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(CNN Student News) -- March 30, 2007

Quick Guide

Severe Storms - Find out how parts of the U.S. are recovering after being hit by deadly storms.

Week in Review - Check out some of the week's top headlines as we look back at the Week in Review.

Tuskegee Airmen Honored - Learn about the prejudice faced by the famous Tuskegee Airmen after World War II.



DANIELLE ELIAS, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: We're glad to have you with us for this Friday edition of CNN Student News. I'm Danielle Elias. The violence of nature: Parts of the U.S. are cleaning up after a powerful path of storms left devastation and tragedy in their wake. The battles of the past: A group of World War II veterans is honored for their fights against the enemy abroad and racism at home. And the man among men: A competition on a tropical Chinese island is looking for Mr. World - one who can do more than just look pretty.

First Up: Severe Storms

ELIAS: First up today, parts of the U.S. are recovering from powerful and deadly storms. Tornadoes are blamed for 4 deaths as a violent storm system swept a path across the country's mid-section. 65 twisters were reported in Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma. Storms stretched from South Dakota to Texas, threatening flash flooding in some states and causing hail and snowstorms in others. A storm-chaser took video of this massive twister as it moved through Oklahoma. And in the small Colorado town of Holly, officials say a tornado as wide as two football fields left many, if not all structures, with some degree of damage. Ronda Scholting filed this report Thursday as folks there began cleaning up.


RONDA SCHOLTING, CNN REPORTER: This is perhaps the hardest hit section of Holly, Colorado, here in the north part of town. The tornado came from the southwest and tore a path to the northeast, hitting this neighborhood extremely hard. In this house right here, a 76-year-old woman was in her kitchen. The last thing she says she remembers is opening the pantry right before the tornado hit. Her friends and family rushed here last night to actually dig her out of her home because she couldn't get out.

SCHOLTING: Next door here, this young couple has basically lost almost everything. The husband heard the tornado coming down the street. He grabbed the wife and drug her down to the basement. They got down there just about five seconds before the funnel cloud actually hit.

SCHOLTING: But even within all this devastation here, there are things people have been able to salvage, including the Rushton family right here, some kitchen pots and pans and all sorts of things in this trailer, showing that the tornado is somewhat strange in the things that it takes and the things that it leaves behind. In this neighborhood, at least there were only a few injuries, some more serious, some minor. But here, everyone did survive. In Holly, Colorado, I'm Ronda Scholting reporting.


Fast Facts

STANLEY NURNBERGER, CNN: Time for some fast facts! A tornado warning means a tornado has been indicated by radar or spotted on the ground. A tornado watch means conditions are right for tornadoes to form. Before Wednesday's twister in Holly, Colorado, no tornado sirens were heard in the area. Why? Officials say the town is too far away from radar systems that detect twisters. By the time someone spotted the twister, it was too late to take cover.

Constitutional Showdown

ELIAS: We told you yesterday about a bill being debated in the Senate that would provide funds for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. It also contained an amendment that sets a date for U.S. troops to leave Iraq. And President Bush has said he'll veto any bill with that kind of deadline in it. Well, the Senate passed that bill Thursday, setting up a showdown between the White House and Congress.

Week in Review

ELIAS: In other news out of Washington this week, Tony Snow is facing a second battle against cancer. After fighting the disease two years ago, the White House spokesman found out his cancer has returned after having a medical procedure last Friday. Carl Azuz has that story and more as he looks back at the headlines in our Week in Review.


CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Fireworks and fanfare for the European Union. The 27-nation cooperative celebrated its 50th birthday this week, and thousands turned out to hail the success of Europe's virtually borderless economic and political alliance.

WOMAN: As a member of the European Union, you can travel free, and yeah, it's much better now.

AZUZ: The party was held in Berlin, Germany. And the city's Turkish population was absent in what might've been a message to Germany's chancellor, who's opposed to Turkey's goal of joining the Union.

AZUZ: Tensions are brimming between Britain and Iran a week after Iranian forces seized 15 British sailors and marines in the Persian Gulf. At this point, it's one country's word against another: Iran says the British crew crossed into Iranian waters, and that it has the GPS coordinates to prove it. Britain says its crew was in Iraqi waters, and that it has the GPS coordinates to prove it. This week, an Iranian news agency showed a tape of a female sailor admitting wrongdoing:

FAYE TURNEY, CAPTURED BRITISH SAILOR: Obviously, we trespassed into their waters. They were very friendly, very hospitable...

AZUZ: But it was unclear whether Faye Turney was speaking freely.

AZUZ: New developments regarding the death of Corporal Pat Tillman, an American football player-turned-U-S Army Ranger. Tillman was killed by friendly fire in 2004 while serving in Afghanistan. But in violation of its own policy, the Army withheld information from Tillman's family, saying initially it was enemy fire, not friendly-fire, that killed the 27-year-old soldier.

GEN. RICHARD CODY, ARMY VICE CHIEF OF STAFF: Apologies aren't enough. And that is why we had investigated, taken corrective action, and will continue to hold ourselves as an Army accountable.

AZUZ: The military says there'll be no criminal charges, but that four generals will face "corrective action" for mistakes they made following Tillman's death. The soldier's mother, meanwhile, rejected the Army's explanation and said it told only one side of the story, ignoring some witnesses' statements.

AZUZ: The man who is President Bush's voice to the media is beginning his second battle with cancer. White House spokesman Tony Snow had a small growth in his abdomen removed, and doctors found that cancer had returned and spread to his liver. Snow had been treated for colon cancer in 2005. He became White House spokesman last year after being declared cancer-free. The president says he looks forward to the day when Snow will be back on the job.

AZUZ: A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which we should point out is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, reported that American kids are seeing more ads for food than any other product. The breakdown: 34 percent for candy and snacks; 28 percent for cereal; 10 percent for fast food. No fruits, no vegetables. But that could soon change: 11 major food and drink companies plan to focus more advertising on healthier products or lifestyles. With your CNN Student News Week in Review, I'm Carl Azuz.



ELIAS: CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Lance Armstrong team up to deliver the latest news on ways to prevent cancer in the CNN Classroom Edition: Saving Your Life. The program airs on Monday, and you can find our free curriculum guide at


NURNBERGER: Time for the Shoutout! The Tuskegee Airmen were first trained to fight in what historic conflict? If you think you know it, shout it out!

Is it: A) Vietnam B) Spanish-American War C) World War I D) World War II ?

You've got three seconds, GO!

The Tuskegee Airmen, the U.S. military's first African-American air unit, first got off the ground during World War II. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!

Tuskegee Airmen Honored

ELIAS: The Tuskegee Airmen fought the enemy in the skies over Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean. But they had another fight to face after the Allies' victory in World War II: A fight against racism and prejudice back home in the U.S. Andy Flick reports from Washington, where the group of veterans is getting a long-overdue honor.


ANDY FLICK, CNN: In a ceremony filled with music, prayer...

REV. DANIEL COUGHLIN, CHAPLAIN, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: How they lifted by their flights the boundaries of segregation.

FLICK: And tributes, President Bush and congressional leaders awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American fighter pilots in the U.S. military. It is the highest honor Congress can bestow.

SEN. CARL LEVIN, (D) MICHIGAN: It is the ultimate act of patriotism to love your country even when that love is not reciprocated.

FLICK: About 300 airmen and family gathered in the Capitol Rotunda 60 years after the legendary aviators first flew over Europe and North Africa during World War II.

FLICK: In 1941, 1000 young African-Americans signed up for an Army Air Corps program based in Tuskegee, Alabama. Members of the segregated unit learned to fly combat aircraft. But they could not even practice alongside white pilots. Their mission: To escort bombers into enemy territory. More than 60 Airmen died, others were taken prisoner. And yet, they had an excellent record.

DR. ROSCOE BROWN, JR., TUSKEGEE AIRMAN: Because of our great record and our persistance, we inspired revolutionary reform in the armed forces which led to integration in the armed forces in 1948.

FLICK: During the war, military men would refuse to return the Airmen's salutes. Now...

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: I salute you for your service to the United States of America.

FLICK: The gold medal will be displayed at the Smithsonian. For CNN Student News, I'm Andy Flick.


Before We Go

ELIAS: Before we go, a competition that's looking for a few good men. There's no evening wear or swimsuit categories, but competitors definitely have to show a lot of talent. It's the Mr. World Competition, where contestants from over 50 countries spend almost three weeks vying for the title. Sure, there's pushups And sit ups, but it's not just about looks. These guys also have to show off their skills in kung fu and Chinese cooking. The manliest man gets crowned on Saturday.


ELIAS: And that wraps up our last show of the month. We'll see you on Monday for more CNN Student News. I'm Danielle Elias.



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