Thursday, March 3, Eyewitness News at 11

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FOOTBALL FANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE WATCHING AND WAITING AS LABOR TALKS CONTINUE BETWEEN THE N-F-L AND THE PLAYERS' UNION.
JUST HOURS BEFORE THE END ON THE COLLECTIVE BARGANING AGREEMENT WAS DUE TO EXPIRE... BOTH SIDES AGREED TO A 24 HOUR EXTENSION TO ALLOW TALKS TO CONTINUE.
BRETT HABER WITH OUR GANNETT SISTER STATION W-U-S-A IN WASHINGTON HAS MORE ON THE POTENTIAL N-F-L LOCKOUT.
(BRETT HABER STAND-UP OPEN)
It was a reprieve in this players vs. owners showdown, but perhaps only a brief one... the 2 sides didnt solve the NFL labor dispute today, they merely - punted...
(Track 1)
The players and owners looked into the abyss, and decided they were not ready to jump - at least not for one more day...
SOT - DEMAURICE SMITH/NFLPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
(Track 2)
...earlier in the day it seemed the owners were ready to declare a lockout and the players were ready to de-certify their union and take the league to court, but the owners requested the extension, knowing that once they put locks on their doors, it would take more than a key to unlock them...
SOT - JEFF PASH/NFL CHIEF NEGOIATOR
(Track 3)
...of course, the details of this lockout are irrelevant to the average fan - they just want to see football come September - and that includes the Fan-in-Chief...
SOT - POTUS
(Track 4)
...in the meantime, the players, led today by Saints quarterback Drew Brees, continue to put forth a united front, and remain on message...
SOT - DOMONIQUE FOXWORTH/RAVENS CB
(BRETT HABER STAND-UP TAG)
We learned today that if the extension fails and the union does end up decertifying and suing the owners, the lead plaintiffs in that case will be maybe the 3 biggest names in the league -- Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning...
Covering the NFL labor talks in Washington, I'm BH... back to you...
AGAIN.. THE LABOR TALKS ARE SET TO RESUME TOMORROW.


FORMER U-S- SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE... NEWT GINGRICH SAYS HE'S LAUNCHING A WEBSITE TO EXPLORE A PRESIDENTIAL RUN.
THIS AFTERNOON... THE REPUBLICAN ANNOUNCED THAT HE AND HIS WIFE ARE LAYING OUT THE FRAMEWORK FOR WHAT THEY PLAN TO DO NEXT.
Newt Gingrich: "We will look at this very seriously, and we will very methodically lay out the framework of what we'll do next and we think the key is to have citizens who understand this is going to take a lot of us for a long time working together."
GINGRICH STOPPED SHORT OF SETTING UP AN EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE... WHICH WOULD HAVE MADE HIM AN OFFICIAL CANDIDATE.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
CAN NEWT GINGRICH BE ELECTED PRESIDENT?
SO FAR... 63 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.. HE CANNOT.
AND 37 PERCENT SAY YES HE CAN.
YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE.
VISIT OUR WEBSITE.. 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR THE QUESTION IN THE DON'T MISS BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

A SECOND PLAN TO MERGE MACON AND BIBB COUNTY MAY SOON GO BEFORE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
ALLEN PEAKE'S BILL CLEARED THE GEORGIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THIS WEEK.
BUT TODAY IN ATLANTA... STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN SAID HE'S GETTING READY TO FILE HIS OWN.
HE WOULDN'T GET INTO DETAILS... BUT HE CALLED IT A FAIR PLAN FOR A NEW MACON.
HE SAID IT WOULD CALL FOR A COMPLETE RESTRUCTURING OF THE CITY OF MACON AND BIBB COUNTY GOVERNMENTS.
Right now, that document is being discussed by Senator Staton and myself. We have not come to a final conclusion and so we have an understanding that that document will not be made public until such time as we have either arrived at a conclusion that we can agree on or such time as we agree between the two of us....we are not able to."
TODAY PEAKE TOLD US HE'S WILLING TO CONSIDER BROWN'S PLAN... IF HE THINKS IT'LL IMPROVE EFFICIENCY.... AND CUT COSTS.

INTERNET CAFES HAVE POPPED UP ALL OVER MACON.
SOME OFFER FAXING... COPYING... AND--- SWEEPSTAKES.
MAJOR CHARLES STONE SAYS THE BUSINESSES' APPEAR TO BE LEGITIMATE... BUT SAYS THE OFFERING OF SWEEPSTAKES... RAISES RED FLAGS.
HE SAYS THERE'S NO SIGN THEY'RE VIOLATING GEORGIA LAW... BUT IS CHECKING WITH STATEWIDE AUTHORITIES TO BE SURE.
PLAYER'S CLUB INTERNET CAFE MANAGER CHARLIE ELSHEEK SAYS PEOPLE BUY PHONE CARDS... AND GET POINTS BASED ON HOW MUCH PHONE TIME THEY BUY... THOSE POINTS THEN GO TOWARDS SWEEPSTAKES.
ELSHEEK SAYS IT'S A CATCHY WAY TO REVEAL SWEEPSTAKES--- NOT GAMBLING.
STONE SAYS THEY HAVEN'T HAD ANY PROBLEMS AT ANY OF THE CAFES.... AND SAYS MAKING A CASE COULD BE DIFFICULT.
Major Charles Stone, Macon Police
"To do the operation in the open usually they have a way to try and skirt it they use the law to the advantage and they've used every bit of technology or terminology"
MAJOR STONE SAYS THERE ARE AT LEAST SEVEN INTERNET CAFES IN THE CITY.
ELSHEEK'S CAFE SELLS TEL-CONNECT PHONE CARDS.
THEIR DISTRIBUTOR JULIUS KISS CALLS THE SWEEPSTAKES A PROMOTIONAL TOOL.
HE SAYS GAMBLING WOULD REQUIRE THE PLAYER TO RISK SOMETHING OF VALUE... AND SAYS THEIR OFFER IS FREE TO ENTER.

THE WARNER ROBINS POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT NETTED NEARLY A HALF MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF GRANTS OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS.
AT TONIGHT'S PRE COUNCIL MEETING... MELANIE BYER AND MAJOR JOHN WAGNER WITH WARNER ROBINS POLICE SHARED THE NEWS WITH THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL.
THEY SAID THEY'VE QUALIFIED FOR JUST SHY OF 478 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
WAGNER SAYS THE MONEY WILL PAY FOR TRAINING... EQUIPMENT... AND TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES.
Wagner "It's almost like shopping with a coupon. If you're not out there with a coupon or you're buying things at ticket price, then you're not trying hard enough. And the fact that you're out there looking for grants -- those are monies that are out there to help your agency. It's foolish not to... to be honest with you."
SOME OF THE GRANTS ARE ON A REIMBURSEMENT BASIS AND REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT TO SPEND MONEY IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE GRANT MONEY.

A GROUP OF HOUSTON COUNTY STUDENTS ARE OUT TO PROVE YOU DON'T NEED TO BE ABLE TO DUNK LIKE LEBRON TO PLAY BASKETBALL.
THEY'RE THE HOUSTON COUNTY SHARKS... AN ADAPTED BASKETBALL TEAM MADE UP OF ALL WHEEL CHAIR BOUND STUDENTS.
AND AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... TONIGHT THEY TOOK THE COURT AGAINST A TEAM OF CELEBRITY'S ANXIOUS TO TAKE THE SHARKS DOWN..
HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE... SHARK... NUMBER FORTY ONE.... THERE'S A LOT MORE TO DAVID BRESLEY THAN HIS WHEEL CHAIR
"The sharks have given me everything."
HE PLAYS FOR AN ADAPTED BASKETBALL TEAM... MADE UP OF ABOUT A DOZEN HOUSTON COUNTY STUDENTS FROM THIRD TO TWELTH GRADE.
BRESLEY HAS BEEN PLAYING FOR A YEAR... BUT HE SAYS HIS LIFE HAS CHANGED A LOT IN THAT SHORT TIME.
"I'd probably be one of them guys just sitting in the corner... when i got on the sharks it basically helped me make more friends."
TEAMMATE FAITH BIEKER SAYS JOINING THE SHARKS... HELPED HER TAKE A BIGGER BITE OUT OF LIFE.
"I used to be really, really shy."
BUT THURSDAY NIGHT SHE DOMINATED THE COURT... HELPING HER TEAM WHEEL ITS WAY TO AN OVERWHEMLING VICTORY DURING A BENEFIT GAME AGAINST THEIR ABLE BODIED COUNTERPARTS... THE GUPPIES.
Stand up: "Adaptive basketball is a little different. You have to play man to man defense. And you can't just wheel the ball around, you have to dribble the ball once for every two rotations of the wheel. But other than that, Faith and Dave say, it's a game of hardwork, and team work, just like any other sport.
BRESLEY SAYS AFTER HE LOST THE USE OF HIS LEGS TO MUSCULAR DYSTROHPY FIVE YEARS AGO... HE NEVER IMAGINED WHERE HE'D BE TODAY.
"When I heard about the Sharks, it mean the world to me."
"It changed my life, for like, way the better."
BOTH TEAMMATES CREDIT THE SHARKS WITH HELPING THEM THINK BEYOND THE CHAIR... AND OPENING UP AN OCEAN OF OPPORTUNITY
STD
THE STUDENTS WILL PLAY IN THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME THIS SATURDAY AT WARNER ROBINS HIGH SCHOOL.
THE FIRST GAME BEGINS AT NINE THIRTY.
THE SHARKS ARE ALSO THE TWO-TIME STATE HANDBALL CHAMPIONS.
ALL OF THE SPORTS THEY PLAY ARE SANCTIONED BY THE GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATION.

adlib toss to ben
FOR YOUR THREE DAY FORECAST.. WE JOIN CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES IN THE WEATHER CENTER.
ben gives three day forecast
THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

THIS WEEKEND IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC.
BEN TELLS US MORE.. IN THIS WEEK'S SCENE 13.
SPRING DOESN'T OFFICIALLY KICK OFF FOR ABOUT TWO AND A HALF WEEKS, BUT I'M THINKIN' SOMEBODY FORGOT TO TELL THE ENTERTAINMENT SCENE. CAUSE IT'S ALREADY IN FULL-ON GET-OUT-AND-HAVE-A-GOOD-TIME MODE! CHECK IT OUT...
A STAR IN THE WORLD OF CLASSICAL MUSIC, JAMES EHNES - AND HIS LITTLE STRING QUARTET - PERFORM FOR THE MASTERWORKS AT NOON CONCERT SERIES AT MERCER'S FICKLING HALL. TAKE A BREAK FROM YOUR DAY AND LET THE MASTERS SERENADE YOU THIS FRIDAY AT...YOU GUESSED IT...NOON!
LATER THAT EVENING, IT'S TIME FOR SOME FIRST FRIDAY - FRIDAY FEST MUSIC IN DOWNTOWN MACON! AT SEVEN, PARTY OUTDOORS IN THIRD STREET PARK WITH THE JOEY STUCKEY BAND. OR HEAD INDOORS TO THE HUMMINGBIRD FOR A NIGHT WITH THE ABBY OWENS BAND. THEY'LL ROCK YOUR WORLD STARTING AT TEN. ALSO AT TEN, BUT JUST A HOP-SKIP-AND A JUMP DOWN THE STREET, THE ROOKERY WELCOMES MAG TARD TO THE STAGE. THE BAND WILL BE FILMING FOR THEIR NEW DVD, SO THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO BE PART OF A ROCKUMENTARY OF SORTS! TO FIND OUT EVERYTHING THAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK AT FRIDAY FEST, CHECK OUT MACON-FRIDAY-FEST-DOT-COM.
SATURDAY, THE MUSIC JUST KEEPS ON ROLLIN'!
BO BICE - YOU KNOW, OF AMERICAN IDOL FAME - IS COMIN' TO TOWN FOR A CONCERT! THE COX CAPITOL THEATRE WELCOMES HIM TO THE STAGE ALONG WITH LOCAL MUSIC SENSATION MIKE KINNEBREW! KINNEBREW OPENS THE SHOW AT EIGHT, DOORS ACTUALLY OPEN AT SEVEN FOR ALL YOU EARLY BIRDS. GO ONLINE TO COX-CAPITOL-THEATRE-DOT-COM TO GET TICKETS NOW.
FROM ROCK 'N ROLL TO THE BLUES...THE MACON CENTREPLEX CELEBRATES THE BEST OF THE BLUES AT THE THIRD ANNUAL MACON BLUES FEST! THE MANHATTANS WILL BE IN THE HOUSE ALONG WITH MEL WAITERS, LATIMORE, BOBBY RUSH, SHIRLEY BROWN...THE LIST JUST GOES ON AND ON! AND ALL THIS MUSICAL GOODNESS CAN BE YOURS IF...YOU GET YOURSELF TO THE SHOW SATURDAY NIGHT...SEVEN P.M. BLUES FEST TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT MACON-CENTREPLEX-DOT-COM AND TICKET-MASTER.
THEN ON SUNDAY, THE GRAN D OPERA HOUSE RUFFLES IT'S FEATHERS FOR THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET'S PRODUCTION OF SWAN LAKE! THE STORY OF PRINCE SIEGFRIED AND HIS BEAUTIFUL SWAN QUEEN ODETTE IS PERFORMED TO TCHAIKOVSKY'S SUPER-FAMOUS SCORE. IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT, YOU DEFINITELY DON'T WANT TO MISS IT! IF YOU HAVE SEEN IT BEFORE, YOU STILL NEED TO COME AND CHECK IT OUT - THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET IS PHENOMENAL! GET TICKETS NOW - THEY ARE GOING FAST - AT THE-GRAND-MACON-DOT-COM.
WRAPPING UP THE FESTIVITIES, IT'S TIME ONCE AGAIN FOR THAT SECOND TUESDAY ROCK N ROLL PICTURE SHOW! THIS MONTH'S FILM IS ABOUT ONE OF ATLANTA'S FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN DEE-JAYS. ALLEY PAT - THE MUSIC IS RECORDED HITS THE BIG SCREEN AT THE COX CAPITOL THEATRE AT SEVEN THIRTY. DIRECTOR TOM ROCHE WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE FOR A SPECIAL Q AND A SESSION AFTERWARDS!
ALRIGHT! WELL THERE YOU HAVE IT, MIDDLE GEORGIA! HOPE YOUR WEEKEND'S AWESOME! SCENE THIRTEEN'LL BE BACK ATCHA AGAIN NEXT WEEK. FOR NOW, THAT'S A WRAP.

CLASSIC MACON CUISINE MADE A TRIP TO ATLANTA.
THE GREATER MACON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HELD ITS TASTE OF MACON THIS EVENING.
THE EVENT WRAPPED UP MACON DAY... FILLED WITH SESSIONS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TOURISM AND TRANSPORATION.
GUESTS INCLUDED BIBB COUNTY STATE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES.
THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS THEY HOLD THE EVENT TO THANK THE LAWMAKERS FOR THEIR WORK.
Walt Miller, Chairman Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce: "We can say thank you. We appreciate the work they do for us on any variety of projects from economic development to transportation and so on."
SEVERAL RESTAURANTS CATERED THE EVENTS INCLUDING THE ROOKERY AND NU WAY WEINERS.

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