* c. Difficile Outbreak. When c. Difficile once again invades two Hamilton, Ontario hospitals, one woman wonders if it contributed to her husband's death.
* Syria: Annan Quits. After his efforts to achieve a ceasefire in Syria go nowhere, Kofi Annan announces he'll step down from his position as special peace envoy.
* Detroit Lemonade. Nine-year-old Joshua Smith makes a bittersweet contribution to the financial betterment of Detroit -- with his lemonade stand.
* Tokelau Goes Solar. The tiny South Pacific atolls that make up the territory of Tokelau are about to be powered entirely by solar energy.
In-house outbreak. When C. difficile once again invades two Hamilton, Ontario hospitals, one woman wonders if it contributed to her husband's death.
When life handed his city lemons, he made lemonade. Nine-year-old Joshua Smith makes a bittersweet contribution to the financial betterment of Detroit -- with his lemonade stand.
Resigned, and resigning. After his efforts to achieve a ceasefire in Syria go nowhere, Kofi Annan announces he'll step down from his position as special peace envoy.
The book of revelations. After an author exposes a Lutheran minister's past life as a Stasi agent, he's forced out of the pulpit.
The sunshine state. The tiny South Pacific atolls that make up the territory of Tokelau are about to be powered entirely by solar energy.
And...diamonds aren't forever. At a Florida baseball game, the stadium DJ plays a pointed tune after a bad call -- and the umpire promptly gives him the boot.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that knows it's awkward when you try to swing -- and you miss.
Archie McIsaac had two forms of cancer. But his wife still doesn't know if it was the cancer that killed him -- or if it was one of the two infections he acquired while he was receiving cancer treatment.
In the past five days, two Hamilton hosptials have declared C. difficile outbreaks. One of the two is St. Joseph's Hospital, where sixteen patients acquired C. difficile in June and July. One of those patients has since died. That same hospital went through an extended outbreak a year-and-a-half ago, in which sixteen people died.
Archie McIsaac was being treated at a third Hamilton hospital known as the Juravinski. But he, too, contracted C. difficile, as well as a hospital-acquired infection known as VRE.
Mr. McIsaac died on July twenty-fifth. He was seventy-two. Now, his wife, Sue Daly, wants to know what role the bacteria played in his death. We reached Ms. Daly at home in Hamilton, Ontario.
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Some called it "Mission Impossible" from the very beginning.
Since agreeing to serve as the United Nations' and Arab League special envoy for Syria in February, Kofi Annan has watched the country descend into civil war. His peace plan was ignored. The United Nations is locked in stalemate. And so, today, Mr. Annan announced he'll resign his position at the end of the month, when his mandate expires.
Paul Heinbecker is a former Canadian ambassador to the UN. We reached him at home in Ottawa.
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Dick Cavett probably said it best when he wrote that Gore Vidal hates being dead.
As we mentioned on the show last night, Gore Vidal died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. Now, one of the reasons Mr. Vidal would hate being dead is because he loved to write. But he also loved to be the centre of attention. So it seems only fitting the author and celebrity who indulged in his fame, should have an obituary with a life of its own.
The New York Times is known for its precisely written, tasteful obits. But in the case of Mr. Vidal, there were a few inaccuracies. And the published corrections to his obit have gone viral, because they might just be the most surprising corrections to an obituary ever written.
The Times wrote about Gore Vidal's love of politics and his famous feuds with conservative commentators. That prompted the following clarification -- quote:
"An earlier version misstated the term Mr. Vidal called William F. Buckley, Jr. in a television appearance during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. It was a crypto-Nazi, not a crypto-fascist." Unquote. And point taken.
And then came this reference to Gore Vidal's relationship to former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Quote: "Although Mr. Vidal requently referred jokingly to Mr. Gore as his cousin, they were not related." Another point taken.
And finally, a correction to clarify Mr. Vidal's relationship with his live-in companion, Howard Austen. Quote: "According to Mr. Vidal's memoir 'Palimpsest,' they had sex the night they met, but did not sleep together after they began living together. It was not true that they never had sex." Unquote.
And what better to end an obit for a man who was, for better or for worse, larger than life.
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Kick me out of the ball game, kick me out of the park.
That's what a twenty-one-year-old summer intern might have been singing to himself in disbelief, after he was booted from Jackie Robinson Ball Park in Florida last night.
Derek Dye was tasked with playing tunes during the hometown Daytona Cubs' game against the Fort Myers Miracle. And play tunes he did. Until the umpire of the game didn't like one of the songs he played, and ejected Mr. Dye.
It's either a nightmare for a young sports management intern trying to find his feet in baseball's minor leagues -- or a ticket to fame and fortune. And while we wait to find out which, we'll get Derek Dye on the phone from the ballpark in Daytona Beach, Florida.
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If you want to help the City of Detroit with the upkeep of its parks, and you're thirsty, good news: you can solve both problems at once. Just head over to Joshua Smith's place with some pocket change -- and Joshua will fix you up with a nice, cold lemonade.
Joshua is nine years old. When he realized Detroit was in big financial trouble -- the city of seven-hundred thousand has a deficit of more than two-hundred-million dollars -- he decided a lemonade and popcorn stand was the way to go.
We reached Joshua Smith, and his father Flynn Smith, in Detroit.
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Tokelau is about to put itself on the map.
I mean it's already on the map -- if you look hard enough. It's smack in the middle of the South Pacific, between New Zealand and Hawaii. What I mean is that the three tiny atolls that make up the territory are about to become world leaders of a sort.
The islands -- which belong to New Zealand -- are about to become the first territories entirely powered by solar energy.
Shane Robinson is a Canadian engineer with PowerSmart, the company that's installing Tokelau's solar grid. We reached him on Fakaofo atoll -- one of the three islands that make up Tokelau.
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His code name was Tomas.
That's the name an Austrian pastor with the Church of Sweden chose to hide his secret. And now, the former pastor has resigned, after his dark past was revealed.
An investigation recently concluded that Aleksander Radler was an undercover Stasi agent in Sweden for the former East Germany.
The investigation started after allegations surfaced in a book published late last year.
Anna Wernqvist is a lawyer for the Church of Sweden and she led the investigation into Mr. Radler's past life. We reached her in Lulea, Sweden.
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It's wedding season. And there's a good chance most of us have spent a half-hour looking at an online registry this summer, trying to figure out whether to get the happy couple the lettuce spinner, the hand-blender, or the matching tea cozy and oven mitts.
If you're a member of one Nanaimo, B.C. family, get all of the above. That's because on Saturday, there's going to be a triple wedding: three generations of women from one family taking saying their vows on the same day.
Marian Anderson and her husband will be renewing their vows. Marian's daughter, Laurie Peck, will marry her fiancée. And then Koreen Peck, Laurie's daughter and Marian's granddaughter, will marry her fiancé. And it's all going to happen at Marian's house.
All three women spoke with CBC Vancouver host Stephen Quinn this morning. Here's part of their conversation, for the record.
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And now, Quote/Unquote.
Yesterday, the Obama Administation's so-called "contraception mandate" took effect in the United States. Private insurance companies must now provide contraceptives to subscribers at no cost.
The new regulation caused heated debate when it was first announced. So for opponents -- who include conservative Republicans -- August first, 2012, was not a good day.
Actually, that's putting it mildly. Which Congressman Mike Kelly, of Pennsylvania, does not want to do. He wants to put it apocalyptically. And yesterday, addressing an audience at a press conference on Capitol Hill, he did. Quote:
"I know in your mind you can think of times when America was attacked. One is December seventh -- that's Pearl Harbour day. The other is September eleventh, and that's the day of the terrorist attack. I want you to remember August first, 2012 -- the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates."
In response, Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye issued a statement that reads in part -- quote:
"I witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor and had the privilege of serving in the United States Army during World War II, and I find the comments made by the Congressman from Pennsylvania to be misguided and insulting. It is complete nonsense to suggest that a matter discussed, debated, and approved by the Congress and the President is akin to a surprise attack that killed nearly twenty-five hundred people and launched our nation into the second World War, or a terrorist attack that left nearly three thousand dead and led to fighting and dying in Afghanistan and Iraq."
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