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A merry little Christmas with Michael Bublé >C9

GVPL's classic reads for kids - perfect for holiday gift-giving

PREPARED BY LARA RIECKEN, CHILDREN'S MATERIALS SELECTOR 1. Dream Snow, by Eric Carle (Philomel/Penguin) Ages 2-7 "Soon he dreamed of falling snowflakes." A modern Christmas picture-book classic featuring Eric Carle's whimsical collage illustrations.

Private firm plans trips to moon

Attention, wealthy nations and billionaires: A team of former NASA executives will fly you to the moon in an out-of-this-world commercial venture combining the wizardry of Apollo and the marketing of Apple. For a mere $1.

Displaced Afghans fear the coming of winter

Winter is descending on the Shakur clan. In the pale grey twilight of late autumn, a sharp wind slaps at the scraps of plastic that Abdel Shakur, the clan patriarch, has installed on his mud hut walls in a futile attempt at insulation.

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Jim Hume column: Watch out - free speech can cost you on the Internet

'Awarning - don't go there" was the advice given Twitter addicts, who can sometimes be careless as they gossip over their cyberspace back fence. It was issued by the U.K.

Nail-biting going on list of psychiatric disorders

The American Psychiatric Association plans to include nail-biting as a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder - also known as OCD - in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual revision for 2013.

Food: Is it mind over matter?

Your memory of small servings can make you feel more hungry

Monitor: The changing gear of policing

Today's officers are a high-tech contrast to the lightly equipped beat cops of old; From nightsticks and a revolver to Tasers and the latest communications

To serve and protect:

As Victoria has grown, so have the capabilities of the people who keep the community safe. These are some of the many ways the Victoria Police Department does its job