Saturday, September 10, 2005

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From: NewsBank HOT TOPICS
Environment - Hurricane Katrina
Topic: Hurricane Katrina came ashore as a category 4 storm packing winds over 150 mph and causing devastation to New Orleans, Louisiana, Mobile Alabama, and other nearby cities – flooding, epidemics, destroyed buildings, etc. What is being done to aid the people of these areas?
Search: hurricanes AND damage reports

Civics, Government and Politics – Supreme Court Nominee
Topic: Judge John G. Roberts Jr. has been nominated by President Bush for to fill the seat of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Who is John Roberts? Why is this position available? What needs to happen before he can assume this position?
Search: Roberts, John G.

Economics – Gasoline Prices
Topic: Gasoline prices are the highest since they peaked at $3.11 per gallon in 1981. In many large cities prices have now exceeded $3 per gallon and the economic impact is putting a strain on both personal and commercial auto use. What are the reasons for this higher price? What do you think the outcome will be?
Search: gasoline AND prices AND economic impact

Education – No Child Left Behind
Topic: Connecticut is the first state to sue the federal government over the No Child Left Behind Act. What are the reasons for this suit? How do other states feel about this action?
Search: Connecticut AND No Child Left Behind.

History – John F. Kennedy Tapes Declassified
Topic: The information from many meetings held between The President and top government officials is considered classified. What is classified information? Tapes of meetings held between President Kennedy and his officials in the 1960’s have been declassified. What does this mean? What information is in these tapes?
Search: Kennedy, John F.AND history

International – Wildlife Management
Topic: Kenya’s Wildlife Service is relocating elephants from one area to another. Why are they doing this? How do they accomplish this move?
Search: elephants AND wildlife management

Environment – Global Warming
Topic: Greenland has recently hosted an international conference of environmental ministers on global warming which concluded that retreating glaciers show that the planet is approaching a dangerous level of warming and action must immediately take place to reverse it. What does this mean to the earth? What can be done to help this situation?
Search: glaciers AND global warming.

Health – Mad Cow Disease
Topic: There is a new theory that mad cow disease came from humans. What is mad cow disease? What evidence is there that this is an accurate conclusion?
Search: mad cow disease

Science and Technology – Gene Mapping
Topic: Scientists have finished deciphering the DNA of chimpanzees. Why was this done? What did they learn?
Search: chimpanzees AND DNA

Film and Television - Documentaries
Topic: March of the Penguins is a documentary film. What is a documentary? What other ones have been released recently? How does a documentary compare with a fiction movie?
Search: documentaries

Fine Arts and Architecture – Building Renovations
Topic: One of the nation's most esteemed buildings has just undergone a successful renovation. Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology, a masterpiece by famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, re-opened recently. What is the significance of this building and this architect?
Search: Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig.

People – William H. Rehnquist
Topic: William Rehnquist was the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court until his recent death. How long was he on the Supreme Court? For what contributions will he be remembered?
Search: Rehnquist, William H.

Performing Arts – The Rolling Stones
Topic: The Rolling Stones, a rock band that's been around for 43 years, are touring again - opening their 37 city tour with a concert at Fenway Park in Boston Massachusetts. Where else are they appearing? Why has this band lasted for so many years?
Search: Rolling Stones (musical group).

Sports – Track and Field
Topic: The United States dominated this year's World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland by winning a record-breaking 14 gold medals. In what events did they win? How did other countries score?
Search: track and field sports.

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