Coming up on News 7-
Democrats select a replacement for House Leader Dick Cranwell....
Another fundraising campaign is launched for National D-Day Memorial...
Controversy is brewing over a Roanoke restaurants request to serve alcohol...
Plus, the sites of sounds of several area Christmas celebrations.
News 7 is next.
Family and friends gather at Andrews Air Force base as the body of the first known U-S combat casualty is returned home.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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A Marine honor guard carried Mike Spann's coffin, which was draped in an American flag.
Meanwhile-- the war on terrorism continued in Afghanistan while more acts of violence were reported in Israel.
Aleen Sirgany reports from Washington.
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[SUPER=03-Jerusalem, Israel; :00]
[SUPER=01-Donald Rumsfeld/Secretary of Defense; :56]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News; 1:25]
[OUT Q=CBS News.]
THE WAR ON TERRORISM IS NOW CLEARLY, A GLOBAL FIGHT.
IN ISRAEL, WEEKEND SUICIDE BOMBINGS KILLED AT LEAST 25 PEOPLE.
SOT: (Avi--eyewitness) Suddenly there was a big blast that threw us
forwards, and then we started running...
THE TALES OF TERROR TRIGGERED AN EMERGENCY MEETING AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
(15:13:22) PRESIDENT BUSH MET WITH ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON,
SAYING THE ATTACKS REINFORCE AMERICA'S DETERMINATION TO ELIMINATE
(BUSH SOT - 15:11:23 "This is a moment where the advocates for peace in
the middle east must rise up and fight terror.")
THAT BATTLE CRY IS ECHOED BY AMERICAN FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN.
U-S COMMANDERS SAY TWO-THOUSAND TROOPS ARE NOW IN THE COUNTRY,
PREPARED TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO CRUSH THE TALIBAN.
(9:16:23 DONALD RUMSFELD/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE "We are leaning forward,
not backward, we expect there will be casualties. we expect people will
be caputured..we recognize how difficult this is gonna be.")
DESPITE THE DANGER, U-S FORCES ARE DIGGING IN, SURROUNDING THE LAST
STRONGHOLD OF KANDAHAR...
...SHOWING NO MERCY TO TALIBAN TROOPS WHO REFUSE TO GIVE UP.
(9:12:35 RUMSFELD "If people will not surrender, they've made their
IN THE HUNT FOR OSAMA BIN LADEN, THE SEARCH IS GOING DEEPER.
U-S OFFICIALS NOW BELIEVE THE AL-QAEDA LEADER MAY BE HIDING INSIDE A
SOPHISTICATED FORTRESS, IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN.
...COMPLETE WITH COMPUTERS, TELEPHONES, EVEN SECRET EXITS.
AMID THE WORRIES OF WAR, AMERICAN SOLDIERS PAUSED FOR PRAYER SUNDAY
...SAYING IT MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPONS THEY HAVE LEFT.
Trace amounts of anthrax have been found at a Connecticut postal facility.
Officials say the facility sorts mail for the town where a 94- year old woman mysteriously died of anthrax last month.
Ottilie (AH-tih-lee) Lundgren was the fifth person in the nation to die since the anthrax scare began in October.
The source of her exposure has baffled officials.
The tainted Connecticut machines will be decontaminated, a
process that can take several days.
The man who will succeed Dick Cranwell as the leader of the Democratic party in the House of Delegates will have his work cut out for him.
[SUPER=04-File Tape, 1995]
Today the Democrats selected 69th district delegate Frank Hall as the party's floor leader for the 2002 General Assembly.
Hall is a banker who has represented South Richmond for 25 years.
Vinton delegate Dick Cranwell retired rather than seeking re-election in a redrawn district.
The House will have 34 Democrats, 64 Republicans and two independents when the Assembly convenes on January Ninth.
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Bedford's National D-Day Memorial has launched an aggressive fund raising campaing, aimed at decreasing a five million dollar debt.
The foundation's president has mailed twenty-thousand letters, explaining the situation, and asking for donations of 250 dollars to pay off the debt.
The letter states that the foundation incurred the debt because it rushed to finish the memorial's construction.
Because of the shortfall, the foundation is currently under investigation by local, state, and federal authorities.
Does a restaurant which serves alcohol belong next to a youth center?
Do opponents have a point, or are they frothing over nothing?
As Justin McLeod discovered--- the issue is now heading to city hall.
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[IN Q=Nat sound of video game]
[SUPER=01-Robbie Booker/Straight Street Counselor; :13]
[SUPER=01-Henry Jackson/Restaurant Owner; :36]
[SUPER=01-Keith Farmer/Straight Street Director; 1:23]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF VIDEO GAME; 24:50))
A local youth organization called Straight Street is on a collison course with its new neighbor.
Whether a restaurant or bar can serve alcohol right next door to a youth center.
[IN Q=I don't think its a good idea]
((ROBBIE BOOKER: I DON'T THINK ITS GOOD IDEA FOR A BAR TO OPEN UP RIGHT BESIDE A YOUTH CENTER WHERE KIDS COME TO JUST CHILL AND HANGOUT WITHOUT GETTING INTO TROUBLE.))
[OUT Q=into trouble]
Straight Street is a christian hangout for at risk teens in Roanoke.
Its new neighbor is the First and Luck Restaurant on Luck Avenue.
The owner planned to serve alcohol.
That's until Straight Street and area churches took their concerns to the ABC board.
[IN Q=I didn't want to bring up]
((HENRY JACKSON/RESTAURANT OWNER: I DIDN'T WANT TO BRING UP A LOT OF CONTROVERSY AND ISSUES AND LIKE I SAID IT WASN'T THAT IMPORTANT SO I JUST WENT AHEAD, THE BEST THING TO DO AT THIS POINT IS TO PULL THE APPLICATION RIGHT NOW.))
[OUT Q=application right now]
With that, the controversy appeared to be over.
But now, Straight Street plans to continue the fight.
They're going in front of Roanoke's city council on Monday.
[IN Q=Virginia law prevents]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: VIRGINIA LAW PREVENTS A CITY FROM ADOPTING AN ORDINANCE THAT PROHIBITS THE SALE OF ALCOHOL.
BUT THE CODE DOES ALLOW LOCALITIES TO ADOPT REASONABLE ZONING REGULATIONS WHICH MAY CONTROL THE LOCATION OF ESTABLISHMENTS SELLING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES))
[OUT Q=selling alcohol beverage]
So the group is asking city council to change the city's zoning regulations.
They specifically want to prevent nearby restaurants and bars from serving alcohol while organizations like Straight Street are operating.
[IN Q=But, Its not just for]
((KEITH FARMER/STRAIGHT STREET DIRECTOR: BUT, ITS JUST NOT FOR STRAIGHT STREET ITS FOR ANY PROGRAM WITHIN THE CITY OF ROANOKE. THIS WILL BE A WAY TO LOOK AFTER THEM AND PROTECT THEIR TEENS AND CHILDREN.))
[OUT Q=teens and children]
Protecting children or the rights of area businesses, its an debate city council will have to decide.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
Roanoke showcased the talent of young classical musicians this afternoon.
[OUT Q=NAT SOUND OF ORCHESTRA PLAYING]
The Junior String Orchestra and the Roanoke Youth Symphony put on a performance this afternoon at the Jefferson Center.
The young musicians spent months practicing under the leadership of the Roanoke Symphony.
The goal of this educational program is to groom the future stars of tomorrow.
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[SOT - 16:59:57]
[IN Q=I think today more than ever]
((DAVID WILEY/ROANOKE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA; I THINK TODAY MORE THAN EVER THE ARTS ARE SO IMPORTANT IN THIS TIME OF INSECURITY AND THIS TIME OF CONFLICT, THAT THE ARTS ARE A NECCESSITY RATHER THAN A LUXURY.))
[SUPER=01-David Wiley/Roanoke Symphony Orchestra;]
[OUT Q=rather than a luxury.]
The youth symphony is made up of 80 student musicians ranging from ages 12 to 18 while the Junior String Ochestra is comprised of more than 35 "beginning to intermediate" string players.
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, the Redskins' 5-game winning streak is over, after getting swept by the Cowboys, Roy Stanley will have the highlights.
and also, they've been led on searches before... but the man convicted of murdering a sheriff's brother says this time he'll lead them to the body.
A convicted killer may finally lead local authorities to the body of one of his victims.
John Colclasure is gravely ill and expects to die in prison.
Craig County officials say he recently told them he is ready to
tell where he buried the body of Gene McPherson, the brother of
Sheriff B-B McPherson.
Sheriff McPherson says getting the body would lift a huge burden
on his family, but he's skeptical.
Colclasure pleaded guilty in 19-89 to killing McPherson as part
of a murder-for-hire plot.
The body was never found.
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O. Winston Link isn't the only artist to capture the history of the Norfolk and Western Railway.
In this week's Virginia Profile, Joe Dashiell introduces us to the photographers hired by the railway who have provided us with pictures of historical significance.
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[IN Q=They rarely received individual credit]
[SUPER=01-Darlene Richardson/Virginia Museum of Transportation; :15]
[SUPER=01-Don Piedmont/Former Public Relations Director; :37]
[SUPER=01-Aubrey Overstreet/Former Norfolk Southern Photographer; 1:28]
[SUPER=01-Ken Miller/Rail Historian; 2:01]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]
((They rarely received individual credit, but the photographers of the Norfolk and Western Railway
snapped thousands of photographs... from industrial scenes in the Roanoke shops to scenic landscapes on the N&W line.
[IN Q=They documented everything]
((DARLENE RICHARDSON/VA. MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION: THEY DOCUMENTED EVERYTHING FROM EQUIPMENT TO PEOPLE, TO PLACES TO EVENTS AND THE NORFOLK AND WESTERN HAS A GREAT HISTORICAL RECORD BECAUSE OF THOSE PHOTOGRAPHERS.))
[OUT Q=because of those photographers.]
The railroad established the photo department in 1916.
Bryan Beard signed on two years later, and lead the department for more than 40 years until his retirement in 1964.
[IN Q=He's listed as master photographer]
[OUT Q=liked him enormously.]
Don Piedmont was assistant editor of the Norfolk and Western Magazine in the early 50s... and he holds fond memories of the assignments he shared with members of the photo staff.
[SOT PIEDMONT 25:37]
[IN Q=We had a good time]
((DON PIEDMONT: WE HAD A GOOD TIME. WE HAD A GOOD TIME.))
[OUT Q=we had a good time.]
[SOT OVERSTREET 33:20]
[IN Q=I think it was the best job]
((I THINK IT WAS THE BEST JOB ON THE RAILROAD REALLY.))
[OUT Q=best job on the railroad really.]
Aubrey Overstreet spent 37 years with Norfolk and Western, and its successor Norfolk Southern... most of those years in the photo department.
The job often gave him a front row seat... during construction of the steam engine no. 2300 he was even closer than that.
[IN Q=I was so small]
((AUBREY OVERSTREET/RETIRED NS PHOTOGRAPHER: I WAS SO SMALL, I COULD GO IN THE FIREBOX, NATURALLY WITH NO FIRE, AND GO OVER THIS BIG HUMP AND ONCE YOU GET IN THERE IT HAS A ROOM AS BIG AS THIS. I COULD STAND UP. I HAD LIGHTS IN THERE. I'D TAKE MY LIGHTS AND CAMERA AND EVEN SET IT ON A TRIPOD, AND TAKE VARIOUS PICTURES INSIDE THE BOILER.))
((MR. FRANCIS ALWAYS GOT A BIG KICK OUT OF IT. IF HE WANTED ME TO GO IN THERE TOMORROW, I'D SEE HIM TODAY AND HE SAID WEAR SOME NICE CLEAN CLOTHES TOMORROW BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING IN THE BOILER.))
[OUT Q=because you're going in the boiler.]
Winston Link may have won more widespread recognition, but the railroad's own photographers are also winning respect for the work they did.
[SOT MILLER 06:10]
[IN Q=They weren't trying to create a scene]
((THEY WEREN'T TRYING TO CREATE A SCENE. THEY WERE TRYING TO DOCUMENT WHAT WAS THERE, BUT THEIR EFFORTS, PARTICULARLY IF YOU LOOK AT THE EXAMPLES OF THE LIGHTING AND THE COMPOSITION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS. IT'S TREMENDOUS, OUTSTANDING WORK, AND FOLLOW THROUGH WITH A LOT OF THOUGHT AND CARE.))
[OUT Q=a lot of thought and care.]
Following the consolidation with the Southern Railway in 1982, many of the negatives were given to the special collections of the Virginia Tech libraries. Several thousand images are now available for viewing on the internet.... opening a unique window on the history of the railroad and the region.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Up ahead on News 7 at 11, the Martinsville speedway is trying to get toys for needy children on the fast track...
and a local charity lit up the holiday season today. We'll have that story and more in just a minute.
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It's not quite "Twelve Days Of Christmas", but you couldn't prove it in Rocky Mount today.
[OUT Q=NAT SOUND OF BAND PLAYING]
Nearly a thousand people lined the streets for the annual Christmas parade.
More than a 150 groups took part in this year's event.
They included several bands, floats, marching groups, and antique cars.
The theme for this year's parade was the 12 Days of Christmas.
Prizes were awarded for the most religious and Christmas-like entries as well as for the best marching group.
Christmas is racing towards us... And the Martinsville Speedway plans to come out up front...
Next Saturday-- the speedway will hold its annual toy drive for needy children.
Organizers say their goal is to help 12- hundred families...
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[IN Q=Our philosophy is that ]
[SUPER=01-Mike Smith/Martinsville Speedway; ]
((OUR PHILOSOPHY IS THAT IT DOESN'T COST A LOT OF MONEY TO MAKE A CHILD SMILE ON CHRISTMAS MORNING SO BARBIES ARE ALWAYS BIG, FOOTBALLS, BASKETBALLS.))
[OUT Q=footballs, basketballs.]
The toy drive will be held next Saturday from nine a-m to five p-m at the Martinsville Speedway track.
Those who drop off a toy-- can also buy racing souvenirs at a discount price.
The Ronald McDonald house lit up some smiles this afternoon...
More than fifty people turned out for the charity's annual Christmas tree lightning ceremony.
A donation of five dollars allows someone to honor a loved one with a light on the tree.
They hoped to raise fifteen thousand dollars this year through the Lights of Love Program.
The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families of sick children.
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Hard to believe, but December is here...
What is the likelihood of a White Christmas?
Here's meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner with this month's Almanac.
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[IN Q=first audio]
[OUT Q=I'm meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner.]
Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White said it's no secret to anyone that high expectations come with the job of head football coach at Notre Dame.
Well, Bob Davie in his fifth year with the Irish didn't live up to those expectations he and his coaching staff were fired today.
The firing comes a year after Davie signed a new 5 year contract and the Irish went 9 and 2 in the regular season.
Notre dame started this season 0 and 3 for the first time in school history and finished 5 and 6 their second losing season in three years.
Davie's posted a record of 35 and 25 for a point 583 winning percentage, the third worst in school history.
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[IN Q="A year ago...]
[SUPER=01-Kevin White/Notre Dame Athletic Director; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bob Davie/Former Notre Dame Head Football Coach; :14]
[OUT Q=....in the world."]
White said a search for a successor will begin immediately.
The Hokies two point setback to Miami Saturday did NOT cost them too many spots in the newest college football polls.
Mike Stevens has more on the Hokies - "The Day After."
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=01-Grant Noel/4 Interceptions vs. Miami; :21]
[SUPER=01-Billy Hite/VT Assistant Head Coach; :32]
[SUPER=01-Ben Taylor/VT Senior Linebacker; :38]
[SUPER=01-Rickey Bustle/VT Offensive Coordinator; :52]
[SUPER=01-Chad Beasley/VT Senior Defensive Tackle; :59 quick]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
(( When you get virtually nothing out of your starting quarterback yet still come within a whisker of beating the nation's number one ranked team you would expect some serious finger pointing.
But don't look for the Tech players to do anything to their starting quarterback except build him back up.
((GRANT NOEL: ))
Beasley and his 21 fellow seniors played their final game at home with nothing short of raw emotion. In fact, Beasley was in tears by the time he met his parents at midfield.))
The Hokies are ranked 16-th in the coaches poll and 15-th in the A-P.
Quincy Carter threw his first T-D pass of his career and Dallas got its second win of the season beating Washington 20 to 14.
[SUPER=03-Landover, MD/FOX SPORTS; :]
Dave Campo and the Cowboys end Washington's 5 game win streak.
In the first quarter, Emitt Smith takes the handoff and takes it outside for the 5 yard T-D run his first of the season the Cowboys led 7 to nothing.
But the Redskins came back to tie the game at 7 to 7 when Tony Banks drops back to pass but runs it over from the one in the third quarter.
Then in the fourth quarter, Carter goes to the air and hits Rocket Ismail on the run the 64 yard T-D pass made it 17 to 7 Dallas.
The Redskins cut it to six when Banks hooks up with Rod Gardner on the 15 yard T-D pass but the Cowboys win it 20 to 14.
Rod Woodson set an N-F-L record with a record 10-th interception return for a T-D as the Ravens beat the Colts 39 to 27.
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/CBS SPORTS; :]
Peyton Manning would rally the Colts in the second half.
In the third quarter he goes to the air and hits Marvin Harrison on this 57 yard T-D pass and the Colts went on top 27to 26.
But Baltimore quarterback Elvis Grbac rallied the Ravens he hits Qadry Ismail on this 5 yard touchdown pass play and the Ravens led 32 to 27.
The Raven Defense sealed the deal. Veteran Rod Woodson picks off the Manning pass and returns it 53 yards for the score and Baltimore wins it 39 to 27.
[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/FOX SPORTS; :]
In New Orleans, the Saints hosted the Carolina Panthers.
Aaron Brooks threw this 17 yard T-D pass to Joe Horn with a minute and 31 seconds left in the game as the Saints beat the Panthers.
And Here are all of the N-F-L scores.
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[SUPER=0100-/San Diego/10/j/Seattle/13//Overtime/j/St. Louis/35//Atlanta/6///;]
[OUT Q=.....last score."]
Atlanta Pitcher John Smoltz has signed a new three year contracxt with the Braves.
The free agent pitcher was courted by several teams to resume his former role as a starter.
Smoltz decided to stay with the Braves, who wanted him to remain a closer after he saved 10 games in 11 chances this past season.
Smoltz, who won the Cy Young Award in 1996, has spent his entire 14 year career with the Braves.
In college basketball top ranked Duke beat Clemson 96 to 80, Fifth ranked Maryland beat Princeton 61 to 53, Washington and Lee topped Virginia Wesleyan 57 to 55, Emory and Henry over Averett 112 to 102 and North Carolina rebounds with a 83 to 77 win over Georgia Tech.
That's it for sports, have a great day everybody!