Today on News 7 at 5, the Washington Metro area is still on edge as the search continues for a serial sniper. We'll have the latest.
Also we'll have reaction from the Middle East to an apology from a local minister.
A soaking rain coming up from the south is the weather headline today. Forecast details in a moment.
Also today, it could soon cost a few dollars more to use a cell phone in parts of the region.
Authorities try to find the parents of an abandoned baby left on a Virginia doctor's door.
Plus millions of pounds of lunch meat are recalled.
News 7 at Five is next.
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Police out in force today checking cars- and following leads trying to catch up with a serial sniper.
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It's been three days since the Serial Sniper last struck in Suburban Washington, D-C ... but the quiet has done little to calm the community's fears.
Teri Okita is in Rockville Maryland with the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Doug Duncan/Montgomery Co. Executive;]
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((IT COULD BE JUST WHAT THE SNIPER WANTED. THE KILLING SPREE HAS
GRABBED THE ATTENTION AT THE NATIONS HIGHEST LEVELS.
Its cold-blooded murder. Terrorizing society will do everything to
bring person to justice.
IN THE SUBURBS SURROUNDING WASHINGTON, D-C, LIFE AS USUAL TAKES
ON A DIFFERENT MEANING THESE DAYS. THE GUARDIAN ANGELS ARE MANNING GAS
STATIONS BECAUSE, EVEN SOMETHING AS MUNDANE AS PUMPING GAS COULD SPELL
DANGER. THE SERIAL SNIPER HAS KILLED FOUR CUSTOMERS AT AREA GAS
James Louis-Charles/Rockville, MD Resident:
I really hope they catch this guy. This is crazy.
TRACK: POLICE WONT CONFIRM REPORTS THAT THE PENTAGON IS SEARCHING ITS
RECORDS FOR RECENTLY DISCHARGED SOLIDERS WHO MAY HAVE HAD SNIPER
TRAINING. AND THEY WONT COMMENT ON REPORTS THAT A YELLOW PAPER FOUND AT
FRIDAYS CRIME SCENE CONTAINED SCRIBBLED DIRECTIONS TO AN INTERSTATE
AFTER A SECOND WEEKEND FREE OF VIOLENCE, RESIDENTS FEAR THE SERIAL SNIPER COULD START THE SHOOTING SPREE ALL OVER AGAIN. THE CHIEF
OF POLICE SEES IT MORE OPTIMISTICALLY.
Chief Charles Moose/Montgomery County Police:
Any day without a shooting, without violence, is a good day.
A COMPOSITE SKETCH OF A WHITE BOX TRUCK ...POSSIBLY LINKED TO
THE ATTACKS HAS BEEN SHOWN ALL OVER THE NATION...IF AUTHORITIES HAVE ANY
SOLID LEADS ON IT ...THEY'RE KEEPING QUIET. BUT HUNDREDS OF TIPS KEEP
POURING INTO THE POLICE HOTLINE.
Doug Duncan/Montgomery County Executive:
We will not be at peace in this community until we catch whoever is
Police keep widening their dragnet responding to all
suspicious incidents, even minor traffic violations. Any mistake by the sniper could be the break theyre looking for. Teri Okita, CBS News, Rockville, Maryland.))
If you have sandwich meat made by Pilgrim's Pride- don't eat it.
The poultry processor is recalling more than 27 million pounds of luncheon meat because it may be contaminated with listeria.
The meat is sold under a variety of names- Wampler Foods, Block and Barrel, Bonos, Golden Acre and Reliance.
The products include turkey and other poultry sold freshly sliced or made into sandwiches at deli counters.
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Each package that's being recalled bears the plant number P-13- 51. That's inside the U-S-D-A mark of inspection.
The national recall is the largest in the history of the U-S Department of Agriculture.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell has apologized for calling Muslim prophet Muhammad a terrrorist.
Falwell says he did not mean any disrespect to sincere law-abiding Muslims.
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He said his remarks were made in response to a controversial and loaded question on "60 Minutes."
Falwell says he shouldn't have answered the question.
In a statement, Falwell said it was a mistake and he apologized.
He points out, he has never preached a sermon about Islam or written a book or pamphlet on the subject.
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Hundreds of protestors gathered outside the CBS Broadcast Center in New York yesterday to protest the comments.
Islamic leaders say they welcome the apology.
A leading Iranian cleric says Falwell showed courage by apologizing. He added that it's good Islamic behavior to accept an apology from a person who admits making a mistake.
President Bush thinks al-Qaida is back. He says attacks in Indonesia, Kuwait and Yemen appear to have been carried out by Osama bin Laden's terrorist network.
Drew Levinson reports.
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((Saturday's deadly explosion in Indonesia has counter terrorism officials
looking for a link--a link to two other terrorist acts and al Qaeda.
"I JUST WAS SCREAMING, I'M GOING TO DIE"
Though no one has claimed responsibility for the blast on Bali that
killed nearly 200 people--many including the president point the finger
at the same organization that attacked New York and Washington.
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"I THINK WE HAVE TO ASSUME IT IS AL QAEDA"
This comes as Indonesia finally admitted the extremist group is
operating within it's borders.
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"THERE IS NO OTHER GROUP IN INDONESIA WITH THE INTENTION AND THE
CAPABILITY TO CONDUCT AN ATTACK OF THIS MAGNITUDE."
Last Sunday terrorists apparently attacked a French Supertanker off
Yemen--two days later they killed one marine and wounded another in
The Arab TV Network Al Jazeera is airing a statement it claims is
signed by Osama Bin Laden hailing the attack on the marines.
Graphic: "The heroic operation in Kuwait proves the level of danger
that threatens U.S. forces in Islamic countries.
"The priority in this war at this stage must be against the infidels,
the Americans and the Jews who have not stopped their injustice."
Back on Bali the scene is reminiscent of New York after the attack on
the World Trade Center.
There are pictures of the missing--faces not seen since Saturday--faces
that may never be seen again...victims of terrorism.
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WITH AL QAEDA APPARENTLY REARING ITS HEAD AGAIN--THERE'S THE QUESTION OF
WHETHER THE UNITED STATES AND IT'S ALLIES SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON IT OR
IRAQ....BOTH REPRESENT A THREAT .. AND BOTH NEED TO BE DEALT WITH. DREW
LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
They went all the way to Canada to talk to him...
Now investigators say a man sought for questioning in connection with the murders of Jennifer Short and her parents will be interviewed soon in the U-S.
The time table is not clear yet -- but officials in Henry County and North Carolina say Garrison Bowman will be escorted back to the U-S sometime in the next two weeks.
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Marya Jones is here with more on that.
Jean, no date has been set yet to deport Gary Bowman,
but Sheriff Frank Cassell says he'll be escorted by Canadian officials to an undisclosed location in the U-S, where investigators hope to meet him for questioning.
Of course, because Bowman is not a suspect in the murders, he'll be free to decline.
But Bowman's friends, who have rallied behind him in the last several days, say they're certain he'll want to cooperate and set the record straight.
They say NOTHING links Gary Bowman to the crimes except the word of his landlord.
And coming up on News-7 at 6, we'll hear more from Bowman's friends, who say there's NO way the man they know could be responsible.
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Up next on the newscast, cellular phone users in one local city could soon have to spend a few more dollars. We'll have the details.
and on Health Check we will see a new device that will make a trip to the dentist a little less painful.
Salem City Council will vote tonight on a proposed tax on cellular phones.
The three dollar tax will be used to help pay for renovations and additions at Andrew Lewis Middle School.
City Manger Forest Jones says Salem is the last local community to impose such a tax.
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((FOREST JONES/SALEM CITY MANAGER: IF COUNCIL ADOPTS IT TONIGHT IT'LL BE 120 DAYS 'TIL IT GOES INTO EFFECT. WE'RE LOOKING PROBABLY AT THE FIRST OF MARCH BEFORE WE'LL ACTUALLY START COLLECTING THE TAX.))
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Renovations to Andrew Lewis Middle School will also be paid for with money raised from an increase in the car-decal fee, an increase in the lodging tax and salem's new cigarette tax which will go into effect in December.
Jones says Salem will also likely sell 20-year bonds.
A baby is found outside a home this morning in Portsmouth- Emergency officials tonight say the infant is in good condition.
It's believed the baby is between six and eight weeks old-
Police are continuing their investigation but say it may not have been a coincidence that the little girl was left outside the home of a pediatrician.
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Dr. Orndorff says he's glad he found the baby when he did because it was a cool morning out.
The baby was wearing clothing- Dr. Orndoff did not pick the child up because he knew police would want to investigate but he did wrap the baby in blankets.
Today on health Check, if all the drilling and filling keeps you away from the dentist, you are certainly not alone.
But a new device is promising to ease your pain.
Dr. Sean Kenniff has more.
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((FOR MOST OF US...NOTHING STRIKES FEAR...LIKE THE PROSPECT OF STRIKING A
NERVE...WITH THAT DREADFUL DENTIST'S DRILL.
FOUR YEAR OLD ARI MAYA LEARNED THE HARD WAY...A DAY AT THE DENTIST...WAS
A REAL DOWNER, AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO GO BACK.
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"...he was terrified of going to the dentist because he hates the
shot...and he had a few cavities to be done...and we were like...'How're
we gonna do this?'.."
THAT'S WHEN HIS MOM ITTY LEARNED ABOUT A NEW DEVICE CALLED
WATERLASE...WHICH COMBINES A LASER WITH HYDROKINETIC ENERGY TO DO
AWAY...WITH TOOTH DECAY.
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"...what hydrokinetic energy means is basically is that it's energized
water droplets mixed with the laser...and basically that's what removes
WITH THE WATERLASE...THE DENTIST NEVER ACTUALLY TOUCHES THE TOOTH, AND
THAT LEADS TO LESS MICROFRACTURES THAN CONVENTIONAL DRILLS. PLUS THE
LASER STERILIZES THE CAVITY SURFACE, REDUCING THE NEED FOR ANTIBIOTICS.
BUT THAT'S NOT THE CLEAREST ADVANTAGE TO DISCARDING THAT DRILL.
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"...first for the patient...the sound of the drill...the pain also you
basically...98% of the cases you don't have to use novocaine or the
SOT : ITTY
"...I'm just happy that my son's not afraid of going to the dentist
anymore...it's great for him..."
...AND FOR THOSE --A BIT OLDER -- BUT JUST AS EDGY--ADULTS--
TOO......... DR. SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS, MIAMI.))
Coming up next on the newscast,
Halloween is just around the corner. We will see why merchants think they will rebound from a scary year.
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Halloween retailers may be getting a treat rather trick when it comes to sales this year...
Last October turned out to be a haunting Halloween because of September 11th.
Irene Timko, a costume retailer for over 15-years says fear and Halloween didn't mix.
But this year at Dance Etc. where they sell packaged outfits and rentals ... Timko says people may be ready to dress up again.
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Sales are also up for adult costumes.
Timko says most costume rentals are for the weekend before Halloween ... since October 31st falls on a Thursday.
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Coming up today in Sports, we will hear from the Cavaliers as the come off a big win,
then a little later we will meet the new crew for the C-B-S Early Show.
Investors were cautious on Wall Street today, but stocks edged higher in a relatively slow Columbus Day session.
Jean Lee has more.
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Good afternoon folks and welcome to the Monday ticker.
The Virginia Cavaliers chase their sixth straight win Saturday at home against North Carolina. UVa's defense has struggled this season and is ranked 98th in the country. But one bright spot has been freshman linebacker Darryl Blackstock. Steve Mason has more on this confident first year player.
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((UVa's defense yielded 412 yards to Clemson Saturday but stopped the Tigers at crucial times and turned in perhaps its' best performance of the season. The Wahoos have a very simple defensive philosophy that after a slow start, seems to be kicking into gear.
Big things are happening for Blackstock. He recorded his sixth sack of the season against the Tigers and he is now f
irst in the nation in that category tied with Minnesota's Charlton Keith. But mastering the art of the sack is somethin
g he mastered in high school and then last year at Fork Union.
Blackstock is also fourth in the nation among freshman in tackles per game with 8 and he leads the ACC in all freshman defensive statistical categories and while he is confident he has room to improve.
Blackstock and his Cavaliers face the ACC's number one passing offense Saturday. North Carolina is averaging nearly 300 yards through the air a game. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
For his 11 tackle, one sack performance on Saturday, Blackstock is the ACC defensive player of the week.
The 6-4, 224-pound linebacker leads ACC rookies in sacks this season and is tied as a national leader amongst freshmen with five.
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This Saturday you can watch Blackstock and the rest of the Cavaliers as they battle North Carolina in a noon kickoff right here on WDBJ-7. Virginia will be shooting for its 6th straight win.
The Winston Cup circuit rolls into Martinsville this week with Tony Stewart on top of the points race.
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Today in Kannapolis, North Carolina - the hometown of Dale Earnhardt - the towns folks honored his memory by unveiling a bronze statue in his likeness.
The statue stands in where else but Dale Earnhardt Plaza.
Much more at the top of the hour including this week's edition of the Tech 2002 report.
Take care. Jean will be right back.
C-B-S introduced its newest hosts of its Early Show this morning.
Starting October 28th Harry Smith, Hannah Storm, Renee Syler and Julie Chen will host a new version of the morning program.
Lee Cowan has more.
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Nat sound: Hannah arriving
Lee Cowan: Hannah Storm
Nat Sound of Julie and Renee (in dressing room)
Lee Cowan: Renee Syler and Julie Chen
Nat sound--Harry arriving
Lee Cowan: And veteran correspondent Harry Smith
Lee Cowan: For Harry, its a return to mornings at CBS News
Lee Cowan: They met for the first time today
Julie Chen: With the four of us all in one room, on top of each other
for this photo shoot--we were all giggling and laughing and telling
stories and asking each other questions, they couldn't shut us up so
that's a good sign.
Harry Smith: Everyone who is here is pretty comfortable in their own
skin, there is no defensivness there is no aggressivness and I think
we're all very excited to be going off on what will be you know, the
adventure of a lifetime...
Renee Syler: I love it. I think having Harry, Hannah, Julie they're
wonderful... I'm looking forward to working with them.
Hannah Storm: You know, this is so perfect coming from sports, because
sports is all ad-lib--it's all you know...thinking on your feet and
that's what morning television is about.
Lee Cowan: after the media flurry this morning
Renee Syler: One of the things they were very adament about was
getting four people who could play every role and I think that is the
four you see in front of you.
Lee Cowan: They'll be able to get down to business of morning
Harry Smith: It's morning television on a network, you are in a front
row seat--you get to talk to the newsmakers--you get to go to the news
events. It really is one of the best jobs in television. All of us, I
think I can speak for everybody, we just want to go to work...let's go
and by the looks of it, they're off to a great start. Lee Cowan, CBS
News, New York))