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Drake Appears To Hang With Baby Mama For Son Adonis’ 2nd Birthday Party – Yahoo Entertainment

October 12th, 2019

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Sophie Brussaux, the mother of Drake’s son Adonis, shared a photo captioned, “A proud, PROUD, birthday mom 🥳”” data-reactid=”28″>Sophie Brussaux, the mother of Drake’s son Adonis, shared a photo captioned, “A proud, PROUD, birthday mom 🥳”

In the snap, she is posing in front of a Sesame Street-inspired art piece made of blue and white flowers.

Brussaux is standing in front of a building that looks very similar to Drake’s Toronto mansion.

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Drake captioned the post, “Happy Birthday King 💙”.

The snap showed gold balloons that spelled out Adonis, along with a Sesame Street-inspired art piece.

The Sesame Street art is identical to the one seen in both Brussaux and Drake’s photos.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Brussaux recently shared a throwback of her posing in front of the mirror in a sleek black dress, showing off her baby bump. She captioned the post, “Today, it’s been 2 years I was having 50-sec contractions every 3 min for 24 hours man…all worth it.”” data-reactid=”57″>Brussaux recently shared a throwback of her posing in front of the mirror in a sleek black dress, showing off her baby bump. She captioned the post, “Today, it’s been 2 years I was having 50-sec contractions every 3 min for 24 hours man…all worth it.”

She added, “Only a handful of weeks left, over 200lbs. Looks like I’m carrying twins, but I swear I’m not.”

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As Trump continues to back Giuliani, some advisors wish he would stop – Global News

October 12th, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday stood behind personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, one of his highest-profile and most vocal defenders, amid reports that federal prosecutors in the city Giuliani led as mayor are eyeing him for possible lobbying violations.

READ MORE: Here’s a breakdown of the phone call imperiling Trump’s presidency

Behind the scenes, however, many of Trump’s closest aides and advisers, inside and outside the White House, quietly wish the president would cut ties with Giuliani, whose leadership of New York after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks earned him worldwide admiration and the moniker of “America’s mayor.”

Giuliani was a force in Trump’s defense during the lengthy Russia investigation by the special counsel. Yet the effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller led Giuliani to Ukraine, which now entangles the former federal prosecutor and mayor in legal jeopardy and is central to the danger threatening the presidency he labored to protect.

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0:57Two men linked to Trump’s lawyer Giuliani arrested over campaign finance laws

Two men linked to Trump’s lawyer Giuliani arrested over campaign finance laws

The New York Times reported Friday, citing a pair of anonymous sources familiar with the matter, that the investigation is linked to Giuliani’s efforts to undermine Marie Yovanovitch, formerly the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan has declined to comment on the Times report.

Two Florida businessmen with ties to Giuliani were charged Thursday with federal campaign finance violations. Both played key roles in Giuliani’s efforts to get Ukraine to launch a corruption investigation into Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a gas company there.

On Saturday, Trump deployed in Giuliani’s defense the same two-word phrase — “Witch Hunt!” — he repeatedly used to attack the legitimacy of the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and now the House impeachment inquiry against him.

READ MORE: Who are the 2 men tied to Trump’s lawyer and what do their arrests mean?

“So now they are after the legendary ‘crime buster’ and greatest Mayor in the history of NYC, Rudy Giuliani,” Trump tweeted while on the way to his northern Virginia golf club. “He may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes, but he is also a great guy and wonderful lawyer.”

Later Saturday, he told Jeanine Pirro during a telephone interview broadcast on her Fox News Channel program that Giuliani continues as his lawyer.

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“He’s a great gentleman. He was a great mayor, one of the greatest, maybe the greatest mayor in the history of New York,” the president said. “He was a fantastic prosecutor. I know nothing about him being under investigation … I can’t imagine it.”

1:53Rudy Giuliani facing a Congressional subpoena: What comes next?

Rudy Giuliani facing a Congressional subpoena: What comes next?

“He’s a man that looks for corruption and whatever he does I really believe he’s a totally, I mean, I know he’s an honorable man,” Trump added.

A whistleblower complaint about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine led Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open an impeachment inquiry into the president.

Three House committees taking depositions in the impeachment probe heard Friday from Yovanovitch.

The former ambassador has said she was fired from her post in May after insisting that Giuliani’s requests to Ukrainian officials for investigations be relayed through official channels, according to a former diplomat who has spoken with her. The former diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversation.

READ MORE: U.S. diplomats discussed Ukraine in text messages — here are a few takeaways

Trump seemed to try to create space between himself and Giuliani on Friday when reporters asked if Giuliani was still representing him.

“Well, I don’t know. I haven’t spoken to Rudy,” Trump said as he left the White House for a trip to Louisiana, adding that the two spoke briefly on Thursday. “He’s a very good attorney, and he has been my attorney. Yeah, sure.”

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Asked if he still represented Trump, Giuliani replied to The Associated Press with a one-word text message: “Yes.”

White House officials have been flabbergasted by Giuliani’s performance on Trump’s behalf, particularly his habit of revealing embarrassing information without so much as a heads-up to the president’s full-time aides.

1:11Giuliani says Pompeo was ‘aware’ of Ukraine meetings

Giuliani says Pompeo was ‘aware’ of Ukraine meetings

Aides have come to view Giuliani’s behavior much as they have their boss’ — with resignation that they will rarely be consulted beforehand to develop a strategic plan, and that any plan will be ignored.

One White House aide said there was frustration among aides that they have borne the brunt of criticism from some in Trump’s orbit for not having a more coordinated response to the impeachment probe, saying they were operating without visibility into what Giuliani has been doing. The aide and others who spoke on this subject did so on the condition of anonymity.

White House lawyers rarely deal with Giuliani directly, preferring to coordinate when necessary with Jay Sekulow, viewed as the more even-keeled lawyer on the president’s outside team.

READ MORE: What you need to know as Congress steps up Trump’s impeachment inquiry

Aides who spoke on this subject said the general feeling among them is that Trump has yet to fully grasp the extent of Giuliani’s side-dealings and hope Trump will eventually sour on his fellow New Yorker.

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Giuliani was first brought on as the public face of Trump’s defense of the Russia investigation, with Trump valuing his pugnacious style from the 2016 campaign and his reputation as “America’s mayor.”

Giuliani wanted to be secretary of state, but ended up withdrawing from consideration for a Cabinet post.

0:55Trump says he has not asked Justice Department to investigate Hunter Biden

Trump says he has not asked Justice Department to investigate Hunter Biden

But Giuliani successfully pressed Trump’s case on cable TV, even though some of the scattershot interviews seemed to do more harm than good. Even then, Giuliani at times let slip seemingly damaging information as a way to get ahead of a story, to normalize something while also lacing into the special counsel’s credibility and undermining his investigation.

He also was part of a key decision to block Trump from conducting an in-person interview with Mueller.

Many in the administration — including in the West Wing and at the State Department — have tried to distance themselves from Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine, eagerly leaking to reporters unflattering stories about the former mayor’s clumsy investigative efforts.

READ MORE: Trump denounces impeachment inquiry with profanity at Louisiana rally

And while there is a grudging respect among some Trump allies and in the reelection campaign at Giuliani’s willingness to defend the president on TV, something few others in the White House have done of late, many believe his interviews have become too hyperbolic and his undisciplined manner of speaking could put Trump at risk.

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But though Trump himself has at time grown frustrated with Giuliani, he has defended the former mayor to people around him. Trump has spoken admiringly of Giuliani’s no-nonsense style and willingness to go all-out to defend the administration and attack the president’s Democratic foes and the news media, according to three White House officials and Republicans close to the White House. The officials insisted on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

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No stars, no problem as Leafs beat Wings to end losing streak – Toronto Sun

October 12th, 2019

DETROIT — The foot soldiers cleared the trenches for the Maple Leafs in a battle of attrition on Saturday night.

The Leafs’ bottom-six forwards shone against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena, providing the offence in a 5-2 win as Toronto ended a three-game losing streak.

Alex Kerfoot, Ilya Mikheyev and Nick Shore scored for the Leafs in a game that featured next to nothing in the way of open ice. Frederik Gauthier was impactful throughout the evening and Trevor Moore added an empty-net goal.

And to give the win an exclamation point, it was Jake Muzzin, not Morgan Rielly or Tyson Barrie, sneaking in from the point with less than seven minutes to play to deposit a pass from Dmytro Timashov past Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.


Alexander Kerfoot (left) of the Maple Leafs celebrates his third period goal with Trevor Moore while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on October 12, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Toronto won the game 5-2. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

As encouraging as it is for coach Mike Babcock when the Leafs stars are dimmed and Toronto still emerges with a victory, just as pleasing to the staff was the players’ work ethic, which was absent in a lopsided loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday.

“We talked a lot about that: How hard can we work?” Babcock said. “That’s got to be our calling card. If we go to work, our talent will show and you’ve got to outwork the other team. That’s the bottom line.

“I liked our consistency and our patience in our game.”

The goal by Kerfoot, coming off a Mikheyev rebound, gave the Leafs a 3-1 lead at 9:11 of the third.
Considering the tight nature of the match, for a brief time, we figured it would serve as insurance. Instead, it was larger, as Darren Helm was left alone 24 seconds later and popped a quick shot past Frederik Andersen.

Mikheyev gave the Leafs a 2-1 lead late in the second period with his second goal in the National Hockey League.
Howard underestimated the speed of Mikheyev as a loose puck made its way toward the Detroit net. Howard raced out of his crease to play it, but Mikheyev, steaming through the neutral zone, beat him to the puck, moving to his forehand past the sliding netminder to deposit it into an open net at 19:30.

Overall, the Leafs were a heck of a lot more engaged than they were against Tampa.

“I think it’s kudos to everyone involved — the players and everyone finding the guys,” Muzzin said of the role players. “We have lots of depth here. We have smart hockey players and guys who are working hard and are hungry. It’s a great combination to have.”

Andersen, with 25 saves, got some mojo back after being pulled against Tampa.

GAME ON

Mikheyev on whether he is happy (we say he should be) with the solid start to his NHL career: “I don’t think about this. I just work. I’m excited and I’m very happy every day when I come to the practice rink or Scotiabank for the game.” … We were going to make a lame joke on social media about the Leafs giving up an early first goal, but we didn’t have to. Jacob de la Rose beat us to it, scoring on a backhand at 3:44 of the first. Rasmus Sandin was not much physical help on the play as the Leafs fell behind 1-0 for the fifth time in six games … Babcock went back to Timashov and Shore on the fourth line in place of Nic Petan and Jason Spezza, respectively. Timashov and Shore teamed up to score at 9:57 of the first to tie the game 1-1. The energetic Timashov, who had two assists, knocked Wings defenceman Dennis Cholowski off the puck and to the ice, centring to Shore, who deked to his backhand to beat Howard. For Shore, who spent last season with Magnitogorsk of the KHL, it was his first goal in the NHL since April 3, 2018, when he was a member of the Calgary Flames … Between them, Gauthier and Shore won 11 of 13 draws in the defensive zone. All told, the fourth line provides Babcock with a dependable option that didn’t exist last season.

MARNER SHRUGS

The highest-paid player in the NHL this season isn’t lying awake at night, worried about his line’s play.

Of Mitch Marner’s six points through the Leafs’ first six games, just two have come at even-strength.

“It’s going to come, so I ain’t worried about it,” Marner said after the Leafs’ optional morning skate. “I just think we have not clicked as well as we want to yet.

“We have to make sure we get back to basics, make sure we are staying above people, doing things right, not making mistakes and on the offensive side of it, we’re getting our shots, trying to get the puck back, trying to get to the net.”

Marner, pulling in a salary of $16 million US (with a cap hit of $10.893 million), John Tavares and Kasperi Kapanen have yet to find their stride. Marner and Tavares miss the impact of Zach Hyman, to be sure, but it’s not as though they are being stuck with an inferior player in Kapanen.

Marner and Tavares have to be better, period.

PEERING AT PRESSURE

When Andreas Johnsson scored his first goal of the season against Tampa Bay, he didn’t feel a weight fall off his shoulders.

Johnsson is coming off a 20-goal campaign in 2018-19, followed by the signing of a four-year, $13.6-million US contract at the end of June.

The biggest difference for Johnsson between now and a year ago is the expectations. He was a healthy scratch for five of the Leafs’ first 11 games in October before getting his feet under him.

“Honestly, I have not felt that much difference,” Johnsson said. “I feel like it’s pressure anyway.

“It was pressure last year because I didn’t have a spot and I tried to fight for it. At this time, I was sitting in the stands. There is pressure all the time, wherever you play and whatever contract you have. You have to produce to play.”

THREE CHEERS FOR …

The Leafs, naturally, want each other to have success individually, but there is a little more cheerleading directed toward defenceman Justin Holl.

No surprise, really, as Holl was the good soldier last season, keeping his mouth shut as he played in just 11 games, including just two before the end of February.

The 27-year-old Holl played in his fourth game on Saturday night, skating alongside Sandin.

“I’m happy for him,” Johnsson said. “I have been playing with him since I got in this organization, know him well. I think it was a tough battle for him last year to sit out basically the whole season (as a healthy scratch most nights), but he still had good energy and a smile on his face. I’m happy he can get this opportunity and hopefully it continues.”

Holl didn’t lose faith in himself in the off-season, even as the Leafs added depth to the defence corps.

“Whether you play or don’t play, and you are in the NHL all year, and you weight-train, you are around the guys and you learn a lot,” Babcock said. “He has been off to a pretty good start for us. It’s simple for us. We just watch and then, if you play good, you get to play more. Good for him. This is what he wanted. He is getting an opportunity right now and he has to seize it.”

POINT SHOTS

Count Sandin among those who find the use of personal iPads supplied by the team as a large positive. “Especially for me (starting his NHL career), I think it’s great to watch my own shifts and see what I did well and see what I can improve,” Sandin said … Overheard in the press box, regarding Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi, with his long hair and missing tooth: “He looks like he should be on Letterkenny.”  … Joseph (Brick) Woll kicked off his professional hockey career quite nicely on Saturday, posting a shutout as the Toronto Marlies won 4-0 in Winnipeg against the Manitoba Moose. Woll made 23 saves in his American Hockey League debut as the Marlies improved to 3-0-0,  becoming the first rookie Marlies goalie to blank the opponent in his first game. Pontus Aberg, with two goals, Pierre Engvall and Egor Korshkov scored for the Marlies. Engvall and Nick Baptiste each had two assists. “We didn’t give up a great deal but he looked really confident back there, moved very well,” Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe said of Woll … When Leafs prospects Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Nick Robertson packed up during camp and headed back to the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League, each had the idea that 100 points were attainable. So far, so good, and perhaps both were exceeding what they expected from themselves. Going into the Petes’ game against the Flint Firebirds on Saturday night, Robertson (11 goals and six assists) and Der-Arguchintsev (two goals and 15 assists) were tied for second in OHL scoring with 17 points, putting them on pace for 145 points each. Robertson’s 11 goals were tops in the league, as were Der-Arguchintsev’s 15 assists … The Leafs were scheduled to have Sunday off, returning to practice on Monday to prepare for a visit by the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED

THE GOAT, INDEED
Frederik Gauthier didn’t have a point, but so what. He had a career-high five shots on goal and was a stellar 7-0 in the faceoff circle.

SHORE-D UP
Nearly as effective as Gauthier at the dot was Nick Shore, who won seven of his nine draws. Shore also had his first two points in a Leafs uniform.

JOHNNY HOCKEY
Winger Andreas Johnsson didn’t get on the scoresheet, but produced nine scoring attempts, including a team-high six shots on goal.

ATTEMPTING FATE
While there wasn’t much space, the Leafs still tilted the ice, registering 67 attempts to the Wings’ 38 while playing 5-on-5. Toronto had 10 high-danger scoring chances, Detroit six.

TOP-SIX FIZZLE
Of the Leafs’ 41 shots on goal, a mere 16 were provided by the top six forwards. Of that group, Johnsson’s six were the high. Neither John Tavares nor William Nylander had a shot on goal.

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Province Declaring State Of Emergency As Thousands Remain Without Power – SteinbachOnline.com

October 12th, 2019

Premier Brian Pallister says the government is in the process of declaring a state of emergency.

Pallister made the comments at a press conference called early Saturday evening.

2019 10 snow stormHe says Manitoba Hydro made the request so they can access funds, supplies, and equipment to help restore power rapidly. Many of those supplies will be coming from out of province, including North Dakota.

Over 100,000 customers experienced power outages in the province on Friday. While crews are working hard through tough conditions, 50,000 people still remain without power, Hydro says.

Entire communities, such as Portage la Prairie and Carman, have been without electricity. Pallister says around a dozen First Nation communities are also without power.

Manitoba Hydro has brought in crews from unaffected areas of the province to help. However, they’ve been slowed by inaccessible roads.

The utility company has asked that people stay off roadways, even as highways reopen so that crews would not be slowed.

Hydro says it’s too hard to say when restoration will be complete for areas. However, the Premier has said it could be days for some areas.

“The effects of the storm are now being felt farther west and north, following the track of the system,” says Scott Powell, Director of Corporate Communications for Manitoba Hydro in a press release.

“While we are making good progress in Winnipeg, the amount of snow around Portage la Prairie, into the Interlake and farther north is really hampering our efforts to even get crews out to begin damage assessments. Many roads are completely impassable, and we are now starting to utilize snowmobiles and tracked vehicles to access areas that would otherwise be inaccessible.

“We are doing our best to re-route power from alternate sources of supply into the Portage area while we work with Manitoba Infrastructure gaining access to roads,” Powell says. However, all customers experiencing an outage should prepare to be without power for an extended period, Hydro adds in the release.

“We understand how frustrating it is to be without electricity, especially when we can’t even give you an estimate on how long it might take to restore. The support we are getting from our customers via social media is absolutely fantastic, and is very appreciated by our staff who are working long hours in some pretty tough conditions. Thanks to everyone for their patience.”

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All the hardware you need to play Apple Arcade games – CNET

October 12th, 2019

Justin Trudeau Wears Protective Vest In Toronto Area Due To Security Threat – HuffPost Canada

October 12th, 2019

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A high level of security detail surrounds Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau as he arrives at a rally in Mississauga, Ont., on Oct. 12, 2019.

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau took extraordinary safety precautions at a major election rally west of Toronto Saturday, donning an armoured vest and appearing with a heavy security detail because of a threat.

Liberal officials would not reveal the nature of the threat, which resulted in a 90-minute delay before the incumbent prime minister appeared before the roughly 2,000 party supporters who had turned out to a convention near Pearson airport in Mississauga, Ont., as the election campaign enters its final week.

The armoured vest was not readily apparent as Trudeau delivered a 25-minute speech, in which the Liberal leader lashed out at the Conservatives for promising cuts to government spending before urging progressive voters against casting their ballots for the NDP.

But sources later confirmed to The Canadian Press that Trudeau, who wore a suit jacket during the rally rather than his usual rolled-up sleeves and loosened tie, was also wearing a vest, which was noticeable in photos taken at the event.

Trudeau’s extra security detail was obvious as the Liberal leader was escorted through the boisterous crowd by a large number of plainclothes RCMP officers as well as Mounties dressed in green tactical gear.

Watch: Trudeau lashes out at the Tories, NDP during a rally in Mississauga. Story continues below.

The police officers made a point of standing on the stage surveying the crowd while Trudeau spoke and remained close by his side after his speech as the Liberal leader shook hands with members of the crowd before leaving the room.

Prepared remarks had indicated that Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, was to introduce the Liberal leader. She did not appear or take the stage during the rally.

The Peel Regional Police referred questions to the RCMP.

“For security reasons, we do not comment on security measures given to the prime minister,” RCMP spokeswoman Stephanie Dumoulin said in email.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh tweeted his concerns.

“Any threat made against @JustinTrudeau, or any leader, is troubling to all of us,” he wrote. “No matter how you vote or believe, no one should face threats of violence. To the officers who protect all of us — thank you.”

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau greets supporters at a rally in Mississauga, Ont. on Oct. 12, 2019.

Liberals had been hoping Saturday’s rally would see Trudeau make a mark in the vote-rich Greater Toronto Area, where the party needs to have a strong showing to have any hope of again forming government.

Prior to Trudeau’s appearance, both Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains addressed the crowd, some of whose members began to express impatience over the Liberal leader’s unexplained delay taking the microphone.

And while the crowd cheered Trudeau’s remarks, the delay and later news of a security threat threatened to cast a pall over the event and detract from the Liberal leader’s warnings about the potential threat of a Conservative government under Andrew Scheer.

The Liberals will hope to get back on track Sunday when Trudeau continues to campaign in the Toronto area as the federal election campaign heads into its final week with the Liberals and Conservatives running neck and neck with the New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois also picking up some steam.

With files from Joanna Smith

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 12, 2019.

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Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans leaves 1 dead, 2 missing – The Globe and Mail

October 12th, 2019

This photo provided by WWL-TV shows several construction standing after a large portion of the Hard Rock Hotel, under construction suddenly collapsed Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 in New Orleans.

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A large section of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction at the edge of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter collapsed Saturday amid blinding dust and flying debris, killing one person and injuring more than 20 as rescue workers rushed into what was left of the largely unstable building to locate two people still unaccounted for.

Nearby buildings were evacuated and a 82-meter construction crane — one of two still looming over the multistory building — also was dangerously unstable, fire officials said.

“I heard a huge noise and thought it was a plane crashing,” said Sue Hurley, 68, a guest at a hostel just across the street that shuddered with the force of the explosion. Hurley said she was reminded of news accounts of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

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WWL-TV aired and tweeted a viewer’s dramatic video of the collapse, showing upper floors falling on top of each other before one side of the building crashed to the ground.

Another video on social media showed what looked like a metal structure — part of the building or a piece of construction equipment — tumbling to the ground and people running from the scene as clouds of dust billowed up, obscuring the view like a thick fog.

“I’m not sure what happened, but they told us to get out of here,” said Michael Arbeiter, 30, from Munich, Germany, a hostel guest who said he was just getting out of the shower when his room shook. “Thank God it was not another 9-11.”

Officials said 18 people were taken to the hospital from the scene and several others went to the hospital on their own. They said none of their injuries was believed to be life threatening.

Urban search and rescue teams entered a section of the building Saturday in hopes of finding the two missing people alive, said Fire Chief Tim McConnell. He said authorities believe they knew their approximate location based on talks with other survivors of the collapse. One of the two was believed to be in a relatively stable part of the wrecked building; the other, in a less stable area.

Meanwhile, authorities were keeping a wary eye on an unstable construction crane looming over the building.

“There is a very strong possibility of further collapse of this crane right now,” McConnell said.

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Citadel Builders LLC, the contractor on the project, said more than 100 workers were on site at the time of the collapse. An email from spokesman Brian Trascher said company officials were working with emergency workers on a plan to stabilize the building.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was on the scene taking part in news briefings soon after the collapse. The Democrat was defending his seat in a primary election Saturday against two major Republican opponents. Edwards was hoping for an outright win to avoid a November runoff.

The new Hard Rock Hotel was under construction at the corner of Rampart Street and Canal Street, a broad boulevard just outside the Quarter, lined with restaurants hotels and retailers. Canal, which carries six lanes of traffic divided by a wide median where streetcars roll, separates the Quarter from the city’s main business district.

As search and rescue efforts unfolded, police stood sentry around a group of people on the Canal Street median who were believed to be loved ones of the missing. A woman nearby said she was trying to find out the status of her brother, a worker at the site. She declined to give her name, wiping tears from her eyes as she walked away.

Removal of the damaged crane and cleanup of massive piles of debris promised to be a massive undertaking expected to tie up traffic and commerce. The site is next to two major traffic arteries where major bus and streetcar lines intersect. Among area buildings evacuated was the Saenger Theatre, where travelling companies perform Broadway Shows regularly.

Hard Rock International issued a statement Saturday expressing sympathy for victims and their families. The statement said the company had a licensing agreement with the building’s owner, Kailas Companies, and Hard Rock had no involvement in the construction. It identified the contractor on the project as Citadel Builders LLC.

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Citadel issued a statement expressing its condolences for the death and injuries but did not comment on a possible cause of the collapse.

Kailas did not respond to messages left seeking comment Saturday night.

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Local tattoo shop hosts free pink ribbon contest in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – 13abc Action News

October 12th, 2019

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop the disease in their lifetime. Every year hundreds of thousands are diagnosed and tens of thousands die from breast cancer.

For the first time, Permanent Skin Artistry in Toledo is hosting a pink ribbon contest. There’s still time to nominate a survivor in your life to win a free tattoo in honor of their fight.

To do so, send a Facebook message to Permanently Scarred & Perfectly Pierced and share a bit of information your loved one’s battle. You have until October 15th to enter, and a winner will be selected next week.

The winner will receive a free two inch by two inch pink ribbon tattoo. The location and design is up to them. Normally, this would cost around $150.

Jay Jay Brown co-owns Permanent Skin Artistry. Giving back is a core part of the business.

“I think part of being happy is doing service work for people and help people out. That’s true success and being able to help other people,” said Brown.

Jay Jay says he’s given lots of pink ribbon tattoos to survivors over the years.

“It’s always a big moment like that when you’re doing something that special for somebody that means to them, with them going through that,” said Brown.

Nicole Lucio nominated her friend Alicia Pangrac.

“I’m lucky to have her as a friend in my life,” said Lucio.

They both are trainers at LBs Circuit Training and Nicole says they do everything together, including getting matching unicorn tattoos.

“In honor to support her since everything was going on last year. She’s kind of called it the year of the unicorn,” said Lucio.

Alicia celebrated 16 years breast cancer free last year. But, at a routine check up – she got some hard news. The cancer was back.

“She had to have a double mastectomy and she’s going through all of the reconstruction now. She’s already had two surgeries and after the first surgery she was just up as quick as she could be again, trying to get back to the gym,” said Lucio.

Nicole says Alicia always puts others first. Her positivity is infectious and her resilience is inspiring.

Alicia loves tattoos and if she were to win, Nicole says having that constant reminder of her strength would encourage her to keep fighting.

“If I can help her get something back like one little thing for her, would just be a small mark on the impact she’s had on me,” said Lucio.

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Maple Leafs’ supporting cast steals the spotlight against Red Wings – Sportsnet.ca

October 12th, 2019

DETROIT – Saturdays were built for hockey’s marquee stars, but every once in a while the supporting cast steals the spotlight.

For the Toronto Maple Leafs, this was certainly one of those nights.

In the giddy aftermath of their 5-2, three-game-skid-snuffing victory over the Detroit Red Wings, there was Frederik Gauthier conducting a national TV interview, his first-ever Hockey Night in Canada towel draped over his broad shoulders and a spotless 7-for-7 faceoff performance stamped on the game sheet.

There was fifth-rounder Dmytro Timashov happily describing his two primary assists and point-per-game NHL career after finally squeaking onto a big-league roster after three years in the farm system.

There was the undrafted Trevor Moore trying to make sense of how he needed 25 games in 2018-19 to score two goals and only six games to find the net thrice.

There was fourth-line journeyman Nick Shore downplaying his first NHL goal in more than 18 months, striving to make the most of his limited ice time after a winter abroad, clinging to his professional hockey career in Magnitogorsk.

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And there — trembling and smiling as he struggled to explain his first love in a second language — was the Maple Leafs’ new fan favourite, courted and imported jewel Ilya Mikheyev, telling what it meant to make an impact in a hockey town known for its Russian icons.

“I see portraits in here, Russian Five and Pavel Datsyuk. They’re very great. Big history, I know,” Mikheyev said, holding court in the Little Caesars visitors’ room.

“I just work because this my first NHL season. Other country has other mentality and new system for me, and I excited every time. I very happy every day when I came in practice rink or Scotiabank rink. I just very happy.”

Ditto, Mike Babcock.

Head coaches dream of bottom-six performances like the one he witnessed Saturday, when he trusted a bunch of names not splashed on the backs of the travelling Leafs Nation to not only stifle one of the sport’s hottest lines (Tyler Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha) but ended up leaning on them to produce hearty spoonfuls of offence when his $40 million worth of showtime ran dry.

It was the theatre of the bizarre. Neither John Tavares nor William Nylander registered a shot on goal. Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, Andreas Johnson and Nylander were all minus players.

Yet the Leafs’ bottom-six of Timashov, Shore, Gauthier, Moore, Mikheyev and Alexander Kerfoot combined for a whopping eight points, despite getting tasked with critical defensive-zone starts.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen, but if the guys can do it, obviously it’s a huge deal for you. It makes you a way better hockey club and way deeper, and then you can play [Tavares] and [Matthews] out in the offensive zone all the time, which is easier on them,” said Babcock, crediting Gauthier and Shore’s face-off prowess.

“Shoresy is a right-hand faceoff guy, and we didn’t have that [last season]. They’re just not in the same situation we were in a year ago. I thought Timo had a heck of a game. He was fast, he was strong, he was physical. The goals and that stuff were bonus.”

Toronto’s sluggish starts are officially a habit, as the Maple Leafs surrendered the night’s first goal for the fifth time in six games.

Fourth-liner Jacob De La Rose eluded his rookie check, Rasmus Sandin, in the slot and whacked in a sweeping backhanded rebound past Frederik Andersen, a goaltender out for redemption after surrendering a touchdown to Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Toronto’s own fourth line evened the contest when some nifty forecheck work by Timashov helped the rookie set up Shore in the slot. Shore’s patient move to his backhand foiled Jimmy Howard, giving Shore his first NHL goal since April 2018.

“That’s all you can do,” Shore said. “You work hard when you’re not in, and when the opportunity is given, you try to make the most of it.”

The Maple Leafs seized a lead with a mere 30 seconds remaining in a back-and-forth second period thanks to the deceptive speed of Mikheyev.

From deep in his own corner, Kasperi Kapanen lobbed an airborne pass inside the Red Wings’ zone for the soup lover to go chase down.

“I saw that Kappy did a flip pass, and I just moving and see puck before me,” Mikheyev explained. “I think goal is 50/50. I have shot and I did.”

Mikheyev, who broke out for 23 goals with hometown Omsk Avangard last season, blew past defender Madison Bowey and beat a charging Howard for the loose puck, then smoothly deposited it in the vacated net for his second since moving to North America.

“To me,” Babcock said, “it’s unbelievable how comfortable he is, how quick he is, how good his brain works, how good his hockey sense is.”

The Leafs’ third-line centre, Kerfoot, and Detroit winger Darren Helm continued the theme of bottom-six stars by exchanging goals in the third period.

Timashov registered his second primary assist of the game when he fed a beautiful cross-seam pass to a pinching Jake Muzzin, who snapped it clean for the insurance.

Moore potted an empty-netter, giving each member of the Leafs’ third line a goal in the same game.

The patchwork fringes of the lineup shone bright.

“It’s kudos to everyone involved, the players and everyone finding the guys,” said Muzzin. “We have lots of lots of depth here. We have smart hockey players, and guys are working hard and hungry, so that’s a great combination to have.”

Yes, the expensive all-stars in the penthouse of the Maple Leafs’ lineup are being paid and pressured to deliver.

But it’s the personnel throughout the trenches that need to do their share if this squad can equal its lofty expectations.

“Everyone contributes,” Tavares says. “There’s no doubt we need everyone, whether your role is small or big, the impact is huge.”

It may never be as huge as it was on Saturday.

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Trudeau surrounded by police amid security concern at rally – CTV News

October 12th, 2019

TORONTO — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was surrounded by police officers Saturday as he appeared 90 minutes late to campaign rally due to an unspecified security concern.

Trudeau, who is known to wear rolled-up shirtsleeves during speeches, wore a blue suit jacket on stage that visibly bulged from what appeared to be protective gear underneath.

His wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, was scheduled to introduce him at the Mississauga, Ont. event but did not appear on stage.

The intense security detail was unusual for a campaign rally, reported CTV’s Glen McGregor, who has been following the Liberal campaign.

The Liberal Party would not comment on the security concern.

Trudeau met with an estimated 2,000 supporters in the Ontario riding as he hopes to motivate supporters to head to the polls. It was the biggest crowd of his campaign so far.

In his address, Trudeau tried to convince left-leaning voters to support the Liberals rather than the NDP after recent polls showed a spike in support for Jagmeet Singh’s party.

“If you want progressive action, you need a progressive government, not a progressive opposition,” Trudeau said.

Singh tweeted his concerns about the incident late Saturday.

“Any threat made against @JustinTrudeau, or any leader, is troubling to all of us. No matter how you vote or believe, no one should face threats of violence. To the officers who protect all of us – thank you,” Singh tweeted.

The other federal party leaders are spending the holiday weekend at similar campaign stops.

The election will be held on Monday, Oct. 21. Early voting has already begun across the country.

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