By Emily Mathieu Affordable Housing Reporter Fri., Oct. 26, 2018 In a small, windowless room at Toronto police headquarters, Tanya Lidstone wipes away tears and searches for clues in the stack of photographs of her dead son. One is a wide shot of Justin in the stairwell of the upscale building downtown where he was found. A tight shot focuses on his left hand, his fingers curled around a plastic syringe cap. Another is a close-up of Justin’s face, his sharp cheekbones and blue lips framed by long sandy hair. Then Tanya, 42, pauses on an image and leans in close: It is of Justin, slumped partially on his left side, his feet positioned on the first step going up. “It looks like he fell,” she whispers. “I don’t get it. I don’t understand. He knew better than to take (drugs) alone.” Article Continued Below Justin Lidstone’s family may never know exactly what happened to him between the time he walked into that … [Read more...] about Justin Lidstone died of an overdose. His family was gutted. We spent a year with them to understand what happened
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By Martha Irvine The Associated Press Tues., June 26, 2018 CHICAGO—Ayrial Miller is clearly annoyed. Her mother is sitting with her on the couch in their Chicago apartment, scrolling through the teen’s contacts on social media. “Who’s this?” asks Jennea Bivens, a.k.a. Mom. It’s a friend of a friend, Ayrial says, and they haven’t talked in a while. “Delete it,” her mom says. The 13-year-old’s eyes narrow to a surly squint. “I hate this! I hate this! I hate this!” she shouts. Article Continued Below Yes, Bivens is one of “those moms,” she says. The type who walks into her daughter’s bedroom without knocking; the kind who tightly monitors her daughter’s phone. She makes no apology. Nor should she, says a retired cybercrimes detective who spoke to her and other parents in early June at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Chicago. “There is no such thing as privacy for … [Read more...] about Do you really know what your kids are doing on their devices?
By Jason Wilson Special to the Washington Post Sun., April 1, 2018 It’s just after dark in Vancouver’s downtown financial district, on a chilly autumn evening, and I’m gazing up at the twisting, triangular, neo-futurist Trump International Hotel & Tower, rising 63 storeys and 188 metres into the air. If you’re impressed by tall things, the Trump tower is pretty tall. But then I glance across West Georgia St., at the Living Shangri-La tower, rising 62 storeys but standing 200 metres tall. Which means that the Living Shangri-La is the tallest building here. For someone like Donald Trump who is obsessed with superlatives, it must be tough to have your name emblazoned on the second-tallest building in Vancouver. From where I stand, the Trump International Hotel & Tower is not particularly welcoming. It’s 7:30 p.m., but I see very few lights on the higher floors, and I wonder who lives in the darkened condominiums in the upper parts of … [Read more...] about What I learned by eating, drinking and sleeping at Trump resorts from Vancouver to Scotland
A new sports documentary featuring Tom Brady is generating buzz for Facebook Watch. That’s good news for Facebook, given how underwhelming many of its early shows have been. The new doc, along with professional productions like ESPN’s “First Take” offshoot, could serve to help better define Facebook Watch and bring more viewers and advertisers to the emerging outlet. All Tom Brady does is win. Even in web video. “If you’re gonna compete against me, you’d better be willing to give up your life. Because I’m giving up mine.” That’s what the New England Patriots quarterback says in his new documentary on Facebook Watch, “Tom vs. Time.” Facebook seems to share Brady’s cutthroat competitiveness. And while’s way too early to draw conclusions about a platform that launched just this past August, Facebook Watch may be suddenly on to something with … [Read more...] about Facebook Watch may be finding its groove thanks to Tom Brady and Stephen A. Smith
Daymond John grew his clothing line FUBU from a few sewing machines in his mother’s house into a $350 million company. In 2009 he became one of the original celebrity investors on the hit TV show “Shark Tank.” He’s invested millions in a variety of companies, written books, and opened a coworking space in Manhattan. His newest title, “Rise and Grind,” looks at examples of people who succeeded despite the odds. Daymond John grew up in Queens, New York, where he dreamed of making clothes for the coolest, most famous rappers. That dream became a reality in the 1990s when FUBU became one of hip-hop’s hottest brands. He started off with nothing, turning his mom’s house into a factory, using graffiti as marketing, and talking his way on to the sets of music videos. John built FUBU into a global brand that brought in $350 million in annual sales at its peak. In … [Read more...] about Daymond John reveals how he started a $350 million business out of his mom’s house, became a ‘Shark Tank’ star, and gained a new perspective after beating cancer