August 17, 2019

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Free Press Head Start for April 25

What you need to know

  • Former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden (Manuel Balce Ceneta / The Associated Press Files)

    Former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden

    Biden announces bid: Former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden announced early this morning he’s running for president. Biden, who had long been expected to make the announcement after Easter, is one of 20 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination.
  • Hate allegedly a hoax: Police allege the owners of BerMax Caffé + Bistro staged an anti-Semitic attack. In her latest column, Melissa Martin says letting hoaxes claim the public’s goodwill would be a mistake.
  • Defending champs defeated: The Carolina Hurricanes scored in double overtime to beat the Washington Capitals in Game 7. It’s the first time all four division winners — including the Capitals, who won the Stanley Cup last season — were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.


  • Your forecast: Sunny this morning, then a mix of sun and cloud, with a 30 per cent chance of showers this afternoon, a high of 14 C and wind from the northwest at 40 km/h gusting to 60 starting later this morning.

What’s happening today

  • Arrest in Easter attacks: The father of two of the suspected bombers in the deadly Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka has been arrested on suspicion of helping his sons, a counterterrorism expert told The Associated Press.
  • Putin on Pyongyang: Russian President Vladimir Putin says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is ready to proceed toward denuclearization but needs serious security guarantees. The two leaders met today in eastern Russia.

In case you missed it

  • A billboard advertising 'Winnipeg’s Professional Companion' on Portage Avenue. (JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A billboard advertising 'Winnipeg’s Professional Companion' on Portage Avenue.

    ‘Sensual’ sign was revised: The city previously removed a billboard on Academy Road advertising Sensual Serena, a licensed escort. A revised billboard has since gone up at a different location. Aldo Santin reports.
  • Tobacco taxes: Anti-smoking groups are calling on the province to increase taxes on tobacco instead of making cigarettes cheaper when the scheduled PST cut takes effect. Jessica Botelho-Urbanski reports.

On this date

  • On April 25, 1997: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Blue Bomber Chris Walby was retiring after 16 CFL seasons to take on a new role as a CBC TV football analyst. At Brunkild, dike builders had three days to win a 10-mile race with the Red River as flood waters approached; if constructions crews succeeded, then La Salle and Sanford would stay dry, but if they failed, water could get around the city's right flank and pour in to the La Salle River or even the Assiniboine, which could raise the level of the Red River within Winnipeg by a foot.

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