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LAW AND ORDER Alberta Sheriffs and Mounties were on their toes over the Labour Day long weekend, and handed out almost 2,400 tickets to unsafe drivers across the province. One-third of the tickets were written up along Highway 2 between Edmonton and Airdrie. Eight officers caught 716 suspected speeders along the stretch of highway and arrested five people on outstanding warrants. One alleged impaired driver was caught on Highway 2, while nine others were served tickets for liquor violations. In total, 1,992 speeding tickets, 45 seatbelt tickets, 22 Liquor Act tickets, eight child restraint tickets, 12 stop sign tickets, and 299 hazardous and nonhazardous violation tickets were handed out across the province. Stats from 2008 practically mirror results from this year’s campaign.
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nage have contributed to drivers laying down their cellular devices while on county roads. Drivers caught chatting or texting behind the wheel on any county, not provincial, roads are subject to a $100 fine for first offence.
Further proof the city elephant’s celebrity fan base is piling up came Monday in the form of a letter scrawled by the man behind “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” “Let me add my voice to the crescendo of voices asking for some relief in the fate of your beloved elephant, Lucy,” the letter from William Shatner reads. “… I humbly ask you to allow Lucy to retire to better circumstances than at the Edmonton Zoo … She’s old, feeble, and many of us know how that feels.” People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) officials are calling the latest celeb endorsement “thrilling.” “When celebrities speak up on behalf of animals, you can bet it’s because it’s something that has really touched them,” said PETA spokeswoman Lisa Watne. Recently, Price is Rightfamed retired game show host Bob Barker jumped on the Save Lucy bandwagon, and became the first Hollywood celeb to take on the
“I humbly ask you to allow Lucy to retire to better circumstances than at the Edmonton Zoo … She’s old, feeble, and many of us know how that feels.” William Shatner cause. Barker and an entourage of elephant experts will arrive in Edmonton next Thursday. He plans to hold a press conference, lunch with city councillors and visit the 33-year-old Asian elephant in the flesh. A local journalism professor says growing A-list support for Lucy’s proposed move is little more than a ploy for attention. “The issue needs to be decided on merits. Celebrities sticking their noses in diverts from the real issue. Who cares what William Shatner thinks?” said Grant MacEwan Journalism program head Roy Wood.
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Northlands unveiled the name of its $150 million facility yesterday, officially starting the countdown to its opening. The Edmonton Exposition and Conference Centre—Edmonton EXPO Centre for short—will open in December. About 220, 000 sq. ft. will be added to the existing trade show and conference space to make room for four new exhibit
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A woman has died in a car-pedestrian crash in west Edmonton. The woman was crossing a street about 10:00 last night when she was struck by a northbound pick-up in the curb lane. The driver said he saw something dark, hit the brakes but not in time to avoid the woman who was thrown into another lane of traffic. A second pick-up skid-
ded to a stop behind the truck that hit the woman. A driver of a northbound car swerved to avoid the suddenly stopped trucks and ran over the woman who was dragged about a dozen metres. The car then drove away from the scene and police say the person behind the wheel should have known the vehicle hit something. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009 Ceremony for slain soldiers to go today A repatriation ceremony is scheduled for noon today at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ont., for the two latest Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan. THE CANADIAN PRESS
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It’s now up to a judge to decide whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s snap election call a year ago was not just politically selfserving but also illegal. Lawyers squared off yesterday in the Federal Court of Canada in a case that could set a precedent across Canada, and even around the world. Arguments began exactly one year after Harper forced an early campaign last September — the third in four years. He did so despite passing changes to the Canada Elections Act in 2007 that set the next vote for Oct. 19, 2009, unless the government fell on a confidence matter first. Federal votes were to be held every four years after that. The law does not clearly prohibit the prime minis-
Democracy Watch co-ordinator Duff Conacher waits for proceedings to begin in Federal Court in Ottawa yesterday.
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ter from pre-empting a noconfidence vote and asking
the Governor General to dissolve Parliament, which she agreed to do. Still, watchdog group Democracy Watch says Harper’s opportunistic move broke the spirit if not the letter of the legislation — what it calls the “convention” established by the law. THE CANADIAN PRESS
News in brief POLITICS Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe says he's convinced Canadians are headed to the polls this fall. The Bloc is already planning a double-barrelled blast at
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has removed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad from an upcoming book about how they caused outrage across the Muslim world, drawing criticism from prominent alumni and a national group of university professors. Yale cited fears of violence. Yale University Press, which the university owns, removed the 12 caricatures from the book The Cartoons That Shook the World by Brandeis University professor Jytte Klausen. The book is scheduled to be released next week. A Danish newspaper originally published the cartoons — including one de-
picting Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban — in 2005. Other Western publications reprinted them. The following year, the cartoons triggered massive protests from Morocco to Indonesia. Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet, even favourable, for fear it could lead to idolatry. “I think it’s horrifying that the campus of Nathan Hale has become the first place where America surrenders to this kind of fear because of what extremists might possibly do,” said Michael Steinberg, an attorney and Yale graduate. Steinberg was among 25
alumni who signed a protest letter sent Friday to Yale Alumni Magazine that urged the university to restore the drawings to the book. Other signers included John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the UN, former Bush administration speechwriter David Frum and Seth Corey, a liberal doctor. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Recount ordered in Afghan election A UN-backed commission yesterday ordered a recount of tainted ballots from the Afghan presidential vote, saying it had “convincing evidence of fraud,” even as President Hamid Karzai for the first time surpassed the threshold needed to avoid a runoff and win re-election. Doubts are growing about the Aug. 20 election’s credibility, a key step in NATO efforts to strengthen the
Afghan government and bolster support for the almost eightyear war against the Taliban. Grant KipHamid Karzai pen, the chairman of the Electoral Complaints Commission, said irregularities found include ballots not being folded — meaning they would not fit
in a ballot box slot — identically marked ballots and overly large counts at polling stations. As a result, Karzai could have votes taken away from him. More than 720 major fraud charges have been lodged with the commission. With results in from almost 92 per cent of polling sites, Karzai has 54.1 per cent of the votes. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Dollar heading for parity again The Canadian dollar’s apparently relentless climb back to parity with the U.S. dollar is leading to speculation that the Bank of Canada may be considering doing more than talk about the dangers of a strong loonie. The loonie has appreciated more than two cents in the past few trading days and many are projecting it could attain parity by the end of the year. It closed at 92.64 cents US yesterday, after briefly hitting 93.44. While that may sound good to snowbirds contemplating a trip south in a few months, bank governor Mark Carney has warned such a move puts the strength of the economic
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recovery in jeopardy. Most observers fully expect Carney to once again hector about the dollar’s inflated value at tomorrow’s policy announcement. However, economists caution the central bank risks losing credibility if it keeps warning about action, without following through. Few think Carney should or will intervene at this point. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Telus takes over Black’s stores Telus Corp. is acquiring Black’s Photo for $28 million, joining rival Bell Canada in bulking up its retail presence in advance of the arrival of new competitors for wireless customers next year. Some time before the holiday shopping season, Black’s stores will begin selling Telus wireless products and services at 113 locations across the country, with a particular strength in Ontario. Chief financial officer Robert McFarlane said yesterday Telus needs to increase its distribution in WIRELESS
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the province and Black’s is a “perfect fit.” Telus acquired Black’s from the privately owned ReichmannHauer Capital Partners, which purchased the chain in October 2007 for an undisclosed price. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Business in brief METALS Gold prices rose above
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Common sense dulled once again Boy Scouts in Britain, has advised scouts to stop carrying Boy Scout knives. This is to prevent the spread of what Scouting calls “a growing knife culture in the U.K.” In response to the outcry, a Scout spokesperson left little doubt they were serious: “Scouting helps to prepare young people with valuable life skills, while keeping them safe by not carrying knives.” Wait a minute. The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” How are they supposed to be prepared to cut kindling, peel potatoes,
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ne of the hazards of being in the news business is you encounter so much preposterousness you never know whether to laugh or cry. For example, Scouting, the official voice for the
open cans or other important Boy Scout stuff if they take away their Boy Scout knives? When I think of the endless hours I spent as a Cub tying all those stupid reef knots and playing dodgeball in church basements so I could step up to Scouts and my own official Boy Scout knife, I feel the need to both laugh and cry. Laugh, because the idea of camping without tools or depending on the pack adult to pass out knives at the appropriate moment makes a mockery out of the self-reliance required to be
a scout. Either give the little blighters the knowledge and skill required to become good scouts, or keep them at home and give out badges for ordering pizza. Cry, because in an attempt to remove life’s sharp edges, we’re putting our boys in a bubble, and boys are suffering for it. Indeed, there is a thin line between savagery and civilization, but there is also one between civilization and demoralization, and somehow we have to civilize boys without turning them into ciphers. I hasten to add that girls
are just as disadvantaged by the ban, as girls need to be just as prepared as boys. What’s next? Confiscate all the needles from the sewing kits? No tent pegs? And in case you were thinking Boy Scouts are anachronisms in the Age of Taking the 4-Wheel Drive to the Mall, last year there was a waiting list of 32,000 in the U.K. alone. Maybe kids are tired of Tweeting. This knife thing is really disturbing because it comes out of England, home of the father of Scouting, Lord Baden Powell. Just in case you were
wondering what old BP thought about it, here’s his take, right out of the Boy Scout manual: “Be Prepared ... a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practising how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.” And: “The boy is not governed by don’t, but is led by do.” So … DYB! DYB DYB! (Do Your Best!) Get the point? Paul Sullivan is a Vancouver-based journalist and owner of Sullivan Media Consulting; email@example.com.
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age 64, Ardrossan
A: I feel that it shouldn’t be. They’re wasting the taxpayers’ dollars.
A: I think the majority of young people don’t bother voting because they think nothing would change, but this would be an opportunity to reverse that mentality.
A: I don’t really like the idea of it because there’s been so many in the last few years. And it doesn’t really seem like it’s making much of a difference.
A: A federal election in this country is becoming a bit of an annual event. If it leads to a majority government ... then I’m all for it.
age 40, Calgary
age 44, Dartmouth, N.S.
Jim Kiem age 47, Vancouver
A: It’s pretty quick for a fall election. It’s a 50-50 thing on whether we should go back for another election … but maybe we should see if we can have a majority government.
age 44, Toronto A: I think we just had one and we’re too busy and there’s not enough money. We’d be better off without it.
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Coyote bidder bails Ice Edge drops out, leaving Balsillie, NHL in hunt The Phoenix Coyotes appear to have one less potential buyer. Ice Edge Holdings, a group made up of Canadian and American businessmen, no longer intends to participate in tomorrow’s auction for the bankrupt NHL team, according to a court filing yesterday from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Ice Edge had initially said it would spend up to
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$150 million US to buy the team and keep it in Arizona, provided the group could work out a new lease arrangement with the city
of Glendale. If Ice Edge does not submit a bid, the field of buyers would narrow to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie and the NHL. Balsillie has the highest bid, as much as $242.5 million US, and is contingent on moving the team to Hamilton. The NHL bid $140 million US to buy the team and keep it in Glendale. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Murray most disappointed OPEN That upwardpointing arrow defining Andy Murray’s career flattened out dramatically yesterday. The Brit, who had ascended to a No. 2 ranking, was ousted from the U.S. Open by No. 16 Marin Cilic, 7-5, 62, 6-2 — a lopsided result as surprising for its score as the player to whom he lost. Cilic overcame two set points in the first set, then pounded Murray over the last two to make his first career Grand Slam quarter-final. Murray, who lost to Roger Federer in the final at
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U.S. Open. The Toronto native and his Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic suffered a 67 (4-7), 6-4, 6-0 loss to Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Andy Ram of Israel in quarter-finals doubles action.
Flushing Meadows last year, will finish 2009 without making a major final. The match ended in the late afternoon in New York and just before newspaper deadlines back in England,
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where the sports sections follow Murray’s every move. Certainly, those headlines won’t be nice this morning. “Today, I could’ve been better in pretty much every part of my game, whether it was mental, forehand, backhand, return,” said Murray, who conceded that, yes, this was the most disappointing loss of his career. Meanwhile, former No. 1 Kim Clijsters, who spent two years on the sidelines, advanced to the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 18 Li Na. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Metro Workology exclusive: Skilled Trades For the month of September, Metroâ€™s Workology section will be focusing on the extremely lucrative and soon to be booming employment sector of skilled trades. So be sure to read Workology and Metronews.ca/work every day.
French fight in Quebec
Former Quebec premier Bernard Landry believes the province should impose French-only college education on the children of immigrants. Landry says itâ€™s time to apply Bill 101, launched in 1977 with the goal of protecting the French language in Quebec, to the provinceâ€™s CĂ‰GEPs to ensure immigrant youth are fully integrated as francophones. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Working with your hands Skilled trades offer great compensation and are in demand RAFAEL BRUSILOW for Metro Canada
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back for getting something right that most Canadians tends to get wrong. Despite many common misconceptions, careers in the skilled trades for electricians, welders, crane operators and scores of other trades people are lucrative, in demand and provide some of the steadiest and most satisfying employment available. While the recent recession has impacted all levels of industry throughout the country, George Gritziotis, executive director of the Construction Sector Council, says the construction industry managed more of a soft landing as a result of almost $10 billion in government stimulus money and
Skilled Trades an unprecedented construction boom from 19962008, which saw employment hit a record of 1.2 million workers Canada-wide. â€œParts of the country went from overheated and super busy down to just being busy, so the downturn for us wasnâ€™t as dramatic as it could have been,â€? he said. Careers in the skilled trades usually begin with an apprenticeship that lasts five years, followed by graduation to journeyman status for full employment
Careers in the skilled trades for electricians, welders, crane operators and scores of other trades people are lucrative, in demand and can provide some of the steadiest employment available.
prospects. The ongoing shortage of skilled-trade workers across Canada is so pronounced, Gritziotis says, that before the current recession employers were hiring students before they had even finished their full apprenticeships.
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Local job market sees some improvement ANDREAS MORSE for Metro Edmonton
At first glance it would appear that Alberta’s capital city is starting to see the end of the global economic downturn. Compared to August 2008, Edmonton’s labour force grew by 26,500, according to Edmonton Economic Development Corporation’s (EEDC) analysis of the latest Statistics Canada numbers. Unfortunately the news isn’t all good. Employment is down over the same period of time by 1,500 people. Cathy Ennis, a spokesperson for EEDC, says August was only the second month in 2009 in which the monthly employment numbers were
“The recovery is certainly improving gradually, but every month is a little better than the last.” Terry Jorden lower than in the same month in 2008. “Because the labour force has grown more quickly than employment, the August unemployment rate has increased from 3.6 per cent to 7.6 per cent,” Ennis says. “While increasing unemployment does create hardships for people looking for work, it also improves Edmonton’s competitiveness relative to other communities.” According to EEDC, prior to the downturn, Edmon-
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recovery is similar to the province’s recovery.” There are areas in Edmonton that are experiencing job growth. The utilities sector, insurance and finance areas have shown an increase, along with food services and accommodation. Jorden says that, in general, part-time work has seen job growth as opposed to a decline. “I think our feeling is that these are good signs,” he says. “The recovery is certainly improving gradually, but every month is a little better than the last. We feel that even though these numbers show improvement, we still must continue to invest in programs to help people get back to work.” “We’re optimistic,” he added.
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get her degree in Edmonton. “I’m really happy to be in Edmonton, there’s so much going on here in terms of health care,” she says. “All the new facilities, and the U of A program has gone through a lot of changes over the past couple of years that I’ve been really happy with, and the faculty is extremely supportive.” Whidden says she doesn’t think it matters where you get your degree from as long as you have passion for helping people. “I think anywhere you go, you’ll fit into that style of learning and you’ll make friends and you’ll appreciate the faculty,” she says. “I know people get tense about where they’re going to study, but in the end I’m sure it works out for the vast majority of people.”
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Rental cars going smoke-free Beginning Oct. 1, all Avis Rent A Car and Budget Rent A Car vehicles in Canada and the U.S. will be smoke-free, with customers and employees prohibited from smoking in any rental vehicle. METRO NEWS SERVICES
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The redesigned Buick Allure will be renamed the LaCrosse in Canada, using the name that has been used in the U.S. The Allure name was originally chosen for the Canadian model, as LaCrosse could be misconstrued as a slang term in French. CANADIANDRIVER.COM
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A Legacy of excellence Updated Subaru sedan takes careful aim at mainstream MARK ATKINSON for Metro Canada
There’s just something about Subaru that doesn’t appeal to the general public. That’s fine for company fans, though, who appreciate the rally history, turbocharged performance and allwheel drive. When trying to build sales, though, sometimes you have to broaden your sights. That worked for the 2009 Impreza, whose softening drew cries of criticism from the Subaru faithful, but also drew 50 per cent more sales. Now it’s the 2010 Legacy’s turn. It takes careful aim at the mainstream, targeting the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. In an effort to bring its size in line with its Japanese rivals, Subaru stretched the sedan in every direction. The increased space is aimed at improving cabin room while easing access to the rear seats. The second row went from cramped to comfortable, thanks also to sculpted front seat-backs and longer rear doors that widen the gap available to climb in. The all-wheel-drive Legacy is powered by a familiar mix of boxer engines, rang-
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E-Class safer: Mercedes study A recent study conducted by Mercedes-Benz claims that drivers of its E-Class vehicles have a 10.4 per cent lower risk of being fatally injured when compared to similar vehicles of other brands. METRO NEWS SERVICES
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was reminded of an emerging automotive trend while re-watching Woody Allen’s 1973 film, Sleeper. The film depicts life in 2173, and one of the more interesting appliances people have then is the Orgasmatron. It looks like a small, round closet, and people go in there, either singularly or as a couple, to quickly and cleanly fulfill a function its name suggests. This got me thinking about another home-based device that will also surely be part of our future — and one that even sort of looks like the Orgasmatron. Of course, I speak of home-based automotive refuelling stations. Some examples are here already and many more are coming, because the way we energize our homes and the way we energize our automobiles seem to be converging. In the future we will need clean power for our homes and our mobility devices; so no sense re-inventing the wheel for each application. For example, there is no technological reason not to have a natural gas fuelling station at home. If you do it overnight with low pressure, you don’t even need tanks and compressors. Electric cars can already be recharged on home current. In the years ahead,
we’re sure to have highvoltage outlets that are designed specifically for recharging electric car batteries. And if you got a super green house plastered with solar panels, and have surplus electricity, you’ll want to make sure this nice, clean juice gets into your car somehow. Lots of automakers are putting R&D money in home refueling initiatives, but none more than Honda. It has operated an experimental Home Energy Station in Torrance, Calif., since 2003. The station us-
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Fuel from home “In the future we will need clean power for our homes and our mobility devices; so no sense re-inventing the wheel for each application.” es a fuel cell to generate hydrogen from natural gas, to provide heat and electricity for the home, and for fueling a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle.
Honda’s MCHP units are like little hybrids for homes, generating clean electricity for houses and cars.
But I think Honda’s neatest such device is the MCHP
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Ford F-150 Raptor an off-roader’s dream come true Preparing to blaze new trails, the all-new 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is ready for the most challenging desert adventures. But this purpose-built, high-speed off-road truck also is engineered to be versatile enough to take on the everyday commute. “With Raptor, we’re taking the established performance of the F-150 to the next level and proving just how much Ford trucks can do,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president for global product development. “The F150 SVT Raptor doesn’t just appear to be off-road-
ready. It is off-road-ready. It was built with the off-road enthusiast in mind and will give consumers an offroad experience no other vehicle can.” Ford’s special vehicle Team, known for engineering high-performance vehicles such as the Ford Shelby GT500, has outdone itself with the Raptor. The Raptor was built specifically to fulfill the desires of the highly demanding and growing off-road performance market. High-performance off-road trucks are a market that is largely untapped, allowing SVT Raptor to set the bar
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The 5.5-metre-long Parasaurolophus is friendly and patient, allowing children to climb its back, sit on its tail and pat its bumpy, coral-coloured skin. But walk along the treelined path and the evil ninemetre-long Albertosaurus lies in wait. The relative of Tyrannosaurus rex is ready to pounce â€” but will its next meal be the meat of the Edmontonia, with its head down as it tries to protect itself, or the young Styracosaurus across the path that seems to have wandered away from its herd? The four are part of the recently completed dinosaur trail at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C. The trail includes nine types of dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous period, the last period before dinosaurs became extinct, 100 million to 65 million years ago. Itâ€™s also a period when dinosaurs roamed North Carolina, although none of those stalking the museum grounds lived here.
An Alamosaurus towers over the Dinosaur Trail at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C.
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Disney brings back Jackson film Michael Jackson is to be honoured at Disneyland. The theme park is considering bringing back Captain EO, a 17-minute 3-D movie starring the late King of Pop which was originally shown at the venue in the ‘80s and ‘90s. FEMALEFIRST.CO.UK
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NED EHBAR for Metro Canada REVIEW With more and more computer-animated films coming out each year, it’s easy for a non-Pixar entry to get lost in the shuffle. Hopefully such a fate will not befall Shane Acker’s debut, 9, the feature adaptation of his Oscar-winning short about a band of scrappy burlap dolls-cometo-life fighting against frightening contraptions that are all that’s left of the war between men and machines. (The machines won, by the way.) Like the little burlap refugees, the film itself comes off as scrappy, full of
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gumption. By focusing on characters less than a foot tall, it forces the audience to see the world from a much different vantage point, where much of our cast-off scrap can come in handy: Exact-o knives as sabers, headlight bulbs as torches. And in the wreckage of
an apocalyptic war, there’s plenty of scrap to go around. The addition of vocal talent doesn’t always completely gel with the action. (The original short was dialogue-free.) And while the cast, including Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connolly and John C. Reilly, is quite
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Oprah marks 24 years Thousands of Oprah Winfrey’s fans gathered on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue as the talk show host planned to celebrate the 24th season of her show with a public taping on Tuesday that was to include the Black Eyed Peas and Rascal Flatts. Diane Stimson lined up at 4:30 a.m., several hours before the taping was set to begin, and by the afternoon the 43-year-old Chicagoan was dancing behind a metal barrier as she waited. She called Winfrey
an inspiration. “She worked her way to the top, and she made it,” Stimson said. “She gives us all hope.” Winfrey’s production company, Harpo Productions, has said it expects “thousands” of people to attend the event, which will also feature Jennifer Hudson, James Taylor and magician Criss Angel. The company said it would cover all costs for police, paramedics and sanitation at the outdoor taping. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Leno ‘laid back’ as debut looms With less than a week to go before The Jay Leno Show begins on NBC, Leno describes himself as “laid back” — especially compared to his debut as Tonight Show host. In a teleconference, Leno took a jab at NBC, noting its fourth-place position in the network ratings and suggesting his show couldn’t do any worse. Leno also made light of his role as network TV’s potential saviour.
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Fan declares love for George An unidentified fan stripped to his boxers in front of George Clooney at the Venice Film Fest yesterday and declared: â€œI am gay ... Take me, choose me George, please. May I kiss you, just once?â€? Clooney responded: â€œItâ€™s hard when you take a big chance and it doesnâ€™t really work.â€? THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole will be among the top artists performing at a Sept. 26 Michael Jackson tribute concert in Vienna, organizers said Tuesday. But they left open the possibility that major stars such as Madonna might still be part of the show, which will take place outside a 17th-century palace in the Austrian capital. Event promoter Georg Kindel said that up to 25 performers are expected to participate in concert, which is being billed as the main global tribute for the King of Pop, who died June 25 in Los Angeles. Sister Sledge, Akon, Angela Bassett, and the Germany-based boy band US5 also are among the 13 artists confirmed so far, Jacksonâ€™s brother Jermaine Jackson said. In addition, Jacksonâ€™s original band and dancers will take part. All the artists will play some of Jacksonâ€™s greatest hits at the concert, including Thriller, Billie Jean, Black or White and Bad â€” with a group rendition of Heal the World or We are the World as a finale.
Fans of Michael Jackson are hoping to relive his glory days, such as at this London concert in 1990, with a glitzy tribute in Vienna.
â€œWe will honour on this night not only the musician and artist Michael Jackson but also the humanitarian,â€? Kindel said. â€œHeâ€™s really someone who changed the history of music.â€? Jacksonâ€™s family and children â€” as well as 65,000 fans â€” are expected to attend the tribute at Viennaâ€™s former imperial Schoenbrunn Palace, one of the Austrian capitalâ€™s top tourist attractions, Kindel said. A â€œsignificant portionâ€? of the proceeds from the event will be donated to charity, he added.
While Madonna and Whitney Houston were reportedly named as headliners, a defensive Kindel stressed the list of performers was still not set in stone, and that more acts would be named soon. Jermaine Jackson has said Vienna was chosen as the venue because his brother â€œloved castles ... The beauty of the city is what just really knocks us out because itâ€™s just a wonderful setting,â€? to keep Michaelâ€™s legacy alive.â€? Tickets went on sale last month. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS *SVGSQTPIXIGSRXIWXHIXEMPWKSXSLXXT[[[WSR]QYWMGGETMXFYPPLQZVYPIW
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