Dustan Preeper, seen at an early court appearance in Truro, and his brother Joshua Michael Preeper were sentenced to life in prison for killing Melissa Dawn Peacock. An anonymous tipster was paid $150,000 this week, the maximum under the program, for information that led to the arrest and conviction of two murderers. (FILE)
BRETT BUNDALE Staff Reporter
The Nova Scotia government has paid out its first reward under the provincial unsolved crimes program. An anonymous tipster was paid $150,000...

Thousands turned out for last year’s Wharf Rat Rally in Digby and organizers are expecting an equally large turnout this weekend. The event runs through Sunday. (BILL ROBERTS)
BRIAN MEDEL YARMOUTH BUREAU
DIGBY — Canada’s largest motorcycle event is underway in Digby. It’s the 10th annual Wharf Rat Rally, running through Sunday...

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MERRITT, B.C. — Dozens of people were injured, six of them critically, when a tour bus rolled over Thursday on a mountain highway in British...

Nova Scotia doesn’t have enough information or regulatory framework to allow hydraulic fracking to take place, says a report released Thursday by a provincial panel, headed by Cape Breton University president David Wheeler, shown addressing a public meeting on fracking July 22 in Amherst. (FRANCIS CAMPBELL / Truro Bureau/ File)
MICHAEL GORMAN PROVINCIAL REPORTER
Hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia may be a viable practice in the future, but it should not proceed right now. “We conclude that the...

Blue Sea Beach near Malagash is a dreamy Nova Scotia beach: warm, shallow and relatively unpopulated. (FRANCES WILLICK)
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As the long weekend approaches, check out some adventure suggestions from our Day Tripper columnist Frances Willick. If you know the direction...

News

International students at Dalhousie began their orientation process on Wednesday, and part of that training involved a session Thursday on adjusting to social life in Canada. (TED PRITCHARD / Staff)
It’s the colour green that has really stunned Raghad Nasser so far. The 18-year-old has been in Canada for four days, and she just can’t get over all...

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey announced stricter rules for childcare staff without criminal background or child abuse registry checks. (FILE)
Nova Scotia’s Education and Early Childhood Development minister introduced new regulations Thursday that will prevent provincially licensed daycares...
Opinions
David Wheeler, chairman of the independent panel that reviewed hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia, is shown addressing a public information meeting in Amherst earlier this summer. (FRANCIS CAMPBELL/Truro Bureau)
There’s still far too little known about risks and benefits, along with a towering wall of public distrust to scale, for the provincial...

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal delivers a speech in Doha, Qatar on Thursday. “Qatar has allowed Meshaal to live in luxury in Doha after he left Damascus in 2012 as the Syrian civil war intensified,” writes Henry Srebrnik. (OSAMA FAISAL / AP)
There are countries that are known to punch above their weight. One of these of late has been the Gulf state of Qatar. It’s a tiny country of 11,571...
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Business
Cape Breton teens, Mitch Turner, 17, a graphic designer , Mitchell Bailey, 17, a hip hop artist,  and  Brendan Lyle, 16, a sound engineer and videographer are seen on an abandoned couch on Gottingen Street in Halifax Thursday August 28, 2014.
Few teenagers get a chance to get down to business and put their creative exploits before a real cash-paying audience — regardless of how...

Apple will show off its newest products on Sept. 9. The iPhone and iPad maker set the date in invitations mailed Thursday to reporters and others who typically come to see the unveiling of Apple’s latest twists on technology. (AP)
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s latest product launch will be in a setting that holds a special place in its history, signalling how big this event is for...
Sports

Beach volleyball player Kerri Smit surveys the court on the Halifax waterfront on Thursday. Smit, a former star indoor player for the Saint Mary’s Huskies, will compete in the SandJam Halifax beach volleyball tournament, beginning today. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff)
Kerri Smit has seen her share of pressure situations in her illustrious five-year collegiate career. But the next few days will be unchartered...
Sydney native Mitchell Balmas of the Charlottetown Islanders is one of the newcomers to the QMJHL who could make a difference. (STEVE WADDEN )
We’ve now entered the dog days of the QMJHL pre-season. Many teams have finalized their rosters, and exhibition games only seem to exist for...
Arts & Life
Longstanding East Coast director William MacGillivray's new movie Ditch is a love story and a road movie starring Laura Slade Wiggins as Debs, the mysterious girl who changes the life of a 23-year-old fatherless paper recycler named Ditch, played by Douglas Smith. Ditch is screened at Park Lane Cinema Saturday, 7:30 p.m., as part of the Atlantic Film Festival.
Young couple Ditch and Debs in William D. MacGillivray’s new dramatic feature Hard Drive come across like characters in a Bruce Springsteen song:...
Gavin Quinn, right, founded the artist collective Outsider Insight of which Artemis Tratnik, left, is a member. The group helps artists living with mental health issues join the local arts community through workshops and peer support. Tratnik recently showed her work thanks to the support of Outsider Insight and has a second showing opening Thursday at Dart Gallery, Dartmouth. (MITCH WARD)
The space in the back of Plan B Merchants Co-op on Gottingen Street recently played host to an interesting and eye-catching art show, titled...
Wheels
The 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE EcoBoost 1.0. (Todd Gillis Photo)
The two most common questions asked by the curious about my recent tester, the 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE EcoBoost, were, not surprisingly: ‘What...
Kelly Taylor says that if we took driving seriously, we wouldn’t allow ourselves to be distracted in the first place. (123RF)
There’s a case in Winnipeg of a driver who, while texting, ran a red light, collided with another car and struck and injured a pedestrian....

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With September right around the corner (don’t look!), I was reminded last week by my landlords about their need for my money in order to stay...
Hi Deb. Our lower kitchen cupboards are really showing their years with pet, child and water damage, dated hardware and worn countertop. The floor...
Community
When her friend and neighbour died suddenly from a heart attack, Cassandra Yonder was surprised to go to their home and find his body still lying on...
If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever. – Alfred Lord Tennyson Ten years ago Murray Salsman lost...
The forgotten Sydney Forum was a place where legends were born, magic unfolded and dreams were realized. That’s how a young fella by the name...