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[ANCHOR=Jen]

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Coming up on News 7-
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[VO-NAT]

Towns hit by terrorism come alive with Olympic Spirit tonight. Plus, if he's in there, we'll find him... that from US officials in the mountains of Afghanistan about Osama bin Laden.
And, added security at the nation's airports is pinching a nerve with area travelers.
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[ANCHOR=Shan]


News 7 is next.

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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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[VO-NAT]


A new weapon for the US in the hunt for Osama bin Laden... and hundreds more U.S. Soldiers are sent to Afghanistan to use it.
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[ANCHOR=Jen]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]


Good evening, I'm Jennifer Miele.
Jean is off tonight.

[Afghanistan]


[ANCHOR=Jen]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jmi]
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[GRAPHIC=Enduring Freedom]


A new and devastating high-tech weapon is unveiled by the department of defense, that literally sucks the air out of caves and tunnels.
While danger levels are on the rise in Afghanistan, President Bush says America is safer than ever.
Jim Acosta reports from Washington.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=If Osama bin]
[SUPER=03-Tora Bora, Afghanistan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Edward Aldridge/Under Secretary of Defense; :17]
[SUPER=01-Donald Rumsfeld/Secretary of Defense; :29]
[SUPER=01-Gen. Tommy Franks/Commander of War Operations; 1:14]
[SUPER=01-Jim Acosta/Reporting; 1:20]
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[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.]

(((track) IF OSAMA BIN LADEN IS STILL HIDING IN THE MOUNTAINS OF TORA BORA.... U-S COMMANDERS SAY THEY HAVE A NEW WEAPON, TO SMOKE HIM OUT. THIS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE VIDEO SHOWS THE THERMOBARIC EXPLOSIVE... A POWERFUL HI-TECH BOMB, WHICH HAS THE FORCE TO SUCK THE AIR OUT OF CAVES AND TUNNELS.
(SOT - Edward Aldridge/Under Secretary of Defense: "It's something we clearly have a need for in Afghanistan, and they'

re on their way over.")
(nats..marines) HUNDREDS MORE AMERICAN TROOPS ARE ALSO HEADED TO THE AREA, TO SPEED UP THE JOB OF SCOURING SUSPECTED

TERRORIST HIDE-OUTS.
(SOT - DONALD RUMSFELD/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE "The more we disseminate that intelligence information around the world, an

d the more people that get arrested, the more bank accounts that get closed, the better off we are.") DESPITE THE ONGOING WAR, PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS AMERICA IS SAFER THAN EVER.
(SOT - PRESIDENT BUSH 14:27:39 "The country is more secure today and less vulnerable to attack than before September t

he 11th, because the enemy has made it clear that we are a target, and we've responded.")
(nats..america the beautiful)

LOCATOR: KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN AMID THE WORRIES OF WAR, THERE IS CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IN AFGHANISTAN. MARINES IN KANDAHAR GOT A HOLIDAY VISIT FROM CELEBRITIES AND A PAT ON THE BACK FROM THEIR COMMANDER.
(SOT - GENERAL TOMMY FRANKS/COMMANDER OF WAR OPERATIONS "We love you. You earned our respect and you have it. They miss

you back home.")))

[Olympic-Torch]


[ANCHOR=Jen]
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[WRITER=jwi]
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The Olympic Torch passed through towns touched by terrorism today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Arlington]


The torch first passed through the Pentagon and was carried by Chief Petty Officer Bernard Brown. Officer Brown lost his 11-year-old son on the plane that hit the Pentagon on September 11th.
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC]


It's next stop was the steps of the nation's capital where onlookers were on hand to cheer.
Tomorrow the torch will pass by the White House where President Bush will be waiting to welcome the runners.


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[Travel]


[ANCHOR=Jenn]
[NEWSCAST=11 PM]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-50 TC1:31:13]
[GRAPHIC= Holiday Travel]


Before you take off you may want to take note if you're flying this holiday season.
Triple "A" estimates air travel will be down nearly twenty percent this Christmas.
But even so, the delays remain.
Justin McLeod shows us how longer lines are leading to shorter tempers but also understanding.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Nat sound in Airport]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Dyer/Traveler; :09]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Hoffmann/Traveler; :22]
[SUPER=01-Jenny Schuetz/Traveler; :27]
[SUPER=@justin1; :47]
[SUPER=01-Joe Deramos/Traveler; :58]
[SUPER=01-Kirsten Bradbury/Traveler; 1:21]
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[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]

((((NAT SOUND IN AIRPORT))
If you're flying out of the Roanoke Regional Airport this holiday season, consider yourself lucky.
[SOT 3:00:48]
[IN Q=In Colorado Springs]

((JIM DYER/TRAVELER: IN COLORADO SPRINGS, IT WAS SO SLOW MOVING THAT MANY PEOPLE DIDN'T GET ON THEIR FLIGHTS OR ALMOST DIDN'T GOT ON THEIR FLIGHTS. I ALMOST DIDN'T GET ON MY FLIGHT.)) [Run09]
[OUT Q=on my flight]


The reason for all the delays?
The extra security.
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((JEFF HOFFMANN/TRAVELER: THEY HAD THE METAL DETECTORS ON PRETTY SENSITIVE SO JUST THE RIVETS IN MY JEANS WERE SETTING IT OFF.)) ((JENNY SCHUETZ/TRAVELER: I WAS THE RANDOMLY SELECTED PASSENGER IN BOSTON SO THEY SEARCHED MY HAND LUGGAGE, FRISKED ME DOWN, PATTED ME WITH THE WAND.)) [Runs10]
[OUT Q=with the wand]


With the beefed up security, Airport officials recommend you arrive at the airport a hour and half early.
The delays here at the Roanoke Regional Airport begin right when you enter the short term parking lot.
That's because every car is fully inspected.
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[IN Q=The search itself]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE SEARCH ITSELF WILL ONLY TAKE TWO TO THREE MINUTES. BUT THE WAIT IN LINE CAN SOMETIMES LAST UP TO 15 MINUTES. THAT'S WHY THE FIRST HALF HOUR IN THE SHORT TERM PARKING LOT IS FREE.)) ((JOE DERAMOS/TRAVELER: I THINK ITS A GREAT THING ACTUALLY BUT I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THEY'RE NOT DOING IT FOR LONG-TERM TOO. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE FOR DOING IT FOR SHORT TERM THAN FOR LONG TERM.)) [Runs17]
[OUT Q=for long term]


Your vehicle is not the only thing open for inspection.
Security guards will search everything from your shoes to wrapped gifts.
Airlines are also limiting you to just one piece of carry on luggage.
All these new rules can be inconvenient, but passengers are willing to take it.
[SOT 3:05:59; 3:04:51]
[IN Q=We had planned]

((KIRSTEN BRADBURY/TRAVELER: WE HAD PLANNED PLENTY AHEAD. I'M SURE IF I HAD BEEN IN A BIG HURRY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATING. I GUESS I JUST ASSUME THAT NOW WE CAN'T BE IN A BIG HURRY TO THIS KIND OF THING ANYMORE.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=of thing anymore]


Just another part of life that's changed since September 11th.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))

[Derailment]


[ANCHOR=Jen]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jsc]
[TAPE#=01-59 TC24:00]
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Amtrak trains are rolling through West Virgnia again this evening.
The coal-train derailment in Fayette County West Virginia was cleaned up late this afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Clifton Forge/File Tape]


The accident closed a main rail line, forcing Amtrak to bus passengers between Huntington, West Virginia and Clifton Forge.
No injuries were reported.
The incident is under investigation.
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[Biomedical-Center]


[ANCHOR=Jen]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-52 TC1:14:11]
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The new year holds the promise of more progress in the effort to make southwest Virginia a center for biomedical research and development.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


In the last three years, the Carilion Biomedical Institute has funded roughly 65 research projects.
And one spin-off company, Charlottesville-based Biophile (BYE-oh-file) is now marketing a system for storing and managing laboratory samples.
Chief Operating Officer William (Daw-tree) Daughtrey says more announcements are coming.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We are within days]

((WILLIAM DAUGHTREY:WE ARE WITHIN DAYS, SUBJECT TO BOARD APPROVAL WHICH I FEEL CONFIDENT ABOUT, THAT WE'LL BE BRINGING UP TWO COMPANIES, AND THEY'LL BOTH BE HEADQUARTERED HERE. THEY ARE MORE IN THE SERVICE AREA THAN BIOPHILE, BUT WE SEE THAT WITHOUT A DOUBT.))
[SUPER=01-William Daughtrey/Chief Operating Officer;]
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[OUT Q=see that without a doubt.]
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[VO-NAT]


With those and other ventures on the horizon, Daughtrey says the biomedical institute is on track in its effort to fund research, commercialize the results, and spur economic development in southwest Virginia.
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[Median-Income]


[ANCHOR=Jen]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jsc]
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Northern Virginians continue to make the most money in the state
U-V-A's Weldon Cooper Center has completed its list of median income for Virginia localities.
The survey, compiled in 1999, ranks areas by gross income of married couples.
The top ten cities and counties were in the Washington, D-C area.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
Roanoke County was the wealthiest community in our area, placing twenty-fifth with a median income just under fifty-five thousand dollars.
Lynchburg was fifty-seventh.
Roanoke City was eighty-first.
Danville was eighty-second.
Highland County was the lowest ranked community in our area, placing 131st out of 135 listings with a median income of just under 31-thousand dollars.
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[Homeless]


[ANCHOR=Jennifer]
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[TAPE#=01-48 TC2:02:04]
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Those less fortunate were remembered today by dozens of mourners.
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[VO-NAT - :09.5]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]

They gathered at the Coyner Springs Cemetery, which is owned by Roanoke City. It's a cemetery for the homeless and families who can't afford a burial.
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[SOT - 13:50:34]
[IN Q=We are here so we...]

((REV. FRANK FEATHER/FOREST PARK BAPTIST CHURCH; WE ARE HERE SO WE DON'T FORGET THOSE WHO ARE NAMELESS AND SOMETIMES FACELESS WHO DIE. THEY ARE BROUGHT TO A DECENT PLACE, A BEAUTIFUL PLACE THAT THEY MIGHT BE LAID TO REST AND THEY MIGHT BE REMEMBERED.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Frank Feather/Forest Park Baptist Church;]
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[OUT Q=they might be remembered.]
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[VO-NAT - :12+]

Organizers laid a wreath and lit candles in the memory of the homeless who died in the past year. They say there are thousands of families in our area who live paycheck to paycheck and are close to being homeless.
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[Live-Nativity]


[ANCHOR=Jen]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=01-53 TC1:03:55]
[GRAPHIC=Christmas]


Scenes from the very first Christmas were re-created tonight in Roanoke County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Dozens of members of Penn Forest Christian Church spent the night out in the cold, acting out scenes from the birth of Jesus.
There were even live camels, goats and donkeys.
The live nativity will continue tomorrow and Sunday nights from 6:30 til 9:00.
Last year some six-thousand people witnessed the event.
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[Tease1]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[WRITER=dse]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


A country music star is in trouble with the law.
Find out who a little later on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


And a jury makes its decision in the animal-abuse trial of a World-Famous elephant trainer.
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[Sports-preview]


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[OUT Q=...IN JUST A LITTLE BIT!"]
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[Elephant-Abuse]


[ANCHOR=Jen]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A California jury has decided that star circus trainer Mark Gebel (GAY-buhl) is NOT guilty of abusing an elephant at a San Jose performance last summer.
The verdict is a blow to animal rights groups who've accused the circuses of animal cruelty for years.
Len Ramirez has the story.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-San Jose, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Oliver Gebel/Trainer; :26]
[SUPER=01-Christine Benninger/Santa Clara Humane Society; :52]
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[L'burg-Registrar]


[ANCHOR=Jen]
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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-58 TC25:15]
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State and local police are now looking into some possibly unauthorized spending by the Lynchburg voter registrar's office.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape]


An audit turned up more than 23- thousand dollars in questionable expenses charged to a credit card issued to registrar Anne Marie Middlesworth.
Middlesworth has said most of the charges were made by Al Grant while he was secretary of the local electoral board.
Grant allegedly paid for dinners and trips with the card, claiming they were related to electoral board business.
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[ANCHOR=Jen]


Prosecutor Bill Petty asked police to investigate because of the large amount of paperwork involved.

[Flasher-Arrest]


[ANCHOR=Jen]
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[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=01-57 TC37:36]
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Lynchburg police have nabbed a man they say has been exposing himself to shoppers in at least two area department stores.
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[VO-NAT]


28- year- old Glenn Xavier Wharton was picked up last night and charged with taking indecent liberties with a child.
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Police first arrested him two weeks ago for allegedly exposing himself at the Target store on Wards Road.
After hearing about the Target incident, officials at Hechts department store told authorities they had a similar incident in November.
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[SOT 14:30:22]
[IN Q=As brazen as]

((LT. WAYNE DUFF/LYNCHBURG POLICE DEPT.: AS BRAZEN AS HE WAS TO DO WHAT HE DID IN A PUBLIC ENVIRONMENT LIKE THAT, HE CERTAINLY HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE DONE IT IN THE PAST, AND OF COURSE IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION RELATING TO ANY OTHER INCIDENTS WE'D CERTAINLY LIKE FOR THEM TO CALL US.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Wayne Duff/Lynchburg Police Department]
[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=for them to call us.]
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[VO-NAT]


Wharton is being held without bond.
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[Roark]


[ANCHOR=Jen]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=01-54 TC48:26]
[GRAPHIC=None]


The manager of a Martinsville cable TV channel is accused of shoplifting.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville/1992]


Roanoke police say Charles Roark was arrested on a grand larceny charge last month at the Wal-Mart on Franklin Road.
The police report says an employee saw Roark take several CD's and head out to the parking lot.
As Roark was getting into his car, the employee and others grabbed him, held him on the ground and called police.


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[ANCHOR=Jen]
[SS=None]


A spokesman for Roark's outfit, Cable 6, had no comment.
Roark's attorneys are also advising him not to make any statements about the case.
A preliminary hearing is set for February 6th.
[Tease2]
[ANCHOR=Jen]
[writer=chr]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[SS=None]


It's Hokie holiday cheer at one area hospital.
Still ahead on News 7, we'll show you what it's all about.
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[VO-NAT]


Winter is finally here... and Santa Claus is making the most of it.
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[WEB-ADDRESS]
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[Web Address Announce] [Pinnacle 4885ess]


[Carter-DUI]


[ANCHOR=Jen]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=]
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She had a country hit with Strawberry Wine... now Deana Carter is suspected of Driving Under the Influence.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN]


Nashville police say she was stopped for speeding early this morning but when officers approached her car, they say there was an odor of alcohol.
Police say when Carter refused to take a breathalyzer test, she was arrested and charged with D-U-I.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I mean I ]

((DEANA CARTER/COUNTRY SINGER; I MEAN I CAN'T REALLY SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT. I'VE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO NOT SAY ANYTHING YET))
[SUPER=01-Deana Carter/Country Singer]
[RUNS=04]
[OUT Q=say anything yet.]
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[VO-NAT]


Carter was taken to the Nashville jail but posted bond and left soon after.
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[Monroe-Auction]


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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN]


Also in Nashville, fans of the late Bluegrass legend Bill Monroe will have a chance to treat themselves to an early Christmas present this weekend.
Monroe's family is putting hundreds of his personal items up for sale and auction at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Among the items for sale are mandolins, clothing and a car.
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[Snow-Shoe]


[ANCHOR=Jen]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Christmas]


Santa, Mrs. Claus, Uncle Sam and a few elves put their snowshoes on today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Snowshoe, WV/Snowshoe Video]


They tested the terrain at Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.
The resort doesn't open for on-slope activities until Saturday morning ... but management figured Santa would be busy.
This was a chance for him to relax before he pulls an all-nighter Monday.
Santa and Uncle Sam say they are glad to see there is plenty of snow of the slopes.
They also took some time to meet and greet some of the kids who were unable to make it out the slopes today.
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[S-Extra]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=Extra Point]
[GRAPHIC=red sox]


The Boston Red Sox, controlled by the Yawkey family and its trust since 1933, could be turned over as soon as January.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Boston, MA; :00]

The cost, a record 660 million dollars. The team's limited partners voted unanimously to sell the franchise to a group led by John Henry and Tom Werner.
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[SUPER=01-George Mitchell/New Ownership Member; :00]
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[OUT Q=.....of many years"]
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-111 20:15]
[GRAPHIC=Express]


The top two teams in the ECHL's Northeast division would face off at the Roanoke Civic Center as the Trenton Titans took on the Express.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Titans vs. Express; :00]


Roanoke breaking out the Holiday Christmas jerseys for this game. The Express will wear them Sunday as well.
Daniel Berthiaume was rock solid between the pipes in this one, turning several Trenton shots away, including this one.
[SUPER=34-Trenton/3/Roanoke/2;]


The Express, then gets the short handed goal when Mike Peron makes a perfect pass to a cutting Rick Kowalsky who buries it and we are tied at one all at the 5:31 mark of the second.
Trenton goes up 2-1 with 2:45 left in the third. Scott Bertoli finds the back of the net and the Titans beat Roanoke 3-2 in overtime.
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[S-Salem]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-112]
[GRAPHIC=high school hoops]


Lets check out some high school basketball, In Blue Ridge action Salem played host to William Byrd.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Terriers vs. Spartans; :00]


Salem had some serious school pride going on last night as the Spartans look to cage the Terriers.
In the third period, Byrd's Chris Lucas gets the rock to Mark Mayhew, he makes the nice move and hit the jumper.
[SUPER=33-William Byrd/49/Salem/78 ;]


Salem's AJ Dowell dishes all the way down court to Adam Farabaugh, he makes the quick ally oop pass to Matt Collins for two.
Then, Byrd's Sean Sturgill gives to Lucas and he rips rope from three point land but Salem was still out in front 44-25.
and the Spartans go on to the 78-49 win over Byrd, Jason Vest with the J here.
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[S-Wizards]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-107]
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Michael Jordan had an off night, but his Wizards did not, as they win their eighth straight, downing Orlando 93-75.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/Wizards vs. Magic; :00]


The much anticipated Jordan/Tracy McGrady showdown would not happen, McGrady was out with a back strain.
Jordan mustered just 12 points and had eight assists but his leadership....this you can
[SUPER=32-Washington/93/Orlando/75;]trust.


Hubert Davis would lead all scorers with 19 points and it was good he stepped up because Richard Hamilton pulled a groin in the game and did not return.
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[S-Lynch]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-113]
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The Charlotte Hornets fell ot the Minnesota Timberwolves 94-89. The Hornets could realy use former PH star and now Ch

arlotte Hornets forward George Lynch. Lynch had a successful visit to the doctor today, but his expected return to action January seventh might be pushed back.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA; :00]

Lynch has not played this season because of surgery on his broken left foot. He had the boot removed from his foot today, and was cleared to begin working out. Lynch has many fans, including former Philadelphia owner Pat Croce.
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[SUPER=01-Pat Croce/Former 76ers Owner; :00]
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[OUT Q=in the playoffs"]
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[S-Defense]


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[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-106 720TC]
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The Gator Bowl between Tech and Florida State will feature two of the nations best defenses. The Hokie D has been carrying a heavy load all year and Mike Stevens says it has only made them stronger.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL/2000 Gator Bowl; :00]
[SUPER=04-This Season; :10]
[SUPER=01-Jake Houseright/Va. Tech Senior Linebacker; :22]
[SUPER=01-Mike Daniels/Va. Tech Freshman Linebacker; :40]
[SUPER=@mike1; :55]
[SUPER=01-Dan Wilkinson/VT Senior Defensive Tackle; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-Charley Wiles/VT Defensive Line Coach; 1:28]
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[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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[S-Miami]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-114 20:33]
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One major bud from Miami's Rose Bowl fell off yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]


The University of Miami will be missing a key player in the Rose Bowl. Starting fullback Najeh Davenport broke a foot bone in practice Thursday and won't play against fourth-ranked Nebraska. The starting spot will go to a freshman, Willis McGahee.
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[S-Schaap]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=SP-101]
[GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 SPORTS]


Veteran broadcaster and writer Dick Schaap died today at the age of 67.
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An E-S-P-N spokesman says he died from complications following hip replacement surgery at a New York hospital.
Schaap began in newspaper and started in television as co-host of Joe Namath's T-V show.
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[IN Q=Joe and Jerry]

((SCHAAP: JOE AND JERRY AND I ARE ALL NEW AT THIS TELEVISION BUSINESS AND WE WERE WONDERING IF THERE WERE JUST A FEW POINTERS YOU COULD GIVE US, HOWARD THAT WOULD HELP US OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. HOWARD COSSELL: I CAN'T HELP YOU AT ALL DICK YOU HAVE TO BEGIN WITH TALENT.))
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[OUT Q=have to begin with talent. laughter]
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[VO-NAT]


Schaap's career spanned some 40-years.
During that time he won six emmy awards and wrote more than 30 books.
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[S-Joe]


[ANCHOR=steve]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-106]
[GRAPHIC=none]
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[VO-NAT WIPE TO #ENG!!!!!]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


finally, lets head back to the Round House and whatch a fan with enough holiday spirit for everyone at tonights Express/Titans game. THis man will sleep well tonight, no doubt!!
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[Tech-Visit]


[ANCHOR=Jen]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-49 TC1:40:30]
[GRAPHIC=Tech Football]


Patients at a local hospital had some special visitors today.
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[VO-NAT :16.5]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

The Virginia Tech football team spent the morning making rounds at Montgomery Regional Hospital. The annual event raises the spirits of people spending Christmas away from home and in the hospital this year. Players volunteered their time and signed autographs.
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[SOT 10:44:03]
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((BILLY HARDEE/TECH STRONG SAFETY; PEOPLE ARE LAYING IN THE BEDS AND HAVE DIFFERENT TUBES AND JUST SICK AND WHAT NOT AND WE FEEL GOOD AND WE CAN GO OUT THERE AND PLAY SO IT JUST LET'S US REALIZE THAT THERE'S MORE THINGS IMPORTANT THAN THIS GAME OF FOOTBALL WHICH IT IS A GAME AND WE GET TO PLAY IT BUT THERE'S MORE THING THAT'S IMPORTANT...THAT'S LIFE.))
[SUPER=01-Billy Hardee/Tech Strong Safety; ]
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[OUT Q=THAT'S LIFE]
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[VO-NAT]

The Hokies will play in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day in Florida. Hospital officials say Tech's girls basketball team is planning to visit patients in January. (------------)