The Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal is prompting some to call for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to step down.
And, the Baltimore Harbor tunnel has re- opened following the discovery of nearly a dozen bombs in the area.
What a nice pleasant afternoon as our temperatures are climbing through the 70s on there way into the 80s. I'll have your Pollen index and your hometown forecast coming up.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
Not President Bush-- but his wife says she's sorry that American soldiers abused Iraqi prisoners.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
As the First Lady weighs in on the scandal, pressure continues mounting against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Jennifer Miller has the latest from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. John McCain/(R) Arizona;]
[SUPER=01-Laura Bush/First Lady;]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Miller/CBS News;]
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AS DETAILS ABOUT THE MILITARY'S HANDLING OF ABUSED IRAQI PRISONERS
EMERGE ... SO DO NEWLY RELEASED PHOTOS ... SHOWING NAKED MEN, HOODED
IN A RARE MOVE FOR THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION .... ATTEMPTS TO RUN DAMAGE
CONTROL HAVE LEAD TO FINGER POINTING ... AT DEFENSE SECRETARY DON
RUMSFELD. WHITE HOUSE AIDES SAY THE PRESIDENT HAS CHASTISED THE
SECRETARY FOR FAILING TO TELL HIM ABOUT THE PHOTOS. SOME CRITICS SAY HE
SHOULD BE FIRED...EVEN SOME OF HIS FELLOW REPUBLICANS ARE CAREFUL TO
SIDE-STEP THAT QUESTION.
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN/(R) (AZ)
"I DON'T PRESUME TO TELL THE PRESIDENT WHAT TO DO BUT IT'S OBVIOUS
THERE'S A LOT OF EXPLAINING SEC. RUMSFELD AND OTHERS HAVE TO DO
INCLUDING WHY CONGRESS WAS NEVER INFORMED AS TO THIS."
AND THE SECRETARY WILL GET A CHANCE TO EXPLAIN ON FRIDAY....THE SENATE
ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HAS SUMMONED RUMSFELD TO TESTIFY ON CAPITOL
AND EVEN FIRST LADY...WEIGHTED IN THE CONTROVERSY...TELLING CBS NEWS
TODAY SHE FELT QUOTE DISGUSTED WHE SHE FIRST SAW THE PHOTOS.
Sot:MRS BUSH: (NOT VERBATIM...WILL BE UPDATED)
I'm very sorry Iraqi prisoners were abused at the hands of americans.
That's not picture of america...not how most troops are.
FOR THE ADMINISTRATION, THE WAR HAS TURNED INTO A PUBLIC RELATIONS
NIGHTMARE. EVEN THE PRESIDENT'S APPEARANCE ON ARAB TELEVISION -- TO
CONDEMN THE ABUSE -- DID NOT SATISFY IRAQIS.
RED CROSS REPEATEDLY URGED AN INVETIGATION....BEFORE THE PHOTS SURFACED.
ON CAPITOL HILL, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ARE DISCUSSING A RESOLUTION
TO CONDEMN THE ABUSES.
JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.
While President Bush makes an attempt at damage control--
family and friends are reacting to the latest photos of U-S soldiers abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners.
Kerry Shoemaker- Davis is a reservist and friend of Private First Class Lynndie England, another soldier accused of abusing Iraqi inmates.
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[IN Q=I think she was]
((KERRY SHOEMAKER-DAVIS/ACCUSED SOLDIER'S FRIEND: I THINK SHE WAS JUST PRETTY MUCH FOLLOWING WITH THE OTHERS. I REALLY DON'T THINK THAT SHE WOULD HAVE GOT INTO SOMETHING LIKE THAT UNLESS SHE WAS PROVOKED INTO IT. ))
[SUPER=01-Kerry Shoemaker-Davis/Accused Soldier's Friend;]
[OUT Q=provoked into it.]
Shoemaker- Davis adds that she finds the actions of the soldiers "disgusting" and says it never should have happened.
Baltimore's Harbor Tunnel has re- opened following the discovery of several explosive devices.
Army officials say a construction worker found some of the bombs yesterday while doing excavation work near the tunnel.
A total of 11 bombs were found, ranging in size from 500 to four thousand pounds.
All but one of them have been removed and taken to a military site.
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[IN Q=WE found...]
((COL. TIM MADERE/U.S. ARMY:WE FOUND THAT MOST OF THEM WERE UNFUSED. WE FOUND ONE BOMB THAT IS STILL FUSED. THE TEN BOMBS THAT WE UNFUSED AND ONE DISPENSER ARE ON IT'S WAY TO ABERDEEN PROOFING GROUNDS TO FIND THE DISPOSITION. ))
[SUPER=01- Col. Tim Madere/U. S. Army;]
[OUT Q=to find the disposition.]
Investigators are trying to find out where the bombs came from -- and if there are anymore in the area.
From Russia- the story of a rescue long overdue.
Two Russian girls were rescued after being kidnapped and held prisoner in a cellar for three and a half years.
Authorities say the two were beaten and raped during that time-- resulting in three pregnancies.
The girls were aged 14 and 17 when they went missing in October, 2000.
A 53- year- old man has been charged.
Police are now searching for a 29- year- old woman, believed to be his accomplice.
During a brief trip outside, one of the captives managed to pass a note to someone on the street, who then alerted authorities.
The final vote on a state budget should take place tomorrow, now that the House and Senate have agreed on a budget.
The two year, 60 billion dollar deal-
will provide three percent raises this year for most state employees.
State police will get a four-point-eight percent raise.
And judges will see a pay increase of more than five percent.
The budget provides no money for teacher raises, but local school districts will receive much of the proceeds from the half- cent sales tax increase.
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((DELEGATE LEO WARDRUP/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: THERE IS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF NEW MONEY GOING IN TO MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT, THAT IS CLEARLY AVAILABLE FOR TEACHERS RAISES. THAT THEN BECOMES A LOCAL DECISION.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Leo Wardrup/(R) Virginia Beach]
[OUT Q=THAT THEN BECOMES A LOCAL DECISION.]
The new budget also provides money for the Science Museum of Western Virginia.
The agreement clears the way for a final vote on the budget tomorrow morning.
Authorities have shut down the Hillsville Rescue squad.
Captain Donald Trotter says that shortly after six p-m yesterday, county and town officials locked down the buildings.
Reading from a statement, Carroll County's attorney said the board of supervisors unanimously voted to temporarily suspend the use of vehicles and resources by the squad because of numerous citizen complaints.
Those include: missed calls, a history of personnel problems within the department and unauthorized use of county owned vehicles for personal use.
Captain Trotter admits to once using a county vehicle to move furniture, and said he offered to resign when confronted about it last week.
Carroll county 9-1-1 has been instructed to dispatch all emergency calls from the Hillsville area to Carroll E-M-S, a separate rescue service in Hillsville.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a vaccine under testing could someday prevent a leading killer in men.
Then a little bit later, a local educator has to bus the bacon to reward a school of good readers.
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[COMM BREAK #1][Prostate-Cancer]
Each year, nearly 200- thousand men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the U-S.
Surgery, radiation and medication are still the most common treatments, but experts hope an experimental vaccine may soon become the best shot at beating the condition.
Dr. Sean Kenniff has more.
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[SUPER=01-Kevin Moran/69 Years Old;]
[SUPER=01-Dr. E. Roy Berger/Medical Oncologist, Author]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS News;]
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((69 YEAR-OLD KEVIN MORAN DOESN'T HAVE PROSTATE CANCER, BUT LIKE ALL MEN,
HE DOESN'T WANT TO GET IT.
(SOT- Kevin Moran/ 69 years old)
"I don't want prostate cancer either, but nobody does. I'm sorry nobody."
BUT ACCORDING TO DR. E. ROY BERGER, MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST AND AUTHOR OF THE
BOOK UPDATED GUIDELINES FOR SURVIVING PROSTATE CANCER, MILLIONS OF MEN
WILL GET IT, AND MANY WILL DIE FROM IT.
(SOT-Dr. E. Roy Berger/Medical Oncologist, Author)
"One in approximately 5-6 men will get prostate cancer in their
lifetime, and about one in nineteen will die of it."
BUT SOON THERE MAY BE NEW HOPE WITH THE PROVENGE PROSTATE CANCER
(STANDUP: Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS NEWS/Miami, FL)
"The provenge vaccine isn't a shot like other vaccinations, but rather,
an infusion of your own blood cells--after they're trained to attack the
FIRST BLOOD IS WITHDRAWN FROM THE PATIENT, THEN SPECIAL CELLS CALLED
DENDRITIC CELLS ARE ISOLATED AND TREATED IN A LAB WITH A PRIMING
PROTEIN. THE TREATED CELLS ARE THEN COLLECTED, AND INFUSED BACK INTO THE
PATIENT, STARTING AN IMMUNE SYSTEM CASCADE THAT DESTROYS THE CANCER.
"So we're basically turning the immune system on with a vaccine that
will attack prostate cancer cells."
CURRENTLY IN IT'S FINAL CLINICAL TRIALS, THE VACCINE IS NOT YET APPROVED
BY THE FDA, AND WON'T BE AVAILABLE FOR A FEW YEARS.
BUT DR. BERGER SAYS, HE HOPES IT WON'T ONLY HELP THOSE WHO HAVE PROSTATE
CANCER, BUT THOSE WHO ARE LOOKING TO AVOID IT.
DOCTOR SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.))
In trials the vaccine seems to work best for the most common variants of prostate cancer.
As Doctor Kenniff said the vaccine has yet to be approved by the F-D-A and is not yet available to the public.
All the votes in Roanoke's Mayors race may not have been counted.
Roanoke election officials are looking into a possible voting machine malfunction that may have robbed votes from Republican candidate Alice Hincker.
The machine at Grandin Court Elementary recorded 182 votes for Democrat Nelson Harris, 74 for Independent Mac McCadden and none for Hincker or Independent George Sgouros (Score-ess).
Bertrand Mullen and his wife both voted for Hincker at the school, and believe many of their neighbors did as well.
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[IN Q=At first ]
((BERTRAND MULLEN/VOTER; AT FIRST IT DIDN'T HIT ME AND THEN I THOUGHT I'M IN GRANDIN COURT, SO HOW COULD SHE HAVE ZERO. AT LEAST SHE HAD ONE.))
((ALICE HINCKER/(R) CANDIDATE FOR ROANOKE MAYOR: IT WON'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE RACE, BUT IT MAKES PEOPLE WONDER IF THERE WERE PROBLEMS WITH MACHINES, PROBLEMS WITH MACHINES IN OTHER PRECINCTS. SINCE THAT TIME I'VE ALSO GOTTEN CALLS FROM PEOPLE WHO VOTED IN OTHER PRECINCTS THAT SAID THEY DID HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE MACHINES.))
[SUPER=01-Bertrand Mullen/Voter; :00]
[SUPER=01-Alice Hincker/(R) Candidate for Roanoke Mayor; 07]
[OUT Q=did have problems with the machines.]
Members of the electoral board plan to check the Grandin Court machine today, but don't believe it will change the final outcome.
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This year Roanoke's Festival in the Park celebrates its 35th anniversary. While organizers have planned a big celebration, things will be a little different.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[SUPER=01-Stu Israel/Festival Director; :32]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF MUSIC OF DRUMS ON TAPE 03-18 AT 1:02:07))
It seemed everytime you went outside last May it was raining, and that put a damper on Roanoke's Festival in the Park.
[IN Q=It's depressing]
((STU ISRAEL/FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: IT'S DEPRESSING. IT'S LIKE GIVING A PARTY AND NOBODY COMING.))
[OUT Q=and nobody coming]
The party was over even before it began.
The weather forced the kick-off concert indoors.
By moving it to the Civic Center, the festival had to give up all the profits from the concessions.
The rain continued throughout the week, keeping attendance down, leaving the event nearly 90-thousand dollars in the red.
[IN Q=Unfortuantely the rain]
((STU ISRAEL/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK DIRECTOR: UNFORTUNATELY THE RAIN GODS DIDN'T SEE SMILE ON US BUT ONE OF OUR NEW POLICIES IS TO PURCHASE RAIN INSURANCE FOR ALL OUR EVENTS.))
[OUT Q=ALL OF OUR EVENTS]
That's not the only change.
All events must now have a sponsor.
Organizers have also cut some of the children's activities and have booked a less expensive musical act for the main concert.
If you plan on buying a beer, expect to pay a dollar more and fees for some vendors have also gone up.
The only thing missing? Cooperation from mother nature.
[IN Q=We'll make sure]
((STU ISRAEL/FESTIVAL IN THE PARK DIRECTOR: WE'LL MAKE SURE ROBIN TAKES CARE OF THE FORECAST FOR US BUT WE KNOW IF IT RAINS WE'LL BE COVERED BY THE OUR INSURANCE BUT THE MAIN THING IS FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE FUN.))
[OUT Q=IS FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE FUN]
[IN Q=To offset]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: TO OFFSET THE DEFICIT ORGANIZERS THOUGHT ABOUT RAISING THE PRICE FOR THE ADMISSION BUTTON BUT DECIDED TO KEEP IT AT TEN DOLLARS. FESTIVAL IN THE PARK RUNS FROM MAY 28TH TO JUNE 6TH. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
The airport in Van Nuys, California, has re-opened after a World War Two- era bomber made a belly landing there.
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The B-17's landing gear collapsed, blocking the main runway for
about three hours yesterday.
None of the six people on board was injured.
The plane is owned by the Experimental Aircraft Association, and is on a nationwide tour.
The city- owned airport west of Los Angeles is one of the busiest general aviation facilities in the world, with nearly a half million takeoffs and landings a year.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Leo will have our weekend forecast.
Plus a painting by Pablo Picasso shatters the record for the most expensive painting ever sold.
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How much would you pay for a Picasso?
Probably not as much as one buyer in New York....
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This painting by the late great artist brought in over 104- MILLION dollars at yesterday's auction at Sotheby's.
That means Picasso has made history again as the highest- paid artist ever.
The work is nearly a century old, and has been described as priceless.
Apparently, at least ONE person thinks so...
The winning bid was made by phone, and so far, the buyer is anonymous.
A school principal in Roanoke rewarded her students today by puckering up for a pig.
Yes you heard right---a pig.
Fairview Park Elementary School has implemented the Accelerated Reader program to help students get excited about reading.
As part of the program, the students had to read a total of five thousand books.
If the children were able to meet there goal, than Julie Bush kiss the pig.
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[IN Q=The children]
((Julie Bush/Fairview Park Elementary: The children actually read 6,114 books so they definitely won their prize. And today I had to smooch that pig.))
[SUPER=01-Julie Bush/Fairview Park Elementary Principal]
[OUT Q=smooch that pig]
The program has been success and the school intends to use it next year.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 93 points. The NASDAQ has dropped 26.
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Up next in sports, a Former Football Extra star faces criminal charges in West Virginia.
And we'll tell you why a so-called Bird-man is nesting on a skyscraper.
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The Salem Avalanche and Myrtle Beach Pelicans hooked up last night to play game three of the series in Salem.
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In the first inning - Myrtle Beach gets ahead with a homerun, putting the Pelicans up 1 to nothing.
In the second, the Pelicans will get another runner in to make it 2 to nothing.
Salem came back to score a runner in the 4th, and one in the 5th.
The Avalanche would go on to win the game after getting 3 more runs in the 7th.
The final game of the series is tonight.
Former Friday Football Extra player of the week Jamus Martin is facing criminal charges in Huntington, West Virginia.
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The Martinsville high school graduate has been charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, and possessing less than 15 grams of a controlled substance.
The senior defensive end at Marshall University is free on a 10 thousand dollar bond.
The Associated Press says the six- three, 240 pounder was arrested Saturday night by campus police.
Martin is scheduled to be in court next Wednesday to enter a plea.
Tuesday night the Blacksburg Bruins weathered yet another soccer storm, and beat Hidden Valley at Bill Brown Stadium.
But Steve Mason says it's a place that has known nothing but winning for nearly a decade.
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[SUPER=01-Austin Rose/Blacksburg Senior Goalie; :10]
[SUPER=01-Andy Clapper/Hidden Valley Head Soccer Coach; :21]
[SUPER=01-Shelley Blumenthal/Has Won 6 State Titles at Blacksburg; :34]
[SUPER=01-Eric Eversole/Blacksburg Senior Midfield; :55]
[SUPER=01-Neil Mutispaugh/Blacksburg Senior Captain; 1:14]
[OUT Q=....News 7 sports"]
((The Bill Brown Stadium scoreboard seems to always be in Blacksburg's favor. The Bruins have not lost on this field since June of 1996.
Tradition built on seven double A boys soccer state championships and an eight year home streak can also mean incredible pressure.
The home streak is also aided by the fact the Bruins are playing with a slight chip on their shoulders. Blacksburg graduated 8 starters off last years state runner up team.))
((STEVE MASON:BILL BROWN'S TREMENDOUS CONTRIBUTION SPANNED 35 YEARS AT BLACKSBURG HIGH SCHOOL. BRUINS FOOTBALL COACH DAVE CRIST, WHO COACHED WITH BROWN BEFORE HE RETIED IN 1983, SAID BILL ALWAYS KNEW HOW TO GET THE MAXIMUM OUT OF PEOPLE. THE BLACKSBURG SOCCER TEAM IS FOLLOWING HIS LEAD AT HIS STADIUM. STEVE MASON NEWS 7 SPORTS.))
At an arts festival in Belgium, one artist is really turning heads with his latest spectacle--
He's spending the week perched inside a giant bird's nest on the side of a skyscraper.
The "bird man" artist Benjamin Verdonck named his nest exhibit, " The Great Swallow".
Verdonck has spent the last five days inside the nest, and intends to spend a total of seven days there.
This isn't the first time he's sequestered himself for his art.
In 2002, Verdonck spent a week inside a cage with a pig.
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