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February 18th, 2011
08:02 AM ET
February 17th, 2011
12:35 PM ET

30 Second Pitch

A special edition of 30 Second Pitch. We want to help a handful of ex-walmart employees find work. Lori Poulsen, Shawn Ray and Gabriel Stewart weren't laid off. They and a colleague were fired from a Utah store-after tearing a gun away from a suspected shoplifter.

Here's the play-by-play from the police report: A customer apparently stashed a laptop in his clothes– then made a break for the front of the store. But he didn't make it. He yanked his gun *after he was escorted to the loss prevention office. The workers lept into action, ripping away the gun and holding him until police arrived. But the employees were let go a week later, for violating company policy- which tells employees to withdraw if a gun comes out.

A Walmart official tells us- "Our associates are trained on this policy to help avoid situations that put our customers & associates in jeopardy." "...simply, we cannot condone associates taking matters into their own hands."

So that brings us to Thursday’s 30 Second Pitch: There's three of them– Gabriel Stewart, Lori Poulsen, and Shawn Ray. The fourth person Justin Richins landed some temporary work!

If you are interested in hiring any of them here’s their contact information:

Gabriel Stewart
Lori Poulsen
Shawn Ray

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January 20th, 2011
05:53 PM ET
January 14th, 2011
05:50 PM ET
January 5th, 2011
11:37 AM ET

The Sustainable Marriage Quiz

Take the quiz for yourself!

How much does being with your partner result in your having new experiences?
When you are with your partner, do you feel a greater awareness of things because of him or her?
How much does your partner increase your ability to accomplish new things?
How much does your partner help to expand your sense of the kind of person you are?
How much do you see your partner as a way to expand your own capabilities?
How much do your partner's strengths as a person compensate for some of your own weaknesses as a person?
How much do you feel that you have a larger perspective on things because of your partner?
How much has being with your partner resulted in your learning new things?
How much has knowing your partner made you a better person?
How much does your partner increase your knowledge?

Answer each question according to the way you feel, using the following scale.
Answers range from (1) not very much to (7) very much.
Then, add up your scores!

60 and above — Highly Expansive.
45 to 60 — Moderately Exciting.
Below 45 — Low Connection.

Filed under: Kyra Phillips
January 5th, 2011
08:39 AM ET

New "Huckleberry Finn" edition removes the “n-word”

There’s a battle over what your kids should read in school and which words they should be exposed to.

It’s a battle that revolves around one of the greatest American novels ever written, Mark Twain’s  "Huckleberry Finn."

You may have read it as a child, but increasingly schools across the country are choosing not to include it in their curriculums because of its use of the n-word, which is used more than 200 times in the book.

Now, the editors of New South books are doing something about that.

They're publishing a new edition of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", and "Huckleberry Finn,” and replacing the word with “slave.”

The move is already causing controversy and we want to hear from you.

What do you think about the change? Give us your feedback and we’ll read some of your responses today on CNN Newsroom at 10am with Kyra Phillips.

Filed under: Kyra Phillips
December 31st, 2010
07:58 AM ET

A Look Back at 2010

When we think of 2010… there are stories that made us think, outraged us, made us laugh and even moved us to tears. We’re sure you have some favorites. Tell us what stories were the most memorable for you in 2010 and why?

We’ll read some of your responses during the 10 o’clock hour of CNN Newsroom.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips
December 30th, 2010
08:34 AM ET

My New Year's Resolution....

It seems that each year at the end of December we promise ourselves anew how great "NEXT" year will be!

We will:  exercise more, lose weight, quit smoking,  pay off our debts...what's your New Year's Resolution?

Share your resolutions with us and we'll read some of them on the air today at 10am EST on CNN Newsroom.

Filed under: Kyra Phillips
December 29th, 2010
08:25 AM ET

Man Charged with Reading Wife's Email

When speaking of marriage, most people remember the infamous quote, "What's yours is mine and what's mine is yours", that seems to hold true, EXCEPT for personal emails! Leon Walker of Rochester Hills, Michigan is facing felony charges for reading the emails of his then spouse, Claire Walker.

While the couple were in the middle of a divorce, Walker discovered by reading his wife's emails, that she was having an affair with her second husband who was said to be abusive. The couple was indeed living together when he decided to do his "research" within the email of his wife on their shared home computer. When Leon Walker found out this information, he informed his wife's first husband for the safety of the children that were involved in both marriages. The men deemed it necessary to then go to the courts with this information.

It was said that once the emails were given to the courts, Claire notified the police, and now Leon Walker is being charged with a five-year felony by the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office. Walker was outraged by the prosecutor's decision to press charges for him simply protecting his children.

The couple is now divorced, and Walker will go to trial in February.

What are your thoughts? Should it be illegal to read your spouse’s email? Some of your thoughts will be shared in the 10 o'clock hour.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips
December 28th, 2010
07:43 AM ET

Game Show Mistake

Can you imagine having $800,000 dollars slip right through your hands? That’s what happened to Gabe Okoye and his girlfriend Brittany Mayti on FOX’s game show "Million Dollar Drop". The couple placed a bid of over $800,000 on the question, "Which product was sold in stores first? The (a) Macintosh Computer (b) Sony Walkman or (c) Post-It Notes". When the answer was revealed and the money was dropped, the couple was devastated.

Shortly after the game show, several viewers began to do a little research, and found that the 'Press and Peel' which is the original name for the 'Post-It Note' was sold in stores in 1977; then the company changed the name to what we all know as "Post-It" in 1979 which is also when the Sony Walkman was produced. The couple provided the CORRECT answer, but did not receive the prize!

Fox spoke to the makers of the Post-It, 3M and confirmed the information and admitted its error. So FOX has invited the couple to come back to the show, to take another shot at winning the money.

Do you think they should go back on the show? What do you think should happen next?

At 9:14am ET we’ll talk live with Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayti on CNN Newsroom, but we want to hear from you. Leave a comment, and we’ll read your responses during the 10am ET hour of CNN Newsroom.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips
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