*Parsons Folo: A look at an alleged assault case in California that is similar to the case of Rehtaeh Parsons.
*Python Wrestler. When a guide first sees a snake in the Everglades, he has no idea he'll find himself wrestling a gigantic Burmese Python.
*Repatriation folo: Brian Peckford responds to allegations that high court judges interfered with negotiations on the Charter.
*No Cell Town. Refugees from technology flood to the mountains of West Virginia where phones and radios are outlawed.
*Unsafe Orchestra. New York's Carnegie Hall hosts a "no holds barred experimentation" music series.
*Cute New Bat. In the middle of a civil war in Sudan, a biologist discovers a tiny bat that looks like a Panda.
The unconsoled, and the inconsolable. In Nova Scotia, police announce they're re-opening their investigation into the case of Rehteah Parsons -- and in California, police arrest three teenage boys in a case with appalling similarities.
Back door shenanigans. Former Newfoundland Premier Brian Peckford responds to new allegations that two Supreme Court justices interfered with Constitutional negotiations -- and he does not respond favourably.
Mobile homes. Independent wireless providers break from their industry association -- and reports surface that three of the companies are seeking good reception from potential buyers.
When it comes to wi-fi, they have two responses: "Why?" and "Fie!" People who believe they're sensitive to radio frequencies are flocking to the town of Green Bank, West Virginia -- where electronic devices are banned.
Plush comes to shove. Costumed mascots in Times Square have been accused of harassing tourists -- and now, New York's famous "Naked Cowboy" has a few things to get off his smooth, smooth chest.
And...between lunch and dinner, a little afternoon snake. We'll get ahold of a Florida tour guide who was beholding a three-metre-long Burmese python -- and then holding it -- and then being held by it.
As It Happens, the Friday edition. Radio that knows: what you seize is what you get.
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Today, police announced that, in light of new and credible information, they are reopening the investigation into the case of seventeen-year-old Rehteah Parsons.
And six thousand kilometres away, another family is struggling to cope with the same horror and grief being felt in Nova Scotia.
Yesterday, in northern California, police arrested three teenage boys for sexual battery. It's alleged the three sexually assaulted their classmate, Audrie Pott, in September of last year. Photos of the attack were posted online. And eight days later, Audrie Pott took her own life. She was fifteen years old.
Ed Vasquez is with the law firm that represents the family of Audrie Pott. He's also a designated spokesperson for the family. We reached Mr. Vasquez in San Jose, California.
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Canada's dreams of a competitive cell phone market may be hanging in the balance.
This week, the prospects for independent wireless carriers took a major hit. First, all three of the new entrants to Canada's cell phone industry -- Mobilicity, Public Mobile and Wind -- left the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, or "C-W-T-A", the group that represents the industry. The three companies claimed the C-W-T-A was only advocating on behalf of Bell, Rogers and Telus, and sidelining their interests.
Wind Mobile's owners had already been seeking buyers for the company. And today, a report in the Globe and Mail claims that now, the smallest of the three independents, Mobilicity, is in takeover talks with Telus.
Peter Nowak is a technology journalist and wireless industry analyst. We reached him in Toronto.
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There's a cliché in the justice world: Don't come to a gunfight equipped with a knife. And that seems to be a sentiment the police department in Dubai is taking seriously.
Dubai has a lot of rich men. These men have a taste for fast cars. These rich men like to drive fast in their fast cars. Too fast, it would appear, for traditional police cruisers.
So now, the police have shown they can match the rich men, bling for bling. And blink for blink, in the form of police lights.
Today, they unveiled their latest cop car. It's a Lamborghini Aventador. It has twelve cylinders, and goes from zero to a hundred kilometres an hour in just over two seconds.
And it cost five hundred thousand dollars.
Now, the police chief admits that, mostly, the car is for show. There aren't many city streets with enough space to accelerate from zero to a hundred K in two seconds, for starters. But it does send a clear message to the hundreds of Ferrari, Maserati, Lotus and other speedy car owners in the city.
That message is: the police can catch you now. They just won't have anywhere for you to sit on the way to the station.
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Yesterday, Tommy Owens was leading a tour in the Florida Everglades when he spotted a Burmese python. At which point he decided to jump in the water and wrestle it. But there was a flaw in his plan.
Well, there were two. The first flaw involved the part about jumping in the water and wrestling a Burmese python. And the second flaw was that the python turned out to be three-point-two metres long. That's ten-and-a-half feet.
We reached Tommy Owens on his mobile phone in the Everglades, Florida.
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The government of Quebec is warning that Canada's constitution may have been built on shakey ground.
The claim is based on allegations in a new book by Frederic Bastien's new book. The historian found evidence suggesting that two of Canada's Supreme Court justices interfered with the political negotiations that led up to Charter of Rights, and the repatriation of Canada's most fundamental law.
Brian Peckford was the Premier of Newfoundland back in 1981, and he was right in the thick of the high-stakes deal-making at the time.
We reached Mr. Peckford in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.
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Jonathan Winters created casts of characters off the top of his head. But the many faces of comic legend Jonathan Winters had a lasting impression on generations of aspiring comedians-to-be -- including Robin Williams and Canadian Jim Carrey, both of whom incorporated his capricious, stream-of-consciousness style of impersonation into their own. Indeed, Mr. Carrey tweeted the following message after news broke of Mr. Winters death: "Jonathan Winters was the worthy custodian of a sparkling and childish comedic genius. He did God's work. I was lucky 2 know him."
Jonathan Winters died Thursday evening at home in Montecito, California. He was eighty-seven.
Mr. Winters first gained notoriety doing stand-up on the comedy circuit in the fifties, where he honed what would become some of his most celebrated characters, from Maude Frickert, a lascivious lush of a grandmother with a sailor's tongue -- to the dimwitted hayseed Elwood P. Suggins. But after suffering two mental breakdowns on the road, he gave up touring night clubs for good.
His quick wit and facially-contorted-fuelled improv made him a favourite on The Tonight Show, first with Jack Parr and then with his successor, Johnny Carson. Perhaps due to his lack of definability, he had less luck establishing himself as a television or film personality.
In 1969, Mr. Winters sat down for an interview with CBC's Tony Thomas, for the program "Something to Say." Here's part of that conversation, from our archives.
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The mountains of West Virginia have a lot to offer the stressed-out urbanite: solitude, natural beauty, friendly people.
But that's not why people are moving to Pocahontas County.
The area is a technological time warp -- where cellphone signals are non-existent, Wi-Fi is banned, and trying to get "As It Happens" on your car radio, or anything for that matter, will elicit only a creepy silence.
For that reason, the area is becoming a refuge for people who believe that radiation is making them sick.
Michael Holstein has lived in the county for twenty-one years. We reached him in Green Bank.
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There have been some unusual sounds emanating from New York's Carnegie Hall.
Last Friday, the American Composers Orchestra gave a concert at the famous landmark, as part of their "Colaboratory: Playing It Unsafe" series. The New York-based orchestra is incorporating new technologies to push the boundaries of orchestral music. And they're doing this through, quote, "no-holds-barred experimentation" -- including modern technologies from the digital age.
We reached Robert Beaser, the artistic director of the American Composers Orchestra, in New York.
DeeAnn Reeder went into a conflict zone -- and came out with something super-cute.
The Bucknell University biologist revealed this week that she has identified what may be the most adorable creature ever seen on our web page. It's fuzzy like a plush toy, and has an adorable little face that's festooned with black and white-ish stripes.
It's also a bat -- a whole new genus of bat. And Professor Reeder had to brave the guns of war-torn South Sudan to find it.
We reached DeeAnn Reeder at her office in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Think about all the stuff you have online right now: your Facebook posts, Instagram photos, your profile on a dating site, your blog about cats.
What if it all just disappeared?
We tend to think that whatever we put online is there forever. But what if it isn't? So many of the web services we use are free, which is great, until they get bought by big companies like Twitter or Google, who absorb the staff but shut down the services. So unless you save your content somewhere yourself, suddenly it's gone forever.
Unless you track down Jason Scott and The Archive Team that is -- as Nora Young did this week on the CBC Radio program "Spark".
Elmo hassling tourists. Super Mario booked for groping.
Those are just two examples of the on-going bad behaviour committed by some of the costumed characters that have proliferated in New York's Times Square.
On one day last week, a local business group counted fifty-two people in costumes roaming the square -- including eight Elmos, six Statues of Liberty, and five Marios. And in the most recent incident, Cookie Monster was arrested for shoving a two-year old kid.
One of Times Square's most recognizable, and law-abiding, characters is Robert John Burck -- who's better known as the Naked Cowboy. We reached him in Times Square.
Speaking of cowboys, it's time to dismount, and remove our stetsons to mark an anniversary. Twenty-five years ago, Canadian francophones and anglophones were brought together by a song so undeniably excellent that it very nearly joined our two solitudes into one. That was, until we all sang it together, and the English speakers only managed to belt out the first two lines before lapsing into phonetic jibber-jabber.
In that quarter-century since she released that song, the woman who performed it has continued to make music. She's also been an actor, a magazine editor, a radio host, and a TV host. But just as most Canadians know Laura Secord for the chocolates she had nothing to do with, and Gary R. Johnston for developing the Yukon Gold potato, and Louise Poirier for inventing the Wonderbra, Mitsou will always be most fondly known for a piece of music that erased all differences of language and culture, three minutes and forty-four seconds at a time.
We all have memories of this song. Please share yours at Talkback, by calling 1-866-481-5718, or by visiting cbc.ca/aih, and clicking on "Contact".
And now, prepare to revisit a work of art that reveals different things every time you hear it, and also reveals the same things. Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year, here's "Bye Bye Mon Cowboy" -- by Mitsou.
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That's Mitsou, with "Bye Bye Mon Cowboy". That song was released twenty-five years ago -- and became a rare French-language hit across the country. And we'll say our own bye bye to the whole country because we have no more time for As it Happens for this Friday, April 12th.
The show was produced this week by Ben Edwards, Chris Harbord, Adam Killick, David McDougall, Julia Pagel, Kevin Robertson, Pedro Sanchez, Kate Swoger, and Tomas Urbina. Our technician is Reynold Gonsalves. The show director is Kevin Ball. The show writer is Chris Howden.
John Perry is the Senior Producer.. and 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: Mary Lynk in Halifax, Susan McKenzie in Montreal, Davorin Cikovic, Keith Hart and Brent Michaluk at Radio Archives in Toronto, Michael D'Souza also in Toronto; Elyse Skura in Thunder Bay, and Yvonne Fall in Vancouver.