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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...

CONSTRUCTION OF THE A NEW WARNER ROBINS LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER IS ON TIME... DESPITE A FEW BUMPS ALONG THE WAY.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO BILL DOUGLASS... CHAIRMAN OF THE GROUP IN CHARGE OF THE CENTER'S CONSTRUCTION.
LORRA LYNCH SHOWS YOU WHAT THEY'VE ACCOMPLISHED... AND WHAT'S LEFT TO DO.
<<Shetauri Tarte: (14:50) "I feel like its an area in progress."
TO GET TO SHETAURI TARTE'S SHOP.... MOST CLIENTS TAKE A ROUTE DOWN WATSON...
(14:39) "I can actually see the progress coming along."
.. PAST THE SITE OF THE NEW LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER...
(13:40) "I know it's been going on for a minute."
TO COMMERCIAL CIRCLE.
(14:10) "I think it'll help the circle as far as business."
IT'S SET TO BE COMPLETE THIS FALL... DESPITE PUSHING PAST A FEW HURDLES... INCLUDING A CAR RENTAL CENTER IN THE WAY OF CONSTRUCTION.
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THE REDVELOPMENT AGENCY NEGOTIATED THRIFTY'S MOVE TO A TRAILER... WHILE THE CITY BUILDS A NEW PERMANENT LOCATION.
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PURCHASING AGENT MARK BAKER SAID FRIDAY BIDS FOR THAT CAME BACK HIGHER THAN EXPECTED... FORCING THE BOARD TO LOOK FOR PLACES TO CUT COSTS.
Bill Douglass: (5:10) "We hope to use city labor to help us out with some dirt work."
BOARD CHAIRMAN BILL DOUGLASS SAYS THEY'RE ALSO TRYING TO FIGURE OUT MONEY OWED TO THE POLICE CENTER'S ARCHITECT. HE SAYS MULTIPLE DESIGNS OVER SEVERAL YEAR'S OF THE CITY CHANGING L-E-C LOCATIONS AND R-D-A BOARD MEMBERS... CREATED SOME CONFUSION.
Bill Douglas: (7:32) "His contract goes back several years. This building, the RDA has been working on started last April."
CITY CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER BILL HARTE SAID HE DIDN'T KNOW THE EXACT AMOUNT OWED.. AND THAT REPORTERS COULD GET THE INFORMATION THROUGH OPEN RECORDS. WE FILED A REQUEST... BUT IT HADN'T BEEN ANSWERED WHEN THIS STORY AIRED. .
Shetauri Tarte: (14:50) "I feel like if they're doing what they need to be doing in the time allotted, it's fine with me."
TARTE SAYS THEY'LL KEEP WATCHING... WAITING FOR THE SITE TO GET A NEW LOOK.
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>> THE R-D-A BOARD ALSO AGREED TO PAY 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO A CONSULTING FIRM TODAY.
THE GROUP WILL OVERSEE CONSTRUCTION TO MAKE SURE ITS DONE CORRECTLY... AND MATCHES THE ARCHITECT'S DESIGN.

THE INTERIM CHIEF FOR BIBB COUNTY CAMPUS POLICE ... REMAINS ON LEAVE... A WEEK AFTER MACON POLICE DROPPED CHARGES IN AN ALLEGED RAPE AT NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL.
A LETTER NOTIFYING STEPHANIE PRATER OF HER LEAVE... SAYS SHE'LL REMAIN OUT UNTIL THE INVESTIGATION IS FINISHED.
BUT PRATER'S LAWYER... CHARLES COX... SAYS SHE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND WHY SHE'S STILL AT HOME... AND SHE'S READY TO RETURN TO WORK.
COX SAYS HE SPOKE TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S ATTORNEY THURSDAY... AND HE DID NOT SAY WHEN A DECISION WOULD BE MADE ON PRATER RETURNING TO WORK.
PRATER IS ACCUSED OF NOT KEEPING HER SUPERIORS INFORMED ON THE INVESTIGATION.
BUT WE OBTAINED E-MAILS BETWEEN PRATER AND SEVERAL SCHOOL OFFICIALS... THAT SHOW THAT SHE UPDATED THEM.
DISTRICT SPOKEWOMAN... STEPHANIE HARTLEY... SAYS THEY CANNOT COMMENT... BECAUSE IT'S A PERSONNEL MATTER.

FOR THE FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW... GEORGIA SCHOOLS WON'T HAVE TO MEET CLASS SIZE REQUIREMENTS.
THE STATE SCHOOL BOARD VOTED TO WAIVE THOSE REQUIREMENTS THROUGH NEXT YEAR.
THE BOARD SAYS THAT WILL GIVE SCHOOLS MORE FLEXIBILITY... AS FUNDING REMAINS SCARCE.
SCHOOLS IN GEORGIA ARE FACING MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS IN STATE FUNDING CUTS... AND STEEP DECLINES IN LOCAL PROPERTY TAX REVENUES.
RIGHT NOW... CLASS SIZE LIMITS VARY.
THEY CAN RANGE FROM 18 STUDENTS... TO MORE THAN 30.

ONE MAN IS USING HIS EXPERIENCE IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP TO TEACH STUDENTS.
EUGEN SHOENFELD VISITED BONAIRE MIDDLE SCHOOL TODAY TO TEACH A HISTORY LESSON FIRST HAND.
JENNIFER MOULLIET SPOKE WITH HIM ABOUT HIS STRUGGLE DURING WORLD WAR TWO.
EIGHTY-SIX YEAR OLD EUGEN SHOENFELD WAS ONLY EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD WHEN HE AND HIS FAMILY...WHO WERE JEWISH... WERE SENT TO A CONCENTRATION CAMP.
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HE SPENT THIRTEEN MONTHS TOTAL IN CAMPS AT AUSCHWITZ... DACHAU... MUHLDORF... AND WARSAW.
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HE TRAVELS TO SPREAD HIS PHILOSOPHY TO YOUNGER GENERATIONS.
"the older have a duty to the young ones to share with them their experiences we cannot we cannot learn unless someone shares their experiences."
HE SHARED THOSE MEMORIES WITH SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADERS.
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SHOENFELD BELIEVES ANOTHER HOLOCAUST IS POSSIBLE IF WE GIVE UP OUR FREEDOM.... AND SAYS PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO DO THAT WHEN THE ECONOMY GETS TOUGH.
"Never follow a leader because he promises all kinds of things be judgemental of that leader, create your own thought, follow your own thought, make evaluations don't give up your freedom."
SHOENFELD NEVER SAW HIS MOTHER... SISTER... OR YOUNGER BROTHER AGAIN.... AND EVEN THROUGH A HOLOCAUST... nats HE SAYS HE ISN'T BITTER.
"what use is being bitter? bitterness is state that you can only hurt yourself no one else, the important thing for me to do is learn from it."
AND HE SAYS THE BIGGEST THING HE'S LEARNED IS TO JUDGE INDIVIDUALS.
"Even among the nazis I found people who were humane beings."
AFTER HIS RELEASE FROM THE CAMPS IN 1945... SHOENFELD IMMIGRATED TO THE U-S... HE HAS BEEN MARRIED TO HIS WIFE JEAN FOR SIXTY -TWO YEARS... AND HE IS A GREAT GRANDFATHER.
"i had a good life, no ifs buts or ands about it, it was difficult but it was a good life."
JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
SHOENFELD WAS A PROFESSOR AT GEORGIA STATE... GEORGIA TECH... AND KENNESAW.
HE IS NOW RETIRED... AND TRAVELS TELLING HIS STORY.

TOMORROW... FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS WILL GATHER TO SAY GOODBYE TO SUPERSTAR WHITNEY HOUSTON.
THE MUSIC ICON DIED SATURDAY AT A BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL.
HER FUNERAL WILL BE HELD AT THE CHURCH SHE ATTENDED AS A CHILD IN NEWARK... NEW JERSEY.
YOU CAN WATCH IT ONLINE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
THE SERVICE IS SET TO BEGIN AT NOON.
AND TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WILL YOU WATCH ANY OF THE WHITNEY HOUSTON FUNERAL?
SO FAR 77 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU WON'T.
AND 23 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE STORY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

THE LARGEST HOME AND GARDEN SHOW IN THE MIDDLE GEORGIA AREA IS BACK.
THE 24TH ANNUAL HOME EXPO OPENED ITS DOORS TO THE COMMUNITY TOMMORROW BUT TODAY ABOUT 70 VENDORS SETUP THEIR BOOTHES, BUILT MOCK HOMES, AND DECORATED LIVING ROOMS.
EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR THE HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION... BONNIE COKER SAYS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS CLOSE TO 3500 PEOPLE HAVE COME OUT TO THE HOME EXPO.
SHE SAYS HOMEOWNERS WILL GET THE CHANCE TO HAVE ONE ON ONE CONVERSATIONS WITH BUILDERS, DECORATORS, LANDSCAPERS, AND MORE.
IINTERIOR DESIGNER... SHAUNA DAVIS SAYS THE HOME EXPO IS A GREAT WAY FOR HER TO NETWORK.
Shauna Davis "I see a lot of my old clients that I haven't seen who are not quite sure if I'm still doing interior design which I'am, so I'll get to see them which is always good. I'll get to meet new clients from this. Last year I got eight new different clients from this so that was wonderful"
THE EXPO IS ALSO OFFERING MORE SEMINARS THIS YEAR LIKE HOW TO BUILD A HOME.
THE HOME EXPO KICKS OFF AT THE MACON CENTREPLEX ON SATURDAY FROM 10 AM UNTIL 6 PM... AND SUNDAY FROM NOON UNTIL 5 PM.

SOME OF YOU ARE GEARING UP FOR A THREE DAY... HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
AND IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO CELEBRATE WITH A DINNER OUT... YOU MIGHT WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS DID... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
AMY AUBERT JOINS US WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE IN BIBB COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES.
MANDARIN EXPRESS AT 50-80 RIVERSIDE DRIVE IN MACON... SCORED A 75... THAT'S A C... COMING AFTER A 92 OR "A"... LAST TIME.
ACCORDING TO THE INSPECTION REPORT... PROPER EATING... TASTING... DRINKING OR TOBACCO USE WAS NOT FOLLOWED.
IT NOTES THAT AS A RISK FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESS.
THE REPORT ALSO NOTES THAT PROPER DATE MARKING WAS NOT FOLLOWED.
WAFFLE HOUSE AT 44-75 OCMULGEE EAST BOULEVARD SCORED A 73... A "C"... FOLLOWING A PERFECT 100 ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
THE INSPECTOR SAYS THE PERSON IN CHARGE WAS NOT PRESENT OR DIDN'T DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE... AND PROPER EATING... TASTING... DRINKING... OR TOBACCO USE WAS NOT FOLLOWED.
IT NOTES BOTH OF THOSE AS RISKS FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESS.
AND THE ROOKERY AT 5-43 CHERRY STREET IN MACON... GOT AN 82... A "B"... COMING AFTER A 95 OR "A"... LAST TIME.
ROOKERY'S INSPECTION REPORT ALSO NOTED THAT PROPER EATING... TASTING... DRINKING... OR TOBACCO USE WAS NOT FOLLOWED.
IT SAYS THAT'S A RISK FOR FOODBORNE ILLESS.
IT ALSO NOTES THAT THEY DIDN'T FOLLOW THE PROPER DISPOSITION FOR CONTAMINATED OR UNUSED FOOD.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GODLEN SPATULA NOMINEES.
FINCHER'S BARBECUE AT 8-91 GRAY HIGHWAY IN MACON... WHIPPED UP A 98... AN "A"... FOLLOWING A PERFECT 100 ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
TUCKER'S BARBECUE AT 45-91 BROADWAY IN MACON... GOT TWO PERFECT SCORES ON THEIR LATEST INSPECTIONS.
AND ZAXBY'S AT 9-10 RIVERSIDE DRIVE IN MACON... SERVED UP A 98... AN "A"... COMING AFTER A PERFECT 100 ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
TONIGHT AT 11... WE'LLL AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES TO GIVE YOU THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER....FRANK...LEAH?
FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND RESTUARANT RATINGS UNDER THE FEATURES LINK.

MONSTER JAM ROARS INTO MACON THIS WEEKEND....
SIX MONSTER TRUCKS DRIVERS.. FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ARE COMING TOGETHER AT THE MACON CENTREPLEX... TO BATTLE IT OUT...
THEY'LL SQUARE OFF AT DOING DONUTS.. RACING AND A FREESTYLE COMPETITION...
ORGANIZERS SAY THERE ARE ONLY ABOUT 180.. MONSTER TRUCK DRIVERS... MAKING THIS AN ELITE SPORT...
WE CAUGHT UP WITH TWO OF THEM.. WHO EXPLAIN WHAT IT'S LIKE TO GET BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A MONSTER..
Mat Dishman, Driver: "In the smaller arenas liek this normally we start off by doing wheelies and that's juts seeing who can drag their tailgate across the cars, so that's kind of a fun event to do.10
Joey Parnell: "IM kind of nervious until I get strapped down and then i feel a lot better safe and I'm ready to roll."
TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR ONE SHOW TONIGHT... AND TWO TOMORROW...
FOR MORE INFORMATION... AND TO GET TO GET TICKETS... CHECK OUT THIS STORY ON 13WMAZ.COM

WE ALL KNOW THE PHRASE I LOVE NEW YORK....BUT HAVE YOU HEARD OF I LOVE MACON?
IT'S A GRASSROOT INTIATIVE TO REMIND PEOPLE WHAT MAKES MACON SO SPECIAL.
IT WAS ALL STARTED BY MACON MAGAZINE'S FIVE UNDER 40 YOUNG LEADERS... TO BOOST CIVIC PRIDE.
AUSTIN LEWIS WENT WITH THREE OF THE CO-FOUNDERS TO THEIR FAVORITE SPOTS IN THE CITY....THAT REMIND THEM WHY THEY LOVE MACON.
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PILAR WILDER COMES TO MACON DOG PARK SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK WITH HER TWO PUPS----
Pilar Wilder, Co-Founder, I Love Macon: 3:11 What I look forward to most is the peacefulness. I can come here, even if we're just here for maybe 15, 20, 30 minutes and just kinda detox from all of the other stuff.
FOR HEATHER BOWMAN CUTWAY...HER HEART IS DOWNTOWN....AT THE GOLDEN BOUGH BOOKSTORE
SHE SAYS SHE CAN SPEND HOURS GOING THROUGH THE SHELVES AND BROWSING THROUGH BOOKS.
Heather Bowman Cutway, Co-Founder, I Love Macon: 00:49 I think it's just that funky interesting character that comes with old books, and art and people who want to do something different and so it's kinda the place where all those misfits come and gather.
JOSH ROGERS' FAVORITE REASON TO LOVE MACON...IS SOMETHING OLD.
HIS HEART FLUTTERS FOR HIS HOME...BUILT IN 1892....
Josh Rogers, Co-Founder, I Love Macon:02:29 Macon has a wonderful history and an even brighter future and I think you just feel part of that continuum when you are here in one of these beautiful historic houses that Macon is so known for.
WILDER SAYS SHE AND HER FOUR CO-FOUNDERS WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT MACON.
SHE SAYS DESPITE ITS PROBLEMS...THE CITY STILL DESERVES A LITTLE PUPPY LOVE.
Pilar Wilder, Co-Founder, I Love Macon:4:17 The idea is if we are going to address them we have to remember why it is, we think the city is so important. What makes us love it so much to want to address those issues.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
THE ORGANIZERS ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO SIGN A PLEDGE TO SPEAK ABOUT WHAT THEY LOVE ABOUT THE CITY.
SO FAR ABOUT 950 PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED THE PLEDGE.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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