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March 9th, 2009
05:25 PM ET

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

We're dedicating a big chunk of Tuesday's show to the issue of embryonic stem cell research. President Barack Obama overturned President George W. Bush's policy that limited the amount of government money for that type of research.

Some researchers want to use embryonic stem cells because they have the potential to transform into any type of cell in the human body. Research supporters believe these cells might be used to replace diseased and damaged cells, possibly treating or curing an unknown number of diseases, possibly saving lives. The downside: The act of getting these stem cells destroys the embryo. Critics say that this is an unnecessary loss of life and that research using adult stem cells is less controversial and just as promising.

As the debate rages on Capitol Hill, scientists could eventually have access to additional government money to engage in embryonic stem cell research. Should they? What do you think?

John Martin, CNNSN Curriculum Writer


Filed under: Uncategorized
March 5th, 2009
10:44 PM ET

Coming Up: Recession Report

...but not the kind that you've already seen.  We're working on a project that focuses on how (or if) the nationwide, economic recession is affecting YOU.  And we're asking for your comments to help us out.

Some of you high school juniors and seniors have written that you'll be trying to save money - or scale down a loan - by shifting your sights to a local, public college instead of an out-of-state or private school.

How else is the recession affecting you?  Even if you haven't personally taken a hit, let us know what you've seen as a result of this crisis.  And we may feature your comments on an upcoming edition of CNN Student News.

In fact, if you send us an iReport, you may see yourself on an upcoming edition of CNN Student News!

Carl Azuz, Anchor


Filed under: Uncategorized
March 3rd, 2009
09:47 PM ET

No Cussing Club

Could you completely stop cussing?

Cursing, swearing, cussing, language:  Not everyone uses the same word to describe it, but everyone knows somebody - or is somebody - who does it.  So I think McKay Hatch is pretty gutsy.

Look at it this way:  Could you swear off ALL swear words, and then start a club to stick with it?  Sure, some friends would agree with you.  But can you imagine the reactions of those who wouldn't?  You'd probably get cussed out every day by someone at your school.

So whether or not you agree with Hatch, you've got to admire him for doing something that some would find pretty unpopular, even if many admired it.  Tell us whether you could join the No Cussing Club.

Carl Azuz, Anchor


Filed under: News Coverage
March 3rd, 2009
02:48 PM ET

A Lion in the Snow?

Mario and Adam wrote in that they thought they saw a lion in the snow during a recent report on CNN Student News.  We checked, and what you see at about 4:37 into Monday's show really does look like a lion!  However, if you look really closely and maybe pause the video, you'll see that the animal is a breed of dog known as a collie.  It might look bigger than a dog because of its extra-thick winter coat.

Thanks for writing in, guys!

Carl Azuz, Anchor


Filed under: Uncategorized
March 1st, 2009
07:06 PM ET

One Ugly Cat

Our producer's mother has a heart as big as a house.  She'd take one look at what I'd call the ugliest cat still alive, and she'd adopt it in a heartbeat.

I don't think I could do it.  Don't get me wrong; I'm all for adopting animals that aren't the prettiest (we had a chihuahua).  But after you see the creature in Monday's show, you'll wonder why the camera lens didn't crack.

So the big debate:  Could you take "Ugly" home?  Would you hold it, feed it and show it to your friends?

...Or would you take one look at the thing and run away screaming?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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