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Newsstand: June 19, 2013

It's Wednesday, which means you'll keep asking people "What day is it again?" all day long, then quietly die inside when they say it's not Thursday. In the news: residents of the recently raided North Etobicoke complex allege that they were traumatized by police, the woman who supposedly threw a drink at the mayor has a trial date, Rob Ford really likes astrology, and Parkdale's restaurant/bar cap bylaw is moving on forward.

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Residents of the allegedly gang-ridden North Etobicoke complex just raided by Toronto police are claiming that the cops used inappropriate, culturally-insensitive tactics, supposedly traumatizing the local, largely Somali community. At a press conference held yesterday, some apartment dwellers asserted that the police raid proved more distressing than any of the gang activity.

Annnnd, back to some noise about Rob Ford (don’t lie, you missed it)! Shannon Everett, the 27-year-old who allegedly threw a beverage of a hotly-disputed variety at the mayor during last weekend’s Taste of Little Italy festival, will appear in court on assault charges on July 23. Everett’s lawyer, the same lady who represented former attorney-general Michael Bryant that time he was charged with killing a cyclist, says she will vigorously defend her client.

In more Rob Ford noise, the guy, apparently, really digs astrology. Yup, you heard that. Like, star signs and stuff. Horoscopes. In a rare moment of self-revelation, the mayor, just before unveiling a Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads made by world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei being temporarily displayed in the Nathan Phillips Square reflecting pool, disclosed that he was born in the Year of the Rooster. Who knew?

And, if you were peeved about the restaurant and bar cap in Parkdale, your day probably just got a little bit worse. A proposed bylaw to restrict restaurants to 25 per cent of all businesses in four parts of Queen Street West (between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue) was approved yesterday by the Toronto and East York community council.

CORRECTION: June 19, 2013, 9:20 AM This post originally omitted the “and” in the Toronto and East York community council.

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