Nova Scotian Frank Sheppard and American Al Rak joined several others in building a six-unit condo called Casa Zih in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. But trouble is alleged to have followed, with Rak eventually dead and Sheppard accused in an alleged murder-for-hire plot. (CONTRIBUTED)
FRANCES WILLICK STAFF REPORTER
Their friendship started to disintegrate several years ago. But before that, Al Rak and Frank Sheppard had been best of friends. They met in...

Halifax Mooseheads defenceman Matt Murphy beats Val-d’Or Foreurs goalie Antoine Bibeau in the second period of QMJHL playoff action Tuesday in Val-d’Or, Que. Murphy scored twice as the Mooseheads clawed back from a 5-1 second-period hole and beat the Foreurs 6-5 in overtime. (ANDY KLINK)
WILLY PALOV SPORTS REPORTER
VAL-D’OR, QUE. — Game 3 between the Halifax Mooseheads and Val-d’Or Foreurs seemed like it was over after about three minutes on...

A photo of Rehtaeh Parsons is held by a woman at a community vigil in Halifax last April. Sources say lawyers for two young Eastern Passage men are questioning whether there was political interference in the laying of child pornography charges. (ANDREW VAUGHAN / The Canadian Press / File)
STEVE BRUCE COURT REPORTER
Was there political interference in the laying of child pornography charges in the Rehtaeh Parsons case? That’s what lawyers for two young...

Premier Stephen McNeil, seen here in a media scrum at Province House in March, said Tuesday that his government will clean up Boat Harbour. (TED PRITCHARD / Staff / File)
MICHAEL GORMAN PROVINCIAL REPORTER
Premier Stephen McNeil says his government will be the one to finally clean up Boat Harbour. McNeil’s comments come a few days after a...

Gail Rogerson lets Smokey the Bear take a peppermint from her lips in this 2007 file photo. Rogerson, who owns Oaklawn Farm Zoo in Aylesford, says it’s possible to integrate older and younger black bears in captivity. (THE CHRONICLE HERALD / File)
EMMA DAVIE
It’s possible to integrate an older and younger black bear in captivity, says a Nova Scotia zoo owner who claims to have done just that....

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NSCAD president Daniel O’Brien got a cold response from students and staff last week when he proposed selling the Victorian-era Academy Building, the smallest of NSCAD’s three campuses, to reduce its deficit. (RYAN TAPLIN / Staff)
The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design matters to this province. It’s a rich source of creative energies, creative education and creative people...
A child with measles is shown in this undated handout photo. Canada is dealing with several measles outbreaks this year, mostly in western provinces. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
As stories about the increasing cases of measles outbreaks in western provinces continue to make headlines, debates have inevitably arisen over...
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Montreal Canadiens’ Daniel Briere scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback during first-period NHL Stanley Cup playoff action in Montreal on Tuesday. The Canadiens beat the Lightning 4-3 to sweep their opening-round series in four games. (GRAHAM HUGHES / CP)
Max Pacioretty scored on a power play with a 43 seconds left to play as the Montreal Canadiens completed a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 4-...

Halifax McDonald’s goalie Reilly Pickard makes a save against the Toronto Young Nationals at the Telus Cup midget championship in Moose Jaw, Sask., on Tuesday. (DEREK LEUNG)
The Halifax McDonald’s are still looking for their first win at the Telus Cup midget hockey championship. The Atlantic champions dropped a 3-0...
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Jacinte Armstrong and Rhonda Baker of Mocean Dance. (DEREK FOWLES)
Rhonda Baker will go on contrasting journeys in Live Art Dance’s final show of the season. The celebration of homegrown talent, Mocean...
 Ottawa-based comedian Mike MacDonald makes his first Ha!ifax Comedy Fest appearance at the opening gala tonight at Casino Nova Scotia. Ha! fest continues to Saturday. (PAUL COUVRETTE)
Since Mike MacDonald’s first appearance at this week’s Ha!ifax Comedy Fest is tonight’s opening gala in Casino Nova Scotia’s...
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