Next on News 7 at 11.,.
Iraq appears to be trying to pick another fight with the U.S.
The power is still out in parts of Virginia as residents dig out of the ice.
And we'll take you to the first night of Kwanzaa....
News 7 at 11 is next.
Even after four days of U.S. and British attacks this month, Iraq isn't backing down.
Today, Iraqi officials said their soldiers will start shooting at U.S. and British planes patroling the no-fly zone over northern and southern Iraq.
Iraq claims its anti-aircraft gunners drove off an "enemy" plane flying out of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and that U.S. planes dropped bombs earlier this week.
National Security officials say U.S. planes did fly over Iraq today, but nothing happened... they add that if Iraq starts shooting, U.S. pilots will act in self defense.
Now that Christmas is over...shoppers are hitting the malls once again..
Some were there to take advantage of the after-Christmas sales.
Others to exchange or return Christmas presents.
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((KATHY BOONE/SHOPPER; I DON'T ALWAYS LIKE WHAT MY HUSBAND PICKS OUT FOR ME. AND MY SON'S SHOES DIDN'T FIT, SO WE'VE COME TO EXCHANGE THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Kathy Boone/Shopper; :00]
[OUT Q=EXCHANGE THEM.]
Many retailers across the nation are hoping after-Christmas sales will help make up for sagging sales leading up to the holiday.
But, one area retailer said
profits were better-than-expected this time around.
[IN Q=MY BUSINESS]
((CARL ROSEN/BELK INTERIM MGR.; MY BUSINESS IS POSITIVE THIS YEAR. WE'RE NOT DOWN AT ALL. OUR BUSINESS IS STEADY AND WE'RE NOT HAVING TO RELY ON THIS AFTER-CHRISTMAS BUSINESS. THIS IS ALL A PLUS FOR US, SO WE'RE ANTICIPATING A GOOD YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Carl Rosen/Belk Interim Mgr.; :00]
[OUT Q=A GOOD YEAR.]
Rosen said it was just as busy today as it had been the week before Christmas.
He said that's probably because the day after Christmas fell on a Saturday.
Christmas Day is a memory now..but if you're celebrating Kwanzaa the festivities are just beginning.
David Johnson has more.
[IN Q=The word Kwanzaa]
[SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Museum Executive Director; :11]
[SUPER=01-Leroi Lowe/Participant; :58]
[OUT Q=DJO, News 7.]
The word Kwanzaa is Swahili for "first fruits".
Maulana Keranga began its celebration for African-Americans 32-years ago.
[IN Q=HE TOOK THE]
((ALETHA BOLDEN/MUSEUM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; HE TOOK THE PRINCIPLES FROM AFRICAN TRADITIONS AND INCOORPERATED IT INTO THE PRINCIPLES THAT ARE THE CELEBRATION OF KWANZAA.))
[OUT Q=OF KWANZAA.]
Those principles are Umoja or unity, Kujichagulia, meaning self determination, Ujima which is collective work and responsibility, Ujamaa or cooperative economics, Nia meaning Purpose, Kuumba for Creativity and Imani which is Faith.
Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday or a substitute for Christmas but rather a week to share and incorporate these principles.
Bolden says the Harrison Museum has shared those principles since it opened 13-years ago and incorporates them year round.
[IN Q=COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS]
((BOLDEN; COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS AND HAVING THE PEOPLE'S SUPPORT AND BRINGING MONEY BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY. WITH OUR EXHIBITS AND WHAT WE DO, WE HAVE A SENSE OF PURPOSE AND CREATIVITY.))
[OUT Q=AND CREATIVITY.]
[IN Q=ANY SOCIETY]
((LEROI LOWE/PARTICIPANT; ANY SOCIETY THAT WE KNOW OF NEEDS UNITY, THEY NEED FAITH. THEY NEED ALL OF THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES TO CALL THEMSELVES A VALID FUNCTIONING COMMUNITY. I CAN SEE ONLY GOOD THINGS COMING FROM THE EXERCISE OF THESE PRINCIPLES.))
[OUT Q=THESE PRINCIPLES.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; BOLDEN HAS NOTICED OVER THE YEARS THAT KWANZAA HAS BECOME MAINSTREAM. STATISTICS SHOW SHE'S RIGHT. LAST YEAR 28-MILLION PEOPLE IN AMERICA CELEBRATED THE HARVESTING HOLIDAY. BUT BOLDEN HOPES KWANZAA STICKS WITH ITS PRINCIPLES AND AVOIDS BECOMING COMMERCIALIZED.
DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.
The Roanoke toddler who survived heart transplant surgery is back in the hospital today.
Kayla Griffin got a new heart December 15th.
Her doctors said she was making amazing progress and let her return home Wednesday for the holidays.
But, her father Kenneth Booker said by the time the toddler got home her temperature was up to 104 degrees, so her parents took her back Christmas Eve.
Booker says he hopes to take his daughter home by the first of next week.
Over one-thousand workers were out trying to restore power to about 160-thousand Virginia Power customers who are still in the dark today.
That's down from the 280-thousand who had no electrical service at one point Christmas Eve.
Virginia Power had 11- hundred crewmen working on Christmas day to repair the damage from this week's storm.
The company says service will not be fully restored until early next week.
Ice damage stretches from Petersburg, south of Richmond, down into North Carolina.
Heather Murphy has more.
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[SUPER=01-Jerry Wallace/Petersburg Fire Chief; :27]
[SUPER=01-John Shenal/VA Power Company; :42]
[SUPER=01-Heather Murphy/Reporting; :50]
[SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC; 1:05]
[OUT Q=Alexandra Virginia]
"WE ARE EXPERIENCING WIDESPREAD OUTAGES IN OUR SERVICE AREA DUE TO
EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO POWER LINES CAUSED BY ICE AND DOWNED TREES"
FONT: PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA
It's 36 hours and counting...hundreds of thousands of people in Virginia
who never expected to spend Christmas without heat or light ... are
still in the dark. Today they're buried under ice, snow, and in some
case the trees that fell on their roofs, and waiting for the power crews
to bail them out.
SOT/JERRY WALLACE/PETERSBURG FIRE CHIEF
"SOME OF THE DEVASTATION INCLUDES TREES THROUGH HOMES AND POWER LINES,
THOUSANDS OF POWER LINES DOWN EVERYWHERE."
Volunteer workers from as far away as Ohio have come to Virginia to help
out ... but even with their help it might be next week before
everything is back to normal.
SOT/JOHN SHENAL/VA POWER COMPANY
"WE WILL FINALLY HAVE EVERYONE BACK IN SERVICE EITHER LATE TUESDAY OR BY
THE LATEST WEDNESDAY"
HEATHER MURPHY/CBS NEWS
UNTIL THEN 14 CITIES IN SOUTHERN VIRGINIA HAVE DECLARED A STATE OF
EMERGENCY AND SET UP SHELTERS FOR THOSE HARDEST HIT BY THE STORM.
"IT'S JUST BEEN REALLY HEARTWRENCHING SOME OF THE SITUAITONS WE'VE HAD
TO DEAL WITH."
"THE BRIDGES FROZE UP PRETTY QUICK..."
FONT: RALEIGH, NC
All across the South people have been struggling to recover from the
sudden freeze...In North Carolina icy roads have been blamed for
hundreds of traffic accidents over the past few days.. ... this 9-car
pileup in Raleigh paralyzed traffic for hours this morning.
NAT SOT SAWING TREES
Back in Petersburg Virginia residents are focusing on sawing and
scraping their way out from under the ice ... and even the most stoic
are hoping for an early release from the icy grip of the storm of `98.
HM, CBS, ALEXANDRIA, VA))
Up next--two balloonists prepare for what could be a history-making flight..
And, Ellen Qualls will talk to a mystery writer who's found success with her first publication.
More when we return.
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Yet another team of balloonists is taking flight in an effort to make history.
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An American and Australian are training to make a non-stop flight around the world in a balloon.
Millionaires Steve Fossett and Richard Branson fell short of that goal when their balloon crashed into the Pacific Ocean yesterday.
The US-Australian team will fly in a balloon that's large enough to engulf the Houston Astrodome.
Lift off is scheduled for some time next week.
Ann McMillan recently wrote her first mystery novel about murder, slavery and Virginia just before The Civil War.
Now, the author has a hit on her hands.
Ellen Qualls has more.
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[SUPER=01-Ann McMillan/Mystery Writer; :14]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
((She's NOT even a Civil War buff.
But Ann McMillan's making the history of Civil War Virginia come alive in a new series of novels she's signed on to do for Viking Press.
((ANN MCMILLAN/MYSTERY WRITER: SINCE I LIVE IN RICHMOND, THE OBVIOUS THING TO DO WOULD BE TO CHOOSE THE MOST ARRESTING PART OF RICHMOND HISTORY TO SET MY NOVEL IN.))
And the most arresting locales-- like the gothic spectacle of Hollywood Cemetery.
((ANN MCMILLAN/MYSTERY WRITER: "DEAD MARCH" OPENS IN HOLLYWOOD CEMETERY IN EARLY SPRING OF 1861. AND THE RESURRECTION MEN, THAT IS THE GRAVE ROBBERS, FROM THE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF VIRGINIA, HAVE COME HERE TO DIG UP A BODY. For what purpose? FOR THE PURPOSE OF MEDICAL DISSECTION. THAT'S HOW STUDENTS LEARNED ABOUT ANATOMY IN THOSE DAYS.))
((ANN MCMILLAN/MYSTERY WRITER: I WENT TO A VERY HELPFUL MEDICAL RE-ENACTMENT EARLY ON IN GORDONSVILLE THAT SHOWED A LEG BEING AMPUTATED. TO GREAT EFFECT. SOME OF THE AUDIENCE ALMOST PASSED OUT. SO THAT WAS VERY HELPFUL AND IT APPEARS ALMOST WORD FOR WORD IN MY BOOK.))
Her protaganist is modelled on her great-grandmother.
Her first murder victim is a slave woman.
((ANN MCMILLAN/MYSTERY WRITER: IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPOSSIBLE TO WRITE THIS NOVEL 20 YEARS AGO, AND VERY DIFFICULT TO WRITE IT TEN YEARS AGO. BUT HISTORIANS HAVE COME ALONG MORE RECENTLY AND BROUGHT OUT THE VOICES OF WOMEN AND FREE BLACKS AND SLAVES.))
((ANN MCMILLAN/MYSTERY WRITER: THERE WERE MORE WORDS CARVED IN THE BASE OF THE SCULPTURE. SHE BENT DOWN TO READ THEM.
"I SHALL GO TO HIM. BUT HE SHALL NOT RETURN TO ME." THE WORDS SPOKEN BY KING DAVID WHEN GOD TOOK THE LIFE OF DAVID'S INFANT SON, BORN FROM DAVID'S SINFUL UNION WITH BATHSHEEBA.))
"Dead March" is carried by Barnes and Noble.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The Dumas Hotel was once known as the place to be for jazz music in Roanoke.
Tomorrow, some people will honor its history.
Dignitaries and officials will gather Sunday afternoon to honor the founders of the Dumas Hotel and Music Center.
The highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of a sculpture of the
people who helped make the center what it was.
The Dumas Hotel remains open today as a community center in the Gainsboro District.
Still to come--we'll head out to Bedford ..
for another look at the Elk's Home lighting display.
It's an old holiday attraction that's still popular with hundreds of area residents.
More when we return.
The Elks Home holiday light display has been a Bedford tradition for about 40 years.
It's a source of joy for seasonal visitors and a source of pride for the people who live at the home.
Kimberly McBroom has more.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Brown/Resident; :19]
[SUPER=01-Paul Buzinec/Resident; :33]
[SUPER=01-Bill Pickett/Elks Home Exec. Dir.; :57]
[OUT Q=McBroom, News 7, Bedford]
((Maintenance workers at the Elks Home have to get into the holiday spirit early--
It takes WEEKS of preparation to get all FIFTY- THOUSAND colorful bulbs in place, and every display just right, for the annual display of Christmas lights.
Residents say they enjoy watching it all come to life--
((FRANK BROWN/RESIDENT: THEY DO A GOOD JOB. THEY'RE CLIMBING ALL OVER THE BUILDINGS AND EVERYTHING, PUTTING LIGHTS UP.))
This is Paul Buzinec's FIRST Christmas at the Elks Home--
[SOT 17:46:06 ]
((PAUL BUZINEC/RESIDENT: OH YES, THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IS HERE, BUT NOT AS EXCITED AS I AM ABOUT IT. SOMETHING NEW AND I'M SURE I'LL BE THAT WAY FOR ANOTHER 20 OR 30 YEARS THAT I'M HERE.))
THIS is what all the excitement is over...
The impressive lighting display draws thousands of visitors.
A counter in the driveway clocked 21- THOUSAND vehicles entering the Elks Home gates during the last Christmas season, and just as many are expected this year.
[SOT 17:40:09 ]
((BILL PICKETT/ELKS HOME EXEC. DIR.: WELL, AS THEY COME IN OUR MAIN GATE, NATURALLY, WHAT THEY'LL WANT TO BE ABLE TO SEE OFF TO THEIR RIGHT IS THE STORY OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. IT STARTS THERE AND IT SHOWS THESE ON THROUGH THE NATIVITY SCENE. THEN, FROM THEN ON, IT'S ALL CHRISTMASTIME WITH SANTA CLAUSES, ELVES AND LIGHTS AND JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING POSSIBLE. ))
While the lights attract plenty of outside attention, it's those people who are here all year round who seem to appreciate them the most.
((BILL PICKETT/ELKS HOME EXEC. DIR.: EVERY YEAR, INEVITABLY, IT ALWAYS HAPPENS, MEN WILL COME OUT AND SEE THIS, BECAUSE IT'S ALWAYS AFTER THE DINNER HOUR. AND THEY'LL BE STANDING ON THE PORCH WITH TEARS IN THEIR EYES AND IT'S JUST LIKE EVERYTHING YOU'D IMAGINE. IT'S JUST BEAUTIFUL AND WE FEEL SO HAPPY FOR THEM.))
[BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[SOT 17:42:18 ]
((BILL PICKETT/ELKS HOME EXEC. DIR.: THIS IS A MAGNIFICENT TIME OF THE YEAR FOR THEM. SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THIS IS THEIR HOME, AND EVERYTHING WE DO RELATES TOWARD IT.))
Christmas may be over, but you can still enjoy the Elks Home lights through New Year's Eve, between 5:30 and ten p-m.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Bedford.))
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The Roanoke Express was back at the Roundhouse last night for a big game against the Icebreakers of Chesapkeake.
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Chesapeake would break the ice on a missed clearance Denny Fellsner puts it through Gagnon's legs to lead the game 1 to nothing.
Roanoke would fight back in the first J.F. Tremblay would find a spinning Nicolas Windsor who gets the back hand for the score to tie at 1 to 1.
Then in the second period, Roanoke works the puck behind the net and Mike Peron finds a wide open Dru Burgess for the chip shot Roanoke led 2 to 1.
But the Icebreakers would even it up as L.P. Charbonneau leaves the puck for J.P. O'Connor he
slaps it in for the score and Roanoke wins it 3 to 2.
For the second year in a row, Louisville has won the hoops battle of Kentucky.
Yesterday afternoon the Cardinals beat the Wildcats 83 to 74.
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Denny Crum and his team needing a big win.
Louisville led by 5 at the half but when Marques Maybin nailed this three pointer the lead was 50 to 44 Cardinals.
The Wildcats rallied going inside to Michael Bradley for the easy layup to make it 53 to 46.
Then with 13 minutes left in the game Kentucky's Scott Padgett gets it inside drawing the foul and the three point play cutting the lead to six.
But with just over 5 minutes left in the game Maybin
hits the three pointer drawing the foul and the Cardinals win it 83 to 74.
The Vikings and chiefs win N-F-L games. More when we return.
West Virginia and and 23-rd ranked Missouri are battling in the Insight-dot-com bowl in Tuscon, Arizona.
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While Southern and Bethune Cookman hooked up in the Heritage Bowl at the Georgia Dome.
Southern's Ryan Lewis rushed for 84 yards on seven carries and he scored two touchdowns as the Jaguars beat Bethune-Cookman. It's Southern's fourth straight Heritage Bowl appearance.
Now, Here's tonights numbers.
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[SUPER=0101-/Hampton/4/j/Richmond/6////South Carolina/2/j/Pee Dee/3///;]
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Alabama is 11 and 11 over the last two years. But, according to Frank Beamer and the Hokies, the Tide is changing for the better once again. Steve Mason explains.
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[SUPER=04-Auburn vs. Alabama; :04]
[SUPER=01-Shaun Alexander/Alabama Tailback; :20]
[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/1995 Sugar Bowl; :35]
[SUPER=01-Mike Dubose/Alabama Head Coach; :47]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; 1:13]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports"]
((The Music City Bowl marks Alabama's 49th bowl apprearance. And recent hard times seem to be behind the Crimson Tide. The program has followed in the footsteps of tailback Shaun Alexander, changing driections quickly, going from a 4 and 7 97 to this year's 7 and 4 and a bowl bid.
Bama and Tech share some of the same colors, but that's where the similarties have stopped until recently. Tech's rise to national prominance in the 90's closes the gap between the two powers.
The Crimson Tide has 20 SEC titles to it's name. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
[SUPER=03-Nashville, TN; :]
The icy weather conditions in Nashville forced both teams to hold their first workout inside.
Tech braved the chilly conditions yesterday trying to get some kind of practice rythmn before the big bowl game.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=....FOOTBALL GAME."]
And coming up, The Chiefs come from behind to beat the Raiders.
And the Minnesota Vikings end the season 15 and 1 after a win over the Tennessee Oilers.
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Randall Cunningham passed for two touchdowns as the Vikings set an N-F-L record for points in a regular season breaking the old mark held by the Washington Redskins in yesterday's 26 to 16 win over Tennessee.
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The Viking fans were out in full force at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Tennessee took the lead in the first quarter Eddie George taking the handoff and cutting outside scoring from the 2 yard line to make it 13 to 5 Oilers.
But the Vikings would rally in the third quarter when Cunningham goes to the air and hits Randy Moss on the 6 yard touchdown pass play and the score was 16 to 13 Vikings.
Cunningham added another T-D pass in the third hitting Chris Carter who breaks a tackle and scores on the 30 yard p
ass play Minnesota led 23 to 16.
Viking kicker Gary Anderson booted his third field
goal of the game. Anderson finished the regular season perfect on field goals and Extra points as Minnesota wins it 26
[IN Q="More than...]
[SUPER=01-Gary Anderson/Viking's Kicker; :00]
[OUT Q=......the playoffs."]
Elvis Grbac in his first start since November 8-th tossed a 20 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as Kansas City beats Oakland 31 to 24.
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The Raiders after their first win against the Chiefs in many moons.
Leading 7 to nothing in the first quarter Randy Jordan takes the handoff and scores up the middle from the 10 and the Raiders led 14 to nothing.
The Chiefs would tie the score with two short runs by Bam Morris. This one yarder made the score 14 to 14 in the third quarter.
Kansas City's defense put the Chiefs on top in the fourth quarter Derrick Thomas picks up this Wade Wilson fumble and returns it 44 yards for the score and a 24 to 17 lead.
Oakland tied it at 24 to 24 then with three and
and a half minutes left in the game Grbac hits Tony Gonzalez on the 20 yard T-D pass the Chiefs win it 31 to 24.
Have a great day everybody!