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November 9, 2018 10:15 PM Music publisher backs Rihanna against Trump

Rihanna is strengthening her resolve against President Donald Trump and now has the backing of performing rights company Broadcast Music Inc., which has notified the Trump campaign that it should discontinue use of her music at events. BMI has removed the Barbadian singer’s work from a blanket licence agreement used for campaigns. In this case, the so-called 140

October 30, 2018 8:00 AM Book about campus rape and an Indigenous memoir win $25,000 Governor General’s Literary Award

About the English-language non-fiction winner Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre), the panel said the book “dares to immerse readers in provocative contemporary issues including gender fluidity, familial violence and transcultural hybridity. A fast-moving, intimate memoir of dreams and nightmares — lyrical and gritty, raw and vulnerable 127

October 21, 2018 11:00 PM Turkey says it will reveal details of its investigation into Jamal Khashoggi killing

“Why did 15 people come here?” he asked. “Why have 18 people been arrested? All of this must be explained with all the details. On Tuesday, I will tell this very differently in my parliamentary group speech. I will go into detail.” Erdogan’s comments came as Saudi Arabia was accused of deception in the case by both President Donald Trump and the publisher 110

September 20, 2018 5:26 PM Torstar to buy political news outlet iPolitics

Torstar Corp. publisher of The Toronto Star, says it has agreed to buy Ottawa-based digital media service iPolitics Inc. to help expand its political coverage for print and digital audiences. Following the expected closing of the transaction on Oct. 1, Torstar daily newspapers and websites across the country will soon begin publishing articles from iPolitics 106

August 31, 2018 11:01 PM Groundbreaking alternative paper Village Voice shuts down

NEW YORK — The Village Voice, the Pulitzer Prize-winning alternative weekly known for its muckraking investigations, exhaustive arts criticism, naughty personal ads and neurosis-laden cartoons, is going out of business after 63 years. Its publisher, Peter Barbey, announced Friday that the paper is ceasing publication altogether because of financial problems 84

July 18, 2018 7:02 PM A man gave a stranger a ride — then found out he was a convicted murderer who escaped prison

JACKSON, MISS.—The publisher of a weekly newspaper in south Mississippi says he unwittingly gave a car ride to a convicted murderer who had just escaped from a state prison near his home. Russell Turner of Greene County Herald said Tuesday that he went home around midday July 5 and a “winded and flustered” stranger was sitting on the steps outside his house 80

July 3, 2018 12:52 PM Maryland police say suspect sent threatening letters as hundreds gather to remember slain Capital Gazette journalist

WASHINGTON—Maryland police investigating America’s latest mass murder say Jarrod Ramos, the man charged with the slayings, sent three threatening letters on the day of the attack, including one that said he was on his way to the Capital Gazette to “kill as many people” as he could. Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a spokesperson for Anne Arundel County Police, said the letters 82

June 28, 2018 11:01 PM Science fiction master Harlan Ellison dies at 84

His short story, I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream, is about the last humans, eternally tortured by a malevolent, godlike computer. It was made into a computer game, with its author providing the machine’s voice. Ellison disliked computers and worked on old manual typewriters, although he denied being anti-technology. Sometimes, for promotional purposes 128

June 15, 2018 2:36 AM Shree Paradkar awarded 2018-2019 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy

Shree Paradkar, the Toronto Star’s race and gender columnist, is the winner of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy for 2018 to 2019. Paradkar will investigate the failure of the Canadian public education system to provide equitable outcomes for racialized and Indigenous students. “I feel honoured, of course, but I also feel also a rush of gratitude 73

June 6, 2018 12:37 PM World cannabis leaders gather in New Brunswick to discuss how to brand legalized pot

"I don't think that is the intention, but there is a good chance that may become the end result." In March, Vancouver-based licensed producer Invictus MD brought on KISS co-founder Gene Simmons as "chief evangelist officer" and investor. Simmons, who maintains that he has never smoked cannabis in his life, said he is "bullish" on Invictus. He has purchased 76