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article imageTopFinds: US braces for Hurricane Irene, PETA to launch porn site

By David Silverberg     Aug 26, 2011 in Internet
Hurricane Irene is expected to pound into the U.S. East Coast throughout the weekend. Prominent Canadian political leader Jack Layton dies from cancer. Why does PETA want to start a porn site? These are the top stories making headlines.
As we do every week on Friday, we've collected the top stories (as voted by you) and compiled them on one page. Our writers covered the Hurricane Irene's path to hit U.S. states, PETA plans to launch an erotica website, Canada loses a beloved political figure and many other stories.
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, under the category bar. They are changing constantly to reflect what people are reading on the site.

Hot topics on Digital Journal

Hurricane Irene news
Jack Layton news
Libya news

Top Digital Journal Reports

PETA to launch porn website to promote vegan lifestyle (Includes interview) by Kim I. Hartman
The animal rights activists group PETA has come up with a new creative marketing approach to promote the vegan lifestyle: a XXX porn website.
Torontonians mourn Jack Layton by KJ Mullins
The leader of the NDP, Jack Layton died Monday in Toronto. His death was meant with shock by many of Torontorians who had hoped that he would win his battle with cancer.
Spectacular thunderstorm hits Toronto (Includes first-hand account) by Bart B. Van Bockstaele
An exceptional thunderstorm hit Toronto last night. While there were strong winds and downpours, the really exceptional part was the spectacular lightning.
A spectacular thunderstorm hit Toronto on Wednesday 25 August 2011
A spectacular thunderstorm hit Toronto on Wednesday 25 August 2011
Crystal Beach, Fort Erie hosts breast cancer fundraiser (Includes interview and first-hand account) by Alexa Tomaszewski
Ontario beach-goers were entertained Saturday by live performances, speeches from cancer survivors and multiple fashion shows, all topped off with an appearance by singer Karl Wolf.
Op-Ed: Heracles to Alexander the Great a worthy name for an exhibition (Includes first-hand account) by Anthony Organ
The current special exhibition at the Ashmolean museum in Oxford chronicles the lives and times of both Macedonian royalty and peasants through over 500 archaeological discoveries spread across three galleries.

Top Images

Lower Rouge River  Dearborn  Michigan
Lower Rouge River, Dearborn, Michigan
Memorial for NDP Leader Jack Layton at Toronto Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall.
Memorial for NDP Leader Jack Layton at Toronto Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall.
Ell Moyer for Kapow Models walks the runway in Dea two piece swimwear. Photo By: Alexa Tomaszewski
Ell Moyer for Kapow Models walks the runway in Dea two piece swimwear. Photo By: Alexa Tomaszewski
File photo: The Great Wall of China
File photo: The Great Wall of China

In the Media

Hurricane Irene batters Caribbean, aims for Florida coast by Kim I. Hartman
Tropical Storm Irene was upgraded to a hurricane after she battered Puerto Rico packing 80 mph winds and heavy rains. Hurricane Irene, the first named storm of the season, has her eye on Florida and is expected to impact the Sunshine State by the weekend.
Antibacterial agent triclosan under investigation for its safety by Cynthia Trowbridge
Triclosan is being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its safety. It is found in many household products commonly used by millions of people, such as toothpaste, hand sanitizers and shaving gels.
Pope talks of ‘amnesia’ over God as costs of Spain visit mount by Andrew John
Pope Benedict XVI continues his visit to Spain this weekend amid protests at the enormous cost – over €50 million, or about $73 million – his visit has notched up.
Pope Benedict in Rome
Pope Benedict in Rome
Marine Corps bans audible farting in Afghanistan by Kim I. Hartman
The United States Marine Corps has banned audible farting in Afghanistan because it is culturally offensive to civilians working with the military and members of the Afghan National Army.
Black hole devours star one million times the mass of our sun by Andrew Moran
Two studies are researching a supermassive black hole that devoured a star that ventured too close to the monster. The star was one million times the mass of our sun and light from the ordeal took 3.9 billion years to reach Earth.
Canadian political leader Jack Layton, 1950-2011 by KJ Mullins
An obituary of the late Jack Layton, the leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada.
Jack Layton at Pride Parade in July 2011
Jack Layton at Pride Parade in July 2011
Strong earthquake shakes central Peru by Igor I. Solar
A powerful earthquake measuring 7 degrees on the Richter scale occurred today near the city of Pucallpa, Perú, causing alarm in the population and interruption of communications.
Pentagon says U.S. war in Libya costing taxpayers $896 million by Andrew Moran
he Pentagon released a report of how much the war in Libya is costing the United States taxpayers. Through to July 31, 2011, the military intervention to support the Libyan rebels and overthrow Moammar Gadhafi has cost $896 million.
Bone cancer patient's yard sale shut down by Salem government by Michael Billy
An obscure city law that prohibits residents from having more than three yard sales per year brought a government crackdown on a Salem woman who suffers from bone marrow cancer.
Urban Outfitters being sued over underage model photos by Lynn Curwin
Urban Outfitters, two other stores and a photographer are being sued over provocative photos of an American model which were taken when she was 15.
NFL: Vick struggles as Steelers get a 24-14 victory by Austin Tyler
The Eagles have been deemed the "Dream Team", but last night was a nightmare for Mike Vick. The team did not lose by much, but the way their star quarterback played seemed like trouble in paradise.

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