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Newsstand: November 15, 2012

Take off that fake beard, Thursday! We all know you're not the end of the week; you're not fooling anyone. In the news: the mayor's libel suit rolls on, the police board says no to a proposed budget increase, a court finds that building owners are not responsible for birds crashing into those buildings, and look out! (There's more falling glass.)

If it seems to you like the news around Mayor Rob Ford has left the realm of slapstick and taken a turn for the strange lately, this probably won’t help. As the court proceedings around a $6-million defamation lawsuit against Ford continue, the defence is arguing that Ford never actually mentioned the plaintiff, George Foulidis, by name in the comments that apparently hit Foulidis so hard, he almost cried while recounting them from the witness stand more than a year later. Perhaps things will become clearer when the court hears a recording of Ford speaking to the Sun‘s editorial board that was thought to not exist anymore until former Sun staffer Rob Granatstein realized he had a copy. We’ll find out today. Oh, and speaking of today, Ford might not be in court the whole day because of his commitment to the high school football team he volunteer-coaches.

Police Chief Bill Blair now knows what it’s like to not get his way, after being told by the Police Services Board that he won’t get the budget increase he’s looking for. At last, Blair will be forced to jeopardize the safety of this city and look at some of the pretty reasonable cost-cutting measures the board has suggested. Criminals, get ready.

Here’s one way Blair can save a little money: don’t do stuff like placing an order for receipts for police street checks before those receipts have been approved. The board found Blair’s template for the receipts lacking in information, and also called for a review of what goes on when police stop people on the street for being black for general checks.

If you build it, they will come. And if the “it” is a giant building with an all-glass exterior, and the “they” are birds, they’ll probably crash into it. But fortunately for you and unfortunately for animal rights activists, you won’t be held accountable. That’s what a recent ruling in a legal action against the owner of the high-rise complex Consilium Place would suggest. For years considered among the deadliest for birds, the complex owner has recently fixed up the windows with a film that apparently helps stop crashes.

No matter how bad your Wednesday might have been, just remember: you could have been standing at the corner of Bay Street and Adelaide Street West around 4 p.m. when a glass panel came crashing to the ground, likely dropped by someone working on the Trump Tower. That would have given a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Oh my God, there’s razor-sharp glass hurtling toward me at an accelerating rate!” Thankfully, no one was hurt.

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