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Man dies in 11-storey fall

“He had a maturity beyond his age.” — security guard Jason Armstrong –Man dies in 11-storey fall (Ottawa Sun) The quote above is applied to a university student who accidentally hurled himself over a balcony. The student was an engineering major, who apparently wasn’t clear on the concept of momentum, as he charged a balcony railing in order to spit farther than his friends. It’s little surprise to learn that alcohol…

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Librarians struggle to let go of lonely books

Part of Maloney’s job is to evaluate books on the sleeper list and decide whether they go to the bargain basement sale or get a second chance. “It’s a really hard thing to get rid of a book,” Maloney said. “A big, big consideration for us is just space. Our juvenile fiction shelves are packed right now. There comes a time when you have to say ‘goodbye.”‘…. For the 800…

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A Tale of Two Leads

Two different things seem to have happened at the same place and time, according to the “spin” placed on two different reports from competing local papers. Post-Gazette to seek wage concessions (Tribune-Review, reporting on its competition)The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is gushing red ink, prompting workers to vote today on wage and benefits concessions designed to save the newspaper from insolvency, union officials said Sunday during a special meeting. Vote on contract adjustments…

Real pain dulled in virtual worlds

Fantasy worlds created by virtual reality have been shown to provide a novel form of relief to patients suffering from intractable pain…. “My pain when the nurse is changing my bandages is consistently extreme… But during the time I was in VR, I was pretty much unaware that the nurse was even working on my wound. | I mean, at some level I knew she was working on me, but…