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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Today`s edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS starts with an update regarding Syria.

  • Yesterday, we looked at some of the key players in the U.S. debate over possible action against the Middle-Eastern nation.

  • Teachers, you can find that video on our home page.

  • Today, we`re focusing on the global community.

  • And we began in Sweden.

  • President Obama was there yesterday, talking about the so-called red line.

  • Something he first mentioned more than a year ago.

  • BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.

  • That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.

  • AZUZ: The idea of the red line is that if it`s crossed, whoever set it could act in response.

  • So, that was what President Obama said in 2012.

  • Here is what he said yesterday in Sweden.

  • OBAMA: I didn`t set a red line.

  • The world set a red line.

  • The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world`s population, said,

  • the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent.

  • AZUZ: Governments around the world are having conversations about Syria.

  • We`re going to start with the United Kingdom.

  • Last week, the British parliament voted against the possibility of a strike against Syria.

  • Prime Minister David Cameron says that`s a dangerous move that could encourage more chemical weapon attacks.

  • In France, President Francois Hollande gave a similar message to lawmakers in his nation.

  • President Hollande says, if the Syrian governments isn`t punished, it would send a signal to other countries with chemical weapons.

  • The French National Assembly started debating the idea of a strike yesterday.

  • The Syrian government denies that it has used chemical weapons.

  • And the president of Russia doesn`t think Syria has used those weapons either.

  • President Vladimir Putin says, he thinks it`s absurd that Syrian forces would use chemical weapons

  • since he says they have the upper hand against the rebels.

  • Putin says there needs to be proof that chemical weapons were used.

  • U.S. emergency crews are gradually getting a massive wildfire under control.

  • We told you about the rim fire.

  • It`s been burning in California since mid-August.

  • This rim fire has cost California more than $39 million, it`s one of the largest wildfires in California history.

  • Monday night, firefighters had it 70 percent contained, rain and cooling temperatures were helping out with that.

  • Wildfires, of course, can have a wider impact in just burning land and damaging homes.

  • The rim fire forced schools to close, and sports practices to be canceled.

  • Now, things are starting to get back to normal.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, just watching the fire, you know.

  • Just concerned about our homes and stuff, so it feels good.

  • We had a tournament, so we`re feeling good to get back now and we`re excited for our season.

  • AZUZ: The U.S. government first recognized the Pledge of Allegiance in 1942.

  • It added the phrase "Under God" in 1954.

  • In recent years, that phrase has been challenged in American courts.

  • But every attempt to remove the mention of God from the pledge has failed.

  • Massachusetts highest court is hearing a similar case on this,

  • but with the twist: it`s not arguing that the mention of God violates the First Amendment, like previous cases.

  • It`s arguing the phrase goes against state law.

  • Massachusetts constitution says, that "all people are born free and equal and have certain natural, essential and unalienable rights."

  • Plaintiffs in the law suit say that the phrases "Under God" violates the rights of students who don`t believe in God.

  • By discriminating against them.

  • Defendants say, there is disagreement, but not discrimination,

  • that the phrase doesn`t violate anyone`s rights,

  • because students can choose not to say the pledge.

  • Lower court agreed last year, saying the phrase "under God" doesn`t convert the exercise of the pledge into a prayer.

  • An atheist couple appealed that ruling, in what Massachusetts Supreme Court decides could have an impact nationwide.

  • If you`re on Facebook, we`d like to get your opinion on this.

  • Talk to us at Facebook.com/cnnstudentnews.

  • Cardinals. Bulldogs, Knights, it`s time for Roll Call.

  • Now, Chicago is in Illinois, but East Chicago is in Indiana, ant that`s where you`ll find the Cardinals from East Chicago Central High School.

  • Down to Beaumont, Texas, for our next stop -

  • the St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica School, home of the Bulldogs,

  • and finally the Knights of Fulton Science Academy in Alfredo, Georgia.

  • Thanks to all of you for checking in.

  • Teachers at cnnstudentnews.com.

  • "The how do I" box says answers to all sorts of questions, like how can my class introduce CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • You send us an "I-Report."

  • Here`s how that works.

  • AZUZ: Teachers, here`s how you and your students ages 13 and older can submit an I-Report to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • First, you just shoot your story, and it should be digital, because this is a no-tape zone.

  • Also, it should have only talking, so no songs, no music.

  • Once that done, upload it to us at IReport.com/cnnstudentnews.

  • Just click "Share your story."

  • And finally, look for our email in your inbox, we will have to get in touch with you before we can air your video.

  • I report for CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • We hope you`ll be able to say that, too.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Is this legit?

  • Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year starts on the first month of the Jewish calendar.

  • Not true. The holiday falls on the seventh month on the Jewish calendar.

  • AZUZ: In ancient Jewish teachings, Rosh Hashanah is considered a birthday for the world.

  • It`s happening right now.

  • Jewish holidays begin at sundown, Rosh Hashanah started Wednesday night.

  • The name translates as head, or first of the year.

  • It`s also referred to as the day of repentance.

  • Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish high holy days,

  • which end ten days later with Yom Kippur.

  • One of the most significant rituals during the holiday is the blowing of the shofar.

  • It`s a ram`s horn played like a trumpet.

  • We`ve done this before, we`re doing it again.

  • Talking about giving you an inside look into the careers of different professionals.

  • Have you ever thought about becoming a park ranger?

  • Average salary for an experienced park ranger is 40,000 to 50,000 a year.

  • You can make more.

  • Take a listen to how you could become one.

  • BENITA DULING: My name is Benita Duling, and I`m a park ranger in the great state of Georgia.

  • AMANDA CORMAN: My name is Amanda Corman, and I`m a park ranger at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

  • DULING: What is a park ranger? That`s a good question.

  • I always tell people when you see someone in this uniform, ask them what do you actually do.

  • CORMAN: We get interpretive programs, we preserve historic artifacts.

  • We take care of the beautiful nature that you see here.

  • We also have law enforcement rangers who protect the people who come to visit our park.

  • People may not know that the National Park Service is set up on more of a military basis,

  • so it`s kind of combination of civilian world and the military.

  • DULING: What people don`t really realize about becoming a park ranger is education is incredibly important.

  • In order to get my job, I had to be college-educated.

  • CORMAN: I knew that I loved history, I loved the environment and what beautiful nature we had here in the United States.

  • DULING: I wanted something that combined my love of history with my love or artifacts.

  • People just like you.

  • CORMAN: I get to see people from all over the world and all over the country.

  • I think that mentors are very valuable.

  • DULING: Don`t underestimate people who are experienced and knowledgeable,

  • because they can make a big difference in your life.

  • Be true to who you are and your passion.

  • CORMAN: Never give up on your dreams.

  • AZUZ: What are the biggest challenges facing teenagers today?

  • That was the question on our blog and on our Facebook site,

  • and this is how some of your responded.

  • Nathan says, it`s stereotypes. "Not only from teens, but from adults.

  • I get offended when people assume boys are lazy, play-Call-of-Duty-all-day kinds of people.

  • From Jade, "Managing from everything gets hard.

  • With all the school work, the most high schools hand out these days,

  • how is anyone with a genuinely good GPA supposed to have a social life?

  • Jayden mentioned, "Divorce rates! When parents split up, it can cause horrible things!

  • Dylan writes, "It`s drugs and alcohol.

  • Teenagers see parents and family members drinking and see kids in school who do drugs every day.

  • Emily said, "Too many people get caught up on electronics and don`t see the real meaning in life.

  • We need to spend more time with families and friends."

  • And from Rebecca, "Teenagers are becoming less able to determine who makes a good role model and who doesn`t.

  • Nowadays, they idolize too many negative influences."

  • Why do melons have fancy weddings?

  • Because they can`t elope.

  • We started the puns earlier today, because we`ve got a lot.

  • As we dish on the world`s biggest fruit salad yummy-yummy.

  • Chef (inaudible) more than 15,000 pounds of fruit to produce it,

  • imagine waking up to see that on your honeydew list.

  • I hope the old record holders don`t have sour grapes.

  • Salad is one of a kind, so no pears.

  • You can`t get dogs to do this kind of work, and that`s sad.

  • It makes them melon-collies (ph).

  • And by the time the chefs were done, I bet they were just plum tuckered out.

  • In the future, maybe they`ll incorporate technology.

  • I`m sure, an apple help.

  • Still, congrats in the world record.

  • It`s dessert for the fruit to their labors.

  • If you love puns, some of those were real pitch.

  • If you hate them, then this might have been the last straw berry.

  • But aren`t you glad we didn`t make any obvious ones?

  • That`s 13, and we`re out.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Today`s edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS starts with an update regarding Syria.

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