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Angst around French language boils over in Quebec, as politicians warn of 'decline'

Angst around French language boils over in Quebec, as politicians warn of 'decline'

MONTREAL — Perennial anxieties around the state of the French language in Quebec have boiled over in the past week, with politicians seizing on a Liberal legislator's initial brush-off of the issue as evidence of indifference to a crisis.
Back in Premier League, Leeds turns to Jay-Z agency to grow

Back in Premier League, Leeds turns to Jay-Z agency to grow

LONDON — Back in the Premier League after a 16-year absence, Leeds is now being assisted by the sports and entertainment marketing agency founded by Jay-Z to grow the northern English club's brand and global appeal.
The show goes on at Madrid´s opera house despite pandemic

The show goes on at Madrid´s opera house despite pandemic

MADRID — No one performing onstage in Spain’s Teatro Real opera house is masked, and that alone looks odd these days amid a pandemic.

Contestant dies after completing "Wipeout" obstacle course

LOS ANGELES — A contestant on “Wipeout” has died after completing the game show's obstacle course, authorities and sources close to the production said Friday. The man in his 30s was declared dead at a hospital shortly before 7 p.m.
Feds charge man in armed robbery of Kardashian pal Cheban

Feds charge man in armed robbery of Kardashian pal Cheban

NEW YORK — Federal authorities in New York City have brought charges in the armed robbery of Jonathan Cheban, a reality TV pal of Kim Kardashian.
Indigenous illustrator of new Marvel comic hopes Aboriginal women feel inspired

Indigenous illustrator of new Marvel comic hopes Aboriginal women feel inspired

EDMONTON — Indigenous illustrator Kyle Charles says hundreds of people have reached out to congratulate and thank him for his creations in a new Marvel anthology that tells the story of an Aboriginal mutant.
Ex-lacrosse star Delby Powless writes about mental health in novel 'Medicine Game'

Ex-lacrosse star Delby Powless writes about mental health in novel 'Medicine Game'

Writing a novel is one of the hardest — but most cathartic — things former pro lacrosse player Delby Powless has ever done.
Indigo, Penguin Random House want Ontario to deem bookstores essential

Indigo, Penguin Random House want Ontario to deem bookstores essential

TORONTO — Two of the Canadian literary industry's biggest brands are calling on the Ontario government to designate bookstores as essential services — even as COVID-19 cases continue to surge. Retailer Indigo Books & Music Inc.
Jan Morris, author and transgender pioneer, dies at 94

Jan Morris, author and transgender pioneer, dies at 94

NEW YORK — Jan Morris, the celebrated journalist, historian, world traveller and fiction writer who in middle age became a pioneer of the transgender movement, has died at 94.

Academy Award-winner Joaquin Phoenix attends vigil outside Ontario slaughterhouse

Actor Joaquin Phoenix stopped by a regular vigil outside a slaughterhouse in Burlington, Ont., on Friday.