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Today on News 7 at Five, the state Attorney General says gang activity is growing in the Commonwealth.
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Also we'll hear for the first time from an American marine who says he was held hostage by Islamic insurgents.
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Also today an underground fire disrupts phone service to thousands in our area.
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On Healthcheck, we'll hear how two drugs are showing some promise in the treatment of Alzheimers Disease.
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Plus statements by a once popular singer get her booted from the stage. News 7 at 5 is next.

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((ATTORNEY GENERAL JERRY KILGORE: ALMOST EVERY COMMUNITY IN VIRGINIA IS GOING TO BE FACED WITH A GROWING GANG PROBLEM IF WE DON'T DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT NOW.))
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A new state study finds that gang activity is on the rise.
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Violent gangs are expanding their turf throughout Virginia...that is according to a new report released today.
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Attorney General Jerry Kilgore says the survey shows that gang activity has spread across the Commonwealth.
He says the gang threat is not just in Northern Virginia or Richmond any more.
The report highlights a growing number of so-called "homegrown" gangs operating in Roanoke and other parts of Southwest Virginia.
Kilgore says it is time for the region to acknowledge their growing gang problem and to work on eliminating it.
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((ATTORNEY GENERAL JERRY KILGORE: EVERYONE KNOWS YOU HAVE TO ADMIT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM BEFORE YOU CAN DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH THE PROBLEM. WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT ALL REGIONS OF THE COMMONWEALTH ONCE WE GIVE THEM THIS REPORT WILL RECOGNIZE THEY HAVE A GROWING GANG PROBLEM AND DEAL WITH IT.))
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Kilgore says today's survey indicates that gang activity in the state is more serious than what was previously thought.
To help combat the problem, the state is teaching gang awareness in schools and expanding programs that give children alternatives to joining gangs.
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An underground fire has disrupted telephone service to some parts of the Salem area.
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A Verizon spokesman says the company does not yet know how many customers are affected, but workers at the scene said it would number in the thousands. The fire burned underground telephone cables, and gas still present below ground delayed crews from immediately assessing the damage and beginning repairs, so there is no word yet when service might be restored.
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A Wythe County man accused in an animal abuse case can no longer have any pets.
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A judge ruled today that these dogs were being treated cruelly by Timothy Crigger. The dogs were seized by the game warden two weeks ago after police discovered them eating the dead body of Crigger's 65 year old mother, Esther. During today's hearing, the Commonwealth showed pictures of starving dogs and played a video tape of the inside of the home, where feces could be seen on the floor, on top of a wood stove and on the kitchen counters. The judge ordered the state to keep custody of the dogs and either find them homes or euthanize them. He also ordered Crigger to pay for their care. Crigger still has to go on trial for the animal cruelty charge against him. 79 year old Elmer Crigger and his two other sons, Daniel and Donald are also charged in the case. They are accused of animal cruelty and abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult.
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A Marine corporal whose disappearance in Iraq prompted speculation he desserted says that was not the case.
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Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun says he was captured by the enemy.
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((WASSEF ALI HASSOUN/MARINE CORPORAL: I DID NOT DESERT MY POST. I WAS CAPTURED AND HELD AGAINST MY WILL BY ANTI-COALILTION FORCES FOR 19 DAYS.))
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On June 27th, Arab television showed a videotape of Hassoun with his eyes covered by a white blindfold and a sword hanging over his head
He reappeared July 8th at the U-S Embassy in Beirut.
The Navy says it's investigating whether the kidnapping was a hoax.

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Meanwhile despite the best efforts of the interim government, insurgents are still making their mark.
As Elaine Cobbe reports- it's been a day when some are simply getting out of the country as others face another round of violence.
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(It's been a deadly Monday in Baghdad.

The day started with another suicide attack The bomber drove a fuel tanker to a police station and blew it up. At least nine people were killed....dozens wounded.

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Inside the station, police officers were lining up for their assignments for the day. Outside, dozens of people were heading to work. As the bodies were taken away, (nats...woman waving arms, screaming in arabic) there were scenes of anguish and anger some of the fury directed toward the US.
Standup bridge: Elaine Cobbe / CBS News Police and government officials have become the targets of choice in post-handover Iraq. A senior defense official was gunned down late Sunday. He was on his way home with a take-out dinner when gunmen drove up and pened fire, killing him instantly.

(nats - website pix or allawi footage....)


Track: Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is another man with a price on his head.
An Islamic website calls him "an American stooge" and says a group close to al-Qaeda-linked militant Abu Musab al Zarqawi is offering a 2-hundred-80-thousand dollar bounty for his life.
Allawi has promised to be tough with the terrorists.

(nats: philippine peacekeepers leave iraq - 'goodbye, goodbye sir' (guy

waving)
But the Philippine government gave in - the last of its troops have now left Iraq, as hostage-takers holding a filipino truck driver had demanded. Still no word on his fate.

(nats - file footage on egyptian hostage)


track: A Saudi transport company also caved in - agreeing to pull out of Iraq after one of its drivers was kidnapped. Reports say 'that' hostage was 'freed' Monday.
Elaine Cobbe, CBS News, Baghdad))

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Still to come on the newscast, Victory Stadium remains on the minds of some Roanoke City Council members.
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Also the commission investigating the 9/11 attacks want to see some changes made in Washington.
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Don't expect a quick decision on Victory Stadium.
Roanoke City Council is now planning to appoint a committee to consider the future of the Roanoke landmark, and the need for new athletic facilities.
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Construction of a new stadium and amphitheater was put on hold until after the May elections.
But if some council members viewed the May election as a referendum on Victory Stadium, others disagree.
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((TO ME IT WAS CLEAR THE CITIZENS MADE IT CLEAR, WE WANT TO MAKE A DECISION ON VICTORY STADIUM AND LET OUR FOCUS BE ON VICTORY STADIUM AND NOT THESE OTHER ALTERNATIVES.)) ((ONE THING WE ALL AGREE ON THE ISSUE NEEDS TO BE RESOLVED, AND EVERYBODY MAY NOT GET EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT BUT FRANKLY THERE ARE LARGER AND MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES TO THE FUTURE OF THIS CITY.))
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The new 14- member committee will consider the city's need for athletic facilities.
Members of city council will study the need for an amphitheater or similar entertainment venue.
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There may be a new job in Washington- overseeing the nation's intelligence gathering.
The 9-11 commission is expected to make the recommendation when they issue what is expected to be a final report this week.
Aleen Sirgany has more.
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WITH JUST DAYS UNTIL THE 9/11 COMMISSION RELEASES ITS FINDINGS CONCERNING INTELLIGENCE FAILURES LEADING UP TO THE MOST HORRIFIC DAY ON AMERICAN SOIL, ONE PART OF THE REPORT IS ALREADY CAUSING CONTROVERSY.
THE BIPARTISAN PANEL, WHICH RELEASES ITS 500 PLUS-PAGE REPORT THURSDAY, IS EXPECTED TO RECOMMEND THAT A NEW CABINET LEVEL POSITION HEAD THE NATION'S 15 INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES.
ON THE JOB JUST MORE THAN A WEEK, THE C-I-A'S ACTING DIRECTOR JOHN MCLAUGHLIN SAYS HE'S AGAINST IT. John McLaughlin The Nation is at war so we'll have to proceed carefully.
BUT THE WHITE HOUSE ARGUES MCLAUGHLIN'S VIEWS ARE PERSONAL AND DON'T REPRESENT THOSE OF THE PRESIDENT. SO WILL THERE BE A NEW INTELLIGENCE CHIEF OR NOT?
PRESIDENT BUSH : We'll look at all their recommendations. And I will comment upon that, having studied what they say.
FOR MONTHS THE COMMISSION TOOK A GOOD HARD LOOK AT INTELLIGENCE FAILURES, FINDING A LAUNDRY LIST OF MISTAKES. THE REPORT INCLUDES PREVIOUSLY SECRET DOCUMENTS FROM BOTH THE CLINTON AND BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS....NEITHER OF WHICH, THE COMMISSION FINDS, IS WITHOUT BLAME. PRESIDENT BUSH: They share the same desires I share, which is to make sure that the president and the Congress gets the best possible intelligence. ))

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The media will not be allowed to publish details of a closed door hearing in Kobe Bryant's case.
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The Colorado Supreme Court made the ruling today.
The dispute arose last month after a court reporter mistakenly emailed transcripts from the hearing to seven news organizations.
The trial judge quickly issued an order threatening contempt citations against any news organization that released the information.
None of the details has been broadcast, but the media appealed the ruling.
The court said the decision was based on rules protecting victim's privacy.
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On Healthcheck today, two drugs are showing some promise for patients in the early stages of Alzheimers Disease.


As Dr. Sean Kenniff tells us, they can slightly delay the onset of the disease.
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(( (optional) BE SURE TO GET A PEN AND PAPER READY. AFTER DR. SEAN'S REPORT WE'LL PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING TRIALS OF ONE OF THESE DRUGS.
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RECENT RESEARCH HAS FOUND THAT DIET AND EXERCISE CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF DEVELOPING ALZHEIMER'S. SOME DRUGS HAVE SHOWN PROMISE IN SLOWING DOWN SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE. AND A NEW STUDY FOUND THE DRUG ARICEPT, ALSO KNOWN AS DONEPIZIL
(don-ep-i-zil), CAN DELAY THE ONSET OF ALZHEIMER'S BY AS MUCH AS SIX

MONTHS.

(STANDUP: Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS NEWS/Miami, FL)

BUT NOTHING HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET TO THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM. THE POPULAR BELIEF IS THAT ALZHEIMER'S IS TRIGGERED BY THE FORMATION OF AMYLOID PEPTIDES...
(vo)WHICH CAN LEAD TO PLAQUE IN THE BRAIN CAUSING A DEGRESSION OF

MEMORY, JUDGEMENT AND EVENTUALLY MOTOR FUNCTION.

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"knowing the cause means that we can now develop drugs that target the cause."
DOCTOR PAUL EISEN (eye-zen), FROM GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, IS DOING JUST THAT. HE'S THE LEAD INVESTIGATOR ON AN EXPERIMENTAL DRUG CALLED ALZHEMED
(al-sa-med).

IN THE SECOND ROUND OF CLINICAL TRIALS IT STABILIZED OR IMPROVED BRAIN FUNCTION IN 70 PERCENT OF PATIENTS WITH MILD ALZHEIMER'S. HOW IS WORKING? RESEARCHERS BELIEVE THE DRUG CAN HELP CLEAR THE DISEASE CAUSING AMYLOIDS FROM THE BRAIN AND SIGNIFICANTLY SLOW DOWN THE DISEASE.

(SOT- Dr. Paul Eisen/Georgetown University Medical Center)

"we now know this amyloid fragment is highly dangerous to brain cells... but in the presence of Alzhemed the toxicity is reduced."
BUT THERE IS A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE ALZHEMED EVER HITS THE PHARAMACY. ANOTHER ROUND OF TESTS ARE NEEDED AND THE F-D-A WILL HAVE TO APPROVE THE DRUG.

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"a disease that for decades was assumed to be untreatable, is now clearly treatable."
AND WHILE ALZEMED IS NOT A CURE..... THE RESEARCH BEHIND IT HAS EXPERTS FEELING MORE CONFIDENT THAT ONE IS ON THE HORIZON. DOCTOR SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.))


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Coming up next on the newscast,
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[VO] the weather conditions are making it difficult for firefighters in California. We'll have the details next.
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A wildfire is spreading in California.. one that's crept too close for comfort for thousands-
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Firefighters are working round the clock to try and keep the flames from spreading out of control and near thousands of homes.
On the outskirts of Los Angeles, it is more rural, but there are thousand of homes that could be in danger.
Most evacuated their homes, but some stayed behind to keep their homes as wet as they could.
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More than 17 hundred firefighters are working the blaze- They've come from all over California and the West.
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Coming up today following sports, Linda Ronstadt is kicked out of a Las Vegas hotel.
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But first, Dale Earnhardt Junior will be heading home soon following this weekends crash in California.
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We have more information now on that underground fire in Salem that damaged some Verizon phone lines.
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Roanoke officials say phone service disruptions extend into some parts of the city. They encourage Roanoke residents to use cell phones if possible. City emergency personnel are making temporary cellphones available for special needs and elderly citizens. They should call 9-1-1 to obtain an emergency cellphone.
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Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Monday ticker which starts with some good news from the fast track. Race driver Dale Earnhardt Junior is out of a Sacramento, California hospital.
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Earnhardt was released today, one day after being burned on the face and legs following a crash during a warm-up for an American Le Mans Series race at Sonoma, California. A hospital statement says Earnhardt was treated for second-degree burns on the insides of both legs and on his chin, burns that covered about six percent of his body. Earnhardt's Chevrolet Corvette hit a barrier in turn eight and his car burst in to flames.
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A spokesman for Dale Earnhardt Incorporated says Earnhardt will compete in next weekend's Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway.
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He has helped shaped the competitive sports minds of Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Scottie Pippen, some of the NBA's greates players.
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Over the weekend, former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers sports psychologist George Mumford gave the Glenvar girls basketball team real treat when he spoke to the Highlanders. Coming up tonight on News 7 at six, Mumford, who is now the sports psychologists for the Boston College Eagles. will give us his thoughts on college atheltes getting into trouble.
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Fifty one junior golfers teed it up at Hanging Rock Golf Course today for the first round of the Commonwealth Games golf tournament.
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Boys ages 11-to-18 and girls 18 and under came from across the state to compete in the two day event.
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Pulling off the Commonwealth Games each and every year takes some very "uncommon" efforts from many people throughout the Roanoke Valley.
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This is the 15th year for the games, and while there have been several attempts to "steal" them away from the valley and take them to Tidewater or Northern Virginia - Virginia Amateur sports has managed to hang on the state's official Olympic games.
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That's it for the ticker, coming up at six, more on Junior, Commonwealth Games golf, and the sports psychologists, see ya at six everybody.

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On Wall Street today, a weak earnings report from Three-M brought the Dow down. With that and more, here's Alexis Christoforous.
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Don't place any bets on singer Linda Ronstadt making another appearance at Las Vegas' Aladdin Casino.
It gave her the boot Saturday night after she sparked a near riot by praising Micheal Moore and his film "Fahrenheit 9/11."
She called Moore a ``great American patriot'' and ``someone who is spreading the truth.''
She encouraged everybody to see the movie which openly criticizes President Bush.
Her comments drew some cheers and loud boos, and some of the 45-hundred people in attendance stormed out of the theater. People also tore down her posters and tossed cocktails into the air.
The president of the Aladdin was watching the show and decided to ask Ronstadt to leave. She wasn't even allowed back in her luxury suite and was escorted off the property. Bill Timmins says as long as he's running the Aladdin, Ronstadt won't be coming back.
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