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Articles from January 5, 2013

2013 Brings New Tourists, Destinations
Out with the old, in with the new!Every December, as I prepare a year-end column examining travel trends, I'm surprised at how much different influences are slowly modifying the dynamic of the travelling public.An international market research firm,...
America's Places in the Sun
When the snow blows in, southern beaches and a tan await Some moments make you question your parental instincts -- or lack thereof. But is it really so wrong to laugh hysterically as your cocky teenage son gets pummelled by a wave, almost loses his bathing...
An Indelible Mark
From leaders, both in politics and sports, to artists and adventurers -- Manitoba lost many who made a difference for others It was a year that saw the loss of a former mayor, a trailblazing female politician, a legendary paddler and a champion football...
Best SHORT Story
Seahawks' vertically challenged rookie QB rises to occasion RENTON, Wash. -- His first practice for his first NFL playoff game is over, and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is as unassuming as a ball boy -- and about the same height -- as he strides...
Bucking the Trend: Hunting on Rise in U.S
When you live in a world surrounded by camo clothing, shotgun shells and caribou antlers, it's hard to swallow the statistic that less than five per cent of the Canadian population hunts. But that's a fact, according to a report published by the federal...
Child-Welfare System Stuck in 'Chaos'
Any of the regimes that have been tried in the past would work if we really cared As the Sinclair inquiry grinds away and my distress grows, several people have urged me to respond in some manner to my reading of historical child-welfare issues.I am...
City Artist's Creations Sent to Philadelphia Synagogue
WHEN Lisa Belkin attended a family event at a synagogue in a suburb of Philadelphia last year, the Winnipeg-born sculptor and painter noticed there wasn't a lot of art on the walls."I mentioned this to my sister. She must have said something to the president...
City Council's Audit Fever Clouds Its Audit Amnesia
At city hall, 2012 seemed like it was the Year of the Audit. If you had a problem, an audit seemed to be the solution. So what should we expect when some of the audits proposed in 2012 are actually published in 2013?To recap: After the fire hall land-swap...
CLOUDY Crystal Ball?
Early retirement plans must respond to changing conditions Brenda has her finances intricately planned for when she retires in five years.And she's only in her mid-30s.A professor, the mother of a young child wants to stop working full time to savour...
Deaths
ARMSTRONG, Glady Rita.ATCHISON, John Thomas (Jack).BARRIE (nee MACTAVISH), Reta Grace.BARSTAD (nee WEISE), Rhonda.BILOCERKOWEC, Katherine.BINGHAM, Gordon Phillip.BOWERMAN, William John.BOYD, Doreen Ella.BUKOSKI, Bonnie.COX, Michael Patrick.DANNHAUER,...
Dickenson Comes to 'Peg for the Skiing
Deck deck ASK around the CFL and consensus is Craig Dickenson is one of the best -- if not the best -- special-teams coaches in the land.But in a career in football Dickenson, 41, has learned a thing or two about himself. And that, in part, might best...
Double Your Pleasure
New Fantasyland at Disney World twice the size of original AT age 10 my daughter is more of a roller-coaster aficionado, but she's still willing to do classic Disney for old-time's sake.You see, Grace and I were at the grand opening of the New Fantasyland...
Drinking, Driving and Posting Don't Mix AN Oregon Teenager Was. [Derived Headline]
Drinking, driving and posting don't mixAN Oregon teenager was arrested in a hit-and-run case after informing friends on his Facebook page that he had struck a car on New Year's Eve while driving drunk, according to the Astoria police department.The post...
Elk Shootings Stir Calls for Action
Aboriginal hunters kill dozen animals within minutes The killing of 12 elk in only a few minutes by First Nations hunters a week ago near Swan River serves as a wake-up call to the province to be more active in preserving the province's big-game wildlife,...
Enough Already with the Saw; There Are Other Tools, You Know!
The first movie to go into wide release in 2013 misses, by mere days, a qualifying run for the 2012 Oscars. Thus Texas Chainsaw 3D can't enjoy the hype of the just-as-bloody Django Unchained.Well, there are other differences.Chainsaw 3D -- they no longer...
Expect No Quick Fixes
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has done the right thing -- politically and morally -- in agreeing to meet with the Assembly of First Nations on Jan. 11, although a single meeting will not result in the fundamental changes being sought by aboriginal and...
Four Escape Burning House
Renters left with only their clothes Terry Smaczylo said he's only alive today because his dogs alerted him to the smoke filling his second-storey suite on Grove Street early Friday morning.And he returned the favour, scooping up his pooch, Penny, and...
Groups Want Raise in Allowance
Housing benefits for welfare recipients too low: coalition Dozens of pairs of shoes lined the steps of the legislature Friday to call on the government to raise rental allowances for people on welfare.The event, organized by Make Poverty History Manitoba,...
Happy New TV Year from Pasadena!
PASADENA -- In TV-appropriate fashion, let's call this January sweeps.But unlike television's other ratings-measurement periods -- September, November, February and May sweeps -- this has nothing to do with series premires or finales, stunt casting or...
Harper to Meet Native Leaders
Chief, elders to keep hunger strikes going OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper has agreed to meet aboriginal leaders on Jan. 11, but that pledge alone will not compel three aboriginal leaders to end their hunger strikes.Harper announced the meeting...
Helping Colours Blend Harmoniously in the Kitchen
Anyone who has built or renovated a kitchen is aware of the endless lists of decisions there are to be made along the way. What complicates the process is the number and variety of materials that are required, and how best to put them together to make...
Here with the January Wind
RMTC bringing 1936 Civil War epic to life in first-ever North American stage adaptation Gone With the Wind was an instant bestseller on its release in 1936, while the movie version became the highest grossing film of all time shortly after its 1939 release.With...
Impaired-Driving Arrest Stats Revealed
Numbers vary by ward; victim's tale shows impact With the help of Free Press staff, students in Red River College's Creative Communications program learn how to mine freedom-of-information legislation for stories. At the start of the school year, students...
In Brief
Dream Factory a winnerLOTTERY winners Kirby and Marie Fontaine are having fun giving away their fortune, this time to the Dream Factory, which fulfils dreams for kids fighting life-threatening diseases.The Sagkeeng couple, who won $50 million in a Lotto...
Indian Men Even Want to Guide Women's Protests
DELHI, India -- A tight circle of hundreds of protesters chanted angrily in a heavily policed New Delhi alley on Sunday afternoon. They waved placards calling for the hanging of six men -- including a 17-year-old -- accused in the gang rape of a woman...
Irresponsible Congress Dragging U.S. Economy Down
Not long ago, Congress could have been dismissed as a minor irritant.But clearly it has grown into something worse, comparable, perhaps, to a belligerent foreign nation. Its irresponsible conduct is dragging down economic growth and undermining America's...
I Wear the Wings, but Our Readers Are the Real Angels
The presents have been opened, the turkey has been eaten and our Christmas elves are still sorting and counting pennies.One other Christmas tradition has also been concluded: our annual draw (but more on that in a bit).The Winnipeg Free Press's 18th...
January: JAN. 8 -- Bill Martin-Viscount, 61. He Was A. [Derived Headline]
January:JAN. 8 -- Bill Martin-Viscount, 61. He was a ballet dancer. He was born in Manitoba and lived in Libau. He began taking dance lessons in Selkirk when he was 11, and two years later he received a scholarship to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet under...
Kimmel Gets Fighting Chance in Late-Night War
LOS ANGELES -- The noisy green room of Jimmy Kimmel's talk show in Hollywood was crawling with the show's 30-something writers, who stole occasional glances at the monitors as the 45-year-old comic joked with a woman in the studio audience.A few minutes...
Kitchen Bath and Renovation Show Next Weekend
You've survived the holidays, sent the relatives on their way and put your house back in order.However, after hosting the hordes of guests, you¹ve come to the realization that your kitchen just isn't practical for hosting, your bathroom is stuck in the...
Latent TB Patients Ineligible for Meds
ONE-THIRD of patients diagnosed with latent tuberculosis in the last two years were not eligible for drug treatment after doctors decided the medication would do more harm than good.Winnipeg Regional Health Authority statistics show 125 out of the 392...
Light Overpowers Darkness
God is present despite horrors of Newtown The terrible killings at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Conn., elicited a torrent of words as people tried to make sense out of the inconceivable.Among those speaking out were people of faith. On Dec. 21, religious...
Local Pros Keep Busy with Iceplex Workouts
Pace increases as NHLers prep for end to lockout AMID the accusations of dirty tricks, foot-dragging, moving targets and intransigence, nervous NHLers not at the bargaining table in New York go about their business.They're trying to be focused professionals,...
Maintain Your Fireplace or Risk Catastrophe
A fireplace that doesn't function properly is a serious safety risk to our families. Ideally, we want the smoke going out and the heat coming in (and maybe Santa, too).There are many types of fireplaces: traditional masonry wood-burning fireplaces, gas,...
Midnight Approaches in Cuba
HAVANA -- Just outside the Virgin of Regla temple, here in Havana, a fortune teller throws shells for passersby in exchange for money. Every day she gets the same questions: Will they find love? Will they be able to buy a home? Will they be able to travel...
Migrant Workers 'Invisible'
WCB doesn't track injuries by nationality Saying goodbye to two young children and leaving to work in a foreign country for six months isn't something most Canadians have to do.Explaining to your spouse and children that as much as you'd love for them...
Moving to a 'Have' Province?
Manitoba ends year with 11,900 more jobs manitoba's job-creation performance in 2012 was so good people are talking again about what it could take for Manitoba to become a "have" province.After significant swings up and down in September and October,...
Only One Kill Each, Hunters Say
Maintain they took just what they needed THEY got lucky.They could have shot more, but they only killed what they needed.That's what aboriginal hunter Ron Flett said Friday about the shooting of 12 elk on private land in the Duck Mountain area shortly...
Pleas for Help Ignored after Rape
NEW DELHI -- The companion of a woman who was gang-raped aboard a moving bus in India's capital said Friday that after being attacked for 21/2 hours, the pair was thrown on the side of the road, where passersby ignored them and police debated jurisdiction...
Post-Holiday Posh
Garment offers solution to the cash-strapped 11Not only do we need to worry about squeezing into the custom-tailored suit that used to fit like a glove, but for many of us that "me" piggy bank -- the one you dip into when there's a great pair of shoes...
Problems Farmers Don't Mind Having
2012 a turning point for local producers When Great-Grandpa Yankee Brown uprooted his wife Fannie and seven children from their comfortable lives in Rockford, Ill., to trek northward and settle the unbroken prairie southwest of Winnipeg in 1907, he promised...
Rather Than Soundproofing, Check Furnace
QUESTION: Our laundry/furnace room is directly below our bedroom. I have recently installed Roxul Comfort Batt Safe & Sound batting in between the ceiling joists under our bedroom to reduce the noise from the electric furnace. I would like advice...
Reach Dramatic New Heights
Vertical displays add panache to decor The stunning Moen bathroom in our feature photograph has all of the bells and whistles of a stylish, modern space.Dual wall-mounted vanities topped with sumptuous vessel sinks and European-inspired faucets exude...
Ring in 2013 with Helpful Tips for the Home
Life just got easier!To save real snowflakes, wait until the temperature is -10 C or colder outside. Collect snowflakes on microscope slides (do not use your fingers). Cover the snowflakes on the slide with a drop of super glue (not gel). Put a cover...
Soccer Economics Very Unlike NHL's
Enabling engrossing FA Cup matchups As the National Hockey League and its Players' Association look for a way out of collective bargaining gridlock, Hastings United are preparing to face Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.Hastings, which plays its home matches...
Some Thought for Food
Grocery prices are being driven by a cornucopia of factors, including plain old waste GUELPH -- Last year, Canadian consumers enjoyed modest increases in food prices. In fact, not only did food prices barely increase, but fruit and vegetable prices...
Steve, Justin, Call It a Day
CALGARY -- January is special because it is so early in the year we have yet to have our hearts broken by shattered political promises, hidden tax hikes, omnibus budget bills that also rewrite our environmental laws and outrageous stories of inflated...
Stobbe Pens Jailhouse Account
Inmates respected accused killer, sought his advice He describes himself as a fish out of water, a "50-year-old fat white guy" thrown in jail after a high-profile slaying for which he was later cleared.Now, former government adviser Mark Stobbe is speaking...
StreetStyle
Genevieve BermanAn interior designer, Genevieve Berman lives in Toronto but is home for the holidays. Spotted on Academy with some cousins, she was grabbing a coffee before heading out to shop for the day. Her esthetic is mixing old with new and blending...
Suicide Case in Peril after Witness Injured
Man charged with failing to prevent wife's death The case against a Winnipeg man accused of failing to stop his wife from committing suicide is in danger of falling apart, the Free Press has learned.The Crown's key witness went missing, only to be found...
Teary Farewell to Hovel
Old football stadium far from great, but will be missed by many It had leaks and drafts and its best days were many, many moons ago.But it's where Grey Cup champions were built and declared and where thousands wore out their lungs cheering on the Winnipeg...
The Uses and Abuses of AR-15s
By Justin PetersNEW YORK -- On Dec. 24 in Webster, N.Y., an ex-con named William Spengler set fire to his house and then shot and killed two responding firefighters before taking his own life.He shot them with a Bushmaster AR-15-style semi-automatic...
TOUGH ACTS to Follow
Cole Peters has big name to live up to Six letters are spread out, left to right, across a jacket on a young man's back.They spell the name P-E-T-E-R-S but they represent so much more to anybody who has slid from the hack or simply watched curling in...
Un-Wine-Ding
A look at bottles past, present and future Every January I like to look back at the year that was in the wine world, contemplate the good and the bad, and look ahead at what to expect. I think I now taste too many wines (about 1,200-plus per year) to...
Welcome to Our First Weekend Weather Column of the New. [Derived Headline]
Welcome to our first weekend weather column of the new year, a time when we traditionally look ahead to see what the next 12 months hold in store for us.But before we can think about where we are going, we need to look in our rear-view mirror to take...
Winner on Waverley
River Heights gem offers all a family could want Say you have a family of five and are looking to move up to a larger, more family-friendly home in a more central location.Naturally, the first consideration might be a new home with a contemporary, open-concept...