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Historicist: Birth of a Golf Superstar

An unknown Arnold Palmer kicks off his career into gear at the Canadian Open.

Photo of the Arnold Palmer statue at the Weston Golf and Country Club by Jesse Hirsh  From Flickr via Creative Commons

Photo of the Arnold Palmer statue at the Weston Golf and Country Club by Jesse Hirsh. From Flickr via Creative Commons.

In late August 1955, Arnold Palmer arrived at Weston Golf and Country Club, along the banks of the Humber River on the outskirts of Toronto, for the Canadian Open as a relatively unknown rookie who had yet to win a tournament. He stepped off the course with his first professional victory, which served as a launch-pad for the golf legend’s career. Embraced by Toronto spectators over the course of four dominating rounds that August, Palmer showed glimpses of the playing style and personality that would endear him to millions of golf fans in the decades to come.

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Weekend Newsstand: August 23, 2014

It's going to be a cool day, so get out there and make the most of it. Grab tight to what's left of summer and try not to let go. In the news this morning: Warren Kinsella has deleted some campaign-related blog posts, Joe Pennachetti is stepping down as city manager, a condo developer seems to have disappeared with some money, and Captain John's may have found its final resting place.

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Newsstand: August 21, 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was kicked up a notch when former president George W. Bush denied the challenge, labelling it un-presidential. He offered to make a donation to the cause, but thankfully his wife, Laura Bush, had a bucket of ice water at the ready to dump over him, thus fulfilling the wishes of many an American liberal. In the news: An approved fee-hike for Vulnerable Sector Screening checks, a bike lane closure on the Prince Edward Viaduct, Karen Stintz may or may not still be in the mayoral race, and approval for the Raptors’ practice grounds at Exhibition Place.

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