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TopFinds: Why text-messaging kills, how rice may contain lead

By David Silverberg     Apr 13, 2013 in Internet
Driving and texting proves deadly for one man. Rice imports to the US contain high levels of lead. Wildfires in California blaze out of control. 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 Japanese news, fun viral videos, the latest crime stories 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.

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Top Digital Journal Reports

Southern California brush fire claims two homes; winds fan flames (Includes interviews by Jonathan Farrell
Two homes were destroyed in a brush fire that consumed over 140 acres as the fire broke out at 4:41 PM Monday afternoon of April 8.
Review: Muse rocks Toronto (Includes first-hand account) by Burke Mudge
I’ve always used a musical troupe’s grand entrance as the litmus test for how powerful their live show will be and what kind of band are they exactly? It’s the ultimate gauge for how a band understands how to set a tone for the entire night.
Chance for whale in Oban Bay may rest with spring tide (Includes interview) by Elizabeth Batt
The rare appearance of a deep-diving sperm whale first spotted at the end of March has drawn concern since the whale began hanging out in the shallows of Oban Bay, Scotland. But spring tides may cut it a break says a rescue group observing the whale.
Video: Live NAB 2013 Interview Ted from RED Digital Cinema (Includes interview) by AR Vasquez
Reporting live at the NAB Show 2013 in Las Vegas, I had the opportunity to speak with Ted Schilowitz from Red Digital Cinema.
Vintage rock and roll singer and composer  Dave Crimmen remembers the Disney-movie star legend Annet...
Vintage rock and roll singer and composer, Dave Crimmen remembers the Disney-movie star legend Annette Funicello. He pays tribute to her on his web site.
Courtesy of Dave Crimmen
Op-Ed: San Francisco musician pays tribute to Annette Funicello (Includes interview) by Jonathan Farrell
This reporter was saddened to hear the recent news about the death of Disneyland movie star and original Mouseketeer, Annette Funicello. What saddened me even more was the fact that she represented an era that is no more.
Biologic treatments vs Experimental treatments? (Includes interview) by Micki Hogan
Dalene Key shares her thoughts about fighting an invisible illness. Autoimmune disease research has created conflict with new medications with powerful side effects. New research is being done daily but is it worth the risk?
Across the Andes Mountain Range from Chile to Mendoza, Argentina (Includes original photos) by Igor I. Solar
The crossing of the Andes between Santiago, Chile, and Mendoza, Argentina, is a unique experience that offers magnificent mountain scenery of outstanding natural beauty, including a close view of Mount Aconcagua, "The Colossus of America".

Top Images

A stroll on the beachfront in Fuengirola  Spain.
A stroll on the beachfront in Fuengirola, Spain.
A closer view of Mount Aconcagua   The Colossus of America ; a draw for climbers from all over the w...
A closer view of Mount Aconcagua, "The Colossus of America"; a draw for climbers from all over the world.
Big Buddha appears even bigger because the statue rests atop a hill
Big Buddha appears even bigger because the statue rests atop a hill
The world s largest correspondence University of South Africa  UNISA.
The world's largest correspondence University of South Africa, UNISA.
The Green Man during CelticFest event in Vancouver.
The Green Man during CelticFest event in Vancouver.

In the Media

Driver dies while text messaging, family shares grief to educate by Marcus Hondro
A 22-year-old student from Colorado died while driving and texting recently and his family is sharing their story, and pain, in hopes others will learn not to text and drive. Alexander Heit`s mom is grief-stricken but determined to help.
Man uses saw to cut both arms in Home Depot by Owen Weldon
On Wednesday a man entered a Home Depot store located in West Covina, California, and used saws to cut both of his arms.
Puppy tied to train tracks saved by driver emergency braking by Lesley Lanir
A 10-month-old poodle-terrier puppy tied to train tracks was saved from being crushed to death when a Union Pacific railway engineer activated the train's emergency braking system.
B.C. man pleads guilty to beating dog, putting it in dumpster by Arthur Weinreb
The 26-year-old was charged with one count of animal cruelty after beating a two-year-old German Shepherd and leaving the dog in a Vancouver dumpster. "Captain" later died.
Video: New study says penis size does matter to women by JohnThomas Didymus
A new study by a team of scientists designed to settle the controversy arising from conflicting results of previous studies has concluded that penis size definitely matters to human females.
38 Montana Republicans vote to keep gay sex a felony by Brett Wilkins
More than three dozen Republican state lawmakers in Montana voted against advancing a bill that would decriminalize gay sex in the state.
Op-Ed: Majority of Canadians believe Stephen Harper has a hidden agenda by Karl Gotthardt
It should not be a surprise to the Harper government that most Canadians don't trust Prime Minister Stephen Harper's transparency. An Ipsos poll halfway through Harper's mandate found that most Canadians think he has a hidden agenda.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
More details emerge in Quebec daycare murder-suicide by Arthur Weinreb
In the wake of the violent incident that left two men dead at a daycare centre where 53 children and babies were being looked after, more is known about the shootings and the reactions of the children and parents.
Video: Man brutally whips daughters for 'twerking' Facebook video by JohnThomas Didymus
A father was caught on camera whipping his two teenage daughters brutally with a cable wire for posting to Facebook a sexually suggestive "twerking" video.
400-year-old treasure found at shipwreck site in Gulf of Mexico by Leigh Goessl
A 400-year-old treasure found off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico has been recovered. The Spanish vessel was on its way back east when it succumbed to a hurricane.
Hiker trapped 24 hrs. on narrow ledge 700 feet over canyon floor by Marcus Hondro
A Canadian hiker, a doctor from Toronto, was stranded 700 feet up on an Arizona canyon ledge for 24hrs. Lost and unable to go backwards or forward for fear of falling into Oak Creek Canyon, she told herself to stay strong and hope for help.
Family kicked off United flight after complaining about movie by Leigh Goessl
A family was recently removed from a flight traveling from Colorado to Maryland. Reportedly, they were deemed a security risk after getting upset about the in-flight movie being shown on the United flight.
US rice imports contain dangerous amounts of lead by Brett Wilkins
Analysis of imported rice sold in the United States has discovered alarmingly high amounts of lead in the food that is a staple for millions of Americans.
Cooking up some rice.
Cooking up some rice.
Parents outraged after students forced to throw out lunches by Leigh Goessl
Parents are furious after they learned their children were denied school lunches. Not only were they upset about their children missing lunch, but school workers forced the students to throw away lunches over concerns they could not pay.

Top Blogs

Conversation with a kid by Gar Swaffar
Email trails take a sudden turn toward irony. A US congressman was seated next to a little girl on an airplane so he...
Welcome back, R.C. Camphausen! by Andrew Moran
It has been a long time, but finally R.C. Camphausen has come back to Digital Journal! It's time for Camphausen to...
Your Wi-Fi experience by skeptikool
Currently, there's discussion regarding Vancouver BC being served by 'free' Wi-Fi. One might ask, "Who but a fool would...

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