Dec 17, 2011

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Starkman: Chris Pronger’s future in doubt on and off the ice

NHL star defenceman Chris Pronger is known as a warrior on the ice but that approach now has him in a whole world of trouble

House partially collapses after man drives into it

A man was rushed to hospital on Friday night after he drove into a home near Finch Ave. and Yonge St., causing it to partially collapse.

Penalties prove costly for Leafs in 5-4 loss to Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres’ power play manhandled an undisciplined Toronto squad with a 5-4 victory Friday night as the Maple Leafs slipped perilously close to dropping out of a playoff spot.

Storm, floods in south Philippines kill nearly 60

Flash floods triggered by a tropical storm have killed nearly 60 people in the southern Philippines, with many more missing across vast regions, officials said Saturday.

 
 
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Fighting on and off-screen for Batman

The world of Batman is inhabiting two realms: an advance trailer for The Dark Knight Rises unveils a curious new villain at the same time actor Christian Bale bravely takes on anti-freedom guards in China.
 
Business
 

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
 

Mike Milbury charged with assaulting boy at son’s game

Hockey analyst Mike Milbury is accused of grabbing, shaking and threatening a 12-year-old player after a peewee game in the Massachusetts town of Brookline.

Five Leafs answers following 5-4 loss to Sabres

Sports writer answers the five questions following the Leafs 5-4 loss to Buffalo on Friday night.

 

5 questions for the Leafs ahead of Saturday’s game against the Canucks

Leaf reporter Kevin McGran poses five questions in advance of the Leafs game Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks.

New Lokomotiv team helps Russian town heal after KHL plane tragedy

The town of Yaroslavl, Russia, is rallying around the new Lokomotiv team as the healing continues after a plane crash rocked the community and hockey world in September.

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Entertainment
 

Arcade Fire releases new ‘dancing’ interactive video

For Sprawl 11 (Mountains Beyond Mountains), Arcade Fire creates both traditional and an interactive video version.

TIFF’s salute to Roman Polanski, cinema’s enfant terrible

It’s not every day that a legal fugitive gets a retrospective.

 

Beach Boys reuniting for new album, tour in 2012

Members Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks, who were all involved in early versions of The Beach Boys band in the 1960s, are reuniting after a 15-year studio hiatus.

Selena Gomez puts music career on hold

The 19-year-old star is planning to take a break from pop and concentrate on her acting career for the immediate future.

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Living
 

Porketta bingo is Sudbury's delicious passion

If it's Saturday afternoon in Sudbury, it's time to head to the Beef 'n Bird tavern to play porketta bingo.

FED: Only veggies on the menu for food sharers

Corey Mintz prepares dinner for a new vegetarian and a co-worker who toil at the nonprofit community group Foodshare.

 

New Toronto centre hopes to lead the way in music and medicine research

It has been called a window to the soul, the “brandy of the damned” and, most famously, the food of love.Now scientists believe music may also be an important form of medicine.

Cribb: Gifts guys really want

Don’t risk the fake gush over the Mr. Dressup argyle sweater he’ll never wear in public. Here is a list of gifts sure to please the men in your life.Argyle socks just won’t cut it as a gift for the men in your life. How about a nice impact driver for $230, or trade up to a gift certificate for a blepharoplasty with a local plastic surgeon?

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Travel
 

Ottawa to crack down on misleading airline ads

Transport Canada says moves will “enhance consumer protection” with “greater transparency” of air fares; a huge win for consumers.

2 days/2 nights in Zurich

How to spend 2 days and 2 nights in Zurich, the Swiss city that’s got more nightlife than most people give it credit for.

 

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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