Eyewitness News at 6: February 10, 2013

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Thank you for joining us for Eyewitness News at Six.
I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

The Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Brigade held a ceremony today to hand over the chain of command.
Colonel John King served as commander for almost 30 years passed the torch to Lieutenant Colonel Major Randall Simmons.
"This is a very powerful day for me......nationally ranked, the 48th is always in the top one or two."
New commander, Randall Simmons says he plans to get the brigade ready to deploy to Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Hundreds lined up for Delta Sigma Thetas annual scholarship ball over the weekend.
Each year, the Warner Robins Alumnae Chapter awards scholarships to deserving college-bound high school seniors...
More than 250 guests turned out for this year's Oscar themed event.
Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen was on hand to give the sorority a key to the city.
Organizers say the current state of the economy makes the scholarship more important than ever.
Shelly Holmes/President: "Well as you know the economy has changed even if you can afford it's still difficult and any little bit helps and so we do several scholarships. We do scholarships based on need, based on academics and so it helps to cover books, tuition, those things that would help and make it affordable for any student to attend school."
The Warner Robins Chapter has given out more than 80-thousand dollars in scholarship money since 1980.
The Sorority recently celebrated their centennial in Washington DC.

The blizzard that pummeled Northeastern states has drifted out to sea, and now the clean up effort begins.
Hundreds of thousands are still without power, and as much as three feet of snow blankets parts of New England.
Tory Dunnan is in Boston and takes a look at how folks are clearing, and even enjoying, the snow cover.
FROM SHOVELS... TO BOBCATS... EFFORTS BIG AND SMALL TO START CLEARING AWAY THE MOUNDS OF SNOW THAT BLANKET THE NORTHEAST.
BRENT BERC IS WORKING TO FREE HIS CAR.
"Our biggest problem is after we dig out our spaces, looking up and down the alley, there's nowhere to go."
PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN CONNECTICUT, WHICH GOT SOME OF THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL...
40 INCHES WORTH IN THE CITY OF HAMDEN.
CREWS ARE WORKING TO RELIEVE THE HEADACHES THE BLIZZARD CAUSED.
TRAVEL IS SLOWLY COMING BACK TO LIFE, AND POWER IS GRADUALLY BEING RESTORED.
RHODE ISLAND'S GOVERNOR CREDITS THE EARLY PREPARATION AND THECOOPERATION OF RESIDENTS FOR KEEPING THE STORM'S CONSEQUENCES AT BAY.
"Been a good team effort. And thank all the Rhode Islanders, so many Rhode Islanders adhered to the warnings and all the events, especially the driving bans."
"While some people are spending the day cleaning up and digging out, others are enjoying the more than two feet of snow that fell here in boston..with some good old fashioned winter time activities like sledding."
FOLKS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF SUNDAY'S CLEAR WEATHER TO GET OUTSIDE.
A LARGE GROUP IN STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT GATHERED WITH THEIR SLEDS, AND A SNOWBALL FIGHT BROKE OUT IN BOSTON COMMON.
BUT OTHERS ARE PREPARING FOR THE WEEK AHEAD.
"I said, I'm going to leave that for tomorrow and now tomorrow is today!"
Snow plows are busy along New York's Long Island Expressway clearing the way for the Monday morning commute.
The expressway was closed in both directions Sunday until five p-m as the digging out continued.
Hundreds of vehicles got stuck on the expressway during the height of the blizzard Friday. Many drivers were stranded and had to be rescued.
Vehicles outnumbered tow trucks and extra crews deployed to the area for the winter storm.

A plunging lifeboat kills five crew members during an emergency drill in the Canary Islands.
Police say cables snapped on a lifeboat and it fell 65 feet to the ocean turning upside down killing five and injuring three others. During a mock drill on board the Thomson Majesty.
The ship is operated by British travel group T-U-I travel and was in the port of La Palma during the accident.
The cruise ship has five restaurants and two swimming pools. It travels to the Canary Islands, the mediterranean and the red sea.

The 55-th annual Grammys will be packed with stars and big name collaborations.
Musicians are making their way to the big event and Bigad Shaban is on the red carpet with a preview of tonight's big show.
Music's biggest stars are in Los Angeles for the 55-th annual Grammy Awards.
Country star Taylor Swift is nominated for record of the year.
And she's excited about opening the show.
TAYLOR SWIFT: "YOU GET TO PERFORM AND THEN YOU GET TO WATCH THE SHOW STRESS FREE. YOU GET TO JUST GO OUT THERE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS AND WATCH THE WHOLE NIGHT UNVEIL."
Justin Timberlake will also entertain the crowd when he takes the stage for his solo comeback.
The group FUN. Is expected to have a big night.
They're performing and are nominated for six awards including best new artist and album of the year.
FUN: "THE WHOLE THING IS FLATTERING AND ESPECIALLY FOR THIS TO BE OUR FIRST TIME AND TO GET TO EXPERIENCE IT LIKE THIS, IT'S CRAZY."
(STANDUP) THE GRAMMYS IS AN AWARDS SHOW - BUT - A LOT OF THE BUZZ HERE ON THE RED CARPET IS ABOUT THE UPCOMING PERFORMANCES - ESPECIALLY THE COLLABORATIONS.
Veteran Elton John will take the stage with newcomer Ed Sheeran.
ED SHEERAN: "I THINK IT IS JUST A MASSIVE STAMP OF APPROVAL FOR ME. THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO BE INTRODUCED TO AMERICA THAN THIS."
Alicia Keys and Maroon five will also team up along with Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Sting.
LL COOL J: "THIS GROUP OF MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS IS UNBELIEVEABLE AND I THINK THAT IT WILL definitely LIVE UP TO ITS NAME AS MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT."
This year L-L-Cool-J will be doing double duty - serving as host and one of the featured performers.
You can watch the Grammy's right here on 13WMAZ at eight o'clock.

Crowds cheered at the annual "Mystics of Time" parade.
There were maskers tossing festive beads but along the parade route, people were eager for the return of the dragons Vernadean, her son Dean and her daughter Verna.
The fire-breathing beasts were fresh from being refurbished and were the highlight of the parade for a crowd estimated by police at nearly 96-thousand.

Thousands of people gathered in Suphanburi's Dragon Park in Thailand to celebrate Lunar New Year and mark the beginning of the year of the snake.

 

It is the heart of Mardi Gras season and revelers celebrated over the weekend in Mobile, Alabama.
Dragon Park is one of the main destinations in Thailand for Chinese and Thai to start the new year and at the Suphanburi's city pillar shrine, people dressed in bright colors and gathered to pray for good luck.
It's the year of the snake and people born in the year of the snake are known to have strong personalities.
The park cancelled it's firework show after an accident during last year's celebration where the fireworks got out of control and killed five people.

That's it for the show. Thanks for watching. Join us again after the Grammy's for eyewitness news at eleven.
Until then remember the news is always on at 13WMAZ dot com... We'll see you soon.

 

 

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