Today on News 7 at 5, the Holiday does not stop the wrangling over the Presidential Election. Florida's Supreme Court decides today whether the recount will continue in Dade County.
Closer to home, we'll see how some people in the Valley are celebrating their Thanksgiving.
Your Thanksgiving day was Full of sunshine... but things will be slowly changing as we head toward the weekend. I'll have the details coming up....
Today in Sports, Steve Mason will join us with highlights from all the Turkey day events,
and on Health Check, we'll see how a simple piece of fabric could save patients from heart transplant surgery.
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Al Gore's campaign to become president suffers a blow as the Florida Supreme Court says Miami-Dade County does not have to go back to reviewing ballots.
The Florida Supreme Court today refused to compel election officials in Miami to resume the recount of Presidential votes.
The Gore campaign had FAXed an appeal to each of the state's seven justices on this holiday, urging them to issue a writ of mandamus. They unanimously declined.
Terisa Estacio is in Miami with the latest on the Florida vote count.
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BALLOTS AND CHADS WERE ON THE MENU IN BROWARD COUNTY. ELECTION OFFICIALS
SPENT THANKSGIVING DAY COUNTING CONTESTED VOTES ... IN AN EFFORT TO MEET
SUNDAY'S DEADLINE. AT ONE POINT, A BALLOT COUNTED FOR AL GORE SPARKED A
MEANWHILE -- WORKERS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY -- TOOK THE DAY OFF. THEY
WILL RESUME THEIR HAND COUNT ON FRIDAY. THE PALM BEACH CANVASSING
BOARD WILL ALSO CONSIDER WHETHER TO INCLUDE DIMPLED CHADS IN ITS FINAL
TALLY, NOW THAT A JUDGE HAS GIVEN THE OKAY.
BUT IN MIAMI-DADE -- WHERE AL GORE HOPED TO PICK UP THE MOST VOTES ---
THE COUNTING HAS STOPPED ENTIRELY. SO GORE'S LAWYERS FILED PAPERS IN
FLORIDA SUPREME COURT TODAY ... ASKING THAT THE COUNTY BE ORDERED TO
CONTINUE ITS MANUAL RECOUNT. THE COURT DENIED THAT REQUEST.
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"THE WRIT IS DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE ... SIGNED UNANIMOUSLY BY ALL
AS THE LEGAL WRANGLINGS CONTINUED IN FLORIDA, VICE-PRESIDENT GORE
ENJOYED THANKSGIVING AT HOME WITH HIS FAMILY IN WASHINGTON.
AND A SEEMINGLY RELAXED GEORGE W. BUSH WENT FOR A HOLIDAY JOG ... BEFORE
HAVING DINNER WITH HIS WIFE AND TWIN DAUGHTERS IN AUSTIN. HOWEVER, HIS
RUNNING MATE, DICK CHENEY, REMAINED IN A WASHINGTON HOSPITAL ... WHERE
HE'S RECOVERING FROM A SLIGHT HEART ATTACK.
BUSH APPEALING TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT
Thai commandos today shot and killed nine inmates who had broken out of prison southwest of Bangkok.
The escapees had been holding prison officials hostage.
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After tailing the hostage-takers for 13 hours, Thai army commandos opened fire early this morning.
The commandos made their move when the inmates got out to change a flat tire.
All three captives were freed in Thursday's raid, though one was seriously injured.
Inside the inmates' hijacked truck, police found four pistols, two of them fake, a home-made bomb, some knives and container of cooking gas.
NOT everyone was all about feeding themselves this Thanksgiving holiday.
The volunteers at Roanoke's Rescue Mission serve nine meals a day, every day.
But with extra crew and a good crowd on hand, turkey was the fare today.
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((RONALD LEE FORE: THEY HAD A LOVELY THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR ME. AND IT'S NICE. THEY HAD THINGS DECORATED... I REALLY ENJOYED IT.))09
((BARBARA SHELTON/RESCUE MISSION: YES. THEY GET REAL EXCITED ABOUT THE HOLIDAY. AND FOR SOME OF THEM IT'S REAL SAD TOO, BECAUSE THEY'RE AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES.))07
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The shelter serves the homeless, families escaping domestic violence, and those recovering from substance abuse.
It's served Thanksgiving dinner twice today.
Washington's chief U-N negotiator is probably not very thankful for the dessert he had today.
A woman hit undersecretary Frank Loy in the face with a pie as he sat at a news briefing in the Netherlands.
The high-level talks on global warming were again disrupted when several dozen environmental activists entered the high security building, broke into a committee meeting and staged a sit-in. The protesters say not enough is being done to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
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Still to come on the newscast, two children are reaping the benefits of technology as they receive the world's first bionic hands,
and from New York City, we'll see if the weather kept the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from getting off the ground.
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As Americans gobble down Thanksgiving meals today, hunters across Virginia did their part to restock the freezer.
Less than a week into rifle season and two weeks into black powder season, one Craig County checking station is doing a brisk business.
At The Hunter's Den, this is how the deer season is shaping up.
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((ELLEN HORN/THE HUNTER'S DEN: STANDARD RACK SIZE, LOTS OF FOOD OUT THERE FOR 'EM. LITTLE BIT COLDER THIS YEAR THAN LAST YEAR.))
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Cold is good.
It makes the animals more active.
Roger Sinclair was hunting for deer.
But he's happily taking home his first bobcat.
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((ROGER SINCLAIR/HUNTER: ABOUT 8:30 I SAW IT COMING THROUGH THE WOODS, AND IT STOPPED. SO I TOOK A SHOT AT IT AND GOT IT.))
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Last year, even with hot, dry weather and disease in the deer population, Virginia hunters harvested almost 190-thousand deer.
Besides a big dinner, one of Thanksgiving's most enduring traditions is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Depite cold temperatures and threatening winds, the parade was still able to attract thousands of bundled up people for the celebration.
Gretchen Carlson has the highlights.
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IT'S A NEW YORK CITY TRADITION ON TURKEY DAY. CLOWNS AND MARCHING BANDS
... AND OH YES, THE BIG BALLOONS COMING DOWN BROADWAY.
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"I love it!"
"I like the snowmen!"
"I've been coming for awhile ... it's the best!"
THIS THANKSGIVING DAY WAS LIKE EVERY OTHER ... WTH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
TRYING TO GET A GLIMPSE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS.
FOR LOTS OF FAMILIES ... IT'S ALL ABOUT GETTING THE RIGHT SPOT.
(SOT) 5:23 Joe Bistricer/Parade Fan
"There's a diner right here so we come and eat breakfast here, we watch
the parade from inside, and then we come out for all the rest!"
AND THIS YEAR ... THERE WAS LOTS OF BUNDLING UP TOO ... AS TEMPERATURES
NEVER EVEN MADE IT TO THE FREEZING MARK.
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"Very cold for us!"
"(Did you stay warm?) Yes, we did!"
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BUT ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONCERNS WAS THE BALLOONS YOU SEE BEHIND ME HERE
AND THE WINDY DAY IN NEW YORK CITY. WHEN THE WIND SPEED GETS UP TO 23
MILES PER HOUR, THE BALLOONS HAVE TO BE GROUNDED.
THREE YEARS AGO A NASTY WIND CAUSED THIS BALLOON TO TOPPLE OVER ON A
POWER LINE ... SERIOUSLY INJURING A WOMAN NEARBY.
BUT THIS YEAR, NO PROBLEMS.
I'm always excited to come and celebrate and the bands play so well!"
SO WHETHER YOU'RE YOUNG OR OLD ... HOW COULD YOU NOT LOVE THE MACY'S
THNAKSGIVING DAY PARADE ... A TRADITION THAT'S STILL GOING STRONG.
GRETCHEN CARLSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
Coming up a little later we'll have stories about football- playing lions, a reindeer visiting Roanoke and a snow- skiing turkey, but first
we'll tell you why Faith Hill is getting ready for Prime Time.
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((FAITH HILL'S STARRING IN HER 1ST PRIMETIME SPECIAL JUST IN TIME FOR THE
HOLIDAYS...AND WE'VE GOT FAITH TALKING ABOUT IT......I'M VH1'S REBECCA
RANKIN AND I'VE GOT THAT STORY, COMING UP.))
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This year has been a good one for country singer Faith Hill. First she made the crossover from country to pop with her platinum album, "Breathe." Then tonight she makes her primetime debut with her first television special. Rebecca Rankin has more.
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FAITH HILL'S BEEN OUT ON THE ROAD SINCE JULY PROMOTING HER FOUR TIMES
PLATINUM ALBUM "BREATHE". She's done this with the help of husband Tim
McGraw....as the two have formed one of the year's top grossing tours.
....and NOW JUST IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING - FAITH'S OFFERING HER FIRST
TIME SPECIAL SIMPLY CALLED, "FAITH!"
FAITH HILL S/U PERFORMANCE
The special kind of gives you an idea of what life is like on the road
there's lots of things that happen backstage that the fans never get to
see//but it's a combination of both
THE SHOW WAS TAPED DURING TWO SOLD-OUT CONCERTS IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN IN
MIDDLE OF HER SUCCESSFUL "SOUL TO SOUL TOUR 2000" WITH HUSBAND TIM
Faith and Tim duet
Tim and I were not able to play every single city in this country we
like to have but the tour didn't last that long//but I wanted to give the
fans- for those who didn't make the show...give them a chance to see it.
HER LINE-UP FEATURES A DUET WITH TIM AND INCLUDES HER SINGLES "THIS
"BREATHE", AND HER CURRENT HIT "THE WAY YOU LOVE ME"
"THE WAY YOU LOVE ME"
We kind of intertwined it all together and made it a special evening I'm
excited I can't believe I have my own special. laughter
REBECCA TAG- NEWSPATH
ALRIGHT YOU CAN CATCH THE PREMIERE OF "FAITH!" TONIGHT 8/7 CENTRAL ON
ALSO FAITH AND TIM ARE ON THE LAST LEG OF THEIR TOUR AND WILL PERFORM A
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE USS COLE FUND IN SUPPORT OF THE FAMILIES OF THE
AMERICAN SAILORS WHO WERE KILLED IN THE BOMBING LAST MONTH. IN NEW YORK,
VH1'S REBECCA RANKIN. ))
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Still to come on the newscast, Steve Mason will have the holiday sports highlights,
and we'll see how one turkey celebrated missing Thanksgiving dinner.
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Dick Cheney's cardiologist says the Republican vice presidential candidate could be released from the hospital as early as tomorrow.
Cheney was hospitalized in Washington yesterday after suffering a mild heart attack. He was reported in good condition and had Thanksgiving dinner with his family today.
A polyester wrap could dramatically reduce the number of people who need heart transplants.
After an attack, a damaged heart strains to pump blood. That enlarges the organ and despite surgery or medication, it often kills people unless they get a transplant.
Doctors in Melbourne, Australian have tried wrapping a patient's heart in mesh to stop it from expanding.
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Before the operation, Walter Barber's congestive heart failure meant he couldn't walk more than 24 feet. Now just two weeks later, he says the wrap has given him a new lease on life.
Two English children are the first to benefit from the latest in artificial hand technology.
Jeremy and Oliver both received their bionic hands nine months ago. Before that, playing a video game or holding a book was out of the question.
The artificial hand, known as the prodigit was 14 years in the making.
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So far only children have received the hands, but an adult trial is about to start.
A young woman from Honduras is celebrating this holiday.
It wasn't long ago she was close to death.
Ana Garcia had a life threatening heart condition, but now thanks to an organization known as Heal the Children, she's about to head home happy and healthy.
George Kiriyama reports.
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Good afternoon everyone, hope you are having a good thanksgiving.
What would the bird day be without the Detroit Lions as they battled 3 and 8 New England today.
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The Patriots came in with the 25th rayed offense, Detroit's was 27th in the league but the Lions get the job done. Watch Charlie Batch hit David Sloane on a one yard touchdown pass with 3:50 left in the third quarter. Detroit goes up 13-9 with the first TD of the game.
Then, The Lions James Stewart racks up some frequent flyer miles on another one yarder and Detroit puts the game out of reach, going up 20 to 9 with 11:18 to play in the game.
[SUPER=30-Detroit/34/New England/9;]Charlie Batch threw for 194 yards but inspired his teammates with his guts, pl
aying hurt. Here he goes in from 10 yards out on the keeper. 27-9 Detroit and the Lions move to 8 and 4 with the 34-9 victory over New England.
One of the major keys that will determine the outcome of Saturdays' Virginia Tech/Virginia football game will be who wins the most battles between the the Hokies talented receivers and the Cavaliers small but quick corners.
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All three of the Hokies main receivers are 6 foot 1, 6' 3" and 6' 5". Their size, speed and talent present a huge challenge for the Wahoos pass defenders.
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The post thanksgiving sports party should be a good one right here on WDBJ. Tomorrow, in college football Big East rivals Pittsburgh and West Virginia renew their rivalry at 2:30.
And don't miss Friday Football Extra's state semi-final preview special at 11:35pm.
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Saturday, more college football, a double dip with Ga. Tech battling the Georgia Bulldogs at Noon and Miami taking on Boston College at 3:30
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Sunday, your Hometown Station returns to the NFL with Miami and Buffalo at one and then the Colts and Jets go head to head at four.
That's it for the ticker, coming up at six, coach Beamer talks about his family's knowledge of UVa now that his son is an ACC assistant coach and the Wahoos talk about what they are thankful for this thanksgiving. See ya then everybody.
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The Mill Mountain Zoo is playing reindeer games this holiday season.
Starting today, zoo visitors can get their picture taken with the animals between noon and three.
Then on the weekend, kids can participate in reindeer craft activities.
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((We have crafts that all our staff have been putting together. There's coloring and assembling little items that are reindeer oriented.))
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Photographs with Noel cost 5-dollar apiece.
While checking out the reindeer don't forget Mill Mountain Zoo's annual "Zoo Night Lights" which runs from Saturday, December 16th to Monday the 18th.
Noel will also be on display in Santa's Workshop during downtown Roanoke's "Dickens of a Christmas."
Finally today, at least one turkey played hooky from work this afternoon...
or more accurately, it played Hokie. The Hokie Bird hit the ski slops at the Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia.
The Virgina Tech mascot was taking a quick break before the busy sports weekend that will see the Hokies match up with U-V-A both on the basketball court and the grid iron.