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Closing off the long weekend with OVO 2019

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 6th, 2019

Drake brought some major talent to Toronto for the long weekend!

OVO 2019 kicked off on Sunday night with B2K, Mario, Lloyd, Pretty Ricky, king Yang Twins, and Bobby V.

Yet the opening night lineup was TOPPED by the star-studded Monday show. The likes of Meek Mill, Chris Brown, Tyga, YG, Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B and Offset, DaBaby, Lil Baby, Rick Ross, and Gucci Mane graced the stage!

Check out this MASSIVE thread via @NigelDPresents on Twitter.

The 6IX god surely outdid himself.


2 injured in Brampton stabbing

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Aug 6th, 2019

Two people are in hospital, one in critical condition, after a stabbing in Brampton Monday night.

Emergency crews were called to the scene in the Queen Street East and Airport Road area around 11 p.m. after reports a group of people were fighting and a knife was seen.

Police said one victim suffered life-threatening injuries, the other suffered serious injuries.

One person has been arrested.

Police continue to investigate.

Hundreds hold vigil at NRA headquarters for shooting victims

The Associated Press | posted Tuesday, Aug 6th, 2019

FAIRFAX, Va. — Hundreds of people held vigil outside the National Rifle Association’s headquarters in Virginia for the dozens slain in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Gun control groups including March for Our Lives organized Monday’s “Vigil for Remembrance and Change,” which sought to honour the dead and call for stronger gun laws. The back-to-back weekend shootings cost a total of 31 lives and left more than 50 people wounded.

Vigil attendees held moments of silence punctured by the recitation of victim names, including those gunned down in Chicago and the 13 black transgender women killed so far this year. Democratic Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton joined the crowd in decrying political inaction.

The NRA has said it wouldn’t take part in “politicizing” the shootings, but would work to find solutions.

Ohio governor set to talk policy in wake of mass shootings

John Seewer, The Associated Press | posted Tuesday, Aug 6th, 2019

DAYTON, Ohio — Facing pressure to take action after the latest mass shooting in the U.S., Ohio’s Republican governor plans to outline his proposals designed to deal with gun violence and mental health.

Gov. Mike DeWine said he’ll discuss those ideas in detail on Tuesday, a little more than a day after hundreds of people chanted “Do something!” while he spoke at a vigil for nine people killed in Dayton over the weekend by a gunman with an AR-15 style gun.

The shooting outside a strip of nightclubs early Sunday and another mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, during the past weekend left a combined total of 31 people dead and more than 50 injured in less than 24 hours.

Police have said 24-year-old Connor Betts was wearing a mask and body armour when he opened fire. If all of the magazines he had with him were full, which hasn’t been confirmed, he would have had a maximum of 250 rounds, said Police Chief Richard Biehl.

“To have that level of weaponry in a civilian environment is problematic,” Biehl added.

Betts had no apparent criminal record as an adult and police said there was nothing that would have prevented him from buying a gun. Ohio law bars anyone convicted of a felony as an adult, or convicted of a juvenile charge that would have been a felony if they were 18 or older, from buying firearms.

Two former classmates told The Associated Press that Betts was suspended during their junior year at Bellbrook High School after a hit list was found scrawled in a school bathroom. That followed an earlier suspension after Betts came to school with a list of female students he wanted to sexually assault, according to the two classmates, a man and a woman who are both now 24 and spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern they might face harassment.

Others remembered how he tried to intimidate classmates.

“It’s baffling and horrible that somebody who’s been talking for 10 years about wanting to shoot people could easily, so easily, get access to a military grade weapon and that much ammo,” said Hannah Shows, a former high classmate who remembered seeing Betts look at people and imitate shooting at them.

“He was someone who enjoyed making people afraid,” she said.

Former Bellbrook High School classmate Addison Brickler rode the bus with Betts and said he taunted her regularly.

“He was the bully,” Brickler told the AP. “He used to make fun of me on the bus, talk about my weight, make me feel bad about myself. He would laugh and think it was funny, joke about it. We thought it was a normal thing.”

But the seemingly normal heckling turned scary one day when she said two police officers pulled Betts off their bus during her first few weeks of high school. When she arrived home that day, her mom sat her and her brother down to tell her the school principal had called — they had been named on Betts’ “hit list.”

Betts disappeared from the halls of Bellbrook High School. Students were offered counselling, teachers checked on kids, and extra police officers were on hand. Brickler said Betts later returned to the school.

Others that had encounters with Betts, however, painted a different picture.

Brad Howard told reporters in Bellbrook on Sunday that he knew Betts from preschool through their high school graduation.

“Connor Betts that I knew was a nice kid. The Connor Betts that I talked to, I always got along with well,” Howard said.

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools wouldn’t comment and refused to release information about Betts, citing legal protections for student records.

Bellbrook Police Chief Doug Doherty said he and his officers had no previous contact with Betts and weren’t aware of any history of violence. Sugarcreek Township police said the only records they have on Betts are from a 2015 traffic citation. They noted without further explanation that Ohio law allows sealed juvenile court records to be expunged after five years or when the person involved turns 23.

Still unknown is whether Betts targeted any of the victims, including his 22-year-old sister, Megan, the youngest of the dead.

“It seems to just defy believability he would shoot his own sister, but it’s also hard to believe that he didn’t recognize it was his sister, so we just don’t know,” Biehl said.

Authorities identified the other dead as Monica Brickhouse, 39; Nicholas Cumer, 25; Derrick Fudge, 57; Thomas McNichols, 25; Lois Oglesby, 27; Saeed Saleh, 38; Logan Turner, 30; and Beatrice N. Warren-Curtis, 36.

Of the more than 30 people injured in Ohio, at least 14 had gunshot wounds; others were hurt as people fled, city officials said. Eleven remained hospitalized Monday, Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne said.

While the gunman was white and six of the nine killed were black, police said the speed of the rampage made any discrimination in the shooting seem unlikely. It all happened within 30 seconds, before police officers stationed nearby fatally shot Betts.

Any attempt to suggest a motive so early in the investigation would be irresponsible, Biehl said.

The El Paso and Dayton killings have contributed to 2019 being an especially deadly year for mass killings in the U.S.

A database by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University shows that there have been 23 mass killings so far this year, claiming the lives of 131 people. By comparison, 140 people died in mass killings in all of 2018. The database tracks every mass killing in the country dating back to 2006.

President Donald Trump said he wanted Washington to “come together” on legislation providing “strong background checks” for gun users, but he gave no details. Previous gun control measures have languished in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The Democrat-led House has passed a gun control bill that includes fixes to the nation’s firearm background check system, but it has languished in the Senate.


Associated Press writers Julie Carr Smyth and Kantele Franko in Columbus, Amanda Seitz in Chicago and Robert Bumsted in Dayton contributed.


Find complete AP coverage of recent mass shootings here: https://apnews.com/Shootings

John Seewer, The Associated Press

Man shot in Scarborough parking lot in 14th shooting incident of long weekend

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Aug 6th, 2019

A man who walked into a hospital with gunshot wounds is believed to be connected to a shooting incident in a Scarborough parking lot, the 14th of the long weekend.

Police were called to Lawrence Avenue and Mossbank Drive to reports of someone shot before midnight.

A male suspect allegedly fled the scene in a black SUV.

No victim was located on the scene, but a man with a gunshot wound who later walked into a local hospital is believed to be the victim of this shooting. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

This is the fifth reported shooting incident on Monday and the 14th of the long weekend. A total of 17 victims have been treated for gunshot wounds from these incidents.

Drake Gives us a Care Package of Previously Unreleased Tracks

Riley Glenn | posted Friday, Aug 2nd, 2019

It’s going to be a big weekend for fans of Toronto icon Drake. OVO Fest is coming to Toronto this Sunday and Monday, giving fans a chance to see Drizzy and the OVO lineup live at Budweiser Stage. That is, fans that are willing and able to drop some serious cash on tickets.

But don’t worry, even if you won’t be attending OVO Fest this weekend, Drake has a care package for you.

Of course I am of course referring to his latest project, Care Package, which was released this morning. The compilation album contains 17 tracks from throughout Drake’s career that were never officially released.

The project came somewhat out of the blue, with an announcement coming from Champagne Papi himself on Instagram, just hours before the release.

Is the timing of the release a coincidence, or will we see Drake bust out some of the tracks at OVO Fest? My guess… no idea, but what I do know is the project is going to be a big part of my August.

The album is available for streaming on all platforms.

Tunisian man says he gave accused killer’s messages, photos to York cops

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Aug 2nd, 2019

A video gamer in Tunisia says he has turned over to York police disturbing messages and images that a Canadian man accused of killing four family members allegedly posted online.

The Tunisian man said he often played video games on a private server called Perfect World Void with Menhaz Zaman, a 23-year-old Markham resident who has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

The four dead are 70-year-old Firoza Begum, 59-year-old Moniruz Zaman, 50-year-old Momotaz Begum and 21-year-old Malesa Zaman, and friends have identified them as Menhaz Zaman’s grandmother, parents and sister.

The Tunisian player, who asked not to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the case, said he was one of dozens of players who saw Menhaz Zaman’s messages on a third-party app gamers use to chat with each other. In those messages posted on Sunday, Zaman claimed he had killed his family, the Tunisian man alleged.

“I’ve slaughtered my entire family, and will most likely spend life in jail if I manage to survive,” says one of the messages a user named “Menhaz” posted on the chat.

When some players expressed disbelief, the Tunisian player said, Zaman posted several photos that he claimed showed his victims.

The gamer said he reached out to police in Canada to alert them to the disturbing postings, which he has also shared with The Canadian Press. One of the photos shows a young man holding a large bloodied kitchen knife.

“I didn’t sleep or drink for two days, not because of graphic content, but just kept asking the question ‘why’ over and over,” he told The Canadian Press in a Facebook message.

“I’ve already called York Regional Police and Crime Stoppers … and sent them everything I have.”

The Tunisian man, who also moderates the private gaming server, said any disturbing messages posted to the site in the future will be reported immediately to the authorities.

York Regional Police said they couldn’t comment on any evidence received.

The Canadian Press has not verified that the photos or messages were posted by the accused.

Police have said they were called to a Markham home shortly after 3 p.m. on Sunday following a 911 call about possible injuries. They said Zaman, who lived in the house, opened the door to investigators and was taken into custody shortly afterwards.

Zaman was charged on Monday and is set to next appear in court on Friday.

1 dead in shooting at Oshawa townhouse complex

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Aug 2nd, 2019

Homicide is investigating a fatal shooting overnight at a townhouse complex in Oshawa.

Emergency crews were called to Ritson and Taunton roads just before midnight on Thursday.

The male victim was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No suspect information has been released.

Police remain on scene and continue to investigate.

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