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Monday, September 17, 2007

The State of the World

A sugary start to the week
You may recall last week the story of the man who's dog's back was broken by burglars for no real reason and my strong reaction to it.

The man, Richard Charuk, showed up at the Humane Society determined to get on with his life and get a new dog. The staff, basking in the success of that day's Adopt-a-Thon, recognized Charuk from media reports, and decided to waive the charges on his adoption of a four-year-old Boxer named Victor.

I may be curmudgeonly, Windsor, but The Trail loves some sap, too.

Awesome speaker + free = awesome
Arguably one of if not the most legendary profs to come out of UWindsor is English professor emeritus Alistair MacLeod. His 1999 novel No Great Mischief won a slew of awards and established him a worldwide literary presence. And he has never forgotten you, Windsor.

As part of the HRG's Martin Wesley Lecture Series, Dr. MacLeod will be giving a free public lecture discussing his life as a man of letters in Canada. Catch it tomorrow at 3.30 p.m. in the Freed Orman Centre of Assumption University, followed by a reception.

If you've never had the pleasure of being taught by the man [which The Trail was, thank you very much], all you pretentious English types should really do yourself a favour and attend.

Thank God for Halo
A few years ago the hot topic of the day concerned the lawsuit against Microsoft for violating American antitrust laws; essentially that the software giant manipulated its position to discourage competition in the market, by including certain software items with Windows that could not be removed, like Internet Explorer or Media Player.

Microsoft has been dealing with antitrust suits since around 2000, but the latest has been overseas, from the European Committee for Interoperable Systems. And a verdict has been reached: appeal denied, pay about $690 million. Reps for Microsoft have not disclosed if they plan to appeal to the European Court of Justice.

Briefly
Man discovers there are male and female forms of spoken Japanese, and he's unwittingly become well versed in the latter.

Get the scoop on those Alberta oil sands all your friends are skipping town to go work on.

When you root for the home team, maybe not the best idea to ask the visitors for autographs, even if you are a 10-year-old.

From the newly-created 'I Hate it Here' file: Toronto Public Health Unit searching for woman who casually dropped off a rabid bat at the area Wildlife Rescue. Woman described as foaming, delirious.

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