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July 17, 2018 3:06 AM Bryce Harper the hometown hero in home-run derby

The Nationals outfielder, serenaded by loud “Let’s go Harper! Let’s go Harper!” chants throughout the night, rallied in the final round to win the home-run derby on Monday night in his home ballpark. Harper, the No. 2 seed in the competition and with his father throwing to him, beat the Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber, the fifth seed, 19-18, in the final round 6

July 15, 2018 7:17 PM Kamloops, B.C. and surrounding areas may face smoky air due to wildfire

KAMLOOPS, B.C.—As thermometers continue to rise across British Columbia, the provincial environmental ministry has released a special air quality statement for the city of Kamloops and surrounding communities. The statement from the B.C. Ministry of Environment says the area on the north side of the Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke after 7

July 13, 2018 2:13 PM Alberta United Conservatives hold on to two ridings with byelection wins

Alberta’s Opposition United Conservatives won two byelections Thursday, maintaining hold of ridings the party represented before the vote was called. In Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, United Conservative candidate Devin Dreeshen took about 80 per cent of the vote with the NDP’s Nicole Mooney running a distant second. The United Conservative margin of victory 11

July 10, 2018 6:58 PM Do some nations plain dislike children?

My joy at the rescue of 12 young boys and their football coach in northern Thailand was mountain-high, valley-deep, and river ... that’s enough Tina Turner triumphalism, we get it, you and the planet were thrilled. It was an unadulterated good thing. Meanwhile, the snatching of small children from their asylum-seeking parents at the U.S. border is a continuing 7

July 10, 2018 2:34 PM MPPs electing new speaker by secret ballot Wednesday

Burlington MPP Jane McKenna, who has returned to Queen’s Park after a four-year hiatus, would like to make history as the first woman to become speaker. McKenna, elected in 2011 then defeated in 2014 before returning after the June 7 vote, said she’s seen the highs and the lows of politics. “I remember how I felt the first time I entered the Legislature 6

July 5, 2018 2:38 PM Puerto Rico to sue U.S. federal control board over budget differences

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—Puerto Rico’s governor announced Thursday that his administration will sue a federal control board to resolve a disagreement over two competing budgets that aim to pull the U.S. territory out of an 11-year recession. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said he is seeking an injunction to stop the board from imposing an $8.76-billion budget that contains 74

July 4, 2018 5:21 PM LaVar Ball says son Lonzo Ball ‘makes everyone better,’ including LeBron James

LaVar Ball firmly thinks his son will be the perfect sidekick to the newest Los Angeles Laker, LeBron James. “Lonzo and him gonna fit together like a glove,” Ball said in a recent interview with Overtime, noting that he hasn’t talked with James but “knew he was coming to LA.” The outspoken basketball father, who has been busy running the inaugural season 37

July 3, 2018 12:52 PM Maryland police say suspect sent threatening letters as hundreds gather to remember slain Capital Gazette journalist

WASHINGTON—Maryland police investigating America’s latest mass murder say Jarrod Ramos, the man charged with the slayings, sent three threatening letters on the day of the attack, including one that said he was on his way to the Capital Gazette to “kill as many people” as he could. Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a spokesperson for Anne Arundel County Police, said the letters 5

June 22, 2018 12:00 AM Kyo Maclear wins $20,000 Trillium Book Award for Birds Art Life

Maclear spoke to the Star about her memoir when it was first published. It covers a year of watching and chronicling birds and dealing with the poor health of her father. She said that birds didn’t have a “special regard for humans,” which is something she found incredibly comforting. “Our story’s not more important or less important than any other species 16

June 21, 2018 7:06 PM Michael Thompson broke city council code of conduct, report concludes

Toronto’s economic development chair broke the city council’s code of conduct by “going to bat” for a longtime developer friend, the integrity commissioner ruled in a report released Thursday. Valerie Jepson recommends Michael Thompson’s council colleagues reprimand him, officially note he broke the rules and tell him to cease providing assistance to Albert 14