Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top B.C. News as of 9 P.M

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top B.C. News as of 9 P.M

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Top B.C. News

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TUESDAY, AUG. 21

B.C. NEWS ADVISORY

Here are the Top B.C. News stories from The Canadian Press as of 9 p.m. All times local unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops.

Contact the Vancouver desk at 604-687-1662.

COMING TOMORROW:

B.C. prof involved in 2016 Mars mission

Mars-2016

VANCOUVER -- As NASA's Curiosity rover beams back photos of the flat, rocky surface of Mars, another group of scientists, including one from British Columbia, is preparing for another mission to uncover what's underneath. University of British Columbia professor Catherine Johnson is among the scientists whose project, named Insight, was selected by NASA this week as part of the U.S. space agency's Discovery program, which invites proposals from within the scientific community. AUDIO.

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TOP NEWS:

Tougher penalty mulled for Vancouver officer

Woman-Pushed

VANCOUVER -- B.C.'s Police Complaints Commissioner has rejected the proposed punishment for a Vancouver police officer who pushed a disabled woman to the sidewalk. Commissioner Stan Lowe has written to Const. Taylor Robinson and Sandy Davidsen, the woman who was pushed, advising that he believes the proposed penalty for Robinson does not reflect the severity of the misconduct.

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Man testifies about Scrabble attack

Murder-Confessions

KAMLOOPS -- A man who was stabbed in the eye with a pencil by another inmate during a jailhouse game of Scrabble says his attacker accused him of casting black magic. Michel Fougere told B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops, B.C., Tuesday he was caught completely off guard when he was grabbed by fellow inmate Mark Lindsay at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre last year.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS:

Wildfire forces evacuation of B.C. homes

Homes-Evacuated

VANCOUVER -- Emergency officials in British Columbia's Cariboo region have asked about 40 people to leave their homes because of a wildfire. The Ministry of Forests said Tuesday evening that the wildfire was about 50 hectares in size and was burning about 40 kilometres west of Clinton, B. …

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