Thursday, November 10, 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.

THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD VOTED TO APPROVE A SETTLEMENT INVOLVING THE CASE OF AN ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A STUDENT AT NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL...
THE VICTIM'S FATHER FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION... CLAIMING OFFICIALS DID NOT NOTIFY THE PARENTS OF THE ASSAULT...
BOARD MEMBERS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO APPROVE THE SETTLEMENT... BUT WOULD NOT DISCUSS THE DEALS OF THE AGREEMENT..
THE LAWSUIT ACCUSED THE DISTRICT OF FAILING TO PREVENT THE ASSAULT..
IT SAYS THE 16 YEAR OLD VICTIM IS MENTALLY HANDICAPPED...
PROSECUTORS SAY THEN-18-YEAR-OLD IKEIA PHILLIPS ATTACKED THE VICTIM IN A COMPUTER LAB AT NORTHEAST IN 2008.
PHILLIPS PLEADED GUILTY TO AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO COMMIT RAPE.

ALSO TONIGHT... SEVERAL BOARD MEMBERS GOT A FIRST LOOK AT THE DISTRICT'S NEW WELCOME CENTER.
THEY TOURED THE 18-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT SPACE ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE THAT'S BEEN TAILORED FOR MANY OF THE DISTRICT'S NEEDS...
BOARD MEMBERS SNAGGED A PEEK AT THE 12 OFFICES... FOUR COMPUTER LABS... AND OTHER SPACE FOR LECTURES AND TRAINING SESSIONS....
IT'S ALSO DECORATED WITH STUDENT ARTWORK....
BOARD PRESIDENT TOMMY BARNES SAYS THE DISTRICT ISN'T VERY USER FRIENDLY RIGHT NOW... AND THIS NEW WELCOME CENTER WILL HELP WITH THAT.
Tommy Barnes, School board president: "It's going to become a centralized location where a parent of a student can get any information they need regarding that student and it also will be very beneficial for enrollment and transferrs This will be the location that our parents will come too..." BARNES SAYS THEY PLAN TO OPEN THE WELCOME CENTER SOON....
THE BULIDING RENOVATIONS WERE PAID FOR USING E-SPLOST MONEY..

LAW ENFORCEMENT AND COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS JOINED TOGETHER TO TALK ABOUT HOW TO END TEEN VIOLENCE IN MACON.
ABOUT 25 PEOPLE CAME OUT FOR A FORUM AT THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB IN VILLAGE GREEN...
THE SEVEN PERSON PANEL... WHICH INCLUDED CHIEF DEPUTY DAVID DAVIS... DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS.. AND CITY COUNCIL ELECT HENRY GIBSON... ANSWERED QUESTIONS ASKED BY ORGANIZER AL TILLMAN.
PEOPLE ALSO GOT A CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD ON VIOLENCE IN MACON'S NEIGHBORHOODS...
MUCH OF THE DISCUSSION CENTERED AROUND PEOPLE TAKING BACK THEIR COMMUNITIES.
7Al tilman: "Law enforcement can not patrol and combat crime in our community withour us."
Cheif Deputy David Davis: "Law enforcement is certainly there ot help but there's some things that the community, that those you can do, that they're not going to let the police

THE WINDOW FOR WORKERS AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE TO DECIDE ON EARLY RETIREMENT OR SEPARATION OFFERS CLOSED THIS AFTERNOON.
THIS MORNING... BASE SPOKESMAN JOHN BIRDSONG SAID 200 OF 260 ELIGIBLE WORKERS HAD ACCEPTED THE OFFER.
THE PACKAGES ARE PART OF AIR FORCE EFFORTS TO CUT NINE THOUSAND JOBS.
GARY DELOZIER TOOK THE OFFER.
THE 68-YEAR-OLD MANAGES THE BUDGET FOR THE 78TH AIR BASE MISSION SUPPORT SQUADRON.
LIKE MANY OTHERS... DELOZIER APPLIED FOR THE EARLY RETIREMENT OPTION.
HE'LL GET A 25 THOUSAND DOLLAR PAYOUT... AND HIS FULL RETIREMENT BENEFITS.
Gary Delozier, Warner Robins: (52:36) "I think most people who have accepted the offer are happy to have taken it. Some were offered and didn't take it. They decided to continue federal service."
A SECOND ROUND OF EARLY RETIREMENT AND SEPARATION OFFERS GOES OUT IN JANUARY.
BIRDSONG SAYS THE BASE NEEDS AT LEAST 516 WORKERS TO ACCEPT THEM... TO AVOID MANDATORY JOB CUTS.
WARNER ROBINS AIR LOGISTICS COMMANDER MAJOR GENERAL BOB MCMAHON WILL JOIN STEPHANIE SUSSKIND IN THE STUDIO TOMORROW MORNING.
THEY'LL DISCUSS HOW THINGS ARE GOING AT ROBINS SINCE THE CUTS WERE ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK...AND WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE BASE.
THAT'S TOMORROW AT 6-30 A-M ON EYEWITNESS NEWS MORNIN'.

THIS WEEKEND... A MACON-BASED ARMY RESERVE UNIT RETURNS FROM TEN MONTHS IN IRAQ.
THE 352ND COMBAT SUSTAINMENT SUPPORT BATTALION IS SET TO ARRIVE AT THE MACON ARMY RESERVE CENTER ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE AROUND 3 P-M SATURDAY.
ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE... ABOUT 60 SOLDIERS WILL COME HOME.
THE UNIT SHIPPED OUT IN JANUARY.
IT HANDLES SHIPPING AND LOGISTICS AS THE U-S REDUCES FORCES IN IRAQ.
THE 3-52ND ALSO DEPLOYED TO IRAQ IN 2006.

VETERANS DAY IS TOMORROW... BUT ONE SCHOOL IN BIBB COUNTY HONORED MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES A DAY EARLY.
THE SKYVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHOIR SANG PATRIOTIC SONGS... AND THE AIR FORCE RESERVE BAND PLAYED FOR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
IT WAS ALL PART OF A SPECIAL PROGRAM.
MUSIC TEACHER SUSAN MINCEY SAYS THE SCHOOL CONSIDERS VETERANS... THEIR HEROES.
Susan Mincey, Music Teacher: " This is a very special thing that bonds us together. We all are americans we all are grateful to these men and women for our freedom if it wasn't for them we may not have a skyview."
THE SCHOOL ALSO REVEALED A NEW ADDITION TO ITS HONOR WALL.
MINCEY SAYS THE HONOR WALL AT THE SCHOOL HELPS TEACH STUDENTS ABOUT PATRIOTISM AND HONORS THE SACRIFICES THAT SOME OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS MAKE.

AND IN HONOR OF VETERANS DAY... WE WANT TO FEATURE VETERANS WHERE YOU LIVE.
JUST EMAIL A PICTURE AND A DESCRIPTION OF YOUR VETERAN TO WHERE YOU LIVE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
WE'LL FEATURE THEM IN A SPECIAL PHOTO GALLERY ON OUR COMMUNITY WEBSITES.

LAST NIGHT'S FIRING OF PENN STATE UNIVERSITY'S FOOTBALL COACH AND PRESIDENT LED TO A MASSIVE STUDENT PROTEST.
SCHOOL LEADERS MADE THE DECISION TO FIRE JOE PATERNO AFTER FALLOUT FROM A CHILD SEX ASSAULT CASE INVOLVING A FORMER ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH.
MANUEL GALLEGUS HAS THE LATEST FROM STATE COLLEGE... PENNSYLVANIA.
Penn State has a new football coach for the first time in nearly half a century.

:03 - :07
SOT: (Tom Bradley/Interim Head Football Coach) "I take this job with very mixed emotions due to the situation."

former defensive coordinator Tom bradley replaces joe paterno who came under fire in a sex scandal that's rocking the university.

:15 - :18
SOT: (Mark Sherburne/Acting Athletic Director) "This is a diffcult time for Penn State University."

The school's President was also fired . Graham Spanier and paterno are being criticized for not doing more after learning in 2002 that former assistant coach jerry sandusky allegedly sexually assaulted a boy in a campus shower.

:34 - :38
(SOT: Governor Tom Corbett/Pennsylvania)
17:30:53 "I was disappointed in their actions, i support the board's decision."

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thousands of students protested last night after hearing paterno was out....

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tipping over a news van and a light pole.. and clashing with police.

:51 - :58
Standup: (Manuel Gallegus/State College, PA) " Many students here on campus are embarrassed with the violent reaction.. and say it only adds to the black eye on this university."

:59 - 1:05
SOT (Alex Bohen/Student) "I think that's kind of despicable. Shouldn't happen like that, doesn't do any good, just kind of tarnishes the name even further."

That message was echoed by the school's new president in an email to students today.

Sandusky is charged with sexually assaulting 8 boys over a course of 15 years. he denies the charges and is free on bail.

Two former school administrators are charged with trying to cover up the sex abuse. .. and prosecutors say they're not ruling out charges against the school's former president.
JOE PATERNO HAD HOPED TO RETIRE AT THE END OF THE SEASON.
IN A STATEMENT THE 84 YEAR OLD SAYS HE IS DISAPPOINTED WITH PENN STATE'S DECISION BUT HAS TO ACCEPT IT.

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I'VE GOT A SONG FOR YOU CENTRAL GEORGIA! WANNA HEAR IT? HERE IT GO...

HERE'S A LITTLE DITTY, 'BOUT GOOD TIMES ROUND HERE. THIS WEEKEND IN PARTICULAR, I'VE GOT AN AWFUL LOT TO SHARE. LIVE MUSIC'S GONNA BE THE THEME OF THIS SONG, BUT 'FORE WE HEAD DOWN THAT ROAD, WE GOT SOME CARS WE GOTTA SWAP...

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NOW...LET'S GET OUR SONG ON...

FIRST! THE JULIETTE OPRY - IN A LITTLE PLACE I LIKE TO CALL JULIETTE - WELCOMES A GRAMMY WINNER TO TOWN. AL PETTEWAY HITS THE STAGE FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY TO STRUM UP SOME INDIE AWESOMENESS. I'M TELLING YOU, FOLKS - THIS GUY IS A GENIUS WITH A GUITAR! HIS MUSIC IS A LITTLE CONTEMPORARY, KINDA CELTIC WITH DEFINITE TOUCHES OF THE APPALACHIAN FLOWIN' THROUGH. AMY WHITE JOINS PETTEWAY TO ADD HARMONIC PERFECTION TO THE EVENING. YOU CAN GET TICKETS AT THE DOOR - OR YOU CAN HEAD ONLINE NOW TO ACOUSTIC-PRODUCTIONS -DOT COME TO GET THEM NOW. THE CONCERT IS THIS FRIDAY. SEVEN-THIRTY.

BACK IN MACON ON FRIDAY NIGHT, THE COX CAPITOL THEATRE WELCOMES A BAND YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF...DRIVE BY TRUCKERS? ANYONE? ANYONE? OH YEAH - THESE BIG-TIME ALT COUNTRY SOUTHERN ROCK SUPERSTARS ARE COMING TO SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE! IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN THEM LIVE BEFORE - THIS IS YOUR PERFECT CHANCE. GREAT SHOW! GREAT MUSIC! AND THE COX CAPITOL THEATRE'S JUST A SUPER COOL VENUE FOR THE LIVE STUFF. COX-CAPITOL-THEATRE-DOT-COM IS WHERE YOU NEED TO GO TO GRAB TICKETS FOR THE SHOW. THE MUSIC COMMENCES AT EIGHT. RESERVED SEATING IS SOLD OUT, BUT THERE ARE STILL SOME GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS LEFT.

AND MAN, IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER! ALSO ON FRIDAY NIGHT, RIGHT DOWN THE ROAD AT THE HUMMINGBIRD, DRIVIN' N CRYIN' IS BACK WITH A VENGEANCE. READ ALL ABOUT IT AT HUMMINGBIRD-MACON-DOT-COM...WHERE YOU CAN ALSO FIND OUT ALL ABOUT TICKETS! THE BOYS GET TO ROCKIN', RIGHT ABOUT TEN O'CLOCK-IN'...

NOW...WOW! JUST WOW! SAY IT WITH ME - "WOW!" AND WHY ARE WE WOWWING, YOU ASK? CAUSE THERE'S A WOW-WORTHY LITTLE SOMETHING HAPPENING SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MACON CENTREPLEX. LADY, LADY, LADY ANTEBELLUM! YES SIR - THE WORLD-RENOWNED COUNTRY MUSIC TRIO COMES TO MACON. AND HERE'S THE BEST PART - TICKETS FOR THE SHOW ARE STILL AVAILABLE! BUT YOU MAY WANT TO JUMP ON THAT PRETTY QUICKLY...CAN'T IMAGINE THIS SHOW WON'T GET SOLD OUT. TICKETMASTER-DOT-COM...IT'S THE TICKET-GETTIN' PLACE! DID I MENTION THIS IS LADY ANTEBELLUM? BELIEVE IT!

ALRIGHT, I'M GONNA WRAP THIS PARTY WITH NEWS ABOUT A RIDICULOUSLY COOL PARTY THAT'S HAPPENING NEXT TUESDAY. ROCK AND REEL IS A RED CARPET AFFAIR THAT BRINGS TOGETHER THE VERY BEST OF MUSIC AND FILM FOR ONE NIGHT AT THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE. THE WINNER OF THE NATIONWIDE MACON MUSIC COMPETITION - FLOCO TORRES - WILL PERFORM LIVE. THE THREE FINALISTS FROM THE NATIONWIDE MACON SHORTS SHORT FILM COMPETITION WILL BE SCREENED AND THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED. AND YOU KNOW THAT LITTLE DITTY ALL ABOUT MACON - "A LITTLE MORE SOUL?" WELL, THE ENSEMBLE THAT RECORDED THE AWESOME ANTHEM - CHUCK LEVELL, ROBERT MCDUFFIE, TONY REYES, SONNY SPOON, JUST TO NAME A FEW - WILL PERFORM IT LIVE! THE FUN STARTS AT SEVEN...VISIT THE GRAND-MACON-DOT-COM FOR TICKETS.

AND THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS THAT. GET A LITTLE SONG IN YOUR SOUL THIS WEEKEND...GET OUT AND GET YOUR LIVE MUSIC ON. SCENE THIRTEEN'LL BE BACK NEXT WEEK...WE'RE LIKE THE SONG THAT NEVER ENDS. BUT FOR NOW, THAT'S A WRAP.
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IF YOU'RE FEELING THE URGE TO CATCH A FILM THIS WEEKEND... WE'VE GOT A HISTORICAL BIOPIC... AN ACTION-PACKED TAKE ON GREEK MYTHOLOGY... AND A COMEDY THAT'S NOTHING LIKE THE NURSERY RHYME OF THE SAME NAME COMING TO THEATERS.
BUT IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO HIT A NEW RELEASE... YOU'LL PROBABLY WANT TO LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME.
ALL OF THESE FILMS ARE RATED R.
FIRST UP... IN THE DRAMATIC BIO-PIC "J. EDGAR"... LEONARDO DICAPRIO PLAYS THE LEGENDARY F-B-I DIRECTOR WHO SOMETIMES USED QUESTIONABLE METHODS.
FOR HALF A CENTURY... J. EDGAR HOOVER WAS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL MEN IN THE UNITED STATES... BUT HE HAD SECRETS THAT COULD'VE DESTROYED HIS CAREER.
THE ACTION FLICK "IMMORTALS" IS BASED ON GREEK MYTHOLOGY.. AND FEATURES A POWER-HUNGRY KING PLAYED BY MICKEY ROURKE.
HE AND HIS ARMY SLASH AND BURN EVERYTHING IN THEIR WAKE IN SEARCH OF A MAGICAL WEAPON TO RULE THE WORLD.
AND YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO RELATE TO THE DREADED FAMILY SLEEPOVERS DURING THE HOLIDAYS... BUT IMAGINE IF THEY NEVER LEFT.
IN THE HOLIDAY COMEDY "JACK AND JILL"... THAT'S WHAT THANKSGIVING BRINGS FOR JACK WHEN HIS NEUROTIC TWIN SISTER JILL WANTS TO CALL HIS PLACE HOME.
BOTH CHARACTERS ARE PLAYED BY ADAM SANDLER.
AGAIN... ALL THREE OF THESE FILMS ARE RATED R.
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