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>> welcome to "teen kids news." i'm livia. let's start with our top story. when you think about recycling, you may think about plastic bottles, paper, and aluminum cans. but there's a different type of waste that should be recycled. it's called e-waste, and as tyler shows us, it's a growing issue. >> what should you do with your old computer once you upgrade to a new one? or what about that mp3 player that no longer works? just throwing these electronics out can be dangerous to you and the environment. the government estimates that over 3 million tons of e-waste ends up in landfills every year.
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some of it contains hazardous materials like lead, which can lead to serious health problems. that's why collection events like this one are important. people can drop off their unwanted or broken electronics, instead of throwing them in the trash. >> computers, monitors, tvs, mixed electronics -- pretty much anything with a plug. >> the material is sorted, weighed, and then shipped to a plant for processing. >> we're what's called the demanufacturing facility. so we actually take apart all of the equipment and break it down to the smallest unit, or what we call a commodity product. >> the waste is then sent to other companies that can reuse it. >> for instance, the easiest one to understand is plastic, because everything that you have is covered in plastic -- your mp3 players are covered in plastic, your monitors are covered in plastic. plastic is one of those items
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that we can reuse, so we break it down to the plastic components, so we kind of separate the plastic housing from the monitor itself. we then take that plastic, bale it, and then send it to someone that can reuse the plastic. that's what i mean by a commodity. >> newtech also takes apart other electronics, like computers and printers. they even have a special machine that separates leaded glass from non-leaded glass in tv monitors. >> this line is where the two different types of glass are actually attached to each other. that line is what we call the frit line, and it is the leaded-most portion of the monitor. >> the machine measures the frit line, then cuts the monitor in two. it gets separated by hand, and then the leaded glass is crushed. finally, the non-leaded portion of the glass is dusted and then sent off to be recycled. even the crushed leaded glass will get reused. >> this material is sent to a smelter that will actually pull
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the lead out of the glass and then reuse the lead for new manufacturing also. >> so nothing goes to waste. >> we look to ourselves with a no-landfill promise so that nothing goes to the landfill that shouldn't be going to the landfill. >> states across the country are getting the message about e-waste. currently, there are 25 states that have e-waste laws. and that number will no doubt continue to grow. >> car crashes are the number-one killers of teens. that's why the national road safety foundation wants you to keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road, and your mind on driving. [ horn honks ] [ camera shutter clicks ]
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>> when a pet dies, it hurts. but there are ways to make the pain a bit less painful. >> pope francis grants sainthood to popes john paul ii and john xxiii. it's the first time in history two pontiffs are canonized at the same time. at least 800,000 people gather in the vatican's st. peter's square at a mass for the sanctification. some calling it "four popes day," with the presence of pope francis, emeritus pope benedict, and relics of john paul ii and john xxiii. john xxiii moved the church forward by convening the second vatican council to modernize the faith, while john paul ii implemented the changes during his 26 years as pope. john paul ii's canonization is the fastest in modern time.
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pope francis also made an exception for john xxiii, making him a saint with only one miracle instead of the normal two required. documentary filmmakers dig up hundreds of old atari "e.t." game cartridges buried in a new mexico landfill. critics call the 1982 video game based on the film "e.t. the extra-terrestrial" one of the worst video games ever made. the unwanted copies ended up buried in alamogordo, new mexico. now more than 30 years later, a game enthusiast tracks down the location and hundreds gather for the dig. the world's most successful puzzle game, the rubik's cube, turns 40. to celebrate the four-decade milestone, the liberty science center in new jersey set up a 7,000-square-foot display of games, puzzles, history, and art showing the influence the colorful cube has had on science and technology. later this year, the exhibit will go on an international tour. inventor and professor erno rubik designed the toy.
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for "teen kids news," i'm david lee miller, "fox news channel in the classroom." >> about two out of every three homes in america has a pet. and when a beloved pet dies, for many of us, it's like losing a member of our family, so it's no surprise that many kids feel pain and grief that can last a long time. scott gets some advice on how to cope. >> this is pushkin. when the 12-year-old beagle died, owner sharon discorfano found a way to help her deal with the pain of the loss. every day, she'd write pushkin a letter. expressing how she felt helped so much, she actually wrote a book, "letters to pushkin." hello, sharon. >> hi. >> tell us a little bit about pushkin. >> pushkin was an adorable, little beagle that i welcomed into my home, and he was playful and feisty and really just added
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to our family so much. >> why did you decide to write letters to him after he died? >> well, when he passed away, i was really missing him, and i decided that writing letters would be a great way to spend a little time with him each day. and writing a letter would be a little bit different than writing in a journal or diary because writing a letter was a great way to talk to him specifically and kind of keep things upbeat rather than just writing on and on and on about my feelings. so i got to share some of my day with him and also just kind of talk to him about all those little things that i was missing about him or little memories i had and funny stories. >> so, did writing the letters actually help you feel better about his loss? >> they did, but writing the letters -- i looked forward to it every day, for a while, while i was writing them. and, also, it really helped me feel connected to him, even though he wasn't running around the house anymore. >> you then decided to create a website.
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can you tell us about that? >> sure. once i finished writing the letters -- and i wrote for the entire season of lent, actually, i had a specific thing in mind, so i wrote for 40 days. and when i was done, i decided that it helped me so much that i wanted to help others in the same way. i thought that would be a great way to honor pushkin, too. so, with the help of my husband, who's the computer wizard of the family, we created a website where other people could write a letter to their companion animal that they were missing and, in that way, kind of spread the healing. >> have you gotten responses from people that being able to write letters has helped them get over their grief? >> yes, the response was amazing. i didn't really have any expectations when we put the website up, and it was solely through word of mouth. but all of a sudden, people started writing letters to their dogs, their cats, ferrets, fish, horses, all kinds of animals. so, it really was a great way for people to know that other
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people understand what they're going through and that it's okay to have those feelings -- 'cause sometimes people don't understand that losing a companion animal is such a big deal -- and then, also, a really great way to celebrate the animals in our lives. >> besides writing, do you have any other advice you can give, particularly to teens, about coping with losing a pet? >> yes, definitely. in addition to writing letters, i think that what comes through in a lot of the letters that i've read that have been posted on the website is, people choose to get more involved with helping other animals as a way of remembering their own pets they've lost and moving forward and doing something positive -- so, whether it's volunteering at a local shelter or helping out with adoption services and maybe somewhere down the line, opening up your home to another animal who needs a home. these are all ways that we can continue to feel connected to animals and also honor the ones
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that we've lost. >> that's a good idea. thank you very much for speaking with us. >> thank you so much for having me, and it's always wonderful to be able to talk about pushkin in this way. and to the kids and teens out there, i just want to say that it's okay if you're feeling the loss, and the most important thing is to share your feelings with the people around you and give them the opportunity to understand. and just always remember that years from now, the animals that you have early on in your life continue to live on in your memory and in the person that they make you, and so, in that way, they'll always be with you. >> beautifully put. thank you so much. for some more suggestions on coping with a death of a pet, check out the a.s.p.c.a. they have a special pet-loss program that you'll probably find helpful. >> what do santa claus, the easter bunny, and photos of young women in magazines all have in common?
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they're not real. for years, it's been common practice in magazines to retouch photos of women and girls to make them look more attractive. experts say these altered photos give girls a distorted image of reality. trying to look as perfect as those in photos can ruin one's self-esteem, and that can lead to serious problems, like depression and eating disorders. but that may be changing thanks to a teen from maine. julia bluhm started petitions to get magazines to stop altering the photos. the first magazine to change its policies was seventeen. while they still do some retouchinseventeen agreed to never change a girl's body or face shapes. >> more girls are training with weights. i'll tell you what you need to know before you begin.
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>> let's pump some iron here. come on. >> once upon a time, pumping iron was mostly a guy thing. but not these days. weight training is part of the picture for girls, too. >> excellent. >> especially girls who want to get in shape to compete in sports. >> so they're just as into the fitness as the boys are. an athlete is an athlete in today's society compared to boys or just girls. athletes are athletes. it's the bigger, the faster, the stronger is just as important for the girls as it is for the boys. >> but as more girls get into weight training, their injuries increase. researchers at ohio state university found weight-training injuries among teenage girls are up 143% since 1990. >> and their increase was much higher than the increase among males. >> so the girls need to join the boys in making sure they train safely. and that starts with learning how to lift free weights correctly. because while older people tend to strain themselves lifting, teens tend to hurt themselves by dropping.
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>> younger individuals were more likely to be injured using free weights, and they were more likely to sustain fractures and lacerations when they dropped the free weights on themselves. >> whether you're a girl or a boy, before you pick up the weights, pick up some safety advice... start slowly and build up to heavier weights. >> individuals that want to weight train, whether they're using free weights or machines, need to make sure that they work with a coach, a physical trainer, a personal trainer, an athletic trainer to learn the proper techniques. >> inhale. exhale. excellent. >> with the help of proper supervision, you can be sure you're going after the results you want -- safely. >> medical emergencies happen. that's why knowing what to do is so important. here's this week's first-aid advice.
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>> what is heat exhaustion? >> heat exhaustion occurs when the body gets too hot. >> what causes it? >> well, our body cools itself by sweating. so when we're in the heat for a long time or we're doing physical activity for a long time without replenishing those fluids that we lost through sweating, then the hypothalamus -- a part of the brain that controls heat regulation -- is actually overwhelmed. we end up producing more heat than we release. >> what are some signs to look for? >> the person's skin will be cool to the touch. it'll be moist, and they'll be heavily sweating. they might appear pale and flush. they will probably be complaining of a headache, feel dizzy and weak, and maybe even nauseous. >> okay. what should we do? >> we're gonna move them to a cool place first. then remove or loosen any tight clothing to promote heat loss. then spray them with water or
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even apply cold, wet cloths to the skin. fan them. and if conscious, and only if conscious, then we give them a small amount of water or sports drink. if at any time they refuse that liquid or they start to vomit, call 911, 'cause their situation's getting worse. >> heat exhaustion can be serious, and if not quickly treated, it can worsen, causing heat stroke. and that can be deadly. so let's go over what you need to do if someone has heat exhaustion. when it comes to first aid, there's a lot to know. that's why the red cross has an app for smart phones. it gives simple, easy-to-follow information, and it's free. although, if it helps save
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someone's life, it's priceless. for "tkn," i'm emily. >> you can find more first-aid tips on our website. just follow the link. >> we'll visit a camp where every hour is showtime. >> this is a summer camp where the stars are shining indoors. >> one, two, three, four. >> ♪ nobody told you the best way to see... ♪ >> the camp is called stagedoor manor. >> it's a performing training center for kids from the ages of 10 to 18, and we get kids from every continent in the world, actually, except antarctica. >> you know, i looked up who lives in antarctica.
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i found that the world's most-southern continent has a permanent human population of... zero. no wonder they don't get kids from there. however, if they ever open admission to penguins, antarctica has 30 million of those. no need to be shy. the manor opens its stage doors wide for anyone who loves theater. no audition is required. unless, of course, you're a visiting penguin. >> where i come from, i'm always kind of different. >> ♪ tell me what's happening ♪ what's the fuss? >> it's like my home away from home, and it's my fourth year. >> we're a drama camp, but, like, the drama offstage is -- there isn't any. everyone's just having so much fun. >> but it's serious fun for these students. all summer long, they work on performing skills with seasoned professionals, starting with the basics. >> ♪ and listen to the music -- ♪ >> don't go to the s of "listen" too soon. don't do ♪ and lisssss 'cause you cut yourself off.
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>> well, what we do is, from the very first day, when kids come to stagedoor, we teach them how to audition. they'll go through an audition workshop where someone will actually teach them what kind of music they should be singing best for their voice. >> the activities at stagedoor all focus on theater arts and crafts. >> there are sports teams, but they're "les mis" against "fiddler on the roof," and everybody comes in costumes, everybody plays, and it's stagedoor rules. >> the key rule here is that everyone gets a chance to shine. >> it's telling me to reach out for challenges and try different things, and this camp is just amazing. >> and the camp has an amazing track record of churning out stars. these kids could follow in the footsteps of natalie portman, robert downey jr., and jon cryer. sardi's is a famous restaurant in the broadway theater district -- the perfect place to not only interview cindy, the owner of stagedoor, but also a
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camper who's already in the spotlight. >> i'm playing pepper in "annie" on broadway, and it's really fun. i was 10 when i went my first time to stagedoor manor. >> a camp like stagedoor manor may not be for everyone, but the message about following your dreams certainly is. >> i would say you need to follow your heart, you need to be really determined, practice, do everything you can, and have fun, and see where it takes you. >> can we give her another round of applause? [ cheers and applause ] >> good advice for all of us. >> ever have that feeling that you've been someplace before or experienced something before when you know you haven't? it's a weird feeling called déjà vu. that's french for "already seen." so what causes it? scientists aren't exactly sure, but most rule out sci-fi explanations like momentarily crossing over into a parallel dimension. one explanation may be a misfiring in the brain. that's when two neurons send the same message, but it arrives
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less than a nanosecond apart. so you get that sensation of already having experienced something before. ever have that feeling that you've been someplace before or experienced something before when you know you haven't? did i have you going there for a second? >> coming up, i'll tell you why the washington monument is two different colors. >> the tallest structure in washington, d.c., isn't a skyscraper. it's the first of all the memorials to be built on the national mall. and it continues to be one of the most popular for tourists. lauren tells us more. >> as we all know, george washington served as commander in chief of our nation's military during the revolutionary war. in 1789, he became the very first president of the united states. at his funeral, washington was remembered as being first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen. that's why it's fitting that the
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washington monument sits right at the heart of our national mall. the giant stone obelisk is flanked by the u.s. capitol to the east, the world war ii and lincoln memorials to the west, and just to the north is the white house. construction on the monument began in 1848, but it wasn't completed until 1884. i met bill line from the national park service and asked him about the 36-year delay. >> the reason why it took that long is because of bureaucracy. there was in-fighting. welcome to america. that's the way we do things. >> but not all of the delay was due to bureaucracy. if you look closely at the monument, you'll notice the stone changes color about a third of the way up. that's a reminder of one of the saddest events in our nation's history. why does the color change? >> the color changes because of, basically, the civil war. the civil war, starting at approximately 1860, caused a stop, a cessation in the construction of the washington monument.
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construction on the washington monument didn't start again and didn't resume until well after the civil war was over with. >> the monument is 555 feet tall. when it was finished, it was the tallest structure in the world, and it held that title for five years until the eiffel tower was built. thanks to a special washington, d.c., construction law, the monument remains the tallest structure in the city, overlooking everything else. and, yes, there is an elevator to take you to the top. just be prepared to wait in line. >> we saw the washington memorial and went up in it, and the jefferson memorial. >> which one's been your favorite so far? >> oh, the washington. >> why? >> it was really cool to go up and to be able to look around and see all the stuff that was around it. >> why do you think it's important to have memorials to our famous presidents? >> because when they died, it honors them and it shows respect, that we care about them. >> judging from the millions of people who visit the monument each year, people certainly care a lot about our first president. i'm lauren for "teen kids news."
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>> well, that wraps it up for this week's "teen kids news." but we'll be back next week, so see you then. >> here's a shout-out to prnewswire for including "teen kids news" on their big screen in times square, new york city. >> here's a shout-out to
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american troops serving in africa.
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steves: the town of keswick is your best home base for exploring the northern lakes, which i prefer to the more commercial southern part of the region. keswick was originally a mining center. but the slate and lead industries eventually gave way to nature-loving tourists, and, in the 19th century, keswick became a resort. its fine old buildings recall those romantic-era days when big-city folks first learned about communing with nature. today the town is well-stocked with hiking-gear shops... and pubs. the lake district is popular with english holiday-makers who prefer to bring their beloved dogs with them on vacation. keswick's town square can look like a canine convention, and in local pubs, dogs are more than welcome. and we picked up a tip at the pub. a sheepdog trial and hound show is on today, and it's just down the valley.
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farm culture is still alive and well in these fertile hills. from gritty shepherds to gentleman farmers to curious tourists, there's something for everyone. while lots of fun and plenty entertaining, competitions like these have practical roots. they go back to a time when agility and hunting instincts made a hound truly man's best friend. according to the program, a good fell foxhound must have good shoulders, long neck, level back, and agile hind legs to jump those stone walls. the scene itself offers a fascinating glimpse into this culture -- from shepherd's crooks... to tailgate-party dog talk. and the main event, as explained to us by a local aficionado, is the shepherd and his dog
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bringing in the sheep the shepherd goes out..n: he's given a position where he stands at the post. and he has to direct his dog out on the right or the left -- immaterial. dogs, you can work them half a mile away. they'll pick the sound up, they will hear you, and they can work them half a mile away collecting sheep, putting them together, putting them into a flock, and bring them as near in a straight line as possible down the course, through the hurdles there, back to the pen -- hopefully nice pen -- straight in, no breaks, and the applause. [ man speaking indistinctly, applause ] working a border collie is like marriage. it's got to click. you must have confidence in one another. the dog will have confidence in you if you've got confidence in him. it's as beautiful as that, and it's lovely to work with them. [ man whistling ] steves: just down the street is keswick's petite marina, where we're combining a short cruise
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with my favorite lake district hike -- up a dramatic nearby ridge. derwentwater is one of cumbria's most photographed and popular lakes. boats circle the lake picking up and dropping off walkers at peaceful landings all along the way. from the dock, a trail leads up along a ridge called catbells. the steep climb both burns off that cumbrian fried breakfast and offers some commanding views. vigorous hikes like this are one of many reasons the lake district is such a hit with english holiday-goers. this little adventure takes just a couple of hours, and it rewards anyone who tackles it with a trip highlight. get out and make these experiences happen. for the rest of your life, you'll remember, in this case, scaling catbells with its thrilling king-of-the-mountain climax. after our descent, we catch the boat at the next landing and finish our relaxing cruise around derwentwater.
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maybe you have some energy- saving appliances, like an energy star-rated washer and dryer. but what about your tv? chances are it's on more than your washer, dryer, and kitchen appliances combined. did you know that if half of us in the u.s. replaced our regular tvs with an energy star model, the change would be like shutting down a power plant? you can find the energy star on everything from standard to high def to the largest flat-screen your heart desires. ow that makes sense.
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- everyone comes to thailand and they want an experience with an elephant because it's such a revered animal here, and in this episode, we will get nose to trunk with these gentle giants. - [laughs] it's like a tentacle. - as we explore their natural surrounds... while we sit and relax and enjoy the amazing jungle scenery. - and work in voluntourism, tending to their needs by helping grow their food... - i'm workin' the fields. - bathing them... - feeing them... - yeah, they're really sticky rice balls that we're feeding to the elephants, but mine's stuck. - and tucking them into the jungle for the night. - this is what the jungle cowboys ride. - plus we'll explore markets... - feels like venice.


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