FILE - A traveler pulls their luggage between terminals at Logan International Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in Boston. Airline and hotel elite status extensions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are expiring this year, and the companies are raising the requirements to earn status. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Airline, hotel elite status: Harder to get (or keep) in 2023

Tsunami of downgrades set to wipe out some travelers’ benefits

University of Michigan student Stanley Chapel solves a Rubik’s Cube while blindfolded, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Stanley is one of the world’s foremost “speedcubers,” a person capable of quickly solving a Rubik’s Cube. He also is an accomplished violinist. Chapel says the two fields aren’t as different as one might think. Chapel has certain inherent abilities — he is capable of remembering and applying thousands of algorithms to solve a Rubik’s Cube and performing one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s violin sonatas from memory. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

World champion says Rubik’s Cube and violin go hand in hand

Stanley Chapel can solve the cube blindfolded in about 17 seconds

Jars of fermenting fruits and vegetables, left, sit on top of a retired gas stove replaced by an electric cooker, right, in Josh Spodek's Greenwich Village apartment kitchen, Tuesday Jan. 24, 2023, in New York. Spodek's efforts to go packaging-free changed his mindset and led him to experiment with living grid-free (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

A fridge too far? Living sustainably in NYC by unplugging

Fridge-free for a year, man wants to set an example for millions to see what is possible

This photo provided by Dan Bartlett shows comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) on Dec. 19, 2022. It last visited during Neanderthal times, according to NASA. It is expected to come within 26 million miles (42 million kilometers) of Earth on Feb. 1, 2023, before speeding away again, unlikely to return for millions of years. (Dan Bartlett via AP)

Green comet zooming our way, last visited 50,000 years ago

Dirty snowball last visited during Neanderthal times

This photo provided by Dan Bartlett shows comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) on Dec. 19, 2022. It last visited during Neanderthal times, according to NASA. It is expected to come within 26 million miles (42 million kilometers) of Earth on Feb. 1, 2023, before speeding away again, unlikely to return for millions of years. (Dan Bartlett via AP)
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to reporters on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to reporters on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Black Press insiders Erin Haluschak and Philip Wolf. (File photo)

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Black Press insiders Erin Haluschak and Philip Wolf. (File photo)
Widespread inflation has led to some eye-popping meat prices, but dietitians say there are budget-friendly ways to get enough protein. Packages of chicken breasts by Maple Leaf Foods are shown on a shelf at a grocery store in Oakville, Ont., Friday, Jan.6, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Buchan

Tips for finding cheaper protein in the meat aisle and beyond

Sharply rising prices for common sources of protein making it harder to include in your diet

Widespread inflation has led to some eye-popping meat prices, but dietitians say there are budget-friendly ways to get enough protein. Packages of chicken breasts by Maple Leaf Foods are shown on a shelf at a grocery store in Oakville, Ont., Friday, Jan.6, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Buchan
Three fishermen show off a halibut while on a guided fishing trip with CMF Charters, based out of Prince Rupert. (Photo: Supplied)

Haida Gwaii named one of the best Canadian fishing destinations

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Three fishermen show off a halibut while on a guided fishing trip with CMF Charters, based out of Prince Rupert. (Photo: Supplied)
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The World’s Biggest Hockey Stick…for now, is at the Cowichan Community Centre. (Citizen file photo)

B.C.’s ‘World’s Largest Hockey Stick’ may soon be relinquishing its title

A 250-foot-long hockey stick is proposed outside a recently approved ice arena in Lockport, Illinois

The World’s Biggest Hockey Stick…for now, is at the Cowichan Community Centre. (Citizen file photo)
Kirk frees moose. (Facebook)
Kirk frees moose. (Facebook)
An unidentified man dressed as Jesus was escorted out of the Anthrax concert by Penticton police on Jan. 21. (Sarah Tucker-Facebook)

‘Don’t worry he will be out in 3 days’: Man dressed as Jesus arrested at Penticton Anthrax concert

The man dressed as Jesus was escorted out of the concert and into a police vehicle

An unidentified man dressed as Jesus was escorted out of the Anthrax concert by Penticton police on Jan. 21. (Sarah Tucker-Facebook)
Cameron Lizotte, a former hockey enforcer and now a Victoria-based fashion designer, will have his story shared during Hockey Day in Canada. (Atelier Coin/Instagram)

NHL prospect turned B.C. fashion designer featured on Hockey Day in Canada

Cameron Lizotte shares his story from the ice in Ontario to Paris Fashion Week

Cameron Lizotte, a former hockey enforcer and now a Victoria-based fashion designer, will have his story shared during Hockey Day in Canada. (Atelier Coin/Instagram)
Diffenbachia is also known as dumb cane. Chewing a portion of its stem can render someone temporarily but painfully speechless, as the calcium oxalate crystals in it can cause throat and mouth swelling. (File photo by Advocate news services)

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Diffenbachia is also known as dumb cane. Chewing a portion of its stem can render someone temporarily but painfully speechless, as the calcium oxalate crystals in it can cause throat and mouth swelling. (File photo by Advocate news services)
Jeff Hummel’s company Rockfish Inc. has been granted salvage rights by U.S. Courts to the SS Pacific. (Submitted)

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Jeff Hummel’s company Rockfish Inc. has been granted salvage rights by U.S. Courts to the SS Pacific. (Submitted)
As inflation continues to weigh on Canadians’ budgets, some may have entered the new year taking on a self-imposed “no-buy challenge.” A woman does a bit of window shopping along Montreal’s Sainte-Catherine Street, on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Thinking about doing a no-buy challenge? Here’s what to consider

A no-buy challenge, made increasingly popular, is often done over the span of a month or even a year

As inflation continues to weigh on Canadians’ budgets, some may have entered the new year taking on a self-imposed “no-buy challenge.” A woman does a bit of window shopping along Montreal’s Sainte-Catherine Street, on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Visitors view artist Refik Anadol’s “Unsupervised” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in New York. The new AI-generated installation is meant to be a thought-provoking interpretation of the New York City museum’s prestigious collection. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Learning to lie: AI tools proving adept at creating disinformation

‘I think what’s clear is that in the wrong hands there’s going to be a lot of trouble’

Visitors view artist Refik Anadol’s “Unsupervised” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in New York. The new AI-generated installation is meant to be a thought-provoking interpretation of the New York City museum’s prestigious collection. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
An animatronic Santa Claus greets shoppers at the entrance of a mall in Alaska. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Results released in girl’s request for DNA evidence of Santa

Reindeer traces confirmed after Rhode Island lab tests carrots

An animatronic Santa Claus greets shoppers at the entrance of a mall in Alaska. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Kathy Yuen drills into the importance of keeping the communication channels open for the success of your home building project. (HAVAN photo)

PODCAST: What’s the Drill? Home Building Communication Strategies

TODAY IN BC: HAVAN’s podcast ‘Measure Twice, Cut Once’

Kathy Yuen drills into the importance of keeping the communication channels open for the success of your home building project. (HAVAN photo)
An alcoholic beverage is seen in a drinking establishment in Halifax on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Canada’s new guidance on alcohol is sparking plenty of debate, and while some experts say it could lead to frank conversations with health providers to help drinkers make informed choices, others are questioning the advice to imbibe fewer than two drinks per week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
An alcoholic beverage is seen in a drinking establishment in Halifax on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Canada’s new guidance on alcohol is sparking plenty of debate, and while some experts say it could lead to frank conversations with health providers to help drinkers make informed choices, others are questioning the advice to imbibe fewer than two drinks per week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan