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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - July 9, 2018

Parking meters slated at rear of square

Duane Hicks

Parking meters at the rear of the new Rainy Lake Square are a step closer to reality.

Town council will be presented with a recommendation at its regular meeting tonight to approve a parking rate of $1.25/hour for the meters, as well as to direct administration to draft an agreement with Global Payments for credit card services for them.

Lightning sparks new fires

From the MNRF

A dozen new fires were confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region.

These fires, 10 of which occurred in Sioux Lookout District and the other two in the districts of Red Lake and Nipigon, were a result of recent lightning that passed through the far north.

Meanwhile, one fire was confirmed after Saturday's report.

Outboard motor stolen

From the OPP

Members of the Rainy River District OPP are asking for the public's assistance in recovering some stolen property.

On July 4 around 11:02 a.m., members of the OPP responded to a call of a stolen outboard motor.

The motor, described as a 25 h.p. Yamaha, is valued at more than $2,000.

It was last seen at a residence on Scott Street on July 3.

Castin champs

Jamie Mountain

Greg Swire and Don Copenace proudly held up their Day 2 haul, weighing in at 12.45 pounds, that helped the duo claim the title at the 18th-annual “Castin' For Cash” bass tournament held Friday and Saturday at Lake Despair Lodge. The tandem's two-day total of 29.19 pounds topped the 60-team field and gave them their first win at the tourney since 2004.

Science camp

Stephanie Hagenaars

Rachel Mackereth, a Science North “Bluecoat" from Thunder Bay, discussed the difference between weather and climate with a large group of children last Thursday at the Fort Frances Public Library.

PM makes Stampede rounds

Lauren Krugel
The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made the Calgary Stampede rounds, with his first stop being at MP Kent Hehr's pancake breakfast.

Hehr lost his cabinet post earlier this year after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct with women.

Facebook wants help translating into Inuktut

Rob Drinkwater
The Canadian Press

Facebook is asking Inuktut speakers for their help in translating the social networking site into the language of the north.

Starting today, which also is Nunavut Day, Inuktut speakers can access the Translate Facebook app, where they will be presented with words and phrases from Facebook's interface and asked to provide an Inuktut translation.

Cops won't hit training goal before pot is legal

Mia Rabson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police says it is unlikely to reach its goal of having 2,000 officers trained to spot drug-impaired drivers when marijuana becomes legal later this year.

Truck driver charged in Broncos' crash

Dean Bennett
The Canadian Press

The driver of a transport truck faces 29 criminal charges in a fatal collision that killed 16 people, including 10 players, with the Humboldt Broncos' junior hockey team.

Thirteen other players were injured.

RCMP said Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 29, is accused of dangerous driving causing death, as well as causing bodily injury.

Starbucks, citing ocean threat, is ditching plastic straws

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans.

The company becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder. Plastic straws have become a flashpoint.

All-star rosters revealed

Jay Cohen
The Associated Press

Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, and Mookie Betts form a dream outfield for the American League.

Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer make up a not-so-gracious welcome committee for the NL.

Power in the centre of power. A capital-sized All-Star Game.

Hinchcliffe grabs first win of season

The Associated Press

NEWTON, Iowa—Less than two months after failing to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, James Hinchcliffe roared from behind to seize one of the more satisfying wins of his IndyCar career.

Hinchcliffe, from Oakville, Ont., passed Josef Newgarden with just over 40 laps left to win at the Iowa Speedway yesterday—his first victory of the season.

Jays' rookie embracing challenge

Dhiren Mahiban
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ryan Borucki's introduction to the big leagues hasn't been easy but the rookie left-hander is embracing the challenge.

Borucki went seven innings, allowing just one earned run, in picking up a no-decision as the Blue Jays fell 2-1 to the Yankees in 10 innings yesterday afternoon.

Raonic advancing on to Wimbledon quarter-finals

The Canadian Press

LONDON—Canadian Milos Raonic is heading to the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the third year in a row.

The No. 13 seed defeated unseeded American Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2 in the fourth round today.

Once again, Raonic was dominant with his serve. McDonald didn't have a single break-point opportunity against Raonic.

Four more rescued from cave

Kaweewit Kaewjinda
The Associated Press

MAE SAI, Thailand—Four more of the youth soccer players trapped for more than two weeks in a flooded cave in northern Thailand were brought out today, an official said, bringing to eight the number extracted in the ongoing high-stakes rescue operation.

Ambulance leaves Thai cave on 2nd day of rescue operation

By Tassanee Vejpongsa And Kaweewit Kaewjinda The Associated Press

MAE SAI, Thailand - An ambulance with flashing lights on Monday left the site of a flooded cave in northern Thailand where a youth soccer team has been trapped for two weeks, just hours after the second phase of a rescue operation was launched.