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  • UNIDENTIFIED GIRLS: We turn the TV to watch CNN, it`s where we get our STUDENT NEWS.

  • It`s got politics, it`s got weather, it`s got all of things that matter,

  • but it won`t be anything with that (INAUDIBLE), Carl Azuz. Carl Azuz.

  • Oh, how we love Carl Azuz.

  • We love him for his times, we love him because he`s funny.

  • Now it`s time for some news.

  • CARL AZUZ, HOST CNN STUDENT NEWS: And, of course, a big thank you to those Asiola (ph) High students for introducing today`s show.

  • I`m Carl Azuz. This week we`re starting off in Afghanistan.

  • The U.S. military mission in the country may be winding down,

  • but as we saw over this weekend, the violence in Afghanistan isn`t over.

  • In one part of the country at least 11 Afghan children were killed as the result of a military operation on Saturday.

  • That same day six Americans were killed.

  • Five of them died when their convoy was attacked by a suicide bomber.

  • Those Americans were delivering books to an Afghan school.

  • One of them was Anne Smedinghoff.

  • She was a diplomat, someone who represented the U.S. government in Afghanistan.

  • JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: When I was in Afghanistan, she was part of my team.

  • And she was someone who worked hard and put her life on the line, so that others could live a better life.

  • AZUZ: Heading back to the U.S. now to talk about the American economy and a report that came out last Friday.

  • It tells us the national unemployment rate, how many jobs were added or lost in the previous months,

  • and it`s one thing experts look at to get an idea of how the overall economy is doing.

  • For March, the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent,

  • that`s lower than a month before, but this isn`t necessarily good news.

  • The report only counts people as unemployed if they are actively out there looking for work.

  • Nearly 500,000 people stopped looking last months,

  • and some experts say that`s why the unemployment rate went down.

  • So how about jobs? The economy added 88,000 of those in March.

  • That`s not good.

  • Experts say it needs to add around 150,000 every month just to keep up with population growth.

  • It`s been a bit more than two years since a massive tsunami crashed in the parts of Japan,

  • something unusual drifted across the Pacific and washed up in Washington State.

  • It`s not this fishing boat, at least that`s not what unusual. It`s what`s inside.

  • Stowing away in a bait box at the back were five fish and some other animals.

  • They survived a 5,000 mile journey across the Pacific.

  • Their container was open, and the part of the boat it was in was under water,

  • so the fish could swim around outside their box, but still inside the boat.

  • These species of fish are native to East Asia.

  • Scientists don`t want them invading West Coast waters,

  • so they are dissecting all but one of the fish:

  • they`re hoping to find out what this fish ate during the last two years.

  • The last living fish will swim out the rest of its days in an aquarium.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today`s "Shoutout" goes out to Mr. Taylor students

  • at Indian Springs Middle School in Columbia City, Indiana.

  • Which of these is one of Illinois` state nicknames?

  • You know what to do, is it the Show Me State, Land of Lincoln, Granite State, or Land of Enchantment?

  • You`ve got three seconds, go.

  • Illinois is sometimes called the Land of Lincoln after one of its most famous residents.

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

  • AZUZ: Zachary Hiller isn`t looking to follow Honest Abe`s footsteps all the way to the White House, at least not yet.

  • He is getting in the politics in Illinois, though, running for his local school board.

  • He is doing that while he`s still in school.

  • Arnold Wyrick from affiliate KFVS looks at how this high school senior is hoping to help students who follow in his footsteps.

  • ARNOLD WYRICK, KFVS CORRESPONDENT: Zachary Hiller is 18 years old, and a senior at Zeigler-Royalton High School.

  • And a few months ago at the encouragement of his history teacher,

  • he decided to pursue a political path.

  • He wants to serve on a school district school board.

  • ZACHARY HILLER, HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR: I think it`ll hurt the students.

  • You know, you cut the teachers, you`re going to cut classes

  • that would be extra like extra curricular classes like band an music and stuff like that,

  • and even sports are going to get cut,

  • because you don`t have as many teachers to fill those positions as coaches.

  • So, I would try to keep as many extra curricular activities as I can to get as many opportunities as I can to the students.

  • WYRICK: And which is one week before the election, Zachary,

  • two of this classmates and his sister hit the streets of Royalton to shake a few hands and hand out a few fliers.

  • Hiller is hoping that his perspective as a student will give him a chance to make things better for students in the future.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I feel like he just wanted to get into that routine where he can help us, other students,

  • and how he can help, speak as them and give the students their opinions as well.

  • WYRICK: Zachary tells me that the recent consolidation (ph) issue really opened his eyes

  • why it`s so important to get involved with the school, community.

  • UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: At first I was just like, "Are you kidding me?" Like I really thought it was a joke at first,

  • but then after I went to school and I can tell you he`s actually serious about it, I really think it`s going to be a great thing for him to do.

  • WYRICK: Hiller tells me this won`t be his only bid to get into politics.

  • And his first step may begin next week during the general elections.

  • AZUZ: Zach Hiller is hoping to make a difference in his community, that`s what the "CNN Heroes" program`s all about.

  • Regular people finding ways to make their world better.

  • If you know someone who fits that description, you can nominate him or her to be a CNN hero.

  • The link is up in the resources box at cnnstudentnews.com.

  • Nominations are open through the end of August.

  • That`s what someone did for Estella Pyfrom.

  • She was working as a school guidance counselor, when she noticed that fewer students had computers at home.

  • Some experts say that having access to computers can make a big difference in whether or not students graduate from high school.

  • So, when she retired, Ms. Pyfrom came up with a way to help.

  • ESTELLA PYFROM, CEO ESTELLA`S BRILLIANT BUS: I grew up in segregated South.

  • I actually started picking beans at age six,

  • but my father, I used to hear he would say

  • if you get a good education, you can get a good job.

  • So we knew that education was important.

  • And today`s time, many of our children don`t have computers at home.

  • And low income families don`t have transportation to get to where the computers are.

  • Kids who don`t have access to computers after school will be left behind.

  • My name is Estella Pyfrom.

  • At age 71 I took my retirement savings to create a classroom to bring high tech learning to communities in need.

  • All right, let`s get on board, Estella Brilliant bus!

  • Estella`s Brilliant Bus is a mobile learning center.

  • Are you ready to get on the computers?

  • UNIDENTIFIED KIDS: Yes!

  • PYFROM: We want to do what we can do to make things better for all. Adults as well.

  • OK, got it!

  • I see the bus as being able to bridge that gap.

  • Yes!

  • Between technology and the lack of it.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She helps me by having one on one attention, and if I don`t get it, she`ll help me with it. I look forward to it a lot.

  • PYFROM: How are we doing here?

  • It`s not just a bus. It`s a movement.

  • We want to go from neighborhood to neighborhood to keep making a difference.

  • UNIDENTIFIED CHILDREN: Bye-bye.

  • AZUZ: And finally today, secret identities. They are not just for superheroes.

  • Here in Atlanta people don`t know who is inside the suit as the mascot for Georgia Tech.

  • They do know the Yellow Jackets hard work generates a lot of buzz.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE, "BUZZ", 2007-10: Some people who`ve been Buzz have been very reserved, introverted,

  • but as soon as Buzz goes on, you become Buzz and you assume the personality.

  • BUZZ: The first thing I do is I run (inaudible) GT, on the GT tech flags.

  • Lights down, and the noise gets super fricking loud.

  • But how loud (inaudible), I`m bouncing off the seats, they`re bouncing at the seats and jumping and down,

  • and cheering on Georgia Tech as loud as we can, make as much noise as we can (inaudible) team.

  • BRIAN GREGORY, GT BASKETBALL COACH: During the games, I think he knows I have a job to do, and he kind of leaves me alone,

  • but every once in a life during the game I`ll catch him doing something,

  • and just kind of chuckle a little bit, because I know again, how important he is to our home crowd.

  • BUZZ: And it`s hot!

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mascots all over the place, kind of get nervous when parents push their young children on you,

  • because some of them love it, and some of them absolutely hate you.

  • UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: (crying)

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You`ve got to try to come down and get the picture.

  • AZUZ: No fun to have a kid cry when they see you, but a perfect picture probably takes some of the sting out of it.

  • The college man`s basketball tournament wraps up tonight,

  • but our pun tournament is already in the books after a story about an egg.

  • We talked about having two eggs, playing the mystery and you voted for that as the ultimate yolk.

  • Teachers, don`t forget to give us your feedback on today show,

  • we`ll see all of you back tomorrow for more CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • END

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