February 26, 2016 3:47 pm

5 Halifax stories you must read this week: February 26

Kevin Pinkney says people have been harassing him over a case of mistaken identity.

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From becoming an astronaut to being plagued with online harassment, people in the Halifax area have seen a lot this week.

Here are the top five stories Global Halifax covered this week:

Nova Scotia doctor charged with drug trafficking

“It is a large quantity of prescription narcotics, probably the largest quantity I can recall our members dealing with.”

A Nova Scotia doctor is facing numerous charges after police allege she prescribed more than 50,000 oxycodone pills to a patient who did not receive them.

READ THE STORY: Nova Scotia doctor charged for prescribing 50,000 oxycodone pills to a patient: police

Louisiana mother nails job with NASA

“I’ve known since I was maybe eight or nine that I wanted to work for NASA. They were doing amazing things and I wanted to be a part of that.”

A mother of three overcame a hearing disability and now works as a lead engineer at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, helping to assemble the largest rocket in the world; a dream career that often leaves her in awe of the life she has.

READ THE STORY: Mother of three defies odds to work at NASA

N.S. man mistaken for someone charged with animal cruelty

“I had a couple messages on my Facebook account, [people] that didn’t know me, with a couple nasty things.”

Kevin Pinkney, avid horse rider and rehabilitation expert, found himself getting plagued with online harassment after a man with the same name as his was charged with animal cruelty.

READ THE STORY: Case of mistaken identity leads to harassment for Nova Scotia man

New Halifax ferry named after civil rights activist Viola Desmond

The newest addition to the Halifax Transit harbour fleet has been named after well known civil rights activist Viola Desmond.

Born and raised in Halifax, Desmond was well known for her commitment to civil rights, particularly after she was arrested in 1946 for sitting in the white section of a New Glasgow theatre.

READ THE STORY: Newest Halifax ferry named after N.S. civil rights activist Viola Desmond

Teen girl dies while in provincial care

Chris d’Entremont, the Progressive Conservative house leader, said the girl’s death, along with other incidents of violence in youth group homes, shows the province needs an independent and transparent system of oversight.

READ THE STORY: Death of teen in care shows need for independent oversight of youth in care: Tories

From The Morning News: Supper with Strangers

University students Brittany Harman and Matt Scott have come up with a new idea to help those most vulnerable in our city. Supper with Strangers is a monthly event, where students take to the streets and ask those in need to share a meal.

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