Authorities continue looking for clues in letters that were apparently left by the serial sniper.
Meanwhile, schools in the Richmond area re- opened, despite threats against children.
And Gary Bowman is expected to make a court appearance today in Roanoke.
After some dense morning fog the sunshine has returned in most areas leading to a beautiful afternoon...will it last....I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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((YOU'RE CONSTANTLY COUNSELLING YOUR KIDS. YOU KNOW, WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO BE? YOU NEED TO STAY INSIDE.))
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Washington area parents are keeping a close watch on their children, as outdoor events are canceled for fear of more sniper attacks.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Despite one of the largest police investigations ever assembled, the serial sniper is still at large in the Washington area.
While everyone is on the edge, parents could be the most nervous.
Now they're dealing with a message from the sniper that threatens children.
Sources say the latest message found near the scene of yesterday's shooting in Maryland repeats a demand for 10- million dollars.
That shooting still hasn't been officially linked to the sniper.
Aleen Sirgany is in Rockville, Maryland and joins us with an update.
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>ANXIOUS PARENTS THROUGHOUT THE CAPITAL REGION HURRIED THEIR CHILDREN TO
>SCHOOL TODAY LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER HEARING THE CHILLING THREAT LEFT
>BEHIND BY THE PERSON THOUGHT TO BE THE SNIPER.
>(SOT)CHIEF CHARLES MOOSE/MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD POLICE
>your children are not safe anywhere at anytime
>SOME PARENTS KEPT THEIR CHILDREN HOME, BUT MANY WENT ON WITH THE DAILY
>ROUTINE...WITH ONE CHANGE.
>(SOT) AKADJE JOHNSON/FATHER They generally take the bus right
>outside the door but since the sniper has been around we don't know
>whats going on i take them to school myself and will pick them up
>AND WE'RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE LETTER THAT INCLUDES THAT THREAT
>AGAINST CHILDREN. THE WASHINGTON POST REPORTS THE PERSON THOUGHT TO
>BE THE SNIPER WROTE ABOUT TRYING TO REACH INVESTIGATORS SIX TIMES...
>BUT WAS HUNG UP ON BY OPERATORS. AND THE BALTIMORE SUN
>REPORTS YET ANOTHER NOTE WAS FOUND AT YESTERDAYS MURDER
>SCENE..REPEATING DEMANDS OF 10 MILLION DOLLARS OR ELSE.MORE VIOLENCE.
Schools in the Richmond-Petersburg area reopened today despite the snipers threat against children.
Police officers watched from their parked cruisers as buses dropped off lighter-than-usual loads and parents escorted their children into schools that had been closed for two days.
At an elementary school about a mile from a steakhouse where a man was critically wounded by the sniper Saturday night,
a county school official met parents and children and escorted them in.
School officials say that students kept at home by their parents because of safety concerns would be granted an excused absence.
The North Carolina man that investigators have interviewed about the Short family murders is scheduled to be in court today.
Gary Bowman is expected to appear before a U.S. magistrate in Roanoke later this afternoon.
U.S. marshals drove Bowman to the Poff Building this morning for his initial appearance.
He has been in custody on a material witness warrant since his deportation from Canada.
Investigators want to ask Bowman more questions about the killings of nine-year-old Jennifer Short, and her parents last August.
State and local authorities and the F-B-I talked to Bowman earlier this week.
The Henry County sheriff says Bowman is not a suspect, and that he has been cooperative.
The first blast of winter- like weather hits Colorado, creating havoc on the roads.
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Icy conditions were said to be the major factor in a 30- car pile-up last night.
The accident happened on a bridge over an interstate, about 20 miles west of Denver.
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((KIMBERLY LEROY/WITNESS: JUST A LOT OF CARS CAME OFF THE EXIT AND THERE WERE CARS
EVERYWHERE, PEOPLE FACED THE WRONG DIRECTION, PEOPLE SPINNING AND PEOPLE TRYING TO STOP AND MISS EVERYONE ELSE. ))
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Police say despite the number of vehicles involved in the accident, only four people were injured, and emergency crews say those injures were minor.
More snow was expected to fall around the Denver area last night and today.
Workers at the Volvo truck assembly plant in Dublin have some new work ahead of them.
The company will begin production of its new V-N heavy-duty truck there later this fall.
No word yet on what effect, if any, it might have on employment there .. but company officials will be in Dublin later today to show off the new product and explain what it means for the plant's immediate future.
The D-M-V office in Bedford has closed weeks earlier than scheduled.
The Department of Motor Vehicles announced Friday that budget cuts would force it to close the office on November 15th, but the customer service center hasn't been open since Saturday.
D-M-V spokeswoman Pam Goheen says some of the employees have enough accumulated time off to keep them out of the office until it formally closes.
Residents must now travel either 32 miles to Lynchburg or 26 miles to Roanoke.
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Up next on the newscast, a legendary tennis player is in trouble with tax authorities,
Plus we will see how a new use for some old technology could speed up a diagnosis for breast cancer.
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It could be a major ERROR for former tennis great Boris Becker--
Becker is in court today facing tax evasion charges.
If convicted, the three- time Wimbledon champion could serve up to five years in prison.
Prosecutors accuse him of evading more than one-point-seven- million dollars in taxes between 1991 and 1993.
Becker says he lived in Monaco, a tax haven, but investigators say he actually spent at least half of each year in Germany.
The trial is expected to last until Friday.
He led the C-I-A during the turbulent '60s and early '70s.
Former C-I-A director Richard Helms died yesterday at his home.
No cause of death has been released.
Helms played a critical role in such controversial operations as plotting an assassination attempt against Fidel Castro.
His C-I-A career ended when he was fired by President Nixon -- for refusing to block an F-B-I probe into the Watergate
Richard Helms was 89.
Doctors are now looking at a technology associated with law enforcement to save lives in other ways.
Dr. Mike Rosen tells us how radar is being used to detect breast cancer.
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((TRACK: IT CAN CATCH YOU SPEEDING .. IN YOUR CAR...
TRACK: ...AND NOW-- THE HOPE IS...IT CAN "CATCH" BREAST CANCER EARLY...
(NAT : THIS LITTLE PINK OBJECT HERE IS WHAT THE MACHINE FOUND IN HER
BREAST AND IT'S A BREAST TUMOR, ITS A CANCER.)
TRACK: ...A CANCER PICKED UP BY WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY A BREAST DETECTION
-- RADAR. IT'S SO NEW -- ONLY ONE MACHINE EXISTS-- AND IS BEING TESTED
AT NORTHWEST COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OUTSIDE OF CHICAGO. THE HOPE IS-- THAT
IT WILL PICK UP WHERE MAMMOGRAPHY LEAVES OFF.
STANDUP: JUST BECAUSE A MAMOGRAM IS NORMAL DOESN'T MEAN THERE CAN'T
BE A BREAST CANCER THERE. IN FACT-- 10-15 PERCENT OF BREAST CANCERS ARE
MISSED ON MAMMOGRAPHY.
TRACK: THE PROCESS -- IS EVEN EASIER THAN THAT OF A MAMMOGRAPHY... THE
PATIENT LIES FLAT ON THIS TABLE-- AND A CAMERA UNDERNEATH THE GLASS PART
TAKES A PICTURE OF THE BREASTS. THE IMAGE IS 3-DIMENSIONAL ...AND CAN
BE ROTATED FOR BETTER EXAMINATION.
TRACK: SO FAR-- THE DEVICE HAS FOUND THE CANCER IN EVERY PATIENT
SCANNED....EVEN EXTREMELY SMALL TUMORS.
(SOT: DR. ALLAN MALMED/RADIOLOGIST, NORTHWEST COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
WE JUST WANTED TO SEE IF THE PATIENT HAS BREAST CANCER. DO THEY SHOW UP
WITH THE SCAN? AND LOW AND BEHOLD-- THEY ALL DID.)
TRACK: BUT EVEN IF THE BREAST RADAR IS TESTED IN TRIALS...AND FOUND
EFFECTIVE-- RESEARCHERS DON'T THINK IT WILL REPLACE MAMMOGRAPHY.
INSTEAD-- IT WOULD LIKELY BE USED IN ADDITION TO MAMMOGRAPHY.
SOT: DR. MALMED (I'M EXCITED ABOUT IT AND I'M HOPEFUL ABOUT IT, BUT I'M
NOT GOING TO GO OVERBOARD.)
TRACK.... WHAT THE RESEARCHERS WILL DO...IS START STUDYING THE RADAR'S
DETECTION OF CANCER IN MANY MORE PATIENTS...IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS OR
SO... DR. MIKE ROSEN, CBS NEWS.))
A fundraiser benefiting Virginia Tech student Rayna DuBose collected 37 thousand dollars this weekend..
DuBose is the young woman who was hospitalized with a rare form of meningitis last May.
At the Hokies football game over the weekend ... Rayna's basketball teammates collected donations to help with her medical costs.
Dubose had parts of all four limbs amputated, and has been fitted with prosthesis.
The money will help pay for things like mio-electric hands and other treatments that could add up to several million dollars.
Dubose says she plans to return to the Blacksburg campus.
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Some localities in our region are eligilble for drought relief. We'll have the details after the break.
Plus some U-S firefighters might have to suppress the urge to put out the Olympic fire
We'll tell you about their version of the World Games coming up next.
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Thirty New York City firefighters are in New Zealand to take part in what would be their version of the Olympics.
It's the World Firefighter Games, the first since 9-11.
To mark the event, three pieces of the World Trade Center are being flown there for a dedication ceremony.
Drew Levinson has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Louis Giaconelli/Firefighter and Cross Country Runner; :42]
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[SUPER=01-John Kelly/Firefighter and Basketball Player; 1:23]
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Matt Long fights fires for a living--but dreams of basketball and
winning a gold medal.
He's one of 30 New Yorkers participating at the World Firefighter games
in New Zealand.
They've been dubbed "The Memorial Games" to honor those killed in the
line of duty at the World Trade Center.
For Matt it is a unique opportunity to be with 2000 colleagues from 60
(SOT MATT LONG/Firefighter/Basketball player )
"EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW YOU, ASK YOU QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR JOB, EVEN
THOUGH THEY ARE DOING THE SAME THING IN OTHER CITIES IN OTHER WORLDS, WE
ARE KNOWN AS THE BEST SO IT IS SPECIAL."
(Louis on bike )
On September 11th Louis Giaconelli lost 343 of his comrades. In New
Zealand he will run cross country and prove to the rest of the world
that New York's bravest have persevered.
(SOT: LOUIS GIACONELLI/Firefighter/CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER )
"EVERYBODY WANTS TO SEE US AND TOUCH US AND SEE THAT WE ARE REAL"
"WE SHOW THAT PEOPLE CAN SURVIVE THESE KINDS OF THINGS AND GO ON AND
(Tom on treadmill)
Tom Condon--is also a runner. Standing in front of a picture of three of
his fallen buddies he says this gives him a chance to say thank you.
---(SOT TOM CONDON/Firefighter/CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER )
"SHOW HOW MUCH WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE OTHER FIREFIGHTERS FROM AROUND
THE WORLD WHEN THEY CAME TO HELP US OUT.
(video from the Nets practicing with the team)
At the same time no forgets these are games and the competition is
fierce. So much so that the basketball team sought professional tips
from the NBA's New Jersey Nets.
(John lifting weights)
Basketball player John Kelly says the world's best will see New York's
bravest at their finest.
(SOT JOHN KELLY/Firefighter/BASKETBALL )
"WE DIDN'T BURY OUR HEADS IN THE SAND YOU KNOW WE ARE STILL TOUGH, WE
STILL COMPETE AND WE WANT TO WIN A GOLD MEDAL, WE WILL WIN A GOLD MEDAL."
(firetruck pulling out and guy waves)
Confident words from a group of New York Firefightters whose confidence
was shaken on September 11th, but never been broken.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, New York.
90 Virginia counties and cities are now eligible for federal disaster relief.
The U-S Department of Agriculture came through with drought disaster designations yesterday.
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14 Counties in our area received a primary disaster designation.
That means farmers in those counties are eligible for low-interest emergency loans, and livestock producers also qualify for loans through the Livestock Compensation Program.
Farmers in counties that border the primary disaster declarations are eligible for emergency loans only.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 125 points. The NASDAQ has lost nine.
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Coming up in sports... Ward Burton and his team may have had a strong finish in Martinsville, but NASCAR says they didn't follow the rules...
And Anaheim starts to gain an edge over San Francisco in the World Series, but they still can't stop the swing of Barry Bonds....
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Anaheim is up by one game after last night's win over the San Francisco Giants...
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Darin Erstad had three hits and two runs scored for Anaheim.
The team became the first World Series team to bat around in consecutive innings.
The Angels opened an 8-1 lead in the top of the fourth.
However, not all of the attention was focused on the Angels.
Barry Bonds hit a two-run homer for the Giants and became the first player to homer in his first three World Series games.
In the end, it was Scott (SPEE'-zee-ohs) Spiezio's two-run triple and a run-scoring single that led the Anaheim Angels to the 10-to-4 win.
The Angels lead the best-of-seven series two games to one.
Game four is tonight in San Francisco.
The Carolina Hurricanes headed to the Big Apple to take to the ice with the New York Islanders...
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The Hurricanes would snap the New York Islanders' three-game unbeaten streak winning 4-to-1 in Uniondale.
Sami Kapanen and Rod Brind'Amour scored power-play goals just 23 seconds apart in the second period for the Hurricanes.
despite being outshot 37-to-18.
Hurricanes' goalie Kevin Weekes made 37 saves.
The Islanders went zero-for-9 on the power play, and are 3-for-44 on the season.
Virginia Tech's upcoming battle with Big East rival Temple is the topic around town, but not at yesterday's media day.
Mike Stevens tells us why.
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[SUPER=01-Jake Grove/Virginia Tech Center; :55]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/Virginia Tech Quarterback; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Mikal Baaqee/Virginia Tech Linebacker from Columbia, MD; 1:47]
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UVa chases its seventh straight win of the season Saturday in Atlanta against Georgia Tech in a crucial ACC tilt.
The Cavaliers continue their second half success, coming from 21 points down to beat UNC Saturday.
UVa has trailed in six games at the half this season, and came back to win five of them.
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South Boston native Ward Burton has been pulled over by the NASCAR police...
NASCAR got Burton, team owner Bill Davis, and crew chief Frank Stoddard as a result of a post race inspection after the Old Dominion 500.
The inspection found unapproved front springs on the Number 22 car.
The coil winding of the front springs was not evenly spaced, and did not meet the standards in the rule book.
Burton was penalized 25 driver points, Davis 25 owners points, and Stoddard was fined 10- thousand dollars.
Burton finished fifth at Martinsville.
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