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The Toronto Raptors

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Kirsten Parucha - April 5, 2010

Online Story – Mar 30
Kirsten Parucha

It seems the Toronto Raptors enjoy head-to-head finales.

In their last three games, the Raptors have finished within a three-point range, creating much excitement and anticipation for viewers when the last seconds’ countdown.

The first of the three was on Mar. 26, when the Raps played at home against the Denver Nuggets. Throughout the game, the scores remained close but just before the buzzer went off, Nuggets guard, Carmelo Anthony, scored a buzzer-beating jumper, winning the game for the Nuggets at 97-96.

Two days later, the Raps dressed-up again to face the Miami Heat and repeating their trend of having close scores throughout the four quarters. But just like their Friday night loss, the Raps weren’t able to keep up with the Heat and they lost by one possession with a final score of 97-94.

However, things turned up for the boys in red last night, when the Raptors ended their three-game losing streak against the Charlotte Bobcats. Last night’s game was the second of three away games. The scores remained close-knit and the Dinos reigned successfully with a 103-101 win.

Tonight the Raps will be playing the L.A. Clippers followed by a long break; they don’t play again until Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers.


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Free Coffee

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Kirsten Parucha - March 9, 2010

Online Story
March 2, 2010
Kirsten Parucha

Until Mar. 14, McDonald’s Canada is giving away free coffee, no strings attached.

By simply walking into any McDonald’s restaurant at any time during the day, customers are able to receive a free cup of coffee by simply asking for one.

This is McDonald’s third time to give away free coffee. Its first two times, which occurred in 2009, were only during breakfast hours.

There are many speculations as to the reasoning for this lucky privilege for coffee-lovers all over.
Some say it’s because competing coffee brewery company, Tim Hortons also started their popular 24th Roll up the Rim contest, and McDonald’s wanted to make sure not to lose its coffee popularity because of it.

McDonald’s officials claim that speculation is untrue.

Now to add to the free-coffee frenzy, Country Style is also handing out free-of-charge coffee Wednesday morning.

“Once people try McDonald’s coffee, they will for sure be lovin’ it,” said Josh Ungar, loyal coffee-customer from McDonald’s.


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Kirsten Parucha - February 23, 2010

Online Story – Kirsten Parucha
16 February 2010

Facebook has once again gone under another makeover. And once again, the makeover is absolutely unnecessary.

As of early February, those who logged onto their Facebook accounts would have noticed a subtle change on their homepage, and would also be left questioning, “For what reason?”

The new Facebook layout only pertains to the homepage, which is the first page Facebook users are automatically directed to when first logging on.

Before the makeover, notifications were located at the bottom-right corner of the page. Now they are located in the top-left corner of the page, along with additional notifications of new messages and group invitations. Besides the relocation of these attributes, not much has changed with Facebook.

However, over the course of the past few months, Facebook has made other changes that don’t pertain to their layout. They have made changes to their privacy and security settings, adding more privacy and security options for optimal safety for Facebook users.

Although it’s common for Facebook to change and re-arrange their applications and layout structure on their website, avid users are always temporarily baffled about the changes and left in wonderment.
It’s not uncommon to see status updates such as, “Just as soon as I got used to the old Facebook, they go and change everything again” right after a Facebook makeover.

The reasons for these constant and most likely unnecessary changes: To keep it interesting? To keep it updated and relevant? To lure more Facebook users?

Whatever the reason may be, Facebook users will never figure it out because another change will be made before a conclusive answer is made.

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TTC, Student President Ousted for Smoking, Spice Girls

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Kimberlee Nancekivell - February 16, 2010

Kimberlee Nancekivell
Online Story 2

A news conference is being held at the Sheraton Centre on Tuesday morning to address the conflict between TTC workers, administration, and riders.

A group called “Toronto Transit Operators against public harassment” appeared on Facebook last week, collecting more than 500 members in a few days. The purpose of the group was to provide an outlet for workers to discuss how to deal with the recent accusations that they were not doing their jobs as well as they could.

These accusations followed the publication of photos and videos captured by riders showing TTC workers asleep, or taking breaks when they should have been working.

Among the solutions discussed by TTC workers in the group were a work-to-rule campaign, which hasn’t materialized, and retaliation via photography, with workers posting photos of riders breaking TTC rules.

Word of the possible work-to-rule campaign made it to already angry riders who joined the Facebook group and gave their two cents. Riders posted so many complaints about the TTC that the group had to be closed to new members.

Bob Kinnear, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, will be speaking to the media at the conference Tuesday morning. Though he hasn’t confirmed anything, Kinnear is expected to address the memo from administration to workers that he says puts all the blame on the workers.

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Kirsten Parucha - February 16, 2010

Online Story 2 – Kirsten Parucha

Zuhair Syed has officially been removed as president of the Student Campus Students’ Union (SCSU) at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC).

After a three-day voting process (which took place from Feb. 3-5), 554 UTSC students voted yes to have Syed removed and 477 UTSC students voted no.

Syed’s removal was officially announced Friday night on the SCSU website.

The vote to have Syed removed as president was provoked in late December of 2009 when the Chairman of SCSU issued a tier 3 motion for his removal. His request was based on allegations that Syed was not attending mandatory meetings, was occasionally late for mandatory meetings and that he had been smoking and drinking in his office.

These allegations sparked much tension between SCSU members and students and provoked petitions and Facebook groups to have Syed removed.

After the tier 3 motion was placed, Syed’s presidential duties were taken away from him and were given to VP External, Amir Bashir in early January.

Now that Syed is no longer president, it’s up to the Board on whether they want to keep Bashir as acting president or if the role will be handed to another official.

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Megan Harris - February 16, 2010

Spice Girls: The Musical
-Megan Harris

At the end of May 1998, fans everywhere mourned the end of an era. Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls, and it seemed like it was the end for the popular British pop group. Then in 2007, the band reunited for a reunion tour, culminating on February 26 2008. Once the hype had died down, the world settled back to normal, and many thought the Spice Girls were gone for good this time.

But were they? After months of rumours, it was officially announced at the end of January this year that a Spice Girls musical, Viva Forever, is coming to the West End in London.

The contents of the show will be fictional but will include many of the band’s hit songs. It is being created by Simon Fuller, former manager of the Spice Girls, and Mamma Mia! producer Judy Craymer.

“I want to create a unique celebration of the band and its music, with its own flavour and joyful message,” Craymer told CBC news. “It is important to me that the excitement, style, and humour of the Spice Girls is well represented on stage.”

Although there is currently no timetable set for the show, it is expected to launch in two or three years, according to London’s Mirror newspaper. Judging by the huge fan base the Spice Girls still have, and the prior achievements of the group, things are looking up for the success of the musical.


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Online Stories - Fourth Three - January 25, 2010

Alice Hoang

Hollywood stars were both charitable and fashionable at the 2010 Golden Globes, as they wore red, yellow, and blue ribbons in support of the people of Haiti.

Sandra Bullock, who has donated $1 million to the victims of the earthquake, is among the many stars who have contributed to the Haitian earthquake relief.

Although an online poll from shows that 50 percent of voters thought that stars at the award show should have given more attention to the crisis in Haiti, celebrities will soon get the chance to focus on just that, as they will be using their fame collectively to help aid survivors of the earthquake.
George Clooney, who was teased by Ricky Gervais about how he would rather be “somewhere setting up phone calls” instead of sitting at an award show, has organized and will be hosting, along with Wyclef Jean and Anderson Cooper, a telethon called “Hope for Haiti.”

As several musicians will be performing on the show, Clooney is also hoping to have the songs available on iTunes the next day in an effort to continue making money for charities.
“Get involved, whatever you do,” said Clooney, at the Golden Globes red carpet. “This is about compassion. There are times in our lives when people are real without help and in real danger, and this is one of those times. So whatever they can do — give money to one of the organizations that they like the best.”


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3D Glasses - January 25, 2010

Kimberlee Nancekivell
Online Story

New televisions bring 3D from the big screen to your living room

If movies like Coraline or Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs just aren’t the same for you without the 3D cats and hamburgers, you may be among the first in line to purchase one of the televisions showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Several big electronics brands from Sony to Samsung gathered at the annual expo held January 7 to 10 to give the public a sneak peek at their latest creations- 3D televisions. Some of the offerings included a full 3D package from Samsung complete with a television, Blu-ray player, and glasses, a flat panel television that translates the digital video into 3D by Toshiba, and televisions with sensors and wireless glasses from both Sony and LG Electronics. No official prices are available yet, but the 3D glasses included in some packages from Sony and Panasonic have been quoted at $50 to $250.

Bringing 3D from the big screen to consumers’ living rooms has been a longstanding goal of the industry, but James Cameron’s groundbreaking Avatar is being credited with the sudden peak in interest. Avatar has brought in $41.3 million so far, remaining in the top spot on the billboards in both Canada and the United States.

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MTV - January 25, 2010

Online Assignment 1: MTV is still taking the stage
Kirsten Parucha

The MTV reality show, “Taking the Stage,” is set to embark on its sophomore season.
The drama and talent-filled reality show set in Cincinnati, Ohio, surrounds the daily lives of students from the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA).

The hit MTV show first aired in March 2009 and bought a new scope for reality TV. Instead of delving into the “typical” lives of Los Angeles or New York socialites and wannabe celebrities, as most MTV reality shows are known for, “Taking the Stage” follows SCPA students who are in pursuit of their dreams to be the next “big thing.”

“Taking the Stage” is the only reality show that is mainly shot within school grounds. Although most MTV reality shows are shot in bars, restaurants and nightclubs (provoking unnecessary drama), “Taking the Stage” is just as fully equipped with MTV-drama as the rest of its popular reality shows.

Returning casts from its freshman season include Tyler Nelson, the extrovert, an enthusiastic hip-hop dancer, and Mia Carruthers, the soft-spoken Indy singer. Aside from Nelson and Carruthers, the second season will include a whole new set of cast members who will also be showcasing their talents.

“Taking the Stage” season two will premiere in the United States on Jan., 28 at 11 p.m. In Canada, it will premiere on Feb. 4 at 10 p.m.

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