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Police recover items stolen from Salvation Army

TORONTO — Police said they recovered a massive cache of toys and donated goods worth about $2 million stolen from a Salvation Army warehouse and being sold for profit.

Police said Saturday that they had to use three tractor-trailers to haul the items, which were found a day earlier when officers searched a commercial warehouse in Brampton northwest of Toronto.

Police said they discovered 146 wooden platforms stacked with items including toys, baby cribs, strollers and food.

Up to 100,000 items were stolen from a Salvation Army warehouse in north-end Toronto over nearly two years.

The Toronto facility’s executive director, David Rennie, has been fired. No criminal charges have been filed.

The Salvation Army says that it reaches 1.8 million Canadians in need every holiday season.


Avenue in capital named for archbishop slain in 1980

SAN SALVADOR — El Salvador’s Roman Catholic archbishop, who was assassinated in 1980 for speaking out against brutal government repression, got a special honor Sunday with the dedication of an avenue in his name.

Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero Street, a new boulevard that connects the capital, San Salvador, with neighboring city Santa Tecla.

“Today we once again pay public tribute to the man who died so that thousands and millions could live,” President Mauricio Funes said in a dedication ceremony.

Auxiliary Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez thanked the president for “his admiration and respect for the pastor who gave his life for all Salvadorans, even those who plotted and executed the most ignominious crime in our history.”

Romero, considered a voice for the voiceless in his denunciations of social injustice and military repression, was assassinated by a sniper hired by the far-right government on March 24, 1980.

His murder — while celebrating Sunday Mass — ignited El Salvador’s devastating civil war that pitted a U.S.-backed right-wing government and military against a leftist insurgency that produced the leaders now in elected office. Some 75,000 people were killed before the war ended in 1992.

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