(CNN Student News) -- June 4, 2010
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CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Fridays are always awesome! This one, though, is a little bittersweet for us because this is our last show of the school year. You know who I am. Let's start things off with a quick check of today's headlines.
AZUZ: The U.S. government wants BP to start paying up for the Gulf oil spill. The company got a $69 million bill this week. That includes costs for cleanup and efforts to stop the leak. BP said it reached an "important milestone" yesterday with the "cut and cap" plan we've been telling you about. But the long-term solution is a relief well, and that may not be in place until August.
After more than 70 years, Mercury is fading away. Ford says it's going to stop production on the Mercury car brand by the end of this year. Mercury sales have been down recently, so Ford decided to end the line and focus more on its luxury Lincoln brand. The company says this won't lead to any job cuts.
Soccer fans focus in on South Africa. The country is hosting the World Cup, the global soccer tournament that's held every four years. Every continent except Antarctica is represented by the 32-team field. This year's tournament kicks off on June 11th. The final match is scheduled for one month later. If you want to follow these or any stories over the summer, you can check out the Spotlight section at CNNStudentNews.com. We are going to be updating it regularly while we're on break.
TOMEKA JONES, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Time for the Shoutout! "Semester" is a German word that can be traced back to what other language? You know what to do! Is it: A) Latin, B) Greek, C) Egyptian or D) Sumerian? You've got three seconds -- GO! Semester goes back to the Latin word semestris, which means six months. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!
AZUZ: Over this past semester, we've covered some huge headlines. We've explored the debate over health care reform, examined the devastation caused by a massive earthquake in Haiti, and we've taken you up close to see an erupting volcano. Here's a look back at some of the biggest stories from this semester.
U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: After nearly 100 years of talk and frustration, after decades of trying and a year of sustained effort and debate, the United States Congress finally declared that America's workers and America's families and America's small businesses deserve the security of knowing that here in this country neither illness nor accident should endanger the dreams they've worked a lifetime to achieve.
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, (R) ARIZONA: It has now been heralded the passage of Obamacare as "historic." They're right, they're right, it's historic. It's the first time in history where a major piece of legislation has been passed over the overwhelming objection of the majority of the American people. It's historic.
BRITISH PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN: We're dealing with the most dramatic financial recession for 70 years. Every country is facing up to the consequences of that.
OBAMA: Jobs must be our number one focus in 2010.
U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY TIMOTHY GEITHNER: This recession caused a huge amount of damage, and we're going to be living with that damage for a while to come.
MIKE GODFREY, U.S. AGENCY OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: I ran out into the courtyard and began to cry out to other members of the apartment building to come in to the courtyard. The shaking was severe, and it went on for what I thought was quite a long time, but I guess was about 15 to 20 seconds. It delivered one heck of a jolt and I'm very pleased to have made it through that. It was very scary.
PAUL MURPHY, WWL REPORTER: The Coast Guard described a rather grim scenario, where 11 of the 126 workers are missing from the Deepwater Horizon, which continues to burn out of control.
BOB DUDLEY, MANAGING DIRECTOR, BP: This is an unprecedented accident in the oil and gas industry.
GOV. BOBBY JINDAL, (R) LOUISIANA: As oil continues to hit our shores week after week, thousands of barrels of oil remain in the water.
PAUL PECUNIA, LOUISIANA FISHERMAN: The marsh gets all full of oil, what am I gonna do? I've been crabbing all my life. So, that's all I know how to do.
STAN GRANT, CNN ANCHOR, DUBAI: Emirates says this is the worst disruption it has ever seen.
GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's literally raining ash. The ash is going into my eyes, it's on the streets. We are south of the volcano, this is the way the wind is blowing in the western part of Iceland.
ALINA CHO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Exactly how many flyers are stranded, how long will they be stuck? Half! Half of all transatlantic flights are expected to be cancelled today.
U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER: Earlier this evening, Faisal Shahzad was arrested in connection with the attempted car bombing in New York on Saturday. Mr. Shahzad, an American citizen, was taken into custody at JFK airport in New York as he attempted to board a flight to Dubai.
AZUZ: Powerful stuff. And as you fans of our blog know, the biggest stories we cover on the show aren't always the ones that get the most feedback from you. Usually on our blog, the post that gets the most is our annual salute to teachers, and this year, more than 1,600 of you logged on to thank them. Besides that, though, here are the top three blog posts at CNNStudentNews.com, based on the number of your responses.
Number one: Information or distraction? President Obama said that with iPods, Xboxes and PlayStations, information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment rather than a tool of empowerment. 949 of you have taken time to shout out your opinions on that statement. Second place: Is texting addictive? We have 785 comments on this so far and a Quick Poll, indicating that while a quarter of you don't text at all and 30 percent send between one and 50 texts a day, another 30 percent say they have more than a hundred texts a day that they send! And in third, why do some people ignore seat belts? A good 777 opinions have been sent in on that. Our blog is open 24/7 throughout the summer at CNNStudentNews.com.
AZUZ: Well, as in our Salute to Teachers blog, education's something we talk about a lot on our show. And you hear the same thing over and over from your teachers, from your parents: how important your education is. It affects what kinds of jobs you can get, how much money you can make. Recently, we asked some teachers who were taking a tour of the CNN Center here in Atlanta how they get that message across to their students.
SHARON GERRY, UNITY SCHOOL, FLORIDA: We stress the importance of academics because, without academics, the extracurriculars are not available to you.
RAHSAAN MATTHEWS, CARVER MIDDLE SCHOOL, GEORGIA: I do my best to relate real-world experiences to them and show them the importance of math and technology and science and things they may be interested in.
WILLIAM WHALEY, JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL, OHIO: First thing is giving them a pride in themselves; giving them a pride in understanding that college isn't something that's not meant for them; it's something they were born to go to.
SHAWN HARONETT, KIPP POLARIS ACADEMY FOR BOYS, TEXAS: We kind of surround them with the message of college right away. They get that message as soon as they walk in. They are put into homerooms and classes that are named after colleges. They're told they're a part of the class of 2010, 2011, 2017, and that tells them what year they're going to start college.
TAMMY LEE, CARVER MIDDLE SCHOOL, GEORGIA: I try to show them how it relates to the world that we live in. When you start trying to teach a child physical science or anything else, if you can't show them how it's used, they don't have a use for it. So, you got to relate what we're doing to their life.
MARY HENSON, SMOKY MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL, NORTH CAROLINA: I tell them from day one that education is very important in their lives. And I try to be a role model to them and show them what an education can do.
SI SIMMONS, SMOKY MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL, NORTH CAROLINA: I think the biggest thing is show passion and show the kids that you truly care about them and that you are an advocate for them.
AZUZ: Our show is going away over the Summer, but our Facebook page isn't going anywhere! We've got a new video up there right now featuring my double. We'll post more over the break. And I plan to log on from time to time to answer your questions. The address: Facebook.com/CNNStudentNews!
Off the Beaten Path
AZUZ: All right, we covered today's headlines, the top stories, top blog posts. What else can we do? I'm guessing we can go Off the Beaten Path.
AZUZ: While thinking of the best offbeat videos of the last ten months, the usual stuff came to mind: eating competitions, animals in places they shouldn't be... this.
Ah, yes: There are always people trying to get a handle on world records. Cooking up the world's biggest ball of meat. Rolling out the biggest ball of rubber bands. Even roping pets into the act! Some try to stay grounded, or at least keep planes that way. Others become guitar heroes, without a real guitar or really getting up from the couch.
But if we had to pick one video that stood out from the rest, it would have to be an underdog -- or under"cat" -- story, really, from Break.com. It showed a fearless feline ferociously facing down a bear! It was even the cat who took the first swing, eventually sending the bear barreling into the woods. That'll teach him to steal garbage. We don't know how he could bear the shame. But we do plan on roaring back with new videos in just a couple months.
AZUZ: Yeah, admit it. When you heard "bear vs cat," you thought it was gonna be grizzly. The idea of two months without puns may seem unbearable. To some of you, they'll be very bearable. But since this is our last show of the year, we want to thank all of you for watching. We will be back on August 16th. From all of us here at CNN Student News, we hope you have an awesome summer.