Discussion Starter: Quarterback Cast as Villain for Celebrating
05 February 2016
In the News Santa Clara, Calif.—As soon as the Super Bowl 50 matchup was set, sportswriters embraced a “good vs. evil” storyline. Old-school quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos could have a fairytale ending to his career Sunday, while newcomer Cam Newton of the..
Discussion Starter: Muslim Teen Cuts off Hand to Prove Faith
29 January 2016
In the News Lahore, Pakistan—Accused of blasphemy after mishearing a question at a mosque, 15-year-old Mohammad Anwar went home to cut off his own hand. Since then, he’s become a local hero. During a celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birth, a cleric had worked worshippers..
Discussion Starter: Actor Meets With Wanted Fugitive
14 January 2016
In the News Sinaloa, Mexico—Before being captured after months on the run, notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman met with actor Sean Penn and apparently wanted to make a movie about his life. Guzman was arrested during a shootout last week, following his July..
Discussion Starter: Captured ‘Affluenza’ Teen Fights Extradition
31 December 2015
In the News Puerto Vallarta, Mexico—Eighteen-year-old Ethan Couch, captured in Mexico after several weeks on the run, is now fighting extradition back to Texas. Meanwhile, his mom, Tonya, who had fled with him, has returned to the United States. In 2013, Couch used an “affluenza”..
Discussion Starter: Americans Debate Trump’s Call for Muslim Ban
15 December 2015
In the News Washington, D.C.—Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said last week that Muslims should be banned from the United States, playing on Americans’ terrorism-related fears and anxieties. A recent poll shows that only 17 percent of Americans now view Islam favorably. At a rally..