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DESERTER APPEALS:

An American who deserted the U.S. Army to protest the Iraq War and who has been ordered deported back home will file a new appeal in Federal Court. Jeremy Hinzman is the first U.S. deserter in recent years to apply for refugee status in Canada. Immigration authorities determined that he did not face persecution or hardship if he were returned to the United States and told him on Wednesday he had until Sept. 23 to leave the country. He faces a possible court martial and up to five years in prison.

WINDOW WASHERS RESCUED:

Two city window washers suffered a terrifying half hour hanging from their harnesses after the platform they were on fell from beneath them at Edmonton's downtown courthouse yesterday afternoon. A steel cable holding up the platform ripped, causing it to fall while the two workers dangled beneath an overhang. A technical rescue team from the fire department got the men down with a ladder truck.

GRITS LEAD TORIES IN LATEST POLL:

The Liberal party has a one-point lead in popular opinion over the governing Conservatives, according to the latest Harris-Decima poll. The findings contradict the findings of a survey released earlier this month by a rival company, Ipsos Reid, which found the Conservatives four percentage points ahead. The Harris-Decima poll put the Liberals at 33 per cent and the Conservatives at 32 per cent. The New Democrats stand at 15 per cent and the Greens at six per cent. The poll of just more than 1,000 Canadians was conducted from August 7 to August 10. It is considered accurate to within 3.1 percentage points 95 per cent of the time.


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