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The Toronto Star favourites of May 2010

Some of the Toronto Star photo staff's favourite pictures from the past month.

ANDREW WALLACE - May 16, Toronto Fire Capt. Fred McKay, is consoled by a line of Toronto firefighters after bringing the remains of his son Pte. Kevin McKay to the Ontario corner's office on Grenville St. in Toronto. Pte. Kevin McKay was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan last week. He is the 144th Canadian soldier to be killed since the start of the Afghan mission in 2002.  

STEVE RUSSELL - May 9,  Amina Daimee takes a question for the Iman from a participant as Toronto's deaf muslims gather at the Muslim Association on Dundas Street West.  Amina Daimee, is the Muslim community's first Sign Language interpreter says a new Islamic study class for deaf Muslims taking place in Toronto challenges the language limitations of ASL. 

ANDREW WALLACE - May 30, Cyclists in the elite mens division race during the 3rd annual St.Lawrence Market Criterium. The Criterium Bike Race is held on a closed course loop on the Toronto St Lawrence Market streets. The criterium builds on Toronto's long heritage of bike racing. From 1894 to 1927, the City hosted the annual Dunlop Trophy Race, attracting North America's top competitors. 

COLIN McCONNELL - May 2, Anna Korutowska and son Anthony, 3, mourn her husband and his father PC Eric Czapnik who was stabbed to death while sitting in his cruiser in Ottawa. The family mourned at the annual Remembrance of Heros at Queens Park.  

KEITH BEATY - May 2,  Portrait of Bob Graham

STEVE RUSSELL - May 3, 2010 Service dog Bingo, a Jack Russell Terrier, is a unique hearing dog who is trained to bark when his charge, now an 8-year old boy, Cole Hein stops breathing. A true life saver, she has alerted the family countless times to their son's condition - in just enough time for them to get help. Three pets and one service dog were honoured at the 2010 Purina Animal Hall of Fame induction at the PawsWay Pet Discovery Centre at 245 Queen's Quay West in Toronto. 

May 4, Joggers duck as Mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi makes a policy announcement on transit that as mayor he would like to create two kilometres of subway and a station every year. Rossi made his announcement  from the Kay Gardner Belt Line Bridge over Yonge Street overlooking the Davisville Subway Yard in Toronto.  

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RICK MADONIK -  May 5,  Benjamin Danzig, decorated pilot of the Soviet Air Force, in his north Toronto home. Danzing is seen with his a medal he considered one of his most important. It is for bravery. Danzig, 88, spoke of his numerous missions in WW II. 

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RENE JOHNSTON - May 05, Rob Ford waits to defend himself after the formal debate to answer charges by fellow Mayoral candidate George Smitherman who went to the jugular of Ford in the first large debate of the six Mayor hopefuls. Smitherman charged Ford with homophobic comments brought up in 2006 where funding for an AIDS program was not supported by Ford.  

TARA WALTON - May 5, Lisa Wang (right) poses with her mother Ruikun Zhang in their north Toronto home.  The photos to accompanied a Mothers Day feature by Leslie Scrivener in conjunction with the Stars' year-long series "The Secret Lives of Girls"

STEVE RUSSELL - May 8, Ryerson faculty member Russ Viirre uses a spray with Lithium and another with Boron to create red and green flame during a chemistry demonstration at Ryerson University of Science Rendezvous, a one-day festival style celebration designed to bring science and its practitioners face-to-face with the public. 

TARA WALTON - May 8, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair shaves the head of Toronto Police Cashier and Financial manager Ali Kashfi at the Cops for Cancer event at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto.  Ali has been growing his hair since January in preparation for the event.  Since 1996 Cops for Cancer have raised more than $600,000 in Toronto alone to fund essential cancer research, support and advocacy programs. 

COLIN McCONNELL - The OSPCA in Newmarket where hundreds of animals have to be euthanized due to a ring worm epidemic.

COLIN McCONNELL - May 16, People hold a symbolic funeral outside the OSPCA in Newmarket in where hundreds of animals were to be euthanized due to a ring worm epidemic.

STEVE RUSSELL - May 11, Luke Buckley from St. Michael's College and Anthony Kwan of Country Day School would take the final hurdle together and finish with the same time of 17.20, but Buckley would win the photo finish in  110 metre hurdles at the Conference of Independent Schools track and field championship at York University.

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LUCAS OLENIUK - May 17, Flamenco dancer Esmeralda Enrique.

TARA WALTON - May 17, Riders move in formation past a dandelion at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride at Fort York.

CARLOS OSORIO - May 17, 2010   A member of the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at a promotional launch for the Mirvish musical opening in the fall. 

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RICK MADONIK - May 18, Ben Johnson, a pall bearer, waits outside the church for the start of the funeral of Charlie Francis. Rick Madonik's blog on the funeral.

TARA WALTON - May 19, Matthew Loparco of St. Michaels High School competes in the senior boys100 metre hurdle finals at the Toronto Metro Regionals held at Etobicoke Centennial Stadium.  Loparco won the event with a time of 13.90. 

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 RICHARD LAUTENS - May 20, Tisha Graham from Laurier came second in the Senior Girls long jump at the Metro Regional track and field finals at Etobicoke Centennial Stadium.

TARA WALTON - May 20, James Woollatt wears his orphaned red-orange sock.  The Sock was orphaned about a year ago after a wash in a shared laundry room.  James has held onto the sock in hope of its safe return.  For a Francine Kopun story on how lost socks unite us.  

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DAVID COOPER - May 21, The casket of Pte Kevin McKay is transported on a gun carriage behind a light armoured vehicle as they arrive at the Barrie Armoury. 

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LUCAS OLENIUK -  May 21, Taylor Swift performs at the Air Canada Centre.

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RENE JOHNSTON - May 23,  People take in the May 24th Victoria Day fireworks as part of the weekend celebrations at Ontario Place on Sunday from the pier that is a false ship where the air show runs. 

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DAVID COOPER - May 24,  Bear attack victim Gerald Marois, 47, of Waubaushene, describes to the Star the terror he endured as a giant boar (adult male)  Black Bear repeatedly tried to drag him out of a tree as he fought for his life. 

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KEITH BEATY - May 24,  Hot weather over the Victoria Day weekend had scores of people seeking relief at the water park at Ontario Place.

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RENE JOHNSTON - May 24,  Thousands crowd the Beaches at Ashbridges Bay for the summer like conditions on the Victoria Day long weekend.

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RICHARD LAUTENS - May-29, Carson Robinson 1 is held up by dad, Paul, for a picture by Mom.  He in the window of an old caboose at the Roundhouse. The Roundhouse was a train marshalling yard that has been refurbished into the Steam Whistle brewery and a Leons.

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RICK MADONIK -  May 29, Jays catcher John Buck manages to elude a ball thrown up and in as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2.

STEVE RUSSELL - May 25, After having given away his jersey, shin guards and shorts AC Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic poses for a picture as Juventis loses a friendly against Italian League rival AC Fiorentina 1-0 at Rogers Centre.   


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