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April 30th, 2010
12:16 PM ET

N.J. principal wants to keep students offline

(CNN) – Kids and technology can be a tricky balance, but now one educator says when it comes to Facebook, he wants students offline.

This week, the principal of Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey told parents, "It's time for every single member of the Benjamin Franklin community to take a stand. There is absolutely, positively no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site. None." Principal Anthony Orsini joined us Friday's American Morning.

Filed under: Controversy • Education
April 30th, 2010
12:09 PM ET

Many Latinos already fleeing Phoenix

(CNN) – As the battle lines are drawn over Arizona's new immigration law, Latinos in Phoenix, legal or not, say they're already being targeted. CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports.

Filed under: Immigration
April 30th, 2010
10:38 AM ET

Looming environmental disaster

(CNN) -There are reports today of oil washing ashore on Louisiana's coastline, which is home to hundreds of species of wildlife. Environmental health and toxicology professor at Tulane University, Luann White, and president of Dean Blanchard Seafood, Dean Blanchard, joined us on Friday's American Morning to talk about the impact this spill could have on the environment.

Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
April 30th, 2010
10:26 AM ET

Blessing a bad investment

(CNN) – The Wall Street scandal that brought our financial system to its knees has focused a lot of attention on mortgage securities. This week, Congress grilled Goldman Sachs executives for allegedly selling them, while betting against them. But there are other players in the financial world who played a role in the near collapse of our economy, like the credit rating agencies. CNN's Allan Chernoff reports.

Filed under: Business
April 30th, 2010
09:54 AM ET

Immigration law supporters: Arizona law a right solution

(CNN) – Arizona's new immigration law requires police to check whether a person is in the United States legally, if there is a reason to suspect he or she isn't. Critics say it could foster racial profiling, but get closer to the border and you'll find many supporters, some loud and angry, who say this law will save American lives. CNN's Casey Wian reports.

Filed under: Controversy • Immigration
April 30th, 2010
06:15 AM ET

CNN Heroes: Championing children

Magdalena, Colombia (CNN) - To the unaccustomed eye, a man toting 120 books while riding a stubborn donkey would seem nothing short of a circus spectacle. But for hundreds of children in the rural villages of Colombia, Luis Soriano is far from a clown. He is a man with a mission to save rural children from illiteracy.

"There was a time when many people thought that I was going crazy," said Soriano, a native of La Gloria, Colombia. "They'd yell, 'Carnival season is over.' ... Now I've overcome that."

Soriano, 38, is a primary school teacher who spends his free time operating a "biblioburro," a mobile library on donkeys that offers reading education for hundreds of children living in what he describes as "abandoned regions" in the Colombian state of Magdalena. FULL STORY

Do you know a hero? Nominations are open for 2010 CNN Heroes

Filed under: CNN Heroes
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