Coming up on News 7-
The man who's guided Virginia Military Institute through troubled times announces he's stepping down...
A progress report on Roanoke County's fee for ambulance service..
Highlights of today's big win for Bath County...
And, Bridgewater advances to next week's Stagg Bowl.
News 7 is next.
U-S forces search for Taliban and al-Qaida leaders... while officials step up their questioning of the American captured along with Taliban fighters.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.[Afghanistan]
[GRAPHIC=Op. Enduring Fredom]
Authorities say John Walker is providing some useful intelligence information.
In the meantime-- U-S forces continue to patrol roads in southern Afghanistan.
Jennifer Jones has more.
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[SUPER=141-Capt. David Romley/US Marines Public Affairs; ]
[SUPER=141-Capt. Jason Amerine/Injured Soldier; ]
[SUPER=141-Jennifer Jones/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=CBS News Washington.]
U-S MARINES ARE PATROLLING THE ROADS OF SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN,
SEARCHING FOR TALIBAN AND AL-QAIDA LEADERS, SLIPPING OUT OF KANDAHAR.
AT CAMP RHINO, SOME 13-HUNDRED SOLDIERS ARE HELPING IN THE HUNT.
..THEY'RE ALSO HOLDING THE AMERICAN WHO WAS CAPTURED WITH TALIBAN
(SOT - Captain David Romley/US Marines Public Affairs John Walker is
being held here for his own protection, and will be transferred to US
civilian authorities as soon as possible.")
(nats..tora bora tanks)
ON THE BATTLEFIELD...U-S FORCES ARE MOVING IN ON CAVES NEAR TORA
BORA, WHERE OSAMA BIN LADEN MAY BE HIDING.
TROOPS ARE ALSO TRYING TO CAPTURE TALIBAN SUPREME LEADER MULLAH OMAR,
WHO'S NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.
U-S COMMANDERS SAY ATTACKS MUST BE FAST AND FORCEFUL, TO KEEP THE
ENEMY OFF BALANCE.
BUT WEAPONS OF WAR 'HAVE BACKFIRED' ON AMERICAN FORCES.
(nats..injured soldier - 12:58:02 - 'it threw me about 15 feet off the
THESE SOLDIERS 'SURVIVED' LAST WEEK'S FRIENDLY FIRE ACCIDENT IN
AFGHANISTAN, WHEN AN AMERICAN BOMB MISSED IT'S INTENDED TARGET.
BUT THREE OF THEIR COMRADES WERE KILLED.
(SOT - CAPTAIN JASON AMERINE/INJURED IN BOMBING)- 12:57:12 "These were
men who were responsible for saving a town from being slaughtered by the
taliban. We got there just hours ahead of time, it was a pretty hairy
A MORALE BOOST FOR TROOPS, AT AN AIRBASE IN TURKEY THIS WEEKEND.
SOLDIERS' SPIRITS SOARED...WITH A SURPRISE VISIT FROM CELEBRITIES.
THE STARS OF 'OCEAN'S ELEVEN' POSED FOR PICTURES, SIGNED AUTOGRAPHS,
AND THANKED AMERICAN FORCES, FOR PROTECTING AMERICA.
A teenager who killed his father and attempted to kill his mother will not get a reduced sentence.
A Bedford County judge has rejected Eric (MAR-tin-ez) Martinez's appeal.
[VO-NAT - :17]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Year]
(MAR-tin-ez) Martinez was 17 at the time.
He was sentenced to two life terms after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, attempted capital murder and two felony firearms charges.
43- year- old Peter Martinez was found dead on his bedroom floor, shot once in the head in December of last year.
It's been more than a month now since Roanoke County began charging for rescue calls.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./This Week;]
The county began charging a fee for ambulance service November first.
Earlier this week-- Roanoke County's fire and rescue chief submitted a report to the County Board of Supervisors.
Rick Burch says so far-- so good.
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[IN Q=We've had a couple of ]
[SUPER=01-Rick Burch/Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Chief; ]
((WE'VE HAD A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS BUT REALLY NO SO CALLED COMPLAINTS OR CONCERNS IN FACE WE'VE ACTUALLY HAD INSTANCES WHERE PEOPLE HAVE VOLUNTEERED INFO BECAUSE THEY KNEW WE HAD BEGAN THE PROGRAM NOVEMBER ONE.))
[OUT Q=program november one.]
Supervisors say the move to charge for service was necessary to hire additional rescue personnel to cover the county.
Some significant changes are in store for the Virginia Military Institute...
VMI's Superintendent is retiring at the end of next year.
The Board of Visitors also voted today to leave the Southern Conference for the Big South.
But as Justin McLeod tells us the board did not take up one controversial issue.
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[SUPER=01-Josiah Bunting/VMI's Superintendent; :17]
[SUPER=01-Sam Witt/Board President; :39]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Lexington]
((((NAT SOUND OF JOSIAH BUNTING AT PODIUM))
Josiah Bunting arrived at VMI during the last stages of the institute's six-year battle to block female cadets.
Now seven years later, Bunting say his work is done.
[SOT 14:36:46; TAPE 1]
[IN Q=The school during that]
((JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI'S SUPERINTEDENT: THE SCHOOL DURING THAT PERIOD HAS BEEN THROUGH A LOT AND I THINK TOGETHER WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED A LOT SO IT SEEMS TO BE A LOGICAL BREAKPOINT.))
[OUT Q=logical breakpoint]
One of those accomplishments is the decision that ends federal oversight of VMI.
The court ruled the institute has successfully transformed itself into a coed institution.
The decision was welcome news at this weekend's Board of Visitors meeting.
[SOT 12:06:04; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=I think its extraordinary]
((SAM WITT/PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD: I THINK ITS EXTRAORDINARY GOOD NEWS FOR VMI AND TO CONTEMPLATE THAT A SCHOOL WOULD COME OUT OF TEN YEARS OF LITIGATION A STRONGER PLACE WITH MORE OPPORTUNITIES IS A GREATLY APPRECIATED.))
[OUT Q=great appreciated]
Not everyone is greatly appreciative of the board's decision to leave the Southern conference.
Many alumni opposed the plan.
But in the end, the board of visitors voted 11 to 5 to join the Big South Conference.
[SOT 12:09:08; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=One issue the board]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: ONE ISSUE THE BOARD DID NOT TAKE UP IS THE INSTITUTE'S PREGNANCY POLICY. IT REQUIRES CADETS INVOLVED IN PREGNANCY TO LEAVE SCHOOL OR FACE EXPULSION. ITS A POLICY THAT'S DRAWN A LOT OF CRITICISM ESPECIALLY FROM THE ACLU.))
[OUT Q=from the ACLU]
The issue came up after a female cadet became pregnant last year.
The ACLU says the policy violates privacy rights and the constitution's guarantee of equal protection.
[IN Q=We're not interesting]
((JOSIAH BUNTING: WE'RE NOT INTERESTED IN SUPPRESSING ANYONE'S RIGHTS. WE ARE INTERESTING IN GUARANTEEING TO ALL VMI CADETS THE FULLEST POSSIBLE PARTICIPATION IN THE LIFE IN THE VMI BARRACKS.))
[OUT Q=the VMI barracks]
The ACLU has warned it may sue VMI over the policy.
The Board of Visitors will have to continue to deal with that issue as well as search for a new leader.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Lexington.))[Tease1]
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, Bath County gets a big win, but Pulaski and Floyd fall in the state championships...
and no doubt it will be a home crowd for Bridgewater College in next week's Stagg Bowl, when the Eagles take on Mount Union. Roy Stanley will have highlights and more in sports.
Today's rain did NOT wash out holiday celebrations across the region...
[OUT Q=NAT SOUND OF CAROLERS]
The city of Salem held its annual "Ye Olde Salem Christmas Celebration" in downtown today.
Carolers dressed in period costumes to go along with the old-fashioned Christmas theme.
At the library, children got to make decorations and get their picture taken with Santa Claus.
They could also mail their letters to santa at the old restored Salem Post Office.
Downtown businesses used the occasion to mark down their prices and even give away goodies.
Downtown Roanoke also got into the holiday spirit...
More than a thousand participated in the 11th annual Lewis-Gale Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.
Each walker or runner tied jingle bells to their shoelaces, some even wore costumes before hitting the streets for a 5-K run or 1 mile walk.
The money raised will help fund programs for the Arthritis Foundation.
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[IN Q=We have education]
((DAVID WRIGHT/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION: WE HAVE EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL THAT WE SEND OUT TO THEM AND ACQUATICS PROGRAMS FOR PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS AND SUPPORT GROUPS AND THAT SORT OF THING.))
[SUPER=01-Dan Wright/Arthritis Foundation]
[OUT Q=sort of thing]
Similar fundraisers take place in more than 150 cities nationwide between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Locally, today's event raised more than forty thousand dollars, a record for the Arthritis Foundation.
It was an historic sight today at Roanoke's oldest park.
The celebration of the 100th anniversary of Highland park included the 22nd annual Holiday Parlor Tour today.
The event included tours of ten Old Southwest Roanoke historic homes, decked out in their holiday finest, carriage rides around the park, and of course, plenty of music.
If you couldn't make it today, the event continues tomorrow from one until 5 o'clock in the afternoon.
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, some high school football championships are settled around the state, Roy Stanley will have highlights in just a few minutes.
and if you're planning a big holiday bash, you'll want to get some tips from the pros. We'll have that and more. Stay with us.
If you just can't get enough of Survivor, now you can play in the comfort of your own home...
You can't win a million, but you can participate in an interactive version of the hit game show "Survivor".
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[IN Q=So it gives]
((SO IT GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO GET IN CLOSE AND FEEL LIKE THEY'RE PART OF THE ACTION... I THINK IT'S AWESOME.))
[SUPER=01-Lindsey Richter/ Survivor Contestant;]
[OUT Q=THINK IT'S AWESOME.]
The Survivor game has already hit the store shelves... just in time for Christmas.
And you won't cost you a million to play... it sells for about twenty dollars.
[TAPE#=Time Off 3]
'Tis the season for those holiday parties... But what exactly goes into throwing a blowout bash?
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young asks caterer Barbara Murphy how to celebrate in style.
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[IN Q=A good party is a combination of...]
[SUPER=01-Barbara Murphy/Piece O'Cake Catering; :00]
[IN Q=A good party is a combination...]
((A good party is a combination of the guests, food, beverage and just the whole atmosphere, the ambiance.))
[OUT Q=whole atmosphere, the ambiance.]
Barbara Murphy owns Piece O'Cake, a catering company she's run for the past 11 years.
Her advice to would-be hosts and hostesses is get started early, at least two weeks in advance, and get organized.
[IN Q=What you have to do is decide how many people...]
((What you have to do is decide how many people you're gonna have, what do you want your house to look like, or your party, and the number of guests and then you decide on the food.))
[OUT Q=then you decide on the food.]
Murphy's clients are usually treated to beef, poultry, some kind of seafood and vegetables.
Her menus also feature sweeter stuff.
[IN Q=Always fresh fruit...]
((Always fresh fruit because you have to consider that there may be diabetics there and we always have vegetarians nowadays, I think, so you have to plan for them, too.))
[OUT Q=plan for them, too.]
Guests can feast on hot and cold fare while mingling, or sit down to a formal meal.
But Murphy says all parties, from casual to black tie, can benefit from hors d'ouvres.
[IN Q=If you've got this little group of people...]
((If you've got this little group of people who are just talking, talking, talking and they don't seem to want to move then the best thing to do is pass a tray.))
[OUT Q=best thing to do is pass a tray.]
As for trends, go with what you like but don't be afraid to branch out once in a while.
[IN Q=Mexican's definately in...]
((Mexican's definately in, even for Christmas.))
[OUT Q=even for Christmas.]
And finally, be willing to ask for help.
Your party should result in fun for all, but the preparation could be exhausting.
[IN Q=First of all, I'd tell 'em...]
((First of all, I'd tell 'em it's an awful lot of work and they should let a caterer handle it! (laughter)))
[OUT Q=let a caterer handle it (laughter)]
Shannon Young, News 7, Bedford.))
[TAPE#=SP-114 - TC-08:38]
Bath County's second try in 2 years has earned the Chargers a state championship
Mike Stevens has the story of the Chargers win over Sussex Central.
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[IN Q=First audio....]
[SUPER=03-Harrisonburg/Bath Co. vs Sussex Central; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chris Jones/Bath Co. Head Coach; :45]
[SUPER=01-Justin Fry/Blocked A Punt; 1:02]
[SUPER=36-Bath Co./53/Sussex Central/16/; 1:33]
[OUT Q=...news 7 Sports."]
[TAPE#=SP-112 - TC-10:35]
A few years ago Paul Wheeler was an assistant coach at Pulaski County today his Lafayette Rams captured the Division Four State championship beating the Cougars 41 to 28.
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Pulaski Co. vs Lafayette; :]
The Pulaski County faithful making the trip to Lynchburg this afternoon, and cheering loud, but it would not last long.
Layfayette would get on the board first as Levince Parrott plunges ahead from 5 yards out for the score.
Later in first half Ram Quarterback Conner Hughes finds a wide open Todd Reyer in the endzone for 6.
Pulaski County Head Coach Joel Hicks looking for answers down 20 - nothing at halftime.
And he found one in Tailback Josh Calfee. He takes the handoff and he's gone....87 yards in all as he scores from way out.
Next possesion for the Cougs, more break away runnning. This time its Fullback Jeremy Porter as he takes it to the house 86 yards, and Pulaski is back in business only down 20-13.
But the Rams would calm the rally, as Hughes calls his own number on the end-around and he scores from 12 yards out....
Lafayette wins 41-28 and takes the Division Four State Title.
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[IN Q="We had...]
[SUPER=01-Joel Hicks/Pulaski Co. Head Coach; :]
[SUPER=01-Paul Wheeler/Lafayette Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=....kids deserve it."]
In the Division Three championship Harrisonburg beat Graham 24 to 10.
[TAPE#=SP-103 - TC-1:38:26]
[GRAPHIC=Floyd Co./W & L]
Floyd County's shot at the Division 2 state championship ended when Washington and Lee beat the Buffaloes 36 to 21.
[SUPER=03-Harrisonburg/Floyd vs W & L; :]
The Buffaloes were fired up for their second straight championship appearance in three years.
On the first drive quarterback Isaac Spence converts a 4-th and 1 by keeping it and picking up 9 yards and a first down.
Spence then capped the 19 play drive with a three yard touchdown run the Buffaloes took a 7 to nothing lead.
Washington and lee cut it to 7 to 6 then in the second Eagle quarterback Joe Taylor hits Eric Jones across the middle on a 31 yard pass play moving the ball to the Floyd County 31.
[SUPER=36-Floyd Co./21/Wash. & Lee/36/;]
9 plays later Damien Carey covers the final yard Washington and Lee led 12 to 7 at the half and Washington and Lee goes on to win it 36 to 21.
[TAPE#=SP-108 - TC-35:33]
Bridgewater College will play for the Stagg Bowl title next Saturday. Mike Stevens has more on the Eagles last second win over Rowan.
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[SUPER=03-Bridgewater/Eagles vs Profs; :]
[SUPER=01-Jason Lutz/Three Touchdown Passes; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Devon Cruz/174 Yards Rushing; 1:17]
[OUT Q=.....news 7 sports."]
Tennessee played L-S-U for the S-E-C championship and a spot against Miami in the Rose Bowl.
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/CBS SPORTS; :]
Tennesse scored twice in the first half Casey Clausen hooks up with Troy Fleming on the 3 yard touchdown pass play and the Vols went in at the half leading 10 to 7.
But the Tigers rallied in the second half with a couple of field goals and then
back up quarterback Matt Mauck on the quarterback draw scores on the 14 yard run in the fourth to make it 24 to 17 Tigers and L-S-U goes on to win it 31 to 20.
It's one of the biggest honors in sports and the 2001 Heisman trophy goes to Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/ESPN; :]
Crouch, who kept the Huskers in the national title race all season, edged Florida's Rex Grossman by 62 points in one of the most unpredictable races in the history of the award.
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[IN Q="I also...]
[SUPER=01-Eric Crouch/2001 Heisman Trophy Winner; :]
[OUT Q=.....I am."]
Miami's Ken Dorsey was third in the voting.
The 7-th ranked Virginia Cavaliers need a second half rally to beat Auburn 77 to 72.
[SUPER=03-Auburn, AL/ESPN; :]
Auburn coach Cliff Ellis on the bench.
Virginia's Jermaine Harper pulls up and hits the rainbow three pointer the Cavs led 20 to 19.
The Cavaliers get out on the break to Chris Williams for 2 of his 14 points Virginia led by 3 at the half.
But Auburn rallied Mac McGadney hits the tough shot in the paint drawing the foul and Auburn led by 5
The Cavaliers then go to Travis Watson he drives the baseline for the duece and Virginia wins it 77 to 72.
Virginia Tech's Carlton Carter scored 18 but Milwaukee Wisconsin beat the Hokies 80 to 78.
And Crystal Stalling scored 13 as the Lady Hokies beat Liberty 56 to 40.
And here some other men's college scores.
[WIPE TO MOTION]
[SUPER=0098-j/Virginia#7/77//Auburn/72////Virginia Tech/78/j/Wisc. Milwaukee/80//Overtime/;]
[SUPER=0098-j/East Tennessee St./79//Radford/54///j/VMI/98//St. Mary's/72//Jason Conley Scored 28/;]
[OUT Q=...last score."]
V-M-I is preparing to leave the Southern Conference.
V-M-I's Board of Visitors announced today that the Institute's intercollegiate athletic teams will move conference affiliation to the Big South Conference.
Keydet Athletic Director Donny White said the conference is a good match for V-M-I athletics.
But not all associated with the Institute were for the change that passed by a 11 to 5 vote.
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[IN Q="I respect......]
[SUPER=01-Donny White/VMI Athletic Director; :]
[OUT Q=.....positive move."]
The change will not take place immediately White says the Southern Conference requires 2 years notice.
The V-M-I Keydet Club issued a statement today supporting the change.