Hi. I`m Carl Azuz. Happy to bring you ten
minutes of commercial-free current events.
This is CNN STUDENT NEWS. First up today,
security in Sochi. The 2014 Winter Olympics
begin there on February 7th, Russian President
Vladimir Putin says his country will do everything
possible to keep the game safe and to protect
visitors to Sochi.
40,000 Russian police and security forces
will be guarding the events. International
officials are concerned about possible terrorism.
Islamic militants have threatened to attack
the games. And Russian police have handed
out fliers of a woman they say may now be
in Sochi and may be planning an attack.
In Dagestan, a Russian republic about 400
miles east of Sochi, police have been hunting
suspected militants. Over the past few days,
they say they`ve killed several people with
suspected ties to terrorists.
Meanwhile, the U.S. is putting at least one
warship and several transport aircraft on
standby in case an attack happens. It`s making
plans to get Americans out if Russia asks
Our next story today began in 2004. That`s
when the European Space Agency launched an
unmanned spacecraft named Rosetta. Its mission,
which cost about $1.7 billion find a comet,
land on it, send back loads of info about
what that`s like. But it`s been sleeping for
a couple of years now. A planned part of its
journey. And mission control in Germany was
on pins and needles during Rosetta`s wakeup
Cheers ring out in mission control as European
spacecraft Rosetta signals from 500 million
miles away that it`s awake after its two and
a half year hibernation. The reason for the
deep sleep, just like humans, the spacecraft
needed to recharge its batteries.
Now we got it back. Now it`s up to us to drive
it to the comet.
For nearly ten years, Rosetta has been chasing
a comet through space, hoping to one day land
on its surface for scientific research and
capturing some incredible images along the
way, like this one of the surface of Mars
and this showing the Moon rising over the
Scientists beamed a wakeup call to Rosetta
early Monday then waited and waited for word
that the intergalactic Rip Van Winkle was
again up and running.
Finally, a tweet from space, simply, “Hello,
I think it`s been the longest hour of my life.
The stage is now set for what promises to
be a historic spaceflight event.
This is just the beginning. You know, without
today, without the wakeup, we wouldn`t have
a mission at all.
Rosetta will now scout the comet for the perfect
place to land before sending a probe to touchdown
on the comet`s surface in November. The probe,
a type of portable laboratory, will map, drill,
and analyze samples as it travels with the
comet on a trip around the Sun, beaming its
results back to earth.
We know that that`s going to be a great adventure
ride for everybody and return some fantastic
science about the origins of our own solar
system, and potentially, the origins of life
on this planet.
Well, as far as folks in the North and Eastern
U.S. are concerned, life is cold. The National
Weather Service says this part of the country
is in the icebox. Three to nine inches of
snow was expected yesterday from the Virginias
to Massachusetts. The Federal government told
many of its Washington, D.C. employees stay
home. There is a major impact at airports,
too, with thousands of flights canceled.
But in Ohio, there is a state of emergency.
More than ten percent of people who live there
use propane tanks or heating oil to keep their
homes warm. And the icy weather coincides
with a rare shortage of both. The state of
emergency will allow trucks that carry the
fuel to work longer hours.
Out west, a very different kind of emergency
in California. A drought. The worst ever recorded
there has dried up lakes and reservoirs, worsened
wildfires and killed off crops.
Time for the “Shoutout.” How high is One World
Trade Center, the tallest building in the
U.S.? If you think you know it, shout it out!
Is it, 1,492 feet, 1,776 feet, 1,865 feet
or 1, 980 feet. You`ve got three seconds,
Counting its spire, One World Trade Center
is 1,776 feet tall, matching the year the
American colonies declared independence.
Previous record holder, the Willis Tower in
Chicago, it measure 1451 feet, and it`s still
the tallest, if you only count completed buildings.
One World Trade isn`t there yet. It`s scheduled
to be finished later this year, but it`s not
just about height. We can tell you that what
it has on the inside is also intended to impress.
After a decade of planning and construction,
One World Trade Center is getting ready to
open for business by the end of this year.
But before it opens, CNN Money got a sneak
peak at what the tallest building in North
America will look like from the inside.
Workers are still building out the lobby,
but there are already some distinctive nods
to the original World Trade Center complex.
Its beautiful white marble is from the same
quarry as the marble that was in the lobby
of the original Twin Towers.
And the entrance is starting to take shape.
As you can see, the floors are in, the walls
are in, the ceilings are in. Behind me is
a glass wall that protects – protects the
lobby and these slabs bring (ph) natural light
Up on the 63 floor, we saw what finished office
space will look like for some of the building`s
This is our marketing center and it gives
perspective tenants a sense of what the building
will look like when it`s built out and occupied.
Barowitz says, 55 percent of the office space
has already been leased, anchored by media
company Conde Nast. But the floors with the
best views aren`t for rent. The developers
of One World Trade Center saving the top three
floors for an observation deck, complete with
food, drinks and a small theater.
We are on the 102 floor of One World Trade
Center. It`s the highest occupied floor in
the building. It would be the observation
deck, open to the public. This is floor has
a 360 degree unobstructed views of the entire
The building is by no means finished. In fact,
there is still some heavy construction going
on in some areas. But much of One World Trade
Center has started to take form, and it isn`t
hard to imagine what the finished building
will look like when it opens later this year.
Jason Sanchez, CNN Money, New York.
You might have heard us talk about CNN`s “Impact
Your World” before. Usually, it`s to give
ideas of how to help people in need during
a war or a natural disaster, for example.
But “Impact Your World” also recognizes folks
who are making a positive impact on our world
and McClain Hermes is definitely one of those
Meet 13-year old McClain Hermes, fierce competitive
swimmer. But behind that smile lies a deeper
story. McClain is legally blind. Her vision
began to fail when she was eight, and doctors
say, in a few years she won`t be able to see
I`m not naggy (ph).
But this seventh grader from Georgia doesn`t
want your sympathy.
Can you give me that black and white shoe?
She wants your old shoes. In 2009, her father
showed her an article about footwear soles
They were giving people, you know, $5 discount
or something on a new pair of shoes, if they
turned in shoes.
And so, we decided and set up recycling. We
collect them and give them to people that
“Shoes for the Souls” was born.
They say around 10,000 pairs of shoes have
been collected over the past four years.
You got this!
Today, McClain is making a special delivery
to an Atlanta homeless shelter. McClain challenges
all teams to make a difference.
If you have a dream and you think it`s unrealistic,
just keep on doing it.
It`s Worldwide Wednesday on the CNN STUDENT
NEWS “Roll Call.” And here are some of the
schools watching from across the globe. Hello
to the Taejeon Christian International School.
The Dragons are online in Daejeon, South Korea.
I hope I pronounced that right.
How about the students at Ecole Voyageur,
shouting out to our viewers in Cold Lake,
Alberta, Canada. And we`re wrapping up Worldwide
Wednesday in Uganda. Hello to everyone at
City View High School in Kampala.
Pandas. They are cute and all, but you don`t
want to try to cuddle an adult one. For some
who have, hasn`t always worked out so well.
That`s not the case with Bao. She`s just five
months old, and she just made her public debut
at the National Zoo. Bao means “Precious”
or “Treasure” in Mandarin Chinese and you
can see why. She is one of more than 300 pandas
living in captivity, and she spent most of
her party sleeping. So you can`t really say
it was pandamonium. Yeah, I know. It`s an
obvious pun. It`s like we are pandering. Initially,
I wanted to panda idea, but love for these
little creatures is pandamic. And we just
hope you can bear it. You know, we were going
to have fun with that. CNN STUDENT NEWS returns
tomorrow. Hope to see you then.