January 13th, 2008
05:43 PM ET

Meanest Mom on the Planet?!

That's what she called herself:  the mother who put her 19-year-old son's car up for sale after finding alcohol in it.  She made everything very public by placing an ad in the Des Moines Register, which has a daily circulation of more than 150,000.  There were some pretty conflicting opinions in the report:  One woman said she didn't think the punishment was "very motherly"; a psychologist said it was an example of good parenting.

Your turn:  Was it fair, or did it go too far?  And how would your parents have reacted if they found alcohol in your car?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Feedback • News Coverage
January 10th, 2008
03:55 PM ET

Maternity Leave for Students?

At some point, you've probably had a teacher who went on maternity leave.  (I remember hoping our substitutes would totally let us slack off until they started clamping down on the original teachers' curriculum.  Oh, well...)

By law, working moms get maternity leave; some working dads even get paternity leave.  But Thursday's program brought you an interesting debate about whether Denver's pregnant high school girls should get maternity leave.  What's your opinion on all this?  Should pregnant students be eligible for a benefit that working mothers get?  And what about paternity leave:  Should young fathers get time off as well?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Feedback • News Coverage
January 8th, 2008
07:08 PM ET

How Do You Laze?

Aired a story the other day on a laziness museum in Colombia, and until now, I've been too lazy to do a blog about it.

(Actually, we've been ramping up our election coverage, keeping score of caucuses and primaries, and assembling that cheesy I-Report infomercial you'll see on Wednesday...)  But all that's besides the point, which is... What do you like to do when you're feeling lazy:  nap, play video games, surf the Internet, listen to music?  I'm into books and DVDs; our writer Jordan digs comic books.  We wanna know how y'all laze.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: News Coverage
January 4th, 2008
01:26 AM ET

Late Night!

Most of us on the CNN Student News staff were here well past midnight on Thursday, covering the Iowa caucuses.  It reminded me of the night of the 2004 presidential election, when I left at around 4:00 a.m. and was one of the first ones out!

It's part of the challenge of TV journalism, though.  You never know when you'll find yourself assigned to late-breaking stories, overnight shifts (I once worked from 10pm-8am for seven months), or weekend call-ins that put your plans on the back burner.  On the plus side, you're always learning something new, and you get the chance to share that with people all around the world.  It's a career that's both easy and necessary to love.

Filed under: Behind the scenes
January 2nd, 2008
07:36 PM ET

New Year, New Laws

Hi, I'm Donna Krache, executive producer of CNN Student News.  Part of my job is to find news stories that are informative and interesting.  In my digging, I learn some interesting stuff, like this:  Many states have new laws that have gone into effect with the new year.   For example, I've learned that Washington just outlawed text messaging while driving and in California it's illegal to smoke with a child in the car.  And 14 states have raised the minimum wage as of January 1st.   So here's a serious question for you:  What law would you like to see in effect where you live?  Blog your thoughts here!

Donna Krache, Exec. Producer

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