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Gemma Karstens-Smith

Roughriders take tight game over B.C. Lions

VANCOUVER—The B.C. Lions know they're facing an uphill slog in the second half of the season after dropping yet another close game.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-4) squeezed out a 24-21 win Saturday night, handing the Leos (3-6) their first home loss of the season.

Riders quarterback Zach Collaros threw for 215 yards, while B.C.'s Travis Lulay put up 231.

Smoke flavour hides in wine grapes

VANCOUVER—Smoky overtones can ruin a nice bottle of wine, but researchers in British Columbia are finding that preventing grapes from capturing the flavour of wildfires can be difficult.

Wine grapes absorb smoke compounds, surrounding them with sugar, explained Wesley Zandberg, an assistant chemistry professor at the University of British Columbia in Okanagan.

Aquarium ditching whales, dolphins

VANCOUVER—Whales, dolphins, and porpoises no longer will be kept at Vancouver's aquarium—a move animal advocates say is a step toward the end of cetaceans in captivity.

The Vancouver Aquarium announced yesterday it is ending the display of cetaceans following a long and controversial battle with animal activists and the city's park board over the issue.