As It Happens

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Part One

Roanoke shooting politician
After his girlfriend is killed on live television, a former TV reporter runs for office — advocating for nuanced gun-control policies he believes could save lives. 

Bernie Custis obit
When the late Bernie Custis took the field for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1951, he became the first-ever black quarterback in professional football. 

Horse massager
A Tennessee woman is an expert in the field of horse massage. But state authorities aren't relaxed about it at all: they've ordered her to knock it off. 

Part Two

Iowa politician affiliation
An Iowa state senator wants universities to grill potential professors about their politics during job interviews — to ensure Republicans and Democrats are equally represented at the lectern.

Johnny K-9 obit
A look at the complicated life of John Croitoru biker gang member and professional wrestler, who died this week in a Toronto halfway house. 

Part Three

Half-marathon cheat
A second-place finisher in a Fort Lauderdale half-marathon admitted she'd cheated on her way to near-victory — because an online investigator had assembled the evidence to prove her deception.  

MLA immigration protest
Manitoba MLA Cindy Lamoureux has been in the same place for 24 hours: camped out of the floor of the provincial legislature. And she's not leaving until she gets some answers about a program to bring immigrants to the province. 

Yukon mistrial 
Michael Nehass's mental state deteriorated year after year, as he spent his time languishing in solitary confinement while awaiting criminal charges. And now a Yukon judge says that confinement was punishment enough, and ordered a mistrial.