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Articles from September 15, 2012

American Novelist Philip Roth Wanted to Correct the Wikipedia Entry. [Derived Headline]
American novelist Philip Roth wanted to correct the Wikipedia entry article about his novel The Human Stain. But what would he know? All he did was write the thing.Roth describes his experience with Wikipedia in an open letter in The New Yorker, in which...
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A Six-Pack of School Songs
Get back into the grind with these studious tunes With school back in, our thoughts don't turn to reading, writing and SSRqrithmatic, but music.School has inspired countless songs about education and everything that goes with it, from illicit affairs...
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At Least We Have the Goldeyes
Blue Bombers embarrass themselves in Calgary CALGARY -- The question is no longer whether this 2012 edition of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers is better than their woeful record might suggest.The question now is whether they might actually be worse than the...
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Bananas Splits
Celebrity divorces are a dime a dozen, but certain ones seem to hit us hard It's easy to view celebrity divorce as just another empty spectacle, an exercise in legal finagling, power grabbing and PR finessing as participants trade in, trade up or race...
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Bernanke Buys Congress Time on Economy
One might accuse U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke of many shortcomings, including misjudging the depth and timing of the nation's economic slowdown. But intellectual dishonesty is not one of them.While fighting the Great Recession with unprecedented...
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Best Donoghue Stories Are near Masterpieces
Ontario-based Irish novelist Emma Donoghue isn't interested in the wider play of political or social history, but in the individual's crisis.All 14 stories in this collection, her followup to her award-winning 2010 novel Room, resonate in some way for...
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BOB DYLAN Tempest (Columbia/Sony) Bob Dylan, the Songwriter's Songwriter, Dons. [Derived Headline]
BOB DYLANTempest (Columbia/Sony)Bob Dylan, the songwriter's songwriter, dons his poet's hat on his latest album and offers blunt imagery of a brutal world.Dying ain't easy in Tempest with the brooding Scarlet Town or Tin Angel's evil description of the...
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Bomb Threat at North Dakota University
AUSTIN, Texas -- Tens of thousands of people streamed off university campuses in North Dakota, Texas and Ohio on Friday after telephoned bomb threats prompted officials to warn students and faculty to get away as quickly as possible. All three campuses...
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Brotherly LOVE
Fred Fox shares memories of iconic sibling as annual cancer run approaches It's easy to be related to a Canadian icon when you just think of him as your little brother.Fred Fox, who will be forever known as Terry's older brother, was in Winnipeg this...
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Choosing the Best Shingles for Your Roof
I saw a notice recently about a class-action lawsuit against a shingle company. The problem was with their organic shingles not lasting as long as they should.A couple of companies have recently come under fire with this product. What's the problem?...
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City's Powerful Hit the Streets for Homeless
REAL Cloutier isn't taking any chances with where he's going to sleep on Sept. 27.The chief operating officer of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority was scoping out the cosiest spots at Portage and Main Friday morning.He's one of about 50 business...
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Come out to Largest-Ever Parade of Homes
This year's Fall Parade of Homes, which runs from noon today through Oct. 6, is the largest Parade in history, presenting 126 new display homes for everyone to enjoy.That's a whopping 25-per-cent increase over the previous high. Show-home hours are Monday...
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Compassion Serves a Political Purpose
Manitoba tweaks feds on refugee health Whenever there is a funding dispute in an area of shared jurisdiction, it is generally accepted that you never volunteer to increase your contribution to cover a shortfall in the interim. As soon as one level of...
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Creative Fantasy an Excellent First Novel
THIS raucous fantasy is not your average novel set in Manitoba.True, it features many recognizable places and names. From Osborne Village to Gimli, and from the Bay Parkade to Flin Flon, we know we've been along these roads and walked under those trees...
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Cut in Half, Her Life Is Now Full
Cancer survivor going to school to be a teacher The Manitoba cancer survivor whose story about being cut in half made headlines around the world may have a thing or two to teach people.So she's going back to school to become a teacher."I feel I've been...
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Dawson Shows Eighth Film at TIFF
Not even Guy Maddin has been as frequent a guest at the Toronto International Film Festival as Deco Dawson, who presented his eighth work this year at the prestigious event.Dawson joined Winnipegger Sean Garrity at the fest this year as the only two...
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Dependence on 'Energy Slaves' Driving Us to Economic Collapse Slaves to Energy / 4
In the endless and merciless energy polemics, versatile Calgary-based journalist Andrew Nikiforuk blooded his sword with his 2008 book, Tar Sands. Now, with his latest book, his seventh since 1993, he charges once more into the breach.As befits a battlefield...
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Despite the Strong Headwind Blowing in from the West, Our. [Derived Headline]
Despite the strong headwind blowing in from the west, our combined canoes cut through the choppy waters of Elbow Lake with ease. With each paddle stroke our confidence and speed increased.What a sight we must have been to those other campers along the...
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Diabetes Can't Stop Young Player
Playing in World Cup Lianne Adair's goal Lianne ADAIR wants to play in the World Cup someday.Like many Canadians she was captivated by the national women's soccer team that lost a heartbreaking semifinal to the United States last month before beating...
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Faith Briefs
Announcements for Faith Briefs must be in our office by 4 p.m. Tuesday before the intended date of publication. Due to space restrictions, publication is not guaranteed. Email diane.pratt@freepress.mb.ca (no attachments, please) or fax 204-697-7412.--...
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Floor-to-Ceiling Elegance
Practical luxury floods Sage Creek home It isn't often that the flooring in a new home is a show stealer.That's because your attention is usually drawn to design features such as a dramatic entrance (soaring ceiling, grand staircase), fabulous finishes...
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Follow Small-Town Boy into the Dragons' Den
Jim Treliving is a kid from Virden who's now co-chairman and co-owner of Boston Pizza. He also owns controlling or non-controlling interests in a host of other businesses, including Mr. Lube.But he's probably best known as the tall, avuncular venture-capital...
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Fraud Fight Illegal Behaviour Costly to Business
I don't know if it's just me, but it seems that fraudulent and other questionable employee behaviour is on the rise as there isn't one week that goes by where a troubling incident isn't reported.For instance, a Manitoba manager was recently accused of...
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FRESH START on Savings
After career change, grad ready to chart future Julia finished university with high hopes of changing the world.Today, she's happy to earn a decent living. After a couple of years working in the non-profit sector, the university graduate decided to take...
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'Funnelators' Delayed
Eyed for new downtown gem The developers of one of the city's highest-profile downtown construction projects -- 311 Portage Avenue at Centrepoint -- are in late-stage negotiations with a Toronto developer about including a residential tower in the project.The...
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Gear Up for the Hunting Season
Hunting season is here! Time to invest in a few new items for the months ahead. Truthfully, all you really need is a licence and a weapon of choice to get out there, but some new gear can certainly make your hunt more comfortable and perhaps more successful....
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Go Ahead, Jump on the Colour Band Wagon
A simple splash of colour can do wonders for any room. Just take a look at how a plain white room becomes alive with colour and line in our feature photograph. This simple paint project gives this room an edgy, youthful, urban flavour. Just imagine what...
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Goats Perfect to Purge Prairie Plague of Spurge
When settlers first started fanning out across the Canadian Prairies, there were two fixtures of the natural ecosystem that simply had to go -- the bison and wildfires, both of which roamed freely across the landscape.As terrifying and destructive as...
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Gonzo Factor Detracts from Real Political Issues
THE Devil's Curve in the title of this ambitious but frustrating book is a bend in the main highway through the resource-rich area of Peru near the Amazon.One day in June 2009, army commandos camouflaged themselves on a hill overlooking the bend, while...
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Have Your Say
Optics vs. ethicsRe: Katz says purchase unwise (Sept. 13). I wish to join the chorus of those calling for the mayor to step aside. While this business dealing is not illegal, it is most certainly unethical and the mayor must have known that to engage...
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Herd Facing Formidable Foe in Dinos
No. 2 Calgary stern test for No. 7 Bisons Brian DOBIE knew it was coming. And so he was prepared earlier this week when a friend -- perhaps concerned for the collective psyche of his University of Manitoba Bisons football squad -- asked him about this...
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Heritage Park Home a Spacious Delight
House has five bedrooms plus an indoor pool FROM the front, 82 Valley View Drive looks to be a relatively normal two-storey home.You know, the kind that looks well-tended: newer stucco finish, 10 newer windows that populate the upper and lower levels...
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Housing Co-Op Blasts Ottawa
Early mortgage payoff to draw $5.5-M penalty OTTAWA -- A Winnipeg housing co-operative is calling out the federal government for charging a phenomenal penalty to pay off its mortgage ahead of schedule.The Village Canadien Housing Co-op in St. Vital took...
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Ignorance and Suspicion Claim Lives, Sacrifice Truth
To outside eyes, it is as bizarre as it is repellent. A single event, book, cartoon, film or teddy bear, one which represents nothing but its originator, who may not even be American, sparks lethal outbursts of mass protest against America and the West.What,...
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Interfaith Service Offers Prayers for Peace
Sometimes making peace is as simple as making a little space for each other.Three congregations based out of a St. Vital church plan to make a little more space for their neighbours next week by inviting them in to pray for peace. The interfaith service...
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It's Bulb Time Again
Plant them now for spring and summer blooms It's easy as 1-2-3. Plant tulips, daffodils, alliums and lilies in September and October for spring and summer blooms. Bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes are available at local garden centres. We have only to...
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It's Come to This
Answers to lockout queries NOBODY'S been looking forward to today but it's here and the NHL's future is now officially cloudy.League commissioner Gary Bettman said weeks ago he would impose a player lockout if there was no new labour agreement with the...
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It's Still a Struggle for Women in Theatre, Onstage and Off
Almost every week it seems there is another magazine cover declaring that women are taking over the world and leaving contemporary men in their dust.A bastion of maledom that has yet to be overrun by the rise in matriarchy is theatre, where today female...
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Lawyer's Actions in Fraud Probed
Women lost their property in India A Winnipeg lawyer who played a key role in a scheme to defraud a widow and her two adult children is being investigated by the Law Society of Manitoba.In 2009, lawyer Rajan Sharma prepared power of attorney documents...
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Le Timbre Des Winnipegois
Dan Harper verra pour la premire fois une de ses photographies paraÆtre sous la forme d'un timbre en janvier prochain. Le 14 janvier 2013, la photographie prise par le francophile Dan Harper lors de la Fªte du Canada sera en circulation dans tout le...
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Let Oil Transform Canada
Don't blame Canada's high dollar and high resource-export earnings for the decline of manufacturing, Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney is telling the country. The resource boom is a great opportunity for Canada, and we have to learn to take advantage...
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Lights out, Dread On
Things could hardly look brighter for local actress, Tracy Spiridakos, star of NBC's post-apocalyptic Revolution The characters in NBC's new speculative-science drama Revolution face a rather dark, bleak future.For Winnipeg-born actress Tracy Spiridakos,...
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Little Flowers Adds Life and Beauty to West End
Little Flowers Community Church, in Winnipeg's West End, isn't your average church. And its pastors, Jamie and Kim Arpin-Ricci, aren't your average pastors, either.What makes Little Flowers stand out? Start with its name, an allusion to a book of the...
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Local Actress on Yellow Brick Road, Hopes to Meet the Wizard of Oz
She's off to see the Wizard ... and Winnipegger Colleen Furlan has her sights set on collecting the prize that waits at the end of the Yellow Brick Road."It would make my whole life," said the 19-year-old musical-theatre performer, who today will be...
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Looking for Trends? Look to the Cinema
I love movies and I love interior design. Throughout history, movies have not only inspired us on ways to decorate our homes, they have also created trends. So many films have brilliantly incorporated an historically famous style and in return showed...
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Maritime Fish-out-of-Water Tale Unfolds Slowly
WHY does a middle-aged woman move from California to Cape Breton Island in the middle of winter? How will she survive the gossip and speculation of a small community where everybody knows everyone else's business?Such is the premise of Maritime writer...
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Marriott to Land in Airport Area
A third hotel is about to rise on the Richardson International Airport campus and battle lines are being drawn in the effort to win customers.Two independent Toronto developers -- Paresh Raja of Brock Hotels and David Kemper of Belmont Equity Partners...
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Michelle Obama, SUPERSTAR
Passionate, polished and popular first lady sheds angry, militant judgments of '08 campaign Back in 2008, the media didn't know how to feel about the then-candidate's wife, Michelle Obama. She was portrayed simultaneously as too militant, too angry,...
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Obama Vows Not to Forget Sacrifice
'They knew the danger, and they accepted it. They didn't simply embrace the American ideal. They lived it' -- U.S. President Barack Obama on the four Americans killed at the U.S. Consulate in Libya ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. -- U.S. President Barack...
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O Canada Composer Fought for Union Side
ANTIETAM BATTLEFIELD, Maryland -- The bloodiest single day in American history did not occur when the Twin Towers fell, or when Pearl Harbor was attacked, or when a deranged but legally armed killer opened fire at a theatre, a temple, a high school or...
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Olli's Mad Enough to Spit Rust
This will be his second lockout and 33-year-old is fed up Olli Jokinen bit the bullet once for the greater good. He gave up a year of his career and millions of dollars in a move that was supposed to correct all that was wrong with the NHL.So you can...
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Organic Assurance
Manitoba legislation will require producers to be certified according to national standards It's farm fresh, pesticide-free, and, you've been assured, all natural. But is it organic?New legislation in the works in Manitoba will put restrictions on which...
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Overheard
Special order"All in all, I recommend the ham and pineapple pizza to any pizza eater earning less than $500,000 per year who likes tax cuts, less war, an end to torture and dead terrorist kingpins."-- Dennis J. of Milton, Ont. wrote on a site reviewing...
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Peter Lougheed: Public Interest over Politics
VANCOUVER -- As a western Canadian who emigrated from B.C. to Alberta in 1978, I didn't find it hard to be impressed with the premier of our adopted province.Premier Peter Lougheed's government was already well established in the late 1970s, having swept...
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Photo-Radar Claim in Neutral
Case adjourns after magistrate denies WiseUp requests WiseUp Winnipeg pulled the pin on its legal challenge to photo radar Friday in a sudden move that stunned courtroom observers, but opened the door for their case to end up in a higher court.It was...
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Pick Up a Pen
Many of us do it mindlessly, but there's a move toward taking doodling seriously Ben Bass is a longtime computer programmer and avid doodler. In elementary school, he doodled Second World War airplanes, and doodled throughout high school and college.Then...
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Preview Arts Seasons at News Cafe Brunches
IN addition to falling leaves, dropping temperatures and the start of another school year, fall is also that time of year when Winnipeg's arts community comes alive with the launch of new seasons of art, music, theatre and dance.Join writers and critics...
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Public Funding of Political Parties on U of M Prof's Plate
The Selinger government is taking a stab at making taxpayer subsidization of political parties more palatable.On Friday, it tossed the political hot potato to University of Manitoba political scientist William Neville, who has 90 days to come up with...
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Putting on THE RITZ
Fall's glamorous looks challenge you to let out your inner diva Viva la glam!It is all about lavish, luxe looks for fall/winter 2010 and I can hardly wait to start shopping for this season's hottest dress trends -- call it a lust for luxurious textiles...
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Quebec Anglos Pack Bags, Not Guns
Charles Manson found justification for the murders committed by his cultlike "Family" in the music of The Beatles' White Album. But nobody blames the murders on The Beatles. For if one of the best-selling albums of all time could incite murder, there...
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Random Acts of Kindness
Help with bill after card stolen on flightMY husband, granddaughter and I returned on an Air Canada flight from Toronto, arriving in Winnipeg about 10 a.m. on Aug 18.We decided to go out for an early lunch at Joey's Only restaurant on Pembina Highway....
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Rise of the Puritans
As attacks on U.S. embassies show, populist uprisings such as the Arab Spring usually don't favour the moderates Just a few hours after an angry mob of ultraconservative Muslims stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo Tuesday evening, the U.S. ambassador to...
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Royals Not Amused; Sue Magazine over Pics
LONDON -- Paparazzi, French media and a British royal: The publication of topless photos of Prince William's wife, Kate, has reunited the same players whose clash ended with the untimely death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a Parisian car crash.William,...
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Saul's New Fiction an Ingenious Read
READERS more familiar with Ottawa-born John Ralston Saul's non-fiction than with his fiction will be delighted to know that his imagination has not suffered since his last novel in 1988.With crisp dialogue and evocative descriptions, Dark Diversions...
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'Secure' Jobs Certain to Be Hit by Cutbacks
They call it the "new normal," and what they mean is the western world had better get used to slow and less reliable growth rates. Economists who got used to gross domestic product expanding at a rate of three or four per cent over the past 25 years...
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Seeing the Light with Answers on Bulbs
QUESTION: Is it my imagination, or are an awful lot of the light bulbs in my house burning out at the same time? Is it possible that I have a wiring problem? Betina, WinnipegANSWER: The fact that several bulbs are burning out around the same time may...
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Seeking Rejections, Again, Unhealthy
DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: I'm 41. Seventy-four men have broken my heart over the 24 years I've been dating, starting on my 15th birthday -- a beautiful guy, a guitar player in a band in Winnipeg. He was my true love, but he dumped me. He's No. 1. That...
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Settlers' Woes Seen through Teen's Eyes
IT'S appropriate that as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the first Selkirk settlers in Manitoba there should be a book launched for young people about the trials and tribulations that awaited those early pioneers.Red River Rising...
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Shadow War
Iranian-sponsored terror on rise, likely would explode if attack launched on its nuclear facilities Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's call for the United States to declare "red lines" for Iran and its nuclear program makes it even harder for...
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Six Design Firms Vying for WAG Inuit Art Centre
THE Winnipeg Art Gallery has shortlisted six architectural teams from Canada, the United States and Japan for the design of its Inuit Art and Learning Centre, to be erected next door to its current building.The teams will prepare expanded proposals,...
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Stock the Vote
Shareholder activism can wield real power over firms It's easy to feel like a powerless pawn in the world of business. On the surface, the little guy has virtually no influence in the decisions of today's power brokers.But we have more power to effect...
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StreetStyle
Molly KarpJeans are an eternal closet staple, an affordable and versatile item still on the fashion market after decades. No wonder every generation has continued to buy them since the 1950s. Molly Karp a student of the Communications program at University...
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Sugar and ... Spike?
My mom and I took a walk down Selkirk Avenue the other day. We couldn't help but notice how the old neighbourhood has changed over the years.Back in the '70s, we lived at the Coronet, an apartment block at the corner of Main Street and Pritchard Avenue....
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Survivor of French Killings Heads Home
LONDON -- A seven-year-old girl who survived a grisly shooting in the French Alps that killed her parents and grandmother left a French hospital Friday to return to Britain, though police could not say how soon she might be questioned about the murders.Zaina...
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Teens Find iSex a Keystroke Away
No parent should be shocked that five high school football players hired prostitutes while on a road trip to North Carolina last week.Nor is it especially surprising the little johns were from football powerhouse DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville,...
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Telegraph Avenue a Street Worth Exploring
After the publication of the breathtaking Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay in 2000, American novelist Michael Chabon turned away from the largely plotless world of modern fiction and began exploring in depth his love...
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The World
Groups hope to block part of Arizona immigration lawPHOENIX -- Civil rights groups have asked a U.S. federal appeals court to prevent the most contentious part of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect.The coalition is appealing a ruling that sunk...
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Time-Warping Volume Makes You Wait for Answer
One of the greatest mysteries regarding our perception of time is what British psychologist Claudia Hammond calls "the Holiday Paradox."Why is it that when we go on a vacation, the time seems to rush by very quickly, but yet, when we return, it seems...
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Today's Horoscope
SATURDAY, SEPT. 15MOON ALERT We have the all clear today to shop and make important decisions. The new moon occurs in Virgo at 9:11 p.m.ARIES (March 21-April 19)As weird as this might sound, this is the best day all year for you to think about what you...
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Troubled Reserve Faces New Spat
A remote northern community beset by allegations of hefty consultants' fees, poor band governance and too much secrecy in its dealings with Manitoba Hydro over the Keeyask dam project now has another issue to confront -- a contentious defamation case.The...
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Turn Curry Paste into an Exotic Thai Barbecue Sauce
A few years ago I created a recipe for a killer barbecue sauce. It was exactly the way I like it -- thick, rich, a lot savoury, a little sweet and bursting with cumin, smoked paprika and so many other delicious seasonings.Like most homemade barbecue...
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Warm Arctic Welcome
Iqaluit treats Prince Edward and countess to traditional feast IQALUIT, Nunavut -- Cold rain driven by a relentless northwest wind made waiting outside St. Jude's Anglican Parish Hall a misery, but it failed to dampen the spirits of the overflow crowd...
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Water Leakage Main Worry for Homeowner
QUESTION: We have a wood basement, foundation walls, and a concrete floor. There are eight-foot-high ceilings and there is approximately two feet above ground for the small windows. Recently we had a clean water backup in our basement. I have had the...
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What City Hall Needs Is an Integrity Commissioner
Sam Katz seems to have finally acknowledged what many of us have known all along.He has a perception problem.But that's not where his problems, or ours, end.What's of bigger and broader concern is we have a city council that lacks a simple and effective...
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What's in Your Wine?
The contents of your favourite bottle go beyond grapes WE all know wine is fermented grape juice, right?Yes, wine is made from boozy grapes -- just over a kilogram of fruit per bottle, in fact -- but there's also plenty of other stuff you may not have...
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Why Captain Zero Matters
Disciplining teacher, not students, for failing to do work makes zero sense Captain Zero. The name has a nice '50s-ish, comic-book ring about it, doesn't it? A good name for a science-fiction character, or maybe a polar adventurer braving extremes of...
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Winnipeg's GROUND WAR
Twelve years ago, the city was also caught up in a land-deals maelstrom. Has anything changed since then? If there's one task that perennially seems to trouble the City of Winnipeg, it's how to go about conducting real estate transactions.The maelstrom...
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Your Weekend Weather
There are two kinds of people in the world, and today, as the only weather column licensed by the National Hockey League, we are going to present forecasts for both groups.Let's start with the outlook for NHL fans: "There's a 98 per cent chance of bursting...
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