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Alzheimer's Disease
Diseases can cause many problems. Alzheimer's disease makes people have problems with their thinking. Even easy tasks are hard to do. A German doctor discovered the disease in 1907. Back then, it was considered a rare disease. Today, it is known to be more common. Alzheimer's disease attacks the brain. It slowly destroys a person's memory. It changes their thinking and the way they act. About 4 million American adults have this disease. At times, a person with this disease can become confused. They can have a hard time trying to talk. Sometimes they forget where they are. Sometimes they do not remember their own family. Eventually, people who have this disease can no longer take care of themselves. Alzheimer's disease cannot be cured, but it can get better with treatment. It is important to see a special doctor if you have this disease.

Baby Born at Train Station - Sisters Follow at Hospital
One day a woman was waiting for a train at the train station. She was pregnant with triplets and was on her way to her doctor’s office. As she walked up the stairwell, she felt the first contractions start. She knew she was going to have the baby there. She could not wait for the train to take her to her doctor’s office. A history teacher also happened to be at the train station. He rushed over to help her. He took off his shirt and caught the first baby as it was born. He used his shirt to wrap up the baby. The baby was a very tiny baby girl. She only weighed three pounds. The man called the paramedics to come help the woman and take her to a hospital so that she could deliver the other two babies with the help of doctors and nurses. When paramedics arrived, they rushed the baby to an Oakland hospital. They put the mother in another ambulance and took her to a different hospital so that she could deliver the other babies. The doctors delivered the babies by doing surgery on the mother. The other two babies were also little girls. The babies were too young to be able to swallow their food, so doctors and nurses were feeding them through a special tube. The impatient babies and their mother are all doing well.

Child Safety Seats
The California Highway Patrol, people who work at a medical center, and a local news station had a special program early one morning. They organized a demonstration in a big parking lot. They showed parents and grandparents how to keep children safe while riding in a car. They showed people how to use children's car seats. The officers and medical experts showed adults how to properly place a car safety seat in an automobile. A safety seat must be tightly fastened so that it will not move. They gave demonstrations on how to place a child in a safety seat and to use a car's seat belt to lock down a safety seat. The straps of a safety seat must be secure at the shoulder of a child. That way the seat is safe and effective. People drove in their own cars to the demonstration. They brought their children with them along with their car seats. The experts showed them how to position their car seats properly. The experts also looked at the seats that the parents were using. The parents were told whether their child's seat was BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.HCM 20/7/2010

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Children From Russia Spend Summers in California
In the year 1986 there was a terrible explosion. The explosion was at a nuclear power plant in the another country called Ukraine. The radiation caused a lot of damage. It contaminated the soil and other things. People lived in the area when the explosion happened. Twenty years later those people are still suffering. Effects from the explosion will go on for a long time. Over two million people still live in the contaminated areas. Only 56 people died from the explosion but many other problems have been caused because of it. Some types of cancer are more than 200 times above world average. Many children have cancer now and birth defects have doubled since the accident. Some people in the United States are worried about the children living there. One group has been trying to raise money. They are called the Chernobyl Children's Project. They want to bring children from the Ukraine to the U.S. each summer. A spokesperson for the group says that radiation is the highest in the summertime so it is a good time to get the children out of the country. They want to help the children get away for a little while. The Project wants them to be safe from radiation. It costs $1,500 to bring each child to the United States for six weeks. The group raised enough money to bring 28 children to the United States. They children were able to do lots of fun things. They enjoyed clean air, healthy food, and plenty of outdoor fun. One little nine year-old girl who got to come to the United States said that she likes America. A spokesperson for the Project said that the children that come to America during the summer miss less school when they return home.

Couple Adopts Children
A family went from zero to six children in one day. Sarah and Jim Cole adopted six brothers and sisters from the same family. On adoption day, they went on TV and then to the courthouse to sign papers. Four years ago, government workers took all six children away from their real parents. They said the parents were not taking care of them. They split the children up among three foster homes. This upset BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.HCM 20/7/2010

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At first, the Coles wanted to take only two children. But the government workers wanted all the brothers and sisters together again. Finally the Coles agreed to take all of them. It was hard in the beginning. But it slowly got easier. The children got older. The Coles got used to taking care of six children. The Coles are not rich people. The government has a program to help people who adopt children. They pay them money for each child each month. The children are happy to be with the Coles. They are getting to know each other again. They are not afraid of being taken away and split up again.

Crime
Crimes against the people of America need to be reduced. The Crime Prevention Coalition has named this year's theme "Safer Communities, Brighter Futures." They believe that what really drives crime from our streets is everyone helping each other. By helping each other, crime has been reduced in those areas where entire neighborhoods are involved. Building trust among neighbors has helped keep the crime figures low in those communities. The facts concerning crime in America have changed. Violent crime has gone down since last year. Property crime has also decreased. The number of young people getting arrested for violent crimes has gone up. More young people have been victims of violent crimes too. Children in America have also suffered. More parents have been charged with abusing their children. A number of young girls have reported to have been beaten by boyfriends. Although many different crimes are being stopped, many more are still happening. People who live in a community with crime can make a difference. They can get involved with reducing the crime in their neighborhood. By working together, neighbors can make a safe neighborhood.

Crisis Nursery
Being a parent is hard work. There are many things to think about. There are many things that can go wrong. Sometimes it is too much to handle. There is now a place where parents can get help if they need it. No one wants to see children get hurt. Parents can leave their children at a nursery while they get help. There are many people to help out at the nursery so the children are safe. Sometimes parents have a hard time dealing with everything. When it becomes hard for the parents, they can sometimes take it out on their children. When a child might be hurt, there is a place that will take the child. This place will keep them until it is safe for them to go home. One mother was using drugs and alcohol. She decided that her daughter could be suffering from this. While the mother got help, the child stayed at the nursery. Many people were able to help the mother. The mother and daughter will be able to start a new life.

Defenders of Foster Children Gather at State Capitol
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People who try to help foster youth met at the State Capitol. They gave the governor’s office 200 postcards. The postcards were asking that two pending bills be signed. One of the bills that they wanted the governor to sign would help foster youth receive money and other services from the state. It would also allow children to stay in foster care longer. If a foster child was getting their high school equivalency certificate they could stay in foster care until they were older than 18. Right now, the law only allows foster children to remain in the system if they are trying to get their high school diploma. One man said that this law would have really helped him when he was in foster care. He had to take a lot of extra classes and also go to night school to finish in time. The other bill would give foster youth the right to help make decisions that concerned themselves. It would let them have a say in what they wanted.

Dogs Help Children Become Better Readers
Dogs are a very popular pet in the Unites States. Most dogs just live with their families, but some dogs have very special jobs to do. Some dogs help police find criminals. Other dogs are trained to sniff out drugs or explosives. Some dogs assist people who are blind, deaf, or have trouble getting around. Amazingly, some dogs can tell when their owner is about to have a seizure. They signal their owner to lie down and be calm. Dogs that help their owners are called "Assistance Dogs." A very special group of dogs are known as “Therapy Dogs.” These dogs are family pets with special training. The training allows them to go into public buildings and comfort people in need. The dogs are trained to be calm and quiet. Loud noises and unfamiliar places don’t frighten them. They enjoy spending time with people. Some therapy dogs go into places such as hospitals and nursing homes. When the patients visit with the dogs, the patients are cheered up. They enjoy petting the dogs, and look forward to their visits. The dogs help to brighten their day. Therapy dogs can improve people’s health, as well. Studies show that when people pet animals, their blood pressure and heart rates go down. They are calmer, and their mood improves. Other therapy dogs work in schools and libraries. The serve as warm and caring friends to children, but they also do more. In one town in California, therapy dogs have become children’s reading buddies. The dogs belong to a therapy dog group called PAWS for Healing. Eight of these special dogs have been trained to be listening companions for young readers. The local library is trying to encourage kids to enjoy reading more. The children are invited to meet at the library. They are paired up with a PAWS therapy dog and can read to the dog. The dogs make a great audience. They don’t judge a child who cannot read well, they just listen calmly. The children can read at their own pace. The kids find it less intimidating than reading in front of their class. Sometimes, reading in front of their peers makes kids nervous. The dogs are quiet and attentive. They listen very well. These therapy dogs are making a difference in the life of the children they visit. The children look forward to reading to the dogs, and the dogs love the attention. The library and the teachers are very happy with the program. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.HCM 20/7/2010

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Domestic Violence
Laura was married for 6 months. Her husband was using drugs. She didn't want her son or her unborn baby to live that way, but she was afraid to ask her husband to leave. She left him a note instead. After reading the note, Laura's husband waited for her to come home and then beat her and her son. He smashed dishes, pictures and toys and left the house in a terrible mess. He said it was all her fault. After Laura cleaned up the mess she went to the hospital. She was badly bruised all over her body, but the baby was fine. Laura had little education and she never had a good paying job. She was ashamed to ask for help from the police, courts or women's shelters. Laura wanted her marriage and family to work. Sometimes her husband was very nice to her. She decided to try harder so her children could have a home and a father. Laura joined a church and told a priest about her problem. But her husband kept using drugs and hurting the family. Finally, she told her husband she loved him, but they should live apart for a while. He beat her again. The priest had called and could tell Laura was in trouble. He came over to talk to her. He asked the husband to go out for a while. Laura packed up her kids and left. The next day she lost the baby. Her husband went to jail. Laura got a lot of help from groups that help women who have been beaten. Now she is in college, has her own apartment and works on special projects at a women's shelter. "We got out, and it changed life for me and my children. You can do it. You can break the cycle," Laura said.

Donor Needed for Baby
A baby named Trevor is fighting a deadly disease. The disease is called cancer. He has been treated five times with a chemical that kills cancer. So far, the chemical treatment hasn’t worked. His family hopes that a special procedure will help save his life. The procedure is called a bone marrow transplant. Doctors say he needs the transplant to survive. Marrow is the soft tissue inside of bones. It contains blood cells that can multiply. Healthy people volunteer to have their marrow tested. The test is to see if it can help a sick person. If the marrow is a match, doctors can remove a tiny bit. Then the doctors inject the healthy marrow into the bones of sick people. This can help a cancer patient recover. Sometimes these tests are done in one place. Many people come and have their blood tested at one time. These events are called bone marrow drives. A database is kept with information on everyone who is tested. Doctors use the database to match patients with donors. The baby’s parents hope they will find a match for their son. Some firefighters are organizing a special bone marrow drive. They hope to find someone whose bone marrow will match Trevor’s. Over 550 people signed up for the drive. Over a thousand people have already been tested. So far, no one has matched the baby. One woman is helping because her husband died from cancer. He was a firefighter. She wants to do what she can to help the baby. She is doing it to honor her husband’s memory. The baby’s mother says the volunteers are heroes. She hopes that a match is found soon. Doctors say that a bone marrow transplant is the baby’s best hope. Followup: On April 25, 2007, Trevor Kott lost his fight with leukemia. A matching bone marrow donor was not found. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.HCM 20/7/2010

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Over 5,000 people registered with different blood banks all over the country because of the media coverage on this story. Trevor's family say that is Trevor's legacy and hope that someone else may be saved.

Ex-Officer Sentenced to Jail
A man is going to jail. He confessed to a terrible crime. He admitted to driving drunk and hitting a young boy. The boy died. The man lost his job as a police officer and now must spend five years in jail for the crime. Jason March was a policeman. He was off duty one afternoon and was driving his car. He passed a school bus and struck a young boy who was running across the road. Drivers are supposed to stop when they’ve been in an accident. However, March did not stop his car after the accident. He drove away from the scene, which is a felony. Many onlookers witnessed the accident. They were shocked that March didn’t stop. One witness followed March in his car. March stopped three miles away and admitted that he had run over the child. He also told the witness that he was a police officer. He was arrested and tests showed that he was drunk. His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Many people were disappointed that a police officer could break such a serious law. There was controversy about the case. Some people say that March was treated differently by law enforcement because he was a policeman. Officials say that is not true. They say he was treated like anyone else. The judge planned to hold a trial for March. Then March decided to enter a plea. This means that he would admit that he was guilty so he could get a lighter sentence. It also meant that March would not have a trial. The little boy’s parents were relieved that they would not have to go through a trial. It would be very difficult and emotional for them. March pleaded guilty to the crime. A judge sentenced him to no more than five years in prison. He also said March must pay more than $14,000 in fines. The little boy’s family was sad because they felt that March’s sentence was too light. They believe he should have to serve more time in prison. They wanted more justice for their son.

Festival For Families
There was a festival in a large city. It was put on by people who wanted to share who they are. These people had their families come from different countries. This festival was for families. Many families came out to learn about life in the different countries. The countries are located in Central America, a place south of the United States. There were 21 different Latin countries sharing their way of life at the festival. People who came to the festival could taste foods made like they are in the other countries. They were able to listen to Latin music. There was dancing as well. The weather was nice which made for a good day to walk around and see it all. Some people were showing things that they made. People could buy these things from them. This festival has been going on for 10 years. Each year, more people come. They had a very large crowd this year. It was free and many people enjoyed it.

Fire Safety
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If the handle or the door is hot. Before going into a room. Sometimes a parent is not able to take care of them properly. Anyone under 18 years of age can get a free breakfast and lunch in this school district. close it again and shout to alert others inside. In the past the meals were only served during the school year. If the door is not hot. shut the door on it. If you are not on ground level. Once outside. break your fall by pushing a mattress out first.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 7 Everyone needs to know how to prevent a fire. Lower yourself at arm's length before dropping. There are not enough foster homes for these children. they have to be moved far away. Alert everyone else in the building and tell them to get out. Now there are many foster children living in Sacramento. There is a place that takes in foster children. They are trying to raise money to build more homes. Be aware of how quickly a spark or flame can become deadly. over 11. Free Food for Kids Some children are sent to school with empty stomachs. Use this as your escape route if you can.000 people are killed or injured in house fires. It is also important to know what to do when it breaks out. There needs to be more places for foster children to live. When there are not enough foster homes in the county. do not open it! Instead put clothing or a wet towel at the bottom of it to keep smoke out. There are children who need more help than their parents can give them. It can make so much smoke that it can kill someone in seconds. stay outside and make sure the fire department is called. They are also trying to add more special places like a nursery and a resource center. If there's a rush of smoke or heat. It can be hard to concentrate and work when you are hungry. Sometimes the child needs to be removed from the home to keep them safe.HCM 20/7/2010 . More than half of those who die in fires are poisoned or suffocated by smoke. check the door. You should leave and dial 911 for the fire department. Foster Children When children can no longer stay at home. The child becomes a foster child. It can take away the air you need to breathe. One school district has taken steps to make sure all of their kids are fed. open it slowly. Many families are very happy to get this extra help for their children. The county has a way to watch over the children who need a new home. It is only served at some of the schools. This home is known as a foster home. do not attempt to fight the fire unless it is small. Now open the window and shout ''Fire!" See whether you can drop safely to the ground. Parents can call their school to ask where their kids can get these free meals. Children can now get breakfast and lunch during the summer too. they are moved to another home.000 fires. If the fire has spread or if the flames are more than 20 inches high. They will remove the children and put them in a foster home. faster than the fire itself. If fire breaks out. Smokers who are careless cause about 200 deaths and over 6. These fires could have been avoided. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Try putting out a small fire with water. Every year.

HCM 20/7/2010 . He invited several other health groups. They also eat a lot of junk food. This class will help parents and children. Lawmakers hope that this new law will stop children from eating so much junk food. He asked the students for a commitment to stay healthy. Now all kids can participate. Thanks to this program many children are getting the food they need all year long. He learned that many young people were using guns. He will give them to people in his church. Chips. If a plant is near contaminated water it can become BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. candy and sugary snacks are called junk food. He held a special summit meeting to talk about the problem. It limits the sale of junk food and soda in school cafeterias. Another man was offering a class. They hope this will help make children healthier in the state. This man got an idea. they can become overweight or even obese. Doctors were very puzzled. The government spends over one million dollars a year on this free food program. The class teaches people how to use and care for a firearm. People are less productive when they weigh too much. The governor also signed a new law.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 8 Students of low-income families used to have to sign up for the free meal program. as well as children. One big problem is that children are becoming more overweight. The spinach that was eaten was not good. Bodies and minds work better when they are well nourished. They also have more health issues when they are overweight. He wanted to give people gun locks. Other kids injure themselves with guns. Growers Announce New Food Safety In September 2006 many people became sick all around the United States. He was worried. Some kids hurt people with guns. It had a bacteria on it or in it called "E. coli bacteria causes lots of health problems. We wanted to show them that exercise can be fun. coli". Then they discovered it was something worse. Guns can be very dangerous. The doctors and health officials discovered that all of the people ate fresh spinach around the same time. When children have too much fat and sugar in their diets. Free Gun Locks A man from a church wants to help save lives. He thought gun locks could help keep people safe. It is very important for children to be well fed. Governor Wants Kids to Eat Healthy Many people are concerned about the health of children in this country. The governor of California wants children to be healthier. One thing that makes people overweight is eating too much junk food. The E. Being overweight is a problem that costs money. He talked to the children about staying healthy. Teenagers and children eat a lot of junk food. He asked them to exercise more and to stay away from junk food. The doctors thought that the people had all gotten stomach flu. It can make them overweight. Most junk food contains too much fat and sugar. Some studies say that teenagers drink soda every day and eat too much fast food. Junk food is not healthy for people. The governor also took a walk with the children. A store agreed to sell the locks to him at a good price. He bought the gun locks.

coli. When someone gets E. People were told not to eat fresh or bagged spinach while the FDA was investigating. it is best not to do certain things while pregnant. Some people can get very sick and die from it. Many people think that if you could only afford one kind of insurance. Many companies who process spinach had to throw what they had away so that no more people would get sick. coli can get on or into fruits and vegetables. Food growers in California and other states wanted to prevent this from happening again.They told grocery stores to throw the spinach away and not sell it. coli so that people do not get sick again. If you get sick or injured. Washing the produce will not solve the problem. The bacteria can not live if it is frozen or cooked at a very high heat in a can. Hospital Expense insurance will pay for any costs you get while having to be in a hospital. The Food and Drug Administration investigated the problem. About 166 people in 25 states got sick from the bacteria that was in fresh spinach. The Food and Drug Administration said that it warned California farmers to do more to make sure their spinach and lettuce was safe to eat. Disability Income insurance will help pay for living expenses if you are sick and cannot work. Surgical Expense insurance will pay for the doctor to operate on you. Many of them had to go to the hospital because they were so sick. There are different kinds of insurance you can get.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 9 infected with E. They found that there was probably a problem with the way growers handled the food. Regular Medical insurance will pay for any non-surgical treatment. It is not known where exactly the outbreak started. They did not think there was any tampering. There are other ways E. Frozen and canned spinach were safe. One person did not recover and died. The cost for this kind of insurance is going up.HCM 20/7/2010 . Medical insurance can be very expensive. coli their symptoms are very similar to the flu. it is best to insure yourself against the big unexpected costs and pay the smaller common bills yourself. you need health insurance so the doctors can help you. picking. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Most healthy adults can recover from it. The most common reason that babies have problems when they are born is because the mother took drugs or drank alcohol while pregnant. you should buy health insurance. Like most people. The state of California is trying to figure out where the problem started. Knowing where the spinach came from helps investigators figure out how it became contaminated. costly emergencies. and packaging food. The guidelines are like rules that produce growers should follow when planting. Since 1995 there have been 20 cases of spinach or lettuce contaminated with E. Health Insurance The purpose of health insurance is to help you plan for unexpected. Healthy Baby In order to have a healthy baby. If you can afford only a small amount of health insurance. coli. They put together new guidelines for produce growers. The plan is designed to protect food from E. you may not be able to afford all of the insurance you might need. Other outbreaks were caused by water that was contaminated by cow waste and other things. They wanted to make sure that no one was tampering with food and making people sick on purpose.

it is important for the mother to not take drugs or alcohol if she is breast feeding her child. The Healthy Families Program makes it possible for more people to do this. Doctors do not know how any baby will react to the alcohol or drugs in the mother's body. The father is in touch with his office every day. The state started a program called Healthy Families. People are working hard to come up with ways to make this to happen. There is no safe amount of alcohol or drugs a pregnant woman can take. the better chance the baby has to be born healthy. and see a doctor regularly if you are pregnant. and any drug she takes passes through the mother's body and into the unborn baby. any liquid she drinks. she should stop smoking or using drugs and alcohol immediately. There is nothing that stops the baby from getting whatever the mother has in her body. It is best if you eat healthy foods. Any drug or alcohol can be passed on to the baby through the mother's milk. She learned because of her children and grandchildren. get plenty of sleep. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. The grandmother learned to use the Internet just before she retired. The grandmother gets the message from the Internet. With insurance people can see a doctor when they are sick or hurt. Many ideas are being considered. Having health insurance is very important. The best advice it is to not use any alcohol or drugs while pregnant.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 10 Any food she eats. She says e-mail makes her feel like she has been traveling with them.HCM 20/7/2010 . One idea is to make the Healthy Families Program free for some people. Hopefully some of them will allow even more families to get health insurance. Healthy Families Health insurance can be very expensive. Some working people do not make enough money to pay for it. They need all of their money for things like food and rent. It would be great if everyone could have health insurance. Many people are still not enrolling in it. There is no safe time to take any drugs or alcohol during pregnancy. The cost of this program is low. The family's computer connects by a modem to a shortwave radio. They stay in touch with family and friends by e-mail. People say that it still costs too much money. This program offers people health insurance at a low cost. The sooner the woman stops taking them. He also gets weather information by e-mail. This is much less money than buying insurance any other way. Families are charged about $7. High Seas A family is sailing around the Pacific Ocean. The radio sends the message to the Internet.00 a month per child for this health insurance. It is important for people to see a doctor when they need to. E-mail on the sea takes more time than on land. The trip will take them away from home for a year. The children send e-mail to their grandmother three or four times a week. They are on a big yacht. If a woman discovers she is pregnant. After the baby is born.

The second part of the plan will help homeless people in other ways. This will help the clients become healthy enough to live a normal life. Leaders think the plan will take ten years to work. One city has decided to help end the problem. In shelters. These apartments are located in an apartment complex in the county. Home Fire There was a fire that burned a house down. Many things can start a fire in the home. He was once homeless. But the shelters are usually very crowded. Sometimes people lose their job and can’t afford to pay rent. Some are alcoholics. safe apartments will be rented to homeless people. City leaders have developed a plan. Shelters can provide beds. They beg for money on the streets. Some have lost their families. Then the homeless won’t have to live in crowded shelters. Classes will teach them special skills. The plan has two parts. There are many reasons why people become homeless. They were not sure if the people were killed by the fire. They cannot be addicted to drugs. It is important that a home is clean and safe so fires will not be started. Being homeless can be harmful to a person’s health. No one knows what happened to them. Then they have a better chance at ending their drug habit. She has not seen the father or her children since the fire. Housing Plan to End Homelessness One county has a problem. and how to keep their job. The city will provide stable housing. Some people start fires on purpose. Some are addicted to drugs. Some services will help them find a job. The mayor hopes that state funding will be given to the county to help with this plan. The local police are trying to find out how it started. Homeless people are often sick. The plan will also provide mental health services. It gives them an apartment while they are getting sober. They use it mainly to keep in touch with their families.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 11 Close to 8 million senior citizens use the Internet. That is two times as many as a year ago. The first part of the plan will focus on housing. A home fire can be very dangerous. This is called being homeless. Clean. There have been many plans to help the homeless. This plan is different. No one will be denied an apartment. Homeless people often sleep in their cars or in public places. Local leaders BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. they can spread their illness to others. Sometimes they sleep in parks or under bridges. Sometimes the shelters are not safe. Some homeless people have mental illness. The manager of the complex is a success story. The mother of the missing children could not find them. The police are not sure how the fire started. There was a man and three children who are missing. There is nothing that shows that the fire was started on purpose but the police want to make sure. Most plans require that people are healthy. but they can’t meet all the needs of the homeless people.HCM 20/7/2010 . When the police first looked at the burned home. That is not possible for many. they did not see any bodies. It is not healthy to live on the street. The county does not like having homeless people living on the streets. Some cities provide shelters for these people. Some are teenagers who ran away from home. She did not know if they were in the home before it burned. The homeless often have many other problems. It is not safe for the public or the homeless people. The problem is that many people don’t have places to live.

Kidnapping is like stealing a child. They are worried that the violent juveniles will be let go and that they will break the law again. They want to put small groups of them in settings that are more like homes. Juveniles are people who are young. It is very important to find him as soon as possible. A group of people think that there is a better way to help the juveniles in jail. This program is called Care Alert.A New Plan When young people break the law they are put into a special kind of jail. Anyone that may have seen something about the kidnapping could then call the police. The Care Alert program is only used when a stranger has taken a child. It can be very dangerous in these jails. He said that he only learned how to become more violent. These stations will then tell the public what happened in hopes that someone might be able to help. Sometimes the juveniles hurt each other when they are there. They think that this will help the the young people learn and stay safe. Many homeless people will be given a chance at a new life. Adults need to decide how best to help them. Other people do not think that the homes are a good idea. Sometimes one parent of a child kidnaps his or her own child. Counselors can talk to them about crime and try to teach them that it is bad. There are many young people in jail. Some states have already tried this plan. Hopefully this will help the young people make better choices when they leave. Letters to Santa Reveal Need BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. They say that it has worked. Most of the juveniles that are put in jail will break the law again when they are let go. A group of people want to try it in California. It is hoped that this new Care Alert program will save children’s lives. These people want anyone who breaks the law to be punished and put in jail. When juveniles are in these special homes they can get help. One man that was in jail when he was young said that he learned bad things there. When a child is kidnapped he is in a lot of danger. These kidnappings are not usually used in the Care Alert program. The Care Alert program gives television and radio stations important information about a recently kidnapped child. Some of the young people even kill themselves.HCM 20/7/2010 . The sooner the public knows about a kidnapping the sooner they might be able to help. Some people decided to start a program that would alert the public about kidnappings right away. He does not think jails help juveniles at all. Many adults want the violence in jail to stop. It is important that kidnapped children are found and brought home as soon as possible. He was not taught how to make good decisions.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 12 hope federal aid will also help them put their plan into action. Some people think that by putting them in small group homes it will help the kids become better people. These jails are for juveniles. Kids In Jail . Kidnapping Alert Sometimes children are kidnapped.

The people in Italy were very happy. He called the police. Police say they know about the disagreement between the two neighbors. He also said that the need seems to be greater this time of year. families. When the boy died his parents donated his body parts. Many small things outside the man's home have been set on fire. and businesses can choose one or more letters and send gifts to the person or family who wrote it. It is 18 feet high. He wants to keep sharing the love that his son had. Most people like to deliver the gifts to the homes. "I've seen more letters come in at the beginning of this holiday season than any other. Other neighbors say the arguments have gotten worse since then. The children seem to be doing things the neighbor does not like. Once letters are sorted other people can adopt a child or family to help. His family was on vacation in Italy when it happened. These neighbors have been arguing about this man's children. The bells reminded the family of all the love the people in Italy had for them and their dead son. The letters are addressed to the North Pole. Many children and families in need are writing letters to Santa this year. They cannot arrest anyone for the fires. He thinks a neighbor did it. The memorial was to honor a small boy. They do not have enough proof showing who started them.HCM 20/7/2010 . These letters are put in piles with the same zip codes. He and his neighbor have not been getting along. A woman chose two letters from children who live near her. People. He is very mad. The father still remembers how special his son was. Lots of them are stacking up at post offices. They sent 130 bells to them. The boy was killed." he said.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 13 Many letters are written to Santa Claus each year. Neighbors Fight A man says someone has lit eight fires outside his home. Lots of kind people are getting these letters and trying to help make wishes come true this holiday season. He hopes people will keep giving body parts to those that need them. When the wind blows it makes the bells ring. They are looking for letters from needy families. People who work in one post office are reading the letters. They will buy gifts for the children who wrote the letters. The parents want the memorial to be a comfort for anyone who visits. It was placed by the ocean. She wants to help teach her daughter about the importance of giving to others in need. Memorial Bells A memorial was put up in California. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. An artist made a memorial from the bells. Many of the letters are asking for clothes. One man who works at the post office said he has seen a lot of letters to Santa come in this year. but gifts can also be mailed. They wanted to thank the boy’s family in some way. The body parts helped save 7 people living in Italy.

Parents Arrested When Students Skip School The law says that all children must go to school. New laws were made to help keep young drivers safer. This is against the law. Today they have even more to worry about. If the laws are going to work they will need to be followed. She was a passenger in a car. Many parents will be arrested. They can also drive during off-limits hours because of work or medical reasons. Hopefully the arguments will stop. One county said that they have 90 parents that have failed to send their children to school on a regular basis. Teens can drive their brothers and sisters to school.500. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. There were two other passengers in the car who were also hurt.HCM 20/7/2010 . He hopes someone can help them solve the problems with the children.m. They want to drive with their friends. They need to keep a note in their car stating why they need to drive. The driver of the car was 16 years old. The parents that will be arrested have been talked to many times before. There are other things that teenagers have been doing with this kind of technology too. Some parents do not know about these new laws. The police will visit these families. The new law states that teen drivers cannot have passengers in their car who are under the age of 20 unless there is another licensed driver over the age of 25 in the car too. Some teenagers are breaking the law by driving with friends in their cars. Some students said that they know about the laws but do not obey them. It is a parent’s responsibility to send their children to school. They could be sent to jail for up to a year and be fined $2.m. The accident reminded some people of how important the new laws are for teenage drivers. Many more teenagers die in car crashes than adults. It is very important that everyone learns about and understands these new laws. Maybe the teenage girl would still be alive if the law was followed. and 5 a. New Driving Laws for Teens There are new laws for teenage drivers. These children have had at least 30 unexcused absences. They will face charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. They have been told that they need to make sure their kids go to school. Some things teenagers have been doing while on the Internet and cell phones are bad. Everyone used to be worried about sexual predators when their teens used the Internet. There are some exceptions to the new driving laws.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 14 The man says he wants to get along with all of his neighbors. The law also states that teenagers cannot drive between the hours of 11 p. Parents Warned About Technology and Drug Use Cell phones and the Internet are great ways to stay in touch with people. These laws need to be followed for the first year that a teen driver has his license. One big concern about kids using technology today is drug use. A teenage girl died in a car crash. The laws were written to hopefully save lives. If a child does not go to school. the parent could get into some big trouble. Now they will see that the school and the police are very serious.

This way. This will let parents see what kind of sites their kids have been visiting. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. many people can afford to go to the doctor when they need to. they need to make sure they can pay the doctor. The weekend they chose to rebuild was was not very good for working. Someone burned it to the ground. When the daughter was in the hospital. This made the man mad. they need to see a doctor. One man was shocked when he saw how much information was online showing how to use drugs. The government is saying that parents need to watch what their kids are doing on the Internet and who they talk to on the phone. Almost 400 people showed up to help! One woman said that she was very worried about the weather ruining their plans. The book is to help people understand what the company will or will not do. Software products are available that can help with this problem. Sometimes the company will not pay for the doctor when they are asked to.HCM 20/7/2010 . organizers got together to work on rebuilding the playground. Then when a person has to go to the doctor. Lots of children were sad when the park was burned down. It is much harder to be secretive when the family is always near. Patient Rights When people get sick. The book can help this man find out about his rights. One way to help people to pay for the doctor visits is to have a company get money from people every month. Since a visit to the doctor can be expensive. Playground Completed Despite Rain A very nice playground was built almost 15 years ago. They are able to contact drug dealers without their parents knowing about it. This is a very serious concern to many people. and buy drugs. A little girl had said how nice the park used to be. It will show him how to get another doctor's help. There are some things that parents can do to help. sandboxes and tunnels. Children who lived in the area liked to play there a lot. It was raining. After the playground was destroyed. parents should keep computers in a common room of the house. She said that it was a fun park to play at. the company will pay for the visit. The organizers were worried that nobody would show up to help build the new playground. There is a book that will explain what people can expect from a company that pays for doctor visits. In order to see a doctor. Many parents have no idea what their kids are doing while online. It can tell him how to use legal action against the companies if they do not do things right. They can monitor activity on the Internet. They chose a day on a weekend to start building so that people could help. He can learn how to get medical records. Parents and children were very upset and sad. make drugs.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 15 The Internet and cell phones have become ways that some kids get drugs or learn how to use them. Then it was ruined. Many parents and neighbors hoped the playground would be rebuilt. He complained and the company got in trouble. It had slides. the company who was suppose to pay for the visit would not. One man had a daughter who was very sick. many people do not have enough money to always pay for it. Also. She was extremely happy when she showed up and saw so many people there to help. They got new materials and were ready to rebuild.

If small children live in or visit your home. bug spray. Natasha went into labor. People from the school also try to set up meetings with these parents. Make sure all medicine bottles have safety caps. They want to tell the parents that their kids are missing school a lot. They did not have enough time to make it there. You can prevent poisonings by following some simple steps. If you are not sure if a child has swallowed poison. The police and workers at the schools are unhappy that the parents do not do something. Almost all childhood poisonings are caused by not storing things safely. Poison injures many children each year. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. They decided to go to a closer hospital. Keep all cleaners and household products out of reach. Other items are dangerous too. Bad weather did not stop volunteers from getting the work done.HCM 20/7/2010 . He has been a police officer in Sacramento for 12 years. Some parents do not come to the meeting. Recently he had to deal with a very special emergency. They are sure that they will finish the project on time. Medicines. and powders in a locked cabinet. They do not seem to be worried that their kids are skipping school. It was time to drive to the hospital where their doctor works. This officer has a wife named Natasha. paint. Lock them in a sturdy cabinet. They decided to do something to make the parents responsible. The couple could not make it in time. Poison Proof Your Home Many poisoning accidents happen with children between the ages of one to five years. Many of them were found and they were arrested. you should call a doctor! It is better to be safe than to let a child suffer. This means that they do not go to school. Keep all products in their original containers. Do not leave a child and a poison alone even for a second. Police Arrest Parents Sometimes kids skip school. They hoped that they could make it there before the baby was born. Police Officer Delivers Own Baby A man named Dustin Smith is a police officer. Some parents do not seem to care. sprays. Use child-safety latches on all cabinets a child can reach. They wanted their baby to be delivered at a hospital. Remove household cleaning products from under the sink. cleaners. and car products are dangerous to children. Keep ashtrays empty and cleaned. Kids need to go to school to learn. She was pregnant with their third child. poison proof your home today. People from the school call the parents of these kids. He has handled many emergencies as an officer. Put things like medicines. The police looked for these parents. It is bad when these products are put in places that a child can get to easily. They think that parents should be responsible for keeping their kids in school.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 16 Many people came out to help rebuild the playground.

Other people are unhappy about what the Supreme Court said. Here is how the program works.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 17 They could not make it. Some people are happy that the Supreme Court said the law was against the Constitution. It happened quickly. Someone who works for the city thought of the new system. The police in this city want parents to know about a new program. The Constitution says that it is okay to say anything you want. Officer Smith was taught how to deliver babies as part of his police officer training. If a child does become missing. He is very glad that he paid attention to the training film that he was shown. Then he drove the family to the hospital. They will try to write a law that is not against the Constitution. the parents can quickly send the picture and information that is on the disk to the police using e-mail. "Right here is where you were born. the baby's head was there. Natasha told her husband to pull the car over. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. They say that laws are needed to do that. About 500 parents in the city are using the system. They say it is an important victory for free speech.000 to make the system and buy disks. They say that children need to be kept away from some things on the Internet. The police would like to make the system bigger and use it to help find old people who get lost too. A service club gave almost $4. One parent said that kids should be open to everything. He was very happy. The digital camera saves pictures as a computer file. That law tried to keep children from bad things on the Internet. Ruling by the Courts The Supreme Court said that a federal law was against the Constitution.HCM 20/7/2010 . The people who want a law to stop showing bad things to children on the Internet will try again. It can also be sent to places that help find missing children. Officer Smith pulled over and turned on his car's hazard lights. The computer file is copied onto a floppy disk. He says he will drive over the bridge and tell her. A mother was worried for her children because of what might be put on the Internet." Officer Smith delivered his baby. The baby is healthy and is now at home with her family. He said. She was having the baby. Officer Smith plans on showing the baby where he delivered her when she is old enough. They say there are already ways to stop children from seeing bad things on the Internet. The new law would put limits on free speech. He quickly took off his shirt to help deliver his baby. "By the time I took off my shirt. The disk is given to the parents to take home. The police take a picture of the child with a digital camera. The president will call a meeting to talk about it. The program is free and could save valuable time looking for a child. Once parents take the disk home they can add information about their child using their home computer. Parents can even use the disk to print flyers to help find their child. He had never delivered a baby before." Program Helps Get Word Out About Missing Children Parents in a small city have a new way to help find a missing child.

The machines will also have fruit juices. This is helping more children feel safe in school. When they miss school. Both sides want to keep talking about it. These are soft drinks that are sold from a machine. A new program is helping put an end to this problem. The program is teaching kids how to deal with bullies. They want the nurse to stop working at the school until someone is hired to do it. he decided to let students know bullying is not allowed there. Those found to be bullies face harsh penalties. In some of their schools. The district knows that the selling of soft drinks will bring in a lot of money for them. They also think that students who drink the soft drinks will not be very healthy. they sell drinks. They think that ads will be allowed in the schools. Schools Give Students Tools to Fight Back Against Bullies Bullies are a big problem in schools.” In this program. This district wanted to have Pepsi Cola the only soft drink in these machines.HCM 20/7/2010 . Sixty percent say that they know someone who could harm them. They make decisions for lots of people. One study found that 52% of children reported being bullied at least once a week. Students at his school participate in a program called “Be Bold. The Supreme Court said that these laws are not against the Constitution. Students are now encouraged to report bullies and stand up for themselves. They are afraid they will be picked on by a bully. students work together to prevent violence. Teachers feel that the nurse should not come from an outside company. People say that you cannot send these things over the Internet either. many children are afraid to go to school. A company was able to put a nurse there. Many schools have to do without a nurse. They do skits and go into classrooms to talk about the problem. They give other students strategies on how to deal BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 18 There are already laws that say you cannot show or say bad things on TV and radio. They are getting together to study the problem more. Now some of the teachers do not want that company to put nurses in schools. He didn’t like to go to school because he had to face the bullies. They think the nurse should be hired by the school. Children at the school needed someone to take care of them when they get sick or hurt. Also classes could have the nurse talk about health care to the students. One decision they made was not liked by all of the people. Every week. The nurse will stay there until a decision is made. students fall behind their classmates. But some parents do not like the plan. School Nurse People wanted to have a nurse at their school. They are worried that the drinks have too much sugar and no good calories. School Deal There is a district that takes care of many schools. Last year. Some children choose not to go to school at all so they can avoid the bullies. One school principal is working to end this negative behavior. The district will switch from Coca Cola to Pepsi Cola very soon. One student was always being teased because he was short. The company wanted to place nurses at schools because there were so few nurses available. They also will sell bottled water. They say the company nurse does not have the skills to do the job right.

Lung cancer has caused more deaths in women than breast cancer. Braxton decided that he wanted to swim it too. First. Trang 19 The principal says that the school has changed since he has addressed the bullying problem. A Coast Guard boat was next to them also. Once he proved that he really wanted to do it she agreed. drug abuse. He trained two hours a day. or a sudden drop in grades. They should try to resolve issues by talking them out. Someone asked Braxton what the hardest part was about his record-breaking swim was. He said. Male smokers over the age of 35 are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases like lung cancer.HCM 20/7/2010 . That boy was nine-years-old when he did it. Braxton’s swim was 1. Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of cancer death in men. four times a week. Seven Year Old Boy Sets Swimming Record A boy named Braxton is an excellent swimmer. Smoking is very bad for children. Second. The California Senate is considering a bill that would make it a crime to smoke in the car when BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. It is called "second-hand smoke".4 miles long. Smoking May be Banned in Cars Studies show that smoking is bad for a person’s health. But there are other steps parents can take to help their children with this problem. He is seven years old. He did it with his coach and two other swimmers. They could die of smoking-related diseases. It may become illegal in California for a person to smoke in a vehicle when children are present. These can include cuts and bruises. Did you know that 390. When they finished. If a pregnant woman smokes. Parents should look for warning signs of bullying. the boy became the youngest swimmer to ever make the swim. car accidents and crime. Smoking can also cause some very serious diseases. parents and children should record each incident.000 Americans die each year from cigarette smoking? Smoking tobacco causes 1 out of 6 deaths. she has a greater chance of medical problems with her baby. He holds the record for being the youngest person to swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. If the problem continues. Many children keep bullying a secret. Even being around a person that is smoking can be unhealthy. Children should tell someone if they are being picked on. “The swimming. Some people become addicted to smoking. This second-grader read a magazine article. students and their parents should know the school's rules about bullying and what they should do if it happens. Many children start smoking before they reach high school. wanting to stay home from school. The article was about another boy who did the same swim. worrying.” Smoking Kills Smoking kills more Americans than AIDS. children should be taught to stand up for themselves.LISTENING ENGLISH with bullies. They run the risk of smoking most of their lives. Braxton’s mother was not always excited about the idea of her son doing the swim.

She says that she thinks this bill could protect kids’ health. One problem with spanking is that it teaches the child to hit someone when they do not like what the other person is doing. When a parent spanks a child. Some people think that their religion tells them that spanking is okay. These critics of SB 7 are calling it a “nanny government” measure. Many parents are not sure of what to do instead of spanking. The governor of California. Telling the child exactly what is wanted from them can be one thing. When he spanked his own children with his hand. This law would be called SB 7. he saw that he put a red mark on his child’s leg. They say that it gives government too much control over what people choose to do. He does not allow smoking in his car when his grandchildren are inside. Spanking Sometimes children do not do what their parents tell them to do. Another problem with spanking is that the parent is usually angry and can hit the child too hard. Kids who BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. It is easy for kids to get liquor by using fake identification. he said that he thought it was terrible.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 20 children are inside. Some people do not like this bill. The courts say that parents have the right to teach their children how to behave. He does not think that the government needs to tell people what they can or cannot do in their homes or cars. This senator said that he knows that smoking can be dangerous. he does not think that the government should make that decision. Other things should be tried before a parent decides to spank a child.HCM 20/7/2010 . When this does not work. His parents used a wooden spoon. Still. Giving a child more than one choice is another thing that can be tried. Parents may start to notice a change in their child’s behavior if the child starts drinking. they will use their hand or a hard object to strike them on their bottom. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not said whether he would sign the bill or not to make it a law. There are many things that a parent can do. They feel it is not as bad as taking drugs. Getting down to the child’s level and taking a more child-friendly approach can help as well. They also think drinking is not that bad because so many people do it. Sometimes parents will use spanking for everything and not try other ways to get the child to do the right thing. Some think that the law lets them do it. the parent usually punishes the child. a parent tries to help the child to do the right thing. He believes that it should be left up to the parents. She believes that this would make them think twice about smoking when kids are on the car. One thing that people have done is to spank the child. He never did that again. When he was asked what he thought about adults smoking in cars when children were inside. This is meant to show the child that they have done something wrong. One parent remembers being spanked when he was a child. He also believes that this bill infringes on parents' rights. A republican senator from Grass Valley does not support the bill. The senator from Long Beach thinks adults should be fined $100 for each violation. They think it is part of becoming an adult. When this happens. Teen Drinking Some kids start to drink alcohol at a young age. The author of the bill is a democratic senator from Long Beach.

The song does not call for teenagers to commit suicide. The group of boys said they were going to shoot him.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 21 drink sometimes stop doing things they normally liked to do. The parents think people should know what type of music their kids are listening to. The father said that they did not do anything about it. They wanted him dead because of his race. Children who get a lot of love can feel good about themselves. They act moody and do not have the same eating and sleeping habits. The two families blame the record company that made the record and the band. They can have firm rules in the home that everyone follows. The other died three years later. Threatened at School A man's son is leaving California to stay safe. They believe the music helped the boys to kill themselves. How you handle it can affect their attitude. They may keep telephone calls and meetings a secret and not want anybody to touch their things. The boy was threatened at school. too. even when they are at a party. One of the boy's father says he does not think this will be the last time parents will go to court for this. They think the school should have taken care of the problem. The court said that what was on the record was an accident of the sounds mixing together. Give the children good ideas on how to say "no" to drinking. Teen Suicide In 1985. Parents need to stay involved in their kids’ lives. It may be helpful to talk to other parents about setting up curfews and rules about parties or other events. A group of kids said they were going to hurt him. One boy died right away. Try not to overreact or panic if the child tries alcohol. The father called the police and filed a report. They also say that it takes time to find out exactly what happened. They listened to music by a band called Judas Priest. two boys spent an afternoon drinking beer. A judge said that the band and the record company did not get the two boys to kill themselves. He believes other bands will be held responsible for the music they make. The lawyer thinks the judge was very fair because the band did not put any secret words into their music. One lawyer said all music can be heard wrong. The boy and his father told people at the school about the threats. They should talk to their children about their problems to be aware of any changes. Parents can be the best protection. Later that evening they tried to kill themselves. They decided that the boy should leave the state in order to stay safe. An Oregon family who lost their son to suicide is thinking about going to court. They were also smoking. They want warning labels put on all records so people will know if the music is good or bad. The boy said he was very scared. They are going to go to court to get money from the record company and the band. They are looking into the threats. People from the school say that they take all threats seriously.HCM 20/7/2010 . The father and son are very upset. It helps them resist doing bad things even when other kids are doing them. Parents can also help set a good example by not drinking and driving. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Any song played backwards could make strange words.

Police and firefighter budgets were also cut. Some games let you shoot a gun at people on the screen. Some people are trying to change the way CPS works. These centers are important to them.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 22 Trying to Change CPS Child Protective Services is a group that tries to help kids. Some boys like to fight and they will use the computer to pretend to fight. They make this happen by putting kids in better homes. People who operate the centers are worried. They are often called CPS for short. They think that children should stay with family members if they can. The problem now is to get girls to learn computers while they are still young. play games. They visit families that might not be taking good care of their children. Many people are mad about this. The Child Protective Services want children to be safe. many of the pictures show violence. Some people think that the violence in the games is like growing up. Sometimes it is better to take children away from their parents for a while. They can get help with their homework. Video Games There are many kinds of computer games. Many of these people marched together to show that they want changes made in the way CPS works. Many youth centers are expected to be closed by the end of the summer. These activities are supervised by an adult. Teenagers at one facility are disappointed. These cuts could impact young people. The violence and sex are put in the game for boys. Funding may be eliminated for youth centers in the county. But what about girls? Girls need to be comfortable with computers so they can use them when they grow up. blood and body parts come off the body. If a body is hit. They say that the programs combined serve more than one thousand kids. Voters did not pass it. They try to help parents become better moms and dads while their kids are away. Another game shows a monster eating a person. A plan was presented that would give more money to the teen centers. They complain that they will have no place to go. They want their games to not have women shown without much clothing. This would leave young people with no place to go after school. These games were made by young men. Most computer games are not violent. Some pictures show women with very little clothes on. In another game. County supervisors have to cut a large amount of money from the county’s recreation budget. The people who make the games are worried that these kinds of games are not good for people to play. Playing computer games help kids to get involved with computers. Children are taken to another home. Youth Programs May Be Cut One county is facing severe budget cuts. They usually stay with other family members or a foster family. They do not get money if they place them with family members. One student said he got F’s in school before he BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.HCM 20/7/2010 . One game company wants less violence in the computer games. and get to know other kids. Right now CPS gets money if they place kids with foster families.

One parent says that he sees kids get into trouble if they have nothing to do. Banks are afraid that many customers might not let them continue to share personal information with others. we go to a place that has our ballots. Another person from a different country bought it and still has it on the Internet. Someone has decided to help people sell and buy their votes. A college student started this Web page. The Internet is a system with many people connected to it using their computers. we mark ballots and put them in a box. The centers are safe places for kids to hang out. To pick the person we want to elect. Kids can also learn a lot at the centers. The banks are not happy about this possible new bill. He was told to shut it down as well. or even write a check. go inside your bank. Banks say that it is already easy for people to protect their personal information. The information about buying and selling votes is on the Internet. Helping people to buy or sell votes is wrong. Both parents and teenagers are upset about the closings. Most banks feel that this is good enough. They vandalize the schools. A person in charge of the elections is mad. Right now you must tell the bank not to share your information with others if you do not want them to. California Governor Pulls Investments from Other Country BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. No one knows whether or not any voting was changed because of this web page. We vote for people to help make laws for us. This makes some people angry. He is going to try to stop those people who are selling and buying votes. Banks Share Information Your bank knows a lot about you. It knows how much money you have and how much money you spend.HCM 20/7/2010 .LISTENING ENGLISH started going to the center. They do not want any changes to be made. The law also says that we can not sell or give away our vote to someone else. Trang 23 Parents feel that reducing these teen programs will hurt their children. kids learn about ways to prevent teen pregnancy. Closing the teen centers will give them more time to do these things. The law says that we have the right to vote for the person we want. Some of these people are trying to pass a new bill that would stop it. Banks often share this information with other businesses. Buying and Selling Votes Every four years there is an election in the United States. Anyone with access to the Internet can read about buying and selling votes on a Web page. They often let others know what you are doing with your money. Programs about healthy eating and staying fit are offered. Banks collect information every time you use your ATM. Many people do not think banks should be able to share information like this with others. This bill would make banks ask for permission from their customers before sharing personal information. He will try to arrest those who are in charge. It was shut down. Hey says that they write graffiti on the walls. too. When we vote. Now he has raised his grades up to C's. Also.

many of the stores charge large amounts of money for their services. These stores that lend out money ask that they get paid extra for their services. The people who make the laws want to change that. The country gets help and the company makes money. They also give you light. That period in time is also known as the Holocaust. Check Cashing When people work. City Pays Late Utility Bills Utility bills are the bills you pay for things like gas and electricity. the paycheck is not given until the end of the month. People today do not want that to happen again. They also want to make the stores ask for less money for their services. There are so many people being killed that leaders of other countries are calling the war "genocide". they get paid with a paycheck. you are in debt. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. There are many people in California that wish the war in Sudan would stop. It is money that will be taken from a person’s paycheck when it comes. some people use a store that will give them money. Gas and electricity are what heat and cool your home. They do not want another Holocaust to happen in Sudan. they never seem to get out of debt. Right now there is a war going on in Sudan. The law says that California retirement funds can not spend money in a country called Sudan. Genocide is the term that was also used for all of the innocent people killed in World War II. The stores think it is the job of the people who borrow to get themselves out of debt. In order to get money. The people who make the laws want people to be able to pay back the borrowed money slowly. They think that those people who have to pay so much money back are losing too much of their money. If you do not pay your bills the services will be turned off. It is important to pay your utility bills. Sometimes people need the money before the paycheck is available. In fact. The country grows and makes more money and gives money back to the companies. Sudan is a very large country in Africa and most of the people there are very poor. Many times. They want people to be able to make regular payments. they will have to pay the store a very large sum of money plus the money they borrowed. People at that time were killed because of their religion. Genocide means that a political or racial group is being destroyed. This way. They encouraged the governor of California to sign the new law. They give them money so that they can buy the things they need. So when a person gets a loan from them. a person can spend some of the money before the end of the month.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 24 The governor of California signed a law. When you owe a lot of money. They think that if everyone stopped investing in Sudan that would make the leaders of that country stop the war. Many people are being killed. Companies help countries by investing in them. When that happens to poor people. Companies that invest in Sudan could be profiting from the war. The stores do not want people to make payments. Many people are being killed in Sudan and many others have lost their homes. That would be wrong.HCM 20/7/2010 . The law also states that schools can not invest money or make money in that country. Investing is usually a very good thing.

The tenants were very frustrated. If the city did not pay the bill. The family then pays back the money later. A judge will decide how much time the couple will spend in jail. The couple accused the restaurant of selling bad food. The city will be able to collect their $50. One man is building a house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. They decided to tell the judge they were guilty before their trial started. They were charged with making a false claim and attempting to steal money. Now she climbs up there and helps to build it. The company that helps the family wants the family to spend a lot of hours building their own home. He always wanted a house for his family. it is hard for them to buy things. Then the couple tried to get money. He said that there was a mix-up. This was not the first time it happened. Part of the deal is that the family helps to build the house. They were very upset when they found out why it was all shut off.000 in unpaid bills when the complex sells. The couple was arrested and went to jail. In one city. They tried to sue the restaurant. They say it is because of the lies the couple told. It also helps to pay for the land. People did not want to buy food from the restaurant when news of the finger spread. The tenants needed their power to be turned back on. there are a number of houses going up that are built by families. He also said that the apartments would be going up for sale.HCM 20/7/2010 . Couple Says They are Guilty A woman bought some chili at a fast food restaurant. The husband got the finger from a friend. She and her husband put a finger in the bowl of chili after she bought it. People living there thought that there was problem with the equipment. There is a company that helps people get a house to live in. The man in charge of the seventy apartments did not pay the utility bill. They had no electricity. The city already had to pay the bill two other times. They said the chili had the finger in it when they bought it. The wife was scared to go up on the roof. The friend got his finger cut off in an accident at work. Down Payment for Homes When a family does not have very much money. The utility company said that it might be a day before that could be done. They are pounding in the nails and putting up all of the boards. This helps to keep the cost of the house down. or air conditioning. But owning a home can cost a lot of money. His wife and his father are helping to build the house. The restaurant says that they lost a lot of money. The restaurant blames the couple for the loss of money. Both could be spending a lot of time in prison. The landlord was asked why he had not paid the bill. the tenants would not have any power. The police found out that the husband and wife were lying. hot water. Farmers Plant Different Crops BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. One thing that is important to have is a place to live.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 25 One local apartment complex had its gas and electricity turned off. The company helps to pay for the supplies.

These jobs pay higher wages.HCM 20/7/2010 . One reason is that there are a lot of construction jobs in the area. One man has been thinking about why the price has gone up. Every day. There are not enough workers to help them with the harvest. Gas Prices Increase a Penny a Day Most people drive a car every day. In California. Machines would damage the ripe peaches. Many farm workers come from Mexico. Bad weather had an impact on oil drilling.33 in the last month. Group that Saves Animals Given Phony Donation A group that takes care of animals was given a fake donation. This is because labor is cheaper in other nations than it is in the United States. Many people like to take long car trips in the summer. and must be picked by hand. The check that they received in the mail was for $95. One solution might be to allow Mexican workers to work here as guests. Special factories use oil to make gasoline. A shortage of oil means that less gasoline can be produced. That means that the price of gasoline will go up also. One farmer used to grow peaches. More trips will create more demand for gasoline. or shopping.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 26 Some farmers are having a hard time picking their crops. A factory that makes products from oil is called a refinery. They drive to work. That meant that less crude oil was available. Fewer are able to cross the border in order to work on the fruit farms. school. Gasoline is made from crude oil. He says that another reason for the price increase is the active hurricane season. It seems as if gasoline prices are going up more than they are dropping. They are fragile. The almonds fall on the ground and then are gathered up. 000. Almonds are harvested differently. The weather is nice so they go on vacation. Some farmers think there are two reasons why there is a shortage of farm workers. Another reason is that it has become more difficult to cross the border from Mexico into California. The group depends on donations to help the BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Farmers say that unless things change. It was for a very large sum of money. People are concerned about increasing gasoline prices. Then the farmer could not sell them. The cost of gasoline has steadily increased all year. Most Americans are very dependent on their cars. more produce will come from other countries. This will make the price go escalate even further. Many workers are taking construction jobs instead of picking fruit. the price has gone up $0. It does not take as many workers to pick them because a machine shakes the almond trees. but will soon switch to growing almonds. That would help them to provide for their family and help farmers harvest their crops. High demand for gasoline has made the price go up. gas prices go up more. Peaches require more labor to harvest. The farmer does not have to hire many workers to pick the almonds off the trees. It was difficult and dangerous for companies to drill for oil in the ocean. Then he will plant almond trees in their place. He knows that crude oil prices have gone up. One organization says that the price of unleaded gasoline has jumped 29 cents in the past month. This makes it hard for people to afford to travel by car. He is using a bulldozer to remove his peach trees.

They send money back and then find out that their donated checks have bounced. Their bank called to tell them that the check was not real. Trang 27 Ed Stewart is very thankful when somebody writes a check for the animal group. the prices have risen and are continuing to go up. Sometimes a house can be sold in a day or two. The note said that the donation was to help PAWS. Many people are rushing to buy a new house. the price of a house has gone up. Since homes are large. they cost a lot of money. Most people cannot pay all of the money for a house at one time. Many families live in homes all over the world. The bank deposited the check into the PAWS account. They told a reporter that several dozen organizations had received phone donations in their name.HCM 20/7/2010 . In California. There was a note that came with the donation in the mail. lions. They said that PAWS was not the first organization to receive a fake check. The publishing firm also talked to a local news station. They need to pay some money each month. Home Prices Owning a home is a dream for a lot of people. Low Air Fares BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. He works for them. The phony donation to PAWS had a Canadian postmark. They told PAWS that they did not know who sent the phony check. The publishing firm said it has notified authorities in the United States and Canada. They learned that the company did not send the check and was also a victim of the scam. The people who work at the bank said that the check looked real. But now they have to explain to people why their bills are not really paid. A few days later PAWS got a surprise. paid for animal food and paid some of their bills. They are told in the second letter that part of the money needs to be sent back. They depend on donations to help feed and take care of the animals. They wanted to add the money to their bank account.LISTENING ENGLISH animals. They take care of animals that used to perform and other rescued animals.000 in their account. PAWS took the check to their bank. Then PAWS started spending the money. In just the past year. Many people want to buy a house before the house costs too much. The animal group is called PAWS. Once an organization gets a fake check they get a second letter a few days later. The organizations usually get the second letter before their checks bounce. They bought equipment. They were very happy when they got the check. The check bounced and there was no longer $95. PAWS contacted the firm that they thought donated the money. Many people want to be able to buy their own home. PAWS did not actually lose money. It looked like it was from a company called O'Reilly Media. They have elephants. PAWS did not receive a second letter from the crooks before their check bounced. The note was short but looked official. there are a lot of people who want it. bears and lots of other animals at their shelters. When a new house becomes available. The money that PAWS thought they had was gone.

California is getting a new look. The owner of the mall is spending a billion dollars to make similar changes to its malls in Southern California. Now is a good time to buy plane tickets at a low price. If you do not follow the rules you may have to pay more money. Lunar Real Estate A business called Lunar Embassy is selling property on the moon. They do not say they own it.000 on Mars. Their malls have a great look and feel to them and are called "lifestyle centers". Some people want to know if it is legal to sell deeds to lunar property. A treaty says that no country can own planets or moons. The tickets may not really be a very good deal.00 a parcel. Owners of other malls in California want that look and feel too. Many airlines are selling cheap tickets. The person who runs Lunar Embassy filed a paper that says he owns them all. They get a deed that says where their property is on the moon. They hope that the new look will make people want to shop even more. The owner of Lunar Embassy is making $3000 to $4000 a day. but all you will have is a piece of paper. People need to be very careful when buying these tickets. One business bought many deeds to give to its customers. They will sell more tickets now because they cost less money. These cheaper plane tickets come with many rules. He says that countries that explore in space will have to buy from him. The Attorney General of California says it may be a scam. One says he will sell it if someone wants to buy it. A woman from a news station says that there are good prices now. He is selling property on the moon and Mars. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.” Lifestyle centers are not only about shopping but dining. If changes need to be made it will cost a lot of money. Mall Makeovers Lots of people love to shop in Los Angeles. But it does not say that people cannot own planets or moons. they will be trespassers. Otherwise. and living as well. They want to create a lifestyle center. Buyers also need to use their tickets before the middle of December.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 28 Flying on a plane can cost a lot of money. They want to stay competitive with other malls. She also says that you need to be careful. You need to be sure that you want these tickets before buying them. The city is working with the mall’s owner to open it up to the surrounding streets. It is located downtown.HCM 20/7/2010 . He does not know why anyone would want to buy land on Mars. It sells 175 to 200 parcels a day. American astronauts have gone to the moon. One mall in Sacramento. The airlines will not lose any money by selling these cheaper tickets. working. He has sold 11. People really seem to love these new lifestyle centers.000 parcels on the moon and 1. Some people have bought deeds to moon property. The first change they will be working on is to make the food court face the street instead of the interior of the mall. People pay $16. They are sure that many people will buy them. One of them says you can buy a deed if you want.

000. One retired man bought a lottery ticket. They will get $250. He signed up to be on the “do not call” list but still got a lot of calls. He thought that he had won $1. Telemarketers are not supposed to call people who are on the “do not call” list. He offers detailed instructions on a Web site that he created. Man Gets Calls and Sues Telemarketers are people who call homes trying to sell things or services. He decided to look at his numbers again. Man Realizes He Is a Lottery Winner A man has a winning lottery ticket. He listed the numbers that were on his ticket onto his computer. Therefore. Lotto is a game of luck played by using lottery tickets. This man believes that Americans are tired of telemarketers who break the law. He saw that the winning jackpot ticket had been sold at the same store where he bought his ticket. They will be able to choose between the new lifestyle centers and improved malls. he did not realize that he had the winning ticket.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 29 One man who recently moved from Los Angeles said that he thinks people love all of the flash. Once he looked at his numbers a second time.000 from telemarketers who would not take no for an answer. Others will be updating their storefronts but are keeping the same layout. The city wants to maintain an assortment in the shopping experience. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. One man is fed up with calls from telemarketers. If people do not like to be called by telemarketers they can sign up to be on a “do not call” list. He would also like to buy a bigger home for himself and help out his family and friends. People can buy tickets in hopes of matching numbers and winning some money. The store that sold the winning ticket also wins some money. The man said that he plans to live the same way he always has. The man said that he has been playing the same numbers for 20 years. If they do call these people they can get in trouble. He sued them. They can be fined $500 for each call that they make after they have been told to stop calling. It is their job to call people. Other malls in the Sacramento area are also going to be undergoing facelifts soon too. He accidentally listed the numbers incorrectly. He took some of them to court. They may even choose both! One shopper said that it really doesn't matter to her what the lifestyle center or mall looks like. People will have choices for shopping.217. He kept a list of telemarketers who continued to call his home. He would like to save some of the money for his grandchildren to go to college. This list tells telemarketers not to call phone numbers that are on the list. This man said that if others are interested in suing telemarketers they will need to keep good records. So far this man has collected over $13. he realized that he had matched all six numbers. He thinks that it all makes people want to go to the mall and spend money. Many people have visited his Web site.HCM 20/7/2010 . He says that they are drawn to the music and lights. He would win $50 million. She just wants to make sure that they have the shops she wants to go to.

This man is the 31st jackpot winner from the county. The poor and older people without much money will also be hurt by higher prices. The court does not want the cost to go any higher.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 30 This is the second largest jackpot ever sold in this county. The bill will give money to teachers who take classes to learn more about teaching. New Sewer Rates in Small Town The state of California has new clean water standards. The governor of California wants to help low-performing schools do better on these tests. Teachers are needed to help this happen. If they do not. The money required to improve a facility is passed on to customers as a rate increase. Some schools do not do very well on these tests. People hope that this will make teachers want to teach in schools that are not doing as well as others. It can be hard for teachers to see their students not do well. There was not enough rain in some parts of the country last year. A California court wants to keep the cost down. One small city is facing a very large increase in sewer rates. The price of milk from other states might not be as high. Many teachers at these low-performing schools get frustrated and quit. When permits at a sewage treatment plants expire the facility must rebuild in order to meet the new regulations. This is not true for people who live in small cities.HCM 20/7/2010 . When a sewage plant is upgraded all of the customers in the area share the cost of the improvements. This means that all counties in the state will need to meet these standards. This means that he would get extra money for doing a great job. They will also get more money if they teach in the low-performing schools. Families with many children buy a lot of milk. Some people are saying that they will not be able to afford the cost. High milk prices will be very hard for some people. California already has high milk prices. Their rates will more than double. Some of them leave to teach at schools where scores are usually higher. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. The court said that more milk from other states can be sold in California. Other teachers look for jobs at schools that pay more money. their milk will not sell. If a teacher is able to make test scores better he might get a bonus. The bad weather may mean that a gallon of milk will cost 41-cents more after October 1. Milk Prices The price of milk may be going up. Their costs will increase quite a bit. Money Helps Teachers Students have to take tests every year to see how much they are learning. This will make all the milk sellers lower their prices. People will buy the cheaper milk. As permits expire in large cities the cost to customers should not be too much because there are a lot of people living there. Some states got enough rain so their cost did not go up. Many people hope that this extra money will make teachers want to teach at these schools. The leader of California recently signed a bill that he hopes will help struggling schools.

It would cost his family fiftytwo cents per hour for sewer service. If you do not earn very much money. Many poor people do not know about this credit. There are people who are trying to teach others about this tax credit. It takes a lot of time from a number of workers to do the job. Many Latino families do not know about this. The only way to get the tax credit is to return this form. If they do not have a new plant up and running by the time their current permit expires they will be punished. That will be about $3 each time he needs to flush the toilet. He started building the pool but never finished. One man said that his new sewage rates would be higher than his property taxes. Many had the pool started a long time ago but the man never came back to finish it. They will have to pay much more money than a person living in a very large city. Families like to have pools so everyone can cool off during the hot summer months. sometimes you will have to pay taxes. They hope to get some help with this problem. many people like to go swimming. It is called the Earned Income Tax Credit. Most people who do not owe large amounts of taxes usually do not send in a tax return form. there is a way to get some of the tax money back. Many people now have part of a pool in their yard that is not done. Putting a pool in the backyard can be a lot of work. Very few of them have received this credit. Now they have to pay another BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. If you get paid for working.4 million to update the current facility in one small city. One person told people that he would build them a pool in their backyard. you do not always get what you earn. The money collected helps pay for a number of different things. He had them pay him money for the whole job. But many of them do not fill out and send in a tax return form. Many more small areas will face the same problem very soon. It will cost about 10 times more to pour a glass of water down the drain than it does to fill the glass in the first place. They will face fines of several thousand dollars each day for being out of compliance with new clean water standards. One person is paying for announcements. A lot of supplies are needed to finish the job. It helps people who do not earn much money to pay much less in taxes each year. One place to swim is in a pool in someone’s backyard. The people who paid money to this man will not get their money back. They end up paying a lot more in taxes. Pool Scam When it is hot outside. These announcements explain how to get the tax credit. The man is now in jail for taking their money and not finishing the job.HCM 20/7/2010 . It takes a lot of equipment to put one in the ground. You must do this if you want to get the tax credit. The money that pays for this credit comes from other taxes that are collected. Only 83 families live in this area.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 31 It will cost about $6. The people that live there have prepared reports and gathered signatures to give to lawmakers in Sacramento. They hope to get help from lawmakers before this happens. Pay Lower Taxes (Earned Income) When you work.

He believes that gas could cost more money because there is not enough to sell to everyone who wants it. The hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast hurt our ability to make and ship gas. Ready. They should have not paid all of the money to the man until he was finished with the job. For some people. They can not produce enough electricity for everyone.HCM 20/7/2010 . This busy shopping day is called “Black Friday. President Bush said oil companies need to build new refineries. The storms hurt some refineries that make gas and oil from crude oil. Many people want something done about it. Doing this could really help. shopping is a big part of their Thanksgiving tradition as well. watch football. Other people want to pay only part of their electric bill. Most people in California think that the problem with the power comes from the electric companies who want more money. President Asks People to Conserve Fuel President Bush asked many people to help with a big oil problem. He also said that companies would not have to follow some rules about what they put in the gasoline. The President wants everyone to be able to get the gas that they need.” Recently. The President wants everyone to conserve gas by not driving as much. Many stores have sales on that day. The company that makes the electricity wants to charge people more money for it. It takes more time to fix refineries that are damaged.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 32 company to come in and finish their pool. He would like more people to use public transportation too. the day after Thanksgiving has been the busiest shopping day of the year. Oil companies shut down 16 refineries before the storm. Power Protest The state of California has a problem. the power company will charge them more later. They are afraid that they will have to pay even more money later. The supply of gas has been hurt. They share a festive meal. The Gulf Coast supplies about one fourth of the oil and gas that the United States needs. They think that if they pay more now. researchers have noticed another busy shopping day. Some people put their name on a letter to protest it. even if they are not hurt by the storm. President Bush said that he would open a supply of oil that is only for emergencies. Spend! Most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. It is the BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Some people met to talk about the increase in the cost of electricity. For many years. This day is a little different. The shoppers are looking for bargains. The letter they signed went to the governor. Click. He said that recent storms showed that we are not able to make enough gas and heating oil. Doing this should help to get gas where it is needed. Some people who met want to stop paying so much money for electricity. It takes time to get them going again. They sent one to the power company as well. Many people go to the sales so they can save money. and enjoy each other’s company.

The survey found that shoppers in one city will spend one third of their holiday budget online. He has some helpful tips to keep shoppers safe. This does not mean some of the trees cannot be cut. Their personal banking information could be stolen. wildlife. Type the retailers’ address into your browser yourself. Shopping online is a new way for people to shop. Sensible Driving Can Save Fuel The price of gas has been going up. Some cities have more online shoppers than others. or gas pedal. The accelerator. It can even affect our climate. and water quality. If you decide to shop online. The streams do not fill with dirt and the animals are not destroyed.” On this day. The link could lead to a fake site. the more gas you use. One organization took a survey. They are afraid to use their credit card on a Website. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. follow these rules: First. most shoppers still do not want to buy online. He says that online shoppers should use caution when they shop online. Credit cards are a safer choice.HCM 20/7/2010 . This also means that the forest's trees are not all the same kind. They have value. The survey predicts that more people will shop online in the future. Many people want to know how they can conserve fuel. Save the Forest A change is coming in the forest. don’t follow an email link to a shopping Website. It means that you plant new trees when the old ones are cut. The survey found that 80 percent of Internet users buy gifts online. The water level in the ground changes. Scientists are trying to make the logging companies stop clear cutting. They are afraid that shopping sites could be hacked into. We do not know when it will end. Driving at a steady speed helps to save how much gas you use. The Monday after Thanksgiving has become known as “Cyber Monday. Both the loggers and the forest scientists are trying to agree on things. The faster you drive. It changes everything when the all the trees are cut. They have to balance the lumber we need with the forest's protection. animals. You should see a little lock at the bottom of the screen.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 33 busiest day of the year for online shopping. The best way to conserve fuel is to change driving habits. They worry that retail Websites are not secure. But. has a lot to do with how much gas you use. It just means all the trees in one place cannot be cut at one time. Accelerating slowly to get to the speed you want to go helps conserve gas too. But holiday shoppers will still shop in stores to find good bargains. too. They fear that their credit card number will be stolen. the land does not erode. The forest is a beautiful place that people should be able to enjoy. make sure that you are shopping on a secure server. We have to protect the fish. A good rule seems to be not to cut more than you grow each year. Many plants and animals disappear. They are leaving many dead trees so small animals will have homes. One last tip is to avoid using debit cards online. An expert in preventing fraud says shoppers should be careful. They are leaving many trees alone to give shade and shelter for animals. This is called fraud. and water depend on each other. This seems very import to the survival of the forests. Also. The industry is beginning to cut trees this way. Drivers should slow down a bit to conserve fuel. The picture means you are on a secure server and it’s safe to shop. more and more shoppers buy their holiday gifts online. The trees. When trees are cut in this way.

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The more you drive your car, the more gas you use. Think about the places you need to go before leaving your home. You should run as many errands that you need to do in one trip. Always try to pick the shortest route when going somewhere. Cars that are in good working condition use less fuel. Take care of your vehicle. Make sure the engine is running well and is tuned-up often. Have a mechanic check it if something seems wrong. Tires are important too. Keep the tires inflated properly on a car. It will help the vehicle roll better and will get you better mileage. If a car's tires are worn then they should be replaced. Finally, think about using your car less. Walk or ride a bike if you do not have far to go. Carpool or take public transportation when you can. Leaving your car at home really saves gas. There are many ways a person can conserve fuel. These are just a few ideas that can help you save some money at the gas pump. Try changing the way you drive and see how much it saves you!

Some New Cars Save Gas
Gasoline prices are getting higher and higher. Drivers have to pay more to fill their cars with gas. The prices make it hard for drivers to afford the fuel. Some drivers are looking for solutions. They want to find a way to solve this problem. Car makers are also looking for was to lower gas prices. One auto group hosted a special event. The event was designed to display new kinds of cars. The new cars don’t run on gasoline. Their engines are different. They run on alternative fuels. These new kinds of cars burn many different kinds of fuel. Some of these cars are called hybrids. Hybrids run on a combination of gasoline and electricity. Other cars run on natural gas. Another kind of car runs on a special fuel cell. The cell is filled with a gas called hydrogen. All of these cars use less gasoline. That makes them less expensive for people to drive. The fuel cell cars are also better in another way. They give off no emissions. They are very clean, and don’t give off bad fumes when they run. Cars that run on gasoline give off harmful fumes. These fumes pollute the air. Air pollution is very bad for the environment. One man who makes fuel cell cars is excited about hydrogen fuel cell technology. He says we will never run out of the source of the fuel, but we may run out of oil. Oil is a fossil fuel, and comes from deep in the ground. Once we use it up, it will take millions of years for more oil to form. Since gasoline is made from oil, that could be a problem for companies who make traditional cars, and for drivers. However, it won’t be a problem for cars that run on fuel cells. Many people are happy that they will have an alternative to gasoline cars, but they worry about the cost of fuel cell cars. Right now they are very expensive. One man says that if he buys a fuel cell car, he will have to drive it thousands of miles before he breaks even. Manufacturers say that fuel cell cars won’t be affordable for about ten years. The manufacturer says that fuel cell cars will save drivers money in another way. Drivers will have to spend less money on maintenance. There are no big moving parts in the engine. If something goes wrong, an owner can plug a laptop into to check it out. Most repairs will be made by computer programs instead of mechanics. Buses that run on hydrogen fuel cell power are being tested on the roads. They could become a common form of transportation in the near future.

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Sprewell Reinstated
A man who choked someone got his job back. He played basketball for a professional team. The league told him he could not play after he hit and choked his coach. If he can stop from getting angry, the player can play again. The league made the decision to let him play again. He said that the team and the league can not punish the player for the same act. Such a thing has never happened before. Some people are not happy the player got his job back. The owner of the team was shocked. A league leader said that in other jobs a person would get fired for choking his boss. A person on the street said basketball players are paid to be role models. They should behave themselves. Some people want him to come back. A player on the team said he would not mind if the player helps the team win. Another player said the player got some money back but others will not respect him. A person on the street thought that the coach was to blame. The player had to stop playing for 68 days. It was the longest in basketball history. The team will have to pay him the rest of his salary. He will lose more than six and a half million dollars.

Students Protest High Fees
Many students are unhappy. They are frustrated that the cost of going to a university in California is going up. Some of the students are protesting. One woman is very upset. She does not think students should have to pay more money. She said that the university passed an agreement to increase tuition. She said that under the new agreement fees will continue to rise until 2011. The vote by the California State University board includes 23 college campuses. The cost for going to a university has increased by 76 percent over the last four years. Increasing the cost to go to a university will make it too hard for some students to stay in school. One student said that he thinks the fee increases are going to force many people out of school. He explained that it is already difficult to pay for food, bills, and housing. "You know the stories about eating a lot of Top Ramen? Sometimes that's true. You've got to make do with what you've got," he said. A spokesman from the University system said that they do not want to raise student fees. The system has had $500 million in state funding cut over the last ten years. They need to raise fees so they will have more money to pay for their costs. He also said that one big cost is the salary increase for faculty and staff administration. Administrators are saying that the increase in student fees helps to pay for teacher salaries. Instructors say that is not true. They say that the law states that teacher salaries can not come from student fees. The instructors say that their salary increases are not the reason that student fees have been raised. That would be against the law. Right now students pay about $3,300 a year for tuition. The increase will raise tuition to about $3,550 in September 2007. Students want the cost of education to be lowered. They believe that it should be affordable.

Children From Russia Spend Summers in California
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LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 36 In the year 1986 there was a terrible explosion. The explosion was at a nuclear power plant in the another country called Ukraine. The radiation caused a lot of damage. It contaminated the soil and other things. People lived in the area when the explosion happened. Twenty years later those people are still suffering. Effects from the explosion will go on for a long time. Over two million people still live in the contaminated areas. Only 56 people died from the explosion but many other problems have been caused because of it. Some types of cancer are more than 200 times above world average. Many children have cancer now and birth defects have doubled since the accident. Some people in the United States are worried about the children living there. One group has been trying to raise money. They are called the Chernobyl Children's Project. They want to bring children from the Ukraine to the U.S. each summer. A spokesperson for the group says that radiation is the highest in the summertime so it is a good time to get the children out of the country. They want to help the children get away for a little while. The Project wants them to be safe from radiation. It costs $1,500 to bring each child to the United States for six weeks. The group raised enough money to bring 28 children to the United States. They children were able to do lots of fun things. They enjoyed clean air, healthy food, and plenty of outdoor fun. One little nine year-old girl who got to come to the United States said that she likes America. A spokesperson for the Project said that the children that come to America during the summer miss less school when they return home.

Computers in the Classroom
Kids are going all over the world without ever leaving their school. They are using their computers. A school in California could be the most wired school in America. They are wired to the Internet through their computers. Thirty students are able to use the Internet every day. The kids are between the grades of kindergarten and fifth grade. The teacher says that it is hard to get them away from the computers. They do not even want to go to recess. Internet has opened the world to many people. Now students can go to any library on earth. They can get information. They can visit a child in another country. Laura Bacon likes to visit with other students. She's going to Peggy's page. Peggy is a school student in London, England. She put her own home page on the Internet. It includes pictures of Peggy, her school, her mom, dad and friends. You can send her mail, too. A scientist helped to wire the school. He says, "There is a plan to connect 12 thousand California schools to the Internet." Wiring schools in California can cost a lot of money. It needs to be done on volunteer effort or schools will not be able to afford it. They think that it will cost as much as fifty billion dollars. Some people say that the money should be spent on teachers instead of computers. Some people say that it would be worth it to wire all of the classrooms.

Dogs Help Children Become Better Readers
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In one town in California. their blood pressure and heart rates go down. and the dogs love the attention. Many families are very happy to get this extra help for their children. Some dogs help police find criminals. The library and the teachers are very happy with the program. Anyone under 18 years of age can get a free breakfast and lunch in this school district. The children can read at their own pace. One school district has taken steps to make sure all of their kids are fed. The dogs are trained to be calm and quiet. It can be hard to concentrate and work when you are hungry. The local library is trying to encourage kids to enjoy reading more. Parents can call their school to ask where their kids can get these free meals. The serve as warm and caring friends to children. Some dogs assist people who are blind. Some therapy dogs go into places such as hospitals and nursing homes. deaf. The kids find it less intimidating than reading in front of their class. The children are invited to meet at the library. therapy dogs have become children’s reading buddies.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 37 Dogs are a very popular pet in the Unites States. or have trouble getting around. They listen very well. Now all kids can participate. Sometimes. Bodies and minds work better when they are well nourished. They are paired up with a PAWS therapy dog and can read to the dog. They are calmer. They signal their owner to lie down and be calm. Other dogs are trained to sniff out drugs or explosives. The dogs help to brighten their day. The dogs are quiet and attentive. reading in front of their peers makes kids nervous. they just listen calmly.HCM 20/7/2010 . They enjoy spending time with people." A very special group of dogs are known as “Therapy Dogs. It is only served at some of the schools. When the patients visit with the dogs. Fun Reading Show BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Eight of these special dogs have been trained to be listening companions for young readers. as well. They don’t judge a child who cannot read well. In the past the meals were only served during the school year. The training allows them to go into public buildings and comfort people in need. Children can now get breakfast and lunch during the summer too. Thanks to this program many children are getting the food they need all year long. These therapy dogs are making a difference in the life of the children they visit.” These dogs are family pets with special training. The children look forward to reading to the dogs. The dogs make a great audience. It is very important for children to be well fed. the patients are cheered up. The government spends over one million dollars a year on this free food program. Amazingly. but some dogs have very special jobs to do. but they also do more. Free Food for Kids Some children are sent to school with empty stomachs. some dogs can tell when their owner is about to have a seizure. Therapy dogs can improve people’s health. Loud noises and unfamiliar places don’t frighten them. Studies show that when people pet animals. Most dogs just live with their families. Other therapy dogs work in schools and libraries. and their mood improves. Students of low-income families used to have to sign up for the free meal program. The dogs belong to a therapy dog group called PAWS for Healing. Dogs that help their owners are called "Assistance Dogs. and look forward to their visits. They enjoy petting the dogs.

That person has to answer questions about books and reading. One thing that makes people overweight is eating too much junk food. We wanted to show them that exercise can be fun. It can make them overweight. They list "google" as a verb. When children have too much fat and sugar in their diets. It also has a new meaning. Reading helps you understand things. One of the things they do is a game show with someone in the audience. Chips. He asked the students for a commitment to stay healthy. The governor also took a walk with the children. adults. He invited several other health groups. candy and sugary snacks are called junk food. Teenagers and children eat a lot of junk food.HCM 20/7/2010 . They also eat a lot of junk food. It limits the sale of junk food and soda in school cafeterias.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 38 Knowing how to read is very important. Many new technology words have become common." "Google" is now an official part of the English language. People are less productive when they weigh too much. "Google" is one of 100 new words that were included in the new dictionary. and families to read. It means to search the Internet. Governor Wants Kids to Eat Healthy Many people are concerned about the health of children in this country. “Google” is the name of a popular Internet search engine. A person could say "I wanted to know more about volcanoes so I googled it. "Mouse potato" is someone who spends a lot of time in front of a computer. The governor of California wants children to be healthier. It is also a proper noun. Junk food is not healthy for people. They will win a prize if they get the questions right. they can become overweight or even obese. They go to schools all over California and perform. He talked to the children about staying healthy. It is an adjective. It wants to get as many people involved in reading as they can. They will travel to many different places. This program is a tour that goes to different places. This makes terms like "google me" part of the English language. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Being overweight is a problem that costs money. One big problem is that children are becoming more overweight. Some studies say that teenagers drink soda every day and eat too much fast food. as well as children. They also have more health issues when they are overweight. Google It! The word “google” has many uses. "Ringtone" is the sound of a cell phone ringing. It has two funny people putting on a show. Many people want to get more children. It gets people watching it to be a part of it. used to describe very large numbers. The dictionary's editors say that this just means that the public has adopted the term. He asked them to exercise more and to stay away from junk food. Most junk food contains too much fat and sugar. The show is part of a program that costs a lot of money. The writers of a new edition of a dictionary have used it as a verb. He held a special summit meeting to talk about the problem. We use them every day and don’t even think about them. Many other words are based on technology. A special program was created to help others learn about reading. The governor also signed a new law. The program puts on a show that is 20 minutes long.

The story made other people want to donate letters. She is urging others to write to soldiers in Iraq. The atheist man filed a similar case on behalf of his daughter a while ago. The school districts were disappointed with the judge’s decision. She knows that the soldiers appreciate the letters. just as Ford did many years ago. The museum feels that it’s important to remember the war. They decided to donate the letters to a history museum. She believes that it’s important to say thank you to the soldiers. far way from their home. They do not like it because it refers to one nation “under God. The story was posted on the internet. This time a judge ruled that public school children should not be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in class.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 39 Lawmakers hope that this new law will stop children from eating so much junk food. The courts thought that he might be right. She says that a letter would bring a smile to a soldier’s face. The soldiers were in combat. The history museum is still interested in Vietnam-era letters written to or from soldiers. One woman thinks Ford is an inspiration. Her letters to the soldiers made them feel better. One woman gave the museum more than 200 letters that she wrote to her husband while he was stationed in Vietnam. Small gifts and letters would make the soldiers feel better. She had saved them for many years. Earlier this year.HCM 20/7/2010 . She thought others would be interested in them. Peggy also kept the letters that the soldiers wrote back to her. The museum is happy to have the letters. A news station filmed a story about Peggy Ford and the letters. Many people called the museum. Cookies and other treats could be sent with the letters. The men were soldiers who were fighting in the Vietnam War. an old woman named Peggy Ford wrote letters to some men. They said that they would continue to recite the Pledge of Allegiance until they were ordered to stop. The lawsuit was filed to try to stop the Pledge of Allegiance from being recited in public schools. Ford’s children discovered the letters in her attic. Historic Letters Get Responses Many years ago. They feel that the soldiers’ stories of the war are valuable. They hope this will help make children healthier in the state. They tell us about a time in history by the the people living through it. They tell the story of the war better than anyone else could. He lost the case. The judge said that it was unconstitutional. They offered to donate their letters from that era. Many people saw the story. They wanted there to be a full-court review of the case. They said that it was unclear if he had legal custody of his daughter. He agreed to sign a restraining order stating that children could not recite the Pledge in the three school districts involved in the lawsuit. caring woman. Some atheist families are not happy that children recite the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. but they decided not to rule.” One atheist man filed a lawsuit on behalf of three families. and read about Ford’s letters to the soldiers. and they liked to get the letters from Peggy. She plans to write many letters to soldiers. People who do not believe in God are called atheists. The workers there suggest that people contact their local history center or museum if they have similar letters. The letters show a personal perspective of the war. Peggy Ford was a kind. Letters like Peggy Ford's are considered pieces of history. They missed their families. Peggy Ford died more than 30 years ago. Judge Decides Part of Pledge is Unconstitutional Some people do not believe in God. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. She thinks the letters would be a good way to do that. They are a valuable part of history.

kids from a local high school are working hard. Most of the juveniles that are put in jail will break the law again when they are let go. There are many young people in jail. Lawmakers Pass a Drug Bill BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. They are worried that the violent juveniles will be let go and that they will break the law again. He does not think jails help juveniles at all. Juveniles are people who are young. They are selling their special coffee to airplane passengers. One man that was in jail when he was young said that he learned bad things there.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 40 Kids' Cafe Every morning. A group of people want to try it in California. Some people think that by putting them in small group homes it will help the kids become better people. They say that it has worked. Most customers are pleasant but some are unhappy. They want to put small groups of them in settings that are more like homes. He was not taught how to make good decisions. Counselors can talk to them about crime and try to teach them that it is bad. He said that he only learned how to become more violent. They do not like it if the coffee cafe is not open for business. When juveniles are in these special homes they can get help. Sometimes the juveniles hurt each other when they are there. Other people do not think that the homes are a good idea. After the students get paid. They have to learn how to steam milk. These people want anyone who breaks the law to be punished and put in jail. Many of the students enjoy the work although it took some time to learn how to do it.10 an hour plus tips. These students can make up to twelve hundred dollars a day. Many adults want the violence in jail to stop. Adults need to decide how best to help them. It can be very dangerous in these jails. They also get school credit while they learn how to run a business. load the pots. Many people who fly on the planes like to drink the special coffee. Some of the young people even kill themselves. Some states have already tried this plan. They are also making a lot of money. These jails are for juveniles.HCM 20/7/2010 . Kids In Jail . They think that this will help the the young people learn and stay safe. The students earn $6. They are making and selling special coffee at a coffee cafe.A New Plan When young people break the law they are put into a special kind of jail. It is usually very crowded. The most common mistake is forgetting to add the coffee. It takes some skill and sometimes mistakes are made. These high school students use a space in the Oakland airport. A group of people think that there is a better way to help the juveniles in jail. the rest of the money goes to helping a local youth project. and add flavor. One customer thinks that the coffee costs a lot but it is good and worth it. Hopefully this will help the young people make better choices when they leave.

Some schools do not do very well on these tests. The agency has told high schools to do what the bill says by 2008. Football players can get hurt. Money Helps Teachers Students have to take tests every year to see how much they are learning. Football is not the sport that sends most kids to the hospital. He also said that getting hurt is one of the risks players have to take. The students would promise not to use drugs called steroids. The governor did not sign the other bill. Many high schools are in favor of the bill. The players must promise not to take drugs. Therefore. Playing safe can minimize the risk of injury. If athletes learn about the drugs. they will know that they are bad for their bodies. Coaches and their athletes would be taught about the dangers of steroids. At least two young football players have recently been hurt very badly. The new law would make student athletes sign a promise. It was introduced last year by a senator from San Francisco. they are bad for the body. Many other high schools are doing the same thing. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Steroids make some athletes faster and stronger. A bill similar to Senate Bill 37 was sent to the governor last year. Sometimes children are seriously hurt while playing a sport. Sheldon High School began to teach athletes and coaches about drugs. The coach also said that life-threatening injuries are rare. Many of them wonder if football is too dangerous. They have to be taken to the hospital. People hope that this bill will help end drug use. Many Student Athletes Hurt Playing Football Some parents worry about their kids playing sports. Football is a contact sport.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 41 The state Senate approved a bill for the governor to sign on Thursday. not games. The high school also requires signed promises from players. But. Kids that are hurt while playing basketball are sent to the hospital more often than those playing football. it is important to always play safe. Part of the bill requires that high school coaches be trained. People can get hurt playing almost any sport. A football coach said that players can be taught how to play safe. They think many students use steroids. The bill is called Senate Bill 37.HCM 20/7/2010 . Practice and good instruction are very important. Their students have to sign an agreement not to use drugs. An agency in charge of the rules for high school sports is also in favor of the bill. The Sheldon High football coach thinks the bill is a good idea for the athletes. it becomes a law. They want to raise awareness about steriods. It can be hard for teachers to see their students not do well. If the governor signs the bill. They are teaching their coaches about drugs. At least half of all sports injuries to children happen during practice. The creators of the bill want to stop student athletes from using drugs. One college football player said that he has had four or five concussions.

The leader of California recently signed a bill that he hopes will help struggling schools. Teens can drive their brothers and sisters to school. There were two other passengers in the car who were also hurt. The new law states that teen drivers cannot have passengers in their car who are under the age of 20 unless there is another licensed driver over the age of 25 in the car too. They need to keep a note in their car stating why they need to drive. They could be sent to jail for up to a year and be fined $2.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 42 Many teachers at these low-performing schools get frustrated and quit. Parents Arrested When Students Skip School The law says that all children must go to school. Some of them leave to teach at schools where scores are usually higher. If a child does not go to school. These children have had at least 30 unexcused absences. They will also get more money if they teach in the low-performing schools. There are some exceptions to the new driving laws. New Driving Laws for Teens There are new laws for teenage drivers. This is against the law. It is very important that everyone learns about and understands these new laws. This means that he would get extra money for doing a great job. Some students said that they know about the laws but do not obey them. Some teenagers are breaking the law by driving with friends in their cars. These laws need to be followed for the first year that a teen driver has his license. Many people hope that this extra money will make teachers want to teach at these schools. People hope that this will make teachers want to teach in schools that are not doing as well as others. If the laws are going to work they will need to be followed. and 5 a. The law also states that teenagers cannot drive between the hours of 11 p. They want to drive with their friends. The driver of the car was 16 years old. If a teacher is able to make test scores better he might get a bonus. They will face charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The accident reminded some people of how important the new laws are for teenage drivers. the parent could get into some big trouble. Many more teenagers die in car crashes than adults. One county said that they have 90 parents that have failed to send their children to school on a regular basis.500. New laws were made to help keep young drivers safer. It is a parent’s responsibility to send their children to school. Maybe the teenage girl would still be alive if the law was followed. Other teachers look for jobs at schools that pay more money. She was a passenger in a car. A teenage girl died in a car crash. Many parents will be arrested. They have been told that they BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.HCM 20/7/2010 .m. The bill will give money to teachers who take classes to learn more about teaching. The police will visit these families. The laws were written to hopefully save lives.m. The governor of California wants to help low-performing schools do better on these tests. Some parents do not know about these new laws. They can also drive during off-limits hours because of work or medical reasons. Teachers are needed to help this happen. The parents that will be arrested have been talked to many times before.

LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 43 need to make sure their kids go to school. Now they will see that the school and the police are very serious.

Parents Warned About Technology and Drug Use
Cell phones and the Internet are great ways to stay in touch with people. There are other things that teenagers have been doing with this kind of technology too. Some things teenagers have been doing while on the Internet and cell phones are bad. Everyone used to be worried about sexual predators when their teens used the Internet. Today they have even more to worry about. One big concern about kids using technology today is drug use. The Internet and cell phones have become ways that some kids get drugs or learn how to use them. They are able to contact drug dealers without their parents knowing about it. This is a very serious concern to many people. The government is saying that parents need to watch what their kids are doing on the Internet and who they talk to on the phone. Many parents have no idea what their kids are doing while online. One man was shocked when he saw how much information was online showing how to use drugs, make drugs, and buy drugs. There are some things that parents can do to help. Software products are available that can help with this problem. They can monitor activity on the Internet. This will let parents see what kind of sites their kids have been visiting. Also, parents should keep computers in a common room of the house. It is much harder to be secretive when the family is always near.

Police Arrest Parents
Sometimes kids skip school. This means that they do not go to school. Kids need to go to school to learn. People from the school call the parents of these kids. They want to tell the parents that their kids are missing school a lot. Some parents do not seem to care. People from the school also try to set up meetings with these parents. Some parents do not come to the meeting. They do not seem to be worried that their kids are skipping school. The police and workers at the schools are unhappy that the parents do not do something. They think that parents should be responsible for keeping their kids in school. They decided to do something to make the parents responsible. The police looked for these parents. Many of them were found and they were arrested.

Preschool Saves Money
A new study says that paying for preschool now will save much more money later. The study was done by a corporation. This corporation does not favor any political party. The study showed that kids who went to a good preschool did better later in school. They also found that these kids did not get in as much trouble. Fewer kids who went to preschool also dropped out of school. The study also showed that they did not commit as many crimes. Another study showed that kids who went to preschool saved taxpayers’ money. It found that for every dollar spent on preschool, $2.62 was saved later. They also discovered that we can spend less money BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.HCM 20/7/2010

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A man who makes films is trying to get people to make a law that would tax rich people to pay for preschool programs. A group that does not think this would be fair says that there should be more studies before making such a big tax.

School Deal
There is a district that takes care of many schools. They make decisions for lots of people. One decision they made was not liked by all of the people. In some of their schools, they sell drinks. These are soft drinks that are sold from a machine. This district wanted to have Pepsi Cola the only soft drink in these machines. The district knows that the selling of soft drinks will bring in a lot of money for them. They also will sell bottled water. The machines will also have fruit juices. But some parents do not like the plan. They think that ads will be allowed in the schools. They also think that students who drink the soft drinks will not be very healthy. They are worried that the drinks have too much sugar and no good calories. Both sides want to keep talking about it. They are getting together to study the problem more. The district will switch from Coca Cola to Pepsi Cola very soon.

School Nurse
People wanted to have a nurse at their school. A company was able to put a nurse there. Now some of the teachers do not want that company to put nurses in schools. The company wanted to place nurses at schools because there were so few nurses available. Many schools have to do without a nurse. Children at the school needed someone to take care of them when they get sick or hurt. Also classes could have the nurse talk about health care to the students. Teachers feel that the nurse should not come from an outside company. They think the nurse should be hired by the school. They say the company nurse does not have the skills to do the job right. They want the nurse to stop working at the school until someone is hired to do it. The nurse will stay there until a decision is made.

School Tries Longer Day for Kids
One school district is trying something new. They are changing the amount of time their kindergarteners are in school. Many kindergarten classes are only three and a half hours long each day. This district is having their kindergarteners stay for five hours each day. The district will try this for a while to see if it works well or not. Teachers hope that this extra time will give students a chance to learn more. Teachers want their kindergarteners to be able to read and do simple math problems before they go into first grade. They think that this extra time in class will help the students. Some school districts already have these longer days. Some schools still have the shorter days. This district wants to try the longer days to see if it will help their students become better prepared for first grade. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.HCM 20/7/2010

LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 45 One parent thinks that her son is doing very well. She said that his writing really improved once his school day got longer. She even said that his attention got better too. Some people think that a full day of kindergarten is too long for such young children. They believe that the kids get too tired. They do not think that kindergarteners should be in school for so long. This school district is just trying out a longer day for kindergarteners. They want to see how much they can teach the children in the longer day. They also want to see if it is too difficult for the kids to be there for an extra hour and a half. They will decide later if they continue with the longer days or go back to the way it was.

Schools Give Students Tools to Fight Back Against Bullies
Bullies are a big problem in schools. Every week, many children are afraid to go to school. They are afraid they will be picked on by a bully. One study found that 52% of children reported being bullied at least once a week. Sixty percent say that they know someone who could harm them. One student was always being teased because he was short. He didn’t like to go to school because he had to face the bullies. Some children choose not to go to school at all so they can avoid the bullies. When they miss school, students fall behind their classmates. A new program is helping put an end to this problem. The program is teaching kids how to deal with bullies. This is helping more children feel safe in school. One school principal is working to end this negative behavior. Last year, he decided to let students know bullying is not allowed there. Students are now encouraged to report bullies and stand up for themselves. Those found to be bullies face harsh penalties. Students at his school participate in a program called “Be Bold.” In this program, students work together to prevent violence. They do skits and go into classrooms to talk about the problem. They give other students strategies on how to deal with bullies. The principal says that the school has changed since he has addressed the bullying problem. But there are other steps parents can take to help their children with this problem. First, students and their parents should know the school's rules about bullying and what they should do if it happens. Second, children should be taught to stand up for themselves. They should try to resolve issues by talking them out. If the problem continues, parents and children should record each incident. Children should tell someone if they are being picked on. Many children keep bullying a secret. Parents should look for warning signs of bullying. These can include cuts and bruises, worrying, wanting to stay home from school, or a sudden drop in grades.

Seven Year Old Boy Sets Swimming Record
A boy named Braxton is an excellent swimmer. He is seven years old. He holds the record for being the youngest person to swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. This second-grader read a magazine article. The article was about another boy who did the same swim. That boy was nine-years-old when he did it. Braxton decided that he wanted to swim it too. Braxton’s swim was 1.4 miles long. He did it with his coach and two other swimmers. A Coast Guard boat was next to them also. When they finished, the boy became the youngest swimmer to ever make the swim. Braxton’s mother was not always excited about the idea of her son doing the swim. Once he proved that he really wanted to do it she agreed. He trained two hours a day, four times a week. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.HCM 20/7/2010

He could be sentenced to the California Youth Authority until he is 21 if he is found guilty. The school was broken into five times and the computer was used to change grades. The students are learning that when you launch something into space. Two years ago the students started to build a real satellite which they hope to send up in space. He also says that he has alibis for most of the dates when the crimes were committed. The young man claims that he was with people other places during those times. This is the first case that has gone to trial. His overall grade point average was 3. Two other people that were suspected of being involved in the crime blamed this young man. “The swimming. That is why they think he did it. One student holds a plastic satellite up above her head. Students Protest High Fees BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Administrators said that these grades were not good enough to get into the college of his choice. The can is shaken by the other students. The young man was allowed to graduate from high school but could not go through ceremonies.76.” Student on Trial for Changing Grades A young man is fighting to stay out of trouble. He said.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 46 Someone asked Braxton what the hardest part was about his record-breaking swim was. The student satellites will measure the Earth from space. He has to go to court to see who the judge believes. He says that he is innocent. His attorney says that he would not need to change them. This 19 year old faces 98 felony counts. it should not break apart. They are learning how to use wood. The students show that their small satellites can work. It goes into a garbage can. He has now finished his first year in college. They will be built faster and be cheaper to build. Authorities say that they are pursuing this case because they believe that the financial aid he got was under false pretense. This is to copy what it is like out in space. The teacher says that if the satellite is built right. The attorney argued that lots of students had access to the classroom key and also knew the password needed to change grades. As many as 84 grades were changed for at least 38 students.HCM 20/7/2010 . foam. This young man already had good grades. The can is then dropped to the floor. The satellites must fly or the students do not get a good grade. you can not go up and fix it. glue and computer parts to put together their satellites. The teacher says that new satellites will be smaller. She tells everyone that it is ready go. Students and Satellites College students are making their own space satellites. The young man’s attorney says that his client is innocent. The students are learning how to build a good rocket to get their satellites to fly. Administrators and prosecutors believe that this young man changed nine of his own grades but also changed others to cover his tracks. Authorities believe that he changed many grades through a computer when he was in high school a year ago. They are built strong enough to survive being in the garbage can. His transcripts were not good enough without his grades being changed.

Another student that is an illegal immigrant said that he could not afford to go to school if he had to pay more money. That would be against the law. He explained that it is already difficult to pay for food. The cost for going to a university has increased by 76 percent over the last four years. He wants the laws to change. A spokesman from the University system said that they do not want to raise student fees.300 a year for tuition. One student said that he thinks the fee increases are going to force many people out of school. They are not happy about this. They need to raise fees so they will have more money to pay for their costs. Teen Drinking BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. These students pay less money to go to college in California than the students that moved from other states.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 47 Many students are unhappy. Right now students pay about $3. She said that under the new agreement fees will continue to rise until 2011. He does not want the laws to change. The system has had $500 million in state funding cut over the last ten years. The vote by the California State University board includes 23 college campuses. Out-of-state students are suing the state of California to try to get the laws changed.550 in September 2007.000 to $20. Administrators are saying that the increase in student fees helps to pay for teacher salaries. The increase will raise tuition to about $3. They do not think that it is fair that they pay more money to go to school. and housing. The out-of-state students have to pay between $10. Instructors say that is not true. These students have to pay more money attend school. She said that the university passed an agreement to increase tuition. She does not think students should have to pay more money. Some of the students are protesting. Some of these students moved to California from other states.000 a year more than the illegal immigrants. They think that changing the laws would make this happen. Some of these students are illegal immigrants. They believe that it should be affordable. Students Sue Over Tuition Lots of students go to college in California. "You know the stories about eating a lot of Top Ramen? Sometimes that's true. One woman is very upset." he said. They are frustrated that the cost of going to a university in California is going up. You've got to make do with what you've got. They are suing the state of California to try to change this. Students want the cost of education to be lowered.HCM 20/7/2010 . They want the cost of going to college to be fair for everyone. One student that is paying the higher out-of-state fees said that he thinks that it is not fair that he has to pay so much more money. bills. The instructors say that their salary increases are not the reason that student fees have been raised. Increasing the cost to go to a university will make it too hard for some students to stay in school. They say that the law states that teacher salaries can not come from student fees. He also said that one big cost is the salary increase for faculty and staff administration. Other students that go to school in California came from other countries.

In that school district. even when they are at a party. It is easy for kids to get liquor by using fake identification. The boy said he was very scared. The father said that they did not do anything about it. It may be helpful to talk to other parents about setting up curfews and rules about parties or other events. The father and son are very upset. The boy was threatened at school. The group of boys said they were going to shoot him.HCM 20/7/2010 . Give the children good ideas on how to say "no" to drinking. They didn’t have enough teachers for all of the classes. Students want to take many different subjects in summer school. These subjects include math. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. They act moody and do not have the same eating and sleeping habits. They are looking into the threats. They can have firm rules in the home that everyone follows. the school suddenly realized they had a problem. There wasn’t room for all of the students. Threatened at School A man's son is leaving California to stay safe. They should talk to their children about their problems to be aware of any changes. They also think drinking is not that bad because so many people do it. The boy and his father told people at the school about the threats. Many different subjects are taught during summer school. They feel it is not as bad as taking drugs. The subjects that the school can offer depend on how many teachers they have. People from the school say that they take all threats seriously. They also say that it takes time to find out exactly what happened. The extra students surprised the principal. They showed up anyway.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 48 Some kids start to drink alcohol at a young age. It was a very busy first day of summer school. How you handle it can affect their attitude. science and gym. Teachers are not required to teach during the summer. Some teachers want to earn some extra money. School officials did not expect so many students to show up for summer school. Teachers were scrambling to register the students for classes. They wanted him dead because of his race. The father called the police and filed a report. Parents may start to notice a change in their child’s behavior if the child starts drinking. Parents can be the best protection. They think the school should have taken care of the problem. They may keep telephone calls and meetings a secret and not want anybody to touch their things. About three thousand kids arrived on the first morning. Many more students were not enrolled. Kids who drink sometimes stop doing things they normally liked to do. Try not to overreact or panic if the child tries alcohol. A group of kids said they were going to hurt him. Children who get a lot of love can feel good about themselves. English. too many students showed up for summer school classes. Parents need to stay involved in their kids’ lives. They teach summer school. They think it is part of becoming an adult. On the first morning. Parents can also help set a good example by not drinking and driving. Too Many Students Enroll in Summer School The Elk Grove High School has a problem. It helps them resist doing bad things even when other kids are doing them. They decided that the boy should leave the state in order to stay safe.

A mother was angry that her son didn’t get the classes that he registered for. Many of the students needed these summer school classes in order to graduate. This would leave young people with no place to go after school. They were out of luck. A plan was presented that would give more money to the teen centers. They also take a survey to find out how much they know about alcohol. She said that the schools are new. They were waiting to be assigned classes. University Students Not Allowed to Drink Alcohol Some college students drink too much alcohol at school. Some are preparing to take a special exam. It can cause students to make bad choices and do dangerous things. Students take summer school classes for many reasons. one student drank too much vodka. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. The new rule prohibits students from drinking alcohol in the dorms.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 49 Many students spent four hours in the school gym. Police and firefighter budgets were also cut. Heavy drinking has caused many problems. Many of them live on the campus. One college has decided to ban alcohol. Youth Programs May Be Cut One county is facing severe budget cuts. They have new technology. The college hopes that more information will help students make better choices. Many youth centers are expected to be closed by the end of the summer. they will still have to pay for the dorm. Her son was happy about it. Now he has raised his grades up to C's. and get to know other kids. Some are trying to improve a grade. and lasts for two and a half hours. The students learn about the dangers of alcohol. the district wants to improve their summer school system. They say that the programs combined serve more than one thousand kids. Teenagers at one facility are disappointed. Recently. Funding may be eliminated for youth centers in the county. These cuts could impact young people. One student said he got F’s in school before he started going to the center. Voters did not pass it. However. however. Those students are also banned from drinking alcohol.HCM 20/7/2010 . County supervisors have to cut a large amount of money from the county’s recreation budget. All first-year students must pass the course. She said that he enrolled three months ago. Five students at the college have died from drinking too much alcohol. They live in houses near the campus. They can get help with their homework. Next year. Some students do not live on the campus. One student suggested that some students should go to a different school. The college hopes the new rule will prevent any more tragedies. He was concerned that he wouldn’t get his classes. play games. People who operate the centers are worried. The exam is a new requirement for graduation in California. These activities are supervised by an adult. They will consider offering summer school classes at each school site. they will be evicted from the dorm. He slipped into a coma. The first time a student breaks the rule they will receive a warning. They complain that they will have no place to go. He knew that he wouldn’t have any homework! His mother wants a better system for summer school. These centers are important to them. Instead of history. The course is called AlcoholEdu. They should have a more efficient plan. This made many of the students unhappy. her son was enrolled in gym. If they break the rule again. It has gotten a reputation as a party school. Students must pass this exam to graduate from high school. Freshmen at the college are now required to take a special course. even if they are of legal age.

Programs about healthy eating and staying fit are offered. Closing the teen centers will give them more time to do these things. The levels are city. Many kinds of jobs are available through civil service. They hope to do this over the next three years. you will be secure in the job for a long time. However. Another problem is that applying for a job can be time consuming. law enforcement.000 each. The motor recharges the batteries. Then the diesel power takes over.HCM 20/7/2010 . The city has had help purchasing the buses with grant money. One morning listeners heard more than just music. The buses are very quiet too. painters. This system is set up to protect the employee. A problem with trying to get a civil service job is that it takes a long time to get placed in a job. The company that builds the buses had many good things to say about them. 123. too. They are called hybrid buses. County Starts Using Electric Buses A city in California recently got some new buses. They got worried when they heard the disc BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. and federal. These new buses are better for the environment. Both parents and teenagers are upset about the closings. and mail delivery. It is meant to have each job filled by the people best qualified to have them. The buses have a diesel engine in the back and batteries on top. 121. Also. Fair treatment will be given to all no matter who they are. One bus driver said that the air smells much cleaner when he drives the new buses. state. People who work at the radio station called the police. When the engine starts-up it is powered by electricity. as long as you work hard. They also said that they are 90 percent cleaner for the environment.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 50 Parents feel that reducing these teen programs will hurt their children. Some of these jobs could be clerks. they said that they use a lot less fuel. county. The centers are safe places for kids to hang out. Training is provided for those who need it. They cost $490. The new buses are different than the old ones. He smells diesel all day when he drives the old ones. Hey says that they write graffiti on the walls. All areas of civil service work on the merit system. They work at many different levels of the government. This will help keep the air cleaner. cabinet makers. 122. They vandalize the schools. once you get a civil service job. The merit system makes sure each employee gets equal and fair pay. kids learn about ways to prevent teen pregnancy. Kids can also learn a lot at the centers. One parent says that he sees kids get into trouble if they have nothing to do. They run on diesel and electric power. Disc Jockey Threatens Lives Many people listen to a specific radio station. For example. Civil Service Civil service offers jobs to thousands of men and women. Over time the city would like to replace all 50 of their buses with the new hybrid buses. They heard the disc jockey threaten himself and others.

but will soon switch to growing almonds. The almonds fall on the ground and then are gathered up. Many workers are taking construction jobs instead of picking fruit. It was giving him and his workers extra time to bottle their wine. Nobody was hurt. That would help them to provide for their family and help farmers harvest their crops. Food that is not picked right away can often rot. they hope that the rain will not start because it could ruin many of their crops. Usually they would still be picking grapes this time of year. Many farm workers come from Mexico. The possible rain can cause a lot of damage to their crops. For others. It has been a nice relief for a few of them. Other farmers are not quite as happy. One farmer used to grow peaches. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Fewer are able to cross the border in order to work on the fruit farms. People just got worried and wanted to make sure everyone would stay safe. The police wanted to calm the man down. When the rains start early it can ruin a lot of their crops. These jobs pay higher wages. Officers talked to the man. Farmers are usually on a very strict schedule. Another reason is that it has become more difficult to cross the border from Mexico into California. He quickly walked out of his booth. This time of year seems to be cooler than usual. One solution might be to allow Mexican workers to work here as guests. This change is nice for some farmers but causes worry for others. The man's young son was in the building. They needed to be very careful. Then the farmer could not sell them. He is using a bulldozer to remove his peach trees. One reason is that there are a lot of construction jobs in the area. One man who grows grapes said that he welcomed the cooler weather. He was taken to the police station. Farmers Plant Different Crops Some farmers are having a hard time picking their crops. Some farmers think there are two reasons why there is a shortage of farm workers. Almonds are harvested differently. Machines would damage the ripe peaches.HCM 20/7/2010 . There are not enough workers to help them with the harvest. They need to get all of their food picked before the weather gets bad.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 51 jockey talking about a fight he had with his wife. They are fragile. He was talking about it while he was on the air. Then he will plant almond trees in their place. Peaches require more labor to harvest. The little boy was fine. and must be picked by hand. Farmers and the Weather The weather is very important to farmers. It does not take as many workers to pick them because a machine shakes the almond trees. It seems that some farmers are happy about the cooler weather and others are concerned. The farmer does not have to hire many workers to pick the almonds off the trees.

Public libraries in most towns and cities have information about jobs and different careers. Papers that prove a person is a citizen often look real even if they are not. The deal would be between Mexico and the United States. kids from a local high school are working hard. load the pots. This information includes lists of local. more people are changing jobs as job markets change. This program would help both the farmers and workers. Many of the students enjoy the work although it took some time to learn how to do it. These high school students use a space in the Oakland airport. The information tells you how to apply for the jobs. One customer thinks that the coffee costs a lot but it is good and worth it. Farmers say that it can be hard to tell if a person is an illegal worker. Many farmers want a deal to be made. Some farmers do not care if their workers are illegal. Also. They are making and selling special coffee at a coffee cafe. They have to learn how to steam milk. Most customers are pleasant but some are unhappy. Looking for a Job Are you looking for a job? More and more people are looking for work. How do you find out about new jobs? Besides the local newspaper.HCM 20/7/2010 . BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.10 an hour plus tips. These students can make up to twelve hundred dollars a day. The most common mistake is forgetting to add the coffee. state. Hiring illegal workers saves them money. They do not like it if the coffee cafe is not open for business. It is usually very crowded. They also get school credit while they learn how to run a business. Guest Worker Program Farmers need lots of workers to help them on their farms. This program would make working together legal for everyone.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 52 Farmers say that unless things change. It would be called a “Guest Worker” program. This is because labor is cheaper in other nations than it is in the United States. They often hire people from Mexico to do work. and add flavor. They are also making a lot of money. Lots of people in Mexico want to work in California. After the students get paid. there are many places to check for more information on possible jobs. A citizen is a person that legally lives in a country. The students earn $6. It would let them legally work together. They are selling their special coffee to airplane passengers. Many people who fly on the planes like to drink the special coffee. Kids' Cafe Every morning. They will work for less money. It is against the law to hire workers that are not citizens. Sometimes illegal citizens are hired anyway. Farmers in California need lots of workers. the rest of the money goes to helping a local youth project. Farmers hope that the United States and Mexico will start a “Guest Worker” program. more produce will come from other countries. and federal government job opportunities. People that the farmers hire are all supposed to be citizens of the United States. It takes some skill and sometimes mistakes are made.

Their costs will increase quite a bit. They can tell you about job openings where they are working or about other jobs. and highway workers. One small city is facing a very large increase in sewer rates. On the Internet. It will cost about 10 times more to pour a glass of water down the drain than it does to fill the glass in the first place. Sometimes you may never get an answer at all. Many more small areas will face the same problem very soon. and local governments offer many civil service job opportunities. The people that live there have prepared BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 53 Government offices provide services in locating jobs. When permits at a sewage treatment plants expire the facility must rebuild in order to meet the new regulations. Employment agencies usually charge a fee. He tries to return the answers within 24 hours. Federal. Only 83 families live in this area. The money required to improve a facility is passed on to customers as a rate increase. state. He loves his job. He remembers a lot of things people ask about. it may take a long time to get an answer. He will answer any questions that he can.4 million to update the current facility in one small city. state. Some people are saying that they will not be able to afford the cost. It keeps the customers happy. As permits expire in large cities the cost to customers should not be too much because there are a lot of people living there. That will be about $3 each time he needs to flush the toilet. He feels that his age helps him with his job. Happy customers will keep coming back. The questions he gets are very different each day. You can also find the names of employment agencies in the telephone directory. If they do. Many businesses hire workers through employment agencies. It would cost his family fiftytwo cents per hour for sewer service. Your friends and relatives who are working are another source to learn about jobs. Their rates will more than double. It will cost about $6. He says that every day is different. This means that all counties in the state will need to meet these standards. One man said that his new sewage rates would be higher than his property taxes. Man Answers Email A computer company has a special person who answers all questions that are sent to him. They will have to pay much more money than a person living in a very large city. New Sewer Rates in Small Town The state of California has new clean water standards. Civil service jobs are jobs with the federal. Employment agencies handle both temporary and permanent jobs. post office clerks. He does not look like a computer expert. so he is never bored. Other companies do not have a place for people to ask questions. This is not true for people who live in small cities. more people are finding out about this smart man. or local government like forest rangers. He has silver hair and is gentle. He is known for always finding the right answers. When a sewage plant is upgraded all of the customers in the area share the cost of the improvements. It is important for companies to have a person who will answer your questions. The person is a 63 year old man. Many employment agencies list jobs in the want ad section of newspapers.HCM 20/7/2010 .

He points out wild berries and onions. Old Ranger Carl Sharsmith loves the mountains. There is a book about Carl. They will face fines of several thousand dollars each day for being out of compliance with new clean water standards. They cannot pass all of the tests. They are trying to hire more people to work for them. His cabin door looks out toward the top of a mountain. he believes it is a miracle.HCM 20/7/2010 . Often. Many people that might want to become police officers choose other jobs because they will make more money. the courthouse. New police officers do not make much money compared to other jobs.m. If they do not have a new plant up and running by the time their current permit expires they will be punished. Relief Group Sends Supplies BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. They hope to get help from lawmakers before this happens. Ranger Carl likes to walk in his favorite meadow. Carl is a park ranger in Yosemite National Park. Carl wakes up every morning at 6:00 a. They hope to get some help with this problem. Other rangers say Carl helps the visitors feel good about being there. Even though he has seen things at the park. Many different departments try to get the few qualified applicants to work for them. He has worked for 63 years in the park. Carl is the oldest park ranger. He tells people stories about the beauty of the high country. It is called Mountain Sage. Many of them do not pass these tests. Lots of people that want to become police officers are not qualified for the job. Another reason police departments are having a difficult time is that it can be hard to qualify for the job. No Strike More than 2000 San Joaquin County workers planned a strike. One reason is money. These tests are not always easy. At ninety years old. and other county offices. Police Officers Needed Police departments need more officers. Many visitors have walked with him over the years. Workers strike because they want change. Because there was no strike. they want more money or changes in their work place. One of the tests given is to see how honest the applicants are. He tries to show the meadows to everyone who visits. Both sides say there are details to settle before the contract is final.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 54 reports and gathered signatures to give to lawmakers in Sacramento. people can get services at the hospital. It tells about Carl's love of the meadows he cares for. The strike did not happen because the union and the county reached an agreement in time. People that are trying to become officers need to pass many tests. These people also have to take drug tests. They are having a hard time finding good workers.

They asked people who lived in their area to help too. People will have to use this for a little while. They should behave themselves. The heavy rains washed it away. A person on the street thought that the coach was to blame. If he can stop from getting angry. The league made the decision to let him play again. Auto repair experts said the holes in the roads have been causing more damage than usual to cars. The player had to stop playing for 68 days. This causes potholes to develop. water. The men who started collecting were ready to send supplies after five days. It took the truck about a day and a half to get there from California. Such a thing has never happened before.HCM 20/7/2010 . Those states are Louisiana. Seven more trucks were loaded and made ready. The league told him he could not play after he hit and choked his coach. One area actually lost a 40-foot section of road. Sprewell Reinstated A man who choked someone got his job back. He played basketball for a professional team. The first truck was sent to Louisiana to help people who had lost their belongings and homes. They loaded a semi-truck with food. the player can play again. When the rain finally stopped for a bit. Crews have been working hard to try to fix it.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 55 Three men wanted to help survivors who lost their homes in a hurricane. A person on the street said basketball players are paid to be role models. He was asked why he was helping. People donated food. He said that the team and the league can not punish the player for the same act. The rain has caused over $70 million in damage to roads in California in just one month. Permanent repairs will begin later in the year. "It's a disaster and everybody needs to jump in and help. The team will have to pay him the rest of his salary. many workers began trying to patch the holes in the roads. Potholes can cause a lot of damage to cars. They collected a lot of supplies to send to the Gulf Coast. A league leader said that in other jobs a person would get fired for choking his boss. medicine and other things. and even medicines. and Mississippi. When cars and trucks drive on these wet roads it breaks down the base. Another player said the player got some money back but others will not respect him. They said that they have already seen many bent and cracked wheels. The owner of the team was shocked. Some people are not happy the player got his job back. The trucks were sent to states that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Some people want him to come back. A new lane is being built around the damaged area. The rain has a tendency to seep into the cracks of the road. A player on the team said he would not mind if the player helps the team win. The supplies will be given to people who survived the hurricane. He said." Roads Being Fixed After Rainy Weather There have been many weeks of rainy weather in one area of California. Alabama. It was the longest in basketball history. He will lose more than six and a half million dollars. Chris Snow is a volunteer who is loading supplies into the trucks.

be willing to compromise. They also use background checks. If the drivers stop working they will be on strike. Target told her they would reconsider her for the job. A contract is an agreement between two groups. Your employer will appreciate your good work. Think of ways to help your team meet its goals.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 56 Stolen Identity Blocks New Job A young woman was having trouble getting a credit card." A team player works well with the other people on the job. They told her she was a fraud risk. Show loyalty to your team. The letter should verify who she is. A law says that the three major credit bureaus must give people credit reports for free. She had become the victim of identity theft. When working with others. Be responsible and accept new ways of doing your job. The truck drivers want the grocery store to agree to some things or they might stop taking them their food. She was turned down again. Find a way to work in different conditions. She discovered this when she applied for a job at a new Target store. The woman may have some good news. But the law said that they had to tell her why. The truck drivers want some changes to be made. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. There are many things you can do to be a good team player. Employers like when their employees get along and still get the job done. Then she applied for a new job. She found out that three different people were using her Social Security number. Then the reason became clear. This means that the shelves in the grocery store might not be as full. Team Player When you are working at a job. Consumers can order these reports online. If the truck drivers go on strike the grocery store might not get all of their supplies. The she must make corrections and send them back. She was rejected many times. They also want working conditions to be safer and to be treated better. They want to be paid more money. Target did not hire her. Be committed to the team's growth and improvement. They want a new contract. She can solve her problem. Now the woman knows about her identity theft. Customers will not have as many things to buy. A lawyer who specializes in workplace law said that credit reports help employers hire good people. If you do these things. Do not demand that your ideas are used. they found a problem. it is important to be a "team player. The reports help weed out dishonest or unreliable job applicants. Some employers are checking credit reports before they hire people. She has to give them a letter from the Social Security office. She must order copies of her credit reports. Adapt to change in your work setting.HCM 20/7/2010 . She may be able to get a job after all. Truck Drivers Might Strike Truck drivers deliver food to grocery stores. Some drivers that deliver to one grocery store are not happy. you will be a better team member. Think of ways to solve problems. They have to do this once per year. When Target checked on the woman’s credit history.

you will pay more taxes in April. These people are not happy. When people were running for the office of governor one man spoke about taking care of racial discrimination. BART Strike The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers in San Francisco went on strike. The amount withheld depends on several things: how much money you earn. W-4 Form When you are hired for a job. They also feel that workers are getting in trouble if they file complaints. There were not enough parking spaces for all the cars.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 57 The truck drivers hope that the grocery store will agree to a new contract. the number of dependents you have. BART's 93 miles of track and 56 trains serve the whole San Francisco Bay Area. It can change if you get married or divorced. Workers Protest Many employees of the state are getting together to protest the way they are treated at work. This form tells your employer how much money to withhold from your paycheck. They are some of the highest paid transit workers in the country. You will get a tax refund after April. The strike added 275. This group of people says that minorities are not being treated fairly at work. Many minorities liked what he had to say and voted for him. If you claim too many exemptions. This money is for state and federal taxes. They do not feel that they are being treated fairly. If you have a baby or a dependent dies. This woman is angry and feels that she was discriminated against because of her race. They want raises of 5% to 6%. When you claim the correct number of exemptions. If your dependent stops living with you. One woman who worked for the state for fifteen years was fired. This man became governor but many minorities do not feel he has done anything to help them. This group of people is very unhappy about their working conditions. BART managers say they can only pay a 3% raise. Drivers say that if things do not get better they might go on strike.000 extra commuters to the rush hour traffic. People who live with you and that you take care of are called dependents. They think that minorities are accused of doing things wrong more often than other people. They feel that minorities are being discriminated against. you pay the right amount of tax. and if you are over 65 years old or blind. If drivers go on strike the grocery store shelves will not be as full as customers are used to seeing. The number of exemptions you claim can change. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Managers will not use substitute drivers. They gathered to protest what they are calling discrimination against minorities in the workplace. Rush hour took 6 hours instead of 2 hours. you will fill out a W-4 form. None of the trains will run during the strike. your exemptions can change too.HCM 20/7/2010 . If you don’t claim enough exemptions. She does not think that she should have lost her job. more taxes will be taken from your check. it can also change. These people are counted as “exemptions” on the W-4 form.

they rushed the baby to an Oakland hospital. The other two babies were also little girls. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Birds of Alcatraz Alcatraz Island used to be a prison. Prisoners like Al Capone and Scarface used to live there. The man called the paramedics to come help the woman and take her to a hospital so that she could deliver the other two babies with the help of doctors and nurses. Baby Born at Train Station . He rushed over to help her. 911 Calls People can call 911 when they need help. She was pregnant with triplets and was on her way to her doctor’s office. They talked all night. she felt the first contractions start. This program will make callers of 911 calls push another key on the phone if it is a real emergency. They formed car pools. There have been some problems with people using the 911 phone number. More than half of the calls made to it are accidental. It can even force someone who has a real emergency to wait before getting the help they need. But after three days they still had not settled the strike. Keys are sometimes pushed and the call goes through without the owner of the phone knowing that he has called in an emergency.HCM 20/7/2010 . The people who ran the prison used to chase birds away. The babies were too young to be able to swallow their food. She knew she was going to have the baby there. They met with the mayor. They took ferries. People hope that change will reduce the number of accidental 911 calls going through. Many accidental 911 calls come from cell phones. This phone number should be used only in an emergency. When paramedics arrived.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 58 People used many ways to get into San Francisco. They also see white bird droppings. As she walked up the stairwell. They rode buses. Calling 911 when you do not need it can be very bad. He used his shirt to wrap up the baby. They put the mother in another ambulance and took her to a different hospital so that she could deliver the other babies. He took off his shirt and caught the first baby as it was born. Now thousands of birds live there. The police will come quickly. A group of people is trying to find a way to fix this problem. Union leaders and BART managers were trying to settle the strike. It wastes the time of the people answering the calls. She could not wait for the train to take her to her doctor’s office. The baby was a very tiny baby girl.Sisters Follow at Hospital One day a woman was waiting for a train at the train station. The impatient babies and their mother are all doing well. A history teacher also happened to be at the train station. They hear gulls screeching. so doctors and nurses were feeding them through a special tube. These accidental calls are not real emergencies. Now the island is a National Park. She only weighed three pounds. The doctors delivered the babies by doing surgery on the mother. One area is trying a new program that might help solve the problem of accidental 911 calls. More than a million visitors come to see and hear about prison history and see the ruins.

They have to choose between saving the buildings of the prison or saving the habitat of the birds. They would also use the same need over and over. It is important to pay your utility bills. The syringe injects the medicine into a vein. This helps the body to use the medicine better. Bird lovers think they are wonderful. One local apartment complex had its gas and electricity turned off. They think needles should be regulated. If the city did not pay the bill. The disease is passed from one user to the next through the needle. They also give you light. They believe BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. The law would allow drug stores to sell syringes. They had no electricity. They don't like stepping in it.000 in unpaid bills when the complex sells. This is dangerous because used needles are not clean. They say there haven't been any complaints from visitors about the bird droppings. Council May Purchase Needles A city council has decided to write a new law.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 59 The visitors do not all agree about the birds. The city will be able to collect their $50. Some people use them to take medicine that they need to stay alive. The council also thought about a needle exchange program. Syringes are also called hypodermic needles. They think that if needles are easier to get. Other visitors complain about dodging bird droppings. They were very upset when they found out why it was all shut off. the tenants would not have any power. Some think that there are 15. The city already had to pay the bill two other times. People living there thought that there was problem with the equipment. If you do not pay your bills the services will be turned off. The tenants were very frustrated. The tenants needed their power to be turned back on. people need a prescription to buy syringes. The utility company said that it might be a day before that could be done. The National Park Service does not chase the birds away. They are very helpful to some people. They get prison history. This was not the first time it happened. They spread diseases from one person to the next. They approved money to study it. Visitors to Alcatraz get two for the price of one. or air conditioning. People who share needles can catch terrible diseases such as HIV. He said that there was a mix-up. They want the National Park Service to clean up the bird droppings. Gas and electricity are what heat and cool your home.000 drug users who use needles in the county. Drug users will not share their dirty needles if they have a good supply of clean ones. Right now. Some people agree with the council. They say it is scary. The landlord was asked why he had not paid the bill. It’s hard to buy syringes. this will stop. He also said that the apartments would be going up for sale. But they need to wear a hat! City Pays Late Utility Bills Utility bills are the bills you pay for things like gas and electricity. so drug users often share needles with each other. There is no water to wash it away. This might help stop the spread of diseases. They get a bird sanctuary. This is because some people use them to take illegal drugs. Opponents of the needle program don’t agree. The man in charge of the seventy apartments did not pay the utility bill. They say the bird droppings come with the island. hot water.HCM 20/7/2010 .

But the government workers wanted all the brothers and sisters together again. They need to be warned. They said the parents were not taking care of them. Four years ago. Making needles easier to get will not give the users an incentive to quit. The Coles are not rich people. Baldwin is not worried if there is another flood.HCM 20/7/2010 . Mr. they went on TV and then to the courthouse to sign papers. Finally the Coles agreed to take all of them. This upset the children very much. The Coles got used to taking care of six children. Mr. On adoption day. It was hard in the beginning. But it slowly got easier. They are also warned over the television. They split the children up among three foster homes. There are warehouses that might be available. government workers took all six children away from their real parents. Baldwin also said more work needs to be done in an emergency. If they do. At first. They think this is the wrong approach. They need tell the state where to send the supplies. The children got older. The people there know it could happen again. The state fairgrounds are another place for people to go. This could endanger workers. People need to know where to go if they have to leave their homes. Selling needles could result in more needles thrown away with the trash.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 60 selling needles will condone drug use. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Sarah and Jim Cole adopted six brothers and sisters from the same family. They have to tell the state what supplies are necessary. Couple Adopts Children A family went from zero to six children in one day. If the law is passed. The dirty needles could infect them with diseases. He said that good organization is needed during a flood. Manteca had a flood emergency a few years ago. People can be given warnings over the radio. the Coles wanted to take only two children. They pay them money for each child each month. They could get stuck with a needle. He is in charge of emergencies when they happen. Mr. One thing he is worried about is how to evacuate people from towns. they would have to register with the County Health Officer. He also thinks it is up to local agencies to find out what is needed. They are both towns in San Joaquin County. If people need to relocate there is no plan in place. pharmacies could choose whether or not to participate. He is going to try very hard to make a plan that works well. The County Health Officer would manage the program. A similar proposal did not pass last year. But many other cities and counties have needle exchange programs. County Gets Ready for Emergency San Joaquin County has flooded in the past. People need to know when there is an emergency. Stockton had a very bad flood a long time ago. Some police officers think drug users need to get off drugs. The government has a program to help people who adopt children. A person who works for the county says they are ready for the worst to happen. His name is Ron Baldwin. He thinks everything will be alright as long as everyone does a good job. Baldwin believes the way California handles disasters is a good one.

There are many people to help out at the nursery so the children are safe. Many people were able to help the mother. When a child might be hurt. There are many things to think about. The other bill would give foster youth the right to help make decisions that concerned themselves. No one wants to see children get hurt. Crabs Cause Problems Some crabs are causing many problems for rivers and streams. The screens are big enough to let fish through but small enough to block the crabs. These crabs are said to be a special food in China. If the sides of the rivers and streams get too weak they can break and cause flooding. People are trying to find ways to keep the crabs out of certain areas. They are getting to know each other again. There are many things that can go wrong. It would also allow children to stay in foster care longer. the child stayed at the nursery. They are using screens to do this. They want to learn more about them. They are trying to find ways to get rid of them. This can be very dangerous. They gave the governor’s office 200 postcards. While the mother got help. There is now a place where parents can get help if they need it. Other people are collecting the crabs.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 61 The children are happy to be with the Coles. They are not afraid of being taken away and split up again. People are worried. He had to take a lot of extra classes and also go to night school to finish in time. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. the law only allows foster children to remain in the system if they are trying to get their high school diploma. One man said that this law would have really helped him when he was in foster care. Right now. This place will keep them until it is safe for them to go home. Some people think that they were brought from China to California about ten years ago. The mother and daughter will be able to start a new life. When it becomes hard for the parents. Sometimes parents have a hard time dealing with everything. One mother was using drugs and alcohol. Crisis Nursery Being a parent is hard work. It would let them have a say in what they wanted. Defenders of Foster Children Gather at State Capitol People who try to help foster youth met at the State Capitol. They hope to find a way to keep them from having babies. If a foster child was getting their high school equivalency certificate they could stay in foster care until they were older than 18. These crabs are making the sides of rivers and streams weak. Parents can leave their children at a nursery while they get help. One of the bills that they wanted the governor to sign would help foster youth receive money and other services from the state. Sometimes it is too much to handle.HCM 20/7/2010 . She decided that her daughter could be suffering from this. The postcards were asking that two pending bills be signed. they can sometimes take it out on their children. there is a place that will take the child. Since then there are many more of these crabs.

Earthquake Exhibit at Now Open at State Capitol One hundred years ago a tragedy happened in San Francisco. The procedure is called a bone marrow transplant. The baby’s parents hope they will find a match for their son. His family hopes that a special procedure will help save his life. The refugees stayed at rail yards. They also want people to know that it could happen again. They hope to find someone whose bone marrow will match Trevor’s. Accounts of the disaster will also be told. Doctors use the database to match patients with donors. Trevor's family say that is Trevor's legacy and hope that someone else may be saved. She hopes that a match is found soon. These events are called bone marrow drives. They can also watch a movie about the earthquake. If the marrow is a match. One woman is helping because her husband died from cancer. Sometimes these tests are done in one place. This can help a cancer patient recover. Hundreds of people were killed. He has been treated five times with a chemical that kills cancer. Over a thousand people have already been tested. They had to leave the city. Then a big fire swept through the city. The people who set up the display say they want to help people remember the earthquake. Special centers were set up to help the people. Followup: On April 25. Some firefighters are organizing a special bone marrow drive. A database is kept with information on everyone who is tested. She wants to do what she can to help the baby. He was a firefighter. doctors can remove a tiny bit. She is doing it to honor her husband’s memory. A museum about the disaster is open at the State Capitol. These supplies helped the survivors of the earthquake. Many buildings burned down. They went to another large town. Over 550 people signed up for the drive. Scientists say another large quake will happen near San Francisco. Healthy people volunteer to have their marrow tested. A matching bone marrow donor was not found. Trevor Kott lost his fight with leukemia. Trains delivered supplies to the damaged city. A huge earthquake damaged much of the city. It contains blood cells that can multiply. So far. So far. Doctors say he needs the transplant to survive. The museum will stay open for one year. They do not know when. 2007.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 62 Donor Needed for Baby A baby named Trevor is fighting a deadly disease. Thousands of people lost their homes. The baby’s mother says the volunteers are heroes. Then the doctors inject the healthy marrow into the bones of sick people.HCM 20/7/2010 . Marrow is the soft tissue inside of bones. The town welcomed them and gave them shelter.000 people registered with different blood banks all over the country because of the media coverage on this story. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. the chemical treatment hasn’t worked. Doctors say that a bone marrow transplant is the baby’s best hope. The disease is called cancer. Visitors can see many artifacts. The test is to see if it can help a sick person. no one has matched the baby. Many people come and have their blood tested at one time. Over 5.

people were asked to leave their homes. This storm brought up to ten inches of snow. The federal government will first have to build a place to store spent fuel rods. Today there is a group that thinks nuclear energy is a wonderful thing. They felt very lucky to be able to repair the damage. Foster Children BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. The fire destroyed 65 homes. It was very hard for the police and fire fighters to go to the places that needed them. They say that Californians should think about using nuclear energy. One firefighter said that the winds can blow the fire out of the area very easily. It was very windy. One woman had a hard time driving. They want to build this one in a different area of California. Maybe California should be looking for other ways of producing energy. Their cabin had no indoor plumbing so their outhouse was in the yard. They want to build a new one. Floods of '97 The winter storms brought a lot of snow and rain. Other people agree with him. During the worst part of the fire. They were thankful their home was not burned down. He thinks California should give nuclear power another try.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 63 Energy Changes in California? Almost twenty years ago the people of California took a vote. The fire had come so close to their house that the girl had to run out with only her teddy bear. In Seattle. People under the roof were very scared. It destroyed a lot of homes and buildings. Another family lost only their outdoor toilet. He says that a new nuclear power plant would be good. They voted to close their nuclear power plant. He thinks that the people would benefit by having one. Right now laws say that new nuclear power facilities can not be built. a roof fell down because of the heavy snow on top of it. A man who works for the government is trying to get that changed. Many people think it will cost a lot. The roads were hard to travel on because of the snow. All of the snow and rain made people stay indoors. Some groups do not think that nuclear energy is the way to go. No one knows how much money it will take to fix it all. It took firefighters a long time to control the fire. Others think it is a good idea. There is a man leading the nuclear energy group. Colorado. Police were worried that the empty homes might be looted. One family returned to their home to find that only a small part of it had been hurt by the blaze.HCM 20/7/2010 . They checked every car going in and out of the fire area. They believe that it is a clean alternative to using fossil fuels. Many people could not get to their homes. Trying to use nuclear power in California could be difficult. It was quiet on the downtown streets. Fire in Colorado Firefighters have had a hard time putting out a big fire near Boulder.

One school district has taken steps to make sure all of their kids are fed. The county has a way to watch over the children who need a new home. There are not enough foster homes for these children. Anyone under 18 years of age can get a free breakfast and lunch in this school district. Another man was offering a class. The government spends over one million dollars a year on this free food program. Now there are many foster children living in Sacramento. He was worried. It is only served at some of the schools. He will give them to people in his church. Bodies and minds work better when they are well nourished. Many families are very happy to get this extra help for their children. There needs to be more places for foster children to live. Children can now get breakfast and lunch during the summer too. They are trying to raise money to build more homes. Freemen Surrender A group of people decided that the American government was not acting like it should. He bought the gun locks. This home is known as a foster home. A store agreed to sell the locks to him at a good price. Sometimes the child needs to be removed from the home to keep them safe. There is a place that takes in foster children. They called BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. There are children who need more help than their parents can give them.HCM 20/7/2010 . Guns can be very dangerous. He learned that many young people were using guns. Free Gun Locks A man from a church wants to help save lives.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 64 When children can no longer stay at home. He wanted to give people gun locks. Sometimes a parent is not able to take care of them properly. They will remove the children and put them in a foster home. Some kids hurt people with guns. He thought gun locks could help keep people safe. Free Food for Kids Some children are sent to school with empty stomachs. Parents can call their school to ask where their kids can get these free meals. It can be hard to concentrate and work when you are hungry. The class teaches people how to use and care for a firearm. Students of low-income families used to have to sign up for the free meal program. They are also trying to add more special places like a nursery and a resource center. This man got an idea. When there are not enough foster homes in the county. It is very important for children to be well fed. Other kids injure themselves with guns. This class will help parents and children. In the past the meals were only served during the school year. Now all kids can participate. The child becomes a foster child. The group decided to make their own government. They felt the government was breaking its own laws. Thanks to this program many children are getting the food they need all year long. they have to be moved far away. they are moved to another home.

HCM 20/7/2010 . They wanted to have a judge killed. A congressman wants the dam to stop changing the water flow now. They talked to the Freemen about what they did.I. The electricity the dam is making is good but it is destroying the rest of the canyon. did not want anyone killed or hurt. B. director was glad that no one was hurt. People are worried.B. too. Many people tried to tell the Freemen to give up. The flies need to be killed. They protected themselves with guns and would shoot anyone who came near. It will cost a lot of money. The Freemen group will still be charged with writing bad checks and for threatening a judge. Workers will spray telephone poles and trees. Fruit Flies Two tiny fruit flies were found. the dirt now stays on the bottom of the lake. Cold water fish like the change in temperature. For a long time. Now the dirt is no longer getting to the plants and fish.LISTENING ENGLISH themselves the Freemen group. They hope this poison will kill the flies. The cleaner water goes through the dam. the dirt on the bottom of the river has been used by the plants and fish. The government is looking at how to fix the problem. But the dam controls how much water goes down the river. The F. These flies can hurt fruit trees. It also stops the fish from growing in the river. B. Fixing the problem will be hard. wanted to arrest these people. These fruit flies are damaging their fruit trees. These flies can be harmful. president asked people at his dinner party to say a prayer for everyone involved. But the Freemen group went to a ranch in Montana. The Freemen decided to give up after staying on the ranch for 81 days. Doing things like this is against the law. This changes how the dirt gets to the plants and fish. A dam has been built to make electricity. The F. They damage many different kinds of fruit trees. Since the dam was built. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. He thinks it will destroy the canyon. One fly was caught in a trap. Glen Canyon Floating down the river in the Glen Canyon is fun. I. The F. The spray will have poison in it. The other fly was found not far from there. They did not think that they did anything wrong. the dam must change how much water goes through it. The U. S. The Freemen group did not want to be arrested. Trang 65 The Freemen wrote bad checks. The Glen Canyon is pretty with a lot of plants. The fruit sellers will lose money if the flies are not stopped. Some people make their money by selling fruit. But the fish that had lived there before the dam can not live in the cold water. The trap was in a tree. To make the electricity. It then washes away the river banks. It has wildlife. The dam also changes the temperature of the water. I.

Animals and plants need that water. It is believed that the person who burned the churches did not like people of that religion. He visited three churches. This hurts the plants and animals nearby. They have put a limit on boats at the bottom of the canyon. The millions of visitors to the South Rim hurt the park. He is looking for signs of hate and also learning what makes people work well together.HCM 20/7/2010 . They will not have to listen to noise from buses. They might even hate people that believe in a different religion than themselves. Traffic will be very bad in BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. He wants everyone to work together to make changes in the way people treat others. Sometimes traffic can get very bad. They may have to pay $20 to get in. People do not need cars for all of them. There will be many people in a few small places. The Grand Canyon Railway wants to put a small train along the South Rim. Now they want to get rid of the cars. Hate crimes hurt in many ways. There are many things to do in the Grand Canyon National Park. He wants all people to get along and stop hurting others. These churches were burned by someone. That is three times more cars than parking spaces. This man thinks that more work needs to be done to stop hate crimes like these. They can hike on the trails. Holiday Traffic Many people go out of town for this long holiday weekend. They can raft down the Colorado River.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 66 Grand Canyon Crowding The Grand Canyon is running out of empty places. Most of them will see it from parking lots on the South Rim. People may have to make reservations to get into Grand Canyon. They could have more time to see the park. The people who run the Grand Canyon Park are trying to do something about the overcrowding. They have put a limit on how low airplanes can fly. There will also be many cars. Be ready for bad traffic if you are going to drive to the Lake Tahoe area. They might hate someone because of their skin color. It would be for people who like train rides. A dam cools and cleans the water. About five million people will visit the Grand Canyon this year. Smog makes it hard to see the views. and helicopters. He wants to help this happen. Some are saying that people will have lots of time to look out their windows. There are other dangers to the Grand Canyon. The way people visit the National Parks is changing. The manager of the park says that people will like the park without the cars. Their showers and toilets take water from the springs and streams around the canyon. He is worried about the bad things that have been happening to some groups of people. Hate Crimes Some people do not like people that are different than they are. This man said that his office will help groups that are dealing with the effects of them. motorcycles. There is a man that is in charge of making sure all people are treated fairly. There will be six thousand cars a day in the parking lots.

A group of citizens are concerned about the fish. In response. It is important for everyone to stay safe when they are on the road. They offer people a place to spend time on the water. The pumps suck in large amounts of water and move it to an aqueduct. Humans need the water for drinking and watering crops. Holidays usually bring more traffic. It is important that a home is clean and safe so fires will not be started. Some are habitats for many different kinds of fish. No one knows what happened to them. they did not see any bodies. Twenty-three million people get their water from this river. Two species of fish migrate in this river. Some people start fires on purpose. She did not know if they were in the home before it burned. The group has decided to sue the state. Now there is a conflict between the fish who use this river and the humans who get their water from it. They said the fish populations were being damaged. When the police first looked at the burned home. If the state decides to comply. One river even provides drinking water for people. Migrating means they travel through the river on their way to breed. There is nothing that shows that the fire was started on purpose but the police want to make sure. In order to use the water for drinking. You will be sitting in your cars for a very long time. The river water is valuable to everyone in the state. They help irrigate crops. It will be a difficult decision for the state to make. they will be allowed to continue pumping. She has not seen the father or her children since the fire. He has given them sixty days to decide whether to comply with the Endangered Species Act. Home Fire There was a fire that burned a house down. They claimed that the fish were getting sucked into the pumping station. Trang 67 Police officers will try to help. The salmon and smelts are endangered. The police are not sure how the fire started. a judge has said the state must stop pumping water from the river.LISTENING ENGLISH the Lake Tahoe area. they will have to stop using water from the river. A law called The Endangered Species Act protects the fish. Many things can start a fire in the home. This could be a problem for many people in the state. The mother of the missing children could not find them.HCM 20/7/2010 . There was a man and three children who are missing. They say that the state is not following the law. The local police are trying to find out how it started. Kidnapping Alert BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. But the laws were designed to protect the wildlife that lives in and around the river. the water must go through a pumping station. Many of them will go to the Lake Tahoe area. From there it goes on to treatment plants to be cleaned for drinking. Everyone needs to be ready for longer waits and stay calm. The state is required to protect the fish populations. A home fire can be very dangerous. Judge Stops Water Rivers can serve many purposes. They were not sure if the people were killed by the fire. They hope to direct traffic and keep cars moving. If they don’t.

It can be very dangerous in these jails. The Care Alert program gives television and radio stations important information about a recently kidnapped child. One man that was in jail when he was young said that he learned bad things there. A group of people think that there is a better way to help the juveniles in jail. Letters to Santa Reveal Need Many letters are written to Santa Claus each year. Some people decided to start a program that would alert the public about kidnappings right away. They say that it has worked. Hopefully this will help the young people make better choices when they leave. It is hoped that this new Care Alert program will save children’s lives. The sooner the public knows about a kidnapping the sooner they might be able to help. Some people think that by putting them in small group homes it will help the kids become better people. They want to put small groups of them in settings that are more like homes. They are worried that the violent juveniles will be let go and that they will break the law again. When juveniles are in these special homes they can get help. The letters are addressed to the North Pole. The Care Alert program is only used when a stranger has taken a child. It is very important to find him as soon as possible. It is important that kidnapped children are found and brought home as soon as possible.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 68 Sometimes children are kidnapped. A group of people want to try it in California. He said that he only learned how to become more violent. Some states have already tried this plan. Sometimes the juveniles hurt each other when they are there. Anyone that may have seen something about the kidnapping could then call the police. These stations will then tell the public what happened in hopes that someone might be able to help. These jails are for juveniles. Most of the juveniles that are put in jail will break the law again when they are let go. He was not taught how to make good decisions. They are looking for letters from needy BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. He does not think jails help juveniles at all. Adults need to decide how best to help them.HCM 20/7/2010 . Counselors can talk to them about crime and try to teach them that it is bad. These kidnappings are not usually used in the Care Alert program. They think that this will help the the young people learn and stay safe. This program is called Care Alert. Some of the young people even kill themselves. Kids In Jail . There are many young people in jail. Other people do not think that the homes are a good idea. Kidnapping is like stealing a child. These people want anyone who breaks the law to be punished and put in jail.A New Plan When young people break the law they are put into a special kind of jail. When a child is kidnapped he is in a lot of danger. Lots of them are stacking up at post offices. People who work in one post office are reading the letters. Many adults want the violence in jail to stop. Juveniles are people who are young. Sometimes one parent of a child kidnaps his or her own child.

The city is working with the mall’s owner to open it up to the surrounding streets. Their malls have a great look and feel to them and are called "lifestyle centers". He also said that the need seems to be greater this time of year.HCM 20/7/2010 . These letters are put in piles with the same zip codes. When the job is done it should help make traffic problems much better. Mall Makeovers Lots of people love to shop in Los Angeles. Traffic problems often frustrate people. families. Workers are beginning to make the tracks go there. One man who works at the post office said he has seen a lot of letters to Santa come in this year.LISTENING ENGLISH families. California is getting a new look. They want to create a lifestyle center. They want to stay competitive with other malls. Lots of kind people are getting these letters and trying to help make wishes come true this holiday season. Trang 69 Once letters are sorted other people can adopt a child or family to help. There is a need for one light rail to reach a certain area. but gifts can also be mailed. and businesses can choose one or more letters and send gifts to the person or family who wrote it. Because light rails run through the streets.” Lifestyle centers are not only about shopping but dining. working on them can cause traffic problems. It is located downtown. Workers say that they will finish the job in four days. The owner of the mall is spending a billion dollars to make similar changes to its malls in Southern California. The light rail helps many people. and living as well. It will be hard for some people to have to find other roads to drive on for a few days. She wants to help teach her daughter about the importance of giving to others in need. Workers are going to try to finish the job as quickly as possible. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Many of the letters are asking for clothes. They hope that the new look will make people want to shop even more." he said. Many people ride light rails to get places. The first change they will be working on is to make the food court face the street instead of the interior of the mall. Light rails help keep traffic down by allowing more people to leave their cars at home. Hopefully by making the tracks longer more people will be able to use the light rail. One mall in Sacramento. Most people like to deliver the gifts to the homes. They will buy gifts for the children who wrote the letters. People really seem to love these new lifestyle centers. A woman chose two letters from children who live near her. People. working. Light Rail Grows Light rails are like small trains that run through city streets. Many children and families in need are writing letters to Santa this year. To do this workers are going to add six miles onto the tracks. Owners of other malls in California want that look and feel too. It takes them to work and around town. "I've seen more letters come in at the beginning of this holiday season than any other.

He thinks that it all makes people want to go to the mall and spend money. The money required to improve a facility is passed on to customers as a rate increase. She just wants to make sure that they have the shops she wants to go to. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. It will cost about $6. Some people are saying that they will not be able to afford the cost. This means that all counties in the state will need to meet these standards. New Sewer Rates in Small Town The state of California has new clean water standards. This list tells telemarketers not to call phone numbers that are on the list. They will have to pay much more money than a person living in a very large city. As permits expire in large cities the cost to customers should not be too much because there are a lot of people living there. He took some of them to court. The city wants to maintain an assortment in the shopping experience. When permits at a sewage treatment plants expire the facility must rebuild in order to meet the new regulations. He kept a list of telemarketers who continued to call his home. If they do call these people they can get in trouble. This man said that if others are interested in suing telemarketers they will need to keep good records. They will be able to choose between the new lifestyle centers and improved malls. One man is fed up with calls from telemarketers. If people do not like to be called by telemarketers they can sign up to be on a “do not call” list. That will be about $3 each time he needs to flush the toilet. It is their job to call people. Other malls in the Sacramento area are also going to be undergoing facelifts soon too. He says that they are drawn to the music and lights. It will cost about 10 times more to pour a glass of water down the drain than it does to fill the glass in the first place. It would cost his family fiftytwo cents per hour for sewer service. Man Gets Calls and Sues Telemarketers are people who call homes trying to sell things or services. Telemarketers are not supposed to call people who are on the “do not call” list. So far this man has collected over $13.HCM 20/7/2010 . This is not true for people who live in small cities. Many people have visited his Web site. Their costs will increase quite a bit. They may even choose both! One shopper said that it really doesn't matter to her what the lifestyle center or mall looks like.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 70 One man who recently moved from Los Angeles said that he thinks people love all of the flash.4 million to update the current facility in one small city. One small city is facing a very large increase in sewer rates. When a sewage plant is upgraded all of the customers in the area share the cost of the improvements. This man believes that Americans are tired of telemarketers who break the law. They can be fined $500 for each call that they make after they have been told to stop calling. He offers detailed instructions on a Web site that he created. One man said that his new sewage rates would be higher than his property taxes. Others will be updating their storefronts but are keeping the same layout. He sued them. Only 83 families live in this area. Their rates will more than double. He signed up to be on the “do not call” list but still got a lot of calls. People will have choices for shopping.000 from telemarketers who would not take no for an answer.

Some sick people need a new organ to take the place of the one that is not working right. Many visitors have walked with him over the years. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. He tries to show the meadows to everyone who visits. It is called Mountain Sage. Many of the people who need them are not white. or the kidneys. Workers strike because they want change. Organ Donations Sometimes people get sick.m. he believes it is a miracle. They hope to get some help with this problem. They will face fines of several thousand dollars each day for being out of compliance with new clean water standards. The relatives would still have the choice whether or not to give the organs. Even though he has seen things at the park. they want more money or changes in their work place. If they do not have a new plant up and running by the time their current permit expires they will be punished. some of their organs can be used in other people.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 71 Many more small areas will face the same problem very soon. Good organs are needed everywhere. the liver. Ranger Carl likes to walk in his favorite meadow. They hope to get help from lawmakers before this happens. The people that live there have prepared reports and gathered signatures to give to lawmakers in Sacramento. Often. It tells about Carl's love of the meadows he cares for. These organs might be the heart. At ninety years old. the courthouse. There is a book about Carl. A senator wants to make a law that will help keep records of people who want to give their organs. More people need to know about the need for organs. No Strike More than 2000 San Joaquin County workers planned a strike. The strike did not happen because the union and the county reached an agreement in time. Carl is a park ranger in Yosemite National Park.HCM 20/7/2010 . He thinks it will be easier for the relatives of a person who dies to make the decision. Both sides say there are details to settle before the contract is final. When a person dies. He has worked for 63 years in the park. Carl is the oldest park ranger. Because there was no strike. Sometimes these parts or organs stop working. Other rangers say Carl helps the visitors feel good about being there. The family of the dead person can choose to give the working organs to people who need them. and other county offices. He tells people stories about the beauty of the high country. He points out wild berries and onions. But people from other races are not giving enough of their organs. His cabin door looks out toward the top of a mountain. Sometimes a part of their body is not working right. Old Ranger Carl Sharsmith loves the mountains. Carl wakes up every morning at 6:00 a. it is hard to find organs for all people who need one. people can get services at the hospital. There are not enough organs in California. Without enough organs from people of all races.

There is a book that will explain what people can expect from a company that pays for doctor visits. the company who was suppose to pay for the visit would not. The police have not yet found him. Children who lived in the area liked to play there a lot. He was carrying something shiny. One way to help people to pay for the doctor visits is to have a company get money from people every month. The woman saw the man get out of a car. They got new materials and were ready to rebuild. When the daughter was in the hospital. Then it was ruined.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 72 Park Attack A woman was running in a park. Parents and children were very upset and sad. Then he ran away. He can learn how to get medical records. sandboxes and tunnels. Then when a person has to go to the doctor. they need to see a doctor. He tried to rape her. organizers got together to work on rebuilding the playground. A witness saw the woman get hurt. The weekend they chose to rebuild was was not very good for working. One man had a daughter who was very sick. She was extremely happy when she showed up and saw so many people there to help. After the playground was destroyed. It can tell him how to use legal action against the companies if they do not do things right. She said that it was a fun park to play at. It was raining. This way. The organizers were worried that nobody would show up to help build the new playground. Sometimes the company will not pay for the doctor when they are asked to. She is now getting better. She fought him off. It will show him how to get another doctor's help. Someone burned it to the ground. It had slides. many people do not have enough money to always pay for it. The woman sprayed the man's face with something from a can that makes your eyes burn. Since a visit to the doctor can be expensive. the company will pay for the visit. In order to see a doctor. This person took her to a nearby hospital. This made the man mad. Almost 400 people showed up to help! One woman said that she was very worried about the weather ruining their plans. The book can help this man find out about his rights. Patient Rights When people get sick. A little girl had said how nice the park used to be. Many parents and neighbors hoped the playground would be rebuilt. They chose a day on a weekend to start building so that people could help. Lots of children were sad when the park was burned down. He complained and the company got in trouble. Playground Completed Despite Rain A very nice playground was built almost 15 years ago. A man attacked her. they need to make sure they can pay the doctor. He started coming close to her. The book is to help people understand what the company will or will not do. He cut her arm. many people can afford to go to the doctor when they need to.HCM 20/7/2010 . BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. The man came up to the woman.

This is against the law. They are trying to hire more people to work for them. Pollution Fight A city wants to get money from some companies in the city. It has also been helping to cut down on pollution. Pollution turns the air a gray color. It is talking to their insurance companies. Polluting Cars Some cars do not run the way they should. They cannot pass all of the tests. Some of these chemicals can leak into the ground. The city does not want to put the companies out of business. This program buys cars that cannot pass the tests or will help pay for repairs.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 73 Many people came out to help rebuild the playground. Bad weather did not stop volunteers from getting the work done. This bad smoke is called pollution. It might cost $100 million to clean up the water. Police Officers Needed Police departments need more officers. It is not good for people to breathe this dirty air. They are sure that they will finish the project on time. In order to qualify for the program a car must be drivable and the owner cannot make over a certain amount of money. New police officers do not make much money compared to other jobs. Many people that might want to become police officers choose other jobs because they will make more money. Companies use many chemicals in their work. In order to keep pollution down the state makes cars take a test every two years. Some car owners drive their cars even though they cannot pass the test. Some companies are not happy about the city's plan. One insurance company has already given the city $1 million. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. These people also have to take drug tests. They do not want their insurance companies to pay the city. People that are trying to become officers need to pass many tests. If a car does not pass the test the owner cannot register it. These companies are putting bad things into the water under the ground. Many of them do not pass these tests. The chemicals pollute the water under the ground. Another reason police departments are having a difficult time is that it can be hard to qualify for the job. Lots of people that want to become police officers are not qualified for the job. It is also very bad for the air. One of the tests given is to see how honest the applicants are. Many different departments try to get the few qualified applicants to work for them. This program has been helping people by giving them money to help buy better cars or fixing their old ones. It would be like saying the water pollution is their fault. It is very dirty. Bad smoke from a car’s engine can get into the air. A program was started that seems to be helping. This test checks to make sure the cars do not pollute the air.HCM 20/7/2010 . They are having a hard time finding good workers. People wanted to find a way to get these cars off the road. These tests are not always easy. One reason is money.

President Bush said that he would open a supply of oil that is only for emergencies. He is afraid lawsuits will put him out of business. He does not want his business blamed for pollution. $2. The study was done by a corporation. Sometimes the bison move out of the park. President Bush said oil companies need to build new refineries. Bison have been killed by the farmers since 1990. The President wants everyone to conserve gas by not driving as much. Preschool Saves Money A new study says that paying for preschool now will save much more money later. even if they are not hurt by the storm. It found that for every dollar spent on preschool. The farmers claim there is not enough food for both the cows and the bison. Another study showed that kids who went to preschool saved taxpayers’ money. He believes that gas could cost more money because there is not enough to sell to everyone who wants it. The Gulf Coast supplies about one fourth of the oil and gas that the United States needs. The bison have lived there a long time. The government wants to protect the bison that live in the park. Problems With Bison There is a large park in Montana. This corporation does not favor any political party. They begin to eat food that is for supposed to be for cows. A lot of bison live in the park. He would like more people to use public transportation too. These animals are like buffalo. A man who makes films is trying to get people to make a law that would tax rich people to pay for preschool programs. It takes more time to fix refineries that are damaged. President Asks People to Conserve Fuel President Bush asked many people to help with a big oil problem. The supply of gas has been hurt. They also discovered that we can spend less money on special education or students repeating grades if we send our kids to preschool. The farmers who raise the cows do not want the bison eating their food. Doing this could really help.HCM 20/7/2010 . The hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast hurt our ability to make and ship gas. The study also showed that they did not commit as many crimes. It takes time to get them going again. He also said that companies would not have to follow some rules about what they put in the gasoline. The storms hurt some refineries that make gas and oil from crude oil. He said that recent storms showed that we are not able to make enough gas and heating oil.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 74 A man in charge of the local newspaper does not like the plan. The President wants everyone to be able to get the gas that they need. They also found that these kids did not get in as much trouble. A group that does not think this would be fair says that there should be more studies before making such a big tax. Doing this should help to get gas where it is needed. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. The state of Montana lets the bison be killed if they are not inside the park. The study showed that kids who went to a good preschool did better later in school.62 was saved later. Oil companies shut down 16 refineries before the storm. Fewer kids who went to preschool also dropped out of school.

and Mississippi. Relief Group Sends Supplies Three men wanted to help survivors who lost their homes in a hurricane. The program is free and could save valuable time looking for a child. Others want the bison killed because they carry a disease. The rain has a tendency to seep into the cracks of the road. Some people want to hunt them.000 to make the system and buy disks. They asked people who lived in their area to help too. About 500 parents in the city are using the system. The first truck was sent to Louisiana to help people who had lost their belongings and homes. It took the truck about a day and a half to get there from California. He said. the parents can quickly send the picture and information that is on the disk to the police using e-mail. Parents can even use the disk to print flyers to help find their child. The police would like to make the system bigger and use it to help find old people who get lost too. Some people think that the bison are important to Native American culture. Others want to stop them from having babies. Program Helps Get Word Out About Missing Children Parents in a small city have a new way to help find a missing child. Right now there is no easy answer to the problem. Chris Snow is a volunteer who is loading supplies into the trucks. If a child does become missing. It can also be sent to places that help find missing children. The digital camera saves pictures as a computer file. Once parents take the disk home they can add information about their child using their home computer. Those states are Louisiana. The farmers are afraid the bison will give their cows the disease. water. Seven more trucks were loaded and made ready. Alabama. The police take a picture of the child with a digital camera.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 75 Some people want the shooting of these animals to stop. The disk is given to the parents to take home. People donated food. When cars and trucks drive on these wet roads it breaks down the base. The computer file is copied onto a floppy disk. The police in this city want parents to know about a new program. A service club gave almost $4. The killing will continue because there is no simple answer. The farmers also say that the bison ruin all of their fences. The supplies will be given to people who survived the hurricane. medicine and other things. and even medicines. Someone who works for the city thought of the new system. He was asked why he was helping. The trucks were sent to states that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Too many bison have been killed. The men who started collecting were ready to send supplies after five days. Here is how the program works. They loaded a semi-truck with food. "It's a disaster and everybody needs to jump in and help." Roads Being Fixed After Rainy Weather There have been many weeks of rainy weather in one area of California. This causes potholes to develop. They collected a lot of supplies to send to the Gulf Coast. Some of the bison are very young and some are pregnant.HCM 20/7/2010 .

Children at the school needed someone to take care of them when they get sick or hurt.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 76 Potholes can cause a lot of damage to cars. many workers began trying to patch the holes in the roads. Suspect Recognized A woman saw the picture of a murder suspect on television. Many schools have to do without a nurse. Teachers feel that the nurse should not come from an outside company. Also classes could have the nurse talk about health care to the students. People could not make any phone calls out of town. She called the F. She met him at a nudist camp.I. Investigators showed up about an hour later. There was no fight.HCM 20/7/2010 . He joked about being questioned about the murders. The man was a handyman. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. They think the nurse should be hired by the school. She told them where the man was at that time. Now some of the teachers do not want that company to put nurses in schools. They were digging trenches. People will have to use this for a little while. The heavy rains washed it away. The rain has caused over $70 million in damage to roads in California in just one month. The company wanted to place nurses at schools because there were so few nurses available. She also told them everything that the man had said to her. At the time the woman did not think much about it. They said that they have already seen many bent and cracked wheels. They also could not receive any phone calls. They did not do this on purpose. One area actually lost a 40-foot section of road. Auto repair experts said the holes in the roads have been causing more damage than usual to cars. It was an accident. Telephone Lines Cut A crew of workers was doing some work along the road. Permanent repairs will begin later in the year. Crews have been working hard to try to fix it. They accidentally dug in the wrong place. When the workers were digging they cut through the main telephone line for a town. School Nurse People wanted to have a nurse at their school. When the woman saw his picture on television she called investigators right away. A new lane is being built around the damaged area. She said that she talked to the man. She recognized him. The telephones in the town did not work for several hours. When the rain finally stopped for a bit. They arrested the man. A company was able to put a nurse there. The woman says she met the man not long after the murders happened. They say the company nurse does not have the skills to do the job right.B. The nurse will stay there until a decision is made. They want the nurse to stop working at the school until someone is hired to do it.

It makes rules about keeping old tires. They do not get money if they place them with family members. They make this happen by putting kids in better homes. The telephone lines were finally fixed later that same day.HCM 20/7/2010 . Sometimes people hate other people because they are afraid of them. Emergency calls were answered there. It will be a place to show how good and different all people are. Unity Center The Governor went to three Jewish churches in Sacramento. The Governor said he wants to stop hate crimes. The Child Protective Services want children to be safe. It tries to make sure people obey the rules. It is still burning. People cannot call 911 if there is an emergency. It started a fire in a huge pile of tires. Tire Fire Lightning struck early in the morning. Right now the smoke from the fire does not hurt people's health. It was decided that all 911 calls would be transferred to an area that was working. State lawmakers said California has the money for the center.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 77 It can be very dangerous when telephone lines are not working. Right now CPS gets money if they place kids with foster families. Sometimes it is better to take children away from their parents for a while. It has told him many times to get rid of them. Now the Governor must decide if the state will pay to build the center. It will teach young people about other faiths and people from other countries. The agency is angry at the man who owns the tires. Many people are mad about this. Firefighters are using bulldozers to clear the ground around the fire. They think that children should stay with family members if they can. They try to help parents become better moms and dads while their kids are away. Children are taken to another home. The fire is near a big city in California. They can become afraid when BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Another tire fire started a year ago. An agency of the government is in charge of waste. He thinks it would be good to build a center to fight hate. Trying to Change CPS Child Protective Services is a group that tries to help kids. Some people are trying to change the way CPS works. They usually stay with other family members or a foster family. They visit families that might not be taking good care of their children. Firefighters say it could take more than a year to put the fire all the way out. He wanted to see what was left after fires that were started by people who hate Jewish people. They do not want it to get bigger. Something had to be done until the phone lines could be fixed. He has not done it. Many of these people marched together to show that they want changes made in the way CPS works. They are often called CPS for short.

Fires can destroy things very fast. The wind is starting to blow. They also feel that workers are getting in trouble if they file complaints. Workers Protest Many employees of the state are getting together to protest the way they are treated at work. It took many hours for workers to shut the water off. Water Pipe Breaks A large water pipe broke. Wind Worries Firefighters hope to have control of a big fire by Friday. They think that the winds could fan the flames again. Shutting the water off would cause problems for some people. This group of people says that minorities are not being treated fairly at work. Now firefighters are getting worried. One woman who worked for the state for fifteen years was fired. There was a lot of work to be done. She does not think that she should have lost her job. They need water for cooking and cleaning. They think that minorities are accused of doing things wrong more often than other people. Water gushed out of it. The water pipe that broke was underground. This woman is angry and feels that she was discriminated against because of her race. The street fell into a huge hole. Firefighters worked very hard to control other fires in the area. Homes and other buildings were also burned. The center wants to teach young people about other faiths and countries so they will not be afraid of them. The firefighters are hoping that the winds do not get any stronger.HCM 20/7/2010 . This man became governor BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Their hard work saved a lot of land. it helps the fire grow. This will help stop the hate crimes. This would be very bad. To understand more about people who are different makes others less afraid. When people were running for the office of governor one man spoke about taking care of racial discrimination. The streets flooded. One woman’s car flooded. The water company hopes to get clean water back to them very soon. The hope is that young people will see the good in all people. This break caused a lot of damage. Then they had to begin fixing the broken pipe. They feel that minorities are being discriminated against. It has already burned a lot of land.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 78 they see people different from themselves. They would not have running water in their homes. These people are not happy. It had four inches of water in it. Firefighters do not want it to burn any more. Many minorities liked what he had to say and voted for him. The pressure from the water coming out of the pipe broke the street. They worked all night. When wind fans a flame. The fire destroyed more than just land.

The wolves were taken away and other animals were removed. He is worried about the damage that fires can do to the park. They want it to be better. They gathered to protest what they are calling discrimination against minorities in the workplace. Trang 79 This group of people is very unhappy about their working conditions. Alsten writes that the elk herd has grown too big. He thinks that rules that let herds grow too big and let fires burn are hurting the nature of the park.HCM 20/7/2010 . They will have to leave their cars outside the park. The plants offer homes and food to other animals. The native people left long ago. They will have to ride buses into the park. The park includes more than 760. They do not feel that they are being treated fairly. It will include removing bridges over the river.000 acres in the California mountains. The new plan will include removing some roads. no more people can fit into the park. Floods last year hurt in the park in many ways. Chase thinks the way the people run the park should be changed. The beavers need the trees to build dams. He is also concerned about the park rules. People cannot hear each other talk. Chase thinks that the park rules would work only in a park with natural settings. Moist soil helps plants grow faster. Yosemite Crowding Yosemite is a national park in California. The part of Yosemite that everyone likes is Yosemite Valley. Sometimes. The park manager thinks the rules are good and the park will be fine. He believes that Yellowstone has had an artificial setting for a long time. It is a tiny valley that is 7 miles long and less than 1 mile wide. The cars make too much noise. Some people come only for one day. They say there are too many cars in the park. It is very beautiful and big. The best view of Yosemite Falls is from the parking lot. Yellowstone Alsten Chase wrote a book about Yellowstone National Park. Most of the park is wilderness. It will include making new paths for hiking and biking. They eat the new grass and roots of baby trees. Some areas were fenced off and other animals were added. The elk walk on the riverbanks. Some people have reservations at hotels or campgrounds at Yosemite. The new plan is to keep most cars out of the park. But Congress does not want Yosemite like it was before the floods. These rules say that nature should decide what happens to the park. More than two BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. The dams raise the water levels.LISTENING ENGLISH but many minorities do not feel he has done anything to help them. They can bring in their cars. The cars. Congress wants the people who run Yosemite to fix up the park. It has tall rock walls and streams that splash down in waterfalls. Higher water levels put more water into the soil. Yosemite Car Ban The people who run Yosemite National Park want to make some changes. and campers cause many problems. but they will have to leave them in the parking lot. trucks.

They found a point from a spear in the bones. Some people are trying to save Yosemite Valley.000 Year-Old Man Found Someone found the bones of a man who died a very long time ago. Body scans allow doctors to look into a person’s body. It changed his way of thinking. The scientist was surprised the bones looked like a modern person. Others that are young and healthy would probably not need one. They will not know the answers until they can get the bones. Many doctors do not think everyone should have body scans. When this happens it can cause a lot of unnecessary worry. Body scans can be very useful to doctors and patients. They are often not necessary. It would be a good idea to talk to a doctor before spending money on one. Now there is a way to look for them before someone is feeling sick. The valley has 4. No one knows what kind of person the bones came from. Native Americans think that the bones are from a man who used to be one of them. People that have a family history of illness might want to have a body scan.000 years old. tissue. Body Scan Sometimes it takes many years for diseases to be found. Body scans are expensive. A worker says the park is trying to keep the beauty of the park and let everyone visit. The government has taken them and many people want them back. A former worker thinks Yosemite should get more money to take better care of the park. By looking into a person’s body like this doctors can sometimes see how healthy a person is. This is still not enough to handle all of the visitors.500 camping spots. There will be fewer cars allowed inside the park. He would also like to teach people what the park service is trying to do.HCM 20/7/2010 . He took the bones and found out how old they were. They want to bury the bones. The bones were found near a river in Washington. Some illnesses can be found and treated very early by having a body scan. It has a hotel that can hold 4. 9. They do not understand it yet. They are angry because they can not do it right away. More buses will help get people around. Some people say the bones have a message for them. They can help find diseases at early stages. They can see bones. They are over 9. and blood vessels. The valley has grown so big it has a lot of traffic and crime.000 families. He says it looks like a bald person who is on television. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. They do not know how the person ended up at the river. A scientist says the bones looks more like a modern person than like a Native American. Sometimes body scans can be wrong.LISTENING ENGLISH million visitors come to the valley each year. If diseases are found early they can be treated more easily. A plan has been made that will get rid of some buildings. Some areas have been fenced off from people and planted with seeds to try to keep them beautiful. Scientists say the bones could help them answer these questions. Trang 80 One ranger says the number of visitors is more than the land can handle. Some people have body scans because it makes them feel more secure.

They believe that living things on the earth will be affected by the warming. Now. Another poll showed that many people are not happy with the federal government. The daily limit of pollution in the air would be cut in half. These fireplaces burn very little wood. Some states do not have much industry. The people do not want to wait. A survey was taken in California. Citizens will have ninety days to ask questions and voice concerns about the plan. They are experts. The air is polluted with soot. The limits would also affect people who own wood stoves and fireplaces. People think the problem is getting worse. Before the plan becomes a law the public will have a chance to comment on it. The results of the survey were very interesting. a measurement of 65 parts of soot is considered safe. The questions that were asked were about global warming. They do not like the way global warming is being handled. They want the state to start working on the problem immediately. Californians Want to Fight Global Warming Many people who live in California are very concerned about the earth. Last year not as many people felt that way. Only a few people asked think that the federal government is doing a good job with this issue. The new plan places strict limits on how much soot can be released into the air. Some research is being done to find out if driving while talking on the phone is dangerous. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 81 Burning Wood Bad for the Air A panel of government officials is worried. Their pollution problem is not too bad. One man said that Californians are feeling worse. People would be required to stop burning wood when the levels are high. Then it will become a law. They are more concerned today than they ever have been about global warming. The survey showed that over half of the people who live in California want the state to work on the global warming. They do not pollute the air as much. Many of them want the state of California to deal with the problem instead of waiting for the federal government to do something. When there is a car accident police officers will find out if any of the drivers were using a cell phone. Some counties will punish families who violate the ban. These new standards would affect industry. The officials worry that the air is harmful to the people who breathe the air. They showed that most people in California are very concerned about global warming. The experts hope that this ban will help keep the air cleaner. They are worried that the earth is warming too much. They discuss ways to stop the air pollution. The new plan would reduce that number to 30. The panel decided to make some changes to the law. Cell Phone Safety Many people are wondering if it is safe to talk on the phone while driving. They will have to pay a fine for not complying with the law.HCM 20/7/2010 . not better. They would still have to regulate how much pollution is released into the air. They study the environment. Most Californian's think that the state should investigate the problem. They could also install a kind of special fireplace. The county will keep track of the air quality every day. The air quality in some areas is not good. There have been quite a few accidents while drivers were talking on the phone.

Not paying attention to the road can dangerous.HCM 20/7/2010 . The teacher says that it is hard to get them away from the computers. One project that will have to be stopped has already spent millions of dollars. Many computers started filling up with a lot of useless information. She's going to Peggy's page. too. "There is a plan to connect 12 thousand California schools to the Internet. He says. Internet has opened the world to many people. The FBI will try to find who or what has caused this virus to be spread. You can send her mail. Computers in the Classroom Kids are going all over the world without ever leaving their school.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 82 They will write this information in a report. There have been some very bad car accidents caused by drivers being distracted by cell phones. it makes the computer do things it is not supposed to do. She put her own home page on the Internet. The virus was spread by having computers share information with each other. Studies will be done using the information police officers collect at accidents. Once in the computer. They might need to stop or swerve quickly. Computer Virus A computer is a machine. many computers around the world began to have problems. It includes pictures of Peggy. England. It was set to turn on by itself. It handles a lot of information. People want to make sure that the roads are safe for everyone." Wiring schools in California can cost a lot of money. The kids are between the grades of kindergarten and fifth grade. Peggy is a school student in London. A scientist helped to wire the school. her mom. It needs to be done on volunteer effort or schools will not be able to afford it. It is important for drivers to focus on the road. Now students can go to any library on earth. When the virus is turned on. Someone sent a computer virus to a lot of computers. it takes over and tells the computer to do harmful things. Someone made the virus and sent it to other computers. Several computer projects were in trouble. Others stopped their computers from being hooked up to other computers. They are wired to the Internet through their computers. even deadly. They do not even want to go to recess. They need to pay attention to what is going on around them. When it did. They are using their computers. Laura Bacon likes to visit with other students. her school. People started turning off their computers. They can visit a child in another country. A computer virus is a set of bad instructions written just to hurt computers. dad and friends. The information will be saved and later studied. Thirty students are able to use the Internet every day. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Maybe someday this information will lead to laws about driving and using cell phones. Many places use computers to help them work better. Drivers sometimes forget to watch the road carefully when they are using their phones. A school in California could be the most wired school in America. They think that it will cost as much as fifty billion dollars. They can get information.

One bus driver said that the air smells much cleaner when he drives the new buses. This will help keep the air cleaner. Opponents of the needle program don’t agree. People who share needles can catch terrible diseases such as HIV. The County Health Officer would manage the program. The dirty needles could infect them with diseases. The company that builds the buses had many good things to say about them. This could endanger workers.HCM 20/7/2010 . Council May Purchase Needles A city council has decided to write a new law. Selling needles could result in more needles thrown away with the trash. They cost $490.000 each. They run on diesel and electric power. They spread diseases from one person to the next. pharmacies could choose whether or not to participate. Then the diesel power takes over. people need a prescription to buy syringes. They also said that they are 90 percent cleaner for the environment. This is dangerous because used needles are not clean. they said that they use a lot less fuel. Some people use them to take medicine that they need to stay alive. They could get stuck with a needle. For example. This might help stop the spread of diseases. They think that if needles are easier to get. County Starts Using Electric Buses A city in California recently got some new buses. They are very helpful to some people. Drug users will not share their dirty needles if they have a good supply of clean ones. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. He smells diesel all day when he drives the old ones. But many other cities and counties have needle exchange programs. This is because some people use them to take illegal drugs. They approved money to study it. The buses have a diesel engine in the back and batteries on top. They are called hybrid buses. so drug users often share needles with each other. The motor recharges the batteries. A similar proposal did not pass last year. The disease is passed from one user to the next through the needle. When the engine starts-up it is powered by electricity. The new buses are different than the old ones. This helps the body to use the medicine better. they would have to register with the County Health Officer. They think needles should be regulated. Some police officers think drug users need to get off drugs. These new buses are better for the environment. The syringe injects the medicine into a vein. It’s hard to buy syringes. If the law is passed.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 83 Some people say that the money should be spent on teachers instead of computers. Some think that there are 15. The council also thought about a needle exchange program. this will stop. They would also use the same need over and over. Some people say that it would be worth it to wire all of the classrooms. Syringes are also called hypodermic needles. If they do. Right now. Some people agree with the council. The buses are very quiet too. They think this is the wrong approach. The law would allow drug stores to sell syringes.000 drug users who use needles in the county. They believe selling needles will condone drug use. Making needles easier to get will not give the users an incentive to quit.

” This will connect them with someone who is trained in the subject they are researching.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 84 Over time the city would like to replace all 50 of their buses with the new hybrid buses. The man was put in jail because he was found guilty of killing a college professor in 1982. People who work for ChaCha get paid between 50 cents and $1 for each search and chat they conduct. That DNA matched the DNA of a man who died in prison three years ago. Two of them are Google and Yahoo. Do you ChaCha? When people are looking for information on the Internet they use a search engine. They hope to do this over the next three years. They thought that she was killed by a different man. DNA Solves Very Old Murder DNA helped a sheriff solve an old murder. He thought that searching for information on the Internet was very frustrating. But if someone needs more precise information they can click on “chat live with a guide. People are still able to search topics on their own. The new evidence also linked this man to six other murders. It is called ChaCha. They could not prove who killed her until now. He felt that it would be more useful if people could talk to experts who could help them search for information. There are a couple of very popular search engines that people usually use. Almost everyone already knows about them and uses them. A new way to search for information has recently started. ChaCha is different from other standard search sites. Donor Needed for Baby BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Very few people had ever heard of ChaCha. One man who works for ChaCha said that people are very surprised when they realize that they are talking to a real person. He said he would try using it some more. To use ChaCha a person starts their search much like one with Google or Yahoo. The man who started ChaCha is an inventor. But with ChaCha they can even talk to experts who can help them find better information.HCM 20/7/2010 . The sheriff was able to get new DNA evidence from under the victim’s fingernails and from her clothing. Some people who have tried using ChaCha thought they were talking to a robot. ChaCha faces a challenge. He will be in jail for the rest of his life. Someone killed an eleven year old girl almost 30 years ago. The city has had help purchasing the buses with grant money. A group of laptop users were asked some questions about search engines. It surprised everyone that this man killed the little girl. These people are called guides. Results will appear on the screen. He plans to start a phone service too. The man they thought killed the girl is currently in jail. The man who started ChaCha hopes to expand beyond the online experience. Other search engines are already very popular. He also started the voice mail system used on many cell phones and office phones. Hard working guides can make more than $10 and hour and work from home. One of them tried it and liked it. He murdered three other young women around the same time the little girl was killed. Using ChaCha is free.

Doctors use the database to match patients with donors. Many people come and have their blood tested at one time. Some firefighters are organizing a special bone marrow drive. They think a big earthquake will happen in the next few years. The disease is called cancer. These events are called bone marrow drives. There are water channels close to the earthquake fault. It is called the San Andreas Fault. Doctors say that a bone marrow transplant is the baby’s best hope. The San Andreas Fault is in California. The disaster they are worried about is an earthquake. Then the doctors inject the healthy marrow into the bones of sick people. Lots of people would be without power or water for weeks. His family hopes that a special procedure will help save his life. If the marrow is a match. Earthquake experts think that a large earthquake will happen there soon. Sometimes these tests are done in one place.000 people registered with different blood banks all over the country because of the media coverage on this story. A large earthquake could happen in Southern California.HCM 20/7/2010 . Roads and bridges were also damaged. In 1989 there was a big earthquake on the fault. Lots of people lost their homes. A large earthquake in Southern California would destroy energy and water supplies. Healthy people volunteer to have their marrow tested. He has been treated five times with a chemical that kills cancer. Trevor's family say that is Trevor's legacy and hope that someone else may be saved. Many buildings were ruined. doctors can remove a tiny bit. They do know that it could cause a lot of damage. The earthquake was called the "Loma Prieta Earthquake. Earthquake Could be Worse than Hurricane Experts know that a disaster is coming but they do not know when it will happen. There is a break in the earth's crust. Not all hospitals would be able to help people who were injured. Over a thousand people have already been tested. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. The San Andreas Fault has many power lines stretched across it. It contains blood cells that can multiply. no one has matched the baby. She is doing it to honor her husband’s memory. She hopes that a match is found soon. Over 5." Many people were hurt or died. They hope to find someone whose bone marrow will match Trevor’s. He was a firefighter. Followup: On April 25. So far. They think it will be worse than a hurricane. 2007. A database is kept with information on everyone who is tested. A matching bone marrow donor was not found. The procedure is called a bone marrow transplant. Over 550 people signed up for the drive. So far. The test is to see if it can help a sick person. Doctors say he needs the transplant to survive. the chemical treatment hasn’t worked. This can help a cancer patient recover.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 85 A baby named Trevor is fighting a deadly disease. Many people would die or be homeless. The baby’s mother says the volunteers are heroes. One woman is helping because her husband died from cancer. Buildings that have not been built strong enough would be destroyed. She wants to do what she can to help the baby. Many small earthquakes have happened in the last year. Marrow is the soft tissue inside of bones. Trevor Kott lost his fight with leukemia. The baby’s parents hope they will find a match for their son. Many earthquakes happen along the San Andreas Fault.

In early October. Peggy also kept the letters that the soldiers wrote back to her. She learned because of her children and grandchildren. He will try to go 765 miles per hour on land. The soldiers were in combat. The father is in touch with his office every day. Historic Letters Get Responses Many years ago. The trip will take them away from home for a year. The museum is happy to have the letters. He went as fast as 600 miles per hour in his special car. It has a Navy jet engine. an old woman named Peggy Ford wrote letters to some men. California. He has built a car with a jet engine. That is two times as many as a year ago. The men were soldiers who were fighting in the Vietnam War. He finally ended up in a salt water canal. They missed their families. he will learn if his idea works. The radio sends the message to the Internet. and they liked to get the letters from Peggy. The family's computer connects by a modem to a shortwave radio. The emergency kit would include food and water. They stay in touch with family and friends by e-mail. All of the supplies in the kit should last at least 3 days. flashlights and spare batteries. The children send e-mail to their grandmother three or four times a week. They need to know what to do if an earthquake happens. They are on a big yacht. They feel that the soldiers’ stories of the war are valuable. They use it mainly to keep in touch with their families. Then he went through a telephone pole. They decided to donate the letters to a history museum. The museum feels that it’s important to remember the war.HCM 20/7/2010 . Ford’s children discovered the letters in her attic. He also gets weather information by e-mail. Earlier this year. They tell the story of the war better than anyone else could. The letters show a personal perspective of the war. There should be medication and first aid supplies in the kit.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 86 People need to be prepared. Now he wants to go the speed of sound. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Breedlove builds his car in a garage in the small town of Rio Vista. far way from their home. Craig Breedlove set speed records. two parachutes failed. Everyone in California should have a survival kit at home. Fast Car Years ago. He had to swim out of it. The last time he raced. The grandmother gets the message from the Internet. He burned the brakes out in the car. E-mail on the sea takes more time than on land. He will ride in a five wheeled hot rod. Peggy Ford died more than 30 years ago. He raced across flat land made of salt. His wife Marilyn and the crew live with the project 24 hours a day. It has taken 23 years to get his idea made into a car. A good survival kit will also have a portable radio. The story was posted on the internet. She says e-mail makes her feel like she has been traveling with them. They are a valuable part of history. Close to 8 million senior citizens use the Internet. High Seas A family is sailing around the Pacific Ocean. The grandmother learned to use the Internet just before she retired. A news station filmed a story about Peggy Ford and the letters.

She had saved them for many years. He felt a pain in his throat. She thinks the letters would be a good way to do that. Doctors decided that the nail needed to be removed. He also had a high fever. Her letters to the soldiers made them feel better. The number of them has doubled. Most scientists agree that global warming does exist. Some think that people are doing it. Hurricanes Could Be Caused by Warm Weather Scientists will look back and remember this year for having lots of hurricanes that were very strong. She knows that the soldiers appreciate the letters. just as Ford did many years ago. They offered to donate their letters from that era. There have been many more of these strong hurricanes over the last 35 years. It was now in his lung. The man said that he was not too worried. All scientists do not agree though on what is causing the most global warming. She thought others would be interested in them. They said that he should be okay. More than 35 years after the incident. Letters like Peggy Ford's are considered pieces of history. Cookies and other treats could be sent with the letters. One woman gave the museum more than 200 letters that she wrote to her husband while he was stationed in Vietnam. She says that a letter would bring a smile to a soldier’s face. He saw a little bit of blood. She is urging others to write to soldiers in Iraq. Coughs Up Nail In 1970. The story made other people want to donate letters. The history museum is still interested in Vietnam-era letters written to or from soldiers. The workers there suggest that people contact their local history center or museum if they have similar letters. Many also agree that burning fossil fuels have made it happen much faster. They tell us about a time in history by the the people living through it. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. It will need to be studied for many more years. They thought that the nail would seal itself off in his body. the man said that it felt like he had a hot knife cutting him when he coughed. no one can prove the link global warming has with hurricanes. One woman thinks Ford is an inspiration. Others think that it is simply natural. A group in charge of naming hurricanes is getting worried. Many people called the museum. a man was mowing his lawn. Peggy Ford was a kind. doctors saw the nail again in the man’s body. Some people think that this might be because of global warming. and read about Ford’s letters to the soldiers. Another thing that he talks about is weather cycles. The nail was no longer in his rib cage. Category 4 and 5 hurricanes are very strong. but a few hours later it really started to hurt.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 87 Many people saw the story. Small gifts and letters would make the soldiers feel better. The next day. He said that we are entering a cycle with more frequent hurricanes. One science professor said that there are other things that could create these extra hurricanes. Doctors gave the man some medicine to help fight an infection. His family rushed him to the hospital. However. They think that they might run out of names for the hurricanes if we have many more. She plans to write many letters to soldiers. They made the 84. She believes that it’s important to say thank you to the soldiers. They did not think that he needed surgery to remove the nail. The doctors found a small nail that had embedded itself in the man’s rib cage. He said that ocean temperatures going up could make hurricanes grow. caring woman.year old man an appointment to have it taken out.HCM 20/7/2010 .

All of the bombs would wipe out everyone on Earth. They need to be watched over to keep them safe. he put together a song he called "Jungle Shoes. The sounds of nature are quickly disappearing. Today they have even more to worry about. The U. no longer tests nuclear weapons. They did not want to get rid of it. Burney believes in working to save nature. the countries who had them did not want to use them." It turned out great. By having so many large bombs. The scientists who made the bombs still have a lot of their research information. Then he asks other musicians to play the keys into songs. They decided to save it for others to use and learn from. But the piles of nuclear weapons are still around. Some things teenagers have been doing while on the Internet and cell phones are bad. Each side stopped making bombs. They want everyone to remember what went right and wrong for future generations. There are other things that teenagers have been doing with this kind of technology too. For 20 years he has recorded the sounds animals make. He thinks that more people need to take care of our world. It was very loud. Nuclear Scientists Russia and the United States decided to stop being enemies. Nature Sounds Burney Crouss went to school to study the sounds of nature. When he recorded whales in Alaska.S. Burney makes the music by taking part of his animal noises and saving them on a computer. Last year. He has recordings of animal sounds from all over the world.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 88 Before the day of the appointment. The men and women who invented nuclear weapons helped to create large bombs. He started coughing. Everyone used to be worried about sexual predators when their teens used the Internet. He makes each sound play when a key is pressed. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Doctors said that the man is doing fine. the man was brushing his teeth in the bathroom. One big concern about kids using technology today is drug use. He said that he felt a tickle in his throat. The tapes will be where anyone can look at them. They are making video tapes of the men who built the weapons. Parents Warned About Technology and Drug Use Cell phones and the Internet are great ways to stay in touch with people. It will help answer questions for other scientists. he could hear the sound of oil well drilling from fifteen to twenty miles away. The nail popped right out. There is not enough money to support making nuclear weapons. They do not think that the nail caused any damage to his health. It all began when he took some of the sounds and put them together. Burney has made a record of animal songs. He says his goal is to save nature sounds so his children will be able to hear them.HCM 20/7/2010 . They no longer wanted to blow each other up with bombs.S. This knowledge is being kept by scientists across the U. The nation's nuclear weapons labs are trying to save that knowledge.

HCM 20/7/2010 .” On this day. Some cities have more online shoppers than others. Many people go to the sales so they can save money.” Recently. One organization took a survey. shopping is a big part of their Thanksgiving tradition as well. That is where Ansel Adams took the well-known picture. Adam's picture. they looked at old charts and maps of the stars.” Park rangers expected a lot of photographers would go to Glacier Point. Adams’ picture. Mountains are below the moon. They figured out where the moon would have been when Mr. 1948. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. One man was shocked when he saw how much information was online showing how to use drugs. The photo shows the moon hanging in the sky. Some experts who study the stars have looked at Mr. They were trying to take the same picture as a famous photographer. They are able to contact drug dealers without their parents knowing about it. Photographers Gather at Yosemite Amateur photographers traveled to Yosemite National Park on September 15. The survey found that 80 percent of Internet users buy gifts online. People are not sure when the picture was taken. For many years. Adams took was of the moon at night. Also. Ready. Next. make drugs. the day after Thanksgiving has been the busiest shopping day of the year. His name was Ansel Adams. It is the busiest day of the year for online shopping. The shoppers are looking for bargains. Many stores have sales on that day. They share a festive meal. The survey found that shoppers in one city will spend one third of their holiday budget online. They also think the picture was taken at around 7 pm. Adams took the picture. 2005. They think that the picture was taken on September 15. This helped them find out where the moon was in the sky. Spend! Most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. This will let parents see what kind of sites their kids have been visiting. This day is a little different. Many parents have no idea what their kids are doing while online. There are some things that parents can do to help. They looked at the picture very closely. and buy drugs. For some people. Mr. more and more shoppers buy their holiday gifts online. It is much harder to be secretive when the family is always near. researchers have noticed another busy shopping day. watch football. He noted the kind of camera settings and film he used. They wanted to learn when it was taken. This busy shopping day is called “Black Friday. and enjoy each other’s company. This is a very serious concern to many people. Every 19 years the moon is in the same position as it was in Mr. The government is saying that parents need to watch what their kids are doing on the Internet and who they talk to on the phone. It has turned out to be a very famous picture. 1948. When he took a picture he wrote down details in his notebook. The picture he took was made on September 15. It is a black and white picture. Adams named the photo “Autumn Moon. The snapshot that Mr.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 89 The Internet and cell phones have become ways that some kids get drugs or learn how to use them. The Monday after Thanksgiving has become known as “Cyber Monday. They can monitor activity on the Internet. They measured the angles of the shadows. Software products are available that can help with this problem. Click. Adams was known for his record-keeping. One thing he did not write down was the date that he took the photo. parents should keep computers in a common room of the house.

The president will call a meeting to talk about it. They say it is an important victory for free speech. The water level in the ground changes. wildlife. They are afraid that shopping sites could be hacked into. The picture means you are on a secure server and it’s safe to shop. The streams do not fill with dirt and the animals are not destroyed. An expert in preventing fraud says shoppers should be careful. We have to protect the fish. Their personal banking information could be stolen. They will try to write a law that is not against the Constitution. They say that children need to be kept away from some things on the Internet. The forest is a beautiful place that people should be able to enjoy. the land does not erode. The people who want a law to stop showing bad things to children on the Internet will try again. He says that online shoppers should use caution when they shop online.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 90 But. Also. Save the Forest A change is coming in the forest. Other people are unhappy about what the Supreme Court said. A mother was worried for her children because of what might be put on the Internet. They are afraid to use their credit card on a Website. They say that laws are needed to do that. They worry that retail Websites are not secure. The trees. don’t follow an email link to a shopping Website. The Supreme Court said that these laws are not against the Constitution. Some people are happy that the Supreme Court said the law was against the Constitution. There are already laws that say you cannot show or say bad things on TV and radio. It changes everything when the all the trees are cut. If you decide to shop online. too. Ruling by the Courts The Supreme Court said that a federal law was against the Constitution. most shoppers still do not want to buy online. This does not mean some of the trees cannot be cut. The survey predicts that more people will shop online in the future. Scientists are trying to make the logging companies stop clear cutting. The link could lead to a fake site. They have value. Many plants and animals disappear. animals. Shopping online is a new way for people to shop. Credit cards are a safer choice. But holiday shoppers will still shop in stores to find good bargains. It can even affect our climate.HCM 20/7/2010 . They fear that their credit card number will be stolen. Type the retailers’ address into your browser yourself. make sure that you are shopping on a secure server. You should see a little lock at the bottom of the screen. The Constitution says that it is okay to say anything you want. They say there are already ways to stop children from seeing bad things on the Internet. That law tried to keep children from bad things on the Internet. They are leaving many dead trees so small animals will BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. follow these rules: First. It means that you plant new trees when the old ones are cut. One parent said that kids should be open to everything. and water depend on each other. The industry is beginning to cut trees this way. and water quality. One last tip is to avoid using debit cards online. When trees are cut in this way. The new law would put limits on free speech. It just means all the trees in one place cannot be cut at one time. People say that you cannot send these things over the Internet either. He has some helpful tips to keep shoppers safe. This is called fraud.

Cars that are in good working condition use less fuel. A good rule seems to be not to cut more than you grow each year. This seems very import to the survival of the forests. It is based on an ancient Chinese method of treating pain. Walk or ride a bike if you do not have far to go. She is using lasers instead of needles. We do not know when it will end. Finally.HCM 20/7/2010 . but are not able to quit. The therapists say that the laser treatment does not cure the patient. She says it helps to take the edge off her cravings. or gas pedal. She did not feel like she had to smoke. and many people want to quit. Driving at a steady speed helps to save how much gas you use. You should run as many errands that you need to do in one trip. such as cancer and high blood pressure. Have a mechanic check it if something seems wrong. The more you drive your car. They are leaving many trees alone to give shade and shelter for animals. Both the loggers and the forest scientists are trying to agree on things. The lasers do not hurt. These are just a few ideas that can help you save some money at the gas pump. The lasers helped her to quit. A therapist is using acupuncture in a new way. the government did not approve of acupuncture. has a lot to do with how much gas you use. but want help to quit. Sensible Driving Can Save Fuel The price of gas has been going up. They release chemicals called endorphins. One woman who had the laser acupuncture smoked for 45 years. They must have some willpower. She applies the lasers around the face and arms of people who want to quit smoking. Tires are important too. They go right back to smoking cigarettes. They have to balance the lumber we need with the forest's protection. Carpool or take public transportation when you can. These needles trigger special chemicals to help the pain go away. She has not smoked for a long time. This treatment has been used for years in Canada and Europe. It is not easy to quit smoking. There are many ways a person can conserve fuel. Take care of your vehicle. The faster you drive. It can cause many diseases. Drivers should slow down a bit to conserve fuel. The best way to conserve fuel is to change driving habits. the more gas you use. The method is called acupuncture. She believes in the treatment and says that it can work for others. however. Accelerating slowly to get to the speed you want to go helps conserve gas too. Try changing the way you drive and see how much it saves you! Smokers Have New Way to Quit Smoking is a very bad habit. Leaving your car at home really saves gas. Always try to pick the shortest route when going somewhere. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Think about the places you need to go before leaving your home. They are addicted to smoking. Many doctors think that it is a very exciting way to treat smoking addiction. Until now. Many people try to quit. It will help the vehicle roll better and will get you better mileage. This also means that the forest's trees are not all the same kind. The chemicals help people resist the urge to smoke.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 91 have homes. The accelerator. the more gas you use. If a car's tires are worn then they should be replaced. Many people want to know how they can conserve fuel. It is done by sticking needles in special areas of the body. think about using your car less. Make sure the engine is running well and is tuned-up often. There is a new way to help people quit smoking. Keep the tires inflated properly on a car.

He thought that it will stay that way. Many people are happy that they will have an alternative to gasoline cars. They run on alternative fuels. The information showed that some parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains had a little less snow this year than they have had in the past. One man says that if he buys a fuel cell car. Drivers will have to spend less money on maintenance. Some New Cars Save Gas Gasoline prices are getting higher and higher. They do this five times a year in the Sierras. However. These levels are checked in different ways. and don’t give off bad fumes when they run. it won’t be a problem for cars that run on fuel cells. Most repairs will be made by computer programs instead of mechanics. He says we will never run out of the source of the fuel. Some of these cars are called hybrids. If something goes wrong. He knows that things can change though. The cell is filled with a gas called hydrogen. Oil is a fossil fuel. The event was designed to display new kinds of cars. Right now they are very expensive. Snowpack levels need to be checked and studied many times. It also helps power companies figure out how much power they will be able make by using water. Many people rely on the snow for water throughout the year. the snowpack levels were studied. Since gasoline is made from oil. The prices make it hard for drivers to afford the fuel. That makes them less expensive for people to drive. Other areas had a little more snow than usual. Manufacturers say that fuel cell cars won’t be affordable for about ten years. it will take millions of years for more oil to form. They want to find a way to solve this problem. Another way of checking it is by using a special device that is left in the Sierras all of the time. Cars that run on gasoline give off harmful fumes. Another kind of car runs on a special fuel cell. The manufacturer says that fuel cell cars will save drivers money in another way. that could be a problem for companies who make traditional cars. Other cars run on natural gas. There are no big moving parts in the engine. The fuel cell cars are also better in another way. This information will help them figure out how much water will be available to use later in the year. an owner can plug a laptop into to check it out. They give off no emissions. Drivers have to pay more to fill their cars with gas. Air pollution is very bad for the environment. The new cars don’t run on gasoline. and for drivers. Hybrids run on a combination of gasoline and electricity. but we may run out of oil. Some drivers are looking for solutions. These new kinds of cars burn many different kinds of fuel. Special people study the snowpack levels. Car makers are also looking for was to lower gas prices.HCM 20/7/2010 . It is important for people to study the snowpack measurements. When winter was half over in 2006. Their engines are different.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 92 Snow Levels Are Just Average Snowpack levels are very important to the people living in California. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. and comes from deep in the ground. One man who makes fuel cell cars is excited about hydrogen fuel cell technology. Sometimes people go to the snow to check the levels by hand. Once we use it up. These fumes pollute the air. but they worry about the cost of fuel cell cars. They are very clean. he will have to drive it thousands of miles before he breaks even. A man that was in charge of the project said that 2006 was a pretty normal year. All of these cars use less gasoline. One auto group hosted a special event.

LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 93 Buses that run on hydrogen fuel cell power are being tested on the roads. Administrators and prosecutors believe that this young man changed nine of his own grades but also changed others to cover his tracks. Students and Satellites College students are making their own space satellites. That is why they think he did it. His overall grade point average was 3. They are built strong enough to survive being in the garbage can. The satellites must fly or the students do not get a good grade. The students are learning that when you launch something into space. It goes into a garbage can. foam. His attorney says that he would not need to change them. The students show that their small satellites can work. They could become a common form of transportation in the near future. He could be sentenced to the California Youth Authority until he is 21 if he is found guilty. The can is shaken by the other students. The young man was allowed to graduate from high school but could not go through ceremonies. The student satellites will measure the Earth from space. The young man’s attorney says that his client is innocent. She tells everyone that it is ready go. He has to go to court to see who the judge believes.HCM 20/7/2010 . His transcripts were not good enough without his grades being changed. T-Rex BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. They will be built faster and be cheaper to build. He also says that he has alibis for most of the dates when the crimes were committed. you can not go up and fix it. glue and computer parts to put together their satellites. Two other people that were suspected of being involved in the crime blamed this young man. One student holds a plastic satellite up above her head.76. This young man already had good grades. Student on Trial for Changing Grades A young man is fighting to stay out of trouble. He says that he is innocent. This is the first case that has gone to trial. The young man claims that he was with people other places during those times. The students are learning how to build a good rocket to get their satellites to fly. Administrators said that these grades were not good enough to get into the college of his choice. This 19 year old faces 98 felony counts. The can is then dropped to the floor. The attorney argued that lots of students had access to the classroom key and also knew the password needed to change grades. They are learning how to use wood. The school was broken into five times and the computer was used to change grades. He has now finished his first year in college. Authorities say that they are pursuing this case because they believe that the financial aid he got was under false pretense. This is to copy what it is like out in space. Authorities believe that he changed many grades through a computer when he was in high school a year ago. it should not break apart. The teacher says that new satellites will be smaller. Two years ago the students started to build a real satellite which they hope to send up in space. As many as 84 grades were changed for at least 38 students. The teacher says that if the satellite is built right.

It pushes lava into the ocean and causes a lot of steam. But what about girls? Girls need to be comfortable with computers so they can use them when they grow up. Playing computer games help kids to get involved with computers. In another game. Some games let you shoot a gun at people on the screen. The bones of a T-Rex were found 65 million years after they all died and became extinct. Hot water can be seen pouring out of the cracks of the new volcano. or T-Rex. There were many marks on the bones suggesting that the dinosaur kept chewing on the bones. Some pictures show women with very little clothes on. There will be plenty of time to watch it grow. The people who make the games are worried that these kinds of games are not good for people to play. One game company wants less violence in the computer games. Skeletons tell us what shape they were. An earthquake made the volcano top collapse. many of the pictures show violence. The Hawaiian islands continue to grow. A large dinosaur know as Tyrannosaurus Rex. The new volcano will not reach the surface of the ocean for about 50. They want their games to not have women shown without much clothing. Volcano by the Sea There is a volcano on a Hawaiian island. Another game shows a monster eating a person.HCM 20/7/2010 . These games were made by young men. Some people think that the violence in the games is like growing up. Video Games There are many kinds of computer games. Voting Machines Go Through More Testing BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Most computer games are not violent.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 94 Dinosaurs lived a long time ago before humans were around. Scientists will watch the eruptions and earthquakes as the new volcano grows. It will be the newest island in the Hawaiian chain. They can tell that it will be an island some day. Scientists are watching it underwater from a submarine. Looking at what they ate helps us to know more about them. The scientists can not get too close or they might get hurt from the new land breaking up.000 years. It does show that he could use his bite to kill other animals. a new volcano is erupting nearby. Scientists found that the bite of a T-Rex was strong enough to kill another animal. It has caused a lot of earthquakes. made teeth marks on the bones of a smaller dinosaur. On the ocean floor. But it is not the biggest volcano there. The violence and sex are put in the game for boys. Some boys like to fight and they will use the computer to pretend to fight. This does not prove that he tracked and killed his food himself. blood and body parts come off the body. People did not know if it killed what it ate or only ate already killed animals. Little is known about their daily lives. Researchers have found teeth marks of one dinosaur on the bones of another dinosaur. The problem now is to get girls to learn computers while they are still young. If a body is hit. The scientists found a part of the new volcano is missing. The lava from the middle of the earth continues to push upward.

McPherson said that the machines must be tested before they can be certified in California. Having its own police department should make the area a safer place to live. In the past this area had to depend on nearby police officers to patrol their neighborhoods. They also worry that the machines could be tampered with. They discussed what changes they would like to see for their new city.500 pounds. It is 15 feet tall and 25 feet long. The company is not sure they want to do that. It is important that the machines work well. This area has doubled in size in the past ten years.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 95 Many areas of California use voting machines. Mr. He also wants the company that makes the machines to turn in some important information about the memory cards they use. They are worried that their ideas could be stolen. They also said that they are willing to prove that their machines very work well. Some people are afraid that the machines are not reliable. People are going to see many changes in this new city during those years. it is hard for them to buy things. The Secretary of State is a man by the name of Bruce McPherson. It is so big that when people see it for the first time. They said that they will look at the request to turn in the information. World's Largest Motorcycle Greg Dunham has built a big motorcycle. He steers the motorcycle from a special cage below the handlebars. The company that makes the machines is located in Texas. Before this area became a city it was hard to do things like that. Down Payment for Homes When a family does not have very much money. he would need a corporate sponsor to help pay for the tour. He wanted to prove that he could do it. One change that many people want to see is better police protection. Dunham would like to take the motorcycle on a tour of the country so that more people can see it. they sometimes think that they have shrunk! Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records say that Dunham’s motorcycle is the biggest one in the world. One thing that is important to have is a place to live.HCM 20/7/2010 . It weighs about 6. Many people who live there are very excited. However. One of the guys said. but he accomplished it. ‘Build me one!” Greg reports. Now people who live in the city can decide what they would like to do and raise the money to do it. It took Dunham three years to build it. The city’s first mayor and four new council members were sworn in. But owning a home can cost a lot of money. They met and had a celebration. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. A New City A growing area recently became its own city. “People love it!” he says. Greg Dunham built the monster motorcycle because his friends said it was impossible. They hope that this will give them the power to make some changes for the better in their neighborhoods. “Fifteen guys came to see it. He enjoys the way people react when they see his motorcycle. One of the first things that many people would like to do is build new parks. It was a giant project. It is expected to grow much more over the next twenty years.

He came back and began to shoot the men who came in. The company that helps the family wants the family to spend a lot of hours building their own home.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 96 There is a company that helps people get a house to live in. The family then pays back the money later. they may not be able to burn on days when the air quality is bad. Home Invasion Some men went to a house in Sacramento. People at the house said they had drugs. factories must stop making smoke. They wanted to rob the people who lived there. Scientists must use a microscope to see them. Fireplace Users Could Get Fined Many people use wood stoves and fireplaces to heat their homes. One man is building a house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Now she climbs up there and helps to build it. The pieces of pollution. there are a number of houses going up that are built by families. They did not get to rob them. He was arrested at the hospital for what he did. are floating in the air. In one city. Residents of some towns are fined if they violate the burning ban. Home owners may have to install new wood stoves that they comply with the new law. This helps to keep the cost of the house down. They are pounding in the nails and putting up all of the boards. Many families live in homes all over the world. Scientists hope these new regulations will make the air cleaner and less harmful to breathe. The soot levels from factories and homes could be limited. This might be why the men wanted to break in. Other men came in. Their dog was killed and one of the men got shot. When soot levels are high. The one who was shot went to a hospital. The government wants to limit this kind of pollution. Many people want to be able to buy their own home. The company helps to pay for the supplies. it turned out bad for one of the men. The wife was scared to go up on the roof. more than 65 micrograms of soot per cubic meter. But the government thinks that all types of burning should be limited. It may stop people from using their fireplaces. Home Prices Owning a home is a dream for a lot of people. The owner of the house had a roommate who lived with him. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.HCM 20/7/2010 . Factories produce the most smoke and soot. The air is tested every day. He always wanted a house for his family. The smoke is causing air pollution. Part of the deal is that the family helps to build the house. Small amounts of soot are safe. They are too tiny to see. Harmful chemicals are in the smoke. In fact. The government thinks that limit should be much lower. Scientists have become worried about the smoke that they give off. The roommate went and got a gun. The owner of the house answered his door in the morning. Or. but large amounts can be dangerous. It also helps to pay for the land. The men ran away without taking anything. A man pointed a gun at him and made him open the door. called soot. His wife and his father are helping to build the house.

But the shelters are usually very crowded. wind. The plan has two parts. they can spread their illness to others. Homeless people often sleep in their cars or in public places. Some are addicted to drugs. the prices have risen and are continuing to go up. They will probably need more rooms in the future because the city is not done with this project. It has been bulldozed. Some cities provide shelters for these people. They beg for money on the streets. In California. Shelters can provide beds. Being homeless can be harmful to a person’s health. Homeless Area Bulldozed A number of homeless people used one area of land with lots of trees and bushes as their home. there are a lot of people who want it. Many people want to buy a house before the house costs too much. but they can’t meet all the needs of the homeless people. One city has decided to help end the problem. It also kept criminal activity from sight. It had to be bulldozed and cleaned up. Sometimes they sleep in parks or under bridges. It is not safe for the public or the homeless people. A woman stated that she has been waiting more than a year for a room to stay in. It took only minutes to knock it all to the ground. Other people considered the area to be a place of crime. One business owner nearby was glad to see everything torn down. they cost a lot of money. Police said that this overgrown area protected many homeless people from the sun. The problem is that many people don’t have places to live. It is not healthy to live on the street. Leaders think the plan will take ten years to work. Many people are rushing to buy a new house. the price of a house has gone up. In just the past year. He said that two or three times a week his business would be broken into. They need to pay some money each month. When a new house becomes available. and cold weather. Sometimes the shelters are not safe. Housing Plan to End Homelessness One county has a problem. Some are teenagers who ran away from home. They are planning to clear even more trees in the city that are thought to provide shelter for the homeless. He also said that all kinds of illegal activities would go on there. Some homeless people have mental illness.HCM 20/7/2010 . One homeless man said that he likes being outdoors. The homeless often have many other problems. This is called being homeless. Another man said that the shelters are too full. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Some are alcoholics. rain. People in charge of the local shelters said that they will find places for these homeless people to sleep for the night. This place was near a school and homes. There are many reasons why people become homeless. The county does not like having homeless people living on the streets. Sometimes people lose their job and can’t afford to pay rent. It took many years to plan the tearing down of this place. In shelters. City leaders have developed a plan. He thinks that it is safer than staying in a shelter. Most people cannot pay all of the money for a house at one time. Some have lost their families. Homeless people are often sick.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 97 Since homes are large. Sometimes a house can be sold in a day or two.

HCM 20/7/2010 . There have been many plans to help the homeless. Sometimes it can be hard for them to do everyday activities. He was once homeless. One man feels that he is not being treated fairly. They cannot be addicted to drugs. Most plans require that people are healthy. Classes will teach them special skills. It is also said that new things being built cannot block access to the disabled. the people who reside there will be able to stay in their homes. The people who live in the buildings do not make much money. This helped the renters because the judge decided that the owner of the buildings did not tell the community groups that he wanted to sell his buildings. Law Protects Disabled People Some people have disabilities. That is not possible for many. The people that own the building that he lives in put a gate up around the complex. Local leaders hope federal aid will also help them put their plan into action. They are on fixed incomes. The mayor hopes that state funding will be given to the county to help with this plan. The city will provide stable housing. The renters thought they might have to move. Many homeless people will be given a chance at a new life. The plan will also provide mental health services. Then they have a better chance at ending their drug habit. People with disabilities have the right to go everywhere that anybody else goes. That way. He said that he is going to remove the gate so he can BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. One law states that people with disabilities must be able to easily get into buildings and other places. The disabled man can no longer easily get to his home. A new law says that if an owner wants to sell a building. he has to notify these groups first so that they can try to buy them if they want to. This is frustrating for him. Some community groups help people find apartments that have a low rent payment. The manager of the complex is a success story. The second part of the plan will help homeless people in other ways. safe apartments will be rented to homeless people. The judge blocked the sale of the buildings.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 98 The first part of the plan will focus on housing. These apartments are located in an apartment complex in the county. That would be terrible for the renters. The all went to court to try to stop the sales. The renters were worried that someone would buy the buildings and raise the rent. Some services will help them find a job. They hope that the community groups will purchase the buildings so that the residents can remain in their homes. This will help the clients become healthy enough to live a normal life. Now the owner has to notify the groups before he can sell his buildings. The person who owns their buildings was going to sell them. The rent will not be too expensive for them to pay. There are laws that make sure disabled people are treated fairly. Clean. and how to keep their job. It gives them an apartment while they are getting sober. Judge Blocks Sale Some people in apartment complexes in California won an important court case. This means that they cannot do some things that other people are able to do. This means that special ramps must be built so people in wheelchairs can get in. Then the homeless won’t have to live in crowded shelters. The renters and their neighbors are very happy about this decision. The gate blocks the only wheelchair ramp. Unfortunately not everyone follows these laws. When he wants to get to his house he has to call someone to let him in. He is in a wheelchair. No one will be denied an apartment. This plan is different.

The female butterflies need the plants there to lay their eggs. Neighbors Fight A man says someone has lit eight fires outside his home. The city would like to make the land a place just for butterflies. In this town. Trang 99 The owners of the building are not talking about the issue. many people like to go swimming. He is very mad. Some people say that more butterflies used to come. They said that they are working with their lawyers on it. Hopefully the arguments will stop. He called the police. He thinks a neighbor did it. The site is in Pacific Grove. Monarch Butterflies One of the last sites of the monarch butterfly may soon be gone. Millions of butterflies have followed the same paths for thousands of years. Not as many come now. Families like to have pools so everyone can cool off during the hot summer months. It cannot do this because it cannot afford to buy the land. all of the monarch butterfly could be killed. Many small things outside the man's home have been set on fire. Police say they know about the disagreement between the two neighbors. She wants to sell her land to people who want to build homes. That town calls itself Butterfly U. They start their trip in Mexico and return to the same trees in California. California. The man says he wants to get along with all of his neighbors. If their nests are destroyed. It takes a lot of time from a number of workers to do the job. Hopefully they will be able to come up with a solution that will be fair for everyone.LISTENING ENGLISH easily get home. Many people think that all of the new buildings take the butterfly homes away.HCM 20/7/2010 . One place to swim is in a pool in someone’s backyard. The monarch butterfly is the Pacific Grove city mascot. A lot of supplies are needed to finish the job. He hopes someone can help them solve the problems with the children.S.A. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. These neighbors have been arguing about this man's children. Thousands of butterflies land on the local trees. The city does not want her to sell because the butterflies will not have a home. They cannot arrest anyone for the fires. Many people come to the city each year to see them. one woman owns some land that the butterflies like to live on. They do not have enough proof showing who started them. Other neighbors say the arguments have gotten worse since then. Pool Scam When it is hot outside. He and his neighbor have not been getting along. They come to Pacific Grove to stay warm. Putting a pool in the backyard can be a lot of work. The children seem to be doing things the neighbor does not like. It takes a lot of equipment to put one in the ground. The money these people bring is very important for the town.

Scientists are getting ready for the future by living in a biosphere in Arizona. The sale of oil brings in much more money than the fishing business. A small desert and a tiny swamp will also be put in. This oil began getting on everything. They will pay for the entire clean up. the first call was for tarps. the oil spread for twenty miles. and a rain forest. In 36 hours. Lots of oil spilled out of the hole and into the ocean. The oil spill could not be stopped. In 1989. these people will grow their own food. They were sealed off from the outside world.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 100 One person told people that he would build them a pool in their backyard. eight people began living inside the biosphere. A fisherman worried that an oil spill could wipe out his fishing business. They should have asked for equipment to to contain the oil. the tropics. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. He had them pay him money for the whole job. A person who lives in Alaska said that they were told that they would never see this kind of problem. Many different areas will be put in the biosphere. They should have not paid all of the money to the man until he was finished with the job. When the ship hit the reef. A greenhouse will help them grow food. A person from the oil company said that they are trying to clean it up as fast as they can. The oil company could not do much about cleaning it up quickly. The ship's captain was fired by his company. The oil company could only put out a few thousand feet of boom to contain it. A scientist said that we will need some kind of life system on another planet. The rocks in the reef tore a hole in the ship. Now they have to pay another company to come in and finish their pool. They grew their own food. Biosphere People who fly in space have to eat food that they bring from earth. Alaskan Oil Spill An oil tanker became stuck on a reef in Alaska. He started building the pool but never finished. Many had the pool started a long time ago but the man never came back to finish it. It will copy the oceans. The man is now in jail for taking their money and not finishing the job. A new project is called Biosphere Two. A person from the ship company said that they were upset that an officer put his ship and crew in danger like that. The problem was that they did not practice with real equipment.HCM 20/7/2010 . People complained that the clean up was not being done right. Many people now have part of a pool in their yard that is not done. When the oil pipes were put across Alaska. The number of workers cleaning up the mess was cut back. They had even practiced it with a model in their office. In the future. The people at the pipeline company thought they were ready for a spill. the pipe builders said that this would not happen. The people who paid money to this man will not get their money back.

All leftover water is saved.HCM 20/7/2010 . Some people who live by the river were not told about the chemical spill. People who live there have very little water. It may be a while before people come back to fish. They still allow pools to be built. Many companies that use water must save water to save them money. A car wash could use three hundred gallons of water per car. She was finally loaded onto a truck and moved out of the urban environment.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 101 They will try to grow all of the food they need with no help from outside. The spill is 13 miles long. If they can do this. They have to keep track of how much water they use. On a desk in an office. It will take a long time for the chemicals to go away. It has not rained there for a long time. It would be more like a natural home to Ruby. Another man wanted to know if the chemicals would cause health problems. One family has found a way to use less water. People in Southern California are not as worried. Family members take baths together. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. two tiny shrimps have lived two years in a sealed globe. The idea has been tried already on a small scale. Not a drop of water is wasted. They wanted to know why the spill was not stopped before it reached the lake. Water from cleaning dishes is put in the garden. California Toxic Spill Scientists have been watching chemicals float down the Sacramento River. The government said that the chemicals that spilled into the water did not harm people right away. It would be very bad for humans to drink. The animal sanctuary that PAWS owns has a lot of land. Drought in California A place in California called Marin County is having a drought. This spill may change the way chemicals are checked for safety from now on. The bathtub water goes to the washing machine. Her name is Ruby. They let the animals roam around instead of being in a cage. The river is one of California's best places to fish. They can only use fifty gallons of water per day for each person. The government does not force people to save their water. The changed car wash only uses five gallons per car. The water with the chemicals in it has killed many fish. She was sent to the zoo after she spent some time performing in a circus. It took PAWS nine years to get permission to move Ruby. PAWS stands for "Performing Animals Welfare Society. The water in the lake is for drinking and farming. then it could be done on another planet that does not have any plants growing on it. Elephant Gets New Home There is an elephant that has spent the last 20 years in a California zoo. They think it will take 45 days for the chemicals to get to the dam. A group called PAWS has been trying to get her into an animal sanctuary. A car wash has been changed to use less water. It is heading for Shasta Lake.

He now lives in Oregon. Can he see well? Can he talk with other whales? Will he be able to hunt? Right now Keiko does not seem ready. Funnel clouds spin down out of the sky toward the ground. Keiko eats up to 200 pounds of fish a day. People at the aquarium think Keiko might be sick.HCM 20/7/2010 . Funnel clouds form when warm air and cool air mix. People do not know if he is healthy or not. The whale is trying to be stronger so he can one day live in the ocean. Free Willy Update The whale that starred in the movie Free Willy is not free. Keiko was out of shape and sick. She will also get the chance to socialize with three other elephants there. Ruby seems to be doing great and adjusting well. When he was found. He had an infection. But they do not want people to watch him. They say he has been checked. He has not been in the ocean by himself. She seems to like her new home and friends. He also had worms inside him. He is healthier than when he was found in a Mexico City park. He can not hunt.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 102 A person who works for PAWS said that she seems right at home at the sanctuary. Free Willy Debate Keiko the whale is in an aquarium. She is eating well and has already made a special friend. The day that the cloud was seen the weather was very rainy and windy. Keiko's owners would like to set him free. Many people wanted to help save him. This combination of different temperatures created the funnel cloud. He spends 15 hours a day with humans. Ruby has been rubbing trunks with another elephant. The government wants Keiko to have another medical checkup. But they are not sure if he is ready. The other elephant was brought to the sanctuary two years ago. They want him to start thinking for himself. This is something that elephants do when they care about each other. It was a funnel cloud. Keiko still lives in a large fish tank. He was in the movie "Free Willy. Experts say that elephants that have been in captivity often have a hard time getting along. The keepers of the whale want him to be healthy. She also came from a zoo. Keiko can do a lot of tricks. The sanctuary will give Ruby 100 acres to roam around on. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. The people who own Keiko say he is healthy." He has been in the aquarium almost two years. He eats frozen fish. Some people think that Keiko can not be set free. They say he has no infections. Funnel Cloud Spotted Something surprising was spotted in the California sky. Gangs of young whales might attack him. He also does a lot of activities. Keiko's owners say they will not force him to be free if he is not ready. No one is sure if he could survive living in the sea. He needs humans too much.

But now they have to explain to people why their bills are not really paid. It looked like it was from a company called O'Reilly Media. bears and lots of other animals at their shelters. Some people may have even gotten a little scared. The people who work at the bank said that the check looked real. The group depends on donations to help the animals. Ed Stewart is very thankful when somebody writes a check for the animal group. The bank deposited the check into the PAWS account. Their bank called to tell them that the check was not real. He works for them. The organizations usually get the second letter before their checks bounce. They said that PAWS was not the first organization to receive a fake check. They learned that the company did not send the check and was also a victim of the scam.HCM 20/7/2010 .LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 103 Funnel clouds and tornadoes are created the same way. PAWS contacted the firm that they thought donated the money. It never even touched the ground. lions. The note said that the donation was to help PAWS. Hunting Whales BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. The check that they received in the mail was for $95. They depend on donations to help feed and take care of the animals.000 in their account. Group that Saves Animals Given Phony Donation A group that takes care of animals was given a fake donation. The note was short but looked official. The check bounced and there was no longer $95. Funnel clouds can cause damage. The publishing firm said it has notified authorities in the United States and Canada. The money that PAWS thought they had was gone. They both look like funnels coming down out of the sky. They bought equipment. Once an organization gets a fake check they get a second letter a few days later. There was a note that came with the donation in the mail. PAWS did not actually lose money. They are told in the second letter that part of the money needs to be sent back. PAWS did not receive a second letter from the crooks before their check bounced. They take care of animals that used to perform and other rescued animals. It was interesting for people to see the cloud. A few days later PAWS got a surprise. They were very happy when they got the check. It was for a very large sum of money. They wanted to add the money to their bank account. They told PAWS that they did not know who sent the phony check. The phony donation to PAWS had a Canadian postmark. The animal group is called PAWS. Then PAWS started spending the money. Luckily this cloud did not damage anything. 000. They send money back and then find out that their donated checks have bounced. Funnel clouds are not seen very often in California. They have elephants. paid for animal food and paid some of their bills. They even look a little bit alike. The publishing firm also talked to a local news station. They told a reporter that several dozen organizations had received phone donations in their name. PAWS took the check to their bank.

They will sue the people who help to kill them. This behavior concerns the scientists. They think that it helps the group to stay together. Seventy years ago. Other people are afraid to let the Native Americans kill the whales. They even tried playing sounds that they thought the whales would like. One day they started slapping their tails on the surface of the water. The U. They played different sounds underwater. Everyone will be watching to see what happens the first time the whales are hunted. They are not healing well in the fresh water. They are concerned that the whales will become too stressed. They need to get back to the Pacific Ocean. The scientists are worried about their health. too. they were told to stop killing them because the number of whales was so small. Lost Whales Two humpback whales have swum up a river in northern California.S. They are making boaters stay at least 500 yards away from them at all times. Another was a noisy mix of unnatural sounds. The whales have been very active. Scientists have backed off some of their efforts for now. oil. Coast Guard will help protect the whales while they are in the river. If too many people start killing the whales. None of this worked. They want to teach their children about their past. During a celebration. He just wanted to enjoy his celebration. and other items. It has changed from smooth and shiny to irregular and pitted. Now the Native Americans were told that they could start hunting them again. In order to try to coax the whales back out toward the ocean scientists have tried a few different things. Some people will try to stop anyone from killing whales. The problem was that other people did not want the whales to be killed. The Native Americans wanted to do what their ancestors had done for many years. They think that other countries will start killing them. There were no problems. guards were asked to protect the Native Americans. Veterinarians believe that they suffered cuts probably caused by a boat propeller. The whales did not respond to any of these. ***** Footnote: The whales referred to in this story made it safely back to the Pacific Ocean. They told the Native Americans that the whales should be left alone. They also tried using a small fleet of boats to herd the whales downstream.HCM 20/7/2010 . then there will soon be no more whales. Then they were hunted and killed by Native American tribes. The whales are hurt. They used the whale for food. They will get in the way of those trying to kill a whale.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 104 There were many whales swimming in the ocean a long time ago. They think that this could show that the whales are distressed. Scientists are trying to figure out a way to get them to go back to where they belong. One recording they played was of banging metal pipes. Many people were upset. They also noticed that the whales’ injuries have gotten worse. These were of humpbacks feeding. Their skin is being affected by the fresh water. It took one week for them to swim back to their natural habitat. One Native American felt good about that. Milk Prices BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.

A person may contract encephalitis. It is called West Nile virus. The price of milk from other states might not be as high. "The callers told us there was a sea lion. If they do not. California already has high milk prices. head and body aches. There have been areas that the virus has been found however. insect repellent with DEET should be worn when outside. People taking a walk at night almost stepped on the sea lion. turned up on a Sacramento street late last night. Sometimes it can be very serious. The first case of West Nile virus found in the United States was in 1999. The experts from the center arrived early in the morning and moved the sea lion into a cage. Families with many children buy a lot of milk. A man who is a State Public Health officer said that people should be careful. Sea Lion Found on Street A sea lion. The experts think the sea lion is confused because he may have a brain illness. It was sitting at the corner of two streets." said a police spokesperson. This will make all the milk sellers lower their prices. They also gave the sea lion medical care. The bad weather may mean that a gallon of milk will cost 41-cents more after October 1. Small polluted plant life could have made the sea lion sick and mixed-up.HCM 20/7/2010 . Because of the warm weather mosquitoes are breeding earlier that normal. There was not enough rain in some parts of the country last year. High milk prices will be very hard for some people.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 105 The price of milk may be going up. No human cases of West Nile virus have been found yet in 2007. They found people who were experts. Then they called the police. The police called other agencies that could help the sea lion. This sea lion has also shown up in San Luis Obispo and in Moss Landing. They think the lost sea lion swam from the San Francisco bay into the Sacramento River. Mosquitoes are most active at this time. All standing water should be cleared so mosquitoes can not breed. their milk will not sell. They were from the Marine Mammal Center. The court said that more milk from other states can be sold in California. Also. This virus can be spread by mosquitoes. If someone must go outside they should wear long-sleeve shirts and pants. No one can tell how bad West Nile virus might be this season. People should try to protect themselves from mosquito bites. They are trying to reduce the number of mosquito breeding pools there. It is also a good idea to stay inside during dawn and dusk. The passersby poured water on the sea lion to keep him comfortable. who likes to get around. A special tag that the sea BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. They may get flu-like symptoms like fever. Most people do not usually get extremely sick from the virus. Some states got enough rain so their cost did not go up. People will buy the cheaper milk. A California court wants to keep the cost down. The poor and older people without much money will also be hurt by higher prices. The court does not want the cost to go any higher. He ended up in a creek that feeds the river. Then they think the sea lion took a side trip into the American River. Mosquitoes Are Coming People of California are being warned about a virus.

It says to stop breeding more chimps.500 chimps. They hide in the shadows.500 of them. They occasionally make their way upriver following the fish. Unwanted Chimps Many chimpanzees have been bred for AIDS research. fishermen would find them by looking for dolphins. The National Forest Service is trying to let all the American people use the national forests. Some people wanted to kill them. They look like people. People who cut down trees are mad. The logging companies get together to make the National Forest Service let them cut the trees down. They will help change the way they catch the tuna. A company that cans tuna will not use any tuna captured with dolphins. It says to put them someplace like their natural habitat. Fishermen will get help from the canning company. Other parts have been stopped from being cut. Some people get together to make the National Forest Service stop the logging companies from cutting down trees. A person on each ship will check to see if any dolphins were killed. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. But this change will save the lives of many dolphins. Some people are very mad that all those dolphins are being killed. The trees have many uses. Some parts of the forests have been overcut. Timber or Trees There are many trees in America. A male sea lion can weigh more than one ton. Tuna and Dolphins Dolphins swim with other fish.HCM 20/7/2010 . Finding tuna is hard to do. A research panel has a different idea. Even when scientists say that cutting the trees down would hurt the forest and the animals. Many of them lost their jobs because they could not cut down any more trees. There are 1. many people lose their jobs. Anybody who does not like that idea is not listened to. Many people say this is a good idea. Experts know where he has been because of the tag. Many are found trapped and killed in tuna nets. The biggest problem is deciding what should be done with all of the trees. Then they would throw out their nets and pull in any fish caught in the net.The company who sells the tuna will make sure no dolphins are killed when they get the tuna. The chimps are not needed.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 106 lion wears lets people recognize him. People buying the new cans of tuna will have to pay more money. It says someone needs to take care of the 1. Sea lions are mammals and have a bark like a dog. They are not buying the cans of tuna at the store. Some people want all the trees to grow and not be cut down. They say chimps are very special animals. When this happens. Sea lions are often seen along the rocky coastline during summer months. Trees are also cut down to make many things for people to use. Too many trees have been taken away. They provide many things to the area where they grow. Researchers did not learn enough about AIDS from chimps. they still cut the trees down. For years. The people with the most money can tell the forest service to allow the cutting to be done. About 26 boats will have to change the way they fish for tuna.

BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Amusement Parks California has lots of amusement parks. A cab driver that claims to be allergic to dogs would not let the blind man and his dog into her cab. He says that he does not like what is happening to the horses. Twenty-eight thousand horses share the land with six million cattle. Safety is important. Amusement parks have many rides that are fun for people. Some people say it is worse than when all the buffaloes were killed. Right now the state does not check rides to make sure they are safe. The chimps will live 30 to 40 years. They hope to make rules for amusement parks that will make rides safer. When rides are not checked for safety bad things can happen. Trang 107 Some people do not want chimps to be used for research. He feels that he is being discriminated against. The horses were found far from the nearest road. Pilots fly over the area where the horses were found. Some people think the Navy used the wild horses for target practice.HCM 20/7/2010 . The president of the Nevada cattleman group also helps to protect the horses. Wild Horses Killed More than 450 wild horses have been killed in Nevada. The government spends more than 7 million dollars a year to take care of them. People do not want to be hurt on rides. Others think that they should stay. but he does want the government to help keep the number of horses low. People say it is worth using them. It will cost a lot of money to take care of the chimps. Some people think that the horses should be gotten rid of. The blind man has been using the cab company for years and has never had any problems before this. The Navy said that they do not let their pilots kill horses. He is very angry. These people want this to become a law. Blind Man Sues Cab Company A blind man is suing a cab company. The land they were on belongs to the government. They say taking care of chimps is better than killing them. He feels that he was not treated fairly. People want the state to check the rides. In the meantime. Cattlemen say the horses are crowding the cattle out. They say it is not right to hurt them. It has been happening for the last two years. Sometimes they do not see things that are broken. Some of the rides can be dangerous. One rancher said that there is a range war going on. The governor of California will make sure rides are safer by passing a law. The killings happened over a large area. The law protects wild horses. They are close relatives to people. Lots of people have been hurt when rides are not safe. We have learned many valuable things from chimps. the police will try to figure out who did it. Both the cattle and the horses need the water and grass that is on the land. People who work at the parks try to do this. Many of the horses were shot while running.LISTENING ENGLISH They sometimes act like people. Many others have even died.

Someone from the cab company said that the driver has a note from her doctor stating that she is allergic to dogs. Couple Says They are Guilty A woman bought some chili at a fast food restaurant. Danger at Car Shows BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Discriminating against people with disabilities is against the law. Both sides will need to be looked and only one will win. They tried to sue the restaurant. He feels that he was not treated fairly. They decided to tell the judge they were guilty before their trial started. They say it is because of the lies the couple told. The husband got the finger from a friend.HCM 20/7/2010 . People did not want to buy food from the restaurant when news of the finger spread. The couple accused the restaurant of selling bad food. Blind Man Sues Cab Company A blind man is suing a cab company. The cab company does not think that she should have had to let the man and his dog into her cab. She and her husband put a finger in the bowl of chili after she bought it. Both sides will need to be looked and only one will win. If courts find that the cab company was discriminating against this man they will be in a lot of trouble. A judge will have to decide who will win this case. Both the blind man and the cab driver have rights. The police found out that the husband and wife were lying. Dogs can make her feel sick. They were charged with making a false claim and attempting to steal money. Both could be spending a lot of time in prison. The blind man has been using the cab company for years and has never had any problems before this. Both the blind man and the cab driver have rights. If courts find that the cab company was discriminating against this man they will be in a lot of trouble. Someone from the cab company said that the driver has a note from her doctor stating that she is allergic to dogs. A judge will have to decide who will win this case. Discrimination is when someone is not treated the same as others because he or she is different in some way. A judge will decide how much time the couple will spend in jail. He feels that he is being discriminated against. Discriminating against people with disabilities is against the law. The restaurant says that they lost a lot of money. The couple was arrested and went to jail.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 108 Discrimination is when someone is not treated the same as others because he or she is different in some way. Dogs can make her feel sick. They said the chili had the finger in it when they bought it. He is very angry. The cab company does not think that she should have had to let the man and his dog into her cab. The restaurant blames the couple for the loss of money. A cab driver that claims to be allergic to dogs would not let the blind man and his dog into her cab. The friend got his finger cut off in an accident at work. Then the couple tried to get money.

These permits are no longer valid. Today. people driving too fast. One of the people chosen for the electoral college is the wife of a state candidate. The person running for president is called a candidate. Not all people who have these placards are disabled. A person from the DMV says that there are many reasons for the increase in numbers. people vote for someone to be their president. Each state also picks people to help choose a candidate for that state. Finally. No one can be the president until the electoral college meets and votes for one candidate. A disabled person can even use it to park without having to put money into meters. Last year it became very dangerous. one in sixteen drivers in California carries the sign.000 permits. He wanted to make sure his family got a chance to choose a president.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 109 Each year there is a car show. The people in this group are very important. Sometimes there are problems at these shows. Police want to be ready this year. there are a number of people who have them that should not. These placards are meant to help disabled people in a number of ways. Unfortunately some people do bad things. There are a lot more people who have disabled placards today than ten years ago. Lots of people were violent. This year there will be extra police to help keep everyone safe. They will have many more police officers there. Even driving home became dangerous. These are called disabled placards. Parking officials think that some people are cheating. It is held in Reno. This group of people is called the electoral college. There are also more reasons that allow drivers to have one today. Most people go to these shows to have fun. Every four years. They got in trouble. They are picked by other candidates to make the right choice. They allow the person to park in special parking spaces. There were drunk drivers. These placards are only supposed to be for disabled people. They are worried that access to the program could be limited because of misuse by others. They were arrested. They are removable signs that can be hung from the rearview mirror of a car. The police will watch for anyone who is causing trouble. Electoral College There is an election in the United States. Each state counts up how many votes each candidate gets. Disabled Parking Signs Abused Some disabled people have a special card they use when they park their car. They found that lots of people who had the disabled placards had died.HCM 20/7/2010 . As people get older they may have a reason to receive one. and other problems. People say that the danger did not stop at the car show. There are usually two or three candidates for each election. More rules could make it harder for truly disabled people to get disabled placards. She will get together with other members of the BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. Nevada. Many people go to it. Some people are worried about the system being abused. Last year the DMV cancelled more than 25. They can also be used when dropping-off or picking-up a disabled person.

Since one candidate won more votes than the other. It might say that the law should change. He was off duty one afternoon and was driving his car.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 110 electoral college and vote for one candidate. However. They wanted more justice for their son. The little boy’s parents were relieved that they would not have to go through a trial. These stories made people think California needs a new law. It would be very difficult and emotional for them. He admitted to driving drunk and hitting a young boy. He was arrested and tests showed that he was drunk. He also told the witness that he was a police officer. Some people say that March was treated differently by law enforcement because he was a policeman. He also said March must pay more than $14. This means that he would admit that he was guilty so he could get a lighter sentence. The man lost his job as a police officer and now must spend five years in jail for the crime. A judge sentenced him to no more than five years in prison. His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Ex-Officer Sentenced to Jail A man is going to jail. People who want the new law are worried. They should do this until they are sure they are right.000 in fines. These people say that there is nothing wrong with what they are doing now. the electoral college will vote for that person. courts said the death penalty was wrong more than 100 times. He was executed by the State of California. Many onlookers witnessed the accident. One witness followed March in his car. Some people thought it was wrong. people were killed when they should not have been. The new law would stop executions until 2009. They are afraid that the state could kill the wrong people. In the last 30 years. March pleaded guilty to the crime. March stopped three miles away and admitted that he had run over the child. He confessed to a terrible crime. Some people say California should stop all executions. March did not stop his car after the accident. They say he was treated like anyone else. Officials say that is not true. It would allow time to finish a report in 2008. There were many stories about it in newspapers and on TV. Other people do not agree. It also meant that March would not have a trial. The little boy’s family was sad because they felt that March’s sentence was too light. Then March decided to enter a plea. Executions in California May be Stopped Not long ago a criminal was killed. which is a felony. The State of California has killed 12 criminals since 1992. Drivers are supposed to stop when they’ve been in an accident. He passed a school bus and struck a young boy who was running across the road. They were shocked that March didn’t stop. They say California is more careful than anyone. They say California might have the same problems as other states. Many people were disappointed that a police officer could break such a serious law. He drove away from the scene.HCM 20/7/2010 . Jason March was a policeman. They believe he should have to serve more time in prison. there could be executions in 2009. But if the law does not change. There was controversy about the case. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. There are now 640 people waiting for execution in California jails. In other states. The judge planned to hold a trial for March. They were killed because of their race or because they had bad lawyers. The boy died.

The school districts were disappointed with the judge’s decision. This check does not stop anyone else from buying a gun. Someone found her in the swimming pool.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 111 Girl Dies Some people had a party. The atheist man filed a similar case on behalf of his daughter a while ago. He lost the case. then this law is worth it. The judge said that it was unconstitutional. The little girl was found. there are fewer suicides by gun than other places. The person who examined her stated that she did not drown. Congress is now trying to pass a law that will make everyone wait to buy a gun. but they decided not to rule. The lawsuit was filed to try to stop the Pledge of Allegiance from being recited in public schools. Gun Control Anyone who wants to buy a gun in California will have to wait for 2 weeks. They wanted there to be a full-court BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. She was murdered. They have not named anyone as a suspect.” One atheist man filed a lawsuit on behalf of three families. Some atheist families are not happy that children recite the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. But other people think that if only one person is stopped from getting a gun. They need to find out more about what happened the day of the party. He has not seen crime go away because of it. Four people waited 15 days to buy guns. They said that it was unclear if he had legal custody of his daughter. California has one of the longest waiting times for someone to buy a gun. The girl's body was examined. Then they robbed a store and shot 3 people. Some people think that a law like this will not do any good.HCM 20/7/2010 . They do not like it because it refers to one nation “under God. Police are not saying much to the public. Many people looked for her. Many people do not want this law. Others are glad it might happen. They hope to find more clues. Last year. Police officers want to talk to everyone who was at the party. One reason to make people wait to buy a gun is to make sure the guns are not sold to criminals. this check stopped 2. In California. A little girl was missing. Many criminals buy guns on the street and not in a store.400 guns from being sold to criminals. People who do not believe in God are called atheists. She was dead. He agreed to sign a restraining order stating that children could not recite the Pledge in the three school districts involved in the lawsuit. This time a judge ruled that public school children should not be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in class. They need to know what happened. Judge Decides Part of Pledge is Unconstitutional Some people do not believe in God. A gun dealer said that this waiting time does not seem to do much good. A lot of suicides are with a gun. The courts thought that he might be right. One good thing that has happened with the waiting time to buy a gun is lower suicide rates.

They want to raise awareness about steriods. The players must promise not to take drugs. it becomes a law. The bill is called Senate Bill 37. Some people think it should be okay. The agency has told high schools to do what the bill says by 2008. Having pets in the car. Lawmakers Pass a Drug Bill The state Senate approved a bill for the governor to sign on Thursday. There are many elections every year. They think many students use steroids. Part of the bill requires that high school coaches be trained. They think that drivers can become distracted by other things too. Americans vote for people to help make laws for us to follow. putting makeup on. Their students have to sign an agreement not to use drugs. An agency in charge of the rules for high school sports is also in favor of the bill. A bill similar to Senate Bill 37 was sent to the governor last year. They make decisions to help our lives be BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. The proposed bill would fine people $20 the first time they are caught talking on their handheld cell phone while driving. Many high schools are in favor of the bill. They would be fined $50 every time they are caught after that. The creators of the bill want to stop student athletes from using drugs. People hope that this bill will help end drug use. But. Many People Vote People that live in America vote for things that they want. they are bad for the body. They said that they would continue to recite the Pledge of Allegiance until they were ordered to stop. They have never passed. They say that studies have not proven that hands-free cell phones make driving safer. Steroids make some athletes faster and stronger. The governor did not sign the other bill. Lawmakers Want to Ban Cell Phones People of California are arguing whether or not it should be legal to use handheld cell phones while driving. Other people do not think the bill should pass. It was introduced last year by a senator from San Francisco. they will know that they are bad for their bodies. If athletes learn about the drugs.HCM 20/7/2010 . They are teaching their coaches about drugs. Sheldon High School began to teach athletes and coaches about drugs. or brushing your hair can be distractions also. If the governor signs the bill. The new law would make student athletes sign a promise. The students would promise not to use drugs called steroids. Similar bills have been introduced in the past. The high school also requires signed promises from players. Many other high schools are doing the same thing. Other people do not think it is safe. The Sheldon High football coach thinks the bill is a good idea for the athletes.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 112 review of the case. Coaches and their athletes would be taught about the dangers of steroids. He thinks that the bill could save lives. One man is trying for a law that would only allow drivers to use hands-free cell phones while driving.

The new laws allow almost anyone who is suffering to smoke marijuana. They did not think this man was the killer. The marijuana helps get rid of the pain. There was an election in November of 2000. Someone recognized the man's picture. The proposition said that people who are sick or dying can smoke marijuana. Others are scared that the new laws will hurt the war on drugs. This confessed murderer wants a movie made about his crimes. Some people who can vote choose not to. Sometimes not very many people will vote. There were many different kinds. Some people really wanted the proposition to pass. Then local police gave the man's name and picture to the media. They showed it on television. Many people in California turned out to vote. No written note from the doctor is needed to smoke it. People want to be able to choose which ones they want. Trang 113 Sometimes elections can seem like they are not very important. The federal law still says that it is illegal. One person said that it shows how much people care about others who are sick and dying. He wants to talk to people in Hollywood so he can tell them everything that happened. Others think that their vote will not make a difference. He confessed to the crimes. Marijuana Proposition People in California voted to let marijuana be used for people who were in pain. He hopes to become very famous.HCM 20/7/2010 . The new laws were also very interesting. The two courts not agreeing causes a problem. People were voting for the President. They were also voting on some new laws. Murderer's Movie A man killed three women. Many people mailed in their choices. A reporter wanted to talk to the man about the murders. They were happy when it did. They need to have a doctor say that it is okay first. Police arrested the man and he later confessed. He is now in jail. She called the police. Police are worried. Many people have said that FBI investigators did not do a good job on this case. He wanted the reporter to put him in contact with people in Hollywood. Most people were interested in choosing who they wanted for President.LISTENING ENGLISH better. California is getting ready to work it out in the courts. He agreed to talk if the reporter would do something for him. The new law also says that it is legal to grow marijuana for medical use. One person said that it was the highest turn out of voters for an election in California. Now people in California can smoke marijuana if they are sick. They think that some people might smoke it even if they are not sick. including the illegal use of marijuana. Police say they will continue to make people follow the drug laws. This person would be the leader of the United States of America for four years. New Driving Laws for Teens BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.

They walk alongside it. They don’t like to shop at the mall now because of all the chaos. Many shoppers are in favor of the new law. The accident reminded some people of how important the new laws are for teenage drivers.HCM 20/7/2010 . They drive dangerously and perform stunts. All police can do is tell the crowds and drivers to leave. The laws were written to hopefully save lives. If the laws are going to work they will need to be followed. police could write tickets to drivers who break the law. New Driving Laws May be Passed A city council is considering a new law. The new law states that teen drivers cannot have passengers in their car who are under the age of 20 unless there is another licensed driver over the age of 25 in the car too. Police could only enforce the law if property owners give them written permission. Also. It doesn’t help. There are some exceptions to the new driving laws. The driver of the car was 16 years old.m. They want to drive with their friends. Officers May Be Required to Workout BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.” Drivers set their car in gear and let it roll through the parking lot. A teenage girl died in a car crash. Police spoke to the city council about the problem and asked them for help. This is because drivers used private parking lots for their shows. These tricks are very dangerous to the many people who watch the shows.” The drivers squeal their tires. If the law is passed.m. Many more teenagers die in car crashes than adults. they park in fire lanes. They can also drive during off-limits hours because of work or medical reasons. Police feel that sideshows and reckless driving have become a big public safety problem.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 114 There are new laws for teenage drivers. Some parents do not know about these new laws. Some teenagers are breaking the law by driving with friends in their cars. It is very important that everyone learns about and understands these new laws. because they just go to another parking lot and continue. Traffic laws do not apply to private property. police could not do much about it to stop it. They hope the council will pass the new law. It will allow police to ticket drivers in mall parking lots. Police believe that reckless driving in these areas is a big problem in their town. The law also states that teenagers cannot drive between the hours of 11 p. New laws were made to help keep young drivers safer. They spin donuts. They think this would help make it a safer place. They need to keep a note in their car stating why they need to drive. Teens can drive their brothers and sisters to school. Some teens and young adults do not follow the rules in mall parking lots. The law will help make parking lots safer. The tires leave marks on the asphalt. Unfortunately. a spectator was killed watching a show in a mall parking lot. These laws need to be followed for the first year that a teen driver has his license. Drivers gather in the lots to put on trick shows called “sideshows. The shows also damage the mall property and impact sales. They also do a dangerous stunt called “ghostriding. In one city. The target of the law would be drivers who perform car tricks or don’t obey rules in parking lots. and 5 a. Sometimes as many as 50 cars join in the shows. She was a passenger in a car. There were two other passengers in the car who were also hurt. roll through stop signs and crosswalks and play their radios too loudly. Some students said that they know about the laws but do not obey them. or jump on the hood. Maybe the teenage girl would still be alive if the law was followed.

One man wants this kind of program for all California police officers. They have been told that they need to make sure their kids go to school. They could be sent to jail for up to a year and be fined $2. They want to tell the parents that their kids are missing school a lot. People from the school call the parents of these kids. He said that the work ethic has improved too. Each officer is required to spend one hour in the department gym before each shift. The police will visit these families. This means that they do not go to school. He also thinks that money spent on disability payments would go down too. He says that millions of dollars would be saved in medical costs. Parents Arrested When Students Skip School The law says that all children must go to school. They decided to do something to make the parents responsible. They do not seem to be worried that their kids are skipping school. He would like to have $10 million. One county said that they have 90 parents that have failed to send their children to school on a regular basis. This man believes that the program would actually save money. Some parents do not come to the meeting. With the money he wants to create a voluntary fitness program for police officers. He thinks that their policy of working out has also attracted some excellent recruits.HCM 20/7/2010 . Police Arrest Parents Sometimes kids skip school. Some parents do not seem to care. Police Find Drugs Police officers saw someone driving badly. Many parents will be arrested. The officers are in much better shape. People from the school also try to set up meetings with these parents. It is a parent’s responsibility to send their children to school. The police and workers at the schools are unhappy that the parents do not do something. They think that parents should be responsible for keeping their kids in school. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. They thought it was a drunk driver. The parents that will be arrested have been talked to many times before. They decided to pull the driver over. If a child does not go to school. This city’s police chief said that his officers are in great shape.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 115 One city has a very fit group of police officers. These children have had at least 30 unexcused absences. the parent could get into some big trouble. Not everyone thinks that this is money well spent. Many of them were found and they were arrested. They will face charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The police looked for these parents. People who are against the program do not think that taxes should be raised to pay for the program.500. It is said that most of the officers do not mind keeping in shape as part of their duties. He believes that this program has done a lot for his police force. Kids need to go to school to learn. Now they will see that the school and the police are very serious. This is against the law.

" Officer Smith delivered his baby. Natasha went into labor. One driver says he has never seen a stoplight change so quickly. They talk on cell phones. The cameras take pictures of cars running red lights. The driver pulled over. The baby is healthy and is now at home with her family. She was pregnant with their third child. The couple could not make it in time. "Right here is where you were born.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 116 The officers turned on their sirens. Officer Smith pulled over and turned on his car's hazard lights.HCM 20/7/2010 . He saw supplies for making a lot of drugs. They wanted their baby to be delivered at a hospital. While they were making the arrest one of the officers looked into the back of the car. They read maps. They decided to go to a closer hospital." Red Light Runners The San Francisco Department of Traffic is putting cameras at street corners. Recently he had to deal with a very special emergency. This person is accused of a serious crime. He is very glad that he paid attention to the training film that he was shown. the baby's head was there. The officers walked up to the car. The cameras show drivers not looking. Officer Smith was taught how to deliver babies as part of his police officer training. He has handled many emergencies as an officer. They searched the driver. "By the time I took off my shirt. He quickly took off his shirt to help deliver his baby. It is illegal to have drug-making supplies. Officer Smith plans on showing the baby where he delivered her when she is old enough. Natasha told her husband to pull the car over. It was time to drive to the hospital where their doctor works. Sometimes they look angry. He said. They hoped that they could make it there before the baby was born. She was having the baby. The officers arrested the person. The drivers look surprised. He was very happy. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. He had never delivered a baby before. The cameras sometimes show cars crashing. They spoke to the driver of the car. Running red lights is a big problem in San Francisco. Running red lights causes about 1000 accidents a year. He says he will drive over the bridge and tell her. He has been a police officer in Sacramento for 12 years. This officer has a wife named Natasha. The driver was taken to jail. They look at buildings. They did not have enough time to make it there. One camera shows 80 to 100 of them a day. Police Officer Delivers Own Baby A man named Dustin Smith is a police officer. A policeman says he could write tickets all day just for that. They could not make it. One of the officers found some drugs in the driver's pocket. Then he drove the family to the hospital. It happened quickly.

Be suspicious of anyone approaching the car with fliers. This is called "carjacking. While driving. Smoking May be Banned in Cars Studies show that smoking is bad for a person’s health. He believes that it should be left up to the parents. The California Senate is considering a bill that would make it a crime to smoke in the car when children are inside. he said that he thought it was terrible. If you're very suspicious. Stop Carjacking Your car can be stolen at anytime. When you leave your car. if struck from behind or in any suspicious way. he does not think that the government should make that decision. When you drive. She believes that this would make them think twice about smoking when kids are on the car. Be ready to leave quickly. asking for change or directions. lock your doors and keep the windows rolled up. stay in your vehicle with the doors locked and windows closed until the police arrive. It may become illegal in California for a person to smoke in a vehicle when children are present. The author of the bill is a democratic senator from Long Beach. lock all the doors and close the windows. It is called "second-hand smoke". He does not think that the government needs to tell people what they can or cannot do in their homes or cars. When stopped at a light. He does not allow smoking in his car when his grandchildren are inside. This will leave you room for escape. Some people do not like this bill. Do not stop to help a car that has broken down. They say that it gives government too much control over what people choose to do. This senator said that he knows that smoking can be dangerous. leave enough room between you and the car in front of you.HCM 20/7/2010 . The senator from Long Beach thinks adults should be fined $100 for each violation." Carjacking can happen anywhere but there are ways to keep your car from being taken. The governor of California. The city has ordered 20 more cameras. When he was asked what he thought about adults smoking in cars when children were inside. This law would be called SB 7. She says that she thinks this bill could protect kids’ health. There are 40% fewer red light runners at the intersections with cameras. These critics of SB 7 are calling it a “nanny government” measure. Smoking is very bad for children. get the other vehicle's license number and drive to the nearest police station or a well-lighted area with lots of people. Turn on your car's emergency flashers.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 117 The red light cameras seem to be working. He also believes that this bill infringes on parents' rights. Instead call a service station or police to tell them where the car is. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. even if it means running a red light or stop sign. Still. Even being around a person that is smoking can be unhealthy. A republican senator from Grass Valley does not support the bill. Drivers caught running red lights get tickets. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not said whether he would sign the bill or not to make it a law.

He wants the laws to change. One boy died right away. He believes other bands will be held responsible for the music they make. One of the boy's father says he does not think this will be the last time parents will go to court for this. These students have to pay more money attend school. Later that evening they tried to kill themselves. The BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. They want the cost of going to college to be fair for everyone. They want warning labels put on all records so people will know if the music is good or bad. The lawyer thinks the judge was very fair because the band did not put any secret words into their music. Other students that go to school in California came from other countries. Any song played backwards could make strange words. Threatened at School A man's son is leaving California to stay safe. drive immediately to an area with lots of lights and people. The parents think people should know what type of music their kids are listening to. Out-of-state students are suing the state of California to try to get the laws changed. He does not want the laws to change. They are not happy about this. They think that changing the laws would make this happen. Students Sue Over Tuition Lots of students go to college in California.000 a year more than the illegal immigrants. They do not think that it is fair that they pay more money to go to school. The group of boys said they were going to shoot him. Teen Suicide In 1985. Some of these students moved to California from other states. They were also smoking. They are going to go to court to get money from the record company and the band. The out-of-state students have to pay between $10. One student that is paying the higher out-of-state fees said that he thinks that it is not fair that he has to pay so much more money. too. Another student that is an illegal immigrant said that he could not afford to go to school if he had to pay more money. The boy was threatened at school. Some of these students are illegal immigrants. One lawyer said all music can be heard wrong. These students pay less money to go to college in California than the students that moved from other states. If possible. The other died three years later.HCM 20/7/2010 . drive to the nearest police station. They wanted him dead because of his race. The court said that what was on the record was an accident of the sounds mixing together. The song does not call for teenagers to commit suicide. They listened to music by a band called Judas Priest. A judge said that the band and the record company did not get the two boys to kill themselves. two boys spent an afternoon drinking beer. They are suing the state of California to try to change this.000 to $20.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 118 If you think you are being followed. An Oregon family who lost their son to suicide is thinking about going to court. The two families blame the record company that made the record and the band. A group of kids said they were going to hurt him. They believe the music helped the boys to kill themselves.

One woman was arrested for having the stolen items. The police investigated. He thought that some guests at the motel were acting suspicious. He does not want people doing illegal things where he works. TV programs show science quickly proving crimes. They realized that one of the men was recently let out of jail. When police searched the rooms they found that there was something bad going on. He suspected that the guests were probably doing something illegal. They are looking into the threats. They decided that the boy should leave the state in order to stay safe. Unfortunately. The worker noticed that some of the guests seemed to be acting unusual. For example. The worker at the motel was happy to help solve the crime. No one can argue with that kind of proof. One lawyer says that the real world is not like the TV programs. The father and son are very upset. This problem is being called the “CSI Effect. The father said that they did not do anything about it.LISTENING ENGLISH boy said he was very scared. Police made a list of everything that they found in the motel rooms. He likes what he does for a living. Tip Leads to Arrest A man who works at a motel helped police solve a crime. They also say that it takes time to find out exactly what happened. personal papers.HCM 20/7/2010 . They looked nervous. Police are still looking for two other men and another woman that were seen taking items into the rooms. so they decided to search the rooms. They paid cash for their rooms. These lawyers say that solving crimes in real life is not like that in the real world. passports. The father called the police and filed a report. and jewelry. Trang 119 The boy and his father told people at the school about the threats. People from the school say that they take all threats seriously. This lawyer BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP. He called the police. He thought that they were microwaves. TV Programs Effect Jurors Some lawyers who try to prove that someone did a crime are saying that TV shows are making their job harder. The motel employee believed that the guests might be making drugs. Some of the things that they found were checkbooks.” On TV shows like CSI. They found illegal drugs and stolen items. the police are always able to show high-tech scientific proof that the person is guilty in just one hour. He called the police and told them what he saw. Not all evidence can be tested scientifically. They learned that many of the items in the rooms had been stolen from doctors in the area. One popular show that does this is called CSI. Some people think that now real juries want to see that kind of proof before they will say someone is guilty. They were also carrying some large items with cords on them to the rooms. They think the school should have taken care of the problem. tests that are done in minutes on TV can take weeks to do in reality. some juries expect them to prove crimes that way.

HCM 20/7/2010 . one student drank too much vodka. Freshmen at the college are now required to take a special course. She also tells them that the way things are proved in the real world is very different from what they see on TV. One college has decided to ban alcohol. He slipped into a coma. The college hopes the new rule will prevent any more tragedies. All first-year students must pass the course. The college hopes that more information will help students make better choices. Those students are also banned from drinking alcohol. It can cause students to make bad choices and do dangerous things. Many of them live on the campus. They live in houses near the campus. even if they are of legal age. Some students do not live on the campus. They also take a survey to find out how much they know about alcohol. Recently. they will still have to pay for the dorm. It has gotten a reputation as a party school. The new rule prohibits students from drinking alcohol in the dorms. If they break the rule again. The course is called AlcoholEdu. University Students Not Allowed to Drink Alcohol Some college students drink too much alcohol at school. However. Five students at the college have died from drinking too much alcohol. Heavy drinking has caused many problems.LISTENING ENGLISH Trang 120 asks jurors about what TV shows they watch. they will be evicted from the dorm. and lasts for two and a half hours. The first time a student breaks the rule they will receive a warning. The students learn about the dangers of alcohol. BS: TRẦN ĐỨC CHÍNH TP.

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