Today on News 7 at 5, the jury in Richard Burrow's fraud trial is deliberating his fate at this hour. We will have a live report from Lynchburg.
Now that Al Gore has decided NOT to run for President, his fellow Democrats are lining up for the challenge.
Lots of wind today but that should back off a bit tonight. Sunshine for Tuesday but still rather chilly.
Also an anti-smoking group calls on Virginia to raise the cigarette tax.
We will see a shocking device that is supposed to be a non-surgical alternative to facelifts.
Plus a star from one of the teams playing in the upcoming Stagg Bowl teams is arrested.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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Senator Trent Lott prepares once again to defend himself- this time on B-E-T- Black Entertainment Television.
Some fellow Republicans are now suggesting Senator Lott should not be their leader.
Meanwhile the Senator from Mississippi continues to try and defuse the contoversy over his suggestion that the country would have benefitted from a segregationist president.
Teri Okita reports.
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[SUPER=01-Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich/Black Leadership Forum;]
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((With some fellow Republicans suggesting he shouldn't be their Senate
leader, Trent Lott is trying once again to defuse the controversy over
his suggestion that the country would have benefited from a
segregationist president. Teri Okita reports.
TRACK: SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TRENT LOTT IS MAKING ANOTHER ROUND OF
APOLOGIES THIS TIME, ON B-E-T, BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION.
(Super: Sen. Trent Lott/Majority Leader)
SOT: soundbite to come
IN A 30-MINUTE INTERVIEW SET TO AIR LATER TONIGHT ON B-E-T, LOTT
USED THE TIME TO DISCUSS HIS VIEWS ON DIVERSITY AND RACE RELATIONS.
THE REPUBLICAN FINDS HIS LEADERSHIP ROLE IN JEOPARDY AFTER
RACIALLY-PERCEIVED REMARKS HE MADE AT A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR SENATOR STROM
THURMOND EARLIER THIS MONTH.
THE BLACK LEADERSHIP FORUM MADE UP OF CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS AND ACTIVISTS
IS CALLING ON LOTT TO STEP DOWN.
Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich/Black Leadership Forum:
We firmly believe that your assumption of the office of majority
leader which is fourth in line for Presidential succession is not good
for us or for our nation.
EVEN MEMBERS OF LOTTS OWN PARTY ARE CALLING FOR NEW LEADERSHIP
ELECTIONS, WITH SENATOR DON NICKLES, LEADING THE CHARGE.
NICKLES AND RANK-AND-FILE GOP SENATORS WILL MEET TO DECIDE LOTTS FATE
ON JANUARY SIXTH ONE DAY BEFORE THE SENATE CONVENES FOR A NEW SESSION
UNDER REPUBLICAN CONTROL.
WHILE THE WHITE HOUSE CONTINUES TO CONDEMN LOTTS COMMENTS, IT
REFUSES TO GET INVOLVED IN THE CONTROVERSY.
Ari Fleischer/White House Spokesman: The President does not believe Trent Lott needs to resign. The President thinks that what Trent Lott said was wrong, and the President
found those remarks offensive. The President said that Trent Lott was right to apologize.
Al Gore says he is not a candidate for President. Now those who have been waiting in the wings are starting to step into the spotlight.
Aleen Sirgany has more from the White House.
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[SUPER=01-Al Gore/Former Vice President; :10]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Lieberman/(D) Connecticut; :58]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Kerry/(D) Massachusetts; 1:19]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News; 1:26]
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((A DAY AFTER MAKING THE SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE WILL NOT RUN FOR
PRESIDENT IN 2004, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE TRIED TO EXPLAIN HIS
(SOT)AL GORE/FORMER VICE PRESIDENT
I felt that the focus of that race would have been more on past than it
should have been when all races should be on future
IT'S SO SURPRISING BECAUSE GORE HAD BEEN EVERYWHERE IN RECENT WEEKS:
PROMOTING HIS BOOKS, MAKING SPEECHES...EVEN APPEARING ON SATURDAY NIGHT
LIVE. BUT BOOK SALES WERE POOR....AND SO WAS GORE'S ABILITY TO RAISE
BIG BUCKS FROM POLITICAL BACKERS. MAYBE SOMBER INDICATIONS OF WHAT WAS
TO COME....IF GORE HAD THROWN HIS HAT IN THE RING.
I don't know what future holds, i'm exploring a lot of possibilites
GORES DECISION OPENS THE DOOR FOR MANY OF HIS FORMER DEMOCRATIC
COLLEAGUES INCLUDING FORMER RUNNING MATE JOE LIEBERMAN, WHO VOWED NOT
TO RUN IF GORE DID.
SOT SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN/(D) CONNECTICUT
I am going to very seriously consider the awesome opportunity that I now
have to become a candidate for president.
ALSO TOPPING THE LIST OUTGOING HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER DICK GEPHARDT,
SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER TOM DASCHLE, VERMONT GOVERNOR HOWARD DEAN AND
SENATOR JOHN KERRY.
(SOT) SEN JOHN KERRY/(D) MASSACHUSETTS
I've been on a track to organize a campaign; i think it's going very
STAND-UP: (TO COME...Gore says he'll endorse someone, but he's not sure
who yet. AS, CBS NEWS, WHITE HOUSE)))
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A federal jury is still deliberating in the fraud trial of former D-Day Memorial president Richard Burrow.
Burrow is accused of bank, mail and wire fraud for his role in raising millions of dollars to help build the memorial in Bedford.
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Steve Smallshaw has been following this case and joins us from outside the Federal Courthouse in Lynchburg.
Steve, what is the key issue the jury must decide?
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[SUPER=01-Col. Norman Elmore/Former D-Day Memorial Board Member; :43]
[OUT Q=he's suffering now.]
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Local public service agencies are considering making changes to avoid the mess caused when traffic backed up on Route 220 during this month's snowfall.
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The storm December 4th left many motorists stranded for hours without any assistance from police or rescue crews.
This morning, Franklin and Roanoke County Police met with State Police and VDOT to discuss the incident, its causes, and ways to avoid similar problems in the future.
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: THERE WAS A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT THE TYPE OF COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE BETWEEN THE AGENCIES, WHICH RADIOS AND FREQUENCIES THEY'RE USING AND AGREEMENTS TO CONSOLIDATE SOME OF THESE RESOURCES SO WE CAN IMPROVE COMMUNICATION AMONG THE JURISDICTIONS SHOULD SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE.))
[OUT Q=something like this happen in the future.]
Bullock says you can help, too, by choosing not to travel during such storms, moving your car if it's in the way of emergency crews and knowing your exact location should you have to call for help.
A local college begins to clean up after a weekend fire. We'll see how it is doing after the break,
and there's good news about teenage smoking, but at least one group says it is still not enough.
A small, smoky fire at the National College of Business and Technology cancelled classes there, but not for long.
Firefighters were called to the college shortly after six P-M last night.
They contained the trash fire quickly, but smoke travelled throughout the building.
Day classes were cancelled while clean-up crews dealt with the damage, but evening classes are back on tonight.
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((LEW BISHOP/CAMPUS DIRECTOR: WE HAVE OVER 700 STUDENTS AND ABOUT 75 STAFF AND FACULTY HERE AND WE'RE READY FOR THEM AND WE'RE BACK ROLLING FULL STEAM AHEAD.))
[SUPER=01-Lew Bishop/Campus Director;]
[OUT Q=full steam ahead.]
Fire officials in Salem are looking into the cause of the blaze, but there is no word yet on the results of their investigation.
A study released today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse says fewer teens are smoking.
The report says the number of high school seniors lighting up is at its lowest level since 1975. Smoking rates among eighth graders have been cut in half since 1996.
While they say it is good news, officials with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids want Virginia to raise cigarette taxes and use the extra money for smoking prevention programs.
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[IN Q=The Good news]
[SUPER=01-Bill Corr/Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids;]
[OUT Q=cessation program.]
Corr says 90 percent of smokers start in their teens or earlier. He contends the state and federal governments need to do more to overcome the 26 MILLION dollars the tobacco industry spends every DAY marketing cigarettes.
Today on Healthcheck, a new device is promising to smooth out a few wrinkles.
It claims it can turn back the clock without the pain of a facelift.
Dr. Sean Kenniff explains.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Steven Mulholland/Plastic Surgeon;]
[OUT Q=Sean Kenniff, CBS News;]
((THEODORA GROUEVA...DIDN'T LIKE WHAT SHE SAW IN THE MIRROR...THE TELLTALE
SIGNS OF AGING.
SOT THEODORA GROUEVA/PATIENT
"...I expect to look better...younger ..and to look more beautiful..."
SHE CONSIDERED THE OPTIONS...BUT NONE SUITED HER. A SURGICAL FACE-LIFT
WAS TOO DRASTIC, AND BOTOX WASN'T DRASTIC ENOUGH. THAT'S WHEN SHE HEARD
ABOUT A NEW TECHNIQUE THAT PROMISED THE SUCCESS OF A FACELIFT WITHOUT
SOT; DR. STEVEN MULHOLLAND/PLASTIC SURGEON.
"...the procedures called the Pan-G lift, Pan meaning all encompassing,
skin and muscle...And the lift effect simulates what you might achieve
or portions of what you might achieve with with surgery..."
DR. STEVEN MULHOLLAND, A COSMETIC SURGEON, DEVELOPED THE PAN-G LIFT. HE
USES TENSILE CORDS TO RESTRAIN THE SKIN AND THE FACIAL MUSCLES...WHILE
AN ELECTRICAL STIMULUS TRIGGERS THE MUSCLE TO CONTRACT AGAINST
RESISTANCE. YOU IRON OUT WRINKLES...WHILE YOUR FACE IS PUMPING IRON...
BRIDGE: DR. SEAN KENNIFF
"...now there is some pain associated with the procedure, after all
they're using electricity...but compared to a conventional face-lift
there's less pain, plus it's cheaper and there's much risk of a
JUST APPROVED BY THE FDA, THE DEVICE IS NOT WIDELY AVAILABLE. BUT IN
PHOTO AFTER PHOTO, THE RESULTS WERE CLEAR AND IMPRESSIVE. AND THOUGH SHE
JUST STARTED THE PROGRAM...THEODORA HAS ALREADY SEEN A DIFFERENCE.
"...I would recommend this treatment to every women, from 25-50 years
DR. SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.))
Coming up following weather, investors on Wall Street look for some bargains.
And then a little later, we'll show you a place to live when family members want to eat you out of house and home.
Coming up in Sports, a member of a Stagg Bowl team is arrested.
Plus we will see if Jennifer Lopez was able to clean up at the box office.
On Wall Street today, investors went on a buying binge, sending stocks sharply higher as they went after bargains following two weeks of losses.
Ed Crane reports.
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Good evening everybody and welcome to the Monday Ticker.
The Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl is celebrating its 30th anniversary later this week in Salem, but appears that one of the most anticipated visitors on the guest list started the party a little too soon.
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Roy Hampton, the record setting quarterback who was scheduled to lead Trinity University against juggernaut Mount Union this Saturday, was arrested yesterday and charged with public intoxication.
Trinity head coach Steve Mohr says at this time no decision has been made concerning his status for Saturday's National Championship game.
Hampton was arrested on San Antonio's River Walk following the team's win over St. John's Minnesota.
Hampton leads the NCAA in passing efficiency, and he has 43 touchdown passes this season.
Having watched him play in person the past two years, I can only tell you that if he doesn't play - Mount Union will name the score.
The Purple Raiders have won 95 of their last 96 games.
Tickets for Saturday's Stagg Bowl which gets underway at Noon are available at the Salem Civic Center box office.
Tickets are just ten dollars in advance for adults and $12.50 the day of the game.
High school aged kids and younger - your tickets are just five bucks.
If you are one of those procrastinators hoping to wait until the day after Christmas to get your tickets for the Continental Tire Bowl between West Virginia and UVa you can forget it.
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Bowl officials announced today that the game is a complete sellout.
73 thousand, two hundred and 58 tickets were purchased by UVa and WVU fans.
Bowl director says he estimates that UVa fans purchased over 20 thousand of those tickets.
It is believed to be one of the first times that a first year bowl game in a stadium this large has sold out.
The Tire Bowl kicks off Saturday morning December 28th at 11am.
Steve Mason will more on the sellout and UVa preparations tonight on News 7 at 6.
This is a big night for folks in the state as the top college football player in the Commonwealth will be announced at seven o'clock at the Downtown Club in Richmond.
Two years ago Roanoke's own Lee Suggs captured the award after a record setting season.
Suggs was then hurt all of last year, but bounced back with another 1000 yard plus season this campaign.
We'll have the winner for you tonight on News 7 At 11.
Suggs is expected to get plenty of competition tonight from Virginia junior Matt Schaub - who led UVa to an 8-and-5 record.
William and Mary quarterback Dave Cawley is the other finalist.
Again, the winner will be announced at seven tonight and News 7 Sports will have comments from all three finalists on News 7 at 11.
Take care everybody. Jean will be back in moment to wrap up News 7 at five.
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A Gingerbread house is not unusual at this time of year, but the one in Pittsburgh really is.
You've heard of supersizing french fries. You could say this is a supersize Gingerbread house.
It is life size.
It took four flatbed trucks all weekend to tow parts of the house.
Organizers at the Pittsburgh Children's hospital started designing the house earlier this year as a place where they could broadcast a telethon in the holiday season.
Organizers say they envisioned something small, but the design ended up growing.
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((PAT SIGER/PITTSBURGH CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL: I WAS THINKING SORT OF A DOLL HOUSE GINGERBREAD HOUSE.))
((THE DRAWINGS KEPT GETTING BIGGER AND MORE DETAILED.))
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[OUT Q=and more detailed.]
One piece alone weights 16 thousand pounds.
So, guess how much this house weighs? 35 tons.
She had to play a maid to do it, but actress Jennifer Lopez dusted the competition at the box office.
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Her "Maid in Manhattan" was the number one movie this weekend.
According to studio estimates, it took in 19 MILLION dollars.
That was slightly ahead of the new Star Trek movie.
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"Star Trek: Nemesis" made more than 18 and a half million dollars, but that is the weakest opening in the series since 1991.
"Drumline" opened suprisingly well for the third spot.
Rob Schnider may not be a hot chick, but he plays one on the screen. His new movie tied for fourth with the latest James Bond movie, "Die Another Day."
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