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Michael Dunn convicted of 1st-degree murder for killing Jordan Davis over loud music

TheStar.com (The Associated Press) — JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A jury convicted a Florida man on Wednesday of first-degree murder in his retrial for killing a teenager after an argument over loud music. Prosecutors said Michael Dunn shot...
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Doug Ford says he can persuade council to cut 60 per cent of land transfer tax

TheStar.com (Daniel Dale - City Hall) — Reprising and revising a campaign promise his brother first made four years ago, mayoral candidate Doug Ford says he would cut the land transfer tax by 60 per cent “without harming services.” ...
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Ontario to tackle gender wage gap

TheStar.com (Laurie Monsebraaten - Social justice reporter) — Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn has been ordered to develop a strategy to close the 31.5 per cent wage gap between men and women in the province. In her recent mandate letter to Flynn,...
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Scarborough shooting victim remembered as 'best dad'

TheStar.com (Manisha Krishnan - Staff Reporter) — Those closest to Dillon Phillips remembered him as a soft-spoken, respectful young man and a great father as they gathered around a makeshift memorial Tuesday evening. Phillips, 22, was killed...
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Canadian coffee firm sues Keurig, alleges unfair competition

TheStar.com (Ashante Infantry - Business reporter) — Alleging anti-competitive behavior, Canadian coffee upstart Club Coffee is suing American single-serve pod giant Keurig Green Mountain Inc. and its Montreal-based subsidiary for $600 million. ...
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Man yells at Carmelo Anthony, ‘you stink,’ gets ejected, loses job, sues Madison Square Garden

TheStar.com (Chris Dolmetsch - Bloomberg) — NEW YORK — Former ING Financial Services trader Anthony Rotondi was booted from Madison Square Garden this year for yelling “Carmelo, you stink.” Security wasn’t...
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Canadian universities are falling behind, rankings say

TheStar.com (Tara Deschamps - Staff Reporter) — Canadian universities are falling behind their international counterparts, says a new report on university rankings. While the University of Toronto retained its 20th place spot on the list of...
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The Pulse: Scarborough residents fed up with TTC

TheStar.com (Katrina Clarke - Staff Reporter) — Scarborough residents seem to have given up on the TTC. Several told the Star on Sunday that they bought a car because they couldn’t stand Toronto’s public transit, while others...
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Tangerine rolls out biometric ID and voice commands for mobile banking

TheStar.com (Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew - Business Reporter) — Tangerine, Canada’s largest online-only bank, is bringing fingerprint recognition and voice banking to its mobile banking apps. For the growing numbers of Canadians who reach for their...
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Pan Am Games looking for torchbearers

TheStar.com (Lauren Pelley - Staff Reporter) — As medal-winning Olympians Simon Whitfield and Catriona Le May Doan announced details of the upcoming Pan Am Games torch relay, it was a throwback to their time as torchbearers four years ago. ...
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Stephen Harper not helping himself by recycling Iraq War rhetoric: Hébert

TheStar.com (Chantal Hébert - National Affairs) — If Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s rationale for possibly signing Canada up for a combat role in the international military mission against Islamic State militants in the Middle East sounds...
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Air Canada launches seasonal Toronto to Mont-Tremblant flight

TheStar.com (Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew - Business Reporter) — Air Canada is launching a new non-stop seasonal service from Toronto’s Pearson Airport to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. The added flights to the popular tourist destination, which will debut...
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Twin bombings ‘target’ children at Syrian school

TheStar.com (Albert Aji, Diaa Hadid - The Associated Press) — DAMASCUS, SYRIA—Twin bombings near an elementary school in Syria killed at least 32 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second blast going off as screaming...
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Suspect in double stabbing which left one dead knew victims, police say

TheStar.com (Tamara Khandaker - Staff Reporter) — Police are looking for an area man after a double stabbing near Eglinton Ave. W. and Marlee Ave. left one man dead and a woman injured on Tuesday night. The two victims and attacker knew one...
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Franklin Expedition ship identified as HMS Erebus

TheStar.com (The Canadian Press) — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the shipwreck found in the Arctic last month is HMS Erebus, the vessel on which Sir John Franklin himself sailed in search of the Northwest Passage in 1845. The...
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Campaign notebook: Real estate board president blasts journalist over commissions question

TheStar.com (Daniel Dale - City Hall) — Mayoral candidate Doug Ford (open Doug Ford's poilcard) held a Wednesday news conference at the headquarters of the Toronto Real Estate Board to discuss his plan to cut the land transfer tax by...
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Retailers, delivery companies ramping up for strong online sales

TheStar.com (Ashante Infantry - Business reporter) — After record-breaking holiday shopping last year, attributed to the rise in online purchases, some transportation companies are preparing for the Thanksgiving through Christmas surge by boosting...
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Hundreds denounce target for ‘sexist’ baby onesies

TheStar.com (Colin Perkel - The Canadian Press) — Hundreds of people have denounced Target for selling “sexist” baby pyjamas after a university professor posted a photograph of the clothing on social media. The boy clothing...
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FBI turns animal cruelty into top-tier felony equal to murder, arson and assault

TheStar.com (SUE MANNING - Associated Press) — LOS ANGELES—Young people who torture and kill animals are prone to violence against people later in life if it goes unchecked, studies have shown. A new federal category for animal cruelty...
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Kathleen Wynne planning China trade mission amid Hong Kong protests

TheStar.com (Rob Ferguson - Queen's Park Bureau) — Premier Kathleen Wynne says she’s going ahead with a one-week trade mission to China on October 25 despite growing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. “We support the...
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Blog Articles

Five Blue Jays on Baseball America's Top 20 Northwest League Prospect List

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Baseball America has listed it's top 20 Northwest League prospects (subscription required) and there are 5 Vancouver Canadians on the list and most of our guys are high on the list. They are: 1....
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The Great 2014 Bluebird Banter Haiku Contest

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — It is time for our (more or less) annual Bluebird Banter Haiku Contest. The rules are: come up to with a haiku about the 2014 Blue Jays season. We want 3 lines, 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5...
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Jose Bautista has no time for Steve Simmons

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — After the fantastic American League Wild Card game between the Athletics and the Royals , Steve Simmons sent out this tweet, referencing Jose Bautista's complaints that the Blue Jays ...
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Rowdy, Franklin & Scott Were Hot In August & Spetember

Batter's Box (#2JBrumfield) — A second straight month of co-winners! Congratulations go out to Scott Copeland , Franklin Barreto and Rowdy Tellez for winning the last monthly installments of the Batter's Box Minor League...
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Open thread for AL Wild Card Game: A's @ Royals

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — If you are watching the game tonight and want to chat, here is the place. I guess I'm sort of cheering for the A's. Lester has a 6-4 record with a 2.35 ERA in 11 games with the A's, with 16...
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Anthony Alford appeases Alex Anthopoulos; abandons attempt at academics and athletics, boots pigskin, picks baseball

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — After two years of thinking about it, Anthony Alford has decided that playing professional baseball full time with the Blue Jays is better for him than splitting time between that and playing...
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Who to root for in the American League playoffs

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — With another edition of the MLB playoffs getting underway tonight when the Oakland Athletics visit the Kansas City Royals it's time to figure out who Blue Jays fans should be cheering for...
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Tuesday Tidbits: Minor League Free Agents, Drew Hutchison, Blue Jays Roster Tree

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Minor Leaguer) — I swear, there is actual content after the ad... Buy My Shi(r)t Blatant self-promotion warning: I made a t-shirt called "Young Pitchers" and  I want you to have it ! It is to celebrate my love...
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Baseball Tonight!

Batter's Box (Magpie) — The games go on. It's the AL Wild Card game tonight. Dayton Moore received a fair bit of grief when he traded Wil Myers, but this is looking like one of those trades that work for both teams. The...
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Monday Bantering: Links

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Some links to get us through a day without baseball: Shi Davidi talked to Jose Bautista , touching on hitting with RISP, hitting .309/.444/.574 clip with nine home runs and 70 RBI. Jose...
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Alex Anthopoulos' press conference

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Alex Anthopoulos had a press conference yesterday. As usual, he talked a lot, while working very hard not to say anything. I guess it is a skill. The little bits of information that did make it...
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Jays of the Day Leaderboard

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — We haven't had the JoD leaderboard up for a long time, in part because of a hard drive crash that made me have to go back and redo it all. It shouldn't surprise anyone that Jose Bautista led...
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Blue Jays Report Card

Batter's Box (Magpie) — The destination was the same as ever. The route was certainly different. Let's talk about injuries for a moment,  Yes, the projected "everyday" lineup  - Navarro c, Encarnacion 1b,...
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The End Of All Things: Blue Jays end the 2014 season with a 1-0 shutout loss

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Scott C.) — Blue Jays 0 Orioles 1 The strange feeling you get at the end of the Blue Jays season should be hitting you anytime now as the team was shut out in the final game of the 2014 campaign. It...
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Blue Jays claim Cory Burns off waivers from Rays

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — The Blue Jays make some roster moves on the final day of the regular season. They claimed right-handed pitcher Cory Burns off waivers from the Rays . Cory played in the majors for the ...
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End of Season Weekend Links Sept 28, 2014

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Damaso's Burnt Shirt) — So ends the Jays season.  It wasn't awful when compared to the last two, but it didn't feel like a success as we got a taste of playoff contention which evaporated in August like Juan Fransisco's...
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Jays get 83 win of the season

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Orioles 2 Blue Jays 4 The win streak has come a little late, but winning is better than losing at anytime. We got another nice start from J.A. Happ . He went 6.1, allowed just 4 hits, 2...
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A Few Observations on The Manager

Batter's Box (Magpie) — I've been working on the great Blue Jays Report Card (coming to a Batter's Box near you on Monday), and when it came to discussing the manager I thought I'd try to identify a few things the man...
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Two triples for Dalton Pompey, Jays beat Orioles

SBN: Bluebird Banter (Tom Dakers) — Orioles 2 Blue Jays 4 It was the Dalton Pompey show tonight. He hit two triples, a double and made a great catch in left field. He also had 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. He out played  Anthony Gose...
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Jays vs. Orioles - September 26-28

Batter's Box (#2JBrumfield) — it was 25 seasons ago when the Jays and O's squared off at the Dome to decide the American League East. Today, the AL East has already been decided as the O's will use the final three games to...
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