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A WIN FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN IRELAND

Irish voters have said “Yes.” Ireland has become the first country to legalize same-sex marrige by a popular vote. It appears the “Yes” side will win with more than 60 percent of the vote in the predominantly Catholic country. “No” … read more

ORSON WELLES DRAFT MEMOIR TO UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

The University of Michigan is the recipient of a draft of an Orsan Welles memoir. The unpublished, raw draft was in eight boxes of material the university purchased from Oja Kodar, the Croatian filmmaker who was Welles’ partner and collaborator … read more

PAN AM UPDATE

Pan Am Games organizers say only two venues are left to be finished – with just 49 days to go – before the big summer event kicks off. The committee says the Hamilton soccer stadium is complete as of today … read more

OTTAWA EXPANDS THALIDOMIDE PAYMENTS

There are more details from Ottawa on a multi-million-dollar compensation package – for thalidomide victims. Almost 100 eligible survivors have now received a one-time, tax-free payment of $125,000 – to cover their immediate needs. Those payments were promised back in … read more

CMHC: MOST TORONTO CONDO OWNERS NOT TOO QUICK TO FLIP

Many Zoomers, who have downsized or are thinking about it, end up getting a condo. If you have, are you among the growing number of investors planning to sell your place over the next five years? A new Canada Mortgage … read more

PROVINCE INVESTS IN NEW BRAIN RESEARCH CENTRE

The Wynne government’s putting $23.5-million in a new Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation at Baycrest Health Sciences. The aim is to support projects that enable healthier brain aging, allow older Zoomers to live at home longer and … read more

ATHLETES WHO SUFFER CONCUSSIONS COULD SUFFER MEMORY LOSS LATER IN LIFE: STUDY

There seems to be a link between concussions involving unconsciousness and cognitive impairment later in life. A small study of retired National Football League players found athletes who lose consciousness after concussions may be at risk for memory loss as … read more

EIFFEL TOWER CLOSED DUE TO PICKPOCKETS

     The biggest tourist destination in Paris is shut down today.  The Eiffel Tower is closed to the public as workers protest a recent rise in aggressive pickpockets.  The Paris monument is normally open every day of the year and … read more

NO HARPER – TRUDEAU DEBATE AS YET

The Federal Conservative Party says Prime Minister Harper will not be participating in two of the federal leader’s debates preceding this fall’s general election.  The Tories are sticking with their plans to participate in five independently organized debates hosted by … read more

ISIL TERRORISTS CAPTURE ANOTHER TOWN IN IRAQ: TRIBAL LEADER

Islamic State terrorists have apparently seized another town in Anbar province, less than a week after capturing the provincial capital of Ramadi. A tribal leader said today the small town of Husseiba fell overnight.  Sheikh Rafie al-Fahdawi says police and … read more