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Morning Brew: Mammoliti finance audit finds $12,000 overspend, Ikea monkey may have been abused, Toronto sweats in record temperatures, and a skull near the 407

A detailed audit of councillor Giorgio Mammoliti's 2010 campaign expenses has found he overspent by more than $12,000, possibly in breach of election rules. The document will be discussed by the compliance audit committee on Feb. 4 and it's possible there could be legal consequences. If it's found Mammoliti breached the Municipal Elections Act he could be fined or removed from office.

The auditors note there was some apparent confusion over when Mammoliti's brief mayoral campaign ended and his run for councillor began. What action do you think should come next?

The story of Darwin the Ikea monkey has taken a dark turn. Staff at the sanctuary where the rhesus macaque is currently being held allege the owners hit and strangled the animal and threatened to remove his teeth. Yasmin Nakhuda is fighting to have her pet returned despite the mammals being illegal in Toronto.

It's official, this Saturday was the hottest Jan. 12 on record in Toronto and very nearly the hottest January day since records began. The previous high of 9.5 C evaporated as the temperature reached 15 C, way above the seasonal average.

The Star is discussing how to reduce the number of road blockages caused by overflowing construction sites, of which there are many, in Toronto's core. Some of the solutions include paying developers to stay out of the street or requiring construction projects to file storage plans in advance. Is this a big problem? Should construction sites be forced to keep it tidy?

Out in Brampton, a heated battle between the city's orchestra and the local government over who owns a grand piano is starting to simmer. The dispute started over the group's funding and financial statements.

A man was stabbed in a College and McCaul bar early Sunday after a disagreement turned ugly. The man admitted himself to nearby Mt. Sinai hospital before the police could arrive and parts of College were temporarily closed for an investigation.

Police have confirmed the discovery of a human skull on a highway 407 ramp Sunday afternoon. The human remains were found close to the Bathurst Street on ramp by a passer by who sent a photo to police.



Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Photo: "Untitled" by Lisa on the Run/blogTO Flickr pool.

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