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Ray Rice earns big cheers from Baltimore Ravens fans at training camp (Yahoo Sports)

Posted July 29, 2014 by Yahoo! Canada Sports - Top News

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice stretches during an NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

We’ve done our best to call out Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for his inexcusable actions (for which he never really actually apologized to his victim, which just happens to be his wife now) and we’ve taken the NFL to task for their two-game suspension, which — when you stack it up to some of other Roger Goodell’s discipline — appears quite light.
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But the most forgiving group of people appears to be Ravens fans, who just love their player. Fans loudly cheered Rice on Monday, as his image repeatedly appeared on the big screen at M&T Bank Stadium, the site of the Ravens’ first open practice at training camp. 
Rice even beat his chest as a nod to fans. Per ESPN.com’s Jamison Henley , many fans in the crowd Monday night were wearing Rice’s No. 27 jersey, including several women and children. 
The facts are these: Rice was beloved prior to his altercation with then-fiancée-now-wife Janay Palmer in February, and — if the cheers are any indication — he remains one of the team’s most popular players. The team was cautious at first when the news of the incident broke, but make no mistake: It firmly has stood in Rice’s corner, explaining the event as being out of character for Rice.
Rice, who will speak to the media, issued a statement through the Ravens’ PR department last week after deciding not to appeal the NFL’s two-game suspension.
“It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault,” Rice said. “As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously. “My goal is to earn back the trust of the people, especially the children, I let down because of this incident. I am a role model and I take that responsibility seriously. My actions going forward will show that.” 
His job earning back the trust of Ravens fans appears a fairly easy task. The rest of the country might come a little more slowly if the public outcry over the event and its aftermath (even if that scorn is aimed roundly at the NFL) is any indication.
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Statement by the Chief Information Officer for the Government of Canada

Posted July 29, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Government of Canada computer networks, like those of other governments and the private sector, are under increasing threat of cyber-attack.

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Chris Pratt Stops an Interview to Show Off His French-Braiding Skills

Posted July 29, 2014 by Katharine Trendacosta

Here are the pros and cons for this video: Pro – Chris Pratt continues his charm offensive and proves he is a treasure of a human being. Con – Entertainment Tonight is still having trouble figuring out what do with Guardians of the Galaxy. Read more…

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Madagascar billed as surfing paradise (Yahoo Sports)

Posted July 29, 2014 by Yahoo! Canada Sports - Top News

Try Madagascar. The island nation in the Indian Ocean has become the 86th member of the International Surfing Association as part of a drive to promote the sport in Africa, the California-based association said. Madagascar offers more than 4,800 kilo…

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16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter fails drug test (Yahoo Sports)

Posted July 29, 2014 by Yahoo! Canada Sports - Top News

A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter failed a doping test after becoming the youngest ever female to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the sport, organizers said Tuesday. Amalaha’s ”A” sample contained amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, which ar…

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Center of main rebel city in Ukraine hit by shells

Posted July 29, 2014 by Anonymous

DONETSK, Ukraine – At least one person has been killed after three shells hit an apartment block in the centre of the main separatist rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. An Associated Press reporter on the scene saw gaping … Continue Reading

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2015 Giro to start with team time trial in Liguria (Yahoo Sports)

Posted July 29, 2014 by Yahoo! Canada Sports - Top News

The 2015 Giro d’Italia will start with a team time trial from San Lorenzo al Mare to San Remo along a cycle path down the Ligurian coast. It will be the first time that a stage in a Grand Tour will take place entirely on a cycle path, with the 18-kilo…

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Canada withdraws consular staff from Libya as violence plagues country

Posted July 29, 2014 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The Canadian government is temporarily suspending its consular operations in the Libyan capital of Tripoli and pulling out all staff. In a statement, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Lynne Yelich, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, […]

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University incomes: Ontario students footing bigger share than rest of Canada

Posted July 29, 2014 by Mike Donachie

Almost a quarter of the money going into Canada’s universities is coming from tuition and other fees paid by students. And the share paid by students has been rising for years — increasing from $5.8 billion to $8.1 billion in … Continue Reading

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Londoners launch campaign urging people to talk to lonely strangers

Posted July 29, 2014 by Associated Press

LONDON — It’s a typical urban routine: Sit on the subway, headphones in, fiddling with the smartphone to avoid eye contact with fellow passengers. Now a new campaign called “Talk to me” wants to break that habit and change London’s image […]

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Canada pulls consular staff as Libyan violence grows

Posted July 29, 2014 by Staff

OTTAWA – The Canadian government is temporarily suspending its consular operations in the Libyan capital of Tripoli and pulling out all staff. In a statement, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Lynne Yelich, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, … Continue Reading

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Canada Temporarily Withdraws Staff from Libya

Posted July 29, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today issued the following statement regarding the situation in Libya and the temporary withdrawal of Canadian staff from that countr…

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Teens who survived South Korea ferry sinking scarred by friends’ deaths

Posted July 29, 2014 by Associated Press

ANSAN, South Korea —South Korean teenagers who survived April’s ferry sinking said Tuesday they are still haunted by the disaster that killed dozens of their friends, and demanded that crew members be punished for abandoning the passengers and fleeing the ship. […]

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China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

Posted July 29, 2014 by Gillian Wong

BEIJING, China – China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, underlining President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country’s topmost leaders. The party’s anti-graft … Continue Reading

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German hiker killed by herd of cows in Austria

Posted July 29, 2014 by Staff

VIENNA – Police say a herd of cows attacked and killed a German woman hiking through their fenced-in pasture after apparently being riled by the sight of her leashed dog. They said Tuesday the 45-year old victim was rushed by … Continue Reading

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Passengers stuck in Hawaii for 3 nights get cash

Posted July 29, 2014 by Nick Perry

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A group of Air New Zealand passengers were stranded for a third night Monday after being repeatedly told their plane was delayed due to mechanical problems. The upside? They’re in Hawaii. And every passenger is getting … Continue Reading

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EU envoys meeting on tougher Russia sanctions

Posted July 29, 2014 by Anonymous

BRUSSELS – The United States and the European Union are preparing a powerful one-two punch against the Russian economy, with EU ambassadors meeting Tuesday to discuss a dramatic escalation in the trade bloc’s sanctions on Russia. Measures under consideration include … Continue Reading

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Howard to call EPL games when not in Everton goal (Yahoo Sports)

Posted July 29, 2014 by Yahoo! Canada Sports - Top News

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Tim Howard will keep doubling as an English Premier League goalkeeper and TV announcer.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Jewel in the Crown #nlpoli

Posted July 29, 2014 by Anonymous

If you are a Newfoundland politics junkie who hasn’t been reading Uncle Gnarley,  then you’ve been missing out.

You can fix that by reading the latest offering from Gnarley – a.k.a. Des Sullivan – about Nalcor and the idea of having bureaucrats play at being entrepreneurs.

While you’re at it,  you might also want to read a couple of SRBP posts to go with it:

“The sound of silence” and “Newfoundland and Labrador Hydra”

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Some niche retirement communities

Posted July 29, 2014 by Mike Schneider

ORLANDO, Fla. – Niche retirement communities are growing particularly popular as the 76 million baby boomers reach retirement age. The communities are aimed at people of specific ethnic backgrounds, hobbies or collegiate allegiances. Here are some niche retirement communities found … Continue Reading

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Indian senior community part of growing niche

Posted July 29, 2014 by Mike Schneider

TAVARES, Fla. – When Arun and Usha Pancholi were deciding where to spend their retirement years, they wanted a place that combined the culture and camaraderie of life in India with the comforts and conveniences they had grown accustomed to … Continue Reading

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Federal court: Virginia marriage is for all

Posted July 29, 2014 by Anonymous

RICHMOND, Va. – An appeals court’s decision to strike down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban adds to the growing list of decrees on a hot-button issue that will likely end up being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. … Continue Reading

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Witches of East End Is All About Creepy Supernatural Sex This Season

Posted July 29, 2014 by Katharine Trendacosta

Witches of East End Is All About Creepy Supernatural Sex This Season

We live in a world where Lifetime is perfectly willing to use the term “twincest.” And it won’t even be the most disturbing thing in the episode. Congrats, Witches of East End, for embracing the absurd.

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Monday’s Sports In Brief (Yahoo Sports)

Posted July 29, 2014 by Yahoo! Canada Sports - Top News

Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling’s estran…

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Humphrey to savor Hall of Fame day with ‘wingman’ (Yahoo Sports)

Posted July 29, 2014 by Yahoo! Canada Sports - Top News

Claude Humphrey wishes he could have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame ”a long time ago where I could have actually enjoyed it more.” Even so, there’s a bonus for Humphrey, the former standout defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia E…

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‘Avengers 2′ Quicksilver Will Differ from ‘X-Men’ Version (Yahoo Sports)

Posted July 29, 2014 by Yahoo! Canada Sports - Top News

We've already seen Fox's take on Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past. But don't expect many similarities between that version of Pietro Maximoff and the one that will appear in

We’ve already seen Fox’s take on Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past. But don’t expect many similarities between that version of Pietro Maximoff and the one that will appear in

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NBA, Clippers eager for Sterling out, Ballmer in (Yahoo Sports)

Posted July 29, 2014 by Yahoo! Canada Sports - Top News

The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to move on, even if Donald Sterling wants to keep fighting. Move on to Steve Ballmer, who paid a record price for the team and is now a step closer to finally owning it. The Clippers are a potential powe…

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Your Top Plays for Today

Posted July 29, 2014 by Sports News Headlines - Yahoo! News

With her attorney Pierce O'Donnell, right, Shelly Sterling, center, talks to reporters after a judge ruled in her favor and against her estranged husband, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA basketball team, outside Los Angeles Superior Court, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)Your Top Plays for Today: AP’s Sports Guide

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The long and short of Galveston cruising

Posted July 29, 2014 by Phil Reimer

If you’re sailing out of Galveston next year, you will see more funnels belonging to Carnival Cruise Lines ships than any other. Ports with lots of ships give the cruisers lots of choice when it comes to the cruise days […]

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Pilot survives small plane crash west of Vernon

Posted July 29, 2014 by The Province - News

VERNON, B.C. — One person has been taken to hospital following the crash of a small plane Monday evening near Vernon, B.C. Lt. Greg Menzies of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says the pilot was conscious when the plane was found at about 9 p.m. PDT.

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Dolphins, porpoises and belugas to remain captive at Vancouver Aquarium after packed parks board meeting nets no resolution

Posted July 29, 2014 by The Province - News

The two-day special park board public meeting on the future of the Vancouver Aquarium’s controversial captive cetacean program ended Monday with no resolution. About 50 speakers voiced support for — and opposition to — the aquarium’s controversial program, which has been subject to growing criticism in recent months.

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‘I have been pretty much crying ever since’: Wedding photographer loses laptop with thousands of images in Burnaby smash-and-grab theft

Posted July 29, 2014 by The Province - News

Vancouver wedding photographer Jourdan Tymkow was devastated Sunday night to discover her laptop with thousands of her clients’ wedding photos had been stolen while she was shooting a wedding at Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion. About 2,000 of the photos were from two weddings Tymkow shot over the last two weeks — and they weren’t backed up.

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Iraqis save 840-year-old Crooked Minaret from ISIS after militants blow up Old Testament prophet’s tomb (with video)

Posted July 29, 2014 by The Province - News

‘If you blow up the minaret, you’ll have to kill us too’: Residents in Mosul rushed to the minaret and formed a human chain to protect it, witnesses said

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Political debate over marijuana legalization heats up

Posted July 29, 2014 by The Province - News

The political debate over marijuana legalization in Canada could soon intensify, following a New York Times editorial that calls for the U.S. federal government to repeal its 44-year ban on pot.

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Red Scorpions gangster, three associates arrested in Alberta

Posted July 29, 2014 by The Province - News

A member of the notorious Red Scorpions gang has been arrested in Alberta along with three associated members, say Red Deer RCMP. The arrests were made after search warrants were executed on July 23 as part of a joint investigation by Red Deer and Aird…

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Dead Wild Roses: Shadow is a pretty dog!

Posted July 29, 2014 by The Intransigent One

Arb gave Shadow a bath the other day, and she got all shiny and silky and pretty!

She wasn’t sure about this whole “posing for pictures” thing

She was much happier once the ordeal was over

Filed under: Cute Tagged: Cute, dogblogging, shadow

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New King Kong Movie Skull Island Gets Ready For 2016

Posted July 29, 2014 by Katharine Trendacosta

On Saturday, Legendary announced a new King Kong movie called Skull Island . At the time, that was all we knew. But now, it looks like the studio isn’t going to waste any time getting this out there.Read more…

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DVD releases for July 29: Scarlett Johansson’s Under the Skin (with video)

Posted July 29, 2014 by Katherine Monk

Art-House angst Under the Skin: Four stars out of five — You can feel the cold. That’s the simplest way to explain Jonathan Glazer’s success with Under the Skin. It stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien force who seduces human […]

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So much for ‘leading by example’ — Alberta Tories’ pay freeze for civil service execs melts away

Posted July 29, 2014 by djclimenhaga

Senior Alberta government managers had to be rejoicing yesterday — and presumably resolving to update their lapsed memberships in the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party.
Leastways, word leaked out yesterday to us in the Hoi Polloi that the …

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