CNN Student News
Aired September 9, 2003
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TRACYE HUTCHINS, CNN ANCHOR: The president says peace in Iraq is worth tens of billions...so why are *Iraqis* skeptical? The record industry steps up the hunt for music pirates. And a dragon doc says not to poke fun at acupuncture.
Hello and welcome to CNN Student News on this Tuesday, September ninth! I'm Tracye Hutchins at the CNN Center.
First Up: Iraqi Reaction to Bush Speech
TRACYE HUTCHINS, CNN ANCHOR: First Up: A former White House worker says the request is "eye-popping." to some. President Bush's call for 87-billion-dollars to fund the war on terrorism, is well beyond their expectations. But the president, who plans to dedicate most of the money to Iraq, says stability in the gulf nation is central to his cause. Nic Robertson shows us why achieving that stability, could be a tall and expensive order.
NIC ROBERTSON, CNN REPORTER: Only three hours after President Bush's speech, soldiers in this unarmored open top humvee attacked. Four flak jackets for improvised protection still drapped over it's side, according to eyewitnesses an explosive device dropped on the soldiers as they drove under the bridge. Only two soldiers from the soft skin vehicle injured.. but ending two days of no U.S. casualities.
According to the U.S. military the vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. The lull in casualities, however, not an indication attacks are decreasing. A U.S. base just west of Baghdad overnight, 14 mortar rounds were fired at it. Attacks here are so common, soldiers say they expect to be shot at when ever they go out.
In Baghdad the coalition's top administrator pushed his nation building agenda, meeting the newly appointed interim minister of works, emphasizing the benefits of President Bush's call for more money.
PAUL BREMER, HEAD COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY: It is a clear and dramatic illustration of the fact that the American people are going to finish the job we started when we liberated Iraq here four months ago.
ROBERTSON: Feelings about President Bush's speech not matched by some Baghdad residents.
IRAQI MAN: What do you see around says salesman Haider. There is nothing, no security, no rebuilding, it's all lies. Bush is a liar just like Saddam.
ROBERTSON: Sparking disbelief also President Bush's defining of the war in Iraq in terms of the war on terrorism..Is this terrorism questions this lawyer..
IRAQI MAN: I mean if I go and occupy the United States and the American people resisted me will that be labeled terrorism.
ROBERTSON: To the north of Baghdad the hunt for anti-US elements did go on..Four men arrested overnight in raids around Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit.. The deadly routine of high stakes cat and mouse, catch or be attacked, apparently no nearer a conclusion. However it seems now one step closer to funding for the forseeable future..
Nic Robertson CNN Baghdad
Do the Math
It's time to Do the Math!
The president wants 87 billion dollars to cover the war on terrorism for the next year. Let's compare that with the price tags of some other wars, in today's dollars. If you add up the total costs of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the U.S.-Mexican War, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War...You'd have a figure of 76-point-five billion, which still falls 10-and-a-half billion dollars short of the estimated war on terrorism costs over the next year.
Add that to your knowledge!
Facing the Music
TRACYE HUTCHINS, CNN ANCHOR: You may know someone who's traded music files online. But offering music on the net is illegal if you don't own the copyright-- that's the exclusive legal right to copy a musical work. The music industry is serious about protecting those rights...and now they're filing lawsuits against offending users. But as Deanna Morawski tells us, there's still a way for some users to avoid "facing the music".
DEANNA MORAWSKI, CNN REPORTER: After years of trying to enforce copyrights on music, the recording industry decided to pump up the volume against voices like this.
UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: Why buy when you can download for free?
MORAWSKI: Tactics like lowering CD prices and getting pop stars to speak out against piracy just weren't doing the trick. So Monday, the industry filed lawsuits targeting 261 users deemed "major offenders" by the Recording Industry Association of America. Those users, it says, made an average of 1,000 copyrighted song files available on the internet.
The president of the association says after watching CD sales drop 31 percent in three years, the industry had no choice. "Nobody likes playing the heavy and having to resort to litigation," he says, "but when your product is being regularly stolen, there comes a time when you have to take appropriate action." (CARY SHERMAN, RIAA PRESIDENT)
While the lawsuits may seem harsh to those who think file sharing is harmless, the industry also announced Monday it's extending an olive branch in the form of a "Clean Slate Program". It offers amnesty for users who adhere to these conditions: If they voluntarily identify themselves, erase downloaded music files, and promise not to share music on the 'net anymore, the RIAA says they will avoid a potential lawsuit.
Meantime, the industry is pursuing subpoenas at universities across the country in an effort to ID more music file traders. They hope the news of lawsuits will strike a chord with users who think they won't get caught.
For CNN Student News, I'm Deanna Morawski.
Word to the Wise
A Word to the Wise...
amnesty (n) the act of an authority by which a large group of individuals is excused and not penalized for an offense
TRACYE HUTCHINS, CNN ANCHOR: Now that you know what it means, you can find out how to get amnesty. For more information about the recording industry's clean slate program, head to www-dot-musicunited-dot-org.
TRACYE HUTCHINS, CNN ANCHOR: Now for a cross-country check of some of the nation's top stories.
In Chicago, where Indiana governor Frank O'bannon was attending a conference...the 73-year-old lawmaker was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. O'bannon suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, which is a form of stroke. if he's unable to carry out his work as governor, Indiana's lieutenant-governor could take over the job.
And in Oklahoma, the murder trial of the man convicted for taking part in the 1995 Oklahoma city bombing, will be moved to a site more than 100 miles from the scene of the crime. a judge said that the pre-trial publicity would be too intense in the state's capital. Terry Nichols has been convicted for conspiracy to carry out the bombing, and he's facing 161 counts of first-degree murder.
Final WTC Firefighter Funeral
TRACYE HUTCHINS, CNN ANCHOR: One day after the president asked for more funding for the war on terror...a funeral was held for a man who perished during the event that catalyzed the conflict. He was the last september-11th firefighter to be buried, and though his remains were never recovered...Jason Carroll tells us how his family still found a way, to lay him to rest.
JASON CARROLL, CNN REPORTER: Families of September 11th victims stood at ground zero last year to mark the day so many lost thier lives. Missing from the ceremony, Domenica and Vincent Ragusa. Their son, Michael, a firefighter, was killed on 9-11. His remains were never found. His family remembered him at home.
DEE RAGUSA, MOTHER: I didn't feel Mike was at ground zero at that point. There was nothing there, just a big dirt pit. I do feel he's here though. He's here.
CARROLL: Michael was one of 343 firefighters killed during the terrorist attack. He is the last to have a funeral.
VINCENT RAGUSA, FATHER: Our focus has been to recover Michael and put him at rest.
CARROLL: For nearly two years, Ragusa's family hoped the medical examiner would find something to identify him... and bring closure.
DEE RAGUSA, MOTHER: I mean I know he's gone but you know when you get a phone call and no one's on the other end...I used to go, 'Micheal it's all right, come home!'
CARROLL: The Ragusas knew Michael had been a bone marrow donor, in honor of his brother, who survived leukemia. What they didn't know: doctors had kept a vial of his blood.
DEE RAGUSA, MOTHER: That vial of blood to us is Michael and we can bury him now.
VINCENT RAGUSA, FATHER: Once we put Michael in the grave it's going to put us at ease in a sense, because we'll have a place to go.
CARROLL: Michael's service was held Monday. He was buried next to his best friend, fellow firefighter, Paul Molinaro.. who was also killed on september 11th. Jason Carroll, CNN New York.
Before We Go
TRACYE HUTCHINS, CNN ANCHOR: Before we go...it's acupuncture on a whole new scale...
A dragon's scales, to be exact. A komodo at a Singapore zoo lost its appetite, to apparent parasites in its stomach. Its doctor was sick of treating animals with modern medicine, so he turned to chinese tradition to needle the dragon back to health. The doc says acupuncture won't kill the parasites, but that it would boost the komodo's immune system. He claims he's had success with this and other creatures, great and small
TRACYE HUTCHINS, CNN ANCHOR: A lizard-like lift, here on CNN Student News. I'm Tracye Hutchins. Stay right here on headline news, for more stories.