* Dorner Rampage: Lawyer. The lawyer for two woman shot at by the LAPD says police went overboard in the manhunt.
* HMS Bounty. On Day 2 of the hearings into its sinking, we hear from a writer who interviewed surviving crew members.
* Fake Mayday Calls. Officials on the Detroit River deal with someone who has made more than 20 phony distress calls.
* PEI Soil Erosion. Some are worried that PEI's iconic red dirt is being scoured away by the wind.
* Howard Cameron Obituary. His brother remembers the respected leader and RCMP officer from Saskatchewan's Beardy's Okemasis First Nation.
*Flyers' Rights. A Conservative MP explains why airlines should not have to compensate passengers kicked off overbooked flights.
Off target. The hunt for a former LAPD officer on a shooting rampage may be over -- but a seventy-one-year-old woman who was shot by police during the frantic search won't fully recover soon.
An unreasonable facsimile. At this week's hearings on the sinking of The Bounty -- a replica of the eighteenth-century original -- new testimony claims the boat was dangerously riddled with rot.
That sinking feeling. Emergency officials on the Detroit River have been inundated with fake distress calls -- and they're preparing for more, when boating season begins.
Let's get the show on the eroded. A Prince Edward Island farmer says it's time to change the way he and his colleagues operate -- because the province's famous red soil is blowing away.
Passengers are being stranded -- but a solution is still up in the air. M-P Larry Miller explains why his party opposes a private member's bill that would establish "flyers' rights" for airline passengers left on the ground.
And...upwardly mobile. New York City residents hoped flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy would bring down the rat population -- but instead, it turns out the rodents have been moving on up.
As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that warns New Yorkers: a little gnawed ledge is a dangerous thing.
Police in California may be relieved today -- but they're still heartbroken.
That's because the manhunt for Christopher Dorner has likely come to a end.
For more than a week, police scoured the state, searching for the man suspected of killing four people, including two officers.
Yesterday, following a shootout and fire at a mountain cabin north-east of LA, police found the charred body of a man believed to be Mr. Dorner. Police say they found personal effects belonging to Mr. Dorner on the body, but are waiting for a positive ID from coroners.
While Californians obviously hope Mr. Dorner's rampage is definitively over, the manhunt caused its own share of collateral damage.
One of its victims was seventy-one-year-old Emma Hernandez, who was shot twice in the back by Los Angeles police, who mistook her van for Dorner's vehicle.
Glen Jonas is Ms. Hernandez's lawyer. We reached him in Los Angeles.
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Today is Day Two of the U.S. Coast Guard's hearings into the sinking of the Bounty.
The famous tall-ship -- a replica of the original eighteenth century HMS Bounty -- sank on October twenty-ninth last year while Hurricane Sandy was wreaking havoc off and on the east coast of the U.S. One crew member died and the ship's captain, Robin Walbridge, was never found.
The hearings are taking place in Portsmouth, Virginia; they're part of the U.S. Coast Guard's formal investigation into what happened.
Kathryn Miles is an author, journalist and sailor. She's been investigating the sinking of the Bounty for "Outside" magazine. And she's been watching the hearings via live stream, yesterday and today.
We've reached Kathryn Miles in Unity, Maine.
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There's no getting around it: rats and New York City kinda go together.
Slithering through subway tunnels, peeking out of dumpsters...they're just a part of the rich tapestry of life in the Big Apple.
Nevertheless, when Hurricane Sandy swept through the city last October, many New Yorkers hoped -- and possibly prayed -- that the storm surge would equal a lot of drowned rodents.
Well, rats may be disgusting, but they're not stupid. It seems, instead of drowning in the flood, many packed up and moved to higher ground.
Manuel Medina is an exterminator. We reached him in New York City.
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For more than two years, emergency response officials in charge of the Detroit River have been receiving May Day calls like these ones.
Since 2010, someone has placed more than twenty such calls, causing distress for responders on both sides of the river border. But the problem isn't that a lot of boats are sinking. The problem is the calls are hoaxes. And with a new boating season coming up, officials are worried the fake calls are going to start up again.
Peter Barry is the Windsor Port Authority Harbour Master. We reached him, in port, today in Windsor.
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Last night, Carol interview Canadian wrestler Tonya Verbeek. The multiple-medal-winning athlete expressed her dismay at a plan to drop wrestling as an Olympic sport in 2020.
Talkback also went to the mat for her.
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And now, Quote/Unquote.Most of us have never touched an affenpinscher. In fact, if someone had walked up to me yesterday and suggested I touch an affenpinscher, I would probably nod while discreetly punching nine-one-one on my cellphone.
But today, I know what an affenpinscher is. Because of Banana Joe, the winner of the 2013 Westminster Dog Show.
Banana Joe is an affenpinscher. He's black, with the face of a monkey, and the body of a small terrier. And he is gorgeous. Just hauntingly beautiful.
That's certainly the opinion of Westminster Judge Michael Daugherty. Speaking about Banana Joe in today's New York Times, he seemed to be on the verge of swooning. Quote:
"He's a fantastic affenpinscher, with a fantastic face, a great body. I've never had my hands on a better affenpinscher. Ever."
A woman approaches you with a hot dog. "You know what's healthy?" she asks you. "Hot dogs! Plus don't worry about the pig parts in there -- they're all genuine parts of pigs!" And then you ask her what she does and she says she's the CEO of a hot dog company.
Well, you're probably not going to believe her.
But if that same woman walks up to you accompanied by a scientist, and the scientist says, "Scientific evidence proves that hot dogs are healthy and that they definitely contain certain sections of pigs that look edible," that's different. You might even be convinced -- thanks to the presence of science.
Problem is, that hot dog woman probably paid for that science. Which, no matter what, is going to leave some doubt.
So when I tell you that there's a new study that proves beer does not cause beer bellies, don't crack open a cold one just yet. Oh, sure, British nutritionist Kathryn O'Sullivan says that beer contains vitamins and fibre and antioxidants. And she says that a hundred millilitres of beer has fewer calories than the same amount of wine or liquor. And she also says, and I quote, "...moderate consumption may also protect against many conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes."
But here's the sobering part: Ms. O'Sullivan's work was sponsored by...the British beer industry.
I'm not saying that compromised her work, necessarily. But I am saying a study that only exists because the beer industry asked it to exist is maybe not likely going to dwell on the negative effects of beer.
So can you blame your paunch on beer? Despite this research, I think you're going to have to with your gut feeling on that.
Now, here's Corb Lund, with "Drink It Like You Mean It".
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Maybe it's not the most common way to start your night out of a dinner and movie -- but it was the live-action prequel for
one Winnipeg doctor.
Recently, when he headed out on a Winnipeg Transit bus, Dr. Doug Eyolfson found himself truly in the right place at the right time. He told his story today to CBC Manitoba's Marilyn Maki. Here's part of what he had to say.
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He was one of the good guys.
Howard Cameron was a former RCMP officer from the Beardy's Okemasis First Nation in Saskatchewan, and after retiring he became an influential figure and a respected elder in the community.
As we mentioned on the show last night, Howard Cameron died yesterday at the age of fifty-eight. He'd been in a Rosthern, Saskatchewan hospital for treatment for cancer.
Mr. Cameron was also the father of Robin Cameron, herself an RCMP officer, who was killed in the line of duty in 2006.
Ernie Cameron is Howard's brother. We reached him in the Beardy's Okemasis First Nation, near Duck Lake, Saskatchewan.
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Uganda has finally found a way to punish British playwright David Cecil.
Last fall, he produced a play there about a businessman coming to terms with his homosexuality.
And on Monday, they booted him out of the country.
When we talked to him in January, he was celebrating a victory in the courts, after charges that his play had been performed without authorization were dropped.
Here is David Cecil talking about that play, from our archives.
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On Saturday we got a message from a listener who was recovering from ten -- yes, ten -- hours locked in an Air Canada jet, as it sat on the tarmac at Toronto's Pearson Airport.
It's stories like this that seem to have prompted NDP MP Jose Nunez-Melo to call for an air travellers bill of rights. He introduced his private member's bill in November. It calls for passengers to be compensated when airline mistakes or policies like overbooking leave them stranded.
The government is opposed.
Larry Miller is the Conservative Chair of the House of Commons Transport Committee. We reached him in Ottawa.
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He is one hundred years old today. And he's still got big ambitions.
Tom Kierans is a well-known Newfoundlander, teacher and engineer who helped build the Churchill Falls hydro-electric project. He's also a strong proponent for an underwater tunnel in the Strait of Belle Isle, to connect Newfoundland to the mainland.
And now, he's got a bigger project in mind, one that he hopes can be completed before he dies. He explained it to radio listeners today on the St. John's Radio Noon program, hosted by Ramona Dearing.
Here is centenarian Tom Kierans, for the record:
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Achilla Orru took a humble instrument and made it magical.
For many years, the cheerful notes of his tiny African thumb piano filled the subway platforms of Toronto. And underground, in the dead of Canada's winter, he sang of his home in Uganda, his wife, and of coming to Canada.
Sadly, his notes will no longer be heard by passing commuters: Achilla Orru died earlier this month at his home in Toronto.
He was first introduced to the lukembe -- the wood and steel piano he played -- as a boy in Uganda. As an instrument, its origins go back thousands of years and across central Africa. But by the time Achilla Orru came to Canada as a refugee in 1989, he played the instrument unlike anyone else before him. And he mastered it despite having been blind since childhood.
Though he performed endlessly on the subway platforms in downtown Toronto, the Canadian band he created and led -- Baana Afrique -- became famous internationally.
From his first album, "Appa-Idomo", this is "Amoi".
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