* Brevik Ruling. Anders Breivik is declared sane by a Norweigian court and sentenced to 21 years in jail. The father of a girl who survived the shooting spree reacts.
* Lance Armstrong. The cycling champion says he's done fighting allegations he used banned substances. A former teammate on Armstrong's decision.
* Granfondo Banff. Hundreds of riders will cruise through Banff National Park this weekend. But what about the critters?
* Big Fish Tale. An angler casting her line for salmon for the first time hooks a monster chinook.
Sane and guilty. The father of one of the Norweigian massacre survivors reflects on today's sentencing of killer Anders Behring Brevik.
Losing an uphill battle. Lance Armstrong throws in the towel saying he's done fighting allegations that he used banned substances during his legendary cycling career.
Flight risk. Hundreds of homing pigeons are disappearing over the skiies of Scotland, prompting some to call it the Bermuda Triangle of the North.
Rocky road. Fifteen thousand cyclists will ride in this weekend's Granfondo Banff -- some people are worried about the impact on the park's wildlife.
Ewwww-tunes. A group of neuroscientists has figured out a way to visualize music by hooking up an iPod to a section of squid skin.
And...She obviously has a special kind of a lure. A newbie salmon-angler casts her line and snags a record-breaking eighty-three pound chinook.
As It Happens, the Friday edition....Radio that always enjoys a good fish tale.
He is sane. That is the verdict in the trial of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.
Last July, Mr. Breivik killed seventy-seven people in a shooting attack and bombing. For the past few months, a court in Oslo has been trying to determine his mental state.
Today, a panel of judges decided that he suffers from narcissistic personality characteristics. It decided that he is not psychotic.
As a result, Mr. Breivik has been sentenced to twenty-one years in prison. That can be extended if, at the end of his sentence, he is still seen as a threat to society.
Erik Sonstelie's daughter was on Utoya Island when Anders Breivik opened fire on a youth camp there. Mr. Sonstelie has written a book about that day called I'm alive, Daddy.
Earlier today, he was in the Oslo courtroom to hear the judges' verdict. We reached Mr. Sonstelie a few hours later on his cellphone in Frankfurt, Germany.
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Zaidee Jensen left work at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on Wednesday afternoon, and headed to the city's University light rail transit station. And that's where her daily routine took a tragic turn.
Ms. Jensen is visually impaired. And at the station she fell onto the LRT track, hit her head and succumbed to a coma. Yesterday, her family made the decision to take her off life support -- Ms. Jensen died today. She was twenty-nine.
Today her husband Mike spoke with the CBC's Kim Trynacity. Mr. Jensen is completely blind and he talked about what it's like to get around the Edmonton Transit System without being able to see.
Some of Edmonton's LRT stations have a warning strip at the platform edge that's covered with bumps. The University station does not. Here is Mike Jensen explaining the importance of the floor's texture as visual tool, for the record.
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He fought and beat cancer, but he's given up the fight against doping allegations.
Lance Armstrong has ended his battle against the U.S. Anti Doping Agency -- or USADA. As you likely heard on the news, that means he's banned for life from cycling. The agency also says Mr. Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles are null.
Frankie Andreu trained with Armstrong, raced with him and raced against him. Mr. Andreu admitted to doping in 2006. He has also testified that he heard Lance Armstrong admit to using banned substances. We reached Mr. Andreu in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Greg Gage and his colleagues hooked up an iPod to a squid. Then they pressed play:
Then the squid's membrane went insane.
Mr. Gage is a neuroscientist. With the help of a colleague who studies skin camouflage in cephalopods, he conducted an experiment that involved a squid, and the Cypress Hill hit, "Insane in the Brain." The results were just published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. It also resulted in a pretty cool YouTube video.
We reached Greg Gage in Woodshole, Massachusetts.
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The Rocky Mountains will take your breath away -- especially if you're trying to pedal your bike through them. That's what fifteen hundred cyclists plan to do this weekend.
It's a bike ride called the GranFondo Banff. It's the first time something like this has been allowed in one of Canada's National Park. And some people are concerned about the impact an event of this size may have on Banff's wildlife.
Kevin Thomson is the president of GranFondo Canada. We reached him in Banff, Alberta.
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If you grew up watching Sesame Street or any other Jim Hensen production, then you're likely familiar with the work of Jerry Nelson. He was one of the original puppeteers to work with Mr. Hensen. He was the voice of Kermit's nephew, Robin, on The Muppets, Gobo Fraggle on Fraggle Rock, and of course, Count von Count on Sesame Street. You know the voice: ah, ah, ah, ah.
Jerry Nelson died last night at his home in Cape Cod. He was seventy-eight.
Mr. Nelson worked with the Sesame Street crew for more than forty years, and although he gave up puppeteering in 2004, he continued to provide the voice for Count von Count. He made counting and learning fun and accessable, and touched generations of young viewers.
In addition to having a great talent for voicing characters, Jerry Nelson also had a great singing voice. He was the man behind Sergeant Floyd Pepper, the bassist for the Muppet band "The Electric Mayhem."
Part of the appeal of The Muppets was their take on popular music. This is Jerry Nelson, a.k.a. Floyd, singing the Beatles tune "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
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Deborah Whitman-Perry caught her first salmon ever last Saturday evening. It was an eight-pounder.
Pretty respectable, but it wasn't a big enough fish to properly prepare her for the second salmon she caught, the next morning -- an eighty-three pounder. That's about thirty-eight kilos.
It's the third largest salmon ever caught with a rod and reel. The first and second largest were both caught more than twenty-five years ago.
Now Ms. Whitman-Perry is telling the tale of the big one she landed in Rivers Inlet, B.C. We reached her in Newmarket, Ontario.
And now it's time for Quote/Unquote.
It's not unusual for restaurants to offer customers finish-your-plate-and-it's-free offers. You know the kind where you have to eat a thirty ounce steak in thirty minutes.
Well, a contest at a cafe in Oban, Scotland really takes the cake...and by cake, I mean a disgustingly massive burger.
"The Judgment Day" burger includes a one-pound Aberdeen Angus steak burger, three crispy chicken steaks, three fried eggs and six strips of bacon. It also comes with loads of cheese, beef chili, onion rings, salad and two orders of fries.
If you can polish off this fifteen-thousand calorie behemoth of a meal in forty-five minutes, it's free. Otherwise, it'll cost you about forty dollars.
Sure, it's enormous but, according to cafe owner Iain MacCorquodale, you shouldn't be too worried about the dietary information. Quote:
"The burger is a hundred-per-cent steak meat, so it's actually quite healthy. It's just the quantity that is ridiculous." Unquote.
Nutritionists beg to differ. When asked about the meal, Professor Mike Lean at the University of Glasgow had this to say. Quote:
"This is clearly stupid."
No one knows where they've gone. It's possible they are dangerously off course and approaching Iceland. Or they could be flapping helplessly in a parallel dimension, never to be seen again.
This summer, hundreds of homing pigeons have mysteriously vanished from the skies of Scotland. It has been happening when the birds enter an area between the towns of Corsett, Thirsk and Wetherby -- an area that's become known as the "Bermuda Triangle of the north."
Stuart Fawcett is an experienced pigeon racer from Darlington, in the north of England. We reached him at home.
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Mohammed Salmodin leads a charmed life.
Mr. Salmodin lives in a village about two-hundred kilometers south-east of Kathmandu. Recently he was bitten by a cobra while tending his rice paddies. So he decided to give the snake a taste of its own medicine. Or, more accurately, he simply gave the snake a taste. Period.
Here's what he told reporters: "I could have killed it with a stick, but [I] bit it with my teeth instead because I was angry."
There was more to it than anger though. He explained: "A snake charmer told me that, if a snake bites, you bite it until it is dead and nothing will happen to you."
Which is apparently exactly what transpired. Mr. Salmodin went back to his chores unphased and saw a doctor only after his family and neighbours forced him to. He was fine.
The snake, obviously, was not.
Local wildlife officials have not to charged Mr. Salmodin because they say the reptile was not endangered.
We beg to differ.
This brings us to the end of As It Happens for this Friday, August 24th.
The show was produced this week by Laurie Allan, Andrew Budziak, Diane Eros, Natasha Fatah
David McDougall, Loren McGinnis and Kate Swoger. Our technician was Reynold Gonsalves. The show director was Ben Edwards. Daemon Fairless was our writer.
The Executive Producer of As It Happens is Robin Smythe.
We'd also like to thank some other people who helped us out this week:
Diane Campbell, Davorin Cikovic, Ken Puley and Dean Ples in Toronto. And Gillian Rutherford in Edmonton.
As It Happens will be back again on Monday.