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I'M FRANK MALLOY... THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
DOWNTOWN MACON'S DANNENBURG BUILDING COULD GET A MAJOR FACELIFT... THANKS TO A ONE A AND A HALF MILLION DOLLAR STATE GRANT.
THAT GRANT WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO REPURPOSE THE ATLANTIC COTTON MILL... WHICH BURNED DOWN IN MARCH.
TONIGHT... MACON CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO ASK THE STATE TO PUT THAT GRANT MONEY TOWARDS CONVERTING THE DANNENBERG BUILDING INTO LOFT AND RETAIL SPACE.
DEVELOPER RONALD CONNERS SAYS AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF TRYING TO GET FUNDING LINED UP... HE WAS ABOUT TO ABANDON THE PROJECT... BUT THE GRANT MONEY MEANS THEY CAN FINALLY MOVE FORWARD.
HE SAYS THE RENOVATIONS WILL COST JUST OVER SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS... AND BECOME A TURNING POINT FOR DOWNTOWN MACON'S ECONOMY.
Developer Ronald Conners: "The core of downtown Macon is basically one block away. And this has been a piece of real estate, a hundred thousand square feet of real estate, that has sat unused now for thirty five years."
THE STATE STILL NEEDS TO APPROVE THE SUBSTITUTE PROJECT.
LAURA MATHIS WITH THE MIDDLE GEORGIA REGIONAL COMMISSION SAYS THAT COULD TAKE ABOUT THIRTY DAYS.
CONNERS SAYS ONCE THEY GET THE FUNDING... THE PROJECT IS SHOVEL READY.
MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE CAME TO BEULAHLAND BIBLE CHURCH THIS AFTERNOON FOR THE FUNERAL OF 16-YEAR-OLD ARQUENTRIS FOUNTAIN.
FOUNTAIN DIED LAST WEEK... AFTER BEING SHOT OUTSIDE A MACON BALLROOM.
MACON POLICE OFFICERS AND BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTIES STOOD GUARD OUTSIDE THE CHURCH.
SHERIFF'S CAPTAIN HARRY COLBERT SAYS SHERIFF JERRY MODENA ASKED HIM TO ORGANIZE A PREVENTATIVE FORCE AT THE FUNERAL.
SHERIFF'S VEHICLES AND MACON POLICE CRUISERS WERE PARKED JUST OUTSIDE THE CHURCH.
FOUNTAIN'S SHOOTING WAS ONE OF SEVERAL TEEN SHOOTINGS IN THE CITY IN A WEEK'S TIME.
POLICE SAY IT CAME AFTER A FACEBOOK FEUD.
FIVE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS ARE AMONG THE DEAD OR WOUNDED DURING A NEVADA SHOOTING TODAY.
POLICE SAY AN ARMED GUNMAN OPENED FIRE INSIDE AN I-HOP... BEFORE SHOOTING AND KILLING HIMSELF.
SANDRA HUGHES HAS MORE FROM LOS ANGELES.
Bullet holes are embedded in the window of this International House of Pancakes restaurant in Carson City, Nevada. Breakfast service turned into a hail of gunfire Tuesday morning, when a man armed with an AK-47 shot at a group of uniformed National Guard members.
((SOT)) Jerry Kotter/Witness
"What he did to those people, they didn't stand a chance. They were just there for breakfast."
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The shooter was identified as 32 year old Eduardo Sencion (sen-see-ohn') of Carson City. Authorities say he did not know the victims, nor did he have any military affiliation. Investigators are still grappling with a motive.
((SOT)) Ken Furlong, Carson City Sheriff's Office
"There has been some suggestion by the family members that there is some mental health issues."
Two of the National Guardsmen died. At least 11 people were wounded in all.... including a woman standing next to this motorcycle.
Sencion also fired at other businesses in the strip mall... Taking aim at Ralph Swagler and his son.
((SOT)) Ralph Swagler/Witness
"You can't believe the amount of rounds coming out of that gun."
Police found two other guns in the minivan Sencion drove to the scene. He was found lying between two cars, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He later died at a hospital.
Sencion had no known criminal record.
>> NATIONAL GUARD BASES IN NORTHERN NEVADA STEPPED UP SECURITY FOLLOWING THE SHOOTING AS A PRECAUTION.
THE ATTORNEY FOR GEORGIA DEATH ROW INMATE TROY DAVIS SAYS HIS CLIENT IS SET TO DIE LATER THIS MONTH.
DEFENSE ATTORNEY BRIAN KAMMER SAYS A JUDGE SIGNED AN ORDER SETTING THE EXECUTION BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 21ST AND 28TH.
IT IS THE FOURTH TIME SINCE 2007 THAT STATE OFFICIALS HAVE SCHEDULED DAVIS TO DIE.
DAVIS CLAIMS HE WASN'T THE ONE WHO KILLED AN OFF-DUTY SAVANNAH POLICE OFFICER.. BUT A FEDERAL JUDGE REJECTED HIS CLAIM.
BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND HELD A CABINET MEETING AT RUTLAND HIGH SCHOOL TODAY... TO DISCUSS HIS COMMUNITY CONVERSATION PLAN.
DALLEMAND TOLD THE ADMINISTRATORS AND SCHOOL STAFF AT THE MEETING THAT HIS SIX-PART PLAN WILL IMPROVE COMMUNICATION AND INCREASE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN THE DISTRICT.
HE PLANS TO HOLD A CABINET MEETING AT A DIFFERENT SCHOOL EACH TUESDAY.
AFTER THE MEETING... A TOUR OF THE BUILDINGS AND CLASSROOMS... THE PRINCIPALS WILL SHARE THEIR SCHOOL'S PROGRESS.
Lisa Thompson, Science Teacher at Rutland High School: "I felt like the central office was making decisions for us without really getting any feedback from the teachers who are on the front line and I think that having that open line of communication talking to the teachers they'll make better decisions."
DALLEMAND PLANS TO MEET ONE-ON-ONE WITH SCHOOL WORKERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS EACH MONDAY... ALSO PART OF HIS COMMUNITY CONVERSATION PLAN.
A STATE LAW AIMED AT GIVING LICENSED GUN OWNERS SOME FLEXIBILITY AROUND SCHOOLS... ALSO LIMITED THE AUTHORITY OF CAMPUS POLICE.
THAT'S CAUSED PROBLEMS WITH TRAFFIC FLOW AT SOME BIBB COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.
CAMPUS POLICE CHIEF DANIEL DECOURSEY SAYS THE NEW LAW KEEPS SCHOOL POLICE FROM DIRECTING TRAFFIC ON PUBLIC STREETS AT SCHOOL.
DECOURSEY SAYS THAT CAUSED SOME SCHOOLS SUCH AS SPRINGDALE ELEMENTARY TO CREATE 'RIGHT TURN ONLY' RULES DURING PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF TIMES.
THAT HAS SOME PARENTS MAKING IMMEDIATE U-TURNS AFTER THEY LEAVE CAMPUS.
Rachel Riggins, Elementary School Parent: Most of the time it's not very difficult to make that u-turn right there at the church. But there are several times that a line gets backed up and a lot of people are coming out and have to make a u-turn right there and a lot of people are backed up in line going this way to make the same u-turn. THE RIGHT-TURN-ONLY RULE BECAME A DEBATE TOPIC DURING LAST WEEK'S PARENT-TEACHER MEETINGS AT HERITAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
DECOURSEY SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD CONTACT THEIR LOCAL STATE REPRESENTATIVES IF THEY WANT TO CHANGE THE LAW.
THE UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL GEORGIA KICKED OFF ITS ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TONIGHT... WITH A PROGRAM AT THE COX CAPITAL THEATER.
THE EVENT MARKED THE BEGINNING OF A FOUR-MONTH DRIVE TO RAISE MONEY FOR FIFTY LOCAL HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS.
THIS YEAR'S SLOGAN IS "LIVE HERE... GIVE HERE."
UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL GEORGIA RAISES MONEY FOR PROGRAMS IN FOURTEEN COUNTIES.
THIS YEAR... THEY ESTABLISHED A "BASIC NEEDS FUND"... TO HELP CENTRAL GEORGIANS WITH FINANCIAL TROUBLE CAUSED BY THE ECONOMY.
THAT FUND WILL HELP WITH THINGS LIKE FOOD... SHELTER OR UTILITY BILLS.
CAMPAIGN CHAIR SAM MACFIE SAYS IT'S UP TO US... TO IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITY.
Sam Macfie, Campaign Chair: "By giving to United Way of Central Georgia you are supporting programs and agencies that are helping people today and tomorrow improving the social conditions right here in the 14 counties of central Georgia. There are over 100,000 people that are positively effected by the work done by these agencies and their programs."
MACFIE (MCFEE) SAYS UNITED WAY SET A CAMPAIGN GOAL OF 4.2 MILLION DOLLARS.
TOMORROW... UNITED WAY WILL MEET AT BUCK MELTON COMMUNITY SERVICES CENTER FOR THEIR DAY OF CARING EVENT.
THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS CANCER REMAINS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH BY DISEASE FOR U-S CHILDREN UNDER 15.
SEPTEMBER IS CHILD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
"cancer claims the lives of more than 2300 children every year." :03
THIS MORNING... A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE JOANNA MCAFEE CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION SPOKE TO HOUSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.
JOANNA MCAFEE WAS A STUDENT AT BONAIRE ELEMENTARY..SHE LOST HER BATTLE TO CANCER SIX YEARS AGO AFTER BATTLING IT FOR HALF HER YOUNG LIFE.
TYLER BRYANT OF THE FOUNDATION PASSED OUT BRACELETS.
HE ALSO URGED EVERYONE TO SPREAD THE FACTS ON CHILDHOOD CANCER.
Tyler Bryant, PR Director of Joanna Mcafee Childhood Cancer Foundation: " I always say that anger when used in the right way is a powerful tool and I think there are some things that by-golly god wants us to get angry about and this is one of those things that i'm angry about. I'm angry about childhood cancer. Frankly I'm angry that I have to speak to you today about a little girl that lost her life to childhood cancer."
JOANNA'S PICTURE IS FEATURED ON LICENSE PLATES ACROSS THE STATE WITH THE PROCEEDS FROM THE PLATES BENEFITING THE CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION.
AN HISTORIC AIRCRAFT MADE ITS FINAL TOUCH-DOWN AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE TODAY AS IT HEADED INTO RETIREMENT AT THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION.
THE 47-YEAR-OLD C-130 AIRCRAFT RETIRES WITH MANY MISSIONS UNDER ITS WINGS... INCLUDING OPERATION RED DRAGON..... A MISSION TO HELP RESCUE HOSTAGES FROM REBELS IN THE CONGO IN 1964.
THE PLANE FLEW 100 CIVILIANS TO SAFETY DESPITE GUNFIRE THAT DAMAGED THE LEFT WING.
A HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE....MAJOR JOHN FAY NAVIGATED THE PLANE INTO ROBINS.
HIS PARENTS WERE THERE TO SEE THE FINAL FLIGHT.
FAY SAYS IT'S GREAT TO BRING THE PLANE TO HIS HOME TOWN.
Major John Fay "It's pretty neat to be able to fly the airplane back here and now that it's going to be on display for the future"
Kathy Fay "I think it will be a special connection now when we bring visitors over here to see the museum that we can take them to that airplane and show them the airplane and know a lot about it's history and know that our son brought it back"
THE C-130 ALSO OPERATED IN LAOS...AND THE PHILLIPINES.
IT WILL BE RETIRED AT THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION.
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BACK TO SCHOOL IS HERE... AND YOUR COLLEGE STUDENT MIGHT BE IN THE MARKET FOR A LAPTOP.
KARA TSUBOI RUNS DOWN SOME THE CNET EDITORS' FAVORITES.... ... IN THIS WEEK'S GEEK 13.
First up, The 13-inch Apple Mac Book Air. The latest version of the MacBook Air outperforms its predecessor, is light and easy to use for everyone.
Next up, the Alienware M11x by Dell. The 2011 version makes big leaps forward in performance, graphics, and battery life, while keeping a reasonable price. Anyone looking for a portable gaming-ready laptop, this is the machine to choose.
And finally, the Toshiba Portege R835-P56X. With three more hours of battery life over the previous model, Toshiba's new R800 series of Portege laptops are hard to beat, even in the highly competitive 13-inch laptop category.
>> AND ONCE YOUR COLLEGE STUDENT HAS THAT LAPTOP... THEY MIGHT USE IT TO MANAGE THEIR FINANCES FOR THE FIRST TIME.
BUT THE INFORMATION ATTACHED TO PAYING THE BILLS CAN BE RIPE FOR SCAMMERS.
KARIN CAIFA HAS TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID CAMPUS IDENTITY THEFT.
A COLLEGE CAMPUS IS MEANT TO BE A SAFE -- AND SOCIAL -- ENVIRONMENT. BUT WITH SO MANY PEOPLE LIVING UNDER A DORM ROOF, IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE PERSONAL INFORMATION STAYS SAFE.
A BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU SURVEY OF IDENTITY FRAUD FOUND 14 PERCENT OF I-D THEFT IS WHAT THEY CALL "FRIENDLY FRAUD" -- PERPETRATED BY SOMEONE THE VICTIM KNOWS.
SO THE B-B-B RECOMMENDS TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY ON CAMPUS.
MAIL CONTAINING SENSITIVE OR PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD GO TO A PARENTS' HOME OR TO A POST OFFICE BOX. DORM MAILBOXES AREN'T ALWAYS SECURE, AND SOMETIMES ACCESSED BY MULTIPLE STUDENTS.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS AND PASSPORTS SHOULD STAY UNDER LOCK AND KEY. STUDENTS CONSTANTLY COME AND GO FROM DORM ROOMS, AND THOSE ITEMS, AND THE SENSITIVE INFORMATION THEY CARRY, CAN EASILY DISAPPEAR.
ROOMMATES LOVE TO SHARE -- BUT YOUR BANK CARD, CREDIT CARD, AND YOUR A-T-M PIN NUMBER SHOULD BE KEPT TO YOURSELF.
KEEP YOUR LAPTOP UP TO DATE WITH ANTI-VIRUS AND ANTI-SPYWARE SOFTWARE, ESPECIALLY WHEN USING WI-FI AROUND OR OFF= CAMPUS.
AND IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY KEEP TABS ON CREDIT. CHECK BANK AND CREDIT STATEMENTS REGULARLY FOR ANY SUSPICIOUS CHARGES, AND YOUR CREDIT REPORT AT LEAST ONCE PER YEAR.
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NOW THAT SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION.. WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S TOP TEACHERS.
TO NOMINATE A TEACHER... HAVE YOUR CHILD WRITE A ONE PAGE LETTER TELLING US WHY HIS OR HER TEACHER IS THE BEST.
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THE LETTER NEEDS TO INCLUDE THE CHILD'S NAME.. THE TEACHER'S NAME AND THE NAME OF THE SCHOOL.
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