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5 Mount Everest climbers feared missing in avalanche

TheStar.com (The Associated Press) — KATMANDU, NEPAL—Officials say about five climbers are feared missing after an avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest and hit a popular route used to assent the world’s highest...
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Nets still ladened with heavy burden of title hopes: Feschuk

TheStar.com (Dave Feschuk - Sports Columnist) — Paul Pierce has yet to utter his first playoff profanity. Kevin Garnett presumably won’t begin his annual post-season trash-talk-a-thon until Saturday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre. ...
  • New: 6 hr 8 min ago

Rob Ford launches campaign by thanking those who stuck by him through ‘rocky’ times

TheStar.com (Betsy Powell - City Hall Bureau) — Rob Ford took to the stage at his campaign kickoff Thursday night vowing to win re-election on Oct. 27 and thanking supporters for sticking by him during the “rocky moments over the past...
  • New: 6 hr 23 min ago

Neanderthal genetic landscape reveals key differences with humans

TheStar.com (Kate Allen - Science and Technology reporter) — When scientists first sequenced the genome of a Neanderthal, our extinct, heavy-browed human cousin, we learned a surprising amount about our own species too: many modern humans carry Neanderthal...
  • New: 7 hr 46 min ago

Glen Murray defends government’s secrecy on driving instructors

TheStar.com (Kenyon Wallace - News reporter, Richard Brennan - Staff Reporters) — Transportation Minister Glen Murray says his ministry would release the names of disgraced driving instructors who have committed illegal acts, such as selling alcohol and contraband cigarettes...
  • New: 7 hr 54 min ago

Nobel-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87

TheStar.com (Oakland Ross - Feature Writer) — It is among the most familiar and most captivating of all the first sentences in all the novels that have ever been written: “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel...
  • New: 8 hr 9 min ago

Father of Calgary mass stabbing suspect says he would give anything to bring victims back

TheStar.com (Bill Graveland - The Canadian Press) — CALGARY—The father of a man charged with killing five young people in Calgary this week says his family would give anything to bring them back. Douglas de Grood, a veteran city police...
  • New: 8 hr 27 min ago

Loyal Raptors fans excited to get taste of the playoffs

TheStar.com (Gemma Karstens-Smith - Staff Reporter) — The last several years have been tough on Raptors fans. But on Saturday, the team will play their first post-season game in six years , and fans that’ve stayed loyal during tough times...
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Federal Court of Appeal upholds ruling on rights of Métis

TheStar.com (Steve Rennie - The Canadian Press) — OTTAWA—The Federal Court of Appeal has largely upheld a landmark ruling that could extend Ottawa’s responsibilities to hundreds of thousands of aboriginal people who are not...
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Baird urges 'fair and expeditious' trial for journalist jailed in Egypt

TheStar.com (Sharif Abdel Kouddous - Special to the Star) — CAIRO—In his first bilateral visit to Egypt , Foreign Minister John Baird said he called for a fair and expeditious trial for imprisoned Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy but stopped short...
  • New: 10 hr 23 min ago

Montreal Alouettes sign former NFL receiver Chad Johnson

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — MONTREAL—Former NFL star Chad Johnson will make his return to the gridiron in the CFL . The veteran receiver signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday after...
  • New: 11 hr 38 min ago

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, beloved Latin American author, dead at 87

TheStar.com (Paul Haven And Frank Bajak - The Associated Press) — MEXICO CITY—Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America’s passion, superstition, violence and...
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As search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues, companies pitch a black box alternative

TheStar.com (Vanessa Lu - Business reporter) — The pings have faded altogether. It’s been a week since searchers last heard faint sounds from deep below the Indian Ocean, believed to be signals from the black boxes of Malaysia...
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R.A. Dickey’s struggles continue as Blue Jays blanked by Twins

TheStar.com (Brendan Kennedy - Sports reporter) — MINNEAPOLIS—R.A. Dickey’s early-season struggles continued on Thursday in the first half of the Blue Jays’ chilly double-dip against the Minnesota Twins. With the...
  • 12 hr 1 min ago

Anti-Semitic pamphlet distributed in eastern Ukraine

TheStar.com (Daryna Krasnolutska, Stepan Kravchenko - Bloomberg) — DONETSK, UKRAINE— Ukraine ’s Jewish community was rattled Thursday by an anti-Semitic pamphlet distributed in Donetsk, a city in the country’s eastern region where the...
  • 12 hr 43 min ago

Amanda Todd: Man arrested in Netherlands in connection with Canadian’s online bullying

TheStar.com (Sean Tepper - Staff Reporter) — Dutch media are reporting that a man has been arrested in the Netherlands in connection with the online bullying of Amanda Todd, a Canadian teenager who committed suicide in October 2012. ...
  • 12 hr 56 min ago

NASA finds most Earth-like planet yet

TheStar.com (Alicia Chang - The Associated Press) — LOS ANGELES, CALIF.—Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our planet and...
  • 13 hr 21 min ago

Dramatic photos show murderer pardoned moments before his execution

TheStar.com (The Associated Press) — The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose...
  • 14 hr 19 min ago

Ontario Liberals vow electrified GO trains that will run every 15 minutes

TheStar.com (Richard J. Brennan - Provincial Politics) — Within a decade commuters will be travelling on GO trains powered by electricity and they will only have to wait 15 minutes for one to show up, Transportation Minister Glen Murray says. Inside a...
  • 14 hr 26 min ago

John Tory says he would keep Gardiner, crack down on lane hogs

TheStar.com (Paul Moloney - City Hall Bureau reporter) — Toronto needs to fight traffic congestion by adopting zero tolerance for lane hogs, says mayoral candidate John Tory. Stricter enforcement, including towing, is needed to discourage courier...
  • 14 hr 51 min ago
Blog Articles

It's just one game. It's just one game. It's just one game. It's just one game. It's just one game.

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Twins 9 Jays 5 Ummmm....I got nothing. 8 walks in an inning. 3 different relievers couldn't throw a strike. It's just one game. It's just one game. It's just one game. It's just one game. It's...
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Jeremy Jeffress chooses free agency

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Jeremy Jeffress cleared waivers and we were told he would be assigned to the Buffalo Bisons, but now there is this: RHP Jeremy Jeffress elected free agency rather than accept an outright...
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Just a terrible game, Jay lose to Twins

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Is there a rule that we have to leave Dickey in games until he puts the score out of reach? Or is it one of those unwritten rules? Blue Jays 0 Twins 7 Ok, Gibby is bugging me. Second start...
  • 12 hr 7 min ago

How to use FanPosts and FanShots

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — A quick how to guide for writing and posting your very own Fanpost or Fanshot. I wanted to take a moment to remind you all about FanPosts and FanShots. The most fun part of Bluebird Banter, at...
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Anthony Gose Is Coming Up...Or Is He?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (jays182) — Update: Shi Davidi has cleared thing up a bit for us. Gose can be called up only for the second game of the double header.It seems to be a fair bit of work to get Gose to Minnesota for just the...
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Oakland A's Claim Marcus Walden

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The A's claimed Marcus Walden off waivers today. You know the story, the Jays were in such a rush to DFA Jeremy Jeffress that they couldn't wait until 10 days into the season, (really they just...
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Today's game postponed, day/night double header tomorrow

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The headline says it all. It's cold and snowing in Minneapolis today and they are cancelling today. Tomorrow they will play the scheduled game at 1:00 Eastern and then make up today's game a 7:00...
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Game #15 Preview: Blue Jays @ Twins CANCELLED

SBN: Bluebird Banter (jays182) — After last night's up-and-down roller coaster the Blue Jays look to continue their winning ways in the great state of Minnesota. Another near-freezing evening awaits knuckler R.A. Dickey as he...
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What to do if Adam Lind has to go on the DL?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — This doesn't sound good: Lind compared the soreness to what he dealt with in 2011-12. Went on DL both years, hopes to avoid that this time but too early to say. — Gregor Chisholm...
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Brett Lawrie gets 5 RBI, Jays beat Twins

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Blue Jays 9 Twins 3 Why do I hate small ball? Gibby has Munenori Kawasaki try to bunt, in the first inning. Kawasaki stands on the plate and is called out. We go on to score 9 runs. Bunting...
  • 2 days ago
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Smitty Pancakes Cubs

Batter's Box (#2JBrumfield) — Only one game on the farm on Tuesday as Mother Nature and Old Man Winter did their worst, except in Dunedin, where the Jays bats did the damage. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Buffalo (DH) ...
  • 2 days ago
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Blue Jays @ Twins - April 15 - Overflow GameThread

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — Blue Jays lead the Twins 5-2 going into the top of the 8th on a cold, cold night in Minneapolis. Starter Brandon Morrow had a not-so-good start, throwing a tonne of pitches early, but escaped...
  • 2 days ago
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Kawasaki up, Jeffress to Buffalo, Walden DFA'd

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Noah Sherman) — SPORTS The Blue Jays , via  Twitter and news release, have announced a few minor roster moves: #BlueJays DFA RHP Marcus Walden to make room for Munenori Kawasaki on 40-man roster....
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Game #14 Preview: Blue Jays @ Twins

SBN: Bluebird Banter (jays182) — A cold night awaits the Blue Jays this evening as they roll into to Minnesota to take on the Twins at 8:10 EST. First-year Twins pitcher Phil Hughes takes on Brandon Morrow in what is...
  • 2 days ago
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View from the other side: Twins questions for Jesse from Twinkie Town

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — We start a series with the Minnesota  Twins tonight. They sit at 6-6, 3rd in the AL Central. Jesse, from Twinkie Town SB Nations great Twins site, and I exchanged questions about each...
  • 2 days ago
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Boyd, Schimpf & McGuire Were Good!

Batter's Box (#2JBrumfield) — Two wins and two postponements were the story on Monday. Great pitching and timely offence were the keys to victory. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Buffalo Buffalo, NY - This game was washed out...
  • 3 days ago
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Jays In Minnesota

Batter's Box (John Northey) — The Jays are visiting Minnesota for 3 games. Sadly, since it is weekdays I cannot get down there (5-6 hour drive). Sigh. Game 1: 8:10 start, Brandon Morrow vs Phil Hughes , Hughes has just 2...
  • 3 days ago
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Maicer Izturis Likely Needs Surgery, Out 4 to 6 Months

SBN: Bluebird Banter (jays182) — The Blue Jays worst fears have come true in the case of Maicer Izturis ' injured leg. After falling down the dugout steps in Baltimore this weekend, it now seems like he is heading towards...
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Off day question: 13 games in, are you more or less optimistic than you were before the season started?

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The Blue Jays played 13 games, sitting at 7-6, in a 3 way tie for first with the Yankees and Rays . Last year we were 6-7 at this point, 2.5 games behind Boston (we'd never be that close...
  • 3 days ago
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