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October 19th, 2010
07:03 AM ET

Yale fraternity pledges' chant about rape in initiation ritual

A Yale fraternity is under fire for a pledging ritual. It’s not what they did, but what they said. The potential pledges of Delta Kappa Epsilon’s Phi chapter marched through Yale’s campus chanting rape-trivializing phrases such as "no means yes, yes means anal." Oh… did I mention most of the first-year female students are housed in the area where the fraternity performed this stunt? Some students were offended. The Yale Women's Center Board was livid. Then the story took off when the Yale Daily News posted the video on youtube and it went viral.

So here's the thing. A forum was held. The fraternity apologized. Pledging activities were suspended and that seems to be the end of it.

We want to hear from you. Does the punishment fit the crime? Should Yale come down harder on DKE and those involved? Tell us what you think. Kyra Phillips may read some of your comments on during the 10 o’clock hour of CNN Newsroom.


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August 26th, 2010
07:57 AM ET

Special Olympics bars student with special needs

This morning we talked with 17-year old Jenny Youngwith and her mother Janice. The family has filed a lawsuit against the Special Olympics and the West Chicago Community High School where Jenny is enrolled. The organization and school have prohibited Jenny from playing on the school’s Special Olympics basketball and running teams.
Jenny, who has cerebral palsy and fatigues easily because of respiratory problems, uses a service dog to get around. The dog carries her oxygen tank. For the last six years Jenny, along with her service dog, has been playing basketball for a special education program at Northern Illinois University. However, Jenny is really disappointed that she is not allowed to play with her classmates at her high school.
We want to hear your thoughts on this story: should the family give up or should the Special Olympics of Illinois try to accommodate Jenny? Email us your comments and Kyra will read some of your responses during the 10am hours of CNN Newsroom


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August 13th, 2010
07:58 AM ET

Weight loss surgery for S.C. government workers

South Carolina lawmakers are looking to save money in the future by paying for 100 of their workers to undergo weight loss surgery according to The Post and Courier.

The state Budget and Control board voted yesterday to approve a $2.4 million pilot program that would pay for gastric bi-pass and Lap-Band surgery under the state health plan. Applications for the program are going to be accepted on a first come, first approved basis. The surgeries are planned to begin after Jan. 1 and patients will be monitored for 18 months to determine if this program will actually save the state money.

The state hopes that by helping their workers lose excess weight, they will also cut excess costs. Obesity contributes to many costly health issues like diabetes and asthma. Significant weight loss can reduce and even eliminate these problems.

Do you think the government should pay for its workers to have weight loss surgery? Share your comments below and Kyra will read some during the 10am ET hour of the CNN Newsroom.

Read more about this story here.


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August 10th, 2010
08:19 AM ET

Flight Attendant Slides To Temporary Freedom

Whether or not we want to admit it, most of us who have worked in customer service have fantasized about telling cranky customers exactly where to file their complaints.

Well Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater lived a similar fantasy Monday after a verbal altercation with a passenger.

According to sources, a passenger stood up to remove baggage from the overhead compartment while the plane was still taxiing to the airport terminal. When Slater asked the passenger to sit back down, the passenger refused and continued to remove his luggage. The luggage accidentally hit Slater. The passenger would not apologize and instead called Slater a four-letter-expletive.

This was enough for Slater to do what many have only dreamed of doing. He proceeded to express the same choice four-letter-word and announced he was quitting to everyone on board over the intercom. Slater then deployed the emergency slide, grabbed a few beers and slid to his freedom- at least for a little while. Port Authority police later arrested Slater for criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass

Have you ever quit in an outrageous way? What is your walk-off the job fantasy? Comment below and Kyra will read some during the 10am ET hour of the CNN Newsroom.

Read more about this story here.


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July 23rd, 2010
06:42 AM ET

Teacher fakes cancer

A special education teacher from Middletown, Pennsylvania was arrested after allegedly lying to her school district about having an inoperable brain tumor, according to an article by ABC News.

Leslie Herneisey apparently began telling people that she had a brain tumor nine years ago to get time off of work. She even accepted money raised by colleagues for a free trip to Disney World for her and her family.

Herneisey's lawyer, Terrence McGowan, said Herneisey suffers from clinical depression and spent the days she got off for her "cancer treatment" at home with the lights off.

Herneisey is not the first person we have seen lie.

We want to know- what have you faked to get out of something you didn't want to do?

Please share your stories below and Kyra will read some on the air during the 10am ET hour of the CNN Newsroom.


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July 21st, 2010
08:00 AM ET

The Tale of Shirley Sherrod

From CNN intern Emily Landrieu:

Shirley Sherrod’s story is not as straight forward as it originally appeared. After a video clip of Mrs. Sherrod giving a speech to an NAACP group surfaced, she was fired from her job at United States Department of Agriculture on the basis of racism. However, that clip did not show the full story. After watching the entire video, it is clear that Mrs. Sherrod is anything but a racist. Her comments were taken out of context. Although Mrs. Sherrod has been through her share of racism, she has turned those experiences into positives by only aiming to promote race relations.

Now Mrs. Sherrod is speaking out. Although coming out of a bad situation, Mrs. Sherrod is taking the opportunity to tell the world about her experiences with racism. She is devoting her life to change – and now, she’s even hoping to write a book.

This morning, we are asking if you have a job offer for Shirley Sherrod, especially if you are a book publisher.

Post your information below.


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July 20th, 2010
07:20 AM ET

UPDATE: Your life, your choice, your death?

A billboard in New Jersey is breathing new life into the right to die debate.

The billboard reads, "My Life. My Death. My Choice." It also displays the web address for Final Exit Network, which is a private, non-profit organization that supports the idea that people suffering what it terms "intolerable medical circumstances" be able to end their lives.

Final Exit Network's billboard is intended for terminally ill patients, but many people are concerned that young adults who see the billboard will see it as a suicide endorsement.

The Catholic Church is also speaking out against the ad. The Newark, New Jersey's Archdiocese message spokesman Jim Goodness says it's "completely incompatible with Catholic teaching."

UPDATE:

This morning at 10:30am ET, Kyra will go deeper into the debate with attorney and Executive Director of the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Rita Marker and Final Exit Vice President Bob Levine.

Watch the CNN Newsroom with Kyra and us know what you think of the right to die debate. Kyra will read some comments during the 10am ET hour of the CNN Newsroom.


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July 19th, 2010
06:41 AM ET

Your life, your death, your choice?

A billboard in New Jersey is breathing new life into the right to die debate.

The billboard reads, "My Life. My Death. My Choice." It also displays the web address for Final Exit Network, which is a private, non-profit organization that supports the idea that people suffering what it terms "intolerable medical circumstances" be able to end their lives.

Final Exit Network's billboard is intended for terminally ill patients, but many people are concerned that young adults who see the billboard will see it as a suicide endorsement.

The Catholic Church is also speaking out against the ad. The Newark, New Jersey's Archdiocese message spokesman Jim Goodness says it's "completely incompatible with Catholic teaching."

We want to know what you think!

Please comment below and Kyra will read some during the 10am ET hour of the CNN Newsroom.


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July 8th, 2010
06:54 AM ET

Convicted killer gets new lease on life

When a cancer patient's life expectancy expands from three months to 10 or 20 years, it is considered good news. But what about when the patient is the Lockerbie bomber?

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds last August after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

al Megrahi, now 58, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which killed 270 people- including 189 Americans.

Scotland's decision to release him on compassionate grounds was made only eight and a half years after he was sentenced to life in prison. He was returned to Libya with the expectation that he would die within three months. Now, according to his doctor, he may live up to 10 or 20 years.

His release upset many of the Pan Am Flight 103's victim's family members. It also provokes an interesting question- should convicted murderers ever be released on compassionate grounds?

Please post your comments below and Kyra will read some during the 10am ET hour of the CNN Newsroom.


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July 7th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Lohan on Lockdown

From CNN Intern Emily Landrieu:

We all know the story- celebrities getting off the hook for things the rest of us would be thrown in jail for. Well not this time. After slipping past punishment for the past few years, Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating her probation from a 2007 drug case. Lohan addressed the court through tears saying that she takes all responsibility for her actions. She says she was expecting no special treatment by missing her appointments, yet she seemed to have a lot of excuses saying she had work and didn’t understand her probation terms. To add insult to injury, Lohan was sporting a very interesting choice of manicure that featured an expletive on her middle fingernails. Michael Lohan, Lindsay’s father, told Larry King last night that, “jail is harsh for a young lady like Lindsay who doesn’t need jail.”

Do you think Lindsay got the sentence she deserved or was she just another celebrity who got off easy?


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