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Oct 28, 2010
via Environment Forum

More dead birds in the oil sands


What a week for Syncrude.

Just three days after the oil sands producer was fined $2.9 million for the deaths of 1,600 waterbirds in 2008, more ducks landed in one of their toxic waste ponds and had to be euthanized.

Could the timing be worse?

During a freezing rain storm on Monday, hundreds of ducks landed on a toxic tailings pond owned by the company in the oil sands of northern Alberta, Canada, putting the birds in contact with tar-like bitumen floating on the surface.

Jun 2, 2010

TV film looks at odyssey of guitarist Billy McLaughlin

TORONTO (Reuters) – Billy McLaughlin keeps playing…and praying.

Playing the guitar, that is, with the one good hand that can still tap his instrument’s strings, and praying, because that’s what helped him keep playing.

McLaughlin, a chart-topping master of acoustic guitar in the 1990s, found his career unravel in early 2001 when he was diagnosed with a crippling muscular disorder called focal dystonia. But after years of retraining, he returned to music, and this month a documentary about his comeback begins airing on many PBS stations.