By Amy Dempsey Staff Reporter May Warren StarMetro Toronto Marco Chown Oved Investigative Reporter Mon., July 23, 2018 It was the perfect night to be on a patio in Toronto’s Greektown — a warm summer evening, skies finally clear after a day of rain. The bustling stretch of Danforth Ave. around the parkette named for Alexander the Great is the street at its most vibrant, a place where children play near the stone fountain, where locals eat takeout french fries sprinkled with feta and sip after-dinner cappuccinos. It’s the heart of the community, and it’s where a shooter on Sunday began a brazen attack that left two dead and 13 others injured. The attacker also died following an exchange of gunfire with police. The deceased victims are 18-year-old Reese Fallon, from the Beach neighbourhood, and a 10-year-old girl who has not been identified. The Special Investigations Unit identified the gunman as … [Read more...] about From Alexander the Great Parkette to a shootout on Bowden St., how a gunman’s walk hit at the heart of the Danforth
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By Allan Woods Quebec Bureau Tamar Harris Staff Reporter Victoria Gibson Staff Reporter David Rider City Hall Bureau Chief Brendan Kennedy Investigative Reporter May Warren StarMetro Toronto Gilbert Ndikubwayezu StarMetro Sat., April 28, 2018 For every life taken, for every body broken, for every spirit forever altered by a collision with the white rental van that left a trail of destruction on Yonge St. Monday afternoon, there was a flash of goodwill. A hand held as life drained away, a police officer protecting and serving a shaken bystander, strangers giving blood, or bottled water and granola bars, a faraway community feeling Toronto’s pain and raising funds to help. These 26 tales from Toronto the Good won’t bring back the dead, nor will they heal the physical hurt. But shining a light on those who responded to the chaos with courage and compassion may serve as an … [Read more...] about 26 tales of courage and compassion amid the chaos of the Toronto van rampage
By Larry Stone The Seattle Times Tues., March 6, 2018 LAS VEGAS—The walk to the rink is lit by neon behemoths such as MGM and the Monte Carlo nearby on the Vegas strip. The pulsating bass inside T-Mobile Arena, which assaults you upon entry and rarely lets up, is felt deep in your diaphragm. The likes of Carrot Top, Lil Jon, Terry Fator and Blue Man Group offer video-taped greetings. In other words, the glitz is a huge part of the show when the Vegas Golden Knights take the ice to a rapturous reception on game night. It’s loud, garish and over-the-top, just as you’d expect in the town where wretched excess is a way of life. But strip away the showmanship at the nexus of Park Avenue and Frank Sinatra Drive, and you have something simple, endearing and quite astonishing: a town falling head-over-heels in love with a pro sports team. And not just any town, but THIS town, Sin City, a repository of transients and transplants in the middle of the desert … [Read more...] about Can Seattle replicate Vegas Golden Knights’ success?