Today on News 7 at 5, authorities look for a cause in the fire that killed a three year old Roanoke boy yesterday.
Plus the first big test of the Democratic presidential campaign is less than two hours away.
Temperatures on the cold side with the wind chill also a factor. Forecast details ahead.
Atlanta's mayor says the President should not have attended an event to remember Martin Luther King Junior.
Two men are arrested and charged with vandalizing a Roanoke church.
Plus are a large percentage of hysterectomies performed needlessly.
News 7 at 5 is next.
It's neck and neck in the Iowa caucuses- Senators John Kerry and John Edwards seem to be picking up numbers in the final days, but it's too close to call.
((I'M WORKING TIL THE LAST MOMENT.))
((WE'VE GOT A BIGGEST ARMY ON THE GROUND.))
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It is the closest caucus race in Iowa in years- four democrats with a real chance to win.
Tonight about one hundred thousand Iowans will help determine the first real results of the Political year.
The latest polls show John Kerry leading followed by North Carolina senator John Edwards.
Jennifer Miller reports live from des Moines just as the campaigning is about to stop and the caucusing is about to start.
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[SUPER=01-Rep. Richard Gephardt/Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=01-Doug Uhlman/Undecided Voter;]
[SUPER=01-John Edwards/Presidential Candidate;]
[super=01-Howard Dean/Presidential Candidate;]
[OUT Q=back to you.]
IN THE CAMPAIGN'S FINAL HOURS DIE-HARD SUPPORTERS ARE WILING TO BARE
ANYTHING AND NEARLY EVERYTHING FOR THEIR CANDIDATE. (NATS OF FOLKS
CHEERING W/OUT SHIRTS: "GEPHARDT, GEPHARDT")
CONGRESSMAN RICHARD GEPHARDT, HOWARD DEAN AND SENATORS JOHN KERRY AND
JOHN EDWARDS ARE IN A DEAD HEAT. GEPHARDT IS RELYING ON ORGANIZED
BACKERS LIKE THOSE RALLYING IN THE FREEZING COLD.
REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT/PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
"When it gets cold, the Gephardt team gets hot."
BUT IN ORDER TO WIN, CANDIDATES WILL NEED MORE THAN STRONG SUPPORTERS
THEY WILL ALSO NEED THE BACKING OF UNDECIDED VOTERS.
DOUG UHLMAN/UNDECIDED VOTER
"As an undecided voter for this caucus, there is a lot of power there."
POLLS SHOW 10-PERCENT OF VOTERS ARE NOT COMMITTED TO A SINGLE CANDIDATE
AND MANY OTHERS SAY THEY'RE WILLING TO SWITCH. KERRY CAN'T TALK THEM
OUT OF IT. (NATS SOT OF KERRY'S BROKEN VOICE)
HE CANCELLED MOST OF TODAY'S EVENTS AFTER NEARLY LOSING HIS VOICE.
EDWARDS HOPES TO FINISH FOR THIRD OR BETTER.
JOHN EDWARDS/PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
"I wish I could reach out and grab you right now and take you to the
AFTER SLIPPING IN THE POLLS, DEAN SAYS WINNING IN IOWA COULD MAKE HIM
THE COMEBACK KID.
HOWARD DEAN/PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
"I'd like to win."
BUT PRESSURE IS MOUNTING. TODAY THE CANDIDATE MOST ANGRY AT PRESIDENT
BUSH TURNED HIS TEMPER ON REPORTERS .
HOWARD DEAN/PRESIDENTAL CANDIDATE
"You guys behave so badly, you've got to get a life."
Final Track or live tag for those taking a liveshot.
BUT IT IS THE" CANDIDATES" WHO ARE HOPING FOR NEW LIFE .... THAT A WIN
IN IOWA WILL BRING. AFTER THE CAUCUS, THEY MOVE ON TO NEW HAMPSHIRE AND
ANOTHER TIGHT RACE. JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS, DES MOINES, IOWA.))
Still no word on what caused a Roanoke fire that left a little boy dead.
Neighbors say 3-year old Kiante Poindexter was trapped in the house in the 2-thousand block of Tinker Drive.
The boy's mother and other residents of Tinker Creek Manor Apartments say faulty windows and equipment kept the child from escaping or being rescued.
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Susan Bahorich (Ba-whore-ich) was on the scene and joins us now.
Susan, is anything being done about these allegations?
[LIVE= Susan /FULL]
Jean, the management company that runs Tinker Creek Manor- Artcraft Management- is taking these allegations *VERY* seriously.
Today, maintenance crews were going door to door checking smoke detectors, windows and locks.
Donna McGeorge has lived here seven-years and was one of the apartment which was inspected.
Crews fixed an upstair smoke detector and found all windows in working order.
But even with the check - McGeorge is still worried about her family.
((DONNA MCGEORGE, TINKER CREEK RESIDENT: I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF MYSELF AND MY CHILDREN. A LOT THINGS NEED TO GET DONE DOWN HERE. SOMETIMES THEY DON'T HAVE FUNDS TO FIX ITEMS, I'M VERY CONCERNED.
EARL FERGUSON, PRESIDENT, ARTCRAFT MGMT: AS OF 1:30 TODAY- OF THE BETWEEN 400-500 WINDOWS OF THE PROPERTY, WE HAVE FOUND ONLY 2 THAT WERE INOPERABLE DUE TO CAULKING. WE WERE UNABLE TO INSPECT SEVERAL OTHERS. AND WE WILL DO THESE AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN.))
[SUPER=01-Donna McGeorge/Tinker Creek Resident; :00]
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Earl Ferguson of Artcraft Management tells News 7 his company manages more than four-thousand properties, and while there have been fires, there's never been one that claimed a life.
Meanwhile, Jean, friends of the Poindexter's tell us the family is doing as well as can be expected.
The suspects behind a church vandalism in Roanoke are now behind bars.
Police have charged 22-year-old Zachary Bryant of Moneta and 35-year-old Christopher Martin of Roanoke with breaking and entering and felony property damage.
Investigators say they got a tip from some folks in the community that the two men broke into the Mount Moriah Baptist Church last week and ransacked the place.
Reverend Thomas Pleasant says he's relieved to know the suspects are behind bars, but he actually feels sorry for them.
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((REV. THOMAS E. PLEASANT/MT. MORIAH BAPTIST CHURCH: ANYBODY THAT COME AND DO DAMAGE TO GOD'S HOUSE IT'S A SHAME BEFORE GOD AND MAN, AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER TO ME OR YOU THEY GONE HAVE TO ANSWER TO GOD FOR THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Thomas E. Pleasant/Mt. Moriah Baptist Church;]
[OUT Q=to God for this]
The church has since replaced the broken windows, but Pleasant says the building still needs a lot of work.
Police say it appears Bryant and Martin did NOT have any connection to the church.
Both could face more charges.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans says that the recent vandalism of a statue of Robert E. Lee should be treated as a hate crime.
Over the past Lee-Jackson holiday weekend, the Lee Monument in Richmond was visited by vandals.
The phrases "Death to Nazis" and "Happy Birthday M-L-K" were spray-painted on the statue.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans say it is an attack on Virginia's Confederate heritage and history.
Governor Warner agrees that an investigation is warranted.
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[IN Q=CLEARLY WHOEVER PERPETRATED]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: CLEARLY WHOEVER PERPETRATED THIS ACT IS OF VANDALISM IS WRONG. IT IS THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT MARTIN LUTHER KING BELIEVED IN. I HOPE WHOEVER PERPETRATED THIS ACT IS CAUGHT. :57))
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The nearby statue of Stonewall Jackson was also vandalized.
On this day to honor Martin Luther King, King's widow is asking for an end to acrimony in politics.
She says the goal is not conquest of enemies but reconcilation with adversaries.
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((CORETTA SCOTT KING/MARTIN LUTHER KING'S WIDOW.WE MUST REMEMBER ESPECIALLY IN THIS ELECTION YEAR THAT REPULBICAN AND DEMOCRATS, LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES ALIKE ARE SISTERS AND BROTHERS IN GOD'S HUMAN FAMILY.))
[SUPER=01-Coretta Scott King/Martin Luther King's Widow;]
[OUT Q=IN God's human family.]
Atlanta's mayor also spoke at today's service receiving a standing ovation when she said President Bush should not have visited Atlanta last week because of his policies on the Iraq war.
U-S diplomats are engaging in a high stakes bid to get United Nations help for a future government in Iraq. But as Teri Okita reports, thousands of Iraqi Shiites have a different plan.
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[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq; :00]
[SUPER=01-Paul Bremer/U.S. Administrator to Iraq; :36]
[SUPER=01-Kofi Annan/U.N. Secretary General; :55]
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((TRACK: DEMOCRACY HAD ITS BOLDEST HOUR IN BAGHDAD WHEN TENS OF
THOUSANDS OF IRAQI SHIITES PEACEFULLY PROTESTED AMERICAS PLAN FOR
(MORE NATSD OF DEMONSTRATION)
TRACK: BACKED BY THE POWERFUL SHIITE CLERIC, GRAND AYATOLLAH ALI
AL-SISTANI, THE PROTESTORS CALLED FOR DIRECT ELECTIONS FOR A NEW IRAQI
GOVERNMENT NOT CHOSEN BY REGIONAL CAUCUSES, AS THE U-S HAS PLANNED.
(NATSD OF BREMER & ANNAN, SHAKING HANDS)
TRACK: U-S DIPLOMATS AND MEMBERS OF IRAQS GOVERNING COUNCIL ARE
ASKING THE UNITED NATIONS TO SEND A TEAM OF EXPERTS TO HELP CONVINCE THE
MASSES THAT IRAQ IS NOT READY FOR DIRECT ELECTIONS.
(Super: Paul Bremer/U.S. Administrator to Iraq)
SOT: encouraging news Secretary General consider very seriously how
and when team way forward.
TRACK: ASIDE FROM SECURITY THREATS, THE U-N HAS RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT
ITS ROLE IN SHAPING A FUTURE IRAQ. IT WANTS A BIGGER STAKE IN THE
MATTER. AND WHILE ANNAN AGREES THAT IT'S TOO SOON FOR ELECTIONS, HE
ISNT LIKELY TO GIVE THE U-S A QUICK ANSWER.
(Super: Kofi Annan/U.N. Secretary General)
SOT: we have agreed that further discussions should take place at the
technical level, which would be focused on the most immediate electoral
and security issues.
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: Ultimately, by July 1st, the U-S hopes to hand over power to
an interim sovereign government with general elections not until 2005.
The plan is ambitious and has plenty of challenges ahead. Teri Okita,
CBS News, Washington.))
Still to come on the newscast, a man from New York City is found murdered in Amherst County. Now authorities want to know who did it and why.
Plus on Healthcheck, a new survey says doctors are not looking at non-surgical alternatives to hysterectomies.
Amherst County authorities are still trying to figure out who shot and killed a New York City man over the weekend and dumped his body near the James River.
Investigators say 23-year-old Phillip D. James was shot several times in the torso.
His body was discovered Saturday afternoon near the Harris Creek bridge on River Road.
Authorities believe James was killed at the same spot where his body was found.
He's from the Harlem area of New York but police aren't sure why he was in the central Virginia area.
Virginia Beach police don't know how it got there but they're now investigating after a body is found in a burning garbage dumpster.
Firefighters thought they were responding to a routine call about a dumpster on fire, when they found the body- It was so badly burned they don't know if it was a man or a woman.
Residents in the neighborhood off Independence Boulevard say they saw two cars leaving the area- one with Louisiana plates.
Their firehouse primary is less than three weeks away, and now David Bowers and Nelson Harris are gearing up for the short campaign.
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Fewer than two- thousand voters may decide the Democratic nomination for Roanoke Mayor.
Both men are already well- known to party regulars, but time is short, so they are pulling out all the stops to get their supporters to the polls.
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[IN Q=At this point I think]
((NELSON HARRIS/(D) CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR: I THINK AT THIS POINT YOU TRY TO DO IN TWO WEEKS WHAT YOU WOULD NORMALLY DO IN TWO MONTHS.))
((DAVID BOWERS/(D) CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR: A LOT OF CAMPAIGNING, GETTING OUT TO VISIT WITH PEOPLE, KNOCKING ON DOORS. WE'LL HAVE LETTERS GOING OUT. PHONE BANKS.))
[SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/(D) Candidate for Mayor; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Bowers/(D) Candidate for Mayor; :09]
[OUT Q=letters going out. phone banks.]
Democrats will choose a full slate of council candidates during the firehouse primary, February 7th at the Roanoke Civic Center Exhibit Hall.
When a cancerous tumor is found in the uterus, most women are forced to undergo a hysterectomy. But what if the tumor is non-cancerous?
There are options, but according to recent research few gynecologists tell their patients what those options are.
Dr. Sean Kenniff has more.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS News;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Ernst Bartsich/Surgeon;]
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((STEPHANIE LOOKS LIKE ANY NORMAL 4-YEAR-OLD.
BUT TO HER MOM SHE'S SOMEWHAT OF A MIRACLE CHILD.
SIX YEARS AGO, THEN 32-YEAR-OLD ANN LUONGO (lou-on-go) WENT TO THE
DOCTOR AND FOUND OUT THERE WAS A TUMOR IN HER UTERUS.
"I don't want to alarm you but I'm feeling a solid mass here and it
feels quite large."
THE GOOD NEWS: THE TUMOR WASN'T CANCEROUS..... THEN THE DOCTOR GAVE HER
THE BAD NEWS.
"I'm going to tell you with what you have, I'm going to have to give you
a hysterectomy.(vo) I was devestated, another doctor same thing"
(STANDUP: Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS NEWS/Miami, FL)
A HYSTERECTOMY WOULD MEAN ANN COULD NEVER HAVE A CHILD.... AND EVEN
THOUGH IT'S A "COMMON" DIAGNOSIS FOR REMOVING A NON-CANCEROUS TUMOR....
MANY DOCTORS SAY IT'S NOT ALWAYS THE RIGHT ONE.
(SOT- Dr. Ernst Bartsich/Gynecological Surgeon)
"85 percent of the hysterectomies performed are not necessary."
AFTER A SEEMINGLY EXHAUSTIVE SEARCH ANN FOUND DOCTOR ERNST BARTSICH
(barts-cee) WHO WAS ABLE TO GIVE HER A MYOMECTOMY: REMOVING THE TUMOR
WITHOUT A HYSTERECTOMY.
"the number of hysterectomies performed in this country is
astronomically high, it's almost an epidemic of hysterectomies"
MORE THAN 6-HUNDRED THOUSAND ARE PERFORMED IN THE U-S EVERY YEAR.
AND A RECENT STUDY FOUND ONLY 19 PERCENT OF GYNECOLOGISTS ALWAYS OFFER
WOMEN AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE LIFE ALTERING PROCEDURE.
DOCTOR BARTISH (barts-cee) SAYS MANY GYNECOLOGISTS ARE RELUCTANT TO DO A
MYOMECTOMY BECAUSE THEY TAKE 'LONGER' TO PERFORM. AND INSURANCE PAYS
THE SAME FOR BOTH PROCEDURES.
"where's my squirmy wormy?"
FOR ANN LUONGO (lou-on-go) SEARCHING FOR....AND FINDING THE RIGHT THE
RIGHT DOCTOR .... ALLOWED HER TO ONE DAY MEET
DOCTOR SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.))
If you like cold windy weather, you'll love tonight's forecast. Robin will be right back with the details.
Then a little later, a woman gets more than she bargained. A quick walk around the block turns into a big adventure.
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One of NASCAR's most successful drivers has something to say about the new points system. Travis Wells will have that today in Sports.
Plus can a beer a day keep the doctor away. One company says its beer will keep you young. We'll see what it has brewing a little bit later.
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More than 200 Media members from all over the United States and several foreign countries are arriving in the Queen City today for the start of the 21st annual NASCAR Media tour.
One of the hot topics of conversation this week is the new points system.
It won't be made official until tomorrow - but there's no doubt it will be radically different from the one that's been in place since 1975.
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[OUT Q=...HOW WE GO ABOUT IT."]
Hampden-Sydney blew down the 81 corridor this past weekend and picked up wins over both Roanoke College and W&L.
Imagine how much better the once beaten Tigers would be if former Cave Spring Knight Adam Trumbower had stayed with the team and not decided to walk on at William & Mary.
Trumbower is a "throwback" when it comes to his work ethic and dedication to the game.
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[SUPER=01-Tony Shaver/William & Mary Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Billy Hicks/Trumbower's Coach at Cave Spring; :18]
[SUPER=01-Ted Jeffries/William & Mary Assistant; :30]
[SUPER=01-Adam Trumbower/William & Mary Freshman; :41]
[OUT Q=...down the road."]
The Tribe plays at Delaware on Wednesday night while tonight in the ODAC, Lynchburg visits Roanoke College.
Basketball fans in the valley are in for a treat tonight as Charles G. Driesell, otherwise known as "Lefty", will speak at the January meeting of the Roanoke Valley Sports Club.
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Driesell coached 41 seasons at Davidson, Maryland, James Madison, and Georgia State before retiring last year. He won 786 games in his career and had 22 seasons of 20 or more wins. The festivities get underway in just a few minutes at the Salem Civic Center.
That's it for the ticker, we'll see you at six everybody.
A Florida woman fell off the face of the earth yesterday.
Linda Sharp was walking her dog when the ground beneath her feet gave way. She tumbled
into a sinkhole ten feet deep.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, neighbors noticed her missing, saw the dog dragging its leash and called authorities. Rescue workers used a crane and a harness to lift the woman to safety.
She was taken to the hospital for back injuries.
There is now buzz about an anti-aging beer.
A brewery in Germany has created a beer enhanced with alge, which contains vitamins and minerals said to slow the aging process.
The Neuzeller Kloster Brewery hopes to begin selling the beer this year in grocery and drug stores.
First, it must face a German law dating back to 1516 which says beer brewed in Germany can only be made from barley, hops, yeast, and water.
The "Anti-Ageing-Bier" will be presented this week at the Green Week Agricultural Trade Fair in Berlin.