Eyewitness News at 6: June 22, 2013

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Thank you for joining us.
I'm Austin Lewis.

We begin our broadcast with a fatal house fire in Bibb County.
One man died at the Medical Center from being trapped in his house during the fire.
It happened in the 23 hundred block of Mafiel (may-fiel) Drive in East Macon.
Fire Deputy Chief Shane Edwards says crews faced heavy fire when they arrived.
Family members warned them that someone was still inside.
That's when firefighters began to search.
Deputy Chief Shane Edwards, Macon Bibb Fire Dept: "They did manage to find him. He was in the bedroom. At that point they removed the victim from the house and put him into an ambulance. The Medical Center ambulance was on the scene."
19 year old Brandon Johnson was taken to the Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Fire investigators have not yet determined the cause.
But we will keep you updated on 13WMAZ.com as more information becomes available.

It's officially summer here in Central Georgia.
And for some that means it's the perfect time to fish.
Children of all ages took over the pond on the Tift Campus in Forsyth Saturday.
One hundred and twenty kids and Families tried their luck reeling in a big fish.
Organizers say this is all part of an effort to introduce kids to a new summer activity.
Hayley Coe, Forsyth: "I like just like the sport I mean like you don't have to keep the fish they're kinda like a prize to you."
Becky East, Chief Financial Officer: "The commissioners always give back to the community and we feel like this is one way that we can do that."
Organizers say this was the first time they held a free fishing event like this at the tift campus.

The battle of Byron hosted a fundraiser for the victims of the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma today.
Local bands rocked out at North Peach Park Saturday performing for the fundraiser.
And there was more than just tunes.
Barbeque and even water slides for the kids were also part of the event.
Tasha Keeble, mama t band: "All of the storm victims out there they lost so much and we are just so blessed with whatever we have these days. We take that for granted in the blink of an eye."
Karla Chidester, Byron: "People are buying their t-shirts, they're buying their barbeque plates, they're digging in their pockets real deep to give us more, to raise money for Moore, Oklahoma."
Tickets to the event cost five dollars.

Houston County Meals on Wheels ditched the car and took to horseback today.
They saddled up at Silver Spur Riding Club in East Dublin riding from tent to tent collecting cards for a horse-riding poker run.
Organizers say over the past few months since sequestration donations have dropped.
That's why they say fundraisers like this are so crucial.
Kenny Weaver: It's very difficult not to be able to serve the people we need, we've got 128 people on the waiting list right now and all these people are at high nutritional risk and also have great physical impairment. So these are people that really need our help.
Meals on Wheels is run by volunteers and most of the money goes towards operating costs.

Stephanie Johnson, Principal of Maynard Jackson High school launched the "mission possible: Summer Opportunity" Initiative.
And it's drawing lots of interest from businesses in Atlanta.
Almost 5 hundred students received positions at places such as Emory University, General Electric the city of Atlanta and the Atlanta History Museum.
Those who receive summer jobs will make between 7-50 and 14 dollars an hour.
Some businesses offered a 3 hundred dollar stipend.

The possibility of a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons relies on how a church in downtown atlanta feels about relocating.
The mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed says the Friendship Baptist Church turned down an offer from the city of 13 point 5 million dollars.
In order for the new proposed stadium to be built they will need to acquire that land...
But how much is it all worth?
Marc McAfee from Our sister station, WXIA searched for an answer that's not so easy to give.
(sot- One day a piece of property can be worth 150,000 the next day it's worth 2 million, all because of what someone wants to build there and how badly they want to build it.)
And in this case, Brad Hutchins says the stakes couldn't be higher.
(sot- Especially given this situation where a football stadium is involved, how often is it a city wants to buy out a piece of property and put a football stadium on there and how to do value that?)
Thursday 11Alive incorrectly identified this property. The city is only interested in these plots directly around the church, valued at about 1.4 million. The problem with that number, is it doesn't have much to do with a final sale value.
(sot- Property tax assessments are notoriously unreliable for determining market value especially in today's market.)
Tax assessors don't pay much attention to tax-exempt properties like churches. They rarely reflect what the market is willing to pay. They certainly don't consider a stadium waiting to be built. The two parties are now working to find a middle ground between the $24.5 million dollars the church wanted, and the 15.5 the city counter-offered. Hutchins says those numbers aren't inflated, they're reasonable.
(sot- It just depends on how badly the city wants to put the stadium there, and how willing the church is, I mean I'm sure there's a number. I'm sure the church is willing to settle for a number.)
McAfee also spoke to a representative from the church but they declined to comment on the process.
But the representative did say they are hoping to meet with the Falcons sometime next week.

 

Celebrity Cook, Paula Deen has come under heavy fire for admitting to using racial slurs.
In response, the Food Network dropped her show.
Fans of Paula Deen took to facebook bombarding the the Food Network's page in outrage.
Many even threatened to stop watching the network altogether.
One fan says she is not offended because of how the word is already used today.
"I'm able to forgive her because we do it in our own culture, and you guys do it in your own culture. You have words that you use for each other, and that's why I don't take it so personal because I know that's not who I am."
Critics of Deen have made this issue a trending topic on twitter.
They poked fun at her recipe names under tags such as Paula's best dishes.

 

 

A pilot and stunt walker were killed in a crash during an air Show in Ohio.
No spectators were injured.
It happened this afternoon during the Vectren Air Show near Dayton.
The names of the victims have not been released.
But according to the show's website, Jane Wicker was the scheduled performer.
The show has been cancelled for the rest of the day.

 

One of the critical issues in the George Zimmerman trial centers on who was screaming on the 9-1-1 tapes.
And a judge has ruled today, that the audio analysis is scientifically questionable.
Expert testimony will not be allowed during the trial.
But the recordings will be played in court.
Witnesses will also be able to testify as to who they think is the voice on the tapes.
Jury selection in the case ended this past week
The trial is set to begin Monday.
Zimmerman is accused of murdering, 17 year old, Trayvon Martin last year.

 

What started as a simple protest over an increase in bus fares in Brazil... Has grown into several nightly demonstrations against the government.
Matthew Chance reports how the anger spreads over the whole society.
"People are fighting for their rights. The bus fare is absurdly expensive. Some have no way to pay it. But it's not only the bus fare, it's other things like food in the supermarket. Many things,"
IT'S THE HIGH COST OF LIVING THAT'S ONE OF THE GRIEVANCES BRINGING SO MANY BRAZILIANS ONTO THE STREETS.
COMBINED WITH ANGER ABOUT OFFICIAL CORRUPTION AND LACK OF PUBLIC SPENDING ON HEALTH AND EDUCATION, IT'S PROVING A POTENT MIX.
THERE'S PARTICULAR FURY AT THE BILLIONS BEING SPENT ON BRAZIL'S HOSTING OF THE WORLD CUP NEXT YEAR AND THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN 2016.
MANY OF THE PROTESTORS, ARE FROM BRAZIL'S YOUNG AND GROWING MIDDLE CLASSES, FRUSTRATED AT A SYSTEM THEY SAY IS FAILING THEM.
AT A TOP PRIVATE UNIVERSITY IN RIO, ONE STUDENT TOLD ME WHY SO MANY OF HER FRIENDS FELT COMPELLED TO PROTEST.
"Like we are trying to change everything. There are lots of problems. There is nothing right. Here in Brazil, nothing works,"
IT SEEMS MANY BRAZILIANS - RICH AND POOR - SHARE THAT SENTIMENT, AND FEEL THEIR COUNTRY NEEDS URGENTLY TO CHANGE.
Brazil's president asked the nation to calm down in a national address.
At least one million people protested in the streets last night.

 

Last year, high above Niagara Falls, Nik Wallenda became the first to cross from the U-S to Canada on a high wire.
Now, the Daredevil will attempt to top his world record tomorrow by walking across the Grand Canyon.
He'll be 15 hundred feet high above the ground that's higher than the Empire State building. With nothing but a wire between him and the ground below.
Nik says he's been training in his hometown in Florida standing up to wind gust of up to 45 to 50 miles an hour and stands on the wire with wind speeds of 92 miles an hour.

 

Thank you for joining us for Eyewitness News at 6.
We'll see you back here tonight for Eyewitness News at 11.
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Have a great night.

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