*Enbridge Report. U.S. National Transportation Safety Board chair, Denorah Herman, says Enbridge could not only have resonded better to a Michigan oil spill, they could have prevented it.
*Trinidad Turtles Crushed. The CEO of the Trinidadian Environmental Management Authority tells us a botched river redirection killed far fewer hatchlings than the thousands environmentalists claim.
*Lubanga: DRC Check-In. In recent weeks, former DRC army general, Bosco Ntaganda, has led a bloody mutiny against the Congolese army -- using child soldiers. Human Rights Watch tells us about this latest warlord.
*Firefly Gifts. When it comes to the love life of fire flies, females get turned on by males with bigger gifts -- that is, gifts of food.
The cracks fell between the cracks. An investigation into a Michigan oil spill finds both Enbridge and safety officials at fault for a lack of oversight into pipeline safety.
One sentence does not end the story. The International Criminal Court puts one Congolese warlord away -- but another continues to wreak havoc.
Walking on eggshells. A Trinidadian environmental official downplays reports that a bungled operation caused tens of thousands of turtle eggs to be destroyed.
On the edge of someone's seat. The Supreme Court considers the case of Etobicoke Centre -- and whether a byelection should be called after errors in the last election.
After a flashin'. Scientists examine the courtship of fireflies -- and find that females aren't just attracted to a male's sparkling personality.
And...the invoice of a generation. After three years, A.T. & T finally stops insisting a Massachusetts man pay an erroneous million-dollar phone bill -- but he's refusing to dial back his complaint.
As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that lives up to its billing.
Pipeline operators need to pursue safety with the same vigour that they pursue profits.
That's the opinion of Deborah Hersman, the Chair of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. The board met today in Washington to review a report on the probable cause of the 2010 crude-oil leak in and around the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.
To date, more than three million litres of oil have been collected from the site of the spill. And earlier this month, Enbridge was slapped with a proposed three-point-seven-million-dollar fine for the leak.
We reached Chairman Deborah Hersman in Washington, DC.
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Every year, tourists travel to the hotel near Grande Riviere in Trinidad to watch the leatherback turtles hatch and scurry to sea. But now they're going to the beach to save those that weren't crushed by machinery.
As you've heard in the news, there are reports that a botched operation to redirect a river in Trinidad resulted in an ecological disaster: the crushing of leatherback turtles' nests.
Environmental groups are saying as many as twenty-thousand eggs were destroyed -- either crushed, or eaten by predators who took advantage of the devastation.
But Joth Singh, the CEO of the Environmental Management Authority, says those reports are wrong. He believes only a few hundred eggs were destroyed. We reached him at the site of the disaster, on Grande Riviere, Trinidad.
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It's a very particular feeling, that sensation you get when you stare at an impossibly enormous bill. Your blood runs cold. You get light-headed. Time stops. Numbers suddenly stop making sense.
Sometimes, that feeling is replaced by relief and anger, when you realize you couldn't possibly have made the phone calls in question.
Well, Michael Smith had all those feelings. But they were exponentially more intense. Because he received a phone bill for about a million dollars.
It didn't take long for Mr. Smith -- the owner of Todd Tool and Abrasive Systems in Ipswach, Massachusetts -- to realize that he hadn't made all those long-distance calls to Somalia. So he refused to pay his phone bill. But then AT&T sued him for the full amount, plus interest. And so began a three year battle over the bill.
Yesterday, AT&T dropped the suit. But today, Mr. Smith made it clear he's not giving up the fight. We reached him in Ipswach.
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Today, the International Criminal Court in the Hague delivered its first-ever sentence, in the case of Thomas Lubanga. The former warlord was handed fourteen years' imprisonment for his use of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
For some, the sentence was a small victory. But if it was intended to send a message to those who may follow in his footsteps, it's not having the desired effect. For example, a man named Bosco Ntaganda.
In recent weeks, his rebels -- known as M23 -- have won a series of surprising military victories in eastern Congo, displacing thousands.
Anneke Van Woudenberg is a researcher with Human Rights Watch who has followed the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo for many years. We reached her at work in London, England.
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In Ottawa today, the Supreme Court heard arguments for and against holding a new election in the federal riding of Etobicoke Centre.
Last May, Ted Opitz appeared to have taken the riding for the Conservatives by a slender twenty-six-vote margin. But the Liberal incumbent, Borys Wrzesnewskyj, argued that mistakes by Elections Canada raised questions about that outcome.
Last month, an Ontario Superior Court judge found that at least seventy-nine votes that had been counted should never have made it to the ballot box. He nullified the election.
Mr. Opitz appealed that decision and Canada's top court decided it was important enough to hold a special summer sitting this morning.
Afterwards, Mr. Wrzesnewskyj spoke to reporters, for the record.
His Conservative rival, MP Ted Opitz, admits that Elections Canada made mistakes -- but insists that his twenty-six-vote victory should stand. He spoke briefly to reporters about the stakes of the case.
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Brian Sinclair died as he lived: quietly, tragically and alone.
Mr. Sinclair died in 2008 after spending thirty-four hours in a hospital emergency room. And today, Winnipeg Police announced that, after a lengthy investigation, no one will be charged in his death.
Mr. Sinclair had had both of his legs amputated, and lived a difficult life as a street person in Winnipeg. In September 2008, he went to the hospital with what turned out to be a treatable bladder infection. But instead of receiving treatment, he sat in the emergency room, overlooked, for a day-and-a-half. And then Mr. Sinclair died.
In the days after his death, Carol spoke with Ken McGhie. He's a chaplain in Winnipeg who knew Brian Sinclair. From our archives, here is Ken McGhie explaining the loneliness in Mr. Sinclair's life.
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I always assumed it didn't take much to turn on a female firefly. A little dancing, some mood lighting -- specifically a bioluminescent abdomen.
It turns out a sizeable gift doesn't hurt either.
Adam South is an evolutionary biologist. He presented his new findings this week at the Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, in Ottawa. That's where we reached him.
When people say things like, "They can discover a new way to anesthetize hippos, but they can't find a cure for cancer," they're ignoring the fact that scientists are working hard at doing both things, and thousands more.
By the way, they did just find a new way to anesthetize hippos. Just so you're up to date.
Anyway, my point is that we shouldn't get angry at science that seems superfluous or outright ridiculous. Keep that in mind when I tell you that students at the University of Leicester have determined that, if he wore the batcape featured in the movies, Batman could indeed glide from tall buildings -- but he would die when he landed.
The paper is entitled "Trajectory of a Batman". Here's an excerpt: "The problem with the glide lies in his velocity as he reaches ground level. The velocity rises rapidly to a maximum of a little over a hundred-and-ten kilometres per hour before steadying to a constant speed of around eighty kilometres per hour. At these high speeds, any impact would likely be fatal if not severely damaging."
Well. That's helpful to know, for all those who...have batcapes and...are fictional crime-fighters.
Now here's a song that has almost nothing to do with anything I just said. It's the Canadian vocal quartet The Diamonds, with "Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein or Dracula".
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