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Inquiry resumes

The public inquiry into the death of Fredy Villanueva will resume Oct. 26. The inquiry was put on hold in May when two witnesses refused to testify unless their legal fees were payed for by the provincial government. It was decided the process would be suspended until all witnesses had legal representation. Villanueva, 18, was shot by police Aug. 9, 2008 in Montreal North, an event that sparked riots in the area.

The Monster wins

Montrealers can now say they live in the city with the best roller coaster in North America. La Ronde’s ‘Le Monstre’ won the title of Holy Rail in Six Flags Tournament of Thrills. The wooden double-track roller coaster on Ile-Ste.-Helene, built between 1985 and 1986 received over 10,565 online votes. The competition began with 16 contestants, split into Eastern and Western conferences. By the final round it came down to the Monster and California’s X2, which earned a little over 4,322 votes.

Local scientist recognized

A Montreal scientist was awarded for her work on understanding the formation and retention of memories. Brenda Milner, a neuropsychologist and professor at both McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute, received one of four prizes awarded last week, each worth one million Swiss francs (about $1.46 million CAD). The prestigious International Balzan Prize is awarded in different areas of academia that are either new, or have been overlooked. Half the prize money is intended to fund research projects. Other winners were a German-born Swiss chemist who found a novel way to generate solar electricity, a British scholar who studied 16th century literature, and an Italian philosopher who studied the history of science.

Union and Vision neck-and-neck

Just days before campaigning officially begins in the municipal election, polls show there is less public support for incumbent mayor Gérald Tremblay than for his top contender, Louise Harel. A La Presse-commissioned poll found 38 per cent of voters would go with Tremblay, while 41 per cent said they would vote for the former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister, the newspaper reported Sunday. In a distant third was Projet Montreal’s Richard Bergeron with 14 per cent, followed by leader of Parti Montreal Ville-Marie’s leader Louise O’Sullivan with four per cent.

More students in, same number out

Making financial assistance more accessible to a larger number of students will increase enrolment at post-secondary levels, according to a paper released Monday by a professor at Université de Québec

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