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Seattle's New Year's Eve celebration is off, while Virginia's state computer systems are ready to go for Y-2-K.
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And the situation onboard a hijacked Indian Airlines jetliner is getting more tense.
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[Weather-Head]
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[SS=None]


Snow showers tonight and then a return to warmer weather for the rest of the week. Details just ahead.

[Medical-Head]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=tbr]
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On health check, the government says fears about Y-2-K related drug hording are not ringing true.
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And doctors want more kids to be vaccinated against a common childhood illness.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


News 7 at Five is next.

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[V/O-NAT]
The City of Seattle says it's only "common sense" to cancel New Year's Eve festivities.
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[5-Millennium]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=net]
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The Mayor of New York scoffed at the idea today of canceling the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration... on the basis of Seattle's announcement.
Reporter Bobbi Harley has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Seattle, WA;]
[SUPER=01-Paul Schell/Seattle Mayor; ]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/Reporting; ]
[SUPER=01-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani/ New York Mayor;]
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[OUT Q=CBS News, NY]

((SIX HOURS BEFORE THE NEW MILLENNIUM REACHES SEATTLE THE USUAL NEW YEARS CELEBRATION WILL BE CUT SHORT. FEARS OF TERRORISM AND Y2K TROUBLES LED THIS CITY'S LEADERS TO CANCEL HOLIDAY PLANS.
SOT MAYOR PAUL SCHELL/SEATTLE We listened to our police and the fire department, our experts, applied our own common

sense judgment in terms of the level of risk, and made a decision. THAT MEANS NO CROWDS OF REVELERS ONLY AN EMPTY SEATTLE CENTER WHEN MIDNIGHT STRIKES ON THE WEST COAST. STANDUP BOBBI HARLEY/NEW YORK Here in New York's Times Square you can see plenty of preparations underway for what will most likely be the biggest millennium party on earth, and authorities here say this show will go on.
SOT MAYOR RUDOLPH GIULIANI/NEW YORK CITY - We've done everything we can do to make it as safe as anything else in life

is safe, which means its not perfectly safe, that there are problems attached to it. AND THAT'S ENOUGH TO GET SOME PEOPLE JITTERY ABOUT BEING A PART OF TRADITION THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE FOR NEARLY A HUNDRED YEARS.
SOT TERRY RUTKOSKE Last year we were right here in Times Square this year we opt to stay home.

BUT FOR THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WHO WILL VENTURE OUT NEW YORK LIKE MOST CITIES WITH ANY KIND OF PUBLIC NEW YEARS EVE FESTIVITIES HAS BEEFED UP SECURITY AND HAS ALREADY STARTED TO CLOSE DOWN SOME STREETS - FOR SOME ITS ALL A LOT OF HYPE.
SOT KIM SORTINO I just think people are making too much out of nothing.

COME THE DAY AFTER NEW YEARS EVE AUTHORITIES HOPE THEY'LL BE SAYING THE SAME THING. BH, CBS NEWS, NY))

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[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=599-16 TC1:02:48]
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Today is the first baseline day for the Commonwealth of Virginia before the Year 2000.
That means everything that goes wrong in Virginia between now and midnight Friday is the baseline by which the state measures what's actually a Y-2-K-related interruption.
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[SOT 10:11;55]
[IN Q=Agencies and]

((BETTE DILLEHAY/VIRGINIA Y2K OFFICE: AGENCIES AND INSTITUTIONS ARE NOW IN THE PROCESS OF REPORTING TO US WHAT THEIR BASELINE LEVEL OF OPERATIONS ARE. WE ALL KNOW THAT ON ANY GIVEN DAY IN THE STATE, EVERY TRAFFIC LIGHT IS NOT WORKING, EVERY SYSTEM IS NOT PERFORMING AS IT ABSOLUTELY IS SUPPOSED TO PERFORM.))
[SUPER=01-Bette Dillehay/Virginia Y2K Office;]
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[OUT Q=to perform.]
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[VO-NAT]


The state Y-2-K office announced today that agencies are 100- percent ready to deliver all 319 "mission-critical" services they provide.
A Y-2-K command center was unveiled in downtown Richmond.
One new feature for the state: relying on radios to communicate if phones fail.
Another emergency operations center will be at the State Police headquarters.
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[SOT 10:19:55]
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((MICHAEL CLINE/VIRGINIA EMERGENCY SERVICES: WE'LL HAVE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THOSE KEY AGENCIES IN THE E-O-C WORKING 24 HOURS A DAY, FRIDAY THROUGH CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON TUESDAY.))
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[OUT Q=on Tuesday.]
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[VO-NAT]


The Y-2-K team is ready for the long haul this weekend... but officials say each individual should plan as they would for a winter storm -- and NOT overreact to any possible Y-2-K interruptions.
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First Union bank wants to make sure customers don't confuse everyday glitches with a major Y-2-K malfunction.
Bank officials say if people see a line at a bank branch January third, it could be perceived as trouble when it could be something as simple as people checking their balances.
The bank has also stocked its A-T-M's with a three-month supply of paper to head off any other misconceptions.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=dse]
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The man known to millions as "The Lone Ranger" is dead.
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[VO-NAT]


Clayton Moore died of a heart attack at a California hospital.
He was 85.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=net]
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Burger King has recalled millions of plastic balls containing Pokemon toys.
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[VO-NAT]


The ball breaks away in two parts and has been given away in kids' meals.
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[SOT first bite]
[IN Q=Children under]

((CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE TEND TO MOUTH EVERYTHING THEY GET THEIR HANDS ONTO. SO, IF THEY'RE PLAYING WITH THIS, AND THEY PUT IT OVER THEIR MOUTHS AND THEIR NOSE, THEY CAN SUFFOCATE, BECAUSE THEY'LL FORM A VACUUM WITH THE BALL AND THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO GET THE BALL OFF OF THEIR MOUTH AND THEIR NOSE AND THEY SUFFOCATE.))
[SUPER=01-Alan Schoem/Consumer Prod. Safety Comm]
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[OUT Q=and they'll suffocate.]
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[VO-NAT]


A 13-month-old girl nearly died two weeks ago in Sonora California when one got stuck on her face. Burger King now recommends parents take the balls away from children under the age of three, discard them or return both halves to a Burger King restaurant where they can get a free small order of French fries.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=5]
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The hijackers of an Indian Airlines jet have increased the stakes.
The drama is now in its fifth day.
Lee Cowan has more from London.
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[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Kandahar, Afghanistan;]
[SUPER=01-Jaswant Singh/Indian Foreign Minister;]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting;]
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[OUT Q=CBS News, London]

((AS THE HIJACKERS UPPED THEIR DEMANDS, AFGHANISTAN'S TALIBAN MILITIA UPPED THE PRESSURE, THREATENING TO STORM THE INDIAN AIRLINES JET IF ANY MORE OF THE HOSTAGES WERE HURT. IT IS THE LATEST CRISIS FACING NEGOTIATORS WHO SO FAR HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO PERSUADE THE GUNMEN TO EVEN RELEASE WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN LOCKED IN RANCID CONDITIONS ABOARD THE AIRBUS FOR THE LAST 5 DAYS.

(NATS/PROTEST)


IN INDIA RELATIVES OF THE CAPTIVES PRESSED THE GOVERNMENT TO GIVE IN TO THE HIJACKERS' LIST OF DEMANDS, WHICH NOW INCLUDE A 200-MILLION DOLLAR CASH RANSOM AND THE RELEASE NOT ONLY OF THEIR LEADER, BUT 35 OF THEIR FELLOW GUERILLA FIGHTERS. INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER GAVE LITTLE INDICATION THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN ANYTIME SOON.

(SOT, JASWANT SINGH, INDIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, "We will send an

appropriate response through the negotiating team in Kandahar. In the meantime let the country and the international community reflect on this.")
BUT TIME IS RUNNING OUT. AFTER OPERATING CONTINUOUSLY FOR SOME 72 HOURS, THE PLANE'S ENGINES FINALLY SHUT DOWN, ROBBING PASSENGERS OF WHAT LITTLE AIR CIRCULATION WAS LEFT INSIDE THE CABIN. THE HIJACKERS DID ALLOW THE ENGINES TO BE REPAIRED, BUT IT'S AN INDICATION, SOME FEAR, THAT THEY ARE PREPARED TO STICK IT OUT.

(COWAN ON CAMERA: IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER THE GUNMEN HAVE ISSUED A NEW

DEADLINE TO ACCOMPANY THE NEW DEMANDS. ALREADY TWO HAVE COME AND GONE WITHOUT INCIDENT, BUT RELATIVES OF HOSE ONBOARD FEAR THAT MAY CHANGE AS EASILY AS THE HIJACKERS' DEMANDS. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, LONDON.)))

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Roanoke's new city manager has been sworn in.
We'll hear from Darlene Burcham when News 7 at Five returns.
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[VO-NAT]


And we'll have an update on one woman's fight to uncover Lynchburg's old, forgotten cemeteries.
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The arrival of the New Year will mean more to Roanoke than potential Y2K problems.
That's when the new City Manager Darlene Burcham will officially take office.
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[VO-NAT]
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Burcham was sworn in by Circuit Court Judge Diane Strickland this afternoon, as relatives, city council members and other officials watched.
Burcham said she's impressed with the city she's getting to know, and excited about its future.
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((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: I'M AMAZED HOW GOOD PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT THEMSELVES AND ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY AND THAT'S A WONDERFUL ATTRIBUTE AND THAT'S SOMETHING YOU CAN USE AS A FOUNDATION, A BUILDING BLOCK FOR FUTURE ACTIVITIES.))

[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager]
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[OUT Q=for future activities.]
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[VO-NAT]


Burcham is now living in Roanoke... She'll take over as city manager at 12:01 A-M on January first.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=ssm]
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A Lynchburg woman's effort to breathe new life into one of the city's forgotten cemeteries is starting to show results.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


Laura Munson has spent the past year restoring part of the White Rock Cemetery in Lynchburg's east end.
Many of the city's most prominent black residents are buried there.. but their graves have become overgrown with weeds and trees.
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[SOT 18:13:49]
[IN Q=It's very important]

((THELMA JENNINGS/WHITE ROCK CEMETERY TREASURER: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT AND THERE'S A LOT OF HISTORY, LOT OF FAMOUS PEOPLE BURIED AND JUST A LOT OF CHURCH MEMBERS FROM ALL OVER THE CITY.))
[SUPER=01-Thelma Jennings/White Rock Cemetery Treasurer; ]
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[OUT Q=over the city.]
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Jennings says she has five family members buried in the cemetery but doesn't know where.
Volunteers have cleared about one acre of the seven- acre site so far.
They're trying to raise money to pay for ongoing maintenance.
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Employees at the H-and-C Coffee Company in Northeast Roanoke put out a fire themselves today, then called the fire department.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

It was a minor fire with less than a hundred dollars damage to the warehouse. Officials say built up coffee grinds in the roasting machine caught fire. No one was hurt.
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[5-81-Ax]


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State police say a 16-year-old will be charged with driving under the influence after wrecking a car on I-81 early this morning.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


The teenager was trying to pass a truck heading south when he lost control and overturned near the Troutville weigh station.
Neither the driver nor his five passengers had seat belts on.
Police say they all suffered minor injuries.
The six are from Salem.
They were heading home after dropping plans to go to the beach.
Police aren't releasing the name of the driver because he's under 18.
And it turns out he doesn't even have a license.
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[WRITER=ejo]
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They'll be the first to welcome the year two-thousand, but some of the tiny Pacific islands may not last to welcome the year 21-hundred.
Find out why a little later on News 7 at Five.
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[VO-NAT]


And the internet may offer an easier way to shop, but that doesn't mean it's easier to return purchases.
Some tips when we return.
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Most of the Christmas gifts have been given-- now it's time to worry about returning some of them.
But what about returning gifts bought over the internet?
Deborah Ward has some ideas.
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V-M-I gets crunched by the Florida Gators.
Denise Allen has highlights ahead in the Two-Minute Ticker.
In Health Check, the government may step in to regulate drugs on the internet.
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[VO-NAT]


And pediatricians are urging parents to have their kids vaccinated against chicken pox.
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[IN Q=Children have died]
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[OUT Q=think it is.]

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[5-Drugs-Y2K]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=599-14 TC1:15:23]
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The government says there won't be a run on prescription drugs as Y-2-K approaches.
Health Secretary Donna Shalala says patients seem to be showing simple common sense.
And even if there's a surge before Friday, the nation's drug supply won't be disrupted.
That's because
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC]

pharmacies and medical supply houses maintain a 60-to-90-day supply.
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[SUPER=01-Donna Shalala/Sec. of Health and Human Serv.;]
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[OUT Q=that has happened.]
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[VO-NAT]


Shalala spoke at a news conference about a national study of drug purchases.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=HOLD]


Also at today's news conference, the Clinton administration unveiled plans for the Food and Drug Administration to police drug sales on the internet.
Donna Shalala says the Internet can be a powerful force for good health -- increasing medical access for the elderly or rural residents.
But she's increasingly worried about ``rogue'' operators, selling unsafe medicine or dispensing drugs without a prescription.

[5-Chicken-Pox]


[ANCHOR=keith]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=tfl]
[TAPE#=599-18 TC1:14:44]
[GRAPHIC=Health Check]

The American Academy of Pediatrics says too many children in the United States still are NOT vaccinated for chickenpox.
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[VO-NAT 13:49:33]

The A-A-P is trying to re-emphasize the dangers of the highly contagious disease. Their latest report urges parents to immunize healthy children over 12 months. Some states now require the vaccine for child care and school entry.
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[SOT tc 13:50:12]
[IN Q=The period]

((CHERYL LEWIS/PRESCHOOL TEACHER: THE PERIOD OF CONTAGION IS BEFORE YOU EVEN KNOW THE CHILD HAS THE DISEASE, SO YOUR WHOLE CLASS HAS BEEN EXPOSED BEFORE YOU EVEN KNOW THAT SOMEONE HAS THE CHICKENPOX.))
[SUPER=01-Cheryl Lewis/Preschool Teacher;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=has the chickenpox]
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[VO-NAT]

The vaccine became available in 1995 and is 85-percent effective in preventing all cases of chickenpox and 100 -percent effective in preventing severe cases.
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[5-HIV-Treatment]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=5]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=599-8 TC1:52:39]
[GRAPHIC=AIDS]


Researchers keep making strides toward an AIDS vaccine, but new information suggests future treatment could differ between men and women.
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[VO-NAT]


In a recent study, researchers found many women infected with multiple variants of H-I-V.
The men tested were initially infected with just one strain of the virus.
That could make it harder to develop a vaccine that works well on women.
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Good afternoon the ticker starts off on the college hardwood. Where the Keydets found themselves overwhelmed by the Florida Gators.
[ss=vmi]


VMI traveled to Gainesville for a matinee with Florida.
And a talented class of Gator freshmen took control of the contest.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Gainesville, FL/NCAA;]


Bart Bellairs and his Keydets had their hands full today and couldn't seem to hold on to the ball.
The Gators' press caused 33 turnovers this afternoon, here Brett Nelson makes the steal then travels the length of the court for the hoop.
VMI then leaves Donnell Harvey all alone under the basket. The slam is just two of Harvey's game high 22.
[super=33-Florida/113/VMI/68;]


Again the Keydets can't hold on to the ball. Florida has no problem converting the turnovers into points and the Gators pummel VMI 113-to-68.
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[WRITER=dal]
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Two players have been suspended from the University of Richmond men's basketball team.
Sophomores Charles Stephens and Marques Cunningham both from Danville failed to how up on time after the holidays for practice missing the first two practices after the Spiders' ten-day holiday break.
Officials say they'll be suspended until coaches can re-evaluate the two players' commitment to the team and the university.

[S5-Carruth]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Five]
[WRITER=dal]
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Paternity tests should be back by Thursday concerning former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Lab technicians took an oral swab sample from Carruth in the Charlotte jail
He's charged with first degree murder of his girlfriend Cherica Adams.
The technicians are trying to determine if the he is the father of her son Chancellor Lee Adams.
Carruth is one of four defendants in the driveby-shooting of Cherica Adams, and could receive the death penalty if convicted.
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[NEWSCAST=Five]
[WRITER=dal]
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There's more movement in the front office of NBA teams.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NBA;]


Utah Jazz president Frank Layden is retiring after more than 20 years with the team.
67 year old Layden says he wants to spend more time with his wife and finish a book he's been writing.
He joined the Jazz as GM in 1979 when the team was still in New Orleans.
He also held the job of head coach for six seasons posting a record of 277 and 294.
Layden retired as coach in 1988, but went back on the court to coach the WNBA Utah Starzz. He left coaching for good in June.
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[anchor=denise]
[ss=ticker]


Coming up tonight at six we'll check in with the Cavaliers and hear if they think the media is slighting them during the bowl season. Plus Mike Stevens checks in with Florida State's Bobby Bowden.

Keith Humphrey will be back to wrap up the five after this[5-Kiribati]


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[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
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The tiny island group of (Ki-ri-bass) Kiribati in the South Pacific will be the first nation on Earth to enter the new millennium-- but it may not last much longer than that.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tarawa, Kiribati]


Global warming and rising sea levels are taking their toll on this island group.
These tiny islands are literally disappearing under the waves.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=If nothing is]

((IF NOTHING IS DONE AT THE MOMENT - AND WE BELIEVE THAT MAYBE THIS ISLAND WILL SUBMIT AFTER 25 TO 30 YEARS))
[SUPER=01-Bwere Eritaia/Kiribati Environmental Officer]
[RUNS=:08]
[OUT Q=to 30 years.]
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[VO-NAT]


Parts of Kiribati are already inundated at high tide.
Houses are falling victim to the erosion by the powers of the sea.
Some parts of the island group have already being evacuated and surrendered to the rising waters.
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