Today on News 7 at 5, police officers from across the country gather in Bedford to remember the heroes of September 11th.
And the parents of a missing girl hope a reward will help them get their child back.
Fast moving weather systems blow through this week keeping us rather breezy. Forecast details coming up.
In other news, state lawmakers fight over the phrase "In God We Trust,"
and firemen in Southern California have to fight a wildfire that has caused millions of dollars in damage and its still growing.
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Five months to the day after dozens of police officers died in the World Trade Center, their comrades gather in Bedford.
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They came from across the country to honor the officers during ceremonies in Bedford.
Hundreds of officers gathered at the D-Day Memorial today to pay tribute to those fallen heroes.. Steve Smallshaw joins us now, Steve why Bedford?
Jean, organizers might say 'why not Bedford?'
A couple of months ago, Sheriff Mike Brown was thinking not enough had been done to honor the law enforcement officers killed on 9-11.. he decided to do something about it.
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With the Overlord Arch as its backdrop, hundreds of police officers from around the country paid tribute to soldiers who wore a different uniform in a different war.. one that also started with a surprise attack.
((JERRY KILGORE/VA ATTORNEY GENERAL: IT IS GOOD BECAUSE THIS MEMORIAL REMINDS US THAT OUR WARS ARE NOT WON BY MERCENARY SOLDIERS FIGHTING FOR PAY, BUT BY ORDINARY AMERICANS CALLED TO DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS.))
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LU CHANCELLOR: FIVE MONTHS AGO TODAY, WE ALL BECAME ETERNAL DEBTORS TO SOME WONDERFUL MEN AND WOMEN WHO WITHOUT SECOND THOUGHT PAID THE SUPREME PRICE.))
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Repaying that debt began with today's ceremony.
Law enforcement from as far away as Ohio and Florida came to let their colleagues from New York City know they share their pain.
((OFFICER ANTHONY GONZALEZ/NYPD: IT MEANS A LOT TO THEM, IT MEANS THAT OUR OFFICERS ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, THAT EVERYONE HERE AND AROUND THE WORLD STILL REMEMBER THEM AND WILL IN THEIR HEARTS.))
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Sheriff Mike Brown says he hopes today's ceremony was just a start..
..and that other localities will see fit to start honoring the police officers killed on September 11th. Jean?
The national motto may soon have a prominent place in Virginia's public schools.
But today in Richmond, lawmakers debated whether the message might offend.
This morning, the Senate Education and Health Committee endorsed legislation requiring schools to post "In God We Trust" signs in a conspicuous place.
Similar bills have already passed the House of Delegates, but some lawmakers argue a Christian message could offend Virginians of other faiths.
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((SEN. DICK SASLAW/D- SPRINGFIELD: SOME OF THESE PEOPLE ARE JEWISH, SOME ARE ATHEIST. SOME ARE MUSLIMS. SOME ARE BUDDHISTS. SOME ARE HINDUS. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THESE PEOPLE?))
((SEN. NICK RERRAS/R- NORFOLK: I'M NOT TRYING TO ADVANCE ANY PARTICULAR FAITH OR SECT OR DENOMINATION, BUT I THINK THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE AND MOTIVATION TO ALL OF US.))
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The Education and Health Committee voted 9 to 6 to send the bill to the Senate floor, where it comes up for a vote tomorrow.
It's been ten days since a San Diego girl disappeared from her bedroom.
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Now the parents of Danielle Van Dam are offering a 25 thousand dollar reward for information leading to their child.
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((BRENDA VAN DAM/MOTHER: I HOPE THIS WILL MOTIVATE SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHERE SHE IS TO STEP FORWARD, RETURN HER TO US OR HELP US FIND HER. SOMEBODY OUT THERE KNOWS SOMETHING THEY'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT AND WE JUST THOUGHT THAT THIS MONEY WILL MOTIVATE THEM AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE DOING THIS.))
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The parents say they last saw their child when they put her to bed about ten pm Friday, February first.
The focus for many firefighters in San Diego is a huge wildfire burning just north of the city.
In the past 24-hours it's doubled in size- and it's already caused millions in damage.
Chris Lawrence has more.
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((Helicopters swept through the canyons
and families on the ground with little more than a hose. Each
doing their part to stop a brush fire from igniting again.
The fire has torched four thousand acres and spread west to the
marine corps base at Camp Pendleton. Hundreds of firefighters are
trying to contain the blaze but its already destroyed more than 40
buildings, some of them homes north of San Diego.
This is a bummer..not all the insurance in the world is going to put
this back together.
Alan Carpenter lost a boat he took ten years to build, antiques, cars
and the family dog.
I'm so upset about it, I don't want to start crying because if I start
I'll cry for a week.
The intense fire burned homes to the ground and metal like it was
nothing. This fire engine like so many homes around it, never had a
Still to come on the newscast, we'll meet a seasoned veteran of figure skating as he tries for Olympic gold at the ripe old age of 30,
Then a little later, we'll see one company's way to get children to eat more french fries....would you like chocolate fries with that?
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A Giles County teenager was found guilty of a misdemeanor today for material he posted on a website.
The 15-year-old Narrows High School student was convicted of communicating a threat over the Internet.
Last month, Narrows Police arrested the teen because they said on his website he threatened to tie up and beat a student and a teacher.
Police also say it contained satanic material.
His attorney Max Jenkins says they will appeal the ruling.
The Giles County Commonwealth's Attorney did not comment on the case.
A four alarm fire in Old Town Alexandria today-
It broke out mid morning in the 200 block of South Union Street-
The blaze started in the second floor inside someone's home- It then spread to the third floor and into the adjacent brick buildings.
Wind made it worse-
Firefighters cut holes in the roof- to make sure all the flames were out- They also managed to keep the fire from spreading to nearby homes on Prince Street.
At least one family and several businesses are displaced.
Tired of giving flowers or candy for Valentine's Day.
Would you like to surprise your loved-one with something truly unique?
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Patrick Evans has just the ticket in our studios today.
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At the age of 30, many of Todd Eldredge's fans thought it was time for him to hang up his skates.
But he thought otherwise and tomorrow, Eldredge takes to the ice for his third shot at Olympic Gold. Jennifer Miller reports from Salt Lake City.
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LIKE HIS LEGENDARY SPINS, TODD ELDREDGE IS ON A LONG AND WINDING PATH
... IN PURSUIT OF HIS ULTIMATE GOAL ... TO WIN AN OLYMPIC MEDAL.
AND NOW, AT THE AGE OF 30, ELDREDGE IS DEFYING HIS CRITICS ... BY
CHASING HIS DREAM ONE LAST TIME.
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"Being considered the old guy at age 30 seems kinda odd to me, but
that's just the way it is in our sport."
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TO MEDAL IN SALT LAKE ELDREDGE MUST OVERCOME THE OLYMPIC DEMONS OF HIS
PAST. INJURIES AND SLOPPY PERFORMANCES KEPT HIM OFF THE WINNERS PODIUM
IN THE '92 AND '98 WINTER GAMES. DISAPPOINTED, HE QUIT COMPETING FOR TWO
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BUT NOW HE'S BACK -- FOR A THIRD TRY AT OLYMPIC GLORY.
"Not many people get the opportunity to compete in three Olympics, so
the opportunity to go back and to try and see what I can do is great."
EVEN GREATER, WOULD BE TO LAND A QUADRUPLE JUMP CONSISTENTLY IN
COMPETITION. ELDREDGE HASN'T DONE THAT YET, BUT WHAT HE LACKS IN JUMPS,
HE MAKES UP FOR IN ARTISTRY AND EXPERIENCE.
THAT EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN REWARDED WITH A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- AND
RECENTLY HE CAPTURED HIS SIXTH NATIONAL TITLE -- BEATING OUT TOP
AMERICAN RIVAL, TIMOTHY GOEBEL.
"I've done great programs at the national championships, at the world
championships, and I haven't done that at the Olympics, so to do that
would be a great end to a great career."
AND AN INSPIRATIONAL ONE ... FOR OTHERS CHASING THEIR DREAMS.
JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS, SALT LAKE CITY. ))
Salt Lake City is not the only place they are going for the Gold. Coming up a little later, we'll see who is competing to be the top dog at Madison Square Garden,
Also it has been a good day on Wall Street. We'll have the numbers in our Marketwatch report.
Coming up next, Mike Stevens will look at today's second round of qualifying from Daytona,
and we will meet a man who will try to move mountains to help the Avalanche repeat last year's championship season.
On Wall Street today, cheaper stock prices gave bargain hunters a reason to continue the Wall Street rally that started on Friday.
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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The people who developed green and purple ketchup have taken it one step further.
Now they have produced something even stranger to put that ketchup on.
The Heinz Company is betting kids will gobble up its new Ore Ida Funky Fries.
They will come in five varieties including fluorescent blue.
They also come in different flavors as well including sour cream and onion, CINNAMON, and CHOCOLATE.
But there are limits to what Heinz is willing to do to a potato.
One company official says they rejected Fruit Loop flavored fries.
Good afternoon folks - it's the two minute ticker for this Monday.
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We begin tonight in Daytona where only four drivers elected to go through second round qualifying today.
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Kyle Petty, Kirk Shelmerdine and Norm Benning all had problems on Saturday during pole day and were unable to make their qualifying runs.
Mike Skinner tried to better his speed, and did so by more than a mile and hour.
KP's speed should help him get in the 500, but Benning and Shelmerdine and forget it.
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All of these guys are a long way behind the pole winning speed of 185 point 831 miles and hour that was posted on Saturday by rookie Jimmie Johnson.
The Salem Avalanche welcomed its new manager to town this morning.
Stu Cole, a North Carolina native who knows this area well is anxious to take over a champion.
Cole served as the Avs' hitting coach in the late 90's - and he's excited about the opportunity manage here.
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Bowles was one of five inductees last night in the 2002 class of the Salem-Roanoke baseball hall of fame.
The guest speaker last night was Maury Wills, the former Dodger great who revolutionized the game as a torrid base stealer.
Wills still works for the Dodgers and he says while players are making a lot more money, their fundamentals stink.
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Coming up tonight on News 7 at six, we'll get up close and personal with UVa men's basketball fan who definitely has the attention of the ACC referees.
Take care everyone. Jean is coming right back in just a moment.
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This year's Westminister Kennel Club show kicks off tonight at Madison Square Garden.
Judges will begin their search for the nation's new top dog.
Gretchen Carlson has more.
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(((NAT) clapping in dog rings
(TRACK) LOCATOR: NEW YORK CITY
You know you've made it to the big time when you're a dog in one of
these rings. (NAT) But getting a leg up on your competition for fame and
fortune can be a whole lotta of fuss.
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Its actually a sporting trim but its exaggerated for the show.
This is a wash n wear breed.
Behind the scenes, you see the dogs true grit. Here they stand for
endless hours to be primped and prodded with barrettes in their hair
even curlers on their face. These dogs have more hairs supplies than
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But its the price they pay to be prima donnas.
(SOT - ) Stacy Brown - Dog Handler
2 time national specialty winner won the breed here last year.
(SOT - ) Dan Giles - Dog Handler
Her registered name is Cover Girl, so she's Tyra Banks!
And the price their owners pay to keep them competitive - with the cost
of showing a dog at these levels as much as $200-thousand dollars a
(SOT - ) John Ronald - Dog Handler
Kept watered, kept fed, kept exercised, and generally just loved like
But its not all pretty.
(STAND-UP BRIDGE - ) Gretchen Carlson Reporting
This is one of the more un-glamorous things that goes on behind the
scenes. The dogs here relieve themselves inside - not outside.
The smell of 2500 dogs can become an issue but on the first day of the
show the talk is all competition
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There are some people here where its competition driven, there are
some people here for total enjoyment for them and their pets.
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At a show where winning is everything we found out getting the royal
treatment ain't so bad either. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, New York.))