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Friday News Fodder - July 6, 2007

Posted by Susan / July 6, 2007

070607_fridaynewsfodder.jpgYou know, this town is really a weird place.

Think about it: when we’re not peddling pedophilia and engaging in human trafficking, our kids are roaming the streets, planning dangerous, extreme food fights. And now we have a hostage crisis on our hands? Please. That is so last season’s Desperate Housewives.

Okay, so not to make light of a serious, dangerous situation; but I honestly thought this kind of thing only happened on soap operas these days. Since Al Gore invented the Internet, I was under the impression that all the cool criminals were stealing identities and buying virtual light sabres, or something.

But it’s true – yesterday an armed man held up a bank in Longeuil, taking five people hostage. Over a period of roughly six hours, the hostages were slowly released. After the last one left the building, a great deal of negotiations ensued between the captor and police. Luckily, the ordeal ended without violence, as the guy turned himself over to police. What I find interesting is the fact that the press continues to refer to the hostage taker as “the suspect.” I understand the legal ramifications of innocent until yadda yadda yadda, but when five eyewitnesses, media crews and a police team all saw the guy in action, you’d think we could do away with such niceties.

The Habs signed five new players yesterday. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to use these stats to build up a whole new set of hopes to be dashed in the coming hockey season. Anyone care to join me?

Bob Dylan was honoured in a closed ceremony on Wednesday night with the Montreal Jazz Festival’s “Spirit” award. Just two and a half days left to enjoy the festivities, folks! Go enjoy some jazz and some other music granted the thin veneer of jazz, just for the fun of it. I mean really, since when is Kid Koala considered jazz? Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I like a good throat singer or Norwegian beat box group as much as the next girl.

Or maybe the lineup at the festival has to be diverse because jazz is dead. If so, though, it’s going to have a rough time getting buried. The Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery, which is final home to Maurice Richard, among others, is in the throes of a labour dispute that has halted site maintenance and left a growing backlog of bodies in the cold-storage units. Like I said: weird.

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