Breaking News in the 3rd Grade - 03/14/14

  I recently had the privilege of reading to a group of 3rd graders in Antioch at Mt. View Elementary.

  One of the things I do when I read stories or short books to students is to bring along scripts from our morning show so that they can have the chance to read them -- as if they're actually doing the news themselves.  This is always greeted with excitement and everybody gets into the spirit of the moment and roots for the first-ever news reader.

  In Mrs. Eady's class, I brought along a story that we had done that morning about how Metro schools were going to make up a snow day  by going to school on Monday, March 17th. I didn't think about the topic until I heard the response.

  As soon as the student read the story, I heard gasps of  "Oh, no!" and "What?"

  It was the first time they were finding out that they would be going to school on that day -- instead of having the day off. I felt bad for a moment, but it was also kind of funny. It was truly like breaking news in a third grade class with a news program.

  It may have been the first time they ever realize that what's we talk about in the news can actually affect them.

  I hope they have a very fast day on Monday when they're in class and not on a vacation day.

 

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DAVID LETTERMAN-CAPITOL GYROCOPTER

NEW YORK (AP) -- David Letterman will soon retire. But he's not letting a juicy target like the U.S. Capitol gyrocopter landing go unnoticed. Last night, on CBS' "Late Show," Letterman did the Top 10 "questions to ask yourself before landing a gyrocopter on the United States Capitol lawn." Here are a few examples:

No. 8, "Should I do this during Secret Service happy hour?"

No. 2, "Should I land somewhere unguarded, like the White House?"

And No. 1, "Will I be the only person who actually did something in Washington today?"

AIR PUMP THEFTS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some New York City crooks are getting pumped. The NYPD reports they're looking for two suspects in a string of air pump thefts from gas stations in Brooklyn and Queens. Seventeen such incidents have been reported since late December, the latest being earlier this month. Investigators report the pump bandits attach tow chains to snatch the coin-operated air pumps. The pumps can hold up to a few thousand bucks worth of change apiece.

MARIJUANA-BIKE TIRES

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) -- Two Arizona teens are in trouble -- after federal officers say they tried smuggling pot hidden in bike tires. Customs and Border Patrol Enforcement officers report finding a total of seven pounds of marijuana inside the tires. A drug-sniffing dog alerted customs officers as a 17-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl crossed the border. The bikes were seized. The teens have been turned over to Homeland Security investigators.

CELLMATES-HOLE-DIGGING CHARGES

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- It's no Shawshank Redemption. Two men are charged with digging a hole in a cinderblock cell wall in a western Pennsylvania jail. They didn't get very far. Somerset County Jail Warden Gregory Briggs says the hole was only about four inches wide. Joseph Lee Bockes and Billy Ray Naill now face charges that include institutional vandalism. Authorities didn't file attempted escape charges because the hole was so small. The Somerset Daily American first reported the story.

 
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