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The Gazette

''I have lost all my family. My parents, my grandmother and two sisters are under the rubble.''

- Seventeen-year-old Maryam, a resident of the Iranian city of Bam that was flattened by an earthquake.

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"We won, we won, we won."

- Richard Klassen, one of a dozen innocent people wrongly accused in Saskatchewan of bizarre sex crimes against children in 1991, learns a judge has found the crown prosecutor in the case, a Saskatoon police officer and a therapist liable of malicious prosecution.

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''For goodness sake, this has cleaned us out and if this market goes tumbling down because of this again, we're not going to be in business.''

- Alberta feedlot operator Rick Paskall responds to the news the cow in Washington state diagnosed as having mad cow disease originated in Canada.

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''This guy is not a virgin. There is more than meets the eye here.''

- An anonymous source in Canada's intelligence service commenting on Maher Arar, the Syrian-born Canadian who was imprisoned for a year in Damascus after U.S. authorities deported him to Syria.

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''If they have something on Maher Arar, they should bring it out in public. This is why we need a public inquiry.''

- Kerry Pither, a spokesperson for the Arar family, commenting on anonymous accusations against Arar.

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