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Paterno Announces Retirement; Another Earthquake in Turkey

Aired November 10, 2011 - 04:00:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Thanks for joining us for this Thursday edition of CNN Student News. We had some late-breaking news yesterday of another earthquake in Turkey. It led to the collapse of several buildings, but this a developing story, and you can get the latest details on it at

Teachers, always a good idea to preview our show. Sometimes we cover sensitive subjects, like today`s first story, which comes to us from Penn State University.

The words of legendary football coach Joe Paterno, "This is a tragedy, one of the great sorrows of my life. I wish I had done more."

Paterno announced he`ll be retiring at the end of this season. No charges have been filed against the Penn State coach, but a former assistant coach, named Jerry Sandusky, has been accused of sexually abusing several children.


AZUZ (voice-over): Sandusky was Penn State`s defensive coordinator for 23 years. He retired in 1999. The kids he`s been accused of abusing weren`t Penn State players. He met most of them through a charity that he started to help troubled youth.

According to grand jury testimony, a graduate assistant told Coach Paterno in 2002 that he had witnessed Sandusky abusing a child. Paterno told two of his bosses about the accusations. Those officials have been arrested and accused of failing to report the abuse to police.

Paterno is the face of Penn State football. People have come out to show support for the coach in the middle of this scandal. But others argued that Paterno should have done more himself to report the abuse, including personally telling police about it.

In a statement on Wednesday, Paterno said, quote, "I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: to serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care.

"I have that same goal today. That`s why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of the season." Paterno also said, quote, "I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief."


AZUZ: Well, next up today, a hurricane-strength storm slammed one U.S. state. It`s not along the East Coast, though, or on the Gulf of Mexico.


AZUZ (voice-over): This storm hit Alaska. It`s a winter storm, so it`s not technically a hurricane, but it did have winds up to 100 miles per hour and that`s the kind of wind speed you`d see in a category 2 hurricane.

This thing brought blizzard conditions with it. You can see the snow whipping around in this video. It also called big waves out in the sea, so there were concerns about low-lying islands and coastal areas getting damaged.


AZUZ: The Marshall Islands are about halfway between Hawaii and Australia, and seven men got stranded on one of the Marshall Islands over the weekend. The island was deserted, and the men needed supplies.


AZUZ (voice-over): That`s where the U.S. Coast Guard came in. Working with the Australian navy, they located the missing men, and airdropped supplies from this plane down to the beach. It`s really great video of the supply drop you see here. Eventually, the men who were stranded were picked up and returned home.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Time for the Shoutout. On this map of North Africa, what country is highlighted? If you think you know it, then shout it out. Is it Libya, Egypt, Algeria or Tunisia? You`ve got three seconds, go.

This map is highlighting Egypt, a country that`s home to more than 82 million people. That`s your answer, and that`s your Shoutout.


AZUZ: A lot of those people are struggling with unemployment, just like in the United States. The unemployment rate is higher for young people than for the country overall. But some Egyptians are hoping to turn those numbers around by starting their own small businesses. Frederik Pleitgen looks at classes that try to help these aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their goals.


FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN REPORTER (voice-over): Twenty-three-year-old Hoda Dawood spends hours every day at her loom, weaving colorful traditional burqa scarves. The work is hard, but Hoda believes it will pay off, because she has something not many weavers in the Egyptian village Qum-el-Dabbah (ph) have: a business plan.

"I want to have my own factory," she says. "I want to expand the business, and I`m also seeing that my sisters are interested, and I want them to follow in my footsteps."

Hoda has already designed a variety of scarves and even baby clothes. But she says she`s not afraid to think big, even if the odds seem to be against her. Egypt`s youth unemployment rate is currently about 26 percent. Hoda has a college degree, but says even with an education, for a young woman in this village, employment is almost impossible to come by.

PLEITGEN: Youth unemployment is one of Egypt`s biggest social problems. It`s exceptionally bad in rural areas, like this one, and especially young women find it almost impossible to find a job in places like this.

PLEITGEN (voice-over): For Hoda and many other young people in this village, the answer could lie in this classroom. The UNICEF problem, "Building Young Futures," which is funded by Barclays Bank, helps young people gain confidence and skills, like putting together a feasibility plan for a small business.

The classes are taught by young people, who have already gone through the program, a peer educator system.

"Thanks to the training, I was able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of my competitors," she says, "and that helped me identify the gap I could push through to make it into the market." Hoda is working hard to realize her dream, to build a better life for herself, but also to contribute to the effort to help fight youth unemployment, a problem that has plagued Egypt for so long.


AZUZ: We first featured Kyle Maynard on our show back in 2009. He`s overcome some major obstacles in his life, and we looked at how that made him an inspiration to a lot of people.

In the time since then, Maynard needed some inspiration of his own. Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why, and looks at the new goal Maynard has set for himself.


DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Kyle Maynard is climbing to the top of Georgia`s Stone Mountain, bearcrawling almost a thousand feet. Maynard is a congenital quadruple amputee. He was born without arms or legs. His parents knew the world wasn`t set up for him, but they weren`t going to let his disability set him apart.

KYLE MAYNARD, SPEAKER AND AUTHOR: They raised me with that attitude that -- like they weren`t going to treat me any different.

GUPTA (voice-over): So like any other little kid, Maynard played sports, even joining the football team in sixth grade.

MAYNARD: And I loved it, because get to hit somebody in every play.

GUPTA (voice-over): He took up wrestling when football became too intense, and stuck with it, even after losing his first 35 matches. After high school, Maynard became an accomplished mixed martial arts fighter, and he also wrote a book. It`s the best-selling memoir, "No Excuses." But a whirlwind book tour left him feeling exhausted and low.

MAYNARD: I got to a point where I was ready to quit speaking.

GUPTA (voice-over): Then a chance encounter with two disabled veterans who were wounded in Iraq changed his mind. He regrets never getting their names, but says those veterans reenergized him. So instead of quitting, he continued, criss-crossing the country, sharing his story again and again.

MAYNARD: I know it`s going to be tough.

GUPTA (voice-over): And they inspired him to try for yet another milestone: scaling Africa`s Mount Kilimanjaro.

MAYNARD: Why Kilimanjaro? It`s exactly because it is the opposite end of the spectrum.

GUPTA (voice-over): Maynard will hike with a team that includes two other disabled veterans. Their goal: to show the world that no obstacle is too hard to overcome. Today`s hike up Stone Mountain is part of this training for the Kilimanjaro trek. And despite his rudimentary equipment, it only takes him an hour and a half from the bottom to the top.

MAYNARD: When people see me, they might think that like, you know, a guy born without arms and legs, or doesn`t have arms and legs, like that must be the worst thing that ever happened to him. And I think that that is the greatest gift I`ve ever been given.

GUPTA (voice-over): Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, reporting.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Time for a Shoutout Extra Credit. What nation is credited with the invention of fireworks? You know what to do. Is it France, Mexico, China or Russia? Another three seconds on the clock, go.

Ancient China is considered the birthplace of fireworks. The first ones were developed more than a thousand years ago. And that`s your answer, and that`s your Shoutout Extra Credit.


AZUZ: Got to love those fireworks effects. Well, China might be the birthplace of fireworks, but Scotland could be home to the fastest fireworks show ever.


AZUZ (voice-over): This looks like the finale of an amazing pyrotechnic display. Nope. It`s the whole show. The fireworks were supposed to last more than 20 minutes, but the display, which cost thousands of dollars, only took up 50 seconds because they all went off at once. Oops. They`re planning a do-over display for later this month.


AZUZ: . if they can afford it. Hopefully the next one lasts a little longer so that spectators and organizers can get more bang for their buck. Just don`t try to recreate the sped-up show, because that kind of once-in- a-lifetime experience is a flash in the pan. And it lets us end today`s show with some lighthearted humor. Back tomorrow to close out the week. Hope to see you then. Bye-bye.