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Prosecutors drop groping case against Kevin Spacey

The Associated Press | posted Thursday, Jul 18th, 2019

Prosecutors have dropped a case accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016.

The Cape and Islands district attorney said Wednesday that they dropped the indecent assault and battery case brought against the actor last year.

Spacey was accused of getting an 18-year-old man drunk and then groping him at a Nantucket restaurant and bar where the teen worked as a busboy.

Spacey denied the allegations.

The case was hobbled after Spacey’s accuser invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify about text messages the defense claims were deleted.

The accuser had been ordered to testify about a cellphone he used the night of the alleged assault. He was supposed to turn it over to the defense but said it was missing.

Ontario man calls out Eric Trump for tweet that used son’s image

The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Jul 18th, 2019

An Ontario man is calling out a member of the Trump family for using an image of his young son as part of a political attack on those opposing the American president.

Jeremy Rupke says Donald Trump’s son Eric showed “disrespect” and lack of forethought when he included an image of four-year-old Mason Rupke in a recent social media broadside against Democrats.

Left-leaning politicians have stepped up criticism of the U.S. president in recent days after he told four congresswomen of colour to “go back where they came from,” prompting Eric Trump to liken his father’s rivals to peewee hockey players.

To illustrate a tweet on the subject, Eric Trump used a screenshot taken from a video of Mason playing hockey in his hometown of Barrie.

Jeremy Rupke fired back, criticizing the president’s son for using Mason’s image to push a political message.

He says that while he doesn’t believe he has the right to insist the image be removed, he found the use of it “distasteful” and needlessly invasive.

Tix in the 6ix: concerts happening in Toronto this summer

Jenna Salmers | posted Thursday, Jul 18th, 2019

Before the city gets depressingly cold again, grab your tickets to these amazing artists performing this summer! Artists like Queen, Michael Bublé, and TLC will be performing in various venues throughout Toronto and you don’t want to miss it.

Starting with the rock group from the GTA, Sum 41 will be at the awesome outdoor venue Echo Beach on August 8th. Their opener is another fellow Canadian, Grandson.

Keeping with the Canadians, Drakes infamous OVO Fest is back this year on August 18th. If you weren’t able to snag a ticket to this sold-out event, you may be in luck! Drake took to Instagram to announce that he will be giving away a set of OVO tickets. It will be God’s Plan if you win.

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The iconic 70’s rock band Queen will rock you at the Scotiabank Arena on July 28th with Adam Lambert for a night packed with throwbacks.

If you’re feeling another blast to the past, Flo-Rida, TLC, and Nelly will be teaming up to perform on August 7th at the Budweiser Stage!

You could be feeling good on July 26th when Michael Bublé comes to Scotiabank Arena.

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And finally, if you want to extend the Summer fun, Canadian icon Avril Lavigne will be returning to Toronto on her first tour in six years! The Head Above Water tour will be stopping in Toronto on October 6th.

Whether you’re looking for pop, punk, or a mix of everything, we have an incredible lineup of artists visiting the 6ix this year!

City council agrees to lower speed limits on roads across Toronto

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Jul 17th, 2019

City council has agreed to reduce speed limits on nearly 250 kilometres of Toronto roads as part of Vision Zero 2.0 — an action plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and injuries.

The changes would see speed limits lowered on some roads from 60 to 50 km/h.

The debate came on the same day that a woman was struck and killed by a garbage truck at Cliffwood and Don Mills Road in North York, which is Coun. Shelley Carroll’s ward.

During the council session, an emotional Carrol addressed the death, saying speed limits should be lowered on that stretch of road.

Woman dies after being struck by garbage truck in North York

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Jul 17th, 2019

A woman in her 60s died after being struck by a garbage truck in North York on Tuesday afternoon.

Police were called to the area of Cliffwood and Don Mills Road around 2 p.m. for a collision.

Investigators say the female pedestrian was walking eastbound on the north side of Cliffwood and the truck was making a left turn when she was struck.

The woman was taken to a trauma centre in critical condition. She was pronounced dead in hospital.

The truck and driver stayed on scene.

Police were originally unable to identify the woman and had released images of her belongings to the public in the hopes of getting some help. Police said they now know who the woman is. Her name has not been released.

1 arrested in Brampton stabbing

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Jul 17th, 2019

One person was seriously injured after a stabbing in Brampton on Tuesday night.

Peel police responded to a call in the Main and Queen streets area around 8 p.m.

A male victim was taken to a trauma centre. his injuries are considered non-life threatening.

One person has been arrested.

Peel police originally said they were searching for a second suspect but further investigation revealed there was no one outstanding.

 

 

Missing CAMH patient fled the country: police

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Jul 17th, 2019

A man who went missing from CAMH two weeks ago has fled the country, police said Tuesday.

On Monday police issued a release saying 47-year-old Zhebin Cong had been missing since July 3, and was last seen in the Queen Street and Ossington Avenue area at around 4 p.m. that day.

Cong was previously charged with first-degree murder, but was found not criminally responsible for the stabbing death of 56-year-old San Tai Yuan in September 2014. At the time, police described the crime scene as one of the most gruesome they had ever seen.

In a statement to 680 NEWS, police confirmed Cong is no longer in Canada:

“On July 3, 2019, the Toronto Police Service were informed of a missing person and opened an investigation regarding Zhebin Cong. The Toronto Police Service has now confirmed that Zhebin Cong has fled the country.  He boarded an international flight on the same day he was reported missing.  We are working with international law enforcement agencies on next steps. This is an ongoing investigation.”

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says they take public safety very seriously and that patients are only allowed to engage with the community if they have met several set conditions.

A full report from Toronto police is expected in the coming days.

Channing Tatum goes on bizarre rant after iPhone App freaks him out

Jenna Salmers | posted Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2019

Channing Tatum was seen on his IGTV on Friday in a bizarre rant after app ‘The Pattern’ predicts aspects of his life that hit too close to home.

“Are you listening through the phone, Pattern?” he asked. “AI, the algorithm that is ‘The Pattern?’”

After downloading ‘Pattern’, the iOS app that describes themselves as, “help[ing] people to better understand themselves and connect on a deeper level,” Tatum questions how they were able to predict and regurgitate certain information after filling out a few short questions.

“It asks me to put in my birthday and time of birth. How do you know what you know about me pattern? … I don’t even know if I want to know this stuff.”

He then urges the app to send him a direct message or call him. He did not disclose the specific information he refers to as ‘stuff’, although the app is heavily astrology and self-help based.

After admitting he’s in therapy, Tatum says that following a session, he received a notification from the app that used the ‘exact words that [they] were using in therapy’ which immediately freaked him out.

He then posed the question: “Are you listening through the phone and just regurgitating the stuff that I’m afraid of?”

The app responded by reposting his story and commenting: “So *this* happened! …and then our servers crashed. cc @motherofpatterns. We are actively working to get things back up & running for all! Appreciate all of the love & support in the meantime! @channingtatum ❤️

It is not clear if Tatum has found an answer to his existential rant. You can watch the full thing here:

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