1. We found out Rob Ford and Justin Bieber hang out at the same Toronto nightclub. You know that old stereotype about how Canadians are all a bunch of wild and crazy partiers who ask impolite questions? Well it's true! According to The Star, Toronto Mayor and laughingstock Rob Ford has fallen off the wagon (again). At a party in mid-March at a Toronto nightclub called Muzik, Ford ran into troublemaker Justin Bieber after leaving the bathroom. Bieber was his usual lovable self, asking the mayor "Did you bring any crack to smoke?" No word on whether Ford did indeed bring any crack to smoke—he didn't answer—but it's good to know these two have each other.
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2. A dog was sentenced to life in prison. In Phoenix this past February, a pit bull named Mickey attacked and mauled the face of a 4-year-old boy. The boy suffered extensive injuries, but for a while it wasn't clear what to do about the dog. Ordinarily, a dog who attacked a kid might be euthanized. But there was reasonable suspicion that Mickey, who belongs to the child's babysitter, was being mistreated—chained outside and left un-neutered. Ultimately, a judge decided that Mickey would be defanged, neutered, and kept in a no-kill shelter for life, without the possibility of adoption. It's essentially life imprisonment for this miserable-looking pup, which seems horribly unfair. It's one thing to say a dog is too dangerous to be around humans. It's another to decide to permanently punish a dog for acting out when he's been mistreated. Our criminal justice system sucks plenty without misapplying it to animals.