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Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka, former pro wrestler, dead at 73

PHILADELPHIA – Former pro wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, who earlier this month was found not competent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend, has died at his son-in-law’s home in Florida. He was 73.

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Attorney Robert Kirwan II said Snuka was taken Sunday to the home near Pompano Beach so that he could spend his last moments there. The family informed him shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday to say he had died, Kirwan said.

READ MORE: ‘I don’t believe he’s faking it’: Judge rules Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka incompetent to stand trial

Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach on Jan. 3 dismissed the murder case against the retired WWE star after the defence said he had dementia, was in hospice care in Florida and had six months to live.

Snuka’s daughter, Tamina Snuka, also a WWE wrestler, tweeted Sunday afternoon: “I LOVE YOU DAD” with a hashtag #RestWell.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, also a WWE star, called it “sad news” in a post on his 桑拿会所 page.

Snuka was charged in 2015 with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Nancy Argentino, whose body was found more than three decades earlier in their Whitehall Township hotel room. Prosecutors allege she was beaten, while Snuka maintained she died from a fall.

WATCH: Former wrestler Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka charged with murder after 32-year-old cold case reopens

Authorities reopened the investigation after The Morning Call newspaper raised questions about the case in 2013.

Banach had first ruled last summer that Snuka was not competent to stand trial after his attorney argued the ex-athlete suffers from dementia, partly due to the head trauma sustained over a long career in the ring. Prosecutors countered that Snuka’s brain shows normal signs of aging and suggested he might be feigning symptoms.

At a hearing last month to re-evaluate Snuka’s mental fitness, Snuka’s wife told the judge that the family struggles to keep him from leaving home during bouts of psychosis in which he thinks he’s late for a wrestling match. Banach then took time to review Snuka’s medical records before ruling.

READ MORE: Doctor says ex-wrestler ‘Superfly’ Snuka mentally incompetent for trial

Kirwan said Snuka died “due to complications from his ongoing medical problems” but did not state what they were specifically.

“The family is simply heartbroken. It’s been a long journey,” he said. “They are grateful to the judge for dismissing the charges against him.”

Kirwan added that he believes his client’s name will eventually be cleared.

Snuka, a native of Fiji who previously lived in Camden County, New Jersey, was known on the wrestling circuit for diving from the ropes. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Montreal Canadiennes win against Calgary Inferno at DDO Civic Centre

The second-seeded Montreal Canadiennes, of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) , defeated the top team in the league Sunday at the Dollard-des-Ormeaux Civic Centre.

The Canadiennes took on the Calgary Inferno and cruised to a 4-1 victory.

The Canadiennes, who normally play their home games at the Étienne-Desmarteau Arena in Rosemont, played back-to-back community outreach games this weekend  against the Inferno, having played at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Saturday.

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    The aim of the visits is to boost the team’s and the league’s profile, according to CWHL co-founder and Canadiennes assistant coach Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux.

    “Ten years ago, we started with 80 fans in the stands. Now we have sometimes a 1,000 or more,” Breton-Lebreux said.

    READ MORE: Les Canadiennes de Montreal win first ever professional game to be played at Bell Centre

    And while the Canadiennes are seeing a growing fan base, the players are still not paid.

    “That’s where we’re going to need the Montreal community and Canadian community to come out and for businesses to invest in our product,” Breton-Lebreux said.

    Since the players are not paid a salary, they have to work full-time jobs while going to practices as late 9 p.m.

    Since the league’s inaugural season, Breton-Lebreux, said the caliber of players has improved drastically, pointing out that Saturday’s game against the Inferno at the Bell Sports Complex was one the best she has seen, despite the 5-4 overtime loss.

    But there’s still room for growth, according to Breton-Lebreux.

    If the league could afford to pay the players a salary, they would be able to dedicate more time to training.

    “The girls playing for Les Canadiennes are here because they love hockey,” Breton-Lebreux said. “Even though they aren’t paid for it, they are still here because they can compete at the highest level and it’s emotionally rewarding.”

    Despite Sunday’s win, the Canadiennes, remain in second place behind the Inferno by two points.

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Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: January 2017

Every day on Global News at 6 and Global News at 10, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

To submit a picture for Your Saskatchewan, email to [email protected]长沙夜网.

Pictures should be at least 920 pixels wide and in jpeg format.

GALLERY: Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: December 2016

Jan. 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was snapped by Eric Beck in Saskatoon.

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Jan. 2: Gail Fenwick took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Moose Jaw.

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Jan. 3: Russ Mirasty took this Your Saskatchewan photo on Lac La Ronge.

Russ Mirasty / Viewer Submitted

Jan. 4: Leila Thompson took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Bulyea.

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Jan. 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Taya Grueter of the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Saskatoon.

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Jan. 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Brett Burzminski at Katepwa Lake.

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Jan. 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Fred Ponto in Wadena.

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Jan. 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dan Otto at Round Lake.

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Jan. 9: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Robin Seitz near Pilot Butte.

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Jan. 10: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Hamilton Greenwood at Prince Albert National Park.

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Jan. 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tim Staples at Cigar Lake.

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Jan. 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Bill Allen in Ralph.

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Jan. 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Hope Bilinski at the forestry farm in Saskatoon.

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Jan. 14: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Kathleen Kirchhofer in Saskatoon.

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Jan. 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Ariane Muirhead near Fort Qu’Appelle.

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Jan. 16: Marinda Muller took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Martensville.

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Jan. 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken at Jackfish Lake by Gloria Katsiris.

Gloria Katsiris / Viewer Submitted

Jan. 18: Gord Zawislak took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Blackstrap Lake.

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Jan. 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Trevor Altman in Creighton.

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Jan. 20: Lisa Diewold took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Buffalo Pound Lake.

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Jan. 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Garett Maurice at Patuanak.

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Jan. 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Robert Johnson near Fairlight.

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Jan. 23: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jen Payne at Jackfish Lake.

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Jan. 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Margaret Flack in Vanscoy.

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Jan. 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Blaine Davis near Patience Lake.

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Jan. 26: Gerrid Gust took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Davidson.

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Jan 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Kamsack by Kimberly Buchan.

Kimberly Buchan / Viewer Submitted

Jan. 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Shelagh Hockley in Kenaston.

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Jan. 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Carol Neabel in Cochin.

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Jan. 30: Colin Dutton took this Your Saskatchewan photo of a Zamboni driving on Cory Road in Saskatoon.

Jan. 31: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken at Murray Lake by Cheryl Solanik.

Cheryl Solanik / Viewer Submitted


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Fuel spill cleared up Sunday night after tanker truck crash on Highway 43 near Onoway

A highway northwest of Edmonton was partially shut down Sunday morning after a truck carrying fuel crashed, sending the driver to hospital.

Just before 6 a.m, RCMP were called to the scene on Highway 43 just north of Highway 633, where the fuel tanker went off the road and entered the east ditch. As a result, northbound traffic on Highway 43 was restricted and rerouted.

At 3 p.m., the northbound lanes were still closed and an RCMP spokesperson said they would remain that way for several more hours.

The truck was transporting diesel, premium and regular fuel. Fuel leaked from the truck, but there was no risk to the public, according to police. Lac St. Anne Fire Services and police were called to the scene and Alberta Environment was notified. A “Hazardous Road Condition” information alert was issued through the Alberta Emergency Alert system.

Police asked drivers to avoid the area, which is a few kilometres south of Onoway.

The man driving the truck, who was alone inside the vehicle, was taken by ambulance to hospital with minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

RCMP said the cause of the collision is not yet known, and they are investigating.

The highway was reopened at 8:15 p.m. and traffic was once again flowing in both directions.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: this article was originally published at 4:56 p.m. on Jan 15 and was updated at 10:30 pm to clarify the highway had been reopened.

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Quebec Liberals attack PQ’s Lisée on diversity

Parti Québécois (PQ) Leader Jean-Francois Lisée says if elected he would require 100 per cent of immigrants to speak French before they even arrived in Quebec. Lisée presented his vision for immigration and language this weekend at a PQ party convention.

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    His views have outraged Quebec’s Liberal party.

    “I want to be as diverse as possible,” Lisée said Sunday at the PQ’s Conseil National in Quebec City.

    Lisée explained that he wants the party to be more inclusive under his leadership. Since he’s put aside the question of a referendum until at least 2022, he is also reaching out to anglophones and allophones. However, he said that he’s worried the French language is on decline, particularly on the island of Montreal.

    READ MORE: CAQ wants to cut immigration to Quebec by 20 per cent

    “More non-francophones in Quebec speaking French is a marvelous thing, but there is a difference between people who speak French as a second language and people who live in French,” he said.

    Lisée’s comments outraged Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil who said French isn’t declining, but rather more Montrealers speak different or multiple languages at home.

    “So for someone who says he’s reaching out to diversity I’m telling you these are just empty words,” Weil said.

    However, the PQ on Sunday attacked the Liberals’ track record on helping immigrants integrate, particularly in the region of Montreal.

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    “Why is there a level of 25 per cent of unemployment of immigrants? It’s because they are unable to speak French and what we want is the success of the immigrants,” said PQ immigration critic Carole Poirier.

    Poirier said the PQ’s plan is to make French classes more accessible and to encourage more immigrants to accept work in the regions instead of Montreal: “the success of immigrants in the regions is better.”

    READ MORE: Quebec to welcome 51K immigrants in 2017 with heavy focus on French workers

    Lisée’s immigration and language proposals still need to be voted on in the riding associations, but one member says she’s already seen a difference in how the party is becoming more open to the youth wing’s ideas.

    “We see that there is an effort and this is actually the first step to having more diversity here in the PQ,” said Ariane Cayer, the president of the PQ’s youth wing.