CNN Student News August 25, 2014

CNN Student News August 25, 2014


CNN STUDENT NEWS is kicking off its third
week of the 2014-2015 school year. I`m Carl Azuz, and we are all glad you are watching. First up, parts of Northern California are
in recovery mode, and the governor has declared the state of emergency, delegate money and
help flowing to a region rattled by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake. It hit early on Sunday
injuring dozens of people, knocking out power to thousands and causing breaks in water mains
and gas leaks. The total damage cost could exceed $1 billion, and the tremors may not
be over. Here are five things to know about earthquakes. One, aftershocks. Smaller quakes typically
follow. Dozens have followed this one. Another significant quake could come this week. Two,
on average, there are more than a hundred tremors between 6 and 6.9 every year. Three,
the most powerful quake on record was a magnitude 9.5 that struck Chile in 1960. Four, the deadliest
quake on record shook Haiti in 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Five, a one
point increase in earthquake magnitude represents a ten-fold increase in ground movement. We might have put a man on the Moon in 1969
but we`ve got a long way to go for Mars. SpaceX is a privately funded space exploration company
that hopes to lead the way. This is its Falcon 9 reusable rocket – well, it was. Something
has gone wrong during the launch over Texas, so a system designed to destroy the rocket
in case of emergency did its job. No one was hurt, this was just a test of the
F9R. At $54 million, it`s a lot cheaper than NASA`s shuttles which used to be the way Americans
got on orbit. The next step might have just taken a step back, but as the head of SpaceX
tweeted on Friday, rockets are tricky. Through airstrikes and sending troops as advisors
to Iraq, the U.S. has been supporting the fight against ISIS. This is a terrorist group
that President Obama characterized as a JV-Team six months ago. But it`s taken much more seriously
after ISIS took over large parts of Iraq and Syria. ISIS wants to create a theocracy based on
its own interpretation of Islam. It`s killed hundreds of people, civilians, minorities,
Christians, other Muslims. At one point in Iraq, 30,000 Iraqi soldiers ran away from
800 ISIS terrorists. Why? Fear. ISIS in many ways is something we`ve never
really seen before, a really large, well-organized, well equipped terrorists` army, but they are
lifting significant parts of their playbook from bad actors in the past who also relied
on terror to help them rule. For example, the Vikings, way back in the
8 Century were known for such frenzied and vicious attacks on the villages they went
after that often people would simply lay down their arms or run away to try to avoid annihilation.
Vlad the Impaler in the 14 Century was known for his cruelty to the degree that his legacy
remains today far beyond Romania. All of us would know it is the inspiration for Dracula. In World War II, of course, Adolf Hitler`s
Nazis were feared for the cruel efficiency of their military attacks, the blitzkrieg
among them, and, of course, the slaughter of millions of Jews. Then, Joseph Stalin killed hundreds of thousands
of his own people. And then the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s had a similar reign of terror
against their own people. In each case, this groups fostered the public
fear of their cruelty, the sense that they were simply terrorizing people who had to
be feared and had to be obeyed. And now ISIS is doing the same thing through
these videos being carefully placed on social media sites and shared around the world, so
that they will be seen by policymakers and the public alike. Here is the weakness in terrorism, however.
It only works if the victims are complicit. And by that I mean it only works if the public
will watch the videos, will agree to be terrorized, will leave in fear. If the public doesn`t
do that, the significant weapon of the terrorist is diminished greatly. See if you can I.D. me. On determinant of
a sports league, that`s been around for 75 years, I`m held every year in Williamsport,
Pennsylvania where my organization was started. Japan has won three of my last five events.
I`m the Little League World Series. Some other recent winners are from California and Hawaii. But not this year. Yesterday afternoon, it
all came down to South Korea, and the Jackie Robinson West All Stars. This is a team made
up entirely of African American players. It`s from Chicago, and this was the first time
in its 31 years that Jackie Robinson West made the finals. South Korea took home top
honors, though, beating Jackie Robinson West eight to four. It was South Korea`s first
championship victory since 1985. Another headline from the baseball series
had nothing to do with the boys of summer. 13-year old Mo`ne Davis throws like a girl,
all right? A girl who can throw a 70 mile an hour fast balls and that made to Philadelphia
pitcher. A serious threat at this year`s Little League World Series. Mo`ne captured global attention after throwing
a no hitter, a first for a female in Little League World Series history and Twitter went
crazy. Major League pitcher David Price said Mo`ne Davis is a stud! The NBA`s Kevin Durant
wrote, “This youngster is striking out everybody as she`s a girl.” And talk show host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted,
“Talk about groundbreaking.” But with all the hype surrounding the 8 grader,
her message was clear. Let up everyone know the inner city kids can
make a big difference in the baseball and to shoot. And that she did. Mo`ne attracted the largest
audience ever for the series, as she`s the first Little Leaguer and the youngest person,
by the way, to be on the cover of “Sports Illustrated.” However, the baseball phenom
and honor roll student says that she`s better at basketball. She hopes to play in the WNBA
one day. And although her team fell short of making
it to the championship game, her impact on Little League girls and diversity is certainly
long lasting. “Sports Illustrator” may put it best for this
game changer. Mo`ne Davis, remember her name as if we could ever forget. Let`s see who`s watching. Schools we pick
for our daily roll call come from our transcript page at cnnstudentnews.com, so here are three
requests from Friday`s transcript. From Chickasha High School in Chickasha, Oklahoma,
we`ve got the fighting chicks watching CNN STUDENT NEWS. From Leyton High School in Delta,
Nebraska, hello to all the warriors out there. And from St. Anthony High School in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, there`s a whole Rome and a legion (ph) online. These mascots are awesome. If you did any flying when you were a little
kid, you might remember the telephones that were embedded into the seatbacks. That was
cutting edge technology back then. But as they continuingly update their planes, airlines
are continuingly updating the technology they offer passengers. And slowly but surely, seat back TV screens
are going the way of the phones and the dodo. What will be left? It seems that a lot of new planes are missing
an item we`ve come to expect: seatback TV screens. Well, there`s a reason for the disappearing
act. It turns out, those screens are expensive. Expensive to install, expensive to maintain,
and expensive to fly around all the extra weight. I like the inflight entertainment, and it`s
kind of upsetting that they are thinking about getting rid of it. And they are also becoming less needed, because
about three quarters of us board a plane with a screen in hand. Carriers like United are skipping the screens,
opting for no seatbacks on more than 15 new long range jets. Instead, there`ll be a special
server on board loaded with hundreds of movies and TV shows that passengers can stream directly
to their gadgets. Delta`s trying something similar, called the Delta Studeler (ph). The
airline maintains they are still installing screens on their new planes, they are simply
giving their passengers both options. I think it`s an interesting idea, but you
know, you always see the people like sitting on the floor trying to charge. So, like how
we are going to charge our devices? I`ll definitely miss the on-flight entertainment
if it`s not available. It looks like the sit back TV is going to
suffer the same fate as the airplane telephone. I guess we`ve truly entered the era of BYOD. Bring Your Own Device. If you`ve ever seen a one-year old in a smashed
cake, you expect to see a mess. But at this one-year old`s party, held at the National
Zoo, there was shockingly little pandemonium, at least at first. Bao, the giant panda seemed
more interesting in the leaves and in climbing the number one on top of her cake then actually
eating it. But eventually she came around, gaveling up the frozen fruits and sweet potatoes
that adorned her birthday treat. Fortunately, the crowd was patient. Nobody
bambooed her. They didn`t want a panda creature on her own bear`s day. That would have been
unbearable. I`m Carl Azuz, we`ll bear back tomorrow with
more CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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