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Former WWE wrestling star Chyna dead at 45

The Associated Press | posted Thursday, Apr 21st, 2016

Chyna, the WWE star who in the 1990s became one of the best-known and most-popular female professional wrestlers in history, has died, authorities said.

Police in Southern California said they were responding to a 911 call from a friend of former WWE wrestler Chyna when they found her dead in her Redondo Beach apartment.

A friend had gone Wednesday to check on Chyna, whose real name is Joan Marie Laurer, after she had failed to answer her phone for a few days, Redondo Beach police said in a statement. The friend told the 911 operator that Laurer wasn’t breathing.

The 45-year-old Laurer was dead when officers arrived, police said.

Neither police nor coroner’s officials have released any cause of death.

A coroner’s investigator was still at the location with the body late Wednesday night, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz. He said he had no further information on the death.

The tall, muscle-bound, raven-haired Laurer billed herself as the “9th Wonder of the World” because her wrestling predecessor Andre the Giant had already called himself the eighth.

She was a member of the wrestling squad that dubbed itself “D-Generation X,” often wrestled against men and at one point was the WWE women’s champion.

On her official website a statement posted Wednesday night reads, “Today we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th Wonder of the World has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her.”

Laurer was a native of Rochester, New York and graduated from the University of Tampa in Florida before taking up wrestling.

She joins a long list of WWE professional wrestlers who have died relatively young, including Rick Rude, Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig, the Ultimate Warrior and Owen Hart.

After leaving the WWE in 2001, Laurer posed for Playboy and appeared in adult films and on reality TV, including the shows “The Surreal Life” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”

Toronto dad says he’ll fight to keep $30k treehouse city wants taken down

The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016

A Toronto father who built his sons a $30,000 boat-shaped treehouse says he’ll do whatever it takes to fight a city order to tear down the structure his family adores.

John Alpeza spent years working on the naval-themed treehouse for his boys Kristian and Matheas, now 10 and 8.

Alpeza, a contractor, says he doesn’t normally work on residential projects and didn’t know he needed a permit for a treehouse.

He says was asked to provide building plans and a permit request to the city last fall after a neighbour complained.

But Alpeza says last Friday he received a voicemail message ordering him to take down the treehouse this week or the city would seek a court order to do it.

He says losing the play space would be “like putting a stake through our family’s heart.”

A spokesman for the city’s building department did not immediately respond to a request for comment but Toronto Mayor John Tory said on Twitter that he was aware of the situation.

“Looking into treehouse issue. Impressive play space & built with great intentions but safety & neighbourhood impacts have to be considered,” he wrote.

Clean your home with these simple these food items

Carina Kresic | posted Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016

It’s that time again! Spring has sprung and the cleaning has started.

Did you know that Canadians waste approximately $14.6 billion worth of food every year… about 47% of the total amount purchased!

With all these leftovers, you could easily re-purpose some of these food items and turn them into cleaning products.

Here are seven unlikely ways you can use food to clean around the house:

  1. Potato peels remove rust – Have you ever removed your silverware from the dishwasher, only to find that it’s beginning to rust? Just use the skin of a potato and dip it into baking soda, then rub it along your silverware.
  2. Cucumber removes marks from your walls and shines your shoes – Much like an eraser, the unused ends of a cucumber can be used to remove scruff marks from your walls, and even shine your shoes.
  3. Black tea can be used to polish wooden furniture – Many commercial furniture polishes contains toxic chemicals, which can be harmful to your health and the environment. Instead of reaching for your lemon polish, use a little bit of black tea to polish your wooden furniture. But remember that it must be black tea!
  4. Basil Leaves can be used to keep fruit flies at bay – Basil is a great natural remedy to keep pesky fruit flies at bay. Just keep a bunch in your bowl and let the magic happen.
  5. Egg yolks remove coffee stains from clothing – Some baking recipes call for egg whites only. So, what should you do with the leftover yolks? If you have recently spilled coffee on one of your favourite shirts, use the egg yolk and rub it into the coffee stain. Then wash and voilà!
  6. Onion can be used to clean your BBQ grill – Instead of throwing a less-than-fresh onion into the compost, why not use it to clean your BBQ grill? Cut it in half, and rub it over the grills.
  7. Banana peels clean and polish silverware – The peel of a fresh banana is a great natural cleaning remedy to clean and polish your silverware.


Trying any of these at home? Let us know how it works @BTtoronto!

Happy cleaning!

Tips courtesy of Molly Maid.

For more information visit www.mollymaid.ca

Watch this adorable child blame Batman for drawing on his mom’s mirror

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016

Laura Hopkins may have the most adorable two-year-old on Earth.

Check out him blaming Batman for drawing on his mom’s mirror.

Laura wrote on YouTube, “Our 2 year old blaming batman for the lipstick art on my mirror!! 
Far too cute to get mad taking over Facebook!!!”


All children should be born with foreign accents.

Originally seen on Blake and Wylde, KiSS 92.5

It’s lit: Toronto’s top six stoner snacks

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016

Think you know what munchies foods are a hit in the city? Prepare to be blown away.

A survey done by on-demand food delivery service foodora found that Mexican cuisine is king when it comes to satisfying Toronto’s munchies.

Tacos, nachos and burritos jointly made up for 32 per cent of the votes and each ranked second, third and sixth respectively.

Mexican food was also the most common choice of munchies-relief among 18 to 24-year-olds.

Pizza smoked the individual competition at 21 per cent. The cheesy dish claimed top spot and was a favourite among 24 per cent of female voters.

Men favoured fried chicken, which placed fifth overall.

Here’s the complete list:

1. Pizza – 21 per cent
2. Tacos – 12 per cent
3. Nachos – 12 per cent
4. Burger – nine per cent
5. Fried Chicken – eight per cent
6. Burrito – eight per cent

Trump, Clinton win big in NY, push closer to nominations

Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press | posted Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016

Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swept to resounding victories in Tuesday’s New York primary, with Trump bouncing back convincingly from a difficult stretch in his Republican campaign and Clinton pushing tantalizingly close to locking up the Democratic nomination.

“The race for the nomination is in the home stretch, and victory is in sight,” Clinton declared to cheering supporters.

Trump captured more than 50 per cent of the vote in New York and was headed toward a big delegate haul in his home state, a commanding showing that keeps him on a path to the GOP nomination if he continues to win. He claimed at least 89 of the 95 delegates at stake Tuesday, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich winning at least three and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in danger of getting shut out.

A confident Trump insisted it was impossible for his rivals to catch him. Indeed, Cruz’s poor showing in New York left him without any mathematical chance of clinching the nomination before the Republican convention in July, though Trump could still end up short of the needed 1,237 needed to seal victory before the gathering.

“We don’t have much of a race anymore,” Trump said during a victory rally in the lobby of the Manhattan tower bearing his name. He peppered his brash remarks with more references to the economy and other policy proposals than normal, reflecting the influence of a new team of advisers seeking to professionalize his campaign.

Clinton’s triumph padded her delegate lead over rival Bernie Sanders and put her 80 per cent of the way to clinching the Democratic nomination that eluded her eight years ago. In a shift toward the general election, she made a direct appeal to Sanders’ loyal supporters, telling them she believes “there is more that unites us than divides us.”

Exit polls suggested Democrats were ready to rally around whoever the party nominates. Nearly 7 in 10 Sanders supporters in New York said that they would definitely or probably vote for Clinton if she is the party’s pick.

Sanders energized young people and liberals in New York, as he has across the country, but it wasn’t enough to pull off the upset victory he desperately needed to change the trajectory of the Democratic race. Still, the Vermont senator vowed to keep competing.

“We’ve got a shot to victory,” Sanders said in an interview with The Associated Press. However, his senior adviser Tad Devine said later that the campaign planned to “sit back and assess where we are” after a string of contests next week.

Of the 247 Democratic delegates at stake in New York, Clinton picked up at least 135 while Sanders gained at least 104.

The fight for New York’s delegate haul consumed the presidential contenders for two weeks, an eternity in the fast-moving White House race. Candidates blanketed every corner of New York, bidding for votes from Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs to the working class cities and rural enclaves that dot the rest of the state.

The nominating contests will stay centred in the Northeast in the coming days, with Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania all holding contests next week. Sanders spent Tuesday in Pennsylvania, as did Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump’s closest rival.

Cruz panned Trump’s win in New York as little more than “a politician winning his home state,” then implored Republicans to unite around his candidacy.

“We must unite the Republican Party because doing so is the first step in uniting all Americans,” Cruz said in formal remarks.

Trump needed a strong showing in New York to keep alive his chances of sewing up the GOP nomination before the party’s July convention, and to quiet critics who say the long primary season has exposed big deficiencies in his campaign effort.

Having spent months relying on a slim staff, Trump has started hiring more seasoned campaign veterans. He’s acknowledged that bringing new people into his orbit may cause some strife, but says the moves were necessary at this stage of the race.

Cruz is trying to stay close enough in the delegate count to push the GOP race to a contested convention. His campaign feels confident that it’s mastered the complicated process of lining up individual delegates who could shift their support to the Texas senator after a first round of convention balloting.

Kasich, the only other Republican left in the race, bested Cruz on Tuesday and is refusing to end his campaign despite winning only his home state.

Trump’s political strength, though he boasts of drawing new members to the party, has left some Republicans concerned that his nomination could splinter the GOP. Among Republican voters in New York, nearly 6 in 10 said the nominating contest is dividing the party, according to exit polls.

Still, about 7 in 10 New York Republicans said the candidate with the most votes in primary contests should be the Republican presidential nominee.

The surveys were conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and television networks.

Trump now leads the GOP race with 845 delegates, ahead of Cruz with 559 and Kasich with 147. Securing the GOP nomination requires 1,237.

Among Democrats, Clinton now has 1,893 delegates to Sanders’ 1,180. Those totals include both pledged delegates from primaries and caucuses and superdelegates, the party insiders who can back the candidate of their choice regardless of how their state votes. It takes 2,383 to win the Democratic nomination.

AP writers Thomas Beaumont, Lisa Lerer, Ken Thomas, Jill Colvin, Emily Swanson and Steve Peoples contributed to this report.

Karla Homolka found living in the Montreal suburb of Chateauguay

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016

Canadian serial killer Karla Homolka has resurfaced in a suburb of Montreal, CityNews has learned.

Homolka, who was convicted in 1993 to 12 years in prison in the deaths of schoolgirls Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy, is living in Chateauguay, Quebec, with her three children.

Breakfast Television Montreal reporter Domenic Fazioli has confirmed that Homolka is living in a home in the city of 45,000 in southwestern Quebec.

Leanne Teale's home in Chateauguay, Quebec. PHOTO: Domenic Fazioli
Leanne Teale’s home in Chateauguay, Quebec. PHOTO: Domenic Fazioli

Homolka is now going under the name of Leanne Teale, Fazioli has confirmed. Two of her children are attending a local public school.

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Homolka lived in Quebec following her 2005 release from prison, where she married Thierry Bordelais and gave birth to a boy. Bordelais is the brother of Homolka’s lawyer during the high-profile murder trial. The pair had two more children together.

According to the Canadian Press, she moved to the Antilles to escape media scrutiny in 2007. In 2012, journalist Paula Todd found Homolka living in Guadeloupe.

Document confirming Karla Homolka's name, Leanne Teale. PHOTO: Domenic Fazioli
Document confirming Karla Homolka’s name, Leanne Teale. PHOTO: Domenic Fazioli

In the first-degree murder trial of Luka Magnotta in 2014, Homolka’s sister revealed that she was back in Quebec.

Homolka and her then-husband Paul Bernardo were arrested in the 1991 and 1992 rape-murders of Mahaffy and French, as well as the rape and death of her sister, Tammy. Homolka told investigators that Bernardo had abused her and testified against him in exchange for a reduced prison sentence. Bernardo was convicted of first-degree murder in the teens’ deaths and received a sentence of life in prison and a dangerous offender designation.

Pearl Jam, Boston cancel North Carolina concerts over new LGBT law

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | posted Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016

Eddie Vedder of the rock band Pearl Jam performs on stage during their concert as part of the tour ‘Pearl Jam 2015 Latin America Tour’ at the Julio Martinez National Stadium in Santiago de Chile, Chile, on Nov. 4, 2015. EPA/SEBASTIAN SILVA.

Two rock bands have become the latest to cancel concerts in North Carolina because of the state’s new law on LGBT rights.

In a statement issued Monday on the band’s website, Pearl Jam called the law “a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens.”

See post here.

The statement says the band has communicated with local groups and will give them money to oppose the law.

Pearl Jam was scheduled to perform April 20 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

Earlier Monday, the rock group Boston also announced plans to cancel concerts because of North Carolina’s new law regarding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Guitarist Tom Scholz announced the group’s decision on itsFacebook page. Concerts were scheduled for Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh early next month.

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