News in brief


Construction plans set

Construction of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts is slated to begin before winter.

The centre is slated to open in fall 2013. It will include preserved walls of the old Stella Buck Building, a 19th-century brewery and distillery.

A concert hall, studio theatre, screening room and rehearsal space will all be features of the centre.

A mixture of public and private funding includes $22 million from benefactors Alfred and Isabel Bader.

— Meaghan Wray

Criminal offence

Martin Lam, a 19-year-old former Queen’s student, was recently sentenced to 90 days of intermittent jail time for the possession of child pornography.

The Whig-Standard reported that Lam’s unnamed female housemate had been searching through the iTunes accounts of other residents and came across a folder labeled “Martin Lam’s CrossWire,” which consisted of pornographic files.

Lam dropped out of Queen’s after failing to complete his second semester and was accepted at an unspecified university in his native Ottawa.

— Meaghan Wray

Face found in scan

An ultrasound of a testicular growth showed an image of a ghoulish face, says Dr.

Naji Touma.

Touma, from Kingston General Hospital’s department of urology, said he’s never seen anything like it before.

“It doesn’t mean anything,” Touma said. “We thought it was amusing so we shared it with our colleagues.”

Touma said no further research it being done, as it was purely coincidental.

“There is no scientific meaning,” he said.

Testicular cancer affects a significant number of men aged 20 to 34, Touma said, and it’s important to keep watch for signs, such as testicular lumps.

— Meaghan Wray


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