• Earlier this week, a school principal was filmed  having a discussion with the parent of a teen whose iPhone 6 she had confiscated. According to CNET, Linda M. Carroll took the phone for disciplinary reasons, and says she will return it to the student in "a few weeks" as per the school's policy (the school is not identified, but CNET found a Principal Linda Carroll at Northeast High School in Philadelphia).

    There are a lot of unknowns here: We don't know why the phone was taken, or if there was any prior interaction with Carroll and the parent who filmed the video. Raven Hill, a spokesperson for the School District of Philadelphia, did provide this statement to CNET when queried:

    According to the Northeast High School student handbook, which every student receives at the beginning of the school year, all confiscated cell phones, cameras, electronic and other telephonic devices will be returned at the end of each academic quarter. There are no exceptions. In this case, the end of the

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  • Parks Canada divers beneath the Arctic sea ice explore the remains of the Franklin Expedition's HMS Erebus.Parks Canada divers beneath the Arctic sea ice explore the remains of the Franklin Expedition's HMS Erebus.

    A dive team is finishing up a challenging expedition to explore the wreck of the HMS Erebus where it lies on the floor of the Arctic Ocean.

    A team of eight Parks Canada underwater archeologists and 20 navy divers are working with the Department of Defence and the Canadian Rangers on the current expedition to explore the ship abandoned by Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin and his crew in 1845.

    “There are folks on the ice as we speak,” Martin Magne, director of the archeology and history branch of Parks Canada, said in a recent interview.

    Weather has been a complicating factor, he says. During the last expedition to the wreck last fall, divers faced three-metre swells on the surface that forced them to take shelter from being bounced around even deeper under the surface.

    They were forced to wait out three days of their five-day window for the dive because of the conditions.

    “This is the high Arctic. The weather is very unpredictable,” Magne says.

    Franklin and his crew of 129 men left

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  • Need a little Friday afternoon pick-me-up? You’re in luck.

    Here’s David Hasselhoff’s new music video for his single, “True Survivor,” from the Kickstarter-funded film Kung Fury.

    Warning: It’s pretty awesome.

    “This is instantly the best thing you will see all day, all week, all month and maybe even all year. Game over,” wrote Vince Neilstein of MetalSucks.

    “Say THANK YOU for putting this in your life,” Jared Leto tweeted, sharing the video with his 2 million followers.

    It has everything we hope to see in a campy ‘80s’-themed music video: dinosaurs, Vikings, bad graphics, bomber jackets, keytars, ninjas and Nazis. And David Hasselhoff with a mullet.

    “The song is perfect for me as I really am — in real life — a true survivor,” Hasselhoff, 62, told Idolator.

    Watch the trailer for Kung Fury — “a visually spectacular action

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  • Community helping once-homeless Toronto woman pay for masters at Harvard

    “I am still coming to terms with the reality that I am actually going (to Harvard)”

    (Twitter / @RyersonU)(Twitter / @RyersonU)

    Toronto native Toni Morgan is certainly not the first to be accepted into Harvard University, but her journey to the Ivy League school is what makes this such a wonderful story.

    “I am an unlikely success story so this is incredible,” she told the Toronto Star. “The fact that Toronto banded together makes me feel like the sky is the limit. I feel so humbled.”

    Morgan, 32, was accepted into the Ivy League school’s prestigious masters of education program this coming fall — a dream come true for a woman who was once homeless

    As a teenager, Morgan fled an unstable home environment and bounced around from shelter to shelter, taking on odd jobs to survive. Unable to consistently attend classes or keep up her grades, she eventually dropped out of high school altogether.

    “I had been kicked out a couple of times, but I decided not to go back because I was embarrassed to admit that I had no place to live,” Morgan told the Toronto Star. “The last time I was kicked out my vice principal turned

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  • Inuit children read an Inuktitut language book at a day care in Iqaluit. The Auditor General of Canada is in Nunavut discussing his report on education, which says Nunavut won't meet its goal of a bilingual education in English and Inuktitut by 2020.Inuit children read an Inuktitut language book at a day care in Iqaluit. The Auditor General of Canada is in Nunavut discussing his report on education, which says Nunavut won't meet its goal of a bilingual education in English and Inuktitut by 2020.

    Employment and Social Development Minister Pierre Poilievre is pleading with everyone — with you, with his colleagues in the House of Commons — to help spread the word about the lack of families lining up to claim the government’s Universal Child Care Benefit.

    Anyone who has previously applied for the child care benefit will be automatically registered for the changes, but according to Poilievre, about 200,000 unregistered families will likely miss out on the expanded program.

    Previously, families would receive $100 a month for every child under 6 years of age. Under the expanded program, parents will receive $160 per month, for a total annual benefit of $1,920 per year for each child.

    A new benefit for parents with children between the ages of 6 and 17 has also been added, offering $60 per month

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  • Christine Cushing is worried about turning into one of “those” crazy Greek women, the cheeky kind that would bring olive oil to a restaurant.

    She kind of is.

    “I have these little 100 ml samples I used for the tenth anniversary and I actually did it yesterday, it’s really bad but I don’t care,” says the Greek-Canadian celebrity chef, referring to her line of extra virgin olive oil. “I said to my mum ‘there’s no way I’m eating this salad dressing.”

    Sure, it can be misconstrued as pretentiousness, but after a decade of producing her own, she’s an olive oil insider, intimate with last year’s poor harvest. 2014 was a black year for olive oil, a 15-year low in global production that saw key producers like Spain, Italy and Morocco’s output falling 40 to 50 per cent below average.

    An abnormally hot spring threw the weather-sensitive growing process out of whack, coupled with olive fly infestations and diseases affecting the fruit trees prompted a bad year for producers. The result, according

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  • NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau attend a panel discussion at the âiVote - jeVoteâ event in Ottawa, Tuesday March 25, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian WyldNDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau attend a panel discussion at the âiVote - jeVoteâ event in Ottawa, Tuesday March 25, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

    There may be a dark horse in the race to the Oct. 19 federal election, as Justin Trudeau appears to stumble and the Conservative brand takes a hit in national and provincial polls. The NDP is showing modest gains, according latest polling averages, with potential votes creeping from Liberal support to NDP support in dire regions.

    Eric Grenier of the blog ThreeHundredEight.com crunched some numbers and found that Trudeau’s lead in national voting intentions has slipped below the Conservatives for the first time since Trudeau has led the Liberal party.

    And while this puts the Conservatives in first place, it’s the NDP that seems to be gaining — modestly — from the decline in Liberal support.

    Grenier’s polling averages have put the Conservatives just ahead with 32 per cent support and the Liberals with 31 per cent, whereas in previous polling averages the LPC would reach about 34 per cent. The NDP currently comes in at 22 per cent, as good as they’ve been polling in the past year.

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  • Once upon a time, traveling to near space was a privilege reserved for monkeys and dogs in Russian spacecraft. Now, people can send up just about anything with a weather balloon – and record the whole experience.

    The most recent object to reach stratospheric heights was a doughnut, sent up by Norwegian hobbyist group Stratolys last week in a bid to be the ones to send the first doughnut into space.

    It’s getting pretty tough to be the first anything in space these days, as it seems like every week, we’re seeing more inanimate objects getting a view of the Earth that many of us could only dream of.

    Here’s a look at some of the other wacky things that people have sent where no doughnut has gone before.

    First GoPro HD Hero

    This one isn’t weird, but it does make the list for allegedly being the very first GoPro device sent into near-space using a weather balloon (two devices, actually). Recorded by a group of engineering students in California, the launch took place on June 5, 2010. It

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  • Rick StrankmanRick Strankman

    Wildrose MLA Rick Strankman is apologizing for a poster announcing a pie auction fundraiser that was deemed much too old fashioned for many people’s palates.

    The auction, dubbed a “BYWP (Bring Your Wife’s Pie)” event, was set to raise funds for Strankman’s re-election campaign.

    The event’s advertisement, though — suggesting women do the baking and men do the politics — had critics up in arms, with accusations that the party is stuck in the past.

     

    Strankman, via

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  • Radamenes the ‘nurse cat’ comforts other sick animals at Polish animal shelter

    He's affectionately known as both the clinic’s mascot and 'full-time nurse'

    Radamenes comforting another cat at an animal shelter in Poland. (Imgur)Radamenes comforting another cat at an animal shelter in Poland. (Imgur)

    Radamenes, a black cat in Bydgoszcz, Poland, is helping animals recover at the same veterinary clinic that saved his life.

    Once near death himself, Radamenes beat the odds and survived a serious upper respiratory infection. His owners feared the then 2-month-old kitten would never recover — they even considered euthanasia — but veterinarian Lucyna Kuziel-Zawalich took a liking to the sick cat and nursed him back to health before taking Radamenes in as her own, Mashable reported.

    As he recovered, vets at the clinic were surprised to see the feline start hugging and cleaning other animals at the clinic, Bored Panda reported, especially those who were recovering from serious operations.

    Now known as both the clinic’s mascot and “full-time nurse,” Radamenes is also getting a taste of online fame this week. After TVN Meteo, a Polish news website, published photos of the cat at work, the story of the cat giving back went viral.

    Cat person or not, sometimes you just have to admit: cats can

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