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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 31, 2015

Muskie girls make final

Sports
Staff

If the first period was nothing to write home about for the Muskie girls’ hockey team, the second was a literary masterpiece.

The sixth-ranked Muskies erased a 1-0 deficit with a four-goal second period en route to a 5-2 victory yesterday over the second-seeded Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers in the Red Division semi-final at the 2015 Schwan Cup in Blaine, Mn.

Grocery draw

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Staff

Bonnie Penney of the Fort Frances Lions Club, left, looked on as Miranda Allen of Safeway drew the winning ticket for the Lions’ food draw yesterday afternoon. Marie Saunders of Devlin won the grand prize of $100 a week for groceries for a year while Christian Windego won the second-place prize of $1,000 in food certificates.

First skate

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Cameron Penney

Mya Wrolstad skated for the first time while her mother, Wendy, looked on during at “Toonie Skate” at the Ice For Kids Arena yesterday. Although there isn’t the usual amount of ice outdoors so far this winter, there is plenty of it indoors for youngsters to skate on.

Cosby charged for assaulting Ont. woman

National
Maryclaire Dale
The Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa.—Bill Cosby was charged yesterday with sexually assaulting an Ontario woman at his home 12 years ago—the first criminal charges brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America’s Dad.

Passengers hurt by heavy turbulence

National
The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Passengers are describing a Toronto-bound Air Canada flight that was diverted to Calgary yesterday as a terrifying roller-coaster ride.

Emergency officials said 21 people, including three children, were taken to hospitals with injuries ranging from minor sprains to serious chest and neck trauma.

However, no one suffered life-threatening injuries.

Author named to Order

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Joseph Boyden, the award-winning author whose work vividly documents the complexity of Canada’s indigenous history, is among the latest appointments to the Order of Canada in a year when aboriginal issues have dominated the national agenda.

Food fight hurts pair

National
The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Authorities say a husband-and-wife’s fight over a chicken dinner landed them both in the hospital.

Richland County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson said the wife wanted to get chicken at Church’s and the couple got into an argument that ended with the husband knocking her out with a punch Tuesday night.

Liberals want Tory appointees grilled

National
Bruce Cheadle
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal Liberal government says a “significant number” of Conservative appointees have offered to step down after being asked to quit while others will be called before parliamentary committees to explain their credentials.

But the Prime Minister’s Office is refusing to provide even a numerical breakdown, citing privacy concerns for the individuals involved.

Hydro bills set to rise

National
Keith Leslie
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A series of regulatory and fee changes are set to take effect in Ontario on Jan. 1, including increases in electricity bills and a break for natural gas users.

The debt retirement charge of about $70 a year is being eliminated from hydro bills, but so is a 10 percent discount program that saved the average residential consumer about $200 a year.

Raptors nip Wizards

Sports
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The night marked a milestone for coach Dwane Casey and saw the Toronto Raptors play with their full starting lineup in more than a month.

The victory also boosted the Raptors to 20 wins before the New Year for just the second time in franchise history.

Leafs top Pens in shootout

Sports
Dan Scifo
The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH—Jonathan Bernier was excellent in unexpected action, and the Toronto Maple Leafs rebounded from a rough outing the night before.

Bernier made 39 saves, and P.A. Parenteau and Peter Holland scored in the shootout, as the Leafs nipped the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 last night.

“I thought Bernier was real good,” said Leafs’ coach Mike Babcock.

Eagles fire coach

Sports
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA—The Philadelphia Eagles fired Chip Kelly with one game left in his third season—dumping the coach after missing the playoffs in consecutive years.

Kelly was released Tuesday night just before the end of a disappointing season that began with Super Bowl expectations.

The Eagles are 6-9 after going 10-6 in each of Kelly’s first two seasons.

Grizzly bear deaths rise as Yellowstone population grows

Science
By Mead Gruver The Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. ‚The number of grizzly bear deaths or removals in the Yellowstone region climbed to an all-time high in 2015, but biologists say they’re not worried about the animal’s long-term survival in the area.