No one's claimed responsibility for today's suicide bombing aboard a bus in Israel.
The deadly explosion ended two months of relative quiet..
And, a local high school football player intercepted an attempt to rob a Roanoke steakhouse.
Today the accused robber was in court.
A mild afternoon will lead to showers late tonight and cooler weather tomorrow. I'll have your forecast..
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Weeks of quiet in Israel were shattered today by a suicide bombing on a bus.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The bombing in northern Israel killed at least 15 people and injured dozens.
Officials say the bus was loaded with university students.
Kimberly Dozier reports.
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[SUPER=01-Raanan Gissin/Israeli Government Spokesman;]
[SUPER=01-Kimberly Dozier/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Dozier, CBS News, Jerusalem.]
(LOCATOR: HAIFA, ISRAEL)
Two months of quiet here, then this.
A suicide bomber blew himself up in the back of this
bus, on a busy street in the port city of Haifa.
Police believe he was carrying more than a hundred
pounds of explosive.
Eyewitnesses say the blast ripped the roof off, and
lifted the bus off the ground.
The blast also hit people walking or driving nearby.
Israelis had begun to relax slightly, because of the
long lull in attacks Israeli security had not.
They had warnings of some fifty planned bombings
they say they stopped around 40 attacks in February
(SOT, RAANAN GISSIN, ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN)
We can't stop every attack and this is one attack
apparently that was able to slip through. It just
shows you that the Palestinian Authority and its
leaders have taken no action whatsoever to stop
The Palestinian Authority has condemned this and any
attack targeting civilians.
Palestinian militant groups say its what Israel has
to expect, after the wave of Israeli military
crackdowns in Gaza and the West Bank in recent weeks.
In one case, a pregnant woman was killed
when Israeli soldiers took apart a building not
realizing she was in it.
After this, the only certainty is that the Israeli
crackdown will continue.
KD, CBS News, Jerusalem
In France, a driver was killed when his car exploded in Paris early this morning.
Authorities say the car was apparently booby- trapped, and also caused injuries to five other people.
The explosion also damaged several other parked vehicles.
Police say the case was being treated as a criminal investigation.
The man who was killed ran a security firm, and had a criminal record.
The case of a would be theft foiled by a high school athelete will go to the grand jury.
A preliminary hearing in the case of Jay Thorne was held in Roanoke General District Court this morning.
Thorne is charged with taking 468-dollars from the Western Sizzlin' on Route 460 in January.
One of the witnesses, 16-year old Aaron Conner is credited with tackling the suspect after the crime.
Conner played running back for the William Byrd Terriers.
The case was certified to the grand jury on one charge of larceny and one charge of unlawful wearing of a mask.
Radford University has indefintely suspended a fraternity accused of hazing.
Dean of Students Michael Mardis says a joint investigation of the National Sigma Nu organization showed that fraternity members took part in hazing activities, including prank kidnappings.
Some fraternity members were disciplined individually by the university's Judicial Board for violations of the student code of
But Mardis said privacy rules prevented him from releasing any details.
President Bush met with the military leader who would run the war against Iraq.
That, amid more international pressure to hold off.
Teri Okita has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Tony Blair/British Prime Minister;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Okita, CBS News, Washington.]
TRACK: LEADERS OF FRANCE, GERMANY, AND RUSSIA THREW UP A ROADBLOCK TO
WAR TODAY WARNING THEY WOULDN'T AUTHORIZE A RESOLUTION FOR MILITARY
ACTION IN IRAQ. THE THREE COUNTRIES BELIEVE U-N INSPECTIONS NEED MORE
TIME, BUT THEY WOULDN'T GO SO FAR AS TO SAY THEY'D VETO A RESOLUTION FOR
TRACK: THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WHICH CONTINUES TO NEGOTIATE WITH
EUROPEAN LEADERS SAYS DONT JUMP TO ANY CONCLUSIONS ABOUT A VOTE JUST
YET. AND THE U-S NUMBER ONE ALLY AGREES SAYING IT'S SURE TO PASS
IF SADDAM HUSSEIN DOESNT COMPLY OR STEP DOWN.
(Super: Tony Blair/British Prime Minister)
SOT: 9:56:58 So, to the people who say we are hell-bent on conflict, we
still say today, it can be avoided if he does what the United Nations
and the international community demanded he do.
TRACK: BUT TO MANY, SADDAM DOES APPEAR TO BE COOPERATING. IRAQ DESTROYED
NINE MORE ILLEGAL AL-SAMOUD-2 MISSILES TODAY A TOTAL OF 28-BANNED
WEAPONS DEMOLISHED, SO FAR. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS HES GOT MANY MORE
BANNED WEAPONS TUCKED AWAY SO WAR EFFORTS CONTINUE. THIS MORNING,
ARMY COMMANDER TOMMY FRANKS BROUGHT BATTLE PLANS TO A MEETING WITH
PRESIDENT BUSH AND HIS NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM.
(NATSD FULL OF ANTI-WAR RALLIES)
TRACK: BUT AS WAR STRATEGY SESSIONS GO ON, SO DO MORE PEACE RALLIES.
IN CAIRO, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PROTESTORS TOOK PART IN A
GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED DEMONSTRATION. AND ACROSS AUSTRALIA, THOUSANDS OF
STUDENTS LEFT CLASS AND BROUGHT SEVERAL CITIES TO STANDSTILL DURING
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: President Bush is also getting a call for peace from the
Vatican. The Popes envoy is meeting with Mr. Bush today to voice
opposition to unilateral military action. Teri Okita, CBS News,
Meanwhile the potential war is already impacting many people, from homesick soldiers to farmers and fishermen in Kuwait.
Drew Levinson has their stories.
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[SUPER=01-Daljeet Bagga/U. N. Observer; :19]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS Kuwait]
((The Kuwaiti Desert is a harsh place.
"GO, GO, GO."
For the soldiers, there's little protection from the elements...and
almost no shelter from the constant pangs of homesickness.
(NATSOUND U-N CARS)
Daljeet Bagga is a U-N observer who can't wait to see his daughter again.
(DALJEET BAGGA/UN OBSERVER)
"SHE'S ONE YEAR AND SIX MONTHS AND SHE WAS BORN IN NEW YORK."
But for now Bagga and his colleagues are stuck in this demilitarized
zone--stuck in this conflict between Iraq and the United States.
(STANDUP: DREW LEVINSON/KUWAIT)
"THERE'S NO DOUBT THE PROSPECT OF WAR IS HAVING AN IMPACT ON A LOT OF
PEOPLE, AND THAT INCLUDES THE FISHERMEN HERE IN KUWAIT. THESE DAYS MOST
OF THE BOATS ON THE WATER BELONG TO THE MILITARY."
While they patrol the waterways...
...people like Mohammed Solakmia are left in the wake.
"YOU HAVE THREE BOATS?"
Forced from the sea, Mohammed's small boats sit idle.
"WHAT WILL YOU DO?"
(ARABIC THEN TRANSLATED)
"DON'T HAVE ANYTHING, DON'T HAVE A JOB, NOW JOBLESS."
Not a shot has been fired and his business is a casualty of war.
(NATSOUND HERDER GUIDING SHEEP)
About 20 miles away--another man named Mohammed is a shepherd--he too is
caught in the middle.
A wall of dirt is the only thing separating him from Iraq.
Unable to speak English--Mohammed explains he used his sheep avoid
landmines up here. He follows in their hoof-prints...forced to
sacrifice their lives for his.
A U-N Peacekeeper, a shepherd, and a fisherman--three men living in
harm's way...three men who must already feel like they are prisoners of
Drew Levinson, CBS News, Kuwait.))
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Up next on the newscast, Roanoke residents get a preview of the city's proposed new football stadium.
Plus, it's time to pay the piper in Lynchburg as students learn how the city will make up all those snow days.
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Students in Lynchburg will have to get up a little earlier and stay at school a little later to make up for lost school time because of snow.
Steve Smallshaw has more.
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[IN Q=It's payback]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kelsey Green/Student; :20]
[SUPER=01-Mac Frankfort/Lynchburg School Board Member; :45]
[SUPER=01-James McCormick/Lynchburg School Superintendent; 1:03]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( It's payback time.
Winter storms have kept Lynchburg students out of class for 14 days so far this winter.. now the bill for those unscheduled vacations has come due.
Faced with having to make up nine of those days, the Lynchburg school board wrestled with several options, but not before hearing from some of those who would be most affected.
((KELSEY GREEN/STUDENT: SPRING AND SUMMER PLANS HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE INCLUDING MINE.))
[OUT Q=including mine.]
The consensus was the board shouldn't touch spring vacation.. or extend the school year beyond its already scheduled graduation date of June 14th.
So members decided to hold school Memorial Day and on June 12th and 13th.. and starting March 17th, the school day will be stretched an extra 30 minutes: 15 in the morning, 15 in the afternoon.
((MAC FRANKFORT/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: THAT WOULD CERTAINLY BE MY POSITION THAT THAT'S THE BEST OF THE WORST, THE BEST OF A LOT OF BAD ALTERNATIVES, I THINK IT'S THE BEST WE CAN DO RIGHT NOW.))
[OUT Q=do right now.]
Superintendent Jim McCormick says it's possible to extend the school day and still keep the buses running on time.
((JAMES MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IF YOU KEEP THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME BETWEEN THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL DISMISSALS YOU CAN PICK THEM UP. SO YOU COULD EXPAND YOUR DAY AS LONG AS YOU DO IT CONSISTENTLY AT EACH OF THE THREE LEVELS AND PICK THE STUDENTS UP.))
[OUT Q=the students up.]
((That extra 30 minutes should also allow the school system to bank enough time it could miss another day to snow without penalty. Looking ahead to next winter, the school board also plans to petition the state yet again for permission to start classes before Labor Day.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.] ))
Roanoke officials gave the city School Board a look at the new stadium-amphitheater that's slated to replace Victory Stadium.
The project for Orange Avenue and Williamson Road has been a controversial one.
Many residents are concerned the facility will cause parking and traffic problems.
But City officials say they're addressing all those issues as they work toward getting construction bids on the project.
It's expected to cost 18-million dollars and be a one of kind location ... with its stadium for sports and an amphitheater for various events.
Architects say they've been working with the school board to assure that students needs are met.
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[IN Q=they've participated]
((CHARLES ANDERSON/ROANOKE CITY ARCHITECT; THEY'VE PARTICIPATED TO A HIGH LEVEL IN OUR PROGRAMMING MEETINGS IN THESE WORKSHOPS THAT WE'VE HELD AND YEAH THEY'VE BEEN VERY VERY HELPFUL.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Anderson/Roanoke City Architect;]
[OUT Q=VERY HELPFUL.]
Actual groundbreaking on the site is expected in August.
Officials will start the bidding process early to mid summer.
America's largest cigarette maker, Phillip Morris is moving its headquarters from New York to Richmond.
Yesterday, Governor Mark Warner announced that it will add 450- new workers to the over six thousand that are already employed by Phillip Morris in Virginia.
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[IN Q=WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A FORTUNE FIFTY COMPANY]
((GOV. MARK WARNER; WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A FORTUNE FIFTY COMPANY CHOOSING RICHMOND AS A HEADQUARTERS AND WHAT THAT BRINGS IN TERMS OF NOT ONLY HIGH PAYING JOBS BUT THE THREE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS PLUS INVESTMENT IN THE CITY OF RICHMOND AND THE EXISTING FACILITIES, I MEAN THOSE ARE TWO PRETTY GOOD PIECES OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWS IN A SINGLE DAY))
[SUPER=07-Gov. Mark Warner]
[OUT Q=NEWS IN A SINGLE DAY]
Governor Warner said the ripple effect on airports, hotels, restaurants, and other travel businesses will also be important to all of Virginia.
Annual payroll at the new facility is expected to be more than eighty million dollars.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
New Orleans isn't turning out the lights, but the party is definitely over. WE'll see what it takes to clean up after Mardi Gras.
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There will be a lot of empty classrooms around the world today.
Tens of thousands of students are expected to protest the possible war with Iraq.
The ``Books not Bombs'' strike also includes planned
demonstrations in Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles.
At the University of North Texas, about a thousand students were expected to gather at noon today for a rally with speakers, poetry readings and music.
Meanwhile students at U-N-C Chapel Hill had to make changes to their "Naked People for Peace Rally."
The much ballyhooed naked peace march attracted plenty of police officers and media attention.
When it came time for the protesters to bare all in the name of peace, they opted to bare a little, and cover the rest in bed sheets, underwear and duct tape.
A Durham man says the police forced them to scrap their original plan.
It's probably the least favorite part of Mardi Gras, the clean-up.
[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA;]
The annual Bourbon Street celebration wrapped up last night at midnight, signalling the beginning of Lent.
Despite the large turnout, many New Orleans residents say they thought fewer people turned out this year than in previous years.
Even the highly- coveted balcony space on Bourbon Street was available up until Monday, because of numerous cancellations.
Some also felt the smaller crowds were due to the threat of war, while others pointed out an obvious reason, cool and rainy weather.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 12 points. The NASDAQ was UP ONE.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Coming up next on the newscast, we'll have the scores from last's nights high school basketball games,
plus Bill Elliott is never one to dodge a civic duty...even if it means driving a Ford again.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
Cave Spring and George Wythe High Schools won regional baskteball titles last night.
Cave Spring beat Alleghany High 61 to 50 to capture the Region 3 title.
George Wythe beat Radford 63 to 57 in Region C.
Shaine Miles, a former standout player for Salem, and later a solid contributor at Virginia Tech has been hired as a full-time assistant with the Thundering Herd of Marshall.
[SUPER=03-Huntington, WV/Last Season; :00]
Prior to last season when he worked at the Naval Academy, Shaine was a graduate assistant under this man - head coach Bob Pruitt for two seasons at Marshall, working with the defensive coaching staff.
Miles is the son of Franklin County head football coach Billy Miles.
The ECHL season is in its 6th month.
In this edition of Roundhouse Wrapup - Steve Mason shows us how the Express manages to keep things fresh.
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[SUPER=01-Jason Jaffray/75 Points This Season; :32]
[SUPER=01-Mike Peron/Express Center; :53]
[SUPER=01-Rick Kowalsky/Express Right Wing; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Tony MacAulay/Express Interim Head Coach; 1:12]
[SUPER=01-Evan Lindsay/.922 Save Percentage in Last 5 Games; 1:40]
[OUT Q=....news 7 sports"]
((STEVE MASON:TUESDAYS PRACTICE TOOK A BACK SEAT TO THE DECISIVE GAME SEVEN OF THE TOOTOO CUP CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES WHICH MATCHES THE EXPRESS EAST PLAYERS AGAINST THE WEST PLAYERS AND THE INNER SQUAD TOURNAMENT PRODUCES SO MUCH MORE THAN A CHAMPION, IT GENERATES TEAM UNITY.))
((The Tootoo Cup is nothing more than an empty water bottle topped by a tupper ware bowl held together by duck tape and spray painted silver.
the three on three tourney is in its first season. The West won the seven game series 4 games to 3 thanks to a 3-nothing game seven victory and while the players take the tournament very seriously, the only number that matters is Tootoo's number 22.
Express goalie Evan Lindsay has won his last four starts and has a save percentage of .922 in his last five. Getting on the phone with his sports psychologist before his win streak provides the reason for his stout play.))
((THE EXPRESS PLAYS NINE HOME IN MARCH, THE MOST OF THE SEASON IN ONE MONTH. STEVE MASON ROUND HOUSE WRAP UP))
The Winston Cup stars roll into Atlanta later this week, but yesterday Bill Elliott showed why he has been voted NASCAR's most popular driver an unprecedented 16 times.
[SUPER=03-Talladega, AL; :00]
Elliott helped out with the driving duties for the "Kid One" program in Talladega, Alabama.
"Kid One" is non-profit transportation service that gets kids and expectant moms to the doctor's at no cost.
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[IN Q=IT' HARD...]
[SUPER=01-Bill Elliott/16 Time Most Popular Driver; :01]
[SUPER=01-Russell Jackson/Kid One Founder; :09]
[OUT Q=...ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE."]
[vo nat con't]
Elliott, who drives a Dodge on the Cup circuit - looked pretty comfortable back behind the wheel of a Ford.
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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