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Weekend Newsstand: November 9, 2013

It's Saturday, so you just go ahead and keep making all the weird noises you want. And read some news: the crack video broker tells of bribes and threats, a judge contemplates showing the video in court, a cyclist was struck by police, and a memento of these recent days.

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In another crazy chapter to the already beyond-belief story that is Mayor Ford and the crack video: the CBC talked to Mohamed Farah, the man who tried to broker the sale of the crack video to the media, and he had some interesting things to say. According to Farah, people in fancy cars came into his Dixon Road neighbourhood where the video was believed to be and offered suitcases full of cash in return for the tape. Farah says there were also threats going around, on behalf of the mayor’s office, from people claiming to be police officers and ex-military who were willing to use their resources and training to make things happen.

The video may get a screening in a private courtroom Tuesday if Muhammad Khattak’s lawyers get their way. Khattak was arrested in the Project Traveller raids and is one of the three men photographed on a driveway with Mayor Ford in the image that was circulated with the video. But Khattak wasn’t directly involved in making the video, and his lawyers want the video shown in court so they can prove that fact. The judge has ordered the video be made ready for a possible viewing, which makes it sound like a much more labour-intensive process than we assume it is to push play on a file, but hasn’t decided if he will allow it yet.

A cyclist was struck by a police car on Friday night in Little Italy. The victim is a man in his twenties. He was taken to hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries.

And you can now commemorate this special time in the life of our city with your very own Rob Ford bobblehead. The “Robbie Bobbie,” as it has been dubbed, goes on sale Tuesday for the low, low cost of $20. But hurry, there are only 1,000 of these babies up for grabs. Money raised from the sale goes to the United Way.

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