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CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: This Thursday, April 1st, April Fools Day, CNN Student News is not bringing you jokes -- not until the end at least. What we are bringing you is ten minutes of commercial-free headlines. I'm Carl Azuz.

First Up: Offshore Drilling

AZUZ: First up, a plan to drill for oil and natural gas in spots around the U.S. coast. President Obama announcing the idea yesterday, saying it would help the country's economy and energy needs. Suzanne Malveaux explains what areas are and aren't being considered for drilling.

SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Here's what it looks like. Here are some of the areas that they're proposing be open for offshore drilling. We're talking on the east coast from Delaware to central Florida, and then also the northern coast of Alaska.

Now, what's off-limits here, they say they're not going to include this. This would be from New Jersey northward to Canada, and then also the entire Pacific Coast, that from Mexico to Canada, including Alaska's Bristol Bay. All of those areas off-limits because, they say, obviously, there's commercial fishery as well as tourism, that the environmental concerns trump this. And so, that they are trying to form a compromise, if you will, to open up some of these areas.

AZUZ: There's been some mixed reaction to the president's plan. Some people argue that the drilling will help keep gas prices down and create jobs. Others say it could cause problems for the environment. And political reaction is split, too, and not just on party lines. There are Democrats and Republicans who are for the plan; there are others from both parties who are against it.

Northeast Flooding

AZUZ: Well, the rains have moved on, but the northeastern U.S. is still waiting for water levels to go down as it fights through flooded roads and basements. Rhode Island seems to have gotten the worst of this. Lots of roads closed down due to the water. It's forcing people to take alternate routes, and of course, that's causing a lot of traffic delays. President Obama has declared a state of emergency for the entire state to help get money to the people who need it. Rhode Island's governor talked about the impact of the floods.

DONALD CARCIERI, GOVERNOR OF RHODE ISLAND: We are really, right now, trying to concentrate on anything that can be done here; help those people. Because the numbers of homes, businesses that have been impacted around the Pawtuxet here is unprecedented.


AZUZ: We want to follow up on a story from yesterday. It concerns a teenager's death that some officials think might have been a consequence of bullying. Nine students at Massachusetts' South Hadley High School have been charged in the case. Now, another group of students has been removed from the school, but officials didn't give details about how these students might have been involved. The lawyer in charge says that Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old student, took her own life after being physically and verbally bullied for months.

This is a subject we're talking about on our blog -- bullying -- and we mean any kind of bullying you've witnessed. And we're looking for your thoughts on what can be done to stop it. Sam suggests "telling a teacher if you see bullying. A lot of kids grew up thinking, 'if you tell someone, then you're a snitch,' but in this case, you might save someone's life." Alexes says to "tell an adult that you know will do something about the bullying and then to stick up for yourself and not let people bully you." We asked how many of you had witnessed bullying in some form or another. When we recorded this show last night, 89 percent said they had, with only 11 percent saying no. Kyla writes that "if you see someone getting bullied, you should stand up for them. It's that easy; be their friend. Your reputation doesn't matter when you are saving a life." We've put up some resources that can help you address the issue of bullying. You're going to find those resources in today's transcript at

Remembering Jaime Escalante

ON-SCREEN GRAPHIC: "I came up with one idea: You don't count how many times you are on the floor. You count how many times you get up." - Jamie Escalante

AZUZ: You just read the words of teacher Jaime Escalante, whom you see right here. He inspired his students to work hard, and helped turn an inner-city, Los Angeles high school into one of the top math programs in the country, offering classes before school, after school, and on weekends. Escalante's life story was made into the 1988 movie "Stand and Deliver." And in 1999, he was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. We've honored Jaime Escalante's work on our show before. Today, we honor his memory. Escalante passed away Tuesday night. He was 79 years old.

Attacks in Russia

AZUZ: A rebel leader from the Russian region of Chechnya says that he is responsible for the attacks on Moscow's subway system earlier this week. More than three dozen people were killed in those bombings. Chechnya is part of Russia; it's located in the southwestern part of the country. But some people in the region, including this rebel leader, have been fighting for independence from Russia for nearly two decades. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says it's possible that the same terrorist group is behind a pair of explosions that happened yesterday in Dagestan. That's another Russian region that borders Chechnya. A dozen people were killed in yesterday's blasts; more than 20 others were wounded.


TOMEKA JONES, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Today's Shoutout goes out to the teachers and students at Autrey Mill Middle School in Johns Creek, Georgia! 5,280 feet is the same as what? You know what to do! Is it a: A) Furlong, B) Kilometer, C) Fathom or D) Mile? You've got three seconds -- GO! A mile is 5,280 feet long. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!

Walk in our Shoes

AZUZ: It's been said you should never judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes. Recently, a group of CNN iReporters showed us what it's like to walk a mile in theirs. We've got some of those videos for you right now. Take a look.


LEE CRAKER, IREPORTER, BAGHDAD: Heading to work, right after lunch, al Faw palace, Baghdad, Iraq.

JOHN DKAR, IREPORTER, PERU: This is Trujillo City in Peru, in South America.

JEAN PEREA Y MONSUWE, IREPORTER, THE NETHERLANDS: Hello, all! This is Jean Perea y Monsuwe coming to you live from the Putberg Forest in the deep south of the Netherlands.



KAREN LONG, IREPORTER, MADAGASCAR: One of my favorite walks, outside of Antananarivo, Madagascar.



AZUZ: Awesome pictures. You can follow their example. If you want to get on our show, iReports are the way to do it. Now, you might've requested a Shoutout before, and teachers can send in an iReport with a picture of your school to get that Shoutout. But you personally can get on the show. If you've got a question about money we can answer during Financial Literacy Month. Maybe you've got a favorite pun you want to say yourself for a Before We Go segment. iReports! Find out all about them at!

Before We Go

AZUZ: Before we go, we've got incredible video of a bear in its natural habitat. We hope these folks know to look out, though, because coming right there in between them -- okay, I guess it's intentional. That is a panda bear. It's Lin Ping the panda. It's actually a baby panda, believe it or not. And you see her here in her new home in Thailand. The place has a sand pit, a slide, a lot of toys. It cost $6 million, though; pandas ain't cheap! And it should take her a while to get used to the new surroundings.


AZUZ: But that's understandable. It's very difficult to create a new habitat at that young an age. Alright, we guess that pun deserved a pan, duh! But you know us; we're just bear-ly trying. Told you there'd be some jokes for April Fools Day. Didn't tell you they'd necessarily be good, though. Have a great day; we'll see you tomorrow on April 2nd. For CNN Student News, I'm Carl Azuz.