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(CNN Student News) -- May 12, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What messages have you seen in the media about drug abuse? Do you think that these messages are effective at preventing drug use among your peers? Why or why not?

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Oil Spill Hearing

According to the report, why did officials from BP, TransOcean and Halliburton appear before Congress yesterday? What were the roles of each of these companies in the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? What does each company say about responsibility for the spill?

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If you were on the committee investigating the oil spill, what questions would you ask company officials? Which company or companies, if any, do you think should be responsible for the spill? Explain.

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Miranda Rights Debate

What is the Miranda Warning? What is the goal of this warning?

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According to the program: Who is Faisal Shahzad? Why do some people think that Shahzad should not have been given a Miranda Warning?

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Do you think that an investigation into acts of terrorism should be handled differently than other criminal investigations? If so, how? If not, why not?

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New Drug Strategy

According to the report, what is one goal of a new drug control strategy announced by President Obama's administration yesterday? Why do you think that the administration is targeting young people with this strategy?

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Why do you think that young people might not be aware of the dangers of prescription drugs? What do you think can be done to increase awareness of this issue among your peers?

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Powering the Plastiki

What are some of the renewable energy technologies found on the Plastiki?

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What do you think are the potential benefits and drawbacks of using renewable energy sources on a long voyage? Would you want to travel across the Pacific Ocean in a renewable-energy-powered boat? Why or why not?

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