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Newsstand: September 27, 2013

Set your lasers on Friday and get ready to dance. But first, the news: pandas bring in the big bucks, fire at a TCHC building, shooting arrests, and a rally for Greenpeace activists.

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If the words “overnight panda sleepover” don’t sound like a terrifying and mystical way to spend an evening, then you might be one of the 1.2 million people who have visited the Toronto Zoo so far this year. Though attendance is slightly lower than the zoo projected, the number of adult visitors paying a visit is high, which has brought in more cash than they expected. Because adults make money, the zoo charges them more than kids for entry. And because adults love pandas, and the zoo’s got pandas, the zoo gets adults.

A fire in a downtown TCHC building has sent one person to hospital with serious burns. No other injuries have been reported yet from the Carlton and Bleecker street buidling. There is no word yet on how the fire started.

Homicide police have arrested eight people in connection with a series of shootings that left four people dead. Police called the case “crazy,” telling reporters that some of the shootings seemed to be totally at random.

Supporters of Greenpeace activists recently jailed in Russia will rally Friday morning at Toronto’s Russian consulate. Twenty-eight people were sent to jail, including two Canadians, after they tried to climb onto an oil platform set up by Russia’s state oil company in Arctic waters. None of the detained have been charged with anything.