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Toronto Mayor Who's Accused Of Smoking Crack Is Losing Staff Members

Ford just lost two senior staff members following recent allegations in Gawker that he smokes crack cocaine, CTV News reported Monday.<p>The embattled mayor held a press conference on Friday to deny the crack allegations, which surfaced on May 16 when Gawker's John Cook claimed he saw a video of Ford …

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Gawker raises $200K to buy video of Toronto mayor allegedly smoking crack

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been having a lousy week, and it may have gotten much worse.<p>Gawker's "Crackstarter" campaign on Indiegogo has reached its goal of raising $200,000 to buy a drug dealer's video allegedly showing Ford smoking crack cocaine and post it online.<p>The gossip Web site's John Cook …

Malaysia meeting on women's rights attracts policymakers and princesses

Civil society, government leaders, healthcare professionals, policymakers, two former US presidents' daughters, two princesses and at least one …

Brain cells give insight into Down's syndrome

<b>Brain cells have been grown from skin cells of adults with Down's syndrome in research that could shed new light on the condition.</b><p>US scientists found a reduction in connections among the brain cells and possible faults in genes that protect the body from ageing.<p>The research in the Proceedings of …

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Removed: news agency feed article

The article that you tried to access, which was part of a feed supplied by a news agency, is no longer on available on the Guardian …

German railways to use mini- drones to stop graffiti

Germany's railway operator plans to deploy mini-drones to catch vandals who deface its trains with graffiti, with the aerial vehicles shooting thermal images of its train depots at night.<p>Deutsche Bahn plans to soon start testing the vehicles which have four helicopter-style rotors and can shoot …

Is the Next Xbox the One?

There are three major companies that produce video-game consoles. One of them is a gaming company, and nothing else; one of them is known primarily as a consumer-electronics company, although it is in fact a sprawling conglomerate with many businesses; and the other is a software and services …

Little Brother Is Watching You

In the post-9/11 atmosphere of ever-increasing government secrecy and surveillance, the real surprise to me about the Department of Justice’s secret snooping on Associated Press phone records was that it would be such a surprise, given the visibly vast security and intelligence apparatus erected by …

Weekend Reading: Public-Health Crises, Surfer Girls

This week, <i>Washingtonian</i> published an ambitious investigation titled “Children Are Dying,” in which Alexandra Robbins, a former editorial assistant at this magazine, describes a baby named Atticus. Eleven weeks old and born about three months premature, he resides in the neonatal intensive-care unit …

Sergio Garcia and the Lifespan of an Offensive Remark

For most of this month, sports fans who complain that golf is boring could have had that opinion confirmed by the so-called “feud” between Tiger Woods and the Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia. It began during the Players Championship, when Woods and Garcia were paired together, and Woods apparently …

Happy Birthday, Miles Davis

Happy birthday to Miles Davis, who was born on May 26, 1926. Turn down the lights, put on the well-worn copy of your favorite Davis album, and enjoy this slide show of photos of the Prince of Darkness, along with some of his words from over the years.

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The next creepy Instagram trend: Teen beauty contests

Every social network has a dark side, and Instagram is no exception. While the photo-sharing platform generally keeps things pretty tame, one new …