Today on News 7 at Five, it shouldn't be hard to figure out which NASCAR racer is the family favorite of the year's first baby. We'll explain.
Plus an out of control fireworks fire devastates a city in Mexico.
Weather on the first day of the new year continues to be wet with scattered showers and cooler temperatures in the short term forecast.
Doctors in parts of West Virginia walked off the job today. We'll see why.
In Sports, Steve Mason will have the highlights from last night's Tech Bowl game.
Also the N-F-L has a new M-V-P and a new head coach.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton, in for Jean Jadhon.
A woman from Blacksburg has been killed in a snow-mobiling accident in central New York.
Authorities believe 53 year old Sandra Thompson lost control of the vehicle while carrying a microwave oven on its steering column Sunday.
The snow-mobile ran into a tree limb in Webb, New York, which is 80 miles south of Syracuse.
Investigators say Thompson and her husband had just gotten the microwave and it may have shifted and hit the snow-mobile's throttle.
The coroner said speed and alcohol were NOT factors in the accident.
It's business as usual for U-N inspectors who are welcoming the New Year with new searches for weapons in Iraq.
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Today they inspected a missiles maintenance facility north of Baghdad and a truck repair shop inside the city.
So far, inspectors have not met any known serious problems in gaining access to Iraqi sites.
But that's done little to dispel suspicions in Iraq that war is inevitable or to end Washington's assertions that Saddam Hussein is holding out on his weapons programs.
At least 37- people are dead and more than 50- are injured after rows of fireworks exploded in the Mexican city of Vera-cruz.
The explosion occurred last night on a street full of fireworks stalls... and then spread to nearby buildings in the port city.
According to television reports-- two people are in custody accused of illegally storing three tons of fireworks.
Officials said the number of dead could rise further because some buildings were still too hot to enter.
The New Year brings with it new security measures at every airport across America.
Scott Rapoport shows us how travelers have fared so far.
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AT NEW YORK'S LA GUARDIA AIRPORT...LONG LINES AND SOME SHORT FUSES.
SOT: Yeah a little cranky.
WELCOME TO DAY ONE OF THE GOVERNMENTS PROMISE TO SCREEN EVERY BAG
CHECKED AT THE NATIONS AIRPORTS FOR EXPLOSIVES. THATS AN AVERAGE OF 2
MILLION BAGS EVERY DAY.
(no loc)14:15:29 This line is open right over here.
BY NOW MOST AMERICANS ARE USED TO HASSELS AT THE AIRPORTSO THIS
LATEST SECURITY PUSH IS NO BIG DEAL.
(SOT: Rob Van Veghel/Air Traveler)
Its just safer for everybody. Why take a chance?
(SOT: Miriam Burns/Air Traveler)
It makes me feel secure that nobody, well hopefully nobody is going to
slip by with anything that might be harmful on a plane.
(SOT: Scott Rapoport/CBS News)
"Consider this. before 9-11...only 5% of bags were being checked by the
airlines. now, at least someone will be trying to examine every checked
TO DO THAT, AIRPORTS FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO FLORIDA RACED TO MEET THE
FEDERALLY MANDATED DEADLINE OF 11:59 TUESDAY NIGHT. NOW ALL 429 U-S
AIRPORTS HAVE ENOUGH SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT OR TRAINED PERSONNEL TO
MAKE CERTAIN THEYVE ACCOUNTED FOR EVERYTHING IN EVERYONES BAGS.
(no loc)14:14:20 How many bags you want to check?
STILLSOME CRITICS SAY THE SCREENING MACHINES ARE CLUMSY, SLOW AND
UNRELIABLE. AND NOW THE GOVERNMENT REQUIRES THAT YOU LEAVE YOUR BAGS
UNLOCKED FOR A POSSIBLE HAND SEARCHWHICH COULD PUT YOU AT RISK FOR
(SOT: Michael Boyd/Aviation Consultant)
07:14:00 We dont know whos going to go into that bag. So make sure
you know everything of value thats in that bag. Inventory it, have a
list of it, have a copy of it inside your bag and one with you.
STILL, MOST AGREE THE SYSTEM IS A VAST IMPROVEMENT OVER PREVIOUS AIRPORT
(Eloise) I feel safer. Its for our security so I like it.
A SOURCE OF COMFORT FOR SOME IN THE WAKE OF AN AIR OF UNCERTAINTY.
SCOTT RAPOPORTFOR CBS NEWSNEW YORK.
New Yorkers were able to breathe a sigh of relief this morning after a New Year's Eve celebration that went off without a hitch.
Despite the threat of terrorism, some 750-thousand people gathered in Times Square, ringing
bells, waving pompoms and singing together as 2003 arrived.
Stacy Case has more.
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((NOT EVERYONE GETS TO PARTY ON NEW YEAR'S EVE.
CLEANUP CREWS IN TIMES SQUARE ARE SPENDING THEIR HOLIDAY SWEEPING UP
AFTER THE MESS LEFT BEHIND.
"four, three, two, one"
LAST NIGHT THE NEW YEAR GOT OFF TO A SUPER START AS SUPERMAN STAR
CHRISTOPHER REEVE AND MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG SENT THE BALL ON ITS
DESCENT TO 2003.
AFTERWARD REVELERS WERE TREATED TO FIREWORKS.... THE DISPLAY WAS BROUGHT
BACK AFTER BEING CANCELED A YEAR AGO DUE TO THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS.
THE TIMES SQUARE PARTY TOOK PLACE AMID EXTRA-TIGHT SECURITY.
ABOUT 2-THOUSAND POLICE OFFICERS WERE OUT IN FORCE ... CHECKING BAGS,
PATROLLING STREETS, AND SETTING
UP POSITIONS ON ROOFTOPS.
HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICIALS WARNED OF A POSSIBLE ATTACK ON THE NEW YORK
BUT TERRORISM CONCERNS DID NOT PUT A DAMPER ON CELEBRATION.
IN KUWAIT SOLDIERS JUST ACROSS IRAQ'S BORDER TOOK A BREAK FROM THE
WORRIES OF WAR TO USHER IN THE NEW YEAR.
AND IN CITIES LIKE LONDON .... PARIS ... AND MOSCOW ... FIREWORKS LIT
UP THE NIGHT SKY WITHOUT INCIDENT.
(Stacy Case/CBS NEWS/New York)
THE TRASH CANS HERE IN TIMES SQUARE WERE REMOVED FOR SECURITY MEASURES
WHICH HAS LEFT A BIGGER MESS THAN USUAL.
CREWS ARE CLEANING UP THE MESS LEFT BEHIND BY AROUND 750 THOUSAND PEOPLE.
STACY CASE, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
NASCAR veteran Sterling Marlin has never won a race at the Martinsville Speedway, but today a couple from southside claimed a victory of a different kind in his name.
Early this morning, Gwendetta Jamison (gwen-DET-tah JAY-mi-son) delivered healthy twins, the first and third babies of the new year at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.
Sterling was first, delivered at 12:21 A-M. His brother, Marlin, arrived about twenty minutes later at 12:40.
Their father, Derrick Toney, gave the twins their names.
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((GWENDETTA JAMISON:TELL ME ABOUT THEIR NAMES. THAT'S THEIR DADDY'S DOING. HE'S A RACE CAR FAN. HE'S CRAZY ABOUT RACING.))
((LINDA JAMISON/GWENDETTA'S MOTHER: I'M JUST HAPPY THAT THEY ARE HEALTHY AND THEY MADE IT THROUGH, BECAUSE THE LAST TWO WEEKS SHE'S REALLY BEEN SICK.))
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Sterling and Marlin aren't the only twins in the family.
Gwendetta Jamison has a twin sister, and she says there are other sets of twins among her close relatives.
This afternoon, both mom and her sons were doing well.
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Up next on the newscast, hospitals in parts of West Virginia have to cancel surgeries for today after doctors go out on strike.
Plus researchers across the country examine the benefits of a new drug to treat osteoporosis.
Pope John Paul has celebrated the arrival of a new year with a call for an end to conflict in the Middle East.
Today is World Peace Day in the Roman Catholic church, and for the pope it's been another grueling day despite his 82-years and growing infirmities.
During a New Year's Day Mass at the Vatican, John Paul was interrupted by applause when he declared "peace is possible and right.''
He said religion should push people together, not put them in conflict with one another.
Most operations at hospitals in northern West Virginia were cancelled today after surgeons walked off the job.
At least 24 doctors are protesting skyrocketing insurance costs.
Emergency rooms remain open and with the holiday, patients likely won't feel the impact until next week.
But the surgeons say they're ready to quit unless lawmakers deal with what they say is a hostile working environment.
Their complaints include not only the malpractice rates, but also some liberal laws dealing with liability.
Eighteen states in the nation currently have laws that limit awards in malpractice suits.
It is those suits that insurance companies are blaming for the increase in premiums.
The makers of a new drug are claiming it could change the way doctors treat osteoporosis.
The easy to take medication promises to prevent and reverse the crippling condition.
Dr. Mike Rosen has more.
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((AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT...CHRIS CHASE LOST SOME OF HER BALANCE... SHE KEPT
FALLING DOWN. AND WITH SEVERAL OF THOSE FALLS.... SHE BROKE SEVERAL OF
HER BONES...AND HER HIP.
SOT: CHRIS CHASE/OSTEOPOROSIS PATIENT
my doctor said i should have a bone density test because i kept breaking
AND THAT TEST FOUND SHE HAD A BAD CASE OF OSTEOPOROSIS.
chris is hardly alone. one out of every two american women and one out
of every eight american men will suffer an osteoporotic fracture at some
point in their lifetime. and if it's a hip fracture, that can be a life
threatening event. fifteen percent of these patients will die within the
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OSTEOPOROSIS IS THE THINNING OF THE BONES.
SO--CHRIS' DOCTOR PUT HER ON CALCIUM, AND THE MEDICATION CALLED
FOSAMAX.... WHICH IS DESIGNED TO REBUILD BONES -- AND PREVENT MORE BONE
LOSS. BUT... THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH FOSAMAX FOR MANY PATIENTS.....
it hurt to eat. i couldn't swallow a piece of meat.
RETRACK:...FOSAMAX HAD SCARRED AND INFLAMMED HER STOMACH PIPE... NOW...
CHRIS WILL BE TRYING ZOMETA...OR ZOLEDRONIC ACID...AS A PART OF A
NATIONWIDE TRIAL. ZOMETA-- LIKE FOSAMAX--REBUILDS BONE.... BUT IT'S NOT
SUPPOSED TO HAVE THE SIDE EFFECTS ... AND-- IT MIGHT HAVE TO ONLY BE
GIVEN ONCE A YEAR-- INTRAVENOUSLY.
SOT: DR. RICHARD BOCKMAN/ENDOCRINOLOGIST
it's certainly much more convenient for the patient. //i think it's
going to have a big impact on post fracture patients.
RETRACK: FOR PATIENTS LIKE CHRIS..... IT'S AN AMAZING DEVELOPMENT IN
THE TREATMENT OF THIS DEBILITATING CONDITION.
It is a wonderful thing to have other opportunities and other treatments
that are extremely effective.. and easy to take.
I'M DR. MIKE ROSEN, CBS NEWS. ))
The Osteoporsis announcement comes at the end of a year of many advancements AND controversies in the world of medicine.
Dr. Mike Rosen rejoins us with a look back.
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((FOR DECADES IT WAS CONSIDERED THE SOLUTION FOR MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS .IN
2002.HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY... ACTUALLY BECAME A BIT OF A PROBLEM
SOT: DR. JACQUES ROSSOUW/NATIONAL HEART LUNG AND BLOOD INSTITUTE
THE COMBINATION OF ESTROGEN PLUS PROGESTIN DOES NOT IMPROVE LONG
ONCE BELIEVED TO PROTECT AGAINST HEART DISEASE...RESEARCH
SHOWED LONG-TERM USE ACTUALLY INCREASES A WOMAN S CHANCES OF
HEART PROBLEMS, BREAST CANCER AND STROKE.
WHAT CONSUMED THE MINDS AND ENERGY OF MUCH OF THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY
IN 2002 WAS HOWEVER NOT H-R-T.BUT BIO-TERRORISM:
INNOCULATING U-S TROOPS WITH THE NEW ANTHRAX VACCINE AND PLANNING
FOR A SMALLPOX ATTACK.
SOT: DR. HERBERT PARDES/PRESIDENT & CEO, NEW YORK PRESBYTERIAN
BIOTERRORISM IS A MAJOR ISSUE AND I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT S
UNDERAPPRECIATED IS THAT HOSPITALS
ARE ONE OF THE FRONT LINES OF DEFENSE.
BUT IT WAS A MORE HOMEGROWN THREAT THAT KEPT AMERICA FEARFUL
THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. MOSQUITOS CARRYING WEST NILE VIRUS
INFECTED MORE THAN 38-HUNDRED PEOPLE.KILLING 225.
(NAT: YOU CAN SEE THE LESION ON THIS SIDE HAS DISAPPEARED
RESEARCH THIS YEAR MEANWHILE HAS TAKEN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER TO A
WHOLE NEW LEVEL. AT LABS AROUND THE WORLD-
SCIENTISTS ARE TESTING VARIOUS FORMS OF IMMUNOTHERAPY.BOOSTING A
PATIENT S IMMUNE SYSTEM - IN SOME CASES - WITH THEIR OWN
WHITE BLOOD OR T CELLS. RESEARCHERS SAY IT S MERELY THE BIRTH OF A
NEW ERA WHEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO TRULY PERSONALIZE
YOU RE IN PROBABLY THE MOST REMARKABLE RENAISSANCE IN MEDICINE - IN
.2002 .MAY AMONG MANY THINGS-- PROVE TO BE THE YEAR THE FIRST
HUMAN WAS CLONED. DOCTORS IN ITALY CLAIM THEY VE BEEN
SUCCESSFULAND THEY ARE MERELY WAITING FOR THOSE LONG 40-WEEKS TO BE
UP WHICH WILL TAKE US INTO 2003 AND ANOTHER YEAR IN
MEDICINE. DR. MIKE ROSEN CBS NEWS.))
It may be the first time ever that students will be anxious to get back to school after Christmas vacation.
Starting next week, students and faculty of New Covenant Schools in Lynchburg will move into their brand-new, three and a half million dollar campus on Fleetwood Drive.
The new facility will feature 20 classrooms, art space, computer labs and a gymnasium.
The three-and-a-half million dollar price tag is being raised through private donations.
New Covenant currently enrolls 240 students.. the expansion can accomodate up to 350 within the next few years.
Still to come on the newscast, Robin Reed will have our detailed forecast,
and in Sports, we'll tell how the Dallas Cowboys managed to land a big Tuna today.
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Coming up a little later, we will hear what leads some men to take a New Year's dip in some ice cold water,
and we'll tell you why these couch potatoes have cleared their schedules for the next two days.
The contest is on to find America's biggest couch potato.
Four contestants are trying to break the world record at Chicago's E-S-P-N Zone restaurant.
They started at nine this morning.
Contestants are eliminated if they leave their chair for anything more than the allotted bathroom break.
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((JIM COLLOPY SOT "I AM USED TO DOING THIS. I WAS IN NAVY AND SAT IN CHAIR
FOR 10 AND 14 HOURS AT A TIME SO THIS IS NOTHING. I GET SOME ENTERTAINMENT WHILE I AM SITTING HERE."))
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The current world record is 47 hours, which was set just last month in England.
The winner receives prizes worth more than eleven-hundred dollars.
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your New Years day ticker, happy new year to everybody. The Hokies are the 2003 Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl champions.
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Last night 21st ranked Tech beat Air Force 20 to 13 in the inaugural bowl game. Lee Suggs capped off his awesome Tech career by scoring two touchdowns and extended his NCAA record by scoring in his 27th straight game.
The win was not secure until Ronyell Whitacker made a huge hit that forced a fumble at the tech goal line as time ran out. The Hokies finish the season 10 and 4.
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Five Bowls would play out today. In the Capital One Bowl, 19th rated Auburn beat 10th ranked Penn State 13-9.
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Chris Simms led number nine Texas to a 35-20 victory against LSU in the Cotton Bowl. Roy Williams scored twice during a stretch in which the Longhorns tallied 28 straight points.
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22nd ranked Michigan outscored 12th ranked Florida 38-30 in the Outback Bowl. Chris Perry accounted for 193 total yards and four touchdowns for Michigan.
Rex Grossman threw for 323 yards and two scores, but the Gators dropped to 8-and-5.
17th ranked N.C. State topped number 11 Notre Dame 28-6 in the Gator Bowl capping the most successful season in Wolfpack history. 11 and 3 State drops the Irish to 10 and 3.
The Rose bowl kicked off at five and the Sugar Bowl is tonight at 8:30.
The Dallas Cowboys have a new head coach. Bill Parcells has announced that he'll be introduced as the Cowboys' new coach at a news conference tomorrow.
Parcells previously coached the New York Giants, New England Patriots and New York Jets, posting a .579 winning percentage and capturing two Super Bowls. Those three teams had losing records before he took over and made the playoffs in his second season there. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had two meetings with Parcells before Dave Campo was even fired Monday. A source says the deal is four years in length and worth 17.1 million bucks.
Parcells could use a guy like Rich Gannon under center. Today, the Oakland quarterback was named the N-F-L's most valuable player after leading the Raiders to an 11-and-5 mark and the A-F-C West title.
Gannon led the league with nearly 47-hundred passing yards, and set N-F-L records with 418 completions and ten 300-yard games. He completed nearly 68 percent of his passes. Gannon's success allowed the Raiders to claim home field throughout the A-F-C playoffs. Gannon received 19 votes from a nationwide panel of 48 sports writers and broadcasters. Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre (fahrv) finished second in the balloting, just ahead of Tennessee Q-B Steve McNair.
One NBA game today as Miami took on Atlanta.
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This one was all Heat. Watch Eddie Jones drive hard and makes the nice pass to Vlade Stepania for two points.
Jones also can light it up. He hits back to back three pointers to put Miami up 31-29 in the second quarter.
Then, Brian Grant, known for his tough defense, can also hoop at the other end. He drives to the iron and finishes. Miami grounds the Hawks 107-93.
That is all for the two minute ticker, coming up at six, we will continue our bowling ways and hear from the Roanoke Express, see ya then everybody.
New Year's Day in Rome would not be the same without a quirky tradition.
Since 1946 a group of divers have braved chilly temperatures to dive off a bridge into the River Tiber.
A crowd of more than 1,000 people faced the cold to cheer the four divers as they flung themselves off a 52 foot-high bridge.
The divers bravely dove in the notoriously polluted waters.
One of the swimmers said the group dedicated the stunt to world peace.
Some skydivers in Malaysia got an early jump to the new year last night.
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Ten skydivers jumped off the world's tallest building in Kuala Lumpur.
They took off from the 15 hundred foot Petronas Towers in the waning moments of 2002.
The jump was originally slated to start just before midnightbut the skydivers moved it up so a fireworks show could start on time.