SENSITIVE.
(SOT- "The females they kind of take it personal when you're yelling
at them trying to get them to move.")
YET FOR THAT REASON FEMALE DRILL INSTRUCTORS ARE OFTEN VIEWED AS
TOUGHER THAN THE MEN. WOMEN MAKE UP JUST FIFTEEN PERCENT OF THE CORPS,
AND MANY FEEL THEY MUST CONSTANTLY PROVE THEMSELVES IN A MALE
(SOT- "You still have those men and those males who have that
mentality that women don't belong in the military. So, proving
ourselves? Yes. How we are is the way we're going to act, and just
give is that leeway to show you.")
MARINES SAY MANY WOMEN ALSO JOIN THE CORPS FOR DIFFERENT
REASONS... WHILE MEN MAY DO IT FOR TRADITION OR DUTY, WOMEN OFTEN JOIN
FOR SELF-CONFIDENCE AND SELF ESTEEM, TO BUILD LIVES.
(SOT- "The majority that I see, divorced parents, or some kind of
abuse, which is sad, so they come here for that. I could do something,
I could be somebody.")
IN TWELVE WEEKS, MOST OF THE FEMALE RECRUITS HERE DO FIND
THEMSELVES. THEY EARN THE TITLE OF MARINE, AND THEY CARRY THAT SET OF
VALUES WITH THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. ))
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was up 21 points.
Nasdaq has lost one point.
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Still to come on the newscast,
the U-V-A women's basketball team tries to gain its twelfth straight win against the Virginia Tech Hokies.
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Virginia's women's basketball team made it 12 straight wins over Virginia Tech
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at University hall beating the Hokies 60 to 58.
Virginia Tech's Nicole Jones passes to (EVA Kub-LEENA) Ieva Kublina who hits the jumper from the key for 2 of her 18 points to give Tech a three point lead.
Virginia's Anna Prillaman gets the pass inside and scores two ... but the Hokies still had the lead.
Tech rebounds... Jones misses the outside shot but Molly Owens gets the board and hits the jump shot.
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But the Cavaliers Latonya Blue throws the pass inside to Brandy Teamer. She's heavily guarded, but scores... and Virginia wins it 60 to 58.
Meanwhile Virginia Tech's men turned a 19 point halftime lead into a 79 to 56 win over Northeastern.
Carlton Carter led the Hokies with 12 points.
Tech is now 3 and 1.
If Virginia and Michigan State want to make up their game that was suspended Wednesday night in ichmond because of a slick floor, it will be their call to make.
A-C-C commissioner John Swofford said it's not an issue with the A-C-C, Big 10 or E-S-P-N. Swofford says if the schools want to make up the game they will have to decide themselves.
Virginia is expected to make some type of decision today.
A work of art missing for nearly 40 years recently was on display at the Art Museum of Western Virginia.
Yesterday it was sold for a half million dollars.
The 1888 painting by Sir Frederick Leighton was purchased by an Indiana woman for a few hundred dollars in the 1970's.
The woman's heirs weren't sure what they had until they contacted Radford antiques expert Ken Farmer.
The painting sold on the Sotheby's website for 500-thousand dollars.
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