Eyewitness News at 11, October 12, 2012

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Good evening.
   Thanks for joining us.
    I'm Leah Johnson..
    You'll see Frank Malloy a little later on for Football Friday Night..
  First tonight... The countdown is upon us for the November election and many of you will head to the polls and cast your vote for several races. 
     Among them... The 2nd Congressional District. 
     In an effort to better inform you about the candidates, 13WMAZ invited them to the studio for a 28 minute debate earlier today. 
     Representative Sanford Bishop.... the democratic incumbent faced off against republican candidate John House. 
They talked about why they're the right person the job.
<I believe that I have been blessed with skills and the experience that allow me to use the legislative process to deliver resources so the the people living in the second congressional district, our state and our nation can realize their potential. It has been an honor for me to serve the people of the second congressional district. It is a public trust, a responsibility that I accept fully and greatfully.>
((butt to))
<I joined in this race because I feel like things have been going wrong in Washington, D.C. And decided that it was time for somebody else to go in there and try to make a change. From my view, Mr. Bishop has been there for 20 years and he's either part of the problem because he's help create the mess there or he's not able to solve it, either way. >
Election day is Tuesday November 6th. 
Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm.
Early voting begins Monday, October 15th.
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  One of the issues raised by last night's vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan concerns what the White House knew about security at the U-S consulate in Libya.
   The debate question carried over into today's campaign appearances..
   Danielle Nottingham has more from our nation's capital.
CALL IT A WAR OF 'WORD.'  THE OBAMA AND ROMNEY CAMPAIGNS ARE SQUABBLING OVER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN'S USE OF THE WORD "WE" IN THURSDAY NIGHT'S DEBATE.   HE WAS RESPONDING TO CHARGES THE STATE DEPARTMENT TURNED DOWN REQUESTS FOR MORE SECURITY IN LIBYA BEFORE LAST MONTH'S TERROR ATTACK THAT KILLED THE U-S AMBASSADOR AND THREE OTHER AMERICANS.
(SOT - Biden)
"Well, we weren't told they wanted more security there. We did not know they wanted more security again."
 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE MITT ROMNEY SAYS BIDEN CONTRADICTED SWORN TESTIMONY FROM STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS.  THEY SAID REQUESTS FOR INCREASED SECURITY IN LIBYA WERE DENIED.
(SOT - Romney)
"American citizens have a right to know just what's going on.  And we're going to find out, and this is a time to make sure we do find out."
STANDUP BRIDGE: 
BUT THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THE "WE" VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN WAS REFERRING TO WAS NOT THE ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION.
(SOT - Carney)
"The Vice President was speaking about himself and the President and the White House. He was not referring to the administration."
SPOKESMAN JAY CARNEY SAYS THE VICE PRESIDENT WOULDN'T HAVE KNOWN ABOUT SECURITY REQUESTS BECAUSE THEY ARE HANDLED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT.  SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON SAYS THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE BENGHAZI ATTACK IS ONGOING.
"To this day, to this day, we do not have a complete picture, we do not have all the answers." 
THE ISSUE IS SURE TO COME UP TUESDAY, WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA AND MITT ROMNEY DEBATE AGAIN.  
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   Tonight's web poll asks... who won the vice-presidential debate?
   74 percent of you say Paul Ryan..
   26 percent say Joe Biden.
   To vote now... Visit 13WMAZ.com.
   Look for the question on the right side of the homepage.
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  Investigators continue to search for evidence in last weekend's murder of a Macon woman.
    Today they searched 58-year-old Gail Spencer's house for several hours.
    Investigator Fred Carmichael told us they believe they've already collected most of the major evidence.... but decided to make another sweep today.
   Yesterday... police also searched Echeconnee Creek in south Bibb County for other items that may be connected to the case.... including a cell phone and handgun.
   A law enforcement official told us today that they believe the murder stemmed from an embezzlement plot.
   Four people have been charged with Spencer's murder..
   According to an autopsy.. she was suffocated.
   The victim... and one of the four suspects worked together at the Macon office of attorney Calder Pinkston.
    Pinkston so far... has declined comment.
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    A Warner Robins woman was bitten by a fox Thursday.
Austin Lewis talked to the woman about her encounter.
Patricia Douglas was sitting on her porch with Samantha Driskell...a child that she babysits, when they noticed something peeping at them through her fence. 
<Patricia Douglas, Warner Robins:He was a gray fox and he was about as big he was as big as a man's upper part arm that's how big he was. >
<Samantha Driskell, Warner Robins: Well I thought he looked all cuddly and I didn't see the blood or anything on him from far away >
When the two of them started to make their way back inside...that's when the fox that looked similar to this one... appeared again...Douglas says this time it was closer...and had its eyes on Samantha. 
<Patricia Douglas, Warner Robins:Well he had an awful sound it was kinda like he was growling and he had blood and saliva coming out of his mouth and he was just running, he was not running he was walking like something was wrong with him and that's why I told her to run to the house because he didn't look right. >
And as the girl ran inside the house, The fox that was like this one bit Douglas on the finger, leg...and upper thigh. 
She said she started to bleed on the concrete...but she was able to put the fox in a chokehold. 
<Patricia Douglas, Warner Robins:I was thinking about him having rabies and when I thought about that then it really made me try to get my hands around his neck that's the only way I can stop him from biting me because I had kicked him away and he just kept coming back.>
With a neighbor's help...they put the fox under this blue bin...but Douglas says...the fox chewed through it and escaped. 
<Samantha Driskell, Warner Robins: I was so scared that he was going to come after me or he was going to really hurt Miss Patty I love her. >
But for Douglas she's glad that the fox went after her...instead of Samantha...but even now...Douglas says she's a little scared to be outside. 
Austin Lewis 13WMAZ Eyewitness News. 
Douglas says she got shots for rabies at the Houston Medical Center
    Just two hours after Douglas was bitten... and about 500 yards away... another woman beat a fox to death with a piece of wood as it was biting her child.
    Police say they believe the same fox was involved in both cases... and is being tested for rabies.
     The two incidents happened on Ridgestone Drive... and Tranquill Pointe. 
That neighborhood is located between Houston Lake and Feigin Mill Roads.
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 Summer is over.. but the danger of West Nile remains in Central Georgia.
    The North Central Health District confirmed reports of three West Nile Virus cases in Houston County.
    All three people were hospitalized.
    The victims include a 10 year old boy, a 65 year-old man and a 70 year-old woman.
    The head of the Health District say it's possible that these people were NOT bitten in Houston County... but you should still be on alert.
<Dr. David Harvey: " We don't know these three people were mosquito bitten in Houston County . they all traveled to other places one of them extensively and was in a lot of place for the two weeks prior to the on-set of symptoms. once the virus is in you, it goes with you wherever you go. ">
    Even though the weather is cooler, you'll still want to remember the Five "D"s of West Nile Prevention.
    Dusk, Dawn, Dress, DEET, and Drain.
    Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn - don't go outside or if you must, protect yourself.
    Remember to Dress appropriately: wear loose fitting long sleeve shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
    DEET repellents are most effective against mosquitoes - use it on any exposed skin.
   And finally, Drain - empty any outside containers with standing water because it is an excellent breeding ground.
   If you've been bitten, watch for the following symptoms and seek medical attention if needed.
   Symptoms include: headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint pain, swollen lymph nodes and a rash that's usually seen 3 to 15 days after being bitten by a West Nile mosquito.
   Those most at risk are the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and those with underlying conditions.
   Most people with west Nile fight off the virus and never show any symptoms.
   About 1 in 150 people bitten by an infected mosquito will develop encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, or even meningitis.
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      Typically when we say "think pink" during Breast Cancer Awareness month, we don't think about school kids..
  But at Central High school, the disease hit close to home when Sheila Hogan, the front desk clerk was diagnosed with the disease. 
  So today, several students and teachers sported pink-- in conjunction with Macon's wear pink day.
    They also raised almost a thousand dollars for the Susan G. Komen foundation by selling t-shirts to honor Hogan.  
   Hogan says she's overwhelmed by the show of support.
<they realize that breast cancer is an illness, it's nothing that anyone asked for and they realised that even though they're young and they're not equipped to do anything about it, they can give their support. >
   Hogan says she's currently going through short term radiation therapy.
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Students from around Bibb County received a special treat this morning as they all took in a free musical concert.
The Macon Symphony held a free concert for about 1,800.. 5th Graders for the Annual Young People's Concert at the Grand Opera House.
The educational performance provided two selections... (doo KAHS) Dukas "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and Gershwin's "an American In Paris."
Students got a chance to hear a different genre of music and learn about a symphonic orchestra.
<It was exciting. There was a lot of twist and turns.  You didn't know what was going to happen next.>
<I hope all of the students have learned to appreciate different kinds of music and if any of them study any instrument the value of practicing by yourself for sometimes hours at a time pays off>
Former Chair of the Education Committee for the Macon Symphony Orchestra... Richard Kosowski says these concerts are a great way to introduce students to the symphony.
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 The space shuttle Endeavour is on its final journey...through the streets of Los Angeles..
   After spending a career exploring the "new frontier".. at more than 17 thousand miles per hour...Endeavour is moving a bit slower these days
   Bigad Shaban has more on the shuttle's final destination and how "earthlings" are getting a closer look.
(--NATS: cheering---)
SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR SEEMED LARGER THAN LIFE -  SLOWLY ROLLING THROUGH  THE STREETS OF LOS ANGELES. 
nats: "Look at that it's awesome."
DENNIS MCNEAL BROUGHT HIS TWO YOUNG DAUGHTERS TO WATCH THE HISTORY-MAKING HOMECOMING.
HIS FATHER-IN-LAW HELPED BUILD THE SHUTTLE IN CALIFORNIA MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO.
(-----SOT: Dennis McNeal, El Segundo----)
"I was shocked, I got really emotional, it really caught me off guard, I said to the kids, I squeaked out, I'm feeling emotional (laughs)."
A 160-WHEEL CARRIER PICKED UP ENDEAVOUR FROM THE LOS ANGELES AIRPORT AND IS TAKING THE SHUTTLE ON ITS FINAL MISSION....A START AND STOP TOUR OF L-A BEFORE A PERMANENT LANDING AT THE CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER .
NATS
TO MAKE WAY FOR THE 78 TON, FIVE STORY TALL SPACE SHIP...
NATS
CREWS CHOPPED DOWN ABOUT 400 TREES AND RE(---Bridge: Bigad Shaban/Los Angeles ---)
"Endeavour is only moving about 2 miles per hour on its 12 mile journey. Thousands of people are lining the route to watch the shuttle creep by."
(---NATS: Kids chanting "USA" ---)
SOME SCHOOLS LET CHILDREN OUT EARLY TO CATCH A GLIMPSE . 
RANDY MONTANO SPENT THE DAY OFFERING PEOPLE AN EVEN BETTER VIEW....
(---NAT: Randy Montano, owns signs company-----)
"Hold on tight, hold on tight
HE SOLD RIDES ON HIS CHERRY PICKER----5 DOLLARS A PERSON
(---SOT: Randy Montano, owns sign company-----)
(BIGAD) How many people have gone up there so far?
(RANDY) Hundreds .
NASA RETIRED ENDEAVOUR ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE SHUTTLE PROGRAM LAST YEAR.  
IT FLEW 25 MISSIONS AND LOGGED MORE THAN 123 MILLION MILES IN SPACE .
BUT IT'S 20 YEAR CAREER IS NOW OFFIALLY ENDING BACK ON EARTH WITH A STANDING OVATION (nats: cheering) IN A CITY KNOWN FOR SUPERSTARS.
 Endeavour is expected to arrive at the California Science Center tomorrow night.


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  This weekend... local volunteers will roll up their sleeves... to keep the Ocmulgee nice and clean.
     Over 300 people are expected to participate in "Ocmulgee Alive."
     The Macon Water Authority will educate volunteers on water quality... and how we can stop non-point pollution.
     This type of pollution is caused by throwing trash out...  that will eventually end up in bodies of water... like the Ocmulgee.
     Mark Wyzalek... of the MWA... says the problem is a concern to many in the area...
     Causing volunteers to come out in record numbers.
< Volunteers are just wonderful.  They're the ones that really make this thing go. It's just a fantastic time to be out here and just share time with them, get to know them, talk to them and allow them to see the Ocmulgee river and how beautiful it can be. >
     The clean up begins at 8:30 Tomorrow morning.  Volunteers will meet at Rotary Park on Riverside Drive.
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     The Georgia National Fair wraps up on Sunday.. But if your weekend plans take you some where else to grab dinner with the family.. You may want to check on how some diner's faired when the health inspector stopped in.
     Here's Brittiny Barber with this week's Restaurant Ratings.
We're back in Houston County this week.. And first we'll take a look at our lowest scores.
    The Fish Cafe' at 29-22 WATSON in CENTERVILLE scored an 88... A "b". On their last inspection they received a 93 or an "a."
     Nu-Way Weiners on WATSON BLVD has an 85.. A "b". At the time of their last inspection they scored an 86.. Also a "B".
     And NEIGHBORS GRILL at1-98 South HOUSTON LAKE RD was given an 82.. which is a "b". Their last inspection gave the a 100 score.
     Now for a look at the top scores of the week.
     American Deli at 13-65 SAM NUNN BLVD in PERRY brought in a 96.. That's an "a". The last time the health inspector stopped in the got a 100.
     Tokyo Express on WATSON BLVD in CENTERVILLE received a 97... An "a". On their last inspection they got a 100.
     And Chick-fil-a Galleria Mall has a 97.. Which is an "a". On their previous inspection they brought in a 96.. Also an "a".
     We've averaged our nominees last five scores and the winner of this week's Golden Spatula is....
     Tokyo Express in Centerville with a five score average of 99.
     Congratulations to everyone at Tokyo Express
     you can tune in next week to find out more Restaurant Ratings.
     I'm Brittiny barber 13wmaz eyewitness news.

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