It's an enemy even tougher than the "Terminator"--
Governor-Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger is making a plea for federal help, as firefighters continue battling the deadly blazes in Southern California.
And, we'll speak live with T-V critic Tom Shales about his book that chronicles the history of television's longest- running comedy.
Instead of increasing clouds, increasing sunshine will be the feature of the day.
Temperatures are on the rise for the rest of your workweek. The full forecast details coming up in just a bit.
Some are calling Southern California a virtual hell on earth--
The hot breath of the Santa Ana winds is expected to be replaced by cooler, moist air off the Pacific.
But those winds could also help push the wildfires further east.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Wildfires continue to blacken Southern California, and there appears to be no end in sight.
At last count, 16 people have been killed and more than 16- hundred homes have been lost in the flames.
Officials say that number could rise as they search through hundreds of homes now reduced to ashes.
Meanwhile, more than 40 others are injured.
Elizabeth Sanchez is in San Bernardino County, California with the latest.
[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Sanchez/CBS News;]
[SUPER=05-San Bernardino Co., CA;]
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Dallas Jones/Emergency Services Director;]
[SUPER=01-George Spellman/San Bernardino Co. Resident;]
[SUPER=05-San Bernardino Co., CA;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
EXHAUSTED FIREFIGHTERS ARE BACK ON THE LINE LINES AGAIN TODAY. THEY MAY
GET SOME RELIEF......WITH COOLER MOIST AIR OF THE OCEAN, AND A BREAK
FROM THE SANTA ANA WINDS.
THE MAIN OBJECTIVE: PREVENT THE TWO MAIN BLAZES IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY FROM
MERGING INTO ONE SUPER-BLAZE. THE MAIN WORRY: CROWNING... THIS IS WHERE
FLAMES LEAP FROM ONE TREETOP TO ANOTHER, LEAVING CREWS ON THE GROUND
SOT: DALLAS JONES/Director, CA Office of Emergency Services
" IT'S A
VERY CHALLENGING AREA, COUPLE THAT WITH DRIVEN WINDS, SANTA ANA WINDS,
ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP WHEN THAT IS TAKING PLACE."
AND WHILE THE FIREMEN WAGE THEIR WAR....RESIDENTS ARE SLOWLY FILTERING
BACK INTO DEVASTATED AREAS. SOME ARE LUCKY TO HAVE MADE IT OUT ALIVE.
SOT: GEORGE SPELLMAN/SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY RESIDENT
"The flames I would say would be two or three hundred feet high and
maybe one hundred feet across; it was so intense that I could hardly
make it out to my pasture."
SINCE OCTOBER 21ST AT LEAST A DOZEN WIND-DRIVEN WILD FIRES HAVE TORCHED
OVER 800 SQUARE MILES AND TAKEN NEARLY TWO DOZEN LIVES. THE FEAR IS THAT
DEATH TOLL WILL RISE AS CREWS BEGIN INSPECTING HUNDREDS OF CHARRED
As Southern California burns, Governor- Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger is in the nation's capital today, looking for federal assistance.
In what was supposed to be a victory lap of sorts around Washington, Schwarzenegger is instead making the rounds on Capital Hill, hoping to get money for his fire- ravaged state.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=The recent events]
[SUPER=01-Arnold Schwarzenegger/(R) California Governor-Elect;]
[OUT Q=quickly as possible.]
It's Schwarzenegger's first trip to Washington as an elected politician.
Today and tomorrow, he'll use his meet-and-greet opportunities with cabinet secretaries and congressional leaders to make sure they deliver on their promises to help California.
If you eat catfish caught at Smith Mountain Lake, the health department has a warning for you.
It's issued a health advisory that stretches from the Niagara Dam on the Roanoke River downstream into Smith Mountain Lake.
[SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake/June;]
Flathead catfish recently caught there showed unhealthy levels of mercury and PCBs.
Health officials recommend eating no more than one catfish from the lake a month to avoid getting sick.
Roanoke County wants to make sure it doesn't run into another zoning problem with drug treatment programs.
While it cannot change Life Center of Galax's plans to locate in the county, a zoning change approved by the board of supervisors last night should prevent other drug treatment programs from locating in residential areas.
The zoning amendment was prompted by the recent controversy surrounding plans for a methadone clinic.
But the change will NOT affect that proposal, because the new provision cannot be applied retroactively.
In the future, outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers will be allowed only in commercial districts, and only with a special use permit.
The jury deliberating the guilt or innocence of Doctor Cecil Knox, wants a little time off.
Jurrors are now in their fourth day of beliberations.
They asked the judge yesterday if they could leave early on Wednesdays, which may or may not be an indication of how long they expect to be out.
Meanwhile, one of Dr. Knox's co- defendents is giving us an inside view of what happened, as the government prepared its case.
Keith Humphry has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=The government's case]
[SUPER=01-Beverly Boone/Dr. Knox's Office Manager; :14]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski/File Tape; :28]
[SUPER=04-Government Video; :54]
[OUT Q=KH, News 7.]
(( The government's case against Dr. Knox focuses on 31 patient charts.
Seven of those patients died... people such as Don Boyer whose cause of death was determined to be "methadone toxicity."
((PATIENTS DIE. AND SOME OF THESE, THE TESTIMONY HAS BEEN, THEY ABUSED THE MEDICATION AND OVERDOSED THEMSELVES, NOT BY THE PRESCRIPTIONS, DIRECTIONS THAT DR. KNOX WAS PRESCRIBING.))
Law enforcement officers in the Pulaski area had begun noticing Knox's name kept coming up among those suspected of diverting legitimate OxyContin prescriptions. So many reports of stolen pill bottles came in, police quit taking such reports.
Police said they called Knox's office to alert him to the problem but never heard back from him.
((THERE MAY HAVE BEEN PHONE CALLS THAT DIDN'T CONNECT, BUT WE HAD A LOT OF CONTACT WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.))
Accounts of Knox patients diverting drugs helped fuel a search of the doctor's office in June, 2001.
((THEY BARGED THROUGH THE DOORS, GUNS DRAWN, YELLING AND SCREAMING.
FLAK JACKETS ON. I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE.
Agent Wardlow said he was dressed in a suit.
NO HE WASN'T.
HE HAD A FLAK JACKET ON, AND I HAVE VIDEO OF THAT.))
Boone says the agents assured her that Dr. Knox was the focus of the investigation and no one else.
No arrests were made.
Seven months later federal agents arrived, armed with another search warrant the day Knox was indicted along with four others in the office.
((SO THE RAID IN FEBRUARY WAS FOR CHARTS. IT COINCIDED WITH THE INDICTMENT, ARRESTS FOR THEATRICS, I THINK.))
Magistrate Judge Glen Conrad agreed to shut down the practice.
At least one patient took his own life, as a result.
((AND DR. KNOX HAD SPOKEN WITH THIS EX- PATIENT TWO DAYS BEFORE HE DIED, AND HE COMMITTED SUICIDE BECAUSE HE COULD NOT GET THE PROPER PAIN CONTROL.))
Keith Humphry, News 7))
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
Coming up next on the newscast, television critic Tom Shales gives us a behind the curtain look at one of T-V's long running shows.
Plus Mother Nature may have something to say today about what you see on television.
[music up full]
Here comes the sun-- or at least some of its particles.
Another sun storm is erupting and heading toward Earth.
It's already caused a Japanese communications satellite to malfunction, and scientists say there could be more
disruptions just like it in other parts of the world.
The solar flare spotted yesterday morning produced a particle cloud 13 times larger than Earth.
The phrase, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" has been screamed into America's living rooms for more than a quarter century.
"Saturday Night Live" has launched the careers of some of the biggest names in comedy, including Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd, and Mike Myers to name a few.
But there's plenty that goes on behind the scenes.
Washington Post T-V critic and author Tom Shales and writer James Andrew Miller have written the best-selling, "Live from New York," which traces the history of this ground-breaking show.
[DOUBLE BOX=Kimberly/Shales MILLER Satellite;]
They joins us now to talk more about it.
Good Afternoon, gentlemen.
(How much fun was it to do the research for this book, and how eye opening was it for you?)
[SUPER=01-Tom Shales/Washington Post TV Critic;]
[SUPER=01-James Andrew Miller/Writer;]
(You and your co- author James Andrew Miller, were given full access to former cast members and guest stars-- Was there
any one anecdote that was your favorite?)
(In addition to the lighter side of S-N-L, this show has also been plagued by tragedy, with the deaths of John Belushi,
Chris Farley,and Phil Hartman-- How much detail does the book go into about the dark side of the show's history?)
(How do you think this show has been able to grow and change with the times--from the '70s counter culture right up unt
il present day?)
(How big of an impact has S-N-L had on popular culture in general?)
Thanks for joining us today.
Again, his book "Live from New York" is now available in paperback.
[TAPE#=03-34 TC 1:59:03]
Months after it was granted, the Roanoke Civic Center is ready to use its expanded alcohol license. But that doesn't mean opponents are ready to give up the fight.
Justin McLeod has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Lauren Coulter/Roanoke Express Fan; :11]
[SUPER=01-Mina Boyd/Director of Civic Facilities; :32]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Mark Washington/Hollins Road Baptist Church; 1:20]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF WORKERS POURING BEER))
You can already buy beer at sporting events like Roanoke Express games.
Beginning this weekend, you can also purchase wine.
[IN Q=I think it is really]
((LAUREN COULTER/EXPRESS FAN: I THINK IT IS REALLY COOL THAT THEY ARE DOING THAT NOW AND IF I HAD THE CHANCE I WOULD GET A GLASS OF WINE AND DRINK IT.))
[OUT Q=wine and drink it]
The Civic Center hopes there are more just like her.
City leaders believe expanded alcohol sales will bring in additional revenue and more events to the area.
After a lengthy process, the A-B-C granted the new license back in June but only now is the Civic Center ready to use it.
[IN Q=We have gone]
((MINA BOYD/DIRECTOR OF CIVIC FACILITIES: WE HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS WITH THE CITY ATTORNEY, WE HAVE ALSO TALKED TO THE CIVIC CENTER COMMISSION AND WE'VE ALSO HAD THE ABC COMMISSION REVIEW EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE.))
[OUT Q=that we have]
That led to a new 20 page alcohol policy.
Some of it however is carried over from the old license.
For example, you will still have to show an I.D, then wear a bracelet and will be limited to just three cups of beer or wine.
The Civic Center plans to use the expanded license at concerts and Broadway shows.
[IN Q=Any of the family]
((MINA BOYD/DIRECTOR OF CIVIC FACILITIES: ANY OF THE FAMILY SHOWS THAT ARE STRICTLY CHILDREN RELATED WE WILL NOT DO IT.))
[OUT Q=will not do it]
That's exactly what opponents want to avoid.
Area churches continue to fight the expanded license believing it will ruin the family atmosphere and lead to alcohol related problems.
[IN Q=Some of the concerns]
((REV. MARK WASHINGTON/HOLLINS ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH: SOME OF THE CONCERNS WE HAVE ARE FOLKS LEAVING THE CIVIC CENTER UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL, HAVING WRECKS AND PEOPLE BEING KILLED. I THINK THOSE ARE ISSUES THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY.))
[OUT Q=taken very seriously]
[IN Q=It is because of that]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IT IS BECAUSE OF THAT OPPONENTS ARE APPEALING THE A-B-C'S BOARDS DECISION IN CIRCUIT COURT.
THEY HOPE TO GET IT ON THE DOCKET AS EARLY AS NEXT MONTH BUT CONCEDE IT MAY BE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
Coming up next on the newscast, prosecutors could reveal more of their case against the California man accused of killing his wife and unborn child.
Plus there is reason to celebrate as 11 coal miners are rescued in Russia.
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #2]
The preliminary hearing for accused killer Scott Peterson begins today in Modesto, California.
Whatever comes out of it will help the judge decide if there's enough evidence to go to a full trial.
Manuel Gallegus reports.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=Gallegus, CBS News, Modesto.]
IT'S THE FIRST REAL INDICATION OF JUST WHAT TYPE OF CASE THE PROSECUTION
HAS AGAINST SCOTT PETERSON. AND INVESTIGATORS TOOK THEIR TIME GATHERING
EVIDENCE AGAINST THE 31 YEAR FERTILIZER SALESMAN.
IT WASNT UNTIL LACIS BODY AND HER BABYS WASHED UP IN THE SAN
FRANCISCO BAY FOUR MONTHS AFTER SHE DISAPPEARED THAT PETERSON WAS
ARRESTED. HES BEEN IN JAIL SINCE APRIL.
-NAT SOT-AMBER FREY
PROSECUTORS ARE EXPECTED TO CALL AMBER FREY TO THE WITNESS STAND. SHES
THE YOUNG WOMAN PETERSON WAS ALLEGEDLY HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH. SHE COULD
END-UP BEING THE KEY WTINESS.
TELEPHONE RECORDS SHOW THAT FREY AND PETERSON EXCHANGED PHONE CALLS 76
TIMES OVER NINE WEEKS ...BEFORE AND AFTER THE MURDER. SEVERAL WERE
RECORDED BY WIRETAPS ON PETERSONS PHONES.
PETERSONS DEFENSE ATTORNEY MARK GARAGOS IS FIGHTING TO KEEP THOSE
RECORDINGS OUT OF COURT. LEGAL EXPERTS SAY HE WOULDNT BE DOING THAT
UNLESS THERE WAS POTENTIALLY INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE ON THEM.
WE CAN ALSO EXPECT GARAGOS TO TRY TO DISCREDIT THE WAY THE POLICE
INVESTIGATION WAS HANDLED AND POSSIBLY MENTION OTHER THEORIES ON HOW
LACI MAY HAVE DIED.
PROSECUTORS MAY BEGIN THEIR CASE WITH DNA EVIDENCE RELATING TO
HAIR...POSSIBLEY LACI'S THAT WAS ALLEGEDLY FOUND ON PLIERS IN
PETERSONS DEFENSE TEAM HAS LINED UP FAMED FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST DR.
HENRY LEE. HE IS AN EXPERT AT OFFERING ALTERNATIVE EXPLANATIONS FOR
THE PURPOSE OF THE HEARING TO DETERMINE WHTHER THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE
TO HOLD PETERSON OVER FOR A FULL MURDER TRIAL. AND MOST PRELIMINARY
HEARING DO END GOING TO TRIAL. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS MODESTO.
Eleven of the 13 remaining coal miners trapped undergound in southern Russia are now breathing fresh air after their rescue.
The men were led out of the mine today after rescuers blasted
through solid rock to get to them.
Family members had kept vigil outside the mine.
One worker died during the six- day ordeal and one other miner is still missing.
Meanwhile a deadly methane gas explosion has killed five miners in Russia's Far East.
More than 60 others were rescued.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP eight points. The NASDAQ has dropped four.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Up next in sports, a local football player makes his college commitment,
And a big name is NASCAR is calling it quits, as it says good-bye to the sport.
[MUSIC UP FULL]
[COMM BREAK #3]
Northside senior defensive end Brandon Holland verbally committed to Virginia Tech last night.
The 6 foot 6, 266 pound lineman has racked up 92 tackles and 6 and a half sacks over the last two seasons.
He has 22 tackles and one sack this season.
He will accept a full ride from the Hokies to play defensive end.
Holland chose Tech over Clemson and West Virginia.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Brandon Holland/Verbally Commits to Virginia Tech;]
[OUT Q=....nice up there"]
Pontiac is pulling out of NASCAR.
The seven Winston Cup and Busch series teams that use the car are shocked, considering the Pontiac has won 154 races since 1957.
The car manufacturer says it won't return in 2004.
Chevrolet will be the only General Motors brand on the stock car circuit.
Five full- time teams currently use Pontiacs.
But Ricky Craven is the only driver to win a race in a Pontiac this year.
SUPER=X4031; Fax/Copyright Noon/Weekends
[SUPER=X4030; e-Mail/Copyright Noon/Weekends]