One, one, one, one, one: If you were to write today's date, that is what you'd get. But it's not our only story about numerals; the next one's about eight minutes away, on CNN Student News!
First Up: A Community Finds Strength
AZUZ: New details about a tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Last night, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, whom a gunman had tried to assassinate on Saturday, was in critical but stable condition. She was one of 14 people wounded. The six people killed included a member of Giffords' staff, a federal judge, a 9-year-old girl, and a man who'd tried to protect his wife. There are some who are being called heroes. A middle-aged woman kept the gunman from reloading bullets. Someone who was shot was the first to grab the gunman. Another man ran from a store nearby to help wrestle the suspect to the ground. The suspect is in police custody, but the focus in Tucson, according to Kiran Chetry, is on the victims.
KIRAN CHETRY, CNN ANCHOR, AMERICAN MORNING: This city is very much in shock
SALLY HUNTER, TUCSON RESIDENT: I'm just overcome with emotion. You know It's shocking to all of us.
CHETRY: A "Get Well" balloon and flowers placed at the corner of the Safeway shopping center where police continue their investigation into the mass killing that has stunned this city of more than half a million people.
Across town a special service held at the synagogue that Congresswoman Giffords attends.
RABBI STEPHANIE AARON, REP.GIFFORDS' RABBI: When we come together in this way, and we see the gathered strength of our community, then that gives all of us more strength.
CHETRY: Emotions were very raw at an evening vigil a large crowd attended outside of Gifford's office. This man, who brought his 4-month-old son, was friends with Gabe Zimmerman, one of Giffords' staffers who was killed.
TOM GORMLEY, FRIEND OF VICTIM: It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican, no one deserves this type of justice. Never ever. And I don't want my son to grow up in this type of world, where violence is OK, 'cause its not OK.
CHETRY: Some held signs pleading for tolerance.
MICHAEL VECKMAN, ATTENDEE, CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: Let's discontinue the hateful words
in politics. Let's end the wars. Let's come together.
CHETRY: A crowd coming together singing for peace and understanding. Kiran Chetry, CNN, Tucson, Arizona.
AZUZ: Five inches of snow in one night: Many of our viewers in the U.S. have seen that before. But in a city like Atlanta, whose average snowfall is two inches a year, that makes a difference. In fact, it caused states of emergency in Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana. Treacherous traffic conditions, power outages, just part of the story. Another part: Camping at the airport. Delta Airlines canceled about 25 percent of all its flights for Monday! Airtran canceled hundreds of its flights to the southeast. That left travelers stranded. And this was expected to leave folks at home, without power. Ice coating power lines, snow weighing down tree limbs, crashing into power lines. Businesses throughout the Southeast kept their doors closed with their employees snowed in at home.
Economic Impact of Floods
AZUZ: It's summertime in Australia, but they're dealing with disastrous conditions of their own: More flash flooding, on top of what's already made a virtual island of a city in northeast Australia. At least 11 deaths have been linked to this. And among the 200,000 people affected, Phil Black shows us how some farmers are taking to the sea, to live off the land.
PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A pineapple farm isn't supposed to look like this. Fruit rotting on the bush and on the ground. Each one is the product of two years work and they're being left to the ants.
It must be hard to see.
JOHN CURRY, FARMER: It's very hard to see. We're struggling to come to terms with it still. It's been a hard couple of weeks. We should be right. We'll get through it. I don't know what we're going to do. I don't know how we're going to come out of it. But we will.
BLACK: As The flood waters rose around Rockhampton they cut off the road heading south. It's the only route the region's fruit growers can use to get their produce to market. And it happened at the worst possible time, the start of the summer harvest.
Within days much of Curry's crop was too ripe to sell.
CURRY: Like this one here, should have been picked a long time ago, it's still cutting alright but I cant' send that to market.
BLACK: So that's just too ripe to send to market.
CURRY: It's too ripe. You can already see the bugs are coming in.
BLACK: So the losses here have been significant but it could have been much worse. The farmers in the area were desperate so frantically they worked together and found another way to send some of their fruit south. And here it is. They can't get them out by the road, so they're taking the coast. The farmers found this barge and have started using it to ferry pineapples past the flooded roads. It's not an express service.
UNIDENTIFIED BARGE CAPTAIN: It takes eight and half or nine hours. Depends on the tides.
BLACK: The trucks can normally do it in two hours. They're also cheaper and a convoy will carry more. But this barge is helping the pineapple growers of central Queensland to endure the floods that have already taken so much from farmers across the state. Phil Black, CNN, near Rockhampton, Australia.
What's the Word?
JOHN LISK, CNN STUDENT NEWS: What's the Word?
the ability to read and write
That's the word!
Oasis of Education
AZUZ: The literacy rate in Afghanistan is estimated at around 28 percent. Roughly 43 percent of Afghan men can read and write. Less than 13 percent of women there can. Part of that can be blamed on war. Part can be blamed on the Taliban, Afghanistan's previous rulers, who wouldn't even let women be educated. Arwa Damon demonstrates how the effects of that, remain.
ARWA DAMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT, BAGHDAD: The town of Miri may not look like an oasis, but it is, of sorts.
It has the only school for miles around that's under Afghan government control, the 25 others in this district remain in the grip of the Taliban. Classes just resumed here, ages eleven all the way to twenty five. But as yet no girls among them in this very conservative part of Afghanistan.
GROUP OF STUDENTS [TRANSLATED]: Yes!
DAMON: The students cry - they are very happy. Even though they are crammed onto the benches. As fifteen year old Nuradin puts it ...
NURADIN, AFGHAN STUDENT [TRANSLATED]: It's great to be able to walk in safety to a school nearby.
DAMON: To get any sort of education at all pupils used to hike for kilometers to attend a Taliban-controlled school.
ABDULLAH HAKMAL, HEADMASTER [TRANSLATED]: The Taliban doesn't like that this school is open, Headmaster Abdullah Hakmal tells us, because they don't have power here.
DAMON: That means classes like English are taught.
DAMON: Asadullah is an English major at Kabul University, Spending his winter break teaching. He actually graduated from this very same school.
ASADULLAH, ENGLISH TEACHER: I want to come here to teach and also serve my people so I am very happy.
DAMON: That would not have been possible four months ago. That's when Captain Justin Quisenberry and his unit of the 101st Airborne came to town, the first significant American presence here in two years.
CAPTAIN JUSTIN QUISENBERRY, 101ST AIRBORNE BRIGADE: It was empty, we found a passerby and asked him, "Hey where is all the students, the teachers?" and he said, "It's been closed for a couple of years, the Taliban threatened us, its just not a safe place to have classes."
DAMON: Just three people out of the district's estimated 110,000 residents voted in the September elections, a sign of the Taliban's complete control and the Americans have only just started to wrestle the district back.
MICHELLE WRIGHT, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Time for the Shoutout! Which of these Roman numerals represents the number 1,000? You know what to do! Is it: A) V, B) X, C) L or D) M? You've got three seconds -- GO! In Roman numerals, "M" is for 1,000. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!
AZUZ: So "M" is 1,000; we've got 50,000! I wanna give a gigantic Shoutout to our Facebook fans today. As of Sunday night, we had more than 50,000 of them at Facebook.com/CNNStudentNews! So thanks to all of you, and congratulations to us! Also - we wanna see you introducing our show! Had a lot of creative show intros last semester. Record yours, and send it to us as an iReport, using the "How Do I?" box at CNNStudentNews.com!
Before We Go
AZUZ: Now, before we go today, dodgeball: serious business. So why did this happen at a game in Canada?
NICOLE STAMP, DODGEBALL WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT CO-ORGANIZER: We were staggering around, weakly lobbing balls like zombies. It was a mess.
Here's why -- these dodgeballas were aiming for a record: The longest dodge-ball game ever. 36 hours of dodge, dip, duck, dive, and dodge! They raised money for charity in Africa, got really, really tired, and won a world record for the not-so-beautiful game.
AZUZ: Artful dodgers, every single one of them -- even if that twist on a pun confuses the Dickens out of you. I'm Carl Azuz, having a ball all week, on CNN Student News!