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July 25, 2003
  St. AngerPDF files may take a moment to load

The four horsemen of the apocalypse are back. For years, fans have been waiting to hear the monster guitars riffs, finger shredding solos, smashing drums and the grand larger-than-life sound that is Metallica again. After listening to their latest album, St. Anger, it seems most mainstream Metallica fans will have to keep waiting.

St. Anger is a disappointing album with lame vocals, generic riffs, shitty drums and no guitar solos-all the things that have defined Metallica's sound are gone.

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July 25, 2003
  Seabiscuit, see Biscuit run!PDF files may take a moment to load

"A picture is worth a thousand words" is one of the more popular fallacies in the art world. Describing the grin of the Mona Lisa is no easy feat, but if the axiom is true, then why are movies never as good as the books that spawned them? Nearly two and a half hours of 24 frames per second is a lot of pictures, yet Seabiscuit never captures the brilliance, excitement or depth of Laura Hillenbrand's spectacular book, Seabiscuit: An American Legend.

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July 25, 2003
  An interview with Face to FacePDF files may take a moment to load

Someone's screaming obscene lyrics into the microphone, people are chowing down on overpriced food and some crazy kids are mud wrestling. Yep, the Vans Warped Tour has returned.

The Warped Tour is a bizarre mix of anti-establishment bands, playing amidst a slew of commercialization and pro-skateboarding demos. Companies try to sell you almost anything there, from clothes to a Playstation 2.

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July 24, 2003
  Nose Hill Park: A happy accidentPDF files may take a moment to load

Rising 90 metres above the city, Nose Hill Park is a familiar landmark to everyone who lives north of the Bow River. At 2,600 acres, it is Canada's largest natural (as opposed to groomed) urban park.

July 24, 2003
  Warped Tour '03PDF files may take a moment to load

My mission was to enter deep into punk lifestyle, to grasp the true punk culture that has snuck in and taken a firm hold in popular culture, while courting unpopularity. My friends, I was sent to Race City Speedway on July 2 with a camera and a backstage pass, told to return with outrageous stories of physical violence and pictures of topless girls. Having failed at both tasks, here's what I did at the Vans Warped Tour.

July 24, 2003
  File-sharing felons?PDF files may take a moment to load

Murderers, rapists, file sharers. They would share the common status of felons in the United States if the Author, Consumer and Computer Owner Protection and Security bill passes in the US Congress. ACCOPS would punish users who attempt to share copyrighted files on the Internet with fines up to $250,000 and five years in already overcrowded jails.

July 24, 2003
  You're outta here!PDF files may take a moment to load

The Canadian Baseball League could fold during its inaugural season, smashing a bat to the skull of baseball in Canada.

Following the All-Star Game at Burns Stadium on July 23, the 2003 season will end, falling far short of its 72-game goal.

July 24, 2003
  The dust has settledPDF files may take a moment to load

The fallout from the war in Iraq has begun and the recurring issue remains the alleged weapons of mass destruction. Do they exist? Where are they? When will the coalition troops find them? These questions are being asked on a near daily basis.

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July 24, 2003
  Distracting ourselves, destroying culturesPDF files may take a moment to load

I pride myself that I am Canadian. More precisely, I am proud of a nation that fosters and develops individual cultures in a world where a myriad of cultures exist. I was always taught that Canada was a place where an individual could escape unjust persecution due to race, religion, or political belief. However, to tread once more on the worn cliche, things are not always as they seem.

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