Newsmakers: Danny the police dog is back on the job

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K9 dog Danny, sniffs the stetson of his partner, slain Const. David Ross. (Andrew Vaughan, CP)

K9 dog Danny, sniffs the stetson of his partner, slain Const. David Ross. (Andrew Vaughan, CP)

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

A decade ago, two of Hollywood’s biggest names played a married couple (and assassins) in Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Now, they’re married for real (though minus any careers in contract killing): Jolie and Pitt tied the knot in Correns, France, where they own a vineyard. Few details have emerged of the ultra-private ceremony, in which all six Jolie-Pitt kids took part. Tabloid editors, who’ve long speculated about when a wedding would finally happen, must be breathing a sign of relief. The couple, however, don’t have time to relax in matrimonial bliss, as both have high-profile fall movies—Fury for Pitt, Unbroken for Jolie—to promote on the film festival circuit.

Danny the police dog

One of the iconic images from the Moncton shooting in June, which killed three RCMP officers, was a German shepherd posing by the flag-draped coffin of Const. David Ross, his handler. Now, after three months off the job, Danny is returning to duty. Following Ross’s funeral, Danny was brought back to the RCMP dog-training facility in Innisfail, Alta., to train and bond with a new handler, who has yet to be identified. Danny “is one of our top dogs,” says Insp. André Lemyre, the officer in charge of RCMP Police Dog Services.

Enid Dice

The 62-year-old Prince Albert, Sask., woman had just begun a canoe trip on the Churchill River with her 66-year-old husband, David, when disaster struck. On a set of rapids entering Kinosaskaw Lake, their canoe capsized and the couple were separated. Enid, who has extensive wilderness experience, swam to shore—and managed to survive in the remote area for eight days, with only minimal supplies. (According to the CBC, she recovered her husband’s backpack, which contained a sleeping bag and fire-starting kit, but no food.) On Aug. 26, David’s body was recovered. Ten hours later, Enid was spotted from a rescue plane.

Lilia Ratmanski and Melana Muzikante

En route to Cuba aboard a Sunwing flight, two Toronto-area women got so “unruly” the plane had to turn back to Pearson airport—complete with military escort. Ratmanski, 25, and Muzikante, 26, allegedly ducked into the aircraft’s lavatory to drink duty-free alcohol, and triggered the smoke alarm with a lit cigarette. According to Sunwing, the pair then got into a physical fight—with each other—before making a threat against the aircraft. The 737 flew home with two NORAD fighter jets as an escort. Both women face charges.

James Costello

After suffering serious injuries in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the 31-year-old told the Today show that he’s “glad [he] got blown up,” because that’s how met his future wife: nurse Krista D’Agostino, who tended to Costello through painful skin-graft operations and rehabilitation. The two recently married in Boston, and are off to Hawaii on a honeymoon.




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