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Marcus Hondro

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

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Hockey writer tweets NHL expanding by 4 clubs, including Toronto

According to a tweet from a noted sports business writer, the NHL will expand over the next four years by 4 teams, with new franchises planned for Seattle, Las Vegas, Quebec City and Toronto. Yes, a second team in Toronto.

Michael Brown shooting audio surfaces, 10 or more shots fired

The FBI are examining an audio recording that may be of the shooting of Michael Brown, the Ferguson teen shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9. The audio was played on CNN and a burst of gunfire is heard, then a pause, then more gunfire.

Firing range instructor shot dead accidentally by 9-year-old girl

A tragedy at an Arizona firing range has taken the life of an instructor. The man, Charles Vacca was teaching a 9-year-old girl to fire an Uzi Monday morning and when she fired the force sent the gun to her left and up. Vacca was shot in the head.

Sex study: Lesbians orgasm more than straight women, but not men

Research from the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University in Bloomington found that lesbians have more orgasms compared to straight women. Overall though, men still come first.

Canadian man believed dead turns up — 37 years later

A then 32-year-old man who went missing after a fire near London, Ont., Canada, way back in 1977 is alive, Ontario police say. Ronald Stan is alive and well and living in the U.S. under another name and may have been in the States for some 37 years.

International Go-Topless Day as women bare breasts all over world

It's a serious event that's also a bit of a spectacle and somewhat odd — it's organized by the Raelians, who believe aliens created humanity — and it draws more fully-clothed spectators than half-dressed participants. In it, breasts are bared.

Distressed family of trapped Orca whale stays until he's freed

The family of a young Orca whale who became tangled in a fisherman's net near Port Hardy in B.C. stayed by his side until he was freed. The Orca's mom, two siblings, an aunt and two of his cousins stuck near, making sounds indicating their concern.

Cavs, LeBron get a whole lotta Love, Timberwolves get Canadians

The deal is official and the Cleveland Cavaliers and returning superstar, LeBron James now have all-star power forward Kevin Love, 25. LeBron and Love together make Cleveland contenders to win the city's first major championship since 1964.

Man dies when a cobra bites him...after he'd cut its head off

Peng Fan, a chef who worked in China, has died after being bitten in the hand by a type of a cobra snake called an 'Indochinese spitting cobra.' He was cooking the snake and had in fact already cut its head off a full 20 minutes before it bit him.

Man calls 911 to complain stripper refused sex and gets arrested

A man in Butte, Montana hired a lap dancer but somewhere along the way he expected her to have sex with him. She refused and he got a little hot under the collar. He decided to call 911 to complain about it, naturally.

Drug regrows hair in patients with hair loss from alopecia

A new drug for those suffering from hair loss due to alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease, may have been found. Strictly speaking the drug, ruxolitinib, isn't new as it's used to treat a bone marrow illness. But it's new as far as hair loss goes.

Op-Ed: Answers to Ferguson police shooting to lead to justice - one day

Let's start here: if the policeman, now known to be Darren Wilson, stood over young Michael Brown and executed him then he's guilty of murder. IF. Yes, the protesters in Ferguson want justice now but unhappily that takes time. And facts.

Weight loss can avoid kidney disease in diabetics: Study

Some 35 percent of people with diabetes will, to varying degrees of severity, go on to develop kidney disease, many requiring dialysis. New research suggests that for diabetics who lose weight the chances of developing kidney disease is lowered.

U.S. man fakes his own death to weasel out of getting married

American Tucker Blandford probably did not think too much about what a creep he was being, how disrespectful he was being, when he faked his own death. Why'd he do it? He did it to get out of marrying Brit Alex Lanchester.

Gov. Rick Perry, GOP presidential hopeful, indicted by Grand Jury

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's hopes to win the Republican Party's nomination for president in 2016 may be all but over already. Gov. Perry was indicted by a Grand Jury late Friday on two felony counts of abuse of power.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he's target of bomb threat

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told the media this afternoon that an email has been sent to him and his brother in which the sender threatens to blow up City Hall if he does not resign within 24 hours. Mayor Ford read the email sent to his brother to reporters.

U.S. economy keeps rolling, 6 straight months of strong job gains

New numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show the U.S. economy improving in ways it has not done for almost two decades. Under President Barack Obama's administration, the economy has now added at least 200,000 jobs for six straight months.

Book claims Malaysia MH370 downed by pilot in murder/suicide

Two writers, one a former pilot and one a chief executive officer for two airlines, are publishing a book that claims the pilot of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 was responsible for the tragedy. They believe Zaharie Ahmad Shah committed murder/suicide.

Prince of Pot Marc Emery to campaign for Liberals in election

Sometime in the next 2 weeks the self-titled Prince of Pot, Marc Emery, will return to Canada after finishing a sentence in the U.S. for selling mail order cannabis seeds into that country. On CBC Radio yesterday he said he's in a fighting mood.

Op-Ed: Costa Concordia captain plays 'shell game' with truth about ship

The captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, continues to deny fault in the disaster that took 32 lives on Jan. 13, 2012, and his latest statement is one of his most deceptive. He's playing a shell game.
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