Coming up on News 7-
An arrest is made in a Southside murder case.
State police take steps to discourage folks from drinking and driving.
Day two brings more skepticism about a claim involving human cloning.
Plus, Steve Mason with highlights of U-V-A's big win over the Mountaineers.
News 7 is next.
If you're a fan of First Night in downtown Roanoke, you'll want to make other plans to ring in the New Year.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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First Night in downtown Roanoke is taking another year off.
But as Justin McLeod found out-- there's still plenty to do in and around the Star City.
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Bowling alleys tend to be a popular place on New Years Eve.
Lee-Hi Lanes here in Salem is no exception.
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((BUTCH McCLAMMA/LEE-HI LANES: SO FAR WE'RE BOOKED WITH A WAITING LIST WHICH IS BETTER THAN IT WAS LAST YEAR.))
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Part of the reason could be Roanoke's decision to cancel First Night for a second year in a row.
Places like Corned Beef and Company in downtown say their numbers are up because of it.
They plan to have a night full of live music and a buffet at a cost of thirty dollars.
If you're looking for something more fancy, then check out the Hotel Roanoke.
There you'll find a dance with a Mardi Gras theme.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: NEW YEARS EVE ALSO FALLS ON THE NIGHT OF COURSE WHEN TECH PLAYS ITS BOWL GAME AND SINCE IT'S ON THE WEST COAST THE GAME WILL START MUCH LATER THAN NORMAL. MANY PLACES PLAN TO ACCOMODATE THAT TO ALLOW YOU TO WATCH THE GAME AND AT THE SAME TIME CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR.))
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One such place is the Cinema Cafe in Roanoke.
They plan to have the Tech game in one theater and a DJ dance in another.
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This is the first year Cinema Cafe will hold a New Year's celebration.
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((CLIFF MONEYMAKER/CINEMA CAFE: SINCE THEY WERE NO LONGER FIRST NIGHT OF A NEW YEAR WE FIGURED PEOPLE IN ROANOKE NEEDED SOMEWHERE TO GO FOR NEW YEARS TO CELEBRATE.))
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Another place to celebrate is the Ice Station in Roanoke.
It will cost you five dollars for admission and another three dollars to rent skates.
Their New Year's Eve bash is geared towards families.
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((DWAYNE TIDROW/ICE STATION: IT'S A GOOD TIME, GOOD MUSIC. WE HAVE DISCO BALLS AND LASER LIGHT SHOWS THAT WE HAVE TO KINDA PROMOTE THINGS AND HYPE IT UP A LITTLE BIT.))
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So there's plenty to do around the Roanoke Valley on New Year's Eve.
You just have to decide among other things whether you want to slide or bowl your way into the New Year.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
Festival in the Park is in charge of Roanoke's First Night.
They cite tough economic times and a lack of volunteers as reasons behind the decision to cancel the event for a second straight year.
Roanoke's loss may be the New River Valley's gain.
The town of Blacksburg plans to hold its third annual First Night celebration on New Year's Eve.
This year's event will feature a number of different artists, musicians, and performances.
A First Night button gets you into all the activities.
You can buy one at several area stores on the night of the event.
Organizers hope this year's First Night will attract more than three thousand people.
They too plan to have at least one location where people can watch Virginia Tech's bowl game.
Of course-- all eyes were on U-V-A rather than Virginia Tech today.
Many fans gathered at restaraunts like the Brambelton Deli in Roanoke County to watch this morning's game in Charlotte.
All the televisions were tuned to the game, which was broadcast on cable.
By half-time, U-V-A was up 27 to 10.
That left some fans happy-- while others were disappointed.
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((CHARLES SMITH/WAHOO FAN: I THINK THE COACH HAS DONE A MAGNIFICENT JOB IN HIS FIRST TWO YEARS THERE AND THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM.))
((EDDIE BERRY/MOUNTAINEER FAN: EVERYBODY IS FRIENDS HERE. IT'S SPORTSMANSHIP. AND ARGUE BUT EVEN THE BARTENDER RICK HE'S A UVA FAN, I'M A WEST VIRGINIA FAN SO EVERYBODY GETS ALONG.))
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U-V-A went on to win today's game.
Steve Mason will have a full report from Charlotte a little later in the newscast.
As New Years Celebrations draw closer
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local law enforcement want to remind you not to drink and drive.
Virginia State Police and Roanoke County officers are holding a sobriety check point near Hanging Rock tonight.
Virginia has a zero- tolerance policy for driving above the legal limit, and officials say motorists caught driving under the influence automatically lose their license for seven days.
But in some cases could spend twelve months in jail.
State Troopers say this is one of many check points to be held in the area over the holiday season.
Pittsylvania County authorities have arrested a murder suspect.
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The Sheriff's Office says 23- year old Samuel "June Bug" Jones of Danville turned himself in around 2 o'clock this afternoon.
He was wanted in connection with the murder of Jonathan Edward Neal at the old quarry near Ringgold on Sunday.
Jones is being held without bond.
Authorities say the case is still under investigation.
A "wall of fog" is being blamed for a multi- car pileup on a Houston highway this morning.
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More than 70- cars collided after driving into a fence of thick fog.
Some cars ignited into flames.
The accident sent more than twenty people to the hospital.
Five were seriously injured, but there are no reports of fatalities.
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Meanwhile in Arkansas, a pregnant woman and her four young children were discovered dead after their Christmas tree apparently caught fire.
Fire officials believe the family died of smoke inhalation Thursday, but their bodies weren't discovered until last night.
According to relatives the woman was seven months pregnant.
Officials say the fire appears to have been an accident.
Reaction remains for the most part, negative-- one day after an organization announced it had cloned a human baby.
Randall Pinkston has more from New York.
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(( ONE DAY AFTER CLONAID SCIENTIST BRIDGETT BOISELLIER'S
CG :2-line�Brigitte Boisselier�Scientific Director, Clonaid
(SOT: BRIDGET BOISELLIER :) "The first baby clone is born..:"
(VO#2) SKEPTICISM ABOUT HER ORGANIZATION;'S CLAIM ..THAT AN AMERICAN
WOMAN GAVE BIRTH TO A CLONE BABY GIRL... TURNED NEGATIVE... ALMOST
(SOT: FR. RICHARD NEUHAUS) They're freaks. They're moral monsters.
(VO#3) ONE REASON FOR THE DISBELIEF... CLONAID'S CONNECTION TO A
RELIGIOUS CULT CALLED RAELIANS ... SHOWN HERE PRACTICING THEIR UNIQUE
STYLE OF MEDITATION ... THEY BELIEVE ALIENS CAME TO EARTH AND CLONED
HUMANS... AND THAT CLONING WILL EXTEND LIFE..
LEADING CATHOLIC THEOLOGIAN RICHARD NEUHAUS IS OUTRAGED BY RAELIANS
CG :2-line�Rev. Richard Neuhaus�Editor, "First Things"
(SOT: FR. RICHARD NEUHAUS/ EDITOR' FIRST THINGS' ) ...our goal as a
society and as a world, a civilized world is to make sure that they
always remain marginal.
(VO 4 ) AFTER THE BIRTH OF DOLLY FIVE YEARS AGO, SCIENTISTS HAVE CLONED
PIGS, RATS, COWS.. AND SEVERAL REPRODUCTIVE SPECIALISTS... LIKE DR.
PANOS ZAVOS WHO IS WORKING ON CLONING A HUMAN ...SAYS A CLONE BABY WILL
BE BORN NEXT YEAR.. BUT ZAVOS DOUBTS THAT CLONAID IS FIRST TO ACHIEVED
CG :2-line�Dr. Panos Zavos�Andrology Institute of America
Unless you show me the facts, I don't believe anything.
rp and dr. callahan WALK AND TALK
IS THERE ANY POSSIBILITY THAT THE RAELIANS ACTUALLY CLONED A HUMAN? It
is certainly possible
(VO#5) IN THE MURKY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SCIENCE AND ETHICS IS THIS
QUESTION: IF SCIENTISTS FIGURE OUT HOW TO CLONE HUMANS, SHOULD THEY?
ETHICIST DANIEL CALLAHAN SAYS NO.
CG :2-line�Daniel Callahan�Ethicist, The Hastings Center
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In the end, I think it's an offense against children//We've been blessed
by nature in having our own genetic individuality. Nobody in the world
is exactly like us or anywhere near like us. cloning really interferes
CG :2-line�Randall Pinkston�CBS News
(RANDALL ON CAM CLOSE-TO COME):MOST SCIENTISTS AROUND THE WORLD ARE IN
FAVOR OF BANNING HUMAN REPRODUCTIVE CLONING.. EVEN IF CLONAID'S CLAIM
TURNS OUT TO BE FALSE, GIVEN ADVANCES IN REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY,
EXPERTS SAY IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF if , BUT when HUMAN CLONING WILL BE A
REALITY. RANDALL PINKSTON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
Still to come on the newscast, a naval battle group is returning to the Middle East, and weapons inspectors get to work in Iraq.
and in sports, the Cavaliers flatten the Mountaineers in the inaugural Continental Tire Bowl. We'll have highlights in a little bit.
A Martinsville company has just signed a deal worth millions.
Hooker Furniture Company says its buying Bradington-Young based in Cherryville, North Carolina.
The company is a maker of leather upholstery.
The deal is said to be worth 24- point five million dollars.
Time has run out for the nearly 800- thousand people who rely on federal emergency unemployment benefits.
The program expires at midnight for those who had already exhausted their regular 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits.
Earlier today-- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton called for Congress to start the year off right by extending the benefits.
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Congress adjourned for the year without extending the program.
Officials at the Virginia Employment Commission in Martinsville say thousands will be affected in Southside alone.
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((THE SENATE, THE HOUSE AND THE PRESIDENT SHOULD MAKE A JOINT NEW YEARS RESOLUTION, THAT THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS IN THE ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTIETH CONGRESS WILL BE TO PASS A MEANINGFUL THIRTEEN WEEK EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.
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President Bush has also called on the new Congress to make an extension the first order of business.
A Norfolk based aircraft carrier battle group has received orders to be ready to deploy to the Middle East, just days after returning from the region.
The 8-thousand sailors of the U-S-S George Washington and its battle group have been ordered to be prepared to set sail for the Middle East within 96 hours of getting the order.
The carrier group returned to Hampton Roads on December 20th.
Iraq has met another key demand of the U-N Security Council.
Lee Cowan has more tonight from Baghdad.
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(( As the inspectors returned to work this morning - Iraq was putting the final touches on a massive list of scientists the UN had requested
weeks ago. Tonight they finally got it.
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"The list contains over 500 names. How many? Over 500."
But there are problems. There's no guarantee the scientists on that list will agree to be interviewed - and the UN can't do much about it.
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"I do not think we have any enforcement power."
And Iraq knows it. Of the two scientists interviewed so far - neither agreed to be questioned in private.
The latest, a self described metals expert, even refused to be interviewed at the UN headquarters here -- calling it the equivalent
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of the US base at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, used to imprison suspected members of al-Qaeda.
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"My feeling, my inside feeling, is that I look at this place as Guantanamo camp. And I'm not a prisoner, I am a free man, a free Iraqi
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His reluctance comes in the face of a US military buildup not seenin this area since the Gulf War.
This morning, at a symposium in Baghdad that was supposed to be about Iraq's economy - Saddam Hussein's trade minister used it to send a message of war.
(SOT/MOHAMMED MAHDI SALEH, IRAQ TRADE MINISTER)
(NARR:) Iraq will fight from 'village to village, from street to street,' he said. And he threatened the US with (
quote) a 'lesson they will
never forget' if it decides to invade.
So far, Iraq remains steadfast in its claims the inspectors have found nothing that would lead the US to war. But that doesn't mean they
haven't found things that look suspicious.
"This metal manufacturing plant, for example, says it makes spare parts to aid in Iraq's missile program. The importance highlighted by the fact some of the machines are surrounded by a walls of sand bags."
But appearances here mean little. And If the UN is hoping for substantial new information from interviewing scientists -- the two
questioned so far have yielded very little. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Baghdad.))
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, a special holiday celebration is underway locally.
and it's been the scene for world series magic, but take one last look because tomorrow morning this ballpark will be nothing but rubble.
Holiday celebrations are over for most people, but Kwanzaa is in full swing.
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Dozens of people gathered tonight at the Harrison Museum of African American Culture in Roanoke to celebrate the holiday.
Kwanzaa is a celebration signifying the first fruits of the harvest. The holiday was founded by a college professor in the sixties to emphasize that the values learned in agriculture are vital to building a strong and wholesome community.
Kwanzaa began on December 26th and runs until the first of the year.
It's been the scene for deafening crowds, home run blasts and thunderous tackles; but nothing will compare to tomorrow morning's noise.
Cincinnati's Cinergy Field will be imploded at 8 o'clock.
The stadium was built 32 years ago and is the former home of the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Implosion preparations have been going on for the last week.
73,535 fans packed Ericsson Stadium for the inaugural Continental Tire Bowl between Virginia and West Virginia.
Steve Mason has a recap from Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Despite a plethora of mistakes, including an interception in the endzone, three Tiki Barber fumbles and numerous penalties, the New York Giants have made the playoffs following a win over the Eagles.
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Andy Reid watched his team march right down the field on the opening possession.
It took the Eagles just four plays to score when James Thrash motored in 21 yards on the reverse and it was 7-nothing Philly.
It was 7-all in the 4th quarter and Tiki's third fumble of the day could have been the most costly.
Barber rushed for a career high 203 yards, but that giveaway gave the Eagles David Akers a chance to win it with a chippie field goal but he pushed it right giving the Giants new life sending the game to overtime.
In the extra frame, Shaun Williams picked off A-J Feeley's pass giving Matt Bryant a shot at a 39 yard
field goal to put the Giants in the postseason. Bryant knocked it thru and the Giants knock off the Eagles 10-7.
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In the AFC, the Raiders secured the home field advantage in the playoffs behind 135 rushing yards and a
touchdown from Charlie Garner. Zach Crockett added 72 more yards and a score. Oakland survived a wet weather mess to shutout the Chiefs 24 to nothing.
To the court now. Northside and Liberty met tonight in the Vikings Holiday Invitational title game. The contest was a possible post season preview between the Blue Ridge and Seminole foes.
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Billy Pope's team was looking to improve to 8 and one on the season.
Early on, the Minutemen beat the pressure with some nifty passing. Chris Spinner hits Mike Glass who scores with the strong move and gets the foul.
But Northside had an answer. Keith Brammer bombs away from the corner for three.
Then Brammer finds Keith Carter who tries the right wing for another triple. Northside led by 5 at the half
and the Vikes go on to win the title 52 to 40.
In Salem, Roanoke Catholic cruised into the Holiday Hoopla championship with two blowout victories.
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Tonight, the Celtics drew Osbourn in the finals.
And although the opponent was different, the outcome was much the same.
Check out Catholic's Tony Hairston make the nice cross-over dribble and go right down the lane for a deuce.
A little later, Paulius Joneliunas puts in the soft jumper in the paint, and Catholic goes on to win it 84 to 59.
While the UVA football team was finishing off West Virginia in the Tire Bowl, the hoops squad was tackling Georgetown at U-Hall.
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Pete Gillen and company were ready for the unbeaten Hoyas.
Virginia led 36-30 at the half. In the second stanza, Keith Jennifer kicked the rock to Devin Smith who buried three of his 14 points on the afternoon.
Elton Brown chipped in 14 points of his own today. The big fella put the turnaround jumper off the window and in as UVA opened up a 13 point lead.
Travis Watson came off the Cavs bench to score 16 on a gimpy ankle. Virginia held off a late Georgetown
rally to win it 79 to 75.
We finish up on the ice where the Roanoke Express acquired two players from the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL today.
Forward Cam Bristow and defenseman Scott Balan joined the team for tonight's contest with Lexington.
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To the Roundhouse we go, where Perry Florio made some last minute adjusments to his lineup card.
The Express struck first. Jason Jaffray missed from in close, but Dylan Gyori was there for the rebound.
Just a couple minutes later, Lexington's Ryan Fultz pokes in a second chance for the visitors tying the game at 1-apiece.
Lexington went up 2-1 on this tally from Ben Storey, but the Express comes back to win its third straight game by a f(------------)
inal of 5 to 2.