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Tiger Woods arrested on DUI charges in Florida

DOUG FERGUSON, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

This image provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, May 29, 2017, shows Tiger Woods. Police in Florida say Tiger Woods has been arrested for DUI. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says on its website that the golf great was arrested Monday and booked at about 7 a.m. (Palm Beach County Sheriuff’s office via AP)
Tiger Woods was arrested early Monday on a DUI charge in Jupiter, Florida, and spent nearly four hours in a county jail before he was released.

In a statement he said alcohol was not involved but rather it was an unexpected reaction to a mix of prescription medications.

He went on to thank the Jupiter Police department and The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office for how they handled the situation.

Woods, the 14-time major champion who ranks second with his 79 career victories on the PGA Tour, has not played for four months. He is out for the rest of the season while he recovers from his fourth back surgery.

Woods was arrested on suspicion of DUI about 3 a.m. Monday in a suburban area and taken to the Palm Beach County jail, Jupiter Police spokeswoman Kristin Rightler said. He was arrested on Military Trail, south of Indian Creek Parkway.

Jail records show that Woods was booked into Palm Beach County jail at 7:18 a.m. and released on his own recognizance at 10:50 a.m.

Rightler said she did not have additional details about the circumstances leading to Woods’ arrest, nor did she have any information about whether the arrest involved drugs or alcohol. She said an arrest report may be available Tuesday.

His agent at Excel Sports, Mark Steinberg, did not immediately respond to a voicemail from The Associated Press. PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said the tour would have no comment.

Notah Begay, a roommate of Woods when they played at Stanford, could relate. Begay was arrested for aggravated drunken driving in 2000 when he ran into a car outside a bar in New Mexico. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail, with all but seven days suspended.

“It’s embarrassing for Tiger, something that you can’t go back and change,” Begay said on Golf Channel from the NCAA men’s golf championship, where he was working for the network. “I’ve been there myself. … But it was a turning point in my life. Hopefully, it’s something he’ll learn from, grow from, take responsibility for and use it to make some changes.”

Woods has not been seen at a golf tournament since he opened with a 77 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, withdrawing the next day because of back spasms. He was in Los Angeles for the Genesis Open, run by his Tiger Woods Foundation, but did not come to the course because of his back.

He was at the Masters, but only to attend the dinner for past champions.

Woods, who had been No. 1 longer than any other golfer, has not been a factor since his last victory in August 2013 as he battled through back surgeries from a week before the 2014 Masters until his most recent operation to fuse disks in his lower back a month ago.

In an update Friday on his website, Woods said the fusion surgery provided instant relief and that “I haven’t felt this good in years.”

It was the first time Woods has run into trouble off the golf course since he plowed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his Windermere, Florida, home in the early morning after Thanksgiving in 2009, which led to revelations that he had multiple extramarital affairs.

A police report then showed that a Florida trooper who suspected Woods was driving under the influence sought a subpoena for the golfer’s blood test results from the hospital, but prosecutors rejected the petition for insufficient information.

A witness, who wasn’t identified in the report, told the trooper he had been drinking alcohol earlier. The same witness also said Woods had been prescribed two drugs, the sleep aid Ambien and the painkiller Vicodin. The report did not say who the witness was but added it was the same person who pulled Woods from the vehicle after the accident. Woods’ wife has told police that she used a golf club to smash the back windows of the Cadillac Escalade to help her husband out.

He eventually was cited for careless driving and fined $164.

Woods and wife Elin Nordegren divorced in August 2010. He later had a relationship with Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn from 2013 that lasted two years.

Woman in hospital after falling between two buildings in Little Italy

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

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A woman was rescued after being trapped between two buildings in Little Italy on Monday, May 29, 2017. TONY FERA/CITYNEWS
Toronto police and fire services have rescued a woman who became trapped between two buildings in the Little Italy area on Monday evening.

Emergency crews responded to the call in the College and Bathurst streets area around 9:30 p.m.

She was on the roof of one building when she attempted to cross a three-foot gap to the next building, police told CityNews on Tuesday. She stepped on plastic sheeting, but the sheeting gave way and she fell approximately three storeys.

The woman remains in hospital with serious injuries.

It’s not yet known why she was on the roof.

Ontario to raise minimum wage and update labour laws, premier says

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks at the Ford Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ont. on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she's "pleased" the state of New York has dropped proposed Buy American provisions from its state budget. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks at the Ford Essex Engine Plant in Windsor on March 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley
The benefits of Ontario’s renewed economic growth are not shared evenly across the province, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday as she planned to announce a raise to minimum wage as well as much anticipated changes to labour laws.

Wynne and Labour Minister Kevin Flynn are scheduled to make the announcements Tuesday morning.

“Now that we have an economy that really is doing so well, and is leading, we can now distribute that well-being a bit better,” she told The Canadian Press in an interview. “I just came back from (Ontario’s) northeast, and there are parts of the province and there are groups within the population who just are not feeling the benefit of the economy doing well.”

Wynne would not confirm if her government is planning to raise the minimum wage — which is currently $11.40 an hour and adjusted for inflation — to $15, as labour groups have been calling for.

The changes to provincial labour laws come in response to a government-commissioned report — released last week — that made 173 recommendations aimed at creating better workplaces with decent working conditions.

The report concluded that new technology, a shrinking manufacturing sector and fewer union jobs, among other factors, have left approximately one-third of Ontario’s 6.6 million workers vulnerable.

Wynne said the goal is to deal with the precarious nature of modern work, which she defines as more short-term contracts, more part-time jobs, and less predictable scheduling. She said workers will feel a change in their everyday lives once the labour law changes have been made.

“They’ll feel more certain and they’ll feel less anxious because they’ll have a little bit more predictability in their lives, and that has a ripple effect into the lives of their families,” she said.

Business groups in the province, including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, have expressed concerns about the cost to business of the potential labour law changes and a higher minimum wage. They have called on the Liberal government not to proceed without first studying the economic impact of the changes recommended in the report.

Wynne said her government will work with the business communities on measuring the impact of the changes.

“We want our businesses to be competitive,” she said. “But we also know that if people are better able to look after their families, or if people are able to have a decent job, that’s good for communities and that’s good for business.”

Ajax man charged with selling fake hockey tickets online

NEWS STAFF | posted Monday, May 29th, 2017

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Fake hockey tickets investigation
A 20-year-old Ajax man is under arrest for selling fake hockey tickets on Kijiji.

Police say in March, the victim bought tickets from the suspect through an ad on the online advertising site.

The victim paid for the tickets using an email money transfer but did not find out the tickets were fake until he tried to get into the game.

Makuizalandi Mbuku is facing multiple charges.

Police want to hear from anyone else who may have purchased tickets from Mbuku or sent money to the email address: biancal.dial45@outlook.com.

Penguins could be the first team since Red Wings to win back-to-back Stanley Cups

JONAS SIEGEL, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, May 29th, 2017

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Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a game winning goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second overtime period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Pittsburgh on May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Above all else, the Pittsburgh Penguins are here in the Stanley Cup final chasing history because of two long-time organizational pillars: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Crosby and Malkin helped the Penguins climb from the depths of the NHL to the pursuit of a third title in the last nine years and, potentially, the first repeat win in the salary cap era.

“They’re both special,” Penguins winger Phil Kessel said. “If you watch them out there, they do some pretty special things.”


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Good fortune is largely why both Crosby and Malkin ended up in Steeltown.

The Penguins were the NHL’s worst team in the 2003-04 season, but it was the Capitals who drew the first pick and opted for Alex Ovechkin. That left Malkin there for the taking at No. 2. Over a year later, every team in the league had a shot at the No. 1 pick following the 04-05 lockout, but the Pens – one of four teams with the maximum three lottery balls – emerged as the winner of the Crosby sweepstakes.

A franchise was changed – and perhaps saved – as a result.

Crosby and Malkin have already won two Cups for the Penguins and rank as two of the most prolific post-season performers in NHL history. Crosby is tied for ninth all-time with 1.11 points per-game, trailed closely by Malkin in 15th at 1.07.

“They just do whatever it takes to win,” said Justin Schultz, struck by the practice habits and competitiveness of the duo when he joined the Penguins last season.

Crosby said he was motivated more by the opportunity to win than any history at stake. Getting back wasn’t easy – the Penguins won two series in seven games – and he wanted to take advantage. Pittsburgh also lost his and Malkin’s first trip to the final in 2008 and after winning in 2009, needed another seven years just to get back once more.

“We wanted to get back here and we knew that it was going to be difficult and there’d be a lot of obstacles and we found a way to get here now so it’s up to us to do something with the opportunity,” Crosby said.

The Cole Harbour, N.S., native can join one-time mentor Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Wayne Gretzky as the only players to captain back-to-back Cup winners in the last 30 years. He could eclipse even Mario with a third Cup (Lemieux has added two as an owner) and add to an already storied legacy, which includes a Conn Smythe Trophy.

The last team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships was the Detroit Red Wings, in 1997 and 1998.

Crosby and Malkin have already made an dent as the first team in the cap era to reach the final four times. They managed to get back this spring despite losing their best defenceman, Kris Letang, for the season and top goalie, Matt Murray, for the better part of the first two rounds.

The two are described by teammates as understated leaders who drive the group mostly by example. Malkin, though, has been chattering more and more lately in the dressing room, according to Chris Kunitz, one of only five players left from the Cup-winning team in 2009.

It was little bits of positivity such as, “We can do this!” or “We’ve got to get better here!”

Kunitz thought Malkin, much like Crosby, was pressing the issue because he knew how rare the opportunity this opportunity was.

Both players have had shredded foes again in the post-season, ranked 1-2 in scoring – Malkin with 24 points, Crosby with 20.

Crosby set up Kunitz’s series winner against the Senators and had six points over the final five games of the series. Malkin had three assists in a 7-0 Game 5 win and then scored his seventh goal in a Game 6 taken by Ottawa.

The goal was a masterpiece which saw him bounce off 208-pounder Zack Smith behind the goal, fire a shot on Craig Anderson and then quickly drag the rebound from backhand to forehand and across the goal-line.

“I think when that happens you kind of get that hair on the back of your net and start watching him change the dynamic of the game,” Kunitz said.

Long in the shadow of Crosby, Malkin was oddly snubbed for the NHL’s 100 greatest players list despite boasting career numbers that match almost anyone – even Crosby.

“His body of work speaks for itself,” Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said. “But I think my sense of being around Geno is that his priorities are just trying to help this team win and trying to accomplish our team goals, which ultimately is a Stanley Cup. He’s been a big part of them in his tenure here.”

“I think these guys are ultimately driven to win championships,” he added of his two stars. “I think that’s their No. 1 priority.”

Safety review of Toronto’s bike and walking trails starts Monday

NEWS STAFF | posted Monday, May 29th, 2017

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A bike is locked to a post in Toronto in undated file photo. CITYNEWS
A safety review of Toronto’s bike and walking trails starts Monday, after the death of a five-year-old boy last week.

Xavier Morgan lost control of his bike on the Martin Goodman Trail, near Lake Shore Boulevard West and Jameson Avenue in Parkdale, around 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday. He fell off his bike and into traffic, where he was struck by a vehicle.

The path where he was riding was not on the street, but there were no physical barriers separating bikes from cars.

Mayor John Tory said city officials are to meet Monday to begin a safety review of Toronto’s trails.

“As these things get used more, and as some of them are built closer to the roads than they might have been, we’ve gotta review it,” he told 680 NEWS

Tory says once the review is complete, the city will discuss short- and long-term solutions.

Monday is also Bike To Work Day in Toronto, and the start of Toronto Bike Month.

Tory will be serving pancakes at Nathan Phillips Square to mark the start of Bike Month.

Toronto police and the Toronto Helmet Initiative released a video to help make sure kids are wearing the right-size helmet, and that it’s properly fitted.

The 2-V-1 rule is explained in the video below. It means “Two fingers above your eyebrows to bottom of the helmet. Form a V-shape with the straps meeting below your ears. One finger under the strap below your chin,” police said.

Everyone under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet when on a bicycle, rollerblades or on any wheeled device. The parents of children 16 or under are required to ensure they are wearing helmets.

Bracco sparks Spitfires to wild Mastercard Memorial Cup win

Ryan Dixon | posted Monday, May 29th, 2017

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Host Windsor Spitfires hold off late-game Erie Otters’ surge to win their third ever Mastercard Memorial Cup 4-3.

WINDSOR, Ont. — If Warren Rychel thought he was getting an earful from Jeremy Bracco before, wait until the two are in the same room now.

A fantastic Mastercard Memorial Cup final was bookended by a touch of brilliance from Bracco, who registered a goal and two assists in the Windsor Spitfires’ 4-3 win over the Erie Otters on Sunday night at the WFCU Centre in Windsor. The victory made Windsor—which gained an automatic entry as the host team—the first squad in CHL history to win the national title after being bounced in the opening round of the playoffs. The Spitfires are also the third consecutive OHL-based winner and the first host champion since the Shawinigan Cataractes in 2012.

Aaron Luchuk netted the trophy-clincher 5:07 into the third period, blasting off the bench to convert a pass from Bracco, who’d attracted the attention of three Otters on the far wall. In the first period, Bracco glided through that same patch of ice towards the glass, pumping his arms to further gas up an already-firing crowd after he got his team rolling with the contest’s first goal.

“He lives at my house, he never shuts up, but I’ll tell you what, he can talk all he wants now,” said Rychel, the Spitfires GM who acquired Bracco—a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect—from the Kitchener Rangers in January. “This is why we made the trade, right here.”

“He was sick.”

And he wasn’t the only ill one.

Gabriel Vilardi, a highly-touted prospect for the coming NHL Draft, had a pair of assists, as did Ottawa Senators first-rounder Logan Brown. As for 17-year-old goalie Michael DiPietro, he displayed uncanny calm during the entire event. The hometown kid—who often sat in the stands cheering on Spits teams that won consecutive Memorial Cups in 2009 and 2010—defied the doubters and played like a seasoned vet. DiPietro, also eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, finished the tournament with a .932 save percentage; the next-best mark in the tournament was .875.

“He was not fazed by age—everybody [says] you gotta be 19 years old—it doesn’t matter,” said Rychel. “I’ve known him since he was eight years old and he’s the guy.”

Credit the entire Windsor squad with keeping a steady hand throughout a thrilling final that teetered back and forth.

Just 49 seconds after Bracco got things going, Erie tied it on a perfect post-and-in shot from captain and tournament MVP Dylan Strome. A second-period Otters lead also proved ephemeral when, on the heels of a goal from Warren Foegele that required a second look from the refs, Windsor required just 52 seconds to find the answer from Logan Stanley.

T.J. Fergus put Erie ahead once again when his point shot glanced off Stanley, but Graham Knott slammed home a power-play goal after a nice feed from Vilardi to make sure it was all square at 3-3 heading to the final frame.

That set the stage for Bracco, who proved a seamless fit with the Spitfires.

“Bracs has been incredible for us ever since he got here,” said the 20-year-old Luchuk. “He just stepped it up another notch for the Memorial Cup.”

The big win was the second celebration for Bracco this season after he helped Team USA win the world junior championship five months ago in Montreal. Being in big moments—and thriving when there—is something he strives for.

“I think that’s what really defines a player,” Bracco said.

Timely contributions were a theme for this Spitfires outfit, which spent 44 days preparing for the Memorial Cup between a Game 7 loss to the London Knights and a 3-2 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs to open the event on May 19.

As is the major junior custom, sweeping changes now await Windsor. Bracco will join the pro ranks next year and, while he still has a year of junior eligibility left, Rychel said stud defenceman Mikhail Sergachev—who began this season with the Montreal Canadiens—has played his last game in Windsor, too.

But everybody, for the next little while, will relish all that went on during this unique week.

“The boys caught a bolt of lightning and they ran with it,” Rychel said.

Doors open to the city this weekend, but portion of subway closed

PATRICIA D'CUNHA AND SAMANTHA KNIGHT | posted Friday, May 26th, 2017

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Native Child and Family Services of Toronto is one of the buildings featured as part of Doors Open in Toronto. CITY OF TORONTO
It is the one time of the year when the city opens its doors to spaces that are normally closed to the public. Doors Open also offers a behind-the-scenes look at buildings you walk into all the time.

The annual event is one of many being held this weekend. Also on offer is an outdoor festival for dogs, charity yard sales, walks and runs, waterpark fun, and the start of a pedestrian-friendly party every Sunday.

As you make your weekend plans, a reminder that a portion of Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) is closed for TTC work. But shuttle buses will be running to help get you to your destination.


Events

Doors Open Toronto
In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, 150 buildings across the city will be opening their doors this weekend.

It’s part of the 18th annual Doors Open Toronto, which offers free and rare access to various locations. There are 50 new participants this year. Some of the buildings include Toronto City Hall, Rogers Communications, City and OMNI Television studios, Gibson House Museum, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and Spadina Museum.

A visitor to Citytv and OMNI headquarters has fun at the green screen at the weather centre. CITYNEWS

 

This year’s theme is “Fifteen Decades of Canadian Architecture,” with a special focus on centennial-period buildings and architects from the 1960s. Click here for a list of locations and admission hours. Doors Open also features a speaker series, new music program, walking tours, a photo contest and more.

Woofstock
North America’s largest outdoor festival for dogs, Woofstock, is taking over Woodbine Park this weekend. The two-day event is a one-stop shop for everything canine.

The festival features surf lessons, fashion shows, celebrity dog meet-and-greets with stars like Tuna and Smiley, a best costume contest and the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Canine Canada Pageant. Dogs will also have the chance to participate in the Woofstock Games, an Olympic-style sporting event.

A dog and his owner playing tug-of-war. GETTY IMAGES/Hero Images

 

Yard Sale for the Cure
If you like yard sales, then you will have a field day on Saturday with several yard sales taking place to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. One of the large treasure hunts takes place at Trinity Bellwoods Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other organizations and individuals are also hosting their own sales across the city.

The program was started by breast cancer survivor Rachael Smith, who along with friends and family, held the first yard sale in the Beach in 2005. So far, the event has raised $1.8 million.

Splash Works Opening
If you can’t wait to take a dip in a pool, or shoot down a slippery slide, you’re in luck. Canada’s Wonderland’s Splash Works officially opens this weekend.

The water park will operate on weekends only until June 16, when it will then be open daily until September. Splash works is included with park admission and seasons passes. It is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Season pass-holders are eligible for early entry, at 10 a.m.

Pedestrian Sundays
The streets of Kensington Market are yours every Sunday, starting this weekend and every last Sunday of the month until Oct. 29. From noon to 7 p.m. pedestrians will be able to soak up the neighbourhood’s offerings without having to worry about vehicles.

Jazz musicians play during Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market. FACEBOOK/Pedestrian-Sundays-in-Kensington-Market

 

Brunch Fest
Get your brunch on this weekend at the Bud Light Radler Brunch Fest. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday through Sunday, at 99 Sudbury St. near Dovercourt Road.

Brunch Fest brings together an all-star roster of the most iconic brunch spots in the city. Vendors include Bacon Nation, Wafel Bar, Busters Sea Cove, Starving Artist and Morning Roast. There will be a cocktail bar, Caesar bar, smoothies, and of course, coffee. Attendees must be 19 years or older.

Charity walks and runs
Enjoy some exercise and fresh air at several walks and runs taking place this weekend, while you help to raise money and awareness for a good cause.

A runner tying their shoelaces. GETTY IMAGES/JGI/Tom Grill

 

Three events are taking place on Saturday, one of which is The Walk of Life, hosted by the Mikey Network. It takes place at the Ontario Science Centre and E.T. Seton Park at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The event includes the 1K, 3K, and 5K walks; 5K and 10K runs; chair exercises for seniors; and a kids fun run. A barbecue lunch will be served up including snacks and beverages, as well as live entertainment and children’s activities. Money raised will be going to heart health education and getting defibrillators at schools.

Outdoor enthusiasts can also sign up for the Spring Into Action! Walk or Run for Diabetes. The route for the 2K and 5K is through Sunnybrook Park. Proceeds from the event, which starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, go to the York University Diabetes Sports Camp and the Canadian Diabetes Association. There will also be children’s activities and gift bags.

From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, people will be lacing up for The Walk for Alzheimer’s at Etienne Brule Park in Etobicoke. Walkers who raise more than $100 will receive a free T-shirt.

Two events are taking place on Sunday, including the Toronto Women’s Run Series at Sunnybrook Park. The half-marathon is at 8 a.m. while the 5K is at 8:20 a.m. The entry fee includes a race kit, a memento of the day, digital photos of the race, and a post-run party.

Take a walk along the Sunnyside boardwalk for the Borderline Walk, which raises awareness for dysregulation disorder. The 5K walk on Sunday starts at 10:30 a.m. and is in memory of Sasha Menu Courey, 20, who lived with Borderline Personality Disorder and and died by suicide in 2011.

TTC and road closures

Partial Line 2 shutdown
Subways won’t be running on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) between St. George and Broadview stations due to work on the Prince Edward Viaduct and TTC maintenance.

Shuttle buses will be running and Wheel-Trans buses are available upon request. Regular subway service resumes at 6 a.m. on Monday.

Road closures
University Avenue will be closed in both directions from Wellington Street to Queen’s Park Circle from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Sunday for the Aga Khan World Partnership Walk.

Partial closures will also be effect from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the area bounded by John Street, Wellington Street, University Avenue and Queen’s Park Circle.

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