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  • Fridays are awesome! Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS with your last show of February. I`m Carl Azuz.

  • Ukraine has seen a lot of changes in a short amount of time. It`s divided.

  • Some Ukrainians want closer ties with the European Union, some like its ousted president, want closer ties with Russia.

  • Ukraine`s parliament voted out President Viktor Yanukovych last weekend after violent protests in the capital.

  • He`s taking refuge in Russia.

  • Yesterday parliament voted on a temporary government to hold things together until elections in May.

  • But then, there is Crimea.

  • It`s a region of southern Ukraine where many people support the ousted president and want closer ties with Russia.

  • Protesters there stormed the government building and raised the Russian flag yesterday.

  • And Russia has started military exercises near its border with Ukraine.

  • A Russian official says these were previously scheduled and not related to Ukraine`s unrest.

  • Ice jam. It almost sounds like something you`d want to see.

  • You don`t, if you leave anywhere near one.

  • You know, it`s been a brutally cold winter for the northern U.S. Some rivers in the region have frozen, then melted then refrozen and crusted over with large thick chunks of crushed ice.

  • In the Kankakee River in Illinois, ice jam stretch for miles.

  • Some people who live nearby are leaving their homes. One reason - how ice jams can affect areas near river.

  • Say, there is a bridge with supports in the water.

  • Drifting chunks of ice can get caught near them, clogging up the flow of water forming a dam.

  • Water needs somewhere to go, so it floods the river banks.

  • And that may not be the worst thing that can happen.

  • Everyone were talking who lives around here, says they`ve never seen this river looking like this.

  • During the summer, this is a very popular place to go boating.

  • But right now, it looks like a glacier landscape in Alaska.

  • Well, the water looks to be still, so nothing is moving. And that seems like a good thing.

  • But in fact, there is still water piling up underneath, making the pressure high.

  • So, all of a sudden, this is going to break free, break through, and you could see big pieces of ice in the people`s homes.

  • You could see the ice dam up and big flooding go around it.

  • There it goes! There it goes! There it goes! This is what it looks like, when an ice jam finally breaks.

  • Suddenly, the entire river started moving. Extremely fast, like a freight train.

  • This was Ohio`s Rocky River last week.

  • Do you know there is nutrition labels on the sides of food you buy at the store?

  • They`ve been around since the early 1990s. Now, the U.S. government wants to make changes to them.

  • This is what the old label looks like: lists servings, calories, fat, vitamins.

  • The Food and Drug Administration wants big bold labels for total calories.

  • And it wants to change some dietary guidelines for things like sodium and vitamins.

  • It`s hoping this will help Americans make healthier choices, but the changes could cost the food industry $2 billion to implement.

  • That could mean higher prices. And the listed serving sizes could be higher, too.

  • I think the best way to put this. You know, maybe this would have been four servings in the past,

  • and they say, look, what does a typical person really eat? Let`s give them that information.

  • Maybe this is more like two servings now. And they`ll say that. So you`ll see the nutrition information for two servings.

  • Oh if you`re going to eat something likely in one single sitting. I don`t know - could you eat this in a single sitting?

  • Yes. Then it`s just one, right? (LAUGHTER)

  • They say. But they are going to say, look, OK, we know that this is typically considered four servings, but we know it`s likely people eat this in a single servings.

  • So, let`s put that information on there as well. Or soda.

  • So, that will be more prominent. So it will say something like ten chips equal this amount of calories and has this much fat.

  • It will say that sort of stuff, but it`ll also say if you eat this whole bag, here`s what you`re going to get.

  • So, you don`t sit there and do the math. It makes you think a little bit more - maybe if you - you know, keep eating.

  • Time for The Shoutout. Where would you find the Brumidi Corridors, the Hall of Columns and the Crypt?

  • If you think you know it, shout it out! Is it the U.S. Capitol, the Vatican, St. Basil`s Cathedral or St. Louis Cathedral? You`ve got three seconds, go!

  • All three of these are features of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

  • There were also a couple movie stars on Capitol Hill yesterday.

  • They were talking about some different issues that otherwise might not have been in the spotlight. They were raising awareness.

  • But how much influence do celebrities have when they talk about issues that lawmakers already know about?

  • How much the star power influenced you? How much does it influence Congress?

  • When celebrities come to Washington, the media and the politicians take notice.

  • But does the spectacle of the star outshine or shed light on the cause they`ve come to promote.

  • Often hearings in Congress are not about members of Congress learning something that they don`t already know.

  • It`s performance art. If they wanted to really learn about issues they could get it from a briefing book.

  • On Wednesday, Oscar winner Ben Affleck arrived in Washington D.C. to speak about the crisis in the Congo.

  • Finally, it`s just a pleasure to be back here in the State Department after - the real State Department so I had to fake it for Argo.

  • I get to see the real thing.

  • The Argo director has brought his cause to the table time and time again.

  • The Argo director has brought his cause to the table time and time again.

  • My name is Ben Affleck. Just found on Congolese soil. I`m working with and for the people of eastern Congo.

  • Just a few marble pillars away, Actor Seth Rogen testified about the effects of Alzheimer, which his mother-in-law suffers from.

  • Now, sure, these appearances bring some bonus.

  • But ultimately, does anyone remember why Stephen Colbert testified before Congress?

  • Or Bob Barker? Or Elton John? Or do they just remember that they did?

  • With the cause lost in the flash of camera lights.

  • Truth is that it`s up to the celebrities` commitment to the cause and the journalists covering them.

  • Congo and Alzheimer`s likely wouldn`t be in the news today without Affleck and Rogen.

  • Telling some stories without obvious news events is tough to do.

  • Telling some stories without obvious news events is tough to do.

  • Water shortages in developing nations got our attention last year, in part because of Matt Damon`s involvement.

  • You attaching yourself to this means I will be sitting here, interviewing you, talking about an issue I probably wouldn`t.

  • And people at home, viewers will be paying attention to an issue that they wouldn`t otherwise pay attention to.

  • Yeah, that`s the hope. I mean.

  • Affleck`s close friend co-funded Water.org.

  • And their pal George Clooney is a longtime advocate for peace in Sudan, even getting arrested outside the embassy in 2012.

  • I think we all individually fell that if - if cameras were going to follow us around, why not - why not make something good out of that?

  • Celebrities bring attention to an issue, and especially if that issue is not the sexiest issue.

  • If you get Ben Affleck involved, all of a sudden, it`s a little more interesting.

  • That`s something most politicians have known for a while. Jake Tapper, CNN, Washington.

  • Not going to let a Friday go by without a quick CNN STUDENT NEWS Roll Call. Who`s on today`s roll? The Spartans are.

  • La Canada High School in La Canada, California. Hope, you are doing well on the West Coast.

  • Up north in the Badger State, how about the Warriors?

  • Lac du Flambeau Public School in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin? Glad you`re watching.

  • And we must mention the Mustangs. T

  • hank you for checking out CNN STUDENT NEWS at Moore Traditional High School. Happy to see you, guys, in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • There are a lot of things that can distract news anchors when we are live on the air.

  • Fortunately, we are a pre-recorded show, so we can just edit that out.

  • Probably, won`t. But when the distraction takes on a mind and eight legs of its own, eeish.

  • Scare anybody? In Bakersfield, California, it was sunny with a 100 percent chance of arachnids.

  • PERLMAN: Oh, my gosh. Do you guys see that?

  • Sorry, there was a spider that fell. Oh. Ah!

  • Yet another weather man . Creeped out right now.

  • KBAK`s Aaron Perlman has been attacked by a spider while on the air.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Take it easy, Pearlman, take it easy. I hate spiders, man, just especially when you`re bald, you feel them crawl on your head.

  • But suddenly, the spider became itsy-bitsy and Aaron joined the ranks of weather people ambushed by arachnids.

  • Oh, my gosh. That was creepy. Oh, of course it had to be right on my head.

  • Oh, I just don`t like that. OK, I`m going to move it.

  • The spider wasn`t even in the studio last year when Global BC`s Kristi Gordon freaked out.

  • It was just hanging out on the lens of a camera stationed outdoors.

  • Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.

  • That audacious arachnid knew he had a victim when he`s spider.

  • It was no cephalothorax accident when it comes to getting a leg up on prey, spiders are always up to something.

  • You know where you can always look up a spider? On a Web site.

  • You can also find CNN STUDENT NEWS next Monday on iTunes or on the Web.

  • We`re done with these crawl puns. Have a great weekend, yo.

Fridays are awesome! Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS with your last show of February. I`m Carl Azuz.

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