July 30, 2002

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CNN NEWSROOM OPEN ... 00:10... 00:10

TODAY'S NEWS ... 00:10...00:20

CNN STUDENT NEWS ... 00:10...00:30
Today's top stories

Lead Story: Rescue at Quecreek ... 07:30...08:00
-CNN presents a recap of the events at Quecreek Mine.
-Rescued miners speak at a hospital news conference.

News Focus: Warlord Worries ... 06:00...14:00
Former warlord Ismail Khan faces pressure to join Afghanistan's central government.

Chronicle: Boomer Bungalow ... 02:10...16:10
The Rolling Meadows Museum offers a glimpse into the 1950s.

Daily Reports, features, and today's CNN Student Bureau story

Perspectives: Hollywood Cemetery ... 02:40...19:00
Hollywood Forever Memorial Park offers video memorials to the stars.

Health Report: Your Boss Knows ... 02:20...21:20
New technology enables companies to find out whether or not their employees have been working out.

Health Report: Amusement Park Safety ... 02:10...23:30
Should the U.S. federal government regulate amusement park rides?

Student Bureau ... 03:00...26:30
Roller coasters and other thrill rides attract millions to amusement parks.

Where in the World? ... 01:00...27:30
Answer: California

CNN NEWSROOM CLOSE ... 00:30... 28:00

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Lead Story: Rescue at Quecreek
  1. Where is Quecreek Mine? How many men were trapped in a flooded coal mine there? What circumstances led to their predicament? What was the temperature in the flooded mine? What medical problem did the trapped miners face? What setbacks occurred during the rescue operation? How long did it take before the miners were brought to safety?

  2. What were some of the thoughts expressed by the rescued miners at their press conference? To whom did they offer their thanks? How were they able to survive the conditions in the mine? What did the experience do to these men, both physically and emotionally?

  3. In the video, we learn that teamwork was key to the survival of the miners. Help students brainstorm a list of other instances when people work as part of a team. Then ask: What skills do people need to work as part of a team? How can individuals develop these skills? Divide the class into small groups and ask each to devise a game or academic lesson aimed at teaching teamwork. Inform students that the activities should get students to focus on the following teamwork skills: Have each group guide the rest of the class through its activity. Then, have students critique the activity in terms of its ability to teach teamwork.

  4. Point out to students that one problem faced by the trapped miners was hypothermia. Have students consult their texts and the Internet to learn more about the symptoms, causes and treatments of hypothermia. Share students' findings. Inform students that experts often refer to hypothermia as "the number one killer" of outdoor adventurists. Discuss what students should know to protect themselves from hypothermia, or what to do if they are threatened by hypothermia, as they make plans for fall camping and hiking trips.

  5. Teachers: Your students can read an explanation of hypothermia at's "Five Star Hotel..of Ice" at


News Focus: Warlord Worries
  1. Use the Holt, Rinehart and Winston map of Afghanistan at to locate the city of Herat. Near what neighboring countries is this city located? Based on what you have seen in the video, how would you describe the city of Herat?

  2. Who is Ismail Khan? What is meant by the term "autocratic ruler"? What enables Khan to rule autocratically? What political pressure is Khan facing? Why does he prefer to stay in Herat? Why do some of Herat's residents want him to stay?

  3. What is the source of Herat's relative wealth and independence? What is Khan's interpretation of the term "democracy"? Does everyone in Herat support Khan's leadership? What criticisms do some offer? Who is Dan McNeill? Why do you think Ismail Khan listens to international leaders like McNeill? What kind of projects, sponsored by the international community and Afghanistan's central government, are benefiting Khan's communities? How does Khan's position on the central government raise questions about this government's ability to implement democracy?

  4. What is a warlord? Why do you think that Ismail Khan, once decribed as a warlord, is now referred to as a "regional leader"? Based on what you have seen in the video, do you think there is a difference between the two titles? Explain. Afghanistan's interim president, Harmid Karzai, has stated, "Warlordism must finish. If it doesn't finish, [the new government of] Afghanistan will not be made and terrorism will come back." What do you think Karzai meant by these words? Do you think that warlordism and democracy can coexist in Afghanistan? State your rationale.

  5. Teachers, for a backgrounder on Afghanistan, please go to:


Chronicle: Boomer Bungalow
  1. Where is the community of Rolling Meadows? What kind of museum has recently opened there? What are some of the features found in this house? What time period is its focus?

  2. When did Kimball Hill create the suburb known as Rolling Meadows? Who moved to this suburb? How does the Rolling Meadows Museum tell the community's history? What did the average Rolling Meadows home cost in the 1950s? What did the replica home cost to build? What do you think accounts for the difference in housing costs, then and now?

  3. Inform students that the demographic group known as "baby boomers" consists of those born between the end of World War II (1946) and 1964. Challenge students to interview baby boomers they know to learn more about their lives growing up in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. What social, political and economic factors shaped this generation? What were some of the "good times" and "bad times" boomers experienced? What products and fads were part of their everyday lives? Have students share their findings. Ask: If you were part of the team creating a baby boomer museum, what would you include? Why?


Perspectives: Hollywood Cemetery
  1. Who are some of the movie pioneers whose final resting place is the Hollywood Forever Memorial Park? What are the cemetery's owners doing to promote tourism? Describe the video memorials available to celebrities and the public.

  2. What do you think of video memorials? Do you agree or disagree with the cemetery's owners, who feel that the videos "capture the memory" of the deceased? Explain. Do you think the video memorials honor the deceased or capitalize on their success? State your rationale.


Health Report: Your Boss Knows
  1. What kind of technology is the Fitness First company examining? What kind of information would this technology make available to corporations? How does this technology work? Why would companies want to have information about their employees' fitness club attendance?

  2. How do some of the club members interviewed feel about their fitness club providing attendance information to their bosses? What company is behind the digital key technology? How is the company accommodating the issue of privacy? What are some of the corporations already using this system? Do you think providing fitness club information to one's boss is a violation of privacy, or appropriate if the company is paying for the club membership? Explain.


Health Report: Amusement Park Safety
  1. What measures do engineers take on a daily basis to insure that amusement park rides are safe? How many people have died on amusement park rides in the U.S. during the last ten years? When was legislation first introduced on Capitol Hill to regulate amusement park rides? What is the status of this legislation?

  2. Refer students to the links below to learn more about amusement park ride safety and the status of state and federal legislation on this issue. Have students, working in groups, identify how many people are injured on amusement park rides each year and the status of amusement park regulations in their state. After groups present their findings, ask: What are the benefits and drawbacks of federally regulating amusement park rides? Why do you think permanent amusement park owners are reluctant to support federal regulation of their industry? After the class discussion, poll students on whether or not they think the U.S. federal government should regulate amusement park rides.

  3. Inform students that, in the U.S., safety issues are divided into two domains: public safety and occupational safety. (Public safety involves hazards that are met in the home, in travel and in recreation.) Then, as a class, generate a list of various safety issues that are regulated by federal and state governments. Group students. Have each group select one of the safety issues and prepare a presentation about how federal and state agencies address the safety issue. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Web sites listed below should provide useful information. Following the presentations, discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the regulatory systems. Point out that, during the last 30 years, the U.S. government has increased its responsibility for ensuring public safety. Ask: Why do you think this is the case? Should the federal government regulate public safety? Explain.


Student Bureau: Roller Coasters
  1. How many people ride roller coasters each year according to the Roller Coaster Database? What kind of ride is "Superman"? Where can this ride be found? Who is John Odum? What did one elderly rider tell him about his park's "Superman" ride? How does this illustrate the appeal roller coasters have?

  2. What is unique about the "Superman Ultimate Flight" ride? Where can riders find this coaster? What kinds of speeds and altitudes do thrill rides like "Superman" reach? Have you ever ridden a high-speed roller coaster? If so, how would you describe the experience to someone who has never tried it?

  3. Although technology puts the "thrill" in thrill rides, physical science is the guiding principle for even the most basic amusement park rides. Ask your students if they know what keeps riders in their seats (besides their seat belts!) as their roller coaster does a vertical loop. Challenge them to investigate the science behind the screams. Divide the class into groups. Have each group choose several amusement park rides and research the physical science principles, including centrifugal force, gravity, inertia, motion and weight, that make them work. Have each group describe one amusement park ride and explain how each principle is either used or overcome on that ride.


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