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Political poultry and other weekend stories you should read

Todd Partridge, left, kisses partner Wes Thomas, right, during National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A in Houston, Texas. on Richmond Avenue in support for love, equality, and the real definition of family Friday, Aug. 3, 2012,  ()

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When guilty pleasures become even guiltier ones

The brouhaha this week around the politics of U.S. chicken chain Chick-fil-A overlooked one crucial thing: Their sandwiches are delicious. Why, asks Kathryn Borel, can't the makers of beloved products just keep their mouths shut and let us enjoy the food?


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Beyond the playing fields of the London Olympics, another battle rages. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter – the new social media are squaring off against conventional television broadcasters such as rights holder NBC and the 'holdout of geezers who cling to their boob tube and are vulnerable to time-delay and canned programming.'

Viva Italia

Long mornings drinking cappuccinos, rambles in rolling fields to collect kindling for an evening fire, the excitement of an olive harvest. We've all fantasized about trading the drudgery of everyday life for la dolce vita. One lucky Globe reporter gave it a trial run on a gloriously relaxing (and remarkably inexpensive) five-month escape.

Oil and water

While most attention is focused on Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway project, Kinder Morgan plans to double capacity in its existing Trans Mountain line to Vancouver and ship far more crude by supertanker – and that's raising yellow flags.

Snoring in style

The appeal of a well-dressed bed cannot be underestimated, especially on a lazy long weekend. As thoughts of luxurious lie-ins dance through many heads, Globe's style team hits the sheets with three takes on sleeping easy.

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Quebec's generational conundrum

Quebec's election call is bringing the 'maple spring' to harvest, with students and their supporters back on the streets. But while protesters are key to the upcoming vote for a new premier, they're also revealing a split in the region's collective identity. Can Quebec agree on a shared vision? Or will a growing gap in generational values define its future?

License to thrill

James Bond has had a busy few weeks: He parachuted out of a plane with the Queen, and now he's on display in a London museum. That's right: The producers of 007's five decades of eye-popping cinematic iterations have assembled an Aston Martin-fuelled ride through the suave spy's fashion-forward, gadget-happy world. Elizabeth Renzetti takes readers on a tour.

Sting operation

Unusual weather is affecting honey stocks across the country - including changes to yields and harvest seasons. Two Globe reporters braved the buzz at one farm adapting to an early bounty, and got an inside look at how they extract the sweet stuff.

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One raft, two kittens, three Canadians

In 1956, three Canadian men lashed together nine telephone poles and made a raft that sailed across the Atlantic. They battled a shark and giant waves before arriving in a welcoming, yet curious Britain. But today, no one knows about the sailors' daring 88-day voyage.

Canadian gangster

David Carrillo works in retail management, plays latin jazz, loves his family. But less than 10 years ago he was a ringleader in one of the continent's most powerful criminal organizations. His crew controlled the drug trade in North York, using machetes and baseball bats to protect their turf in the days before guns became ubiquitous in Toronto. This is his story.

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