Next on News 7 at 11...
Airstrikes are off... Iraq celebrates, but it's not over yet.
Broken traffic lights cause an accident in Roanoke County.
And imagine going 70 miles an hour on battery power... these Roanoke students are doing it.
News 7 is next.
U-N weapons inspectors are going back to Iraq.
President Clinton says the U-S will NOT launch airstrikes, as long as Iraq lives up to its promise to allow inspections without condition.
The Iraqis were claiming victory today, holding an elaborate celebration in Baghdad.
The President says the threat of force made the difference.
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((PRESIDENT CLINTON; OUR WILLINGNESS TO STRIKE, TOGETHER WITH THE OVERWHELMING WEIGHT OF WORLD OPINION, PRODUCED THE OUTCOME WE PREFERRED. SADDAM HUSSEIN REVERSING COURSE, LETTING THE INSPECTORS GO BACK TO WORK WITHOUT RESTRICTION OR CONDITIONS.))
[OUT Q=or conditions]
But U.S. troops will not relax until the inspectors actually DO go back to work... The inspection team has been waiting in nearby Bahrain. They've been ordered to return to Iraq in the next 48 hours.
A 38-year old Galax man was shot yesterday.
Police say Freddie Hawks was hit in the shoulder at his home on Roseland Road.
He was taken to North Carolina Baptist Hospital.
Danny Shane Williams of Fries was arrested and charged with malicious wounding and illegal use of a firearm.
Malfunctioning traffic lights caused an accident that hurt three people in Roanoke County.
Police say the wreck happened around 11 o'clock this morning.
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((OFFICER JOHN MCPHAIL/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE; THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS WERE OUT EITHER FROM A POWER OUTAGE OR THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS THEMSELVES BEING OUT. A VEHICLE WENT TO CROSS PETERS CREEK ROAD HERE AND DIDN'T SEE A TRUCK THAT WAS TRAVELING ON PETERS CREEK.))
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The driver and a passenger of this mini-van and a passenger in this pickup truck were all taken to a local hospital.
Police said their injuries were not serious.
Paula Johnson says she's determined to visit her biological daughter Rebecca Chittum, on a regular basis.
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Johnson is one of the mothers of the two baby girls switched at birth at U-V-A's Medical Center.
She made the comments a few days after Chittum's maternal grandparents filed a petition for exclusive custody of the little girl.
Johnson also said she plans to move to a gated community in northern Virginia to avoid the press.
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Still ahead--gas-guzzling hot-rods may be a thing of the past now that area students have found a new way to power
a race car.
And, this dog is more than a fun-loving pet.
It's a service dog for the physically-disabled.
More when we return.
A plan to tear down parts of downtown Lynchburg gets scrapped.
And a merger in the steel industry makes a Roanoke company even stronger.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and other business headlines in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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((This week the Review starts in Lynchburg, where General Electric is giving up its plan to tear down buildings along the city's riverfront.
G-E bought the buildings from First Colony, planning to get rid of them to improve the view from G-E's headquarters.
The public cried out.
Now G-E wants to sell the property for more than a million dollars.
Roanoke Electric Steel wants to reinforce its position in the steel industry.
The company is buying Steel of West Virginia Incorporated for about 117-million dollars.
After the deal goes through, Roanoke Electric Steel anticipates yearly sales of 400-million dollars.
A Southside plastics plant will pay more than a hundred thousand dollars for not properly getting rid of hazardous waste.
Cook Composites reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Part of the settlement says the company will take advantage of better technology to recycle some of the waste the plant produces.
Franklin County rezoned 20 acres of land, clearing the way for a Kroger grocery store and six other shops.
The land is on Route 40 east of Rocky Mount.
It worked in Roanoke.
Can a small business incubator work in Hong Kong?
That's where Lisa Ison is going.
The president of Roanoke's New Century Venture Center is one of four Americans picked to speak at next week's international conference on small business incubation.
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By recent standards, it was a boring week on Wall Street.
The Dow dropped 60-points.
The Nasdaq lost nine.
That's this week's Review, I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Most hot rod street cars run on BIG block, gas burning engines.
But, some area students are proving that you can burn rubber just as well by using batteries.
Students at William Fleming High School built a battery-powered reproduction of a 1932 Ford Hot Rod.
It goes about 90-miles between charges and does better than 70-miles per hour.
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((CHARLES OVERFELT/"POWER SYSTEMS" TECHNICAL TEACHER; THIS ELECTRIC CAR IS BRINGING US A LOT OF ATTENTION. AND IT'S GOING TO BRING US A LOT OF NATIONAL ATTENTION. WE'VE ALREADY HAD IT IN ROD AND CUSTOM MAGAZINE. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE IT IN FIVE OR SIX MORE MAGAZINES, PLUS WE'RE GOING TO TAKE IT TO THE NHRA NATIONALS THIS COMING YEAR IN MAY.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Overfelt/Technical Teacher;]
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Overfelt says the idea is to let students apply the technical skills they learn to real world situations and to give them a head start in making a career choice.
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((JAMIE HORST/STUDENT; I'VE LEARNED WELDING AND BODY FABRICATION AND A LOT OF METAL WORKING SKILLS.))
((WALTER SMITH/STUDENT; I THINK IT'S GREAT. I'VE NEVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE UNTIL I CAME TO WILLIAM FLEMING. I DON'T KNOW OF ANY OTHER SCHOOLS AROUND HERE THAT DOES THIS KIND OF THING.))
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This model has 28-electrical horsepower--the equivalent of a V-six engine--powered by 20-six volt batteries.
Once the body work is complete, students will paint the car in the traditional William Fleming colors--Blue and Gold.
Two years ago the St. Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation started its mission to help the physically-impaired.
Today, they graduated their first canine.
David Johnson has more.
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(( Marcianne Boone has a new friend in her life. Tyler, this Australian Shepherd dog, has just completed two years of training to make her life a little easier.
[IN Q=BEFORE I WAS]
((MARCIANNE BOONE/DOG RECIPIENT; BEFORE I WAS THINKING HOW HARD LIFE WAS. NOW IT'S LIKE HAVING A BREATH OF FRESH AIR, YOU CAN JUST RELAX. WITHOUT TYLER AND SAINT FRANCIS, A WHOLE NOTHER WORLD WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN OPENED UP FOR ME.))
[OUT Q=FOR ME.]
Boone is a quadriplegic. She was injured in a car accident as a teenager 14-years ago.
Although she leads an active life, the accident left her with impaired hands.
That's where Tyler will enhance her independence.
[IN Q=HE WILL ENABLE HER]
((CAROL WILLOUGHBY/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; HE WILL ENABLE HER TO GET INTO HER VAN BY GIVING HER THE TRANSFER BOARD IF THAT SHOULD DROP. HE'LL PICK UP ANYTHING THAT SHE DROPS, GET THE TELEPHONE, GO FOR HELP, TURN ON LIGHTS, PUSH ELEVATOR BUTTONS AND MANY OTHER THINGS.))
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Other dogs that are still going through the program were on hand for demonstration purposes.
The dogs are available only to people who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; TYLER HAS SET THE STANDARD BY BECOMING A ROLE MODEL FOR DOGS THAT COME BEHIND HIM. EIGHT TO TEN DOGS ARE EXPECTED TO GRADUATE FROM THE PROGRAM NEXT YEAR AND THERE ARE 15-APPLICANTS WAITING TO RECEIVE A SERVICE DOG. BUT LIKE AN ADOPTION AGENCY, THEY HAVE TO BE MATCHED UP WITH THEIR CANINE AS OPPOSED TO BEING GIVEN ONE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7.))
Coming up--a Lynchburg man thinks he's found Noah's Ark..
Jim Hall believes it's along the mountain tops of Turkey.
More when the news continues.
Noah's Ark was built to endure the Great Flood.
But a Lynchburg man believes it also weathered the test of time and lies somewhere on a mountaintop in Turkey.
He's now on a mission to find it.
Steve Smallshaw has more in this week's Virginia Profiles.
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(( For seven years, Jim Hall has dedicated his life to finding something that may not exist.
The retired biology professor heads up the non- profit group Ark Research Ministries... a team of scientists and researchers dedicated to locating and documenting the legendary Noah's Ark.
It's a goal, Hall says, that carries huge implications.
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((JIM HALL/ARK RESEARCH MINISTRIES: YEAH, WE'LL TAKE THE MESSAGE TO THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY, BUT THE EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY AND THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY.. THEY'RE GOING TO REAP THE BENEFITS FROM THIS.))
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((Jim Hall is not alone in his beliefs or his quest. The Internet has a number of sites dedicated to Noah's Ark and the people who have sought to find it over the years. Here you can find depictions of what the ark may have looked like and read the tales of those who claim to have seen it.. actual photographs, however, are nonexistent.))
[OUT Q=are nonexistent.]
This 1949 Air Force photo was recently declassified and shows what the government only calls an "anomaly" on Mount Ararat.. that and two thousand years worth of sightings are all Jim Hall has to go on.
[IN Q=So people have]
((JIM HALL: SO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SEEING IT AND THIS IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST PIECES OF EVIDENCE IN MY MIND, THAT TELLS ME THAT THERE'S SOMETHING THERE.))
[OUT Q=something there.]
If there IS an ark on Ararat, its discovery could well set the scientific world on its ear... and add new fuel to the debate between creationism and evolutionism.
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR: IF NOAH'S ARK IS LOCATED, IT WOULD LOOSEN A LOT OF THEOLOGICAL BOULDERS OUT THERE. SKEPTICS, CYNICS, WHO DON'T ACCEPT THE OLD TESTAMENT RECORD, WOULD BE HARDPRESSED THEN TO DENY THE REST OF IT.))
[OUT Q=rest of it.]
[IN Q=If we can]
((JIM HALL: IF WE CAN PROVE THAT THAT'S THE ARK, THEN THAT WOULD PROVE THAT WE DESCENDED FROM NOAH AND NOT FROM AN APE. SO THIS MEANS THAT THE WHOLE MESSAGE OF ORIGINS WOULD TAKE ON A DIFFERENT SLANT.))
[OUT Q=a different slant.]
It's a responsibility that Hall and his team of experts take very seriously. Before they can start up the mountain next August, they'll need to clear two major hurdles: raising 1- point- 2 million dollars and getting permission from the Turkish government.
But everything else has fallen into place and Hall is confident divine intervention will help him achieve his goal.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
The phone has been ringing steadily in the weather office--
What's the deal with the Meteor shower coming up?
If you want to know, get out your pencil and start taking notes.
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(( Comets are huge dirty snowballs-- ice with little bits of sand and debris mixed in.
When they swing by the sun-- some of the comet melts, leaving behind a trail of tiny sand grains and ice particles-- called meteoroids.
Monday night and Tuesday night the earth's orbit will take it right into the trail of comet Tempel-Tuttle.
((IT'S LIKE PASSING THROUGH A CLOUD OF SNOWFLAKES WHICH THEN IMPACT UPON THE EARTH'S WINDSHIELD OR ATMOSPHERE AND WE SEE THIS SHOWER OF MATERIAL.))
That shower could be a storm this year, as thousands of meteors burn up in the earth's atmosphere-- the Leonids have a history of putting on awesome displays.
((IT HAS THE MOST INTENSE RECORDED METEOR STORM ASSOCIATED WITH IT-- THAT OCCURRED IN 1966 AND ONE IN 1833 WHICH PRODUCED SOMETHING LIKE 100,000 METEORS PER HOUR IN CERTAIN LOCATIONS.))
In 1966-- there weren't many satellites orbiting the earth.
But now, there are more than 500.
The grains of sand hitting the atmosphere will be moving at more than 150 thousand miles per hour
((MOST LIKELY THEY'LL RELEASE A CLOUD OF IONIZED GAS-- ELECTRICALLY CHARGED PARTICLES AND THERE CAN BE AN ELECTRICAL IMPULSE SENT TO ANY SENSITIVE INSTRUMENTATION INSIDE THE SATELLITE. THAT COULD KNOCK OUT A CIRCUIT IN THE SATELLITE, AND RENDER IT USELESS))
Enough with the science--
Here's how an average person can get a front row seat for the meteors.
Stay up late Monday night or Tuesday night, The best viewing should be between 1 AM and dawn.
The comets will appear to stream from the constellation LEO, but you'll see them if you watch the darkest part of the sky.
Find a dark area away from city lights-- It's better to watch from a mountain than a valley.
Bring a lawn chair-- for comfortable viewing.
Dress VERY warmly-- It can get awfully cold awfully quick.))
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Skip Hicks shed his Rookie status yesterday. The Washington running back rushed for 96 yards and scored 3 touchdowns in the Redskins 28 to 3 win over Philadelphia.
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Norv Turner on the sideline after the opening kickoff.
An interception set up Hicks first T-D. He bulls over from the one yard line and the skins took the 7 to nothing lead.
Philly added a field goal and the Redskins capped another drive when Hicks dives over from the one to make the score 14 to 3 Skins at the half.
Washington went to the air in the third quarter. Trent Green hooking up with Albert Connell on this 56 yard touchdown pass play with 6 minutes left in the quarter the Skins led 21 to 3.
The defense made a big play in the fourth quarter.
Chris Dishman picks off this deflected Bobby Hoying pass and returns it to the Eagle two yard line setting up a score.
Several plays later Hicks bounces it outside and
scores from the five yard line and the Skins beat the Eagles 28 to 3.
The Miami Dolphins held on in the fourth quarter this past weekend and beat the Carolina Panthers 13 to 9.
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Jimmy Johnson working the sideline in the first half.
Karim Abdul-Jabbar takes the hand off and scores the one yard touchdown and the Dolphins led 7 to nothing in the first quarter.
Then leading 7 to 6 Miami's Orlindo Mare nails this 27 yard field goal and the Dolphins went in at the half leading 10 to 6.
The Dolphins defense made the plays in the second
half Bryan Walker intercepts this Steve Buerlein pass and the Dolphins hold on for the 13 to 9 win over the Panthers.
Dallas came close to blowing a 28 to nothing lead but the Cowboys hold on and beat Arizona 35 to 28.
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A big crowd in Phoenix to see the top two teams in the N-F-C battle.
The Cowboys would take the lead in the first quarter when Chris Warren scores from the three yard line to make it 7 to nothing.
Later in the quarter, Troy Aikman goes to the air and hits fullback Darryl Johnson on the 33 yard touchdown pass and the Cowboys led 21 to nothing.
Emmitt Smith would cap the Cowboys first half
scoring when he takes in from the one the Cowboys win it 35 to 28.
A big upset in women's basketball. More later on mornin'.
Atlanta takes over first place in the N-F-C west today beating the San Francisco 49-ers 31 to 19.
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A sell out crowd at the Georgia Dome for the conference showdown.
Atlanta's Jamal Anderson would get the Falcons started in the second quarter when he scores on the 10 yard run to make it 7 to nothing.
Steve Young's receivers could have used some stick em. On this play Jerry Rice drops the pass in the end zone the Niners had to settle for a field goal.
Young made it close with a couple of T-D's in the
fourth quarter but Chris Chandler threw a 78 yard T-D pass to Terance Mathis and the Falcons win it 31 to 19.
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Kerry Collins made his first start for New Orleans today and led the Saints over the Rams.
He got some help from former Virginia Tech D-B Tyrone Drakeford. He intercepts this pass and returns it 32 yards for the touchdown in the Saints win.
Now, Here's the rest of the scores.
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Virginia beat North Carolina yesterday and the Cavaliers remain in the top 25 in the Polls.
The Cavaliers are 18-th in the A-P and the Coaches Poll.
Meantime, Tech's loss to Syracuse dropped the Hokies in both polls.
Tech is 23-rd in the A-P and 20-th in the Coaches poll.
And coming up, Jeff Burton wins the Race but Dale Earnhardt Junior is the Busch Points champion Greg Norman and Steve Elkington win the Shark Shootout.
And Purdue beats Tennessee ending the longest winning streak in women's college basketball.
In his first year on the Circuit, Dale Earnhardt Junior is the Busch Grand National points champion.
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All Earnhardt Junior had to do is start the Jiffy Lube 300 to clinch the title.
He started the race 15-th and he would and was leading the race with 137 laps to go.
Then his car started to smoke he took it to pit road and his day was finished with a blown engine.
He won 7 races in his rookie season.
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Jeff Burton won the final race of the season Jimmy Spencer finished second and Mark Martin third.
Monick Foote returned to the hardwood yesterday after sitting out last season with leg injuries. She scored 20 points as the Lady Cavaliers beat West Virginia 85 to 72.
North Carolina beats Kansas 76 to 58.
While in Indiana, Tennessee's 46 game winning streak came to an end yesterday at the hands of Purdue.
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Tennessee fell behind early in the first half Chamique Holdsclaw takes it to the hoop for the score to tie the game at 9 to 9.
But Purdue comes right back Stephenie White-Mccarty passes underneath to Cooper who hits the layup Purdue led by 4.
White McCarty was all over the floor on this play
she gets the rebound and hits the baseline jumper purdue wins it 78 to 68.
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The Roanoke Stars Soccer teams didn't just playing for the championship of the First Virginia Bank Fall Classic Tournament.
These girls are helping the community as well.
Members of the Stars 14 and 18 and under girls teams are helping News 7 and the Salvation Army give needy children a happy Christmas.
The girls filled stockings with goodies, which the Salvation Army will distribute during the holidays.
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The two teams were among the more that 200 that decended upon the valley to play in this weekend's tournament.
And even though this weekend was a good chance to sharpen soccer skills, filling the stockings taught the girls other lessons.
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[OUT Q=what they have]
Both the 14 and 18 and under soccer teams qualified for this afternoon's championship games.
For the past 10 years, Greg Norman has been the perfect host. Well, yesterday he teamed with fellow Aussie Steve Elkington to win the Shark Shootout.
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Norman, Playing for the first time since shoulder surgery several months ago, Would sink a birdie putt on the third hole of a sudden death playoff to beat John Cook and Peter Jacobsen.
Norman and Elkington could team up in the Presidents Cup next month.
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.