Tuesday, October 25, Eyewitness News at 11

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

A TEENAGER IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION TONIGHT AFTER A CAR HIT HER ON MOODY ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN TABITHA PUGH SAYS THE 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS WALKING ACROSS THE ROAD AROUND 8-15 TONIGHT WHEN A CAR DRIVEN BY 57-YEAR-OLD GLORIA BRIDGES OF KATHLEEN HIT HER.
THE TEEN WAS TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA, WHERE SHE'S LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION.

IN TWO WEEKS... WARNER ROBINS VOTERS WILL HEAD TO THE POLLS.
ONE OF THE RACES ON THE BALLOT... THE POST FOUR COUNCIL SEAT.
THREE CANDIDATES ARE RUNNING TO REPLACE BOB WILBANKS... WHO'S NOT RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION.
68-YEAR-OLD GENE HARRINGTON SERVED ON THE HOUSTON COUNTY COMMISSION FOR SIX YEARS... AND WORKED AS THE ATTORNEY FOR THE CITY'S HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR 19 YEARS.
26-YEAR-OLD GEORGE (ZOR-EE-YA) ZORILLA IS A COMPUTER PROGRAMMER... AND HE SAYS HE'S ALWAYS HAD POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS.
AND 63-YEAR-OLD SEMI-RETIRED BUSINESSMAN MIKE BRASHEAR SAYS HE NEVER THOUGHT HE'D JUMP INTO THE POLITICAL RING... BUT HE SAYS HE FELT THE CALLING AFTER A TURBULENT YEAR AT CITY HALL.
Mike Brashear: (4:56) "I'm a pretty open individual. What you see is what you get. I don't have any hidden agendas. Through my years of being in small and large business, I learned to cooperate with people as well as negotiate with people."
George Zorilla: (50:10) "I saw a need for change in Warner Robins and a fresh perspective. I feel like that's what I can bring to the table as a city council member."
Gene Harrington: (32:30) "I feel like I can get a long well with people. I would like the opportunity to make Warner Robins back like it used to be, when it was the envy of everybody."
PEOPLE IN WARNER ROBINS WILL VOTE ON THREE COUNCIL RACES ON NOVEMBER EIGHT. LAST WEEK...WE INTRODUCED YOU TO THE FIVE CANDIDATES FOR POST 2.
AND NEXT WEEK....WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE POST 6 RACE.

EDUCATORS FROM ACROSS THE STATE MADE A STOP IN BALDWIN COUNTY TODAY... TO CELEBRATE EXCELLENCE AT OAK HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL.
**PAUSE 2 SEC. FOR NATS**
THE SCHOOL HOSTED THE ANNUAL BUS TRIP ACROSS GEORGIA... SPONSORED BY THE GEORGIA PARTNERSHIP FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION.
EDUCATORS... STATE LEADERS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PARTNERSHIP VISITED OAK HILL AND SEVEN OTHER SCHOOLS... TO CELEBRATE THEIR IMPROVEMENT.
PRINCIPAL LINDA RAMSEY SAYS THE SCHOOL USED TOOLS SUCH AS EXTENDED LEARNING TIME... TECHNOLOGY AND SATURDAY TUTORING TO MAKE THE STATE'S ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS LIST THIS YEAR... AFTER YEARS OFF THE LIST.
Dr. Linda Ramsey, Oak Hill Principal: "It's just that taste of success. Once you taste it, you just want more and more of it. And I think that's the atmosphere of our teachers, they just want more of that success."
PRESIDENT OF THE GEORGIA PARTNERSHIP FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION... STEPHEN DOLINGER... SAYS THE GROUP LOOKED AT THINGS LIKE IMPROVEMENTS IN TEST SCORES AND ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGESS.

A JUDGE HAS SET A DECEMBER 12TH TRIAL DATE FOR A HAWKINSVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND THIS SUMMER.
33-YEAR-OLD BIRAGO BLACKSHEAR APPEARED IN PULASKI COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT MONDAY.
HE PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO MURDERING 18-YEAR-OLD ASHTON BARTLETT.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO TIM VAUGHN... DISTRICT ATTORNEY FOR THE OCONEE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT.
IN JUNE... POLICE ACCUSED BLACKSHEAR OF SHOOTING BARTLETT IN THE BACK ON MCDUFFIE STREET... WHEN SHE SHOWED UP WITH A MALE FRIEND TO TALK TO HIM.
SHE LATER DIED AT THE HOSPITAL.
VAUGHN SAYS BLACKSHEAR IS BEING HELD IN A LOCAL JAIL.

MACON'S FIRST QUALITY DIAPER PLANT HAS LAID OFF SOME WORKERS.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO CHIP CHERRY WITH THE MACON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION.
HE SAYS THE LAYOFFS WERE CAUSED BY A DROP IN DEMAND.
THE COMPANY DID NOT SAY HOW MANY WORKERS LOST THEIR JOBS..
A YEAR AGO...CHERRY SAYS... THE COMPANY HAD 222 WORKERS... AND EXPECTED TO EXPAND TO 375 EMPLOYEES.
THEY SAY THEY STILL HOPE TO DO THAT... BUT DON'T KNOW WHEN.

A MEMBER OF THE 13WMAZ FAMILY TOOK HOME A PRESTIGIOUS AWARD TONIGHT FROM THE MACON ARTS ALLIANCE.
DEL WARD ACCEPTED THE ROSALYN ELKAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN FRONT OF FRIENDS FAMILY AND ADMIRERS TONIGHT.
THE 2011 CULTURAL AWARDS WAS HELD AT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES.
THE EVENT ALSO RECOGNIZED OTHER NOTABLE FIGURES IN THE COMMUNITY.
ORGANIZERS SAY TONIGHT'S CEREMONY TOOK TIME TO HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIOONS TO ARTS AND CULTURE IN MACON AND BIBB COUNTY.
DEL WARD SAYS SHE HAS ALWAYS HAD A LOVE FOR THE ARTS....
"It's very exciting because I grew up in Macon and this is my hometown and I've seen the development of the arts organizations over the years particularly with the Arts Alliance and what they are doing today and have done for years."
TONIGHT'S CULTURAL AWARDS ALSO CELEBRATED NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES MONTH.

DEL HAS BEEN PART OF OUR NEWS FAMILY SINCE 1957.
NEARLY FIVE YEARS AGO IN NOVEMBER 2006... I TURNED THE TABLES ON HER INTERVIEW SET... AND DECIDED TO DO A PERSONAL PROFILE ON DEL WARD.
HERE'S A LOOK BACK AT THAT INTERVIEW.
<<(Show baby picture off the top)
WHEN LITTLE MISS DEL WARD POSED FOR THIS PICTURE .....SHE HAD NO IDEA SHE WOULD ONE DAY HAVE A CAREER IN TELEVISION.
HOWEVER EARLY ON....SHE HAD DREAMS OF PURSUING ONE OF HER FAVORITE SUBJECTS IN SCHOOL....HISTORY.
SOT: 15:06:54:08 Starting back I was interested in history because my daddy was a newspaper pressman when my mother was a homemaker. To supplement his salary he used to take a paper route on Sunday at the Telegraph and he would let me walk with him.
DEL SAYS HER PLAN WAS TO MAJOR IN HISTORY AND BECOME A TEACHER AFTER GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE.
BUT HER PLANS SOON CHANGED...SO WITH A SUITCASE, A TYPEWRITTER AND A TRAIN TICKET IN HAND....DEL WENT AFTER HER DREAM.
15:08:28 It was uncommon for a southern girl to be working that far north and I loved.
FAR AWAY FROM HOME...DEL GOT HER START IN THE RADIO BUSINESS. SHE SEIZED EVERY MOMENT AND SAYS SHE WAS NEVER AFRAID TO VENTURE OUT FROM CENTRAL GEORGIA WHERE SHE GREW UP.
15:08:18:00 I got the opportunity to go to Indiana, South Bend and this is when I saw that television was coming in and particularly in Chicago and I got the job there at WGN.
SHE THEN FOUND HERSELF IN FRONT OF THE BIG SCREEN AS AN ACTRESS. HER RESUME BEGAN TO GROW SHOWING OFF EXPERIENCE IN ACTING...IN NEWS AND WITH WRITING FEATURE STORIES.
15:10:24:15 If you genuinely like what you do then you've got something that you need to hang onto for as long as you can.
OVER THE YEARS...DEL HAS INTERVIEWED MANY CELEBRITES...HERE, SHE'S SEEN WITH THE LEGENDARY PRICE IS RIGHT GAME SHOW HOST...BOB BARKER. HERE....SHE'S SITTING DOWN WITH DANNY THOMAS.....AND FROM HIS MOVIE SET SHE GOT THE CHANCE TO CHAT IT UP WITH BURT REYNOLDS IN BETWEEN SHOOTS.
HER LOVE FOR GETTING TO KNOW BIG NAME STARS AS WELL AS REGULAR PEOPLE EVENTUALLY BROUGHT HER BACK HOME TO MACON IN THE LATE FIFTIES AND ON BOARD WITH 13WMAZ. AS TIME PASSED... DEL WAS ALSO ABLE TO WITNESS A CHANGING INDUSTRY.
SOT: 15:12:46:00 I've always said to me, television is a reflection of life, it is a complete and honest and true reflection of life. I felt it then, I know it now.
AND TO THIS DAY SHE CONTINUES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH DOING WHAT SHE SAYS SHE KNOWS AND LOVES BEST.
NATS: Thanks and we'll see you on the next personal profile.>> BACK THEN... DEL SAID HER OTHER PASSION IS HER FAMILY.
SHE HAS A HUSBAND... A DAUGHTER, A SON-IN-LAW AND TWO GRANDCHILDREN.
WHEN SHE ISN'T SITTING DOWN WITH PERSONAL PROFILE GUESTS... SHE SAYS SHE ENJOYS SPENDING TIME WITH HER FAMILY.

IT'S GREAT HANG UP DAY ON EYEWITNESS NEWS... AND WE'RE WORKING TO HELP YOU KEEP YOUR MIND ON THE ROAD... NOT THE PHONE... WHILE YOU'RE BEHIND THE WHEEL.
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DIE EACH YEAR... AS A RESULT OF DISTRACTED DRIVING.
ONE GROUP IS WORKING TO BRING THAT NUMBER DOWN.. WITH THE HELP OF SOME HIGH-TECH EQUIPMENT.
THE "ARRIVE ALIVE" TOUR USES ITS DRIVING SIMULATOR TO DEMONSTRATE THE FFECTS OF TEXTING OR DRINKING WHILE DRIVING.
STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY PUT ON GOGGLES... HOP IN THE DRIVER'S EAT... AND PRESS THE BRAKE AND GAS JUST LIKE IN A REAL CAR.
THEN INSTRUCTORS SEND A TEXT... OR SIMULATE ADDING ALCOHOL INTO THE MIX... SO STUDENTS CAN GET A FEEL FOR THE RISKS IN A CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT.
Ryan Nelson, Awareness Instructor: "We put them in a virtual driving environment so they don't get hurt in any way but the simulators set up to put them in a rela life driving experience. It's kind of a worse case senario with the roads where cars are serving out in front of you people are walking across crosswalks."
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARRIVE ALIVE TOUR.. GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13 WMAZ-DOT COM.
AND WHILE YOU'RE THERE... JOIN IN ON THE GREAT HANG UP AND PLEDGE TO STAY OFF THE PHONE WHILE DRVING.
JUST LOOK FOR THE GREAT HANG UP BANNER ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE.
YOU'LL FIND THE LINK TO SIGN THE PLEDGE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE.
AFTER YOU SIGN THE PLEDGE... WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.
JUST SEND AN EMAIL TO THE-GREAT-HANG-UP AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO LET US KNOW YOU'RE INTERESTED IN SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

IF YOU'RE ONE OF THE MORE THAN FOUR MILLION PEOPLE WHO RECENTLY GOT THEIR HANDS ON A BRAND NEW I-PHONE 4-S... YOU MAY BE WONDERING HOW TO SET IT UP ONCE YOU GET IT OUT OF THE BOX.
CNET'S KARA TSUBOI EXPLAINS I-CLOUD AND HOW TO GET STARTED... IN THIS WEEK'S GEEK 13.
<<The iPhone 4S is the first Apple product that doesn't require any computer setup when you first get it. That's because it comes loaded with the newest operating system, iOS 5, which gives you a wireless setup options through iCloud.

After you turn your phone on and done the basic setup, you'll have the option to use the free iCloud. You can either setup the iPhone as a new device or restore your phone with the settings from your older iPhone.

If the 4S is your first iPhone, enter your Apple ID, the same one you use for iTunes purchases, and you're practically ready to go. If you enable iCloud, the phone will automatically and wirelessly back itself up to your devices.

If you'd like to import the settings and apps from an iPhone you already use, make sure that device is also running the iOS5 and has been backed up recently. Sign in with your Apple ID and then select the correct backup. Your phone will eventually restart and operate like your older phone, but with all the bells and whistles of the 4S. Have fun!>>
THERE'S MORE BAD NEWS FOR NETFLIX.
IT SEEMS CUSTOMERS STILL AREN'T HAPPY WITH THE COMPANY'S RECENT CHANGES... AND THEY'RE LETTING THEM KNOW.
NETFLIX SAYS IT LOST 800 THOUSAND U-S CUSTOMERS LAST QUARTER... DROPPING FROM MORE THAN 24 AND A HALF MILLION... TO ABOUT 23-POINT-EIGHT MILLION AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER.
NETFLIX OUTRAGED CUSTOMERS BY INCREASING SUBSCRIPTION RATES AND TRYING TO SEPARATE ITS
D-V-D BY MAIL AND STREAMING VIDEO PLANS.
THE COMPANY SAYS THERE'S MORE BAD NEWS TO COME AND EXPECTS MORE CUSTOMERS TO LEAVE THIS QUARTER.
TO KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST IN TECH NEWS... REVIEWS AND MORE... VISIT THE GEEK 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THE LINK ON THE SCENE 13 PAGE.

TONIGHT'S FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY IS ROSE KRAKOSKI.
ROSE... YOU'LL NEED TO EMAIL FAN OF THE DAY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO CLAIM YOUR COFFEE MUG.
THE VAMPIRE HAD HER CORNERED.
"WHAT DO YOU WANT?" SHE ASKED... HER VOICE TREMBLING WITH FEAR.
"I WANT YOUR 13WMAZ MUG," THE CREATURE REPLIED.
"OH... IS THAT ALL? IF YOU JUST GO TO FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ... CLICK THE LIKE BUTTON AND JOIN THE CONVERSATIONS... YOU MIGHT BE RANDOMLLY SELECTED TO GET ONE OF YOUR VERY OWN!"

CENTRAL HIGH GRADUATE BALAJI NAHRAIN'S WINNING STREAK CAME TO AN END TONIGHT ON JEOPARDY..
NAHRAIN HAD BEATEN HIS COMPETITORS FOR TWO STRAIGHT NIGHTS BUT COULD NOT PULL OF THEE THREE-PEAT..
STILL HIS TRHEE DAY WINNINGS TOTALED MORE THAN 56-THOUSAND DOLLARS..

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... FIRST MORNIN COMES YOUR WAY AT 5 A-M.
THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
ON LETTERMAN TONIGHT: ACTOR EDDIE MURPHY.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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