Up next on News 7 at 11...
The rocks are gone and the road is open in Carroll County tonight.
Virginia police are looking for answers in the murder of a North Carolina
And the American charged with spying in Russia is back home.
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Good Evening, I'm Eric Earnhart
A Christmas Eve rock slide in Southwest Virginia may have added extra drive
time to the trip for some motorists this Christmas Day.
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A stretch of Interstate 77 was closed on Fancy Gap Mountain in Carroll
County at mile markers five and six, for nearly 24-hours.
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State police blame the massive rock slide on heavy rain.
The slide happened last night at about 7:30.
The debris forced a major detour through U-S Route 52 or into Roanoke until
the road reopened about 5:30 this afternoon.
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SUPER=01-Chief Don Marsh/Cana Volunteer Fire Dept; :00
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Highway crews from the Virginia Department of Transporatation began cleaning
up the mess at daylight.
No one was injured in the rock slide-- and there weren't any backups at the
Crews will spend the next few days assessing the scene, to see if any
increased safety measures are necessary.
This isn't the first time a rock slide has caused problems on Fancy Gap
In 1989, a slide just a half mile away closed the road for two MONTHS.
A police officer was killed and a second officer wounded in a shootout with
a 16-year old who also was killed just north of Charlotte North Carolina.
The shootings happened about 5:45 this afternoon in Davidson.
Only three police officers were on duty there today.
All three responded to a disturbance at a residence.
Witnesses say the teen was carrying a gun, when he refused to drop it, there
was a struggle with police.
They say two officers and the 16-year old were all shot and fell into a
ditch by the side of the road.
Virginia State Police are on the lookout for two cars last seen driving
north on Interstate 77-- the suspects are wanted for questioning in the
Accused spy Richard Bliss is home for the holidays, and, he hopes, for
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;
Bliss was using satellite equipment to survey land for a cellular phone
system when he was arrested and charged with espionage.
He was released on a two week furlough for the holidays.
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((RICHARD BLISS/ACCUSED SPY; THIS WAS A VERY TRYING EXPERIENCE FOR ME AS YOU
CAN ALL WELL IMAGINE, WHAT'S GOTTEN ME THROUGH IT WAS THE TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF
SUPPORT THAT WE'VE RECEIVED FROM SAN DIEGO AND THE ENTIRE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE.))
SUPER=01-Richard Bliss/Accused Spy;
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Bliss is supposed to return January tenth to face the charges, but Russian
officials may be softening on that demand.
Bliss says the fact they released him for the holidays is a good sign.
The man charged with taking seven hostages at a Denver Post Office yesterday
is in jail.
Bond for 42-year-old David Lee Jackson was set at one million dollars today.
The 10-hour standoff ended last night, when negotiators say Jackson got
tired and said "how do I get out of this mess?"
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((SGT. DENNIS CRIBARI/DENVER POLICE; THE TIME FACTOR REALLY HAS A LOT TO DO
WITH IT AND GENERALLY A HOSTAGE TAKER GETS INTO A JAM, AND REALIZED THE JAM
THEY'RE IN AND THEN THEY'RE LOOKING FOR A WAY OUT. ))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Dennis Cribari/Denver Police Dept.
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Jackson's friends are coming to his defense, blaming his actions on the way
he was treated by the Postal Service.
Jackson was fired 18 months ago for threatening a supervisor.
A Christmas Eve fire in Detroit killed four children last night.
Firefighters say it started in a sofa and engulfed the house.
The children's father jumped out of a second story window.
He and his neighbors tried, but couldn't get back inside to save the
children, ages 8 months to five years.
Officials say they were killed by the heavy smoke. The cause appears to be
accidental, no charges have been filed.
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In Pakistan-- Heavy fog made it difficult for rescue workers to reach victims
in a deadly train wreck....
More than 35-people were killed and at least 40 hurt after two passenger
trains collided head on late Wednesday at a small station in central Pakistan.
The collision happened when a train rammed into the other standing
at the rural railway station.
The stationary train was waiting for the other train to change tracks.
All but one of the casualties occurred on the parked train.
Police say those killed included several air force personnel who were going
home on leave.
The driver of the running train, blamed the accident on the station
pointman for failing to divert the train.
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Feeding the hungry isn't a problem during the holidays-- but what about
getting volunteers other times of the year?
Next on News-7-- Queen Elizabeth addresses her subjects and the world this
Christmas-- as her grandsons try to move on without their mother this holiday
The British Royal family celebrated a bittersweet Christmas, as they
remembered the death of Princess Diana.
Prince Charles, and sons William and Harry met admirers on the way to a
church service, where a minister paid tribute to the princess and the others
In her address to the nation, Queen Elizabeth thanked her subjects for their
support during a time of "almost unbearable sadness."
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((QUEEN ELIZABETH; CHRISTMAS RE-AFFIRMS THAT GOD IS WITH US TODAY AND AS I HAVE
DISCOVERED THIS YEAR, HE IS ALWAYS PRESENT IN THE KINDNESS SHOWN BY OUR
NEIGHBORS AND SHOWN BY OUR FRIENDS AND OUR FAMILIES ))
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The queen called the carpet of flowers laid outside Diana's home a great
comfort to those close to her.
U.S. troops serving in Bosnia celebrated Christmas with the stars and the
Defense Secretary William Cohen and his wife spent the holidays with the
soldiers, eating and socializing with the troops....
And joining singer Mary Chapin Carpenter on stage.
Cohen congratulated them for their work keeping the peace.
People who volunteer at soup kitchens know how much their help is appreciated
this time of year.
But as Scott Goldberg reports, when there's not a major holiday, soup
kitchens are having a tough time finding volunteers.
SUPER=01-Gilbert Feinman/Volunteer; :13
SUPER=01-Bonnie Maggi/Volunteer; :29
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(( From the music to the food to the volunteers spooning out the healthy
portions, it looks a like Christmas at the Daily Bread soup kitchen in
IN Q=I enjoy
((GILBERT FEINMAN: I ENJOY EVERY BIT OF IT. IT'S GOOD TO SEE -- TO HELP YOUR
FELLOW MAN. ))
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Gilbert Feinman has worked at Daily Bread since it opened in 19-82.
Bonnie Maggi just started volunteering.
But she likes it so much, she brought her whole family along to help out in
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((BONNIE MAGGI/VOLUNTEER: I WANT TO GET OTHER PEOPLE OUT HERE BECAUSE IT MAKES
ME FEEL GOOD. I WANT THEM TO FEEL GOOD, TOO.))
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IN Q=IT HAS
((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: IT HAS NEVER BEEN THAT HARD FOR SOUP KITCHENS TO
FIND PEOPLE TO WORK ON MAJOR HOLIDAYS LIKE CHRISTMAS OR THANKSGIVING. THE REST
OF THE YEAR, THOUGH, IT HASN'T BEEN THAT EASY. DAILY BREAD USED TO SERVE MEALS
SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. BUT PEOPLE STOPPED VOLUNTEERING. AND ON SATURDAYS, DAILY
BREAD HAD TO STOP SERVING.))
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((BONNIE MAGGI: WE HAVE THE PEOPLE TO FEED WE JUST NEED SOME VOLUNTEERS. ))
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A calendar in the kitchen keeps track of how many people visit Daily Bread
This Christmas Day, that number is the lowest its been this month.
((ALL OF THEM WAS VERY HAPPY TODAY WHICH MADE US FEEL GOOD TOO. ))
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But on other days soup kitchens need more people like Feinman.
People who plan to volunteer as long as they can.
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((I HAD A CHAT A FEW YEARS AGO WITH MY GOOD FRIEND UP ABOVE. AS YOU KNOW, IT'S
GOD. AND I ASKED HIM TO GIVE ME ANOTHER 20-25 MORE YEARS. SO FAR HE'S DONE
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And so has Feinman.
Seventy-seven years young, and still going strong.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Lynchburg.))
Santa Claus is probably taking it easy right now-- after a busy night...
but did he enjoy the cookies you left out for him? He'll fill us in on his
favorites when we come back.
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Santa is probably taking a well deserved rest.
But recently the jolly old elf made his annual trip to southwest Virginia to
visit his friends Lil and Bob Evans.
Denise Allen caught up with him in Radford.
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((sound of bells jingling))
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((SANTA CLAUS: I NEED TO TAKE OFF MY NORTH POLE COAT BECAUSE I AM TOO HOT.
WHEN I LEFT IT WAS 20 DEGREES BELOW ZERO WHEN I LEFT THE NORTH POLE.))
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IN Q=OOH YOU WOULDN'T
((OOH YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE HOW WARM THIS IS I'VE GOT REINDEER HAIR ALL OVER IT
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IN Q=HE HAS
((HE HAS A REINDEER CALL.))
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((SANTA: THIS IS MY REINDEER CALLING HORN.))
IN Q=what does
((what does santa do to call his reindeer? BLOWS HIS HORN THREE TIMES.))
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IN Q=WHEN I BLOW
((SANTA: WHEN I BLOW THIS THREE TIMES IN A ROW IT'S TIME FOR THEM TO COME
RUNNING AND LINE UP IN FRONT OF THE SLEIGH.))
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IN Q=LET ME TELL YOU
((LET ME TELL YOU THIS. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY SANTA
CLAUS WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COOKIE?))
IN Q=what's santa's
((what's santa's favorite cookie? CHOCOLATE CHIP.))
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IN Q=ARE YOU READY
((SANTA: ARE YOU READY? SAY THIS IS NUMBER ONE, CHOCOLATE CHIP. THIS IS
NUMBER TWO, RIGHT HERE, OATMEAL-RAISIN, NUMBER THREE IS SUGAR COOKIES WITH
EITHER SPRINKLES OR ICING, NUMBER FOUR IS OREOS AND NUMBER FIVE IS GINGER
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((IF YOU NEED GINGER SNAPS IT HELPS ME A LOT IF YOU PUT A CAN OF WHIPPED CREAM
OUT THERE. I REALLY LOVE WHIPPED CREAM. I'LL TAKE ONE GINGER SNAP AT A TIME AND
GO..makes the sound of whipped cream coming out of the can...AND JUST PUT A
LITTLE WHIPPED CREAM ON THERE.))
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A Christmas sports segment filled with Christmas presents and a few
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including this Extra Point blockbuster Christmas HIT! courtesy of Lance
Schulters. Schulters played in the annual Blue/Gray Classic. Ed Scissom took
the lick; all of tonight's highlights in a few.
NFL scouts joined thousands of fans for the annual Blue/Gray College
football Classic in Montgomery, Alabama today. And after 55 points; the Gray
emerged the winner.
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North Carolina State head coach Mike O'Cain called the shots for the gray
Ed Scissum opened the scoring with this five yard touchdown run thanks to a
strong second effort. Gray was out in front 7-nothing.
Then; the Gray goes to the airways with James Brown. The Texas quarterback
hits Mike Ricks on a 43 yard touchdown completion as time expires in the first
half. 17 to 3 Gray.
Then it was back to the ground attack. Dennis Riddle scoots in from 18
yards away to make it a 24 to 3 ball game.
Brown would work his magic again; this time finding Curtis Alexander on a
46 yard TD strike and the gray had this one in the bag up 31-10 in the fourth
The Blue's Cory Sauters connected with Pat Johnson on this 10 yarder. The
Blue won in first downs, rushing and passing yards but lost where it counts
most; on the scoreboard; 31-24.
VO-NAT WIPE TO #ENG!!!!!!!!!!
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Lets head to Hawaii; for the Aloha bowl. Number 21 Washington and 25th
ranked Michigan State received words of encouragement before this one.
((MICHAEL BUFFER/"RUMBLE DUDE":))
SUPER=01-Michael Buffer/"Rumble Dude"
The Spartans would rumble...and stumble.. and bumble in this one. Watch
Washington quarterback Brock Huard connect with Fred Coleman on a 14 yard
strike to put the Huskies up by a pair of touchdowns.
Michigan State answers; Todd Schultz finds Gari Scott on a 12 yard
completion to close Washington's gap to 14-7 in the first quarter.
Schultz' would then find the wrong guy. The Huskies Tony parrish benefits
from the tipped pass and scampers 56 yards for the TD; Washington wins the
Since losing it's two top offensive stars; many eyes will be on Penn State
January first when the Nittany Lions play Florida at 12:30.
VO-NAT WIPE TO #eng!!!!!!!!!
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The Gators nemesis; 10 and 1 Florida State; battles 10 and 2 Ohio State
later on that day at 8 in the Sugar Bowl.
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((BOBBY BOWDEN/FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Bowden/Florida State Head Coach; :00
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Moving from the gridiron to the hard wood where the soft hearted Roanoke
College men's basketball team, Dominos lewis Gale, and the American Cancer
Society are preparing for what they hope will be a banner year for the fifth
annual Domino's Lewis-Gale Classic.
The basketball tournament tips off Saturday January third at 5:30 at
Roanoke College. The action concludes Sunday with the auction of jerseys,
memorabilia and autographs donated by superstars from all over the college, NBA
and NFL worlds.
The auction follows the championship game which begins a 7:30. All of the
proceeds got to the American cancer Society and the V-Foundation. Past
tournaments have raised over 28 thousand dollars.
Roanoke, York, Methodist and Wesley Colleges are competing.
Two NBA teams hit the hard wood this Christmas day. Utah's John Stockton,
Karl Malone and Jeff Hornecek combined for 64 points as the Jazz grooved past
Houston 107 to 103.
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Not santa's Rudolf but the Rockets Rudy Tomjanovich will due. Kevin Willis
lead all Houston scorers with 25; including this Merry Christmas greeting to
put the Rockets up by 9 in the first.
But Stockton was unstoppable; registering a team high 24. He gets three of
them on this wide open trey. Defense anyone...nahhh it's the NBA.
Malone delivered 20; hitting turn around after turn around. This J put the Jazz
up 74-67 in the third.
The third amigo; Jeff Hornecek knocked in 20 as well and the Jazz give coach
Jerry Sloan his 500th Utah win; 107 tot 103.
To the windy city where the Chicago Bulls scrooged the Miami Heat;
holding Pat Riley's team to just 80 points as the world champs win their sixth
Much of the NBA;s brain trust was courtside for this potential Eastern
Conference finals showdown.
Despite the triple teams; the Heat's Alonzo Mourning managed to find the
range on this one. The year around bodybuilder pumped the iron for 16 points
before fouling out in the fourth.
King Michael the first had a slow start but finished with a game high 24;
also registering the double-double with 11 rebounds.
Teammate Toni Kockoc also got into the versatility act. He blocks the shot
then runs the floor and gives the Scott Burrell for the deuce. Toni had 19 as
the Bulls win 90 to 80.
Still to come in sports; a few Christmas wishes fromthe Virginia Tech
and the Associated press recognizes a tackle as the best defensiev player in
The Associated press dropped the San Francisco 49ers Dana Stubblefield
another Christmas present today by naming him
their defensive player of the year. Stubblefield, who amassed 28 of the
possible 48 votes, went from worst to best in a year. from 1 sack and 39
tackles in 1996 to his 1997 total of 15 sacks; the defensive tackle is second
the national Football league. He has also been solid against the run.
Former Virginia tech standout Bruce Smith; now the anchor on the Buffaloe
Bills defenisve line; was second with 6 votes.
Finally, the Virginia Tech Football team has had a few days off to visit
with family and friends during a brief holiday break.
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But we tracked them down before they went home. So as Christmas 1997 comes to
a close; here's one last listen to the Hokies Christmas wishes.
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((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
((PIERSON PRIOLEAU/VA. TECH ROVER:))
((GENNARO DINAPOLI/VA. TECH OFFENSIVE GUARD:))
((TODD WASHINGTON/VA. TECH CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Pierson Prioleau/Virginia Tech Rover; :19
SUPER=01-Gennaro DiNapoli/Virginia Tech Offensive Guard; :24
SUPER=01-Todd Washington/Virginia Tech Center; :34
OUT Q=...play hard"
That's News-7 for this Christmas 1997.
Before we leave, we want to wish you a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.
Thanks for watching...Goodnight.
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