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Submitted Laura Kelly, pictured with Women's College Hospital surgeon John Semple, wants to raise awareness about the BRCA gene mutation and its devastating effects.

A woman on a mission

For Laura Kelly, the desire to help women potentially at risk of carrying a rare genetic mutation definitely comes from the heart.

MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES Shirley Gillett, left, executive director of the Orillia Pregnancy Resource Centre, and Leah Walker, development co-ordinator at the Couchiching Jubilee House, are getting ready for the Ride for Refuge fundraiser.

Ready to ride for refuge

Six local non-profits are asking residents to gear up and pedal hard to raise money in support of community services.

Jonell Payton, right, comforts Lisa Dew, outside the Durant, Miss., home of two slain Catholic nuns, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The nuns worked as nurses at the Lexington Medical Clinic, where Dew was the office manager. Dew and a Durant police officer discovered their bodies inside the house after both nuns did not report for work. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

2 nuns found dead in Mississippi home

Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found slain in their home, and there were signs of a break-in and their vehicle was missing, officials said Thursday.

Eric Robinson said DNA tests confirmed the men were switched at birth. (BRIAN DONOGH/WINNIPEG SUN FILE PHOTO)

Manitoba men switched at birth: Robinson

NORWAY HOUSE, Man. -- Indigenous leaders say two men from a northern Manitoba First Nation have DNA evidence showing they were switched at birth -- the second such alleged mix- up in the mid-1970s at the same federally run hospital.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Trump rebukes accusations that he's racist

Donald Trump confronted head-on allegations that he is racist on Thursday, defending his hard-line approach to immigration while trying to make the case to minority voters that Democrats have abandoned them.

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