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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 20, 2018

Dryden pair arrested in child's death

District
From the OPP

On Feb. 16, 2017, members of the Dryden Police Service attended a residence in response to a child in medical distress.

A three-year-old boy was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.

The OPP's North West Region Crime Unit commenced an investigation following a request for assistance from Dryden Police Service.

B.C. man busted for pot

District
From the OPP

On Dec. 18 around 11:40 a.m., Dryden OPP officers conducted a stop for Highway Traffic Act offences on Highway 17 in Machin Township, west of Dryden.

As a result of the stop, police seized a large quantity of drugs with an estimated street value of $ 36,200.

Muskie hockey teams earn split with Saints

Sports
Staff

It was a night of mixed results for the Muskie boys' and girls' hockey teams on Tuesday against the visiting St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora).

The boys' squad outlasted the Saints in a 5-4 victory at the Ice For Kids Arena that improved their NorWOSSA record to 5-2.

Lakers rally late to nip Ice Dogs in OT

Sports
Staff

Colton Bodnar scored his second of the game 36 seconds into overtime to lift the Fort Frances Lakers to a 4-3 victory over the host Dryden GM Ice Dogs last night.

Jaedin Ness also tallied twice while captain Nick Lucas notched three assists to pace the Lakers' offence.

Hi Santa!

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Santa and Mrs. Claus surprised a group of children at the Fort Frances Public Library yesterday morning during the “Family Story Time” event, which is held each Wednesday from 10:30-11 a.m. in the Children's Department. The kids had a chance to sit on Santa's lap, get their picture taken by parents, and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.

Trudeau vows to keep 2019 campaign positive

National
Teresa Wright
The Canadian Press

KINGSTON, Ont.—Speaking to a small crowd of well-dressed Liberal donors, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke out against division and polarization even as a larger crowd of angry protesters was kept far away from the posh event.

'White' teams accused of forming own hockey league

National
Kelly Geraldine Malone
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—A lawyer representing some indigenous hockey teams in Manitoba argued in court yesterday that all the “white teams” got together and formed a new Junior 'B' league which excludes First Nations.

All of the teams were part of the Keystone Junior Hockey League until May, when five teams left to create the Capital Region League.

Newly-discovered cave closed to public

National
Hina Alam
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—A newly-discovered cave and the surrounding area in British Columbia's Wells Gray Provincial Park has been closed off to the public, with threats of fines up to $1 million for those who don't stay away, says an order from BC Parks.

The order issued this week says anyone who enters the surrounding area or the cave can be fined and face imprisonment for up to a year.

Junior squad downs Swiss in exhibition game

Sports
Dirk Meissner
The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—Maxime Comtois, the lone veteran on Canada's world junior hockey team, hopes his teammates learn from yesterday's victory.

Comtois had two goals and two assists in Canada's 5-3 win over Switzerland in a pre-tournament game designed to help both squads prepare for the world junior championship that begins on Boxing Day in Vancouver and Victoria.

Vikings hitting their stride on 'D'

Sports
Dave Campbell
The Associated Press

EAGAN, Minn.—The Minnesota Vikings have hit their familiar stride on defence during the second half of the season after some uncharacteristic earlier struggles.

There's been no better example of this lately than Anthony Barr.

“He's always been a good player," coach Mike Zimmer said. "I think he's probably taking it to another level right now.”

VanVleet caps late Raptors' comeback

Sports
Melissa Couto
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Pascal Siakam summed up his confidence in teammate Fred VanVleet with two words: “Steady Freddie.”

VanVleet displayed his resiliency last night—bouncing back from a dismal first three quarters to rally the Toronto Raptors to a 99-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Avalanche edge Habs

Sports
The Associated Press

DENVER—Gabriel Landeskog got the chance to celebrate his goal a second time—after a big sigh of relief.

He thought his score would count despite a challenge for goaltender interference.

But really he wasn't sure. It's hard to be completely sure.

MLB, union, Cuba reach deal for players to sign

Sports
By Michael Weissenstein And Ronald Blum The Associated Press

HAVANA — Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades.

'Justice' dubbed as word of the year

International
Leanne Italie
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Racial justice. Obstruction of justice. Social justice. The Justice Department.

Merriam-Webster has chosen “justice” as its 2018 word of the year—driven by the churning news cycle over months and months.

The word follows “toxic," picked by Oxford Dictionaries, and "misinformation,” plucked by Dictonary.com

Hot ocean water blamed for ancient mass extinction

International
Seth Borenstein
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—Scientists think they've figured out the falling dominoes that led to Earth's largest mass extinction and worry that human-caused climate change puts the planet on a vaguely similar path.

Some 250 million years ago, about 90 percent of sea life and 70 percent of land life went extinct in what is now called the “Great Dying.”

Travellers face chaos as drones shut London’s Gatwick airport

International
By Gregory Katz And Jill Lawless The Associated Press

LONDON — Tens of thousands of passengers were delayed, diverted or stuck on planes Thursday as the only runway at Britain’s Gatwick Airport remained closed into a second day after drones were spotted over the airfield.

The airport south of London Britain’s second-busiest by passenger numbers closed its runway Wednesday evening after two drones were spotted.

N. Korea says it won’t denuclearize unless US removes threat

International
By Kim Tong-Hyung The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korea said Thursday it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States first removes what Pyongyang called a nuclear threat.

US adults aren’t getting taller, but still putting on pounds

Life
By Mike Stobbe The Associated Press

NEW YORK — You don’t need to hang the mistletoe higher but you might want to skip the holiday cookies.

A new report released Thursday shows U.S. adults aren’t getting any taller but they are still getting fatter.

The average U.S. adult is overweight and just a few pounds from obese, thanks to average weight increases in all groups — but particularly whites and Hispanics.

Scientists lobby Mexico president over endangered porpoise

Science
By Mark Stevenson The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — A group of prominent scientists issued an appeal Wednesday to Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, calling on him to take the unprecedented step of outlawing the possession of gill nets in the upper Gulf of California to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise.

Edmunds: Why pickups are becoming the new family car

Lifestyles
By Dan Edmunds The Associated Press

What’s America’s favourite family vehicle? The SUV? The minivan? These days, it could very well be the pickup truck.

Edmunds: Why pickups are becoming the new family car

Lifestyles
By Dan Edmunds The Associated Press

What’s America’s favourite family vehicle? The SUV? The minivan? These days, it could very well be the pickup truck.

Cloudy skies in forecast

Weather

It will be cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of minus-14 C (seven F) and north winds gusting up to 15 km/h.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy, with a high of minus-eight (17) and low around minus-12 (10).

Look for east-northeast winds gusting up to 13 km/h.

Atown

Around Town

The Muskie boys' hockey team will visit the International Falls Broncos on Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at Bronco Arena for the opener of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series.