THE MOST TELLING story in Michael Wolff’s biography of Rupert Murdoch, The Man Who Owns the News, didn’t appear in the original 2008, 400-plus-page hardcover. It’s the tale of the media mogul’s reaction to the book, appended as a forward to the paperback version two years later.By Jonathon Gatehouse
UNTIL LAST YEAR, Peter was a successful American fund manager, with roughly 200 employees in New York City and a personal fortune of $100 million. That’s still the case today, save for one detail—Peter is no longer an American. In 2010, the U.S.-born executive took the extreme step of renouncing his American citizenship.By JASON KIRBY
Cam Livesey wakes up one day to discover that her teenage daughter Aubrey is missing. Or rather, the daughter Cam once knew is missing. In her place is a beautiful yet eye-rolling, lippy, constantly grumpy, deceitful young gal. What happened to the helpful, fun-loving kid who used to snuggle with her and read The Secret Garden?By JANE CHRISTMAS
I loved your Canada Day special, “Why it’s the best time ever to be a Canadian” (National, July 11). Can we please have more articles like this? We have so much to build on, but we rarely hear stories like these celebrated in mainstream media. Thanks!
THERE’S NO SHORTAGE of veteran politicians around Ottawa—not to mention party strategists, academic experts and even journalists—who can tell war stories about doomed efforts to reform the Senate. But Tim Uppal, a second-term Conservative MP from Edmonton, isn’t one of them.By JOHN GEDDES
AFTER TWO YEARS as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Shawn Atleo is cautiously optimistic about the relationship he is forging with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government. On Tuesday, at the assembly’s annual meeting in Moncton, N.B., he proposed replacing the federal Aboriginal Affairs Department with a system that allows bands more autonomy and lessens the heavy federal intervention required under the Indian Act.
IN CASE YOU haven’t noticed, aliens have taken over Hollywood. The multiplex is positively infested with them. Almost every summer blockbuster seems to involve extraterrestrials—except the Pirates and Harry Potter sequels, which make do with man-eating mermaids and soul-sucking ghosts.By BRIAN D. JOHNSON
One lucky Montreal family finally got their dog back last week after an amazing, year-long adventure that took the pup 4,500 km across the country. Pollux, a black Lab cross who escaped from her east-end Montreal home last June, turned up in Kamloops, B.C., where, last week, the SPCA found a microchip implant registered to her vet.By RICHARD WARNICA, ALEX BALLINGALL, EMMA TEITEL, CIGDEM ILTAN
IT IS THE best of times, it is the worst of times, for the British press today. In a news week that transfixed the world, sending shock waves from the lowest gutter press to the country’s highest office, power brokers were arrested, police and politicians held to account, and a profitable and historied newspaper destroyed.By LEAH MCLAREN
MASSOUD KHALILI WOKE up five days after the 9/11 attacks after drifting in and out of consciousness and near death for a week. Khalili, son of Khalilullah Khalili, one of Afghanistan’s greatest modern poets, was a close friend of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Afghan guerrilla commander known as the Lion ofPanjshir.By MICHAEL PETROU
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