Monthly Archives: September 2012

National Post | News

Paolo Renda, brother-in-law and consigliore of the powerful Montreal Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto and supervisor of his financial wing, knew he had enemies more frightening than police as he drove his Infiniti sedan home after a round of golf and buying steaks for a family dinner.

He knew the peremptory grip the Rizzuto clan once held on Quebec’s underworld had been unwillingly loosened and rivals, who had been forced to cower for decades, had finally found their trigger fingers.

And so, on May 20, 2010, when Mr. Renda’s car was pulled over on Montreal’s Gouin Boulevard by a car with flashing lights, and then approached by two men wearing Montreal police jackets, it likely sparked annoyance but not abject fear.

Mr. Renda would not have known it, but the position of the stop seems to have been carefully selected. Video surveillance dotting the streetscape of large family homes ended a…

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National Post | Sports

MEDINAH, Ill. — Erasing some of their worst Ryder Cup memories, the Europeans wore the image of Seve Ballesteros on their sleeves and played their hearts out Sunday at Medinah to match the greatest comeback in history and head home with that precious gold trophy.

Europe got its payback for Brookline, when the Americans roared back from the same 10-6 deficit. This rally was even more remarkable, carried out before a raucous American crowd that began their chants of “USA!” some three hours before the first match got under way.

Jose Maria Olazabal squeezed his eyes and fought back tears when Kaymer holed a 6-foot par putt to beat Steve Stricker and give Europe the point it needed to keep the cup. This was the first Ryder Cup since Ballesteros, the soul of European golf in this event, died last May of a brain tumour. Olazabal wanted his team to…

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Breckenridge Tries To Stop Illegal Ski Lessons

CBS Denver

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (CBS4) – The Breckenridge Ski Area has a problem on its hands heading into ski season as people are giving ski lessons illegally. Now the town may step in to help.

The police department said it’s about safety, but one thing that’s unique with Breckenridge is that the base areas are within the town limits, so while it’s a federal violation right now, the town also wants to make it illegal.

“It’s amazing how many people do advertise, especially on sites like Craigslist, and the ski areas monitor that,” Assistant Police Chief Greg Morrison said.

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Breckenridge Ski Area and the town want to crack down even harder on the dangerous niche industry. Illegal ski lessons are a federal crime because it happens on Forest Service property. But with few law enforcement officers around the ski resorts in the winter, it’s also a hard…

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Europe Retains Ryder Cup With An Improbable Comeback

CBS New York

MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Erasing some of their worst Ryder Cup memories, the Europeans wore the image of Seve Ballesteros on their sleeves and played their hearts out Sunday at Medinah to match the greatest comeback in history and head home with that precious gold trophy.

Europe got its payback for Brookline. Martin Kaymer gave German golf redemption for Kiawah Island.

Jose Maria Olazabal squeezed his eyes and fought back tears when Kaymer holed a 6-foot par putt — about the same length that countryman Bernhard Langer missed at Kiawah in 1991 — to beat Steve Stricker and give Europe the point it needed to keep the cup.

Tiger Woods missed a 3½-foot par putt on the 18th hole and conceded a par to Francesco Molinari that halved their match, that extra half-point making it a clear-cut win for Europe, 14½-13½.

Woods and Stricker, the anchors in the lineup, didn’t…

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Man Shot Outside Of A Dallas Cabaret

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A man is dead after a shooting outside of a Dallas cabaret that happened early Sunday morning.

Ashaki Hardeman with the Dallas Police Department says the victim was shot around 4:45 a.m.  in the parking lot of a cabaret in the 10700 block of Composite Drive. Police believe the victim was involved in an argument with two people when he was shot.

The victim was taken to Parkland Hospital where he later died. He has since been identified as 28-year-old Ruben Riguero-Brito.

Investigators are talking to witnesses from the shooting.

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Click and Macaque

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Hey Tappet Brothers! Look! It’s Hairy the Hubcap King!


Monkeys drive us around the Benz, Happy Jack! We will wheely, wheely miss Click and Clack.

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Getting Drier and Warmer

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

What a rain. It started Friday and is still going on in a few spots still. Long Lake in Anderson County recorded 6.68″ of rain over the last 72 hours; the biggest amount officially recorded in north Texas. Below I pulled the biggest recorded rainfall amount for each county. That 5.39″ in Henderson Co. was at Trinidad, the 4.41″ in Navarro county was at Corsicana.

Across Dallas County there were many reports of 3″ rainfall amounts. Fortunately the rain was spread over three days so flooding problems didn’t become widespread.

Skies are going to clear some as the night moves on. We’ll have some thick fog form over our western third from Somervell County up to Jack County. Lows will drop down into the 50’s:

It’ll be dry and mostly sunny by mid-day tomorrow. A brisk north wind will temper the warm-up, highs will get into the 80’s around the metro…

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Microsoft Needs Windows Phone 7 – Not WP8 – To Win Significant Mobile Market Share

TechCrunch

Microsoft’s rebooted mobile OS, Windows Phone 8, arrives in a matter of weeks — so it’s a case of Windows Phone 7 is dead, long live Windows Phone 8 right? Not so fast. WP8 is certainly Microsoft’s new weapon of choice for competing in the smartphone space — with no further OS updates planned for WP7 beyond the customizable homescreen in the 7.8 release — but the older of the two WP siblings could still have a vital role to play in helping Redmond gain significant marketshare.

How significant a share? Analyst house Gartner believes Windows Phone will move into joint second place, with Apple’s iOS, by 2016 — with each taking around a fifth of the smartphone market (and Android continuing to gobble the lion’s share).

Predicting so far ahead in such a fast-paced space as mobile is super tricky to say the least. Who knows who — or what…

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Nationals Lose To Cardinals Behind Beltran’s Two Homers

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