Wed 25-NOV-2015 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Keith McGilvery. There's increased security tonight at locations across the country. President Obama is urging Americans to get out and enjoy the holiday, in spite of security concerns following terrorist attacks in France. Hena Daniels has the story.
Supers: :39-:50 - HENA DANIELS / Stand up / New York City :50-1:00 Bill de Blasio/New York City Mayor PKG TRT 1:22 Security is ramped up across the country as people head home for the Thanksgiving holiday. (MOS: Los Angeles Traveler) So much security! Theres cops all over the place! Passengers are taking the longer lines and beefed up airport checkpoints in stride. (SOT: MOS Chicago Traveler) Security is kind of long. Other than that its okay. Heavily armed police are also on duty at rail stations .like Washingtons Union Station, where Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson took an Amtrak train home. New York City officials were prepared for the thousands who showed up to watch the balloons come to life ahead of the Thanksgiving Day parade. Up to 3 million will line the streets on Thursday. :39-:50 (HENA DANIELS / Stand up / New York City). Security will be tight here along the parade route. The police commissioner says at least 25-hundred EXTRA police officers will be on duty to keep everyone safe. :50-1:00 (SOT: Bill de Blasio/New York City Mayor) This is the best-prepared city in the country to deal with a terror incident, and most importantly, to prevent terror incidents, which the NYPD has done successfully now for 14 years. President Obama says its understandable Americans are nervous after the Paris terror attacks. (SOT: OBAMA:) Americans should go about their usual Thanksgiving weekend activities, spending time with family and friends celebrating our blessings. The president says there is no current credible threat against the US. Hena Daniels, CBS News, New York.
Burlington Airport officials say the busy season for them has started -- and will run through Christmas time. Airport administrators are asking travelers to arrive 2 hours before their flight -- to leave enough time to get through security ... Which has tightened around the nation following the Paris attacks.
(TC 00:21:13:17 Tile 7610) ((Erin Knapp/Burlington Airport "We recommend travelers check the TSA website, they have a mobile app that's really helpful if you have any questions about what you can bring on the plane, check that out. Social media is a great option as well." 00:21:23:28)) Good news if your traveling by car. According to AAA -- gas prices this Thanksgiving are the cheapest they've been been since 2008 -- so drivers will have a less expensive trip. And Amtrak officials say the Vermonter line is back on schedule -- after a downed tree interrupted service Tuesday.
Dan is here. Not too bad for travel here today.
A prep school grad convicted in a sexual assault case is appealing. Lawyers for Owen Labrie of Tunbridge filed paperwork today. Labrie was cleared this summer of the most serious charge of raping a girl at St. Pauls School in New hampshire. But convicted on several others. His lawyers argue the trial judge shouldn't have allowed a felony count of using a computer to lure the girl. And -- they say they'll challenge whether Labrie should have been ordered to register as a sex offender for life - because he was acquitted of rape - and that legislators meant for the law to apply to adults preying on children.
State police say a drunk driver was behind the wheel when he crashed in Fayston this morning. Authorities say 46-year-old Matthew Collins of New Jersey was more than 4 times the legal limit when he crashed on Route 17. He's due in court next month.
A consumer alert to warn you about tonight. This week hundreds of Vermonters have been targeted by the same scam -- Tyler Dumont has the details you need to know.
((Janet Murnane/Sr. Asst. Vt. Attorney General: "Everybody was getting these calls." 02;11-2;13)) Phones have been ringing off the hook at the Consumer Assistance Division at the Attorney General's office. ((Janet Murnane/Sr. Asst. Vt. Attorney General: "This is the third or fourth time this year that we've had a wave of calls." <:00:49-:00:54> TILE 7583)) The calls are complaints -- about other calls... coming from scammers claiming to be with the IRS. ((Janet Murnane/Sr. Asst. Vt. Attorney General: "They were looking for people to pay using money orders or some way that could not be traced." 01;26;26-01;33;25)) The scammers repeatedly call victims -- threatening arrests or lawsuits if payments for backtaxes aren't made immediately. They request the payment through credit cards or wire transfers. ((Janet Murnane/Sr. Asst. Vt. Attorney General: "We want consumers to know this is not the government calling. This is a scam." 2;30-2:34)) GFX The AG's office says they received more than 300 scam complaints on Monday from across the state. Another 186 came in on Tuesday -- and a a continuing stream Wednesday. Unfortunately, the scammers have had some luck this week. The AG's office says an elderly man paid seven hundred dollars to a scammer through Moneygram -- and they also obtained several social security numbers. ((Janet Murnane/Sr. Asst. Vt. Attorney General: "We really urge callers not to engage. We don't want them talking to the callers, we really want you to hangup the phone - don't call them back if they leave a forwarding number. Really, don't engage at all." 00:02:350:02:44.))
If you're looking to avoid a Black Friday Brawl -- Vermont may be the perfect place to shop. Every year we see these kinds of clashes around the county. Amped-up shoppers battling for merchandise or position in line. But according to a study by Estately -- Vermont ranks near the bottom for states where fights break-out during Black Friday sales. The study combines a state's excitement for Black Friday with its crime report. The result is that Arkansas is the place where people are most likely to encounter a Black Friday fight. Vermont comes in 46th ahead of New York and New Hampshire. Massachusetts looks to be the best place in the country for avoiding fisticuffs while shopping.
That crazy rush will start even earlier this year with many stores opening their doors midday Thursday. Alex Apple is looking at the war between retailers fighting over your money. He joins us in the studio with more. Keith -- retailers tell me just offering a sale doesn't cut it anymore. Now they're using more tricks and opening earlier to ensure customers will spend their money at their store first. The mad dash will leave many employees working overnight into Friday morning.
((NAT near register)) Brian Nadworniak's dad cooked the turkey. Mom made the stuffing. ((Brian Nadworniak/JC Penney Manager 03:20 That typical tradition, you ate til you couldn't eat no more.)) Now Nadworniak's Thanksgiving is compressed to just breakfast. That's all he gets before opening up the South Burlington JC Penney he manages to sale-seeking shoppers. ((Nadworniak: 59 We're going to be open all the way through the night until Friday night at 10 pm.)) ((STANDUP: 09:53 Everybody's said it: Why do these Black Friday sales start earlier and earlier? Well, let's say you're a 3 am arrival on Black Friday, here at JC Penney, you'll actually be 12 hours late.)) ((Nadworniak: 23:23 We've found the last couple of years that the earlier we've been opening, the traffic has been there.)) Next door inside University Mall... ((NAT from jewelry case)) ...Hannoush Jewelers will open at midnight Friday morning. Workers relish the early start. ((Mary Beth Pinard-Brace/Hannoush Jewelers 15:25 There's a real festive spirit in the mall on Friday because people are coming, they tend to be in a really good mood.)) Each store seeks a competitive advantage: Hannoush offers several once-a-year bargains. ((13:58 Basically, it's make your deal.)) If history is any indication -- the line outside Best Buy will start Wednesday night. ((Brian Shedd/Best Buy 25:28 We start practicing a month in advance, so that way all of our employees know when they're working, what they're going to be doing, where the product's gonna be.)) It's retail's Super Bowl...each sale a strategy to get customers through the door.
For many stores -- managing chaos is the key. In the case of Best Buy, customers lined up outside will get a ticket before the store opens -- ensuring that they get the product they've come for. Ad lib with Keith:
Playboy bunnies are making a return to Burton snowboards. The company is launching a collection of boards featuring vintage Playboy centerfolds. When the company tried a similar line or products a few years back the move sparked protests at its Vermont headquarters. Burton's owner says the company supports freedom of artist expression.
((Diaz tease)) Plus -- Turkey and Russia squaring off over the fighter jet shot down near the Syrian border. And the outbreak that's making people sick across the country. Also -- How generosity of spirit and a whole lot of socks and shoes are making a difference. ((JS SU 00:26:45:15" The free foot clinic and free shoe give away is supposed to only last for just two hours, but the doctors here today say they will stay as long as they have to, see everybody. "00:26:53:22)) The story is just ahead.
More protests in Chicago tonight - one day after a police officer was charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of a teenager. Dashcam footage of the shooting was released yesterday - sparking outrage and calls for a change in police-community relations. Adriana Diaz reports.
(nats) justice for Laquan! ((NARR-1)) DEMONSTRATORS TOOK TO THE STREETS IN CHICAGO AGAIN WEDNESDAY, PROTESTING THE POLICE SHOOTING OF 17 YEAR OLD LAQUAN MCDONALD. SOME TAUNTED OFFICERS TRYING TO HOLD THE LINE. MORE DASHCAM FOOTAGE WAS RELEASED.. IT APPEARS TO SHOW MCDONALD RUNNING FROM POLICE AFTER ALLEGEDLY VANDALIZING CARS. FOOTAGE RELEASED TUESDAY SHOWS OFFICER JASON VAN DYKE FIRING 16 TIMES AT MCDONALD -- KILLING HIM. VAN DYKES ATTORNEY SAYS THE OFFICER YELLED FOR MCDONALD TO DROP THE KNIFE HE WAS CARRYING. ((SOT Dan Herbert/Defense Attorney)) "He shot mcdonald because he was in fear for his life. ((NARR-2)) VAN DYKE WAS CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER. AN AUTOPSY REPORT SHOWED MCDONALD WAS SHOT AT LEAST TWICE IN THE BACK. AND THE HALLUCINOGEIC DRUG "P-C-P" WAS FOUND IN HIS SYSTEM. ((STANDUP BRIDGE Adriana Diaz/CBS News, Chicago)) THE CITY ALREADY SETTLED WITH MCDONALD'S FAMILY FOR FIVE MILLION DOLLARS. BUT THERE'S A PUBLIC OUTCRY OVER WHAT TOOK SO LONG TO RELEASE THE VIDEO - AND BRING CHARGES AGAINST THE OFFICER. ((SOT Ald. Howard Brookins /CITY COUNCIL BLACK CAUCUS)) "It just appears that when the victims appear to be underprivileged or minorities that it takes a long time for justice to come their way. ((NARR-3)) THE JUDGE WILL REVISIT THE ISSUE OF BOND AT A HEARING MONDAY AFTER VIEWING THE VIDEO. OFFICER VAN DYKE FACES 20 YEARS TO LIFE BEHIND BARS IF CONVICTED. ADRIANA DIAZ, CBS NEWS, CHICAGO. ###
Conflicting reports about where a warplane was flying before it was shot down. Turkey released this radar image which it says proves the Russian plane violated its airspace Tuesday. This morning, Russia released its own radar images, which show the jet operating over syria - well south of the border. Russian president Vladimir Putin says a surviving pilot shot down on the Syrian-Turkish border is at a Russian airbase. The other was killed by a Syrian rebel.
Costco is recalling chicken salad because of an e-Coli outbreak. The CDC says nearly 20 people have gotten sick -- by eating the rotisserie chicken salad -- across the country. Five people were hospitalized. Officials say the strain of E. coli seems to be connected to an onion and celery mix.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Breezy. Lows: 28/35 Winds: S 10-15 mph Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs: 45/52 Winds: S 15-25 mph Thursday Night: Increasing clouds. Lows: 38/45 Winds: S 15-20 mph Friday: Mostly cloudy. Afternoon showers. Highs: 45/52 Winds: S 15-20 mph Extended: Saturday through Wednesday. Friday Night: Rain showers changing to snow showers. Lows 25/32 Saturday: Chance of a lingering snow shower, mainly mountains. Highs: 30/37 Lows 15/22 Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 33/40 Lows 18/25 Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 30s Lows 18/25 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain/snow showers Tuesday night. Highs 35/45 Lows 20s Wednesday: Chance of rain/snow showers. Highs 35/45
Some hearty meals were served up today ahead the of the holiday. Hundreds of people filled the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in Burlington for the organization's annual Thanksgiving dinner. Plates of turkey and all the fixings were served up by the Shelf's kitchen manager, Community Kitchen Academy graduates and volunteers.
((Rob Meehan, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf 09:34 "we're honored to be part of the community where Vermonters help Vermonters and we get to see the giving from donors as well as just the spirit of communities , so it is really wonderful, we are very grateful.)) This year the Food Shelf reached its goal for Thanksgiving turkey donations with more than 4-thousand being dropped off for families in need.
Many of us are spending the day before Thanksgiving preparing to celebrate with family and friends. But some spent today - helping the homeless -- put their best foot forward. Judy Simpson reports.
Homeless folks were streaming into the COTS Daystation in Burlington for the chance to have their feet checked, and be fitted for new shoes. ((Rita Markley/COTS 00:00:36:23 "If you think about it many of us drive but if you are homeless chances are the way you get around town is on your feet and the better the shoes you have the more likely your health is going to be maintained, so the point of this to have shoes professionally fitted by docs who can also take a look at your feet ."00:00:59:10)) This is the 8th annual Soles4Souls shoe event. It is part of a national program to provide free foot screenings and footwear, which is donated by several shoe companies. Dr. Jim Michelson has been donating his services every year, and is joined by other UVM Medical Center staff. They say problems with the feet can lead to bigger issues. ((Dr. Jim Michelson /UVM Medical Center , 00:21:18:25" People tend to ignore their feet because A. They think they are ugly or they smell or whatever. particularly if you are on your feet all day if you are homeless particularly you are going to rely on them . If your feet start to get into trouble it can be a big problem in terms of their overall welfare 00:21:38:29)) And what is he seeing on this day? (( Jim again 00:23:35:00" Today we picked up a couple of folks with tendon ruptures and a couple of other things that may need treatment later ..")) But over all, no major issues. ((JS SU 00:26:45:15" The free foot clinic and free shoe give away is supposed to only last for just two hours, but the doctors here today say they will stay as long as they have to, see everybody. "00:26:53:22)) Why spend the day before Thanksgiving volunteering at a homeless shelter? ((00:22:15:27 Jim again " its the right thing to do it is incredibly simple equations from my standpoint This is why I got into medicine is to take care of folks and to be able to do it in a way that is so directly benefiting the community.")) When all is said and done, about 70 homeless folks will have new socks and shoes heading into winter. JS channel three news, Burlington.
A Thanksgiving eve matinee in Florida this afternoon as the Vermont men's basketball team looked to even up it's record against the Gators. The Cats entering the day 2-3 on the season after a weekend split at the hall of fame tip off in Connecticut. --- Dorian Finney-Smith was a force for Florida, leading all scorers with 20, but Vermont was down just five at the break, 34-29. --- the Gators open the second half with a quick 10-0 run. Trae Bell Haynes with one of UVM's 17 turnovers. Devin Robinson with the jam and the foul. 15 for Robinson. --- Kurt Steidl out with an injury for the Cats, but Ernie Duncan picks up the slack with three of his 13 points. --- Dre Wills making his season debut off a hamstring injury. He makes a couple of great passes two Ethan O'Day, resulting in a dunk and fancy lay-in. O'Day with 12. --- Then Wills kicks it to Cam Ward for three of his team high 14 points. Ward also added 10 rebounds. Wills had seven points and three assists in just 13 minutes...Cats cut the lead to six... --- but then Florida puts its foot on the gas, off the steal, Kasey Hill goes coast to coast and behind the back for two. the Gators pull away for an 86-62 win. Vermont falls to 2-4 on the season.
It's as much of a thanksgiving tradition as Turkey and stuffing. The 17th annual Primelink shootout gets going Friday afternoon at Norwich University's Kreitzberg Arena and continues Saturday. Plattsburgh faces Middlebury in the the opening game of the Shootout Friday at 4pm. The Cadets meet this year's invited team, the Camels of Connecticut College at 7pm Last season in Middlebury, the Panthers, Cardinals and Cadets had to sit back and watch Concordia raise the Primelink championship trophy. It's the first time in tournament history the invited school had won the title. --- Plattsbugh may be playing the best of the three local teams. The 2nd ranked Cardinals are 6-0 and coming off a big win over previously unbeaten Cortland. --- Middlebury is off to a 1-0-1 start under new head coach Neil Sinclair. The Panthers haven't won the primelink since 2008. ---- Norwich has hosted the Primelink 5 times and has won the tournament all five times its been held at Kreitzberg. But the Cadets are coming off a tough weekend split losing to previously winless Skidmore and having to rally late for a victory against Castleton.
(((Kevin Salvucci/"It'll definitely be special to get a win in front of the fans. They help us. They support us so much, so I think it'll be good to get a win here on home ice. Every team that comes in is a good team. They all want to beat us, so we just have to play our best."))) (((Dillan Fox/"We got off to the start we wanted to get off to, but this tournament is always a good test. SO, I think we've come in here with a pretty good record before in the past year, but this weekend is always a good measuring point."))) (((Evan Neugold/"That tournament is my favorite tournament by far. It's just the competition. It's always top 10 teams in the nation that you're playing and their our Vermont rivals and our New York rival. We have the fresher legs that's for sure, we'll see when it comes gametime, but yeah, we'll be ready.")))
Next up for the Plattsburgh and Middlebury women's hockey teams is the annual Panther/Cardinal Classic this weekend in Middlebury. It's five games over three days featuring five of the top eleven teams in the country. Friday afternoon, #3 Middlebury faces #2 Elmira. On Saturday, The top ranked Cardinals meet a Wisconsin-Stevens Point squad that sits just outside the national top ten. Then, Elmira plays #9 Gustavus Adolphus. The Classic wraps up on Sunday when Plattsburgh meets G-A and Middlebury takes on Stevens Points. The Cardinals and Panthers won't face each other this weekend, but both will face two tough tests against teams they could see again later in the season.
(((Camille Leonard/"We're going to focus on our game. We're not going to so much worry about who we're playing and on what day and stuff. We're going to worry about what we're doing and making the right things to play our game to how we've been doing."))) (((Courtney Moriarty/"I'm really excited for it. It's one of my biggest tournaments with my team so I want to see how it plays out."))) (((Julia Wardwell/"That tournament is always awesome. Playing out of the NESCAC is always a great experience. We always look forward to staying here over Thanksgiving break, working hard and challenging ourselves to play some teams that we may not encounter throughout the season."))))
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