Winnipeg Free Press

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Articles from July 12, 2013

Airline Safety Starts with Attentive Passengers
The remarkable safety record of airline travel over the past decade has a bizarre tendency to justify passenger inattention before takeoff when flight attendants go through the list of procedures to follow in emergency situations. We look out the window,...
Appeal Court Backs Acquittal in Oak Bluff Crash Death
MANITOBA'S high court has upheld an acquittal in a dangerous-driving-causing-death case.In a ruling released this month, a three-member panel of the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal involving the acquittal of Roland Artimowich.Odette Dequier, 46,...
Belize Collective Brings Diverse Musical Mix to Canada
While the entire Western Hemisphere can be described as diverse, Belize boasts an ethnocultural mix unlike any on the planet.The Central American nation may be the only country where a black minority -- the Kriol, who make up about one-fifth of the population...
Billboard
Central School-âcole Centrale, 604 Day St., is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with formal ceremonies at 11 a.m. and a family concert at 1 p.m. featuring Just Kiddin. Displays and school tours, a luncheon and children's...
Black Beauty
Prize-winning '62 Oldsmobile Starfire is the real deal The Olds Motor Vehicle Company began building automobiles in Lansing, Michigan in 1897, and entrepreneur Ransom Eli Olds had a winner with his simplistic, 1901 single-cylinder, curved-dash runabout.In...
Business Watch
Hall of Fame inducteesDONALD K. JOHNSON, raised in Lundar, Man., is part of the inaugural group of industry officials inducted into the Investment Industry Association of Canada's Investment Industry Hall of Fame.Johnson was the former president of Burns...
Concealed Guns OK'd in 50th State
This week, Illinois became the 50th U.S. state to enact concealed-carry legislation. The Illinois law allows concealed guns on private property and places of work and worship unless property owners post signage that indicates otherwise; it prohibits...
Cops Ready for Violence as Trial Nears End
SANFORD, Fla. -- Police prepared for possible protests or even violence as a high-profile U.S. trial in the murder of an unarmed black teen neared its end Thursday.Neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty in the shooting...
DNA Links Murder to Strangler
Fifty-year cold case could now be solved On Jan. 4, 1964, young Mary Sullivan was strangled and raped in her Beacon Hill apartment in Boston. Among the evidence collected by police was seminal fluid from her body and from a blanket.DNA testing did not...
Dogs Outsmart MDs in Detecting Cancers
Extraordinary skill at smelling disease What do dogs have that's lacking in humans? Harry Truman, the straight-talking former president of the United States, remarked that, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." But friendship is not the dog's...
Donation in Work-Safety Case Looks Bad: Prof
Bristol gives cash as charges dropped It may have seemed like a good idea at the time: step away from an uncertain prosecution in exchange for a guaranteed -- and generous -- donation to a Winnipeg charity.But legal experts say the controversial deal,...
Dumb, Shallow, Lazy. Must Be a Sandler Film
You know it's bad when Rob Schneider turns it down The gang's all here for Grown Ups 2, Adam Sandler's latest lowbrow make-work project for all the ex-jocks, jockcasters, Saturday Night Live has-beens and other hangers-on he keeps on payroll.It's another...
Extra Points
Ugly footballIF he wanted, Tim Burke could rant and rave, scream and yell about his team's giveaways until his face turned every shade of purple imaginable.Instead, while the Bomber head coach has brought it up this week in practice and the coaching...
From Tea Readings to Movie Kidnappings to Bidets
ESCAPED THE CURSE: Fifteen Winnipeg psychics from the Soul Medicine Psychic Shoppe, who had a blow-up with their landlord on Nairn Avenue a few weeks ago and moved in seven hours, opened at 136 Provencher Blvd. on July 1 in grand style. They were fully...
Growing Older
Senior Centre Without Walls * A&O: Support Services for Older Adults, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday now-Aug. 30, A & O a free program for older adults 55+ in Manitoba. The program operates entirely over the telephone and...
Have Your Say
Campaign just one toolI must take issue with Dr. Drummond (WRHA gets it wrong again, Letters, July 9) on the WRHA's recent communication strategy to reduce the use of emergency departments.It is well-known that extended wait times in ERs are merely a...
Have Your Vehicles Alignment Checked at Least Once a Year Don't Let the Wheels Come Off
QUESTION: I've noticed some cars and trucks have a front wheel breaking off and the vehicle's front fender collapsing on top of the wheel. Are there any clues to the driver that the front end needs repair before extensive damage occurs?ANSWER: It isn't...
He Scores on Ice, Makes Saves off Ice
NHLer Steen rescues abused dogs in St. Louis As a fast-skating centre for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League, Winnipeg native Alexander Steen has scored some big goals during the last five seasons.But it might not be a bad idea for him...
Hog Farmers See Signs of Turnaround
The last year has been a trying time for Manitoba hog producers, but it appears the industry has turned a corner.For four consecutive months, hog prices have steadily marched up as producers have once again started to turn a profit.While prices are strong,...
Hydro's Bipole III Clears Hurdle
Watchdog recommends environmental licence Manitoba's environmental watchdog has recommended the province issue an environmental licence for the controversial Bipole III transmission line Manitoba Hydro wants to build to deliver power from northern generating...
In Brief
Charity ride interruptedA man riding his bicycle across Canada for a charity received a surly welcome in Winnipeg Wednesday night when his bike was stolen in the 800 block of Leila Avenue.Police said the blue touring bike has silver accents and the word...
Is There an App for Humanity?
BRISBANE -- The automated banking machine tells me it's off duty -- closed for business."Currently unavailable'' is the abrupt message replacing that cheerfully scrawled "back in five minutes'' sign that once dangled from a country store door.An inexplicable...
Killdeer Builds Nest Right in Middle of Fest
VISITORS to the Winnipeg Folk Festival this weekend are being urged to drink lots of water, protect themselves from sun -- and try not to trample the baby killdeer.A killdeer hen has built a nest in the middle of the Birds Hill Park festival site, forcing...
MANFF Still in Charge of Aid
Swamped Red Cross yet to replace group Last month, the Manitoba Association of Native Fire Fighters stepped away from flood evacuee assistance at the same time provincial and federal governments announced the Canadian Red Cross would replace them.This...
Manitoba Mine Looks to Financing from Frac Sands
VICTORY NICKEL is continuing its efforts to develop a massive nickel sulphide deposit north of Grand Rapids, MB., but in the absence of equally massive financing needed to get the project going, the Toronto-based junior mining company is happy to embark...
Moore Returning to Ice after Wife's Death
REGARDLESS of your NHL allegiance, if you are not rooting for the Rangers' Dominic Moore next season you need to go out and get a heart.Moore, 32, who began his career with the Rangers and has since played for eight other NHL teams, took a leave of absence...
Mother Reunites with Missing Daughter
It wasn't a fairy-tale ending but the tears shed by a Winnipeg mother on Thursday were those of joy.Only minutes before a group of the mother's family and friends were to begin a search of the West End for her 12-year-old daughter, who had been missing...
Mr. Opportunity Knocks
Linebacker Parker getting rave reviews from Blue Terrell PARKER is quickly becoming aware of all the little intricacies and nuances of the Canadian brand of football and of the occasionally mind-numbing task of playing linebacker in the three-down game.But...
Multi-Tasking SUV Packs Comfort Clearance
A couple of weeks ago, following the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Eco-Run, I made a side trip to Nova Scotia. There was some work involved, plus a chance to visit friends, sail on a buddy's boat, enjoy some Halifax restaurants and spend...
NDP Accuses Tory Leader of Slur
Allegation levelled as session grows bitter The NDP claims Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister showed his true colours Thursday when he appeared to call an unknown NDP MLA a "retard" during a vote to adjourn debate on PC MLA Kelvin Goertzen's...
Newest Jet Happy to Land
Ex-Predator Halischuk brings 'hard game' to 'Peg The NHL was rocked by a significant newsflash Thursday and, with all due respect to Matt Halischuk, it had nothing to do with the veteran winger finding a new home with the Winnipeg Jets.No, the real headline...
New Mouth of the Downs
Contois has a tough act to follow but he's been a quick study His vocal chords and throat have taken a beating since opening day, but thanks to cauliflower, broccoli and lots of water, Kirt Contois has survived his first two months as the new voice of...
Outlander Puts You in Control, on and off the Road
Arriving at Winnipeg's two Mitsubishi dealers in mid-June, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is an all-new design with new and class-leading features.That includes "the world's most advanced all-wheel control system," said Waverley Mitsubishi president Rino...
Protect Those Who Protect Public Good
The Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters' fight against an ex-employee who disclosed information about how it spent federal flood-relief money illustrates why Manitoba needs better whistleblower protection.In May, Ted Ducharme, a former MANFF...
Rejig Offers Window into Microsoft's Woes
Division shuffled as PC sales slump, Windows 8 flops NEW YORK -- Microsoft Corp. is reshuffling its business in an attempt to promote faster innovation and a sharper focus on devices and services. The move by the world's largest software-maker comes...
Renaud, Palardy Find Their Groove
Blue Bombers kickers stellar so far in 2013 WITH all the focus the past week on the stellar play of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defence and continuing struggles of the offence, the play of the club's special teams thus far in 2013 has flown a bit under...
Rooming-House Loss a Crisis
City's poor losing places to call home: advocates There are 20 per cent fewer rooming houses in the Spence neighbourhood now than a decade ago.That sounds like a good thing. Instead, inner-city activists say it's a crisis.Rooming houses are often demonized...
Send-Off to Celebrate Camp's Wilderness Retreat Centennial
FOR Ted Spear, 1971 was about clarity. For Carolyn Schram, 1979 was about perseverance. For Don Cochrane, 1984 was about perspective. For Lisa Malbranck, 1998 was about confidence.Spear, Schram, Cochrane and Malbrank are separated by the years and now...
Sex Industry Is in Deep Recession
TIMES are tough for Debbie, a prostitute in western England who runs a private flat with other "mature ladies." She does two or three jobs a day. A year ago she was doing eight or nine. She has cut her prices: "If I hadn't, I wouldn't still be open."...
Showbits
Today in Music HistoryIn 1962, the Rolling Stones played their first concert at the Marquee club in London. The lineup for that date was lead vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, bassist Dick Taylor and future Kinks drummer...
Spectacular and Smart
Pacific Rim cranks up the action without dumbing down Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is a wholly original talent (see Pan's Labyrinth and his two Hellboys), but one can't help assume his new movie Pacific Rim was generated from the success of the Transformers...
Speed, Scale Challenges for Pacific Rim
Making massive creatures move fast wasn't easy SAN FRANCISCO -- The robot on the computer monitor stands about 32 centimetres tall. For visual-effects wizard Hal Hickel, the mission was simple: Make audiences believe the metallic creature was real and...
Spirit of Protest Still Sings True
Indigo Girls call for action, Ritter charms BIRDS HILL PARK --Thursday night's mainstage concert at the Winnipeg Folk Festival was a celebration of master storytellers, and no one fits that description better than American singer/songwriter and all-around...
Tell Girlfriend You Have No Tolerance for Gossip
DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: This is so embarrassing! My partner got something lodged high in her private parts when we were playing in bed and we had to go to the hospital to get it removed. As if that weren't bad enough, I found out she yapped about it....
The World
No malfunctions on doomed planeSAN FRANCISCO -- Investigators have found no evidence of mechanical problems with Asiana Flight 214, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, putting the focus of the safety probe into the crash...
Today's Horoscope
MOON ALERT We have the all clear to do business (whether $10 or $10 million) and make important decisions. The moon is in Virgo.ARIES (March 21-April 19)Relatives from the past might prompt you to work hard and rejuvenate yourself in some way. It looks...
Transgender Student Files Rights Complaint
Claims U of M wrongly turfed him from program A transgender student has launched a human rights complaint against the University of Manitoba's inner-city social work program after he said he was forced out by the administration.Damien Leggett was transitioning...
Travis Recovering from Brain Surgery after Stroke
NASHVILLE -- Country music stars and fans joined together to urge prayers for Randy Travis overnight as he recovered from brain surgery following a stroke.Travis, 54, remained in critical condition after surgery Wednesday night to relieve pressure on...
Turning over Documents May Absolve Whistleblower
WHISTLEBLOWER Ted Ducharme may have struck a deal to end a legal fight with his former employer.Before a scheduled court hearing Wednesday morning, Ducharme turned over all documents he had collected while working for the Manitoba Association of Native...
Warmer Temps Threaten Railway
Churchill shipping runs over peatland CHURCHILL -- Global warming may extend the shipping season in Churchill, but it's also melting permafrost and softening the rail bed leading to the port, researchers say.That will make it more costly to transport...
Why You Would Withdraw Your RRSP Early
Everyone loves the immediate tax benefit of contributing to an RRSP. The contribution is used to reduce your taxable income, saving you tax at your marginal tax rate.Marginal tax rates in Manitoba for 2013 are 34.75 per cent for taxable incomes between...