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August 31st, 2010
08:47 AM ET

Medical Marijuana Ad on Television

Sacaramento’s Fox Affiliate KTXL broadcast what is believed to be the first paid advertisement for a medical marijuana dispensary. The 30-second ad, paid for by Sacramento-based "CannaCare" and produced by KTXL, shows various people delivering testimonials on the benefits of marijuana when used for medicinal purposes. Text at the bottom of the advertisement indicates that marijuana can be used in the relief of many diseases and illnesses, including diabetes, HIV, Hepatitis C and hypertension among others.

Marijuana is not shown in the advertisement, and the word "marijuana" is never used. Instead, patients and the ad itself refer to pot as "cannabis."

Of course, right now, this is as controversial as when cigarette, condom and Viagra commericials first hit television.

So, What do you think? Does medical marijuana have a place on television in California?
It’s legal, after all. Or are some things best left off the airwaves? Post your comments here and Kyra will read them in the 10am hour of CNN Newsroom.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips
August 30th, 2010
01:50 PM ET

From Today's Show, August 30, 2010:

CHALK TALK: She's a nine-time Grammy award winning artist, an actress and all-around super star but Mary J. Blige is taking on a new cause–Educating young girls and getting them interested in science, engineering and math! The R&B star has paired up with NASA and is showing young girls that not even the sky is the limits. You can read all about what Mary J is doing on her foundation website! 

MISSION POSSIBLE: If you were watching today, chances are Tae Tae Davis captured your heart-if you weren't, she will! This 13 year-old is a on a mission to keep art in school and isn't just talking about it, she's acting! Read all about Tae Tae here!


It's the last week of summer vacation for most public school students; a week filled with dread, excitement, back to school shopping or last minute vacations.  And it's a time of stress and anticipation for their families, many of whom see school as the key to a bright future.  For NINETY percent of American students, school means PUBLIC school.  Some public schools are exemplary – with teachers and lessons and buildings that will remain in a student's consciousness forever.  Others are marred by violence, poverty, poor equipment, frustrated teachers and bullies.  But public education in the United States remains the absolute best hope for the future.  On this show, you've seen our Chalk Talk segment, but this week CNN is dedicated to a week-long discussion called "Fix Our Schools"

Literacy is high in America – among the highest in the world.  Despite that, America is NOT graduating the most competitive students, and we're not giving them the number of instructional hours that some of the world's most competitive economies provide.  Now, "Fix Our Schools" DOES presume something is broken when, in fact, much is right in U.S. public schools. Education is compulsory in the U.S. and, although schools are increasingly calling on families to provide supplies, public education is, for the most part, free.  What, exactly IS broken in public schools?  Disputes center around cost, curriculum and control.  What sort of facilities are best? Does the environment matter as much as what students learn, how they learn and who teaches them?  Is the role that teachers play more important than the role parents play? And are we adequately dealing with the fact that many students in America – in 2010 – still go to school hungry.  Then there's standardized testing.  Does it guarantee that students are uniformly competitive with their peers here and around the world?  Or does it encourage the teaching and memorization of facts rather than concepts and theories?  And should standards be set by the feds, the state, or the locals? Another issue is whether parents should be allowed to CHOOSE their children's public school, or should they just go to the nearest? And what about charter schools, which allow public money to be used for selective admission?  While they improve education, do they impoverish the overall  system by creating a two tier world?

On this show we feature solutions –  And we'd like to hear from you – Add a Comment right here on this page. We are listening and thanks for watching.

Filed under: Ali Velshi • Chalk Talk • Mission Possible • XYZ
August 30th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

How Do We Fix Our Schools?

That's the question we're trying to answer this week on CNN. 

From teacher shortages and budget cuts to high dropout rates, we're examining the challenges school systems face every day. We’re also taking a look at successes.  Which schools are getting it right and how can other schools follow their lead?

That's where you come in. We want to hear your ideas and suggestions on ways to fix our schools.

Leave us a comment. We’ll share them throughout the week in the CNN Newsroom.

Filed under: Tony Harris
August 29th, 2010
11:41 AM ET

Nagin on Katrina: Should Have Evacuated Sooner

On the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina slamming into the Gulf Coast, the former mayor of New Orleans expresses some regrets about how the crisis was handled, saying he should have ordered everyone to evacuate eight hours earlier.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Don Lemon
August 29th, 2010
07:39 AM ET

Lt. Gen. Russel Honore on New Orleans

Many thanks to Brooke Baldwin sitting in for TJ Holmes this weekend in the CNN Newsroom!

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Filed under: Brooke Baldwin • CNN Newsroom
August 29th, 2010
05:47 AM ET

Are you addicted to spending?

From finance expert Clyde Anderson: A recent study found that 1 out of every 20 is a compulsive spender. While women are often thought of as having this problem more than men, it appears that men and women may be equally affected.

Look for Clyde Anderson's Home School segments in the 7 o'clock hour of CNN Saturday Mornings with TJ Holmes.

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Filed under: Brooke Baldwin • CNN Newsroom
August 29th, 2010
03:09 AM ET

PolitiFact's Obameter: 121 Promises Kept, 22 Broken checks on President Barack Obama's campaign trail promises.

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Filed under: Brooke Baldwin • CNN Newsroom • Josh Levs
August 28th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Back-to-School Tech: Online Homework Help

Digital Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong wraps up his month-long series sharing all kinds of tips, services and advice on how technology can help parents and students and teachers.

Look for Mario Armstrong's everything tech segments in the 8 o'clock hour of CNN Saturday Mornings with TJ Holmes.

August 27th, 2010
09:17 AM ET

On Today's Show: August 27, 2010:


“I will never forget the first time I saw a polar bear. I was in awe of its absolute beauty. I realised at that moment that I may be one of the last people to see them alive. Their habitat is melting away rapidly with climate change. By swimming in vulnerable ecosystems, I want to draw attention to the impact of our actions. They say that seeing is believing and it's certainly true. I hope that through my swims, and the filming and reporting of them, I can act as the eyes of the world. So, whether I'm swimming around islands which are fast disappearing due to rising sea levels, or swimming across parts of the Arctic which were previously frozen over, I will swim – and stand for the future of our planet. I believe that each and every one of us can do something to ensure that future generations enjoy a safe and sustainable world.”

Lewis is our Mission Possible today. Learn about his cause, what you can do and how you can be the change right here!

THE BIG I: How would you maximize your living space? Think about it. Could you make a fridge that was 12 inches thick?  Ideas like this are coming from the leaders of the future in the Electrolux Design Lab, an annual competition for undergraduate and graduate industrial design students.  They are tasked with coming up with ideas for household appliances of the future! This year’s theme is “The 2nd Space Age”.

Take a look:

The Top 8 Finalists of the Electrolux Design Lab

Filed under: Ali Velshi • CNN Newsroom • Mission Possible • The Big I
August 27th, 2010
06:23 AM ET

So, How do we Fix our Schools?

We’ll be tackling that question and possible solutions all next week.
And we want you to be a part of the conversation.
Do you have questions or concerns about your student as they get ready to start the new school year?
CNN Education Contributor Steve Perry will join us starting Monday to answer some of your toughest questions.

Filed under: Kyra Phillips
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