The RCMP boarded and seized the Dutch-registered anti-sealing vessel Farley Mowat and arrested its crew, who decried the act as illegal. Elsewhere, the RCMP were looking into claims that Canada's sex-slave market may be much bigger than currently thought. Ontario's hospitals received more money (though not enough to prevent job cuts), while hip hop got almost none. Jerry Zucker, the governor and CEO of the Hudson's Bay Company, died.

President Bush was planning to pull out all the stops for a visit from the Pope this Wednesday, and Italians went to the polls in an election that could return Silvio Berlusconi to power. The Olympic torch had a comparatively easy trip through Tanzania, and in Iraq an American Humvee was torched by an American Apache helicopter.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was set to testify against a fan to block the release of an encyclopedia based on her famous series, and
Natasha Bedingfield sang for some soggy Canadian Idol hopefuls. Alicia Keys said ""'Gangsta rap'
was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. 'Gangsta rap'
didn't exist."

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