It's time to rebuild after fire rips though a Danville apartment complex-
People lay down for a cause in New York City. Find out what they're
Rats go at it at VMI. We'll check in on the class of 2001.
And the future in high tech toys- but will they be good for kids?
News 7 is next.
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Hundreds of people suddenly have no furniture, no clothing, no home.
They watched their apartments burn last night in a fire that destroyed a
Danville apartment building.
Tina Tenret has more.
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(( The center of the complex collapsed, crushing the homes and the memories
Flames raced along the roof of the Cabin Lake apartment complex in North
The walls curled, floors fell, but no one was hurt.
Rescue workers evacuated more than 550 people -- bussing them to a nearby
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((TACARA GRAVELY/7 YEARS OLD: WE HAD EACH OTHER... WE THOUGHT OF EACH OTHER.))
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Investigators still don't know what caused the fire that left 62 families
They stand with their children, sorting through the rubble and salvaging
what they can.
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((FELICIA KING/RESIDENT: EVERYTHING WE HAD... NOTHING TO SHOW FOR NOTHING.))
OUT Q=for nothing
Half of the complex will not be rebuilt -- the manager says it would cost
too much money.
The lake behind Cabin Lake apartments prevented firefighters from hosing it
down from here -- there was little they could do, the fire chief says, as the
back walls caved in.))
**Take Fulllscreen Live Red Cross**
The American Red Cross is helping displaced residents of Cabin Lake
If you need assistance, contact the American Red Cross at 804- 792-5221.
Nationwide, economic experts are saying this holdiay season could be a slow
one at the cash register.
But retailers at one local mall say the money is rolling in.
Scott Goldberg spent the day at Valley View.
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Shoppers turned out in droves across the nation.
Take a look at this scene at a Walmart store in Philadelphia.
The store opened its doors at dawn- to a mob of customers ready to shop.
Retailers expect the average shopper to spend about 770 dollars on gifts for
The rat race for V-M-I's class of 2001 is about half over.
In a few months the "rat mass" will graduate to cadet status.
Keith Humphry and photographer Greg Moore have this update from Lexington.
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(( This is the "rat olympics," where the different companies in the freshman
class compete against each other in feats of physical fitness.
They run the obstacle course.
They learn the ropes of intense competition.
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((KEEP THIS GOING. WE'RE GOING TO WIN THIS THING.))
They endure pugil sticks- -a form of hand-to-hand combat training.
As in everything else, the differences are so subtle, you have to watch it
for a moment, before you notice it.
Those are women under those helmets and pads.
Inevitably, one warrior always gets the best of the other.
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((KINDA NASTY, BUT....))
The victor is rewarded with high- volume praise.
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The distinction of having women in the corps becomes more obvious when you
see the contrast provided by men in the same exercise.
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((SOMEBODY KNOCK WOMAN OUT.))
While there's immense peer pressure and competition, there's also a lot of
support, camaraderie... cross gender and cross company.
Break -out is still about three months away.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))
Still to come on the newscast, the local Civil Air Patrol gets an early
and we'll see why at least one pediatrician says the toys of tomorrow need to
become a thing of the past.
Today is not just any Friday-
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It's Fur-Free Friday- according to these protestors.
They took to the streets outside Saks Fifth Avenue in New York to
demonstrate against killing animals for their fur.
((ANYONE WHO WEARS FUR IS DRIPPING OF BLOOD. THEY MADE A MISTAKE. THEY DON'T
KNOW WHAT'S BEHIND THE GLITZ OR THE SYMBOL. FUR IS DEAD.))
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals staged the rally-
Some protestors bound themselves together- lying on the sidewalk.
Several were arrested-
In San Francisco, demonstrators took the protest to new heights- 175 feet.
They climbed a crane and dropped a banner down reading, "Fur is murder."
Some senior citizens flocked to the mall in Greensboro, North Carolina,
but not to shop.
The retirees were picketing the Sears department store-
They're protesting what they call
unfair treatment to its past employees. The picketers say they paid into a
life insurance plan out of their
paychecks, but now new corporate management is reducing the value of their
policies-- many by two thirds--
The policies would be worth a maximum of $5000-dollars, regardless of how
much was paid into the plan.
Bill Jones retired after 40 years working at Sears.
((I ENJOYED WORKING FOR SEARS. WE TALKED EAT AND SLEPT SEARS TO OUR FRIENDS.
EVERYTHING IN MY HOUSE CAME FROM SEARS INCLUDING MY WIFE AS A MATTER OF FACT. I
INTEND TO BUY MY MERCHANDISE SOMEWHERE ELSE UNTIL SEARS STARTS TREATING THEIR
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Protestors say they're worried that if they don't speak out, they might have
more benefit cuts in the future.
Sears released a statement saying it values its retirees.. And that's why
the company is phasing in the life insurance cuts over the next ten years.
Sears says its decision is final.
Christmas came early for search and rescue volunteers in Southwest Virginia.
The plane that's served Civil Air Patrol volunteers in Blacksburg and
Martinsville for 24- years has been replaced.
Their new single engine Cessna retails for about 140- thousand dollars.
It even includes a global positioning navigation system-- like the one used
by the military.
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((COL. CHARLES GLASS/CIVIL AIR PATROL:ONE ELECTRIC BOX WILL PERMIT US TO FLY
ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY AND ITS ACCURATE TO ABOUT 300 FEET SO WE CAN SHOOT
INSTRUMENTS APPROACHES IN BAD WEATHER USING IT, WE CAN NAVIGATE CROSS COUNTRY
USING IT AND ITS COMPUTERS WILL TELL US WHERE WE ARE WHEN WE'RE GOING TO GET
THERE, WHAT DIRECTION TO FLY, IT'S A WONDERFUL PIECE OF GEAR. ))
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The Civil Air Patrol also trains young people to fly and helps Virginia Tech
with its R-O-T-C program.
While many parents spent the day looking for the hard to find Christmas toy,
researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were already working
on the high tech toys of tommorow.
But at least one pediatrician says don't bother.
Elizabeth Kaledin has more.
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SUPER=01-Dr. T. Berry Brazelton/Pediatrician; 1:10
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(( WELCOME TO THE MEDIA LAB AT M.I.T....WHERE PHYSICISTS, COMPUTER
SCIENTISTS, AND TECHNICAL WIZARDS ARE POOLING THEIR BRAIN POWER TO DEVELOP
WHAT THEY CALL THE TOYS OF TOMORROW
(SOT) 84331 yeah it s a dirty job but somebody s got to do it
TRACK: MIKE HAWLEY OVERSEES THE TOY CONSORTIUM WHICH IS FUNDED BY MAJOR TOY
COMPANIES SEARCHING FOR BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY.THESE TOY MAKERS BELIEVE
COMPUTERS WILL BECOME AS INTEGRAL TO PLAY AS THEY ARE TO EDUCATION.
(nat sot)toy leggo
TRACK: HOW ABOUT M&M S THAT NOT ONLY MELT IN YOUR MOUTH... (NATS/UP) ....THEY
MAKE MUSIC TOO.
(SOT) (UNDER VO) when you move your hand in the m and m s they bounce against
the outside of the container and it's that bouncing which is measured by the
computer and turned into sound.
TRACK: HERE' S ANOTHER ITEM CALLED SQUISH A STUFFED BEAVER YOU CONTROL BOTH
OFF SCREEN AND ON.IT'S STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS,RIGHT NOW THE COST IS ABOUT
TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS.
sot:ek:not something you will find at toys r us this christmas?
mike:no maybe christmas 2004.
TRACK:WHILE THAT MAY NOT BE SOON ENOUGH FOR THESE KIDS,IT'S JUST FINE FOR
CHILD DEVELOPMENT EXPERT DR. T. BERRY BRAZELTON.
sot:i'm concerned about the fact that a computer game or a computer display
can be so exciting that a child can get hooked,all of us see that all the time
they get hooked.
TRACK:BRAZELTON ALSO WORRIES THAT MANY COMPUTER TOYS ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO
PLAY ALONE RATHER THAN WITH OTHER KIDS OR THEIR PARENTS.THIS GAME CALLED
ROSEBUD PROMPTS ELEVEN YEAR OLD JULIA TO TELL A STORY TO THE COMPUTER.
sot:julia:i think this is a good idea if your parent is busy and you just
don't want to tell them just to be able to tell it,but not interfere with your
(SOT) brazelton: television and video games are becoming babysitters for our
childrean.i'm worried about that.
TRACK: THEN THERE'S THE ISSUE OF IMAGINATION,ARE THESE TOYS DOING TOO MUCH FOR
(SOT) kwin:we think the opposite is true..we think that these kinds of toys
help children make their imaginations real.everything we make children can
change,children can program.
TRACK: IF THESE IDEAS DO TURN INTO THE TOYS OF TOMORROW, BEADS, BLOCKS AND
EVEN BALLS WILL BE COMPUTERIZED....BUT FOR NOW...THESE SCIENTISTS ARE STILL
ONLY PLAYING WITH THE TECHNOLOGY.))
Coming up next, just when you thought you were having a
hard time making your mind up about that perfect gift, we'll show you a tree
farmer who will make selecting a Christmas tree even more difficult.
Room for turkey was easy compared to finding space in your place for a
But a tree grower in Louisa County has what you need.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( Remember the first Christmas trees of your childhood.
The fight to find the perfect one and then sell it to Mom and Dad.
That was all before the space-saver tree.
Pyramid, corner-shaped, or oval.
((JOHN NEDZA/TREE GROWER: I THOUGHT OF AN OVAL AS A LITTLE NARROWER IN ONE
DIRECTION AND I COULD KEEP THE SAME DIMENSION IN THE OTHER DIRECTION. UH-- THE
PYRAMID, THAT JUST SOUNDED GOOD. AND OF COURSE THE CORNER IS ALSO A VERY GOOD
Such a brilliant idea -- so long in coming.
((WHAT GOT INTO ME? I THINK BOREDOM. I HAD ABOUT EIGHT THOUSAND TREES HERE.
AND IT TAKES ABOUT 80 TO 90 HOURS TO SHEAR THEM ALL.))
Daughter Brooke wants to know if it's something they should patent.
((BROOKE NEDZA: YOU KNOW HE HAD THIS IDEA AND I WAS LIKE "OKAY DAD, YOU KNOW,
WHATEVER. SOMEBODY'S GONNA BUY A SQUARE TREE. BUT...))
sot standup 14:50:45
((THE IDEA IS SURE TO CATCH ON WITH OTHER CHRISTMAS TREE GROWERS. BUT FOR NOW
HE'S GOT THE CORNER ON THE MARKET.))
Maybe next year, the space saver cubical porch pumpkin.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Bumpass.))
The town of Bedford held its annual Community Memorial Tree Lighting
The Little Town Players led children of all ages in Christmas carols at the
The park is decorated by the Bedford Council of Garden Clubs, and different
trees around the park are adorned in honor of friends and relatives.
A surprise visit by Mr and Mrs. Claus capped off the night.
The pair arrived in style on a big, red firetruck and handed out a little
Santa said it was still a bit too warm for his sleigh.
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The Clash in the Commonwealth is less than 24 hours away, while Pitt and
West Virginia have already worked overtime in the Big East today.
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But first tonight's Extra Point comes from the world of racing where the
first year team of Julius Erving and Joe Washington have finally secured a
driver for the 1998 Winston Cup season.
Rich Bickle, a star on the NASCAR Super Truck series since its inception has
signed a letter of intent to drive for the team next year.
Originally, Bickle was supposed to drive a second car out of Darrell
No formal word on a sponsor at this time, although 7-Up is a possibility.
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We are just one day away from the Virginia/Virginia Tech game in
SS=UVa/Tech Full Screen
Steve Mason has our final installment of Countdown to Kickoff; the 79th
Meeting as both sides and a few NFL stars offer famous last words.
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SUPER=01-Percy Ellsworth/Giants Safety; :12
SUPER=03-Charlottesville/1995 Tech-UVa Game; :27
SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Co-Captain; :34
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/Giants Running Back; :55
SUPER=01-Aaron Brooks/UVa Quarterback; 1:13
SUPER=01-Gennaro DiNapoli/Va. Tech Offensive Guard; 1:28
SUPER=01-Marcus Parker/Va. Tech Fullback; 1:35
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((The cavaliers know that a capacity Scott Stadium Crown won't be the only
fans watching them tomorrow. Their NFL brethren will as well. Former safety and
now New York Giant Percy Ellsworth for one.
Anthony Poindexter played with Percy and has found additional motivation from
a 1995 game in Charlottesville.
Ellsworth teammate and UVa alltime leading rusher Tiki Barber views the
bowls and revenge as secondary to another source of motivation.
perhaps barber; who is known for his computer prowess as much as his
athletisim has emailed Aaron Broooks.
But for most of the players it comes down to just winning.
And coming up in Sports, Undefeated Colorado hangs on to beat Colorado in
A Wild game in West Virginia as Pittsburgh beats the Mountaineers
in three overtimes.
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Pete Gonzalez's fifth Touchdown pass lifted Pittsburgh to a 41 to 38 win in
three overtimes over West Virginia.
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West Virginia took the early lead when Famous Amos Zereoure takes the
handoff dodges a tackle and scores from six yards out to make it 7 to nothing.
But Pitt came right back with its running game Billy West breaks a tackle
and scores from 13 yards out and the game was tied at 7 to 7.
Then Pitt quarterback Pete Gonzalez goes to the air for two first half
touchdown passes this 27 yarder to Terry Murphy Pitt led 21 to 10 at the half.
It took 3 overtimes but Gonzalez SUPER=36-Pittsburgh/41/West Virginia/38/3
Overtimes; Hits Murphy on the 12 yard touchdown pass play and the Panthers
beat West Virginia 41 to 38.
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Another Key Big East game tomorrow as Syracuse takes on Miami right here on
your hometown station Kickoff is 3:30 If Syracuse wins Tech is out of the
Second ranked Nebraska remained undefeated today by beating Colorado in a
close one 27 to 24.
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A beautiful shot of the Rocky Mountains.
The Cornhuskers led 10 to 3 at the half then on the first play of the second
half Nebraska's Ahman Green takes off on this play that goes 63 yards setting
up a Nebraska score.
Several Plays later Green gets SUPER=36-Nebraska/27/Colorado/24/;
stopped at the line but breaks out of the pack and scores 17 yards out to make
it 17 to 3 and Nebraska wins it 27 to 24.
Georgia Tech opened its first round game in the San Juan shootout with a 77
to 65 win over St. John's.
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Bobby Cremins arguing a call in the second quarter of the game.
But this made him happy. The Yellow Jackets run the floor Glover hits
Spivey on the alley-oop for the score.
Georgia Tech would end the third SUPER=33-Gerogia Tech/77/St.
John's/65/;quarter with a bang. Matt Harpring throws one from 70 feet it
strips the net and the Yellow Jackets go on to win it 77 to 65.
The Express was on the road tonight looking for revenge against Hampton
And Roanoke beats the Admirals 2 to 1 in a shootout.
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In Philly, Eric Lindros models the flyers new sweater.
Philadelphia led 1 to nothing until the third period New York's Bryan Berard
scores on the rebound shot to tie it 1 to 1.
But the Flyers would score three SUPER=31-Philadelphia/4/N.Y.
Islanders/1/;times in the final period to beat the Islanders by a score of 4
*******VIDEO OF THE DAY****
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A chilly decoration made with warm intentions-
It's an ice sculpture made from 60 tons of ice.
Artists from Austria, Norway, Belgium and the United States worked for a week
whittling away at the ice manger.
The 24 foot high statue decorates the town.
It's similar to one made last year- which was much smaller.
It was such a success the artist decided to repeat the experiment on a larger
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