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    A leading neo-Nazi website is losing its internet domain host after its publisher posted an article mocking the woman who was killed in a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

    GoDaddy tweeted late Sunday night that it has given The Daily Stormer 24 hours to move its domain to another provider because the site has violated the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company’s terms of service.

    GoDaddy spokesperson Dan Race said the move was prompted by a post on the site about Heather Heyer, who was killed Saturday when a man plowed his car into a group of demonstrators in Charlottesville. The post called her “fat” and “childless” and said “most people are glad she is dead, as she is the definition of uselessness.”

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    “Given their latest article comes on the immediate heels of a violent act, we believe this type of article could incite additional violence, which violates our terms of service,” Race said in an emailed statement.

    Shortly after GoDaddy tweeted its decision, the site posted an article claiming it had been hacked and would be shut down. It wasn’t immediately clear if hackers had truly taken over The Daily Stormer or if that was just a prank post from a website known for its trolling tactics.

    Andrew Anglin, the website’s publisher and author of Sunday’s post about Heyer, said he couldn’t immediately comment Monday on GoDaddy’s move.

    “I don’t have time to talk, we’re trying to regain control of the site,” he said in an email to The Associated Press.

    Auernheimer, known online as “weev,” said GoDaddy hadn’t contacted The Daily Stormer to explain its decision. He said the site has an alternate domain name that it can use if GoDaddy cancels its service.

    “We’ll get it taken care of,” Auernheimer said. “If we need a new domain, we’ll get a new domain.”

    GoDaddy isn’t The Daily Stormer’s host, which means the site’s content isn’t on the company’s servers, according to Race. “Only the domain is with GoDaddy,” Race added.

    Anglin’s site takes its name from Der Stürmer, a newspaper that published Nazi propaganda. The site includes sections called “Jewish Problem” and “Race War.”

    The Daily Stormer is infamous for orchestrating internet harassment campaigns carried out by its “Troll Army” of readers. Its targets have included prominent journalists, a Jewish woman who was running for a California congressional seat and Alex Jones, a radio host and conspiracy theorist whom Anglin derided as a “Zionist Millionaire.”

    In April, a Montana woman sued Anglin after her family became the target of another Daily Stormer trolling campaign. Tanya Gersh’s suit claims anonymous internet trolls bombarded Gersh’s family with hateful and threatening messages after Anglin published their personal information in a post accusing her and other Jewish residents of Whitefish, Montana, of engaging in an “extortion racket” against the mother of white nationalist Richard Spencer

    The Daily Stormer used a crowdfunding website, WeSearchr, to raise more than $152,000 in donations from nearly 2,000 contributors to help pay for Anglin’s legal expenses.

    Other internet services have taken similar action against The Daily Stormer since Anglin founded it in 2013. In 2015, Anglin said PayPal had permanently banned him from using the service. And he complained in January that a Ukrainian advertising company had banned them, leaving an Australian electrician as the site’s only advertiser.

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    Toronto police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman pulled out of Lake Ontario in Etobicoke last week.

    Police say they responded to a call for an unknown trouble on Aug. 10 at 5:15 p.m. in the area of Humber Bay Shores Park.

    Paramedics say the woman was without vital signs when she was extracted from the water. She was later pronounced dead on the scene.

    Toronto police Const. Craig Brister said police are not considering her death suspicious.

    The woman is described as white between the ages of 55 to 70 years old, 5 foot 4 to 5 foot 6, 135 to 150 lbs., short grey hair, and brown eyes.

    Police say she was wearing a red tank top and navy blue pants.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2200, Crime Stoppers.

    Police are also investigating after a man’s body was pulled from the water near the Argonaut Rowing Club on last Friday.

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    In a huge blow to ABC and Disney, prolific hitmaker Shonda Rhimes has signed an exclusive deal with Netflix, the streaming giant announced early Monday.

    Rhimes, the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder— all hits for ABC — will bring Shondaland over to Netflix in what the streaming service said was a multi-year deal.

    Those series and ones currently in development will remain on ABC, although Netflix already has the streaming rights for the back library for Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

    The move amounts to a major counterpunch to Disney’s announcement last week that it was starting a pair of its own streaming services, including one that would force the removal of several Disney and Pixar movies from Netflix in the next two years.

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    Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, said in a statement, “I’ve gotten the chance to know Shonda and she’s a true Netflixer at heart — she loves TV and films, she cares passionately about her work, and she delivers for her audience.”

    Rhimes said in her own statement, “Shondaland’s move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company. Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix. He understood what I was looking for — the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix’s singular sense of innovation. The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities.”

    The deal was reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal.

    Rhimes has been with ABC for more than a decade and has long been one of the biggest names at the network. She has been a reliable generator of hits, including building an entire Thursday-night lineup that ABC’s marketing department has dubbed #TGIT.

    Although it has been a ratings force, the lineup has showed signs of wear and tear recently. Grey’s Anatomy, which will begin season 14 in September, remains a big hit with sturdy ratings, but Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder have seen their ratings nose-dive in the past two years. One of Rhimes’ newer shows, The Catch, was cancelled this year.

    ABC has announced that Scandal will end after this coming season, something the network tried to turn into a marketing bonanza at its annual advertiser pitch in May.

    Rhimes’ development slate at ABC will not suddenly vaporize. In addition to keeping its Thursday-night lineup for the coming season, the network still has a midseason show expected from Rhimes, titled For the People, and a Grey’s Anatomy spinoff that is in pre-production, among some other projects in development.

    Nevertheless, losing her is enormous for ABC and its corporate parent, Disney. The network finished in last place among the advertiser-coveted demographic for a second straight season, and although it is doing fine with comedies, it badly needs a hit drama. In the coming season, the network has been pinning its hopes on revivals like American Idol and Roseanne to improve its standing in the ratings.

    In a statement, ABC’s entertainment president Channing Dungey said, “I’m proud to have given a home to what have become some of the most-celebrated and talked-about shows on television. With the launch of a new season upon us, fans can rest assured that TGIT remains intact and will be as buzzed about as ever.”

    For Netflix, this is more of the same.

    The streaming service has been on an unprecedented spending spree, spreading billions on acquiring big-name talent.

    In addition to cornering the market on stand-up comics like Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, just last week the streaming service said it was bringing in the Coen brothers for a new limited series and David Letterman for a new interview-based show.

    The latest moves also come as digital rivals like Apple and Facebook have taken steps that suggest they are prepared to become serious players in the scripted and unscripted television game.

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    VANCOUVER—A female stunt driver working on the movie Deadpool 2 has died after a crash on a set for the film in downtown Vancouver.

    Vancouver police say the driver was on a motorcycle when the crash occurred on the movie set on Monday morning.

    A crumpled motorcycle was seen laying on its side at the location of the accident near Vancouver’s waterfront. A window of Shaw Tower was also smashed near where the movie was being shot.

    Nathan Kramchynski works on the seventh floor of the building and said he had been watching rehearsals of the stunt at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

    The stunt woman had been riding the motorcycle down a set of stairs from the convention centre and stopped when she reached the street, he said.

    When the accident happened, the driver appeared to pick up speed, crossed the street and swerved to avoid pedestrians before disappearing from his view, said Kramchynski.

    “She lost control really quickly. It happened in a split second,” he said. “She was going full throttle and then there’s a building there.”

    He said a fire truck and police cars arrived “instantly.”

    “The response was actually incredible,” he said.

    The ambulance remained at the scene for about 15 or 20 minutes before leaving, he added.

    Deadpool, a Marvel Comics superhero, is played by Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds.

    Sharmina Kermalli said she had just walked into a Starbucks next door to where the accident happened when she heard a loud crash.

    She ran out of the coffee shop and saw a woman’s body lying across where a window had been.

    Glass was still falling on the woman, Kermalli said.

    “I was thinking, what if I was just five seconds (later),” she said, explaining that she had just walked by the spot where the crash happened.

    Police say they have officers at the scene and investigators with WorkSafeBC, the provincial workplace safety agency, are also looking into the crash.

    Monday’s crash happened just half a block from the scene of an accident on Sunday where a bus hit several pedestrians, killing one man and injuring two others.

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    In a clear and emphatic denunciation of federal immigration authorities, an Ontario Superior Court judge ordered the release Monday of a refugee claimant he said had been detained in a maximum-security jail “for no real reason at all.”

    Ricardo Scotland, a 38-year-old native of Barbados who is the single parent to his 13-year-old daughter, had been held at the maximum-security Niagara Detention Centre in Thorold, Ont., for a total of 18 months in two stints over the last two years. He has no criminal convictions, nor active criminal charges.

    He was charged with a number of offences in 2013, but the charges were stayed. In spite of this, he was jailed by Canada’s border police, the Canada Border Services Agency, as a flight risk while his refugee claim is being processed.

    The Star, as part of a continuing investigation into immigration detention, has previously reported on Scotland’s case.

    The CBSA has alleged that he breached the conditions of his release, even though criminal bail court, upon which his immigration conditions were reflected, either withdrew the alleged breaches or found them to be innocent mistakes.

    On Monday, Justice Edward Morgan was unequivocal in his criticism of immigration authorities, describing the alleged breaches against Scotland as “faux breaches” or “non-breaches.”

    “(Scotland) appears enmeshed in an endless circuit of mistakes, unproven accusations, and technicalities.”

    “Although the government cannot provide a clear rationale for Mr. Scotland’s initial or continued detention,” Justice Morgan says in his decision, “the reason for this lack of clarity is itself clear to me: there is no rationale.

    “Mr. Scotland is being held in prison for no real reason at all.”

    More to come . . . .

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—The mother of the woman killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Virginia said she doesn’t want people to be angry about her daughter’s death. Instead, she said she wants people to continue her daughter’s fight against injustice in a peaceful way.

    “I miss her so, so much, but I’m going to make her death worth something,” Susan Bro told The Associated Press in an interview Monday.

    Bro described her daughter, Heather Heyer, as a courageous, stubborn, and principled woman who was a firm believer in justice and equality who died Saturday for those beliefs. Bro said she would prefer to grieve in private, but felt compelled to try to follow her daughter’s example.

    “Let’s take from her death that we’re going to move forward in conversation. We’re going to move forward in understanding and listening to one another and seeing how we can come together,” Bro said.

    Heyer, 32, was among the hundreds of protesters who had gathered in Charlottesville to decry what was believed to be the largest gathering of white supremacists in a decade — including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members — who descended on the city to rally against plans to remove a Confederate statue.

    Felicia Correa, a longtime friend of Heyer, said the slain woman was a “true American hero.”

    Heyer grew up in Greene County and worked as a legal assistant at a law firm. Her boss, Larry Miller, said the young woman was active in the firm’s bankruptcy practice and had a “big heart.”

    “She cares about the people we take care of. Just a great person,” he said.

    Two state troopers—Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates—also died when their helicopter crashed in a wooded area while deployed as part of a large-scale police effort to contain Saturday’s violence. They were remembered for their commitment and love of their jobs.

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    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe knew both troopers personally and expressed grief over their deaths. McAuliffe frequently uses state police aircraft to travel the state and said Cullen, 48, had been one of his regular pilots. Before joining the aviation unit, Bates has been a member of the state trooper team that guards the governor and his family.

    “It was personal to me,” McAuliffe said Sunday morning at a church service. “We were very close.”

    Cullen was a 23-year veteran of the department and head of the aviation unit. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Berke joined the department in 2004, and is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

    “Both of them were great guys who loved what they were doing,” said Perry Benshoof, a retired trooper who worked with both.

    Craig Bates said his younger brother had always wanted to serve others and to fly.

    The younger Bates, who died one day short of his 41st birthday, worked for years as a trooper, first in Florida and then in Virginia. He’d recently gotten his pilot’s license so that he could apply to work for the department’s aviation unit. He got his wish, and joined the unit only last month.

    “It was the culmination of a lot of dreams come true,” Craig Bates said. “This is something that he truly wanted to do. It was much too short but I’m grateful for the fact that he was able to do that.”

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    WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump condemned white supremacists on Monday after two days of withering criticism over his failure to do so.

    “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said at the White House.

    Trump had been denounced even by Republicans for a Saturday statement in which he faulted “many sides” for bigotry and violence at a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Va., where an anti-racist protester was murdered when an apparent white supremacist allegedly ran into her intentionally with a car.

    Trump, for the first time, said the name of the murder victim, 32-year-old Charlottesville paralegal Heather Heyer. He did not offer any details about her other than to call her “young,” a marked departure from his vivid descriptions of people killed by illegal immigrants.

    Trump, this time, stuck to his prepared text, eschewing the ad-libbed boasting that marked his address on Saturday — though he began by bragging about his economic record. He spoke after a meeting on Charlottesville with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

    Trump, calling for “love” and “unity,” said the government was opening a civil rights investigation into the “racist violence.” He referred to the alleged car homicide as a “deadly car attack,” declining to call it terrorism; Sessions, in a television appearance on Monday morning, said “it does meet the definition of domestic terrorism.”

    “To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered. As I said on Saturday, we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence,” Trump said.

    “It has no place in America. And as I have said many times before, no matter the colour of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag and we are all made by the same almighty God.”

    Trump had been silent on Sunday. His administration generated additional criticism when it released an anonymous statement that said Trump condemns “all forms” of bigotry and violence, though that one specified that Trump was including “white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups.”

    On Monday morning, he finally tweeted an emotional statement — criticizing a black business executive for criticizing him. After Ken Frazier, chief executive of the pharmaceutical company Merck and Co., resigned from Trump’s manufacturing advisory council to “take a stand against intolerance and extremism,” Trump lashed out in response.

    “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!” he wrote.

    Trump has long been reluctant to criticize white supremacists, many of which support him. He has his own extensive history of bigoted and racially inflammatory remarks. And he appointed, as his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who once ran the Breitbart website he described a “platform” for the white supremacist “alt-right.”

    Republican legislators had been among the public figures who castigated Trump for refusing to specifically excoriate neo-Nazis.

    “Mr. President — we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists,” Cory Gardner, a senior Republican senator from Colorado, wrote on Twitter.

    James Alex Fields, 20, has been charged with second-degree murder. He was denied bail on Monday morning.

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    Delta Air Lines Inc. is eyeing New York and Los Angeles as the main bases for Bombardier Inc.’s new jetliner next year, offering a glimpse of how carriers can add service economically with the mid-size plane.

    Dallas is also likely to get a lot of CSeries flights, Delta said in an internal memo to pilots, a copy of which was reviewed by Bloomberg. That sets up a test of the carrier’s ability to use the single-aisle aircraft to attract customers in the backyard of American Airlines Group Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. 

    Delta is the first major U.S. carrier to buy the CSeries, a mid-range aircraft that offers roomier interiors than regional jets while typically carrying fewer passengers than a plane from the Boeing Co. 737 or Airbus SE A320 families.

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    The Bombardier aircraft, which the Montreal-based company has spent at least $6 billion developing, should enable airlines to offer comfy rides to mid-size cities without flooding the market with too many seats.

    “From the standpoint of operating costs, from the standpoint of ownership costs, it’s an ideal aircraft for these not-quite-mainline markets,” said Robert Mann, an aviation consultant and former airline executive. “If it performs as advertised, reliably, it’s going to be a real game-changer.”

    Morgan Durrant, a spokesman for Delta, declined to comment on the memo or how the company will use the CSeries. The aircraft is scheduled to enter service for the Atlanta-based airline in the second quarter of 2018, according to the Aug. 7 notice to pilots, which described preliminary plans for the planes.

    The U.S. airline ordered at least 75 of the CS100 models last year in a deal valued at $5.6 billion, before the discounts that are customary for large aircraft purchases. Ordering the CSeries was a bit of an anomaly for Delta under former CEO Richard Anderson, who had historically preferred more tested airplanes over new models. He handed over the reins as CEO to Ed Bastian days after the order was announced.

    The purchase threw a lifeline to Bombardier after the CSeries program came in 2-1/2 years late and more than $2 billion over budget. But the transaction also prompted Boeing to file a trade complaint with the U.S. government, accusing Bombardier of selling Delta the planes at “absurdly low” prices, while benefiting from unfair Canadian government subsidies, and calling for tariffs. Bombardier has denied the allegations.

    Air Baltic Corp., which began flying CS300 planes in December, has seen a 21-per-cent improvement in fuel economy compared with the Boeing 737-300s that the model is replacing, CEO Martin Gauss has said. Bombardier had promised a 19-per-cent boost. Passenger feedback has focused on lower noise levels, a brighter interior and bigger spaces for stowing baggage, Gauss added.

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s Swiss unit, which last year became the first operator of the CS100, has also praised the jet’s performance.

    Delta will place the new CS100 planes on popular routes now served by the airline’s largest 76-seat regional jets, which will free up those planes to replace 50-seat aircraft around Delta’s system, President Glen Hauenstein said last month.

    He said New York would get the first CS100, without providing additional details. The plane has 108 seats in a standard dual-class configuration, according to Bombardier.

    In Dallas, Delta may see a chance to poach some business customers from hometown carriers American and Southwest, potentially taking a bite out of their profit margins, said aviation consultant George Hamlin.

    “Southwest is very much a thorn in Delta’s side in its home market in Atlanta,” Hamlin said. “The airline business is about margins, so if you can pry a modest amount of business from your competitor, the margin in that market may become problematic for the incumbent.”

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    Once a relatively safe, profitable business for outlaw bikers and mobsters, organized crime is moving away from the marijuana market because legalization and home-grown pot are making any gain not worth the risk, experts say.

    The market share in the pot business for organized criminals has already slid as pot-loving “disorganized criminals” perfected their horticultural skills. There wasn’t much need to smuggle pot into the country when Canadian cannabis connoisseurs liked the homegrown stuff better, experts say.

    The days when Hells Angels and mobsters enjoyed a strong hand in Canada’s marijuana trade will be just a hazy memory by the time pot is to be legalized next year, according to some experts.

    “A pretty small part of the marijuana industry today is what I call organized crime,” said criminologist Neil Boyd of Simon Fraser University — a change from a few decades ago, when big-league criminals thrived in the pot trade.

    That’s a major shift from the mid-2000s, when outlaw bikers worked with traditional Mafia groups to move into exporting Canadian marijuana, according to Kash Heed, former B.C. solicitor general, minister of public safety and West Vancouver Police chief. Most of that product was exported to the U.S., Heed said.

    Rick Ciarniello, a Canadian spokesperson for the Hells Angels, politely brushed off questions about whether the world’s largest outlaw motorcycle club has a position on legalized marijuana.

    “Some are prone to believe all the police hype and propaganda,” Ciarniello said. “If that is to be believed, the Hells Angels must have such a position. The fact is; the hype and propaganda is wrong. As such, the short answer is no.”

    The efforts of organized crime to control the pot trade have been undermined for the past three decades by “disorganized crime,” according to Alan Young, an associate professor at the Osgoode Hall law school. Many of these are green-thumbed potheads growing marijuana for friends.

    Others are in it for the money but don’t resort to traditional organized crime hallmarks of corruption, collusion and violence, Boyd says: “They’re really just business people.”

    Legalization of marijuana in some American states has cut the demand to smuggle it south. In Colorado and Washington State, where marijuana was recently legalized, pot prices have dropped almost 50 per cent over the past year, Boyd says, and lower prices mean less incentive to break the law.

    “I suspect there’s not going to be much money in cannabis at all,” Boyd said. “I think things are changing.

    “I think they (organized criminals) already have been withdrawing from the market.”

    A veteran says organized crime is entering a period of readjustment — and potential new opportunities — regarding marijuana in Canada. “They’re all trying to get into the legal side of it,” says the officer. “They have so much money they can manipulate the stock. Any criminal wants to legitimize his business.”

    Small-scale cultivation of pot would likely be allowed, much like it’s now legal to make limited amounts of beer or wine for personal use. Amateur enthusiasts should be allowed to grow four plants per household, according to the Final Report of The Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation.

    Former Toronto police Chief Bill Blair is the Liberal’s point man in shaping marijuana legislation. He declined to be interviewed for this article.

    In Toronto, police will continue to crack down on illegal marijuana dispensaries until the law is changed, spokesperson Mark Pugash said, adding that marijuana at some pop-ups has been found to contain pesticides, mould, rat feces and insecticide.

    Experts agree it will be a mistake for the government to overtax pot and drive the price up, as this will create an opening for criminals.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clearly supports the push to regulate illegal pot pop-ups. In a meeting with the Star’s editorial board in December, Trudeau said: “We haven’t legalized it yet. Yes, we got a clear mandate to do that. We’ve said we will. We’ve said we’re going to do it to protect our kids and to keep the money out of the pockets of criminals.”

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    Will Charity have to mooove? Or be forced off her stilts onto greener pastures?

    Those are some of the questions Markham councillors are grappling with ahead of a September committee meeting where residents and councillors will have a chance to air their beefs about a controversial cow statue installed last month.

    At a special council meeting last week, residents showed up to pressure councillors to address ongoing concerns and support for the 8-metre high sculpture that was erected in the middle of a small park on Charity Cres., in the quiet subdivision of Cathedraltown.

    Council voted to place the item for discussion on the agenda of the development services committee meeting on Sept. 25

    “It’s not going away. It is something we have to address,” said regional councillor Nirmala Armstrong, who put forward the motion at the Thursday meeting.

    The motion also calls for a delegation of councillors, including Armstrong and local councillor Alan Ho to meet with developer Helen Roman-Barber, who donated the sculpture, prior to the meeting. Armstrong said their aim is to explore what options are available.

    The stainless steel sculpture depicts Charity, a beloved show cow partly owned by Stephen Roman, who owned Romandale Farms, the land on which Cathedraltown and Cathedral of the Transfiguration now sit.

    His daughter, Roman-Barber, donated the statute to the city to honour her father’s investment in the world-famous cow. Initially, residents were told that the cow had grazed on the lands of Romandale Farm, and for that reason, the statute should be placed in that location.

    A plaque near the statue also claimed this to be true: “The city of Markham is pleased to announce the installation of a statue, Brookview Tony Charity, to commemorate an internationally award-winning Holstein cow that was raised on Romandale Farms,” it reads.

    But last week, the Star, discovered Charity never came to Markham, and spent her entire life at the Hanover Hill farm in Port Perry. She was buried on the farm by diary farmer Ken Trevena when she died in 1988.

    Ed Shiller, a spokesperson for Roman-Barber, said: “The importance of Charity to Cathedraltown and Markham as a whole is not derived from where Charity lived,” but making “Romandale Farm as Canada’s leading breeder and exhibiter of Holstein cows,” which “contributed significantly to the growth and prosperity of the city of Markham.”

    Armstrong said she felt compelled to reopen the issue “in light of new information that has come forward.”

    “What I have read tells me that the information that I had was deficient, and what has come to light would likely change how many of the councillors would vote,” she said.

    Councillors voted to approve the sculpture in June 2016. Previously the developer and artist presented the sculpture to the city’s public art advisory committee, which rejected the donation amid concerns about the height and location.

    But councillors who were present at the June meeting said they were never told about the committee’s rejection, and were only presented with a staff recommendation to approve the donation.

    Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti told the Star last week “council knew details of the sculpture, including its location and height” before they approved it.

    And while he “understands concerns” around the height and location of the sculpture, he said the city needs to “be careful (how they handle this) … so that we are still considered for future public art donations.”

    At the meeting last Thursday, Scarpitti said he had previously met with Roman-Barber to find a compromise and suggested other members of council give it a try.

    Armstrong said that will be the goal of the delegation ahead of the September meeting.

    “The possible options of what happens next are up to the donor,” she said, which could include relocating it, bringing it down, or removing it altogether.

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    Customers at Ends, the famed thrift shop in the Beach, rummaged through worn-out cardboard boxes and rusted racks on Monday, eyeing $4 bath mats and feeling the fabric of $10 tuxedos.

    It’s an experience that could never be had on Amazon, the online company that the owner of Ends partly blames for the store’s closure.

    Harold Weisfeld, widely known as “Zoltzz,” is closing down his location on Queen St. E. this month after 35 years. The store began after Weisfeld started buying left-behind clothing from dry cleaners and reselling it, and his operation expanded into all kinds of apparel and home products at a discount.

    “I’m tired,” said Weisfeld, a 73-year-old who warmly greets customers and passersby on the street.

    The store’s official closing date is Tuesday, but it will stay open until the end of the month to allow him to give his stuff to charity.

    Online shopping is one reason that Weisfeld is closing down.

    “Once Amazon and online came in, the traffic patterns changed,” he said. “There just isn’t any traffic, it’s too much down time.”

    His store’s location on Avenue Rd will remain open.

    While increasing property taxes are hurting his business, Weisfeld also decided to close the store on Queen after an unpleasant end to an act of charity.

    “A woman came up to me and I make, as a hobby, wooden sculptures and she told me how much she loves this stuff,” he said. “I gave her a little piece, it was like 75 bucks. I gave it to her as a present and she was very poor lady . . . Ten minutes later, one of the kids that was working for me came up and says ‘you know the lady you were talking to? She just stole a pair of socks.’

    “I phoned my wife and I said I’m finished. That was the last straw.”

    That experience didn’t sour Weisfeld on most of his customers, who he beams about.

    “I love the people,” he said, reflecting on his time running the store at 1930 Queen, near Woodbine Ave.

    “They were great, just fabulous to me. There’s a couple that didn’t like me but that’s what life’s all about.”

    Now that he is nearing retirement, Weisfeld plans to spend more time working on his sculptures.

    As for his customers, many of whom bought from Ends for decades, they are sad to see it go.

    “It’s very, very sad,” said Mary Loria, who has been going to Ends for 20 years. “The ambience of this place, the character, the staff is amazing.”

    Elizabeth McFicker has been shopping for “everyday things” at Ends for 15 years.

    “The quality is quite good for the really inexpensive price,” she said. “I hope another condo doesn’t come up.”

    Eddie and Alexa Smith will benefit from Weisfeld’s decision to give his products to charity. They are organizing a youth powwow this month, where they will give some of the products to the children.

    “We’ve had great success (with) beautiful people like this (Weisfeld),” Alexa Smith said.

    Weisfeld said that giving is “a great high.”

    “When you give, you teach people to give,” he said.

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    Ontarians should pay an extra percentage point on the HST, raising $2.5 billion a year to keep local roads, bridges, arenas and other infrastructure in better repair, says the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

    The lobby group representing hundreds of local governments called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to boost the sales tax to 14 per cent from 13 per cent and launched a public relations campaign at

    “Municipalities cannot possibly make ends meet on property taxes alone,” AMO president Lynn Dollin told councillors from across the province at the association’s annual convention in Ottawa.

    She acknowledged the request is “something very bold” but said the group’s polling suggests about three-quarters of Ontarians support such a levy.

    “Is the public ready? Yeah, I think so,” she told the crowd on Monday. “They like it more than higher property taxes. They like it more than deep cuts.”

    With less than a year until the provincial election next June 7, however, a decision to raise the HST one per cent would be politically dangerous for Wynne’s Liberal government.

    Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s office quickly shot down the AMO idea as Wynne prepared to speak at the convention Tuesday.

    “We will not be increasing the HST,” Sousa spokesperson Jessica Martin said in a statement, saying Ontario has a “strong track record” of supporting municipalities with $4 billion a year, up from $1.1 billion when the Liberals took power in 2003.

    The province is also doubling gas tax revenues to municipalities beginning in 2019 and has embarked on a $190-billion, 13-year infrastructure program to build new public transit, hospitals, schools and more, Martin added.

    Dollin said the AMO’s research found retail sales tax increase is the fairest way to go, spreading the cost more widely as municipalities face cash crunches as their own infrastructure ages and crumbles.

    She noted that 25 U.S. states and a number of countries, such as France and Spain, have similar arrangements to help local governments, which in Canada own two-thirds of the infrastructure — more than the federal or provincial governments.

    Existing federal and provincial infrastructure programs don’t come close to meeting the need, Dollin added, putting the annual funding gap at $4.9 billion annually for the next 10 years.

    Closing that gap would require municipalities to raise property taxes 8 per cent a year, she told the convention, a must-attend annual gathering for politicos including the premier, cabinet ministers, opposition party leaders and MPPs.

    “Can that be done? Should that be done? How high does the Ontario government want property taxes to go?” said Dollin, deputy mayor of the Town of Innisfil, north of Toronto.

    She also made a pitch to local councillors whose political beliefs may cause them to blanch at pressing for an HST increase, urging them to come on side.

    “Going alone, there is little we can achieve.”

    Wynne told AMO’s annual convention in Windsor last summer that municipalities need to consult constituents before they ask the province for increased taxation powers or new “revenue tools.”

    “We’ve risen to that challenge,” Dollin replied Monday, calling a one per cent local share of the HST “a 21st century revenue tool.”

    Toronto is now the only municipality in the province with the power to raise revenue with new levies, such as vehicle registration taxes and the land transfer tax, but it is prohibited from introducing sales taxes or income taxes.

    Last winter, Wynne’s government blocked Toronto Mayor John Tory’s plan to toll the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway, which is when her government promised to double the share of the two-cents-a-litre gasoline tax earmarked for municipalities.

    Wynne had initially appeared receptive to the tolls but did a U-turn after a surge of dissent from cabinet ministers and Liberal MPPs with the party trailing in the polls and next year’s election looming.

    “Any leader who doesn’t listen to those voices, doesn’t listen to the team . . . s isn’t actually leading,” the premier said in January.

    Tory has also pressed the province to allow Toronto to impose a hotel tax.

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    SEPT-SORTS, FRANCE—A man believed to be under the influence of drugs — and possibly suicidal — deliberately rammed his car into a pizzeria east of Paris on Monday night, killing an adolescent girl and injuring her younger brother and 12 others, authorities said.

    The driver was immediately arrested in what was the latest of several attacks in France and elsewhere using a vehicle as a weapon. The local prosecutor said the man’s actions in the dinnertime attack in the town of Sept-Sorts were clearly deliberate, but not terrorism-related.

    The girl and her brother were among restaurant patrons eating on the outdoor terrace of Pizzeria Cesena when a man in a BMW accelerated toward them, an official with the national gendarme service told The Associated Press. Some officials said the girl was 13, while the prosecutor said she was 12.

    The girl died immediately, and her brother’s injuries were considered life-threatening, according to a gendarme official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name.

    Deputy regional prosecutor Eric de Valroger said a 3-year-old boy was flown by helicopter to France’s premier children’s hospital in Paris and 12 other people were also hospitalized, four in serious condition.

    Speaking to reporters near the attack site, de Valroger said he had opened a homicide investigation. At this stage, he said, “I rule out a terrorist motive.”

    He called it “highly probable” that the driver was under the influence of drugs and that he left the road and deliberately aimed his car at restaurant-goers. De Valroger identified the attacker as a 31-year-old from the nearby town of La Ferte-sous-Jouarre.

    The suspect is believed to have tried to kill himself last week, French Interior Ministry Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM television. Brandet said the man was not known to intelligence or police.

    Explosives experts combed the area and found no weapon other than the car itself, according to the prosecutor.

    Witnesses to the incident were being given emergency counselling.

    A police official said authorities were not searching for accomplices, and a security official said there was no evidence of a political or Islamic extremist motive.

    The targeted pizzeria is in a shopping zone in the small town of Sept-Sorts, about 65 kilometres east of Paris near Champagne country. Police cordoned off a large area, and BFM reported that a nearby Chinese restaurant was requisitioned to take in victims and survivors.

    The incident on a quiet August night on the eve of a national holiday reignited fears after multiple attacks in which a vehicle was the weapon of choice. An Algerian man drove his car into a group of French soldiers last week, and an Islamic extremist truck attack in the French city of Nice left 86 people dead a little more than a year ago.

    French President Emmanuel Macron and his government expressed condolences and support for the victims and survivors of Monday’s attack, according to an Interior Ministry statement.

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    WASHINGTON—North Korea’s autocratic ruler has decided not to launch a threatened missile attack on Guam, Pyongyang’s state media reported Tuesday, easing the immediate threat of an attack on the U.S. territory in the western Pacific.

    The North Korean statement said Kim Jong Un could change his mind “if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions.”

    The announcement appeared shortly after Defense Secretary James N. Mattis warned that an attack could quickly escalate to war, although it’s unclear if they were linked.

    “If they fire at the United States it could escalate into war very quickly,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. “That’s called war, if they shoot at us. ... You don’t shoot at people in this world unless you want to bear the consequences.”

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    Mattis cited a classic Hollywood political satire about nuclear war to say he wasn’t drawing red lines or making idle threats to spark a confrontation.

    “It’s not declaring war — it’s not that I’m over here, Dr. Strangelove, doing things like that,” he said.

    North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile last month for the first time, and U.S. intelligence agencies assess that Pyongyang can build a nuclear warhead small enough to fit atop a long-range missile, although it’s not clear if it can target U.S. cities.

    The latest missile tests led to a sharp rise in tensions. The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to add new sanctions on North Korea, and President Donald Trump warned he would unleash “fire and fury” if Pyongyang continued its threats.

    In response, North Korea said Kim was reviewing a plan to fire four mid-range missiles over Japan and into international waters at least 20 miles off Guam, where the U.S. military operates several major bases.

    Mattis was ambiguous as to how Washington would respond if Pyongyang launched a missile toward Guam as a show of force, and it landed far offshore.

    “War is up to the president, and perhaps up to Congress,” Mattis said. “The bottom line is we will defend the country from attack.”

    The U.S. military would be able to determine if a North Korean missile is headed toward Guam “within moments,” he said, because of spy satellites, radars and other high-tech sensors that track missile launches.

    If necessary, “we’ll take it out,” Mattis said, suggesting the U.S. military would attempt to shoot it down with anti-missile interceptors on land and ships.

    Earlier, Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to defuse tensions in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece that said the Trump administration did not seek “regime change or accelerated reunification of Korea,” issues of special concern to China, which supports Pyongyang.

    Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived late Monday in Beijing to meet with Chinese military leaders. Earlier, he met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Osan Air Base, a U.S. air force base about 40 miles south of Seoul.

    Dunford said in Beijing that his goal was to “continue to develop our military-to-military relationships, to mitigate the risk of miscalculation in the region and to have co-operation where those opportunities exist,” according to a Pentagon statement.

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    DURHAM, N.C.—Protesters in North Carolina toppled a nearly century-old statue of a Confederate soldier on Monday at a rally against racism.

    Activists in Durham brought a ladder up to the statue and used a rope to pull down the Confederate Soldiers Monument that was dedicated in 1924. A diverse crowd of dozens cheered as the statue of a soldier holding a rifle fell to the ground in front of an old courthouse building that now houses local government offices.

    Seconds after the monument fell, protesters began kicking the crumpled bronze monument.

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    “I was a little bit shocked people could come here and come together like that,” said Isaiah Wallace, who is Black.

    Wallace said he watched as others toppled the statue. He hopes other Confederate symbols elsewhere will follow.

    “I feel like this is going to send shock waves through the country and hopefully they can bring down other racist symbols,” he said.

    The Durham protest was in response to a white nationalist rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. Authorities say one woman was killed Saturday after one of the white nationalists drove his car into a group of peaceful counterprotesters.

    Although the violence in Virginia has prompted fresh talk by government officials about bringing down symbols of the Confederacy around the South, North Carolina has a law protecting them. The 2015 law prevents removing such monuments on public property without permission from state officials.

    In response to the statue in Durham being torn down, Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted: “The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments.”

    After the statue fell, several dozen protesters congregated on the street in front of the old courthouse. Some took pictures standing or sitting on the toppled soldier, in front of a pedestal inscribed with the words “In Memory of the Boys Who Wore The Gray.” Police cruisers blocked off the street, and officers looked on — some filming. As it got dark, rally participants began to peacefully disperse.

    Robin Williamson, who works downtown, arrived in the area about an hour after the statue came down. Williamson, who is Black, said he can sympathize with people who are upset with the state of racial discourse in the country.

    “People feel that with Donald Trump as leader, racists can be vocal,” he said.

    He said that while Confederate monuments have been defaced in other cities, it was surprising to see an entire statue brought down by protesters.

    “This is a little bit more intense because they took the whole statue down,” he said.

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    A woman, 45, who stepped into the path of oncoming vehicles is in life-threatening condition after being struck in the area of Sherbourne St. and Dundas St. E.

    “(She) intentionally laid down on the roadway,” Const. Clint Stibbe said.

    He said the first vehicle on the scene, a light-coloured minivan, saw the woman and swerved to avoid her before continuing east on Dundas, and the woman was ultimately struck by a vehicle behind the minivan, described as a dark-coloured SUV.

    Paramedics were called to the scene just minutes after 4 a.m. and rushed the woman to the hospital.

    Regardless of whether the second driver’s ability to see the woman was impaired by the vehicle in front of them, Stibbe said the “driver would’ve known they struck something.”

    The SUV did not remain on the scene, and police are now seeking the drivers of both the minivan and the SUV.

    Police are looking at security footage from a nearby business, but are hoping anyone who has more information or footage of the collision will come forward.

    A collision reconstruction team was on the scene on Dundas investigating. The roads reopened and the 505 Dundas streetcar resumed service around 8:30 a.m.

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    Celebrities: they’re just like us. They pick up their dogs’ feces. They take out the trash. They contract sexually transmitted diseases and pass them on to their sexual partners.

    News emerged this month that R&B singer Usher, whose steamy slow dance ballads probably helped spread cold sores and mono at every North American high school in the early 2000s, is alleged to have engaged in sexual activity with multiple partners without informing them that he has herpes.

    According to leaked documents published by gossip website RadarOnline, Usher paid out more than a $1 million in 2012 to a woman who alleged he knowingly exposed her to genital herpes while they were intimate.

    Now the “U Got it Bad” singer is embroiled in another lawsuit; two women and one man claim Usher knowingly exposed them to the disease during sex and are suing the star as a result. One of Usher’s alleged sexual partners, 21-year-old Quantasia Sharpton, went public with her account this month: Sharpton claims she had sex with Usher when she was 19, after attending one of his concerts.

    Sharpton tested negative for herpes but decided to proceed with the lawsuit against the singer anyway because she said if she had known about his alleged herpes diagnosis she “would never have consented” to going to bed with him.

    According to Usher, however, the two didn’t go to bed together at all: tabloids are reporting that while Usher admits he may have interacted with Sharpton at one of his shows, he denies having slept with her because she is not his “type.” (Right, because nobody ever sleeps with anyone who isn’t their type; Melania Trump gave her husband a child and she doesn’t even appear to like standing next to the guy.)

    So why am I writing about a tawdry celebrity sex story in a national newspaper? Well, besides the fact that it’s fun, there’s an important issue at the heart of this seemingly silly scandal. And that issue is that Usher isn’t alone. Celebrities really are just like us. They are like us because, whether we admit it or not, we are a continent teeming with herpes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga., “In the United States, about one out of every six people aged 14 to 49 years have genital herpes.”

    In Canada, things aren’t much better. According to a Statistics Canada study from 2013, as many as one in seven Canadians may have Herpes Simplex 2 and more than 90 per cent of them may be unaware that they are infected. One in six and one in seven: that is a hell of a lot of infected people. That’s roughly one person in every friend group, every Game of Thrones office pool, and at least one player on the ice in any given NHL game. And yet, despite the overwhelming commonality of herpes, we constantly malign those who have it or those who are suspected of having it. The disease doesn’t just produce physical symptoms. It can be psychologically devastating, too, if word gets out that you’re infected, and even if it doesn’t (dating with an STD is a notoriously lonely existence).

    So while there is no excuse for giving somebody herpes when you know you have it yourself, the legal requirement that those who are infected must disclose is a very tall order when something so incredibly common is treated by society like an extremely rare plague.

    Of course, Usher does not deserve our sympathy if he did knowingly expose his partners to a disease. But the laughingstock the singer has become in recent weeks in light of the news that he is possibly infected speaks to a bigger problem: the more we malign those who have STDs, the less likely they are to disclose their status to their partners, and the cycle continues: infect somebody, stay silent, infect somebody.

    Perhaps in order to fight the stigma and end the cycle of silent infection, a Bell Let’s Talk-style campaign is in order but for people with sexually transmitted diseases, or anybody who has come close to contracting one. We could call it the “I Got it Bad” campaign, in reference to Usher — and it can begin with happily married people who have nothing to lose in the dating world. Here, I’ll start. I had a cold sore once in Grade 12 — what is technically Herpes Simplex 1. I don’t know where or who I got it from, but I was lucky enough to develop the thing just a few days before my senior prom. It cleared up nearly 10 years ago and hasn’t returned since, but it will live on forever in a series of high resolution photographs on the mantel of my parents’ fireplace #IGotitBad.

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    In most cities, growth is measured building by building. In Toronto, where demand for space is insatiable, it's neighbourhood by neighbourhood.

    The latest example is Dupont St. between Spadina and Ossington. So far there's not much to see, but the ad campaigns have been launched and hoardings are up. At last count, there were 10 or so projects in various stages of evolution. Most are lowrise residential slabs with retail and commercial uses added to the mix.

    But what makes “The New Dupont,” as developers have dubbed it, interesting is that it's one of Toronto's few preplanned precincts. The best known and most successful instance is the waterfront, which was divided into precincts and laid out long before the first development call was issued. In the case of Dupont, the city planners, prodded into action by local councillors and residents, roused themselves to produce a set of guidelines that give the corridor a serious shot at being more than another condo mishmash that adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

    “The city and the community have done the hard work,” explains Councillor Joe Cressy. “The point was to create a neighbourhood that isn't just a bunch of buildings. What we've tried to do is articulate a clear sense of what we want in development. We looked at what was the appropriate height and scale, the appropriate amount of retail and the public realm component. It was a prime example of an attempt to embrace appropriate development and oppose ridiculous development.”

    Industry's response indicates that it likes what it sees. Jim Ritchie, Tridel's vice-president of sales and marketing, calls Dupont “a new opportunity for intensification.” His firm, which has two projects on the street, sees it as the start of different type of growth. “We looked at it as a location that will be of more interest to end-users not investors. The size is much larger than the usual; the average unit will be between 1,000 and 1,500 square feet. There's not much of this sort of product available in Toronto. It's quite unlike what we'd do downtown.”

    According to Ritchie, the typical buyer will be in his or her mid-40s and looking for something more than 600-square-foot box in a glass-and-steel tower. Clearly, the city's insistence on architectural excellence and enhanced landscaping, which Ritchie calls “the motherhood stuff,” is paying off. So, too, is the nine-storey height limit, which appeals both to buyers and neighbours.

    Of course, not all developers were willing to accept the guidelines. Freed Developments has appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board for permission to build a 19-storey mixed-use condo/commercial complex. Freed also wants to build closer than regulations allow to the railway tracks that run parallel to Dupont.

    The OMB verdict, which is expected any day, will have a profound influence on how development unfolds along Dupont. Given that two freight trains collided just a year ago near Dupont and Bathurst, the issues are far from theoretical.

    That's why all eyes are on the OMB. As well as providing more ammunition for those who believe the board has to go, the situation is a reminder of how even the city's best laid plans are vulnerable to developers and provincial second-guessing. The beauty of the guidelines is that they present a unified vision; they accommodate neighbourhood demands and the economic, political and physical realities of the site.

    Dupont, which combines residential on the south side with retail and an old industrial infrastructure on the north, offers a unique opportunity to smooth Toronto's entry into the modern urban age. For the most part, this transition has been clumsy, confusing and haphazard. Rather than solving the problems of yesterday, it has created a whole new set for tomorrow.

    Christopher Hume’s column appears weekly. He can be reached at

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    DENVER—Immediately after a jury determined that Taylor Swift had been groped by a radio station host before a concert in Denver, the singer-songwriter turned to one of her closest allies — her mother — and later said she hoped the verdict would inspire other victims of sexual assault.

    Swift hugged her crying mother after the six-woman, two-man jury said in U.S. District Court on Monday that former Denver DJ David Mueller had groped the pop star during a photo op four years ago. Per Swift’s request, jurors awarded her $1 in damages — a sum her attorney, Douglas Baldridge, called “a single symbolic dollar, the value of which is immeasurable to all women in this situation.”

    Swift released a statement thanking her attorneys “for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault.”

    “My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard,” she said, promising to make unspecified donations to groups that help victims of sexual assault.

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    Nancy Leong, a law professor at the University of Denver, said the verdict is important because “we are getting to the point in society that women are believed in court. For many decades and centuries, that was not the case.”

    Leong, who also teaches in the university’s gender studies program, said the verdict will inspire more victims of sexual assault to come forward.

    “The fact that she was believed will allow women to understand that they will not automatically be disbelieved, and I think that’s a good thing,” Leong said.

    Swift and her mother initially tried to keep the accusation quiet by reporting the incident to Mueller’s bosses and not the police.

    But it inevitably became public when Mueller sued Swift for up to $3 million, claiming the allegation cost him his $150,000-a-year job at country station KYGO-FM, where he was a morning host.

    “I’ve been trying to clear my name for four years,” he said after the verdict in explaining why he took Swift to court. “Civil court is the only option I had. This is the only way that I could be heard.”

    Swift countersued for assault and battery, and during an hour of testimony blasted a low-key characterization by Mueller’s attorney, Gabriel McFarland, of what happened. While Mueller testified he never grabbed Swift, she insisted she was groped.

    “He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him,” Swift testified.

    “It was a definite grab. A very long grab,” she added.

    Mueller emphatically denied reaching under the pop star’s skirt or otherwise touching her inappropriately, insisting he touched only her ribs and may have brushed the outside of her skirt as they awkwardly posed for the picture.

    That photo was virtually the only evidence besides the testimony.

    In the image shown to jurors during opening statements but not publicly released, Mueller’s hand is behind Swift, just below her waist. Both are smiling. Mueller’s then-girlfriend is standing on the other side of Swift.

    Swift testified that after she was groped, she numbly told Mueller and his girlfriend, “Thank you for coming,” and moved on to photos with others waiting in line because she did not want to disappoint them.

    But she said she immediately went to her photographer after the meet-and-greet ended and found the photo of her with Mueller, telling the photographer what happened.

    Swift’s mother, Andrea Swift, testified that she asked radio liaison Frank Bell to call Mueller’s employers. They did not call the police to avoid further traumatizing her daughter, she said.

    “We absolutely wanted to keep it private. But we didn’t want him to get away with it,” Andrea Swift testified.

    Bell said he emailed the photo to Robert Call, KYGO’s general manager, for use in Call’s investigation of Mueller. He said he didn’t ask that Mueller be fired but that “appropriate action be taken.”

    Jurors rejected Mueller’s claims that Andrea Swift and Bell cost him his job.

    On Friday, U.S. District Judge William Martinez dismissed similar claims against Taylor Swift, ruling Mueller’s team failed to offer evidence that the then-23-year-old superstar did anything more than report the incident to her team, including her mother.

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    “Nazis: Good or bad?”

    Stephen Colbert’s opening “gotcha question” to Anthony Scaramucci on Monday’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was only the beginning of a tense conversation that covered White House drama, Steve Bannon and Charlottesville.

    “Super bad,” was Scaramucci’s immediate response to the question.

    When Colbert pointed out that Trump had not been so quick to denounce Nazis and white supremacy after the violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, Scaramucci admitted “he should’ve been way harsher on that.”

    “Harsher on that how?” Colbert asked.

    “Well, he should’ve condemned white supremacism and neo-Nazis.”

    Scaramucci, the former White House Communications Director, who lasted a record 10 days in office, walked onto the set of the show to the sound of booing, but his ever-present grin did not shake. At the beginning of the conversation, he attempted a joke by saying he was compiling a “kill list” of Colbert’s comedy writers. Later on, he would compare himself to Arya Stark of Game of Thronesfame.

    Before the bulk of the interview began, Colbert helpfully informed Scaramucci that he was being recorded and that the tiny black thing pinned to his tie was, in fact, a microphone, in direct reference to the profanity-riddled phone interview Scaramucci had with a New Yorker reporter which cost Scaramucci his job in late July.

    Despite having been fired, Scaramucci remained loyal to Trump, calling him “a compassionate person” and bizarrely attempting to stir up sympathy for Trump by pointing out that he’d given up a “luxurious lifestyle” to take on “a super tough job.”

    Scaramucci pointed to Trump’s combative relationship with the mainstream media as a reason for him failing to identify in his initial remarks on Saturday the Nazis, racists and white nationalists as the source of the hate and bigotry he was condemning.

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    Trump finally did specify them on Monday, but Colbert couldn’t accept that as an excuse for why it had taken Trump two days to finally point out the reprehensible views that had caused the Charlottesville violence.

    “Does he order his spine on Amazon Prime?” Colbert asked.

    When the conversation came around to Scaramucci’s various combative relationships with individuals in the White House such as Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, Scaramucci admitted that regarding Bannon, “if it was up to me, he would be gone.” He said he didn’t think Bannon was a white supremacist, but that he’d “never asked.”

    About his fast departure from the White House, Scaramucci said “I thought I’d last longer than a carton of milk.”

    At the end of the show, Colbert presented him, the man who once called himself a “front-stabber,” with a knife that was safely encased in glass, presumably so that he could not begin to enact his kill list and murder Colbert’s writing staff.

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