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  • Hope you had a great weekend or that one is just five days away. I'm Carl Azuz, welcome to the show.

  • First up we're reporting from North Korea. A major political gathering is going on there.

  • It's called the Seventh Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea, and it's a rare event.

  • The last time this meeting took place was 36 years ago. This event brought more than 3400 party

  • members to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. It started on Friday and doesn't have a formal end date,

  • though it's expected to last a few days. Supreme Leader Kim Jong- un,

  • who heads up the communist state, didn't announce any major policy changes in his three-hour speech.

  • But he did outline a five year plan to help his nation's struggling economy. Increasing coal output,

  • automating jobs in factories, and mechanizing farms were all part of it.

  • He also discussed the need to generate more electricity, promoting renewable energy and nuclear power.

  • In Pyongyang, which has the highest standard of living in North Korea, many people only

  • have electricity for a few hours of the morning and the evening.

  • So what's it like for international reporters to cover an event like this

  • in a country whose government controls its media?

  • It's day three of the party congress. And we've been waiting here in the parking lot of the Yanggakdo Hotel

  • for almost an hour. We see a lot of the government officials on their phones.

  • Perhaps trying to figure where exactly the group of press is gonna be going today.

  • We took a short drive through Pyongyang. A beautiful Sunday morning, didn't know where we were going.

  • And we've just arrived at the People's House of Culture. We don't know who's inside the building.

  • But if you look at this row of shiny black Mercedes here and specifically look at the license plate numbers,

  • that would indicate these are some of the highest level members of the Workers' Party of Korea.

  • We've been told to bring all of our gear, including our backpacks inside.

  • We've been given our passports as well for some kind of a security check. What happened, what happened?

  • The program has changed.

  • Program changed, where are we going?

  • Back to hotel, eat lunch, and rest.

  • Well, there you go, we're heading back to the hotel,

  • the program has changed. After three hours of waiting at our hotel we were all told to rush

  • and gather in front of the television for this. State TV broke in for a special report which turned out

  • to be the leader's full spech that he gave on Saturday to the Workers' Party Congress.

  • It's been going on for well over two hours. Of course we already read the full transcript,

  • it's the first eight pages of the morning paper. Coverage on the front and back pages.

  • If you're looking for any major policy changes or announcements, you won't find them in this speech.

  • The leader talked about North Korean history from 1980 until today. He did say this country won't use

  • its nuclear weapons unless provoked first, but we've heard that before. So in the end,

  • even though we're inside this country covering the Workers' Party Congress, the state-controlled media

  • continues to be our best and only source of information.

  • A man who was evacuating Fort McMurray in Alberta Canada over the weekend says

  • it looked like a scene out of a disaster movie. A wildfire, whose cause is still being investigated,

  • has forced at least 90, 000 people to evacuate their homes. Most of them in Fort McMurray

  • and surrounding communities. It has spread to an area of more than 770 square miles.

  • The blaze is about half the size of the US state of Rhode Island. Even with 500 firefighters, 15 helicopters,

  • and 14 air tankers involved, officials don't have it under control. But they hoped that nature could help out.

  • There was a 70 % chance of rain in the area last night, and more possible this morning.

  • That could make a noticeable difference in a province that's been described as tinder-dry and windy,

  • two conditions that make wildfires more dangerous. Fort McMurray has had its power grid damaged,

  • the water's undrinkable. For some residents, everything at home is lost.

  • It's heartbreaking cuz I don't know if I have anything to go back to. I really don't know.

  • When I was seven years old, I went through the same thing. I left the Congo to come here,

  • so it brings back those memories so bad. The last few nights, for me, I haven't slept, I'm up all night.

  • I realize that I'm a refugee again in a country that I thought I won't be a refugee. So it's so hard waiting.

  • So far, no deaths have been blamed directly on the disaster.

  • Plumes of smoke can be seen as far away as Iowa, though. And that's not the only atmospheric effect of a wildfire.

  • If you've been watching this wild fire video, you noticed the smoke rising up into the sky.

  • But you may notice something else. You may find a pyrocumulus cloud. So how does it happen?

  • Well, you have the ground and in the summertime the sunshine heats the ground

  • and you get big white puffy clouds. But with a fire this is rapidly rising air.

  • This isn't sunshine. This is really hot air going straight up into the atmosphere and then you get the condensation.

  • The condensation makes clouds. The clouds can become a cumulo-like nimbus cloud,

  • but we call it pyrocumulus clouds because it's because of the fire. But you can get lightning,

  • the lightning can create more fires. Also, when the storm dies, you can get wind blowing out of

  • the thing and taking the embers from one fire, blowing it downwind and making more fires.

  • So that's the danger of a pyrocumulus cloud, look for the puffy clouds that look like a thunderstorm,

  • it's created by the fire itself.

  • It's time for a quick check of who's watching this Monday, this is the CNN student news roll call.

  • From Omaha, Nebraska, the Packers are here.

  • Omaha South High School leads things off for us. Moving east we're making a stop

  • in Gnadenhutten, Ohio. Great to have the braves of Indian Valley High School watching today.

  • And last but not least from Liberty, South Carolina, we're looking up to the Falcons.

  • Liberty Middle School rounds out our roll. The US government estimates that every year,

  • opioid painkillers are linked to as many as 19, 000 deaths in America.

  • And that the number of overdose deaths has quadrupled since 1999, along with the sales of prescription drugs.

  • An advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration is recommending that doctors

  • should be required to get a special form of training before they're allowed to prescribe opioids.

  • Critics, including some national doctors' groups, say that mandatory government training isn't the answer.

  • That physicians already have extensive training, and that a new FDA program wouldn't cover

  • some causes of the problem. Like when a patient doesn't use opioids correctly,

  • or when someone illegally gives his painkillers to someone else. Many doctors, health officials,

  • and experts do agree, though, that more needs to be done to address opioid addiction.

  • Every 19 minutes, someone dies from an accidental drug overdose.

  • Most of the time it's from prescription drugs like Oxycodone or Hydrocodone,

  • these drugs all belong to a family of drugs called Opioids.

  • They are prescribed to dull pain, but they also boost dopamine, giving some people a high.

  • They can also slow down your breathing and are highly addictive. So why is it so easy to get hooked?

  • Well for one your body can build up a tolerance, so the more you use the larger dose you need to get

  • the same effect. Secondly you can become dependent on them, in fact your body creates natural opioids

  • that are released when you hurt yourself. But if you habitually use pain killers,

  • your body stops producing its own and relies on the drugs instead.

  • If you try and stop then, the body goes through withdrawal. Consider this, in 2012

  • there were 259 million prescriptions written for opioid painkillers. Nearly enough

  • for every American adult and child to have their own bottle of pills. Look, we need to treat pain,

  • but we also don't need to treat everything with a pill.

  • The public has spoken, but Britain's government didn't like what it had to say. Boaty McBoatface

  • is what people voted to name a new $ 287 million research ship. Boaty got 124, 000 votes,

  • but Britain's Science Ministry says it wanted something that fits the ship's scientific mission.

  • So it torpedoed Boaty and chose a fourth place name that got 11, 000 votes.

  • So yeah, Boaty McBoatface didn't win that infamous ship naming contest.

  • Boo.

  • Come on.

  • I know, I know. McBoatface became a household name when UK officials made the mistake

  • of asking the public for input on naming their newest research vessel.

  • Boaty quickly shot to the top of the list and spawned countless imitators like Horsey McHorseface,

  • Trainy McTrainface, and so forth. So who did win? Well, the ship will be named the RRS Sir David Attenborough,

  • after the knighted English broadcaster and naturalist.

  • I guess he's worthy. But don't worry,

  • Boaty isn't making a total Abouty McBoutface and sailing out of our lives forever.

  • The moniker will live on as the name of one of the ship's small submersible vehicles,

  • aww, Subby McSubface. Bon voyage, Boaty.

  • So while some might put on a Pouty McPoutface saying subbing the name for the sub is

  • a subliminal and unaccsubtable way of sinking public opinion. Others might say

  • it's fitting in the name of science to Attenborrow David's name. It all begs the question,

  • what's in a name to keep a ship in ship shape? Guess it comes down to whatever floats your boat. I'm Carl Azuz.

Hope you had a great weekend or that one is just five days away. I'm Carl Azuz, welcome to the show.

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