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article imageTopFinds: Putin's Syria letter, latest reviews from TIFF

By David Silverberg     Sep 14, 2013 in Internet
Russia's Vladimir Putin pens a powerful letter on the American approach to Syria. Why the decline of honeybees should worry the world. Inside the movie madness known as the Toronto International Film Festival. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.
As we do every week, we've collected the top news stories and compiled them on one page. Digital Journalists reported on political updates, important science news, 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.

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Top Digital Journal Reports

Inside Anonymous’ war on pedophiles (Includes interview) by Justin King
Anonymous, known for their anti-establishment operations, takes on the dark world of child pornography and sexual abuse using online and real-world methods in a new series of operations. Spektre Mous talks freely about some of the inner workings.
Review: Katy Perry releases visually striking music video for 'Roar' (Includes first-hand account) by Markos Papadatos
Pop mega-star Katy Perry posted the official music video for her latest single “Roar” on her YouTube Channel on September 5.
Review: Blue is the Warmest Color glows with extraordinary acting (Includes first-hand account) by David Silverberg
Forget its hefty three-hour runtime. Look beyond the explicit sex scenes. What makes Blue is the Warmest Color a standout film (and a deserved winner of Cannes' Palme d'Or) is the impressive acting courtesy of leads Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos.
Léa Seydoux (right) and Adèle Exarchopoulos in the French film Blue is the Warmest Colour
Léa Seydoux (right) and Adèle Exarchopoulos in the French film Blue is the Warmest Colour
Courtesy TIFF
Review: Sophie Kinsella's 'Wedding Night' gives brief break from reality (Includes first-hand account) by Maria Elisa Anacay
Most book lovers can attest that literary titles can offer fresh perspectives on our lives. Some books make you think, others waste your time, while some provide brief respite from your realities. The last one is my favorite. Here’s one of them.
Review: For local theaters, 'Blue Jasmine' shimmers bringing in crowds (Includes interview and first-hand account) by Jonathan Farrell
Woody Allen's new film "Blue Jasmine" has been drawing in crowds, especially at local-neighborhood theaters like The Clay in San Francisco and The Sabastiani in Sonoma, just an hour north of the City.

Top Images

From Nazaret  looking south-east at the middle section of the San Bartolome chain.  Lanzarote  Canar...
From Nazaret, looking south-east at the middle section of the San Bartolome chain. Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
One of the most spectacular  Monks  on the Pakana Plateau. The persons in the shade give an idea of ...
One of the most spectacular "Monks" on the Pakana Plateau. The persons in the shade give an idea of the huge size of the rocks. There are many of these wind-eroded rocks at this site.
A large laker sits at Lock 3 of the Welland Canal after entering waiting the big lock door behind it...
A large laker sits at Lock 3 of the Welland Canal after entering waiting the big lock door behind it closing to fill the lock with water and raise the boat.

In the Media

Putin addresses Syria and American exceptionalism in open letter by Michael Krebs
In an open letter addressed to the American people and published in The New York Times, Russian President Vladimir Putin responds to President Obama's public address on Syria.
Alberta multiple murderer gets life, no parole for 40 years by Arthur Weinreb
Travis Baumgartner was sentenced to life imprisonment for three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. He was the first person to be sentenced under a change in the law that increased parole ineligibility periods for multiple murderers.
Ethiopian man claims to be world's oldest man at 160-years-old by Eric Morales
An Ethiopian farmer is apparently able to recount a century worth of African history which may help prove that he is the world's oldest man.
GTA 5: The top features to get excited about by Oliver VanDervoort
The official release of Grand Theft Auto 5 is just a week away and today we got to see just how big the game map is for the newest title in the GTA series.
Hoax: New Harry Potter book confirmed, 75 percent written by Dinh Nguyen
Citing a five-months-old April Fools article, some news agencies have published stories claiming that an eighth Harry Potter book has been confirmed and is near completion – 75 percent complete to be exact.
A bee
A bee
By Bob Peterson from North Palm Beach, Florida, Planet Earth! creativecommons
Why everyone should worry about decline of honeybees by Kathleen Blanchard
Researchers have been concerned about why honeybees are dying. To date no one knows why there are fewer colonies. Scientists say unless we find out what’s happening we might all have fewer fruits and vegetables that we know are so important for health.
Op-Ed: The jellyfish invasion spreads deadly Irukandji around the world by Paul Wallis
The Australian Irukandji jellyfish is the most venomous creature on Earth. Its appearance in places as far apart as Cape Town and Florida isn’t good news . Unlike other jellyfish, this species is a real environmental hazard.
Man pleads guilty to fooling girlfriend into taking abortion pill by Eric Morales
The son of a Florida doctor has pled guilty to giving his ex-girlfriend pills used to cause an abortion, which caused the death of his 7-week old unborn child.
Video: Horror truck crash kills 22 in South Africa by Anne Sewell
While the death toll could possibly still rise, an estimated 22 people were killed in a horrific accident on the M13 highway in Durban, South Africa. The accident was captured on a vehicle's dashboard camera.
Image on social media leads to marijuana arrest for 17-year-old by Justin King
As the nation debates federal surveillance of the internet, local law enforcement is beginning to use spying on social media to combat marijuana.
Video: SpaceX's Elon Musk waves his hands to design rocket parts by Anne Sewell
Last week Elon Musk of SpaceX tweeted that he had invented a way to create rocket parts, with hand gestures and a laser printer, virtually out of thin air. He has now posted a video to show how - almost like it is in your favorite sci-fi movies.
Sherlock: McKellen to play retired Holmes, Cumberbatch back too by Mathew Wace Peck
As Benedict Cumberbatch gears up for the season 3 launch of Sherlock, Sir Ian McKellen is slated to play Holmes in his retirement, it has emerged.
Venezuela uncovers their own 'Jurassic Park' by Andrew Ellis
No, the new Jurassic Park movie is not being filmed there, but what paleontologists found buried in the ground of Venezuela would fit right into one of the movies: a Volkswagen-sized armadillo, a crocodile larger than a bus, and a saber-toothed tiger.

Power Users

  1. Anne Sewell
  2. Tim Sandle
  3. Markos Papadatos
  4. Brett Wilkins
  5. Igor I. Solar
  6. Ken Hanly
  7. Justin King
  8. Layne Weiss
  9. Can Tran
  10. Mathew Wace Peck
  11. Alexander Baron
  12. Larry Seely
  13. Lesley Lanir
  14. Elizabeth Batt
  15. Dawn Denmar
  16. Paul Wallis
  17. Eileen Kersey
  18. Michael Krebs
  19. Steve K
  20. Kay Mathews
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