The 5 Things We Learned This Week
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5. Romney/Ryan - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan, a U.S. congressman from Wisconsin as his running mate. They are up against the Obama/Biden tandem for the November American elections. The two campaigned vigorously over the week and polls show Obama to have a slight edge.
4. Earthquakes In Iran - Last weekend two powerful earthquakes killed at least 200 and injured thousands more in the Islamic nation. Over three dozen aftershocks followed, leaving thousands in makeshift camps or huddled in the street. At least 6 villages were completely destroyed while over 60 others sustained over 50% damage. Turkey's Red Crescent provided aid.
3. Texas Shooting - Another week another deadly shooting, this one near the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, east central Texas. Thomas Alton Caffall, 35, apparently opened fire on a police officer bringing him an eviction notice. Some said Caffall was a ticking time bomb. 3 people died in the shootings including Caffall.
2. Ontario Place Changes Endorsed - This week the provincial government endorsed a revamp proposal of the site at the Toronto waterfront. The "one-of-everything" plan was put forth by failed mayoral and provincial candidate John Tory who says the private sector should finance all the upgrades. The province will still spend between 5 and 6 million dollars on an assessment and due diligence process.
1. Toronto Body Parts - Police in Mississauga are dealing with the gruesome discovery of human body parts found washing up in the Credit River. Hikers found a foot with nail polish on the toes, initially pointing to a female victim. A human head was later discovered. The next day, two hands. Officials are attempting to fast track forensics to further their investigation.
...AND WHAT ELSE DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK...The all-girl Russian punk band, Pussy Riot were found guilty of hooliganism and sentenced to 2 years in jail amid worldwide protests. Julian Assange was granted asylum in Ecuador while still at their embassy in London. Britain vows to make it tough for him to leave. A Toronto Star report painted a poor picture of Marineland and the attraction fought back vigourously. We lost Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown at age 90, and Welcome Back Kotter actor Ron Palillo (Horschack) at age 63. The CAW is ramping up talks with the auto industry, NHL/player talks on a new CBA seem to be hitting roadblocks, while McGuinty said he would not sacrifice his minorty government in salary talks with Ontario teachers.
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