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In pictures: Rob Ford's eight tumultuous days

The Toronto police chief’s disclosure about recovering a copy of the Ford video was just the beginning. The past week has brought fresh revelations and admissions – along with multiple apologies

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THURSDAY, OCT. 31: Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair makes a surprise announcement on Halloween, revealing that police have recovered a video that purportedly shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. The chief’s remarks come just an hour after the release of court documents revealing extensive police surveillance of the mayor’s meetings and exchanges of packages with his friend Alessandro Lisi. Mr. Lisi is arrested and charged with extortion related to his alleged efforts to recover the video.

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FRIDAY, NOV. 1: The Ford family assemble at their mother’s house for an early-morning crisis meeting. Mr. Lisi’s court appearance is packed with media. Late in the day, City Hall releases an embarrassing security memo that reveals the mayor’s wild partying in his office on St. Patrick’s Day in 2012. Mr. Ford reportedly stumbled around City Hall at 2 a.m., visibly intoxicated, carrying a half-empty bottle of brandy. He accused his companions of stealing his car and insisted on calling the police, only to be told he’d left his car at home that night.

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SATURDAY-SUNDAY, NOV. 2-3: The Ford family assemble at their mother’s house for an early-morning crisis meeting. Mr. Lisi’s court appearance is packed with media. Late in the day, City Hall releases an embarrassing security memo that reveals the mayor’s wild partying in his office on St. Patrick’s Day in 2012. Mr. Ford reportedly stumbled around City Hall at 2 a.m., visibly intoxicated, carrying a half-empty bottle of brandy. He accused his companions of stealing his car and insisted on calling the police, only to be told he’d left his car at home that night.

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MONDAY, NOV. 4: The mayor’s office claims Mr. Ford isn’t welcome at the upcoming police chief’s gala. Police detectives still want to interview the mayor regarding their investigation of Mr. Lisi. Mr. Ford’s lawyer, Dennis Morris, turns them down. Some councillors wonder why the mayor of Toronto would refuse to speak to the city’s own police force. Mr. Ford repeats his call for the alleged crack video to be made public.

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TUESDAY, NOV. 5: “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine.” Mr. Ford finally admits to smoking crack, probably in the midst of one of his drunken stupors, he says. After months of denials, the admission comes not in a prepared statement but out of the blue, to the surprise of the press gallery. “I wasn’t lying. You didn’t ask the correct questions,” he says. Meanwhile, the mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford, calls on Mr. Blair to resign for the way he expressed disappointment with the mayor over the video. A crush of reporters waits for the mayor to announce that he’ll either take a leave or resign. He says he will stay on and seek re-election.

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6: The last of the mayor’s allies joins the calls for him to take a leave and get help. Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly asks him to take a pause. Staunch supporter Frances Nunziata says she feels like she’s banging her head against the wall when talking to the mayor, who refuses to listen to advice. An increasingly isolated mayor blows a kiss to the media assembled outside his office. Meanwhile, reports circulate of a new video being offered for sale.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 7: A new video showing a profane tirade by Mr. Ford is posted on several Toronto newspaper websites. Mr. Ford responds by saying he was “extremely, extremely inebriated,” but did not explain the circumstances of the incident.

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