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November 21, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Ever-classy 1970s TV anchorman Ron Burgundy (a.k.a. Will Ferrell) dropped by Conan O'Brien's show Wednesday night to talk about a lot of things, including his Dodge Durango ads and what to do in the event of a prison riot. But what he was most excited about was being able to sing the new reelection campaign song for his "dear, dear, dear friend" Rob Ford. Remember? The crack-smoking mayor of Toronto? "He is the best," Burgundy said. "He's a controversial figure," O'Brien said.
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April 17, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The mayor of Peoria, Ill., might have saved his Police Department and a handful of residents some grief if he had just joined Twitter. Instead, someone set up a phony but official-looking Twitter account in the name of Mayor Jim Ardis and proceeded to tweet about drugs, sexual exploits and even crack-smoking Rob Ford, the disgraced Toronto mayor who's seeking reelection. Although Twitter suspended the account, the fraud was reported to the Peoria Police Department, which launched an investigation because the account impersonated a public official, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, Police Lt. Willie King Jr. told The Times on Thursday.
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November 19, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
With all the recent drama surrounding Rob Ford, you have to wonder what the next stop is on the Toronto mayor's "crazy train. " Even outside of Canada, Ford fatigue may be setting in. Sunday saw him attending a Canadian Football League game -- despite being asked by the league commissioner not to -- in his "Mayor Ford" Argonauts jersey. The same day he told Fox News he wanted to run for  prime minister. On Monday, the Toronto City Council voted to strip Ford of much of his budget and transferred most of his important functions to the deputy mayor.
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March 14, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Kevin Spacey snubbed Toronto Mayor Rob Ford backstage at "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last week, and the mayor and his brother are giving YouTube an earful. The mayor and his brother, Doug Ford, who is on the Toronto City Council, co-host their very own YouTube show, "Ford Nation," which has been in production since February after a short-lived (one episode) life on local TV last year. The series, which boasts cable-access production value, features the Brothers Ford discussing topics of interest to the voters of Toronto.
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November 13, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could very well be the smartest stupid politician in the world.  On Wednesday, the wisecracking, crack-smoking leader of Canada's largest city took his rogue show before its City Council. Having finally admitted - after months of denials, and not until confronted with video evidence - that he had indeed smoked crack cocaine, Ford faced off with the city's 44-member council . (Really, 44? I mean, Toronto has about 2.6 million people; Los Angeles, with a population of about 3.8 million, gets by with just 15 council members.
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January 2, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Rob Ford, the Toronto mayor stripped of his authority and shamed around the world for smoking crack and hanging out with criminals, declared himself the best leader that Canada's No. 1 city has ever had and filed Thursday for reelection. Ford was first in line at Toronto City Hall, showing up before the election office opened its doors at 8:30 a.m. and began registering early filers for the Oct. 27 municipal election. "I've got the strongest track record. I've been the best mayor that this city's ever had. My record speaks for itself," Ford told journalists gathered to watch the start of his defiant bid for another four-year term at an hour when he is rarely seen at the office , the Torontoist website noted.
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November 15, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
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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February 6, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
As the Sochi Olympics kick off, Russia's anti-gay legislation has drawn high-profile protests from athletes, heads of state and the court of public opinion , but perhaps none is as imaginative as "Luge," by the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion. The video, above, was created to send "a really strong message about the need for equality and the treatment of LGBT people and their allies, particularly at the Olympics,” institute founder Michael Bach said in an interview Thursday with the Los Angeles Times.
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November 15, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
Let's be honest, sometimes there's no better way to waste time on a Friday at work than on Facebook. And after stumbling upon the addictive new website "What Would I Say?," wasting time got even more fun. The website culls old Facebook activity and uses the information to predict a future status based on what you talk about and how you talk about it. The result: a sometimes funny, sometimes nonsensical status that is often uncannily accurate. "What Would I Say?" got even better when we discovered that users can generate statuses for Facebook pages belonging to celebrities or organizations.
WORLD
January 2, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- An explosion Thursday tore through a residential neighborhood in Beirut's southern suburbs, less than a week after a huge car bomb hit the city's commercial center. Early reports on Thursday's blast indicated that at least three people had been killed. Hezbollah's Al Manar television, which reported the deaths, showed scenes of the explosion's aftermath, with images of milling crowds and scorched vehicles. Many supporters of the Shiite Muslim group live in the area of the blast.
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March 8, 2014 | By Jimmy Orr
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford might have missed the "spring forward, fall back" memo: His Twitter account was used to wrongly advise his 130,000 followers to "turn your clocks back," instead of forward for daylight saving time this weekend. Ford, as everyone knows, gained international fame last year after media reports of public drunkenness and his admission to smoking crack cocaine. The mistaken tweet was later deleted without explanation. A new tweet was posted on his official account this evening  with the correct advice : "Daylight saving time starts this evening, turn your clocks forward and change batteries in smoke alarms.
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March 4, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford made the trek south of the border to appear on Jimmy Kimmel's show on Monday night, but he may have been reconsidering his decision after the ABC late-night host openly mocked Ford for most of his time in the guest chair. The plus-sized Ford -- who told Kimmel he'd lost 40 pounds -- appeared red-faced and sweating on Kimmel's show for three segments in which he answered critical Internet comments and reacted to the various video clips of the mayor that have added to his media legacy.
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March 4, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
It was the day after the Oscars, but the happiest, most relieved Angeleno on Monday was probably Mayor Eric Garcetti. Why? Because he just happened to be on a trade mission to Mexico on the day Toronto Mayor Rob Ford came to Los Angeles. Ford - who was famously caught on video smoking crack cocaine and later admitted his drug use and the occasional drunken stupor - said he was in town for an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show. He popped into City Hall for a visit with his fellow politicians and “councilors,” Catherine Saillant reported . Ford apparently wandered the building, followed by security and his entourage, who managed to snap photos of his meetings with Councilmen Mitch O'Farrell and Tom LaBonge.
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March 4, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford paid a visit to L.A. City Hall, but Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was nowhere to be found. Not because he was avoiding Ford, who got into a political pinch back home after admitting to crack cocaine use, but because Garcetti was in Mexico on a business trip. "Every city I go to, I go to City Hall," Ford said Monday, surrounded by his handlers on the steps of City Hall. "I just pop in to say hi. " Surprised City Hall security personnel escorted Ford and his entourage to Garcetti's office but were soon turned away.
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March 4, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appeared on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show Monday to promote his hometown, but ended up getting stacked up against Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Ford -- who gained international fame last year after media reports of public drunkenness and his admission to smoking crack cocaine -- had paid a visit to L.A. City Hall earlier Monday, but Garcetti, in Mexico on a business trip, was nowhere to be found. Ford told reporters that he makes it a point to visit the city halls of places he visits to "pop in and say hi. " Despite the Toronto City Council stripping him of official powers, Ford has refused to step down and announced in January that he would seek reelection in the fall.
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March 3, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, in a political pinch back home after admitting to crack cocaine use, paid an unexpected visit to Los Angeles City Hall on Monday, wandering the marble hallways in search of Mayor Eric Garcetti or anyone willing to sit down with him. "Every city I go to, I go to City Hall," he said brightly, surrounded by his handlers on the steps of City Hall. "I just pop in to say hi. " Surprised City Hall security personnel escorted Ford and his entourage to Garcetti's office but were soon turned away. Garcetti is in Mexico this week, hoping to drum up business on his first international trip since taking office.
WORLD
January 2, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
A group of 52 scientists and tourists who had been stranded for more than week on an icebound ship in the Antarctic were airlifted to safety Thursday, Australian maritime authorities said. Taking advantage of calmer winds and improved visibility, a Chinese helicopter landed on a floe near the stricken Akademik Shokalskiy and transported the passengers in groups of 12 to an Australian icebreaker, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Centre , which oversaw the operation.
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February 6, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
One of the jokes that's emerged from the 2014 Olympic Games concerns the strange toilets of Sochi. There's the sign, tweeted by snowboarder Sebastien Toutant, that forbids standing on or fishing in the toilet (among other things). Plus the so-called buddy toilets and one backward seat . Sochi 2014: Why can't Russian builders get TOILETS right at the Winter Olympics? http://t.co/EEWojXMEXe pic.twitter.com/EC6IshGBWF - Daily Star (@Daily_Star) February 6, 2014 Then there's the audience toilet, featuring one throne and three chairs.
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February 27, 2014
On The Takeaway video wrapup, The Times' Ann Simmons and columnist Robin Abcarian chat about former KCBS-TV news anchor Bree Walker, reparative therapy, and the always entertaining Rob Ford, Toronto's crack-smoking mayor who is the subject of a new biography. Walker, who has been out of the public eye for many years, was suddenly thrust back into the headlines when Anaheim police pulled her over early Wednesday on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Her unflattering booking mug shot was picked up by Internet news and gossip sites, and became an instant object of ridicule.
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February 25, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
What would happen if the Energizer Bunny mated with Chucky? The result would probably look something like Toronto's crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford. He has become the political horror show that just keeps going, and going, and going. After the Toronto City Council stripped him of all his non-statutory powers in November, reducing him to nothing more than a bobblehead , I mean figurehead, Ford was supposed to go away, get sober and engage in some meaningful introspection. Not that anyone would have noticed his absence from City Hall.
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