April 28th, 2009
03:04 PM ET

Swine Flu Concerns

We've noticed that a lot of you are writing in about swine flu, which shows how concerned you are.  There's no question that it's spreading fast, but as you saw on Monday's show, there are some steps you can take to stay safer: 

-Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze

-Keep your hands clean by washing or sanitizing them

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Many people who've gotten this virus have already recovered from it, like you recover from the regular flu.  But if you notice any symptoms like a fever, chills, exhaustion or achiness, be sure to go to the doctor.

And if you'd like to share your thoughts on this disease, feel free to comment right here.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
April 23rd, 2009
09:56 PM ET

How Would You Grade President Obama?

Grade the President

Wednesday, April 29th will be President Obama's 100th day in office.  CNN is planning special coverage of this event, including commentary, reviews, and a national report card.

Well, here's YOUR chance to tell us what kind of grade you believe the president should get.  Make your choice on the Quick Poll, then leave us a comment below to explain why you gave the grade you did!

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Feedback
April 22nd, 2009
09:47 PM ET

Give Us Your Best Shakespeare!

We give ours on Thursday's show, thanks to our writer, Jordan (and a little help from William himself).  Now it's YOUR turn.  In honor of "Talk Like Shakespeare Day," tell us your favorite Shakespeare line, or do what the man himself did:  Write your own!  It doesn't have to be in iambic pentameter, but I'll give you bonus points if you can work in the word "forsooth."

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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April 21st, 2009
07:57 PM ET

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle...Respond!

Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day, and a special edition of CNN Student News brings you a world of resources (get it?) to mark the occasion.  From the struggles of crab fishermen in Chesapeake Bay to the efforts of engineers to turn buildings green, we discuss an array of environmental subjects and show ways in which YOU can help keep the world cleaner.

Now the question is, are you currently doing anything to help the planet?  Do you recycle or try to cut down on trash, or are you doing anything special to celebrate Earth Day?  Give us a sense of what it means to you by responding right here!

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Feedback • News Coverage
April 20th, 2009
09:26 PM ET

Bike to School?

If you do, then tell us what you think of the electric bike you see on Tuesday.  Would you want something like that to get to school, or do you prefer pedal power?

Now I know that some of you guys are gonna think what I did:  It ought to be faster.  You might be more likely to buy it if it went 40 miles an hour instead of 20.  But this story isn't about speed; it's about getting somewhere without having to pedal.  And we'd like to know if that would make you any more willing to travel by bike.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Feedback • News Coverage
April 16th, 2009
10:08 PM ET

Roller Coasters, Rodents and Turkeys

What's the most Offbeat?

You might not expect to find them all in the same place, unless you're ready for a trip Off the Beaten Path!  We take you on one of those in Friday's show - the news isn't ALL serious, after all - and we'd like to know which story you liked best:  Is it the roller coaster wedding, the racing rodents or the tough turkeys?  Vote here, leave a comment, and have a GREAT weekend!

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
April 14th, 2009
08:50 PM ET

Behind the Sounds

Carl's probably used to hearing voices in his head, but what you hear at the end of Wednesday's show is a real person:  our associate producer (AP), Tomeka!  It gives you an idea of some of the fun we have behind the scenes at CNN Student News.  Some of you have even commented on the other sounds you've heard, from a drum hit to crickets at the end of a Before We Go segment.  If you've got any creative ideas for us, let us know here!

Jeremy Dunn, CNN Student News Producer

Filed under: Behind the scenes
April 14th, 2009
12:15 AM ET

"CNN Student News Stadium"

Sounds like an odd name to me, and as far as I know, it's not something we're planning...

Tuesday's show discusses a controversy involving a pro sports field named after a bank that got  billions in bailout money.  But we introduced the show itself by asking, "What's in a name?"  And that's exactly what I want to talk about in today's blog.  Does it ever strike you as odd to hear professional sports arenas named for businesses?  Think about "Tropicana Field," "Izod Center," "Amway Arena" and "Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre."  Do these just sound like places to see a good game or a good show, or do they have a different, more commercial ring than places like "The Georgia Dome" or "Yankee Stadium"?

It brings up the question of whether names matter...

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Feedback
April 8th, 2009
09:47 PM ET

$4,800 in Text Messages

A few of you wrote on a previous blog that you could easily text more than 10,000 messages per month.  I have no idea how, but you either have unlimited texting on your phones, or you're about to get a punishment like the 13-year-old featured in Thursday's show!

Her parents disabled [smashed] the phone, reprimanded [grounded] the teen, and they're all learning [paying] a lesson:  Don't send thousands of texts without a texting plan.  And if your grades go down when texting goes up, it might be a good idea to wait until you're home before you light up the keyboard.

Here's what I wanna know:  Is texting even allowed in your classes?  If it isn't, could you still text 700 messages a day after school?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

Filed under: Uncategorized
April 6th, 2009
07:42 PM ET

Honoring the Fallen

I have a brother and a nephew serving in the U.S. military, and I grew up in a military town.  I have tremendous respect not only for those men and women in uniform but also for their families.  So this is one of those stories that is of great interest to me.

For many years – since 1991, to be exact -  when Americans lost their lives in the line of duty, TV cameras were not allowed at the airport when their bodies were brought back to the U.S.  But a new Pentagon policy has changed that. 

One important fact to note about the policy change:  In order for the cameras to be present, the family of the fallen serviceman or servicewoman must agree to allow media coverage. 

On Sunday, cameras were at Dover Air Force Base when the body of Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Myers returned home. 

Our production team thought it was important to tell you about this story, which we do in Tuesday's show, but to not show the actual video out of sensitivity to our audience.  We know a lot of you have parents and siblings serving overseas, and some of you are in the service.  But we do want to know your opinion of the new policy.  Do you think that the media should be allowed to show the caskets of fallen servicemen and women, or do you think that cameras should not be allowed?  

Donna Krache,  Executive Producer

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