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  • Fridays are awesome. You`ve landed on our February 7 edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • At the opening of today`s show we are talking about opening ceremonies in Sochi, Russia for the 22 Olympics Winter Games.

  • They are happening today, more than 6,000 Olympians plus more than 1600 Paralympians competing.

  • 7500 people can fit into Olympic Park alone, but thanks to the magic of television, 3 billion will be able to watch worldwide.

  • There are some security concerns. The latest warning from the U.S. was that explosive materials could be hidden in cosmetics.

  • Yesterday, the U.S. banned all gels, liquids and powders in carry-on luggage on flights between the U.S. and Russia.

  • But Russian authorities are saying the games will be secure, and that with other issues worked out, everybody will be focused on excellence in sport.

  • See, if you can I.D. me. You`ll find me below the equator in South America.

  • I`m the second most populated city in Brazil.

  • Translated from Portuguese, my name means River of January.

  • I`m Rio de Janeiro, the most visited city in South America.

  • It`s about to get more visitors. Later this year, Rio de Janeiro is scheduled to host a FIFA World Cup, the biggest sporting event on the planet.

  • And in 2016, the Summer Olympics Game will be there.

  • The city`s more than 400 years old. It has some of the most beautiful sculpture and scenery in the world.

  • It`s used to crowds of tourists. But one thing that will help this city of history is a monitoring center of the future.

  • A breathtakingly beautiful city that clings to the Brazilian coast. Rio de Janeiro is not always the easiest place to live.

  • 6.32 million people, precarious housing and a series of major events, from a Pope`s visit to the 26 Olympics are pushing the limits of the city`s infrastructure.

  • But here, in the heart of Rio, an ultramodern operations center, may give officials a leg up.

  • A giant wall of screens streams video from roads, subways and weather satellites.

  • Employees in white jumpsuits quietly tackle crisis after crisis.

  • Pope Francis`s visit last July was a major test. The director tells us he slept just three hours a day.

  • When the pope was here, all of us - we had to arrive here before he left home. And we could only leave after he arrived home.

  • A pioneering system designed by IBM at the behest of Rio`s mayor, the center integrates data from 30 different agencies.

  • We`re now trying to replicate in other places that could help cities, you know, to manage their daily operations.

  • Inaugurated at the end of 2010, the nerve center sounds the alarm when mudslides threatened hillside favelas and reroutes traffic when accidents block roads.

  • The center is going to face a big challenge during the World Cup when they have to try and get teams and fans to the stadium and yet keep the city running.

  • We are not as modern as London or Tokyo or Hong Kong or New York.

  • But in our stage, technologies being more helpful in Rio than it`s in New York, it`s in London, it`s in Tokyo, it`s in Hong Kong.

  • Of course, no other city has both the World Cup and the Olympics on the horizon,

  • presenting a major challenge for this new technology. Shasta Darlington, CNN, Rio de Janeiro.

  • From South America, we are sailing to the Korean Peninsula.

  • North and South Korea have been divided since 1953 when fighting ended in the Korean War.

  • In South Korea, a republic, people are free to travel.

  • In North Korea, a communist state, the government has to approve travel,

  • and many families separated in the war have been kept separate since.

  • In the past, the two countries agreed to allow reunions. 100 people from each side were set to meet and send time together later this month,

  • but now North Korea may be going back on that promise, because of annual military drills that South Korea holds with a North Korean rival.

  • 100 South Koreans who were preparing to be reunited with relatives in the north, are once again in limbo this Thursday.

  • Just one day after setting a date for family reunions of 20 to the 25 of February, North Korea is now threatening to pull out.

  • The National Defense Commission says it doesn`t make any sense to carry out the reunions during what it calls a dangerous nuclear war practice.

  • Now, it`s fulfilling to the U.S.-South Korean annual military drills which starts at the end of this month.

  • This war games have often angered the North, especially last year, although the U.S. and South Korea say they are defensive in nature.

  • Pyongyang has called on them to be canceled, but even after today`s warnings, South Korean`s defense ministry says they will go ahead.

  • The family reunions are a highly emotive issue. Millions of families will split after the Korean War more than 60 years ago.

  • Tens of thousands have applied to see family members one last time, and many of them are now in their 70s, 80s and 90s.

  • So, time is running out. Some have passed away already without seeing their relatives for one last time.

  • There is a precedent for this. In September of last year, Pyongyang pulled out of planned family reunions just days before they are expected to take place.

  • They would have been the first since 2010. Paula Hancocks, CNN Seoul.

  • Religious freedom was one of the subjects President Obama mentioned yesterday at the national prayer breakfast.

  • This is the Washington tradition dating back 62 years.

  • It brings together presidents, world leaders and guests of different faiths and political backgrounds.

  • Here as Americans, we affirm the freedoms endowed by our creator.

  • Among them, freedom of religion. Yes, this freedom safeguards religion, allowing us to flourish as one of the most religious countries on earth.

  • But it works the other way, too. Because religion strengthens America.

  • We`ve been around the world on today`s show.

  • Now, we are going cross-country from east to west.

  • Hail to the chiefs! We`re glad to be part of your day at West Lincoln Middle School in Lincolnton, North Carolina.

  • In the American heartland, we`re stopping by Fredonia, Kansas, the buzz is all about the Fredonia High School yellow jackets.

  • And out west to Wenatchee, Washington we paused to recognize the Panthers who were stocking CNN STUDENT NEWS from Wenatchee High School.

  • All right, it`s time to unlock some truth - the band we are reporting on today has released three CDs and counting.

  • They`ve been on the beats by (inaudible) commercial.

  • They are playing an event with dozens of other bands in April. And they are heavy metal.

  • When you think of that heavy metal bands, these kids might not fit the stereotype, but that`s fine by them.

  • Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins and Alec Atkins, they are quickly gaining notoriety as the heavy metal band Unlocking the Truth.

  • People who saw us in the city, they (inaudible) home watch us on YouTube.

  • One of those YouTube clips went viral, with more than 1.4 million views.

  • The trio has since been profiled by magazines and featured on shows like "Totally Biased."

  • For a group of kids from Flatbush, Brooklyn, known more for hip hop and heavy metal,

  • Unlocking the Truth rising success is breaking down barriers.

  • Us being black and heaving a heavy metal band is really tough, but then fun.

  • Heavy metal, the nail polish, the rock sing - they only see stuff like that.

  • With the support from their families, the boys are undeterred.

  • All three of the boys are like that. Just feel free and do what you want to do, and don`t care what other people think.

  • And you can hear that in their music.

  • Most my lyrics right now, are all being free.

  • Although the group has not graduated to singing (inaudible) just yet, it has not stopped them from gaining new fans.

  • Every single person I know that these kids are doing it.

  • As a black man and grown up listening to punk rock and heavy metal, I was almost brought to tears looking at these kids.

  • We wanted to be here. We want them to feel our energy and know that there is, you know, a lot of people out there who respect what they are doing.

  • What they are doing is what they love making music and just being themselves.

  • Victor Blackwell, CNN, Atlanta.

  • Before we go, it`s a pretty famous footrace. But winners finish in less than 12 minutes.

  • That`s because it`s all uphill. Up the stairs of the Empire State Building.

  • 1576 steps, 86 fights of stares, and the hardest part for top competitors - it`s got to be the fact that the stairways are pretty narrow, making it hard to pass slower climbers.

  • Fastest male runner made it in ten minutes and six seconds, fastest female, in 11 minutes 57 seconds.

  • There is no question they got a lot of stares.

  • Getting a sense of how fast you have to be is empirical. You make sure you`re in a healthy state and then you start endurance and strength building.

  • Getting to the top is a tower of your achievement. You`re fighting an uphill battle,

  • but finishing with one awesome runners high.

  • I`m Carl Azuz, and I`m going to hoof it. Have a great weekend.

Fridays are awesome. You`ve landed on our February 7 edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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