Tuesday, November 15, 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.

OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT...
DUBLIN'S LIVING LINK TO A CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD FILM PASSED AWAY TODAY. HE IS KARL SLOVER....WHO PLAYED ONE OF THE MUNCHKINS IN THE 1939 FILM ...THE WIZARD OF OZ.
HIS NIECE... DARLENE WATSON... SAYS THE STAFF AT THE SHERATON NURSING HOME FOUND SLOVER NOT BREATHING IN HIS APARTMENT TUESDAY AFTERNOON.
HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT FAIRVIEW PARK HOSPITAL.
WATSON SAYS HER FAMILY AND EVERYONE WHO KNEW SLOVER WILL MISS THE FOUR-FOOT-FIVE LEAD TRUMPTER IN THE MUNCHKINS BAND.
"We're gonna miss him and it's gonna leave a big ol hole right there in the middle of our family but we all feel comfortable with where he's at now so, like I said, he's just followed the yellow brick road home today."
WHEN WE SPOKE TO SLOVER FOUR YEARS AGO... HE SAID HE MADE JUST 50 DOLLARS FOR HIS WORK IN THE WIZARD OF OZ... BUT IT PUT HIM ON THE ROAD TO OTHER FILM ROLES.
WELL INTO HIS NINETIES...SLOVER TRAVELED THE WORLD TO ATTEND WIZARD OF OZ FAN FESTIVALS.
KARL SLOVER WAS 93.

WHEN THE MUNCHKINS EARNED A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME IN 2007... OUR CARLY FLYNN MORGAN SAT DOWN WITH SLOVER.
WE TAKE A LOOK BACK ... TO LEARN THE MANY DETAILS ABOUT HIS INTERESTING LIFE.
<<nats "Yeah, that's me on the steps around there."
KARL SLOVER MAY BE SHORT... 4 FOOT 5... BUT HE HAS A LONG LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS. AT THE TOP OF THAT LIST... PLAYING THE LEAD TRUMPETER IN THE WIZARD OF OZ. HE REMEMBERS THAT TIME CLEARLY... EVEN ALMOST 70 YEARS LATER.

KARL SLOVER, DUBLIN "I enjoyed working on the Wizard of Oz even though my boss... double crossed us!"
SLOVER PERFORMED IN A TRAVELING MIDGET SHOW THAT WAS HIRED TO WORK AS MUNCHKINS IN THE WIZARD OF OZ. HIS BOSS PAID HIM ONLY 50-DOLLARS FOR HIS WORK IN THE MOVIE. BUT THAT DIDN'T STOP SLOVER. HE WENT ON TO ACT IN SEVERAL HOLLYWOOD FILMS.

KARL SLOVER "I've worked with a lot of movie stars like Jimmy Durante and xxx in New York City."
NEW YORK CITY SEEMED A WORLD AWAY FROM SLOVER AS A TINY CHILD IN HUNGARY.

KARL SLOVER "Right about in here I could sit down in there and take a bath."
HIS FATHER TRIED EVERYTHING TO MAKE HIM GROW. HE REMEMBERS A TRIP TO THE DOCTORS WHEN HE WAS ONLY FIVE.

KARL SLOVER "One time they pulled me by my shins so hard that one of my bones made a loud noise and scared the heck outta me and I let out a yell!"
BUT SLOVER USED HIS HEIGHT TO HIS ADVANTAGE WHEN HE LEFT HOME AND JOINED THE TRAVELING MIDGET SHOW... THAT EVENTUALLY TOOK HIM ALL THE WAY TO HOLLYWOOD. AFTER HIS TASTE OF STARDOM... SLOVER WORKED WITH A CARNIVAL IN FLORIDA UNTIL RETIREMENT.

KARL SLOVER "When we weren't working I went and got some dogs and I trained poodles. I trained a poodle to ride the skateboard."

HE NEVER MARRIED OR HAD ANY CHILDREN...

nats "I had them from the time they were little bulbs..."
BUT HE RAISES FLOWERS AT HIS HOME IN AN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY IN DUBLIN. HE HELPS OTHER RESIDENTS LIKE LOUISE HARBIN KEEP THEIR FLOWERS BEAUTIFUL.

LOUISE HARBIN, DUBLIN "Hes just open, friendly and he loves everybody."
THE FACILITIES DIRECTOR GINA DROWN SAYS EVERYBODY LOVES HIM... TOO.

GINA DROWN, DUBLIN "It's been exciting for us. We've really enjoyed it. He has great stories and he's just real fun to talk to."

SLOVER ENJOYS TELLING THE STORIES OF HIS LIFE TO WHOEVER WANTS TO LISTEN.

KARL SLOVER "I have no regrets of anything. I really have enjoyed living regardless where I'm at."

FROM HUNGARY TO HOLLYWOOD... A LINE FROM THE WIZARD OF OZ RINGS TRUE IN HIS HEART.

KARL SLOVER "There's no place like home, there's no place like home, and it's really true I tell you."

EVEN THOUGH HE STILL TRAVELS THE WORLD FOR OZ CONVENTIONS... HE SAYS HE NOW CONSIDERS HIS HOME... CENTRAL GEORGIA. CARLY FLYNN MORGAN... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>
THE HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD THEATER IN WOODRIDGE...ILLINOIS CAMPAIGNED TO GET THE MUNCHKINS A STAR BACK 2007... RAISING THE 25-THOUSAND DOLLAR FEE.
THE STAR DOES NOT LIST ANY MUNCHKINS NAMES... BUT SIMPLY READS... THE MUNCHKINS.

A BIBB COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTED ACCUSED MURDERER STEPHEN MCDANIEL ON ONE COUNT OF MURDER AND THIRTY COUNTS OF CHILD EXPLOITATION TODAY.
MCDANIEL IS THE MERCER LAW GRAUDATE ACCUSED OF KILLING AND DISMEMBERING A FORMER CLASSMATE AND NEIGHBOR... LAUREN GIDDINGS.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS AND LEAD INVESTIGATOR ON THE CASE... DAVID PATTERSON... CAME DOWN TO THE GRAND JURY AT AROUND TEN THIRTY THIS MORNING.
THE INDICTMENT MEANS THE GROUP OF GRAND JURORS DECIDED WINTERS HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO FORMALLY CHARGE MCDANIEL..
THE DOCUMENTS DO NOT SAY HOW OR EXACTLY WHEN GIDDINGS WAS MURDERED... ONLY THAT MCDANIEL ALLEGEDLY KILLED GIDDINGS BY QUOTE...
"BY INFLICTING BODILY HARM IN A MANNER UNKNOWN TO THE GRAND JURY AT THIS TIME... INCLUDING DECAPITATION OF SAID VICTIM.... WITH INSTRUMENT OR INSTRUMENTS UNKNOWN."
MCDANIEL'S DEFENSE ATTORNEY FLOYD BUFORD SAYS HIS CLIENT MAINTAINS HIS INNOCENCE.
HE SAYS TODAY'S INDICTMENT WASN'T A SURPRISE... SINCE JURORS ONLY HEARD THE PROSECUTION'S SIDE OF THE STORY.
HE SAYS HE SPOKE WITH MCDANIEL LAST NIGHT ABOUT THE STATUS OF THE CASE.
"We had a very good conversation as we discussed some issues relating to his case, but I've not talked with him today. They're very courteous to him there in the law enforcement center and he seems to be doing as well as can be expected."
BUFORD SAYS HE PLANS TO TALK TO MCDANIEL BEFORE DECIDING WHETHER TO PROCEED WITH A BOND HEARING SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY.
GREG WINTERS SAYS THE NEXT STEP FOR HIS OFFICE WILL BE SCHEDULING AN ARRAINMENT FOR MCDANIELS..
WINTERS DID NOT SAY WETHER HE WOULD SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY IN THE CASE..

WE SPOKE TO LAUREN GIDDING'S COUSIN KATHY MANN BY PHONE THIS AFTERNOON.
SHE SAYS MCDANIEL'S INDICTMENT IS A RELIEF TO HER FAMILY .
Today the grand jury heard more than we know and for them to be privileged to hear some of the things that have been collected as evidence for who killed Lauren and then for the grand jury to make the decision that it was enough evidence that pointed to Lauren's murderer is very significant to us."
MANN SAYS HER FAMILY STILL DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REST OF LAUREN'S REMAINS, BUT THEY ARE PUSHING FOR MORE SEARCHING.
YOU CAN FOLLOW OUR COVERAGE ONLINE.. BY CLICKING ON THE LAUREN GIDDINGS LINK IN THE CHECK IT OUT BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE... 13WMAZ DOT COM.

SUNDAY SALES OF PACKAGED ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN BIBB COUNTY EARLY NEXT MONTH.
TODAY... COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ADOPTED AN ORDINANCE ALLOWING GROCERY AND PACKAGE STORES TO START SUNDAY SALES ON DECEMBER 4TH.
BIBB COUNTY VOTERS APPROVED SUNDAY PACKAGE SALES DURING LAST WEEK'S ELECTION.
ACCORDING TO THE NEW RULES... SUNDAY SALES WILL BE ALLOWED FROM 12-3O P-M UNTIL 11-30 P-M.

EIGHT CENTRAL GEORGIANS ARE ACCUSED OF HELPING TRAFFIC COCAINE AND MARIJUANA.
THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE... THE U-S POSTAL SERVICE AND OTHER AGENCIES ANNOUNCED THE ARRESTS TODAY.
THE AGENCIES SAY MORE ARRESTS COULD BE MADE IN THE CASE.
A NEWS RELEASE SAYS A POLICE TEAM SEIZED GUNS... VEHICLES AND OTHER PROPERTY WHILE CARRYING OUT SEARCH WARRANTS EARLY LAST MONTH.
IT SAYS THEY ALSO FOUND ABOUT 31 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA WITH AN ESTIMATED STREET VALUE OF 75 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THE TEAM ALSO DISCOVERED ABOUT 420 GRAMS OF COCAINE... WORTH ABOUT 41 THOUSAND DOLLARS ON THE STREET.

MANY PEOPLE ARE PLANNING TO LOG ON FOR THEIR HOLIDAY SHOPPING THIS YEAR.
AND SOME COMPANIES OUT THERE ARE WAITING TO TRACK YOUR EVERY MOVE ONLINE... SO THEY CAN SELL YOU SOMETHING... OR SELL YOUR INFORMATION TO SOMEONE ELSE.
MANUEL GALLEGUS TAKES A LOOK AT WHAT'S CALLED "RETARGETTING...." IN TONIGHT'S GEEK 13.DANIELLE DAFNEOTIS RECENTLY BOUGHT A PURSE ON LINE FROM A MAJOR RETAILER. NOW she sees ads for matching shoes on other websites she visits.

-SOT- DANIELLE DAFNEOTIS, INTERNET SHOPPER
"How did they know I bought that bag a week ago and now I'm getting specials for shoes?"

THEY KNOW BECAUSE WHEN SHE BOUGHT THAT PURSE...THE COMPANY ATTACHED WHAT'S CALLED A COOKIE, TO HER COMPUTER'S browser. IT TRACKS her shopping habits-- WITHOUT HER KNOWING.

-SOT- John Verdi/Senior Counsel, EPIC - electronic privacy information center
14:31:18 ADVERTISING NETWORKS AND OTHER INTERNET COMPANIES HAVE BECOME EXTREMELY SOPHISTICATED AT TRACKING USERS AS THEY MOVE AROUND BETWEEN WEBSITES

PRIVACY EXPERT JOHN VERDI SAYS, WHEN YOU visit A WEBSITE, AS MANY AS TWENTY DIFFERENT COMPANIES COULD BE monitoring your every move.


STAND-UP-MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS NEW YORK
Ad agencies and other internet firms COMPILE all that information about what we do online...building large profiles on us that go back months , even years.

(VO)

IT 'S NO COINCIDENCE IF AN ADD CATCHES YOUR EYE ...
BECAUSE CHANCES ARE IT'S BEEN PLACED THERE SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU.

(-SOT- John Verdi/Senior Counsel, EPIC - electronic privacy information center)
"DIFFERENT USERS WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY SEE DIFFERENT ADVERTISMENTS EVEN WHEN THEY VISIT THE SAME WEBSITE."

IF you don't want to be tracked , YOU * CAN * DELETE COOKIES - OR ASK ADVERTISERS NOT TO FOLLOW YOU.
BUT EXPERTS SAY IT'S NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP THE FLOW OF INFORMATION

(-SOT- John Verdi/Senior Counsel, EPIC - electronic privacy information center)
" The reality is that the large internet companies are always one step ahead...

DANIELLE DAFNEOTIS DOESN'T MIND

-SOT- DANIELLE DAFNEOTIS, INTERNET SHOPPER
I kind of like it because I just got two really good deals...(laughs)

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT RETAILERS ARE BANKING ON.

AND IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO GO THE SOMEWHAT MORE TRADITIONAL ROUTE AND GET UP EARLY OR STAY UP LATE TO HIT BLACK FRIDAY SALES... YOU CAN GET AN EXTRA-EARLY START THIS YEAR.
TOYS-R-US WILL OPEN AT 9 P-M ON THANKSGIVING DAY.
THE STORE IN WARNER ROBINS SAYS IT HASN'T DECIDED ON A TIME YET.
OTHERS GETTING AN EARLY START...
... WAL-MART'S SALES START AT 10 P-M...
AND OTHER RETAILERS LIKE TARGET... MACY'S... BEST BUY AND KOHL'S WILL WELCOME SHOPPERS AT MIDNIGHT.
WHILE THAT MIGHT MAKE MORE SHOPPERS HAPPY... SOME WORKERS AREN'T SHARING THAT JOY.
THOUSANDS OF TARGET EMPLOYEES HAVE STARTED AN ONLINE CAMPAIGN... SAYING THEY WANT TO SPEND THANKSGIVING WITH THEIR FAMILIES.

TAKING A LOOK AT WHERE YOU LIVE... AND TONIGHT WE'RE FINDING PLACES TO HIT THE PAVEMENT FOR 5-K RACES THIS WEEKEND.
The TENTH ANNUAL WILL ROBINSON MEMORIAL FUN RUN IS SET FOR SATURDAY. THE FUN RUN BEGINS AT 8:30 A.M. AND THE 5K ROAD RACE STARTS AT NINE. THAT'S AT THE NORTH BALDWIN FIRE DEPARTMENT IN MILLEDGEVILLE.
IN MACON, YOU CAN HIT THE PAVEMENT AT THE LIGHT THE NIGHT 5K AT THE CHICK-FIL-A ON TOM HILL SENIOR BOULEVARD. THAT 5K IS AT 8 P.M.
FOR MORE 5-K RUNS COMING UP, HEAD OVER TO YOUR WHERE YOU LIVE SITE AND CHECK OUT THE LISTINGS.

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: BILL MAHER
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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