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Norfolk Junior High

Pheasant Breaks into Castle to See Princess

News just in on this 14th day of March, Jack Crawford, a pheasant broke into the castle. Princess Anne Burm and King George were inside the castle when the break-in occurred. Turns out Princess Anne threw a rope over the wall earlier in the day so Jack could make it inside to see her. Jack used the rope to crawl over the wall. The wall guards, that were supposed to be watching the wall, were later beheaded. Jack made his way up the tower before guards surrounded him, where he was nimble and quick and jumped over a candlestick. Out of the window, he landed in a manure cart. Later, he was captured and taken to the king. The king decided that Jack could marry Anne for his great bravery and cunning.


WALKING WAR ROBOTS

Walking War Robots is a real time, 3-D multiplayer game. With 6 vs.6 team mode. Battle other players around the world. You can upgrade your weapons and robots. There are 18 robots, light, medium, and heavy. Each robot has its own strengths. Some robots have a jump drive, which in turn can leap over other robots, jump out of the way, and avoid direct hits from some of the other mechs weapons. One robot has a built in shield and another has an assault mode that allows the mech to be protected by built in shields and move speed is 50% faster. There are more than 20 weapons types, including bullets, explosives, and energy weapons. On the bottom left corner is a joystick type thing that you move backwards, forwards, left, and right. You use your other had to move on the screen looking right or left. Once in range, your crosshairs will come up in the middle of the screen, that is where your weapons are pointed. The weapons will automatically aim. In the bottom right hand corner, there is the trigger that fires the weapons. On the top left corner is your health. The top middle is where you can tell who is winning. You win by killing off the other team or holding on to the beacons. The beacons are big white lights that stick from the ground. You can approach the beacon and it will start to change to your color.

B-17 FLYING FORTESS

Did you know, in World War Two the B-17 flying, Fortress bomber, was one of America's main bombers? The B-17 was manufactured by Boeing. From 1936-1945 the B-17 cost $238,329 per plane. The B-17 had a crew of 10, a pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer, navigator, radio operator, bombardier, two waist gunners, ball turret gunner, and a tail gunner. The B-17 is a four engine heavy bomber. Each engine is a 930-hp Wright Cyclone radial engine. The B-17 flying fortress was in in WW2 during the years 1939-1945. The B-17 has 13 .50 caliber heavy machine guns for personal protection. The B-17 could carry a load of 17,600 lbs. of bombs (7,983 kilograms). It has a length of 74 ft., wingspan of 104 ft. 9 in., height of 19 ft. 1 in. and weight of 36,135 lbs (empty) or 65,500 lbs (loaded). Its top speed is 300 mph (480 kilometers per hour). The maximum altitude it can climb is 36,000 feet (11,000 meters).Out of the 12,700 B-17’s built, nearly 5,000 were lost in combat. In summary, the B-17 was the United States most successful bomber.


WAR OF THE WORLDS

Tom Cruise stars in War of the Worlds as Ray, a father of two kids. Dakota Fanning plays as Rachel, a daughter of Ray and Justin Chatwin as Robbie. Unsuspectedly, martians from Mars attack earth with tripod machines buried in Earth a long time ago. A storm comes over Ray’s town. The aliens encased in capsules ride the lightning into the ground into their machines. Ray takes his two kids and heads for Boston where their mom is and it’s safer there. On the way, they run into aliens, the army, old friends, and a crazy old man who wants to fight back against the aliens. The aliens themselves had high tech systems such as the lasers that vaporized humans and the energy shield around the machine. After all mans weapons fail to kill them, the aliens later die due to bacteria that killed them off. Essentially the aliens caught the flu of another virus and had no vaccine. But did Ray and his family ever make it to Boston or were they killed by aliens?

War of the worlds - Ferry Scene
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