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Sound bites: Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell • a shooter entered a mosque in Norway and injured one person • Canadian Bianca Andreescu is a Rogers Cup champ • the Sea-to-Sky gondola collapse may have been vandalism.



Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell on Saturday morning from an apparent suicide.
Epstein. Sounds familiar.
Last month, the 66-year-old was charged in New York for sex-trafficking girls as young as 14 between 2002 and 2005. He pleaded not guilty and was waiting for trial after being denied bail. He was facing 45 years behind bars. The news of Epstein’s death was not surprising to everyone. He was put on suicide watch just two weeks ago after trying to commit suicide in his jail cell.

So, how did this happen?
He was taken off suicide watch six days later. The New York millionaire was supposed to have a cellmate and was supposed to be monitored every 30 minutes, but that didn’t happen. A tired guard – on his fifth day of mandatory overtime – was the only around at the time of Epstein’s death. Two investigations have been launched to figure out how Epstein was able to kill himself in jail.
Is the case closed?
Not exactly. A day before Epstein was found in his cell, thousands of documents from a previous trial were released with testimony about what happened inside the millionaire’s Florida mansion. Court documents like a memoir written by one of the victims, photographs, and receipts showed that underage girls were hanging around Epstein’s mansion all the time and that Epstein’s butler was ordered to pay them in jewellery and iPods.
I’m afraid to ask. What else?
Epstein is connected to high-profile people like President Trump, former president Bill Clinton, Britain’s Prince Andrew, and Leslie Wexner, the billionaire behind Victoria’s Secret. His death has also sparked several conspiracy theories. One claims Epstein was killed to prevent him from talking and incriminating others – his testimony would have pulled back the curtain and implicated some powerful people. Prosecutors have promised to continue the investigation.


Muslims around the world began Eid al-Adha celebrations yesterday. But a day before, on Saturday, the community dealt with another blow: a shooter entered a mosque in Bærum, Norway intending to kill.
Not this again.
The incident is being treated as a terrorist attack. Thankfully, only one person was injured, Mohammed Rafiq, who was hurt while taking down the suspect, a 21-year-old white Norwegian citizen. The shooter, who was armed with three guns, is now in custody for attempted murder and murder. After the attempted shooting, police found the body of the suspect’s 17-year-old stepsister in a different location.
Why did he do it?
The suspect was apparently inspired by the shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed 51 people, and the recent attack in El Paso, Texas that killed 22 people. The 21-year-old posted a message online on the same day of the attack, praising the El Paso shooter as “fighting to reclaim his country,” and saying he was “chosen” by Brenton Tarrant, the Christchurch suspect. FYI, gun laws in Norway are strict. Still, over 1.5 million firearms are in possession in the country.


Canadian breakout star Bianca Andreescu is the Rogers Cup champ. This is the first time a Canadian has won the Women’s Singles title in 50 years! But Andreescu didn’t quite win it the traditional way. In a dream finals matchup against superstar Serena Williams, Andreescu only had to play 19 minutes and 15 seconds of tennis before Williams bowed out with a back injury. Still, the 19-year-old has come a long way. Last year, she was ranked 208th in the world. Tomorrow, after beating three top-10 players to get to the Rogers Cup finals, she’ll be ranked 14th, the highest-ranked teenager in the world. Let that sink in. On the men’s side, No. 2 in the world Rafael Nadal easily beat Daniil Medvedev to win his 5th Rogers Cup.


At 4 a.m. on Saturday, the Sea-to-Sky gondola ride in Squamish, B.C. collapsed and brought 30 cars down with it. Luckily, no one was injured. RCMP believe the accident wasn’t an accident at all, and think the cables were cut on purpose. The gondola ride is a major tourist attraction in Squamish that carries 240 passengers, lasts for 10-minutes, and gives visitors breathtaking views over Howe Sound. The act of vandalism cost over $1-million in property damages and lost revenue from having to shut down the ride. B.C. Parks has closed the Sea to Summit Trail, the Shannon Falls Connector Trail, and the Upper Shannon Falls Trail, which are directly under the gondola. RCMP are now investigating the crash and looking for hikers in the area.


True REST Float Spa has given away 3,000 free float sessions to active-duty military and veterans in the U.S. Clinical studies have shown that float therapy – where a person lies still on top of special Epsom salt water – can have positive effects on people suffering from PTSD, depression, and anxiety. True REST has already deemed the 11th day of every month U.S. Military Appreciation Day, a day when the company offers free floats to any military member. Now, it’s encouraging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to consider covering float therapy as a treatment for PTSD and depression.


The Hunt, a controversial new film starring Hilary Swank, has been pulled following recent mass shootings in the U.S.

• Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have split. Again.

• Watch 6LACK and Khalid’s new music video for Seasons and Ed Sheeran’s Nothing On You.

• K-pop band BTS is taking an extended break. Is there a split in the works?

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