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  • CARL AZUZ, HOST, CNN STUDENT NEWS: So while Fridays may be awesome, the severe weather moving across parts of the U.S. this week is not.

  • But it is leading off today`s show. Earlier in the week, some states got hit with huge snowfalls.

  • A blizzard warning in Denver and South Dakota; the snow and ice knocked down power lines and trees.

  • The storm system moved east bringing wind, rain, and reports of tornadoes with it.

  • At least one person was killed.

  • Several others were injured when twisters touched down in Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama.

  • Wildfires, tornadoes, snow, ice, flooding - all of that probably sounds crazy that it`s all happening at the same time.

  • This is a symptom of the season, and as temperatures change, so does the weather.

  • CNN meteorologists say that in spring, we should expect the unexpected.

  • Emil Kapaun served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War.

  • He didn`t carry a rifle. He never fired a shot. Kapaun was a captain.

  • He was also a Roman Catholic chaplain - Father Kapaun.

  • During the Korean War, when his unit moved, Captain Kapaun stayed behind to help the wounded.

  • He knew there was a risk of being captured by the enemy and that`s what happened.

  • As a prisoner of war, Captain Kapaun helped save other prisoners from being shot.

  • He snuck around the camp, ministering to other prisoners.

  • He snuck out of the camp, stealing food, and sneaking it back for others.

  • Eventually, he died as a prisoner.

  • This week his actions earned him the medal of honor, the military`s highest award for valor.

  • President Obama presented Kapaun`s nephew at the White House yesterday,

  • saying he couldn`t imagine a better example for all of us, whether in uniform or not.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Is this legit?

  • The Roman Empire once covered parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe.

  • Totally true. The empires stretched across areas of three continents.

  • AZUZ: On a modern map, you can go from England down to Egypt, and from Syria across to Spain.

  • All of that was part of the Roman Empire.

  • Two thousand years ago, one out of every four people on earth lived under Roman law.

  • The empire, of course, is long gone, but archaeologists are digging up relics from the empire to this day

  • and what they find can give a glimpse at what life was like back then.

  • Erin McLaughlin looks at some recent discoveries.

  • ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: These are the very beginnings of Roman Londinium.

  • SADIE WATSON, SITE DIRECTOR: This was a hugely important town for the Romans even when the Romans were based in Rome, across the empire.

  • So we are learning much more about the development of a major city in the Roman Empire.

  • MCLAUGHLIN: Pottery, jewelry, and tools, clues as to how an ancient people once lived,

  • buried in what is now a very modern city.

  • This is the heart of the city of London. You have the Gherkin (ph) over there as well as the Bank of England, and over here, you have a construction site.

  • Inside that building site, a team of archaeologists is in the process of uncovering thousands of artifacts dating all the way back to the Roman period.

  • Artifacts preserved in the lining of what was once an old riverbed.

  • WATSON: The deposits we are excavating are waterlogged, and they have anaerobic conditions - which means there was no oxygen getting to them.

  • So metalwork doesn`t rust. So it comes up looking as shiny as the day it was dumped or dropped in.

  • MCLAUGHLIN: The find includes rare objects like a tiny amber amulet in the shape of a gladiator`s helmet.

  • Archaeologists believe it once belonged to a child.

  • What was life like back in the Roman times?

  • WATSON: Well, we`ve learned that life in the early Roman period was pretty hard for lots of people.

  • Very very small rectangular swellings thrown up quite quickly, lots of small-scale industrial activity going on. Very busy, very smelly.

  • MCLAUGHLIN: Thousands of years of history.

  • Archaeologists say there`s likely more out there lysing right under our feet.

  • Erin McLaughlin, CNN, London.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: See if you can ID me.

  • I`m a well-known legal case.

  • I started in Kansas and eventually went in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • My outcome in 1954 led to the integration of America`s public schools.

  • I`m Brown v. Board of Education and I contributed to the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

  • AZUZ: That case said it was unconstitutional to have separate but equal schools for students from different races.

  • So, schools integrated, but in some places some school-related traditions remain separate - like prom.

  • In Wilcox County, Georgia there was one for white students, and one for black students.

  • These were private events organized by parents and students, so they weren`t organized by the school system.

  • This year, some Wilcox students are organizing one of the proms, but they`re changing the tradition.

  • GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: These teenagers are attempting to do something that has never been done before in tiny Wilcox County, Georgia,

  • home of the Wilcox County High School.

  • KEELA BLOODWORTH, PROM ORGANIZER: We`re basically making history in Wilcox County.

  • BRANDON DAVIS, PROM ORGANIZER: This prom is integrated.

  • TUCHMAN: Wilcox County High has never had an integrated prom.

  • Instead, for as long as anyone remembers, there has been one prom for white kids and one prom for black kids.

  • There will still be a white prom this year, but these teens are organizing another prom that welcomes kids from all races.

  • MARESHIA RUCKER, PROM ORGANIZER: We share everything else together, why not have this one moment that means the world to us together?

  • TUCHMAN: After segregation in schools was ruled illegal 60 years ago in this country,

  • many high schools stopped sponsoring proms

  • so they wouldn`t have to worry about legal repercussions of privately sponsored high school proms.

  • Here in Wilcox County, proms remain privately sponsored.

  • Some say, it`s just a matter of tradition.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it`s fine (ph) if you want to get together (ph) and have a prom.

  • I think they should be able to do it, and I think that blacks should be able to do it too.

  • TUCHMAN: Others are much more blunt about their desire to maintain the tradition.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There should be two separate proms.

  • TUCHMAN: Tell my why you feel that way.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Because I don`t think there should be black boys going with white girls.

  • I don`t like that, I don`t believe in it. I wasn`t raised that way.

  • TUCHMAN: You know, but this is --

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was raised -- TUCHMAN: This is the year 2013 though, not 1953.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was raised to appreciate them (ph) and you know, not be disrespectful, but that`s just my opinion.

  • TUCHMAN: But, the integrated prom committee has national support.

  • In fact, the committee has its pick of free DJs, dozens from around the country who have volunteered to provide the entertainment.

  • Many of the county`s parents went to segregated proms back in their day and say the time has come for this.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I believe that they were destined for this moment and nobody else could do this before now.

  • TUCHMAN: And many in Wilcox County are supportive.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It just makes sense to have one prom. There`s no reason to separate them.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I feel, they`re all classmates. If they can participate in and play sports together, why not have a prom together:

  • TUCHMAN: The high school principal and the superintendent of the school district would not go on camera,

  • but the superintendent told us off camera that the tradition of private proms is being reevaluated

  • and a decision about whether the school will sponsor integrated proms in the future is being considered.

  • AZUZ: If you`ve got some thoughts on this story you`d like to share with us, Facebook is where to do it today.

  • If you`re on Facebook, our address is Facebook.com/CNNStudentNews.

  • And of course, teachers we want to hear from you too.

  • If you go to CNNStudentNews.com, you check out the resources box and look for the feedback link you can tell us what you thought of today`s show.

  • Next up, a pair of fishing stories.

  • They`re definitely not tall tales.

  • First, if you`re talking about the one that got away, it helps to have evidence.

  • Isaac Brumaghim was on a kayak reeling in a tuna, wow, when something else decided his catch was bait.

  • Of course, it was a shark.

  • The thing leapt out of the water trying to eat Isaac`s fish off the line. Eventually it did.

  • ISAAC BRUMAGHIM, KAYAK FISHERMAN: The shark is part of the ocean, he`s going to want fish, and we`re in his domain, so you just got to live with it.

  • AZUZ: Well, better the fish than the fisherman.

  • Next up, members of a high school baseball team from Georgia managed to hook a great white shark.

  • The one that got away. This is the one you want to let go.

  • They did let it go after two hours of trying to reel it in and now these teens have a new angle on the activity.

  • Amazing rescue story out of Oregon.

  • A man was using an antique tractor to pull out a stump.

  • His boot slipped on the clutch and the machine rolled over on him.

  • His daughters heard him screaming.

  • They called 911, but knew it would be a while before helped arrived, and their father couldn`t breathe well.

  • So it was one 14-year-old, one 16-year-old, and one 3,000 pound tractor that after six or seven tries they lifted enough for their father to get out of danger.

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Great girls, but I mean that`s just a lot of weight.

  • Just to think - I mean I`m a big guy and I don`t know if I could do that.

  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I was saying, God help me over and over, because I knew, obviously that I couldn`t lift it myself. It was heavy.

  • AZUZ: Heavy is right.

  • Our last story today, in most circumstances you should probably avoid getting into a fight.

  • This might be an exception.

  • It`s perfectly palatable when you`re pugilistically pelting with pillows.

  • Short version, pillow fight.

  • This was one of the events held around the world as part of International Pillow Fight Day.

  • It`s been going on for a few years now.

  • The rules are simple: you bring your own pillow, preferably a soft one, don`t wear glasses, don`t hit anyone without a pillow.

  • Follow those and you won`t ruffle any feathers.

  • You might want to bring an extra pillow just in `case.`

  • But as long as you intend to have fun, you shouldn`t be let `down.`

  • It`s time for us to put this baby to bed. I`m Carl Azuz, have a great weekend.

  • END

CARL AZUZ, HOST, CNN STUDENT NEWS: So while Fridays may be awesome, the severe weather moving across parts of the U.S. this week is not.

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