[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


A school field trip in Ohio ends with a bus crash and dozens injured.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And no relief for rain- drenched North Carolina.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

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[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=School Bus Accident]


A school bus has overturned near Columbus, Ohio, injuring 35 students.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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[SUPER=03-South Bloomfield, OH; :00]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; :45]
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[OUT Q=cbs news Detroit.]

(( IT HAPPENED ON A RURAL TWO LANE ROAD ABOUT TWENTY MILES SOUTH OF COLUMBUS, OHIO.
A SCHOOL BUS LOADED WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS SOMEHOW FLIPPED OVER..INJURING AT LEAST 45 PEOPLE.
MOS SOT


RESCUERS AT THE SCENE SAY NONE OF THE INJURIES APPEAR LIFE THREATENING... HOWEVER AT LEAST 30 PEOPLE, MOSTLY KIDS.. HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO AREA HOSPITALS.
MOS SOT:

"MY CHILD WAS NOT ON THE BUS, BUT MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE PARENTS OF KIDS WHO WERE ON THE BUS. I JUST FEEL FOR THEM."
ONE OF THE FIRST RESCUERS ON THE SCENE SAYS HE FOUND KIDS SITTING IN A CORNFIELD, SOME CRYING, MOST WITH SCRAPES AND BRUISES. THE BUS WAS HEADED FOR A FIELD TRIP WHEN THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED. SO FAR THERE'S NO WORD ON WHAT CAUSED IT TO OVERTURN. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, DETROIT.))

[NC-FLOODING]


[ANCHOR=MEL]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Flooding]


The situation is being called catastrophic in flood-ravaged North Carolina.
For the second time in 2 weeks, major rain has fallen, flood waters are rising and, with more rain on the way, residents are wondering how much more they can take.
Jim Axelrod reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Goldsboro, NC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Connie Price/Wayne Co. Planning Commission; :06]
[SUPER=01-Neil Dupuy/Resident; :18]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jonathan Barnes/Resident; :56]
[SUPER=01-Jim Axelrod/Reporting; 1:05]
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((SUPER: GOLDSBORO, NC :00 - :03 NARR: THIS WAS THE LAST THING THEY NEED IN GOLDSBORO. SUPER: CONNIE PRICE, WAYNE COUNTY PLANNING "WE THOUGHT WE WERE DONE WITH IT...BUT MOTHER NATURE HAS A WAY OF REMINDING US WHO'S IN CHARGE." NARR: RAIN...ANOTHER 8 INCHES SO FAR THIS WEEK...AND MORE FORECAST FOR TODAY. ALL ON TOP OF RECORD FLOODS IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS.
SOT DUPUY: "IF YOU NOTICE THEERE USED TO BE A SEA WALL ALL THE WAY ACROSS THERE..AND THIS HAS WASHED OUT A BIG PORTION

OF IT." NARR: IN THE VILLAGE OF WALNUT CREEK, NORTH CAROLINA, SANDY AND NEIL DUPUY ARE UNABLE TO GET TO THEIR HOME, STRANDED BY A SWOLLEN LAKE THAT'S JUMPED IT'S BANKS. SUPER: NEIL DUPUY, RESIDENT (AFTER AXELROD QUESTION) "DIDN'T YOU THINK YOU WERE DONE WITH ALL THIS? YEAH...YEAH..I THOUGHT LAST WEEK WAS IT. LIKE MY WIFE SAYS..SHE'S BEEN HERE 26 YEARS, HER PARENTS 33, AND SHE'S NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS...EVER." NARR: IN EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA THIS MORNING, THE LATEST INSULT IS BEING HEAPED ON MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF INJURY...AND AFTER TWO WEEKS..THE PEOPLE FINALLY SEEM TO BE AT THE END OF THE ROAD. SUPER: DR. JONATHAN BARNES, RESIDENT "THEY DON'T SEEM TO HAVE ANY ENERGY OR DESIRE TO PUT THIS THING BACK TOGETHER AGAIN. IT'S JUST A REAL ATTITUDE OF DEPRESSION..AND UNEASINESS." AXELROD ON CAM CLOSE: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MUST BE PUT BACK TOGETHER IS THIS DAM BEHIND ME ON LAKE WACKENA..HERE IN WALNUT CREEK. IT WAS A TEMPORARY DAM, BUILT AS PART OF THE RECOVERY EFFORTSAFTER HURRICANE FLOYD. BUT WITH ALL THE ADDITIONAL RAIN WE'VE SEEN HERE, IT DIDN'T EVEN LAST A WEEK. IT GIVES YOU SOME IDEA OF THE KINDS OF PROBLEMS THE PEOPLE OF EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA ARE FACING. JIM AXELROD CBS NEWS WALNUT CREEK NORTH CAROLINA.))

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
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Let's talk to Patrick Evans to get the latest on what we and folks in North Carolina can expect.
(Toss to Patrick)


[Patrick in WxCenter]
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(Toss back to Melanie)



[Red-Cross]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Floyd Relief]


The Roanoke Valley Red Cross chapter wants to raise 53-thousand dollars for Carolina flood victims.
So far, 31-thousand dollars has come in.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Once residents begin to return home, new supplies will be in demand.
That's when donation money is needed the most.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We will provide]

((TOM BROWN/ROANOKE CHAPTER MANAGER: WE WILL PROVIDE THEM WITH FOOD CLOTHING WHEN THEY CAN GO BACK INTO A LIVING SPACE, SOME FURNITURE TO GO INTO THEIR NEW LIVING AREA.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Brown/Roanoke Chapter Manager; ]
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[WIPE to Full Screen Address]
The address for the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is 352 Church Avenue Southwest, Roanoke.
The zip code is 24016.
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[church-relief]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Flood victims are also getting some much need supplies via the nation's capital.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]


Some Washington D-C Church goers decided that watching televised reports was more than they could stand.
So they set out to help.
They've been collecting clothing, food, medicine and whatever else they can get for flood victims in North Carolina.
So far they've filled five tractor-trailers and two more will be filled today.
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[4:06:21-30]
[IN Q=It's a time....]
[SUPER=01-Burton "Quick" Moody/Junior Deacon;]
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[OUT Q=Everybody that's down in NC.]
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[VO-NAT]


More than 30 Washington churches have contributed to the North Carolina aid effort.
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[E-City-Water]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-30 1:41:40]
[GRAPHIC=Water Supply]


Closer to home-- the rain is a little more welcome
Carvins Cove is on the rebound-- the water level is up to 21- point- three feet below the spillway.
That's up more than seven feet in the last month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Carvins Cove]


Normally at this time of year, the water level is about 15 feet below full pond.
So even though the situation has improved dramatically, city officials say the water emergency isn't over.
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[SOT 01:31:42]
[IN Q=We hope ]

((DIANE AKERS/ACTING ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER: WE HOPE PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO CONSERVE WATER. EVEN THOUGH IT'S RAINING, WE'RE STILL WELL BELOW WHERE WE NEED TO BE.))
[SUPER=01-Diane Akers/Acting Assistant City Manager]
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[OUT Q=where we need to be.]
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[VO-NAT]


Yesterday morning, Catawba Creek was up... and water was flowing into one of the tunnels that feeds Carvins Cove.


Since tropical storm Dennis moved through the region early this month, the ground has become saturated and more run- off is reaching the reservoir.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Mandatory water restrictions will remain in effect until the water level rises to at least eighteen feet below the spillway.


[E-VA-Drought]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=99-37 53:42]
[GRAPHIC=Drought of 99]


It's been feast or famine for Virginia's dry soils this year.
The drought and floods have caused an estimated 200- million dollars in damages to agriculture alone.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


But a steady rain at the State Fair yesterday NOT only made the fair a little less fun-- It's only done SURFACE RENEWAL of drought-stricken fields and waterways.
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[SOT 14:57:58]
[IN Q=It's really]

((CARLTON COURTER/VIRGINIA AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: IT'S REALLY BEEN ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS IN A SAD WAY. THE DROUGHT OF THIS SUMMER WAS NOT REALLY THIS SUMMER. IT WAS 12 AND 14 MONTHS IN THE MAKING. ACTUALLY IT STARTED IN JUNE OF '98. SO WE WENT THROUGH THE WINTER WITHOUT ANY SIGNIFICANT RAIN. SO WE'RE LOOKING AT THE EFFECTS OF A 15 MONTH DROUGHT.))
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[TALENT=Melanie]
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Despite the floods, a winter of regular rainfall will be needed throughout the state to get the groundwater back to healthy levels.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=99-41 TC14:35]
[GRAPHIC=Accident]


A tractor- trailer accident this morning has left one southbound lane of Interstate 81 closed.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN MAP]
State police say the wreck occurred near mile marker 1-64.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


The truck apparently overturned on the rain- dampened highway.
No word yet on the extent of injuries.
Clean-up crews say the lane will probably stay closed for most of today.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


What was an education issue in Appomattox County is heating up the political scene.
More on the growin debate over school prayer is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And a find out why this teacher is stirring up debate in a California school.
Stay with us.
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[transexual-teacher]


[ANCHOR=mel]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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A California high school teacher is fighting for his job.
He says he is being fired-- because he wants to transform himself into a woman.
Manuel Gallegus reports from Los Angeles.
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[7:14:54]
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[SUPER=01-Dana Lee Rivers/Teacher; :09]
[SUPER=03-Antelope, CA; :18]
[SUPER=01-Brad Dacus/Pacific Justice Institute; :57]
[SUPER=01-Angela Duvaine/Student; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; 1:19]
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(( A high school teacher who's taught journalism for eight years as a man... is fighting to keep that job... only now as a woman.
((sot: Dana Lee Rivers))


"My teaching ability is not going to be impaired, it's going to be enhanced when I can be truly, truly who I am."


((LOCATOR: ANTELOPE, CA))
((track 2))
David Warfield is now legally Dana Lee Rivers. But the popular teacher at Center High School in Antelope, California is doing more than changing his name -- he's changing his gender. Rivers is currently undergoing hormone treatments... to prepare for a sex-change operation.
((sot: Dana Lee Rivers))


"This is who I am. It's that simple. It's who I've always been."
((track 3))
However, Rivers' decision is not sitting well with local school officials... who have so far suspended him with pay.
A conservative group representing parents is going a step further-- pushing to get him fired.
((Brad Dacus, Pacific Justice Institute))
"How a teacher feels he has a woman inside of him and the reason why he feels that way.. that is not a part of the curriculum."
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But many students remain supportive.
((sot: Angela Duvaine/student))


She had so much bottled up inside of her and she was hiding so much that now she can let it all out and be her whole person.
Rivers has filed a complaint with the California state labor commissioner... asking for his job back. In the meantime, loyal students are wondering if he'll ever be back in their classroom.
Manuel Gallegus, CBS News, .... CA.))


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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-33 TC1:33:09]
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The issue of whether to allow school prayer in Appomattox County has now taken on political overtones.
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[SUPER=03-Appomattox]


Republican Tommy Wright is hoping to unseat incumbent Richard Holland in the 15th State Senate District which includes Appomattox County.
Wright told a crowd at Appomattox High School yesterday that he supports the effort to set aside two minutes of silence at the beginning of each school day.
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[IN Q=I think in]

((TOMMY WRIGHT/R- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: I THINK IN THE PAST WE'VE BEEN INTIMIDATED BY THREATS OF POSSIBLE LAWSUITS OR ACTIONS AND THAT HAS CAUSED US TO LOSE SOME OF OUR FREEDOMS.. FREEDOMS THAT WERE HARD FOUGHT FOR, I MIGHT ADD, BY OUR SOLDIERS AND VETERANS IN YEARS PAST.))
[SUPER=01-Tommy Wright/(R) State Senate Candidate]
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[OUT Q=in years past.]
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[VO-NAT]


Reverend Jerry Childress is pushing for the moment of silence, and also wants the Lord's Prayer posted in each school.
The A-C-L-U has vowed to fight that move in court.
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[E-L'burg-Council]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-39 16:18]
[GRAPHIC=Lynchburg]


A controversial strip mall proposed for the Boonsboro section of Lynchburg has been given the go- ahead.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Last night, city council voted 5- to- 1 to rezone a small patch of land off Boonsboro Road to allow for the construction of a stormwater retention pond.
The pond will serve a development that will include a gas station, car wash and strip mall.
More than 900 nearby residents had signed a petition opposing the project.
They're worried about run-off from the site and the increase in traffic the stores would generate.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


You may not want to think about flu season yet... it's just around the corner.
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[VO-NAT ]


But relief may be just as close in the form of a new drug.
The details are next on News-7 at Noon.
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[COMM BREAK #2]


[flu-inhaler]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Medical News]


The flu season is just around the corner.
And a now a new drug is available to help fight the illness.
Nancy Holland has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

[7:27:58]
[SUPER=03-Houston, TX; :00]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Holland/Reporting; :58]
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[OUT Q=FOR CBS NEWS.]



[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
[GRAPHIC=stocks]


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP a fraction of a point.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, the war of words between the Hookies and the Hoos continues,
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[VO-NAT ]

and the daughter of the champ makes her way to the ring to prove SHE'S the greatest.
Patrick will be back with the details.
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[S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-48]
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The verbal jousting is at an all-time low between the Hokies and Hoos.
Steve Mason says the Hokies approach to this weekend's UVa game is much different than it was last week when the players had plenty to say about crunching Clemson.
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[SOT ]
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Nick Sorenson/Virginia Tech Safety; :00]
[SUPER=04-Yesterday Afternoon; :15]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :32]
[SUPER=03-Tech vs. Clemson/Last Thursday; :46]
[SUPER=01-Jamel Smith/Virginia Tech Linebacker; 1:00]
[SUPER=04-November 28, 1998; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Anthony Midget/Virginia Tech Cornerback; 1:16]
[SUPER=@steve1; 1:22]
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[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS.]
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[Ali-Boxer]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Boxing]


Ali is returning to the ring to float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
But it's not Muhammed Ali; it's his daughter Laila.
Sandra Hughes has more on the woman following in her father's famous footsteps.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=She's got]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Laila Ali/Boxer; :23]
[SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; :59]
[RUNS=2:01]
[OUT Q=News Los Angeles]

((NATSND LAILA BOXING NARR: SHE'S GOT HIS NAME...HIS GOOD LOOKS..AND THE CONFIDENCE OF A CHAMP.
SOT LAILA: "I THINK HE'S WORRIED LIKE ANY OTHER FATHER WOULD BE, BUT HE SUPPORTS ME. HIS MAIN ADVICE IS ALWAYS SURROUND

ING AROUND THE IDEA OF NOT GETTING HURT AND THAT I KNOW WHAT I'M GETTING INTO."
(Hughes) BUT HE'S NOT A TYPICAL FATHER. YOU'VE GOT BIG SHOES TO FILL...FOLLOWING IN HIS FOOTSTEPS.
(Laila) RIGHT, BUT THE WAY WHEN WE LOOK INTO EACH OTHER'S EYES HE'S JUST MY FATHER. I DON'T LOOK AT HIM AS MUHAMMAD ALI

. HE'S DAD. NOW IF HE'S AT THE FIGHT, THAT'S ANOTHER STORY. THEN I'LL FEEL LIKE THE GREATEST IS HERE, NOW I REALLY HAVE TO DO MY BEST." NARR: SINCE ANNOUNCING HER INTENTIONS TO BOX ABOUT A YEAR AGO, THE FIVE-FOOT, TEN-INCH STUNNER HAS BEEN OFFERED MOVIES, MAGAZINE SPREADS AND MODELING SHOOTS, ALL TURNED DOWN TO TRAIN FOR HER FIRST BOUT OCTOBER 8TH.
SOT LAILA: "I'VE MADE IT MY MAIN FOCUS//BECAUSE IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD AND I'M GOOD AT IT SO I DECIDED TO GO FORWARD WIT

H IT." NARR: BUT IT WASN'T ALWAYS HER FOCUS. A TROUBLED TEENWHO SPENT THREE MONTHS IN JUVENILE HALL, SHE WAS WORKING AS A MANICURIST WHEN SHE DISCOVERED WOMEN'S BOXING.
SOT Laila: I THINK WOMEN'S BOXING IS PROGRESSING AS A SPORT. I'VE BEEN TRAINING A YEAR NOW.
(SANDRA-DON'T YOU WORRY ABOUT WHAT THIS POUNDING IS GOING TO DO TO YOUR

BEAUTIFUL FACE?) Laila: I DON'T WALK AROUND WORRIED ABOUT MY LOOKS. GETTING HIT AND POSSIBLY GETTING CUT OR GETTING YOUR NOSE BROKEN THAT COMES WITH THE SPORT." NARR: BUT IT'S HARD TO IGNORE WHAT BOXING MAY HAVE DONE TO HER FATHER... WHO'S BATTLED PARKINSON'S DISEASE FOR YEARS.
SOT LAILA: "I'M AWARE THAT BOXING IS NOT A SPORT YOU WANT TO STAY IN FOR A LONG TIME. IT'S DANGEROUS AND IT DOES TAKE I

T'S TOLL ON YOU, SO I DON'T PLAN TO BOX UNTIL I DROP." NARR: JUST TIL SHE PROVES SHE'S A CHAMP, TOO. SANDRA HUGHES FOR CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES))