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Good News, Bad News, No News

Fences and Mohawks

Bill Radke

Suzie Lechtenberg

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1. The White House has delayed by three years plans for a high-tech virtual fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. This network of sensors and surveillance was a key to President Bush's proposed immigration reform, whereby the U.S. would secure the border and give undocumented people a path to citizenship. But the fence has been plagued with software and radar glitches. Is the three-year delay good news, bad news or no news?

2. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says his top priority is preventing a recession, and he suggested the Fed will keep interest rates low despite a risk of inflation. Does that sound to you like good news, bad news or no news?

3. In a new survey of American teenagers, fewer than half could identify Ralph Ellison's novel, "The Invisible Man," and one in four said Columbus sailed to the New World sometime after 1750. The group doing the surveying says President Bush's No Child Left Behind policy emphasizes reading and math at the expense of literature and history. Is this form of teenage ignorance good news to you, bad news or no news?

4. In Parma, Ohio, a kindergartner with a spiky Mohawk hairdo has been suspended from school for creating a distraction. His mom calls this discrimination. Good news, bad news or no news?

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