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Ten Questions: Colleagues remember MLK, Recyclables take a toll on Chinese town

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(CNN Student News) -- January 16, 2007

Answer the following questions about today's featured news stories. Write your answers in the space provided.

1. Who are Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck? For how long were they missing? When and where were they discovered? What challenges do you think lie ahead for the boys and their families?

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2. Have you ever been concerned about your personal safety? What do you think young people can do to stay safe in public?

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3. What parts of the U.S. were hit by a severe winter storm over the weekend? What damage did the storm cause? Has your area experienced any unusual weather this winter? If so, how did you respond?

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4. Who were Barzan Hassan al-Tikriti and Awad Bandar, and for what crimes were they executed on Monday? What are your thoughts and feelings regarding their executions and the recent execution of Saddam Hussein?

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5. What was the civil rights movement? Who was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and what was his role in the civil rights movement? How did Dr. King use words to help people better understand the civil rights movement and its goals? Give an example.

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6. What challenges and dangers did Dr. King and other activists face during their work to desegregate Birmingham, Alabama? In your view, what good came out of their struggle in Birmingham?

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7. Do you think that violence is an inevitable part of social change? Why or why not?

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8. Why is there a demand in China for imported recyclable garbage? What percentage of household plastics recycled in the U.S. are shipped to China? Does this fact surprise you? Why or why not?

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9. According to the segment: What steps are involved in recycling plastics, and how are some manufacturers in China using recycled plastic? What environmental problems have recyclables caused in the Chinese town of Lian Jiao? What action has the Chinese government taken to address these concerns?

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10. What is your opinion of exporting recyclables to China?

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