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Arthur Weinreb

Editor-at-Large based in Toronto, ON, Canada. Joined on Jun 20, 2011
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Dutch woman, 99, arrested and jailed, crosses it off bucket list

Nijmegen - Even at 99 years of age, there are still some things Annie never experienced. One of these items on her bucket list was never being arrested and thrown in jail. So the local police decided to help her remove this particular item from her list.

Montreal jiu-jitsu event cancelled after police threaten arrests

Montreal - A jiu-jitsu tournament, scheduled to be held in Montreal last weekend, was cancelled after Montreal police said it would be illegal and arrests would be made. Organizers claim the sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu does not violate Canada's Criminal Code.

Protests and graffiti after Nfld. cop acquitted of sex assault

St. John's - There were protests and graffiti in St. John’s, Newfoundland after a police officer was acquitted of sexually assaulting a drunk women he met while on duty. Although the constable was acquitted of the criminal charge, he still faces disciplinary action.

Falcons player seems to blame Lady Gaga for Super Bowl loss

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is suggesting Lady Gaga and her lengthy halftime show during Super Bowl LI was at least partially responsible for his team's Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.

Starbucks brand takes dramatic hit after refugee announcement

The perception of the Starbucks brand dropped dramatically after the company announced it would hire thousands of refugees. While no direct evidence their hiring policy is a direct cause of the drop, it shows a boycott by conservatives may be working.

CPC bill: New judges must undergo training in sexual assault

Ottawa - The bill requires all lawyers appointed to the bench undergo extensive training on sexual assault issues before they are allowed to assume their judicial duties. The bill follows a high profile case where a judge made improper comments to a victim.

Toronto police use hearse to catch distracted drivers

Toronto - If people in Toronto insist on driving while talking on a cellphone or texting this week, they should be on the lookout for a black hearse. The Toronto Police Service obtained a hearse to be able to sneak up on unsuspecting distracted drivers.

TrumpFraud, TrumpScam: Two of Trump's thousands of domain names

New York City - A recent investigation revealed the president of the United States owns 3,643 domain names. While some of these were purchased to protect Trump’s businesses from cybersquatters, others were acquired to prevent his political enemies from using them.

NASA scientists want Pluto to become a planet again

A group of NASA scientists want Pluto’s status as a planet restored. Eleven years ago, the ninth planet in the solar system was downgraded to that of a dwarf planet. To scientists who are working on journeys to Pluto, that is simply not good enough.

Former Canadian PM Brian Mulroney serenades President Trump

Palm Beach - At a fundraising gala held at Mar-a-Lago, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney serenaded President Trump with “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.” It was reminiscent of the time Mulroney and Ronald Reagan sang the same song in Quebec City in 1985.

Increasing talk of using 25th Amendment to strip Trump of power

In the wake of Thursday’s press conference, Democratic lawmakers, pundits and other critics of the president are increasingly talking about using the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to try to remove the powers of the presidency from Donald J. Trump.

Dwarf planet Ceres contains organic material and possibly life

A recently published study reveals scientists have detected carbon-based materials on the dwarf planet Ceres. These organic molecules are considered to be the building blocks of life on Earth and it is possible life exists on the dwarf planet.

Judge rules defamation lawsuit against CNN can proceed

Atlanta - At a time when "fake news" is making headlines, a judge has refused to dismiss a defamation suit brought against CNN. A former hospital CEO claims he was defamed after the network reported his hospital had a higher than average number of infant deaths.

N.Y. Attorney General warns of phony ICE agent scam

With at least the perception of mass deportations taking place, scammers have come out of the woodwork. Undocumented immigrants have been approached by fake Immigration and Customs enforcement (ICE) agents who demand money to prevent their deportations.

RCMP seeking suspect in Internet romance scam

Coquitlam - The Coquitlam detachment of the RCMP used Valentine’s Day to issue a warning about a man wanted for running an Internet romance scam. The Mounties are asking for the public's help to find the man who defrauded at least four women in the Vancouver area.

Fortune cookie writer steps down citing writer's block

Queens - A man who wrote fortune cookies for Wonton Food Inc. is giving up his position. After writing fortunes for 30 years, 68-year-old Donald Lau says he has writer’s block and is now incapable of writing more than a few fortunes every month.

Two preteens shot in separate incidents minutes apart in Chicago

Chicago - Two girls, ages 11 and 12, were shot in unrelated incidents on Chicago’s South Side Saturday evening. Both girls were shot in the head and remain in critical condition in hospital. The shootings occurred within half an hour of each other.

72 terrorists came to U.S. from countries named in travel ban

A study has found 72 people from the seven countries subject to Trump’s travel ban were convicted of terrorism-related offences in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001. This report seems to contradict what the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found.

Man in France sues Uber, claims company ruined his marriage

An unnamed French businessman is suing Uber, claiming a glitch in the company’s app sent messages to his wife that detailed his use of the ride sharing service. He alleges the information received by his wife led her to believe he was unfaithful.

Board grants absolute freedom to man who beheaded bus passenger

Winnipeg - A man who was found not criminally responsible (NCR) after he decapitated and cannibalized a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in 2008 has been granted his complete freedom. Not everyone is happy with the decision.
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