10 words that just got added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary

By Tues., May 26, 2015 Merriam-Webster is getting a little thicker. The dictionary has added more than 1,700 entries, with words describing everything from emerging technology to Mexican delicacies gone mainstream. Here are 10 of the best new additions to the lexicon. Chilaquiles, a Mexican dish, has been added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. 1. […]


Bayern Munich completes transfer for Canadian star Alphonso Davies

VANCOUVER—Bob Lenarduzzi says soccer phenom Alphonso Davies catches your eye the first time you watch him play. Lenarduzzi, the Vancouver Whitecaps team president, says Davies has the talent to justify the record-breaking deal confirmed Wednesday that will send the Canadian 17-year-old midfielder from Major League Soccer to German Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich. “You can hear […]


This week in Toronto: the Danforth laughs again, and Taylor Swift takes Toronto

Watch this if: You’re keen for a mini Parks and Recreation reunion. Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, who starred on that beloved NBC comedy, reunite for this competition series in which people paint, draw or craft things out of wood, metal, fabric or whatever feeds their passion. Poehler told late-night host Seth Meyers it’s meant […]


Palestinian teen activist Ahed al-Tamimi released from Israeli prison

By Erin CunninghamThe Washington Post Sun., July 29, 2018 NABI SALEH, WEST BANK—Palestinian youth activist Ahed al-Tamimi was released from an Israeli prison on Sunday after serving an eight-month sentence on assault and incitement charges and arrived home to a hero’s welcome. Tamimi, whose December arrest drew international attention, tearfully embraced relatives as a crowd […]


David Sedaris, Carrie Fisher among summer’s stimulating beach reads

By Neil Pasricha Special to the Star Mon., July 9, 2018 Does your brain turn off in the summer? Mine doesn’t. Yours doesn’t. Everybody’s doesn’t. Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue, Random House, 400 pages, $37.  (Random House) The late actress Carrie Fisher published a riveting memoir called Wishful Drinking.  (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press file photo) […]


Vancouver Whitecaps star Alphonso Davies appears headed to Bayern Munich

By Gemma Karstens-Smith The Canadian Press Tues., July 24, 2018 VANCOUVER—Reports that Vancouver Whitecaps star Alphonso Davies has finalized a transfer to a German soccer giant are bittersweet for his current coach. Multiple media reports Tuesday said the 17-year-old Canadian international midfielder is heading to Bayern Munich. Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Alphonso Davies is reportedly headed […]


The 5 best grocery stores in Toronto to find your soul mate

Looking for love? Try aisle nine! Grocery stores are the bars of the daytime; they’re a great place to spot someone you like, strike up a conversation, and, all being well, make plans for later. Looking for love? Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens offers a great selection of young working professionals….  (Tom Sandler) Serana Amin, 28, […]


Fallout? Fallen Kingdom? Why a sequel’s name means nothing

By Travis M. AndrewsThe Washington Post Sun., July 29, 2018 What’s in a name? Would a sequel by any other name rake in the same amount of dough? This weekend brings us Mission: Impossible — Fallout, and while there is considerable excitement to see Tom Cruise don his Ethan Hunt skills once again, there is […]


Swimming pools, hot tubs more likely than lakes to make you sick: Studies

Taking a cool, refreshing dip in a lake or swimming pool is one of summer’s enjoyments and sometimes a necessary escape from the stifling heat. But two recent federal health studies found that some waters are better than others, at least when it comes to avoiding water-borne illnesses. Of 633 outbreaks nationwide caused by bacteria, […]


Berlin Pride: More politics than partying

Patricia is standing with her husband at a traffic light in central Berlin. All of a sudden, a man next them says: “You should be shot — you shouldn’t be alive.” Patricia can’t believe her ears. She thinks she must have misheard, so she asks him to repeat himself. He does: “You should be shot.” Patricia […]