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Canada Under Attack: Two Tragic Events In Two Days

Thu, Oct 23, 2014 | Filed in: Breaking News

Canada War MemorialOn Wednesday, the Parliament of Canada in Ottawa was under attack. This was the second tragic event in Canada to occur just two days after Martin Couture-Rouleau struck two members of the military with his car in a St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. The CSIS described the act as "the violent expression of an extremist ideology." On the 22nd of October, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, from the Canadian watchlist, stormed through the Parliament, killing soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the Canada War Memorial.

Recently, Canada had announced plans to join the US in their air strikes campaign against ISIS militsnts in Iraq. There is no news yet regarding any connection between the shooting. Zehaf-Bibeau was reportedly a Muslim convert. Two sources said the gunman had a history of drug use before he converted. According to CNN, his passport had been confiscated by Canadian authorities when they learned he planned to go fight overseas.

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Nose Cells Aid Paralyzed Man To Walk Again

Wed, Oct 22, 2014 | Filed in: Health/Sports Fitness

paralyzed man walks againIn 2010, 38 year-old Darek Fidyka of Bulgaria was paralyzed from the chest down after being stabbed. Four years later, a group of doctors and scientists report that Fidyka has regained the strength to walk again. How did such a miracle occur? Nose cells.

In Poland, Dr. Geoffrey Raisman, a professor at the Spinal Repair Unit at UCL Institute of Neurology in London and a group of scientests treated the patient through a surgery in which nerve cells from his nasal cavity were transplanted into his spinal cord.

As reported by WebMD, doctors and scientists say they've been able to restore some lower limb function and some sensation by transplanting what are known as olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) from the patient's nose. These cells send the sense of smell from the nasal lining to thebrain.

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Prominent & Longtime Washington Post Chief Benjamin C. Bradlee Passes Away

Wed, Oct 22, 2014 | Filed in: Breaking News

Benjamin C. BradleeIn 1965, Benjamin C. Bradlee took the reigns of The Washington Post newsroom. It was there that he made his mark as executive editor and journalist. Bradlee passed away on October 21st, 2014 at the age of 93. 

His most memorable work was that of the Watergate scandal. Bradlee became a known national figure after challenging the federal government and Nixon administration over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers and oversaw the publication of Bob Woodward's and Carl Bernstein's stories documenting Watergate.

Before The Post, Bradlee toured with both Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960 during their presidential campaigns. Bradlee went on to write Conversations With Kennedy while working as the Washington Bureau chief for Newsweek.

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Containing The Spread Of Ebola: 5 Airport Restriction Placed For West African Travelers

Tue, Oct 21, 2014 | Filed in: Breaking News

Ebola screening

The Department of Homeland Security have announced more travel restrictions in the form of additional screening and protective measures at US ports of entry for travelers from the three West African Ebola-affected countries. These new measures will go into effect on October 22nd.

All passengers arriving in the United States whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to fly into one of the five airports that have the enhanced screening and additional resources in place. Last week, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHS implemented enhanced screening measures at five airports around the country – New York’s JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago.

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Oscar Pistorius: Is The Five Year Prison Sentence Enough?

Tue, Oct 21, 2014 | Filed in: Breaking News

Oscar PistoriusThe big trending question after news broke that Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the shooting and death of his girlfriend: is it punishment enough?

The sentence verdict was for the charge of culpable homicide; meaning, the killing of Reeva Steenkamp was unintentional. Separate from the shooting of Steenkamp, Pistorius was found not guilty of two other incidents and guilty for weapon related charges, as well as a shooting at a restaurant.

The Olympic runner could have faced up to 15 years in jail, according to reports. Under South African law, he will have to serve at least one-sixth of his sentence -- 10 months -- before he can ask to be placed under correctional supervision, usually house arrest, instead.

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