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TopFinds: Rise of super-mosquitoes, why some Israelis love Iran

By David Silverberg     Jul 20, 2012 in Internet
Genetically modified mosquitoes were released in Florida but why? A deadly shooting rocks a small Colorado community. Inside a campaign where Israelis express their love for Iran. These are the top stories from across the world.
As we do every week, we've collected the top news stories and compiled them on one page. Digital Journalists reported on breaking crime news in the U.S., updates in Syria, photo essays from Toronto 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 our news network, in the black bar. They are changing constantly to react to what people are reading on the site. We wanted to include this feature to let you know the topics people want to read about on Digital Journal.

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Kayden Kross is not your average porn star (Includes interview) by Erin P. Capuano
Adult Film Star Kayden Kross has spent her career defying stereotypes. A Psych major, horseback rider, and avid blogger of all things interesting she never fails to disappoint. As you get to know her the surprises keep coming.
Israel Loves Iran campaign says 'Give Peace A Chance' (Includes interview) by Darren Weir
With the threat of an Israeli attack against Iran over that country's nuclear program gaining strength, a group of Israelis is sending out the message 'Israel Loves Iran' and they are getting the same message back from Iranians.
In Photos: Caribbean Carnival sizzles Toronto (Includes first-hand account) by Andrew Moran
The sights and sounds of the Caribbean sizzled into town Tuesday for the annual kick-off to the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival. A million people are expected to take part in the festivities, which will certainly transform Toronto into the Caribbean.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford posing with the ladies of the annual Caribbean Carnival at city hall.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford posing with the ladies of the annual Caribbean Carnival at city hall.
Vancouver Island team wins Parksville's sand castle competition (Includes first-hand account) by C. Schroeder
The Sand Boxers from Victoria, BC were announced as the winning team of Parksville's Beachfest Quality Foods Canadian Open sand sculpting competition on July 15th.
Sulekha Ali: Queen of Lyrics redefining the music world (Includes interview) by Farid Abdulhamid
Canada’s latest singing sensation is not only attracting the attention of music lovers from coast to coast but is quickly building a solid fan base across the continents.

Top Images

covered in tomato goo at La Tomatina
covered in tomato goo at La Tomatina
A view of Eilat in Israel
A view of Eilat in Israel
Pretty waterfalls flowing into crystal clear pools
Pretty waterfalls flowing into crystal clear pools
The annual Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen  July 16  in Fuengirola  Spain
The annual Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen, July 16, in Fuengirola, Spain

In the Media

12 people killed in shooting spree at Batman movie premiere by Anne Sewell
A dozen people were killed and around 59 were injured in Aurora, near Denver, Colorado when attending a midnight showing of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. One of the suspects, a 24-year-old man, has been taken into custody.
3-year-old Colombian boy rescued after falling down a sewer by Darren Weir
A boy, 3, has been rescued after falling down a sewer shaft while playing at a construction site in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Faithful flock to 'bleeding Mother Mary' statue in Baton Rouge by Brett Wilkins
The fervently faithful and the curious are flocking to a home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after a statue of Mother Mary started 'bleeding' last Thursday.
Op-Ed: How well armed are the Syrian rebels? by Paul Iddon
The Free Syrian Army spokesman Colonel Kassem Saadeddine has recently proclaimed victory to be nigh stating that his forces only have light weapons, but "it's enough."
Man with world's largest penis frisked by TSA at Calif. airport by JohnThomas Didymus
Jonah Falcon, who claims the world's largest penis, recently had his "weapon of mass conception" mistaken for a "weapon of mass destruction." He was frisked by TSA at the San Francisco International Airport because of a bulging object in his pants.
Graphic video: Rebels use Gaddafi's body as ventriloquist doll by JohnThomas Didymus
A gruesome video that claims to show Muammar Gaddafi's corpse being abused by rebels has emerged online. In the disturbing clip posted to YouTube on Monday, jubilant rebel fighters appear to use Gaddafi's body as a ventriloquist doll.
Fears over plan to release GM mosquitoes in Key West by JohnThomas Didymus
A company called Oxitec plans to release 5,000 to 10,000 genetically modified mosquitoes to fight the native population of mosquitoes in Key West, Florida. But residents are protesting that the potential harmful effects of the mosquitoes are uncertain.
Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad
Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad
Ammar Abd Rabbo
Syria's first lady goes on a half million dollar shopping spree by Darren Weir
As Syria's president cracked down on those opposed to his rule, his wife went on a massive shopping spree for the couple's summer home.
Op-Ed: Dog warden who testified against Lennox the dog gets a promotion by Elizabeth Batt
With outrage still swirling over the death of Lennox the dog, it appears that Alexandra Lightfoot, the dog warden who testified under oath that Lennox was "one of the most aggressive dogs" she had dealt with, received a promotion.
Canadian company develops apple that doesn't turn brown by Darren Weir
A small British Columbia fruit grower has developed an apple that doesn't turn brown when it's cut or bruised, but not everyone is biting.
Kengor 'exposes' Frank Marshall Davis, 'Obama's communist mentor' by JohnThomas Didymus
A book by Paul Kengor, PhD, titled "The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor," will be released July 17. The book introduces "the world to Frank Marshall Davis – member of the Communist Party, and Obama’s mentor
Moon dust is found to be toxic to humans by Tim Sandle
It might sound like science-fiction but one day moon bases could be a reality. One thing which future lunar dwellers will need to be careful of is moon dust, as scientists have now declared it to be toxic.
Star of 'It's Me or the Dog' says Council members threatened her by Elizabeth Batt
As more details emerge in the case of Lennox, the Labrador/Bulldog euthanized last Wednesday by Belfast City Council (BCC), Victoria Stilwell, star of "It's Me or the Dog," claims she has been both threatened and sued by members of BCC.
Chicken superbug linked to E. coli bladder infection in women by JohnThomas Didymus
A study says more than 8 million women are at risk of developing difficult to treat, painful, long-lasting bladder infections because they handle and eat chicken carrying E. coli resistant to antibiotic treatment.

Top Blogs Tip #41: How to legally take a photo of artwork by David Silverberg
A challenge facing many photojournalists is the legality over snapping pics of artwork such as painting and sculptures....
Anyone else watching 'The Newsroom'? by Anne Sewell
Has anyone else caught this series? It is excellent, if completely and utterly, couldn't-really-be-more-so,...
Despite constant complaints, there are still good people in the world by Andrew Moran
You know, we all complain about the human race and a lot of individuals just always say how terribly we all are. Well,...

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