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article imageTopFinds: Gymnast grandma goes viral, photos track Nigerian life

By David Silverberg     Apr 6, 2012 in Internet
An 86-year-old grandmother becomes an overnight gymnast star. The makers of beef byproduct known as "pink slime" file for bankruptcy protection. A U.S. fighter jet crashes into apartment buildings. These are the top stories on
As we do every week on Friday, we've collected the top stories and compiled them on one page. Digital Journalists found important breaking news from Virginia and also kept us informed about offbeat news out of Canada, Dalai Lama appearances, art show reviews and much more.
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, in the black bar. They are changing constantly to react to what people are reading on the site.

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Toronto news
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Top Digital Journal Reports

SOCP: Orangutans gone by end of 2012 unless deforestation halted (Includes interview) by Elizabeth Batt
After yesterday's decision by the Banda Aceh Administrative Court not to rule on a case brought by a coalition to protect orang-utans and their habitat in the Tripa forest, we spoke with Ian Singleton of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.
Paris art show: 'Coeur Libre' by Laurel Holloman (Includes first-hand account) by Anca Dumitru
Actress and painter Laurel Holloman takes her abstract art to France in her first solo show 'Coeur Libre,' exhibiting some of her most representative work to date.
Review: Move over Kanye West, Noah Stewart is here (Includes first-hand account) by Alexander Baron
Noah Stewart  the first black artist to top the UK Classical Chart.
Noah Stewart, the first black artist to top the UK Classical Chart.
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If you listen to certain hip-hop artists, you may think mother is only half a word. There is though, an entirely different type of black performer out there.
Op-Ed: Dalai Lama receives $1.7m Templeton Prize in Washington (Includes interview and first-hand account) by Frank Kaufmann
Not everyone knows of the Dalai Lama's unbound support, ease, interest, and investment in science,such as his 2005 address Science at the Crossroads, given at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington.
The changing face of Ibadan — A tale of two cities (Includes interview and first-hand account) by JohnThomas Didymus
he city of Ibadan in Nigeria has recently undergone significant transformation. The last two state administrations have invested heavily in upgrading the city's road network and public buildings. But the story of Ibadan remains a tale of two cities.

Top Images

A man  bends down  to select a used shoe in a Nigerian flea market
A man "bends down" to select a used shoe in a Nigerian flea market
Swan at Kew Gardens
Swan at Kew Gardens
Malaga  capital of Malaga Province  Andalucia  Spain
Malaga, capital of Malaga Province, Andalucia, Spain
Leroy Jones Quintet. Photo by Glenn Moots.
Leroy Jones Quintet. Photo by Glenn Moots.
Photo by Glenn Moots

In the Media

Colombian girl, 10, gives birth by Owen Weldon
A 10-year-old Colombian girl has become one of the world's youngest ever mothers after giving birth to a healthy daughter.
Earth had two moons that collided to form one, new study says by JohnThomas Didymus
A new study says the Earth may have had two moons in the past. According to the study, the two moons crashed into each other to form the Moon we have today. Scientists say this may explain why the two sides of our Moon are so different from each other.
US Navy fighter jet crashes on apartments in Virginia by Christopher Szabo
A two-seat US Navy fighter has crashed in Virginia Beach with the two crew members ejecting before the aircraft crashed. One witnessed described the incident as "there's these large fire balls coming up."
An F-18 Navy jet crashed into an appartment block in Virginia Beach  Va.  on April 6  2012
An F-18 Navy jet crashed into an appartment block in Virginia Beach, Va., on April 6, 2012
From Twitter user @kandidrops
Samantha Brick on 'why women hate me and men lust after me' by JohnThomas Didymus
Recently, 'Daily Mail' writer Samantha Brick attracted the ridicule of thousands of readers around the world when, in an article she wrote in the paper, she asked: "Why do women hate me for being beautiful?"
Move over SOPA & PIPA: Here comes CISPA — Internet censorship by Anne Sewell
In the wake of SOPA and PIPA, there is yet another terrifying bill on the table. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (or CISPA for short) which is currently being discussed by Congress.
'Pink slime' forces ground beef processor into bankruptcy by Katerina Nikolas
Ground beef processor AFA Foods filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, citing negative media publicity over "pink slime," the ammonia-treated beef filler which the company sells as finely textured beef.
Transgender beauty queen may be allowed in Miss Universe Canada by JohnThomas Didymus
Jenna Talackova, the transgender Canadian beauty queen who was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada competition because she is not "natural born" female, may still get a chance to compete.
Samsung Galaxy S2
Samsung Galaxy S2
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S2, a smartphone that's as good as the iPhone? by Kev Hedges
Having owned a Samsung Galaxy S2 for six months now I can safely say I was pleased I opted for this smartphone, rather than the iPhone or Blackberry.
Study: 60% of deaths in Ontario attributed to 5 unhealthy habits by Andrew Moran
You probably know at least one person that drinks alcohol, smokes cigarettes, maintains an unhealthy diet, leads a sedentary lifestyle and has a lot of stress. It seems these five attributes contribute to a decrease in lifespan for Ontarians.
2012 Internet April Fool's Round-up by Holly Goodwin
Every April Fools day companies with a large web presence get into the spirit of pranking. This is the 2012 April Fool's internet round-up with links to the shenanigans.
Viral Video: Fox, eagle and cat hang out on a porch in Alaska by Elizabeth Batt
What do you get when a bald eagle, a fox and a cat hang out on your porch? It might sound like a joke but one Alaska woman grabbed her video camera and filmed the unusual get together.
Video: 86-year-old granny stuns crowd at gymnastics championship by JohnThomas Didymus
Johanna Quaas, an 86-year-old woman, recently stole the show from gymnasts young enough to be her grand-daughters at the 2012 Cottbus gymnastics World Cup in Germany.
Canadian agency publishes 'The Little Black Book of Scams' by Leigh Goessl
As various types of frauds aim to rip off consumers and other unsuspecting victims, Canada's Competition Bureau has published a reference guide as a part of Fraud Prevention Month.
Teen opera singer stuns Simon Cowell on 'Britain's Got Talent' by Jane Reynolds
The new series of the UK's 'Britain's Got Talent' uncovers an amazing new operatic voice. Have we found the next Susan Boyle or Paul Potts?

Top Blogs

Celebration of first day of Spring is Persian New Year by Jonathan Farrell
This past March 20 was the first day of Spring and in Persian tradition that is the first day of the New Year...
Seeing is...well...weird! by Debra Myers
Imagine walking through a park and seeing not one set, but eight sets of quadruplets! Well, ImprovEverywhere set this...
Three haikus by David Silverberg
So I like writing haikus, the ancient Japanese poetry form structured in three lines, with a syllable count of 5-7-5....

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