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"Urination" Troops ID’d by US Marines

By Samantha Sim

 

The US Marine Corps believe to have identified at least two of four Marines in a video released appearing to show them urinating on Taliban corpses, www.heraldsun.com reports.

 

A US Marines spokesman, Lt Col Joseph Plenzler, said they have “identified the unit,” but added that “we cannot release the name of the unit at this time since the incident is being investigated.” Some reports have suggested the troops shown in the video are from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

 

The Obama Administration has expressed revulsion at the video, although it’s unknown if the president has actually seen the video. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has vowed a full investigation by the Marines and the Kabul-based International Security Assistance Force.

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Tenth Grade Students Receive Poor Marks on Health Report Cards

By Russell Sabio

 

Tenth-grade students in New Brunswick have been sent home with health report cards that track blood pressure, cholesterol levels, heart rate, blood sugar levels and body mass index (BMI) results.

 

The CBC reports that approximately ten percent of students at St. Stephen High School got poor marks. A proportion of students had four or more risk factors for coronary heart disease.

 

Seventy-five percent of students last year had at least one risk factor that may lead to heart disease. This means that students either had high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels or high BMIs.

 

Dieticians will counsel students and exercise classes will be held said Dr. Sohrab Lutchmedial, a cardiologist with NB Heart Centre who is part of the project.

 

Don Walker, a guidance counselor, had seen a steady decline in the health of phys-ed students at his school since the early 1980s.

 

It was his idea to send students home with these report cards in hopes that these results might prevent heart disease and other health problems.

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Gould Street closure, permanent?

By Brian Boudreau

 

The Toronto and East York community council approved a recommendation to keep Gould Street and a section of Victoria Street, between Gould and Dundas Street East, permanently closed to traffic, according to The Ryersonian.

 

Since its closure, the space has been used for various events such as the Ryerson Farmers’ Market and Ryerson’s Week of Welcome.

 

The measure will be considered by city council on Feb. 6. If approved, it will designate Gould and Victoria streets a pedestrian-only zone for five years, with annual assessments on its operations.

 

This is the latest development in the joint initiative between Ryerson University and the city, which began in September 2010.The closure was set to expire on Sept. 30, 2011, but both projects were extended by six months pending a permanent resolution.

 

Under the new proposal neither the university nor the city can remove the permanent closure without more than six-months notice.

 

Ryerson spent $240,293 in maintenance including landscaping, snow removal and street furniture during the one-year pilot and will consider more options on the area with donor and government grant funding, but any new changes or proposals must be approved by the city beforehand.

 

The university will continue to be responsible for landscaping, snow removal and litter collection, but the city will retain ownership.

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Facebook Group Pressures Mattel Into Creating Bald Barbie Doll

By Angela Hoyos

 

“Barbie is universal. Little girls want to be pretty like her,” said Rebecca Sypin, a Los Angeles-area woman whose 12-year-old daughter Kin is currently battling with leukemia.

 

According to the www.thestar.ca, Facebook users across North America are bidding for Mattel, the world’s largest toy company, to produce a range of bald Barbies for girls suffering from hair loss.

 

Last month, Sypin, along with three other women across the U.S, created the Facebook page to pressure Mattel into creating this new design.

 

In spite of the women’s efforts, Mattel’s Consumer Relations is unable to accept outside requests due to policy restrictions.

 

“We work closely with our philanthropic team to bring light to many causes… but we have a policy of not forwarding unsolicited product ideas to our design teams.”

 

Sypin explains that the doll is not only about making young girls with hair loss feel pretty, but it’s a way to raise awareness and make others come to terms with the changes related to childhood cancer and hair loss diseases like alopecia.

 

Sypin’s Facebook campaign has generated a lot of buzz with more than 16,000 likes and thousands of comments in support of this innovative idea.

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Mexico’s Drug Violence Spreads, Death Toll Over 47,500

By Abigale Subdhan

The Mexican government revealed yesterday that the country’s brutal drug war has claimed over 47,500 lives in the past five years, the Globe and Mail reports.


This information was released a few hours after police found two decapitated bodies inside a burning SUV at the entrance of one of Mexico City’s most lavish malls. The heads and a threatening note - written in hot pink paper - were found a few metres away, said Mexican City officials. The local media reported that the message was signed by a local gang, Manos Con Ojos (“Hands with Eyes”).

 

The SUV, which carried an out-of-province license plate, was stolen, according to prosecutors. The two victims, a man and woman around 30 years old, have not been identified.

 

The Mexican capital has been spared much of the drug war violence that occurs along the U.S. border. Its wealthy financial district is home to the headquarters of IBM and Hewlett Packard. The residents of the city are rich families who live within well-secured, high-rise buildings.

 

However, the drug gangs have slowly made their way to the city’s capital causing havoc along the way. The Globe reports that there has been recent fear among residents who believe that the drug war is infiltrating into these luxurious neighborhoods which were once thought safe.

 

The federal government frequently released the number of drug war deaths; however they stopped a year ago due to the high numbers.
On Wednesday, Mexico’s freedom of information agency asked for government officials to release the information.

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A Spicy Tribute

By Lisa Coxon

 

It’s been 15 years since they zig-a-zag ahhh’d, but five nostalgic women are bringing back the sound that so many pre-teen girls went crazy for in the ‘90s.

 

Wannabe: the Spice Girls Tribute Band will be making their debut performance at the El Mocambo on Spadina Ave. on Saturday January 14, as reported by www.toronto.com. The classic roles of Baby, Sporty, Scary, Posh, and Ginger will be played by Anika Johnson, Catharine Merriam, Janee Olivia, Barbara Johnston and Suzy Wilde, all graduates from Ryerson theatre and Humber music programs.

 

The kids who loved the Spice Girls are now in their 20s, old enough to drink and young enough to dance, unashamed, to the songs of their youth. Wannabe will perform two sets from the Spice Girls’ two most popular albums, Spice and Spiceworld, staying true to original costumes too. The infamous Union Jack jumper worn by Ginger and the Adidas track pants sported by Sporty (no pun intended) are all part of the performance.

 

While Wannabe thinks their show will attract those who loved the Spice Girls, they also hope it will attract even those who hated them, more so for the spectacle. The cover band hopes to get involved in festivals and events like Pride and eventually sell out shows of their own. For now, if you wannabe the Spice Girls, you gotta get with this band.

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