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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 13, 2015

Girls’ night

Heather Latter

Avery Sivonen took advantage of the later store hours downtown during “Girls’ Night Out” last night to look at the many Christmas items available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts. A number of Scott Street businesses participated in the promotion, with stores staying open until 8 p.m. and offering tax-free sales, as well as other discounts and deals, giveaways, and draws.

‘Festival of Frost’ taking shape

Duane Hicks

Plans are underway for the third-annual “Festival of Frost,” which will take place in downtown Fort Frances on Saturday, Nov. 28.

As such, the Shops on Scott (formerly known as the BIA) is looking for more groups, clubs, and businesses to participate and help make the event bigger and better than ever.

Nifty backhand

Joey Payeur

Needing a goal to keep their shootout hopes alive, Andrew Willner put this backhander upstairs on Dryden GM Ice Dogs’ goalie Taylor Unruh in the third round of what turned out to be a nine-round shootout won by the Lakers to give them a 7-6 victory and extend their winning streak to eight-straight games.

Inmate being sought

From the OPP

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement squad is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada-wide warrant as result of her breach of parole.

Michelle Stephanie Morris is described as a 33-year-old First Nations’ female, standing 5’6” and weighing 137 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

She also has a scar on her right wrist.

Lakers prevail in lengthy shootout

Joey Payeur

Wayne Strachan was getting all kinds of advice on who to put on the ice as last night’s shootout carried on—both from nearby and far away.

The head coach and general manager of the Fort Frances Lakers finally gave in and it paid off with two points.

Quartet nab six points


Rolling sevens is a sign of good luck at the craps tables.

But four teams in the Fort Frances Women’s Volleyball League were content with hitting sixes last night during matches at Fort High and St. Michael’s School.

The quartet that garnered the maximum half-dozen points available included league-leading How I Set Your Mother, who boosted their league-leading total to 53.

‘Shine the Light’

Heather Latter

Members of the rehab centre at La Verendrye Hospital, including Nicole Bolen, left, Heidi Loney, Glenna Moran, Deirdre O’Sullivan-Drumbolis, Claire Sobkowicz, and Shawn Holditch, decorated their area and wore purple today in support of the “Shine the Light” campaign organized locally by Riverside Community Counselling Services.

L.A. at risk

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—A study by NASA and university researchers finds there’s a 99.9 percent probability of a magnitude 5.0 or greater earthquake within three years in an area of greater Los Angeles, where a moderate temblor occurred last year.

Trudeau on same page as G20

Mike Blanchfield
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The international datebook dictated that Justin Trudeau’s debut on the world stage would come at the G20 leaders’ summit this weekend in Turkey.

But had it been up to him to decide the time and place himself, the prime minister probably could not have picked a better international meeting that fits with the agenda that brought him to power with a majority government.

Review of Syrian refugee plan ongoing

Stephanie Levitz
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Liberal cabinet met yesterday to review its plan for the resettlement of Syrian refugees, but offered little public detail—sowing confusion and frustration about what, exactly, is supposed to happen next and how.

Postal union to stick with court challenge

The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says it will continue with its Federal Court challenge of Canada Post’s decision to end home mail delivery—even with a new federal government in power.

A union spokesman in Quebec said yesterday that while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to maintain home delivery across the country, it was said as a campaign promise.

Elementary teachers ratify new contract

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario’s elementary teachers have ratified a new central contract agreement with the provincial government, bringing a formal end to their work-to-rule campaign.

Members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation voted 86 percent in favour of the deal while 98 percent of union locals also voted to accept the tentative agreement reached Nov. 2.

PM, premiers to talk climate

Bruce Cheadle
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Another piece in Justin Trudeau’s pursuit of a more engaged and aggressive Canadian stance on international climate policy fell into place yesterday, but many more remain a mystery.

Sotheby’s to auction important private library of Hebrew writings, 1189 Bible

By Verena Dobnik The Associated Press

NEW YORK Sotheby’s is offering what experts consider the world’s most important private library of Hebrew books and manuscripts, collected by a London diamond dealer.

In the intensely competitive world of beer sales, size may not help win the consumer stakes

By Danica Kirka The Associated Press

LONDON It’s no fun being in the middle.

Heineken, Molson Coors and Carlsberg are storied brewers that trace their roots back hundreds of years and have loyal drinkers around the world. But the merger of their two biggest competitors leaves such mid-size brewers without a clear way forward.

CFL unveils award finalists

Dan Ralph
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Henry Burris is proving age is just a state of mind.

The 40-year-old Ottawa Redblacks’ quarterback was named a finalist for the CFL’s outstanding player award yesterday in voting by the Football Reporters of Canada and league head coaches.

Calgary Stampeders’ star Bo Levi Mitchell is the West Division nominee.

Warriors off to team’s best start

The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS—Stephen Curry dribbled across mid-court in the third quarter and went into a trademark crouch as he started to break down Andre Miller.

As Curry rose to take the shot, the 39-year-old Miller somehow got a hand on the ball and jarred it loose.

Bills upend Jets in Ryan’s return

Barry Wilner
The Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—Jilted by the Jets, Rex Ryan got even.

Thanks to his pride and joy (the defence), Ryan’s return to the Meadowlands was a successful one last night.

That defence shut down Ryan’s former team for much of the game, with the Bills scoring on offence and special teams in a 22-17 victory over New York.

US airstrike targets ‘Jihadi John’ from Islamic State slaying videos, his fate unclear

By Lolita C. Baldor The Associated Press

WASHINGTON A U.S. drone strike targeted a vehicle in Syria believed to be transporting the masked Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John, according to American officials. Whether the strike killed the British man who appears in several videos depicting the beheadings of Western hostages was not known, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday.

South Koreans who worked as slaves at salt farm sue government, alleging negligence, inaction

By Kim Tong-Hyung The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of Eight men who had been held as slaves at South Korean salt farms for several years took the government to court on Friday for alleged negligence and police inaction they say largely caused and prolonged their ordeal.

Utah challenging judge’s order to remove baby from lesbian couple serving as foster parents

By Brady McCombs And Michelle L. Price The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY Utah state officials are challenging a decision made by a Utah judge to a take a baby away from lesbian foster parents and place her with a heterosexual couple for the child’s well-being.

Mormon LGBT policy change triggers widespread backlash among church members

By Brady McCombs The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY New Mormon church rules targeting gay members and their children have triggered a firestorm of backlash from church members of all political backgrounds.

Mormon scholar Patrick Mason said the symbolism of targeting kids has riled up even conservative, orthodox Latter-day Saints who don’t usually get on the LGBT bandwagon or question church decisions.

Aging mobster acquitted in 1978 Lufthansa heist dramatized in hit Mafia movie ‘Goodfellas’

By Tom Hays And Michael Balsamo The Associated Press

NEW YORK An aging mobster who stayed mostly in the shadows for decades by adhering to the Mafia’s strict code of silence was acquitted Thursday of charges he helped plan a legendary 1978 Lufthansa heist retold in the hit film “Goodfellas.”