Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Fear of the coronavirus is overblown, it’s time to get the economy moving

It is possible to become demoralized by the enthusiasm an inordinate number of Canadians seem to have to continue the coronavirus shutdown. The generally capable mayor of Toronto, my friend of many years, John Tory, who’s usually a sensible man, is now being lampooned even by soft-left elements of the media for trying to prevent the public from crowding into High Park and other public places to enjoy the sight and aroma of the cherry blossoms, a much anticipated rite of spring. (National Post)

Red Sox fan electrocuted train surfing from Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK - A Red Sox fan on his way home from Yankee Stadium died Wednesday when he tried to climb on top of a Metro-North train and was electrocuted by overhead wires, creating a chaotic situation where riders were trapped for more than two hours, MTA officials and riders said. (New York Post)

Elderly couple sucked out of their house by tornado and hurled 600 ft. to their death

An elderly couple were hurled 600ft from their home and another woman died in her mobile home when tornadoes ripped through Missouri, causing devastation throughout the state. The Midwest storms killed another two people in Missouri earlier this week, as well as one death in Oklahoma and another in Iowa. (Daily Mail)

Community mourns 3 Wisconsin girl scouts, 1 adult killed while picking up roadside trash in hit and run

LAKE HALLIE - As a western Wisconsin community grieved the deaths of three Girl Scouts and a parent who were struck by a pickup truck, authorities still had not released the names of the victims or a fourth girl who was critically injured but survived. (Wisconsin State Journal)
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    ‘Unprecedented’: State of emergency in St. John’s

    ST. JOHN’S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital shut down on Friday as blizzard conditions descended on the city and residents prepared for an intense storm expected to last until Saturday. (Toronto  Sun)

    Two firefighters among three dead in huge Paris explosion

    PARIS - Three people, including a Spanish woman and two firefighters, have been confirmed dead after a huge explosion rocked the centre of Paris leaving 50 Parisians injured, 10 critically. (The Express)
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    11 firefighters injured, multiple buildings damaged after explosion in L.A.

    Eleven firefighters were injured and multiple buildings were set ablaze after an explosion in downtown Los Angeles Saturday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The blast was reported around 6:30 p.m. while firefighters were responding to a fire at a one-story structure at 327 E. Boyd St., just outside Little Tokyo, according to LAFD. (KTLA)

    Death toll from quake, tsunami in Indonesia rises to 832

    The toll from an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia soared on Sunday to 832 confirmed dead, with authorities fearing it will only climb as rescuers struggle to reach outlying communities cut off from communications and help. (Globe & Mail)

    Man sets himself on fire just outside the White House

    Disturbing footage has emerged of a man setting himself on fire and calmly walking around near the White House as police desperately tried to douse the flames. The man, who has not yet been identified, set himself on fire on Wednesday on the Ellipse park in downtown Washington D.C. (Daily Mail)
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  • Camp Fire death total rises to 63, sheriff says

    Investigators in California revealed Thursday night that another seven sets of human remains have been found in the northern part of the state’s Camp Fire, bringing the total number of people killed to 63. (Fox News)

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