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The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Boston Bruins 1-0 in Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals this week, but all anyone is talking about is “The Bite.” During a scrum at the end of the first period, Vancouver forward Alex Burrows chomped down on the finger of Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (see video below). The league is expected to speak with Burrows, as both sides await a possible suspension.

Saturday, May 28 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the planet’s most important organizations – Amnesty International. For half a century, Amnesty International has been fighting to protect human rights, with some of the group’s most notable causes being the elimination of torture, extrajudicial executions, and the recruitment of child soldiers. To help mark their 50th anniversary, Prague-based studio Eallin has created a stirring animated video (see below) scored by Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer along with Lorne Balfe.

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The sports and entertainment worlds were rocked by the passing of legendary professional wrestler, Randy “Macho Man” Savage last week. Few wrestlers earned such widespread acclaim as Savage. He was an electrifying performer who both casual fans and wrestling connoisseurs alike adored. He died in a car crash after suffering a heart attack at the age of 58.

As the post-tsunami aftermath continues to unfold following the earthquake that devastated Japan, people on the west coast of North America find themselves increasingly concerned about radiation contamination floating across the Pacific Ocean. Mildly elevated radiation levels have been reported in California, leading consumers from Alaska to San Diego to start purchasing anti-radiation pills and medication. How much worrying is appropriate, and how much is undue hysteria?

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On the heels of last year’s incredible Teenage Fanclub album, Shadows, comes a new record from Jonny, a pop-rock duo masterminded by Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub and Euros Childs of Welsh alt-rock band Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. Their self-titled debut album is a collection of super catchy tunes with a strong bubblegum flavor. While that lightness sometimes begs for a little edge, Jonny ultimately pulls it off by injecting a little balance now and again.

While revolution and chaos sweeps through Islamic Africa in 2011, the world trains its eye to the continent’s north. Tunisia’s revolution came first, with the populace ousting authoritarian ruler President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Egypt was next, with citizens opposing the repressive rule of autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Now Libya is essentially embroiled in its own revolution, with dictator Muammar Qaddafi massacring protesters and trying to hold major centers while anti-Qaddafi forces start to take over areas around the country. But while these three countries dominate the headlines, this year’s unrest in Gabon, Cameroon, and Cote D’Ivoire among others has flown under the western media radar.

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Did anyone else find the 83rd Academy Awards a little lackluster? The 2011 Oscars went in a non-traditional direction by having movie stars, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, co-host rather than a comedian act as master of ceremonies. It was fine when Hugh Jackman did it, but can we get back to the comedy? And then there were the awards themselves, with The King’s Speech cleaning up, which was predictable. In fact, there were almost no surprises on Sunday night, which was the ceremony's biggest problem.

It’s hard for pretty much anyone sitting at a computer reading internet articles to fathom, but what if you had to spend your day struggling to get enough to eat? For tens of millions or people on earth, that’s a reality. Recently, global food prices have increased rapidly due to inflation, thrusting an estimated 44 million more people into extreme poverty. Is there something you can do?

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It was a pretty so-so Grammy Awards night – nothing in the way of real controversy or water cooler fodder. Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” propelled a very bland country act into the spotlight for the evening, while Cee-Lo Green and Janelle Monae stole the show with their live performances. Eminem, Lady Gaga, Muse, & Arcade Fire all earned major awards and turned in decent performances as well. Here’s a look at what went down:

At the 83rd Academy Awards, this year’s big movie is The King’s Speech. The historical drama starring Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, and Helena Bonham Carter is up for 12 Oscars, including Best Picture. It’s a good film, but better than Black Swan, True Grit, and The Social Network? Let’s think about that.

Spinning Apex Manor’s latest album, The Year Of Magical Drinking, hums through the headphones with the catchiest hooks of 2011 so far. Whereas so much of today’s indie rock is an exercise in sounding fashionable, usually at the expense of actual songwriting, Apex Manor blends a beautiful mix of style and substance.

Last week RosebudMag.com published Part 1 of our look at Alberta’s Oil Sands (sometimes called Tar Sands), and the recent confirmation that the project is having a devastating effect on the surrounding area, as well as, the environment in general. We also highlighted the impact on the indigenous population of Fort Chipewyan who are afflicted with several times the normal rate of cancer, including rare strains of the disease. Hollywood super director James Cameron, the man behind Avatar and Titanic among others, recently paid a visit to the Oil Sands and spoke about his experience.

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For many years, the oil sands in the Canadian province of Alberta were a dirty secret. But lately, the mammoth operation near the city of Fort McMurray has been grabbing headlines for its incredibly filthy process of extracting oil from the earth. The issue has attracted the attention of James Cameron, director of Titanic, The Terminator, and Avatar. When one of Hollywood’s most powerful figures gets involved, the world takes notice.

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Darren Aronofsky is a filmmaker on the rise. In 2008 he made the critically acclaimed The Wrestler, which snagged Academy Award nominations for stars Mickey Rourke and Maria Tomei, and won a Golden Globe for Rourke. At 2011’s 83rd Academy Awards, Aronofsky’s Black Swan is up for five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director for Aronofsky, and Best Actress for Natalie Portman . But what are the odds that the mind-warping tale of ballet, insanity, and the quest for perfection will beat out juggernaut-esque favorites like The King’s Speech and True Grit, nominated for 12 and 10 Oscars, respectively? This might be a moment in Aronofksy’s career similar to what went down with Martin Scorsese in 1980, when what is possibly his greatest work, Raging Bull, lost in its Academy Award nomination.

Have you wondered what a mediocre NBA player is doing all over the headlines at the grocery store lately? New Jersey Nets power forward Kris Humphries seems to be making a name for himself, but certainly not because of his performance on the court. Instead, it has more to do with his love connection with socialite and paparazzi magnet Kim Kardashian. Apparently the two are in love. Should sports fans care?

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