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News to Use
• Andrea Yates’ convictions overturned; • Powell: U.S. may increase tsunami aid pledge; • Today’s Debate: Palestinian elections Activity: Tsunami reveals other world problems (Language arts: Multicultural understanding) page 2


Gonzales questioned on prison policy, 2A
Why is Alberto Gonzales a controversial nominee for U.S. attorney general? What is the difference between representing the White House and representing the USA? Is it likely that Gonzales will be confirmed? What are his strengths? Do you think intelligence, integrity or competence is the most important trait for a government official to have? Explain.

By Tim Dillon, USA TODAY

• Viacom taps Grey to head Paramount; • Tsunami contributions tax deductible; • American rolls out new fare schedule Activity: What did the digital camera say to the DVD? Nothing. (Business: Protecting against risk) page 2 • Green Bay Packers aim to capture NFC title; • PGA Tour preview; • Snapshot: NFC teams take postseason trip A c t i v i t y : AFC rules NFC in widest disparity since ‘79 (Language arts: Evaluating data) page 3 • The world is looking wide open; • Posttsunami tourism in Asia stirs debate; • Directors guild goes for biopics in a big way A c t i v i t y : You don’t know Jack (Lang. arts: Communication strategies ) page 3

According to Gonzales, why don’t the Geneva Conventions — the international agreements that protect human rights during wartime — apply to al-Qaeda? Do you agree with him? To what extent do you think Gonzales’ Jan. 25, 2002, memo is responsible for the abuse of prisoners in U.S. custody? How has the U.S.’s policy on torture been updated recently? Are these revisions sufficient to halt the practice?

Confirmation hearing: White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, nominee for U.S. attorney general, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on Thursday. Family members are seated behind him.



Waking up far from home
Business travelers need a way to wake up in time for meetings. Percentage who say they use:

Pronouns are words that are used in place of nouns — and they are everywhere in the newspaper! Simple pronouns include I, you, he, she, it, we and they. For example: Jose says he likes to read. Angela believes she will be president, etc. Look through USA TODAY, and circle as many simple pronouns as you can find. To what noun does each refer?

USA TODAY Snapshots

Alarm clock Wake-up call Cellphone 24% Nothing 7% Pager 5% Computer 1%

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1 – Respondents could select multiple answers. Source: Harris Interactive for Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts By Julia Neyman and Robert W. Ahrens, USA TODAY

Why is it essential that business people be on time for meetings? In general, what message does it send others when a person is habitually late? How prompt are you?

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Multicultural un derstanding DISCUSSION: Ho w does a disaster like the recent ts Southeast Asia he unami in lp shed light on th e plights of other around the world people ? Why do you th ink the internatio munity has been nal comquick to respond to the natural disa has killed thousa ster that nds and affected millions more, w been slow to inte hile it has rvene in political and social human disasters elsewhe itarian re? In other wor ds, what different causes of and resp iates the onses to each? D oes this seem ju st? AC TIVI TY: Peru se the inside of today’s News se find a stor y abou ction, and t an internationa l crises or other related to the ts event (not unami) that you think deserves fro coverage. (The ar nt-page ticle’s length is no t important.) Wha would you replac t stor y e on today’s front page to make room ar ticle you chose? for the Explain your reas oning in writing.

STANDA RD: La nguage arts:

Tsunami reveals other world problem s, 12A


Define the following words as used in the article:


AFC rules NFC in widest disparity since ’79, 1-2A
1. exclusively 2. disparity 3. parity 4. anomaly 5. fundamental

What did the digital camera say to the DVD?, 1B
bility among consumer elecDISCUSSION: How does compati digital cameras differ from tronics such as video games and this variance exist? What is computer adaptability? Why does ? How does it benefit conthe Digital Living Network Alliance tronics industry incongrusumers? In which areas is the elec ous? How could this be remedied? eat emptor,” or, “let the ACTIVI TY: An age old adage, “cav that they take the risk for buyer beware,” reminds consumers s they purchase, unless the quality or condition of the item resented. This is why people protected by warranty or misrep tronics — they are buying often choose brand names in elec ted label. In writing, explain the assurance of a known and trus to the current problem of why this maxim does not apply tronics industry. Then, coin nonstandardization within the elec ers of snafus they might a new phrase that warns buy some of the products menencounter when they purchase ases in class. tioned in the article. Share you phr
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6. feigns

6. fabricates; concocts; gives a false appearance of 5. basic; key; essential 4. deviation from the rule; abnormality; exception 3. equality; sameness 2. incongruity; unevenness 1. solely; completely

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This Day In History

cording to fo il? What staDISCUSSION: Ac wl champions ha the next Super Bo What theoference will t this prediction? is season suppor e NFC? tistics from th n the AFC and th e disparity betwee th rries may explain art? Why does fo e right players an way is drafting th re is no sciIn what Wolf state, “The ral manager Ron mer Packers gene e with him? ne.” Do you agre ce in this game, no en ation historically, domin le points out that tic and the AFC. AC TIVI TY: The ar between the NFC r Bowl has shifted etic, etc.) or of the Supe ical, musical, athl r group (e.g., polit industry. Identify anothe ating its field or currently domin d the business that is ces that could en t the circumstan ou ideas in writing. Then, theorize ab t your three best minance. Flesh ou group’s do ch as necessar y. Do outside resear

January 7 q In 1610, the astronomer Galileo Galilei sighted four of Jupiter’s moons. q In 1789, the first U.S. presidential election was held, and George Washington was elected the nation’s first president. q In 1927, commercial transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York and London. q In 1953, President Truman announced in his State of the Union address that the U.S. had developed a hydrogen bomb. q In 1972, Lewis F. Powell Jr. and William H. Rehnquist were sworn in as the 99th and 100th members of the U.S. Supreme Court. q In 1999, for the second time in history, an impeached American president went on trial before the Senate. President Clinton faced charges of perjury and obstruction of justice; he was acquitted (cleared). At a 2002 commencement address at Marymount University, Chief Justice William Rehnquist told the audience, “Those of you in your twenties have the feeling that time is something of which you have an endless supply. Again, take it from someone who has been on this planet a good deal longer than most of you have, that is not the case.”* Ask most adults and they’ll probably agree that youth is fleeting; before you know it, you’re in your thirties or forties. Many changes will occur between now and then, as you continue to mature, form new opinions and political persuasions, and begin to view the world in a different light. What recent news events have you taken a particular interest in? Why? How does the news affect your world view?
*Source: www.jimpoz.com

You don’t know J ack, 1E
Communication strategies DISCUSSION: Ho w is 24’s real-tim e format both an a liability? Why asset and did the show’s pr oducers decide to most of the cast th replace is season? What ar e the benefits of actors in the dark keeping about how the pl ot unfolds? The re 24’s premiere (see view of 2E) ends with th e statement, “The often more than day is the sum of its ho urs.” What does this mean? AC TIVI TY: For on e day, keep a deta iled diar y of wha ever y hour, or if po t you do ssible, half hour. Ne xt, review your jo and in a lengthy urnal, paragraph, discus s your thoughts ab day. Then, read yo out your ur paragraph, and without referring it, summarize the back to day in one or two sentences. Finally one word to desc , choose ribe your day. Afte r completing the decide which writ exercise, ten version (i.e., diar y, paragraph, or word) best capt sentence ures the spirit of those 24 hours. STANDA RD: La nguage arts:

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Community & Family


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Frigid storm knocks out power, strands travelers, News, 3A
What kind of havoc is a deadly winter storm wreaking across the Great Lakes and New England regions? What other catastrophes could warming temperatures bring to the areas? All areas of the U.S. experience weather extremes — from sweltering heat to subzero temperatures to hurricanes and torAthletes’ Salaries
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Culture & Trends USA TODAY Snapshots™
Magical books for children
Ever since J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series was published in the late 1990s, books for children with a sci-fi/fantasy theme have been in demand. Number published: 1995 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 20041
1 – to date Source: Andrew Grabois, R.R. Bowker Co.

nadoes. If you haven’t reviewed your family’s emergency response plans or taken inventory of your household goods (for dry and canned foods, bottled water, batteries, etc.) now is a good time to do both. Better to have these items on hand and not need them than to need them and not have them. OBJECTIVES

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Tomorrow: Top 50 books list (top150.usatoday.com)
By Julie Snider, USA TODAY

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Students groups will: ugather information about player salaries in one of the four major professional sports. uidentify and explain the factors that have contributed to salary growth. ustate and defend a position on the appropriateness of professional athletes’ salaries. upresent their conclusions to peers.

APPLICATIONS: self-reflection, analysis

I N S T R U C T I O N S : The average NBA salary in 2003 was 4.9 million; the average baseball salary was $2.37 million; the average NFL salary was $1.25 million. Over the past 40 years, professional sports has grown economically and in popularity. There are more teams, more players and longer seasons. Television has contributed to the transformation of professional sports and to its economic impact on individuals, communities and the nation as a whole. The four major professional sports — baseball, football, basketball, and hockey — have seen player salaries and team revenues increase dramatically over this period of time. Some people argue that salaries have reached unacceptable heights. Others believe that players’ earnings are fair compensation for the demands of pro sports and the talent and training required to play them. The purpose of this project is to research the growth of athletes’ salaries in one of the four major professional sports and defend a position on whether these salaries are too high.
During this week you should research and gather as much information as you can about the salaries of players in one of the four major professional sports. Peruse USA TODAY’s salary databases (see addresses listed below) and other sources for information on pro athletes’ salaries now and in past decades. Then, research the earnings of five other occupations, that in your opinion, require skills or training comparable to an athlete’s. (See the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook at the link below.) Record your data and reflections, and discuss them as a group.
Baseball: http://asp.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/salaries/default.aspx Football: http://asp.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/salaries/default.aspx Basketball: http://asp.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/salaries/default.aspx Hockey: http://asp.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/salaries/default.aspx Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/oco/

This project meets the following national standards for middle and high school:

Economics: Role of Resources in Determining Income (Students understand that) income for most people is determined by the market value of the productive resources they sell. What workers earn depends, primarily, on the market value of what they produce and how productive they are. (NCEE) Language Arts: Evaluating Data Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and nonprint texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience. (NCTE)

What impact has J.K. Rowling had on the publishing and film industries? What new terms has she added to the English language? How has she influenced millions of readers of all ages? What controversies have her books caused? What other authors have had such an enormous effect on so many facets of life? It’s amazing to consider that Rowling — armed only with a napkin, pen and her imagination (as the story goes) — began to craft a work that would become an international phenomenon. Her achievement, however, is testimony to the immeasurable power of words and the imagination. In a journal entry, identify five written works (books, letters, lyrics, etc.) that have profoundly affected you. Then, describe five imaginative feats (inventions, epiphanies, etc.) that have altered your life. Finally, describe one way that you could use words and/or your imagination to improve an aspect of your life or the lives of others.
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