Coming up on News 7-
The man shot and wounded last night near Richmond-- is back in surgery.
Just ahead the latest on the victim's condition and the investigation.
Kurt Bush takes the checkered flag at Martinsville today.
Plus-- who needs a weatherman when you've got a "Woolly Worm" predicting the forecast?
News 7 is next.
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[IN Q=To the person ]
((TO THE PERSON WHO LEFT US A MESSAGE AT THE
PONDEROSA LAST NIGHT. YOU GAVE US A TELEPHONE NUMBER. WE DO WANT TO TALK TO YOU. CALL US AT THE NUMBER YOU PROVIDED. ))
[OUT Q=number you provided.]
Authorities say someone left a message for police at the scene of last night's shooting near Richmond... and sources say it could be the serial sniper.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]
If authorities are right, this could open the way to the first round of communication with the person who's taken the lives of nine people.
But at this point-- it's all speculation.
That's because police are still trying to determine if last night's shooting and the sniper attacks are indeed connected.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Teresa/Case NEWSPATH;]
Stacy Case joins us now from Rockville, Maryland with the latest on the investigation.
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[SUPER=01-Charles Moose/Montgomery Co., MD Police Chief; ]
[SUPER=01-Col. Stuart Cook/Hanover Co. Sheriff's Department; ]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
POLICE SOURCES SAY A MESSAGE LEFT AT THE LATEST SHOOTING SCENE IN VIRGINIA COULD OPEN THE FIRST CONVERSATION BETWEEN AUTHORITIES AND THE SNIPER.
CHIEF CHARLES MOOSE/MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE
19:01:59 "To the person who left us a message at the ponderosa last night, you gave us a telephone number, we want to talk to you, call us
at the number you provided."
AS AMBIGUOUS AS THAT SOUNDS, AUTHORITIES SAY THE PERSON WHO NEEDS TO HEAR THAT, KNOWS WHAT IT MEANS.
DETECTIVES HAVE NOT OFFICIALLY LINKED SATURDAY NIGHT'S SHOOTING TO THE SNIPER. BUT THEY'RE WORKING THE CASE ON THAT ASSUMPTION.
THE BULLET, LODGED IN THE VICTIM'S STOMACH-- HOLDS ANY POSSIBLE LINKS TO THE SNIPER. DOCTORS REMOVED THE BULLET IN A SECOND ROUND OF SURGERY TONIGHT.
IF BALLISTICS DO LINK THE PONDEROSA SHOOTING TO THE WASHINGTON AREA SNIPER, IT WOULD MARK THE FIRST TIME HE'S STRUCK ON THE WEEKEND -- AND THE FARTHEST POINT SOUTH HE'S TAKEN A SHOT. 90 MILES SOUTH OF THE NATION'S CAPITAL -- IN ASHLAND, VIRGINIA.
SOT -- COL. STUART COOK/HANOVER COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.
"We have leads we're following, they are numerous."
THE VICTIM WAS HIT, WHILE WALKING WITH HIS WIFE, THROUGH THE STEAKHOUSE PARKING LOT.
DETECTIVES BELIEVE THE SHOOTER FIRED FROM THIS WOODED AREA. . SOME WITNESSES SAY THEY HEARD THE SHOT -- BUT AUTHORITIES SAY NO ONE SAW THE SHOOTER.))
Virginia Tech received a visits from the Appropriations Committee of the House of Delegates, where the issue of state budget cuts was high on the agenda.
Virginia Tech President Charles Steger talked to the committee about research efforts and the University's economic role in southwest Virginia.
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[IN Q=We're one of the]
((CHARLES STEGER/PRESIDENT VIRGINIA TECH: WE'RE ONE OF THE LARGEST EMPLOYERS YOU KNOW WITH OVER 6,000 EMPLOYEES. WE HAVE RESEARCH EXPENDITURES, LAST YEAR 236 MILLION DOLLARS AND IN ADDITION, JUST AN EXAMPLE THIS WEEKEND WE HAD 65,000 PEOPLE COMING IN FOR THE FOOTBALL GAME SO WE ARE A VERY IMPORTANT ENGINE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE WHOLE WESTERN REGION OF VIRGINIA.))
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Steger says the latest round of budget cuts are so large the school can't absorb the loss without harming the institution.
When added together he says the cuts equal more than 70- million dollars.
To put things in perspective, Steger says the operating budget for the College of Engineering alone is 40- million.
The Appropriations Committee spent the afternoon touring a few key research labs and the "Smart Road."
Tomorrow the committee plans to visit the Roanoke Valley Governor's School before heading to Carilion Health Systems for another meeting.
Virginia's Museum of Natural History in Martinsville is also taking a close look at its finances.
A cutback in its budget is forcing the museum to make some major cuts this week.
Justin McLeod shows us what steps the museum is taking to keep from becoming ancient history.
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[SUPER=01-Kathy Lineberry/Museum Visitor; :12]
[SUPER=01-Stephen Pike/Museum Director; :32 (QUICK)]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Martinsville]
((((NAT SOUND OF COMPUTER TALKING AT 24:55))
If you've ever wanted to learn about our natural history then the place to go is here at Virginia's Museum of Natural History.
[IN Q=It's a great place]
((KATHY LINEBERRY/MUSEUM VISITOR: IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO BRING YOUR KIDS TO LEARN ABOUT NATURAL HISTORY. IT'S FUN.))
[OUT Q=it's fun]
It hasn't however been fun for the museum's employees.
On Tuesday, Governor Warner ordered the museum to cut its budget by 15-percent.
The next day, the museum's director was forced to lay-off six full-time workers.
[IN Q=We're cut to the bone]
((STEPHEN PIKE/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: WE'RE CUT TO THE BONE RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF OPERATING THE BUILDING BUT WE CAN DO IT.))
[OUT Q=we can do it]
It won't be easy.
The museum already laid off three employees earlier in the year.
The latest round of cuts eliminated the exhibits department.
Luckily, future shows are already planned well into next year.
[IN Q=Not all of it is]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: NOT ALL OF IT IS BAD NEWS FOR THE MUSEUM. THE NEARLY 15-MILLION DOLLARS IN BONDS NEEDED TO BUILD A BRAND NEW FACILITY ARE STILL INTACT. IT WILL BE BUILT HERE ON STARLING AVENUE AND CONSTRUCTION IS SET TO BEGIN SOMETIME NEXT YEAR.))
[OUT Q=sometime next year]
((NAT SOUND OF OPENING DRAWER AT 16:03))
The new building is needed now more than ever.
The current facility is too small and is more than 80 years old.
But for now, the museum will try to make the best of its current building and the state's financial crisis.
[IN Q=We'll be doing more fundraising]
((STEPHEN PIKE: WE'LL BE DOING MORE FUNDRAISING AND OUR SUPPORTERS WHO HAVE HELPED OUT WILL HAVE TO STEP UP AND WE'LL HAVE TO FIND NEW SUPPORTERS. BUT I THINK WE'RE LOOKING PRIMARILY TO THE FOLKS WHO ALREADY KNOW THE VALUE OF THIS INSTITUTION WHO CAN BRING OTHERS ALONG.))
[OUT Q=bring others along]
After all, the museum could face even more state cuts later this year.
That's why the museum's director believes public support is needed now more than ever as the museum attempts to write a new chapter in its history.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Martinsville.))
Dozens of athletes were shooting for a chance at the big time at the Y-M-C-A in Roanoke today.
That's where the Roanoke Dazzle held open player tryouts this weekend for the N-B-D-L.
The tryouts gave players an opportunity to make the Dazzle's training camp for the upcoming season.
More than a hundred athletes from all over the country took part in this weekend's tryouts.
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[IN Q=I just had a guy]
((KENT DAVISON/DAZZLE'S HEAD COACH: I JUST HAD A GUY SAY TO ME YOU KNOW COACH EVEN IF YOU CUT ME I'M GLAD I CAME AND HAD A CHANCE TO SHOW YOU HOW I CAN PLAY AND THAT'S A NEAT ATTITUDE.))
[SUPER=01-Kent Davison/Dazzle's Head Coach]
[OUT Q=that's a neat attitude]
Team management also has a new attitude.
The Dazzle has a new president and a new outlook for the upcoming season.
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[IN Q=The two biggest things]
((JOE PRESEREN/DAZZLE PRESIDENT: THE TWO BIGGEST THINGS THAT WE HEARD FROM OUR FANS THAT WE FELT WERE LEGITIMATE COMMENTS WERE OUR TICKET PRICES BEING A LITTLE HIGHER THAN THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN AND WE NEEDED MORE WEEKEND HOME DATES AND WE'VE ADDRESSED BOTH OF THOSE.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Preseren/Dazzle President]
[OUT Q=both of those]
The Dazzle has lowered ticket prices in some cases by half of what they were last year.
The Dazzle begins its season November 15th.
Their first three games are home in Roanoke.
There was plenty of spirit in Roanoke today.
The city's Parks and Recreation Department hosted the seventh annual Cheerleading Olympics at Victory Stadium.
The event allows cheerleaders ages 6 to 14 to perform their routine in front of other squads without having to compete.
Each team had six minutes to perform a chant, a cheer, and a dance routine.
More than 200- cheerleaders from 19- area squads took part in today's Cheerleading Olympics.
Some bikers revved into the holiday spirit today.
The Salem Rotary Club sponsored the fourth annual "Ride Round the Valley Toy Run" in Salem this afternoon.
More than forty bikers brought an unwrapped toy or donated ten dollars to participate in a ride around the Valley.
The toys will now be donated to the Community Christmas Store.
The bikers ended up collecting more than 400- dollars worth of toys.
Still to come, Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks out against the spread of nuclear weapons in Asia...
and Robin Williams takes his act on the road, to entertain the U-S troops serving overseas. We'll have that and more coming up.
Today was a national day of mourning in Australia.
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A moment of silence was held through out the country as residents remembered those who lost their lives in the explosion last Saturday in Bali.
Almost 2-hundred people were killed in the bomb blast at a night club on Bali's famous Kuta beach strip, and almost half of those were Australian natives.
Today, hundreds of people visited a memorial to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in the blast.
Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States is seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
Powell appeared on the Sunday morning talk show circuit-- where he said the United States will work with China, Russia, South Korea and Japan to see how to proceed.
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[IN Q=I think ]
[SUPER=01-Colin Powell/Secretary of State; ]
((I THINK IT IS NOW IMPORTANT FOR THE ENTIRE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, AND ESPECIALLY NORTH KOREA'S NEIGHBORS, TO PUT MAXIMUM PRESSURE ON NORTH KOREA TO MAKE THE POINT TO THEM THAT THIS IS TOTALLY INCONSISTENT WITH TRYING TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PEOPLE. THIS WILL GET YOU NOWHERE.))
[OUT Q=you nowhere. ]
Powell also talked about Iraq.
Powell has been a big proponent of regime change there but says the White House might not seek to oust Saddam Hussein if he gives up his wepaons of mass destruction.
Troops serving in Afghanistan got a rare treat this weekend from Hollywood funny man Robin Williams.
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[in q=Good morning, ]
(( GOOD MORNING BAGRAM! WELCOME, IT'S A LOVELY FLIGHT IN THANK YOU, I LOVE SPIRALING IN, NOTHING LIKE THAT TO MAKE YOUR COLON GO FIRE IN THE HOLE. ))
[out q= fire in the hole.]
Williams visited Bagram airbase yesterday to entertain troops serving in coalition operations against Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters.
Famed for comic roles in "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and his Oscar-winning performance in "Good Will
Hunting," Williams kept troops entertained with jokes about army rations and the airforce.
Troops complain that there is little entertainment in the dust-filled base where alcohol is banned and only one recreational area shows films.
Still ahead, a wild day in the N-F-L, and Kurt Busch tames the track at Martinsville. Highlights in sports...
and also, these fuzzy weather predictors say we might be in for a harsh winter. We'll have that story when we return.
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A Lynchburg man is not following in the footsteps of his father or grandfather. They served in the armed forces, but Jack Payden-Travers took to the front lines of America's protest movement.
Here's Steve Smallshaw with this week's "Virginia Profile".
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[IN Q=His transformation]
[SUPER=01-Jack Payden-Travers/Social Activist; :13]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( His transformation began in the 1960's.. the Viet Nam war was raging and Jack Payden-Travers learned during a trip to the United Nations that most of America's leaders who publicly supported the war privately opposed it.
((JACK PAYDEN-TRAVERS/SOCIAL ACTIVIST: THAT I'D BE IN THE SAME POSITION AS THESE PEOPLE WHO SEEMED SO HYPOCRITICAL TO ME. THAT THEY COULD MAKE THEIR MONEY ARGUING A POSITION THAT THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE IN. AND TO ME THAT WAS THE TURNING POINT AND I'VE NEVER LOOKED BACK.))
[OUT Q=never looked back.]
From there followed decades of social activism.
Payden-Travers has worked in prison ministry and taught college students history.. while trying to make some of his own.
[natsot protest ]
Like most activists, Payden-Travers has run afoul of the law.. his rap sheet includes more than a dozen arrests but only one conviction.. for a anti-nuclear rally in Michigan in the 1980's.
It was Payden-Travers who successfully challenged Lynchburg's protest permit law after he was cited for organizing this anti-war rally last November.
((PAYDEN-TRAVERS: I LOOK ON THOSE ARRESTS AS A BADGE OF HONOR. IT'S SOMETHING THAT NOW THAT MY CHILDREN ARE OLDER THEY WRITE TO ME AND THEY SAY GEE THANKS DAD FOR WITNESSING SO STRONGLY, WE NEVER REALIZED WHEN WE WERE KIDS HOW OFF THE MAINSTREAM YOU REALLY WERE.))
[OUT Q=you really were.]
But labels have never really bothered Payden-Travers, even in a town with a reputation for conservatism.
He's now heading up the group Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.. with hopes he'll soon be out of a job.
((PAYDEN-TRAVERS: EVER SINCE SEPTEMBER 11TH, I'VE FELT MORE AND MORE CALLED TO GO BACK INTO FULL-TIME ACTIVISM. AND THIS IS THE FIRST STEP ON THAT JOURNEY. I'M HOPING THAT FIVE OR TEN YEARS DOWN THE ROAD I'LL BE OUT OF A JOB AND VIRGINIA WILL NO LONGER HAVE A DEATH PENALTY.))
[OUT Q=a death penalty.]
((PAYDEN-TRAVERS: PEOPLE WHO BASICALLY AGREE WITH ME ARE USUALLY NOT IN THE MAINSTREAM OF SOCIETY. USUALLY BY THE TIME THE MAINSTREAM OF SOCIETY STARTS TO AGREE WITH ME I'VE HAD TO MOVE ON TO ANOTHER ISSUE.))
[OUT Q=to another issue.]
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
According to the stripes on "Hank" the woolly worm, it appears we are in for a white winter.
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Banner Elk, North Carolina was home to the 25th annual Woolly Worm festival this weekend.
The two day event included caterpillar races, and winter forecasts.
Groups of pet caterpillars race up lines of string, and the winner's color is examined to predict the weather of the upcoming winter.
Dan Walsh of Corpus Cristi, Texas and his pet worm took home the 1-thousand dollar prize, and predicted that the middle of the winter will be mild, but the rest of the winter will be cold and snowy.
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The forecasted rain and the rough grooves in the corners proved to be non factors in the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville today. Ward Burton led a race high 145 laps, but Kurt Busch was in front on the most important circuits and wins his second short track race of the season. Steve Mason has a race recap.
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[SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/Finished 3rd; :36]
[SUPER=01-Kurt Busch/Old Dominion 500 Winner; 1:52]
[SUPER=01-Johnny Benson/Finished 2nd; 2:02]
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[WIPE TO BOARDS!!!!!!!]
[go to boards]
[SUPER=0106-1. Kurt Busch//2. Johnny Benson//3. Ricky Rudd//4. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//5. Ward Burton//;]
[SUPER=0106-6. Jimmie Johnson//7. Ricky Craven//8. Dale Jarrett//9. Rusty Wallace//10. Mark Martin//;]
[SUPER=0106-11. Tony Stewart//12. Bobby Labonte//13. John Andretti//14. Mike Bliss//15. Ryan Newman//;]
[SUPER=0106-16. Steve Park//17. Jeff Burton//18. Michael Waltrip//19. Matt Kenseth//20. Dave Blaney//;]
[SUPER=0106-21. Casey Atwood//22. Terry Labonte//23. Robby Gordon//24. Jimmy Spencer//25. Bobby Hamilton//;]
Washington Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey has been sacked 13 times in his two NFL starts, and it's tough to get anything done from your back.
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Today, the Skins turned the ball over three times and the Packers made them pay.
Ahman Green gave Green Bay a lead they would never give up in the first quarter on this 24 yard touchdown scamper.
Green rushed for 88 yards and three scores.
The second one came late in the first half and gave the Packers a 14 to 6 cushion at the half.
About the only bad news for the cheeseheads was the loss of Brett Favre to a sprained knee in the second half after he was sacked by Lavar Arrington. Favre was making his 164th straight start. That streak may be in jeopardy next week.
The Packers went on to beat the Skins 30 to 9.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Sherman/Packers Head Coach; :00]
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At the Georgia Dome, Michael Vick returned to the field after sitting out last week with a shoulder sprain.
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Vick and the Falcons just manhandled the Carolina Panthers today in Atlanta sending the Panthers to their 4th straight loss. Vick threw for 178 yards and rushed for 97 more including this 44 yard scamper into the endzone. Vick tiptoed down the sideline avoiding several would-be tacklers. He only played three quarters and the Falcons whipped the
Panthers 30 to nothing.
[WIPE to ENG!!]
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In New Orleans, former Virginia Cavalier Aaron Brooks threw for 254 yards and three scores, and rushed for the clinching TD on this keeper with just 27 seconds left in the game. New Orleans improved to 6 and one
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beating the 49'ers 35 to 27.
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Drew Bledsoe also had a pretty good day, throwing for 182 yards and a score helping the Bill knock off Miami in South Florida 23 to 10.
The Virginia Tech Hokies remain the number 3 team in the country accortding to both college football polls this week after their 10th straight win over Rutgers. The Hokies host Temple on Saturday at 1 o'clock in Lane Stadium. The idle Miami Hurricanes are still the top dog and Oklahoma is second after beating Iowa State. The first BCS Standings of the season will be released tomorrow afternoon.
The longest World Series game was 4 hours and 14 minutes in 1993. Tonight the Angels and Giants are challenging that record in Game Two of the Fall Classic. The two clubs have combined for four homeruns, 23 hits, and 18 runs. Righ
t now the Angels and Giants are tied at 9 in the bottom of the 8th.