The Christmas shopping season got underway before sunrise at some stores this morning--
We'll have live report on today's rush at the malls.
And firefighters are busy this holiday weekend.
Just as the Augusta County blaze subsides, MORE forest fires are breaking out.
Hope you can join us-- News 7 at noon is next.
Tis the season to shop.
The turkey is over, shopping is now on the plate.
This is the busiest shopping day of the year.
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Jean Jadhon is at Valley View Mall.
Jean is it crowded?
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(Rollcue: especially toy stores.)
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[SUPER=01-Debbie McCormick/Lexington; :05]
[SUPER=01-Louise Dudley/Valley View Mall Manager; :28]
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(Rollcue:get into the mall even earlier)
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Firefighters have been more successful than they anticipated, in bringing an Augusta County forest fire under control.
But more are breaking out elsewhere.
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More than 450 firefighters are battling the 15-hundred acre blaze near Deerfield.
The fire is now 85-percent contained and National Forest rangers expect it to be fully contained late tomorrow.
Yesterday, a new fire broke out about 10 miles northeast of Clifton Forge near the Rich Hole and Rough Mountain Wildernesses.
About 50 firefighters contained that blaze.
Early this morning, another fire broke out in the New Castle Ranger District in Craig County.
Some 30 firefighters are working on that one.
Restrictions on smoking and campfires are still in effect in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
Senior staffers of the House Judiciary Committee have started drafting what could become articles of impeachment.
Allegations against the President include perjury, obstruction of justice and abuse of power.
Today, the President is expected to provide answers to the 81 questions posed by the committee.
It appears the committee is preparing to debate the articles of impeachment the week of December seventh, with the House possibly voting the following week.
192 bodies have been recovered from yesterday's deadly train accident in India.
Today, family and friends of victims are still searching for others.
One train derailed, and was hit head-on by another train.
A railway official says the final death toll from the collision could be higher than 200, once all the wreckage is cleared.
Two Israeli soldiers were killed when two bombs went off under their armoured vehicles.
Two other soldiers were injured in the attack and rushed to a nearby hospital.
Iranian- backed Hezbollah guerrillas claimed responsibility for the attack.
Israel has agreed to the U-N's demand to withdraw from south Lebanon, but Israelis insist they must first receive guarantees that Lebanon will help prevent future guerrilla attacks.
Meanwhile, the attack prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short his visit to Europe.
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A Virginia based oil company could become part of the world's biggest energy company.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And a year after a devestating fire at a Danville apartment complex, we'll find out how some former tenants are still picking up the pieces.
But first let's check in with Andrew Freiden.
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A male stripper is spending the holiday weekend in a California jail cell after being accused of fondling four teenaged girls at a chaperoned party.
It all started when a teenage girl handed out these flyers at a local high school.
After the advertised party, police arrested male stripper Stephen Schmidt.
The girl's mother was apparently AT the party, but did NOTHING to prevent the 28- year- old Schmidt from fondling the girls.
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((RON PARKER/PLEASANTON POLICE: SHE WAS PRESENT DURING THIS FUNCTION AND BECAUSE SHE SOMEWHAT ALLOWED THIS TO TAKE PLACE, SHE'S INVOLVED PARTY, AS WELL, AND IS FACING SOME CRIMINAL CHARGES. A COMPLAINT WAS FILED ON HER, AS WELL.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Parker/Pleasanton Police Department;]
[OUT Q=on her, as well]
Schmidt is charged with felony lewd conduct with minors.
No word on whether the mother will face charges.
Exxon and Fairfax-based Mobil have confirmed they're talking merger.
No deal has been reached yet, but if the two joined they would create the world's largest oil company.
Mobil has a current-market value of about 61-BILLION dollars.
The merged businesses would become the world's biggest energy company and would surpass General Motors as the largest U-S company in terms of revenue.
It's been a rough year for former tenants of a Danville apartment complex.
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Last Thanksgiving, fire ripped through the Cabin Lake apartments, forcing dozens of families from their homes.
One year later, tenants are still rebounding from their losses.
Tosha Carter was nine months pregnant with her son S'coy (SE-COY) when the fire destroyed almost everything she owned.
E.J. Craft and his family moved in another apartment after the fire and are getting ready to move again.
The things people regret losing the most are the personal treasures.
[IN Q=My daughter had her]
((E.J. CRAFT/FORMER TENANT: MY DAUGHTER HAD HER MOTHER'S JEWELRY YOU KNOW AND STUFF THAT SHE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE PASSED ON TO HER DAUGHTER AND STUFF LIKE THAT IS GONE. IT CAN NEVER BE REPLACED, NEVER EVER TO BE REPLACED.))
[IN Q=I still look back on it]
((TOSHA CARTER/FORMER TENANT: I STILL LOOK BACK ON IT AND I DON'T KNOW HOW WE MADE IT THROUGH, YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST THE LORD AND GOOD FRIENDS AND GOOD FAMILY, THAT'S THE ONLY WAY WE MADE IT.))
[SUPER=01-E.J. Craft/Former Tenant; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tosha Carter/Former Tenant; :10]
[OUT Q=only way we made it.]
The burned out apartments have been torn down.
Former tenants are suing the apartment owners-- seeking more than 10-million dollars to compensate their losses.
A lawyer for the tenants says the lawsuit could go to trial next May.
Thanksgiving was a day of sorrow and hope for one family missing an important part.
It's been more than two months since 25-year old Rob Kovack was last seen leaving Blacksburg for his parents' home in West Virginia.
Officials as well as family and friends are not giving up hope or the search.
[IN Q=You lose your]
((BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE:YOU LOSE YOUR KEYS, YOU DON'T LOSE PEOPLE AND WE REALLY NEED TO KEEP GOING AND KEEP
THIS THING ALIVE AND KEEP IT HOT AS LONG AS WE CAN--- TO TRY AND FIND HIM. ))
[OUT Q=find him.]
[super=01-Bruce Bradbery/Blacksburg Police]
Kovack's family has since hired a private detective and is offering a reward for information.
To help offset the cost Kovack's friends have also been chipping in with various fund raising activities.
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The large payout expected as part of the national tobacco settlement has not snuffed out Philip Morris' plans to buy back company stock.
Last week's 206-billion-dollar settlement with the states on tobacco-related health claims has not stopped Philip Morris from resuming its eight-billion-dollar program to buy back stock.
Philip Morris makes the best-selling Marlboro cigarettes and others that make up more than half of U-S cigarette sales.
The company runs a huge cigarette-manufacturing plant in Richmond.
Lynchburg's most famous son did not take a direct route to his pulpit...he had set out to become a journalist.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell proudly proclaims he's the son of a moonshine runner.
The sale of bootleg whiskey may- -or may not- -be an unusual spring-board to the pulpit at Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Undoubtedly members of the Congregation have heard the story countless times.
But it seems Falwell-- one of the world's most recognizable preachers-- revels in his illicit roots.
[IN Q=My father had]
((MY FATHER HAD THE LARGEST NIGHTCLUB IN VIRGINIA WHERE ALL THE BIG BANDS- -JIMMY DORSEY, TOMMY DORSEY- -ALL CAME, WHEN I WAS JUST AN INFANT. AND HE ALSO- -DURING PROHIBITION- -WAS THE LARGEST DISTRIBUTOR OF ILLEGAL WHISKEY IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY.))
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[OUT Q=of the country. -- QUICK OUT-- NO PAD!!!]
Doctor Falwell says his father was also the Sheriff.
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It sure looks like the oven of the future--
Coming up next on News-7 at Noon, we'll find out more about the oven that can cook a 12-ounce steak in 120-seconds.
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Did cooking the Thanksgiving turkey take too long yesterday?
If you think it did, you can look forward to some new oven technology that seems like it came straight out of the "Jetsons."
Jay Gormley has more.
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[SUPER=01-Peter Ashcraft/Turbochef; :20]
[SUPER=01-Jay Gormley/Reporting; 1:30]
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((Coming to you at rapid speedthree new hi-tech ovens are about to hit the
home appliance market. Two of which have been designed here in Dallas,
POACHING, STEAMING, BRAZING, SEARING, BROILING
At Turbo Chef Technologiesmakers of the Turbo Chef say their oven can
do more than just bakeand it can do it in a fraction of the time.
A 12 OUNCE NEW YORK STRIP STEAKWE'RE GOING TO COOK THIS IN ABOUT 140
What you see here is Turbochef's commercial oven at work. It's used by
restaurants, hotels, movie theatres and the like. But the company is
joining forces with Maytag to bring a smaller version to the home
sometime in the year 1999. By combing the speed of a microwave and the
quality of a conventional oventhe designers hope to burn up the market.
WELL HAVE TWO COMPONENTS. ONE IS VERY HOT MOVING FAST AIR. AND THE OTHER
IS MICROWAVE ENERGY. NOW BOTH OF THESE COMPONENTS ON THEIR OWN DON'T DO
A LOT. BUT WHEN YOU PUT THE TWO TOGETHER, THE RESULTS ARE AMAZING.
Across town at Enersyst. Inventors are using similar technology. The
company has joined Thermador to offer its home oven to consumers by March of 1999.
I'D SAY THIS OVEN IS GOING TO SAVE YOU SIGNIFICANT TIME. IT'S GOING TO
ALLOW YOU TO COOK THINGS EITHER FROM SCRATCH OR PRE-PREPARED. AND IT'S
GOING TO PROVIDE EXECLLENT QUALITY. YOU WILL NOT SACRIFICE QUALITY
USING THIS OVEN.
SO WHAT WILL THESE OVEN LOOK LIKE.
Will it be too ugly to too bulky. As you see, the designers have given
it a modern look. And it's about the same size as most conventional
But if you want the true test of speedyou need to talk turkey. So this
holiday seasonconsider this. A turkey which normally takes three
hourswill cook in about an hour and 15 minutes. Leaving you time for
the more important things.))
On Wall Street at Eleven, the Dow was UP 27 points.
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Still ahead in sports, 82 points later, the Vikings are able to plunder the Cowboys.
And while former U-V-A great Herman Moore celebrates in the end zone, the Steelers fume over a botched coin toss.
We'll have the story coming up, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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The last Thursday in November wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Roundhouse, and the Express celebrated Thanksgiving in merry style.
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A crowd of more than 5 thousand passed on the after-dinner naps and showed up to cheer on the Express. Tim Christian opened the scoring in the first period with this goal to give Roanoke a 1-nothing lead.
[SUPER=34-Roanoke/6/Huntington/5;] Then the Express goes up by two on this Travis Smith- to- Dru Burgess goal.
With 21 seconds left in the first period, J.C. Ruid (roo-ID) slaps the puck back to Tim Christian, who gets his second score on the night.
The team was also treated to a visit from former captain and retiree Dave Stewart, who made the trip down from Canada.
[SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Former Express Defenseman; :00]
[OUT Q=...doing well"]
Stewart almost watched his old team lose. After going up 5-1 in the third, Roanoke would let Huntington come back. But the Express holds on for a 6 to 5 win.
On to the gridiron, where the Virginia High School League football semi-finals kickoff Saturday.
Here's the Friday Football Extra matchups.
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The Detroit Lions are giving thanks today for a botched coin toss and referree Phil Luckett's hearing, after beating the Steelers 19- 16 in O-T.
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The Steelers showed up to play. Kordell Stewart passes to Jerome Bettis, the ball goes off his finger tips and into the arms of Will Blackwell for the touchdown. Pittsburgh goes up 13- 3 halfway through the third.
Then after a Lions field goal, Charlie Batch finds former UVa star Herman Moore on the 21 yard touchdown [SUPER=30-D
pass and Detroit ties the game at 13.
In overtime, tied at 16, the ref thought he heard Bettis call heads and then tails during the coin toss...Bettis insists he only said tails, but the Lions got the ball and won the game on Jason Hanson's fourth field goal of the day.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Cowher/Pittsburgh Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...classier guys"]
In the second Turkey Day game, the Minnesota Vikings scored the fourth- most points ever against the Cowboys, beatin
g Dallas 46 to 36.
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Rookie Randy Moss was the story of the day.
Moss caught three passes for touchdowns, and had a hand setting up another, as he racked up 163 receiving yards.
Troy Aikman's career high 455 passing yards couldn't even revive Dallas. Here, Aikman hooks up with former Cavalier
Patrick Jeffers on the 67 yard touchdown completion. [SUPER=30-Minnesota/46/Dallas/36;]
On the other side of the ball, Randall Cunningham threw for 359 yards.
And Emitt Smith passed Jim Brown to move into fifth on the all- time rushing list. He also scored three times in vain
, as Minnesota improves to 11 and 1 with the 46-36 win.
With Governor- Elect Jesse Ventura as his inspiration, Hulk Hogan announced he's leaving wrestling and going into politics.
Hogan says he's retiring from body slams and gold belts--
Instead, the 45- year- old former world champion plans to run for PRESIDENT in the 2000 election.
Hogan set his sights for the White House after fellow former wrestler Ventura's victory in the Minnesota governor'
[IN Q=Minnesota got tired]
((HULK HOGAN/PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: MINNESOTA GOT TIRED OF PLASTIC POLITICIANS. MINNESOTA SET A STANDARD FOR THE UNIT
ED STATES OF AMERICA. THEY VOTED FOR A REAL MAN TO SOLVE REAL PROBLEMS))
[SUPER=01-Hulk Hogan/Presidential Candidate;]
[OUT Q=solve real problems]
Hogan says the U-S needs an honest person who will take over and think of America first.