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Headlines From The Middle East And India; Mysterious Sound From the Golden Gate Bridge; Safe Return Of Duck Family. Aired 4-4:10a ET

Aired May 18, 2021 - 04:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hello, everyone. I`m Carl Azuz. Headlining today`s edition of our show, new developments in the Middle East and the

landfall of a cyclone in India. Not since 2014 has there been so much violence between Palestinians and Israelis.

From the Palestinian controlled territory of Gaza, more than 3,100 rockets have been fired into Israeli lands. Israel says many of them have missed or

gotten intercepted by its missile defense system but some rockets have hit populated areas killing at least 10 people since the violence flared up

more than a week ago.

Meantime, Israeli warplanes have launched air strikes on Gaza. Their targets have included tunnels, residences and other buildings that Israel

says were being used by Hamas. That`s the name of a Palestinian militant group that controls Gaza.

Israel and some other countries consider Hamas to be a terrorist organization. The Health Ministry run by Hama says more than 200 people

have been killed in Gaza and tens of thousands of others have had to flee their homes.

Other countries have called on Israelis and Palestinians to stop their attacks on one another but when we produced this show, the two sides had

not agreed on what would have to happen for a ceasefire to take place. A little over 2,000 miles east of Israel and Gaza, a different kind of

violence has struck.

Cyclone Tauktae made landfall Monday on the west coast of India. It has been moving up a long neck coast before hand killing several people,

destroying hundreds of homes and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate. Ahead of its landfall, Tauktae was the equivalent of a Category 3 Atlantic


Its sustained wind speeds were about 127 miles per hour according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. It`s brought extremely heavy rains to western

India causing severe flooding and power outages. India`s government has deployed dozens of rescue teams to effected areas.

It`s Coast Guard and Navy area supporting those efforts with ships and helicopters. India has been grappling with a wave of coronavirus cases,

setting records earlier this month for the number of new diagnoses.

Those numbers have dropped a bit since then and the country said it was taking steps to make sure hospitals in the areas effected by the cyclone

would have electricity and enough oxygen supplies. After moving over land, Tauktae was expected to bring heavy rainfall to the high ground in northern


10 Second Trivia. What is the official color of the Golden Gate Bridge? Burnt Sienna, International Orange, Vermillion or California Poppy. The

distinctive color that helps the bridge stand out in the fog is called International Orange.

Some call it singing. Some call it humming. Some call it musical and many call it annoying but one thing they can all agree on is that San

Francisco`s Golden Gate Bridge is making a noise.

Last year bridge officials made changes to a sidewalk safety railing on the western side of the structure. They installed thinner slats so more air

could flow through and they said they knew the bridge would sing when there were high winds. The tonal or organ like sound can be heard for miles away.

According to a bridge spokesman, some people think it`s quote, "meditative" and "angelic" but officials say most people don`t like it. And while their

design change was reportedly necessary to keep the bridge safe, other workers on the Golden Gate say they`re developing a fix for the sound which

they`ll discuss in the months ahead.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Golden Gate Bridge gets its name because it spans what`s called the Golden Gate Strait. This is a three mile long and one-

mile-wide body of water that connects the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay.

Before the Golden Gate Bridge, there was a bustling ferry system that ran people and commerce between San Francisco and the Red Wood Empire to the

north. It`s actually unknown how many people work on the Golden Gate Bridge at the time of construction because records were -- were scarce from that


Today we have close to 200 employees who work to maintain the paint, to weld, to make sure that the bridge is in -- in good and safe operating

condition. So, we`re right now getting sandblasting on the outer part of the bridge which is up underneath.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right now where -- where the walkway was, where the pedestrians ride after 3:30. So the cars are probably just about 15 feet

out. You can`t feel it but the bridge is probably moving, you know, like this as we`re standing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In a containment like this, a rough estimate 15 people sandblasting for a month and a half. Our painters will go out to the most

critical, you know, structural areas of the bridge where the fog and the salt and the wind has corroded the paint. The salt eats this bridge up. The

fog eats this bridge up. If we don`t continue to paint it, it`s just going to rot away.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ironworkers at the Golden Gate Bridge do everything from swing stages to flat forms, structural steel replacement, take out the old

rivets, put in high strength bolts in their place and replace all the steel when it gets rusted out there to make sure it`s safe for the public.

The nickname for the ironworkers is cowboys in the sky. Back in the day they`d say they`d look up there and say, look up there and say look at

those crazy cowboys up there. So the name kind of stuck, cowboys in the sky.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Folks out there everyday making sure that the bridge is structurally sound and looking good. The current`s pretty strong around

here. I mean, you can end up out there quicker than you know it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right here is one of our foghorns. We`ll have two of them down here, one over -- one on the eastside, one on the west side.

We`ve always had foghorns here at the bridge since -- since it was built. Not much changes in foghorns. They just make noise.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`ve tried automated systems. And it just doesn`t -- doesn`t work so the -- the old standby system`s actually visually seeing

works the best but there`s people here 24/7.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So as of July 2018, the toll across the Golden Gate Bridge is $7.00. If you have a fast tracker, $8.00. If you don`t, maybe

you`re out -- from out of town and this supports much of the work that happens on a daily basis to maintain the bridge, to keep it looking good

and ensure that it`s assessable for everyone.


AZUZ: A daring and death-defying rescue mission wraps up today`s show. Well maybe not exactly daring or death defying but it does involve ducks. Twelve

little ones and their mother recently wondered out of Central Park into a more populated part of New York City.

You can`t see the ducklings here but you can hear them. They`re cheeping from the carrier that police officers put them in. Mother duck could hear

them too and she followed them and police back to Central Park where the wayward bird family was reunited.

Well, you know they come "cheeper" by the "duckson". And it`s nice police were there to help them out of their "mallardy" because while ducks are

known to occasionally "dabbling" in adventure.

It`s not like they can "whistler" for help when they don`t know "widgen" way to turn. There`s no such thing as a 911 "Duck Call" either so it is a

good thing that police were able to preserve their "dynasty". From Central Park, we`re going to Central High School but the one in Knoxville,


Thank you for watching and subscribing to our You Tube channel. After this show, we have eight more to go before we wrap up for the Spring season

Friday, May 28th. I`m Carl Azuz for CNN.