Coming up on News 7-
History in the making in D-C as lawmakers prepare to vote on impeachment.
More bombings on Iraq for a third straight tonight-
Yet another fire at Willow River apartments- the 8th this year.
And look who may play in Roanoke this year.
News 7 is next.
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Historic debating went into the night in Washington.
It now appears there are enough votes to impeach- President Clinton.
This comes as the U-S launches a third night of bombing on Iraq.
Let's head to Jonathan Freed for the very latest in Washington.
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((IN BAGHDAD, ANOTHER ROUND OF U-S MILITARY STRIKES shook the ground and
LIT UP THE SKY...just as the MUSLIM HOLY period OF RAMADAN was
beginning. SEVERAL large EXPLOSIONS WERE seen IN AND AROUND THE IRAQI
AFTER DEBATING THE PRESIDENT'S FUTURE FOR MORE THAN 13 HOURS, MEMBERS OF
THE HOUSE FINALLY broke FOR THE NIGHT.
IT HAD BEEN A LONG DAY OF EMOTIONAL, clearly PARTISAN, AND AT TIMES..
REP. JOHN LEWIS/D-GEORGIA "What the President did was wrong, but
it simply does not rise to the height or sink to the depths of an
impeachable offense. I know it. You know it. And, most importantly,
the American people know it."
REP. LINDSEY GRAHAM/R-SOUTH CAROLINA: He deserves to be impeached based on what he did. Not what I think about him, not how I
voted, but what he did.
WITH AN IMPEACHMENT VOTE now scheduled for SATURDAY.. PRESIDENT CLINTON
IS SAID TO BE PERSONALLY CONTACTING DEMOCRATIC SENATORS TO DISCUSS the
possibility of a TRIAL IN THE SENATE.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: The First Lady is coming to the
President's defense again. Mrs. Clinton is planning on addressing the
Democratic caucus on Capitol Hill before the vote. J-F...Washington.))
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Local lawmakers, for the most part, have been vocal from the start on their stance in the impeachment debate -- with the exception of one notable hold-out.
Virgil Goode still has NOT announced how he plans to vote tomorrow.
Ellen Qualls has been monitoring area legislators' activity on Capitol Hill.
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(( I HAVE SAID FROM THE BEGINNING THAT I BELIEVE THAT LYING TO A GRAND JURY, MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS UNDER OATH AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED THAT THOSE FALSE STATEMENTS WOULD BE PERJURY ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.))
[OUT Q=]so how did US missile strikes on Iraq affect the politicians thoughts on the surreal timing of the impeachment
debate. Goodlatte read a letter from Senator Bob Dole.
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((IT IS ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE FOR THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO VOTE ON ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AT THIS TIME. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT QUICK POSITIVE ACTION COULD IMPROVE CHANCES FOR A TIMELY RESOLUTION FROM THE US SENATE.))
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((IF WE DID NOT GO FORWARD AND WE JUST TOTALLY STOPPED I THINK THAT WOULD BE THE WRONG MESSAGE TO SEND TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND I THINK YOU WOULD SEE INCIDENTS AND THINGS FLAIR UP FROM OTHER COUNTRIES IF THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD BRING THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENTAL PROCESS TO A HALT.))
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((WE COULD HAVE POSTPONED THIS DEBATE IF COULD HAVE OCCURRED NEXT WEEK THERE IS NO EMERGENCY THAT REQUIRES IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE VOTE WOULD HAVE BEEN EXACTLY THE SAME NEXT WEEK OR THE WEEK AFTER.
ELLEN QUALLS: This debate was not postponed however and rick boucher and his anti-impeahcment supporters seem destined to lose. virgil goode says his letters, e-mails and calls were pro impeachment when the starr report came out. he now says those letters and call are running about 50-50. so whatever his vote is, it will be a tough one. ellen qualls,
Congressman Goode is one of a very few in his party to imply he MAY vote for impeachment.
That may not sit well with his party, but how about his own district?
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((HUTCHERSON: I THINK VIRGIL'S GOTTEN HIMSELF INTO A BIT OF A CORNER HERE AS FAR AS PARTY POLITICS IS CONCERNED ON THIS VENTURE.))
((ROBERTSON: I THINK HE'LL DO THE RIGHT THING. THAT'S HOW MUCH FAITH I HAVE IN THE MAN. HE'S A GOOD CONGRESSMAN. ))
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The pending impeachment vote marks a rare event in American history.
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It has happened only once before.
The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson in 1868.
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The Senate acquitted Johnson, and he completed President Lincoln's unexpired term as President.
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Years later Johnson was elected to the same body that came within one vote of removing him from office... the first President elected to the Senate AFTER leaving the White House.
The way our Congressmen vote this week can have a lasting effect on their political careers.
Roanoke's Republican Congressman Caldwell Butler bolted the party in the 1974 Judiciary Committee, and voted to impeach Nixon.
A generation later, a former member of Butler's staff- -Bob Goodlatte, holds the same seat in Congress... and on the Judiciary Committee.
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((HE WAS ONE OF THOSE SEVEN REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED FOR THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. AND I THINK IT TAKES GREAT COURAGE AND GREAT INTEGRITY TO VOTE OUT ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT OF YOUR OWN PARTY.))
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According to a story in the Wall Street Journal this week, the vote cost Butler a chance to run for Governor of Virginia in 1985, citing "still vengeful conservatives" in the G-O-P who "could not support a guy who voted to sack Nixon."
Butler declined to talk about it on camera but said the Wall Street Journal Story was over-stated.
A familiar call tonight for firefighters in Salem.
Fire was reported AGAIN at the Willow River apartment complex.
That marks the 8-th fire at the complex this year.
No one was injured in tonight's blaze, and authorities say most of the damage sustained in the apartment was caused by heavy smoke.
Salem police say that preliminary evidence does NOT indicate anything suspicious about tonight's fire.
Another man is charged in connection with a North Carolina car theft that led to murder in Henry County.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Earnest D. Williams-- but he is not in custody.
Williams is the son of Clyde Howard Junior, the man accused of killing James Stanley Taylor earlier this week.
Meanwhile, the search continues today for Howard.
He has eluded authorities since the murder Tuesday afternoon in Spencer.
A disgruntled city worker opened fire at a Philadelphia office today.
The man walked into a meeting of the Street Department and began firing.
Two people are dead another two are injured.
The gunmen shot himself in the head- He's in good condition at the hospital.
The search continues tonight off the Miami coast for several missing people.
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Eight people are already confirmed dead after a boat capsized- another nine are still missing.
A passing freighter spotted people in the water this morning-
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((SCOTT CARR/U.S. COAST GUARD: THE MOTOR VESSEL RECOVERED NINE INDIVIDUALS AND THROUGH TALKING WITH THEM FOUND THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 26 PEOPLE ON THE BOAT. IMMEDIATELY THE COAST GUARD LAUNCHED ALL AVAILABLE ASSETS IN THE AREA.))
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Some of the rescued had been in the water for ten hours-
The boat was carrying refugees from Cuba-
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Coming up, a letter bomb ends up in a Radford man's mailbox.
We'll have details.
And decorating for the holidays... some people think there is more to it than just trimming trees and hanging lights.
Is it a cultural trait?
We'll take a look when the news returns.
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((Welcome to your weekend everybody!
Poindexter gets another present placed under his tree.
We'll check out tonight's Fleming-Danville battle in the Colonels' gym.
Plus, some Swedish kids are hooping it up in the valley, and Dan Reeves gives a true heart felt thanks to his fans and family tonight on the Big 7.))
Decorating for the holidays has become a serious hobby for some homeowners.
And, one area group thinks it's now a cultural trend that's a part of history.
Stacey Martin has more.
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((The Peters begin in mid-October, putting up thousands of lights and setting up displays from wise men to Santa Claus and an antique train set.
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((MARTHA PETERS: ROGER--THAT'S MY HUSBAND, HE SITS DOWN AND PLANS OUT WHAT HE WANTS TO DO, WHERE HE WANTS EVERYTHING TO GO THEN WE GET OUT HERE AND WE JUST START PUTTIN' AND ADDIN', AS WE GET EVERYTHING OUT.))
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The Peters are a couple of several homeowners in the area who take decorating their home for the holiday season seriously--
And, so does the Blue Ridge Institute--a group that considers these kind of elaborate displays a type of environmental art.
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((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE INSTITUTE: I THINK PEOPLE A LOT OF TIMES JUST LOOK AT DECORATIONS AND THINK IT'S JUST CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. BUT, THE THOUGHT, THE PLANNING, THE CREATIVITY THAT'S GONE INTO THIS IS ART. AND, IT'S AN ENVIRONMENTAL ART FORM AND WE SEEM TO BE VERY BLESSED HERE IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA WITH THIS TYPE OF THING.))
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Most homeowners say they put up their angels, flying Santas, and dolls on sleighs in the spirit of the season for the public to enjoy..
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((ROY HALE: SO MANY PEOPLE COME OUT. WE HAVE PEOPLE COMING FROM GREENSBORO, AND FLOYD, RICHMOND...))
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((ROY HALE:WE ENJOY THE PEOPLE COMING ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG CHILDREN.))
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But, the Institute feels the holiday attractions deserve a place in history.
And, they're trying to document some of the displays by videotaping various homes.
Now, all they need are more suggestions.
Stacey Martin, News 7, Franklin County.
You can nominate your home to be included in the project by contacting the Blue Ridge Institute at Ferrum College.
It didn't just look suspicious -- it was.
A man brought a letter to the Radford Police Department Wednesday, who in turn passed it along to State Police.
They opened it and determined it did indeed contain an explosive device.
Now police are trying to learn who sent it, and why.
No one was hurt.[Peace-Vigil]
As U-S and British cruise missile strikes continue against Iraq, some folks in the area are raising their voices in protest of the military action.
Protestors held a vigil at Lee Plaza in downtown Roanoke earlier this evening, to demonstrate their opposition.
They are members of the Plowshare Peace and Justice Center, and the Virginia Tech Chapter of Amnesty International.
A fiery chain reaction wreck in Sacramento-
Dozens of vehicles crashed including at least eight tractor trailers-
motors homes, trucks even snowmobiles were scattered over the road.
It happened on Interstate Five just north of Sacramento.
One person was killed- ten others hurt.
Fog is to blame.
Still ahead, hitting the jack pot! It may sound impossible to some but a local man has some extra holiday cash--to the tune ofmillions...and
the Roanoke Express is making room on the ice for a performer who is as cool as his glasses... a grammy award winner may be headed to the star city more details straight ahead on News 7.
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How would you like four-point-six million dollars for your holiday shopping this year?
74-year old Allie Puckett of South Boston does.
He struck it rich on Wednesday's Lotto jackpot.
Since Puckett is taking the cash option, he'll receive about half the prize amount.
Puckett says he'll buy a new pickup truck and share the rest with his three children.
Grammy-award winning superstar Elton John may play the Roanoke Civic Center next year.
No contract has been signed, but it's tentatively set for a Friday night in February.
The Roanoke Express HAD a game with the Toledo Storm set for February 19th, but it's been rescheduled for January 5th to make room for the concert if Cellar Door can arrange it.
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((I DON'T WANT TO BE THE GUY TO SAY, "NO, ELTON JOHN'S NOT GOING TO COME TO ROANOKE BECAUSE OF A HOCKEY GAME."))
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A real reason for the season. Falcons coach Dan Reeves checked out of Piedmont hospital yesterday morning just four days after having quadruple heart bypass surgery.
The 54 year Reeves thanked God for what he called a miracle.
He broke down during the newsconference, saying he feels so thankful just to still be alive.
His Falcons play in Detroit this weekend.
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In high school basketball last night a rematch between the defending state champions G-W Danville and William Fleming.
Earlier in the season the Colonels lost to George Washington by 28 points.
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The Eagles needed to huddle several times as a different Fleming team took the court last night.
Jonathan Smith picks up the loose ball for the Colonels and takes it to the hoop for two.
G-W's LaVar Wright is on the receiving end of this pass and lets go this one for a long two.
Eagles' Brian Gunn takes the ball to the hoop, but at the last minute shoots it to Richard Thomas for another G-W basket.
Fleming's Nick Harrington is doubled team and finds an open Anthony Bryant for the score as the Colonels take a five point at the half.
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Danville's Brian Gunn makes the steal and feeds it to Anthony Wiles for this score and GW wins it 56-to-52.
Elsewhere last night James Monroe beat Ripley by 9, Shawsville beat James River by 3, George Wythe topped Marion.
Wilson Memorial beat Parry McCluer by a point, Ft Chiswell bombed Narrows, Cave Spring did the same to Lord Botetourt, and Liberty moved to 6-and-0 with a 43 point win over Rustburg. Salem beat Northside.
And in the second day of the Byrd big Maroon event, Martinsville, Staunton River were winners.
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Also, this afternoon Bankeryd beat the Shawsville middle school team!
What you've never heard of Bankeryd?
It's a squad of 15 year olds from Sweden that has been going to classes and playing a little hoop this week.
The team from Bankeryd, has beaten all the teams it's faced, including one from Northside.
The young Swedes say the United States is a lot different than what they've seen on T-V.
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They say playing basketball and the cheerleaders have been their favorite parts of the trip.
Former Northside star Chad Briscoe coaches the Bankeryd team.
He's the focus of this weekend's Sports Extra.
That's Sunday Morning at eight.
The VMI basketball team beat Shenandoah last night 90-to-53 as Jason Bell scored 18 points.
The school also announced that Cal McCombs is VMI's new head football coach.
He's currently the defensive coordinator at Air Force. When he gets to VMI he will have a five year $90 thousand dollar a season contract awaiting him.
VMI athletic director Donny White had this to say about the hiring earlier last night in a teleconference.
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McCombs coached with Bobby Ross and Freank Beamer at the Citadel. He will be introduced on post after the first of the year.
Virginia and Virginia Tech players dominate the state's sports information directors division one all-ste football team that was announced yesterday.
Both schools put seven players on the team including UVa center John St. Clair and Tech kicker Shayne Graham.
Anthony Poindexter was named the player of the year in the state. He also was named a first team associated press all-american earlier this week.
He earns this honor despite missing the last four games of the year with a serious knee injury.
He is also the ACC's defensive player of the year.
Richmond's Jim Reid who led the Spiders to a 9-and-3 record was voted coach of the year.
Still to come your way on this Friday night, Dom Capers isn't the only NFL
coach in the hot seat.
The latest on Norv Turner's status right after this break.
Reports out of Charlotte tonight still seem to indicate that Dom Capers will be fired at season's end as Panthers' end coach.
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Word began to spread in the Queen City about his possible removal yesterday.
His players say such a move would be a huge mistake, but they aren't surprised by the talk.
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The Redskins could also be looking for a new coach for next season if the team's ownership lands in the wrong hands.
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However, John Kent Cooke says if he is successful in outbidding seven other groups to retain ownership of the team from his father's estate, he will keep Norv Turner and general manager Charlie Casserly on board next season.
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And don't forget about the NFL action today here on WDBJ-7.
Today at 12:30 here on WDBJ-7 you can catch the Jets and Bills battle for first place in the AFC East.
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And tomorrow, join us at one for the Oilers-Packers game as Tennessee continues its drive to make the playoffs. The NFL Today starts things off at Noon tomorrow.
And finally tonight a video of the day that just may make you feel warm and fuzzy.
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Or should we say cold and fuzzy.
Even the polar bears at San Diego's Sea World are celebrating the holiday season.
The arctic animals went on a scavenger hunt, and found Christmas treats that weren't only pretty -- they obviously tasted pretty good...
Third and fourth graders at a local elementary school made the edible surprises for their furry friends.
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