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Mayor Rob Ford is apologizing to Torontonians for "mistakes" he has made, but says he will not be leaving office, despite the fact that police have recovered a controversial video that allegedly shows the city’s chief magistrate using crack cocaine. His remarks came just three days after Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair confirmed in a news conference that investigators retrieved a video from a seized hard drive that features the mayor. Blair said the video was "consistent" with descriptions of the mayor smoking from a crack pipe, as reported by U.S. gossip website Gawker and the Toronto Star.Deputy mayor on Rob Ford He said...I'm the first one to admit, I am not perfect. I have made mistakes ... and all I can do right now is apologize for the mistakes," he said.


Denver Broncos head coach John Fox will miss several weeks and needs heart surgery.

Denver Broncos head coach John Fox will miss several weeks and needs heart surgery.The 58-year-old Fox will undergo aortic valve replacement surgery early next week at a hospital in Charlotte, N.C.The Broncos did not immediately name an interim head coach.Fox had been told earlier about his heart condition and was hoping to put off the operation until February. As part of his trip to North Carolina over the Broncos' bye week, he met with his cardiologist and was told to seek medical attention immediately if he felt any discomfort.On Saturday, Fox became dizzy playing golf near his off-season home and was taken to a hospital, where tests revealed he couldn't wait any longer to have the surgery."I sincerely appreciate all of the support from friends, Denver Broncos fans and so many around the league today," Fox said in a statement released by the team Saturday night. "Although I am disappointed I must take some time away from the team to attend to this pre-existing health condition, I understand that it's the right thing to do. I have great confidence in our coaches and players, who are fully committed to our goals."I look forward to returning to coaching as soon as possible."At 7-1, the Broncos trail the Kansas City Chiefs (8-0) in their division, but they're widely considered Super Bowl favourites in the AFC with a high-octane offence led by Peyton Manning and a star-studded defence that recently was bolstered by the return of All-Pro linebacker Von Miller from a suspension.Their next game is Nov. 10 against AFC West foe San Diego.

#18 QB Peyton Manning Height:6' 5" ,Weight: 230 lbs

Age:37  Photo of Peyton ManningOverall NFL Ranking
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  • Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) celebrates with teammates after returning a recovered fumble into the end zone for a touchdown past Buffalo Bills quarterback Jeff Tuel (7) during the second half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/ Bill Wippert)

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) celebrates with teammates after returning a recovered fumble into the end zone for a touchdown past Buffalo Bills quarterback Jeff Tuel (7) during the second half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith was exhausted after he returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown.

''I was definitely happy I made it,'' Smith said. ''I wanted to celebrate, but I was too tired.''

That's fine, because the Chiefs are suddenly breathing easier after their defense kept Kansas City's perfect start intact.

Smith's interception and linebacker Tamba Hali's 11-yard fumble return for a touchdown aided the Chiefs in overcoming a pedestrian offense and their own leaky defense in securing a 23-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Kansas City (9-0) remained the NFL's only undefeated team and matched the best start in franchise history set in 2003. The Chiefs now enter their bye week before a key AFC West showdown against the Denver Broncos (7-1) on Nov. 17.

If the only thing perfect about the Chiefs is their record so far, coach Andy Reid refuses to make any apologies.

''We're not going to make excuses for it,'' said Reid, who in his first year has the Chiefs continuing their worst-to-first run after a 2-14 finish last season. ''We're pretty happy that we got the touchdowns. We'll take them any way we can get them.''

if you went to last weekend's LeMons race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, you could tell your friends you saw the premier of the Upside Down Race Car, a Speedycop production created by the wackiest of LeMonsters, Jeff Bloch.You don't go to a 24 Hours of LeMons race for the speed. Because for race cars that cost no more than $500, speed isn't a thing. You go to a LeMons race to witness the barking mad, clapped-out vehicles perilously navigate turns at 6 mph. You go to watch the officiators utilize the "Wheel of Misfortune" to decide a punishment for lousy driving, such as the "Mime Your Crime" penalty, where the driver must paint their face in white and mime their infraction before being allowed back on course.

Under his Speedycop banner, Bloch and his cronies have been famed for their Franken-wheel creations, leading up to the debut of the Spirit of LeMons--a 1956 Cessna 310 and a minivan engine blended to create a road-racing airplane. All in, Speedycop has built 14 lemons over the years.

The Upside Down Race Car, despite looking like the results of a rough street race, is a 1999 Chevy Camaro flipped on its lid and fitted with a beat-up, 190,000 mile 1.3 liter Ford Festiva engine and subframe. Given the sheer weight of the machine and the tiny engine, the power appears on par with a AMF Roadmaster moped. Or perhaps even slower. Speedycop confirms: "Putting this thing on a race course with real race cars would be tantamount to suicide, were it not for the stringent safety rules. Now, it's merely extremely hazardous, and highly ill-advised."

For Speedycop, this is simply the next vehicle in a long list of potential upcoming nutty concepts: "I'm an 8 year-old kid trapped in a 40 year-old body," he says, "with just enough talent to pull off my wacky ideas." We can't wait to see what he pulls off next

DRUNK, DEFUNCT and perhaps DERANGED...Toronto Mayor Rob Ford seen posing on Friday evening at Taste of the Danforth.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford seen posing for photo with Jaime Castillo on Friday evening at Taste of the Danforth.
... one eye witness of a drunk driving Ford, Mala Turay, who filmed Ford on the way to the festival, said he first encountered the mayor on Greenwood Avenue, south of Danforth. Turay said he looked outside his home and saw his neighbours crowded around a Cadillac Escalade parked on the street. When Turay went outside, Ford was standing next to the luxury vehicle as he spoke to people gathered around him. “They said they had thought he had been drinking, and looking and talking to the mayor it was pretty obvious,” Turay said, he was “swaying back and forth” and slurring his words. A short time later, one of Ford’s staffers moved his Escalade to the Danforth, Turay said. A spokesperson for the mayor said Ford drove himself to the event, but decided to have a staff member drive him home. In an amateur video, Ford repeatedly tells people gathered around him, “I’m not driving.” The video was recorded near Danforth and Greenwood avenues, several blocks east of the festival.

Aerial view from a hot air balloon as it flies over the ruins of Pompeii city, near Naples, May 27, 2005.

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Tourists visit the library in the ancient city of Ephesus in the western Turkish coastal city of Izmir, 29 October 2006

Machu Picchu was recognized as a World Wonder in 2007.

Sammy Yatim: Families of cop shooting victims to protest at Toronto police board meeting
Sammy Yatim's mother, Sahar Bahadi, and his sister, Sarah Yatim, led a July 29 rally down Dundas St. to the spot where where he was shot by a Toronto Police officer.

Sammy Yatim's mother, Sahar Bahadi, and his sister, Sarah Yatim, led a rally down Dundas St. to the spot where where he was shot by a Toronto Police officer. Protesters, including relatives of six people who died in police gunfire, will march to police headquarters.

GOT A GREAT IDEA???         The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. The Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is given upfront in a paper bag full of cash by a group of ten self-organizing “micro-trustees,” who form autonomous chapters around geographic areas or topics of interest.What would you do with $1000 to improve our city? Or to make it more fun? Or to prove a point? Or to solve a problem? Themes that interest us are design, urban planning, art and science. The ideal project has elements of those mixed with a legitimate and important social mission.The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. It is, in the words of one of our trustees, a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance. Since its humble beginnings, many Awesome Foundation chapters have sprung up globally to conserve, sustain, and support the worldwide ecosystem of awesomeness. Projects have included efforts in a wide range of areas including technology, arts, social good, and beyond. Apply @ awesometo.word-press



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Anti-Gay Marriage Rally Draws 150,000 in Paris

Heroin seized ...The hunt is on for a drug trafficker in the GTA after Canada Border Services Agency officers seized more than 22 kilograms of heroin at Pearson International Airport last week. 

Officers found multiple rectangular-shaped packets wrapped in a floral-pattern fabric inside the duffle bag. Subsequent testing proved positive for heroin.

The RCMP is now looking for those responsible for trying to bring the drugs into Canada.

During the first four months of 2013, CBSA officers in the GTA have seized more than 127 kilograms of heroin


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 the highest resolution version available. Easter Island Eclipse
In the foreground of the dramatic scene, the island's famous large, monolithic statues (Moai) share a beachside view of the shimmering solar corona and the darkened daytime sky. Other opportunities to see the total phase of this eclipse of the Sun were also hard to come by. Defined by the dark part of the Moon's shadow, the path of totality tracked eastward across the southern Pacific Ocean, only making significant landfall at Mangaia (Cook Islands) and Easter Island (Isla de Pascua), ending shortly after reaching southern Chile and Argentina.

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David Beckham has been voted the best naked celebrity.David Beckham. Photo / Ross SetfordThe hunky soccer star - who has four children, Brooklyn, 14, Romeo, 10, Cruz, eight, and 19-month-old Harper with wife Victoria - topped a poll of famous guys who have stripped for the cameras. David grabbed first place thanks to his semi-naked Armani and H&M advertising campaigns. He beat Hollywood heartthrob Robert Pattinson into second place, who was named for his racy scenes in Cosmopolis. A surprise entry was Piers Morgan who came third due to his 2009 advert for Burger King to promote a scent called Flame in which he appeared naked other than a velvet rug covering his manhood.

The nationwide UK vote was carried out by as celebration of their campaign with Dream Idols, Europe's biggest male glamour group.

Mickey Elimelech - head of's Wink Bingo - is "surprised" at the top three, but agrees the tattooed sportsman should be number one.

Mickey said: "We agree that Beckham is a huge front runner in the strip tease department. Wink Bingo is all about giving you a little bit of what you fancy, but we must admit that Piers Morgan was surprise."

An accident which blocked all four of the Southern Motorway's southbound lanes forced major roads to back up throughout the city. Photo / Brett Phibbs  Awful Auckland Traffic...Traffic chaos continues  There is more traffic chaos on Auckland's roads as thousands flock to today's Pasifika Festival and the Kumeu Show.

The Pasifika Festival, which began today at 10am in Auckland's Western Springs Park, is expected to draw thousands of locals and visitors from around the country.The Kumeu Show, one of the country's largest rural field-days, also began this morning. On Thursday, Auckland experienced its worst traffic gridlock in years caused by an extra squeeze of pressure on a stretched transport network after a serious crash closed all four southbound lanes of the main motorway out of town.

Now that we are reporting from New Zealand, we have access to the historic side of "The Dunstan Times"! We will feature segments of George Faches editions from the 1860's! Below is an old picture of George Fache and a few of his local sources discussing the weather and local news tips. Below is an article he wrote and printed in "The Dunstan Times" regarding the affairs of a couple of his clients. My great great grandfather had his hand in many fields much like me.Below find George Fache (second from right) hunting up news from the locals in circa 1888 Clyde. Below that is a picture of me with the right tool for the job. I think I may have need of the this chopper-plough to clean up the pack of false history stories being propagated in Clyde.

President Hugo Chavez was lauded as a modern-day reincarnation of Latin American liberator Simon Bolivar and a disciple of Cuba's Fidel Castro at a fiery, foot-stomping state funeral that at times smacked of a political rally as presidents, princes and left-wing glitterati looked on.Supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez. Photo / AP

Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, emotionally eulogised the fallen leader at the military academy where the funeral was held, his voice booming over Chavez's flag-draped casket as he pledged eternal loyalty.

"Here we are, Comandante, your men, on their feet," Maduro shouted, government officials rising behind him. "All your men and women ... loyal until beyond death."

"Chavez Lives!" he declared. "Mission Accomplished!"

But all was not peace and harmony in a country deeply divided by Chavez's 14 years in power. The opposition coalition announced it would boycott Maduro's swearing-in later Friday, calling it unconstitutional. The dispute foreshadows a bitter presidential campaign to come, with elections mandated within 30 days of Chavez's death.

The opposition also rejected the original plan to hold the swearing-in at the military academy, complaining that the armed forces had already virtually endorsed Maduro as Chavez's rightful heir.

I have just passed through Clyde and my illusions have been trampled but the barren wasteland that surrounds it. It is like some alien planet, post apocalyptic. I believe this area was used in the film Lord of the Rings for the mythical land Mordor where the evil spirit of ?Saron? dwells. Im talking Mount Doom stuff. I will upload some photos soon. It is realy creepy landscape. Passed right by it to come to Queenstown. I will get there yet to honour my family but the landscape is anything but pretty.




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 HOG-TIED.... I was sitting outside enjoying the sunshine Christmas evening looking out onto the beautiful blue Pacific when I heard some weird noises. First I thought it was a cat fight. Then I was sure it was a spoiled child having a wee fit. I should have investigated but temper trantrums are not my thing; so I left the matter to itself. Just two doors away all hell was breaking lose as a pet mini pig was being mauled by Dunedins finest. Good they called for back-up. Lucky they didnt have him home for dinner. I am itching to bring up an obvious line but no, I am here in New Zealand where we  don't mention pig on pig fights. We just don't. It's not the decent thing to do. Police say they have decided not to press charges against the juvenile runaway who narrowly avoided becoming Christmas lunch - twice. The first, on Christmas Eve, the creature got on Rattray St, in Dunedin. That's not a pig it's  a young kunekune named Seamus. A little mini-pig if you will. Teenagers  had helped him across the busy road and on to the Arthur St Reserve just after 1pm on Monday. As the pig was content to chomp and root up grass, City animal control were contacted, police officers roughed him up a bit and tied up the poor wee beastie. ''He definitely resisted arrest,'' Constable Buchanan was quoted as having told the Otago Daily Times at the scene. He later added Seamus could have also faced charges of assaulting a police officer, after he kicked out at Constable Kath Goodman. Other offences included ripping up the park's grass and defecating in public.
Gotcha ... Senior Constables Trevor Buchanan and Kath Goodman detain Seamus, a juvenile male kunekune pig, after he was spotted grazing in a Dunedin central park on Christmas Eve. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery
  Constables Buchanan and Goodman detain Seamus, a kunekune pig, after he was grazing in a Dunedin park on Christmas Eve. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery
The pig declined to comment, but was clearly distressed after being hogtied by the three officers before a 30-minute wait for animal control. The trio - assisted by Constable Lachlan McDonald - lifted Seamus into the back of the animal control van, despite squeals of protest from the alleged offender. ''Given it's Christmas, we have decided to take a lenient view on the pig,'' said Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken the Times quotes. Seamus' owners came and collected him about an hour later. The mayhem was repeated yesterday about 6.30pm when the pig was seen ''munching'' someone's garden in Elm Row and police were again called. This time, his owners were called to retrieve Seamus. Both his escapes were thanks to the gate to his pen being left open. He's very much a pet pig. He goes in the car and they take him for walks on the beach.

Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm sails after crossing the starting line of the Vendee Globe sailing race. Photo / AP
Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm sails after crossing the starting line of the Vendee Globe sailing race. Photo / APA solo round-the-world sailor is off and racing again after completing repairs off the Dunedin coast.Swiss sailor Bernard Stamm rejoined the Vendee Globe 2012 round-the-world yacht race yesterday, after anchoring just off Murdering Beach - near the Otago Harbour entrance - for emergency repairs on Boxing Day.
Solo sailor's surprise stop He's off and racing again after completing repairs off the Dunedin coast. Swiss sailor Bernard Stamm rejoined the Vendee Globe 2012 round-the-world yacht race yesterday.

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