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Morning Brew: Arrest in hospital jewelry theft, Ryerson University faces class-action lawsuit, TTC shooter gets nine years, Rubick's Cube master, art versus garbage debate

There's been an arrest made and one man is still at large in the hospital robbery case that saw a woman in her death bed robbed of jewelry. Police are hailing surveillance video footage as key to identifying the suspects.

Ryerson University is facing the threat of a $10-million class-action lawsuit, launched by Chris Avenir, a student who ran a controversial Facebook "study group" that almost got him expelled. He claims that the university's current academic misconduct policy deprives students of a fair defence and resulted in "significant emotional and/or mental stress."

Nine years in prison, likely followed by deportation is what Richard Haynes faces. Last February, Haynes took a gun onto an Oakwood Avenue TTC bus, seeking revenge on a 17-year old who'd allegedly stabbed him earlier that day. Unable to get the teen off the bus, he opened fire in the vehicle.

Also in crime news, three suspects have been arrested and another three are wanted in connection to a series of violent gang sex assaults, one involving a minor here in Toronto. The victims met their attackers in a Koreatown community church, and the assaults went on for months.

Harris Chan, a grade 11 student from Thornhill,solved a Rubick's Cube in just 7.33 seconds in competition. That's just 0.25 seconds shy of the world record, which Chan says he's beaten in unofficial trials.

And there's a debate going on about what constitutes artful decor and what is simply trash. The owners of a Toronto home have created a "rock garden" and planters using recycled cinder blocks and old rubber tires, but the City has issued the family a "Notice of Violation" related to failing to deal with refuse.

Photo: "Finch Avenue" by 001FJ, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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