January 19, 2019

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Free Press Head Start for May 17

What you need to know

  • Guido Amsel (Winnipeg Police Service)

    Guido Amsel

    Decision day: A provincial court judge is scheduled to announce her verdict today in the trial of Guido Amsel, who’s accused of sending a series of explosive packages. The decision will be livestreamed on the Free Press website at 2 p.m. Katie May reports.
  • No luck in Vegas: The Jets lost to the Golden Knights in Las Vegas Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. It’s the first time the Jets have lost consecutive games this NHL post-season and the first time they’ve trailed in a series. Mike McIntyre reports.

Your forecast

  • Weather: Today will be mainly cloudy with a high of 16 C, a 30 per cent chance of showers, wind from the east at 30 km/h and a risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon.

What’s happening today

  • Probe a year old: U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted this morning about the anniversary of former FBI director Robert Mueller being appointed as special counsel to investigate possible co-ordination between Russia and his 2016 campaign. “Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest witch hunt in American history,” Trump wrote.

In case you missed it

  • An overnight operation targeted illegal night hunters near Pearson last year. (RYAN THORPE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    An overnight operation targeted illegal night hunters near Pearson last year.

    Targeting night hunting: The Tory provincial government has introduced a bill that would limit night hunting in southern Manitoba, and Indigenous leaders say the move could lead to a legal battle. “They’re leading us into a massive fight in this province,” says Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand. Larry Kusch and Nick Martin report.
  • Spot up for grabs: Reporter Jeff Hamilton spoke with Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea about the team’s backup quarterback position in the wake of Darian Durant’s retirement. “We’ve got some guys that, in a very short period of time, have stepped into a better opportunity, and it’s going to be exciting to see how they seize that opportunity,” O’Shea says.
  • Suspect under surveillance: A man on trial for murder was under surveillance before he was charged, and police tried to get him to react to their investigation as they listened to his conversations through wiretaps. Details of the police probe were revealed for the first time Wednesday at the trial of Kyllan Ellis, who’s accused of killing Simone Sanderson in 2012. Katie May reports.

Trending now

  • Laurel: In an audio clip being circulated on Twitter, listeners are divided as to whether the name being spoken is "Laurel" or "Yanny."

On this date

  • On May 17, 1982: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that a Canadian Forces private resented the fact he was not permitted leave from where he was stationed in Alberta in time to attend the birth of his first child in Winnipeg. Great Britain was set to invade the Falkland Islands to retake them from Argentina. Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau called on the West to negotiate arms control and disarmament with the Soviet Union. In Toronto, Progressive Conservative members showed their support for the continued leadership of Joe Clark.

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