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Court agrees to review decision to reopen ‘Serial’ case

Adnan Syed

BALTIMORE — Maryland’s highest court will review a decision to reopen a high-profile case for a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial.” Earlier this year, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ordered a new trial for Adnan Syed, upholding a 2016 lower court ruling. But the state’s top court has now agreed to consider whether Syed’s murder conviction should be reinstated. A Thursday court document says the case will be set for argument during a December session. Syed was convicted in 2000 of killing hisRead More


Friday storm rips through Sask. campgrounds

A Friday night storm, caused damage to some Saskatchewan campgrounds. Picture courtesy of Terri Bjarnason.

A Friday night storm ripped through some Saskatchewan campgrounds on Friday night. Campers at Emma Lake, Murray Point and Morin Lake Regional Park awoke to destruction around their campgrounds. Thunder, heavy rain and intense plough winds made up the storm, with some uprooting trees that landedon trailers with people inside. Terri Bjarnason and her family were inside, when a tree fell on their camper. “It was really scary to see where exactly the tree fell compared to where I had been sitting. It’s right on the window where I hadRead More


Senators assistant GM seeks dismissal of harassment charges in Buffalo

Randy Lee

John Wawrow, The Associated Press Published Thursday, July 5, 2018 3:04PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, July 5, 2018 5:04PM EDT BUFFALO, N.Y. — The lawyer representing Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee tells The Associated Press he will enter a not guilty plea and file a motion to dismiss harassment charges during his client’s appearance Friday in Buffalo city court. Attorney Paul Cambria declined further comment in a text sent Thursday to the AP. A spokesman for the Erie County district attorney’s office said prosecutors would oppose the motionRead More


Egypt goalkeeper El Hadary becomes World Cup’s oldest player

Essam El Hadary

VOLGOGRAD, Russia — Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary became the oldest person to play in a World Cup match on Monday. In the team’s final game of the tournament, Egypt coach Hector Cuper opted for the 45-year-old veteran keeper over Mohamed Elshenawy, who has reportedly been nursing an injury. Egypt has already been eliminated. El Hadary said on the eve of the match that it would be a huge honour if he were to get the chance to become the oldest player in World Cup history. “Every player wants toRead More


Local company fined for damaging toad habitat

Fowler's toad

A Blenheim company has been fined for disturbing a toad habitat. RED Bulldozing Service and  Robert Parsons, of Port Carling, pleaded guilty to damaging the habitat of an endangered species. The bulldozing company was working for Parsons at the time. Court heard a bulldozer was regrading and leveling the surface of a waterfront property in Erieau. The Ministry of Natural Resources says the sandy dune was removed and the sand compacted which is harmful to the habitat needed by the Fowler’s species of toads. Fowler’s toads are protected by theRead More


Canadian guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander headed to Los Angeles Clippers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:36PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:49PM EDT TORONTO – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander followed a path to the NBA paved by the Canadian players that went before him. And he made a fashion statement while doing it. The 19-year-old, whose draft night attire had social media buzzing, is headed to the Los Angeles Clippers, originally selected No. 11 by Charlotte in Thursday night’s NBA draft before he was traded to the Clippers. He became the eighth Canadian lottery pickRead More


OHL dreams? Brantford to study Civic Centre reno plan

OHL dreams? Brantford to study Civic Centre reno plan

In Brantford, it’s a question that never quite stops being asked. The city is bigger than five of the 17 Ontario communities which currently host Ontario Hockey League teams. It’s centrally located. It has its own place in hockey history, having given the game such legends as Wayne Gretzky and Doug Jarvis. So why doesn’t it have its own OHL team? Currently, junior hockey competition in Brantford tops out at junior B. The 99ers – named after Gretzky, of course – compete at that level. The 99ers play their homeRead More


Embassy angered by Conservative MP linking Mexican visitors to drug trade

Marilyn Gladu

OTTAWA – The Mexican government is taking a Conservative MP to task for implying that many Mexican visitors to Canada are involved in the illegal drug trade. Sarnia, Ont., MP Marilyn Gladu made the suggestion Wednesday during debate on the Trudeau government’s bill to legalize recreational marijuana. Her reference to Mexicans came as she was arguing that legalization will actually be a boon for the illicit black market in cannabis – contrary to the government’s contention that it will displace organized crime. She said legal pot will be more expensiveRead More


‘You get a twist in your soul’: Van de Vorst journey continues after McKay sentenced

Jordan Van de Vorst, his wife Chanda and their children, two-year-old Miguire and five-year-old Kamryn, are seen in this image from Facebook. All were killed in the crash.

It’s been 883 days since the Van de Vorst family lost four members of their family and 677 days since the woman responsible for the deaths was sentenced for the crimes. On Friday, their late son and brother’s birthday, Linda and Lou Van de Vorst along with their daughters, traveled to a hotel in Maple Creek. The next day they drove further, to Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge to read victim impact statements at Catherine McKay’s parole board hearing. She was denied unescorted temporary absences to see her family by theRead More


Athletics program cut at Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic fitness centre closure

Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s athletics program has been cancelled, officials with the post-secondary institution confirm. The school is making changes to its fitness service model and closing all fitness centres on its campuses, except the Regina campus, as it works on the new model. The new model is being referred to as a “Wellness Strategy.” “The Wellness Strategy will be consistent across campuses and better serve the entire student population who may benefit from enhanced wellness supports,” a letter sent to students reads. “The new model will be developed through a consultativeRead More