Book Review: Crazy Town, by Robyn Doolittle
That anyone can feel that they know Rob Ford is thanks in large part to the growing thicket of City Hall reporters who surround him, and Robyn Doolittle in particular. Doolittle is the Toronto Star staffer best known for chasing a surreptitiously recorded video of the mayor smoking crack, and her exhaustive reporting has regularly thrown light on the darkest parts of Ford’s life, work she continues in her new book, Crazy Town. And they sure are dark: a brother, Randy, and sister, Kathy, with long criminal records; a marriage dotted with 911 calls; enough vodka bottles to stock an LCBO; and drugs, lots of drugs: crack, weed, cocaine, Oxi and heroin all make appearances. Those paying attention to Rob Ford as an Etobicoke councillor — it feels like a hundred lifetimes ago — all knew he’d make a bad mayor. But no one without the last name “Ford” could have imagined that a year before his first term as the head of the city was up, there’d already be enough material for a 300-and-something page tell-all, much less that it would be published by an imprint of Penguin: natpo.st/1fzUzxB
What does cancer eat? Sugar, mostly
That the roots of cancer are found in its hunger for glucose was only one of the lessons Jane Macdougall learned during a dinner conversation with a pathologist recently.
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"In the locker-room now, nobody has pubic hair any more. Now you see everything, and they’re far more self-conscious about it"
The Post’s Steve Murray figures some ways to deal with income inequality that have nothing to do with the minimum wage. Like theft! http://natpo.st/1d88TL5
Debunking three diet myths athletes fall for: Put down that protein bar and pick up some toast after training
I am constantly surprised by the lack of credible information promoted about sports nutrition, supplements, how to lose body fat, gain muscle mass and “get cut.” I am fortunate to work with sports nutritionist Carrie Mullin Innes, who helps to set the record straight. She has a master’s degree in science in nutrition and is one of the few dietitians in Canada who has completed the intensive International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition …
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Stanislas Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, extending his rival’s injury-cursed run at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset in Sunday’s final.
The 28-year-old Wawrinka had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start against the 13-time major winner and regained his nerve after dropping the third set against the injured Spaniard.
Nadal appeared to be on the verge of retiring in the second set, when he hurt his back and needed a medical time out, but he refused to quit.
“It’s really not the way you want to win a tennis match, but in a Grand Slam final I’ll take it,” said Wawrinka, the first man in 21 years to beat the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players en route to a Grand Slam title. (Photos: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images, Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images)
Outdoor hockey… in California: The Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night in the NHL’s first warm-weather outdoor game.
The league threw a California carnival for the event, filling left field with a beach volleyball court and right field with a fireworks-laden stage where Kiss performed. People in shorts and tank tops played Frisbee and practised yoga between periods while skateboarders rolled past a ball hockey court featuring youth teams.
Although the temperature was 63 degrees with significant humidity when Wayne Gretzky dropped the first puck, the ice held up fairly well in the night air. The Ducks’ outstanding season also remained solid in their 21st victory in 24 games, while the Kings lost their fifth straight game.
The Kings hosted the first official outdoor game west of the Rocky Mountains in recognition of the NHL’s near half-century in Los Angeles and their rivalry with the Ducks, who joined the league two decades ago. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press)
Sportsmanship?!: Sjinkie Knegt is not shy about showing the world how he really feels about finishing in second place.
The short track speedskater was part of the Netherlands’ team for the 5000-metre relay final at the European championships — the last major event before the Sochi Olympics. He finished the race just behind Viktor Ahn, who sealed the gold-medal win for Russia.
Ahn raised his arms and pointed two fingers in the air to celebrate. In a less positive gesture, Knegt also raised two fingers — the middle ones. The gesture earned Knegt disqualification from the event. (Photo: Robert Michael/AFP/Getty Images)
These curlers are really rocking their outfits: In this image provided by Loudmouth Golf, members of the Norway’s Men’s Olympic Curling Team from left Thomas Ulsrud, Torgor Nergard, Christoffer Svae, and Havard Vad Petersson wear their new Sochi 2014 suits as they pose for a photographer in New York Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014. (Photo: Cassie Kovacevich/Loudmouth Golf/The Associated Press)
Rob Ford’s drunken, Jamaican-English-laced rant, translated
On Monday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was videotaped in a bizarre exchange at a Toronto fast food restaurant that is notable not only for the mayor’s drunkenness, but for his liberal use of Jamaican English.
Through careful analysis of the audio — and translation via sources in Jamaica — the National Post presents this approximate transcript of Mr. Ford’s exchange with an unknown citizen, along with explanations.
It is worth noting that this is the first time Mr. Ford has ever been seen to inject his public speech with Jamaican expressions, or even exhibit any knowledge of Jamaican English: http://natpo.st/1cSt13N
Hockey nun — Sister Helena Burns wears a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey while sitting at her desk in her Toronto office, Ontario, Canada, Thursday January 9, 2014. Sister Helena is an avid hockey fan. (Darren Calabrese/National Post) Full story…