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Coming up on News 7-
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Thousands of airline passengers got the equivalent of coal in their stocking when their flights were cancelled because of a computer foul-up. Plus, they keep the *work* fires burning. we'll check in with some employees who call the holiday a work day.
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News 7 is next.

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A combination of winter weather and a computer glitch grounds hundreds of flights, and thousands of holiday travellers.
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Good evening, I'm Shannon Young, in for Myranda Stephens.

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A computer glitch is playing the part of the Grinch who stole Christmas for some air travelers.
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Delta subsidiary Comair was forced to cancel all eleven-hundred of its flights today and tomorrow after a computer system used to manage flight assignments crashed. More than thirty-thousand travellers to 118 cities including Roanoke have been affected. On top of the computer malfunction, the snowstorm that has buried much of the mid-west hit Comair's hub of Cincinnati hard.
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((DON BORNHORST/COMAIR VICE PRESIDENT; I DON'T WANT TO SAY THAT IT WAS A BLIP ON THE SCREEN BECAUSE IN THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY WE, WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH A LOT, UM AND THE, AND WE DEEPLY REGRET WHAT WE'VE HAD TO BRING OUR PASSENGERS THROUGH ON ALL THIS))
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[TAKE WEBSITES IN THE NEWS FS] If you would like to check on the status of a plane leaving the Roanoke Regional Airport, you can go to our web page at W-D-B-J-7-dot-com, and click on Websites in the News.
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Authorities say a Roanoke woman is dead after her vehicle slid off a road and into a creek. Betty Jo Jones died in Thursday night's accident in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Police say she apparently lost control of her vehicle when she hit a patch of ice, sending the car into a creek. Despite frigid temepatures, dive teams and rescue workers searched the water into the early morning hours. They resumed the search last night, and eventually pulled the car from the water. Family members say Jones was on her way to visit one of her children, and was reported missing when she didn't arrive.


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It will be well after the new year before a controversial project in Roanoke County gets off the ground.
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Kahn Development plans to build an upscale shopping center at the corner of Route 419 and Keagy Road.
Despite strong opposition from nearby residents, the Board of Supervisors cleared the way for the Keagy Village project back in June.
Kahn now says it will wait until spring to begin construction.
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[Working-Christmas]


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Not everyone spent this morning tearing into the packages under the Christmas tree. There were who rolled out of bed and spent the holiday at work. Jeremy Butterfield talked to the workers and the shoppers they served.
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(( With Christmas falling on a Saturday you wouldn't expect to hear much of this.
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((NAT SOUND CASH REGISTER))
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But Christmas was just another day at work for some people.
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((TONYA BROWN:I GUESS IT WAS MY TURN/REPORTER:ARE YOU PLEASED YOU CAN HELP ALL THESE PEOPLE?/OH SURE--TIME AND A HALF HELPS A LOT! LAUGH))
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Shoppers didn't have too much choice when it came to finding those last minute ingredients-- but for some it was better than past years.
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((JERRY MCDANIEL:THERE FOR YEARS THAT YOU JUST COULDN'T FIND ANYTHING OPEN AND THEN THERE WAS YEARS THAT WENT BY WHEN EVERYBODY WAS OPEN AND I THINK IT'S A GRAND THING THAT AT LEAST ONE PLACE IS OPEN.))
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Many people were looking for that one forgotten ingredient, but last minute presents and everything else you can think of was also fair game.
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((TONYA BROWN:OH EGGS, MILK, BREAD, GAS, A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING.))
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Convenience stores weren't the only place to find a parking lot with hustle. A couple movies were released on Christmas day and that sent some to the theater. But no matter what the reason-- everyone out Saturday seemed to be in a good holiday mood.
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((DEEPAK SANSOA:OH YEAH-- COME IN CHEERFUL, MERRY CHRISTMAS YOU KNOW-- OK MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU TOO. EVERYBODY IS HOLIDAY CHEER AND EVERYTHING SO IT'S NICE.))
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((JEREMY BUTTERFIELD:SO WHETHER IT WAS THE LAST MINUTE GROCERY ITEMS FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS FEAST OR A LITTLE ENTERTAINMENT FOR YOUR HOLIDAY, THERE WERE WORKERS OUT SERVING THEIR FELLOW MAN TO ENSURE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. JEREMY BUTTERFIELD, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
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Volunteers at the Roanoke Rescue Mission got to work today preparing for a Christmas feast.
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The mission's goal is to provide a traditional holiday meal to anyone who might not get one. Volunteers spent the day baking cakes, slicing ham, chopping green beans, and cooking the 40 turkeys they'd need for Christmas dinner. Nearly 600 people were expected to attend tonight's meal. The mission director says she knows why.
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((JOY JOHNSON:I THINK THE INCLUSIVENESS. THE FACT THAT EVERYBODY WHO WALKS THROUGH THE DOOR-- YOU MAY BE A STRANGER AT THE DOOR BUT THE MINUTE YOU STEP INTO THIS PLACE YOUR PART OF THE FAMILY.))
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Johnson's family has run the dinners for years. She says she's eaten every feast since she was a young child.
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((JOY JOHNSON:WELL I GREW UP IN THE MISSION. SO I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT CHRISTMAS IS LIKE OTHER PLACES BECAUSE I HAVE ALWAYS SPENT CHRISTMAS HERE. SO WHEN PEOPLE SAY DON'T YOU MISS HAVING CHRISTMAS DINNER WITH YOUR FAMILY I SAY WELL KNOW BECAUSE I DO HAVE CHRISTMAS DINNER WITH MY FAMILY, MY FAMILY IS JUST A LOT BIGGER THAN MOST PEOPLE'S.))
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The mission family also exchanged hundreds of donated gifts. Johnson says they have presents for adults as well as the children so that everyone gets a present to open.
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Still ahead on the newscast, violence in Iraq does *not* take a holiday,
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and, a Christmas delivery that is truly out of this world.
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((Hey, everybody. Travis Wells here in the News 7 Sports office. Coming up later, Nick Saban leaves the Bayou for South Beach. The Cavs may feel like they're looking in the mirror when they square off Monday with Fresno State. Plus, Christmas Day pigskins in the NFL, and Shaq and Kobe share the Christmas spirit as do the Pacers and Pistons. All that and more on the way in sports.))
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For troops in Iraq, there is no break this Christmas. Fighting continues in the trouble spots, while terrorist attacks continue. Trish Regan has the story.
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(((driving shot of fallujah / wrecked) Troops continue to route out rebels hiding in and around Fallujah - and with good results. (nats troops) Saturday, American officials confirmed they captured - who they belive - are two rebel leaders from a group tied to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
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Good news for the displaced residents of the ruined city - as they try to rebuild what is left of their homes and life.
((Shooting scene)) But for the most part - Christmas in Iraq is no different from any other day of violence in this war ravaged country. More death in the capital city - the Dean of a prominent medical school was gunned down on saturday - with no known motive.
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While still more people have succumbed to their injuries form a late night tanker explosion in western baghdad. Nat up - arabic This man - an eyewitness says - "The tanker came up fast without lights and immediately a blast took place... an entire family was burned." Some reports say as many as 9 are dead. Dozens of other victims - severely burned - languish.
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For Christians in these divisive times - a heightened feeling of being targeted has marred their holiest of days. (security at church) Most Churches have either closed or scaled back their services.
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Trying to keep their spirits up - troops in the region are doing their best to enjoy their situation. SOUNDBITE: Sergeant Jeff Dykes saying (English): "It is definitely different. It's not like being at home, kind of missing your family, friends and relatives. Seems like people here are pulling together. We are trying to make the best we can." For some that job is getting harder...by next month the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will reach a high of 150,000. Including 10,000 soldiers and Marines whose tours in the country are being extended.))

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While you may be digesting a holiday feast, the crew aboard the international space station is just happy to have the basics.
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An unmanned Russian cargo ship today docked with the station to drop off two and a half tons of food, water, fuel and research equipment. Food supplies diminished quickly after the one America and one Russian took over at the station less than two months ago. They'd already been ordered to cut back on meals. Without the delivery, they would have had to return to earth early.
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Up ahead on News 7 at 11, a cold wind will blow throughout the weekend. We'll have your full forecast in a few minutes...
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and also, one local woman celebrates more than a century of the Christmas spirit.
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A holiday tradition continued for those less fortunate who received presents in the form of *cold hard cash.*
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Father Maurice Chase, also known as "Father Dollar," was back on the streets in Los Angeles, giving away money to those in need. A total of fifteen thousand dollars was given to those who lined up. A few one hundred dollar bills were given to those in dire straits.
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Christmas can be a special time of year for many-- but there are those who share the holiday with another special occasion.
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Pearl Shepard is one of those. The Salem resident was born December 25, 1899. Today marks her one hundred-fifth birthday. Pearl says she has always enjoyed Christmas a little more than her birthday but that didn't mean she wasn't going to get gifts for both occasions.
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((PEARL SHEPARD:I TOLD THEM I HAD TO HAVE TWO PRESENTS, ONE FOR MY BIRTHDAY AND ONE FOR CHRISTMAS, I WASN'T GOING TO GET KNOCKED OUT OF MY BIRTHDAY PRESENTS.))
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Around 90 years ago Pearl's parents bought her dolls-- and she says those were always her favorite.
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Coming up, the Cavaliers put finishing touches on preparations for Fresno State, Nick Saban is headed for South Beach, and Christmas greetings in the NBA, but first our extra point,
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Shaquille O'Neal may not have any love for ex-laker teammate Kobe Bryant, but he showed that he's still got plenty for the youngsters in the city of Angels. During the Heat's visit to the west coast, Shaq handed out karaoke machines, playstations, bicycles, and sneakers to about 250 kids in South Central Los Angeles.
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LSU's Nick Saban already had college football's top paying job. But Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga has convinced Saban to turn pro, and take over the 3 and 11 Dolphins.
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Saban has agreed in principle to a 5 year deal worth about 5 million per year. The 53 year old led the Tigers to a share of the national title a season ago, and is 91-41 and 1 as a college coach. He made the announcement shortly after his team arrived in Orlando for their New Year's Day Capital One Bowl appearance against Iowa, in which he will coach.
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Virginia is now less than two days away from its MPC Bowl date with Fresno State, and the Cavaliers are 5 point favorites. The two teams are from opposite sides of the country and opposite ends of the college football pecking order.

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But the Cavaliers and the Bulldogs have much more in common than just their identical 8 and 3 records.
In fact, statistically speaking, the two teams are practically mirror images of each other.
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The common threads don't stop there. Back in 1992 Fresno Head Coach Pat Hill served on the Cleveland Browns staff
with Groh under Bill Bellichik. His Bulldogs own two wins over teams from power conferences this season---Kansas Stat

e and Washington.
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Two of the NFL's worst defenses locked horns in Kansas City today, as the Raiders and Chiefs play out the string with nothing more than pride on the line.
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Tony Gonzalez had a monster day for KC, ripping Oakland for 11 receptions, 124 yards and two touchdowns from Trent Green.
This 26 yarder in the second quarter put the Chiefs up 21-14.
Kerry Collins tossed two touchdown passes for the silver and black, one to Jerry Porter and another to Alvis Whitted.
Sebastian Janikowski gave the Raiders a one point lead with 2 fourth quarter field goals, but Dante Hall, and the Chiefs had the last word.
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Hall takes the squib kick 49 yards, and that helped setup Lawrence Tynes for his first game winning field goal. Tynes knocked it thru and Kansas City won it 31 to 30.
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Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant met on the NBA hardwood for the first time since the two split up in the offseason, and the cold shoulder was in full effect.
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The superstars met a midcourt prior to tipoff, but didn't exactly make dinner plans, and were quite chilly to each other.
As for the game, Kobe was anything but cold. Bryant lit up the Heat for 42 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds.
The Diesel did his part for Miami by scoring 24 points, before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Dwyane Wade owned overtime,
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knocking down the floater in the lane. Miami won it 104 to 102.
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In Indianapolis, the Pistons and Pacers met for the first time since the brawl in Detroit.
Things were much more civil today. Check out Tayshawn Prince with the circus shot.
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Rip Hamilton scored 25 and the Pistons went on to win 98 to 93.
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[Christmas-Card]


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Every family has a holiday tradition, and we here at WDBJ-7 are no different.
Here's this year's holiday Christmas Card for you.
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