[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Police say an Oklahoma teenager opened fire on students at his middle school.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And Baltimore police search for the gunman who fatally shot five women last night.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[SCHOOL-SHOOTING]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=School Shooting]


There has been another school shooting, this time in Oklahoma.
Police say a 13 year old boy opened fire on students this morning outside a middle school in Fort Gibson, about 50 miles southeast of Tulsa.
At least three students were wounded and the gunman apprehended.
Jacqueline Adams has the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Fort Gibson, OK; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jacqueline Adams/Reporting;]
[RUNS=1:11]
[OUT=CBS NEWS, New York]

((STUDENTS WERE WAITING OUTSIDE THE FORT GIBSON MIDDLE SCHOOL WHEN OFFICIALS SAY A FELL STUDENT WALKED UP TO THEM AND SIMPLY OPENED FIRE. POLICE THOUGHT THE FIRST, FRANTIC 911 CALL WAS A HOAX. BUT IT QUICKLY BECAME APPARENT THAT THE NATION'S LATEST SCHOOL SHOOTING HAD ROCKED THIS RURAL COMMUNITY 50 MILES SOUTHEAST OF TULSA. THIS FATHER RUSHED TO THE SCHOOL AND FOUND HIS DAUGHTER SAFE. HE AND HIS FAMILY KNOWS THE SUSPECTED SHOOTER.
(SOT, FATHER SOT, SUPER ON TAPE)

THE YOUNG SUSPECT WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. STUDENTS WERE SENT HOME AS PARENTS, THE POLICE AND SCHOOL OFFICIALS WERE LEFT TO FIGURE OUT WHY THIS HAPPENED AGAIN. IN FACT, THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SAYS THE FACULTY AND STUDENTS AT FT. GIBSON HAD TALKED ABOUT THE COLUMBINE SHOOTING AFTER IT HAPPENED, A CONVERSATION THAT HAS, UNFORTUNATELY, TAKEN PLACE AT SCHOOLS ACROSS AMERICA THIS YEAR. JA, CBS NEWS, NY.))

[Baltimore-shooting]


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


A police manhunt continues in the Baltimore area for four suspects linked to a mass shooting.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD;]

[6:06:36]
Last night five women were shot execution style inside this house.
A police spokeswoman says the victims may have been related.
A vehicle matching the description of one seen by witnesses leaving the scene was later reported at a McDonald's.
The suspects in the vehicle reportedly attempted to carjack a drive through customer.
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[SOT]

[6:07:23-32]
[IN Q=The suspects then....]
[SUPER=01-Agent Ragina Cooper/Baltimore Police Department;]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=a school police officer I believe.]
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[VO-NAT]


The shootings cap an unusually violent weekend in Baltimore.
They have been ten killings since Friday.
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[Safra-funeral]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


In Monte Carlo, the death of one of the world's richest men continues to sound more like a Hollywood mystery movie.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Monte Carlo, Monaco/Friday;]

[Friday's newspath....10:21:06]
Billionaire Edmond Safra was killed Friday in a fire at his penthouse apartment.
Today his nurse admitting to setting the fire.
Friday he told police that two armed intruders set the blaze.
[SUPER=03-Geneva, Switzerland;]

[10:14:54]
Meanwhile, loved ones and friends are remembering Safra today in Switzerland..
Hundreds attended his funeral today at Geneva's main synagogue.
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[Switched-Babies]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Switched Babies]


A judge in Stafford County is expected to decide this week whether to grant visitation to several relatives of a four-year-old girl who was switched at birth.
The biological grandparents and two aunts of Callie Conley are seeking to have her one weekend a month and for an unspecified amount of time during holidays and the summer.
Paula Johnson, who has custody of Callie, sought custody of the other child in the switch last month in a Buena Vista court.
Instead, she was granted visitation to see Rebecca Chittum, her biological daughter.

[Mars-landing]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]


You can send a man to the moon -- but sending an unmanned craft to Mars is apparently a lot tougher.
NASA Scientists are getting increasingly discouraged about the prospects of ever hearing again from Mars Polar Landing that was supposed to land on Mars on Friday.
Hattie Kauffman reports.
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[SOT]

[10:06:10]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Pasadena, CA;]
[SUPER=01-Richard Cook/Operations Project Manager;]
[SUPER=01-Bill Harwood/CBS News Space Consultant;]
[SUPER=01-Hattie Kauffman/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=cbs news, pasadena, California.]

(((VO OF SCIENTISTS AT MISSION CONTROL) NAT POP FROM SUNDAY
MORE SILENCE SUNDAY NIGHT, AS SCIENTISTS WAITED IN VAIN FOR POLAR LANDER TO PHONE HOME.
(VO/POLAR LANDER ORBITING)


AFTER THREE DAYS WITHOUT A WORD FROM THE SPACECRAFT OR ITS ACCOMPANYING MICRO-PROBES... TIME IS RUNNING OUT. SUPER: RICHARD COOK, OPERATIONS PROJECT MANAGER
(VO SURVEYOR SENDING SIGNAL)


HOURS EARLIER ANXIOUS SCIENTISTS USED THE ORBITING MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR-- AND A BACKUP ANTENNA TO TRY TO PICKUP A SIGNAL. ONCE AGAIN, NO SIGNS OF LIFE.
(NEW ANIMATION WITH X TARGET)


AS ENGINEERS TRIED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT MAY HAVE GONE WRONG... THEY ADMITTED THE LITTLE KNOWN TERRAIN NEAR MARS' SOUTH POLE WHERE THE SPACECRAFT WAS SUPPOSED TO LAND, WAS A POTENTIAL PROBLEM.
JUST THREE MONTHS AGO... POLAR LANDER'S SISTER CRAFT-- THE CLIMATE ORBITOR-- "VANISHED" AS IT BEGAN ORBITING THE RED PLANET. HUMAN ERROR LED TO THAT MISSION'S ILL-FATE.
ANOTHER FAILURE NOW WOULD MEAN A DOUBLE BLOW TO NASA'S JET PROPULSION LABORATORY-- AND IT COULD HAVE A DEVASTATING EFFECT ON JPL'S LONG-TERM MARS EXPLORATION PROGRAM.
(BILL HARWOOD/CBS NEWS SPACE CONSULTANT)


"THERE'S UPCOMING MISSIONS IN THE PIPELINE WITH SIMILAR DESIGNS TO THIS SPACECRAFT... AND WITHOUT KNOWNING WHAT CAUSED THIS ONE TO FAIL IT'S PRETTY TOUGH TO LAUNCH THE NEXT ONE."
(LIVE CLOSE)


MISSION CONTROLLERS SAY THEY ARE NOT READY TO CALL IT QUITS... THOUGH THEY SAY THE CHANCES OF ESTABLISHING CONTACT AND COMPLETING THE GOALS OF THIS MISSION GROW MORE DIM WITH EACH PASSING HOUR. HATTIE KAUFFMAN, CBS NEWS, AT THE JET PROPULSION LABORATORY IN PASADENA.))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Tech fans get the news they've been waiting for-- the Hokies will get a crack at the National Championship.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And in Massachusetts, folks remember the six firefighters killed Friday in the line of duty.
Now let's talk to Patrick Evans.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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[MA-FIREMEN]


[ANCHOR=MELANIE]
[NEWSCAST=NOON]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Fire]


Firefighters in Massachusetts have suspended their search for five fallen comrades.
Firefighters reluctantly left the five-story warehouse after engineers determined it was unstable.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Worcester, MA;]

[10:03:57]
The body of one firefighter was recovered yesterday.
Two firefighters got lost in the maze-like, brick structure while searching for homeless people who reportedly used the building for shelter.
Four other firefighters who tried to rescue their colleagues also got trapped.
It is still unclear what caused the blaze, but the fire marshal calls it "suspicious."
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]

((LAST NIGHT THE SEARCH CONTINUED ... IT'S NOT A FIGURE OF SPEECH TO SAY WE SIFTED THROUGH THE RUBBLE ... LITERALLY SIFTED THROUGH THE RUBBLE.))
[SUPER=01-Chief James Callery/Worcester Fire Department;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=literally sifting the rubble.]
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[VO-NAT]


A memorial service for the six firefighters will be held Thursday.
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[E-Blairs-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-60 :13]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


A fire fighter in Pittsylvania County lost his home to a blaze last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;]


The house belonged to a volunteer in the Blairs community.
The house was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived shortly after six.
It took 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control.
The firefighter who lived there was NOT home at the time.
So far no word on a cause -- officials say the house is a total loss.
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[Sugar-Bowl]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-40 TC1:56:31]
[GRAPHIC=Sugar Bowl Matchup]

[****ANCHOR TAG****]
It may not have been a surprise, but the news that Virginia Tech will play for the national championship has created Hokie mania in Blacksburg.
Joy Sutton has more.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=At least]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Conover/Virginia Tech Student; :25]
[SUPER=01-Matt Wasatonic/Virginia Tech Student; :50]
[SUPER=@joy2; 1:02]
[SUPER=01-Greg Dunn/Virginia Tech Alumnus; 1:10]
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[OUT Q=N7 Christiansburg]
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[nat sound 5:59] ((nat sound with tech/vs florida state on tv))
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At least 300 hundred Hokie fans packed inside Gobbler Town Restaurant in Christiansburg -- to hear the news they had all been waiting for -- that Tech would be going to the Sugar Bowl.
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[nat sound of bus driving 10:13] ((nat sound of bus driving, horn honking))
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And these Tech students already have their transportation to go to New Orleans.
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[SOT11:34]
[IN Q=It's going to]

((MARK CONOVER/TECH STUDENT: IT'S GOING TO BE 8 TO 12 OF US. WE'VE GOT OUR RV RESERVATIONS JUST OUTSIDE OF NEW ORLEANS ON THE BUS ROUTE.))
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[OUT Q=bus route]


The students say their ride is like a mobile home -- complete with a refrigerator, sink, and beds.
But none of the passengers have Sugar Bowl Tickets.
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[SOT 12:48]
[IN Q=Why go if]

((why go if you don't have tickets:CONOVER: WHY NOT. IT'S JUST GOING TO BE FUN TO BE DOWN THERE WITH ALL THE OTHER HOKIES))
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[OUT Q=other]


These students are still hoping to get a ticket through the lottery process at Tech.
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[SOT14:27]
[IN Q=I know]

((MATT WASATONIC: I KNOW SEVERAL PEOPLE THAT AREN'T GOING. I TOLD THEM I'LL GIVE YOU MORE MONEY THAN ANYONE ELSE BECAUSE IT'S JUST THAT IMPORTANT TO ME. I HAVE TO GO))
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[OUT Q=i just have to go]
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[nat sound] ((nat sound cheering fans))
[RUNS= 5]
Many fans say they never expected the Hokies to go this far --- in such a short time.
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[SOT 18:51]
[IN Q=I really didn't think]

((GREG DUNN: I REALLY DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD HAPPEN THIS FAST. I WAS REALLY THINKING THE NEXT FIVE TO SIX YEARS WE MIGHT GET THERE. IT'S BEEN AN INCREDIBLE YEAR. WE'RE VERY HAPPY, VERY ELATED, SHOCKED ALMOST))
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[OUT Q=shocked almost]


But it's finally official -- and the T-shirts are out -- it's the Hokies versus the Seminoles -- competing the national championship.))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The Tech Athletic Department will receive 16-thousand tickets for the January 4th game.
But the ticket office already has more than 24-thousand requests for those tickets.

[E-Prices-Fork]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=99-59 :11]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Don't expect to see the town of Price's Fork any time soon-- a government panel says it would be a bad idea.
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[VO-NAT 99-31 10:11]
[SUPER=03-Prices Fork/July]


Several public meetings have already been held on the subject.
The Commission on Local Government concluded that Prices Fork would be unable to provide basic services like water and garbage removal.
A judicial panel still must review the petition -- that will happen next month.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead on News-7 at noon, Patrick will have the work-week forecast.
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[VO-NAT ]


And get an advance look at the latest star-studded list of Kennedy Center honorees.
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[COMM BREAK #2]


[Kennedy-honors]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=None]

[***ANCHOR TAG***]
James Bond has met Bill Clinton.
Actor Sean Connery was among entertainers presented with career achievement awards last night at the Kennedy Center.
Joan Gartlan has the story.
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[SOT]

[6;43;07]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Catherine Zeta-Jones/Actress; :18 QUICK!!!!]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Spacey/Actor; 1:05 QUICK!!!!!]
[SUPER=01-Halle Berry/Actress; 1:24]
[SUPER=01-Joan Gartlan/Reporting; 1:36]
[RUNS=1:44]
[OUT Q=for CBS News.]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The show will air December 29th on C-B-S.

[Stocks]


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


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN eleven points.
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, the Hokies are ready to improve their record to 12 and oh.
More on yesterday's Sugar Bowl announcement and January's match-up when we return,
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[VO-NAT ]

and the Saint Louis Rams win the N-F-C west with yesterday's victory over the Panthers.
Patrick has highlights next.
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[S-Hokies]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-58]
[GRAPHIC=TECH/FSU 6655]


Virginia Tech football is ready for the Sugar Bowl.
Mike Stevens has more on the Hokies reaction to their shot at the national championship.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :22]
[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA; :50]
[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Big East Player of the Year; 1:05]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; 1:23]
[SUPER=01-Paul Ripley/Rip-Tex Owner; 1:49]
[SUPER=@mike1; 1:57]
[RUNS=2:18]
[OUT Q=,,,NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
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[S-Skins]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-51 (1:12:25)]
[GRAPHIC=Skins/Lions]


Former Redskin quarterback Gus Frerotte roared back against his old team-- leading Detroit to a 33 to 17 win.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/FOX Sports; :]


James Thrash fields this kickoff and he cuts it up the sideline on his way to a 95 yard touchdown run. The Redskins took the 10 to 3 lead in the second quarter.
But the Lions answer. Frerotte drops back, pump fakes, and hits Herman Moore for the 24 yard touchdown pass and the score was tied at 10 apiece.
Detroit then gets in front. Desmond Howard, just activated yesterday, gets through the coverage and puts the nice move on Matt Turk.
He takes it in from 68 yards out and the Lions led 17 to 10.
Washington opened the third with a score.
Johnson hits Michael Westbrook on the 39 yard T-D pass and the Skins trailed by 3, 20 to 17.
[SUPER=30-Detroit/33/Washington/17/;]


The Lions iced the win when Luther Ellis catches the Johnnson fumble in the air and returns it 11 yards for the score.
Detroit wins it 33 to 17.
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[S-Panthers]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-49 (1:04:40)]
[GRAPHIC=Panthers/Rams]


The St. Louis Rams clinched the N-F-C west division title with yesterdays win over the Panthers.
Kurt Warner threw his 32-nd touchdown pass to lead St. Louis to the 34 to 21 win.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/FOX Sports; :]


It wasn't long ago that Warner was playing Arena football.
He started the day with this 14 yard touchdown pass to Roland Williams and the Rams took the 7 to nothing lead.
Still in the first, Warner goes to the air and hits Az-Zahr Hakim on the 48 yard touchdown pass to make the score 14 to nothing Rams.
[SUPER=30-St. Louis/34/Carolina/21/;]


Carolina's Steve Buerlein hooks up with Wesley Walls on the 15 yard T-d pass but the Rams win it 34 to 21.
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[S-Express]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-54 (49:16)]
[GRAPHIC=Express/Johnstown]


The Roanoke Express missed a chance to move closer to the top of their conference losing to Johnstown last night at the Roundhouse.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs. Johnstown; :]


During one of the breaks the rink looked like a zoo.
The Express trailed 2 to nothing early but had a couple of opportunities to beat the Chiefs.
Paul DiFrancesco leavies it for Joe Murphy who makes the move but can't finish the shot.
[SUPER=38-Johnstown/2/Roanoke/1/;]


Roanoke got on the board with 17 seconds left.
Murphy lights the lamp from the Blue line but it was too late. The Express comes up short 2 to 1. (------------)