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article imageTopFinds: UK riots get global attention, Canadian pot growers head south

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By Chris Hogg     Aug 12, 2011 in Internet
London struggles to deal with rioting. Canadian marijuana growers take advantage of the American housing slump. Beach volleyball babes put advertisements on their bikini-clad bottoms. These are the top stories making headlines on Digital Journal.
As we do every week on Friday, we've collected the top stories (as voted by you) and compiled them on one page. We also highlight some of major topics Digital Journalists have been covering recently. Note you can see the trending topics at the top of any page on Digital Journal, under the category bar. They are changing constantly to reflect what people are reading on the site.

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A window smashed out in London after rioters and looters caused extensive damage throughout the city
A window smashed out in London after rioters and looters caused extensive damage throughout the city
Photo by Erik Hartberg
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Op-Ed: The London riots – seeing the bigger picture (Includes interview) by Alexander Baron
Behind the wanton destruction, hatred, mindless violence and unbridled criminality of the recent and ongoing outrages lay genuine grievances, but they are directed at the wrong people, says David Pidcock.
What newcomers may not know about Bentonville, Arkansas (Includes interview and first-hand account) by Kay Mathews
Many people worldwide know that Bentonville is home to the largest retailer on the planet, but there are some new amenities and historical facts that may be unknown to visitors and residents alike.
Jake Gyllenhaal reveals the truth of the 'Source Code' (Includes interview) by Earl Dittman
From his critically-acclaimed performance in 'Brokeback Mountain' to the action/adventure of his latest sci-fi film, 'Source Code' (now on Blu-ray/DVD) the L.A.-born actor has fashioned himself a strong, lengthy career that will garner him ton of awards.
Facebook launches dedicated 'Messenger' app for iPhone & Android (Includes interview) by Chris Hogg
Facebook has announced a stand-alone mobile app called Messenger. The new app allows users to send messages to friends or groups of people, positioning the company to compete more directly with traditional email and group-messaging services.
New Documentary Film Highlights the Plight of Somali Refugees (Includes first-hand account) by Farid Omar
Somali-led initiatives to raise greater awareness on the plight of Somali refugees took to the silver screen in Toronto and other western capitals with the recent screening of the acclaimed documentary, "Dadaab: Get There or Die Trying".

Top Images

A man uses a parasol as a weapon against the thin blue line of watching riot police officers in Tott...
A man uses a parasol as a weapon against the thin blue line of watching riot police officers in Tottenham, London
Flickr Beacon Radio
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London riots 2011: A shop and police car burn as riot police try to contain a large group of people ...
London riots 2011: A shop and police car burn as riot police try to contain a large group of people on a main road in Tottenham, north London.
By Beacon Radio
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London riots 2011: Many residents awoke on Sunday morning to burnt out cars and even buses were torc...
London riots 2011: Many residents awoke on Sunday morning to burnt out cars and even buses were torched.
Flickr Beacon Radio
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Buildings burn on Tottenham High Road  London after youths protested against the killing of a man by...
Buildings burn on Tottenham High Road, London after youths protested against the killing of a man by armed police in an attempted arrest, August 6, 2011 in London, England. Twenty-nine-year-old father-of-four Mark Duggan died August 4 after being shot by police in Tottenham, north London.
By Beacon Radio
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In the Media

Casey Anthony Tops List of Most Hated People in America by Paul Magno
The Florida woman, acquitted last month of murdering her two year-old daughter, is America's most hated person, according to a poll.
Op-Ed: How the London riots will benefit the economy by Alexander Baron
The riots that swept Britain recently are said to have cost around £200 million, but the government is looking on the black side; there are rich pickings to be made here that will benefit the economy no end.
Op-Ed: Manny Pacquiao's career shift from boxing to music looms by Leo Reyes
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao could be preparing for a career shift from boxing to music with his soaring popularity as a singer after his version of Dan Hill's "Sometimes When We Touch" placed No.7 in latest music charts.
Op-Ed: Anonymous threatens attack to 'kill' Facebook by Paul Wallis
Internet activist group Anonymous says it will “kill” Facebook on Nov. 5, 2011. Anonymous says Facebook is selling information to government agencies, including Egypt and Syria and security firms.
Zara Dampney  a female beach volleyball player  is sponsored by Betfair  an online sports betting pr...
Zara Dampney, a female beach volleyball player, is sponsored by Betfair, an online sports betting provider. Dampney agreed to wear bikini bottoms that have quick response (QR) codes printed on the rear. When someone takes a photo of the QR code using a smartphone they are taken to a website that offers a free bet from Betfair.
Courtesy MischiefPR
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Beach volleyball stars sell ad space on their bikini-clad behinds by KJ Mullins
Two young British female beach volleyball stars are subletting their bums for money. The pair are encouraging fans to take a pic of their booties in a new advertising campaign that will hit the sand at the hottest sports venue in London.
Op-Ed: Sky News reporter Mark Stone confronts cowardly thugs in Clapham by Christopher Bates
After last night's continued riots in London, fear was struck into many civilised residents who saw their communities crumble, however, Mark Stone - a brave reporter for Sky News - was on a mission to confront these senseless thugs.
Housing market slump leads Canadian marijuana growers to go south by Arthur Weinreb
An RCMP report reveals many organized crime groups involved in marijuana grow ops are moving from Canada to the United States to take advantage of lower property prices and the easing of U.S. marijuana laws.
Body of missing student found, suicide suspected by Lynn Curwin
The body of Duncan Allan, a 20-year-old university student who had been missing for about three weeks, was found in his car on a farm in South Africa.
A cannabis bud
A cannabis bud
Drome
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UK violence spreads to Birmingham city centre by Christopher Bates
Following the current riots throughout London, they have now spread to Birmingham city centre as several shop windows have been smashed.
Op-Ed: The ghost of Broadwater farm – riots return to North London by Alexander Baron
Twenty-six years ago, a police officer was hacked to death during a riot in North London; this weekend, the same streets erupted in flames as once again the police lost control.
Rioters battle police in violent clash in United Kingdom by Paul Magno
A peaceful protest developed into one of the ugliest scenes in recent UK history as sections of London went up in flame and rioters clashed with police.
Casey Anthony  found innocent of murdering her 3-year daughter  Caylee.
Casey Anthony, found innocent of murdering her 3-year daughter, Caylee.
The Orange County Jail (Florida)
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Casey Anthony look-alike attacked and threatened in Orlando by Arthur Weinreb
An Orlando woman who bears a resemblance to the infamous "Tot Mom" told an Orlando television station that she has been pushed to the ground and threatened since Anthony was released from jail.
Carnivorous plant kills, eats a blue tit in UK garden by Kev Hedges
A killer plant growing in a garden nursery in Somerset, England has trapped a blue tit bird and devoured it. It is believed to be only the second time such an event has been documented anywhere in the world.
Op-Ed: Jose Baez — past, present, and future by Alexander Baron
When the jury acquitted Casey Anthony of all major charges at her murder trial, some people suggested the future looked bright for Jose Baez, but were they being over-optimistic?
Catholics hit art exhibit featuring blasphemous images of Christ by Leo Reyes
Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines are protesting an art exhibit by a group of artists which features supposedly "blasphemous" Jesus Christ images at the state-run Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)

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