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(CNN Student News) -- February 9, 2009

1. What kind of disaster is claiming lives and property in Australia? What state has been most impacted by this disaster?

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2. How do the effects of this disaster compare to those of the 1983 Ash Wednesday fire?

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3. What conditions have made this disaster worse? If you were an elected official, what ideas might you offer to minimize the loss of life and property in future similar disasters?

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4. According to the program: Why do some athletes abuse anabolic steroids? What are some side effects of anabolic steroid abuse for men, women and adolescents?

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5. Who is Alex Rodriguez? What did two Sports Illustrated reporters recently reveal about him? How did Rodriguez respond to this allegation? How did Rodriguez respond to questions posed to him about performance enhancing drugs during a television interview 14 months ago?

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6. According to the Sports Illustrated article, what role did the baseball players' union have in the alleged steroid scandal involving Rodriguez? How has the players' union responded to this claim?

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7. What words of advice does former Yankees coach Larry Bowa have for Rodriguez? Do you agree with this strategy? Why or why not?

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8. Do you think that these latest steroid allegations will damage professional baseball's image, or do you believe that it is a part of the sport that fans should accept? State your rationale.

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9. What kind of gender shift is occurring in the American workplace? According to the report, what are some reasons why this shift is taking place? What historic event jumpstarted this trend?

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10. If women do eventually outnumber men in the workplace, do you think that it will have an impact on how society views gender roles? Explain.

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