Some 24 hours after a deadly mass shooting in Armenia's parliament the gunmen surrender and free their hostages.
And the F-B-I warns primate researchers about threatening letters
News 7 at noon is next.
The battle over minority endorsements in the Roanoke Senate race continues...
with another broadside from Jeff Artis of the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
He asked reporters to meet him at a Roanoke street corner this morning to attack incumbent Senator John Edwards.
Artis ended up criticizing the group of Black community leaders who ENDORSED Edwards on Tuesday.
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((A NUMBER OF THE BLACK PREACHERS WHO ARE SUPPORTING MR. EDWARDS HAVE RECEIVED CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO DELIVER THE BLACK VOTE ON ELECTION DAY. SO YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER THE FACT THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS HAVE ESSENTIALLY BEEN PAID TO DELIVER THE VOTE. I HAVEN'T BEEN PAID ANYTHING.))
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Artis supports William Fralin, the Republican challenger in the senate race.
George W. Bush won't be at a debate in New Hampshire tonight with his G-O-P presidential rivals.
But he plans to explain his absence in an interview this evening on a New Hampshire T-V station.
The top Democratic contenders faced off in the state last night .
Vice President Gore says Bill Bradley's health-care and spending plans don't add up.
Bradley says he's been in touch with the American people since he left the Senate.
That's as sharp as the barbs got last night as the two presidential contenders took questions from an audience at Dartmouth College.
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Gore took the opportunity to distance himself from President Clinton's impeachment.
And Bradley defended his decision to leave the Senate in 19-96.
A hostage drama is over this afternoon in Armenia.
A group of nationalist gunmen surrendered early this morning after killing the Armenian prime minister and seven other lawmakers as well as holding a large number of hostages inside the parliament building.
The gunmen handed over their weapons to police after being allowed to air a statement on national T-V.
They were also guaranteed a fair trial.
The armed men stormed the Armenian parliament yesterday afternoon, saying they had to save the country from political and economic collapse.
The F-B-I is warning animal research scientists across the country to be cautious.
The warning comes after an animal-rights group mailed dozens of booby-trapped letters to primate researchers at major universities.
The letters had razor blades inside the envelope flap so the person who opened them would be cut.
The notes inside threatened violence unless the scientists abandoned their research.
An animal-rights group called ``Justice Department'' is claiming responsibility for the letter campaign.
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((DON GIBBONS/HARVARD: "NO ONE HAS BEEN HURT AND BECAUSE NO ONE HAS BEEN HURT AND THEY WERE WARNED IN ADVANCE, EVERYBODY IS TAKING IT IN STRIDE AND HOPING THIS IS A ONE TIME OCCURRENCE."))
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In addition to Harvard, letters were also sent to Tulane, Emory University, Cal-Davis and state universities in Wisco
nsin, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington.
If you're heading north on Interstate 81 this afternoon, you may want to avoid Rockbridge County.
The northbound lanes of the interstate are closed in Northern Augusta County because of a tractor-trailer accident.
The accident happened this morning around mile marker 235 near (weers) Weyers Cave-- that's about halfway between Staunton and Harrisonburg.
A group of Salem residents is teaming up with police to fight crime-- and it hopes more neighborhoods do the same.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
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[SUPER=07-Lerline Brown; 1:26]
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((Four years ago Carol and Michael Savo started a neighborhood crime watch in their Salem neighborhood. They were tired of seeing juvenile crime and they wanted their neighbors to join in the efforts. Carol Savo says four years ago the elderly in the neighborhood were being targeted but now everything has changed.
((CAROL SAVO: THERE ARE A LOT OF ELDERLY PEOPLE WHO FEEL A LOT SAFER BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEIR NEIGHBORS WILL BE LOOKING OUT FOR THEM.))
300 homes in the area are invited every three months to the neighborhood watch meetings. There, residents learn what to keep an eye on.
((MICHAEL SAVO: PEOPLE ARE NOW AWARE OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SCAMS THAT ARE GOING ON AND THEY ARE WATCHING OUT FOR DOOR TO DOOR, THEY'RE WATCHING OUT FOR FALSE SOLICITATIONS, PEOPLE HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT'S GOING ON WHERE THEY DIDN'T BEFORE.))
While residents know to watch out for crime in their neighborhoods, officials warn: watch out for crime over the phone.
((DAVID RORER/SALEM POLICE CRIME PREVENTION SPECIALIST: THERE IS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF VICTIMIZATION OF PEOPLE GIVING OUT INFORMATION OVER THE TELEPHONE, PEOPLE ASKING FOR ACCOUNT NUMBERS, PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS NEEDS TO STOP.))
During a crime prevention forum earlier this week - officials talked about Medicare fraud, identity theft, and credit card scams.
Lerline Brown says these meeting made her more aware of scams. Now, she plans to be more cautious with her credit card.
((LERLINE BROWN: I THINK WE OUGHT TO BE MORE CAREFUL WITH OUR CREDIT CARDS AND NUMBERS I WOULDN'T WANT TO USE MINE ANY MORE THEN I'D HAVE TO.))
KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: THE SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT HOLDS THESE MEETINGS ONCE A YEAR BUT IF YOU WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED IN CRIME PREVENTION SEE IF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD HAS A CRIME WATCH PROGRAM OR CALL YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.
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Does wealth factor into the college admissions process?
U-V-A has a surprising admission about it.
That's still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And Payne Stewart is remembered by his fellow golfers.
First, let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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After days of searching.... federal investigators have recovered the black box from the downed jet carrying golfing great Payne Stewart and five others.
Everyone on board was killed.
The box may offer clues as to why the plane nose-dived into a field in rural South Dakota.
Officials say the plane flew on auto pilot several hours before running out of fuel and crashing.
Many experienced pilots believe a sudden loss in cabin pressure is to blame for the tragedy.
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Meantime, in Houston this morning P-G-A players, tour officials and hundreds of fans remembered Stewart today at the Champions Golf Club.
A tournament gets under way at the course today -- Stewart was scheduled to play in it.
A murder suspect is back in Roanoke.
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Timothy Buford is being held in the city jail without bond.
He's accused of shooting and killing 19-year old Prentice Jordan at Easley's Restaurant in August.
Buford was arrested last month in Raleigh, North Carolina and had been fighting extradition.
A prison guard turned into a CRIMINAL SUSPECT
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at the (flu-vanna) Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women.
Richard Keith Robinson is charged with indecent exposure for allegedly exposing himself to an inmate.
He has since been fired.
Robinson was indicted yesterday - just a few weeks after Virginia's Secretary of Public Safety announced an investigation into several complaints of widespread sexual abuse in women's prisons.
Also this week, a former jailer in Washington County was indicted on charges of having sex with a female inmate
You may have suspected it with many colleges, but U-V-A is admitting it.
Officials acknowledge that the school gives a special review to undergraduate applicants with wealthy parents who may donate money.
The same goes to applicants who get influential recommendations.
One school official said as long as an applicant is otherwise qualified, it's legitimate to consider the family's ability to financially help U-V-A.
College freshman are among those at highest risk for a potentially fatal disease, so health officials are trying to change that.
Meningitis affects about 100 to 125 college students annually and 5 to 15 die as a result.
But Virginia Tech health officials are making sure students are protected with vaccinations.
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((DAVID BASS STUDENT: SOME PEOPLE THAT MY BROTHER WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH DIED FROM MENINGITIS THAT THEY ACQUIRED AND THERE WAS A CASE HERE WHERE THEY HAD TO QUARANTINE A DORM.))
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This is the first time Tech is offering meningitis vaccines with the flu and hepatitis B immunizations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued recommendations that all college students be vaccinated for meningitis.
For better or for worse, some Tech students may get a "do-over."
Prospective law students spent six hours taking the L-SATs on October second.
But the tests appear to be lost in the mail.
Administrators of the L-SAT say if they don't show up in a couple of days the 280 students will have to retake the test.
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The yankees are champions again.
We'll have highlights later in sports.
And history in the sky over Lynchburg.
It's all still ahead on News-7 at noon.
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It's being called the last and most lavish celebrity auction of the millennium.
Bidding continues tonight in New York at the Marilyn Monroe auction.
During last night's session buyers snapped up everything from Monroe's baby grand piano to the form fitting gown she wore in 19-62 to Serenade President Kennedy.
And as Lee Cowan reports, in 19-99 the gown is still making jaws drop.
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(Happy Birthday Mr. President)
If the song wasn't sexy enough, the dress made up for it--so tight Marilyn Monroe had to be sewn into it.
LOCATOR: NEW YORK CITY
37 years later, the dress she only wore once to sing Happy Birthday to JFK -- took peoples breath away again - selling for more than a million dollars - the highest price every paid for a piece of Hollywood memorabilia.
It was just one of a host of Marilyn Monroe collectibles auctioned off at Christies in New York--everything from a $33-thousand dollar Bible, to a dress she wore to entertain troops in Korea - price tag:
more than a hundred grand.
Speaking of grand, how about her Grand Piano - that went for more than $600 thousand dollars.
So did this: the eternity ring given to Monroe by baseball legend Joe DiMaggio - price tag: 772 thousand dollars.
There were earrings and jeans, pictures and shoes - even her Golden Globe Award - items that had been in storage for decades - left to Monroe's acting coach after her death in 1962.
A portion of the proceeds is expected to go to charity.
It was an event collectors had waited for months. Even some of her former stars showed up for the gala - Tony Curtis who appeared with Monroe in the Hollywood classic, "Some Like it Hot" sat in the front row as the bidding began.
He was one of the lucky ones who actually got a seat - It was standing room only with 12-hundred people registered to bid, and more than 100 telephone lines installed for collectors around the world.
In the end, even Christies auction house was surprised by the bidding - the last big auction of the millennium, for a woman many described as the icon of the 20th century glamour. Lee Cowan, CBS News,
There are some reminders of the past at the Lynchburg airport-- where the roar of World War Two- era bombers can be heard.
A B-24 and a B-17 bomber are in town for a visit sponsored by the non- profit Collings Foundation.
The two planes tour the country each year, giving thousands of people a close- up look at history.
The crowds always include several veterans who used to fly the planes themselves.
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((ROB COLLINGS/COLLINGS FOUNDATION: SOMETIMES WHEN THE VET WALKS DOWN THAT BACK LADDER, THAT'S THE FIRST TIME HE'S BEEN OUT OF THE AIRPLANE SINCE HE JUMPED OUT OVER GERMANY AND SPENT TWO YEARS IN A PRISONER OF WAR CAMP, SO IT'S VERY EMOTIONAL FOR MOST OF THEM.))
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Although 18- thousand were made, the B-24 is the only one of its kind still flying.
The planes will be available for tours through Friday.. and for 350 dollars, you can take a short flight in one yourself.
We have more baby pictures to show you from San Diego.
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And as you can see the new baby panda just keeps getting cuter.
The little cub is making giant strides as she grows older.
According to caretakers, the seven pound cub is opening her eyes and rolling from her back to her stomach.
The observers measured the cub during her weekly check-up..and she's now 22 inches long...and adorable!
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 218 points.
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Still to come in sports, another Florida State football player is suspended for alleged criminal conduct,
and the Yankees take out the brooms. They sweep Atlanta and become World Series Champions.
Patrick has highlights, next.
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It's a wrap, or should we say a sweep.
The New York Yankees swept the Atlanta Braves last night, and became World Series Champions for the second consecutive year.
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Game four starter Roger Clemens touched Babe Ruth's plaque in Monument park for good luck and then went out and pitched 7 and a two thirds innings - giving up just 2 hits.
The Yankees scored their runs in the third as Tino Martinez singles home Chuck Knoblach and Derek Jeter as New York takes a two to nothing lead.
Jorge Posada singled in Bernie Williams later in the inning and the Yanks go on to beat the Braves 4 to 1 and clinch their 25th world series title of the century.
Virginia Tech will be doing something this weekend they don't usually do, rooting for U-V-A.
The Cavs and Hokies are hoping that U-V-A will upset the number one ranked Florida State Seminoles when the teams face off this weekend.
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The Jefferson-Eppes trophy will be on the line for both schools this Saturday.
The trophy, which sits in Doak Walker Stadium on Florida State's campus, goes to the university that wins this game each year.
U-V-A won the first, but F-S-U has taken the hardware home the last three years.
Francis Eppes was Thomas Jefferson's grandson.
He was also a three time mayor of Tallahassee, a connection that adds special meaning to this game and it's reward.
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((BOBBY BOWDEN/FLORIDA STATE FOOTBALL COACH: PEOPLE ENJOY IT AND I THINK UNIVERSITIES ENJOY IT AND IF YOU HAVE A TROPHY LIKE THIS WITH A SIGNIFICANCE BEHIND IT, A LITTLE HISTORY THERE, I THINK THE STUDENTS AND THE UNIVERSITY GETS A LITTLE ENJOYMENT OUT OF IT AS WELL AS THE TEAMS.))
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[OUT Q=....as well as the teams"]
Speaking of the Seminoles - another F-S-U football player is fighting the law this afternoon.
Last night, head coach Bobby Bowden suspended starting defensive back Tay Cody for Saturday night's game with Virginia after a routine traffic stop led police to find four bags of marijuana in the car Cody was driving.
Police first spotted one bag on the passenger side floor board and later turned up three more bags.
Cody is charged with possession. His suspension is for one game.