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WITH THE NOVEMBER ELECTION INCHING CLOSER AND CLOSER... THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ARE WORKING HARD TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THEIR CAMPAIGNS.
AFTER A SUCCESSFUL FUNDERAISER AT THE HOME OF GEORGE CLOONEY ON THURSDAY.. PRESIDENT OBAMA PLANS TO MAKE A STOP IN THE PEACH STATE FOR A SERIES OF EVENTS NEXT MONTH.
THE A-J-C REPORTS THAT OBAMA'S CAMPAGIN WILL HOST AN AFTERNOON FUNDRAISER ON JUNE 26.
THE TIMES AND LOCATION HAVE NOT BEEN ANNOUNCED.
OBAMA WAS LAST IN ATLANTA IN MARCH... ALSO FOR FUNDRAISING.
MITT ROMNEY DELIVERED A SPEECH TODAY THAT WAS AIMED AT CONNECTING WITH CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT HIS PRESIDENTIAL RUN.
SUSAN MCGINNIS HAS THE STORY FROM LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA.
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S:46-:56 usan McGinnis/CBS News/Lynchburg, VA
1:03-1:09 Joy Thompson/Graduate
1:10-1:17 Stephanie Williamson/Graduate
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REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY DELIVERED A LINE THAT BROUGHT THE GRADUATES OF LIBERTY UNIVERSITY TO THEIR FEET.
((SOT: ROMNEY)) "Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman."(applause)
ROMNEY WORKED TO WIN-OVER CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES WHO HAVE BEEN LUKEWARM ON HIS CANDIDACY IN HIS COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS TO THE COUNTRY'S LARGEST EVANGELICAL SCHOOL.
((SOT: ROMNEY)) "Your values will not always be the object of public admiration. In fact, the more you live by your beliefs, the more you will endure the censure of the world."
HE SPOKE ABOUT THE VALUE OF FAMILY AND HARDWORK, BUT MOSTLY STAYED AWAY FROM DIVISIVE SOCIAL ISSUES.
((ON CAM BRIDGE: SUSAN MCGINNIS/CBS NEWS/LYNCHBURG, VA)) Romney's appearance here was not without controversy. The university's Facebook page had to be shut down after it was flooded with complaints about Romney being a Mormon.
WHILE MANY OF THESE VOTERS ARE WARY OF ROMNEY'S RELIGION, THEY SAY THEY WOULD RATHER HAVE HIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE THAN PRESIDENT OBAMA.
((SOT JOY THOMPSON/GRADUATE)) "out of the two people who are running... he may be the better choice.
((SOT STEPHANIE WILLIAMSON/GRADUATE)) "hearing his standpoint on marriage and other things that we agreee with him on definitley influenced my vote.
ROMNEY HAS AVOIDED DISCUSSING HIS FAITH DURING THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY, AND SOURCES INSIDE HIS CAMPAIGN SAY HE DOES NOT PLAN TO MAKE A MAJOR SPEECH ON MORMONISM BEFORE THE NOVEMBER ELECTION.
ACCORDING TO A PEW RESEARCH POLL THAT CAME OUT THIS WEEK... ROMNEY IS RUNNING 53 PERCENTAGE POINTS AHEAD OF PRESIDENT OBAMA AMONG EVANGELICALS WHO INTEND TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER
AFTER SPENDING THREE YEARS IN PRISON... A DUBLIN MAN SAYS HE'S TURNED OVER A NEW LEAF... AND HE WANTS TO HELP OTHERS DO THE SAME.
MARK MARTIN OWNS HIS OWN TATOO PARLOR... BUT HE ALSO PROVIDES FREE TATTOO REMOVAL FOR EX-CONVICTS WHO HAVE GANG AND PRISON TATTOOS ON THEIR FACE AND HANDS.
AUSTIN LEWIS HAS MORE.
MARK MARTIN NOW SITS AT BEHINS THE FRONT DESK AT HIS OWN BUSINESS... BUT 12 YEARS AGO... HE SAT BEHIND BARS.
HE SAYS THATS WHEN HE KNEW HE HAD TO MAKE A CHANGE.
Mark Martin, Owner Georgia Boyz Inkwork: My grandpa, he passed away. When I was incarcerated and locked up, I called him one day and he asked me to look out the window cause all my friends was standing there. And I went to look out the windown and there wasn't nobody standing there, so then I realized I had to chance people places and things to make my life better.
A SECOND CHANCE...GAVE HIM HIS OWN TATTOO SHOP.
Mark Martin, Owner Georgia Boyz Inkwork: everything just been steady getting better and better and that's the reason if I could help somebody else out to let their's get better and better
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WHICH IS WHY HE'S OFFERING TO REMOVE HAND AND FACE TATTOO FOR FREE, FOR PEOPLE WHO JUST GOT OUT OF JAIL.
Mark Martin, Owner Georgia Boyz Inkwork: because of the road that I travelled then I am willing to help them out.
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CHRISTOPHER TRUELOVE GOT HIS FACIAL TATTOOS IN PRISON
HE SAYS GETTING RID OF THEM WILL SHOW OTHERS THE MAN BEHIND THE INK.
Christopher Truelove, Dublin: I mean people look at you, you know, you see a dude with horns on his head and you know you're like, you know should I give this guy a second chance.
THOUGH IT HURTS A LITTLE.
Christopher Truelove, Dublin: It's just worth it, it makes it less painful, I guess you know just wanting them off so bad it's like yea come on use sandpaper.
Austin Lewis, Eyewitness News: And for Martin he says you can't put a price on helping others get a second chance.
Mark Martin, Owner Georgia Boyz Inkwork: If I could do something to give somebody that extra chance then it's well worth me taking a loss on the prices just to be able to help somebody out.
MARTIN SAYS THOUGH IT'S HARD TO FADE THE PAST...HE HOPES THE TATTOO REMOVAL...WILL GIVE PEOPLE A BRIGHTER FUTURE.
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MARTIN'S SERVICE EXTENDS BEYOND HIS TATTO PARLOR... HE ALSO WORKS WITH THE SALVATION ARMY.
HE SAYS HE'S COLLECTED 400 POUNDS OF FOOD FOR THE ORGANIZATION.
NEW TOLL LANES COULD SOON BE IN THE WORKS FOR TWO GEORGIA COUNTIES.
STATE OFFICIALS ARE GETTING READY FOR BIDS ON A PROJECT TO BUILD OPTIONAL TOLL LANES ALONG INTERSTATE 75 AND 5-75... IN COBB AND CHEROKEE COUNTIES.
THE PRJOECT IS EXPECTED TO COST ROUGHLY 1 BILLION DOLLARS.
THE A-J-C REPORTS THAT MOST OF THE COST WOULD BE PAID BY STATE GAS TAX AND TOLL COLLECTIONS
THE PROJECT WILL BE THE MOST EXPENSIVE IN STATE HISTORY
NEXT WEEK MARKS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK ACROSS THE COUNTRY... AND TODAY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS FROM FOUR CENTRAL GEORGIA AGENCIES KICKED OFF A WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION.
OFFICERS FROM BYRON... MACON... CENTERVILLE AND WARNER ROBINS... SHOWED UP AT THE HOME DEPOT PARKING LOT ON WATSON BOULEVARD TO SHOWCASE SOME OF THEIR EQUIPMENT.
PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED HAD THE CHANCE TO CHECK OUT K-9 DEMONSTRATIONS... BOMB TRUCKS... SWAT VANS... AND OTHER POLICE EQUIPMENT.
James McAlevey, Warner Robins "It's important for the people that are paying the taxes to know what the department and law enforcement officials doing to keep us safe, so it's a great opportunity to come out and see some of the cool toys Warner Robins has"
MAY 15TH IS DESIGNATED AS PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY.
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE WILL COMMERORATE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK WITH EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK.
MAIL CARRIERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY DID A LOT MORE THAN DELIVER MAIL TODAY... THEY WENT THE EXTRA MILE TO HELP FIGHT HUNGER.
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THE 20-TH ANNUAL STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE TOOK PLACE THIS MORNING.
PEOPLE LEFT NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS IN THEIR MAIL BOXES... AND THE POSTAL SERVICE PICKED IT UP.
MACON WAS ONE OF MORE THAN 10-THOUSAND CITIES THAT TOOK PART IN LARGEST SINGLE-DAY FOOD DRIVE.
ROBERT COLLIER... MANAGER AT A MACON POST OFFICE... SAYS THE FOOD WILL GO TO HELP ALMOST 49-MILLION AMERICANS AT RISK OF GOING HUNGRY.
Robert Collier, Manager of Customer Service "There are a lot of needy people out there and its important for us to come together to do something important of this magnitude to make sure at least people will have something to eat"
LAST YEAR... THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS COLLECTED 70-POINT-2 MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD NATION-WIDE.
THEY DONATE THE FOOD TO LOCAL FOOD BANKS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT FIGHT HUNGER.
THE SUMMER OLYMPICS IN LONDON WILL FEATURE THE BEST ATHLETES IN THE WORLD... PLUS A DEVICE THAT CAN BE USED AS A "SONIC WEAPON"
THE BRITISH DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS THE LONG-RANGE ACOUSTIC DEVICE WILL MOSTLY BE USED AS A HIGH-POWERED LOUDSPEAKER... USED TO ISSUE VERBAL WARNINGS TO BOATS ON THE RIVER THAMES (TEMMES).
THE MINISTRY SAYS THE DEVICE IS ONLY ONE OF SEVERAL WAYS THE ARMED FORCES PLAN TO PROVIDE SECURITY DURING THE LONDON GAMES... WHICH START ON JULY 27.
EUROPE'S ECONOMIC CRISIS SPARKED WIDESPREAD PROTESTS SATURDAY.
THE DEMONSTRATIONS WERE THE LARGEST IN SPAIN... WHERE NEARLY ONE IN FOUR PEOPLE ARE OUT OF WORK.
DUARTE GERALDINO HAS THE LATEST FROM NEW YORK.
Thousands of people packed Madrid's central plaza to protest their bleak job prospects and Spain's economy.
(NATS) CROWDS IN PUERTA DEL SOL
Protestors say they're angry over Europe's growing financial crisis and pledge to stay in Puerta del Sol square for at least three days .
(NATS) PEOPLE MARCHING
Demonstrators marched through several Spanish cities.
The protests mark one year since citizens launched what they call the Indignant movement.
Spain now has the highest unemployment among countries using the euro - it's almost 25-percent.
(NATS) ITALY MARCH
Saturday's global day of action spread across Europe including marches in Italy and demonstrations in Germany.
(NATS) SHAME ON YOU, NO JUSTICE
In London - a crowd of Occupy protestors clashed with police.
But, hundreds of others peacefully gathered in front of Saint Paul's Cathedral to call for financial reforms.
(:48-:58) (SOT PETER TATCHELL/OCCUPY PROTESTOR IN LONDON)
"WE'RE NOT SEEING ANY SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES. AT THE GRASS-ROOTS LEVEL I'M ONE OF THE ORDINARY PEOPLE, THERE IS A GROUND-SWELL OF OPINION THAT THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM HAS FAILED US AND NEEDS TO BE CHANGED."
The uncertainty in Europe has world financial markets struggling.
THE GREEK STOCK MARKET DROPPED TO ITS LOWEST LEVELS IN 20 YEARS.
IN AMERICA... THE DOW JONES DIDN'T TAKE AS MUCH OF HIT AS OTHER GLOBAL MARKETS - BUT IT DID END THE WEEK DOWN.
MORE THAN 500 STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE STATE PACKED THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION FOR THE 23RD ANNUAL GEORGIA YOUNG ASTRONAUTS' DAY.
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STUDENTS FROM FIRST THROUGH EIGHTH GRADES GOT A CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE AN ASTRONAUT.
SPECIAL GUEST... DAMON TALLEY.. WORKS WITH NASA AND TALKED TO THE KIDS THROUGH A LIVE HOOK-UP.. THEN STUDENTS BROKE OFF INTO GROUPS TO LEARN ABOUT SPACE... MATH... SCIENCE... AND ENGINEERING.
Sydney Jackson, 8th Grader "He explained a lot to us about what happens in space and how its different from objects here and how they are in space. Things like that. It was cool"
Nats - Houston Control you are clear to land at Kenny Space Center runway 33"
Seth Moodie, 8th Grader "I get to learn stuff and its fun to play around with the simulator"
STUDENTS WERE ABLE TO EXAMINE LUNAR AND METEORITE SAMPLES BROUGHT BACK FROM THE APOLLO MISSION... AND TASTE SPACE FOOD.
TOMORROW IS MOTHER'S DAY AND WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT YOUR PICTURES FROM THE MOMENTS WITH MOM PHOTO GALLERY.
THIS IS A PHOTO OF A GRANDMOTHER SHARING A MOMENT WITH HER GRANDDAUGHTER NAMED CATHY.
AND HERE'S ONE OF A MOM WITH THREE OF HER DAUGHTERS.
THE CAPTION SAYS.. STARTED OUT JUST POSING FOR PICTURES AND ENDED UP BEING ONE OF THE BEST MEMORIES WE ALL CAN SHARE.
WE WANT TO SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PICTURES WITH YOUR MOM
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