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RIM Down, Obama Up, Leafs Cold

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A three hour Blackberry outage affected millions of people across North America yesterday, leading to much wailing and handwringing over the temporary unavailability of a technology that didn’t even exist ten years ago. Truly we are a nation of whiners.
The Toronto Maple Leafs braved the cold to hold an unannounced outdoor skate at Withrow Park yesterday, where they were cheered on by 300 local grade-schoolers. Following the warmup, the kids formed a pickup team and defeated the Leafs 3–1.
Finance Minister Joe Jim Flaherty promised to deliver a “thrifty” budget on February 26. The Minister was quoted as saying, “I’m not going to be the finance minister that puts our country back into deficit,” which comes off a little macho but as political cliché-mongering goes, it’s still a step up from “we’re putting your money back in your pocket.”
Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton go head to head again for the Democratic Presidential in today’s so-called “Potomac primaries.” Obama has the momentum here after four strong wins on the weekend, but Clinton has said that she is not intimidated by his enormous caucus.
The U.S. government will seek the death penalty for alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, currently being held with five co-defendants at Guantánamo Bay. The case will be interesting because he was subjected to “waterboarding” while under interrogation, which could invalidate his confessions if he were being tried before a civilian court instead of a military tribunal. On the other hand, before his capture, he bragged unprompted to an Al Jazeera reporter about being responsible for 9/11, so it’s hard to be too sympathetic.
Photo by David Newland.

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