Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tragedy in High River . . . Merry Christmas from Darlene Love . . . Fund continues to grow



The High River, Alta., Flyers of the Heritage Junior Hockey League have postponed two weekend games after their captain was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Saturday morning. . . . D Eli Gosselin, 20, and another young man died in the accident. . . . There’s more information right here.
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A glance at the WHL standings shows 14 of its 22 teams with winning percentages of .500 or better -- three in the East Division, five in the Central Division, two in the B.C. Division and four in the U.S. Division.
If you go by wins and losses, there are 11 teams with more of the latter than the former -- two in the East, four in the Central, one in B.C., and four in the U.S.
And if you ever needed proof that some leagues need to go to the three-point victory you only had to watch the Calgary Flames kill the end of regulation time in Vancouver on Saturday night.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS . . .

Steven Van Zandt calls her “the greatest singer in the world.” Darlene Love first sang Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) on the Late Show with David Letterman in 1986. It became an annual tradition, but it came to an end on Friday. (The show was taped Thursday and televised Friday.) . . . If you haven’t seen it, it’s right here.
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Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times has more right here on Darlene Love’s last appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.
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Over at the National Post, columnist Andrew Coyne makes a case for Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) as the “greatest Christmas song ever.” That piece is right here.
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Meanwhile, Dave Bidini, a Canadian musician of some renown, uses his column in the National Post to make a case for Fairytale of New York as the only Christmas song that matters. That piece is right here.
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THE FUND:


The Technology Fund hit $1,590 on Saturday, and I understand that it isn’t done yet. I will continue to update you and definitely will let you know when the purchase is made. But, no, I’m not about to camp out in front of an electronics store on Christmas night in order to be first in line for a Boxing Day sale! . . . To those who have helped out, hank you so much.
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