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  • CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: It`s Friday. I`m Carl Azuz. This is CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • Today, we are going from the Gulf of Mexico to the Persian Gulf, and from marine mischief to feline follicle follies.

  • First up, though, shutdown.

  • No budge in the government`s budget crisis on Thursday.

  • The president and Democrats are on one side, Republicans on the other.

  • Wednesday evening, congressional leaders from both parties met with President Obama at the white House.

  • The result -- no result.

  • This partial government shutdown has to do with different views on government spending.

  • But anger about the president`s health care reform law, commonly known as Obamacare is involved here, too.

  • There`s another potential battle looming in Washington.

  • The country`s debt ceiling is the next subject, and the dead line for that is getting closer.

  • CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS ANCHOR: Now, let`s take a look at the next big hurdle, a debt default.

  • It is really critical that the United States continue to pay its bills on time.

  • When you don`t pay your bills on time, what happens:

  • your credit rating goes down, it costs more to borrow, money, it costs more to service the debt you already have.

  • If the U.S. were to default on its bills, because come October 17th, it`s got 30 billion cash on hand, and many, much-much more than that coming in terms of bills due.

  • If the U.S. were to default, interest rates would skyrocket, the stock market could slide, it would hurt job creation again -- again,

  • at a very fragile time, many economists say it could throw the economy right back into a recession.

  • AZUZ: There`s a storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Just recently formed between Cuba and Mexico`s Yucatan Peninsula.

  • When we put the show together, the system was a tropical storm, Tropical Storm Karen.

  • The forecasters were saying, it was almost certain it would strengthen to a hurricane.

  • Its projected path shows it headed to the U.S. Gulf Coast, likely making landfall somewhere between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.

  • That could happen Saturday night, so if you live in that area, please keep an eye on your local forecasts.

  • ANNOUNCER: See, if you can I.D. me.

  • I`m a country in the Middle East.

  • I`m a peninsula in the Persian Gulf.

  • I`m hosting the 2022 World Cup Soccer Tournament.

  • And I`m the only country whose name starts with the letter Q.

  • I`m Qatar. Home to just over 2 million people.

  • AZUZ: When the World Cup rolls around in 2022, that country of 2 million people could be the focus of billions.

  • The World Cup is considered the world`s most widely viewed sporting event.

  • Nearly half the people on the planet watched the last one.

  • The tournament usually happens during the summer.

  • In Qatar, summer temperatures can climb above 120 degrees.

  • Some folks are worried about how that could affect players and fans.

  • So, international soccer officials are considering moving the world cup to winter.

  • European groups voted in favor of that, but it could mess up scheduling for Europe`s regular soccer season.

  • The international officials are also considering complaints connecting to World Cup construction projects in Qatar.

  • Some workers claim they are being abused by their employers.

  • One report alleged that dozens of workers died during the summer.

  • An official from Qatar says the country is taking steps to make sure its labor rules are being enforced.

  • There`s another shutdown for us to tell you about.

  • It happened in Sweden and it has nothing to do with the country`s government.

  • It was a shutdown of one of the country`s nuclear power plants that provides around ten percent of Sweden electricity.

  • One of the water intake points was invaded by jellyfish.

  • A bunch of spineless sea creatures were all grouped together in the cooling water intake.

  • The plant`s owners said they shut the reactor down manually as the safety precaution.

  • This isn`t the first time, though, that gelatinous jokers have messed with the power facility.

  • It`s happened in the U.S., Japan, Israel and the Philippines.

  • Media outlets reported the reactor in Sweden was back up and running on Wednesday.

  • In the past few days, we`ve had reports from exploring conservationist Philippe Cousteau.

  • His Earth Echo expedition is looking at how to preserve and maintain waterways around the Washington D.C. area.

  • Teachers, you can get more on the earth project from the resources box on our homepage.

  • Today, Philippe Cousteau takes us inside a facility that`s designed to clean up waste waters, so it won`t harm people, animals or the environment.

  • PHILIPPE COUSTEAU, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I`m Philippe Cousteau for CNN STUDENT NEWS on Earth Echo expedition.

  • I`m here with James Wonneberg from D.C. Water. He`s resident engineer.

  • We`re actually standing in a watering shaft 140 feet down for a brand new world class revolutionary and state of the art waste management and storm (inaudible) system here in Washington, D.C.

  • What exactly is going on here, James?

  • JAMES WONNEBERG, PE WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY, DC WATER: Currently, we`re inside of the dewatering shaft about a 140 foot below ground.

  • We`re standing on a temporary slab, and we`ve just launched the tunnel boring machine named Lady Bird.

  • The tunnel boring machine is about 300 feet in right now,

  • and we`ve got about 4.5 miles of tunneling to dig as part of the first phase of the clean rivers project.

  • COUSTEAU: 4.5 miles. It`s going to take a year and a half.

  • They are digging a 23 foot diameter tunnel with a huge boring machine

  • and this is going to be absolutely critical to creating a healthy and safe storm water treatment and waste water management system.

  • State of the art. I can`t even tell you how amazing it is, to stand down here in this tunnel.

  • We`re about to go in. It is honestly one of the most incredible engineering projects I`ve ever seen in my life.

  • We`re actually in the tunnel now, we`ve come down a shaft 140 feet in the tunnel, about 75 feet ahead of us is actually a drill bit,

  • that`s going to drill 4.5 miles (inaudible) a huge tunnel to store the combined waste water-storm water treatment,

  • so that in high storms when there`s too much water, for the system -- current system to handle, they don`t have to dampen it to the river.

  • Those are the big slabs that they actually use a suction, hydraulic suction cup to move in the place around the tunnel (inaudible)- what do you say?

  • WONNEBERG: A couple of times each.

  • COUSTEAU: A couple of times each. It`s a remarkable fit of engineering and technology.

  • AZUZ: Getting close to covering all 50 states in our roll call.

  • Today, we are adding three more:

  • The first new addition to the map is from Minnesota.

  • The MacCray High School Wolverines in Clara City.

  • We wrangled up some wranglers out in Wyoming:

  • Pinedale High School puts that state in our map.

  • And all the way over in the Northeast, the Lawrence High School Bull Dogs become our first "Roll Call" school from Maine.

  • We`re going to head back to Minnesota for this next report from Dave Berggren.

  • It`s about a high school senior.

  • He led his team onto the field for the homecoming game last Friday,

  • but the bigger moment happened earlier in the day at a pep rally.

  • That`s when this student brought down the house by taking a stand for school spirit.

  • DAKOTA FORNESS, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: The biggest day of my life!

  • DAVE BERGGREN, CARE 11 NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Victories in life look different to all of us.

  • FORNESS: Very few people know about this. They are going to explode.

  • BERGGREN: For this is his day to win.

  • FORNESS: Thanks, Ms. Larkin.

  • BERGGREN: Coon Rapid senior has lived his whole life with cerebral palsy.

  • FORNESS: I hate to say it, but the wheelchair gets me noticed a little more.

  • BERGGREN: Noticed -- maybe, but what he`ll be remembered for is about to change.

  • FORNESS: I`ve had these plans since the end of last year.

  • BERGGREN: As Coon Rapid students filed into the field house for the homecoming pep fest Friday,

  • it was a flurry of cardinal red and white, then ...

  • FORNESS: Here we go!

  • BERGGREN: Dakota`s turn.

  • FORNESS: You don`t have to play a sport to be in a school activity to achieve victory, the road to victory starts in your own life, setting your own goals.

  • I guess what I`m trying to say, is when you`re a cardinal, you`ll never stand alone.

  • BERGGREN: So with that support behind him, Dakota stands.

  • Something they`ve never seen him do.

  • Take one step at a time.

  • Mission accomplished.

  • Celebrity-like attention on two feet followed the pepfest.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m so proud of you!

  • BERGGREN: But all Dakota wanted was to live his mark.

  • FORNESS: Jonathan always says on your feet for the school sunk (ph), and for four years, I have not been able to be on my feet until today.

  • BERGGREN: He did that, and more.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was pretty amazing.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`ll never forget this moment.

  • FORNESS: I have achieved victory.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You`re a hero to a lot of people right now.

  • FORNESS: That was the ultimate goal.

  • AZUZ: It takes some folks years to find a stylist who knows how to do their hair just right.

  • Others get lucky with their very first groomer.

  • This video raises a few questions: why did the cat start licking the kid`s head?

  • Is that a licensed cosmetologist or is this just a side job?

  • Can it still be called the calic (ph) if it`s done by a cat, is that a cat-lick?

  • The kid doesn`t seem to have any questions.

  • Check out that look to the camera -- it`s like yeah -- cat`s licking my head, so?

  • Thankfully, the kid didn`t want any hair products.

  • Can you imagine what would happen if that style session included muss?

  • It might have started out with bed head, but it seems like that problem`s been licked.

  • As for the cat, perhaps, it`s working up to grooming adult humans and this was just a baby step.

  • It`s time for us to step away. Have a great weekend.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: It`s Friday. I`m Carl Azuz. This is CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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