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November 1, 2014

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HOT BLAST: How newspapers covered Game 7 of the World Series

The San Francisco Giants won their third World Series title in the last five years Wednesday night when they beat the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, in Game 7. 

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
HOT BLAST: Measuring Obamacare's impact in our states and counties
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 1:35 pm

If you're interested in tracking the ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act's implementation, two good reads landed on the Hot Blast desk today.

HOT BLAST: An answer to those crying 'liberal media bias'
Posted: October 29, 2014

Musings from The Star's editorial board

Monday 10/27/2014
HOT BLAST: The abortion capital to Alabama's north
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Alabama's conservative politics and Bible Belt influences usually keep the issue of abortion in a certain light. To be sure, this isn't the center of the universe for abortion advocates in the South.

Thursday 10/23/2014
HOT BLAST: How Canadian media covered the Ottawa shooting
Posted: October 23, 2014

Canadians awoke this morning with their newspapers and news websites filled with stories about the shooting Wednesday on Parliament Hill. From our vantage point here in the United States, it's interesting to look at how the Canadian media covered this tragic event. 

Wednesday 10/22/2014
HOT BLAST: These Republicans are REALLY pulling for the K.C. Royals
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 1:34 pm

The World Series hasn't started well for the Kansas City Royals. (They lost Game 1 Tuesday night to San Francisco, 7-1.) Time will tell if the Royals' unlikely run through the baseball playoffs will, as this report suggests, tip the U.S. Senate to the Republican Party.

Tuesday 10/21/2014
HOT BLAST: How 8 Alabama newspapers played Hubbard's arrest
Posted: October 21, 2014

In case you've been under a rock for the past 24 hours, Mike Hubbard, speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, was arrested Monday on corruption charges

HOT BLAST: A reporter hangs out with Confederate re-enactors
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 11:20 am

The eternal back-and-forth over the modern place for the Confederate battle flag in American society gets tiring. Often, these discussions promote no new scholarship and devolve into the expected arguments.

Monday 10/20/2014
HOT BLAST: Southern football and Southern politics
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 2:51 pm

It's Tennessee week for Alabama's football team, so the timing's perfect for UT football to get all political.

Thursday 10/16/2014
HOT BLAST: The night the governor wouldn't debate because of a fan
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 9:26 am

Florida's gubernatorial debate featured a twist we didn't see at Wednesday night's political forum.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
HOT BLAST: Iraq's chemical weapons -- and what the U.S. Army did with them
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Calhoun County's long relationship with chemical-weapons storage makes today's story in the New York Times all the more compelling.

Tuesday 10/14/2014
HOT BLAST: Take a look at how much No. 1 Mississippi State spends on football
Posted: October 14, 2014

Starkville, Miss., is the center of the college football world this week thanks to the first No. 1 ranking in the history of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Monday 10/13/2014
HOT BLAST: We celebrate Columbus Day, but why?
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 1:14 pm

Today is Columbus Day, which is a state holiday in Alabama. It is not, however, a holiday in 16 states.

Friday 10/10/2014
HOT BLAST: Too many injuries for this high school football team
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 2:53 pm

It's Friday, and another night of high school football kicks off in a few hours.

Thursday 10/09/2014
HOT BLAST: What did your children eat for breakfast this morning?
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 2:16 pm

A story detailing what children around the world eat for breakfast may seem like a waste of time, but trust me, it isn't -- not when the story is done well.

Wednesday 10/08/2014
HOT BLAST: Tall tales on the campaign trail
Posted: October 08, 2014

People can get hurt when politicians throw out this sort of ignorance

HOT BLAST: Carter critical of Obama policies
Posted: October 08, 2014

From an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

HOT BLAST: A day in the life of health-care workers in Liberia
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 11:27 am

In only a few instances, the Ebola virus has reached the shores of the United States.

Tuesday 10/07/2014
HOT BLAST: What a Washington reporter thinks of the South
Updated: October 07, 2014 - 4:58 pm

We live in the South, which sadly means we're accustomed to people in other parts of the country having fun pointing out our warts. (For some journalists, it's a pastime. I'm talking about you, H.L. Mencken.) It's one thing if one of our own says something; an outsider, not so much.

HOT BLAST: Which college football team you should root for, according to Facebook
Updated: October 07, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Making strong assertions based on data from Facebook "likes" is a dicey premise -- not everyone uses social media, let alone that site, and those who do may not be trustworthy with their information.

Monday 10/06/2014
HOT BLAST: Alabama and its stance on same-sex marriages
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 3:20 pm

The Supreme Court's announcement today (Monday) that it would let stand appeals court rulings allowing gay marriages in five states is widely seen as a victory for those who support gay unions.

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