June 29, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law







The Week in Rap will be on vacation next Friday for July 4. Check in for a brand new Week in Rap on July 13.

As we finish up June,
The Week in Rap's back at you with another tune.
It's safe to assume it's good to be LeBron,
The Miami Heat won the title and he played strong
.
See they took care of OKC in the finals,
It looks like these two teams are now rivals.
In track and field they had a tie,
For an Olympic spot and don't know how to decide.
While out West, wildfires rage,
The State of Colorado is engulfed in a blaze.
With thunderstorms coming, that'll bring wind,
Looks like they'll need more firefighters to send.
Who went from Penn State to the state pen?
Found guilty, for Sandusky, this is the end.
But it's only the beginning of the fight for the Chi,
The stats show their murder rate is on the rise.
They know why, it's the violence from gangs,
The Mayor is vexed, he's been trying to make a change.
Meanwhile on the other side of thangs,
Guess what Google's been doing? It's kinda strange.
They linked 16,000 computers together,
And they learned to identify a cat
. Kinda clever.
The Supreme Court of the nation,
Dealt with Arizona's law of immigration
.
Some things left and some things stayed,
The so-called "show me your papers" part was sustained.
They barred mandatory life terms for juveniles,
They said that it's a punishment that's cruel and unusual.
Well how about health care? And...
It looks like Obama's law is gonna stand.
Another Week in Rap gone according to plan,
We'll see you next week so peace until then.

LeBron has his title.


The shortened basketball season reached its end, with the Miami Heat winning out over Oklahoma City Thunder. And LeBron James won his first title ever, following his controversial move down south from the Cleveland Cavaliers. James was named MVP of the finals and of the regular season. How many more titles do you think Lebron will win?
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The finish is too close to call.


With the London Olympics one month away, track and field athletes competed this week to earn their spot on the USA team. Some athletes left the qualifiers with a ticket to London; others sulked off devastated. But for two extremely speedy women, their Olympic fate still hangs in the balance. Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh crossed the finish line at the exact same time in the 100m, and they were tied for third place. The problem? Only the top three athletes in each event can go to the Olympics. Nearly one week later, it still isn't clear how they will break the tie, with a possible runoff or coin toss ahead. Many people criticized USA Track and Field for not planning for this possibility. How do you think the tie should be broken?
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The wildfires are still running rampant.


While it is unclear how the wildfires started in Colorado last weekend, their dangers couldn't be more present. More than 26,000 people had to evacuate their homes as the furious wildfire doubled in size. A long heat wave and windy conditions have only complicated the firefighting efforts, and more than half of the nation's wildfire fighting resources are already in Colorado trying to contain the flames. What steps can people take to prevent wildfires?
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The Penn State football team


Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach, was found guilty of sexually abusing ten boys over a 15-year period. He was sentenced to life in prison. When the charges came out against him last fall, the scandal rocked the Penn State community, which is heavily invested in the football team. Do you think that Sandusky received the appropriate sentence?
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Things aren't so picturesque closer to the ground.


The number of murders in Chicago has increased by 38% since last year. At the same time, killings have remained the same or dropped in other cities, like New York and LA. The murders are related to an increasingly complex and dangerous gang presence in the impoverished South and West Sides of the city. City leadership is scrambling to respond to the increase in violence and help make communities safer. How do you think Chicago can decrease the violence?
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Google has told us that this is a cat.


If you ever feel overwhelmed by the increasing "intelligence" of computers, here's a piece of news that might make you feel a little better about being human. Take a look at the picture. What animal is it? Easy, right? Well it took 16,000 computers working together to come to that same conclusion. Score one for the effectiveness of the human brain. But beware... the computers are learning. Why do you think it is so challenging for a computer to identify a picture as a cat?
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The US - Mexican border


The Supreme Court ruled on several major cases this week. One involved an immigration law in Arizona, which gave police unprecedented powers to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants. The Supreme Court struck down several parts of the law, though they left one controversial part intact: Police still have the ability to demand that people show proof of citizenship if they are arrested for another reason. Critics think that this part of the law could lead to racial profiling, while proponents think that it will help Arizona to effectively enforce immigration laws. Do you think that the Supreme Court made the right decision?
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A prison


The Supreme Court also ruled that if a person commits murder before the age of 18, he or she cannot be sentenced to life in prison without parole. The court said that this sentence violated the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. This decision could affect about 2,000 juvenile offenders who are serving life sentences without parole. Do you think that someone who commits a crime under the age of 18 should be treated different than someone older?
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President Obama speaks on the health care ruling.


Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, a major goal for the Obama administration. The law included a mandate that all Americans obtain health insurance. But some questioned whether the health care law was constitutional, and the question eventually made its way up to the Supreme Court. On Thursday, the Supreme Court announced that it had upheld most of the law, including the "individual mandate." Do you think that all Americans should be required to get health insurance?
Learn more.

Actually the week after. Enjoy your July 4th break!
Which team won the NBA championship?
The Miami Heat
What problem occurred with a track and field race?
There was a tie for Olympic qualification.
What natural disaster is ongoing in Colorado?
Wildfires
Who was found guilty of abuse and sentenced to life in jail?
Jerry Sandusky
What crime has increased in Chicago?
Murder
How many computers does it take to identify a cat?
16,000
The Supreme Court ruled on an immigration law for what state?
Arizona
What did the Supreme Court ban for juveniles?
Mandatory life imprisonment
What did the Supreme Court rule about the Affordable Care Act (health care)?
It is constitutional and still stands
Have a great 4th of July...
And we'll see you on July 13!

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