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America takes a break from looking to the future for a week of ceremonies designed for looking at the past.
The week of September eleventh gives birth to countless events in New York.
Plus, a group of local residents jump into community service.
We'll check in on their fire fighting training.
News 7 is next.
It's a time to grieve, remember, and heal.
New York gets a head start looking back at 9-11.
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I'm Shannon Young in for Jean Jadhon.
The F-B-I is warning that intelligence sources are hearing a steady stream of threats mentioning New York, Washington, and September eleventh.
Officials have no specific details but are telling police and utility, banking and transportation industries to be alert.
In the meantime, plans continue for countless memorial services on the one year anniversary of the September eleventh attacks.
As Chris Lawrence reports, some ceremonies started today.
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((HUNDREDS OF NEW YORK'S FINEST STOOD SHOULDER TO SHOULDER, AS THEY SALUTED THEIR DEAD.
23 POLICE OFFICERS WERE KILLED AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, AND MONDAY, OFFICIALS ADDED THEIR NAMES TO A MEMORIAL WALL.
SOT - GOVERNOR GEORGE PATAKI/(R) NEW YORK
"They'd sworn an oath to enforce the law, to protect us, to keep us safe. Now we know how rock solid this oath, their promise was."
WHILE SOME REMEMBERED THE OFFICERS WHO FELL THAT DAY, OTHERS CELEBRATED THE WORK OF THOSE WHO LIVED.
A BARBECUE WAS HELD IN HONOR OF THE OFFICERS, EMT'S AND FIREFIGHTERS WHO WORKED THROUGH THE HEAT AND DUST ON 9/11.
STANDUP BRIDGE - CHRIS LAWRENCE/REPORTING
ON THAT DAY THEY COULDN'T EVEN IMAGINE A FEAST LIKE THIS..WITH HUNDREDS STILL TRAPPED IN THE TRADE CENTER.
EATING, WASN'T A LUXURY THEY COULDN'T AFFORD.
SOT - LT. JOHN BIOLA/NY FIRE DEPT.
"And I mean to stay up for three straight days without sleep, rest or cleaning, it's scrictly emotions that keep us going."
THE SHOCK OF THAT DAY IS STILL FELT NEARLY ONE YEAR LATER, THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY.
THREE MUSLIM WOMEN TRAVELLED FROM LA TO NEW YORK TO DELIVER THIS GIFT.
SOT - HEDAB TRAFI/MUSLIMS AGAISNT TERRORISM
"If you ask me what is the quilt made out of, I'd say it's made out of love."
FOR WEEKS, BY HAND, THEY STITCHED IT TOGETHER, WITH THE NAMES OF EACH VICTIM DISPLAYED.
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"When you look at the names embroidered on the blue fabric, with the stars on them. You feel the victims are up there in heaven, among the
AND PERHAPS LOOKING DOWN, AS THEIR NATION LOOKS BACK AT 9/11.
CHRIS LAWRENCE, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
The second annual "Concert for America" will air on the one year anniversary of 9-11.
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President Bush and First Lady Laura attended the concert at the Kennedy Center tonight.
The first "Concert for America" was held at the Kennedy Center 13 days after the attacks.
The Bushes were accompanied by Secretary of State Colin Powell and his wife, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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((PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: I WANT THANKS TO ALL THE ARTISTS, AND ALL THE HEROES THAT ARE HERE WITH
US AS WELL.))
((LAURA BUSH/FIRST LADY: WE'LL NEVER FORGET THOSE WHO DIED AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, THE
PENTAGON, AND IN PENNSYLVANIA.))
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Performers included Placido Domingo, Enrique Iglesias, Alan Jackson, James Earl Jones, Angela Bassett, Chris Isaak, Reba McIntyre, Al Green and up and coming soul singer India Arie.
The event will air Wednesday evening.
A local woman will help remember fallen EMS workers at a ceremony in New York on Wednesday...
Sue Taylor manages Roanoke's To The Rescue museum, a one of a kind location dedicated to rescue professionals.
While in the Big Apple, she will attend New York-Presbyterian Hospital's memorial service.
Taylor will help unveil a memorial dedicated to the four EMS workers the hospital lost on 9-11.
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((SUE TAYLOR/MUSEUM MANAGER; IT'S 36 FEET HIGH ITS GOT THE ENGRAVING I CAN'T WAIT TO GO THERE ITS AN HONOR TO BE A PART OF IT.))
((WHEN I GO UP THERE I BRING BACK I LEAVE A PIECE OF MY HEART AND I BRING BACK SO MANY GOOD FEELINGS.))
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Taylor says 139-EMS workers died in the attacks.
While in New York - she will also visit Ground Zero for the President's speech and Battery Park for the lighting of the eternal flame.
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There are numerous events and activities scheduled across the region on Wednesday,
We have assembled an extensive list of places and times on our home page at WDBJ7-dot-com.
Just click the 9-11 event icon near the upper left corner.
Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera says Osama bin Laden can be heard naming four of the September eleventh hijackers on a new videotape the station partially aired today, although there is no way to verify who the voice belongs to or when the tape was made.
Teri Okita reports.
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THE TAPE PAYS AN EERIE TRIBUTE TO THE 19 HIJACKERS.
OSAMA BIN LADEN IS NOT SEEN...
BUT THIS IS BELIEVED TO BE HIS VOICE.. SPEAKING SOMBERLY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH TERRORISTS, CALLING THEM, 'MEN WHO CHANGED HISTORY.'
ONE OF THE HIJACKERS READS HIS WILL..
.. PRAISING BIN LADEN FOR TRAINING HIM TO CARRY OUT THE ATTACKS.
THE TAPE CONTINUES WITH SCENES, APPARENTLY RECORDED IN AFGHANISTAN, LONG BEFORE THE ATTACKS ON AMERICA.
FOUR MEN, SAID TO BE AMONG THE HIJACKERS -- MARKING TARGETS ON MAPS..STUDYING TEXTBOOKS AND FLIGHT MANUALS.
SOT - YUSRI FOUDA/AL JAZEERA CORRESPONDENT
"They wanted to make a big bang, choose targets that would be more of symbols..and at the same time, cause as many deaths as possible."
AL JAZEERA CORRESPONDENT YUSRI FOUDA (YOO-sree FOOD-uh) WAS BLINDFOLDED, AND LED TO A HIDE-OUT IN KARACHI, PAKISTAN -- WHERE HE INTERVIEWED TWO OF AL-QAEDA'S SENIOR LEADERS.
FOUDA (FOOD-uh) SAYS THE ORIGINAL TERROR PLOT DIDN'T INVOLVE THE WORLD TRADE CENTER - BUT NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS.
.. AND THAT AL-QAEDA PLANNED FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS, BEFORE IT CARRIED OUT THE 9/11 ATTACKS.
HE ASSUMES AL-QAEDA'S REASON FOR TALKING -- WAS TO SEND A MESSAGE.
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"that they are still functioning, that they are well, al qaeda is there, bin laden is there."
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WHILE THE VOICE ON THIS NEWEST TAPE SOUNDS STRIKINGLY SIMILAR TO OTHERS MADE BY BIN LADEN.
IT PROVIDES NO HARD EVIDENCE TO PROVE IF BIN LADEN IS DEAD OR ALIVE.
TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
A natural gas problem is causing a stink in parts of Roanoke tonight.
The culprit is a chemical that's supposed to warn residents of leaks.
But emergency officials says Roanoke Gas added 50 to 100 times too much of the chemical that gives natural gas its odor.
The problem seems to be concentrated in Northwest Roanoke between Tenth Street and Williamson Road.
Fire officials say the chemical itself is harmless but the odor has been causing some headaches and nausea.
Roanoke Gas says the chemical might not be worked out of the system until tomorrow morning.
In the meantime, they suggest cracking a window.
A state commission studying government cost and efficiency has drafted a report proposing hundreds of millions of dollars in procurement savings.
But the report proposes no specific cuts, and would actually create a new state office, as well as oversight boards.
A draft of the report was sent to the members of former Governor Doug Wilder's Commission on Efficiency and Effectiveness today.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the draft, which will be discussed at a meeting of the commission on Friday.
In a letter today, Wilder said he wants to see specific cuts added to the group's final report -- similar to the ones he suggested to Governor Mark Warner last month.
Volunteers are hitting the books in Roanoke County.
This evening-- the newest class of recruits got down to work at the Roanoke Valley Regional Fire and E-M-S Training Center.
Over the next several months, they'll be training to become volunteer firefighters.
This is one of the center's largest classes ever--
Most of the recruits are from Roanoke County-- but a few are from surrounding communities.
Team work will be strongly stressed-- but for these men and women that won't be a problem.
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((TREY CHAMBLISS/VOLUNTEER: JUST THE ABSOLUTE BROTHERHOOD THAT EVERYONE SHOWS AND IT'S SO AMAZING HOW IF YOU DON'T THINK YOU CAN DO A JOB IF YOU JUST GO OUT THERE AND TRY IT, ALL OF THE SUPPORT BEHIND YOU, IT'S JUST SO AMAZING.... YOU CAN DO ALMOST ANYTHING.))
I LIKE THE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, YOU CAN GIVE SOMETHING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THAT MAYBE YOU COULDN'T IN SOME OTHER JOB OR ASPECT OF LIFE. ))
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Volunteers were given a sweat shirt and T-Shirt as they entered the door.
When the Roanoke County volunteers graduate-- they'll be given uniform pants and a shirt sporting the county seal.
Still ahead, police bust up a drug ring in the New River Valley.
Plus Virginia soldiers come to the rescue when a car plunges off a bridge.
That story next.
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(( Hey folks, Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office - as the Hillcats move one win away from clinching the Carolina League championship.
The Thundering Herd talks about taking on the top 10 Hokies.
Al Groh speaks on his surprising tight ends.
Plus, the Skins' kicker may have to retire from football, and this VMI quarterback is a player of the week. Tonight o
n the Big 7.))[Car-Resevoir]
A man is dead after the S-U-V he was in crashed over a guard rail and plunged into a reservoir this morning.
His wife, who was at the wheel, was rescued by soldiers from Fort Eustis who witnessed the accident.
Police identified the coupel as being from Newport News... Both were military personnel stationed at Fort Eustis.
Several soldiers at the base saw the S-U-V go into the reservoir, a drop of about 12 feet from the bridge.
They jumped into the water and pulled the woman out with a rope.
A two- year investigation of drug distribution in the New River Valley has netted ten arrests, but authorities are still looking for six others, including the alleged ringleader.
Investigators believe 28- year- old Malcolm Lewis led an organization that distributed more than a million dollars of cocaine and marijuana in the Radford and Pulaski areas.
They say members of the organization were also responsible for acts of violence and intimidation.
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((JOHN BROWNLEE/U. S. ATTORNEY; THEY LINE THEIR POCKETS BY DISTRIBUTING POISON TO PEOPLE. THAT'S WHAT THEY DO. AND WHEN THEIR DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS ARE CHALLENGED THEY USE VIOLENCE TO ENFORCE IT.))
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Authorities in Charlottesville, Norfolk and the New River Valley rounded up ten of the suspects, but Malcolm Lewis and five others remain at large.
There will be no prison time for a woman convicted of phoning in a bomb threat to the store where she worked last fall.
42- year- old Roslyn Boston-Khaliq (kah-LEEK) was arrested last October for threatening to blow up the Wal-Mart store in Bedford.
A jury found her guilty of the charge in federal court in June.
Today, Judge Norman Moon sentenced Boston-Khaliq to four months of house arrest and three years probation.
She must also pay 34- thousand dollars in restitution to Wal-Mart.
Governor Mark Warner wants Virginians to volunteer...so he's trying to make it easier for those who want to help out.
Warner today announced a new website and toll-free number for those seeking information on volunteer opportunities around the state.
The governor says the Virginia Corps program was created to help capture the renewed spirit of civic duty following September 11th.
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THIS EFFORT, VIRGINIA CORPS EFFORT, WILL DRAW UPON WHAT I BELIEVE WILL BE AN UPSURGE OF PATRIOTISM WE'LL FEEL IN THESE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS. THIS WILL BE A WAY TO CHANNEL THAT OUTPUT INTO HOMELAND SECURITY ACTIVITIES AS WELL AS MORE TRADITIONAL VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES.))
((CHERYL COOLEY-NEWMAN/VOLUNTARY ACTION OF THE NEW RIVER VALLEY: IT'S JUST GREAT TO KNOW THAT THE GOVERNOR SUPPORTS WHAT WE'RE DOING AND THAT HE'S KINDA, YOU KNOW, APPEALING TO PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED AGAIN WHICH IS SOMETHING I THINK FROM TIME TO TIME WANES BACK AND FORTH.))
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Virginia Corps' toll-free number is 1-866-239-4868.
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You can find a link to it website on our homepage at wdbj7.com.
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Another sign that West Nile is here to stay in Southwest Virginia.
A horse in Rocky Mount was one of six in the state to test positive for West Nile Virus this year.
The horse became ill in mid-August and had to be put down.
There are no drugs to kill the virus in horses or humans, but there is an equine *vaccine* for West Nile.
The state department of Agriculture suggests calling a vet if your horse exhibits any neurologic symptoms, like a stumbling gate, facial paraylsis, drooping or disinterest in the surroundings.
Union workers have approved a new contract with Dominion Virginia Power.
Company headquarters in Richmond says wages will rise almost 15 percent over the contract's five years.
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Nearly four-thousand electrical workers walked off their jobs early last month over a contract dispute with the company's management.
Two weeks later, union officials signed a tentative agreement on a new contract offer, and today, the membership OK'd it.
An express train has plunged into a river in India, and at least 100 people are feared dead.
Authorities say about 125 people have been pulled from the river, some alive, some not.
The train's engine and two cars are still dangling from the bridge.
The train was on its way from Calcutta to New Delhi.
A railway police officer says authorities aren't ruling out sabotage by militants.
Jerry Lewis is back at his home in London after collapsing backstage at a charity show.
Lewis was to perform at a fund-raiser for a drug and alcohol treatment group.
News reports say the 76 year old was treated in an ambulance behind the theater and then driven to a hospital.
His wife says Lewis was not hospitalized.
Producer Stephen Allen Green says he saw Lewis collapsing out of he corner of his eye at the charity show.
He says all of a sudden Lewis ``just sat back.''
Lewis has been treated for a variety of ailments over recent years.
Will we get a visit from Gustav?
Still ahead on News 7, the latest on the storm churning off the Carolina Coast.
And soldiers and rescue workers battle floodwaters in France.
Soldiers have joined the battle against deadly flood waters in France.
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At least twelve have been killed and more than a thousand forced from their homes.
Three- hundred French soldiers were sent to help stranded drivers-- hundreds of whom were ferried to safety by helicopters.
In some areas-- months worth of rain fell in just 24- hours.
A hospital flooded and the country's transportation system is disabled.
The historic city of Nimes (neem) is hardest hit, but rains HAVE started to ease up.
The Carolina League finals continue - plus, we'll check in with Steve Mason at UVa and the Marshall Thundering Herd offers up some thoughts on Thursday night's battle with Tech
But first in tonight's Extra Point - The Redskins were planning on cutting kicker Brent Conway, but now it appears that an injury will end his season and maybe his career.
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Conway underwent an MRI today and the test determined that he has a torn quadriceps muscle. Conway said the injury likely will end his season and could end his NFL career.
Conway, 27, has a history of quadriceps injuries and missed the Redskins' final three games of the exhibition season because of a hip flexor injury.
The Skins say they may give former Hokie Shayne Graham, out of Pulaski a try.
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The Lynchburg Hillcats are now just one win away from wrapping up the Carolina League title.
Much as they did in the opening round against Wilmington - the Hillcats have now dropped the opening game of each series only two come back and win the next two.
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Merritt Hutchinson Stadium was selected as the scene for games three, four and five in the series.
And Lynchburg would just play solid baseball to put down the Indians last night as Jorge Mingas bunts the ball - a charging Randy Meadows guns him down to silence an Kinston threat in the 5th.
The Hillcats would bang out 10 hits and score five runs last night. Ray Navarete knocks one in the hole and beats out the throw.
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Lynchburg will now play for the title tonight at 7 in game four thanks to last night's 5-to-3 win.
They are both in the top 20 - Tech 9th in the coaches' poll and Marshall 17th.
They are both programs that have had to earn their respect gradually on their way to the top.
A number 7 named Vick took Tech there.
The folks in Huntington are hoping a number 7 named Byron Leftwich can do the same for them when the Hokies and Herd hook up Thursday night.
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Two of the keys to Marshall's chances just happen to be former Friday Football Extra players of the week.
Martinsville high school products Marcus Hairston and Jamus Martin are starting defensive ends for the Thundering Herd.
This Wednesday night - Travis Wells sits down with his fellow Bulldogs to talk about returning to the state to battle the Hokies.
Marshall is expected to bring close to 10 thousand fans into the sold out game.
The Herd is an 11 point underdog.
In one other Tech note - the Hokies next game on Saturday September 21st in College Station against Texas A & M will k
ick-off at 3:30pm.[S-UVA]
The young freshman that Al Groh is using on a regular basis this season have had to grow up in a hurry the past three weeks.
Steve Mason has more on two unlikely stars of the youth movement who have become huge contributors to the Cavaliers attack in the first three games.
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((STEVE MASON:IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS, UVA TIGHT ENDS CAUGHT FIVE TOUCHDOWN PASSES, PATRICK ESTES AND HEATH MILLER HAVE EQUALED THAT TOTAL IN THE LAST THREE GAMES.))
((in fact, that number is actually six TD's. Against South Carolina, Miller, a high school quarterback at Honaker, threw a touchdown pass to Estes.
Miller, who caught his first collegiate touchdown pass against Colorado State, has had a crash course in blocking, catching instead of throwing and going in motion
What is even more amazing is how fats a learner he is.))
((THE 1 AND 2 CAVALIERS HAVE THIS WEEK OFF BEFORE TRYING TO EVEN THEIR RECORD AT 2 AND 2 AGAINST AKRON SEPTEMBER 21ST IN THE FIRST MEETING BETWEEN THE TWO SCHOOL.))
Two UVa players earned ACC honors for their play against South Carolina.
Elton Brown a sophomore guard from Hampton is the Offensive lineman of the week. He had 10 knockdown blocks against the Gamecocks and did not allow a quarterback sack.
And Angelo Crowell, who had 12 tackles in Virginia's upset of No. 22 South Carolina, is the defensive player of the week.
Crowell has 33 tackles in the first three games of the year.
The VMI Keydets hit the road this week to battle the winless William & Mary Tribe in Williamsburg.
Don't look now, but VMI is 2-and-0, while the Tribe is 0-and-2 heading into its home opener.
Yesterday VMI got some real recognition as quarterback Joey Gibson was named the Offensive Player of the Week in the Southern Conference.
The 6-3, 220-pound senior from Jacksonville, completed 19 of 26 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns in helping the Keydets to a 41-16 win over Davidson. Gibson also scored on a one-yard run.
Gibson now has 26 career touchdown passes, second all-time in VMI history.