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Morning Brew: August 15th, 2008

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Friday August 15th, 2008:

Four kids were unwittingly exposed to corrosive acids in the swimming pool at the Toronto Island's Royal Canadian Yacht Club, and required hospital treatment when they all became nauseous and vomited up their lobster lunches.

Toronto police have reason to believe that street-level drug dealers have secretly been sprinkling crack cocaine into marijuana in order to get their customers super duper hooked on their product. I suppose it's one more reason to get to better know your dealer. Similar accusations of crack in Tim Horton's coffee remain unfounded urban myths.

Police investigators also uncovered a strange stash of stolen goods destined for sale in the GTA. You have to know that something's not quite right when a stranger stops you, opens the back of a truck, and offers to sell you a hot tub, truck tires, body wash, and beer (and tosses in a case of canned spaghetti for free).

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Former "world's fastest man" Ben Johnson is suing his former lawyer lawyer's estate for $37million for allegedly looting his wealth and ruining his running career. Defense attorneys should present video evidence of Johnson admitting that he "cheetah all the time" as exhibit A.

The Buffalo Bills beat the Pittsburgh Steelers at SkyDome last night, but the experience was rather underwhelming, and tickets sales lackluster. The official reported attendance number of close to capacity (48,434) seems askew if you ask some people (we saw quite a bit more empty blue seats as we scanned the stadium). Scalpers were selling tickets at a small fraction of face value, most people who I know that went didn't pay for their tickets (nor would they), and with 7 minutes to go in a very tightly played match, the stadium was near empty.

Gas prices hit their lowest since 1927 yesterday, when supreme gas was just $0.14/L. I'm not really surprised that someone would take notice of the obvious error and still fill their tank, but I am somewhat surprised that they'd reveal their (questionably dishonest?) behaviour (and full name) to the media, who made a headline story out of a minor technical glitch.


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