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Bikers mourn slain comrade

As hundreds of bikers joined to mourn the death of one of their own Sunday, police in Vancouver urged two men wanted in his shooting to surrender so they can get protection from the wrath of the Hells Angels gang.

Under cool, rainy skies, the bikers formed a procession more than a mile long that opened with 200 motorcycle riders wearing their gang crests. Under escort from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Vancouver police, the cortege drove from the Hells Angels clubhouse in Coquitlam to Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

Police think the suspects might not have known their victim was Donald (Donnie) William Roming, 43, of Port Moody, British Columbia, a member of the province's Nomads, an elite chapter of the Hells Angels.

At the time of the shooting, Roming was not wearing the gang colors or other visible signs indicating he was an outlaw biker. The dispute leading to the shooting did not appear to be gang-related.

Phil Reid, a spokesman for the RCMP, said police at Sunday's funeral saw bikers, among the 500 to 700 people in attendance, wearing the crests of Hells Angels chapters in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

Regional briefs

SEAL HUNTERS RESCUED: Two seal hunters have been rescued after spending Saturday night in their boat, trapped in ice off the coast of northern Newfoundland. Police said Larry Plowman and Maurice Rumbolt of Port au Choix were in good condition despite the snow and cold overnight. They were picked up by the coast guard ship Ann Harvey early Sunday.

NURSES' CONTRACTS OKAYED: Alberta's health employers approved two labor contracts Sunday that will make the province's 20,000 nurses the highest paid in the country. The province's regional health authorities, the Alberta Mental Health Board and volunteer health groups ratified pacts that call for pay increases of 17 percent to 22 percent over two years.

E-MAIL PRIVACY VIOLATED: Alberta Children's Services says it will investigate how a worker e-mailed confidential information about troubled children to the wrong address. Communications director Mark Kastner said he will also suggest that Children's Services Minister Iris Evans ask the privacy commissioner to look into the issue.

ENERGY AUDIT BEHIND SCHEDULE: The Nova Scotia government's pledge to reduce costs by conducting an energy audit of provincial offices is months behind schedule and will now only assess 12 buildings. The review is not expected to be completed until late spring.

BOY PULLED FROM POOL: A nine-year-old boy was in critical condition after being pulled from the bottom of a crowded hotel pool. The boy, from Oshawa, Ontario, was in Ottawa for a bowling tournament and was swimming with friends in the pool. He was found unconscious in the pool's deep end around 5 p.m. Saturday.

OIL COMPANY STILL OWES: Irving Oil owes the New Brunswick government $247,000 (Canadian) for a health assessment conducted on its oil refinery in St. John. The Department of Health and Wellness, which paid for the study on the condition it be reimbursed, sent the oil company an invoice when the study was completed last May.

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