REVIEWED Ontario chief coroner Barry McLellan announced that 44 cases in which Charles Smith, a former child pathologist at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, was involved will be reviewed by four international experts. In one of Smith’s cases, William Mullins-Johnson served 12 years in jail for the murder of his niece. He was released on bail after a report by Ontario’s chief forensic pathologist said the girl probably died of natural causes.
NOMINATED Samuel Alito Jr., 55, was chosen by George W.
Bush to replace retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a week after White House counsel Harriet Miers, his previous nominee, withdrew. Republicans roundly praised the choice of Alito, appointed to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by President George Bush in 1990.
DIED Desmond Piers led merchant convoys across the U-boat-infested Atlantic and then bombarded enemy positions on D-Day. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and France’s Legion d’Honneur, he retired a rear admiral in 1967. Piers, 92, died in Toronto.
DIED Suave Torontoborn stage,TV and film actor Lloyd Bochner,
81, died in Santa Monica, Calif., of cancer.
He got his start at the Stratford Festival during its first season in 1953. He starred in a famous 1962 episode of The Twilight Zone, “To Serve Man,” and, nearly 30 years later, parodied his role as an earthling about to become an alien’s dinner in Naked Gun l1/?. The Smell of Fear.
REVEALED Former NHL GM Jacques Demers, 61, who coached the Montreal Canadiens to a Stanley Cup win in 1993, says in his new biography, Jacques Demers: en toutes lettres, that he is illiterate. Demers’ inability to read and write is the result of his impoverished childhood.
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