Eyewitness News at 11:00: March 24, 2013

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I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

Two people were shot early this morning near the intersection of Poplar and Second Street in downtown Macon.
According to a press release from Macon police, an altercation occurred between four men, that's when the suspect fired a handgun striking one man in the foot and the other in the leg.
A third person was involved but was uninjured.
An officer on the scene confirmed that the people shot are expected to be 'OK'.
Macon Police are looking for Kendall Sherrod Williams, Sr. in connection with the shooting.
If you have any information on this incident, please call the Macon Police Department at 478-751-7500 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

The museum of aviation in Warner Robins is losing a third of it's fleet.
According to Bob Dubiel, Director of marketing for the museum, Over the next year they will lose 32 aircraft.
He says they don't have enough maintenance staff to take care of all of the planes.
The Air Force will determine where the planes will be relocated to Dubiel says he already knows two are going to a museum in Hawaii.

 

The pinkest party came to an end today. Judy Le takes a look at some of the highlights of this year's Cherry Blossom Festival.
Paul Williams, Macon - "We grew up when poodle skirts were popular. So pink and poodle went together with cherry blossom and the festival."
She wasn't the only one prancing around in their pinkest pink.
Charles Jay, Festival Board Member - "This is our 31st festival, I happened to be involved the whole 31 years."
From blushing pups to bengal tigers, visitors flocked to Macon to enjoy the weeklong festival.
"We can plan. We've got hundreds of volunteers that can help us. We can budget certain items, but it comes down to the weather. If we have beautiful weather, it makes a big difference."
There were a few last minute changes.The street party rocked inside the Macon City Auditorium and the arts and crafts festival was moved from Mulberry Street to the Farmer's Market.
"We were born and raise din Macon so we think it's a little town but people come from all over the world to visit Macon and I go why? But it is a great town."
Bad weather wasn't enough to stop party goers from enjoying this year's cherry blossom offerings.
Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news
At the closing ceremony at Wesleyan College families enjoyed food, music and a fireworks show.
But before the wrap up party... The the Cherry Blossom Festival's annual arts and crafts festival went on as scheduled despite the threat for rain.
Vendors set up shop at the State Farmers Market off Eisenhower Parkway.
The Middle Georgia Arts Association organized the event and moved the location because of the weather.
About 200 vendors signed up this year for the arts and craft event.
It started at 10 a.m. and lasts for 7 hours.
Sharon Batchel has been selling jars of homemade preserves for 24 years.

Secretary of Veteran Affairs Eric Shinseki has set a goal for the V.A. to end veteran homelessness by 2015.
And our local V.A. center in Dublin will be hosting a summit Tuesday bringing people together to talk about different ways to tackle that problem.
Austin Lewis has the story.
And a real view, that's something that former army supply sergeant James Cook didn't have for three years when he lost his job and became homeless.
James Cook, Cordele: "I wasn't mad with my country it's just that I didn't understand how could this happen. I couldn't understand where the help was."
Cook was able to get that help at the VA Center in Dublin. He got mental and physical heath treatment and is staying here until he find his own home.
James Cook, Cordele: "It means a lot it's let you know that people care that there are benefits to serving your country got benefits you have people who really care about veterans."
And the V.A. is trying to help more veterans like cook across the country. Secretary of the Veteran's Affairs Eric Shinseki announced a campaign to end veteran homelessness by 2015 as part of that initiative Dublin's V.A. will hold summits on this topic.
Keiya Myles: "So we will be talking about what the V.A. is doing but I want to know what the community as well, what they are doing and how they can assist the V.A. reach the goal towards ending homelessness."
Cook says he does house cleaning work...here to save money for his own place to live...but right now...he's happy to have the basics again.
"I don't have to sleep up under a house, I don't have to sleep up under a bridge. I feel human again, I feel like I got a little more dignity."
It's that same Dignity that he had serving his country and dignity that he continues to gain as he takes classes at the V.A. for computer programming.
Austin Lewis 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
Myles said anyone who wants to help end veteran homelessness is invited to attend the summit.
It will start Tuesday at 11 at the Volunteer Macon headquarters in Macon that's off of Holt Avenue.
For more information go to our website 13WMAZ dot com.

 

Recent polls show more and more Americans are beginning to support same sex marriage.
The nation's highest court takes up the controversial issue this week.
Adriana Diaz reports supporters of same sex marriage are already getting fired up.
People are camping out in front of the Supreme Court for a chance to witness a pair of historic arguments on same sex marriage.
Tuesday the justices will focus on California's proposition eight and if voters can ban same sex marriages.
Wednesday the Court looks at the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage act. It denies married same sex couples federal benefits.
TONY PERKINS/FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL: "THIS ULTIMATELY IS NOT ABOUT MARRIAGE. IT IS NOT ABOUT THE MARRIAGE ALTER. IT'S ABOUT FUNDAMENTALY ALTERING SOCIETY."
The cases are starting to focus the national debate.
Austin Nimocks is part of the legal team defending the proposition eight ban.
AUSTIN NIMOCKS/ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM: "THIS IS THE LAST TIME THAT WE NEED THE SUPREME COURT TO INJECT ITSELF AND REMOVE THIS ROBUST DEBATE FROM THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE."
Hundreds of people who want to see marriage equality made their voices heard in New York City Sunday afternoon.
(STANDUP) Groups supporting same sex marriage equality organized events like this one in all 50 states to build momentum ahead the Supreme Court arguments.
ROGER SILVA: "I MYSELF AM A VETERAN. I FEEL GIVE ME A BREAK, I'VE EARNED THIS. I'VE EARNED A SPOT TO BE AN AMERICAN LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE."
Nine states and the District of Columbia recognize same sex marriage.
Jill Cohen and Judy Halaby have been married for three years and have two small children.
Judy Halaby: "I'M REALIZING TODAY THAT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ME AS A PARENT BECAUSE I DON'T WANT SOME DAY SOMEBODY TO TELL MY KIDS WHO THEY CAN MARRY."
The nation will have to wait until later this year for the court's decision.
Marriage equality groups plan to bus people to Washington Tuesday for rallies in front of the Supreme Court.

 

Every day 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.
T-C electronic is recalling their bass guitar amplifiers because a nut inside the device can come loose and fall between the electrical coils... Posing an electric shock hazard.
The company hasn't received any reports of incidents... Or injuries.
The bass amps were sold at music and instrument stores nationwide and online from August 20-12 through January of this year... For around 450 dollars.
For more information call 1-800-349-4699.
Lighting Science Group is recalling their L-E-D light bulbs because they can overheat during use... Posing a fire hazard.
The company is aware of 68 incidents... Including eight where electrical sockets were damaged... Fixtures melted... Or burned carpet or floors.
There have been no reports of injuries.
The light bulbs were sold at various retailers including hardware and lighting and electrical supply stores.
For more information call 1-855-574-2533.
Yuba Bicycles is recalling their Mundo Cargo bikes because passengers' feet can get caught in the rear wheel... Posing a foot injury.
The company is aware of two incidents of passengers getting their foot caught in the rear wheel.... No injuries were reported.
The bikes were sold at bicycle dealers nationwide and by Yuba bicycles online from May 20-11 to December 20-12 for close to 2-thousand dollars.
For more information call 1-877-889-9822.
That's it for this week's recall wrap... For more information on recalled products visit our website 13wmaz dot com.
You'll find the recalls link... Under the features drop down menu on our homepage.

 

Facebook has been slowly rolling out a new search function to its one billion users, one that draws upon your connections to better sort through information, photos, and likes.
Karin Caifa (prono: KAY-fuh) got answers from the social networking site about the new tool, and what it means for your privacy, in this week's Clicked In.
WHEN LOOKING FOR A BOOK, A MOVIE OR A RESTAURANT -- WHY NOT GET A LITTLE HELP FROM ONE BILLION "FRIENDS"? THAT'S KIND OF THE PREMISE BEHIND FACEBOOK'S NEW GRAPH SEARCH FUNCTION.
Basically what it does is it takes everything that you can already see on Facebook, so the things that you've shared, that your friends have shared that other people on Facebook or in your community have shared, and it gives you a way to search over all of that.
THE SEARCH IS LARGELY DRIVEN BY PHRASES AND SINCE IT DRAWS UPON PEOPLE YOU EITHER KNOW OR ARE SOMEHOW CONNECTED TO, THE IDEA IS, IT GIVES THE RECOMMENDATIONS MORE WEIGHT.
FOR EXAMPLE "MOVIES MY FRIENDS LIKE," OR "CAFES IN WASHINGTON MY FRIENDS VISITED" YOU ALSO GET TO SEE WHO LIKES WHAT.
RIGHT NOW, THE FUNCTION IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO A SMALL GROUP OF BETA USERS, BUT YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR A WAIT LIST.
We're rolling this out very slowly because we want to get feedback from people, we want to make sure this is something that's great.
FOR THOSE CONCERNED ABOUT FRIENDS OF FRIENDS SEEING PERSONAL INFORMATION, IT'S WORTH CLICKING ON THE PADLOCK ICON ON THE LOGIN SCREEN AND REVIEWING AND ADJUSTING PRIVACY SETTINGS ON POSTS PAST AND FUTURE, AND WHAT'S SEEN BY FRIENDS, AND PUBLICLY.
I'M KARIN CAIFA AND YOU'RE NOW, CLICKED IN.
It's always good to check your privacy settings on Facebook and hey while your there go ahead and like our 13wmaz Facebook page.

 

This one is for you Courtney. This shot brings a whole new meaning to determination on the green. Take a look.
Golfer Sergio Garcia stands in a large tree hitting his 2nd shot on the par 4 10th hole at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.
Garcia punches out with a backwards swing in to the fairway then jumps down from the tree and towels off his pants.
He would make a double bogey to go to +3!

 

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