On News 7 at 5, Secretary of State Colin Powell is one of four people to step down from President Bush's Cabinet today. We'll have the details in a live report.
Plus a man is taken to the hospital after setting himself on fire outside the White House gate.
A mix of sun and clouds this week with pleasant daytime temperatures. All the details in a moment.
On Healthcheck, researchers test a new drug that could offer hope to people with treatment resistant cancers.
We will see what some Lynchburg firefighters are doing to help beef up their department.
Plus we'll have an update as the War of the Worlds comes to Rockbridge County.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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((SEC. OF STATE COLIN POWELL: THERE. THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES OUT THERE. AND I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT I WILL BE WORKING HARD UNTIL THE VERY, VERY END.))
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He says he's been pleased with his job but that it's time to step down.
Secretary of State Powell announced his resignation today but says he'll stay on until his successor is in place.
Finding someone to fill his shoes could take weeks or even months
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I'm Shannon Young.
Secretary of State Colin Powell confirmed today he will not stay on for President Bush's second term.
He says he and the president came to a ``mutual agreement'' that it was time for him to resign.
Meantime, Powell's not the only cabinet member to announce a resignation today.
Aleen Sirgany is live in Washington with more.
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((COLIN POWELL LED A QUARTET OF DEPARTURES FROM PRESIDENT BUSH'S CABINET
MONDAY...THE SECOND WAVE OF RESIGNATIONS TO HIT THE ADMINISTRATION AS
THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST TERM COMES TO AN END.
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"WE HAD PRETTY MUCH HAD COME TO OUR MUTUAL AGREEMENT WITHOUT ANYBODY
HAVING TO MAKE AN OFFER, COUNTER OFFER OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, WE KNEW
WHERE WE WERE HEADING."
POWELL'S RESIGNATION LETTER WAS IN THE PRESIDENT'S HANDS ON FRIDAY
AFTERNOON...CONFIRMING THAT POWELL WOULD STICK TO HIS EARLY DECLARATION
OF ONLY SERVING ONE TERM. HE CITED A DESIRE TO RETURN TO PRIVATE LIFE
HE BUT WILL REMAIN UNTIL A SUCCESSOR IS NAMED.
SOT: SEC. OF STATE COLIN POWELL
"I'M STILL SECRETARY OF STATE AND PRESIDENT BUSH HAS MADE IT CLEAR I
STILL OPERATE WITH HIS FULL AUTHORITY"
AS SECRETARY OF STATE IN A TIME OF WAR, POWELL MAINTAINED A GRUELING
TRAVEL SCHEDULE. IN THE UNITED STATES, HE TOOK CENTER STAGE IN AN
ADDRESS TO THE UNITED NATIONS WHERE HE MADE THE CASE FOR WAR IN IRAQ.
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SO FAR SIX OF FIFTEEN CABINET MEMBERS HAVE GIVEN UP THEIR POSTS. AMONG
THE NAMES MENTIONED AS A POSSIBLE REPLACEMENT FOR POWELL...NATIONAL
SECURITY ADVISOR CONDOLEEZZA RICE AND U-N AMBASSADOR JOHN DANFORTH. THE
WHITE HOUSE WON'T SAY IF THE PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY MADE A DECISION.
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"I'M NOT GOING TO SPECULATE ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY HE MAY BE LOOKING FOR IN
A NEW SECRETARY OF STATE."
THE THREE REMAINING CABINET MEMBERS WHO GAVE THEIR NOTICE MONDAY INCLUDE
SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ROD PAIGE, AGRICULTURE SECRETARY ANN VENEMAN AND
SECRETARY OF ENERGY SPENCER ABRAHAM. ))
A man set himself on fire outside the White House this afternoon.
It happened just after two outside the northwest gate on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The 52 year old man suffered burns on his head, back, arms and face before Secret Service men were able to put out the flames.
As medics began treating him, the man kept repeating the word, "Allah."
He was taken to a Washington area hospital.
Pennsylvania Avenue reopened for the first time last week after months of work removing concrete security barriers.
A man charged with capital murder in Pittsylvania County has avoided the death penalty.
James (jen-RETT-ee) Generette was supposed to go on trial today for killing two people in the Blairs community.
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73-year-old Willie Harston and his 68-year-old wife, Clara, were found dead inside their home about two years ago.
They had been beaten to death.
Generette was arrested in North Carolina a few days later and charged with capital murder.
He pled guilty last Friday, and was sentenced to life in prison.
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The battle for the Iraqi city of Fallujah is over.
After seven days of fighting, troops sifted through the rubble today.
They discovered an eleborate network of steel-reinforced tunnels and underground bunkers...evidence that the enemy was more organized, and better armed than they had imagined.
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The onslaught did more than get rid of the insurgents and return the city to Iraqi control.
It also boosted U.S. military morale, despite a fierce fight that left more than three dozen American
servicemen dead, and injured hundreds more.
The Palestinians are playing down Sundays deadly shooting in Gaza involving PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas.
They say it was not an assassination attempt, but an accident.
But the Israelis say it just goes to show how the Palestinian leadership remains in chaos in the wake of Yasser Arafats death.
Drew Levinson has more.
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((The bodies of two guards assigned to protect Palestinian frontman
Mahmoud Abbas were buried Monday.
Sunday about 20 gunmen burst into a tent where Abbas joined thousands
mourning the death of Yasser Arafat.
Shouting no to Abaas and calling him an agent for the Americans the
gunmen opened fire.
Mourners fled the wild gunfire as bodyguards rushed the PLO leader into
a corner. In the end, two were dead, six others injured.
Abbas insisted no one wanted to kill him.
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He said, its normal in any crowded place that gunshots can cause
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THE VIOLENCE CAME JUST HOURS AFTER PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS SET ELECTIONS
FOR JANUARY 9TH.
ISRAELIS SAY THIS UNDERSCORES THE TENSIONS AMONG RIVAL PALESTINIAN
FACTIONS, TENSIONS THAT COULD LEAD TO A VIOLENT POWER STRUGGLE IN THE
Abbas had been trying to send a message of unity since Arafats death
(SOT ERAN LEHRMAN/ISRAELI EX MILITARY INTELLIGENCE OFFICER)
THE MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEM IS THAT ARAFAT HAS LEFT BEHIND PALESTINIAN
SOCIETY IN WHICH THERE ARE PRACTICALLY A DOZEN DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS
Two militant groups say they see no point in electing a leader who would
negotiate with Israel since they want the Jewish state destroyed.
With Arafat dead Israel is showing signs the Middle East Peace process
may be revived highlighting its planned withdrawl from Gaza.
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"IF THERE IS A POSSIBILITY TO COORDINATE OUR PULLOUT WITH THE
PALESTINIAN SIDES, WE WILL PURSUE THAT"
But Israeli withdrawal from Gaza alone may not be enough for many
They demand their next leader fight for ALL Palestinian territories if
he wants to survive.
DL, CBS News, Jerusalem.))
Coming up next on the newscast, another local candidate wants election officials to recount the ballots.
Plus a little later, we'll see how many shoes an enthusiastic shopper can grab in 84 seconds.
Another candidate in Radford is asking for a recount.
Republican Patrick Moore lost his bid to be the city's next Commonwealth Attorney by one vote.
He lost in the special election to incumbent Democrat Chris Rehak who was sworn into office last week.
Another recount is already in the works for Democrat Terry Alley.
Alley lost to Republican Mark Armentrout by 26 votes.
The Virginia Supreme Court is expected to set a date for the recount later this week.
When chemotherapy and radiation fail to treat cancer, the patient often loses hope.
But now researchers are working on a new drug that kills cancer cells before they become deadly.
Doctor Sean Kenniff explains.
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((79 YEAR OLD JOSEPH MARGOLIS DIDN'T THINK ANYTHING WAS WRONG UNTIL HE
WENT TO THE PODIATRIST FOR A ROUTINE VISIT.
"They noticed I had a small black spot between two toes on my right
foot, and they thought I should see a dermatologist immediately and have
it checked out."
SO THAT'S WHAT HE DID.
A VETERAN OF WORLD WAR TWO AND ALREADY A CANCER SURVIVOR, JOE HAS SEEN
HIS SHARE OF BATTLES.
LITTLE DID HE KNOW HIS BIGGEST BATTLE WAS YET TO COME.
"They called me and told me that the biopsy was diagnosed as malignant
MELANOMA--IT'S THE DEADLIEST FORM OF SKIN CANCER.
JOE WENT THROUGH FIVE CYCLES OF CHEMOTHERAPY, THEN RADIATION..... BUT
NOTHING SEEMED TO STOP THE MELANOMA AS IT VISIBLY SPREAD UP HIS LEG.
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When nothing worked Joseph decided to enter a clinical trial here at the
U-M Sylvester Cancer Center in Miami.
It's using a drug called ADI-PEG, it's a new way of attacking cancer
called enzyme inhibition.
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"I think this is a major advance in cancer therapy."
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS. UNLIKE NORMAL CELLS, MELANOMA CELLS NEED THE AMINO
ACID--ARGININE-- TO GROW.
ADI-PEG IS AN ENZYME THAT ATTACHES TO ARGININE IN THE BLOODSTREAM, AND
BREAKS IT DOWN.
WITHOUT ARGININE, THE MELANOMA CELLS CAN'T GROW, AND THEY DIE.
IN EARLY HUMAN TRIALS, IT'S HELD THE MELANOMA AT BAY, AND EVEN CAUSED
TUMORS TO SHRINK.
"I think it's fantastic"
THAT'S WHAT SEEMS HAPPENING TO JOE.
HIS CANCER NO LONGER SEEMS TO BE SPREADING, AND SOME OF HIS TUMORS, MAY
EVEN BE DISAPPEARING.
DOCTOR SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.
Right now the drug is not available to the public. Once clinical trials
are completed researchers will then seek government approval.))
With the Christmas shopping season just around the corner, some Lynchburg firefighters have the perfect gift idea.
And as Steve Smallshaw reports, it's the gift that keeps on giving ... every day of the year.
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(( What started out as an idea of the secretaries inside the Lynchburg fire department has now made it onto the glossy pages of the area's newest calendar ... one that features local firefighters doing what they do best.
((JASON CAMPBELL/LYNCHBURG FIRE & EMS FOUNDATION: IT WAS A PRETTY NEAT IDEA AND I THINK THAT MOST OF THE INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE INVOLVED WITH THE ACTUAL ... THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THE CALENDAR WERE EXCITED ABOUT PARTICIPATING.))
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The photos are actually quite tame ... and, to coin a phrase ... tastefully done.
And apparently, people are now even more glad than usual to see firefighters come to their home.
((CAMPBELL: SOME OF THE FIREFIGHTERS HAVE GONE ON CALLS AND PEOPLE HAVE SAID 'HEY I'VE SEEN YOU ON THE CALENDAR', OR THEY'VE GONE TO DIFFERENT EVENTS WHILE AT WORK OR OFF-DUTY AND PEOPLE HAVE RECOGNIZED THEM FROM THE CALENDAR.))
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((Proceeds from the calendar will help fund various items the regular fire department budget doesn't cover ... in particular a health and fitness program that starts in January and is aimed at getting and keeping local firefighters in shape.))
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((BUDDY MARTINETTE/LYNCHBURG FIRE CHIEF: ANYTHING WE CAN DO AS A DEPARTMENT TO DEMONSTRATE THE DIVERSITY OF OUR EMPLOYEES AND THE DIVERSITY OF THE TYPES OF SERVICE THAT WE PROVIDE MAKE IT AN EXCELLENT TOOL FOR US TO HAVE OUT IN THE COMMUNITY FOR THE PURPOSES OF RECRUITMENT.))
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The calendars cost 15 bucks and can be found in various Lynchburg stores or by calling the fire department's non-emergency number.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
Coming up today following sports,
a Roanoke women wins a dream trip to the shoe store, but when she was done, it was other soles who come out on top.
Hollywood meets Rockbridge County-
The Steven Speilberg- Tom Cruise movie, The War of the Worlds, is set to shoot some scenes there.
Scouts have been out looking at farm land in the Bustleberg area of the county-
They've also visited a local country store where they took photographs and asked questions.
A scout has been staying in the area for two months, asking for all sorts of things- including warehouse space and food services.
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Tom Cruise has been spotted in the region twice in the past two months, most recently a week and half ago.
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He was also spotted at the Lexington Dairy Queen along with Speilberg about six weeks ago.
Paramount has been hush-hush about when the scenes will be shot, but it is set to take place between now and Christmas.
The movie about a martian invasion is also being shot in New Jersey and along the Hudson river in Upstate New York.
Up next in Sports,
it was another record breaking day for San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds.
The brand new BCS Rankings are out for week five of the poll, and while Tech and UVa changed spots, Auburn and Oklahoma did not.
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USC remains a solid number one in the ranking, but Auburn does draw closer to the Sooners this week, for that al important second spot.
Cal is still fourth, while Texas is now back in the mix at 5.
The Hokies move up to 15th this week, while UVa slips from 11th to 19th.
The Hokies are locked in on their Thursday night showdown with Maryland, but this afternoon the starting time for that much anticipated Tech-UVa game was announced.
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The Hokies will host the Hoos the Saturday after Thanksgiving in a one o'clock kickoff.
The 86th meeting between the two schools will be televised by ABC Sports. Last year UVa snapped a four game losing streak against the Hokies with a 35-to-21 win.
Again, it's Saturday the 27th at one.
The 7 and 2 Virginia Cavaliers need to bounce back quickly from the Miami loss and get focused on what is suddenly a red-hot bowl eligible Georgia Tech team.
Steve Mason has more on the state of the Cavs from Charlottesville.
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Finally tonight, Barry Bonds has won his
seventh National League Most Valuable Player award.
The 32 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who vote for the award gave 24 of their first-place votes to Bonds, who has won the award four years in a row.
Los Angeles third baseman Adrian Beltre was second, with St. Louis teammates Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds following.
Bonds is the only player with more than three M-V-P awards and the only one to win more than two in a row.
Shannon will be right backin just a moment.
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On Wall Street today, the stock markets took a breather after three weeks of gains. Marcella Palmer reports.
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A Roanoke woman may be the envy of many today.
60-year-old Judy Heitz of Roanoke won a shoe-shopping spree at Rack Room Shoes.
In celebration of the stores' 84th anniversary, Heitz got to race through the aisles and pick up as many items as she could in 84-seconds.
With a little prayer and planning -- she grabbed 27-pairs of shoes, worth more than 12-hundred dollars.
But, Heitz says she isn't going to keep the shoes for herself.
Instead, she will donate them to charity -- as a Christmas presents for those in need.