Thursday, August 21, 2014

Life

Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumours in desperate struggle to save patients

LONDON — Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren’t the only problem: Health workers struggle to convince patients they’re trying to help them, not hurt them.

Students expect big debts but also think they’ll pay it off quickly: polls

TORONTO — Getting a post-secondary degree can be an expensive endeavour, but a recent survey suggests that most students believe they’ll be on track to pay off their student loans within five years of graduating.
The poll from CIBC (TSX:CM) found that about half, or 51 per cent, of post-secondary students said they would need to borrow money to pay for tuition, living expenses and books.

Scrabble players rejoice: 5,000 new words large and small are on the way in dictionary update

NEW YORK — To Scrabble fanatics, big gifts sometimes come in small packages.
The word “te” as a variant of “ti,” the seventh tone on the musical scale, is a hardworking little gem among 5,000 words added to “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary,” out Aug. 11 from Merriam-Webster.

A haunting premonition: ‘What will happen if the airplane crashes?’ asks boy boarding MH17

In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. “Mama, may I hug you?”

Pop culture prompts Michigan sheriff to swap orange for black-and-white striped inmate attire

SAGINAW, Mich. — A Michigan sheriff says he’s trading orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes as the new attire for his jail inmates in part due to pop culture.

Cutting class: Students learning lumberjack skills in Adirondacks throw axes, climb poles, saw

PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. — Axe throwing is encouraged in lumberjack class. It’s also OK to dump your classmate in the lake — as long as you’re both frantically trying to stay upright on a floating log.

Keep camping meals simple yet delicious

TORONTO—Escaping the city for a few days of camping doesn’t have to mean getting away from delicious food, says a chef who takes pleasure in elevating his menu from those old stand-bys: burgers and hotdogs.
Marcus Monteiro, who grew up camping with his family near Bobcaygeon in the Kawartha Lakes area of Ontario, still enjoys roughing it under canvas.

Frontier Airlines pilot orders pizzas for passengers after storms ground Denver-bound flight

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Faced with potentially hungry — and grumpy — passengers, a Frontier Airlines pilot treated them to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, where the plane was stuck for a couple of hours.

Family: Pennsylvania man’s notice to register for military draft arrives 102 years too late

KENNERDELL, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman says her late father has received notice to register for the nation’s military draft — some 102 years too late.
Martha Weaver, now in her 80s, tells The (Oil City) Derrick (http://bit.ly/VJQzHh ) that the Selective Service System notice arrived Saturday in Rockland Township, Venango County. That’s about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Hopping like a frog and walking like a gorilla, Pig the dog draws curious attention

ALABASTER, Ala. — It’s impossible not to stare at Kim Dillenbeck’s dog Pig.
Born in Atlanta with severe deformities and adopted by the Alabama woman, the 8-month-old mutt has gangly legs, a body that appears to have been chopped in half and no neck.
Pig looks like one of those fake animals created with Photoshop to draw clicks on websites, yet she’s real.

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