Monday, September 1, 2014

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Way to go Flo! Alberta athlete, 101, wins silver in javelin at seniors games

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — Florence Storch held the javelin high with her right hand and balanced herself with the other by gripping her walker.
After two throws, the 101-year-old athlete called it quits for the day but still took home a silver medal.
“I didn’t put that much energy into it,” the centenarian said Thursday at the Canada 55-Plus Games in Strathcona County, east of Edmonton.

Dad of freed US reporter praises his son for wanting to ‘bear witness’ despite Syrian danger

JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, France — The overjoyed father of the American journalist freed by Islamic militants said Monday that his son and others who venture into dangerous lands like Syria deserve praise for wanting to “bear witness ... tell the truth about what’s going on.”

Leonardo DiCaprio nominates Prime Minister Stephen Harper to do ice bucket

EDMONTON — Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has nominated Prime Minister Stephen Harper to do the ice bucket challenge.
DiCaprio was in northern Alberta last week visiting the oilsands to do research for an environmental documentary.
The Oscar-nominated star of “The Wolf of Wall Street” posted a video on his Facebook page of him doing the ice bucket challenge with two First Nations chiefs.

Lousy pay, tough conditions: Health-care workers needed for Ebola response

TORONTO — The pay is a pittance, the conditions are gruelling, and the personal risks are all too real.
The need for international health-care workers to help in the response to West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is enormous and pressing. But make no mistake — this is tough, tough work that people are being asked to volunteer for — and dangerous.

Oldest athlete in seniors games, 101, aiming for more medals in javelin

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — Florence Storch is a little old lady with a really big stick.
The 101-year-old from Hanna, Alta., has been competing for about a decade in javelin at both the seniors provincial and national levels. And Thursday, she’ll be doing it again, tossing the long spear in the over-85 category at the Canada 55-Plus Games in Strathcona County east of Edmonton.

Ice bucket challenge charity stunt goes wrong when 4 firefighters shocked by power line

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck’s ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an “ice bucket challenge.”

Strangers, friends make wedding happen for Saskatchewan woman with Stage 4 cancer

EDMONTON — A 28-year-old Saskatchewan woman who is battling terminal stomach cancer has tied the knot with the man of her dreams, thanks to the generosity of strangers.
Surrounded by a small group of family, close friends and their five children, Megan Wolfe and Josh Melnyk got married Wednesday afternoon at the posh Union Bank Inn in Edmonton.

111-year-old Japanese retired educator who enjoys poetry recognized as the world’s oldest man

TOKYO — A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world’s oldest living man.
Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records on Wednesday. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who died in June at the age of 111 years, 164 days.
The world’s oldest living person is also Japanese: Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old woman from Osaka.

Sweet job: Cambridge University seeks doctoral student to study the fundamentals of chocolate

LONDON — Is there a doctor of chocolate in the house?
Cambridge University in England is seeking a doctoral student to pursue what sounds like, at first bite, the sweetest job in the world: to study the fundamentals of chocolate.

W-I-N-N-E-R! 24-year-old Oregon man, No. 2 seed, wins national Scrabble championship, $10,000

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Conrad Bassett-Bouchard started his championship Scrabble game Wednesday with the word “zilch” and finished with the opposite — the $10,000 prize and the title of national Scrabble champion.

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