After three long years, a measure of justice. A Toronto police officer is convicted of assault with a weapon for his role in the beating of a G20 protester named Adam Nobody -- and tonight, Mr. Nobody tells us what that means to him.
The long silence after a blast. The British government says there will be no public inquiry into the 1998 bombing in Omagh, Northern Ireland -- crushing victim's families who believe the attack could have been prevented.
Separations among the separatists. The Bloc Quebecois boots an MP out of caucus for signing a letter critical of Quebec's new "charter of values" -- and we'll speak to the man who wrote that letter.
Their opponents had plenty of ammunition. Earlier this year, two Colorado state senators were among those supporting new gun-control laws -- and now, not coincidentally, those two state senators are out of a job.
The grave's a fine and private place. And for a man known only as "Mr. Fortune" -- who died in slavery, and whose bones were used in medical studies and put on display -- that well-deserved privacy has finally come, after more than two hundred years.
And...both fish and foul. As part of a campaign to protect nature's less-cuddly creatures, voters pick the blobfish as the ugliest animal in the world -- although I don't see what's so
The video of the assault has become a sybmol of the police crackdown during the G20 summit in Toronto.
A man is walking past a row of Port-a-Potties. He has a sheet of yellow bristol board in his hands. A police officer in black riot gear runs up from behind and tackles him. More figures in black appear and pin the man to the ground. Still more arrive to form a cordon. There are blows.
The man with the yellow bristol board was named Adam Nobody. The beating left him with a shattered cheekbone and a broken nose.
This morning though, Mr. Nobody had some reason to celebrate. A Toronto judge convicted Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani of assaulting him with his baton.
We reached Adam Nobody in Toronto.
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The Parti Quebecois government has a name for its plan to ban public workers from wearing headscarves, turbans and other conspicuous religious symbols: it's called the Charter of Quebec Values.
Well, they aren't Maria Mourani's values.
The Bloc Quebecois MP was kicked out of caucus today, after she signed a public letter denouncing the policy. It argued that the charter is not only discriminatory, but that it's bad for Quebec seperatism.
Former Bloc MP Jean Dorion wrote the letter. We reached him in Montreal.
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Reverend Amy Welin presides over many funerals for her parishioners at St. John's Episcopal Church in Connecticut. But the one she's preparing for today is different: Reverend Welin is laying to rest the remains of a slave who died more than 200 years ago.
We reached Reverend Amy Welin in Waterbury, Connecticut.
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It may sound like a terrible insult, but being named the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society isn't just about name-calling -- it's about preserving animal species. All animal species. Even the ugly ones. Even the ugliest one -- which, according to those who cast their votes, is the blobfish.
When you hear the name "blobfish", you're probably not picture an aesthetic triumph. And you're right -- it ain't pretty. It's a grumpy-looking, pink, fleshy ball of gelatinous unsightliness. And if you don't believe me, take a look at the As It Happens Facebook page. We've put up a picture for you to judge for yourself.
In a campaign organized by the Preservation Society, the blobfish got more votes than any other ugly animal, beating out natural atrocities like the pig-nosed turtle, the scrotum frog and pubic lice.
The point of the campaign is to get across that all wildlife needs to be protected -- not just the cute, cuddly, majestic or beautiful wildlife. Every animal plays its part.
British ecologists, scientists and ugliness enthusiasts advocated on behalf of their favourite uggo. And here now is part of the winning campaign video for the blobfish. Here is blobfish supporter, British comedian Paul Foot, with our sound of the day.
There will be no public inquiry into the Omagh Bombing.
On August 15th, 1998, 29 people were killed by a bomb attack in the small Northern Irish market town of Omagh. The bombing, carried out by dissident republicans, has been described as the worst single terrorist atrocity of Northern Ireland's Troubles.
For years now, relatives of the victims have been pushing for a public inquiry into the tragedy. But today, the British government said that inquiry will not happen.
Michael Gallagher lost his 21-year-old son Aiden in the bombing. We reached Mr. Gallagher in Omagh, Northern Ireland.
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A bridal store that turned away a bride-to-be.
In May, Rohit Singh was refused service at a Saskatoon dress shop because she is transgender. Ms. Singh was so upset at her treatment that she filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission.
But now the shop owner, and Ms. Singh, have made peace.
Here, from our archives, is Carol speaking with Rohit Singh -- who describes what happened when she went to try on dresses at the store.
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It's a defeat for which the National Rifle Association is claiming victory.
On Tuesday, two Colorado State Senators -- including the Leader of the Senate -- were ousted from office after a successful recall effort. They are the first Colorado legislators ever to be kicked out of office before their terms were complete.
Earlier this year, the state passed new gun control laws, which both of the deposed senators supported. The laws were introduced following the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and the theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado. The NRA widely criticized the gun control measures, and campaigned for the recalls.
Angela Giron is one of the recalled Senators. We reached Senator Giron in Denver, Colorado.
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It's being compared to the arrival of the first human on the moon, or the first circumnavigation of the Earth.
Today, NASA announced that its Voyager-One spacecraft, launched 35 years ago, has officially left the solar system, and is now hurtling through interstellar space -- the first human-made object to do so.
Travelling at 160,000 kilometres per hour, the tiny spacecraft is almost 19 billion kilometres away from Earth. That's so far that its radio signals take 17 hours to reach home.
NASA has been able to determine that Voyager actually left the solar system on August 25th, 2012 -- just over a year ago. But it took a lot of research to find the evidence proving it had actually left.
And part of that evidence is sound. Specifically, the sound of interstellar plasma, or ionized gas, that doesn't exist in the solar system. It sounds like shrieking. Take a listen:
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The City of Abbotsford has gone to great, and controversial lengths, to disperse homeless people.
Back in June, the city was forced to apologize for spreading chicken manure near where many homeless people camped. And today, the city took a more direct approach. Signs were put up ordering the homeless to move. So they did. But it wasn't the re-location officials had in mind.
Ward Draper is a pastor who works with the homeless. We reached him in Abottsford.
That's the voice of Kali Hardig, speaking at a press conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, yesterday.
The twelve-year-old addressed reporters shortly after being released from Arkansas Children's Hospital, where she spent fifty-five days being treated for a rare and typically fatal brain infection.
Back in July, while swimming at a water park, Kali contracted primary amebic meningoencephalitis -- or PAM. It is extremely lethal -- of one-hundred-twenty-eight documented cases since 1962, Kali is only the second person to have survived. The parasite enters the body through the nose and travels to the brain, where it feeds on tissue, causing swelling and usually death.
Kali was joined by her parents at the news conference. Here's some of what her mother had to say, for the record.
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The hope is that they can ape the effect in humans.
A newly developed vaccine for Simian Immunodeficiency Virus, or S-I-V, appears to eradicate the virus in monkeys. The disease is very similar to -- and in fact more severe -- than H-I-V, which causes AIDS in humans.
The research was published in this week's issue of the journal, Nature.
Louis Picker was the lead researcher in the study. He's a microbiologist at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute at Oregon Health and Science University. We reached him in Portland.
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It's every lazy employee's dream: getting paid to not do work.
It may sound far-fetched, but this week, the Ontario government will start paying wind-farm operators to not produce energy, and to keep their wind turbines off. And the province says that this plan will actually save Ontarians money, in the long run.
To explain how that's possible, we reached Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli in Toronto.
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As you heard earlier on the show, the Parti Quebecois's charter of values is facing a backlash, even within the ranks of separatists.
Now the proposed legislation banning religious symbols and clothing in the public sector, is the subject of duelling media campaigns.
The Quebec government has taken out full-page ads today promoting the new charter in both the West Island Chronicle and the Suburban.
And on English radio station CJAD, there was this ad: