Weekend Newsstand: July 20, 2013
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Weekend Newsstand: July 20, 2013

You put one hand up and the other hand up and up and you praise the weekend, praise the weekend. Then read some news: no Wal-Mart in Kensington, for now; Tim Hortons unblocks totally unoffensive website; what the police know about Anthony Smith's murder; "Maple Leaf Forever" tree felled; and heat alert ends.

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Kensington Market can put its fears of being infiltrated by a Wal-Mart to rest for a little while, as city council imposed a moratorium on development projects on Bathurst. The temporary ban will last one year as the city undertakes a land-use study of Bathurst between Dupont and Queen, which includes the recently up-for-sale Honest Ed’s lot and the site of the proposed Wal-Mart on the borders of Kensington. So rest easy, inanimate markets and your animated inhabitants.

After word got out Friday about Tim Hortons’s Wi-Fi blocking the website of Daily Xtra, an LGBT news outlet, the donut shop has unblocked the site. The company blamed the blocking on human error. We’ll say!

Gawker’s Crackstarter campaign may be over, but documents show that the police now have several cell phones and memory cards in their possession that are potentially linked to the murder of Anthony Smith, the man who was killed soon after being photographed with a rowdy Mayor Rob Ford. But we still have to wait and see, as the contents of those cards and phones won’t be known until they’re presented at trial, if at all.

And if you’re lucky enough to have air conditioning, it may be time to give it a rest. The heat alert we’ve been dealing with has ended after Friday night’s storm.

Though we have the storm to thank for a lot of things, the high winds on Friday night are also responsible for uprooting the silver maple tree believed to be the inspiration for the song “The Maple Leaf Forever.” The tree is believed to be at least 150 years old.

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