Scene: Bahrain protests

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The Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix went ahead as scheduled despite continuing anti-government protests in and around the capital city of Manama according to the BBC ().
The event was questionable until the government announced that it had security under control. Guards and armored vehicles have been steadfast sights at the beautiful race track which features some of the highest performance vehicles in the road framed by picturesque sands and palm trees.
It was a stark contrast to scenes else where in the city.
Protests had picked up on Saturday after a man was found dead on a rooftop, killed in overnight classes with security forces. Burning tire barricades and impediments of other sorts have been reported west of the city.
Sebastian Vettel ended up taking the Grand Prix despite Kimi Raikkonen's valiant efforts through the mid laps.

Scene: Roadless Dutch City

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The town of Giethoorn in the Netherlands is known as 'The Green Venice' because of its verdant countryside and reliance upon canals according to the BBC ().
For Giethoorn has no roads. It arose as a matter of practicality, given that the town lies below sea level.
So Giethoorn became a town of canals where every family has at least one boat, and children grow up learning to sail before they can walk (as the local legend goes).
There are, just like any system of transit, complications. But the citizens are adaptable, and when the waterways freeze over, the Dutch strap on their ice skates and run their errands that way.
There is a serenity and tranquility about the place that surely comes from the absence of car traffic and being surrounded by water.

Woman fights robber with keys

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A 76-year-old Texas woman fought her attacker with her car keys while going into a gas station according to CNN ().
The woman, Lorraine Moody, was on her way to get a $1000 dollar money order to pay her rent, when a Hispanic man jumped in her way, brandishing a knife.
"I kept on telling him, 'No, you're not getting my purse,'" said Moody. "He then called me the 'b' word."
Well, he ended up getting her purse, but not before Moody cut him across the face with her car keys. Angry at her defiance, the robber cut her on the arm and leg before leaving.
What made matters worse was that the staff of the gas station refused to help her or call 911.

Woman stabbed in downtown parking lot

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A 28-year-old woman was stabbed at a downtown Minneapolis parking lot at 4:00 p.m. Thursday according to CBS .
The woman is recovering from a wound to the stomach at the Hennepin County Medical Center, and is expected to be all right.
The suspect was captured on security footage, appearing to be between 30 and 40 years old with a slight build. He was a wearing a black suit when he committed the crime.
The police are currently investigating possible relationships and motives, but are currently calling the incident "random."
The stabbing comes after four weeks of continued drops in crime downtown.

The Minnesota legislature proposed a season for wolf hunting this year, replacing what was initially going to be a five year moratorium after their removal from the Endangered Apecies Act according to KARE 11 (http://www.kare11.com/news/default.aspx).
Delisted in January, the wolf population once down to 300 or 400 wolves, is thought to be up to 3,000.
Animal rights groups, such as Howling for Wolves, and the Ojibwe tribe have come out against the proposed hunting season.
"One of my greatest concerns is if we shoot the alpha males and females," said Robert Shimek, a Ojibwe tribe spokesperson. "We leave pack management up to juveniles." This, some fear, could lead to more problematic wolf packs.
Yet many who have experienced the results of a wolf attack firsthand, such as killings of sheep, cattle or pets, are for the proposed season.

6-Year-Old girl missing in Arizona

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A 6-year-old girl went missing this morning in Tuscon, Arizona according to CNN (http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2012/04/22/dnt-az-girl-mising.kgun).
At 8:00 a.m. Isabel Mercedes Celis's father went to check on her, finding her room empty, at which point the police were notified.
The search has been intense with a block by block grid search, air support from police helicopters, and the deployment of bloodhounds to try and pick up her scent.
"Everything goes through your mind," said Justin Mastromarino, the girl's uncle. "You're angry, you're upset, you're frustrated, and you're confused."
Police are still trying to piece together what happened that morning, and have stated that they are going to add additional detectives to the case.

Jamaican economy still struggling

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Officials from the International Monetary Fund are due to meet with Jamaican government ministers in Washington to discuss the future of Jamaica's economy, according to Nick Davies of the BBC ().
Jamaica is $18 billion dollars in debt, making it one of the world's most debt ridden countries.
The last decade has seen Jamaica's mining and agriculture revenues steeply decline, with the export of bananas all but completely collapsing. Tourism is one of the few bright spots, logging over 3 million visitors last year.
Many in Jamaica see a push towards manufacturing as the only solution to country's ongoing economic woes.
The meeting with the IMF will focus on debt management with Jamaica expected to ask for help on the matter.

Mali Unrest Continues

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Amadou Sanogo, the leader of the March 21 coup in Mali, has vowed to restore the rule of Mali's 1992 constitution amid fears of sanctions according to the BBC.
Ecowas, a West African trading bloc, issued a deadline for Malian troops to return to their barracks says Reuters. While that has been agreed to in principle, no timeline has emerged from coup leadership.
Sanctions from Ecowas could include a shutdown of Mali's borders, freezing of assets and the withholding of credit.
The army initially took to the streets over the manner in which ousted president, Amadou Tourmani Toure, was handling the Tuareg rebels in the north of the country.
Sunday saw more swaths of northern Mali overtaken by the Tuareg rebels, as they seized Timbuktu, the third of three regional hubs to fall in the same number of days.

The Miami Heat's Struggles Continue

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The Boston Celtics, led by Rajon Rondo's fifth triple-double of the year, beat the visiting Miami Heat 91-72 Sunday afternoon according to CBS Sports.
The Miami Heat, normally one of the most offensively efficient teams in the NBA, struggled from the field, shooting only 34.8 percent.
The Celtics are riding a post-All Star period that has seen them surge to the top of the Atlantic Division and win seven of their last ten games (ESPN).
In addition to Rondo's triple-double, Boston got 23 points from their captain, Paul Pierce. Lebron James led the way for the Heat, also scoring 23 points. This loss means that the Heat have dropped seven of their last ten on the road.
"It's definitely a string of issues on the road," James said. "We've got to be more mentally tough."

New plan for Vikings stadium

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A new plan for a downtown Minneapolis Vikings stadium was released on Sunday afternoon according to the Star Tribune.
However, this plan, hoped to rouse the stalled State Legislature, might lead to an increased financial burden for Hennepin County and the team in a plan that needs almost $1 billion dollars of total funding.
The proposal seeks to placate charitable gaming officials who wanted more tax relief on the nearly $398 million in funds that are to come from electronic bingo and pull tabs in area establishments (Star Tribune).
Thus far the process has been marred by debate and delays. If a new stadium is not built fans fear the team would move from Minnesota to greener pastures.
What is more, MinnPost reports that if a new stadium is not erected, the state stands to lose $500 million.