When Jack Layton, the head of Canada's New Democratic Party, campaigned last spring, he limped and leaned on a walking stick. He had been through cancer treatments and hip replacement surgery.
The stick and limp could have been seen as symbols of frailty. But Mr. Layton's vigor and good humor turned them into emblems of scrappiness and sincerity. Mr. Layton's New Democrats won 103 seats in Parliament, and became Canada's official opposition party for the first time in that party's history.
Originally published on Fri August 26, 2011 4:17 pm
Irene is already causing travel headaches: Airlines have cancelled 2,400 flights so far. As it works up its way through the East Coast of the United States, Bloomberg reports, it is forecast to move through busiest airspace in the country.
That means: Delta has cancelled 1,300 flights; Jet Blue will drop 75 percent of its weekend trips; American Airlines is planning to scrap 265 flights.
Three years behind schedule and several billion dollars over budget, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is finally set for its first commercial flight. The Federal Aviation Administration gave the plane its OK and Boeing will make its first delivery in September.
One of Moammar Gadhafi's last major strongholds in Tripoli has fallen to rebel forces. Among the survivors of the ferocious street fighting are prisoners from the Abu Salim prison, some of whom have been jailed for more than two decades.