December 5th, 2007
08:20 PM ET

Omaha Mall Tragedy

A police car sits outside the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska

We changed our rundown, or lineup of stories, several times as we prepared Thursday's program. As details emerged from the tragic shooting at a mall in Omaha, Nebraska, that story quickly rose to the top of the show.

Considering malls are a quintessential teenage hang-out, if this incident happened on a weekend or after school, it could have been much worse.

We always consider how such a story will play out in class when we put the show together, and hope you'll use our questions to help guide the discussion about this story. Let us know how it went.

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December 5th, 2007
05:43 PM ET

The Secret to Shoutouts

Well, technically, there is no secret.  We've gotten a lot of questions lately about how Shoutout dedications are scheduled, and for the most part, we go in order of the teachers who've e-mailed us their requests through our home page.  (Currently, we're working off requests that date back to early September, so it may be a while before we get to your class.  But your teacher is always welcome to e-mail us at CNNStudentNews.com.)

Thank you for all of your requests and patience!

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