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Newsstand: June 6, 2013

Welcome to the first day of the rest of your week. In the news: reporters identify the house where the mayor's photo with Anthony Smith was taken, Build Toronto loses part of its board, a new development in the Tim Bosma murder case, and Toronto police name their officer of the year.

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Although the frequency of crazy new updates in the Rob Ford crack cocaine video story has slowed this week, this is one controversy you never want to count out. You never know when something is going to pop up…like, say, Star reporters supposedly locating the house where that picture of Ford with Anthony Smith was taken—a house that apparently has a less than savoury reputation in the community. It’s not as explosive a revelation as some of the previous ones, but come on. The mayor has a brand new staff all hired in about a week. This is like training wheels for them.

Or hey, maybe the latest big development is that the Star thinks they know which Ford staffer was anonymously tweeting about the ongoing controversy until he left the mayor’s employment on Friday.

Meanwhile, the mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North), took some flack for accusing fellow councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25, Don Valley West) of forcing the civic appointments committee meeting to be cancelled because she didn’t show up, because she had a respiratory illness. Only problem is, the meeting wasn’t actually cancelled, something that could be easily checked by any person with a computer and the ability to type the letters Toronto.ca (and then click a few times).

Councillor Ford will have plenty of time to stew over the reaction to that last story in peace and privacy at the offices of Build Toronto, where he’s currently the only person left on that group’s committee to find a new CEO. The others, all independent directors from the real estate industry, have taken off. This comes after news that Ford is looking to have Toronto Port Lands CEO Michael Kraljevic fill the Build Toronto role.

There’s something to be said for not responding to phone calls right away. Police are saying Dellen Millard, the man charged with first-degree murder in the death of Hamilton man Tim Bosma, might have been trying to arrange a test drive for another truck posted for sale online—or at least, his phone was used to make the call. However, the seller slept on getting back to him, which is a bad way to sell a truck, but a good way to avoid being in an enclosed space with someone who would go on to be charged for murder. Bosma disappeared after taking two men out for a test drive in his truck several weeks ago. His remains were found days later.

Look out, Toronto police: you’ve got a new top cop. No, Bill Blair isn’t retiring. We’re talking about Det. Const. Joel Manherz, who was named 2012′s police officer of the year for his work in busting open a child pornography case that goes back 50 years.

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