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cbs 2 this morning...the latest sparring from the last republican presidential debate of 2015. the simple reason some school officials in the nation's ggest cities dismissed a threat as a hoax while others canceled classes. the response from one of the state's most controversial education officials after what he calls an "off the cuff" remark at a meeting. welcome to cbs two this morning...i'm kevin barry. barry.and i'm kelly d'ambrosio. ambrosio. let's get a check of our cbs 2 weather
are about 7 weeks until the caucuses in iowa, iowa,and the fifth republican debate is noover.last night -- candidates focused on national security and the war on terror. terror.this was the very first g-o-p debate since the attacks in san bernardino california and paris france. france.before the primetime debate began, several experts were expecting the two main leadads at the polol, donald trump and ted cruz, to clash. but it was jeb bush that went head to head with trump.jeb made several comments about trump, questioning the seriousness of his
campaign. "donald,d,ou know, is great at
the one liners, but he's a chaos candidate, and he'd be a chaos president. he would not & be the commander in chief we need to keep our country safe." safe.""so, let's see, i'm at 42 and you're at three, so so far, i'm doing better."(jeb bush/(r) presidential candidate) "doesn't matter. doesn't matter."(donald trump/(r) presidential candidate) "so far, i'm doing better. you know, you started over here, jeb. you're moving over further and further. pretty soon, you're going to be off the end." end."trump also defended his comments about a temporary ban on muslims entering the united states, saying it's not about isolation, but rathersecurity. and even though cruz didn't really spar with trump, he was involved in more than a few heated exchanges with florida senator marco rubio. rubio.the two clashed over u-s military intervention and the government using surveillance on americans.but most notably -- cruz tried d distance himself from rubio on immigration -- after rubio co- authored legislation in 20-13 that would've created comprehensive immigration reform.cruz's poll nunuers have been on the risese- especially in iowa -- where he's in a dead heat for first place.the next republican debate will be in mid-january.
poll out tuesday afternoon shows hillary clintotostill at the front the race -- but her lead is shrinking in iowa. iowa.the latest figures from quinnipiac university show clinton leading vermont senator bernie sanders by 11 points.martin o'malley is still in third with just six percent.their
next debate wilil be held saturday night in new hampshire. hillary clinton will be in the corridor today.she's hosting a town hall meeting in iowa city at the old brick church and community center.doors open at 1:15.after that she'll be heading north for another town hall meeting -- in mason city at 4-30. for all the political headlines this week -- be sure to join me this weekend on iowa in focus.it airs every sunday morning at 10:30, and also on o sister station fox 2828at 9-30. hundreds of thousands of students will return to school today, after being kept home yesterday.on tuesday morning someone made a threat against a number of loangeles schools, prompting officials to cancel class. class.but now the leaders who made the decision are taking some heat since the same threat in new york city, was dismissed as a hoax.the
ababt devices inside backpacks. 700-thousand students stayed home.authorities in new york said it looked like whoever sent the threat had been watching the terrorism tv show, "homeland." so the assumptiti of the nypd and the assumption of the department of education were immediately exactly the same, that in fact it would be a huge disservice to our nation to close down our school sysysm." system."when they make a decision they have to take in to account the safety of the children of los angeles. i think its irresponsible to sed on facts that have yet to be determined, to criticize that decision at this point" point"the los angeles school district says the city takes threats against it schools very seriously, especially after the recent attack k in san bernardino, california. a baltimore jury today will enter a third thirdday of deliberations after returning without a verdict tuesday.william portfr is charged with manslaughtht in the death of freddie gray. he's the first of six officers set to go to trial.
trial.at one point the jury told a judge they were deadlocked, but the judge told them to continue deliberating. gray suffered a broken neck while in police custody and later died from his injuries. prosecutors believe police acted negligent, when they didn't get him medical help. in a massachusetts courtroom, 16-year-old philip chism was found guilty of raping and murdering his high school math teacher.chism was just 14 when he committed the crime.his lawyer admitted his client killed her but said he was suffering frfr severe mental illness at t t time.a psychiatrist testified that he was in the middle of a psychotic episode when he killed her.chism will be eligible for parole in about 15 years. new this morning... morning...ofcials say 3 people were e hospitalized after southwest airplane skidded off the runway in nashville late last night.witnesses say the flight from houston went into a ditch while taxiing at nashville international airport.passengers were removed from the plane e d taken to the gate.it's not yet clear what happened. a marengo man is dead after a
crash with a semi in amana.the iowa state patrol tells cbs 2 news a pickup driven by 43-year-old johnny bagwell junior crossed the center line of highway 151 and slammed into the semi.the busy highy washutdown for several hours following the crash.the semi driver was not hurt. at the iversity of iowa.... iowa..there are new calls for president bruce harreld to resign following controversial comments he made last week during a meeting with university staff council. council.president harreld said "instructors who are not ready to teach their classes should be shot."he has since apologised for the comments after an employee complained. harreld called the remarks unfortunate and off the cuff. he said he didn't mean to offendndnyone or imply susuort for gun violence.the calls for his resignation are from a union representing graduate student teaching and research assistants. iowa health officials say sayhalf of all potential contracts for medicaid services have been signed ahead of the upcoming switch to privatized care on january first.the four private
total of 62-thousand contracts with medical providers.medcaid gives care to low-income people including children and the disabled.the governor says this move will give them better care while saving money. some lawmakers believe the switch is happening too fast. a different kind of treatment is helping p pple suffering from sleep apnea get some shut eye.sleep apnea starts with symptoms like chronic snoring or uncontrolled breathing. breathing.doctor scott geisler from the physicians clinic of iowa says the traditionanatreatment is the c-pap machine or a dental device.but now the hospital has a new type of sleep therapy called the inspire therapy -- and patients can ask about it if the c-pap or any other traditional treatment fails. "this is a pacemaker like battery that is under the skin, surgically placed there, and instead of wires going down to the heart muscle, the wires go up towards the neck and are wrapped around the nerves." nerves."the company says a patient's body mass index needs to be below 32.insurance companies are still reviewing this on a case-by-case basis.
now for a look-back at the legacy of f cedar rapids' first african american physician, doctor percy harris.the book is called a healing presence in our community and takes a look at the history of doctor harris.he began his career as an intern at saint luke's hohoital in 19-47 before serving as linn county medical examiner for nearly four decades.doctor harris says the community took care of him just as much as he took care of the community. "i was fed well, had a good time, and been at st. luke's which i consider my home." home."consider my home." home."doctor harris presented a copy of the book to the african american museum of iowa, the cedar rapids public library and the linn county history center. it's coming up next... next...next... next...coming up next... next...how your christmas getaway can be just a short drive away -- and keep you in
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this time of year, many people like to enjoy local holiday events. right here in the e rridor right here in events. right here in the corridor there are several that can bring the whle family together, to share the spirit of the season. season.this morning cbs 2 news reporter matt hammmml continues to explore some of your favorites favoritesas we celebrate christmas in the corridor. corridor. " varoom "in the tradition o the old world where christmas brings warmth to a long winter -the amanas invites you in from the cold "
tannebaum forrestwhere crowds are gathering for the glitter - and creative color that fills the fest hall barn - - with the beauty of the season anddbrings wide yed wonder - to visitors - in awe of what they see.they in awe of what they see." many of them alk that first step p aa they just stop because they're just mesmerized by everything." david rettig says from the scores of christmas trees - decked out by local groups and businesses - groups and out by local trees - decked christmas trees - decked out by local groups d businesses - to the amazing germama ramid filled with stars of the season - amana has been the place to find christmas spirit - for thirty years." people love it - it's a tradition for a lot of people we have folks that come every year that come have folks people we a lot t people we have folks that come every year for the last 25 years or so and they come from chicago and they come from kansas city and locals also. " " mason .. oooh mason .. smooch smooch " amid the m me of memories - santataven stops by - on a test run with rudolph from the north polea chance for kids to
get a picture with saint nick - yes - kids of all ages because everybody .. okay almost verybody -- loves santa" waaaaa"at places where it's always happy - like the famous ox yoke inn - - owner bill lichsenring says - - therers just something special about christmas in the colonies" people who visit they don't see anything like this anywhere . even in a uajor city like hicagoa& ((10:19:32)) a& you knkn they have to drive four and d half hours to come to a mana to see the wonderful work the people have done. " proceeds from tannenbaum forest go to wishes at the university of iowa childrens hospital -and you are inviteded to enjoy the final three days - this weekend." it's a great opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the malls and the shopping and relax and experience christmas maybe the way you can find all of our chririmas in the corridor locations on our website --
it's now on this morning. morning.still to come... come...the big loss cyclone basketball is dealing with while they try to keep their top five ranking. ranking. you can find all of our christmas in the corridor locations on our website -- cbs 2 iowa dot com.cbs 2 iowa dot our website --locations on the corridor christmas in all of our you can find matt hammill,in amana .. i'm the corridor christmas in
maybe the paris: there's a lot to o on a dairy farm. nobody's gonna do it for you. you have to get out there and do it yourself. bernie sanders is a well-known friend of family farms. bernie cannot be bought out by big money. bernie's opinion cannot be purchased. it's time for our r xt president to getetn there, roll up his sleeves, take off the gloves, and take on wall street, take on big business, take on big money, and get the working class back to where they should be.
he's a rock. sanders: i'm bernie sanders and i approve this message. - it's now we're taking a look at your_______ your_______ here's a look at some of eastern iowa's top stories -- on this morning... more lay-offs are on the way for the local john deere plant in waterloo.4545ore positions wiwi be eliminated effective january 18th.those employees will join nearly 600 others who have been laid off at the waterloo facility in the past 18 months.this comes as deere ntinues to see its stock prices fall as more farmers cut back on non-essential spending. the value of iowa's farm-land has dropped for the second consecutive year.a survey from iowa state university says the average lue has fallen four-
percent to roughly 76-hundred dollars an acre.the two years of decline follow a record- breaking 20-13 -- when values peaked at nearly 87-hundred dollars.experts are e not expecting a rebound soon -- because of lower farm income and flat commodity prices. that extra rest that steve prohm gave naz long on sunday -- just got a hole lot longer -- both prohm and long announced today that the senior guard will miss the rest of the seasonlong playeye in the first 8 games for the cyclones -- averaging 12 points and 31 minutes per game -- but persistant discomfort forced him to shut it down and focus on his ongoing recovery from the arthroscopic surgery he had on both hips during the offseason . -- long will seek a medical redshirt the road to repeat in 3a for dubuque wahlert literally starts on the road -- the golden eagles first 5 games of the season all away from the key city -- tonight they wrap up the road tour in cedar rapids -- taking on prairiejust one loss between the two teams -- and this was a dog fightp-hawks up 3 in the third -- cal clark -- makes it 6 -- the senior sinks
the three ball the golden eagles -- would soar back with a little high low action -- cordell pemsil -- the future hawkeye puts it home for two but prairie would not be denied -- p-hawks flying in transition clark up ahead to ryan oxley --clark up ahead in transition hawks flying in transition clark up ahead to ryan oxley -- he gets the hoop and the harm -- and prairie gets the win 57 to 56 4th ranked solon hosting anamosa inin solon hosting anamosa in a wamac clashthe blue raiders jumped out to an early lead thanks to plays like this -- kolin shulte -- takes it hard to the rack for two -- ananosa led by as many as 1010n the 2ndspatrans would battle back thanks to streeter mcilravy -- he knocks down the triple to cut the lead to 4 but the blue raiders were just too much -- kyle hepanski -- dials long distance and connects from deep -- and anamosa gets the win 50 to 45. not only was there a top 10 tilt, but history was on the
line at linn-mar for amanda ollinger -- entering her game against city high -- the senior was 5 points away from hitting the 1 thousand point mark of her career. not to mention... her lions trying to stay unbeatenjump to the 2nd -- linn-mar up 7 -- kenya earl - -gets three the old fashion way -- she cuts the lead to 6 -- earl finished with 15 -- lions led by 4 at the halfand they came out firing in the third -- ollinger banks it home -- she surpassed the 1 thousand point mark 6 points into the gamebut the little hawks would fly back -- ashley joens -- working hard down low -- joens had a game high 25 -- city high wins --game high 25 -- joens had a down low -- working hard ashley joens -- fly back -- hawks would fly back -- ashley joens -- working hard down low -- joens had a game high 25 -- city high wins -- 60 to 49.big game in the river valley -- one loss monticello hosting undefeated regina the regals got it going early.. first quarter -- greyson dumont -- drops in the baseline jay .. but this one wasn't going to come easily.. --- panthers playing some great defense -- and the steal would leads to points -- taylor macdonald finishes at the other end but the regals -- would flex their muscles -- ler in
the quarter -- mary crcmpton splits the d for the bucket -- rerena wins 44 39.in the
tri rivers -- 1-a's top team springville hosting central cityand this one was all orioles and all mikayla nah-ha-zul -- she banks it home for 2 of her career high 29
pointsand nah-ha-zul wasn't the onon one scoring from springville -- off the steal -- the orioles work it around the world to megan wagaman -- and she rattles it home -- springville rolls 68 to 12 rolls 68 to 12ringville home
a picture from muscatine iowa is trending online and causing debate.here's the picture from the daily mail. mail.a guy named mike says he offered these panhandlers employment and they refused to take the offer.he guys statad on the side of the road holding thier sign asking for money.so mike came back and held up his own sign behind them telling people not to gi them money because they refused his job offer. offer.i put this in our fafabook newsmsmute yesterday and asked you if you would still give the panhandlers money, those of you who commented said no.but on different social media sights some people don't think rejecting the job offer was wrong, they say theres nothing wrong with getting money just
good morning again -- it's now now again -- it's good morning again -- it's now after the break... break...the special shot from space when one satellite was in the right place at the right time. time.you're watching c-b-s 2 this morning -- covering the corridor. all: milk! milk! milk! milk! milk! okay! fun's over. aw. aw. thirsty? they said it wld make me cool.
cbs 2 this morning...the proposed changes to how someone would get a visa in the united states. the specific education statistic where iowa is leading the rest of the nation. the region of the country that got slalaed by winter storms -- and the delays it caused. welcome to cbs two this morning...i'm kevin barry. barry.and i'm kelly d'ambrosio. d'ambrosio.
paris.before the debate started -- many people were expecting the two main leaders in the polls -- donald trump and ted cruz -- to clash.but it was jeb bush who first went head to head with trump.bush made several comments about trump -- questioning the seriousness of his campaign. "donald, you know, is great at the one liners, but he's a chaos candidate, and he'd be a a chaos president. he would not be the commander in chief we need to keep our country safe." safe.""so, let's see, i'm at 42 and you're at three, so so far, i'm doing better."(jeb bush/(r) presidential candidate) "doesn't matter. doesn't matter."(donald trump/(r) presidential candidate) "so far, i'm doing better. you know, you started over here, jeb. you're moving over further and further. pretty soon, you're going to be off the end." end."jeb's early attack was one of the top,social media moments of the debate on cebook.trump also defendeded his comments about a temporary ban on muslims entering the united states -- saying it's not about isolation -- but security. before that -- four other candidates took to the stage for a dedete also centered around national security and the continued fight against terrorism.the four candidates
at the bottom of the polls argued about the best strategy to defeat isis.south carolina senator lindsay graham said he would send 10-thousand u-s troops into syria while rick santorum said u-s troops should only be training fighters in the war-torn country. at the capitol, capitol,members of congress agreed on a spending bill to avert a government shutdown. shutdown.house speaker paul ryry announced an agreement last night.the massive one-point-one-trillion-dollar bill would keep the government funded through september. lawmakers also struck a deal on tax breaks worth nearly 800- billion dollars.they will vote on the bill next week. members in congress are also pushing the obama administration to immediately require background checks of social media for people seeking a u-s visa. visa.it's a move they believe could've helped prevent the san bernardino attack.tashfeen malik used a psydeunom online to post jihadist statements. g-o-p senator john mccain has already introduced legislation that would require social media chchks. ininedar rapids, voters in the college community school district are going to the polls february
second.district leaders say they need to meet enrollment challenges with a 49-point- five million dollar bond referendum.this wililbe the second time in less than a year that voters are being asked to vote on this kind of referendum.in april -- a similar vote failed by only 58 votes.if the new measure passes -- it will raise property taxes in the district by about 32-percent. iowa leads the nation with its high school graduation rate. the u.s. department of education says iowa graduates 90-point-5 percent of its students.that's well above the national average of about 82- percent.the feds also say the graduation gap between white is shrinking. in johnson county there's another group of graduates. graduates.but this group completed a course designed to get them *back on track.this was the graduation ceremony for the johnson county drug treatment court program.there are a number of requirements that participants have to complete before graduating. those who complete the program say they're grateful for getting their life back. "i've lived the same way for
"i've lived the same way for 20 years and these people are grious enough to show me how to do it right, and they cared enough, they cared. cared.and it's a win-win for law enforement.statistics show each day spent in this show each day statistics enforement. statistics show each day spent in this program rath than prison, saves taxpayers nearly 60-dollars per participant. nearly a third of all americans are expected to travel this holiday season. season.triple-a says more than 100-million people will travel between december 23rd and january 3rd.that's an all-time high for holiday travel.the agency also says rising incomes and lower gas prices are fueling people's desires and abilities to travel.90 percent of travelers are expected to drive to thehe stination. a western storm dumped up to 24 inches of snow in the colorado mountains yesterday. yesterday.it caused airlines to cancel more than 400 flights at the airporin denver and canceled schools in four states.few highways closed down, despite being snow-packed and icy.the storm left snow drifts of up to four feet high. new this morning, for the first time in 14 years
-- the wisconsin men's basketball team has a new head coach. coach.right after the badgers won last night -- head coach bo ryan announced he was retiring, effective immediately. an previously said this would be his last season -- but after a rough start to the season -- he said now was the right time to step away.ryan's top assistant -- greg gard -- will be the coach the rest of the season. wisconsin only plays iowa once this year -- that game is in iowa c cy in february, check out this amazing shot of italy's mount etna from space. only... you can't actually only... you from space.only... you can't actually see the volcano because it's undernth a massive cloud o o ash.this picture was taken earlier this month as a nasa's satellite passed over italy.it captures a spectacular very violent and usually brief phase of an erupting volcano. this lasted less than an hour. mount etna is europe's mosos active volcano.a series of eruptions this month are its first in two years.
nasa is currently planning a mission to where no one has ever gone before. before.and they're already recruiting america who may end up taking the very long journey. journey.jan crawford has more on a possible mission... to mars. mars. newman) "going to mars, a human journey to mars, i think absolutely is a renaissance. i think we've captivated not st the u.s. but the world." //(jan) "the martian
astronauts - seems kind of crazy that that's really going to happen!"(newman) "it'svery real."nasa d duty administrator dava (day-vuh) newman hopes a record-breaking number of *qualified americans* apply to nasa's astraut class of 2017. (19:21:33 jan) "what does it take to be a good astronaut?" ///(newman) "the background is really important // how are people as leaders? how are they in a team? we have a really rigorous selection boarar"gfx inapplicants must be a u-s citizen with a bachelor's degree in engineering, biological or physical science or mathematics. they also should have three years of relevant experice -- or at least experience -- relevant three years of should have they also mathematics. science or physical biological or physical science or mathematics. they also should have three years of relevant experience -- or at least one thouound hours piloting a jet. d the physical is ananher rdle. gfx out(jan 19:24:31) "is it a combination of like highly intellectual but also intensely physical?" (newman) "and also operational - and how do you make decisions? how do you work in teams? because you are making critical decisions and in human space flight, you are making life and death
decisions." gfx inthe have been 338 nasa astronauts ranging in age from to 46. of the 6300 who applied for the last classa& only eight: 4 men and 4 women, were chosen. that's *about* a *point one percent* chance. gfx out (nats pemberton plane) aerobatic pilot *and nasa applicant* melissa pemberton isn't discouraged.(pemberton) "for a pilot and someone that has a passion for travel l d adadnture and aviation,n, just can't even imagine a better job than being an astronaut." candidates will spend at least one year training for spacewalks, training for least one year training for spewalks, operating robotics, and undergoing mission simulations. all with the possibility of one day going to mars.(19:31:32 newman) "it'll take us about 8 months to get there and it's round trip, so just under a couple years round trip // a couple years round trip // and we'll be on the surface of mars for about 500 days searching for the evidence of life, of past life." //(jan) "they're going to be dtogether in that environment for almost 4 years going to mars and back!"(19:32:45 newman) "it takes an extraordinary person." so while space is a curiosity for many, the nasa job obviously not a good fit for
have a pretty good resume..." (newman) "people with a lot of experience and all the right academic background, that's who typically make it- but it is a very fine filter." (jan) t's kind of an audacious undertaking."(19:37:02 2 newman) "it's an audacious thing but then you talk to any astronaut they say we're just normal people // people are so humble and grounded and say you can do it: dream. and that's a
by over 150 points.nasdaq was up 43.and the s an p 500 gained 21. the u-s airline industry is happy this morning. morning.they released third quarter earnings on tuesday and reported a profit of nine point-three bibiion dollarar-- which is up more than 3 billion from last year.the report says airlines collected one billion dollars in baggage fees and more than 750 million in reservation fees.this is the tenth consecutive quarter the industry saw profits. the federal reserve has started its last meeting of 20-15. 20-15.and expectations are that the fed will soon raise interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis.in fact, they y could be raised as early as today. they're planning to make their decision on the issue by 1 this afternoon.the central bank is expected to raise the rate by a quarter point. fortune magazine unveiled its 2015 blue ribbon list t rankings. they are the 25 companies it calls the best of the best. best.the companies on the list have been recognized in 4 or more fortune lists including the best company to work for
-- fofoune 500 and the world's most admired.the top three are facebook -- nike and alphabet -- which is google's parent company. we have a complete list on our website, cbs 2 iowa-dot-com. ford motor company will start the process of testing self- driving cars in january. january.the ford fusion hybrid sedan will be put through its paces at the company's research and innovation center in palo alto, california.but the testing will actually begin with extensive route mapping.the driverless cars won't hit the road until the second half of 2016. howard stern has signed a new five year deal with sirius x-m. x-m.the shock jock's current deal was set to expire today, stern first joined sirius eleven years ago and last signed a contract in 20-10 for 80-million dollars.the details $ of his new deal have not been made public yet. best selling author, james patterson, is giving two million dollars in grants and bonuses to school libraries and independent bookstore workers! workers!he teamed-up with the scholastic reading club to award more than 460 libraries s
ten thousand dollars each.and about 250-thousand dollars in holiy bonuses will go to 87- employees of independent bookstores persrsally chchen patterson . the author says it's his "humble acknowledgment of some of the terrific work taking place in libraries and bookstores."last year patterson gave a million dollars in ants to independent book stores last year. year.the authororhas sold over 300-million books and is best known for his series about detective and psychologist alex cross. it's still to com.. come...we take an inside look at how one major shipping company is making sure our holiday presents stay safe. safe.in your cbs 2 weather
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here is a look outside..our current temps are in the 30s and 40s this morningour feel like this morning here's a look at some of eastern iowa's top stories -- on this morning... the wet weather over the past few days has forced a number of ros to close.in cedar t. rapids - "j" street southwest at prairie creek is shut down because of the rising creek
level.a rising cedar river also has otisisoad southeast shut down from the cargill plant to the prairie creek fishery.both roads will stay closed until further notice. state health officials say half of all potential contracts for medicaid services have en signed.on january first, the medicaid program will become private. four companies will take it over and split 120-thousand potential contracts.right w - about 58-thousand of those contraras haveveot been signed. recent concerns about fan safety at pro sports stadiums are leading to rule changes. but the cedar rapids kernels say they're on the same page. the new rules require protottive netting between the dugouts -- which perfect game field has had since it opened in 2002.the kernels tell cbs 2 newsthey plan to up-gradede stadium signage and public safety videos warning fans about the dangers of foul balls.the kernels open up their 20-16 home season on april 7th. shipping companies will deliver hundreds of millions of packages this holiday
science.weijia jiang got a tour of the fed-ex packaging lab in memphis, tennessee.she shows us how the study of boxes helps protect your presents. presents. nats - memphis, tn)a bunch of cardboard boxes to you and me...(nats-crash)is a pile of potential problems for fed ex mechanical engineer david nelson.(sot -david nelson/fedex packaging project engineer)"there could be vibrations, changes in temperature or humidity." nelson-has a college degree in packaging science and he uses it to make better boxes. (sot-weijia and david)(wj) "it's like a crash test for cars, but the dummies are the boxes."(dn) "in many instance yes."there is an experiment r almost every situation... (nats)"a package might fall on its corner" like this drop test to discover what happens to a box when it falls.(nats)a compression test to see how much weight a package can hold before it's crushed,(nats)and a vibration test to figure out
how trips by air, land, and sea impact a package.the purpose of the tests is to protect what's inside.(natsot) "i can stand on the ends of the box and it's very secure." fed ex engineers design new boxes for online retailers... to make sure e everything from electronics to shampoo arrive in one piece.(sot-david nelson/fedex packaging project engineer)"a lot of times you're analyzing the interaction of the package with that product.".nelson says it's more than a science...(nat)"it's an art." that requires thinking outside the box... (sot-david nelson/fedex packaging project engineer) "people are sending something they put their heart and soul in selecting for that person."especially this time