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May 19, 2013

GLYNN: 'Bums Park' short walk from falls

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For the record, Bums Park hasn’t changed much. Today it looks a lot like it did 20 years ago: the red brick walkway heaved to the point where someone could easily be injured; the rusted out base and dangling wires for that once attractive vintage clock; the filthy fountains filled with dirt; graffito on the shed where an occasional drifter tries to sleep; and in some spots, offensive odors for anyone strolling by.

If no one is really serious about improving this ugly scene, perhaps some philanthropic-minded citizen will spring for a roll of crime tape to seal the premises. It just might prevent someone from falling into the fountain and swallowing too much soil. Or even worse, tripping over the red brick path and breaking a leg. It’s a lawsuit waiting to happen. 

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ACROSS THE BORDER: Item: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is caught on video appearing to smoke cocaine.”That’s ridiculous,” he says. Still, it’s not too far off the mark for a guy known to show up impaired at public functions, who reportedly pinched a woman in the buttocks during a cocktail reception, who texts while driving, and who used the resources of his high office to help his son’s footballl team. And who can forget that ultimate gesture of defiance that Ford gave to another motorist while waiting for a light to change in downtown Toronto. What a guy!

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ON THE GO: Area baseball fans headed to a Blue Jays’ game at Rogers Centre, Toronto, can save money and lots of time by taking the GO Train from Burlington, Ont., to Union Station, a short walk from the stadium.

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CO-ED SLAIN: Hofstra University students are mourning the loss of Andrea Rebello, 21, a beautiful sorority student, who was gunned down by a masked man invading her home near the campus on Long Island. Cops shot and killed the gunman.

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