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Marcus Hondro

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



Anaheim center Shawn Horcoff suspended 20 games for using PEDs

Shawn Horcoff of the Anaheim Ducks has been suspended by the NHL for 20 games for using a banned substance. Horcoff has admitted he used the substance and apologized.

Op-Ed: Revised lyrics as Canada's National Anthem to include women

Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger is a brave and a caring Canadian. Stricken with an incurable disease, Lou Gehrig's, before leaving us he is working to make our national anthem inclusive, to help our country do what is right.

Canadian sentenced to life for marijuana smuggling in U.S.

Running a marijuana-smuggling operation into the U.S. has left two Canadian men facing a lifetime behind bars. The first was sentenced to life-in-prison earlier this month and now the second will join him.

Rare Guadalope Fur Seal found ailing on shore of B.C. island

So rare is the sighting of a Guadalupe Fur Seal in B.C. that you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who's actually seen one in provincial waters. But one arrived on a B.C. beach last week, alive though not well. A green sea turtle was also rescued.

U.S. photographer captures naked women in decaying locations

In a project amied at showing beauty alongside decaying human-made structures, an American photographer filmed naked models in every state of the Union. What is most unusual about the project is the odd locations.

Surveillance video of fatal shooting released by Toronto police

The Toronto Police Department released today a video of a fatal shooting in hopes of getting tips on who may have committed the murder. In it a man is seen walking up to a van and firing. He killed an elderly man.

Ninth orca whale calf born to local pods, but another whale dies

There's a stampede of orca whales being born into the 3 southern resident pods of B.C. and Washington State with the latest birth confirmed this week. But the news isn't all good as a distressed mother was seen with her deceased calf.

Son of Sarah: Track Palin arrested on domestic abuse charge

The son of political commentator and former Republican Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Track Palin, was arrested on a domestic abuse charge involving a gun. The incident happened at his parent's home in Wasilla, Alaska on Monday night.

Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump two weeks before Iowa

Under two weeks before the Iowa caucus leads off the race for the Republican nomination for President, Sarah Palin has officially endorsed The Donald. The conservative star initially did so on Trump's website but later spoke at an Iowa rally for Trump.

The Onion sells 40% stake to Univision — Really, it did

The largest Spanish language broadcaster in the United States, Univision, has bought a 40 percent controlling interest in the Onion, the satirical online news magazine. No joke and all kidding aside, it's true, the deal was announced today.

Oldest man in the world no longer — Japanese man dies at 112

A Japanese man believed to have been the oldest man on Earth has died. Yasutaro Koide inherited the title just last July upon the death of a fellow countryman and hands the title to a man from China. Koide died at 112 years, 311 days old.

David Bowie Tribute: Space Oddity sung by 500 fans at the AGO

A more magnificent version of David Bowie's Space Oddity surely has never been performed by fans before, certainly not by as many. Over 500 Bowie fans gathered at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto Saturday to sing the Bowie classic.

North Vancouver man victim in New York state murder-suicide

A hockey player from North Vancouver was found dead in a home with two other bodies in upstate New York on Sunday and the circumstances became clear a day following the discovery. Local police say he was a victim of a murder-suicide..

Brain-dead man from French drug trial gone wrong has died

A French man who fell terribly ill after taking part in a drug trial in Rennes in northwestern France has now died. Last week the man became brain dead not long after taking an experimental drug compound similar to cannabis.

Bulkley River ice jam near Smithers may lead to evacuations

There is a massive ice jam on the Bulkley River near the nortwestern B.C. town of Smithers and residents in the area are on alert. Evacuations may be needed, officials say.

Comet Catalina makes rare appearance in the sky

You shall not get another chance ever to see Comet Catalina after this weekend — okay, if you're still alive in 150,000 years you will — so get out the binoculars and get into your backyard.

Bo knows short side: Bo Horvat scores twice, Canucks win in OT

The Vancouver Canucks made sure they did not waste a wonderful performance in goal Friday night as, despite giving up a late goal, they scored in overtime to beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2. The Canucks were led by goalie Jacob Markstrom and Bo Horvat.

Man shot by New Wesminster police in critical condition

An incident in New Westminster Friday afternoon has left one man in hospital after reportedly being shot by a police officer. Another man was also taken into custody.

Walmart to close 269 stores around globe, massive lay-offs

Walmart has announced today that it will be closing 269 of its aproximately 11,600 stories worldwide. Roughly half of the store closures will be in the United States and many others in Brazil.

Five flu deaths in Alberta; 2 kids, 3 adults, all unvaccinated

At a news conference in Alberta on Thursday health officials said there have been five flu deaths this season. Only 25 percent of Albertans have had a flu shot and officials say it's not too late to get one and benefit from it.
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