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Madely's Morning Minute - April 21

580 CFRA

Monday April 21, 2014


Mark Sutcliffe fills in for Steve Madely


Madely’s Top 5


5. Story of the “Hurricane” ends


Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a professional boxer who became an advocate for the wrongly convicted after spending almost 20 years in jail for three murders he didn’t commit, has died at the age of 76. In June 1966, two men shot and killed the bartender and two customers at a bar in New Jersey. Carter and a friend who were driving together in the area were initially questioned and released. Eyewitnesses did not identify them as the perpetrators. But months later they were arrested and charged with murder, then convicted based on testimony from two petty criminals. Carter wrote a book and became the subject of a song by Bob Dylan. But he was convicted again in a second trial about 10 years after the first. Then in 1979 a group of people from a commune in Toronto picked up his cause and his lawyers successfully appealed. It took six years but in 1985 Carter’s conviction was overturned. He moved to Toronto and while his adjustment to freedom was not easy, he became the head of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. He died of prostate cancer yesterday in Toronto.


4. Devastating accident


A 54-year-old woman who died Saturday was struck by a car driven by her own father. CTV News reports that Tammy Conley of Trenton, along with her 80-year-old father and 15-year-old daughter, were in Ottawa to visit her mother at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital. Conley’s father was trying to park his SUV when he accidentally accelerated and ran over his daughter. In a release on Saturday, Ottawa police said "the driver reversed into the space and struck one vehicle parked behind him." Apparently that’s when Tammy Conley ran out in front of the vehicle to help. Police say the driver accelerated forward hitting another car and then running over his daughter.


3. Reaction to ferry sinking


The president of South Korea says the actions of the captain and crew who deserted the sinking ferry last week were unforgivable and murderous. Speaking today at a cabinet briefing, Park Geun-hye said the captain and crew told the passengers to stay put but they themselves became the first to escape. She said legally and ethically this is an unimaginable act. The captain initially ordered passengers to stay in their rooms and then waited more than half an hour to issue an evacuation order. By then the ship had tilted so far that many of the passengers were trapped inside. A total of more than 300 are confirmed dead or are missing.


2. 4/20


Organizers say 15,000 people were on Parliament Hill for a pot-smoking rally. It was one of several events held across North America yesterday. This is an annual event that has taken place in many cities for almost 20 years but in the past year as attitudes towards marijuana have changed, the rallies have taken on more meaning. In Colorado and Washington, recreational marijuana use is now legal. In Canada, the Conservative government has talked about softening the laws. The Liberal Party had a booth at the rally in Vancouver, collecting signatures for a petition about legalizing marijuana and handing out Justin Trudeau buttons.


1. Boston Marathon today


There will be lots of emotion and an extraordinary level of security today at the Boston Marathon. It’s the first time the event has been staged since last year’s bombings and some 36,000 runners are expected to race, including about 175 from Ottawa. About 5,000 people were allowed back into the race this year because they never had the chance to finish last year. The course was shut down after the bombs went off. Along with some 4,000 police officers on the street, there will be 100 surveillance cameras monitoring the crowds at the finish line.



Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:


7:10 - 580 CFRA'S GETAWAY TO AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND!  Courtesy and Collette.


7:12 - Ben Kaplan, writes about running for the National Post, ran the Boston Marathon in 2012


7:40 - Mark’s Top 5


7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. You could win:

  • A Free family pass for the Ottawa Train Expo at the EY Centre this Saturday or Sunday; doors open at 10 and the passes include admission for 2 adults and up to 3 children
  • Free registration for two people for adult recreational sports leagues at Carleton University. Sports include basketball, squash, ball hockey, soccer and hockey. Visit for more info.
  • Two passes to 'Activate' Ottawa 2014, Ottawa's Health and Fitness Expo at the EY Centre May 3rd and 4th.

All of our winners this week will be entered to win: A $300 gift certificate from J.A. Laporte Flowers & Nursery. J.A. Laporte, the door to every gardener's dream!  12-11 Old Montreal Road and online at


8:10 - Until Friday May 16th you'll have the chance to win a BRAND NEW 2014 Porsche Boxster, courtesy of Mark Motors of Ottawa.


8 – 9 - John Robson, CFRA Commentator-at-Large, Columnist and University of Ottawa History Professor



Coming up today on CFRA:


Mark Sutcliffe's Chatroom - 9-10am --- A one-hour, interactive and topical program hosted by Mark Sutcliffe that lets you communicate your point of view through e-mail, phone, and by Twitter!



Today’s Lunch Bunch lineup:


Today on Rick Gibbons’ Lunch Bunch Pierre Bourque fills in and is joined by CFRA’s Rob Snow and CTV News Anchor, Graham Richardson.




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