Should porn actors wear condoms?
Adult film peformers Eric John and Brandy Aniston say the California voter iniative that could force them to use condoms on film shoots is unfair
July 26th, 2012
05:50 PM ET

Should porn actors wear condoms?

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) – The Los Angeles County Supervisors voted this week to put an initiative on the November ballot asking voters to decide whether adult film actors must wear condoms.

[0:37] "You can’t mandate sexual behavior between consenting adults. It just doesn’t work,” says Steve Hirsch, founder of Vivid Entertainment, an adult entertainment company.

Hirsch’s company is one of the largest adult film studios in the world, releasing more than 60 adult films each year and grossing more than $100 million. He and other adult film actors don’t like the initiative.

[1:49] “A lot of the fans that watch porn don’t want to see scenes with condoms in them," says Brandy Aniston, an adult film actress, "because everybody at home knows that when you rip open a condom it kind of ruins the moment.”

But Mark McGrath, with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, says condoms should be mandatory for the adult film industry:

[2:37] “It is unfair that these people should be able to go to work, contract an infectious disease and come home and bring it to their families.”

The adult film industry does test but McGrath says testing is not prevention. Actors say it should be up to them whether they use condoms or not on set.

Producer Hirsch says if voters approve the initiative in November, it could force the lucrative adult film industry out of Los Angeles.

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Embed America: East St. Louis schools more like ‘daycare centers’
Financial problems, teacher turnover and urban blight have left many East St. Louis schools, like Miles D. Davis Elementary School, in a state of disrepair.
July 26th, 2012
09:15 AM ET

Embed America: East St. Louis schools more like ‘daycare centers’

By John Sepulvado, CNN

East St. Louis, Illinois (CNN) – The East St. Louis School District has some of the worst reading and math test scores in the state. That’s according to state and district statistics. Only ten percent of students are proficient in reading at their grade level. And for at least one resident, 17-year-old Louis Jones, it's a problem the presidential candidates need to address.

Meanwhile, education officials in Illinois are trying to take over the school district. The state cites systemic problems with corruption. Local board members disagree, and as is often the case with fights over power and money, both parties are now in court. FULL POST

Waiting on a bus? Math can help
Cebrina Benson’s Georgia Tech bus is equipped with GPS and a computer pad that allow her to drive without a schedule.
July 26th, 2012
07:30 AM ET

Waiting on a bus? Math can help

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

(CNN) – To get around the Atlanta campus of Georgia Tech, student Alexandra Gaigelas takes a shuttle bus. She says she often waits too long for a bus.

"There's nothing more frustrating than standing at a stop, waiting for 10 minutes, getting on the bus and seeing another bus directly behind you.”

And that second bus is largely empty. It's a problem known as "bus bunching," and it happens when buses are thrown off schedule because of traffic, weather or too many passengers at one stop.

And when those buses are off schedule, the drivers try to adjust. Student Sukirat Bakshi says he's been victim of a bus "drive-by:"

[:48] “It happened to me where the driver just would not stop at a stop. They would just run off to catch up to the schedule.” FULL POST