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(CNN Student News) -- May 4, 2007

Quick Guide

A Royal Visit - Check out the itinerary for Queen Elizabeth's visit to the United States.

A Princely Footprint - Learn what environmental information Prince Charles is about to make public.

Week in Review - Look back at the week's top headlines, including a summit on Iraqi security.



DANIELLE ELIAS, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Before you wade into the weekend, check out our wrap-up of the week on CNN Student News. I'm Danielle Elias. Rolling out the red carpet: Queen Elizabeth II arrives in the U.S. to mark the anniversary of England's first North American settlement. Reaching for the stars: One of NASA's very first astronauts passes away at the age of 84. And making up for lost time: With the help of this year's senior class, two high school sweethearts enjoy the prom they never had.

First Up: A Royal Visit

ELIAS: First up today, a royal visit. The U.S. is playing host to Her Majesty, the Queen of England. Elizabeth II took the throne back in 1952 and her reign is the fourth longest of any British monarch. Now, she's traveled to the states to celebrate a milestone: the 400th anniversary of England's first permanent settlement in North America. Elizabeth Manresa runs down the rest of the agenda for the queen's visit.


ELIZABETH MANRESA, CNN REPORTER: They're rolling out the royal welcome in Virginia -- Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are visiting the U.S. To mark the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America -- a place the queen last visited 50 years ago. The first stop, Virginia's state capitol in Richmond. The queen rarely speaks in public, but Thursday she addressed Virginia's General Assembly, which could trace its roots back to Jamestown in 1619.

QUEEN ELIZABETH: This 400th anniversary marks a moment to recognize the deep friendship which exists between our two countries, a friendship for which I certainly in my lifetime have had good cause to be thankful.

MANRESA: Richmond's officials have spent months preparing for Her Majesty's royal visit. Crowds of people gathered trying to catch a glimpse of the royal couple -- some even waving the British flag. After her speech to the General Assembly, the queen visited privately with survivors of last month's massacre at Virginia Tech.

QUEEN ELIZABETH: My heart goes out to the students, friends and families and all those killed and to the many others who have been affected.

MANRESA: The queen will have a short visit in Williamsburg and then on Friday will head to Jamestown. On Saturday, she's scheduled to attend the Kentucky Derby.

MANRESA: The White House is planning plenty of pomp and circumstance for Her Majesty. President Bush plans to host a state dinner for the royal couple next week. In Washington, Elizabeth Manresa, CNN Student News.



CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Time for Friday's Shoutout! This one goes out to Ms. Weeks' 7th grade History class at Williams Middle School in Bridgewater, Massachusetts! What is Queen Elizabeth's official London residence? If you think you know it, shout it out! Is it: A) Kensington Palace, B) Windsor Castle, C) Newcastle Upon Tyne, or D) Buckingham Palace? The key word here is London -- in the British capital, the queen's official home at Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms! That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!

A Princely Footprint

ELIAS: The environment gets a lot of attention these days, but the man who's next in line for the British throne has been thinking green for years. Prince Charles has pushed eco-friendly ideas for more than a decade. But as Jim Boulden explains, after criticism over the carbon costs of his travels, the prince wants to balance the books.


JIM BOULDEN, CNN REPORTER: Britain's Prince Charles was a campaigner for the environment long before climate change become a household term. Since 1992, the prince's company, Duchy Originals, has sold products grown on organic farms, giving more than $12 million in profit to charity. The company is also considering putting the carbon impact of making each product right on the label.

BOULDEN: And for years the prince has used renewable energy. He won't even allow the lawn at his highgrove estate to be watered. A man most definitely ahead of his time.

ROBERT JOBSON, ROYAL WATCHER: Well, I think that if you actually look back at what Prince Charles was talking about 10, 15, even 20 years ago when people did label him a bit of a, a kook, a bit of a freak in many ways of what he was saying, but actually a lot of those things have now become true. A lot of people now support what he says. I think that shows you that he's got foresight and is looking ahead.

BOULDEN: But when Charles is seen jetting off -- for ski trips, or official visits -- he's accused of hypocrisy. One paper claimed the prince and 22 minders flew over 9000 miles in just one week. So now the prince has added travel to his list of ways to cut his carbon footprint. He canceled a planned ski trip which would have meant a chartered flight, and recently flew commercial to New York. And now, for the first time, the prince will make public an environmental audit when he publishes his household financial accounts in June.

BOULDEN: The audit will detail not only the steps taken to cut the carbon footprint of the prince and his wife, but also the work-related travel of their entire household staff. That's over some 120 people. The goal is to make all the prince's activities carbon neutral. On May Day, the prince prodded British business leaders to follow his example and cut their own carbon footprints.

PRINCE CHARLES: I do not want my children and grandchildren, or yours, for that matter, saying to me "Why didn't you do something when it was possible to make a difference?"

BOULDEN: Jim Boulden, CNN, London.


Is This Legit?

AZUZ: Is This Legit? NASA's Apollo 7 space flight in 1968 covered 4.5 million miles. This is true! It took almost 11 days to do it, but Apollo 7 went the distance.

Wally Schirra 1923 - 2007

ELIAS: And the commander of that flight was Wally Schirra, who was the third American to orbit the Earth and the oldest man to have flown in space. The Navy captain was one of the very first seven astronauts selected by NASA for the historic Mercury project, and he was the only person to have flown in all three pioneering Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. Shirra died yesterday at age 84.

Week in Review

ELIAS: We like to look back over our shoulder every Friday and review the headlines from the week that was. From political protests in Turkey to immigration rallies in the U.S., from a president exercising his veto power to a summit to discuss the defense of Iraq. We go over it all once more in our Week in Review.


Today's Week in Review brings your class the images of stories that made headlines this week. Included here is a brief description of each topic:

One million Turks spilled into the streets last weekend, calling for their country's government to remain secular, or non-religious. The demonstration came in response to the government's nomination of Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul for president. Gul is a prominent member of an Islamic-based political party, and many Turks fear his party would threaten their government's current, non-religious status. The Turkish military, which has overthrown governments in the past, said it would defend secularism -- a statement widely seen as a warning to Gul's party. On Thursday, Turkey's parliament approved early general elections on July 22. Officials hope that the move will help resolve the crisis by giving the Turkish people a voice in the decision.

The United States had its own demonstrations on Tuesday. Hundreds of thousands turned out in cities across the country to call for change in U.S. immigration law. Most of the marchers urged Congress to give America's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants a way to obtain legal status. However, some called for tougher U.S. border controls and broader enforcement of current immigration restrictions.

As promised, President Bush put his veto pen to work this week. The House and Senate approved a $124 billion spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the bill called for U.S. combat troops to leave Iraq by March 2008 -- a deadline that opponents, including the president, say would be a formula for failure in the Persian Gulf nation. Supporters of the deadline say it reflects the will of the American people to end the Iraq war. Congress and the Bush administration are now trying to iron out their differences over the war spending bill.

Delegates from more than 50 countries convened in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to discuss the situation in Iraq. The United Nations described the International Compact with Iraq as a five-year plan to promote peace and development there. U.S. and Iraqi officials are hoping other nations will forgive Iraq's $100 billion in foreign debt. On the sidelines of the meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with officials from Syria, urging continued efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters crossing into Iraq from Syria. She also said she pressed Syria for help in the effort to stabilize Iraq. It was Rice's first meeting with Syria's foreign minister since she became secretary of state more than two years ago.



ELIAS: Teachers, you can use our Newsquiz to test your students' knowledge on topics from this week's news, like: Which U.S. president exercised his veto power the most? Check it out at We'll even give you a head start on this week's quiz. The president with the record for the most vetoes was Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Before We Go

ELIAS: Before we go, a prom date that was decades overdue. Norm and Norma Baker missed a milestone in their lives together, an event that you might be planning for right now: their senior prom! Instead of going to the dance, Norm went off to fight in World War II and Norma waited it out. But thanks to the class of 2007, these high school sweethearts got to make up for the 60-year-old missed date.


ELIAS: And of course they were crowned king and queen. That'll do it for today's CNN Student News. I'm Danielle Elias. Have a great weekend.


May 4, 2007  (10:05)




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