Coming up on News 7-
The latest on the search for a missing Franklin county man.
New hope emerges for the Roanoke Valley's cultural organizations.
It looks like mandatory water restrictions could be on the way for Roanoke.
And, the third time's a charm for the New England Patriots.
News 7 is next.
More anxious moments for friends and family of a missing Wall Street journal reporter.
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Good Evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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Another day and another report that kidnapped journalist Daniel Pearl is dead.
However this report, just like the one earlier this week, is apparently wrong.
Jennifer Jones reports from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Jennifer Jones/CBS News; 1:10]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.]
The case of Daniel Pearl has created ongoing confusion.
On Sunday there were reports the wall street journal reporter's body was
found on the side of a road in Pakistan.... riddled with bullets.
There was a body.... but it wasn't Pearl's.
Last week there was an e-mail that said the reporter had been
executed.... it turned out to be a hoax.
On Friday a ransom was phoned to the us embassy in Pakistan.... another
The real kidnappers have a list of demands.... including the release of
pakistani prisoners from camp x-ray in cuba.
But the bush administration says giving into their demands would only
lead to more kidnappings.
09:07:33 (SOT - DONALD RUMSFELD/DEFENSE SECRETARY/ABC'S THIS WEEK)
"THE INEVITABLE RESULT IS IT WILL BECOME A MAJOR BUSINESS.. GO OUT
AROUND THE WORLD, KIDNAP AMERICANS AND HOLD THEM RANSOM".
In the middle of all this, Daniel Pearl's pregnant wife Marianne.
In a letter to local newspapers Marianne Pearl pleaded with the
she writes: I want to tell the people who are holding Danny that there
is nothing to gain from holding an innocent man who feels for humanity.
The real problem for authorities is they just don't know who the
With leads into Islamic extremist groups running dry, investigators are
expanding their search into Pakistan's criminal underworld.))
A local man touched down in Afghanistan for this year's Super Bowl.
Staff Sgt. Mark Pleasants is an anchor for the American Armed Forces Network.
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FOX Sports flew him to Afghanstan to do a live report during the pre-Superbowl show.
His family watched the broadcast with pride and fear from their home in Salem.
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[IN Q=Sure I was excited]
((SHIRLEY PLEASANTS/MARK'S MOM: SURE I WAS EXCITED BUT THEN AGAIN ITS SORT OF SCARY BECAUSE HE'S GOING RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING AND WHO KNOWS WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN NEXT. SO WE'VE PRAYED A LOT THAT HE'LL BE SAFE AND ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT WILL BE WITH HIM.))
((BUTT BUTT BUTT))
((SGT. MARK PLEASANTS; I'M FROM ROANOKE VIRGINIA TYRONE FROM RIGHT NEXT DOOR IN LYNCHBURG.))
[SUPER=01-Shirley Pleasants/Mark's Mom]
[OUT Q=next door in Lynchburg]
Pleasants went on to appear on Fox's coverage several times throughout the day.
He said the troops would take time away from the war to watch the game.
And Mike Stevens will have highlights of Super Bowl 36 in just a few minutes in sports.[Search-Franklin]
For tonight, authorities have called off the search for a missing Franklin County man.
They're searching for 38- year old Jim Richardson of Rocky Mount.
Richardson was last seen Friday afternoon in the area of Riverview Street in Rocky Mount.
The Franklin County Search and Rescue Team along with search teams from Botetourt, Pittsylvania and Henry County and Richmond began combing the area Saturday evening.
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[IN Q=Also working with us]
[SUPER=01-Ken Lavinder/Franklin Co. Search & Rescue; :00]
((ALSO WORKING WITH US IS THE TOWN OF ROCKY MOUNT POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND VIRGINIA STATE POLICE.))
[OUT Q=AND VIRGINIA STATE POLICE.]
Richardson is six foot one and weighs 160- pounds.
He has shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes and is very slender.
If you have any information you're asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff's office.
The drought like conditions we've been experiencing could get worse before they get better.
The spring fire season is just around the corner and the water level at Carvin's Cove continues to drop.
As Justin McLeod discovered we are just weeks away from mandatory water restrictions in Roanoke.
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[SUPER=01-Mike McEvoy/Director of Utilities; 1:19]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF CHRIS WALKING IN WOODS))
Taking a walk down to this creek in Salem, you get a clear picture (SHOT OF OUT OF FOCUS INTO FOCUS; 13:07:27) of just how dry it really is.
There's no water running in it, and the soil that is...looks and feels bone dry.
[IN Q=It's very very dry]
((CHRIS THOMSEN/DEPT. OF FORESTRY: IT'S VERY VERY DRY AND THE WARM WEATHER IN THE SPRING TIME WHEN IT USUALLY GETS WORSE IS NOT TOO FAR OFF.))
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Chris Thomsen should know.
As a forester for the Department of Forestry, he's gearing up for the spring fire season.
It's a season that he fears could be worse than what we saw last fall. (FILE OF FALL FIRES)
[IN Q=Traditionally, you go into February]
((CHRIS THOMSEN: TRADITIONALLY, YOU GO INTO FEBRUARY PRETTY WET. YOU USUALLY GET THE WORSE ABOUT IN APRIL BUT THAT'S NOT TRUE RIGHT NOW.))
Right now, we are more than twenty inches below normal rainfall since last February.
And it will take more than four inches of rain just to saturate the top soil.
[IN Q=Another concern]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: ANOTHER CONCERN IS HERE AT CARVIN'S COVE. CURRENTLY, THE WATER LEVEL HERE AT THE COVE IS 21 FEET BELOW THE SPILLWAY. ONCE IT HITS 22, MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS KICK-IN, AND CITY OFFICIALS WARN THAT COULD COME IN A MATTER OF WEEKS.))
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The mandatory water restrictions would start out with a partial ban on all outdoor watering from ten to seven.
But if the cove falls even further, the city of Roanoke will then implement stronger restrictions.
[IN Q=If we get to]
((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: IF WE GET TO 26 FEET BELOW THE SPILLWAY, THAT WOULD BE A COMPLETE OUTDOOR BAN ON WATERING SIMILAR TO THE 1999 EVENT.))
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It's an event that will most likely repeat itself if we don't get substantial rain anytime soon.
And if this warm dry winter so far is any indication, we are clearly not of the woods just yet. (SHOT OF THEM WALKING OUT OF THE WOODS)
Justin McLeod, News 7.))[Enron]
Former Enron C-E-O Kenneth Lay will NOT be testifying when the Enron mess goes before a Congressional hearing.
In a letter to the Senate and House panels set to hear from Lay, the former Enron chairman's attorney says the hearings have become focused on attacking former Enron chief.
However, the hearings will go on, Sharyl Attkisson has more.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Byron Dorgan/(D) North Dakota; :53]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Billy Tauzin/(R) Louisiana; 1:40]
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Accounting firm Arthur Andersen, trying desperately to rescue its
credibility, today announced a huge sea-change: it will no longer engage
in sweetheart deals CONSULTING for companies like Enron while SUPPOSEDLY
acting as "independent auditor." And it hired a respected big gun to
oversee the reform:
(SOT-PAUL VOLCKER, FORMER FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN, ARTHUR ANDERSEN)
THERE ARE A LOT OF PROBLEMS IN THIS INDUSTRY, INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE
Andersen collected 52 million dollars a year both auditing and
consulting for Enron...then destroyed Enron-related documents that
investigators wanted to see.
And now a new internal Enron investigation is giving Andersen even MORE
problems. It says the shady Enron partnerships that concealed huge
losses and debt were created "with extensive participation and
structuring advice from Andersen" (p.5)
HOW COULD THE ACCOUNTING FIRMS HAVE SAT BY HERE? WERE THEY BRAIN DEAD?
INCOMPETENT? WHAT ON EARTH HAS HAPPENED?
Those Enron partnerships were so complex...even the "simplified" charts
are daunting. But some Enron executives understood them well enough to
turn them into huge personal gains.
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Example: former Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow "should never have
received" "at least $30 million" (p.3) he paid himself for work on "LJM"
partnerships. And Michael Kopper...who reported directly to
Fastow...somehow parlayed his relatively small ($125,000) investment in
Enron's "Chewco" partnership...into a $10 million personal return. He
also took MILLIONS in fees (p.8)...but the internal report couldn't find
"what, if anything, (he) did to justify the payments."
I THINK WE'RE FINDING WHAT MAY CLEARLY END UP BEING SECURITY FRAUD.
ATTEMPTS NOT TO HEDGE OR PUT DEBT OUT OF THE COMPANY--WHICH MANY
COMPANIES DO--BUT LITERALLY FRAUDULENT PHONY ATTEMPTS TO DO SO IN
VIOLATION OF CURRENT ACCOUNTING PRACTICES.
Enron eventually tried to correct its books last fall...slicing income
by a billion dollars, upping debt two and a half billion and slashing
shareholder equity an astronomical 3.3 billion. Investors understood few
details...but knew they were in big trouble. Less than a month later,
Enron filed for bankruptcy.
SHARYL ATTKISSON, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
Still to come on News 7, two years ago Saint Louis won the Super Bowl with a last second stop,
but this year, the Patriots get the best of the Rams with a field goal at the end of regulation. Mike Stevens will have the highlights coming up in just a few minutes. Stay with us.
It looks like the Roanoke Valley's cultural organizations may get some of the financial help they have been hoping for.
Representatives from the arts council and other organizations buttonholed lawmakers and manned a booth in the General Assembly building.
They even distributed fortune cookies with messages detailing the importance of cultural organizations in the Roanoke Valley.
They were highlighting the new master plan shared by 16 different groups in western Virginia.
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[IN Q=We're really trying to put the message]
((SUSAN JENNINGS/ARTS COUNCIL OF THE BLUE RIDGE: WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO PUT THE MESSAGE ACROSS THAT THE ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY ARE WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM AND THAT WE ALL STAND TOGETHER. WE ALL WORK TOGETHER ON COLLABORATIVE THINGS AND FUNDING IS IMPORTANT FOR THE WHOLE GROUP.))
((BETH POFF/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: SO IT'S BEEN A LITTLE OF AN EDUCATIONAL TYPE OF THING TO SHOW PEOPLE WHAT WE DO HAVE. BUT ALSO SHOWING THAT TOGETHER THE IMPACT THAT STATE FUNDING HELPS OUR ORGANIZATIONS HELPS THE WHOLE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA REGION.))
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[SUPER=01-Beth Poff/Mill Mountain Zoo; :15]
[OUT Q=the whole southwest Virginia region.]
Governor Warner did not include any funding for non-state agencies in his budget proposal.
But this week House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith and other lawmakers told local officials they expect to provide at least some funding for cultural organizations in western Virginia.
What some may consider an eyesore, a Christiansburg woman considers art.
Anna Fariello takes pictures of crumbling buildings she comes across while traveling through the back roads of Virginia.
Her work is now on display at the History Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke.
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[IN Q=AT NO TIME WILL]
[SUPER=01-Anna Fariello/Photographer; ]
((AT NO TIME WILL THIS TYPE OF BUILDING BE BACK AMONG US AND I THINK IT KIND OF REPRESENTS A VERY ROMANTIC VIEW OF THE PAST AND THE FACT THAT EACH ONE CONTAINS MEMORIES IN HISTORY IS WHAT DRIVES ME.))
[OUT Q=what drives me.]
Fariello's work will be showcased through March 24th.
Farmers who grow burley tobacco will see a cut in their quota this coming season.
The U-S Department of Agriculture says the burley tobacco quota will be two- point three percent less than last years.
Last year's quota increased 34- percent after consecutive cuts in recent years.
The quota system is based on manufacturers' purchasing
intentions, exports and reserve tobacco stocks.
A Franklin County school gets a clean bill of health.
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Teachers and students complained of a strange odor at Lee Waid Elementary school in Rocky Mount.
Maintenance workers determined the problem was most likely coming from the boys bathroom.
Last month, crews replaced leaky pipes as well as removed absestos from other parts in the school.
Now that the work is completed, school officials say the odor has disappeared and students are no longer having headaches or becoming nauseous.
Still ahead, a local woman is showing that it's never too late to put your thoughts on paper...
and two dozen Norfolk Southern cars derail in Giles County, creating a mess of coal. We'll have that and more coming up. Stay with us.
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Crews were busy today cleaning up after a train derailed early this morning in Giles County.
The Norfolk Southern coal train derailed in Eggleston just after three A-M.
24 cars were involved, eight ended up on their sides.
The company says it was able to keep other trains moving by detouring other cars around the accident.
Environmental inspectors were sent to check for any possible hazards, but since it is coal, Norfolk Southern does NOT expect any problems.
The train was headed from Bluefield to Norfolk.
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In this week's Virginia Profile, a Lynchburg woman's past is brought back to life and shared....
And as Steve Smallshaw found out, even at age 90, you are never too old to start something new.
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[SUPER=01-Iva Burford/Author of "Now The Song"; :25]
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(( When Iva Burford's father died in 1917, her mother found the task of raising four children on her own to be too much.
So Burford and two of her sisters were sent to the Miller Orphanage in Lynchburg.. it was a place of strict rules.. where the word "smartypants" would get your mouth washed out with soap, but it was also a time filled with friends, outings and opportunies Iva and her sisters might not have had at home.
((IVA BURFORD/AUTHOR OF "NOW THE SONG": I THINK I HAD A GROWING UP TIME THAT FEW PEOPLE HAVE.))
[OUT Q=few people have.]
Burford left the Miller Home in 1930 and went on to college and to raise a family of her own.
But every time she passed the stately building, memories of her childhood there would come flooding back.
((AND I LOOKED AT IT ONE DAY AS I PASSED AND SAID TO MYSELF 'THERE STANDS, IN ALL ITS BEAUTY, GIVING LIFE AND OPPORTUNITY TO HUNDREDS OF YOUNG GIRLS WHO ENTER AND COME OUT AS YOUNG LADIES AND NO ONE SINGS ITS SONG'. AND THAT JUST CAME TO ME, AND I THOUGHT 'I'VE JUST GOT TO WRITE IT.'))
[OUT Q=to write it.]
"Now the Song" was conceived in 1947.. but it took more than fifty years to be born.
With the help of Lynchburg College and Warwick House publishers, Burford's stories of growing up in an orphanage are now available in hardback.
((YOU NEED TO BUY IT FIRST..))
Copies of the book were flying off the shelves this weekend as Burford enjoyed that new-author perk of a booksigning in her hometown.
Burford had to help finance the printing of the first 500 copies herself, but its financial success is not important to her.. teaching people about the Miller Home and what it meant to so many young girls is.
((BURFORD: AND SOMEONE SAID TO ME AFTER THIS BECAME KNOWN, EVEN AFTER THE BOOKS ARRIVED, 'YOU HAD TO BE BOLD TO WRITE ABOUT GROWING UP IN AN ORPHANAGE', AND I SAID 'THAT'S THE VERY REASON I WROTE THIS, I HOPE IT CAN CHANGE THE MINDSET OF SOME PEOPLE LIKE YOU'.))
[OUT Q=people like you.]
She's also changing the mindset that 90 is too old to be publishing your first book.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[S-Score]
Super Sunday highlights from New Orleans to Missouri to Blacksburg to Charlottesville to Daytona to right back here in the valley.
But first tonight's News 7 Sports scoreboard.
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In a season where the colors of this nation have become so important so many, it only seems appropriate that a group wearing red, white and blue named the Patriots would be crowned Super Bowl champs.
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Sir Paul McCartney whipped the crowd into a frenzy in the pregame show and then Roger Staubach and former President Bush stepped to midfield for the coin toss.
The Patriots then stepped up and put the Rams on notice. Ty Law picks off the Kurt Warner pass and takes it to the house 47 yards away. The 3-to-nothing deficit is quickly erased as New England takes a 7-to-3 lead midway through the second quarter.
Then with just 31 seconds to go before halftime, Tom Brady hooks up with David Patten on an 8 yard TD toss in the back of the endzone. It's 14-to-3 New England after two quarters.
It would get worse for St. Louis before it got better. Warner is picked off for the second time in the game as Otis Smith gets the interception and sets up a field goal. It's 17-to-3 heading to the fourth quarter.
It appeared that the Patriots had put the game away when Tebucky Jones picked up Kurt Warner's fumble at the one yard line and took all the way the other direction for an apparent TD.
But this holding penalty on Willie McGinest wiped out the score and gave the Rams a first down.
Two plays later Warner walked in from the one. It's now 17-to-10 with nine and a half minutes to go in the game.
But in less than 90 seconds with no timeouts, the Patriots got themselves into field goal range and
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Adam Venatieri (VEN-UH-TERRY) split the uprights with a 48 yard game winner at the buzzer as Richlands' native Mike Compton and Patriots win Super Bowl 36 - 20-to-17.
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The Virginia Cavaliers lost for the third time in 8 days as they dropped a non-conference game at Missouri yesterday.
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The Cavs would get an eyeful of Missouri's Kareem Rush, the younger brother of former Roanoke Dazzle player Jaron Rush. Kareem hits for 15 points in the first half as Missouri led by two points - 40 to 38 at halftime.
The back and forth transition style continued after intermission as Roger Mason gets the ball to Keith Jenifer. The great ball fake gets him the fingeroll as UVa make it 62-to-60 with under 8 to go.
The Cavs would stay within striking distance as Roger Mason Junior hits the two pointer to keep it a two point game with under three minutes to play. Mason had 13.
Virginia's inside players also did their best to keep this one close. J.C. Mathis hit 6 of 7 shots, scored 13 and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Freshman Elton Brown continues to play like a senior. He had 12 points yesterday as the Cavs shot 55 percent for the game.
But as has been the case of several occasions - UVa commits 20 turnovers and loses its third straight 81-to-77.
The UVa women were back in Charlottesville hooking up with N.C. State.
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The Wolfpack, like Virginia has some youth especially at the guard spot, and in the first half the NC State backcourt with Nanna Rivers played well. As did State's inside force senior Talisha Scates.
But UVa is starting to gel as a team a little bit at this stage of the season. Senior Telisha Quarles comes down off the break and pulls up for a three pointer to give the Cavs a two point lead.
Then watch freshman Brandi Teamer, who led UVa with 22 points, miss the shot, but Bethany LeSeuer will scrap with the State players inside, make the steal and then convert the hoop.
Virginia beats N.C. State 61-to-57 to improve to 5 and 5 in the ACC.
The way the schedule is structured this year, Sunday is a big day for roundball in the ODAC.
Yesterday, the W&L women beat Shenandoah, the W&L men topped Lynchburg and Bridgewater beat the Emory & Henry men.
The Roanoke College women also took on Hollins.
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Hollins' Mandy Nichols the Troutville native came into the game needing just three points to top 1000 for her career.
Sometimes players struggle on days like this, but Mandy was on fire. She scored a game high 19 points hitting 9 out of 10 shots from the floor.
But Roanoke was too deep for Hollins.
All 15 Roanoke players dressed out, and all 15 scored at least one point.
Katrina Williams and Crystal Barrett led the way.
As Roanoke wins it easily 79-to-53.
The Virginia Tech men lost again - fading in the final minutes against St, John's.
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32 hundred and 15 fans turned out in Blacksburg to see if Tech could end a 9 game losing skid.
St. John's star Marcus Hatten was a non-factor in the opening half as he netted just this one three point basket.
Meanwhile Tech got a bushel basket full of points as big Terry Taylor banged the boards and dropped in 11 for the Hokies in the first 20 minutes.
Brian Chase also got into the act by getting out on the break and dropping in this deuce. Chase had 11 in the opening half, as well as the Hokies led 32-to-28 at halftime.
Hatten would finish with a game high 19 points, but the Hokies' zone bothered him as he only made 5 out of 14 shots from the field.
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Carlos Dixon, who was just 2-of-10 got Tech within 2 points with this bomb late, but again Tech can't close as the Hokies lose their 18th straight Big East game 72-to-63.
The PGA Tour has produced another first time winner as Matt Gogel won the Pebble Beach Pro Am with a birdie putt on the 18th hole of the final round.
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Gogel, shot a final round of 69 and this putt sealed the victory.
He finished 14 under par to beat Pat Perez, who took a four stroke lead into today's final round, but had a triple bogey on the final hole.
The Winston Cup stars will be in Daytona later this week, but yesterday the 24 hours of Daytona kicked off Speedweeks 2002.
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Kevin Doran in this , who got his start racing short track stock cars on dirt and spent three years as a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series owner, won his fifth Rolex 24 today.
A number of Winston Cup stars took part in the event. Robby Gordon's team finished second.
Kyle Petty also raced again this year in a Porsche GT3R.
Kevin Harvick also was part of team that took part in the 24 hour race on the 3 and half mile course.
And finally tonight, Native American culture will be displayed at the Winter Olympics this year in a BIG way...
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The world's largest tee pee was raised in Utah today.
It was created to encourage tribal involvement in the games, and show the world what Native Americans are really like.
Tribes are expected to showcase their music, food and dance during the festivities.