Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ac-knowledged for the ﬁrst time Tues-day that he smoked crack “prob-ably a year ago” when he was in a “drunken stupor,” but he refused to resign despite immense pressure to step aside as leader of Canada’s largest city.Ford said he loves his job and “for the sake of the taxpayers, we must get back to work immedi-ately.”Allegations that the mayor had been caught on video smoking crack surfaced in news reports in May. Ford initially insisted the vid-eo did not exist, sidestepped ques-tions about whether he had ever used crack and rebuffed growing calls to leave ofﬁce.The mayor was forced to back-track last week after police said they had obtained a copy of the video in the course of a drug inves-tigation against a friend of Ford’s.“Yes, I have smoked crack co-caine,” Ford told reporters earlier in the day. “There have been times when I’ve been in a drunken stupor. That’s why I want to see the tape. I want everyone in the city to see this tape. I don’t even recall there being a tape or video. I want to see the state that I was in.”Later at a news conference, he said acknowledging the drug use made him feel as if he had “1,000 pounds off my back.”Authorities have said the video,which has not been released pub-licly, does not constitute enoughevidence to charge the mayor with a crime.Ford’s lawyer has declined totalk to police.Police spokesman Mark Pugushsaid Ford’s acknowledgement of crack use will be passed on to in-vestigators. Several Toronto city councilors called on Ford to step down, and Canada’s justice minis-ter urged him to get help.The controversy has drawn comparisons to the 1990 arrest of then-Washington Mayor Marion Barry, who was videotaped smok-ing crack cocaine in a hotel room during an FBI sting operation. Barry served six months in federal prison for misdemeanor drug pos-session but later won a fourth termin 1994.
November 7, 2013 •
The Tech Talk
Wool missing from the town of Wool
LONDON (AP) — Po-lice in southwest England appealed for help Tuesday in tracking down thieves who made off with 160 sheep from a ﬁeld near the village of Wool.Police say the sheep were stolen between Saturday and Monday, and that the thieves would have needed a large vehicle to move the woolly haul.
Olympic torch travels to space
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — For the ﬁrst time in history, the Olympic torch will be taken on a space-walk.The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics torch will be sent to the International Space Station on board a Russian spacecraft this week and astronauts will then carry it outside the station.
Pollution causes hospitalization
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian newspaper says more than 50 people were hospitalized in a southern city, Ahvaz, where air pollu-tion levels spiked this week. Ahvaz is located in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, which is dotted with oil wells and factories, and is among Iran’s most polluted cities.
Mississippian plots to sell baby
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Mississippi woman has been arrested for allegedly offering to sell her infant son to another woman in Kenner whom she met through an online classiﬁed ad.Bobbie Jo Stojic, 23, of Bay St. Louis was freed on bond after her Oct. 29 arrest on a felony charge of offer-ing to sell a child, authorities said.The price for the child was set at $5,000.
Teacher arrested on assault charge
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A teacher caught on cam-era slapping a handicapped student remains behind bars on a $10,000 bond.WAFB-TV reports 50-year-old Nerelyn Soreta, of Baton Rouge, surren-dered to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Of-ﬁce on Monday.Soreta was booked on one charge of simple bat-tery of the inﬁrm.The incident was vid-eoed at Jefferson Terrace Elementary.She faces up to six months in jail if convicted.
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Invoking the Declara-tion of Independence, pro-ponents of a bill that would outlaw discrimination against gays in the work-place argued on Tuesday that the measure is rooted in fundamental fairness for all Americans.Republican opponents of the measure were large-ly silent, neither addressing the issue on the second day of Senate debate nor commenting unless asked. Written statements from some rendered their judg-ment that the bill would re-sult in costly, frivolous law-suits and mandate federal law based on sexuality.The Senate moved clos-er to completing its work on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Senate Ma- jority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said a ﬁnal vote in the Senate is possible by week’s end.Senate passage of the bill would represent a ma- jor victory for advocates of gay rights just months after the Supreme Court afﬁrmed gay marriage and granted federal beneﬁts to legally married same-sex couples and three years after Congress ended the ban on gays serving openly in the military.Illinois was poised to become the 15th state to legalize gay marriage after the state’s Legislature gave its ﬁnal approval Tuesday, sending it to the governor, who has said he’ll sign it.“I don’t believe in dis-criminating against any- body,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a backer of the measure who voted against a similar, narrower bill 17 years ago. The measure, however, faces strong opposition in the Republican-controlled House, where Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, maintains that it is unnec-essary and could prove too expensive and litigious for businesses.GOP resistance remains even as the party, looking beyond core older voters, tries to be more inclusive. Republicans struggled to win over young people and independents in the 2012 presidential election.
Illinois lawmakers celebrate as gay marriage legislation passes on the House ﬂoor.
Equal rights seem possible
Toronto mayor smokes crack, keeps
Mayor Robert Ford addresses the media in a press conference Tuesday.
Denver police say two 15-year-olds put their lives at risk when they broke into an empty school building carrying BB guns that appeared to be long riﬂes.Department spokes-man Sonny Jackson said Tuesday the guns were found after a three-hour standoff during which po-lice tried to coax the teens out using the school inter-com system. Police said the weapons looked like assault riﬂes.Two backpacks were also recovered contain-ing items the teens were apparently attempting to steal. Police were wor-ried they might have con-tained explosives and they brought in a SWAT team and the bomb squad, which sent a robot into KIPP Montbello College Prep Middle School.“A lot of BB guns look realistic,” Jackson said. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt,” he said after the ordeal ended. He said the two students who were ar-rested did not attend that school.The school reopened after police searched the building.Police were called after a cleaning crew spotted the teens breaking into the school. Jackson said the youths may have tried un-successfully to break into another school an hour before the standoff began.
Teens bring guns to school