Blog Posts by Nadine Kalinauskas

  • Smoked meat vs. Beavertails: Montreal, Ottawa mayors come to terms on NHL playoff wager

    The Senators celebrate a first period goal against the Canadiens on December 20, 2014. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)The Senators celebrate a first period goal against the Canadiens on December 20, 2014. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

    It’s smoked meat vs. Beavertails.

    After “some hard-fought negotiation” between the offices of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, the playoff wager terms have been settled.

    If Ottawa wins the Canadiens-Senators NHL playoff series, which begins on Wednesday, Coderre will wear a Senators jersey to a council meeting — and wave the winning team’s flag at city hall for a week.

    If Montreal wins, Watson will do the same: don a Canadiens jersey and raise Montreal’s flag at city hall.

    And because no wager is complete without a snack or two thrown in, Coderre will send smoked meat to Watson if Ottawa wins, and Watson will send Beavertails to Coderre if Montreal wins.

    Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi and Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson, who will also see their respective teams face off on Wednesday, have yet to finalize their playoff wagers.

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  • Toronto girl’s lemonade stands raise $25,000 for Angelman syndrome

    “My brother, Nadav, has Angelman Syndrome, so we’re trying to raise money for a cure..."

    Na'ama at the Gamma Dynacare Medical Laboratories: Na'ama LOVED the spinning chairs, I think she has a corporate career ahead of her!Na'ama at the Gamma Dynacare Medical Laboratories: Na'ama LOVED the spinning chairs, I think she has a corporate career ahead of her!

    Since launching her lemonade fundraiser last summer, five-year-old Na’ama Uzan has raised $25,000 to help find a cure for Angelman syndrome (AS).

    “It’s just incredible that through a lemonade stand we’ve been able to raise this towards a cure for Angelman Syndrome,” Na’ama’s dad, David Uzan, said in an interview last summer, when Na’ama had raised about $6,000. 

    With the help of her family and friends, the North York girl sells lemonade in the summer and hot chocolate in the winter, raising awareness and donating all proceeds to the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics.

    Na’ama’s 7-year-old brother, Nadav, has the neurodevelopmental disorder. It makes it difficult for him to walk or talk, and he suffers from frequent seizures.

    “My brother, Nadav, has Angelman Syndrome, so we’re trying to raise money for a cure so he won’t have it anymore,” Na'ama told CBC News last August.

    On Sunday, April 12, Na’ama set up her stand near the sidewalk on her family’s driveway, selling cups of

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  • Sandwich shop owner leaves sweet note for person rummaging through the trash

    "You’re a human being and worth more than a meal from the dumpster"

    A restaurant in Oklahoma is opening its doors to someone many might turn away.A restaurant in Oklahoma is opening its doors to someone many might turn away.

    An Oklahoma City restaurant owner’s note left for a dumpster-diver is going viral.

    Ashley Jiron, owner of the P.B. Jams sandwich shop told KFOR that she noticed someone had been rummaging through the food containers in her restaurant’s trash.

    “It hurt me that someone had to do that,” she said.

    So she posted a sign in her window, offering a free meal to the person who was scanvenging for food in the dumpster.

    “To the person going through our trash for their next meal, you’re a human being and worth more than a meal from the dumpster,” her note read.

    “Please come in during business hours for a classic Pb&j, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked. – your friend, the owner.”

    A photo of Jiron’s sweet gesture went viral — and earned her plenty of new fans:

    This heartwarming note has quickly gone viral. (Instagram / @gregking8081)This heartwarming note has quickly gone viral. (Instagram / @gregking8081)

    “You are an AMAZING person. This story touched my heart in a way that most people have not been able to. The kind of love and altruism that you display radiates across the world. I hope that this inspires

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  • ‘I love lamp’: Pranked news anchors have ‘Ron Burgundy moment’

    If your camera operator loves cats, it’s probably best not to speak against them.

    Two NBC 26 Green Bay news anchors learned this lesson on-air.

    After expressing their distaste for cat hair and mocking their camera operator, Tom, for letting his cats sleep in bed with him, the anchors attempted to transition to the next news story, only to find themselves pranked by the man they were teasing.

    It appears that a fast-acting Tom raced to get even, giving them what is being called their very own “Ron Burgundy moment.”

    Trusting that they would read whatever scrolled before them, Tom added an iconic line from the 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy to their teleprompter.

    “In other news, I love lamp,” anchor Brian Niznansky read before cracking on camera.

    (In the cult-hit comedy, anchorman Ron Burgundy has the reputation of reading anything that’s put on the teleprompter, something his nemesis uses to her advantage.)

    While the prank was pulled in 2012, it’s going viral this

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  • Stray dog survives 248-mile ride stuck in car’s bumper

    This incredible story couldn't possibly have had a happier ending.

    On March 26 in Fenghuang County, China, a speeding driver hit a stray dog that was attempting to cross the expressway. Not bothering to stop, the driver assumed the canine either ran off or succumbed to its injuries.

    “I was driving pretty quickly at the time so when I hit the dog, I thought it had either died or run away, so I didn’t get out of the car to check,” said the driver, identified by People’s Daily Online as Mr. Zhang.

    More than 200 miles later, Zhang noticed that the dog was still with him, caught in the vehicle’s front bumper.

    “[Later], I heard barking from under the car,” Zhang said. “There was some distance between the dog and the water tank and its body was held tightly by the bumper.”

    “I didn’t dare to extricate it by myself. I thought it should be safe there, so I drove it all the way back to Loudi.”

    Zhang immediately drove him to the nearest veterinary clinic for treatment. Remarkably, the dog

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  • NYPD officer lends a hand to mother seeking cancer treatment for her son

    PO Conley poses for a photo with Charnee (top) and Israel Merritt. (Twitter)PO Conley poses for a photo with Charnee (top) and Israel Merritt. (Twitter)

    Charnee Merritt’s 8-year-old son, Israel, has Neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer.

    The Ohio mom is staying with her son at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City while he undergoes treatment.

    On March 26, Merritt unknowingly parked her rental car too close to a fire hydrant. It got towed. In a panic, the out-of-town mom called the 19th Precinct. 

    NYPD officer P.J. Conley took her call.

    “She tells me her car got towed and her son was here getting treated, it broke my heart so I tried to make some calls to pier 76 to see if they would help us out a little to no avail,” Conley told PIX 11.

    So Conley decided to help her out. He drove to the Ronald McDonald House and gave Merritt the money she needed to get her car out of towing. He then paid for an Uber car to take Merritt to get her car back.

    Merritt shared the story on Facebook:

    “My rental car had got towed on March 26 on the street of the Ronald McDonald House. I called the tow company and they were very rude. I then called the

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  • ‘Attention Barf Cleaners’: Boy pens adorable apology after vomiting inside book store

    Attention barf cleaner.Attention barf cleaner.

    In late March, a young teen named Jack threw up at Powell’s Books, an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon.

    He felt so badly about the incident that he wrote store staff a touching apology letter — and a Ben & Jerry’s gift card.

    The letter read:

    “Attention Barf Cleaners, this Ben and Jerry’s card is for the people who cleaned up the throw up of a kid on Friday the 28th. I don’t know their names but I thank them a lot and I’m sorry again for throwing up and hope you enjoy your ice cream.”

    “From Jack, aka the kid that puked right next to the bathroom.”

    Store manager Michal Drannon told TODAY.com that Jennifer Wicka, the manager who performed “barf cleaner” duty that day, was “taken aback” by the sweet note.

    “It was completely unexpected,“ Drannen said. "She wasn’t thinking something like that would follow.”

    “I opened it up and read it and it totally made my day. I’m pretty grumpy about people and humanity,” Wicka told BuzzFeed News. “Oh man, some people are good.”

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  • Anonymous donor funds surgery for three-year-old girl with facial deformity

    On Tuesday, three-year-old Kaitlin Nguyen underwent a lengthy surgery to remove a large lymphatic malformation that had left a bulge in one side of her face.

    Feel pretty” were Kaitlin’s words of anticipation in the hours leading up to the surgery.

    “We’re going to do our best, but you’re already pretty aren’t you?” Kaitlin’s surgeon, Dr. Gregory Levitin, director of the Vascular Birthmark Center at Mount Sinai Roosevelt in New York, told her.

    “She’s not shy,” Levitin said of his young patient. “She’s walking around here charming all the nurses and pushing the wheelchairs.”

    While the growth under the skin on Kaitlin’s face wasn’t cancerous or life-threatening, Kaitlin’s mother, Thuy Nguyen, wanted it removed before her daughter went to school, in the hopes of avoiding bullying.

    The operation was funded by an anonymous donor.


    “Just by the pictures he fell in love with this girl. He’s happy to do this.”  

    She first approached surgeons when Kaitlin was just a year old, but the

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  • Bobcat photographed snatching a shark out of the ocean in Florida

    “Would they go into the surf and pull out a shark? Darn right they would"

    Bobcat snatches shark in Florida. (Twitter)Bobcat snatches shark in Florida. (Twitter)

    And here you thought you only had to worry about alligators in The Sunshine State…

    Early Monday evening, John Bailey went for a stroll through Sebastian Inlet State Park in Vero Beach, Florida, where he spotted a bobcat near the water’s edge.

    He then took a photo with his iPhone that has everyone talking: the bobcat dragging a 4-foot shark out of the ocean and onto the sand.

    “It’s kind of been a shock,” Bailey said of his photo going viral. “I didn’t think it was that rare, but I guess it is.”

    Bailey told First Coast News that the shark appeared to be in search of smaller fish in shallow waters when the bobcat spotted it. The photographer’s presence apparently spooked the bobcat, however, and the large feline dropped the shark and ran off before enjoying shark-fin soup for dinner.

    And while some outlets were initially skeptical as to the photograph’s authenticity — it’s hard to believe anything you see on the Internet these days — local wildlife experts are convinced that the animal

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  • Prentice takes heat for profanity-laced Nickelback song before Alta. election announcement

    Just because Nickelback is from Alberta doesn’t mean that the much-loved-and-loathed band is an appropriate choice for an election announcement.

    On Tuesday morning, Nickelback’s expletive-filled “Burn It To The Ground” — which, thematically, is already an odd choice, even if the Alberta PC government had opted for the cleaner radio edit — blasted over loudspeakers just moments before Premier Jim Prentice called for an early election.

    To say it was an odd song selection would be a grand understatement. Have a look at some of the wildly inappropriate lyrics below:

    “That sh*t makes me bat-sh*t crazy / We’ve got no fear, no doubt, all in balls out," the polarizing anthem-rock band sang.

    “Well, it’s midnight, damn right, we’re wound up too tight / I’ve got a fist full of whiskey, the bottle just bit me,”

    “We’re going off tonight / To kick out every light / Take anything we want / Drink everything in sight / We’re going till the world stops turning / While we burn it to the ground tonight.

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