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Free Press Head Start for March 26


What you need to know

  • TREVOR HAGAN / THE CANADIAN PRESS</p><p>Winnipeg Jets' Josh Morrissey (44), Ben Chiarot (7), Bryan Little (18) and Kyle Connor (81) celebrate after Little scored as Jets fans go crazy as the team played against the Nashville Predators' during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Sunday, March 25, 2018.

    TREVOR HAGAN / THE CANADIAN PRESS

    Winnipeg Jets' Josh Morrissey (44), Ben Chiarot (7), Bryan Little (18) and Kyle Connor (81) celebrate after Little scored as Jets fans go crazy as the team played against the Nashville Predators' during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Sunday, March 25, 2018.

    A whiteout is coming: After a 5-4 shootout win on Sunday evening against the Nashville Predators, the Winnipeg Jets are playoff bound. "Really proud of our group," Blake Wheeler said. "(There was) a lot of uncertainty coming into the year, where we were going to be. I don’t think many people thought we were going to be where we are at, a playoff team. Every single guy in here has had a huge part in that. It’s a big moment for our team and for our organization. We’re pretty excited."
  • Trump storm: Adult film star Stormy Daniels said she was threatened by an unidentified man in Las Vegas to keep quiet about her alleged relationship with President Donald Trump, an incident that she said happened while she was with her young daughter.
  • Secret life of plants making music: Free Press reporter Alexandra Paul tells you how Helga Jakobson, an environmental Artist-in-residence at Assiniboine Park Conservatory, is using electrical impulses from trees, vines and dandelions to make music.

Weather

  • Winnipeg will reach a high today of 2 C under a cloudy sky with sunny breaks.

In case you missed it

  • One dog at a time: Animal rescue volunteers, vet with mobile clinic spend weekend on Manitoba First Nation in effort to reduce dangerous stray dog numbers.
  • Miscarriage of justice: The 1981 murder of Barbara Stoppel was the beginning of decades of hell for her family and the man wrongly accused of killing the teenager.
  • Making their case: Immigration and Refugee Board data since 2010 shed light on asylum seekers' claims, success rates, countries of origin.

Around the water cooler

  • Former Manitoba Hydro Board chairman Sandy Riley (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES)

    Former Manitoba Hydro Board chairman Sandy Riley

    Battle in the opinion section: Premier Brian Pallister wrote an op-ed for the Winnipeg Free Press regarding his ongoing public feud with former Manitoba Hydro Board chairman Sandy Riley. "Earlier this week, our government sent a directive to Manitoba Hydro to not proceed with a payment of nearly $70 million to the Manitoba Metis Federation," the piece reads. "That payment would not have been a good use of taxpayers’ money. "
  • ...and in response: Sandy Riley returned fire Sunday with his own piece, charging Pallister "continues to make inaccurate statements about the circumstances" leading to the massive Manitoba Hydro board exodus last week.
  • Jones goes perfect 14-0: Jennifer Jones & Co. beat Sweden at the Women's World Curling Championships to win gold Sunday evening. The win also marks Jill Officer's retirement from curling. Our Melissa Martin was in North Bay, Ont. for the emotional and triumphant conclusion to a storied career.

Trending now

  • Junos: Host Michael Buble set the tone early on Sunday night by announcing his wife's third pregnancy — but other performers were quick to grab the tide of optimism during their own stage moments. "I just hope that we can all rise above negativity in our lives and just do what we believe in," said Arcade Fire's Win Butler as he accepted the band's album award for "Everything Now."

On this date

  • University students lament tuition hike: It was announced on March 26, 1981 that tuition would increase by nine per cent for many university students in the province. Fees for a five-course undergraduate year at the University of Manitoba rose to $670 from $615.

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