The 5 Things We Learned This Week
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5. Niagara Gorge Teen Death - 18 year old Ryan Dube, (pictured) originally of St. Catharines died this week after plunging into the Niagara Gorge after a police chase. Tuesday night he was being pursued on foot by NRP Const. Jacob Smits who also went over and was rescued, later undergoing surgery for a broken femur. His family is looking for answers as the investigation continues.
4. Penn State Sanctions - The legendary football program of the Nittany Lions took a huge blow at the beginning of the week with NCAA sanctions issued against the school in the light of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case. The college was fined, victories were erased, scholarships cut and they were banned from bowl games for 4 years. Last weekend Joe Paterno's statue was removed from in front of Beaver Stadium.
3. Gun Summit(s) - In the wake of Toronto's east end Danzig Street BBQ shooting, Mayor Rob Ford held so-called Gun Summits this week with premier Dalton McGuinty, who promised provincial funding would continue for a Toronto police anti-violence task force. Stephen Harper also met with Ford to discuss how the Feds can assist. During the week a federal report said national crime stats are down.
2. Colorado Cinema Shooting - Prime suspect James Holmes made his first court appearance Monday. The initial hearing set a court date for July 30/12 when he will be formally charged. It was reported Holmes sent a notebook detailing the attack to a university psychiatrist which sat in a stack of mail until recently. Many early discussions on motive took place while stories of heroism emerged from the fateful night. Christian Bale voluntarily visited victims' families.
1. London Olympics - After years of planning the 2012 London Olympics got underway with an excruciatingly long opening ceremonies. During the week, a Greek female triple jumper was already expelled for what some felt was a racist tweet. At the 11th hour 1200 military personnel were added to security forces after a private contractor "dropped the ball." The games will run until August 12.
...AND WHAT ELSE DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK...Testimony continued in the review panel of Manitoba judge Lori Douglas, whose husband posted explicit nude photos of her on line. Mariah Carey was announced as a new judge on American Idol at a reported $18M for the season. Rick Nash signed a lucrative deal with the New York Rangers while the Flyer's exorbitant offer to Shea Weber was matched by his home team, the Nashville Predators. All this while NHL CBA talks continue. General Motors announced an $850M research and development deal that will mostly benefit Oshawa while Toyota in Cambridge announced more jobs and higher production for a Lexus model. This week we lost actor Sherman Helmsley (The Jeffersons), Chad Everett (Medical Center) and astronaut pioneer Sally Ride. A Chinese run oil company offered $15.1B for Calgary based Nexen, who has interest in the oil sands. The Feds will review the offer.
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