October 8th, 2007
04:52 PM ET

File-Sharing: What Do You Think?

Record companies have filed tens of thousands of lawsuits, and yet illegal file-sharing is still on the rise.  Some people don't even think about it – illegal downloads are the main way they get their music.

What are your thoughts on all of this?  Do you agree with the judgment against Jammie Thomas, who was found guilty of sharing copyrighted music online?  What do you think should be the penalty for illegal file-sharing?  And what, if anything, do you think could be done to stop it?  Shout out your opinion right here.

Filed under: Feedback
October 7th, 2007
06:32 PM ET

Safer Waters

Monday's story on a deadly amoeba lurking in some U.S. lakes served a dual purpose:  to inform and to warn.  At the end of his report, John Zarrella tells us to wear nose clips if we're swimming in lakes whose water temperature is over 80 degrees.  Not sure about the water temperature?  Wear a clip, or stay out altogether.

But here's something interesting:  The CDC says that you can't be infected by this amoeba if you're swimming in a properly maintained pool – the chlorine kills the amoeba.  So if it's still warm enough to swim in your town, opt for the bluer waters!

Filed under: Uncategorized
October 4th, 2007
09:50 PM ET

Your Opinion: Coast Guard Controversy

On Friday's show, we told you about the two hangman's nooses that were found on Coast Guard properties this summer. If you missed the story, you can watch it here.

Coast Guard leaders are taking the incidents seriously; They've publicly condemned the incidents and have offered race relations training to all staff members at the academy. And while those responsible have yet to be caught, the Coast Guard has ramped-up its investigation.

So, what are your thoughts regarding this controversy? Do you think that the Coast Guard's responses are appropriate?  If you were a cadet and knew who was responsible, would you speak out? And what do you think should happen to those responsible if they are caught? Drop us a line and tell us what you think.

Filed under: Uncategorized
October 3rd, 2007
08:29 PM ET

Adding entertainment to the news

Hey, Jordan Bienstock here. In addition to being the writer for CNN Student News, I'm also a pop culture junkie. Movies, music, TV, even commercials; you name it, I love it (or at least know way too much about it). So sometimes when I'm writing, I look for little ways I can work a pop culture reference into the show.

For example, this week I've referenced a famous ad campaign (Where's the Beef?), a literary classic (Around the World in 80 Days) and a 1980s movie (Planes, Trains and Automobiles).  

I never know what stories might trigger a pop culture moment. So I guess all we can do is keep an eye out for the next one.

Filed under: Uncategorized
October 2nd, 2007
09:32 PM ET

Queen for a Day

Ah fall...that traditional time of year when high schools around the country hold their annual homecoming game and crown their homecoming court.

But at one Missouri high school, the tradition has been turned a bit on its head. You see, a guy at the school ran, and won, the title of homecoming queen. He did it as a prank, but the school allowed it to stand, and at least one teacher says it shows students how their votes really do count. And with the presidential election coming next fall, that's an important lesson to learn.

On the other hand, was it a "total humiliation" for the school, as one critic put it? Watch the story on Wednesday's show and tell us what you think.

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