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Morning Brew: July 25, 2008

Posted by Sisi / July 25, 2008

20080725_sympavandal.jpgPhoto: "Kim Phuc et Star Trek Walker," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler Martin Bérubé.

Your morning news roundup for TGIFriday, July 25th, 2008:

Dept. of People Who Cheated Death, Then Kicked It In The Balls: Kim McNairn and Les Perreaux were in the middle of a kayaking trip on the Cabonga Reservoir last week when lightning struck the tiny island where they'd pitched a tent for the night. Said McNairn: "I'm screaming and you can smell burned hair. You think, I'm so close, I'm smelling this, this is it, this is it."

A Toronto court battle between two women may set the benchmark for the rights of same-sex parents following the birth of a child. The women, who are only referred to by their initials L.K. and C.L., split up 9 months after C.L. gave birth to now 5-year old "J." The case is being closely watched in the family law field, as there are still many gaps in the legal system when it comes to same-sex parents.

Girls and boys are now performing equally on standardized math tests across North America, closing a "gender gap" that lasted for decades. However, girls still take less physics courses. Next stop: a female Albert Einstein.

In curious news: A tiny little blurb on the Gazette's website reports that police car chases might be banned following a couple of accidents this summer, including one that resulted in the drowning of a 14-year old.

The colonel that led the ill-fated Somalia mission has been quietly promoted to general by the Canadian government. Serge Labbe led the 1992-1993 mission to Somalia, during which "Canadian paratroopers tortured to death 16-year-old Shidane Arone, documenting the brutal beating of the Somali with a series of photographs."

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Sarah / July 25, 2008 at 04:40 pm
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That "7 people who kicked death in the balls" is great.
I had little will to live this morning... this kicked my ass in a good way. :)
Christopher King / July 26, 2008 at 09:20 am
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A real shame about Serge Labbe's promotion.

Regardless of what he has done since in Kabul, or with the release of the 6 Serbian hostages, he should have forever been kept from moving further up the ranks.

Labbe has forever tainted our Canadian Forces as peacekeepers image.
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