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Canadians to Reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Hits 50

Drake's Nice For What is a great jam, and it's currently enjoying its second week at number one. That means there have been 50 songs by Canadians to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and this entry is a week late.

Here's the complete list of 50 songs performed by a Canadian citizen to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  1. It's Love-Love-Love by Guy Lombardo
  2. Cry by Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads
  3. Sh-Boom by The Crew-Cuts
  4. Diana by Paul Anka
  5. Lonely Boy by Paul Anka
  6. Theme from A Summer Place by Percy Faith
  7. Ringo by Lorne Greene
  8. American Woman / No Sugar Tonight by The Guess Who
  9. Heart of Gold by Neil Young
  10. Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks
  11. Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot
  12. (You're) Having My Baby by Paul Anka and Odia Coates
  13. Rock Me Gently by Andy Kim
  14. You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  15. Hot Child In The City by Nick Gilder
  16. You Needed Me by Anne Murray
  17. Heaven by Bryan Adams
  18. When I'm With You by Sheriff
  19. Black Velvet by Alannah Myles
  20. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams
  21. Informer by Snow
  22. All for Love by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting
  23. The Power of Love by Céline Dion
  24. Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? by Bryan Adams
  25. Because You Loved Me by Céline Dion
  26. My Heart Will Go On by Céline Dion
  27. One Week by Barenaked Ladies
  28. I'm Your Angel by R. Kelly and Céline Dion
  29. How You Remind Me by Nickelback
  30. Bad Day by Daniel Powter
  31. Promiscuous by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland
  32. Say It Right by Nelly Furtado
  33. Give It to Me by Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake
  34. Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
  35. What's My Name? by Rihanna featuring Drake
  36. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
  37. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell
  38. Rude by MAGIC!
  39. Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd
  40. What Do You Mean? by Justin Bieber
  41. The Hills by The Weeknd
  42. Sorry by Justin Bieber
  43. Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
  44. Work by Rihanna Featuring Drake
  45. One Dance by Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla
  46. Starboy by The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk
  47. I'm the One by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne
  48. Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
  49. God's Plan by Drake
  50. Nice For What by Drake

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Kanye: Separating the Wheat From the Chaff

Kanye West makes it very difficult to defend him, so I've always stuck to the music. Kanye's persona is brash, nutty, and typically ill-informed. Often he's trolling, but sometimes it's difficult to tell. He dropped this song last night, which is a rather brilliant troll job if you ask me.

Personally, and music is so subjective such statements can only be personal, I think Kanye's a musical genius. I've liked him from The College Dropout through Pablo with only a few missteps in between. But for my money, there may be no better hip hop album these past twenty years than My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Whenever someone tells me Kanye doesn't know music, I quote those four words.

Seriously. If you've never listened to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in its entirety, do so now. Go ahead. I'll wait.

I'm very good at separating the wheat from the chaff. That is to say I can enjoy an artist's music even if he's a nutter. I ignore the nonsense and stick to the tunes.

Share your thoughts on Kanye in the comments. Remember, there are no wrong answers here. Even Lift Yourself, one of the best troll jobs in hip-hop history, contains a tremendous soul sample. That female group you hear is actually the eight dudes in Amnesty.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 330: Ralph Benmergui

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 330In this 330th episode, Mike chats with Ralph Benmergui about his years at CKLN, CBC Radio, hosting Midday and Friday Night with Ralph Benmergui! on CBC Television, doing mornings at JAZZ FM, Mike MacDonald, Stuart McLean, fatherhood, Hamilton and his spirituality. This episode is exactly 1:17:06.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 329: Matt Elliott

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 329In this 329th episode, Mike chats with Matt Elliott about yesterday's Yonge Street tragedy, his coverage of the Rob Ford years, his work with Metro and what's next for him. This episode is exactly 1:41:18.

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Today's Deadly Van Incident On Yonge Street

Today, shortly before 1:30pm, a man driving a white rental van struck a number of pedestrians between Finch and Sheppard on Yonge Street. Toronto Police have confirmed 9 people are dead and 16 are injured, 5 critically. The driver is in police custody.

If you're looking for speculation and hot takes regarding this horrific tragedy, this isn't the place for you. I will report the facts as they're discovered, corroborated and revealed.

If you can donate blood, I urge you to do so as often as possible. It took me far too long to realize this, and now my biggest challenge is waiting long enough before donating. Start today - make an appointment at a clinic near you at https://blood.ca.

Update: According to NBC News, the driver's name is Alek Minassian and he is 25 years old.

Multiple U.S. and Canadian law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation told NBC News that mental illness was the leading theory based on the preliminary investigation into the incident.

Update 2: CBC reports he lionized Elliot Rodger and referred to himself as an “incel,” or an “involuntarily celibate” person who was seeking revenge on society.

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From Etta to Avicii to Flo Rida

When Avicii passed away on Friday, I did what I often do when a musician dies. I dove into his catalogue of work.

He's got a song called "LE7ELS" that I quite like. It came out in late 2011. Here's that jam.

At the time, my oldest daughter was really into Top 40 music, so I would hear Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" often. Does this sound familiar?

I like that song, too... and upon further reflection, it seems the jam I really dig is Etta James's 1962 single "Something's Got a Hold on Me". Without Etta, I have little interest in "LE7ELS" or "Good Feeling".

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Verne Troyer, Dead at 49

Verne TroyerVerne Troyer was 49. He was the actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series of comedy films, and for his brief appearance as Griphook the goblin in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 328: Acid Test

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 328In this 328th episode, Mike chats with Acid Test vocalist Lucy Di Santo and guitarist Steve Fall about their sonic rise in 1992, lengthy hiatus and triumphant return to take care of unfinished business. This episode is exactly 1:22:28.

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Avicii, Dead at 28

AviciiAvicii was 28. He was the producer and DJ responsible for hits like "LE7ELS", "Hey Brother", "Wake Me Up!", "The Days" and "You Make Me."

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Open Mike

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Jesse and Gene Aren't Dead

Gene Valaitis, current morning man on Roundhouse Radio in Vancouver, received some bad news this week when it was announced Roundhouse Radio was shutting down at the end of the month. Back in 1993, Gene and his co-host Jesse Dylan received similar news from 680 CFTR when they were told the station was going all-news. Jesse and Gene were out of a job.

As told on episode 212 of my podcast, they weren't out of work long. AM640 scooped them up instantly. I've just been sent a few ads promoting their new show on AM640: The Beat of Toronto.

1993 AM640 Jesse & Gene Outrageous Contest

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Here's a great story from Gary Dunford in the Toronto Sun that suggests 680 quickly went all-news to beat 640 to the punch. That's right, back in 1993 Toronto's newspapers actually covered Toronto radio happenings.

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Watching the Blue Jays on Facebook

The Blue Jays game against the Kansas City Royals is taking place at the dome right now, but it's not on Sportsnet. This game is a Facebook exclusive.

I thought I'd check it out, so I logged into Facebook and searched for "Blue Jays". Lo and behold, there was a link to watch the live feed from the game.

On my laptop, there are these icons that fly up from the bottom on the right side. There's also this live chat on the right that's super annoying. (Update: If you click the icon to go "fullscreen", the icons and chat disappear - and I just discovered "quiet mode" which seems to do the trick.) Here's how the game looked, with those aforementioned icons, when I wasn't "fullscreen" or in "quiet mode".

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Luckily, I have Chromecast, and that's how I watch Netflix and CraveTV and YouTube and every other form of streaming video. So I put the game on my TV via Chromecast and the annoying chat and flying icons disappeared. Much better.

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Not the most fluid stream, however. It's a little pixelated for my liking, and there's a slight lag now and then. I don't ask for much, but a clear HD image without buffering is rather important. I don't experience the lag when I watch on the laptop, just when I Chromecast it to the big screen.

The commenters aren't great, either. One guy just asked how it is we don't have an ice storm every winter "considering it's minus 100 every day". Of course, this may be because I'm not used to them. They don't really call the game, they just sort of chat while you watch the game. Change of this magnitude can be jarring.

When projected on my TV via Chromecast, the "LIVE 60K" overlay is right over the score chyron, which makes no sense at all. On my laptop, it was in the top left corner, where there's no interference.

It's not awful, but there are some wrinkles to iron out. I certainly wouldn't pay for this experience. Only one more Facebook exclusive game to go.

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Bruno Sammartino, Dead at 82

Bruno SammartinoBruno Sammartino was 82. He was the professional wrestler who held the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship (later known as WWF, then WWE) for over 11 years across two reigns, the first of which is the longest single reign in the promotion's history at 2,803 days. I was enamoured by his feuds with Brutis Beefcake, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in the mid-to-late 80s.

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Barbara Bush, Dead at 92

Barbara BushBarbara Bush was 92. She was the wife of George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, and served as the First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 327: Bill Brioux

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 327In this 327th episode, Mike chats with Bill Brioux about his years at TV Guide and The Toronto Sun and TV... lots and lots of TV, from Hill Street Blues to Breaking Bad. This episode is exactly 2:10:32.

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Harry Anderson, Dead at 65

Harry AndersonHarry Anderson was 65. He was the actor best known for the role of Judge Harry Stone on the television series Night Court. Prior to that, he made many appearances on Saturday Night Live and appeared as Harry "The Hat" Gittes on Cheers.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 326: Michael Hainsworth

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 326In this 326th episode, Mike chats with Michael Hainsworth about why he just quit his mainstream media gig at BNN after 30 years in the business. This episode is exactly 1:45:09.

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April 16 in Toronto

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R. Lee Ermey, Dead at 74

R. Lee ErmeyR. Lee Ermey was 74. He was the Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket. He was also Army Sarge in the Toy Story films and Colonel Leslie Hapablap on The Simpsons.

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Art Bell, Dead at 72

Art BellArt Bell was 72. He was the founder and the original host of the paranormal-themed radio program Coast to Coast AM syndicated on hundreds of radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.

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Milos Forman, Dead at 86

Milos FormanMilos Forman was 86. He was the accomplished director who won Best Director Oscars for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus". He also directed "The People vs. Larry Flint" and "Man on the Moon".

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 325: Dan Shulman

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 325In this 325th episode, Mike chats with Dan Shulman about his years on The Fan, calling Blue Jays games for TSN, the move to ESPN, why he left ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, his return to Blue Jays baseball, his new podcast and more. This episode is exactly 1:05:42.

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Open Mike

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The Remarkable Rise of Podcasting

Podcasting is one of those terms that most people have heard of but not everyone can accurately describe. Put simply, a podcast is essentially a radio program which is distributed over the internet as opposed to using one traditional radio station. These shows are then available to download on various platforms, although some people prefer listening to them in real time. The cool thing about podcasts is virtually anyone can start one and if what you're saying is interesting enough, there's a good chance people will flock to you. According to statistics published on Convince and Convert, around 112 million Americans have listened to a podcast at one time or another in their life and a further 67 million tune into a podcast at least once a month - with an estimated 525,000 active shows and over 18 million episodes floating around in cyberspace at any one time, it seems that more and more people are taking to the digital airways in order to put their views across. This begs the question, what's behind the surge in podcast popularity?

Accessibility
Podcasting in its earliest form has been around since the 1980s, when it was known as audio blogging and Podcasting as we know it today has been around for over a decade, so why has the concept suddenly taken off over the last few years? Well, for starters, one of the answers lies in your pocket. The fact that every man and his dog now owns a mobile device has played a big part in the rise of podcasting and with ever increasing internet speeds, listening to your favorite commentator on the go has never been easier. What's more, the size of your screen is irrelevant, so your enjoyment isn't limited to what device you own - often one of the drawbacks of watching movies or TV shows on your smartphone. In 2018, if you like hearing about the latest NBA news or Kanye West's recent antics, for example, then all it takes is one click of the "subscribe" button and you'll never miss a beat.

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Starting Your Own Podcast is a Piece of Cake
Despite the fact that the podcast market is already pretty saturated, there's always room for something a little different and armed with an original idea and a little bit of technical aptitude, setting up your own podcast couldn't be easier. One of the main benefits of setting up your own podcast in the current climate is that you have a choice of platforms to upload your work to. Since around 2005, Apple has been the main playerwith regards to the podcast distribution game but Google Play, Spotify, Soundcloud and Stitcher, among others are now getting in on the act and it's really down to personal preference as to which directories you end up going with.

Internet Hobbies are Currently All the Rage
As of 2017 according to Statista, global internet users were spending on average around 135 minutes a day on social media and so it's no surprise that internet-based activities such as podcasting and live-streaming are on the rise. Live-streaming in particular has enjoyed a close relationship with gaming in recent years, with 3rd person shooter Fortnite streaming from sites like Epic Games is currently the game of choice for streamers on sites such as Twitch and YouTube Live. In addition to this, live streaming has moved into more niche territory, with online casinos such as Betway Live-Casino providing live blackjack, baccarat and roulette experiences which use high definition streaming to put players at the heart of the action and allow them to take part in an active live-streaming experience. The game of chess has also enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance thanks to live streaming of online tournaments, with popular Canadian Grandmasters Aman Hambleton and Eric Hansen (collectively known as Chessbrah) attracting impressive figures for a game which was seen by many to be on the decline only a few years ago. With Twitch now allowing non-gaming content onto the platform, live-streaming and podcasting are undoubtedly the current flavors of the month.

Podcasts Can Make You a Decent Amount of Money
It's important to note that the production value associated with podcasts is very low. Armed with a high quality microphone and a spare hour or two to get properly set up, there's no reason why you can't turn podcasting into a potentially lucrative venture. With the average CPM (cost per thousand) for a podcast estimated to be between $20 and $45, the cost to value of podcasting is incredibly low, especially when you consider that the figure for web ads on platforms such as YouTube will only land you between $1 and $20. As long as you're committed to consistently delivering content to your loyal followers, then there's no reason why podcasting can't be a source of income for you - provided you're also talented and manage to get those listeners, that is.

The Future of Podcasting

According to BBC Radio, the term "podcast" is an early contender for word of the yearfor 2018 and the British broadcaster is quietly confident that podcasts are the future. The accessibility and sheer diversity that can be found within the podcast genre means that there are shows which cater to every single need, no matter how obscure and niche the genre or category may be. With the modern person now arguably busier than ever, time is precious and podcasts provide the perfect background noise that can easily be absorbed while getting on with the rest of your day. It's difficult to say just where podcasting will be within the next ten or twenty years owing to the speed that modern day technology advances. However, many avid listeners have already pondered the question and it's fair to say the possibilities appear to be both endless and extremely exciting in equal measure.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 324: Gord Stellick

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 324In this 324th episode, Mike chats with Gord Stellick about his years working for Harold Ballard, being the youngest GM in NHL history, his transition to broadcasting, The Fan 1430 and 590 and what he's up to now. This episode is exactly 2:21:02.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 323: Richard Crouse

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 323In this 323rd episode, Mike chats with movie critic Richard Crouse about his years as a bartender, co-hosting Reel to Real, hosting The Richard Crouse Show on 1010, his cancer scare, his love of Elvis Costello, Pop Life on CTV and so much more. This episode is exactly 2:00:09.

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Happy 4th Birthday!

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The Toronto Raptors Have Clinched Top Seed in the Eastern Conference

The Toronto Raptors have clinched the top seed in the east with a 92-73 victory over the Indiana Pacers tonight. It was their 57th win of the season, and 33rd win at home, both new franchise records.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 322: Tara Slone

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 322In this 322nd episode, Mike chats with Tara Slone about her years with Joydrop, her experience on Rock Star: INXS, co-hosting Rogers Hometown Hockey with Ron MacLean and more. This episode is exactly 1:33:57.

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Owlette by Jarvis

The 3-year-old drew this picture today. He tells me it's Owlette from PJ Masks. The likeness is uncanny. I think I have a prodigy on my hands.

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Andy Frost is Leaving Q107

Last week, when I learned Al Joynes had been let go by Corus, I also heard Andy Frost was presented with a similar folder. Andy, however, was given something rather rare in radio. He would be allowed to say goodbye to the Q107 listenership on-air.

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I decided not to write about Andy leaving the station, but earlier today, during episode 321 of Toronto Mike'd, Al Joynes let the cat out of the bag. Andy Frost is leaving Q107.

If you'd like to hear Andy and me discuss his lengthy career at Q107, I urge you to listen to episode 291. Andy first arrived at Q107 in the mid-80s and is now best known as host of Psychedelic Psunday.

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Andy's been a fixture on this city's airwaves for over three decades. Without a doubt, he'll be missed.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 321: Al Joynes

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 321In this 321st episode, Mike chats with Al Joynes about his two tours of duty at Q107, working mornings at The Rock, and being let go one week ago today. This episode is exactly 1:44:04.

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Dead at 81

Winnie MandelaWinnie Madikizela-Mandela was 81. She was the the South African anti-apartheid campaigner and former wife of Nelson Mandela.

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How to Select Canadian Casino Bonuses

Casino bonuses are a great way for any real money player to get free cash, credits and free spins on top rated slot games. At Canadian casinos, there are always exciting offers that are presented and these will vary per casino. For example at casumo.com there is an offer of $500 and 100 free spins  Leading Canadian sites like this will provide players with ways to boost account balances and enjoy more games! Casino bonuses can be quite beneficial, but players do need to understand that these bonuses do come with terms and conditions that must be followed. There are some things to consider when choosing any bonus and players who have a complete understanding of how bonuses work will be able to find a great offer.

Welcome Bonuses
These are the most popular types of bonuses that are offered at Canadian casinos. There are type types that can be found. The first is a no deposit bonus. This is offered to a player that is just signing up at the site and it requires no deposit to be made. The casino will award the player with a small amount of free cash. This money can be used to place wagers on certain games and players can generate payouts. The thing with no deposit bonuses is that once players win, they will have to make a deposit and meet wagering requirements if they wish to withdraw what they have won. However, if players do not wish to collect the payouts or do not want to continue playing at the site, they are under no obligation and can simply walk away after using the bonus funds.

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With a standard welcome bonus, players will be required to create an account and make an initial deposit to that account. Once this is done, the casino will offer a bonus, which is usually a match bonus of 100% or more. These offers will have a maximum value and the funds can be used on most of the supported games at the site. This is a great way for any player to get started as they will be able to play with more money. These bonuses also have wagering requirements and players will be required to bet a certain amount of money to clear the bonus and have the ability to withdraw what has been won using the bonus money.

Bonuses for Returning Players
Most Canadian casinos want players to remain loyal to the site, so they will offer ongoing bonuses for those that frequent the casino. There can be reload bonuses on deposits, cash back on losses, free spins and more. These bonuses can change often and most Canadian casino sites will offer daily, weekly and monthly offers that can be redeemed by any player that has a real money account in good standing.

Choosing the Right Bonus
Not every casino bonus is created equally. They will all have different values and some may be game specific, so players will have to take some time when choosing the bonus that will meet their gambling needs. They will need to learn what games can be played using that bonus money and how much the bonus is actually worth.

The most important consideration is the wagering requirements. These can be quite high with many bonuses and in some cases, players will have to spend more than the bonus is worth to complete the offer. When choosing a bonus, it is not always the best choice to go for the one that offers the most money. In some cases, it may be better to choose a lower paying bonus with low wagering requirements, offering a better chance to enjoy the winnings that are generated without spending too much to clear the bonus offer.

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Steven Bochco, Dead at 74

Steven BochcoSteven Bochco was 74. He was the television producer and writer who developed a number of television series, including Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Doogie Howser, M.D., and NYPD Blue.

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