Newsstand: January 4, 2010
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Newsstand: January 4, 2010

Did you bring an extra quarter to Ride the Rocket this morning? In case you didn’t leave the house this weekend, the fare hike went into effect yesterday. Actually, the quarter increase only applies to adult cash fares and token prices; for students and seniors, it’s fifteen cents and, for children, it’s five cents. Pass prices have also gone up. (More about the fare hike from us here.)
Residents of five houses near Keele Street and Rogers Road were forced from their homes after a water main broke yesterday morning, flooding basements almost to the ceiling. It is unclear as to when they will be allowed to return because the flooded area is still settling and the cold weather is making excavation difficult.
The exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Royal Ontario Museum closed yesterday after a six-month run, two weeks after the Jordanian government asked Canada to take custody of the scrolls because they claim that Israel seized the scrolls in the Six-Day War of 1967. Ottawa has responded that it will not intervene.
The Toronto mayoral race officially begins today as candidates will get their first chance to file their nomination papers at City Hall this morning, though, technically, they have until September 10 to do so. However, they won’t be allowed to accept contributions or spend campaign cash until the ink is dry.
Rob Davis, a Toronto Catholic School Board trustee since May 2008, is running for the Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence chair on city council. He was previously councillor for the former city of York for nine years and served as the vice-chair of the TTC for three years. The current Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence councillor is Howard Moscoe.
And, finally, a very special shout out goes to four fallen soldiers and a journalist as they travelled the Highway of Heroes yesterday afternoon. Hundreds of people braved frigid temperatures and blowing snow to pay their respects. Sergeant George Miok, Corporal Zachery McCormack, Sergeant Kirk Taylor, Private Garrett Chidley, and Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang were killed Wednesday in a roadside bomb blast outside Kandahar city.