September 15, 1986



The smile is dazzling, even in the bright sunlight of a September afternoon. The gait is smooth, relaxed, giving off just subtle hints of a cockiness or at least of a rock-solid confidence. The hints are not missed by his admirers, who arrive at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium long before game time to watch Blue Jay Jesse Barfield who, with his towering home runs and rocket-like throws from right field, has become a symbol of the Jays and their dramatic late entry in the pennant race of 1986.
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Movie masterpieces

At the gala opening of the Festival of Festivals in Toronto last week, an unusually large troupe of politicians shared the spotlight with the stars. Stepping from limousines were Ontario Premier David Peterson, federal Communications Minister Flora MacDonald and three provincial cabinet ministers.
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Terror on the tarmac

The terror began in the predawn darkness at Karachi’s airport as one of the last busloads of passengers was sleepily boarding Pan Am Flight 73 for the second leg of an 18hour journey from Bombay to New York. Suddenly, four men, two dressed as airport security guards, brandished automatic rifles and grenades—and sprayed the tarmac with bullets.


In the fall of 1959 fate smiled upon the yet-to-be-formed Toronto Blue Jays. On Oct. 21, George Antonio Bell was born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. The birth of Jesse Lee Barfield followed eight days later in Joliet, I11., and seven days after that Lloyd Anthony Moseby drew breath in Portland, Ark.
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Savage thrusts from a satirist’s blade

Hollywood studio bosses were noticeably absent last May when Montreal director Denys Arcand’s Le Déclin de l’empire américain (The Decline of the American Empire) debuted to enthusiastic reviews at the Cannes film festival. Fearful of European terrorism, many Americans had stayed home.
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CN’s steely decisions

Their plastic yellow hard hats have become a symbol of their anger—and desperation. Two weeks ago in Fredericton, employees from Canadian National’s Moncton, N.B., repair shops tossed dozens of hard hats onto the hood and under the wheels of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s limousine as he began a tour of the area.
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From the fast lane to a prison cell

The Los Angeles Criminal Courts building is 16 km southeast of the Château Marmont Hotel on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard. But for 39-year-old Catherine Evelyn Smith that distance represents the journey from many years spent supplying entertainment industry stars’ demands for drugs and sex to her current status as the woman who was partially responsible for the death of comedian John Belushi.
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Thunder out of the North

The fleets of fighter aircraft screamed out of the brilliant, clear blue sky, shattering the tranquillity of the high Arctic. For six days last week the autumnal silence of rugged, snowcapped Istindan Mountain in northern Norway, 400 km above the Arctic Circle, yielded to the cacophony of men and machines—Exercise Brave Lion, involving Canada’s largest movement of troops and supplies to Europe since the Second World War.
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Upbeat sounds for francophone blues

Faced with two telephone callers on hold and two visitors at the door one afternoon last week, Moses Znaimer chose to ignore them all and slump into his chair. Three hours before the live nationwide launch of MusiquePlus, the new French-language version of his MuchMusic rock video pay TV network, network president Znaimer appeared calm.
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Nightmare at sea

Hundreds of the 888 holidaymakers who trooped back aboard the Soviet cruise ship Admiral Nakhimov on Sunday, Aug. 31, were citizens from the Ukraine, perhaps seeking to throw off the nightmare of last April’s Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
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