North Lethbridge home damaged in shooting

WATCH ABOVE: Some residents in north Lethbridge were awakened by gunfire early Wednesday morning. It left a home damaged and police believe it was a targeted incident. Erik Bay has more.

Residents along the 1800 block of 2B Avenue N. in Lethbridge awoke to the sounds of gunfire Wednesday morning.

Neighbours — who didn’t want to appear on camera — told Global News they heard several pops at around 6 a.m., while one person said he heard the shots all the way from his house at the end of the street, which he mistook for construction.

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Police said the shots were fired at a home. Damage can be seen on the outside of the house, including a broken window, stripped siding and multiple holes.

Another neighbour said there is a lot of foot traffic to and from the house in question and Lethbridge police said they believe the shooting was a “targeted” incident.

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Police confirmed multiple shots were fired, but no one was injured by the gunfire.

Police did not release any other details but are asking anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

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2 underage girls sexually assaulted by 2 men at party: Calgary police

Two underage teen girls were sexually assaulted by two men at a Calgary house party on Tuesday, according to police.

Officers responded to the 0 to 100 block of Castledale Way N.E. after 9 p.m.

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Police told Global News on Wednesday the suspects were taken into custody.

The investigation is underway, and it is too early to determine charges, police said.

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Cause of Saskatoon house fire deemed electrical failure

Relief crews were deployed to deal with a Saskatoon house fire in the Nutana neighbourhood on Wednesday.

The Saskatoon Fire Department said it received a call from an occupant saying the home was filling with smoke and they were evacuating at roughly 6:15 a.m.

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Upon making entry into the house in the 100 block of Poplar Crescent, firefighters said they encountered light smoke.

The blaze was found under a stairwell that spread into the ceiling space between the first and second floor, according to a press release.

Officials said utilities were shut down for safety.

A fire investigator concluded the cause to be an electrical failure, originating in the wall space adjacent to the stairwell.

The department estimate damage to be $300,000.

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Justin Bieber Apologizes For Morgan Wallen Shoutout

Justin Bieber is apologizing for publicly supporting Morgan Wallen.

Bieber is retracting his words just days after the Canadian singer, 27, sent love to the controversial country singer by posting about Wallen’s album, Dangerous: The Double Album.

Bieber says he was unaware of Wallen, who was filmed using a racial slur earlier this year, and his controversial past.

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“I had no idea that the guy’s music I posted was recently found saying racist comments as you know I don’t support or tolerate any sort of racism or discrimination,” he wrote to Instagram. “I had no idea, I sincerely apologize to anyone I offended.”

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In a second post, Bieber wrote, “When I was a kid, I was incredibly ignorant and said some very hurtful and racist jokes that clearly were not funny. I hurt a lot of people, especially the Black people in my life but I was fortunate enough to have had them educate me on the horrifying origin of the n-word. This brings those painful memories back up. I will always take ownership for my ignorance and my past because I know I am not that person. I know that I have apologized for this before but knowing that this is such a sensitive issue.”

He added, “I believe it is important to bring this up and hopefully educate people who may be ignorant to the topic of racism and how hurtful it is.”

Wallen recently gave his first interview to “Good Morning America” since the racial slur video.

“I think I was just ignorant about it. I don’t think I sat down and was, like, ‘Hey, is this right or is this wrong?’” he said.

After the video emerged, Wallen checked himself into a rehab facility.

“For 30 days, I spent some time out in San Diego, California — you know, just trying to figure it out… why am I acting this way? Do I have an alcohol problem? Do I have a deeper issue?”

When asked about people questioning why he’s speaking now, Wallen told Michael Strahan: “I’m not ever gonna make, you know, everyone happy. I can only come tell my truth, and — and that’s all I know to do.”

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Miley Cyrus, 11 Organizations Reach Out To DaBaby To Help Stop ‘Miseducation’ About HIV/AIDS

A number of organizations and Hollywood celebrities are reaching out to DaBaby to help him “address the miseducation” about HIV/AIDS after his controversial statements.

The rapper has since apologized twice for his anti-gay remarks and has been dropped by numerous gigs and companies.

On Monday, he said, “I appreciate the many people who came to me with kindness, who reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education, and resources. That’s what I needed and it was received.”

The following day, 11 organizations published an open letter in hopes that they can meet with DaBaby to teach him the correct facts so he can then pass it on to his fans.

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“At a time when HIV continues to disproportionately impact Black Americans and queer and transgender people of colour, a dialogue is critical. We must address the miseducation about HIV, expressed in your comments, and the impact it has on various communities,” part of the letter read via THR.

It adds, “We believe you now have an opportunity to not just move past this unfortunate incident, but to use your platform and celebrity to heal not harm.”

After sharing a number of facts, the letter concludes, “You stated you now understand how and why your comments were damaging. An open conversation holds the potential for you to now create meaningful impact by transforming from an adversary to an advocate.”

Miley Cyrus added her name to those who want to help educate DaBaby.

“It’s easier to cancel someone than to find forgiveness and compassion in ourselves or take the time to change hearts and minds,” Cyrus wrote on Instagram. “There’s no more room for division if we want to keep seeing progress! Knowledge is power! I know I still have so much to learn.”

In the caption, she added, “@DaBaby check your DMS – would love to talk and see how we can learn from each other and help be part of making a more just and understanding future!”

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DaBaby first faced backlash during Miami’s Rolling Loud festival in July for his factless statements about HIV/AIDS. He then addressed the comments later on with more uneducated statements. As a result, a number of gatherings including Lollapalooza, the Governors Ball and Day N Vegas dropped him.

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Ryan Reynolds Gushes About Wife Blake Lively On 10-Year Anniversary Of First Date

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are celebrating a milestone anniversary.

During the Canadian actor’s appearance on “Good Morning America” to promote his new movie “Free Guy”, Reynolds gushed about the 10-year anniversary of his and Lively’s first date.

“We’re not quite at 10 years but we rounded up, which we are just going to do because in Hollywood years, that’s like 180 years!” he joked with the “GMA” co-hosts.

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And to celebrate, Reynolds says, “We went to the place that we went on our first date, O Ya, a restaurant which we love.”

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Lively also celebrated the anniversary on Instagram, sharing a selfie from their date at O Ya in Boston on her Story on Aug. 1.

“If it weren’t for this place. We wouldn’t be together. No joke,” she wrote. “No restaurant means more to us.”

Lively and Reynolds met on the set of 2011’s “Green Lantern” and later got married in 2012. The couple share three children together, daughters James, 6, Inez, 4, and Betty, 1.

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Aphid poop is raining down from Regina trees, and it could ruin your car's paint job

WATCH: Hot, dry conditions, in addition to a ladybug shortage, have created perfect conditions for aphids to thrive this summer. Their sticky excrement is thriving too.

It’s making Regina city streets feel like movie theatre stairs, and is causing carwash lineups like never before.

If you don’t know what “it” is, and you’re even a little bit squeamish, you may not want to read any further.

“It’s kind of like an aphid poo is the best way to put it,” says City of Regina Open Space Services Manager Russell Eirich of the syrupy substance covering sidewalks, roadways and car windows everywhere this summer.

“The aphids feed on the leaves of our elm trees. They’re kind of like a mosquito for people, only they’re sucking the juice out of the leaf, and then they create a ‘honeydew’. And all the excess honeydew isn’t getting washed out of the tree, and now it’s starting to come down itself.”

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SUDS Regina owner Kirby Kazeil says his carwash has been lined up in recent weeks with drivers looking to rinse the aphid honeydew off their rides.

SUDS Regina owner Kirby Kazeil says his carwash has been lined up in recent weeks with drivers looking to rinse the aphid honeydew off their rides.

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Eirich says the hot, dry summer is working in a number of ways to boost the Queen City’s aphid population this year.

Firstly, rainfall usually works to destroy some of the tiny pests before their “honeydew” excrement can cause a problem. The rain also works to wash away the honeydew before it becomes a problem/

“We’re seeing the honeydew is sticking around a lot more. The weather is both helping the aphids but also making the honeydew a lot more noticeable,” Eirich said.

The city would also typically release ladybugs to help control the aphid population, but Eirich says the city has been unable to source the helpful predator this season.

They typically buy them from suppliers in Ontario, which source them from California. One such supplier notes that “a ‘perfect storm’ created by the combination of a prolonged drought with the wildfires that made the news this past fall” likely destroyed many ladybug hibernation sites.

Eirich noted that the hot weather has helped ladybug predators like wasps breed locally.

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The honeydew pools up on the leaves of elm trees before dropping down onto whatever lies below.

The honeydew pools up on the leaves of elm trees before dropping down onto whatever lies below.

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While the honeydew definitely doesn’t pose a hazard to human health, Eirich says that if left for too long it can start to mold.

Western Autobody Manager Anne Hauck added that the honeydew could potentially pose a threat to vehicle paint, though.

“The sap excrement can burn the paint,” Hauck said, adding such an effect will be more apparent on darker vehicles and on older vehicles with more clear coat erosion.

“It’s like if egg or sap gets on your car and the sun sits on it, it can cause burn marks. It seeps into the clear coat and it burns through it.”

She said a mix of soap and warm water will easily wash off the honeydew, and that frequent vehicle waxing can add a layer of paint protection.

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Erich said people will likely start to notice the honeydew less and less by the end of August.

He said at that point the aphids will take flight from their leafy summer homes, and start making their way into the eyes, noses and mouths of cyclists, runners and roller bladers making their way along city pathways.

He said the city does operate a small tree spraying program that is available on request but that like with vehicles, homeowners can combat the creatures, and their sticky juice, with soap and water.

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Romana Singer Reacts After Rihanna’s Clap Back In Support Of Leah McSweeney After ‘RHONY’ Diss

Rihanna is all about that “Housewives” drama.

On the latest episode of “Real Housewives of New York”, Leah McSweeney name-dropped the pop star during an argument with Ramona Singer and Luann de Lesseps.

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“Let me promote Leah Mob or Mob something,” Singer said, mocking McSweeney’s Married to the Mob clothing line.

“You aren’t exactly my demographic, so it’s all good,” McSweeney responded. “I already have Rihanna wearing my s**t, you think I need you wearing my s**t?”

After the show aired, Rihanna posted on Instagram a photo of her wearing a Married to the Mob shirt:

“I love you so much 😂❤️🔥,” McSweeney commented.

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The Bravo network took it a step further, commenting on the post with a challenge to Rihanna and her fans.

“Like this comment if you think Rihanna should come on #WWHL soon to spill all the Bravo tea! 👀,” the network said.

Andy Cohen, meanwhile, simply commented, “😳 😳 😳.”

Appearing on “Watch What Happens Live” on Tuesday night, Singer was asked about Rihanna’s clap back, responding simply, “I love the attention.”

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Camila Cabello Admits It Feels ‘Weird’ To Release Music Amid The Delta Variant Outbreak

Camila Cabello is opening up about releasing music during a pandemic.

The singer, 24, joined “Kyle & Jackie O Show” to promote her latest single, “Don’t Go Yet”, and admitted it feels “weird” to put out music while the Delta variant of COVID-19 runs rampant through the United States.

“Delta variant has just gotten crazy here, and it was just starting to feel normal and good again. And it was so nice. It would just completely suck if we kept heading in this direction,” she said.

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The “Cinderella” actress added, “It feels honestly weird now. It’s weird to get a sense… I don’t know, it was so fun making music and I feel like putting it out… because you’re not seeing people and you’re not feeling that energy from people, it can kind of feel like you don’t really know what’s going on when a song comes out.”

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So for now, Cabello is looking forward to when “things get better.”

“Sometimes it feels like you don’t get that energy back that I feel like you used to just because everything’s kind of online,” she explained. “I don’t check social media and stuff, so I’m not really seeing that either. It is kind of weird. I can’t wait for things to get better.”

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Mosquito fogging to begin in parts of Winnipeg to reduce West Nile Virus risk

The city of Winnipeg is starting a mosquito control program under provincial order to reduce the number of West Nile Virus mosquitoes.

The city is giving the public 24 hours’ notice that as of August 5 at 10:00 pm the spraying will begin for adult mosquitoes in the Rural Municipality of West St. Paul and Winnipegs insect management areas.

Public health officials have noted in a press release that the current hot and dry weather conditions have created ideal conditions for Culex tarsalis mosquitoes that carry WNV.

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The province says, although no human cases of the virus have been identified in Manitoba, the risk for potential exposure is high and will likely continue as we move through a historical high-risk period in August.

Between 2012 and 2018, there were 112 cases of WNV in Manitoba. Nearly 40 per cent of these cases were hospitalized and 11 required intensive care.

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While you are encouraged to enjoy the warm weather and outdoor activities, the province strongly recommends that you reduce your risk of mosquito bites by following these key preventative measures.

  • reducing the amount of time spent outdoors in peak mosquito hours during dusk and dawn;
  • using an appropriate mosquito repellent;
  • wearing light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves and pant legs;
  • maintaining door and window screens; and
  • cleaning and emptying yard items that collect water.

Individuals can also minimize their exposure by taking the following precautions

  • staying indoors during and immediately after spraying;
  • closing all doors and windows;
  • avoiding trucks while spraying is underway;
  • turning off fans and air conditioners or setting them at exhaust;
  • removing clothes and children’s toys from outdoor areas;
  • covering swimming pool surfaces;
  • washing any household items or toys left outside before using them; and
  • ensuring fruits and vegetables are washed.

Residents who would like to receive a daily email and phone notification for all mosquito control activities can register online 

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