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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - July 31, 2018

Man busted for drunk driving

News
From the OPP

On Sunday at approximately 2:25 a.m., a member of the Fort Frances Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a vehicle stop on King's Highway in Fort Frances.

The officer spoke with the driver, whom he determined was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested and transported to the detachment, where he underwent more tests.

Lightning sparks more fires

News
From the MNRF

It was another busy day for lightning fire starts as the Northwest Region recorded 16 new fires by the early yesterday evening.

Resources are strained as the fire load has increased to 111 active fires. Twenty-eight of those fires are “not under control," 10 are "being held," 10 are "under control," and 63 are "being observed.”

Craft time with Grandma

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Shaun Milner helped her granddaughter, Ryden Skirten, paint a bird feeder at Community Living Fort Frances and District's Open Air Art Studio yesterday evening at Legion Park. These free drop-in art sessions happen nearly every week at various locations through the town all summer long with the next one slated for Aug. 13 at the Point Park where a Shibori dyeing will take place.

Look up

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Heather Wright of the Fort Frances Mud Dogs looked upwards to track exactly where an infield popup was in the sky during her squad's 12-7 win over the Big Grassy Lynx in a loser's side playoff matchup in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action yesterday evening at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Tennis camp

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Alexandra Malgo practised on returning shots during a free “Basics of Tennis Workshop” this morning at the Multi-Use Tennis Courts here. The workshop was sponsored by the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre in conjunction with the Multi-Use Courts Committee and was open to both children and adults.

Feds won't decriminalize any drugs besides cannabis

National
Janice Dickson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government says it will not consider decriminalizing drugs beyond marijuana, despite calls from Canada's major cities to consider the measure.

As the opioid epidemic washes over the country, Montreal and Toronto are echoing Vancouver and urging the federal government to treat drug use as a public health issue, rather than a criminal one.

Zoo identifies endangered bat

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Researchers at the Toronto Zoo say they're excited to have captured several endangered bats in the Great Toronto Area this month.

The zoo's Native Bat Conservation Program says the northern myotis is one of four endangered bat species in Ontario.

Canadian Nationalist meeting sparks resignation

National
Kelly Geraldine Malone
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—A cultural club in Winnipeg said one of its board members has agreed to resign after it hosted a meeting for the Canadian Nationalist Party over the weekend.

The Belgian Club said in a statement posted to Facebook that a junior member of its staff took the booking without fully realizing what the party represents.

States suing Trump admin, company over 3D guns

Business
Michael Rubinkam
The Associated Press

Eight states are filing suit against the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun, contending the hard-to-trace plastic weapons are a boon to terrorists and criminals and threaten public safety.

Manulife joining Shoppers in medical marijuana program

Business
The Canadian Press

WATERLOO, Ont.—The Manulife Financial insurance company says it will launch the first medical marijuana program in Canada this fall in conjunction with Shoppers Drug Mart.

Manulife says the program will be available as an option for participating group and individual health insurance plans.

Manulife joining Shoppers Drug Mart in medical marijuana program

Business
The Canadian Press

WATERLOO, Ont. — The Manulife Financial insurance company says it will launch the first medical marijuana program in Canada this fall in conjunction with Shoppers Drug Mart.

Manulife says the program will be available as an option for participating group and individual health insurance plans.

Player tweets expose 'toxic' baseball culture

Sports
Errin Haines Whack
The Associated Press

A pair of Twitter users whose posts exposing offensive tweets by baseball players went viral over the weekend say their aim was not malicious but to give fans a fuller picture of who they're cheering for, and to expose the sport's “toxic” culture.

Jackson pitches A's to win

Sports
Janie McCauley
The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif.—Edwin Jackson's wife and children had been travelling the country to make sure they didn't miss this milestone moment.

Complete with an extra-large bottle of champagne that wife Erika had ready for the celebration of his 100th victory, too. He accomplished it with his 13th major league team, at last.

States suing Trump administration, company over 3D guns

Technology
By Michael Rubinkam The Associated Press

Eight states are filing suit against the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun, contending the hard-to-trace plastic weapons are a boon to terrorists and criminals and threaten public safety.

Nuns demand action to end abuse

International
Nicole Winfield
The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY—The largest association of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States urged its members yesterday to report any sexual abuse of religious sisters by clergy and demanded that church authorities “take action to end a culture of silence, hold abusers accountable and provide support to those abused.”

Huge sea-life sculptures made from plastic trash

International
Janet McConnaughey
The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS—Huge sculptures of sea life are dotted about New Orleans' aquarium and zoo , all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore.

There's a great white shark made partly of bottle caps and beach toys and a jellyfish made mostly of cut-up water bottles.

Iran: Trump needs to rejoin nuclear deal if he wants talks

International
By Amir Vahdat The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian officials reacted skeptically on Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s comments that he’s willing to negotiate with his Iranian counterpart, saying instead that if Trump wants talks, he needs to rejoin the international nuclear deal he unilaterally pulled out of earlier this year.

Huge sea-life sculptures made from ocean’s plastic trash

Life
By Janet McConnaughey The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — Huge sculptures of sea life are dotted about New Orleans’ aquarium and zoo , all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore. There’s a great white shark made partly of bottle caps and beach toys and a jellyfish made mostly of cut-up water bottles.

Don’t call dolphin hybrid spotted off Hawaii a ‘wholphin’

Science
By 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 is technically a dolphin.

Russian secret-spilling site “Dossier” steps into spotlight

International
By Raphael Satter The Associated Press

LONDON — Over the past three months, a handful of highly placed Russians have discovered their secrets seeping onto the web.

It happened to a Russian Interior Ministry official whose emails were published online in April. And it happened again this month, when details about a former Kremlin chief of staff’s American energy investment were exposed by Britain’s Guardian newspaper.

Cloudy tomorrow

Weather

Tonight will be cloudy with a couple of thunderstorms this evening and a low of 11 C (52 F).

Tomorrow will be cloudy and cooler. Expect a high of 17 (63) and a low of eight (46).

Thursday could see a couple of afternoon showers along with a high of 22 (72) and a low of 12 (54).