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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M BOFTA YIMAM.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

MACON POLICE SAY A MAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION... AFTER A SHOOTING THIS MORNING.

A NEWS RELEASE SAYS OFFICERS FOUND A 27-YEAR-OLD SHOT INSIDE HIS APARTMENT.
THAT APARTMENT COMPLEX... IS LOCATED AT THE 11-HUNDRED BLOCK OF EDNA PLACE ROAD.
OFFICERS RECEIVED THE CALL JUST BEFORE NINE-45.

NO OTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

SIX PEOPLE ESCAPED A MACON HOUSE FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING.


IT HAPPENED AROUND FIVE-O-CLOCK AT ONE-SIX-ZERO LAMAR STREET... THAT'S OFF VINEVILLE AVENUE.
ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF CLIFF RUSHIN SAYS IT TOOK CREWS MORE THAN AN HOUR TO PUT OUT THE BLAZE.
HE SAYS SIX PEOPLE LIVED IN THE BOARDING HOUSE.
ONE OF THEM TOLD US... HE WOKE UP TO SMOKE... AND QUICKLY RUSHED OUT.
JAMES WALKER LIVES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.. AND DESCRIBES THE SCENE.

SIX PEOPLE ESCAPED A MACON HOUSE FIRE EARLY THIS MORNING.

IT HAPPENED AROUND FIVE-O-CLOCK AT ONE-SIX-ZERO LAMAR STREET... THAT'S OFF VINEVILLE AVENUE.
ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF CLIFF RUSHIN SAYS IT TOOK CREWS MORE THAN AN HOUR TO PUT OUT THE BLAZE.
HE SAYS SIX PEOPLE LIVED IN THE BOARDING HOUSE.
ONE OF THEM TOLD US... HE WOKE UP TO SMOKE... AND QUICKLY RUSHED OUT.
JAMES WALKER LIVES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.. AND DESCRIBES THE SCENE.

THE MACON-BIBB FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE OWNER OF THE BOARDING HOME... IS IN THE PROCESS OF MOVING THE TENANTS TO A NEW HOME.
THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.



A MACON MAN SAYS HE AND SOME FRIENDS... WERE TURNED AWAY FROM A DOWNTOWN CLUB... BECAUSE OF THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

COLBY CAIN SAYS HE AND TWO OTHER FRIENDS WAITED IN LINE AT CLUB ELEMENT... FORMERLY KNOWN AS SYNERGY... ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
HE SAYS THEY WERE WAITING FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES... WHEN A BOUNCER PULLED THEM OUT OF LINE AND TOLD THEM THEY COULDN'T ENTER THE CLUB IF THEY "ACTED GAY."
CAIN SAYS THE BOUNCER THEN TOLD THEM.... THE CLUB WASN'T A GAY BAR ANYMORE... NOW... IT'S A STRAIGHT BAR.
CLUB MANAGER CHRIS BORDELON SAYS SHE WAS NOT THERE... DURING THE ALLEGED CONFRONTATION... BUT SAYS NO HARM AGAINST THE MEN WAS INTENDED.
SHE SAYS THE MEN WERE ASKED NOT TO "ACT" GAY TO PREVENT ANY FIGHTS... BETWEEN THE NEW AND OLD CROWD.


CLUB ELEMENT REPLACED "SYNERGY"... A CLUB PREVIOUSLY OPEN IN MACON... WHICH CATERED TO THE GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY.
GEORGIA AND FEDERAL LAW DOES NOT PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION... BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

YOU MAY HAVE SEEN SOME OF MACON'S FAMOUS YOSHINO CHERRY TREES SHOWING BLOOMS.
THE CITY'S FESTIVAL THAT CELEBRATES THE PINK FLOWERS IS TWO WEEKS AWAY.
LAUREN DISPIRITO SPOKE WITH ONE MASTER GARDENER... ABOUT WHEN YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE THE TREES IN FULL BLOOM.

MACON'S MOST WELL-KNOWN TREES ARE SHOWING BURSTS OF BEAUTY...WEEKS AHEAD OF THEIR NAMESAKE FESTIVAL'S SCHEDULE.

NATS THEY'RE JUST ABOUT READY TO BURST

MASTER GARDENER CAROL SALAMI-GOSWICK SAYS AFTER A WARM SPELL... IT'S TYPICAL TO SEE EARLY BLOOMS.

CAROL SALAMI-GOSWICK, MASTER GARDENER: "THEY GET THAT WARM WEATHER AND THEY THINK IT'S TIME IT'S TIME"

AFTER CONSULTING WITH CITY FORRESTER RANDALL HUNT... SHE'S GOT A GOOD GUESS AS TO WHEN THEY'LL REACH THEIR PINKEST.

"MARCH 17TH WILL BE THE FULL PEAK BLOOM AND THAT WILL BE JUST THE DAY BEFORE CHERRY BLOSSOM STARTS."

SHE SAYS ITS NOT UNCOMMON FOR OLDER TREES TO BLOOM BEFORE YOUNGER ONES... AND CITY BUDS USUALLY OPEN FIRST... BECAUSE CEMENT SURFACES AND BIG BUILDINGS TEND TO KEEP TEMPERATURES A FEW DEGREES WARMER.

LAUREN DISPIRITO, EYEWITNESS NEWS: "WITH SOME TREES LIKE THE ONES HERE BEHIND ME ALREADY SHOWING BLOOMS, THE QUESTION BECOMES WILL THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS STICK AROUND FOR THE WHOLE FESTIVAL."

CAROL SALAMI-GOSWICK, MASTER GARDENER: "THEY'LL PROBABLY BE FEWER OF THEM BY THE END OF CHERRY BLOSSOM BUT I THINK THEY'LL STILL BE A NICE SHOW OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS ON THE LAST WEEKEND."

THAT IS... UNLESS A STRONG STORM BLOWS THROUGH... OR A DEEP FREEZE KILLS THE BUDS... BUT SALAMI-GOSWICK SAYS THEY'D LIKELY SURVIVE A FROST AND OPEN JUST A FEW DAYS LATER IF THE WEATHER COOLS.

CAROL SALAMI-GOSWICK, MASTER GARDENER: "CHERRY BLOSSOMS NEED CHILL TIME JUST LIKE PEACH BLOSSOMS DO AND WE HAD PLENTY OF CHILL TIME THIS YEAR."

SHE SAYS THE EARLY BLOOMS ARE A SURE SIGN THAT SPRING'S BRIGHT COLORS... ARE ON THE WAY.

LAUREN DISPIRITO
13 WMAZ
EYEWITNESS NEWS

THIS YEAR'S PINKEST PARTY ON EARTH STARTS ON MARCH 18TH... AND RUNS THROUGH THE 27TH.

ABOUT 300 HUNDRED BRIDES-TO-BE CHECKED OFF ITEMS... ON THEIR TO-DO LISTS TODAY.

IT'S ALL PART OF THE SECOND GEORGIA BRIDAL BASH.
MODELS WORKED THE RUNWAY IN GLAMAROUS BRIDAL DRESSES... WHILE VENDORS OFFERED THE BRIDES CHOICES ON FLORAL AND EVENT VENUE OPTIONS.
70 VENDORS FILLED THE JAM-PACKED MARRIOT CITY CENTER HOTEL.
THE BRIDES... ALONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES GOT TIPS ON PLANNING THEIR BIG-DAY IN A PERSONAL ATMOSPHERE.

OH-BRIDES-DOT-COM HOSTED THE TWO-DAY EVENT.
CELEBRITY EVENT PLANNER AND HOST OF "MY FAIR WEDDING" DAVID TUTERA ALSO OFFERED UP TIPS AT THE SHOW.

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