Leading Off (5/13/10)

1. It’s been way too long since I’ve been able to tell you about a new list. So, I’m very excited to bring you CNN’s list of Top 10 Cities for New Grads. Dallas is No. 4. What makes Dallas a top city? The average rent is $740. And, in case you’re wondering, top entry-level categories are sales, customer service, and health care. Really shocked journalism isn’t up there.

2. I went to a public school with a pretty strict dress code. No flip flops, shorts, and there was a ridiculous rule about prom dresses. I’m not a rule breaker, but a couple times I had to wear a “Quality Begins With Me” shirt. So I feel the pain of the Mesquite ISD students. Next year, though, they get a break. They can wear any color shoes, socks, and belts they’d like! But they can’t wear a faux-hawk. Apparently, the people at the district want kids to focus more on their studies than their hair. In case you’re concerned about how you’ll recognize the difference between an acceptable faux-hawk and an unacceptable one, the district is creating an instructional video. I don’t even need to try to on this one–this whole thing is a joke.

3. Remember the guy who tried to blow up Fountain Place, but was given a fake bomb by undercover FBI agents? Of course you do. Well, he’s now saying he wasn’t read his Miranda rights soon enough, thus what he said shouldn’t be considered. In the agents’ defense, Hosam Smadi was read his rights seven minutes into a five-hour interview. Also, there’s the tiny bit about all the evidence that was gathered while he was being monitored. I think at this point the Miranda rights reading is a moot point. But go ahead, fight it. Innocent until proven guilty, right?

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