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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 8, 2016

Going vertical

Photos
Joey Payeur

Rebecca Armit (hidden) and Michelle McFayden (left) from No Diggity took to the skies against Taylor Windego of How I Set Your Mother during the ‘A’-side final of the Fort Frances Women’s Volleyball League last night at Fort High. No Diggity upset the league leaders by winning the best-of-three match 2-0 to advance to the championship final next Thursday (April 14).

Folk rock act to play ‘Grind’

News
Staff

Greenbank will bring their brand of upbeat folk rock to the stage at From the Grind Up here next Friday (April 15) at 7 p.m.

The Thunder Bay-based group played here last year for the “Harmony of Nations Music Festival” and are coming through again.

“We had a really good time when we came through town last time,” noted band member Jim Breslin.

More Festival Vocal results

District
Press Release

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts continued with the Vocal division yesterday, adjudicated by Sarah Hall, an adjunct professor of music at Brandon University in Manitoba.

Hall also will hold an informal vocal workshop tonight at 7 p.m. at Knox United Church.

It will include a few vocal topics, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Office opening

Photos
Heather Latter

Local MP Don Rusnak greeted Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis yesterday during the grand opening of his constituency office here. Located at 608 Scott St., it soon will be open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.

Team Black primed

Sports
Staff

It’s been quite a chore for anyone else to beat Team Black in the Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League this season.

Trying to do it when one has just played a down-to-the-wire barnburner only makes it tougher.

Team White pulled out a 72-71 overtime nail-biter against Team Red in its opening game of the final night of the regular season Monday at Fort High.

Lakers back in SIJHL final after sweeping Miners

Sports
Staff

Instead of leaving it in their coach’s hands, the Fort Frances Lakers made the decision themselves to take the weekend off.

Six different players scored as the Lakers swept their best-of-seven semi-final series with a 6-3 victory over the host English River Miners last night.

Stranded girls probed

National
The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—Reports of two young sisters being stranded midway through a bus trip at a remote Interior depot in the middle of the night is “completely and totally unacceptable,” says B.C.’s transport minister.

Body of officer returned

National
The Canadian Press

LANGFORD, B.C.—A second sombre procession is scheduled to travel along the highways of southern Vancouver Island today as the body of RCMP Cst. Sarah Beckett is returned to Langford.

The Capital Regional District Traffic Safety Commission said a plane carrying Beckett’s body was due to land at the Victoria airport around 2:30 p.m.

Marriage proposal a real cliff-hanger

National
The Associated Press

MORRO BAY, Calif.—As marriage proposals go, Michael Banks’ was a cliff-hanger.

Banks, 27, scaled 600-foot Morro Rock just off California’s Central Coast early yesterday morning to propose to his girlfriend, who was watching via FaceTime video.

The good news: Banks’ girlfriend said yes, according to Morro Bay Fire Capt. Todd Gailey.

Assisted dying law coming soon

Health & Wellness
Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Liberal government won’t be taking a permissive approach to medically-assisted dying in long-awaited new legislation to be unveiled as early as next week, The Canadian Press has learned.

Sources, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the imminent bill, say it won’t adopt some of the most controversial recommendations from a special parliamentary committee.

Teens with sleep issues more likely to take risks

Health & Wellness
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—High school students who get too little sleep—or too much—also are more likely to drive drunk or take other risks, according to government researchers.

The scientists say they don’t know if sleep issues cause teens to take dangerous risks, or whether both are a reflection of depression or other problems.

Orioles sweep series from Twins

Sports
The Associated Press

BALTIMORE—On a night when the Baltimore Orioles benefited from several impressive individual performances, one stood above the rest.

Ubaldo Jimenez pitched seven sharp innings in his 2016 debut as Baltimore rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 yesterday for a three-game sweep.

Nationals lose home opener

Sports
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—There was all sorts of sunny talk before the Washington Nationals’ home opener.

And why not?

Washington had allowed only four runs over 19 innings while winning its first two games on the road.

General manager Mike Rizzo spoke about optimism.

Koe rink on a roll going into playoffs

Sports
The Canadian Press

BASEL, Switzerland—With an emphatic rout of the tournament host, Canada has sent notice it’s the team to beat heading into the playoffs at the men’s world curling championship.

Kevin Koe’s Calgary rink finished the round-robin in first place at 10-1—capping its run to the playoffs with an 7-2 win over Switzerland in yesterday’s final draw at St. Jakobshalle arena.

Why few Americans in Panama Papers? Lawyer doesn’t want them

International
By Juan Zamorano And Joshua Goodman The Associated Press

PANAMA CITY — Rich and influential people around the globe have found themselves under siege since a major data leak revealed their ties to secretive financial accounts and shell companies in low-tax havens used to hide wealth.

EU to discuss requiring visas for Americans, Canadians

International
The Associated Press

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s executive plans to discuss instituting mandatory visa requirements for American and Canadian visitors because the U.S. and Canada maintain similar restrictions on some EU nationals.

EU Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said Friday the item will be on the Commission’s agenda next week.

From Ronnie to a fan: more than 100 Reagan letters for sale

Life
By John Rogers The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Long before he was president of the United States or even governor of California, Ronald Reagan had an army of star-struck movie fans who wrote him letters and who to their surprise often got a personal reply.

E-card not enough? Etiquette experts debate moving past handwritten notes

Life
By Lauren La Rose The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Cara Paiuk and her husband Alex sent thank-you cards following their engagement and wedding, but she candidly confesses she’s not a fan of the handwritten missives.