(CNN Student News) -- May 17, 2010
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CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Ready to kick off a new week of CNN Student News, I'm Carl Azuz. By land, by sea and by air: We've got you covered in every direction in today's program. Let's go ahead and get to it.
AZUZ: First up, if you're thinking about traveling to Bangkok, Thailand, don't. The U.S. government is warning people against going into the city. The concern: the violent fighting between police and protesters. This has been going on for a while now. The thing is, it's gotten worse in the past several days. Thailand's government has declared a state of emergency in 22 provinces. More than 30 people have been killed in the fighting since last Thursday.
The protesters want the country's prime minister to leave office. They support Thailand's former leader. Gunfights have been breaking out in the capital city of Bangkok. Sara Sidner was on the scene; she's there. She's going to bring you a glimpse of one of them. Now, this happened over the weekend. Sara Sidner now takes us inside what's happening in Thailand.
SARA SIDNER, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We're on (INAUDIBLE) road here in Bangkok and the situation has turned extremely violent. You're seeing the violence and hearing the bangs. The army is down there on that side. It sounds like they are firing this way. There have been a lot of loud explosions today, another one going off.
And what you're also seeing is people from the protesters throwing things, more and more tires, trying to create a lot of smoke so that the army cannot see them as they move about in this area.
That was really, really close to us. It's extremely dangerous right now. The army, the military has said that it is going to push in. That appears to be what is going on right now. They're trying to get these protesters out of the commercial center of Bangkok, and it is an extremely dangerous situation.
Word to the Wise
APRIL WILLIAMS, CNN STUDENT NEWS: A Word to the Wise...
dispersant (noun) something that is used to break up or remove one substance from another
AZUZ: For example: oil and water. Dispersants are one strategy that officials are using to deal with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. These chemicals get released underwater. Then, they break down the oil into small drops to keep it from reaching the surface or the shore. One official says that the dispersants seem to be working, but some environmental groups are worried that the chemicals might cause more problems for sea life.
Meanwhile, there are some questions about exactly how much oil is leaking out into the Gulf. For several weeks, you've heard me say it over and over: The reports have been that more than 200,000 gallons of oil are leaking out every day. But some experts think that estimate might be low, way too low. So, the question that officials have been trying to answer for a while now is how to stop it.
Well, this animation shows the latest idea. It's called an insertion tube, and you can pretty much see how it works. Remote-controlled vehicles place this pipe inside the broken one. Then, it captures most of the oil that's leaking out and sends it up to ships that are waiting on the surface. This process happened yesterday, and there was a lot of progress made. Oil company executives said it was working "extremely well." But they also pointed out recently that this process is designed to contain the oil that's flowing out of the broken pipe; it will not stop the leak completely.
AZUZ: Well, relief efforts are happening on land, too, and some of those are trying to help out the Gulf Coast fishing industry. You've heard us mention that that industry has taken a big hit from this oil spill. Members of the music industry are lending their voices to the cause. The Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival takes place on the Gulf Coast in Alabama. Artists like Ray LaMontagne, Alison Krauss and Orianthi are gonna be there, and 100 percent of the show's profits are going toward restoring the coastal region. And over in New Orleans, Gulf Aid is raising money for the fishing industry, too. That concert features more than a dozen performers, including John Legend, Mos Def and Lenny Kravitz.
AZUZ: What you are seeing over my shoulder right now is the space shuttle Atlantis, the very first time it took off for space. That happened long before you were born: October 1985. What you're seeing right now is Atlantis taking off last Friday on its 32nd mission. It also happens to be the shuttle's last scheduled trip into space. NASA is getting ready to retire the space shuttle program. Just 2 more missions to go after this one, but those will be done by different shuttles. The current trip for Atlantis and its six-person crew is expected to last around 12 days. The shuttle linked up with the international space station yesterday. It's delivering some new parts to the ISS, including a cargo carrier and a research module.
This Day in History
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May 17, 1792 - A meeting of 24 businessmen in New York City leads to the creation of the New York Stock Exchange.
May 17, 1875 - The first Kentucky Derby, one of America's most famous horse races, takes place at the Churchill Downs track in Louisville.
May 17, 1954 - In the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.
AZUZ: Quick question: How many of you have ever chased after the ice cream truck? Guilty! Totally worth it, but it might have been easier if we knew when and where the truck was going to be. That is the idea behind a business in Washington, D.C. that's serving up a different delicious delicacy. So far, it seems to be working. Check it out.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Two Almond Joy, red velvet.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Anyone loves cupcakes.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How many is that?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Two dozen.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm in the middle of class right now, and I came with one of my students to come to the cupcake van.
SAM WHITFIELD, OWNER, CURBSIDE CUPCAKES: Here we go.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm so excited. Oh my gosh!
WHITFIELD: It's the middle of the day...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Can't decide.
WHITFIELD: ...whether you're having a good or bad day...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is my first Curbside Cupcake, and it's a red velvet.
WHITFIELD: ...you come out and you get to kind of feel like you're 10 again. I'm Sam Whitfield, the co-owner of Curbside Cupcakes. Have a wonderful day.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You too.
WHITFIELD: Thank you.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: See you next Wednesday.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Sam was working in a law firm. He's a lawyer.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is a classic chocolate, please.
WHITFIELD: Yes, I was sitting in a law firm working with some co-workers, and we all wanted cupcakes, but nobody wanted to get in their car and drive across town.
Two, three and four is your change.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank very much.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He just had the brainstorm. He said cupcakes should come to us.
WHITFIELD: Sharing the cupcake love.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you.
WHITFIELD: There you go.
KRISTI CUNNINGHAM, CO-OWNER, CURBSIDE CUPCAKES: I'm Kristi Cunningham. I'm one of the co-owners of Curbside Cupcakes.
WHITFIELD: We thought it was a good idea. Key lime this Wednesday?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
WHITFIELD: We just didn't realize how great of an idea it was until we actually started it.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you.
CUNNINGHAM: We don't want to look over our shoulders and have someone else have done it and think, "What if we had tried that?" So, we said let's just go for it.
WHITFIELD: I'm updating the Facebook and Twitter to let the next stop, Franklin Square, know that I'm on my way.
CUNNINGHAM: We did not do any of the more traditional marketing.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We just got out here, but I've been waiting all day for the update on Facebook.
CUNNINGHAM: We trusted the market. And the Facebook and the social media help us stay in conversation with the market.
WHITFIELD: Here you go.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Awesome.
CUNNINGHAM: When we started, we had about 300 cupcakes on the truck. Today, there are almost 1,300 cupcakes on the truck.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have become cupcake connoisseurs.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thanks a lot.
WHITFIELD: I deliver cupcakes to the people, about four stops a day, Monday through Friday. I'm more stressed. I'm a lot more tired. But I am definitely happier. The clients I have now are all happy. I think cupcakes are here to stay.
AZUZ: Man, I want cupcakes. At least one of the subjects in today's Blog Report is about food, so it's sort of related. Anyway, first thing we're talking about: zero tolerance policies. Hundreds of places have 'em. Hundreds of you are talking about 'em. Melissa thinks they're too extreme, that there's always gonna be an exception and that there needs to be cushion space. Cameron thinks zero tolerance policies should be replaced with "strict-policy rules," rules that are like zero tolerance but that bend for extenuating circumstances. Gettysburg thinks zero tolerance is a good thing, that it needs to be applied to people who commit crimes, and that authorities need to apply the law to everybody. As promised, we're also talking about food! Specifically, who should be responsible for choosing what kids eat. Here's how our Quick Poll broke down: 7 percent of you say government should control this. 72 percent say parents should be responsible. 20 percent say the kids themselves should choose what they eat. Miranda says parents are supposed to have the child's best interest in mind, but it seems to her that some important dietary choices are falling through the cracks. Kyla believes parents should be the main influence on a child's eating habits, but when it comes to school lunches, the government should draw the line. Interesting comments. If you're hungry for more, step up to our blog buffet at CNNStudentNews.com!
Before We Go
AZUZ: Before we go, there's a battle brewing on the U.S.-Canada border, and it's pulling the two countries in opposite directions. Good old-fashioned tug-of-war between American and Canadian cops. It's happening up at Niagara Falls. A friendly rivalry that goes back more than 40 years? That's the kind of story that really tugs at your heart strings. Still, it is a competition, and no one wants to go home empty handed.
AZUZ: Some of the guys on the losing side might just be at the end of their rope. Maybe knot. Perhaps their emotions don't get tied up in the contest. I'm a-frayed that's all we have for today. CNN Student News returns tomorrow. We'll look forward to seeing you then.