Up next on News 7--
A grocery chain in our area is doing some bargain hunting of its own-- buying up several of its competitors' stores.
And, as U-S and Iraqi forces continue battling insurgents, rebels have apparently kidnapped relatives of Iraq's prime minister.
Sunshine continues across the region this afternoon with increasing clouds tomorrow. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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As U-S forces gain more control over Fallujah, Iraqi troops find hideouts, where hostages are believed to have been held.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom
Iraqi troops have found what are being descibed as "hostage slaughterhouses" in Fallujah.
They say troops found records of people who were taken captive.
Meanwhile, officials have confirmed that two relatives of Iraq's prime minister have been kidnapped.
Kimberly Dozier has more on that, and the latest on the battle over Fallujah.
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US MARINES HAD TAKEN A THIRD OF FALLUJAH AS OF LAST NIGHT, BUT NOW THE
CORNERED INSURGENTS...ARE FIGHTING BACK, HARD.
CBS NEWS PRODUCER KIRK SPITZER IS THERE.
US AND IRAQI troops HOPED TO FORCE THE REBELS INTO THE SOUTHERN
INDUSTRIAL AREA, AWAY FROM POPULATED parts o fthe town.. BUT IT SEEMS
THE MILITANTS WON'T BE FLUSHED THAT EASILY.
(Allawi greeting troops at Fallujah frontline 11/08/04)
MEANWHILE, IRAQ'S PRIME MINISTER AYAD ALLAWI, HERE GREETING HIS TROOPS
AT FALLUJAH'S FRONT LINE, HAS REVEALED THAT A SOME RELATIVES,WERE
KIDNAPPED BY GUNMAN IN BAGHDAD ON TUESDAY MORNING.
ALLAWI AND HIS CABINET, AND THEIR CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE BEEN
SHIELDED FROM A CAMPAIGN OF MILITANT VIOLENCE, BY A COMBINATION OF
AMERICAN, AND AMERICAN-TRAINED BODYGUARDS. BUT THERE ISN'T ENOUGH
PROTECTION TO GO AROUND FOR EVERY DISTANT MEMBER OF relatives.
THE militants have shown that allawi may be out of their reach, but
there are other ways they can get to him. They have threatened to kill
the family members, if the attack on Fallujah isn't stopped.
KD, CBS News, Baghdad
Yasser Arafat remains in a deep coma, clinging to life, even as preparations for his burial continue.
Drew Levinson has more from Jerusalem.
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AS THE SUN SET ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST.... AN UNSETTLING QUESTION
REMAINED. WHEN WILL YASSER ARAFAT DIE.... AND WHAT WILL THE
PALESTINIANS' FUTURE LOOK LIKE, WITHOUT HIM?
SOT - ABIR HARIDI/PALESTINIAN "I hope in the future that the leader in
Palestine will be just like Arafat and as good as him."
(nats..cleric arrives) LOCATOR: PARIS, FRANCE
IN PARIS... A SENIOR MUSLIM CLERIC WENT TO ARAFAT'S BEDSIDE... DURING
WHAT A PALESTINIAN AIDE CALLED 'THE FINAL PHASE' OF HIS LIFE.
(nats....arabic) HE TOLD REPORTERS, THE P-L-O LEADER WILL 'NOT' BE
TAKEN OFF LIFE SUPPORT. .... AS ISLAM FORBIDS IT.
WITH ARAFAT CLOSE TO DEATH -- BURIAL PLANS ARE BEING MADE. ISRAELI'S
REJECTED THE PALESTINIAN LEADER REQUEST TO BE BURIED HERE IN
JERUSALEM.... BUT HAVE NOW AGREED ON A SITE IN THE WEST BANK.
(nats..ramallah compound) LOCATOR: RAMALLAH, WEST BANK
ARAFAT WILL BE LAID TO REST AT HIS RAMALLAH HEADQUARTERS. .... THE
COMPOUND HE WAS CONFINED TO FOR SEVERAL YEARS. (backhoes clearing land)
PREPARATIONS ARE UNDERWAY TO TURN THIS SITE INTO A SHRINE.
(palestinians chant) LOCATOR: BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK
IN BETHLEHEM, A FEW THOUSAND PALESTINIANS MARCHED IN SUPPORT OF THEIR
AILING LEADER - WHILE WONDERING.... WHO WILL FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS.
PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS SAY - WHEN ARAFAT DIES, THE PARLIAMENT SPEAKER
WILL TAKE OVER AS TEMPORARY PRESIDENT. BUT A PERMANENT LEADER COULD BE
A LONG TIME IN COMING.... IN A REGION WHERE CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP DOESN'T
COME EASILY. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, JERUSALEM.
President Bush is expected to quickly name a successor to Attorney General John Ashcroft.
Anonymous sources in the White House say his selection will be White House counsel Alberto Gonzales.
Gonzales is a longtime friend of the President and would become the first Hispanic attorney general.
Ashcroft announced his resignation yesterday.
A jury in Franklin County has begun deliberating in the case of a Danville man accused of killing his girlfriend.
Stanley Tate is charged with shooting and killing Charmane Davis near Smith Mountian Lake last May.
Yesterday Tate and La Chrissa Robertson testified they believe Davis was an intruder who broke into the home.
After the shooting, Tate said he was so scared, he drove to Pittsylvania County, where he left his gun with a friend, who got rid of it.
Tate says he then drove to Maryland, where he hid out for five days, before turning himself in.
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LEO in WX Center
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Food Lion is buying 6 stores that Winn-Dixie was planning to close in Central and Southside Virginia.
It means the Winn-Dixie stores in Stanleytown, Martinsville, Danville, and South Hill will soon become Food Lions.
The company promises those stores will be closed for just a few days when the changeover takes place.
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Winn-Dixie announced earlier this year it is pulling out of the region, and some of its Virginia stores have already closed down.
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Still to come on the newscast, deliberations start over with a new juror in the Scott Peterson case.
Plus we'll see a new drug that doctors believe can help patients lose weight and quit smoking.
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It's back to the drawing board for the jury in Scott Peterson's double murder trial.
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A source says a female juror got caught doing her own research on the case.
Yesterday, the judge removed her during deliberations and replaced her with an alternate.
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Legal analysts say it's unlikely the new juror could get the other eleven to change their opinions after they've already deliberated for five days.
But defense attorneys will likely cite the juror switch on appeal, IF Peterson is convicted of killing his pregnant wife.
It might sound too good to be true--
But researchers say a new drug can help obese people lose weight, quit smoking, and maybe even reduce their cholesterol.
The drug, Acomplia, was unveiled yesterday at an American Heart Association convention.
Researchers say the so-called wonder drug works by blocking certain messages to a specific area of the brain that controls hunger and metabolism.
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Side effects can include nausea, temporary anxiety, and mild depression.
The F-D-A won't begin its approval process for the drug until sometime next year.
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People who are tired of raking and bagging leaves may want to try another option being encouraged by the city of Roanoke.
They believe it could save time, money, and the environment.
Justin McLeod reports.
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[SUPER=01-Gary Hegner/Roanoke Parks & Recreation Department; :59]
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((((NAT SOUND OF WOMAN BLOWING LEAVES))
This is the one thing most of us hate doing, getting rid of leaves.
[IN Q=Very time consuming]
((JENNI MUENCH/ROANOKE RESIDENT: VERY TIME CONSUMING ACTUALLY, YEAH HOURS WORTH OF WORK.))
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The city of Roanoke says one solution is mulch mowing.
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All you need is a regular lawn mower, a specialized mulching blade that costs about ten dollars and an enclosure to cover the discharge chute.
You then just mow.
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((GARY HEGNER/ROANOKE CITY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPT.: IT THEN TAKES THE LEAVES CHOPS REALLY FINELY. THE BLADE DOES MUCH A BETTER JOB THAN A NORMAL LAWN MOWER BLADE AND AGAIN WILL HELP DISPERSE THOSE LEAVES BACK INTO YOUR LAWN.))
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Where they will then help fertilize your lawn.
The city says there are even more benefits. For one, this could cut down on leaf piles which tend to clog the city's storm drains.
It would also clear the streets of leaves which can be a hazard for pedestrians and motorists when wet.
Then there's the cost factor, the city spends several hundred thousand dollars each year for leaf collection.
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((GARY HEGNER/ROANOKE CITY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPT.: IF IT'S TAKING US LESS TIME TO COLLECT THE LEAVES THAT'S GOING TO SAVE A LITTLE TAX MONEY AND CERTAINLY IT'S GOING TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT AS WELL.))
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But the biggest advantage to mulch mowing may be this, no more raking and bagging.
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((JENNI MEUNCH/ROANOKE RESIDENT: THAT IS A GREAT IDEA ACTUALLY. THAT WOULD SAVE ME A LOT OF TIME ACTUALLY.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THERE ARE SOME DOWNSIDES TO MULCH MOWING. TYPICALLY, YOU NEED TO DO IT AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK AND IF THERE ARE A LOT OF LEAVES YOU MAY HAVE TO MOW IT SEVERAL TIMES. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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Coming up next on the newscast,
you'll have to forgive Tom Hanks if he gets a little animated about his new movie. We'll explain after the break.
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Take a magical mystery tour at Christmastime, add a big dose of actor Tom Hanks, and you end up with "The Polar Express."
The new holiday movie pulls into theaters today.
Bianca Solorzano has a preview.
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(NATS FROM MOVIE TAPE -HEAR TRAIN ROLLING IN- SEE BOY GETTING OUT OF BED
AND SEEING TRAIN)
ON CHRISTMAS EVE , WHILE DOUBTING SANTA REALLY EXISTS , A BOY WAITS FOR
SANTA'S SLEIGH...BUT PERHAPS FINDS AN EVEN BIGGER DISCOVERY.
MOVIE TAPE - BOY AND CONDUCTOR
01:05:57 Well you coming?
Why to the North Pole of course. This is the Polar Express!!!!
THE YOUNG PASSENGERS ON BOARD THIS MAGICAL TRAIN MAY BE IN SEARCH OF
SANTA'S NORTH POLE - BUT FIND THEMSELVES ON A WILD JOURNEY OF SELF-
MOVIE TAPE -Boy and Hobo-
I want to believe but...Believe
SOT - TOM HANKS - MOVIE TAPE - 01:17:21
It's such the happy Christmas book for kids and yet it has a
gut-wrenching message that it gives as much as the great Christmas
THE FILM COMBINES CLASSIC STORYTELLING WITH CUTTING EDGE FILMAKING.
TOM HANKS PLAYS FIVE CHARACTERS IN THE FIRST FEATURE SHOT ENTIRELY WITH
ACTORS WORE SENSORS ALL OVER THEIR BODY AND COMPUTERS CAPTURED THE
MOVEMENT IN 3 DIMENSION.
SOT - TOM HANKS- OUR TAPE
We actually provided all the facial expressions, all the vocal
expressions, the inflections as we saw fit, as we performed in real
time on the computer.
It works amazingly well. It's really kind of stunning.
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THE 'POLAR EXPRESS' IS A NEW OPTION FOR FILMAKERS...BUT AN OLD LESSON
FOR MANY..THIS TRAIN TEACHES THE WONDERS OF LIFE NEVER FADE IF YOU
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 32 points. The NASDAQ has lost five.
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Officials at Ohio State say Maurice Clarett is lying about coaches arranging passing grades, cash and cars for football players.
Plus Ward Burton will be looking for a ride come this weekend. Those stories and more coming up in Sports.
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Nascar veteran and South Boston native Ward Burton will be without a ride this weekend.
NASCAR online is reporting Mike Bliss will replace Burton this weekend in the Number Zero NetZero Chevrolet.
Owner Gene Haas had been negotiating with Ward about possibly continuing as the driver next season, but apparently changed his mind after last weekend's race.
Burton had three top- ten finishes this season, and is 29th in the points race.
The oldest pitcher to ever win the Cy Young award has also won it for an unprecedented 7th time.
Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens took home the National League award yesterday in a vote by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Clemens beat out Arizona's Randy Johnson with 23 first place votes, and 140 points overall.
Clemens went to Houston following a brief retirement after the 2003 World Series.
Former Ohio State star and potential N-F-L draftee, Maurice Clarett says while he was in Columbus, he was given grades, cash, and cars.
Ohio State immediately said it was a lie, and Clarett cannot be trusted.
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The Region Three volleyball tourney opened last night with Salem taking out Appomattox 3-to-nothing.
Brookville beat Prince Edward 3-to-zip.
Back here in the valley, Lord Botetourt was upset by Rustburg in four games.
And in South county -
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The William Byrd Terriers - runners up in the Blue Ridge-- had the tough task of taking on Cave Spring.
We pick up the action in the opener - as Byrd's Katie Breene elevates and spikes the ball down to pull the Terriers within four points of the Knights.
Cave Spring has lost just one time all season.
Last night, Katherine Jetton (JUH-TAHN) takes the set and she will hammer one down herself for the point.
The Terriers one more time, as Brittney Asbury serves up an ace.
She finds the perfect spot for the Terrier point with nice placement.
But Cave would win the opening game 25-to-20 and the match 3 games to zip, when Jennifer Harvey
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uses the soft touch to finesse one over.
Cave advances to Thursday night's Final Four with the win.
The semi-finals are set for Thursday at Jefferson Forest high school.
When the Scott Robertson Memorial discontinued its scholarship program last year, it promised that they were simply putting their resources in a different area.
Yesterday, the tournament's founders put their money where their mouth is by unveiling the Roanoke Valley First Tee chapter.
Steve Mason fills us in on this unique program.
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((Roanoke first Tee chairman Tom Robertson calls this chapter of the Scott Robertson memorial the latest of many dreams that have been coming true over the last 20 plus years. This dream involves a synthetic putting green, a short game area, a driving range and a learning center for all Roanoke Valley kids ages 8 to 18.
The first Tee program supporters laid out a plan to add another 500 thousand dollars to the half million in funding already raised. Partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia further cements the Scott Robertson Memorial organizations desire to teach golf as well as life skills to youth.
Scholarships will be available so all kids have a chance at first tee and the participants will be able top play at Countryside and Brookside golf courses. Maybe one day, a Roanoke valley first tee student will test the Scott Robertson junior golf tournament, but winning children, not championships is the passion.))
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