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Montreal:375 Tales of Eating, Drinking, Living and Loving is my soon-to-be-released crazy book that you must buy.
Montreal:375 Tales of Eating, Drinking, Living and Loving is my soon-to-be-released crazy book that you must buy.

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Maurice-S. Hebert: from high-flying criminal defence lawyer to thug life
Hebert    Maurice-S. Hebert walked around Montreal from the mid-1950s with the swagger only a top criminal lawyer of his wild times could possess.     Newspapers regularly reported on his legal maneuvers to keep the scurrilous on city streets, as Hebert sha...
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Ghosts, fake nuns and grisly demises: Montreal news from the 1890s
Narcisse Belanger, aged about 40, of 176 Ryde  (old address) was hit and killed by train at Rose de Lima in St. Henri (surely the GTR line to Bonaventure south of St. Antoine). She was brought to the police station where Abbe Descarries, Montreal's priest, ...
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Larger-than-life chess masters turned Montreal into a world hotbed of chess
Steinitz, left and Lasker, right battle in Montreal 1894   Memorable became a global hotbed of chess in the 1890s thanks to a number of wild characters who lived in the city. **   Chess in Montreal got a major boost when the German Emmanuel Lasker, 24,  cha...
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Suicide snatchers - Quebec law allows authorities to detain anybody they deem suicidal
    This article was published in Montreal in October 2004, written by Kristian Gravenor.    If the laws and policies have been changed in the years since, we are not aware of it.    Michel Blais is the real name of a real person. We don't know where he is ...
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Montreal could blow up the NBA by launching a rival basketball league - here's the step-by-step
   Montreal is a giant booming city tragically undeserved by pro sports.    A lackluster Montreal Canadiens team is only complemented by the miserable football CFL Alouettes and snoozetastic soccer MLS Impact, which each only play a handful of home games pe...
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Examining the untimely death of Loyola grad and entrepreneur Mario Macri
Mario Macri    Many Montrealers expressed shock at the callous murder of Mario Macri near his office on Lapierre, just north of Newman at 9:50 a.m.Tuesday morning.    Macri previously owned a bar called Le Petit Mene, which was located feet from where he wa...
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How a Hydro Quebec bill dispute launched Benjamin-Hudon Barbeau on an epic killing spree for the ages
   Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau sought to be the modern-day Mesrine, trying to imitate the legendary character who terrorized Quebec before being shot down in Paris.    He explained this goal in one of the thousands of text messages he sent out to his girlfriend ...
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When Montreal's Hans Selye, world's leading expert on stress, was felled by stress of Quebec taxes
   Of all the rock star-status original thinkers Montreal has known, few surpass Hans Selye , who was best known for inventing the concept of stress.  Selye's adages about stress are still cited frequently. It's not stress that kills us, it is our reaction ...
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Mob-boss retribution ruse - the epic story of a 1972 Montreal fraud scheme
Gerald and wife Davida Falovitch   One of the splashiest and unusual criminal trials in modern Montreal history offers a useful lesson for those who aren't careful with their money and wary of their friends.    The tale starts with John Roydon McConnell, wh...
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Artist Oscar Cahén's sketches of Montreal nightclubs just one sliver of a Canadian legacy - now honoured in a new book
   These outstanding illustrations taken from a 1956 article in Weekend Magazine depict the liveliness of Montreal's 1950s nightclub culture (a subject pain-and-pleasure-stakingly detailed in Montreal 375 Tales )    Oscar Cahén (1916-56) is still celebrated...
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