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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Last Update on March 27, 2015 07:06 GMT

DRUNKEN BANK ROBBER

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- If you're planning to knock over a bank, it's probably best not to knock down a few first. That's what a man in Tallahassee has found out the hard way. Authorities say an intoxicated Stanley Geddie walked into the Capital City Bank and demanded $100,000 from a manager -- claiming he had a handgun and plastic explosives. When police arrived, they found the man "very intoxicated and spaced out" in the manager's office. They also found a cab driver who said he brought Geddie to the bank -- and complained he got stiffed on his $25.50 fare. At least the would-be robber decided not to drive to the bank heist. The Tallahassee Democrat reports Geddie is charged with robbery, petty theft and resisting an officer. He's also being held on two probation violations.

BASEBALL GIVEAWAY

UNDATED (AP) -- Spring training -- a time for baseball teams and their fans to be optimistic. But the Houston Astros are balking over a planned promotion by one of its minor league affiliates. The Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League feel so confident the 'Stros will win a title soon, they planned to hand out replica 2017 World Series rings as a promotional giveaway this summer. But once the big league club heard about the pitch, they asked the Triple-A team to bench it. Grizzlies officials say they don't want any issues with its parent club.

POLICE HORSE ON THE LAM

CLEVELAND (AP) -- You've heard about the occasional rogue police officer. But a rogue police horse? A spokesman for the Cleveland police department says a horse with the department's mounted unit was tied up at a cemetery -- but got loose and started roaming the downtown area. Police finally caught up with Jack and got him back where he belonged. Police say there were no reports of injuries or property damage. Officers say Jack stayed on the street during his escape -- but didn't stop at red lights.

GOATS CAPTURED

SEATTLE (AP) -- You've probably heard the phrase: "getting someone's goat." In this case, police in Seattle got someone's goat -- times 10. A herd of 10 goats got free from a yard in the Beacon Hill neighborhood -- and began chasing a group of children. That led police on a chase of their own -- after the creatures. The police website says officers were able to wrangle the goats into a pen. Animal control officers were called to reach the goats' owner.

 
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