A little U.S. style politics coming to Manitoba? The provincial election is still nearly a year away, but the governing NDP has already launched some attack ads on the Opposition Conservatives. The ads are running on t.v. and in the mail, denouncing Tory leader Hugh McFayden’s positions. The election by the way is set for October 2011.
Scientists are sounding the alarm about wildlife being killed by a rising ride of plastic pollution washing up on the shores of lakes in our province. Experts say a growing number of mammals and water fowl are dying from eating plastic bags or getting tangled up in plastic packaging, like those 6 pack rings. Eva Pip, a toxicologist at the University of Winnipeg says so far, such plastic garbage has been found on more than 650 lakes in Manitoba.
A team of counselors are on hand today at a high school in the town of Roblin. They are their to help students cope with the fatal shooting of a 16 year old girl. Meagen Mancheese, was shot and killed at her home on Wednesday. A 17 year old boy was found alive beside her with a self inflicted gunshot wound. It’s thought the boy may have shot Meagen first before turning the gun on himself. He’s still listed in critical condition in a Winnipeg hospital and police continue to investigate.
Experts in the world of the underworld admit it’s quite unusual that a reputed mafia kingpin was killed in his own home. 86 year old Nicolo Rizzuto died Wednesday in Montreal from a gunshot fired from outside his kitchen window. His wife and daughter were home at the time but were not hurt. RCMP officials say when the mafia wants to kill a leader, it’s usually done in public…not at the target’s home, and rarely with family members present. Officers continue to investigate.
The death toll from Indonesia’s volcano has risen to 206. Mount Merapi has been erupting for 2 weeks now, after years of being silent. Experts say it is spewing out less ash today, but it remains very dangerous.
And a new sales record has been hit for a video game. The new “Call of Duty: Black Ops” video game pulled in 360 million dollars in its first 24 hours on the shelf. Activision, the company that puts out the game says, the huge sales have even surprised them.
Looks like alcohol was a factor in a highway crash Wednesday night, just north of the city. RCMP say a 22 year old from West St. Paul was killed on highway 8, after colliding with another vehicle around 9 p.m. A 31 year old man driving the other vehicle involved in the crash, was taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries. Officers say it does look like booze was behind the pile up, and they continue to investigate.