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BECKI CREWE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET AND TIMES Jennifer Slattery, a local resident of Orillia, recently boarded a plane to California. This weekend, she will go through a stem cell transplant with hopes of being able to fully walk again. After her procedure, she'll have physiotherapy five days a week as well as doing her own physical rehabilitations with running and playing tennis.

'The support is just phenomenal'

An Orillia woman will get her dream fulfilled with a new, innovative medical procedure that will allow her to once again run, play tennis and, most of all, play with her grandchildren.

Mayor Jeff Lehman, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca were at the South Barrie GO station, Friday, to announce the expansion of GO train service from the current 70 to 200 trips per week on the Barrie line. CHERYL BROWNE /BARRIE EXAMINER

GO plan on track: Wynne

Premier Kathleen Wynne hopped off a southbound GO train at the Barrie South station shortly after 9 a.m. Friday.

Bill Loiselle, part owner of BJ's Records & Nostalgia in Barrie, holds a rare copy of Get Behind Me Satan by the band The White Stripes. The store is one of several in the region taking part Saturday in record store day, which recognizes the vinyl industry through special sales of limited edition albums. Sunrise Records in Bayfield Mall is also taking part. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

A record of a day

Bill Loiselle, part owner of BJ's Records & Nostalgia in Barrie, holds a rare copy of Get Behind Me Satan by the band The White Stripes.

School partners sought

Simcoe County District School Board officials are exploring potential partnerships for the Barrie North Collegiate addition, scheduled to be completed by September 2016.

Moment of reflection

A Supreme Court ruling that municipal meetings can't begin in religious prayer is being contemplated by two local township councils that typically recite a Christian one before getting into their agendas.

Jian Ghomeshi (Toronto Sun Files)

Employment lawyer criticizes CBC's Ghomeshi report

The report into alleged bad workplace behaviour by disgraced CBC star Jian Ghomeshi fails to provide solutions to eliminate the cultures of “entitlement” and fear at the public broadcaster, a prominent employment lawyer says.

A veteran wearing service medals bows his head during a remembrance service on ANZAC Day in central Sydney, in this April 25, 2014 file photo. (REUTERS/David Gray/Files)

Australia foils alleged terror attack

Teenagers inspired by the hardline Islamic State planned a major terrorism attack in the Australian city of Melbourne to mark the centenary next week of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli during World War One, police said on Saturday.

A firefighter watches the blaze after a gas line exploded near Fresno, California April 17, 2015. A construction crew accidentally ruptured a natural gas transmission line on Friday in Fresno, California, sparking an explosion and fire that injured up to 15 people, at least one of them critically, a fire department spokesman said. The 12-inch (30-cm) pipeline, belonging to Pacific Gas & Electric Corp, was struck by a backhoe near state Highway 99, unleashing a fireball that injured members of the construction team and a prison inmate crew in the vicinity, spokesman Peter Martinez said. (REUTERS/Fresno Fire Department/handout via Reuters)

Gas pipeline explosion, fire injures up to 15

A construction crew accidentally ruptured a natural gas transmission line on Friday in Fresno, California, sparking an explosion and fire that injured up to 15 people, three of them critically, officials said.

Michael Keith Spell, 22, is shown in a handout police booking photo obtained by Reuters January 16, 2012. (REUTERS/Williams County Law Enforcement Center/Handout)

Man gets 100 years for killing teacher

A man who admitted killing a Montana teacher during a cocaine frenzy was sentenced to 100 years in prison by a state judge on Friday in a case that authorities said underscored a crime wave that accompanied a regional oil boom.

Suspended senator Mike Duffy leaves the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa, April 8, 2015. (BLAIR GABLE/Reuters)

'Duffy looks like hell'

Suspended senator Mike Duffy "looks like hell" after nine days of trial, says journalist Mark Bourrie, a longtime friend who testified as a Crown witness Friday.

Mark Bourrie leaves the Ottawa courthouse after he began testifying at the Senate expenses trial of suspended senator Mike Duffy, April 17, 2015. (TONY SPEARS/Postmedia Network)

Friend thought money was Duffy's own

Journalist Mark Bourrie didn't want to be paid for helping Sen. Mike Duffy fight the Internet "trolls" who started posting "mean, anonymous crap" about him after he was appointed to the Senate in 2009.