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A Valentine's Day gift, from young men to those in need

On Valentine's Day, lovers and spouses across the world give each other gifts. But we're about to tell you about a group of young men who gave their gifts to kids in need.

This story is also about their mentor, who in turn got to see the product of his gift.

"We've got a lot of poverty, single-income parents, low-income neighborhoods," Horace Dukes says of the kids in his Dukes Foundation program, "but what we say is, 'It's not where you are; it's where you're going to.'"

A teacher in the Atlanta school system, Horace Dukes started the Dukes Foundation in 2003 as a mentorship program for at-risk youth. Now nine years in, he has 60 kids under his wing and focused on the future.

"He takes us, he molds us into young and successful young men," says current student Marcus Johnson.

Adds fellow student Javier Gober, currently in 9th grade, "It's like a fraternity in a way, like a brotherhood, like a small bond between each other."

GEORGIA PRIMARY | In-person advance voting begins Monday

GEORGIA PRIMARY | In-person advance voting begins Monday

ATLANTA -- Georgia voters can now cast an in-person advance
ballot for the presidential primary.

Voting by mail for the March 6 contest began in late January,
but Monday is the first day when residents can turn out to advance
voting sites to cast their ballots in person.

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are
competing for a share of Georgia's 76 delegates in the GOP primary.
That's the most delegates of any of the 10 states holding elections
on Super Tuesday.

The Georgia Secretary of State's office is encouraging residents
to go to its website for more details.

WEEKEND EVENTS | Valentine's Day and 5K's

ATLANTA -- There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We've listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

On Friday night, the FOX Theater will bursting at the seams with screaming 'tween girls and their generous parents. The SCREAM Tour is making at stop in Atlanta. This year, the annual concert features: Diggy Simmons, Jacob Lattimore, Jawan Harris, OMG Girls, TK and Cash. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster of the FOX Theater box office. 

The Atlanta Ballet is staging a World Premiere of Twyla Tharp's "The Princess and the Goblin" as a Sunday matinee. The performance begins at 2 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Tickets range between $20 to $120. 

MILTON | New Super 25 polls revealed as tournaments loom

MILTON | New Super 25 polls revealed as tournaments loom

ATLANTA -- There are no changes at the top of this week's HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 high school basketball polls for metro Atlanta.

The Milton boys and the McEachern girls lead the way with region tournaments right around the corner.

Columbia, Douglas County, Westlake, and Shiloh complete the boys top 5, with Marist checking in at 21 and Pope at 24 this week.

Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Parkview round out the girls top 5, with Westlake at 21 and Decatur at 25 this week.

The metro Atlanta Super 25 polls are computer-generated and produced by USA Today for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net each week.

Don't forget to join us for High School Sports.Net Friday night at 10:30 p.m. on MYATL-TV36 and on 11Alive at 11:20 p.m.

 

Ga. to have statewide tornado drill

Ga. to have statewide tornado drill

ATLANTA -- Counties and cities across Georgia will participate in a statewide tornado drill.

The drill is scheduled for Wednesday about 9 a.m. by the National Weather Service. A special test message will be issued on NOAA weather radio and some counties and cities will sound their tornado sirens as part of the drill.

The event is part of "Severe Weather Awareness Week" in Georgia where state officials are encouraging families to develop emergency plans and buy a NOAA weather radio to receive alerts.

In the event of bad weather Wednesday, the drill will be moved to Friday.

Court sides with CDC over fight with counselor

Court sides with CDC over fight with counselor

ATLANTA -- A federal appeals court has rejected arguments from a former counselor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who claims her religious rights were violated because she was fired for refusing to counsel a gay woman.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a judge's decision to dismiss Marcia Walden's lawsuit against the CDC.

Walden was a contractor who worked for the CDC in 2007 when a woman came to her for advice involving a same-sex relationship. She was let go after she told the woman she couldn't help because her "personal values" as a devout Christian prevented her from offering any assistance.

Walden said her firing was a result of religious discrimination, but the three-judge panel said it was not persuaded by her arguments.

Get your someone special a Valentine's Day pet

DECATUR -- Want to surprise your special someone with a furry friend for Valentine's Day? DeKalb County Animal Services is making it easy for you. 

Animal Services is offering a Valentines Adoption special starting on Tuesday, February 14 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and ending on Saturday, February 18. 

Adoptions are $60 and they include spaying/neutering, vaccines, de-worming and feline vaccinations. 

For more information, contact DeKalb County Animal Services at (404) 294-3088.