Winnipeg Free Press

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Articles from May 30, 2012

Accused Had No Idea Hit Was Fatal
A former University of Manitoba football player had no idea a one-punch knockout inside a Winnipeg bar would ultimately lead to the death of his victim."It didn't seem like it really bothered him. It was almost kind of funny (to him) that he only had...
All Dead but One
Mac-Paps who fought Franco deserve honour Quick, identify the Canadian battalion that celebrates its 75th anniversary this month. If you didn't guess the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, you're not alone. Few would.Their founding date, May 1937, will go...
Appeal Court Refuses to Lengthen Jail Term for Attack
THE judges may not like the sentence, but Manitoba's highest court will not increase a two-year jail term given to a man who caused permanent brain damage to his victim.The Crown argued the penalty imposed on Brent Barnsdale was "unfit," especially considering...
Apricot Dessert Favourite Worth Revisiting
JO-ANNE Shadlock wrote in asking about a dessert that layers chocolate crumbs, icing, apricot puree and cream. This is a perennial Recipe Swap favourite, but I think it's worth revisiting because it gets such a big response, often from readers who have...
Around Canada
Plane parts bombard carsTORONTO -- Investigators with the Transportation Safety Board have confirmed that metal pieces that fell from the sky Monday afternoon, striking four cars in Mississauga, Ont., parking lot, came from one of the turbines of an...
Blackhawks Sign Ex-Jet Oduya to Three-Year Deal
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a three-year contract extension with defenceman Johnny Oduya and a one-year extension for forward Jamal Mayers.Mayers had six goals and nine assists in 81 regular-season games in his first year with the...
Business Watch
Artis buys T.O. propertiesArtis Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:AX.UN) has made $122.3 million in acquisitions in the Greater Toronto Area and in Whistler, B.C.Winnipeg-based Artis said Tuesday it acquired 17 light-industrial properties in the Greater...
Call for PST Hike Grows
MFL joins business council in seeking cash to fix crumbling infrastructure Organized labour is aligning itself with the province's most powerful corporate movers and shakers to urge a reluctant provincial government to hike the PST in order to fix Manitoba's...
Charest's Compromise Does Not Add Up
DEAR EDITOR,In your May 26 editorial, The real victims in Quebec, you suggest that "tuition increases were never the real issue" in the Quebec student protests. As evidence, you state that Charest's Liberal government had made a generous offer to the...
Citytv Hoping for Touchdown in Prime Time
Citytv is taking an aggressive, acquisition-driven approach to assembling its prime-time schedule for 2012-13, importing 10 new titles from U.S. networks while launching a Canadian version of a popular U.S. reality franchise.The Rogers-owned network...
Cool Hurler on Cold Night
Walker's poise helps Goldeyes win in chilly home opener It was so chilly at Shaw Park Tuesday night, Ace Walker surely had ice water in his veins.With the mercury dipping as low as 8 C during the game, the Winnipeg starter picked up his first win of...
Crown Defends Testimony against Cops in Cross-Examination
THE Crown says it was a deliberate attempt to fabricate evidence. The defence argues it was an unfortunate misunderstanding. And the veteran prosecutor at the centre of an unusual obstruction-of-justice case is continuing her pivotal testimony against...
Face-Eater Not the Man Old Friends Remember
MIAMI -- Members of North Miami Beach High School class of 2000 have a message they would like to share: Classmate Rudy Eugene was the kind of friend you called to help lug furniture or cheer you up on a bad day.He sported a beautiful smile. The former...
Father Accused of Abduction Could Drag out Extradition
A man accused of abducting his two Winnipeg children and fleeing to Mexico could drag out the extradition process for months, a Canadian legal expert warns.Kevin Maryk took his children, Dominic and Abby, on a court-approved vacation in 2008 but vanished...
Have Your Say
Repeat offenderRe: Unbiased research (Letters, May 29). Vince Li is a psychopathic killer. In my own dental practice, we had a similar case. One of our patients had committed murder because "voices" had told him to do so.He had been kept in the closed...
Hockey's Sacred Quest
Five locals among the finalists for Lord Stanley's mug NEW YORK -- The Stanley Cup will make it to Manitoba this summer and if you're lucky enough to know one of the five participants with connections to our province, you just might find your way to...
Kings Fit to Be Crowned
Devils decent, but L.A. squad will be the one carrying Cup NEW YORK -- Their forwards have played better. Same goes for the defence and their goalie. The Los Angeles Kings will win the Stanley Cup.It might even be easy.Until the New Jersey Devils prove...
Let's See What You've Got, ROOKIE
Time for Bombers prospects to strut their stuff A total of 31 CFL rookies, plus four veteran quarterbacks, are expected to be on the field at Canad Inns Stadium this afternoon as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers kick off the 2012 pre-season with the opening...
Local Racquetball Players Shine on National Stage
SHE'S the top women's player in the country, but Jennifer Saunders wasn't Manitoba's only bright spot at the Canadian National Racquetball Championships in Brossard, Que., last week.Despite being the first player to capture all three titles -- the women's...
Manitoba Homes Still Affordable
Index changed only slightly: RBC Two-storey homes were a little more affordable for Manitobans in the first few months of 2012, but bungalows and condominiums became slightly pricier, according to RBC Economics.In its latest quarterly Housing Trends...
NHL Experts Take Shots at Picking Winner
NEW YORK -- Here's what media types from around the NHL are predicting for this year's Stanley Cup:New Jersey in seven: Jersey's skill up front was able to penetrate the Rangers' defensive wall in the East final and they'll do the same against the Kings....
Province Yanks Memorial Crosses
THE provincial government has acted swiftly to remove 21 memorial crosses that were placed on Highway 6 by a group of Warren-area residents.The crosses were erected on Monday evening and taken down by a provincial crew over the lunch hour Tuesday.The...
Rain, Rain Certainly Didn't Go Away
Manitoba sees one of wettest Mays on record One of the wettest Mays on record has eased fears southern Manitoba was headed into a summer drought.Over the past 30 days, almost 100 millimetres of rain has fallen, with some pockets of the province getting...
Reject Property Czar Idea
How can a modern, sophisticated municipality seriously be considering a plan to hand -- sell, to be accurate -- exclusive rights to do business on city property? This essentially asks city council to give one city employee -- the chief administrative...
Rookie Taking His Best Shot
WINNIPEG Goldeyes rookie Dan Barbero was brought off the inactive list and got his first start for the Goldeyes in Tuesday's home opener of the 2012 American Association season against the Amarillo Sox.Barbero, who had travelled with the team for the...
Second Deadly Quake Hits Italy
Region among most productive SAN FELICE SUL PANARO, Italy -- Workers at the small machinery company had just returned for their first shift following Italy's powerful and deadly earthquake earlier this month when another one struck Tuesday morning, collapsing...
Set to Take on the World
Great young minds graduate at U of M as excellence is rewarded Many children would envy Timi Ojo's job -- he digs around in the mud.What Emmanuel Rotimi (Timi) Ojo does is a tad more sophisticated and complicated than that, but essentially, the master's...
Snow Lake Mine Closer to Opening
Firm to borrow $45M toward project ALEXIS Minerals has got much closer to its oft-delayed goal of extracting gold out of the Snow Lake Mine, but it's not there yet.The Toronto-based company announced Tuesday it has an agreement to borrow $45 million...
Student Protests Mulled Here
Looming tuition hikes may bring action: union Will an $83.68 increase in tuition send University of Manitoba students into the streets in a Quebec-style tuition protest?The next move is up to Premier Greg Selinger and Advanced Education Minister Erin...
This Will Be a Slam Dunk for Me
Won't be first time I've been all wet Forgive me if I sound like a major weenie, but I'm pretty sure this can only end in tears.I say this because on Thursday, as an "outstanding local celebrity," I will be putting my life on the line at the third annual...
Today's Horoscope
MOON ALERT After 6 a.m. today, we have the all clear to shop (whether you spend $10 or $10 million) and make important decisions. The moon is in Libra.ARIES (March 21-April 19)Cool your jets because feelings of irritation and impatience could create...
Tory Politics Exclusive, Not Inclusive
222Today, the care and feeding of "the base" means kicking everyone else out the dance hall's door."Narrowcasting" is the term used by American Republicans and Canadian Conservatives to describe how they win elections by tending to the base above all...
Winnipeg Getting Greyer
Census data show steady rise in ranks There are now more seniors in Winnipeg than ever before -- and for organizations that cater to a mature crowd, business is booming.New census data released on Tuesday revealed as of May 2011, there were 102,855 seniors...
Worried Via Workers Probe Officials on Rumoured Cuts
WORRIED Via Rail employees peppered senior company officials with questions about rumoured service cuts and job losses at the Crown corporation's annual meeting Tuesday in Winnipeg.During a question-and-answer session near the end of the meeting, Winnipegger...
You Have to Confess Jail Time Right Away
DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: I'm in big trouble. I hid my past, including roughly a year in jail. My new girlfriend found out through a friend of mine who let it out when he had too much to drink at a party. She demanded I drive her home. I told her everything...