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Marcus Hondro

Digital Journalist based in Vancouver, B.C, Canada, Canada. Joined on Dec 14, 2011

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Shooting in Toronto at McDonald's leaves 2 dead, one injured

Details are sketchy but it is known that two men were shot dead inside a McDonald's restaurant in Toronto in the early hours of Saturday. A third man was sent to hospital with a minor gunshot wound to his hand.

Big Bums: Woman to be sentenced for dangerous butt enhancements

A woman from Newmarket, Ontario will be sentenced on March 26 for injecting silicone into the buttocks of numerous women. The women had answered her ad and were looking to enhance their buttocks.

Russian opposition leader and Putin critic Boris Nemtsov murdered

The Russian Interior Ministry announced early Saturday morning that 55-year-old Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on a bridge near the Kremlin Friday night. Mr. Nemtsov was shot in the back four times.

Death from cigarettes: Leonard Nimoy died urging others to quit

The death of Leonard Nimoy at 83 today highlights the dangers of cigarettes and in his final year Mr. Spock came to regret the decades he smoked. Diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) last year, he soon began urging others to quit.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: WBC to award special belt to winner

It's been a fight in the making for six years now so why not add something extra to it? That's exactly what World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman said the WBC is going to do as they will mark the occasion with a special belt.

Warning: Great white shark stalking waters off Washington state

Police in the Washington state community of Ocean Shores are telling people to stay out of the water as they believe a large great white shark is trolling the shores. They issued the warning after tests were done on a seal that was bitten in half.

Op-Ed: Basketball player in Philippines dumped for Manny Pacquiao insult

Are they sensitive in the Philippines? Too sensitive? Maybe when it comes to insulting a national hero such as Manny Pacquiao they are. An American basketball player lost his job in the country's pro league after comments about Pacquiao.

Canadian judge tells woman to remove hijab or leave courtroom

The CBC in Canada has obtained a recording of a judge in a Quebec courtroom telling a Muslim woman to remove her hijab if she wants her case heard. The woman was appealing to the court to get her impounded car back.

Baby born without heartbeat for 8 minutes is now doing well

The Daily Mail in the U.K. had a heartwarming story this week about a now-healthy five-month-old baby boy, who came into this world without a heartbeat. He was for all intents and purposes dead for the first eight minutes of his life.

Man arrested with 400 pounds of marijuana chocolate bars

Chocolate is something a lot of people like and marijuana is something that, well, some people like. A California man appears to have gotten the bright idea to put the two together. The problem? He got caught doing it in the wrong state.

Islamic State: FBI arrest 3 New York men who tried to join ISIL

Three men in Brooklyn have been charged with offences relating to alleged efforts to join the terror group ISIL. Two were planning to fight with or on behalf of ISIL, the other is alleged to have been helping them to do so.

Dramatic footage as sinkhole swallows up South Korean couple

A truly awful, experience for a couple in South Korea this week — there's no other way of putting it but to say the Earth swallowed them up, collapsing and taking them away. But they survived.

Robbery suspect arrested with loot having coffee a block from bank

Let's say you are gonna rob a bank. I mean just saying. And maybe you also have a hankering for a cup of coffee. Here's a tip: don't rob the bank and then go for a coffee at an establishment a block away from the bank. Not a good idea.

Manny Pacquiao training, Floyd Mayweather going to NBA games

While both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are renowned for being extremely hard trainers, to date it looks as if Pacquiao has the jump on his rival when it comes to training for their May 2 fight. It's early but the Pacman's already working hard.

Massacre in Czech town, 9 dead, terrorism not suspected

There has been a shooting today in a small Czech Republic town that has left at least nine people dead and one badly injured. Police do not know what motivated the attack.

Manny Pacquiao still in Philippines training for Floyd Mayweather

Manny Pacquiao is already preparing to fight Floyd Mayweather, training in General Santos City, on the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Monday media were invited to watch the Pacman begin the journey to the May 2 fight in Las Vegas.

Julianne Moore's Oscar shines light on Alzheimer's Disease

Actor Julianne Moore has made a wonderful career brilliantly playing real women in real life situations. Her Oscar win for Best Actress tonight comes as a just reward for this latest performance and others. It was her fifth nomination and first Oscar.

Terrorists call for attacks on malls, names West Edmonton Mall

The terrorist group Al-Shabaab has issued a video calling for attacks on malls around the world, specifically naming numerous malls including Canada's massive West Edmonton Mall.

Dude, pass the chips: Study finds why you get marijuana munchies

For people who've smoked marijuana there is no need for a study to confirm the munchies exist. For them it's a case of been there, done that. But a new study went further - it found out why pot users get the munchies. And the results were a surprise.

Nanuq the beluga whale dies at SeaWorld Orlando, cause unknown

A beluga whale on loan to SeaWorld in Orlando from the Vancouver Aquarium, Nanuq, died on Friday. Belugas can live up to 50 years of age but can die younger. Nanuq died at about 31 or 32 years of age.
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