Eyewitness News at 11, 11-21-12

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< "Can you please tell me, what number in line are you?"

"I'm number one." >

 

The coveted number one spot in line...as Black Friday creeps back two days...and shoppers, hoping to snag the best deals, set up makeshift camps outside an area Best Buy.

Hello, everyone.

Thanks for joining us for Eyewitness News at Eleven.

I'm Frank Malloy.

Leah Johnson has the evening off.

Tonight...13WMAZ stopped by area retailers...to see just what kind of deals are so sweet...that shoppers are willing to spend the night out in the cold...just for the first crack at that must-have item this holiday season.

And this is what we found...

This is the Best Buy in Macon.

It doesn't open until Midnight tomorrow night.

But we found several tents outside... The only thing between some very eager shoppers and the chilly night air... As they await the store's opening.

Some of them were passing the time... Playing video games...and all of them seemed to be in good holiday spirits, excited about the prospect of saving some cash this holiday season on marked down items.

<I know a lot of people probably say you can find those deals online throughout the year, but it's pick and choose, here and there. You might hit and miss. If you come here and get it line, you'll be guaranteed to get it.

I am coming for buy like a tv and a laptop. I also take a gift, a laptop, for my family in Egypt. And I will send it to them like gift. Thus, I will be here.

I'm in college and I don't have money. It's the only time I can get fun electronics. And that's why I'm out here waiting.>

We've created a special Black Friday resource guide on 13WMAZ-dot-com.

Look for the Black Friday icon in the Check it box.

You'll find a long list of stores... Their inventory and prices.

Plus... Store maps and online deals.

A new consumer survey from the Credit Union National Association shows holiday spending will likely rise between three-and-half and four percent this year.

It represents the fourth consecutive year of gradual increase, signaling that many Americans may be a little more confident about their financial situation.

<The good news is that since 2007, the percentage of those planning to increse their holiday spending has never been higher and the percentage of those planning to reduce the spending has never been lower. These data are consistent with data on consumer confidence and consumer sentiment which both have been rising recently. People apparently are more prepared to spend because they see a somewhat brighter economic future." >

 

More people surveyed said their financial situation was better this year.

And here's another fact that may surprise you...about who's more likely to pull out that wallet this season.

 

<In terms of gender, men at 14 percent were more likely to report plans to increase spending than women at 10 percent. Now, we're not supposed to speculate on the reasons behind these findings, but two explanations do jump to my mind on this one. As I have said before, this could be evidence that men are naturally more generous than women are (light laughter) or probably as likely -- if not more likely -- men feel a greater need to compensate for a lack of day-to-day nurturing behavior through the rest of the year.

>

The number of Americans who said they would spend more rose from eight to 12 percent over last year.

From spending now...to giving...

In about twelve hours, the Macon Rescue Mission will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner to hundreds in Central Georgia.

13WMAZ checked out all the preps for Turkey Day.

Macon Rescue Mission workers say they've been getting ready for several weeks and started cooking on Monday.

Volunteers cooked and precarved at least sixty birds by the time we left earlier this afternoon.

Troy Johnson...says this holiday dinner is as much about cooking as it is about organization.

But for volunteers...it's a matter of pride...in giving their best to those they serve this holiday.

Now as you cook up your own Thanksgiving feast... A word to the wise...

A deep fryer can make a turkey tasty, but it also comes with serious risks.

Take a look at this demonstration from the Fargo Fire Department in North Dakota...

The National Fire Prevention Association says these fryers use a large quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures.

When the oil splashes, it can cause serious burns to your body as well as destroy property.

Fire officials say the risk of mishandling these fryers is pretty high... regardless of how much of an expert you are.

They recommend using a turkey cooking alternative that doesn't use oil.

Now earlier we told you about that meal over at the Macon Rescue Mission tomorrow.

As we go to break...here are a couple more places to stop in...for those who are looking for a good dinner and some good company on Thanksgiving Day.

Stay with us.

So far at this hour, a cease-fire is holding in Gaza.

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It went into effect this afternoon...at 2 p.m.

The U.S. Sent its top diplomat... Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...to the Middle East in hopes of ironing out a halt to hostilities...and possibly reaching a more permanent agreement.

She met with Israel's prime minister today...and the two announced the cease-fire together.

Shortly thereafter, President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to thank him for his cooperation.

The truce comes on the same day a bomb ripped through an Israeli bus near the nation's military headquarters in Tel Aviv.... wounding at least twenty-seven people.

<"This is a critical moment for the region. Egypt's new government is assuming the responsibility and leadership that has long made this country a cornerstone of regional stability and peace." >

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At least 142 Palestinians and five Israelis have died in Gaza since the airstrikes began.

Clinton says she'll continue to work towards a more permanent solution.

She told Prime Minister Netanyahu, though the U.S. Supports Israel's right to defend itself, the only true solution will be acceptible to both sides.

The stage is set and the balloons are nearly ready for their big show.

The 86-th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off tomorrow morning.

Hello Kitty, Spider-Man, SpongeBob and all the rest have been getting inflated on Manhattan's Upper West Side today.

This year's line-up features 16 giant character balloons, 40 novelty balloons, 28 floats, 16-hundred cheerleaders, 900 clowns and 11 marching bands.

Of course the big headliner is Santa Claus.

To help lift the spirits of New Yorkers, the city gave away about five thousand bleacher seats to families hit the hardest by Superstorm Sandy.

The parade's executive producer says it has always served as a "beacon of hope and entertainment" for the city.

Before we get to the Thanksgiving Day forecast, we have our 13WMAZ Facebook Fan of the Day.

Christa Jordan... Thanks for liking us on Facebook.

E-mail us to claim your very own 13WMAZ coffee mug.

To become a Fan of the Day yourself... Just become a fan of our page...and you too could be selected.

The stage is set and the balloons are nearly ready for their big show.

The 86-th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off tomorrow morning.

Hello Kitty, Spider-Man, SpongeBob and all the rest have been getting inflated on Manhattan's Upper West Side today.

This year's line-up features 16 giant character balloons, 40 novelty balloons, 28 floats, 16-hundred cheerleaders, 900 clowns and 11 marching bands.

Of course the big headliner is Santa Claus.

To help lift the spirits of New Yorkers, the city gave away about five thousand bleacher seats to families hit the hardest by Superstorm Sandy.

The parade's executive producer says it has always served as a "beacon of hope and entertainment" for the city.

Before we get to the Thanksgiving Day forecast, we have our 13WMAZ Facebook Fan of the Day.

Christa Jordan... Thanks for liking us on Facebook.

E-mail us to claim your very own 13WMAZ coffee mug.

To become a Fan of the Day yourself... Just become a fan of our page...and you too could be selected.

It's a White House tradition every year...for the president to pardon... A turkey.

So since the bird escapes being the guest of honor at Thanksgiving Dinner... How does it spend the rest of its days?

Karin Caifa (KAY-fuh) went to...where else... a presidential turkey sanctuary to find out?

I'm told Jerry traveled all the way here from Wisconsin...

A LONG LINE OF LUCKY BIRDS --

May and Flower. Certainly better than the names the VP suggested, which is Lunch and Dinner.

ON WEDNESDAY, PRESIDENT OBAMA ADDED GOBBLER AND COBBLER TO THAT LIST, THE ANNUAL WHITE HOUSE TURKEY PARDON.

I have one more gift to give, and it goes to a pair turkeys named Cobbler and Gobbler...

But after the cameras stop rolling and the president heads back to the Oval Office, what does happen to those pardoned turkeys? Well, they'll come right here, to the home of the nation's first president.

FIRST STOP, THIS SPECIALLY-PREPARED PEN, ON THE GROUNDS OF MOUNT VERNON, GEORGE WASHINGTON'S HISTORIC ESTATE IN VIRGINIA.

THEY'LL BE A MAIN ATTRACTION AT A HOLIDAY FESTIVAL FOR SIX WEEKS.

THEN, A TRANQUIL RETIREMENT.

After the six weeks, they'll move back to our livestock department and be with all sorts of other animals and they're just always thrilled when they get back there.

HISTORICALLY, IT'S APPROPRIATE. IT WAS GEORGE WASHINGTON WHO SUGGESTED A NATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING IN 1789.

The holidays in the 18th century were a time for family and friends to get together for good food, good drink and just a good time together. Turkeys were a part of that celebration certainly...to eat.

NOT THESE GUYS, THOUGH. NO DOUBT, GIVING THANKS FOR LIFE BEYOND THANKSGIVING DINNER.

In a new twist this year, the white house let facebook users choose which bird would be the "official" national thanksgiving turkey.

Cobbler was declared the winner of that poll...but another Turkey, Gobbler also got the official pardon.

Thank you for joining us... First Mornin' comes your way at 5 a.m.

The news is always on at 13WMAZ dot com.

Letterman's next.

Up tonight, Willie Nelson and Scarlett Johansson.

Have a safe night everyone.

 

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