March 14, 2011

Today's local news

ATLANTIC CANADIANS DIGGING DEEP FOR JAPAN
Atlantic Canadians are pitching in to help those affected by the 9.0 magnitude quake earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan.

Dan Bedell, spokesman for the Canadian Red Cross in Atlantic Canada, says they've already got about three-thousand online donations from the region.

Bedell says that as with last year's quake in Haiti and the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, it can take days for the magnitude of the disaster to fully sink in.

The official death toll is approaching 4000 but may climb to over 10,000.


LOCAL TEACHER FACING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
A Halifax elementary school teacher is facing child pornography charges.

A police news release says Adriano Gerald Benigno, 40, will appear in Halifax provincial court on April 26 on charges of accessing, possessing and making available child pornography.

Police seized computer equipment from a Halifax residence and arrested Benigno without incident.

Benigno is a special education teacher at St. Stephen's elementary school in Halifax.



TEEN SHOT, NOT COOPERATING WITH POLICE
A Halifax teen who was shot in the shoulder is not co-operating with police.

The 16-year-old's injuries are not considered life threatening.

Police say he was hit while walking with a friend in the city's west end, near Romans and Bayers Rd., early Saturday.

Neither the victim nor his companion could describe the shooter.


DON'T PET THE SEALS, SAYS DFO
They may look cute and cuddly but it’s a bad idea to approach seal pups along the shoreline.

Pregnant harp seals normally give birth on ice floes, then abandon their pups after three weeks.

Since ice conditions are poor this year, DFO says juvenile harp seals are expected to be found along the Gulf shore of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, as well as on P-E-I.

D-F-O says that although the young seals look cute, they're not tame and may respond by biting if they feel threatened.

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