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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 14, 2016

Orange art

Photos
Duane Hicks

Lois Faragher worked on her painting for the Fine Line Art Gallery’s upcoming “Spring Fling 2016” showcasing the colour orange. The event will be held May 7 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Most of the art will be on sale—perfect for a unique Mother’s Day gift. To enter your orange art in the show, call 274-2242.

Auxiliary hosts spring conference

News
Press Release

The April meeting of the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary was held in the hospital boardroom, with president Susan Robertson chairing it.

She reported on the joint spring conference—a two-day event held here over the weekend that included a presentation on Tai Chi by Carol MacIntosh and one on the role of the pharmacist by Edwin Bruyere.

Final concert of ‘Backus’ series set

District
Press Release

The Backus Community Center in International Falls is pleased to present Bill and Kate Isles as the final show of its 2015-16 concert series.

They take the stage this Saturday (April 16) at 7 p.m.

The Isles are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Mn.

Sea of pink

Photos
Duane Hicks

Staff at Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services got into the spirit of “International Day of Pink” yesterday—not only wearing many shades of pink and decorating their First Street offices pink, but by enjoying some delicious pink cupcakes on their afternoon coffee break.

Festival drama results

District
Press Release

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts wrapped up its drama division today, adjudicated by Melanie Whyte, an actor and singing teacher currently living in Winnipeg.

Whyte adjudicated solo poetry and readings, as well as monologues, speeches, skits, readers’ theatres, and choral speaking.

Teacher talks hit impasse

District
Press Release

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation teachers in District 5B (Rainy River), who have been engaged in a selective withdrawal of services since December, remain without a contract despite another day of negotiations this week.

Negotiations with the Rainy River District School Board began on April 30, 2015 and over the past year, only 11 days of negotiations were scheduled.

Housing interest

Photos
Duane Hicks

Janis Flewelling looked over townhome plans yesterday evening during Syncor Contracting Ltd.’s open house at the Copper River Inn. At least 100 people attended the event—curious about Syncor’s planned Front Street townhomes and housing development at the Huffman Court subdivision.

Raptors cap best season

Sports
Brian Mahoney
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—With Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan not around, a rookie was one of the most experienced players for the Toronto Raptors.

Norman Powell may be carrying a Disney “Princess” backpack as a first-year player’s initiation, but he’s got 24 starts in the NBA.

And he gave the Raptors all the leadership they needed last night.

Rockettes lock up first place

Sports
Staff

Yenta Davidson apparently was just biding her time offensively.

Having not scored all season, she exploded for a hat trick to lead the Wright Physiotherapy Rockettes to a 5-0 shutout over the La Place Rendez-Vous Rage last night in Borderland Women’s Indoor Soccer League action at Fort High.

It was a showdown to decide first place on the final night of the regular season.

Lakers to face Ice Dogs in final

Sports
Staff

They were the best two teams during the regular season—now they’ll get to see who is the best of the post-season.

The two-time defending SIJHL champion Fort Frances Lakers will face the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in the final for a second-straight year after Dryden beat the host Thunder Bay North Stars 5-3 in Game 6 of their best-of-seven semi-final series Tuesday night.

Senators repay questioned claims

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A Liberal and two Conservative senators have repaid dubious expense claims which were detailed in a special arbitrator’s report.

Senate records show Sen. Colin Kenny has paid almost $31,400 in expenses that former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie deemed unjustified in his report released last month.

Feds introduce long-awaited law on assisted death

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government has introduced a long-awaited and controversial new law spelling out the conditions in which seriously-ill or dying Canadians may seek medical help to end their lives.

The legislation says there should be a choice of medically-assisted death “for adults who are suffering intolerably and for whom death is reasonably foreseeable.”

Métis, non-status Indians are ‘Indians’

National
Mike Blanchfield
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s 600,000 Métis and non-status Indians are indeed “Indians” under the Constitution, the Supreme Court of Canada declared today in a long-awaited landmark decision more than 15 years in the making.

“It is the federal government to whom they can turn,” the unanimous 9-0 ruling said.

Cruise ship group: City’s statue plans are misuse of fees

Business
By Rashah McChesney The Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska — A life-sized whale statue has Juneau in hot water after a cruise ship association alleged it’s a symbol of the Alaska city’s misuse of millions in fees paid by visitors.

Non-Canadians not eligible for assisted suicide

Health & Wellness
By Rob Gillies THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TORONTO — Canada’s new assisted suicide law to be announced on Thursday will exclude non-Canadians, which means Americans won’t be able to travel to Canada to die.

CDC: Zika definitely causes severe birth defects

Health & Wellness
By Mike Stobbe The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Confirming the worst fears of many pregnant women in the United States and Latin America, U.S. health officials said Wednesday there is no longer any doubt the Zika virus causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and other severe brain defects.

Warriors set mark

Sports
The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif.—Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors took their last shot at Michael Jordan and history and they swished it—for 73.

Down to their final chance at the record, the Warriors became the first team in the NBA to win 73 games in the regular season, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 last night.

Mexican experts find early burial in 1st colonial cathedral

International
By Mark Stevenson The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — Archaeologists have found a massive stone slab covering the tomb of one of the first Catholic priests in Mexico following the 1521 Spanish conquest, a grave sunk into the floor of what appears to be an Aztec temple.

Obama’s power over immigration drives Supreme Court dispute

International
By Mark Sherman The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The raging political fight over immigration comes to the Supreme Court on Monday in a dispute that could affect millions of people who are in the United States illegally.

The court is weighing the fate of Obama administration programs that could shield roughly 4 million people from deportation and grant them the legal right to hold a job.

Space probe supported

Science
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—With famed physicist Stephen Hawking at his side, an Internet investor announced Tuesday that he’s spending $100 million on a futuristic plan to explore far outside our solar system.

Yuri Milner said the eventual goal is sending hundreds or thousands of tiny spacecraft—each weighing far less than an ounce—to the Alpha Centauri star system.

‘Inky’ makes escape

Science
Nick Perry
The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand—“Inky” the octopus waited until it was dark, and the staff had gone home from the National Aquarium of New Zealand, before making his move.

He squeezed and pushed his way through a tiny gap in the mesh at the top of his tank and slithered three metres to the floor.

Then he made a beeline across the room to a drain hole.

Scientists: Greenland ice sheet is melting freakishly early

Science
By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Greenland’s massive ice sheet this week started melting freakishly early because of a weather system that brought unseasonably warm temperatures and rain, scientists say.

Oyster hatchery sows pearls of wisdom on climate change

Science
By Holly Ramer The Associated Press

WALPOLE, Maine — Say “infrastructure” and most people think roads and bridges, not tubes and valves. But to Bill Mook, the black box in the basement of his oyster hatchery is every bit as fundamental as the basic facilities and structures that serve as a community’s framework.

So long, suckers! Inky the octopus makes an amazing escape

International
By Nick Perry The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Inky the octopus waited until it was dark and the staff had gone home from the National Aquarium of New Zealand before making his move.

He squeezed and pushed his way through a tiny gap in the mesh at the top of his tank and slithered 2 metres (6.6 feet) to the floor. Then he made a beeline across the room to a drain hole.

Can’t hold up this lip-lock: Couple kisses through robbery

Lifestyles
The Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. — Nothing can stop true love, or at least a good kiss. Not even armed robbers.

Police in Montana’s largest city are looking for three suspects who robbed a bar at gunpoint, but they didn’t seem to disturb a couple who kissed through the commotion.