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January 26th, 2011
09:52 PM ET

9/11 Coin Scam?: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, accusations that a company is selling bogus 10th anniversary 9/11 commemorative coins. We're Keeping Them Honest. Plus the uproar over a theme park planned in Kentucky that will feature a full-size Noah's Ark. The state is reportedly giving tax breaks. The governor says it will create much needed jobs, but critics want to know where is the separation of church and state. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

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soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. Sue from Syracuse

    I am absolutely delighted to read and hear of Rep.Gabrielle Giffords' progress. She has been totally remarkable. Let's hope the rehabilitation is equally successful, albeit we can expect it to be a longer process as most others who have gone thru similar rehab indicate. She and Commander Mark Kelly are tremendous people. All good thoughts headed their way.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  2. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I was personally offended by the "sheild" on the US Weekly with Elton John and family.

    The action was stunning in the day and age!

    I wish Elton & his life partner the greatest joy in the birth and life of their son.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  3. Mike - Las Vegas

    Oh, the South. The gift that keeps on giving.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  4. sharon corner

    As the mum of a child who was bullied, his nose and cheek broken when he was shoved to the ground, i wish we would've had a teacher like this to protect my child. KUDOS to her for wanting to protect the students and Boo to the school for being so small minded. Columbine wouldn't have happened if those kids hadn't been bullied.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  5. Lori

    Have you ever seen Elton John smile so broadly?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  6. Karen, MN

    Elton John's baby is so beautiful. Cangrats to the new parents!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  7. Mike - Las Vegas

    Does the shield protect the ignorant people in Arkansas from their own stupidity?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  8. Kenya

    Family shield?!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  9. Sue from Syracuse

    Yes, there shd be separation of church and state. Let's put the money into education and investing in the future.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  10. CHARLIE

    @ Lori
    If bullying is illegal. They should end up with police records.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  11. Helen

    I think that the elementary school teacher is doing the right time. I do unerstand that she has a great concern for her students and does not want anything to happen to them. If the school and the school system rules were not implemented and not in effect or not working, the teacher has every right to call the police. I do not think she deserve to be suspended for taking action against bullying and protecting the students. The parents have a right to know what is going on in school. Those students are her priority and they come first. I applaud her spirit and her being proactive in stopping the bullying. Teachers have every right to take matter in their own hands. This teacher did not go to far. The student who is bullying others and is being bullied himself, needs to get counceling and must learn from right and wrong regarding bullying.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  12. Ted

    Response to Gloria from former MS teacher – good luck getting the parents together! So many single parent homes, Mom or Dad have no time to go to a meeting if working 2 jobs (lucky to find any jobs) & parenting on the side.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  13. Emily

    @Lori,
    If Kucinich did break a tooth, way would he wait 3 years to do something about it? I can't wait to hear how much he's suing for.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  14. Sue from Syracuse

    Government should NOT spend on religious parks. If they do, we will divert money from investing in education. Moreover, which religion do we include, which do we exclude?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  15. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Emily, totally agree with your post re: the teacher. Certainly it seems like a "no win" situation.
    But, i believe she was trying to do the "right thing".

    January 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  16. Tyler, Manheim PA

    I wonder which hurts Dennis Kucinich more...a chipped tooth or a shattered reputation.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  17. Sharon Hastings

    @Emily: you are so right–the teacher was in a no-win position as you stated. Teachers get blamed for all sorts of problems the kids have and for whether they take action or if they don't and they get little thanks and recognition.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  18. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Dr. Phil McGraw is right..... They should have protect students against bullies, Good point there, I agree with his comment.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Well at least, the pit did not get caught in his throat.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  20. randy

    Wasn't kucinisch running for some important office recently...did he win?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  21. Lori

    Did the congressman break a tooth?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  22. aliou FL

    When are we going to start paying our teachers more and stop victimizing them when things go wrong?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  23. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse
    "Will the theme park be tax exempt?"
    It would be interesting to see if there is a follow up to this story of the Noah's Ark Theme Park. Sounds like it would have added many jobs. The entire question was what category it was going to fall into, re. taxes. I wonder if it will get off the ground?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  24. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    She could have confront her entire class of the matter.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  25. randy

    we all were bullied. bullies will just change thier tactics. They have and will always have bullies! It happened to us all, except them and their friends!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  26. CHARLIE

    Nice to see that on ths occasion the parents of the bully was brought into the conversation.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  27. karen

    This Bible park would not be an issue if it were secular. To not fund it when the state has funded secular amusement would be discriminating against religious based business.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  28. Karen, MN

    I think the teacher was just trying to keep her classroom safe.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  29. Sharon Hastings

    She acted in haste and not through the proper channels in her school structure but to go easier on her, she was undoubtedly frustrated and scared for the safety of her students. Also these behaviors are getting immense coverage and emphasis. I'm glad she is reinstated. She acted at least–when so many have not.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  30. lisal -canada

    it kind of sounds like the TEACHER is being bullied a little and wanted someone to be aware of HER situation

    January 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  31. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Have a meeting with the parents, all of the parents.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  32. Tony Agudo

    Barry Lynn is correct. The intent of the park is to promote a religious view(Answers in Genesis) and the state is violating the First Amendment by funding it. Ken Ham conceded as much when he described the park as Biblical themed park.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  33. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    The teacher absolutely did the right thing. When a child states they are bringing a gun to school, all bets are off, a red flag needs to be run up the pole AND the teacher needed to do whatever it took to assure the safety of the other students.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  34. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I don't know that the teacher went too far...if the bullys are ignored, then there could be serious problems. If not, then you get critisized.

    She seems to have gone to everyone for help without response. I don't know what i would have done, do you?

    I'm glad the shcool brought her back, i'm not sure that she was in the wrong.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  35. molly

    A 6 year old child shot and killed a classmate in 2000. This was in Michigan and apparently there was an argument on the playground the day before the shooting. Did she go too far???

    January 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  36. Emily

    The teachers are often put in "no-win situations" as they will be criticized by some for either decision that they make. Sounds like she didn't do it out of spite and was truly concerned. She has to live with her decision, and sounds like she has no regrets.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  37. Ted

    Kentucky is providing a rebate of 25 percent of tax revenues generated by the park for the first 10 years of operation – not directly subsidizing the park. There is no conflict of church & state here.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  38. Rodger

    Anderson
    Why does it matter if the theme park is religious based or not. The park is a for profit entity and will be required to pay taxes. The fact is Americans need jobs, who cares how they are created.

    Rodger

    January 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  39. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I think this teacher did the right thing. The parents obviously didn't do anything and the school was oblivious, who else are you supposed to call when there is a threat of beating people up or bringing a gun to school. We have had too many school shootings and suicides from bullying, it is about time someone stood up and did something

    January 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  40. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Kids have committed suicide due to bullying in schools, while the schools did nothing.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  41. Lori

    I think the police report has to be initiated by the victims. The bully may end up with a record.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  42. randy

    She , the teacher,Way over stepped her bounds!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  43. Oscar

    The coin issue is nothing new. Greedy people will try to profit from anything they can, even a fairly recent tragedy such as 9-11. Remember when all of the yellow ribbon and "support our troops" bumper stickers came out? None of that money went to support our troops in any way.

    As for the theme park, it's clearly a violation of church-state separation if taxpayer funds are being used for it. The same goes for churches getting tax breaks while getting themselves involved in politics.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  44. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Will the theme park be tax exempt? If so, there should be no state aid. If it isn't, it really is no different than any theme park. The state will earn more in taxes from the property and salaries than they put it. Good investment for taxpayers.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  45. CHARLIE

    I am assuming that bullying is illegal. If so it seems the school should be charged with obstruction of justice.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  46. Emily

    @Starr,
    re. The Shot: That person was very lucky indeed that they didn't get killed. A very stupid move.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  47. lisal -canada

    if i was a man, i would find the results of that study insulting – as a woman, i find them insulting

    January 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  48. Noah

    Biblical theme park- great idea! keep separate from State Government, though!! Just try and get an Islamic theme based "history" park funded by Kentucky taxpayers... this is a "noah brainer" !!!

    Thanks 4 the coin info... great work!!!

    January 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  49. Kenya

    Suing for $150,000. I don't even get irritated that these people sue for the dumbest things. I get mad at the system that awards them.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  50. Helen

    What is with the security threat colored code being thrown away? How are we going to know if our country is going to be safer?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
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