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Riverdale casts Shannen Doherty for a special tribute to Luke Perry

Kye Mack | posted Monday, Jul 22nd, 2019

It was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the hit show Riverdale would be addressing the passing of Luke Perry in Season 4.  The sudden passing of Perry has occurred midway through filming the show’s third season. Perry passed away from a stroke at age 52.

When Riverdale returns for Season 4, they will be dealing with the passing head-on. The season premiere is titled “In Memoriam” and was written by showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will find Archie discovering that his father has died.

 

“Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever,” Aguirre-Sacasa wrote on Instagram accompanying a picture of the first page of the script on June 19. “A tribute to our fallen friend. Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred.”

Former Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty will be joining the season premiere in what is described as an emotional role.

Riverdale returns on Wednesday, October 9th.

 

 

 

 

 

The late Roy Halladay inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Jul 22nd, 2019

The late Roy Halladay has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

His widow, Brandy, delivered the speech and fought back tears as she spoke. The 40-year-old Halladay was killed in a plane crash in November 2017.

“I knew I was going to cry at some point. It’s overwhelming the amount of people here today,” she said. “I’m so grateful you’re here. I can’t tell you how many hugs I’ve gotten. They have extended so much love and friendship. I’m so grateful.”

“The thank-yous should and could go on for days. There are not enough words to thank you. I say it a lot, but it takes a village.”

Halladay amassed a 203-105 record and a 3.38 ERA and 2,117 strikeouts over 416 regular-season games and was 3-2 with a 2.37 ERA through five post-season starts, all with Philadelphia.

He spent his last four seasons with the Phils and 12 seasons with the Blue Jays from 1998-2009 and became just the second pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in the post-season, opening the 2010 NL Division Series with one against the Cincinnati Reds in the first playoff start of his career. He also pitched a perfect game that season.

The family decided that there would be no logo on his plaque because both organizations meant a lot to Halladay.

“He was a true competitor ready to do whatever it took to give his team the best chance to win,” Brandy said. “I think Roy would rather be remembered who he was, not how he performed on the field. I am so humbled to say thank you to all of you on Roy’s behalf.”

Toronto Wolfpack edge Widnes to clinch Betfred Championship regular-season crown

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Jul 22nd, 2019

The Toronto Wolfpack clinched the regular-season title in the second-tier Betfred Championship on Sunday, running its rugby league win streak to 16 games with a hard-fought 24-19 comeback victory over Widnes Vikings.

After Danny Craven’s drop goal gave Widnes a 19-18 lead in the 73rd minute, the Vikings mishandled the ensuing kickoff. Toronto forward Anthony Mullally bulled his way over the line, fighting through several Widnes players to touch down under the post in the 74th.

Hakim Miloudi, the third Toronto kicker on the day, booted the conversion to give Toronto the lead.

The second-place York City Knights (15-6-1) edged Bradford 25-24 early in the day but, trailing Toronto by 11 points with five games left, cannot catch the Wolfpack.

That allowed the transatlantic Wolfpack to host the League Leaders’ Shield after Sunday’s game, splashing champagne on the field as Widnes fans booed.

Finishing first in the standings means Toronto has a shorter playoff path in its bid for promotion to the elite Super League. The top five teams in the Championship will meet in the post-season with one promotion place on the line.

As a first-place team, Toronto gets a bye into the semifinal as well as a home-field advantage.

The Wolfpack failed at the final promotion hurdle last season when the promotion format was more complicated. Toronto went 20-2-1 in winning the Championship regular-season title, only to lose 4-2 to London Broncos in the Million Pound Game last October.

Widnes proved to be a motivated opponent Sunday, given that a loss in Toronto last season sealed its relegation. Sporting a stiff defence and some opportunistic offence, the Vikings led 12-8 at the half at Halton Stadium.

“The game came down to some big plays from both teams. So I’m really pleased with the win,” said Toronto coach Brian McDermott.

“I can’t wait to lift the trophy in front of our fans as well,” he added. “But the bigger picture for us is the (promotion) Grand Final and that’s what we’re steering towards.”

Toronto (21-1-0) was without three key backs in Gareth O’Brien, Ricky Leutele and Matty Russell. O’Brien and Russell were injured while Leutele was rested. Forward Adam Sidlow is still recovering from injury.

Joe Mellor, a former Widnes player, started at fullback in place of O’Brien. Nick Rawsthorne and Greg Worthington also started in the backs.

Rawsthorne, Chase Stanley, Bodene Thompson and Darcy Lussick also scored tries for Toronto.

Without O’Brien, the Wolfpack had kicking problems. Josh McCrone took over kicking duties after Rawsthorne missed two wide conversion and was good on one of two conversions.

Lloyd Roby, Craven and Ryan Ince scored tries for Widnes (12-10-0). Jack Owens kicked three conversions and Craven added a drop goal.

Rawsthorne opened the scoring in the seventh minute, touching down in the corner after Mellor beat two defenders.

After a Widnes try was called back for a knock-on, the home side went ahead with a converted try in the 26th minute. Roby crossed the line, taking a pass from Joe Lyons whose kick on the last tackle bounced back to him off Stanley to keep the attack alive. An earlier kick on the game player had also bounced back from a Toronto player.

Craven added to the lead in the 30th after a fine run, cutting through the Toronto defence courtesy of two fine dummy passes.

Andy Ackers crossed the line later in the half for Toronto but fumbled the ball for a knock-on. Another handling error snuffed out a Wolfpack attack in the danger zone as the half neared an end.

But Stanley bulled his way over in the 39th minute to cut the deficit to 12-8.

Toronto tied it up in the 36th minute with a powerful run from Bodene Thompson after Jayden Hatton fumbled a Wolfpack kick near the Widnes try-line.

Toronto began to turn up the heat and Lussick put the Wolfpack ahead in the 52nd minute, retrieving an errant pass at the Widnes goalpost for a converted try and 18-12 lead.

But a poor Toronto pass in the 58th minute was collected by Ince who outran Wolfpack chasers for an 80-metre try. Owens’ conversion tied it at 18-18.

A successful 40-20 kick by Craven in the 65th minute moved Widnes deep into Toronto territory but the attack fizzled in a poor Roby pass at the corner.

Toronto moved right back up the field with Thompson and Gary Wheeler combining for major metres only to see Mellor spill the ball on the Widnes goal-line one play later.

McCrone tried a drop goal in the 70th minute but his low kick hit the woodwork. Craven succeed with his kick in the 73rd minute for a 19-18 lead.

The Wolfpack have lost just once this season, dropping a 46-16 decision to Toulouse Olympique on March 9. Toronto has beaten Toulouse twice since then.

Widnes came into the game in 11th place in the standings, thanks to a 12-point penalty for financial missteps.

In its inaugural 2017 season, Toronto won all 15 regular-season games to top the third-tier League One and win promotion to the Championship after a 5-1-1 playoff run.

The promotion format has changed this year with just one Championship team earning promotion.

Last year, the top four teams in the Championship and bottom four in the Super League met up in the Super 8s Qualifiers. The top three in the playoff round-robin secured Super League status while No. 4 met No. 5 in the Million Pound Game.

Toronto, Salford, Leeds and Hull Kingston Rovers all finished with 5-2-0 records in the promotion table. But Salford (plus-143), Leeds (plus-79) and Hull KR (plus-35) finished ahead of Toronto (plus-18) on points difference to secure the three automatic promotion places.

Toronto finished fourth and London fifth, at 4-3-0, setting up the Million Pound Game.

The Wolfpack plays next at Bradford on Aug. 4.

Woman dead after skydiving incident in eastern Ontario: OPP

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Jul 22nd, 2019

Provincial police say a woman has died after a skydiving incident in eastern Ontario.

Investigators say they were called to the scene of the incident near Gananoque, Ont., on Saturday afternoon.

They say a 63-year-old woman from Ennismore, Ont., died at the scene.

Paramedics took a 51-year-old man from Alexandria, Ont., to hospital with serious injuries.

Police have not released their names.

Provincial police say they’ll continue to investigate the incident and the Transportation Safety Board has been notified.

Iggy Azalea drops ‘In My Defense’, 5 years after first studio album

Jenna Salmers | posted Friday, Jul 19th, 2019

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since Iggy Azalea dropped ‘The New Classic’, with bops such as ‘Fancy’, and ‘Work’.

Since dropping her label and launching independently under “Bad Dreams”, Iggy has curated her sophomore project ‘In My Defense’.

In a statement on Twitter, Iggy revealed that the project is, “a statement about women not having the ability to defend themselves under public gaze”.

The album features Kash Doll, Juicy J, Lil Yachty and Stini, and is laced with digs at her critics that is almost giving us Cardi B ‘Press’ vibes. The Aussie artist has often been in the centre of public controversy which inspired her bloodsoaked album artwork.

You can stream the album here:

Man concrete-sealed inside illegal pot dispensary

Jenna Salmers | posted Friday, Jul 19th, 2019

The city of Toronto tore down a concrete wall covering an illegal weed cafe on Wednesday when they realized that a man was inside, local police investigate.

The unlicensed chain dispensary operated by CAFE has multiple locations in Toronto that are regularly shut down by police and the city. These locations usually re-open due to loopholes in the system for businesses that double as residences.

In an effort to eliminate this loophole, the city has started building massive concrete walls at the entrance of these businesses.

This strategy seemingly backfired after a man claimed he was sleeping inside the building when they blocked it off. After investigation, however, authorities believe that the man snuck back into the building after the place was entombed.

The man then called 911 after he was unable to escape, and the concrete blocks were removed by local firefighters.

Mark Sraga, the director of the investigative services of the City’s Investigation Services Municipal Licensing and Standards (ML&S) division told VICE in an emailed statement that ML&S is investigating the incident:

“Evidence shows that someone broke back into the premise, and that cannabis was once again being sold from the location. We have no reason to believe that this individual was locked in as has been claimed. This issue and all evidence will be heard before the Courts.”

It has been reported that more than 70 charges have been laid in connection with CAFE locations although there was no raid in this case.

The concrete blocks have since been re-instated.

The real hostages being held at Area 51

Jenna Salmers | posted Friday, Jul 19th, 2019

Following the online army that vowed to storm Area 51 to ‘see them aliens’, the internet boomed with speculation about who might be living in the highly classified United States Air Force facility in the Nevada desert. Here are BT’s favourite suspected hostages:

Tom from Myspace:

 

The lighters that your friends stole that they swear they would give back:

 

The factory where they make strawberry old people candy:

 

The Krabby Patty secret formula:

 

Every guitar pick ever:

 

and finally, Devo’s entire sock collection:

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