Tuesday, April 26, Eyewitness News at 11

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

2-YEAR-OLD LOGAN VARNADOE IS BACK IN CENTRAL GEORGIA AFTER TWO WEEKS IN A CINCINNATI CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.
WE WERE THERE AS LOGAN ARRIVED AT MIDDLE GEORGIA REGIONAL AIRPORT TO A CROWD OF EXCITED FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS...
INSIDE THIS JET COMING IN FOR A LANDING CARRIES LITTLE LOGAN VARNADOE...WHO'S JOURNEY HASN'T BEEN EASY.
THE TWO YEAR OLD SUFFERS FROM A RARE INTESTINAL DISEASE.

sot: We've missed him so much and just to know he got the kind of care that he got when he was in Cincinati.

THAT CARE CAME FROM A CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN CINCINATI AND HELPED IMPROVE LOGAN'S QUALITY OF LIFE.

Nats: Glad you are back in Georgia. We love you Logan and Gracie.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY STOOD BY WITH EXCITMENT AND SPECIAL MESSAGES AS LOGAN ARRIVED SAFELY AT MIDDLE GEORGIA REGIONAL AIRPORT.

SOT: We have so many people here that love and support us, it's unbelieveable. We're glad to be back.

HIS GRANDMOTHER JUDY BAILEY WIPED TEARS FROM HER EYES AS SHE WATCHED PARAMEDICS UNLOAD HER GRANDSON FROM HIS LONG TRIP HOME.

SOT: I just want to thank everybody for what you've done.

THANKS TO COMMUNITY SUPPORT, LOGAN AND HIS PARENTS... ALONG WITH HIS THREE YEAR SISTER WERE ABLE TO MAKE THE TRIP WITH HIM..

sot: There's no way or words I can put it in. It has just helped our family out tremendously. I just want to tell everybody thank you.

APRIL AND JASON VARNADOE SAY THEY COULD NOT HAVE MADE THE TRIP WITHOUT THE GENEROSITY OF STRANGERS. THEY'RE THANKFUL THEY SAY FOR THE OUT POURING OF KINDNESS SHOWED FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR SON'S HEALTH.

Nats:
IN CINCINNATI LOGAN UNDERWENT TESTS TO HIS DIGESTIVE SYSTEM.
HE HAD A PROCEDURE ONLY DONE IN CINCINNATI... THAT PUT A FEEDING TUBE DIRECTLY INTO HIS INTESTINE.
LOGAN'S STORY GRABBED NATIONAL ATTENTION TWO WEEKS AGO WHEN HIS COUSIN CHELSEA EDWARDS' LEMONADE STAND GOT ROBBED.
SINCE THEN.... THE FAMILY HAS RECEIVED DONATIONS AND ENCOURAGEMENT FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

WORKERS AT MACON'S HISTORIC ROSE HILL CEMETERY WERE SCRUBBING AND PAINTING....TO REMOVE SOME GRAFFITI.
CANDACE ADORKA TALKED WITH VISITORS AT ROSE HILL WHO SAY.... THEY'RE APPALLED THAT THE VANDALISM HAPPENED ON SACRED GROUNDS.
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DAVID THOMPSON MIGHT BE AUSTRALIAN, BUT HE'S FASCINATED BY THE CIVIL WAR
"its not just american history its world history."
HE WAS TAKING TIME OFF HIS BUSINESS TRIP TO SEARCH FOR CIVIL WAR GRAVE SITES AT ROSEHILL WHEN SOMETHING ELSE CAUGHT HIS EYE.
"it took me a little by surprise that someone would desecrate somebody's final resting place like that... it's very insensitive."
THE CEMETERY'S GRAVE STONES DATE BACK TO 18-FORTY.
CENTRAL GEORGIA GREATS INCLUDING GOVERNORS, MAYORS.... AND DUANE ALLMAN AND BERRY OAKLEY OF THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND... ARE BURIED HERE.
JIM JOHNSON... A FREQUENT ROSEHILL VISITOR... SAYS ALTHOUGH THE CEMETERY IS HISTORIC...THE VANDALISM WOUDLD BE DISRESPECTFUL....ANYWHERE.
"any cemetary, i don't care if it's 2 years old or 200 years old, it still shouldn't happen."
POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR THE VANDALS.... ACCORDING TO A POLICE REPORT, THE CRIME LAB HAS FINGERPRINTS LIFTED OFF SPRAY PAINT CANS FOUND AT THE SCENE.
JOHNSON SAYS THE CULPRITS DESERVE THE MOST SEVERE PUNISHMENT THE LAW ALLOWS.
"They need to make an example ou of them and let them know that's not right and they shouldn't be doing that."
THOMPSON BELIEVES THEIR PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE MORE PRODUCTIVE.
"if they could identify them, i'd certainly bring them out here and get them to clean every one that they've done with a scrubbing brush."
CANDACE ADORKA, 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> NANCY DIXON AT THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION SAID THEY PLANNED TO HAVE CREWS PAINT OVER ALL OF THE THE GRAFFITTI BY TOMORROW..

A BIBB COUNTY TEACHER AND COUNSELOR WERE ARRESTED AT THEIR SCHOOLS TODAY.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO SCHOOL SPOKESMAN CHRIS FLOORE.
HE SAID BYRON POLICE AND BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARRESTED UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER MYESHIA OGLESBY AND HER HUSBAND LANG... A COUNSELOR AT SOUTHWEST.
BYRON POLICE CHIEF WESLEY CANNON SAYS BOTH ARE CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE ARSON... SEVERAL COUNTS OF COMPUTER FORGERY... AND FRAUD.
HE SAYS THE COUPLE IS ACCUSED OF SETTING FIRE TO THEIR HOME ON SOUTHLAND DRIVE IN JANUARY.
THE CHIEF SAYS THE INVESTIGATION LATER FOUND THAT THEY WERE MAKING..AND TAKING...FRAUDULENT LOANS.
HE SAYS THEY'RE STILL INVESTIGATING HOW MUCH MONEY WAS INVOLVED.

IN LESS THAN THREE MONTHS... MACON VOTERS WILL CAST THEIR BALLOTS FOR CANDIDATES IN THIS YEAR'S CITY ELECTIONS.
FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS TOLD 13WMAZ'S RANDALL SAVAGE IF ELECTED HE WOULD DIG IN HIS HEELS WHEN CITY AND COUNTY LEADERS NEGOTIATE THE SALES TAX SPLIT NEXT YEAR TO TRY AND GET A BETTER DEAL THAN THE SIXTY-FORTY SPLIT NOW IN PLACE.
C. Jack Ellis, Mayoral Candidate: I think we should go based on population. While the city's population is roughly two-thirds of the county's population. So therefore it should be at lest two-thirds. That was my argument before.
AS WE APPROACH THE JULY PRIMARY...OTHER CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR WILL ALSO BE INVITED TO APPEAR ON CLOSE-UP.
YOU CAN WATCH CLOSE-UP AT NOON SATURDAY AND 6 A-M SUNDAY... ON 13WMAZ.

SOME GEORGIA CITIES AND COUNTIES PLAN TO VOTE THIS YEAR ON WHETHER TO ALLOW ALCOHOL SALES ON SUNDAY.
LAST NIGHT... WOODSTOCK'S CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO ASK THE CITY MANAGER TO LOOK INTO THE ISSUE.
STATE LAWMAKERS PASSED A BILL THIS SESSION THAT WOULD LET CITIES AND COUNTIES VOTE ON SUNDAY SALES.
GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL HAS NOT YET SIGNED THE MEASURE INTO LAW.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... SHOULD YOUR COMMUNITY VOTE ON ALLOWING SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES?
SO FAR 78 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES... IT SHOULD.
22 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... IT SHOULD NOT.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

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THE FUNERAL FOR A LAURENS COUNTY TEENAGER WHO APPARENTLY DROWNED IN A BOATING ACCIDENT THIS WEEKEND WILL BE HELD THURSDAY.
SERVICES FOR HUNTER MIMBS WILL BEGIN AT 11 A-M AT WEST LAURENS HIGH SCHOOL.... ACCORDING TO JEFF JONES OF THE TOWNSEND BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME.
VISITATION WILL BE HELD FROM FIVE TO EIGHT P-M TOMORROW AT THE FUNERAL HOME ON JACKSON STREET IN DUBLIN.
JONES SAYS DONATIONS MAY BE MADE TO THE HUNTER MIMBS FUND AT ATLANTIC SOUTH BANK IN DUBLIN.

IF YOU HAVE AN I-PHONE OR I-PAD WITH 3-G... YOUR DEVICE MIGHT BE KEEPING TRACK OF EVERYWHERE YOU GO... WHETHER YOU ASK IT TO OR NOT.
WE SAT DOWN WITH C-NET'S BRIAN TONG VIA SKYPE TO SHED A LITTLE LIGHT ON SITUATION... IN THIS WEEK'S GEEK 13.
BT: Well the good thing, at least, is that it was discovered that there was a file that tracks all of the location that you've done, or all of the movement that you've done in the past ten months. The good thing is that Apple is not specifically downloading or getting access to the file. But the concern is that because a file like this not only exists on your phone, but it also is saved and downloaded on your computer, and it's not too hard for someone to figure out where to find this file, that it could lead to someone knows where you are, what you're doing, and everyone is so sensitive as we transition over to this Internet generation where location is everything, people don't want people to know where they are at all times because it can lead to some sticky situations. So information is not being obtained by Apple or sent to them, but everybody is wondering 'why are you tracking us?'

LJ: Okay, this is something that a lot of people say, 'hey, you have some pros to this feature, and you have some cons.' What are the good things about having a tracking device. Maybe if somebody steals your iPhone or iPad?

BT: Well, one of the things that you could argue that says why is this good, now these days with phones being such a part of our life, as well as the fact that location means everything. So there are some features in the iPhone where if you lose your phone, you can go to a website and find where your phone is located at that specific time and moment and that's one of the advantages of a phone being able to college this data. The problem is when you start collecting everywhere you've been for a course of ten months. That's where people aren't too happy about. Another problem is if you want to turn off these location services, there's an option that says 'I don't want to use these.' Apple is still collecting the data even when you turn it off. So for us, we might be thinking 'oh, we're okay, no one's going to be watching our whereabouts, but that's not the case at all. Now for the flip side, why is this a bad thing, well obviously if anyone gets information on where you are, that's not a good thing. In addition, the fact that now with targeted advertising really trying to focus on where we are, what's local to you and how we can make money off you, this could open the doors for companies to use this information towards advertising as well, and a lot of time we just want to be left alone with that type of stuff.

LJ: Talk about other phone companies out there with your experience. Are you hearing about other phone companies having this same type of feature, is it just the iPhone, or are other cell phone companies do the same thing?

BT: Well, unfortunately, it's not unique to the iPhone, one of the main competitors is the Android phone platform or the Android operating system and they also have the same similar feature where it's tracking you, and unfortunately it's also sending updates to their servers that let Google or the Android system know where you are a good amount of the time, so it's part of living in a world with a phone where we kind of need to use services that need to know where we are, but at the same time if we don't know that it's collecting this and it's sending them off to these big companies, and these companies could potentially have the liberty to with what they want with this information, that's when it becomes a bad thing."
THE RESEARCHERS WHO FIRST FOUND THE FEATURE SAY ANY APPLE DEVICE THAT RUNS I-OS-4 -- THE LATEST MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEM FOR BOTH I-PHONES AND I-PADS - KEEPs THESE LOCATION DATA LOGS.
TO SEE MORE OF OUR INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN... INCLUDING OUR CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT COULD BE NEXT FOR APPLE... CHECK OUT THE GEEK 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

SONY SAYS PLAYSTATION USERS MAY HAVE HAD THEIR CREDIT CARD DATA STOLEN DURING OUTAGES OVER THE PAST WEEK.
THE COMPANY SHUT DOWN THE NETWORK... WHICH CONNECTS PLAYERS WORLDWIDE... LAST WEDNESDAY... AFTER IT SAYS ACCOUNT INFORMATION FOR SOME PLAYERS WAS COMPROMISED.
SONY SAYS THAT INFORMATION INCLUDES PLAYERS' NAMES... ADDRESSES.. .BIRTHDATES... EMAIL ADDRESSES... PASSWORDS AND LOGINS.
THE COMPANY SAYS IT HAS NO EVIDENCE THAT CREDIT CARD INFORMATION WAS TAKEN... BUT SAYS IT CAN'T RULE OUT THE POSSIBILITY.

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