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The New Year's Eve party's over before it began in Seattle.
New York is ready to weld the manholes shut to keep Times Square open Friday night.
Virginia is ready for anything- -relying on ham radios- -if necessary.
And Clayton Moore, the "Lone Ranger," is dead.
News 7 is next.
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((I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY AND PUBLIC WELL-BEING OF MY CITIZENS.))
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With that, the Mayor of Seattle cancels the New Year's Eve celebration- -fearing a terrorist attack.
The F-B-I says Seattle is not a terrorist target, but the Bureau can't rule out a terrorist attack, either.
Manuel Gallegus tells us what's left of the celebration.
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[SUPER=01-Paul Schell/Seattle Mayor; :26]
[SUPER=01-Sue Donaldson/City Council President; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; 1:10]
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The fireworks will fly on New Year's Eve in Seattle but that will be
about it for the city's big party to welcome in the new Millennium.
On the heals of the recent chaos at the World Trade Organization
meeting, and the arrest of a suspected terrorist on the US-Canadian
border city officials have decided to cancel the big New Year's Eve
The fear: media coverage made the event a possible terrorist target.
IT'S SAFER TO BE PRUDENT. THIS IS ALREADY AN UNPRECEDENTED,
UNPREDICTABLE NEW YEAR'S AND WE DID NOT WANT TO TAKE ANY CHANCE WITH
Fifty thousand people had been expected to crowd the Seattle Center in
the shadow of the Space Needle to welcome in the year 2000.
But instead city officials will lock the gates to the park at 6 PM.
All that will be allowed are an afternoon concert, a circus performance
and a private party high atop the World's Fair landmark.
Fireworks will still stream from the 605-foot tower at midnight, but
residents will have to watch the show from afar.
Federal officials did not have a specific threat against the
celebration, still city officials thought canceling it was the best bet.
Manuel Gallegus CBS News Seattle.))
The show must go on in New York.
Mayor Giuliani says they couldn't cancel the annual New Year's Eve celebration if they wanted to.
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The Times Square event is a New York tradition ... less than a century old ... but nonetheless unstoppable.
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((THE FACT IS, IF YOU TRIED TO CANCEL IT, IT WOULDN'T WORK. THIS IS NEW
YORK! IF YOU PROBABLY TRIED TO CANCEL IT, INSTEAD OF 2-MILLION PEOPLE
SHOWING UP, 4-MILLION PEOPLE WOULD SHOW UP.))
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[OUT Q=would show up.]
They're prepared for people to fill a 24-block long stretch of Manhattan around Times Square.
Any car parked here Friday will be towed. Cars in parking garages will be searched.
Manholes are being welded shut ... trash cans removed ... leaving fewer places for terrorists to plant a bomb.
Virginia is "100 percent ready" for Y2K.
And state disaster officials want us to "act reasonably" on New Year's Eve.
But that doesn't mean they're NOT planning for the worst.
It's the first time the state's planned to use ham radio operators to coordinate a statewide emergency response if telephones fail.
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((MICHAEL CLINE/VIRGINIA EMERGENCY SERVICES: ALL 138 OR SO OF THE COUNTIES AND CITIES WILL HAVE A RADIO OPERATOR AVAILABLE TO THEM, SO THAT WE CAN HAVE AT LEAST RADIO COMMUNICATIONS AVAILABLE TO THEM BETWEEN THE STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER AND THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENT.))
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They showed off the temporary Y2K command center for this weekend.
Then they warned citizens against overreaction.
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((BETTE DILLEHAY/VIRGINIA Y2K OFFICE: WE WANT TO DISCOURAGE THAT BECAUSE WE THINK THAT IN ITSELF IS A SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY. AND WE COULD IN FACT CREATE SITUATIONS IF WE HAVE AN OVERREACTION TO THE SITUATION.))
[SUPER=01-Bette Dillehay/Virginia Y2K Office;]
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Virginia State Police say more law enforcement officers will be on duty this weekend than any other time in state history.
There's a toll free Y2K Citizen Information Line available to Virginia residents.
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That number is 1-888-200-0258.
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You can find it and a link to the state's Century Date Change Initiative Project office on Web Watch - at WDBJ7-dot-COM.
Snow. How much and where... whether it'll amount to much in these parts. Here's Meteorologist Robin Reed.
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The hijackers of an Indian Airlines jet are increasing demands - and heightening worries of the loved ones of those aboard.
Relatives of the captives are pressing the government to meet hijackers' demands.
Those demands now include 200-million-dollars and the release of dozens of jailed comrades.
The plane's engines shut down today after operating continuously for 72 hours.
The hijackers allowed the engines to be repaired - causing many to fear they don't plan to end the 5-day ordeal anytime soon.
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A man was killed and a woman injured in a head-on collision in Henry County.
It happened around four-30 this afternoon when Robert Toney Wimbish the third of Patrick Springs was driving west on route 57-A.
The 22-year-old veered into the east-bound lane and hit a truck cab head on.
The driver of the truck... 42 year old Anna Watts.... was taken to the hospital.
No word yet on her condition.
State police believe Wimbish fell asleep at the wheel. He was on his way home from work.
A 16-year-old who didn't have a driver's license was at the wheel of a car that wrecked on Interstate 81.
State police also say the teen had been drinking.
He and five other teen-agers - all from Salem - were hurt when the car hit a truck in the southbound lane and flipped over early this morning.
State police say the driver was trying to pass the truck when he lost control.
The accident sent all six people in the car to the hospital with minor injuries.
Police aren't releasing the driver's name because he's a juvenile.
He'll be charged with driving without a license, and illegal consumption of alcohol.
Fifty Years ago- -when television was still in its infancy- -a new show debuted, called "The Lone Ranger."
Actor Clayton Moore died today. He WAS the Lone Ranger.
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(ARE YOU, NICE TO BE HERE.")
...TO HIS PERSONAL APPEARANCES ACROSS AMERICA DECADES LATER, CLAYTON
MOORE NEVER WANTED TO PLAY ANY OTHER CHARACTER. HE ONCE TOLD THE LOS
ANGELES TIMES HE LIKED PLAYING THE GOOD GUY.
(SOT, BLACK AND WHITE, tape 2, 9:21:57, "He was a fabulous individual.")
MOORE PLAYED THE LONE RANGER ON TELEVISION FOR EIGHT YEARS AND APPEARED
IN TWO MOVIES, ALWAYS ACCOMPANIED BY HIS FAITHFUL COMPANION, TONTO.
(SOT, BLACK AND WHITE, tape 2, 9:22:09, "We'll ride together. Me glad
kemo-sabe. Me fight good for you. SHOT. Take cover, Tonto!)
ON FILM, THE LONE RANGER NEVER TOOK OFF HIS MASK. BUT IN REAL LIFE, IT
TOOK A COURT ORDER TO UNMASK MOORE, AFTER A MOVIE COMPANY BOUGHT THE
RIGHTS TO THE LONE RANGER AND CLAIMED MOORE WAS INFRINGING ON THOSE
RIGHTS BY WEARING THE MASK IN PUBLIC. HE TRIED TO FIGHT IT.
(SOT, AUG. 21, 1979, CLAYTON MOORE, TAPE 3, 16:56:42, "I believe that it
is necessary to fight for that which is right. OK?")
BUT HE LOST, AND WAS REDUCED TO MAKING PERSONAL APPEARANCES WEARING
DARK, WRAP-AROUND GLASSES. THE COURT ORDER WAS LIFTED IN 1984.
(SOT, JUNE 5, 1987, HOLLYWOOD, TAPE 2, 9:22:16"...FOR THE LONE RANGER.
YEA! cheers under")
WHEN MOORE GOT HIS STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME, HE REMEMBERED THE
PEOPLE WHO GOT HIM THERE.
(SOT, CLAYTON MOORE, "THE LONE RANGER", tape 2, 9:22:31, "This star that
I'm going to receive today belongs to you fans all of you that have
backed me all my life. Thank you. cheers.")
CLAYTON MOORE SAID THAT PLAYING THE LONE RANGER HAD MADE HIM A BETTER
PERSON. SOME MIGHT ARGUE, IT MADE MANY WHO GREW UP WITH HIM BETTER
PEOPLE, TOO. BOBBI HARLEY, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
Clayton Moore suffered a heart attack today and died in West Hills, California. He was 85.
Still looking for something to do on New Year's Eve night?
We'll have some last-minute suggestions...
And you'll soon be seeing Monica Lewinsky on TV again.
We'll tell you why Lewinsky's about to hit the airwaves.
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((KEITH, TONIGHT IN SPORTS WE TAKE A TRIP TO THE CASSELL, WHERE THE MOUNTAINEERS BAGGED A COUPLE OF TURKEYS. HIGH SCHOOL HOLIDAY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS ARE IN FULL SWING. TECH GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS IN THE CRESCENT CITY AND THE CAVALIERS WANT A LITTLE ATTENTION. WE'LL EXPLAIN LATER IN SPORTS.))
The new year will bring a new city manager to Roanoke.
Today, Darlene Burcham took the oath of office.
Burcham was sworn in by circuit court judge Diane Strickland this afternoon, as family members and city officials looked on.
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((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: I THINK ROANOKE HAS HAD A WONDERFUL HISTORY. I THINK IT HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE, AND I HOPE THAT I WILL BE ABLE WITH THE HELP OF THE COUNCIL AND THE HELP OF THE COMMUNITY TO MAKE THAT FUTURE EVEN BETTER AND BRIGHTER.))
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[OUT Q=better and brighter.]
Burcham will officially take office at 12:01 A-M on New Year's Day, and she plans to be on the job with other city employees monitoring potential Y2K problems.
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The year 2000 will also bring a change of leadership for the Roanoke County school system.
Deanna Gordon is retiring after almost 40 years with the school system... and the last five and half as superintendent.
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((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THINGS DO CHANGE VERY RAPIDLY AND CERTAINLY NONE OF US CAN ANTICIPATE WHAT CHALLENGES THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND PUBLIC EDUCATION AS WHOLE WILL FACE, BUT I KNOW IT'S IN GOOD HANDS. IT'S GOT A WONDERFUL STAFF AND DR. WEBER IS GOING TO BE A GREAT NEW LEADER.))
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[OUT Q=great new leader.]
Gordon began her career as a seventh grade teacher. Retirement will allow her to return to the classroom on occasion, and she says she's looking forward to working with local organizations such as the United Way.
She may have trimmed down but you're about to see a lot more of her.
Monica Lewinsky is going to be the new spokeswoman for diet company Jenny Craig.
The former White House intern who nearly brought down President Clinton has taken off 30 pounds so far on the Jenny Craig plan.
The 26 year old will appear in commercials that are part of a 7 point 2 million dollar advertising campaign.
It's not reported what the firm is paying Lewinsky.
A hidden cemetery is breathing new life into the Hill City's African-American history.
We'll have the story.
Plus the New Year is almost here - but if you think you're too late to plan big celebrations for the big night - think again.
Some options, coming up.
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It's the final resting place for some of Lynchburg's most prominent black residents, but for years the White Rock Cemetery has fallen into disrepair.
Now a local group hopes to change all that.
Laura Munson has spent the past year clearing brush and restoring broken headstones in the seven- acre cemetery.
She says her work is part landscaping and part archaeology.
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((LAURA MUNSON/CEMETERY RESTORATION DIRECTOR: JUST THE MOST SPIRITUAL FEELING BEING OUT HERE AND KNOWING THAT THESE PEOPLE HAD WONDERFUL LIVES AND CONTRIBUTED A LOT TO THE CITY AND WE JUST WANT THEM TO BE KNOWN.))
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[OUT Q=to be known.]
Efforts are underway to identify and collect information on those buried at White Rock.
Those profiles would be linked with Lynchburg's black history museum which is scheduled to open next year.
If you're still looking for somewhere to go on New Year's Eve -- you don't have to search far.
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Kate Weidaw is here to give us some suggestions on where you can ring in the
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If you're making last minute plans for the big night you might find a lot of restaurants are booked or some parties are too expensive.
But you really don't need to look that hard to find the perfect place.
(rollcue...the perfect place.)
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[SUPER=01-Kathy George/Wyndham GM;:54]
[SUPER=01-Rob Callahan/First Street Owner;1:17]
[OUT Q=be shared by all.]
((The Hotel Roanoke may be offering one of the more expensive New Year's Eve parties but organizers promise it will be the best one in town.
For 275 dollars per couple you get a night full of entertainment by four bands.
((LAURA DUCKWORTH/ORGANIZER: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE FOOD EVERYWHERE THE ENTIRE HOTEL IS OURS WE ARE GIVING A COMMEMORATIVE GIFT CHAMPAGNE TOAST, FAVORS, SIX DRINKS TICKETS PER PERSON, WE JUST FEEL LIKE THIS IS GOING TO BE IT.))
And with 13-hundred people already expected and only 100 tickets left it promises to be a gala of great proportions.
Across town at the Wyndham Marriot the party may not be as large but they promise it will be just as grand.
With six different party packages, including a swing band, organizers say it's affordable for anyone.
((KATHY GEORGE/GENERAL MANAGER: THERE IS A VARIETY OF OPTIONS FROM $18.95 FOR DINNER ALL THE WAY UP TO $550 DOLLARS FOR THE GRAND PACKAGE THAT HAS DON PERIGNON IN THE GUEST ROOMS.))
If it's an intimate dinner instead of a party you're looking for - try First Street in the Market. The restaurant will only seat 30 people at a cost of 75 dollars per person.
((ROB CALLAHAN/FIRST STREET OWNER: WE'RE GOING TO DO A SIX COURSE DINNER WITH WINES PAIRED WITH EACH COURSE WITH A TRIO BLUES, JAZZ PLAYING MUSIC OF COURSE ALL THE PARTY FAVORS.))
And to top off the night a 6 liter bottle of champaign will be shared by all. ))
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And don't forget there's always First Night in downtown Roanoke - especially if you're celebrating with kids.
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Tonight in sports, the Mountaineers and Hokies meet in the Cassell, highlights from high school holiday tournaments and bowl news from UVA and Tech.
First our Extra Point.
Fresh from appearances on Americas Funniest videos it's Stick Man.
Stick Man, alias Tom Carter, entertained the Hokie faithful in Cassell Coliseum tonight.
Carter manages a feat most people can't do with their.
He uses a 30 foot long stick to down three pointers.
Now here are the boards.
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West Virginia and Virginia Tech were both coming off holiday breaks before last night's contest in Blacksburg.
The Hokies were coming off a third place finish in the San Juan Shootout, the Mountaineers were on a two game winning streak.
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Ricky Stokes brought the Hokies back home to the Cassell looking to improve their record in front of the home crowd.
Tech looked crisp early in the game, as Dennis Mims gets the assist to Andre Ray who knocks down the three pointer for an early Hokie lead.
But the WVU offense would keep the game close, as they take the Tech miss full court with Tim Lyles going up for the layin cutting the lead to 14-12.
Former Patrick Henry star Brooks Barry, got on the board for the Mountaineers completing the fast break and tying the game at 20.
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Tech would finish the half strong as Russ Wheeler gets out of trouble to Brian Chase who finds Rolan Roberts underneath for the jam, but West Virginia goes on to beat Tech 61-to-58.
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In the High School ranks, Bassett traveled up 220 for a meeting with Northside in the Viking NIT.
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The Vikings leader Bill Pope used words of inspiration to fire up the troops last night.
In the third quarter, Nat Franklin call for the ball at the top of the key and hits the "J" for the three pointer.
Bassett tries to keep it close, Carlos Sanchez puts up the three, it's short but he follows his own shot and cleans up the mess for two.
Northside is just too powerful as Jason Naldo drives down lane and the Vikings slay the Bengals 73-to-44.
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Lee's Coach Paul Hatcher back on familiar ground last night, the Bassett native brought his Leemen in to face the Spartans.
Lee's CW Durrette shows off his crossover and takes it in for a tough two for the early 13-nothing lead.
Salem's Travis Hale working hard down low takes the pass and muscles it up for two.
But the Leemen go on the move again Solomon Martin takes the outlet pass and makes the sweet Dr. J-esk reverse layup and this one ends with Lee beating Salem 75-to-59.
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Sixth ranked Florida made the sunshine state an unfriendly place for VMI as the Gators mauled the Keydets.
A group of Florida Freshman gave Bart Bellairs and his Keydets an afternoon full of headaches.
The Gators defense caused 33 turnovers, here Brett Nelson makes the steal and goes the distance for the hoop.
VMI then leaves Donnell Harvey all alone under the basket. The slam is just two of Harvey's game high 22.
The Keydets can't hold on to the ball. And Florida has no problem converting the turnovers into points and the Gators have a day at the beach at VMI's expense 113-to-68.
(( BYE BYE))
Still to come, UVA speaks out on the media's lack of interest in the Micron PC Dot Com Bowl, Tech gets to work in New Orleans and
Mike Stevens has words of wisdom from the always entertaining Bobby Bowden.
The Express picked up its fifth straight win last night in Norfolk.
Roanoke beat Hampton Roads three to 2.
The Express was outshot 33 to 20.
Goaltender Daniel Berthiaum saved 31 including all of Hampton's 13 shots in the third period.
This was the first day of practice in New Orleans for the Hokies.
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The Crescent City has been hospitable to Tech in the past. The Hokies came home 1995 Sugar Bowl champions.
But Tech is the underdog in this match up and Florida State is in a place Frank Beamer says the Hokies would like to reach.
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The Florida State Seminoles joined Tech in New Orleans yesterday.
The undefeated teams meet for the national championship in the Sugar Bowl on January fourth.
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One of the most colorful figures in this Sugar Bowl match won't play a down.
Mike Stevens has more on the entertaining quips of Florida State Head Coach Bobby Bowden.
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(( He is 70 years old, and one of the most revered figures in all of college football.
Earlier this season Bobby Bowden became only the fifth coach in NCAA history win pick up 300 career wins.
He's outspoken, opinionated, bluntly honest as evidenced recently when he was asked about Pater Warrick's non infamous clothing scam that cost him the Heisman.
But Bowden won't discount the Hokies and in particular their number one ranked defense that features seven senior starters.
And what about that quarterback? Does Bowden have nightmares about not being able to defend Michael Vick?
And so is Bowden. The Sugar Bowl will be his 23rd bowl game as a head coach. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
Virginia's date in the Micron PC Dot Com Bowl is set for Thursday.
But still the media attention is focuses on Virginia Tech.
That has some Cavaliers feeling slighted.
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[SUPER=01-Dwayne Stukes/UVA Defensive Back; :00]
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