Discussion Starter: Critics Abound in Ray Rice Incident
11 September 2014
In The News Baltimore—After new video surfaced showing Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée, his team cut him and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. Initially, the star running back had been suspended for two games, based on surveillance video that showed him dragging..
Discussion Starter: Negative Cheering a No-No, Conference Says
05 September 2014
In The News New England—In a letter circulated by men’s soccer coaches in the NESCAC (New England Small Colleges Athletic Conference), parents and other fans are being asked to refrain from any “action that could potentially be construed as negative or confrontational.” This includes booing,..
Discussion Starter: Teen’s Shooting Leads to Violent Protests
21 August 2014
In The News Ferguson, Mo.—Confrontations between police and demonstrators have roiled this St. Louis suburb, following the police shooting of an unarmed teenager. Angry crowds have taken to the streets, turning Ferguson into what Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called a “war zone.” On August 9,..
Discussion Starter: Comedian’s Suicide Stuns Fans, Family
14 August 2014
In The News San Francisco—Beloved funnyman Robin Williams was found dead Monday in what authorities called a suicide. The 63-year-old Oscar-winning actor had reportedly been battling severe depression and also had a history of alcohol and drug addiction. Shocked relatives and fans wondered how Williams,..
Discussion Starter: Kids Play With Fire in Online Dare
07 August 2014
In The News Lexington, Ky.—In a disturbing and dangerous trend, teenagers are receiving serious burns while trying to prove their bravery. “Fire challenge” videos posted on YouTube and other social-media sites show young people putting accelerant on their skin, lighting themselves on fire, and then..