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CNN Student News Transcript: October 5, 2009

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  • Step inside a Filipino house that was shaken and flooded by Typhoon Parma
  • Experience the celebrations and silence that followed an IOC announcement
  • Get to know a man whose community helped him make history at Harvard
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(CNN Student News) -- October 5, 2009

Quick Guide

Typhoon Parma - Step inside a Filipino house that was shaken and flooded by Typhoon Parma.

Olympic Announcement - Experience the celebrations and silence that followed an IOC announcement.

Giving Back - Get to know a man whose community helped him make history at Harvard.



CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Hi, I'm Carl Azuz, and this is CNN Student News. In honor of World Teachers Day, today's show is dedicated to educators around the globe.

First Up: Attack in Afghanistan

AZUZ: First up, Pentagon officials are investigating a battle that took place over the weekend in Afghanistan. At least eight American troops, as well as two members of the Afghan National Security Force, were killed on Saturday when their base came under attack from hundreds of militants. According to one U.S. military official, the battle lasted around 12 hours, with militants firing down on the base. U.S. and Afghan forces were eventually able to push back the assault. The violence marked the largest number of Americans killed in combat in a single day in Afghanistan since July of last year. It all comes as President Obama is reviewing the U.S. military's approach to the war in Afghanistan. He believes that strategy needs to be considered before more resources are sent to the region.

Samoa Relief Efforts

AZUZ: Relief efforts on the way to residents of Samoa, who are recovering from an 8.0-magnitude earthquake last week. You can see some of the supplies being boxed up here. Hundreds of emergency personnel are in the area, helping get aid to victims.

Indonesia Aftermath

AZUZ: In Indonesia, rescue workers are using every means necessary to search for people after a pair of deadly earthquakes there, but officials believe the chances of finding survivors may be shrinking. The Indonesian government says last week's quakes claimed more than 600 lives.

Typhoon Parma

AZUZ: And parts of the Philippines struggling to recover from two deadly storms. One week after Typhoon Ketsana slammed into the country, Typhoon Parma made landfall this weekend triggering landslides and dumping massive amounts of rain. Eunice Yoon shows us how one family survived the storm.


EUNICE YOON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'm Eunice Yoon in Cagayan Province in the northern Philippines. This province bore the brunt of Typhoon Parma. The damage has been less than originally feared, but this village has seen some of the worst flooding in years.

This is a typhoon-prone area; it floods here every single year. This man, though, says that this is the first time that the waters have actually gotten into his house.

So, the family said that they had heard that the typhoon was coming, so in order to prepare, they elevated the rice that they have. This rice comes from attractive land which they own. The water though, as you can see, is really, really high. They have a couple areas, some rooms where the floor is slightly elevated. They said that the strong winds were shaking the rooftop. And there are certain areas where there are watermarks. Another bedroom here, they have all their belongings elevated.

So, we're now in the kitchen. And if you look over there, there's a staircase to a second floor. I asked the family, during the storm, why they didn't decide to go upstairs and sleep up there. But they said that the winds were so strong and the rains were just pelting down, that they thought that they would be a lot safer to be on the first floor the entire time.


Is this Legit?

TOMEKA JONES, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Is this legit? Buenos Aires, Argentina hosted the 1968 Summer Olympics. Not legit! Mexico City hosted the '68 games. The Olympics have never been held in South America.

Olympic Announcement


AZUZ: You heard it there: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil named the host of the 2016 Olympic Games. Celebrations erupted in Rio after the announcement was made last Friday at the International Olympic Committee meeting in Denmark. IOC President Jacques Rogge said that part of what may have swayed the vote in Brazil's favor is the fact that it'll be South America's first chance ever to host the Games. Rio was considered a frontrunner going into Friday's selection process. But so was Chicago, another finalist, and many supporters were stunned when that city was eliminated in the first round of voting. Mary Snow was in Chicago when the announcement was made.


ROGGE: The city of Chicago, having obtained the least number of votes, will not participate in the next round.

MARY SNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Chicago just got eliminated. People are standing around watching the screen, stunned, including this woman right here. Your thoughts?

WOMAN ON THE STREET #1: Yeah, it's so sad. Oh no!

WOMAN ON THE STREET #2: I'm sorry for us as a city; I'm sorry for the country; I'm sorry for the mayor. How awful.

MAN ON THE STREET #1: I'm thinking, is this a bad dream or something? We have been contesting for these games for so long, to really show the world what we are made of, and now we don't get a chance to prove it.

SNOW: Just a few minutes after that announcement, this crowd has quickly thinned out. people just absolutely stunned, including some former Olympic athletes. Your reaction.

TOM PUKSTYS, FORMER OLYMPIC ATHLETE: Devastation. Heartbreak. Complete heartbreak. I had no expectation. I am born and raised here. We're speechless and I'm in pain.

SNOW: How about you?

JOHN COYLE, FORMER OLYMPIC ATHLETE: Didn't expect it for sure. I mean, there's been a lot of planning. We watched sort of the polls and the insiders, and this was definitely, this was not at all in the plan.

SNOW: I see you already have put a past tense on your sign. It says, "I backed..."

WOMAN ON THE STREET #3: Chicago, I still back Chicago. We are a city that works. It's a disappointment, but you know, we'll get up and brush ourselves off and get our own Olympians together to make sure they bring home the gold.


Back in Session

AZUZ: And over in Washington, D.C., court is back in session! The Supreme Court's new term starting today. Some of the issues that the justices will tackle this year include gun ownership, religious displays and animal abuse. But the chances of getting your case in front of the High Court are actually pretty slim. As many as 9,000 cases are appealed to the Supreme Court every year, but only about 80 of those, less than one percent, will actually be heard.

Giving Back

AZUZ: From the court room to the emergency room, and one doctor who's fulfilling a promise to his home town. It was Raul Ruiz's community that helped get him started on a path that would lead him to make history. As part of CNN's "Latino in America" series, Soledad O'Brien interviewed the doctor and learned how he's giving people like you an exceptional opportunity.


SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Raul Ruiz is a busy ER doctor.

DR. RAUL RUIZ, EISENHOWER MEDICAL CENTER: Did you have that pain up here?

O'BRIEN: He's a physician on staff at Eisenhower Medical Center, the Coachella Valley's only non-profit hospital.

O'BRIEN: How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a doctor?

RUIZ: Four years old.

O'BRIEN: Four?

RUIZ: Yes.

O'BRIEN: Not an easy feat for the son of migrant farm workers.

RUIZ: I used to type it as my practice typing. "All things are possible, all things are possible."

O'BRIEN: He was a good student but a terrible test taker. English wasn't his first language.

RUIZ: According to my SAT scores, I should have never gotten to college.

O'BRIEN: What were your scores?

RUIZ: I would rather not say.

O'BRIEN: But the biggest obstacle wasn't grades, it was money. A family friend paid for him to apply to UCLA, but it was the community of Coachella that helped put Dr. Ruiz through school. Coachella is a small farming town of mostly Spanish-speaking immigrants. The average family income is less than $25,000 dollars a year.

RUIZ: I started knocking on doors and saying, "I am from this community. I want to become a physician and I'm gonna come back. I want to offer you the opportunity to invest in your community."

O'BRIEN: He handed out homemade contracts to sponsors like Juan Torres, owner of the local hardware store.

RUIZ: I was able to raise about $2,000.

O'BRIEN: Wow, that's a lot of dough.

RUIZ: It was $20, $50, $100 at a time.

O'BRIEN: He was 17 years old. With the money, and more importantly, community backing, Raul Ruiz went off to UCLA. After graduation, he went to Harvard Medical School to become a doctor, and that's not all.

RUIZ: I have a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School; it's the School of Government. And I have a Masters in Public Health from Harvard's School of Public Health.

O'BRIEN: Three degrees from Harvard, the first Mexican-American ever to achieve that.

RUIZ: My efforts are not just mine alone. It's my family's and my community's, so, you know, we've worked hard.

O'BRIEN: He could have practiced anywhere, but he came back.

RUIZ: A promise is a promise.

O'BRIEN: And he continues to give back, mentoring eight Coachella teenagers.

RUIZ: There's only two obligations. One is that they show up, and two is that they participate with me in community service. And then we'll see if we can make a difference.

O'BRIEN: To ensure there will be a next generation in Coachella who will also give back. Soledad O'Brien, CNN, Coachella, California.



AZUZ: Good stuff. As we said, it's part of "Latino in America," a new CNN documentary that looks at how Latinos are changing America, reshaping politics, schools and neighborhoods. The program airs October 21st and 22nd at 9 p.m. Eastern, and we will have materials for educators to go along with it. You can find those at

Before We Go

AZUZ: Before we go, we've got a little comparison for you. Miniature child or giant pumpkin? Maybe a little bit of both. But this sure ain't no regular size pumpkin. These gourds are gargantuan! That is why you need a forklift to move 'em. It's all part of this giant pumpkin weigh-off in Colorado. The winning whopper tipping the scales at exactly 1,000 pounds! Can you imagine growing a thousand pound pumpkin?



AZUZ: It would probably drive you out of your gourd. Waking you up on a Monday, I'm Carl Azuz. CNN Student News returns tomorrow. We'll see you then.

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