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Articles from July 11, 2012

Alligator Bites Teen's Arm Off
MOORE HAVEN, Fla. -- An alligator at least three metres long lunged at a teenager swimming in a river and bit off his right arm below the elbow, Florida wildlife officials said Tuesday.Kaleb Langdale, 17, survived the encounter Monday in the Caloosahatchee...
Better Ways to Fight Poverty Than Moving CP Yards
Congratulations both to the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg for raising the issue of the long-standing divide between Winnipeg's North End and the rest of the city, and to the Free Press for running a story about the council's idea. Spending tens...
Bill Norrie -- Worthy and Honourable
In St. Paul's Cathedral, on the tomb of the great architect Sir Christopher Wren, are inscribed these words: "Reader, if you seek his monument, look around you."The words were appropriate: It was Wren who had recreated St Paul's and rebuilt much of east...
Blockade Planned over Hydro Deals
Fees, governance spur spat over dam A group of women from Tataskweyak Cree Nation planned to blockade the road into Manitoba Hydro's Keeyask dam construction site Tuesday evening to protest hefty consultants' fees, poor band governance and secrecy they...
City House Prices Rise despite National Slowdown How Winnipeg Stacks Up
HOMEBUYERS and builders tapped the brakes last month, but a hefty hike in second-quarter selling prices shows there's still a lot of get up and go in the Winnipeg housing market, industry officials say.While some observers said Tuesday the Canadian market...
'Death Penalty' for Science
Protesters march against Tory cuts OTTAWA -- Scientific evidence was laid to rest on Parliament Hill Tuesday in a mock-funeral protest against federal cuts to research.Several hundred scientists -- many of them in the city for a convention -- marched...
Farmers' Fingers Crossed
Prices soaring, but heat could spoil harvest Up until this past week, things were looking great for Chris McCallister, a farmer north of Portage la Prairie."There is the potential for amazing," he said. "But it's way too hot now. The crops are burning...
Get on with the Inquest
Police Chief Keith McCaskill stressed Tuesday that the Winnipeg Police Service made no recommendation -- one way or the other -- on criminal charges in its investigative report on the death of Brian Sinclair, who died after he sat for 34 hours in Health...
Ghost Town in the Making?
Family selling vital store after St. Ambroise-area storm, flooding The dream of fleeing the rat race appears to be over for Melinda Moch and her young family -- last year's flooding on Lake Manitoba has put an end to their plan for an idyllic life in...
Have Your Say
Parking outside the boxRe: Parking rates that pay off (Editorials, July 9) and Over two hours at a city meter: $60 ticket (July 7). Whenever it seems that a problem continually needs fixing, perhaps we need to turn it over and look at it from the other...
Hockey Talk Invades the Links
Players Cup pro-am sees elite NHLers share opinions Put NHL players into a tournament-golf setting during the summer and after the wow of how well some of them can hit a ball off a tee, the interest turns to... hockey, of course.Welcome to Tuesday's...
Hot Returns Put Washington on Top
Rookie leads league in kickoff runbacks, still improving What's this, a Bombers return man among the league leaders and it's NOT Jovon Johnson?That's right. There's Demond Washington, at the top of the CFL kickoff-return department after two weeks of...
How's the Heat? Location Key
Cityscape can affect temps; thermometers tell the tale It's going to be a scorcher for the rest of the week in Winnipeg, but depending on where you are in the city, you may not feel the heat... as much."It is possible that one area is hotter than another,"...
In Brief
Former Israeli PM clearedJERUSALEM -- An Israeli court cleared former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday of the central charges in a multi-case corruption trial that forced him from power, but convicted him of the lesser charge of breach of trust.The...
In Brief
Google faces record fineSAN FRANCISCO -- Google is poised to pay a $22.5 million fine to resolve allegations it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking millions of web surfers who rely on Apple's Safari browser, according to a person familiar with...
Injuries Force Roster Revision
THE loss of Brandon Stewart and Alex Suber impacts more than just the defence, as both play on the special teams coverage units.Losing Stewart really hurts. He has a team-leading four special teams tackles, and is one of the options for the Bombers when...
Jones Expecting a Child
Skip will miss first half of 2012-13 season Winnipeg skip Jennifer Jones will have a totally new delivery this winter -- a bouncing baby due in mid-December.Jones, 38, told the Free Press on Tuesday she is about four months pregnant right now and she...
Katz Works to Revive Stalled Corydon Plan
Mayor suggests hiring outside consultant WINNIPEG Mayor Sam Katz will try to revive Corydon-area development plans that were sidelined last week.Katz will introduce a motion this morning at council's executive policy committee meeting that calls for...
Klepto Hubby Needs Help
DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: My husband thinks I don't know what he does. He steals things from me and our families. He pilfers money from me so little at a time -- five bucks here, five bucks there -- he thinks I don't notice. Now he's bringing things home...
MTS Centre to Host Timberwolves-Pistons Pre-Season Game
The NBA is coming to Winnipeg.One year after the city rolled out the welcome mat for the return of the Jets, the city will host its newest professional sports league guests when the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Detroit Pistons in NBA pre-season...
Photo-Radar Experts to Face off A Courtroom Showdown between Duelling. [Derived Headline]
Photo-radar experts to face offA courtroom showdown between duelling photo-radar experts has been set for Sept. 14.That's the date Ken Sontag, already recognized as a radar expert, will testify in a Grant Avenue and Nathaniel Street photo radar ticket...
Porn Star Sought for Magnotta Sting
Activists targeted body-parts suspect MONTREAL -- Twin Playboy bunnies and an animal-rights group tried to enlist one of the world's biggest porn stars last year to help catch Luka Rocco Magnotta.Ron Jeremy said he was asked to lure Magnotta, a small-time...
Sinclair Death Not Criminal, Crown Says
No charges in HSC tragedy What happened to Brian Sinclair, a double amputee with a bladder infection, at Health Sciences Centre in 2008 was not a criminal act, Winnipeg police said Tuesday.The 45-year-old died after waiting 34 hours at the emergency...
Sitting Less Could Extend Your Life
Sitting less could lead to a longer life, a new study says.If most people spent less than three hours a day sitting, it would add two years to the average life expectancy. And if they cut the time they spent on the couch watching TV to less than two...
Spending Time in Winnipeg Fuels Gregoire's Passion to Become a Jet
IF there were days when Jason Gregoire's NHL dream took some shots -- and battling through injury can mess with a guy's mind -- then the Winnipeg-born winger has had them rekindled in a big, big way.Playing in his first pro season last season, the 23-year-old...
These Biscuits a Howling Success
A few weeks ago Louisa sent in a very funny letter detailing her travails making dog biscuits. Thanks to Claudette Abney of Emerson and Jeannette Johnson of Keewatin, who both sent in a recipe for dog's breath biscuits, and to June Curtis of St. Andrews,...
Today's Horoscope
MOON ALERT Caution! Avoid shopping or making important decisions from 4:15 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. today. After that the moon moves from Aries and Taurus.ARIES (March 21-April 19)There will be elements of frustration today because it's a day full of false...
Trouba's a Wee One in a Family of Big Folks
Relatives familiar with the athletic life On those occasions when the Trouba family gathers for a group photo -- at a summer barbecue, Thanksgiving or the Christmas holidays, perhaps -- there is still a spot for 18-year-old Jacob smack dab in the front...
Winnipeg Must Learn to Deal with Unaccustomed Growing Pains
For the first time in decades, Winnipeggers are facing the pressures associated with increased growth and development. This is resulting in residents "defending" neighbourhoods, our downtown and heritage buildings from unwanted change or even outright...
Zap! Cellphone Problem Solved
Light bulb turns on during checkout lineup waits As a public service, I have come up with a genius idea that will make life better for people who spend a lot of time standing around in lines.This idea came to me like a bolt from the blue the other day...