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Experimental Drugs to Fight Deadly Ebola Outbreak, Counting New York Pedestrians To Serve City Better; Remembering Robin Williams; Tim Howards of Team USA

Aired August 13, 2014 - 04:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: It`s good to have you back for more commercial free CNN STUDENT NEWS. I`m Carl Azuz. And you are ten minutes away from being

updated on current events. That includes what`s happening concerning Ebola.

The death toll from this year`s outbreak in West Africa is now higher than 1,000. And partly because there`s no cure for the often deadly virus. The

World Health Organization decided it`s ethical to use experimental drugs to try to fight Ebola.


DR. MARIE-PAULE KIENY, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: This is an opportunity to right a wrong law of history that it is only a relatively recently in

the last decade that research have begin investigating interventions for Ebola. Now is the time to catch up.


AZUZ: This is significant because experimental drugs haven`t been tested or approved for use in people. Two American missionaries with Ebola got

treated with one such drug. They appear to be recovering. But a Spanish priest who got the same drug died yesterday morning.

If you`re spending any time on social media or watching life news Monday night, chances are you heard about the death of Robin Williams. The

renowned American comedian and Academy Award winning actor was found dead in his home on Monday morning. It appeared he committed suicide. Mourning

and memories welled up around the world for the man who was the voice of Aladdin`s Ginny, of Ramon in "Happy Feet", who played Teddy Roosevelt in

"Night at the Museum". When he wasn`t performing on stage or screen, Williams gave a lot of his time, money and endorsements to charities,

UNICEF, Amnesty International, the USO. You might have seen this commercials for St. Jude Children`s Research Hospital. It said Williams

never charged a fee for his work with them.

Williams media representative said the actor had been battling severe depression recently. He`d been in rehab for drug treatment earlier this


So, we`ve got this segment called "Roll Call." It`s a chance to have your school announced on CNN STUDENT NEWS. There`s now only one way to submit a

request and you need to be at least 13 years old. Go to, click word that says "Roll Call" and live a comment at

the bottom of our transcript page. We`ll pick three schools from each day`s transcript. You can make one request every day, but spamming will

not help you. Please tell us your school name, city, state and mascot. Good luck.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: See if you can I.D. me. I`m home to more than two percent of the U.S. population. I`m a century`s old city made up of five

boroughs. I was once known as New Amsterdam, but I was renamed in 1664 after an English Duke. I`m New York City, home to 8.4 million people.

AZUZ: That makes it America`s most popular city. And one way, officials, police and business can track those people is through surveillance cameras.

They have numerous benefits, as you`re about to see, and they bring up numerous privacy concerns. Activists ask what if the technology`s abused,

what if it`s used to inappropriately follow people. One company says it has a way to address that.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Americans spend roughly $37 billion a year waiting in lines. At the grocery store, for a hamburger, at their favorite

restaurants. Imagine if you didn`t have to. That may soon become a reality in New York where they are embracing new recognition technology

that will count every pedestrian in the city.

NICHOLAS O`BRIEN, NYC OFFICE OF DATA ANALYTICS: Every neighborhood din the city walks. We really need to have an understanding of what that activity

looks like so that we can serve New Yorkers better.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Over 60 percent of commuters in New York City travel by foot or public transit. For a city of 8.4 million that`s a lot of

people to count.

O`BRIEN: The Department of Transportation counts pedestrians around the city and they send a few people, they go twice a year and they just sit

there with umpire pitch counters. It doesn`t really give us a view of what it`s like day in and day out through different seasons.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A startup called Placemeter is trying to change that. By providing a real time picture of New York`s pedestrian traffic using

hundreds of existing video feeds around the city.

ALEX WINTER, CEO AND FOUNDER, PLACEMETER: We leer in computer vision algorithm that actually makes it possible to detect and count people.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Using online traffic video feeds, Placemeter currently counts about 10 million people a day. They can even count how

many people are inside a building. The city`s already using the data, providing pedestrian counts to small business owners in the city`s online

business atlas. And there`s promising potential for data integration with consumer apps.

FLORENT PEYRE, COO AND CO-FOUNDER, PLACEMETER: If out data was instead of Yelp or Google Maps, you could set up an alert telling you that restaurant

you always wanted to try, but is always packed. Right now, is the right time to go.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Today, the company only covers about 25 percent of the city. To help count the rest, Placemeter`s offering to pay residents

to stream video from their own windows using an old smartphone.

WINTER: Today we count different kinds of equals on pedestrians, tomorrow we are going to start detecting and classifying gender. Then age, then we

are going to start detecting people with strollers or with bags, and things like that.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: With detection technology rapidly improving, an obvious concern is whether their systems will be able to track the details

of our daily lives.

WINTER: What we do is turn video feeds into a data. Video feeds by nature are a little creepy. Just somebody looks at them. In our case, a computer

looks at them. So, whenever one frame gets through our system, we process it, turn it into some data and then we delete it.

O`BRIEN: I think there`s a lot more things we can do if we have better understanding of the pedestrian activity in the city. When we have to go

schedule trash pickup, how many police we need to deploy to a particular area. The better information you have on a place, the better you are going

to be able to manage it.


AZUZ: Who`s watching CNN STUDENT NEWS today? We find out, on "The Roll Call." The Hiram High Horniza Hovering. Easy to see what the buzz is

about in Hiram, Georgia. We are also online at Campbell Junior High School with the Cardinals. They are flying high over Winchester, Kentucky.

And what about the Warriors? Washington High School in Sioux (ph) Falls, South Dakota, thank you all for watching.

The U.S. Secretary of Defense is Chuck Hagel. But if you asked U.S. soccer fans who it was over the summer, they would have told you Tim Howard. The

American goalkeeping great set the record for most saves ever in a World Cup match. 16 saves. And though Belgium eventually won the game, knocking

out the U.S., and though Germany eventually won the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Howard`s defense won him worldwide recognition. No surprise those who knew

him in high school.


CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: He is the anchor of team USA. At age 35, Tim Howard is still at the top of his game, and at his New Jersey high school,

no one is surprised.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I remember that. I remember that.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You see a goalie in him, and like he could anticipate where the ball was going to be.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was watching his eyes the whole time. Yes.

EDDIE BERHENEY, NORTH BRUNSWICK H.S. HEAD BASCKETBALL COACH: Nothing Timmy does surprises me. That`s the thing about it. When he`s working as hard

you see Timmy Howard doing all things right the U.S. team - U.S.`s coach say, hey, I`m going up my game and I`m going to try to match what he`s


COSTELLO: Howard played basketball and soccer at North Brunswick High School. His year book quotes senior year "It will take a nation of

millions to hold me back." He went on to major league soccer and at 23 he was recruited by one of the best known sports teams in the world.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When Tim got the call for Manchester United it was like a win for all of us. That was like all right, our guy made it. And it was

really cool to see.

COSTELLO: For Howard, fame also meant responsibility, and turned a very personal struggle into advocacy. Faith Rice is the executive director of

the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome.

FAITH RICE, EXEC. DIRECTOR NEW JERSEY CENTER FOR TOURETTE SYNDROME: Tim called us one day and said he wanted to volunteer with the organization.

COSTELLO: Howard had been diagnosed with Tourette as a child, when he joined Manchester United, British tabloids ridiculed the goalie for the

disorder. But he told CNN in 2011 it was an obstacle he never let stand in his way.

TIM HOWARD, GOALSKEEPER, U.S. MEN`S SOCCER TEAM: I may not make it, you know, as a professional footballer, but I don`t want the reason to be

Tourette`s syndrome, and so, you know, it`s something that I live with every day and for me now, and my life, it`s like breathing to me. You

know, if I woke up one day and didn`t have Tourette`s syndrome it would feel weird.

COSTELLO: Howard has done work with children and their families for the New Jersey center and is lending his name to its brand new Tim Howard

Leadership Academy.

RICE: It`s really important for these kids to have a hero, someone who has dealt with all of the things that they`re dealing with, and has survived.

COSTELLO: And to the kids at North Brunswick High Howard is a role model, too.

LOU EMMANUEL, NORTH BRUNSWICK H.S. ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: The same hallway that that kid is walking is the same hallway that Tim walked in. That

locker may be Tim`s locker. So, all these kids have a direct connection, they could see what hard work can do and it`s right there on TV, every

other day.


AZUZ: Every dog may have his day, but not every dog has a day as mayor. Conorad, Minnesota has elected perhaps the hairiest leader in North

America. The town of 12 people picked Duke by a landslide. Now, this isn`t just someone`s pet project. Duke is credited with helping slow

traffic in the town. His owner says when drivers see him, they slow down. Duke`s getting always - looked the part. He spent five hours in the beauty

parlor, because after all, every mayor can use a little grooming, especially before going snouting about, trying to kill to gather support as

a (INAUDIBLE) politician. I`m Carl Azuz. We hope you`ll elect to watch CNN STUDENT NEWS again tomorrow.