Channel One News September 30, 2009 SCRIPT Texting and Driving Headlines Two Earthquakes Hit South Pacific Causing a Tsunami Supreme Court to Hear Chicago Gun Law Case 14 Year-Old Dies of H1N1 Flu in Texas POP QUIZ: Sonic Boom One More Thing: First Clown in Space [JUSTIN] HEY, IT'S THE START OF A WHOLE NEW MONTH! JUSTIN FINCH HERE ON THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER FIRST. LATER ON, AN UPDATE ON THE TSUNAMI THAT HIT THE SOUTH PACIFIC, A POP QUIZ YOU'LL HAVE TO HEAR TO BELIEVE AND OF COURSE, YOUR TURN RESULTS. CHANNEL ONE NEWS STARTS RIGHT NOW! [JUSTIN] MORE DRIVERS ARE TALKING ON THEIR CELL PHONES OR TEXTING BEHIND THE WHEEL. LAST YEAR, NEARLY 6-THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE KILLED, AND HALF A MILLION INJURED BECAUSE OF DISTRACTED DRIVERS. IT'S BECOME SUCH A PROBLEM, THAT THE PRESIDENT IS GETTING INVOLVED. YESTERDAY, THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LAUNCHED A TWO- DAY "DISTRACTED DRIVING" CONFERENCE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET AMERICAN DRIVERS MORE FOCUSED ON THE ROAD. AND, FROM THE LOOKS OF IT, IT WON'T BE EASY. [JUSTIN] Everyone knows it's a really bad idea to drink and drive, but TEXTING and driving? LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SAY TEXTING AT THE WHEEL IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS DRIVING HABITS, BUT IT'S ALSO ONE OF THE HARDEST TO RESIST. These drivers are being recorded by a not-so-hidden camera on their dashboards. Their parents installed the cameras because they want to see how their teens are driving, but even knowing that Mom and Dad are watching doesn't stop them from texting behind the wheel. "I THINK I'M GONNA DEFINITELY LIMIT IT but it’s hard to say I’m gonna completely stop" This Florida school shows teen drivers the consequences of mixing texting and driving. "Even if you take your eyes off the road for 2 seconds you could drive off the road or hit another car. A simulation is one thing, but on the road texting while driving could be one emoticon away from tragedy. We are living proof that no one is immune to this. RUSSELL AND KIM HURD LOST THEIR DAUGHTER HEATHER LAST YEAR. *SHE* WAS not TEXTING AT THE WHEEL -- but THE TRUCK DRIVER BEHIND HER WAS. Heather and another DRIVER WERE KILLED INSTANTLY. he was not speeding. he just wasn't looking at the road "his poor decisions changed my life forever" A NATIONWIDE INSURANCE STUDY FOUND ONE IN SEVEN DRIVERS ADMITS SENDING TEXT MESSAGES IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT. AMONG 18-TO- 24 YEAR OLDS, IT'S EVEN HIGHER-- ONE OF EVERY TWO DRIVERS. This bus driver in San Antonio kept text messaging until he crashed into the S-U-V in front of him. No one was seriously hurt either on or off the bus, but passengers on this commuter train in Los Angeles were not so lucky. 25 people were killed, including the driver who was sending text messages RIGHT before the crash. 13 states already have laws against texting while driving, and 17 more are considering them. Heather Hurd's family is pushing for a FEDERAL ban. [JUSTIN] SO, WHAT DO AMERICANS THINK ABOUT TEXTING AND DRIVING? A C-B-S NEWS / NEW YORK TIMES POLL FINDS 90-PERCENT OF PEOPLE POLLED THINK TEXTING WHILE DRIVING SHOULD BE ILLEGAL. ONLY EIGHT PERCENT SAY IT SHOULD BE LEGAL. BUT YOUNGER PEOPLE HAVE A DIFFERENT TAKE. 16 PERCENT OF THEM SAY IT SHOULD BE ALLOWED WHILE 83 PERCENT BELIEVE TEXTING AND DRIVING SHOULD BE AGAINST THE LAW. FOR MORE RULES OF THE ROAD AND SAFE TEXTING TIPS, HIT US UP AT CHANNEL ONE DOT COM. WE'RE BACK WITH HEADLINES AFTER THIS. [JUSTIN] HEY, WE'RE BACK NOW WITH THE TEAM TO RUN DOWN WHAT'S MAKING NEWS ON THIS THURSDAY. LET'S GET THINGS ROLLING WITH OUR TOP STORY. ALRIGHT, ADRIANA, WHAT'VE YOU GOT? HEY, WE'RE BACK NOW WITH THE TEAM TO RUN DOWN WHAT'S MAKING NEWS ON THIS THURSDAY. AND ADRIANA IS STARTING US OFF. [ADRIANA] IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS, TWO EARTHQUAKES SHOOK THE SOUTH PACIFIC. IT ALL STARTED TUESDAY WHEN A MONSTER EARTHQUAKE UP TO 8.3, STRUCK BETWEEN SAMOA AND THE U-S TERRITORY OF AMERICAN SAMOA--A STRING OF ISLANDS BETWEEN HAWAII AND AUSTRALIA THE QUAKE SHOOK THE GROUND UNDER THE OCEAN--CAUSING A RIPPLING EFFECT SO STRONG THAT 4 TIDAL WAVES OR TSUNAMIS OF UP TO 20 FEET HIGH CRASHED INTO THE ISLANDS--LEAVING VILLAGES FLOODED AND FLATTENED. THE TSUNAMI CAME IN FAST, REALLY FAST, AND IT SWEPT THE WHOLE AREA OVER HERE." "TREES, CARS, BOATS ALL OF THAT JUST FLOATING PAST MY SECOND STORY WINDOW." MANY RESIDENTS RAN FOR HIGHER GROUND, BUT AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF people WAS SWEPT OUT TO SEA. AROUND 100 PEOPLE ARE REPORTEDLY DEAD, AND THE DEATH TOLL IS EXPECTED TO RISE. LESS THAN A DAY LATER A SLIGHTLY WEAKER UNDERWATER EARTHQUAKE HIT INDONESIA, BUT EXPERTS SAY THE CLOSE TIMING IS JUST COINCIDENCE. THE INDONESIAN QUAKE DIDN'T CAUSE MASSIVE TSUNAMIS LIKE IN SAMOA. THAT'S PARTLY BECAUSE THE SAMOAN QUAKE TOOK PLACE CLOSER TO THE EARTH’S SURFACE. THE INDONESIAN QUAKE STRUCK AROUND THE SAME PLACE AS THE 2004 TSUNAMI THAT KILLED MORE THAN 230-THOUSAND PEOPLE IN A DOZEN COUNTRIES. THE 04 QUAKE WAS SO DESTRUCTIVE BECAUSE IT WAS 10 TIME STRONGER THAN THIS WEEK'S QUAKES AND ALSO HIT IN A MUCH MORE POPULATED AREA. [GARY] THE CITY OF CHICAGO IS IN THE NEWS AGAIN, AND THIS TIME IT WILL BE INVOLVED IN A HISTORIC RULING AS THIS COUNTRY'S HIGHEST COURT HAS AGREED TO HEAR A CHALLENGE ON GUN LAWS. THE SUPREME COURT AGREED WEDNESDAY TO REVIEW A LOWER COURT RULING THAT UPHELD A BAN ON HANDGUNS IN CHICAGO. BACK IN JUNE OF 2008. THE SUPREME COURT STRUCK DOWN A HANDGUN BAN IN WASHINGTON D.C., A FEDERAL AREA. NOW, THIS CASE WILL DETERMINE WHETHER THAT RULING APPLIES TO LOCAL AND STATE LAWS AS WELL. GUN RIGHTS’ ADVOCATES ARGUE THAT CHICAGO'S BAN VIOLATES THE SECOND AMENDMENT WHICH SAYS "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." BUT OTHERS SAY THE BAN IS CONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE THE CONSTITUTION ALLOWS LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS TO PASS LAWS THAT APPLY TO THEIR COMMUNITY, RATHER THAN CREATING ONE SINGLE NATIONAL RULE. THE CASE WILL BE ARGUED SOME TIME NEXT YEAR. IRONICALLY, SEVERAL REPUBLICAN SENATORS CITED JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR'S GUN RULING, AS WELL AS HER RESTRAINT ON THE TOPIC AT HER CONFIRMATION HEARING, IN EXPLAINING THEIR DECISION TO REJECT HER CONFIRMATION TO THE HIGH COURT. MANY JUDGES IN LOWER COURTS, INCLUDING JUSTICE SONIA SOTOMAYOR, WHEN SHE WAS AN APPEALS COURT JUDGE IN NEW YORK, HAVE SAID THAT TRYING TO EVALUATE AN EXTENSION OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS A JOB FOR THE SUPREME COURT. [EVAN] THE H1N1 FLU VIRUS HAS TAKEN THE LIFE OF A TEENAGE GIRL. AND HER PARENTS SAY SHE HAD NO UNDERLYING MEDICAL PROBLEMS 14-YEAR-OLD CHLOE LINDSAY DIED SHORTLY AFTER BEING TAKEN TO COOK CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER IN FORT WORTH TEXAS LAST WEEKEND. LINDSAY, WHO BECAME SICK 5 DAYS PRIOR TO HER DEATH, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THE FLU, WHICH WAS LATER CONFIRMED AS THE H1N1 VIRUS. "THIS THING DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE. IT WILL GO AFTER ANYBODY." LINDSAY'S PARENTS SAY THEIR DOCTOR FOLLOWED THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL'S GUIDELINES AND COULDN'T GIVE HER TAMIFLU - A MEDICINE TO HELP COMBAT THE VIRUS. THE C.D.C. SAYS BECAUSE OF A NATIONWIDE SHORTAGE OF TAMIFLU, IT RECOMMENDS ONLY GIVING IT TO CHILDREN 2-YEARS-OLD AND YOUNGER, OR TO CHILDREN OLDER THAN TWO IF THEY A CHRONIC ILLNESS. "NOW RIGHT NOW MY WORLD'S A LITTLE BIT DARKER PLACE." LINDSAY'S PARENTS SAID THEY HOPE THE C.D.C. WILL RETHINK ITS GUIDELINES ON TAMIFLU BECAUSE OF SITUATIONS LIKE THEIR DAUGHTER’S. [JUSTIN] THAT'S A WRAP OF HEADLINES. WE'RE COMING BACK WITH TODAY'S SUPER SONIC POP QUIZ. [JUSTIN] HEY GUYS. OK IT'S TIME FOR TODAY'S POP QUIZ. AND FOR THIS ONE YOU HAVE TO LISTEN CAREFULLY. CHECK OUT THE SPACE SHUTTLE AS IT ENTERED THE ATMOSPHERE IN CALIFORNIA A FEW WEEKS AGO. NOW LISTEN DID YOU HEAR? LET'S DO IT AGAIN TWO SONIC BOOMS. THAT SCARED SOME RESIDENTS IN CALIFORNIA i heard a big old boom. And I didn't know what it was LET’S SEE IF YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS. A SONIC BOOM OCCURS WHEN TRAVELLING FASTER THAN: A THE SPEED OF LIGHT, B THE SPEED OF SOUND, C MACH TWO, AND D THE EARTH’S ROTATION. TAKE TEN SECONDS. TIMES UP. THE ANSWER IS B - FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF SOUND. WHAT EXACTLY IS A SONIC BOOM? WELL IT'S THE THUNDER-LIKE NOISE YOU JUST HEARD AND IT HAPPENS WHEN AN AIRCRAFT BREAKS THE SOUND BARRIER--MEANING IT MOVES FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF SOUND. SOUNDWAVES TRAVEL AT ROUGHLY 760 MILES-PER-HOUR. WHEN AN AIRCRAFT TRAVELS FASTER THAN THAT, IT LEAVES BEHIND SOUND WAVES WHICH MERGE TOGETHER IN A CONE SHAPE BEHIND THE AIRCRAFT. BECAUSE OF THE SPEED THEY CANNOT "GET OUT OF THE WAY" OF EACH OTHER AND MERGE INTO A SINGLE SHOCK WAVE, WHICH WE HUMANS HEAR AS A SINGLE "BOOM". AND IT WAS THIS MONTH BACK IN 1947 THAT CHUCK YEAGER IS CREDITED FOR BEING THE FIRST PERSON TO BREAK THE SOUND BARRIER. [JUSTIN] AND NOW, IT'S TIME TO LISTEN UP FOR TODAY'S YOUR TURN RESULTS. ADRIANA, WHAT DO YOU HAVE THERE? [ADRIANA] WE ASKED YOU SHOULD THERE BE VOLUME LIMITS ON MP3 PLAYERS? 27 PERCENT OF THOSE OF YOU WHO VOTED SAID YES, THERE SHOULD BE LIMITS, AND 73 PERCENT SAID NO THERE SHOULDN'T BE LIMITS VICTORIA FROM OHIO WROTE IN " I think you should make them less louder because i have an ipod and when i turn it up all the way my ears hurt after i listen to it." LEVI FROM KANSAS SAID: "No I think it is a free country so I think we should be able to use our MP3 players how we wish." Adam also from KANSAS SAID " I think that there should be a limit because if people put the volume too loud they could go deaf" BUT MARK ALSO FROM OHIO LEFT US THIS MESSAGE "I do not think there should be volume control on my MP3 player cause I like to listen to my MP3 player to get myself fired up, ready to go for whatever I'm ready to do. It's an important part of getting me ready to go." ALRIGHT, THAT'LL DO IT FOR US TODAY. I'M JUSTIN FINCH. AND WE'VE GOT ONE MORE THING BEFORE WE GO. [JUSTIN] IN 1957 THE FIRST DOG WENT TO SPACE, IN 1961 THE FIRST HUMAN WENT INTO SPACE, AND IN 2009 THE FIRST.*CLOWN* WENT INTO SPACE? THAT'S RIGHT GUY LALIBERTE THE CANADIAN FOUNDER OF THE WORLD- RENOWN CIRCUS TROUP, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL BLASTED OFF YESTERDAY WITH TWO OTHER CREW MEMBERS. THE CIRCUS MAN DONNED A RED BULB ON HIS NOSE AS HE STRUTTED ON TO THE AIRCRAFT BEFORE TAKE OFF. HE PAID MORE THAN $35 MILLION FOR THE TRIP - BUT THE FORMER STREET PERFORMER, WHO'S NOW WORTH 2.5 BILLION DOLLARS SAYS IT'S WELL WORTH IT. THAT'S BECAUSE HE'S USING THE TRIP TO PROMOTE AWARENESS ABOUT THE WORLD'S GROWING SHORTAGE OF CLEAN WATER. THE NOW COSMIC CLOWN DUE BACK ON THE GROUND IN JUST UNDER TWO WEEKS.