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Coming up on News 7-
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She was known as the Saint of the Gutters, now Mother Teresa is one step closer to actual Sainthood. And this wasn't in the script... SMOKE forces dozens of moviegoers to evacuate a local theater. Plus, Dave Blaine thinks outside of the box.
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News 7 is next.

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Saint Teresa? Not yet, but it's beginning to look that way for Mother Teresa.
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.


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It's a step to Sainthood.
Today, in the Vatican City, Pope John Paul beatified Mother Teresa in front of hundreds of thousands of people.

Stacy Case has more.
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((TRACK: MAJESTIC, MOVING---AND MASSIVE! 200 THOUSAND PEOPLE WITNESSED MOTHER TERESA'S ETERNAL MESSAGE AS IT ECHOED TH
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R--- THE CALCUTTA NUN FAVORITE SAYING--- "DO SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE." SHE DIED IN 1997.
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POPE JOHN PAUL II, WITH HELP FROM AN ASSISTANT, BEATIFIED MOTHER TERESA, CONSIDERED A FINAL STEP TO SAINTHOOD. HE ADMIRED HER WORK SO MUCH, HE BENT VATICAN RULES SHAVING THREE YEARS OFF THE CATHOLOCISM'S LENGTHY FORMAL PROCESS. SUPER: MONSIGNOR LUCAS SIRKAR/ARCHBISOP OF CALCUTTA THE SHAUGHNESSYS OF SAINT LOUIS AND THE HENKELS OF PHILADELPHIA WERE LOST IN THE MOMENT AND THE SEA OF PEOPLE. SUPER: BARBARA HENKEL/PHILADELPHIA 03:55:35 I think we all know she's a saint.and so it's wonderful the church has been able to recognize it so quickly. SUPER: JOSEPH SHAUGHNESSY/SAINT LOUIS 03:59:28 she set such a high standard. we try to do it, we come up short. STAND UP: STACY CASE/CBS NEWS 05:35:30 FITTINGLY THE FRONT ROW SEATS WERE RESERVED FOR 2,000 HOMELESS AND POOR WHO EAT AND SLEEP IN SHELTERS RUN BY MOTHER TERESA'S FELLOW SISTERS. TRACK: THE SISTERS STOOD OUT IN THE CROWD, WEARING MOTHER TERESA'S SIGNATURE BLUE AND WHITE SARI, SEWN BY LEPPERS. TRACK: AMERICANS SAY THE HOLIEST OF CHURCH EVENTS HAS THEM REINVIGORATED AFTER SETBACKS OF THE SEX ABUSE SCANDAL. SUPER: MARIA PAREN/MASSACHUSETTS 04:29:08 it makes you feel very strong in our faith will stand no matter what. there could be a few rotten apples, but we'll still stand
TRACK: THE SO-CALLED 'SAINT OF THE GUTTERS'---- A SHINING EXAMPLE FOR EVERYONE. STACY CASE CBS NEWS AT THE VATICAN.

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Moviegoers at the Valley View Grande had their evening disrupted.
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Shortly after 8 o'clock, someone pulled a fire alarm after smelling smoke in the lobby. Firefighters say the smoke originated in an overheated light fixture in the marquee above the ticket windows. The building was evacuated. Nobody was hurt, and the building did not suffer any damage. The theater closed for the evening, and issued refunds to people who were affected.
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Some suspcious diseases are going to start spreading across the commonwealth, but health officials say don't worry.
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That's because it's all part of a bioterrorism drill being conducted by the Health Department and hospitals statewide.
As mock illnesses pop up, health care officials will be able to measure their preparedness and ability to respond. Wednesday, the health department will practice treating large numbers of people.
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((JOHN O'SHEA/EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANNER: WE WILL BE DOING A DISPENSING SITE OPERATION WHICH IS A MASS TREATMENT PROTECTIVE, PROPHYLACTIC TYPE TREATMENT FOR THE PUBLIC IN THE EVENT THAT SOME AGENT WAS DISPERSED AND WAS IN FACT AFFECTING THE POPULATION.))
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O'Shea (O-Shay') says they'll practice dispensing antibiotics which means health histories will have to be checked. In the case of a real attack he thinks the department would be ready, but more staff would have to be called in.
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The health department says anyone interested in volunteering for Wednesday's disbursement, should be at the Salem Civic Center between nine and 10:30.

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Officials hope getting more people to live in Downtown Roanoke would help businesses in that area.
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The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge and Downtown Roanoke, Incorporated hosted a "This Is Living" tour today, to showcase apartments that were renovated out of old office buildings. Organizers say they hope this is just the beginning to make downtown Roanoke a hip, cool place for people to live and work.
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((BOB FETZER/ARTS COUNCIL OF THE BLUE RIDGE: AND ECONOMICALLY IT'LL BE A STEAM ENGINE FOR ROANOKE TO BUILD ON IN THE FUTURE AND JUST RECYCLING A NUMBER OF THESE BUILDINGS THAT HISTORICALLY BEEN USED FOR OFFICE SPACE AND TO BE ABLE TO BRING THEM BACK IN A NEW LIFE WITH COOL APARTMENTS AND GREAT SPACES TO LIVE.))
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More than 300-apartments were showcased today. Organizers say they hope to add even more.
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Up ahead on the newscast, some folks geared up for the holidays by helping out those in need.
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and witches aren't the only things in the air this Halloween season. We'll take you to a pumpkin patch were the gourds are literally flying off the vine.
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((Hey, everybody. Travis Wells here in the News 7 Sports Office. Coming up later, Jeff Gordon starts first and finishes first in the Subway 500. The Redskins get Buffaloed by the Bills, and the Titans tame the previously unbeaten Panthers. Plus, Carl Franks has lost a lot at Duke and now he's lost his job. All that and more on the way in sports.))

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It's that time of year again. Grab a pumpkin and a knife, and make a gruesome gourd. But for one family in Wythe county, it was a scary spring that turned into a fabulous fall. Jennifer Wishon has the story.
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((For farmers, Fall is the time of year the fruits of the land become ripe for the picking. And at William's Orchard, the pumpkins are abundant.
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Every October for the past 15 years or so the family has invited the public to share in the pumpkin harvest, and every year the event gets more elaborate.
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He's talking about his Punkin Chunkin Machine that's bigger and better than ever and a popular attraction at the William's Orchard Fall Festival.
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For those with less spectacular aspirations, the apple gun is a good way to let out frustrations on the unsuspecting scarecrow. Hundreds have visited the farm this year, but unlike the pumpkins that are chunked into the field, owner Bobby Williams once feared his pumpkin crop wouldn't get off the ground.
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Another festival attraction is the family maintained corn maze that sports another Fall theme, football. Both the Hokies and the Hoos are represented, but the family tends to favor the orange and maroon.
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But no matter which team you root for, William's Orchard promises fun for the entire family and only the occasional debate about ammunition for the pumpkin cannon.
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Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Wythe County.))

[Pastor-Honor]


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The sanctuary at Cave Spring United Methodist Church was alive with music today.
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((Dan Chitwood singing: HELLO BROTHER, PREACHER, TEACHER AND FRIEND.))
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Churchgoers packed the pews to pay tribute to Reverend Art Wingfield.
The 71-year-old is celebrating 50 years as an ordained minister in Virginia.
He got a surprise recognition during today's services.
The church gave him a plaque and named him "pastor emeritus" (Em-AIR-uh-tus) in a resolution signed by the bishop.

Wingfield also got a dogwood tree planted in his honor, a chandelier presented in his name and an original song composed just for him.
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[Christmas-Store]


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Some Roanoke Valley residents took to the streets to spread some holiday cheer today.
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The 5th Annual "Ride Round the Valley" took off in Salem this afternoon. Motorcycles, antique cars and just plain old vehicles rode 20- miles through the valley to help raise supplies and money for the Community Christmas Store. Today's event was just one of many that volunteers hold throughout the year in order to raise the 60- thousand dollars it takes to stock the store.
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((ANGIE APGAR/COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS STORE: WE SERVE AROUND 700 FAMILIES SO WE HAVE VOLUNTEERS WORKING YEAR ROUND GETTING DONATIONS IN, HOLDING VARIOUS FUND RAISERS. WE ALSO WORK WITH SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, BUSINESSES IN OUR AREA TO COME UP WITH THE MONEY WE NEED.))
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Apgar says the sluggish economy has kept businesses from donating as much as usual, but donations are accepted at any time. Community Christmas Store benefits families in Salem, Roanoke County and Vinton who need a little help around the holidays. Families that qualify get to shop for toys, clothing and household items at no cost for two days in December.
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Still to come on the newscast, we'll get down and dirty at a school in Egypt,
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and also, illusionist David Blaine ends his 44 day public self-imprisonment.
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[Archy-Inspectors]


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Sometimes the best way to learn something is to roll up your sleeves and get to work in the company of an expert.
That's what a group of Egyptians in charge of inspecting buried treasure sites are doing. Ben Wedeman explains.
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(("This here is definitely mud brick...You can see the lines of mortar." ARCHAEOLOGIST LARS CHRISTENSON EXPLAINS HOW TO DECIPHER AN ANCIENT WALL... IN A TWO THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED YEAR-OLD CLASSROOM FOR EGYPT'S ANTIQUITIES INSPECTORS. THIS COURSE, RUN BY THE AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTRE IN EGYPT WITH THE EGYPT'S SUPREME COUNCIL OF ANTIQUITIES, GIVES INSPECTORS THE KIND OF EDUCATION YOU CAN'T FIND IN A BOOK. ALMOST EVERYONE PARTICIPATING IN THIS COURSE HAS A DEGREE IN EGYPTOLOGY OR ARCHAEOLOGY. WHAT MANY OF THEM DON'T HAVE IS EXPERIENCE WITH ONE OF THE MOST BASIC OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOOLS -- THE TROWEL. THE TROWEL IS CENTRAL TO WHAT IS KNOWN AS DIRT ARCHAEOLOGY... THE TEDIOUS BUT ESSENTIAL JOB OF SCRAPING AWAY CENTURIES OF DUST TO UNCOVER THE PAST. UNIVERSITIES HERE STRESS BOOK LEARNING. THIS SIX-WEEK COURSE LETS THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTORS-WHO OVERSEE DIGS AROUND EGYPT-GET DOWN AND DIRTY. "And this is helping us. Because we touching the soil...We know more now." THEY'RE EXCAVATING, MAPPING AND DOCUMENTING A NEIGHBORHOOD OF HOMES AND WORKSHOPS IN THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN CAPITAL OF MEMPHIS. (NATSOUND UP-TEACHER) "This is a midden, or a garbage pit..." ...THE MOST CHALLENGING KIND OF SITE, SAY ARCHAEOLOGISTS, BECAUSE WITH THE ARRAY OF BITS AND PIECES THAT MAKE UP DAILY LIFE--THEN AND NOW--IT'S HARD TO MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL. SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE. IF IT SEEMS ACADEMIC... IT'S NOT. "...Because that is what the tourists come to see... Stuff archaeologists dig up. They don't come to see agricultural fields." AND FOR THESE INSPECTORS, AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET DIRT -- AND HISTORY -- UNDER THEIR FINGERNAILS.))



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Coming up, Gordon brings his broom and cleans up with a rare Martinsville sweep, the Skins go from bad to worse, and a game two update from the World Series, but first tonight's extra point,
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The Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic was moved from April to October this year and that suited Shigeki Mauryama just fine. Mauryama fired a final round 67 to finish at 22-under par, five shots better than Brad Faxon. He's now won a tournament in each of the past three seasons.
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Jeff Gordon led 311 of the 500 laps in today's Subway 500 at Martinsville, including the final 205 circuits. Mike Stevens has more on the dominating performance and the 1-2 finish by Hendrick Motorsports.
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The Washington Redskins have now lost 4 of 5 games after another poor outing today in Buffalo.
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The Skins trailed 10-zip at the half, but Patrick Ramsey found Rod Gardner early in the third quarter on this 25 yard touchdown trimming the Bills lead to three.
But Washington's 'd' had no answer for Travis Henry. The former Tennessee Volunteer rushed for 167 yards on 31 carries and tallied 2 touchdowns.
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The Bills took care of the Redskins with little trouble 24 to 7.
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[WIPE to ENG!!]
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In Charlotte, the Tennessee Titans knocked the Panthers from the ranks of the unbeaten. Steve McNair ran for a touchdown and threw for another as Tennessee won easily 37 to 17.
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The Vikes also stayed undefeated against the Broncos. Randy Moss had 10 catches for 151 yards and this lateral over his head to Moe Williams which went for a 59 yard score on the last play of the first half. The Vikes won it 28 to 20.
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The Duke Blue Devils are a national power in hoops, but the football program has been a graveyard for head coaches.

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Today Carl Franks was fired after posting a record of 7 wins and 45 losses in four and a half seasons. Saturday's loss to Wake Forest was the 29th conference setback in a row for the Dukies. Defensive coordinator Ted Roof will run the team for the remainder of the season.
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[S-Series]


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Game Two of the Fall Classic found the Yankees in a familiar spot---down one game to none. The Yanks were in the

same situation in both the ALDS and the Chamionship Series.
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The Bronx Bombers lived up to their name tonight as Hideki Matsui cranked a three run homer off Mark Redman in the bottom of the first. The shot cleared the fence in the deepest part of the park.
Alphonso Soriano followed that up with a 2 run job of his own in the fourth inning. That was plenty for Andy Pettitte.
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Pettitte pitched 8 and 2 thirds, allowing just one run on 6 hits. New York drew even with a 6-1 win.
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[David-Blaine]


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Illusionist David Blaine has ended his starvation stunt. He was locked in a Plexiglass box suspended over the River Thames (Timz) in London for 44-days.
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Visibly thinner, Blaine broke down in sobs as thousands jostled to see him. Blaine -- who says he only consumed water via a tube, was given a check up and taken to a hospital. His stunt brought admirers and detractors. Blaine was verbally abused, taunted, pelted with golf balls and rotten eggs-- one group even tried to cut his water supply and keep him awake by playing loud music around the clock. (------------) He complained of tasting sulfur and back pain, and has shown signs of delusion.