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Coming up on News 7-
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There's little Christmas cheer in Afghanistan tonight as troops prepare for another possible attack.
And, an accident on 5-81 temporarily blocks southbound lanes.
Plus, this Vinton home shined brightly enough to catch our eye. Those stories are coming up
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... News 7 is next.

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Signs of Christmas in Afghanistan today as troops create their own holiday celebration... still no signs, though, of Osama bin Laden.
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Good evening, I'm Jennifer Miele, Jean Jadhon has the evening off.[Afghanistan]


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Some troops were able to take a break today to celebrate the Christmas Holiday.
But others remain on high alert, preparing for a possible attack.
As Jennifer Sabih reports, abandon weapons by fleeing Al-Qaida are leaving NO trail to bin Laden.
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((Celebrating Christmas Day with a football game and a turkey dinner sounds pretty traditional, but when the celebration is in Afghanistan, Christmas takes on a whole new meaning.

SOT: Max, US Commanding Officer

"We are setting the conditions to bring in additional food supplies, additional stores of medicine and assisting in ensuring the area is secure."
And while some Marines took a break, others stood ready. At the airport in Kandahar, soldiers remain on high alert after Officials learned of a possible attack. It's the highest alert they have had since taking the airport two weeks ago.
Near Kabul, British Troops are standing guard and preparing Bagram airport for the arrival of 1,500 troops that will become part of an International peacekeeping force set to assemble in the next few weeks.

SOT: Royal Marine Captain Guy Davis

"We've got our Christmas meal and we're going to try and make the best of it."
Meanwhile, the mountains of Tora Bora still yield stockpiles of ammunition abandoned by fleeing Al-Qaida fighters, but no clues to where Osama Bin Laden may be hiding. Eastern Alliance soldiers scour the hills in search of any remaining Al-Qaida troops who may be hidden in the caves there, but many are believed to be on the run towards neighboring Pakistan.

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Although US Marines in Afghanistan may have to be be a bit creative in their Christmas celebrations this year, it's their messages to loved ones at home that show the true spirit of the season.
Sot: Marine: Merry Christmas
JS Sig Out))


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Republican Vance Wilkins didn't run in the gubernatorial race this November, but as Speaker of the House, he may wield almost as much power as Mark Warner this winter.
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The GOP won its largest majority ever in the house, grabbing sixty-four seats.
With the voting majority, Political experts say Wilkins can override Warner's vetos, forcing the Democratic governor-elect to work with the Republican-dominated house.
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Sabato went on to say Wilkins may be the most powerful Speaker of the House since Blacky Moore in the late ninteen-sixties when Democrats held eighty-five of the one hundred house seats.
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Governor-elect Mark Warner's appointment of Jane Woods' as health and human resources secretary is facing some ethical scrutiny.
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Woods has been a registered representative for three pharmaceutical companies, a major hospital system and associations of doctors, physical therapists and veterinarians.
State Senator Leslie Byrne (BURN), who unseated Woods two years ago, calls the appointment "a real Christmas present for lobbyists.''
Woods says she's giving up her lobbying job, and says any conflicts between her former clients and her public duties will be settled by statutes against ethical violations.
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A three-car accident backed up traffic on Interstate 5-81 tonight...
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According to police, the driver of a Monte Carlo merged across two lanes onto southbound 581 at the Orange Avenue Exit causing two other cars to collide. Two of the southbound lanes were temporarily closed. One woman was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for minor cuts. Police say, charges are pending against the driver.
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Some local people are getting a phone call for Christmas this year.
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((IT'S ME...MERRY CHRISTMAS.))
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Today at Roanoke Rescue Mission...U-S Cellular provided free phone service for people to call loved ones anywhere in the United States. Many of the recipients are unable to afford long distance calls.
Aimee VanderHoof used the opportunity to call her fianc´┐Ż in California.
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((AIMEE VANDERHOOF/HOLIDAY CALLER: BECAUSE I DON'T REALLY HAVE THE MONEY RIGHT NOW TO CALL OR TO GET A CARD TO CALL HIM. SO, I THINK IT WAS A GOOD THING THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO DO THIS TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO ALL THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS, WHEREVER THEY ARE.))
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This is this fifth year for the program...U-S Cellular gives the same gift for Thanksgiving. The rules are simple...call anyone in the U-S and take all the time you need.
Some people waited two hours for their chance to say "Merry Christmas".
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It's a Christmas full of dribbles, DUNKS and Dazzle for hundreds in Roanoke today. The Roanoke Dazzle played for a crowd at the civic center...it's the region's first professional sporting event on Christmas in decades. As News 7's Rachel Cannon explains, the game wasn't the only holiday treat for fans.
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((NATS TC Dazzle fans are getting something a little different for Christmas this year. A holiday party AND the big game. Autographs, dance lessons and shooting practice are all on the wish lists of these boys and girls.
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((BROOKE HUBERT/DAZZLE FAN; I JUST LIKE SPENDING TIME WITH MY FAMILY HERE. IT'S FUN.))
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((DONNA DANIELS/DAZZLE TEAM PRESIDENT; THE WHOLE DAY IS OUR HOLIDAY PRESENT TO THE VALLEY OUR HOLIDAY PARTY OUR GAME AND OUR POST GAME CONCERT WITH TRUE VIBE.))
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NATS TC Players are giving a holiday treat by meeting and greeting their fans. Organizers hope time they spend off the court will translate into ticket sales.
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((DERRICK HINES/DAZZLE POINT GUARD; IT'S A GREAT TIME OF THE YEAR FOR A LOT OF PARENTS AND THE KIDS AND THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR ROANOKE TO GET A LOT OF EXPOSURE.))
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ESPN 2 carried the game live. Making today a big day for the Roanoke Valley and the Dazzle.
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((THE GAMES HAVE BEEN REALLY GOOD AND EXCITING THE FANS HAVE BEEN WALKING AWAY HAVING A GOOD TIME. ))
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And a good Christmas. Rachel Cannon, News 7, Roanoke.))
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We'll have complete highlights of today's game coming up a little later in sports.[Tease1]
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Up ahead on News 7 at 11, many people decorate their houses for the holidays,
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but one local couple has gone all out. We'll take a tour of a home in Vinton where the light of Christmas is shining brightly.
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Drive around a while, and you'll be sure to find thousands of Christmas displays...
However, one display has caught our eye.
Brent Watts gives us a look inside.
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The decorations will be on display through News Year's Eve. You can check out the the display at 410 Pine Street in Vinton.[Tease2]
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Up ahead, you'll get a chance to see some employees of Your Hometown station that only show up on the screen once a year...
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and also, Derrick Hines and the Roanoke Dazzle take the Groove out of Greenville on a Christmas afternoon. Stay with us there's much more to come on News 7 at 11.
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Over the holiday season, you've probably received plenty of cards and packages... Here's a few more greetings, from the folks here at WDBJ-7.
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The Dazzle gets win for Christmas, the Knicks force the Raptors into extinction and Georgia Tech might have a new football coach.
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But first our extra point. Oakland Raider, Jeremy Brigham took some time out of his day to show some very lucky kids the true meaning of Christmas. Brigham spends most of his time on the field as a Tight End for the Raiders. But Tuesday, he spent part of his day spreading joy to sick kids at the Children's Hospital in Oakland.
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The Dazzle got a season high 42 points from it's bench as the Dazzle topped Greenville 94-86 for a nice Christmas present.
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A national TV audience would take in the game against the Greenville Groove, and folks, I have to apologize, I slipped last night and called them the Greenville Grrowl, and that's the ECHL team, have a heart forgive me please.
Speaking of heart, the Dazzle had a lot of it. Watch Andre McCollum give to Thomas Hamilton, he scores in close to the hoop for two of his four points.
Then, Greenville's Eric Harris hits the nice jumper and the count is 70 to 55 Roanoke out in front with 27 seconds left in the third.
In the fourth, Hamilton finds Marshall Phillips, he scores two of his game high 19 points and although the Dazzle is outscored 31-20 in the fourth, they hold on for the 94-86 win and successfully protect a big lead.
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The Dazzle is now 7 and 11 on the season and Derrick Hines scored six points. He was 6 for 6 from the free throw line for his most productive day as a pro yet.
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Here's a familar face at the Dazzle game, that's former Salem star football player and now UVa linebacker Dennis Haley. He hand his family were at the Roanoke Civic Center watching his cousin and former Clemson star Merl Code, who scored 11 points for ther Greenville Groove.
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Two NBA game hit the hard wood today. Lets start with New York and Toronto.
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In the six PM game, The Knicks hosted the Raptors and Vince Carter.
But Vince was held to just 2 points on one for six shooting in the first half by that guy Latrell Spreewell, who gets the assists to Othella Harrington right here.
Carter would awaken in the third quarter. He rips rope from three point land to cut New York's lead to 11, 56-45 in the third.
[SUPER=32-Toronto/94/New York/102 ;]But the Knicks Alan Houston was a scoring machine. He tallies 18 in the firs

t half alone and here gets his 20th point on the jumper.
Toronto's Antonio Davis is always dangerous from this spot, he drills the baseliner.
But Houston and the Knicks are to much, winning 102-94.
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In other night cap, the Lakers, playing without Shack, beat philadelphia 88-82. Kobe Bryant, sore ribs and all, picked up the slack with 12 points to lead L.A. in the rematch of last years NBA championship.
Allen Iverson finished with 31 points for the Philadelphia 76ers.
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Christmas day meant the annual Blue-Gray college all star game, which kicked off in Montgomery Alabama.
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No this was not the Rose Bowl, but hey, these fans are juiced for this one.
Virginia senior fullback Tyree Foreman playing for the Gray team is gonna score from a yard out in the second quarter but the Blue squad is still up 14-7.
Football can be hazardous to your heath, especially if you are a cameraman, this guy gets laid out, but gives the thumbs up that he is OK.
[SUPER=34-Blue/28/Gray/10;]Virginia kept Penn State out of a bowl game and ironically, it's a couple of Nittany Lion

s on the Blue that deny UVa's Foreman and tight end Chris Luzar of the white team a win in this classic. Penn State's Eddie Drummond scores here and Blue snaps Gray's four game winning streak 28-10.
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And be sure to tune to your Hometown Station's Virginia Tech Gator Bowl Special "Tech 2001 Back to the Beach". The

show hits the WDBJ airways New Years eve at seven PM. Join Mike Stevens for all your pregame news.[S-Bowl]


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The Las Vegas Bowl featured two teams going in different directions. USC had won it's last four while Utah had lost two.
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But Utah would end the season on an up note, beating the Trojans 10 to 6. Adam Tate rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown.
[SUPER=34-Utah/10/USC/6;]Utah's defense limited Southern Cal to just one yard rushing as the Utes win the Vegas bowl

for the second time in three years.
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Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has reportedly been offered the head football coaching job at Georgia Tech.
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The Miami Herald reports that Gailey was very impressive to school administrators during his interviewand that they have decided to offer him the job. Gailey had no comment. He said in a statement that at this time, he's just worried about the Falcons this Sunday.
Gailey is a native of Gainesville, Georgia.
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Georgia Tech athletic director Dave Braine is denying the report and says he's not going to do anything until after the Yellow Jackets Seattle Bowl against Stanford.

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The Roanoke Express takes the ice again this Thursday on the road aginst Atlantic City. A few players and the coach took some time out recently to talk about what they want around this Christmas time.
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