Eyewitness News at 11, 7/23/12

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AMERICA SAYS GOODBYE TO A PIONEER IN SPACE... AND A ROLE MODEL FOR YOUNG WOMEN WITH DREAMS OF REACHING FOR THE STARS..

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE... AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..

I'M LEAH JOHNSON..

FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT... SALLY RIDE WAS THE FIRST AMERICAN WOMAN IN SPACE.

AND WHEN SHE BLASTED OFF ABOARD A NASA SHUTTLE IN 1983... SHE WAS THE YOUNGEST AMERICAN TO BREAK EARTH'S BONDS.

RIDE'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE CONFIRMED THIS AFTERNOON... THAT THE FORMER ASTRONAUT DIED OF CANCER.

ED LAWRENCE STARTS OUR NEWSCAST WITH A LOOK BACK AT HER LEGACY IN SPACE... AND HER LIFE ON EARTH.

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SALLY RIDE BROKE GENDER BARRIERS AND GAVE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN INSPIRATION IN THE WORKPLACE.

IN JUNE 1983 RIDE SOARED INTO ORBIT ABORD THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER.. BECOMING THE FIRST AMERICAN WOMAN IN SPACE.

NATSOT Liftoff of STS-7 and America's first woman Astronaut.

SOT - Sally Ride, First American in Space: 8:55:56:24 Sally Ride: It was very important to me that I understood my roll really well and I was really well prepared for the mission. The last thing I wanted to do was get into space and make a mistake.

WHILE IN SPACE IN 1983 SHE TALKED WITH THEN PRESIDENT RONALD REGAN.

SOT President Ronald Regan: Before your flight somebody said sometimes the best man for the job is a woman.

SOT Sally Ride: 8:45:18:19 It's time that people realize that women in this country can do anything they want to do.

SHE DIED AT HER HOME IN LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA AFTER A 17 MONTH BATTLE WITH PANCREATIC CANCER.

RIDE ACTUALLY WENT INTO SPACE TWICE.. SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO GO A THIRD TIME, BUT THE EXPLOSION OF THE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER CANCELED HER MISSION.

SHE SPENT THE LAST 11 YEARS MOTIVATING BOYS AND GIRLS TO SHOOT FOR THE STARS THROUGH HER COMPANY CALLED SALLY RIDE SCIENCE ESTABLISHED IN 2001.

SOT -Majors- Sally Ride: 15:59:44:11 I think that the kids who are growing up today have an unbelievable opportunity.

RIDE WAS 61 YEARS OLD.

RIDE PASSED AWAY AT HER HOME IN LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA.

TONIGHT ON FACEBOOK...

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON OUR 13-W-M-A-Z PAGE.

WE'RE ASKING YOU TO TELL US HOW YOU WERE INSPIRED BY WOMEN LIKE SALLY RIDE... AND FELLOW PIONEERS IN SPACE AND OTHER PROFESSIONS.

JUST VISIT 13-W-M-A-Z-DOT-COM... AND CLICK THE LIKE BUTTON.

A CRAWFORD COUNTY TODDLER DIED TONIGHT AFTER AUTHORITIES SAY THE LITTLE BOY FELL INTO A POOL OVER THE WEEKEND.

SHERIFF LEWIS WALKER SAYS IT HAPPENED SUNDAY..

THE FIRST CALL FOR HELP CAME IN AS A REPORT OF A DROWNING ON QUAIL RUN ROAD IN CRAWFORD COUNTY AROUND 7:30.

THAT'S WHERE HE SAYS THE CHILD, WHO'S JUST UNDER TWO, WAS VISITING FAMILY.

ACCORDING TO CRAWFORD COUNTY CORONER DAVID O'NEAL.. THE CHILD DIED TONIGHT AT 9:37 AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA..

OFFICERS ARE STILL INVESTIGATING. ONEAL SAYS AN AUTOPSY WILL BE PERFORMED TOMORROW.

BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER GARY BECHTEL SAYS THE SYSTEM'S TOP OFFICIAL ACTED MALICIOUSLY WHEN INFORMATION ABOUT HIS SON WAS SPLASHED ACROSS BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS' WEBSITE.

BECHTEL TOLD EYEWITNESS NEWS THAT HE BELIEVES SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND TRIED TO DISCREDIT HIM BY RELEASING HIS SON'S ACADEMIC INFORMATION DURING A RECENT AUDIT.

 

THE LAWSUIT... WHICH WAS FILED TODAY... IS AGAINST DALLEMAND PERSONALLY.. NOT IN HIS ROLE AS A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR.

ACCORDING TO THE LAWSUIT... THE BECHTELS CLAIM DALLEMAND "HAS INVADED AND CONTINUES TO INVADE" THEIR SON'S RIGHT TO PRIVACY.

THE BECHTELS' LAWYER... CHARLIE COX... TOLD W-M-A-Z THAT DALLEMAND "ACTED IN MALICE" WHEN HE HAD SAM BECHTEL'S ACADEMIC INFORMATION POSTED ON THE DISTRICT'S WEBSITE.

SO FAR.... THE SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS NOT RETURNED OUR CALLS.

WE HAVE A PROGRAMMING NOTE TONIGHT... 13-W-M-A-Z WILL PRESENT A SPECIAL HALF-HOUR DEBATE

TUESDAY AT 5:30 P.M. ON MACON-BIBB CONSOLIDATION.

WATCH AS PROMINENT COMMUNITY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES DEBATE THE MERITS OF MERGING THE CITY OF MACON AND BIBB COUNTY.

THAT'S TOMORROW AT 5:30 P.M. RIGHT HERE ON 13WMAZ.

YOU CAN ALSO SEE IT LIVE ON 13WMAZ.COM.

FORMER U-S CONGRESSMAN JIM MARSHALL WILL SOON TAKE OVER A NEW ROLE....

TODAY THE UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE NAMED HIM AS THEIR 4TH PRESIDENT.

MARSHALL IS A DECORATED VETERAN OF THE VIETNAM WAR AND A MEMBER OF THE ARMY RANGER HALL OF FAME.

HE'S A FORMER MERCER LAW PROFESSOR...AND REPRESENTED THE MACON AREA IN CONGRESS FOR EIGHT YEARS.

THE NATION GOT ITS FIRST LOOK AT THE MAN ACCUSED IN LAST WEEK'S MOVIE THEATER SHOOTING SPREE IN AURORA, COLORADO.

JAMES HOLMES MADE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE TODAY.

HE'S SAID TO BE UNCOOPERATIVE WITH POLICE, LEAVING THEM TO PIECE TOGETHER HIS MOTIVE.

THEY ALSO WANT TO KNOW HOW HE WAS ABLE TO AFFORD THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF GUNS, ARMOR AND AMMUNITION.

HOLMES' FATHER FLEW TO COLORADO FROM SAN DIEGO FRIDAY.

THE FAMILY'S ATTORNEY IS ASKING FOR PRIVACY.

"their hearts go out to the victims and their families.// Do they (James's family) stand by him?: "Yes, they do. He's their son."

HOLMES IS BEING HELD IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT... FORMAL CHARGES ARE EXPECTED BY MONDAY.

THE NCAA SLAMMED PENN STATE TODAY WITH A LONG LIST OF PENALTIES FOR FAILING TO ACT IN THE JERRY SANDUSKY SEX ABUSE SCANDAL.

THE FOOTBALL TEAM WILL STILL BE ALLOWED TO PLAY BUT THE UNPRECEDENTED SANCTIONS WILL HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON THE ONCE-PRESTIGIOUS PROGRAM.

THE LATE JOE PATERNO IS NO LONGER THE WINNINGEST COACH IN MAJOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL HISTORY.

ONE DAY AFTER HIS CAMPUS STATUE CAME DOWN, THE NCAA TOOK AWAY ALL OF HIS VICTORIES FROM 1998-2011.

N-C-DOUBLE-A PRESIDENT MARK EMMERT SAYS... THE 1998 DATE WAS SELECTED BECAUSE THAT'S WHEN THE FIRST REPORTED INCIDENTS OF ABUSE OCCURRED... AND THAT'S WHEN THE FAILURE TO RESPOND APPROPRIATELY BEGAN.

THE NCAA ALSO FINED PENN STATE 60 MILLION DOLLARS,

BANNED THE FOOTBALL TEAM FROM POSTSEASON PLAY FOR 4 YEARS.

AND REDUCED SCHOLARSHIPS.

THE OLYMPIC GAMES START THIS WEEK - AND SPONSORS ARE PAYING BIG MONEY TO BE A PART OF THE GAMES.

THAT'S LED TO A CRACKDOWN ON THE USE OF SYMBOLS AND PHRASES BY UNLICENSED BUSINESSES.

AS MONICA VILLAMIZAR EXPLAINS, OLYMPIC SPECTATORS ARE EVEN FACING RULES ON WHAT THEY CAN WEAR AND EAT INSIDE OLYMPIC PARK.

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NATS UP... (LOCATOR: LONDON) (:00-:05)

Competition hasn't even started -- but sponsors are already battling for gold.

Some are paying as much as 100-million dollars to advertise at this year's Olympic games.

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(SOT - SIR JOHN ARMITT/CHAIRMAN, OLYMPIC DELIVERY AUTHORITY) (:12-:16) *FAST FONT*

WHEN THEY'RE PUTTING IN THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY - QUITE RIGHTLY - THEY WANT SOMETHING IN RETURN.

...like the right to shut down their competition.

Only Visa cards are accepted at cash machines in the Olympic Park.

Craving french fries?

McDonald's has the exclusive on those.

VOX POP - THAT'S A BIT BAD - IT'S THE OLYMPICS

Spectators wearing logos of rival brands may be turned away

IF ITS YOUR OWN CLOTHES AND YOU'RE BEING TOLD YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE OLYMPIC PARK CAUSE YOU'RE WEARING A NIKE TOP AND I THINK IT'S A BIT OUT OF ORDER.

British lawmakers even passed legislation forbidding businesses to use the Olympic rings.

And they must avoid words like Olympics -- and London 2012.'

(STANDUP BRIDGE) (MONICA VILLAMIZAR/LONDON) (:52-1:02)

BUT SOME MERCHANTS ARE FINDING WAYS TO GET AROUND THE OLYMPIC RESTRICTIONS. THE OWNER OF THIS SHOP CHANGED THE LOGO - TURNING THE RINGS INTO SQUARES AND MISPELLING THE WORD OLYMPICS AND LONDON.

(SOT - STEPHEN HOLT/SHOP OWNER) (1:03-1:09)

Its a big thing for everyone in the country and not to be able to use the symbols and what have you is a great shame.

London's mayor called the restrictions absurd.

(SOT - BORIS JOHNSON/MAYOR OF LONDON) (1:15-1:20)

IF YOU WANNA STICK 5 DONUTS IN YOUR WINDOW AND CALL THEM THE OLYMPIC RINGS - BE MY GUEST.

But the so-called 'brand police' are already taking action...

....crossing out names of companies that haven't paid the sponsor fee.

MORE THAN ONE-THOUSAND KIDS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY HAVE SADDLED UP IN PERRY TO COMPETE WITH THE BEST OF THEM.

THE NATIONAL BARREL HORSE ASSOCIATION'S YOUTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RODE INTO TOWN OVER THE WEEKEND.

KIDS FROM 4 TO 19.. CAME READY TO WIN THE TOP PRIZES OF MONEY AND SADDLES.

ACCORDING TO REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIRGROUNDS... THIS IS THE LARGEST GATHERING OF BARREL HORSE RACERS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

THE RACES BROUGHT 48-THOUSAND SPECTATORS AND COMPETITORS FROM ALL OVER.

We have people from four continents. We have people from 41 states. WE have them from Canada from Colorado from Arizona

THE COMPETITION CONTINUES THROUGH THIS SATURDAY...

TICKETS ARE TEN DOLLARS PER DAY OR 35 DOLLARS FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK.

 

IT'S THAT TIME OF NIGHT AGAIN.

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WE PICK THE FAN OF THE DAY RANDOMLY.

 

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