Dec 16, 2011

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Eva Alarcon predicted she’d end up dead

Almost a decade ago Eva said her fate would probably be the same as other murdered political activists in Mexico. Her battleground was Guerrero, one of the bloodiest states in a bloody republic â€" and the death threats had already begun.

Christopher Hitchens, militant pundit, essayist and author dies

Christopher Hitchens, the author, essayist and polemicist who waged verbal and occasional physical battle on behalf of causes on the left and right and wrote the provocative bestseller "God is Not Great," died Thursday night after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.

CAW working on biggest union merger ever

Labour group is holding talks with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union while others also look at consolidation.

Mysterious donors pay off Kmart layaway accounts across the U.S.

The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children.

 
 
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Shoppers feeling frugal amid debt, global woes

Only 6 per cent of Canadians say they plan to spend more on gifts this year, while 41 per cent plan to spend less. Here’s why.

Investors punish RIM for grim outlook

Research In Motion Ltd. yesterday beat its reduced earnings guidance for the third quarter but offered a current quarter forecast that badly trails analyst expectations, sending its shares 7.5 per cent lower after hours.

 

Stocks set to rise following string of losses despite poor economic data

The Toronto stock market was set for a higher open Thursday amid data showing slowing economic activity in Europe and China.

Buckle up â€" 2012 set to be even wilder ride than 2011

With elections and leadership changes in the most powerful countries, Europe in crisis, ferment in the Middle East and worsening economic hardship driving unrest and discontent everywhere, 2012 could be just as volatile as 2011 if not worse.

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Sports
 

Doug Smith's Sports Blog: Yu Darvish is exactly what Jays need

If reports are true that the Jays made the highest bid for the star Japanese pitcher, it would be a much-needed signal to the fans that the team is willing to spend oodles of money on the right guy at the right time

Blue Jays made highest bid for Yu Darvish: reports

The Toronto Blue Jays are believed to have made the highest bid for the negotiating rights to Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish.

 

Menon: Burke grins over Leafs’ start, scowls over Reimer media blitz

Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke tells the Star why he’s happy about his injury-riddled squad’s early performance, his second line’s slump, Keith Aulie’s camp and James Reimer’s health.

Flyers’ Chris Pronger out for season with concussion

The Philadelphia Flyers say captain Chris Pronger will miss the rest of the season with a concussion.

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Entertainment
 

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber split up for Christmas

Disproves earlier rumours about Gomez going to Stratford for the holidays.

The year in YouTube marriage proposals

Here is a roundup of ten top marriage proposals captured and revealed on YouTube from 2011.

 

Sherlock Holmes' honeymoon is over

Director Guy Ritchie plays it too safe with A Game of Shadows, settling for a poorly conceived, pedestrian script.

Gary Oldman on playing the anti-007

Oldman offers a darker take on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s George Smiley, and he has no trouble getting under his skin.

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Living
 

Fashion: The ugly truth

Nordic-themed Christmas sweaters are back — and if they include reindeer, snowmen and evergreens so much the better. When it comes to knitted kitsch, the more the merrier

Androgynous male model fronts push-up bra campaign

Dutch department store HEMA proves the effectiveness of its latest push-up bra by using androgynous model Andrej Pejic in its campaign. But would you buy a bra modelled by a man?

 

7 secrets of a kid-friendly holiday party

A little planning goes a long way to ensure children are entertained and grown-ups can enjoy their holiday cocktails. Party planner Maria Vrontos shares her tips.

Fashion trend this winter is glitter all the way

Your home is not the only thing during the holiday season to glitter with festive decorations. If the fashion world has anything to do with it, you’ll also be twinkling like a Christmas tree.

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Travel
 

New Zealand draws new interest with 'Hobbit'

Folks flocking to Matamata to see where new Hobbit movies are being made.

Holiday deals in the Arizona sunshine

Phoenix’s too-toasty summer temperatures mellow considerably for winter and spring, making it an ideal getaway spot not just for golfers but anyone seeking for a little Arizona sunshine. Several of the city’s resorts are offering special deals and packages for the holiday season and beyond, including The Saguaro, a brand new property with a $100 (all prices U.S.) per night introductory rate to celebrate Arizona’s Centennial. Also offering low rates, the lead-in at the Courtyard Marriott is $89 over the holidays and that includes high-speed Internet and daily breakfast. At the iconic Arizona Biltmore, opened in 1929 with Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture, the Dream Holiday package starts at $179 and come with $25 in resort credit, while the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s Family Escape package comes with $100 in resort credit. And the Wigwam Arizona Resort’s golf package includes fairway accommodation, breakfast and unlimited golf from $189 (single) or $259 (double) per night. Holiday happenings in the capital include an annual Gingerbread House contest at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo, Las Noches de Las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden, even ice skating at the downtown NRG Ice Rink just in case you get homesick. For more Phoenix information see www.visitphoenix.com.

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