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That Portage la Prairie man who was beaten last week by a couple of teens in Sydney, Australia, is now out of hospital.  35 year old Heath Proden, who is confined to a wheelchair, suffered a fractured skull in that attack last week.  He had required lengthy surgery to repair the damage.  Doctor’s say he’s now doing just fine.

 

3 men and a woman face charges in a series of elaborate break-ins where thieves slipped through rooftop openings to get access to buildings.  Cops say in the past 5 months, merchandise, safes and ATM’s have been stolen from 10 locations in and around the city.  The 4 were busted Sunday though when they tripped an alarm at a cigarette warehouse in the city.

 

If you’ve got a trip planned down south, you’re gonna love this news.  Our loonie is flyin high these days.  In fact, it’s now closing in on parity with the U.S. greenback.  Yesterday our dollar closed at 98.98 cents U.S., and it’s about even in overseas trading this morning.  Experts by the way say they expect the dollar to stay high like this for quite some time.

 

Authorities in California have made an arrest in an alleged illegal prescription drug ring linked to the late actor Corey Haim.  The 80’s teen icon died last week at the age of 38.  He apparently had an enlarged heart and water in his lungs, but a coroner is awaiting toxicology test results before saying exactly what killed him. 

 

Kraft Foods says it’ll cut the salt content of its products by 10 per cent over the next two years.  The company says more than one thousand products will be affected and more than 4 million kilos of salt eliminated.  Kraft says the move is good for consumers health, and should be good for its business too.

 

Sandra Bullock has cancelled her appearance at the London premier of “The Blind Side,” not even 2 weeks after winning an Oscar for her role in the film.  The 45 year old actress says she can’t go abroad for unforeseen personal reasons.  The news comes amid tabloid reports that Bullock’s husband of 5 years, Jesse James, was having an affair with a model last year while Bullock was away filming the movie.

 

Hey….no winning ticket for last night’s Lotto 6-49 jackpot.  So that means the this weekend’s draw is gonna be massive.  Lotto officials say the jackpot should be somewhere around 41 million.

 

Some interesting results from the Canadian military’s first ever random drug tests.  Apparently almost 5 per cent of those tested used illegal drugs, “recently.”  Far and away, the most popular drug among users was marijuana.  The survey also showed the military drug users are generally men, aged up to 39. 

  

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