Saturday, May 12, 2007
After finishing ahead of the Red Sox last season, a $90 million payroll, and the signing of free agent, Frank Thomas and a contract extension for Vernon Wells, there was some reason to be optimistic about the Jays. With almost 1/3 the roster on the Disabled List, they will be fortunate to avoid losing 100 games. For the record they are missing:
#1 starter - Roy Halladay
#3 starter - Gustavo Chacin
#5 starter- Victor Zambrano
closer - B.J. Ryan
setup for closer - Brandon League
leadoff hitter- Reed Johnson
all star 3rd baseman - Tory Glaus
starting catcher - Greg Zuan
And its only 5 weeks into the season.
A little ironic since Hine was the first suspect and still shows bitterness - not for the loss of his girlfriend but because of the strain he was put under by the police and media. Although Sylvester has not taken the stand, the police videotape certainly will have a powerful impact on the jury. He appears cooperative with police and remorseful.
Still it is shocking to realize that he was capable of viciously attacking Ross because she called him a "lose". And was she to know that she had hit a raw nerve in this obviously disturbed mind. Sylvester said he had been dubbed a loser "many times throughout high school" and even in grade school. He portrayed himself as a reclusive and nervous social misfit. He said he had attention deficit disorder and was prone to depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide. He hadn't worked in 12 years and watch TV all day at home.
Much will depend on the instruction given to the jury but will they actually convict this pathetic man of murder? Nothing so far points to a planned killing. Based on his description, he lost it and attacked Ross that night. As she struggled and fought back, he became more violent until she was dead. He panicked and quickly came up with a plan to hide the body. Finally guilt and the fact that police were perhaps beginning to focus on him caused him to confess.
But for the past two years, a lot of visitors have done just that. They've pulled their travel trailers and boats up the Ashleys' one-way street — and gotten stuck — thanks to wayward directions from the computer search engine MapQuest.For reasons no one can yet explain, a MapQuest search for Ozark Mountain Resorts shows the popular Kimberling City condo resort next to the Ashley's home — on a one-way residential street on the opposite side of Table Rock Lake.
"It's been going on for two or three years," Ashley said. "Some of them are pretty unhappy when they end up on our one-way street. We tell them we've tried to do something about it, but you can't even get ahold of anyone from MapQuest to get it solved." Travis Tucker, Kimberling City's public works director, said the city put a "dead end" sign on the Ashleys' street to warn lost travelers.
Friday, May 11, 2007
In fact, the collection consist of more than 1,000 skin flicks, hundreds of well-read magazines, and hundreds of computer disks packed with images collected from the Internet. To be considered for entry, scholars must submit a formal request letter.
The collection came courtesy of three donations. Nobody is responsible for running down to the 7-Eleven every month to keep the magazine collection updated. Instead, administrators hope that as the Centre gains international exposure, people will begin donating material that's been tucked away in their attics and basements.
So anyone out there have some porn they want to donate to an academic institution?
Now the restaurant is trying to correct the error.
So how did the oil and gas industry react? Well this morning I noticed gas prices were up $.04/L and the pump price for regular across the city was $1.06.8/L. Hmm, that's another $4 million just for today.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
It seems they encountered each other between their homes that evening and following a brief exchange of words including the "loser" comment, he totally lost it. He jumped on top of her and slammed her head on the ground until she was dead. It's really scary that there are people walking around who are literally human time bombs. Although these two people lived next door, they barely knew each other and hardly ever spoke. So it's not like there was some type of animosity that have been developing. At least not one that Alicia Ross would have been aware of.
So why did he turn himself in? Well appears Sylvester had been interviewed early on by police. But two days before he turned himself in, the police had asked if he would agree to a lie detector test. They never did receive an answer.
If Sylvester's account holds up and it's true that he snapped that night, the crown will have some difficulty proving he intended to kill her. At least nothing presented so far by the crown points to murder other than a theory that Sylvester had switched off a sensor light between the two houses that night.
A city alderman Burton Natarus, who lives near the sign, said he called the building inspector, and that the law firm's ad was taken down because the firm didn't have a permit, and not because of what it said -- or because of the scantily clad man and woman on it.
The two lawyers who had the sign put up said they're upset that it was removed. They also said the calls to their law firm have gone up dramatically since the billboard went up last week. Hey its all about trolling for clients - right?
He was then questioned by police and released without charge.
The leaked document, a draft version of the government's regulatory framework to crack down on pollution from large industries, wound up in the hands of the media and environmentalists 10 days before John Baird officially unveiled the details.
Leaks by way of the 'plain brown envelope' are a common occurrence in Canada and governments usually accept them and any resulting embarrassment as part of the cost of open government. Unless the environment plan's leak conferred some unfair advantage on the person receiving the information, it is difficult to see what real benefit the government would achieve by prosecuting a leak. But I bet bureaucrats got the message.
A 21-year veteran of Toronto police has been charged with assault after a cyclist was attacked in downtown Toronto – an incident dramatically captured on videotape by a group of students working on a project about surveillance cameras.
The 45-year-old cyclist, Andrzej Sokol, was riding on Queen St. W. when he stopped at a yellow light on Bay St. just before 10 a.m. Tuesday.
A visibly upset driver in the car behind Sokol yelled profanities and honked his horn.
The driver then got out of the car and kicked the victim's bicycle.
When Sokol picked up his bike and moved toward the sidewalk, he was punched in the face at least three times. The driver returned to his car and drove away.
The altercation – and the driver's licence plate number – was captured on video by a group of Grade 12 students from Ursula Franklin Academy and was broadcast on CP24 and other television stations.
The theory being planted in the jury's head by Hobson is absurd. He wants people to believe that Hine planted these items the night of the murder because....he anticipated the next door neighbour would be charged with murder and try to plead manslaughter.
At one point and obviously exasperated, Hine suggested that Hobson's line of questioning "was a joke" as he steadfastly denied placing the items in the backyard.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
The kids turned their tape over to Toronto Police to be used as evidence in court. I suspect an "A" is headed their way, as well.
"After reading the media's coverage of my court hearing, I feel the need to correct what I believe are misperceptions about me. I absolutely realize how serious driving under the influence is. I could not live with myself if anyone was injured or killed while I was driving while impaired. Clearly, no one should -- no matter how slightly.
I am ready to face the consequences of violating probation.
No one is above the law. I surely am not. I do not expect to be treated better than anyone else who violated probation. However, my hope is that I will not be treated worse."
Didn't realize it but we set a record yesterday when the thermometer hit 27.7C (82F) breaking a record set back in 1939. So obviously Spring has come to Toronto. Unfortunately so has the smog. Today is our first Smog Advisory of the season. cough cough
In an effort to better understand the physical repercussions of smog days, the province has unveiled a new index, measuring air quality and its affects on our health. It's called the AQHI (Air Quality Health Index). It's a one-to-ten scale on how smog affects your health and takes into account the three worst pollutants. Last year, the city experienced a record 32 smog days.
-3 Low health risk
4-6 Moderate health risk
7-10 High health risk
10+ Very high health risk
Dear Mr. Dork,Here is your ball! Can you please tell me what gas station you work at, so when you are pumping my gas, I can yell at you!!! Now sit down, shut up and enjoy the game.- Your favorite centrefielder"
Yesterday, defence attorney David Hobson accused Ross' boyfriend at the time, Sean Hine of fabricating evidence to help build a murder case against her neighbour in exchange for a deal on an impaired driving charge. Hine testified that a sensor light always went on when they walked between Ross' home and the Sylvester home. However, the night that Ross died, the sensor was not on. The crown is suggesting that Sylvester had intentionally turned off the sensor light so that his confrontation that he had planned with Ross would not be visible.
Hine was charged with impaired driving three days after Ross disappeared. Hobson sparred insisting Hines tried to make a deal with police by concocting the sensor story on Oct. 27, 2005, in return for making his charge disappear.
Hine did admit that he was afraid police were going to arrest him for murder and was under intense pressure before Sylvester turned himself into police because the media had painted him as the prime suspect.
An interesting item was revealed yesterday regarding how careless Sylvester had been. A forensic investigator testified that Sylvester had dumped a bag of bloody clothing and towels at a location outside the city including his own blood-stained cut-off jeans. In the pocket of the jeans was Sylvester's wallet with his ID.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Mr. Ivey, the owner of Redux, the drink's manufacturer, sparked controversy with the drink's blatant drug name and coy references on the labelling and website like, "Speed in a Can," "Liquid Cocaine", "Cocaine -- Instant Rush.", and "The legal alternative."
The couple used 45 rolls of the sticky, cloth-reinforced tape to make their outfits and accessories.
Openshaw and Martin decided to compete in a nationwide contest sponsored by Henkel Consumer Adhesives Inc., marketer of the Duck Tape brand of duct tape. The couple with the winning outfit receives scholarships. The contest runs through June 8, with winners chosen on the basis of online voting at the company's website, stuckatprom.com, where entrants' prom photos are posted.
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Monday, May 07, 2007
Crown prosecutor Kelly Wright told jurors they would hear evidence from Sylvester's videotaped confession that he fought with Ross in the pathway between their homes after an "exchange of words" moments after she said goodnight to her boyfriend, Sean Hine. So this is not a trial about who killed Ross. He had tried to plead guilty to manslaughter last week but it was rejected. So he has admitted to causing her death.
On tape Sylvester say he "slapped her in the face" and then "pushed her to the ground" and "pinned her down." He then "drove his knees into her solar plexes" and " banged her head" on the ground.
Wright said Sylvester then took her "lifeless body" to his garage, cleaned up the blood, took a shower and changed his clothes, then dumped her body into the trunk of his car. He then drove her out of town and dumped her body in the Kawartha Lakes area. He then returned three weeks later and moved her remains to another area near his family cottage.
He gave himself up 5 weeks later and admitting to the killing.
Okay, so this is your final exam at your fashion design school. You must design an outfit using:
1. A basketball hoop with black netting
2. The bottom half of a Batman costume
3. Three biodegradable trash bags
4. Four inches of bare midriff
But shortly after that period the poll numbers stalled just short of majority territory so Prime Minister held off waiting for the numbers to resume their climb. But instead their polling numbers have fallen down to about equal to the Liberal numbers. And we know that the drop reflects public concern about the environment and the war in Afghanistan.
But the dilemma for the Conservatives is that they may have difficulty bringing the numbers back up. Their foreign policy is a mess. No one is really buying their green plan. In addition, in a short 16 months they have delivered on all the commitments made during the last election campaign. In fact, some would say they have been campaigning since they took office. So the difficulty for the government is how to give the appearance that they are fact governing and not campaigning. They will need to use the summer recess to come up with a new agenda to win over Canadians. And at best, a majority of Canadians continue to be skeptical about the government.
A year later, however, with no sign of the Grim Reaper coming to call, he went for tests - which gave him a clean bill of health. The "tumour" had disappeared and he had only been suffering from pancreatitis -a non life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas. He had never had cancer at all. A spokesman for the hospital insisted its staff had done everything they could to identify Mr Brandrick's condition correctly.
I think I see a lawsuit coming here.
The Toronto firm's partners voted to disband the mid-sized practice of about 90 lawyers at a meeting in its downtown head office Tuesday night, marking what is believed to be Canada's largest law firm closing. I happen to know a number of lawyers at the firm.
It seems that after merger talks with Chicago-based Baker & McKenzie failed last month, some senior partners began to explore moves to other firms. This triggered some panic and a vote to disband. The firm reached a high of 140 lawyers in 2004.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a conservative by the standards of Iranian politics, was attacked by a newspaper for acting "contrary to Sharia law". It accused him of "indecency and violating religious values".
The elderly woman at the centre of the controversy was wearing thick gloves, a headscarf, and a long black coat.
Some how I doubt he's going to prison. But if he keeps this up, the knives will be out (we hope).
S0 I understand that Spider-Man 3 opened with the biggest opening in movie history. It brought in $148 million in one weekend. It also beat records with the highest opening day ever with $59 on its first day. Internationally the flick made $227 million. Basically, it made a boat load.
I was away for the weekend so I may have been the only person in North America not to have seen the flick.