"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she disparaged him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb political statements" about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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'Help' Hizzoner: Tell Bloomberg What To Ban Next

Jun 1, 2012
Originally published on June 1, 2012 5:59 pm

So, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) wants to ban nearly all sales of big, sugary drinks.

Goodbye Big Gulp.

This comes after his earlier campaigns to stamp out smoking and trans fats.

Comedy Central's Jon Stewart is among, we suspect, many New Yorkers who think hizzoner's gone too far this time. "This is all we have left!" Stewart moaned Thursday night, as he clutched a big drink.

Yes, we know Bloomberg's got a serious point about promoting healthy living.

But, we wondered today whether the mayor might have some other things on his to-be-banned list. Or if he doesn't, whether Two-Way readers might be able to "suggest" a few.

Think about the possibilities:

-- Cats. After all, they keep falling out of windows. What if someone got hit? And there's the issue of those litter boxes.

-- Dogs. Hey, we love them. But they don't clean up after themselves either.

-- Bloggers. Who needs them?

You get the idea. Use the comments thread to give the mayor a little "help" with some suggestions. "Recommend" the comments you really like.

Of course, you don't have to be funny. Serious suggestions are always welcome.

We'll spotlight the best.

(H/T to NPR's Liz Halloran.)

Update at 5:41 The Finalists!:

We combed through your suggestions in the comments and came up with six of the best. Thank you: Alan Roberts (Algustus), Dennis Rofoli (kahanalu), Tim Myers (Mr. Zurkon), J B (Taxman59), John Doe (PastaFaarian), Steaming Pile (SteamingPile). We've added their suggestions to the following poll. You have a week to vote, though we can't promise that Hizzoner will take up the winning suggestion:




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