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September 19, 2014

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HOT BLAST: Professional baseball's problem with human trafficking

Yes, the Hot Blast nerve center knows it's football season and that Auburn plays tonight against Kansas State. But at the risk of starting a riot, there are other things worth considering.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
HOT BLAST: What it's like to contract the Ebola virus
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 2:09 pm

It's an odd question -- Ever wonder what it's like to suffer from the Ebola virus? -- but it makes perfect sense to ask the American doctor who has recovered from it to explain the symptoms.

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
HOT BLAST: Surplus military equipment for America's schools
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 3:51 pm

The militarization of America's police forces has become one of the biggest stories of 2014. One of the reasons is due to police's reaction to the unrest that settled in Ferguson, Mo., this summer after the shooting there of an unarmed teen. 

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Monday 09/15/2014
HOT BLAST: Inside the Senate's secret handbook
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 11:50 am

In something that sounds as if it's from the script of the latest Hunger Games movie, the U.S. Senate has a secret handbook that, according to USA Today, has never been released to the public.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
HOT BLAST: 25 years worth of memorable stories
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Today marks my 25th anniversary here at mothership, otherwise known as The Star, which started a wholly predictable thought: What are the biggest stories in this eventful quarter-century?

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
HOT BLAST: Judging President Obama on job creation
Posted: September 10, 2014

The rise of the Islamic State in the Mideast and the continual need for immigration-reform legislation have dominated the recent weeks for President Obama and his numerous critics. 

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Tuesday 09/09/2014
HOT BLAST: See if you can spot the twist in this oped column
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 9:31 am

This newspaper column starts in one direction:

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Monday 09/08/2014
HOT BLAST: A piece of Anniston history passes away
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Jack Cristil, the long-time radio voice of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, has died, says the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. He was 88.

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HOT BLAST: Image said to be bloodied Ferguson police officer is a hoax
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 10:48 am

Have you seen a photo on social media that is said to be an image of police officer Darren Wilson taken after he was attacked by Michael Brown? Did you believe it? Then you've been duped. The man in the photo is a motorcross racer and not a police officer from Ferguson, Mo.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
HOT BLAST: A deeper look at America's police departments
Posted: September 04, 2014

As a city of 20,000-plus residents with a large minority population, Anniston is a convenient example of a city whose police force should represent the people it serves.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
HOT BLAST: What if we started school each day at 8:45?
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 1:44 pm

If the editors here at The Hot Blast asked Calhoun County teenagers what time they thought school should start each day, the answer might be a resounding, "Never!"

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
HOT BLAST: ISIS reportedly beheads a second American journalist
Updated: September 02, 2014 - 1:53 pm

This morning, reports began circulating that the Islamic State, or ISIS, had claimed to have beheaded a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff. Verification from the State Department is ongoing.

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Monday 09/01/2014
HOT BLAST: More statistics about labor unions in the United States
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 9:09 am

Since this is Labor Day, today seems the perfect time to offer a fuller examination of labor unions' place in the U.S. workforce.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
HOT BLAST: Why don't more students go to college football games?
Posted: August 28, 2014

The off-the-charts anticipation of this year's college football season -- with the four-team playoff -- has masked a growing concern at some schools: the drop-off in student attendance at games.

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HOT BLAST: More praise for the SEC Network
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Today is The Day for Southeastern Conference football fans -- the day the heralded SEC Network televises its first live football games. It starts with Texas A&M-South Carolina at 5.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
HOT BLAST: A media strategy to head off trouble
Posted: August 27, 2014

Among the avalanche of Ferguson-related commentary and analysis, one piece from last weekend stands out. Brooke Gladstone of NPR's On The Media program looked at six shootings of African-Americans over the past two years.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
HOT BLAST: The House Speaker and his toy monkey
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 1:50 pm

You can't make this stuff up.

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Monday 08/25/2014
HOT BLAST: Play the Republican video game
Posted: August 25, 2014

Warning: Clicking this link will expose your ears to annoying video game music. Go ahead click it anyway.

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HOT BLAST: Were the British making fun of burning the White House?
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 2:40 pm

The United States and Britain are close allies, and thankfully so. But, gosh, the British Embassy's Twitter mistake this weekend was especially awkward.

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Friday 08/22/2014
HOT BLAST: Obamacare and the Chicago Cubs
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 2:19 pm

In baseball, only the Chicago Cubs (who last won the World Series in 1908) would get caught fiddling with grounds-crew workers' hours to avoid paying health insurance -- and then not have enough people to pull out the tarp when it rains.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
HOT BLAST: What we know about the victims of deadly force by police
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Here's an interesting question: What does America know about the people killed by police in the line of duty?

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