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Free Press Head Start for Feb. 13

Canada's Kaitlyn Lawes and teammate John Morris play their stone during mixed doubles gold-medal curling action against Switzerland at the Olympic Winter Games in Gangneung, South Korea on Tuesday.

What you need to know

  • Curling gold: Winnipeg’s Kaitlyn Lawes has won Olympic gold for the second time in her young curling career. Lawes teamed up with Ottawa’s John Morris to win the inaugural Olympic mixed curling competition this morning in South Korea, defeating Switzerland 10-3. Lawes won gold in women’s play as third for Jennifer Jones in 2014.
  • Ready to bounce back: The Winnipeg Jets, coming off a loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday, host the Washington Capitals at Bell MTS Place tonight. The puck drops at 7 p.m.


  • Your forecast: The temperature will be warmer today, but it won’t necessarily feel warmer. Expect a high of -6 C, with winds of 30 km/h, gusting to 50-70 km/h around noon. Tonight, it will be partly cloudy with a low of -8. On Wednesday, there’s a 60 per cent chance of flurries with a high of zero.

In case you missed it

  • Father pleads not guilty: An Indigenous man in a high-profile Manitoba homicide case will be tried by a jury composed mainly of white, middle-aged men. Daniel Williams, 37, is accused of not providing the necessaries of life to his 21-month-old daughter, Kierra Elektra Star Williams, leading to her death July 17, 2014, when she was rushed to hospital in a malnourished, neglected and battered state. Williams has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

Around the water cooler


    The number of assaults on bus operators has remained consistent over the past couple of years, according to Winnipeg Transit. .

    Transit workers' safety: Nearly one year after bus driver Irvine Jubal Fraser died from stab wounds sustained on the job, his friend and transit union president said not enough progress has been made on ensuring drivers' safety. Jessica Botelho-Urbanski reports.
  • Justice for all?: The decision by an all-white jury, presided over by a white judge, to acquit the killer of Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, is a severe test of the settler-based Canadian legal system, argues David MacDonald, pointing to the long-term effects of colonization on Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.

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    The number of assaults on bus operators has remained consistent over the past couple of years, according to Winnipeg Transit. .

    #PancakeTuesday: Also known as Shrove Tuesday, the day is rooted in the Christian tradition of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter. Pancake Tuesday is the day before Lent, during which people are encouraged to give up certain luxuries. Whether you observe Lent or not, it's still a fine day to indulge in some pancakes.

On this date

  • On Feb. 13, 2003: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that thousands were expected to march in a protest against a potential U.S.-led invasion of Iraq over allegations Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Winnipeg's Remy Shand and Lynn Lake's Tom Cochrane were among six Manitoba musical acts headed for the Juno Awards.

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