The U-S is taking control of more prisoners in
There are now several thousand Taliban and al-Qaida troops in captivity.
And a local murder trial is put on hold as authorities search for a key witness.
Sunshine has returned to our area as the winds continue to howl from the Northwest...I'll have your forecast..
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A miss- communication today on the front lines--
And a moment of American patriotism in Afghanistan as the U-S flag is hoisted over Kandahar.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Military officials now say there was no missile attack on U-S planes today in Afghanistan.
Officials say the crews saw muzzle flashes from Afghans who were celebrating by firing their weapons.
They say the crew mistook the flashes for missile attacks -- and
took evasive action.
Meanwhile, the fighting appears, for now, to be tapering off.
That, as more al- Qaida fighters are captured, found dead, or trying to escape.
Teri Okita joins us now from Washington with an update on the war.
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[SUPER=01-James Dobbins/U. S. Envoy to Afghanistan;]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Maj. Gerald Lane/U. S. Army Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-Donald Rumsfeld/Defense Secretary;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
TRACK: IT COULD BE A SIGN THE WORST OF THE FIGHTING IS OVER. AFTER NINE
WEEKS OF WAR, TRIBAL AFGHAN FORCES ARE STARTING TO PACK UP AND GO HOME.
NEAR TORA BORA, AFGHAN COMMANDERS HAVE DECLARED THE OPERATION COMPLETE.
TRACK: FOR U-S FORCES, ITS NOT OVER BECAUSE OSAMA BIN LADEN HASNT
SURFACED LEADING MANY TO SPECULATE HES EITHER DEAD OR HAS ESCAPED.
PAKISTAN HAS REINFORCED ITS BORDERS WITH TROOPS AND AIR PATROL AS BEST
(Super: James Dobbins/U.S. Envoy to Afghanistan)
SOT: 10:29:20 Its a mountain range, so I think the passes are sealed. I
dont think its possible to prevent individuals from crossing the
border. I think it is possible, once they have done so, to apprehend
TRACK: IN KANDAHAR A TOUCHING MOMENT AS MARINES HOISTED AN AMERICAN
FLAG THAT FLEW OVER THE WORLD TRADE CENTER RUINS. IT CARRIES THE NAMES
OF VICTIMS KILLED IN THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS.
(Super: Sgt. Major Gerald Lane/U.S. Army Spokesman)
SOT: to have this one signed by families of victims, police officers
from New York City, to have flown in New York, (to be able to bring it
out here, take this airfield and raise that flag, that means a lot to
all the marines and sailors that are here.)
TRACK: DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD MET WITH NATO LEADERS TO
DISCUSS WAYS TO FIGHT THE WAR ON TERRORISM
SOT: Donald Rumsfeld/Secretary of Defense:
The largest cathedral in the U-S caught fire this morning--
It took over two hours to bring the five- alarm blaze under control.
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About 200 firefighters were dispatched to the historic Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
Officials say the fire began in the cathedral's gift shop, but they're still trying to figure out the cause.
No one was injured.
The Cathedral is among the longest construction projects in the country.
The first stone was laid in 18-92.
And more than 100 years later, the building is still under construction.
The murder trial of Bernard Walker came to a halt today for the lack of a witness. Shae Bolden was subpoened to testify and was in the courthouse yesterday. But he failed to appear today.
Bolden was in the stop and save mini market the day Reaco Hilton was shot and killed.
In fact he followed Hilton into the store.
On the video surveillance tape, Bolden is seen attending to Hilton as he lay on the floor dying.
The defense says Bolden removed something from Hilton's pockets, possibly a weapon before police arrived.
The case was set to go to the jury today. It is unclear how long the court will wait to see if sheriff's deputies can find Bolden.
While the city of Roanoke is receiving high marks for its level of fire protection, a plan to reorganize the department is drawing big criticism.
Yesterday, Chief Jim Grigsby told members of council that the city's I-S-O rating has improved from Class Three to Class Two. Only four other fire districts in Virginia enjoy the same classification.
But the re-alignment that would close some stations and build new facilities brought more complaints from residents of northwest Roanoke and from two members of council.
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((LINDA WYATT: I THINK THIS IS THE MOST RACIST PROPOSITION EVER PUT BEFORE THIS COUNCIL. I THINK IT IS A PURELY RACIST POSITION AND I AM ASHAMED. AND I AM SORELY ASHAMED THAT WE WOULD DO THIS.))
((JIM GRIGSBY/ROANOKE FIRE EMS CHIEF: TWO OF THE NEW STATIONS ARE IN THE NORTHWEST SECTION OF THE CITY, SO I JUST FIND THAT IS A PREPOSTEROUS TAKE IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM ABOUT WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING.))
[SUPER=01-Linda Wyatt/Roanoke City Council; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire EMS Chief; :16]
[OUT Q=about what we're proposing.]
The vote was five to two... authorizing officials to move forward with the Fire EMS strategic plan.
Also yesterday, Council member and former Roanoke Sheriff Alvin Hudson announced he will not seek re-election in May.
Roanoke school officials told members of city council last night they are more than two million dollars
short of what they need to fully fund the proposed budget.
They say teacher salaries, capital improvements, class size, and the system's ability to meet accreditation standards could all be affected.
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[IN Q=This is a critical time]
((SHERMAN LEA/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THIS IS A CRITICAL TIME FOR US, BUT WE'RE VERY CONFIDENT THE CITY WILL SUPPORT US. THEY HAVE IN THE PAST.))
((BILL CARDER/VICE MAYOR: IT'S A LITTLE EARLY TO SAY. WE MAY HAVE TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE, BUT HOPEFULLY WE'LL KEEP OUR FINGERS CROSSED THAT RICHMOND STEPS UP TO THE PLATE. IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.))
[SUPER=01-Sherman Lea/School Board Chairman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Carder/Vice Mayor; :08]
[OUT Q=it's really important.]
Council promised to consider the situation next year when the budget picture becomes clear.
A power outage means classes will end early at some schools in Christiansburg.
Christiansburg High School and Christiansburg Middle School are sending students home at 1:15 this afternoon.
Christiansburg Elementary and Primary schools will dismiss clases at 2:15pm.
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After two decades of investiagtions, authorities charge a man with a string of murders. We'll have that story next.
Also boxer Mike Tyson could be in more trouble after a man says the former champ attacked him outside a New York City night club.
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In Seattle, a suspected serial killer is charged with the murders of four people.
He entered a not guilty plea this morning, but authorities believe he may be responsible for DOZENS of killings that took place in the early '80s.
As Hattie Kauffman reports, the truth could lie in D-N-A tests.
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[SUPER=01-Dave Rikert/Green River Sheriff; :20]
[SUPER=01-Hattie Kauffman/CBS News; :50]
[OUT Q=Kauffman, CBS News, Los Angeles.]
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is apparently in trouble again--
This time, a former boxer claims Tyson assaulted him outside a Brooklyn nightclub.
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Mitchell Rose has filed a police complaint against Tyson.
Rose claims that he and Tyson were cordial INSIDE the club.
But Rose says when they met outside, Tyson over- reacted to a comment he'd made.
He says Tyson attacked him, striking him in the neck, and knocking him to the ground.
Rose says Tyson ripped his mink coat off his back and began tearing it.
Now, he wants restitution.
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[IN Q=He either]
((MITCHELL ROSE/CLAIMS TYSON ASSAULTED HIM: HE EITHER IS GOING TO PAY FOR THE COAT OR GIVE ME A MATCH. GOING TO HAVE TO FIGHT LIKE MEN.))
[SUPER=01-Mitchell Rose/Former Boxer;]
[OUT Q=fight like men.]
Police have not yet spoken to Tyson, but say the case is under investigation.
The state's third largest nursing home chain owes the federal government 1-point-7 million dollars for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid.
H-C-M-F Chairman William Cranwell pleaded guilty to health care fraud and got 30 months probation.
He and his partners will be held personally liable for the restitution if the company can't pay it.
H-C-M-F operates 18 nursing homes.
In the 1990s, it expanded into restaurant, construction and real estate management ... all while continuing to bill Medicare and Medicaid.
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[IN Q=The company defrauded]
[SOT 15:13:16 - :28]
((ERIC BESTE/U.S. JUSTICE DEPT.: THE COMPANY DEFRAUDED THE MEDICAID AND MEDICARE PROGRAMS OUT OF SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS BY CLAIMING REIMBURSEMENT FOR SALARIES AND EXPENSES THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH OPERATING THE NURSING HOMES.))
[SOT 15:15:57 - :15:16:08]
((CHIP MAGEE/HCMF ATTORNEY: THE PRINCIPALS STOOD UP AND ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THINGS THAT WENT WRONG WITH THE COMPANY. SOME ACCOUNTING ISSUES AND SOME OVERSIGHT ISSUES. THEY'VE STEPPED UP AND TAKEN A SPEAR THROUGH THE CHEST FOR THAT AND IT'S OVER.))
[SUPER=01-Eric Beste/U.S. Justice Dept.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chip Magee/HCMF Attorney; :13]
[OUT Q=for that and it's over.]
H-C-M-F's attorneys say the company stands on the brink of financial ruin because of its legal expenses and a decline in the nursing home industry.
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Still to come on the newscast,
we'll see how a local man is using the Olympic torch to shine a light on his inspirational message.
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A Lynchburg subdivision is one of the oldest in the nation. Now a historical society says it is trying to protect the property along Rivermont Avenue.
City council rejected the idea of an historic district last summer, but the Historic Preservation Commission yesterday approved a different, less stringent ordinance.
It would protect more than 300 homes along a three-mile stretch between downtown and Boonsboro.
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[IN Q=The protection]
((MARILYN MARTIN/SUPPORTS HISTORIC DISTRICT: THE PROTECTION FROM DEMOLITION PROVIDED BY A LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT IS THE ONLY WAY TO ASSURE THAT 25 YEARS FROM NOW, THERE WILL STILL BE THIS UNIQUE AREA THAT WAS LAID OUT SO THOUGHTFULLY AND WITH GRACE AND BEAUTY.))
((CHUCK BULLOCK/OPPOSES HISTORIC DISTRICT: WE BELIEVE THAT WITH THE REQUIREMENTS THAT WE'RE PUTTING ON EVERYBODY IT'S GOING TO COST THEM MORE, IT'S GOING TO BE MORE OF A HASSLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR PROPERTY, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LET THEIR PROPERTIES GO TO DECLINE.))
[SUPER=01-Marilyn Martin/Supports Historic District; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Bullock/Opposes Historic District; :14]
[OUT Q=go to decline.]
Home owners in historic districts must get permission before making significant changes to the exterior of their property.
The proposal will go before the planning commission next month.
A local man refuses to hide his light under a basket.
Salem native Bruce Lawrence was born with an upside-down stomach and has survived three major heart surgeries.
Now he's being rewarded for his will to survive.
Lawrence will carry the Olympic Torch two tenths of a mile today in Charleston, West Virginia.
His wife entered him in a Coca Cola contest... In 50 words, she described his problems, perseverance and loving personality.
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[IN Q=She's my]
((BRUCE LAWRENCE/TORCH CARRIER; SHE'S MY EVERYTHING. I TOLD HER SHE'S THE ONE THAT OUGHT TO TAKE THE CREDIT, NOT ME. ALL I DID WAS HANG AROUND.))
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
((NANCY LAWRENCE/BRUCE'S WIFE; HE DESERVES TO BE THE ONE. EVER SINCE HE'S BEEN CHOSEN, I SHOULD BE THE ONE. WHY? HE HAS A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR. HE'S A REAL CHARACTER.))
[SUPER=01-Bruce Lawrence/Torch Carrier; :00]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Lawrence/Bruce's Wife; :12]
[OUT Q=real character.]
Bruce and Nancy say their love for each other and faith in God has pulled them through the hard times.
They also credit members of the Trinity Lutheran Church for financial and moral support.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 72 points.
Nasdaq was UP 10 points.
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In sports, one member of the Roanoke Dazzle will sit out the next game....
And 13 people are arrested after another N-F-L game is marred by violent fans throwing beer bottles.
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It was a re- play during Monday Night Football that NO one wanted to see--
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Last night in New Orleans, Saints' fans became angry over a call against their team.
They threw beer bottles, cups and ice onto the Superdome field.
Thirteen people were arrested.
A similar incident happened in Cleveland on Sunday.
The Saint Louis Rams went on to win the game 34-to-21.
The Rams clinched an N-F-C playoff berth by improving to 11-and-2.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers also earned a post season spot with the Saints' loss.
New Orleans is now tied for the final N-F-C playoff spot with Tampa Bay at 7-and-6.
The fifth ranked Virginia Cavaliers have been hitting the BOOKS instead of the BASKETS, for the last nine days.
The team hasn't played because of exams.
BUT - last night, it was the Charleston Southern Buccaneers who were in the classroom - getting SCHOOLED by the Cavs.
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The Cavaliers would play excellent defense in the first half, holding the Bucs to just 20 points.
The Hoos scored 45 points before intermission.
Travis Watson would lead all UVa scorers.
The junior gets position underneath and scores two of his 16 points on the night.
Chris Williams was one of three Cavaliers in double figures.
He hits one from the corner and it's a three pointer.
Williams had 12.
Roger Mason would also hit double digit scoring.
He finds the bottom of the net on his way to the floor, three of his 12.
Adam Hall had 9, but got all the style points, throwing down on the slam.
UVa wins 74-54.
Allen Iverson was the answer for the Philadelphia 76ers last night as they took on the Boston Celtics.
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Right to the action in the third period. Watch the Sixers Derrick Coleman move that big body of his to the hoop for two points. 61-46 Philly out in front.
Allen Iverson would have a solid night. Here he benefits from a little bump and he
[SUPER=32-Boston/83/Philadelphia/99;]hits the jumper for his 28th point he finished with 37.
Boston's Antoine Walker answers at the other end, creating space from the defender and hitting the fade away,
But Derek McKey is gonna come off the bench for some big buckets and Philadelphia coasts to the 99-83 win.
One member of the Roanoke Dazzle will NOT suit up on Wednesday night at the game against the Columbus Riverdragons.
The NBDL has suspended Jaron Rush for one game without pay for striking a North Charleston player at halftime December 10th.
Despite the incident, the Dazzle team play is good.
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[SUPER=01-Kent Davison/Dazzle Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=....not bad"]
William Fleming and Northside would go head to head to gain ground in Blue Ridge District volleyball last night.
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William Fleming's gym would mark the site for this cross- town match.
Northside would take the first game 15 to 10.
In game two, the Vikings' Shanna Mendez serves the ball.
After a short rally, Fleming's Britney Barlow slams the ball, and it's 9-1 Northside.
After a nice Megan Meador serve, the two teams volley.
Then Fleming's Kim Scaggs has the drop shot that falls.
But it was 12-2 Vikings.
That was the last point Fleming would score as the Northside wins game two 15 to 2.
Sunday, the 15th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies began making preparations for the January first Gator Bowl against Florida State.
But inside linebacker and special teams contributor Chad Cooper will NOT play in the bowl game.
Earlier this week he was diagnosed with (GHEE-yan Bah-ray) Guillain-Barre disease.
It's a rare inflammatory disorder of mainly the nerves that control your arms and legs.
Chad is expected to recover for next year.
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