News for Youse: Stanley Cup rioters charged, a New Year's party downtown, and Canucks aim to win
More rioters charged Crown prosecutors have approved charges against another 33 people allegedly involved in the 2011 Stanley Cup riot. Twenty-three adults and 10 young people stand accused of such felonies as taking part in a riot and mischief. The total number of individuals charged for acts committed during the riot now stands at 194.
New Year's party Vancouver city council will today consider a motion concerning a New Year’s Eve celebration to be held in the downtown core. Council will vote on whether it should ask staff to report back on options for the event, as well as potential risks.
"Dude" sign still chilling The Vancouver park board has voted 5-2 to explore the future of the “Dude Chilling Park” sign that appeared in Guelph Park in Mount Pleasant in late 2012. Park board chair Sarah Blyth has previously said that the sign could find a permanent home at the Museum of Vancouver.
Massey Tunnel renos The provincial government has proposed five options for the upgrade or replacement of the George Massey Tunnel, which lies under the Fraser River connecting Richmond and Delta. Options include upgrading the existing tunnel, replacing it with a bridge, and adding a new bridge or tunnel while maintaining the existing one.
Iraq War marks 10 years An event marking the 10-year anniversary of the United States' war in Iraq has been scheduled for one week from today. On March 19, people will gather at First United Church to commemorate the conflict. A Lancet survey estimates that more than 600,000 people were killed in the war.
Canucks vs. Blue Jackets The Canucks will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight in an attempt to end a four-game losing streak. The Blue Jackets, alternatively, will be hoping to extend a stretch of five straight wins to six. Roberto Luongo is expected to start in net.
Facebook knows Researchers at Cambridge University have published a study that suggests they can use Facebook “likes” to form an accurate portrait of an individual’s religion, politics, race, and sexual orientation, among other characteristics. Using an algorithm to analyze “likes”, the researchers were able to distinguish African-Americans from Caucasian-Americans with an accuracy rate of 95 percent, for example.
Celebrities hacked Jay-Z and Beyoncé are among a number of celebrities whose financial information was hacked and posted online. Los Angeles police have said they are investigating the matter and described it as “creepy”. Other victims of the hack include Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher, Mel Gibson, and Kim Kardashian.
India rape suspect dead One of the primary suspects in a rape case in India that sparked international outrage has committed suicide. Ram Singh was one of five men charged in a gang rape that took place on December 16, 2012. The incident gained widespread attention for its brutality and sparked a national debate on the abuse of women in India.
"River of Martyrs" Bodies have continued to wash ashore on a stretch of the Quweik River that runs through the embattled city of Aleppo, Syria. Yesterday, 12 bodies were recovered from a stretch of the river that runs through rebel-controlled territory downstream from areas of the city still held by government forces. Twenty-two bodies were found the day before. The river became a symbol of the Syrian civil war’s brutality when more than 100 corpses washed ashore in January 2013.