Offbeat

Cancelled $30K wedding becomes dinner for homeless

An Indiana woman didn’t want her cancelled $30,000 wedding to go to waste, so she threw a party for the homeless. A bus pulled up to the swanky event centre on Saturday that Sarah Cummins had booked for the reception in Carmel, a suburb just north of Indianapolis. About a dozen veterans from a local organization were among the guests ...

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‘She’s real:’ Meet the 70-year-old YouTuber shaking things up in South Korea

One of South Korea’s hottest YouTube stars is a 70-year-old grandmother whose cool, undaunted style and hilarity are a breath of fresh air in a social media universe that frequently exalts youth and perfect looks. Park Makrye’s videos are all about showing off her wrinkles and her elderly life in the raw. Young South Koreans find her so funny and ...

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Coco the calico lobster saved from plate by Charlottetown woman

When Robyn Crawford checked her usual shipment of fresh lobster at Charlottetown’s Lobster on the Wharf restaurant and seafood market earlier this week, she discovered something she felt she needed to protect. Inside the crate was a calico lobster. “I found it in the one pounder crate and it looked different to me,” Crawford said. “I thought it was kind of cool ...

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Canada’s first skateboarding cop hopes to inspire other police

A Longueuil, Que., police officer is using skateboard diplomacy to build bridges between the city’s police service and local teens. Thierry Hinse-Fillion is Canada’s first skateboarding cop. “Making a living skateboarding is a dream. So is becoming a police officer,” Hinse-Fillion told CBC News. “If this can become a trend and other departments follow, another one of my dreams would come true.” ...

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Police in Texas make withdrawal of technician stuck in ATM

A Texas repairman found that one of the hardest parts about being trapped while servicing a bank’s automated teller machine was convincing customers coming for cash that he was stuck. The ATM technician shouted and passed notes begging for help through the machine’s receipt slot for about three hours on Wednesday but his appeals were mostly ignored, police said. “He ...

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Couple celebrates 75 years of marriage without a major fight

A couple from southwest Nova Scotia is celebrating 75 years of wedded bliss Thursday and they say they’ve never had a single major fight. Charlie and Annie Muise of Tusket, both 95, married in 1942 — two weeks before Charlie shipped off to fight in the Second World War. They didn’t see each other again for more than three years. ...

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‘Think off the beaten path’: Iowa couple comes to Winnipeg for honeymoon

A couple from Iowa City have been busy soaking up the sights and sounds of Winnipeg while on their honeymoon. “We have been loving it. Just the different sites and the different cultures,” said Kari Santos who arrived in Winnipeg with her husband Spenser on Monday. “I mean every corner we turn on, there’s a different mural, there’s a different statue, ...

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Rosy pink: Mistakenly painted horse brings levity to B.C. wildfire fight

It’s definitely a horse of a different colour. Pictures of Rosy, a white-and-brown adult mare mistakenly painted neon pink by a teen in the British Columbia Interior, are providing some welcome levity to residents dealing with wildfires. Rosy ended up pink thanks to a problem pretty much every parent can identify with — a miscommunication between a mom and her 15-year-old ...

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Here, kitty kitty: Lynx spotted in west Edmonton

An Edmonton man got a rare view of an elusive wildcat in the city during his lunch break Tuesday afternoon. Mish Rose was on his way back to his shop near 170th Street and 118th Avenue when he noticed a group of semi truck drivers gathered across from his office. Curled up in a patch of grass was a lynx. “It ...

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Close encounter of the furred kind: Curious bear noses around vehicle

It’s probably the closest Lisa Baikie has been, or ever wanted to be, to a wild animal: a curious juvenile bear looking in her car windows. She came upon the bear, sitting in the middle of the road, on the 530 kilometre drive from Labrador City to Happy Valley-Goose Bay. ‘Never get out of your vehicle, keep your doors locked and keep her in ...

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