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Morning Brew: August 19, 2008

Posted by Sisi / August 19, 2008

20080819_birdhouse.jpgPhoto: "St-Henri (4)," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler Humanoide.

Your morning news roundup for Tuesday, August 19th, 2008:

Strong-armed!: Two Securicor agents were doused with pepper spray and robbed of 2 bags containing $50,000 in cash near Fairview mall in Pointe-Claire. They were attacked yesterday night just as they were about to deposit the money into a TD Bank branch. For now, police have neither a description of the robbers nor knowledge of how they escaped. (Read: shit all.)

Bahraini sprinter Rogaya Al Ghasara is set to become the first athlete to compete in a "hijood" (a portmanteau of "hijab" and "hood") in Beijing today. The special headgear is "for athletes seeking to win glory without compromising their faith."

In other Beijing news, Lavallois Alexandre Despatie won a silver medal yesterday on day 11 of the Olympics. The 23-year old finished with a total score of 536.65 points from 6 dives, coming second only to China's He Chong.

Also yesterday, triathlete Simon Whitfield of Victoria, B.C. added another silver to our starved medal count. The race drew to a dramatic finish as the lesser known Jan Frodeno of Germany won gold, edging out the "Canadian wonder boy" by 5 seconds.

In totally local and boring news, former Quebec health minister Philippe Couillard is moving into the private health sector. The Parti Québécois said it is "profoundly uncomfortable" with Couillard's announcement, but then again, what aren't they "profoundly uncomfortable" about?

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