The phrase, "Bright Lights, Big City" doesn't apply to the northeast today--
Much of New York is still without power.
Meanwhile, a new theory has emerged on where the outage originated.
And the noon hour brings a deadline for a new agreement between Goodyear and its union.
A hot sunny day but showers and storms will slowly return. I'll have your weekend forecast.
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Dawn in New York City was darker than usual today--
Lights began to flicker on after 5 A-M, but the Big Apple and the rest of the northeast are still far from getting back to normal.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
It's still a mess in the Big Apple, and it's taking a lot longer than promised to get the power back on.
Subways aren't working and bus service is limited.
The lights of Broadway are HALF on, and it's the same story with traffic lights, hotels and high- rise buildings.
One death has been reported.
A man died of a heart attack when a fire broke out.
Meanwhile, investigators believe they know where the blackout may have started-- in northern Ohio.
But they say it'll take some time to be sure.
Stacy Case is in New York City this afternoon, and joins us now with an update.
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((DESPITE A FLICKER OF HOPE THAT NEW YORK IS RETURNING TO NORMAL -- THE
BRUTAL REALITY IS.....
MUCH OF THE CITY IS STILL IN THE DARK.
MOS - "It's just unbelievable..I never thought NY would be completely
WITH POWER RESTORED TO LIMITED PARTS OF THE CITY -- THE GOOD NEWS CAN BE
DECEIVING.... ON BLOCK HAS TRAFFIC LIGHTS -- ANOTHER DOES NOT. AND
COMMUTERS TRAVELING ANYWHERE IN NEW YORK CITY -- WON'T BE DOING IT
MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG/(R) NEW YORK
"While there will be limited bus and ferry service, the subways will
not be operating during the day and there will be traffic delays since
traffic lights will not be working."
THE BLACKOUT STRANDED THOUSAND OF COMMUTERS - MANY HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO
CAMP OUT ON THE STREETS OVERNIGHT.
WITH NO POWER - AND NO WATER - HOTEL GUESTS WERE NOT WELCOME.
THIS FAMILY FROM ENGLAND STILL DOESN'T HAVE A PLACE TO GO.
"We haven't even got into our hotel room yet. we arrived last night
about 6 o'clock."
THE POWER HIT PARALYZED THE CITY -- 10-THOUSAND POLICE OFFICERS WERE OUT
ON THE STREETS...TRYING TO KEEP ORDER AMID THE CHAOS.
"They responded to 80k 9-11 calls, more than double the average."
OFF THE STREET..ELEVATORS WERE A BIG PROBLEM....MORE THAN 800 RESCUE
CALLS WENT OUT.
WITH TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO HIT WELL INTO THE 90'S TODAY - - THOUSANDS
WILL BAKE IN THE HEAT....WITH NO ELECTRICITY...AND NO A-C.
Meanwhile, trains and planes going into and out of the Northeast have been cancelled because the blackout.
As Jennifer Donelan reports, the power may be gradually going on, but it doesn't mean passengers are going anywhere.
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WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN 600 CITIES.... THE CURTAIN FELL ON
TRANSPORTATION ALL OVER THE COUNTRY...PACKING AIRPORT SEATS AND FLOORS
FROM CHICAGO O'HARE TO LOS ANGELES .
SOT - Neezer McNab/Stranded passenger
"There's no 'we're sorry, this is what happened,' but it was just,
'we're done, basically you're flight is cancelled, go home."
MILLIONS LIKE PHYLLIS DUKES WERE STRANDED.
SOT - Phyllis Dukes/Stranded Miami passenger
"Tired. I want to go home. But I live on the 16th floor in Cleveland
so I probably can't get to my apartment anyway."
JUST AFTER THE OUTAGE ROLLED THROUGH THE EAST COAST THURSDAY NORTHWEST
AIRLINES CANCELLED OVER 200 FLIGHTS...
AT RAIL STATIONS - IT WAS MUCH OF THE SAME. A DAY LATER AMTRAK IS
PROVIDING ONLY LIMITED SERVICE. THIS IS THE FIRST SET OF RIDERS TO MAKE
A TRIP TO NEW YORK FROM WASHINGTON D.C..
"They told us we could waiting around all day."
AT AIRPORTS THEY'RE TRYING...
SOT - Mary Frances Fagan/American Airlines spokesperson
"It's kind of like a weather day, a bad weather day. What we're dealing
with are some passengers who will not get to East Coast airports."
STANDUP - Jennifer Donelan (17)
"Before you travel, you're being asked to call ahead, but some phone
lines are down...as they come back up theres's going to be congestion,
so you might have trouble. That's the case with cell phones. Another
option is to go online or you can take your chances, head out, have a
seat, and wait."
EVEN AS POWER IS S-L-O-W-L-Y RESTORED...TRANSPORTATION TROUBLES EXPECT
TO DRAG ON FOR HOURS. ALREADY DELTA AIRLINES HAS CANCELLED 91 FLIGHTS.
AT NEWARK LIBERTY AIRPORT...COTS, FOOD, AND WATER ARE AVAILABLE TO
THOSE MUST WAIT THROUGH THE BACKUP OF THE BLACKOUT OF 2003.
JENNIFER DONELAN CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.
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There is no word yet if the union representing Goodyear workers has accepted a contract with the tire maker.
It's been months since Goodyear's contract with the union expired.
The company imposed a deadline of midday today to reach a tentative agreement.
If an agreement is NOT reached, the company says it plans to move forward with ways to ensure Goodyear's success.
A Goodyear spokeswoman was not available for comment, and union officials say they're not sure what action the company plans to take.
A Union spokesman in Danville says that could mean the company would close up to four plants, but for now, the Danville facility is safe.
After nearly four months of negotiations, the union says the two sides remain far apart on major issues like job security and health care benefits.
An insurance company and a manufacturer are both suing the New River Foundry for an explosion three years ago.
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The explosion in March of 2000 killed three workers.
Factory Mutual Insurance and American Axle and Manufactuing filed the two million dollar lawsuit this week.
It alleges that negligence led to the fatal explosion in March 2000 and a broken contract.
The lawsuit contends the foundry's violation of state and federal safety laws caused the explosion -- and that the blast led the foundry to neglect its contract with American Axle and Manufacturing.
Intermet plans to close the Radford foundry next month because of environmental problems and a lack of business.
The teens charged in the June shootings on Interstate 40 in Tennessee that killed a man and injured a woman from Moneta have been arraigned on new charges.
Sixteen-year-old William Buckner and his 13-year-old stepbrother Josh Buckner were charged in Cocke (KAHK') County Juvenile Court with reckless endangerment.
The boys were originally charged with reckless homicide and aggravated assault.
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Forty-five-year-old Aaron Hamel died when he was shot in the head June 25th as he drove westbound.
Nineteen-year-old Kimberly Bede of Moneta was wounded while she
rode as a passenger in another vehicle.
Bede was shot in the pelvis.
Japan's being hit hard this week with heavy rain.
Trains have been delayed and roads are closed today, as the torrential downpours continue, causing landslides and flooding.
Residents in several towns surrounding Tokyo were ankle- deep in water, and forecasters say there's more rain on the way.
A tropical storm last weekend in the same region left eleven people dead.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the co-owner of a local car lot is sentenced after pleading guilty to running moonshine.
Also a man considered a major figure in the Saddam Hussein regime is captured.
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It could be the first step leading U-S troops OUT of Iraq.
The U-S military has started training an Iraqi force to handle civil defense responsibilities.
Once they're trained, they'll sign contracts for one year.
Their role will involve securing and protecting government buildings and other important structures.
Meanwhile, U-S officials have released pictures of a cleric, Said Ali, who was arrested along with his brother in a raid on Monday.
Army officials say the arrests are an important development in the hunt for Saddam Hussein.
The part-owner of Duncan Ford in Rocky Mount is on probation for transporting moonshine.
Officials say 49 year old Ronnie Dean Echols was sentenced to probation yesterday in exchange for his guilty plea in May.
After receiving a tip, police pulled Echols over on Route 220 in Boones Mill and found 20 gallons of moonshine in the back of his S-U-V.
Resource Officer Butch Lewis is preparing to return to work at Patrick Henry High School.
Last night, he said he will keep an open mind about the task force study that could decide his future.
Joe Dashiell has more.
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((Butch Lewis has been fighting to reclaim his position since he was transferred in June.
Standing outside Patrick Henry, Lewis said he's ready to put recent controversy behind him.
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((I'M VERY HAPPY TO BE GOING BACK TO PATRICK HENRY. THAT'S WHAT I'VE WANTED ALL ALONG.))
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Lewis thanked city manager Darlene Burcham for allowing his return to Patrick Henry. He thanked the many supporters who helped him press his case.
And though his return is only considered temporary, he said he will keep an open mind about the task force study that will consider changes to the resource officer program.
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Lewis was transferred after he was quoted anonymously in a newspaper article on school safety. He says he was trying to draw attention to an important issue, and believes many good things have come from the controversy.
Now, he's simply looking forward to reclaiming the job he's enjoyed for the last ten years.
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(( I'M GOING TO TRY TO BE AS LOW KEY AS POSSIBLE, AND JUST GET BACK TO DOING WHAT I WAS DOING BEFORE. TALKING WITH STUDENTS TALKING WITH FACULTY, DOING WHAT I KNOW NEEDS TO BE DONE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. AND THAT'S WHAT I HOPE TO DO.))
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Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
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House of Delegates candidate Onzlee Ware will not let accusations of abuse derail his campaign.
His wife of less than a year, Rena (Ruh-NAY) Berry, this week filed for divorce.
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The documents were filed six days after the Democrat took out a suit requesting the court divide property he and Berry share.
The divorce papers accuse Ware of physical and drug abuse, larceny and adultery.
His attorney says Ware denies the charges and that his campaign will continue unchanged.
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((ERIC SPENCER/WARE'S ATTORNEY: I DON'T THINK IT'S GONNA HURT HIS CAMPAIGN ESPECIALLY SINCE HE'S RUNNING UNOPPOSED. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WAS RENA'S INTENT IN FILING AT THIS TIME. YOU CAN LOOK AT THE TIMING FOR THAT TO MAKE YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS.))
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Ware is poised to become the first African American from Western Virginia elected to the House.
He and Berry, a Roanoke attorney and substitute judge, were married last September.
Berry's lawyer, Thomas Wray, says they'll be asking for a jurisdiction change.
He did not want to go on camera but says Berry stands by the charges.
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Comin gup next, Leo will have our weekend forecast,
But first, it wasn't pennies from heaven, but one couple may have had fortune fall in their laps recently.
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A Washington State couple has an out- of- this- world kind of story, and proof that it really happened.
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Earlier this year, Mark and Gail Fredlund were out bird- watching in their back yard when they heard something odd.
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((GAIL FREDLUND/FOUND METEORITE: ALL OF THE SUDDEN THE LOUD WHIZZING SOUND CAME RIGHT BY OUR HEADS. ))
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The couple thought it had to be a meteor, so they called experts at the University of Washington.
A preliminary test indicates that the rock is likely meteorite.
If it DOES prove to be a meteorite, they'll go down in history as the first people in the state to see a meteorite hit.
Their discovery could also be profitable.
Meteorites can sell for 60- thousand dollars.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP six points. The NASDAQ was UP two.
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The preseason of Friday Football extra goes to Daleville to see how Lord Botetourt is getting ready for the upcoming season,
And Al Groh's football team gets its turn in the spotlight with its media day.
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The Virginia football team met the media and several hundred fans yesterday during the "Meet the Team" festivities.
Steve Mason has more on a team that experienced a "hype" wave.
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The city of Cleveland was hit hard by the massive blackout situation.
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Still the city is scheduled to host an NFL preseason game tonight alongside Lake Erie at Cleveland Browns' Stadium.
The Browns host the Packers in an eight o'clock kickoff that you can watch right here on Your Hometown Station - if they get the power restored.
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Even it the power returns - Andre Davis will not. The former Hokie who was injured when a teammate fell on his knee way back on July 26th will not play against Green Bay.
Friday Football Extra Pre-season takes a look at the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers and head coach Keith Robinson, as they get ready for a season in the Blue Ridge District.
This will be one of the biggest Botetourt teams in recent years as proven by the fact that six additional extra- large helmets had to be ordered.
The normally pass- happy Cavs will also be a little more grounded in 2003.
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Don't expect anything to change on the defensive side of the ball where the Cavs are concerned.
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Botetourt also hopes the school's brand new expanded weight room will be plus this year.
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And don't forget the 20th season of Friday Football Extra will begin next Friday night at 7pm.
During the show, you will have a chance to win a pair of season tickets to all of this year's Virginia Tech football games.
The final major PGA Championship started yesterday at the historic Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.
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Lefthander Phil Mickelson, who is still in search of his first major title, shot four- under par yesterday.
He's tied for the lead after 18 holes with Rod Pampling.
Robert Allenby had the shot of the day with a 3, 225- yard hole- in- one on the 11th hole.
As for Tiger Woods, he has some work to do today.
Tiger shot a four- over 74 yesterday.
He had five bogeys and one birdie.
Tiger is tied with Ashley Plantation pro Chip Sullivan.
Chip also had five bogeys and a birdie.
He shot a 36 on the front and 38 on the back side.
Chip will tee off this afternoon at 2:35 and he will start on the front nine.
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