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Lauren Bacall, one of Hollywood’s last icons from the Golden Age has died at age 89. Coroner report confirms that Robin Williams hung himself. Veteran CBC Sportscasters laid off.
ACTRESS LAUREN BACALL DEAD AT 89
One of Hollywood’s last icons from the Golden Age has died. Lauren Bacall reportedly suffered a massive stroke Tuesday morning. She was 89. Bacall’s death was later confirmed by the estate of her late husband, Humphrey Bogart. The New York City-born actress married Bogart at the age of 20 after the pair began dating on the set of “To Have and Have Not” in 1944, her first big Hollywood picture. Bacall was known for her smooth voice and sultry delivery.
WILLIAMS HANGED HIMSELF, CORONER CONFIRMS
It was confirmed yesterday that legendary comedian Robin Williams’ cause of death was asphyxiation by hanging. He was last seen by his wife around 10:30pm Aug.10. His personal assistant found him in his bedroom around 11:45am Aug. 11 with a belt around his neck. According to Keith Boyd of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Williams was found in a seated position, suspended slightly above the ground with a belt around his neck. A pocket knife was also found and superficial cuts to his wrist were visible. When asked if there was a note, Boyd replied, “We’re not going to discuss the note … at this time.” Boyd stressed that the investigation is ongoing, and toxicology tests will determine if Williams had any substances in his system at the time of death.
VETERAN SPORTSCASTERS LAID OFF
Veteran CBC sportscasters Steve Armitage and Mark Lee are the latest to get the axe due to budget cuts. Armitage, 70, has been broadcasting CBC sports events for 49 years — handling play-by-play on 29 seasons of “Hockey Night in Canada,” 27 Grey Cups and 15 Olympic Games. The majority of CBC sportscasters are hired on contract. Of the four high-profile sportscasters the network had employed, Scott Russell will be keeping his job. Armitage and Lee were let go, and Brenda Irving is moving to another department. Last November the CBC lost NHL hockey rights to Rogers Media in a $5.2-billion deal, creating a dramatic loss in advertising revenue for the network, which already was dealing with federal budget cuts.
BLAIR STANDS UP TO DOUG FORD
Police Chief Bill Blair has served Doug Ford with a defamation notice for remarks the councillor made accusing the chief of leaking notice of a subpoena against mayor Rob Ford to the media. Chief Blair assured the public saying “this does not involve any taxpayers’ money.” Blair has ignored a lot of the Ford brothers’ bullying in the past, but now that he’s soon to lose his chief seat, it appears this was the final straw. “Doug Ford is lying,” Blair proclaimed, and warned that if the councillor didn’t issue a full apology and retraction, he would be suing him. Two weeks go by, and sure enough, Blair made good on his threat. The chief’s defamation notice demands Doug Ford retract his allegations and issue a public apology or they’ll be meeting in court. In typical Ford fashion, Doug’s reaction was to lash out at Blair —demanding to know who is funding the lawsuit (Blair personally) and then questioning who leaked it if Blair didn’t (a Globe and Mail reporter). But Doug still hasn’t apologized, he says he was just giving his opinion.
(Photo: The Canadian Press/Darren Calabrese)
MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH WANTS SMOKING BAN ON E-CIGARETTES
Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health wants to see quick action when it comes to banning e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited. He’s suggesting restrictions municipally if the province doesn’t establish regulations within the next six months. Toronto city councillor Joe Mihevc, chairman of the Toronto Board of Health, said there are a number of health concerns associated with the products. “First we don’t know what is in them and one of the things that we are requesting is the federal government to establish a regulatory framework around them,” he said. Although Mihevc confirms that e-cigarettes have helped some kick the habbit of smoking, medical officers of health in various major cities have found that e-cigarettes have not contributed to creating an environment conducive to smoking cessation. Recommendations will go to the board next Monday and if approved will then go to city council.
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)