Discussion Starter: Trump Tops Polls Despite Antics, Narcissism
28 August 2015
In the News Dubuque, Ia.—Despite his grandiose personality and stream of politically incorrect statements, Donald Trump continues to command a strong lead in the race to be the Republican 2016 presidential candidate. The real-estate mogul and reality-TV star is confounding pundits with his egotistical, combative..
Discussion Starter: Exposed Collarbone Sparks Dress-Code Spat
21 August 2015
In the News Versailles, Ky.—A scoop-neck top worn under a long-sleeved blouse landed a Kentucky student in the principal’s office last week. Now a social-media crusade is targeting what many students—and parents—consider an excessively strict dress code. On the first day of school, senior Stephanie..
Discussion Starter: Teen Labeled Sex Offender After Dating-App Hookup
07 August 2015
In the News Elkhart, Ind.—After locating a nearby date with the Hot Or Not app, Indiana teenager Zach Anderson ended up with a 90-day jail sentence, five years of probation, and a 25-year placement on sex-offender registries in two states. That’s because Zach, 19, had..
Discussion Starter: Family Clings to Hope for Teens Lost at Sea
31 July 2015
In the News Jupiter, Fla.—For a week, the families of young sailors Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen have awaited news of their sons’ safety. But as more time passes, the odds of surviving in the Atlantic Ocean decrease. On July 24, the 14-year-old boys headed..
Discussion Starter: Breakups Dash Fans’ Hope of True Love
27 July 2015
In the News Tishomingo, Okla.—After news broke that singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are divorcing, social-media posts were filled with disbelief, despair, and grief. “There goes all my faith in love,” read a typical tweet. The divorce “leaves me with no hope for marriage,”..