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Rainy Weekend, Christmas for Seniors, Zimmerman Sues NBC

One batch of rain has moved through, a few showers will be with us this morning with steadier rain arriving during the afternoon. Expect light rain to continue overnight tonight into Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon will be drying into Sunday morning before the next round of rain arrived Sunday midday. That rain will continue before the front moves through on Monday. As that colder air settles in, I expect the rain to mix with, and change over to snow showers Monday afternoon.

TODAY: Cloudy with period of rain. High: 49 Wind: SW at 5 mph

TONIGHT: Light rain. Low: 45 Wind: SE at 5 mph

SATURDAY: Cloudy with morning showers, drying out in the afternoon. High: 50

A holiday program helps area seniors struggling with poverty and loneliness.

The Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered with retailers and community organizations to make sure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. The Be a Santa to a Senior program will run through the week of December 10. Christmas trees, which have gone up at various locations, feature ornaments with the first names of the seniors and their respective gift requests. Holiday shoppers are asked to pick up an ornament off special be a Santa to a senior Christmas trees, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped, along with the ornament attached. Click here for tree locations.

George Zimmerman, the man charged with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, has filed a lawsuit against NBC Universal, claiming the network portrayed him as "a racist and a predatory villain" in the wake of the shooting. The suit, filed in Seminole County, FL, claims "NBC saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings" and, in their coverage, created a "false and defamatory misimpression" of Zimmerman.  In a news report, NBC edited Zimmerman's 911 call to make it sound like he said to a dispatcher, "This guy [Martin] looks like he's up to no good. He looks black." 

The actual exchange with a 911 operator went as follows:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he's up to no good, like he's on drugs or something. It's raining and he's walking around, looking about.

911 Operator: OK, this guy, is he white, black or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager

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