Today on News 7 at 5, a Roanoke man admits he set the fire that killed his girlfriend and her two sons.
Plus a coroner says he found illegal drugs in the body of a man who died after a beating by police.
Gusty winds and cold temperatures make up the overnight forecast. In fact, temperatures remain on the cold side for the next several days.
The full forecast in just a bit.
A Lynchburg health system is expanding to better serve cancer patients.
A popular lunch spot is heavily damaged by fire.
Plus we'll meet the men who are responsible for some unusual ice cream flavors.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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((I DECLARE THERE IS NO CRISIS, SO LET'S STOP THE CRUCIFIXION. ))
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Roanoke City Council hears a passionate defense of the City Schools and superintendent Wayne Harris.
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Ten days after members of council delivered a vote of no confidence in the school administration, the issue was back on their agenda today.
A Roanoke minister and former teacher encouraged council members to reconsider.
Bill Lee is the pastor of Loudon Avenue Christian Church, and a former teacher in the city schools.
This afternoon, he told members of city council that he speaks for many who believe the city schools are safe, and continue to have confidence in the superintendent.
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(( I'VE BEEN A PATRON OF THE CITY A LONG TIME, OF THE SCHOOLS A LONG TIME, AND I KNOW THAT WE HAVE SAFE SCHOOLS, NOT PERFECT SCHOOLS. I KNOW THAT KIDS WILL BE KIDS, BUT I THINK THEY'VE BEEN MALIGNED. I THINK THAT OUR SYSTEM IS AN EXCELLENT SYSTEM. AND WE'VE GOT AN EXCELLENT SUPERINTENDENT.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Bill Lee/Loudon Avenue Christian Church]
[OUT Q=we've got an excellent superintendent.]
Today, members of city council also made plans to fill the vacancy on the school board created by Melinda Payne's resignation.
They set a December 12th deadline for applications, and a December 15th public hearing.
A coroner now says the man who died in a fight with Cincinnati police had an enlarged heart and traces of drugs in his system- including cocaine and the street narcotic angel dust.
The coroner says the enlarged hart could have been an indication of hypertensive heart disease.
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A police cruiser's videotape of the fight showed 350 pound Nathaniel Jones lunging at two police officers, who hit him repeatedly with nightsticks and tackled him.
Jones later died. Today the videotape of the fight was released.
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((DR. CALVERT SMITH/NAACP: A LACK OF REAL CONCERN FOR THE HUMANITY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING ARRESTED ESPECIALLY IF THEY HAPPEN TO BE AFRICAN AMERICANS.))
((REV. DAMON LYNCH: UNTIL WE DIND OUT THE TOTAL INCIDENT IT'S HARD TO PASS ANY HARD AND FAST JUDGEMENT.))
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[Super=01-Rev. Damon Lynch; 12 quick!]
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The Coroner says the drugs found in Jones are stimulants that have been associated with some cases of bizarre and violently aggressive behavior.
The coroner says he will issue a report later on the actual cause of death after completing tests of samples taken from Jones' body.
A man who admits to killing a Roanoke woman and her two children is now facing life in prison without parole.
Askia Shabazz (shuh-BAZ) today pled guilty to four counts of capital murder and one count of arson in the deaths of Alice Jackson and her two young boys in May of last year.
Shabazz admitted to strangling and smothering the 25-year old Jackson before setting her Hurt Park apartnment on fire.
The children died of smoke inhalation.
The plea agreement guarantees he'll avoid the death penalty.
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[SUPER=01-Chris Kowalczuk/Defense Attorney;]
((CHRIS KOWALCZUK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: WHAT ANY GIVEN JURY MIGHT DO...THE POSSIBILITY OF A DEATH PENALTY WAS VERY, VERY REAL.))
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The plea benefits Shabazz as well as his mother who alerted police to his involvement in the crime.
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((JOHN MCNEIL/PROSECUTOR: WITHOUT HER COMING FORWARD AND TESTIMONY I DON'T KNOW IF WE WOULD HAVE EVER DEVELOPED HIM AS A SUSPECT OR POTENTIALLY SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTE HIM.))
[OUT Q=potentially successfully prosecute him.]
Coming up on News 7 at Six, we'll hear Shabazz apologize to the victims' family.
Lunch will NOT be served, at least for a while, at one of Danville's oldest and most popular restaurants.
A grease fire broke out around nine this morning at the Schoolfield Lunch restaurant on West Main street.
Workers at the restaurant say they were preparing lunch, when they noticed flames near the stove.
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((PERRY COLEMAN/COOK:I HAD PUT MY CHILLY ON, MY HOT DOGS ON, THEY WAS COOKING EVERYTHING WAS GOING NICE, THEN THE NEXT THING I KNOW IT JUST POPPED UP.))
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Officials estimated the damage at five-thousand dollars.
They believe the fire may have been more intense from all of the grease that built up behind the stove over the years.
Schoolfield Lunch has been serving customers since 1927.
The owner says he's not sure how long it will take to clean-up the damage, but he hopes to reopen the restaurant within the next few days.
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Another U-S soldier dies in an ambush today in Iraq.
Despite the counter attack against insurgents over the weekend, guerrillas have not stopped the violence. Teri Okita has more.
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[SUPER=01-Capt. Andy Deponai/U.S. Army Spokesman; :17]
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THE AFTERMATH OF THIS WEEKENDS DEATH AND DESTRUCTION LITTERS
THE STREETS OF SAMARRA. THE U-S MILITARY SAYS TROOPS KILLED ABOUT
FOUR-DOZEN GUERRILLAS IN THE BLOODY COUNTER-ATTACK DESCRIBED AS A
WELL-PLANNED, ATTEMPTED AMBUSH BY SADDAM LOYALISTS.
Capt. Andy Deponai/U.S. Army Spokesman:
They were wearing Fedayeen-style clothing. What we have seen is
that they wear darker clothing, and they wrap their faces with the head wrap or scarf, in order to conceal their face.
RESIDENTS IN THIS TOWN IN THE HEART OF THE DANGEROUS SUNNI
TRIANGLE DISPUTE THE DEATH TOLL CLAIMING AMERICANS ONLY KILLED
EIGHT IRAQIS SOME OF THEM CIVILIANS. THEY SAY U-S TROOPS RANDOMLY
OPENED FIRE ON INNOCENT BYSTANDERS.
THE MILITARY STANDS BY ITS GET TOUGH POLICY AND
COUNTER-ATTACKS AS GUERRILLA TACTICS BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD AND
DEADLY. SO FAR, IT HASNT PREVENTED MORE VIOLENCE ANOTHER U-S
SOLDIER WAS KILLED MONDAY IN AN AMBUSH WEST OF BAGHDAD.
Donald Rumsfeld/Defense Secretary: There are a limited number of people who are determined
to kill innocent men, women and children who are connected to the
coalition, who are coalition participants or who are innocent Iraqis,
and that's taking place.
THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER WAS THE DEADLIEST YET FOR COALITION FORCES: 74-AMERICANS AND DOZENS OF INTERNATIONAL TROOPS WERE KILLED.
Tri Okita/Reporting:A new survey by a British research firm shows that 80-percent of Iraqis have little or no trust in the U-S-led coalition. And as much
as the Bush administration would like a "secular" state to emerge, most Iraqis say they place their trust in their religious leaders. Teri
Okita, CBS News, Washington.))
After the break, one of the country's top health officials says the AIDS epidemic is far from over.
Also the last member of the Disney family resigns from the entertainment giant. When we return, we'll tell you why he's not happy about it.
Two major expansion projects are in the works for Lynchburg General Hospital.. plans that will help the facility meet the growing demand for patient rooms.
Centra Health announced today it will spend more than 80 million dollars building a new patient care tower and cancer treatment center at its Langhorne Road campus.
If approved the move will add more than a hundred new patient beds and consolidate Centra Health's oncology and radiation facilities.
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((BILL VARNER/CENTRA HEALTH V.P.: THE POPULATION IN OUR SERVICE AREA IS CONTINUING TO GROW AND WE'VE ALSO GOT AN OLDER THAN AVERAGE POPULATION IN THIS AREA, AND THE SENIOR POPULATION TENDS TO USE HEALTH CARE AT A RATE HIGHER THAN THE POPULATION THAT'S A LITTLE YOUNGER.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Varner/Centra Health VP]
[OUT Q=a little younger.]
Centra Health must first get state approval for the expansion.
Construction could get underway next fall.
Today is World AIDS day and a leading authority says Americans should not believe the fight against the disease is over.
Doctor Robert Janssen of the Centers for Disease Control says the fight against H-I-V is every bit as urgent as it was 20 years ago.
He contends prevention is the key -- because a vaccine is nowhere close to becoming reality.
Drew Levinson has more on the global efforts to beat AIDS.
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[SUPER=01-Nelson Mandela/Former South African President; :49]
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((On the day when 10s of thousands around the globe marked World Aids
Day---health leaders pledged more money and cheaper drugs to fight the
The World Health Organization says 40 million people are now infected
with AIDS and last year alone, three million died from it.
(SOT JACK CHOW/WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION)
"THE DEATH-O-DOMETER FROM AIDS IS SPINNING AT EIGHT-THOUSAND LIVES A DAY
AND IT IS ACCELERATING
In poor countries, such as Kenya and South Africa the number of those
infected with HIV has reached epidmic proportions.
More people in South Africa are infected with HIV or AIDS than anywhere
else in the world--five million.
That means one out of every 10 people in the country has it.
Former President Nelson Mandela says health cannot be a question of
income, it is a fundamental right.
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"IT IS A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT, WE MUST GIVE PEOPLE HOPE."
The United States is not immune to the rising number of cases.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates 900-thousand people in this
country are infected with HIV and more frightening is the fact one in
four don't know they have it.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan fears with so many other problems in the
world the AIDS issue may be put quote--"on the backburner."
(SOT KOFI ANNAN/U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL)
"THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE MISTAKE, IT MUST NOT HAPPEN. AIDS AND THE FIGHT
AGAINST IT MUST BE AT THE TOP OF OUR AGENDA."
(NATSOUND CONCERT IN SOUTH AFRICA)
Worldwide with concerts and rallys and speeches it is getting
attention--but these aren't the faces of aids....these are...and these
are the people who need to be in the spotlight.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, New York.))
Roy Disney quits his job as Vice Chairman of the Disney empire- a company his uncle founded 80 years ago.
Disney says he's leaving in protest of current chairman and Chief Executive Michael Eisner.
Disney accused Eisner of micromanaging and urged him to step down.
He also blamed Eisner for the loss of company morale and for causing the perception that the company isalways looking for the quick buck rather than the long term value.
The 73 year old Disney is the last family member active in the Disney company which is one of the world's top media conglomerates.
Coming up next on the newscast,
it may seem like a sweet job, but what does it take to be an ice cream company's flavor designer?
We'll have the inside scoop coming up next.
Would you eat tabasco almond ice cream or Bloody Mary Sorbet?
Would you if it was part of your job?
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream has a select few researchers who travel the world eating desserts and discovering new ice cream flavors.
Andy Serwer has more.
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[OUT Q=CNN New York.]
((MEET ARNOLD, ERIC, JOHN AND DEREK...
YOU DON'T KNOW THEM -- BUT YOU MAY WANT THEIR JOBS.
THEY EAT SWEETS FOR A LIVING...ChECK OUT THIS SOUND-bite
"the technique is very important. you stab the pie, and put it in your mouth"
BEN AND JERRY'S CALLS THEM "FLAVOR GURUS"
THEIR JOB: COME UP WITH ALL OF THE COMPANY'S NEW ICE CREAMS...ABOUT A DOZEN NEW
ONES EACH YEAR.
WAVY GRAVY, CHUBBY HUBBY, uncanny cashew -- THEY'VE HAD A HAND IN ALL OF IT.
I CAUGHT UP WITH the gurus ON A RECENT TRIP TO EAT THEIR WAY THROUGH NEW YORK
CITY... THEY've COME DOWN FROM VERMONT FOR INSPIRATION
- YOU PROBABLY START YOUR DAY WITH BREAKFAST -- THEY START WITH PIE, AND LOTS
THIS MORNING -- IT'S THE LITTLE PIE'S SOUR CREAM APPLE WALNUT, MISSISSIPPI MUD,
KEY LIME AND SWEET POTATO.
"is that too big? nah, that's PERFECT... it all depends on how big your mouth
BUT THE BIGGEST OF ADVICE WAS TWO SIMPLE WORDS: "FORK DOWN" -- ONLY TAKE A BITE
OR TWO OF EACH PIE.
THE GURUS ARE more than BIG EATERS -- THEY'RE EXPERTS...
TWO ARE ACCLAIMED CHEFS, ONE'S A CAFE OWNER -- THE OTHER WITH A DEGREE IN DAIRY
AFTER THE PIES -- THE DAY LONG BUFFET MOVES ONTO CITY BAKERY...
HERE, THEY'RE tasting MELTED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, CARAMELIZED FRENCH TOAST,
CREME BRULE and PRETZEL CROISSANTs
EACH YEAR, THEY TOY WITH ABOUT 150 EXPERIMENTAL BATCHES
- TOBASCO AND ALMONDS -- LIKE BLOODY MARY SORBET, POPCORN AND PEANUTS AND
ANCHOVY PUREE SWIRL -- NEVER MADE IT OUT OF THE KITCHEN
TWO STOPS DOWN AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT -- THEY'RE HUNGRY FOR LUNCH..
THE GURUS SAY REAL FOOD, LIKE STEAK AND SALAD -- ARE WHAT THEY CRAVE AFTER ALL
BUT HERE AT GOTHAM BAR AND GRILL - THEY EVENTUALLY GET BACK TO DESSERT... MAKE
that the entire dessert menu
"we're gonna start with the sorbets and then we're gonna have the chilled PLUM
champagne, COCONUT consome... the warm lime souffli...."
MY BELT A FEW NOTCHES LOOSER, I HAD TO CALL IT A DAY.
AS FOR THE GURUS, THEY STILL HAD TWO MORE STOPS.
THEY SAY FOR THIS JOB, YOU HAVE TO EAT ANYTHING PUT IN FRONT OF YOU.
WELL, ANYTHING BUT A LITTLE CURBSIDE COMPETITION.
ANDY SERWER, CNN, NEW YORK .))
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Today in Sports, the Supreme Court ends the battle over Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos.
Then a little later we'll see if a Cat in the Hat can beat an elf and a Haunted Mansion at the weekend box office.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Monday ticker.
The Earnhardt autopsy photo battle is finally over.
Nearly three years after his death at Daytona, a student run newspaper at the University of Florida was still battling to have access to the photos.
But today the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the Independent Florida Alligator paper.
The papers had challenged the constitutionality of a Florida law that was passed after his death - barring public access to such pictures.
Before the law was passed autopsy photos were open to the public for 90 years in Florida.
Virginia Tech's players met this afternoon, and they will now get a week off to get away from football before getting back together and focusing in on their next game - the December 26th Insight Bowl in Arizona.
Tech's season ending blow-up has so far been impossible for the coaches to explain and very difficult for the fans to stomach.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/17 Seasons at Virginia Tech; :00]
[OUT Q=...knock that door in again."]
But first the Hokies need to get their own house in order before they think about kicking down any doors.
Tech is a nasty 2 and 7 in the month of November the past two seasons.
If you think coaching is fun just ask Beamer or maybe check in with Tommy Tuberville, the Auburn coach for the past five season.
Auburn was a preseason number one pick by some folks, but lost its first two games and finished the season 7 and 5.
It was so bad that the Auburn president, William Walker and athletic director David Housel had already lined up his successor and began courting him before the season was even over.
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[IN Q=DOCTOR WALKER...]
[SUPER=01-Tommy Tuberville/Decides to Stay at Auburn;:00]
[OUT Q=...you lose together."]
Theoretically, at least.
In one other college note for you - TCU has turned down an invitation to play in the GMAC Bowl on December 18th.
The Horned Frogs are 11-and-1 but have decided to skip the game because it conflicts with their final exam schedule.
TCU's athletic director, is former VMI AD Eric Hyman.
And in college basketball tonight - the Virginia Tech men's team is home for a seven o'clock tipoff at the Cassell against Morgan State.
Coming up at the of the hour - we'll head to Charlottesville and check in with the UVa basketball team that is off to a hot start.
Plus, Kevin Jones is a step closer to winning the Doak Walker.
Have a great night everybody.
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Some good news on the construction and manufacturing fronts boosted the stock markets today.
As Alexis Christoforous tells us the NASDAQ reached a level it hasn't seen in almost a year.
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Disney had to give a tip of the hat to Dr. Seuss this weekend.
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That's because the Cat of Hat topped the Haunted Mansion in the weekend box office race.
The Cat scratched out another 25-point-six million dollars.
That's a whisker ahead of Disney's Haunted Mansion which earned an estimated 25-point-three million dollars.
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[SUPER=04-"The Haunted Mansion";]
[OUT Q=He's lying.]
"Elf" pulled in another 22 million dollars. That gives it a giant four week total of 130 million dollars.
Halle Berry's "Gothika" dropped two spots to fourth and "Master and Commander" took the fifth spot.