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Marcus Hondro

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

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Op-Ed: Toffoli gets away with Burrows hit as NHL fumbles puck yet again

NHL disciplinary gurus fell asleep at the Zamboni wheel again recently after their failure to suspend L.A. Kings forward Tyler Toffoli. Toffoli did exactly what the NHL has said you can no longer do — he hit Alex Burrows from behind into the boards.

One shot dead, another wounded, in attack on NSA gate

One person was shot dead by security this morning, another wounded after a vehicle tried to ram the gate at the complex housing the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The FBI said they do not believe it was a terrorism-related incident.

Manny Pacquiao skips morning run with muscle cramps; buys mansion

Manny Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune was trying to file his client's missing a running session under no big deal over the weekend. The reason Pacquiao missed the run was cramps in his legs but the injury shouldn't set him back.

New Alzheimer's drug stops disease, reverses damage to brain

A new Alzheimer's drug has performed so well in initial trials that the company developing it is planning a new phase of study with a 1,000 strong test group. The drug not only stops the advance of Alzheimer's — it reverses the damage done.

Ex-GOP official blames violence against wife on cough medicine

A former high-ranking GOP official in South Carolina is drawing attention to himself after blaming his violence toward his wife on cough syrup. He said the medicine made him behave "crazy," but his wife says it's not the first time.

Judge in Canada releases video of cop kicking homeless man down

A judge presiding over the case of a police officer in Regina, Sask. who kicked a homeless man to the ground released a video of the incident today. The homeless man, who hit his head on concrete, appeared to be moving aggressively toward the officer.

Evander Holyfield: Pacquiao to beat Mayweather due to conspiracy

Terence Moore is one of the more respected sports journalists in America and he got together this week with retired boxing champ Evander Holyfield to talk boxing. They touched on, as you might expect, the upcoming Floyd Mayweather - Manny Pacquiao fight.

Justin Bieber escorting Floyd Mayweather to ring at Pacquiao bout

Guess whose coming to the biggest boxing fight in history? And who will be alongside Floyd Mayweather on May 2 when he walks out to the ring in Las Vegas to do battle with Manny Pacquiao? None other than his fellow-celebrity Justin Bieber.

Canadian consumer shock: Future Shops closed all across Canada

Best Buy Co. shocked Canadian consumers Saturday morning with the announcement that they are closing down all their Future Shop stores in the country effective immediately. It means the loss of some 500 full-time jobs and 1,000 part-time jobs.

Rob Ford may be terminal, MRI seeks to learn size of tumor

The former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, is awaiting news on whether he will undergo surgery to have his cancerous tumor removed. If doctors discover that surgery won't help him, Ford told media Friday it will mean that "they can’t do any more for me."

Monsanto fined for not reporting hazardous chemical releases

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice released a statement Thursday announcing they have fined the agrochemical company Monsanto. The fine is for releasing dangerous chemicals into the air without informing the government.

Eagle swoops down to play soccer with Canadian kids: video

An eagle playing soccer? That might be something you may not have believed would happen but it did. The beautiful game is, after all, the most popular sport on the planet. More countries - and maybe species of creatures - play it than any other sport.

It wasn't me! Zab Judah denies he KO'ed Floyd Mayweather

There were reports of Floyd Mayweather being knocked down by sparring partner Zab Judah but Judah denied that any such thing happened. Other reports have it that Mayweather is punishing Judah, and other sparring partners who step into the ring with him.

Beer Brake: Driver of Semi hauling beer in Canada busted for DUI

Driving under the influence is an awful crime and nothing about it is funny. So there isn't any humour in this story but there is irony. It is the story of a truck driver hauling a trailer full of beer - who got hauled over for drunk driving.

Salamander on steroids: Species of dinosaur-eating newt found

A new species of predator newt that lived about 220 million years ago has been discovered in Portugal and paleontologists believe it was a most vicious creature. About the length of a small car, it could actually kill and gobble dinosaurs.

Six Item Cognitive Impairment Test for Alzheimer's Disease

With regards health, Alzheimer's Disease, and other forms of dementia, are often uppermost in the minds of aging persons today. Obviously nobody wants their life to end with their mental facilities gradually slipping away.

Province of Ontario bans breeding, acquiring of killer whales

The province of Ontario is banning the acquisition and breeding of killer whales. The announcement was made Monday after legislation on the ban was tabled, legislation that will also improve the treatment of captured marine creatures.

Floyd Mayweather beats the (bleep) out of sparring partner Judah

The latest reports out of the boxing camp of Floyd Mayweather speak of a man on a mission. Of course the quotes about how Floyd is doing come from his Uncle, Jeff Mayweather, so there is likely a drop of bias involved.

Op-Ed: Fun times as Canadian born Ted Cruz (Dad Cuban!) seeks Presidency

Many members of the Tea Party were among those loonies that jumped on an Internet rumor about U.S. President Barack Obama and turned it into the birther movement. They said he wasn't born in the U.S. - they were way wrong - and so could not be President.

Op-Ed: Probe of Alpine Canada needed after claim from skier's mother

On Radio-Canada last week a mother of a skier said she went to Alpine Canada with concerns about her daughter and ski coach Bertrand Charest - in 1998. Charest is now up on 56 sex-related charges but in 1998 she was discouraged from going to the police.
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