Friday Feb. 19th

What we from 2009 that may have come as a surprise: High cholesterol levels in midlife are associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia later in life.




Gabriel Dumont pardoned by Crown for role in 1885 Rebellion; Saskatchewan Metis leader



Second Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland; the University of Toronto Grads take home Canada's third consecutive Gold Medal in Ice Hockey.



During World War II, some 30,000 United States Marines landed on the Western Pacific island of Iwo Jima, where they encountered ferocious resistance from Japanese forces. The Americans took control of the strategically important island after a month-long battle.



Royal Canadian Mint unveils new $2 coin design; a bimetallic Polar Bear.



Denver Colorado - Patrick Roy reaches 300 victories as the NHL Avalanche beat Edmonton Oilers 7-5; second youngest goaltender and 12th overall to reach the mark.



Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was charged with fraud, insider trading and other crimes in connection with the energy trader's collapse.

Before its bankruptcy in late 2001, Enron employed approximately 22,000 staff and was one of the world's leading electricity, natural gas, communications and pulp and paper companies, with claimed revenues of nearly $101 billion in 2000. Fortune named Enron "America's Most Innovative Company" for six consecutive years. At the end of 2001 it was revealed that its reported financial condition was sustained substantially by institutionalized, systematic, and creatively planned accounting fraud, known as the "Enron scandal". Enron has since become a popular symbol of willful corporate fraud and corruption.



An ailing Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency after nearly a half-century in power; his brother Raul was later named to succeed him. .




National news headlines this morning:

A software engineer who crashed his plane into a Texas office building containing nearly 200 Internal Revenue Service employees, killing himself and at least one worker, apparently left behind an irate anti-government manifesto but offered little other hint of his intentions before the attack.

The pilot took off in a four-seat, single engine Piper PA-28 from an airport in Georgetown, about 30 miles from Austin. He flew low over the Austin skyline before plowing into the side of the hulking black-glass building just before 10 a.m. Flames shot from the building, windows exploded and terrified workers rushed to get out.



Jeff Daniels –55- Terms of Endearment, My Favorite Martian, Gettysburg, Arachnophobia, Because of Winn-Dixie and of course, Dumb and Dumber.

Smokey Robinson –70- American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive

Nicolaus Copernicus  -born in 1473- the first astronomer to say the the earth is not the center of the universe