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Philippines Bracing for Super-Typhoon; New Yorkers Protest Police Brutality to African-Americans; Automobiles Become Automobiles
Aired December 05, 2014 - 04:00 ET
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CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: This December 5, CNN STUDENT NEWS would like to remind you that Fridays are awesome. I`m Carl Azuz at Atlanta, Georgia.
Our first story takes you to the Pacific Island nation of Philippines. People there are bracing for super-typhoon Hagupit. The word means "lush"
in Philippino (sic). Forecasters aren`t sure where exactly it`ll go. Something it will make a right turn and move north along the eastern
Philippines. Other think, it will hit the city of Tacloban over the weekend. We`ve mentioned that place before. When super typhoon Haiyan hit
Tacloban last year, it killed 6,000 people and wiped out entire neighborhoods. Evacuations have started ahead of Hagupit. It has
sustained winds of 178 miles per hour, it`s the equivalent of a category five hurricane.
Unrest in New York, it`s in response to events involving 43-year old Eric Garner. This summer police say he resisted arrest for illegally selling
cigarettes. He`d been arrested for that before. Officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner in a chokehold, as others helped arrest him. Garner repeatedly
said he couldn`t breathe, he died later on the way to the hospital. Police union officials said Garner`s poor health caused his death, but a medical
examiner ruled that Officer Pantaleo`s chokehold contributed to it.
This came down to a grand jury. It had to decide whether the officer knew there was a substantial risk that Garner would die from the chokehold. It
decided not to charge Officer Pantaleo. And the protest heated up with demonstrators saying Pantaleo used excessive force.
MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO (D) NEW YORK: It`s a very painful day for so many of New Yorkers.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Arrests made throughout the night as outrage pulls throughout the city streets for more than nine hours.
CROWD: Black lives matter! Black lives matter!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Most chanted Garner`s last words.
CROWD: I can`t breathe! I can`t breathe!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Police, some in riot gear blocking intersections as protesters began shutting down the city`s most iconic landmarks, stopping
the flow of traffic into and out of the island of Manhattan for hours. Some lying down right in the middle of the road, the same inside Grand
CROWD: I can`t breathe! I can`t breathe!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Where other protesters staged a massive dying as evening rush hour hit its peak. Police heavily guarding the Rockefeller
Tree Lighting Ceremony .
CROWD: Three, two, one!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As protesters tried to disrupt the show. The city`s public outcry reaching a fever pitch nationwide.
UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (INAUDIBLE) have got to go .
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: From Los Angeles .
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m Eric Garner!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m Eric Garner!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To Philadelphia.
CROWD: Hands up, don`t shoot! Hands up, don`t shoot!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The demonstrations across the country disruptive, but peaceful, fulfilling Garner`s family wish.
GWEN CARR, ERIC GARNER`S MOTHER: Yeah, we wanted to rally. But rally in piece.
BENJAMIN CARR, ERIC GARNER`S FATHER: No violence. (INAUDIBLE)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Officer Pantaleo said in the statement, it is never my intention to harm anyone, and I feel very bad about the death of Mr.
AZUZ: Next story today, good news and good news good news concerning the flu. The good news, the Centers for Diseases Control says flu activity
across the U.S. is pretty low. The bad news, this year`s vaccine isn`t particularly effective. The CDC says it`s because the flu has mutated.
When the vaccine was made, the strains of flu circulating around the globe were different than they are now. So, why not just make a new vaccine?
Well, the CDC says it`s too late, because that takes about four months to do.
Officials are still recommending the vaccine, though. They say it can reduce the severity of the virus, if you get it.
Amsterdam is the largest city in and capital of Netherlands. It`s second largest city Rotterdam, and that`s where we found the Rotterdam
international secondary school for Today`s "Roll Call".
In the states, in Indianapolis, in Indiana, the rockets of Broad Ripple Magnet High School are in today`s show. And in the Southeast, in Mableton,
Georgia Floyd Middle School is on the roll. We are happy to visit the Panthers today.
AZUZ: Opossums, also called possums, are the only marsupials found in the U.S. And though they might hiss or bite if you mess with them, they are
usually not aggressive and they are unlikely to carry rabies. Why? Well, even though they are mammals, they have relatively low body temperatures,
and that might make it hard for the rabies virus to survive in opossum. Now, that`s random.
All right, cars that drive themselves. The technology is nearly here, but the law is Orant (ph). Only four states currently allow them to be tested
on roads. Pros, they might be safer. Most accidents are caused by driver error. They`d also allow you to get things done while you ride in them.
Cons, they are incredibly expensive, their cameras and sensors struggle in rain and snow and what if they are hacked, or who is responsible in a
wreck? One thing experts agree on, they are coming.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Let`s start here. Point A. And over there, we`ll call that point B. How we get from here to there has never been more
important. There are more people on this planet going more places than ever before. We are going further, and we are going faster. It took us
fewer than 100 years to go from that first flight in Kitty Hawk to our first supersonic trip across the Atlantic.
Locomotives have evolved into high speed trains floating on magnetic fields. Cars have ditched gas for electricity. But where we are going
next, and how will we get there? Will highways really be filled with flying cars? Will virtual tourism mean that you can go everywhere without
going anywhere? Getting around is getting cooler every day. Just take a look.
For the last 80 years, the Art Center College of Design has trained many of the automotive industry`s top designers. Designers who created the style
of many of the most memorable cars around.
GEOFF WARDLE, GRADUATE TRANSPORTATION DESIGN: The more choices that we have for travel, the more complex it becomes to figure out how those means
of travel integrate together.
If you take the 60,000 foot view, automobiles are really quite stupid. They are extremely wasteful of energy, it`s an object that we spend a huge
amount of money on and then we are going to use for two hours out of every 24.
To me, it`s inevitable that we are going to move towards this automated truly automobiles.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The school has a list of questions about the future of cars. Like what do you hope to accomplish when you go from A to B?
It`s not driving. It`s life.
MAGGIE HENDRIE, CHAIR, INTERACTION DESIGN: The journey in an automobile will be more of a service than it is today. The car can come pick you up,
it will be customized to your preferences, and the vehicle is now part of this interconnected ecosystem of digital devices.
WARDLE: The dilemma is what morally should we put into cars, because you know, we are all very aware that we share the roads with people who are not
really concentrated on driving and more interested in texting and (INAUDIBLE). The faster we get to vehicles that are able to drive
themselves, or at least do part of the driving themselves, then the less of a dilemma it becomes.
With its two iconic white knobs, an etch a sketch is not known for being a precision art instrument. But it is for Jane Labowitch. She started
drawing on it when she was four years old, and she got really good at it. 20 years later, she`s etched out St. Basil`s Cathedral, the Mona Lisa, Van
Gogh`s "Starry Night." She says the toughest part is learning how to use both knobs at once to created curbs and diagonals.
Of course, she had to drop on some (INAUDIBLE) skills, she`s got more than a trace of that. And the story deserves more than a cursory mention,
because there is nothing sketchy about her superior stylus. We hope you`ll etch out. Ten minutes for us again on Monday. I`m Carl Azuz. This is CNN