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Insensitive SuperBowl Ads Draw Attention

During the SuperBowl, advertisers always run some really interesting or funny ads. Recently, some ads ran during the SuperBowl that have been creating some controversy.

The ads were for a company called Groupon. Groupon sells discounted tickets for events and products.

In one ad, well-known actor Timothy Hutton talks about Tibet. In Tibet, the people have faced many challenges such as lack of freedom to be an independent country.

This woman's sign has a checklist: Tunisia and Egypt, two countries going through similar situations, are checked off.
Breaking News Politics

Toronto Celebrates With Egypt

People in Toronto are celebrating the news that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as president of Egypt. Hundreds of anti-Mubarak protesters gathered in Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square last Friday to celebrate.

When Egypt’s vice-president, Omar Suleiman, told the people on Friday that the president would step down and end his 30-year ruling, everyone got very excited. Many people in Egypt had been gathering in the streets of Cairo to ask Mubarak to quit as president.

Young Goalie Gets Called Up

Young Goalie Gets Called Up

A young goalie in the minor leagues had his dream come true on Tuesday night. He got “called up.”

Joel Martin is a talented young goalie with dreams of playing in the NHL. He’s currently playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Imagine his surprise when, in the middle of a game, the coach of the New York Islanders asked him to come to New York and put on his gear—and be ready to play.

Facebook Helped Egyptian Protesters
Breaking News Politics

Facebook Helped Egyptian Protesters

When the protests started in Egypt, the government shut down the Internet. The government didn’t want the protesters to be able to talk to each other using e-mail or sites like Facebook or Twitter.

However, people soon found a way around that, by creating software that let them go online again. The Internet became the main tool that let the protesters plan their huge demonstrations.

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Entertainment Sports

Christina Aguilera Flubs U.S. Anthem

The Super Bowl last Sunday was very exciting. The Green Bay Packers won over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31 to 25.

In the first quarter of the game, the Packers scored two touchdowns. It looked like the game might be a blow-out for the Packers. But then the Steelers scored with just seconds left in the half, putting the score at 21 to 10 at half-time. The Steelers kept the game close, but the Packers ended up winning 31 to 25.

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Animals News

Toronto’s battle over dog parks

There are 49 dog parks in Toronto where people can take off their dogs’ leashes and let them run freely.

However, not everyone is allowed to use the parks. Dog walkers walk people’s dogs when they are unable to because they are working. They often walk up to six dogs at a time. When they come to a dog park, up to six dogs may pile out of their car and run into the fenced dog park. One or two dog walkers can fill up a dog park, leaving single-dog owners feeling crowded out.

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Kids News

Toronto’s Snow Day!

Last Wednesday, Toronto braced itself for a huge winter storm. Cities in the U.S., like Chicago, were reporting snow and high winds. That storm was headed for Toronto.

A full day before the storm was to hit Toronto, the city’s airport cancelled flights. They didn’t want planes to be in the air during bad weather because it could be very dangerous.

Kids everywhere in the city crossed their fingers. They wanted the schools to be shut down for a “snow day.” And around 6:30 a.m., they got what they wanted.

In Washington, protesters held up their shoes meaning Mubarak must leave. Image: zenashots
Breaking News News Politics

Egypt’s President Says He’ll Leave In September

The people of Egypt have been protesting against their President, Hosni Mubarak. He has been in power for 30 years, and the people want him out. They say he hasn’t done enough for the country or the people.

Mubarak wants to stay in power. However, because so many people were angry with him, he now says he will not run for president again in September. (September is when an election is supposed to be held.)

In Washington, protesters held up their shoes meaning Mubarak must leave. Image: zenashots
Breaking News Politics Primary

Egypt’s President To Leave In September (Primary Version)

Two days ago, the president of Egypt told the people he will stop being president in September. (September is when an election is supposed to take place.)

But many people want him to go now. They have been shouting in the streets, “Leave! Leave! Leave!”

The president of Egypt is Hosni Mubarak.

Barak Obama, the US president, spoke to him on Tuesday.

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Health Kids

Kids Focus Better When They Are Active

When kids are allowed to move around and blow off steam, they are better able to focus on their schoolwork, say a growing number of researchers.

More educators are looking for ways to help kids be active, to help them learn better. For instance, one teacher in Toronto takes her Grade 7 kids outside to identify shapes or call out adjectives that describe what they see.

Or, she’ll have them walking around the class, talking about work that is pinned to the wall—as if it was an art museum. Then she’ll get them to write a poem about what they saw.