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  • Thank you for taking ten minutes for CNN Student News,

  • it's great to have you watching this Tuesday.

  • We have a report coming up about two refugees

  • who attempted to swim to Europe.

  • They're among the hundreds of thousands seeking asylum,

  • a safe place to stay there,

  • after leaving unstable and war- torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Yesterday, European Union officials

  • held an emergency meeting in Brussels, Belgium.

  • They're trying to figure out how to slow down

  • the number of refugees and migrants coming in,

  • and how many of them each European country should accept.

  • International pressure has been on the US to do more to help.

  • Last week, President Obama announced

  • that America would accept about 10, 000 Syrian refugees over the next year,

  • but the United Nations says that isn't enough.

  • Meanwhile, the risks being taken by those

  • leaving their home countries are tremendous.

  • I am Hesham Modamani. I am 24 years old.

  • I am from Syria.

  • I met someone called Feras and he asked me are you going to Europe,

  • seeking asylum there?

  • He told me what do you think about going swimming from Turkey to Greece.

  • We searched on the GPS,

  • we found the coast and the Greece Island

  • and in the middle of the sea there is two Islands without people.

  • I was really scared because it was very dark,

  • very cold the water. I'm thinking that my last moment alive.

  • I gonna die now.

  • When we reach the first island in the middle of the sea,

  • it was just too small, filled with birds.

  • The second island, it was just like a wall.

  • It was like a rock.

  • We have no choice,

  • except continue swimming till we reach the Greek island.

  • Now I'm losing hope. It was very difficult.

  • All was hard. All was tough.

  • When I saw a ship that coming,

  • so I switch on the laser and they see us.

  • We were happy that we just made it.

  • Our source for the roll call,

  • the comments section of yesterday's transcript page

  • at CNNStudentNews. com.

  • The schools. Calkins Road Middle School, it's in Pittsford New York.

  • And it's where the Midnights are watching this Tuesday.

  • From Watertown, South Dakota it's the Panthers up next.

  • Hello to everyone at Great Plains Lutheran High School.

  • And from the South American nation of Colombia,

  • hello to all of our viewers at La Sierra International School.

  • It's in the city of Valledupar.

  • At a high school football game in San Antonio, Texas,

  • a fight broke out last Saturday.

  • Afterward, one player appeared to walk up to a referee and shove him.

  • He was immediately restrained by his teammates

  • and then kicked out of the game.

  • The player got caught up in the heat of the moment and responded badly.

  • But, this isn't the only time that this has happened recently.

  • A separate incident two weeks ago in Marble Falls, Texas,

  • could carry life- changing penalties.

  • This event is shameful to us.

  • John Jay sophomore Victor Rojas charged and tackled referee Robert Watts.

  • Then senior Michael Moreno piled on,

  • spearing Watt with his helmet.

  • The attack capped a brutal game,

  • and officials aimed much of their anger

  • at the coaches for not controlling their players.

  • There were multiple ejections.

  • There was punches thrown throughout parts of the game.

  • There was trash- talking, leg- hits,

  • that seems to me like a time bomb waiting to happen, and it did happen.

  • In the final seconds of the game,

  • after just giving up the lead,

  • Jay High School's opponent was running out the clock

  • when Watts was blindsided.

  • The hit may have been triggered by simmering anger

  • over what players considered bad calls by the refs.

  • But the players also alleged that Watts used racial slurs

  • against them at least twice during the game.

  • They say they told that to assistant coach Mack Breed.

  • The students allege that an assistant coach said

  • that guy needs to pay for cheating us, or words to that effect.

  • Breed, a former player at John Jay High School,

  • has been placed on administrative leave.

  • CNN tried to contact Breed for comment, but so far, he has not responding.

  • Watts' attorney says the players' allegations of racial slurs are not just false,

  • but a classic case of blame the victim.

  • He said that Watts suffered a heinous and brutal assault,

  • adding Watts is currently under medical care.

  • Local police are investigating whether the two players

  • should face criminal charges.

  • They've already been suspended from the team and school.

  • We will treat the incident as an assault on a school official.

  • Ed Lavandera, CNN, Dallas.

  • In the mid- 1840s, potato blight,

  • a disease that causes tubers to rot,

  • was catastrophic to the nation of Ireland.

  • In the 1970s, southern corn leaf blight rotted cobs

  • and decimated crops in parts of the US.

  • Plant diseases are as old as plants,

  • but in Fort Collins, Colorado,

  • there's a type of bank that holds billions of seeds

  • and it provides Americans some insurance

  • against the next blight on our food supply.

  • We know that there's going to be a pathogen coming,

  • a pest coming, something that's going to destroy the crops.

  • We've known that since the history of humanity.

  • The United States is probably the most efficient, effective,

  • agricultural producer in the world.

  • We eat very well, and a lot of that is

  • because we have the genetic resources

  • associated with combating the next scourge for the world.

  • The gene bank that we're in today is one of the largest,

  • if not the largest, gene bank in the world.

  • I would describe this as a library with genetic information

  • for every crop and animal that's important to agriculture.

  • We have, for example, over 800, 000 samples from various types

  • of livestock collected in the United States.

  • We have about 800, 000 accessions of seeds

  • and each one of those accessions is a bag with about 3, 000 seeds.

  • We're talking in the billions of seeds that are stored in this facility.

  • Most of the collection can go into what we call conventional storage.

  • They're freezers at minus 18 degrees centigrade.

  • And then there are materials that we don't know how to work with.

  • We are trying to take germ plasm,

  • that's the tiny little bit of material that you can grow a plant out of.

  • We have to excise the tiniest portion and store them cryogenically.

  • We have a large liquid nitrogen habit.

  • We go through about 30, 000 liters per year.

  • So we have liquid nitrogen on tap.

  • Our collections are meant to be used. Have a good weekend.

  • And that means that we will be taking in material

  • from various breeders throughout the country.

  • And we're also going to be distributing material.

  • And that differs a lot from other gene banks

  • that you see in the world that tend just to accumulate material.

  • If there were a disease outbreak and large numbers

  • of our livestock population were killed as a result of that,

  • breeders could come to this facility and use material

  • from here to help re- establish populations

  • that they lost during the disease epidemic.

  • What we want to be able to do with this collection

  • is to have a range of genetic diversity.

  • It's those little differences of why one crop performs well

  • and another crop doesn't.

  • There's always a pest, a pathogen, a drought.

  • Something that we have to improve crops for.

  • And when something bad happens you pull the volume off the shelf,

  • breed it, and you have protection.

  • Before we go, a cat whose owner says he's the best dog we've ever had.

  • Might be because Marley can sit and shake.

  • Might be because he likes riding in the car.

  • Might be because he takes walks on a leash.

  • But in the unlikely event you've seen this before,

  • you ain't seen this.

  • The 14- year- old feline likes the swings at the park.

  • He even lets kids push him.

  • When asked how he knows the cat likes this,

  • his owner responded, because he doesn't jump out.

  • Well, who doesn't like a playground every meow and then?

  • You can always find something to amews you

  • and with a cool cat that's cool with the whole cat and caboodle,

  • the play time pawsabilities are endless.

  • because we`re only a 10-meow-nite show.

  • Hope you cat-ch us again tomorrow.

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