CNN Student News
Aired October 1, 2003
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HOLLY FIRFER, CNN ANCHOR: An investigation widens into possible spying at Guantanamo Bay when a third arrest is made. A Russian Ballerina gets back to work, even if her bosses say, her one-hundred-nine pounds is too heavy. And how far do you think you could go alone in a wicker basket? Hello and welcome to CNN Student News on this Wednesday, the first day of October! I'm Holly Firfer at the CNN center.
First Up: Espionage at Gitmo?
HOLLY FIRFER, CNN ANCHOR: First up: Another arrest related to possible espionage, or spying, at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This time it's a civilian translator who's under investigation. After authorities apparently found he was carrying some CD roms and documents, that are allegedly related to the hundreds of suspected terrorists held at the base. Barbara Starr takes us to the center of a widening examination, tells us who's involved and what it all could mean.
BARBARA STARR, CNN REPORTER: This third arrest caught military officials by surprise, adding to Pentagon worries of a major security breach inside the prison on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. So far no evidence connects the civilian translator Ahmed Mehalba to either Ahmad al-Halabi, the senior airmen facing charges of espionage and aiding the enemy, or Islamic Army Chaplain Captain James Yee who is also under arrest but not charged. Sources tell CNN that investigators also looking at suspicious activity by other members of the Air Force and Navy personnel. The investigation may expand to the Marine Corps. One counter terrorism expert says its not likely to all be a coincidence.
MATTHEW LEVITT, FMR. FBI COUNTERTERRORISM ANALYST: When you are talking about gaining access to so secure a location in an environment of national security, post 9-11, I find it very unlikely that it was possible there are three disparate penetrations of Guantanamo.
STARR: The investigation is trying to answer these critical questions: Is there an espionage conspiracy? Were all suspects working independently? Did the suspects, who have Arab and Muslim backgrounds, develop sympathies toward the detainees? Or are the suspects innocent? At minimum, it now appears there were serious security breaches at Guantanamo Bay. Barbara Starr, CNN, the Pentagon.
Time for some Fast Facts! The term "national security" is used to describe the national defense, foreign relations, or economic interests of the United States. To protect national security, authorities classify, or keep secret, some types of information. There are three main levels of classified information: Confidential, which could be expected to damage national security if it's released without permission; Secret, which could seriously damage national security if it's given out without authorization; and Top Secret, which could be expected to cause "exceptionally grave" damage to the national defense, foreign relations, or economic interests of the U.S.
CIA Leak Investigation
HOLLY FIRFER, CNN ANCHOR: Following up now on another possible breach of security, this time concerning the Central Intelligence Agency. The U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into an apparent leak of classified information, that blew the cover of a CIA operative. Joseph Wilson, the husband of the operative, says the White House gave out his wife's name...as payback for his criticism of U.S. intelligence on Iraq. Such a leak would constitute a serious federal crime, as well as a possible breach of national security. The White House and the CIA both say they'll cooperate with the justice department's investigation.
Around the World
HOLLY FIRFER, CNN ANCHOR: Today's news isn't all about investigations and allegations. On a global scale, we've got the latest on everything from updates in the Iraqi school system, to the trials of a Russian ballerina. Deanna Morawski takes it away with our "Around the World" report
DEANNA MORAWSKI, CNN REPORTER: We begin in Iraq, where millions of children are beginning their first school year without Saddam Hussein in power. After several months and upwards of 140 million dollars, more than a thousand Iraqi schools have been refurbished. New textbooks contain the same lessons, minus Ba'athist propaganda and messages from Saddam.
In England, Prime Minister Tony Blair gave his annual address to the Labor party. The speech tackled criticisms of Blair's decision to go to war with Iraq. It came as a new poll showed 60 percent of Britons think he lied about the threat posed by the gulf nation. Blair said if given the chance, he would make the same decision again, and told the party to stay focused on moving forward.
Two European airlines are planning a merger that would create the world's third largest airline company. Air France has agreed to buy Dutch-owned KLM in a deal that's estimated to save the carriers 700 million dollars a year. The companies say consolidating will help them cope with an economic slowdown in travel. They blame the slump on several factors, including September 11th, SARS, and the war in Iraq.
After a stop in Paris, first lady Laura Bush is paying a visit to Russia's capital. Tuesday, the one-time librarian met with first ladies from Russia, Bulgaria and Armenia. She's in Russia to attend a library festival, celebrating books and literature. Also in Russia, a ballerina has her job back after the labor ministry determined she was dismissed illegally. The Bolshoi Theater fired the dancer after she refused to sign a contract for a shorter term of employment. The theater said it was because at 109 pounds, she weighed too much. That's a look at global headlines. For CNN Student News, I'm Deanna Morawski.
Time for the Shoutout! Which of the following words describes a single unit in food that can produce heat or energy in the body? If you think you know it, shout it out! Is it: gram, ingredient, calorie, protein. You've got three seconds--Go! The answer we're looking for here is calorie, which is also used as a measurement of the heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by one degree Celsius. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!
HOLLY FIRFER, CNN ANCHOR: Like the desire for some fresh tortilla chips, those calories can creep up on you, even in places you might not expect. We're not talking about your hips, here. It's in those restaurants down the street that blend Mexican and Southwestern American flavors...for what Christy Feig tells us, can be a colossal combo of calories
CHRISTY FEIG, CNN REPORTER: So-called "Fresh Mex" restaurants like Baja Fresh and Chipotle are springing up across the country.
TEX-MEX CUSTOMER: The burritos are really big.
FEIG: But for those who count calories and fat grams, those large portions come at a heavy price.
MICHAEL JACOBSON, CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: We found many burritos, nachos, quesadillas, and platters with more than 1,000 calories and a whole day's worth of saturated fat and a whole days worth of sodium.
FEIG: The CSPI says nachos they checked at the Baja Fresh restaurants had about 2,000 calories and almost 40 grams of saturated fat.
JACOBSON: To have two days of saturated fat in one meal is about as bad as you can get.
FEIG: They want Chipotle and others to reveal calories and nutritional information. Chipotle says its customers know what they're getting.
STEVE ELLS, FOUNDER & CEO, CHIPOTLE: It's pretty obvious that if you eat a lot of beef, a lot of sourcream, a lot of cheese and put that all together that that's a lot of calories and a lot of fat.
FEIG: CSPI says the tortilla alone at Chipotle has 340 calories. But that won't stop these burrito fans:
TEX-MEX CUSTOMER: Compared to what I normally eat, this is probably the healthiest thing I eat all week.
TEX-MEX CUSTOMER: They're big so I try to get two meals out of it.
FEIG: CSPI says some "Fresh Mex" restaurants offer alternatives that you don't normally find in fast food. Otherwise people who are trying to watch what they eat should get the big burritos cut in half. In Washington, I'm Christy Feig.
Fastest Drive-thru in the West (and everywhere else)
HOLLY FIRFER, CNN ANCHOR: Now let's forget about calories for a moment, as we check the rankings for the best fast-food drive-through in the country. This year's king was Chick-Fil-A, and taco bell rang in second. Wendy's, which has enjoyed the top spot in the past, fell to third place this time around, followed by Burger King. And El Pollo Loco and Jack-In-The-Box tied for fifth place.
The study took speed, menu board appearance, speaker clarity, and order accuracy into account. If you're wondering where McDonald's, the king of fast food ranked, it was at number 12 on the drive-through list.
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Before We Go
HOLLY FIRFER, CNN ANCHOR: Before we go...it was an Atlantic crossing, in an old world kind of way. A British balloonist completed his journey from Canada to England Monday, after three days all alone in a five-by-seven-foot wicker basket. the 46-year-old endured freezing temperatures, lack of sleep, and two sonic booms from passing Concorde jets that nearly caused him to drop from the sky. He said he wanted a greater, old-fashioned challenge than a modern kevlar gondola could give him.
HOLLY FIRFER, CNN ANCHOR: And we've touched down on this edition of CNN Student News. I'm holly Firfer. Headline news lifts off with more stories after this.