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Channel One News: September 4, 2015

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Headlines: September 4, 2015

Keith: Let’s start off with headlines. And first up today, the scenes are growing more chaotic and desperate by the day. Thousands are fleeing war torn countries and making their way to Europe. But the continent is struggling to deal with the situation, creating a heartbreaking humanitarian crisis.

In the country of Hungary, thousands have spent a week living on a train platform with no money or food, hoping to get to a country that will welcome them. They come from North Africa and the Middle East, from places like war torn Syria, crossing fences, riding in boats and walking for days.

They are hoping to get to Germany, which is expected to accept 800,000 refugees. But other countries in Europe are not so generous. The United Kingdom has only accepted a few hundred refugees this past year.

In Hungary, the migrants sat for hours in a hot humid train, children struggled for air, believing they would make it to Germany. But hours later, police pulled them out and sent them to holding camps.

The scene turned desperate. One man pulled his wife and baby with him onto the tracks, screaming in protest.

As the crisis grows, Europe is no closer to figuring what to do. The last time Europe had to deal with a refugee crisis this large was at the end of the Second World War in 1945.

Next up, a fight over marriage in Kentucky has landed a county clerk in jail after she refused to give marriage licenses to gay couples. Now her five deputies have agreed to start issuing licenses.

A crowd reacted outside a Kentucky courthouse after a federal judge ordered clerk Kim Davis to jail yesterday.

Davis is being held in contempt of court for going against several court orders requiring her to give marriage licenses to same sex couples. Davis said she believes God’s moral law was higher than the court’s. But the judge said the oath Davis took was important and must be kept.

Over the summer, the Supreme Court ruled same sex couples had the right to get married in every state. Because she is an elected official, Davis can’t be fired for not obeying the law. She would have to be impeached.

Davis asked the judge to change the law so her name is no longer on marriage licenses. But he says that’s up to the state legislature, which doesn’t meet again until next year.

Next up, China’s military is on display big time. For the first time, the world’s largest army is showing off its military muscle to the world.

This is the largest military parade in modern China. The backdrop of thousands of troops was used to display power and might. But the message from Chinese president Xi had a different tone. He pledged peace and announced a military cut of 300,000 soldiers.

The Chinese president inspected some of the 12,000 troops that lined the streets. That’s a fraction of the 2.3 million currently serving in the People’s Liberation Army. The U.S. has about 1.4 million in the military.

China is looking to modernize and centralize its forces. And other countries are watching closely as new weapons were unveiled, like this ballistic missile capable of sinking an aircraft carrier in a single strike.

Even though the Chinese military has a larger active duty force, they only spend about a third of the money the U.S. does on defense.

Last up, some bad news for those college applications. The class of 2015 had the lowest scores on the SAT since 2005, when the test was revamped.

The College Board, which administers the SAT, reported the average score for the class of 2015 was 1490 out of a maximum 2400. That’s seven points down from 2014, and the lowest composite score over the last decade. The drop was in all three sections of the test, critical reading, math and writing.

Many colleges use SAT scores in admissions, but more and more are not requiring them. Experts say this is another sign that our country’s education system is not adequately preparing students for college.

Tennis Diversity

Azia: This week, the top tennis players in the world, along with thousands of fans, converged on New York City. They are here for one of the biggest tournaments of the year, the U.S. Open.

But stats show us that the faces in the crowds and on the court don’t represent the diversity of the American population. Azia Celestino shows us how tennis officials are trying to change that.

Azia: Diversity in American tennis is marked by legendary names: Althea Gibson, the first black pro tennis player, Arthur Ashe, who broke records, and of course, Venus, and Serena Williams.

But meet 21-year-old Elizabeth Means. The United States Tennis Association also sees her as one of its success stories. She has been playing at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Washington, DC since she was seven, and is now playing Division I tennis on a full college scholarship.

Elizabeth Means: I’ve learned focus, consistency, and also just a lot of training, hard work goes into being able to learn and grow and continue to develop. So, I learned all that here.

Azia: According to a 2013 report by the USTA, 77 percent of young people who play tennis were white. And only about 23 percent were black or Hispanic. But the USTA is working to change that and increase diversity amongst tennis players.

Female: I think that’s great because the U.S. is diverse, so it’s great that they’re trying to get good representation from all over the country.

Jonathan Garonce: Imagine it’s quite tough for people who are lower income brackets to play. I really hope something is done about that.

Azia: The Southeast Tennis Center is a $30 million, 150,000 square foot, state of the art facility, serving thousands of kids in one of DC’s toughest neighborhoods.

Cora Masters Barry: Our motto is, “Tennis is the hook. Education is the key.” Tennis to me was the best sport because it holds you accountable as an individual.

Azia: The center is part of a USTA network of over 500 community-based programs.

Katrina Adams: Facilities like that are so important and so vital to the growth of inner-city tennis.

Azia: In January, Katrina Adams was named the first African-American president in the 134 history of the USTA. Martin Blackman is the head of player development, also the first African-American to hold that position, helping to inspire other minority athletes.

Katrina Adams: And it’s showing the world that tennis is no longer that lily-white sport.

Martin Blackman: So one of our goals is to make sure that tennis looks like America. That talent that we have in the pipeline, so many great young players of color, that all bodes well for the future of the sport in this country.

Azia: In the future, the USTA hopes it will produce not only the next Serena, but even more Elizabeths.

Azia Celestino, Channel One News.


The NBT: Memory Mirror

Keith: Alright guys, let’s get to it, the Next Big Thing, where we feature a cool new idea or gadget and you tell us what you think.

It is a mirror that does way more than just reflect your beauty. But before we jump into this week’s Next Big Thing, let’s see what you thought about last week’s idea.

We told you about bacon roses, an edible flower bud signed, sealed, and delivered with love that you can chew away, turning a flower bouquet into a delicious booming bud. So is it the Next Big Thing?

Fifty-eight percent said yes, I will take a bite! Forty-two percent said no, smell you later.

Students from Mr. Bryson’s social studies and language arts class from Smokey Mountain School in Whittier, North Carolina weighed in. Paul wrote, “We should have bacon roses because everyone loves bacon.” And Jamie wrote, “We shouldn’t have bacon roses because the idea seems overrated!”

Thanks guys for weighing in!

Ok, get ready to strike a pose in your dressing room mirror, because this could change the way you shop.

This is no regular mirror. It is actually a giant video screen and camera. The shopper gets to see her outfit from 360 degrees and compare clothing options side by side.

It also remembers what you already tried on. That’s why it is called the memory mirror.

Neiman Marcus is one of the stores testing out these modern tech mirrors. The mirror records an eight second video. It is password protected and can be emailed, allowing you to get the fashion advice of your friends, even when they are not there, all with just a click.

Female: The consumer can send all that information to their smart phone and then share it. And be social media, be it Facebook, Instagram and get likes or votes from your friends.

Keith: The mirror was created in a top secret lab by Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas and is being rolled out in select cities.

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