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Canadian musician Bob Wiseman reunited with hand-painted guitar after 28 years

Bob Wiseman says it feels "quite wonderful" to have his long-lost guitar back in his hands 28 years after it was stolen from the back of his car.

Man who played Trump during 2016 mock debates says the key is to 'get out of his way'

Four years ago, Philippe Reines played President Trump's stand-in during Hillary Clinton's mock debates. On the eve of the first U.S. presidential debate, Reines has some pointers for opponent Joe Biden.

Sparrows sing 'sexier,' more complex mating songs during lockdown: study

Male sparrows have really improved their pick-up lines during the pandemic, a new study has found.

Man who erected a giant wooden penis on his lawn fights to keep it up

Jamie Gagne insists it was his wife's idea to carve a giant wooden penis with a chainsaw and erect it on their front lawn, but he'll gladly fight for it in a court of law.

Uncle Ben's is rebranding, but Master P has his own Black-run rice company

Percy Miller, a.k.a. Master P, says he's glad Uncle Ben's is finally changing its name and logo — but he'd rather see people support Black-owned brands.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Sept. 25, 2020

This man has held onto Richard Nixon's half-eaten sandwich for 60 years

Steve Jenne can’t imagine letting go of a sandwich he froze 60 years ago — a sandwich that was half-eaten by former U.S. president Richard Nixon.

'This is my passion,' says man who's been running Dungeons & Dragons campaign for over 38 years

A London, Ont., man who has been playing the same game of Dungeons & Dragons for more than 38 years says he has no intentions of ever stopping. 

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Sept. 24, 2020

'Justice is not served,' says Ky. state rep after no charges laid for Breonna Taylor's death

The fight for justice for Breonna Taylor is far from over, says a Kentucky state legislator. 

'I lost my mom and she was only 66': Woman calls for inquiry into N.S. long-term care deaths

Erica Surette wants a public inquiry into the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at a Nova Scotia long-term care home. Without one, she says she fears her 66-year-old mother will have died for nothing.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Sept. 23, 2020

Aid workers mapping WW II bombs killed in explosion in the Solomon Islands

Aid worker Per Breivik says he has no idea why his colleagues brought an unexploded Second World War bomb into a residential neighbourhood in the Solomon Islands.

After fending off alligator by poking its eyes, Florida man plans to paint the attack

After barely escaping from an alligator attack with his life, Mark Johnson, a Florida artist is coping in a very on-brand way — by painting a grisly portrait of the beast that tried to bite off his leg.  

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Sept. 22, 2020

Australian stinging trees inject people with a venom-like neurotoxin: Study

The leaves of Australia's stinging trees look "a bit fuzzy and not that scary" when you first see them, says pain researcher Irina Vetter. But don't be fooled. 

Canadians have kept Terry Fox's dream alive for 40 years, says his brother

When Terry Fox ended his Marathon of Hope and announced to the country that his cancer had returned, he told Canadians to continue where he left off. And his brother says that's exactly what happened.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Sept. 21, 2020

Ottawa family waits in line 3 days in a row for COVID-19 tests

Bashira Kofo had to leave work as soon as she got the call that her four-year-old had a runny nose. 

Scientists win Ig Nobels for studying narcissists' eyebrows, making frozen poop knives

Canadians' hearts should swell with pride and joy for the scientists who took home Ig Nobels this week for their research into frozen fecal weaponry and vainglorious eyebrow maintenance, says the organizer of the spoof awards.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Sept. 18, 2020

This yoga instructor is fighting the rise of QAnon in the wellness community

Seane Corn never thought her duties as yoga instructor would one day include warning people about the dangers of international right-wing conspiracy theories.

Creativity doesn't fade with age — and Emily Urquhart says her father's career proves it

Emily Urquhart says for a long time she assumed her father's abilities as a painter would diminish with age. But what really happened challenged conventional wisdom and her own.

MEC founding member says she feels 'grief and betrayal' over sale of co-op to U.S. firm

As a founder of Mountain Equipment Co-op, a company that always prided itself on being owned by members, Sara Golling is disappointed with its recent sale to a private investment fund.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Sept. 17, 2020