Feb 18, 2012

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 Hello Cabuyano! 

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DiManno: To what extent did the city workers' strike contribute to the death of James Hearst?

Nearly three years and one ministry of health report later, the question is being asked about Hearst’s demise: How could this have happened?

Toronto Raptors fall prey to woeful Charlotte Bobcats, 98-91

Toronto coach Dwane Casey was seething after the Raptors’ uninspired effort allowed the cellar-dwelling Charlotte Bobcats to snap a 16-game losing streak on Friday night.

Vikileaks Twitter account shuts down

.“I am shutting down before any other innocent people are targeted,” reads the final tweet.from @Vikileaks30.

James: Knives are out, and not just for Gary Webster

Mayor Rob Ford's sycophants are sending a clear message to city staff: Don't confront your political masters with the facts.

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Whitney's funeral will be star studded

Music exec Clive Davis and actor Kevin Costner are expected to speak at Houston’s private service on Saturday.


Olive: Mark Carney’s plan to help save the (financial) world

Mark Carney, in a sit-down interview with the Star’s David Olive, displays the steeliness he’ll need to steer global finances away from the brink as head of the Financial Stability Board. In a terse exchange, the Bank of Canada head even puts Olive in his place.

Inflation rate jumps to 2.5 per cent on higher gas prices

A one-month pop in gasoline prices propelled Canada's annual inflation rate up two notches to 2.5 per cent in January, reversing a recent trend toward moderating consumer price increases.


Sears joins low-price club - fewer sales, better prices

Sears' plan to permanently cut prices on thousands of items and offer sales on fewer items is the latest volley in a  retail price war.

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Cox: Talented Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Jake Gardiner may have to go

If the Leafs manage to swing a deal with Columbus for Rick Nash, it may cost them Jake Gardiner, perhaps the best rookie defenceman in the NHL.

Toronto Raptors fall prey to woeful Charlotte Bobcats, 98-91

Toronto coach Dwane Casey was seething after the Raptors’ uninspired effort allowed the cellar-dwelling Charlotte Bobcats to snap a 16-game losing streak on Friday night.


Jeremy Lin commits 9 turnovers as New Orleans Hornets beat New York Knicks 89-85

The Lin-ning streak is over. And Jeremy LIN’s sloppiness was one of the problems for the Knicks.

Detroit Red Wings beat Predators for 22nd straight home win

Three nights after breaking the NHL single-season record for consecutive home victories, the Red Wings tied Boston’s multiple-season mark.

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Degrassi star Neil Hope, a.k.a. Wheels, died a lonely death unnoticed

Neil Hope —the lovable, troubled teen “Wheels” on Degrassi — died alone in a Hamilton rooming house in 2007, police confirm.

Oscars 2012: Academy Awards gone weird

Could this be the weirdest Academy Awards ever? Consider these nine sets of oddball Oscar facts and figures, in a year when a silent movie could triumph in Tinseltown.


Oscars 2012: The Odds: War Horse

Star movie critic Peter Howell handicaps the odds on the nine Best Picture contenders for the Feb. 26 Academy Awards. Today: War Horse.

Justin Bieber was found on YouTube, why not a conductor?

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra asked for YouTube videos from 153 applicants for the job of conductor â€" part of a new trend of internet artist search

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Generations: Special section on family and style

For this special edition of Weekend Life, guest editor Jeanne Beker explores the connections between generations and style.

Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres grant Ottawa woman’s wish

Helene Campbell, who is awaiting a double lung transplant, will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show thanks to the power of Twitter.


Montreal restaurant Laurier drops celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay from name

Once Laurier Gordon Ramsay, Montreal restaurant will now be known as Laurier 1936 after its relationship with the U.K. chef soured.

More athletes scoring beauty product endorsements

They've been known for their brawn. Now they're getting known for their beauty. Tennis star Milos Raonic teams with Biotherm and swimmer Annamay Pierse pairs with Pantene in the latest endorsements.

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A perfect weekend in Miami

The shopping and beach mecca of Miami, Florida is often at the top of Canadians' travel lists.

Europe on a $23.71 a day . . . or maybe $118.78

Backpacker study finds Sofia, Bulgaria the cheapest city in Europe, while Oslo, Norway is the most expensive. Be prepared!


Travel Deals: Newfoundland, Bahamas, Hawaii, Ontario and more

Newfoundland and Labrador have done a great job promoting their destination these past few years with an eye-catching ad campaign. If you’re ready to book, Globus has a deal: 12-day tours discounted by $200 per person, as long as you reserve by April 17. Trip highlights include Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its spectacular scenery, the Strait of Belle Isle (also known as ‘Iceberg Alley’), L’Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site and the only known Viking settlement in North America, the historic community of Trinity, Cape Spear and St. John’s with a cruise of Witless Bay to see the humpback whales. With the discount, prices start at $2,379 per person and include accommodation, touring, attraction tickets, daily breakfasts and most dinners, including a lobster dinner and a farewell dinner complete with one of Newfoundland’s famous ‘Screech-In’ ceremonies on the last night. Tours run June through September. See www.globusjourneys.ca.

Rivers and Dust â€" The two sides of Africa

Finding wild animals on a safari to Africa is a special experience. But it's really all about the water.

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