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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- Just two weeks ago Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was partying with friends in his dorm room on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Now the 19-year-old surviving suspect of the Boston marathon bombing is all by himself- in a 10 foot by 10 foot cell with a steel door, a slot for food and an observation window so that his every move can be watched.Solitary confinement may be essential for a prisoner like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev a prisoner who needs to be kept in isolation for his own safety. Dzhokhar is far from the only teenager enduring a solitary existence behind bars. CNN opinion writer John Sutter says the United States leads the world in solitary confinement, and minors are no exception. He wrote an article for CNN.com called "No kid should be in solitary confinement.":
"There was a report by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch that looked at solitary confinement of minors across the country and found dozens of cases..."
- Sixty-eight years ago today, April 29, 1945, Germany unconditionally surrendered to the allied powers. That same day, Dachau, one of the last German concentration camps still operating, was liberated. Twenty years ago this week, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington opened its doors. At those doors are the visionary words of a man named Elie Wiesel:
"I wrote then one sentence and now my words are here, engraved in stone, at the entrance to this edifice. And, those words are 'for the dead and the living, we must bear witness' "
- Bright pastel bowties and cumberbunds matching bright pastel dresses: teenagers all gussied up for the quintessential evening of the high school experience- prom. For the kids of Wilcox County High School in Georgia, this year wasn't just about dancing and dating, it was about something bigger. CNN's education blog – Schools of Thought's Jamie Gumbrecht introduced us to the four girls trying to throw the school's first integrated prom. Prom has been a segregated affair for black and white students at the high school for the past 40 years. Jamie went to prom this weekend, and she's come back with the story of a small town on the brink of change:
“There was one moment when they played a slower song and some people were kind of joke dancing, but over in the corner it started with two people holding hands, and then two more people joined and then a few more people joined. And by the end of the song everybody was in a giant ring around the room just holding hands and swaying to the music. It was hard to tell if it was planned, but it was really sweet to witness."
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