February 11th, 2008
11:11 PM ET

Politics in our genes?

Study the issues. Listen to the candidates. Make an informed decision. And now it turns out my political views were pre-set in my DNA?!? Ok, no one's saying that for sure, but it's what some scientists are studying: whether our political tendencies might be coded into our genes.

So if people are genetically hard-wired to pick one party over the other, should they just show up to vote in November and let their genes do the talking? Or is it worth it to follow the entire election process and try to keep an open mind? What do you guys think?

Jordan Bienstock, Writer, CNN Student News

Filed under: Feedback • News Coverage
February 7th, 2008
09:38 PM ET

From a Cowboy Monkey to a Surfing Cat

Here's something interesting about Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey (besides the fact that he has the coolest name ever):  He's 21 years old, according to the AP!  And he's been riding for longer than many of you have been alive:  18 years!

Now I remember seeing Whiplash once or twice before, but the surfing cat was easily the coolest piece of new video I've seen in weeks.  Its owner says he's training the four-month-old kitten for international competitions.  SAY WHAT?  How many cats know how to surf?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
February 6th, 2008
07:23 PM ET

Heath Ledger's Death

We had a long discussion about whether to air the Heath Ledger story in January when the actor was found dead in a New York apartment.  We held off at that time because there was so little known about how he died.  The initial autopsy was inconclusive, and we didn't want to speculate or put something out there without having many of the answers ourselves.

After getting Wednesday's report by the New York medical examiner's office, we felt we had enough information to properly tell the story in Thursday's show.  If you'd like to tell us what you think – either about our decision or about Ledger's tragic death – we welcome your comments.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Behind the scenes
February 6th, 2008
03:09 AM ET

The Issues at Hand

All right – here's your chance to shout out what issues matter most to you.  It doesn't matter whether you're old enough to vote this time around; we just wanna know what's on your mind:  economy, war, environment, immigration... the New York Giants?  Well, scratch that last part.  But tell us:  If you were to vote for any presidential candidate today, what would be the biggest factor in your vote?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Feedback
February 5th, 2008
09:31 PM ET

It's Super Tuesday!

We're going to be here all night, watching the election returns as they come in, and preparing the show for your classroom tomorrow. Hope you are watching with us. Let us know what you think, as the night goes on. Should be a very interesting night.

Gerald Smith, CNN Student News Producer 

Filed under: Behind the scenes • News Coverage
February 4th, 2008
07:44 PM ET

Status Symbols

$6.8 million for a vanity plate?!  Are you NUTS?

That's how much one Dubai millionaire paid, and I guess it's not just status if the money goes to charity.  But I started to wonder about the stuff we buy to make ourselves seem cooler.  Who wouldn't want to get home from school in a new sports car?  And think about jeans:  They're all essentially cotton denim.  Some brands cost $20; some cost $200, and both sell – the pricier ones partly because people just like knowing they're wearing something expensive.

Now maybe the idea of a low-numbered license plate seems bizarre, but you did see people noticing and photographing it.  Does stuff like that matter to you?  What kind of benefit do you see in showing off something that not everybody else has?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: News Coverage
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