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Today on News 7, a Montgomery County man is convicted of manslaughter in the death of a woman he dated.
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Plus even some Republicans are wondering if Trent Lott will be able to hold onto his position as Senate Majority Leader.



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We will see a new vaccine that can help keep children out of a few prickly situations.
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Governor Warner wants to see the state close parts of five mental hospitals.
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And President Bush shares a Christmas Classic with some children.
News 7 at 5 is next.

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((CHRISTOPHER TUCK/PARK'S ATTORNEY: DON'T THINK HE INTENDED TO KILL HER. I KNOW THAT IT SOUNDS DIFFICULT, BUT, I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THOSE FREAK ACCIDENTS. 19:58))
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It started out as a heated argument. Now, a Blacksburg man convicted of manslaughter says he's sorry.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Emotions ran high inside a Montgomery County courtroom today, where a jury found Michael Parks guilty of voluntary manslaughter.
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The 27-year-old was charged with second-degree murder in the death of a woman he was dating.
Marika Cooper was found strangled in her Clayton Estates home July 12th.
Parks told the court he choked Cooper following a heated argument, but, he did not mean to kill her.
A jury convicted him of the lesser charge, after deliberating for more than three hours last night and today.
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((CHRISTOPHER TUCK/PARK'S ATTY.: MISTER PARKS ACCEPTED THAT. HE ASKED TO BE SENTENCED TODAY, HE DIDN'T ASK FOR THE JURY'S VERDICT TO BE SET ASIDE AND ASK FOR A LESSER SENTENCE. HE KNEW HE DID SOMETHING WRONG AND HE ACCEPTED HIS RESPONSIBILITY. 20:41))
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An emotional Parks apologized prior to his sentencing to both his mother and the victim's mother, Virginia Cooper.
He was given the maximum punishment for voluntary manslaughter, 10-years in prison, and placed on three years probation.
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The incoming Senate Majority leader is in trouble with the minority community.
As Aleen Sirgany reports, the White House isn't offering a life raft.
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((HOPING FOR A LIFELINE, SENATOR TRENT LOTT IS INSTEAD FINDING HIMSELF IN DEEPER WATERAND IT SEEMS, WITH EVERY APOLOGY.. I accept the fact that I made a terrible mistake ...THE LIST OF THOSE WHO THINK LOTT MUST GO GETS LONGER AND LONGER. WILLIAM BENNETT/FORMER EDUCATION SECRETARY I think he will step down, he will have to step down. and i hope he does soon. THE WHITE HOUSE WONT GO THAT FAR BUT PRESIDENT BUSH, WHO WAVED OFF A QUESTION TODAY ABOUT LOTTS FUTURE, ISN'T OFFERING A LIFE RAFT TO THE SINKING REPUBLICAN LEADER. AND NOW THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS FACING QUESTIONS ABOUT ITS OWN POSITION ON BLACK AMERICA. ARI FLEISCHER/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: The president feels very strongly about issues involving race relations in America and the need for all of us to work together to improve race relations in America. LOTT, REELING FROM HIS PRAISE OF STROM THURMOND'S SEGREGATIONIST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDACY, SAYS HE WOULD LIKE THE CHANCE TO HELP IMPROVE RACE RELATIONS. BUT CRITICS CALL IT NOTHING MORE THAN LIP SERVICE FROM A DESPERATE POLITICIAN. Clarence Page/Political Columnist Everything I'm hearing leads him to being toast or as one friend said, burnt toast. He's become an anvil around the neck of the republican agenda now. MEETING JANUARY 6TH....GOP SENATORS DECIDE HIS FATE.))

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In the aftermath of Richard Burrow's federal fraud trial, the foundation he once headed and the memorial he helped build are trying to regain their footing.
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Those running the Bedford memorial say the federal investigation into Burrow and his susbsequent trial have made it difficult for them to focus on keeping the financially-troubled project afloat.
The Foundation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October... and officials say fundraising has been tough.
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McIntosh says the memorial is still almost four million dollars in debt, but is working out a repayment plan with its creditors.
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The U-S military now says three people have been wounded in an attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul.
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Two American soldiers and their Afghan interpreter were hurt after attackers hurled a grenade into their jeep.
A military spokeswoman says one of the soldiers was wounded in the head and legs, while the second soldier suffered wounds to the lower right leg.
She didn't identify the soldiers or say how serious their injuries are. The interpreter's condition isn't immediately known.
Fifteen U-S servicemen have been killed in hostile situations in Afghanistan since the anti-terrorism campaign began last year.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will hear about the Governor's plans to change the state's mental health system.
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Plus on Health Check, we will see a medication that can spare children from some injections.
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Governor Mark Warner wants to move mental health care patients out of state institutions and back into their communities.
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Warner is proposing the closing of wings in five of the state's mental hospitals, including one in Smyth County.
The governor says the money saved by eliminating almost three hundred beds in state facilities will be put toward community-based care programs.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: COMMUNITY-BASED CARE ACKNOWLEDGES THE DIGNITY OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL AND THEIR RIGHT TO LIVE AS FULL MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. NOW THIS CHANGE WE'RE MAKING TODAY IS BECAUSE I AM COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE THAT VIRGINIANS WITH DISABILITIES NOT ONLY HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS EVERYONE ELSE BUT THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES AS WELL.))
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Warner says Virginia has moved slower than other states in moving mental health care patients from institutional to community-based care.
Mental health advocates say they are pleased with the change but it's not enough.
They say Warner's budget cuts have left 12-thousand Virginians without mental health services.
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A new vaccine for small children should cut down on the crying and kicking in the doctor's office.
It is a new combination medicine that promises to cut out six injections.
Micki Flowers reports.
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((Childhood immunizations can be tough on the tiny patients and no picnic for their parents. 2 month old Kamia Jones is due to get four shots. Her grandmother can't bear it.
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Many childhood vacccines are given in a series, which means several doses are needed over time. Now a new vaccine promises to cut out six of the injections babies need before age 2. It's called Pediarix . The new vaccine combines in one injection....protection against five different diseases. Diphtheria, tetanus whooping cough, hepatitis B and polio. Until now it's taken nine injections to get that much protection. Now only three...at ages two, four and six months.
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Babies will still need separate shots to protect against meningitis and penumonia. And after the first birthday more shots to protect against other childhood diseases. Micki Flowers for CBS News.))

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One of the busiest places to be this time of year is the K-B Toys facility in Blairs.
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The fulfillment center ships out products for K-B's internet orders. At its peak during the holidays, about 190-thousand toys go out a day. Officials say this year has been a success and that it's also the first time they are working with Sears department stores. Many temporary workers are hired for the holiday season to unload, sort, pack and wrap gifts. During the holiday rush - almost 15-hundred people are working in the building. We'll hear from an employee on what it's like to be a real life Santa's helper on News 7 at 6.
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The President and First lady read a Christmas Classic to school children at the White House today.
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President Bush read the first few lines of Twas the Night Before Christmas, but after a few lines he found it tough to tackle the fine print and handed the story over to veteran schoolteacher and first lady, Laura Bush.
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At the end of the story, a suprise guest apeared- the Bush's dog, Barney, who scared some of the children in the first row.
President Bush scrambled to grab Barney.
The children recovered and eventually warmed up to Barney.
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Coming up next, find out how the 99th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' flight is being remembered.
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Plus a little later, we will see a man sail through the air, but it wasn't with the greatest of ease.
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Almost a century after the Wright Brothers first powered flight- a giant celebration is taking off.
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Actor and pilot John Travolta helped kick off the year long celebration under a life sized replica of the Wright brother's plane.
It was 99 years ago today that Wilbur and Orville Wright made history.
Their flight will be re-created on its 100th anniversary.
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((JOHN TRAVOLTA/ACTOR AND PILOT: THE FREEDOM THAT FLIGHT OFFERS EXTENDS MUCH FARTHER THAN MERELY BREAKING THE PHYSICAL BONDS OF EARTH. AND IT RISES FAR ABOVE THE CONVENIENCES THAT HAVE COME AS A RESULT.))
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Former Senator and astronaut John Glenn was among the guests at the National Air and Space Museum celebration today.


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Coming up a little later in the newscast, a popular actress gives her two weeks notice,
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But first we will see why a tribute to a British soccer player could have him melting under the pressure.
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On Wall Street today, investors had a beef with McDonald's. A dismal profit forecast from the restaurant set the tone for the markets as stocks gave back a chunk of yesterday's big gains.
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Some Japanese fans are giving a sweet salute to British soccer star.
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They constructed a ten foot tall statue of David Beckham out of chocolate. Beckham became an international hero after this year's World Cup.
His statue is made of several thousand chocolate bars, but it is not for eating.
It will be on display until Christmas.
For now, the chocolate soccer player is protected by a glass case and two around the clock security guards.
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Meanwhile more than a hundred thousand people showed up to take part in a dangerous ritual in India today.
It is part of the fire festival which is celebrated once every 85 years.
For today's ritual, 50 workers spent three months building a thick rope.
Then a man stradles the rope and rides down a mountain with two sandbags strapped to his feet.
The organizer of the festival, says it is a test of a forest deity's powers. Locals believe if the deity is in a good mood he will protect the man from falling.
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Good afternoon folks and welcome to the Tuesday Ticker. The seemingly endless string of postseason bowl games begins tonight with the New Orleans Bowl that pits North Texas against Cincinnati. But we begin tonight with some amazing bowl news from Florida State where the off-the-field problems continue to haunt the ACC-champion Seminoles.
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This afternoon FSU quarterback Chris Rix was declared ineligible for the Sugar Bowl against Georgia. The reason?
Rix failed to take a final exam. That means the team will be without both of its top quarterbacks. Adrian McPherson was kicked off the team after being arrested on a felony charge in November after he allegedly stole a check from and forged it. Bobby Bowden will now have to go with Sophomore Fabian Walker at quarterback. He attempted just 8 passes this season.
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Still no word tonight on whether on not Trinity Quarterback Roy Hampton will be allowed to play in this Saturday's Stagg Bowl.
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The record setting quarterback was arrested Sunday and charged with public intoxication. Hampton is the top rated quarterback in Division Three football, but his fate is not in the hands of the sports department. This afternoon the school's sports information office confirmed that the decision on whether or not to allow him to play will be determined by the University's administration. The team leaves for Salem on Thursday with or without Hampton.
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Tickets for Saturday's Noon kickoff are just $10 for adults and $5 bucks for high school aged kids and younger.

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Despite the fact that ticket sales overall for the Diamond Walnut Bowl aren't all that impressive, Frank Beamer says he still believes playing this game against Air Force on the west coast is a tremendous opportunity for his team.
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Coming up at the top of the hour tonight Tech associate head coach Billy Hite reminisces about the last meeting between the two - the now infamous 1984 Independence Bowl. Also, we'll check in with Al Groh, and Pete Gillen. The UVa men's basketball team swings back into action tonight at University Hall against East Tennessee State. We'll have highlights of the game for tonight on News 7 at 11. Take care everybody - Jean will wrap up News 7 at Five on this Tuesday night in just a moment. [GO TO BREAK]

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Actress Sandra Bullock has not been in need of work in recent years. Still starting tomorrow she is giving movie goers her two weeks notice.
Elizabeth Sanchez has more.
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Two of the most sought after actors in the romantic comedy business.. Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant..come together to make "Two Weeks Notice". But both play supporting roles to the real star of the film....(quick pause) the city that never sleeps.

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"It's never easy shooting in a city that just does not stop...but what you get in return is the city. I mean.. the city is the main character of this movie."
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Grant and Bullock ...or is it Bullock and Grant ? Which ever way ...it's a pairing that the movie world has been eager to see.

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"We've been waiting to work together for years...you never know if it's going to come up to scratch...but it did."
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"We were trying to be very respectful of how we shot it.. but we were also trying to say the city's still here...and look at it...it's not stopping."
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"They are both extremeist in their own right...and they need each other to sort of find the balance."
-nats- A balance that says it's never too late to tell someone you love them...and in this case..it's never too late to work together. Elizabeth Sanchez...CBS News, New York.))


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