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WEEKEND, June 1-3, 2012 News worth sharing. | |

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One complex credit scheme Cops continue to unravel what they deem to be one of the largest credit-skimming cases in the city’s history page 4

Manhunt for Magnotta Man suspected of dismembering a human body and mailing parts is believed to have fled Canada page 14

Syria denies role in Houla massacre The government is claiming rebel fighters are responsible for one of the deadliest atrocities since uprising began page 16

Time to fire up the grill Barbecuing is about more than just hamburgers. This season, try some veggies page 42

Rows of cars and their drivers are seen in a northeast Calgary parking lot for what has become a weekly meet-up during the summer. From here, some will break off to isolated areas of the city to race their cars at speeds of over 200 km/h. More coverage, page 8-9. Metro

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Hantavirus case prompts warning from Alberta Health Services Alberta health officials are warning Albertans to take precautions after a confirmed case of Hantavirus in northern Alberta. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is contracted when a human comes in contact with urine or feces from an infected rodent. The virus easily becomes airborne when mouse nests or their droppings are disturbed. Hantavirus is rare but can be deadly. Those infected show symptoms including fever, body aches, chills, abdominal problems and severe breathing problems. Alberta Health Services advises people to learn about the proper cleaning procedure before cleaning up dead mice, their nests or droppings. METRO In the works

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Alberta is to raise its general minimum wage to $9.75 per hour on Sept. 1. The 35-cent increase will mean the province will have the second lowest rate in Canada. The minimum wage for people who serve liquor will remain at $9.05. The Alberta government is trying to put its minimum wage in a positive light, saying when you factor in the province’s tax rates, it is the second highest in Canada. But the Alberta Federation of Labour says that statement is twisting the truth, noting the province has one of the highest cost of living in the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS

David van Belle is seen at Ghost River Theatre’s office headquarters. He says Calgary needs to not lose sight of mid-size performance groups like his.

Theatres feel pinch JEREMY NOLAIS/METRO

Crunch. Lack of performance and rehearsal space, soaring rent hurt Calgary’s creative side, say organizers JEREMY NOLAIS

No one is closing the curtain for good just yet, but Calgary theatre groups say it is becoming increasingly difficult to rehearse and perform locally. “Calgary is supposed to be the cultural capital of Canada this year, people are thinking about what makes our vibrant community, our mayor has been talking about that, too,” said David van Belle, co-artistic

director for Ghost River Theatre. “Yet our cultural institutions, especially ones that are mid-sized ... our options for production become smaller and smaller.” Ghost River is not alone, as fellow performance group Green Fools Theatre is soon to be evicted from its performance space and others are also feeling a financial pinch. In fact, the very dilemmas faced by such groups help spur the creation of cSPACE Projects, a local artspace-development initiative spearheaded by Reid Henry, formerly of Calgary Arts Development. cSPACE is working to develop a network of rehearsal and small-performance spaces, Henry said, with their flagship being a redevelopment of King Edward School into a multidisciplinary arts incubator of

sorts. “It’s not like nothing’s going on, but it certainly doesn’t address the sort of crisis a lot of these theatre companies are in now,” he said. “We are certainly sympathetic to that and trying to accelerate these projects as best we can.” Van Belle said he would like to see more support from municipal and provincial levels of government But Brad Walker with local promotional group Bottom Line Productions Inc. says even the fact that Calgary as a whole is recognizing the struggles of small-time performance operations is an encouraging sign. “This would have never happened five years ago,” he said, adding the city is now seen as a “hotbed” of creative talent. “Calgarians love the arts,

Rent struggle

• Problems began for city performance groups when three low-rent theatres in Inglewood were shuttered, explained David van Belle with Ghost River Theatre. • It can cost a group like Ghost River up to $10,000 to rent a city venue for a two-week run of performances — that’s up to double the rate charged a few years ago.

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Mulcair takes a tour of ‘extraordinary’ oilsands Tom Mulcair toured Alberta’s sprawling oilsands on Thursday, saying he was left agog at the size of the operations but also with a renewed determination to make sure it all gets cleaned up. “These are extraordinary undertakings on a human scale. I mean they’re massive,” the federal NDP leader said at the Alberta legislature in Edmonton after his trip. “We were able during the helicopter part to really take in a vast vista of what was being accomplished. “It’s extraordinarily impressive. But it also brings with it real challenges that if we don’t assume in this generation we’re going to bear in future generations.” He positioned himself as one with Alberta and Premier Alison Redford on the need to develop the oilsands in a responsible way.

Tom Mulcair was reportedly agog at the size of the oilsands. John Ulan/The Canadian Press

“I think your premier and I might be on the same page when I hear the idea of

a greener energy infrastructure for the future,” he said. But he has not been on the same page, perhaps not even in the same book, as Redford and other western provinces in recent weeks. The two sides have swapped public insults and condemnations after Mulcair stated that the booming resource sector, particularly the oilsands, are driving up the Canadian dollar and thereby hurting the manufacturing sectors of central Canada — an economic phenomenon known as “Dutch disease.” Redford, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark called Mulcair’s comments divisive and poorly thought out. Mulcair, in turn, dismissed the premiers as “messengers” of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. the canadian press


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More charges were laid on Thursday against two young adults, as police allege a plot involving credit-card skimming and possession of child pornography has thickened. Curtis Douglas Keller and Amanda McHugh de Bakker, both 19 and from Calgary, face nearly 140 charges. The pair were previously charged in November. “This is one of the largest credit-card-skimming cases we

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have been involved with in the Calgary Police Service,” Staff Sgt. Frank Cattoni said. “It’s quite an elaborate setup. You have to be pretty tech-savvy.” Police displayed false credit cards in various stages of production along with a number of computers and other technology they say was involved in the skimming process. Investigators learned of Kel-

ler’s alleged ties to the skimming operation while looking into possible links between him and other crimes. He frequently uses two aliases, Victor Frolov and James Davidoff. Police believe credit-card information was obtained by the alleged fraudsters through a website based in Eastern Europe as well as by going through the mail of residents living in a condominium building in the 0-100 block of Millrise Drive Southwest. Police are asking any residents who live or have lived in the complex, and who may have had their identification or credit card compromised, to call Crime Stoppers. Follow Jeremy Nolais on Twitter @Metro_Nolais

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Keeping tabs on taxis. Open-data decision could create opp for local app City council’s decision to require GPS data from taxis be made available could open the door for tech-savvy entrepreneurs, according to a Calgary app guru. On Monday, new regulations were approved by city officials in order to keep tabs on how many taxis are in various areas of the city and at what times during the day. Mayor Naheed Nenshi who advocated for the changes said the open data creates opportunities for business people in the city. “Could you have entre-

preneurs use this data to mix it and mash it to create apps? Absolutely,” he said. Connor Turner of YYC Apps agreed and said he expects the data will be utilized right away when it’s made public. “We’ve seen there are four of five really good apps that come out when the city releases data in an open space,” said Turner, pointing to parking apps in addition to multiple transit apps. “It could also help to spur innovation within the taxi companies themselves.” Katie Turner/Metro

Under the city’s proposed new taxi policy, more data will be available to the public. Metro File WEEKEND, June 1-3, 2012

Why I’m faking Bieber fever Quoted

In Defence of Mike Morrison

Five years ago, I made the biggest mistake of my life. It was while I was at the Tequila nightclub to see a relatively unknown artist named Lady Gaga. She had recently released a song called Just Dance and was in town to open for the Backstreet Boys at the Saddledome. Afterwards, she had her own small show at the club on 17th Avenue. It was a Tuesday night and while my friends and I were in the mood to party, our mood quickly turned when Gaga still hadn’t taken the stage by 1:30 a.m., and we decided to leave. (I mean, it was a weekday, after all.) Since then, missing that concert has been one of my life’s biggest regrets. In this day and age, if you can’t tweet, Facebook or blog about something, then what are you left with? Memories, I guess, but really, not much. If I really thought about it, am I really upset that I missed Lady Gaga? Nope, not really. But would people think I was cool if I had photos of when she was performing at a small club

“In this day and age, if you can’t tweet, blog or Facebook about something, then what are you left with? Memories, I guess, but not really much.”

Metro columnist Mike Morrison doesn’t want to go see Justin Bieber for the music — he’s not even a fan. But he does want to take photos of the young star in order to update his Facebook page. Getty images file

in Calgary? Absolutely. As someone who lives in this social media-infused era, it’s definitely a missed opportunity. And it’s that exact missed opportunity that is motivating me to buy tickets to Justin Bieber’s upcoming Calgary show when they go on sale today. Sure, Bieber’s status

is a little bigger than when Gaga was performing at small clubs ­— he’ll likely sell out the Saddledome in hours. But as much as hipsters and surly radio DJs wish he would go away, I don’t think Justin Bieber is going anywhere. Now, let’s get one thing straight. I’m not a fan of Justin Bieber’s music, I

don’t even own a single one of his songs, but I’ve grown to respect the guy. He supports Canadian artists like Carly Rae Jepsen; he’s in a fully-functional relationship, and, by all accounts, he works hard. The people who criticize him can’t even say that about themselves. If I had a kid, I’d totally want him to idolize Bieber. So now is my chance to make amends for me missing out on the Lady Gaga concert and the bragging rights that could have come with it. If I can get tickets, snap a few shots, then post them on any iPhone app that will let me, it will probably feel great. At least until the next big concert is announced. Mike Morrison owns the perfectly round and bald head behind Mike’s Bloggity Blog. He tweets from @mikesbloggity.


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Education. CBE aims to release final fee model next week Jeremy nolais


Time is running short to draft a fee model for Calgary public schools this fall, and officials admit not every parent will be pleased with the final result. Still, the Calgary Board of Education has put forth a model more focused on user pay that will see majority of families pay less in fees next year; however, some — most notably those with children enrolled in alternative programming — will see dramatic increases to their bill, up to 72 per cent in some cases. Spokesperson Richard Peter conceded that a formal fee model needs to be approved in short order — officials hope to make a formal announcement next week. He did say, however, that the CBE made a conscientious choice to opt for quality discussion over a quick decision. “Different parents bring a completely different lens to this (fee discussion),” Peter said. Parent Jennifer Andrews was in attendance for the final

• Members of the media were not allowed into the parent discussions on fees; however, it appears no formal fee model was set at the final meeting Thursday night. • The initial fee model put forth by Calgary Board of Education officials was based on survey feedback provided by nearly 4,000 members of the public.

parent discussion at Western Canada high school Thursday night. Her daughter is enrolled in an out-of-community school, but she doesn’t believe other parents should be subsidizing “fancy choices,” like hers. “What some people are saying is not only should specialized programs be offered, but the cost to send your kids to them should also be covered,” she said. “That’s not right.”


Vida. Affordable housing Zero tolerance. School’s option opened in Calgary out for Edmonton teacher Calgary Housing Company has introduced a new operating model that will see renters sustaining the building. Recently, tenants have begun moving into a new condo building called Vida, which will adopt a tiered rental system within the building. “This is a mixed-income model,” said Calgary Housing Company general manager, Rick Farrell. “It’s sustainable in every sense of the word.” Farrell explained the $12 million in capital funding was covered by the City of Calgary and the province but the operating costs will be paid by the tenants themselves. Rents will range from around $350 or $400 per month

for a one-bedroom to $1,000 depending on the income bracket of the tenant, with higher rents subsidizing lower rents. The city’s Gail Sokolan said the addition of new affordable units will contribute to housing the approximately 4,000 households on Calgary Housing’s wait list. “It adds 45 units to Calgary Housing Company’s stock,” she said. “It’s about 18% of Calgary’s population that is in need of affordable housing.” Vida was originally meant to be a for-market condo building in 2007 but as a result of economic downturn the project didn’t proceed after development permits were approved. Katie Turner/Metro

Gail Sokolan, co-ordinator of affordable housing with the city, stands in one of the units of the recently opened Vida building. Katie Turner/Metro

Edmonton Public Schools superintendent Edgar Schmidt refuted claims Thursday that a school assessment practice not allowing teachers to give a zero mark to students actually sets them up for failure — by not allowing a teacher to give a zero score for zero effort. The remarks came on a day when the public became aware of the indefinite suspension of Lynden Dorval, a science teacher at Ross Sheppard High School who was recently removed from his post for giving students a grade of zero when they didn’t hand in assignments. “Giving a zero is a judgement on work that isn’t done,” said Schmidt. “I think it’s more fair and transparent to say, “you haven’t done the work — show me what you know.” In an interview with CBC radio Thursday, Dorval said the assessment model, implemented at Ross Sheppard about 18 months ago, doesn’t hold students accountable. While he gave students opportunity to finish work, in the end he’d give a “reluctant zero,” a policy his students were aware of, he said.

Edmonton Public Schools superintendent Edgar Schmidt defends the EPSB. Lucy Haines/for Metro

Local Twitter, Facebook and phone-in comments show it’s an issue hitting a nerve with parents and students. “Giving a zero is just plain unfair,” said Ross Sheppard student Brieann Baldock. But another comment echoed numerous sentiments on social media Thursday. “What mark is he supposed to give them? He can’t give them an E for effort.” Dorval has 21 days to appeal his suspension. Lucy Haines/for Metro

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Racing on city streets fuelled by track’s absence: Drivers By the numbers


Data provided by a University of Alberta urban traffic specialist indicates that a pedestrian or cyclist struck by a vehicle travelling at 60 km/h or more only has a 10 per cent chance of surviving. At higher speeds, that percentage falls to zero.


Calgary police slapped motorists with 316,000 speeding tickets in 2011. That number is nearly double what law enforcement in Canada’s biggest city, Toronto, handed out.


Street racers and spectators gathered on Venture Avenue on Calgary’s outskirts earlier this month. Those familiar with the local racing scene say since Race City Motorsport Park closed, more drivers are turning to rural and city roads to race. Metro

Danger. Only a matter of time until someone is killed, say those witnessing weekly exploits Jeremy nolais

A quarter-mile to victory. Engines revved, two white sports cars pull up to the starting line. The track is cleared and it’s pedal to the metal. Fuelled by the steady hum of high-powered en-

gines, cheers ripple from a few dozen onlookers; beer, coffee and energy drinks are the beverages of choice. Flirting with speeds between 200 and 250 km/h, the roadsters zip across the finish line at the end of a dark southeast Calgary straightaway. Race over, the cars return to a lot near the starting line and two new combatants prepare for a showdown. A scene from the movie Fast and the Furious? No. Participants and spectators alike said it happens weekly on roads in and around Calgary. They said the local street racing scene bur-

geons in the absence of Race City Motorsport Park. “It’s dangerous, anything could pop up,” says Kenny, a 19-year-old ex-street racer. He was caught doing 120 km/h in a residential zone last year and was forced to give up his racing ways; however, he and his underage girlfriend still head out on summer Saturday nights to a northeast Calgary parking lot, to kick tires with other car enthusiasts. More than 100 people turned up to a recent gathering; vehicles mustered in ranging from decadesold muscle cars to newer model Toyotas, Nissans and

Chevys. Some come complete with features straight out of Hollywood — rearspoilers, under-carriage lights and nitrous-oxide injection systems. Nine months after the final checkered flag at Race City, Kenny and more than dozen other car enthusiasts approached at the parking lot meetup say they are beginning to see more drivers take the risk of racing their souped-up rigs on city roads not fit for such speeds. “Closing it (Race City) was a kick in the face,” Kenny said. “We need a track like that here, the racing is only going to get worse.”

Rumours suggest a new track location has been selected and a public announcement is expected sometime this summer. Construction of a new venue can’t come soon enough for speed junkies like 27-year-old Brian, who recently moved to Calgary from Vancouver, where police clamped down on street racing after a passenger was struck and killed during a downtown race. “People are going to get itchy (to race) as summer goes on,” he said. “I know I’m kind of itchy — I’m going to want to race somebody at some point.”

In 2010, British Columbia adopted a new legislative policy that allows police to automatically seize and impound vehicles caught travelling more than 40 km/h over the posted speed limit. To date, the policy has been put into action nearly 10,400 times. Transportation Minister Ric McIver recently expressed support for adopting a similar policy in Alberta.


Generally, there are 32 “conflict points” or

areas of risk for vehicles travelling through a city intersection. Studies indicate the higher the speed of a vehicle passing through such an area, the more likely it is to be involved in a collision.

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Track ‘absolutely necessary’: Alderman Ald. Shane Keating Metro file

Word of street races being held on Calgary and area roads reinforces the urgent need for a new motorsport park, says a city alderman. Ald. Shane Keating has been working closely with the Motorsports, Arts Culture and Sports Group to develop plans for a replace-

ment facility that could service not only local racers, but also potentially host international circuits like NASCAR and IndyCar. While Keating says he doesn’t want to side with those driving at criminal speeds on unsanctioned roads, he said studies that

Time out


It has been approximately nine months since the final checkered flag was waived at Race

have come across his desk

in the past indicate having a legal racetrack goes a long way to deter such illegal endeavours. “We know people are going to do things they shouldn’t,” he said. “But if we can provide an avenue where they don’t have to do those things, it’s absolutely

necessary.” A meeting was recently held to formally discuss a pitch for a new motorsports park. Few details have been made public; however, it will be a multi-million-dollar facility located within an hour’s drive of city limits. Jeremy Nolais/metro

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Police warn of high risk Education. Plan is to teach drivers about dangers of high speeds

Family matters

“Be involved, know where your kids are.” Sgt. Michael Watterston

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One pothole, one dead end, or another vehicle and that’s all she wrote. That’s the message from Calgary police, who are urging drivers engaging in illegal street race to hit the brakes and think twice. “It is so dangerous — you have no idea what another motorist, or a wild animal, will do. It doesn’t take much for even a pedestrian to think it’s

safe to cross the road, not expecting a vehicle travelling at twice or three times the speed limit.” At high speeds, drivers are also forced to make more refined movements, as a slight jerk of the steering wheel could throw a vehicle off-course and lead to a potentially fatal incident, warns Karim El-Basyouny, an urban traffic safety specialist with the University of Alberta. “The distance needed to stop increases and the time available for stopping or tak-

ing evasive action diminishes rapidly,” he added. Compounding the streetracing problem is social media. Watterston said many racers will issue a single message online and a group will gather to race literally minutes later. Officers routinely monitor known race hotspots and will frequently stop by gatherings of vehicle enthusiasts to ensure equipment is in working order. But more importantly, Watterston said, prevention of dangerous racing can begin on the home front, noting many street racers appear to be young adults or minors. “If you’re a parent and you see your child has a modified vehicle ... ask questions,” he said.

While the owner of this car claims he doesn’t use it to race, many of those who do come complete with stylish features, including neon interior-lighting, flashy rims and fuel-injection systems built to boost speed. metro

Enthusiasts admit to certain dangers


‘Middle of nowhere’

Ready for speed

“As the city expands, Getting ready it becomes more dan- for the race gerous because guys Two cars line up along will drive their cars Venture Avenue on Calgary’s out into the middle of outskirts for a street race that will last just seconds. nowhere to race.” The strip itself is around Anthony, 28, local car enthusiast and street-race spectator of 10 years

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Can you stop in time?


Not enough research

‘Game over’

185 metres needed to completely stop

Study links 5 deaths per year to racing

Research indicates that a driver in an average-model vehicle travelling at 100 km/h on an evengrade road requires 185 metres to come to a complete stop. That number would continue to rise dramatically for those travelling at higher speeds. metro

A 2008 study conducted in Ontario linked five deaths a year in the Greater Toronto Area to the dangerous activity. Terry, 24, friend of street racers, who rides Authors also indicated a need shotgun on occasion for further research in this area. metro

“You are taking a lot of risk. The police catch you doing this and they can take your licence right there, game over.”

Recent Saturday night

A street race is born Around 9 p.m., dozens of vehicles begin converging in the parking lot of a northeast Calgary coffee shop. People gather to talk shop, perform maintenance on their prized autos and sip coffee. As the night wears on, alcohol becomes more common and bravado stirs up the occasional spat. Police patrols attend hourly to check licences and monitor the activities of those in attendance. Around 11 p.m., a small cohort of vehicles subtly pulls out of the parking lot, which by now is filled with at least 80 cars and twice as many people. One group heads down Barlow Trail at speeds well over the legal limit, then heads east on Glenmore Trail. A winding road eventually brings them to an industrial park area and the racetrack for the evening: Venture Avenue. Participants again climb out of their cars, and race challenges ensue. The stage is set. A car heads down to the end of the avenue to mark a makeshift finish line and one person heads to the starting line to officiate. Spectators watch, some with beers in hand, others smoke tobacco and marijuana. Most appear to be between 18 to 24 years old. Drag-style races begin but are interrupted routinely by oncoming trucks, whose drivers aggressively honk their horns. The races roll on for an hour before the crowd dissipates. Jeremy Nolais/metro

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Throwing out an AED lifeline Critical minutes. Alberta Health Services to distribute 120 new defibrillators as part of the Public Access to Defibrillation program Celeste de Muelenaere

Calgarian John Lester experienced first-hand the importance of having a defibrillator nearby when it was needed. In March, Lester’s heart went into cardiac arrest after a hockey game. While his teammates and staff administered CPR, an arena manager located the on-site automated external defibrillator, attached it to Lester with instructions from the 911 dispatcher and shocked

Milestone. Library set to celebrate centennial with synchronized block parties Calgary’s getting older — the city is celebrating several milestones, including the centennial of the public library. While the library has marked birthday celebrations in the past, this is the first time every branch will be holding synchronized celebrations this Saturday. “This is very much a forward-thinking thing,” said April Ganger, assistant marketing manager for the CPL. “We’re a foundational institution in the founding of Calgary and Calgary’s development, but we’ve evolved from an institution where information was scarce; now it’s abundant, even via less so much a collection of printed materials more into e-content and differ-

ent forms of media.” She pointed out no women or children used to be allowed in libraries, but today they’re buzzing with life, a hub for families and leisure. Each branch is having their own “block party” with entertainment and other activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the official cake-cutting will take place at the Signal Hill branch at 1 p.m., with all levels of government in attendance. Being the centennial, Ganger said they’re tipping their hat to the past, but looking forward to what the future holds. “We’ve hit a crest in where we’re going and we’re really looking forward to our next century of service.”

the non-beating heart back to life. Alberta Health Services’ EMS has launched a new provincial registry for AEDs that will increase access to devices during cardiac medical emergencies. The registry allows 911 dispatchers to help callers locate AEDs and those trained to use the devices more readily, potentially saving critical minutes following cardiac arrests.

As part of the Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) program 120 new AEDs will be distributed throughout the province, with training camps on maintenance and proper use of the equipment being organized by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. “I think it’s going to open people’s eyes to the good things to having them in public facilities,” Lester said.

PAD co-ordinator John Heim demonstrated how AEDs work and said that the future goal is for an AED registry smartphone app that will accelerate the locating of defibrillators during crucial life-saving minutes across Alberta. Celeste de Muelenaere/for Metro

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whom they did not identify. They did not say whether he was a patron or an employee. “The hero picked up a stool and threw it at the suspect. Hit him. Picked up another stool, as the suspect is shooting and now pointing (a gun) at him and hits him with another stool,” assistant police chief Jim Pugel said. “During that time, two or possibly three people made their escape,” he said, adding, “He saved three lives.” The slayings further frayed nerves in an already jittery city that has seen 21 homicides so far this year, as many as Seattle had in all of 2011. the associated press

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Baghdad. Series of bombings mark deadliest day in over a month A series of bombings in the Iraqi capital struck a crowded restaurant, a police patrol and several other targets on Thursday, killing 12 people and wounding 29 in the bloodiest day in Baghdad in more than a month, police and hospital medics said. Violence has fallen in Iraq since a wave of sectarian bloodshed in 2006 and 2007, but insurgents carry out frequent attacks on security forces and civilians in an attempt to undermine the Shiite-led government. In northwest Baghdad, a parked car exploded outside a crowded restaurant in the Shiite neighbourhood of Shula, killing eight people and wounding 13, police officials said. Naseer Ali, owner of a grocery shop in Shula, said he was about 150 metres from the restaurant when the blast went off. Ali said he and other witnesses rushed to help the victims until the ambulances arrived. “I was in my shop when I heard a powerful explosion and everybody rushed to the explosion site,” he said. “Part of the restaurant was damaged and the windows of the nearby shops were shattered. We

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saw several wounded people screaming for help.” Ali said he is worried the level of violence in Baghdad will return to what it was several years ago, in part because of the growing sectarian divide underlying a months-long paralysis of Iraq’s national unity government. Elsewhere in Baghdad, a parked car blew up near the home of Jamal-Din Mohammed, an adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, killing a civilian and wounding four people, including two guards protecting Mohammed’s house. Earlier Thursday, explosions hit two adjacent homes of Baghdad policemen in the predominantly Sunni neighbourhood of Amariyah, killing two and wounding nine people, among them three children. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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The vote • The bill had little chance of becoming law. The Democratic-controlled Senate would likely have ignored it, and the House brought it up under a procedure requiring a two-thirds majority for passage. The vote was 246168 — 30 votes short of that majority. Twenty Democrats voted for it, while seven Republicans opposed it.

issue. “It is violence against women,” said Rep. Chris Smith, a Republican, of abortions of female fetuses. “This is the real war on women.” The White House, most Democrats, abortion-rights groups and some Asian-American organizations opposed the bill, saying it could lead to racial profiling of Asian-American women and subject doctors who do not report suspected sex-selection abortions to criminal charges. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Researchers make spinal cord injury breakthrough Walking again. Swiss scientists find success by using spinal-nerve stimulation technique on rats and people Scientists are working on treatments to help people with spinal cord injuries walk. Now there’s a striking new demonstration of how one approach might work: Spinal-nerve stimulation helped rats in a

Swiss lab overcome paralysis to walk and climb stairs. That may sound impressive, but similar progress has been made in people, too. The difference this time is the particular technique used. In the new experiment, reported in Friday’s issue of the journal Science, researchers stimulated spinal-nerve circuits and used physical training. The stimulation was electrical current from implanted electrodes plus injections of a chemical mix.

To do the training, the rats were placed in a harness so that only their hind legs reached the ground. Then they were placed on a treadmill, which produced only reflexive stepping, and on stationary ground, where they had to choose to make their legs move if they wanted to reach a piece of chocolate. They took their first voluntary steps about two to three weeks after the training began, the researchers said. The rats still needed the harness later to

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keep their balance. The treatment produced an extensive rewiring in the brain and spinal cord, and the lead researcher said that more than 100 rats have regained walking ability to varying degrees. “This kind of approach will not cure spinal-cord injury” but it might someday help some patients recover more ability to move around, said lead researcher Gregoire Courtine. Dr. John McDonald, of the Krieger Institute, said the new paper would spur great interest

among spinal-cord researchers, in part because the techniques it used could be readily applied to people. The electrical stimulation could be given through the skin rather than from implanted electrodes, he said. But he and W. Dalton Dietrich, scientific director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami, noted that the rats had been given a spinal injury that differs from what is normally seen in people, so more studies are needed. the associated press

Head-on hit. Galactic crash in cards for Earth Don’t worry about when the world as we know it might end. NASA has calculated that our entire Milky Way galaxy will crash into a neighbouring galaxy with a head-on hit — in four billion years. Astronomers in a Thursday NASA news conference announced that observations from the Hubble Space Telescope detail a long-anticipated galactic smash-up. Astronomers had seen the Andromeda galaxy coming at us, but thought there was a chance that its sideways motion would make it miss or graze the Milky Way. Hubble readings say there’s no chance of that. “This is pretty violent as

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Canadians elimnated at Scripps spelling bee Tense competition. Mignon Tsai of Abbotsford and Jennifer Mong of St. John’s tripped up during semifinal action in Maryland Two Canadians were eliminated on Thursday from the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Twelve-year-old Mignon Tsai of Abbotsford, B.C., was tripped up by the word “macropodid” during the nailbiter of a semifinal. In the next round, Jennifer Mong of St. John’s — after nailing the word “lymphopoiesis’’ earlier in the day — flubbed the spelling of “vellon” by adding an “e” on the end, concluding her run at the famous spelling bee. The girls were among 50 competitors to make it to the

Canada’s Jennifer Mong, 12, smiles after spelling her word “berserker” correctly during the National Spelling Bee on Thursday. Evan vucci/the associated press

semifinals following two days of often tense competition that saw spelling-bee officials challenge them with progressively more difficult words as the contest proceeded. Many of those words, with origins in foreign languages,

would confound adult Mensa members, and yet most of the schoolchildren, including Tsai and Mong, approached the microphone with poise, confidence — and no small amount of courage amid the glare of television cameras and a time limit to spell their words. Canadians have been a strong presence at the Scripps competition for years, and have had several close calls. Nate Gartke and Finola Hackett of Alberta were previous runners-up. The winner of this year’s spelling bee, 14-year-old Snighdha Nandipati of San Diego, Calif., will take home more than $40,000 US in cash and scholarship money. This year’s competition included schoolkids not just from the U.S. and Canada, but from the Bahamas, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. the canadian Press

Feverish folding for origami world record Two girls sit among an origami assemblage of water lilies in the central Aristotelous Square in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Thursday. A total of 40,000 paper lilies will be placed, each made by a different person, in an event designed to foster recycling. The assemblage will make its way to the Guinness Book of Records. nikolas giakoumidis|the associated press Mr. Las Vegas

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A judge granted Wayne Newton a restraining order against his landlord Thursday amid stalled plans to turn his lavish Las Vegas estate into a celebrity museum. Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ruled that developer Steve Kennedy must stay 50 feet away from the Newton family and their home, putting the brakes on plans to turn Newton’s estate into a tourist attraction.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule parachuted into the Pacific on Thursday to conclude the first private delivery to the International Space Station and inaugurate NASA’s new approach to exploration. The unmanned supply ship scored a bull’s-eye with its arrival, splashing down into the ocean about 800 kilometres off Mexico’s Baja Penninsula. It was the first time since the shuttles stopped flying last summer that NASA got back a big load from the space station.

Inspired by last year’s tsunami in Japan, several thousand people on the southern Oregon Coast took part in their first tsunami-evacuation drill on Thursday. Coos Bay Fire Chief Stan Gibson said the images of last year’s tsunami in Japan have made people on the Oregon Coast take the possibility much more seriously than previously, when tsunami-evacuation signs were greeted with complaints they would just scare the tourists.

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Drug smugglers not cleared for takeoff

A soldier runs past a helicopter during an operation to destroy a clandestine airstrip used by drug traffickers near the border with Colombia in Riecito, Venezuela, on Thursday. Venezuela’s military has bombed clandestine airstrips in a southern plains region as part of a broader government effort to deny air routes used by drug smugglers. Fernando Llano/The Associated Press

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Judges reject warrant request for militia leader International Criminal Court judges rejected Thursday a prosecution request to issue an arrest warrant for Sylvestre Mudacumura, who has terrorized eastern Congo for years. The Associated Press


Militants again threaten Kenya A private intelligence firm says the Somali militant group al-Shabab has threatened to bring down Kenya’s skyscrapers within two weeks, a warning that followed a bomb attack in Nairobi’s city centre Monday, killing one person and wounding more than 30.

Pakistan. Militant group denies links to doctor who helped U.S. hunt bin Laden A Pakistani militant group has denied any links with the doctor who helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden, threatening Thursday to kill him for working with the Americans. The statement by Lashkare-Islam was the latest twist in the case of Shakil Afridi, whose plight has angered Washington and opened up another crack in relations with Islamabad. Afridi ran a vaccination campaign on behalf of the CIA as a way of collecting blood samples from bin Laden’s family in their house in north-

west Pakistan. Afridi was arrested soon after the May 2, 2011 American raid that killed the al-Qaida leader. Last week he was sentenced to 33 years in prison. It was initially assumed Afridi had been convicted of crimes relating to his work with the CIA, but on Wednesday the court released its written verdict, which found Afridi guilty of assisting Lashkar-e-Islam, a brutal militant and criminal gang operating in Khyber tribal region, where Afridi worked. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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No pay for priests who opt to leave A top official with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee says it has ended the practice of paying priests who voluntarily leave the priesthood. The Associated Press

Jamil Afridi, the brother of a doctor sentenced to 33 years for helping the United States track down Osama bin Laden, speaks at a news conference in in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Monday. Afridi says that his brother is innocent and the Pakistani trial that convicted him was a sham. Mohammad Sajjad/The Associated Press

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Watercraft maker preparing to move assembly to Mexico Quebec. 500 employees of the Valcourt plant will be affected when the company moves over the next 18 to 36 months Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. says 500 Quebec employees will be affected by a decision to switch watercraft assembly to Mexico. The move will take place over the next 18 to 36 months, the company said in a statement released Thursday. The 500 employees affected at the Valcourt plant will be presented with options including retirement packages or positions within or outside of the company. The privately held company said existing production capacity in Mexico will be expanded by transferring engines currently being manufactured in Juarez to a new plant. The new facility is where the assembly of the watercraft will take place. “Building a global multimarket business is an ongoing process,� company president Jose Boisjoli said in the statement. “To remain a market leader, BRP needs to constantly challenge itself and adapt to

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change. This is not the first time that we change things at BRP, nor will it be the last. “While we remain very much committed to our heritage and roots in Valcourt, we must become more flexible to leverage our growth opportunities.� Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and distributes motorized recreational vehicles. Its brands include Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Sea-Doo watercraft and boats. It employs more than 6,000 people worldwide.


Bombardier Recreational Products will also assign North American distribution of its parts, accessories and clothing to a logistics provider. • The company said the moves will enable it to become more competitive and free up space on the main assembly line in Valcourt, Que., to increase production of its “roadster-typeâ€? vehicles.

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Tropicana. Lawsuits slam ‘all natural’ claim Orange-juice maker Tropicana markets its brand as fresh from the grove, but a series of lawsuits across the U.S. claim the company’s juice is so heavily processed it shouldn’t be called “natural.� In approximately 20 lawsuits lawyers claim the company adds chemically engineered “flavour packs� to its juice, making it taste the same year-round. On Thursday, lawyers came together in Washington to argue before a panel

of judges about where the lawsuits should be heard as a group. Tropicana declined to comment but said in a statement that it is committed to full compliance with labelling laws and to producing “great-tasting 100 per cent orange juice.� The Food and Drug Administration, the agency that oversees packaged-food labelling in the United States, has no definition of what counts as “natural.� the associated press

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Euro 2012 goes golden with commemorative ducats The National Bank of Poland has issued a limited series of coins to mark the upcoming Euro 2012 soccer championships, co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine. 1. A golden 100 zlotys, left, and a silver 20 zlotys. 2. A 10 Polish zlotys, right, and 10 Ukrainian hryvnia. 3. A set of four 10 Polish zlotys silver coins. Alik Keplicz/the associated press

MyFord app to keep owners, cars connected For electric-vehicle (EV) owners who can’t get enough of their cars, the MyFord Mobile app will now let users remotely control their car settings and stay connected halfway across the world. Car owners can control car temperature, seat warmers, radio stations and even start charging their electric vehicle’s battery with their smartphones. “It’s such a unique opportunity that you could communicate with your car from anywhere in the world that it just made sense,� said Mark van Tol, Ford Motor Company of Canada’s communications manager. MyFord Mobile uses an onboard wireless module that allows the car to communicate off-board through standard cellular technology. And since electric cars are all about going green, so is the app. It offers functions that are both fun and practical for its users. EV owners can track their driving practices and see how eco-friendly they are on the road. The app rates car owners from “zen� to “zippy� and offers figures to show how much money and CO2 emis-


The app comes with a list of other features, like remotely unlocking and locking doors, using a built-in GPS system to locate the car, locating charging stations in the area, and much more. • “It’s just a great way to communicate with your vehicle and really turn it into something more than a car,â€? said van Tol.

sions they’ve saved by driving electric. For those concerned about conserving their battery life, MyFord Mobile’s option of allowing users to preheat and cool their cars means that instead of draining the battery, they could instead use electricity from the grid as long as they’re already plugged in. The app comes with a list of other features, like remotely unlocking and locking doors, using a built-in GPS system to locate the car, locating charging stations in the area and much more. phoebe Ho/for metro

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your (barber’s) Raging bull gores matador fired The world is having a very stressful week. All kinds of Paul Sullivan nerve-racking stuff going on, Metro starting with: Mr. Dahmer goes to Ottawa? Gay-porn star Luka Rocco Magnotta allegedly tortures kittens, slices up a naked man and sends the body parts in the mail to various places, including Parliament Hill. Yikes. National shame. It’s another Stanley Cup and, once again, no Canadian teams are involved. So, as we stand with our noses pressed to the glass, we ask: Who is Canada’s team? The Los Angeles Kings or the New Joisey Devils? Like, oops. On network TV, Kathie Lee Gifford congratulates Martin Short for his long, happy marriage. The only problem is, his wife died two years ago. Then she apologizes on Twitter, albeit to the wrong Twitter handle. What’s your kid doing today? A 16-year-old kid in Germany has solved a 300-year-old math puzzle that stumped Isaac Newton and everyone else since. Thanks to Shouryya Ray, there is now a way to calculate the path of a projectile under gravity and subject to air resistance. Well, it kept me up at night. God saves the Queen, in perpetuity. Her Majesty’s a pretty nice woman, and she’ll be floating down the Thames in a barge on Sunday to mark the 60th year of her reign over us. No word on whether the corgis will follow in the royal dinghy. Hair-brained theme. Donald Trump won’t let it go. He still says Barack Obama wasn’t born in the U.S., even though the president has released his detailed Hawaiian birth certificate. The question remains: What planet is The Donald from? And why doesn’t it have decent barbers? Speaking of outer space. The first private space flight is a success as the SpaceX Dragon splashes down in the Pacific. Next mission: Send The Donald back to Mars. A New York‑nanny state of mind. N.Y.C. Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban any sugary drinks over 16 ounces across the five boroughs, because they’re bad for you. Using that logic, he should ban Donald Trump. He’s fired. This just in: The European Union appears to be crumbling before our eyes. Spain, Italy, Greece and Ireland are seriously considering abandoning the euro and restoring the peseta, lira, drachma and punt, respectively. The Irish, at least, have it right. the list


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Matador (El Juli) on the horns

• Pamplona. Home of the famous Running of the Bulls where townsfolk run ahead of bulls, which are then used in fights.

This was a scary moment for one of Spain’s most celebrated bullfighters. Julian (El Juli) Lopez was thrown in the air and then gored in the stomach by a bull at a festival in the town of Aranjuez this week. After losing consciousness, Lopez returned to finish the fight and was carried off at the finish by spectators.

• Madrid. One of the most popular cities for bullfights. Spain’s capital has two major venues, which can hold 20,000 spectators.

Julian Lopez in happier times in 2010. Getty Images

• Barcelona. Represents the modern distaste for bloodsports — it banned bullfighting in 2010.


Golden boy

The ringmaster, from the age of 9 Lopez, 29, has had a remarkable career. He was training with bulls at the age of nine and fought in Mexico at 14 to avoid Spain’s law against underage matadors. He became the highest-paid bullfighter in history at 17 and has flourished since. Footage of his fights have appeared in Shakira’s videos. metro


Heavy opponent

“I took a beating but I’m fine, thanks for all your support it has made me better.” Matador Julian Lopez reassures his supporters on Twitter. This was not El Juli’s first scare in the bullring and he has become known for his swift recoveries. In 2010 he was hospitalized after being gored in the scrotum.


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Snow White and The Huntsman. Charlize Theron’s shrieking performance usurps Kristen Stewart’s turn as Snow White Richard: Chris, this movie plays like the love child of the Grimm Brothers and The Hobbit. It is dark in tone and in look with just a few hi ho ho’s provided by the Seven Dwarfs. That’ll be my last bad Snow White joke, I promise. The first hour is a gothic fairy tale, the second hour more an action movie, but through it all Theron’s bug-eyed Grand Guiginol performance remains constant. Was she too over the top, or just over the top? Chris: One scream of rage would have been over the top. By the time she turned into a melting puddle of dying, tar-

soaked crows, I realized that both the dark tone of the film and Charlize’s shrieking vampire queen performance were more Hammer Horror than Walt Disney... and I was in deep, of course. But what did you think of Stewart’s Snow White? RC: K Stew is the movie’s big draw, marquee wise, and while she holds down the fort, I found that unless she was on horseback, or staring down a troll, I wasn’t that interested in her performance. The talky bits aren’t nearly as interesting as the yelling bits (thanks to Charlize’s unhinged performance) or the action sequences. Unfortunately, she is saddled with most of the dialogue, and it is the last interesting thing about the movie. CA: Stewart was a fantastic Joan Jett. Not so much earth goddess/warrior queen but whatever, I forgave her slight, tomboyish presence when so many operatic visuals were ex-


In this twist on a familiar fairy tale, Charlize Theron is Ravenna, an evil queen so obsessed with being the fairest in the land she condemns the dead king’s lovely daughter, Snow White (Kristen Stewart), to a lifetime of solitude and captivity. When the queen’s mirror tells her that Ms. White will one day reclaim the throne, Ravenna does what any evil monarch would do. She decides to eat Snow’s still beating heart, thereby ensuring immortality and the throne. Chris Alexander sits in for Mark Breslin this week. •

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ploding around her. Strangely, however, I found that some of my favourite moments in the film were the quiet ones;

the sequences of technicolour fairy forests and character moments where — alarmingly — you actually empathized with Theron’s soul-sucking monster. What do you think Stewart’s TWI-hard fanbase will think? RC: She couldn’t muster the fanpires for The Runaways but this time around will be different, I think. Her version of Snow White has much in common with the elements that appeal to the Twilight fans. There’s no werewolves or vampires, but there is true love, fantasy and even the sweeping crane landscape shots are reminiscent of her best-known films. CA: Well, she certainly has a better shot at pleasing her fanbase with this lush gothic fantasy than her sparkly paramour Pattinson does getting a five-minute prostate exam in Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, that’s for sure.... but we’ll save that for another day.

The two creators of Quebec’s fertility comedy Starbuck have each won a $20,000 prize from Telefilm Canada. On Wednesday, director Ken Scott and his co-writer Martin Petit landed the 2011 Guichet d’Or award. The annual honour goes to the Canuck director and writer of a Canadian Frenchlanguage feature film with the highest-grossing domestic box-office sales during the previous year. In 2011, Starbuck took in more than $3.5 million at the Canadian box office, according to Telefilm Canada. Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios announced last month it’s revamping the francophone film with a new script set in New York. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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To be honest, Piranha 3DD doesn’t take itself very seriously. And so I won’t be excoriating some disparaging critical diagnosis or justifying any hopeful merit (for the record there are no merits). Just know that when the producers pitched this low-brow money-grab about a waterpark overrun with flesh-eating fish (need I say more?), they likely only had three words for potential investors: blood, boobs and 3D.

Sports movies by definition have a predetermined ending — the underdog team wins despite the odds, or loses the game, but wins on moral grounds. Despite this, Hollywood continues to churn the things out like they were Avengers’ solo films. Crooked Arrows in no way deviates from this pattern — it literally lifts its plot points from the Mighty Ducks, replacing inner city kids playing hockey with first-nations kids playing lacrosse.

Set in nineteenth century London, Hysteria is a rom com about Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy), a young handsome doctor whose hand cramps led directly to the invention of the vibrator. As social commentary it’s lightweight, and a movie about the invention of the tool that revolutionized sexuality should focus on that and not the predictable rom com love triangle. I expected more than a comedy of manners with an off-colour edge from the story. As such, this is a rental, not a night out.

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With Snow White and The Huntsman opening today, Metro looks at the meaning behind some fairy tales.


Scholar tackles the meaning of fairy tales Interpretation. Professor offers his opinions on some popular tales Professor Jack Zipes, author of several books on the topic of fairy tales, including this year’s release of The Irresistible Fairy Tale, explains the social issues raised by these stories.

Little Red Ridinghood: “This story raises the issue of rape and violation of a young woman. It raises the question of, who is responsible for the rape when it happens and how can women protect themselves or do they really want to be raped?” Cinderella: “How do parents

treat non-biological children? That question of course is still with us today.” Hansel and Gretel: “Here we have the issue of child abuse, child abandonment.” Beauty and the Beast: “Forcing or compelling a young woman ... into marrying the man who is 30 or 40 years older.” Heidi Patalano, Metro

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When it comes to Prometheus, Ridley Scott fights the geek fight Prop war. Director talks about arguing over the specifics of space helmets and shoe laces for sci-fi horror flick

Getting technical

Fassbender on androids A major component of the Alien universe — and of the viral marketing campaign leading up to Prometheus — are the incredibly lifelike android characters. This time out, X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender takes on the job as David, which he found to be an interesting challenge. “You want to play with as many of those human traits as possible. You’re essentially trying to build a computer that has a physicality to it,” he says.


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You would think that a director of Ridley Scott’s stature would find it easier to get what he wants, especially when he’s returning to his sci-fi horror roots with Prometheus. But you’d be wrong. As details of the technology within the film’s story began to take shape, Scott admits he found himself going to the mat on more than one occasion. “You think about everything, down to the shoe laces,” Scott says. “We even had a big argument about the globular helmets. I was certain that I wanted the fully spherical glass

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helmet. If I’m in 2083 and I’m going into space, why would I design a helmet that has blind spots?” And androids, by then, will apparently be indistinguish-


able from humans. But Scott, who’s no stranger to androids thanks to the original Alien, wanted to approach the subject with care. “What was important was the story. There’s


nothing new about an android. That idea is 100 years old,” he says, explaining how this film’s android, played by Michael Fassbender, is deployed. “So then, embrace what it is.

By embracing it, he becomes that much more interesting because he isn’t just part of the ship. He also becomes extremely useful during the story, as it evolves.”

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We’ve made it through a dismal spring loaded with murderous teens, a massive John Carter flop and dreary vampires. Now it’s time to enjoy the blockbusters that, we hope, are guaranteed to please. Heidi Patalano Metro News

The first half of the year is a notorious dumping ground for studio stinkers — save The Hunger Games, of course. We’ve suffered enough! The Avengers was just a tasting of the treats in store over the next three months as things heat up. First, we take a look at some of the most hotly anticipated films that we’ve been dying to see since well before the New Year.

All Books & Magazines. In-store only. June 8: Prometheus We like to talk about Michael Fassbender quite a bit in this paper because he really is just that awesome. But the main attraction for the film in which he stars as Android David is much larger than just one actor. This highly anticipated film helmed by Alien director Ridley Scott shows what happens when humans in the future travel to a foreign planet to discover their origins.

June 22: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter We’re not sure how much a camp factor will come into play with this wacky idea of a film, considering serious Broadway veteran Benjamin Walker will play President Lincoln. But the plot summary really is that Abraham Lincoln decides to vanquish those vamps once he realizes they are planning to take over the U.S., so your guess is as good as ours.

August 3: The Bourne Legacy

July 3: The Amazing Spiderman

July 20: The Dark Knight Rises

Even though there have been a bazillion iterations of Spidey in the last several years, everyone’s dying to get a look at this one, portrayed by The Social Network’s Andrew Garfield and co-starring his real-life girlfriend Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy.

The final installation of Christopher Nolan’s brilliant imagining of Batman has a few tricks up its sleeve, if the spooky trailer is any indication. Tom Hardy is Bane, one of the nastiest villains the Dark Knight has ever encountered. And then there’s Anne Hathaway slinking around as the seductively dangerous Selina Kyle.

Can Jeremy Renner fill the shoes of Matt Damon in the Bourne series? Starring as Aaron Cross, Renner’s first major starring role has a man who must deal with the consequences of Jason Bourne’s actions from where The Bourne Ultimatum left off.

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34 WEEKEND, June 1-3, 2012

Same old song

Zac Hanson, Taylor Hanson and Isaac Hanson.

Music. Do stars get tired of their own hit tunes? Most won’t admit it, but sometimes they’re just really over it New York indie-pop outfit Fun set the world on fire with the No. 1 single We Are Young. But months after it topped the charts, no one would blame the trio if the tune had them feeling a little burnt out. After all, even those among us who celebrated the song’s ceaselessly contagious chorus (“set the world on FI-YA!” is a hook hefty enough to reel in a white whale) might have tired of the track once it achieved supermarket-stereo ubiquity. So how would you feel if you performed the song every single day? For their part, however, the members of Fun say they’re still having a ball each and every time they take the stage to perform their signature hit. “That’d be really dumb on our part to get tired of it,” frontman Nate Ruess said during a recent interview. “Watching the way people react (when we play it) makes it hard to get tired of it,” added guitarist Jack Antonoff. “ But of course, they are young. While they’ll rarely admit it publicly, many artists reluctantly concede that over time, performing their biggest hits night in, night out can wind up feeling like a chore. And the reasons for that weariness are numerous. Sometimes, the sentiment

Play it again. MMMBop, Hanson not gonna shut up

New York indie-pop outfit Fun set the world on fire with the No. 1 single We Are Young — but the band says it’s still a riot to play. Chris Young/the canadian press

of a song written years — or even decades — before will no longer resonate, or a band will simply change its mind about the value of a tune. In other cases, a band will feel it’s outgrown the stylistic hallmarks of a major hit written in the fledgling stage of its career ­— consider Radiohead, the British rock innovators who almost never tackle their breakout blast of jagged angst, Creep, in front of an audience anymore. It becomes especially hard when a song endures over decades — how many times, for instance, has Sting pleaded in falsetto to turn on that red light? The catch-22, of course, is that the vast majority of audience members at a given show are most primed to hear those trademark tunes.

The medley method • There is a standby

for artists who can’t stomach one of their own tunes but still want to give the audience a taste: the medley.

• That was the strategy

adopted by genre-hopping Minneapolis pop legend Prince during a recent three-hour marathon at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, when he combined truncated versions of hits including Nothing Compares 2 U, 1999 and Little Red Corvette into crowdpleasing mega-mixes.

Indeed, many music fans are angry at the notion of

highly paid musicians refusing to play the songs they’re known for. For a fan forking out hundreds of dollars for a prime seat, parking and concessions for what could be a once-in-alifetime opportunity to see a favourite artist, is it too much to ask for said artist to endure a few minutes of boredom to send thousands home happy? “I just think it’s selfish to not play those songs that your career was built on, that people supported you through,” Canadian songwriter Jann Arden has said. “If that’s what some of these younger acts want to do, let them go cut their own throats. I think it’s inexperience, I think it’s selfish, selfserving, narcissistic and stupid.”

If there was ever a group with a rightful claim on banishing a major hit to the past, it might be the former tweenybop sibling outfit Hanson. MMMBop went to No. 1 in 12 countries in 1997. The video featured the pubescent trio frolicking in oversized clothes over terrible greenscreen. The song was as ubiquitous in the ’90s as flannel, Pogs and slap bracelets, so insidiously infectious that McAfee might have made a fortune scrubbing the tune from its unwitting victims’ brains.

Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida says his band eliminated some songs from their live performances entirely. “There’s some songs we’ll just never play — they just don’t resonate with us anymore,” said Maida recently.

Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy grew tired of performing the band’s breakthrough Try. “I got sick of that song so bad for a while. After about five years, I went: ‘Oh my God.’”

“I’ve sang Zombie so many times that I actually feel like a zombie,” Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has joked, referencing the band’s impossible-to-kill 1994 single.



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Former Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page said his old band similarly rested early hits like If I Had $1,000,000. “We knew that if we weren’t feeling it at all, that it would feel like we were sleep-walking through it.”


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And yet, the Oklahoma trio still doggedly performs MMMBop on nearly every tour stop — impossibly high notes be damned. In part, they want to satisfy their fans. But more than that, the trio is deeply proud that a song they wrote 15 years ago still resonates. “It’s a little bit like a runner not wanting to wear their gold medals,” said singer Taylor Hanson. “For us, we wear the gold medals with pride because we don’t see them as something that is relegated to the past.

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Summer album preview

was released on June 1, 2010. Another track, BU2B, was a nightly part of the set list on the last Rush tour. Bonus feature: Sci-fi novelist Kevin J. Anderson is turning the album into a book involving steampunk, anarchists, alchemy and The Watchmaker who controls everything.

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We’re now well into the summer album release season. Here’s what’s on the horizon this month:

Wintersleep/Hello Hum (June 12): There’s much anticipation about the Halifax band’s fifth album. Hey, Paul McCartney is a fan.

Insane Clown Posse/The Mighty Death Pop! (Out now): The Juggalos will be pleased with what Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have turned in for their 12th album. Still no clue insight into how magnets work, however. Public Image, Ltd/This Is PiL (Out now): Johnny Lydon’s crew has just released their first album in 20 years and it’s a DIY effort on their own label. Good for the contrarian in all of us. Beach Boys/That’s Why God Made the Radio (Tuesday): This is album 29 and coincides with the band’s 50th anniversary. It’s also the first album to feature original material in 20 years. Brian Wilson says he was going for a Pet Sounds sound for the record. Japandroids/Celebration Rock (Tuesday): Will Vancouver’s Brian King and David Prowse be 2012’s break-out two-piece act? The indie crowds have been all over the first single, The House That Heaven Built. Watch out, Black Keys. Rush/Clockwork Angels (June 12): Finally! The first song from this album

Smashing Pumpkins/ Oceania (June 19): After attempting and abandoning a new way of releasing music with his Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project, Billy Corgan returns to a traditional album. But he says that Oceania is really “an album within an album.� What? Fiona Apple/The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (June 26): Yes, that’s what it’s called. At least the title is shorter than her 1999 album. Look it up. Linkin Park/Living Things (June 26): Well more a year in the making, their fifth album is said to deliver more of what’s helped them sell 50 million records so far. The Offspring/Days Go By (June 26): After a four- year break the Offspring are back with a Bob Rockproduced record. Love the Dr. Strangelove closer: Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell. WEEKEND, June 1-3, 2012

All that Heaven will allow The Walkmen. Metro chats to the band’s singer about their latest release, fatherhood and more

This is the first album where you’ve ever featured a song where it’s just your voice and a guitar. ‌ Yeah. We were doing that live for a while and that was kind of weird because everybody just walks off the stage and I’m just up there alone. I mean, we’re just trying for dynamics. We have the one, Line By Line, which is me and Paul. It’s nice to try to vary it up when we can.

Hamilton Leithauser needs a jumpstart. The singer for the Walkmen says his 2000 Ford Escape is an otherwise reliable vehicle, but he left his hazard lights on while visiting a friend and the battery died. But if Heaven — the new Walkmen album that came out on May 29 — does as well as it seems like it was designed to do, he might not have to be concerned about his Ford for much longer. Beginning as a buzz band that appeared to be unwillingly lumped in with NYC’s leather-clad class of 2002, the band have persevered and watched their cult of believers expand with each of their six original releases. With Heaven, the band seems to be reaching for something more accessible, something that could even lead to Leithauser buying a rock star car like a Bentley.

Hamilton Leithauser, left, and Walter Martin of the Walkmen perform at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in May of this year. Getty images

The last time we spoke we were talking about who the best contemporary band in America was, and I remember you saying it would be a different world if the Walkmen were the biggest contemporary American band. Now that’s true.

seem like you’re aiming for something big with this album. I think we were happy to make a big record, which is not something we always want to do. By “big� I mean that I hope it’s accessible and I hope that people will like it, but I mean more that it’s got big songs and big dynamics and big sounds, and that it’s really bombastic. But that wasn’t even the plan.

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How do you divide the songwriting duties? Me and Walt (Martin, bassist and keyboardist) and Paul (Maroon, guitarist) write all of the stuff, basically.


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pen with you guys? Every time. Really? Well, every time we’ve tried to plan, it just ends up pigeonholing us. We just have such trouble writing songs that you sort of take what you can get when you like it. I mean, you work and work and work, but when you say, ‘OK, we’re going to write all slow songs,’ then that’s just another limitation that makes it

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You guys all have kids now, right? We do. Otis is the oldest. He’s seven. Mine is the youngest, she’s 13 months. And you’re a married man now too, right? Yeah, we all are. That’s a big difference. Does your wife ever say, “What the hell? Why are you so bummed out in this song?� (Laughs.) She’s actually asked me that exact same question before, like, “Why don’t you just cheer up?�


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In the recording process, did you try these songs out with additional instruments? On Line By Line, I think we did a full-band version of that too. I think we did an acoustic version of it also, and it just wasn’t happening for one reason or another.



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The world, according to Jane Fonda 1. The 1960s

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The always outspoken 74-year-old takes on an idealistic aging hippie in her new film, Peace, Love and Misunderstanding. But Fonda insists that being a hippie was a completely foreign experience for her. That wasn’t all she let us in on.

“I lived in France during the 1960s, so my view of the ’60s is a more global view. It was a time of tremendous transition for America, but for the world as well. And it wasn’t just because of the Vietnam War or the Pill. I’m not a sociologist, so I don’t know why it was that almost everywhere in the world there was tumult, but it was. The ’60s was about discord and generational splits. When I became an activist in 1970, I missed the ’60s. I never was a hippie or anything. I recognize the importance of that decade, having had one leg in the ’50s — which I think has been much more idealized as a time of, you know, families were together and everything was well...”

2. She can’t stress enough the importance of the Internet “The technological stuff has changed everything. We can see it overseas even more, with the Arab Spring and so forth. I never used a computer until I was 58. I was married to Ted Turner, and he threw it across the room. He still doesn’t use one. I started blogging at 71. Since it was all new to me, suddenly my life became very immediate. I was worried about blogging because I study Zen Buddhism and I meditate and I believe in being in the moment, and this is going to keep me from being in the moment. But what I discovered was that it helped me be in the moment.”

3. Kids today don’t protest the way they used to “One of the things that’s really interesting is there’s no leader (in the Occupy movement). During the Vietnam War, there were all these organization and they all had leaders — most of them men. I married one. And now there isn’t and people get really disturbed by that, but it’s really what’s so beautiful about it. It’s not ideological, you can’t quite get a grip on it, but it’s making a difference. Just like that demonstration in Seattle when the WTO met up there. That was in some ways more significant than anything that happened in the ’60s.”

4. Papa don’t

preach: She didn’t actually learn anything about acting from her dad

“I never could get him to talk to me about acting, ever. I produced On Golden Pond for him, and after our big scene together I still couldn’t get him to talk to me about acting. I learned about life from watching his movies — like Grapes of Wrath and 12 Angry Men. It’s what made me who I am, the roles he played. I am my dad’s daughter and I look like him in many ways, and I’m sure there’s things that other people see that I don’t. In some ways, I learned more from Katharine Hepburn than my dad.”

5. On impressing Katharine Hepburn “The first thing she ever said to me was, ‘I don’t like you.’ Take the backflip [scene in On Golden Pond]. I had no intention of doing the backflip, so they had a stunt double all set up, and then Hepburn said to me, ‘Are you going to do the backflip?’ I thought ‘oh God, I’m going to have to do it.’ My dad couldn’t have cared less if I did the backflip myself, but it mattered to her. It took me a month and a half to learn. I’d go out on the raft and do it over and over and over. Finally I made it one day, and I crawled out on the shore and she’d been hiding in the bushes, watching. She came over to me and she said, ‘You’ve taught me to respect you.’”

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From Lord of the Rings to defender of The Grid Tron: Uprising. Elijah Wood steps into a dangerous virtual world in new Disney live action TV series Ned Ehrbar

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Elijah Wood stars in new series Tron: Uprising. GETTY images

Elijah Wood is jumping feet first into the world of animated series television with Tron: Uprising, a new series that takes place in the time between 1982’s Tron and 2010’s Tron: Legacy. Of course, it’s not necessarily new territory for the actor, who’s popped up as a voice in films, TV and video games in the past. “Over the last number of years, I’m no stranger to voice work in animation, so I’m used to it,” Wood says. “But getting a chance to work within the context of a universe I was already familiar with was really fun. It just gave the whole experience a more special quality, I think.” The familiar universe of Tron: Uprising also meant more than just the usual voiceover

work, though: “The character happens to be extremely physical, so there’s a lot of me standing in front of a microphone, punching and kicking the air, and making myself sound like I’m in all sorts of intense physical scenarios, which is pretty hilarious,” Wood says. “I’m sure there’s some footage of me, standing there looking like an idiot.” Finding the right voice for Beck was easy, as it turns out, since the show’s producers really just wanted Wood. “It was determined right away that it would be my own voice,” he says, though he cautions that with secret identities and hushhush rebellions on the menu, it’s never that simple. “When the character is Tron, or The Renegade, we do change his voice a little bit,” Wood explains. “Digitally, they mess with his voice, and I also give it a gravity that Beck doesn’t have in his normal Beck mode. The character is split between the two, in a way. Some of those more Tron-Renegade moments definitely have a depth and a gravity to them, and that’s fun. It’s fun to play around with all of that.”

Virtual wars

Tron: Uprising premieres June 23 on Disney XD . • The plot. Wood plays

Beck, a young program who leads a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid.

While Tron: Uprising and his live-action TV series, Wilfred, have kept him busy — along with several film projects — Wood is keeping an open mind when it comes to what’s next. “I don’t know that I’m ever looking for anything, in particular,” Wood admits. “I’m always intrigued by new challenges and things that I’ve never done before and new experiences. It sounds so simple, but the primary interest is just something that’s good and instills within me some kind of gut feeling that feels like something that I’m passionate and excited about, and there can be multiple variables that can instill that. But, I’m always just looking to do things that I’ve never done before, primarily.”







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These femme fatales ‘don’t need a man’

Magic City. Sexy cast dishes on their characters as drama reaches season finale

“It’s funny that we’re doing this together,” says Dominik GarciaLorido, who for this interview is joined by her Magic City co-stars Kelly Lynch and Elena Satine. She explains: “Our characters are the three women

on the show who don’t need a man!” She has a point. On this Starz drama series set in fastliving 1959 Miami Beach, the other fabulous femmes are married: Vera (played by Olga Kurylenko) is happily wed to hotel magnate Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), while Lily (Jessica Marais) is joined in stormy matrimony with mob boss Ben Diamond (Danny Huston). No such entanglements for

this independent threesome, though their differences from one another are as marked as anything they have in common. On Magic City, whose season finale airs Friday at 10 p.m. EDT, Mercedes Lazaro (played by Garcia-Lorido) is working part-time as a housekeeper at the Miramar Playa, the luxurious hotel built by Ike Evans, while she trains to be a Pan Am stewardess. “When I first heard Cuban

maid I was so running in the other direction,” says GarciaLorido, who, as the daughter of actor Andy Garcia, is herself of

Cuban descent. “But while, back then, a Cuban-Catholic girl of 21 would probably have been married with kids, this girl is about to work for Pan Am and travel the world.” Then love catches her offguard in the form of unexpected romance with her childhood friend — and younger son of

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Ike — Danny Evans (played by Christian Cooke). But that doesn’t mean she automatically abandons her dreams. In this week’s episode, she’s ready to fly as she proudly models her Pan Am uniform for Danny. “I had a very intense first love, so I had a desire to tell Mercedes’ story,” confides Garcia-Lorido (whose films include The Last Goodbye and City Island). Lynch’s character, Meg Bannock, is the classy, moneyed older sister of Ike’s deceased first wife whose bankroll could spring Ike from the grip of Ben, aka “the Butcher,” his thuggish silent partner. “Because of Meg’s extreme wealth, she doesn’t need a man for any reason other than for fun or distraction,” says Lynch (whose credits

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include Drugstore Cowboy, Desperate Hours and the series The L Word). “But Meg does have that human need — which is family,” and that means rapprochement with Ike, her brother-in-law, from whom she’s been estranged for several years. Finally, Judi Silver (Satine) is a high-priced escort often found in the Miramar Playa’s posh Atlantis Lounge — and lately found in jeopardy thanks to the company she keeps. “I’m always attracted to playing broken, damaged people,” says Marais. “I knew Judi wasn’t going to just be this happy-golucky girl who’s a hooker for fun. She’s the life of the party, but underneath lies some real darkness for her.”

Kevin Bacon’s gritty FBI drama, Charlie Sheen’s return to television, Hayden Panettiere’s country music soap and a final season of Flashpoint anchor CTV and CTV Two’s upcoming lineups. Bell Media says it’s bolstering its twin TV schedules with a mix of weighty dramas and light laughers, although much of the new material won’t be seen until 2013. Just four programmes — amounting to 2.5 hours of new material — are being added to CTV’s fall schedule, while sister station CTV Two is getting three new dramas. CTV’s additions include three comedies: Anger Management, in which Sheen plays an unconventional therapist; The New Normal,

about two gay men who enlist a surrogate baby mama; and The Neighbors, with Jamie Gertz and Lenny Venito as a couple who move to a gated community where aliens live in disguise. The channel’s sole new drama is The Mob Doctor, with Jordana Spiro as a young surgeon split between her promising medical career and a lifelong debt to Chicago’s Southside mob. CTV Two’s new dramas include: Nashville, with Connie Britton as a music icon struggling to maintain her career against an ambitious newcomer played by Panettiere; Arrow, with Canadian Stephen Amell as a vigilante superhero known by day as billionaire industrialist Oliver Queen; and Emily Owens, M.D., about a young surgical intern who learns that working in a hospital is no different than the dynamics of high school. the canadian press

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Pon de replay: Rihanna and Drake back together? Exes Rihanna and Drake, who dated briefly in 2009, may be giving things another go, if their behaviour at a Miami hotspot on a recent night out is any indication. “Rihanna was all over Drake this weekend,” a source tells Us Weekly. “They were holding hands and dancing all close

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star accused of prostitution Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Zhang Ziyi has been accused of earning $110 million by prostituting herself to Chinese government officials and businessmen, according to the Daily Mail. The unsubstantiated claims in Chinese media detail the actress accepting large sums of money from various Beijing officials between 2007 and 2011, with one businessman reportedly

on the dance floor.” The pair have remained close friends and frequent collaborators since their brief romance. “We weren’t really sure what it was,” Rihanna previously said in an interview of her dating Drake. “We didn’t want to take it any further. It was a really fragile time in my life...”


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forking over $945,000 to sleep with her in 2007. Ziyi has fervently denied the allegations. Mary-Kate Olsen

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Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore

Ashton and Demi keep it cool in public Tensions seem to have eased between divorcing couple Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, who were spotted together at the birthday party for a Kabbalah instructor, according to People magazine. “They were friendly,” a source tells People magazine of the former couple, who ar-

rived separately. “Ashton got up at one point and grabbed coffee in a paper cup for Demi, and they smiled a few times during the program at each other. They seemed to get along and feel comfortable.” And apparently that’s as good as it’s going to get, says another source.

Drew Barrymore is all set to walk down the aisle with fiancé Will Kopelman Saturday. On Wednesday, the actress was spotted at the Chanel store in Beverly Hills for her final wedding dress fitting. Along for support was Charlie’s Angels costar Cameron Diaz who — in addition to being the kind of girl we imagine has an emergency mini bar in her purse — is a close friend of the couple,

and was even clued in before the proposal. “I knew Drew was getting married before she did!” she tells InStyle UK. As for Drew, she’s apparently overlooked the fact that Cameron is all glowing blonde legs and has given her a front row seat Saturday. “Drew has been leaning on Cameron a lot,” a friend tells Us Weekly. “Cameron has been very involved.” Is it just us, or have we seen this movie before? Cameron’s going to be late and put her shoes on as she runs down the aisle. Drew’s going to wear flowers in her hair and charmingly stumble through her vows while biting her lip. Someone’s saucy great aunt should probably feel up a groomsman played by Andy Samberg. We’ll check back in on Monday, Drew — with the big box of Sno Caps.

Mary-Kate Olsen is reportedly dating former French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s younger brother, Olivier Sarkozy, according to Us Weekly. “It’s true, they’re dating, and she’s definitely interested in him,” a source says. “MK

is constantly complaining about boys not being mature enough for her. She got the kids out of her system. Now being a businesswoman dominates her time, and she is rarely impressed with guys. They are good for each other.”

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Cooking up a new app

Mennonite cooking goes high tech Old Order Mennonite cooking meets modern technology with a new app of Edna Staebler’s Food That Really Schmecks cookbook. Staebler’s hugely successful cookbook extolled the cuisine and lifestyle of Old Order Mennonites. The book was originally published in 1968 and became a classic, selling tens of thousands of copies. New material on the app includes photos and videos of Staebler and the Waterloo Region countryside. Recipes are searchable and users can upload photos and recipe suggestions that will be shared with all users — just like your grandmother’s scribbles in the margins of the family cookbook. It’s also possible to upload one’s own pictures to the recipes. This digital book is available for free for a limited time on iTunes. THE CANADIAN PRESS


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Grilled Vegetable Napoleons

Beer and iced tea? LIQUID ASSETS

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I’ve never been one to mess with a good thing, especially when it comes to booze. So for me the blend of hops, yeast, water and grain that defines beer is pretty much perfection. And while the description of beer includes dozens upon dozens of different varieties that come by their taste profiles naturally, the trend toward flavoured brews is taking the industry by storm. Beer needs them. Sales have seen better days, and industry innovation seems inspired by 1812 rather than 2012, with old school English-style ales the darlings of the aficionado set. That’s what’s fun about Coors Light Iced T (12 x 355 ml, $20.31 $24.99). On the surface it sounds like a mad attempt to attract a summertime audience with a Franken-blend of two totally foreign liquids. The good news is that in the glass it tastes just like iced tea without losing the subtle malty expression of the suds — and it’s a light beer. This is the first time the Coors Light brand has been extended outside its singular universe and the pitch hits a solid home run.

This recipe serves six. NEWS CANADA

Fire up the grill for easy summer veggies Grilled Vegetable Napoleons. Lazy summer days are too precious to waste in front of a hot stove 1.

Preheat barbecue and set on low. Brush vegetables with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and grill slowly until tender, turning once.


Transfer vegetables to a tray, arranging them in a single layer, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. The vegetables may be grilled a day

in advance and refrigerated after cooling. Bring the vegetables back to room temperature before proceeding.


Stir together the ricotta, thyme, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place one slice of eggplant on a lightly oiled grill sheet or foil pan. Spread 1 tablespoon of the ricotta mixture over the eggplant. Cover with 2 slices of zucchini, 1 slice of onion, 1 slice of mozzarella, 1 slice of tomato, 2 slices of zucchini and 1 slice of onion. Spread 1 tablespoon of the ricotta mixture over the onion and top with another slice of eggplant.

Repeat this procedure with the remaining vegetables to make 5 more stacks.


Insert a wooden skewer through the centre of each stack to create a hole from top to bottom. Remove the bottom leaves from each rosemary sprig, leaving one inch of leaves on the top. Insert 1 sprig into the centre hole in each napoleon and return to the barbecue.

5. Heat for about 10 minutes

on low, or until mozzarella is melted and vegetables are warmed through.

Ingredients • 1/2 cup olive oil • 1 large eggplant, cut in 12 slices (1/3” thick) • 3 medium zucchinis, cut in 24 slices (1/4” thick) • 3 large tomatoes, cut in 6 slices (1/3” thick) • 3 medium red onions, cut in 12 slices (1/3” thick) • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese • Salt and pepper to taste • 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped • 1/2 lb mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4” thick • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary


Kick-start your tomatoes into high gear Perfect as an appetizer or side dish for your grilled steak, this delicious recipe for Mozzarellissima Grilled Stuffed Tomatoes is sure to be a hit.

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Cut a slice of approximately 1 cm off the top of each tomato. With a small knife, cut the inside of the fleshy part of the tomato (do not cut through the bottom). Using a spoon, remove the inside of the tomatoes, leaving about 1 cm of flesh attached to skin. Discard the seeds and juice.


Lightly salt the inside of the tomatoes; place them with the open sides downwards on a plate covered with paper towels.


Cut zucchini lengthwise into 4 slices. Cut the pepper in half and remove the inside. Also cut the half onion in two. Brush vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes on direct medium heat until they are tender. Remove vegetables from heat.

4. Once cooled, chop the zuc-

chini, onion and pepper into small pieces. Add the mint and a drizzle of olive oil to the vegetables. Mix and season to taste.


Stuff the tomatoes with the vegetable mixture and top with the Mozzarellissima. Place on barbecue over medium indirect heat, until cheese is melted and vege-


Mozzarellissima Grilled Stuffed Tomatoes

• 4 large ripe tomatoes • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste • 1 zucchini • 1 yellow pepper • 1/2 large red onion • Olive oil, to taste • Small handful fresh mint, finely chopped • 3/4 cup (175 ml) Saputo Mozzarellissima cheese, shredded


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Foodies rejoice for the recently opened Avec Bistro (105-550 11th Ave. S.W.). Combining a passion for great wine and simply prepared but locally sourced cuisine, they bring classic French fare to Calgary diners. Open for both lunch and dinner seven days a week, the dining room is chic enough for an evening date or client meetings yet perfect for lunch.

Join Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Underwear Affair — a 10 km and five km run raising money for below-thewaist cancers like prostate, ovarian, and colorectal. The race starts and finishes at Max Bell Centre (1001 Barlow Trail S.E.). Afterward, stick around post-race for the EXPOsed after party where you can dance the night away to local DJs, check out booths and vendors, enjoy giveaways, food, and beverages.

The Best of ABBA and After Party: June 1 & 2 Catch Finland’s superstars Rajaton rock the Jack Singer concert hall (205 8 Ave. S.E.) with your favourite ABBA hits: Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia and more. This six-voice acappella ensemble exposes audiences to the kind of diversity of repertoire, singing style, and stage presentation that has made them a phenomenon. Hustle over to Teatro Ristorante (200 8 Ave. S.E.) after the concert for the last after party of the season.

SODO Block Party: June 2

Funnyfest: May 31 - June 10

For those of you who love fine things head to the SoDo district (10 and 11 Ave. from 5 St. to 8 St. S.W.) for the SODO Block Party. Check out the diverse shops galleries, bakeries, salons & spas, fine wine purveyors, and restaurants of this dynamic neighborhood. Throughout the day there will be specials offers and notable events taking place.

Everyone loves to laugh, so get ready to enjoy the antics and punch lines of hilariously funny performers at FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival. Kicking off this weekend, the 11-day (May 31 – June 12) festival showcases 70 performers from around the world. This weekend brings the Best of the Fest and Festival Favourites at various locations throughout the city. Check out their website, funnyfest. com for more information.


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Queer Film Festival Closing Glam Rock Party Gala The final film of The FairyTales International Queer Diversity Film Festival will be screened at the Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd. N.W.) Saturday evening. And the GLAM ROCK Party Gala is occurring after the screening just down the street at Good Life Community Bike Shop (148 10 St. N.W.) celebrating local and national queer artists of all artistic mediums.



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Lidstrom walks away from Wings Nicklas Lidstrom is so used to being great that the star defenceman refused to settle for just being good. Lidstrom, 42, retired after 20 quietly spectacular seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. The four-time Stanley Cup champion and seventime Norris Trophy winner fought back tears as he made the announcement Thursday. He said he knew it was time to retire when he started to work out recently. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


“He continued to have great success, but for different reasons. He didn’t just overpower teams; he outsmarted teams.... He wasn’t as domineering as he was earlier.” Former Astros manager Phil Garner’s testimony during the Rogers Clemens perjury trial on Thursday. Garner told one great story after another. Clemens working out in a flak jacket with 60 pounds of weights. Clemens yelling at himself. Clemens yelling at others. Clemens noticing that home plate was a little bit out of line. No stories involved Clemens using performance-enhancing drugs. On the web

Flames hitch their wagon to Hartley Calgary general manager Jay Feaster, left, holds up a jersey with new head coach Bob Hartley on Thursday. JEFF MCINTOSH/THE CANADIAN PRESS

NHL. New coach elects to join Calgary over Montreal Canadiens Blue Jays great Joe Carter will be reunited with Mitch Williams, the Philadelphia Phillies reliever who gave up Carter’s championshipclinching homer in 1993, at the Joe Carter Classic charity golf tournament for the Children’s Aid Foundation this August in Maple, Ont. Scan the code to find out Carter’s thoughts on the historic home run and this year’s version on the Jays.

Bob Hartley is back in the NHL. What’s surprising is it’s with the Calgary Flames. The Montreal Canadiens seemed a likely destination for the Stanley Cup winner because of Hartley’s FrancoOntarian roots. Hartley was in discussions with the Canadiens and some pundits had already made his arrival in Montreal a foregone conclusion. But the 51-year-old from Hawkesbury, Ont., has signed a three-year contract to coach

the Flames, a stalled franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in three years. He replaces Brent Sutter behind bench after Sutter and the Flame parted ways in April. Hartley is Calgary’s fifth coach since the 2004-05 lockout. The Flames narrowly missed the playoffs under Sutter three years in a row, finishing ninth in the Western Conference this past season at 37-29-16. “One of the teams in the Stanley Cup finals, the L.A. Kings, just finished five points ahead of the Calgary Flames,” Hartley said. “It’s just to show you the difference between being a Stanley Cup winner and a non-playoff team is very, very

slim. “There’s special expectations that come with a Canadian market.... I was very fortunate to win a Stanley Cup with Colorado and that’s the kind of attitude I want to bring to this dressing room. “I can promise you and I can promise the fans that we will not only give you entertaining hockey, but we will make sure that the Calgary Flames are a top team in the National Hockey League.” Hartley and Flames general manager Jay Feaster have a close relationship from their days together with the AHL’s Hershey Bears. The two men won a Calder Cup together

in 1997 before embarking on their respective NHL careers. Hartley is the godfather of Feaster’s son Ryan. “We’ve always stayed in touch,” Hartley said. He has experience and a track record of success. Hartley coached for a decade in the NHL with both the Colorado Avalanche and the Atlanta Thrashers and won a Stanley Cup in 2001 win the Avs. “He’s coached Patrick Roy, he’s coached Joe Sakic, he’s coached Peter Forsberg, he’s coached (Ilya) Kovalchuk in Atlanta,” Feaster pointed out. “He’s coached a lot of high-profile players. I think that is a plus for us.” THE CANADIAN PRESS

Nicklas Lidstrom in Detroit on Thursday. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Horse racing

Close call for I’ll Have Another The Triple Crown bid of Canadian-owned I’ll Have Another almost ended Thursday when a horse came within inches of slamming into the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner during training in New York. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NBA

“I’m not concerned at all.” Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen on Thursday. The Eastern Conference final shifts to Boston on Friday night for Game 3, with the Heat holding a 2-0 lead after staving off perhaps the Celtics’ best shot with a 115-111 overtime victory on Wednesday.

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Kevin Durant scored 22 points, Thabo Sefolosha set playoff career-bests with 19 points and six steals, and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped San Antonio’s 20-game winning streak by beating the Spurs 102-82 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night. Oklahoma City closed its series deficit to 2-1 and will host Game 4 on Saturday night. Sefolosha threw a wrench in the Spurs’ well-oiled offence at the start, getting four steals in the first three minutes. The Spurs ended up committing a post-season-worst 21 turnovers and scoring their fewest points all season.

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Tony Parker and Stephen Jackson led the Spurs with 16 points apiece. Tim Duncan had 11 points on five-for-15 shooting, taking 11 of San Antonio’s first 25 shots as the offence went through the all-star centre instead of Parker. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

James Harden shoots over Spurs centre Tiago Splitter Thursday in Oklahoma City. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS






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Pct .560 .529 .500 .440 .431 .360

GB — 11/2 3 6 61/2 10

W 32 27 23 21 17

L 18 24 28 29 35

Pct .640 .529 .451 .420 .327

GB — 51/2 91/2 11 16

CENTRAL DIVISION Cincinnati St. Louis Pittsburgh Milwaukee Houston Chicago


WEST DIVISION W 31 26 23 22

Texas Los Angeles Seattle Oakland

L 20 26 30 29

Pct .608 .500 .434 .431

GB — 51/2 9 9

Last night’s result Detroit 7, Boston 3 Wednesday’s results Kansas City 6, Cleveland 3 Chicago White Sox 4, Tampa Bay 3 Minnesota 4, Oakland 0 Toronto 4, Baltimore 1 Boston 6, Detroit 4 Seattle 21, Texas 8 N.Y. Yankees 6, L.A. Angels 5 Tonight’s games All times Eastern Minnesota (Pavano 2-4) at Cleveland (D.Lowe 6-3), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 6-2) at Detroit (Crosby 0-0), 7:05 p.m. Boston (Buchholz 4-2) at Toronto (H.Alvarez 3-4), 7:07 p.m. Baltimore (W.Chen 4-1) at Tampa Bay (Price 6-3), 7:10 p.m. Oakland (Colon 4-5) at Kansas City (F.Paulino 2-1), 8:10 p.m. Seattle (F.Hernandez 4-4) at Chicago White Sox (Peavy 6-1), 8:10 p.m. Texas (Lewis 4-3) at L.A. Angels (Williams 52), 10:05 p.m. Tomorrow’s games Boston at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. Oakland at Kansas City, 2:10 p.m. Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 4:10 p.m. Seattle at Chicago White Sox, 4:10 p.m. Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:15 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Detroit, 7:15 p.m. Texas at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games N.Y. Yankees at Detroit, 1:05 p.m. Boston at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 1:40 p.m. Oakland at Kansas City, 2:10 p.m. Seattle at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m. Minnesota at Cleveland, 3:05 p.m. Texas at L.A. Angels, 3:35 p.m.


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Konerko ChiW 48 176 31 Hamilton Tex 47 182 39 Trumbo LAA 43 155 22 Jeter NYY 49 211 28 AJackson Det 36 136 29 Ortiz Bos 50 189 35 Beltre Tex 47 182 28 Fielder Det 50 192 29 MiCabrera Det 50 203 27 AdJones Bal 51 204 38 Last night’s games not included

H Avg.

67 67 54 71 45 61 58 61 64 64

.381 .368 .348 .336 .331 .323 .319 .318 .315 .314

Los Angeles San Francisco Arizona Colorado San Diego

Last night’s results Colorado 11, Houston 5 Milwaukee at L.A. Dodgers Wednesday’s results Chicago Cubs 8, San Diego 6 Pittsburgh 2, Cincinnati 1 Philadelphia 10, N.Y. Mets 6 Atlanta 10, St. Louis 7 Miami 5, Washington 3 Colorado 13, Houston 5 Milwaukee 6, L.A. Dodgers 3 Arizona 4, San Francisco 1 Tonight’s games All times Eastern Atlanta (Minor 2-4) at Washington (Strasburg 5-1), 7:05 p.m. Miami (Buehrle 5-4) at Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 1-4), 7:05 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright 4-5) at N.Y. Mets (J.Santana 2-2), 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Leake 1-5) at Houston (Happ 4-4), 8:05 p.m. Pittsburgh (Correia 1-5) at Milwaukee (Wolf 2-4), 8:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Capuano 7-1) at Colorado (Outman 0-1), 8:40 p.m. Arizona (Miley 6-1) at San Diego (Richard 26), 10:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Maholm 4-3) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 5-4), 10:15 p.m. Tomorrow’s games Atlanta at Washington, 4:05 p.m. Miami at Philadelphia, 4:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 4:10 p.m. St. Louis at N.Y. Mets, 4:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m. Arizona at San Diego, 7:15 p.m. Chicago Cubs at San Francisco, 7:15 p.m. Cincinnati at Houston, 7:15 p.m. Sunday’s Games Atlanta at Washington, 1:35 p.m. Miami at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m. Cincinnati at Houston, 2:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Arizona at San Diego, 6:35 p.m. St. Louis at N.Y. Mets, 8:10 p.m.





MeCabrera SF 51 209 38 DWright NYM 47 170 32 Furcal StL 49 198 37 Ethier LAD 49 183 27 YMolina StL 46 174 26 Prado Atl 50 190 33 McCutchen Pgh 47 172 28 Votto Cin 50 169 30 CGonzalez Col 46 186 41 SCastro ChiC 50 205 22 Last night’s games not included

H Avg.

78 62 66 61 58 63 57 55 60 65

.373 .365 .333 .333 .333 .332 .331 .325 .323 .317

BLUE JAYS 4, ORIOLES 1 Baltimore EnChvz lf Hardy ss C.Davis dh AdJons cf Wieters c MrRynl 1b Betemt 3b Flahrty rf Andino 2b Totals

ab 4 4 3 2 4 3 3 3 3 29

r 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

h 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 4

bi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

Toronto YEscor ss Rasms cf Bautist rf Encrnc 1b Lawrie 3b Cooper dh Arencii c Vizquel 2b RDavis lf Totals

ab 4 4 2 4 4 3 4 4 3 32

r 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 4

h bi 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 9 4



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110 00x


DP—Baltimore 1, Toronto 2. LOB—Baltimore 5, Toronto 7. 2B—Cooper (1). HR—Rasmus (6), Encarnacion (17), Lawrie (4), R.Davis (3). SB— Vizquel (1). IP H Baltimore Hammel L,6-2 O’Day Strop Toronto Morrow W,6-3 Villanueva H,2 Cordero H,6 Janssen S,5-6



6 2-3 1-3 1

9 0 0

4 0 0

4 0 0

BB SO 2 0 1

5 0 2

6 1-3 2-3 1 1

4 0 0 0

1 0 0 0

1 0 0 0

2 0 0 1

8 0 1 1

HBP—by Morrow (Ad.Jones). T—2:28. A—17,754 (49,260).

GO LF PGA THE MEMORIAL At Dublin, Ohio Par 72 Frist round Scott Stallings Spencer Levin Erik Compton Blake Adams Andres Romero Aaron Baddeley Rory Sabbatini Brandt Snedeker Matt Every Daniel Summerhays Bud Cauley Mark Wilson Tiger Woods David Hearn Ryan Moore Adam Scott Scott Piercy Ben Curtis Ernie Els Greg Chalmers Trevor Immelman Luke Donald Rory McIlroy Robert Garrigus Charlie Wi David Mathis Kyle Reifers Geoff Ogilvy Dustin Johnson Rickie Fowler John Huh Jonathan Byrd Stewart Cink Harris English Marc Leishman Jeff Overton Rod Pampling Brendan Steele Vijay Singh Jim Furyk Also Mike Weir

33-33—66 32-35—67 35-32—67 36-33—69 33-36—69 34-35—69 33-36—69 34-35—69 35-34—69 34-35—69 34-36—70 36-34—70 34-36—70 36-34—70 36-34—70 35-35—70 33-37—70 36-34—70 35-35—70 36-35—71 34-37—71 34-37—71 32-39—71 33-38—71 35-36—71 34-37—71 35-36—71 36-35—71 36-35—71 36-35—71 35-36—71 35-36—71 35-36—71 36-35—71 36-36—72 35-37—72 35-37—72 35-37—72 37-35—72 35-37—72 41-42—83




(Best-of-7 series) (Los Angeles leads series 1-0) Wednesday’s result Los Angeles 2 New Jersey 1 (OT) Tomorrow’s game All times Eastern Los Angeles at New Jersey, 8 p.m. Monday’s game New Jersey at Los Angeles, 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 New Jersey at Los Angeles, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9 x-Los Angeles at New Jersey, 8 p.m. Monday, June 11 x-New Jersey at Los Angeles, 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 x-Los Angeles at New Jersey, 8 p.m.


(Best-of-7 series)

x — if necessary.


First Period 1. Los Angeles, Fraser 1 (Nolan) 9:56 Penalty — Brown LA (goaltender interference) 12:19. Second Period 2. New Jersey, Volchenkov 1 (Elias, Clarkson) 18:48 Penalties — Stoll LA (tripping) 8:31, Zubrus NJ (elbowing) 13:23. Third Period No Scoring. Penalties — None. First Overtime 3. Los Angeles, Kopitar 7 (Williams, Doughty) 8:13 Penalties — None. Shots on goal by Los Angeles New Jersey

5 5

9 4

8 3—25 7 2—18

Goal — Los Angeles: Quick (W,13-2-0); New Jersey: Brodeur (L,12-6-0). Power plays (goals-chances) — Los Angeles: 0-1; New Jersey: 0-2. Referees — Dan O’Halloran, Brad Watson. Linesmen — Derek Amell, Jonny Murray. Att. — 17,625 (17,625) at Newark, N.J.


EASTERN CONFERENCE D.C. New York Kansas City Chicago Columbus Houston New England Montreal Philadelphia Toronto

GP W L 15 8 4 13 8 3 12 8 3 12 5 4 12 5 4 11 4 3 12 4 7 13 3 7 11 2 7 10 1 9

T 3 3 1 3 3 4 1 3 2 0

GF GA 28 19 26 18 17 10 15 15 13 13 12 12 16 18 15 21 8 14 8 21

Pt 27 26 25 18 18 16 13 12 8 3

Salt Lake San Jose Seattle Vancouver Colorado Chivas USA Portland Dallas Los Angeles

14 14 13 12 13 13 12 15 13

2 3 3 4 1 3 4 4 2

22 27 16 13 20 9 12 15 15

29 27 24 19 19 15 13 13 11

WESTERN CONFERENCE 9 8 7 5 6 4 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 6 6 5 8 8

Tomorrow’s game All times Eastern Chicago at New England, 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s game Houston at Vancouver, 7 p.m.

14 17 9 14 18 14 15 24 21

At Paris Men Singles Second Round David Ferrer (6), Spain, def. Benoit Paire, France, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. Milos Raonic (19), Thorhill, Ont., def. Jesse Levine, United States, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. Juan Monaco (13), Argentina, def. Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic, 7-6 (4), 6-0, 7-6 (5). Santiago Giraldo, Colombia, def. Bernard Tomic (25), Australia, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. David Goffin, Belgium, def. Arnaud Clement, France, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 0-6, 6-2, 6-1. Andy Murray (4), Britain, def. Jarkko Nieminen, Finland, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5), France, def. CedrikMarcel Stebe, Germany, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. Mikhail Youzhny (27), Russia, def. Robin Haase, Netherlands, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Rafael Nadal (2), Spain, def. Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0. Nicolas Almagro (12), Spain, def. Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, 6-4, 6-3, 7-5. Fabio Fognini, Italy, def. Viktor Troicki (28), Serbia, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 8-6. Eduardo Schwank, Argentina, def. Florian Mayer (32), Germany, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Julien Benneteau (29), France, def. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Leonardo Mayer, Argentina, def. Philipp Kohlschreiber (24), Germany, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 7-5. Janko Tipsarevic (8), Serbia, def. Jeremy Chardy, France, 7-6 (4), 6-1. 7-5. Richard Gasquet (17), France, def. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-3. Paul-Henri Mathieu, France, def. John Isner (10), United States, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16. Tommy Haas, Germany, def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. Marcel Granollers (20), Spain, tied with Malek Jaziri, Tunisia, 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, suspended. Women Petra Kvitova (4), Czech Republic, def. Urszula Radwanska, Poland, 6-1, 6-3. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (22), Russia, def. Melinda Czink, Hungary, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Klara Zakopalova, Czech Republic, def. Maria Kirilenko (16), Russia, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Angelique Kerber (10), Germany, def. Olga Govortsova, Belarus, 6-3, 6-2. Caroline Wozniacki (9), Denmark, def. Jarmila Gajdosova, Australia, 6-1, 6-4. Nina Bratchikova, Russia, def. Claire Feuerstein, France, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Francesca Schiavone (14), Italy, def. Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. Li Na (7), China, def. Stephanie Foretz Gacon, France, 6-0, 6-2. Varvara Lepchenko, United States, def. Jelena Jankovic (19), Serbia, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain, def. Sesil Karatantcheva, Kazakhstan, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Kaia Kanepi (23), Estonia, def. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania, 6-4, 6-1. Christina McHale, United States, def. Lauren Davis, United States, 6-1, 6-3. Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan, def. Sofia Arvidsson, Sweden, 6-1, 6-0. Arantxa Rus, Netherlands, def. Virginie Razzano, France, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Peng Shuai (28), China, def. Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Spain, 6-4, 6-3. Julia Goerges (25), Germany, def. Heather Watson, Britain, 6-3, 6-4.


MIAMI (2) VS. BOSTON (4) (Miami leads 2-0) Wednesday’s result Miami 115 Boston 111 (OT) Monday’s result Miami 93 Boston 79 Tonight’s game All times Eastern Miami at Boston, 8:30 p.m. Sunday’s game Miami at Boston, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 x-Boston at Miami, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7 x-Miami at Boston, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9 x-Boston at Miami, 8:30 p.m.


SAN ANTONIO (1) V. OKLAHOMA CITY (2) (San Antonio leads 2-1) Last night’s result Oklahoma City 102 San Antonio 82 Tuesday’s result San Antonio 120 Oklahoma City 111 Tomorrow’s game All times Eastern San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m. Monday’s game Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 x-San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 9 p.m. Friday, June 8 x-Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 9 p.m. x — if necessary.

THUNDER 102, SPURS 82 SAN ANTONIO (82) Leonard 1-3 0-1 2, Duncan 5-15 1-2 11, Diaw 02 1-1 1, Parker 6-12 2-2 16, Green 1-3 0-0 3, Ginobili 1-5 5-5 8, S.Jackson 6-7 0-0 16, Bonner 0-4 0-0 0, Splitter 0-0 1-2 1, Neal 3-11 0-0 7, Anderson 1-2 1-2 4, Mills 1-5 0-0 3, Blair 5-7 0-0 10. Totals 30-76 11-15 82. OKLAHOMA CITY (102) Durant 8-17 6-6 22, Ibaka 5-9 4-4 14, Perkins 2-4 0-0 4, Westbrook 5-15 0-0 10, Sefolosha 7-16 1-1 19, Harden 5-10 4-4 15, Collison 3-3 0-0 6, Fisher 2-7 0-0 5, Cook 1-2 0-0 2, Ivey 1-3 0-0 2, Aldrich 0-1 1-2 1, Hayward 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 40-88 16-17 102. San Antonio Oklahoma City

24 17 19 22 32 24

22 82 24 102

3-Point Goals—San Antonio 11-26 (S.Jackson 4-5, Parker 2-4, Ginobili 1-2, Anderson 1-2, Neal 1-3, Mills 1-3, Green 1-3, Leonard 0-1, Bonner 0-3), Oklahoma City 6-22 (Sefolosha 4-10, Harden 1-2, Fisher 1-3, Ivey 0-1, Westbrook 0-2, Durant 0-4). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—San Antonio 48 (Leonard, Ginobili, Blair 6), Oklahoma City 51 (Perkins 8). Assists—San Antonio 18 (Neal 5), Oklahoma City 23 (Westbrook 9). Total Fouls—San Antonio 19, Oklahoma City 16. Technicals—Durant. Flagrant Fouls—Sefolosha. A—18,203 (18,203).


NORFOLK VS. TORONTO Tonight’s game Toronto at Norfolk, 7:30 p.m. Tomorrow’s game Toronto at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, June 7 Norfolk at Toronto, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9 Norfolk at Toronto, 3 p.m.

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