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July 02, 2001
Apologized?Toronto mayor Mel Lastman, for saying he feared going to Kenya to lobby African IOC members on behalf of his city's 2008 Olympic bid. Lastman had told The Toronto Star, "I just see myself in a pot of boiling water with all these natives dancing around me." In later statements Lastman called the remarks "inappropriate" and "the wrong thing to say."
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July 02, 2001

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Apologized
? Toronto mayor Mel Lastman, for saying he feared going to Kenya to lobby African IOC members on behalf of his city's 2008 Olympic bid. Lastman had told The Toronto Star, "I just see myself in a pot of boiling water with all these natives dancing around me." In later statements Lastman called the remarks "inappropriate" and "the wrong thing to say."

Announced
?By the government of Alberta, a new lottery, the proceeds of which will provide about $650,000 a year to each of the province's two NHL teams, the Flames and the Oilers. Officials of the clubs had hoped that the government assistance would replace the $4 million per year the teams had averaged in expansion fees for the last three seasons but will not be getting next year.

Banned
?Three models of Nike shoe—the Jordan Trunner LX, the Jordan Trunner 2000 Mid and the Jordan Trunner Bubble—from the Baltimore city jail system, after prison workers found that inmates were fashioning weapons from the shoes' steel and plastic parts.

Enrolled
?Josh Maravich, at LSU. The 6'3" son of Pistol Pete, who as a Tiger in 1969-70 set the NCAA record for single-season scoring (44.5 points per game), will join the basketball team as a freshman walk-on.

Distributed
?By the Rangers to the first 18,000 fans 15 and under who attended the June 20 game at The Ballpark in Arlington, the first issue of the comic book Texas Rangers in Danger/and, featuring Ken Caminiti, Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez and Ivan Rodriguez as superheroes who battle the forces of evil.

Truckin'
? Bill Walton, into the Grateful Dead Hall of Honor. The basketball Hall of Famer, who in 1996 was named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players, called this latest laurel "as great an honor as I have ever received."

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