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article imageTopFinds: Pope suddenly quits, ER doctor's letter goes viral

By David Silverberg     Feb 15, 2013 in Internet
Find out why the Papal leader of the Catholic Church is resigning. A powerful letter from an ER doctor goes viral online. Is it raining spiders in Brazil? These are the top stories on Digital Journal.
As we do every week, we've collected the top news stories and compiled them on one page. Digital Journalists reported on important news from California, thought-provoking science studies, the latest environment features and much more.
We also highlight some of the 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.

Hot topics on Digital Journal

Meteorite news
Marijuana news
Pope news

Top Digital Journal Reports

State of Emergency issued as tornadoes rip through Mississippi (Includes interview) by Greta McClain
A supercell storm system making its way through Mississippi and Alabama has spawned at least one tornado in Mississippi, injuring at least three people in Hattiesburg.
Residents prepare for potentially 'historic' Winter Storm Nemo (Includes interview) by Greta McClain
Less than four months after Hurricane Sandy ravaged much of the northeast, residents in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts are preparing for a major blizzard.
Winter Storm Nemo hits Boston  MA.
Winter Storm Nemo hits Boston, MA.
Tapir Girl
Romance and writers await visitors to Savannah (Includes interview and first-hand account) by Kay Mathews
Southern Living magazine lists the City of Savannah as one of "7 Sinfully Romantic Southern Escapes," and the Savannah Book Festival kicks-off on Valentine's Day.
Gowanus dolphin leaves an indelible impression on local woman (Includes interview) by Elizabeth Batt
When a dolphin found its way into the headwaters of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn last month, his plight touched many. One woman who met him, described him as "the most beautiful creature" she had ever seen.
Review: 'Aliens: Colonial Marines' is a bigger regret than 'Alien 3' (Includes first-hand account) by Stan Rezaee
“Aliens: Colonial Marine” is not just a major disappointment but more like the “Duke Nukem: Forever” of 2013 for its high anticipation, cancellation and resurrection along with a long hiatus only for a disappointing end result.

Top Images

The rainbow flag is raised at Sydney Town Hall  marking the official launch of the 2013 Sydney Mardi...
The rainbow flag is raised at Sydney Town Hall, marking the official launch of the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras season.
Cody Quiroz holds up his poster  signed by the whole team  on Meet the Team day. It includes his fav...
Cody Quiroz holds up his poster, signed by the whole team, on Meet the Team day. It includes his favorite player Johnny Field's autograph.
A storm over Kocaeli s Black Sea
A storm over Kocaeli's Black Sea
A golden Easter bunny on display at the Big Egg Hunt  Covent Garden  London  2013
A golden Easter bunny on display at the Big Egg Hunt, Covent Garden, London, 2013

In the Media

Pope Benedict XVI: Resignation sparks conspiracy theories by JohnThomas Didymus
Pope Benedict XVI sent shock waves through the Catholic world when he announced he was resigning. Although he gave reasons, chiefly "advanced age" and declining strength, speculations have flourished about the true reason behind the decision.
Christian musician Carman diagnosed with incurable cancer by Kay Mathews
Christian recording artist Carman Licciardello announced that he has been diagnosed with myeloma cancer and asks supporters and fans for their prayers.
Senator Marco Rubio speaking at the 2012 CPAC in Washington  D.C.
Senator Marco Rubio speaking at the 2012 CPAC in Washington, D.C.
Gage Skidmore
Marco Rubio's State of The Union response, water break goes viral by JohnThomas Didymus
In his GOP rebuttal to Obama's State of the Union address, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) argued for a smaller government, but unfortunately the substance of his message was drowned on Twittersphere by a single miscue involving a Poland Spring water bottle.
Newspaper carrier, 71, shot by LAPD in manhunt had 'no warning' by Yukio Strachan
A 71-year-old woman delivering newspapers with her daughter who were "accidentally" shot by LAPD searching for triple murder fugitive Christopher Dorner Thursday said they had no warning beforehand, the victims’ attorney told local media.
Christopher Dorner: Did cops yell 'burn it down' before fire? by Yukio Strachan
Los Angeles Police officials said late Tuesday they were unsure how a fire started that burned down the cabin with fugitive Christoper Dorner inside, but chilling audio captured by KCAL 9 reporter Carter Evans during a live TV broadcast may offer a clue.
Men's friendships with women 'driven by sexual attraction' by Owen Weldon
A new study suggests that men's relationships with their female friends may be fueled by an undercurrent of sexual attraction, and this occurs regardless of whether they are single; but the feeling is not mutual.
ER doctor's touching letter to family of cancer victim goes viral by JohnThomas Didymus
A Redditor recently shared a letter his father received from a doctor at the emergency room where his mother died of lung cancer. The compassionate letter has gone viral after it was posted to Reddit.
Hitler's food taster Margot Woelk talks about his vegetarian diet by JohnThomas Didymus
Margot Woelk, 95, a German woman who served as Hitler's food taster during the war claims the Fuhrer was vegetarian. According to Woelk, in the two-and-a-half years she tasted his food for poison, Hitler ate only fresh fruits and vegetables.
Japanese flying squids — Scientists confirm flight capabilities by JohnThomas Didymus
Marine biologists at the Hokkaido University have conducted a study that sheds light on reports of sightings of a type of Japanese squid flying above the ocean's surface.
Pennsylvania Senator proposes bill to legalize marijuana by Abigail Prendergast
Pa. Senator, Daylin Leach, along with Neill Franklin of LEAP, are proposing a bill that would decriminalize marijuana distribution and use in that state. Despite cannabis being illegal federally, many states have been treading a different path.
Video: It's 'Raining Spiders' in Brazil by Leigh Goessl
A video has surfaced online that shows "raining spiders" falling on a town in Brazil. An observer captured the footage and posted it on YouTube.
Op-Ed: Hawaii to pass GMO labeling bill, but with amendment by Anne Sewell
Hawaii might have cause to celebrate, as lawmakers have passed a new measure in the House Committee on Agriculture, requiring labeling on genetically modified food. But will the final bill be everything it was hoped to be?
Op-Ed: Is Marquez ungrateful to Pacquiao with new-found fame? by Leo Reyes
Juan Manuel Marquez's popularity soared to a highest level since winning over long-time foe Manny Pacquiao via a stunning knockout in the sixth round of their fourth fight last Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Top Blogs

How to you write this one up? by Eric Morales
I have a breaking news story locally here - only problem is until the media covers it my only source is police scanner...
New nations for Africa, as in the Balkans? by Robert G Cope
Judging from the heaving events from at least the Arab Spring to France's recent intervention in Mali, Africa may well...
So proud of my fellow Digital Journalists tonight for great coverage of Dorner story! by Angela Norwood
I just had to post and say how very honored I am to be in the company of such amazing journalists...

Power Users

  1. Greta McClain
  2. JohnThomas Didymus
  3. Anne Sewell
  4. Leigh Goessl
  5. Karl Gotthardt
  6. Lonna Lisa Williams
  7. Tim Sandle
  8. Can Tran
  9. Eileen Kersey
  10. Robert Myles
  11. Ken Hanly
  12. Brett Wilkins
  13. Paul Wallis
  14. Alexander Baron
  15. Angela Norwood
  16. Yukio Strachan
  17. Christopher Szabo
  18. Marcus Hondro
  19. Igor I. Solar
  20. Layne Weiss
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