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As we do every week, we’ve collected the top news stories and compiled them on one page. Digital Journalists reported on fascinating science news, intriguing political stories, the latest on health discoveries and much more.

We also highlight some of major topics Digital Journalists have been covering recently. Note you can see the trending topics at the top of any page on our news network, in the black bar. They are changing constantly to react to what people are reading on the site. We wanted to include this feature to let you know the topics people want to read about on Digital Journal.

Hot topics on Digital Journal

Julian Assange news
Hurricane Isaac news
RNC news

We also emailed a call-out to Canadian contributors to cover important news about Canada, and the response was fantastic! We promised to highlight the Digital Journalist with the most Canadian coverage, and that honour goes to Andrew Moran of Toronto, who wrote on everything from job security to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s court case. Congrats, Andrew, we look forward to seeing more of your excellent reporting in the coming months.

Top Digital Journal Reports

Fire raging in the countryside of the Costa del Sol (updated) (Includes interview) by Anne Sewell

A brush fire has been blazing almost out of control in the countryside, inland from Mijas on the Costa del Sol in Spain. People have been evacuated from their homes.

Activist grandmother continues to fight for the dolphins (Includes interview) by Elizabeth Batt

Digital Journal first caught up with grandma activist Barbara Napoles last January. Still actively campaigning for the welfare of dolphins, Napoles will deliver several petitions to Washington D.C. next week.

Occupy Oakland rally in support of South African Miners (photos) (Includes interview) by Anne Sewell

On Friday, August 24, Occupy Oakland CA was out in the streets, rallying in support of the striking Marikana miners, gunned down recently by South African police.

Occupy Oakland CA rallies in support of South African miners  August 24  2012.

Occupy Oakland CA rallies in support of South African miners, August 24, 2012.
Occupy Oakland

Did Toronto Mayor Ford not read the councillor handbook? (Includes interview) by KJ Mullins

Did Mayor Rob Ford know what he was doing when he allegedly used city resources to seek donations for his own foundation?

Senior CFR official: Free Syrian Army needs al-Qaeda support (Includes interview) by Elliott Freeman

A top strategist at the prestigious U.S. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is crediting al-Qaeda forces in Syria with the resurgence of the rebellion against President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.

Top Images

Cryolophosaurus was a top of the line predator in Gondwana

Cryolophosaurus was a top of the line predator in Gondwana

Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Audience applauding during the Paul Festival

Audience applauding during the Paul Festival

In the Media

Science confirms ‘Doctor Who-type world, Gallifrey’ by Mathew Wace Peck

NASA has confirmed the existence of a real-universe analogue of Gallifrey, the fictional Time Lord planet that features in the BBC science-fiction drama series, Doctor Who.

Book by Navy SEAL contradicts official story of Bin Laden death by Ken Hanly

According to an account of Bin Laden’s death in a new book by a Navy SEAL involved in the raid, Bin Laden was shot as he poked his head out of a bedroom door. This contradicts the official version which claims he was shot afterwards.

The Pirate Bay hit by DDoS attack on Wednesday, problems continue by Anne Sewell

The Pirate Bay, which is the most popular file-sharing website on the Internet, was shut down for part of the day on Wednesday. The site shut down in response to a DDoS attack. (Updated).

Protesters removed from front of Ecuadorian Embassy in London by Anne Sewell

Protesters and supporters of Julian Assange are being removed, or told to leave, from the street in front of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Concern is that the police may be planning to raid the embassy. (Updated)

In Tampa, protest fizzles, RNC sizzles by Larry Clifton

Tuesday, Democrats who wished tropical storm Isaac would hit Tampa and that protesters would storm the Republican Convention as mainstream media reporters rubbed their hands together were deeply disappointed.

Woman plagued by condition that causes 100 orgasms daily by Darren Weir

Some may think it’s a problem they wouldn’t mind having, but for a New Jersey woman, having up to 100 orgasms a day is a medical problem she would love to cure.

Japanese Green Tea

Japanese Green Tea

Drinking green tea can help you quit smoking? by Ajit Jha

Chinese researchers have recently come out with a unique recommendation to help you get over the nicotine urge – drink green tea. This recommendation now gets better with medical practitioners in Kerala, India reacting positively to the recommendation.

What does autumn have in store for Canada? More warm weather by Andrew Moran

Don’t put away your flip flops and shorts just yet. With the unofficial final week of summer here, many are gearing up for autumn’s cool temperatures, but one weather agency says it will be warmer than normal.

Video: 10-year old girl sings duet with the Boss on Toronto stage by Darren Weir

It would be the thrill of a lifetime for any Bruce Springsteen fan but 10-year old Halle Tator is taking her on-stage debut, singing with the Boss, all in stride.

Newlywed bride dies as wedding gown trashing stunt goes wrong by David Amerland

A young bride in Canada becomes the first victim of the global craze for wedding dress trashing which has brides pushing the envelope on stunts.

‘Go-Topless Day’ recognized in cities around the world by Kevin Fitzgerald

Protesters on Sunday came together for “Go-Topless Day” in major cities across the US and world. The demonstrations were organized to call attention to the inequality of topless rights between men and women.

Syphilis epidemic rising in the U.S. and Canada by Nancy Houser

The resurgence of syphilis has risen dramatically over the past 20 years in the United States and Canada — from 177 cases in 1993 to 1,750 cases in 2010. It is temporarily shutting down the porn industry in Southern California.

New bride falls into river and drowns at wedding photo shoot by Darren Weir

She wanted to be photographed in her wedding dress one last time, but as the newlywed bride posed beside the Ouareau River in Quebec, she lost her footing on the slippery rocks and was swept away by the river current.

A newsman asks co-worker to canoodle him live on television by Melissa Horrocks

A newsman has risen to fame this week, after accidentally propositioning his co-worker on television. Since that time, the CTV Vancouver Island news anchor has become a viral video sensation. The proposition has made the pair famous.

Spanish fresco restoration by octogenarian goes viral by Amanda Payne

A fresco painted in the Santuario de la Misericordia chapel in a town near Zaragoza in the 19th century had suffered damage so a parishioner took it upon herself to restore it. The resulting picture has gone viral worldwide on social media sites.

Top Blogs

Digital Journal Tip #43: 15 things you should do before publishing content by David Silverberg

Have you ever published content on Digital Journal and then thought, “Darn, forgot to check that!” Whether you’re a new…

Black Hawk helicopter exercises in Minneapolis: A look at the future? by C.S. McClellan

Maybe seeing a Black Hawk hovering outside your downtown Minneapolis window is odd news, but it’s the kind of story…

On loving Canada, home of those crazy Canucks! by Carolyn E. Price

Canadians are known worldwide as being polite…a kinder, gentler sort of folk…

Power Users

  1. Anne Sewell
  2. JohnThomas Didymus
  3. Darren Weir
  4. Leigh Goessl
  5. Alexander Baron
  6. Andrew Moran
  7. Brett Wilkins
  8. Larry Clifton
  9. Elizabeth Batt
  10. Marcus Hondro
  11. Katerina Nikolas
  12. Richard Milnes
  13. Bill Schmalfeldt
  14. Arthur Weinreb
  15. Greta McClain
  16. Ken Hanly
  17. Tim Sandle
  18. Gar Swaffar
  19. KJ Mullins
  20. Lesley Lanir
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