on the edge

Morning Brew: August 28th, 2008

Photo: "on the edge" by jonathancastellino, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Your Toronto morning news roundup for Thursday August 28th, 2008:

Toronto's 45th homicide of 2008 is a strange one, in that one of the alleged participants in the killing turned herself in before authorities even knew a murder had been committed. Five storage facility squatters are believed to have beaten a fellow squatter to death after a dispute, and then stashed the body in a recycling bin. It's still not clear how long ago the murder took place, but it is clear that it was long enough for a guilty conscience to settle in.

Police found a seriously hardcore crazy mutha of an assault gun, loaded with lots of live ammunition, in a Toronto home. That's the whole story. It's a crazy friggin' gun, folks. Just look at it!

Should a barely-pubescent 9-year old girl be forced by her mother to get a bikini wax in Etobicoke before heading to the beaches in Europe for a family vacation? Apparently aestheticians are seeing more and more of these kinds of requests. Are people really so repulsed by hair, or has "girl power" gone too far?

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Going to see Motley Crue tonight? Better chug a few before heading into the Molson Amphitheatre - it'll be dry, as the venue carries out its punishment for a previous AGCO violation. At least we no longer have to fill out an application for a permit to buy beer like we did up until 1961.

The listeriosis outbreak that's making everyone afraid to eat sandwiches and pepperoni pizza (and killing people) was apparently not the fault of federal inspectors. The minister of agriculture, Health Canada, the CFIA, and even the president of Maple Leaf Foods are laying the blame on the company itself for having missed the mark.

And some good news...
23 Toronto district school pools that were slated to close in September have been saved and will remain open for at least one more year. Three cheers for former mayor David Crombie for helping secure the needed funding.


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