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Editor’s Notes

Prince Harry prances in Calgary
while British troops die in Iraq

Britain 's Prince Harry is seen at a cricket match in April 2007. The third in line for the British throne visited a popular nightclub in Calgary's entertainment district overnight for ladies' night in western Canada, local media said Friday .

How the mighty have fallen. Once was when British royalty led their troops into battle. And if there were nothing close to home they’d go out of their way to make war — like the crusades in the Middle East. Now the crown boasts a prince who hides behind weak excuses rather than do his duty by God and Country. — 525 words.


Humour in the Court
of Judge Harold Wright

 And now for a Newfie moment . . .

I was in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, at the end of July, 2001. A good friend was being married to a beautiful Flower of the Rock, After the ceremony one of the groom’s five brothers (as tough a bunch as you could ever meet) took me aside . . . — 407 words.


Real war unfolds as Iraqis
strike to keep their oil

The Bush administration has no love for unions anywhere, but in Iraq it has a special reason for hating them. They are the main opposition to the occupation's economic agenda, and the biggest obstacle to that agenda's centerpiece — the privatization of Iraq's oil. At the same time, unions have become the only force in Iraq trying to maintain at least a survival living standard for the millions of Iraqis who still have to go to work every day, in the middle of the war. — 1,157 words.


Whence the !@#$?
How a dirty word gets that way

An American federal appeals panel last week said the FCC could no longer slap indecency fines on broadcasters who accidentally allowed the word fuck on the airwaves, arguing that these days the word fuck is commonly used to express frustration rather than sexual obscenity. How did fuck and other words get so dirty anyway? — 639 words.


Cuba 's sexual minorities find
a champion in Castro’s niece

HAVANA — Twenty or so transvestites sat in a circle discussing their woes: harassment, boyfriend troubles, the challenge of removing hair from their legs. Empathizing with them was Mariela Castro Espín, Cuba's premier sexologist. — 1,045 words


From the Desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin

Yellow Ford Escape
wins as hybrid taxi cab

Back in early 2005, San Francisco chose the Escape Hybrid as a replacement vehicle for some ailing older cabs. Shortly thereafter, New York did the same and purchased a small fleet of Escape Hybrids. By June of 2006, Ford started a nationwide promotional tour highlighting the advantages of the Escape and Mariner Hybrid as a taxi. Since then, Chicago and Austin have done the same. — 237 words.



Venezuela media battle
about race as well as class

The protests in Venezuela are motivated by more than a TV station. The oligarchy fears it is losing its right to run the country. — 1,047 words.


Stocks surge on Hong Kong market
as Xinjiang strikes big in oil find

Prices of the mainland's three Hong Kong listed oil-related stocks - China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), PetroChina and Sinopec - surged significantly as a result of the newly discovered oil fields and the soaring international oil price. — 570 words.


Real Estate

Jade condo freefall leads U.S,
in most forclosures this year

Jade at Brickell Bay, one of the success stories of Miami-Dade County's condo boom era, is leading the pack with a more dubious distinction — the most foreclosures at any condo development in the county this year. — 1,254


A look at what others are saying this week

Amnesty Is the Best Policy
Time on why the United States should offer amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Time, June 18

The cover story makes the case for amnesty, the legalization of 12 million illegal immigrants who are "by their sheer numbers undeportable" and "too enmeshed in a healthy U.S. economy to be extracted." — 1,375 words.


True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Harry Houdini died on a coincidence

He could escape everything but a punch to the gut.  Harry Houdini, famous escape artist, died of peritonitis brought on by a ruptured appendix several days after being punched in the stomach by McGill University student Joceyln Gordon Whitehead.  Though some blamed Whitehead for the great magician’s death, medical experts today say the punch wasn’t a factor. 

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at: www.triviaguys.com


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