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Crack tape disappears: Gawker, the website that first alleged that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoked crack, now says the video purportedly showing him doing so in the presence of Somali crack dealers has disappeared. The site said that after intense pressure from the local Somali community, the owner of the tape claimed to have gotten rid of it. Ford is close to the Somali community: Toronto’s “Little Mogadishu” neighborhood is located in the ward he represented when he was a city councilor. The Toronto Star’s editor-in-chief, Michael Cooke, said, however, that “the video is slowly making its way to daylight.” An unrepentant Ford denied that the scandal was hurting Toronto’s image. “Any time you can get Toronto on the map!” he said.

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