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August 18th, 2009
01:16 PM ET

The Class of 2013

Brace yourself... this is gonna make you feel ANCIENT. Beloit College has just come out with its annual Mindset List. It's meant to be a look at "cultural touchstones" of incoming college freshmen, born circa 1991.

One of the tastiest tidbits:

*Forget chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. For the Class of 2013, cookie dough ice cream has always been an option. (Lucky punks!)

Filed under: Kyra Phillips • On TV
August 15th, 2009
12:56 PM ET

More than one language

Soap star Victoria Rowell is well-known on stage and screen, but her real love may be writing. Her first book, "The Women Who Raised Me" details life as a foster child. Recently, the actress once again picked up her pen and wrote a narrative in, "Family Affair: What It Means to Be African-American."

She candidly details the "two languages" she says African-Americans speak. Our T.J. Holmes asked about that and more:

Watch CNN Newsroom with Betty Nguyen and T.J. Holmes every Saturday and Sunday morning starting at 6am ET/3am PT.

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Filed under: Anchors • Black in America 2 • Clips from CNN Newsroom • On TV
July 7th, 2009
05:13 PM ET

CNN Quick Vote: Michael Jackson Coverage

Your opinion of all the TV networks' Michael Jackson coverage -- from his death 6/25 through the L.A. memorial:

We've been getting a lot of feedback via Twitter, so we figured why not post an "official" Quick Vote on the ol' Kyra blog.

Click away - and if you have more to say, feel free to leave comments below!

Filed under: Kyra Phillips • On TV
July 2nd, 2009
01:27 PM ET
June 29th, 2009
10:53 AM ET

Supreme Court Sides With White Firefighters

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans agree with this morning's Supreme Court ruling on "reverse discrimination".

In a 5-4 vote, the court found that the city of New Haven, Connecticut discriminated against white firefighters, unfairly denying them promotions because of their race. It all centers around results of a promotion exam that the city threw out.

(Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonya Sotomayor heard this case on her federal appeals court last year, and sided with New Haven.)

Get the details here - then come on back and tell us what YOU think.

Filed under: Kyra Phillips • On TV
June 24th, 2009
02:08 PM ET

Help With Medical Bills

Leading Kyra's second hour today: health care reform. We talked to a woman named Priscilla Minter, who's 55 and has stage 4 colon cancer. Even with insurance, treatments left her family tens of thousands in debt. An advocacy group finally stepped in and gave her some peace.

If YOU need help with medical bills or negotiating with your insurance company, the group that helped Priscilla might be able to work with you as well. Find out more about The Patient Advocate Foundation on the web, or call 1-800-532-5274.

Filed under: Kyra Phillips • On TV
June 12th, 2009
08:17 AM ET

John McCain on with Tony

Tony is interviewing Senator John McCain in the noon eastern hour.  What would you ask him?  Anything is fair game- the election, his comments on healthcare, etc.

Filed under: Nicole Lapin • On TV • Tony Harris
June 5th, 2009
01:45 PM ET

Youth in the Middle East

Jared Cohen, one of the youngest members of the U.S. State Department's Policy Planning Team and the author of "Children of Jihad," believes the under-30 generation in the Islamic world is the best hope for peace, as young people make up 60% in the region.  "Young people in the Arab and Muslim worlds shouldn't be looked at as a threat, they should be looked at as an opportunity," Cohen says.  Tony Harris and Nicole Lapin spoke to him to find out we can do just that.

Cohen is currently working on the "Text Swat" program at the State Department.  It's part of his push to get young people engaged through technology.

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Filed under: Nicole Lapin • On TV • Tony Harris
May 26th, 2009
04:24 PM ET

Most litigious, eh? Consider yourself sued!

In case you missed it - one of today's additions to our "What The...?!" File:

A prisoner in the federal pen isn't really helping his own cause.

He's suing the folks at the Guinness Book of World Records - to stop them from naming him "Most Litigious".
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Jonathan Lee Riches is the bane of court clerks across the land.

He's filed lawsuits against President George W. Bush... Somali pirates... Britney Spears... and CNN's parent company, Time Warner - among many others.

Some of his 3,124* cases aren't even against people. Unlucky defendants include the Lincoln Memorial, and "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter". (Apparently, he COULD believe it!)

*As of 5/26/09, 11:24AM (ET)

Filed under: Kyra Phillips • On TV • What the...?
May 21st, 2009
10:52 AM ET

(UPDATE) Kings of the Road Test

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GMAC's come out with its annual survey of American drivers, and well, the news ain't good!

If everyone with a license took a written drivers test today - about 20% of us wouldn't pass. (I know, I know. You and I are TOTALLY part of the 80%.)

The survey breaks things down by state.

Congrats, co-valedictorians Idaho and Wisconsin. Your drivers' test scores were tops in the nation. New Yorkers - better study up! You're dead last. Everybody else can see where their state ranks here.

Oddly, all 3 states I've lived and driven in are in the bottom 10...

Take the test, and let us know how you do! The Kyra team's going to take it too - watch this space for results.

***UPDATE*** Sadly, we may have contributed to Georgia's poor showing. Our average score: 78.5 - and that got a big bump from AP Jason's perfect 100!

Filed under: Kyra Phillips • On TV
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