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  • I`m Carl Azuz. This is CNN STUDENT NEWS. Hope you had a good weekend.

  • We`re going to launch the today show with a missile launch. Four of them.

  • North Korea fired three missiles on Saturday and another yesterday.

  • These are short range missiles, all of them were fired into the Sea of Japan, which is also known as the East Sea.

  • Last month, there was a lot of tension between North and South Korea, and between North Korean and the U.S.

  • North Korea threatened missile attacks against those countries.

  • A journalist in the region says these launches are different.

  • ANDREW SALMON, JOURNALIST: It`s a short range tactical weapon.

  • So, if there any other country launched these kinds of weapons, it is a routine test, nobody would be too worried.

  • It`s really simply because it`s North Korea that`s doing this that raises concerns.

  • AZUZ: As we get closer to summer temperatures are getting warmer.

  • That can lead to severe weather, like this tornado that formed in Kansas on Saturday.

  • Experts say, most major tornadoes come from supercells, thunderstorms that last for hours.

  • These supercells can also cause strong winds and rain, hail and flash flooding.

  • That`s what parts of the Midwestern U.S. are facing today.

  • Last week, tornadoes hit northern Texas, several people were killed in those, and hundreds of homes were either damaged or destroyed.

  • In the midst of recovery, one town`s residence pulled together to pull for a local baseball team.

  • CARLA WADE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: After a moment of reflection for storm victims ...

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Go Stephen!

  • WADE: The crack of the bat is soothing.

  • WADE: Compared to the claps of thunder that came with Wednesday night`s destructive storms.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s bad, it`s a bad deal.

  • HOLLY FISH, RESIDENT: Most of these people who (inaudible) today are supporting us and helping us clean up and then knowing the place, showed up here. It`s just amazing.

  • WADE: Cleburne is focused on baseball.

  • Glad to be out of storm shelters and outside on a warm clear night.

  • Many without power in their damaged homes, some leaving hotels to pack the bleachers for this play-off game.

  • DARRYLE TOUR, RESIDENT: And our team pulls our town together, even when it`s not adverse.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just really, it`s a nice thing to see.

  • WADE: All eyes are on the field, the players and looking toward the sky with excitement, instead of apprehension.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today`s first "Shoutout" goes out to Mr. T`s government economics classes at Cumberland County High School in Crossville, Tennessee.

  • Which of these is about 239,000 miles from Earth?

  • Here we go, is it the Sun, Moon, Mars or International Space Station?

  • You`ve got three seconds, go.

  • On average, the Moon is about 239,000 miles away from earth.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout."

  • AZUZ: Back in March, something happened on the Moon that we could see 239,000 miles away without a telescope. Watch closely.

  • Do you see that?

  • It might not look that big, but NASA says it`s an explosion, it was like five tons of TNT going off.

  • That happened when a meteoroid hit the Moon surface.

  • Meteoroids were coming at the Earth at that time, too, but our atmosphere helps protect the planet.

  • The Moon doesn`t have an atmosphere, which is why the explosion was so big.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today "Shoutout Extra Credit" goes out to Mr. Kennedy`s classes at Forest Hill`s Northern High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

  • Who is the current president of the Palestinian Authority?

  • You know what to do. Is it Mahmoud Abbas, Saeb Erekat, Yasser Arafat or Mustafa Barghouthi?

  • Put another three seconds on the clock and go!

  • Mahmoud Abbas has been president of the Palestinian Authority since 2005.

  • That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout Extra Credit."

  • AZUZ: The U.S. presidential election process sometimes gets compared to a reality TV show.

  • But for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, that`s exactly what it is.

  • A game show to determine the next president.

  • The results, of course, aren`t real, but the creators think there`s some truth in what this show says about Palestinian politics.

  • Sara Sidner has the details.

  • SARA SIDNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Candidates running for president, the campaigning began with 1200 candidates.

  • And now, it`s down to ten. With only a couple more television debates to go.

  • But the winner here only gets a title in May, because this isn`t reality. It`s reality TV.

  • Still, it has already changed things for candidate Maher al-Qomi.

  • MAHER AL-QOMI, THE PRESIDENT CONTESTANT: I believe that my social level has increased because of this show.

  • Everyone`s calling me, President Maher, how are you, President Maher.

  • How are you, Mr. President?

  • SIDNER: The show, simply called "The President" is creating big buzz among the Palestinian population in Gaza and the West Bank.

  • Mohammad Ghanyem is the show`s production manager.

  • MOHAMMAD GHANYEM, PRODUCTION MANAGER: That means they are more powerful than the bullets, the air force, whatever.

  • It`s powerful more than anything.

  • SIDNER: Contestants are running for office by being grilled each week by judges.

  • Several of whom are well-known politicians themselves.

  • The contestants hope that their ideas and their popularity here could potentially put them in position to hold off this one day.

  • This is the brain child of a non-profit organization called "Search For Common Ground."

  • SUHEIR RASUL, GO-DIRECTOR SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND: The idea is to give voice to new generation of Palestinian leaders,

  • and we`re hoping to strengthen and re-energize the Palestinian population to returning back to a democratic process.

  • SIDNER: No one had any idea the show would be so popular.

  • The day auditions were opened, thousands applied.

  • The show airs once a week on the Maan (ph) network, an independent, non-profit media organization.

  • Behind me is the real Palestinian presidential compound.

  • The show`s popularity might have something to do with pent up frustration in the street over the lack of a real presidential election.

  • There haven`t been one since 2005.

  • Al-Qomi is one of the top contenders.

  • He knows the struggle of Palestinians as well as anyone, one of 15 brothers and sisters, Al-Qomi grew up next to a refugee camp.

  • While in college, he`s helping his family make ends meet by working in a tiny family store.

  • Palestinians from Nazareth to Gaza are vying to win, including several women and Palestinians with Israeli citizenship.

  • Palestinians have only had two presidents over the past 20 years, Yasser Arafat and now current president, Mahmoud Abbas.

  • No one knows for sure when the next real presidential election might be.

  • So, for now, the votes for the winner of this show will have to suffice.

  • Sara Sidner, CNN, Ramalla, the West Bank.

  • AZUZ: Getting a high school diploma is an awesome feeling, the graduating seniors at Martin Luther King High in Nashville, Tennessee got something extra with their experience.

  • They got their diplomas from the first ladies, Michelle Obama attended the school`s graduation this weekend, and gave a commencement speech.

  • All of the graduates of MLK High are going on to higher education or the military.

  • And Mrs. Obama said one way they can achieve success is by allowing for the possibility of failure.

  • MICHELLE OBAMA: When something doesn`t go your way, you just got to adjust.

  • But you can only do that if you`re willing to put yourself in a position where you might fail.

  • And that`s why so often failure is the key to success for so many great people.

  • AZUZ: When it comes to restaurant tipping, etiquette authority Emily Post says the rule of thumb is 15 to 20 percent.

  • Of course, you can go higher for great service, but what was the last time you tipped more than 7000 percent?

  • As server in an Indianapolis Take & Shake restaurant knows what it`s like to get that.

  • CeCe Bruce was just doing her job, keeping her good attitude on an average day,

  • when one of her regulars left this: $446 even on a bill of six bucks.

  • That`s not tipping, that`s tripping.

  • At first, Bruce thought it was $46, and she hesitated at that.

  • When she realized it was almost ten times that much, she tried to refuse it altogether.

  • CECE BRUCE, WAITRESS: I didn`t think I was worth $400, but even though, apparently she feels that I am.

  • AZUZ: After some argument the part-time student accepted it, and she plans to use the extra money to pay bills.

  • It`s hard to say if she`ll ever see a receipt like that again.

  • But it`s one tip she could literally take to the bank.

  • Granted not everyone has and extra 446 bucks lying around, but what kind of tip should people leave for good service?

  • 20 percent, 25 percent, maybe?

  • We`ve served u the fresh new blog post today at CNNStudentNews.com.

  • Please remember the rule - it`s first names only.

  • And finally, to become a political dynasty, you may need to start early.

  • Bobby Tufts knows what we`re talking about.

  • This pint-size politician is the mayor of Dorset, Minnesota, and this is his second term in office.

  • He`s just four.

  • Bobby`s town has only 22 people in it, and they pick the mayor by pulling a name out of the hat.

  • One more time, and Bobby will have pulled the hat. Trick?

  • In Dorset, the mayor is just a ceremonial position.

  • Still this minor mayor is getting major media attention.

  • And Bobby knows where he stands on the issues - regular naps, color inside the lines, all city meetings have to be finished before bed time.

  • It`s time for us to put this show to bed.

  • For CNN STUDENT NEWS, I`m Carl Azuz.

  • END

I`m Carl Azuz. This is CNN STUDENT NEWS. Hope you had a good weekend.

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