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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 28, 2015

Mural touch-up

Photos
Heather Latter

International historical artist Brian Romagnoli was busy touching up the heritage mural dubbed “E.W.Backus & Company” on the west side of the CIBC building yesterday.

Road work

Photos
Duane Hicks

Bay City Contractors Inc. continues to work on reconstructing King’s Highway, and will be starting the second phase of work—from Webster Avenue to Wright Avenue—on Monday. Additional stops signs were put up on Wright and Holmes Avenues today in anticipation of changes to the detour around the highway construction and the start of the new school year Tuesday.

Ice ace

Photos
Joey Payeur

Hailey Clendenning was on a mission of motion as she sped her way through the RISE skill testing program held yesterday at the Ice for Kids Arena. The program, which was put on by former Borderland Thunder defenceman Kyle Prystupa with assistance from former NHLer Andrew Murray, made up the final day of activity for the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association’s Development Week.

ENGAGE group to try skeet shooting

News
Staff

ENGAGE, the local young professionals network, has planned another outing set to go next week.

A group of individuals aged 20-35 will be heading out skeet shooting at the Fort Frances Sportsmen’s Club on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. where their instructor Brad Houghton will show them how it’s done.

Drivers reminded children heading back to school

District
From the OPP

With the last of the summer weekends here, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reminding drivers to stay focused on the task of driving!

With children heading back to school soon within the Rainy River District, distracted driving is of particular concern to the OPP as distraction-related collisions in OPP jurisdiction continue to rise.

Fire scene quiet

District
Staff

The Northwest Region fire scene is quiet. There were no new fire yesterday and there are only four active fires in total.

A light smoke haze in the region is drifting in from fires in western Canada.

Website allows people to rent out their bikes

National
Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Years after Bixi and its competitors set up shop in Canada, another bike-sharing system that some describe as the AirBnB of cycling is making inroads in the country.

Spinlister allows people to list their unused bicycles and search for available ones in a specific area.

Driver refuses to drive Pride bus

National
The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A Calgary man said he will quit his job if he’s assigned to drive a bus wrapped in a rainbow flag.

The annual Calgary Pride Festival kicked off today and, as a show of support, a Calgary Transit bus has been wrapped in the symbol of inclusiveness.

The rainbow flag bus will operate through Sept. 7, the day of the parade.

Long-lost plane found

National
The Canadian Press

KAPUSKASING, Ont.—The wreckage of small plane that went missing 23 years ago has been found near Kapuskasing in northern Ontario.

Ontario Provincial Police say they found the wreckage of a single engine aircraft in a remote area and confirmed it was that of a plane reported missing in April of 1992.

Pup blinded by dye now happily adopted

National
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—A dog blinded after a child in a northern Manitoba community rubbed hair dye in its eyes has a new lease on life.

In February, Percy was flown south to Winnipeg after a neighbour noticed the one-year-old Jack Russell terrier-Chihuahua cross had been in extreme pain for three days.

City to keep list of ‘habitual drunkards’

National
The Associated Press

AURORA, Ill.—The police department in an Illinois city is going to compile a “habitual drunkard” list to help fight public intoxication.

Aurora Police Department Sgt. Tom McNamara said the list will have “certain clientele” whom police and fire departments see regularly.

Thief grabs shoes at drive-thru

National
The Canadian Press

SIMCOE, Ont.—Police in Simcoe, Ont., are looking for a thief with an apparent appetite for other people’s shoes.

Norfolk OPP say a passenger was in a vehicle in the drive-thru lane at a McDonald’s restaurant early yesterday with their feet dangling out the side window.

TV academy, actors union celebrate diversity

National
Sandy Cohen
The Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—With hit shows like “Empire,” “black-ish“ and “How to Get Away With Murder,“ diversity is the new normal in TV.

That was the message at a pre-Emmy party celebrating the industry’s diverse talent on both sides of the camera.

“Diversity no longer means niche,” said Jason George, head of diversity efforts for the actors union. “Diversity is mainstream.”

Ashley Madison founder leaves company

Business
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ashley Madison founder and CEO Noel Biderman is leaving Avid Life Media Inc. as part of a “mutual agreement” with the company.

The website, which facilitates extramarital affairs for a membership fee, was the victim of a cyberattack a month ago.

Blue Jays’ 5-game winning streak ends

Sports
Stephen Hawkins
The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas—Jose Bautista charged hard and reached down. Toronto’s right fielder quickly realized that the ball went under his glove and was rolling toward the warning track.

Cardinals defang D-backs

Sports
Jose M. Romero
The Associated Press

PHOENIX—Brandon Moss hit his first home run with St. Louis and Tony Cruz hit his first of the season, leading the Cardinals to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks last night to complete a four-game sweep.

It was the Cardinals’ fifth straight win overall and they finished 7-0 against the Diamondbacks this season.

Tiger-Cats fall to Alouettes

Sports
Carol Phillips
The Canadian Press

HAMILTON, Ont.—The Montreal Alouettes defence has sent a message.

“I think we’re the best defence in the league,” said cornerback Jonathan Hefney after Montreal beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 26-23 last night—handing them their first-ever loss at Tim Hortons Field.