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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - February 19, 2016

Welding booths

Photos
Heather Latter

Students, staff, and representatives from both the Rainy River District School Board and Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) checked out the 12 new welding booths at Fort Frances High School yesterday during an open house to celebrate the grand-opening of a welding program facility.

Band election set for Feb. 24

News
Staff

Couchiching First Nation band members will go to the polls next Wednesday (Feb. 24).

There will be a polling station at the Couchiching multi-use building on election day, which will be open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Off-reserve and absentee ballots also will be available.

Don’t visit if you have flu symptoms

District
From Riverside

Riverside Health Care wants to advise our public, that due to respiratory cases seen in our community, to refrain from visiting our facilities if you are experiencing any influenza (flu) symptoms.

The flu is:

Kenora sawmill running

District
Press Release

After millions of dollars in upgrades over the last year, almost 30 Unifor members are now back at work producing lumber on the first sawmill shift at Kenora Forest Products.

Crease action

Photos
Joey Payeur

Ethan Jourdain of the Muskies has some prime real estate in front of Sioux Lookout Warriors goalie Magnus Ray. But Jourdain was unable to get the puck in, as Ray made one of his multitude of saves during the Fort’s 5-0 shutout of the Warriors in Game 1 of the best-of-three NorWOSSA boys hockey semifinal last night at the Ice for Kids Arena.

We Could Carry Less scores more

Sports
Staff

We Could Carry Less decided it was time to have their best night of the season.

The team did just that, reaching the maximum six points to move into a tie for ninth with Wild Sets at 34 points apiece in Fort Frances Women’s Volleyball League action last night.

Wild Sets was no slouch, either, recording five points for the second straight week.

Great defence marks Muskies’ Game 1 win

Sports
Joey Payeur

Byron Stewart wasn’t even attempting any false bravado.

“I’m exhausted,” grinned the worn-out, but happy defenceman who played more than 30 minutes as one of only three blueliners to finish the game as the Muskies toughed out a 5-0 victory over the Sioux Lookout Warriors in Game 1 of the best-of-three NorWOSSA boys hockey semifinal last night at the Ice for Kids Arena.

Wine sales allowed in grocery stores

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is taking the next step to modernize the way alcohol is sold, announcing plans to allow the sale of wine in up to 300 grocery stores, starting with about 70 supermarkets by this fall.

Rare Spider-Man comic sells for $454,100

National

MINEOLA, N.Y. A Dallas-based auction house says a rare copy of a comic book featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man has sold for $454,100.

The comic book was purchased by an anonymous collector, and Heritage Auctions says yesterday’s sale is a record for a public auction price for any Spider-Man comic book.

Profit or patriotism? What’s driving fight between US, Apple

Business
By Tami Abdollah And Eric Tucker The Associated Press

WASHINGTON Battling in intense public broadsides, Apple Inc. and the government are making their cases before anyone steps into a courtroom over a judge’s order forcing Apple to help the FBI hack into an iPhone in a sensational terrorism case.

Lightning beat Jets 6-5

Sports
Mark Didtler
The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Lightning picked an odd time to hold a team meeting—after a victory.

Steven Stamkos scored in the fifth round of the shootout and the Lightning rebounded after blowing a three-goal lead to beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-5 last night.

“It’s disturbing,” Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan said of the defensive meltdown.

Nunavut women win Scotties debut

Sports
Donna Spencer
The Canadian Press

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta.—Nunavut’s debut at the Canadian women’s curling championship was dramatic. Geneva Chislett’s team from Iqaluit earned the territory’s first ever victory at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Nunavut downed B.C.’s Karla Thompson 8-7 in the first draw of the pre-tournament qualifier yesterday.

Clyburn, Matthew lead Aussie Women’s Open

Sports
The Associated Press

ADELAIDE, Australia—Holly Clyburn shot a 7-under 65 Friday to take a share of the second-round lead with fellow British golfer Catriona Matthew at the Women’s Australian Open.

Clyburn and 1996 champion Matthew (69) had 36-hole totals of 8-under 136 on The Grange’s West course.

Earnhardt Jr., Busch win qualifers

Sports
Jenna Fryer
The Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Driving a car he believes is unbeatable, Dale Earnhardt Jr. added to his family legacy at Daytona International Speedway on the anniversary of his father’s death.

Earnhardt won the first qualifying race last night for the Daytona 500 to earn a starting spot on the second row for NASCAR’s biggest event.

Obama honours ’Hawks for hat trick

Sports
Darlene Superville
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. President Barack Obama celebrated his hometown Chicago Blackhawks for winning another Stanley Cup, calling the team’s third title in six years an “amazing championship run.”

But he’s still hoping one of the Windy City’s other professional teams, including his beloved Bears, will earn a trip to the White House before his presidency ends.

Border checkpoint scans eyes

Technology
Julie Watson
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO—The federal government is using eye scans and facial recognition technology for the first time to verify the identities of foreigners leaving the United States on foot—a trial move aimed at closing a longstanding security gap, officials announced yesterday.

Space station astronauts give huge trash can the boot

Technology
By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The International Space Station just got a whole lot tidier.

A pair of NASA astronauts released a capsule loaded with 1.5 tons of trash Friday as the space station soared over Bolivia. The capsule should re-enter the atmosphere and burn up harmlessly over the Pacific on Saturday.

Dirty politics in Dixie: South Carolinians say sleazy reputation’s now unfair

International
By Alexander Panetta The Canadian Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. The American presidential race is now being fought in a state so renowned for below-the-belt, tire-iron-to-the-kneecap politics that its most famous political operative wound up writing a death-bed mea culpa.

Welcome to South Carolina.

“We play hardball,” says David Woodard, a campaign veteran who now teaches at Clemson University.

Pope vs. Trump: ‘Not Christian’ to only build border walls

International
By Nicole Winfield And Julie Pace The Associated Press

Thrusting himself into the heated American presidential campaign, Pope Francis declared Thursday that Donald Trump is “not Christian” if he wants to address illegal immigration only by building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump fired back ferociously, saying it was “disgraceful” for a religious leader to question a person’s faith.

Border checkpoint scans eyes, faces of departing foreigners

International
By Julie Watson The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO The federal government is using eye scans and facial recognition technology for the first time to verify the identities of foreigners leaving the United States on foot a trial move aimed at closing a longstanding security gap, officials announced Thursday.

Rare Spider-Man comic sells at auction for $454,100

Lifestyles
The Associated Press

MINEOLA, N.Y. A Dallas-based auction house says a rare copy of a comic book featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man has sold for $454,100.

The comic book was purchased by an anonymous collector, and Heritage Auctions says Thursday’s sale is a record for a public auction price for any Spider-Man comic book.