January 12th, 2009
09:32 PM ET

Dance-Off: Azuz vs. Blitzer

Who's the better dancer?

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer is a seasoned journalist, an excellent reporter and an exemplary host.  He has appeared on more shows than I have watched.  He has won more awards than I can count.

But I can totally out-dance him.

Of course, that's just my opinion.  His moves were made on the Ellen DeGeneres show while the nation was watching; mine were made on the news set while I thought no one was watching.  But enough excuses:  At the end of Tuesday's show, you see us BOTH get down.  Step up to and tell us who YOU think is the better dancer.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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January 11th, 2009
07:11 PM ET

A Band's Long March to D.C.

You hear stories all the time about how a great leader can turn a group around; I can't count the number of movies I've seen about coaches that took a group of players and formed up a great team.  Monday's story from Georgia's South Cobb High School is a nice variation of that theme:  a band director who drummed up attendance, enthusiasm and trophies, eventually leading his school's marching musicians to the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.

It should be a great trip for them.  And whether your school's band has marched during halftime or inauguration time, you've got to give its members credit for working so hard.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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January 8th, 2009
10:15 PM ET

Opinions on Terrorism

Of this week's three reports by CNN's Tony Harris, following his visits to an Atlanta-area high school, Friday's saw the most heated discussion.  From the 9/11 attacks to the war in Afghanistan to the mention of a new cold war, you can see why the students got riled up.

You high school seniors out there were around 10 or 11 years old when terrorists attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001.  What are your memories?  What are your thoughts about terrorism?  And regardless of your age, is terrorism something you're concerned about now?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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January 7th, 2009
09:41 PM ET

The President's Limo

The burning question I had after seeing Jeanne Meserve's report on the president's limousine was, "How much does it weigh?"  You KNOW it costs a fortune, and that's fine - it's got to be the safest car in the country.  But consider this:  The average sedan weighs around 3,000 pounds.  Meserve reported that the GLASS ALONE on an older presidential limo weighed 6,000 pounds.  And you'll have to add that to reinforced doors, possible vault locks, some sort of composite body...  All that adds up to one serious beast - hence the name - and begs the questions:  What kind of gas mileage will this thing get?  And what kind of engine would it take to get the car moving faster than 45 miles per hour?

Let's say you landed a job as the president's driver.  Think about what kind of car (or truck, or SUV, or tank) you'd feel the most confident in as you chauffeured the leader of the free world...

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: News Coverage
January 5th, 2009
09:38 PM ET

No Hands, No Feet, No Excuses

I thought the best part of Kyra Phillips' interview with Kyle Maynard came when he said he wouldn't ask God to change the way he was made.  Why should he?  It's true that the challenges that Kyle has had to overcome are greater than many of us will ever face.  But the fact that he overcame them anyway and accomplished so much gives us all reason to get up, face the things that intimidate us, and be great.

The word I keep coming back to after watching this story is "amazing."  Got any of your own? 

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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January 4th, 2009
03:41 PM ET

Fine in '09 (?)

First up, happy New Year!  I hope you all had a GREAT holiday break, getting lots of time with your families and avoiding the cold that I caught right after Christmas.

Now,  let's get down to business.  In Monday's show, you hear about strife in the Middle East, controversy involving two U.S. governors, and some high school students' opinions on where the economy is going.  One student says it's going to get worse before it gets better; another says that although he recently turned 16, he's more likely to get a skateboard than a car.

With all of this going on, what news stories are you most interested in this New Year?  Are you expecting a bumpy ride, or will everything be fine in '09?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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