Daily digest: Polygamy, Kawasaki and pandas

 Munenori Kawasaki #66 (L) and Adam Lind #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays head to the clubhouse after...

Munenori Kawasaki #66 (L) and Adam Lind #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays head to the clubhouse after losing to the Seattle Mariners 2-0 at Safeco Field on August 13, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images/AFP

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Here’s a roundup of news and other tidbits to get you started today.


1. Kawasaki speaks

QMI Agency’s Bob Elliott had a few words with Blue Jays comedian and infielder Munenori Kawasaki last night, with the help of a Japanese reporter-turned-translator.

Here’s one highlight:

Elliott: Who speaks the best English in the clubhouse?

Kawasaki: Jose Bautista.

E: Better than Adam Lind?

K: Yes, I think so.

E: Who is the worst?

K: Me. Melky Cabrera is little better than me.

Check out more from their chat.


2. Leaders' followers

If you’re on Twitter, you probably follow some or all of Canada’s political leaders. Ever wonder who they’re following?

For the record, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is following Homer Simpson on Twitter.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau follows Ed the Sock and NDP leader Tom Mulcair follows This Hour Has 22 Minutes.


3. Celine steps aside

Singer Celine Dion is taking a break from singing to focus on her family, she said in a statement yesterday.

The star’s manager-husband underwent surgery for a throat tumour earlier this year. She is also recovering from an illness, and has not performed since the end of July.

"I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband's healing, and to do so, it's important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children, Dion said.


4. Charges in Bountiful

Authorities have laid charges against members of a fundamentalist religious sect in Bountiful, B.C., including two leaders.

Four people are facing charges, which include polygamy and removing a child under 16 out of the country.

Similar charges laid in 2009 against the two leaders were tossed out of court.


5. Panda triplets!

On July 29, a giant panda in a zoo in China gave birth to the world's only known surviving set of triplets.

Tara Cleary of Reuters has this report:

With files from Reuters and QMI Agency


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