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The Israeli Army is apparently out to get Yasser Arafat, storming his compound on the West Bank and conducting a room to room hunt for him.
And state police are looking into eavesdropping allegations against a top official in the Republican party.
A partly sunny and mild day will lead to a few passing showers tonight ...I'll have your hometown forecast....
News 7 at Noon is next.
Israeli soldiers have stormed Yasser Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank, and are now searching room to room for the Palestinian leader.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
It appears Israeli troops are forcing their way closer to Yasser Arafat.
They're punching holes through the walls of the compound's buildings, moving in on Arafat and his aides.
At one point, soldiers traded shots with Arafat's guards.
The raid is retaliation for a series of deadly attacks against the
Israel is declaring Arafat an ``enemy,'' and has seized
the West Bank town of Ra-mallah, where Arafat has been confined for months.
Jim Acosta joins us now with the latest from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Ariel Sharon/Israeli Prime Minister;]
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(LOCATOR: RAMALLAH, WEST BANK)
ISRAELI SOLDIERS BLASTED THEIR WAY INTO YASSER ARAFAT'S HEADQUARTERS --
AFTER TANKS ROLLED INTO RAMALLAH AND TROOPS ESTABLISHED SNIPER POSITIONS
TO SURROUND THE PALESTINIAN LEADER.
PALESTINIANS LIVING NEAR ARAFAT'S COMPOUND HID IN THEIR HOMES TO ESCAPE
(SOT, Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister, "chairman Arafat is our
enemy... he is the architect of terror and we will isolate him.")
WHILE THE TALK IS TOUGH -- PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON'S GOVERNMENT
INSISTS IT'S NOT TRYING TO KILL ARAFAT -- BUT RATHER TRYING TO PUT A LID
ON RECENT ATTACKS THAT HAVE KILLED 30 ISRAELIS IN THREE DAYS.
THE LATEST VIOLENCE CAME THIS MORNING -- WHEN A PALESTINIAN TEENAGE GIRL
BLEW HERSELF UP AT THE ENTRANCE OF A JERUSALEM SUPERMARKET -- KILLING
HERSELF AND TWO ISRAELI CIVILIANS.
A MILITIA LINKED TO ARAFAT CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY.
(file of Arafat & fighting)
AS FOR ARAFAT -- HE CALLED FOR AN UNCONDITIONAL CEASE FIRE JUST BEFORE
THE ISRAELI OFFENSIVE BEGAN.
NOW HE IS DEFIANT -- TELLING AN ARAB MEDIA OUTLET: "THEY WANT ME UNDER
ARREST OR IN EXILE OR DEAD. BUT I AM TELLING THEM, 'I PREFER TO BE
THE WAR OF WORDS IS LOOKING MORE LIKE ALL OUT WAR.
Despite violence in the Holy land, the Easter Procession of the Cross began as usual on this Good Friday--
Security was tighter than normal, though.
The Good Friday parade is usually the one day of the year on which Christianity takes the spotlight in the region.
But this year, the event is taking place in the shadow of escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians.
A few thousand worshippers gathered to follow the 14 stations of the cross in Jerusalem's old city.
The State Police are investigating allegations that a top official with the State Republican party illegally monitored a telephone conversation among Democratic leaders.
Senate Democratic Leader Richard Saslaw of Fairfax County says he has been told the investigation centers on Ed Matricardi, executive director of the state G-O-P.
Saslaw says Matricardi apparently listened in, uninvited, on two separate conference calls between top Democratic lawmakers Friday and Monday.
Governor Mark Warner's spokeswoman, Ellen Qualls, said the state police informed the governor's office about an investigation ``related to the Republican Party of Virginia.''
Saslaw says the conversations touched, in part, on the state's redistricting plan, which was ruled unconstitutional earlier this month.
A proposal to widen Interstate 81 is moving along.
But the company that would develop the project says it would take more than fifteen years complete, and many feel safety improvements are needed now.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Mills/Star Solutions; :37]
[SUPER=01-Charles Compton/Virginia State Police; 1:06]
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Most who have driven on I-81 agrees improvements are needed.
A company called Star Solutions believes separate lanes for cars and trucks is the answer.
But the trucking industry says not so fast.
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((TIM SHEPARD/HOWELL'S MOTOR FREIGHT: WE DO BELIEVE THE PROPOSED SOLUTION TO FIX 81 WILL ACTUALLY HAVE A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THE SAFETY OF THAT ROADWAY.))
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Truckers argue separate lanes would be unsafe because they would have to cross at least two lanes to exit the highway.
Star Solutions disagrees saying most truckers here in Virginia are just passing through.
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((JIM MILLS/STAR SOLUTIONS: RIGHT AT THE MOMENT, I AM NOT LOOKING AT MUCH IF ANY TRUCK WEAVES ACROSS THAT CAR TRAFFIC.))
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Regardless of who's right, the plan would take nearly twenty years to complete.
That's why the second half of this forum concentrated on ways to improve safety now.
V-Dot plans to install more guardrails and rumble strips along I-81.
The State Police will also add more patrols in the air and on the ground.
Increased patrols began in 1999 and troopers say it's already working.
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((CAPT. CHARLES COMPTON/VA STATE POLICE: IN JUST THE SATURATED PATROLS WE HAVE ISSUED OVER 78,000 SUMMONS AND ARRESTS.))
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There's also another solution that is gathering steam.
Area politicians believe improving the railroad along I-81 will reduce the need for trucks on the roads.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE: IF YOU GOT TEN TO TWENTY PERCENT OF THE TRUCKS OFF OF INTERSTATE 81 IT WILL BE THAT MUCH SAFER FOR THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO USE IT.))
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And the people who use I-81 also have a responsibility.
State Police say motorists need to slow down and more need to use their seatbelts.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
As for when Star Solutions could begin widen I-81, that would come in 2004.
But first, V-Dot must approve the project. That decision is not expected until this summer.
Authorities are offering a reward to help track down the arsonist who set the tire fire.
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Information that leads to an arrest will be worth 15-thousand dollars.
10-thousand of that is coming from Roanoke County.
The other 5-thousand is being put up by the International Association of Arson Investigators.
Roanoke County's fire marshal determined this week that the fire at Willie Keeling's illegal tire dump was deliberately set.
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The suspected ringleader in the kidnapping of an American journalist is set to go on trial next week. We'll have the details in a moment.
Also, Hollywood has lost another one of its legendary figures.
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The suspected mastermind in the kidnapping and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl will face trial in Pakistan NEXT Friday.
Lee Cowan reports.
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[SUPER=01-Raja Quereshi/Chief Prosecutor; :58]
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(COWAN ON CAM OPEN)
The security situation around the Daniel Pearl case is so high,
the lawyers involved in the case weren't even told WHICH courthouse the
suspects were going to, and this morning, the government has asked that
any trial take place in jail, rather than a public courtroom.
The man the US hopes to eventually try in the death of Daniel Pearl
arrived as he always has - surrounded by armed guards admit a veil of
The shell game is designed to keep everyone guessing - which in the
end may prove to be one of the few things left to guess about in a trial
most here agree was over before it began.
This morning's appearance is the last before Saeed and three of his
alleged accomplices stand trial for Pearl's kidnap and murder. Seven
others have been charged as well, but so far, THEY remain at large.
Even the Chief Prosecutor admits the evidence against all of them
is mostly circumstantial. But Karachi's anti-terrorism court has a high
conviction rate - and few here doubt it will hand down an acquittal in
such a high profile case.
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"There are cases where people have been sentenced to death on
circumstantial evidence alone."
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The snag for the US? With court proceedings now well underway here, any
extradition request will likely be delayed at best if it happens at all.
Lee Cowan, CBS News Karachi.))
A quarterly report released on Wednesday revealed the founding family of Adelphia Cable borrowed 2 point three billion dollars to purchase company stock.
If the family cannot pay the loan back, analysts say the company itself will have to bear the burden.
Since company assets still wouldn't be enough to pay back the loan, the company may be forced into bankruptcy.
Adelphia provides Cable Service to residents in Blacksburg, Lynchburg and Salem, along with 5.7 million customers worldwide.
The man behind some of Hollywood's most treasured movies has died.
Chris Lawrence has more on the life of film director Billy Wilder.
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[OUT Q=CL CBS News Hollywood.]
((Director Billy Wilder made history during his time in Hollywood. He made
some of America s most famous films, including Sunset Boulevard and Some
Like it Hot.
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Wilder was the first filmmaker to win three Oscars in a year: Best
Director, Screenplay and Picture for The Apartment in 1960.
(NAT CLIP- APARTMENT)
Wilder died at his home in Beverly Hills late Wednesday night. He was 95
years old, and had been suffering from pneumonia. On Thursday flowers
were placed near his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He will be missed.
Wilder lived in Germany, but left after Adolph Hitler came to power in
1933. He immigrated to the United States speaking very little English.
(SOT JOHNNY GRANT/MAYOR OF HOLLYWOOD)
I think it s remarkable that he went on to write some of the most
unforgettable moments on film.
In his day, Wilder was a writer, director and producer a master
storyteller who made Double Indemnity and The Lost Weekend.
Mr. Billy Wilder!
Billy Wilder received 20 Academy Award nominations and won six Oscars.
He was recognized as one of the last great survivors of Hollywood s
Golden Age. Chris Lawrence CBS News Hollywood.))
William Byrd High School brought home a Double- A state title-- but the cheerleaders are the ones who are jumping for joy.
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The school's competition cheerleading squad won the state championship.
The team is comprised of 9th through 12 graders, and includes members of the varsity and J-V squads.
Coach Barbara Shutt says the group was judged on stunts, dance, tumbling and timing at the state championships in Richmond last weekend.
The team beat 15-other squads to take home the top trophy.
It was the fourth time the school's cheerleaders had earned a spot at state, after winning competitions at the district and regional levels.
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One of the younger members of Britain's Royal Family has taken ill. We'll tell you who it is after this break,
and we will see what it takes to make an Easter favorite...but be careful, just watching this may lead to a jelly belly.
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Britain's Prince Harry has come down with a case of mono-nucleosis.
But it hasn't kept the 17- year- old royal from joining his father and brother, William on a ski trip to Switzerland.
The illness can cause headaches, fatigue and swelling.
It's usually transmitted through close contact, such as kissing.
The ski trip marks the first time this year all three have been together.
It's also the first family gathering since Harry was sent to a rehab clinic after taking part in a marijuana and alcohol spree at a pub.
The Easter bunny will be delivering all kinds of sweet treats this Sunday.
But no Easter basket is complete without JELLYBEANS--
Welcome to the Jelly Belly factory--
This is the busiest time of the year for the California company.
It's whipping up 15 MILLION flavor- filled beans a day for candy lovers.
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((TOMI HOLT/JELLY BELLY SPOKESPERSON: IT GOES BACK TO THE 1930'S WHEN JELLY BEANS GOT ASSOCIATED WITH EASTER. WE THINK BECAUSE PEOPLE
WERE DOING THINGS WITH NESTS AND BEANS LOOK LIKE NEST EGGS." ))
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[OUT Q=like nest eggs.]
Making Jelly Bellies is a long and complicated process--
It takes 10 days to make each batch.
Just in time for Easter, the factory is featuring a special flavor-- carrot cake with a cream cheese coating..
The Stock Markets are closed today in observance of Good Friday.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Steve Mason takes a look at the Wahoos football lineup for the upcoming season...
...And Memphis takes the gold with the NIT Championship.
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The N-I-T crowned its champion last night as Memphis battled South Carolina for the coveted spot.
The Gamecocks' coach Dave Odom was trying to become the first coach to win the NIT at two different schools.
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The Tigers' cheerleaders were pumped up.
But not even THEY could expect what was about to happen.
Memphis' Earl Barron failed to score a single point in the semi-final win over Temple.
All he did last night was come out in the first half, make all nine of his shots, and score 19 points in the
opening 20 minutes.
Memphis would never look back, as John Calipari's team wins the NIT title 72-to-62.
Al Groh begins his second year at the Head of the WaHoos.
The UVa Football team opened up spring football practice yesterday, and Steve Mason visited Charlottesville to give us our first glance at some of the 2002 Cavaliers.
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[SUPER=01-Matt Schaub/UVa Junior Quarterback; :33]
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[SUPER=01-Angelo Crowell/UVa Team Captain; 1:23]
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((After a 5 and 7 2001, even fans attending spring practice felt a more strict mood around the football team. One third of the team is not participating in spring ball, perhaps because many of those players are among one of the nation's top recruiting classes that will arrive July 26th.
The Cavs are no longer in suspense about their quarterback. Matt Schaub took steps this off season to let everyone know, he's the guy.
Schaub held for the kickers in practice. Speaking of kickers, Groh thinks Cave Spring senior Tom Hagan has a bright future at UVa.
Senior All ACC first teamer Billy McMullen and linebacker Angelo Crowell are the new team captains. Crowell and his defense are wearing orange crush jerseys in practice, a name that can be traced to the Denver Broncos D back when UVa offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave played there. New jerseys for a team with now well adjusted to it's second year coaching staff.
former Detroit Lions coach Bobby Ross attended Wednesday's practice to watch son Kevin coach the Virginia running backs. ))
The Winston Cup series has the week off, and yesterday three teams started their Easter Weekend by wrapping up a two day test session at the Martinsville Speedway.
Rookie Jimmie Johnson, who amazingly is fourth in the points race after six events, was supposed to get some testing help from his car owner and teammate Jeff Gordon this week.
But when rain on Tuesday forced the test session to be moved back a day, Gordon couldn't make it.
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[OUT Q=...A BIG HELP TOO."]
One of the cars Johnson kept a close eye on was the number 32 ride, piloted by Ricky Craven.
The Tide Ride won at Martinsville last fall, and crew chief Mike Beam decided to make Martinsville a priority again this year.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Beam/Ricky Craven's Crew Chief; :00]
[OUT Q=...not our weaknesses."]
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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