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CNN Student News - 10/8/10
  • Retail Sales
  • Hungary
  • Danube River
  • Montana
  • Bullying
  • MLB Baseball

(CNN Student News) -- October 8, 2010

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LESTER STO. NINO, IREPORTER: Hey you. Yeah, you. [Who, me?] Not you. I'm talking to you. And you are watching CNN Student News!

CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Holy cow! Lester, from Med High in Texas sent us that intro, and it was awesome! Just like Fridays. Thanks so much, Lester. We look forward to your iReports at My name is Carl Azuz. This is CNN Student News. Let's get to the headlines.

First Up: Economy Check

AZUZ: First up, retail sales. They are up, almost 3 percent during the month of September. Some experts think the increase might mean that holiday shopping will be up, too. That would be good for economy. But other folks aren't so sure. They think the jump in September was caused by back-to-school shopping and discounts, and that seasonal sales might not go up. Some big companies are talking about seasonal jobs though. UPS, Kohl's, Toys R Us, Best Buy: All of them are planning to bring in extra employees for the holiday season. Maybe you'll go to work for one of them. But research is showing that the increase in hiring will be about the same as last year. One other quick jobs note for you: The government is scheduled to announce the country's unemployment rate today. You can check that out at

What's the Word


an adjective describing something poisonous that can kill or make you sick


That's the word!

Toxic Sludge

AZUZ: You want an example of something toxic? Take a look over my shoulder here. That red sludge spilled out of a reservoir at an aluminum plant on Monday. This happened in the European nation of Hungary. This stuff is toxic. Around 250 people had to leave their homes. The spill is being blamed for the deaths of four people. Yesterday, the sludge reached the Danube, the second largest river in Europe. Nic Robertson takes us on a tour of one of the villages that this toxic sludge swept through.


NIC ROBERTSON, CNN SR. INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This is Devescer. This is one of the villages affected, and you can see where the red tide, the sludge got to. Right here, above, it's green. Further downhill, you've got the red sludge. And if you look over here right behind me, you can see these cleaning trucks going through the village, cleaning off the road, trying to keep the roads clean. But that's only a very small part of the cleaning process. As you come down the hill, further into the area that the red sludge, this toxic sludge hit, you can begin to see, you can see how the level rises against the side of the buildings over here. Everywhere you look in the village, the cleanup's going on. People coming out, gathering whatever possessions they can get. This stuff here looks like flooring from inside the house right here. And look at the line, the red tide, on the house here. It's way above me. This is how high the red, toxic sludge came through here. People literally ripping up their flooring, taking it out, trying to salvage whatever they can.


Melting Glaciers

AZUZ: Alright, we're gonna move from Europe to the state of Montana now, where scientists are trying to raise awareness about another environmental concern. People have been visiting Glacier National Park for years. Part of its appeal is its diverse nature: mountains, lakes, valleys. You name it. But Isha Sesay explains why, soon, something pretty important could be missing from the site.


ISHA SESAY, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR AND REPORTER: The Glacier National Park in Montana: more than a million acres of wilderness amid mountains and lakes in the northwestern United States. Once known by Native American Indians as "the backbone of the world." Now, that backbone is under strain; the glaciers that gave the region its name are vanishing.

DAN FAGRY, USGS RESEARCH ECOLOGIST: One of the unique things about mountain ecosystems like this is that it has heated up more rapidly than the other parts of the planet. This area is like ground zero when you are looking at climate change.

SESAY: Dan Fagry is a straight-talking research ecologist for the United States Geological Survey. He has been studying the changes to this terrain for the past 20 years.

FAGRY: Mountain ecosystems are very critical, and people don't realize that they are basically the water towers of the world. This is where we hold all the snow and ice over decades. So, when we see glaciers like these behind shrinking so rapidly, we know that there are some fundamental changes going on in the planet.

SESAY: Around the world, snowcaps and glaciers are melting at an alarming rate, alarming because 70 percent of the world's fresh water is frozen in glaciers.

FAGRY: This just shows you that we've actually been getting dryer. I think climate change is easier to see here because when we had 150 glaciers here, a little more than 100 years ago. We have 25 left, and they're all diminishing pretty quickly in size.

SESAY: Now, he says the pace of warming may lead the remaining 25 glaciers to disappear by 2020.

FAGRY: They have been around for the last seven thousand years, and if we are going to lose them in the next 10 or 20 years, that is a pretty radical shift.

SESAY: Radical, but not the only consequence.

CHAS CARTWRIGHT, GLACIER NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT: But what we need to do is tell the more expansive story that goes beyond loss of the glaciers and talk about the other varieties of changes on the landscape.

SESAY: Glacier Park Superintendent Chas Cartwright uses Fagry's research to forecast the region's future.

CARTWRIGHT: It is that host of connections with water, vegetation, wildlife. There is a lot less water coming off the mountain. There are dramatic changes in vegetation. It begs the question, how is that going to impact wildlife in this park?

SESAY: Whatever the causes, the glaciers of Montana, like glaciers in the Alps of Europe and the Himalayas of Asia, are retreating. And as they do, the survival of species that have lived here thousands of years is under threat.


Overcoming Bullying

AZUZ: We're gonna wrap up our week-long look at the issue of bullying today. We've heard from students -- and a lot of you on our blog -- about what it's like to be bullied, ways to try and stop bullying. Crystal Bowersox, you might recognize that name. She was the runner-up on last season's American Idol, explains how she coped with bullying when she was younger. Check it out.

CRYSTAL BOWERSOX, MUSICIAN: My escape was music. If it weren't for having a guitar or a pen and paper to write it out and get it out of my head and out of my being, I'm not sure if I would have made it through. I would have been one of these tragic stories. It gets better. I'm living proof. And sure, you know, a lot of people have been bullied, celebrity types and public figures. It's ok. There's a light at the end of the tunnel.

No Escape Promo

AZUZ: That clip came from an Anderson Cooper 360 special called "Bullying: No Escape." Teachers, you can watch that when it airs tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern on CNN. And don't forget about our Anti-Bullying Resources. You can find those in the Spotlight section at


TOMEKA JONES, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Today's Shoutout goes out to Mr. Hars and Mr. Berry's world history classes at Schalick High School in Pittsgrove, New Jersey! What professional sport's regular season has the most games? Is it: A) Hockey, B) Football, C) Basketball or D) Baseball? Three seconds on the clock -- GO! Baseball is far and away the winner, with a 162-game regular season. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!

No Hitter

AZUZ: All those games are over and the MLB postseason is on! It got off to an amazing start on Wednesday with a game between the Philadephia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds. The Phillies won, four to nothing. That's not the amazing part. Look closely at that box score. You see the zero under the "H" for the Reds? Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay threw a no-hitter. In the history of the major leagues, he's just the second guy ever to do that in the playoffs. Don Larsen tossed a perfect game back in 1956. Halladay would have had a perfect game, but he gave up one walk.

$2 Million in Street

AZUZ: What would you do if you saw $2 million sitting in the middle of the street? It's not a hypothetical question. This happened this week in Indianapolis. An estimated $2 million fell off an armored truck! Tim and Vicki Wentworth saw the stash, scooped up most of it, and called the cops! That's honesty. They actually guarded the money until officers showed up. Mr. Wentworth said it didn't even occur to him to take any of the cash. What would you have done? We wanna know at our Facebook page. Head over to, and tell us what you think of this.

Before We Go

AZUZ: And finally today, Justin Bieber has a rough life. The fan mail, the phone calls, the constant attention. You're thinking, umm, this ain't Justin Bieber. Actually the guy is named Justin Bieber. He's not that Justin Biebber. Same name, different problems. Like getting kicked off a social networking site that claims he started a profile with a fake name. Or getting so many calls from fans that he has to unplug his phone. Man, we've all heard of Bieber fever.


AZUZ: But that guy's probably getting sick of it. On the plus side, he says people finally pronounce his name right, Justin case you were wondering. Time for us to hit the road, but we'll Bieber-ringing you more commercial-free headlines next week. For CNN Student News, I'm Carl Azuz.