SMOKE 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM!
WILDFIRES IN NORTHERN ALBERTA … All that smoke you see in the city right now is coming from the wildfires burning in the northern part of the province. It might actually affect the Aurora Borealis tonight. Hopefully it won’t last much longer: www.EdmontonJournal.com/news/Haze+from+northern+Alberta+wildfires+blanketing+Edmonton/6930265/story.html
NORTHERN LIGHTS COULD AMAZE THIS WEEKEND … Here’s the “Science Nerd” part of me getting excited. A huge solar flare shot towards Earth earlier today, and it could produce some wicked awesome Northern Lights this weekend. See the story, along with some eye-popping, cool video here: www.CTVnews.ca/sci-tech/massive-blast-of-solar-radiation-headed-for-earth-1.878679
CASTROL RACEWAY FUN … THIS WEEKEND it’s the SUPERSTARS OF MONSTER JAM, with World Class Monster Truck jumps, stunts, thrills and spills! The legendary GRAVE DIGGER will be there, along with MONSTER MUTT, EL TORO LOCO, and MANIAC! There’s also a Monster Truck Ride, and Stunt Motocross action. It kicks off at 5 this evening and Noon tomorrow; spin your tires here for more: www.CastrolRaceway.com
STREET PERFORMERS FESTIVAL … Festival season is on, and one of the best for family fun is the annual Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, which wraps up tomorrow at Sir Winston Churchill Square downtown. Check the festival schedule here: http://EdmontonStreetFest.com
HORSES DIE AT CALGARY STAMPEDE … This seems to be an annual ritual now; more animals have died at the “Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth.” I’m an animal lover, so when I see a story like this I get a little sad, and then I remember that the Calgary Stampede is another reason Calgary sucks. Race your Chuckwagon here, and then start shakin’ your head: www.CBC.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2012/07/12/calgary-chuckwagon-crash.html. BTW, you can get The Bear’s 20th birthday “Calgary Sucks” t-shirt at Déjà Vu in West Edmonton Mall, or at Queue & Sophia’s on Whyte avenue; proceeds go to The Bear Children’s Fund.
WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE DOG WEDDING … Okay, we all love our pets right? But would you have a wedding for your dog? Even worse, would you pay big bucks for the nuptials? Maybe that should be “puptials.” Anyway, there’s a new World Record for “Most Expensive Dog Wedding.” Fetch all the kibble right here, good boy: www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-dog-wedding-20120713,0,3963279.story
SHARK STEALS CATCH FROM COUPLE … Wow, there seem to be a lot of stories about animals today, so I’ll change it up a bit; here’s a super cool video. A shark steals a fish that a couple just caught. I hope they were wearing Depends, ha ha! The baited hook awaits: www.CBSnews.com/video/watch/?id=7414604n&tag=pop;videos
ENBRIDGE IN MORE HOT WATER … I think Alberta oil giant, Enbridge, needs a new Public Relations person, or a campaign. In the past few months the company has been deflecting criticism over some nasty pipeline oil spills, and now they’re taking some flak over a corporate presentation depicting Enbridge’s oil as “more ethical” than oil from the Middle East. This company needs help: www.CTVnews.ca/canada/enbridge-denies-suggesting-alberta-oil-is-more-ethical-1.878687
SYLVESTER STALLONE’S SON FOUND DEAD … Legendary action film star, Sylvester Stallone, a.k.a. “Rocky” or “Rambo” is grieving after the news of his son’s sudden death in Hollywood yesterday. Sage Stallone appeared in two films with his dad, and was very involved in the movie industry; he was 36 years old. Read more here if you want: www.USAtoday.com/life/people/obit/story/2012-07-13/sage-stallone-sylvester-dead/56208714/1
USING PLASTIC MAY GET MORE COSTLY … If you use your Visa or Mastercard on a regular basis, then you should get ready to pay more for that privilege. The credit card monsters and retailers have just settled a lawsuit over credit card and debit card fees. Swipe your stripe here to find out more: http://ca.Reuters.com/article/businessNews/idCABRE86C16H20120714
Edmonton ESKIMOS Football … The Eskies crushed Winnipeg’s Blue Bombers last night at Commonwealth Stadium, 42-10. They’re now 2-1 on the season and their next action is Friday night against the Grey Cup champ B-C Lions in Vancouver. Game time is 8 o’clock from B-C Place, go Esks, Lions suck: www.Esks.com
FC Edmonton … Professional soccer at 2pm tomorrow afternoon, as FC Edmonton hosts the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Clarke Stadium. Kick your mouse here to find out more: www.FCEdmonton.com
Edmonton PROSPECTS Baseball … Hosting the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets at Telus Field this afternoon, then it’s on the road in Okotoks, Medicine Hat, and Lethbridge all week. Swing here for more: www.ProspectsBaseballClub.com
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