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Morning Brew: August 15, 2008

Posted by Sisi / August 15, 2008

20080815_chess.jpgPhoto: "Who's turn was it, anyway?," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler chuck.bergeron.

Your morning news roundup for Friday, August 15th, 2008:

Canadian pedophile Chris Neil got 3 years in jail today in Thailand for kidnapping and sexually abusing a 13-year old boy. The 33-year old teacher was arrested last October after an intensive manhunt by Interpol.

What does it take to a power a lean, mean, record-breaking swimming machine like Michael Phelps? The answer is 12,000 calories a day, more than 6 times the intake of a normal dude. For a breakdown of a typical day's meals (including half a kilo of pasta and a whole pizza at dinner), follow this link.

Watch out, moms-to-be! According to a study conducted on children born in the months after the 1998 ice storm, high stress levels during pregnancy can have long-term effects on IQ and language development.

Last year, a large quantity of high-end wine disappeared from an SAQ (Société des alcools du Québec) warehouse. The Crown corporation suspected its own employees but never reported the theft to the police. The stolen wine was valued at over $100,000, whereas in 2006, losses only amounted to $200.

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