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Coming up on News 7-
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Two cross burning cases in Virginia prepare to make their way before the nation's highest court. The Roanoke Symphony gets thousands into the holiday spirit. We all know Santa enjoys his sleigh-- but what about skis?
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Plus, Tech and U-V-A fans find out where they'll be spending the holidays. News 7 is next.


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((REV. BILL KLEIN: WE'VE HAD TO POSTPONE IT UNTIL THE FIRST SUNDAY IN JANUARY AND THAT'S DISAPPOINTED SOME PEOPLE BUT IT WILL MAKE A GLOOMY JANUARY VERY BRIGHT.))
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A local church will have to wait until the new year to see its new look.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.

[Lexington-Presbyterian]


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The answer to their prayers will have to wait a little longer. After a fire more than two years ago, Lexington Presbyterian Church had hoped to move back into its re-built sanctuary this weekend. Justin McLeod tells us why it's taking so long to return to the good old days.
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((((NAT SOUND OF HYMN FOR THREE SECONDS))
These days the congregation here at Lexington Presbyterian worships in its fellowship hall.
It will continue that way until the end of the year because the new sanctuary is not ready.
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((REV. BILL KLEIN: THERE IS SEVERAL THINGS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN COMPLETED.))
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Workers still need to finish a wall, install carpeting, put in new risers for the choir and paint some of the exterior.
The new chandeliers are delayed but should arrive sometime this week.
And then there's the cleanup of all this dust.
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[IN Q=We've missed it]

((MIKE STRICKLER/CHURCH MEMBER: WE'VE MISSED IT A LOT BUT COMING IN AND SEEING THE SAMENESS YET A FEW CHANGES WHICH HAVE BEEN KINDA OF NICE.))
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Changes that include a new stairway leading to the balcony.
The ceiling no longer sags and the church decided to upgrade the electrical and sound system.
But most of what you see here looks exactly like it did before the fire that destroyed the church's roof, steeple, and sanctuary.
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[IN Q=The target date]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE TARGET DATE FOR NOW RE-OPENING THE CHURCH IS SUNDAY JANUARY 5TH. IN MANY WAYS, THE SERVICE WILL BE LIKE ANY OTHER ON A SUNDAY. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THAT THE CONGREGATION WILL GATHER HERE ON THE SIDEWALK AND THEN WALK-IN TOGETHER INTO THE NEW SANCTUARY.))
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((NAT SOUND OF SERVICE))
As that opening date approaches, anticipation is growing here among the congregation.
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[IN Q=While people are excited]

((REV. BILL KLEIN: WHILE PEOPLE ARE EXCITED ABOUT MOVING BACK HERE, THEY REALIZE IT'S BEEN VERY GOOD FOR OUR CONGREGATION TO BACK IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL TOGETHER.))
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Together they'll leave the fellowship hall and ring in the new year in the new sanctuary. ((NAT SOUND OF BELLS))
Justin McLeod, News 7, Lexington.))






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United Airlines could file for bankruptcy protection tomorrow.
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A source close to the company says the Chapter Eleven filing will be made in federal court in Chicago. Such a restructuring is likely to result in fewer flights, more layoffs and other cost-cutting measures. The Chapter Eleven filing would be the largest airline bankruptcy in U-S history and would put a federal judge in charge of overseeing United's affairs.
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[School-Audit]


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An audit of the Roanoke City School system has turned up irregularities involving construction bids, and some school employees could face felony charges.
Today, Superintendent Wayne Harris said the school system supports a full investigation.
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((WAYNE HARRIS/SUPERINTENDENT ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: OUR PROCEDURES ARE VERY CLEAR. THERE SHOULD BE THREE LEGITIMATE QUOTES FOR EACH JOB BETWEEN 500 DOLLARS AND UNDER 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND THAT DID NOT HAPPEN.))
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[OUT Q=did not happen.]
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In an interview on News 7 Sunday Morning, Harris talked about the investigation that began after auditors discovered irregularities in the way the school system received construction bids.
The auditors found 52 construction jobs, totaling nearly 400- thousand dollars, were contracted to one company, and in many cases competing quotes were falsified.
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[IN Q=In retrospect AS]

((IN RETROSPECT AS WE LOOK BACK AT IT WE DID QUESTION WHY ALL OF THESE WERE GOING TO ONE CONTRACTOR. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF REASONS BEING GIVEN FOR WHY THEY ALL WENT THERE AND THAT IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED.))
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[OUT Q=still being investigated]
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Harris says he and members of the school board are committed to the highest ethical standards.
The auditor's report will be reviewed by the school board on Tuesday.

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A sledding accident in Staunton has taken the life of a Mary Baldwin College student. 20- year old Grace Brooks died after the sled she was riding on slid backwards into a pole. The Mechanicsville native was a captain on the college's track team.

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Traffic is now moving along Franklin Road in downtown Roanoke.
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A water main broke this morning between Jefferson and Williamson, so traffic in that area had to be re-routed for much of the day. City officials say no residences were affected by the break-- just one downtown business. The water main was repaired this evening.
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[Cross-Burning]


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This week-- a local cross burning case will be argued before the U-S Supreme Court. The case involves a Pennsylvania man convicted of setting fire to a cross in Carroll county. Andrew Cohen has more.
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[SUPER=01-Rodney Smolla/Univ. of Richmond Law School; :55]
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(( Los Angeles/1983

(file VO of burning crosses)

Cross-burning as a symbol of racial hatred and fear is still a part of the American landscape despite state laws that prohibit the practice.

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So when Barry Black torched a cross at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Virginia in 1998, he also re-ignited a constitutional clash between freedom of speech and freedom from fear. And now his case has made it to the US Supreme Court. William Hurd, who will argue the case for Virginia this week, says the law properly makes it a crime to burn a cross with an intent to intimidate.

SOT William Hurd�Virginia Solicitor General:

PEOPLE DON'T BURN CROSSES BECAUSE THEY ARE OPPOSED TO, SAY, CHRISTIANITY. THEY BURN CROSSES BECAUSE THAT SYMBOL HAS COME TO BE UNDERSTOOD IN OUR SOCIETY AS A THREAT OF BODILY HARM.
But the Court has a long history of protecting symbolic speech. A decade ago the Justices struck down a cross-burning l
aw in Minnesota. And

University of Richmond law professor Rodney Smolla, who is arguing the case for Black, says hateful speech still deserves Constitutional protection:

SOT Rodney Smolla�Univ. of Richmond Law School:

NO STATE CAN MAKE A JUDGMENT THAT ANY SYMBOL OR SET OF WORDS IS SO DANGEROUS THAT TO DISPLAY IT OR TO SAY THOSE WORDS IS A CRIME.
Another of Black's attorneys, David Baugh, sees a larger picture.
SOT-David Baugh�Attorney for Barry Black

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES IS A WALL BETWEEN THE CITIZENS AND THE UNITED STATES... THIS KLANSMAN AND I ARE ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE WALL AND IF IT COMES DOWN SO THEY CAN GET TO HIM IT CAN COME DOWN SO THEY CAN GET TO ME.
But William Hurd says cross-burning is intended to frighten and intimidate...not express an opinion.

SOT HURD: IF SOMEONE WAKES UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND THEY SEE A CROSS BURNING ON THEIR LAWN THEY ARE GOING TO C

ALL THE POLICE... IF THEY SEE A BURNING CIRCLE OR SQUARE, THEY'LL PROBABLY CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT INSTEAD.
Andrew Cohen�CBS News Legal Analyst Stand up Close: The Justices this term have not shied away from tough issues. This case may force them to make one of their toughest decisions yet. AC, CBS News, New York.))

[UK-Fire]


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Fire destroyed at least 13 buildings in the heart of Scotland's capital city.
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The structures were located in Edinburgh's medieval Old Town. Earlier today-- crews worked to keep the flames from spreading to historically and architecturally significant buildings. Authorities say it could take two more days to douse the fire completely.
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[Warning]


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There was another terrorist warning today-- this time from a leading Al Qaeda figure.
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The new threat was played on Al Jazeera television. The message takes responsibility for the terrorist attacks in Kenya... and promises faster and harder strikes against the United States and Israel. One military expert says he doesn't think a repeat of September eleventh is possible-- but says he is concerned.
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((IF THEY HAVE POSSESSION OF ANY TYPE OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, PARTICULARLY BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL WEAPONS, THEY CAN CONDUCT ATTACKS THAT ARE SO INSIDIOUS, THEY WOULD MAKE 9/11 SEEM LIKE NOTHING.))
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One White House official isn't putting much stock in the threat... referring to the latest threat as "same song, different day." [Tease1]
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Still to come on the newscast, folks in Salem get a holiday treat. A tour of some of the most decked out homes.
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and also, thousands of people get into the holiday mood with some of the season's best known music.
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((Hey, everybody, Travis Wells here in the News 7 Sports Office. Coming up, bowl destinations and opponents for the Hokies and the Hoos. One gets a San Francisco treat, while the other will wear the Queen City crown. Michael Vick has a tough day in Tampa, and Tiki Barber helps the Giants ease past the Skins. Plus the Express chalks up a W tonight on the home ice. All that and more on the way in sports.))

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Some Salem residents opened their doors to spread a little holiday cheer today.
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Every Christmas season, the Salem museum invites the public inside a handful of the city's most spectacular homes.
This year's event featured eight homes which are decorated to fit in with Salem's 200th anniversary.
The home tour cost twelve dollars with proceeds going towards Salem's historical museum.
The event typically raises more than fifteen thousand dollars and attracts more than a thousand people.
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[Gingerbread-House]


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One stop on today's tour gave visitors plenty of food for thought.
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The Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce Foundation is hosting the first annual gingerbread house competition.
Twenty five entries make up this year's competition from professionals and amateurs to school kids.
The winner will be determined by silent auction-- with proceeds going to help pay for recent renovations to the foundation's new facility.
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((DEBBIE KAVITZ/SALEM-ROANOKE CO. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE'RE NEEDING TO RETIRE THE DEBT. WE HAVE ABOUT A 145 TO 148-THOUSAND LEFT TO GO AND THE SILENT AUCTION FOR THE WINNERS ON THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION WILL GO TOWARDS THAT PROJECT.))
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You can bid on the gingerbread houses until Thursday at noon at the Carriage House located in Salem's Longwood Park.

The winners of the competition will be announced next Friday on News 7 at five.
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[Holiday-Pops]


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There was plenty of jingling going on today at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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The Roanoke Symphony held its annual Holiday Pops concert this afternoon.
This year's performance featured Hanukkah and Christmas favorites from the Nutcracker to Sleigh Ride.
The Roanoke Symphony Chorus, the Roanoke College Children's choir, and the Southwest Virginia Ballet accompanied the orchestra.
This year's Holiday Pops attracted more than 25-hundred people.
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Up ahead on the newscast, we'll meet a restaurant owner who is trying to beat the odds with a new dish,
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plus, there was plenty of holiday spirit at this ski resort today. We'll have that and more coming up.
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[VA-Profile]


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It's a difficult business, filled with long hours and disappointments. But a Lynchburg restaurant owner hopes to beat the odds, and become part of a growing business movement downtown. Steve Smallshaw tells us more in this week's "Virginia Profile".
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((
John Tsuei is a man who likes a challenge.
After managing several Chinese restaurants, Tsuei decided to open his own.
He could have located anywhere, but he chose this spot on Lynchburg's Main Street. ((JOHN TSUEI/RESTAURANT OWNER: SOME OF THE OTHER AREAS WERE ACTUALLY ALREADY SET UP NICER SO TO SPEAK. WE CAME IN HERE, I HAD TO DO A LOT OF WORK, ME AND MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS PUTTING EVERYTHING TOGETHER, BUT IT TURNED OUT, I FEEL, REALLY NICELY FOR ALL OF US.))
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((ONE, TWO, THREE... (clapping) ))
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Some might doubt Tsuei's choice of downtown.
Outside normal weekday business hours, Lynchburg's inner city has not been a destination of choice for most residents.
But Tsuei sees that changing.
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((JOHN TSUEI: WE'D LIKE TO BE A PART OF IT. IT WAS A VERY NICE IDEA, WE ACTUALLY GOT TO SEE THE THINGS CHANGING AND IMPROVING RATHER THAN JUST HEARING PEOPLE TALK ABOUT IT OR SEEING PICTURES SO IT MADE US FEEL MORE CONFIDENT IN TAKING THE CHANCE AND GOING FOR IT. OWNING A SMALL BUSINESS HAS BEEN A GOAL WE'VE ALWAYS HAD SO IT JUST KIND OF ALL FELL TOGETHER AS FAR AS THAT WENT.))
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It's now starting to come together for the Lynchburg downtown.
Theaters, restaurants and specialty shops are popping up all along the riverfront.. each one feeding on the other's success.
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((TERRI PROFFITT/LYNCH'S LANDING: WE'RE HAPPY THAT NEW BUSINESSES ARE CHOOSING TO COME DOWNTOWN. IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, HE'S A YOUNG MAN, HE'S VERY ENERGETIC AND SO THAT KIND OF ENTHUSIASM IS IMPORTANT TO US.))
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(( IT DOES GIVE PEOPLE A REASON TO STAY DOWNTOWN AFTER WORK AS WELL AS MAKE A TRIP DOWNTOWN TO ENJOY A NICE MEAL. AND WITH THE WHOLE REVITALIZATION PLAN IN PLACE, IN A FEW YEARS WE'LL BE ABLE TO PUT TOGETH ER A REAL NICE EVENING FOR YOU WITH DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT AND EVERYTHING.))
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With a back to basics approach to both service and food quality, Tsuei figures to succeed here for many years.

[SOT 13:32:36]

((JOHN TSUEI: I THINK ONCE PEOPLE GET TO KNOW US, WE'LL BE FINE. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WE'RE HERE YET, WE'VE BEEN GETTING THE WORD OUT AS MUCH AS WE CAN. AND ONCE THEY GIVE US A TRY, I THINK I'M PRETTY CONFIDENT THAT WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP THEM COMING BACK.))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))


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It was beginning to look a LOT like Christmas at one ski resort in Maine.
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Hundreds of skiing Santas took to the slopes this afternoon. The annual "Skiing Santas" event at Sunday River ski resort typically draws more than three hundred Kris Kringles to the mountain. For one day a year, the resort gives free ski passes to anyone willing to ski looking like the jolly old elf.
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[S-Bowls]


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The Virginia Tech Hokies found out today where they would spend the holidays, and it's a San Francisco treat. Tech will meet 8 and four Air Force in the inaugural Diamond Walnuts San Francisco Bowl on New Year's Eve. It's not the first time the Hokies and Falcons have met in the post season. Air Force beat Bruce Smith and the Hokies in the 1984 Independence Bowl.
Coach Frank Beamer was in Florida recruiting today, but he did take time to weigh in on the matchup via the bowl's conference call.
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As for Virginia, the Cavaliers will meet up with West Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl. The Mountaineers were 3 and 8 last season before going 9 and 3 this year. Virginia finished the year at 8 and 5 and had a six game winning streak at one point.
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The Continental Tire Bowl is set for Charlotte's Ericsson Stadium on Saturday December 28th at 11 am.



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[WIPE to PINNACLE #6153EssC]


And the BCS bowl games are now set as well. Let's set the table starting with the national title tilt in the Fiesta Bowl. It'll be Miami and Ohio State for all the marbles as expected.
In the Sugar Bowl, ACC champion Florida State matches up with the SEC's best in the Georgia Bulldogs.
[Take PINNACLE #6154EssC]


And in the grandaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl, the Pac-10 champion Washington State Cougars will draw the top team in the Big 12, the Oklahoma Sooners.
Finally, the Orange Bowl will pit two Heisman contenders in quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Brad Banks. USC and Iowa will lock horns in that one.
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[S-Falcons]


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The Michael Vick Express was derailed today in Tampa as the Bucs shut down Mike and the Falcons to take control of the NFC South.
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Tampa Bay sacked Vick twice and picked him off once, but the heat was on all day long.
Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson was the real star under center today throwing for 276 yards and four touchdowns.
[SUPER=30-Atlanta/10/Tampa Bay/34/;]

Vick did have a TD toss to Alge Crumpler. He rushed for just 15 yards on five carries and the Bucs knock off the Falcons 34 to 10.
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[S-Skins]


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The Washington Redskins can just about forget about the playoffs. This afternoon, Steve Spurrier's boys dropped another divisional game with the Giants. Five turnovers didn't help the cause.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Landover, MD/Fox Sports; :00]


To Landover we go, where Roanoke's Tiki Barber had a big day. Tiki carried 20 times for 96 yards. This nice run early on went down deep inside Redskins territory.
That setup this Kerry Collins to Charles Stackhouse TD pass and the Giants led 10-nothing.
It was 17-3 Giants at the half, but the Skins came back to make a game of it. Patrick Ramsey found Rod Gardner for a 13 yard score in the third quarter.
[SUPER=30-N.Y. Giants/27/Washington/21/;]

But Tiki put this one on ice with a one yard score. The Giants keep alive slim playoff hopes by beating Washington 27 to 21.
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[S-Blitz]


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[WIPE to ENG!!]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL/Browns vs. Jags; :00]


We start the blitz tonight in Jacksonville where there was plenty of drama. Tim Couch and company knocked off the Jags thanks to this hail mary with ten seconds left. Quincy Morgan hauled it in for the game tying score. The extra point allowed the Browns to win it 21 to 20.
[SUPER=03-Pittsburgh, PA/Texans vs. Steelers; :]


The upset of the day took place in the Steel City as the Houston Texans turned three Tommy Maddox turnovers into touchdowns. The Texans were outgained 422 yards to a measley 47, but they win the game anyway, 24 to 6 over the Steelers.
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN/Colts vs. Titans; :]


And finally, the Titans got 237 yards passing and a touchdown from Steve McNair. Tennessee beats the Colts 27 to 17 to sweep the season series and take over first place in the AFC South.
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[S-Express]


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The Roanoke Express returned to the Civic Center following a two game road trip. Atlantic City was in town and
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the Bullies certainly lived up to their name. Several fracases broke out in this one, but eventually cooler heads prevailed.
Now for some hockey. Atlantic City struck first when Scott Matzka sneaks the puck in from behind the net, and the visitors led 1-nothing.
Late in the first period, Jason Jaffray continued his hot streak. He tallied this goal for Roanoke on the rebound, evening the score at 1-all.
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It was 2-1 Express before the Bullies Jim Hinckle tied thing up again. There was no shortage of goals this afternoon a(------------) s the Express goes on to beat Atlantic City 5 to 4.