March 31st, 2008
08:54 PM ET

World Autism Day

More than 25,000 kids in the U.S. will be diagnosed with autism this year - that's more than the number of pediatric cases of diabetes, AIDS and cancer combined! It's part of the reason why the United Nations has declared April 2nd the first ever World Autism Awareness Day. On Wednesday, CNN will devote a whole day of special, multiplatform programming to report on the impact and latest science concerning the developmental syndrome of autism.

If you know someone who is autistic, what would you want the world to know about autism and how it impacts people's lives? You can respond here, or if you’d like, you can send us an iReport.

Lisa Porterfield, Curriculum Development Manager

Filed under: News Coverage
March 30th, 2008
03:49 PM ET

Missing Spring Break!

We don't have a Spring Break on CNN Student News.  Since schools across the country take breaks at different times, we don't want to be off the air when any of you are in class.  But man, I miss it.

I remember doing exactly what was mentioned in Monday's program:  going to Six Flags and going to the beach.  Sometimes I'd just kick around the house, playing football in the backyard or drumming with my high school rock band (we had little talent but made LOTS of noise...).

Anyway, since we'll be working while you're off school, we want to live vicariously through you.  So take a moment to tell us what you're doing for Spring Break, even if it's just hanging out, and we'll take a moment to daydream and remember being students again!

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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March 27th, 2008
09:24 PM ET

If You Could CHOOSE Your Family...

John McCain's a distant cousin of Laura Bush?  Hillary Clinton's related to Celine Dion?  I thought Friday's report on genealogy was awesome!  Now I've never had my own records professionally researched, but the segment got me thinking about whom I'd like to be related to.

Wouldn't it be cool to say you're a great driver because you're distantly related to Mario Andretti?  Maybe you've always had an interest in flying because a tenth cousin was the Red Baron or Eddie Rickenbacker.  Think about this:  Who would be some of the coolest people to have in your family?

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March 24th, 2008
09:29 PM ET

Some Thoughts (and Video) on Hugging


Dohaa and Michelle weigh in on the hugging controversy at one Arizona middle school, and they give a little Shoutout to Carl.

Earlier this month, a lot of you weighed in on a story about hugs being limited to two seconds at an Arizona school.  We saw responses varying from students who hate hugs to those who hate not being allowed to hug.  What we've posted here is an iReport featuring two Florida students' opinions on the topic...along with an opinion on a certain CNNSN host.

Thank you both for your kind words, though I'm a little embarrassed and getting teased NO END by my coworkers!

 Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Feedback • News Coverage
March 24th, 2008
06:51 PM ET

Meramec River Flooding

Meramec River Floods

I'm John Martin, Curriculum writer for CNN Student News. The last few days, CNN Student News has spotlighted some of the floods hitting the Midwest. Meanwhile, my wife and I were visiting some of her family in St. Louis, and we saw some of the damage first hand. We stayed in Arnold, Missouri; a town along the Meramec River that was mentioned in our show. We saw homes that were underwater, a flooded baseball field where you could only see the tip of the backstop sticking out of the water, and some roads that were completely wiped out. We heard the stories from residents; some schools were closed; and my wife's aunt had to hike through the woods – even though her home was on high ground, the road to her home was impassable.
And while I was there talking to these people dealing with the flood, what were they asking me? How we fared through last week's tornado! So, how's the weather where you live?

John Martin, Curriculum Writer

Filed under: News Coverage
March 19th, 2008
06:02 PM ET

Your Opinion: The Iraq War

It's undoubtedly one of the most controversial subjects we've covered on CNN Student News.  If you've been following our show (or the news in general), you've heard everyone discuss it, from the president to the people who want his job, from supporters to protesters to the families of U.S. troops who are serving overseas.

Well, here's a chance for you to post your thoughts.  Please take a moment to tell us what you think of the war, wherever your opinion may be.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
March 18th, 2008
05:05 PM ET

The Right to Drive

In a country with a female secretary of state and a female presidential candidate, it's almost impossible to imagine women not having the right to drive.  But that's exactly what you see in Wednesday's show, when we take you to Saudi Arabia.  Now step away from the world you know for a moment, and imagine a city with no female bus drivers and no way for mom to drive you out to dinner (or anywhere, for that matter).  What would life be like if women couldn't drive?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: News Coverage
March 17th, 2008
07:58 PM ET

Tornado Damage

Splintered treeDowned treeStatue - Face DownDamaged Tombstone at Oakland Cemetery, AtlantaDirectly across the street from CNN CenterFormer “Trees of Atlanta” offeringCNN CenterDamaged Car

Web Producer Jeff DeHayes checking in with some pics of the damage. We at Student News made it through the tornado fine, but a lot of things in and around Atlanta didn't.  I volunteer at Oakland Cemetery and have been shocked at the amount of damage suffered there. Monica Lloyd went around and took some pics from the neighborhood around CNN Center and was equally amazed at the amount of damage.


Jeff DeHayes, Web Producer

Filed under: Behind the scenes • News Coverage
March 16th, 2008
12:54 PM ET

Still Here!

We could see the damage around downtown Atlanta while driving into work today.  There were holes in the roof at CNN Center, and almost an entire row of windows at the Georgia World Congress Center was blown out!  We're very fortunate, though, that no CNN employees were seriously hurt in Friday night's tornado.  And CNN Student News will be back online and on the air on Monday, bringing you stories like the weekend storms that hammered the Southeast.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
March 13th, 2008
10:38 PM ET

Happy Pi Day!

Friday is 3.14.2008. And that means it's Pi Day.

No, really. Every year, people actually celebrate that little number with lots of decimal places on this day. You can read all about it here. And teachers, there are some ideas for Pi Day classroom activities. If you try any out, let us know how you did. Take a pic, and send in an iReport.

Enjoy the pi.

Gerald Smith, CNNSN Producer

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