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Despite chilly fog a Street party for neighborhood was fun Special

Sunday Streets are events that encourage recreation, community activities and fun in San Francisco. Essentially, they can be thought of as large block party.

Canadians bring 1,000 litres of water to Detroit residents

Supporters from nearby areas of Canada came into the United States to bring fresh water to residents of Detroit. Many of those living there have no water now due to unpaid bills which led to mass shutoffs from their companies.

Boy with cancer receives more mail than entire town

Five-year-old Danny Nickerson wanted cards for his birthday, which is today. He got it in spades, or perhaps avalanches, as 30,000 cards and 3,000 gifts flooded in and more were coming.

Op-Ed: Say what? Better communications for a healthier workplace Special

When France declared that, by law, employees would have to unplug from their workplaces at 6 p.m. every day, everyone working a 45-hour week huffed saying "Well, I wish!"

Op-Ed: What the #sexspreadsheet and backlash tells us about society

Another month, another weird and wonderful trend to report on. This time, the item in question involves a rather different use of Microsoft Excel.

The Islands came to Toronto's Liberty Village during lunch BBQ Special

On Thursday the Lamport Stadium Parkette was alive with island flair when the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival held a community BBQ sponsored by the Liberty Village BIA from 12-2pm.

Op-Ed: Unhappiest cities in the U.S. national study finds some oddities

The University of British Columbia has been researching that elusive thing that America’s constitution is dedicated to pursuing, and presumably catching: Happiness. Apparently happiness is now regional, rather than national.

School district agrees to end discrimination against Latinos

A school district in Louisiana has agreed to end its discrimination against Latino students as part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Justice Department.

Op-Ed: The 10 coolest movie cars you can buy

Sofa seat belts on; this week sees the release of Need For Speed on DVD. The film’s raison d’etre is to see how many ridiculously fast cars they drive (and destroy) in 132 minutes of fully-leaded action.

Rescued Puppy Mill pooch finally enjoys her first ever snuggle

A woman who owns a so-called "kennel" in the Boston area will likely face charges relating to owning and operating a puppy mill. But the real story here is not the woman and her puppy mill, but rather a little puppy named Noisette.

He had flowers in his hair, Oops, I mean flowers in his beard

The hottest men's fashion trend today is not what you might guess. No macho sleeveless T-shirts or "hunky-looking" pants can compete with..are you ready for this? It's the "floral beard." Man has come a long way in his quest for masculine beauty.

Op-Ed: Colleges take reporting sexual assault data further

Colleges have been instrumental in changing the culture of reporting sex assaults on their campuses. After what happened at Penn State, colleges see that they can save reputations by encouraging students to take action and report.

Op-Ed: 'Lands Never Trodden' tells U.S. History from California view Special

The California Missions seem pretty familiar to us Californians that it is easy to assume that just about everyone knows of them. Yet, according to author and historian John J. O'Hagan, few people really know much about the California Missions.

Female students twice as likely to end up in debt from stress

New research has shown that female students are twice as likely to end up in debt at university as their male counterparts owing to poor personal finance skills and the large amounts of stress placed on them.

Ancient seltzer bottle recovered from shipwreck

A bottle of naturally carbonated water, that is more than 100 years old, has been recovered from a Polish shipwreck near the Polish coast.

Indian village accused of ordering a rape of a 14 year old girl

A girl in India was raped on the orders of a local council in a remote region of the country. This story pops up in the midst of a larger movement against the rapes and women's demands for more protection.

Colorado same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

Three Colorado counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

First man to buy legal pot in Spokane fired after TV spotting

The first man to legally purchase recreational marijuana in Spokane, Washington says he was fired from his job after his employer spotted him in a television news segment.

Texas cop saves puppy for the second time

Sergeant Gary Carter of the Arlington Police Department saved the same pit bull for the second time today when he adopted the 11-month-old puppy before he could be put down by animal control.

98-yr-old San Francisco woman evicted from home of 50 years

A 98-year-old woman is being evicted from the San Francisco apartment she's lived in for 50 years by real estate speculators with a reputation for expelling vulnerable residents.

Op-Ed: The intelligence of extreme dogs who follow nobody's rules

There are dogs, and there are dogs...and then there are dogs who follow nobody's rules but their own. These are awesome dogs, dogs who are super intelligent and think like humans, at times driving their owners absolutely crazy.

Study: Children of same-sex parents healthier, happier

Children of same-sex parents enjoy above-average health and happiness, according to the newly-published results of an Australian study.

Video: Take a ride down the world's tallest water slide

The Verrückt in Kansas City is the world's largest water slide. Now it has finally been finished and you can get some idea of how thrilling it could be by watching the attached video.

Washington rolls out their first recreational marijuana stores

Recreational marijuana use will soon become a part of everyday life for residents of Washington, even more so than it already is. This legalization is transforming how we think about drugs using money and public opinion.

Op-Ed: Behind enemy lines — World War II Special

I could see them scurrying in utter confusion, trying to escape being killed or captured. Others avoided capture by holding grenades to their chests and blowing themselves up. ~CJ Miller on PTSD

Remembering a tragedy: Lac-Megantic one year later

St. Agnes Church, in the picturesque lakeside village of Lac-Megantic, Quebec was the scene of a memorial service of remembrance attended by thousands on Sunday. One-year ago, on July 6, 2013, a runaway train derailed, killing 47 people.

Record prices at 2014 Le Mans Classic car auction

Records of a different kind were broken at the Le Mans 24 Hours race-track in France, Saturday, as prices soared at an auction of classic cars.

Ombudsman: When will action be taken over No Win, No Fee deals?

The Legal Ombudsman in the UK has asked regulators when action will be taken over consumer complaints regarding 'No Win, No Fee' conditional agreements with lawyers.

Addiction 'off' switch is possible but not a cure

A new report has indicated that it may be possible to 'turn off' withdrawal symptoms deriving from when people refrain from taking illegal substances for a period of time to make it easier for people to stop.

Op-Ed: Is bilingualism dangerous for our society?

Some people — mainly ultra-conservative politicians — say that the social phenomenon that is bilingualism is a danger for a nation’s unity and claim it creates communitarianism, and by doing so endangers the stability of a country.

Schools using video conferencing to get experts into classrooms

Many schools are increasingly using video conferencing to allow experts and well-known personalities to talk and interact with students.

Op-Ed: Can all parents raise their children as bilingual speakers?

“Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gisele Bündchen do it, so why can’t we do it too?” Some monolingual parents ask when they hear about the Hollywood stars, rich or celebs, for whom it has become trendy to bring up children to be bilingual.

'What's on your mind?' Anti-Facebook video goes viral

Three brothers have put together a short film, outlining the miseries of life in the Facebook age. It seems to have struck a chord, as in less than a month, the video has received almost 7 million views.

Op-Ed: War against poverty — $20,000 guaranteed income for Canadians?

Poverty is humanity’s worst, most destructive, enemy. It deprives people of life, a future, and happiness. Humanity’s occasional, sometimes accidental victories over poverty are few and far between. Now there’s a new vision, and it’ll work.

Thousands celebrate diversity in London LGBT Pride parade Special

Thousands of people gathered today in London's Baker Street to kick-off the 2014 LGBT London Pride celebrations, despite the less than ideal weather. Rain or shine, the show must go on.

Discover the best experiences in your city with Wutzwhat Special

In today's technology-orientated world, more and more of us find ourselves living in busy, crowded cities but somehow overlooking the treasures held within. Canadian start-up app Wutzwhat aims to rectify this by highlighting unique experiences.

Op-Ed: Same-sex marriage spreading like wildfire

A leftist Colorado county this week began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. They don’t call it the People’s Republic of Boulder for nothing.

Op-Ed: The rise of the Asexuals — people who just don’t

Asexual demonstrations in Canada? People who aren’t moved by “Sex sells”? Yep, and they’re on the march. Expect movements of total indifference to this genital-based world in a shopping mall near you, and soon.

Hot-air balloon will take tourists 20 miles above earth

On Tuesday, World View Enterprises, a Tucson-based space-tourism company, announced that they completed a test flight of a hot-air balloon and a capsule that is being developed to bring tourists 20 miles about earth.

Most U.S. firearms aren't protected from fire

According to the latest data published by the National Fire Protection Association, there are now more than 365,000 home fires in the U.S. every year, causing upwards of $5.7 billion in damages, to say nothing of lost life.
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