Councillors rejected a city staff proposal to demolish the Halifax Forum. (CHRISTIAN LAFORCE / Staff / File)
BRETT BUNDALE HALIFAX CITY HALL
The storied Halifax Forum has been saved after regional council voted Tuesday to maintain the landmark arena. Councillors rejected a city staff...

Frank Cicchetti shows the front page photo of him and his mother in the May 31, 1956, Mail-Star that told the story of his birth on the Italian liner Saturnia two days out of Halifax. (ERIC WYNNE / Staff)
SELENA ROSS Staff Reporter
Whenever anyone asks Frank Cicchetti where he was born, he takes a deep breath and gets ready for a long conversation. When he applied for his...

Ellie Black of Halifax during her floor routine as she takes part in the women's team final and individual qualification gymnastic competition at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday. (AP PHOTO / Alastair Grant)
MONTY MOSHER SPORTS REPORTER
One medal eluded Ellie Black on Tuesday at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, but the chance at five more awaits. The Olympic gymnast...


A 25-year-old man from New Brunswick is airlifted to Halifax from the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on Tuesday. The man was in critical condition after jumping from a moving vehicle at the Ben Eoin Beach RV Resort & Campground. (STEVE WADDEN)
TOM AYERS CAPE BRETON BUREAU
SYDNEY — Cape Breton Regional Police are investigating after a 25-year-old man from New Brunswick was airlifted to a Halifax hospital with life-...


Lee El-Rabahi stocks cigarettes as he listens to a news conference about illegal tobacco inside his Hydrostone Groceteria convenience store in Halifax on Tuesday. A cigarette butt study commissioned by the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association suggests that the use of illegal tobacco continues to rise. (RYAN TAPLIN / Staff)
DAN ARSENAULT Crime Reporter
More Nova Scotians appear to be opting for cheap contraband cigarettes, according to a “butt study” paid for by the Atlantic Convenience Stores...

News

Lyle Howe, right, and new lawyer Phil Star speak after a hearing at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff)
A Halifax lawyer will be sentenced in Nova Scotia Supreme Court today for sexually assaulting a woman in 2011. On May 31, a jury found Lyle Howe...

Energy Minister Andrew Younger, left, Danielle Fong, co-founder and chief scientist at LightSail Energy, and Stan Mason, president of Watts Wind Energy, announce a project Tuesday that will test a new way to store renewable energy. (BEVERLEY WARE / South Shore Bureau)
When Danielle Fong was taking her PhD in plasma physics at Princeton University at the age of 17, she wasn’t driven to be the best — she was driven...
Business
Fiddler Ian MacDougall of Foot Cape, Inverness Co., is accompanied by Pius MacIsaac of Mabou, Inverness Co. at the Sydney River liquor store on Tuesday for the official launch of Glenora Distillery`s Fiddler`s Choice whisky. The whisky was inspired by the late John MacDougall, who used to play at the Glenora Inn and Distillery. (TOM AYERS)
SYDNEY — What says “Cape Breton” more than the bowing of a fiddle and a wee dram or two of single malt? How about a whisky...

Demolition on the Roy building in Halifax continues Monday. A new study indicates the office space market is weakening in Halifax, leading to inevitable contraction. (INGRID BULMER/Staff)
Halifax’s office market is being weakened as new supply exceeds current demand, according to a new study by Turner Drake & Partners Ltd. “The...
Arts & Life
Andrew Cochran is moving to Toronto to spearhead the CBC’s Strategy 2020. (CONTRIBUTED)
Some kids dream of being an astronaut, an Olympic athlete or a movie star. More than 40 years ago, young Andrew Cochran dreamed of joining CBC....
The Florida punk band Against Me!, with members, from left to right, Inge Johansson, Atom Willard, Laura Jane Grace, and James Bowman, performs at the Halifax Pop Explosion, taking place Oct. 21 to 25. (CONTRIBUTED)
Legends of hip hop and 21st-century punk are among the offerings at this years Halifax Pop Explosion, taking place Oct. 21 to 25. Organizers for...
Wheels
There’s definitely no escaping from the popularity of the Challenger. It may appear to be on the sidelines, as the Mustang and Camaro keep up with their 40-odd years of chest puffing, for street, strip, and sales supremacy. Then you start scanning the reports from JD Power, where the Challenger has been a consistent ownership favourite in the midsize Sporty Car segment.
PORTLAND, OREGON — Scat Packs and HEMIs and Hellcats, oh my! To the untrained eye, and ear, most of what is Challenger for 2015 reads like an...
The QUANT is essentially an electric car driven by four motors, one at each wheel. But instead of a battery that gets used up and then must be recharged for four to 12 hours, the QUANT uses two refillable tanks of what is, in essence, salty water.
It won’t be as simple as pumping water from Halifax Harbour, but the QUANT eSportlimousine is a sports car that really does run on saltwater...

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My goodness, I love the summertime. This past weekend was spent with a group of my best pals at a friend’s family’s cottage. We have done...
We’re in a state of transition in our house (actually when are we not, with ever-growing kids?). I don’t know why it seems that we tend...
Community
What started out as a used stainless steel water tank is now the centrepiece of rustic cottage living in Lunenburg County for Kevin Richardson and...
A picture may be worth a 1,000 words, but a new photography trend on the South Shore is focusing on just one word: self-confidence.
It’s a bright and warm Tuesday evening at the skatepark on Metropolitan Avenue and a group of youths on skateboards and scooters are enjoying...