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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 11, 2016

Hoops action

Joey Payeur

Eva Morrisseau of the Robert Moore Mustangs (12) hustled back to try and keep Simone Payne of the J.W. Walker Wildcats from turning the corner during second-half action in the Wildcats’ 28-16 win in round-robin action at the Grade 8 girls’ basketball tournament hosted at Walker.

Hazardous waste day set


While residents will be able to get rid of most types of waste during “Fight the Blight” next month, they must wait until September to dispose of any hazardous materials.

Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Day has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17.

Final Festival vocal results

Press Release

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts wrapped up its Vocal division Friday, adjudicated by Sarah Hall, an adjunct professor of music at Brandon University in Manitoba.

More than a dozen performers also took in an informal workshop she hosted Friday evening.

Singing workshop

Heather Latter

After adjudicating the vocal division of the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts last week, Sarah Hall, an adjunct professor of music at Brandon University in Manitoba, gave a group of music students some singing tips during an open, informal workshop at Knox United Church on Friday evening.

Lakers still awaiting opponent


The Fort Frances Lakers don’t really care who their opponent will be in the SIJHL final.

That’s a good thing because the Dryden GM Ice Dogs and Thunder Bay North Stars are in no hurry to tell them.

The North Stars staved off elimination with a 4-2 victory over the Ice Dogs in Game 5 of their best-of-seven semi-final yesterday in Dryden.

‘Celebrity Storytime’

Heather Latter

Graeme Kitt, of the Muskie boys’ hockey team that recently captured OFSAA gold, read “If Kids Ruled the World” during the “Blue Spruce Celebrity Storytime” at the Fort Frances Public Library on Saturday. The book is one of the nominees for the Blue Spruce Award, which is part of the “Forest of Reading” program currently taking place across Ontario.

Attawapiskat declares state of emergency

Nicole Thompson
The Canadian Press

After an increasing number of young people tried to take their lives in a remote Northern Ontario First Nation last week, the chief and council have declared a state of emergency.

The suicide epidemic in Attawapiskat started in the fall, when a number of people tried to kill themselves, said Jackie Hookimaw, a resident of the First Nation on James Bay.

NDP vote out Mulcair as leader

Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—New Democrat MPs returned to the House of Commons today after an emotional and divisive weekend that ended up costing Tom Mulcair his job as leader.

Not only does the federal party now have to contend with a potentially-divisive leadership race within the next 24 months, it also has to contend with a now very-apparent rift with the governing Alberta NDP.

Busch sweeps again

Stephen Hawkins
The Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Tex.—A broom was waiting for Kyle Busch in Victory Lane at Texas.

Busch took the lead after the final restart Saturday night—completing his second NASCAR weekend sweep in a row and becoming the first driver to do that since Harry Gant in 1991.

“It’s pretty darn good, I’ll tell you that,” Busch said when asked what it’s like to be him right now.

Raptors still in hunt for top seed

Brian Mahoney
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—The Toronto Raptors still can get home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.

If not, at least they know they are better than ever on the road.

Canada wins gold

The Canadian Press

BASEL, Switzerland—Kevin Koe took a chance when he left the team he skipped to victory at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier to form a new squad with an eye on qualifying for the next Winter Olympics.

His results this season have gone a long way toward backing up his decision.

NHL playoff matchups set

John Wawrow
The Associated Press

The N.Y. Islanders will open the playoffs at the Florida Panthers, which means Henrik Lundqvist and the N.Y. Rangers will face Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third-straight year.

The Eastern Conference playoffs were settled last night with the Islanders’ 5-2 loss to Philadelphia.

Willett wins Masters on Spieth collapse

Doug Ferguson
The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga.—Jordan Spieth couldn’t bear to watch—turning his head before another shot splashed into Rae’s Creek.

Moments later, Danny Willett looked up at the large leaderboard at the 15th green and couldn’t believe what he saw.

This Masters turned into a shocker yesterday, right down to the green jacket ceremony.

Willett wins the Masters after shocking Spieth collapse

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Danny Willett in a green jacket was hard to believe considering he wasn’t even sure he could play the Masters two weeks ago.

No one was more stunned than Jordan Spieth.

High-speed Internet not a right: CRTC

The Canadian Press

GATINEAU, Que.—The country’s telecom regulator says there are no guarantees it will enforce minimum Internet speeds and service levels across Canada—even if it comes up with new target levels.

Kerry visits Hiroshima memorial 7 decades after A-bomb

By Bradley Klapper The Associated Press

HIROSHIMA, Japan — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the revered memorial to Hiroshima’s atomic bombing, delivering a message of peace and hope for a nuclear-free world seven decades after the United States used the weapon for the first time in history and killed 140,000 Japanese.

G-7 foreign ministers push nuclear disarmament in Hiroshima

By Mari Yamaguchi The Associated Press

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized countries, meeting Monday in the atomic-bombed Japanese city of Hiroshima, called for a renewed push for flagging nuclear disarmament efforts as they wrestled with some of the intractable global problems facing their nations.

Like magic, large rabbit nabbed from Utah farm reappears

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Like a magic hat trick, a large rabbit named Dolly Parton who disappeared from a Salt Lake County farm has suddenly reappeared.

KSL-TV of Salt Lake City reports ( that Wheeler Historic Farm announced Dolly’s return Sunday morning.

Goat breaks free, goes on Starbucks run in California

The Associated Press

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. — Police say a goat apparently needed a caffeine fix when it wandered into a Starbucks in Northern California.

Rohnert Park police Sgt. Rick Bates says dispatchers received several calls Sunday morning about a goat named Milly wandering around a strip mall on the city’s eastern edge.

Global warming shifting Earth’s wobble

Seth Borenstein
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—Global warming is shifting the way the Earth wobbles on its polar axis, a new NASA study finds.

Melting ice sheets, especially in Greenland, are changing the distribution of weight on Earth.

And that has caused both the North Pole and the wobble, which is called polar motion, to change course, according to a study published Friday in the journal, “Science Advances.”