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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 23, 2018

Tips sought on fire starters

News
From the MNRF

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking the public's help in identifying the individuals responsible for starting a forest fire on an island in Lake of the Woods.

The fire was 0.1 hectares in size when discovered on the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 4 on a small island northeast of Mather Island.

Braves repeat as district fastball champs

Sports
Staff

It was Travis Tom who shone the brightest under the lights at Couchiching on Tuesday evening.

The Fort Frances Braves' pitcher was a double-threat, tossing a no-hitter and clubbing a pair of homers to help pace his squad to an 11-0 drubbing of the Dawson Tigers in the deciding game of the Rainy River District Fastball League championship series.

Lakers trade away Buzzi

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Lakers will have a new face in the fold when they open their annual training camp next Thursday (Aug. 30).

Head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan announced Tuesday that the club had acquired defenceman Presten Bobyk from the Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) in exchange for forward Hunter Buzzi.

Baking class

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Marie-Mai Langevin was carefully measuring out spoonfuls of cupcake batter into individual muffin cups this morning during a cooking camp at Confederation College.

School groundbreaking

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Officials from the town, school board and education organizations gathered yesterday at the site that will become the future home of a new consolidated Kindergarten to Grade 8 Catholic school here.

Union calls for SIU changes

National
The Canadian Press

BARRIE, Ont.—The union representing provincial police officers in Ontario is calling on the Special Investigations Unit to end the practice of launching an investigation when an officer unsuccessfully administers naloxone to an overdose victim.

CNE will likely lose money amid labour dispute: CEO

National
Gabriele Roy
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—An ongoing labour dispute that has led to picket lines outside the Canadian National Exhibition could result in the popular Toronto fair losing about $1.5 million this year, according to the CEO of the annual event.

Ford recalls power cables due to fire risk

Business
The Associated Press

OAKVILLE, Ont.—Ford is recalling the charging cords for more than 50,000 plug-in hybrid and electric cars in North America, including 1,327 in Canada, because they could cause fires in electrical outlets.

The company said the 120-volt cords came with certain 2012 through 2015 Focus electrics and some 2013 through 2015 Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids.

Disney offers tuition in tight job market

Business
Mike Schneider
The Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla.—The Walt Disney Co. is offering to pay full tuition for hourly workers who want to earn a college degree, finish a high school diploma or learn a new skill, the entertainment giant said yesterday.

As many as 80,000 hourly workers in the United States could be eligible for the program, which pays upfront tuition for employees taking online classes starting this fall.

Crude-by-rail exports above 200,000 barrels per day for the first time in June

Business
The Canadian Press

CALGARY — The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada set another record in June, rising to 204,558 barrels per day.

That’s up almost three per cent from 198,800 in May and 86 per cent from 109,500 in June 2017.

World’s biggest shipping firm to test Russian Arctic route

Business
By Jan M. Olsen The Associated Press

COPENHAGEN — Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk said Thursday it will send a cargo vessel through the Russian Arctic for the first time as a result of melting sea ice.

Janina von Spalding, spokeswoman for the world’s biggest shipping company, said the new ice class container vessel, Venta Maersk, would embark on trial journey in the Arctic route over Russia next month.

Pannone stellar for Jays in first start

Sports
Melissa Couto
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Thomas Pannone realized early that he was cruising through innings and keeping Baltimore's hitters off-balance in his first major league start.

But a sixth-inning defensive gem from Randal Grichuk—who dove for an Austin Wynns liner in centre field and kept the ball in his glove while bouncing to the turf—really got the rookie thinking about just how good his outing could be.

Is Santa real? A version of Alexa skirts some kid questions

Technology
By Joseph Pisani The Associated Press

NEW YORK — A version of Alexa won’t tell kids where babies come from or spill the beans about Santa. It also won’t explain some things kids might have heard on the news ‚Äî like what Stormy Daniels does for a living.

Zoo on lookout for escaped stork

International
The Associated Press

STONEHAM, Mass.—Maybe she just had a few babies to deliver.

A Boston-area zoo is looking for a female stork that flew away last week and has evaded experts since.

The Stone Zoo in Stoneham posted on Facebook that the three-foot-tall, white-bellied stork took off Friday during training for the “Masters of Flight: Birds of Prey” show.

Clooney tops highest-paid actors list

International
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—George Clooney can raise a glass, even if he's not starring in any hit movies.

The 57-year-old tops the 2018 Forbes' list of highest-paid actors with $239 million in pretax earnings.

Forbes credits up to $1 billion that a British conglomerate said it would pay for Casamigos Tequila, which Clooney co-founded in 2013 with two entrepreneurs.

Sex abuse scandal strengthens case for women priests

International
David Crary
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Advocates of ordaining women as Roman Catholic priests are citing the church's unfolding sex abuse scandals as powerful arguments for their cause, while acknowledging the high unlikelihood of achieving their goal anytime soon.

Dolphin hybrid spotted off Hawaii

International
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
The Associated Press

HONOLULU—Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii.

But don't call it a “wholphin,” they say.

The melon-headed whale is one of the various species that's called a whale but technically is a dolphin.

New satellite will bounce light off air to measure winds

International
Frank Jordans
The Associated Press

BERLIN—Whichever way the wind blows, a new satellite launched yesterday will be watching it.

The Aeolus satellite will be the first to directly measure wind speeds and directions all over the globe, allowing scientists to improve worldwide weather forecasts.

“This has not been done before from space,” said project scientist Anne Grete Straume of the European Space Agency.

Birds learn by eavesdropping

International
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—For birds, understanding neighbourhood gossip about an approaching hawk or brown snake can mean the difference between life or death.

Wild critters are known to listen to each other for clues about lurking predators, effectively eavesdropping on other species' chatter.

Shipping firm to test Russian Arctic route

International
The Associated Press

COPENHAGEN—Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk said today it will send a cargo vessel through the Russian Arctic for the first time as a result of melting sea ice.

Janina von Spalding, spokeswoman for the world's biggest shipping company, said the new ice class container vessel, Venta Maersk, would embark on trial journey in the Arctic route over Russia next month.

Knights of Columbus leader urges church reforms after abuse

International
By Dave Collins The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. — The leader of the world’s largest Roman Catholic fraternal group is condemning clergy sex abuse and calling for reforms in the church, including a renewed commitment to celibacy by priests.

Advocates of women priests cite scandals to make their case

International
By David Crary The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Advocates of ordaining women as Roman Catholic priests are citing the church’s unfolding sex abuse scandals as powerful arguments for their cause, while acknowledging the high unlikelihood of achieving their goal anytime soon.

New satellite will bounce light off air to measure winds

Science
By Frank Jordans The Associated Press

BERLIN — Whichever way the wind blows, a new satellite launched Wednesday will be watching it.

The Aeolus satellite will be the first to directly measure wind speeds and directions all over the globe, allowing scientists to improve worldwide weather forecasts.

“This has not been done before from space,” said project scientist Anne Grete Straume of the European Space Agency.

Female cannabis users come out of shadows

Lifestyles
Cassandra Szklarski
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Carol Francey waxes nostalgic when she thinks back to the first time she tried pot.

The year was 1966, the place was Toronto's hippie-packed Yorkville neighbourhood, and she was 17-and-a-half-years-old.

The Victoria resident has been using pot ever since, she said some 52 years. And for most of that time, she did it in secret.

Solar cookout aims to woo chefs

Lifestyles
Sam McNeil
Fu Ting
The Associated Press

DEZHOU, China—The savoury aromas of roasting hotdogs and chicken kebabs wafted out of metal and glass vacuum tubes heated by mirrors curved to capture the sun's heat.

Version of Alexa skirts kid questions

Lifestyles
Joseph Pisani
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—A version of Alexa won't tell kids where babies come from or spill the beans about Santa. It also won't explain some things kids might have heard on the news—like what Stormy Daniels does for a living.

Female cannabis users come out of the shadows as legalization looms

Lifestyles
By Cassandra Szklarski The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Carol Francey waxes nostalgic when she thinks back to the first time she tried pot.

The year was 1966, the place was Toronto’s hippie-packed Yorkville neighbourhood, and she was 17-and-a-half-years-old.

The Victoria resident has been using pot ever since, she says some 52 years. And for most of that time, she did it in secret.

Mild days ahead

Weather

Tonight will be mostly cloudy and mild with a low of 16 C (61 F).

Tomorrow will see a mix of clouds and sun, a high of 24 (75) and a low of 14 (57).

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Expect a high of 26 (79) and a low of 12 (54).

Atown

Around Town

The Muskie football team will open training camp today (Aug. 23). It will run from 3:30-6 p.m. until school starts (players should arrive around 2:30-3 p.m. during camp).