Extra, Extra: Toronto Starbucks Barista On The Ellen Show, New UPX Prices, and Stabbing At a Pickering High School | news | Torontoist

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Extra, Extra: Toronto Starbucks Barista On The Ellen Show, New UPX Prices, and Stabbing At a Pickering High School

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  • Last month, Extra, Extra featured a Toronto high-school student with autism who went viral for his dance moves behind the counter at Starbucks. Yesterday, Sam the barista’s viral fame hit an all-time high after he appeared on The Ellen Show with his manager, Chris Ali. The 17-year-old Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School student dances while he works at a local Starbucks to help him concentrate. Thanks to Ellen, Sam will also go to Japan, where he has dreamed of travelling since he was four years old.
  • A one-way ride on the Union Pearson Express will now set you back just $9 if you’re a Presto user, down from $19, thanks to a major fare slash announced today. Non-Presto users will also experience a price drop, from $27.50 to $12. The fare cuts come after news earlier this month that the UPX, a project that totalled about $456 million, was running at 10 per cent capacity. The new fares are expected to attract riders—similar to how free Family Day rides managed to pack UPX trains a few weeks prior.
  • A Grade 9 student at Dunbarton High School in Pickering was taken into custody today after an attack that left six students and two staff members with non-serious injuries. The student was believed to be carrying two knives before attacking what onlookers say was a random group of classmates unprovoked. Staff at the school were able to tackle the girl before police arrived.

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