Few things are more emblematic of the gap between mere progress and success in Iraq than the gateway to Falluja. The progress lies in the fact that it is a gateway now, and not the insurmountable barrier it was even just a year ago when Falluja, the most populous city in the mostly Sunni Muslim western province of Anbar, was synonymous with a failing war.By ADNAN R. KHAN
A few years ago Kelly Hollingsworth could have been described as a woman who had it all. A young money manager living in the U.S. Virgin Islands and then New York City, she was part of a small team that managed a multi-million-dollar hedge fund, pulling down a handsome salary for her efforts.By COLIN CAMPBELL, JASON KIRBY
Q Let’s start on the evening of Dec. 6,1989, when you first heard there had been shootings at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. A: I came back from work and turned on the TV, like always, before going to my prayer meeting. I saw this news and I was in shock, like everybody else.
The universal translator is, by far, the handiest tool in the fictional star traveller’s universe. On Star Trek, the device mysteriously taps into the brainwaves of even the most far-out aliens, allowing for instant communication. And in Douglas Adams’s Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, one simply inserts a squishy little Babel fish into the ear, where it eats the sound waves of foreign languages and excretes a translation into its host’s brain.By JASON KIRBY
As the depth of the Liberal defeat was sinking in on the evening of Oct. 14, Michael Ignatieff strolled out to console the party faithful crowded into a basement room below a bar in his suburban Toronto riding. Actually, his crowd didn’t need all that much bucking up.By JOHN GEDDES
During the last U.S. election cycle, there was a lot of talk about whether viewers were getting their political knowledge from late-night comedy. The Pew Research Center, the respected U.S. polling firm, produced a poll in 2004 that said 21 per cent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 21 were getting their political information from comedy shows like The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and, back when Tina Fey was a regular cast member, Saturday Night Live.By JAIME J. WEINMAN
SO MUCH FOR MY FUTURE. I just read the article by Duncan Hood and Jason Kirby about the state of the economy and what it means to me (“Freedom 95?” Business, Oct. 20). I’m 71 and I count the years I can survive on my only financial resource, my RRIF.
With five children age six and under, Felicia Simms has little time for reading or reflection. She takes each day as it comes and does her best to put it to bed with her children, knowing, as the mother of Krista and Tatiana, Canada’s most famous twins, that the morning will have a fresh agenda of challenge, worry and reward.By KEN MACQUEEN
KATHERINE JENKINS THE HIGHEST PAID DIVA IN THE WORLD Critics may sniff at her, but Katherine Jenkins now has a healthy recording contract to match a formidable set of lungs. The mezzo-soprano has signed a US$ 10-million contract with Warner Music, reportedly the largest deal ever for a classical performer, and Canadian producer David Foster is set to work with the Welsh singer on her first album for the label.
The “butterfly” ballots of Florida’s Palm Beach County that snarled up the 2000 presidential election with their hanging, pregnant, and otherwise perplexing “chads” have since been replaced by optical scan cards—but a recent test during a local judicial election found that new machines that count them couldn’t come up with the same result twice.By LUIZA CH. SAVAGE
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