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Last Wednesday, June 15, thousands of Vancouver Canucks hockey fans gathered in their city's Rogers Arena to watch the final game of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Boston Bruins. After the Canucks lost and the crowds poured out into the streets, some fans began rioting, smashing storefront windows, looting, and overturning cars. The following day, many volunteers gathered in downtown Vancouver to help clean up and repair the damage. They wrote thousands of emotional messages on the plywood covering storefronts, sidewalks, and police vehicles -- messages expressing anger at the rioters, pride in the city, and gratitude toward police and emergency workers. The spontaneous display of sentiment on these sheets of plywood appears to be important enough to the history of the city that the Museum of Vancouver will be saving them once they come down. Workers board up a store front on Robson Street that was broken into during riots. A Vancouver Police Department car, parked in front of Pacific Centre, covered in with notes of thanks and appreciation, after the June 15th riot. Scrubbing graffiti off the walls of buildings on Granville street. "Vancouver folks come out and show their true colours the day after the Stanley Cup riot".

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We hope you donít mind to visit the Regional Center of Dog Service belonging to the Main Department of Internal Affairs. The first center of police tracker dogs appeared in St. Petersburg in 1909 and later it became the first cynological department of the Ministry of the Interior. But this time we are invited to the center of the Moscow Region. The center has 240 enclosures where they keep 120 dogs. 40% of cynologists are women. The enclosures are clean and neat. Some dog hotels look worse. In winter they are covered with greatcoat cloth and laid with straw. The main breed here - German shepherd. These dogs are better adapted to the Russian climate. However they also have Labradors and Rottweilers. Each day a dog is given one kilogram of by-products and 600 grams of cereals. But basically they use American dry feed PRO PAC. The company has won the tender this year and offered the best price. And now the performance part. Though it is not very impressive. The dogs do not bite with all their jaws, donít jump from a distance, tear before they get an order. They understand that such detention may result in serious injuries, some kind of inheritance of the Soviet times. By the way, there are no universal dogs - drugs, explosives, tracking, patrolling. When a dog finds an explosive it makes a signal. It tries to show the place with its paws. The dogs trained to find weapons define the smell of powder and gun oil. In theory a dog can work with any cynologist but in practice - only with an owner. This one is a personal dog. They say that in Germany dogs are medalled but in Russia they are only special tools and donít get rewards. German dogs are retired to have warm existence in their old age, Russian dogs may only hope to be taken to someoneís house.

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A standard joke when you go on a safari is that in your country you have zebra crossings while over here we have real zebras crossing. There is not a zebra in sight in this set of pictures, but it does feature plenty of animals crossing the road. A gopher tortoise moves towards the space shuttle Discovery, seen sitting on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 3, 2006. NASA inspectors found a crack in the foam insulation of space shuttle Discovery's fuel tank and managers were meeting on Monday to decide how the crack might affect Tuesday's launch. A white rhino and its baby cross a road on the drying shores of Lake Nakuru in Kenya's Rift Valley, 160km (99 miles) west of the capital Nairobi, December 18, 2009. World leaders worked through the early hours to try and beat a Friday deadline for a deal on cutting emissions and helping poor countries cope with the costly impact of global warming. Vicunas cross National Route 40, near Huancar town in the Argentine Puna region of San Salvador de Jujuy, 3,900 metres (12,795 feet) above sea level August 7, 2010.

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My wonderful wife Wendy works at Natural Habitat Adventures (they run incredible nature trips like this worldwide) and since the company liked the pictures I took down South in Antarctica, they sent me up North for the Polar Bears - man, am I lucky! Churchill, Canada is aptly named the Polar Bear Capital of the World. It is pretty amazing to watch these big white animals up close ... and have them stand up to breathe on your hands through a metal grate - see links to videos at the bottom. For getting around on the Tundra, you ride in giant Polar Rover and I was fortunate to be able to stay in the very cool Great White Polar Bear Tundra Lodge surrounded by Polar Bears. Below is just a handful of the pictures that I took during the Churchill Polar Bear trip in November/2009.

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Comic-Con International, a celebration of fanboy culture, invades the San Diego Convention Center. Tens of thousands of fans are gathering for all things geek. Toys, comics, artwork, costume contests and gaming are a big part of the agenda for the four-day event that runs through Sunday. Facing the Predator beast, Logan Carter whips out his "Evil Dead"-style chainsaw hand on the final day of Comic-Con. Karol Bartesznski and her dragon make an appearance on the final day of Comic-Con. Zombie characters promoting AtmosFearFX perform outside the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday.

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What could be more satisfying than a nap? A nice nap taken while surrounded by piles of stuff. More photos of people taking naps while surrounded by stuff. North Korean workers nap on piles of fertilizer shipped from China on the banks of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju. A worker sleeps on tangerines in a market in Siliguri, India. A vegetable vendor sleeps in his roadside shop in New Delhi, India.

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Yosemite is one of the most well known national parks in the world. With over 3.7 million visitors every year, this California park is an incredibly popular nature destination in the United States. Yosemite National Park is known for its awe-inspiring granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and over 800 miles (1,300 km) of hiking trails. Half Dome, a massive granite cliff jutting out of the earth, is one of the famous icons of the park, along with Cathedral Peak and El Capitan. Most of Yosemiteís iconic peaks, lakes, and waterfalls are located in the tourist-heavy 7 square mile (18 sq. km) area of Yosemite Valley, but the entire park actually encompasses an area of 1,189 square miles (3,080 sq. km). Yosemite has the honor of being the first national park ever designated, thanks in large part to conservationists like John Muir and Galen Clark. These men and others worked hard to protect the park both for the impressive diversity of plants and animals that lived there, and also for the enjoyment of future generations. Today, the park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a favorite destination for hikers, rock climbers, campers, and nature lovers of all kinds.

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Days after an EF5 tornado with peak winds estimated at 210 mph (340 kph), struck Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people, including 10 children, residents returned to what was left of their homes to salvage what they could. The tornado was the strongest in the United States in nearly two years, damaging or destroying 1,200 homes and affecting 33,000 people. Collected here are images of Moore residents, helped by their families, friends and community members, as they begin the process of picking up the pieces of their lives. Lightning from a thunderstorm strikes amid the wreckage of twisted cars and structures at Plaza Elementary School, where seven children were killed earlier in the week. Dawn Ice looks for items to salvage as she helps a friend clean up at his tornado-ravaged home. A woman searches for salvageable belongings at a tornado-devastated home.

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