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Spy Satellites and Claims to the Arctic

Bill Radke

Suzie Lechtenberg

Our panel of non-experts review the week's events in a parlor game to gauge what kind of week America had. This week, we hear from Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; author Susan Jacoby; and writer and actor David Rakoff.

1. In a few days, the Pentagon will try to shoot down a failing spy satellite. The White House says the satellite is out of control and could land in a populated area, with its fuel turning into a deadly toxic gas. Is this good news or bad news? Or no news?

2. New mapping data could bolster U.S. claims to the Arctic. Northern nations are competing for Arctic oil, gas and minerals. The U.S. government says bathymetric soundings show the foot of Alaska's continental slope extending farther than previously believed. Does this claim strike you as good news, bad news or no news?

3. A Washington state senator has proposed a new deterrent to drunk driving: if you've been convicted, once you get your driving privilege back you have to sport a fluorescent yellow license plate for one year. Is this approach good news, bad news or no news?

4. In Frankfort, Ill., school officials have been appalled by the behavior at middle school dances. These young couples grope, grind, cuss and disrespect adults. Therefore, the district has canceled all dances for the rest of the year. The parents are divided; what about you? Good news, bad news or no news?

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