Seems as though smoking crack is not an impediment to running a major city. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits that he has tried the drug: “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. But no, do I – am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.”

The mayor might have been persuaded to come clean after the police chief said his force had recovered a video showing Ford inhaling from a crack pipe. Ford claims he wasn’t lying back in May when he denied smoking crack. Reporters who asked about his extracurricular activities, he said, “didn’t ask the correct questions.”

Ford, who refuses to step down and whose popularity has reportedly increased, might not have to worry about his political career, if the past is any indication. Marion Barry was videotaped smoking crack back in 1990 while he was mayor of Washington, D.C. He served time in prison but was later re-elected mayor and is now a D.C. councilman.

This just in: The CIA is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to help with overseas counterterrorism investigations by digging into the company’s database of phone records. Americans are being swept up into this mass of data mining, making it seem like a minor league version of the data hogs at the National Security Agency.

It must be a nice bit of pocket change for the phone company, which is kind enough to provide its expertise from time to time to spy agencies. But then again, we should credit the CIA for at least paying for the information, rather than stealing it like the NSA.

Well, isn’t this cute? Teachers unions across the state are calling on State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. to step down. Here’s a better idea: Why don’t their leaders step down?

King is a breath of fresh air in a state – and, for that matter, a country – that is not competing well with other nations in education. Change is difficult, and stresses are inevitable. But the status quo won’t do and that, in the end, is what the unions are pushing for. They like things the way they are.

That can’t be allowed to continue, and it won’t. Instead of pouting and demanding that King resign, the unions should commit to working on a system that balances everyone’s needs. Just one thing, though: The students’ needs trump those of the unions.