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News Spotlight

时间:2006-11-13 16:00来源:互联网 提供网友:linquans   字体: [ ]

News Spotlight1


The 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, has died at the age of 93. Reagan fought a ten-year battle with 1)Alzheimer’s disease and had been suffering from 2)pneumonia this past week. His three children and wife Nancy were called to his bedside after being informed the end was near.

The clues that the longest living President in U.S. history and the oldest to leave office was close to the end began coming in about 24 hours ago in 3)bits and pieces. Early in the morning, Ronald Reagan’s son, Ron Junior, arrived at the former first-family’s home in Bel-Air, California, followed by his sister, Patty, and then a nurse. Son Michael arrived a short time later. The international press corps2 also began to 4)assemble. When word finally came in the afternoon, California time, that the 40th President of the United States was dead, one of the first to be notified was U.S. President George W. Bush, who was in Paris. He told his Chief of Staff, Andrew Card, “This is a sad day for America.”

Back at the White House, the flag was lowered to half-staff. Former First Lady, Nancy Reagan, issued a brief statement. “My family and I would like the world to know that President Ronald Reagan has passed away, after 10 years of Alzheimer’s disease, at 93 years of age. We appreciate everyone’s prayers.”

Political friends and 5)foes alike delivered farewell 6)salutes. Reagan’s body was taken in a flag-draped coffin3 to a local 7)funeral home to be 8)embalmed. Tomorrow, according to long-set plans, he will 9)lie in state at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, before being flown the next day to Washington to lie in state there. Barring last minute changes, a funeral service will be held at the National 10)Cathedral, and his body will be flown back to California to be buried on a hillside at the Reagan Library on Thursday.


Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors is recalling over half a million 11)vehicles. They also apologize, late yesterday, for covering up twenty-six known 12)defects from regulators for years to avoid issuing recalls. Defective4 parts were used in the 1992 and ’93 models of the Lancer, Mirage5, and Libero, and it’s recalling 160,000 of those cars, mainly in Japan. Another 347,000 cars, made between October 1998 and February 2004, including the Pajero and Carisma 13)sedans, are being recalled globally for separate problems. In 2000, Mitsubishi reported and issued recalls for four defects. A special investigative team, set up last month as part of a new 14)revival6 plan, disclosed the additional problems.


Researchers have discovered a 15)protein that helps 16)mammals burn off stored fat.  They hope it can lead to an anti-17)obesity7 drug. Their findings are in the Journal of Nature.

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology already knew that a protein in 18)yeast8 gets 19)activated when calories are restricted, so they decided10 to study a similar protein in mice. They found that, when food is 20)scarce, the protein glues itself to 21)molecules11 on the surface of fat cells. The cells then give up their fat to be used as fuel. The researchers think the loss of fat slows down aging because fat puts out 22)hormones that 23)accelerate aging. To activate9 the protein, humans would have to go on drastic diets. That’s not a very practical way to lose weight or slow down aging. But the MIT scientists think it should be possible to make a drug that activates13 the calories-sensing protein and fool cells into giving up their stored-up fat.


The Detroit Pistons14 have won the NBA championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 100 to 87. 

At the beginning of the NBA finals last week, few sports fans around the country would’ve given Detroit a chance to win the championship. But the Pistons managed the task in just five games by using a 24)stifling15 defense16 to keep the Los Angeles Lakers in check. Richard Hamilton led the Pistons in scoring last night, with 21 points, Chauncey Billups scored 11 points and was named Most Valuable Player in the finals. The game-five victory gave Detroit its first championship since 1990, and vaulted17 coach, Larry Brown, into the history books. He’s the first coach to win titles in both the NCAA and the NBA. Brown led Kansas to a 25)collegiate championship in 1988.

Five foreign aid groups have suspended operations in the northwest Afghan province of Badghis. ____, attackers threw a small bomb at the office of an Italian ____. No one was hurt in the explosion. However, ____workers from the aid group , Doctors Without Borders, were killed in an attack in Badghis last week. Taliban fighters ____ responsibility for that attack. Afghan police blamed the Taliban and their AL Qaeda allies for the ____ Sunday.

1) Alzheimer’s disease 阿尔茨海默氏病(老年痴呆症)
2) pneumonia [nju:5mEunjE] n. 肺炎
3) bits and pieces 零碎
4) assemble [E5sembl] v. 聚集
5) foe [fEu] n. 敌人,反对者
6) salute [sE5lu:t] n. 赞扬,致辞
7) funeral home 殡仪馆
8) embalm [im5bB:m] v. 给尸体防腐
9) lie in state 埋葬前任人凭吊
10)  cathedral [kE5Wi:drEl] n. 大教堂
11)  vehicle [5vi:ikl] n. 车辆
12)  defect [di5fekt] n. 过失,缺陷
13)  sedan [si5dAn] n. 轿车
14)  revival [ri5vaivEl] n. 复苏,复兴
15)  protein [5prEuti:n] n. 蛋白质
16)  mammal [5mAmEl] n. 哺乳动物
17)  obesity [Eu5bisiti] n. 肥胖
18)  yeast [ji:st] n. 酵母
19)  activate [5Aktiveit] v. 激活,活化
20)  scarce [skZEs] a. 不足的
21)  molecules [5mClikju:l] n. 分子
22)  hormone12 [5hC:mEun] n. 荷尔蒙
23)  accelerate [Ak5selEreit] v. 加速
24)  stifling [5staifliN] a. 坚定的
25)  collegiate [kE5li:dViit] a. 大学的














1 spotlight 6hBzmk     
  • This week the spotlight is on the world of fashion.本周引人瞩目的是时装界。
  • The spotlight followed her round the stage.聚光灯的光圈随着她在舞台上转。
2 corps pzzxv     
  • The medical corps were cited for bravery in combat.医疗队由于在战场上的英勇表现而受嘉奖。
  • When the war broke out,he volunteered for the Marine Corps.战争爆发时,他自愿参加了海军陆战队。
3 coffin XWRy7     
  • When one's coffin is covered,all discussion about him can be settled.盖棺论定。
  • The coffin was placed in the grave.那口棺材已安放到坟墓里去了。
4 defective qnLzZ     
  • The firm had received bad publicity over a defective product. 该公司因为一件次品而受到媒体攻击。
  • If the goods prove defective, the customer has the right to compensation. 如果货品证明有缺陷, 顾客有权索赔。
5 mirage LRqzB     
  • Perhaps we are all just chasing a mirage.也许我们都只是在追逐一个幻想。
  • Western liberalism was always a mirage.西方自由主义永远是一座海市蜃楼。
6 revival UWixU     
  • The period saw a great revival in the wine trade.这一时期葡萄酒业出现了很大的复苏。
  • He claimed the housing market was showing signs of a revival.他指出房地产市场正出现复苏的迹象。
7 obesity Dv1ya     
  • One effect of overeating may be obesity.吃得过多能导致肥胖。
  • Sugar and fat can more easily lead to obesity than some other foods.糖和脂肪比其他食物更容易导致肥胖。
8 yeast 7VIzu     
  • Yeast can be used in making beer and bread.酵母可用于酿啤酒和发面包。
  • The yeast began to work.酵母开始发酵。
9 activate UJ2y0     
  • We must activate the youth to study.我们要激励青年去学习。
  • These push buttons can activate the elevator.这些按钮能启动电梯。
10 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
11 molecules 187c25e49d45ad10b2f266c1fa7a8d49     
分子( molecule的名词复数 )
  • The structure of molecules can be seen under an electron microscope. 分子的结构可在电子显微镜下观察到。
  • Inside the reactor the large molecules are cracked into smaller molecules. 在反应堆里,大分子裂变为小分子。
12 hormone uyky3     
  • Hormone implants are used as growth boosters.激素植入物被用作生长辅助剂。
  • This hormone interacts closely with other hormones in the body.这种荷尔蒙与体內其他荷尔蒙紧密地相互作用。
13 activates 78ec2b8b23e0120508757d953f1013d1     
使活动,起动,触发( activate的第三人称单数 )
  • Activates the window and displays it in its current size and position. 激活窗口,保持当前的大小及位置不变。
  • Pulling out the alarm switch activates alarm and pushing it deactivates it. 闹钟的开和关是通过拔出和按入闹铃开关实现的。
14 pistons c10621515a8dfd90d65ed99cc8c6e998     
活塞( piston的名词复数 )
  • Some pistons have seating rings of metal or leather. 有些活塞上有金属或皮革的密封环。
  • A pump uses valves and pistons. 泵使用阀和活塞。
15 stifling dhxz7C     
  • The weather is stifling. It looks like rain. 今天太闷热,光景是要下雨。
  • We were stifling in that hot room with all the windows closed. 我们在那间关着窗户的热屋子里,简直透不过气来。
16 defense AxbxB     
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
17 vaulted MfjzTA     
  • She vaulted over the gate and ran up the path. 她用手一撑跃过栅栏门沿着小路跑去。
  • The formal living room has a fireplace and vaulted ceilings. 正式的客厅有一个壁炉和拱形天花板。
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