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(CNN Student News) -- March 23, 2007

Quick Guide

Week in Review - Get the details on the stories featured in today's special Week in Review.

Cancer Comes Back - See how one couple isn't letting cancer keep them from a presidential quest.

The Lights Over Phoenix - Meet a former governor who can't quite explain a sight he saw 10 years ago.



CATHERINE CALLAWAY, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: You've made it to Friday! I'm Catherine Callaway, and we thank you for tuning in to CNN Student News. It's a story of survival. Relive the images that relayed the rescue of a Boy Scout in the Carolina wilderness. It's a campaign on two fronts: One for the White House, another for a clean bill of health. See how John and Elizabeth Edwards are tackling both issues. And it's been joked about, videotaped, and explained as a military maneuver, but a surreal sighting has a former governor guessing, ten years later.

First Up: Week in Review

CALLAWAY: The U.S. military says there's been some progress in a security crackdown in the Iraqi capital. Wednesday, an al Qaeda in Iraq militant, thought to be the head of a car bomb network in Baghdad, was arrested. Still, A U.S. general there says car bomb attacks and other high-profile assaults continue. Today's week in review begins with a look at how Americans marked the war's four-year anniversary.


CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Monday, March 19 marked four years since President Bush announced the start of military action against Iraq. While insurgent violence continues in the Gulf nation, the anniversary brought out both anti-war and pro-troop demonstrations in the U.S. A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll indicated that 32 percent of Americans now support the war; at the start of military action in 2003, 72 percent of Americans said they favored it. The president asked Americans for patience with the fight for Iraq, saying the war could still be won.

A Boy Scout was rescued in the North Carolina woods after spending three nights alone in freezing temperatures. Michael Auberry wandered more than a mile from his troop's campsite. Rescuers say he drank stream water to help stay hydrated, and they described him as calm and hungry when he was found. The father of the 12-year-old Scout said his son thanked people for their prayers, rescuers for their search, and the rescue dog that picked up Auberry's scent.

Australia's Sydney Harbor Bridge turned 75 years old this week, and some 200,000 Australians stepped out to celebrate -- an appropriate gathering for a bridge built to bring people together. One reporter compared the crowd to a traffic jam that "people wanted to be a part of." The 50,000-ton steel structure is seen by many as the heart of Sydney.

The Airbus A380 superjumbo jet made a big stateside debut on Monday, with one plane landing on each U.S. coast. New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport are spending hundreds of millions to make their runways big enough to accommodate the A380, which has a wingspan almost the length of a football field. The double-decker A380 seats 555 people, costs $319 million, and is said by one pilot to handle "like a Ferrari."

Former Vice President Al Gore received a rockstar reception from lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week. In the wake of his Oscar-winning environmental film, "An Inconvenient Truth," Gore urged Congress to take action against global warming. He called for a pollution tax and a 90 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. Some Republican lawmakers argued that global warming is not caused by humans and that Gore's suggestions are too costly to implement.



CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Today's Shoutout goes out to Ms. Rogers' classes at Centerra Mirage School in Goodyear, Arizona! This week, this country announced plans to challenge Airbus and Boeing in the passenger plane market. You know what to do! Was it: A) Germany, B) Canada, C) China or D) Japan You've got three seconds--GO! It was China that announced plans to soar into the passenger plane market. And now you know a question and an answer featured in this week's free Newsquiz at That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!


CALLAWAY: And to get the rest of that quiz, just head to the "Watch and Learn" box on our Web site. There, you'll find a link that says "Newsquiz." And if you've kept up with our headlines, you'll be all over the answers.

Cancer Comes Back

CALLAWAY: Presidential candidate John Edwards hopes his wife, Elizabeth, will be First Lady in 2009. And the couple isn't letting a resurgence of her cancer, get in the way of their quest for the White House. The announcement was made yesterday in the Edwards' home state of North Carolina. Tara Mergener reports on their new campaign, for health.


JOHN EDWARDS, (D) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The campaign goes on. The campaign goes on strongly.

TARA MERGENER, CNN REPORTER: With his wife Elizabeth at his side, Democrat John Edwards said he will not suspend his campaign, even though her cancer has returned.

JOHN EDWARDS: We know that the key is to keep your head up and keep moving and be strong, and we intend to do exactly that.

MERGENER: Elizabeth was first treated for breast cancer in 2004 when her husband was the Democratic vice-presidential nominee. It's been in remission since. Then on Monday, she went to the doctor to check an unrelated injury. When she was called back to the doctor's office Wednesday, her husband cut short a campaign stop in Iowa to return to North Carolina to be with her.

ELIZABETH EDWARDS: There were times yesterday that we thought it might be a lot worse than it is and we wouldn't be having the same conference we're having right now, with the same hopeful tone.

MERGENER: Elizabeth was diagnosed with metastatic stage four cancer, which is largely confined to the bones. The disease is treatable -- but not curable.

DR. LISA CAREY, EDWARDS' PHYSICIAN: Some people -- none of the treatments we use work, so their survival is short. Other people can live with it many years.

MERGENER: Mrs. Edwards says that, despite her illness, it's very important that her husband continue to pursue his presidential dream.

ELIZABETH EDWARDS: I can't deprive him of that just because I want to sit home - feeling perfectly well - but wanting his company.

MERGENER: White House spokesman Tony Snow, who has also battled cancer, offered the Edwards prayers and well wishes. Reporting for Student News, I'm Tara Mergener in Washington.


Is this legit?

AZUZ: Is This Legit? Ufology is the study of UFOs, or unidentified flying objects. Totally true! And if you don't believe us, just check the online dictionaries -- you'll find it!

The Lights Over Phoenix

CALLAWAY: Whenever you discuss UFOs, there's plenty of room for doubt and debate. Ten years ago in Arizona's capital, thousands of people reported seeing a massive, v-shaped line of lights. Some government officials later said military flares caused the confusion. But Gary Tuchman spoke with one former governor who's now saying they didn't look like flares to him.


GARY TUCHMAN, CNN REPORTER: Fife Symington is now a businessman. He was the Republican governor of Arizona for six years, elected when the first George Bush was president. Now, a decade after leaving the State House, he takes me to a Phoenix park and discloses something unlike anything uttered by any other high-level U.S. politician.

FORMER ARIZONA GOVERNOR FIFE SYMINGTON: If you had been here ten years ago, and looked at the lights and the view, you would have been astounded. You would have been amazed.

TUCHMAN: Governor Symington is referring to what is now known as the Phoenix lights -- an object videotaped by many and seen by thousands over several nights in the Arizona sky in 1997.

MAN ON THE STREET: Major sighting here.

TUCHMAN: It was described by witnesses as larger than a football field and silent.

MAN ON THE STREET: It was a giant V, alright. And the right side of the V went over us. The left side was like a couple of blocks over.

MAN ON THE STREET: We just didn't know what to do. It was just like, my god, how big was this thing?

ANNOUNCER: The great state of Arizona: Fife Symington.

TUCHMAN: The governor, a Vietnam Air Force veteran, had never publicly acknowledged seeing it until now.

SYMINGTON: And I suspect that unless the Defense Department proves us otherwise, that it was probably some form of alien spacecraft.

TUCHMAN: So why didn't he say anything then? Partly he says, because he didn't want people to panic.

SYMINGTON: I think as a public figure you have to be very careful about what you say, because people can have pretty emotional reactions, and I said my goal wasn't to try to stir the pot.

TUCHMAN: And he went to humorous and controversial lengths not to stir the pot. He held a news conference after the Phoenix lights to announce the mystery had been solved.

SYMINGTON: And now I'll ask officer Stein and his colleagues to escort the accused into the room so that we may all look upon the guilty party. Don't get him too close to me please.

TUCHMAN: In the alien costume: the governor's chief of staff.

SYMINGTON: This just goes to show you that you guys are entirelytoo serious.

TUCHMAN: UFO enthusiasts were not amused, especially since the governor was believed to have seen nothing. But now he's coming out.

SYMINGTON: The lights were really brilliant. And it was just fascinating. It was enormous. It just felt otherworldly. In your gut, you could just tell it was otherworldly.

TUCHMAN: Symington will be talking about this in an updated film about UFOs called 'Out of the Blue.' He has also talked with an organization that wants UFO information more out in the open.

SYMINGTON: It's very significant that someone of the stature of a governor would come out and say, acknowledge that they experienced a UFO, because it brings a lot of credibility and strength to the case.

TUCHMAN: Governor Symington says he did tell his family, friends, and staff about what he saw early on.

SYMINGTON: I still behind the scenes tried to investigate it, but I got nowhere.

TUCHMAN: So what were the phoenix lights? Well, frankly we don't know. What we do know is that it's as much of a mystery today as they were a decade ago. Gary Tuchman, CNN, Phoenix.


Before We Go

CALLAWAY: In the movies, all safecrackers have to do is listen to the lock as they spin it and then it magically opens. Not so with this antique enigma! It's one of two safes recently found behind a furnace in an old Connecticut farmhouse. One was opened, but contained nothing but antique dust. The other is safekeeping its secret until a locksmith can crack the code.


CALLAWAY: Well, there's no secret about our schedule. We'll see you next Monday, same time, same place. I'm Catherine Callaway, have a great weekend!



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