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We will do our best to provide more Canadian news. Today we feature the unindicted former prime minister, Brian Mulroney who picked up $300,000 in hotel rooms soon after his retirement. Now that he’s an advisor to Stephen Harper, we wonder if the hammer will ever fall in calling order in the court. — 272 words.

Wisdom in the court
of Judge Harold Wright

Joanne Robertson delivered great tips in a prolonged confession in Judge Wright’s Court. Here are some for starters. — 146 words.

Brian Mulroney eludes
indictment for bribery

If a former president of the United States admitted that, shortly after leaving office, he received wads of cash in hotel rooms from a shady lobbyist, the ensuing uproar would result in front-page outrage, congressional hearings and criminal charges. Fortunately for Brian Mulroney, he lives in Canada. — 524 words.

E-mails show Rove role
in U.S. attorney firings

E-mails directly contradict White House assertions that the notion originated with Harriet Miers. New unreleased e-mails from top administration officials show the idea of firing all 93 U.S. attorneys was raised by White House adviser Karl Rove in early January 2005, indicating Rove was more involved in the plan than previously acknowledged by the White House. — 610 words.

Russian's account further
clouds poisoning mystery
Russian says he, too, was a victim

Dmitri Kovtun arrived in London for the first time in his life on Oct. 16. He dropped his bags off at a hotel near Piccadilly Circus and immediately went to meet, also for the first time, Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB officer whose death from radioactive poisoning five weeks later became one of the most celebrated crimes of the post-Cold War era. — 1,173 words.

‘Nuclear-armed Iran would
threaten Russia’s interests’

Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov has said that the possible acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran would be a threat to Russia's interests. — 175 words.

Suzanne Swift went AWOL
The Women's War: Behind the Story

On the morning of Monday, January 9, 2006, a 21-year-old Army specialist named Suzanne Swift went AWOL. Her unit, the 54th Military Police Company, out of Fort Lewis, Washington., was two days away from leaving for Iraq. Swift and her platoon had been home less than a year, having completed one 12-month tour of duty in February 2005, and now the rumor was that they were headed to Baghdad to run a detention center. — 2,382 words

Market View — Fear eats the soul
A sticky patch ahead,
or a sea of quicksand

The Economist says, “There doesn’t seem to be any doubt that investors are worried about the American economy. The most recent data, such as the retail sales numbers or the Empire State manufacturing survey, indicate that, at the very least, America is going through a sticky patch.” — 593 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Don’t burn our flag in public

The federal government recommends Canadians dispose of a worn out Canadian flag ``in a dignified way by burning it privately,’’ says the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at: www.triviaguys.com
Harold Wright, True North's  Doctor of Punology, says,“We'll never run out of math teachers because they always multiply.”

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