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Gay rights activist dies
AMHERST - One half of Atlantic Canada's first legally married gay couple has died.
Norman Carter, 72, of Amherst passed away suddenly at his home on Monday.
Carter made headlines in October 2004 when he and his partner, Gerard Veldhoven, were legally married soon after the Civil Marriage Act was passed. Prior to their marriage, they had been together for 30 years. The couple were considered the founding fathers of the Cumberland Pride group.
Tanker crash closes highway
WENTWORTH - Highway 4 was closed for most of the day Tuesday after slippery roads sent a tanker carrying 51,000 litres of aviation fuel skidding into the ditch shortly after 7 a.m.
Hazardous materials units from Amherst and New Glasgow were called in to clean up fuel that had leaked from the trailers before officials managed to stop the rupture.
The truck was travelling westbound on Highway 4 when it left the highway facing east, causing the two tanks it was hauling to detach.
Happy birthday, babies
UPPER NAPPAN - While the snow quietly fell outside, Jesse Franklin James slept quietly in his mother's arms.
At seven pounds, seven ounces, Jesse was Cumberland County's first New Year's baby of 2010, born to proud parents Sharlene Duthie and Jesse Vallillee.
"Jesse was supposed to be born on Christmas Day, so it was exactly a week later," Duthie said while sitting in her room Saturday at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.
"It's kind of exciting that he was born on New Year's Day."
Jesse was born at 3:45 p.m., but he wasn't the only little bundle delivered on Friday. Another was welcomed at 8:52 p.m., and another at 11:35 p.m.

Organizations: Highway 4, Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County, Atlantic Canada New Glasgow UPPER NAPPAN

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