TGIFinally Friday's 10 knowledge-pockets for you

Murder, Maple Leafs and mayor Mike's trip to virtual reality.

click to enlarge Maybe the old St. Pat's High School has to be torn down because there was no market for the Wr ter's its kshop produced. - VIA LINDA GAUDET ON INSTAGRAM
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Maybe the old St. Pat's High School has to be torn down because there was no market for the Wr ter's its kshop produced.

William Michael Sandeson has been charged in with 1st-degree murder in the death of his fellow Dalhousie student Taylor Samson. Court documents from police claim Samson had been selling marijuana for extra cash, and was supposed to meet a new customer with a large order when he disappeared on Saturday.

Samson's friend, the same one who told his mother he left to meet a new client, told police Samson was nervous about going to meet the new client and tried to get someone to go with him to the alleged drug deal, however no one was available.

"Samson seemed nervous about it since it was four pounds, a larger amount of marijuana than usual," according to court documents.

The documents also say that police believed Samson was the victim of a “drug rip.”

“I have been advised by...confidential sources that ‘drug rips’ and cash robberies take place often; rarely reported to police,” said Det. Const. Jen Lake in the search warrant.

There was some discussion on social media yesterday about whether this story would be reported similarly if Samson and Sandeson were two black men from North Preston in a drug deal gone bad. Probably, though certainly not to the degree of some places. Murder is still a rarity in Halifax. There might not be headlines pushing the student angle so hard. Maybe there’d be less commentary about what a normal, nice young man the accused murderer appeared to be (something some of us have heard from friends, and friends of friends). None of that makes Samson’s death any less tragic, or helps his community be any less pained.

The Parker Street Food & Funirture bank desperately needs school supplies to donate to the area’s low-income families. Metro’s Rebecca Dingwell reports the organization already has 500 applicants to their back-to-school program and not nearly enough supplies. Apparently items for the higher grades are the hardest to come by (geometry sets, French/English dictionaries, graph paper) but sounds like anything you can supply would be of help.

The Maple Leafs will train for three days this September at the BMO Centre in Bedford, for any masochists who want to buy tickets and get their hopes up.

Union leaders: “Liberals’ labour proclamation will damage public services
Chronicle Herald editorial: “New tack sensible in contract talks

Replacing the Halifax Rainmen has gone from a hard yes to a soft maybe. Contrary to previous reports, there won’t be a shiny press conference this week announcing a new team backed by a consortium of prominent Halifax businesspeople. Don Mills of Corporate Research Associates is one of the driving forces behind the plans to get basketball back in Halifax. He blames the summer weather—no really—for delaying the deal.

“While he couldn’t give a definitive date for an announcement, Mills hinted a decision needs to be made in the next two weeks before having to abandon the idea.

‘The closer we get to September, the more this year’s season would be in jeopardy, I think, because there’s a lot to be done, obviously, once the capital is in place,’ he said. ‘We’re tight on time, no question.’”

Last night, the monthly-ish food fair that is The Coast's Halifax Food Truck Party proved it's a movable feast, leaving the regular Museum of Natural History location to try lovely Dartmouth. And more than 2,500 people came to #hfxfoodtruckparty along the harbour beside King's Wharf, many of them lovely Dartmouthians who'd never even heard of the Halifax event. At The Coast office we're deep in post-party recovery, so can't say anything about what the future may hold concerning the many requests we got to put on a Dartmouth party EVERY WEEK. All we can focus on with confidence is the final FTP of this summer season, September 17 back at the museum.

It’s commonly known that reality is garbage. So call us jealous that mayor Mike Savage gets to escape into the vast e-space of the virtual world…

“A lot of groups have temples, or churches, for us it’s our witchy shops,” says Put Me On Consignment owner, and witchy woman Pamela McInnis. She’s opening the small and mysterious Neighbourhood With General Store on Queen Street in early September and hopes to fill the void left by longtime Barrington Street resident, Little Mysteries.

If you’re wondering where the parade of white-wearing, picnic-basket-carrying peeps is headed tomorrow…it’s a secret! Halifax's second installment of chic-as-hell communal picnic Dîner en Blanc will be gathering upwards of 1,000 Haligonians in various locations around the city Saturday night, before bringing them to an undisclosed glamourous location to dine in style. Potentially in the rain. Inspired by the international event, we had an inelegant backyard picnic. and hope you do the same at some point this weekend. Feel free to wear sweats.

+1 Sure Thing
Tonight at The Dart Gallery catch VERSUS on its opening night. VERSUS is a multidisciplinary art show exploring the concepts of good and evil and the age-old hero/villain dichotomies and conflicts–as told through paintings, prints and even ceramics depicting pop culture characters. If you’re battling hunger at the opening reception, Picnic chef Allan McPherson will be serving up gourmet hot dogs named for popular wrestling heels.

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