The big bite to his business. His two restaurants were shuttered by the shutdown -- and now a Virginia business owner is assessing the extent of his losses.
The Big Picture. Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy offers his reflections on the political standoff that closed his country for more than two weeks.
A too-sizable chunk. A Canadian artisanal cheese maker says her industry could be devastated by an E-U trade deal that would double the quota of allowable European fine cheeses, if ratified.
There's no price like home. A New York tenant who's enjoyed rent protection for years says he's not about to vacate, just because his landlord is renovating the building.
One's good fortune leads to another. Nearly fourteen years ago, Pete Edwards wagered that his two-year-old grandson would grow up to play soccer for Wales -- and it paid off in leaps and pounds.
And...when it comes to number one, we're all Number One. Researchers at Georgia Tech University formulate a "Law of Urination", which concludes that all animals -- regardless of size -- take roughly the same time to discharge their fluids.
The government shutdown in the United States cost the country's economy twenty-four billion dollars.
And that's money out of the pockets of many business owners and workers -- income that, unlike those on the government payroll, they'll never recover.
Glenn Helseth is one of those adding up the losses. He owns two restaurants in locations shut down by the National Parks Service, in the historic Yorktown-Jamestown area of Virginia -- where tourism is the bread and butter of the economy. But he decided, in defiance of federal law, to reopen one of them a week into the shutdown.
We reached him in Yorktown, Virginia.
Glenn Helseth is the co-owner of the Carrot Tree Kitchens. He was in Yorktown, Virginia.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government is getting back to work today. A Senate deal narrowly managed to stop the country from defaulting on its debt. But it may only have put off another costly standoff.
Chris Murphy is a Democratic U.S. Senator representing the state of Connecticut. We reached him in Washington D.C.
And finally we go to Texas for one last note on this story -- and an editorial in The Houston Chronicle that caught our eye.
The paper, in essence, retracted its own endorsement of Texas Senator Ted Cruz -- and pined for a return to the saner days of former Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Ted Cruz, as you likely know, became the face of the Tea Party rebellion within Republican ranks before and during the shutdown.
In the words of the Chronicle, quote:
"One reason we particularly believe that Hutchison would make a difference in these hectic days is that if she had kept her seat, Cruz would not be in the Senate."
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Film, opera, and now, a ballet.
The Handmaid's Tale -- arguably Margaret Atwood's best-known novel -- had its world premiere at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet last night with the author in attendance. Before the show, Ms. Atwood sat down with CBC Manitoba host Terry MacLeod outside the McNally Robinson bookstore. He began the interview by asking if she had any control over what the audience would see on stage.
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In one way, Rory Denis is one lucky New York tenant.
Thanks to rent-control, he pays far less than market value for the East Village apartment he's lived in since the Nineteen-Seventies.
In another way, though, you could say he's pushing his luck -- because he's refused to leave while his landlord tears up and renovates the entire building.
We reached Rory Denis in his apartment in New York.
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The Prime Minister is in Brussels tonight and Canada's cheese makers are none too pleased about it.
Mr Harper is expected to sign a free trade deal with the European Union tomorrow. The deal seems to have been struck after the Canadian negotiators convinced their European counterparts to allow in a lot more Canadian beef. The cattle victory came at a price though. Canada is expected to open the border to twice as much fine European cheese.
That could be bad for Ruth Klahsen's business. She owns the Monforte Dairy in Stratford Ontario.
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If you want to prevent a crime, take away the tools of the criminal.
That's the rationale behind a Nova Scotia crown attorney's request to a judge to ban a teenaged girl from using social media. She pleaded guilty to assault against a girl who has autism at Sherwood Park Education Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Steve Drake says it's the first time in Nova Scotia that a prosector has tried to kick someone off social media as part of a sentence.
Here's Mr. Drake talking to Maritime Noon host Norma Lee McLeod, for the record.
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It's a very specific kind of scientific tunnel vision. Very specific.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology investigating the urinary flow rates in a variety of species -- from mice to elephants -- made some interesting discoveries. First -- I'll admit I'm speculating here -- that working in close proximity to high-velocity urine presents a unique set of challenges. But more important, they discovered something very interesting about the time it takes for animals -- regardless of size -- to empty their bladders.
They call it "The Law of Urination".
David Hu is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and biology, and he led the study. We reached him at his office, at Georgia Tech, in Atlanta.
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Most grandparents would be willing to wager their grandkids are destined for greatness. In a manner of speaking, that is.
But Pete Edwards put his money where his mouth is. When his grandson was just two years old, he placed a bet with a local bookmaker that the boy would one day play top level football (that's soccer) for Wales.
And this week, that bet paid off -- big. On Tuesday night, the Welsh national team played Belgium in a World Cup qualifier game. And, in the eighty-seventh minute, Mr. Edward's sixteen-year old grandson, Harry, was called to the field.We reached Pete Edwards in Corwen, Wales.
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That's the sound of a woman struggling after being pepper-sprayed, as protesters clashed with police today near the Elsipogtog First Nation in eastern New Brunswick.
As you're heard on the news, RCMP arrested forty protesters, on charges ranging from firearms offences, to uttering threats. Police say they were acting on a court injunction. The company that applied for the injunction, and hopes to carry on with the shale gas development, is Texas-based S-W-N Resources.
The anti-development demontration has been gonig on for three weeks and continues as we go to air.
Susan Levi-Peters is the former chief of the Elsipogtog First Nation. We reached her earlier today near the site of the standoff, in eastern New Brunswick.
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In hindsight, it probably wasn't a good idea. In fact, it was a terrible, terrible idea.
Today, British Gas -- a home gas supplier in the U.K. -- announced it was increasing its rates by nine-point-two per cent. To understate things slightly, the announcement was not well-received by clients.
So when British Gas went to Twitter to take questions about their rate increase, their consumers did not hold back. Using the hashtag ASK-BG, people were asked to send questions to Bert, the British Gas Customer Services Director. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Bert did not have a good day.
Take this tweet from Lee Vincent, who asks:
"Hi Bert, which items of furniture do you, in your humble opinion, think people should burn first this winter?"
Or this, from someone with the Twitter handle Technically Ron:
"What is the best temperature to thaw an elderly relative at and what seasoning would you use?"
And Stewart Houston had this to ask of British Gas executives:
"What banknotes are better for lighting the directors cigars -- 20 pound notes or 50 pound notes?"
And then there was this very practical tweet from Felicity Morse:
"Have you found a way to channel angry customer feedback into electricity?"
And finally, a tweet from Henry Fraser that reads:
"Dear British Gas, How is it possible that you've become more of a nuisance to the British public than Piers Morgan?"
Well, that is an accomplishment. And for British Gas, it was also a lesson: never, ever take to social media on the day you raise your rates by nearly ten per cent. It's like throwing very expensive gas on a fire.
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The Conservatives have seen enough of Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau.
The party's leader in the Senate announced today that he'll be introducing motions to suspend his former colleagues. The scandal-plagued trio would be barred from the upper chamber and cut-off without pay.
James Cowan has been calling for tougher treatment for months. He's the Liberal Leader in the Senate and we reached him on his way to the airport in Ottawa.
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They're puppets. They're roomies, who sleep side-by-side in twin beds. And, for years, people have wondered whether they're more than just friends.
No, I'm not talking about Ernie and Bert. I'm talking about Sheka and Teka.
Sheka and Teka are the stars of a long-running series of ads for the Israel Electric Corporation. Their names mean "plug" and "socket" in Hebrew. And now they're under renewed pressure to come out of the closet.
That's because in their latest TV ad features the arrival of a baby. Teka congratulates Sheka on the birth of the child. But there's no sign of a mother anywhere.
The government-owned utility company is remaining coy about the puppets' sexuality. And some say that's just a publicity ploy -- one that sends the wrong message.
Here's what one critic, Dvir Bar, had to say about it. Quote:
"This should weigh on the conscience of everyone who worked on this campaign, who will come home and ask themselves whether they would want to raise a child in a country where the electric company says: 'Hide, don't be proud.'"
I guess what he's saying is that it's high time Sheka and Teka made their feelings for each other felt.
Inuit artifacts finally have a proper home in Nunavut.
Throughout the day today, in the hamlet of Gjoa Haven, opening ceremonies are being held for the Nattilik Heritage Centre. It's been years in the making, and will now be home to current works of Inuit art -- as well as local artifacts. Among them: handmade harpoons, goggles and snow knives used by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen a century ago. Those items were returned to Nunavut after years of being on display at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, Norway.
Joanni Sallerina is the Vice-President of the Nattilik Heritage Society. We reached him in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut.
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It's not clear, exactly, what went wrong. By all accounts, Stretch Armstrong: The Movie, should've been a slam dunk.
Stretch Armstrong was an action figure, introduced by the American toy company Kenner in 1976. He was blond, heavily-muscled and stood just under forty centimetres. He wore a pair of old-school wrestling trunks. And he was designed for one thing only: stretching. Which he did amazingly well -- being made of gel-injected latex rubber.
He could be extended up to a full five feet -- about one-and-a-half metres -- after which he would snap back to his original shape.
Well, in a curious case of non-art imitating non-life, the saga of the not-to-be film about Stretch seems to share his singular quality. The on-an-off-again project has been re-shaped several times by two studios, and has stretched on for five years now. It's off again now, by the way.
But at least one thing has remained consistent: an apparent unbending faith in the idea by those involved. In its early days, when he was still attached to the picture, producer Brian Grazer said, quote:
"Stretch Armstrong is a character I have wanted to see on screen for a long time ... It's a story about a guy stretching ... the limits of what is possible to become all that he can be." Unquote.
Well, whatever the reason, those limits appear to include being the subject of a feature film. Relativity Media, who picked up the project after it was dumped by Universal Studios, recently issued this statement:
"Stretch Armstrong is an incredible character who will make an amazing movie...and we decided to focus on other projects."
Sounds like a stretch to me. And so does this: Grand Theft Bus, with "Stretch".
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