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Robin Williams found dead at 63. Bomb threat at Toronto City Hall. Raptors fined $25,000 for Drake’s comments.
ROBIN WILLIAMS FOUND DEAD
The world lost a comic icon yesterday, his death sudden and unexpected. Actor and beloved comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his California residence from an apparent suicide Monday morning. He was 63. In private, Williams battled deppresion. He made at least two trips to drug rehab, including a visit this summer. Many of his fans, friends and colleagues learned of his unexpected death on Monday, they posted touching messages about the actor on Twitter.
BOMB THREAT AT CITY HALL
Police have launched an investigation after a bomb threat was made to destroy Toronto City Hall unless Mayor Rob Ford resigned. The mayor said his brother, Doug Ford, received an email about the bomb threat Sunday night. Police were called in Monday to city hall to follow-up the threat but investigators said there was “no evidence” to suggest there was any danger to the public.
NASCAR’S TONY STEWART MAY FACE CHARGES
Investigators have much work ahead following the shocking video footage of three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart hitting and killing fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a race this weekend. While no criminal charges are pending against Tony Stewart, the sheriff investigating the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. says “all options” are open and authorities are seeking any additional video of the incident.
AVERAGE CANADIAN FAMILY SPENDING MORE ON TAKES THAN FOOD AND SHELTER
A new study by The Fraser Institute says the average Canadian family was spending more on taxes than on food, shelter and clothing combined. In 2013, the average Canadian family earned $77,381 and paid $32,369 in total taxes — 41.8 % of income — compared with 36.1 per cent for food, shelter and clothing combined. In 1961, the average family earned around $5,000 and spent 56.5% of its income on food, shelter and clothing, while $1,675 went to taxes (33.5 %).
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RAPTORS FINED 25K FOR DRAKE’S COMMENTS
For the second time in three-and-a-half months the Raptors have been fined by the NBA. This time around it was Drake — the team’s global ambassador — who at his recent sold-out OVO Fest, invited the crowd to show Kevin Durant, who was in attendance, how Torontonians would feel if he left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Raptors. The crowd responded with chants of KD. The league has since deemed Drake’s comments as tampering and issued a $25,000 fine.