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Quick Guide & Transcript: Saddam Hussein trial, Biloxi revisited


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(CNN Student News) -- October 19, 2005

Quick Guide

Saddam Hussein Trial - Hear what Iraqi citizens have to say about the trial against their former ruler.

Cross Country - Go coast to coast in a report that highlights stories making headlines nationwide.

Biloxi Revisited - Compare pictures of how some parts of Biloxi, Mississippi looked before and after Hurricane Katrina struck.



MONICA LLOYD, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: A very warm welcome to this Wednesday broadcast of CNN Student News! From Atlanta, I'm Monica Lloyd. A lawyer for Saddam Hussein speaks of delay while some Iraqi citizens, hope for conviction. The ground moves in Southern California, but it's no earthquake; this natural disaster was triggered by the sky. And the race is on in Thailand, but there's little gear needed for this dangerous derby!

First Up: Saddam Hussein Trial

LLOYD: The day before his client's trial was set to begin, Saddam Hussein's lawyer said he planned to ask for a delay of at least three months. He said this is because he didn't have enough notice about the trial's start date, and because most of the attorneys who'll be defending Iraq's former dictator are not experienced in international law. Meanwhile, Christiane Amanpour gives us a sense of how Iraqi citizens feel about the trial of their former leader.


CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, CNN CHIEF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Saddam Hussein faces his first trial for crimes against humanity, for allegedly having 143 Shi'ite men from this village, Dujai, executed after his motorcade was ambushed here 23 years ago. But his brutal rule bludgeoned the whole nation's humanity, say these Iraqi's who are eager to watch his trial. 'I would cut him up piece by piece," says Mehdi. Now a soccer coach, Mehdi's personal hatred of Saddam began when he was on the Air Force soccer team. 'One day I returned from training, he said, and I learned that my cousin had been executed that morning.'

AMANPOUR: For years Iraqis lived in fear of Saddam and the statues and posters that loomed on every corner, but the fear started to fade when he was pulled graying and disheveled from a hole in the ground nearly two years ago,

and it faded further when he appeared for his first court hearing a year and half ago. On patrol with Iraqi troops in one of Baghdad's most dangerous neighborhoods, a new Iraqi soldier tells us: 'This trial will make a difference for all the Iraqi people, Saddam Hussein represents a dark period in our history.'

His commander, General Jawad Rumi, agrees. 'If the trial is on TV and in the press it would be good because Iraqi's are thirsty for this. I think if Saddam is executed 80% of the so-called resistance or terrorism will be eliminated.'

While many in Iraq want to see him executed, there are also many, mostly Sunnis, who do not. 'I hope he will be found not guilty and be freed,' says Ahmad. 'I think he should get a life sentence because execution will be too merciful for him,' says another customer.

Amar is a barber... a Kurd. Saddam could later face trial for genocide for gassing Kurds in 1988. 'What will he say to defend himself,' he asks. That's what Mehdi, whose cousin Saddam had executed, wants to know too. 'This is what I have been waiting for. I just want to listen to what he has to say, how he will answer to all those crimes he committed against the Iraqi people.' Christiane Amanpour, CNN, Baghdad.


Is This Legit?

CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS REPORTER: Is this Legit? Five judges will preside over the first case in the trial against Saddam Hussein. This one's true! The judges are part of the Iraqi Special Tribunal, which was created in 2003 to prosecute members of Saddam Hussein's regime.

Cross Country

LLOYD: It's been 36 years since there were 12 hurricanes in a single Atlantic storm season. But Hurricane Wilma tied that record yesterday. And forecasters are warning it could spin to category-three strength in the days ahead. Deanna Morawski tells us who's on the lookout, in our Cross Country report.


DEANNA MORAWSKI, CNN REPORTER: Florida residents are stocking up on essentials as they keep a watchful eye on Hurricane Wilma. The Category One storm churned through the western Caribbean Tuesday, with top winds reaching 80 miles per hour. Forecasters say the storm may lash the western tip of Cuba Friday before turning east and crossing south Florida this weekend. But that prediction could easily change. A terror threat in Baltimore, Maryland prompted authorities to close one downtown tunnel and restrict traffic through another... Causing major traffic tie-ups. The FBI said the moves were triggered by a tip about a plot involving a truck bomb... Leading police to inspect the underside of trucks with mirrors.

GOVERNOR ROBERT L. EHRLICH, MARYLAND: Our #1 priority in situations such as this is always public safety. Job one for government at all levels.

MORAWSKI: The tunnels reopened after less than two hours. The FBI is looking for at least six men it was told are part of the plot.

MORAWSKI: A 173-year-old dam in Taunton, Massachusetts is threatening to give way. If it breaks, as much as 6 feet of water could flood the downtown area of Taunton, which is home to 56,000 people.

MAYOR ROBERT NUNES/TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Again we encourage the residents who live along the Mill river to evacuate. All streets in the downtown area are closed.

MORAWSKI: National Guard forces have been deployed to help, if and when the dam breaks. A number of other emergency officials also are on standby.

MORAWSKI: Thunderstorms in southern California have triggered mudslides like this one... And knocked out power ... At one point or another ... To some 140-thousand customers. North of Los Angeles, mudslides and standing water forced the closure of interstate five for hours on Monday. It reopened early Tuesday morning. And that takes us cross-country... For CNN Student News, I'm Deanna Morawski.



AZUZ: Time for the Shoutout! Of what material is the Whittenton Pond Dam made? If you think you know it, shout it out! Is it: A) Plastic B) Wood C) Steel D) Stone You've got three seconds -- GO! The Whittenton Pond Dam was built of timber, or wood, back in 1832. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!

Biloxi Revisited

LLOYD: August 29th, 2005: Hurricane Katrina makes landfall as a category 4 storm, eventually affecting 90,000 square miles of land -- an area just smaller than the size of the United Kingdom! October 19th: As recovery from the storm continues. David Mattingly visits a city that was utterly destroyed in places, to understand how before-and-after pictures could actually inspire residents to rebuild.


DAVID MATTINGLY, CNN REPORTER: They are scenes of the Mississippi Gulf Coast in happier, more prosperous times...gathered on video by Biloxi television station WLOX in 2004.

TIM BEISEL: We hadn't seen anything that drove home the damage as far as what it was to what it is now.

MATTINGLY: Tim Beisel, who normally produces commercials for the station, found that when he matched the pre-hurricane video to the same scenes after Katrina, he had a visually unforgettable record of the power of the storm.

BEISEL: This is the most surprising thing.

MATTINGLY: They're gone!

BEISEL: There's fences...there's nothing.

MATTINGLY: We watched as houses on tree lined streets disappeared. A landmark old southern home vanished in the blink of an eye.

BEISEL: Notice all the buildings in the foreground. They're all gone now. You'll see big buildings but you got all these other buildings that are nothing. There's nothing there. There's signs.

MATTINGLY: Huge brick walls crumbled, a colorful marble memorial to Hurricane Camille...was stripped and disassembled.

MATTINGLY: Was there any one particular before and after that you have here that really hit home for you?

BEISEL: To me, uh Marine Life. Marine Life was the oceanarium down on highway 90. It looks like a skeleton of the former building. It's just the iron.

MATTINGLY: The moving segments have aired many times on WLOX And viewer response has been strong. You would think that when viewers saw their losses so powerfully presented...they would despair but that's not what happened. As people looked at the scenes of devastation they actually saw reasons for optimism. For every piece of their shattered community that they could see and recognize, they found hope that rebuilding would be possible.

BEISEL: You feel that there are something lost we will never get back. At the same time you know we really wanted to show people what it did look like in the hopes that you know it's going to be back.

MATTINGLY: One landmark according to Beisel is particularly significant...the old Biloxi lighthouse.

BEISEL: For it to make it through something like this really gives people hope.

MATTINGLY: It survived the 30 foot storm surge to become a new symbol for a storm-tossed city...seemingly lost in a sea of rubble. You have something like that..a land mark that's still standing...that's something to build our future around...really build out hope around.



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Before We Go

LLOYD: Before we go... How do you whip a buffalo into shape? Just ask these jockeys in Thailand! They didn't even need to saddle up for this race, in which they rode buffalo, bareback and barefoot. No, it's not very safe, but it draws plenty of tourists and awards the winner with farm equipment and a cash prize. And the beasts get to strut their stuff in a parade that's held in their honor.


LLOYD: And it's time for us to hoof it outta here, but we'll catch up with you tomorrow, online or on Headline News. I'm Monica Lloyd.

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