On the Radar: N.Y.'s snow issue, Ivory Coast crisis, RNC debate, Favre retiring?
A snow-covered car on December 28 shows the word "HELP." New York residents complained about a slow clean-up.
January 3rd, 2011
09:07 AM ET

On the Radar: N.Y.'s snow issue, Ivory Coast crisis, RNC debate, Favre retiring?

New York cleanup debacle - Investigators in New York want to know if four sanitation supervisors bought beer and sat in their car instead of cleaning up after last week's monster blizzard.

The New York City Department of Sanitation has drawn sharp criticism since last week's storm, which blanketed much of the Northeast. Rumors have swirled that supervisors ordered rank-and-file workers to slow down cleanup efforts in retaliation for the city's belt-tightening measures.

Ivory Coast crisis - Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the African Union envoy to Ivory Coast, arrived in Abidjan in a bid to persuade self-declared president Laurent Gbagbo to step down.

The crisis stems from Gbagbo's refusal to step down as president after an election which international observers say he lost. As the stalemate, which is rooted in years of conflict, continues, we take a look at what's at stake in this Ivory Coast crisis.

RNC debate - Embattled Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele - trying to win a second term despite a mountain of criticism - meets his five challengers in a debate Monday.

Steele will be in the hot seat Monday when he faces, for the first time, the candidates seeking to replace him atop the cash-strapped party organization. But Monday's debate at the National Press Club will also be a key hurdle for the man widely regarded as the frontrunner in the race: Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus.

That Favre rumor - NFL legend Brett Favre looks to have played the final game of his record-breaking career. The injured star quarterback sat it out as his current team, the Minnesota Vikings, were beaten 20-13 by Detroit to end their poor season. Favre then gave every indication that he was retiring for the third time.

"It's been a wonderful experience for me," he told the official NFL website.

The 41-year-old knows there will be doubters, since he made the same announcement in 2008 and 2009 before negotiating lucrative multi-million dollar contracts to play further seasons in the NFL.

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Robert Warner

    Good for those snow men. Republican goons want to keep cutting the pay of public sector workers while telling America it's all good. Now maybe people will realize that snow plow operators are more valuable than Wall Street office workers.

    January 3, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar


    January 3, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. meee!

    Most important people are the ones that make toilet paper

    January 3, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Robert Warner

    meee! said "Most important people are the ones that make toilet paper". Man's greatest invention was the flush toilet, so you do have a point.

    January 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    Let's not give credit to the makers of single-ply toilet paper though.

    Down with rough and scratchy...

    January 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |