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March 19, 2009
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Shoe thrower handed three-year sentence

Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former President George W. Bush, was sentenced by an Iraqi court to three years in prison for assaulting a foreign leader. Dhia al-Saadi, the head lawyer of al-Zaidi's defence team, promised to appeal his client's sentence. He said the verdict "is harsh and is not in harmony with the law," according to a March 12 CBC article.

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March 12, 2009
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Congratz ur in 2 skool

Canadian universities are contemplating whether they should replace acceptance and rejection letters for applicants with congratulatory text messages.

To date, no Canadian university has notified students about their application status this way. Students are still informed about their status through e-mail or websites that allow them to log into a personal account.

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March 05, 2009
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UBC students successfully lobby for reduced fees

The University of British Columbia Athletics and Recreation department and the Alma Mater Society announced recently that they would be significantly decreasing student fees for intramural and recreational activities. This comes after a strong rally by students to reduce the fees. The decrease was possible due to some sound business practices by the department in recent years, outgoing AMS president Michael Duncan said.

Missing teen found

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February 12, 2009
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Tenured professor loses job over teaching practices

University of Ottawa professor Dr. Denis Rancourt recently lost his job due to questionable teaching practices. He was suspended from teaching and banned from campus for telling his fourth-year physics class that they were all getting an A+ in Dec. 2008.

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January 22, 2009
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Study connects migranes and mental disorders

A study at the University of Manitoba suggests that there may be a connection between migraines and mental disorders.

The study found that 11 per cent of participants who suffered from migraines were also diagnosed with another disorder. The variety of disorders investigated in the study included major depression, panic disorders and general anxiety disorder.

You are what you eat ... forever

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January 15, 2009
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Telekinetic breakthrough

A new technology is said to give people the rare ability to move objects with their minds. Mind Flex is a game designed by Mattel to read electrical brain impulses while a person is thinking. Children use their thoughts to manoeuvre a small foam ball through a table-top obstacle course. The device, which looks like headphones, is expected to reach store shelves in North America later this year.

Calgarian deported for gang links

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December 04, 2008
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Mumbai attacked

Indian authorities tried to gain control of Mumbai in the late hours of Nov. 26 after 10 gunman invaded several hotels and major centres. Both Western foreigners and anti-terrorism officials were targeted and at least 172 were killed during the three-day siege.

Hitmen with a cause

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