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Two Middle Eastern brothers will appear before a U-S magistrate in Roanoke this afternoon following their arrest on document fraud charges.
It was authorities in Tennessee who caught up with them this weekend.
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And a morning fire forced residents of a local motel to evacuate.
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A partly sunny afternoon will allow the temperatures to climb. How long will the spring like weather last. I'll have your forecast.
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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Two Middle Eastern men are in custody in Roanoke after police reported suspicious activity at a hydro-electric dam in Tennessee leads. After a police officer saw the pair taking pictures of the dam near Knoxville, an all-points bulletin was issued for the photographer and his brother.
The two men were wanted for document fraud charges.
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Ahmed Muhammed (El-sa-kahn) Elsakaan , also known as Ahmed Mostafa, and his brother, Hatem Elsakaan- both in their 20's- are in the Roanoke city jail.
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Hatem Elsakaan was arrested at the city bus station and was carrying his brother's passport.
The brothers have been wanted since August for allegedly using fake I-D's to get Virginia drivers licenses.
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It was Ahmed (El-sah-kahn) Elsakaan who first caught the attention of authorities Sunday morning.
Lee Merrit of Knoxville affiliate W-V-LT has more.
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That was Lee Merritt reporting.
Ahmed Muhammed (El-sa-kahn) Elsakaan and Hatem Elsakaan will appear in court later this afternoon.

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Fire forced residents of a local motel to evacuate this morning.
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Firefighters were called to the Villager Lodge Extended Stay on Thirlane Road.
A firewall kept the blaze contained to one room.
No one was injured.
The cause is under investigation.
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A bomb exploded today at an airport in the southern Philippines, killing at least 19 people, including one American.
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Authorities say more than 100 others have been wounded.
Among those injured are three Americans from a Southern Baptist missionary family.
A powerful bomb hidden in a backpack ripped through a crowd waiting for a plane to arrive.
Officials say no one has claimed responsibility for the blast, but a presidential statement says police are interrogating ``several men'' in connection with the explosion.
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A helicopter crashed into a hotel swimming pool today in Indonesia.
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The crash killed all three people on board.
Witnesses say the helicopter was attempting to land on the rooftop heli-pad of the 20- story building, when it hit part of the structure and toppled into the pool.
The swimming pool was empty at the time, so no one else was injured.
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Three young boys are in a hospital after surviving a plane crash in a remote Massachusetts state forest over the weekend.
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Ryan, Jordan, and Tyler Ferris were the only survivors of the crash that left their parents and two brothers dead.

The Ferris family lost contact with air traffic controllers around 6- 30 Sunday evening, when the pilot reported icing problems.
In the cold, rugged mountains, it was hours before rescuers could locate the plane.
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The boys, ages two, five, and 10 were suffering from severe hypothermia when rescuers found them.
Doctors are keeping a watchful eye on the boys, who suffered not only physical, but emotional trauma, the extent of which isn't yet known.
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The Iraqis continue destroying their Al-Samous Two missiles, but the White House isn't satisfied, and keeps pressing for another U-N resolution for war.
However, the U-N Secretary General says Iraq is moving in a "positive direction."
Teri Okita has the latest.
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(( PKG.
TRACK: AS HAS BECOME HIS CUSTOM, SADDAM HUSSEIN IS SHOWING BOTH COOPERATION AND DEFIANCE DESTROYING THREE MORE ILLEGAL MISSILES TUESDAY WHILE, AT THE SAME TIME, TELLING HIS PEOPLE THAT PRESIDENT BUSH IS THE DESPOT OF THE CENTURY AND THAT IRAQ WILL CONQUER THE TYRANTS. IN BAGHDAD, RESIDENTS ARE HOPEFUL WAR CAN BE AVOIDED.

(Super: Namir Abdul-Rahim/Iraqi Citizen)
SOT: I like peace in all the world.


TRACK: BUT WAR IS AT THE DOORSTEP. 60-THOUSAND MORE U-S TROOPS GOT THEIR MARCHING ORDERS THIS WEEK TO HEAD TO THE GULF, AND SOLIDERS ALREADY IN PLACES LIKE KUWAIT CONTINUE THEIR PREPARATIONS FOR AN ATTACK.
AS LIKELY AS WAR SEEMS, DIPLOMACY IS STILL IN THE WORKS. BUT, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS PUTTING THE HARDCOURT PRESS ON ANOTHER U-N VOTE FOR A RESOLUTION FOR WAR POSSIBLY AS SOON AS NEXT WEEK.

SOT: (Bush) The first war of the 21st century requires the United States

to work with international bodies to deal with these threats, and we will continue to do so.
TRACK: BUT, SOME KEY SECURITY COUNCILMEMBERS ARE STILL PUSHING FOR A COMPROMISE THAT MIGHT DELAY MILITARY ACTION. AND RUSSIA SAYS IT MAY VETO ANY RESOLUTION THAT CALLS FOR MILITARY ACTION.

(Super: Kofi Annan/U.N. Secretary General)
SOT: The council will have to decide whether to vote, whether theyre

ready to vote. They can vote or can postpone it.
TRACK: ANNAN SAYS THE COUNCIL WILL HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER THE DESTRUCTION OF IRAQS AL-SAMOUD MISSILES IS ENOUGH TO AVOID WAR BUT SAYS ITS A POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT.

(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)

STANDUP: Turkey also has a big decision ahead. Its foreign minister signaled today the parliament might consider a new vote to allow US troops to use its bases after rejecting the idea last week. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington. ))

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Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte believes it's possible for the United States to push Saddam to the brink of war and then withdraw its forces from the region without
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armed conflict. While he says war with Iraq is not inevitable, it's going to take more than the destruction of missiles to effectively achieve disarmament.
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((SO IT HAS BEEN NECESSARY TO CONTINUE TO TIGHTEN THE SCREWS ON SADDAM HUSSEIN AND TO BRING ABOUT THE KIND OF RESPONSE WE'VE GOTTEN THUS FAR, BUT IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT MORE ON HIS PART TO AVOID OUR HAVING TO TAKE FORCEFUL ACTION TO GET THOSE WEAPONS.))
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Meanwhile activists in Lynchburg used a centuries old play to preach their anti-war message last night.
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Actors from across the world are participating in the (Liss-is-strata) Lysistrata Project, including some at Randolph Macon Woman's College.
They are performing a version of the comedy Lysistrata, written by Greek dramatist (Air-is-stoff-anees) Aristophanes.
In the play, the women of opposing sides during the Peloponnesion war agree to withhold sex as a means to get the men to stop the war.
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((A LOT OF WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO DO IS SAY THAT EVEN SMALL UNPUBLICIZED READINGS IF WE'RE ALL DOING IT AT THE SAME TIME AND HAVING A SENSE OF DOING IT AT THE SAME TIME AS OTHER PEOPLE IN THE WORLD THAT GIVES US AN IDEA WE ACTUALLY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE))
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The play is being performed in nearly sixty countries with over one thousand people taking part, hoping to make thier voices heard in opposition to a U-S led war in Iraq.
Here at home, those concerned about the looming war took the stage at Randolph Macon.
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[IN Q=A LOT OF PROTESTS BY COMMON PEOPLE]

((A LOT OF PROTESTS BY COMMON PEOPEL HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY THINGS ARE HAPPEING ITERNATIONALLY. SO I'M HERE USING MY VOICE AS ASOMEONE WHO THINKS THIS IS AN IMPORTANT WAY TO SEND A MESSAGE))
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About thirty five people showed up for the performance.
Those involved say the play gets communities talking about what should be done.
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Coming up next, some residents in Montgomery County will have better access to clean water.
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Plus the case of a missing woman from California has turned into a murder investigation.
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Hundreds of Montgomery County residents will soon be able to tap into a new water source.
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Officials broke ground this morning for the new Prices Fork Water System. About 300-residents in the area have had to rely on a single-well system, after the other became contaminated nearly two years ago. But, officials say this new system will be more reliable, providing water directly from the New River, rather than local wells.
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((JIM POLITIS/PSA CHAIRMAN:WE'RE GETTING IT VIA THE RADFORD ARMY AMMUNITION PLANT WHICH HAS A VERY HIGH TECH TREATMENT FACILITY SO HOPEFULLY THE WATER WILL BE AS GOOD AS YOU CAN GET. 16:00))
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Work has already begun in some areas. Officials say the new system should be up and running by September.
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A missing person's investigation has escalated into a murder investigation in California.
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Authorities say hikers found the body of 22- year- old Kristi Johnson in the Hollywood Hills yesterday afternoon.
Her hands had been tied.
Johnson had been missing since February 15th, after telling her roommate that she was going to audition for a photographer she met at a mall.
Police now have a man in custody on unrelated charges, who may be linked to her disappearance
They're trying to determine whether he's connected to any other disappearances in the area.
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Meanwhile the search for Laci Peterson has taken an unusual turn. A private investigator thinks he has found something.
Gloria Gomez has the details.
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Coming up a little later, we'll see how New Orleans is celebrating Fat Tuesday.
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But first, a couple from Nelson County is suing Charlotte Motor Speedway for 27 million dollars.
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A man and wife from Nelson County are suing Lowe's Motor Speedway over the collapse of a bridge in May of 2000.
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Marty Taylor and his wife Cindy are seeking 27 MILLION dollars from the speedway, the builder of the walkway, and the company that made grout blamed for corroding steel cables that held the bridge together.
The bridge over U-S Route 29 collapsed in May of 2000, as fans exited the speedway after a NASCAR race.
More than 100 people were injured.
Marty Taylor told jurors that before the accident he para-sailed and hiked, among other hobbies.
He walks now with a limp, and a Lynchburg psychiatrist testifed that Cindy Taylor suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 81 points. The NASDAQ has dropped five.

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Coming up on news 7....a Lady Cavalier was the best player in the A-C-C last week,
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and it is Tuesday March 4th. After this break, we'll tell you why that is so important in New Orleans.
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A N-F-L player with ties to the Commonwealth is about to sign a big deal.
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Linebacker Shawn Barber, who played at the University of Richmond, is close to signing a 7 year deal worth $30 million dollars to play linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs. Barber began his career with the Redskins. The Chiefs had the worst defense in all of the NFL last season.
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While the Virginia men's basketball team is apparently in a late season free fall, the women are picking up steam having won five straight ACC games. Yesterday, the Cavs' LaTonya Blue was named ACC player of the week.
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Blue earns the honor thanks to her 25 point effort yesterday in a 69-59 UVa win over seventh ranked North Carolina. The sophomore netted her second double-double of the season, recording 10 rebounds as well. Blue hit a career best four three pointers and dished out five assists.
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In High School action last night, the region tournaments began to heat up.
Alleghany beat Blacksburg. Cave Spring bested Brookville. George Wythe came out on top of Galax.
And Radford beat Parry McCluer.

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And finally this afternoon,
Life's a party, especially in New Orleans today.
Despite the chilly, wet weather, Mardi Gras is still attracting a wild crowd.
Jennifer Miller has the sights and sounds from Bourbon Street.
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(( Pkge: It's Fat Tuesday... the height of Mardi Gras. On Bourbon Street the party hit a lull in the wee morning hours ... but not for long.

SOT: MOS


Daylight is the only thing that can put the brakes on the celebration and that's only temporary. Sunrise may be the cue to catch a little sleep for some .... but a day of parades and new festivities still calls out the early birds.... ready for more celebrating.

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SOT: MOS


Last night the revelry was in full stride despite a steady rain that brought out the umbrellas. The French Quarter was jammed by in a cocktail fueled search for baubles, beads and fun.

SOT: DAN LAMAROUX "THIS IS THE ULTIMATE PARTY PLACE AND WE ULTIMATELY

LOVE TO PARTY SO WE HAVE
NO OTHER PLACE TO BE THAN RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.
Some folks were already looking forward to the final night....the big blowout before Ash Wednesday signals the end of another Mardi Gras.

SOT: JOHN BILLICH "WE'RE HOPING TO GET LIFTED OFF OUR FEET BECAUSE WE

HEARD THE CROWD'S SO TIGHT THEY JUST ACTUALLY LIFT YOU OFF YOUR FEET."
Close: TO COME: Space is usually sold out way in advance. This year Burbon Street hotels had vacancies/war/ economy.
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