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Posted by Jer / May 17, 2007

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I'm off to the [CTRL]: Technology, Art, Society symposium in a few minutes, so this newsbrief will be newsbriefer than usual.

If anyone else is heading towards the McGill area, stay away from the upper part of Peel St. The collapsed sewer pipe that forced the closure of a few intersections in the area will not likely be repaired until the weekend. Bikes are still allowed but susceptible to the gaping hole in the middle of Peel.

Grieving families are pissed about the lock out at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery and the government is ticked at UQAM for some questionable financial practices.

A Montrealer might get to meet Oprah. Police in Montreal arrested Richard Goldberg, an American simultaneously on the FBI's Most Wanted List and on Oprah's Child Predator List (not to be confused with her Book Club List). In a piece of classic reporting, the Calgary Sun focuses on the important details, such as getting to meet Oprah and the money she'll give to whoever tipped off police.

A school on the West Island has canceled the performance of a rap song by Grade sixers that was to be part of their end-of-year graduation ceremony. The rap, "Pour Mon Pays 2" was originally composed by Trois Rivieres rapper Sir Pathetik. Parents of some of the students complained about its pro-sovereignty lyrics. The students will instead perform a classic from the N.W.A catalogue; parents are deciding between "Straight Outta Compton" or "Fuck tha Police".

Habs fans who bit the bullet and started cheering for Ottawa will have to cheer harder. The Sens lost 3-2 last night to Buffalo. The series resumes on Saturday, in Buffalo, where the Sabres try and come back from their 3-1 deficit. Another kick the ass to Habs fans came as the team's management announced a 3 to 5% increase in the price of Canadiens season tickets for next year.

If the Bell Center is getting too costly for an evening of entertainment, why not check out this horse musical. Titled "Saka", the project is the idea of Cirque du Soleil co-founder and passionate equine-ophile Gilles Ste-Croix. The show will feature over 20 horses, but if even one of them sings out of tune or fails to exit stage right on cue, I want my money back.

And finally, some news that people cooler than me probably already knew. The Montreal makers of Vice magazine have taken their irreverent style online. The Gazette has a feature on VBS.TV and how it's been doing in the first four months of its existence.

photo from flickr user Jan's Cat

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Fairfax / May 17, 2007 at 04:05 pm
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Thanks for the links to a couple of West Coast gangsta rap classics, Jer. But I have to say, seeing the young angry Ice Cube again made me sad... the man has fallen so far: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/arewedoneyet/index.html
Jer / May 17, 2007 at 06:39 pm
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Yeah. It's sad. I know it's just a phase though. I'm sure the next sequel for Are We Still Not There and Done Yet will actually feature him going buck wild, and droppin' some serious gangsta rap on the rest of the cast.
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