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Construction worker killed in serious accident at Regina International Airport
POSTED DATE:May 27, 2023

Three suspects charged, drugs and weapons seized following operation, Regina police say
POSTED DATE:May 27, 2023

13-year-old girl charged after threats made to Regina school
POSTED DATE:May 27, 2023

Police dealing with barricaded person in Hamilton, Ont. involved in double homicide
POSTED DATE:May 27, 2023

Mexican authorities make arrest in mid-May killing of Quebec man at seaside town
POSTED DATE:May 27, 2023

Vancouver man, 63, dies while attempting to fulfil dream of summiting Mount Everest
POSTED DATE:May 27, 2023

Canadian Tire security guard charged with assaulting a customer in Regina
POSTED DATE:May 25, 2023

Hundreds to return home after Saskatchewan wildfire evacuation orders lifted
POSTED DATE:May 25, 2023

Traffic restrictions lifted on Highway 1 following crash near Swift Current
POSTED DATE:May 25, 2023

Second person charged with murder in Regina trailer court homicide
POSTED DATE:May 25, 2023

Police operation on Robinson Street concluded Regina police say
POSTED DATE:May 25, 2023

Sask. wildfires: Fire ban lifted for provincial parks, Crown lands following rainfall
POSTED DATE:May 24, 2023

Here are the rules e-scooter users in Sask. will need to follow on highways
POSTED DATE:May 24, 2023

Regina man charged with second-degree murder in weekend death
POSTED DATE:May 24, 2023

Man paralyzed in bike accident walks again with help of brain, spinal cord implants
POSTED DATE:May 24, 2023

PM Trudeau stops short of commitment to fund Manitoba landfill search
POSTED DATE:May 24, 2023

Human trafficking victims forced to live in cold basement with no running water, Ontario police say
POSTED DATE:May 24, 2023

Police investigating Quebec daycare worker who allegedly gave children melatonin
POSTED DATE:May 24, 2023

Man charged with second degree murder in relation to 2022 homicide: Regina police
POSTED DATE:May 23, 2023

Smoke continues to hamper fight against extremely aggressive Sask. wildfires
POSTED DATE:May 23, 2023

Chemicals in stain removers, paint linked to Parkinsons disease in new study
POSTED DATE:May 23, 2023

No public inquiry into foreign interference: Trudeau backs Johnstons public hearings plan
POSTED DATE:May 23, 2023

Family of Colorado man killed by police during mental health crisis gets US19 million settlement
POSTED DATE:May 23, 2023

Its a dream thats coming true: Cyclist biking across Canada to raise awareness and funds for MS research
POSTED DATE:May 21, 2023

The toughest regulations: Filipino health care workers comment on difficult licensing process in Sask.
POSTED DATE:May 20, 2023

Change of heart: Several sales of former SLGA liquor store licences fall through, province says
POSTED DATE:May 20, 2023

Sask. RCMP say MDMA, cocaine, meth seized in interprovincial trafficking bust
POSTED DATE:May 19, 2023

Regina police asking for publics help in robbery investigation
POSTED DATE:May 19, 2023

World needs to be vigilant as AI technology improves and deepfakes spread
POSTED DATE:May 19, 2023

Passport redesign just the latest battle in the culture war over Canadian identity
POSTED DATE:May 19, 2023

Come get me: Premier defends Sask. coal power supply past 2030 despite federal law
POSTED DATE:May 18, 2023

RCMP search for 3 suspects involved in robbery, forcible confinement in Yorkton
POSTED DATE:May 17, 2023

Totally unacceptable: Sask. says there have been 587 instances where an ambulance wasnt immediately available in 2023
POSTED DATE:May 17, 2023



Those in Regina aching for their fill of Aqua are in for a surprise Aug. 29, when the Danish Europop sensation comes to Regina.

The group sky rocketed to fame following the release of their 1997 debut album ‘Aquarium’ which featured hits such as ‘Turn Back Time,’ ‘Doctor Jones’ and of course the well known ‘Barbie Girl.’

With over a billion views on YouTube, “I’m a Barbie Girl, in the Barbie World” has been sung by fans and non-fans alike since the release of the band’s doll-centered music video.

According to the Regina Exhibition Association Limited (REAL), a Much Retro Dance Party will precede the concert, offering concert goers an opportunity to hit the dance floor and enjoy some nostalgic tunes from the Much Music era.

“It is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the 90s vibe,” the release read.

General ticket sales will begin on May 26 at 10 a.m.

More information about ticket sale dates and prices can be found on REAL’s website.



Tina Turner, the unstoppable singer and stage performer who teamed with husband Ike Turner for a dynamic run of hit records and live shows in the 1960s and `70s and survived her horrifying marriage to triumph in middle age with the chart-topping Whats Love Got to Do With It, has died at 83.

Turner died Tuesday, after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, according to her manager. She became a Swiss citizen a decade ago.

Few stars travelled so far -- she was born Anna Mae Bullock in a segregated Tennessee hospital and spent her latter years on a 260,000 square foot estate on Lake Zurich -- and overcame so much. Physically battered, emotionally devastated and financially ruined by her 20-year relationship with Ike Turner, she became a superstar on her own in her 40s, at a time when most of her peers were on their way down, and remained a top concert draw for years after.

How do we say farewell to a woman who owned her pain and trauma and used it as a means to help change the world? Angela Bassett, who played Turner in the 1993 biopic Whats Love Got to Do With It, said in a statement.

Through her courage in telling her story, her commitment to stay the course in her life, no matter the sacrifice, and her determination to carve out a space in rock and roll for herself and for others who look like her, Tina Turner showed others who lived in fear what a beautiful future filled with love, compassion, and freedom should look like.

With admirers ranging from Mick Jagger to Beyonce to Mariah Carey, the Queen of Rock n Roll was one of the worlds most popular entertainers, known for a core of pop, rock and rhythm and blues favourites: Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, River Deep, Mountain High, and the hits she had in the 80s, among them Whats Love Got to Do with It, We Dont Need Another Hero and a cover of Al Greens Lets Stay Together.

Her trademarks included a growling contralto that might smoulder or explode, her bold smile and strong cheekbones, her palette of wigs and the muscular, quick-stepping legs she did not shy from showing off. She sold more than 150 million records worldwide, won 12 Grammys, was voted along with Ike into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 (and on her own in 2021 ) and was honoured at the Kennedy Center in 2005, with Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey among those praising her. Her life became the basis for a film, a Broadway musical and an HBO documentary in 2021 that she called her public farewell.

Until she left her husband and revealed their back story, she was known as the voracious on-stage foil of the steady-going Ike, the leading lady of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue. Ike was billed first and ran the show, choosing the material, the arrangements, the backing singers. They toured constantly for years, in part because Ike was often short on money and unwilling to miss a concert. Tina Turner was forced to go on with bronchitis, with pneumonia, with a collapsed right lung.

Other times, the cause of her misfortunes was Ike himself.

As she recounted in her memoir, I, Tina, Ike began hitting her not long after they met, in the mid-1950s, and only grew more vicious. Provoked by anything and anyone, he would throw hot coffee in her face, choke her, or beat her until her eyes were swollen shut, then rape her. Before one show, he broke her jaw and she went on stage with her mouth full of blood.

Terrified both of being with Ike and of lasting without him, she credited her emerging Buddhist faith in the mid-1970s with giving her a sense of strength and self-worth and she finally left in early July 1976. The Ike and Tina Turner Revue was scheduled to open a tour marking the countrys bicentennial when Tina snuck out of their Dallas hotel room, with just a Mobil credit card and 36 cents, while Ike slept. She hurried across a nearby highway, narrowly avoiding a speeding truck, and found another hotel.

I looked at him (Ike) and thought, `You just beat me for the last time, you sucker, she recalled in her memoir.

Turner was among the first celebrities to speak candidly about domestic abuse, becoming a heroine to battered women and a symbol of resilience to all. Ike Turner did not deny mistreating her, although he tried to blame Tina for their troubles. When he died, in 2007, a representative for his ex-wife said simply: Tina is aware that Ike passed away.

Ike and Tina fans knew little of this during the couples prime. The Turners were a hot act for much of the 1960s and into the 70s, evolving from bluesy ballads such as A Fool in Love and Its Going to Work Out Fine to flashy covers of Proud Mary and Come Together and other rock songs that brought them crossover success.

They opened for the Rolling Stones in 1966 and 1969, and were seen performing a lustful version of Otis Reddings Ive Been Loving You Too Long in the 1970 Stones documentary Gimme Shelter. Bassett and Laurence Fishburne gave Oscar-nominated performances in Whats Love Got to Do with It, based on I, Tina, but she would say that reliving her years with Ike was so painful she couldnt bring herself to watch the movie.

Ike and Tinas reworking of Proud Mary, originally a tight, mid-tempo hit for Creedence Clearwater Revival, helped define their sexual aura. Against a background of funky guitar and Ikes crooning baritone, Tina began with a few spoken words about how some people wanted to hear songs that were nice and easy.

But theres this one thing, she warned, you see, we never ever do nothing nice and easy.

We always do it nice -- and rough.

But by the end of the 1970s, Turners career seemed finished. She was 40 years old, her first solo album had flopped and her live shows were mostly confined to the cabaret circuit. Desperate for work, and money, she even agreed to tour in South Africa when the country was widely boycotted because of its racist apartheid regime.

Rock stars helped bring her back. Rod Stewart convinced her to sing Hot Legs with him on Saturday Night Live and Jagger, who had openly borrowed some of Turners on-stage moves, sang Honky Tonk Women with her during the Stones 1981-82 tour. At a listening party for his 1983 album Lets Dance, David Bowie told guests that Turner was his favourite singer.

She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous, Jagger tweeted Wednesday. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her.

More popular in England at the time than in the U.S., she recorded a raspy version of Lets Stay Together at EMIs Abbey Road studios in London. By the end of 1983, Lets Stay Together was a hit throughout Europe and on the verge of breaking in the states. An A&R man at Capitol Records, John Carter, urged the label to sign her up and make an album. Among the material presented was a reflective pop-reggae ballad co-written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle and initially dismissed by Tina as wimpy.

I just thought it was some old pop song, and I didnt like it, she later said of Whats Love Got To Do With It.

Turners Private Dancer album came out in May 1984, sold more than eight million copies and featured several hit singles, including the title song and Better Be Good To Me. It won four Grammys, among them record of the year for Whats Love Got to Do With It, the song that came to define the clear-eyed image of her post-Ike years.

People look at me now and think what a hot life I must have lived -- ha! she wrote in her memoir.

Even with Ike, it was hard to mistake her for a romantic. Her voice was never pretty, and love songs were never her specialty, in part because she had little experience to draw from. She was born in Nutbush, Tennessee in 1939 and would say she received no love from either her mother or father. After her parents separated, she moved often around Tennessee and Missouri, living with various relatives. She was outgoing, loved to sing and as a teenager would check out the blues clubs in St. Louis, where one of the top draws was Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm. Tina didnt care much for his looks the first time she saw him, at the Club Manhattan.

Then he got up onstage and picked up his guitar, she wrote in her memoir. He hit one note, and I thought, `Jesus, listen to this guy play.

Tina soon made her move. During intermission at an Ike Turner show at the nearby Club DLisa, Ike was alone on stage, playing a blues melody on the keyboards. Tina recognized the song, B.B. Kings You Know I Love You, grabbed a microphone and sang along. As Tina remembered, a stunned Ike called out Giirrlll!! and demanded to know what else she could perform. Over her mothers objections, she agreed to join his group. He changed her first name to Tina, inspired by the comic book heroine Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, and changed her last name by marrying her, in 1962.

In rare moments of leniency from Ike, Tina did enjoy success on her own. She added a roaring lead vocal to Phil Spectors titanic production of River Deep, Mountain High, a flop in the U.S. when released in 1966, but a hit overseas and eventually a standard. She was also featured as the Acid Queen in the 1975 film version of the Whos rock opera Tommy. More recent film work included Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and a cameo in Whats Love Got to Do with It.

Turner had two sons: Craig, with saxophonist Raymond Hill; and Ronald, with Ike Turner. (Craig Turner was found dead in 2018 of an apparent suicide). In a memoir published later in 2018, Tina Turner: My Love Story, she revealed that she had received a kidney transplant from her second husband, former EMI record executive Erwin Bach.

Turners life seemed an argument against marriage, but her life with Bach was a love story the younger Tina would not have believed possible. They met in the mid-1980s, when she flew to Germany for record promotion and he picked her up at the airport. He was more than a decade younger than her -- the prettiest face, she said of him in the HBO documentary -- and the attraction was mutual. She wed Bach in 2013, exchanging vows at a civil ceremony in Switzerland.

Its that happiness that people talk about, Turner told the press at the time, when you wish for nothing, when you can finally take a deep breath and say, `Everything is good.



A federal jury in New York concluded Thursday that British singer Ed Sheeran didnt steal key components of Marvin Gayes classic 1970s tune Lets Get It On when he created his hit song Thinking Out Loud, prompting Sheeran to joke later that he wont have to follow through on his threat to quit music.

The emotions of an epic copyright fight that stretched across most of the last decade spilled out as soon as the seven-person jury revealed its verdict after more than two hours of deliberations.

Sheeran briefly dropped his face into his hands in relief before standing to hug his attorney, Ilene Farkas. As jurors left the courtroom, Sheeran smiled at several of them and mouthed the words: Thank you.

He then spoke for about 10 minutes with plaintiff Kathryn Townsend Griffin, the daughter of Ed Townsend, who co-created the 1973 soul classic with Gaye. They hugged and smiled with each other.

Sheeran later addressed reporters outside the courthouse, revisiting his claim made during the trial that he would consider quitting songwriting if he lost the case.

I am obviously very happy with the outcome of this case, and it looks like Im not going to have to retire from my day job, after all. But at the same time, I am unbelievably frustrated that baseless claims like this are allowed to go to court at all, the singer said, reading from a prepared statement.

He also said he missed his grandmothers funeral in Ireland because of the trial, and that he wont get that time back.

Before leaving the courthouse, Griffin waited in a hallway with her lawyers, saying she was relieved the trial was over.

Im just glad its over, she said. We can be friends.

She said she was pleased that Sheeran approached her immediately after the verdict and the two conversed at length.

It showed me who he was, Griffin said.

She said her copyright lawsuit wasnt personal.

I did what I had to do to protect my fathers intellectual property. Im very proud of my father and his work and me doing what I have to do, Griffin added.

The verdict came after a two-week trial that featured a courtroom performance by Sheeran as the singer insisted, sometimes angrily, that the trial was a threat to all musicians who create their own music.

Sheeran sat with his legal team throughout the trial, defending himself against the lawsuit by Townsends heirs. They said Thinking Out Loud had so many similarities to Lets Get It On that it violated the songs copyright protection.

At the trials start, attorney Ben Crump told jurors on behalf of the Townsend heirs that Sheeran himself sometimes performed the two songs together. The jury saw video of a concert in Switzerland in which Sheeran can be heard segueing on stage between Lets Get It On and Thinking Out Loud. Crump said that was smoking gun proof he stole from the famous tune.

In her closing argument on Wednesday, Farkas said Crumps smoking gun was shooting blanks.

She said the only common elements between the two songs were basic to the tool kit of all songwriters and the scaffolding on which all songwriting is built.

They did not copy it. Not consciously. Not unconsciously. Not at all, Farkas said.

When Sheeran testified over two days for the defence, he repeatedly picked up a guitar resting behind him on the witness stand to demonstrate how he seamlessly creates mashups of songs during concerts to spice it up a bit for his sizeable crowds.

The English pop stars cheerful attitude on display under questioning from his attorney all but vanished under cross examination.

When you write songs, somebody comes after you, Sheeran said during his testimony as he explained that the case was being closely watched by others in the industry.

He insisted that he stole nothing from Lets Get it On when he wrote his tune.

Townsends heirs said in their lawsuit that Thinking Out Loud had striking similarities and overt common elements that made it obvious that it had copied Lets Get It On, a song that has been featured in numerous films and commercials and scored hundreds of millions of streams spins and radio plays in the past half century.

Sheerans song, which came out in 2014, was a hit, winning a Grammy for song of the year.

Sheerans label, Atlantic Records, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing were also named as defendants in the Thinking Out Loud lawsuit, but the focus of the trial was Sheeran.

His co-writer on the song, Amy Wadge, who was not a defendant, testified on his behalf and hugged Sheeran after the verdict.

Gaye was killed in 1984 at age 44, shot by his father as he tried to intervene in a fight between his parents. He had been a Motown superstar since the 1960s, although his songs released in the 1970s made him a generational musical giant.

Townsend, who also wrote the 1958 R&B doo-wop hit For Your Love, was a singer, songwriter and lawyer who died in 2003. Griffin, his daughter, testified during the trial that she thought Sheeran was a great artist with a great future.



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The rapper Desiigner was charged Monday with one federal count of indecent exposure on an aircraft, after authorities say he masturbated on a flight from Tokyo to Minneapolis.

The misdemeanor filed against the rapper, whose real name is Sidney Royel Selby III, is punishable by no more than 90 days of imprisonment and a US$500 fine.

The charges came just days after he announced in a tweet Thursday that he was ashamed about what happened on the plane, that he was admitting himself to a facility to get help and was canceling all his shows.

Mental health, he wrote, is real guys. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

The criminal complaint said a flight attendant first spotted Selby exposing himself about 60 to 90 minutes into the April 17 Delta flight. He covered himself, but five minutes later, two flight attendants spotted Selby masturbating. Again he was told No and covered himself, the complaint said.

The lead flight attendant then came to Selbys first-class seat and said that he was going to be arrested. But a short time later, a flight attendant spotted Selby exposing himself a third time.

Selby then was moved to the back of the plane, where two travel companions agreed to monitor him. There, he told his security guard that he was bugging, had messed up and was sorry, the complaint said

Selby apologized to the air crew at the end of the flight and then was detained.

When questioned by the FBI, Selby said he didnt get much in Japan and found one of the flight attendants attractive so he exposed himself.

Selby said in his tweet that he had been admitted to a hospital while performing oversees and given meds. The complaint, however, said he told the FBI that he had not taken that medication before exposing himself. Asked whether he was under the influence, Selby said no, and the FBI agent who questioned him said he didnt appear impaired.

In 2016, Selby was arrested after another driver claimed that he waved a handgun while exiting a tunnel connecting Manhattan and New Jersey. But the gun charge was dropped.


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