November 22, 2017

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Free Press Head Start for Sept. 11


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    Desmond Jones and his son Riley Mikkelson, 17.

    Left in limbo: Riley Mikkelson’s football dreams are on hold after Murdoch MacKay Collegiate scrapped its program because of a lack of players shortly before the Manitoba High School Football League season started last week. Manitoba High School Athletic Association policy no longer allows a student to attend one school and play sports for another, even in the case of a folding program. Randy Turner reports.
  • Your forecast: Today will be sunny, with a high of 26 C and wind from the west at 20 km/h becoming light late this afternoon.

In case you missed it

  • Winnipeg Police and the department of fisheries try to contain a moose near the corner of Pembina Highway at Chancellor Matheson Drive on Saturday.

    Loose moose: Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Rob Carver acknowledges some football fans headed to the Banjo Bowl were irked when officers blocked a road leading to Investors Group Field because conservation officers were trying to catch a moose.”This resolved itself without any injury to the public, and the animal was safely tranquilized and removed. I think that’s the outcome everyone wants. It’s just a little frustrating when we hear people weren’t supportive of that,” he says. Alexandra Paul reports.
  • Slow burn: In his latest column, Dan Lett says the city’s policy development process on the implications of a smoking ban on patios is needlessly long and painful. Council needs to adopt a sense of urgency because dragging out the issue is morally unjustifiable, he writes.

Up next

  • Guido Amsel

    Lawyers to argue legality: Accused mail bomber Guido Amsel is scheduled to appear in court today as his lawyers question the legality of a blood sample that was taken from him. He faces several counts of attempted murder after letter bombs were sent to his ex-wife and two law firms in 2015. He is also charged in an explosion at his ex-wife’s home in 2013. His trial is scheduled to begin next month.
  • Heading home: Hundreds of wildfire evacuees left two Winnipeg hotels Sunday to return to St. Theresa Point, a remote northern First Nation. More are expected to return today. The Red Cross says 1,068 evacuees were registered and most stayed here and in Brandon.

Around the water cooler

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers' quarterback Matt Nichols (15) looks to pass in the game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Winnipeg on Saturday

    Breaking down big win: Jeff Hamilton has five takeaways from the Blue Bombers’ win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders this weekend. The team, playing in front of a sold-out home crowd, scored their most points since 2010 and never trailed.
  • Repeat bid rolls on: The Winnipeg Goldeyes will play in the American Association championship series for the second consecutive season after a wild, series-clinching win Sunday over the Lincoln Saltdogs. The Goldeyes, seeking back-to-back championships, open their final series on the road Wednesday night against the Wichita Wingnuts. Mike McIntyre reports.

Trending now

  • Len Wein: The prolific comic-book writer and editor, who co-created and wrote such characters as DC's Swamp Thing and Marvel's Wolverine, has died. Among many accomplishments in the field, Wein is credited with revitalizing Marvel's X-Men, co-creating new characters that turned it into one of the most popular comics in the industry in the 1970s and '80s, as well as with editing Alan Moore's iconic Watchmen series for DC, which is seen as one of the transformative superhero works of the late 20th century.

On this date

  • On Sept. 11, 1970: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Manitoba's local government boundaries commission recommended remaking Greater Winnipeg into nine cities, instead of the then-current seven cities, four municipalities and on one town. A pedestrian skyway along Graham Avenue was key to the $50-million Centrepoint development (what would later be called the Winnipeg Convention Centre). The first heavy snowfall of the season hit parts of Alberta, and snow was in the forecast for Thompson, Man.

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