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Black bun: fruit cake in pastry

Dear Eric: Just wondering if you could provide a recipe and some background information for Scottish black bun. I’d like to try making it in place of Christmas fruitcake this year.
Talk with kids about Conn. shooting, make them feel safe, limit exposure to media, experts say

Talk with kids about Conn. shooting, make them feel safe, limit exposure to media, experts say

The killings at a Connecticut elementary school left parents struggling to figure out what to tell their children. President Barack Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, would tell their daughters that they love them and hug them a little tighter.

The Parent Rap: Helping a teen son deal with peer pressure to drink

Last week, a mother asked how to help her teenage son deal with peer pressure to drink: “My son is 16 and he’s just reached the age where he’s going to parties where kids are consuming alcohol,” she wrote.
Sidestepping the Christmas rush

Sidestepping the Christmas rush

Cindy MacDougall: Baby Makes Six. My mother makes good old St. Nick look like a rum-and-nog-drinking procrastinator. She starts buying her Christmas gifts for the next year on Boxing Day.

Battling mould on windows

Mary Beth Breckenridge Akron Beacon Journal Dear Mary Beth: I have two windows that had a black substance on them. I treated them with a water/ bleach mixture, then sanded, re-stained and re-varnished.

Your Good Health: Boy’s tic could be Tourette’s

Dear Doctors Donohue and Roach: My great-grandson has been diagnosed with a tic. It seems his eyes open wide and roll around — what is that? He is six years old. A.A. It sounds like Tourette’s syndrome, or a closely related neurologic condition.
Despite arrests, attacks, group of Israeli women seeks to pray their way at the Western Wall

Despite arrests, attacks, group of Israeli women seeks to pray their way at the Western Wall

JERUSALEM - Israeli security guards at the Western Wall on Friday searched women worshippers arriving at the holiest place where Jews can pray for a seemingly inoffensive object — the Jewish prayer shawl, which under the Orthodox tradition can be wor
Christmas tree rescued from storm debris lifts spirits of wrecked New Jersey shore town

Christmas tree rescued from storm debris lifts spirits of wrecked New Jersey shore town

UNION BEACH, N.J.
Christmas lights tour: All entrants and winners

Christmas lights tour: All entrants and winners

The judges have made their lists and checked them twice. With dozens of entries from homes and businesses to choose from, the panel of seven judges worked hard this week to narrow the field to the best Christmas light displays in Greater Victoria.
First-of-its kind report details Internet's profound impact on adoption, for good and ill

First-of-its kind report details Internet's profound impact on adoption, for good and ill

NEW YORK, N.Y. - In the emotion-charged realm of adoption, the Internet has been a transformative force, often for good, sometimes for ill.