A new mother from Phoenix, Arizona, is receiving praise for her honest post depicting the potential struggles of postpartum.

“I was a f*****g mess,” Danielle Haines wrote on Facebook over the weekend.

“My nipples were cracked and bleeding, my milk was almost in, my baby was getting really hungry. I had not slept since I went into labor.”

Despite the pain she was in and the help that she needed when it came to nursing her son, Haines realized how lucky she was to have support from loved ones. Whether it was feeding her, helping feed her baby or just giving her reassurance that her newborn was okay.

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The post seemed to resonate with mothers, many of whom shared their own postpartum photos and confessed how alone they felt during their postpartum.

It was “so exhausting, physically and emotionally, with such little support,” Sarah Currier wrote.

“I felt like everyone came to see my baby one time and then,” added Monica Kurtz, “I was completely alone.

“I knew I should’ve reached out to other women, but I didn’t really have anyone I felt close enough to, to ask.”

READ MORE: What is postpartum depression?

Kurtz and others also felt like they were failing as new mothers.

“I felt like a failure even though I was doing what was the absolute best and safest thing to do for my baby,” wrote Shelly Haines.

Why do some women hide their feelings or feel afraid of “asking too much?” Barbara Hames points out that women are so good at giving, supporting and caring, but they need that themselves as well.

“Blessed are other women who can see through the ‘I’m fine’ mask.”

In a follow-up post, Haines thanked everyone and encouraged people to “reach out to your beloved pregnant mamas and insist on feeding her…At the very least!”

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SASKATOON – September is Mens’ Cancer Awareness Month and a Saskatoon doctor is urging men to take the steps needed to prevent cancer.

“The older you get, as your immunity gets lower, you need to be more aware,” said Dr. Johnmark Opondo, who is working with the Canadian Cancer Society to push for more awareness.

“Most cancers can be prevented – there’s a variety of things you can do,” he said.

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Opondo said much of it are tips that people have been hearing for years: eat more fruits and vegetables, and avoid smoking. He also stressed the importance of being active.

“Sitting too much is actually as dangerous as smoking – there’s data that shows that, and talking about smoking, avoid cigarette smoke and tobacco smoke,” he said.

Opondo said the most common cancer for men is prostate cancer, but colorectal cancer, skin cancer and lung cancer are also fairly common. Getting regular tests, he said, is very important.

“One key piece is you need to remember that there’s medical screening and testing that can detect many of these cancers at an early stage,” he said, “where they can either be completely prevented, or found early enough that treatment is available.”

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But one of the problems is that men tend to shy away from testing.

“Men are pretty universal and global, men typically wait – Saskatchewan is no different than anywhere else in Canada or the world – men wait until after they’ve developed symptoms,” he said.

Opondo said a common test for prostate cancer is one example.

“The test for that quite simple…, but it’s quite an uncomfortable test for men who don’t normally go and see their physician,” he said.

“So just man up, go and see your doctor and take the test.”

One way to remind men to get tested, he said, is available on the Canadian Cancer Society’s website. Reminder for life will send men an annual reminder about what they might need to discuss with their doctor, depending on the age.

It’s one more tool in the fight against cancer.

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OTTAWA – Elizabeth May is not letting the lack of an invitation keep her out of Thursday’s election debate on the economy.

The Green Party leader plans to muscle her way into the conversation – at least online – with the help of 桑拿会所.

The party is teaming up with the social media company to swiftly film and Tweet May’s video responses to statements by the three invited leaders.

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The Globe and Mail newspaper has asked Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to discuss economic issues Thursday evening at Calgary’s Stampede Park.

May and her team will be hunkered down in a Victoria church with 桑拿会所’s Steve Ladurantaye, creating a steady stream of video remarks, retorts and reality checks.

People watching the debate on the Canadian Parliamentary Affairs Channel or at globeandmail杭州桑拿 won’t see or hear May.

But the idea is to engage Canadians following the debate on 桑拿会所, including many who will have their TV remote in one hand and their smartphone or tablet in the other.

“This is one way of saying to Canadians, we’re not going to give up on helping to communicate issues in a way that will engage voters,” May said in an interview.

In past elections, the English and French TV debates organized by leading broadcasters have been key campaign events. But this time the English one might not even happen. At the same time, several privately sponsored exchanges are taking place.

May’s gritty performance in an August debate hosted by Maclean’s magazine earned her plaudits – and valuable attention for her effort to expand the party’s foothold of two MPs.

The Greens have denounced May’s exclusion from the Globe and Mail event, an exchange staged by the Munk Debates in Toronto on foreign policy, and a French-language debate on TVA.

READ MORE: Mulcair, Trudeau agree to participate in Munk foreign affairs debate

Sean Humphrey, the Globe and Mail’s vice-president of marketing, has defended the Calgary format, saying it will “lead to focused discussion on the Canadian economy.”

The exclusion led 桑拿会所’s Ladurantaye – a former Globe and Mail reporter, as it happens – to suggest a parallel digital debate, an approach he took in Britain last March with the Scottish National Party.

“You don’t need to wait to be invited to something anymore. If you want to be part of it you can be part of it,” Ladurantaye said.

“Because there’s this whole conversation that’s going to be happening that night on 桑拿会所.”

He points to new figures that suggest almost 60 per cent of Canadian 桑拿会所 users were unsure of who they would vote for in the election.

桑拿会所 is working with all five leading parties on different facets of their campaigns, Ladurantaye said.

The Greens wanted 桑拿会所’s expertise and on-site assistance to make sure “we’re doing the technology side of this right,” said party communications director Julian Morelli, adding the company is not charging for its services.

The party hopes a crowd of Green supporters will be at the Victoria venue to watch large screens – one showing the Globe debate, the other projecting May’s 桑拿会所 feed.

May, meanwhile, will be in an adjacent room watching the debate and preparing her video responses.

She would consider it party crashing if she turned up in Calgary and banged on the door to get in.

“I’m not the kind of person to do that. But using social media and smart technology to give Canadians an additional option in the way they access this debate, I think is completely appropriate,” she said.

“The disadvantage is, I’ll get 30 seconds to insert what I would have said. Even using social media as cleverly as we possibly can, nothing replaces being on the stage to say, ‘But wait, Mr. Harper…’

“It’s the best we can do, but it’s far from being a fair debate.”

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NOTRE-DAME-DE-L’ÎLE-PERROT – There may be some relief to the traffic nightmare that was set off when roadwork began last week near Highway 20.

The town of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot met with Transports Quebec Tuesday morning to discuss alternative solutions after a week of jammed rush hour traffic.

Officials said they’ve reached an agreement to change the synchronization of the lights at the intersection of Grand Boulevard.

READ MORE: Off-island traffic problems infuriate drivers

This will hopefully help the flow of vehicles heading east in the morning and west in the evening.

According to town spokesperson Eric Leclerc, the target wait time for a car to reach the Galipeault Bridge is 10 minutes – a big difference from the one to two hours that residents claim they have been facing recently.

Motorists reacted nastily last week as work began, claiming that it now takes them double the time to get to work.

Construction is expected to last until Oct. 2016.

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TORONTO – Canadians are still adding to household debt, but at a slower pace than earlier in the year, according to a new study from Equifax.

The credit rating agency says debt for those with a credit file, which includes most adults, rose two per cent in the second quarter of 2015 after rising 2.7 per cent in the first quarter.

Total consumer debt now amounts to $1.568 trillion, with the average debt load, excluding mortgage debt, totalling $21,164.

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Albertans top the list, with an average of $27,313 in consumer debt for every person with a credit file.

Yet Equifax says the average debt load in the oil-rich province ticked 0.1 per cent lower from the second quarter of 2014.

Equifax said Canadians are adding to consumer debt to buy new cars, with auto loans increasing by 3.9 per cent from the same period last year.

The all-in picture of household balance sheets in Canada shows more of the same — Canadians continuing to pile on debt to make big-ticket purchases.

Statistics Canada said last week the amount of household credit market debt to disposable income in the second quarter rose to 164.6 per cent from 163.0 per cent in the first quarter as debt grew faster than income.

That means Canadians owed nearly $1.65 in debt on everything from mortgages to consumer loans for every dollar of disposable income — a new record.

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EDMONTON – Experts say modern technology has made Canada’s already efficient Amber Alert system even more effective in recent years.

Christy Dzikowicz of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection says smartphones and social media ensure that key details, such as descriptions of children believed to be in danger, reach people who are on the go and more likely to note suspicious activity than someone confined at home.

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She says the recent presumed abduction of Alberta toddler Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette is a good example, noting word of her disappearance and a description of the vehicle in which she was last seen have circulated across the country.

UPDATE 9 P.M. MT: Remains of two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette found, Amber Alert dropped

Such wide-spread dissemination, she says, has made the system an extremely effective tool that helps recover kids in the vast majority of cases.

Dzikowicz says Canadians who see details of a missing child in their region need to ensure the system’s effectiveness by acting on the information as best they can.

“People that are in their commute, that are sitting on a transit bus or on a subway…A lot of people hear this information and they go, ‘oh my gosh, that’s really sad,’ as opposed to going, ‘ok, this is awful, I’m going to keep my eyes open,’” Dzikowocz said in a telephone interview.

Canada’s Amber Alert system has been implemented across all 10 Canadian provinces since 2004, though Dzikowicz says none of the territorial governments have put the system in place.

Amber Alerts were first launched in the United States after the 1996 abduction and murder of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman in Arlington, Texas.

The system, named after Hagerman and dubbed America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response, was originally designed to interrupt TV and radio broadcasts with crucial facts about a child under 18 who was believed to be in danger from an abduction.

Dzikowicz says the Canadian provinces are each responsible for their own systems and originally followed the U.S. model very closely.

Over the years, however, Canadian criteria for an Amber Alert has been broadened in the wake of some high-profile cases, most notably the 2009 slaying of eight-year-old Tori Stafford from Woodstock, Ont.

READ MORE: ‘It’s hard:’ 5 years later, Tori Stafford’s dad still haunted by her death

For an Amber Alert to be triggered under the old criteria, police had to believe a child under 18 had just been abducted, consider the child to be in danger of serious bodily harm, and have enough descriptive information of a suspect or vehicle.

Under the new rules, ushered in after Stafford’s death, police need only suspect, not confirm an abduction and are not required to have detailed descriptions of an abductor or vehicle.

The alert for Dunbar-Blanchette conforms to these new guidelines, since her alleged abductor or abductors are unknown and the vehicle in which she is believed to have been taken is only described as a white van with a large rear antenna sporting a flag.

Dzikowicz said another key distinction from the U.S. system is the way in which alerts are received.

American smartphone users receive automatic push notifications when an alert is issued in their region, but Canadians have to sign up to receive such services.

She urged Canadians to opt in and do their part when the time comes.

“We need to motivate people to really recognize that it’s possible that they could be the one who finds this child.”

The Conservative party is projected to pick up ten more seats than it was last week, drawing within four of the leading NDP.

And while they still have a sizable 15-seat lead over the third-place Liberals, Barry Kay, a politics professor at Wilfrid Laurier University said an election night victory is still up for grabs by any party.

But one thing is likely to happen: a minority government.

“I wouldn’t put a lot of money on anybody coming first, second, or third,” he said.

“The only thing I would put money on is nobody has a snowball’s chance of getting a majority. Now the leading party is 50 seats away from it, we had them more like 40 seats away from it a couple of weeks ago.”

The latest outlook from the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy (LISPOP) projects the NDP could pick up 120 seats, the Conservatives 116, and the Liberals 101. The projections are based on aggregated and weighted samples of polls from Ipsos, Nanos, Abacus, Ekos, Forum, and Innovative Research with a sample size of over 8,000 respondents.

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Most of the Conservatives’ gains came in Ontario. Last week they were projected to pick up 42 seats, now Kay projects they could win 53.

“The Conservatives coming back to 53 seats which is where they were two weeks ago, is largely a result of the losses from the NDP and Liberals in Ontario,” Kay said in an interview Tuesday morning.

Ontario and British Columbia remain the most competitive areas in the country. The Conservatives dominate in Alberta and the Prairies, while the NDP and Liberals have their strongholds in Quebec, and Atlantic Canada, respectively.

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And while the numbers suggest the NDP has a slight lead, any of the three main parties could still win, Kay said.

“It’s not just a two-way horserace. It’s a three-way horserace,” Kay said. “But there’s no question that even though the Liberals have been in third place for the last three months… they could still win because there’s not that many seats needed to overtake.”

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When it comes to an aggregated popular opinion, Kay said the Liberals and Conservatives are tied at 34 per cent support. The NDP trails with 26. In order to win, Kay said, the Liberals would have to target rural ridings where they are competitive.

“Some momentum in smaller town Ontario would pick up a whole bunch of seats,” he said. “So the Liberals are very much within shooting distance.”

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CALGARY – Police are looking to the public for help locating a person of interest wanted in connection to the shooting death of 23-year-old Kallen Carothers.

Carothers was shot while travelling inside a white sedan on 16 Avenue and 19 Street N.W., in front of North Hill Centre, at around 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9.

On Tuesday, police released information about the person they believe was inside the sedan at the time of the shooting.

Officers say Osman Mohamed of Edmonton is 21-years-old, 5’10” in height with a slim build, brown eyes and black hair. It’s believed he suffered injuries during the shooting which would require medical attention.

Police also released a photo of a vehicle seen leaving the crime scene which they believe may be connected to the homicide. It’s described as a dark blue, two door Toyota Yaris with tinted windows.

Police released a photo of a vehicle seen leaving the crime scene which they believe may be connected to the homicide. It’s described as a dark blue, two door Toyota Yaris with tinted windows.

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Anyone with information on who the vehicle belongs to, or the whereabouts of Mohamed, is asked to call police or contact Crime Stoppers.

In addition, tips can be passed along to the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877.

Officers say Osman Mohamed of Edmonton is 21 years old, 5’10” in height with a slim build, brown eyes and black hair. It’s believed he suffered injuries during the shooting which would require medical attention.

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Editor’s Note: Police originally said Osman Mohamed is 23 years old; they sent out a correction that he is 21 years old just after 5 p.m. MT.

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PITTSBURGH —A man who served 34 years in prison for the killing of a 15-year-old girl before new DNA evidence was discovered will not be retried, a prosecutor said Monday in announcing that all charges would be dropped.

Lewis Fogle, 63, was released from prison last month after a judge vacated his murder conviction. But Fogle was merely released on bond until Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty agreed to dismiss all charges against him in the rape and murder of Deann Katherine Long.

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The judge’s decision stemmed from a joint motion by the New York City-based Innocence Project and Dougherty, who agreed the DNA evidence raised enough doubt to jeopardize Fogle’s conviction.

“I feel that he was involved, but the question was if we were ever going to have the evidence to prove that,” Dougherty said Monday.

“As I said before, there’s a difference between innocence and being unable to prosecute.”

Fogle was arrested in 1981 along with three other men, but he was the only one to stand trial. He steadfastly maintains his innocence.

“I want the people to know that I did not commit the crime, and a lot of people out there know I did not commit the crime,” Fogle told The Associated Press after Monday’s decision. “I’m hoping very strongly in the near future that the truth will come out with the names of the guilty parties, and I hope if any are still alive that they will be brought to justice.”

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Karen Thompson, one of Fogle’s attorneys, said 30 states and the District of Columbia have statutes that compensate wrongly convicted people. Pennsylvania does not so Fogle will have to sue if he wants reparations, she said.

Fogle was 30 with a pregnant wife and infant son when he was convicted in 1982.

Lewis Fogle, 63, flanked by his attorneys.

“I’m sure in light of his 34 years’ incarceration and the time that’s taken away from his ability to pursue a career” that Fogle may sue, Thompson said. “But today he’s just focused on his freedom.”

Dougherty said investigators have re-interviewed several witnesses since the judge freed Fogle and concluded, “There’s no way to resurrect the case.”

The DNA, taken from semen found on the victim using technology not available decades ago, excluded Fogle. The samples are being tested against other suspects, and the investigation will continue, Dougherty said.

“This is now considered an open homicide,” Dougherty said.

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A stranger found Deann’s body on July 31, 1976, near Cherry Tree, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The previous day, Deann’s younger sister saw a man telling her their brother had been in a car crash, and the sister later saw her in the man’s car.

That man checked himself into a psychiatric facility and was questioned about the killing five times but was never charged. But after he was hypnotized to aid investigators, he said he was present when Fogle, his brother and two other men raped, then shot the girl.

Fogle was tried and convicted after three jailhouse informants testified he confessed to them. Charges against his brother, imprisoned for a child sex conviction last year, were dismissed under speedy trial rules. Prosecutors eventually cited a lack of evidence in dropping charges against the other two, one of whom has since died.

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EDMONTON — On Wednesday, the man accused of murdering two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and her father Terry Blanchette was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 69-year-old Hanne Meketech.

Below is a timeline of events with details from Alberta RCMP regarding the death of 27-year-old Terry Blanchette, the abduction and death of Hailey, and the death of Meketech.

NOTE: All times are in Mountain Time.

Sept. 14, 2015

11:12 a.m. — Crowsnest Pass RCMP receive a call reporting a sudden death at a home in Blairmore, Alta.

11:12 a.m. – 2:13 p.m. — Several events happen over the course of three hours.

  • Officers secure scene and begin investigation. RCMP Major Crimes Unit based in Calgary is called in.
  • Police learn that a child lived at the home and that she may be missing.
  • Officers search the area, including a canvass of the neighbourhood to make sure the child isn’t with a neighbour.
  • Police try to get contact information for the child’s mother.
  • Investigators gather information that indicates the little girl was abducted from the home at 3:30 a.m. Monday.

    WATCH: Amanada Blanchette, sister of murdered father Terry Blanchette, and Rebecca Harrington, who is missing 2-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette’s godmother and close friend of Terry Blanchette, speak about the case.

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    2:14 p.m. – An Amber Alert is issued for Alberta. The child’s mother contacts RCMP.

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    3:15 p.m. – The Amber Alert is extended to British Columbia, Montana, and Saskatchewan.

    5:30 p.m. – During a news conference RCMP confirm they’re investigating Terry Blanchette’s death as a homicide.

    Sept. 15, 2015

    The investigation continues.

    1 p.m. — During a news conference, RCMP reveal a 22-year-old man was arrested in Blairmore. They said the man, who had not been charged and whose name would not be released, is being questioned in relation to the Blanchette homicide and the disappearance of Hailey.

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    The RCMP continues to investigate and the Amber Alert remains in effect. Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette is described as a Caucasian female child, small build, light brown, straight hair with bangs, and brown eyes. She was abducted by an unknown person.

    The suspect vehicle, fled the residence west, at a high rate of speed. The vehicle is described as a newer model white van, with a large rear antenna, with a flag attached. RCMP said the suspect should not be approached.

    Around 9 p.m. — RCMP victims services confirm at a public vigil in Blairmore the remains of Hailey had been found. Sources tell Global News the girl’s remains were found close to the community of Blairmore, where she went missing.

    WATCH: RCMP say the remains of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette were found Tuesday afternoon.

    Sept. 16, 2015

    Around 9:45 a.m. — Derek Saretzky, 22, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of  Hailey and her father Terry. RCMP believe Saretzky planned the murders. Saretzky is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court on Sept. 23.

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    11:15 a.m. – Hailey’s mother, 20-year-old Cheyenne Dunbar, describes her daughter as “smart” and “beautiful” and said Blanchette was an “awesome father.” Dunbar said she was friends with Saretzky years ago but hadn’t spoken to him in three years.

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    Sept. 23, 2015

    Global News is told by sources that Saretzky is rushed to hospital in medical distress and placed in a medically-induced coma after allegedly attempting to take his own life while in a shower at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.

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    Sept. 25, 2015

    A source tells Global News Saretzky has come out of the coma.

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    Sept. 30, 2015

    Saretzky is ordered to undergo a 30-day psychiatric assessment in order to determine whether he’s fit to stand trial for the murder’s of Hailey and Blanchette.

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    Oct. 28, 2015

    Saretzky is ordered to undergo another 30-day psychiatric assessment after his doctor makes the request to the judge.

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    Nov. 25, 2015

    A Lethbridge court determines Derek Saretzky is mentally fit to stand trial on the two first-degree murder charges.

    READ MORE: Derek Saretzky mentally fit to stand trial; next court date in February

    Feb. 26, 2016

    Saretzky makes a brief court appearance in a Lethbridge court, where a judge set aside June 20 to 30 for a preliminary hearing.

    READ MORE: Preliminary hearing set for accused Blairmore double-murder suspect Derek Saretzky

    April 20, 2016

    Derek Saretzky is charged with the first degree murder in the death of 69-year-old Hanne Meketech.

    Meketech was found dead in her home in the southern Alberta community of Coleman on Sept. 9, 2015.

    Global News confirmed Meketech lived next door to Saretsky’s grandparents.

    READ MORE: Blairmore double-murder suspect Derek Saretzky charged with murder of southern Alberta woman

    May 8, 2017

    Trial proceedings for accused triple murderer Derek Saretzky began on Monday, May 8, 2017 in Lethbridge.

    The case will begin with pre-trial applications that are expected to take several weeks. The trial proper will get underway at the end of the month with jury selection scheduled for May 25 and 26.

    READ MORE: Trial proceedings to begin for accused Blairmore triple murderer Derek Saretzky

    The trial by judge and jury is anticipated to begin on May 29 and run until June 30.

    Watch below: Timeline of Derek Saretzky case as of May 8, 2017

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