CNN Student News 16/05/2013

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 CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: A king-size conundrum ruins ruined, twins who are both first, that`s all coming up at this Thursday edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS. We start with a threat of severe weather. The tropical cyclone, which is the same kind of storm as a hurricane,  and the United Nations agency says more than 8 million people in Bangladesh and Myanmar could be in danger from this one.

The storm is moving through the Bay of Bengal. Forecasters think it will hit land late today early Friday. When it does, it`s expected to bring strong winds and very heavy rain. Authorities in aid groups are trying to help people prepare before this thing hits. One official says it`s really a race against time.

These storms have different names, based on what part of the world they are in. Ivan Cabrera has more on that and explains some of the science behind them.

IVAN CABRERA, METEOROLOGIST: When tropical cyclone is an area of low pressure that forms in the tropical regions of the world.

Cyclones are actually very important, even though, of course, they can be deadly, they help essentially balance out the temperature across the globe. They are an equalizer, so they take the heat energy from the tropics and they translate that where we need it into the colder climates.

The generic term for it is a tropical cyclone. That can refer to any cyclone that has a closed center circulation anywhere in the world, like in the Atlantic when it gets strong enough to a certain wind speed, we call them hurricanes. But if you`re in the western Pacific, a hurricane is called the typhoon. There is no difference between a hurricane and a typhoon except in the name. They`re both tropical cyclones.

AZUZ: Next up today: anger. It`s about the materials being used to build the roads, specifically where these materials came from. A pyramid. This happened in the Central American country of Belize. The northern part of this nation was home to Mayan civilizations thousands of years ago. Those civilizations included pyramids that looked like this one, some of them are still standing, like one that was the center of a settlement around 250 B.C. The pyramid was more than 60 feet tall. I say ‘was’, this is what`s left of that Mayan pyramid. Someone came in with bulldozers and destroyed it, so they could use the limestone from the pyramid as road building material. The pyramid was on private land, but there are laws in Belize that protect these ancient ruins. Local officials says whoever`s responsible should be prosecuted. A local archeologist called the pyramid`s destruction an incredible display of ignorance.

Predicting a volcanic eruption has never been an exact science. Otherwise, things might have turned out differently in Pompei. Today, volcanologists can use the instruments to monitor a mountain, they can study its eruptive history, they can keep watch on trimmers in the ground around it. But one sure fire sign the volcano is up to something, it starts spewing lava. And that`s what not one, but two volcanoes in Alaska are doing. Scientists are saying that with little or no warning, they could explode. Both the Pavlof and Cleveland volcanoes are in the Aleutian Islands, off the southwest coast of Alaska. And in the case of the Cleveland volcano, there are no ground instruments to monitor what`s going on, because of budget cuts, full scale eruptions would threaten air space. An estimated 90 percent of air freight that travels from Asia to Europe and North America flies near Alaska. But these volcanoes aren`t a major threat to people on the ground, because there aren`t many people on the ground there. What is a threat to people, a massive mountain in Mexico. The Popocatepetl Volcano has been spewing ash and molten rocks in recent days. Since it`s only 40 miles from Mexico City, authorities are planning evacuation routes and shelters for people nearby, in case it blows its top.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today`s first "Shoutout" goes out to Mrs. Hernandez` freshman seminar at East River High School in Orlando, Florida.

What team played in Minneapolis, Minnesota during the NBA`s first season. Was it the Hawks, Lakers, Warriors or Timberwolves. You`ve got three seconds, go!

The Timberwolves may be Minnesota`s team now. But when the NBA started, the Lakers were playing the Minneapolis. That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout".

AZUZ: The team`s name comes from Minnesota`s nickname, Land of 10,000 lakes. Lakers moved to L. A in 1960. They`re not the only sports franchise that has relocated, and there could be more. The NBA is considering moving the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, a city that lost its NBA team five years ago. Casey Wian explores this tale of two cities starting in Seattle.

CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Fans are rowing to bring the NBA back and the mayor is on board.

MAYOR MICHAEL MCGINN, SEATTLE: We`ve got a great city for NBA basketball, one of the largest markets in the country, we got a great ownership team. We have political support and most of all, we got the fan support.

WIAN: Back in Sacramento, the mayor is former NBA star, Kevin Johnson, an all-star point guard, now point man for the city`s efforts to keep the Kings under local ownership.

MAYOR KEVIN JOHNSON, SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA: We`ve always said that it`s bigger than basketball, so not only would we keep the thousand jobs that the Kings have here, it also ties into a billion dollar economic development with a new arena downtown. Those are very tangible and very specific.

WIAN: One advantage for Sacramento, the Kings are the only game in town, there is no competition for fans from overlapping Major League Baseball of NFL seasons. But that small size can be a disadvantage. Sacramento is only the number 20 U.S. television market, and its arena is sponsored by a local mattress chain.

Seattle`s Ownership Group includes the CEO of Microsoft and the manager of a multi-billion dollar hedge fund. They`re so well financed that when the NBA`s relocation committee recommended last month to deny the move to Seattle, they simply raised their offer by $75 million.


WIAN: Former Supersonic Shawn Camp owns a restaurant near the proposed Seattle arena.

KEMP: It`s not about money, I think we deserve another shot simply because we cared about the little things around this area, it was about to -- like I said, the community relation, so it was about doing and being a part of something.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let me say this to Seattle: great city, great sports (inaudible), great fans, great ownership group, they deserve a basketball team - just not us.

WIAN: Whatever the NBA decides, there`s a good change the outcome won`t be final until there`s a ruling in a non-basketball court.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today`s "Shoutout Extra Credit" goes out to Mrs. Duvall`s political science class at North Bullitt High School in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.

What piece of music is traditionally played at academic graduations? Is it Ode to Joy, Auld Lang Syne, Pomp and Circumstance or Pachebel`s Canon.

Rewind the clock to three seconds, and go!

That traditional graduation march is Pomp and Circumstance. That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout Extra Credit.

AZUZ: Of course, "Pump and Circumstance" one of the traditions that comes with graduation ceremony’s wearing caps and gowns also. And the naming of the valedictorian, the top student in the class. As (inaudible) the college here in Atlanta, there are two valedictorians this year, and Erin Coleman from affiliate WSB explains, these students have a lot more in common than just their GPAs.

ERIN COLEMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Kristie and Kirstie Bronner, that`s Kristie on the right of your screen, Kirstie on the left. They are identical twins, with an identical GPA.

KIRSTIE BRONNER, SPELMAN COLLEGE CO-VALEDICTORIAN: Before we came to college, we prayed that we would keep (inaudible) all the way through. I don`t think that we really ever expected it.


COLEMAN: The Spelman College seniors will graduate in a matter of days.

They say they worked hard, so hard at first they made themselves sick, but eventually .

KRISTIE BRONNER: We learned how to have a balance to life and meant to be able to appreciate a journey of college and be more healthy and be more happy.

KIRSTIE BRONNER: Every semester we learned something new about life, things that we can apply to life, things that we apply to school.

COLEMAN: They both majored in music, and just wait till you hear them sing.

KRISTIE BRONNER: You don`t have to be the smartest, you don`t have to be the one who came in with a prior knowledge to be the one to succeed.

COLEMAN: Life lessons from two of Spelman`s shiny young women, who are sharing the spotlight.

AZUZ: All right, before we go, the worst pool party ever.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There`s people in this backyard, just south of the bear here. And there`s the bear, so one probably away, this is going to be very scary for those people if that bear continues over that fence, and it looks like he indeed is going that way. We have trees, we`re going to try to get around this move around -- house, -- and here are those people. Look at the reaction, they are out of here. There`s a bear and they are running for their lives, into the house, smart move and here`s another person. He`s out of here.

AZUZ: Everyone got away from the animals safely, but just barely. To avoid this in the future, they can hire a lookout, you know, a cub scout, or they can do it by themselves by pulling their resources. For CNN STUDENT NEWS, I`m Carl Azuz, have a great day.


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