Six months ago today, terror struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Today, there was silence and remembrance.
A live update from New York City, straight ahead.
And over the weekend dry, windy weather helped fan several brush fires across the region.
Sunshine today followed by some rain showers early tomorrow...I'll have your forecast....
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Six months after the terrorist attacks, mourners gather at the site of the World Trade Center to remember those who lost their lives.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Two separate moments of silence today, marking the time when two hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center towers on September 11th.
But it was the sounding of a New York City Fire Department bell that broke the silence at Ground Zero.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg dedicated a temporary memorial-- a metal sculpture of a sphere that was damaged in the 9-11 attacks.
Bloomberg says it symbolizes the economic freedom the World Trade Center stood for.
Gretchen Carlson is in New York City today , and joins us now with more.
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...AS THE WORDS OF the NATIONAL ANTHEM CUT THROUGH THE BITTER COLD MARCH
MORNING... AMERICA PAUSED TO THINK OF THE MOST DEFINING EVENT OF THE
21ST CENTURY... AND THE NEARLY THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE LOST WHEN
TERRORISTS TOOK DOWN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER TOWERS...
(-VERY- QUICK PAUSE--& QUICK DISSOLVE TO GROUND ZERO)
...AT THE SITE OF THE TOWERS, THE CREWS who have BEEN SIFTING THROUGH
BILLIONS OF TONS OF DEBRIS FOR SIX MONTHS...PAUSED TOO... with SO MUCH
OF THE BUILDING GONE NOW...BUT SO MANY MORE MONTHS OF WORK TO GO...
AT THE CEREMONY IN NEARBY BATTERY PARK CITY... IT WAS CLEAR-- THE
TRAGEDY IS STILL SO CLOSE.
(NAT) 9:35:00 "I AM WAITING FOR YOU JUST AROUND THE CORNER...)
... FROM THE MOUTHS OF children...CAME POETRY ... AND FROM THE LEADERS
OF NEW YORK CITY-- A DEDICATION OF A TEMPORARY MEMORIAL.
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IT'S A SPHERE THAT FOR 30-YEARS STOOD IN THE PLAZA OF THE WORLD TRADE
CENTER-- Symbolizing LOCAL PEACE. ON SEPT. 11TH IT WAS DAMAGED-- BUT NOT
DESTROYED. AND LIKE NEW YORK-- IT HAS BEEN UNEARTHED...
...THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK WAS JOINED BY THE CURRENT AND FORMER
MAYOR... IN VOWING TO MAKE SURE NO ONE EVER FORGETS WHAT HAPPENED ON
THAT DAY ...AND NO ONE STOPS WORKING TO BUILD THE KIND OF FUTURE --
THOSE WHERE LOST-- WOULD HAVE WANTED.
SOT: FMR. MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI
I REALIZED THAT WE HAD WON THE WAR ON TERRORISM THAT FIRST DAY -- WE ARE
NOW WINNING THE BATTLE-- BUT WE WON THE WAR...
A similar scene in the nation's capital--
President Bush hosted a memorial ceremony at the White House-- telling hundreds of terrorist victim's family members that their loved ones did NOT die in vain.
Teri Okita reports.
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TRACK: A VERY SOLEMN PRESIDENT BUSH SHARED IN THE SORROW FELT BY SO
MANY ON THIS HALF-YEAR REMEMBRANCE . WITH HUNDREDS OF THE VICTIMS
FAMILY MEMBERS AND DOZENS OF AMBASSADORS FROM ALLIED NATIONS LISTENING,
HE REMINDED THE COUNTRY OF THE MISSION AND CAUSE THAT STILL LIES AHEAD.
SOT: (Bush) September the 11th was not the beginning of global terror,
but it was the beginning of the world's concerted response. History
will know that day not only as a day of tragedy, but as a day of
TRACK: THE WOUNDS ARE STILL RAW FOR MANY FAMILIES AS IF SEPTEMBER 11TH
WAS JUST YESTERDAY.
AT A CHURCH SERVICE IN PENNSYLVANIA, THEY HONORED THE PASSENGERS WHO
DIED TRYING TO OVERTAKE THE TERRORISTS. AND AT THE PENTAGON, A SIMPLE,
QUIET REMEMBRANCE ... BY DEFENSE SECRETARY RUMSFELD AND MULTI NATION
MILITARY LEADERS. AS RECONSTRUCTION WORK AT THE CRASH SITE CONTINUES
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP BRIDGE: For first 2 months, construction crews worked round the
clock. Since then, only eased up a bit. They're not on 20 hours a day, 6
days a week.
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TRACK: THE DESTRUCTION ON SEPTEMBER 11TH WAS SO WIDESPREAD THAT, TO SEE
THE BUILDING NOW, IT SEEMS NOTHING SHORT OF A MIRACLE. THE FACADE LOOKS
ALMOST AS GOOD AS NEW.
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SOT: If we had been standing there on 11 September, and you had a
picture of what this thing looks like right now, and you said, Do you
think you could make this thing look like this in 6 months? Everyone on
this project site would have said, No way. It cant happen. (:13)
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: But it IS happening, and managers credit that to the hundreds
of motivated, patriotic workers who have set a goal date of 9-11-2002 to
reopen that section of the Pentagon. Teri Okita, CBS News, The Pentagon.
Hundreds of Afghan fighters have gathered near the mountains of eastern Afghanistan for what could be a major push against al-Qaida holdouts in caves there.
The fighters are reinforcing American troops.
Around 400 U-S troops have returned to Bagram Air Base.
That after spending the past week battling al-Qaida and Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan.
But U-S officials say the withdrawal does NOT mean an end to the offensive-- the move is more of a "re- positioning."
High winds made it difficult for firefighters to control a brush fire on Fort Lewis Mountain yesterday.
Crews were called to Bear Creek Circle around 8:30 yesterday morning.
They quickly got a line around the fire but it jumped the line several times because of wind gusts that reached as high as 40 miles an hour.
The fire is contained, but firefighters are still keeping a close eye on it.
Meanwhile, crews were 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 yesterday in Bath County.
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A brush fire caused problems last night at the Radford Arsenal.
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Fire fighters were called to the plant around eight o'clock.
A spokesman says grass was ignited by a spark from a power line.
The blaze was near a nitroglycerine plant, but it was quickly put out.
No injuries were reported.
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Former N-B-A star Jayson Williams faces more charges stemming from the fatal shooting of a limousine driver. We'll have the details after the break.
Also authorities are looking for a killer after two people are shot to death in a Waffle House restaurant.
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Former N-B-A star Jayson Williams is facing new charges related to the fatal shooting of a limousine driver last month.
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This morning, prosecutors in New Jersey charged him with tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.
Williams has already been charged with manslaughter.
Prosecutors have said he was handling a gun recklessly when the limo driver was shot in Williams' bedroom last month.
A witness told Sports Illustrated magazine that Williams then tried to put the victim's palmprints and fingerprints on the shotgun. He then allegedly disposed of his own bloody clothing before police arrived.
The shooting was first reported to police as a suicide.
Police are still trying to piece together what happened early this morning at a Waffle House restaurant in south Florida.
Authorities say a man and woman were found shot to death.
Their bodies had been left in the restaurant's freezer area.
Both were restaurant employees.
Officials say another woman, who was wounded in the shooting managed to walk to a nearby gas station and call for help.
Police are still searching for a suspect.
Ahead of renewed U-S peace efforts, Israel is taking steps that could defuse tensions in the Middle East.
A major step-- lifting travel restrictions for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
David Hawkins reports.
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ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON MAY BE SPEAKING MORE SOFTLY... BUT
HE'S STILL CARRYING A BIG STICK... AND USING IT.
IN ADVANCE OF A VISIT FROM U.S. MIDDLE EAST ENVOY ANTHONY ZINNI...
SHARON DROPPED HIS DEMAND FOR A SEVEN-DAY CEASEFIRE AS A PRECONDITION
FOR CEASEFIRE TALKS... AND TODAY SHARON SAID HE'LL RELEASE PALESTINIAN
AUTHORITY PRESIDENT YASIR ARAFAT FROM HIS VIRTUAL PRISON IN RAMALLAH.
BUT ISRAELI AIR STRIKES ARE ON-GOING... AND OVERNIGHT... ISRAELI TROOPS
INVADED ANOTHER PALESTINIAN REFUGEE CAMP... IN THE WEST BANK TOWN OF
AT LEAST SIX PALESTINIANS WERE KILLED BY ISRAELI FIRE TODAY IN THE WEST
BANK AND GAZA.
IN ANTI-TERRORIST SWEEPS OF THE CAMPS... INCLUDING THIS ONE NEAR
BETHLEHEM... ISRAELI SOLDIERS ARE ROUNDING UP ALL PALESTINIAN MEN
BETWEEN THE AGES OF 15 AND 45 FOR INTERROGATION. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL
DAYS... WELL OVER A THOUSAND MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED.
MOST PALESTINIAN MILITANTS THOUGH WERE LONG GONE BEFORE THE ISRAELIS
ARRIVED... AND ESCAPED THE DRAGNET. PALESTINIAN GUNMEN SHOT UP A
BANQUET HALL IN SOUTHERN ISRAEL LAST NIGHT... BUT DIDN'T KILL ANYONE.
AND TWO OTHER ATTEMPTED TERRORIST ATTACKS WERE PREVENTED YESTERDAY BY
ISRAELI SECURITY FORCES. TODAY... ISRAEL REMAINS ON HIGH ALERT. DH CBS
New research is touting the benefits of moderate drinking.
A study says women who have a few alcoholic beverages a week have an almost 15- percent lower chance of high blood pressure than those who don't drink at all.
But the key word is moderation--
The same study found that consuming more than about one-and-a-half drinks a day can increase blood pressure risks by 30 percent.
Experts caution that drinking has been linked to OTHER health risks in women, including breast cancer and birth defects.
A Roanoke County supervisor wants to hold drunk drivers financially responsible for their actions.
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 involved accidents.
The fees would range from 500 to a thousand dollars and would be in addition to any criminal penalties.
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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.
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Coming up a little later in Sports, a Roanoke native loses his basketball job.
But first we will tell you why a shortage of workers could change your plans to chill out this summer.
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A shortage of lifeguards could make it difficult to keep cool this summer.
Area pool owners are already searching for solutions as they scramble to fill positions.
Justin McLeod reports.
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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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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.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 12 points. The NASDAQ has lost 18.
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A former basketball star from our area is let go by his team. We'll tell you who it is next.
...and after 36 lead changes and a caution, Tony Stewart charges his way to a win at the M-B-N-A America 500.
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Florida State University has fired former Roanoker Steve Robinson.
The Associated Press is reporting that F-S-U will announce Robinson's firing as head basketball coach at an afternoon news conference.
Robinson went 64-and-86 in five years with the Seminoles, but just 46-and-72 over the last four seasons.
The Noles were just 25-and-55 in Atlantic Coast Conference play with Robinson at the helm.
He came to Florida State in 1997 after two successful seasons at Tulsa.
Robinson grew up in Roanoke, attended Ferrum for two years, and then became one of Radford University's first ever scholarship players.
The N-C-double-A men's basketball seedings were released last night.
Maryland takes top seed in the East.
Joining the Terps in the East are Kentucky a fourth seed, N.C. State a 7th seed and Hampton University the 15-th seed.
A-C-C tournament champion DUKE will lead the South Regional seeding in the tournament
Pittsburgh and Notre Dame represent the Big East and Winthrop, the winner of the Big South tournament joins the region.
Now, on to the Midwest where the Kansas Jayhawks- losers of the Big 12 tournament- lead the field.
Florida, Wake Forest from the A-C-C, and Boston College out of the Big East will contend for the regional title.
And the Cincinnati Bearcats are the top seed in the West Regional.
Big 12 champion Oklahoma, Miami of the Big East and Davidson will join the Bearcats in the region.
Meanwhile, four State teams have made it into the women's N-C-Double-A tournament.
Virginia is the 8-th seed in the Mideast.
The Lady Cavaliers will face number 9 Iowa in the first round this Saturday March 16-th.
Old Dominion is the 7th seed in the region.
Liberty is seeded 14th, and Norfolk State is 16th in the East.
Virginia Tech will compete in the W-N-I-T.
The Lady Hokies will host U-N-C Greensboro Wednesday night at the Cassell.
Greensboro is coached by Lynn Agee, who coached at William Fleming and Roanoke College.
Tipoff is set for 7 o'clock.
Tony Stewart takes the checkered flag at the Atlanta Motor Speedway - winning the M-B-N-A America 500.
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Tony Stewart took off like a bullet to start the race--
He was the leader with 276 laps to go.
His main challenge came from Dale Earnhardt Junior-
He passed Stewart for the lead with 243 to go-- the 8-th lead change in the race.
South Boston's Jeff Burton, who usually runs strong in Atlanta, was up to 27-th place after 184 laps of the race.
Then several laps later, Dick Trickle, running at the top of the track, hits the wall hard coming out of turn two.
That brought out the caution after 186 laps.
Two caution flags slowed the race near the end.
But after a record 36 lead changes, Tony Stewart takes the checkered flag, winning the MBNA America 500-- his first win on a super speedway in some time.
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Dale Earnhardt Junior was second, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Ricky Craven.
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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