Authorities say a Florida man stole collectible coins worth tens of thousands of dollars, then ran them through grocery store change machines that returned just a fraction of their value
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Here’s what happened while the Habs recovered from seeing a Broadway show. The agglomeration council approved a $175-million contract to build and manage a composting plant in St-Laurent. Mayors of demerged suburbs had called on the city of Montreal — which has a majority on the agglomeration council — to suspend the plan. Montreal West Mayor Beny Masella expressed his opposition to the awarding of the contract during the meeting. However, there was no further discussion of the issue. The plant is to be the first of five organic waste treatment facilities built on the island — a plan that was first proposed in 2008. At that point, the first facility was supposed to open in 2012. Earlier in the day, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante defended the plan — whose estimated cost has more than doubled since 2013. She said the city has waste minimization targets from the provincial government that have to be reached. The cost for all five facilities is now expected to be $589 million. In 2017, the estimated cost was $344 million.Montreal concert pianist Louise Bessette was named a laureate of the 2019 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. Announced Thursday by the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation, the awards recognize artists “who have made an indelible contribution to cultural life in Canada and around the world.” Bessette, 59, is recognized not only as one of Canada’s best pianists and performers, but also for her interpretation of 20th- and 21st-century music. She has had an enormous influence on the contemporary world of classical piano and introduced audiences worldwide to the work of Canadian such composers as Serge Arcuri, Simon Bertrand, Lorraine Desmarais, François Dompierre, José Evangelista, Anthony Rozankovic and Raoul Sosa. She has toured extensively, participated in juries of international competitions, given master classes around the world and won many prizes and awards. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2001 and the Order of Quebec in 2005.Authorities say a Florida man stole collectible coins worth tens of thousands of dollars, then ran them through grocery store change machines that returned just a fraction of their value. The Palm Beach Post report s 20-year-old Shane Anthony Mele of Riviera Beach told investigators he stole the commemorative presidential dollar coins and other items from a North Palm Beach office in December. The coins were worth $33,000. A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report says Mele sold some coins for a few thousand dollars, and he ran many through change machines that only produced their face value. Mele was charged Feb. 1 with grand theft along with unrelated drug charges. He was released Feb. 4 after posting bond. Jail records didn’t show whether he had an attorney.With files from the Associated Press.