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They're putting the final touches on the Times Square New Year's Eve party.
Officials there and here in Virginia say they're prepared for any terrorist threats.
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And actress Jennifer Lopez and record producer Sean Puffy Combs are arrested in New York.
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Unsettled weather is on tap for the next two days. There will be scattered light snow showers out there tonight and tomorrow night. Details coming up.

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On health check, heart catheterization patients now have a less painful option.
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And new information linking exercise and longer life.
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News 7 at Five is next.

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New York City workers are welding shut manholes and removing trash cans around Time Square in preparation for New Year's Eve.
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Good Evening...





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The moves are part of a terror watch designed to prevent any midnight catastrophes.
Lisa Hughes reports security has never be tighter in the United States than it will be over the next few days.
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((As Americans get ready for the century's biggest celebration security teams are on standby preparing for double shifts and the potential threat of terrorism. Organizers are testing a flurry of decorations in Times Square where more than a million partiers and eight thousand police officers are expected to spend New Years Eve.
(SUPER: SIGNA RODRIGUEZ, NEW YORKER) THIS IS THE UNITED STATES. THEY'LL PROTECT US. PROTECT AND SERVE. THAT'S WHAT THEY

PROMISE But some people are afraid that promise may not be enough.
(QUICK SOT, ARE YOU GOING TO BE IN TIMES SQUARE? HELL NO!)
(SUPER: JERRY GROOPMAN, TOURIST)

GIVEN THE RISK OF TERRORISM AND THE LIKELIHOOD THEY'LL TRY TO DO SOMETHING BIG IN TIMES SQUARE, IN THE CENTER OF THE WORLD BASICALLY BETTER TO BE HOME WITH A WARM CUP OF MILK. Authorities now say seven people arrested at the Washington State/Canada border probably have NO connection to terrorist groups overseas. They were picked up last night because none had the right paperwork to be in the U-S. Initially, border inspectors were so alarmed they shut down the busy chekpoint for more than two hours. They are jumpy for good reason. SUPER: SEATTLE Two weeks ago, Washington state inspectors stopped Ahmed Ressam who, police say, was trying to smuggle 200 pounds of explosives into the country. Police have issued a warrant for Ressam's possible accomplice, Abdelmajed Dahoumane. Ticket agents at a small Washington state airport think they saw him three days after Ressam's arrest. They say a man fitting Dehoumane's description bought a plane ticket to Las Vegas but the flight was later canceled.))

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National concerns of terrorism on U-S soil seem NOT to be un-nerving officials in Virginia.
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Governor Jim Gilmore says he knows of nothing to fear as the New Year approaches.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WELL, NO. THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA DO NOT HAVE A PARTICULAR THREAT AGAINST THEM, OR ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT. THEY, LIKE OTHER AMERICANS, HAVE TO BE GENERALLY DILIGENT AT A TIME OF A TURN OF THE MILLENNIUM FOR CYBER-TERRORISM, VIRUSES GOING INTO COMPUTERS, OR EVEN SOME CRIMINAL GROUP TRYING TO DO SOMETHING SPECTACULAR. BUT VIRGINIANS DON'T HAVE ANYTHING SPECIFIC THAT'S AGAINST THEM.))
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((GARY ARONHOLT/VIRGINIA PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY: THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE ARE ON HEIGHTENED ALERT. THE VIRGINIA EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IS FUNCTIONING. THE NATIONAL GUARD IS IN A QUASI "DON'T GO TO FAR FROM HOME," AND WE ARE PREPARED.))
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Governor Gilmore chairs a national commission that advises Congress on domestic terrorism preparedness.
That commission recently released a report saying the U-S was too focused on the threat of nerve gas -- NOT focused enough on terrorists using explosive devices.

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Negotiations are underway between Indian officials and the hijackers of an Indian Airlines jetliner in Afghanistan.
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Relatives of the Indian hostages are angry that the situation has not been resolved faster.
At least one hostage has been killed since the hijacking began Friday.
About 160 people are still on the plane, and conditions on board are said to be worsening.
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A family convicted of running drugs and laundering money inside Bland Prison may get new trials -- because a government agent wrote an emotional letter to the judge.
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Tina Tenret was at the court hearing today.
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Tonya, attorneys for both sides say this is unheard of -- a federal drug agent risking his job and admitting his trial testimony may have been off the mark. Agent Don Lincoln is standing up for Mike Fulcher, a con man known for ratting on fellow inmates and reporting them to the government.
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(( Mike Fulcher always said he sold drugs in Bland Prison only to trap dirty guards and inmates for the D-E-A. But D-E-A Agent Don Lincoln insisted this time, Fulcher had not been working for him. Now in a six page letter to the judge -- Lincoln says maybe he misled the Fulchers. He writes: I feel there is the very real possibility that Mr. Fulcher did feel that what he was doing at the time was indeed under the auspices of the Government. Attorneys say Lincoln's letter could cost him his job.
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But federal prosecutors say Lincoln is known for getting chummy with informants, and maybe he felt pangs of guilt over Fulcher's fate.
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In court today the prosecutor said the cynical view was that Mike Fulcher may have dirty information on the drug agent and that would have prompted this letter.
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In any case, the judge said he was leaning toward new trials for Mike Fulcher, his wife, and his mother -- but has not made any formal decision yet.

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Henry County says textile workers are the fabric of the community and that's why, the county says, it's offering no-interest loans to get laid-off workers back on their feet.
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The county started taking loan applications today.
It estimates 60 to 65 percent of Southside textile workers who have lost their jobs since September live in the county.
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There's also help available for county residents who need advice on legal matters or on paying taxes.
Still, not everyone who's eligible is taking advantage of the help.
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Tonight at six, we'll tell you why the county was disappointed at the turnout and why some people were turned away.

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The shuttle Discovery is on its way home from a holiday trip to space.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Five.
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And record-producer Sean Puffy Combs and actress Jennifer Lopez are arrested after a shooting in a New York nightclub.
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New York City Police have arrested actress-singer Jennifer Lopez and record producer Sean "Puffy" Combs.
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The two are charged with criminal possession of a weapon in connection with an overnight shooting at a Manhattan Night Club.
Three people in the club suffered minor injuries.
Police stopped the Jeep Lopez and Combs were riding in just minutes after the shooting and found a gun in the car.

Combs and Lopez were allegedly in the nightclub when the shooting occurred.
Police say witnesses saw Combs fire a gun near the bar area during a dispute.
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Lynchburg residents can rest assured that the Hill City has done all it can to prepare for potential Y2K problems.

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City officials said today they've been working for months to get ready for any end of the year glitches.
And they say citizens should not expect to see anything different come New Year's Day.
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((JOANN BROWN- MARTIN/LYNCHBURG COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: EVEN THOUGH WE CAN'T GIVE 100 PERCENT GUARANTEES, I THINK CITIZENS CAN BE REALLY CONFIDENT IN THAT WE'VE DONE PROBABLY EVERYTHING HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO BE READY AND WE HAVE CONTINGENCY PLANS IF SOMETHING WAS TO HAPPEN.))
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Extra staff will be on hand to take calls at Lynchburg's citizens information center.
Barring bad weather, power company officials also don't expect any major power outages this weekend.
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Roanoke public housing is getting a face lift.
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Demolition began today in Lincoln Terrace -- 33 houses are coming down as part of a renovation plan.
The Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority says they're trying to break down the physical and social barriers that housing projects create.
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((ANGELA PENN/ HOUSING AUTHORITY: MANY OF THE RESIDENTS FELT SELF CONSCIOUS THAT PEOPLE CAN DRIVE BY AND POINT OUT PUBLIC HOUSING. THEY WANT TO BE LIKE ANY OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE CITY AND THEY WANT TO BLEND IN WITH OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS.))
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The plan is called Lincoln 2000 and it is partially funded by a 15 million dollar federal grant.
Some houses will be remodeled while others will be completely rebuilt -- the goal is to make Lincoln Terrace look and function better.
The housing authority is trying to help residents become more self sufficient.
Different types of homes would be a stepping stone to eventual ownership.
They hope to have the project complete by July 2-thousand-3.
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Still ahead on News-7 at Five-- Andrew will be here with the forecast.
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And whatever that forecast turns out to be-- you can bet it won't be as cold as the Ice Hotel.
We'll take you there when we return.
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If your a fan of snow and ice, we've got just the place for you.
Bill Gasparini takes us to what may be the wintriest vacation on earth.
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Still ahead on News-7 at Five we'll check in on Marshall's drive for victory in the Motor City Bowl.
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And on health check-- there's new evidence about exercise's positive effect on the elderly.
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And we'll see how a new device is clamping down on the pain associated with heart catherization. [health bump]
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Doctors are praising a new procedure that many say is less painful and shortens recovery for heart catheterization patients.
Brandon Bartlett has more.
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A new study confirms the heath benefits of exercise for the elderly.
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Dutch investigators studied more than 400 elderly men...and their results suggest that inactivity may play an important role in physical deterioration among older men.
Older men who either remain active or begin to exercise will be less likely to die during the next five years.
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The study did not find any specific activity that affected men to a greater or lesser extent.
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It's a big day for College football.

Denise Allen's here with more on Marshall and Virginia Tech.[S5-Marshall]


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Good afternoon. It's time for the two minute ticker and we start of the week with college football bowl action.
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The Thundering Herd stampeded through the season and is now 13 and oh record.
An 8 and three Brigham Young team was the latest obstacle for Marshall in the Motor City Bowl.
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The Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, is the cite of the battle.
Marshall gets lucky early as this Chad Pennington pass is intercepted by BYU's Jared Lee, but Lee fumbles and the Herd gets the ball back.
Pennington hits his mark the next time around as Doug Chapman makes the grab and cruises the next 30 yards for the only touchdown of the first half.
The second half was all Marshall. The Herd comes away with the 21-3 victory.
This is a great victory for 11th ranked Marshall. The Herd just moved up to Division I-A status in '97.
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The Hokies have arrived at their Bowl destination. Virginia Tech arrived in New Orleans earlier today.
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The Hokies will face number one ranked Florida State in the January Fourth Sugar Bowl for the National Championship.
The Hokies are in the hunt for the title for the first time, but there is more on the agenda than football.
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Coach Beamer says he and his team are representing the state of Virginia and he's proud of the support his team has generated back home in the Old Dominion.
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Radford University is traveling to the Dr. Pepper Classic without five of its basketball players.
Jamar Betz, Byron Hall, Lamar King, Camara Mintz and Jason Williams have been suspended indefinitely for not showing up to practice.
Coach Ron Bradley says they will not play in the next two games at this weekend's tournament in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Williams is second on the team in scoring. The Highlanders are four and three so far this season.
The situation will be reviewed when the team returns from Tennessee.
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Coming up tonight at six Steve Mason will look at UVA's previous bowl trips to Florida.
Tonya will be back with more News 7 at Five after this.

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The shuttle Discovery missed its first chance at landing this afternoon.
NASA will try again tonight at seven.
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Earlier today, astronauts shut the doors and set the shuttle's computers for landing.
The crew then put on their orange pressure suits for re-entry.
Astronauts successfully upgraded the computer on the Hubble Space Telescope.
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