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CNN 2010-10-12

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Hi, I'm Carl Azuz. Welcome to this Columbus Day edition of CNN Student News! We'll be talking more about Columbus Day in just a couple minutes. But first, we're reporting on a breakthrough in Chile.

And we mean that literally1. A hole big enough to rescue those 33 trapped miners2 broke through over the weekend. It's been more than two months since a cave-in trapped the men about 2,300 feet underground. Now, if everything goes according to plan, officials say the first of them could be back up on the surface by Wednesday. Yes, that is great news to family members who've been waiting at the mine for their loved ones to be rescued.

Right now, officials are putting steel tubes inside the path that they'll use to get the miners out. Those tubes will help reinforce3 the hole. Now, once that's done, they're going to send down a rescue capsule with a doctor and some other emergency workers to the room where the 33 trapped miners have been staying. The doctor and the rescuers will treat the miners for medical issues and start getting them ready to go up. This animation4 we have for you shows what that process will look like. The miners, one at a time, will go into the rescue capsule that'll take them up and out of the mine. It's called the Phoenix5 and, as you can see, it's a tight fit. Just 21 inches in diameter6. There's communication equipment in there so the miners can talk to the people on the surface. Officials are worried that the miners might get dizzy or get a little panicked while they're inside the capsule. So, they're trying to work on ways to help prepare the men for the trip up in the Phoenix.

Since these men were trapped, their attitude has stayed pretty positive; it seems like that is not changing. A government official told the miners that they would have to pick the order that they'd be rescued in. Listen to this: the miners would have to pick who would go up first, second, third and so on. And most of them -- maybe even all of the men -- volunteered to go last. Pretty amazing story.

Next story takes you to North Korea, where the government may be signaling who will take over as leader of that country someday. Now, here in America, citizens vote for their leaders. But North Korea is a dictatorship, where one person has all the power and picks who he wants to be next in line. Alina Cho filed this report on Sunday about North Korea's politics.


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1 literally 28Wzv     
adv.照字面意义,逐字地;确实
参考例句:
  • He translated the passage literally.他逐字逐句地翻译这段文字。
  • Sometimes she would not sit down till she was literally faint.有时候,她不走到真正要昏厥了,决不肯坐下来。
2 miners ab724571593ef029832491cee13a1e44     
矿工( miner的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The coal miners have come out for about two weeks. 煤矿工人已罢工约两周了。
  • The roof of the cave dropped in on the miners, trapping them. 洞穴的顶部坍了下来,砸在矿工身上。
3 reinforce 8V3xs     
vt.增强,加强,增援
参考例句:
  • Your positive response will reinforce her actions.你积极的回应会使她的行为更加坚定。
  • We should reinforce the river embankment before the wet season.雨季前夕,我们要加固河坝。
4 animation UMdyv     
n.活泼,兴奋,卡通片/动画片的制作
参考例句:
  • They are full of animation as they talked about their childhood.当他们谈及童年的往事时都非常兴奋。
  • The animation of China made a great progress.中国的卡通片制作取得很大发展。
5 phoenix 7Njxf     
n.凤凰,长生(不死)鸟;引申为重生
参考例句:
  • The airline rose like a phoenix from the ashes.这家航空公司又起死回生了。
  • The phoenix worship of China is fetish worship not totem adoration.中国凤崇拜是灵物崇拜而非图腾崇拜。
6 diameter HvxxI     
n.直径
参考例句:
  • The circle has a diameter of 6 inches.这个圆直径六英寸。
  • A diameter passes through the center of a circle.直径从圆心穿过。
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