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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...

OUR TOP STORY AT SIX... THE NATION'S HIGHEST COURT HEARD ARGUMENTS TODAY ON WHETHER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S HEALTHCARE LAW....IS CONSTITUTIONAL.
26 STATES HAVE CHALLENGED THE BILL... SAYING THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T REQUIRE PEOPLE TO GET HEALTH INSURANCE.
MERCER LAW PROFESSOR DAVID OEDEL... SERVES AS A DEPUTY SPECIAL ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR HANDLING GEORGIA LAWSUITS.
HE JOINS US NOW FROM WASHINGTON D-C...
WHAT HAPPENED TODAY?
DESCRIBE THE BASIC ARGUMENT?
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT IN THE NEXT TWO DAYS OF HEARINGS?
HOW COULD JUSTICES RULE AND WHAT WOULD BE THE IMPLICATIONS?
SUPREME COURT HEARINGS CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... DO YOU THINK THE SUPREME COURT WILL OVERTURN PRESIDENT OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE LAW?
SO FAR 61 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
AND 39 PERCENT SAY NO.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE.

LAST MONTH A FLORIDA TEEN WAS GUNNED DOWN ON A STREET IN SANFORD... HIS SHOOTER SAYS IT WAS SELF DEFENSE.
BUT MANY PEOPLE ARE QUESTIONING THAT...INCLUDING SOME IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
CANDACE ADORKA HAS MORE.
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ALABAMA... TEXAS... NEW YORK... ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY... PEOPLE ARE DONNING HOODIES... CARRYING BAGS OF SKITTLES... AND CALLING FOR JUSTICE.
"300 confirmed..."
NOW YOU CAN ADD MACON TO THE LIST.
"Just as that happened in Sanford Florida it could also happen in Macon, Georgia..."
ACTIVISTS DANNY GLOVER AND DOUG JONES ARE HOSTING "HOODIES ON THE HILL..." A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL WEDNESDAY NIGHT ON COLEMAN HILL.
"All ages, all races, all ethnic backgrounds coming together as one unified voice and standing against injustice on any level any where."
JONES AND GLOVER SAY SOCIAL MEDIA HELPED PEOPLE GATHER ONLINE TO SPEAK OUT ON THE CASE.
"this facebook page has been used as a one stop shop for millenials accross the city to just voice their opinions..."
NOW THEY'RE ASKING PEOPLE TO GATHER IN PERSON... WEARING THE HOODIE THAT HAS BECOME A SYMBOL OF THE PERILS OF PROFILING.
"Everybody looks the same in a hoodie, but everybody is not the same. We're all different, we're all individuals and that alone should not characterize or stigmatize a person, what they're about what their motives are. I think we should practice looking deeper."
s/u "It's not just Hoodies on the hill, there will be another event here at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist church Tuesday at 6 pm. This event will center around prayer."
"We will pray for understanding. We will pray for peace. We will pray for love, and we will pray for unity."
PASTOR STEPHEN SUMMEROW SAYS HE CALLED FOR THE PRAYER VIGIL BECAUSE HE HAS TWO BOYS OF HIS OWN.
"typically i'm the one that stands in the background but this time I needed to step forward as not only a pastor as a doctor in this community as a father, as a black man. "
BOTH VIGILS ARE MEANT TO TRANSCEND RACIAL LINES. GLOVER SAYS EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO RELATE TO THE CASE.
"Everyone has a trayvon Martin in their family... a young child, around 17 years of age, who has a bright future ahead of them. and noone wants to experience that future or that life taken for any random reason without justice."
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE REVEREND SUMMEROW SAYS TUESDAY'S PRAYER VIGIL WILL LAST ABOUT AN HOUR...THE CHURCH IS LOCATED OFF HAZEL STREET.

WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS WHAT THEY THOUGHT SHOULD HAPPEN TO GEORGE ZIMMERMAN.
CHRISTOPHER COMMENTED... "I THINK HE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. NO MATTER HOW EMOTIONALLY ATTACHED PEOPLE MAY BE TO THIS STORY, THEY SHOULD NOT DEPRIVE ZIMMERMAN OF HIS RIGHTS, EVEN IF HE IS AN ALLEGED MURDERER. IF HE IS FOUND GUILTY HE SHOULD GO TO PRISON.
BRIDGET WROTE... "HE NEEDS TO BE CHARGED AND TAKEN TO TRIAL SO THAT THE FACTS CAN BE SORTED THROUGH AND TRAYVON'S FAMILY CAN GET SOME KIND OF CLOSURE AND JUSTICE.
AND ANTHONY REPLIED... "HE WAS TOLD TO STAND DOWN AND HE TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF TO BE JUDGE... JURY AND EXECUTIONER. HE DESERVES TO BE TRIED FOR MURDER TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW SO THESE SO-CALLED "WATCHMEN" KNOW THAT CARRYING A GUN AND PROVOKING THE SITUATION IS NOT THE ANSWER!"
JOIN THE CONVERSATION AT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ.

THE RECENT WARM WEATHER IS REELING IN MORE FOLKS TO LAKE TOBESOFKEE.
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DIRECTOR DOUG FURNEY SAYS.... HE'S SEEN MORE PEOPLE CRANK THEIR ENGINES... CAST THEIR LINES... AND RELAX ON THE BEACH THAN THIS TIME LAST YEAR.
HE SAYS THE RECREATION AREA ROPED IN JUST UNDER ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM JANUARY THROUGH MARCH 2011.
FURNEY SAYS THEY'RE ON PACE TO COLLECT AT LEAST FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS MORE THIS YEAR.
we can do every thing we can to attract people out here but the weather is the biggest factor. if it's nice weather we have people come out, if it's raining, february our revenue was down because it rained almost every weekend
HE EXPECTS REVENUE NUMBERS TO CONTINUE TO CLIMB THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

WE HAVE AN UPDATE ON A STORY WE FIRST BROUGHT YOU ON MARCH SIXTEENTH.
WE REPORTED ON MACON ACTIVISTS INSPIRED BY THAT VIRAL KONY 2012 VIDEO... ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN UGANDA.
ONE KEY POINT... INVOLVES REBEL LEADER JOSEPH KONY'S USE OF CHILD SOLDIERS AGAINST THE UGANDAN GOVERNMENT.
AUSTIN LEWIS BREAKS IT DOWN FOR US.
WHEN WE SPOKE TO MERCER PROFESSOR CHESTER FONTENOT.... HE CONDEMNED KONY... BUT SAID HE'S NOT THE ONLY ONE IN THE REGION WHO'S USED CHILD SOLDIERS.
Chester Fontenot, Director of Africana Studies at Mercer University: Ugandan government and the Ugandan military have used child soldiers And then comes Joseph Kony and he uses child soldiers as well and here comes a foreigner and says child soldiers this is horrible, you're right child soldiers is horrible, but the government itself used them."
FORMER MACON MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS CONTACTED US AFTER THAT STORY.
AS HONORARY CONSUL FOR UGANDA... HE'S AN OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN FOR THE NATION'S GOVERNMENT.
HE SAID FONTENOT IS JUST WRONG.

C. Jack Ellis: 02:33 I don't want anyone to be mistaken that the Ugandan army as a professional army, now or have ever had in its ranks, children, 14, 15 year old children with guns, killing people maybe in the defense, the militia in those commmunitie s, those villiages perhaps, but not in the regular army.

AFTER HEARING FROM ELLIS... WE DID SOME RESEARCH ON THE ISSUE THROUGH SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL GROUPS.
THOSE WE TALKED TO SAY IT'S A COMPLICATED TOPIC... BUT THAT ALL THE EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT UGANDA'S GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CURRENTLY USE CHILD SOLDIERS.... BUT PROBABLY USED THEM IN THE PAST.
HERE'S WHAT THOSE INTERNATIONAL GROUPS SAY:
JO BECKER IN THE CHILDREN'S RIGHTS DIVISION OF THE GROUP HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH... SAYS THERE IS AMPLE EVIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT MUSEVONI DID USE CHILD SOLDIERS WHEN HE WAS THE LEADER OF REBEL FORCES IN THE 1980S.
SHE ALSO SAID THE GOVERNMENT RECRUITED CHILDREN INTO LOCAL DEFENSE UNITS AS RECENTLY AS 2003.
BUT BECKER AGREES THAT THE CURRENT UGANDAN GOVERNMENT DOES NOT USE CHILD SOLDIERS.
WE ALSO CONTACTED MERCER UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR CHESTER FONTENOT AGAIN.
HE STANDS BY HIS EARLIER COMMENTS...WHICH HE SAYS ARE BASED ON RESEARCH BY INTERNATIONAL GROUPS.. AND CONVERSATIONS WITH UGANDANS WHO ARE NOW IN AMERICA.
HERE IS PART OF HIS STATEMENT
WHILE THE CURRENT UGANDAN GOVERNMENT HAS VOWED NOT TO USE CHILD SOLDIERS IN ITS MILITARY AS COMBATANTS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, CHILD SOLDIERS INTERNATIONAL, THE AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION, AND THE AFRICAN UNION HAVE REPORTED THAT IT AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES HAVE USED CHILD SOLDIERS IN THE PAST.
ELLIS AND FONTENOT AGREE ON AT LEAST TWO THINGS... WARLORD JOSEPH KONY HAS COMMITTED MANY HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS... INCLUDING USING CHILD SOLDIERS.
AND UGANDA'S GOVERNMENT DOES NOT USE THEM NOW.
FOR MORE ON THIS STORY...GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.

A SPRING BREAK COOKOUT IS IN THE WORKS FOR PEOPLE IN NEED IN BIBB COUNTY.
JUDY LE STOPPED BY LOAVES AND FISHES TO SEE THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE PICNIC.
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HAMBURGERS...CAKE...AND CARTONS OF GATORADE .... ALL UP FOR GRABS AT TUESDAY'S BACKYARD COOK-OUT.
THE MENTORS PROJECT TEAMED UP WITH MORE THAN TEN ORGANZATIONS TO FEED PEOPLE WHO USUALLY EAT AT MACON OUTREACH...AS WELL AS KIDS ON SPRING BREAK.
SOT ONEAL - 37 we have about 77% of children in bibb county school district that eat free and reduced lunch. 42
SHE SAYS THIS PICNIC IS FREE TO PEOPLE IN BIBB COUNTY.
STANDUP - 16 oneal stopped by J&L supermarket to buy hot dogs, hot sauce, and lighter fluid. she said she expects to feed more than 200 people at the cook out 29
BROTHER AND SISTER....ROBERT AND SHANTELLE LEATHERMAN...MOVED FROM DETROIT A FEW MONTHS AGO TO BE CLOSER TO FAMILY...AND ARE STILL LOOKING FOR JOBS. THE SIBLINGS EAT AT MACON OUTREACH DAILY BECAUSE OF THE FREE MEALS. THEY SAY THEY'RE HOPING THE COOKOUT MENU INCLUDES MORE THAN CHICKEN.
SOT LEATHERMAN - 151 (girl) it'd be nice to have a porkchop. (boy) i want hot dogs. hot dogs are awesome 158
MACON OUTREACH SERVES ONLY BREAKFAST ON TUESDAYS. THAT'S WHY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR OF LOAVES AND FISHES....MARY GATTI... SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE A HOT MEAL.
SOT GATTI - it's nurturing and i think of being loved. going back to when you were a child and feeling like someone cares about you.
PORKCHOPS WON'T BE IN THE LINE-UP...BUT AT LEAST THE LEATHERMANS CAN ENJOY HAMBURGERS....HOT DOGS...AND A SIDE OF COLE SLAW.
JUDY LE...13 WMAZ...EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE COOKOUT STARTS AT 11 AM AND ENDS AT ONE P-M IN THE BACK OF LOAVES AND FISHES DOWNTOWN.
FOR MORE INFORMATION...CONTACT JUNE ONEAL AT....954-4346. THAT'S 954-4346.

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