Toronto wants to be on CNN map
TORONTO, April 5 (UPI) -- A Toronto city councilor is upset CNN shows Canada's second and third-largest cities on their maps, but not the biggest one, the Toronto Sun said Tuesday.
Gloria Lindsay Luby made the complaint Monday night as the council debated its bid to host the 2015 World Expo. Luby said the omission of Toronto from the globally viewed Atlanta-based network's maps didn't help raise consciousness of the city.
Toronto was twice defeated in its efforts to win an Expo, losing the 1998 Expo to Hanover, Germany, by one vote. The city made another unsuccessful bid in 2000.
Making the matter smart more, Montreal and Vancouver have both hosted Expos.
In Atlanta, CNN spokeswoman Lauren Hammann told the newspaper in an e-mail Toronto isn't on the network's current map, but said producers are "constantly evaluating our graphics and make changes periodically.
"We do feature Toronto when a weather story warrants," Hammann said.
NYC delivery man stuck in lift for 3 days
NEW YORK, April 5 (UPI) -- A New York City food-delivery man was trapped in the elevator of Bronx apartment building for three days.
Ming Kuang Chen, 35, was reported missing Friday night after he left the Happy Dragon restaurant and successfully delivered three orders, the New York Times reported.
After three days of police searches involving bloodhounds and cadaver-detecting dogs, Chen was discovered in the stuck elevator car of Tracey Towers Monday morning.
He is being treated for dehydration at Montefiore Medical Center and is in stable condition.
Sci-fi university research goes high-tech
LIVERPOOL, England, April 5 (UPI) -- Science fiction aficionados can soon research their burning questions online once a University of Liverpool launches a major sci-fi Web site next week.
The Science Fiction Hub will go online Tuesday, and mainly be used as a resource for independent research, providing access to more than 20,000 journal articles. It is expected to rival science fiction's other major center, Riverside, at the University of California, The Guardian reported.
Hub Manager Roy McCready said the site will draw together such sciences as philosophy and physics.
"It is little known that science fiction has inspired many scientists in the development of technology," McCready said. "Arthur C. Clarke, for instance, wrote about satellite communications in the mid-20th century -- way before its eventual realization."
Attending the launch will be award-winning writers Brian Aldiss, best known for his "Helliconia Trilogy," and Stephen Baxter, author of "The Time Ships and Voyage."
Grades improve at no-homework school
EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 5 (UPI) -- Grades at a Scottish private school have improved by as much as 20 percent since the headmaster banned assigning homework, The Scotsman said Tuesday.
Cargilfield School in Edinburgh is Scotland's first preparatory school and teaches children between 3 and 13. Its new headmaster, John Elder, said he banned homework to encourage pupils to become more responsible for what they choose to study away from school and to spare parents the anguish of having to help their children with intricate problems they themselves barely comprehend.
He lengthened the school day to end at 6 p.m. to allow students more access to their teachers beginning last year.
"(Students) definitely show an improvement on previous years, particularly in math and science," Elder said. "Another side-effect is that the pupils have more time on their hands to get involved in after-school clubs, which have increased in popularity in the past year."