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CNN Student News Transcript: August 28, 2008

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(CNN Student News) -- August 28, 2008

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Democratic National Convention - Hear how the Democratic Convention officially nominated Barack Obama.

Youth & Politics - See how two very young people are taking part in the political process.

Monopoly Record - Check out a record-setting Monopoly game that spans several countries.



CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: From the newsroom to your classroom, this is CNN Student News. Thanks for spending some time with us today. From the CNN Center, I'm Carl Azuz.

First Up: Democratic National Convention

AZUZ: The festivities in Denver are drawing to a close as the Democratic Convention reaches its final day. We'll be talking about the Republicans next week when they take over the political spotlight. But first, let's check out some highlights from the DNC. Day three brought the roll call, as state by state offered up those delegates that were won in primaries and caucuses. When it came time to officially nominate Barack Obama, the convention called for an audible agreement.

REP. NANCY PELOSI, (D) HOUSE SPEAKER: All in favor of the motion to suspend the rules and nominate by acclamation Barack Obama as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate, please say "Aye."

CROWD: "Aye!"

PELOSI: All those opposed, please say "no." Two thirds of the delegates having voted in the affirmative, the motion is adopted.

AZUZ: The night's speeches focused on foreign policy and national security. That's what vice presidential nominee Joe Biden discussed when he took the podium.

JOE BIDEN, (D) VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: Remember when the world used to trust us? When they looked to us for leadership? with Barack Obama as our president, they'll look at us again.

AZUZ: The convention also heard from former President Bill Clinton, the most recent Democrat to occupy the oval office.

FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Everything I learned in my 8 years as president and in the work I have done since in America and across the globe, has convinced me that Barack Obama is the man for this job.

AZUZ: Today, the DNC leaves the Pepsi Center, as Barack Obama officially accepts his party's nomination.

Youth & Politics

AZUZ: There's been a lot of talk about young people getting involved in this presidential campaign. With cable news and the Internet, you guys are a lot more informed about politics than I was at your age, even if many of you aren't old enough to vote. Today, we're featuring two young people who are passionate about politics. First up, Nelson Garcia of affiliate KUSA in Denver, Colorado, follows a young reporter who's covering the Democratic Convention.


NELSON GARCIA, KUSA REPORTER: Out of the thousands of journalists...

CONVENTION WORKER: Good morning. Are you covering this event this morning?

GARCIA: ...sixth-grader Gabi Curry...

CONVENTION WORKER: Who are you with?


GARCIA: ...has got the scoop on almost everyone else here.

CURRY: What I want to write about is a kid's point of view.

GARCIA: Like the professionals, Gabi's covering press conferences, taking notes and writing stories on what is going on at an international event.

CURRY: I'm actually reporting at the DNC and I am 11.

SPEAKER: Thank you very much.

GARCIA: With a mentor from a Denver newspaper agency, Gabi is experiencing everything. From all the walking...

DANA PLEWKA, CURRY'S MENTOR: I'm not sure who's pulling who in which direction.

GARCIA: the masses of people...

CONVENTION WORKER: How about Curry? C-U-R-R-Y?

GARCIA: all the security checks.

PLEWKA: They haven't been kept out of anywhere. It's kind of scary where they've been actually.

CURRY: It's fun to watch how people react when they see me. It's like, "Are you seriously a reporter?"

GARCIA: She is serious about her work, even it's just sometimes kid's play. Gabi loves the energy.

CURRY: Sometimes you get a little nervous, um, like everyone's gonna look at me.

PLEWKA: The confidence she exudes is something I never could have dreamed of when I was 11 or 12 years old.

GARCIA: You might think that with all of Gabi's experiences covering the DNC and as a journalist, that that's what she might want to do for a living.

CURRY: No. I want to be a nurse. I just recently went down to Juarez, Mexico, and the doctors there really inspired me.

GARCIA: Out of the thousands of journalists, there's just one Gabi Curry.


AZUZ: From reporting on the political process in Colorado, we're going to head east to Pennsylvania and meet a young man who wants to educate his peers about how they can get involved. Jackie Shutack of affiliate WFMZ in Allentown introduces us to this aspiring politician.


JACKIE SHUTACK, WFMZ REPORTER: Sitting in front of his parents' computer in Coopersburg, 11-year-old Max Ebert updates his passion project: We are the Future, a Web site he created.

MAX EBERT, ASPIRING POLITICIAN: My Web site is teaching young Americans about how to get more involved in their country and politics.

SHUTACK: The Web site offers links to political Web sites and advice on how kids can help out. Max is a young Republican who regularly volunteers in Senator McCain's Bethlehem headquarters. He's also worked for other area politicians. This weekend, we caught up with him when he welcomed Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to town. This motivated middle school student got his first taste of politics when he was just seven years old, attending a rally for President Bush's re-election campaign in 2004.

EBERT: I wanna be a politician so I can serve the people, really help people that really need help and set our government straight.

SHUTACK: In his spare time, Max writes letters to politicians at all levels of U.S. government, some of whom have taken the time to write back.

ROEY EBERT, MAX'S MOM: He's getting kids in his class interested in politics and excited about the election.

SHUTACK: The oldest of five kids, Max's favorite subject in school is history. He does watch cartoons after school, but he's also a fan of the cable news networks. This tech-savvy sixth grader spends most of his time updating his Web site, using it to educate young voters.

EBERT: Really try and get out there and get involved in politics, because we are the future and we can make a difference.



AZUZ: You might not be filing reports from the DNC or planning a future run for GOP office, but we bet you've got some thoughts on the election process. Share them with us in an iReport, and you could make it onto our show! Just make sure to get your parents' permission first. Head to to find out more.


GEORGE RAMSAY, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Time for the Shoutout! At what national monument did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his famous "I Have a Dream" speech? If you think you know it, shout it out! Was it the: A) Lincoln Memorial, B) Statue of Liberty, C) Washington Memorial or D) Jefferson Memorial? You've got three seconds -- GO! Dr. King offered his famous words from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!

"I Have a Dream" Anniversary

AZUZ: That happened 45 years ago today during the March on Washington, a peaceful protest of more than 200,000 people. When they arrived at the memorial, Dr. King gave what would become one of the most famous speeches in American history, sharing his vision for a world free from racial struggles. We've got a Learning Activity that challenges students to compare modern times to Dr. King's dream. Check it out at

Tomb of the Unknowns

AZUZ: Another popular Washington-area monument is weathering some controversy right now: the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. It's showing its age, cracking in spots after fighting the elements for more than 75 years. The cemetery says the cracks will get worse and wants to replace the monument. But historical preservationists say a replica is not the same thing as the original. They think the cracks should just be fixed as needed.

Word to the Wise

RAMSAY: A Word to the Wise...

monopoly (noun) It's not just a board game. It's a noun that means exclusive control of a good or service, or the group that has that control.


Monopoly Record

AZUZ: But it is a board game, one where the goal is to make monopolies. A lot of us have spent hours traveling between Baltic Avenue and Boardwalk. But the game's popular properties have gotten a few facelifts over the years, and to celebrate the newest look, some monopoly masters rolled the dice on a world record. Alphonso van Marsh has the details on this global game.


ALPHONSO VAN MARSH, CNN REPORTER: It didn't start with a bang, but these board game fans were determined to get more for their Monopoly buck.

ORGANIZER: We're after the Guinness World Record, so every single one counts.

VAN MARSH: Not everyone dressed up for the part, but all gathered around Monopoly boards in London, in Germany, in nearly two dozen cities to set a world record for the most people playing Monopoly at one time.

ROB MOLLOY, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: We actually had this as an open category waiting to receive a claim for it for a number of years now, but this is the first time that someone has actually put a specific claim to it.

VAN MARSH: They needed only 1,000 people to play within an hour to qualify for the record. It was a publicity stunt for Monopoly's new World Edition, a version that left these Brits wondering how Monopoly board property in Canada is higher valued than that in London.

ANTWONE OLIVER, MONOPOLY RECORD PLAYER: I don't know, it's crazy. London is like over 2.4 million. You can't buy a place in London for 2.4 million. So, I don't know.

VAN MARSH: Since Monopoly was first introduced in the 1930s, the board game's been about dice and figurines and paper money. But in order to make this world record attempt, your grandfather's board game had to hit the 21st century. Monopoly's gone hi-tech. From computer online gaming and playing on your cell phone to Nintendo and Xbox. Parent Glenn Read says he's had to adapt to a new generation of gaming.

GLENN READ, MONOPOLY FAN: It's almost like a different world as far as I'm concerned, and they tell me how to play the game whereas when they were younger, I'd show them how to play on the board game.

VAN MARSH: More than two thousand fans did "Pass Go." Monopoly organizers collecting a record instead of the game's trademark two hundred dollars. Alphonso Van Marsh, CNN, London.




AZUZ: That monopolizes all our time for the day. We'll see you tomorrow to close out the week. I'm Carl Azuz.

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