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  1. by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Aug 12, 2016 1:19 pm EDT Last Updated Aug 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm EDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from the long-running CBS drama “Criminal Minds.” ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios, which produce the series, made the announcement Friday with no further details. Gibson’s exit followed a physical altercation last month between him and another member of the “Criminal Minds” company on the series’ Los Angeles set. It occurred as the series filmed an episode for the upcoming season, its twelfth, according to a person with knowledge of the incident who spoke on the condition of anonymity because that person wasn’t authorized to discuss it. The altercation reportedly led to an internal review. The firing was preceded by an apology from Gibson on Thursday. “There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. I regret that it occurred,” Gibson said in a statement. Gibson had starred on “Criminal Minds” — which focuses on an elite team of FBI profilers who try to anticipate and prevent criminal behaviour — since its premiere in 2005. He played Special Agent Aaron Hotchner. He had also directed six episodes in recent years. Details on how Hotchner will be written out of the show “will be announced at a later date,” the studios said. Remaining stars of the ensemble series include Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler and, a newcomer this season, Adam Rodriguez. “I love ‘Criminal Minds’ and have put my heart and soul into it for the last twelve years,” Gibson said in a statement Friday. “I had hoped to see it through to the end, but that won’t be possible now. I would just like to say thank you to the writers, producers, actors, our amazing crew, and, most importantly, the best fans that a show could ever hope to have.” The 54-year-old Gibson had previously starred in the sitcom “Dharma & Greg” and the hospital drama series “Chicago Hope.” The new “Criminal Minds” season begins Sept. 28. ___ AP entertainment reporter Mark Kennedy contributed to this story.
  2. I thought Trump is the one with a screw loose. Everyday he opens his mouth and something nutty comes out. Easiest election the Democrats will have. They don't have to do anything; just let Trump talk. The media must be having a field day covering Trump since there has never been a candidate like him before.
  3. Why are people burning their hair over Trump? There is no way he can win the election. All of the polls show Clinton leading Trump by a wide amount. Trump is really a egotistical buffoon that wants his name in the news. I doubt he even cares if he becomes POTUS as long people talk about him. Clinton and the Democrats are laughing all the way to the bank with Trump as the Republican nominee. They can't believe their luck having an opponent that is a nut job. If anything, they are hoping that Trump doesn't drop out since any other Republican candidate can beat an unpopular Hilary Clinton.
  4. From CBC: A waiter at a Sherbrooke, Que., restaurant was arrested Wednesday for serving salmon to a highly allergic customer in a case one expert says could be a Canadian first. Simon-Pierre Canuel, a resident of Gatineau, Que., filed a formal complaint against the server at Le Tapageur restaurant after he says he nearly died from his meal. The waiter could be charged with criminal negligence. A waiter's mistake endangers a customer's life. Is that a crime? Food allergy risk poorly grasped in restaurants Should allergy-friendly food at restaurants cost more? According to the complaint, on May 29, Canuel ordered a beef tartare and alerted the waiter that he was allergic to salmon and seafood, said Sherbrooke police Const. Martin Carrier. "At the time of the order, the waiter took no notes and never went to the kitchen to talk with staff," Carrier said. When the meal arrived, an unsuspecting Canuel took a bite of his food. With the dim lighting, it's not easy to tell the difference between two dishes, especially if they use mayonnaise. It can be confusing," Canuel said. He soon realized he wasn't eating beef and informed his partner, who is a resident doctor. "He confirmed that it was salmon and he said we had to go to hospital. We told the waiter, who apologized, saying he would bring me beef," Canuel recalled. "That's when I started going into anaphylactic shock and having difficulty breathing." Canuel had left his EpiPen in his car. He was hospitalized at the intensive care unit of the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke, where he was treated for a severe allergic reaction. He says he also suffered a cardiac arrest the following day and was in a coma for several days. "I almost died," he said. Prison sentence unlikely Canuel filed a formal complaint with Sherbrooke police on July 21. Police met with witnesses before arresting the waiter, a 22-year-old man, this week. He was released with a promise to appear in court at a later date. Canuel alleged the waiter didn't inform the cooks of the allergy and instead was chatting, laughing and drinking alcohol with other guests. Though it will be up to Quebec's director of criminal and penal prosecutions to decide whether charges will be laid, Carrier says the circumstances meet the conditions for a criminal negligence charge. Simon Roy, a law professor at the University of Sherbrooke, agrees, and says a conviction for criminal negligence could result in anything from a fine to life in prison. But based on similar cases, he added, the waiter is unlikely to get a prison sentence. A Canadian first? Though similar allegations have been made against doctors and workers in other service industries, one crime lawyer says this particular case could be unprecedented in the country. "For a waiter, I haven't found one in Canada. This would indeed be the first time," said Roy. "This kind of story is practically unheard of," echoed Carrier, the police spokesman. "It's excessively rare."
  5. California is considered a safe state for the Democrats as they have not voted Republican in a Presidential election since 1988.
  6. Here is the schedule if you want to see the International Space Station over Vancouver: Its easy to spot. It looks like a bright star moving through the sky.
  7. No, it was not spotless. I live only a few blocks from the DTES and it was exactly the same then, now, and before the Olympics. Nothing has changed despite the millions of dollars thrown at that area every month. Mayor Roberson was in power before the Olympics and remember that he promised homelessness would end by 2015. Did not happen and never will end.
  8. All Nominees get a bump in the polls after the convention. So Trump got a bump in the poll after the Republican convention. That is not expected to last so that is why the odds makers in Vegas predict a Clinton win. Trump is really a buffoon when he opens his month. Trump can't control himself when he yaps so its only a matter of time before he offends more people. Then his polls will fall again. Don't forget the upcoming debates and Trump is horrible at that type of stuff. Do people really think Trump will win in November? You can't say never but highly unlikely.
  9. Undoubtedly that is true for people in the process of buying and selling right now but the vast majority of the public don't care about that. Not too many people are going to shed tears over them. They are still going to get good money. And how many people are we talking about anyway? A few hundred? Most people are more concerned the future price of real estate, hoping prices go down.
  10. Realtors are not happy (from CKNW): Dan Morrison says a key issue is current transactions that are in the process of closing, which will be subject to the new tax, something he says will could bring short-term volatility. “These transactions are going to be hit, and to use the price point that the government used in their press release, if it’s a $2-million transaction, all of a sudden there’s an extra $300,000 that’s due.”
  11. Possibly but my main point is no government regardless of political stripe can do much in a runaway housing market. Other countries like Australia are trying to restrict foreign home ownership to cool the housing market but has it worked? Prices in Australia has not dropped much. As I said, there are other factors beside foreign ownership causing housing prices to go up. Just going after foreign ownership won't solve the problem.
  12. The usual hatred for the Christy Clark and the Liberals is out there again. If the Liberals do nothing they get blamed. If they do something get blamed. If the NDP were in power the same the thing with the real estate markets will occur. There is very little any government, right or left, can do with a hot real estate market. So what if the prices drop 10%, most people can't afford $1 million dollar for a home.
  13. There will be always loopholes no matter what legislation is passed. At least this is a start. Besides, there are other issues besides foreign ownership causing house prices to rise. Even if there is ban on foreign ownership, prices are not going to drop 50%.