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Celebrity names popular during Alberta baby boom

Babies are booming, proof produced by another record-breaking year for births in Alberta.Delivery rooms welcomed 51,443 new residents in 2009, compared to 2008, when 50,543 babies were born, and 2007, with 48,589.The total is 38 per cent higher than the beginning of the millennium, when 37,155...

Friday, February 19, 2010, 11:19 AM

Emergency office rolls out social networking accounts

When disaster strikes, locals head to the Information Superhighway to spread the word, a trend that has emergency responders following close at their heels.“It’s immediate, you can’t beat it,” said city emergency management officer Joanne Sheardown.Traditional means of getting the message out...

Friday, February 19, 2010, 10:59 AM

Man gets life sentence for 18-year-old murder

Justice has finally been served in the murder of an Edmonton man gunned down 18 years ago. Michael Joseph Desmarais, 52, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 11 years on Friday, after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 44-year-old Gordon Mills. Mills...

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 10:58 AM

Regina woman missing for six weeks may have headed for Calgary

Six weeks after a mentally ill Regina woman disappeared, relatives are pleading withwestern neighbours to bring her home. “She could have gone that way — all things are possible right now,” Ryland Walters-Firnesz said in a public plea to help recover her missing mother.Though Carlene Walters didn’t...

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 10:45 AM

Autopsy set for today, victim ID'd on Facebook

Edmonton’s medical examiner will conduct an autopsy this morning of a man shot to death outside a downtown club Monday. Police were called to the parking lot near Twilight Afterhours (10018 –- 105 St.) around 8 a.m., where they found a man dead in the front seat of a Jeep Liberty. Another man was...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 10:35 AM

Charges pending in death of woman struck by vehicle

A woman who was killed after she was run down by an out-of-control vehicle on Valentine’s Day has been identified by Edmonton’s medical examiner as 43-year-old Charlene Brown. Police are investigating the city’s most recent traffic fatality after Brown was hit by a car skidding sideways in the city...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 10:33 AM

Fantasies come to life for Spike TV host

Spike TV’s resident “stuff that can kill you” expert’s path to the present was paved after he came upon a fork in the road: Battling blazes in Edmonton or biomedical engineering? “There’s no question, I would have ended up as an (Edmonton firefighter),” Deadliest Warrior co-host Geoff Desmoulin...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 10:45 AM

Suspects wanted in brutal break-in

Police are on a manhunt after a vicious home invasion in Mill Woods where a man and pregnant woman were bound to a chair, and another man was beaten and tossed in the trunk of a vehicle. A man called police around 2:30 a.m. yesterday, and said his brother and sister-in-law had been forcibly...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 11:21 AM

City hopes to monopolize board game vote

City officials are now playing the waiting game in eager anticipation of public voting results that could cement Edmonton’s place in Canadian Monopoly.“Edmontonians have a lot of pride, they want to see their city on the board,” City of Edmonton spokesman Robert Moyles said yesterday. The city sat...

Monday, February 8, 2010, 11:11 AM

Eating on $80 a month

Their fridges are all but empty and their waistlines are shrinking for a charitable social experiment that mimics the everyday reality of food-insecure Edmontonians. “I’m hungry all the time,” Tracy Hyatt said, four days after digging into a severely slashed food budget. Meet the Working Poor Diet...

Friday, February 5, 2010, 11:12 AM

PKN 6 to reveal secrets

We shouldn’t be telling you about tonight’s meeting of the minds, but we’re not great at keeping secrets. Pecha Kucha 6 — Psst It’s a Secret will plunk free thinkers into an intellectual swap meet this evening, when presenters will reveal some of the city’s best and worst-kept secrets. “It’s about...

Thursday, February 4, 2010, 10:58 AM

Family alleges toddlers killed in domestic dispute

Family members are mourning the loss of two toddlers they allege were drowned in a Millet home Monday. “It’s about as brutal as brutal gets,” said Jason McConnell, cousin to Curtis McConnell, a father devastated by the unexpected deaths of his two sons. RCMP “K” Division Cpl. Wayne Oakes said two...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 10:53 AM

City, rights groups begin battle over Lucy

A legal tug-of-war over the city’s aging Asian elephant has officially begun, after a high-profile attorney representing two animal-rights groups filed a lawsuit against the City of Edmonton yesterday. “We wouldn’t have brought it if we hadn’t had accommodation of a very strong case for the pain...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 11:17 AM

Former commander says Afghanistan is ‘ripe for success’

One of Canada’s top military men talked realities of war with university students yesterday, including recent casualties and the country’s past, present and future in Afghanistan. “Conditions are becoming extremely ripe for the success of the Afghan government and its people,” Brig. Gen. Jonathan...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 11:15 AM

Auto show traffic flows

A rocky year for Canadian car manufacturers hasn’t steered consumers in the wrong direction, as dealers watched a steady stream of human traffic drawn to shiny things that go ‘vroom’ this weekend. “The auto industry is absolutely resilient. You can kick us, but we’ll keep coming back,” Edmonton...

Monday, February 1, 2010, 11:09 AM

Snowy owl not so wise

An unlucky young snowy owl was rescued by local humans not once but twice this month, after it was found covered in oil, rehabilitated and ventured into a no-fly zone upon its release. “The situation is quite uncommon,” wildlife technologist Jul Wojnowski said. “It was obviously a very...

Friday, January 29, 2010, 11:09 AM

Officials vow zero-tolerance for transit violence

The city’s top public officials — including Mayor Stephen Mandel and police Chief Mike Boyd — affirmed their commit­ment to transit safety Thursday, implementing a zero-tolerance policy after a rash of recent assaults on public transit.Over 75 incidents — ranging from drivers being spat at to...

Friday, January 29, 2010, 10:36 AM

Two home fires not considered suspicious

Fire crews worked through the night yesterday, battling two house fires on the city’s south side. The first fire began in the bathroom of a vacant suite of a fourplex on 104 Street and 67 Avenue around 10 p.m.Firefighters couldn’t see any visible signs of fire from the outside of the building when...

Thursday, January 28, 2010, 10:35 AM

Woman gets life for role in brutal rape and murder

The mother of a slain 13-year-old girl felt no relief yesterday upon hearing a decision that an Edmonton woman will serve a life sentence for her part in the brutal rape and deadly beating. “I’ll never have closure,” Peacha Atkinson told Metro yesterday.Stephanie Bird, 22, one of five people...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 11:08 AM

Flying Club lets lawsuits fly against City Centre

The battle over closure of the City Centre Airport isn’t over yet, with the filing of a lawsuit the Edmonton Flying Club says hinges on a lease broken 42 years premature. “We warned that lawsuits would fly if the airport authority and city hall were a party to closure, and that’s exactly what we’ve...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 11:07 AM