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Shame On You For Shaming A Dead Drug Addict

Rob Ford was not a personal friend. He wasn’t even an acquaintance. I met him a half a dozen times, shared a debate stage with him once, and interviewed his brother Doug when I ran into him at City Hall.

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Penny Oleksiak Wins Gold Medal At Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — Teen swimming sensation Penny Oleksiak tied for gold in the women’s 100-metre freestyle on Thursday at the Rio Olympics.

The 16-year-old Toronto native finished in an Olympic record time of 52.70 seconds with American Simone Manuel. Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden captured bronze in 52.99 seconds.

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Penny Oleksiak on the podium of the women’s 100m freestyle, Aug. 11. (Photo: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)

“This is amazing, to tie for a gold. I never thought I’d win a gold,” Oleksiak said. “She (Manuel) deserves it as much as me. It means so much.”

Oleksiak becomes the first Canadian swimmer to win four medals in a single Summer Games. She has already won silver in the 100-metre butterfly, and has bronze medals in the 4×100-metre and 4×200-metre freestyle relays.

“This is amazing, to tie for a gold. I never thought I’d win a gold.”

It was the first time a Canadian woman competed in the 100-metre freestyle since Marion Lay finished fourth in Mexico City in 1968.

Kelowna, B.C., native Kierra Smith finished seventh in the women’s 200-metre breastroke in a time of two minutes 23.19 seconds. Japan’s Rie Kaneto won the race in 2:20.30 with Russia’s Yulia Efimova (2:21.97) in second and China’s Jinglin Shi (2:22.28) earning bronze.

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Penny Oleksiak won gold in the women’s 100m freestyle. (Photo: Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Santo Condorelli didn’t qualify for the men’s 50 metre freestyle final. He finished fifth in his semifinal heat but a fast swim in the second semi bumped the Kenora, Ont., native to 12th. Condorelli also fell short of qualifying for the men’s 100-metre butterfly final by 0.10 seconds.

Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, B.C., advanced to the final of the women’s 200-metre backstroke after finishing first in her heat in 2:07.17. Only Katinka Hosszu of Hungary had a faster time than Caldwell (2:06.03). Dominique Bouchard of North Bay, Ont., failed to advance to the final after finishing her semi in 2:09.07.





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Edmonton Parents Build Homemade Wheelchair For Their Toddler

EDMONTON — Evelyn Moore isn’t the fastest kid on the racetrack, but she’s by far the tiniest.

At 13-months old, the paralyzed toddler skilfully wheels her homemade wheelchair around the simulated track at Treehouse, an indoor playground in northeast Edmonton that she often visits with her mom.

Several school-age children whiz by on souped-up tricycles and she stops to stare and clap.

“She really gets around now,” says Kim Moore, who first put her daughter in the makeshift chair — basically a purple, foam Bumbo seat on wheels — at seven months.

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Evelyn Moore zips around a simulated racetrack at an indoor playground in Edmonton. (Photo: Jason Franson/CP)

Just like other children learn how to crawl, Evelyn slowly figured out how to wheel.

“She went backwards first and then she went forwards, and then she figured out how to turn,” Moore says. “And now we have a speed bump in the middle of our living room because she just goes that fast.”

Evelyn — also called Eva by her family — was diagnosed with cancer following her four-month check up. A nurse noticed too much movement with the child’s hips, then a doctor recognized a lump protruding from her spine.

The stage 4 neuroblastoma tumour couldn’t be removed, so she underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy.

Although the cancer is in remission, Evelyn’s family received more bad news: their first child is permanently paralyzed below her arms.

It was heart-breaking, says Moore.

“But then you go home and you cry and you come back the next day and be the strongest mom and dad you can ever be.”

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Moore navigates between chairs at an indoor playground in Edmonton. (Photo: Jason Franson/CP)

Moore says doctors told her that Evelyn would likely “army crawl,” pulling herself around with her arms, until she was about two. Wheelchairs would come after that.

“I guess that wasn’t a good enough answer for me,” Moore says.

Parents built the DIY chair

She wanted her daughter to have some independence like other children.

While searching on the social networking website Pinterest, she found photos of a do-it-yourself baby wheelchair and asked her husband, Brad, to build it. He spent a night in his garage attaching a second-hand Bumbo chair to a kitchen cutting board, then put casters on the bottom and small wheels from a children’s bike on each side.

It took a while for Evelyn to figure it out. Then one day Dad nudged her down the driveway and she was able to stop herself.

She now waves her arms when she knows she’s about to be put in her chair, and — able to only speak a few words like “dada” and “uh-oh” — tilts the chair back and forth, clicking the casters to show she’s excited.

“Nothing can stop her.”

The chair cost about $100 to make. As Evelyn gets bigger, she’ll move into other chairs that will cost thousands of dollars.

Her mother says they’re preparing themselves for those bills.

Dr. Bev Wilson, a pediatric oncologist, says she was amazed when Evelyn first came into her office in the chair, bumping into staff to get their attention. The doctor had never seen a child so young in a wheelchair.

“She looked like any adult or older child would in a wheelchair,” Wilson recalls. “She was turning around in circles, backing up.”

The chair gives Evelyn freedom, she says.

“Normally, she would be propped in a chair or a seat or a stroller somewhere. This has allowed her to explore her environment just like a crawling child would.”

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Thirteen-month-old Evelyn Moore uses a homemade wheelchair to get around. (Photo: Jason Franson/CP)

Wilson adds that she would recommend a “rigged up” wheelchair like Evelyn’s to parents of other paralyzed youngsters.

Brad Moore, away from home on a two-week work stretch at a diamond mine in the Northwest Territories, says over that phone that he’s proud of his little girl.

“The willpower that she has, and how adaptable she is to her situation, is something I never really expected. And how quickly she’s grasping it has really blown me away.”

He wants her to grow up knowing that she can do anything, he says.

“Nothing can stop her.”

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Canadian Women Win Bronze In 4×200-Metre Relay At Rio

The Canadian women’s 4×200-metre freestyle relay team won bronze at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday night.

Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., B.C.-born Taylor Ruck of Scottsdale, Ariz., Brittany MacLean of Toronto and rising star Penny Oleksiak, also of Toronto, finished the race in seven minutes 45.39 seconds.

The 16-year-old Oleksiak, who already won medals in the 4×100 freestyle relay and the 100 butterfly, anchored the 4×200 team to its bronze, behind gold-winning United States (7:43.03) and second-place Australia (7:44.87).

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Taylor Ruck, Brittany McLean and Katerine Savard of Canada celebrate third place in the Women’s 4 x 20m Freestyle Relay, Aug. 10. (Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s Canada’s sixth medal of the Games and fourth in swimming.

“We knew if we put ourselves in a position before Penny dove in that anything was going to possible,” MacLean said. “She’s been closing so incredibly.”

Canada opened its medal haul with bronze in the 4×100 relay on Saturday. Oleksiak added a silver in the 100 butterfly on Sunday and Kylie Masse won bronze in 100 backstroke on Monday night.

The Canadian team made two changes from Wednesday morning’s qualifying race for evening relay.

Savard and Ruck were part of the earlier qualifying team for the race but Emily Overholt of West Vancouver, B.C., and Kennedy Goss of Toronto made up the other two. They qualified sixth with a time of 7:51.99 seconds.

Canada was fourth in the event at the 2012 London Games.

Oleksiak had a busy night, also qualifying for the women’s 100 freestyle final with a Canadian record and world junior record time of 52.72 seconds, 0.01 seconds off first place Cate Campbell of Australia, who set an Olympic record.

The final goes Thursday night. Another medal for Oleksiak would make her the only Canadian to win four medals at a single Olympics.

“I’m pumped up and ready for tomorrow,” Oleksiak said. “If I can recover properly and everything by tomorrow I think I’ll be good.”

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Taylor Ruck, Brittany McLea, Katerine Savard and Penny Oleksiak of Canada pose with their Bronze medals from the Women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Canada’s Santo Condorelli wasn’t so lucky in his medal pursuit. The Kenora, Ont., product narrowly missed the podium — by 0.03 seconds — in the men’s 100-metre freestyle. Condorelli touched the wall in a personal best 47.88. Australia’s Kyle Chalmers won gold in 47.58, Belgium’s Pieter Timmers took silver in 47.80 and American Nathan Adrian earned bronze in 47.85.

Kierra Smith, 22, of Kelowna, B.C., is heading to Thursday’s 200-metre breaststroke final, qualifying eighth in 2:22.87 in the semi.

Veteran Martha McCabe of Toronto took the final swim of her career, placing 23rd in the 200-metre breaststroke heats in 2:28.62. The 27-year-old was a 2011 world championships bronze medallist and was fifth at the 2012 London Games.

Winnipeg’s Chantal Van Landeghem placed 10th overall in the 100-metre freestyle semifinal and did not advance.



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Style Rescue: Lifesaving Baby Powder Beauty Hacks

Baby powder — if it’s not a staple in your beauty arsenal already, it’s going to be after you read this.

Seriously. From disguising oily roots and smelly shoes, to fighting acne and chafing, it seems there isn’t a beauty blunder this baby product can’t solve or prevent. It’s also a far cheaper alternative to many of our favourite beauty products, including dry shampoo and translucent powder.

So in case you needed more reason to stock up on this super product, here are 10 of our favorite baby powder beauty hacks:

Disguise oily roots

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Out of dry shampoo again? Don’t worry! You can totally still hit the snooze button if you have baby powder. Baby powder (the original dry shampoo) is perfect for absorbing oil at the roots. Simply apply a light dusting of the powder over your hair and brush it through your roots until it blends.

Stop chafing

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We love summer, we really do. But chafing? Not so fun. However, you can simply apply some baby powder to areas where you know there’ll be some skin-on-skin contact, and it will help keep the area dry to reduce friction.

Fight acne

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That’s right! Combine baby powder with water to create a paste for an acne-fighting mask. Apply the mask over your face and leave for about 20 minutes before rinsing with water. The baby powder will help dry out existing pimples, and prevent your pores from becoming clogged with oil.

Get fuller lashes

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Get fuller lashes in no time by applying a light dusting of baby powder to your lashes between coats of mascara.

Make lipstick

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Forget blotting your lipstick and losing your colour to the tissue. There’s a new technique in town, and it’s SO much better. All you have to do is peel apart a tissue so you end up with a very thin piece, place it over your applied lipstick, and then use a brush to lightly dust on some baby powder to set your lipstick. Apply a second coat of lipstick, and you’re good to go!

Shine

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Adding baby powder to either bare skin (for a natural look) or over your makeup will help to absorb any excess shine. Simply dust on the powder as your final step!

Baking your makeup

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For a smooth, even complexion, you can use baby powder (rather than a pricey translucent powder) to set or bake your foundation and concealer. Use a damp beauty blender or brush to apply baby powder to areas you would typically bake or highlight (watch a baking tutorial here). Allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes before dusting off the excess powder and blending. It results are flawless matte canvas for applying your bronzer, contour, blush and highlight!

Reduce painful waxing

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Apply baby powder to the skin before waxing to help absorb moisture, thus allowing the hair to stick to the wax better (for a much quicker and less painful experience for you).

Banish stinky feet

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Too embarrassed to remove your shoes in public because you fear what they’ll smell like? Don’t be! Just add some baby powder to your shoes, so it can do double duty, absorbing sweat and ridding your shoes of any unwanted odours.

Keep cool

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While sprinkling baby powder between your sheets can’t take the place of an air conditioner, it can help prevent you from sticking to yourself (or your partner) while you get your beauty sleep!

CAUTION: Baby powder is often made with talc, which can be dangerous when inhaled or swallowed. Studies have also linked talc to an increase risk of ovarian cancer for women who use the product on their genitals. Exercise caution when using baby powder near your face, or opt for a talc-free product.

With files from Julianna McDermott.

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What Astrology Says About These Potential Celebrity Couples

Pretend celebrity couples. It’s one of our favourite games when we want a certain celeb to date a fellow celeb, even if we know it would probably never happen IRL. (But we dream…)

So, since we might never see the below couples hook up (or get back together) we turned to astrology to find out: Would our dream teams be star-struck or star-crossed?

Read on below to see what’s in the stars for these stars (and yes, some of these celebs have already dated but we just want to see if they should get back together):

Drake and Rihanna (dating on and off)

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Star-Struck: Drake is an intense Scorpio, which is a good fit for Rihanna’s heartfelt Pisces. Both are water signs who operate on a highly emotional level, where feelings rule. These two signs have a shared, intuitive sense of empathy and compassion for each other, verging at times on a happy co-dependence. Rihanna’s Moon finds stability and surprise through harmonious contacts with Drake’s Mars, Saturn and Uranus. He has the rare ability to bring excitement to her world, while always making her feel safe and secure.

Star-Crossed: Drake’s laid-back Cancer Moon is at odds with Rihanna’s Moon in the highly demanding sign of Aries. At the end of the day, Drake just wants a simple girl, who is happy chilling out at home, surrounded by family, while Rihanna is fueled by glitz and glamour. She could find him kind but too domesticated, and he could be turned off by her high-maintenance need to seek out the spotlight. Moreover, Drake’s Mars is in square with Rihanna’s domineering Pluto. He is not one to roll over and obey her orders, and the more she tries to take control, the more he rebels. That won’t stop Rihanna from trying, however.

Verdict: Star-Crossed! Maybe better off as besties.

Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson (might have dated)

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Star-struck: Joshua has an intense combination of Moon, Saturn and Mars in Leo, making him dynamic, yet extremely guarded. Katie’s upbeat Sagittarian Sun sends mega-positive vibes to this aspect; she is one of the few people who can truly get him to open up and relax. Meanwhile, Katie’s Moon sends harmonious aspects to four of Joshua’s planets, guaranteeing a strong emotional connection.The conjunction of Katie’s Venus with Joshua’s Uranus makes this a spontaneous, fun pairing while Katie’s Pluto in trine with Joshua’s Sun and Mercury gives the feeling of intellectual soulmates.

Star-crossed: Although these two get along so well, they also confuse the hell out of each other, due to a plethora of negative Neptune aspects. While they have similar romantic natures, Joshua may be constantly suspicious and befuddled as to Katie’s true intentions, which could lead to a depressive view on the part Joshua. With a lack of strong connections with Mars, there could be a lack of physical passion to glue them together.

Verdict: Star-struck! Both already have a slew of tumultuous love affairs behind them; now it’s time for Pacey and Joey to settle down long-term with their best friend.

Lupita Nyong’o and Oscar Isaac (never dated)

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Star-struck: Grand Trines are rare and super-harmonious; when this aspect appears in a couple’s chart they are particularly blessed. Oscar’s fiery Leo Moon is forming a Grand Trine with four planets in Lupita’s chart, sweeping him off his feet with feelings of true love. Heart, mind and body come together due to the conjunction of his Mercury with her Venus and Mars in exuberant Aries. Moreover, his Venus, in the idealistic sign of Aquarius, sends out positivity to a full five planets in her chart. For her part, Lupita finds this pairing highly intoxicating, due to her Uranus hitting his Moon, Mercury and Venus,

Star-crossed: The fights between these two could be nuclear. There is a high degree of instability and emotional volatility, as Lupita’s bold Uranus forms a T-Square with Oscar’s passive-aggressive Piscean Mars and his killjoy Saturn in nitpicky Virgo. Things could completely spin out of control due to harsh aspects involving tinder-keg Jupiter. Additional Saturn aspects bring unshakeable elements of control to the pairing.

Verdict: Star-struck! The je t’aime… moi non plus aspect of this pairing could be inescapable. There is love and hate, adoration and control, in equal measure, which could be exhausting and dangerous, but also totally epic.

Serena Willians and Cristiano Ronaldo (never dated)

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Star-struck: There is definitely a sportsmanlike respect between these two, due to connections between his supportive Leo Sun and fair-play Aquarian Moon and her Jupiter and Saturn in diplomatic Libra, which is reciprocated by her Sun and Moon and his workaholic Jupiter.

Star-crossed: When looking at compatibility, the Moon (emotions), Mars (physical passion) and Venus (courtly love), are of extreme importance. For Serena and Cristiano, there is just no glue holding them together, but a whole lot tearing them apart. They are extremely different, and highly competitive. She is far too independent for his liking and too strong-willed for his Leo Moon, which is looking for a trophy wife, not a wife who wins trophies.

Verdict: Star-crossed! They are both amazing athletes. The similarities end there.

Emma Watson and Prince Harry (never dated)

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Star-struck: These two definitely have an intellectual and emotional bond, due to strong aspects between Mercury, the Sun, Moon, Neptune and Jupiter. As individuals, they admire each other. Harry is impressed by Emma’s devotion to humanitarian causes and her down-to-earth nature, with his altruistic Virgo Sun and pragmatic Taurean Moon trining her Mercury, Saturn and Neptune. She finds him passionate, daring, street smart, and an old-school romantic.

Star-crossed: While Harry has his party boy persona, at the end of the day, he likes predictability and routine, with his Sun, Moon, Ascendent, and Mercury in Earth signs. And while Emma often gets mixed up with her “Harry Potter” character, Hermione Granger, her Moon and Sun are in dynamic fire signs, and she needs a lot of energy and motion to feel satisfied.

Verdict: Star-struck! When Harry finally settles down, he may end up the most domestically boring and stable of the Windsors. As long as Emma is allowed to pursue her interests and stay active, these two could work.

Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak (have dated)

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Star-struck: His Scorpio Moon trines her Cancer Sun/Moon combo. Their identities and emotions dovetail in a very harmonious manner. Water signs are caring, compassionate and unpretentious. Other than that though, there isn’t much going on.

Star-crossed: Venus is the planet of love: Mindy’s Venus in quick-witted, fun-loving Gemini squares his Saturn in detail-oriented, pragmatic and orderly Virgo. She could find him controlling, stifling and a killjoy, while he could think she is superficial when it comes to daily living. Her Venus is also opposite his Neptune; she could easily get sucked into putting his priorities first, leaving her confused and at sea.

Verdict: Star-crossed! A good rapport for colleagues or casual acquaintances, but anything more and things could get heavy.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber (have dated on-and-off)

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Star-struck: Mars is the planet of passion, and Uranus is the planet of excitement. With Selena’s Mars trining the Bieb’s Uranus, sparks are sure to fly and their sex life would never get boring. Selena’s larger-than-life Leo Sun is in trine with his Pluto, so she could see him as a soulmate, while, in return, he sees her as someone easy to toy with.

Star-crossed: There are so many disharmonious aspects between these two that writing them out would take longer than the time they were together. Mars is also the planet of anger and aggression, and her Mars in stubborn Taurus forms a mega-unharmonious T-square with his Pluto, Mercury and Mars in the equally stubborn signs of Scorpio and Aquarius. There is a lot of game-playing going on, with sex being the weapon of choice. Moreover, his freedom-loving Jupiter squares her Mercury, Venus and Saturn. He could feel stifled and hen-pecked by her constant conniving.

Verdict: Star-crossed! Sex could be the glue that binds this couple together – and tears them apart.

Amber Heard and Michelle Rodriguez (never dated)

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Star-struck: Amber’s Taurean Sun is in trine with Michelle’s caring Virgoan Venus, as well as her Saturn in the last degree of mentoring Leo. Amber could look up to Michelle as a role model and guru. Meanwhile, Amber’s Jupiter energizes Michelle’s Sun in Cancer and Uranus in Scorpio, pushing her to take chances, try new things and explore new horizons, while always feeling needed.

Star-crossed: Amber’s mega-ambitious Mars in the social-climbing sign of Capricorn runs roughshod over Michelle’s democratic Libran Moon and Pluto. Likewise, her Jupiter is opposing Michelle’s Mars and squaring her Neptune; Amber’s seductive and enthralling aura could be hiding some serious deception, which could leave Michelle feeling used and confused.

Verdict: Star-crossed. This could turn into an “All About Eve” scenario if Michelle doesn’t watch her back. Better off as cordial colleagues, with a professional distance.

Constance Wu and Aziz Ansari (never dated)

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Star-struck: Conjunctions between planets in a couple’s chart is always a sign of understanding and compatibility. Constance’s Aries Sun is conjunct with Aziz’s Venus and Mars, and he could be impressed by her strength and extroversion. Her Venus and his Mercury are also in alignment in the intellectual sign of Aquarius, leading to a strong mental connection. Her fiery Sun also trines his Jupiter and Uranus, so she has the ability to push him out of his comfort zone and experience life in a whole new way.

Star-crossed: With his Moon in Cancer, Aziz wants more than just a partner; he needs a surrogate mother who kindly tends to his very touchy emotions. Constance’s strong-willed, independent Jupiter squares his laid-back Mercury, while her zestful Mars in extroverted Libra is at odds with his co-dependent Cancer Moon — he may resent the fact that she has other people in her life than just him. Likewise, her outgoing Neptune in Sagittarius confuses his Venus and Mars in shy-and-sensitive Pisces, leading to considerable crossed wires.

Verdict: Star-crossed! She is just too dynamic for him. He would be happier with the girl-next-door.

Jennifer Lawrence and Michael B. Jordan (never dated)

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Star-struck: His laid-back Aquarian Sun is opposite her high-octane Leo Sun. In astrology, when it comes to sun signs, opposites attract! He admires her glamour, while she can relax around him. Moreover, her Sun is in trine with his Mars, Saturn and Uranus, guaranteeing a relationship that is passionate and exciting, but also stable. His Moon in trine with her Pluto gives this couple a fated feel, and he also finds her intellectually inspiring and surprising, as his Mercury in poetic Pisces trines her Uranus and Neptune.

Star-crossed: With her Uranus opposing his mellow Cancerian Moon, and her stubborn Taurean Mars squaring his Sun, he could find her a bit of an insubordinate minx, but that is part of the reason he found her so intoxicating to begin with. He may be so knocked off his feet that he tries to control her, which will never work, as it will only make her feel less secure in the relationship. If he can get to a place of trust, the disharmonious Saturn aspects between these two can be held in check.

Verdict: Star-struck! Michael B. Jordan said in a recent interview that the actress he most wants to work with is JLaw. Could the interest be hiding a crush? If he gets up the courage to ask her on a date, it could lead to sparks and a long-term pairing filled with exhilaration and wonder.

Astrology Detective writes monthly horoscopes for WDish.com and the weekly Hearts & Hates column for Tarot.com’s astrology site, dailyastrology.com. Her credits also include: Dell Horoscope Magazine, the Mountain Astrologer, astrology.com, and Llewellyn’s annual Moon Sign book, among others. Her website is: astrologydetective.com



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Chinese swimmer’s face lights up when she learns she’s won a medal

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Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui is winning hearts across the globe. 

Speaking in a post-race interview, the 20-year-old Olympian blamed what she believed was her poor performance on her arms being too short. 

Fu didn’t know she had actually scored a bronze medal in the 200-meter backstroke when she was speaking to a reporter after the race (1:04 in video). 

“What I want to share is that even though I did not win a medal…” Fu tells the reporter. “But you got a medal. You are third,” the reporter responds. The look on Fu’s face is glorious.

Suddenly, the interview turns around. “Well, then I think that’s not bad at all!” Fu exclaims. Not bad indeed.  Read more…

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Swimmer Kathleen Baker Lost Pearl Earring In Pool; Diver Saves Day

Many people have a go-to lucky charm.

For some, it may be a special writing utensil; for others it may be something more quirky like a bottle cap or a pair of shoes.

And for Olympic swimmer Kathleen Baker, it’s her trademark pearl earrings — which she wears for each of her races, according to Yahoo! Style.

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But during the 100-metre women’s backstroke preliminaries on Sunday, disaster struck as the 19-year-old athlete lost one of her earrings in the 10-foot-deep pool.

If anyone sees @KathleenBaker2 ‘s other ear ring on the bottom of the Olympic pool – pls grab it..@NBCOlympics pic.twitter.com/eTegW1H8Nl

— David Marsh (@dmswimmac) August 7, 2016

Luckily, some superhero scuba divers were able to recover the missing pearl, and returned it to the presumably anxious young woman before her final race.

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— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 9, 2016

And it turns out the earrings did the trick, as Baker went on to win silver in the event.

However, the real life mermaid faced much greater obstacles on her way to Rio.

“I definitely have been through my fair share of adversity,” she shared with the Charlotte Observer, explaining her battle with Crohn’s disease. “I think it really helps me appreciate the sport even more, knowing that it can be taken away from me. I love swimming more than anything in the world, and to be able to swim in the Olympics – it’s an incredible feeling. I hope I inspired a lot of people today.”

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You go, girl!

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