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British Pop Singer Adele Apologizes

TORONTO — British pop singer Adele apologized last week for anti-Semitic remarks she made at her April 28 concert in Toronto.
Speaking about buying two guitars from a pawn shop owner on the day of her Massey Hall gig, Adele, 20, told the crowd he was the “rudest person ever.” She later blamed an error she made in a song on being distracted by thoughts of the man, adding, “But don’t worry, he wasn’t Canadian, he was Jewish.” The remark drew silence and some nervous laughter, Sun Media reported.
“I just meant he wasn’t a rude Canadian,” she added. At least one Jewish patron walked out.
“What I said on stage in Toronto… at Massey Hall was not meant how it came across. But I completely understand how it was offensive,” she said in a statement issued by Columbia Records in New York. “I sincerely apologize for being so naive and disrespectful! It was not my intention to be hurtful, and I’m very sorry.”

Koffler Dumps Artist

TORONTO — Toronto’s Koffler Centre of the Arts withdrew its support last week from an exhibit it had been co-sponsoring because it said it learned the artist has publicly backed Israel Apartheid Week. Audio artist Reena Katz was slated to open a “sound and social performance” about Kensington Market titled each hand as they are called in the market this week, curated by Kim Simon for the Koffler Centre. “As a Jewish cultural institution, an agency of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, the Koffler Centre… will not associate with an artist who publicly advocates the extinction of Israel as a Jewish state,” federation said. It said the exhibit will go on as scheduled, but the Koffler Centre is “disassociating itself from the artist and will not promote the exhibition… from this point forward. Any promotional pieces for this exhibition carrying the Koffler… name or logo were produced before the Koffler came to this decision.”

Extradition Accepted

CALGARY — Criminal charges against a notorious Israeli computer hacker arrested last summer in Calgary have been dropped in exchange for him agreeing to be extradited to New York to face charges of hacking into financial institutions worldwide. Ten charges against Ehud Tenenbaum, including making, having or dealing in instruments for forging credit cards, were dropped, Sun Media reported. The Canadian charges alleged Tenenbaum helped hack into a Calgary financial institution’s database, leading to theft of $1.8 million. His lawyer said he agreed to the deal in order to face one set of charges and because it’s hard to fight extradition. Known as “the Analyzer,” Tenenbaum masterminded the hacking of Pentagon computers in the late 1990s.

Diamonds Shine

VANCOUVER — Gordon and Leslie Diamond received Simon Fraser University’s 2009 President’s Distinguished Community Leadership Award for their philanthropy at an April 29 gala in Vancouver. The Diamond Foundation, established in 1985, is one of Canada’s largest family charitable organizations.

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