Winnipeg Free Press

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Articles from January 8, 2013

Birchard Wins by Hair; off to Nats
Takes junior women's provincials for chance to top last year's silver BRANDON -- A year ago, Nicole Sigvaldason didn't know if she would curl again.Now the third and her teammates on Shannon Birchard's team from St. Vital are headed to the 2013 Canadian...
'Black Boxes' in Automobiles Intrusive Hitchhikers?
If you happen to read every word of your new car owner's manual, then you already know your car may be monitoring your driving habits.If you're like most people on the planet, though, it will come as a surprise that a box the size of a deck of cards...
Blue Jays Stars Dazzle Pupils
Bautista, Cecil, Loup drop by city school Sure, the show of hands for kids who like math was greater than the show of hands for kids who play baseball.But statistics can be misleading -- every kid at cole Van Walleghem School on Monday morning was a...
Bogosian Reunites with Teammates
Injured Jets defenceman skates with buddies after long layoff There were good days and bad during the National Hockey League lockout for Zach Bogosian.Consider Monday, Jan. 7 among the good.The 22-year-old Winnipeg Jets defenceman returned to the ice...
'Dirty Oil' to Remain Canada's Best Friend
WINDSOR -- Here's a New Year's prediction for you. (It's a fact, really, so I can make no claim to being prescient.)There is no "glut" of oil. Prices are not going to go down. And, much as we might want to think we're all modern and post-industrial,...
Doctor in the Dog House
Vets going to pets a growing trend LOS ANGELES -- Two kids, two pets, two jobs, too much.That's how it felt to Erin McCarthy when it came time to drag her cat and puppy to the veterinarian. So she jumped on a growing trend among veterinarians and called...
Family Can Enjoy PC Together
LAS VEGAS -- Dismayed family members are spread out over the house, each with a separate PC or tablet?Lenovo has something it believes will get them back together: a PC the size of a coffee table that works like a gigantic tablet and lets four people...
Fans Won't See Jets Tickets until Schedule Is Released
Q: Still haven't heard anything about my Jets season tickets. What's up with that?A: The team has done extensive planning for all possible startup plans but must wait to release details until the owners and players both ratify the agreement and the schedule...
Finnish Line
New Jet Jokinen brings a little bit of Finland and a lot of skill and leadership Olli Jokinen just might be the next best Finn.Winnipeg Jets fans already have soft spots for Finnish products Teemu Selanne and Teppo Numminen and they are never to be replaced...
Have Your Say
Surely a rhetorical jestIn his Jan. 7 column, It's your move, Jets fans, Gary Lawless ponders the question as to whether fans will still be interested in the Jets and the NHL after months of unseemly bickering over the financial spoils of professional...
Homes Market Still Hot in City A Solid Foundation
Winnipeg's housing market barely skipped a beat in 2012, with MLS sales topping the 13,000-unit threshold for only the third time in more than a century and new-home construction activity running way ahead of last year's pace.Year-end numbers released...
In Business
More than 40B apps downloadedCUPERTINO, Calif. -- Apple says people have downloaded more than 40 billion apps for the iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch, nearly half of them in 2012.Apple Inc. said Monday December saw record downloads of more than two billion...
Jets' Website Posting Doesn't Cut It with Fans
SOME Winnipeg Jets fans are unhappy with the official comment from the team about the end of the lockout.A brief comment was posted on the team's official website by president and CEO Jim Ludlow and Norva Riddell, senior vice-president, sales and marketing,...
Killings Push RCMP to Limits
Being called in from time off as officers work tirelessly Mounties in Manitoba are being recalled from time off to bolster investigators who have worked flat out on five homicides since New Year's and another sudden death Monday.At a pace of nearly one...
Liberace Biopic a Serious Love Story
PASADENA -- It might be campy. And it might be weird and funny, in an over-the-top, showbiz-excess kind of way.But first and foremost, says Matt Damon, the story told in the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra is a serious love story, and Job 1 for him and...
Lower Speed Limit Dangerous?
City report says uneven compliance may bring new hazards to streets Reducing the posted speed limit on Winnipeg's residential streets may actually increase the risk of collisions, according to a new report that recommends the city put the brakes on proposed...
MD Rapped for Delay in Seeing Patient
AN Ashern doctor has been disciplined for failing to attend promptly to a patient with a life-threatening condition while on call at the community's hospital.The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba censured Dr. Willem George Roets last month...
Miraculins, PharmaChoice Team Up to Offer Test
MIRACULINS, the Winnipeg medical diagnostic company, has teamed up with PharmaChoice to introduce the PreVu non-invasive skin cholesterol point of care (POC) test in stores in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.The Dartmouth, N.S.-based chain of 350-plus independent...
NHL Deal Will Help the Game
The NHL lockout cost teams, players and local businesses millions of dollars in lost income and soured many fans on the game, but there was more at stake than 40 cancelled games.Both sides in the dispute naturally wanted more for themselves, but the...
Novel Approach to Asperger's
Story told from point of view of young 'Aspie' Connor, who is in Grade 3, is having "a few issues" at school. "My teacher, Mrs. Winters, and I don't see eye to eye," is how he puts it.Connor is a sweet kid and a brilliant student who strongly dislikes...
Owners Fear for Fate of 50 Missing Dogs
Speculation growing they're dogfight bait At least 50 large-breed dogs have vanished from southeastern Manitoba homes in the past year, fuelling speculation the animals are being used as bait in illegal dogfights.The RCMP say there is no proof of such...
Parking Fees Killed Business: Owner
Gallery closing its doors following hike in rates JOE Kerr plans on closing his Exchange District store, the largest dedicated photo gallery in Western Canada, because he says parking-meter rates have hammered his business.The owner of Pixels 2.1 on...
Prayers after Remains Found on First Nation
GOD'S Lake First Nation residents gathered to pray Monday on a trail in the bush, the scene of a grisly discovery Sunday of human remains.RCMP have confirmed a death occurred in the fly-in Cree First Nation, 550 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.But Mounties...
Private Plans, Public Support
City's building boom has government help In a slow-growing city finally feeling optimistic, "100 per cent private-sector-driven" is a badge of honour. Until recently, it was unusual to see a major development get by without a massive infusion of public...
Puck Drop Delayed by Mountain of Details
THE marathon bargaining session that led to agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players Association on the weekend has yielded to what seems like another marathon -- to get the league up and running again.As of Monday, legal teams for both sides were...
Russia a Tax Haven? Ask Depardieu
It's as if Paul Newman and Jane Fonda had fled the U.S. in protest of something or other -- they were always protesting -- and sought Russian citizenship instead. Americans would be surprised, but would they really care? It's a free country, as they...
Schussler Wins Gold TWO-TIME Olympian Speed Skater Brittany Schussler Of. [Derived Headline]
Schussler wins goldTWO-TIME Olympian speed skater Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg captured gold in the women's 3,000-metres event at the 2013 Canadian Single Distance Championships at the Calgary Olympic Oval last weekend.Schussler skated a season's best...
The Best Game You Can Name
Before the fans all go insane, here's a primer on everything hockey There have been any number of signs which have screamed out the end of the National Hockey League lockout and a return to business as usual over the last couple of days, among them:--...
The Picture Is Clear,it's Time to Move On
DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: My girlfriend got a tattoo when she was away in Europe with some Gaelic letters and symbols she would not tell me about. I got suspicious and took her travelling buddy out for a few drinks... well, quite a few shots. She finally...
Timely Tips on What to Eat to Meet Your Exercise Goals
Q: I am ready to get into shape this year. I know I need to eat less to lose weight but how do I eat properly so that I have the energy to exercise?A: The start of a new year is when many people want to make a lifestyle change. Just thinking about how...
Today's Horoscope
MOON ALERT We have the all clear today to do business (whether you spend $10 or $10 million) and make important decisions until 8:15 p.m. The moon is in Sagittarius.ARIES (March 21-April 19)Yesterday is over and today is a fresh day. You're up for adventure...
U of M Shutting Blue out of Gym a Troubling Precedent
If you happen to have a Bowflex system or a treadmill in your basement gathering dust, you might want to give your local football club a call and offer it up as a temporary training salvation.Speaking with a number of Bombers players this week, it was...
'Walk of Shame' Defined at Inquest
CFS staff jargon for bounced file The inquiry into the 2005 death of Phoenix Sinclair heard testimony for the first time Monday about the notorious "walk of shame" alluded to since public hearings began in September.The "walk of shame" was the phrase...