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Extra, Extra: Paula Deen Out-Apologizes Rob Ford, Sheldon Levy Says So Long to Ryerson, and Chris Hadfield Is Going to the Ballet

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Paula Deen, in the midst of one of her video apologies  Photo by zennie62, from Flickr

Paula Deen, in the midst of one of her video apologies. Photo by zennie62, from Flickr.

  • Rob Ford came oh so close to snagging the number one spot in Time’s “Top 10 Apologies” of 2013 list. He managed to beat mea culpa heavyweights like Alec Baldwin, Barack Obama, and Oprah Winfrey, but was ultimately outdone by Paula Deen and her epic three-YouTube-video “I’m not a racist” apology. On the upside, Paula Deen is not our mayor.
  • Toronto Life‘s 16th most influential person in Toronto, Sheldon Levy, is saying good-bye to the position that helped make him so influential. Ryerson has announced that Levy will not be looking for a third term as the university’s president, and that the hunt for a new president has officially begun.
  • The Star is reporting that information about people who threaten or attempt to commit suicide is collected by the police and then shared with U.S. law enforcement organizations—which might explain how it was that a border official was recently able to call up details of a woman’s mental health history before denying her entry into the U.S.
  • Chris Hadfield, not content simply to conquer space, is now going to take on the world of dance—or at least one particular role in one particular ballet. He’s going to be appearing as a Cannon Doll in a December 24 performance of the National Ballet’s The Nutcracker. And then, presumably, he will dabble in sculpting. Or direct a feature film. Because there is nothing this man cannot do.

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