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Today marks the six month anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City and at the Pentagon.
Last night, New York firefighters took time out to praise their fallen comrades, after seeing new pictures that captured the initial moments after the attacks.
And later today, President Bush will host a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.
Officials expect some 13-hundred people to attend, including 300
family members of the terror attack victims.
Chris Lawrence is in New York today, and joins us now with an update.
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THEY ARE IMAGES THAT CAPTURE THE COURAGE OF THOSE WHO FACED HELL ON
(21:59:25 - nats.. 'mayday mayday!')
..SIX MONTHS AGO TODAY.
(21:37:22 - nats "stay together! stay together!")
HUNDREDS OF FIREFIGHTERS - INSIDE TOWER ONE OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER -
TRYING TO GET PEOPLE OUT.
(21:59:05 - nats -"batallion one to division one!")
THERE WAS NO TIME FOR FEAR.
(21:44:13 - nats - 'you got a phone that's workin'?')
BUT THEIR FACES REVEAL THE DISBELIEF...
(21:31:00 "flames are shooting out - smoke is pouring out.")
AND THE HORRIFIC IMAGES TELL JUST PART OF THE STORY.
(21:44:00 nats..loud thud)
(21:41:08 "I remember looking up and thinking, how bad is it up there,
that the better option is to jump." - firefighter)
(21:06:31 - nats..tower collapses.")
MORE THAN 3-THOUSAND PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES THAT DAY...
AND SIX MONTHS LATER -- NO ONE HAS FORGOTTEN.
IN WASHINGTON TODAY, PRESIDENT BUSH WILL LEAD A SERVICE AT THE WHITE
THE PENTAGON WILL REMEMBER VICTIMS THIS EVENING.
IN NEW YORK - A SPHERE THAT SAT IN FRONT OF THE TWIN TOWERS HAS BEEN
RESTORED, IN A NEARBY PARK.
AT DUSK - TWIN BEAMS WILL SHOOT A MILE UP INTO THE MANHATTAN SKY, AS A
TRIBUTE OF LIGHT TO THE VICTIMS.
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In Afghanistan, U-S soldiers are getting a break from the grueling fighting in Operation Anaconda.
About 400 arrived back at Bagram Air Base over the weekend.
Military leaders say fighting in the region seems to be winding down.
But other officials in the U-S say troops could be sent back to a different part of the battlefield, where an estimated 200 al-Qaida and Taliban fighters are still hiding out.
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A brush fire broke out at the Radford Arsenal.
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Area fire fighters were called to the plant around eight o'clock last night.
A spokesman says grass was ignited by a spark from a power line.
Fire fighters from several departments were called in for back- up because the fire was near a nitroglycerine plant.
That fire was quickly put out... and no injuries were reported.
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Brush fires have also been a problem in Roanoke County.
Crews were called to the top of Fort Lewis Mountain off of Bear Creek Circle around 8:30 yesterday morning.
They quickly got a line around the fire but it jumped the line several times due to wind gusts that reached as high as 40 miles an hour.
The fire is contained at this hour, but firefighters are still on the mountain this morning keeping a close eye on it.
No word yet on what started the blaze.
Meanwhile, crews are battling a forest fire in the Paint Bank area of Craig County this morning.
Forestry officials say that fire has burned nearly a hundred acres.
Another 84 acres burned earlier yesterday in Bath County.
If you are caught driving drunk in Roanoke County, one supervisor says you ought to pay for any problems.
Butch Church has proposed an ordinance that would allow the county to recover the expense of responding to wrecks caused by drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
There were 319 D-U-I arrests last year in Roanoke County, 15-percent of which were accidents.
The fees would range from 500 to a thousand dollars and would be in addition to any criminal penalties.
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((BUTCH CHURCH/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR: WE'RE TAKING FOR EXAMPLE PERSONNEL AND A VEHICLE OUT OF SERVICE WHEN THESE CALLS GO OUT. WHY NOT BE ABLE TO GET THE FUNDS REIMBURSED LEGALLY THROUGH THE COURT SYSTEMS AND MAYBE FUND A COUPLE OF POSITIONS.))
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The money collected would be earmarked back to the E-M-S and safety divisions.
Church believes the ordinance could generate more than fifty thousand dollars a year.
The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the proposal tomorrow.
In business news, Stocks reopen for trading today after posting gains last week.
A better-than-expected employment report sent stocks higher Friday, allowing Wall Street to extend a rally driven by a steady stream of positive economic news.
This week, several key economic reports are due out.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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((FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME, INVESTORS HAVE A TOUGH ACT TO
FOLLOW...LAST WEEK THE DOW AND NASDAQ TURNED IN THEIR BEST PERFORMANCES
THE DOW CLOSED UP 48 POINTS FRIDAY....PASSING THE TEN THOUSAND FIVE
HUNDRED LEVEL...AND GAINING 2 PERCENT FOR THE WEEK
THE NASDAQ WAS RED HOT LAST WEEK---GAINING IN 4 OF FIVE SESSIONS....WITH
A 48 POINT PICK UP FRIDAY---FOR THE WEEK, THE TECH PACKED INDEX GAINED 7
WALL STREET'S RALLY'S HELPING A LOT OF BEATEN DOWN MUTUAL
FUNDS...COLLECTIVELY MUTUAL FUNDS GAINED 5 POINT THREE PERCENT LAST
SEVERAL KEY ECONOMIC REPORTS COULD MOVE THE MARKETS THIS
HOUSING STARTS AND CONSUMER PRICES FOR FEBRUARY...ALONG WITH THE
CONFERENCE BOARD'S INDEX OF LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATORS....
TOUGH TIMES AHEAD FOR THOUSANDS OF K MART WORKERS...
22 THOUSAND WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS AS THE BANKRUPT RETAILER SHUTTERS 284
STORES IN 40 STATES AND PUERTO RICO..
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AMONG STOCKS TO KEEP AN EYE ON THIS WEEK--KRISPY KREME...ROLLING IN
DOUGH...THE GREEN KIND...THE COMPANY SAYS IT'S PROFITS NEARLY DOUBLED IN
THE LAST QUARTER....SHERING PLOUGH COULD SEE LOTS OF ACTION AFTER
ANNOUNCING PLANS TO TAKE IT'S PRESCRIPTION DRUG CLARITIN OVER THE
COUNTER....AND WE'LL BE WATCHING BOEING WHICH LANDED A MAJOR PENTAGON
CONTRACT LAST WEEK...
MORE LEGAL TROUBLE FOR MICROSOFT...THE SOFTWARE GIANT'S BEING SUED FOR A
REPORTED BILLION DOLLARS...SUN SAYS MICROSOFT INTENTIONALLY DESIGNED
IT'S X P OPERATING SYSTEM TO BE INCOMPATIABLE WITH SUN'S JAVA
GET MORE BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT NEWS ON OUR WEB SITE---CBS DOT
MARKETWATCH DOT COM..
I'M ED CRANE CBS MARKETWATCH.COM NEW YORK))
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When it gets hot outside, a dip in the pool is usually the coolest place in town.
But your summer plans could be put on ice if the number of available lifeguards continues to take a dive.
As Justin McLeod tell us-- area pools are already scrambling to fill positions and looking for future solutions.
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The people you see here could one day save your life.
They're training to become lifeguards.
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((LAURA HUANG/LIFEGUARD TRAINEE: IT TAKES A LOT OF PRACTICE AND A LOT OF HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION BUT YOU GET IT ONCE YOU KEEP WORKING AT IT.))
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Working at it takes time and money.
Training can last up to seven weeks and cost nearly two hundred dollars per person.
That along with low unemployment are contributing to a nationwide lifeguard shortage.
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((A.C. BURKE/AMERICAN RED CROSS INSTRUCTOR: THERE'S LESS INTEREST BECAUSE OF THE INDUSTRY, OUR ECONOMY HAS BEEN REALLY GOOD. IT'S GOOD TO GET A JOB THAT LESS DEMANDING THAN LIFEGUARDING.))
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But the demand for lifeguards keeps going up. (SHOT OF PULLING SOMEONE UP FROM THE WATER)
More and more private facilities like apartment complexes now have pools.
The Roanoke Valley alone will probably need more than three hundred lifeguards this summer.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE CITY OF ROANOKE IS TRYING SEVERAL NEW THINGS TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. THEY'RE NOW LOOKING FOR GUARDS BY ADVERTISING IN COLLEGE NEWSPAPERS. THEY'RE ALSO CONDUCTING WORKSHOPS IN AREA HIGH SCHOOLS TO SPARK INTEREST IN THE PROFESSION. AND FINALLY, THE CITY HAS ALSO UPPED THE STARTING PAY.))
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Some lifeguards make as little as minimum wage.
They also must be rectified on a yearly basis, money that comes out of their own pocket.
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((ADAM CAMPER/LIFEGUARD TRAINEE: I THINK IF PEOPLE CAME OUT MORE AND PRICES WERE A LITTLE LOWER THERE WOULD BE A LOT MORE LIFEGUARDS IF PEOPLE JUST HAD MORE INTEREST IN IT.))
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And that lack of interest could limit your time in the pool if the problem isn't wrapped up (SHOT OF WRAPPING UP ARM) by the start of summer.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke County.))
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The American Red Cross is currently training lifeguards.
If you would like more information, you can call 985-3550.
Actors honored their own last night in Los Angeles at the 8th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
A total of five film awards and eight T-V trophies were handed out.
Russell Crowe won the trophy for Best Actor for the film, "A Beautiful Mind."
Halle Berry took home the honor for Best Actress for "Monster's Ball."
"The West Wing"'s Martin Sheen and Allison Janney won for Best Actor and Best Actress in a T-V drama.
T-V veteran Ed Asner received the lifetime achievement award.
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The SAG Awards have a history of being a good predictor for the winners on Oscar night.
Meanwhile, firefighters battled a brush fire in Botetourt County last night.
It is located off Route 4-60 in the Rainbow Forest area of the county and threatened several homes, although none were damaged.
Authorities say the fire is now under control. There's no word on the cause of the blaze.
For the second time in two months-- fire has taken its toll on a Roanoke home.
Fire fighters were called to this house on Elm Avenue around nine o'clock last night.
The fire appears to have started in the back of the house.
The home also sustained heavy fire damage back in January--
At that time-- fire officials had ruled out arson.
No word yet on what caused the fire.
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The Virginia International Raceway is shifting into high gear.
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors earlier this week approved plans for the track's expansion.
By late spring, V-I-R will have a new off-road driving facility that includes an S-U-V course as well as a motorcross and go cart track.
The raceway has also secured more than a million dollar's in tobacco money to help pay for on-site sewage which allows for the construction of new buildings.
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((LAURA COMSTOCK/VIR SPOKESPERSON: WE'RE LOOKING AT A HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER WHERE THEY CAN BE ALL INCLUSIVE RIGHT THERE AT THE PROPERTY. WITH THE MOTOR SPORTS COUNTRY CLUB AND THE RESTAURANT COMPONENT THERE THEY'LL BE ABLE TO DINE, STAY THERE, HAVE CONFERENCES, DO EDUCATIONAL AND FUN THINGS ALL AT ONE TIME, AT ONE PLACE.))
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Construction on the new hotel and conference center should start in May.
V-I-R's third season opens on April 26th with the Ferrari Challenge.
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In medical news, a healthier and happier YOU could only be a few EASY steps away.
Melissa McDermott has some tips that can keep stress from weighing you down - in this morning's Health check.
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((CUTTING BACK ON THE STRESS IN YOUR LIFE CAN HELP YOU FEEL BETTER, EAT
BETTER, AND EVENTUALLY LIVE BETTER.
BEGIN BY EATING AND DRINKING SENSIBLY.
OVEREATING, OR HAVING A 'FEW TOO MANY' MAY SEEM TO REDUCE STRESS, BUT
ACTUALLY ADDS TO IT.
NUMBER TWO - ASSERT YOURSELF.
IT'S OK TO SAY NO.
THIRDLY - STOP SMOKING. ASIDE FROM THE OBVIOUS HEALTH RISKS OF
CIGARETTES, NICOTINE ACTS AS A STIMULANT AND BRINGS ON MORE STRESS
AND START EXERCISING.
AEROBIC EXERCISE RELEASES ENDORPHINS, THOSE HEALTHY FEEL GOOD CHEMICALS.
BALANCE THAT EXERCISE WITH SOME DOWN TIME - BY LEARNING TO RELAX..
NUMBER SIX - TAKE RESPONSIBILITY - CONTROL WHAT YOU CAN AND LEAVE BEHIND
WHAT YOU CAN'T.
SEVEN - REDUCE CAUSES OF STRESS.
MANY OVERSTRESSED PEOPLE CHOOSE TO TAKE ON WAY TOO MUCH RESPONSIBILITY.
NUMBER EIGHT - EXAMINE YOUR VALUES AND LIVE BY THEM.
THE MORE YOUR ACTIONS REFLECT YOUR BELIEFS, THE BETTER YOU'LL FEEL.
NINE - SET REALISTIC GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS.
IT'S OK, AND HEALTHY, TO REALIZE YOU CANNOT BE 100 PERCENT AT EVERYTHING
AND FINALLY - SELL YOURSELF TO YOURSELF.
IF YOU'RE FEELING OVERWHELMED, REMIND YOURSELF OF WHAT YOU DO WELL.
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FOR MORE TIPS ON BEATING BACK STRESS - GO TO WEB M-D DOT COM.
I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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The debate continues in our viewer mail over the fatal shooting of a teenager by an elderly Roanoke homeowner.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has this week's Feedback.
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((Most of the comments so far have expressed support for Hallis Jamison, the 82-year-old man the Roanoke grand jury refused to indict in the death of 15-year-old Charlotte Brown.
A different take on the story came from a viewer (Debra Ray) in Gretna: "I would like to know what this child could have possibly done in such a short amount of time to deserve being shot. This is a crime against an innocent child. This child was very active in sports and was a good student in school. She almost managed to live for 16 years without being in trouble the first time. The family is in a great deal of pain and hearing the things that are being said is very hurtful."
We welcome your comments on our news coverage.
The mailing address is PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007. To send a fax, the number is 343-7269.
And for email the address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe McKean, News-7.))