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Free Press Head Start for Sept. 21

Winnipeg Goldeyes enjoy a champagne shower after taking the American Association Championship over the Wichita Wingnuts.

Winnipeg Goldeyes enjoy a champagne shower after taking the American Association Championship over the Wichita Wingnuts.


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  • Blowout at the ballpark: The Winnipeg Goldeyes crushed the Wichita Wingnuts 18-2 to win their second consecutive championship and fourth overall since the franchise was established in 1994. The Fish also beat the Wingnuts in the fifth and final game of last year’s championship series in Wichita. Mike McIntyre reports.
  • Your forecast: It will be increasingly cloudy today with a high of 21 C, wind from the south at 30 km/h gusting to 50 in the afternoon and a 30 per cent chance of showers.

In case you missed it

  • Kinew received a criminal pardon for his past crimes after he won the riding of Fort Rouge in the April 19, 2016, provincial election. (PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Kinew received a criminal pardon for his past crimes after he won the riding of Fort Rouge in the April 19, 2016, provincial election.

    A matter of record: A spokesman for the Manitoba NDP’s new leader says Wab Kinew was not required to submit letters of reference or attend any hearings in applying for a criminal pardon he was granted in 2016, after he was elected as an MLA. “Wab went through all the normal application procedures,” he says of Kinew. Nick Martin reports on how Kinew acquired what is officially called a “record suspension.”
  • Small savings: Regional health authorities are scrapping small-line items from their operating budgets in an effort to find savings. Coffee and water coolers for staff are among the cuts, Jane Gerster reports.
  • Stymied by stalemate: Members of Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation say they’ve had enough of infighting that has led to administrative chaos and are urging their chief to return to work. The community held two elections in March, electing virtually the same council to both, but councillors and elders say Chief Craig Alexander hasn’t responded to calls in weeks. Alexandra Paul reports.

Up next

  • Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger (Amber Bracken / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES)

    Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger

    Reviled rockers: Alan Small takes a look at the career of Nickelback, a band many people love — or love to hate. The Alberta rockers are playing at Bell MTS Place tonight, and even if you despise the band, you still might want to go if you’re into classic rock. Cheap Trick is one of the opening acts.

Around the water cooler

  • Winnipeg Jets' Dmitry Kulikov (5) crashes into his goaltender Steve Mason (35). (John Woods / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

    Winnipeg Jets' Dmitry Kulikov (5) crashes into his goaltender Steve Mason (35).

    Beaten by B team: Two off-season acquisitions, goaltender Steve Mason and defenceman Dmitry Kulikov, made their debuts with the Winnipeg Jets in Wednesday night’s pre-season game. The Jets lost 4-1 to the Edmonton Oilers despite dressing 15 players who are expected to be regulars, while the visiting team dressed only seven. Mike Sawatzky reports.
  • Painful past: Gordon Sinclair Jr. met with Tara Hart, whose past allegations of long-ago domestic violence by Wab Kinew have tarnished his time as the newly elected leader of Manitoba’s NDP. Hart says she feels Kinew was trying to intimidate her when he phoned to tell her journalists might inquire about their past.

Trending now

  • #AGTFinale: The finale for America's Got Talent had fans wondering who would take the top spot Wednesday night, Darci Lynne or Angelica Hale. In the end, Lynne took top honours.

On this date

  • On Sept. 21, 1951: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Winnipeggers looked forward to a visit from Princess Elizabeth, but the royal visit from the princess as well as the Duke of Edinburgh was delayed by the prospect of the king undergoing lung surgery; Winnipeg city council approved $5,000 to cover the costs of the visit. Manitoba was set to abolish rent controls in 129 areas in the province. The Canadian Association of Consumers endorsed an anti-inflation plan to help ease the cost of living.

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