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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 16, 2016

'Blight' junk

Photos
Duane Hicks

Waste of all sorts have become a common sight on curbsides around town as Week 2 of the “Fight the Blight” campaign got underway today. Area 5 residents will be picked up today while Area 1 will be picked up tomorrow, Areas 2 and 3 on Wednesday, and Area 4 on Thursday. Residents who want their items picked up on their collection day should call the town at 274-5323.

Teachers set next strike date

District
Staff

Local high school teachers have set this Thursday (May 19) as the date for their next one-day strike.

It will be the fourth in as many weeks since teachers escalated strike action in their contract dispute with the Rainy River District School Board.

As such, the board has cancelled all instructional programs for Grades 9-12 this Thursday.

Progress made on Kenora fire

District
Staff

Just one new fire was confirmed in the Northwest Region yesterday.

Thunder Bay Fire #16 was listed as “not under control” at 0.3 hectares in size.

Two new fires were confirmed Saturday—both in Kenora District—but these have since been declared “out.”

ATV driver faces charge

District
From the OPP

At 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, the Ear Falls OPP responded to a single motor-vehicle collision involving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV).

Upon speaking to the driver, officers suspected alcohol was a factor and administered a roadside screening device.

Upon failing the device, the driver was arrested and taken to the Ear Falls detachment for further breath tests.

Lions’ Night

Photos
Cameron Penney

Past District Governor Anglea Sharbot spoke highly of the contributions made by the Fort Frances Lions Club to the community, as recorded on the dinner placemats, during the 52nd-annual Lions Charter Night at La Place Rendez-Vous on Saturday.

Future firefighters?

Photos
Duane Hicks

Emily Olson, left, and Benjamin Briere tried out some of the features on a fire truck Saturday during “Spring Safety Day” at Canadian Tire. The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service wrapped up Emergency Preparedness Week by bringing out vehicles and equipment for the public to see, as well as safety information and other goodies to give away.

NDP unveils leadership timeline

National
Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal NDP has opted for an extended leadership race to replace Tom Mulcair, as it looks to name a new leader between September and October of 2017.

Trial for stabbings underway

National
The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A trial was to begin today for a man charged after five young people were stabbed at a party where they were celebrating the end of the university school year.

Matthew de Grood, 24, faces five counts of first-degree murder in what police have said is Calgary’s worst mass killing.

He’s been in custody since shortly after the attack on April 15, 2014.

Fire evacuees getting phone calls

National
Rob Drinkwater
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Thousands of Fort McMurray evacuees will receive a phone call tonight.

Justices won’t touch $236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution

Business
The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not hear Exxon Mobil’s appeal of a $236 million judgment for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in New Hampshire.

The court’s order leaves in place a jury verdict involving contamination by the chemical MTBE.

Cancer patient receives new penis

Health & Wellness
The Associated Press

BOSTON—A cancer patient has received the first penis transplant in the U.S., a Boston hospital said today.

Massachusetts General Hospital has confirmed Thomas Manning of Halifax, Mass., received the transplanted penis in a 15-hour procedure last week.

The organ was transplanted from a deceased donor.

The New York Times first reported the transplant today.

Cancer patient receives first penis transplant in US

Health & Wellness
The Associated Press

BOSTON — A cancer patient has received the first penis transplant in the United States, a Boston hospital said Monday.

Massachusetts General Hospital has confirmed that Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, received the transplanted penis in a 15-hour procedure last week. The organ was transplanted from a deceased donor.

Jays-Rangers feud boils over

Sports
Schuyler Dixon
The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Tex.—Jose Bautista slid hard into second base, stood up, and found himself face-to-face with Rougned Odor.

Next thing the Toronto slugger knew, he was rattled by a punch to the jaw that sent his batting helmet and sunglasses flying.

Kenseth wins thriller

Sports
The Associated Press

DOVER, Del.—Matt Kenseth held off Kyle Larson in a thrilling run down the stretch to win a wreck-filled race yesterday at Dover International Speedway.

Kenseth snapped a 17-race winless skid with his 37th career victory—and denied Larson his first win.

“I got digging the best I could and tried to hold him off,” Kenseth noted.

Blues draw first blood on Sharks

Sports
R.B. Fallstrom
The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS—Once again, Brian Elliott was the star of the show.

And his latest performance gave his St. Louis Blues’ teammates plenty of comfort knowing he had their back.

US Navy poised to take ownership of its largest warship

Technology
By David Sharp The Associated Press

BATH, Maine — The U.S. Navy is ready to take ownership of the Zumwalt, its largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer.

Sailors’ uniforms and personal effects, supplies and spare parts are being moved aboard the 610-foot warship in anticipation of crew members taking on their new charge, said Capt. James Kirk, the destroyer’s skipper.

S. Korea, US, Japan plan joint drills on N. Korean threat

International
By Hyung-Jin Kim The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold their first joint military training next month focused on co-operating to detect signs of missile launches from North Korea and trace missile trajectories, a Seoul defence official said Monday.

Trump says he expects poor relationship with UK leader

International
By Danica Kirka The Associated Press

LONDON — Presidential candidate Donald Trump says he may have a poor relationship with British Prime Minister David Cameron in light of his criticism of Trump’s call for all Muslims to be temporarily banned from entering the United States.

Refugee from Rwanda convicted in 1994 genocide

International
The Associated Press

STOCKHOLM — A Swedish citizen originally from Rwanda was sentenced to life in prison Monday for his role in the 1994 genocide in the African country.

Claver Berinkindi was found guilty of genocide and gross violation of international law.

Some 800,000 people, mostly ethnic Tutsis, were killed by Hutu extremists during the Rwandan genocide, according to the U.N.

Recipe for fruit ceviche made with haskap berry juice

Recipes
The Canadian Press

Here are five things to know about the haskap berry:WHERE ARE THEY FROM: Dark blue haskap berries are native to Russia and northern Japan and are found in the wild in Canada. Because they grow on the edge of swamps during mosquito season, they are not well known in this country, says Bob Bors, head of the fruit program at the University of Saskatchewan.

Love refried beans? And edamame? You’ll love refried edamame

Recipes
By Sara Moulton The Associated Press

The first time I ate fresh soybeans was, naturally enough, at a Japanese restaurant. Known as edamame, the dish is a staple of Japanese restaurant menus.