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The Toronto Police are investigating a fourth homicide in 24 hours
In the last 24 hours, a woman returning from a funeral was killed in a drive-by shooting, two men were shot to death and a man was shot at a Toronto Community Housing building. A record number of shootings have happened in the city this year, which Narcity chronicled in useful — albeit not updated — form.
Investigators note there is no evidence to point that these crimes are connected, but police Chief Mark Saunders says "any time anybody shoots a gun inside this city is a concern for me."
There has been an average of five more shootings per month this year than the previous and this marks the 47th homicide of 2018. Meanwhile, Toronto Mayor John Tory told reporters that the police service has the full support of the city.
"I think the police and myself are responding with a sense of urgency and I can just tell you right now, I've talked to the police chief today and they are applying every ounce of effort and intelligence and resources they have to taking these people off the street," he said.
These crimes come shortly after the Toronto Police raided the Five Point Generals, a notorious street gang with international links, arresting 70 people in the process. The police seized a large amount of firearms and narcotics in Project Patton, with over 800 officers taking part in the operation and 50 search warrants executed. Police specifically focused on the gang's base near Weston Road and Lawrence Awe W.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has confirmed she was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia on Friday evening. "Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left," she tweeted. "Her actions say far more about her than about me."
In response to the incident, the director of environmental group Clean Virginia, posted a photo of a note left by the restaurant staff, reading "86—Sara Huckabee Sanders." This, for those who aren't aware, is slang for an item isn't available on the menu — or, as clear in this case, that a customer had to be removed from the restaurant. Essentially it means the restaurant staff wanted to eject or get rid of her.
It turns out the use of an official government account to condemn a private business violates rules on the preferential treatment and endorsements. This isn't the first time a US government official has broken ethics rules, with Donald Trump attacking Nordstrom for dropping his daughter's product line. Staff at the restaurant asked for Sanders to be forced to leave because several employees were gay and knew she defended Trump's ban of transgender military members.
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The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been charged with fraud after misusing state funds to pay for $100,000 worth of meals and $10,000 for private chefs at the couple's residence, according to official documents.
Between April 2009 and March 2013, Sara Netanyahu ordered meals from some of the most expensive restaurants in Jerusalem, which is illegal to pay for with government funds if there is a cook in the house. Waiters were also employed to serve meals during private events and were marked down as "cleaners" to hide that they were being employed illegally.
This crime is punishable with up to eight years in prison.
In case you missed it
- Instead of spending Canada Day in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau will split his day between Leamington, ON, Regina, SK, and Dawson City, YK. A spokesperson for the Prime Minister says Trudeau wants to spend the day with "Canadians and their families" in places he's not able to visit often.
- The United States Customs and Border Protection agency has announced that at the Orlando airport, it will being processing all arriving and departing international travellers by scanning their faces. Biometric exit is in testing at another 13 airports throughout the country, takes less than two seconds to process, and is accurate 99 percent of the time.
- In India, Google will provide training to 8,000 journalists in English and six other languages, allowing them to enhance skills related to verification and digital hygiene. The company will select 200 volunteers from across the country for a five-day course, who will then train the other journalists at two-day workshops the curriculum developed by First Draft, Storyful, AltNews, BoomLive, Factchecker.in and DataLeads.
- The United States government is preparing to house 20,000 migrant children over four military bases as officials struggle to keep immigrant children together. The beds will house unaccompanied children, according to a Pentagon spokesperson, but other federal agencies are reporting that the shelters will be used for other purposes. Government officials have not specified if parents will be housed there as well, but Trump has instructed his staff to keep families together while they are detained.