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As he signs the most sweeping intelligence reform in decades, President Bush says there were lessons learned from the 9- 11 attacks
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And, another arthritis drug is found to increase the risk of heart attacks.
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Another nice quiet day across the region but a few changes are heading our way. I'll have your weekend forecast.
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Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.

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It's another blow to patients who suffer from arthritis, and to another major drug manufacturer.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Pfizer says a study has found that the painkiller, Celebrex poses an increased risk of heart attacks for patients who use the drug.
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Celebrex is in the same class as Vioxx, which was pulled from the market in September because of safety concerns.

Both drugs are in the same class, cox- two inhibitors.
Pfizer says one group of patients being tested had an increased risk of heart attack, but the second group did not.
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Pfizer says it'll continue to sell the painkiller.
It says there are no plans to pull Celebrex from the market.

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The ink has dried on the nation's new intelligence bill.
Now the only thing missing is someone to head the new federal intelligence center.
That after President Bush's first choice had to withdraw his nomination.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest from Washington.
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WITH A STROKE OF THE PEN, PRESIDENT BUSH MADE HISTORY...SIGNING THE LARGEST OVERHAUL OF U.S INTELLIGENCE OPERATION IN MORE THAN 50 YEARS....HOPING TO FIX A SYSTEM THAT FAILED THE COUNTRY ON SEPTEMBER 11TH.

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"The key lesson from sept11.......single enterprise"
THE NEW LAW BRINGS ALL 15 INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES UNDER THE SAME UMBRELLA AND CREATES A FEDERAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER. THIS AFTER THE NINE-ELEVEN COMMISSION DETERMINED "DISHARMONY" AMONG THE COUNTRY'S INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES WAS ONE REASON WHY THE GOVERNMENT FAILED TO PREVENT THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS.
PRESIDENT BUSH WARNED THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY CAN'T AFFORD TO MAKE ANY MORE MISTAKES.

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"to inflict great harm they must be right once...we must be right every time."
THE LAW ALSO AIMS TO IMRPOVE AIRLINE BAGGAGE SCREENING PROCEDURES AND INCREASES THE NUMBER OF FULL-TIME BORDER PATROL AGENTS. BUT THE ROAD TO THE BILL'S PASSAGE WAS A BUMPY ONE. CRITICS ARGUED THE REFORMS DIDN'T GO FAR ENOUGH. PRESIDENT BUSH ASSURED THAT HE WILL DO WHAT IT TAKES TO KEEP THE COUNTRY SAFE.

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"those charged with protecting America must have...to our country"
STAND-UP: ( TO COME) kerik... then new choices...bratton, lieberman, who was by bush's side during the bill signing ))

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A standoff at California's famous Crystal Cathedral ended this morning when the gunman-- a conductor at the church-- killed himself.
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The orchestra conductor opened fire at the cathedral yesterday.
Johnnie Carl had served as conductor for nearly 30 years.
The shots were fired just two hours before the church's annual "Glory of Christmas" holiday show was to begin.
Carl remained in the complex for several hours as police tried to communicate with him. No one else was injured.


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Governor Mark Warner is proposing a three percent payraise for state employees, schoolteachers and college faculty.
Warner is presenting his budget to he General Assembly money committees today.
His proposal speeds up the phaseout of the grocery tax.
He wants to go from four percent to two and a half percent by July, instead of the original three- year span.
The governor wants to spend an additional 824- MILLION dollars in transportation funding.
He would also add nearly 230 MILLION dollars to the state's rainy day fund.

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The League of Older Americans is saying thank you, after the Roanoke Valley responded to a call for help.
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A week ago, the agency's angel tree was still filled with requests for gifts...
But after an appeal for help, the angels disappeared, and the offices of the L-O-A have filled with Christmas presents.
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((THERE HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS NEED AND PEOPLE WHO ARE GETING THESE GIFTS DESPERATELY NEED THEM. SO THERE ARE THINGS LIKE TOILETRY BASKETS OR ROBES OR BLANKETS. WE'VE GOT SOME FOOD BASKETS, THAT ARE GOING OUT SO IT REALLY MATTERS TO PEOPLE.))
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LOA staff and volunteers have been delivering the gifts today.
Executive Director Susan Williams says the response shows just how generous people are in western Virginia.
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The Citizens Advisory Committee looking into proposed sites for a new regional jail got together for the first time last night.
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The meeting at the County Administration building was largely organizational. A chair, vice chair, and secretary were chosen and the group began to come up with a schedule. The committee has three weeks to research, write, and turn in its proposal for the regional jail site and they are confident they will get the proposal in on time.
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((HERMAN LOWE:WE WILL MEET OUR DEADLINE. WE WILL WORK 24 HOURS A DAY IF NECESSARY TO GET THE INFORMATION BACK TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.))
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The deadline is January 6th. By then the committee must tour the sites, research all the costs, and present its findings to the County Board of Supervisors. The group is getting started this Saturday when it begins touring proposed sites.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll tell you about a controversial treatment that has paralyzed patients heading for China.
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Plus we'll see how technology is helping a man control his computer with his mind.
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An Iraqi official says Saddam Hussein's former defense minister will appear in court Monday.
He'll be in court, along with Saddam's right- hand man, who's known as "Chemical Ali."
Saddam himself isn't yet facing trial, but he did meet with his attorney yesterday.
Kimberly Dozier reports.
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A 19- year- old volunteer in Washington State has proven a case of mind over matter.
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It happened during a brain study at Harborview Medical Center.
Through electrodes lying on the surface of his brain, Tristan Lundemo can think it, visualize it and then move the computer cursor without lifting a finger.
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Tristan has epilepsy and is now confined to the hospital.
But he's learned to activate the part of his brain that normally controls hand movement.
He mastered the computer cursor in less than a day-- a feat that could someday help patients who are paralyzed.
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China has become a destination for patients with different types of paralysis.
They're all willing to take a chance on a controversial treatment-- injections using cells from aborted fetuses.


The results are both interesting, and controversial.
Celia Hatton reports from Beijing.
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Pkge: Track: American Ben Byer has ALS, or Lou Gehrigs' disease, an illness that has been slowly attacking his muscles...starting with his vocal cords .
Nats...
Track: But just three days after cells from aborted fetuses were literally injected into his brain, Ben isn't just able to talk... he can shout.
NAT SOUND: BEN SHOUTING "1..2..3"
Track: The operation was done in Beijing...performed by Dr. Huang Hongyun. His pioneering work seems to kick-start damaged nerves in those who never thought they'd walk or talk again. Even he doesn't know why.

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CELIA HATTON STAND-UP China isn't first place most people would think of for ground-breaking healthcare. But Dr. Huang's waiting list is full of Americans all willing to act as human guinea pigs for the controversial fetal cell transplants that just aren't available in the U.S.
Track: Many US doctors are skeptical... they say experimental surgery is irresponsible without extensive clinical trials. No one knows the long term effects of the cell transplants, they argue, and that could eventually do more harm than good.
Track: And it's not just U.S. doctors...around the globe the critics are lining up.... but for every critic there is a patient ready to take their chances.. in Beijing. Beatrice Alvarez ..came from Cuba . She believes the risks are worth it... paralyzed from the waist down before her operation...she can feel and move her legs once again.
(natsoperating room with relatives)
Track: The joy of movement...(Beatrice)
and of shouting out loud... (nats.........Ben).... are worth traveling half way around the world. CH, CBS News, Beijing. ))
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A weekly flight from Atlanta to Lynchburg pays off for one man. After the break we'll find out his reward for being such a frequent flier.
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And Tom Cruise went in for ice cream, but managed to change one little girls life instead.
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Otto Wilson has been in the air many times -- a weekly flight from Atlanta to Lynchburg got him to work here in the Commonwealth. But he had no idea when he boarded what kind of reception he would get for being Delta's 10 millionth customer of the year.
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Airline and local officials greeted Wilson as he checked in for his flight to Atlanta yesterday afternoon.
His gifts included two free tickets to anywhere Delta flies in North America, a round trip for two to the Caribbean and 10-thousand frequent flyer miles.
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((OTTO WILSON/ASA DELTA'S 10 MILLIONTH CUSTOMER: I WAS SHOCKED. I WAS SHOCKED. I WAS SURPRISED WHEN I CAME AROUND THE CORNER AND ONE OF THE DELTA LADIES THAT I KNOW CAME OVER AND APPROACHED ME, AND I SAID 'UH, SOMETHING'S UP HERE.' BUT NO, I WAS TOTALLY SHOCKED.))
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Delta says it's seen a 35 percent increase in its Lynchburg ridership this year.
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A stop for fast food by Tom Cruise turns into a charitable act for a little girl in need.
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Cruise stopped by the Lexington Dairy Queen after filming for the War of the Worlds-
Before leaving he dropped 5-thousand dollars in a donation bin for Ashley Flint.
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The 11 year old suffered head injuries in a go kart accident in September.
She's undergone three surgeries at U-V-a-
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Ashley is back at school half days, but may have to have more surgery.
She says she's thankful for all the help from the community and Tom Cruise.
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Ashley says she wants to write cruise a letter and send him a candle to say thanks.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was down 46 points. The NASDAQ has dropped six points.

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Coming up in Sports, high school hardwood action.
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And we'll check out this year's Stagg Bowl contenders, and what they have to do to get there.
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In high school hoops, Pulaski County took on Patrick Henry last night.
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Mark Hanks and his Cougars would try to crash the Patriots party on their home court. Cory Poindexter tops out at 17 points.
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And Anwar Smalls has a 14 point night.
The Cougars win 73-64.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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In girls action, Franklin County ventured into Spartan real estate...
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where the Eagles soared to an easy 44 to 29 win.
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The University of Mary Hardin Baylor and Linfield are getting ready for their gridiron showdown at the Salem Stadium tomorrow. Travis Wells has more on two teams cross country trek.
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((Wesley College strong safety Rocky Myers kicked off the Stagg Bowl festivities by accepting the 12th Gagliardi Award for the top player in the D3 ranks. Myers is the first defensive player and the first player from the East Coast to claim the top honor.
Rocky:
As for the Stagg Bowl participants, they were fighting a slight bout of jet lag Thursday afternoon. Mary Hardin Baylor made a 1200 mile trek from Belton, Texas on a charter flight, and Linfield traveled 2, 742 miles from McMinnville, Oregon.
Bites: Travis: Bites:
Plenty of good seats remain for Saturday's 11am kickoff. Adult tickets are 12.50 in advance, while youth tickets are 5 dollars. In Salem, Travis Wells, News 7 Sports.))

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James Madison and Montana meet in the division I- double A national championship tomorrow night. Fans might not think getting fired up for the game would be hard, but it can be an issue.
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