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CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Representatives from all over the world are getting together to talk about a possible security threat. We're gonna have the details on that coming up in just a bit. I'm Carl Azuz. This is CNN Student News.

First Up: Polish Plane Crash

AZUZ: First up, Poland is starting a week-long period of mourning after the death of the country's president. He died in a plane crash over the weekend, and 95 other people, including his wife and several Polish military officials, also killed in the crash. It happened on Saturday morning while the plane was trying to land at an airport in Russia. Authorities don't know yet what caused the crash. Investigators are on the scene; they're looking into it. Russia has launched its own investigation, as well. One Russian official said that weather might have played a part in the tragedy.

The body of President Lech Kaczynski returned to Poland yesterday. Mourners were waiting as the plane arrived, and others lined the streets as the casket passed by on its way to the presidential palace. Thousands of people have gathered at that palace, lighting candles, leaving flowers. There have been tributes and memorials to all of the people who were killed in the crash. Yesterday, tens of thousands of Poles observed a two-minute moment of silence in honor of the victims. For many people in Poland, this is a time of sadness and remembrance.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE [TRANSLATED]: I can't tell you what I'm feeling, just shock.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE [TRANSLATED]: I think that this is the place that all Poles should be today. Not just for the president, but his wife and many other important people who have died.

UNIDENTIFIED GIRL [TRANSLATED]: I don't think there will be a better president than Mr. Kaczynski.

AZUZ: Kaczynski had been president since December of 2005. The speaker of Poland's parliament has taken over as acting president for now. According to the country's laws, elections for a new president have to take place within the next 60 days.

West Virginia Mine Tragedy

GOV. JOE MANCHIN, WEST VIRGINIA: We did not receive the miracle we prayed for. We have accounted for the four miners that had been unaccounted for. We have a total of 29 brave miners who we are recovering at this time.

AZUZ: The governor of West Virginia there, giving the news that the bodies of the four miners who had been missing after last week's explosion have been found. This is the worst U.S. mining disaster in 40 years. President Obama wants officials to find out what caused it. He said, "We cannot bring back the men we lost. What we can do, in their memory, is thoroughly investigate this tragedy and demand accountability."

Justice to Step Down

AZUZ: Justice John Paul Stevens, whom you see right here, has served on the U.S. Supreme Court for nearly 35 years. When the court takes its summer break later this year, that service will end. Justice Stevens announcing he will retire in a letter sent to the White House on Friday. This sets up what could be a very tough confirmation fight for his replacement. But for now, the focus is on Justice Stevens and the work that he has done.

U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Justice Stevens has courageously served his country from the moment he enlisted, the day before Pearl Harbor, to his long and distinguished tenure on the Supreme Court.

Is This Legit?

TOMEKA JONES, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Is this legit? 47 countries have officially declared that they have nuclear weapons. Not legit! Eight countries -- including the U.S., UK, France, China, Russia, India, Pakistan and North Korea -- have all announced that they have nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Summit

AZUZ: We chose the number 47 there because there will be 47 countries, including most of those eight nuclear powers, represented at a meeting about nuclear security. It starts in Washington, D.C. today. The focus is on how to contain materials that can be used to make nuclear weapons and how to keep those materials away from terrorists. It's part of President Obama's push to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and technology. You might remember that, last week, he signed a new treaty with Russia to cut down the number of nuclear weapons that both countries have. Now, that treaty still has to be ratified by the U.S. Senate, and some critics argue that President Obama's efforts could make the U.S. look weak to potential enemies.

Astronauts Spacewalk

AZUZ: Up at the international space station, astronauts are checking items off their to-do list. The space shuttle Discovery arrived at the ISS last Wednesday. And yesterday, the crew completed the second of three planned spacewalks during their 13-day mission. They were removing an old storage tank; it's part of the space station's cooling system. They'll install a new tank during their last scheduled spacewalk. That's set to take place tomorrow.

I.D. Me

APRIL WILLIAMS, CNN STUDENT NEWS: See if you can I.D. Me! I'm a hand-held instrument that was first developed in the 1800s. I'm part of the winds family. I can be played by breathing in and out. I'm the harmonica, and some of my models have a range of four octaves.

Instrument of Change

AZUZ: It's hard for anyone to just pick up an instrument and play it. I remember back when I was in high school, I played the drums. Took me about three years just to get competent. But if you can, imagine picking up an instrument and thinking, "OK, this is what I'm gonna do with the rest of my life." That's exactly what happened to Bradley Harrison with the harmonica. He doesn't just play the instruments, though, he makes them. And he says that the decision to make them changed his life. Ted Rowlands takes note of Harrison's journey.


BRADLEY HARRISON, HARRISON HARMONICAS: It's the coolest instrument in the world. You can put it in your pocket, you can carry it around, it's a real musical instrument.

TED ROWLANDS, CNN CORRESPONDENT, LOS ANGELES: A real musical instrument that, for Bradley Harrison, became an instrument of change in his own life. After picking one up at a house party 14 years ago, Harrison decided to leave his job as a restaurant manager to pursue his new passion. With no formal business training and only a high school education, he risked everything to make his dream a reality.

HARRISON: I think they thought I was a pipe dreamer. It's funny, 'cause that can destroy you or make you even more determined, and it made me more determined to prove people, prove everyone wrong.

ROWLANDS: With that determination, Harrison commuted 90 miles each way, maxed out five credit cards, and even slept on the floor in his office.

HARRISON: I'd work 'til 2 o'clock in the morning, and I went to the local store and I bought a sleeping bag and I'd sleep here. I'd say the biggest hurdle is teaching how to do all this skilled labor right here.

ROWLANDS: The economy took a turn for the worse, but Harrison said that actually helped his business when it came to finding and then hiring six employees.

HARRISON: In all reality, it's really helped Harrison Harmonicas, because now we are in a community in Rockford that has unemployment of 20%, just under 20%, so now I can get these engineers and all this talent at a much cheaper rate than you would if the economy was doing really well.

ROWLANDS: But even with that advantage, success didn't come easy for Harrison.

HARRISON: I just decided that I'm going to do this. I am going to make a harmonica factory in the United States. I knew it was going to be hard, but I didn't know it was going to be this hard.

ROWLANDS: But when he played his first Harrison Harmonica for the first time, it seemed easy.

HARRISON: That was magic. It was one of those magic moments that I feel lucky to have. I don't know if a lot of people get those magic moments.

ROWLANDS: A moment made even more magical in a struggling economy.

HARRISON: If you want something, you go do it, and you chart your life and figure it out.

ROWLANDS: Ted Rowlands, CNN.


Stadium Implosion!

AZUZ: So long, Texas Stadium. The legendary landmark came down over the weekend, imploded by more than a ton of dynamite. Incredible pictures! The demolition cost $6 million, which might seem like a lot of money to break something. The man with his finger on the button was an 11-year-old. His name is Casey Rogers. He won an essay contest and the right to reduce the place to rubble. For longtime fans, it was a bittersweet moment. But for Casey, his reaction was a little bit different. He said, "It was really cool. I just want to do it again." We're sorry, though, Casey; this is sort of a one-time-only thing.

Before We Go

AZUZ: Before we go, someone else who's having a blast. Sure, it may take him a little while to work up the nerve, and he might need some help with that first step. You can't really blame the guy. The drop is more than 700 feet! And the jumper is 96 years old! Not his first jump, either. The company that sets this up says every time this man bungees, he is scared. But for him, it's all about overcoming fear.


AZUZ: It's a good life lesson. When you get scared, you just bounce right back. We've reached the end of our rope on CNN Student News. We will bounce right back tomorrow, though; hope to see you then. I'm Carl Azuz.