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I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
HERMAN CAIN IS RETHINKING HIS PRESIDENTIAL BID.
IT'S NOT CLEAR IF HIS CAMPAIGN CAN SURVIVE ALLEGATIONS OF A 13-YEAR AFFAIR.
IT'S THE LATEST IN A STRING OF DISTRACTIONS THAT HAVE SENT CAIN TUMBLING IN THE POLLS.
TARA MERGENER HAS MORE FROM WASHINGTON.
HERMAN CAIN MADE NO MENTION OF HIS TROUBLES DURING A FOREIGN POLICY SPEECH IN MICHIGAN TUESDAY EVENING.
((sot)) HERMAN CAIN/(R) CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT
"It's not my first time here in Hillsdale, won't be my last time here in Hillsdale!
BUT HE DID TELL STAFFERS EARLIER THAT IT'S TIME TO RE-ASSESS HIS CAMPAIGN.... FOLLOWING ALLEGATIONS OF AN EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIR WITH AN ATLANTA WOMAN, GINGER WHITE.
((SOT)) GINGER WHITE/CLAIMS AFFAIR WITH CAIN (CREDIT: WAGA)
"There would make no sense for me to come out with these allegations against Herman if it absolutely wasn't true."
CAIN DENIES THE AFFAIR. AND IN AN EMAIL TO SUPPORTERS, HE SAYS:
(GFX) "Let me assure you, I am not deterred. America's future is too important."
BUT IT'S UNCLEAR WHETHER THIS SCANDAL -- COMBINED WITH PRIOR ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL HARRASSMENT -- WILL TURN OFF VOTERS.
((sot)) MOS - Diane Brinkman/South Carolina Voter
"Maybe it would be more graceful for herman cain and his family if he would just bow out now before there are any more allegations."
((STANDUP BRIDGE)) TARA MERGENER, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON
CAIN IS ONLY COMMITTING TO A CAMPAIGN SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. HIS DIP IN THE POLLS THESE LAST FEW WEEKS HAS BECOME NEWT GINGRICH'S GAIN.
(nats) "Good to see you!"
THE FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER SAYS HE CONSIDERS CAIN A FRIEND, AND FEELS FOR HIM.
((sot)) NEWT GINGRICH/(R) CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT
"I think it's a very difficult situation for he and his family. My heart goes out to them. I hope that he reaches whatever is the right decision for them."
BUT GINGRICH IS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY. HE'S ON A THREE-DAY CAMPAIGN SWING THROUGH SOUTH CAROLINA.
(nats- "You're going to be the President!" )
AND THERE'S LITTLE TIME TO WASTE. THE IOWA CAUCUSES ARE JUST FIVE WEEKS AWAY.
CAIN DID TELL HIS STAFFERS THE ALLEGATIONS HAVE TAKEN A TOLL ON HIS WIFE AND HIS FAMILY.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS.. DO YOU THINK HERMAN CAIN IS FINISHED AS A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE?
SO FAR 78 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES... HE IS.
AND 22 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
MACON CITY COUNCIL HEARD FROM THE COMPANY SELECTED TO RUN THE SECOND STREET REVITALIZATION PROJECT FOR THE FIRST TIME TONIGHT..
LEADERS FROM ATLANTA-BASED C-H-A CONSULTING TALKED ABOUT CREATING A PROPOSAL TO HELP RECRUIT PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN THE PROJECT.
THE GOAL IS TO CREATE A MORE BUSINESS- AND PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY BOULEVARD.
THAT INCLUDES EXTENDING THE DOWNTOWN-FEEL OF PLACES LIKE CHERRY STREET TO SECOND STREET.
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT SAYS PHASE ONE OF THE PROJECT... WOULD GIVE THE ENTRANCE TO DOWNTOWN A FACELIFT.
THEY PLAN TO USE EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE NEWLY-PASSED SPLOST TO CREATE A BRIDGE CONNECTING LITTLE RICHARD PENNIMAN BOULEVARD AND SECOND STREET.
COUNCILWOMAN LAUREN BENEDICT WAS IMPRESSED WITH WHAT SHE SAW AND HEARD..
Lauren Benedict: "What I really liked that I heard is the amount of community invovlement that they're going to call for and the broad perspective that the proposed consultants are taking>"
COUNCIL STILL NEEDS TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT WITH C.H.A. CONSULTING... WHICH WILL COST BETWEEN 460 THOUSAND AND 490 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
REICHERT SAYS... IF EVERYTHING GOES ACCORDING TO PLAN... THEY COULD BE CUTTING THE RIBBON FOR PHASE ONE OF THE PROJECT WITHIN THREE AND A HALF YEARS.
THE TWIGGS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THEY'VE ARRESTED A SECOND SUSPECT IN LAST WEEK'S THANKSGIVING DAY SHOOTOUT.
20-YEAR-OLD RYAN STEFFON REEVES WAS ARRESTED MONDAY IN A MOTEL NEAR ATLANTA.
HIS BROTHER - 26-YEAR-OLD BRANDON REEVES - WAS ALREADY UNDER ARREST.
THEY'RE ACCUSED OF WOUNDING TWO OTHER MEN LAST THURSDAY IN THE TOWN OF DANVILLE.
SHERIFF DARREN MITCHUM SAID THE FOUR MEN HAD AN ONGOING FEUD.
BOTH REEVES BROTHERS ARE IN JAIL.... CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.
THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFFICE WANTS YOUR HELP TO FIND A MAN AND WOMAN WHO ALLEGEDLY SHOPLIFTED MORE THAN 500 DOLLARS WORTH OF CLOTHES FROM KOHL'S.
SERGEANT SEAN DEFOE SAYS IT HAPPENED AT THE STORE ON ZEBULON ROAD ON NOVEMBER 14TH.
HE SAYS WITNESSES TOLD INVESTIGATORS THE MAN AND WOMAN TOOK CLOTHES INTO THE FITTING ROOMS.
DEFOE SAYS THE TWO LEFT THE FITTING ROOMS WITHOUT ANY OF THE CLOTHES, BUT THE FITTING ROOMS WERE FOUND EMPTY.
DEFOE SAYS INVESTIGATORS THINK THE THIEVES STUFFED THE CLOTHES UNDERNEATH LARGE COATS.
HE SAYS THEY LEFT THE STORE IN A GREEN 1997 NISSAN MAXIMA WITH A GEORGIA LICENSE PLATE OF BUQ7693.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, YOU CAN CALL THE MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME.
A 77-YEAR-OLD MACON MAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT A HOSPITAL AFTER HIS TRUCK FLIPPED IN BIBB COUNTY.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO SGT. SEAN DEFOE WITH THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
HE SAYS ROBERT LEE FRANKLIN WAS DRIVING ON AYERS ROAD OFF TUCKER ROAD WHEN IT HAPPENED.
WITNESSES SAID FRANKLIN'S PICKUP TRUCK WENT OFF THE ROAD... CROSSED THE ROAD AGAIN, WENT DOWN AN EMBANKMENT... ROLLED OVER AND LANDED IN A CREEK.
DEFOE SAYS FRANKLIN IS LISTED IN CRITICAL BUT STABLE CONDITION AT THE HOSPITAL.
NO ONE ELSE WAS INJURED.
WARNER ROBINS ELECTIONS SUPERVISOR VIDA RAWLS SAYS EARLY VOTING FOR THE RUN-OFF ELECTION IS GOING "REALLY WELL."
THERE ARE TWO CITY COUNCIL SEATS UP FOR GRABS.
ALL REGISTERED CITY VOTERS CAN VOTE IN THE POST TWO AT-LARGE RACE.
RETIRED CITY CLERK CAROLYN ROBBINS AND BUSINESSMAN TIM THOMAS ARE THE CANDIDATES... RUNNING TO TAKE TOM SIMMS JUNIOR'S SPOT.
HE DIDN'T RUN FOR REELECTION.
IN NOVEMBER... VOTERS NARROWED THE FIELD FROM FIVE TO TWO CANDIDATES... WITH ROBBINS RECEIVING ABOUT 600 MORE VOTES THAN THOMAS.
BOTH EXPLAINED WHY THEY BELIEVE THEY'RE THE BEST CANDIDATE.
Tim Thomas, Post 2 Candidate: (23:27) "I think we need a young business person up here. Most council are in their 50 and 60's. Im in my 40's with a business background, working hard to keep this base is very, very important."
Carolyn Robbins, Post 2 Candidate: (6:50) "Ive worked with mayor and council. I feel like I can be a mediator and work as a team. I think those things are important right now for us to move ahead."
AGAIN... ALL CITY VOTERS CAN VOTE IN THE POST 2 RACE.
THOSE WHO LIVE IN POST FOUR CAN ALSO VOTE IN THE POST FOUR RACE... BETWEEN MIKE BRASHEAR AND GENE HARRINGTON.
EARLY VOTING IS AT CITY HALL... FROM EIGHT TO FIVE THROUGH FRIDAY.
ELECTION DAY IS NEXT TUESDAY.
IT'S GREAT HANG UP DAY HERE ON EYEWITNESS NEWS.
IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO DO SOME TRAVELING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON... WE WANT YOU TO SIGN OUR PLEDGE AND PUT DOWN THE PHONE BEFORE YOU START UP YOUR CAR.
WE'LL TELL YOU HOW TO JOIN THE GREAT HANG UP IN JUST A MOMENT...
BUT FIRST.... WE CAUGHT UP WITH ONE CENTRAL GEORGIA MAN HOPING TO KEEP FOCUS ON THE ROAD WITH THE HELP OF A DRIVING CLASS.
AFTER DECADES OF DRIVING... BOBBY TEMPLE IS INVESTING IN A REFRESHER COURSE.
HE SAYS TIMES HAVE CHANGED FROM WHEN HE FIRST LEARNED TO DRIVE.
TEMPLE SAYS WITH SO MANY DISTRACTIONS LIKE THE USE OF CELLPHONES AND TEXTING, HE WANTED TO MAKE SURE HE HAD THE TOOLS TO CONTINUE TO BE A SAFE DRIVER.
TEMPLE SIGNED UP HIMSELF AND HIS MOTHER FOR A SAFETY DRIVING COURSE AT THE MACON BIBB SENIOR CENTER CONDUCTED BY AN AARP INSTRUCTOR.
Bobby Temple, Macon: "I think it's a great thing to do, and not only that, I think it's real important that all of us try to remember all the things that we knew when we first started driving at 16, when we first took the test."
DRIVING CLASSES AT THE MACON BIBB SENIOR CENTER ARE OPEN TO ALL AGES.
FOR MORE IMFORMATION CALL 478-751-2790.
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WE HAVE THIS NOTE OF APOLOGY... FROM US.... HERE AT 13WMAZ.
AN OLD STORY ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSINGS WAS ACCIDENTALLY POSTED TO OUR WEBSITE THIS MORNING.
THERE WERE NO WEATHER-RELATED SCHOOL CLOSINGS IN OUR AREA TODAY.
THE SALES FROM THIS YEAR'S CYBER MONDAY ARE STILL BEING COUNTED... BUT THEY'RE EXPECTED TO SET A NEW RECORD AND TOP ONE-POINT-TWO BILLION DOLLARS.
NOT COINCIDENTALLY... ANOTHER GROWING TREND IS THE AMOUNT OF ONLINE FRAUD AND THEFT... ESPECIALLY THIS TIME A YEAR.
KARA TSUBOI TAKES A LOOK AT SOME WAYS TO KEEP YOUR CREDIT CARD INFO SAFE AS YOU FILL YOUR VIRTUAL SHOPPING CART... IN THIS WEEK'S GEEK 13.
TRACK ONE: Like the rest of the country, many consumers in San Francisco will be turning online to purchase their holiday gifts this season.
Beena A. / Fremont, CA
"Everything from books to clothes to shoes to toys to everything."
Alison Rubino / San Francisco, CA
"Christmas gifts, shoes, clothes, electronics, all the above."
Ken Bundy / Greenbrae, CA
"All kinds of things. Books, music."
TRACK TWO: But during this time of year, experts say consumers looking for deals are particularly vulnerable to online fraud.
Declan McCullagh / CNET Senior Writer
"They might be going to websites they wouldn't normally go to. They would be more likely to click on a link that looks really enticing that was sent to them in email. So that's why it is more important than usual that people take steps to practice 'safe computing.'"
TRACK THREE: Here are some tips:
Beena A. / Fremont
"I use virtual account numbers. My credit card provides that option, so it's a scrambled credit card number."
Alison Rubino / San Francisco
"I only buy from trusted sources, definitely. Amazon and Zappos."
Ken Bundy / Greenbrae, CA
"I try to keep my passwords refreshed on different sites that I use."
TRACK FOUR: In addition, security experts like CNET Senior Writer Declan McCullagh say to make sure your devices -- computers, phones and tablets -- don't fail you.
Declan McCullagh / CNET Senior Writer
"That means keeping your operating system up to date, keeping your web browser up to date, making sure they don't click on links in email unless they're absolutely certain the sender is legitimate."
Kara Tsuboi / ON CAMERA STANDUP
"And finally, once you're on the checkout page and entering credit card information, make sure the web address has an https, not just http. That extra "s" stands for "secure."
TRACK FIVE: And bottom line, go with your gut: if the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
ONE FINAL TIP: CNET SAYS CREDIT CARDS ARE STILL THE SAFEST WAY TO SHOP ONLINE VERSUS DEBIT CARDS.
THE ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER ACT LIMITS YOUR LIABILITY TO FIFTY DOLLARS IF YOU REPORT THE FRAUDULENT CHARGES WITHIN 2 DAYS OF THEM HAPPENING.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT ELSE IS MAKING HEADLINES IN THE TECH WORLD.
THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION SAYS THE INFORMATION A-T-AND-T AND T-MOBILE GAVE ABOUT THEIR PROPOSED MERGER WAS FLAWED.
A REPORT RELEASED TODAY SAYS THE COMPANIES DIDN'T SHOW THAT THE 39-BILLION DOLLAR DEAL WAS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
LAST WEEK... THE F-C-C'S CHAIRMAN MOVED TO STOP THE DEAL... AND THAT A JUDGE REVIEW THE APPLICATION.
MEANWHILE... FACEBOOK HAS SETTLED WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION OVER CHARGES THAT IT DECEIVED CUSTOMERS.
THOSE CHARGES GO BACK TO 2009... WHEN FACEBOOK CHANGED ITS PRIVACY SETTINGS... AND MADE INFORMATION PUBLIC.
THE COMMISSION SAYS THE NETWORK TOLD PEOPLE THEY COULD KEEP THEIR INFORMATION PRIVATE... THEN MADE IT PUBLIC.
FACEBOOK C-E-O MARK ZUCKERBERG SAYS HIS COMPANY HAS ALREADY ADDRESSED MANY OF THE F-T-C'S CONCERNS.
GOOGLE'S NEXT FRONTIER IN DIGITAL MAPPING... INVOLVES GOING INSIDE.
THEY UNVEILED A FEATURE THAT INCLUDES INDOOR DIRECTIONS WITHIN STORES... MALLS... AIRPORTS AND TRANSIT CENTERS IN THE U-S AND JAPAN.
FOR NOW... THE MAPS CAN ONLY BE VIEWED ON TABLETS AND PHONES RUNNING GOOGLE'S ANDROID SOFTWARE.
FOR MORE TECH HEADLINES... VISIT THE GEEK 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THE LINK ON THE SCENE 13 PAGE.
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THE EPIC QUEST TO BE FAN OF THE DAY... IS ACTUALLY PRETTY SIMPLE.
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