Zimmerman’s Acquittal Sparks Protests
Sanford, Fla.—Emotions have been running high since a jury found neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman not guilty of killing African-American teenager Trayvon Martin. Protesters took to social media and the streets to show their disappointment in Saturday’s verdict. “America has given a free pass to..
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Discussion Starter: Cooking Empire Unravels After Racism Charge
Savannah, Ga.—Celebrity chef Paula Deen faced a huge helping of scorn after she admitted using the N-word in the past. The Food Network and major corporate sponsors quickly severed ties with her. The fallout began when a lawsuit deposition went public. Deen, 66, was asked..
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Discussion Starter: Studio Markets ‘Superman’ to Churches
Hollywood—Noting parallels between the lives of Superman and Jesus, Warner Bros. Studios is encouraging pastors to incorporate Man of Steel into Sunday sermons. Pastors were invited to early screenings and presented with nine pages of sermon notes titled “Jesus: The Original Superhero.” In the film,..
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Discussion Starter: Girl’s Lung Transplant Spurs Ethics Debate
Newtown Square, Penn.—Shortly after a judge’s ruling moved Sarah Murnaghan onto the adult transplant list, the 10-year-old received a portion of adult donor lungs. The cystic fibrosis patient, who reportedly had weeks to live, now has a second chance at life. “God is great! He..
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Discussion Starter: Model Touts Imperfections, Disses Photoshop
New York—Gisele Bundchen, the world’s highest-paid model, is encouraging all women to embrace their natural beauty. After posing for a BLK DNM ad campaign without any makeup, professional hairdressing, or Photoshop touchups, she said, “We are women; we are so different. Our imperfections are what..
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