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CNN Student News Transcript: February 6, 2009

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(CNN Student News) -- February 6, 2009

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Today's Headlines - Learn about a Supreme Court justice's health scare in our headlines recap.

Multigen Families - Explore how the struggling economy is bringing some families closer together.

Black History Month - Celebrate the athletic accomplishments of some famous African-Americans.



CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Fridays are awesome! Like our new camera shot. Thanks for joining us for CNN Student News. From the CNN Center, I'm Carl Azuz. First up today, a quick check of the headlines.

First Up: Today's Headlines

AZUZ: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is recovering after undergoing surgery to treat pancreatic cancer. Doctors discovered a small tumor in her pancreas in January. Justice Ginsburg, who has served on the Supreme Court since 1993, suffered a previous bout of cancer in 1999.

The Senate is scaling back the "Buy American" provision in the economic stimulus bill. As you remember, the clause would require the government to use U.S. products for stimulus projects. Senators agreed not to remove the clause entirely, but say it won't override existing trade treaties.

Millions of TV viewers have four more months to prepare for the day their local stations make the move to digital. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a Senate bill Wednesday that pushes the switch from analog signals back to June 12th. It was originally scheduled for February 17th.

And scientists are watching Alaska's Mount Redoubt, waiting for the volcano to erupt any day now. It's been dormant for about 20 years. But when it does explode, it could spread ash across parts of the state.

Word to the Wise


dormant (adjective) lying asleep or temporarily inactive


The 1549 Tapes

AZUZ: A bird strike. That was the reason why U.S. Airways Flight 1549 lost power last month just minutes after it took off from New York's Laguardia Airport. The pilot, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, knew immediately that his aircraft was in trouble. But his quick response, and that of his crew, is credited with saving the lives of everyone on board. Tapes of the conversation between Sullenberger and air traffic controllers were recently released. Take a listen to this.


CHESLEY B. "SULLY" SULLENBERGER, CAPTAIN OF FLIGHT 1549: This is Cactus 1539. Hit birds. We lost thrust in both engines. We're turning back towards Laguardia.

NEW YORK TRACON LAGUARDIA DEPARTURE: OK, yeah. You need to return to Laguardia. Turn left, heading of two-two-zero.

SULLENBERGER: Two-two-zero.

NEW YORK TRACON: Tower, stop your departures. We got an emergency returning.


NEW YORK TRACON: It's 1529. He, ah, bird strike. He lost all engines. He lost the thrust in the engines. He is returning immediately.

LAGUARDIA TOWER: Cactus 1529. Which engines?

NEW YORK TRACON: He lost thrust in both engines, he said.


NEW YORK TRACON: Cactus 1529, if we can get it to you, do you want to try land runway 13?

SULLENBERGER: We're unable. We may end up in the Hudson.

NEW YORK TRACON: Alright, Cactus 1549, it's going to be left traffic to runway 31.


NEW YORK TRACON: OK, what do you need to land?

NEW YORK TRACON: Cactus 1549, runway four is available if you want to make left, traffic to runway four.

SULLENBERGER: I am not sure we can make any runway. Oh, what's over to our right? Anything in New Jersey, maybe Teterboro?

NEW YORK TRACON: OK, yeah, off to your right side is Teterboro Airport. Do you want to try and go to Teterboro?


NEW YORK TRACON: Teterboro, Empire Tee. Laguardia departure, got emergency inbound.


NEW YORK TRACON: Cactus 1529 over the George Washington Bridge wants go to your airport right now.

TETERBORO: Wants go our airport. Check. Does he need assistance?

NEW YORK TRACON: Ah, yes. He, ah, was a bird strike. Can I get him in for, ah, runway one?

TETERBORO: Runway one, that's good.

NEW YORK TRACON: Cactus 1529, turn right 280. You can land runway one at Teterboro.

SULLENBERGER: We can't do it.

NEW YORK TRACON: Okay, which runway would you like at Teterboro?

SULLENBERGER: We're gonna be in the Hudson.

NEW YORK TRACON: I'm sorry. Say again, Cactus?

NEW YORK TRACON: Cactus, ah, Cactus 1549, radar contact is lost. You also got Newark Airport off your two o'clock and about seven miles. Eagle, flight 4718, turn left heading 210.

EAGLE FLIGHT 4718: Two one zero on 4718. I don't know. I think he said he was going in the Hudson.


Facebook Promo

AZUZ: A miracle, indeed. One Facebook page for Captain Sullenberger has more than a half-million fans. We're aiming high too, and you guys are helping make it happen from around the world. We've seen wall posts from France, Scotland, China, South Korea, and of course from tons of you here in the U.S. We've added some new pictures to the page, plus a poll on our next video. So check it out, let us know what you think. And if you're not a fan yet, log on to Facebook, search for "Carl Azuz, official" and sign up!

Multigen Families

AZUZ: Between work, school, and everyone's busy schedules, it can be hard to get the whole family in one place. But there is something that's bringing relatives closer together these days: the struggling economy! What? Well, with times being tight, more and more families are moving in together, bringing multiple generations under the same roof. Alina Cho explores the growing trend.


ALINA CHO, CNN REPORTER: Just a year ago, German and Lillian Tixe had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate their new home. They planned to live on the first floor and rent the second and third. But they never dreamed their tenants would be their own adult children, until German suddenly lost his job.

KANESSA TIXE, MOVED BACK WITH PARENTS: He was pretty quiet. He didn't want us to talk about it. We're all like, "We're going to help you. I can get you a job."

CHO: German's daughter, Kanessa Tixe, moved in. So did her step-brother, Eric, step-sister, Lillie, and her family. They're all helping out by paying rent, and their landlords are strict.

KANESSA TIXE: "You better pay the rent on time." Actually, they charged us a deposit.

CHO: It's a living situation that's becoming common. According to, 65% of those surveyed say the bad economy will bring more multi-generational families together under the same roof.

AMY GOYER, GRANDPARENTS.COM: This is a dollars and cents issue. When it comes to the bottom line, can you afford to live on your own? And if you can't, then families come together and do what they have to do.

CHO: It's not without its downfalls.

KANESSA TIXE: Every time I go out, they're like looking out the window, or asking me where I'm going. It's like I feel 16 again.

GERMAN TIXE, ECONOMY BRINGS KIDS HOME: The music is too high. And we call it, put it down, because, you know, sometimes, you know, we have to sleep.

CHO: Experts say problems are bound to arise.

GOYER: The little things can get to you. I hear the most problems from the kitchen. I know one mom was telling me she just burst into tears because her mother was criticizing the way she made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

CHO: But if living together is a dollars and cents issue, time together is priceless. Even more so for the Tixes. This multigenerational family is about to expand: Lillie is due in April.

KANESSA TIXE: We're very close, very united. And I think now that we live together, it shows even more. Many of our friends and family come here and they wish they were this close.

CHO: The new living situation ends up helping the kids, too. By living with their parents, they all pay less rent. Kanessa jokes that they also save money by stopping down at mom and dad's for meals and of course the laundry. No more laundromat around the corner. By the way, with all the concerns about layoffs, the family feels living together provides a safety net for everyone. Alina Cho, CNN, New York.



NIVISON: Today's Shoutout goes out to Mrs. Howard's social studies classes at Ripley High School in Ripley, Oklahoma. To whom did Major League Baseball dedicate its 1997 season? Was it: A) Jackie Robinson, B) Babe Ruth, C) Roger Maris or D) Abner Doubleday? You've got three seconds -- GO! The 1997 season was dedicated to Jackie Robinson, marking the 50th anniversary of his debut in the league. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!

Black History Month

AZUZ: Pretty impressive honor, but well-deserved. You see, Robinson's debut in the Majors marked a milestone, not just for the sport, but for the country. As we continue our special coverage of Black History Month, that moment leads off our look at some accomplishments in the field of athletics.


KEN NELSON, CNN STUDENT NEWS: On April 15, 1947, a baseball player named Jackie Robinson stepped onto a field in Brooklyn, New York, breaking an almost 60-year color barrier. He became the first African-American to play in the major leagues since the nineteenth century, and Robinson would score the winning run in that debut, finishing that season as rookie of the year. And two years, later he was MVP of the league. Eventually, Robinson would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 2007, 60 years after Robinson's first game, the world celebrated Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith at Super Bowl XLI. They became the first African-American head coaches in NFL history to coach in the sport's championship game. The Colts would go on to win the title that year, making Tony Dungy the first black head coach to win a Super Bowl.

In 1997, Tiger Woods went on a record-smashing spree, as he became the first African-American and youngest person of any race to win the Masters. He did so at an amazing 18 under par, a tournament record, and he won by an incredible 12 stroke lead, yet another first.

Celebrating African-American achievements in the sports arena this Black History Month!


Before We Go

AZUZ: Before we go, a California construction worker strikes gold, archaeologically speaking. What he actually struck was tusk, an eight-foot one from an ancient mammoth. Scientists think this thing roamed the earth about half a million years ago. These days he's just taking a dirt nap. So, what about the rest of the bygone beast? The first discovery was followed when experts unearthed its skull and bones. Although it will take a while to get them out of the ground.



AZUZ: But they are putting in a mammoth effort. That's where we wrap things up. You guys have a great weekend. I'm Carl Azuz.

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