*Costa Concordia lifted: Russel Rebello was a waiter on the giant cruise ship. He died when it sank in 2012 and his remains have never been found. Now his brother Kevin watches with anticipation as salvage crews begin their work off Giglio Island in Italy.
*Message in a Bottle: Tofino, B.C.'s Steve Thurber finds a bottle on a Vancouver Island beach and believes the letter inside is more than 100 years old.
*Emanuel Apology: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he's sorry the city's police department spent nearly 20 years torturing false confessions out of hundreds of African American men. We hear from lawyer Flint Taylor who says the apology is just a start.
*Northampton Clown: The townsfolk of Northampton, England take fright when a balloon-bearing clown starts popping up uninvited in the dark.
*Bee Regulations: Health Canada issues new regulations to protect Canada's dying bees starting in 2014 but David Schuit's company, Saugeen Country Honey, needs the deadly trend to turn around fast.
*Norway Election: Norwegian voters have given the anti-immigration Progress Party the balance of power in Oslo but Iranian-Norwegian comedian Lisa Tonne is still managing to make fun.
Lost in the foundered. To Kevin Rebello, the salvage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship doesn't just mean clearing up a massive eyesore -- it may mean the remains of his brother will finally be discovered.
Implicated by implication. A new U.N. report on the chemical-weapons attack in Damascus doesn't say who was responsible -- but the U.S., the U.K., and France say it proves the Syrian regime is guilty.
Unreasonable facsimiles. A Saskatchewan principal has tried to stop private medical records from being faxed to his school -- but they just keep coming.
The appalling, and the apology. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he's sorry, officially, for a police program of torture and forced confessions -- but for victims of the brutality, words are not enough.
The appalling, and the pollinators. The government issues new guidelines for pesticides suspected to be destroying bee populations -- to which beekeepers deliver a stinging rebuke.
And...uneasy lies the head that sees the clown. Throughout Northampton, England, residents toss and turn, their nightmares haunted by the mysterious figure that has suddenly appeared in their streets -- wearing enormous footwear and clutching balloons.
As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that wishes there were no big shoes to fill.
For more than 20 months, it's sat there -- a dramatic reminder of a cruise gone very wrong. And today, ever so slowly, the stricken Costa Concordia cruise liner is being lifted off a rocky reef off the Italian island of Giglio.
The salvage operation couldn't come soon enough for Kevin Rebello. His brother Russel was a waiter on the Costa Concordia, and his remains have never been recovered from the ship's wreckage.
We reached Mr. Rebello in Rome.
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It's been going on for six months now.
Confidential patient medical records keep getting faxed to the Clearwater River Dene School in Saskatchewan. Records that should be going to a nearby medical centre.
The school's principal, Mark Klein, has been trying to sort out the problem -- but the faxes still keep on coming.
We reached Mark Klein at his school in Clearwater River, Saskatchewan.
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He didn't make blockbusters. But he made his mark.
Saul Landau, the leftist American filmmaker and writer, died today of cancer. He was 77.
Mr. Landau's subject matter was almost always Latin America and, in particular, US policy and interventions in the region. He focused on the Cuban revolution, the Pinochet dictatorship, the Iran-Contra scandal, and the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua...just to mention a few.
One of his most memorable films was the 1969 documentary "Fidel" -- an up-close and intimate portrait of the Cuban leader.
In October 11th, 1979, As It Happens spoke with Saul Landau. At the time, Mr. Landau was watching closely as a major security operation was put in place to protect Fidel Castro, on his visit to the United Nations in New York.
Here is part of that conversation between former host Barbara Frum and Saul Landau, from our archives.
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A walk on the beach can be pretty depressing. All that litter: shredded chip bags, busted sunglasses, rusted Mountain Dew cans. It would be easy to miss something that was actually interesting.
Luckily, Vancouver's Steve Thurber was sharp-eyed enough to find a gem amongst the garbage.
Last week, Mr. Thurber was walking along a beach on Vancouver Island when he stumbled across a bottle. And when he took a closer look, he saw the envelope inside was dated back to 1906.
We reached Steve Thurber in Tofino, B.C.
The United Nations Security Council has received a weapons report that showed "unequivocally and objectively" that a chemical attack in Damascus on August 21 caused a terrible loss of life.
In submitting the report today, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said "the international community has a moral responsibility to hold the perpetrators accountable."
The UN weapons inspectors in Damascus were not goven a mandate to say who carried out the attack. But today the US, France and Britain were quick to read between the lines -- and conclude that the evidence in the report clearly points to the Syrian government.
Those countries are now seeking a Security Council resolution backing a plan for the Syrian government to give up its chemical arsenal.
Lord Mark Malloch-Brown is the former deputy secretary general of the UN. We reached him in New York City.
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It was a long time coming.
Last week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized for a brutal era in the history of the Chicago Police Department. Over a nineteen-year period that began in 1972, hundreds of African-American men from Chicago's South Side were tortured into false confessions. It's estimated that nearly two hundred men went to prison based on those forced confessions.
The torture was done under the direction of former police commander Jon Burge, who is currently in prison for charges related to the abuse.
Eric Caine spent twenty-five years in prison for a murder to which he was forced to confess. He spoke with Carol on the day he was released from prison in 2011. Here's part of that conversation, from our archives.
Eric Caine is just one of the many victims of Jon Burge's torture and forced confessions. On Wednesday, the same day that Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized for the years of abuse, the city of Chicago paid six-million dollars each to two torture victims who'd spent 21 years in prison based on forced confessions.
Flint Taylor is a lawyer representing most of the torture victims. We reached him in Chicago.
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All you want to do is spread joy to the people of the town of Northampton, England. So you apply your white face make-up. You put on your giant shoes. You inflate some balloons, or let a limp teddy bear dangle, as if sleeping or dead, from your right hand. And then you go out to random locations in Northampton and stand there in the twilight, waving, and staring in a way you hope is friendly.
And for some reason, everyone's terrified.
You only had the best of intentions. That's why you started the "Spot Northampton Clown" page on Facebook -- to let people know you'd be out there, haunting the streets. Well, not haunting -- brightening. But for some reason, ever since your first appearance this past Friday, people have been frightened of you!
They've tweeted things like, "Even if it's a prank it is CREEPY" and "British town being terrorized by mysterious clown".
You stare into the mirror. Could it be your warm smile, which could -- perhaps, if the light was wrong -- appear as a grim, murderous grin? Is there some way that people could look into your kind eyes and see, instead, two black windows into the abyss? I mean, be honest with yourself: instead of filling your Northampton neighbours with joie de vivre, is it possible that you appear to them as a remorseless, soulless harbinger of death?
You shake your head, dislodging your wig: no. No, you are glee personified.
You log in to Facebook and marvel at the comment "Have you killed anyone yet?" You type up a new post, concluding, "If what i am doing does get too much for people, i will have to stop."
But you will never stop, Northampton clown. You will never stop.
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To critics, it's like putting Band-Aids on bee-hives.
In 2012, Health Canada received numerous complaints about the devastation of Canada's bee population, reportedly from the use of pesticides on crops. Specifically, the complaints involved chemicals called "neonicotinoids", used to treat corn and soybean seeds.
Now, the federal government has issued new regulations about how these products should be used to better protect the bees. Starting in 2014, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency will require more explicit packaging and safer planting practices, amongst other changes. It's supposed to be a step towards protection, but today, John Bennett, the Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada issued a statement saying. "There is no excuse for allowing another year of bee carnage."
And some bee-keepers agree. David Schuit runs Saugeen Country Honey. He's been a beekeeper since the 1980s. And he says that, if his bee population continues to die the way it has been, he can only stay afloat for another year or two. We reached him in Elmwood, Ontario in his bee-yard.
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It's been a week since elections in Norway. And it's becoming clear that the vote created some rather strange -- and uneasy -- bedfellows.
The new Conservative Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, is having to form an alliance with the anti-immigration Progress Party to govern. The Progress Party -- which once counted mass killer Anders Behring Breivik as one of its members -- outdid expectations in Monday's election, gaining 29 seats overall.
For many, the rise of an anti-immigration party might be worrying, but one Norwegian sees the funnier side of it all. Lisa Tonne is an Iranian-Norweigan stand-up comic based in Oslo. And we reached her on her mobile phone in the Norwegian capital.
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Why is it so hard to kill a fly? Not, you know, in a moral sense. That part's easy, because flies are horrible demons and they should all be crushed. What I mean is, why -- even when I summon all my righteous energy to rid the Earth of Satan's little minions -- does the fly escape certain death every time I bring the swatter down?
Kevin Healy thinks he and his colleagues have figured it out. Mr. Healy is a PhD student in natural sciences at Trinity College Dublin and he's the co-author of a study that gets at the heart of that fly conundrum. We reached him in Dublin, Ireland.
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Tonight, we all have one less thing to be outraged about.
Last night, legendary comedian and TV star Bob Newhart won his very first Emmy Award at the annual ceremony celebrating the best in television.
The 84-year-old Newhart won for his guest performance in the popular comedy series "The Big Bang Theory", where he played a former TV science host turned professor.
Yes, unbelievably, I did say it was his first Emmy. Mr. Newhart has been nominated six times before, and spent decades as a regular guest in our living rooms -- mostly playing the bumbling, stumbling straight man.
He earned his first nomination in 1961 for a variety series called "The Bob Newhart Show." Which then led to the regular TV series in the '70s that went by the same name. Then in the '80s, he was nominated for his show "Newhart" -- and then for the show "Bob" in the '90s.
And then he'd exhausted all the possibilities for having shows named after him.
Back on November 14th, 2005, former "As It Happens" host Mary Lou Finlay spoke with Bob Newhart. She talked to him about making the transition from being an accountant to a comedian. Here is part of their conversation, for the record.
Another thing that ties Bob Newhart to "As It Happens" is the importance of the telephone in his story-telling. In many of his most famous routines, Mr. Newhart used the phone to show the absurdity of everyday life.
His early comedy featured hilarious one-sided phone conversations -- including this one from his 1960 comedy album "Something Like This: The Bob Newhart Anthology" featuring this skit called "Introducing Tobacco To Civilization", in which he imagines a conversation between Sir Walter Raleigh and the head of the West Indies Company about tobacco.