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February 26th, 2010
11:59 AM ET

Should SeaWorld Release Killer Whale?

SeaWorld plans to hold a news conference today regarding the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau.

She was killed Wednesday when a killer whale named Tilikum grabbed her ponytail and pulled her underwater.

That same whale has also been linked to two other deaths.

SeaWorld has made it clear that it plans to keep the whale at its Orlando park despite calls to release the 12,000-pound creature back into the ocean.

So what do you think about SeaWorld's decision?


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
February 26th, 2010
08:25 AM ET

Free Tilikum?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/26/t1larg.seaworld.performance.dd.jpg caption=""] Veteran whale trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed earlier this week when Tilikum, the 12,000-pound killer whale, grabbed her ponytail and drowned her in front of Sea World onlookers. Originally captured off the coast of Iceland, the killer whale has been linked to two other deaths in the past. Experts say Tilikum is not to blame and is reacting to 25 years of captivity. However, as the world's number one captive orca stud, Tilikum is worth millions.

Our question: What should happen to Tilikum?

Leave us your comments. We’ll share some of them on air in the CNN Newsroom, 11am ET — 1pm ET


Filed under: Tony Harris
February 26th, 2010
07:43 AM ET

Bad Tippers Beware

A North Carolina woman has been banned from a local restaurant for being a bad tipper. She left so little money that servers and chefs refused to wait on her.

Now that bad tipper, Monica Covington, has started a petition to boycott the Japanese steak house, saying the restaurant slandered her character in a recent news report. 300 people have signed her petition so far.

Our question to you: How do you decide how much to tip when you go out to eat?

Post your comments here. Kyra will read some of them on the air during the 10am ET hour of Newsroom.


Filed under: Kyra Phillips
February 26th, 2010
06:55 AM ET
February 25th, 2010
02:02 PM ET

Hip Hop Meets Classical

When it comes to spending money on entertainment, budgets are tight right now.  Orchestras across the country are struggling.  Young people are losing interest in classical music– so one symphony reached out to the world of hip hop.  The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra commissioned a hip hop producer and rapper to come up with a mashup of sorts for its youth music concerts.  It's something you probably haven't seen before.  We give you this special "break out" story.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Tony Harris
February 25th, 2010
01:44 PM ET

A$k the Dolans

Looking for ways to save money?  Just ask the Dolans!  Ken & Daria Dolan have all the answers to your personal finance questions.  This week we'll be discussing:

-Five ways to pay for college tuition

-The most overlooked tax deductions

-Business trends for 2010

-Tips for cutting your travel costs

Send us your money questions and we'll answer them live on the air at 2pm ET this Saturday.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield • Josh Levs
February 25th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Dying for Health Coverage

Tony met a wonderful couple who really personified the need to get something done on health care reform. The Hartshorns are like so many Americans who have slipped between the cracks. They make too much for medicaid and are not old enough for medicare. Here's an update on their story:

February 24th, 2010
08:25 PM ET
February 24th, 2010
03:40 PM ET

Reporting sexual abuse

By Elizabeth Cohen & Sabriya Rice

The recent case of a Delaware pediatrician indicted for sexually abusing his patients has many concerned. Experts we spoke to say if you suspect a physician is abusing a child, immediately contact your state medical board, the local police and child protective services.

According to the Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health and Human services, nearly all U.S. states have a list professionals who are required by law to contact the proper authorities if they feel a child is endangered. Click here for a list of those professions, and for a better understanding of the statutes in your state. In certain circumstances you can be fined for NOT reporting an incident. In many states, however, including the state of Delaware where Dr. Earl Bradley practiced, reporters are given immunity from civil and criminal liability if they provide the information in good faith.  


Filed under: Rick Sanchez
February 24th, 2010
09:54 AM ET

James Traficant's Run For Office

CNN's Kyra Philips talks to former congressman James Traficant who is out of prison and considering a run for office.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips
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