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Morning Brew: February 1, 2008

Posted by Sisi / February 1, 2008

Photo: "The underground city," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pool Oliver Lavery.

Your morning news roundup for Friday, February 1st, 2008:

Street gang violence is increasing in Montreal, with 14 homicides last year compared to 12 in 2006. All of the victims were involved in gangs. The youngest one was 16 and the oldest were in their thirties. On the other hand, there was a general decrease of 5.7 percent in assaults. The report was released by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) yesterday. It also found that 55 percent of murders attempted in 2007 were related to street gangs. The SPVM is asking $40 million over 3 years from the Sécurité publique du Québec to contain street gang violence.

An American law requiring Canadians to show proof of citizenship when crossing the border by land or sea took effect yesterday. However, U.S. officials say that it won't be enforced for at least 18 months due to political reasons. Until June 2009, Canadians without proper documentation will be admitted into the U.S. and will receive an educational flyer instead of being turned away. The reprieve comes after a group of 19 U.S. senators wrote Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, asking him to hold off any charges until the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative goes into full effect in 2009. The Initiative would require passports to cross all U.S. borders.

Habs and Superbowl enthusiasts, take note: Watching sports can kill you, according to German researchers. After studying the effects of World Cup 2006, they concluded that German men were three times more likely to have a heart attack when their team played. The risk was 82 percent higher for women. Cardiac emergencies usually happened within 2 hours of the start of a match, said the team from the University of Munich. The June 30th quarterfinal in which Germany defeated Argentina in a penalty shoot-out produced the most heart attacks. Only Germans with some heart problem were included in the tally. Their report was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.

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