Friday, March 30, 2012
Big issues and great characters: The best of iReport this week

This week had iReporters grappling with some big questions: What's the meaning of the Trayvon Martin case? Should the Supreme Court overturn the national health care law? How would you spend $500 million?


But that doesn't mean they didn't have time for some lighter human interest stories, too. Read on to see iReporters take on the big issues - and meet a few fun characters.


Hoodies for Trayvon



iReporters from all walks of life weighed in on the Trayvon Martin case, discussing its implications for racial profiling and self-defense laws. Many, like Kevin Alexander, pictured here, shot self-portraits wearing hoodies to indicate their viewpoints. "I felt it was important for me to take this photo due to the racial profiling I have received during my lifetime," said Alexander.


Supreme Court considers health care law



This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments about the sweeping health care law championed by President Obama. Many Americans, including several iReporters, attended rallies to support or criticize the law and try to influence the court's decision about its constitutionality. Michael Kandel, who says that, overall, he thinks the health care law is "a good thing," went to this rally to hear its opponents' side of the story. While there, he captured images of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Senator Rand Paul speaking out against the law.


What would you do with $500 million?



Matt Sky used iReport as a platform to ask a provocative, open-ended question: What would you do with $500 million? The regular iReport contributor pegged his question to the Mega Millions jackpot of $540 million - a world-record amount that will be given away Friday night. His video garnered nearly 400 responses, with iReporters saying they'd do everything from pay off student loans to travel the world to give it all to charity.


The shoe cobbler



Meet Henry Linder. He's 92 years old, and he's a cobbler in Landrum, South Carolina. He's been fixing shoes since he was a teenager the 1930s, and has the passion and people skills that go along with spending 76 years in the business. iReporter Erik Olsen gives us a glimpse into a day in Linder's life in this brilliant example of video storytelling.


The master chefs of MasterChef



How did foul-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay get into cooking? What about his fellow MasterChef judges, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot? Regular iReporter Chris Morrow caught up with the trio to find out. She got three very different answers -- and a little dig at CNN's own Piers Morgan (from Ramsay, of course).


Is news happening where you are, or do you have an opinion you'd  like to share? You could be part of next week's Best of iReport. Share your story here.

March 31, 2012
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I am sending this message to bring to your notice the assault of the Malaysia authority called RELA in which a Nigeria man was beat to death by 7 RELA officers on the 31th day of March 2012 in Venice Hill area of Cheras Selangor at about 9AM Malaysia time, the late person Mr. Onuchia did no wrong what so ever has claimed by the RELA authority and Management of the Venice Hill Condominium that he assaulted a Female sexually on Thursday 29th day of March 2012 before he was cut and tied up with beaten to death on 31th day of March 2012 by 7 RELA officers. This is a serious assault and deliberate heart of wickedness as the innocent young man was murdered for no reason, I will be glad if i report can pass this message across to International Bodies and human right authorities for further investigation of this deliberate heart of wickedness.  

March 31, 2012
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