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Marcus Hondro

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

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'We the People' deport Justin Bieber bid gets no from White House

The petition to deport Justin Bieber from the U.S. managed the required 100,000 signatures to get a response from the White House. Indeed, it did better and got 273,968 signatures. So what did the White House say about the petition? "No comment."
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Costa Concordia Captain Schettino's trial hears damning evidence

The head of the Costa Cruises crisis unit, Roberto Ferrarini, was on the witness stand last week in the trial of Francesco Schettino, the captain of the tragic Costa Concordia. His evidence is the latest to suggest Mr. Schettino has lied about his role.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Video of Air Canada baggage handlers roughly throwing suitcases

Air Canada has some explaining to do after a man posted a video of the airline's baggage handlers roughly throwing suitcases several metres down a staircase/ramp. The man was in a plane when he filmed it and he then posted it later on Youtube.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

U.S. President Barack Obama extolls 'working' Obamacare

At a news conference in the White House on Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama detailed some successes of what the nation calls Obamacare. The health care program had a disastrous rollout in October but Obama said it's working now.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 3 comments

U.K. first aid demo for kids goes wrong as 'victim' gets injured

It's rather a given a first aid demonstration is supposed to be about how to help someone who gets injured. Not about actually injuring someone. But the best laid plans....
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Lady Gaga posts painful selfie after getting wisdom teeth yanked

Given Lady Gaga has over 40 million twitter followers it must be the most viewed I-got-my-wisdom-teeth-pulled photo in history. The Fame Monster tweeted out the photo after visiting the dentist Thursday.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Op-Ed: Colin Kaepernick name sullied in media — yet no charges, no crime

Sure we don't want to have our athletes, any males, mistreating women. That's a given and we have to as a society get that message out there and come down hard on men who do. But Colin Kaepernick is under the spotlight for doing - nothing.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 2 comments

Munich creates 6 Urban Naked Zones for nudists to sunbath in buff

If you're visiting the German city of Munich you have the choice of experiencing it naked while still in the public eye. That's because Munich city council has created 6 zones in which it's okay to strip and be nude.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Florida man says he killed baby son so he could keep playing Xbox

Florida police have charged a man who they say suffocated his infant son to death to stop the child from crying in order to keep playing Xbox. Citrus County Sheriff's spokesperson Heather Yates said Cody Wygant is charged with third-degree murder.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Vermont first state to pass mandatory GMO food-labeling law

Monsanto and other companies making food with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are in the habit of winning, of having states and entire countries not require mandatory labeling of GMOs. But not this time, not in Vermont.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

Rob Ford throws election party with bag-pipes, 2,000 supporters

There's no business quite like show business unless it's show business mixed up with city politics. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford threw a re-election campaign party Thursday night and he mixed entertainment with politics before 2,000 noisy supporters.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Twelve sherpas killed on Mount Everest avalanche, 3 more missing

A tourism ministry official in Nepal, Krishna Lamsal, reports an avalanche early Friday morning on Mount Everest has killed at least 12 Nepalese guides. Another 3 guides, also called 'sherpas', are missing and believed to have died in the avalanche.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Study shows fitness trackers help older people lose weight

A study from Wake Forest University in the U.S. shows the use of fitness trackers helps older people to lose weight. The researchers worked with 48 obese persons from 65 to 79 for ten months.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Man taking selfie as train goes by, kicked in head by conductor

I'm not sure this is the most riveting piece of footage but it is one of the oddest results of a selfie you'll see. It's a video of a man, Jared Michael, posted on YouTube, getting kicked in the head as he attempts to take a selfie as a train passes by.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

South Korea hopes 'air pockets' keeping some in sunken ship alive

It may not be much to hope for but officials leading the efforts to rescue missing ferry passengers, most of them high-school students, are hoping "air pockets" in the sunken ship are keeping some alive. As many as 268 are still missing.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Will Jim Benning be the next GM of the Vancouver Canucks ?

It is one of the most coveted gigs in hockey, the job of an NHL general manager, and the Vancouver Canucks have not had one since Mike Gillis beat a forced but hasty retreat. Newly-appointed president Trevor Linden has a GM uppermost on his to-do list.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

The hunt for MH370: Search area has been 'significantly narrowed'

On Saturday it will be six weeks since the disappearance of Malaysia flight MH370 but there is a chance it will be found by then. Searchers are buoyed in their belief they are close by an examination of pings heard to date conducted by the U.S. Navy.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 19 comments

Gloucester rugby side seeks calmer fans after raucus Bath match

The Gloucester rugby side is being proactive in trying to get unruly fans to fall in line with the respectful majority, it says. This is on the heels of Saturday's 18-17 loss to Bath in which some fans were rowdy. The side issued a statement Wednesday.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro

Costa Concordia to be towed away from Giglio soon, minister says

It has been there, a large blot on the horizon of the Italian island of Giglio, since Jan. 13 of 2012, over 27 months. But Italy's environmental minister, Gian Luca Galetti, said Wednesday that the Costa Concordia, now upright, will soon be towed away.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro - 1 comment

Dave Tippett to coach Team Canada at IIHF hockey championships

Hockey Canada named Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett as the coach of Team Canada for the 2014 IIHF World Hockey championships to take place in Minsk, Belarus on May 9-25. They made the announcement on Wednesday.
In the Media by Marcus Hondro
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