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  • CNN STUDENT NEWS is back in session. I`m Carl Azuz with ten minutes of commercial free current events.

  • That includes what`s happening in the town of Ferguson, Missouri.

  • Five things to know about this.

  • One, the crisis started when a white police officer shot and killed an armed African-American man, that was on August 9,

  • two, there are conflicting reports about what exactly happened.

  • Witnesses say there was a scuffle between 18-year old Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson.

  • They say Brown had his hands up, trying to surrender when he was shot.

  • Police say Brown struggled with Officer Wilson and reached for his gun,

  • one report says Brown was charging the officer when he was shot.

  • Three, results for an autopsy requested by Brown`s family were announced yesterday.

  • A doctor says there weren`t signs of a struggle on Brown`s body, and that he`d been shot at least six times.

  • Four, protests have been violent. Several businesses have been vandalized and looted, protesters have thrown Molotov cocktails at police.

  • Police have fired tear gas at crowds of protesters.

  • Five, the demonstrations got so violent Sunday night that Missouri`s governor called on the National Guard.

  • It`s deploying to help restore peace to Ferguson.

  • An outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is spreading.

  • And there are fears that a recent attack in Liberia could make things worse.

  • The outbreak started this spring,

  • it`s sickened more than 2100 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone and it`s killed more than half of them.

  • Borders and roads have been closed in the region, medical centers are overcrowded.

  • In part of Liberia`s capital many residents are angry that Ebola patients were brought to the area for treatment, so some people attacked the edical center, looting items like sheets, beds and medical equipment,

  • and it`s likely that some of the items were contaminated.

  • No one was hurt in the attack, but some contagious patients fled the medical center,

  • and there are concerns that the items that were stolen could further spread Ebola.

  • Heading northeast to the smallest country in the world, Vatican City, population 842 people.

  • One of them is Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Earlier this spring, a year after he became pope, one poll found that 68 percent of Catholics had a favorable view of him.

  • One percent had an unfavorable view. So, what are some of the things he stands for?

  • Pope Francis has pretty much convinced the world he`s one of the nicest guys on the planet,

  • but here are five ways he`s tougher than you think.

  • Number one, politics. In many ways, this pope sounds like a typical political progressive.

  • Number one, politics. In many ways, this pope sounds like a typical political progressive.

  • He`s pro-environment, pro-immigrant and anti-war.

  • But that doesn`t mean his heart bleeds for every liberal cause.

  • For instance, the Pope opposes abortion, same sex marriage, adoption by gay couples and legalizing drugs.

  • He said he doesn`t want Catholics to focus too much on the culture wars, but that doesn`t mean he doesn`t back the church`s side in all the important battles.

  • Number two, women. Nobody really expected Pope Francis to overturn centuries of church teaching and (INAUDIBLE) women to become priests.

  • But he has said they should have a larger role in the church.

  • What kind of role, nobody really knows and some women in the United States are getting tired of waiting.

  • Number three, this pope fires people. He`s tired about hearing about the corruption and the turf wars inside the Vatican.

  • So, he`s cleaning house.

  • In June, for example, he fired all five members of a board that oversees Vatican finances.

  • Even though those guys had just been reappointed by his predecessor, Pope Benedict.

  • He`s all about reform, and if you get in his way, he`s going to remove you.

  • Number four, this Pope has a sharp tongue, and he`s not afraid to cut loose.

  • Case in point, he called previous popes "narcissists, flattered by yes-men.

  • Those yes-men, he said, he called them the leprosy of the papacy.

  • One Catholic blogger even collected all the papal insults into a book that he satirically called The Pope Francis Little Book of Insults.

  • Number five, taking on the mafia.

  • Some Italian experts have warned that this pope may be in trouble with the mafia, mainly because he`s reforming the Vatican Bank.

  • But that didn`t stop him from driving to the mafia`s heartland in southern Italy and telling them all basically to their face that they are being kicked out of the church.

  • The last time a pope tried something like that, the mafia responded by bombing Catholic Churches in Rome including the pope`s home church.

  • So we`ve got this segment called Roll Call. It`s a chance to have your school announced on CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • There`s now only one way to submit a request, and you need to be at least 13 years old.

  • Go to cnnstudentnews.com. Click words that says Roll Call and leave a comment at the bottom of our transcript page.

  • We`ll pick three schools from each days` transcript.

  • You can make one request every day, but spamming will not help you.

  • Please tell us your school name, city, state and mascot. Good luck.

  • At the U.S. Supreme Court, there`s a basketball court.

  • At the U.S. Supreme Court, there`s a basketball court.

  • It`s located in the top floor of the gym, and it`s been nicknamed the highest court in the land.

  • When real court`s in session, though, practice is not allowed. Now, that`s random.

  • Let`s say our next segment brings us back down to earth, but it doesn`t really.

  • Two cosmonauts, at the International Space Station stepped out for a walk yesterday.

  • They had a couple of things to do hundreds of miles above us.

  • One was release a satellite, a miniature one.

  • It`s a tiny four-inch box from Peru that will orbit the earth, take pictures and measure temperature and pressure.

  • The other part of their mission was to replace some old equipment including science xperiments on the Russian part of the International Space Station.

  • Space walks make look slow and simple, but they are a dangerous part of any space mission, and that`s today. Imagine what one was like 45 years ago on the Moon.

  • We were glued to the television set, working on something that is going to just be a ground (ph) forever.

  • This is absolutely incredible.

  • Go for a knocking.

  • When Aldrin and Armstrong had released themselves from the command module, they disengaged and come flying back down into the Moon and they were basically on their back.

  • Roger, Eagle`s Undocked. When they ejected themselves from that command module,

  • and they were on their way towards the Moon and they were on their back .

  • How does it look? The Eagle has wings.

  • If they didn`t have that restrain on us that could have been some big trouble.

  • They didn`t have a lot of maneuverability.

  • Boy, I`ll tell you, this is much harder to do than it looked.

  • As you are looking, you lose the prospective how big is that boulder.

  • Big shadow. Drifting to the right .

  • Tranquility base here, the Eagle has landed.

  • Rocket going tranquility. We got here on the ground. You`ve got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.

  • We are breathing again. Thanks a lot.

  • The anticipation of him touching that Moon. It was absolutely incredible.

  • We were all guessing, what is the ground going to be like, is he going to sink up to his knees?

  • The surface appears to be very, very fine grain. As you get close to it, it`s almost like a powder.

  • I felt a lot of pride that we`ve got there. The idea of helping humanity was the best thing I came at the program.

  • That`s one small step for man, but giant leap for mankind.

  • Time to take roll. Here are three schools we picked from Monday`s transcript page at cnnstudentnews.com.

  • From Seneca High School, we are being stock by the Bob Cats.

  • Good to have you watching next door in Seneca, South Carolina.

  • From Cleveland, Ohio, watch out for the hornets.

  • They are swarming at Cleveland School of Science and Medicine.

  • And in Dubuque, Iowa, the Rams rock. We found them at Dubuque Senior High School.

  • Last story today includes a bit of a K9 conundrum.

  • After leaving her toy outside, Lupa, Chihuahua and Dachshund mix watched a little ang (ph) rolly,

  • as a wild fox showed up to toy around with it.

  • The dog didn`t mean to be sharing, but the Fox didn`t seem to be caring.

  • At least the video from Yukon, Canada, was shared.

  • Almost 200,000 times on Facebook.

  • You could say that fox was dogging her without foxing her, was toying with her emotions.

  • We could see why the dog was angry, but we still don`t know what the fox say.

  • I`m Carl Azuz. This is CNN STUDENT NEWS. We`ll be back tomorrow.

CNN STUDENT NEWS is back in session. I`m Carl Azuz with ten minutes of commercial free current events.

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