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Local Briefs

Hit and run

Fourteen year-old Karine Chatel died in a hit-and-run accident early Saturday morning.
The Terrebonne teenager along with three friends – one of whom was a 24-year-old man – were walking along a street around 3:30 am after leaving a local bar.
A car hit the girl who, according to those she was with, was killed on impact.
The 24-year-old man suffered a serious leg injury but will recover.
Police performed a Breathalyzer test on the driver of the vehicle. Results showed that her blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit.

Righting the wrongs

Quebec and racial tension are well acquainted.
The Laurentian town of Saint-Agathe-des-Monts and a Hasidic couple teamed up on Tuesday to help ease these tensions.
The couple invited the entire town to their ultra-Orthodox wedding, a ceremony usually reserved for only close friends and family.
In return, the town offered free use of a reception hall.
This combined effort is an attempt to allow the townspeople to witness and understand more about their fellow residents.
Over the summer, there was a series of anti-Semitic incidents in Sainte-Agathe. The latest incident occurred last month when a group of locals attacked a Jewish student visiting from Montreal while he was walking to synagogue.

Anastasia’s law

The parents of Anastasia De Sousa began lobbying for changes to gun laws, almost immediately after their daughter was murdered in the 2006 Dawson shooting.
Anastasia’s Law came into effect Sept. 1.
It bans firearms from academic institutions and daycares and forbids those traveling on public transportation from carrying any firearms.
The law also encourages medical doctors and mental health practitioners to report patients who exhibit high-risk behaviour.

International Briefs

Don’t try this at home. Or anywhere. Ever.

Baileys, tequila, vodka, chili, cider, gin, ouzo and absinthe.
That’s not a list of bottles behind the bar.
That’s a list of liquors poured into the cocktail that sent a 19-year-old girl from the English town of Teesside to the hospital.
After consuming the concoction while on vacation in Greece, the teenager’s head swelled to the size of a football (possibly a soccer ball).
The doctor’s she has seen in England since returning home don’t know if her face will ever return to normal.
The BBC reports that she has “vowed never to drink again.” Yeah right.

You think he’d know a thing or two about karma

A Buddhist monk in Japan was having a little problem with hornets in his temple.
He attached lit rags to a stick and inserted his makeshift torch into the hornets’ nest in an effort to exterminate the insects.
The hornets flew out of the nest and attacked him.
Panicking, the monk dropped the torch and burned the temple to the ground.
He suffered burns to his ears, his face and his left hand, according to Japanese officials.
The silver lining in this story: He wasn’t stung and the nest is gone.

Who needs a cure for cancer when you can have bigger boobs?

Scientists have almost perfected latest technology in plastic surgery: Using stem cells for breast augmentations.
The procedure, first conducted in Japan, results in breasts that look more natural than the traditional silicone implants.
During initial trials for this surgery, doctors implanted fat directly into the breast.
This injected fat, however, tended to die shortly after being implanted, leaving hard lumps or calcification.
The folks over at University of Tokyo have found what looks like a solution to that problem.
Using a woman’s own fat and adding stem cells.
The fat, sucked from her tummy or thighs, decreases the chances of her body rejecting the fat.
Stem cells enable and encourage the creation of new fat cells.

New Pakistani president Asif Ali Zadari won the Pakitani presidential election in a landslide victory.

Benazir Bhutto’s widower succeeds Pervez Musharraf.
Zadari got a clear majority, securing 479 out 702 electoral votes.
The election was held following Musharraf’s resignation Aug. 18 while under pressure of impeachment.
Bhutto was assassinated in December 2007 after leaving a Pakistan Peoples party rally.
Zardari has said he expects his late wife’s assassins will target him once he is sworn into office.
This win reestablishes the Bhutto family dynasty in Pakistani power after 12 years.

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