After weeks of disagreements- a new election will be held for candidates in the Ukraine.
And, Hokie pride is fanning out across the region- as screaming fans see the team off -and players head to an important game in Florida.
Sunny and breezy conditions will continue right through the weekend. The showers will return early next week. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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The Hokie football team is on its way to Miami and hundreds came out to see them off.
Good Afternoon, I'm Susan Bahorich filling in for Kimberly McBroom.[Hokies]
The team left Blacksburg at 10:45 this morning heading to the Roanoke Regional Airport with tickets to the Orange Bowl to face the Miami Hurricanes.
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New River Valley Buraeau Chief Rachel Depompa is on campus.
Rachel, I hear this was quite a frenzied crowd to see them off.
((ROLLCUE:..to see all the fans.))
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Mike Stevens is in Miami and He will have more of our pre-game Hokie coverage beginning this afternoon.
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He'll join us with live reports from the Orange Bowl tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.
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And Mike will join us throughout the hour on News 7 tomorrow morning, starting at 8:00 a.m.
Just days before his second murder trial, Bud Pritchett has fired his attorneys.
Pritchett says he wants attorneys who trust him and believe him.
The 40 year old man was sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder in the shooting death of Estel Singleton Senior at an Ironto rest stop.
He rejected a plea agreement that would have given him 40 years in prison.
He says the fact his lawyers insisted he plea bargain proves they don't think he is innocent.
The mildly retarded Pritchett confessed to police.
The Virginia Supreme Court granted him a new trial that was meant to start on Wednesday because experts on mental retardation weren't allowed to testify the first time.
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LEO in WX Center
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Ukraine's Supreme Court is canceling the results of the presidential runoff election.
The court says a re-vote must be held, and that it should take place within a month.
The ruling came in response to an appeal from opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko (yoo-SHEN'-koh).
He asked the results be canceled -- saying they'd been rigged in favor of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich).
Yushchenko had been calling for a new runoff vote.
He's resisted the suggestion from Ukraine's president that there be a completely new election, not just a runoff.
It's been another day of violent attacks in Iraq, where insurgents attacked a Shiite mosque and a police station in Baghdad.
And it's becoming increasingly difficult for the interim government to keep its police force on the job.
Kimberly Dozier has more from Baghdad.
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AS DAY BROKE --- GUNFIRE EXPLODED THROUGH THE CAPITAL. .....MILITANTS
AGAIN TOOK AIM AT A FAMILIAR TARGET.
THEY HIT A BAGHDAD POLICE STATION WITH MORTARS, THEN STORMED IT WITH
VEHICLES....KILLING MORE THAN A DOZEN OFFICERS. IT'S THE SAME SORT OF
ATTACK INSURGENTS LAUNCHED IN THE NORTHERN CITY OF MOSUL, WHERE ALMOST
ALL POLICE OFFICERS HAVE NOW WALKED OFF THE JOB.
A SECOND ATTACK CAME NEAR ANOTHER POLICE STATION IN ANOTHER PART OF
BAGHDAD. A CAR BOMB EXPLODED DURING A CLASH BETWEEN IRAQI SECURITY
FORCES AND ARMED MILITIA. IT'S UNCLEAR WHAT THE INTENDED TARGET WAS -
BUT A SHI'ITE MOSQUE, AND WORSHIPPERS THERE, TOOK THE BRUNT OF THE
A REBEL GROUP TIED TO FUGITIVE MILITANT ABU MUSAB AL-ZARQAWI HAS CLAIMED
RESPONSIBILITY FOR BOTH ATTACKS.
US FORCES BELIEVE ZARQAWI'S FOLLOWERS HAVE FLED TO BAGHDAD, AND NORTH TO
MOSUL.....AFTER THE MAJOR OFFENSIVE IN FALLUJAH DROVE THEM OUT.
(nats..masked gunmen) LOCATOR: MOSUL, IRAQ
MASKED GUNMEN HAVE SET UP A CHECKPOINT NEAR MOSUL..... WHERE US MILITARY
OFFICIALS BELIEVE ZARQAWI HIMSELF MAY BE HIDING OUT.
ON THURSDAY, MILITANTS SHOT AND KILLED A US SOLDIER AS HE WAS PATROLLING
THE RESTLESS CITY.
U-S FORCES ARE HOPING AN INCREASE IN AMERICAN TROOP STRENGTH BY JANUARY
WILL KEEP THE TERRORISTS ON THE RUN AND MAKE IRAQ SAFE FOR ELECTIONS....
BUT IT HASN'T STOPPED THE TERRORISTS YET.
KIMBERLY DOZIER, CBS NEWS, BAGHDAD. ))
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Still to come on the newscast- deputies find cocaine at a local high school.
Plus President Bush announces his pick to replace Tom Ridge as the Secretary of Homeland Security.
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Another member of the President Bush Cabinet has resigned.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson is stepping down.
Meanwhile President Bush has chosen former police commissioner Bernard Kerik- the steady former military man who helped New York get back on its feet after September 11th- to head the federal agency charged with preventing another terrorist attack.
Aleen Sirgany has more from Washington, D.C.
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HE IS PERHAPS ONE OF THE MOST IDENTIFIABLE....FIGURES OF NINE-ELEVEN.
AND NOW THE FORMER NEW YORK POLICE COMMISSIONER IS IN LINE TO BECOME THE
NATIONS TOP SECURITY OFFICER.
I'm proud to announce my nomination of Commissioner Bernard Kerik as the
secretary of homeland security.
KERIK IS SET TO REPLACE TOM RIDGE WHO RESIGNED SHORTLY AFTER THE
PRESIDENTS RE-ELECTION. MISTER BUSH SAYS KERIKS WORK FOLLOWING THE
SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS PROVES HES THE MAN FOR THE JOB.
He was there when the twin towers collapsed. He knew the faces of the
rescuers who rushed toward danger. He attended the funeral of the
officers who didn't come back. The resolve he felt that morning will
guide him every day on his job. (MAY NEED TO BE CUT)
KERIKS RESUME REFLECTS THE STORY OF DETERMINATION. HE WAS ABANDONED BY
HIS MOTHER, ONLY TO LATER LEARN SHE WAS A PROSTITUTE. HE WAS A TOUGH
KID WHO FENDED FOR HIMSELF ON THE STREETS OF PATERSON NEW JERSEY. A
HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUT WHO EVENTUALLY EARNED A DEGREE. HE JOINED THE
MILITARY AND LATER WORKED AS AN UNDERCOVER NARCOTICS COP BEFORE CLIMBING
THE RANKS OF THE DEPARTMENT HE WOULD EVENTUALLY END UP HEADING. TODAY,
HE REMEMBERS ALL THE OFFICERS HE WORKED WITH THROUGH THE YEARS.
It is you and our great country that made it possible for a young boy
raised on the modest streets of Patterson, New Jersey, whose dream was
to become a cop, to stand today at the side of the president of the
United States and accept this extraordinary nomination.
MOST RECENTLY KERIK HAS BEEN WORKING TO REBUILD IRAQS POLICE FORCE.
WHILE HE LACKS WASHINGTON EXPERIENCE, HES EXPECTED TO BE EASILY
CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE. ALEEN SIRGANY, CBSNEWS, WASHINGTON.
112-thousand new jobs arrived just in time for the holiday season.
That's according to the Labor Department which says the increase in jobs dropped the unemployment rate down to five-point-four percent.
It's not all good news in the recent report - payroll growth is well below expectations.
There's also word that manufacturing employment dipped for a 3rd straight month, shedding 5-thousand jobs.
Sheriff's deputies found drugs at Halifax County High school yesterday.
Officers say they found a small amount of what they believe is marijuana and cocaine.
One juvenile is charged with possesion of cocaine.
After six years and five studies, the future of Jefferson Forest High School is still unclear.
The Bedford County school board has abandoned plans to renovate the school and is now looking at building two new smaller ones.
The school system wants to build a new Jefferson Forest and then a high school middle school combination on the 460 corridor.
Two developers are competing to build the new schools.
Eastridge Company wants to build a new smaller J-F about a mile and half down the road from the current location.
The combination school would be just south of Owen's Market on Route 460.
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((MICHAEL HALLER/EASTRIDGE CO.: THEY WILL BE WONDERFUL....WANTS IN THE SCHOOLS TODAY.))
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First Choice PUblic Private Partners also wants to build those schools.
They propose building the new JF adjacent to the current school.
The middle high school would be located on Route 460 next to the New London Industrial Park.
Both companies stress these are conceptual plans.
Officials hopes to have them completed by 20-08.
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Coming up after a short break, Leo will have our weekend forecast.
Plus Manuel Gallegus will tell us why some people are calling Julia Roberts' new movie controversial.
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A new film by Mike Nichols is out in select cities today.
"Closer" is a drama being comapared to some of Nichols other controversial films: Carnal Knowledge and Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolfe.
Manuel Gallegus talks with "Closer's" stars from Hollywood.
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FOUR ATTRACTIVE PEOPLEFOUR LIVES THAT COME TOGETHER, CLASH AND
NO SPECIAL EFFECTS HERECLOSER IS AN ADULT DRAMA, WITH ADULT THEMES
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Im very proud that im in a film that calls itself an adult movieadult
issues languageit doesnt cut corners a lot of humorpassion intensity
JUDE LAW PLAYS DAN, A LONDON OBITUARY WRITER WHO MEETS ANNA, PLAYED BY
BUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP DEVESTATES TWO OTHERSANNAS BOYFRIEND LARRYAND
DANS GIRLFRIEND PLAYED BY NATALIE PORTMAN. 9:16:06
THIS ISNT THE YOUNG QUEEN FROM STAR WARS. PORTMAN PROUDLY PLAYS A
STRIPPER AND THE 23 YEAR OLD ISNT WORRIED ABOUT HOW SHE MAY BE
NATALIE PORTMAN, ALICE IN CLOSER 2;32;48 or 2;34;40
I dont really think about that kind of thingjust an interesting
character and challengemore my age cant play 12 year olds forever
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THE FILM, WHICH WAS FIRST A LONDON PLAY IS FILLED WITH THE KIND OF SHARP
BITING DIOLOGUE THAT MOST PEOPLE RARELY THINK OF IN THE HEAT OF THE
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its nice to have the artillery of great writing in your back pocket
BUT LAW SAYS HE NEVER QUOTES HIS OWN MOVIES IN HIS REAL LIFE.
--SOT-I would never get away with it but I quote other peoples movies
NOW PERHAPS PEOPLE MAY BE QUOTING LINES FROM CLOSER IN THE DRAMA OF
THEIR OWN LIVES. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS HOLLYWOOD.))
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 30 points. The NASDAQ has gained 11.
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Coming up in Sports, the Avs get a new coach.
And preparations for Tech's gridiron battle with Miami in the Sunshine state are in full swing.
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The 2004 ACC football champion will be a team that was a member of the Big East last year and Virginia Tech and Miami have made sure the rest of the conference knows about the "new kids on the block."
MIke Stevens has more on that topic and tells us why a Tech senior is seeing Greener pastures this season.
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(( When the ACC officially welcomed the Hokies and Hurricanes on July 1st of last year at Grandover Resort in Greensboro - most figured Miami would make an immediate impact while the Hokies would be middle of the pack material, at best in their first year.
But when you've waited forever to get in the Country Club you want to use your membership card right away.
While the Hokies waited over 50 years to get in the ACC, senior Eric Green has waited four years to get back in the Orange Bowl.
As a freshman he was smoked like a country ham by future NFL star Santana Moss in a 41-to-21 loss to the Canes in 2000.
When it was time to go back to Miami in 2002, Green was sidelined with a character season ending knee injury.
Green, who is from Clewiston, Florida has had his moments against the Canes at Lane Stadium. In 2001 he blocked this punt that was returned for a TD, and then last season Green got his own touchdown - picking off Brock Berlin in the Hokies 31-to-7 victory over Miami.))
The Hurricanes have five national titles to their name and while a sixth is not possible this year, a conference crown is.
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[OUT Q=.....go out and do it"]
The Houston Astros have named Ivan DeJesus (e-van da-hay-zeus) the new manager for the Salem Avalanche.
The 51 year old spent last year with the Class A South Atlantic League Lexington legends.
DeJesus replaces Russ Nixon who was re-assigned to Greenville in the Appalachian League.
Dejesus spent parts of 15 seasons in the Majors as a short stop and third baseman from 1974 to 1988.
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