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Some weeks you just have to shake your What a mother. Meanwhile, back in Canada, the grandmother of autistic teen head. Max Begley got an anonymous letter from a This is one of those weeks. person who signed it “One pissed off mothSarin insanity. France’s foreign minister er,” complaining about the noises Max suspects that the Syrian regime has makes and demanding that they move out used sarin nerve gas on its own people at of the neighbourhood or “euthanize him.” least once, and likely multiple times as the Police refuse to consider the letter a hate civil war has intensified. It’s hard to even crime, but a love note it ain’t. There has think about, never mind look at the heartbeen a gratifying outpouring of support for breaking pictures of little kids reportedly Max since the letter surfaced, but “pissed gassed to death. But look we must. off mother” has so far eluded justice. She’ll We were bored. Then there’s the story THE METRO LIST have to live with herself, and that can’t be out of Duncan, Okla., about three teenfun. agers who allegedly decided to drive by Paul Sullivan someone and shoot him dead, just for fun. metronews.ca The prince of pot. In the same week we The unlucky random “target” was Chris learned he’ll be a father for the third Lane, a 22-year-old Australian who was out for a jog. Guns time, Justin Trudeau, the heir apparent to the national don’t kill people; they just help the people who do kill throne, also said he last smoked pot three years ago. There people. was a time when that admission would have sent any polit-

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ician’s ambitions down in f lames (or is that up in smoke?), but it only seems to increase the number of cool colours in his pretty aura. I am NOT a Canadian. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican senator and the latest Tea Party Great Partially Hispanic Hope for President, has a birther problem. He was born in Calgary, which despite some reports, is not in the United States, and holds dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship. Obviously reluctant to invite comparisons to other Canadian politicians such as Justin Trudeau, Cruz has quickly renounced his Canadian citizenship. But if you’re born in Calgary, you’re one of us, eh? Goodbye, Dickens of Detroit. Elmore Leonard, who apparently could only write bestsellers, including Get Shorty, which was made into a great movie starring Shorty, er, John Travolta, has died at 87. If I had a dog, I’d name it Elmore, even if it was a girl dog. Follow The Metro List on His bark had plenty of bite. Twitter @TheMetroList

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House of Jealous Lovers? Talk about country of jealous lovers. Brazilians who were once fuming over NSA spying are now doing some spying ISTOCK of their own. The Brazilian-made Boyfriend Tracker app, which has been removed from Google Play, let suspicious partners “check up” on their loved ones. But since BT is a) out of the app store b) in Portuguese and c) for crazy people, why not try some of these consensual stalking apps for couples: Couple

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Rare albinos named after Prince George Three rare albino hedgehog babies, born on the same day as Britain’s new prince, have moved into a miniature castle at a Moscow petting zoo. George, Alexander and Louis are named after the Prince of Cambridge, who has

those three names. On Thursday, when the hedgehogs turned one month old, they were shown into their new home at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre. It’s a wooden castle with carefully carved windows, dark velvet curtains and a plush bed. A red carpet was rolled out to welcome the

hedgehog family into the new home. Zoo spokeswoman Yevgeniya Polonskaya said she hopes the Prince of Cambridge himself would one day visit the hedgehogs, and said they “have a couple of invitations set aside for him.” THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

@metropicks asked: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is to armwrestle @HulkHogan. Who should the mayor wrestle next, and why? @mikelipsius: Rob Ford should wrestle Doug Ford. Like Brett and Owen Hart once did. @Canucklehead_ca: His inner demons.

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@TorontoViewer: Perhaps he should

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engage in a Battle of Wits with City Hall councillors.....oh wait.... he’s unarmed. @MA6hp: @HulkHogan vs Ford. Next match is Ford vs Lastman for worst mayor of Toronto ever @njc647: Vladimir Putin next. To see who has to attend the next gay pride event...

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