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Rundown for March 10, 2014
A Cross Too Big To Bear? Sorting through the wreckage of September 11th could not have been easy. So when rescue workers found the “Miracle Cross” in the debris, many took hope and strength from it during that difficult time. When organizers began to put together plans for the National September 11th Memorial and Museum, which will open in May, they thought including the cross made sense. However an atheist group disagrees, and argued in court last week that the cross should either not be included in the museum at all, or else there should be some reference to atheists who died in the attack as well. What do you think? Does including the cross in the museum promote a religious message? Should the museum also include a plaque or other memorial in honor of any atheists who died in the attack out of fairness? Call in and have your voice heard!
Are Smart Meters A Big Mistake? As technology continues to improve, service providers often adapt quickly to use these new tools. But though these changes are almost always good for the company, how do we make sure they are also good for the customers? National Grid, among other power companies, has begun testing “smart meters,” which measure and record the use of electricity at a particular residence. While the power companies claim these meters help deliver electricity more efficiently and restore power faster when there is an outage, critics claim they are an invasion of privacy, a potential health risk, and an excuse to charge more down the road. Dan sits down with Ed White from National Grid and Clare Donegan with Halt Smart Meters Massachusetts to hear both sides of the issue. Call in and tell us where you stand!
How Does A Plane Go Missing? Three days ago, a jet carrying more than two hundred people went missing after leaving the Kuala Lumpur airport and heading towards Beijing. As the search continues without turning up any results, the story gets stranger. It is now being reported that at least two of the passengers were flying under stolen passports that had gone missing years earlier. How were these men able to get on board using passports that were known to be stolen? Does this make all the security protocol we go through seem useless, since there are so many other airports around the globe outside of our control? Do stories like this make you worry more about flying? Call in and be a part of the show!