Wednesday, October 13, 2010 Hot Topics - 10.13.10

[Editor's Note: NewsBriefs is now Hot Topics. Final reminder.]

I'm busy today, here's the rundown...

Chilean Miners - Is this a made-for-TV movie just begging to happen or what? These dudes were trapped 33-deep in a mine shaft the size of a studio apartment for 2 1/2 months. What's it going to be like re-adjusting to life above ground? And since we're on the topic, I guess I'd ask: if this were you, are you quitting that mining gig or going back to work? I doubt it's that cut and dry for these guys, many of whom have been working in the mines since age 12.

BET Hip Hop Awards - I was downtown watching John Wall's home debut, so I missed this. What happened, other than Antoine Dodson's 15th minute of fame officially expiring?

Michelle Rhee Steps Down - It's amazing how differently a story can play out locally vs nationally. If you didn't know any better, you'd assume DC Schools Superintendent Michelle Rhee was some superhero with the magic formula to fix the horrible state of urban Negro education. She's been on the cover of Time and Newsweek, lauded by pundits on both sides of the political aisle, and featured in the new movie Waiting For Superman. That's her around the :30 second mark.

Locally, she's seen as an opportunist who takes credit for the education reforms of the guy who proceeded her, has zero people skills, is unnervingly anti-union, and abuses power by firing teachers just for the sake of firing them. I'm sure she'll land somewhere even more high profile now that the incoming Mayor has no use for her. Word is Obama's a fan, and a DoEd job could be coming. I shudder at that thought.

Judge Ends Military's Ban On DADT - Will this ever end?

Brett Favre Levis Ads Still Running - Hmmmm, so a guy who's supposed to be all about All-American family values sends emails of his junk to a team employee, but gets to keep his endorsements? Alrighty then.

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Question: Would you quit your job for good if you were one of those miners? What did I miss on the BET Awards?

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