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>> mitchell: tonight, day 23, the protests against wall street take root across america. we track the grassroots movement challenging the status quo. a new study says the prostate $úq!an good. test does more harr whit johnson has reaction from doctors and middle-aged men at risk. former beatle paul mccartney marries for the third time.#i we have the pictures from london. and imagining dr. king. samuel l. jackson on the broadway stage portraying the civil rights leader in his final hour.ñr is it intimidateing to play martin luther king? >> not in this way. nobody knows him this way. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
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>> this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. we begin tonight with a movement. known as "occupy wall street," which is moving far beyond its starting point in lower manhattan. at least 25 cities from coast to coast have seen financial industry protests this weekend, and political leaders from both sides of the aisle are weighing in. bigad shaban has more. [chanting] >> reporter: three weeks of wall street protests echoed in the nation's capital as demonstrators marched against the policies of the federal reserve. >> crowd within -- crowd: we are united. >> calls for economic equality all spread to mobile, alabama. >> corporate greed is everywhere. we're losing our middle class. >> the streets of indianapolis. >> i want to get out. the american people better wake up or we'll lose our whole democracy. >> where are the jobs. >> reporter: and to the parks of portland, oregon. in san diego some protesters spent the night in tents. >> we want to come up with some demands and come up with some solutions. >> we don't have to be in new york city to occupy. >> in lower manhattan where it
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all began, 39-year-old jesse lagreca is one of the more prominent voices. >> you have people here being told we have to face a lower standard of living. the promises made to our grandparents are going to be broken. >> world war ii veteran edward davis and his wife esther are both in their 80s and remember marching for equality during the civil rights movement. this, they say, is just as historic for struggling americans. >> not only the young but the middle class and the older people, it hurts. it hurts to see all these young people doing, you know, graduating and can't get a job. >> the greatest country in the world, you know. people should be wondering what could be tomorrow. something is wrong. >> reporter: but some who work on wall street find the attacks too extreme. >> if they're wearing a tie, it automatically makes them a nazi wall street banker. getting spit on because you're wearing a tie or even if you do
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make money and you're getting spit on or you're doing better than others, you don't deserve to get spit on. you work hard and you get paid. >> back in washington today reaction seemed split along party lines. >> i support the message to the establishment, whether it's wall street or the political establishment and the rest, that change has to happen. >> i regard the wall street protests as a natural outcome of a bad education system, teaching them really dumb ideas. >> reporter: while the protesters admit they've yet to fully develop their goals, they all agree they're here to stay. bigad shaban, cbs news, new york. >> mitchell: for a look at the impact the occupy wall street movement is having in washington, we're joined by political analyst john dickerson. >> good evening, was. >> mitchell: we heard some republicans and what they think about this occupy move. in general what are republicans saying? >> well, republican leaders have generally been dismissive of the movement. they called it a mob. they've said essentially it's backed by the unions.
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the idea is this isn't a grassroots movement but just the same old special pleading. >> mitchell: what about democrats? >> democrats have a tougher line to walk. democrats are in favor of the argument of many of the occupy wall street protesters, which is that there is an income inequality in america that has to be addressed, but for somebody like president obama who said he understood the frustration of the protesters, he has to be careful because many of those protesters are angry at him. they're angry at all politicians which is another reason politicians have to be careful. they can't look like they're just coming in to show solidarity when the protesters might very well say we don't want your help, you're part of the problem. >> mitchell: now you're hearing some people compare the wall street protesters with the tea party folks. in your mind any similarity? >> well, they're from totally opposite ends of the ideological spectrum, but one thing that does... that they do share between the two of them is both sides feel like the american dream, the idea that if you play by the rules and play fair that things would work out for you, they both believe that's broken. the politicians are the ones who
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helped to break that by giving these enormous bailouts to special interests. >> mitchell: john dickerson in washington, as always, thanks a lot. >> thanks, russ. >> mitchell: with the unemployment rate still stuck at 9.1%, you might think that any employer who is actually hiring would have no trouble finding recruits. not so. cynthia bowers reports on the skills gap that is leaving so many good jobs unfilled. >> this is your desk top printer on steroids. >> reporter: last year's paul raucher's company emt international hired more than 100 people. what do you say to people who say the manufacturing sector is dead in america? >> they don't know what they're talking about. >> reporter: but as his green bay business continues to expand, he is finding it harder and harder to fill the jobs. >> so in order for us to grow, we have to have a steady influx of qualified people, and there's a very small candidate pool out there. >> even with wisconsin's unemployment nearing 8%,
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manufacturers say they're having a tough kind attracting the right kind of worker. the few applicants they get often lack the basic math and reasoning skills required to do the job. >> a large numbers of candidates that give you one half of one one half. if i say, cut that thing in half, they can't quite figure out how to get there. >> an industry survey found that nationwide more than half of manufacturers reported a shortage of skilled production workers. >> we received job postings for nearly 600 of these type of positions. while we dwraj waited 80, it's still a huge gap. >> reporter: mark weber, dean of the trades and engineering program at nearby northeastern wisconsin tech partnered with local businesses to build a high-tech classroom on wheels to demonstrate to the next generation that today's shop floor is not all grief and noise. >> it's a bright, clean atmosphere, they're surrounded by computers. they've been very excited when they've looked at this. >> without a renewed commitment to this type of skilled job
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training, paul raucher believes the whole country stands the lose. >> if we lose our manufacturing base and let it go away, either because we can't compete, which i think manufacturers have learned how to do that, or we can't find the talent we need to keep our businesses moving forward, we're in big trouble. >> reporter: a stern warning for an economy already on the ropes. cynthia bowers, cbs news, green bay, wisconsin. >> mitchell: a u.s. government tax force shook up the medical world this past week by recommending against their routine tests for prostate cancer. as whit johnson tells us, the report has left many doctors and their patients in a quandary. >> reporter: the psa blood test had been considered the best way to detect prostate cancer, but after two decades, the u.s. preventative services taskforce now says it does more harm than good. >> psa is not very accurate in terms of its ability to differentiate men who have cancer from men who don't have cancer.
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>> reporter: dr. michael lefevre served on the panel which determined psa levels can be high from other problems, and they can also be perfectly normal, even in men with cancer. the move wasn't stopping samuel pressley from taking advantage of free testing in baltimore offered through a national non-profit. what had you come here to do this? >> the possibility that if you catch it you can cure it and if you don't it will kill you. >> reporter: the disease is more prevalent in african americans. treatment like radiation can cause serious complication, including sexual dysfunction, losses of bladder control and even death. doctors here argue it's worth the risk. >> we're not putting people at risk. we are finding men who have this disease early. and when you find prostate cancer early, those men can be cured. >> 56-year-old michael mitarotonda, diagnosed with prostate cancer, believes the test saved his life. >> i'm happy where i'm at.
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>> reporter: but the taskforce concluded that at least one million men were treated for prostate cancer growing so slowly it never would have killed them. even dr. richard ablin, the man who discovered the psa protein in 1970, said the test is overused. >> i didn't realize it would create the controversy, the overdiagnosis, the overtreatment and the billions of dollars that are basically wasted on a test that can't do what it's purported to do. >> you just get checked once a year. >> reporter: but doctors who believe it's the best shot at early detection don't plan on stopping any time soon. whit johnson, cbs news, baltimore, maryland. >> mitchell: later samuel l. jackson portrays are evidence martin luther king on broadway. marriage number three for former beatle paul mccartney, and a federal crackdown on medical marijuana sales in california. those stories when the "cbs evening news" continues. >> mitchell: thousands of
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medical marijuana outlets in california are bracing for a federal crackdown. prosecutors say the shops are doing more than just helping their patients. john blackstone has the story. >> for federal justice department officials, the photographs of marijuana being sold in lollipops and candies show the problem with california's medical marijuana law. >> where there's marijuana, there's money and lots of it. >> melinda hague is -- melinda haag is the u.s. attorney for california. >> people are using the cover of medical marijuana to make enormous amounts of money, in short to engage in drug trafficking. >> >> reporter: medical marijuana has been legal in california. 15 other states have similar law, but marijuana remains illegal under federal law. now federal officials have sent letters to dozens of california growers and dispensaries warning them to shut down or risk arrest
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or property seizure. lynette shaw has been given 45 days to shut down the dispensary she's run for 45 years. >> it's so mean and inhumane that i'm broken-hearted and appalled and shocked, and i'm righteously indignant. >> reporter: shaw who operates in fairfax, a northern california town of about 8,000, says she doesn't just help the sick, she pays taxes. >> we're the number-three sales tax contributor to our town. we are a very good resource for the community. lawyer but federal officials say under the guise of providing medicine, california has become a source of marijuana that is now shipped and sold across the country. john blackstone, cbs news, san francisco. >> mitchell: ahead, the american-born activist who is jumpstarting volunteer nuclear cleanup efforts in japan. that story is next. >> mitchell: oversea, deadly
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clashes in cairo between the military and members of egypt's christian minority. at least 19 people have been killed. christians were protesting an attack by muslims on a church last week. team of international experts arrived in fukushima, japan, today to observe the cleanup from a nuclear plant meltdown this past spring. among those lending the recovery hand on one nearby island is man from oklahoma with his own ideas about getting things up and running again. here's lucy craft. >> reporter: to the volunteers and fishermen on this devastated island, he's known as steve-san. a one-man recovery team whose
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says it's time the japanese stopped getting pushed around by bureaucrats and one-size-fits-all solutions to their problems. >> japan has been leaderless, not just politically but also bureaucratically. bureaucrats don't know what direction to take the country. >> reporter: bureaucrats send out volunteers for one duty only, clearing debris whether recipients want it or not. local initiative is encouraged. steve decided to empower this island. he discovered they didn't want help with debris but were desperate to start fishing again. this local man says steve listened to what we really wanted done. almost every weekend steve runs volunteers tours to the distressed island. these people have come here from all over japan to help rebuild equipment lost in the tsunami, and without their help, the local people would not be able to get their nets back in the water in time for this year's seaweed harvest. steve-san came to japan as exchange student steven whitney back in the 1980s.
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to win over his future father-in-law, he agreed to adopt the japanese sir name and take japanese citizenship becoming steve yamaguchi. steve-san is the outspoken man from oklahoma. many saudis republican and stoicism. steve saw resignation. >> the bulk of the people sat on gymnasium floors and did exactly what the bureaucrats told them to do. that is there's nothing they can do about it, therefore just obey and suffer. they're very good at putting up with a lot of suffering. >> reporter: and for steve yamaguchi, ending that suffering means recovery mixed with some revolution. >> we have goliath and i'm real interested in seeing that one side wins and the other one doesn't. >> reporter: on this remote island at least, the little guys have chance. lucy craft, cbs news, miyatojima
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japan. >> mitchell: still ahead, a beatle takes the prize. paul mccartney marries an american heiress. that story is next. >> mitchell: former beatle
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paul mccartney was married today for the third time. for sir paul, the sight was a familiar setting and a special day in more ways than one. charlie d'agata in london has more. >> reporter: paul mccartney once said, "i just like being in love." >> paul! >> reporter: he looked it as he stepped out of a london registry office this afternoon with wife number three. the former nancy shevell is now lady mccartt nism the title comes with sir paul's
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knighthood. it's the same registry office where mccartney married first wife linda in 1969. the man who wrote "get back to where you once belonged" also chose an important date the marry his new wife, john lennon's birthday. >> i think he's done really well this time. >> reporter: this time compared the last time when mccartney married former model heather mills. the disastrous marriage ended in a costly divorce. mccartney was forced to pay out $40 million or roughly $28,000 a day for the four years they were together. the new mrs. mccartney has her own money. the 51-year-old new york native is sitting on family fortune worth an estimated $500 million. the low-key ceremony was followed by an equally low-key reception. at 69 years old, mccartney didn't rock out. he reportedly sang a few songs, including one he wrote especially for his new wife. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. >> mitchell: ahead, the
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private dr. martin luther king as imagined by samuel jackson on broadway. that story is next. >> finally this sunday, the
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martin luther king junior memorial is scheduled to be dedicated in washington one week from today. a king tribute of a different sort is already under way in new york on a broadway stage with an actor best known for his hollywood work in the starring role. >> this is mr. senior love daddy. >> mitchell: he has starred in more than 100 movie, playing characters whose mannerisms and dialog have become part of pop culture. from his oscar nominated performance from the bible-quoting hit man from pulp fiction... >> and you will know my name is the lord when i lay my fingers upon thee. this party's over. >> mitchell: to his role as
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the jedi master to his role in snakes on the plane. >> i've had it with these [bleeped] snakes on this [bleeped] plane. >> mitchell: 62-year-old samuel lament jackson is an iconic actor. his movies have earned almost $10 billion worldwide. >> there's handful of movies that have made enormous aims of money, and that just means that the other movies i've done have made the kind of money that allows me to continue to work and people see me as viable and a box office draw. >> amen. >> now jackson is bringing his star power to broadway where he stars alongside acclaimed actress angela bassett as dr. martin luther king, jr., in "the mountaintop." >> sometimes i wonder where they get it from. i've seen so many white people hate us. >> mitchell: is it
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intimidateing to play martin luther king? >> not in this way. nobody knows him this way. we're used to seeing the orator or the icon. and i'm coming into a motel room, closing the doors, letting my shoulders down. >> mitchell: the play takes place in the lorraine motel in memphis on april 3, 1968, one day before king was struck down we an assassin. what do you think dr. king would think about this play? >> i think he'd enjoy it. i think he'd have a good time laughing at what's going on. i think he would nod his head in agreement about the fear and the frustration of the movement in terms of how it was progressing and how the nation was responding to his message in that particular way. >> mitchell: he's not a perfect man. in fact, that's one of the lines. >> "i'm not perfect." >> i don't like me no man with no smelly feet. >> they do stink, don't they?
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don't tell nobody. >> mitchell: "the mountaintop" allows people to take a closer look at the civil rights leader as man. >> a lot of moments being alone at the motel room and what his fears might be. >> mitchell: do you think people are ready to see a somewhat flawed dr. king? >> this is one of those kind of informative plays that allows them to see an icon as a human being. >> mitchell: "the mountaintop" will be playing on broadway through the end of january. and that is the "cbs evening news." later on cbs, "60 minutes." thanks for joining us this sunday evening. i'm russ mitchell at the cbs broadcast center in new york. nor a o'donnell will be here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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