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Tulowitzki and Martin hit back-to-back homers to lead Blue Jays past Astros 9-2

TORONTO – Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 9-2 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon.

The victory moves the Blue Jays a season-high 16 games above .500. Toronto (67-51) has now won five of their last six series, going 12-7 in that stretch.

The Astros (61-57) have dropped consecutive games after winning four straight on the road.

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Tulowitzki put Mike Fiers’ fastball into the second deck at Rogers Centre for a two-run home run giving the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead.

Martin followed it up by taking Fiers’ first pitch yard for his 10th homer of the season – it marks the seventh time this season the Blue Jays have hit back-to-back home runs.

Martin’s long ball knocked Fiers (8-6) from the game. The Astros starter went 4 2/3 innings allowing five earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven.

Marcus Stroman (9-5) tossed six innings of one-run ball before allowing a solo shot to Jason Castro to lead off the seventh.

The 25-year-old right-hander went 6 1/3 innings allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out eight in the win.

Martin showed off his defensive game in the seventh, leaning into the Astros dugout to grab an Alex Bregman foul ball for the second out of the inning.

Edwin Encarnacion gave the Blue Jays a 6-2 lead, hitting a solo home run off of Luke Gregerson in the seventh.

The homer ties Encarnacion with Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo for the Major League lead (33).

Toronto put up another three spot in the eighth, increasing its lead to seven.

Melvin Upton Jr. delivered an RBI single and later scored while Josh Donaldson was issued a bases loaded walk by Astros reliever James Hoyt.

The Blue Jays got to Fiers early, taking a 1-0 lead on Tulowitzki’s RBI single in the first.

The veteran shortstop finished the day 3-for-4 with three runs batted in.

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa extended his hit streak to a career-best 10 games with a leadoff single in the second, and later scored on a Stroman throwing error tying the game 1-1.

Darrell Ceciliani’s RBI double in the fourth gave the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.

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Cranbrook veteran honoured with France’s highest award

Lee Brown could hardly contain his excitement as he walked in to the Cranbrook branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

“War is not a pleasant thing but I made it and people are treating me like royalty now,” said the 90-year old Second World War veteran, right before he received France’s highest award.

“It’s a big deal and well deserved,” Brown’s son-in-law Grant Stuart said.

Brown joined the military at 17 in 1943.

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Based in England as a tail gunner in a Lancaster bomber during the Second World War, he flew 33 missions with the Canadian Air Force over France and Germany.

But it’s the one Brown missed, he’ll never forget.

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“My crew was shot down and I lost them,” Brown said.

On Saturday, Brown was presented with the highest French order for military and civil merits, at a ceremony at his local legion.

He is one of the more than 1000 Canadian Second World War veterans who are finally receiving the Legion of Honour after the French government decided to bestow the award on all living veterans who helped liberate France in 1944.

“They put their life at risk. Many died to save our freedom. We never forget what they did,” Antoine Mention, the Deputy Consul of France in Vancouver, said.

Having Brown officially named to the national order of the Legion of Honour involved a lengthy application process that allowed his family to unearth some of his war stories – and better understand his past.

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“I think he’s like many that just didn’t share what they did and this has given him the chance and freedom and comfort to share,” Brown’s daughter Cynthia Stuart said.

Brown was moved that the French consulate delivered the honour in person, “I’ve never felt like this in years.”

After losing his buddies in a 1944 airfight, Brown joined another bomber crew for the remainder of the war. More than 70 years later, the memories are still fresh.

“I believe now I’m the only one left,” he said. “Every day something goes through your mind. You can’t help it, even when you wake up in the morning…I know we did our job and lived and that’s it.”

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Community comes together for Neville-Lake memorial in King City

Friends, family and community members gathered together on Sunday to pay tribute to the Neville-Lake family.

On Sept. 27 2015, Daniel, Harry and Milly Neville-Lake as well as their grandfather, Gary Neville, were killed in an impaired driving collision.

Jennifer Stallman, the creator of the Facebook page “Entertain Kids on a Dime,” reached out to Jennifer Neville-Lake shortly after the incident offering her support.

“Jen was a member of my group. I reached out to her after the event happened,” Stallman said.

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“It was so tragic… we just wanted to find a way to help her, support her, celebrate her and tell her we are here and we want to celebrate the lives of your family.”

READ MORE: Hundreds show support at vigil for family devastated by deadly Ontario crash

The group raised money to create a permanent memorial at a nearby park in King City.

Four trees with individualized plaques and a park bench have been installed at Kettle Lake Park as a tribute to the children and their grandfather.

“I really hope [this event] could change a few people and make them think twice about drinking responsibly, I feel like we’ve done something good today,” Stallman said.

Jennifer and Edward Neville-Lake did not attend Sunday’s event, but they sent a letter expressing their gratitude to the community.

In March, Marco Muzzo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the drunk driving crash.

READ MORE: Marco Muzzo: 10 years in prison for drunk driving crash that killed 3 kids, grandfather

It’s been almost a year since the horrific crash, but police say impaired driving continues to happen across the province.

Ontario Provincial Police tweeted on Saturday that 41 impaired driving charges were laid by officers over a 24-hour period.

“I’m shocked and constantly horrified by the numbers that we see every weekend,” York Regional Police Const. Laura Nicolle said.

“We are seeing continuous impaired drivers being arrested and it’s very disappointing.”

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Mother: Milwaukee shooting victim was 23-year-old black man

MILWAUKEE – The man whose shooting by Milwaukee police triggered hours of violent protests on the city’s predominantly black north side was a 23-year-old black man and father to a toddler, his mother said Sunday.

WATCH: Violence in Milwaukee as protesters take to streets over police involved shooting

Mildred Haynes told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that her son, Sylville Smith, was killed by police Saturday. A Milwaukee police spokesman did not immediately respond to messages from an Associated Press reporter seeking confirmation of the man’s identity.

READ MORE: Milwaukee officials call for calm after unrest over police shooting

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A distraught Haynes told the newspaper that police have told her little about her son’s death.

“My son is gone due to the police killing my son,” she said Sunday. “I am lost.”

Police say a man fled during a Saturday traffic stop and that he was carrying a weapon. It’s unclear whether he pointed the gun at officers before being shot several times.

Smith was accused in a shooting last year and charged with recklessly endangering safety, a felony. Smith was subsequently accused of pressuring the victim to recant statements that identified him as the gunman and was charged with trying to intimidate a witness, he newspaper reported.

It’s unclear why both charges were dropped.

WATCH: Mayor of Milwaukee discusses police involved shooting and subsequent violence

He also pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon in 2014. Smith was cited for driving without a license or insurance, speeding and driving with open intoxicants earlier this year. Court records identify Smith as black.

Smith’s death sparked explosive protests in northern Milwaukee, a town of 600,000 where roughly 40 per cent of residents are black. At least four businesses were burned down in the protests that stretched into Sunday morning, leading Gov. Scott Walker to activate National Guard troops in case violence persists.

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What’s it like to volunteer at the Edmonton fringe festival? Ask this 35-year veteran

Heidi Collins-McCann was just 16 years old the first time she volunteered at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in 1982. Fast-forward 35 years and she is still just as dedicated – if not more – as she was on day one.

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    “I keep people’s spirits up if they’re having a bad day. I try and cheer them up or if there’s something going wrong and they just need to vent to somebody, like we all do, it’s like, ‘OK, let’s go into my office, which is the volunteer patio.’”

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    The fringe festival board gave Collins-McCann the honourary title of “Den Mother” about six years ago. She started volunteering in the first place to gain extra credit in high school.

    “Looking back, we didn’t know what we were doing,” she recalled of the 1982 festival with a smile. “It was Brian Paisley and a core of about 10 volunteers and that’s how we ran the first fringe… We did everything.”

    Heidi Collins-McCann, AKA “Den Mother,” was just 16 when she started volunteering at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in 1982. Now, 35 years later, she’s still going strong.

    Courtesy, Heidi Collins-McCann

    Heidi Collins-McCann, AKA “Den Mother,” was just 16 when she started volunteering at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in 1982. Now, 35 years later, she’s still going strong.

    Courtesy, Heidi Collins-McCann

    Heidi Collins-McCann, AKA “Den Mother,” was just 16 when she started volunteering at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in 1982. Now, 35 years later, she’s still going strong.

    Courtesy, Heidi Collins-McCann

    Heidi Collins-McCann, AKA “Den Mother,” was just 16 when she started volunteering at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in 1982. Now, 35 years later, she’s still going strong.

    Courtesy, Heidi Collins-McCann

    Heidi Collins-McCann, AKA “Den Mother,” was just 16 when she started volunteering at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in 1982. Now, 35 years later, she’s still going strong.

    Courtesy, Heidi Collins-McCann

    And when she says everything, she isn’t kidding. Collins-McCann recalled a time when the volunteers had to bring hay into the arts barn.

    “That first year we had an infestation of mice everywhere so we learned not only how to clean up but how to catch mice.”

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    From 25 shows in five venues in 1982 to more than 1,600 performances in over 40 venues in 2016, the festival has flourished to become North America’s largest fringe festival. And it wouldn’t be possible without the help of more than 1,200 dedicated volunteers.

    “We all get together and we do it for the love of theatre,” Collins-McCann said. “We’re usually here by 8:30 in the morning and we leave by about 1 (a.m.). So we do about a 16-hour day for 11 days and I’ve done that since the first fringe.”

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    For Collins-McCann, that amounts to about 6,160 hours – or nearly three years – of full-time work over her 35 years of service. So what keeps her coming back year after year? (after year, after year…).

    “It becomes like a big family reunion every year,” she said. “Seeing volunteers come back and say, ‘I had a blast last year.’ Or, ‘thank you for helping me, what you did last year was phenomenal. I was down and having a bad day and you helped me.’”

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    Plus, the inclusivity and family-friendly atmosphere of the fringe is a huge draw for the Den Mother.

    “For me, just sitting back and seeing the smiles on the families’ faces when they’re watching their kids experience something for the first time… It’s nice to step back and watch that.”

    The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival runs in Old Strathcona until Aug. 21.

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Construction work on Mercier Bridge finishes ahead of schedule

As Global News first predicted earlier this week, work on the Mercier Bridge has finished ahead of schedule.

After eight years of complex work, the deck replacement program on the federal section of the Mercier Bridge will be complete by Sunday evening.

READ MORE: Mercier Bridge construction expected to finish ahead of schedule

That is good news for south shore commuters, as all lanes will be open to traffic as of 5 a.m. Monday.

This summer, 78 precast concrete panels were installed at the junction of the south shore access ramp, bringing the total of panels used to create the new deck to 982.

This photo shows the new deck on the Honore Mercier Bridge. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

Courtesy of the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated

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    According to the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI), the work is expected to increase the longevity of the bridge by 75 years.

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    Despite technical difficulties encountered throughout the project, JCCBI said “work done around the clock, seven days a week,” allowed the work to be done one week ahead of schedule.

    In a written statement, JCCBI thanked all of its partners with a special thanks to the Mohawk Bridge Consortium for the “incredible work done by contractors.” The rehabilitation of the bridge is one of the largest contracts carried out by Aboriginal Canadians.

    Relief from construction work may be short-lived though, as an analysis is currently underway on the provincial section of the bridge which could pave the way to some major work in the near future.

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Rider players thank Stamps QB Bo Levi Mitchell after drama filled week

The drama between the Stampeders and Roughriders continued Saturday night in Saskatchewan —; in fact, it even got better after the game.

If there was ever a time to master the art of lip reading, watching the post game exchange on the field between both head coaches was it.

“It wasn’t anything complimentary,” Dave Dickenson said, about the comments Chris Jones made to him when they said their goodbyes – which is why he didn’t repeat them.

Several reports suggest Jones finished the exchange by saying ‘win with some class’ while he patted Dickenson on the side.

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But by Sunday, Dickenson was over it.

“Things are said and done on a field that don’t happen in normal life. I’m fine with it. Moving on. It was a big win, that was the key,” Dickenson said. “These types of things take away from the game and what’s important. Football’s an emotional game, so we move forward, no hard feelings.”

Stamps QB Bo Levi Mitchell was anything but surprised by it.

“I saw what we always see after a game playing him,” Mitchell said about Jones.

They say loose lips sink ships, but in this case, a tweet made by Bo Levi Mitchell earlier in the week – which ignited the firestorm, made a CFL rivalry that much sweeter and indirectly led to some big money being coughed up by the Roughriders organization.

The Roughriders were fined $60,000 on Thursday after the Canadian Football League completed an investigation into alleged roster violations.

Saskatchewan also had its 2016 salary cap deducted in excess of $26,000 as part of the penalty.

Mitchell has no regrets though about his tweet or how it led to the Riders drama in the first place.

“I said the truth. I didn’t say anything definite. I didn’t say exactly what they were doing or go after them in a bad way. I just said what I felt, something that everybody in the league knew about.”

The best part of it – even members of the riders organization appreciated it.

“About 9 or 10 rider players came up to me and thanked me(after the game). So if people thought there was hostility with me and the riders – they’re wrong. Because all the players were happy about it, they don’t want that kind of thing,” Mitchell said.

Still, it’s a situation that Stamps Head Coach Dickenson wants his players to learn from.

“I don’t mind having opinions, just be careful. We love the league, we love the game and to be honest, I think the league is doing a good job and what they can,” Dickenson said.

Sadly, the series is over between the Riders and Stamps this season and Saturday was their final visit to Saskatchewan’s infamous football stadium. That’s fine by Charleston Hughes though.

“I know it’s the last time we’re ever going to play in that stadium again. So good riddance.”

Jerome Messam felt more nostalgic however.

“There was a lot of emotions going on because of what happened throughout the week. For me – it was my last game at Mosaic (Stadium), so it was a lot of emotions, just good feelings and memories.”

Messam wouldn’t comment about what was said between Jones and Dickenson, but was familiar with their history.

“They know each other pretty well, they’ve coached with each other and against each other. So I’m not too sure about the dynamic of their relationship but coach Jones is a pretty fiery guy and Dickie’s not going to back down from anyone,” Messam said.

Mum was the word for stamps kicker Rene Parades, who is just focused on showing up and doing his job, as he helped his Stampeders to their eighth straight win against the Riders, kicking four field goals in the 19-10 victory.

“I don’t read lips and I don’t know too much about it,” Paredes said.

Same goes for Charleston Hughes…sort-of.

“I don’t know, I didn’t see much. I just saw a picture. A picture’s worth a thousand words is what they say right, so you can take your insight on what the picture meant and what was exchanged in that situation,” Hughes said with a chuckle.

As much as the CFL might disagree, players and fans chimed into the chirps and twitter-verse action all week surrounding this weekend’s much anticipated game, which also made for some hilarious crowd signs in Riderville.

“It’s good for the league. It’s fun, it’s stories, it fills the seats. It gets people excited about a game. You hear all the boos and people chirping me   – I think it’s fun,” Mitchell said.

It’s especially fun, when the fire starters walk away with the W.

“To kind of silence them at the end with that throw and that catch with Simon and make a big play to seal the game, was fun,” Mitchell concluded.

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Tension in Kelowna over plans to redevelop popular dog park

Some pet owners in Kelowna are determined to try and keep what they consider the best dog park in the city while the city has plans to redevelop the site.

Last fall, the City of Kelowna approved a master plan for a five-hectare property on the corner of Harvey Avenue and Richter Street, which was sitting vacant for 15 years.

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The new development, near the dog park, is called Central Green and will be a mixed density neighbourhood, which has some residents worried about what that’ll mean for their beloved dog park.

“I’m going to cry if we lose this,” said resident George Wajsen.

The park is meant for small dogs to run free without a leash. It also has many shady spots thanks to a nearby heritage tree, making it more comfortable on hot Okanagan summer days.

A dog  named Lucy plays in Kelowna’s Rowcliffe Park on Sunday morning.

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    Rowcliffe Park has also been a place for dog lovers to bond for several years.

    “Being new to Kelowna, it’s how I met a lot of people in the area and so it’s social for me as well as for my dog,” said another resident, Patti, who preferred not to disclose her last name.

    “Once it’s gone, I’m going to have problems because I live close by and I don’t really have a yard. This is the only place I can bring my dog to run.”

    Development company Mission Group Homes is partnering with Al Stober Construction to build Central Green.

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    But it’s the City of Kelowna that’s developing the Rowcliffe Park area and it said the park will definitely see big changes.

    There will be a dog run included in the development but much of the space will be opened up for all of the public to use, according to Communications Supervisor at the city, Tom Wilson.

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    Even though the plans are well underway, residents like Wajsen are still hopeful that the city will throw them a bone.

    “I’m going to fight for it, I’m going to [do] whatever it takes,” Wajsen said.

    For the past few months the city has been collecting public input on whether to change its bylaws at a half dozen Kelowna parks where dogs are currently prohibited from.

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    The bylaw changes, if approved, would mean as soon as this fall, leashed dogs may be allowed in some city parks.

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2 Houston kids found dead under home; mom in custody

HOUSTON – Two children were found dead under a neighbour’s house Sunday after their mother matter of factly told someone helping her move that she had drowned them in a bathtub, authorities said.

The 30-year-old mother was in custody and not yet charged but “all indications are she is the one who acted alone” in the deaths of her 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter, Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said. The woman allegedly said she drowned the children Friday but authorities have not yet confirmed a cause of death.

Smith said investigators were still interviewing the woman and had not determined a motive. She was turned into police by an acquaintance who came upon her throwing away trash in a field, where she allegedly told him she needed help moving right away.

When the man asked about her kids, she calmly said she had killed them, Smith said.

“She was so matter of fact about it he didn’t think she was serious. He thought she was joking,” Smith said. “He continued to help her pack.”

Smith said the man eventually realized something was wrong when he asked again and got the same answer. He then drove the woman toward a nearby police precinct and flagged down an officer, Smith said.

The mother apparently tried burying the children at first but put them under a neighbour’s house when that proved too difficult, Smith said.

Authorities were not immediately aware of the woman having any history of mental health problems, Smith said. He said police had been to the home before but for “nothing major.”

In 2001, Houston mother Andrea Yates drowned her five children ranging in age from 7 years to 6 months in the bathtub of her family’s home. She was eventually found not guilty by reason of insanity in July 2006 and sent to a state mental hospital.

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Police officer fatally shot in Georgia, suspect remains on the loose

ATLANTA – A police officer in a small, central Georgia city has been shot and killed by a suspect who remains on the loose, authorities said Sunday.

Eastman Patrol Officer Tim Smith was fatally shot about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in a residential area of the city located about 60 miles southeast of Macon, Georgia Bureau of Investigations spokesman Scott Dutton said.

Smith, 31, was responding to a suspicious person call when he encountered Royheem Delshawn Deeds, exited his patrol car and was shot, Dutton said.

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Dutton said Deeds, 24, then fled the scene. He is being sought by police.

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Smith was not wearing a body camera.

Smith had been with the Eastman Police Department since 2011. He is survived by three children.

Smith’s death came just hours before two 15-year-old suspects were arrested after exchanging gunfire with officers in the suburban Atlanta city of Marietta.

Officer Scott Davis was shot in the leg early Sunday, Marietta police spokeswoman Kelah Wallace said. Davis, a 10-year veteran, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is recovering after surgery.

The shooting occurred outside the Gallery Apartments when three officers responded to a call about people breaking into cars, Wallace said.

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The officers approached two suspects who were inside a vehicle, Wallace said. One of the suspects from the vehicle started shooting at the officers, striking one of them.

Three officers returned fire, hitting one of the suspects. Both suspects were eventually arrested, Wallace said. The wounded suspect was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Davis and the two other officers will be placed on administrative leave as per policy standards.

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