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article imageTopFinds: Oil spill wreaks havoc, UK apologies for Pope condoms

By Chris Hogg     Apr 30, 2010 in Internet
An oil spill wreaks havoc in the Gulf of Mexico. A man has been accused of decapitating his mother. And a world-renowned scientific skeptic attempts suicide on stage and fails. These are the top stories making headlines around the world.
Digital Journal has seen a lot of first-hand reports and interviews this week. We implemented a new section on the site that showcases all the original work, and a quick glance shows a very busy group of Digital Journalists.
Among the original reports that got attention:
A Toronto story by Andrew Moran about a building that caught fire in the city yesterday. Black smoke could be seen as far as uptown Toronto as firefighters quickly knocked down a blaze on top of a condominium near the waterfront within minutes upon arrival.
In other Toronto news, writer KJ Mullins provided in-depth coverage of the Green Living Show here, here, here and here.
Overseas, Digital Journalist Riccardo Valsecchi scored an interview with Aleksander Milinkevich, leader of the opposition in Belarus. The interview offers an intriguing view into the world of politics in the country.
Berlin:  We are the Champions
Berlin: "We are the Champions"
Valsecchi also covered German Chancellor Angela Merkel's talk with German Health Minister Philippe Rösler at a conference in Germany.
In Canada, the Pirate Party Of Canada announced it will run candidates in next election. Author Richard Mccallum landed an exclusive interview with Jake Haynes, the young leader of the Pirate Party of Canada.
Oil Slick Spreads off Gulf Coast. NASA s Aqua satellite captured this image of the Gulf of Mexico on...
Oil Slick Spreads off Gulf Coast. NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of the Gulf of Mexico on April 25, 2010.
NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team
Moving State-side, Digital Journalist Carol Forsloff covered the controlled burn being used to stop environmental damage to the Gulf as a result of a massive oil spill. With oil spilling into the Gulf from an oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico April 20, responders have decided to try to stop the oil from reaching shoreline via a controlled burn.
Other stories gaining attention on include:
Penn football star found dead by Michael Bearak: University of Pennsylvania junior DE Owen Thomas was found dead at his off-campus residence on Monday afternoon. Thomas was a 6-foot-2, 240 pound defensive end. He had just been named as one of the team's captains earlier this month.
Deep ocean current that regulates global climate discovered by Gordon K. Chan: A deep high-speed ocean current has been located by scientists. Discovered in the Indian Ocean, this current is thought to be an integral part of the global ocean circulatory system.
Mug shot of Jumar D Henry accused of decapitating his mother.
Mug shot of Jumar D Henry accused of decapitating his mother.
Man charged with murder after mother found decapitated by Kim I. Hartman: A 21-year-old man was charged with murder after his mother's bloody, headless body was found inside her home. Her decapitated head which had been severed from her torso was found in a bag a few blocks away from where she lived on Sunday.
Kim also published a follow-up to this story here.
Nanotech breakthrough: get ready for graphene, also by Gordon K. Chan: The exciting one-atom thick super material can now be produced in ample quantities and high quality. Rapid improvements in nanotechnology are now expected.
World-renowned skeptic commits suicide on stage and fails by Bart B. Van Bockstaele: World-renowned skeptic James Randi gives a presentation at TED during which he overdoses on homoeopathic sleeping pills. This does not prevent him from continuing his presentation during which he also exposes psychic Sylvia Browne.
File photo: Pope Benedict XVI during visit to São Paulo  Brazil.
File photo: Pope Benedict XVI during visit to São Paulo, Brazil.
Photo by Fabio Pozzebom/Agência Brasil
UK apologizes to Pope after memo suggests ‘Benedict condoms’ by Andrew John: Britain’s Foreign Office has apologized to the Pope after a memo suggesting he could open an abortion clinic and bless a gay marriage when he visits the country in September.
Belgian Bishop Roger Vangheluwe admits sexual abuse, resigns, also by by Bart B. Van Bockstaele: Roger Vangheluwe, 74, a Catholic bishop of the Flemish city of Brugge in Belgium, has resigned. In a letter, he admits to have abused a boy before and after he became a bishop.
• And finally, while it's nearly two weeks old, this story by Laura Trowbridge is also gaining popularity: Wa. policeman suing Burger King over spit on Whopper.
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