Tuesday, July 26, Eyewitness News at 11

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

THE RESULTS FROM A SERIES OF LISTENENING SESSIONS ARE IN... AND CITY OFFICIALS ARE THINKING ABOUT HOW TO USE THE INFORMATION TO SET PRIORITIES FOR THE PROPOSED SPLOST.
DURING THE JUNE LISTENING SESSIONS THE PUBLIC OFFERED THEIR INPUT ON THE SPLOST AND THE SUGGESTIONS WERE SPLIT UP INTO FIVE CATAGORIES.
FINISHING THE TUBMAN GOT THE MOST VOTES IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CATAGORY...
RACKING UP FORTY THREE VOTES....
COMPLETING THE FILMORE THOMAS PROJECT AND BELLEVUE RECREATION FACILITY WAS NUMBER ONE FOR RECREATION WITH FOURTEEN VOTES.
A NEW ANIMAL CONTROL FACILITY WAS NUMBER ONE UNDER INFRASTRUCTURE WITH TWENTY EIGHT VOTES.
AND TWENTY THREE VOTES MADE A SAFER COURTHOUSE OR A NEW COURTHOUSE THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY UNDER PUBLIC SAFETY.
THE FIFTH CATAGORY WAS RESERVED FOR MISCELLANEOUS PROJECTS.
NINE PEOPLE USED THAT OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE FOR NOT HAVING A SPLOST AT ALL.
MAYOR REICHERT SAYS THE CITY WILL TAKE THOSE NUMBERS INTO ACCOUNT... BUT THEY WON'T BE THE ONLY DECISION MAKING FACTOR.
"Since it was not scientifically done, we don't want for some to be elevated out of a position of prominence for what I think I heard somebody refer to it was what 'common sense' would dictate ought to be included."
HE SAYS THINGS LIKE SEWER REPAIRS AND A NEW E-911 RADIO SYSTEM MAY NOT BE THE MOST GLAMOUS PROJECTS... AND CERTAINLY DIDN'T GET THE MOST VOTES... BUT THEY'LL LIKELY GET CITY SUPPORT.
REICHERT SAYS THEY'LL TRY TO HAVE A LIST OF PRIORITIES DRAWN UP BY AUGUST 16TH... SO THEY CAN NEGOTIATE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE COUNTY.

YOU MAY HAVE GOTTEN A TEXT MESSAGE... CLAIMING THAT A SERIAL KILLER IS LOOSE IN MACON.
THE MESSAGES SURFACED AFTER POLICE FOUND THE DISMEMBERED BODY OF LAUREN GIDDINGS... AND CLAIM AUTHORITIES FOUND MORE DISMEMBERED BODIES.
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS THAT'S NOT TRUE.
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"It's bogus, it's bogus you have nothing to worry about it's bogus."
JONES SAYS HE'S GOTTEN MORE THAN A DOZEN CALLS ABOUT THE MESSAGES SINCE SATURDAY.
CREWS REMOVED A MAN'S BODY FROM THE OCMULGEE RIVER SUNDAY... BUT JONES SAID THAT WAS AFTER PEOPLE STARTED GETTING THE TEXTS.
HE SAYS THAT BODY WASN'T MUTILATED... AND POLICE HAVEN'T FOUND OTHER BODIES IN THE RIVER.
JONES SAYS MACON POLICE AREN'T HIDING INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLIC... AND HE HOPES THE MESSAGES WON'T CAUSE A PANIC.
Leon Jones, Bibb County Coroner: "It is not a cover up, it is not a cover up. They're gonna do their job. Macon Police Department is gonna do their job, and I am confident that the person that commited this horrible crime on Ms. Giddings will be brought to justice, just like everybody else who commit a crime in Macon Georgia will be brought to justice.
JONES SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW WHO CREATED THE TEXT MESSAGES.

A MACON MAN WAS INDICTED TODAY FOR ASSAULTING A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPHER.
THIS IS VIDEO OF WHEN THE ASSAULT HAPPENED... TAKEN BY 13WMAZ REPORTER BOFTA YIMAM.
IT HAPPENED AT A DECEMBER PRESS CONFERENCE ROBERT BROWN HELD AT MACON CITY HALL.
BROWN READ A STATEMENT... THEN LEFT WITHOUT TAKING QUESTIONS.
AS TELEGRAPH PHOTOGRAPHER WOODY MARSHALL FOLLOWED... MALIK BROWN PINNED HIM AGAINST A WALL AND KNOCKED HIM DOWN.
BIBB COUNTY ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY MYRA TISDALE SAYS MALIK BROWN FACES TWO COUNTS OF CRIMINAL DAMAGE AND A COUNT OF BATTERY.
TISDALE SAYS NO ARRAIGNMENT OR TRIAL DATES HAVE BEEN SET.

THE CLOCK IS TICKING FOR LAWMAKERS TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT COULD INCREASE THE NATION'S DEBT CEILING.
CONGRESS IS WEIGHING TWO COMPETING PLANS TO CUT THE DEFICIT AND RAISE THE NATION'S BORROWING LIMIT.
THE TREASURY SECRETARY SAYS IF THEY DON'T REACH AN AGREEMENT... THE U-S WILL DEFAULT ON ITS LOANS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE NATION'S HISTORY.
ECONOMICS PROFESSOR GREG GEORGE AND POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR CLIF WILKINSON JOINED CANDACE ADORKA TONIGHT DURING EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
BOTH PREDICT THE NATIONAL POLITICIANS WILL REACH AN AGREEMENT IN TIME.
CLIF "The republicans will remember what happened in 95 and 96. At that time the Gingrich-led republicans, it turned out very negative for the republicans duiring that time period. I think they realised, as speaker of the house stated, we must fulfil our obligations. I think they will reach a compromise."
GREG "Right now the president and congress are playing a dangerous game of chicken and we're waiting ot see which one flinches first. The worst case scenario is that neither flinches and we have big problems next week. In all likelihood they wil reach an agreement at the eleventh hour, last minute."
TO FIND OUT MORE...AND JOIN IN THE DISCUSSION...LOOK FOR OUR SPENDING SHOWDOWN PAGE....IN THE CHECK IT OUT BOX...AT 13WMAZ-DOT-COM.

HUNDREDS OF CENTRAL GEORGIANS JOINED THE HERO CENTRAL ARMY TODAY AND TONIGHT..
THEY SHOWED UP AT AREA WAL-MARTS AND DROPPED OFF SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO HELP OUT FAMILIES WHO MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD EVERYTHING STUDENTS NEED TO SUCCEED IN THE CLASSROOM..
VIDEOJOURNALIST KIMBERLY BURDEN SHOWS YOU HEROS HELPING OTHERS..
AS OF LATE TONIGHT - WE HAD COLLECTED OVER THIRTY-SEVEN HUNDRED POUNDS OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND WE'RE STILL COUNTING..

TODAY IS GREAT HANG UP DAY... AND WE WANT YOU TO TAKE THE PLEDGE AND KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON THE ROAD AND OFF YOUR PHONE WHEN YOU GET IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT.
CENTRAL GEORGIA STUDENTS ARE ON SUMMER VACATION... BUT SOME TEENS ARE SPENDING THE BREAK GETTING READY FOR THEIR DRIVER'S TEST.
BEFORE THEY CAN GET BEHIND THE WHEEL... THE STUDENTS AT A-B-C DRIVING SCHOOL IN WARNER ROBINS WILL SPEND A WEEK IN THE CLASSROOM LEARNING ABOUT SAFE DRIVING.
THAT INCLUDES MAKING THEIR CARS A NO-PHONE ZONE.
16-YEAR-OLD SAM WINSKI SAYS HIS PARENTS ALREADY MAKE HIM TURN OFF HIS PHONE BEFORE HE DRIVES... BUT HE KNOWS HE'LL STILL BE TEMPTED.
Sam Winski: "It will be difficult because my confidence is going to build up, and I'm going to think that i can handle it. But I'm just going to have to let it go for the time."
YOU CAN JOIN THE GREAT HANG UP AS WELL.
LOOK FOR THE LINK UNDER THE FEATURES TAB ON THE MENU BAR AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
ONCE YOU SIGN... WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.
WE'RE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO SHARE THEIR STORIES EACH MONTH DURING OUR GREAT HANG UP DAY.
JUST EMAIL THE-GREAT-HANG-UP AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO LET US KNOW YOU'RE INTERESTED.

FROM GROCERIES TO TOOLS... TO DIAPERS... AND NOW TO ONLINE MOVIES.
WALMART STARTED STREAMING MOVIES TODAY.
THE WORLD'S LARGEST RETAILER PLANS TO RENT AND STREAM MOVIES ONLINE... MANY ON THE SAME DAY THEY COME OUT ON D-V-D.
MOVIE RENTALS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT WALMART DOT COM FOR BETWEEN ONE AND SIX DOLLARS.
IT'S THE COMPANY'S SECOND BID FOR A SHARE OF NETFLIX'S BUSINESS.
WAL-MART TESTED THE MOVIE-RENTAL WATERS BEFORE WITH A D-V-D BY MAIL SERVICE... BUT IT STOPPED THAT IN 2010.

A NEW STUDY SAYS... IT CAN BE AS HARD TO GIVE UP THE INTERNET... AS IT IS TO QUIT DRINKING OR SMOKING.
WENDY RIGBY TAKES A LOOK AT THE FINDINGS BY A CONSUMER RESEARCH GROUP.
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The Internet can be a useful tool, informing us and keeping us connected in ways we never dreamed of just five years ago. But can this pervasive technology be addictive? A new study says yes, in many cases as addictive as alcohol and cigarettes. In the research by the group Intersperience, when people are deprived of the Internet, 53% feel upset and 40% feel lonely, even if they're denied access for a short time.

"I think they're more dependent on the Internet. I wouldn't really say addicted," commented 17-year-old Yuki Sui.

"I wasn't raised with it," said Marla Ruiz, a mother in her 30s. "So it's something that I can go a day, two days, a week without it. It doesn't bother me. Now the kids, that's different. I don't think they can go two minutes without it."

She might not need it, but five members of Ruiz' family have Internet technology that's an arm's length away, even on vacation.

"When I get home, and I'm finished with my homework, I'll get on for like a couple of minutes," said 14-year-old Malorie Ruiz. "And then after that I'll go texting or something."

If being away from the World Wide Web even one day makes you feel anxious, fidgety and isolated, you are not the only one. There are even some rehab programs for people with Internet addiction.
>> NEXT YEAR... THE OFFICIAL MANUAL FOR THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION... THE DSM-5... WILL INCLUDE "INTERNET ADDICTION" AS A DIAGNOSIS.

FOR MORE TECH HEADLINES AND VIDEO... HEAD OVER TO THE GEEK 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
JUST CLICK ON "SCENE 13" IN THE MENU BAR ON THE HOMEPAGE... THEN SCROLL DOWN TO THE "GEEK 13" SECTION.

TONIGHT'S FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY... SANDRA JACKSON! SANDRA... WE AWAIT YOUR EMAIL TO FAN-OF-THE-DAY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO CLAIM YOUR COFFEE MUG.
YOU KNOW THE DRILL TO BE THE FAN... VISIT THE ADDRESS YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN... LIKE... AND CHAT.

WE'RE SHARING YOUR PICTURES FROM THE 13-W-M-A-Z DOT COM GALLERIES.
THESE ARE FROM THE MY FIRST BIRTHDAY GALLERY
HERE IS ALLISON NOT WANTING TO WASTE ANY OF HER BIRTHDAY CAKE ICING...
AND THIS IS ABIGAIL CELEBRATING HER FIRST BIRTHDAY WITH HER DAD
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS... LOOK FOR PHOTO GALLERIES UNDER "FEATURES" IN THE MENU BAR AT THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

A GRANDMOTHER FIGHTS OFF AN INTRUDER... A RACETRACK FEATURES A BILLBOARD THAT MIGHT RUIN YOUR APPETITE... AND HOW DO YOU GET MARRIED BY PHONE?
HERE'S ANDY ROSE WITH THE ANSWER IN TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!
A 70-YEAR-OLD GRANDMOTHER IN MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE TOOK MATTERS INTO HER OWN HANDS WHEN SHE CAME FACE TO FACE WITH A NAKED INTRUDER.
I said oh no you didn't! And then that's when I grabbed the bat.
SHE SAYS SHE HIT HIM WITH A BASEBALL BAT, AND CHASED HIM OUT THE DOOR.
POLICE SAY THE MAN HAD BROKEN IN THROUGH HER KITCHEN WINDOW, TAKEN HIS CLOTHES OFF, AND MADE HIMSELF SOMETHING TO EAT.
THEY ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE SUSPECT.
RACE FANS MAY THINK TWICE ABOUT WHAT THEY EAT AT THIS YEAR'S BRICKYARD 400. DAYS BEFORE THE RACE, A BILLBOARD APPEARED NEAR THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY WARNING OF THE HEALTH RISKS OF HOT DOGS.
THE AD IS SPONSORED BY THE PHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE, WHICH SAYS HOT DOGS INCREASE THE RISK OF COLORECTAL CANCER.
THE GROUP PROMOTES A STRICTLY VEGAN DIET.
SARAH BROWN AND RANDALL BLAKE COULDN'T WAIT TO GET MARRIED...
SO EVEN THOUGH BLAKE IS STATIONED THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY IN AFGHANISTAN, THEY TIED THE KNOT OVER THE PHONE AT A COUNTY OFFICE IN CALIFORNIA.
BLAKE'S MOTHER SERVED AS HIS POWER OF ATTORNEY.
Now Randall do you vow your love and devotion to Sarah? I do.
BLAKE IS EXPECTED TO RETURN HOME IN DECEMBER.


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