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  1. Toronto Mayor Refuses to Resign After Police Obtain Crack Use Video

    Footage allegedly showing Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine, rumored to exist since May, has been obtained by police – and Ford wants them to release it. Ford had denied drug use and the footage’s existence for months, but now says he welcomes news that the video is in police custody. The scandal simmered all summer in Toronto, involving a gang, a murdered drug dealer, shady figures offering to sell the footage to news agencies, and the mayor helping others escape police surveillance. Ford’s friend was arrested Thursday for extortion and drug-related charges. The mayor remains adamant that he will not step down. Expect things to get ugly in Hogtown.

    Sources: The Star, CBC News, NPR

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