Death in the Ist-A-Verse, Everyone Needs A Hug, Spinach Bad Again
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Death in the Ist-A-Verse, Everyone Needs A Hug, Spinach Bad Again

This is going to be one big downer of a news roundup today, folks. Some seriously sad news from our sister site, Phillyist, where co-Editor Star C. Foster passed away suddenly yesterday. We’ll miss her. Be sure to lend your support for her friends and family in the comments on Phillyist.
An 11-year-old boy in Scarborough died after falling through the ice trying to try save his 15-year-old friend’s life. The 15-year-old boy is still in critical condition in the hospital.
A few hundred Hells Angels gathered for the funeral for a fallen member. As cops observed with binoculars, telephoto lenses and video cameras, “biker club members from as far away as British Columbia, New Brunswick and Massachusetts were seen shaking hands, hugging and laughing.” Hugging? Those animals.
The Star’s Kevin Haggerty wins for creepiest opening paragraph of the weekend: “By the time my four-year-old son is swathed in the soft flesh of old age, he will likely find it unremarkable that he and almost everyone he knows will be permanently implanted with a microchip.” How do you like your swathed soft flesh of old age, Kevin Haggerty’s infant son? Not very much, I imagine!
If you’ve slowly weaned yourself back onto American spinach, well…uh…you may have to stop eating it again, after a package of Queen Victoria-brand spinach was found to contain salmonella bacteria. It’s been a tough year for the spinach industry, which is recovering from the deaths of three people and the sickness of a few hundred from contaminated California spinach. Then again, there haven’t really been any particularly good years for the spinach industry since they lost their most famous celebrity endorser.
And as for sports, the Leafs lost (seven in a row is bad, right?), the Raptors lost, but the Toronto Rock won!
Finally, we got our new layout! It’s a nice shade of periwinkle blue (or, as the oft-disgruntled staff on Torontoist have been calling it, “psych-ward blue”). Pretty please bear with us as we systematically go through the entire site and fix everything. Oh, and we’re still hiring, too.
Photo from avp17 in the Torontoist Flickr Pool.