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Friday October 18, 2013 6:34 
Good morning:

It's a rainy one again in the St. John's-metro region and it looks like there was more rain yesterday than initially in the forecast.

According to Environment Canada, 37 mm of rain fell in St. John's Thursday.

This morning, the rain showers are expected to turn to drizzle and end this afternoon, with cloudy conditions and a high of 17 Celsius.

It's a warm 15 Celsius outside now.

Here's a look at the Environment Canada weather graphic and more detailed text version of the forecast.
Friday October 18, 2013 6:59 
Friday October 18, 2013 6:59 
Today, 18 October
Showers changing to periods of drizzle this morning and ending this afternoon then cloudy. Amount 10 mm. Fog patches dissipating near noon. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming west 20 gusting to 40 near noon. High 17.

Tonight, 18 October
Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of drizzle before morning. Fog patches developing this evening. Wind west 20 km/h. Low 9.

Saturday, 19 October
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of drizzle or showers. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 11.

Sunday, 20 October
Cloudy. Low 6. High 10.

Monday, 21 October
Showers. Low 6. High 7.

Tuesday, 22 October
Cloudy. Low plus 3. High 8.

Wednesday, 23 October
Periods of rain. Windy.
Friday October 18, 2013 6:59 
The live webcam view this morning at St. John's International Airport.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:01 
All flights are on schedule this morning at St. John's International Airport.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:01 
Again this morning the MV Flanders is the only vessel operating on the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service this morning.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:03 
The MV Beaumont Hamel and MV Sound of Islay, which have been servicing Bell Island, are temporarily replacing the MV Capt. Earl Winsor on the Fogo ferry service.

Here are two Tweets posted Thursday by the provincial Department of Transportation and Works. There are no updated posts today.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:06 
MV Flanders servicing Bell Island on one vessel schedule. Second crew will soon be added to offer enhanced load-and-go service #nltraffic
Friday October 18, 2013 7:06 Transport & Works NL
MV Beaumont Hamel and MV Sound of Islay both enroute to Fogo this morning to relieve MV Capt. Earl Winsor going for refit today #nltraffic
Friday October 18, 2013 7:06 Transport & Works NL
The NL English School District's website is back online this morning at www.
Schools are open today. There are no notices on the website of closures.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:09 
There's a lot of water on roads on the Avalon this morning. Drivers should exercise caution to prevent hydroplaning.

Ted Furey posted this Tweet on Twitter this morning. I guess he's not convinced drivers will slow down in the rain.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:11 
#nltraffic @cecilhaire Let's play over/under on when the first motor vehicle will hit the ditch on TCH...8:15am.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:11 Ted Furey
Lots of standing water and heavy rain on ORR slow down @RCMPNLTraffic #nltraffic
Friday October 18, 2013 7:11 Joanne Moore
#nltraffic heavy rain build up CBrook to Pasadena, especially just before Marble eastbound
Friday October 18, 2013 7:12 Krista Ennis
Here's a couple of Tweets from meteorologist Brian Walsh about the warm temperatures today.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:14 
Mid to high teen temps and dew points in the low/mid teens for Central/Eastern NL today will make it feel like the low 20's #nlwx
Friday October 18, 2013 7:14 Brian Walsh
Still expecting a nice afternoon for inland sections of Central/Eastern NL with sunny breaks and temps in the mid/high teens #nlwx
Friday October 18, 2013 7:14 Brian Walsh
The front page of today's Telegram.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:15 
The shooting deaths in Conception Bay South earlier this week are stirring up a lot of discussion about domestic violence.

Dan MacEachern has a story on page 1 of The Telegram today. Here's a link in the Tweet below to his story.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:17 
Province’s ‘culture of violence’ can be changed: women’s advocates
Friday October 18, 2013 7:17 The Telegram
Friday October 18, 2013 7:18 
Ashley Fitzpatrick writes about a China trade mission that cost the province more than $200,000.

Here's a link below to that story and a Tweet from Ashley.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:19 
China trade mission cost more than $200,000
Friday October 18, 2013 7:19 The Telegram
It took a while but: "China trade mission cost more than $200,000". More tomorrow.… #telynl
Friday October 18, 2013 7:19 Ashley Fitzpatrick
Robin Short interviews IceCaps coach Keith McCambridge, who's focusing on the positives as the Hershey Bears arrive in St. John’s for a two-game set.
That story can be accessed at the link below.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:21 
IceCaps’ coach focusing on positives as Hershey Bears arrive in St. John’s for two game set
Friday October 18, 2013 7:21 The Telegram
Friday October 18, 2013 7:22 
Former N.L. lieutenant-governor Dr. Maxwell House died this week at age 87.
Over the years, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. House, but some of the most memorable conversations I had with him was when I had to cover St. John's Rotary meetings.
As a long-time health reporter, I always had interesting chats with him over lunch. House was a former medical specialist, with a wealth of experience in that field. He will be missed.

Here's a link to today's Telegram story.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:32 
Former lieutenant-governor Maxwell House dead at 87
Friday October 18, 2013 7:32 The Telegram
Friday October 18, 2013 7:32 
Speaking of health, the seasonal influenza vaccine is now available in the province.
That story can be read at the link below.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:34 
Seasonal influenza vaccination available in province
Friday October 18, 2013 7:34 The Telegram
Friday October 18, 2013 7:34 
Rosie Gillingham has continuing court coverage on the trial of accused murderer David Folker.
Her latest story is at the link below.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:38 
Folker maintained innocence despite unusual behaviour
Friday October 18, 2013 7:38 The Telegram
Friday October 18, 2013 7:40 
Is today an unknown holiday? There is barely any #NLTraffic. 2 minutes to get out of Paradise. #CallInSickFriday
Friday October 18, 2013 7:43 Kurtis Billard
I am not looking forward to driving the #orr this am - #nltraffic - heavy rain makes for adventurous if not dangerous morning commute
Friday October 18, 2013 7:43 Kerry Murray
@cbccornerbrook Wet roads and low visibility – lots of fog east of Corner brook through Deer lake and up route 430. #nltraffic
Friday October 18, 2013 7:43 Krista C.
TCH wet,still water in ruts. Safe Happy Friday #nltraffic
Friday October 18, 2013 7:44 Wade Reid
Any need of driving 100-110 on the wet highway.your only going from home 2 work then work 2 home.slow the hell down.#nltraffic
Friday October 18, 2013 7:44 Geoff Harrison
Some traffic Tweets above. It's strange to see a Tweet about traffic being slow in the Paradise area. Maybe a lot of people are taking the day off work.

And, it looks like speeds are still up despite the rain.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:45 
TCH Avalon has lots of standing water. Please slow down as hydroplaning can occur. As always watch for moose. Cst. Dennis Hann
Friday October 18, 2013 7:46 RCMP NL Traffic
alesndrsalesndrs : 
Hike up to Signal Hill. What beautiful views! #hike #newfoundland
Friday October 18, 2013 7:47 
Pieter VdhPieter Vdh : 
Jellybean houses at Kimberly row #stjohns #newfoundland
Friday October 18, 2013 7:47 
Life in CanadaLife in Canada : 
#Fort #Amherst #St_John's and St. John's is the #capital and #largest #city in #Newfoundland and #Labrador, and is considered by some to be the #oldest #English_founded city in #North #America. It is #located on the #eastern #tip of the #Avalon #Peninsula on the #island of Newfoundland. With a #population of 200,600 as of 2012, the St. John's #Metropolitan #Area is the second largest #Census Metropolitan Area (#CMA) in #Atlantic #Canada after #Halifax and the 20th largest metropolitan area in Canada
Friday October 18, 2013 7:48 
Life in CanadaLife in Canada : 
#Fort #Amherst #St_John's and St. John's is the #capital and #largest #city in #Newfoundland and #Labrador, and is considered by some to be the #oldest #English_founded city in #North #America. It is #located on the #eastern #tip of the #Avalon #Peninsula on the #island of Newfoundland. With a #population of 200,600 as of 2012, the St. John's #Metropolitan #Area is the second largest #Census Metropolitan Area (#CMA) in #Atlantic #Canada after #Halifax and the 20th largest metropolitan area in Canada
Friday October 18, 2013 7:48 
Life in CanadaLife in Canada : 
#Duckworth #Street #St_John's and St. John's is the #capital and #largest #city in #Newfoundland and #Labrador, and is considered by some to be the #oldest #English_founded city in #North #America. It is #located on the #eastern #tip of the #Avalon #Peninsula on the #island of Newfoundland. With a #population of 200,600 as of 2012, the St. John's #Metropolitan #Area is the second largest #Census Metropolitan Area (#CMA) in #Atlantic #Canada after #Halifax and the 20th largest metropolitan area in Canada
Friday October 18, 2013 7:48 
Some Newfoundland photos (above) posted this morning on Instagram.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:48 
The editorial cartoon in today's Telegram.
Friday October 18, 2013 7:51 
Here's the latest Associated Press story on what's happening in the U.S. since the partial-government shutdown ended.

In budget deal, Obama emerges stronger, but victory comes with strings attached

By Julie Pace
The Associated Press — Washington
President Barack Obama emerged far stronger than his Republican adversaries in Washington’s latest fiscal fight. He gave away virtually nothing and his hard-line tactics exposed deep divisions among Republicans and growing public frustration with the conservative party.
But Obama’s victory came with strings attached. Under his watch, big swaths of the federal government were shuttered for 16 days, forcing hundreds of thousands of workers off the job and restricting many services. The nation was brought to the brink of a default for the second time in two years.

Congress’ last-minute deal generated yet another round of looming deadlines on the same issues — funding the government and raising the country’s borrowing limit to prevent a default on its obligations. And there is no guarantee that Republican opposition to Obama’s objectives will be dampened in any way.
“What comes next is very unpredictable,” said Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist. “The notion that this group of people is going to be chastened by this, while it seems obvious, is uncertain.”
Indeed, there’s little consensus among Republicans about how to proceed in the aftermath of the budget crisis. Some conservatives who demanded changes to Obama’s health care law in exchange for funding the government have signalled they’re ready to dig in for another fight. Among them is Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who said Republicans may have “lost the battle but we’re going to win the war.”

But other Republican lawmakers are demanding that their party make a course correction.
“Hopefully, the lesson is to stop this foolish childishness,” said John McCain, the longtime Arizona senator who ran unsuccessfully for president against Obama in 2008.
Republicans will have to quickly settle on a strategy. The deal that ended this month’s standoff only keeps the government open through Jan. 15 and extends borrowing authority through Feb. 7, though emergency measures may give the administration another month before reaching the debt limit. The agreement also requires bipartisan negotiators to issue a report by Dec. 13 on broader budget issues like spending levels and deficit reduction — matters over which the White House and congressional Republicans have long been at odds.

What happens during this next round of deadlines will help clarify whether Obama’s October win has done anything to alter the political dynamic in Washington or whether it was an isolated achievement.
The White House said the president is entering the next phase of the debate with a similarly unyielding strategy. Aides said he is willing to make concessions as part of a larger budget deal but won’t let Republicans make funding the government or lifting the debt ceiling contingent on certain outcomes.

Some Republican leaders had assumed Obama would abandon that hard-line stance during the most recent debate. Many were taking their lessons from the last budget and debt fight in 2011, when Obama indeed made concessions to keep the government open and avoid a default.
But Republicans misread how political shifts in Washington over the past two years had affected the president, and in particular how Obama’s resolve had been stiffened by the fact he doesn’t have to run for office again.
Staunch conservatives also ignored warnings from more moderate Republicans, who argued that Obama would never agree to changes in the health care law, which is intended to provide coverage for millions of uninsured Americans and remains the president’s signature legislative achievement.
“A fundamental flaw — and probably the biggest flaw — was that they were negotiating for something that wasn’t really negotiable,” said Patrick Griffin, who served as President Bill Clinton’s legislative affairs director during the 1995 government shutdown.

The start of the government shutdown coincided with the start of sign-ups for the “Obamacare” law’s health insurance exchanges — a rollout that was marred by widespread problems. In an ironic twist, the Republican insistence on shutting down the government in order to make changes to the law wound up overshadowing its glitches and a glaring embarrassment for the president.
The result of the miscalculations: a wave of public opinion polls showing that the Republicans took the biggest hit as the budget war dragged on. A Washington Post-ABC News survey released Monday found 74 per cent disapproved of the way the Republicans in Congress were handling negotiations over the federal budget, up 11 points since just before the shutdown began. Views on how Obama and congressional Democrats handled the budget battle tilted negative but did not change significantly over the course of the shutdown.
Despite their dour approval ratings, Republicans may again try to test whether Obama is willing to hold his hard line in the new year. But Obama — long a believer in the power of public opinion — is banking that the anger Americans aimed at Republicans in recent weeks will persuade them to shift course.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:01 
Construction TCH btw Bond bridge and Tim's Bishop's Falls. Lane closed. Traffic must follow escort vehicle through zone. #nltraffic @CHOZFM
Friday October 18, 2013 8:08 Nelson Chatman
Construction at Bond to go through weekend and next week. @CHOZFM #nltraffic please obey sign age.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:08 Nelson Chatman
Traffic on Fowler's Rd majorly backed up due to construction. Avoid if you can at all. #nltraffic
Friday October 18, 2013 8:08 Carla Crotty
#nltraffic. Standing still on Fowlers road CBS
Friday October 18, 2013 8:08 Rick Collins
It seems traffic is backed up again coming out of Conception Bay South due to road work.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:09 
James McLeod writes about testy public accounts meeting, MHA Jim Bennett calls wood pellet program a 'big scam.'
Friday October 18, 2013 8:12 Deana StokesSullivan
Friday October 18, 2013 8:12 
Some construction happening on Bennett Ave. Roads are wet this morning but temperatures are up. #telynl
Friday October 18, 2013 8:12 Gary Grant
In the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's overnight report, there were two vehicle accidents in St. John's.

Around 10:08 p.m., police responded to a two-vehicle collision at Monroe Street and Brazil Street.

Police say a car going west bound on Monroe Street failed to stop at stop sign and struck a northbound taxi on Brazil Street. Two men in the taxi were injured.

One of the two females in the other vehicle was transported to hospital with an undisclosed injury.

The female driver was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with failing to stop at a stop sign, and operating a vehicle with no insurance.

At 3:20 a.m. this morning, patrol members responded to a two- vehicle hit and run collision at the intersection of Crosbie Road and Terra Nova Road in St John’s.

According to police, a black four-door vehicle was headed west, the wrong way on Terra Nova Road when it collided with a vehicle turning onto Terra Nova Road from Crosbie Road.

The black vehicle fled the scene before police arrived and was last seen turning west onto Freshwater Road from Crosbie Road. There were no injuries.

Anyone with any information are asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or call Crime Stoppers.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:19 
Total standstill on Fowler's Road for the last fifteen minutes. #nltraffic #ridiculous
Friday October 18, 2013 8:20 Monica Gregory
No thru traffic on Bay Bulls Rd #nltraffic
Friday October 18, 2013 8:20 ldw
Clear sailing west bound on the outer ring road #nltraffic
Friday October 18, 2013 8:20 Pam Reid
Some more Traffic Tweets above.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:20 
Here's an update from The Canadian Press about the salmon that escaped recently from a local salmon farm. It's reported that most have been caught.

Newfoundland fishermen get special licence to round up escaped farmed salmon

The Canadian Press

More than 2,000 farmed salmon that escaped from a pen off the south coast of Newfoundland have been rounded up by local fishermen.
The province says the fishermen were given special licences after 20,000 salmon escaped last month from a local fish farm.
The fishermen used nets to catch the fish.
The owner of the farm, Cooke Aquaculture, says the fish escaped after a strong current pulled down a floating salmon pen.
The federal Fisheries Department says many of the farmed fish have already been eaten by seals and other large fish.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:27 
"Oh yeah, I'll definitely be able to make a left hand turn on Kenmount Road." - Me right before waiting in traffic for 10 minutes #nltraffic
Friday October 18, 2013 8:27 James McLeod
It seems like The Telegram's James McLeod is tied up in traffic this morning.
I try to avoid making left-hand turns onto Kenmount Road. It's usually next to impossible and if you do attempt it, you could get into a nasty accident because drivers there don't slow down.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:29 
Why do people still fall for the fake rnc cruiser crash on thorbourne road every year? Lol. #nltraffic
Friday October 18, 2013 8:30 Jeff Warder
I believe the fake crash scene Jeff Warder mentions is an elaborate Halloween display that's on property off Thorburn Road every year.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:31 
To the guy on Thorburn road with the cop car through the fence and the dummy hangin out of the front seat, you got me.. Well played sir.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:32 Steve Bailey
@cecilhaire the Halloween display on Thorburn road is worth checking out this year. Near ORR on ramp.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:33 Erika Pittman
There's a pretty good video on YouTube from this year's Targa Newfoundland road race.

Here it is.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:40 
Friday October 18, 2013 8:40 
St. John's has a good shot at breaking the daily high temp record today (17.8°C), which has been held since 1948 #nlwx #YYT
Friday October 18, 2013 8:41 Brian Walsh
It looks like we may break a weather record today in St. John's.

But the Tweet below reminds us what's around the corner.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:42 
Friday October 18, 2013 8:42 Meteo Marsh
I received this email reminder this week from the RCMP about a uniformed services event this weekend.

The 5th Annual Uniformed Services gala is Saturday, October 19th, 2013. This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Wildlife Conservation Officer Howard Lavers who died February 21. Officer Lavers lost his life in the line of duty during a ski-doo patrol on the Northern Peninsula. His machine went through the ice and he drowned. His son, Master Cpl. Michael Lavers, a member of the Canadian Forces stationed at Canadian Forces Base Borden, is attending the dinner and will do the toast to Fallen Comrades.

The dinner will be followed by our guest speaker, funny-man, Kevin Blackmore from Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers. Buddy is ready to take on the police, fire department and the military as only Buddy Wasisname can!

Proceeds raised will be donated to Wounded Warrior Canada.
Wounded Warriors Canada has made a significant impact in assisting and improving the quality of life of Canada’s wounded and their families.

The Uniformed Services Dinner was created to bring both serving and retired members of all uniformed services together, in a relaxed and cordial dinner environment. This includes military, police, peace and enforcement officers, fire departments, correctional officers, and all other branches of the uniformed services. Approximately 280 members and their spouses will be in attendance.

The dinner is being held at:
The Capital Hotel,
Kenmount Road, St. John’s
On Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Doors open at 6:30 PM, dinner at 7:00 PM
Tickets are $55.00 per person
Friday October 18, 2013 8:49 
RT @5CdnDiv: The 5th Annual Uniformed Services gala is Saturday, October 19th, 2013, St. John's, N.L.... via @RCMPNL
Friday October 18, 2013 8:50 RCMP Newfoundland
The RCMP's annual Klondike Night is Friday, March 7th, 2014. We are looking for two provincial charities who will...
Friday October 18, 2013 8:50 RCMP Newfoundland
Here's another Tweet to @RCMPNL from @BeverlyBillard1
Hunting along a roadside or from a vehicle is illegal, something hunters if they took hunter training, would know.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:52 
@BeverlyBillard1 @RCMPNLTraffic man hunting on the side of the road eastbound lane by Butterpot Park. Blue or dark pickup.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:52 RCMP Newfoundland
Friday October 18, 2013 8:52 RCMP Newfoundland
Another Canadian Living recipe for Spinach and Ricotta Naan Pizzas
Friday October 18, 2013 8:54 Deana StokesSullivan
The recipe above looks pretty good. Naan bread is a flatbread, common in Indian cuisine.
Costco sells packages of authentic Naan bread. I have a full package in my freezer, so now I'll have to try this.
Friday October 18, 2013 8:57 
Chris TompkinsChris Tompkins : 
One of Witless Bays more attractive features. #sunrise #newfoundland #ocean #deepeast
Friday October 18, 2013 8:58 
SarahSarah : 
#creative #cute #LestersFarmMarket #Lesters #farm #market #friends #autumn #fall #pumpkins #pumpkin #farmanimals #friends #fun #doubledate #cool #Newfoundland #EastCoast #outdoors #adventure #cold #date #October #Sunday #wicked #orange #pumpkinpatch #barn #hay #yay
Friday October 18, 2013 8:58 
SarahSarah : 
#honey #bear #LestersFarmMarket #Lesters #farm #market #friends #autumn #fall #pumpkins #pumpkin #farmanimals #friends #fun #doubledate #cool #Newfoundland #EastCoast #outdoors #adventure #cold #date #October #Sunday #wicked #orange #pumpkinpatch #barn #hay #yay
Friday October 18, 2013 8:58 
SarahSarah : 
#veggies #groceries #LestersFarmMarket #Lesters #farm #market #friends #autumn #fall #pumpkins #pumpkin #farmanimals #friends #fun #doubledate #cool #Newfoundland #EastCoast #outdoors #adventure #cold #date #October #Sunday #wicked #orange #pumpkinpatch #barn #hay #yay
Friday October 18, 2013 8:58 
SarahSarah : 
#skeleton #banjo #LestersFarmMarket #Lesters #farm #market #friends #autumn #fall #pumpkins #pumpkin #farmanimals #friends #fun #doubledate #cool #Newfoundland #EastCoast #outdoors #adventure #cold #date #October #Sunday #wicked #orange #pumpkinpatch #barn #hay #yay
Friday October 18, 2013 8:59 
Some more local photos posted this morning on Instagram. There are a lot of photos today of Lester's Farm Market.
It seems to be a popular place to go this time of year for fresh vegetables and other healthy treats.
Friday October 18, 2013 9:00 
SarahSarah : 
#scarecrow #bonhomme #LestersFarmMarket #Lesters #farm #market #friends #autumn #fall #pumpkins #pumpkin #farmanimals #friends #fun #doubledate #cool #Newfoundland #EastCoast #outdoors #adventure #cold #date #October #Sunday #wicked #orange #pumpkinpatch #barn #hay #yay
Friday October 18, 2013 9:00 
And, here's yet another photo (above) from the farm market, posted on Instagram.
Friday October 18, 2013 9:01 
Well, that's it for the live blog this morning.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend.

I'll be back Monday morning, 7-9 a.m. with more live news.

Until then, take care,

Deana SS

On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Friday October 18, 2013 9:02 
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