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Daily Talker: Is “Assassin Game” Going Too Far?

One or more students could face misdemeanor charges in Merrimack, New Hampshire because of a high school tradition that some say went too far.

Every year, seniors at Merrimack High School play a game called senior assassins, where students stalk each other for their chance to shoot each other with water guns. This week, police got involved after a student backed out of his driveway and rammed another student’s car.



Daily Talker: How Should Parents Be Held Responsible For Kids’ Weight?

The average six-year-old child weights about 46 pounds. A boy from a town in Colombia named Santiago Mendoza already weighs that much, but he is only eight months old.

Santiago’s mother, Eunice Fandiño, sought the help of a charity that tackles obesity in Colombia after she noticed the baby had problems moving about due to his weight.



Daily Talker: How Should E-Cigarettes Be Regulated?

As electronic cigarettes grow in popularity as an alternative to smoking, so do concerns about teens who use them.

D.J. Wilson of the Massachusetts Municipal Association says the self-reported rate of e-cigarette use by high schoolers doubled between 2011 and 2012. “For kids, it’s cheaper than buying a pack of cigarettes,” said Wilson.



Daily Talker: Should College Athletes Get Paychecks?

Calling the NCAA and its five dominant conferences an “unlawful cartel”, three football players and a basketball player say their compensation was limited to scholarships, while universities, conferences, and the NCAA made billions off their labor.

According to the lawsuit, “as a result of these illegal restrictions, market forces have been shoved aside and substantial damages have been inflicted upon a host of college athletes whose services have yielded riches only for others.”



Daily Talker: Senior Skip Day Punishments

The principal at Weston High School is warning student athletes will be suspended from teams and student government members will be relieved of their duties if they take part in senior skip day on Monday.



Daily Talker: Should High School Start Later?

Allowing high school students to sleep in a bit and start classes later in the morning can mean better grades, attendance, and can improve their health.

That’s the result from a new three-year study at the University of Minnesota. Researchers looked at more than 9,000 students at eight high schools in Minnesota, Colorado and Wyoming, and found that later start times boosted attendance, test scores, and academic performance in math, English, science and social studies. Students who started later also consumed less caffeine.



Daily Talker: Late Night MBTA Service To Start March 28

We now know when late-night bus and subway service on the weekends will begin in Boston: March 28.

Our media partners at the Boston Globe report Governor Patrick and Mayor Walsh will officially make the announcement Thursday morning at a news conference at Kendall Station. The $20 million cost will be paid for by corporate sponsors.



Daily Talker: President Makes Health Care Push On Humor Website

It’s been viewed more than 8 million times, and tens of thousands of people have visited the website after watching it.

President Obama made his latest pitch to young people to sign up for his health care plan by appearing on actor Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns” comedy show on the website Funny or Die, in an effort to reach people ages 18 to 34.



Daily Talker: What Do You Think Of The New Dress Code In Lawrence?

Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera is trying to change his city’s image. He’s starting with the dress code.



Daily Talker: What are you teaching your children by always being on your cellphone?

Do you use your cellphone around your children? Are you always on it in front of them? Is it sitting on the table at every meal?