Tempest at a tea-shop. A British-themed emporium in New York's Greenwich village runneth over with reporters awaiting news of the U-K's newest Royal, who -- as you may have heard -- finally arrived earlier this afternoon.
A grass half-full kind of guy. Tom Nardone can't solve his city's bankuptcy problems -- but with help from his band of volunteers -- The Detroit Mower Gang -- he can at least ensure its parks are well-maintained.
Addressing redress. The British government plans to pass a private members' bill that would officially pardon Alan Turing -- the World-War Two codebreaker who was chemically castrated for being gay.
None is the loneliest number. Layoffs at The Lonely Planet have shoestring globetrotters worried the travel guide may be on its last legs -- spurring them to share their trip memories via Twitter.
Mercifully, they're not calling it "All Maya Children". Get set for "Baktún" -- the first Mexican soap opera written and performed entirely in a Mayan language.
And..."Ack! I've got a frogman in my throat!" It's doubtful the giant humpback whale that nearly swallowed diver Shawn Stamback whole wanted to eat him -- but Mr. Stamback certainly didn't want to hang around long enough to find out.
As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that figures he wasn't comfortable accepting a cetacean for bravery.
And now to a story slowly developing in the United Kingdom.
The headline in today's Mirror reads: "Royal baby? Pah, here are the top five footballers that look like newborns!" And yes, they have five somewhat offensive pictures of professional soccer players who resemble babies.
Sort of. But not really.
Buried in the lede is the news that there is finally a new royal baby. As you may have heard on the news, today Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby boy and the future heir to the throne.
I know, it's the story no one is talking about.
For reaction from the heart of royal watchers, we reached Hayley Simmonds at Tea and Sympathy, a British teashop in Greenwich Village, in New York -- a shop that has been targeted by reporters and new satellite trucks all day.
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This coming Thursday, Canadians will be asked to take a moment from their lunchtimes to consider the hunger experienced by First Nations kids more than sixty years ago. Last week, we learned that the federal government conducted secret food deprivation experiments on the children between 1942 and 1952.
Community leaders are now calling on Ottawa to come forward with whatever documentation they can find about the scheme. That might help Alvin Dixon confirm his memories. Last week, the B.C. man told us about feeling hungry and filling out strange forms while at residential school in Port Alberni in the nineteen forties.
That interview prompted this e-mail from Heather Maxwell in St John's:
"It was hard to hear Alvin Dixon say that the responsibility for the injustice faced by aboriginal people in this country falls not on the government, but on us, the citizens who elected them and give them their mandate. Of course I know he is right, but my first reaction was " what am I supposed to do?".
Today I received a response to a letter I had written to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs expressing my horror that in Canada, with all our wealth and resources, there are aboriginal people who do not have access to clean drinking water. The Minister did NOT respond to my concerns.
So, Mr. Dixon, I accept my responsibility. I can't fix everything, but I can do something. You keep challenging me to move past my feeling of helplessness, and maybe together we can make a change."
Thanks to Heather Maxwell for that email was from Heather Maxwell. And thank you to everyone for sharing their thoughts. We hope to follow that story later this week.
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How Detroit will manage its billions of dollars of debt is still uncertain.
The city filed for bankruptcy on Friday -- only to have a county judge withdraw the petition.
While the city's creditors fret over a possible haircut, retirees fear cuts to their pensions.
Well, Tom Nardone may not have a solution to Detroit's economic woes -- but his plan for mainting order is simple: keep on cutting.
Mr. Nardone heads the Detroit Mower Gang -- a group of volunteer lawn mowers that's been grooming several of the city's parks for the past three years.
We reached Mr. Nardone today in the Detroit suburb of Troy.
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It's rare that you find yourself asking -- what would Pinocchio do?
But for two men who were almost swallowed by a whale off the coast of California last Saturday -- I think it's a fair question.
Shawn Stamback was one of those men.
He owns SloDivers in Morow Bay California, which is where we reached him.
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If you're tracking Polaris this summer, Whitehorse is a great place to start.
Whitehorse, of course, is the Hamilton-based band fronted by husband-and-wife team Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. The group has made the shortlist for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize. Whitehorse is one of ten finalists selected by Polaris's jury, for best Canadian album of the year. They've been nominated for their second release, The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss -- which if it wins, will net the band a cool thirty-thousand dollars. Polaris's Grand Jury will decide, and the winner will be announced on September 23rd. In the lead up to that gala event, we'll be playing selections from the ten nominated albums -- starting tonight.
From The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss, this is Whitehorse, with "Peterbilt Coalmine".
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He was a war hero who died an outcast criminal -- just because he was gay. Legendary World-War-Two codebreaker Alan Turing -- considered one of the fathers of modern computing -- committed suicide, after he was chemically castrated in 1954. He had been convicted of gross indecency under anti-homosexual legislation, enacted in 1885.
But now, a private member's bill in the British Parliament would seek to pardon Mr. Turing. And the government has promised to support the bill.
Lord Sharkey is the Liberal Democrat peer promoting the bill. We reached him in London.
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They'll never look at mayonnaise the same way again.
Performers at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival has removed one element of their show after sparking controversy with their act Friday night. The audience was taken aback at seeing three mayonnaise enemas performed on stage, as well as a sex act.
The improvised show is entitled "Hollywood Hen Pit," and the sex act has since been omitted from performances.
CBC Winnipeg reporter Katie Nicholson asked fringe performers and visitors for their reactions, starting with theatre reviewer Michelle Palansky.
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Britain is preparing to flick a big off-switch online.
Yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that -- by year's end -- major internet providers in the UK will automatically filter out porn.
Subscribers who wish to view pornographic material will have to ask their provider to have the filters lifted.
Cameron also announced it will now be illegal in the U-K to possess any online pornographic material depicting rape -- a step already taken by Scotland.
Here is British Prime Minister Cameron talking to reporters on Sunday.
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It's a haunting chorus that can inspire awe...or sometimes spine-tingling terror.
That's the howl of an Eastern grey wolf. And scientists have now discovered that just like the human voice, each one is unique. Richard Yarnell is a researcher at Nottingham Trent University. We reached him in Arbroath, Scotland.
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The plots in Mexican telenovelas are scandalous, but pretty predictable:
Victoria must hide the affair she had with her husband's best friend, Samuel. Alejandro kidnaps Ramona at the altar, but she has to marry Felipe anyway -- even though she is carrying Alejandro's child. As far as soap operas go, well, we've been there before.
But Bruno Cárcamo has created a new telenovela that's completely different from anything that's aired in Mexico before. It's the first soap opera completely in indigenous Mayan language. The series, which is called "Baktún," starts airing next month, on Quintana Roo public television.
We reached Mr. Cárcamo in Mexico City.
Lonely Planet insists it's not dead yet. But budget travelers around the world are holding tight to their dog-eared travel guides -- worried they might be among the last print copies.
The popular travel book publisher announced last week that it's laying off dozens of its editorial and publishing staff.
Its recent sale by BBC Worldwide to an American company -- NC2 Media -- is fueling fears of the Lonely Planet's demise.
Well, it didn't take long for backpackers to take to Twitter -- with their fond memories of adventures with Lonely Planet. Tweets baring the hashtag "lpmemories" read like an obituary -- no matter what the company says about the future of the books.
Here's just a sample:
@radioceleste writes, quote: "Looking a wild jaguar right in the eyes through twelve feet of jungle (in the Guyana Amazon). Scary as it was thrilling."
From lucyburningham: "Eating crispy grubs cooked over an open flame in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Tasted just like bacon."
And jenandersson1 tweets: "putting cash in socks while crossing Guatemala/Belize border. Hijacked by bandits with LP guide who went straight for my socks"
And finally, from Kat_InTheCradle: "at night in a tent. had to pee. ran behind the tent with a hippo staring at me, less than 4 meters away."
Well, we hope Lonely Planet's not packing up yet -- but we would like to hear some of your grubby backpacking stories too. Tweet us @cbcasithappens, or call Talkback.
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