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Empty ice, empty stands. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/goatlegsf/">Brian Dooley</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Empty ice, empty stands. Photo: Brian Dooley, CC some rights reserved

Ottawa hockey fans bemoan NHL lockout

It was a grim weekend in Canada and across hockey country. The National Hockey League canceled its first regular season games as players and owners face off in a lockout. At the Royal Oak Pub on Bank Street in Ottawa, fans were disappointed.

Some sided with the players, others with the owners, but everyone agreed the absence of hockey had left a big hole in their lives--and in some cases, in their businesses. One said, "I am a hardcore NHL hockey fan, and...right now I literally don't care. They've broken my heart, and I don't care."  Go to full article
State Senator Patty Ritchie meets with law enforcement and elected officials at her office Monday in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

Counties face costs of jailing state parole violators

Right now, county jails, and ultimately, local property taxpayers, are footing the bill for housing state parole violators while they wait for the state to pick them up. State Senator Patty Ritchie has proposed a solution to the problem.  Go to full article
Hydrofracking proponents at Monday's rally. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Hydrofracking supporters rally in Albany

The State Capitol has been the scene of numerous noisy demonstrations on hydraulic fracturing. But on Monday it was supporters of gas drilling, not opponents, who were protesting.  Go to full article
Deidre Gillard-Rowlings/Darryl Hopkins in Tempting Providence. Theatre Newfoundland Labrador.<br /><br />Photo by Peter Buckle, PB Productions. <br /><br />

Theatre Review: "Tempting Providence" at the 1000 Islands Playhouse

"Tempting Providence" tells the story of a remarkable nurse, Myra Bennett. She spent her life caring for the population of the bleak Newfoundland coast. By the time she...  Go to full article