Monday, July 6, 2015


In Minneapolis, East African girls level the playing field with culturally sensitive uniforms

MINNEAPOLIS — Girls in stylish athletic wear walk the runway as the sounds of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry blare from speakers. The crowd claps and cheers as the young models strike poses with basketballs, lacrosse sticks and boxing gloves. Finally, the big reveal: the Lady Warriors community travelling basketball team takes the stage in their cardinal red uniforms.

Deformed mutt named Quasi Modo is crowned World’s Ugliest Dog

PETALUMA, Calif. — A 10-year-old mutt named Quasi Modo, whose spinal birth defects left her a bit hunchbacked, is the winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest.
The pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix and her owner took the $1,500 prize Friday night, besting 25 other dogs competing in the contest that applauds imperfection, organizers said.

Homely hounds compete to be top dog in contest that applauds imperfections

PETALUMA, Calif. — He’s overweight and has a birth defect that left him a bit hunchbacked.
Quasi Modo is a 10-year-old pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix who was leading the World’s Ugliest Dog contest, with nearly 10,000 votes by Friday. He was far ahead of No. 2 Morris, a mix who looks a little like a pig with a spiky haircut and has garnered more than 5,000 votes.

Obama’s use of taboo word begs the question: Is it ever OK to use the N-word?

TORONTO — The word had barely slipped from President Barack Obama’s lips before the first headlines were being written.
A sitting U.S. president, the first African American commander-in-chief in the country’s history, had uttered in an interview a word that is widely considered to be one of the biggest verbal taboos.
It quickly begged the question: Is it ever OK to say the N-word?

LA photo art exhibition brings ‘Rosie the Riveter’ era of WWII women workers into modern times

LOS ANGELES — Her male colleagues jokingly call her a forewoman, and Ami Rasmussen jokes right back that she’s really a fivewoman because when it comes to building trains she can do the work of five men.

Low oil prices nix nuptials, but rescue coming for one Alberta couple

INNISFAIL, Alta. — One of three central Alberta couples who cancelled their weddings due to hard times will have a chance to tie the knot after all.
The nuptials were called off because one or both of the would-be marrieds weren’t working in a uncertain provincial economy or had experienced personal loss.

More Canadian parents opting for home-schooling: Fraser Institute

TORONTO — A growing number of Canadian families are choosing to home-school their children, according to a new study from the Fraser Institute.
It says 21,662 Canadian children were registered as home-schooled students in 2012, an increase of 29 per cent over a five-year period, but acknowledges there are more homes-schooled kids not officially registered.

Lovin’ it? McDonald’s rolls out the McLobster for restaurants across the country

TORONTO — Got a hankering for lobster but not the steep price tag?
McDonald’s has you covered.
The fast-food giant is rolling out its very own lobster roll, known as the McLobster, as of Wednesday until June 30th, or while supplies last. It’s priced at just $7.49 plus tax.

Loblaws says it will ban microbeads and other agents from its products

Loblaws promises that by the end of 2018 it will stop manufacturing household and cosmetic products that contain Triclosan, phthalates or microbeads.
Triclosan is found in antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpaste and some cosmetic products and is thought to contribute to antibiotic resistance.

How big does the lottery jackpot need to be to let you quit your job?

OTTAWA — Hoping to fund your retirement by winning the lottery is an insane idea.
Sure, someone has to win, but banking your future well-being on a cheap ticket, a handful of carefully chosen numbers and near-impossible odds isn’t financial planning — it’s wishful thinking.

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