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Ford to return this month

TORONTO -- Only time will tell whether Rob Ford's stint in rehab has changed him, some of the Toronto mayor's colleagues said Tuesday, weeks before his scheduled return to city hall.

Ford plans to come back to work June 30, states a letter he sent to the city clerk's office.

The letter says he will return to resume his duties as mayor "in the later portion of the afternoon" and asks that his office locks be changed back by 1 p.m.

"I'm hoping that he really seriously applied himself at rehab and he will come back a very changed person," Coun. Paula Fletcher said.

She said city hall has been "pretty calm and scandal-free" in the mayor's absence, a sentiment echoed by other councillors.

"It clearly demonstrates to me that when he's here, he's a distraction."

The embattled mayor has been in rehab since announcing April 30 he was seeking help for an alcohol problem, just as new allegations of substance abuse surfaced in several published reports.

 

U.S. brings Libyan to trial

WASHINGTON -- U.S. special forces seized a "key leader" of the deadly Benghazi, Libya, attack and he is on his way to face trial in the U.S. for the fiery assault that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. It was the first breakthrough in the sudden overseas violence in 2012 that has become a festering political sore at home.

U.S. President Barack Obama said the capture Sunday of Ahmed Abu Khattala sends a clear message to the world "when Americans are attacked, no matter how long it takes, we will find those responsible and we will bring them to justice."

 

Boat capsizes, 66 missing

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia's maritime agency says a wooden boat carrying 97 Indonesians has capsized off the country's west coast, with 66 people still missing.

An official with the agency says the boat was believed to have sank while trying to leave Malaysia illegally to take home the Indonesians ahead of the start of the Muslim fasting month.

The official said 31 people have been rescued so far.

 

He went the Longest Yard

JACKSON, Mich. -- Michigan authorities say a man tried to throw a football loaded with drugs and cellphones into the yard of a state prison.

State Trooper Toby Baker says Sunday's throw in Jackson fell short, with the football landing between two fences, not in the yard where prisoners exercise. The ball contained heroin, marijuana, tobacco, three cellphones and chargers. Christen D. Moore was ordered jailed on a $50,000 bond.


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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 18, 2014 A11

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