Ongoing History Daily: That time when Shaq almost sued 311

Back in the early 2000s, Omaha’s 311 was on a real roll, selling lots of records, playing plenty of gigs, and making their share of big-budget music videos.

In 2001, they managed to get Shaquille O’Neal for a cameo in the video for their song You Wouldn’t Believe. At the time, O’Neal was playing for the LA Lakers and the team was in the middle of a playoff run. The team stipulated that O’Neal was not to play any basketball outside of official games and practices for fear that he might get hurt.

But 311 convinced him to play a little hoops in this video, completely in contravention of orders from the Lakers. There was an added complication.

For some reason, O’Neal showed up with two left shoes. Where was anyone going to get a pair of size 22 basketball shoes at short notice? Nowhere. Shaq still agreed to appear in the video—but if anyone filmed his feet, he promised that he’d sue.

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Ongoing History Daily: The time Nirvana set their tour van on fire

Being on tour as Nirvana must have been a pretty intense thing. There were all those nights where Kurt (and sometimes the rest of the band) smashed all their gear onstage. The label had granted the band a $750 equipment allowance when the band went on tour, but given the amount of gear that was trashed, that didn’t go very far.

Hotel rooms and dressing rooms also suffered, often using fire extinguishers in ways they were not intended.

Then there was the time one of their tour vans almost went up in flames. Kurt, who was often keen on using destruction to alleviate his boredom, was giving an interview with a journalist and apparently got bored. So he set the van’s curtains on fire.

The flames were put out before there was some real damage, but the label was not impressed.

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Judge 'surprised' after Prince Harry a no-show in court on 1st day of U.K. tabloid case

Prince Harry’s highly anticipated showdown against the publisher of the Daily Mirror kicked off Monday without him present in court — and the judge was not happy.

Harry’s lawyer said the Duke of Sussex would be unavailable to testify following opening statements because he’d taken a flight from Los Angeles after the birthday of his 2-year-old daughter, Lilibet, on Sunday.

“I’m a little surprised,” Justice Timothy Fancourt said, noting he had directed Harry to be in court for the first day of his case.

Mirror Group Newspaper’s lawyer, Andrew Green, said he was “deeply troubled” by Harry’s absence on the trial’s opening day. They accused Harry of “wasting time” in the court case, as reported by the BBC.

Green added that it was “absolutely extraordinary” Harry was “not available for day one of his own trial.”

The case against Mirror Group is the first of the prince’s several lawsuits against the media to go to trial, and one of three alleging tabloid publishers unlawfully snooped on him in their cutthroat competition for scoops on the royal family.

Harry’s lawyer, David Sherborne, said phone hacking and forms of unlawful information gathering were carried out on such a widespread scale, it was implausible the publisher’s newspapers used a private investigator to dig up dirt on the prince only once, which is what they have admitted.

“The ends justify the means for the defendant,” Sherborne said.

Stories about Harry were big sellers for the newspapers, and some 2,500 articles had covered all facets of his life – from his illnesses at school to ups and downs with girlfriends, Sherborne said.

“There was no time in his life when he was safe from these activities,” Sherborne said. “Nothing was sacrosanct or out of bounds.”

Mirror Group has said it used documents, public statements and sources to legally report on the prince.

But Sherborne said it was not hard to infer that Mirror journalists used the same techniques on Harry — eavesdropping on voicemails and hiring private eyes to snoop — as they did on others.

Harry had been scheduled to testify Tuesday, but his lawyer was told last week the duke should attend Monday’s proceedings in London’s High Court in case the opening statements concluded before the end of the day.

When he enters the witness box, Harry, 38, will be the first member of the British royal family in more than a century to testify in court. He is expected to describe his anguish and anger over being hounded by the media throughout his life, and its impact on those around him.

He has blamed paparazzi for causing the car crash that killed his mother, Princess Diana, and said harassment and intrusion by the U.K. press, including allegedly racist articles, led him and his wife, Meghan, to flee to the U.S. in 2020 and leave royal life behind.

The articles at issue in the trial date back to his 12th birthday, in 1996, when the Mirror reported Harry was feeling “badly” about the divorce of his mother and father, now King Charles III.

Harry said in court documents that ongoing tabloid reports made him wonder whom he could trust as he feared friends and associates were betraying him by leaking information to the newspapers. His circle of friends grew smaller, and he suffered “huge bouts of depression and paranoia.” Relationships fell apart as the women in his life – and even their family members – were “dragged into the chaos.”

He says he later discovered that the source wasn’t disloyal friends but aggressive journalists and the private investigators they hired to eavesdrop on voicemails and track him to locations as remote as Argentina and an island off Mozambique.

Mirror Group Newspapers said it didn’t hack Harry’s phone and its articles were based on legitimate reporting techniques. The publisher admitted and apologized for hiring a private eye to dig up dirt on one of Harry’s nights out at a bar, but the resulting 2004 article headlined “Sex on the beach with Harry” is not among the 33 in question at trial.

Phone hacking that involved guessing or obtaining security codes to listen in on celebrities’ cell phone voice messages was widespread at British tabloids in the early years of this century. It became an existential crisis for the industry after the revelation in 2011 that the News of the World had hacked the phone of a slain 13-year-old girl.

Owner Rupert Murdoch shut down the paper and several of his executives faced criminal trials.

Mirror Group has paid more than 100 million pounds ($125 million) to settle hundreds of unlawful information-gathering claims, and printed an apology to phone hacking victims in 2015. But it denies executives – including Piers Morgan, who was editor of the Daily Mirror editor between 1995 and 2004 — knew about hacking.

Harry’s fury at the U.K. press — and sometimes at his own royal relatives for what he sees as their collusion with the media — runs through his memoir, Spare, and interviews conducted by Oprah Winfrey and others. His claims will face a tough audience in court when he is cross-examined by Mirror Group’s lawyer.

The opening statements mark the second phase of a trial in which Harry and three others have accused the Mirror of phone hacking and unlawful information gathering.

In the first part, Sherborne, who represents Harry and the other claimants, including two actors from the soap opera Coronation Street, said the unlawful acts were “widespread and habitual” at the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, and carried out on “an industrial scale.”

Two judges — including Fancourt — are in the process of deciding whether Harry’s two other phone hacking cases will proceed to trial.

Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and Associated Newspapers Ltd., which owns the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, have argued the cases should be thrown out because Harry failed to file the lawsuits within a six-year deadline of discovering the alleged wrongdoing.

Harry’s lawyer has argued that he and other claimants should be granted an exception to the time limit, because the publishers lied and deceived to hide the illegal actions.

— With files from Global News’ Sarah Do Couto

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Vacant Manitoba Avenue house a total loss after fire, set for demolition

A vacant house on Manitoba Avenue is expected to be demolished after a morning fire early Monday affected its structural integrity.

Winnipeg firefighters were called to the blaze just before 2 a.m. and were able to get it under control within two hours, but the damage led to the house being declared a total loss and a call for an emergency demoliton.

No one was injured in the fire, and its cause remains under investigation.

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Vehicle crushed by dump truck in Toronto crash: police

A vehicle was crushed by a dump truck in a crash in Toronto’s west end Monday morning, police say.

Toronto police said emergency crews were called to Weston Road and Oak Street, which is just south of Highway 401, at 7:47 a.m. for a two-vehicle crash with one of them on fire.

In an update, police said three vehicles were actually involved, one of which was a dump truck that crushed one of the other vehicles.

Toronto paramedics told Global News they took one person to hospital after the crash. A man in his 30s was taken to a trauma centre with serious injuries.

Police said the injuries were non-life-threatening.

There is no word on what may have led to the collision. Weston Road was closed in the area after the incident.

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Montreal Canadiens sign Cole Caufield to 8-year contract extension

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Cole Caufield to eight-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.

The deal, which will pay the 22-year-old winger an average annual salary of US$7.85 million, runs through the 2030-31 season.

Caufield scored 26 goals and added 10 assists in 46 games in 2022-23 before he underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder in February.

Despite missing nearly half the season, Caufield led the Canadiens in goals for the second consecutive year, tied with Nick Suzuki this season.

Montreal selected Caufield in the first round (15th overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft.

Since making his NHL debut in 2020-21, the forward has recorded 84 points (53 goals, 31 assists) in 123 NHL games.

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Forest fire smoke prompts air quality statement for Peterborough region

Persisting smoke from forest fires in northern Ontario and Quebec has prompted Environment Canada to issue an air quality statement for the Peterborough area on Monday.

Environment Canada said the smoke, which began to descend in the region on Sunday, will contribute to fluctuating air quality and visibility for much of the region including Peterborough, Peterborough County, Bancroft, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton County.

“Poor air quality may persist through the day today and possibly into Tuesday for some areas,” Environment Canada said at 5:12 a.m. Monday.

“Air quality and visibility due to wildfire smoke can fluctuate over short distances and can vary considerably from hour to hour.”

The weather agency said wildfire smoke can be harmful to health, even at low concentrations.

People with lung ailments, older adults, children, those who are pregnant, or those working outdoors are advised to monitor for symptoms and drink plenty of water to help their bodies cope with the smoke.

“Stop or reduce your activity level if breathing becomes uncomfortable or you or someone in your care feel unwell,” the statement said.

“Contact your health care provider or local health authority if you develop severe symptoms or need advice.”



The hazy sky continues on June 5, 2023 for the Peterborough area.

The hazy sky continues on June 5, 2023 for the Peterborough area.

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Homeowners with an HVAC system are advised to use the highest-rated MERV filters in their systems, ideally rated 13 or higher, and set the fan to recirculate air constantly, or use a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) cleaner.

Keep doors and windows closed if the temperature in your home is comfortable, Environment Canada said.

If outside, Environment Canada suggests a well-fitted respirator-type mask.

For more information on reducing health risks, Environment Canada suggests you visit or

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Wildfires source of poor air quality in Hamilton, GTA, says Environment Canada

Canada’s weather agency says Hamilton, Ont, and the rest of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) can expect moderate-to-poor air quality Monday due to wildfires in Quebec and one that broke out Sunday in Calabogie near Ottawa.

Environment Canada reported a moderate risk to residents as of 7 a.m. Monday and suggested people sensitive to poor air quality should consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if experiencing symptoms.

Officials with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are monitoring an area around Centennial Lake area west of Calabogie where the fire was reported on Sunday afternoon.

Seniors, infants, young children, and those with existing illnesses or chronic health conditions may be at higher risk of being affected by air pollution, according to Environment Canada.

The outlet says the city will see some heat Monday with a high of 25 C anticipated under a mix of sun and cloud.

The UV index is also expected to be high.

The forecast is calling for some haziness and a low of 13 C on Monday night.

Tuesday will be sunny with a high of 24 C.


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ANALYSIS: WHL experience gives Jets prospect Lambert his swagger back

The Memorial Cup final did not end the way Winnipeg Jets prospect Brad Lambert and his Seattle Thunderbirds envisioned it would in the 5-0 loss to Quebec on Sunday night in Kamloops.

But the 19-year-old forward is in a different, and better place, going into what will be his first full professional season in September.

It has been a circuitous journey for Lambert, to say the least.

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From top-five contender for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft to almost falling out of the first round, and then being healthy-scratched by Team Finland for the semifinal and gold medal game in the completion of the 2022 World Junior Tournament this past August.

An impressive training camp and pre-season with the Winnipeg Jets earned the six-foot-one, 175-pound speedster an entry-level contract and some AHL experience with the Manitoba Moose.

But another less than overwhelming performance by Lambert on the World Junior stage was followed by an assignment to Seattle of the Western Hockey League.

And that has turned out to be a potentially career-altering decision.

Playing against his own age group, as the centre of Seattle’s top line, Lambert excelled. And along the way, he regained the “swagger” of an offensively gifted player after scoring 23 goals and putting up 64 points in 43 regular season and playoff games for the WHL champs.

He’s a little more comfortable with North America and the style of game played here, changed the narrative on the scouting report to a more reliable three-zone player, and proved he is not a liability playing down the middle.

That last thought could be timely for the Jets, in consideration of the uncertain futures of Mark Scheifele and Pierre-Luc Dubois.

Now, it will be a lot more difficult for Lambert, lining up against the Connor McDavids and Nathan MacKinnons of the NHL world. But “Bad Brad” has played himself back into top prospect status, and deserving perhaps, of a legitimate opportunity to prove he belongs at the highest level.

That decision back on Jan. 9 to play in Seattle might turn out to be the best thing that could happen to Brad Lambert. And maybe the Winnipeg Jets too.


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5 songs you must hear this week: 05 June 2023

Some weeks are loaded with solid Canadian content. This is one of them with four them deemed songs you must hear.

1. July Talk, When You Stop
Single (Six Shooter Records)
Recommended If You Like: Acoustic versions

July Talk is the subject of a very atmospheric black-and-white documentary entitled Love Lies Here. The soundtrack includes this piano version of When You Stop from Remember Never Before, their fourth arrived back in January. The doc started a sting of one-night showings across the country last week in Toronto and will continue until things wrap up in Hamilton on July 7.

Listen on Spotify.

2. Danko Jones, Good Time
Electric Sounds (Sonic Unyon)
RIYL: Karaoke (you’ll see what I mean)

Danko Jones keeps it simple: rock hard and rock hard. The second single from the new album (due On September 15) has a karaoke theme and features a couple of cameos from a couple of musician friends. I quote Danko: “ is the song you need to hear when you’re not ready to throw in the towel. It also rocks very very very hard and has a lot of swear words.” Again, why make it difficult when you can keep it simple?


3. Odds, Fall Guy
Time Machine (Independent)
RIYL: 90s CanRock

Odds were one of the most reliable providers of radio singles during the CanRock era of the 90s, a gig that they later parlayed into being the house band for the Vancouver Canucks. They’re now ready with a seventh album co-produced by Steven Page, ex of the Barenaked Ladies. According to the band, this song began as two different tracks that were blended into one (you’ll hear the transition at around 2:40). The new album will be here on August 4.


4. Rezz x Grabbitz, Signal
Single (Hypnovizion/The Syndicate)
RIYL: Crossborder collaborations

Rezz is a DJ and producer from the St. Catharines/Niagara Falls area. Grabbitz is a multi-instrumentalist who lives across the river in Buffalo. You might remember their first collaboration, a 2020 track called Someone Else that had some serious success at alt-rock radio across North America. Also watch for Rezz’s upcoming goth/punk EP entitled It’s Not a Phase.

Listen on Spotify.

5. Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, Prophecy of the Dragon
Single (Cult Records)
RIYL: Well, The Strokes, for one…

I’m not horribly optimistic about seeing another Strokes album anytime soon, so the next best thing is new material from the band’s singer and main songwriter. This song arrived via a press release that was written by an AI program that “was given zero prompts.” It starts like this: “The most handsome and interesting band of modern times has returned. More infectious than the case of malware you gave your parents’ computer from downloading pirated music off Kazaa, “Prophecy of the Dragon,” the new single from musical-act Julian Casablancas+The Voidz is here to soundtrack your summer months. You’ll love the hard riffs, poetic lyrics, and rhythmic aptitude.”

Listen on Spotify

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