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PUT AWAY THE 1940s COSTUMES... AND PACK-UP THE BASEBALL GEAR.
 THE FILMING OF "42" WRAPPED THIS AFTERNOON IN MACON..
BEFORE THEY LEFT TOWN... CREWS ALLOWED LORRA LYNCH JONES BEHIND THE CURTAIN AND ON THE SET OF THE FINAL"42" SCENE IN MACON.
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FOR TWO WEEKS... SECURITY KEPT NEWS CREWS AT BAY... BEHIND THE TAPE AND A QUARTER OF MILE AWAY FROM LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD.
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ON THE FINAL DAY.. PUBLICIST ERNIE MALIK AT LAST LET US INSIDE THE GATES... TO SEE THE LIGHTS... CAMERAS AND AT LAST... THE ACTION.
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THE SCENE DEPICTED JACKIE ROBINSON'S FIRST AT BAT.... MINUS THE ACTOR PLAYING ROBINSON... BUT WITH HIS STUNT DOUBLE.
MALIK SAID CHADWICK BOSEMAN AND THE OTHER MAJOR STARS.. INCLUDING HARRISON FORD.. ALREADY LEFT TOWN.
Chadwick Boseman: (42:30) "There was something magical about those who saw Harrison Ford here in town, those who didn't. There's kind of interesting myth that comes along with someone of his stature."
OUR BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR... SHOWED US HUNDREDS OF DUMMIES FILLING THE STANDS... A SMATTERING OF EXTRAS...
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AND A TASTE OF HOW THE MOVIE BUSINESS WORKS.
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WE CHATTED WITH SOME LESSER KNOWN ACTORS... LIKE JAMIE RUEHLING... AN ASSISTANT SCHOOL PRINCIPAL FROM TENNESSEE.... PLAYING ROBINSONS FRIEND AND TEAMMATE... SPIDER JORGENSON.
Jamie Ruehling: (39:25) "If something like this leads to other things, that would be great."
PLUS.. WE PICKED-UP A FEW TID-BITS... SUCH AS THAT LAST WEEK... JACKIE ROBINSON'S 89 YEAR WIDOW...RACHEL... CAME TO WATCH FILMING.
Paul Bronson: (35:10) "She is amazing, very humble, happy to see this film being made."
Ernie Malik: (44:30) "When each of these actors stepped-up and said, I'm playing Ralph, or I'm playing Spider, She said, "oh yeah." You could see the sprarkle in her eye of the memories that brought back."
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WEDNESDAY... "42'S" TIME IN MACON WILL BE MEMORY....
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 THE LOCATIONS RESTORED TO THEIR FORMER LOOK... THE LAST TRAILER'S LOADED...
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BUT THE IMPACT OF A HOLLYWOOD FILM NOT SOON LOST ON MACON.
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MALIK WOULD NOT TELL US THE BUDGET FOR THE FILM... BUT SAID IT'S LESS THAN 60 MILLION.
 HE SAID THIS IS NOT A BIG BUDGET FILM... BUT THE PRODUCERS GOT A LOT OF BANG FOR THEIR BUCK... AND PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THAT WHEN 42 HITS THEATER'S NEXT APRIL.

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 WHEN THE CAMERAS STOPPED ROLLING EACH NIGHT... SOME OF THE STARS OF 42 WENT OUT ON THE TOWN.
 JENNIFER MOULLIET VISITED SOME DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES TO SEE HOW THE STARS SPENT THEIR TIME OFF SET. 
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WHEN THE DIRECTOR CALLED CUT... SOME ACTORS TOOK IN THE SIGHTS... AND LOCAL FLAVOR OF DOWNTOWN MACON.

Wayne Temple, Assistant Manager Rookery:¤A0 "Harrison Ford had Rockin Cheddar Ranch beef burger withy cheddar cheese and jalepenos and had coleslaw."

WAYNE TEMPLE... ASSISTANT MANAGER AT THE ROOKERY SAYS HARRISON FORD AND CHRISTOPHER MELONI STOPPED BY.
HE SAYS MELONI TRIED A GEORGIA FAVORITE... FRIED GREEN TOMATOES... AND THEY BOTH AUTOGRAPHED THE WALL.

Jennifer Moulliet, Eyewitness News: "Harrison Ford sat right here in this corner booth, where the waitress even offered him one of their signature drinks, the 'Harrison Ford'."

Amber Pierce, Lemongrass Manager"She didn't realize that it was him and she went to the table and started talking about our Harrison Ford drink special and they started laughing and then she looked and realized who it was and you know they just all kind of laughed about it."

 WHAT'S IN A HARRISON FORD..."Pearl vodka, with kahlua, and irish cream, and its on the rocks it's a really sweet drink like a white russian."

BUT PIERCE SAYS FORD DIDN'T TASTE THE DRINK NAMED AFTER HIM... INSTEAD HE ORDERED A CHANG BEER.

T-R KNIGHT AND BRETT CULLEN BECAME REGULARS AT THE HUMMINGBIRD ACCORDING TO GENERAL MANAGER... TIM OBELGONER.

Tim Obelgoner:¤A4  "I enjoyed Brett a lot he's a great guy he really is real cool guy he was up picking some guitar strings on stage last night we had open mic night, hung out with people, played some darts and had a few drinks with us."

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AND THEY ALL AGREED BUSINESS WAS BOOMING.

Wayne Temple, Assistant Manager Rookery " there was less of a lag between lunch and dinner."

"we've been so much busier ever since he came in."

Tim Obelgoner: "The general vibe on the street for the last couple of weeks has been really upbeat, there's a lot of people out.

 WAYNE TEMPLE... THE ASSISTANT MANAGER AT THE ROOKERY TOLD ME SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE CAST CAME IN FOR LUNCH AND ORDERED TAKE OUT TO BRING BACK TO THE SET.
MACON POLICE ARE ON THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT AT THE AUTOZONE STORE ON SHURLING DRIVE..
  IT HAPPENED ABOUT 30 MINUTES AGO...
   A PICKUP TRUCK RAN THROUGH THE FRONT OF THE STORE..
NO WORD ON INJURIES OR WHAT CAUSED THE CRASH.

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 FIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TEAMED UP TO UNCOVER ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY TWO COUNTS OF ALLEGED IDENTITY THEFT.
  MACON POLICE AND BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARRESTED FIVE PEOPLE TUESDAY MORNING.... INCLUDING ANTONIO LAMONT KENDRICKS... WHO FACES ONE HUNDRED COUNTS OF IDENTITY THEFT... AND RHONDA MESHELLE EVERETT... ACCUSED OF 35 COUNTS.
 ON TOP OF STOLEN IDENTITIES.... THEY AND THREE OTHER SUSPECTS FACE CHARGES FOR COUNTERFEIT CHECKS... TAX FRAUD... AND MONEY LAUNDERING.
 CHRIS PAUL WITH MACON POLICE SAYS THE INVESTIGATION STARTED LAST OCTOBER... AND THEY QUICKLY BROUGHT IN BACKUP FROM THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE... THE I-R-S... AND OTHER AGENCIES.

  we had similar people that we had interest in, so we contacted the fbi and the fbi came in, then we contacted the secret service and then we pulled our resources together then and the case just blossomed from there
PAUL SAYS INVESTIGATORS HAVE TO SORT THROUGH EVIDENCE BEFORE COMMENTING ANY FURTHER ON THE CASE... SUCH AS DISCUSSING THE AMOUNT OF MONEY INVOLVED.
 HE COULD NOT SAY HOW MANY OF THE STOLEN IDENTITIES CAME FROM CENTRAL GEORGIA.
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LESTER MILLER.. A CANDIDATE FOR THE BIBB COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.. WANTS THE BOARD TO USE UPDATED MAPS......NOT OLD ONES....IN THIS YEAR'S ELECTIONS.
 DUE TO A MISUNDERSTANDING.. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FAILED TO SEND THOSE NEW MAPS TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IN TIME TO GET APPROVAL THIS SPRING.
 SO THEY PLANNED TO BASE THIS YEAR'S BOARD RACES....ON 12-YEAR-OLD DISTRICT LINES.
 BUT MILLER AND OTHERS SAY USING DISTRICT LINES FROM 12 YEARS AGO VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT OF ONE MAN ONE VOTE....BECAUSE THE COUNTY'S POPULATION HAS SHIFTED SINCE THEN.
 MILLER SAYS HE'S PREPARED TO FILE A FEDERAL LAWSUIT NEXT WEEK IF THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS DOESN'T USE THE UPDATED MAPS.

  Lester Miller, School Board Candidate: Obviously, the hope is going to be having to avoid filing suit in the first place. We're going to actually, I'm being represented by Charles Cox as our local counsel. We are prepared to file the suit, ready, willing and able to do so. We hope that the board of elections will actually do what's required and that's to follow the new maps that were approved by the DOJ.
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER GARY BECHTEL AGREES.

Gary Bechtel, School Board Member: I think that the new lines that were approved by the legislature, signed by the governor, now approved by the Department of Justice should be the ones utilized. The legislators took their time with it, they made the appropriate changes and it was reviewed by the Justice Department and approved. So it doesn't disenfranchise anybody. It keeps the one man one vote and I salute Lester Miller who I believe is going to bring the lawsuit.
SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT TOMMY BARNES COULDN'T BE REACHED FOR COMMENT.
   ELECTIONS SUPERINTENDENT ELAINE CARR DECLINED COMMENT.. SAYING SHE'S UNAWARE OF THE POSSIBLE LAWSUIT. 
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  THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION ELECTED ITS FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT DURING THIS YEAR'S CONVENTION.. WHICH WRAPS UP TODAY IN NEW ORLEANS.
  THE REVEREND FRED LUTER JUNIOR.. PASTOR AT FRANKLIN AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH IN NEW ORLEANS.. GREW HIS CHURCH TO 8-THOUSAND MEMBERS BEFORE BEING DESTROYED BY HURRICANE KATRINA..
  THE REVEREND TIM POWELL.. PASTOR AT BETHLEHEM BAPTIST CHURCH IN WASHINGTON COUNTY.. IS IN NEW ORLEANS.
    HE SAYS USUALLY....ONLY THE SECRETARY CONFIRMS THE NEW PRESIDENT.
 BUT IT WAS DIFFERENT WHEN IT CAME TIME TO CONFIRM LUTER..
Rev. Tim Powell, Bethlehem Baptist Church: "President of the covention, Reverend Bryant Wright asked for all the messengers in favor to stand before the secretary cast his ballot.  It was unheard of to do that - I mean the atmosphere was a standing ovation for several mintues, just a celebratory atmosphere, excitement was in the air, you know, cause it was a historic moment in our convention's history.
 TODAY... CONVENTION MEMBERS WILL VOTE ON A RESOLUTION STATING THAT MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN.. 
   WE'LL HEAR MORE FROM THE REVEREND POWELL ON THE RESOLUTION.... TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
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  FOOTBALL PLAYERS FROM ONE LOCAL SCHOOL TRADED PIGSKIN.. FOR PAINTBRUSHES.. TO HELP BRIGHTEN THE COMMUNITY..
 Greg Moore FPD Football Coach "I'm trying to help our kids understand football is very important and I won't ever try to downplay that, but it's not as important in life as some of the things that go on in terms of relationships in our lives."
  FIRST PRESBYTERIAN DAY SCHOOL COACH GREG MOORE SAYS.. IT'S AN EXERCISE IN TEAMWORK.. AND THESE YOUNG MEN BENEFIT AS MUCH AS THE COMMUNITY..
  THE VIKINGS PARTNERED WITH REBUILDING MACON TO HELP PAINT THIS HOME ON GRADY STREET..
   HOMEOWNERS ARE ELDERLY OR DISABLED.. AND NEED HELP WITH SIMPLE UP-KEEP.
   COACH MOORE SAYS HIS TEAM WILL DO SEVERAL COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS OVER THE SUMMER..
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STARTING TODAY AT OCMULGEE NATIONAL MONUMENT'S MUSEUM... KIDS CAN PARTICIPATE IN A SCAVENGER HUNT... AND WIN TRADING CARDS.
BUT THESE AREN'T ORDINARY TRADING CARDS..
THEY HAVE HISTORICAL FIGURES AND EVENTS ON THE FRONT.
 THIS IS ALL PART OF A CELEBRATION OF THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL WAR.
 WE FOLLOWED CHRISTINE SIMERLY AND HER DAUGHTER MADISON AS THEY SEARCH FOR ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONAIRE IN THE MUSEUM.
 SIMERLY SAYS IT WAS A GREAT WAY TO LEARN ABOUT GEORGIA HISTORY.
Christine Simerly, Loganville: I thought it was really fun doing the questionaire and getting the little trading cards that we can have a little memento to take home.
FOLKS CAN COLLECT ABOUT 5-HUNDRED TRADING CARDS AT NATIONAL PARKS AROUND THE COUNTRY.
 AND YOU CAN TRADE CARDS AT ANY NATIONAL PARKS IN THE UNITED STATES.
YOU AND YOUR KIDS CAN COLLECT NINE OF THOSE CARDS AT OCMULGEE NATIONAL MONUMENT.
 THAT'S ON EMERY HIGHWAY IN EAST MACON.

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