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Morning Brew: Friend of Rob Ford arrested in Etobicoke, former MPP nominated for council seat, Pan Am village budget goof, Star Trek, food trucks, and the Leafs win

Rob Ford's occasional driver and media wrangler, who he described as "a great guy and straight as an arrow," was arrested last night at an Etobicoke laundry and his home searched. Alessandro Lisi was known to drive the mayor to late-night events - most famously to his controversial appearance at a gala event in February - and was also known as "Sandro" or "Dro." It was reported that Lisi sought the video that allegedly shows the mayor smoking crack cocaine. He faces four drug-related charges.

A former Etobicoke city councillor and Mike Harris cabinet minister has won the community council nomination to take over the seat vacated by Doug Holyday. Chris Stockwell will have his name officially put forward as a recommendation (and no more) when council makes a final decision Oct. 10.

Looks like someone forgot about the Pan Am Games athletes' village. In the wake of this stories this week about frivolous expense claims, it turns out neither of the budgets for the $1.4 billion project provide funds for athlete accommodation. Whoops.

It could be June or July before streetcar service resumes on Queens Quay. Run-on utility work means the street will not be ready for traffic at the end of the year as originally hoped. The $110 million project will add a bike path, new waterfront walking features, and shift the TTC tracks to the side of the road, out of the median.

Also in construction, Global News says the city ignored advice to urgently replace the Dufferin Street bridge years before its emergency closure this year. In 2004, inspectors found a hole in the concrete that penetrated through the entire structure, describing it as "in very poor to bad condition overall." Yikes.

Toronto City Hall has appeared twice in the Star Trek universe, once in a 1960s comic as the centre piece of a planet ravaged by warring twins, and once as a portal destination on The Next Generation. Historian Adam Bunch over at Spacing has the tale.

Good news, food truck fans. A city pilot program testing the appetite for mobile food reform has been extended beyond the end of September when things were supposed to wrap up. That means tasty treats are still available at Roundhouse Park, Canoe Landing, Sherbourne Commons and Allan Gardens. Get them while they're hot (or cold.)

Leafs fans: get used to seeing Phil Kessel. The right winger just signed an 8-year, $64 million contract with the team. The Buds got off to a good start to the season, they beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 last night in a game overshadowed by a serious injury to Habs enforcer George Parros during a fight.

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

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