November 15, 2013 |
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has provided a steady stream of shock, controversy and dismay over the last six months. With his admissions of drug use, his off-the-cuff foul language and a stubborn refusal to quit his job, he's kept his name in headlines. On Friday the Toronto City Council surprised no one by voting 39-3 to strip Ford of some of his mayoral powers. The Associated Press has come up with a Rob Ford timeline that hits all the highlights of the last half-year. (Do you remember when he called the media a "bunch of maggots"?
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November 13, 2013 |
He's not resigning, he's not taking a leave of absence and he's not admitting he has a problem. So what's next for Rob Ford, Toronto's delusional crack-smoking mayor? “There might be a hanger left in my closet,” he admitted Wednesday during a raucous Toronto City Council meeting. Ya think? He's the subject of a police investigation into misbehavior that includes not just cocaine, but possibly prostitutes and drunk driving. (He won't cooperate with the cops, he said, but that's only because he's acting on advice of his attorney.
November 7, 2013 |
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is learning that a bad situation can always get worse. Video has emerged that shows him angry and out of breath, ranting about killing someone. "It's first-degree murder!" "No holds barred. " "He dies or I die. " "I'll rip his ... throat out. " The Toronto Star has the video (caution: there's a lot of profanity), possibly taken with a cellphone. The release of the footage by the news outlet spurred another apology from Ford -- who recently admitted to and apologized for having smoked crack cocaine . He calls the video "extremely embarrassing" and says he was "extremely inebriated" at the time.
November 5, 2013 |
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted Tuesday that he has smoked crack cocaine "in one of my drunken stupors," six months after reports of a video depicting him puffing on a crack pipe. At an impromptu news conference on the steps of City Hall, Ford admitted the illegal substance use but denied he was an addict. Ford confronted the mass of reporters outside his office with another claim that he has never seen the purported video but called on the press to again pose the question it had asked him in May, after reports of the crack-smoking incident first circulated.
February 4, 2013 |
"Drugs had destroyed my body and my mind and my spirit. I could no longer experience happiness or surprise. I couldn't remember the last time I felt spontaneous joy. Why was I even alive?" Josh Hamilton in his autobiography, "Beyond Belief" WESTLAKE, Texas -- It was 2 a.m. when Josh Hamilton, strung out on crack cocaine, his once-robust 6-foot-4, 230-pound body withered to 180 pounds, most of his $3.96-million signing bonus squandered on booze and drugs, staggered up the steps to his grandmother's house in Raleigh, N.C. Homeless, dirty and barely coherent, Hamilton was a few days removed from a suicide attempt -- an overdose of pills -- and in the fourth year of a harrowing drug addiction that caused the former can't-miss prospect to be banned from baseball for three full seasons.
November 7, 2012 |
Brien Taylor, who was the first overall pick of the 1991 MLB draft by the New York Yankees, has been sentenced to 38 months in prison in New Bern, N.C., after pleading guilty in August to distributing crack cocaine. Taylor, 40, told U.S. District Court Judge Louise W. Flanagan that he was sorry for causing so much pain to his family and his five daughters. Taylor was arrested as part of a sting in March after undercover narcotics agents bought a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from him. Taylor will also have three years of supervised release after his prison term.