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Up next on News 7--
A small fire broke out this morning at the Catawba Post office.
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And the heavy fighting has let up in the Iraqi city of Najaf after the arrival of the nation's top cleric.
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Low clouds and patchy fog are slow to burn off, when will the sun come out? We'll also take a look at the Tropicals with our Hurricane Tracker coming up.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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U-S forces in Najaf agree to hold their fire for 24 hours, as Iraq's top Shiite cleric arrives.

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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
With so many dead or injurd after weeks of fighting, a final call to peace is made in Najaf.
Elaine Cobbe reports.
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(( Pkge: Ferried by an long caravan of supporters and protected by dozens of heavily armed guards...Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani arrived in Najaf to put an end to the bloody uprising that has gripped the city for nearly three weeks.
(Nats: Sistani Arrival)
Tensions are high across Najaf as attacks against supporters of both Sistani and rebel Shi'ite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr are escalating. As many as ten of Sistani's followers were gunned down after his arrival. In the neigboring town of Kufa, gunmen killed dozens of his supporters...and wounded others.
At the same time, a mortar attack on a mosque there killed dozens of Sadr's loyalists.
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Cobbe Bridge. Al-Sistani's decision to intervene in the Najaf crisis IS EXPECTED to enhance his stature as a leader. There are already signs of cooperation from the Iraqi government, who declared a 24-hour truce to allow Sistani time to negotiate a resolution with Al-Sadr and his followers.
Right now the the man behind the uprising has been pushed out of the spotlight. Muqtada al-Sadr's willingness to cooperate is unknown...but his fighters have already been pulling back from their posts.
ALTHOUGH GUN FIRE AND EXPLOSION WERE HEARD THOUGHOUT NAJEF THURSDAY... THE U.S HAS REPORTEDLY NOW SUSPENDED MILITARY ACTION IN THE AREA.
SO FAR THE THREAT of iraqi government forces invading the mosque has not rid the shrine of Al-Sadr's fighters. The question now is....will Sistani succeed where the Iraqi interim government...and the U.S. miliary has failed. Elaine Cobbe, cbs news, Baghdad.
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A small fire broke out this morning at the Catawba Post Office.
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An employee discovered smoke in the building and called the fire department.
Firefighters traced the smoke to a ceiling fan in the bathroom.
Authorities say two workers were inside at the time but were not hurt.
No mail was damaged and the post office is open for business.
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A wildfire is spreading and forcing evacuations near Reno, Nevada.
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High winds are fanning the flames-- the blaze has jumped to around 25- hundred acres.
Residents rushed to grab their personal belongings as firefighters rushed to evacuate the area.
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((LARRY FARR/RENO FIRE DEPARTMENT: WHEN THE HAND CREWS START PULLING OUT AND WE START TELLING EVERYBODY TO GET OUT AND OUR SAFETY OFFICER IS TELLING EVERYBODY TO GET OUT, WE KNOW IT IS TIME TO RUN. )) ((PENNY ROBERTSON/EVACUATED RESIDENT: "YES, I HAD MY STUFF PACKED AND READY TO GO BECAUSE I KNEW THE FIRE WAS COMING DOWN HERE.))
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At one point, more than 250 homes were threatened.
Firefighting crews on the ground are getting help from helicopters and air tankers.
Authorities say the wildfire may have been sparked by a target shooter firing his gun in the area.
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One of the nation's biggest H-M-O's is reconsidering the use of the well- known arthritis drug, Vioxx.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that data from Kaiser Permanente's patients shows that the drug may increase the risk of serious heart problems.

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Business is booming at the New River Valley Volvo plant in Dublin.
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Deliveries in North America in July were up 57-percent from that time last year. Company officials say deliveries are so high it's why the added a second shift this year to the Dublin Plant and created 400 new jobs. A company spokesperson says Volvo needed those new jobs to handle all the increased demand. All of the trucks sold in North America are built at the Dublin facility.
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Some state Democrats want to make sure voter registrars across Virginia scrutinize signatures on petitions Ralph Nader's campaign submitted last week.
The State Democratic Chairman says that some signatures on Nader's petitions might not be legitimate.
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This week Jerry Kilgore's office overturned a decision that kept the independent candidate's name off the state ballot.
Democrats say the reversal is part of a nationwide effort by Republicans to assist Nader's campaign to the detriment of Senator John Kerry's.
Kilgore's office says it was simply following the policies adopted by the state board of elections.
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((TIM MURTAGH/ATTORNEY GENERAL'S SPOKESMAN: I THINK THE QUESTION ABOUT POLITICAL INTENT AND POLITICAL SHENANIGANS SHOULD BETTER BE PUT TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN FACT ENGAGED IN AN OBVIOUS EFFORT TO KEEP SOMEONE OFF THE BALLOT BY USING POLICY THAT DOESN'T EXIST.))
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Nader's petitions have now been accepted by the state and are being reviewed.
But it will be another nine days before the consumer activist finds out IF his name will be on November's ballot.

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Coming up next on the newscast, a Mississippi River landmark is brought down.
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Plus we'll see why one designer thinks he has the protest business in the bag.
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It was an explosive farewell to an old Mississippi River bridge this morning--
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The second span of the old downtown bridge in Cape Girardeau, Missouri was blasted with dynamite.
The implosion took out the trusses and supports on the Illinois side of the bridge, and sent smoke into the air.


The 19-28 bridge is being destroyed in four stages, and the entire project will take a few months to complete.
A new bridge is replacing the old crossing.
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A record breaking pilot stopped in Roanoke yesterday.
Dick Rutan wanted to say thanks to the company that helped his record-setting flight. Richard Lesko has more.
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((Butler Parachute Systems in Roanoke is used to ensuring precious cargo makes it to the ground safely. In Dick Rutan's case, HE was the precious cargo. Rutan is an aviation pioneer, co-piloting the first non-stop flight around the world without refueling. He also tried flying around the world in a ballon, but he had to abort his first attempt. Now he finally got a chance to meet some of the people who checked every stitch, and packed his chutes for both flights.
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((DICK RUTON/AVIATOR; THE ONE FOR VOYAGER WAS A VERY SPECIAL ONE, AND WE ONLY ENDED UP USING IT FOR A PILLOW. THE ONE FOR THE BALLOON, UNFORTUNATELY WE HAD A PROBLEM RIGHT AFTER TAKEOFF AND HAD TO BAIL OUT.))
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That was when workers at Butler Parachutes got to see exactly how their system worked, and while in Roanoke for a conference this week, Rutan finally got to say thanks in person to the people who saved his life. The man who designed the parachutes says he's proud of his accomplishments, but wishes the second flight had gone as well as the first.
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((MANLEY BUTLER/BUTLER PARACHUTE SYSTEMS; I'M GLAD OUR PARACHUTES WORKED FINE WHEN HE NEEDED THEM, AND I'M GLAD HE DID NOT NEED IT FOR THE VOYAGER FLIGHT, BECAUSE THAT WAS A PRETTY SPECTACULAR ACCOMPLISHMENT.))
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Not just any musuem -- the Smithsonian. But without Butler parachutes, the man who flew it into history might not be alive. Richard Lesko, News 7, Roanoke.))

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The official start of the Republican convention in New York may still be a few days away.. but protester hijinks are already getting under way.
Jeanne Moos has the story of a fashion accessory for the free speech crowd.
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((IN THE OLD DAYS PROTESTERS USED TO HOLD UP SIGNS. NOW THEY'RE HOLDING...HANDBAGS? RECOGNIZE THIS GUY? looks like John Lennon. that's good. it's Howard Stern. that's my second choice. A LIMO PULLS UP A BLOCK FROM THE UN...A RUNWAY IS ROLLED OUT...SPECTATORS WAIT TO SEE WHO's COMING... nat music IT'S A GUERILLA FASHION SHOW SLASH PROTEST...FEATURING MODELS CARRYING HOT BUTTON HANDBAGS RANGING FROM MICHAEL MOORE'S HEAD... whoa! TO A JAB AT MICHAEL JACKSON...THE "MICHAEL GET A HANDLE ON YOUR KID" BAG. AND THIS MAY LOOK FAMILIAR, YOU PROBABLY SAW IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN... it's janet jackson's wardrobe malfunction. oh my goodness. see oh gosh! Justin Timberlake reached over THE HANDBAGS ARE CREATED BY AN ARTIST WHO CALLS HIMSELF ITSI BITSY. WE FIRST RAN INTO HIM AT THE MARTHA STEWART TRIAL WHERE HE WAS PROMOTING HIS FREE MARTHA BALL AND CHAIN HANDBAG. NOW HE'S CONCENTRATING ON FREE SPEECH. he custom makes them. this, he is, is $300 custom made. 01:42:08 FROM THE UPROAR OVER JANET JACKSON TO THE DECISION NOT TO AIR THE VICTORIA'S SECRET SHOW ON PRIME TIME TV.... nat show HERE'S THE PANTY-ADORNED PROTEST BAG. again first amendment too sexy AS FOR ITSI'S MOST POPULAR HANDBAG... here you take it. I'll take him YOU CAN'T BEAT HOWARD STERN WITH HIS MOUTH ZIPPED. this is shut your mouth we are dangeroulsy close to being pushed off the air and I love Howard's brain.. MEANING THE INSIDE LINING FEATURING MONEY AND NAKED WOMEN. THE HOWARD HANDBAG MAY NEVER REPLACE STATUS BAGS LIKE THE LOUIS VUITTON, BUT IT SURE MAKES A STATEMENT. THOUGH THE FASHION PROTEST LEFT MOST WONDERING WHAT THE STATEMENT WAS... people with the weirdest shirt, weirdest signs and everything you can think of that is...weird ADORABLE KID AT 1:17;29 JM CNN NEW YORK ))
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Coming up next, we'll see why the Olympics are definitely not all work and no play.
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Plus Justin McLeod will tell us why the Summer Games are bringing a new crowd to local gymnasiums.
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Olympic athletes will tell you they spend pretty much every waking hour getting ready for their competitions.
But as Manuel Gallegus shows us from Athens, once the events are over, it's time to kick back and celebrate.
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ASK ANY OLYMPIC ATHLETE LIKE DUTCH SWIM CHAMPION INGE DE BRUIJN, AND THEYLL TELL YOU THE ROAD TO THE GAMES IS LONG AND TOUGH.

-SOT-INGE DE BRUIJN, ATHENS FOUR TIME MEDALIST

A lot of blood sweat and tearsI can tell you thatits been years and years of trainingbeing in the pool at fivegoing to bed at nighta long, long journey.
BUT ONCE THE COMPETITION IS OVERDAYTIME IS PLAYTIME.
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NO RIVALRY HERE AMONG THE AUSSIES, AMERICANS, AND DUTCHJUST A CHANCE TO RELAX, AND SHOW-OFF THOSE WELL-EARNED PHYSIQUES.

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after the games are over you step back and look at what youve done and have achieved and appreciate it for what it is.
-STAND-UP-Manuel Gallegus, Athens during their competition some the athletes are on a curfewthere supposed to be back in the Olympic village well before midnight .
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BUT AFTER ITS PARTY TIME! THURSDAY NIGHT THE PLACE TO BE WAS THE MTV BASH A CHANCE FOR THE SWIMMERS TO PUT THEIR CLOTHES ON AND DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

-SOT- AMANDA BEARD, OLYMPIC SWIM CHAMPION

I get about two weeks off and then Ive got to start training again.
MICHAEL PHELPS WAS THEREHIS MOM TOO..ALTHOUGH THEY ARRIVED SEPERATELYITS NOT COOL TO SHOW UP AT THE MTV PARTY WITH YOUR MOM. HES SLOWLY GETTING USED TO THE LIMELIGHT.

-SOT-MICHAEL PHELPS., AMERICAN OLYMPIC CHAMPION

its something Ive never experienced before and its kinda cool
AND BY FAR THE BIGGEST PARTY OF THEM ALL IS THE HOLLAND HOUSE ITS LIKE THIS ALL THE TIMEA PLACE TO PUT ASIDE CULTURAL DIFFERENCESAND ENJOY ATHENS BY NIGHTMANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS ATHENS. ))

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The remarkable performance by the men's gymnastics team has generated interest in the sport with the next generation.
As Justin McLeod discovered,many local gymnasts say this proves it is no longer just a women's sport.
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If you want to know just how popular men's gymnastics is these days, just visit Blue Ridge Gymnastics in Martinsville.
It's one of the few local gyms to have a boy's program.
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So much so 85 boys recently signed up for classes, and it happened long before the U.S. men's team did well in Athens.
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Many of these gymnasts have been glued to their tv sets watching the Olympic games.
They hope the attention will elevate men to a whole new platform.
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And they hope it changes people's perceptions.
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((NAT SOUND OF DOING ROUTINE))
Whether it's men or women, gymnasts practice a lot, sometimes three of four times a week.
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Especially if they hope to compete in the Olympics one day.
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As a result, many of these kids will choose to become a collegiate gymnast but at least one as his sights on gold.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN nine points. The NASDAQ has dropped seven.

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Coming up after the break, Virginia Beach is the radical place to be -- one of the nation's oldest surfing contests is about to get under way.
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And the fastest half mile in NASCAR is ready for business. We'll have the highlights from last night's truck race next.
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The BCA Classic kick-off is all set for this Saturday night at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Maryland. The oddsmakers are giving Tech little, if any chance, to pull off the upset - listing the Hokies as 18 point underdogs. One of the keys will be Tech's ability to stop USC's Heisman Candidate quarterback - Matt Leinhart.
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The Trojans also have been challenged to focus this preseason after losing their starting running back to a suspension, and having to deal with the uncertainty of wide receiver Mike Williams.
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It appears more and more like Leinhart will NOT have highly talented Mike Williams to throw to Saturday night. USC has applied to the NCAA for a progress-toward-degree waiver and reinstatement of Williams' eligibility. Williams, caught 95 passes and had 16 TDs last season, but lost his eligibility when he entered the draft, and then pulled out when a court ruled he was ineligible. He hasn't practiced with the Trojans since early August ,and USC leaves for the east coast this afternoon.
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A big week of racing opened last night in Bristol with a 200 lap Craftsman Truck Series event.
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Thunder Valley featured its normal amount of fireworks on the high banked concrete, as the caution flag flew 8 times.

It would have been 9 times, but Stuart's Jon Wood in the white number 50 truck avoided a multi-car wreck in the closing laps. The final caution came out with under five laps to go, as Mike Skinner and Dennis Setzer wrecked while racing for third place. The green, white, checkered finish would see Carl Edwards win the race with Shane Hmiel (MEAL) finishing second.
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When you hear the phrase "Hang Ten", you might not immediately think of Virginia Beach--
But it's home to the second oldest surfing contest in the U-S.
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The 42nd annual East Coast Surfing Championship features more than 100 contestants.
West Coast surfers say Virginia Beach is a different challenge - because the waves are smaller and break closer to shore.
Contestants must be able to demonstrate more maneuverability than Pacific surfing requires.
The competition runs through Sunday, and the winning surfer takes home 25- thousand dollars.
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