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Here’s an updated timeline of the northern B.C. murders and manhunt – Global News

September 27th, 2019

On Friday, the RCMP released its findings after an exhaustive investigation into the three murders in northern B.C. over the summer that set off a nationwide manhunt.

READ MORE: What the investigation of the northern B.C. murders found — and what we still don’t know

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Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod admitted to fatally shooting the three people and took part in a suicide pact, RCMP say video reveals.

Here is an updated timeline of the events and police investigation that spanned across western Canada.

Fort Nelson Double Homicide

July 12: McLeod and Schmegelsky leave their homes in Port Alberni, B.C. and head north.

On the same day, they legally purchase one SKS semi-automatic rifle and a box of ammunition in Nanaimo, B.C., using McLeod’s licence.

WATCH: RCMP detail how Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky became suspects

July 14: Surveillance footage shows them at a gas station in Fort Nelson.

July 15: At approximately 7:19 a.m., Fort Nelson RCMP respond to a report of two deceased persons near Highway 97 in British Columbia, about 3.5 hours north of Fort Nelson.

The two bodies are located near a blue van with an Alberta licence plate registered to Lucas Fowler, and it appeared the deaths were caused by gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile, by that time Schmegelsky and McLeod have travelled up to Whitehorse, Yukon.

READ MORE: RCMP say northern B.C. murder suspects admitted to murders on video, motive still unknown

July 15-17: Police get a search warrant for the Fort Nelson van over the next couple of days and find identification belonging to Lucas Robertson Fowler, a 23-year-old Australian citizen, and Chynna Noel Deese, a 24-year-old American citizen. The two were on vacation together, travelling to the Yukon.

Police determine they were last seen alive the night of July 14 around 10:40 p.m.

Dease Lake Homicide

July 18: Police share the identities of the two deceased to help with the investigation that had not yet established a motive or suspect.

By now, Schmegelsky and McLeod had made their way over to Dease Lake, B.C.

WATCH: RCMP say they will not release videos of northern B.C. murder suspects

July 19: About 60 kilometres south of Dease Lake and 500 kilometres from the Fort Nelson murders (or a 7.5 hour drive), RCMP respond to a vehicle fire on Highway 37.

Later that day, RCMP find a deceased man about two kilometres south of the burnt vehicle, which is determined to be a Dodge pick-up truck and registered to McLeod.

A burnt Dodge pick-up truck registered to Kam McLeod was found near Dease Lake, B.C.

A burnt Dodge pick-up truck registered to Kam McLeod was found near Dease Lake, B.C.

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A coroner believes a single bullet wound was the cause of death, and a bullet casing is found nearby that has the same markings as ones discovered at the Fort Nelson scene, effectively connecting the murders.

READ MORE: ‘This is all preventable’: Father of B.C. murder suspect questions RCMP role in manhunt

The deceased was later identified as Leonard Dyck, who was a 64-year-old botany lecturer at the University of British Columbia who left his Vancouver residence on July 16 in his silver Toyota RAV4 to go on an outdoor research trip.

Late that day, police visit McLeod’s family, who say he left with his friend Schmegelsky on a trip to northern B.C. on July 12, and that they are good kids. They are not suspects at the time.

By this time, the two are seen in the silver RAV4 at a Kitwanga gas station, about 420 kilometres south of the Dease Lake murder scene. They later purchase a crowbar and electrical tape at a hardware store, which RCMP believe they used to change the vehicles’ appearance.

Kam Mcleod and Bryer Schmegelsky appear to have put electrical tape on the van’s hood and rear wheel to change its appearance.

Kam Mcleod and Bryer Schmegelsky appear to have put electrical tape on the van’s hood and rear wheel to change its appearance.

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WATCH: How the northern B.C. murder suspects were linked to homicides

July 20: The two are seen in Fairview, Alta., making purchases at a gas station.

July 21: McLeod and Schmegelsky arrive in Saskatchewan.

July 22: A witness who knew McLeod and Schmegelsky tell police the two may have been involved in the murders. The two teenagers now become suspects in the homicide cases.

By this time, they are observed at a McDonald’s in Thompson, Man..

WATCH: B.C. murder suspects ‘took responsibility’ for murders in videos found with their bodies, RCMP say

Manhunt begins

July 22: RCMP discover a burnt RAV4 in Gillam, Man. and believe it is connected to the suspects.

The burnt RAV4.

The burnt RAV4.

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July 23: Manitoba RCMP alert the public the two suspects might be in the Gillam area and are considered dangerous.

That afternoon, RCMP officers search the area and an RCMP plane with infrared scans the area by night.

READ MORE: For families linked to northern B.C. murders, there may be no closure: experts

July 24: The RAV4 is confirmed to belong to Leonard Dyck.

July 25-27: RCMP search the Gillam area, and are assisted by the Royal Canadian Air Force beginning July 27.

July 29: Several items belonging to the suspects, including ammunition, are found in the Sundance area, narrowing the search to the area.

August 1: McLeod’s backpack containing his wallet, clothing and ammunition is found.

WATCH: Burned out truck found near Dease Lake allegedly connected to BC double murder suspects

August 7: Police find two deceased bodies eight kilometres from the burnt RAV4, along with two SKS semi-automatic rifles and empty cartridges. The rifles are determined to be the same used in the homicides.

The evidence found in Manitoba.

The evidence found in Manitoba.

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The search has ended.

Videos were recovered that featured the two confessing to the three murders and saying they plan to commit suicide, according to the RCMP. They showed no remorse for the killings and had planned to find more people to kill, the RCMP report details.

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Snoop Dogg Shares Message To Instagram After Newborn Grandson Dies At 10 Days Old – CBS Los Angeles

September 27th, 2019

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) —  Snoop Dogg’s grandson died this week at just 10 days old.

The rapper’s son, Corde Broadus, shared the news on his Instagram page writing, “My son did all he needed to do in his 10 days here on earth. He has now graduated and continuing to do work.”

Broadus shared a photo of himself and his 13-month-old daughter, Elleven, stating that Kai had died in his arms.

“He died in my arms and that feeling of energy will never leave me,” he wrote. “Kai wants all of you to kno he’s doing great and wants to continue to inspire those who light is dim,”

Broadus wrote “why 2 spiritual loving and healing people” like he and his partner Soraya were “given an angel like Kai and now we will use his energy to raise 11 to the best person she can be for ALL of us.”

Snoop posted a message to his Instagram saying, “if you are facing something you don’t understand, choose to trust God.”

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Deadly incident prompts major police response to Aldergrove neighbourhood – CTV News

September 27th, 2019

A home in an Aldergrove cul-de-sac was surrounded by police tape Friday afternoon as investigators combed through the area.

Langley RCMP confirmed to CTV News there is an “unfolding investigation” in the 27500 block of 31 B Avenue.

The BC Coroners Service was called to the scene and removed a body from inside the house.

In a release issued Friday evening, Langley RCMP called the incident “a sudden death.”

Police said they were called to the home shortly after 2 p.m. When officers arrived, they found a 72-year-old woman deceased.

A man was taken into custody while officers investigated, police said.

Investigators said they are working with the Coroners Service to collect evidence and determine the cause of death.

Langley General Investigative Service is maintaining conduct of the investigation, police said. If the incident were considered homicide, the Lower Mainland’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team would be called to take over the investigation. 

Views from CTV Vancouver’s Chopper 9 showed a house cordoned off by police tape from its front yard as neighbours watch from the sidewalk.

RCMP say the incident is not a public safety concern.

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Bacteria are likely hiding in your household washing machine – WGN TV Chicago

September 27th, 2019

When multidrug-resistant pathogens kept reappearing on the skin of premature babies in a German hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, investigators were confused.

Tests for contamination in the incubators, as well as among healthcare workers who came into contact with the preemies, were all coming up negative, according to a report on the case published Friday by the American Society for Microbiology.

But tests showed the babies were continually being reinfected with Klebsiella oxytoca, a bacteria notorious for hospital-acquired infections such as pneumonia, urinary tract infection, soft tissue infection and a type of blood poisoning which often leads to septic shock.

It wasn’t until investigators began testing the knitted socks and hats given to the babies to keep them warm that they found the source of the bacteria, which they then traced back to the hospital laundry room.

There, they found the hospital was using a household energy-saving washing machine — not the industrial kind that wash at high temperatures with disinfectants and are typically found in a hospital setting.

The Klebsiella oxytoca bacteria were found in the detergent drawer and on the rubber door seal of the household washing machine, as well as two sinks in the area. When they removed the machine from the hospital, the infections finally stopped.

Fortunately, none of the babies became sick from the prolonged bacterial exposure. But the case did expose a potential hazard with household laundry.

Energy-efficient trade off

Household washing machines of any type will remove dirt and stains from your clothes, towels and sheets, but they don’t sterilize them. We used to use chlorine and peroxide-based disinfectants when washing our clothes, and hospitals still do. We also used more hot water while washing and higher temperature settings in the drying cycle, all good for killing germs.

But environmental concerns have changed the way we do our laundry. Studies show that in Europe, colored laundry is most often washed at temperatures between 86 to 104°F (30 to 40°C). Cold water is the preferred temperature in China, South Korea and Japan. The US government, too, recommends cold water washing whenever possible.

“Unless you’re dealing with oily stains, the warm or cold water setting on your machine will generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load’s energy use in half,” says the Department of Energy’s website.

But take a look at what’s hiding in your bathroom hand towel, for instance.

“E-coli grows quite well on towels,” said Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiology professor at the University of Arizona who is known as “Dr. Germ” because of his extensive research on microbes. “Within about three or four days, you’ll get the fecal bacteria in the towel pretty easily cause it’s wet, it’s moist.”

According to studies, the advised temperature for effectively killing possibly pathogenic bacteria is 140°F (60°C) or higher, which is considered hot water. Between 90°F and 110°F is warm, while water between 60°F and 80°F is considered cold.

Even adding bleach to cold water washes may not do the trick. Studies have shown that bleach activity strongly decreases and becomes insufficient at lower washing temperatures.

“When you do your towels with a cold water wash it’s hard to get them really clean because they’re so thick,” Gerba said. “You’ve got to use hot water wash and dry it really well.”

If you don’t, he says, “You’ll get more E-coli on your face when you dry it with a towel than if you stuck your head in a toilet and flushed.”

Or worse. Laundry has been associated with outbreaks of salmonella, bacterial and viral meningitis, and ringworm, to name a few.

What to do?

Unless your loved ones are sick you’re probably fine. We are used to our own germs — even nasty sounding ones like E-coli — as well as the germs of those close to us. But if you have a lot of guests, it’s time to change towels daily, wash in hot water and dry thoroughly on high heat.

And if anyone is sick, it’s also time to turn up the heat. Not in the washer, but in the dryer — and for at least a half hour. Energy-efficient drying isn’t going to kill those germs. If you can’t dry your stuff on high heat then hang it up outdoors or in direct sunlight, where the sun has some sanitizing properties, experts say.

Also be sure to clean out your washer after washing germy clothes, towels or linens because the germs will hang out in the washer’s tub, ready to infect the next load. You can do that by running a wash cycle with bleach. Here’s another tip: don’t “hug” germy clothes to you as you take them to the washer or you might soon be sick. Instead, use a basket, and wash your hands. A lot.

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Kanye West Is Releasing New Album Jesus Is King on Sunday, Kim Says – Pitchfork

September 27th, 2019

Kanye West’s new studio album Jesus Is King was originally slated for release today (September 27), however the album has yet to materialize. After hosting a Sunday Service performance in Detroit, as well as a listening event at the city’s Fox Theatre, Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian West has announced that the new album will arrive Sunday (September 29). “Kanye is doing a listening session in Chicago tomorrow, then NYC Sunday” Kim wrote in an Instagram story (viewed by Pitchfork). “He’s dropping the album Sunday. Just a few final tweaks to the mixes.”

In the same Instagram story, Kim also mentioned that during the event in Detroit (titled “Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Experience” Kanye showed “a small clip” of the making of his IMAX film Jesus Is Lord.” I can’t wait for you guys to see this @imax film in October,” she added.

Jesus Is King was initially teased back in August, when Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian West hinted at its release by tweeting a photo of a handwritten tracklist and the date September 27. Tonight, Kim tweeted a new handwritten tracklist, featuring a track called “New Body,” which Kanye has reportedly been working for some time.

Roughly a year before teasing Jesus Is King, Kanye announced that his next album would be titled Yandhi. The project was originally slated for a release date of September 29, 2018. The album did not arrive on that date, and was subsequently delayed, and then postponed indefinitely. Ye’s last words on Yandhi were: “I’ll announce the release date once it’s done.”

In addition to dropping ye in 2018, Kanye also executive produced albums for PUSHA-T, Nas, and Teyana Taylor, and released Kids See Ghosts, his joint LP with Kid Cudi. Read “5 Takeaways from Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s New Album, Kids See Ghosts” over on the Pitch.

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September 27th, 2019

Keith Gerein: Climate strike again demonstrates how our politics is failing our kids – Edmonton Journal

September 27th, 2019

Blair Armstrong Tucker, 7, speaks to the crowd during the Global Climate Strike rally at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Thousands of students across the country joined together to call for action on climate change. Ian Kucerak / Postmedia

They came with signs, songs and a lot of spirit, thousands upon thousands of them all across Canada, including one of the largest rallies I’ve ever seen outside the Alberta legislature.

“Economics are cool, but the Arctic isn’t,” read one of the placards from among the masses of young climate change strikers who showed up Friday.

“No planet, no profits,” read another.

Other posters were equally insightful: “Make Earth Great Again,” “Climate change doesn’t care if you believe,” and “When leaders act like kids, the kids become leaders.”

I have to admit, that last one struck a chord.

Because the painful truth for our younger generations — and the central message they were trying to deliver Friday — is that they will bear the brunt of what’s coming to a far greater degree than the political leaders too often telling them to calm down. If I was them, I’d be frustrated, too.

Unfortunately, as the strikers pointed out, getting our legislatures and parliaments to treat climate change as the crisis it is has been a struggle.

Take Friday, where you might have hoped someone from the UCP government would have chosen to participate in the Edmonton climate rally, or at least watched it from their legislature office windows in the hopes of gaining a new perspective.

Instead, at least a couple of those windows used by the premier’s communications staff were adorned with signs saying, “I (heart) Canadian oil and gas.”

Apart from a potential security issue posed by antagonizing the crowd, the signs also violated the spirit, if not the letter, of a long-standing policy that the Alberta legislature — the people’s house — not be used for any form of partisan advertising.

While support for the oil sector is not typically seen as “partisan” in Alberta, there is no question the signage on this occasion came across as divisive and cynical, feeding the erroneous idea that being anti-climate change also means being anti-Alberta.

Of course, in talking to some of the rally participants, this is nothing new for the climate concerned, who say they are used to being treated with a mix of indifference, condescension, pandering and derision — or having their legitimate anxiety dismissed as a mental illness.

And such attitudes certainly aren’t limited to Alberta, evidence of which can be seen in the various offerings coming from the federal election — a combination of climate policies either insufficient, unrealistic or unfairly distributed.

Take the Conservatives, which have based much of their campaign on cancelling the carbon tax, but aren’t providing much of substance to replace it. A vague plan to get heavy emitters to invest in green technology, along with promises to get more international emissions credits isn’t going to excite anyone.

The Liberal scheme is more balanced and ambitious, but suffers from its own make-believe on how to meet climate targets — not to mention a trust deficit in the form of a leader who too often fails to live up to his own rhetoric on social issues.

As for the NDP and Greens, their proposals are the most aggressive and contain some good ideas. Yet both plans place too much burden on the Alberta economy and fail to understand that the transitions our country must make still require revenue from the key industries we have.

Back in Alberta, the UCP climate strategy is also a disappointment, a plan that takes Alberta back 10 years, provides the best rewards to the dirtiest facilities and puts an unhealthy emphasis on unproven technology to reduce emissions.

In their defence of these policies, Premier Jason Kenney and many of his MLAs continue to trot out arguments that entirely miss the point. This includes the old chestnut that Canada’s emissions are a fraction of world totals so it’s really someone else’s problem — which to me is the equivalent of a six-year-old refusing to clean his room because his sister has a bigger mess in her room.

The truth is, we have many of the necessary tools to deal with this problem, and in a way that should have relatively minimal impact on people’s quality of life.

Yet the climate alarm we’re seeing isn’t based on a lack of solutions; it’s based on the lack of political will to even acknowledge the crisis — let alone respond to it with the seriousness it deserves.

As right as Kenney is about the need to ensure we don’t leave a financial catastrophe for coming generations, it would be nice if he showed the same urgency in tackling the arguably much more existential threat staring those generations in the face.

Our politics are not just failing our planet, they are failing those we claim to regard as our most precious resource — our children.

While those who marched Friday don’t have all the answers, we at least owe them our respect and our ears. Instead of treating their anxiety as an annoyance or a mental illness, the best way to calm their fears is to actually do something meaningful to show them we care about their future.

When the adults fail, sometimes the kids have to lead. It’s time to listen to them and to the science that overwhelmingly supports them.

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The Best Nintendo Switch Grip Just Got Better – IGN

September 27th, 2019

All 10 MLB playoff slots filled; A’s, Rays in, Cleveland out – TSN

September 27th, 2019

The creative Tampa Bay Rays and the tenacious Oakland Athletics earned playoff spots Friday night, filling out the 10-team field for the Major League Baseball post-season.

Several of the pairings and sites are still to be determined before the playoffs begin Tuesday night with the NL wild-card game. Any tiebreakers that need to be decided on the field would be played Monday.

The Rays, back in the playoffs for the first time since 2013, and the A’s will meet Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game, with the host to be settled. Injury-plagued Cleveland was eliminated with an 8-2 loss at Washington.

Houston clinched home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs with a 4-0 win over the Angels. The Astros will take on the Rays-A’s winner while the New York Yankees face Minnesota in the best-of-five Division Series on Friday.

Washington ace Max Scherzer is set to start the NL wild-card game against St. Louis or Milwaukee. The winner of that game will begin the Division Series on Thursday at Dodger Stadium against NL West champion Los Angeles.

The same day, Freddie Freeman and the NL East champion Atlanta Braves take on the Central winner, either the Cardinals or Brewers, in the NLDS.

Tampa Bay has the lowest payroll in the majors at $66 million. The Rays pioneered the use of a reliever to start a game for an inning or two, an opener concept that has spread throughout baseball.

“We do some crazy stuff and people scratch their heads a lot,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said after a clinching 6-2 win at Toronto. “These guys don’t care. They want to win.”

Cash indicated Charlie Morton will start against the Athletics.

Oakland’s spot was sealed with the Indians’ loss. Several A’s hugged in the dugout before starting their game at Seattle.

The Athletics overcame several injuries to their pitching staff to return to the post-season for the second straight year.

Boston, which won the World Series last year and had the majors’ top payroll this year at $228 million, never recovered from a slow start and missed out.

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OnePlus 7T vs. OnePlus 7 Pro: What’s Different? – Tom’s Guide

September 27th, 2019