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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 10, 2016

Late swing

Photos
Joey Payeur

Fort Frances Her-icanes’ second baseman Natalie Dal was getting in her cuts to kick off the Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League regular season last night at VanJura against the Big Island Wildcats. Dal and the ’Canes pounded out a 13-5 win—one of six games that ushered in the start of the new campaign.

More fires start up

District
From the MNRF

Five new fires were confirmed in the region by yesterday evening, including one in Fort Frances District, two in Kenora District, and two in Red Lake District.

Immediate initial attack has meant most new fires were declared “under control” or “out” within 24 hours.

One fire of note is Kenora Fire #18, in the Ingolf area about 55 km west of Kenora.

OSSTF rejects offer by board

District
Staff

OSSTF members “emphatically” has rejected the Rainy River District School Board’s offer of binding arbitration to settle its dispute, which has left local high school teachers without a contract for almost 20 months.

‘Grade 8 Day’

Photos
Cameron Penney

Fort High mentors Kassidy LeDrew, left, Evan Caul, and McKenna Begin demonstrated the “We Day dance” to Grade 8 students as part of the opening presentation for “Grade 8 Day” there today. Mentors spoke to Grade 8 students about the extra-curricular opportunities offered at Fort High and also took them for a tour around the school.

Panama Papers database of offshore companies goes live

Business
By David McHugh The Associated Press

FRANKFURT — A group of investigative journalists on Monday published the names of thousands of offshore companies at the heart of a massive trove of data on the finances of the rich and powerful that has become known as the Panama Papers.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists made data on 200,000 entities available on its website at 1800 GMT (2 p.m. EDT) Monday.

Gulls trailing

Sports
Staff

Ryan Faragher is getting a front-row seat for what’s turning into a pretty good series.

The Fort Frances native currently is serving as the back-up goalie for the San Diego Gulls, who trail the Ontario Reign 2-1 in their best-of-seven AHL Calder Cup Pacific Division final.

Tymkin honoured

Sports
Staff

Cole Tymkin looked and played smart to become the SIJHL’s rookie of the year this past season with the Fort Frances Lakers.

Now the 17-year-old local resident is being hailed for his book smarts, too.

Tymkin was selected as the Lakers’ representative on the 2016 CJHL All-Academic All-Canadian Champions Team.

Canada to align with UN on aboriginal rights

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada is poised to embrace the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples—even as the federal government remains under fire for the dire conditions facing the troubled Attawapiskat First Nation.

Little appetite to amend assisted dying bill

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is open to improving its controversial bill on medically-assisted dying but so far the Liberal-dominated committee examining the legislation is showing little appetite for amendments.

Natural quadruplets enter world

National
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—An Alberta couple will mark their first wedding anniversary next month not as a couple but as a full family of six.

Bethani and Tim Webb of Hythe, 500 km northwest of Edmonton, became the parents of four identical baby girls on Friday.

Obstetric and neonatal specialists at an Edmonton hospital delivered the naturally-conceived quadruplets by Caesarean section.

Firefighters lose own homes

National
The Canadian Press

FORT McMURRAY, Alta.—When several firefighters learned their own homes had burned to the ground in Fort McMurray, they didn’t drop their hoses and take time to grieve.

Heat rally to even up series

Sports
Lori Ewing
The Canadian Press

MIAMI—With no Jonas Valanciunas and virtually no DeMar DeRozan, the last thing the Toronto Raptors needed was to lose Kyle Lowry.

But Lowry had to watch from the bench after fouling out as the Raptors fell 94-87 to the Miami Heat in overtime last night that evened their Eastern Conference semi-final at 2-2.

Tech changes could speed up elections

Technology
Keith Leslie
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Elections Ontario wants to introduce new technology for the 2018 election to speed up the process for voters, get faster results, and use fewer staff.

The agency says it successfully tested e-poll books and vote tabulators in the February byelection in Oshawa, with about 90 percent of electors and poll officials supporting the changes.

ACLU sues Mississippi over ‘religious rights’ law

International
By Emily Wagster Pettus The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — The American Civil Liberties Union and a gay couple are suing the state of Mississippi over a law to allow workers to cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage as a reason to deny people services.

House Bill 1523 , passed by the Republican-majority Legislature and signed by GOP Gov. Phil Bryant, is set to become law July 1.

Ex-N. Korea army head, who Seoul said was executed, is alive

International
By Hyung-Jin Kim The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — A former North Korean military chief who Seoul had said was executed is actually alive and in possession of several new senior-level posts, the North’s state media said Tuesday.

NC transgender law part of civil rights struggle

International
By Eric Tucker And Jonathan Drew The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — In suing the state where she was born and raised for discriminating against transgender people, Attorney General Loretta Lynch invoked the defining civil rights struggles of the last century and made clear that the federal government sees its dispute with North Carolina as about far more than bathrooms and showers.

Marble Rodin sculpture fetches record price at NY auction

International
The Associated Press

NEW YORK — A rare marble sculpture by Auguste Rodin sold for a record $20.4 million at Sotheby’s sale of impressionist and modern art.

Poll: Age, income factors in staying with single employer

Lifestyles
By Adam Allington The Associated Press

CHICAGO — A new poll says more than 40 per cent of America’s baby boomers stayed with their employer for more than 20 years. But it’s unlikely that their children or grandchildren will experience the same job tenure.

Whether or not you fast for Ramadan, this soup hits the spot

Recipes
By Katie Workman The Associated Press

Truth: What I knew about Ramadan and the foods that are eaten to break the fast previously could have fit in a grain of millet. But it’s never too late to learn, and nothing makes a culture more accessible than delving into its food.