As It Happens

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
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Part One

Ghomeshi editor out
After publishing a controversial essay by Jian Ghomeshi, the New York Review of Books is masthead-hunting — because the editor who defended the piece is out. 

Bike speed record
Denise Mueller-Korenek goes flat-out on the Utah Salt Flats — and breaks a two-decade-old speed record by reaching a speed of nearly 300 kilometres an hour. 

Alan Abel obit
The famous practical joker Alan Abel has died after a lifetime of high-profile stunts — including one where he tricked the New York Times into running an obituary for him in 1980. 

Part Two

Nova Scotia cancer patient
Audrey Parker of Halifax has been approved for a medically assisted death is choosing to die sooner than she'd wanted — because she's afraid she might be declined if her mental capacity worsens. 

Gator hunter
After luring it with a seasoned raccoon, the mayor of Livingston, Texas finally takes out her arch-enemy: the gator she believes ate her miniature horse. 

Part Three

Koreas deal
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un says he's actually going to dismantle some of his country's nuclear facilities — and this time, some experts are cautiously optimistic that he might be on the level. 

Wasps vs. bees study
If you love honey bees and hate wasps, a team of researchers wants to talk to you about the good points of the latter — and they're dedicated to changing the hive mind.