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Morning Brew: May 1, 2008

Posted by Sisi / May 1, 2008

20080501_habsfan.jpgPhoto: "Ole, Ole, Ole ... Ole! Ole!," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler boucherj73.

Your morning news roundup for Thursday, May 1st, 2008:

An escaped lion cub was captured by Quebec police after a frantic search. Nicknamed "Boomer" by his owner, the lion escaped from its pen on a reserve near Maniwaki Tuesday night. The 6-month old domesticated cat was caught a little after midnight on Thursday after a woman reported seeing it walking alone the 105 highway. The 70-kilogram, 4 feet tall animal was described as weak and terrified as police tried to get it into a cage. No one was injured during the capture. Boomer is currently being kept in a jail cell at the local police station. His owner, Stanley Dumas Whiteduck, brought the lion to the community 2 days before he escaped. It's unclear whether he'll be charged. (How the hell did he come by a lion for a pet anyway?)

The rising cost of gas is making thieves out of people, from elaborate bulk heists to siphoning gas out of fuel tanks. Thieves have stolen thousands of litres out of Montreal gas stations' underground holding tanks. Montreal police couldn't say for sure how many stations were hit, but a constable said that several investigations are under way. Some owners are investing in equipment like security cameras, but many are simply closing the gas pumps in wake of losses. The national average cost of a litre of regular gas was $1.252 on Tuesday, up 2.2 cents from the previous week and 15 cents from a year ago.

"What happened to Craigslist?" is a question on many people's lips. Since 1995, Craigslist has helped millions find apartments, jobs, and even love. The 30 million ads posted free every month give newspaper classifieds a run for their money. But recently, Craigslist has become infamous as a crime venue. From child prostitution rings to murders, fake ads are making many users turn away from the site altogether. The RCMP regularly trolls the listings for potential trouble. Authorities warned that apartment scams are particularly bad in Calgary and Hamilton. In response to criticisms, Craigslist is launching new screening procedures for sex service ads and "additional improvements are under way."

News Bytes:

The Habs lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in a heartbreaking 4-2 game yesterday, putting the boys on the brink of elimination.

Income inequality in Canada has increased, further driving a wedge between the rich and the poor.

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8 Comments

Jenny / May 2, 2008 at 12:44 am
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The world is a tragic, gruesome place. People trying to rip you off right, left and center. From gas pumps to craigslist. Scandalous.

Incidentally, I cannot decide whether that creature is cute or really hideous and repulsive.
Sisi / May 2, 2008 at 05:33 pm
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I'm leaning towards "really hating its life."
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