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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
- Ed Snowden, the man calling himself the source of the NSA surveillance leak, has now checked-out of a Hong Kong hotel and disappeared. U.S. authorities are preparing charges against him, and have told CNN they will be searching his home in Hawaii. There's the story and interest in this one man and his motivations, but there's also the wider debate over government power. Julian Sanchez is an expert on technology and privacy for the Libertarian Cato Institute:
"I'm mostly still seeing people focusing on the substance. Whatever you think of him personally it seems like, there's reasons to be disturbed here."
- In Florida, the George Zimmerman trial is underway. Once jurors are seated, they'll begin to hear arguments on whether Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. But there's another case, just concluded in Texas, that involved the issues of race, guns and how our laws work. The acquittal of Ezekiel Gilbert in the murder of a prostitute may say more about those issues than any twist that could come out of Florida v. Zimmerman. CNN opinion writer James C. Moore wrote a piece for CNN.com:
"This case is every bit as horrific and every bit as tragic. It's a case that people ought to be screaming and hollering about."
- Children in Chicago schools will be chomping at the bit to start their summer this year. They'll be in class an extra four days next week to make-up for a teacher's strike last fall. But for some children, it'll be bittersweet as they say goodbye to their classrooms forever. That's because the city will be closing a record number of public elementary schools. Emily Dowdall with the Pew Charitable Trust says this is something that extends well beyond Chicago's borders:
"The trend in large-scale closures of public schools is happening all across America."
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