Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Judge declares 'fishing season' over in Finkle case

From the June 29 globeandmail.com story: A police attempt to seize true-crime author Derek Finkle's files foundered yesterday when an Ontario judge blasted investigators for casting too wide a net. “Fishing season is over; the subpoenas are quashed,” said Mr. Justice David Watt of the Superior Court of Ontario. Judge Watt said police and prosecutors in the […]

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Glasgow air terminal rammed by flaming vehicle

From the BBC: A car on fire has been driven at the main terminal building at Glasgow Airport, police have confirmed. Eyewitnesses have described a Jeep Cherokee being driven at speed towards the building with flames coming out from underneath. They have also described seeing two Asian men, one of whom was on fire, who […]

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The media and Ipperwash

Ryerson University j-prof John Miller has some critical words for how the news media covered the 1995 Ipperwash dispute — and how they can do better in the future. From the Toronto Star: Most of the evidence of the failure of journalism at Ipperwash was presented to the inquiry by Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, […]

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'Car bombs come to London'

That is the grim headline on the Guardian's website, regarding the news that two car bombs were found in West London early Friday. They are described as Iraqi-style car bombs. From the Guardian story: Only luck and probable faults in the bombs' construction meant that the first device, inside a metallic green Mercedes, could be […]

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Taliban spreading across Pakistan, Musharraf told

From the NYT: The Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, was warned this month that Islamic militants and Taliban fighters were rapidly spreading beyond the country’s lawless tribal areas and that without “swift and decisive action,” the growing militancy could engulf the rest of the country. The warning came in a document from the Interior Ministry, […]

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Live Free or Die Hard — a nod to the French

From the Manohla Dargis review in the NYT: The use of Parkour during several fight scenes is particularly tasty, proving that when cinematic push comes to shove, the French, who originated this ultra-cool rough-and-tumble, which finds performers bouncing like balls from wall to wall, rooftop to rooftop and many hair-raising points in between, are definitely […]

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