Eyewitness News at Eleven: March 3, 2013

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Thank you for joining us for Eyewitness News at Eleven.
I'm Katelyn Heck. Jennifer Moulliet has the night off.

A fire destroyed a home on Amelia Drive off Highway 41 in Centerville earlier today.
A viewer, Tracy, sent us these photos.
Houston County Fire Chief Jimmy Williams says the fire started juts after three p-m.
He says three people were in the house...
But they all made it out safely... With no injuries.
According to Chief Williams, the home is considered a total loss.
Neighboring houses also had damage from the heat.
Williams says the fire is still under investigation... But he does not suspect foul play.

We begin our broadcast with Lacrosse...one of the fastest growing sports throughout the nation...
And the Mercer Bears... Georgia's only Division One squad... Is trying to pass on their love of the game to kids in central Georgia.
Learning a new sport can be difficult...
"Were you any good when you started? No I wasn't."
But some special help from current and former Mercer University players... Made it a little easier for kids with the Macon youth lacrosse club.
"When I first started, I didn't know how to cradle, and now I've become a master."
The Mercer players come a few times a week... Teaching everything from skill-building... To the importance of teamwork.
"They helped me a lot. They helped me learn from the day I started. They helped learn how to shoot and catch and pass."
"It's kind of fun seeing them learn the game, because I know I'm just starting out as well in terms of this team, but during a lot of the season the kids cant throw and catch, but hopefully later on they'll be able to know the game of lacrosse and be able to watch and actually enjoy it."
"I think it helps the youth players tremendously just to be able to see it played at that level, at the college level. And in turn it's really good for our players, for the college guys to interact and show that passion for a game that they love."
First year Mercer University Head Coach Kyle Hannan moved to Macon from Maryland.... A lacrosse hot bed.
"I didn't know what to expect or how much excitement there would be about lacrosse and to my surprise there's quite a but of excitement here in middle Georgia and the Macon area."
He's taking on the challenge of building his team... While also growing the sport throughout the region.
Mercer has the only division one team in the state... Hannan hopes that will change... And high schools will jump on board as well.
Mercer also offers lacrosse clinics.
For more information on that and the Macon youth lacrosse club... You can look for this story on our website... At 13 WMAZ dot com.

A shining tradition has made its way back to Macon and it's got a mean right hook.
The Georgia Golden Gloves championship started this weekend bringing in boxers from all over the state.
The Georgia Golden Gloves opened with arms swinging.
This was held at the Bishop Ray Boxing Arena off terminal Avenue in downtown.
About 200 boxers competed in the elimination rounds.
This is Cameron Springer's third time at the Golden Gloves and he's got a record of success.
He boxes in the 120 weight division...
Cameron Springer/ Boxer: "Well I'm here to advance back to the regionals and of course defend my title and go back to the nationals and get more notoriety for the professional ranks."
Springer lost his match and will not advance to the championship round which will be held next weekend.
Matches will begin at 2 p.m. On March 9 and 10.
Ticket prices are ten dollars.

Last night we told you about Mae Chapel a one room school house built for african-americans
and its rich history in Bleckley County
tonight annette st. Claire shows you how educators are trying to preserve its legacy

On March 7th, 1965, Selma Alabama hit the international spotlight.
Peaceful protesters supporting the right of minorities to vote were beaten by police and attacked by dogs while crossing the Edmund Pettis Bridge.
Vice President Joe Biden celebrated the anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" at the Bridge crossing Jubilee in Selma today...as Americans across the nation observed the day as well.
He delivered the keynote address at the Martin and Coretta King Unity Brunch.
Mike McClanahan brings us the story on how the message is still relevant today.
BIDEN IS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE 2013 MARTIN AND CORETTA KING UNITY BRUNCH.
THE TIMING OF HIS VISIT TO SELMA FOR THE ANNUAL JUBILEE MARCH HAS ADDED SIGNIFICANCE- BECAUSE IT COMES LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER THE U.S. SUPREME COURT HEARD ORAL ARGUMENTS ON SHELBY COUNTY'S CHALLENGE OF SECTION 5 OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT.
{STANDUP MIKE MCCLANAHAN} "SELMA, THE CITY SYNONOMOUS WITH THE CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE, IS AGAIN AT THE CENTER OF NATIONAL ATTENTION- AS WELL AS THE STATE. BIDEN SAYS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING A PERSON CAN DO IN A DEMOCRACY IS JUST TO SHOW UP AND VOTE."
BIDEN SAYS THE NATION HAS COME A LONG WAY- BUT THERE IS STILL A LOT OF WORK TO DO.
RAINBOW PUSH COALITION LEADER AND FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JESSE JACKSON ALSO WEIGHED IN ON THE ISSUE-
"The majority of Americans are affected by this case and an unenforced law is no law. And title 5, section 5 is the enforcement mechanism. I'm astonished that this court would hear the case again "
SHELBY COUNTY ATTORNEY BUTCH ELLIS SAID IT IS TIME THE NATION RECOGNIZES THAT ALABAMA AND THE OTHER STATES COVERED BY SECTION FIVE OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT BE CONSIDERED WITH THE SAME RIGHTS SOVREIGNTY AS NON-COVERED JURISDICTIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY..
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case in June

There will no story book ending for the first woman to compete in an NFL tryout, at least today. Lauren Silberman tried but failed to become the first woman in the National Football League. Adriana Diaz has the story.
Lauren Silberman did not kick the ball as far as she hoped. The first woman to compete in a NFL regional tryout says she hurt her leg practicing this week. Her two kicks went less than 20 yards.
Lauren Silberman/Kicker: "I suffered a quad injury. I didn't even take kicks in warm up (wipes eye) sorry. I certainly tried to but I couldn't do it today."
After Silberman's failed kicks she stopped and met with medical staff. She never returned to the field to take the 6 kicks that remained. She says she didn't want her injury to get worse.
Silberman: "I tried to work through the pain. The distance wasn't there but hopefully the scouts noticed my form."
John Beake directs scouting for the NFL.
John Beake/NFL: "I felt bad for her because I know she wanted it to work out.... but she pulled something. I'm not sure what happened to her."
28 year old Silberman has never been on a football team. She played club soccer at the university of Wisconsin-Madison and went to grad school at MIT. She only started kicking footballs as a hobby a few months ago.
Adriana Diaz/CBS News, Florham Park, NJ: "38 kickers were evaluated at this regional try out. Scouts say they look for accuracy and kicking strength."
Just a week after race car driver Danica Patrick made new strides for women at the Daytona 500, Silberman wanted to leave her own mark in sports. That dream was cut short but she hopes she opened the door for others.
Silberman: "I might be the first woman trying out for the NFL but I hope I'm not the last."
If given the chance, she says shell take another shot at making history.
Players who are selected for the next level of tryouts in Dallas will be contacted this week. Out of the thousands that compete in regionals, less than 200 move on.

Every week you trust that the things you bring into your home are safe for you and your family.
But when those products don't work the way they should... The company issues a recall to protect you.
Balsam Hill is recalling their pre-lit christmas trees because the remote control receiver box can overheat and melt causing burn and shock hazards for consumers.
There have been 10 reports of incidents but no injuries.
The trees were sold at www dot balsam hill dot com from July through December 2012.
Prices ranged from 1,250 dollars to 3,550.
For more information call (877) 694-2752.
Jerdon Style is recalling their one-cup coffee makers because they can overheat... Which could mean fire or burn hazards for consumers.
Four incidents have been reported but no injuries.
They were sold by hotel and motel suppliers and by major online retailers from July 2012 to January 2013 for between 15 and 26 dollars.
For more information... Call (800) 223 3571.
Dynacraft is recalling their Monster High City Motor Scooters because they can suddenly accelerate while in use causing the rider to lose control and fall.
Nine incidents were reported... Including three with minor injuries.
They were sold at Wal-Mart stores and online at Wal-Mart dot com from November 2012 to January 2013 for about 249 dollars.
The company's phone number is (800) 551-0032.
That's it for this week's recall wrap.
For more information on recalled products visit our website... 13wmaz dot com.

That is the show for tonight. We'll see you back here at 5 for Eyewitness News Mornin
But the news is always on at 13wmaz dot com.
Law call is next. We'll see you tomorrow

 

 

 

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