Tuesday, March 1, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY.. AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11..

THE COLLEGE HILL ALLIANCE IS ON A MISSION TO MAKE THE CORRIDOR A BETTER PLACE TO WORK... PLAY... AND LIVE.
TONIGHT....NADIA OSMAN WITH THE ALLIANCE TALKED ABOUT A PROPOSAL TO SPRUCE UP TATTNALL SQUARE PARK IN FRONT OF MEMBERS OF MACON CITY COUNCIL.
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... A LOT OF LITTLE CHANGES... COULD MEAN A WHOLE NEW LOOK FOR A DOWNTOWN DESTINATION.
NADIA OSMAN WITH THE COLLEGE HILL CORRIDOR LAID OUT THE GROUP'S PLAN TO THE MACON CITY COUNCIL COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE TUESDAY NIGHT..
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SHE SAYS AFTER A LOT OF PUBLIC INPUT... THEY'VE COME UP WITH A PLAN TO REVAMP TATNALL SQUARE PARK... AND HOPEFULLY MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE TO GET SOME FRESH AIR...
"Because it's preliminary we will go back and have more public meetings."
THE GOAL IS TO RESPOND TO THE PUBLIC'S CONCERNS... BY DOING THINGS LIKE ADDING SIDEWALKS AROUND THE ENTIRE PARK... MAKING PARKING MORE EFFICENT... AND ADDING MORE PLACES TO PICNIC AND PLAY...
BUT OSMAN SAYS NONE OF THOSE IDEAS ARE SET IN CONCRETE.
"It all depends upon funding, but if we have a master plan that is shovel ready if funding becomes available... we are ready to go, we have actual costs, and we can implement it."
OSMAN SAYS ANOTHER BIG PERK OF THE PROJECT... IS A PROPOSED WALKWAY BEGINNING AT THE CORNER OF OGLEHTHOPRE AND COLLEGE STREET... AND EXTENDING ABOUT HALF WAY IN TO THE PARK.
"The promenade would be a wide side walk where vendors could set up during fesitvals."
SHE SAY ITS WOULD KEEP PEOPLE FROM DRIVING THEIR CARS ON THE GRASS TO UNLOAD GEAR... AND HOPEFULLY SAVE A LITTLE GREEN.
MACON CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS DID EXPRESS SOME CONCERNS ABOUT PARKING... AND MAKING SURE PRIVATE USE OF THE PARK DOESN'T KEEP THE PUBLIC FROM ENJOYING IT.
THE PROPOSAL ALSO CALLS FOR TWO OF THE PARKS TENNIS COURTS TO BE ELIMINATED... WHICH OSMAN SAYS WON'T INTERFER WITH TOURNEMENTS OR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS.
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THERE IS NO SET TIMELINE FOR ANY OF THE PROJECTS... AND OSMAN SAYS THEY'LL BEGIN THEM ONE AT A TIME AS MONEY BECOMES AVAILABLE.

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OSMAN SAYS THEY WANTED TO GET REACTION FROM CITY COUNCIL AND WILL CONTINUE TO TWEAK THE PLAN AS THEY GET MORE PUBIC INPUT.

COUNCIL MEMBERS ALSO DECIDED TO POSTPONE A SCHEDULED VOTE APPOINTING BEVERLY BLAKE TO ERICK ERICKSON'S VACATED WARD FIVE SEAT...
BLAKE WAS OUT OF TOWN AT A PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULE WORK COMMITTEMENT...COUNCIL MEMBERS HENRY FICKLIN AND ELAINE LUCAS LED THE DECISION TO POSTPONE THE VOTE UNTIL BLAKE COULD APPEAR BEFORE COUNCIL FOR QUESTIONING.

MACON CITY COUNCIL ALSO TACKLED A PLAN TO IMPROVE ANOTHER PART OF THE CITY... FULL COUNCIL VOTED TONIGHT TO APPROVE AN URBAN REDEVELOPMENT PLAN.
THE PLAN WOULD TARGET EISENHOWER PARKWAY AND PIO NONO AS ONE AREA THAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT... ALSO THE FORT HILL NEIGHBORHOOD... AND DOWNTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICT.
THE CURRENT VISION IS TO USE A VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES TO PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT... INCLUDING TAX INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES THAT CREATE JOBS AND EVEN POSSIBLY A BLIGHT TAX ON ABSENT PROPERTY OWNERS ...
AT A PUBLIC HEARING LAST WEEK... COMMUNITY MEMBERS EXPRESSED CONCERNS THE INTIATIVE WOULD BECOME ANOTHER PLAN WITH GOOD INTENTIONS BUT LITTLE ACTION....
COUNCILWOMAN LAUREN BENEDICT SAYS THE PLAN WAS CHANGED TO INCORPORATE SOME OF THOSE CONCERNS...
"We had a report from a concerned pastor in one of the neighborhoods thats targetted here and he brought forth some very specific ideas that we expect the RC and ECD to bring forward as part of the implementation strategy."
NICK COLE-ON-JUS WITH THE MIDDLE GEORGIA REGIONAL COMMISSION ALSO ATTENDED TONIGHT'S MEETING.
HE SAYS THEY'LL BE ADVISING CITY COUNCIL ON HOW TO DO IMPLEMENT THE URBAN REDEVELOPMENT PLAN.
THE GEORGIA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION HAS RE-ISSUED FINAL WATER PERMITS FOR PLANT WASHINGTON.
POWER4GEORGIANS MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY.
THE DIVISION RE-ISSUED THE PERMITS AFTER IT MADE CHANGES THAT ADDRESSED TWO PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED BY AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE AND PETITIONERS.
WHEN CONSTRUCTION BEGINS...THE PLANT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT FOUR YEARS TO BUILD AND WILL CREATE UP TO SIXTEEN HUNDRED PROFESSIONAL CONSTRUCTION AND SKILL TRADE JOBS.

A PROPOSED OVERHAUL OF THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP PASSED THE STATE HOUSE TODAY.
THE BILL IS PART OF GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL'S PLAN TO SAVE THE PROGRAM FROM GOING BANKRUPT.
THE OVERHAUL WOULD CUT SCHOLARSHIPS TO 90 PERCENT FOR MOST STUDENTS AND ELIMINATE MONEY FOR BOOKS... FEES... AND REMEDIAL CLASSES.
THE BILL NOW MOVES TO THE SENATE... BUT NOT EVERYONE AGREES WITH THE PROPOSAL.
A SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO REVIVE HOPE WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING IN ATLANTA TOMORROW.
THEY'RE INVITING THE PUBLIC TO SHARE OPINIONS ABOUT ALTERNATIVE PROPOSALS AT THE COVERDELL LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING IN ATLANTA.
THAT HEARING STARTS AT 2 P-M.

A STATE JUDGE HEARD A SECOND DAY OF TESTIMONY ON WHETHER THE BIBB-MONROE COUNTY LINE IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
BRITTINY BARBER SAYS WITNESSES IN ATLANTA GAVE SEVERAL HOURS OF TECHNICAL TESTIMONY ON SURVEYING...DOCUMENTS...HISTORY.....AND ARCHEOLOGY.

AN EASTMAN COUPLE ACCUSED OF PROVIDING A 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL'S SEXUAL SERVICES IN EXCHANGE FOR A VAN WERE SENTENCED TO PRISON THIS WEEK.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY TIM VAUGHN SAYS.....
SANDRA DAVIS AND JAMES CLARENCE DAVIS... BOTH 36 YEARS OLD PLEADED GUILTY TO CHILD MOLESTATION IN DODGE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT.
HE SAYS THE AUTO DEALER... 66-YEAR-OLD ROBERT WAYNE BEARDEN... ALSO PLEADED GUILTY.
ALL THREE GOT 20-YEAR SENTENCES.
THE MEN WILL SERVE 10 IN PRISON.
SANDRA DAVIS WILL SERVE EIGHT.
LAST YEAR... THE DODGE SHERIFF SAID BEARDEN MANAGED A LOCAL CAR LOT... AND THE COUPLE PROVIDED THE GIRL'S SERVICES IN EXCHANGE FOR A 1998 DODGE CARAVAN.
VAUGHN SAID THEIR VICTIM ASKED TO SPEAK IN COURT.
SHE SAID HER LIFE WAS IMPROVING AND SHE WAS DOING WELL IN SCHOOL..

THE GEORGIA JUSTICE PROJECT SAYS ABOUT TWO POINT FIVE MILLION GEORGIANS HAVE CRIMINAL RECORDS.
BUT DO PEOPLE WITH AN ARREST RECORD IN THIS STATE GET A REAL SECOND CHANCE?
THE NON-PROFIT GEORGIA JUSTICE PROJECT HOPES TO TALK ABOUT THAT AT A PUBLIC FORUM IN MACON ON SATURDAY.
ORGANIZER ASHLEY DEADWYLER SAYS A HOUSE BILL INTRODUCED YESTERDAY AIMS AT CHANGING STATE CRIME INFORMATION LAWS... SO THAT PEOPLE'S CRIMINAL RECORDS...DON'T REFLECT CRIMES THEY WERE NEVER CONVICTED OF.
Ashley Deadwyler, Georgia Justice Project: "If you're not convicted by a court of law, then you shouldn't have to have a criminal history follow you around for the rest of your life, and continue to remind you of that one little blight on your history that you were never technically convicted of."
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ISSUE... YOU CAN ATTEND THE EXPUNGEMENT FORUM.
IT RUNS FROM TEN A-M TO 2 P-M SATURDAY.
IT'S AT STRONG TOWER FELLOWSHIP... AT 2193 VINEVILLE AVENUE IN MACON.
YOU CAN LEARN HOW TO GET A RECORD EXPUNGED... AND ATTEND A PANEL DISCUSSION.

MANY OF YOU HAVE PROBABLY GOOGLED SOMETHING TODAY... BUT WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GOOGLED YOURSELF? YOU MIGHT FIND SOME THINGS... YOU DON'T WANT WANT EVERYONE TO SEE.
HEATHER MOORE TAKES A LOOK AT HOW TO *UN*GOOGLE YOURSELF.
Matt Salmon/22 years old

42:02 if somebody wants to say bad things about you, they can put it out there easy.

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Mark Macias/ Crisis Communications Counselor

18:39 when they see it out there, most people freak

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PEOPLE FREAK... WHEN THEY FIND UNFLATTERING PHOTOS, COMMENTS, OR INFORMATION ABOUT THEMSELVES.

FIRST OFF...ACCORDING TO CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS COUNSELOR, MARK MACIAS.... YOU NEED TO DETERMINE WHETHER WHAT'S WRITTEN, IS FLAT-OUT NOT TRUE...OR SIMPLY SOMEONE'S OPINION.

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19:06 everyone has a right under free speech to say that you smell or your ugly, or you're not a cool person, where you have to draw the line is when they say, you know what, you committed a crime, you committed assault, you robbed a bank, or anything that is not true, that impacts your life.



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AT THAT POINT, YOU CAN FIND OUT WHO OWNS THE WEBSITE OR BLOG IN QUESTION... BY TYPING IN, 'WHO IS' BEFORE THE SITE'S NAME.

THEN, WRITE THEM A LETTER.

MACIAS DID THAT IN NEW YORK FOR A FINANCIAL CONSULTANT... WHO WAS FALSELY ACCUSED OF FRAUD.



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23:56 I outlined how it was false, I outlined how he had lost, millions of dollars in clients.



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THE PARENT COMPANY OF THE WEBSITE TOOK DOWN THE DAMAGING ARTICLE IN TWO WEEKS, BUT MACIAS SAYS, INFORMATION ON THE WEB SPREADS QUICKLY, SO YOU HAVE TO ACT FAST...OR YOU'LL HAVE A LOT MORE LETTERS TO WRITE.



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25:00 it's so important to google yourself if you have a business, if your reputation impacts your bottom line, then google yourself.



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IF THE INFORMATION YOU FIND IS SOMEONE'S HURTFUL OR UNFLATTERING OPINION...IT'S NOT AS SIMPLE.

YOU CAN TRY MOVING IT A COUPLE PAGES...SINCE MOST PEOPLE DON'T VISIT PAST GOOGLE'S PAGE TWO.



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31:25 you can push it down by creating new content, and more positive content



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AND IF PRIVATE INFO SUCH AS YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TURNS UP...YOU CAN HAVE THAT TAKEN DOWN AS WELL.



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25:41 you can go to google, and tell them whter this page is, and they will look into it.
OTHER INFO YOU MAY WANT TO GET RID OF...IS WHEN YOUR PHONE NUMBER POPS UP AS GOOGLE'S FIRST ENTRY FOR YOU.
FOR THAT... GO TO 'REMOVE PHONE BOOK NAME FROM GOOGLE'...AND FILL OUT THE FORM WITH YOUR NAME, CITY AND NUMBER EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS ONLINE.
GOOGLE SAYS THAT WILL PERMANENTLY REMOVE YOU FROM "THEIR" ROLODEX.

IF YOU'VE EVER WISHED YOU COULD MOVE YOUR COMPUTER MOUSE JUST BY LOOKING AT IT... A PROTOTYPE LAPTOP COULD MAKE THAT A REALITY.
IT TRACKS YOUR GAZE AND FIGURES OUT WHERE YOU'RE LOOKING ON THE SCREEN.
THAT COULD LEAD TO COMPUTERS THAT MAKE THE CURSOR APPEAR WHERE YOU 'RE LOOKING... OR MAKE A GAME CHARACTER KEEP EYE CONTACT WITH THE PLAYER.
THE SWEDISH FIRM BEHIND THE TECHNOLOGY SAYS IT WOULDN'T REPLACE THE TRADITIONAL MOUSE... KEYBOARD... OR TOUCH SCREEN.
INSTEAD... IT WOULD MAKE THE COMPUTER FASTER AND MORE EFFICIENT TO USE.

MEANWHILE... WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED OR EVEN SAW A FLOPPY DISK?.
SONY... WHICH OWNS MOST OF WHAT'S LEFT OF THE MARKET... SAYS IT'LL STOP SELLING THE DISKS LATER THIS MONTH.
AS RECENTLY AS 2002... 47 MILLION OF THE DISKS WERE SOLD.
BUT TECHNOLOGY PASSED THEM BY... AS D-V-Ds... FLASH CARDS AND U-S-B DRIVES TOOK OVER.

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TONIGHT'S WINNER... ....CORY MALLINSON
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