A New Jersey man gets impatient with his McDonald's order, then attacks drive-through employees. Is Bush Sr. involved in JFK's assassination? Analyzing the impact of Earth Hour across Canada. These are the top stories from around the world.
"Homelessness, family stresses, and problems getting jobs are highlighted needs for those returned from wars." So begins Carol Forsloff's excellent article on the plight facing Veteran Affairs and those affected by war. She gets inside info from a counselor who works with veterans, learning, among other things, "Those with obvious physical injuries get attention early. Those with mental injuries aren't seen for awhile." Keep up the great reportage, Carol.
Ken Wightman wants to get to the bottom of a water crisis that affected the Lake Huron area in Ontario. He updates readers on the boil-water advisory and interviews individuals close to the situation. You don't have to live in the area to sympathize with what residents are facing with political boondoggling and vague announcements.
What does a long journey on Route 66 look like, feel like, smell like? Find out by reading Carolyn E Price's comprehensive travel article on journeying from Canada to the Mexican border. Her photos wonderfully complement text that puts us in the driver's seat, well, the passenger's seat. The article even reminded other Digital Journalists of similar trips: Leo Reyes wrote, "Thanks for sharing your border tour story, reminds me of my last trip from San Francisco to New York many years ago."
Nothing like colourful lawn furniture to brighten your day (sorry). Michael Bearak shares with us his photos of inventive lawn chairs at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in North Carolina. It's hard to find a ho-hum pic in the bunch, and our favourites include the "wrapped chair" and the "sod bench". Which chairs would you buy for your backyard party?
Other stories gaining attention on DigitalJournal.com include:
• London protest planned over Pope’s alleged child-abuse cover-up by Andrew John: In what has become an explosive story, Andrew reports on protests in London relating to the alleged cover-up of child abuse within the Catholic Church. The protesters even called for the Pope to resign. What do you think of this news?
• RNC spent $2,000 on erotic nightclub in Hollywood by Andrew Moran: If you watched any televised newscast in the U.S. this week, this story likely made it to the top: apparently, Republicans partied at an erotic nightclub at the expense of taxpayers, forcing the resignation of an RNC staffer. The only good news for right-wingers? At least RNC chairman Michael Steele wasn't in attendance.
• Film declares Bush Sr involved in Kennedy assassination by Carol Forsloff: Carol reports on an upcoming film with a groundbreaking announcement - George H. W. Bush may have been involved in the Kennedy assassination. Read the article to learn the details and find out what other people are saying about this film.
• Bush wipes his hand on Clinton's shirt after greeting Haitians by Cynthia Trowbridge: One of the more viral articles on DigitalJournal.com featured a stunning video - it looks like George W. Bush is wiping his hand on Bill Clinton's shirt after shaking hands with Haitians. It is unclear why he did so, but it's another blow to Bush's character, especially since he hasn't addressed allegations that he was uncomfortable shaking hands with Haitians. See the vid below:
• London hospital refused to give dying patient glass of water by Laura Trowbridge: If you were dying in a hospital and wanted a glass of water, how would you react if nurses refused to give you some H2O? This was the scenario in a London hospital, before the man in questioned passed away. Now the family is seeking restitution and the hospital apologized profusely. Let us know what you think of this controversy in the comments section.
• Leading Iranian nuclear scientist has defected, works with CIA by R. C. Camphausen: Digital Journalist RC explains how a missing nuclear scientist from Iran suddenly appeared at a staffer for the CIA. He quotes ABC: "Amiri's disappearance was part of a long-planned CIA operation to get him to defect." Is this the beginning of an intelligence brain drain in Iran?
• Earth Hour has an impact across Canada by Bob Gordon: Across the world, people shut off their lights for an hour on Saturday night. Bob offers us the Canadian experience, citing sources on how individual cities and provinces responded to the green phenom. What did you do during Earth Hour?
• Filet-O-Fish Customer Attacks McDonald's Employee by Carolyn E. Price: Another stunner of a story comes out of New Jersey, where a drive-thru customers at McDonald's got impatient waiting for his order and climbed through his car window to enter the restaurant. The article includes a video of the incident and commentary on both the attacker and the edibility of the Filet-O-Fish sandwich.
• Is Floyd Mayweather, Jr Really Afraid to Face Manny Pacquiao? by Leo Reyes: In this intriguing op-ed, Leo wonders if boxing superstar Mayweather Jr. is truly prepared to square off against Filipino boxing champ Pacquiao. There are reports swirling around that Mayweather may be scared of fighting Pac, although Mayweather has yet to respond to the allegation.
The Top Blog Post of the Week is awarded to Greg Jordan for a piece that makes you want to grab life by the throat. Greg fills us in on his daily regime, which includes jogging, playing road hockey with his kids and enjoying his city (Hamilton, Ontario). He writes, "Thumbs up from me to all people that have fun and enjoy life, you are so much better off." Keep us posted on how you are taking advantage of the sunshine blanketing Ontario this weekend, Greg.