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Last night Gawker published a story called, simply, "Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Smokes Crack." The tale is pretty crazy--and Rob Ford, if you know anything about him, is pretty crazy--so follow along. Gawker editor John Cook received a tip that a group of prominent Toronto drug dealers had a cellphone video of the mayor smoking crack, and made him come to a housing development on the outskirts of town to watch it.This is what he saw:Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, is the only person visible in the frame. Prior to the trip, I spent a lot of time looking
There doesn't appear to be a smoking gun among the infamous "Benghazi emails" the Obama administration released yesterday. (No cover-up of a terrorist attack they all knew about, in other words.) But for your viewing pleasure, Yahoo is compiling them anyways in a user-friendly "inbox," where you can read emails from national security poobahs like Tommy Vietor and Ben Rhodes.Here's a link to the inbox. [Yahoo!]
A 24-year-old Philadelphia woman living and teaching in the Dominican Republic was killed in a car accident on Tuesday. Deeply religious, Megan Garven graduated from Cairn University in Langhorne, and had gone on missions in New Orleans, New Mexico, Peru, Mexico and Brazil. She graduated from Council Rock High School North, in Newtown, in 2007. [Philly.com]
44-year-old Washington State resident Kenneth Bae was arrested last November after entering North Korea on a valid tourist visa to lead a tour group of Chinese businessmen. Today North Korea's state news agency reported that the country's supreme court had sentenced him to 15 years hard labor to be performed in one of the country's notoriously brutal prison camps. Though it's unclear exactly why he was charged, Bae was convicted of "hostile acts" against the government. It is also thought that he was interested in helping orphans there and had stored pictures of them in his computer.This is the sixth
live feed footage of the final piece of the 408-foot spire of the 1776-foot-tall One World Trade Center, being raised to the top of the building. The tower is scheduled to open in 2014.
The death toll resulting from the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh stands at close to 300, making it perhaps the worst such disaster in history. (The famous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which ushered in a new era of workplace safety, killed 146.) The owner of the building, who allowed 3,000 workers to return to work after many raised concerns about the building's safety, remains in hiding.Meanwhile, there's a western bent to this story too, as "activists combing through the rubble here have already discovered labels and documents linking the factories to major European and American brands, like the
Let the Jay-Z/Beyonce Cuba backlash begin. The State Department has blocked Mariela Castro--daughter to President Raul, niece to ex-dictator Fidel--from visiting Philly. Castro, the country's leading gay rights activist, had accepted an invitation to Equality Forum's May 4th conference in Philadelphia. She was granted visas to attend events in Philly and NYC last year, but apparently Philly's just too free. If we're intent on keeping own citizens away from those bad influencers in Cuba, shouldn't we be open to showing them our sundry liberties, in all their Revolutionary War glory? [CBS 3]
Here's the latest on the fertilizer plant explosion that occurred last night in 2,500-person West, Texas, near Waco: The blast damaged 75 homes and one school, left 15 people dead or missing, and injured more than 150 people. It's unclear why the explosion occurred, but it seems problematic that in 2006, "the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined the company $2,300 for failing to comply with federal safety regulations. The EPA had found that the plant did not have an adequate risk management plan to guard against chemical accidents." [WSJ]
If you're of a certain age, you'll remember the 1980s as a time when the free world was led by trio of hard-core anti-communist Cold Warriors. Ronald Reagan, president of the United States, was probably foremost among the partners. Pope John Paul II helped provide moral force for the cause, especially because of his Polish roots. And the third was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who shook off the fact that her country was no longer an empire to stand at Reagan's side. That, at least is how Thatcher—who died of a stroke this morning at age 87—will be remembered
As Barack Obama visits the Holy Land this week, it's worth noting a little tidbit I found on Wikipedia about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Be the judge of that yourself. My own verdict? Wikipedia, as always, proves its questionable reliability.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imJFnqi5rEs
Between 1956 and 1958, and again from 1963 to 1967, his family lived in the United States in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, where he attended and graduated from the Cheltenham High School and was active in a debate club. To this day, he speaks American English with a Philadelphia accent.