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(CNN Student News) -- September 18, 2006

Quick Guide

E. coli Outbreak - Learn which leafy vegetable was contaminated by an E. coli outbreak and which state has been hardest hit.

Defending National Treasures - Hear some opposing viewpoints on the staff numbers of a group charged with a monumental task.

Jazz Fest - Listen to a jazz legend's music, and discover how an arrhythmic sound grew out of equine pursuits.

Transcript

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CHRISTINA PARK, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: It's a new week. And another week of CNN Student News. I'm Christina Park. Let's catch you up with what's happening. Spinach comes off the shelves amid an E. coli outbreak. Hear what's being done to protect your health. The police that protect U.S. landmarks are asked to do more with less. Hear what some critics are worried about. And you might not know the name, but the world takes note of his music. Get the score, as we take "time out" to honor a jazz legend.

First Up: E. coli Outbreak

PARK: First up today, we look at a health problem related to something you're usually encouraged to eat. Spinach is being pulled from grocery shelves amid an investigation into an E. coli outbreak linked to the leafy green vegetable. One person has died, and more than 100 people have become sick. The outbreak's expanded to 19 states with Wisconsin the hardest hit. The problem's been traced to a California-based company, but federal health officials aren't ruling out other possible sources. Rachel Lee explains what's being done to keep the outbreak from spreading.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

RACHEL LEE, CNN REPORTER: Investigators are linking this California facility with an E. coli outbreak that's led to one death and sickened people across the U.S.

The Food And Drug Administration has connected fresh, bagged spinach packaged by Natural Selection Foods LLC to the virulent strain.

While the company has issued a voluntary recall of its spinach products, government officials are still working to confirm the exact source of the contamination at the farm-to-fork chain.

Wisconsin, the first state to report the outbreak, accounts for about a third of the illnesses - including the lone fatality.

BEVAN K. BAKER, MILWAUKEE COMM. OF HEALTH: This outbreak is pervasive, it is widespread.

LEE: Some restaurants are being forced to improvise.

PERSON ON THE STREET: We're working with our vendors, our produce vendors, and they're going to try to work something out so we'll have field greens without spinach by the end of next week.

LEE: At the consumer level, some changing habits.

PERSON ON THE STREET: I'll buy it again, but it's just going to take some time til they find out the problem.

LEE: Wisconsin's governor is appealing for the utmost caution.

GOV. JIM DOYLE, (D) WISCONSIN: We really are asking everyone, not only in Wisconsin but across the country, to simply get rid of any fresh bagged spinach.

LEE: Officials are still determining whether bagged products by other manufacturers are at risk. Rachel Lee, CNN, Atlanta.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Fast Facts

CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS REPORTER: Time for some Fast Facts! E. coli is an abbreviation for Escherichia coli. It's a species of bacteria that normally occurs in human and animal intestines, but food can become contaminated with it. Most cases of infection are linked to eating contaminated, undercooked ground beef. Symptoms of E. coli infection include severe diarrhea and sometimes kidney failure. To prevent the spread of infection, make sure your ground beef is always thoroughly cooked, stay away from milk that isn't pasteurized, and always thoroughly wash your hands.

Spoken Word

POPE BENEDICT XVI: Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.

PROTESTER: The pope has dishonored our prophet. He said our prophet was a terrorist and he had used a sword...needs to be punished.

Pope Apology

PARK: Pope Benedict XVI says he's "deeply sorry" about the angry reaction to comments he made about Islam. Benedict recently quoted a 14th-century emperor who called some teachings of Islam's founder "evil and inhuman." The pope said yesterday, the quote does not express his personal thoughts, and his speech was intended as an invitation to respectful dialogue. Some Muslim leaders say they're satisfied with that explanation, while others are demanding a full apology. Demonstrations against the pope's comments were held in Iran, and several churches have been attacked in Palestinian areas.

Defending National Treasures

PARK: They're part of a small force, but U.S. Park Police officers have a monumental task -- protecting America's treasured landmarks. Since the September 11th attacks, Park Police have have been working with fewer officers than the National Park Service recommends. That has a former Park Service Police Chief,and at least one congressional critic, crying foul. Gary Nurenberg fills us in on what's at stake.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

GARY NURENBERG, CNN REPORTER: The Statue Of Liberty in New York, Golden Gate Park and the Presidio in San Francisco, the national monuments In Washington, D.C.

LT SCOTT FEAR, U.S. PARK POLICE: We're the most important uniformed, federal law enforcement agency in the country

NURENBERG: The United States Park Police has about 600 officers, 25 percent less than the national park service recommended to congress in 1999..

TERESA CHAMBERS, FMR. PARK POLICE CHIEF: It seems to me we're operating on hope, we've got our fingers crossed and we hope that something bad doesn't happen.

NURENBERG: Teresa Chambers was fired from her job as Park Police chief after she warned of the dangers of understaffing in 2003.

TERESA CHAMBERS, FORMER PARK POLICE CHIEF: I would rather have been candid with the media and the American public and Congress than to wait until I was standing among the rubble of a fallen American icon.

NURENBERG: Other police agencies got bigger after 9/11. The U.S. Capitol Police Force, for example, has grown by hundreds of officers, so did the FBI. But the Park Police Force is now smaller than it was.

DEL. ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, (D) D.C.: They are 30 cops fewer than they were at 9/11, that's a disgrace.

NURENBERG: Eleanor Holmes Norton represents in Congress the city of Washington.

NORTON: The Park Police are clearly spread too thin on the Mall.

NURENBERG: She was particularly upset earlier this summer when tourists on the traditionally-safe National Mall suffered a series of criminal attacks including robbery, assault and rape. Park police played a key role in finding and arresting suspects.

U.S. ATTY KENNETH WAINSTEIN: I just want to give them the credit, where credit is due.

NURENBERG: Proof, the Park Police says, it can respond quickly.

FEAR: We increased our patrols and we stopped the crimes from taking place.

NURENBERG: Additional funding in the 2007 budget should allow the Park Police to train new officers, training that was canceled because of funding shortages this year.

FEAR: We're expecting to hire three to four classes of officers so at the end of the year our numbers will probably be up.

NURENBERG: In the meantime...

FEAR: I think our agency has the resources to maintain the security we need.

NURENBERG: Visitors to the country's national monuments hope he's right. Gary Nurenberg, CNN, Washington.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Shoutout

AZUZ: Time for the Shoutout! Which country gave the Statue of Liberty to the U.S.? If you think you know it, shout it out! Was it: A) Canada, B) Britain, C) Italy or D) France? You've got three seconds--GO! In the late 1800's, the people of France gave the Statue of Liberty to the U.S. as a gift of friendship.

Jazz Fest

PARK: For pianist Dave Brubeck, It's about time. Jazz time, that is. His career spans more than half a century. And last night, the 85-year-old composer was unveiling a new work at the Monterey Jazz Festival. "Cannery Row Suite" is based on a John Steinbeck novel. Let's hear more in his own words, with Brooke Anderson.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

DAVE BRUBECK, JAZZ MUSICIAN: I've always loved to play and that's what I'm still able to do, fortunately.

BROOKE ANDERSON, CNN REPORTER: Dave Brubeck at 85... age may have slowed his voice, but not his hands. He still plays with the ease of a much younger man... The younger man who composed such jazz classics as "Blue Rondo a la Turk" and "Unsquare Dance." His hands first touched the piano as a boy in northern California-- tutored by his mother, herself a musician. But for a time he saw his future not in recording but in ranching, as he told us when we interviewed him in 1993.

BRUBECK: I grew up around Vaqueros and American Indians and real ranch life and I wanted to stay in it.

ANDERSON: His music would become known for its distinctive contrasting rhythms, which grew out of his time in the saddle.

BRUBECK: Riding horseback on a 45-thousand acre ranch you're alone a lot. And I had nothing to think about except for music and the sound of the horse walking or trotting and I would always put another rhythm against that.

ANDERSON: He later studied with classical composer Darius Milhaud, which would add sophistication to his sound. A career followed that earned him many distinctions, from being the first jazz artist featured on the cover of Time, to recording the first jazz album to go platinum, 1959's "Time Out." With well over a hundred albums to his credit now, Brubeck is still composing, still drawing from a seemingly inexhaustible well.

ANDERSON: Monterey is a familiar place for him. He played the very first festival, in 1958. Almost 50 years later he's back, his passion for jazz undiminished.

BRUBECK: If you love what you're doing and you can do it all your life you can't be better off. There's nothing better than that.

ANDERSON: Brooke Anderson, CNN, Monterey, California.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Goodbye

PARK: Bravo for that.. And that brings down the curtain on this edition of CNN Student News. I'm Christina Park...Thanks for joining us.


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